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Carmelo15
04-24-2009, 12:08 AM
http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_12214026

NFL reporter Mike Klis analyzes and projects the first round of the draft, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. Unlike most analysts, Klis believes league executives will place a higher grade on defensive players than offensive tackles. And good luck finding a mock draft that has the defensive-desperate Broncos coming away with two offensive skill positions in the first round:

1. Detroit Lions (0-16)

Look at that record and it would be quicker to sum up what they don't need. Outside linebacker Aaron Curry is the best choice here, but the Lions might as well spend big money on a quarterback. (Eight picks; two in first, third, sixth rounds; none in fourth, fifth). Possible pick: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

2. St. Louis Rams (2-14)

It's not good when you pick in this spot two years in a row. New coach Steve Spagnuolo is too defensive-minded to pass on the best defensive player. (Seven picks; one in each round). Possible pick: Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)

The first of four New England-influenced teams that aren't New England. The Chiefs already spent $23 million guaranteed on DT Glenn Dorsey last year, so they make surprise pick by taking best defensive end for their new 3-4 system. (Seven picks; none in second; two in seventh). Possible pick: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-12)

They have so many needs and unlike his predecessor Mike Holmgren, new coach Jim Mora is defensive-minded. Drafting a left tackle would be an insult to Walter Jones, so Seahawks will go defense. (10 picks; four in seventh). Possible pick: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

5. Cleveland Browns (4-12)

I don't think Eric Mangini wants to trade QB Brady Quinn. It's easier to understand Mangini getting down on WR Braylon Edwards, who had a bad case of the drops last season. (Five picks; two in seventh; none in third, fifth, seventh). Possible pick: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

If QB Carson Palmer doesn't stay healthy, the Bengals don't have a chance. It's time to protect Palmer by ending the slow start on tackles. (11 picks; two in third, sixth, seventh). Possible pick: Jason Smith, LT, Baylor

7. Oakland Raiders (5-11)

In their past two drafts, the Raiders have taken a QB (JaMarcus Russell) and a RB (Darren McFadden), and now they need a receiver. Everyone knows Al Davis wants speed at receiver. (Five picks; none in fifth, sixth). Possible pick: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

8. Denver Broncos (8-8)

Yes, I have the Broncos trading with Jacksonville so they can take QB Mark Sanchez. The way this board is falling could present a worst-case scenario for the Broncos as they like Raji and Jackson. (10 picks; two in first, third, seventh) Possible pick: Sanchez, QB, USC

9. Green Bay Packers (6-10)

With a disappointing start to life after Brett Favre last season, the Packers desperately need to protect QB Aaron Rodgers and rebuild their roster for the defensive 3-4. (Nine picks; two in third, sixth). Possible pick: Brian Orakpo, OLB, Texas

10. San Francisco 49ers (7-9)

After whiffing on QB Alex Smith with the No. 1 pick in 2005, GM Scot McCloughan may be gun-shy about moving to get Sanchez. And new coach Mike Singletary will want defense. (Nine picks; two in fifth, seventh). Possible pick: Andre Smith, LT, Alabama

11. Buffalo Bills (7-9)

As much as they'd love to take TE Brandon Pettigrew, the Bills need to fix a pass rush that mustered only 24 sacks last year. (Nine picks; two in first, fourth). Possible pick: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

12. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

After picking in the eighth spot last year, and paying a $17.1 million guarantee to the headache that was DE Derrick Harvey, no team wants to trade down this year more than the Jags. The Jags then fortify their offensive line. (Nine picks; three in seventh). Possible pick: Eugene Monroe, LT, Virginia

13. Washington Redskins (8-8)

It's one thing to try to upgrade QB Jason Campbell with Jay Cutler, who's a proven starter. It's another to wait for Sanchez to develop. There's a greater need for a pass rusher. (Five picks; none in second, fourth). Possible pick: Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

14. New Orleans Saints (8-8)

The Saints have to make their first pick count and their priority has to be in their secondary. They take the best defensive back, if not necessarily the best cornerback. (Four picks; two in fourth; none in second, third, fifth, sixth). Possible pick: Malcolm Jenkins, S-CB, Ohio State

15. Houston Texans (8-8)

Broncos-raised coach Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith have done a nice job bringing this expansion franchise from 2-14 to 6-10 to 8-8. They need one more good draft to take that next step to 10-6. (Eight picks; two in fourth). Possible pick: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

16. San Diego Chargers (8-8)

One reason LaDainian Tomlinson has been slowing down is his offensive line has been battered. Still, GM A.J. Smith has to feel like he has enough offense and defense has to be the priority. (Eight picks; none in second; three in fourth). Possible pick: Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

17. New York Jets (9-7)

For the second time this month, the Broncos thwart the Jets' bid to upgrade their QB. Jets know Percy Harvin's marijuana problem won't play well, but they also saw how the Giants dearly missed Plaxico Burress. (Six picks; none in fifth). Possible pick: Harvin, WR, Florida

18. Broncos (from Bears for Cutler)

I know. I know. What about the defensive line? That's why man made second and third rounds. With the Broncos' top defensive players gone, they take best available player who still fits a need. Possible pick: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)

A depth chart headed by Luke McCown and Brian Griese demands a new QB. The third-best in this draft, Josh Freeman, has some skills the top two, Stafford and Sanchez, don't. (Seven picks; none in second; two in seventh). Possible pick: Freeman, QB, Kansas State

20. Detroit Lions

From Cowboys for Roy Williams. Possible pick: Michael Oher, LT, Mississippi

21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)

First time in three years the Eagles have had a first-round pick and they have two. After failing to deal for Kansas City TE Tony Gonzalez, the Eagles have a need and a big-time tight end prospect to fill it. (10 picks; none in fourth; four in fifth; two in sixth). Possible pick: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

After quietly getting involved with the Cutler talks, the Vikings will have to upgrade their passing game by giving new QB Sage Rosenfels another big-play weapon. (Six picks; none in fourth, sixth; two seventh). Possible pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

23. New England Patriots (11-5)

Teams generally get old about one year before it becomes evident. Are the Pats finally on the downside of their great run? They especially need LB help outside Jerod Mayo. (11 picks; three in second; two in third, sixth). Possible pick: James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State

24. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

There aren't many mock drafts that didn't have the Falcons taking Pettigrew, but that was before GM Thomas Dimitroff pulled off deal for Kansas City TE Gonzalez. Falcons now need to replace Domonique Foxworth. (Seven picks; two in fifth; none in seventh). Possible pick: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

25. Miami Dolphins (11-5)

Most mocks have the Dolphins taking a defensive back because they lost Andre Goodman and Renaldo Hill to free agency and the Broncos, or wide receiver. But everything being equal, Bill Parcells always goes with men up front and at 330-something pounds, Ron Brace is a man. (Nine picks; two in second, seventh). Possible pick: Brace, NT, Boston College

26. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

They need offensive firepower, but their biggest loss of the offseason was outside linebacker Bart Scott, who signed a big free-agent deal with the Jets. (Six picks; none in seventh). Possible pick: Larry English, OLB, Northern Illinois

27. Indianapolis Colts (12-4)

It's possible they could give Peyton Manning another young receiver to replace the departed Marvin Harrison, but the franchise quarterback would benefit more from a defense that can get off the field. (Eight picks; two in fourth). Possible pick: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

28. Philadelphia Eagles

From Buffalo for Jason Peters. Possible pick: Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State

29. New York Giants (12-4)

Strange how the Giants overcame defensive losses of bookend defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora but couldn't overcome the loss of WR Plaxico Burress. (10 picks; two in second, third, fifth). Possible pick: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

30. Tennessee Titans (13-3)

They've got age in a secondary that got beat on two Joe Flacco deep balls in AFC playoffs. (10 picks; two in fourth, sixth, seventh). Possible pick: Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan

31. Arizona Cardinals (9-7)

They reached the Super Bowl despite having the 32nd-ranked rushing offense. And they lost third-down back J.J. Arrington. But they can wait until second round and take a big back like Iowa's Shonn Greene. (Eight picks; two in seventh). Possible pick: Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State

32. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

As Super Bowl XLIII showed, the defending champions can be had in the passing game. (Nine picks; two in fifth, seventh). Possible pick: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

No first-round picks: Chicago, Carolina, Dallas

OBF1
04-24-2009, 02:29 AM
Klis is an idiot

CHANGSTER
04-24-2009, 03:27 AM
I like how he lists them as "possible pick". A lack of commitment in a fricken mock draft.

bap454
04-24-2009, 03:53 AM
IF... we trade up. It would almost garauntees us Raji, Sanchez, or maybe even Curry. I down with that. As long as it doesnt cost us more than a 3rd and or a later pick/player.

Drek
04-24-2009, 04:49 AM
So Denver is the only team that makes a first round trade?

The Rams pass on major need at LT, after letting Pace go, to get a LB which is a secondary position in Spagnuolo's offense?

Andre Smith before Eugene Monroe?

Crabtree to Cleveland after they supposedly removed him from their board completely?

Buffalo sent Philly #28 along with Peters? Really? For what?

I could go on. Klis really sucks at his job, and it isn't even that damn hard a job. I guess, some people should just be happy they never went into a real demanding field. If I made that many errors I'd not only be fired, I'd be in jail for gross negligence.

elsid13
04-24-2009, 05:18 AM
So Denver is the only team that makes a first round trade?

The Rams pass on major need at LT, after letting Pace go, to get a LB which is a secondary position in Spagnuolo's offense?

Andre Smith before Eugene Monroe?

Crabtree to Cleveland after they supposedly removed him from their board completely?

Buffalo sent Philly #28 along with Peters? Really? For what?

I could go on. Klis really sucks at his job, and it isn't even that damn hard a job. I guess, some people should just be happy they never went into a real demanding field. If I made that many errors I'd not only be fired, I'd be in jail for gross negligence.

Last night on the NFL Access show, they said Smith is rising up the board again and mostly likely be a top 5 pick. He hired a new agent and in his personnel workouts shown that he actually working out and in shape. While Monroe rumored to have an issue with his knee.

Drek
04-24-2009, 05:33 AM
Last night on the NFL Access show, they said Smith is rising up the board again and mostly likely be a top 5 pick. He hired a new agent and in his personnel workouts shown that he actually working out and in shape. While Monroe rumored to have an issue with his knee.

We'll see tomorrow. When injuries start getting mentioned that didn't show up at the combine though I immediately think "smokescreen".

And nothing excuses how he put the #28th pick. The guy is supposed to be an NFL beat writer. Thats on par with a cop forgetting to put his gun in the holster before going to work.

Hercules Rockefeller
04-24-2009, 06:36 AM
After looking at that crappy mock, it almost seems like Klis is being fed bad information on purpose.

barryr
04-24-2009, 07:03 AM
So with the lack of talent on defense, the Broncos will instead take 2 offensive players, one that won't be ready to play for at least 2 years? I thought Shanahan had left.

dbfan21
04-24-2009, 07:22 AM
I like how he lists them as "possible pick". A lack of commitment in a fricken mock draft.

I was thinking the same exact thing. Have some balls and state your opinion, Klis! It's not like someone will fire him if he's wrong.