Monday, February 28, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft 3.0

Check out the database to see a list of recently updated mocks.  NBA Mock Draft Database
Some picks have been traded. I used to determine these traded picks.
Round 1
  1. Cleveland-Kyrie Irving, PG, 18, 6'2, 180, Duke-Byron Scott was a great teacher and coach to the young Chris Paul and could have the same success with Irving.  Irving was one of the best freshmen in college basketball until he injured his foot early in the season.  He knows how to get into the lane and he can find the open man when the defense drops in to help on him.  Point guard has become a position of importance and tons of elite talent in the league over the last 10 years and Kyrie will be looked to in Cleveland to continue that trend.
  2. Minnesota-Perry Jones, 19, PF, 6'11, 220, Baylor- Perry had a rough start at Baylor, but his play lately has shown the hard work he has put in this year.  He is averaging 14 points this season and he has displayed the ability to take over games both offensively and defensively.  He has a soft shooting touch for a big man, which leads me to believe he can build a three point shot.  He can play the 3, 4, and 5, but he will have to add a lot of bulk.  Jones' scoring ability would allow him to back up Beasley without there being an offensive drop off, he can also back up Love from time to time.  
  3. Sacramento-Derrick Williams, SF, 19, 6'7, 210, Arizona- Derrick Williams has been one of the best players in the NCAA this year, and his recent performances have gained him a lot of draft consideration.  So far this year he is shooting 60% from the field and is grabbing 8 rebounds per outing. Right now he seems like a more polished player than the the other top SF's in the draft and would fill a need at SF for the Kings.  I believe he would be inserted into the starting line up over Casspi, who would be a great energy man off the bench.  
  4. Washington-Terrence Jones, SF, 19, 6'8, 226, Kentucky- Jones is extremely versatile and can play either forward position.  This season he has proven he can be an effective rebounder and he can also score in bunches.  He will have to work to improve his three point range if he wants to play the small forward position in the NBA, but if you pair his passing ability and athleticism with the passing ability of Wall, the scoring ability of Nick Young and Andre' Blatche, and the insane athleticism of McGee you start to see the beginnings of a young team come together.
  5. Toronto-Enes Kanter, C, 18, 6'10, 255, Turkey- Enes Kanter is a huge question mark because he was ineligible to play at Kentucky this season.  Scouts are not sure what they will get from Kanter, but they believe that he will be a great rebounder and an efficient scorer around the rim.  He has a NBA frame and has a physical style of play.  Pair him with Ed Davis and the Raptors will have a strong young front line once they finally decide to part ways with Bargnani.
  6. Utah-Harrison Barnes, SF, 18, 6'7, North Carolina-  Barnes has improved as the year has progressed, but he has still been a disappointment at Chapel Hill.  Many scouts he will be a much better player in the NBA where he will be able to create more.  The Jazz have a hole at the 2 and 3 and Barnes can play both of these positions.  
  7. Cleveland-Jared Sullinger, PF, 18, 6'9, 261, Ohio State- Sullinger has been one of the best players in college basketball this year, and far and away the best freshman.  He is a little undersized and his athletic ability is not overwhelming, but just like Paul Milsap, Kevin Love, Carl Landry and other under sized forwards he will be able to score and rebound in the paint against taller opponents.  He has a great basketball IQ and paired with Kyrie the Cavs may have found themselves a new beginning.
  8. Detroit- Josh Selby, PG, 18, 6'3, 188, Kansas- Detroit needs a point guard to lead their team, and Selby is the best prospect available.  Selby has an NBA type body already and has deep three point range.  He will need to work on being a distributor, his his hard nosed type play will fit in well for the Pistons.
  9. Milwaukee- Jonas Valanciunas, PF, 18, 6'10, 230, Lithuania- Jonas knows the game and plays hard.  He is a good shot blocker and rebounder.  Andrew Bogut is a great center, but he has been often injured and even when he is not injured he could use some help down-low. Adding Valanciunas could create a tough 1-2 punch at the post.
  10. Charlotte-Jordan Hamilton, SF, 20, 6'7, 215, Texas- Charlotte needs help, their only player with any potential is D.J. Augustine and he stands barely 5'11.  Their roster is full of mediocre to poor big men who have never achieved anything in the NBA.  Their best scorer is Stephen Jackson who is getting old and seems to be discontent.  There is no quick fix for Jordan's Bobcats, but they need to add a scorer and Hamilton is the best available.  He can light it up offensivly by taking the ball to the hoop or shooting the three. 
  11. Indiana-Donatas Motiejunas, PF, 20, 7'0, 220, Lithuania- Donatas would have been a very high pick in last years draft and surprisingly decided to stay in Europe another year.  He is likened to Dirk Nowitzki because of the range on his shot.  This selection could make the Pacers a very potent offensive team.
  12. Golden State- Jan Vesely, PF, 20, 6'11, 240, Czech Republic-  This would be a smart pick for Golden State.  Vesely will never be a flashy offensive player, but he is a rugged, hustling big man who gets his points off of rebounds and energy.  He could develop into a very good player defensively, which is what the Warriors desperately need.
  13. Houston-Kemba Walker, PG, 20, 6'1, 172, Connecticut- Houston just acquired Dragic from the Suns, and I think he will start for years to come in Houston.  I think Kemba Walker could find his niche in the league coming off the bench as a score-first point guard for 20-25 minutes per game.  He has so much offensive skill it will be hard to bottle him up on defense.  
  14. Philadelphia-Mason Plumlee, PF, 20, 6'10, 230, Duke-  The young 76ers led by Doug Collins have made big strides this year. Plumlee would fit in as a role player for this team because he comes from a winning program and will add rebounding, defense, and more athleticism.
  15. Denver- John Henson, PF, 20, 6'10, 200, North Carolina- Henson is a defensive talent who will need to put on some pounds to compete in the NBA.  He is super long and athletic forward who can rebound and run the court.
  16. Houston-C.J. Leslie, PF, 19, 6'9, 205, N.C. State- Leslie is an ultra athletic forward who is a great finisher at the rim.  Houston has been looking for an inside presence, and Leslie has the potential to be a gifted power forward.  He needs to add a lot of strength and work on his post moves if he wants to become a real factor in the league.  
  17. Utah-Brandon Knight, PG, 18, 6'4, 183, Kentucky- Utah adds another young athletic guard to its roster.  Knight has the ability to play both guard positions and would likely back up Devin Harris. He needs to improve his jump shot, but he can slash through the defense and finish at the rim.
  18. Minnesota- Alec Burks, SG, 19, 6'5, 185, Colorado- Burks is a great scorer, exactly what Minnesota needs from the shooting guard position.  Burks is a streaky perimeter shooter and will really need to improve on his range, but he should add a boost to the position for the Wolves.
  19. Denver-Patric Young, C, 18, 6'9, 235, Florida- Young is a complete upside pick.  He has the physical tools to be a great defender around the rim.  He is a bit undersized at the center position, but he has a long wing span and great athletic ability.  He will probably move to the NBDL to develop next year.
  20. Portland-Lucas Nogueira, C, 18, 7'0, 225, Brazil- The Blazers need to add some big men to their dwindling front line.  Nogueira will be a project offensively but he could step in defensively and make an impact.  He is an athletic, shot blocking center with a great motor and would really help out in Portland.
  21. Charlotte-Kawhi Leonard, SF, 19, 6'7, 225, San Diego State- The Bobcats just shipped out Gerald Wallace, and so in the draft they go out and get his heir apparent.  Leonard plays a lot like Wallace, crashing the boards and competing defensively.   I think he will be a very good player for the Bobcats.
  22. Washington-Marcus Morris, PF, 21, 6'8, 225, Kansas- Morris is a bit undersized as a power forward, but he is a very skilled big man.  He has good ball handling skills, a good shooting stroke, plays hard, and is a very efficient player.  Bringing in winners from the collegiate level will change the atmosphere for the Wizards.
  23. Phoenix-Jeff Taylor, SF, 21, 6'7, 210, Vanderbilt-  Phoenix needs some young athletic forwards who can get out and run.  Taylor is a strong finisher and can get to the rim.  He is an explosive leaper and a great defender.  He needs to work on his shooting if he is going to be Grant Hill's predecessor. 
  24. Oklahoma City- Kyle Singler, SF, 22, 6'9, 235, Duke- Oklahoma City went out and got a big man in Kendrick Perkins, but they gave away their versatile forward Jeff Green.  Singler does some of the same things Green did, probably not as well, but he is a very sufficient replacement.  He has a great basketball IQ and a very good shooting stroke.  He is a great glue guy and will be a perfect role player for this up and coming team.
  25. New Jersey-Trey Thompkins, PF, 20, 6'9, 247, Georgia- Thompkins can play inside and outside, he has 3 point range on his jump shot.  He also has a good post game, he is also a good rebounder and shot-blocker even though he lacks explosive leaping ability.  
  26. Chicago-Travis Leslie, SG, 20, 6'4, 205, Georgia-  Leslie is an athletic 2 guard and is a crazy athlete.  He is a good rebounder for his size.  The Bulls are lacking a guard who can score, and Leslie can become a good scorer in this league if he works on his jump shot.  He could be a great fit for the Bulls.
  27. Dallas-Jimmer Fredette, PG, 22, 6'2, 195, BYU- Fredette has had an amazing senior year.  Jason Kidd is getting old but has a year or two left, and could take Fredette under his wing.  Fredette would be surrounded with lots of talent and would not be counted on to be 'the man.'  He would have a lot of time to learn and change his game to fit in the NBA.
  28. Chicago-Malcolm Lee, PG, 20, 6'5, 180, UCLA- The Bulls add another big athletic guard to their roster.  Lee can play both guard positions, he has great size, and athletic ability.  He needs to put in a lot of work but his potential is clear.  He would be a great back up for Derrick Rose, and the two could play together because of Lee's height and length. 
  29. Boston-Tristian Thompson, PF, 18, 6'8, 233, Texas-  Thompson would be a great fit for Boston, he is a versatile scorer and a good shot blocker.  He is under sized, which leads me to question this pick because they already have Glenn Davis, but I think Thompson's all around game would be a very good fit for the Celtics.
  30. San Antonio-JaJuan Johnson, PF, 22, 6'10, 215, Purdue- The Spurs would be a great place for Johnson.  He lacks basketball IQ, and there is no better place than San Antonio to learn.  He is a great leaper, has developed his shot, and has averaged over 2 blocks per game for the last three years. 
Round 2
  1. Cleveland-Tyler Honeycutt, SF, 20, 6'9, 180, UCLA
  2. Miami-Kenneth Faried, PF, 21, 6'8,  215, Morehead State
  3. Sacramento- Rodney Williams, SF, 19, 6'7, 210, Minnesota
  4. Washington-Chris Singleton, SF, 21, 6'9, 220, Florida State
  5. Detroit-Thomas Robinson, PF, 19, 6'8, 230, Kansas
  6. Golden State- Kris Joseph, SF, 22, 6'7, 207, Syracuse
  7. Houston-Khris Middleton, SF, 19, 6'7, 215, Texas A&M
  8. LA Clippers- Bojan Bodgdanovic, SF, 21, 6'7, 200, Serbia
  9. Milwaukee-Klay Thompson, SG, 21, 6'6, 187, Washington State
  10. Charlotte-Marshon Brooks, SG, 22, 6'5, 190, Providence
  11. Indiana-Markief Morris, PF, 21, 6'9, 232, Kansas
  12. LA Lakers-Nolan Smith, PG, 22, 6'4, 185, Duke
  13. LA Clippers- Demetri McCamey, PG, 22, 6'3, 200, Illinois
  14. New Orleans-Justin Harper, PF, 21, 6'10, 225, Richmond
  15. New York-Jon Leuer, PF, 21, 6'10, 230, Wisconsin
  16. Chicago- LaceDarius Dunn, SG, 6'4, 23, 196, Baylor
  17. Golden State- William Buford, SG, 22, 6'5, 190, Ohio State
  18. Memphis- Wally Judge, PF, 20, 6'9, 230, Kansas State
  19. Portland-Tyler Zeller, C, 21, 7'0, 220, North Carolina
  20. Detroit- Tyshawn Taylor, PG, 20, 6'3, 180, Kansas
  21. Philadelphia- E'Twaun Moore, SG, 22, 6'4, 184, Purdue
  22. Atlanta-Tobias Harris, SF, 18, 6'8, 210, Tennessee
  23. Orlando-Renardo Sidney, PF, 21, 6'9, 265, Mississippi State
  24. Cleveland- Jeremy Tyler, PF, 19, 6'11, 245,
  25. LA Lakers-Jereme Richmond, SF, 18, 6'8, 195, Illinois
  26. Sacramento-Elias Harris, SF, 21, 6'7, 180, Gonzaga
  27. Dallas- Festus Ezeli, C, 21, 6'11, 255, Vanderbilt
  28. LA Lakers-Robin Benzing, SF, 22, 6'10, 210 Germany
  29. Boston-Jordan Williams, C, 20, 6'10, 260, Maryland
  30. San Antonio- Darius Morris, PG, 20, 6'4, 200, Michigan

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ranking each trade of the 2010-11 NBA season

Deron Williams was just one big name player
who was shipped to a new team this season.
The 2010-11 season has seen so many big named players traded this season that it has changed the dynamic of the league.

September 23
-Philadelphia trades guard Willie Green and center Jason Smith to New Orleans for forward Darius Songaila and rookie forward Craig Brackins.  

76ers- C+, This trade gave the 76ers a nice young player in Brackins, who has spent a lot of the year in the NBDL, that has a nice offensive game and has a lot of athleticism.  They also added a nice hustling forward in Songaila, but he has spent most of his time at the end of the bench.  I give the 76ers a C+ because they got a nice young player who could potentially be a nice roll player off the bench.

Hornets-B, They gave up the consistent Willie Green who has played in 54 games and has averaged almost 9 points per game.  Jason Smith, who had a few really nice games for the Hornets when Okafor was injured, adds height off the bench and has played in 54 games this season.   

December 15
-Houston trades guard Jermaine Taylor plus cash considerations to the Kings for a conditional 2011 second-round draft pick. 
Kings-C, The Kings took a chance on Taylor and only gave up a second round pick in return.  So far this season The guard from Central Florida has only appeared in 12 games for the Kings, so it looks as though the gamble has not yet worked out in their favor.  They also received cash so that makes the deal a little better.

Houston-B, It is not a bad strategy to compile draft picks, and obtaining one for a player stuck at the end of your bench is great.  It looks as though the King's second round pick will be high in the second round which makes this even sweeter for the Rockets, who essentially bought this pick for cash considerations.

-New Jersey received guard Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers and a 2012 first-round draft pick from the Rockets. The Nets sent forward Joe Smith and two second-round draft picks to the Lakers and small forward Terrence Williams to Houston.

New Jersey- B, The Nets finally are able to rid themselves of the problems of Terrance Williams.  They are saddled with Vujacic's bloated contract as a consequence, but they also pick up one first round pick for the 2011 draft and another first round pick for the 2012 draft.  These two picks will allow the Nets to continue to rebuild their roster.  

Houston- B, The Rockets bring home a very talented, and troubled, player in Williams.  Williams has the passing ability and athleticism to be a very good point-forward in the NBA.  In his brief stint in the D-league he averaged almost a triple double.  But his inconsistency and attitude have prevented him from reaching his potential.  Since this trade he has rarely seen the court which makes the Rockets' 2012 draft pick a potential waste.

Lakers- C+, The Lakers ridded themselves of the bloated Vujacic contract and brought back the seasoned veteran Joe Smith to solidify their front line.  Smith has only seen spot action so far this year and is pretty much just an insurance policy for the Lakers.  They also lost first round pick which limits their ability to prepare for the future.

December 18
-Orlando traded forward Rashard Lewis to Washington for guard Gilbert Arenas. Additionally Orlando sends guard Vince Carter, guard Mickael Pietrus and center Marcin Gortat to Phoenix for forward Hedo Turkoglu, guard Jason Richardson and forward Earl Clark.

Orlando- B, This was the first block buster trade of the year.  Orlando completely revamped their team in this trade bringing in 2 new starters and a new sixth man and a solid rotation man.  They brought back Hedo, whose best seasons as a pro were in Orlando, and he has stepped his game up since the trade.  Jason Richardson takes the place of Vince Carter and he seems to be filling the position much better than VC did.  Gilbert Arenas' knee seems to be an issue as his lack of explosiveness is apparent night in and night out.  In addition to this lack of explosion his jump shot is no longer falling, limiting his production.  Earl Clark is finally getting some minutes and looks like he may finally round into form, if he lives up to his potential the Magic got a steal and a player that could push them to the top, but so far in his career it seems as though that is a HUGE if.  The problem with the trade is that they lost their back up big man and now have a thin front line.  Their defense took a huge hit even though their offensive production has improved.

Washington-B-, The Wizards finally get rid of their Arenas headache.  They were able to dump his massive contract on the Magic, but in return had to take back the equally massive contract of Rashard Lewis.  The Wizards are hoping that Rashard Lewis turns back into the player that he was in Seattle, so far it hasn't happened but he has been a better fit than Gilbert was.

Phoenix- C, Phoenix did not really improve or get worse from this trade.  They exchanged the under production of Hedo for the under production of Vince Carter.  They brought in Pietrus who is actually a very good fit in their system, an athletic wing who can play defense and shoot, and Gortat has averaged about 8 points and just over 6 rebounds a game.  Overall it did not seem that this trade really helped them much, but they were able to dump Hedo's contract.  Vince Carter's contract is also set to expire soon, the cap relief will be good for the team.   

February 22   
-Chicago trades forward James Johnson to the Raptors for the 2011 first-round draft pick acquired from Miami. 
Bulls-A, James Johnson still has potential but the 6'9 forward had been a big disappointment for Chicago.  He was averaging 4 points per game and only played in 13 games for the Bulls.  The fact that they somehow swapped him for a first round draft pick was a victory for Chicago.

Raptors- B-, The Raptors get a young small forward to add to a young roster full of potential.  Johnson never got a real chance to prove himself on the Bulls and I expect him to get that chance in Toronto.  He has a tons of natural ability and could be worth the extra pick they got from the Heat in the Bosh sign-and-trade deal over the summer.

-New York acquired forward Carmelo Anthony, guard Chauncey Billups, guard Anthony Carter, forward Renaldo Balkman and forward Shelden Williams from Denver for forward Wilson Chandler, forward Danilo Gallinari, guard Raymond Felton, center Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round draft pick and a 2012 and a 2013 second-round pick and cash. Traded center Eddy Curry and forward Anthony Randolph to Minnesota for forward Corey BrewerDenver also acquires center Kosta Koufos from Minnesota. 

Knicks- B-, Dolan finally got the man he has coveted since James decided to head to Miami.  Anthony gives the Knicks one of the premier scorers in the league, and he should be a great fit in the Knicks' run and gun offense.  Billups gives the Knicks an experienced leader who can hit clutch shots and has playoff experience.  His ability to run the fast break and find the open man will be crucial.  Corey Brewer is a former first round pick who may come on after finally getting out of Minnesota. I only gave the Knicks a B because they lost so much of their core roster, and now they are worse off on the defensive end.  The other players in this deal may be bought out or will sit on the bench.  

Nuggets-A, Denver received a lot of assets in this deal in exchange for their franchise player.  Gallinari could become an all star in the future, he is young and is having a career year this year.  Raymond Felton was also having a career before the trade and it will remain to be see how he responds to the new system.  Wilson Chandler is also having a very good year, averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds a game.  Mozgov and Koufus give Denver 2 young big men in case Nene decides to go elsewhere in free-agency.  They also receive a 2014 first round pick, a 2012 and 2013 second round pick, and cash.  Overall this gives Denver a chance to build for a future, and they still have a chance at the playoffs because of all the 

Timberwolves-B-, Minnesota turned Corey Brewer and Kosta Koufus into Anthony Randolph.  Randolph has been moved around the league lately, and has also been hurt a lot during his young career.  He has a reputation of being a difficult player to coach and this was seen again in New York, where he rarely played.  Kahn really wanted Randolph and hopes that he can be another top pick who turns his career around for the Wolves.  They also are saddled with the expiring contract of Eddie Curry, who will come off the books this off-season.

February 23  
 Utah trades guard Deron Williams to the Nets for guard Devin Harris, rookie forward Derrick Favors, a 2011 first-round pick, a 2012 first-round pick and cash.

Nets-B+, This ranking would be an A if they had knew for certain that Deron Williams will sign an extension.  Right now they are not sure, but Williams is a great player and will immediately help out a team that desperately needs it.  I think he will be a good fit with Avery Johnson and now they have an all-star guard to spread the ball to the shooters around Brook Lopez.  They will need to continue to build this team around Williams, and they will probably need to make a big catch next year in free-agency or via trade to do it.

Jazz-B, Utah avoids a Carmelo Anthony situation next year by dealing Williams this year.  They get Derrick Favors, an extremely athletic player that many expect to be an all-star power forward soon in his career.  He is still raw and needs to develop but should help out their front line that was already full of talent.  They also get a very good point guard to replace Willaims.  Devin Harris was very sought after at the trade deadline.  They received a 1st round pick from the Nets that will be a lottery pick, so the Jazz could potentially have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft.  They also received a 2012 first round pick and cash considerations.

-Nets trade Troy Murphy an 2012 second-round pick to Warriors for Brandon Wright and Dan Gadzuric.

Nets-B, The Nets continue to be busy and add the young Brandon Wright.  They shed Murphy's big contract.  They will most likely buy-out Gadzuric.

Warriors-C, I don't really understand this trade for the Warriors.  They get rid of Brandon Wright who has been a huge disappointment for them, and they bring back Murphy.  There have been a lot of rumors that they will buy out Murphy, so this seems like a salary dump, getting rid of Gadzuric and Wright's contract and they also pick up a draft pick.
-New Orleans trades guard Carl Landry to Sacramento for guard Marcus Thornton and cash.

Hornets-B+, Carl Landry is a great offensive player and rebounder, but does not help too much on the defensive end.  He should help out immediately giving the Hornets an option when David West is out of the game.  They gave up Thornton, who is a very good offensive player but has not played much this year.

Kings-C-, I understand that the Kings need a high scoring shooting guard to go along with Evans, but Thornton does a lot of the same things that Evans does, and not nearly as well.  He will help out, but I don't think he is a great fit in Sacromento.

February 24 
-Boston traded forward Luke Harangody and center Semih Erden to Cleveland for a 2013 second-round draft pick. 

Celtics- C+, The Celtics trade away their back up center after trading their starting center.  Shaq and Jermaine are both out with injuries, and their other front court players are getting old and fragile.  They do get back a 2013 second round draft pick, which will likely have good value on it, but this depletion of their front line must worry Doc Rivers.

CavaliersB, The Cavs give up a second round pick for a back up center for Varejao.  This is a good value pick up for the Cavs, and an inexpensive one too.

-Traded center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for forward Jeff Green, center Nenad Krstic, a 2012 first-round draft pick and cash. 

Celtics- C+, I like Jeff Green a lot and think he is a really good fit in Boston.  He will be a good sixth man and can play many positions and is a really versatile type of player.  I don't like this trade because they traded away the heart of their defense.  Perkins was key to their trips to the championship, and the defense he brings  helped them to compete with teams like the Lakers.  The first round pick is nice, some extra picks will help them rebuild, or reload with a big trade or free-agent signing after their current roster gets too old.

Thunder-A-, Jeff Green did a lot for the Thunder and was a big part of their up-rise up the western conference standings.  That being said, the Thunder made a great trade.  Green was the odd man out this off-season because the Thunder are gearing up to extend Westbrook.  Perkins will fix the only issue the Thunder have, a big defensive interior presence.  This will also free up some space for Ibaka to move to the starting line up and flourish along side Perkins.  Those two will form a tough defensive presence. 

-Oklahoma City trades D.J. White and Mo Peterson to Charlotte for Nazr Mohammed

Thunder- B+, Sam Presti continued to build his front line bringing in the 7 footer from the Bobcats. They only gave up Mo Peterson and D.J. White, neither of which were contributors.  The addition of Nazr gives the Thunder another big body to match up against the Lakers in the post-season

Bobcats-C-, I know that Mohammed wasn't a great player for the Bobcats, but bringing in two bench-warmers on a full roster doesn't make sense.  Subsequently, the Bobcats had to release 3 players.  Neither of these players will help the future or the present Bobcats.
-Sacramento acquired guard-forward Marquis Daniels and cash considerations from Boston for a future draft pick.• 

-Charlotte traded forward Gerald Wallace to Portland for center Joel Przybilla, forward Dante Cunningham, forward-center Sean Marks and a conditional 2011 and a conditional 2013 first-round draft pick. 

Portland-B, Wallace is a stat stuffer and a defensive and rebounding monster.  He is averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds per game this season, he is athletic and a tough player.  I am confused because of rumors I have heard that the Blazers are planning on blowing up their team and building around Batum and Aldridge. This pick up would suggest otherwise, Wallace is 29 years old, not too old by any means but also not some one I would have considered in a rebuilding effort.  Overall I like this pick up.

Bobcats-C-, Another bad trade for the Bobcats.  Pryzbilla is tough, but he is injury prone and getting older.  Dante Cunningham is a hustler and has a nice mid-range jumper.  Sean Marks will not play.  Not much value to get back for your best player.

-Cleveland traded guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon to the L.A. Clippers for guard Baron Davisand a 2011 first-round draft pick. Waived forward Leon Powe

Cavaliers-B+, The Cavs pick up Baron Davis' large contract so they can get the Clippers 2011 draft pick, which is most likely a high lottery pick.  This gives the Cavs two high lottery picks to rebuild their team.  Davis' attitude may be a concern but, he could also play hard to increase his value at the end of his contract.

Clippers-B, I think it was a mistake to give up their lottery pick, but getting out of Davis' bad contract is a plus.  Mo williams will be a good fit in L.A. He has a much better long distance shot than Davis.  This will be a good pick-up for the young Clippers.

-Houston traded guard Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for guard Goran Dragic and a future first-round draft pick. 

Rockets-A-, Aaron Brooks is a great scorer but not a pure point guard.  Dragic is a pure point guard that will be able to distribute the ball to the Rockets' many role players.  The Rockets also will get a 1st round pick from a team that is on the brink of being on the lower tier of the league, this could be a valuable pick up.

Suns-B, Aaron brooks is now the heir apparent to Steve Nash.  Brooks gives the Suns a super-fast point guard to run the fast break offense in Phoenix.  He may not be happy if he does not get sufficient playing time.

-Traded forward Shane Battier and guard Ishmael Smith to Memphis for center Hasheem Thabeet, forward DeMarre Carroll and a future first-round draft pick . 
Memphis-B+, Memphis needed another forward while Rudy Gay recovers.  Battier gives them a crafty veteran presence that will fill the void and contribute after Gay returns.  

Rockets-A-, Houston takes a chance on Thabeet in hopes that he will grow into a defensive presence.  DeMarre Carrol is a hustle type player but he is pretty much tossed into the deal.  The Rockets also pick up another draft pick to stash away for the future.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Looking Forward To The 2011 Oregon Ducks Football Squad

LaMichael James is poised to run through the competition for his
junior campaign as the Ducks look to return to the BCS championship
The Oregon Ducks look poised to make another BCS bid in 2011.

As the Ducks' remarkable season came to an end the 2011 season started.  The Ducks turned their attention to the 2011 freshman class, and they made huge strides.  Rivals rated the Ducks' recruiting class 9th in the nation.  They snatched one of USC's most coveted recruits right from under their noses.  The 5'9, 160  pound speedster De'Anthony Thomas is rated one of the top athletes in the country.  He is a native of southern California, which makes it even more impressive that he signed with the Ducks.  Not only are the Ducks dominating the Pac 10 competition on the field, but it seems that they are now dominating the recruiting.  They signed another 5 star athlete who is from Hillsboro, OR.  Colt Lyerla has an impressive 6'5, 225 lb frame.  Rivals believes that he can play many positions at the collegiate level, he has the ability to play wide out, safety, or even linebacker and defensive end.  They also add 9 four star recruits, who most notably include WR Tacoi Sumler who is one of the fastest players in the country.  The Ducks may have also landed their future signal caller, Jerrard Randall the 8th ranked QB in the country, according to ESPN, is poised to join this class if he passes all academic requirements.  This class positions the Ducks to be a offensive powerhouse for years to come.

While it still remains to be seen if any of these incoming freshmen will make an impact on the field in 2011, the Ducks have an impressive roster full of returning talent, lead by Heisman candidate LaMichael James.  The Ducks bring back quarterback Darron Thomas who should really develop after being thrown into the fire after Masoli's dismissal last spring.  Playing well in the championship should give Thomas the confidence he needs to succeed this year, and also playing down the stretch when every game mattered should really improve his poise.  Kenjon Barner, LaMichael's key running mate also returns and maintains the 1-2 punch of the Ducks' backfield.  Red shirt freshman Lanche Seastrunk should get some opportunities as the 3rd string running back this year.  Seastrunk, who considered transferring after James' decision to return, is in the mold of Barner and James and will replace them as the lead back once the tandem departs for the NFL.

One of the Ducks' main concerns is the departure of key senior talent on the offensive line.  Because of Chip Kelly's system of playing 8-9 players on the offensive line this should not be a concern.  They will plug in 6 experienced senior offensive linemen along with 3 juniors.  At the wide receiver position the 6'5 senior Lavasier Tuninei returns to lead this talented group.  They are expecting  a breakout year from sophomore wideout Josh Huff, who made some explosive plays last season with his track-level speed. The senior tight end David Paulson rounds out what should be an even more explosive offense than last year, if that is even possible.

Defensively the Ducks bring back plenty of talent led by junior cornerback Cliff Harris.  Harris had a breakout year last year showing his explosive return ability and his big play ability as a ball-hawking cornerback.  In 2011 Harris will have to improve on his gambling for the big play because for as many big plays that he made he gave up just as many.  Strong safety Eddie Pleasant is returning for his senior campaign.  Pleasant will provide the senior leadership this group will need.  The big hitting free safety John Boyett is also returning.  Boyett, who has been a defensive leader for the Ducks since his freshman season, should flourish into an all Pac-12 player this year.  He is consistently in the right place to make big plays and always punishes receivers.

Oregon's front seven brings back plenty of senior talent.  They bring back Terrell Turner who is one of the team leaders in the weight room.  Junior linebacker Michael Clay was the teams top reserve at the position last season and he should step right into Mathew's position and produce right away as a starter.  Again, because of the system Chip uses many of these players are not stepping into action blind, they have plenty of game experience.  These aren't big name guys and Coach Aliotti will have to work hard this spring to work this defense into national championship quality.

The Ducks' special teams are set with 2010 4th team Pac-10 kicker Rob Beard, who will continuing his production next year.  Rice Jackson is also holding down the punting position.  Both are juniors who have started for at least one year and have experience in pressure situations.

The Ducks' 2011 season starts out against one of the top teams in the SEC, LSU.  The game is in Cowboys stadium, and this will be the one of the most important games of the season.  LSU was very good last year and will be very talented again, this should be a great game and an impressive way for the Ducks to start their season.  If they come away from this game with a victory Oregon's toughest games will be against USC and Stanford.  The Ducks have USCAutzen Stadium.

Overall, I think Coach Kelly and his staff have the Ducks ready for another national title campaign.  If they make it back to the top I believe that the Ducks will have the leadership, experience, and way more than enough talent to bring the national championship trophy home to Eugene.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Exploring the New York Knicks' New Roster
Monday night Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks in a huge 12 player deal along with a lot of draft picks being thrown around.  The Knicks sent Mozgov, Felton, Galinari, and Chandler to the Nuggets along with their 2014 first round pick and 2 second round picks they obtained from the Warriors in the David Lee trade over the summer.  In addition to Anthony the Nuggets are sending Billups, Sheldon Williams, and Renaldo Balkman to New York.  The Knicks also sent Anthony Randolph and Eddie Curry and three million dollars to Minnesota, and in return they receive Corey Brewer.  So now that the Knicks have retooled their team what is their roster going to look like.  Their starting line up will most likely be:

PG: Billups
SG: Fields
SF: Anthony
PF: Stoudamire
C: Turiaf

Their back ups look like this:

Sixth Man: Corey Brewer
PG: Toney Douglas
F: Shawn Williams
SF/G: Kelenna Azubuike
G: Roger Mason Jr.
G: Andy Rautins
G/F: Bill Walker
PF/C: Sheldon Williams
SF/PF: Renaldo Balkman

The glaring weakness is their lack of big men.  There have been rumors of the Knicks signing Earl Barron from the D-league.  This team has a great starting line up 1-4, but I don't know how well Turiaf will be able to stand up to some of the better centers in the league because he is undersized.  Turiaf is a very competent and competitive defensive center, this is his specialty, but I don't know if he can handle the responsibility of playing great defense for 35-40 minutes a night.  Most of his action has been coming off the bench.  They better hope that Sheldon Williams can become a serviceable back up and fast, or at least he is 6 fouls coming off the bench.  Balkman is known as a hustle type player who is coming back for his second stint in New York.

This weakness may not be the downfall of this year's Knicks because of Mike D'Antoni's run and gun style of play.  The Knicks played very little defense before this trade, and they will probably play even less after, but now they should have a more potent offense.  There will be an adjustment period implementing Anthony and Billups to the lineup and Amare learning to coexist with Anthony taking 25 shots a game.

Billups could be the key to this team, he is a proven leader and a pure professional who can take and make the biggest shots.  I don't expect Landry Fields' play to drop at all, he is the ultimate glue guy, he will have to keep up the great rebounding he has exhibited all year and step it up on the defensive end while continuing to knock down open threes.

The back ups will also have to step it up, Kelenna Azubuike is coming off an injury and should be ready to play soon, but it is unknown how much he will be able to give to this team.  Corey Brewer had a break out year from the three point line last year and he brings the athleticism to be a lock down defender, but he has struggled for the most part this year.  D'Antoni hopes they got the guy from last year. They also need Bill Walker to step up, last year it seemed like he was going to be a major contributor this year but so far that has not been the case.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Denver's Options in the Melo Trade and With Other Players

The trading deadline is coming up on Thursday and in the center of most of the rumors seem to be centered around what will happen with Carmelo Anthony.  Many potential deals are hung up waiting for Denver to choose to send Melo to either the Nets or the Knicks.  I am going to discuss the potential Melo deals and also some deals that could fall in place after this deal.

Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks- It is rumored that Denver would pair Carmelo Anthony with Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, and Anthony Carter,, in exchange for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, and the Knicks' 2014 1st rounder.  In addition the Timberwolves would get involved sending Corey Brewer to the Nuggets and obtaining Eddie Curry's expiring contract, Anthony Randolph and cash from the Knicks.  It is also rumored that if this deal happens the Nets and the Nuggets have a deal in place that would send a combination of the three Knicks players such as Gallinari and Chandler or Gallinari and Felton to the Nets in exchange for 2 first round picks.  This saves the Nuggets roughly 20 million dollars.  Depending on what happens with Felton potential trades with Portland and Atlanta could also happen.  Atlanta has interest in Felton and if he doesn't go to the Nets he could be sent to the Hawks.  If he does get sent to the Nets then they could send Devon Harris to the Blazers in return for an expiring contract.

Carmello Anthony to the Nets- In this deal Denver would ship Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Melvin Ely, and Renaldo Balkman.  They would receive Devon Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh, and 4 first round picks.  There has been some talk that if this happens that Troy Murphy would get shipped to the Golden State Warriors possibly for Brandon Wright.  Devon Harris would most likely be sent to Portland for Andre Miller's expiring contract.  I would expect Ben Uzoh to be bought out or released also.  This deal would give the Nuggets a wealth of young talent and draft picks along with expiring contracts to make a move in free agency.

Other trades- Nene is a hot commodity right now, he is a restricted free agent next year and it is unknown whether or not the Nuggets will try and resign him.  So far the signs are pointing to that not happening, there has been no offer extended by the Nugget's front office to Nene or his representatives.  I think he would be a great fit in Portland, the Blazers could couple the expiring contracts of Camby and Pryzbilla to add even more cap relief for the Nuggets.  This would also give the Blazers the inside presence they have been longing for.  If Oden returns healthy next year, doubtful, the combination of Aldridge, Nene and Oden could be great.
Houston is also in the running for Nene and they have a ton of young talented players they could exchange for him such as Courtney Lee, Terrance Williams, Jordan Hill, Aaron Brooks, etc.  Pretty much any combination of their roster could land them Nene and give them the big man they have been missing since Yao's foot issues effected the rotation early in the season.

J.R. Smith-The Bulls have been looking for a 2 guard who can be a consistent scorer.  I am not sure what assets the Bulls have that Denver would want besides possibly Taj Gibson.  Taj Gibson is a vital part of the Bulls' front line and I don't believe he will be moved.  Furthermore I don't think J.R. Smith is a good fit for the Bulls.  He does not have good basketball I.Q. which has been driving coach Karl nuts for years, he is also not very consistent.  The Bulls need a consistent scorer, J.R. Smith is a streaky shooter, but when he is hot he can go for 30.  I don't think this rumor will come to light.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

NBA Dunk Contest

What's Worth Watching in This Years Dunk Contest?
Blake Griffin has a crazy vertical.  Everyone has seen his highlights posted on Sportscenter almost daily.  Most of his dunks are power dunks, like the one over Mozgov in the picture to your right, or spectacular finishes off alley-oops.  I am excited what he can do in a dunk contest atmosphere.

Demar Derozan came in second last year.  I think he will be Griffin's stiffest competition.  Derozan said last year's contest was the first dunk contest he had ever lost.  Maybe he will bring some new tricks out of the bag to make sure he takes this one home.

Serge Ibaka is another big man with crazy athleticism.  He gets most of his dunks off of put backs or lobs, so like Griffin I don't know what he will do in this competition.  His athleticism gives him the ability to win this competition, but he will have to do something crazy.

JaVale McGee has crazy long arms and a huge vertical for a man his size.  He has had some insane dunks this year, except for the missed attempt from the free-throw line, he is one of the best finishers in the league.  He might be able to pull off the dunk on the raised rim that Dwight threw down.  

Friday, February 18, 2011

Potential Melo Trade: Who Comes Out On Top
Melo To The Nets, Which Team Is The Winner?

This trade is pending on Melo's decision on signing an extension.  There could still be some snags because the Knicks will meet with Melo over the all-star weekend, but it looks as though this latest deal is serious.  Lets look at who would come out on top if this trade goes down.

Denver- They would receive Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh, and 4 future first round picks.  The Nuggets get a lot of value in this scenario.  They have Ty Lawson, who is thought to be their point guard of the future, so it would have to be seen what they would do with Devin Harris.  There have been trade rumors surrounding Nene and J.R. Smith, possibly they could package Harris with one or both of these two players to land some one else or they could maintain Lawson's roll off the bench.  They could do the same with Murphy, he is an expiring contract who has a good skill set, he would be very attractive to a lot of teams.  They will build around Favors and hope that he becomes a dominate force in the near future.  The 4 draft picks allow Denver to build a young squad, but it will have to be seen how well the Nets play, these could turn into 4 draft picks in the mid to late 20's of the first round.

New Jersey- They receive Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Melvin Ely, Renaldo Balkman.  With some of their big contracts, such as Outlaw, they will not have future flexibility when it comes to signing another top player in the future.  Billups is still a good floor general, but he is getting old and his productivity will dip in the next few years.  That being said they get Carmelo Anthony, one of the best scorers in the league.  They have a good core for the next few years in Lopez, Anthony, and Billups, coupled with shooters at the wing in Morrow and have a good young player in Damion James.  Shelden Williams and Melvin Ely give them big bodies to spare Lopez and Balkman and Humphries are all hustle.  They will need to get more out of Outlaw to justify his huge contract.

Overall New Jersey seems to get the best out of this deal.  A lot will depend what they do in free agency or if they make another trade.  The same can be said with the Nuggets, what they do in the draft and with their players headed into free agency.  I think this is the best trade the Nuggets can get, unless the Knicks counter with a huge offer, and it gives both teams the potential to win either now or down the road.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NFL Draft 2.0

Round 1

  1. Carolina (2-14)-Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn- Fairley is an aggressive and athletic defensive tackle.  He will bring a new identity of nastiness to the front line of Carolina and will have an immediate impact.  I would not expect a Suh-sized effort out of Fairley next year but I do expect him to have a great career.Denver 
  2. (4-12)-A.J. Green, WR, Georgia- A.J. is by far the premiere offensive talent in the 2011 draft.  The Broncos could stabilize their defense with either Bowers or Peterson but if Teabow is their QB of the future they need to get him some weapons asap.  Green needs to put on a little bulk to take hits week after week but he has immense talent and will  complete a great core at the wide receiver position in Denver
  3. Buffalo (4-12)- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn- Mel Kiper has Newton going third over all after his successful workout in front of scouts last week, and I agree.  The Bills have needs at most positions, but the QB position is the most important in the game today.  Newton possesses a wide array of skills and has a lot of upside in his passing game.  Has his passing improves in the next level it will create opportunities to use his legs as he did in college.  
  4. Cincinnati (4-12)- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson- Bowers will help out with his pure pass rushing skills and freaky athleticism.  He has the potential to be a Julius Peppers type player, thus all of the talk about him being a potential number 1 pick.  The Bengals have some impressive young players on defense and Bowers add to this developing group.
  5. Arizona (5-11)- Blaine Gabbart, QB, Missouri- Arizona needs a QB, if the CBA is done before the draft I expect them to use this pick as trade bait to try and secure the position with either Kolb or Palmer, but in this scenario they pick Gabbart.  He is said to be more NFL ready that Newton and he could help this position right away.  He is a very accurate QB and has the arm strength and NFL passer needs.
  6. Cleveland (5-11)- Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M- Miller will make an impact for the Browns' defense.  He is a great pass rusher and also has talent in coverage.  He can also play the run with his quickness and his great motor.
  7. San Francisco (6-10)- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU- Like the Cardinals I believe the 49ers would love to shop this pick for Kolb.  The addition of Peterson will turn the 49ers' defense a power house.  He has great ball skills and he is a large physical defender.
  8. Tennessee (6-10)-Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama- Jason Babin is going to be a free agent so the Titans will need to put some cement on their defensive front.  Dareus is a big defender who can play either tackle or end, is very effective rushing the passer and stopping the run.
  9. Dallas (6-10)-Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska- Dallas needs help in their secondary.  Mike Jenkins has made some exciting plays but is not very consistent.  Prince can take the 2nd starting position for the Cowboys right away.  He is a close second to Peterson as far as cornerbacks go in this draft.
  10. Washington (6-10)-Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina- The Redskins need a QB but the top two prospects are off the board.  Their Defense also needs a big lift.  They pick Quinn and hope he is the answer.  They need a pass rusher and Quinn can rush out of the linebacker position and the defensive end position.  
  11. Houston (6-10)-Julio Jones, WR, Alabama- Julio Jones and Andre Johnson could be a lethal combination for Schaub to have.  Jones could become a decent first option on another team but he could flourish as a second option behind Johnson.  Being a second option would allow Jones to fix his main problem, catching the ball consistently, it will also allow him to work with one on one coverage and use his natural athleticism and ability.
  12. Minnesota (6-10)-J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin- Watt has a non-stop motor and is a very versatile pass rusher.  He will add some youth on an aging defensive line. 
  13. Detroit (6-10)-Nate Solder, OT, Colorado- Matt Stafford was injured must of last season because of the Lions lack of pass protection.  Nate Solder is the best offensive lineman in the draft and he will step in as a starter.  
  14. St. Louis (7-9)-Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado- The Rams would love it if Julio Jones slipped to them but they take Smith.  Smith has jumped up the boards lately and would help the Rams out defensively.  He is a tall, strong defender who will improve a young defense.
  15. Miami (7-9)-Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama- The Dolphins add Ingram to inject some youth into their running back core.  Ricky Williams is beginning to show his age and Ronnie Brown has consistent injury problems.  Ingram won a Heisman for a reason, he has quick feet and a quick powerful burst through the hole.  
  16. Jacksonville (8-8)-Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa- Jacksonville has a lot of needs but Clayborn is a solid pick and will be a good addition across from Aaron Kampman.  
  17. New England - from Oakland (8-8)-Cameron Jordan, DE, California- Jordan is a underrated versatile prospect, sound familiar for the Patriots? He can help out with the run stopping and he can get to the passer.  He will be a huge help on the defensive front.  
  18. San Diego (9-7)-Tyron Smith, OT, USC-  He is not an ultra physical pass protector but because of his great footwork he can stay in front of defenders.  His athletic ability gives him the upside to develop into a great blindside protector.
  19. New York Giants (10-6)-Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA- The Giants have a great defensive line and the addition of Ayers gives them a freaky athlete that can get to the QB from the outside linebacker position.  This just means more problems for QB's facing the Giants.  
  20. Tampa Bay (10-6)-Ryan Kerrigan,DE,Purdue- Kerrigan had a great senior year and his experience will be a great addition to the Buc's defensive line.  McCoy and Kerrigan could form a solid line for the young developing team.  
  21. Kansas City (10-6)-Corey Liugent, DT, Illinois- The Chiefs go for the defense in the first round again this year.  Liugent's stock has sky rocketed lately and the Chiefs jump at the chance to get him.  He adds another young defensive lineman along with Glen Dorsey for Kansas City's 3-4 scheme.
  22. Indianapolis (10-6)-Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College- Indy needs to get some help on the offensive line to protect the aging Manning.  Castonzo has not been injury prone in college and his high football IQ is a perfect fit with the Colts.
  23. Philadelphia (10-6)- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin- Carimi is a great run blocker.  He will have to quickly develop into a pass protector so Vick doesn't take so many hits next year.  
  24. New Orleans (11-5)-Muhammed Wilkerson, DT, Temple- Wilkerson can get to the QB from the tackle position.  He will provide an upgrade for the Saints as they try to make another title run.  
  25. Seattle (7-9)-Jake Locker, QB, Washington- Locker has really lost a lot of momentum going into this draft process.  He really struggled in the senior bowl, but I do think that the Seahawks will take a chance on his potential to be the long term fix once Hasselbeck retires.
  26. Baltimore (12-4)-Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky- Cobb will give Flacco a legitimate deep threat.  Houshmanzadeh and Boldin are great possession receivers but neither have the speed to get down field, Cobb can do just that.  He also adds excitement to the return game. 
  27. Atlanta (13-3)-Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland- If Smith develops at the second level it will give Matt Ryan a legitimate second option next to Roddy White in the passing game.  Smith has a great work ethic and shows all the signs of being able and willing to put in the necessary work to develop at the next level.
  28. New England (14-2)-Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia-  Justin Houston had a great year with 11 sacks. He showed a lot of skill getting to the QB.  With this pick New England gets its second pass rusher with first round talent, their defense should be much improved in this area next year.
  29. Chicago (11-5)-Mike Pouncey,G,Florida- The Bears need an upgrade on the offensive line to protect Cutler.  As we have seen with his brother, Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey, Mike will be able to step in right away and have a huge impact.
  30. New York Jets (11-5)-Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor- Taylor is a 350 LB nose tackle, exactly what the Jets need to strengthen their defensive line in the 3-4 scheme.  Jenkins has been out all but seven games the last two years and there is no certainty he will be the same player he was when he returns.  Taylor gives the Jets a great back up plan and a player for the future.
  31. Pittsburgh (12-4)-Benjamin Ijalana, OT, Villanova-The Steelers' offensive line was in shambles by the end of the year.  Injuries plagued them all year.  Ijalana is a versatile player who can step in immediately if there is an injury.
  32. Green Bay (10-6)-Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois- The packers only weakness on offense was their running game.  Leshoure will provide some stability at the position if the often injured Ryan Grant does not last the entire season.
Round 2
    1. New England - from Carolina (2-14)-Cameron Heyward, DE/DT,Ohio State- New England continues to address their front seven adding yet another versatile defensive lineman.  Heyward was pegged as a potential first rounder at the beginning of the season but dropped a little.  He will fit right in for the Pats.
    2. Buffalo (4-12)-Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State-  The Bills pick up a quality tackle to protect their new franchise QB.  
    3. Cincinnati (4-12)-Rahim Moore, S, UCLA- Moore can fly all over the field and has a nose for the ball.  The Bengals pick up the top safety in this draft class and continue to add talent to their defense.
    4. Denver (4-12)-Aaron Williams, CB, Texas- Denver needs help at the cornerback position.  Williams has a lot of talent but goes for the big play too often. Bailey can mentor Williams in his last few years.
    5. Cleveland (5-11)-Drake Nevis, DT, LSU-  Cleveland adds Nevis, a potential first found talent, too their front line.  Their front seven should get much better because of these first two additions.  
    6. Arizona (5-11)-Kyle Rudolph, TE,  Notre Dame- Arizona gets Gabbart a steady target at the tight end position.  Rudolph is the top TE in the draft and will be a consistent contributer at the next level.  
    7. Tennessee (6-10)-Dan Watkins, G, Baylor- The Titans need to upgrade their front line and Dan Watkins will provide some help in that area.  
    8. Dallas (6-10)-Robert Sands, S, West Virgina- Dallas continues to address their weak secondary.  They look to the 6'5 Sands for help.
    9. Washington (6-10)-Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas- Washington missed out on their QB of the future in the first round, they make up for that and take the huge QB Mallet in the second.  
    10. Houston (6-10)-Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina- Houston can fill out their linebacking core with Carter.  He is a very fast linebacker who has a lot of potential but he needs to fine tune his instincts.
    11. Minnesota (6-10)-Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada- Minnesota fills the void at QB with Kaepernick.  His stock has come on late after he impressed scouts at the senior bowl.
    12. Detroit (6-10)-Kendrick Burney, CB, North Carolina- Another player who impressed at the senior bowl.  Detroit picks up the experienced cornerback in hopes that he can help the very poor secondary from last season.  
    13. San Francisco (6-10)- Seth Paea, DT, Oregon State- The 49ers continue to build a strong young defense with the massive Paea as the anchor.  Paea is said to be one of the strongest players in the draft and he should demand double teams.  He would have been a first rounder if he had not been injured in the senior bowl.  He will create lots of holes for Willis to get through.  
    14. Denver - from Miami (7-9)-Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina- Austin sat out the year because of NCAA violations but Denver scores big with this interior lineman.  
    15. St. Louis (7-9)-Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami- They didn't end up with Julio Jones in the first round so they make it up with Hankerson in the second.  Hankerson has the ability to become a big time target in the next level.
    16. Oakland (8-8)-Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh- Baldwin is a first round talent at the wide receiver position, the only thing that is dropping his stock is attitude problems.  Sounds like a perfect fit for the Raiders.
    17. Jacksonville (8-8)-Will Rackley, G, Lehigh- He will give the offensive line a boost and help create room for MJD.
    18. San Diego (9-7)-Martez Wilson,ILB, Illinois- San Diego's linebacking core is not what it once was.  Martez is the best prospect at the inside linebacker position.
    19. Tampa Bay (10-6)-Ross Homan, OLB, Ohio State- Tampa needs an outside linebacker and with the top prospects already gone Homan is the best available.
    20. New York Giants (10-6)-Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech- Brandon Jacobs' play is inconsistent and Ahmad Bradshaw is consistently hurt.  Ryan Williams adds a third weapon in the backfield when healthy.
    21. Indianapolis (10-6)-Stanely Havili, FB, USC- This may be high for the Southern California full back, but Havili would be a great option out of the back field for Peyton, he would also be great at picking up blitzes giving Manning more time in the pocket.
    22. Philadelphia (10-6)-Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State- The Eagles continue to build a strong foundation up front to give Vick protection.
    23. Kansas City (10-6)- Brandon Harris, CB, Miami- I realize that this is not necessarily a need for Kansas City, but this addition to their secondary could make them one of the best young groups in the league. 
    24. New Orleans (11-5)-D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas- They have Jeremy Shockey but he is often injured and is getting older.  D.J. Williams is the top rated tight end for Mel Kiper and at this point he is a steal.
    25. Seattle (7-9)-Jacquizz Rogers, RB, Oregon State- Pete Carroll has first hand experience against Rogers.  He is strong for such a small back and once he makes it to the second level he is hard to catch.
    26. Baltimore (12-4)-Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State- Ray Lewis' career is coming to an end.  Jones will never fill the shoes Lewis will leave behind but he is a ferocious tackler and can help in coverage.
    27. Atlanta (13-3)-Shane Vereen, RB, California- He is great coming out of the back field as a receiver.  He can spare turner on third down, a much needed rest for Turner who is at risk of getting worn down.
    28. New England (14-2)-Titus Young, WR, Boise St.- Young can vertically stretch the field for Tom Brady.  Young is a speedster and reminds me a lot of Mike Wallace.
    29. San Diego - from New York Jets (11-5)-Sam Acho, DE, Texas- Acho is a big and experienced rusher who can also play linebacker in the 3-4 system.  
    30. Chicago (11-5)-Greg Little, WR, North Carolina- Little has a 6'2 frame and will be a nice target for Cutler.
    31. Pittsburgh (12-4)-Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi- Powe is a huge defensive tackle who could replace Casey Hampton.
    32. Green Bay (10-6)- Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virgina- Dowling will help out for a spotty defensive secondary in Green Bay.