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    Trying to throw something original out there without going over the top. In this world, it's simply reality that players rise and fall, so if your team is the victim of a reach, don't cry about it. Let me know any systematic problems, I'm not going to value your opinion at all if you simply say something like "Give us ____________ there." Just let me know why the player doesn't fit the system. Enjoy! I personally really like the way it turned out so far...

    1. Miami Dolphins - Matt Ryan - QB - Boston College
    ---Anything could happen with Bill Parcells calling the shots. My bet at the moment is that he starts over and puts a new face on the franchise, Matt Ryan. Ryan may not be Peyton Manning, but he's a smart, gutsy player, with the tools to be a very effective pro. In the end, I think Parcells will go with the new "franchise QB" rather than Chris or Jake Long. I think the signing of Josh McCown reinforces this pick actually, giving the Fins someone who would be able to start the season if Ryan is not ready.

    2. St. Louis Rams - Chris Long - DE - Virginia
    ---This one comes down to Chris Long vs. Jake Long. The team needs a bit more help on the defensive line where they have been unable to generate any pass rush. The Offensive Line struggled in a big way last year with Orlando Pace out, but could gamble on Pace returning healthy rather than drafting his replacement.

    3. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Long - OT - Michigan
    ---The ideal situation is for Matt Ryan to be here, but in this scenario, he's not. Of course, they may trade up to get him, but probably have too many needs to committ to that. With the recent signing of Michael Turner, Darren McFadden is all but erased from possibility. Jake Long would be an excellent building block for this Falcons O-Line and can play either LT or RT.

    4. Oakland Raiders - Darren McFadden - RB - Arkansas
    ---The Raiders go with the flashy pick here with Al Davis' influence. McFadden is an extraordinary athlete and is inredible in space. A big, fast, powerful back who would be a major improvement over Justin Fargas. They could go with Glenn Dorsey or Sedrick Ellis here as well, but after the resigning of Tommy Kelly, they don't necessarily have to attack that need right now.

    5. Kansas City Chiefs - Sedrick Ellis - DT - USC
    ---The battle here is between Ellis, Dorsey and reaching for an OT. The final judgement call is to go with the bigger, healthier Sedrick Ellis. Ellis is a fine value here, a strong, physical DT with excellent quickness and pass-rush ability.

    6. New York Jets - Vernon Gholston - OLB - Ohio State
    ---Even with the recent signing of Calvin Pace, the Jets can't ignore the value Gholston brings here and the need he fills. Gholston is an extremely athletic pass-rusher who should settle right in to the 3-4 OLB role and immediately contribute. A better prospect than DeMarcus Ware was in 2005.

    7. New England Patriots (f/SF) - Rashard Mendenhall - RB - Illinois
    ---I'm a firm believer that the Patriots will trade out of this pick. If they don't, however, I think they'll take the best player available. They'll be praying Gholston drops just one more spot and could consider Ryan Clady or Chris Williams here. I decided to go with Mendenhall because A) He was the #1 talent on the board, B) He'll step in and contribute immediately in a big way, even if it's as a 3rd down back using his hands out of the backfield. Laurence Maroney, though having tons of potential, is injury prone and has run for less than 1000 yards and only 6 Td's in his first two years, he also had only 4 receptions a year ago. Mendenhall has excellent potential in the redzone.

    8. Baltimore Ravens - Leodis McKelvin - CB - Troy
    ---The Ravens have plenty of needs and could easily go OT or QB here, but their most glaring need still has to be cornerback where they really struggled a year ago. McKelvin may not be unanimously the top corner, but he has the ability to return punts and play in either man or zone coverages.

    9. Cincinnati Bengals - Derrick Harvey - DE - Florida
    ---Scary isn't it...The thought that Glenn Dorsey would fall all the way to #9 and the Bengals would pass on him. Scary, but realistic. Like the eight teams before them the Bengals are scared off by Dorsey's injury problems and instead pursue their real #1 need, a pass rushing defensive end. The Bengals had 22 sacks last year, good for last in the NFL, so start getting used to it people, even though Antwan Odom was signed the team is still extremely weak at DE. *Mock Draft was made before the Odom signing. Had I known, it may have been Dorsey. I can live with it though

    10. New Orleans Saints - Glenn Dorsey - DT - LSU
    ---I think if the Saints passed on Dorsey here there'd be riots in the entire state of Louisiana, from Baton Rouge where Dorsey played his famed college career to New Orleans, the home of the Saints. Well, fear not Saints fans, because Dorsey's not getting out of the Top 10. Every year a player slips, if just a little bit. Dorsey, though an incredible talent, has injury concerns that will likely push him out of the Top 5, and down to the next fit, the New Orleans Saints.

    11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Flowers - CB - Virginia Tech
    ---The "booo's" may come out in Radio City Music Hall on this one (Depending how many Bills fans we have there.) The Bills are known for doing draft day their own way, often trading up or reaching just to get their guy. This time around it's Flowers. Flowers is the #1 CB on many teams' board, probably including the Buffalo Bills, where he'd be a picture perfect fit in their Tampa 2 Defense. Flowers may not be particularly big or fast, but he's a physical ballhawk and an excellent fit. Their WR hole is a bit smaller with the signing of Bryant Johnson, as is their OLB hole after signing Kawika Mitchell. A Mid-Late first round value is a reach here, but it's the Bills and I would approve of the pick personally.

    12. Denver Broncos - Keith Rivers - OLB - USC
    ---With Rivers, Ryan Clady, and Chris Williams available Denver has a decision cut out for them. Since the Broncos usually depend on the later round to build their OL I'll go with the class's #1 Linebacker here, Keith Rivers. Rivers would replace Ian Gold on the weakside and would start from Day One.

    13. Carolina Panthers - Ryan Clady - OT - Boise State
    ---With Clady falling here, it's hard to resist going OT. In this scenario, Travelle Wharton could be moved inside to OG where he is a better fit, allowing Clady to take over as the team's LT. Clady and Jordan Gross would team up to form one of the league's top young OT tandems. Phillip Merling and local product Kentwan Balmer got plenty of thought here.

    14. Chicago Bears - Limas Sweed - WR - Texas
    ---So many options tempted me here. Chris Williams, Jonathan Stewart, even Chad Henne raced through my mind. I, however, settled on Sweed. After cutting Mushin Muhammed and losing Bernard Berrian to Free Agency, the Bears remain very weak and extremely thin at WR. Unless they acquire an impact receiver through Free Agency, they'll have to draft one, and they should get on that quickly. I wanted to take Williams here, but my hands were tied after examining the Bears roster. Sweed is a big, fast receiver that isn't much of a reach here and has #1 potential though, so it's not like they aren't getting a good player.

    15. Detroit Lions - Chris Williams - OT - Vanderbilt
    ---It has seemed like forever that the Lions have been searching for a true Left Tackle to protect the QB. They finally find a good one here in Chris Williams, who could go as early as 7th Overall. Williams has seen his stock rise a good amount in the past month and he bring value and fits a need here. I also considered Stewart again and Mike Jenkins at cornerback.

    16. Arizona Cardinals - Mike Jenkins - CB - South Florida
    ---Finally, the draft's top cover corner comes off the board. For the third pick in a row I considered Jonathan Stewart here strongly, but after moving Antrel Rolle to Safety, the Cardinals have themselves a considerable hole at Cornerback. Wide Receiver is a consideration seeing as Larry Fitzgerald may be be on his way out.

    17. Minnesota Vikings - Phillip Merling - DE - Clemson
    ---The Vikings stay put and get a great value in Merling here. After signing Madieu Williams and Bernard Berrian, the team lessened two of its most pressing needs. Now the focus turns to defensive end and Merling, possibly the most complete DE package, would be a great pick. If Merling is not here, then the Vikings may contemplate a trade down or maybe even up to get Derrick Harvey or him.

    18. Houston Texans - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CB/FS - Tenn. St.
    ---Houston has a couple nice young corners in Dunta Robinson and Fred Bennett, but with Robinson recovering from his devastating injury, there is a need for a replacement. "DRC" has tremendous upside and even after Robinson comes back, he can switch to FS, where he played very comfortably at the Senior Bowl.

    19. Philadelphia Eagles - Gosder Cherilus - OT - Boston College
    ---Pretty confusing pick here for the Eagles. Knowing Andy Reid though, he's thinking toward the future rather than right now, and his beloved Tackle's are aging and becoming increasingly injury-prone. Cherilus could be an option as depth at LT if Tra Thomas were to get hurt again, but his value really lies at RT where in a couple years he'd take over for Jon Runyan. Cherilus is the type of big, high-intesity, high-character OT the Eagles love. May not be the best value, but is polished enough that it's hard to call this one a reach.

    20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Devin Thomas - WR - Michigan State
    ---The Bucs have a couple needs on the offensive and defensive lines, but their most glaring hole is a WR to stretch the field. After an impressive Combine, it's not much of a reach to throw the 6'2 216 Thomas (runs a 4.40) here. Thomas would eventually replace Joey Galloway as the team's #1 target and is one of the only receivers in this draft with star potential.

    21. Washington Redskins - Calais Campbell - DE - Miami
    ---Personally, I think this is a bit early for Campbell. However, the Redskins have a large hole at DE and were reportedly very interested in Campbell at his Pro Day last week. So as I said, may be a small reach, but the mixture of size, upside, and the fact that it fills a need should more than catch Snyder's eye.

    22. Dallas Cowboys (f/CLE) - Aqib Talib - CB - Kansas
    ---Surprising move here as Dallas lets DeSean Jackson and Jonathan Stewart slip even further into the First Round. However, CB is a need in Dallas and Talib is a good value here at #22. Talib has good ball skills and a good break on the ball. He is a playmaker on the defensive end who has come up with 13 Int's in the past three years. Should be a fine fit in Dallas.

    23. Pittsburgh Steelers - James Hardy - WR - Indiana
    ---A rather surprising move here as the Steelers go with Hardy over Branden Albert or Jeff Otah, who would each fill a more pressing need. Hardy, though, would add another dimension to a good offense and give Ben Roethlisberger another toy to play with. The 6'5+ 215 Hardy would complement Santonio Holmes, a smaller, quicker WR, perfectly. Maybe not the pick Steelers fans are looking for, but Hardy could become a star for the Black and Gold.

    24. Tennessee Titans - Kentwan Balmer - DT - North Carolina
    ---With the top WR's and DE's gone here the pick is inside at DT, where Balmer would join the dominant Albert Haynesworth and replace Randy Starks. The Titans need the help on the D-Line after losing Starks, Antwan Odom, and Travis LaBoy. Balmer is another big, athletic body inside and is a fine value at 24th Overall.

    25. Seattle Seahawks - Jonathan Stewart - RB -Oregon
    ---A dream scenario in which the Seahawks stay put and still land local product, prize RB, Jonathan Stewart. Stewart, at 5'10 235, is very athletic and nearly impossible to bring down in the open field. The Seahawks have that glaring hole at RB now that Shaun Alexander's future with the team, and maybe in the NFL, is in jeapordy. Branden Albert should also draw plenty of consideration here.

    26. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quentin Groves - DE - Auburn
    ---After losing Bobby McCray, one of their top pass-rushers, and Marcus Stroud, one part of the two-headed monster that made up one of the most feared DT combos in the league, the Jags seemed to be destined for a DE or DT in the First Round. Groves provides the best value here and seems like the athletic pass-rusher cut in the Jacksonville mold. I also gave some thought to Dre Moore here, but stuck with Groves, a potential Top 20 value on certain boards.

    27. San Diego Chargers - Kenny Phillips - S - Miami
    ---The Chargers don't have many holes, so they'll likely go with the best player available. Lucky for them, the best player available here fills one of their only needs. Kenny Phillips doesn't have a lot of momentum as far as draft stock is concerned, but still has enough raw talent to be selected in the first round. The physical Safety should find a home next to second year player Eric Weddle and All-Pro Antonio Cromartie, to form one of the better young secondaries in the NFL.

    28. Dallas Cowboys - Chris Johnson - RB - East Carolina
    ---Here is your surprise of the late first round and maybe of the entire first round. Chris Johnson may not be a full-time back at the next level, but he has the speed to contribute as a 3rd Down Back and Returner. Chris Johnson brings the big play ability with his 4.24 speed, and Marion Barber brings the power (28 Td's the past two years.) Johnson's speed will catch Jerry Jones' eye and have Wade Phillips thinking of creative ways to use him in the running/receieving/return game.

    29. San Francisco 49ers (f/IND) - DeSean Jackson - WR/PR - California
    ---At #29 the Niners have to feel blessed that local product, big play WR DeSean Jackson is there waiting for them. Jackson primary value comes as a Punt Returner, but he also has potential at receiver. He may be small, but he brings the home run potential that Darrell Jackson and Isaac Bruce don't. Even though the team drafted Jason Hill a year ago, DeSean Jackson plays at whole different speed and is a threat to score whenever he touches the ball.

    30. Green Bay Packers - Reggie Smith - CB/S - Oklahoma
    ---Not sure the Packers keep this pick. Not exactly sure why they would. The team has no glaring holes and will likely be drafting for the future. With Al Harris and Charles Woodson both getting up there age wise, Cornerback or Offensive Tackle seem to be the two most logical directions to go here. I go with Smith because he's a versatile DB who can play FS or CB, providing insurance at both positions.

    31. New York Giants - Patrick Lee - CB - Auburn
    ---The Giants are in the market for a physical, man corner if they can't acquire DeAngelo Hall. Patrick Lee, at 6'0 200, has the ideal size and speed (4.42) you look for and elite upside. He may not be polished, but he is constantly improving and could contribute right away in some way. Makes more sense than a LB here. A WR, like Andre Caldwell or Mario Manningham, who could stretch the field is also possible.

    ----------SECOND ROUND----------

    32. Miami Dolphins - Jeff Otah - OT - Pittsburgh
    ---They pass on Long in Round One and it pays off in a big way with the enormous, athletic mountain of a man that is Jeff Otah.

    33. St. Louis Rams - Malcolm Kelly - WR - Oklahoma
    ---Another good value. A big receiver that can stretch the field to replace Isaac Bruce in the Rams offense.

    34. Oakland Raiders - Branden Albert - OG/OT - Virginia
    ---In the first round the Raiders take their franchise runner, in the second they take Albert who will pave the way from either an OG or OT spot. Will help solve the Raiders Offensive Line woes.

    35. Kansas City Chiefs - Carl Nicks - OT - Nebraska
    ---Now because of a run on Tackles the Chiefs must get theirs before they're gone. Nicks is an enormous prospect who fits at either LT or RT.

    36. New York Jets - Jason Jones - DE - Eastern Michigan
    ---The Jets have to reach to get their guy here. Jones is one of the few remaining prospects that may be able to play the 3-4 DE spot. Will have to put on up to 20 pounds, but is a fit having played some DT in college.

    37. Atlanta Falcons - Chad Henne - QB - Michigan
    ---The Falcons miss out on Ryan in the first round but get a good one with Henne here in the 2nd. Henne is capable of starting right away and Jake Long will give him some much needed protection.

    38. Baltimore Ravens - Joe Flacco - QB - Delaware
    ---I'm not a big Flacco guy. Jim Harbaugh, though, is a QB coach by nature and could help him channel that size and arm strength, turning him into a solid starter and tapping his upside years down the road.

    39. San Francisco 49ers - Cliff Avril - OLB - Purdue
    ---Avril's stock is rising even as we speak. Though some may see this as a small reach, Cliff Avril is a very capable 3-4 OLB prospect and should prove to be a very good pass-rusher for San Francisco.

    40. New Orleans Saints - Dan Connor - OLB - Penn State
    ---Another case for the Saints where they stay still and are able to fill a need with the best player available. Connor provides excellent value her and would start immediately.

    41. Buffalo Bills - Tavares Gooden - OLB - Miami
    ---Kawika Mitchell is a solid option, but Tavares Gooden's potential is too much to look past here. Gooden will be the Bills' WLB of the future and will find a way to see the field early.

    42. Denver Broncos - DaJuan Morgan - S - NC State
    ---The Broncos go with the talented Morgan here to shore up a weak Safety position. They once again pass up OL needs to fill a hole on the defensive end.

    43. Carolina Panthers - Brian Brohm - QB - Louisville
    ---No one expected him to last this long, but since he's here the Panthers jump on him. The polished, accurate QB is cut in the Panther QB mold. he may not throw the deep ball exceptionally well, but he makes few mistakes. Would provide competition in camp immediately.

    44. Chicago Bears - Felix Jones - RB - Arkansas
    ---Another team, like the Broncos, ignoring OL needs to go after a luxury player. With Cedric Benson on the block, the Bears must look toward a running back and the speedy Jones looks like a solid change of pace back for Adrian Peterson and eventually a starter in Chicago.

    45. Detroit Lions - Antoine Cason - CB - Arizona
    ---Detroit gets a little lucky here as Cason lasts this long. Cornerback has been a need for Detroit since even before Dre Bly left and Antoine Cason is a very capable, solid corner prospect.

    46. Cincinnati Bengals - Phillip Wheeler - OLB - Georgia Tech
    ---Mike Zimmer is a fan of bigger, athletic LB's and Wheeler is just that. Wheeler was a leader for that Yellow Jackets defense and would hopefully bring much needed leadership to the Bengals at OLB.

    47. Minnesota Vikings - Martellus Bennett - TE - Texas A&M
    ---A big, athletic, pass-catching tight end similar to L.J. Smith, who Brad Childress developed while with the Eagles. Bennett has excellent upside and may come out as the steal of the draft.

    48. Atlanta Falcons - Fred Davis - TE - USC
    ---Defensive help is needed, but instead the young QB Chad Henne continues to be helped. He had his old LT from college, now he gets a best friend in Fred Davis an athletic pass-catching Tight End.

    49. Philadelphia Eagles - Lawrence Jackson - DE - USC
    ---Once again, Andy Reid plays his game. Offensive and Defensive Line are his two primary concerns as he chooses to ignore needs at WR, TE, and in the Defensive Backfield. Jackson, though, is a steal here. A complete end that could very well go at the end of the first.

    50. Arizona Cardinals - Ray Rice - RB - Rutgers
    ---After taking Jenkins over Stewart in Round One, the Cards choose to improve their ever-struggling ground game with a smaller, quicker back in Rutgers' Ray Rice. Could easily be a steal.

    51. Washington Redskins - Charles Godfrey - CB - Iowa
    ---A physical man corner prospect with tremendous tools. Godfrey has the size, speed, and physical play to take over for Shawn Springs in time and immediately help the Skins at CB.

    52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sam Baker - OT/OG - USC
    ---Baker was likely in the back of the Bucs' heads at 20th Overall. Baker could fit on the left side of the line as either an Offensive Tackle or Offensive Guard. A good value here.

    53. Pittsburgh Steelers - Chilo Rachal - OG/OT - USC
    ---In the 1st the Steelers took a chance, in the 2nd it pays off as they land the talentaed Chilo Rachal. Rachal was blessed with great size and athleticism and could go a long way to shore up that porous Pittsburgh line.

    54. Tennessee Titans - Mario Manningham - WR - Michigan
    ---There you have it, the fall of Manningham has finally stopped with him teaming up with Vince Young in Tennessee. Manningham fills a large hole here and should get the chance to start immediately.

    55. Seattle Seahawks - Jermichael Finley - TE - Texas
    ---The Seahawks use this round to fill a need, at TE. Finley, though he had a disappointing Combine, is the type of athletic receiving Tight End the Seahawks love and has major upside.

    56. Green Bay Packers (f/CLE) - Dustin Keller - TE/WR - Purdue
    ---Not really a need pick, but a luxury pick for the Packers here. Donald Lee is solid, but after getting rid of Bubba Franks, the Pack has no depth at TE. Keller gives them not only depth, but an ultra-athletic receiving threat from the slot. The pick comes partly because of a run on TE's in the bottom half of the 2nd Round.

    57. Miami Dolphins (f/SD) - Andre Caldwell - WR - Florida
    ---The Dolphins continue to clean up today. Caldwell is an excellent value this late in the 2nd and will tempt some teams at the end of the 1st. But beware of the Florida WR curse...

    58. Jacksonville Jaguars - Pat Sims - DT - Auburn
    ---The Jags disregard his character issues and take the large-bodied, talented Pat Sims here to join his college teammate Quentin Groves on the Jags new D-Line.

    59. Indianapolis Colts - Geno Hayes - OLB - Florida State
    ---The Colts are known for reaching for LB's, DL, and DB's. This year is no different, the Colts like the smaller, athletic Geno Hayes and take the chance early. A picture perfect fit.

    60. Green Bay Packers - Dre Moore - DT - Maryland
    ---In an effort to replace Corey Williams, the Packers take Moore, the Best Player Available, to bolster their interior line rotation. Moore has big time potential. A pass rushing DE is possible, along the lines of Jeremy Thompson.

    61. Dallas Cowboys - Jerod Mayo - ILB - Tennessee
    ---Another team that stays perfectly still and gets a talented player. Mayo, an ILB, will give the 3-4 system a try in Dallas. He's big, athletic, and instinctive enough to be fine.

    62. New England Patriots - Curtis Lofton - ILB - Oklahoma
    ---Once again, the CB goes on the back burner as the Pats fill a different need at Inside Linebacker. Lofton is a good fit in New England, a high-character player with good instincts and leadership qualities. He'll fit right in their LB core.

    63. New York Giants - Erin Henderson - OLB - Maryland
    ---Gerris Wilkinson and Matthias Kiwanuka are thought to be capable replacements for Kawika Mitchell/Reggie Torbor, but a little insurance wouldn't hurt. The Giants are rather thin at LB. Henderson is a steal this late and could end up with a starting job at weakside linebacker by year's end.

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  • #2
    I absolutly love those picks for the Vikings.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Crazy_Chris View Post
      I absolutly love those picks for the Vikings.
      Thank you. Wasn't 100% on Bennett, but even with Berrian, the Vikings still need a big target over the middle and Martellus seems to be the best fit among TE's for Brad Childress' offense. I wasn't exactly doing it so people would love their picks, more for a realistic feel, or about as realistic as I can without trades. Some fans should be disappointed, but that's just the draft.

      big props to BoneKrusher for the sig & avatar
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      • #4
        best sd pick possible.

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        • #5
          excellent patriots draft.... i like mendenhall but i really dont think they will pick him, but id love it if they did haha

          Thanks to BoneKrusher for this amazing sig!

          Go Gators/Pats/Celts/Red Sox!

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          • #6
            i love dre moore, but i just dont think we need him



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            • #7
              Okay Ravens draft. Okay Houston pick

              Baltimore: 7-4

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              • #8
                So what would we do with Sweed and Jones when we're getting sacked every play?

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                • #9
                  Dajuan Morgan in the 1st and its amazing for the Giants

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                  • #10
                    for the giants- amazing 2nd round pick, not so sure about the first. pat lee is big reach in my opinion @ 31 overall. id personally rather have cason or even dajuan morgan but its a decent pick- just a reach.

                    but erin henderson in the 2nd is amazing

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                    • #11
                      Keller shohld be the first TE taken. Not freddy. I say this because of the production on Kellers part, not a terrible decision on your part. Mock looks great otherwise.
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                      • #12
                        Why the hell does everyone keep giving us DTs? STOP!


                        Anyway, I'd rather have Patrick Lee in the first. I'd take Connor over Smith too. Solid pick with Kellar.

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                        • #13
                          A++ Rams Draft great job

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                          • #14
                            EDIT: Not fred davis, but martellus bennet.
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                            • #15
                              I would much prefer Connor in round one for Green Bay and Tracy Porter instead of Moore


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