Michael Bush, RB, Raiders
It's all but official - Michael Bush will not be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Bush could have gone somewhere as a starting running back, but he'll play second fiddle to Darren McFadden for one more year.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars
The Jaguars are concerned about Maurice Jones-Drew's knees, so they plan on decreasing his workload in 2011. That's great news for Rashad Jennings, who rushed for 5.5 yards per carry in relief of an injured Jones-Drew last season.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew himself told the Florida Times Union last week that the Jaguars are "already kind of scared of my knee" and that they plan on giving Rashad Jennings more touches. Jones-Drew is coming off knee surgery and probably should be avoided in the first round of fantasy drafts. His current ADP is 1.10, which is much too high.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins
Brandon Marshall has really been working hard on improving his speed this offseason. I think this is huge, as it quells my concern that Marshall could have been distracted in the wake of getting stabbed by his crazy wife. Like Ben Roethlisberger last year, Marshall has apparently put aside an off-the-field issue to improve his game.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
Emmanuel Sanders is a talented young receiver who could emerge as Ben Roethlisberger's No. 2 target as the 2011 season progresses. It helps that an injured Hines Ward is pulling a Chad Ochocinco and goofing off this season.
Hines Ward, WR, Steelers
I can't believe it has happened, but Hines Ward has inexplicably morphed into Chad Ochocinco. Ward is focusing on his crappy $10 reality TV shows (Eating Cereal with the Stars) and getting into trouble off the field (DUI). If that's not bad enough, Ward, 35, just had surgery on his knee. Avoid him at all cost.
I have no problems with your mock draft for the Raiders. I'm sure you're aware of the need at MLB, but doubling up on defensive tackles would make as much sense given the lack of pass rush outside of Mack.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.