The XML 2015 Mock Rookie Draft

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    lilgame

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    The XML 2015 Mock Rookie Draft

    Post by lilgame on April 18th 2012, 3:29 am

    Its been a long time since XML has had a Mock Draft...but its back for a new season of XML. This year's rookie draft has been viewed as being one of the weaker ones to date, but there are still hidden gems to be had, and teams in need of a gem to spark their team back to being relevant. So without further ado, enjoy!

    1. Denver Broncos - OLB DaDa Sanders (LSU) - The Broncos are a team that could have done damage last year with the amount of talent they had on offense. And their defensive line and secondary is well put together...but they lack a leader and play maker at the linebacker position. Whoever comes in to take over what has been a rocky year of ownership of the Broncos would start off on the right foot by drafting the talented linebacker out of LSU in DaDa Sanders. He has lighting speed for the linebacker position, and is getting better and better in his ability to cover when asked to. Sanders could be one important piece to help rebuild what has been an unproductive linebacker corp.

    2. New Orleans Saints - SS Keiwone Anderson (Auburn) - With third year QB Jordin Gibson finally coming into his own as the Saints franchise QB, the offense should make the leap forward this year that many expect. Now, the aging defense will need to begin to get younger. While taking a DT will be highly tempting here, Keiwone Anderson is could step in and make the Saints have one of the better safety tandems in the NFC playing next to stud FS Malcolm Jenkins.

    3. Miami Dolphins - CB Ben Morris (Texas) - The Dolphins will probably rip their hair out once the Saints take Anderson. But then they will happily take the next best defensive back in Morris. The studly CB out of Texas will be welcomed in to the XML with a division full of pass happy teams with elite receivers across the board. But with Brent Grimes on his way out, Morris will step in and reap the benefits of starting along side Tracy Porter as a rookie.

    4. San Francisco 49ers - WR Justin Cooper (UL Lafayette) - Two things could happen here with the Niners. They could decide to move on from the Ryan Mallet experiment and draft one of the top QB prospects. But, I'm not quite convinced they are ready to give up on Mallet. Instead, I think they want to provide him with more weapons. Insert, Justin Cooper. Despite his height, his blazing speed and playmaking ability would instantly make him the best receiver on the team, and would surely put that cannon on Ryan Mallet to work.

    5. Indianapolis Colts - OLB Kashawn Reedy (Mid Tenn St.) - The Colts would love to address many different areas of their team at this spot, but in the end, they'll settle for the best available for what they need. Reedy would be inserted in a linebacker corp that also includes Jon Beason and Pat Angerer, two staples of the Colts defense over the past several seasons. The Colts linebacker corp could easily be the best in the AFC South with the addition of Reedy.

    6. Detroit Lions - DT Marcus Reeder (Pitt) - The Lions have offense for days with Cam Newton, Megatron, and the rest of the cast. Defensively, they are pretty well put together. But their defensive tackles are aging. Marcus Reeder is a strong guy with gifted athleticism. He has the motor to get after the QB just like the guy who he could be playing next to in Nick Fairley. This would be valuable to a team who plays the high powered offensive attack of the Packers twice a year.

    7. New York Giants - QB Okoye Palmer (Arizona) - In what could be the first shock of the draft, the New York Giants may be prepared to move on from the Eli Manning era, and move forward under the reigns of a new QB. Whispers have had the Giants looking to deal Eli Manning away over the off-season to make space for a rookie QB to come in without having to look over his shoulder. Palmer has all the tools to make New York his team. He has the prototypical size and attributes of a young franchise QB. If the Giants choose not to go this route though, expect them to add a defensive end to groom under an aging Justin Tuck.

    8. Dallas Cowboys - ILB Banks Brown (Central Conn St.) - The Cowboys are a tricky team, but logic would have them upgrading their inside linebacker position with a stud in Banks Brown. Brown, added to a LB corp of Bruce Carter and Thomas Davis could make this defense look really good in the long run.

    9. Dallas Cowboys from Carolina Panthers - TE Artavious Kilgo (NC State) - With the luxury of back to back first round picks, the Cowboys could use the upgrade at the TE position after losing Martellus Bennett to free agency. This talented playmaker out of NC State should light up fantasy teams from the start of his early career.

    10. Baltimore Ravens - QB Alec Ford (South Carolina) - The Ravens have to solidfy their QB position, a position that clearly underplayed last season and held this team back from contention. In a division where Peyton Manning, Colt McCoy, and Matt Stafford are lighting up scoreboards, a new breed must come into the land of the crab cake and turn that offense around. Alec Ford should be capable of being that long term solution.

    11. Minnesota Vikings - DE Dalen Myers (Purdue) - Aside from the offensive skill positions, the Vikings could really use help anywhere. So I expect them to take the best available defensive player, and that should be the speed rush prospect out of Purdue. Along side savvy veterans such as Kevin Williams and Casey Hampton, this front 7 could wreak havoc on the NFC North.

    12. St. Louis Rams - CB Treyvon Randall (Syracuse) - The Rams have a talented offense, but often find themselves in shootouts due to their lackluster secondary. This year, they'll have to start rebuilding that secondary into a contending one. Look for them to start by building around Randall, the talented and versatile corner out of Syracuse. He's a smart learner who can be instantly plugged in to play in any man or zone coverage scheme.

    13. New England Patriots - DE Rashaud Dorsey (FIU) - Despite being known as a LB hungry team, the Patriots are gonna find themselves pleased that Dorsey has fallen this far and wont pass up on the big guy out of Florida International. He should instantly bolster a line that is beginning to get older.

    14. Chicago Bears - ILB Frederick Bradley (UCLA) - Its getting to that time where Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs need to be replaced as their legs get older. But in the mean time, while they are still able to play at an elite level, Bradley can be groomed under them while playing at the strong side linebacker spot. With the playtime he'll get, it wont be long before he's the unquestioned leader of the Bears defense.

    15. Cleveland Browns - OLB Avion Nix (Texas) - Cleveland seems to be on the right track to building a contender. The offense is as explosive as ever, and the play of the front four and the secondary has improved. Now, they'll have to solidify their linebacker corp. Adding Nix to the crew next to Marske and Jackson should be the logical move for an improving defense.

    16. Oakland Raiders - CB Jahmeek Carter (LSU) - The Raiders have to be disappointed by the regression of their star corners in Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson over the past several seasons. But here, they have an opportunity to pair Chimdi Chekwa with a possible star in Jahmeek Carter. The speedster out of the land that made Patrick Peterson could prove to be just what the doctor ordered.

    That's it for tonight...look for the mock of picks 17-32 later tomorrow!
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    Re: The XML 2015 Mock Rookie Draft

    Post by mowarrior79 on April 18th 2012, 11:40 am

    Good job Game! This draft is weak.
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    Re: The XML 2015 Mock Rookie Draft

    Post by lilgame on April 18th 2012, 4:36 pm

    mowarrior79 wrote:Good job Game! This draft is weak.

    haha, i just hope there are at least 30 other people thinking like that
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    Re: The XML 2015 Mock Rookie Draft

    Post by nytitan21 on April 19th 2012, 8:10 pm

    10. Baltimore Ravens - QB Alec Ford (South Carolina) - The Ravens have to solidfy their QB position, a position that clearly underplayed last season and held this team back from contention. In a division where Peyton Manning, Colt McCoy, and Matt Stafford are lighting up scoreboards, a new breed must come into the land of the crab cake and turn that offense around. Alec Ford should be capable of being that long term solution.

    Good Call lol
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    Re: The XML 2015 Mock Rookie Draft

    Post by Betta_thanU on April 19th 2012, 9:55 pm

    nicely done,i woulda gone with the CB but could not pass on the MLB

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