Blue Duck Mock Draft 2010 (part III)

April 22, 2010

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22. Jared Odrick – DE – NE
Let’s be honest, if the draft falls this way, New England trades down with a team who wants Earl Thomas (that’s you Philly).  But as is, the Patriots have a lot to consider here.  They can fill a pass rush need with Sergio Kindle or add another RB to their stable with Ryan Matthews.  But these are the Patriots, who build from the lines out.  The only choices here are Maurkice Pouncy, who could be groomed to take over for Dan Koppen or Stephen Neal, or Jared Odrick, the mammoth DT at Penn State.  He could set the edge opposite Ty Warren, allowing whoever plays LB to make plays on the ball.

23.  Sergio Kindle – LB – GB
Green Bay began the transition to a 3-4 defense last year and adding Kindle to rush the passer will make the transition complete.  With elite pass rushing skills and above average coverage ability, having Kindle opposite Clay Matthews makes the Packers LB needs non-existent for the next 10 years.

24.  Earl Thomas – S – Phi
This is a dream scenario for Philadelphia, which struggled to fill the void left by Brian Dawkins surprise departure last offseason.  A playmaker in the defensive backfield, Thomas will take advantage of all the pressure that Philly’s front seven creates.

25.  Demaryius Thomas – WR – Balt
Sure, trading for Anquan Boldin and resigning Derrick Mason would seem to have the Ravens set at receiver.  But neither one is a burner who can stretch the field and allow Joe Flacco to showcase his big-time arm.  Thomas is a true deep threat that will allow Boldin and Mason to work the underneath.

26.  Jerry Hughes – LB – Ari
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt knows how to shuffle linebackers to keep them pressuring the quarterback, from his time in Pittsburgh.  Joey Porter is nothing more than a stop-gap solution for the Cards and Hughes is considered a hybrid DE/LB, similar to Lamar Woodley in Pittsburgh.

27.  Charles Brown – OT – Dal
Releasing Flozell Adams created a massive hole on Tony Romo’s blindside.  The Cowboys need to draft the best tackle on the board, to compete with incumbent Doug Free.  Worst case scenario and the Cowboys have quality depth along the offensive line.

28.  Ryan Mathews – RB – SD
Best available talent meet biggest need for a Super Bowl hopeful.  Tomlinson is gone and this is Phillip River’s team now, but they still need to grind out some tough yards on the ground.  Mathews can take over one first and second down, while Darren Sproles can continue on third down and special teams.

29.  Carlos Dunlap – DE – NYJ
The biggest need for loaded Jets team is to get younger along the front seven.  Dunlap is immensely talented, but off-field concerns have many teams shying away.  Nobody has ever lumped the word “shy” with Rex Ryan before, as all off-season they’ve been acquiring character issues.  Dunlap can begin with sub-packages, rushing the passer; then he can grow into taking over Shaun Ellis’ starting spot.

30.  Maurkice Pouncey – OG – Min
When your bread and butter is running the ball with the most devastating RB the league has seen in years, you want to make sure you continue to open holes for him.  At worst, Pouncey starts at center this year.  He could be the eventual successor to Steve Hutchinson at LG.

31.  Rodger Saffold – OT – Indy
Protecting Peyton Manning is priority number one in Indianapolis.  With a questionable running game, keeping Peyton healthy is all the more important considering all the responsibility heaped on his shoulders.  Bringing the hometown kid in to compete with Charlie Johnson and Tony Ugoh should be the goal here.

32.  Sean Weatherspoon – LB – NO
Scott Fujita left in free agency, so filling his position is most important to the defending champs.  Weatherspoon is a a well-rounded athlete who, combined with Jonathan Vilma and Scott Shanle, will give Gregg Williams the mobile unit he desires.

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San Francisco @ Minnesota – A Fantasy Perspective

September 26, 2009

Can Frank Gore keep up the tear hes on against the Vikings front seven?  Hell have to, if the 49ers expect to win.

Can Frank Gore keep up the tear he's on against the Vikings front seven? He'll have to, if the 49ers expect to win.

There are only nine unbeaten teams left in this early NFL season.  This weekend two undefeated teams face off, when the Niners travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings.  It’s not much of a surprise the Vikings are 2-0 at this point in the season, after starting off against the Browns and Lions.  To some, the 49ers 2-0 start is a bit of a surprise, as they have been one of the worst teams in the NFL the past few seasons.  But since Mike Singletary took over last year in San Fransisco, the team has responded to his disciplined structure.  They’ve beaten two divsion rivals in a row and are looking to build on that start.  This game features the two best running backs in the NFC squaring off against solid defenses.  So let’s take a look at what this game has to offer – from A Fantasy Perspective.

Must Start:

Adrian Peterson (RB) Minn – Is this even a question?  Sure, All Day had the worst game of his career against the 49ers in 2007, putting up a total of three yards on fourteen carries.  But this one game should not discourage anybody from starting Peterson in this game.  He’s the best runner in the game, he’s averaging over six yards a carry on the season, and is even contributing in the passing game a bit.  Start him, sit back, and watch him battle Patrick Willis all day long.  He’s usually a good bet for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Frank Gore (RB) SF – He’s carrying the offensive load for San Fransisco, and has so far been able to fulfill the role of punishing runner for Mike Singletary’s desired smash mouth, grind-it-out offense.  The Glen Coffee changeup hasn’t occurred yet, only getting a handful of unproductive carries per game.  Gore is also catching about 4 balls a game and has accounted for over 50% of his teams offensive yards.  He’s facing the duo of Pat and Kevin Williams of the Vikings, but they haven’t been the wall they’ve been in the past, as the Vikes are allowing an average of 109 yards a game to the likes of such luminaries as Kevin Smith and Jamal Lewis.  Gore will produce.

Worth a Shot:

Hes teased us with potential for years now, lets see if it will finally show up on the football field.

He's teased us with potential for years now, let's see if it will finally show up on the football field


Vernon Davis (TE) SF – I may end up regretting suggesting Davis, as he has burned me numerous time in the past.  But he’s been got eight receptions on the season already and has been targeted in the passing game more this year than ever before.  He finally seems to be “getting it” and Singletary called him one of the team leaders.  This is a game where his team will need its leaders to stand up, so let’s see if he can respond.  The Minnesota pass rush is elite and should be hounding Shaun Hill everytime he drops back.  Given that Hill is only a mediocre quarterback, he will not be able to stretch the field, resorting to dumpoffs to his backfield and tight end.

Brett Favre (QB) Minn – He’s only averaging 130 yards through the first two games this season.  And Brad Childress would’ve been stupid to take the ball out of Peterson’s hands and force the ball through the air, as AP has been doing all the work so far this year.  However, this game could be a little different.  Patrick Willis and the San Fransisco defense will be focused on AP and I think after a few weeks of getting back in game shape, the baby gloves will come off and Favre will be allowed to air it out.  He’s got the weapons (Harvin, Berrian, Shiancoe, and Rice) and just need the opportunity.  This week, opportunity knocks.

Guys I’m Avoiding:

Shaun Hill (QB) SF – I feel guilty even mentioning this, as I hope nobody is starting him in a fantasy league.  And he isn’t losing game by throwing picks (he’s thrown zero) or throwing for a poor completion (about 65%).  But he’s so unimpressive, attemping only 30 passes a game, averaging 175 yards, and completing one touchdown this year.  The pass catchers on San Fransisco is uninspiring, consisting of Reverand Ike (Isaac Bruce), Josh Morgan and Arnaz Battle.  Who?  You should be able to do better on the waiver wire in most leagues.

Visanthe Shiancoe (TE) Minn – He broke out last year, with 7 touchdowns on 42 receptions, but has not yet built the rapport he needs with Brett Favre.  He’s certainly talented and a good red-zone threat, but fantasy leaguers want predictability and consistancy from their players.  Shiancoe can’t offer that yet this year with his 4 yards on 2 receptions.  Plant him on the bench until he shows some signs of life.  Good news though, Favre likes throwing to his tight ends, it just takes him a while to find one he trusts (See Dustin Keller’s second half last season).

This game will be an answer game for many football fans.  Obviously, we want to see if the 49ers can keep beating talented teams (yes, I think the Cards are talented…).  Also, we want to see what kind of stats to expect from Vikings players against servicable defenses, as the Lions and Browns hardly qualify to be considered respectable.  It’ll be interested to see the athletically vulnerable Shaun Hill responds to a big-time pass rush.  Can he avoid the sack and make a play down field?  And finally, this game will be interesting because we get to count how many bodies Adrian Peterson is able to leave in his wake.  The matchup of the most physically dominating runner in the league versus the most physically dominating linebacker in the league will sure be fun to watch.