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Locking 'Horns

Posted by Albert Breer  April 22, 2010 11:41 AM

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Our business' draft king -- and a great mentor of mine -- Rick "Goose" Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has his final mock draft posted over at my old home site.

And like me, he's got a Texas player slotted to the Patriots. But it's not Sergio Kindle.

It's safety Earl Thomas. Here's a pretty good highlight reel on the kid (As a warning, there are some explicit lyrics in there). And here's Goose's take:

The Patriots have defensive needs in this draft but also the luxury of taking the best player on the board. It's Thomas, who gives them a combination of a cover safety and ballhawk. He had eight interceptions last fall.
I know a lot of you will look at this and say -- But they've taken two safeties in the Top 35 picks over the last three years. Here's the thing: If Thomas is there, he will be very, very difficult to pass up at 22. He's that good a player.

I don't think he'll be there. Just my opinion, but if Thomas slips into the teens (which could happen if he gets past where I have him going, seventh to Cleveland), I think teams like Philadelphia and Dallas move aggressively to deal up and get him. If he gets into the 20s, Cincinnati will be factor at 21, also, I think.

Couple more interesting nuggets from Goose's Mock: Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas goes to the Dolphins at 12, and Dez Bryant falls to the Cowboys at 27 ... Jimmy Clausen (30th to Minnesota) joins Bryant as a slider ... Ryan Mathews (14th to Seattle) goes in front of C.J. Spiller (20th to Houston) ... Brandon Graham (10th to Jacksonville) is the second edge rusher off the board, behind Derrick Morgan (7th to Cleveland) with Kindle falling out of the first round all together.

Like I said, this is a mock worth putting stock in. And it's also worth your time to check out Goose's Top 100, which is as close to a league consensus as I think there is out there. We'll be using that as a reference point a little bit tonight, I'm sure.
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