It's that time of the year. Here's my 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Mark Herzlich - OLB - Boston College
At 6'3 250 lbs, Mark Herzlich is a monster. Before I even knew who he was, he caught my eye while watching a Boston College game a few years back. All I could say was "Damn, that 94 is everywhere." As you all may know, he suffered from a rare form of bone cancer, but after intense rehabilitation he was able to play in the 2010 season. Although his numbers weren't as good as they were before the illness, he showed improvement as the season went on. Give this guy a chance, and I'm almost positive he won't disappoint.
Robert Sands - FS - West Virginia
Sands is fast, has a knack for getting the interception, and is a very good tackler. Raider safeties fill only the speed part of that equation. The Raiders desperately need better tackling from the safety position and Sands is more than capable of giving them the aid they need. Occasionally he'll go for the big hit and whiff on it, but more often than not he'll bring down the ball carrier. Plus at 6-5, 221, Sands is the athletic freak of nature Al Davis loves. You could see the Raiders take him as early as round 2, maybe even trading up in the third or fourth to get him if he slips that low.
I don't see this kid making it to the 4th Round, so hopefully Al grabs him here in the 3rd.
Jalil Brown - CB - Colorado
Started all 12 games at left cornerback, playing 799 snaps from scrimmage, all but 10 of the team total; he was one of CU's four team co-captains, as selected by his teammates. He was a second-team All-Colorado selection by the state's chapter of the NFF, and he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches. He led the Buffaloes with three interceptions and tied for the team high with five passes broken up; he often drew the top receiver on the opponent since they tended to shy away from Jimmy Smith. He racked up 46 tackles (28 solo, two for losses), with six third down stops, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdowns save.
Keith Williams - OG - Wisconsin
Senior offensive guard Keith Williams has been a mainstay in the starting lineup since his sophomore season. The 6-5, 310-pound Williams started all 13 games at left guard as part of an offensive line that had great continuity and success during the 2010 campaign. With his 13 starts in 2010, Williams enters the Holiday Bowl with 33 career starts, the most of any Husker offensive player. Williams and his offensive line teammates allowed Nebraska to lead the Big 12 in rushing offense, and produce three players with at least 900 rushing yards entering the Holiday Bowl. The Huskers produced at least 200 rushing yards in 10 of 13 games this fall.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Virginia Tech.
The 2010 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Taylor set a variety of Hokies' records, including all-time marks for total offense, passing yards, rushing yards by a quarterback and career wins.
As an NFL draft prospect, Taylor is best described as a Wildcat QB prospect who has potential at other positions. A tremendous natural athlete with great heart and fire for the game, Taylor does not possess the pure passing ability to make an NFL roster as a quarterback, but his skill set is similar to that of Jets versatile receiver/returner Brad Smith in that he will reward a creative NFL team as a special team/role player who can spice up a wildcat as a rookie and beyond.
Now that's what the internet says, but Tyrod's stated several times he wants to be a QB, not a WR/HB. If he's there in the 6th, then I see no harm in giving this kid an oppotunity.
Alex Green - RB - Hawaii
Big, tough, physical cut-and-go back with a knack for lowering his shoulder and creating contact. Decisive, hard runner who knows where he's going as soon as he gets the ball. Reaches top speed quickly with a quick first step and strong initial burst toward the hole. Keeps his weight forward and feet churning, rarely falling back or losing yardage. Quick feet for a back of his size. Willingly engages defenders along the sideline to earn the extra yard rather than stepping out of bounds. Soft, reliable hands as a pass-catcher. Displays good balance and body control, extending his arms to catch balls thrown outside of his upper torso. Nice concentration to secure passes in the flat before looking upfield. Isn't afraid to take on defensive linemen in pass protection and maintains route accuracy through contact from linebackers when running routes in the flat.
*Note: Averaged 8.2 yds per carry his senior season. Suck that, Jamaal Charles.
Well, there ya go. Love it or hate it, that's how I hope the draft goes down for us this year.