Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame.
'Brooklyn58' wanted to participate in our Mock Draft badly enough that he actually volunteered to make this pick for the New York Jets. He writes:
The Cinderella story of the 2009 Jets stems from one main thing, and that is outstanding defense. By staying true to his values Rex Ryan created a monstrous defense that should be solid for years to come, especially with the additions of Antonio Cromartie and Brodney Pool. There are depth issues at ILB and a lack of a consistent pass-rush, but overall the Jets' defense has little to worry about in regards to a first-round pick.
Thus brings the offense into the picture, and the development of little baby Mark Sanchez. Last year Mark was no Matt Ryan, nor Joe Flacco, but he did what he had to do to get the job done and showed flashes of potential throughout the journey.
To bring Mark from the level of Sanchez to Sanchize there are a few things on the offense that need mending. The running game was/is brilliant for Mark as it hides his shortcomings and allows him to learn what to do in certain situations. What stunted his rookie growth was the lack of talent and depth in the WR corps. Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith offer nice speed around the outside and middle, and Smith does also come with the running/throwing threat but other than that nothing really flashes from them. Braylon Edwards was brought in for a lot but his production wasn't stellar, dropping MANY passes that were in his face.
There is a serious need for depth and talent at receiver. Answer? Thy name be Tate. Golden Tate, a former high school running back, offers a new dimension of passing over, under, and through the defense. I see Tate being a Day 1 slot receiver who will get to run the ball here and there in certain packages. The 4.3 40 and his 10.0 broad jump showcases his pure athleticism and will absolutely be a key in the development of the little baby Sanchize.
My take: I figured this pick would be a wide receiver. What I could not figure out when I tried to predict it is which one it would be. 'Brooklyn' chose Tate. I can't kill him for it, but I'm not a big Tate booster. I love Notre Dame football, but I have never bought into the Tate hype. I just don't see an NFL superstar when I look at the guy. Maybe I am wrong. anyway, Tate is probably the safest bet among the available receivers to at least be a good pro.
The Minnesota Vikings selection is next, putting 'hurikaine' on the clock.
|1||St. Louis||Sam Bradford||QB||Oklahoma||Soldier_
|3||Tampa Bay||Gerald McCoy||DT||Oklahoma||i_formation27|
|4||Washington||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State||G Fan in England
|5||Kansas City||Eric Berry||S||Tennessee||ronjohnson|
|6||Seattle||Jimmy Clausen||QB||Notre Dame||CCE718|
|7||Cleveland||Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State||GreatGatsby|
|9||Buffalo||Dan Williams||DT||Tennessee||The Greek|
|12||Miami||Jerry Hughes||DE/OLB||Texas Christian||sunlion333|
|13||San Francisco||Bryan Bulaga||OT||Iowa||RIPShea|
|14||Seattle||Trent Williams||OT||Oklahoma||Ed V.|
|15||N.Y. Giants||Derrick Morgan||DE||Georgia||Ed Valentine|
|17||San Francisco||Sean Weatherspoon||B||Missouri||RIPShea|
|20||Houston||Jason Pierre-Paul||DE||South Florida||BitterEli|
|22||New England||Jermaine Gresham||TE||Oklahoma||Ryan Valentine|
|23||Green Bay||C.J. Spiller||RB||Clemson||Dan Luibil|
|24||Philadelphia||Anthony Davis||OT||Rutgers||Bye Dawk|
|25||Baltimore||Kyle Wilson||CB||Boise State||Larry Soprano|
|28||San Diego||Ryan Mathews||RB||Fresno State||hakeemthedream|
|29||N.Y. Jets||Golden Tate||WR||Notre Dame||Brooklyn58|