Posted 04-28-2011 at 02:56 PM byBuckeye Updated 04-28-2011 at 06:57 PM byBuckeye
This is it. The 2011 NFL Draft begins tonight at 7pm ET and a lot is different between last year and this year due to all the labor uncertainty going on. The lockout has been lifted for now, but with the owners appealing and all the nasty bickering going on that there is no telling what the result of the new CBA will be. With that, this year's draft is particularly hard to predict as there is no knowing what holes need to be filled with free agency delayed until after the draft.
Pro days have been going on around the nation as scouts come to the college campuses of each of the players to see how they perform in a familiar environment and from these workouts, more changes in draft stocks come from these. The biggest changes are that now, the Panthers appear to really like Cam Newton and that Da'Quan Bowers is seeing his stock fall like the #1 seeds in the recently completed Big Dance. With that, it's time for a new mock draft and this time, it's v4.0 since the previous mock...
I had previously written a mock draft following the NFL Combine. Pro Days are going on right now across the country. But in the meantime, I am getting ready to update this draft and since the only major shift is putting Cam Newton at 3 to the Bills rather than having him drop to 12 that it changes things. But after 12, the mock pretty much stays the same given that team needs are probably not going to change with the players locked out and no free agency is happening. I made a few substitutions...
Posted 03-14-2011 at 10:54 PM byBuckeye Updated 03-14-2011 at 10:56 PM byBuckeye
The NFL owners have locked out the players after the NFLPA filed their papers to decertify last Friday. Now a whole bunch of nasty lawsuits will be coming in an attempt to get a new CBA. All I can say is that I hope that this gets resolved soon since I can't live without the NFL during the fall. Despite the lockout, the NFL Draft goes forward, but without the ability to make trades involving players. So I will continue to do more mocks with Pro Days going on at the moment.
With the NFL Combine having come and gone, many players have seen their stocks go up or down. With that, a new mock draft is presented with the attributes and everything that is measured an a full-scale workout taken into account.
1. Carolina Panthers - QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Despite taking Jimmy Clausen last year, the Panthers are convinced that he is not their future, so a new QB is on the top of the team's wish list. While the best players in this draft are the defensive...
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