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My one and only mock

Btw, if I miss something or mess up a name, I have a very good reason, I'm currently flying on Oxycontin and Hydrocodone after surgery on Wed to fix my busted up nose and removal of a very enlarged/infected pair of tonsils.

Using the new trade chart by PFT this is how I would like to see the Bills play the draft.

#11- trade this pick to the Chiefs along with our 3rd rounder (72) in order to get the chiefs #17 and #35 picks.

#17- draft James Hardy WR or Devin Thomas WR, whichever is left. Hardy scares me a little bit due to his issues with beating woman, but if the team feels he can keep clean, we would have our own Plaxico Burress for TE, and I could live with that.

#35- draft Martellius Bennett, TE, giving us a pass catching, and run/pass blocking TE, which will make it tough on teams to pin us down.

#41- draft Jordy Nelson, WR, the Redskins want him in the 2nd round, and we can nab him 10 picks ahead of them. With there first three picks we have now made our offense a position of strength.

#114- draft Justin King, CB, good speed, but needs to be coached up a bit, but plays well in zone coverage, not as good a man on man person.

#132- draft Owen Schmitt, FB, this will give us a guy to open up holes for Marshawn behind our big o-line and Bennett meaning we can pound it in the later games in bad weather taking some pressure off of TE.

#147- Jonny Dingle, DE, kid has a non stop motor, good ball recognition skills and gets after people, will need some work.

#179- Fernando Velasco or Jamey Richard ,C, which ever is still on the board at this point, either guy could push Fowler by end of season for his job, both are good technical blockers and can flatten people.

#219- Andrew Crummey or Mike Gibson, OG, either guy would make for a good backup Guard this season, and both are strong in the running game, will need some coaching up in the pass game, but if our o-line stays healthy they will get it.

#224- Derek Lokey, DT, small and fast, can also long snap, kid gets pressure but doesn't seem to finish off the QB, but if he can draw two guys, then McCargo, Stroud or Johnson should get 2 as well, meaning our DEs are one on one.

#251- David Vobora, OLB, kid is fast 4.57 40, 6-1 220, they think he can add another 10-20 pounds onto his frame, and he is good in zone coverage. Might be the sleeper pick of the year as some think he might be a UDFA.

Scouts Inc. takes on my later picks:

I will be putting up what Scouts Inc. thinks of the guys I choose from pick 114 on:
Justin King
Grade 83

Strengths: Possesses adequate height, good bulk and outstanding straight-line speed. He shows a second gear when tracking the ball downfield. Has quick feet, explodes out of backpedal when coming forward and breaks on the ball well. Flashes the ability to make plays in coverage and is a dangerous open field runner. Fills hard in run support and is an adequate open field tackler. Has experience returning punts as well as kickoffs, has lined up on both sides of the ball and is versatile.

Weaknesses: Shows some stiffness in his hips and struggles to turn and run with faster receivers. Appears to lose focus at times, struggled in key matchups during senior season (see: James Hardy, Indiana) and gets beaten far too much for a player with his talent. Appears to dwell on mistakes and lose confidence at times. Lacks a great sense of timing and doesn’t do a great job of getting head turned around when running with receivers downfield. Lacks elite ball skills, doesn’t always fight for the ball and should make more big plays than does. Doesn’t have great bulk for frame, isn’t physical in coverage and has had problems matching up with bigger receivers. Lacks ideal instincts and doesn’t appear to read routes well. While he has good recovery speed, he can be overaggressive and is vulnerable to double moves. Fails to deliver a powerful initial punch and doesn’t do a great job of jamming receivers at the line. Takes too long to shed blocks and can get driven back.

Overall: King played in every game of his true freshman season and he started five games at wide receiver in 2005. He played on defense as well as offense and returned three kickoffs that year. King started every game of the 2006 season at cornerback finishing with 30 tackles including 22 unassisted tackles. He also recorded an interception and six pass breakups that year. King started 12 of the 13 games he appeared in during the 2007 season finishing with 49 total tackles including 36 unassisted tackles. He also recorded two interceptions and 15 pass breakups, one recovered fumble and two punt returns last year. King possesses adequate size and exceptional straight-line speed. He has flashed playmaking ability in coverage but his inconsistency is concerning. King has some tightness in his hips, which limits his NFL upside as a man-to-man cover corner. He also needs to become a more physical all-around player. With all that in mind, King projects as a second-round to fourth round range.

Pick: 132
Owen Scmitt
Grade: 51

Strengths: Possesses prototypical NFL fullback size with good height and excellent bulk. Is well-proportioned with excellent upper and lower body strength. Possesses good straight-line speed for his size. Shows a second-gear in the open field and can be a punishing runner for DB’s to bring down once he gets a head of steam. He has a great feel for the passing game for a FB. Understands his routes and has been a reliable dump-off option throughout his career. Displays very good awareness as a blocker both run and pass. Generally gets in good position and shows the foot quickness to consistently reach his blocks on the second-level as a run blocker. Ideal intangibles. Hard working and extremely “coachable”. He picks up new schemes quickly and has spent some time in spring of 2007 working at tight end. He gives a great effort in the weight room and has freakish strength. Has been mostly durable throughout his career and has shown great toughness playing through knee and ankle injuries in the past.

Weaknesses: Needs to play with better overall leverage. Enters the phone booth too high and loses some of his power as a result. He displays good initial pop but does not consistently sustain. Will need to improve his ability to uproot LBs as an iso-blocker. Runs a bit high at times, so he isn’t always as powerful as he should be for a runner with his size and strength. He has been reliable as a receiver but he is clearly not a natural hand catcher. Also struggles to flip his hips in space to get upfield quickly. Has good speed on a straight-line but doesn’t display much wiggle as a runner. Won’t make many defenders miss in space. He has had some fumbling issues early in his career but has improved in that regard. Suffered minor injury at the Senior Bowl but it is not expected to have long-terms implications.

Overall: Schmitt attended Wisconsin River-Falls before transferring to West Virginia in 2004, redshirting that season. He appeared in 25 games in his first two seasons with the Mountaineers (2005-’06), logging 113 carries for 731 yards (6.5 average) and nine touchdowns, plus 20 receptions for 167 yards (8.4 average) and another score. As a senior in 2007, he had 47 carries for 272 yards (5.8 average) and four touchdowns, adding 12 catches for 121 yards (10.1 average) and a receiving TD. He also had three punts last season, averaging just 20.3 yards but placing two inside the opponents’ 20. Schmitt dealt with quadriceps, knee and ankle injuries at West Virginia but never missed any games. Schmitt is a big, powerful fullback with outstanding straight-line speed and reliable hands for his position. He also plays the game with great passion and is the type that will do anything asked of him in order to contribute. Schmitt still has room to improve in terms of technique as a blocker and he’ll never be more than a situational short-yardage runner in the NFL. However, we believe Schmitt is the most complete fullback prospect in the 2008 class. He should come off the board somewhere in the fourth-to-fifth round range.

Pick 147
Johnny Dingle
Grade: 62

Strengths: Possesses an intriguing combination of power and agility. Flashed impact ability in 2007, especially as an inside pass rusher. Shows good initial quickness and short-area power. Can beat linemen with his first step and shows good closing burst to the QB. Can be a powerful hitter. Has enough strength to anchor versus the run, so long as he’s playing with good leverage. Does a fine job of disengaging from blocks and keeping blockers off his body. Seems to be maturing as he gets older and he is finally coming into his own as a football player.

Weaknesses: Is a shorter DL with short arms (32.6 inches). A bit of a tweener who lacks ideal size to play DT in the NFL but also lacks ideal speed to turn the corner as an outside pass rusher. Technique is inconsistent. Doesn’t always give a great effort, either. Plays too high at times and will lose his power to anchor. Has had some academic issues in the past. There is concern regarding his ability to digest a big playbook in the NFL. He is also an older prospect, who will be a 24-year old rookie.

Overall: After academic issues scuttled his initial commitment to Florida, Dingle signed with West Virginia and sat out the 2004 season. As a freshman, he had 13 tackles and three sacks in limited playing time. He earned five starts as a sophomore in 2006, logging 18 tackles (5.5 for losses) and three sacks in 12 games. Last season Dingle broke out, starting all 13 games and turning in 48 tackles (19 for losses), nine sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovery. Dingle is a bit of a risk-reward prospect. He has enough physical tools, including power and quickness, to contribute in a situational capacity at the next level. However, Dingle is too short and lacks the top-end speed of an every-down end, and he’s not big enough to play tackle fulltime, either. There also are concerns regarding his mental capacity and age (24) entering the league. With all that in mind, Dingle projects as a mid-round pick in the 2008 draft and his best fit could be as a sub-package lineman on a smaller defensive front such as the Colts’.

Pick 179
Velasco or Richard depending on whose available:
Velasco- Grade:40

Strengths: Gets adequate hand placement and flashes the ability to sustain blocks. Has a low center of gravity, can get under defenders’ pads and shows adequate lower body strength when drive blocking. Does an adequate job of washing defenders down the line and flashes the ability to reach defenders lined up over outside shoulder when asked to zone block. Plays with a wide base when pas blocking, has good size and rarely gives ground to bull rushers. Keeps head on a swivel and shows adequate awareness in pass protection. Locks out arms and forces pass rushers to take a wider angle to the quarterback. Has experience lining up at guard and is versatile.

Weaknesses: Takes far too many false steps and struggles to get into position. While flashes a powerful punch, isn’t aggressive enough and catches too many defenders. His hands are too slow and he struggles to get into the frame of the defender at times. Doesn’t roll hips into blocks, isn’t explosive and isn’t going to jar many defenders. Takes poor angles to downfield blocks and struggles to reach linebackers at the second level. Lacks range and isn’t quick enough to get around the corner when asked to pull. Appears stiff in space and lunges too much. Is slow getting out of stance and is going to have problems keeping one-gap defenders out of the backfield. Doesn’t put great zip on shotgun snaps and accuracy is just average. Appears to gear down late in game, doesn’t always look to hit someone when nothing comes to him and may lack ideal endurance.

Overall: A guard for his first three seasons at Georgia (2003-’04, 2006), Velasco appeared in 11 of a possible 14 games as a true freshman and all 12 games (one start) as a sophomore. He redshirted in 2005, then started all 13 games in ‘06. Velasco was moved to center in the spring of 2007 and started all 13 games, finishing his career with streaks of 47 consecutive games played and 26 starts in a row. Velasco has good bulk, power and versatility but his upside is limited by his lack of height and explosiveness. In addition, he is raw and his footwork especially needs to improve so he projects as a late sixth or early seventh round pick.

Richard- Grade: 54

Strengths: Takes adequate angles to blocks and can beat defenders to the point of attack. Shows good lateral mobility and can reach defenders line up over outside shoulder. Plays with a mean streak and flashes a violent punch. Gets adequate hand placement, moves feet and can sustain blocks. Has adequate range, has good athletic ability and can get into position at the second level. Shows good awareness in pass protection and can pick up blitzes as well as line stunts. Possesses adequate size for the center position and has the frame to bulk up. Has started every game over the past three seasons and is durable.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t have great lower body strength, can play too high and is going to have problems driving nose tackles off the ball. Lacks ideal initial quickness and explosive one-gap defensive tackles should give him trouble. Doesn’t always sink hips enough and can get pushed back into the pocket. Occasionally over commits in pass protection, struggles to recover once caught out of position and vulnerable to double moves.

Overall: After redshirting his first season at Buffalo (2003), Richard appeared in seven games (two starts) as a freshman in 2004. He didn’t miss a game or a start over his final three seasons (2005-’07), finishing his career with 42 games and 37 starts. Richard isn’t a mauling drive blocker and he can have problems holding his own on an island in pass protection but he has the smarts, athletic ability, frame and tenacity to develop into an adequate starter or reliable backup so he projects as a fifth round pick.

Pick 219
Crummey or Gibson
Crummey- Grade: 36

Strengths: Gets off the ball well and flashes the ability to get into position quickly. Plays with a mean streak and drives legs once locked on. Aggressive, attacks the second level and is an effective cut blocker that attacks defenders’ thighs. Though struggles to change directions quickly in space and has problems adjusting to moving targets downfield, generally takes sound angles to blocks, plays from the snap until the whistle and flashes the ability to get into position at the second level. Keeps head up and does a good job of combo blocking up the second level. Plays faster than 40-time indicates, shows adequate range for size, can turn the corner when asked to pull and is big enough to engulf most linebackers. Shows good instincts and can see blitzes coming. Gets into pass set quickly, has adequate lateral mobility and flashes the ability to redirect in pass protection. Can snap and is versatile enough to line up at center.

Weaknesses: Footwork is inconsistent, oversteps blocks when trying to reach defenders lined up over outside shoulder and doesn’t always get into sound position. Isn’t very explosive, hasn’t shown a violent initial punch and isn’t going to knock many defenders back. Doesn’t get great hand placement and slips off too many blocks. Plays too high, lacks ideal lower body strength and isn’t going to drive many two-gap defenders off the ball. Doesn’t get great knee bend in pass set, lack elite size and can get driven back by bull rushers. Lacks elite initial quickness and could have problems keeping elite one-gap defenders out of the backfield. Hands drop when no one comes to him and while can see the blitz coming doesn’t always get pick it up. Missed time because of a hamstring injury during the 2006 season, missed 2007 spring practices because of an ankle injury, missed five games after fracturing a fibula in 2007 and durability is a concern.

Overall: Crummey was redshirted in 2003. In his first three seasons (2004-06), he appeared in 33 games (28 starts) at right guard. As a senior in 2007, he played in and started eight games but missed another five because of a broken fibula. Crummey also has seen action at center. Crummey has the versatility, athleticism and aggressiveness to develop into a valuable reserve that can provide depth at guard as well as center. However, his inability to stay healthy raises red flags and he isn’t dominant in any one area so he projects as a late sixth round pick.

Gibson- Grade: 42

Strengths: Shows a good first step off the line of scrimmage and flashes the ability to get into position quickly. Has adequate initial quickness and shows the ability to climb up to the second level. Once in position, does a nice job of sustaining and finishing blocks. Is able to get out of stance and pull around edge. Gets set quickly, uses hands well and delivers a strong punch in pass protection. Recognizes stunts and blitzes quickly and is rarely caught out of position. Plays with a mean streak and is physical.

Weaknesses: Plays too high, lacks elite lower body strength and isn’t going to consistently drive defensive tackles of the ball. Does not take proper angles to blocks and has some problems adjusting to moving targets in space. Lacks overall balance and is seen on the ground a lot. Is an overaggressive pass blocker, lacks ideal lateral mobility and is vulnerable to double moves. Doesn’t do a great job of sinking hips, lacks elite size and can get driven back by bull rushers. Though lined up at tackle at Cal, isn’t explosive or athletic enough to hold his own there at the NFL level. Underwent off-season shoulder surgery in 2007, missed the Armed Forced Bowl with an injury and durability is a concern.

Overall: Gibson enrolled and played at Solano CC in his first two years out of high school (2004-’05), where he earned All-America honors. He transferred to Cal in 2006, playing in all 13 games (nine starts) that season. As a senior in 2007, he started the first 12 games at left tackle for the Golden Bears, but he missed the finale because of an injury. Gibson will have to move from tackle to guard to make it at the NFL level and while there is a lot to like about his blend of size and quickness on the inside, he still has to answer questions about his power. As a result, he projects as a late round pick or rookie free agent.

Pick 224
Derek Lokey
Grade: 41

Strengths: Anticipates the snap, shows adequate initial burst for a three-technique tackle and can shoot gaps. Never gives up on a play, is relentless in pursuit and will fight hard to get off blocks. At best when on the move and effective running twists and stunts. Does an excellent job with hand placement and displays an effective array of upper-body moves as a pass rusher. Powerful upper body; he notched 39 reps on the bench press at Texas’ Pro Day. Great intangibles and leads by example.

Weaknesses: Is considerably undersized. Lacks adequate lower body strength, plays with a narrow base and gets rag-dolled by bigger blockers. Plays with good leverage and is tough but shows almost no ability to stack blocker up when teams run at him. He leaves his feet too frequently. Is quick and active but lacks closing burst as a pass rusher and not in the elite category in terms of athletic ability. Suffered a season-ending broken right leg in the eighth game of the 2006 season and durability is a substantial concern.

Overall: Lokey appeared in 29 games (eight starts) in his first three seasons at Texas (2004-’06), compiling 51 tackles (nine for losses) and two sacks. As a senior in 2007, he started all 13 games at nose guard and finished the season with 50 tackles (nine for losses) and a sack. Lokey also has served as the Longhorns’ fullback in goal-line and short-yardage situations, even hauling in a two-yard touchdown reception in ‘07. He missed five games in ‘06 after suffering a season-ending fibula fracture, which required surgery. He also missed two games in 2005 because of a right foot sprain. Lokey is an active one-gap type defensive tackle who gets the job done with technique and tenacity. Very few players in this year’s class maximize their physical tools like Lokey, who also worked out as a FULLBACK during Texas’ Pro Day. However, his upside is limited because he’s undersized, has decent-at-best speed and has marginal athletic ability for a smaller defensive tackle. Lokey projects as a late sixth round or early seventh round pick.

Pick 251
David Vobora
Grade: 35

Strengths: Adequate size and tall enough to add some bulk to frame. Plays with a mean streak and doesn’t shy away from contact. Reads keys, rarely takes false steps and locates the ball carrier quickly. Keeps head up and shows adequate lateral mobility when flowing outside. Takes adequate angles to the ball, has adequate range and is relentless pursuit. Breaks down in space, wraps up upon contact and is a reliable open field tackler. Gets good depth and reads quarterback’s eyes when asked to drop into zone coverage. Stays disciplined and rarely gets caught out of position. Has special teams’ experience and should make immediate contributions in that facet of the game. Team captain during senior season and is a leader on the field.

Weaknesses: Plays too upright and has some problems holding ground when teams run at him. Has adequate but not great upper body strength, doesn’t deliver a powerful punch and takes to long to shed blocks. Weight fluctuates, has a hard time keeping weight on frame and gets engulfed when playing at a lighter weight. Takes too long to open hips when forced to turn and run and lacks the second gear to recover once caught in a trail position. Doesn’t explode out of cuts and is going to have problems holding up in man coverage. Lacks ideal ball skills and isn’t a playmaker in coverage.

Overall: In his first three seasons at Idaho (2004-’06), Vobora appeared in all 35 games (21 starts) had 194 tackles (15.5 for losses), two sacks, five forced fumbles, an interception and four pass breakups. As a senior in 2007, he played all 12 games and piled up 148 tackles (6.5 for losses), one sack, one forced fumble and an interception. Vobora didn’t miss a game in his Vandals career. Vobora doesn’t have any notable physical attributes but he’s smart, tenacious and just athletic enough to develop into an effective reserve linebacker who also contributes on special teams. He projects as a late round pick.

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