We've reached the end of our BTB Community Mock Draft. It's been a great exercise to get a look at how our community members see the needs of the other 31 teams, and their respective, BPA, BPAPN, or DFN philosophies. Let's take a look at the final four picks of the first round.
Draft Pick # 29
Team Name: Chicago Bears
Selection: (DT) Corey Liguet, Illinois
Draft Pick # 30
Team Name: New York Jets
Selection: (DT) Phil Taylor, Baylor
Draft Pick # 31
Team Name: Pittsburgh Steelers
Selection: (CB) Ras-I Dowling
Draft Pick # 32
Team Name: Green Bay Packers
Selection: (OT) Nate Solder, Colorado
Follow the jump for the pick justifications and the complete first round board.
(AP Photo/Dave Einsel)
Why The Pick: Chicago-Fergie3108
I know what you're thinking: "A defensive lineman?! How does a team that gave up 56 sacks last season take a defensive lineman with their first pick?!" I promise that I'm not crazy. With their recent release of Tommie Harris, the Bears are in the market for some defensive line depth. As we all know, Chicago covets its defense and with good reason. They finished in the top 10 in yards allowed and the top 5 in points allowed per game. To say the least, their defense was good. A large part of that success was their very talented front seven that included Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers, and Israel Idonije.
That front seven used to include Tommie Harris, a disruptive force who could take over games when he wanted to. After several years, the Bears grew tired of the inconsistent former first round pick out of Oklahoma and cut ties with him.
In this mock draft, there's only one offensive lineman worthy of being picked this early left. That guy is Nate Solder. While Solder could go a long way in helping the Bear's porous line, he is considered more of a project and probably would not contribute much this year. That leads to my pick, Corey Liuget. Liuget is a 4-3 DT out of the University of Illinois (Go Illini!), who could immediately fill the hole left by Harris on the line. Liuget has shown the propensity to be a disruptive force in the backfield as well (25.5 TFLs and 8.5 sacks over three years at college). Liuget is the pick over Solder because of the value Liuget presents at this point. Liuget is considered a sure-fire first rounder and possible top 15 pick.
If the Bears can get that level of player at the 29th pick, they might trip over themselves while running up to the podium to hand in their card. Also, the Bears have not had the best of luck in drafting offensive linemen in the first round of previous drafts. Their last two first round linemen were the disappointing Chris Williams and our own Marc Colombo. While Colombo proved to be an adequate player, he was plagued by injuries during his time in Chicago. Overall, I think Liuget is a great pick for the Bears. The former Illini will help to draw double teams away from Peppers and keep linemen off of Urlacher and Briggs. If teams decide to ignore Liuget and focus on the veterans, then he has shown the better than average pass rush skills that will make teams think twice about their decision. His pass rush skills are evident in his Combine results. His 40 yard dash was clocked at 4.97, but his best attribute may have been his 1.73 10 yard split. His results also included 27 reps of 225 on the bench and a 4.68 20 yard shuttle. Also, at 6'2" and 300 pounds, he has the size to hold up against the run in a 4-3 style defense. In general, Liuget has shown a nose for the ball that is invaluable for a lineman in the NFL. In my opinion, he is a steal for the Bears this late in the draft. If you disagree with this pick, please explain in the comment section and I'll try and explain my pick to you. Also any critiques for my writing are welcome and appreciated. Thanks for your time.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Why The Pick: NY Jets-kegbearer
In 2010, the Jets were tied for 8th in the league in sacks (40)...but the dirty little secret is their current lack of pass rushing threats.
As we know, in a 3-4 the elite pass rushers are usually the OLBs and while 32 year vet Bryan Thomas was the team's sack leader, he only had six. Rex Ryan did an incredible job of using a variety of blitz packages and schemes to cause pressure and spread around the sacks, but has recently lost a lot of fire power from the DLine. Most notably, two great 3-4 defensive linemen - Shaun Ellis is in the twilight of his career and now a free agent, Kris Jenkins was in the running for defensive player of the year in '08, but two lost seasons to ACL injuries which combined with his age made him a cap casualty. OLB/DE Jason Taylor and Vernon Gholston were also cap casualties but for vastly different reasons - one will eventually be awarded a HOF bust, the other simply renowned for being a bust. Bart Scott and David Harris are a fantastic ILB duo and NT Sione Pouha is unheralded for his solid play. Calvin Pace (OLB), 31 year vet, and Mike Devito (DE) are tough, but the Jets really need an impact player at DL and/or OLB. Other team needs include WR and DB, and OL later in the draft, but with the players on the board...
Taylor's character concerns derive from a campus fight when he was an underclassman at Penn that eventually led to his transfer to Baylor. New York Jets vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales weighed in on the condition of Baylor nose guard Phil Taylor's feet, saying he doesn't think they're a long-term issue.
Taylor is a very agile big man which often proved overwhelming to his competition when combined with his quick burst off the line (nearly 30" vertical). Taylor will demand double teams in the middle of the field and will be a force against the run game where he is very strong at the point of attack and simply a beast to move. While he can anchor with the best of them for 2gap assignments, Taylor also brings the ability to split and overpower double teams as a 1gap pass rusher to penetrate the pocket. He seems to rely more on his upper body strength which can cause him to stand up too straight, but when he uses proper leverage he can take advantage of his arm strength and strong punch to shed off blockers with ease and cause disruption in the back field. Rex Ryan may have to use a rotation before Taylor reaches NFL stamina and conditioning needed for a starting NT, but he did just add an impact player with the toughness and mean streak he looks for on his DLine.
(AP Photo/Hans Deryk)
Why The Pick: Pittsburgh-thebigham
Basically they are like the Cowboys needs. They need OG help, but with Pouncey gone they look for value somewhere else. Their CBs are either on the wrong side of 30, injury riddled or just plain out stink. This may be a reach but he has great upside. Would have been a top 20 pick if he came out last year and the Steelers can afford to reach on a need here. They have the great Dick Lebeau who can get the most out of anyone and Troy P to compensate when needed. He should flourish in the Steel City.
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Why The Pick: Green Bay-scotscowboysfan
My reason for this pick is that Solder has great upside but could use a year or 2 to fully develop into a starting Tackle in the NFL. The Packers are in the happy position to allow him to develop into a starter.
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Assigned GM||Team Needs||Selection|
|1||Carolina||(2-14)||Alexcomestokill||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB||AJ Green|
|2||Denver||(4-12)||Sean N||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT||Nick Fairley|
|3||Buffalo||(4-12)||BTB||Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink||Marcel Dareus|
|4||Cincinatti||(4-12)||staubachfan||QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC||Patrick Peterson|
|5||Arizona||(5-11)||howboutdemcowboyz||QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT||Cam Newton|
|6||Cleveland||(5-11)||BlueEyedDevil||4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB||Robert Quinn|
|7||San Francisco||(6-10)||regaberto||3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB||Von Miller|
|8||Tennesee||(6-10)||accidentalinnuendo||QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB||Da'Quan Bowers|
|9||Dallas||(6-10)||ChiaCrack||ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB||Tyron Smith|
|10||Washington||(6-10)||Creasy729||QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Blaine Gabbert|
|11||Houston||(6-10)||I am Ironman!||3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Prince Amukamara|
|12||Minnesota||(6-10)||KJDH2154||QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG,||Jake Locker|
|13||Detroit||(6-10)||DIRE WOLF||CB, 4-3 OLB, MLB, ROT, OG, WR||Anthony Castonzo|
|14||St. Louis||(7-9)||Squishmytomato||WR, 4-3 DR, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, FS, CB, OG, OC, SS||Julio Jones|
|15||Miami||(7-9)||iCoach||QB, 3-4 OLB, SS, OC, OG, 3-4 MLB, RB, WR||Mark Ingram|
|16||Jacksonville||(8-8)||gogokroz||4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, CB, QB, WR, OG,||Aldon Smith|
|17||New England||(14-2)||fivetwos||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT||Cameron Jordan|
|18||San Diego||(9-7)||salas88||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT||JJ Watt|
|19||NY Giants||(10-6)||Jeterian 2||C, RB, OT, 4-3 OLB, SS, CB||Mike Pouncey|
|20||Tampa Bay||(10-6)||Blustartatoo||4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, FS, CB, OG, LOT, 4-3 OLB, ROT, TE, OC, WR||Ryan Kerrigan|
|21||Kansas City||(10-6)||Becho||3-4 DT, WR, OC, ROT, 3-4 OLB, RB, 3-4 SLB,||Gabe Carimi|
|22||Indianapolis||(10-6)||BTB||4-3 DT, 4-3 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OG, OC, OT||Muhammad Wilkerson|
|23||Philadelphia||(10-6)||JimmyK||CB, OG, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, SS, OT||Jimmy Smith|
|24||New Orleans||(11-5)||MicThaRock||RB, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, CB, 4-3 OLB||Adrian Clayborn|
|25||Seattle||(7-9)||Rena||QB, 4-3 DT, CB, WR, OT, OG||Colin Kaepernick|
|26||Baltimore||(12-4)||orli||WR, OT, CB, FS, SS, OG, TE,||Derrek Sherrod|
|27||Atlanta||(13-3)||BTB||4-3 DE, CB, WR, OT, TE, RB||Justin Houston|
|28||New England||(14-2)||marloboro man||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT||Danny Watkins|
|29||Chicago||(11-5)||Fergie3108||4-3 DT, C, SS, WR, OG, OT,||Corey Liguet|
|30||NY Jets||(11-5)||kegbearer||OT, 3-4 DT, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, SS||Phil Taylor|
|31||Pittsburgh||(12-4)||thebigham||CB, OG, OT, WR, 3-4 ILB, FS, SS, 3-4 DT, 3-4 DE||Ras-I Dowling|
|32||Green Bay||(10-6)||scotscowboysfan||3-4 OLB, CB, OT, OC||Nate Solder|