Thursday, 8 April 2010

Thursday links

By Rob Staton
There's two weeks until the draft. I feel like time is just going to fly by and we'll be watching events unfold in a flash. I want to refer you to this well sourced rumor that popped up over the last week. Rest assured, there is some truth to this. The source is proven and worth taking notice of. The gist is - Seattle are deciding between Eric Berry and Trent Williams. One party is really high on Berry and originally planned to get him at #6 thinking Williams could be there at #14. Now that Williams' stock is rising, the consensus appears to be he'll be well gone by the middle of round one. An unnamed party (although it's not hard to workout who) was lured to the franchise under the premise they would get some say in the draft and had originally started to make plans for the offensive line including Williams. The choice now is - do you stick to your guns and take Berry or switch and land that piece of the offensive line? The decision could be made for Seattle if either prospect is off the board.

Aaron Wilson from the Carroll County Times tweets that Mel Kiper believes Seattle will draft Morgan Burnett in round two. If there is some truth to this (I'm not aware of Kiper's sources) that would lend support to Seattle settling on Trent Williams at #6.

Gil Brandt offers his 'hot 100' prospects for the 2010 draft. He splits the prospects into tiers of ten based on their ability. The biggest surprise for me is Bruce Campbell's presence in the top tier. He's all physical and no production. There's nothing on tape to justify that grade.

Pete Prisco owns one of the worst mock drafts I've seen this year. He also publishes an 'all over rated' team of prospects. I agree with some of the suggestions - like Sean Wetherspoon and Toby Gerhart. I don't really think people like Taylor Mays are over rated though considering everyone's spent months criticizing his game.

Matt McGuire disagrees with Mike Mayock that Washington will snub Russell Okung to draft Trent Williams. I think Washington might snub both and take Anthony Davis. I don't think Okung is as good as advertised. If he falls even out of the top six I think opinions held on this blog will be justified.

Charles Davis publishes a mock draft where he makes a pick and then argues why he thinks something else will happen. See his reasoning behind Detroit and their choice. The Lions will not take Russell Okung second overall.

9 comments:

A-R-N-F said...

Interesting that Gibbs favors Trent Williams to Charlie Brown if the rumor is true. Berry & Williams would not really come off as a great first round to me.

Conor said...

That 'well-sourced rumour' certainly makes for interesting reading... Keep up the good work!

Rob Staton said...

The guy is legit. I can vouch for that. There's a lot of truth in the rumor. Get read for Berry or Williams at #6 with the Seahawks doing what they can to trade #14 for a first rounder next year.

Kelly said...

Hey Rob, I can't help but look at the Seahawks depth chart and see that under SS it only lists Eric Berry. That right there suggests to me that they will seriously consider him.

Kelly said...

Whoops, I meant that on the depth chart is says "Jamar Adams" which makes me strongly suggest they will consider Berry

Charles said...

Kelly - Berry is more of a FS..

Rob Staton said...

Charles - as Kyle testified recently, Berry played a lot of SS at Tennessee and the dependance on coverage skills in the cover 2 could put him at the position. Him and Babs at safety concerns me vs the run.

Anonymous said...

Can we assume the trade back idea is to get locker? Personally I love the idea of trading down for a second and a first for next year.

Steve in Spain said...

Anonymous, the 2011 pick could be for Locker, but I wouldn't rule out WR (if Whitehurst pans out). Next year's WR class looks to be outrageously stacked. If we lose out on Marshall, Bates may want a true #1 WR threat out of that class.