Thursday mocks

January 13th, 2011 | Written by Rob Staton

Andrew Perloff at SI.com published a top-24 projection which excludes the playoff teams. He has Blaine Gabbert going first overall to Carolina – something that shouldn’t be ruled out. Perloff: “Quarterbacks have gone No. 1 overall eight out of the past 10 years. CAA, which represents Gabbert, has represented seven of the past eight overall No. 1 picks. Despite playing in a spread offense at Missouri, Gabbert is the top-rated quarterback and is the kind of player Carolina could sell to its fans.”

Walter Cherepinsky has a four round mock draft available at WalterFootball.com. Brandon Harris is Seattle’s choice in round one, followed by Rodney Hudson with the 57th pick. Both are solid projections.

Chad Reuter and Rob Rang have updated mocks on CBS Sportsline. Reuter throws a new name into the ring for Seattle – Corey Liuget a defensive tackle from Illinois. Reuter: “His Texas Bowl performance should convince scouts to bring his strength and quickness on board early in the draft.”

Larry McDaniel Jr at Pro Prospects has the Seahawks taking an old Pete Carroll favorite – Tyron Smith (OT, USC). In my opinion, Smith is undoubtedly the best offensive lineman available in this class and due to the premium nature of the position should secure a place in the top-15 picks – possibly even the top ten. I’m not convinced Seattle will draft a right tackle this early (and Jimmy Smith is available here – you know what I think of him) – but it’s another name to discuss nonetheless.

NE Patriots Draft is a team related draft blog I frequently visit for reference. It’s a great site worth checking out and there’s some very interesting picks here. The Seahawks take Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio State) at #25. I’m not convinced he’s a great scheme fit because he’d have to play the 5-technique role used by Red Bryant. He gives up considerable size to RB but also hasn’t proven to be a consistent pass rush threat during the last two years to compensate.

SideLion Report is another team draft site worth visiting. The Seahawks take Ryan Kerrigan (DE, Purdue) - someone I wouldn’t rule out if the team is prepared to draft a LEO rusher in the first round.

I’ll be updating my own mock draft after the deadline passes for underclassmen to declare on Saturday with some substantial changes so stay tuned for that.

19 Responses to “Thursday mocks”

  1. seareign says:

    Interesting that SI’s mock draft doesn’t have Locker in the Top 24. Seattle would be a PRIME target for him if he was actually still sitting there.

  2. Charlie says:

    Rob-Would you be able to make a list of the top 10 corners in this draft declaring, listing weight, height, 40-time, and your evaluation of each, and where they grade out round wise?

  3. plyka says:

    I’ve said it from the beginning, I think that the hawks will have a chance to take a qb at 25. Newton, gabbert, locker and mallet, at least one should fall, probably locker or mallet. Tyrone smith is a stud with 0% chance of falling to 25. If it happens, that would be a steal for the seahawks. I think the cb smith will also be available, from all the mocks I’ve seen.

    • Rob says:

      How many mocks had Tyson Alualu as a top ten pick last year?

      • plyka says:

        I’m guessing not a lot is your point, lol. The thing is that sometimes these mock drafts tend to drive to a large extent the actual draft because teams may hold off on a player they like closer to where he is mocked in order to gain value. If some player is widely expected as a 2nd-3rd rounder, but you rate hims a 1st rounder, you’re still probably waiting until the 2nd-3rd round in order to draft him.

        Err, at least that’s how it works in fantasy football, lol…

  4. Dave says:

    Why do so many incorrectly list Seattle drafting at 25 instead of 32?

  5. Nano says:

    Good compendium of links Rob. Thanks.

    Honest question: Would you take Locker if he’s sitting there at 25? I know you don’t think he will be (Shannahan), but I wonder.

    Hard not to like Cherepinsky’s mock. Harris then Hudson in the 2nd round? Stellar.

    • Rob says:

      The cost of gambling on a QB at #25 is so small I think it’d be tough to pass. As much as I’ve highlighted Locker’s issues with accuracy and poise in the pocket – there’s also a lot of positives. I graded him in round two but he isn’t going to be there for Seattle in R2, so if they rate him at all and considering the need – you absolutely have to consider it.

      You’re paying the guy such a small amount that if it doesn’t work you aren’t crippled financially and you can afford to be patient and not see the cost as necessary to start him immediately.