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Monday, 26 March 2012

Gur's Mock Draft 2.0

So, free agency has come and gone, some teams have filled their needs, and others still have gaping holes (that's what she said) - and can only mean it's time to update my mock draft. Now, some people seemed to think that my previous mock was me saying what I thought was the most likely order of picks, despite me saying in the intro that it would feature "plenty of wild speculation and unfounded hunches. Because, hey, why the hell not? This mock has just as great a chance of being correct as anything Mel Kiper will say." Well, so that there's no confusion, I've decided to do two mock drafts. That's right, you get twice the Gur-y goodness, you lucky people, you.

In this version, 2.0, I'm mocking what I think will actually happen. In version 2.5, I will mixing things up a bit more. The key difference between the two versions comes down to one single player: Trent Richardson. Now, as a Bucs fan, I can tell you there is no more contentious issue right now amongst Buc Nation than the issue of Trent Richardson, with the fanbase being divided into "Team Trent" and "Team Mo". It's like Twilight. Except without being an adolescent female masturbatory aid. *cough*

ANYWAY, Trent Richardson missed both the Combine and Alabama's first pro day as a result of some knee scoping; he will be working out at Alabama's second pro day this week. Richardson will probably be a top five pick - unless his work out gives teams a reason to slide him down their board, as Da'Quan Bowers did last year after a bad post-surgery workout. So, in this version, we'll go with what I think will actually happen - that Richardson works out fine, and will go in the top five... but first, the obvious three:

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Quick reaction: Tebow circus moves to New York

When people were saying that the Jets needed to bring in competition for Mark Sanchez in the off-season I’m pretty sure this wasn’t what they envisioned.

Today the Jets traded a 4th and 6th round pick to Denver for their now backup QB Tim Tebow and a 7th round selection.

To compound matters only 10 days ago the Jets gave a mind-boggling 3 year, $40.5 million extension despite below-average play for the majority of his time in New York.

So what exactly is the plan here? Sit Tebow on the bench to sell jerseys? The whole “coach him up to be your starter in a few years” idea is out the window as it would seem they’re fully behind Sanchez for the long term now.

Do they perhaps re-introduce the Brad Smith-led wildcat package they ran a few years ago with mild success? Could they work Tebow into a short yardage back to compliment and spell Shonn Greene maybe?
Whatever the plan is, what’s clear is that the media circus around Tebow will only intensify in the New York spotlight. The fan base was getting restless with Sanchez last year, and after all the hype around Tebow’s play and Denver’s run to the play-offs I can easily see pre-season demands that Tebow gets a fair chance to throw passes roughly in the direction of Santonio Holmes.

The other question is how Tebow and his clean cut personality will fit into one of the loosest and most fractured locker rooms in the NFL. He could well be a glavanizing figure and pull everyone together in the common cause. But just as easily his personality, which plenty see as “Holier than thou” as opposed to humble, could well annoy and alienate some. After all, how will Tebow’s “no sex before marriage” beliefs balance with Antonio Cromartie’s 9 children with 8 women? 

Cromartie has already tweeted out: “Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for@Mark_Sanchez let's build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext.” So it’s clear this isn’t a universally popular move in the locker room.

Whatever happens it’s clear that more eyes than ever will be on the Jets during the 2012 season.

          -     Toby Durant (@TDonSport)
          -     The Pulling Linemen

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Toby Durant's Mock Draft. V2.0

With most of the important free agents signed and only one or two names left to ink a deal it's about time to roll out my updated mock draft. While the top 5 or 6 will probably be the same as the rest of the world's there are one or two surprises in there. So without further a due, here it goes...

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Sosayitisaid Mock 1.0

It's that time of year again. The time I pretend that I've been paying attention to college football.  I'm never going to be Mike Mayock, but I might be Kiper or McShay...

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Where Will Peyton Manning Land?

Everyone else has had their say, so here’s some opinion from me about where #18 might decide to go. Because let’s face it, it’s going to be his decision.

So what do we know about Peyton Manning? We know he’s going to be 36 at the end of the month, coming off of 4 neck surgeries. His style of play has always been dependent on a secure pocket from which he can weave his magic as well as the freedom from his coaches to call the offense from the line of scrimmage.

But what about Peyton’s personality? Clashes between head coach and quarterback can be poison to a team’s chances, and he’d have to gel well with his new boss as well as his new receiving corps who would have to put in a serious shift this off season to get up to speed with all of Manning’s pre-snap changes. 

One thing to consider here however, is a package deal. Jeff Saturday and Reggie Wayne are also free agents, if you were going to take Peyton Manning on for a run at the title, wouldn’t you try and pull in the 2 guys who have the best understanding with him too???

So let's explore the likely, and unlikely, places that the great #18 might end up...

Gur's Mock Draft 1.0

Feeling Lucky? (pun)
It's draft time, so I'm going to give in to my inner clairvoyant and let you know what happened on draft night. *cough*.

Unlike Toby's draft, I've only got the first round in mine. At first, I wanted to write a mock with no trades; but as it became obvious that doing so would be stupid (as I have a better chance of starting at right tackle for the Bucs in 2012 than the Rams do of actually using the #2 pick), I decided to go the other way, and throw in plenty of wild speculation and unfounded hunches. Because, hey, why the hell not? This mock has just as great a chance of being correct as anything Mel Kiper will say.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Toby Durant's Mock Draft. Version 1.0

      After our end of season break the Pulling Linemen begin their off-season coverage with their first Mock draft of the year. I've thrown in a few trades, although doubtless there will be more during the proceedings in April.