Mock Draft by Davie in Lakewood

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1. Carolina    Cam Newton QB Auburn…. They are forced to select a QB because they lack a second round pick.
2. Denver       Marcell Dareus DT Alabama… opposite Dummerville helps defense
3. Buffalo       AJ Green Wr Georgia… They believe Fitzpatrick is there future QB and giving him a top flight wr will help them compete in their division.
4. Cincinatti  Julio Jones WR Alabama because Chad Johnson has tweeted out his welcome with Marvin Lewis
5. Arizona    Von Miller   DE/OLB Texas A&M
6.  Titans  Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri With no free agency Titans are deseperate and id against Minnesota to trade with Browns, surrendering a second round pick to keep Minnesota from grabbing their QB.  I want Peterson here but Heckert will trade down unfortunately.
7. SF Patrick Peterson CB LSU  Harbaugh runs up card and maybe decides to wait for Andrew Luck in 2012.
8. Detroit Prince Amurkamara CB  surrenders a second to get a cb they so deseperately need
9. Dallas Tyron Smith OT, USC  Even Jones wakes up because his line play cost him Romo for the season last year.
10. Seattle Jake Locker QB  Washington  Seattle trades up with Washington to steal Minnesotas dream pick
11. Houston Texans Cameron Jordan DE/DT Cal  another blow to the Minnesota Vikings is the roof caving in again on their dreams
12. Minnesota JJ Watt DE Wisconsin might become their Brian Urlacker to combat their division Bears
13. Browns Robert Quinn DE NC this is the right spot and the right value to pick Quinn at and minimalize the risk plus capture two second rounders in a Belicheck/Reed nimble movement down the draft board.
14. St Louis Torrey Smith WR Maryland might be a reach but they need a target for Bradford and he wont be there in the 2nd round.
15. Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram RB Alabama they have no running backs on their roster and this need is a forced pick
16. Jacksonville Aldon Smith DE/OLB Value dictates this pick
17. New England Patriots Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson  Belicheck will catch the top ten player falling down the board like he did the tight end last year with injury concerns
18. San Diego Anthony Castanzo OT addresses tackle need
19. New York Giants Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin solid pick to keep Eli Manning upright in the pocket
20. Tampa Bay Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue  nice pick at right spot
21. Kansas City  Nick Fairley DT Auburn  Romeo Crennell love Shaun Rogers why not draft his twin for the empty stationary bike
22. Indianapolis Nate Solder OT Colorado an aging Manning can’t take many more multiple sack games against opponents or he’ll turn into Papa Manning before our eyes.
23. Philidephia Derek Sherrod OT  Better get one now before they are all gone.
24. New Orleans Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
25  Washington Ryan Mallet QB Arkansas perfect risk for Shanahan who loves the rocket arm
26 Baltimore Ravens Akeem Ayers DE/OLB pick pockets Belicheck and knows Ray Lewis is prob retiring after next season.
27. Atlanta Falcons Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame with their all pro tight about retire this makes sense.
28..Cincinatti  Christain Ponder QB Florida State Leap frogs back into first in order to replace Carson Palmer
29. Chicago Bears Mike Pouncey G Florida   sorry Pittsburgh fans how does it feel to have your dreams of the brothers crushed.
30. NY Jets Johanathan Baldwin, WR Pitt is Rex Ryan dumping Braylon Edwards for his twin?
31. Pittsburgh Ben Ijalana OT/G Vilinova  I don’t like this pick so i gave it to the steelers take that this is a Cleveland doing the draft
32. Green Bay Muhammad Wilkerson DE/DT Temple Need help on the defensive line

5 Sporting Activities while in Cornwall

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Cornwall provides the tourist with so many options to have a good holiday, it can be difficult to decide what to actually do when your here. Here are a few tips I would recommended looking into if your planning to visit the south west this summer.

Surf – Surfing has become so popular in Cornwall of recent years, especially places like Newquay which have built a reputation for themselves as a ‘surf town’ have loads to offer you as an experienced surfer and if you are looking to learn, what better place to learn than in the sea in Cornwall with qualified instructors to help you get to grips with it. Admittedly you might need a more lessons than one, some people pick it up really quickly, but don’t expect to get it straight away, its harder than it looks, trust me!

Sail – Sailing is a sport which looks really difficult, but in fact once you understand the mechanics of it your laughing. In Cornwall at just about every large coastal town you will be able to learn to sail. If you have been sailing before then you will probably agree with my statement about the difficulty. Clubs based in the south west often have competitions racing to and from or around somewhere and its a great way of having fun while exercising constantly.

Wild swimming – The Sea around Cornwall is for about 4 months a good temperature to take a dip and the water is amongst some of the cleanest in the UK and provides a refreshing change from laying on the beach baking to a crisp and completely different to swimming in a chlorinated indoor heated pool. If you don’t fancy swimming in the sea check out some of the rivers around Cornwall, many are a bit calmer if you don’t like the waves.

Walking – Cornwall has many walks you can get stuck into, Lands end is one of the best places to walk, on the one side you have the sea with no land insight except for a very clear day and on the other endless nature which has been beaten down over the years by the savage winds. In land provides a different style of trek, Cornwall has a moors area in Bodmin which gives you the opportunity to trek across varied terrain and forested areas.

Diving – Cornwall offers tourists the chance to explore fully the waters around our rugged coast lines, home to many ship wrecks and the Manacles Reef based in Falmouth which attracts many experienced and new divers all year round to the third deepest natural harbor in the World.

As you can see, Cornwall provides you with many opportunities to have fun, enjoy your holiday and keep fit at the same time. These are just a few of the activities I would recommend looking into while you’re staying with us in Cornwall.

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Bill Smith’s College Player Rating System

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By Bill Smith

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We all like to evaluate how badly our favorite teams have screwed up the draft. I though you might like to see how I evaluate players. I will be doing a draft rap up here on the Browns and other teams after the draft.

This outlines the system I have used for more than 40 years in evaluating college players for the NFL draft. The system is based on a point system. A number of years ago, I was in Indy the week of the Combine. I ran into a couple of Colt scouts in the hotel lobby. I suggested that they look at a C that I really liked but would probably not be drafted. He wasn’t drafted but the Colts signed him as a rookie undrafted free agent. The player was Jeff Saturday. All he has done is become an all pro for many years and the captain of the O line for Payton Manning. I found him using this system.

To use it, there are a few rules that must be followed.

Rules:

Only use the first half of games except for all star games. That eliminates players taking quarters off or taking unnecessary risks from a blowout.

The point system is used. A single play can generate no more than 5 points for any player.

It is impossible to effectively grade O and D line live. Slow motion is necessary to evaluate plays in these areas.

To get a reliable grade for a player, you must see at least 8 quarters of play. With 4 quarters you can get a good idea but to be sure the more games the better. That also balances the quality of opponents.

Only grade the seniors and probable juniors entering the draft. It is almost impossible to evaluate all 22 players on every play unless you have no life what so ever. Most seasons I wait until the under classmen have declared to do my detailed study of players.

Only award positive or negative numbers for above (or below) average plays. An average player is expected to make average plays regularly. This is one subjective area of the evaluation. However, if you are consistent with your grading, you can compare players in the same position on different teams.

Up to 2 pluses or minuses can be awarded for a play. For example a 5 yard penalty is -1 (pn-) while anything more than 5 yards is -2 (pn=). These are still within the 5 point rule.

Credit the player that deserves credit. An interception that bounces off a players hands and is picked is charged to the receiver not the passer. The D player that forces a QB into the arms of another gets half a sack as does the tackler.

Scoring:

OL 1 point each—p-Pass block r-Run block (lineman pulls or blocks down field and makes the block) d-Drive block NOTE: If a lineman pulls and misses the block he gets 0 on the play not a -.

Scoring for “skill” players (includes the above plus the following):

QB 1 point each as am al (accuracy in short, medium and long passes) tou (touch) xr (avoid rush) r(run)

QB 2 points each aw (awareness/looking off the safety) rd (reading D finding open receiver)

QB -3 points each x(interception) fl (fumble)

RB/WR 1 point each c (catch) r (run) v (vision) add a + for each tackle broken b (block) a (attempted catch of a bad ball) o (get open) d- (drop)

RB/WR 2 points each yac (yards after catch/contact) e (effort) aw (awareness) fl (fumble) fr (fumble of another recovered)

Miscellaneous (Defense or offense)

1 point each t (tackle) ms mm ml (man coverage short, med, long) z (zone) pb (pass blocked) pd (pass defended down field) r (run d) p (pass rush)

2 points each h (hurry QB to inc. pass) aw rd (read play) s (sack) fr (fumble recovered)

3 points each x (interception) xc (interception caused by rush or tipped ball) fc (fumble caused) bkp (blocked punt) bkk (blocked kick)

Only for those that are really into evaluating DBs: If a sack occurs after 4 seconds of the snap, each DB gets a G (group sack) worth one point to each.

In addition, the pn is a minus as described above but if a player causes a penalty he gets a pc (penalty caused) worth one point for a 5 yard and 2 pts for more than 5 yards.

Now I am sure that everyone wants to know what is a good score and what is a bad one. That like beauty is in the eye of the evaluator. O line and D players should average more than 8 points in a half. QB and RBs should get 12+ to be considered very good. WR vary a lot depending on how many times they are thrown to. Those are scores according to my evaluations. Yours may well differ depending on what you call an above average play. It is a tool to rank different players in the same position. However, if you see a player that is not well thought of that scores very high in all games seen, he is probably going to be a steal in the draft.

One last thing. The scores for each player should be listed in order that the games were played. A good player that shows consistent improvement from 5 to 7 to 9 to 11 points during the season moves ahead of a player that is level or moves down from early to late. When you have players with different numbers of games evaluated, use the average score per game for each.

This is a lot of work and not many will want to do it. However, it also works for evaluating pro players but their scores should be a little higher to be considered above average. I hope you at least try this system and would love to know what you think after you have.

This system is copyrighted by W.E. Smith. It is posted here for the private use of our readers and may not be reproduced in any other forum, form or on the net without the written permission of the author.

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If you draft out of fear of failure you will fail.

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If you draft out of fear of failure you will fail.

By Bill Smith

Given all the failures of QBs early in the NFL draft over the recent years, this year there is more talk than ever of drafting not to fail. The new administration of the Lions is going to have to byte the bullet about their first overall pick.

There was the first overall pick in 1999 with the Browns taking QB Tim “I’m on the” Couch (Kentucky). The team never has recovered.

That same year the Bengals drafted Akili Smith (Oregon) with the 3rd pick overall. The Bengals ended up drafting QB Carson Palmer (USC).

There was the first overall pick in 2002 with the Texans taking QB David Carr (BYU). The Texans languished for 5 years before putting their QB on the used Carr lot.

In 2006, Arizona took Matt Leinart (USC) with the 10th pick. He now holds the clip board for 38 year old Kurt Warner.

There was the first overall pick in 2007 with the Raiders taking JaMarcus Russell (LSU). A herd of coaches have yet to make him a NFL quality QB.

Although Vince Young (Texas) was the 3rd pick overall, it has stunted the playoff success of the Titans.

No wonder the Lions are a little squeamish about drafting a QB with the first overall pick. But here is the deal—IF (and only if) you feel that Matt Stafford (Georgia) is a franchise QB, you have to draft him. Failing to take a franchise QB out of fear of failure is a recipe for years to come. And most of those years will be managed by your replacements in the front office.

As you know, I have reservations about Stafford. His decision making leaves a lot to be desired. Some of that may be that he depends on his strong arm too much. But throws you shouldn’t make in college will result in touchdowns for the opponent in the NFL. But Stafford is very bright and with tape study and work on the field, he can improve his decision making. His footwork and mechanics are also in need of work. But those too can be fixed.

Last year the Dolphins had the first pick and took an O lineman Jake Long (LT Michigan) with that pick and QB Chad Henne (Michigan) with a 2nd round pick. The Lions are not going to be able to do that this year. If they pass on Stafford, chances are the other two supposedly 1st round picks Mark Sanchez (USC) and Josh Freeman (Kansas St.) will be gone by the 20th pick. I don’t have any other QB rated in the second or third round.

Like it or not, the Lions have very few choices other than Stafford. One possibility would be to trade for QB Derek Anderson (Browns). He is a young but somewhat proven QB with a strong arm that would make the Lions offense better. Then they could draft an LT with the first pick and either later this year or next pick up a QB of the future. That is the safe choice. But if they feel that Stafford is franchise QB, they have to go for it.

Such are the decisions that make a GM famous or if it doesn’t work out, unemployed. That is how so many ex-GMs end up on ESPN.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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