The Know-It-All Draft Strategy: Touchdown Leagues

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

*TD League Format*

 

Kyle Stafford – @Kstafford32

How do I build the complete team?

The Answer: Develop a Pre-Draft Scheme

            To draft a perfect team in touchdown leagues requires more than just breaking down the stats and trends. You need to evaluate players and breakdown position scarcity. Every year as football evolves, so does fantasy football. You now have 4 Quarterbacks capable of tossing 40+ TDs and hitting around or beyond the 5,000 yard mark. More teams are moving towards Running Back by committee. As the passing game expands, so do the roles of Tight Ends and Wideouts. I remember when I first started playing Fantasy in the late 90’s, Tightend Tony Gonzalez was shocking the fantasy world by making his position fantasy relevant. Now days, his stats then would be lost in a crowded group.

Draft Breakdown:

Round 1- If you don’t land one of the three elite Quarterbacks, then go Runningback.

Rounds 2 & 3- Running Back is very thin, I would continue to draft Running Backs until the main starters are gone. For added depth, fill your flex with a back

Rounds 4 & 5- Since you could care less about receptions, you want to target your Redzone and/or Big Play Wideouts. I have seen such threats as Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson, and Mike Wallace fall to these spots.

Round 6- If you didn’t get an elite QB in the 1st round, take your QB here. If a Tony Romo or Philip Rivers does not fall here, Jay Cutler or Matt Schaub would be good value.

Rounds 7 & Beyond- I would continue adding depth with running backs and wide receivers. You can find nice backups like Toby Gerhart. I also like adding rookies on my bench as well. You should be able to get good value on a tightend in the 12 to 13 round range. Brett Celek or Jared Cook should be waiting there for you. About 10 total fantasy points separate these players from a player like Vernon Davis whose ADP is in the 4th-5th round.

If your league allows a deep bench, you might consider a backup Quarterback. If not, I would not waste a bench spot for a player you might use only one week out of the year. There is plenty of value in the Free Agent pool for a spot start.

Do not draft a kicker or defense until the final 2 rounds. I tend to change my defenses throughout the season on purely a matchup basis.

Remember the goal is to have a solid, well rounded team that consistently finds the endzone. Here is a mock draft I recently did with this format:

12 Team League, #6 Pick, TD Standard Format, H2H

QB: Philip Rivers (6th round)

RB: Darren McFadden (1st round)

RB: Jamaal Charles (2nd round)

WR: Vincent Jackson (4th round)

WR: Jeremy Maclin (5th round)

FLEX: Michael Turner (3rd round)

TE: Brett Celek (12th round)

D: Cincinnati (14th round)

K: Matt Bryant (13th round)

BE: Cedric Benson (7th round)

BE: Michael Crabtree (8th round)

BE: Malcom Floyd (9th round)

BE: Ryan Williams (10th round)

BE: David Wilson (11th round)

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2012 NFL Final Mock Draft – Round 3 plus a few

Alright, well we’ve made it through the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.  With the third round comes the first time that the Saints are on the board and due to the departure of Asomugha after the 2010 season, the Raiders sneak in right at the end of the 3rd round, with a compensatory pick.  Without further ado, I round out my top 100 of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Colts talked Reggie Wayne into returning but the rebuilding process has to involve surrounding Andrew Luck with some weapons.  Criner is a big, physical receiver who has large hands that seemingly swallow up every ball thrown his way.

The Rams would like to get some depth at the running back position as well as find an heir to Stephen Jackson’s position.  Wilson is a fierce runner and an absolute steal at the top of the 3rd round.

The Vikings have been trying to find an answer for the safety position ever since Darren Sharper went to the Saints.  Tyler is one of the best safeties in the draft and a great value for Minnesota here.

Trumaine Johnson is one of the more underrated players in this draft.  He’s a very physical cover corner who has a great ability to make a play on the ball.

The Buccaneers are in desperate need of running back help.  In the 3rd round, they land one of the top running backs in the draft.  Lamar Miller can be a threat for Tampa both on the ground and in the passing game.

The Redskins need some help at the tackle position and now that they have their QB of the future they must protect him.  Schwartz is a tough tackle who is excellent in the run game and shows promise as a pass protector.

The Jaguars have a number of needs but solidifying the offensive line is a big one.  Jacksonville lands one of the draft’s best centers here.

The Buffalo Bills have got to get someone opposite of Stevie Johnson and Marvin McNutt is their man.  He’s a large target who has great separation skills and shovels for hands.  Definitely a much needed addition to this receiving corps.

The best receiver left on the board at this point, Jenkins has good separation skills, great hands, and is unbelievably humble which may be a nice change of pace for the Dolphins who just traded away Brandon Marshall.

The Dolphins are back on the board again and with this pick they select Jared Crick.  A player who can play the defensive end or tackle position, I believe if Crick has success in the NFL, it will be on the interior defensive line.

And so far the Kansas City Chiefs are having an excellent draft.  Here in the 3rd round, they select the 3rd best pure nose tackle in the draft at a great value.  This fills the one remaining void in a very young and potent defense.

Even though Seattle was able to extend Marshawn Lynch, they are still looking for depth at the position.  Landing one of the top 5 running backs in the draft in the third round is a no-brainer for the Seahawks.

There are a lot of things I love about Zebrie Sanders and I believe he’s a steal in the third round.  He’s a tough athletic tackle who excellent a pass protection.   While his run blocking is lacking, this is a great addition to the Texans’ line

The Jets land Zach Brown in the 3rd round which allows them to commit Upshaw to the defensive end position.   A superb tackler who is great against the run, Brown’s a perfect fit for Rex Ryan’s defense.

The Chargers definitely need some help in their secondary and Bentley is the best corner left on the board at this point.  Bentley is  a potential “ballhawk” type corner who could be a huge part of San Diego’s rebuilding efforts on the defensive side of things.

The Bears made a must-needed move in the offseason by trading for Jay Cutler’s all-time favorite target in Brandon Marshall but the Bears’ receiving corps still needs a lot of work.  In Keshawn Martin, the Bears select a very athletic and skilled, but very raw wide receiver with a high ceiling.

The Cardinals were able to re-sign Early Doucet but they still have to bolster their wide receiving corps.  Ryan Broyles was originally projected to be a late 1st round/early 2nd round pick.   He has fallen due to injury but Arizona will take a chance on him here.

The Cowboys continue the much needed project of building up their offensive line by selecting Ben Jones here.  Jones is a very instinctive and aware tackle who is  a solid blocker in both the passing and running game.  He is the best center left on the board and a necessary pick for Dallas here.

The Titans really need some help in their receiving corps.  There are some good young weapons there in Kenny Britt and Jared Cook but this corps is lacking.  Projected by many early on to be an early to mid second round pick, Toon is an excellent route runner with a great ability to make a play on the ball.

The Bengals are a young team on the rise who have some major concerns in their secondary.  They have already addressed the cornerback position and here they find one of the top 5 safeties in the draft in Martin.  He’s a great value this late in the 3rd round and the right pick for Cincy.

There are a lot of things I love about Brandon Boykin and I feel that he is vastly underrated. A lights out cornerback at Georgia, Boykin is great against the run, has the ability to make a play on the ball, and has phenomenal coverage skils.  While many have questions about Boykin’s instincts and recognition skills, he represents a great value for the Falcons here and I believe he can be a successful corner in the NFL.

Most seasons, Chase Minnifield and Brandon Boykin would be top 40 draft picks but where they fall shows you how deep this cornerback class really is.  Chase Minnifield is a cornerback with phenomenal ball skills and a very rare sense of awareness.  He reads defenses well and plays exceptionally well against the run.  Most of the questions surround Minnifield are in regards to his size and a knee injury that required surgery in January, 2012.

The Steelers need some help on the offensive line and Stephenson is best offensive tackle left on the board.  In college, Stephenson was excellent in pass protection and pretty solid at opening up lanes for Oklahoma’s backs.  The issue with Stephenson is his inconsistency and his lack of hustle.  Doesn’t always block until the whistle but he has the tools to be a good lineman for Pittsburgh.

Many will be shocked that I have Nick Foles falling this far but after the run on quarterbacks in the 1st and 2nd rounds, there are a number of teams with much bigger needs.  Now that Elway has shipped out Tebow and taken out a 3-5 year lease on Peyton Manning, the Broncos need depth at the quarterback position and somebody to develop behind Peyton.  Foles is a large quarterback with a big arm who is a proven leader.  While his pocket presence leaves much to be desired, he is an accurate quarterback with great athleticism who has a pass first mentality but can gain yards on the ground.  Something tells me Elway will see a little bit of himself in Foles.

The Eagles have not had a safety since the departure of Brian Dawkins and any thought that the Eagles might move Asante Samuel to the safety position is out the window now that he’s been traded to Atlanta.  Antonio Allen is the best safety on the board and fills a huge need for Philadelphia.

And for the first time all draft, we see the New Orleans Saints make a draft pick. The Saints largest need is overwhelmingly the outside linebacker position and Terrell Manning represents a good value at this point.  He’s a solid tackler with good instincts who could help New Orleans’ defense.

Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to respect how well Green Bay drafts.   The Packers are in need of some help in their backfield and Pead is the best available rusher.   He’s a competitive runner with good vision who is solid between the tackles and adds much needed depth behind Starks.

It’s no secret that Baltimore needs to bolster their wide receiver corps and Joe Adams is a speedy dynamic receiver who could be dangerous in the slot.  As an added bonus, Adams can be a threat in the return game and adds one more dimension to a very talented and dangerous Baltimore team.

The Miami of Ohio product is the best interior lineman available at this point and could go a long way to help solidify San Francisco’s offensive line.  He’s excellent at pass protection and pretty good at run blocking as well.  Most questions that surround Brooks are in regards to a shoulder injury he suffered in 2010.

The Patriots also have a number of needs on their interior offensive line and Joe Looney is the best available option.  Bellichick knows the value of a strong offensive line and he must address that need here.  He’s a big guard who blocks extremely well and has good instincts.   Looney could’ve gone much higher but drops because a left foot injury held him out of 2012 workouts.

Josh Norman is an exceptional athlete with superb coverage skills who is great against the run and has Darren Sharper type potential as far as being a “ballhawk-type” corner are concerned.  There are questions about his instincts and character but the Giants need help at the position and Norman is the best possible pick here.

The Raiders finally get to make a pick! Thanks to the departure of Nnamdi Asomugha last offseason Oakland receives the highest possible compensatory pick.  While the team has a number of needs the overwhelming need is outside linebacker.  Spence is a fierce outside linebacker who was great on 3rd down for Miami and is a solid tackler.  He has excellent instincts and reads plays well.   There are questions about his size and durability but he’s likely the pick Oakland makes here.  But you never know – Oakland could feel the need to take yet another quarterback…

THE 4TH ROUND

And now, as an added bonus to round out the top 100 picks, the first five picks of the 4th round.  A nice little bonus for all of you whose teams had just an awful season.

For all the St. Louis Rams fans who complained about a lack of receivers after having a tradition that boasted Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, you are welcome to rejoice.  Tommy Streeter is my biggest sleeper at the wide receiver position and someone who I believe, in the right situation, could be a #1 wide receiver in this league.  He is the perfect complement to Justin Blackmon.   He is 6’5″ and has the big play ability to stretch the filed.   While he has issues with separation, he is the type of guy you can throw a jump ball to and have confidence he’ll come down with it.  He has great hands and long arms and is a great addition to this St. Louis team.

The Colts have always loved the tight end position and I don’t see that changing under Pagano.  Orson Charles is the 3rd best tight end in the draft and a necessary weapon for the Colts to add if Luck’s going to win any games.

The Vikings have to be excited to be getting Chris Cook back after some legal trouble but Cedric Griffin is gone and Antoine Winfield is getting older.  Casey Hayward is a great value in the 4th round and fills a necessary need for Minnesota.

I don’t know how Brandon Thompson falls this far but he does and the Texans are here to snatch him up as a result of the DeMeco Ryans trade.   Thompson is a violent player who is a perfect fit for Wade Phillips’ defense.

The Browns have a need at the inside linebacker position and will be thrilled to find Wagner available at the 100th overall pick.  A superb tackler who plays well against the run, he’s an excellent pick for Cleveland at this point in the draft.

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Enjoy the Draft! 

2012 NFL Final Mock Draft – Round 2

Well on Friday we saw how the first 32 picks played out and now we’re on to the next 31 (the Saints second round pick was forfeited as part of “Bountygate”).  The last 37 picks of my mock draft top 100 will come out on Wednesday.   The second round means the Atlanta Falcons fans finally get to see their team make a pick and teams such as the Rams, Eagles, and Patriots have the opportunity to build up their team with multiple picks.  Who has slipped into the second round and how will your favorite team follow up their first round draft selection(s)?

Without further ado, let’s find out!

PREVIOUS PICK: LaMichael James, RB – Oregon

Jeff Fisher recognizes that his new team has two franchise players – Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford – and the best thing he can possibly do is provide Bradford some pass protection and find an offensive lineman that can open up running lanes for Jackson.  At the 33rd overall pick of the draft, Massie is the best offensive tackle on the board.  He is a good pass blocker and was great at run blocking for the Rebels.  While I see him being a better fit as a right tackle in the pros, he will significantly upgrade the Rams’ offensive line.   He is a large-bodied, hard nosed tackle, with great strength and long arms.

PREVIOUS PICK: Nick Perry, DE/OLB – USC

The Colts have a plethora of needs and at this point they are just selecting the best player on the board.  I believe that if Coby Fleener falls this far (which could easily happen) the Colts will elect to pair Andrew Luck with his favorite college target.  However since he is off the board, the Colts will address their pass rush by taking Nick Perry.   My personal opinion is that outside of Melvin Ingram and Chandler Jones, there is not a better pure pass rusher on the board than Perry.  Putting pressure on opposing QBs is a big need for the Colts and Perry is an excellent value at 34 overall.

PREVIOUS PICK: Stephon Gilmore, CB – South Carolina

The Vikings’ two primary concerns after selecting Kalil are their secondary and receiving corps.  GM Rick Spielman loves to draft Notre Dame players and if Harrison Smith falls to Minnesota here, I believe that he’s the pick.  Another tendency that the Vikings have though is using top 40 draft picks on South Carolina wide receivers.  They selected Troy Williamson and Sidney Rice.  They even offered Green Bay practice squad member Tori Gurley a contract last season.  Now the Vikings love affair with South Carolina wideouts continues with the selection of Alshon Jeffrey.   Jeffrey is a physical possession receiver who does have the ability to pick up large amounts of yards after the catch.  He also has the size, hands, and speed to be a legitimate deep threat for the Vikings.  He is the kind of receiver who can use his size to win jump ball battles down the field.

PREVIOUS PICK: Andre Branch, DE/OLB – Clemson

The Buccaneers probably go running back here but when Andre Branch falls to them, I don’t think the Bucs pass him up.  Andre Branch has the versatility to be either utilized as a defensive end or an outside linebacker.  After drafting Claiborne and Bowers last year, the Buccaneers will probably elect to use Branch as an outside linebacker.   He is a ferocious pass rusher and the addition of Claiborne and then Branch could go a long way to restoring the reputation of the Buccaneers’ defense.

PREVIOUS PICK: Lamar Miller, RB – Miami

I absolutely love Brandon Weeden.  He’s a smart QB with great accuracy and a big arm.  There’s only one problem – he’s 29.  If Weeden were 5-7 years younger, I am pretty confident he would be the  3rd overall pick of this year’s draft.  He’s a mentally tough leader with a quick release and the best part is, I really believe that Weeden could start Week 1.  It’s risky to take a 29 year old rookie but Weeden will push Colt McCoy from Day 1 and whoever wins the QB battle, Cleveland will be better off for it.

PREVIOUS PICK: Alshon Jeffrey, WR – South Carolina

If you can name two or more wide receivers that were on Jacksonville’s roster last season, you are probably a Jaguars fan.  The Jaguars have signed Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans in the offseason to bolster their receiving corps but they need to find a possession type receiver for Blaine Gabbert to throw to.  Sanu fits the mold of being a big receiver with good hands who can go up and catch a ball down the field.  The Jaguars moved up last year to select Blaine Gabbert and now they must give him some weapons.

PREVIOUS PICK: Kendall Reyes, DT – Connecticut

I’m pretty confident the Rams are going to use this pick to focus on their defensive line or to address their pass rush.  The Rams have shown a lot of interest in Jerel Worthy but when Reyes falls to this spot, I don’t believe St. Louis will hesitate to grab him.

PREVIOUS PICK: Mohammed Sanu, WR – Rutgers

Minus the off-the-field issues; I love Janorris Jenkins.  Unfortunately off-the-field issues have been the difference between playing in the SEC and losing in the Division II playoffs.  They’ve been the difference between being a top 10 to 15 pick and sliding to pick #40.  Regardless, the Panthers get an absolute steal by picking up one of the best cover corners in the draft in the second round.  The selections of Dontari Poe and now Jenkins gives this defense an entirely new feel for 2012.

PREVIOUS PICK: Jared Crick, DT/DE – Nebraska

There’s no doubt that Josh Robinson is raw but he has good ball skills and excellent instincts.  He is a hard worker and a natural leader.   And with a 4.33 40, he is the fastest player in the draft and I believe someone will take a chance on him in the 2nd round.

PREVIOUS PICK: Terrell Manning, OLB – NC State

Last season, we saw three NFL quarterbacks throw for over 5,000 yards (when only two quarterbacks had ever hit that mark).  One of those was of course, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.  As the league becomes more pass-happy and with an elite QB like Brady in their division, the Dolphins are in desperate need of pass-rush help.  As his name suggests, Mercilus is a violent and explosive player who can get to the quarterback.  He is a first round caliber player who the Dolphins are happy to find in the 2nd round.

PREVIOUS PICK: Vinny Curry, DE – Marshall

The Seahawks already had a glaring need in their interior offensive line and now with the departure of Robert Gallery, guard becomes an even greater need.  Zeiter is the 3rd best available guard in the draft and Seattle will select him hoping he can provide the stability to their line that future Hall of Famer Steve Hutchinson once did.

PREVIOUS PICK: Alameda Ta’amu, NT – Washington

The nose tackle position remains a primary need for the Chiefs but there is no one on the board worth taking at this pick (but I would not be surprised if the Chiefs decided to reach for Alameda Ta’amu).  However, the Chiefs do need to find an answer at quarterback and have already hosted Osweiler at their facility.  They will be thrilled to find him available here.  He’s a big quarterback (6’6″) who has surprising mobility and tremendous arm strength.  He’s incredibly raw but definitely someone that could be developed into an NFL starting quarterback.

PREVIOUS PICK: Ben Jones, C – Georgia

Last year in the draft, the Cowboys resisted their usual temptation to pick up a flashy playmaker and instead addressed their offensive line with the selection of Tyron Smith – and it paid dividends for them.  Now the Cowboys continue to address the interior offensive line, which is awful, with the selection of Silatolu.  He’s a raw talent that has the potential to be a dominant guard in this league.

PREVIOUS PICK: Ronnell Lewis, OLB – Oklahoma

I am really shocked to find Lavonte David still on the board at this point and the Eagles will be too.  Though Philadelphia probably has their sights set on Lewis or Manning here, with a first round caliber talent like David still on the board – they won’t hesitate to take him.  David is a great tackler with top end speed who goes 100% and plays sideline to sideline on every single down.

PREVIOUS PICK: Zebrie Sanders, OT – Florida State

The Jets decided to pass on Michael Floyd in the first round and instead opted to address their pass rush but they must bolster their wide receiving corps here.  Whether Sanchez or Tebow plan to line up behind center, they must have someone else to throw the ball to besides Holmes.  Little-known Brian Quick has great size and an ability to separate from defenders that makes him a potential deep threat for the Jets.

PREVIOUS PICK: Jayron Hosley, CB – Virginia Tech

The Patriots have 5 picks in the first three rounds of the draft and they must use the majority of those to address their defensive woes.  Lucky for New England there is unbelievable depth at the cornerback position in this draft and at 48th overall they find a ballhawk like Hosley who runs a 4.4 40 and can also be dangerous in the return game.

PREVIOUS PICK: Alfonzo Dennard, CB – Nebraska

Due to durability issues, the change to being a pass-first game, and the recent success of late round/undrafted runners, the running back position has been highly devalued.  As a result the Chargers find the 2nd best running back in the draft at the 49th overall pick.  James is a runner with great vision who can also catch balls out of the backfield.  He fits San Diego’s offensive style perfectly.

PREVIOUS PICK: Bobby Massie, OT – Ole Miss

The Bears have some major needs on their offensive line.  They have a dangerous two-headed monster in Matt Forte and Michael Bush and a quarterback with a big arm in Jay Cutler.  Now the Bears will select local talent Jeff Allen to come solidify their line.  Allen is an excellent pass blocker who leaves something to be desired in the run game but he’s a tough player who can read the defense and the best pick for Chicago at this juncture.

PREVIOUS PICK: Brock Osweiler, QB – Arizona State

This pick should not surprise anyone.  The Eagles have been rumored to have interest in potentially trading up with Minnesota or Cleveland to draft Ryan Tannehill.  This is the team that drafted Kevin Kolb with a 2nd round pick and signed Michael Vick when Donovan McNabb was still going to Pro Bowls.  The Eagles will use this pick to grab Kirk Cousins, who they believe, to be the best available quarterback on the board.

PREVIOUS PICK: Mike Brewster, C – Ohio State

Kelechi Osemele was great for Iowa State at the left tackle position but like many, when I look at him, I see someone who can be an ok right tackle or someone with the tools to be a phenomenal guard.  The Titans will draft him for that reason with their second round pick.  They are in desperate need of some help on their interior line and Osemele is someone that is really good at pass  protection and at opening up the run game.  He reads defenses very well and is a good addition to the Titans line with this pick.

PREVIOUS PICK: David Wilson, RB – Virginia Tech

Dennard is a little shorter than you would traditionally want a cornerback to be but the same people who have that hesitation with Dennard probably felt the same way about Antoine Winfield.  The Bengals are in need of secondary help and Dennard is a great locker room guy with good instincts with terrific coverage skills and body control.  There remains much to be desired in his ability to make a play on a ball but overall a good cover corner who can defend the run and the pass.

PREVIOUS PICK: Chandler Jones, DE – Syracuse

Early on, there were many (myself included) that thought Curry would be an early second round pick and could potentially sneak up into the end of the first round.  There’s no doubt that the Lions need help with their pass rush.  Curry is a great locker room guy and a ferocious pass rusher with excellent instincts and hustle.  He’s a great fit for this Detroit team.

PREVIOUS PICK: Dwayne Allen, TE – Clemson

This is one pick that I have not budged from.  While the Falcons have defensive issues that need to be addressed, the fact is that in Matt Ryan’s 0-4 playoff start to his career, the Falcons have struggled to score points.   The Falcons currently have the greatest tight end of all time on their roster but Tony Gonzalez is getting up there in year and when Dwayne Allen falls here the Falcons are not going to pass up the chance to give this Falcons offense yet another weapon and to develop Gonzalez’s heir.

PREVIOUS PICK: Jerel Worthy, DT – Michigan State

Please explain to me how Jerel Worthy falls this far.  Many have him projected to go late in the first round or in the top 10 picks of the second round but I believe he falls to Pittsburgh here.  The Steelers are trying to get younger on both sides of the line of scrimmage and when you have a physical tackle like Jerel Worthy who is great at stopping the run and can put pressure on the QB, he’s a great value this late in the draft.

PREVIOUS PICK: Chris Givens, WR – Wake Forest

John Elway got his dream quarterback and shipped Tebow out of Denver but now he must surround Peyton Manning with some weapons because as we all know, the window is incredibly small.  Chris Givens is a small, speedy receiver with great hands who is a perfect replacement for the recently departed Eddie Royal.

PREVIOUS PICK: Kelechi Osemele, OT/OG – Iowa State

The Texans traded DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles because they didn’t feel that, even though he’s a great player, he fit their defensive scheme.  While the Texans could go nose tackle here, with Kendricks on the board they will address this new need.  Kendricks is a middle linebacker who is a phenomenal tackler with great instincts and awareness.  He is excellent against the run but has shown that he can be effective on passing plays as well.

PREVIOUS PICK: Mitchell Schwartz, OT – California

And with the 59th overall pick of the draft, the Green Bay Packers continue to do what they do best – find value in the draft.  Devon Still is a defensive tackle who I originally projected to go in the top 12 picks of the draft.  In recent weeks Still has fallen, but not because his stock has dropped but more so, because the stock of other tackles has risen.  Regardless, Devon Still is one of the best run-stopping tackles in the draft and with a division that includes Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, and Michael Bush,  Still is exactly what the Packers need.

PREVIOUS PICK: Mychal Kendricks, ILB – California

If Mychal Kendricks is available here, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the pick.  However since he is not the Ravens will be excited to address their pass rush by selecting Ronnell Lewis with this pick.   Ronnell Lewis has pro-typical size, is one of the best tacklers in the draft, and is a great 3rd down outside linebacker who is an absolute steal at this point in the draft.

PREVIOUS PICK: Josh Chapman, NT – Alabama

The 49ers biggest need at this point is nose tackle as they have not yet recovered from the departure of Aubrayo Franklin after the 2010-11 season.  Ta’amu is the 2nd best pure nose tackle in the draft after Poe.  He is a big physical tackle who can plug up the middle of the offensive line and is outstanding versus the run.  He is pure hustle and while his pass rush skills leave much to be desired he is the perfect pick for San Francisco.

PREVIOUS PICK: Devon Still, DT – Penn State

I agree with Mel Kiper that Derek Wolfe is incredibly underrated and also agree with Kiper that the Patriots will select him; I just happen to have it happening a whole round later than Mel does.  As the Patriots continue their defensive overhaul they must find someone to put next to Wilfork.  Wolfe is the best defensive lineman left on the board at this point and a pick that makes a lot of sense for New England.

PREVIOUS PICK: Doug Martin, RB – Boise State

The days of Earth, Wind, and Fire are long gone for the New York Giants.  The Giants are still a team with a run-first mentality but they lack any running back depth.  Martin is a top 5 running back in this class who many believe will go early in the 2nd round.  Thanks to the recent devaluation of the position, Doug Martin falls to the champs here.  He is a hard nosed runner with a never-say-die attitude who has great acceleration and can be extremely effective in the passing and screen game.  The Giants are not going to hesitate to draft him when he falls all the way to 63.  Don’t be surprised to see the Giants try to trade up to make sure they land the Boise State back.

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