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AFC DRAFT REVIEW

NORTH
Baltimore – OT certainly wasn’t a top need for Baltimore but they get Michael Oher anyways. Oher can start on either side but will be a back up for now. I love the pick of DE Paul Kruger in the 2nd Round. He can play down or up as an OLB in their 3-4 scheme. He should contribute right away. CB Lardarius Webb was a reach in Round 3. He could contribute on special teams and maybe some defensive packages. ILB Jason Phillips falls to the 5th Round and Baltimore’s LB corps gets stronger. RB Cedric Peerman is of great value with the last pick. He gives them a legitimate pass catcher out of the backfield. TE Drew might make the team as a back up and special teamer.
The Ravens failed to land a S and their #1 need, WR. FINAL GRADE C+

Pittsburgh – Can we say the rich get richer? DT Ziggy Hood is a very talented interior lineman. I had him going several picks before this but teams passed him up for some reason. OL Kraig Urbik is a very solid offensive lineman from Wisconsin. He can play either guard position or right tackle. Pittsburgh adds depth. WR Mike Wallace replaces WR Nate Washington. CBs Lewis and Burnett should add depth to Pittsburgh’s defensive backfield but I don’t project either guy as a starter. C A.Q. Shipley in the 7th Round is a steal. Most scouts had the Penn State C as a 5th Round value. DT Harris and TE Johnson will struggle to make the team. Pittsburgh addressed all of their need areas. FINAL GRADE B+

Cincinnati – The Bengals had a lot of picks and did some pretty good things with them. The first one was used on OL Andre Smith. Now I moved him way down my board for weight and attitude reasons but Cincy pick him #6 overall. The way I look at this pick is if they put him at G or RT I think it will work out well. If they project him as a LT I think they will be very disappointed. ILB Rey Maualuga with Keith Rivers sounds awesome on paper. However Rey isn’t very bright for a MLB and his only strength is up in the box. It depends on the scheme but this is a boom or bust pick. DE Michael Johnson was a great pick. He is a talented pass rusher and should contribute right away. TE Chase Coffman was also one of the steals of the draft. He should contribute immediately. C Jon Luigs, P Kevin Huber and RB Fui Vakapuna were all solid picks were they were taken and should contribute. RB Bernard Scott and DE Clinton McDonald were reaches and failed to draft a safety. FINAL GRADE B-

Cleveland – The Browns hit a homerun early with the picks of C Alex Mack and WR Brian Robiskie. Mack should anchor that line for a long time and Robiskie will be the go to receiver if Edwards is traded. WR Massaquoi is a big, physical threat and could start opposite Robiskie. DE David Veikune will start at LB in Cleveland’s 3-4. He is a quick penetrator who will see significant playing time. LB Maiva from USC was a great value. He is smart and should start soon. CB Cary and Francies are also great values where they were picked. They should contribute. 6th Round pick RB James Davis could be a nice surprise. He should produce behind RB Jamal Lewis. Cleveland did fail to land a S and TE. FINAL GRADE B

SOUTH
Jacksonville – The Jags needed help on the line and they got OT Eugene Monroe. He may be the best of this class and start on the Jags left side for the next 10 years. Props to the Jags for going offensive line two picks in a row nabbing OT Eben Britton. He will eventually start on the right side. DT Knighton was taken a little high but will provide some serious beef in the middle of the Jacksonville defensive line. Round 3 selection of William & Marry CB Derek Cox is a bit of a stretch. They could have had him at a much better value in Round 5. WR Mike Thomas should contribute immediately in the slot for Jacksonville even though they needed a bigger playmaker on the outside. WR Dillard from Rice might make the team as a 4th option. He has great hands. Liberty RB Rashad Jennings is a steal in Round 7. Most had him a 4th or 5th Round pick. He is a huge back that should compliment Jones-Drew very well. They failed to draft an OLB, a QB or a big-play WR. FINAL GRADE C+

Indianapolis – DT Ziggy Hood, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Brian Robiskie, LB Rey Maualuga, LB James Laurinaitis and OT Eben Britton are still on the board and you reach with U Conn RB Donald Brown. I’m not saying Brown will be bad but they had other significant holes and better options. Addai and Hart are injury prone so if they do go down this pick suddenly makes a lot of sense. DT Fili Moala was taken in the 2nd Round and should start although he isn’t an impact player. CB Powers was a bit of a reach in Round 3. He has decent skills and should play some nickel and special teams. WR Austin Collie was a good pick in Round 4. He was a very productive WR and special teamer. DT Terrance Taylor was an OK pick. He is a short run stopper. He won’t help much in pass defense. QB Curtis Painter in Round 6 was a great pick. Purdue QBs do pretty well in the NFL. He may have a future as Peyton’s understudy for the next few years. P Pat McAfee will probably make the team after Hunter’s departure. They failed to land a LB in the draft. FINAL GRADE C

Houston – The Texans needed a stud LB and they got one. LB Brian Cushing will be the face of the defense for years to come. I love the pick of DE Connor Barwin in Round 2. Add Barwin to Okoye and Williams and you are talking an awesome defensive line. G Antoine Caldwell will provide O-Line depth. TE James Casey was a great value pick in Round 5. He is a great, pass catching TE. They also grabbed two decent CB prospects in Quin and McCain. They failed to pick a WR or RB in the draft. FINAL GRADE C+

Tennessee – They had a lot of picks and did pretty well. WR Kenny Britt could end up being the best WR of this draft. DT Sen’Derrick Marks is no Haynesworth but he should do well. TE Jared Cook will help stretch the middle of the field. Good pick. CB Ryan Mouton, LB Gerald McGrath and OT Troy Kropog were great picks where they were picked. They should make the team and contribute. Grabbing RB Javon Ringer near the end of Round 5 was a no-brainer. He now gives Tennessee a triple-threat backfield. The last 4 players taken will struggle to make this already deep team. The only thing Titans failed to do was draft a young QB. FINAL GRADE B+

EAST
Miami – The Dolphins picked up defensive backs in the off-season and continued to do so in the draft adding stud Illinois CB Vontae Davis and Utah CB Sean Smith. Davis should start right away and Smith should eventually start. QB Pat White is a great pick. He wants to play QB and Miami’s “Wildcat” offense allows him too. That should be very fun to watch. Mid-Round WR picks of Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner were brilliant. They add depth to a group that had none. Turner could end up being a #2 opposite Ted Ginn. Round 6 selection of OT Andrew Gardner was a good value pick. He should be able to hold down a back spot on the team. They did fail to address their needs on the defensive line. FINAL GRADE B

New England – The Patriots do very well with their box full of picks. SS Pat Chung and DT Ron Brace should both start immediately. They are both impact players. CB Darius Butler won’t start this year but he will shadow their vets for a year or two and then have a very long, successful career. OT Vollmer from Houston at the end of Round 2 is a reach. There were plenty of excellent OTs left. WR Brandon Tate had some issues recently but if healthy will be a significant contributor in the Patriot’s offense and special teams. OLB McKenzie from South Florida is a great value pick. He too will shadow the veteran linebackers for now and contribute on special teams. G Rich Ohrnberger was a good pick for New England. He adds depth to the interior offensive line. QB Julian Edelman from Kent State wasn’t on anyone’s board but they took him to run the New England version of the “Wildcat”. He will compete with free agent acquisition Brian Hoyer for the 3rd spot on the team. With 12 picks in the draft and a desperate need at RB the Patriots don’t draft one. Perhaps they have their eye on soon to be FA Edgerrin James. FINAL GRADE B

New York – Very good but very bad. The Jets had the balls to move up and take QB Mark Sanchez from USC. The problem is he is one of those boom or bust picks. Is he Carson Palmer or Matt Leinhart? He certainly has Palmer potential. The jury is out. Jets get great value nabbing RB Shonn Greene in Round 3. Thomas Jones is getting old and Shonn is the heir apparent. G Slaussen from Nebraska should make the team and add depth to the offensive line. They needed to address WR, D-Line and TE in the draft and didn’t. Perhaps they will in free agency. FINAL GRADE C

Buffalo – The Bills had a very nice draft. They reached a little on the first pick but they did get a versatile pass rusher in Aaron Maybin. He will start immediately. Wood and Levitre will add much needed depth to the interior offensive line. CB Jarius Byrd is vastly underrated and could start in his first season. Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson will also start and stretch the field. Round 5 pick Nic Harris is a great pick. He plays S, LB and is a special teams contributor. CB Cary Harris is also a great pick for Buffalo in Round 6. They did fail to draft a much needed RB and WR. FINAL GRADE B+

WEST
Denver – You take RB Moreno with the first pick after signing RBs Buckhalter, Jordan and Arrington in the off-season? With all the defensive holes I’m not sure I agree with that. DE Ayers with the second pick was solid and he should contribute immediately. 2nd Round picks of CBs Smith and McBath were solid. I don’t see either one starting but they will both contribute and add depth. S David Bruton in Round 4 was a good idea. In Round 6 they add QB Tom Brandstater who is the perfect QB for their system. He’ll play behind Orton and Simms in 2009. The rest of the picks were offensive line depth and WR McKinney who might not make the squad. They needed help on the defensive side of the ball, particularly on the front 7 and only came away with a defensive end. FINAL GRADE C-

Oakland – WR Heyward-Bey #7 overall! Are you kidding me? They could have moved down 10 to 15 spots and still got him. No other team had him in the top 20. Not too mention the two best receivers, Maclin and Crabtree were still on the board. I don’t even think he was 3rd best. I like WRs Hakeem Nicks and Percy Harvin more than Bey. Then in Round 2 they pick little known SS Mike Mitchell from Ohio. Mel Kiper was kind in saying he “flew” up some draft boards late but c’mon. This guy wasn’t even invited to the combine and wasn’t on most team’s board. This guy in Round 2 is a joke. DE Matt Shaunessy in Round 3 is a bit of a reach. He is a developmental player. The best pick was probably WR Louis Murphy in Round 4. I thought he had 2nd Round talent. DEs Norris and Sulak are speed all the way and look like situational rushers and special teamers. TE Brandon Myers with the last pick is a reserve, run-blocking tight end. They also failed to land a LB, O-Linemen and CB. FINAL GRADE D-

San Diego – The pick of DE Larry English means they were stupid for passing up ILBs Maualuga and Laurinaitis or they are not confident of Merriman’s return. They drafted some much needed beef in G Vasquez, G Tyronne Green and DT Vaughn Martin. Vasquez and Green add much needed depth and one will probably replace Goff. DT Martin is a longshot. He is a Canadian player drafted based on an impressive workout day and intangibles. CB Brandon Hughes should be the nickel back and S Kevin Ellison of USC was a steal late in the draft. He is a smart, hard-nosed player who should contribute. The last pick of WR Demetrius Byrd could pay off a year or two down the road. If it weren’t for his untimely car accident he would have been selected in the 3rd or 4th Round. They did fail to secure a back up to Tomlinson. FINAL GRADE C+

Kansas City – DE Tyson Jackson is not the 3rd best player in the country. I thought LB Aaron Curry was a no-brainer here. Despite where Jackson was picked he should be a decent player and immediate contributor. DT Alex Magee in Round 3 is OK. I am not sure he is a starter in the NFL though. CB Donald Washington might make the team as a nickel back. G Colin Brown of Missouri adds depth and can play OT too. WR Quinten Lawrence will probably be the 4th or 5th receiver. RB Tavarris Williams from Tennessee State should do well. K Ryan Succop should also make the team. They failed to land a LB or S. FINAL GRADE C

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NFL DRAFT REVIEW – NFC

NORTH
Chicago – This draft was about Jay Cutler. For that alone they can’t earn a low grade. DT Gilbert will probably rotate in on passing downs and WR Iglesias will be the Bears primary slot receiver. CB D.J. Moore means Vasher will probably get traded before the season starts. Little known WR Johnny Knox has a shot to make the team based on his 4.3 speed alone. What could turn out to be the best pick of all was Ohio State OLB Marcus Freeman in Round 5. Weak-side backer Hillenmeyer has lost a step and Freeman will probably replace him as starter in 2010. S Al Afalava will compete for playing time but will be significant addition as a special teamer. Melton, Louis and Kinder will have a hard time making the team. FINAL GRADE B-

Green Bay – The Packers had a great draft. D-Coach Dom Capers is switching the Pack over to a 3-4 defensive scheme so they needed guys to fill significant roles with this change. NT B.J. Raji was the only true nose tackle in the whole draft. He is also and awesome player. They followed that with the selection of LB Clay Matthews. Both will help the defense improve against the run. They also added O-Line depth with the selection of Lang and Meredith. The sleeper was Cincy CB Brandon Underwood who will be the primary nickel/dime back in the defensive backfield. He will eventually become a starter in the NFL. FINAL GRADE B+

Minnesota – I think WR Percy Harvin is going to be fabulous opposite Bernard Berrian. He should have a long, solid career. OT Phil Loadholt from Oklahoma was the 2nd pick. I think you could have got him 10 to 15 picks down the line and acquired a few extra picks by moving down. He will anchor that right side of the offensive line for a long time. The rest of the picks were just OK. They only had 5 picks in total and did not address their need for defensive line or center help. FINAL GRADE C+

Detroit – The Lions had a great draft. Yep, I admit it. Stafford will be a very good QB in the NFL and TE Brandon Pettigrew will be one of the top TEs in football. Picking up Delmas in the late 2nd Round was a steal. He is one of the best safeties in the draft. Wisconsin OLB is a serviceable player who will probably start on this talent deprived team. WR Derrick Williams is one of the better slot receivers in the draft. DT Sammie Lee Hill could be a great pick too. He’s from a small school but he is huge and can dominate the interior line. 7th Round pick LB Zach Follett could be the Zach Thomas of this draft. He was under-appreciated. He isn’t a “combine” guy but you can’t deny his heart and production. He will be a special team in year one and could develop into a solid weak side linebacker. FINAL GRADE B+

SOUTH
Atlanta – DT Peria Jerry is a work horse. He won’t be a pro-bowl caliber DT but he is solid and should start immediately. S Will Moore is also someone who fits that bill. He struggles at times but he is a big hitter and an aggressive ball hawk. Richmond product
DE Lawrence Sidbury is a good pick in Round 4 but they needed an every down DE. Lawrence is a pass rushing DE and that’s about it. The Falcons draft two CBs, Owens and Middleton, but I am not super excited about either one. They will probably both stick but as reserves. The 7th Round pick of Vance Walker could turn out to be a pleasant surprise. Injuries slowed him down at all-star games and combine. When healthy he is a very solid interior lineman. They get 5th Round value in the 7th Round. FINAL GRADE C

Tampa Bay – Tampa had 4 QBs on the roster and now they have 5 with the drafting of Kansas State’s Josh Freeman. They moved up in the 1st Round to get him. I am not sure why? He is big with a strong arm but I’ve seen him play live and I wasn’t too impressed. He makes lots of mistakes and misses wide open receivers. To me Josh is a career back up. The second pick of DT Roy Miller wasn’t bad. I think he was picked a bit high but he is a physical run stuffer. He will enter the DT rotation immediately. The rest of the draft I wasn’t too impressed with. Kyle Moore is so-so and 5th Rounder Xavier Fulton projected a 7th Rounder / Free Agent. The bottom line is they needed a RB and OLBs and failed to get them. FINAL GRADE D

Carolina – Picking up 1st Round talent DE Everett Brown in Round 2 was a steal. He will eventually replace Peppers when they can find a taker for him. CB/S Sherrod Martin was also a good value in Round 2. DT Corey Irvin was also a good pick. He is a talented run plug in the middle. My favorite pick has to be RB Mike Goodson in Round 4. He is a very strong receiver and should compliment D. Williams in a two-headed ground attack. They also get FB Tony Fiametta with the following pick. Simply put, the best fullback in the draft. He should help big time in the short yardage game. In the 5th Round they get OT Duke Robinson. I had him as a 3rd Round talent. He should anchor the right side as the OT or G in Carolina for a long time. Finally, they get CB Captain Munnerlyn in the last round. He is a great value here. Munnerlyn should compete for the nickel backer slot on this team. He is also a special teams contributor. The Panthers did fail to land an impact WR and back up QB in the draft. FINAL GRADE B+

New Orleans – The Saints were terrible against the pass last year and they landed CB Malcolm Jenkins and S Chip Vaughn. I think very highly of both players. They should start immediately. However, a poor front 7 is also to blame for a bad passing defense. The only player they took in the front 7 was LB Stan Arnoux who is nothing more than a back up and special teamer. They needed a punter and got a pretty good punter. They also needed offensive line help and a compliment to Pierre and Bush. They failed in that respect. FINAL GRADE C+

EAST
Dallas – The Cowboys hit the jackpot. They leveraged picks and players into 12 picks in this year’s draft. I won’t mention all the picks but here are the most influential. LB Jason Williams from Western Illinois should start immediately and contribute on special teams. OT Robert Brewster is huge and should compete for a starting Guard position on the line. DEs Victor Butler and Brandon Williams should both make the team and contribute on special teams. 5th Rounders CB DeAngelo Smith and S Mike Hamlin were absolute steals. Smith should play SS and Hamlin FS in the revamped Cowboy defensive backfield. Finally, finding CB Mike Mickens in Round 7 is a steal too. Not sure why he slid so far. He led the nation in interceptions. He should be the teams 3rd or 4th corner and play some nickel too. The only thing the Cowboys failed to do was draft a WR with the capability of starting. FINAL GRADE B+

New York – Excellent draft by the Giants. The big need was WR and they land Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. Nicks should start immediately and Barden, at 6’6”, will be a nice red zone target. LB Clint Sintim should be an immediate contributor on and already good defense. Finding OT William Beatty at the end of Round 2 was a steal. He provides immediate depth and insurance in case one of the starting tackles goes down. TE Travis Beckum is a solid player. He should contribute right away as the second option off of the line and a special teamer. RB Andre Brown replaces Derrick Ward. I consider this an upgrade. Andre is a very good player. QB Rhett Bomar could become a starter in this league but for now projects as Eli’s understudy. The Giants addressed all of their need areas. FINAL GRADE A

Philadelphia – I project that Donovan McNabb will finally be happy. Who thinks Jeremy Maclin falls to #19? Philly was smart enough to grab him and now have a tough Jackson-Maclin combo for McNabb to throw to. But that wasn’t all. They also got RB LeSean McCoy and TE Cornelius Ingram. McCoy projects to share time with Westbrook and Ingram looks to be the pass catching option at TE. Donovan’s offense is now vastly better. CB Macho Harris in Round 5 was a great value pick. He is very versatile and should contribute immediately. WR Brandon Gibson was also a good pick. He should be able to land a spot as the teams 4th or 5th receiver. The also took an OLB and some interior linemen. FINAL GRADE B+

Washington – A top 5 talent at pick #13. Outstanding! Brian Orakpo now teamed with Haynesworth, should be fun to watch. Unfortunately for the Skins the rest of the picks weren’t much to write home about. CB Barnes is serviceable but not an immediate contributor, Glenn is a special teamer and Henson also projects to be nothing more than a special teamer. TE Eddie Williams and WR Marko Mitchell are the only offensive players to be drafted and they don’t project to make the team. FINAL GRADE C-

WEST
Arizona – The Cards needed to address the running game and did with the selection of Beanie Wells. Wells will be a good back for that team but I think their were better backs still on the board at the time. They could have even traded down 4 to 6 spots and acquired more picks. DE Cody Brown will play linebacker for the Cards. He should start right away. He is quick and hits hard. S Rashad Johnson should also be an immediate contributor. He is a smart guy and knows how to play the position. CB Toler from St. Paul’s was a reach as was OL Herman “Big Baby” Johnson from LSU. If Herman can get his weight down to about 330 and stay there he could be a starter in this league. DE Will Davis from Illinois is serviceable and RB Howling from Pitt should be a special teams returner. FINAL GRADE C+

San Fransisco – Crabtree at #10 is awesome. He will struggle initially as the 49ers develop their young players but he will develop into one of the top WRs in the game. RB Coffee was a little stretch in Round 2 but he is a big bruiser who should be able to take some carries away from Gore and Robinson. LB Scott McKillop in Round 5 is a steal and if there is anyone who knows something about interior linebackers, that would be Mike Singletary. McKillop isn’t a combine kind of guy but he was very productive and got things done. He may back up initially but I think he eventually starts in this league. QB Nate Davis in Round 5 is another steal. His size knocked him down the board but he has 2nd/3rd Round talent. Hill and Huard are your 1 and 2 but I think Davis battles Smith for the last roster spot. They also get a ton of value with picks TE Bear Pascoe, FS Curtis Taylor and DT Ricky Jean-Francois. I look for all of these guys to make the team and contribute. FINAL GRADE B+

St. Louis – The Rams hit back-to-back shots with OT Jason Smith and MLB James Laurintais. I look for both of them to start right away. Smith should anchor that line for a long, long time and Laurintais is the real deal in the middle. CB Fletcher was a little bit of a stretch with the next pick but he could play nickel/dime corner. WR Brooks Foster is big and physical. I look for him to get a lot of playing time with the departure of Torry Holt. DT Dorrell Scott and QB Keith Null were kind of a surprise. Not because they were drafted but because their were better players at those positions still on the board. 7th Round RB Chris Ogbonnaya could be a pleasant surprise for Coach Spagnuolo. At 6’0, 220lb he is a punishing back. FINAL GRADE B

Seattle – Linebacker wasn’t the top need but when Aaron Curry is there for the taking you have to do it. He is a once in a decade kind of linebacker. They also hit a home run with the pick they got from the Bears. They got C Max Unger from Oregon. He is far and away the best center in the class. QB Mike Teel was a very interesting pick. Rutgers had a bit of a down year so he wasn’t considered amongst the top QBs. He is very good though and has a lot of potential. The 4 other picks were so-so. They could make the team as backup players. They could have also used a CB and failed to draft one. FINAL GRADE B

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NFL Considers Changes To Draft

FROM NFL.COM –

The NFL confirmed reports that the league is considering the idea of starting the 2010 draft in prime time on a Thursday night and making it a three-day event but added that no decision has been made.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the NFL was considering holding the first round of the draft on a Thursday night, the second and third rounds on a Friday night and rounds 4 through 7 on a Saturday. “We think it can be very appealing from a fan’s standpoint and an audience standpoint,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in the story.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy posted the same details on his Twitter channel, asking his “followers” to let him know what they thought.

Last year, the NFL shortened the time between first-round picks from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, and this year’s first round took 3:23 — making it the fastest first round since 1990 (when there were four fewer teams in the league).

Why is it that organizations want to tinker with things that already work? NFL Draft weekend is a tradition for my friends and I. Obviously the first day is the bigger day but we usually have a BBQ, a few beers and watch our teams get better…or worse. Sunday is usually the same just a lot less rowdy.

Now the NFL wants to start on a Thursday night in primetime? This is nothing more than a money grab. This decision is made without the fans in mind. They want an extra night of commercial revenue and that is what it is all about.

If they cared about the fans and the event they would have it start on Saturday at 12:00 PM EST. The first 3 Rounds would go down on Saturday. Sunday would start one hour earlier, 11:00 AM EST and include an 8th Round. Teams could even run their own contests to have a lucky fan announce the 8th Round pick(s) for his/her favorite team.

Contests and promotions aside, this day ushers in the beginning of the next season. Teams futures rest upon the success they have on this weekend and the event draws millions of fans because of that. The NFL has had a recipe of success for this event so why mess with tradition?

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NFL MOCK DRAFT 2009

1st ROUND PROJECTION
DETROIT Matt Stafford QB Georgia
ST.LOUIS Jason Smith OT Baylor
KANSAS CITY Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest
SEATTLE Eugene Moore OT Virginia
CLEVELAND Brian Orakpo DE Texas
CINCINNATI Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
OAKLAND Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri
JACKSONVILLE Peria Jerry DT Mississippi
GREEN BAY Everette Brown DE Florida State
SAN FRANSISCO Mark Sanchez QB USC
BUFFALO Michael Oher OT Mississippi
DENVER B.J. Raji DT Boston Col.
WASHINGTON Tyson Jackson DE LSU
NEW ORLEANS Brian Cushing LB USC
HOUSTON Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
SAN DIEGO James Laurinaitis LB Ohio State
NY JETS Josh Freeman QB Kansas State
DENVER (from Chicago) Robert Ayers DE Tennessee
TAMPA BAY Aaron Maybin DE Penn State
DETROIT (from Dallas) Rey Maualuga LB USC
PHILADELPHIA Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia
MINNESOTA Percy Harvin WR Florida
NEW ENGLAND Clay Matthews LB USC
ATLANTA Paul Kruger DE Utah
MIAMI Kenny Britt WR Rutgers
BALTIMORE Clint Sintim LB Virginia
INDIANAPOLIS Evander Hood DT Missouri
BUFFALO (from Car.thru Philly) Brandon Pettigrew TE Okla. St.
NY GIANTS Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland
TENNESSEE Mohammed Massaquoi WR Georgia
ARIZONA LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH Eben Britton OT Arizona

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So Long Oscar

One of the boxing greats has retired. Oscar De La Hoya has decided to hang up the gloves with a record of 39-6 with 30 KOs. He had an awesome career winning gold medals, holding belts in 6 different divisions and defeating greats like Chavez, Whitaker, Trinidad, Mosely, Hopkins, and Vargas.

Oscar had recent difficulties of late, going 8-6 in his last 14 fights. Good numbers for most boxers, not for Oscar. The beginning of the end was probably when he failed to put away “Money” Mayweather and lost his Super Welterweight Title in 2007. Oscar lost his last fight by TKO to Manny Pacquiao.

Oscar De La Hoya may be retired but we have some great memories. He was a really great fighter and entertainer. While some of us hope he re-considers and comes back after a year or two off, he seems content with his decision to call it quits. And really, with a wife like Millie Corretjer, wouldn’t you want to just chill with your lady from now on?

MILLIE CORRETJER

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The other women in Oscar’s life…

EX WIFE SHANNA MOAKLER

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Hello Sis!!!  Daisy De La Hoya

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NHL First Round Predictions

EAST

BOSTON BRUINS V. MONTREAL CANADIENS
You’ve got to love the old-time, Original 6 match ups in the playoffs. Montreal and Boston have always played each other tough regardless of seeding. Boston is a better team though no matter which way you look at it. Boston plays well at both ends and has a ton of depth.
BOSTON IN 6

WASHINGTON CAPITALS V. NEW YORK RANGERS
New York had to scratch and claw to get into the post-season. They are battle tested. You have the high powered Washington offense versus Lundqvist and the tough Ranger D. I have seen a hot goalie make the difference in so many playoff series and it might just happen in this series.
WASHINGTON IN 7

NEW JERSEY DEVILS V. CAROLINA HURRICANES
New Jersey was playing some very uninspired hockey at the end of the season. Even all-world goalie looked human that last few weeks. In recent history the Devils haven’t faired well against Carolina. It is also very hard to beat the Hurricanes on their ice. This looks to be an upset in the making.
CAROLINA IN 6

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS V. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
This matchup looks like it could be a heavyweight fight. Both teams are evenly matched offensively and defensively. There is star power on each side with Malkin, Crosby, Carter and Richards. And, you have some in-state hate between the two. I do like Pittsburgh though. They have been much more aggressive the last month and a half. They have been playing some of the best hockey in the NHL and the playoffs are all about who is hot at the right time.
PITTSBURGH IN 6

WEST

SAN JOSE SHARKS V. ANAHEIM DUCKS
There is no reason the Sharks should lose this series. They are the best in the NHL. However the Ducks won 7 of their last 10 games and are only 2 years removed from a Stanley Cup Finals. This series will showcase two of the better goalies in Giguere and Nabakov. I think Anaheim has a enough veteran talent to make it a series.
SAN JOSE IN 6

DETROIT RED WINGS V. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
David against Goliath in this match up. Although, to the Blue Jacket’s credit they have had a very nice season and have a good, young core. Simply put Detoit is too talented and if they struggle at all this series it will be because of their goalie play.
DETROIT IN 5

VANCOUVER CANUCKS V. ST. LOUIS BLUES
These were two teams with not much of a chance to make the playoffs. Each of them had issues and terrible stretches during the season. While a young St. Louis team got healthy and seemed to right the ship at the end, Vancouver has been almost lights out since that terrible stretch in January.
VANCOUVER IN 6

CALGARY FLAMES V. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
The roar has returned to the United Center as the Hawks return to post-season. The incredible duo of Kane and Toews lead this bunch to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Flames are a veteran bunch that has been regulars to the post-season this decade. The Flames have had a hard time against the Hawks this season and have been battling injuries. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the Bulin Wall is hot and when he is hot he is one of the best goalies in the game.

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