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NFC South Draft Picks: Falcons, Panthers, Saints, & Buccaneers

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    Atlanta Falcons Draft picks


    Round 1...#24...Peria Jerry DT Mississippi

    6' 3" 312 lbs.

    Strengths: Agility, quickness, hands, consistency

    Weakness: Strength, technique


    Ole Miss DT Peria Jerry blew up last year as one of the best defensive tackles (DT) in the SEC, and considering Chiefs 1st round pick Glen Dorsey was still around, that’s saying something. After battling injuries that kept him from making an impact as a frosh and sophomore, Jerry finished the 2007 season with 14 TFL, good for 6th in the SEC, and 3.5 sacks. To me, Jerry’s disruptive presence in the middle of the Ole Miss line made DE Greg Hardy a better player, not the other way around and that is still the case this year. Jerry is still a dominating force while Hardy has yet to recapture his past glory. Jerry was named Second Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Rivals.com and Third Team by Phil Steele in 2007.
    At 6’ 3” 312 pounds, Jerry is lightning quick and can be far too much for slower guards to handle and has enough strength to overpower centers. It’s not often DTs have their hands listed as a strength, but in Jerry’s case it is very much true. He has very quick hands, routinely getting them on opponents first and he is also excellent at using his hands to keep blockers off his legs. Jerry fights off double teams very well and a lot of that is in his ability to use his hands to great advantage. Combining quick, strong hands with an explosive burst and sudden first step makes him a dangerous playmaker in the middle of a defense. He has good speed and will chase after ball carriers.
    Despite his ability to handle double teams, he is at his best as a three-technique and may be limited to that role as a pro. At not quite six foot three inches tall he might be limited to playing defensive tackle and might not have the girth to play nose guard or the height to play end. He lacks strength in his upper body, a very fixable trait, but he may not be able to add much weight for his height. He get’s nullified by stronger lineman when they get their hands on him and he is far better as a pass rusher than as a run stopper where he can be blown off the ball. He lacks pass rush moves but that too is fixable with work.
    As a pass rusher, Jerry is deadly. He is the top rated senior DT because of his ability to make plays in the backfield and get after the QB. Where his problems lie is against the run and that’s what makes me unsure of him as a high 1st round pick. I’m just not sure he has the ability to add the weight and strength necessary to become sufficient in this area. His ability to get into the backfield overcomes a lot of this deficiency at the college level but pro teams will attack him early and often and will wear him down.
    Talent runs in his family and he goes up against his massive brother in practice daily. His younger brother John Jerry is an impressive offensive lineman for the Rebels. John, only a junior, is 6’ 6” 350 pounds, played guard as a sophomore and this year has moved out to right tackle. John should be a guard in the NFL and unless he comes out as a junior, could be a second or third round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
    He (Peria) knifes through and gets to the ball carrier on a consistent basis and his production was fantastic this year. After 11 games he has recorded 42 tackles, 4 sacks and an impressive 13 tackles for a loss (TFL). At his best, Jerry is stout enough to stop the run and quick enough to rush the passer. For a 300 pounder that is impressive. His ability will be in high demand and he should be a 1st rounder come April. He plays big in big games and has excelled against two of the best offensive lines in the nation recorded 2.5 TFLs against both LSU and Alabama this season.

    Round 2...#55... William Moore S Missouri

    Round 3...#90... Christopher Owens DB San Jose State

    Round 4...#125... Lawrence Sidbury DE Richmond

    Round 5...#138 (from Rams)... William Middleton CB Furman

    Round 5...#143 (from Raiders)... Trade pick to Cowboys

    Round 5...#156 (from Cowboys)... Garrett Reynolds OT North Carolina

    Round 6...#176 (from Rams)... Spencer Adkins LB Miami

    Round 7...#210 (from Cowboys) Vance Walker DT Georgia tech

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    Carolina Panthers Draft picks


    Round 2...#43 (acquired from panthers)... Everette Brown DE Florida State

    Round 2...#59... Sherrod Martin CB Troy

    Round 3...#93... Corvey Irvin DT Georgia

    Round 4...#112 (from 49ers)... Mike Goodson RB Texas A&M

    Round 4...#128... Tony Fiammetta FB Syracuse

    Round 5...#163... Duke Robinson OG Oklahoma

    Round 7...#216 (from Raiders)... Captain Munnerlyn CB South Carolina
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    New Orleans Saints Draft picks


    Round 1...#14...Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

    6' 0" 200 lbs


    Ohio State

    Strengths: Toughness, experience, run support, ball skills

    Weakness: Elite speed, over-confidence


    6' 0" 200 lbs


    Ohio State

    Strengths: Toughness, experience, run support, ball skills

    Weakness: Elite speed, over-confidence

    Scouting Report by Daryl Breault

    Updated: 3 November 2008
    Most Draftniks thought Malcolm Jenkins would enter the 2008 NFL Draft, so coming back for his senior season has only helped him and he entered his senior season as the top rated cornerback in the land. He is everything you look for in a cornerback, from his outstanding size, to his great speed and athleticism, to his playmaking skills Jenkins has it all and should carve out a great career as a team’s top corner.
    Jenkins played as a true freshman in 2005 and became a household name during the 2006 season when he started 13 games, had 55 tackles and 4 INT and was a consensus All- Big Ten selection. He was even better in 2007 as a junior, being named First Team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, was again a consensus All-Big Ten pick as well as a Thorpe Award semifinalist. He would have most likely been a Top 10 pick in last April’s 2008 NFL Draft, and I believe he would have been a target of the Patriots if he had entered the draft. If not, Buffalo would have surely snatched him up before Leodis McKelvin. All of that makes his decision to return a little surprising but when you look at the OSU defense, you can understand why he would have wanted to come back. The defense is stacked and OSU one of the top teams in college football, with a chance to play for a national championship every year. He’s so far having another great year and done nothing that doesn’t justify a lofty draft status.
    He really is a complete package at corner. At 6’ 0" 200 lbs, he the size teams want and he knows how to use it. He gets physical with receivers and uses that size as weapon in all facets of the game. Much like Woodson in his prime, Jenkins has a great vertical and will muscle a receiver off the ball to make a play. Jenkins also has more than enough speed to keep up downfield and possess tremendous burst to the ball. He has all of the tools needed to be an elite shutdown corner at the next level.
    Some work will be required on his tackling as he can be inconsistent at times. While he can play free safety, he will need to clean up his open field tackling before that switch can be made. Teams rarely throw at Jenkins but he’s very confident and plays with a swagger so I don’t see him being fazed when teams attack him as a rookie.
    There’s no reason to think the Jenkins will not jump straight to a starting line up and would make a great fit in Miami where his skills are desperately needed. He is the perfect corner for Bill Parcells and the mindset he brings to a football club. The size/speed ratio that he brings to the table will be greatly coveted come next April.
    It will be interesting to watch Jenkins battle Illinois junior Vontae Davis (if he enters), and seniors Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest and Darius Butler, Uconn, to see who will be the first cornerback chosen. The are all elite prospects and carry a first round grade. Regardless, this will be a very talented cornerback class if or when guys like Trevard Lindley and D.J. Moore enter their names to the mix as well.

    Round 4...#116... Chip Vaughn S Wake Forest

    Round 4...#118 (from Jets)... Stanley Arnoux LB Wake Forest

    Round 5...#164 (From Giants through Eagle)... Thomas Morstead P SMU

    Round 7...#222...
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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft picks


    Round 1...#19... Traded with Browns to Pick #17

    Josh Freeman QB Kansas State

    Kansas State
    6’ 5” 248 lbs.
    Speed: 4.97
    Strengths: Size, Height, Arm Strength, Toughness
    Weaknesses: Speed, Mechanics, Footwork, Release, Accuracy, Experience, Poise, Production


    Josh Freeman makes three. What do I mean? The top three rated QB’s in this draft are all underclassmen: Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez and Freeman makes three. Being as how quarterback is the sexiest position on the field and the one everyone looks at the most, quarterback is one of the drafts most overrated positions and this year it is especially glaring. Stafford is good, but is he great? Sanchez has a playmakers streak, but can he be a consistent player? Freeman has raw tools, but will his mechanics and accuracy ever catch up to his arm strength?
    If you have Stafford at #1 to Detroit, Sanchez in the top 10 and Freeman in the first round, you’ve talked yourself into a bad situation.
    Josh Freeman is not a first round pick and should have stayed in school. He needs to finally put a serious effort into improving his footwork, release, touch, accuracy, reads, concentration and anticipation. That’s too many questions for a first round pick.
    What has people artificially inflating Freeman’s value is his size (6’6” 250lbs) and his arm strength (think JaMarcus Russell). Sure Freeman set school records for passing yards with 8,078 yards and TD with 44 but he never did play as well as some of his other draft eligible Big-12 counterparts like Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell (15,793 yards, 132 TD), or Missouri’s Chase Daniel (12,515 yards and 100 touchdowns), not to mention those returning to school in Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, Texas’ Colt McCoy, Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson and Kansas’ Todd Reesing. Most damaging: his 14-18 record at KSU. Freeman never put it all together and had a chance at locking in a much higher 1st round pick in 2010 if he had gone back. On the surface it appears as if Freeman was in a seemingly no-win situation with his coach, Ron Prince, fired and a change in systems at KSU, but that would have granted him at least some latitude to prove that he could fix his game and win over some sceptics.
    Freeman has thrown some tough interceptions (see Oklahoma and Kansas in 2008; Auburn and Kansas in 2007; or Kansas again in 2006) and he has not shown significant improvement over his career. His release is slow and he frequently fails to step into throws or set his feet, instead just flicking the ball towards an area. His failure to set his feet and poor footwork has led his accuracy to be wildly inconsistent as well as keeping him from gaining any semblance of timing with his receivers, leaving Freeman a step ahead or a step slow. His touch and loft could be a lot better as well, he just sort of throws it and lacks the knowledge of how to ‘pass’ the ball to a teammate. He holds onto the ball too long at times looking to make a play and doesn’t feel pressure coming. Freeman has been known to pat the ball in the pocket and can be very loose with the football, leading to fumbles that should have only been sacks.

    The upside to Freeman besides his size is his ability to tuck and run. He has decent speed and rushed for 14 TD in 2008 and was a close second on the team in yards with 404. He’s a load to bring down and he’s not afraid to duck a shoulder and push through a tackle. Freeman has that rare ability to get a throw off even with defenders hanging on him, and he gets zip on the ball doing it too. Potentially the strongest arm in the draft, even better than Stafford, can make every throw and attack all levels of the field. He has fantastic potential to develop into a starting QB and teams will be enamoured with his arm strength and size.
    In such a weak class, Freeman will go higher than he would most other years. Teams should view Freeman with the utmost caution because it’s unlikely he will improve his flaws at the next level. While he’s grown as a leader on the field, I don’t feel that he has the intangibles of guys like Stafford and Sanchez. His poor career record is a black mark but you do have to weigh the fact that he led a fairly prolific offense with no run game and a shoddy offensive line. A second round pick is in the cards for Freeman but anything above that is asking for trouble.

    Round 3...#81... Roy Miller DT Texas

    Round 4...#117 (from cowboys) (from Cowboys) Kyle Moore DE USC

    Round 4...#120... Traded to Cowboys

    Round 5...#155... Xavier Fulton OT Illinois

    Round 6...#191... Traded to Browns

    Round 7...#217 (from Jaguars)... E J Biggers DB Western Michigan

    Round 7...#229 (from Bears)... Traded to Cowboys

    Round 7...#233 (from Ravens)... Sammie Stroughter WR Oregon State

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