The plan is to debut “The 2011 Mockiavell” next Friday right here.
We’ll have my Mock draft every Friday right up to draft day, they we can turn our full attention to the NFL Labor madness. (Split up the $9 billion and keep it moving!) You all like the Mock Draft so much last year that I had to give it a corny nickname! Hope you like!
Since we didn’t do a full review, I’m going to take some time pat myself on the back. Last year’s final Mock was super strong. I correctly had the Falcons selecting Sean Weatherspoon on the Friday before the draft. I even went on
ESPN on Tuesday and nailed the pick on national television.
But I’d gotten a call about the Falcons holding a late workout for Demaryius Thomas and somehow I read that to mean they wanted Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham, my final pick. (So I guess I really didn’t nail it.)
By that point, I’d gotten off of Maurkice Pouncey as their pick because Pittsburgh was going to take him. I remember most of you called me crazy for considering a center. Now, Todd McShay has them drafting his brother.
There were some major whiffs, too. Nobody had Jacksonville taking Tyson Alualu with the 10th pick. Also, I had Jimmy Clausen being selected in the first round. I had Bryan Bulaga going way too high.
Here’s the last FINAL MOCK draft. You all can evaluate it for yourselves. If a player is taken in the first round and I have him going somewhere in the first round, that’s a correct pick. Looks like I had 27 of the 32 picks.
I whiffed on Tebow, Aluala, Devin McCourty, Jahvid Best and Jerry Hughes.
However, while I’ll have the full ” 2011 Mockiavelli” ready next week, I already have the Falcons’ pick at No. 27. You all better start doing your research on Mr. Allen Bailey, defensive end from the U. He’s stout at 6-4, 285 pounds and blazes the 40 in 4.65 seconds.
Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith is a possibility. Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi is a possibility.
On shelves next week: The 2011 Mockiavelli 1.0.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog