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Goose Gosselin's Final Mock Draft

This is who he thinks teams will draft.

1st pick: Carolina Panthers

 Cam Newton -- QB, Auburn

The Panthers had the worst quarterbacking in the NFL last season with only nine TD passes in 16 games. Newton gives the Panthers a chance, although his legs are likely to carry him through his rookie season.

(Team needs: QB, WR, CB, DL)

2nd pick: Denver Broncos

Von Miller -- OLB, Texas A&M

New coach John Fox is switching to a 4-3 defense and needs tackles and linebackers. He can get competitive tackles into the third round. But theres only one impact linebacker in this draft. Miller is the value here.

(Team needs: DL, OT, TE, LB)

3rd pick: Buffalo Bills

Marcell Dareus -- DT, Alabama

The Bills finished last in the NFL in run defense in 2010. They need some bigger, nastier players to line up against the Jets and Pats. In Dareus, they land the best run defender in this draft. He also brings an attitude.

(Team needs: QB, DL, OT, LB)

4th pick: Cincinnati Bengals

 A.J. Green -- WR, Georgia

 This is the only shot the Bengals have of luring Carson Palmer  out of retirement. Draft the best receiver in college football, release Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, and give Palmer a clean canvas to resume his career.

(Team needs: QB, WR, CB, pass rusher)

5th pick: Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Peterson -- CB, LSU

When you finish 31st in offense and 29th in defense like the Cardinals of 2010, anyone you draft is going to be an upgrade. Peterson is a huge upgrade for the secondary. Arizona is surprised to see him still on the board at 5.

(Team needs: QB, LB, pass rusher, OT)

6th pick: Cleveland Browns

Julio Jones -- WR, Alabama

The Browns need a lead receiver to accelerate the development of QB Colt McCoy. Voila Jones was a walk-in starter at Alabama, and hell be a walk-in starter at Cleveland. He averaged almost 15 yards per career catch.

(Team needs: WR, CB, OT, DE)

7th pick: San Francisco 49ers

Blaine Gabbert -- QB, Missouri

  Jim Harbaugh is a quarterback maker first Josh Johnson at the University of San Diego and then Andrew Luck at Stanford. In his first year as head coach of the 49ers, Harbaugh wants a quarterback he can build a team around.

(Team needs: QB, G, def. playmakers)

8th pick: Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker -- QB, Washington

The Titans want to put the Vince Young era behind them. Locker provides Tennessee a key element Young lacked leadership. Locker was a two-year captain at Washington and a very charismatic player.

(Team needs: QB, DL, LB, S)

9th pick: Dallas Cowboys

Tyron Smith -- OT, Southern Cal

The Cowboys have four starters on the offensive line who turn 32 this season. This group needs to get younger and what better way than to select the youngest player in this draft? Smith turns 21 in December.

(Team needs: OT, G, DE, CB)

10th pick: Washington Redskins

Christian Ponder -- QB, Florida State

 Mike Shanahan is not going to enter a second season with Donovan McNabb, so the Redskins spent all day Wednesday trying to move up. Gabbert was the target. Failing there, they take the next best QB on the board.

(Team needs: QB, WR, CB, youth)

11th pick: Houston Texans

Aldon Smith -- DE, Missouri

The Texans are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme, and Smith can play anywhere in it. He has the frame to bulk up to play end or the speed and athleticism to play linebacker. The NFLs 30th-ranked defense needs help.

(Team needs: DL, LB, DB, WR)

12th pick: Minnesota Vikings

Andy Dalton -- QB, TCU

Like the Titans, the Vikings need to draft a rookie quarterback and play him immediately. Dalton brings a wealth of experience four years as a starter, 42 career victories and more than 1,300 career passes.

(Team needs: QB, DL, OT, CB)

13th pick: Detroit Lions

Nick Fairley -- DT, Auburn

Ndamukong Suh was perhaps the best defensive tackle in the NFL as a rookie in 2011. Adding Fairley makes Suh even better. Fairley is the best inside pass rusher in this draft. The Lions are building a formidable front.

(Team needs: LB, CB, OT, WR)

14th pick: St. Louis Rams

Mark Ingram -- HB, Alabama

The Rams would love to draft a wide receiver for Sam Bradford, but there are none worthy of this selection. St. Louis will continue to give Bradford weapons, though the best running back in this draft.

(Team needs: Pass rusher, CB, WR, S)

15th pick: Miami Dolphins

Mike Pouncey -- C, Florida

The only need the Dolphins can still address here is the offensive line, and Pouncey gives them two-position versatility. Like his brother Maurkice, a first-round pick of the Steelers in 2010, Mike can play guard or center.

(Team needs: OL, OLB, CB, QB)

16th pick: Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan Kerrigan -- DE, Purdue

You cant expect to survive with a paltry pass rush in a division with Peyton Manning  and Matt Schaub. The Jaguars managed only 26 sacks last season. Kerrigan had almost half that (121/2) last fall at Purdue.

(Team needs: DE, S, LB, QB)

17th pick: New England Patriots

Cameron Jordan -- DE, California

The Patriots are likely to trade out of this spot. But Jordan here could be an inducement to stay put. Hes a 3-4 end who fits the size prototype (6-4, 287) Bill Belichick covets. Bigger is always better in New England.

(Team needs: OL, DE, OLB, HB)

18th pick: San Diego Chargers

Corey Liuget -- DT, Illinois

Liuget was a dominant inside player in a 4-3 scheme in the Big Ten. The Chargers envision him playing the edge in their 3-4 scheme. He has excellent hands, a necessity for head-up combat with offensive tackles.

(Team needs: OT, ILB, WR, pass rusher)

19th pick: New York Giants

Nate Solder -- OT, Colorado

Like the Cowboys, the Giants need to get younger on the offensive line. Solder is the best blind-side protector in this draft, and hes going to get better. Hes only played the position for three years.

(Team needs: OT, G, LB, KR)

20th pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Robert Quinn -- DE, North Carolina

The Bucs have the worst pass rush in the NFC just 26 sacks in 521 pass attempts. Quinn is the best edge pass rusher on the board. But his stock slid this draft season because of a bout with cancer in high school.

(Team needs: G, pass rusher, CB, OT)

21st pick: Kansas City Chiefs

Gabe Carimi -- OT, Wisconsin

The Chiefs want to get bigger, tougher and younger up front. KC has one of the NFLs best runners in Jamaal Charles and Carimi has spent a career blocking in one of the best run-oriented offenses in college football.

(Team needs: DT, C, WR, QB)

22nd pick: Indianapolis Colts

Anthony Castonzo -- OT, Boston College

Because of the run of quarterbacks at the top, a lot of quality players slid, including Castonzo, CB Prince Amukamara and DE J.J. Watt. As long as Peyton Manning is in Indy, the priority will be protecting him.

(Team needs: KR, def. size, QB, LB, OL)

23rd pick: Philadelphia Eagles

Jimmy Smith -- CB, Colorado

If the Eagles are to continue their dominance in the NFC East, they must find someone who can cover Dez Byrant. Mission accomplished. Smith is the biggest and perhaps most talented cover corner in this draft.

(Team needs: DL, OL, CB, LB)

24th pick: New Orleans Saints

Adrian Clayborn -- DE, Iowa

 You have to stop the run to survive in a division with DeAngelo Williams, Michael Turner and LaGarrette Blount. So the Saints need some big bodies up front to bolster the NFLs 16th-ranked run defense.

(Team needs: DE, DT, LB, S)

25th pick: Seattle Seahawks

Prince Amukamara -- CB, Nebraska

The Seahawks need help for the NFLs 27th-ranked pass defense, and Amukamara represents sliding value. He has the size (6-0, 206) to line up against physical wideouts Larry Fitzgerald  and Michael Crabtree in the NFC West.

(Team needs: OT, G, C, QB)

26th pick: Baltimore Ravens

J.J. Watt -- DE, Wisconsin

Another sliding value. Watt headed into the process touted as the best end for a 3-4 scheme and he falls into the lap of a top-10 defense. Good players tend to find the Ravens wherever they are on the draft board.

(Team needs: CB, WR, pass rusher, OT)

27th pick: Atlanta Falcons

Phil Taylor -- DT, Baylor

Same synopsis as New Orleans above. You need bulk up front to compete in a division that wants to run the football and Taylor is one of the bulkiest players in this draft at 334 pounds.

(Team needs: OL, NT, WR, LB)

28th pick: New England Patriots

Danny Watkins -- G, Baylor

Watkins is the safest pick in the entire draft the one player you can confidently say will be in the Pro Bowl in 2012. Hes the best guard on the board, and some NFL teams were looking at him as both a center and tackle.

(Team needs: OL, DE, OLB, HB)

29th pick: Chicago Bears

Marvin Austin -- DT, North Carolina

The Bears need an elite tackle to replace departed Pro Bowler Tommie Harris . Austin missed the 2010 season because of an NCAA suspension but plays with great power and a great motor. A top-10 defense just got better.

(Team needs: LB, DT, RB, QB)

30th pick: New York Jets

Derek Sherrod -- OT, Mississippi State

There are only five offensive tackles in this draft who can walk in as starters and Sherrod is the last one. He started three years at left tackle at Mississippi State but projects as a right tackle in the NFL.

(Team needs: CB, OL, WR)

31st pick: Pittsburgh Steelers

 Cameron Heyward -- DE, Ohio State

The Steelers need to get younger at end in their 3-4 scheme, and Heyward provides them that opportunity. Hes a high achiever a four-year starter, team captain and MVP of a Big Ten championship team.

(Team needs: 2 CB, DE, OT)

32nd pick: Green Bay Packers

Aaron Williams -- CB, Texas

The Super Bowl champions have one of the youngest teams in the NFL and few needs. They are in a position to draft the best player on their board. Thats Williams, who can play either cornerback or safety.

(Team needs: DL, OL, pass rusher, CB)
mybadazzcat

Some other final mock drafts.

Here are the mock drafts:

Bryan Broadus, ESPN Dallas picks Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College

Mel Kiper, ESPN, chooses Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal

Todd McShay, ESPN, selects Tyron Smith, T, USC

Don Banks, SI, likes Tyron Smith, T, USC

Mike Maylock, NFL.com, also likes Tyron Smith, T, USC
LoneStar

We will take Jordon or Watt after we trade with the Rams.
Hawk

Looks to me like the Goose gave everybody a good player except us.

I watched an interview last night with Ca. Media asking P. Peterson what he thought about the 9ers taking him at #7 (which all the experts here are predicting) He said " I'll be very disapointed, I want to play for the Cowboys"

The Goose has all my Favorites dropping, if he's right the the Cowboys need to trade down...Done deal
mybadazzcat

Hawk wrote:
Looks to me like the Goose gave everybody a good player except us.

I watched an interview last night with Ca. Media asking P. Peterson what he thought about the 9ers taking him at #7 (which all the experts here are predicting) He said " I'll be very disapointed, I want to play for the Cowboys"

The Goose has all my Favorites dropping, if he's right the the Cowboys need to trade down...Done deal


Of course he wants to play for the Cowboys..who doesn't? Yea, the draft as suggested by the Goose doesn't escite me at all..you could say it sucks but he is the messinger.
Nightrider

I like 4 or 5 guys, Smith is rated real high, but he's being called a project, don't we already have enough of those type of guys? Just pick the prince and get it over with.
mybadazzcat

Nightrider wrote:
I like 4 or 5 guys, Smith is rated real high, but he's being called a project, don't we already have enough of those type of guys? Just pick the prince and get it over with.


Pretty much all offensive linemen are projects. Smith is the youngest guy in the draft. His upside is considered higher than any other lineman in the draft, according to the experts.
mybadazzcat

Big Rumor gaining traction..

This:

Well, earlier rumors of a New England-Dallas deal are gaining momentum. with Dallas shipping its 1st and 2nd and 6th and getting New England's two 1sts and the early 3rd (74th overall) the Pats got from Minnesota. This would let Dallas scratch the DE AND OT itches in the 1st round. A Wisconsin two-step, anybody, with J.J. Watt high and Gabe Carimi low?
Hawk

My dreams of a new Defense just went up in smoke....Oh well, I'm sure Tony is happy.
mybadazzcat

Tyron Smith..Not my selection but he is a Cowboy now and therefore is my guy. We just got our tackle for the next 10 to 12 years. Great pick!

I just heard on the Ticket that Columbo gave up 41 QB pressures last season, the next highest was Free with 21. Plus he gave up 11 QB hits. It was time and I see Garrett's hands all over this pick..
mybadazzcat

Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin out-predicts ESPN, SI on Cowboys, NFL Draft

The Dallas Morning News'  Hall of Fame football writer Rick Gosselin correctly predicted 14 of the 32 picks in the first round. He topped ESPN analysts Todd McShay  (8) and Mel Kiper (9) and SI.com's Peter King (7).

This ^^^ is why I pay attention to what he says..Fifth year in a row he had the Cowboys pick correct. Skip 09 with no first..
Desperado

mybadazzcat wrote:
Tyron Smith..Not my selection but he is a Cowboy now and therefore is my guy. We just got our tackle for the next 10 to 12 years. Great pick!

I just heard on the Ticket that Columbo gave up 41 QB pressures last season, the next highest was Free with 21. Plus he gave up 11 QB hits. It was time and I see Garrett's hands all over this pick..


The Goose said in his interview, I'll quote: Smith will be with the Cowboys 14 yrs and 7 of those will be pro-bowl years. Wow thats quite the prediction, I hope they get a brace on that knee of his. I'll be happy if he can stay healthy. Seems the Cowboys have a history of getting their guys injured in the camps and preseason games.
Does anybody know what the Goose predicted after we drafted Bobby Carpenter?
Hawk

I'm sorry, I see this as a stupid pick, now you have 2 guys playing the same position, Free and Smith.
Goose says "Smith will take over Columbo's position and after 2 years him and Free will flip flop. Yeah that makes sense...NOT! Give free a hugh contract turn around in 2 years and have to give Smith more money to take Free's job, now thats insane.
Do the Cowboys trade Free, and plug Smith in? Is this the secret plan? Otherwise they should fire Hudson, because he has wasted years trying to get guys ready to take Columbo's spot.
Very unhappy with the Cowboys wasting the #9 pick, they could have traded down and still got Smith, all our guys were on the board...Prince, Watt, Jordon, carimi on and on.

The Goose did a good job with his picks...unfortunatly the way I see it.
mybadazzcat

Smith is only 20 years old and is going to be a stud, or not but to not even give the guy a chance just makes no sense.

This from Dallas Morning News:

Who does this Tyron Smith think he is? That answer came from down the hall at Valley Ranch.

"A great run blocker and a great pass protector," said offensive line coach Hudson Houck, who has been around the game so long he throws around the names of former pupils such as Ed Budde, who was drafted by the then-AFL Dallas Texans in 1963 and became one of the NFL's best O-linemen.

Uh, Hud. The kid is 20, and a rangy 6-5, 310 pounds, with 25 pounds of that added since the end of the college season. He came out a year early from USC. He's really green, man.

Hud, exactly when do you expect Tyron (pronounced Ty-run) to be a starter in an offensive line that needs immediate help?

"He's going to start," said Houck, meaning right now.

Right side? Left side?

"It could be either one," added Houck, indicating Doug Free, who was solid as a first-year starter on the left side could be going over to right. Or maybe not.
Nightrider

I think most people like the idea of OT, but would have liked to trade down and picked up an extra 2nd or so. Even if Smith was taken after we traded down, an OT like Castonzo or Carimi would of been fine.

And I'm with them. Until I see why Smith is so much better than any of these other offensive tackles I'm kinda pissed because we could of easily had an extra 2nd rounder.

But oh well nothing I can do about it now, but root for Tyron Smith and hope he has a long and successful career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Anybody pissed? That the the Redskins got the Prince
mybadazzcat

I would have thought ''Cowboys Fans'' would have given the pick the benefit of the doubt? I guess I was wrong.

I had hoped we could discuss what to do in the 2nd and 3rd round but I now have no interest.

See you during the season.
Nightrider

mybadazzcat wrote:
I would have thought ''Cowboys Fans'' would have given the pick the benefit of the doubt? I guess I was wrong.

I had hoped we could discuss what to do in the 2nd and 3rd round but I now have no interest.

See you during the season.


The few of us who didn't bail out when the Cowboys went 6-10, and continued to believe, have the right to not be happy with this pick. We have invested months getting ready for the draft. But now that it as started and the first round is done, we will have to live with what has happened.
I have my favorites for the rest of the draft, but so far nobody has started a thread about the next rounds. You seem to always take things personal, and forget we have the right to our opinions.
LoneStar

Nightrider wrote:
mybadazzcat wrote:
I would have thought ''Cowboys Fans'' would have given the pick the benefit of the doubt? I guess I was wrong.

I had hoped we could discuss what to do in the 2nd and 3rd round but I now have no interest.

See you during the season.


The few of us who didn't bail out when the Cowboys went 6-10, and continued to believe, have the right to not be happy with this pick. We have invested months getting ready for the draft. But now that it as started and the first round is done, we will have to live with what has happened.
I have my favorites for the rest of the draft, but so far nobody has started a thread about the next rounds. You seem to always take things personal, and forget we have the right to our opinions.
I spent a few hours touring around the Cowboy sites and Froums this morning. Seems to me a number of fans are not that happy with Smith. The cowboys have a number of spots we need to get better at. So reason would dictate that a lot of fans would be in disagreement.

My best guess is 50% of fans were happy 35% were not, and the rest were undecided. As usual only time will tell the story. The media is behind Smith right now, but just wait and see what they say if he hurts that knee again. One thing for sure is, Tyron will be a hugh upgrade over Columbo, but I'm talking about Columbo with a bad knee. The healthy Columbo played with an attitude and played to protect his QB at all costs.
mybadazzcat

LoneStar wrote:
Nightrider wrote:
mybadazzcat wrote:
I would have thought ''Cowboys Fans'' would have given the pick the benefit of the doubt? I guess I was wrong.

I had hoped we could discuss what to do in the 2nd and 3rd round but I now have no interest.

See you during the season.


The few of us who didn't bail out when the Cowboys went 6-10, and continued to believe, have the right to not be happy with this pick. We have invested months getting ready for the draft. But now that it as started and the first round is done, we will have to live with what has happened.
I have my favorites for the rest of the draft, but so far nobody has started a thread about the next rounds. You seem to always take things personal, and forget we have the right to our opinions.
I spent a few hours touring around the Cowboy sites and Froums this morning. Seems to me a number of fans are not that happy with Smith. The cowboys have a number of spots we need to get better at. So reason would dictate that a lot of fans would be in disagreement.

My best guess is 50% of fans were happy 35% were not, and the rest were undecided. As usual only time will tell the story. The media is behind Smith right now, but just wait and see what they say if he hurts that knee again. One thing for sure is, Tyron will be a hugh upgrade over Columbo, but I'm talking about Columbo with a bad knee. The healthy Columbo played with an attitude and played to protect his QB at all costs.



Columbo is done. He allowed 41 QB pressures, next was Free with 21. He also got his QB hit 11 times and that led the team. He also led the team with 13 penalties. Smith is a huge upgrade.

This Quote from Tyron Smith about Cam Jordan..Gotta love this..

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"I made him quit"

I love it.... Can't wait to see him bury that punk tuck.

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