2012 NFL Draft: 7 Round Draft Order

Posted by Brad On February - 9 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

The requests have poured in so here’s your complete 7 round 2012 NFL Draft order:

Round 1

  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. St. Louis Rams
  3. Minnesota Vikings
  4. Cleveland Browns
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. Washington Redskins
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars
  8. Miami Dolphins**
  9. Carolina Panthers**
  10. Buffalo Bills
  11. Kansas City Chiefs**
  12. Seattle Seahawks**
  13. Arizona Cardinals
  14. Dallas Cowboys
  15. Philadelphia Eagles
  16. New York Jets
  17. Cincinnati Bengals – from Oakland
  18. San Diego Chargers
  19. Chicago Bears
  20. Tennessee Titans
  21. Cincinnati Bengals
  22. Cleveland Browns – from Atlanta
  23. Detroit Lions
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Denver Broncos
  26. Houston Texans
  27. New England Patriots – from New Orleans
  28. Green Bay Packers
  29. Baltimore Ravens
  30. San Francisco 49ers
  31. New England Patriots
  32. New York Giants
**Position determined by coin flip

Atlanta -> Cleveland: Julio Jones

New Orleans -> New England: Mark Ingram

Oakland -> Cincinnati: Carson Palmer  Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Draft: 7 Round Draft Order»

Kevin Zeitler Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 8 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Kevin Zeitler"Kevin Zeitler


Ht. 6-4 Wt. 315

Pass Blocking:  Kevin Zeitler has some natural strength that allows for a solid base and anchor strength.  Excels with his hands on defenders and is clearly more comfortable while engaged.  He is seasoned and keeps his head on a swivel, recognizing blitzes quickly.  Zeitler is a bit slow off the snap and allows defenders into his body before he is prepared.  He’s a limited athlete that doesn’t have a ton of lateral agility so he struggles to mirror defenders. Read the rest of this entry » «Kevin Zeitler Scouting Report»

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Post Super Bowl Edition

Posted by Brad On February - 8 - 201212 COMMENTS

**This version will not include any trades.  The trades took the focus off the actual picks and at this point it’s tough to accurately predict anything without free agency.  I have enacted a no trade clause until after the free agency period.  I will still make my picks based on my actual thoughts of where players end up in April.  Enjoy and offer solid feedback on your team’s pick.

Indianapolis Colts : Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Scouting Report

2012 NFL Draft Strategy:  After a 2-14 season, the Colts have needs all over the field.  The first pick is a virtual lock, so I won’t bother addressing the QB position.  Their top needs look to be in the defensive backfield at CB and the SS position.  With Jerraud Powers and Antoine Bethea the only core players amongst the DB’s it will be imperative that the Colts find some help in this area.  With Jeff Saturday exploring retirement the center position could become a major need area especially if they have a rookie QB under center (even if it is Andrew Luck).  The Colts will have to "2012 NFL Draft prospect, Andrew Luck"monitor free agency very carefully as they have a ton of expiring contracts.  With both Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon as potential free agents, they could be looking for WR help somewhere along the way.  Look for the Colts to address the guard spot at some point and it may be early if someone falls to them.  The Indy coaching staff is taking shape with former Baltimore DC Chuck Pagano assuming HC duties and Bruce Arians taking over as OC.

2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection:  Peyton is done in Indy and looks to be heading elsewhere.  It’s tough to type.  The pill will be much easier to swallow for Colts fans knowing that they will be blessed with another once in a generation QB.

St. Louis Rams:  Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Scouting Report

2012 NFL Draft Strategy:  The Rams were a flat out mess this season.  They couldn’t do much of anything right and towards the end of the season looked like the worst team in the NFL.  Their offensive line was  a major disappointment this season and in particular former first round pick Jason Smith at LT.  The Rams could be investing the No. 2 pick in "2012 NFL Draft prospect, Matt Kalil"another LT just three seasons removed from Smith’s selection.  He was that bad.  If Brandon Lloyd leaves town via free agency, the cupboard is bare again at WR.  They invested some mid-round picks into average receivers in 2011 but need a true No. 1.  Aside from that they will look to improve a horrific defense.  Jeff Fisher will inherit a team that can’t stop the run and needs help at DT, OLB, FS, and CB…to name a few.

2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection:  St. Louis’ offensive line was atrocious in 2011 and Jeff Fisher made it clear that they will protect their franchise QB this season.  With the addition of Kalil, the Rams can move Roger Saffold to RT and Jason Smith inside or to the bench.  The Rams No. 2 spot will be a hotbed for trade action.

Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft: Post Super Bowl Edition»

"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Doug Martin"

First prediction of the year: Doug Martin steal of the draft

33.  St. Louis Rams:  Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson.

St. Louis can’t stop the run but Brandon Thompson can.

34.  Indianapolis Colts:  Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma

The CB depth in Indy is atrocious.  Fleming will fit in Chuck Pagano’s defense.

35.  Minnesota Vikings:  Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona St.

Not the biggest need but he makes this defense better if he’s motivated.

36.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.

Doug Martin is the steal of the draft.  Martin is the second best back in the draft and represents a steal at 36 in our 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

37.  Cleveland Browns:  Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

Immediate upgrade over Jayme Mitchell and beginnings of a dominant defensive line in Cleveland.

38.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

After age and free agency hit the Jags DE’s they could be in trouble.  Jones is one of the more talented pass rushers in the draft and may wind up a steal.

39.  Washington Redskins:  Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

Sanu is my peace offering for ‘Skins fans after giving them Tannehill at No. 6. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft: Post Super Bowl Edition Round 2»

Brandon Brooks Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 7 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Brandon Brooks"Brandon Brooks

Miami (Ohio)

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 343

Pass Blocking:  Brooks is a naturally strong athlete that is exceptional anchoring in the pass game.  The combination of length and strength allow him to win most of the leverage battles.  He has strong hands that allow him to be sticky on contact.  He’s tough to shake once he gets his arms extended and his hands inside the defenders chest plate.  He doesn’t have great range which probably makes him best suited to play on the interior.  His footwork in his slide needs a ton of work (crosses feet and gets off balance).  He has a tendency to lunge into contact rather keeping his base and sliding with his feet.

Run Blocking:  Brooks has a naturally strong build that allows him to push defenders where he wants.  He has long arms and is sticky through contact.  Keeps his pad level down and engages through the whistle.  He’s not an explosive athlete by any means but doesn’t need to be with his strength.  He’s not going to excel as a move blocker as he really struggles to break down in space.  Read the rest of this entry » «Brandon Brooks Scouting Report»

Brandon Washington Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 7 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Brandon Washington"Brandon Washington


Ht. 6-4 Wt. 320

Pass Blocking:  His experience playing tackle in the ACC should help him at his more natural position of guard in the NFL.  He’s got some natural athleticism as he’s a knee bender that sinks his hips well into contact.  He has plenty of range off the edge which is leading me to believe he could play RT in the NFL.  Mirrors defenders well with excellent balance and coordination.  He does rely on his natural athleticism to get him into position too often in the pass game and forgets the technical side of playing the position.  This leads to poor leverage and overextension on the edge making him susceptible to inside counter moves.  He gets a little sloppy with his footwork in a hurry and crosses his feet.  He needs to work on his punch and hand placement at the next level.

Run Blocking:  Brandon Washington excels on the move and has excellent range in the run game.  He can get out and pull and does an excellent job breaking down in space.  I was a little disappointed that he didn’t show much burst off the snap.  He’s athletic enough that you expect him to win off the ball.  He pops straight up too often and another area where he needs work from a technical standpoint. Read the rest of this entry » «Brandon Washington Scouting Report»

"Drew Rosenhaus"

Team by team salary cap projections

Periodically in the days and weeks leading up to March 13th we will be adding additions to the NFL Offseason Primer.  The 2012 NFL salary cap has yet to be set.  The 2011 cap was $120 million and some change.  Teams were allowed to borrow $3 million from future year’s.  This year the cap figures to be between $121-125 million with teams allowed to borrow $2 million from future caps.

This time of the year not a day goes by that someone doesn’t email wondering about their teams cap number, so this is an opportune time to release the team by team salary cap projections.  Omar Kelly of The South Florida Sun Sentinel released this breakdown of current projections.  Here’s a link for the exact figures, as I have rounded them off.

Pittsburgh Steelers – $149.9

Oakland Raiders – $140.9

Carolina Panthers – $130

Dallas Cowboys – $128.9

New York Jets – $128.1

New York Giants – $124.7

Detroit Lions – $122.7

St. Louis Rams – $120.9

Arizona Cardinals – $118.7

Green Bay Packers – $118

Indianapolis Colts – $116.8

Miami Dolphins – $116.6

Houston Texans – $116.3

Minnesota Vikings – $116.1

Baltimore Ravens – $115.6

Philadelphia Eagles – $114

New Orleans Saints – $113.4

San Diego Chargers – $112

Seattle Seahawks – $111.7

Buffalo Bills – $108.4

Jacksonville Jaguars – $107.3

Cleveland Browns – $103.8

San Francisco 49ers – $102.9

Chicago Bears – $101.9

New England Patriots – $101.8

Denver Broncos – $101.4

Atlanta Falcons – $100.2

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $98.9

Kansas City Chiefs – $95.8

Washington Redskins – $94.3

Tennessee Titans – $92.7

Cincinnati Bengals – $80.6

Before you go and spend all your teams budget on high priced free agents, remember to factor in between $5-7 million to sign rookies.  Also remember that franchising a player costs you an average of the top five players at the position.  A franchised player gets fully guaranteed money that all comes off the books that season.


"2011 New England Patriots"

Will the Pats look much different in 2012?

The demise of the New England Patriots one day after losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI is laughable.

Tom Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in league history, it didn’t change with one mediocre night in Indianapolis.  Wes Welker will make that catch 99 out of 100 times, and we saw the one drop last night.  Bill Belichick is still Bill Belichick.

Coming into this game, there were three glaring weaknesses on this team.  They were the same three glaring weaknesses that they started the season with.  The Pats won’t recreate the wheel as some would have you believe.  They will stick to the “Patriots Way” of building and retooling their roster.  With four picks in the first two rounds and plenty of cap room, the Patriots will have an arsenal to make the necessary adjustments.

In looking at their current roster and free agents to be, we have identified the top three areas for the Patriots to address this offseason.  In no particular order, here they are: Read the rest of this entry » «Rumors of the Patriots demise are greatly exaggerated»

The Official 2012 NFL Draft Order is Set

Posted by Brad On February - 5 - 20121 COMMENT
"2012 NFL Draft"

The 2012 NFL Draft order is officially set

The cap has been put on the 2011 season with the New York Giants being crowned Champions of Super Bowl XLVI.  It’s a bittersweet end that rings in 2012 NFL Draft season.  Bitter because of the realization that we won’t see professional football until the Hall of Fame game and sweet because it means it’s officially draft time.  With the Giants win we can now begin 2012 NFL Mock Draft season with an official draft order.  Without further adieu, here’s your 2012 NFL Draft order.

1. Indianapolis Colts

2. St. Louis Rams

3. Minnesota Vikings

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6. Washington Redskins

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

8/9. Carolina Panthers

8/9. Miami Dolphins

10. Buffalo Bills

11/12. Seattle Seahawks

11/12. Kansas City Chiefs Read the rest of this entry » «The Official 2012 NFL Draft Order is Set»

"Super Bowl XLVI"Super Bowl XLVI is getting set to kick off in a matter of hours.  In a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will face off to determine the Champs of the 2011 NFL season and for our purposes draft slots 31 and 32.

When looking at the starting lineups of the two teams this morning, I realized two things:  1). The Pats starting defensive lineup means nothing because of all the formations and; 2). Both teams featuring lineups of guys that weren’t draft atop their respective draft classes.  With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to take a more in depth look at where these players were drafted and give credence to all those late round draft picks that people don’t expect to make their team.  Here’s a look at the starting lineups (and my prediction for the game).

New England Patriots

Quarterback:  Tom Brady – If you don’t know this story, please check out another site.  Brady was the 199th pick (6th round) in the 2000 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan.

Running Back:  BenJarvus Green-Ellis – The Law Firm was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008 out of Ole Miss.  He was waived by the Patriots in August and signed to the practice squad a day later.  He was promoted to the active roster in October ’08 and hasn’t looked back.

Fullback:  Aaron Hernandez – Since the Pats don’t use a traditional FB, we went with the second tight end.  Hernandez was the 114th overall pick (4th round) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida.

Wide Receiver:  Wes Welker – Welker went undrafted in 2004 and was signed by San Diego.  He was released by the Chargers to make way for Clinton Hart, a move that Marty Schottenheimer would call “the biggest mistake I ever made.”  Welker was picked up the Dolphins and traded to the Pats in 2007 for a second and seventh round picks.

Wide Receiver:  Deion Branch – Brach was a second round pick of the Patriots in 2002.  This is his second stint with the Pats after being traded to Seattle in 2006.

Tight End:  Rob Gronkowski – Gronk was the 42nd selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Left Tackle:  Matt Light – Light was the 48th overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Purdue University.

Left Guard:  Logan Mankins – Mankins was the 32nd overall selection in the  2005 NFL Draft.  Many thought Mankins was an enormous reach but it’s turned out fairly well for the Pats.  He played left tackle for most of his collegiate career at Fresno St.

Center:  Dan Connolly – Connolly went undrafted in 2005 before being signed by Jacksonville.  Jacksonville would waive Connolly in 2007.  The Patriots signed him twelve days later to their practice squad.

Right Guard:  Brian Waters – Waters was acquired as an undrafted free agent from the University of North Texas by the Kansas City Chiefs.  He would make five Pro Bowls with the Chiefs before being signed by the Patriots this season.

Right Tackle:  Nate Solder – Solder was the 17th overall selection by the Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «Super Bowl XLVI starting lineups and where they were drafted»