Friday, March 21, 2008

Updated Mock Draft

Once again, thanks to our boy JG for his updated mock draft...hopefully we get another one or two before draft day, but if not, Diego and Snack will handle all of your draft needs...

1 Dolphins - Chris Long DE Virginia

The best they have at QB right now is Josh McCown, so Matt Ryan has to be running through Parcells’ mind. But unless he believes Ryan will be mentioned in the same sentence as at least Brees or Palmer, then he should shy away from choosing the Boston College standout.

2 Rams - Jake Long OT Michigan

If Miami does take Matt Ryan, then Chris Long should go to St. Louis, but they need an offensive lineman and Jake Long is the ideal candidate for the job.

3 Falcons - Matt Ryan QB Boston Coll.

If he doesn’t go to the Dolphins, the Falcons should take Ryan. They’ll probably look to Glenn Dorsey the quarterback has already been selected.

4 Raiders - Darren McFadden RB Arkansas

Oakland needs to improve in many areas, and though running back is one of them, they should probably focus on the defensive and offensive lines. Glenn Dorsey could make a major impact for the Raiders, but after they signed DT Tommy Kelly to a huge deal, it‘s hard to believe they would invest this much more money in another defensive tackle.

5 Chiefs - Glenn Dorsey DT LSU

Kansas City may have a tough decision to make. Will they overpay for Boise State’s Ryan Clady? Will they trade down? Or will they take the best player available?

6 Jets - Vernon Gholston DE Ohio State

If I had to guess, the Jets are probably hoping the Raiders fill a pressing need, rather than taking McFadden. Who better to lead they way for the rookie than newly acquired FB Tony Richardson. Ask Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson. A line that includes Alan Faneca, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, and Damien Woody would help get McFadden to the second level quite often.

7 Patriots - Leodis McKelvin CB Troy

The Patriots have Vernon Gholston in their sights, but Leodis McKelvin would be a nice fill-in for Asante Samuel.

8 Ravens - Aqib Talib CB Kansas

With their top two cornerbacks on last year’s injured reserve list, Baltimore will look to add a little depth in their secondary. But if they don’t like their available options, they are in a perfect position to take Sedrick Ellis away from Cincy.

9 Bengals - Sedrick Ellis DT USC

The Bengals are filling many of their needs in free agency, but are having a little bit of trouble finding a defensive tackle. They would like to see Ellis on the board, but there is a chance he could already be gone. OT Ryan Clady is a possibility if the top defensive lineman have already been chosen.

10 Saints - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tenn. St.

They could use an OLB like Keith Rivers, but Rodgers-Cromartie is the hottest name in the draft right now, and where better for him to play than New Orleans. With the addition of Jonathan Vilma and Dan Morgan, the defense is slowly catching up to their explosive offense. Just think what Rodgers-Cromartie could bring to the table.

11 Bills - Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma

It’s no secret that Buffalo wants a tall receiver and Texas WR Limas Sweed caught their attention, but Kelly is considered the top receiver in the draft and has the size they are looking for. He is probably a safer choice at pick 11.

12 Broncos - Ryan Clady OT Boise St

Clady may not drop this far, but Denver will even settle with Vanderbilt OT Chris Williams or Pitt OT Jeff Otah.

13 Panthers - Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt

If Clady, Williams, and Otah are already taken, they would most likely make a decision between one of the remaining first-round defensive ends (Harvey, Merling, Campbell).

14 Bears - Limas Sweed WR Texas

Even though they recently signed WR Brandon Lloyd, Chicago can’t pass up the chance to get a solid deep threat. This is a little high in the draft for Sweed, but with his height, the Bears should take a chance on him. Lovie Smith Looks to be satisfied with Cedric Benson, but if not, Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall could take his place.

15 Lions - Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh

They Lions are looking for an offensive tackle or a cornerback. They can’t go wrong with the Otah as he’s sure to be a premier lineman in the NFL. Kansas CB Aqib Talib could wind up in Detroit if he’s not chosen in the top ten.

16 Cardinals - Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois

Mendenhall and Edge together could tire defenses out, but they will have to consider taking a corner with their first pick. Mike Jenkins and Rodgers- Cromartie are possible options. If they happen to lose Fitzgerald, they’ll have to look at receivers as well.

17 Vikings - Phillip Merling DE Clemson

Minnesota needs to find a solid defensive end and should have plenty of options still available, including Florida‘s Derrick Harvey and Miami‘s Calais Campbell.

18 Texans - Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon

The Texans could use a guy like this to carry the load, but he may already be taken. Alternate possibilities include S Kenny Phillips, or any of the top cornerbacks still available.

19 Eagles - Derrick Harvey DE Florida

McNabb needs more production out of his receivers, but the Eagles may try to find one in free-agency, or in a later round of the draft. They have more pressing needs on the defensive side of the ball anyways. Phillip Merling and Calais Campbell are other options that may still be available for the Eagles.

20 Buccaneers - Mike Jenkins CB South Florida

Tampa needs to add some youth to their receiving corps, but there may already be a handful taken. If this is the case, they should look to build on their defense, whether it is cornerback, defensive-end, or even a d-tackle.

21 Redskins - DeSean Jackson WR Cal

As much as they have invested in wide-receivers over the past few years, Washington will most likely end up using their first pick on another one. If this isn’t the case, look for them to choose a defensive-end instead, such as Calais Campbell or Derrick Harvey.

22 Cowboys - Brandon Flowers CB Virginia Tech

The Cowboys are in need of a corner and it very well could be Flowers. Reggie Smith should be another option still available at this point, but anyone of the previously mentioned corners could wind up falling into the Cowboys‘ hands. If Stewart and/or Mendenhall are still not chosen, Dallas may take a corner with their next choice.

23 Steelers - Branden Albert OG Virginia

If the Steelers do decide to go with the best available player, as Tomlin has said, then they might stumble upon some serious talent. To keep it within a realm of possibility, I am eliminating their chances of drafting Jonathan Stewart or Rashard Mendenhall. Willie Parker is more than capable of being the starter, and newly acquired Mewelde Moore should be a solid 3rd down back, so it is highly improbable that they would use their first pick on a running-back.

If Pitt OT Jeff Otah is still available they will probably draft him, but his stock is rising into a top-two, or three, lineman status. The Steelers have shown interest in Otah, and he could definitely help their offensive-line problems.

WR Limas Sweed has a great chance of falling this far in the first-round, and could complete a great corps of receivers. He is 6’4” and has the build to be a #1 receiver in the NFL. A 6’5” James Hardy would be a nice choice as well. Pittsburgh is in need of a WR, and if they are really excited about someone still available, they won’t hesitate to give him a Steelers uniform.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is the most talked about player in this years draft, and it‘s well deserving. If he is still on the board, the Steelers will take him. They have to--it’s as simple as that. They could still get a solid lineman in a later round, such as Kansas OT Anthony Collins. Rodgers-Cromartie is going to be a great corner in the NFL, and Deshea Townsend is past his prime. The only problem is that other teams are noticing his superior talent as well. CB Brandon Flowers and CB Mike Jenkins are other strong possibilities for Pittsburgh.

The Steelers will also have their sights set on this class of defensive-ends. It will most likely be a later pick, but if someone catches their eye, you never know. Phillip Merling, Calais Campbell, Derrick Harvey, and/or Quentin Groves may be available.

24 Titans - Mario Manningham WR Michigan

Even though Manningham had a bad workout at the combine, scouts know he is a playmaker, and that’s what Vince Young needs. Indiana WR James Hardy, LSU WR Early Doucet, or WR Devin Thomas are all late first-round possibilities, and Limas Sweed may still be around as well. If he is, he will surely be the choice. Once upon a time, Young and Sweed were teammates.

25 Seahawks - Kentwan Balmer DT N. Carolina

Balmer could go higher in the draft, and the Seahawks would like to take an OT, but with all the top names off the list, Balmer would be the best choice for Seattle.

26 Jaguars - Calais Campbell DE Miami

It looks as though Jacksonville‘s offense is in place, and now it‘s time to focus on adding depth to the defensive line. They could choose a DT instead, but either way, they should find a player they can immediately plug in their defense.

27 Chargers - Sam Baker OT USC

The Chargers will look to take the best available player, but would like to take a right tackle to clear holes for L.T. They also need to replace Drayton Florence in the secondary, but all the top cornerbacks may already be taken. There only option at that position may be Oklahoma’s Reggie Smith.

28 Cowboys - Felix Jones RB Arkansas

If they choose a running-back with the 22nd pick, the Cowboys would definitely use their 2nd first-round choice on a CB, but they’ll probably focus on that need first. There will be many good running-backs for the Cowboys to choose from. McFadden’s college backup will work well in the Dallas offense.

29 49ers - James Hardy WR Indiana

Even though they signed I. Bruce, they are still in need of a receiver. There are many with exceptional talent and San Francisco should be able to find Alex Smith’s go-to-guy.

30 Packers - Fred Davis TE USC

The Packers would like to see Rodgers-Cromartie fall this far, but may settle for the best remaining CB, and it could be any one of them. If most are taken, TE Fred Davis or TE Dustin Keller could really help Aaron Rodgers in his first year as the starter. They may even choose an OT to protect him.

31 Giants - Keith Rivers OLB USC

He may go as high as tenth, but not many teams are focusing on linebackers as their top priority this year. ILB Dan Conner could be another choice for the Giants.

Other First-Round Possibilities - Brian Brohm QB Louisville, Early Doucet WR LSU, Devin Thomas WR Mich. St, Dustin Keller TE Purdue, Chilo Rachal OG USC, Gosder Cherilus OT Boston Coll., Jerod Mayo OLB Tennessee. Reggie Smith CB Oklahoma, Kenny Phillips S Miami, Quentin Groves DE Auburn, Trevor Laws DT ND, Dan Connor ILB Penn State.

Other Notable Players - Colt Brennan QB Hawaii, Ray Rice RB Rutgers, Jamaal Charles RB Texas, Chris Johnson RB East Carolina, Owen Schmitt FB WVU, Peyton Hillis FB Arkansas, Jacob Hester FB LSU, Andre Caldwell WR Florida, Eddie Royal WR Virginia Tech, Lavelle Hawkins WR California, Donnie Avery WR/KR Houston, Dexter Jackson WR/KR Appalachian State, John Carlson TE ND, Carl Nicks OT Nebraska, Anthony Collins OT Kansas, Roy Schuening OG Oregon St., Mike Pollak OC Arizona St., Steven Justice OC Wake Forest, Cody Wallace OC Texas A&M, Curtis Lofton ILB Oklahoma, Ali Highsmith OLB LSU, Xavier Adibi OLB Virginia Tech, Erin Henderson OLB Maryland, Wesley Woodyard Jr OLB Kentucky, Tracy Porter CB Indiana, Antoine Cason CB Arizona, Dejuan Morgan S NC St., Lawrence Jackson DE USC, Pat Sims DT Auburn.

PS - This is our 200th post...thanks to everyone for reading, and we'll catch ya'll tomorrow...

Diego's View

Fancy Footwork

The Pens were back in action last night at the Mellon Arena in front of yet another sellout crowd. They didn’t disappoint the fans in a high paced, high scoring effort against the basement dwellers of the Eastern conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Diego scored some tickets and it was a star-studded event as Pittsburgh celeb Mayor Luke Ravenstahl was in the house (sitting behind Diego may I add) and so were Steelers sophomores Lawrence Timmons and Matt Spaeth (in front of Diego) all sitting in the West Igloo Club.

Diego, please introduce me to your scalper...

The action started out slow in the first period as the Penguins were playing sloppy, but still managed to get the lead on a goal by that crazy Fin Jarrko Ruutu (who happened to be the star of the game but I’ll get to that later). It was no pain no gain for Ruutu as he was slashed in the face, which was split open instantly and required 10-15 stitches before he could return to the game.

In the second Vinny Lecavalier tied up the game early on 1-1, but the tie wouldn’t last long. About 6 minutes or so later the Pens managed to control the puck in the Tampa zone and Geno Malkin buried a backhand rebound to give the Pens the lead 2-1. The best part about this goal was the crowd at the Igloo saw how hard the Pens were working and starting a enthusiastic “Let’s GO PENS!!” chant, seconds later we were rewarded by the Malkin goal and the place went nuts.

The final period was ALL Pen’s as the Staal scored a goal within the first minute. The Pen’s announcer was just getting to the assists on the previous goal when Sykora buried a wrist shot on a couple pretty passes from Geno and Bugsy Malone (two goals happened 16 seconds apart). The final score was 4-2, but Mike Smith robbed multiple Penguins on what seemed liked an unlimited amount of scoring chances in the third.

This was probably the most fun I had at a Pens game all year long, and the main reason for that is a man named Jarrko Ruutu. In the 3rd Rutuu’s stick was whacked out of his hand, but he managed to dribble the puck all the way down the ice at full speed, soccer style. He then made a beautiful heel kick pass, through a defender, right to Dupuis (I believe it was him) who missed the scoring chance. Ruutu was rewarded to a standing ovation and chants and screams of ROOOOO TOOOOO! He was the #1 star of the night in my book.


With the win the Pens are now tied for the lead of the Atlantic division (with the New Jersey Devils) with 91 points.

With a goal and an assist last night, Geno Malkin pulled within three points of the scoring lead in the NHL with 99 total points. (Ovechekin has 102) Malkin would be the second Penguin in two years to break the 100-point mark. (Crosby did it last year with 120 points and in 05-06 with 102)

Foot-eye coordination

Keep on Dancing

Pitt is finally healthy, it may have taken all year, but they finally have a full roster for both practices and games. It showed yesterday in Denver as the Panthers destroyed Oral Roberts 82-63. Pitt has been in rare form lately taking the lead early on in games and holding onto it throughout. Earlier in the year Pitt would let teams back in the game late, but that hasn’t been the case lately.

Pitt has been getting solid production out of the starting five, and sixth man Gerald Brown, GB, has also provided a spark on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Fields has been amazing lately, and was an offensive machine last night scoring at will, putting up 23 points total, 16 in the first half. Freshman Blair gave Oral Roberts headaches all day long keeping them out of the paint with that huge frame of a body and also limited 2nd chance opportunities by grabbing 10 boards.

Pitt went on an 18-0 run early on and this one, and Oral Roberts never had a prayer of coming back. This game was so bad of an ass whooping that CBS actually switched over to the Marquette game instead. If Pitt keeps playing the way they are a long run in the tournament is possible. Next on the hit list are Michigan State and that twerp Drew Neitzel at 9:10 on Saturday night… LETS GO PITT!


At first I was a little concerned that Lavence Fields decision to switch from his traditional cornrow hairstyle to longer braids would affect his play (and possibly jinx us). After dropping 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists in 32 minutes played I decided I was wrong and the braids are A ok in my book Lavence, good call!

He's one nappy haired...

Until lata...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pitt Wins Again...

Good start to the tourney for the Panthers, beating up on good ole Oral Roberts is a nice way to continue our postseason unbeaten streak...I didn't get to actually see the game, as I was stuck at work, but Diego did, and he assured me we looked good.

Look for more details from him tomorrow, and the Panthers will now face Michigan St. in the second round. I'm a little concerned about this game, but that's just because Tom Izzo has a way of winning games he's not supposed to. Guess we'll find out Saturday - I hope Pitt has a lil more magic up it's sleave...

As for our Pens, who suffered a horrible defeat to the Rangers Tuesday, they will be back in action in about 30 minutes against the Lightning. The Flower is in net, and we need to drop another 7 spot on these guys and get back in the flow of things...

And the PG is also reporting that Sidney will miss the next two games...Just a lil food for thought...

Until tomorrow, when I have the day off and can hopefully find five minutes to write something....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Link's N'at

Being a closeted Michigan fan, I'm mega pissed about Pryor going to Ohio State - that being said, since he's not going to Pitt, I personally don't give a damn. Go Panthers!

With Levance Field healthy and playing his best ball of the season, does Pitt have what it takes to make another run in the NCAA tourney?

The Steelers re-signed two more o-lineman yesterday, as Trai Essex and Chris Kemoeatu inked one-year tenders. Is it just me or do the Steelers have a whole o-line filled with 2nd string lineman? Hope Big Ben stuffs some of that money from his contract under his pads to help ease the pain of getting sacked multiple times every game.

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Now he can afford a haircut...

Speaking of O-line, the Steelers made another move yesterday, signing free agent center Justin Hartwig to a two-year deal worth $4 mill. I think I speak for all of Pittsburgh when I say thank you for not making us watch another season of the Sean Mahan as center experiment.

The Steelers have been impressed by the workouts of Pittsburgh native Justin King. We know from high school that he looks good in the black and gold.

The Pens lost last night to the Rangers, and boy did they look like butt in the process. They need to get it together, and quick, or they could be looking up at the Eastern Conference instead of being on top. (Luckily, New Jersey lost last night and Montreal only gained one point, so as of now we are only one point outta first place in the East)

Until lata...

Monday, March 17, 2008

When it rains it pours...

Well boys and girls, it was quite a weekend of sports here in the Burgh. Pitt won the Big East tourney on Saturday, and followed it up by being announced as a 4 seed in the NCAA tourney, matching up against Oral Roberts in Denver.

It's been a very impressive run for our Panthers - no one predicted they'd win the Big East Title, let alone be named a number 4 seed. Levance Fields has really stepped his game up, as has Biggs (I know I'm having trouble believing it too) and of course, the man, the myth, the piano-playing legend, Sam Young.

Young was the player of the tournament, absolutely shredding everyone that got in his way. Him and Levance are the main reasons we've been playing well, bringing that veteran intensity (at least Fields) that we need.

Super-frosh Dejuan Blair has played OK, but has been in foul trouble, much like he has been a lot of the season. When he's on the court, he's a hoss - but playing 9 minutes like he did in the semi-finals isn't gonna work in the Big Show.

And a little side note about Pitt that I thought yinz would be interested in - Bob "The General" Knight (and if you don't know who this is get off my site, now) predicted Pitt as the national champs last night on ESPN. He loves our mental toughness, which is something sweet coming from the man who is so tough he's thrown chairs and/or basketballs at referees, choked a player, and probably (not 100 percent sure) killed a man.

And what can be said about the Pens? They've been on a two game tear, scoring 14 goals over the span. They won 7-1 yesterday over the hated Flyers.

Geno Malkin scored twice, as did Petr Sykora, and we looked like the team everyone has expected us to be all year. Marian Hossa also got his first score as a Penguin, launching a nifty wrister from the slot into the bottom corner off of a great screen (can't remember who it was, but I wanna say Malone since it's always f-ing Malone).

Fluery played well in net, and the defense played perhaps their best game of the year. And my man, monster Hal "the Gill-a-tine" Gill, played a strong defensive game AND got to rub someone's face in the ice without getting a penalty called on him. I just keep thinking about the playoffs when Gill will be on the backline and Gary "I'll Eat your Children Come Playoff Time" Roberts will be on the frontline. If that doesn't strike fear into those stupid Canadians (not the team, the entire country), I don't know what will...

Until lata, and I promise that updated mock will be up soon - lil bro is in town till after Easter, so there's been lots of running around to do and the such. And I think Diego may have a MMH for yinz, but knowing my lazy ass, it'll be up tomorrow...