Ohio St. LB James Laurinitis
craig in calgary with the pick...
To begin my pick, I think I better state a disclaimer that although I am a huge football fan, I am admittedly not a huge X’s and O’s kind of guy. I can’t say for sure how he would fit the Colts defensive scheme and I see they have a pretty decent MLB in Gary Bracket. However, when I see James Laurinaitis play and his presence on the field, I see a leader of this defense for the next dozen years.
Following the season, Laurinaitis was a projected middle-first round pick but following a disappointing combine which he posted a 4.82 time in the 40, he is projected to possibly fall out of the first round. I personally don’t see how a 40 time could affect a middle linebackers draft value, but then again, I’m not exactly a pro scout. For me, I’m looking at his 375 tackles, 9 interceptions and 13 sacks, and plugging him in the middle of my linebacker core and watching him be a perennial visitor to Hawaii or Miami or Calgary or wherever the probowl is played in the future. The 6'3", 240 pound Laurinaitis' combination of size, speed, strength, and instincts will make him an ideal fit for the Colts Defense who likes drafting and signing players of this pedigree.
To be honest I would have loved to go Wide Receiver in this position, but with 4 receivers off the board already in the AP mock draft, the next prospect would be a stretch and could be picked in the middle rounds. The Colts are in an ideal situation without any major glaring holes, so I will pick who I feel is the best player on the board, who ideally enough will help with the run defense which has been hit-or-miss the past several years.
Previous pick: CB Alphonso Smith
Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)
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You think James Laurinaitis regrets not coming out last year? He was a top ten pick last year and now he's in danger of falling to the second round.
|Pick||Round 1||Selection||Date||Community Approval|
|1||Detroit Lions - UCrawford||LB Aaron Curry||Weds. March 10th||Forgot to do a poll|
|2||St. Louis Rams - Lanier63||OT Jason Smith||Monday, March 16th||67%|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88||OT Eugene Monroe||Monday, March 16th||56%|
|4||Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel||DT B.J. Raji||Tuesday, March 17th||46%|
|5||Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway||WR Michael Crabtree||Tuesday, March 17th||37%|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic||OT Andre Smith||Weds., March 18th||43%|
|7||Oakland Raiders - mushin||WR Jeremy Maclin||Weds., March 18th||38%|
|8||Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns||WR Percy Harvin||Thursday, March 19th||29%|
|9||Green Bay Packers - JasonM||
DE/OLB Everette Brown
||Thursday, March 19th||68%|
|10||San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch||QB Matt Stafford||Friday, March 20th||61%|
|11||Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread||LB Rey Maualuga||Friday, March 20th||50%|
|12||Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose||DE Brian Orakpo||Monday, March 23rd||58%|
|13||Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade||T Michael Oher||Monday, March 23rd||64%|
|14||New Orleans Saints - cmpotter||CB Vontae Davis||Tuesday, March 24th||46%|
|15||Houston Texans - ChiefsDude||CB Malcolm Jenkins||Tuesday, March 24th||61%|
|16||San Diego Chargers - Helmets||DE Tyson Jackson||Weds., March 25th||58%|
|17||New York Jets - NJChief||QB Mark Sanchez||Weds., March 25th||77%|
|18||Chicago Bears - Holmeslice||QB Josh Freeman||Thursday, March 26th||28%|
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory||DT Peria Jerry||Thursday, March 26th||45%|
|20||Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford||
DE Aaron Maybin
||Friday, March 27th||54%|
|21||Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717||TE Brandon Pettigrew||Friday, March 27th||60%|
|22||Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56||WR Hakeem Nicks||Monday, March 30th|
|23||New England Patriots - connerman||RB Chris Wells||Monday, March 30th|
|24||Atlanta Falcons - RedNose||LB Clay Matthews||Tuesday, March 31st|
|25||Miami Dolphins - shraggyj||LB Brian Cushing||Tuesday, March 31st|
|26||Baltimore Ravens - Ben S||CB Alphonso Smith||Weds., April 1st|
|27||Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary||LB James Laurinaitis||Weds., April 1st|
|28||Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717||Thursday, April 2nd|
|29||New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s||Thursday, April 2nd|
|30||Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99||Friday, April 3rd|
|31||Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH||Friday, April 3rd|
|32||Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33||Monday, April 6th|