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Draftwatch 2012

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Draftwatch 2012

Good morning folks!

The Combine is over and Mr. Nagler and Mr. Carriveau have returned safe and mostly sound from Indianapolis. If you missed any of their outstanding work while there, check the archives out and catch up.

For those who enjoy such things, I have a new mock draft up at Bleacher Report.

Currently I have USC defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Perry going to the Packers at 28. I've liked Perry there for a while and think he could line up in a few places for the Packers. As I note in the piece, putting him at outside linebacker across from Matthews would be a good look for the defense.

If not, you're looking at one of the top defensive ends in the draft. Not shabby.

There are several ways the Packers can go, but I don't see them reaching for any offensive line or secondary solutions.

A few other grace notes from the mock:

I normally eschew trades in these things because as hard as it is to be 'accurate' in mocks, it's harder to guess who will pay how much for a move.

I couldn't avoid it this time out though. I moved Cleveland up to the second slot and the Rams back. Now, it's just as possible the Redskins make that move and maybe next mock I'll skew it that way—it definitely would change the round.

Either way, someone will move up for Robert Griffin III. Not only did he have a tremendous Combine, but by all accounts (and even what I saw from my chair in NYC) he came off well at the podium and in interviews.

He's got some issues, but if he's used right, he could be a tremendous quarterback. Now, the question is, would Cleveland use him right?

I have my concerns on that score and frankly, some of his production was because Kendall Wright is an outstanding. I had Wright also landing in Cleveland. Didn't plan it that way, just kind of happened.

They'd need another good wide receiver there and hope Greg Little continued to develop into a solid player.

There's also the rumor that GM Mike Holmgren, head coach Pat Shurmur and the Browns in general are hesitating to move up. Or are targeting Trent Richardson instead. Or, or, or.....

Need I remind you that it's Draft Season and nobody is to be trusted? No, I don't because you guys are clever individuals who know that the news is full of crap from now until April.

I do firmly believe Washington, Cleveland and Miami are looking to move up. They're also making other plans because after all, only one can move up.

Honestly, I think Holmgren can put a team around RG3 to produce. Question is, does he have the vision to? Does Shurmur?

RG3 doesn't need a Tebow offense around him first year. However if you're going to draft him, you need to use him.

That means not trying to force him to be just a statue in the pocket.

Not every coach or GM is comfortable with that.

More on the mock—I feel like one more running back will go in the first, likely to Cincy if Richardson goes early. Jets fans are already going to kill me, by the way, for an offensive lineman in round one, and even moreso with Richardson on the board.

I really, really feel conflicted about the Washington-Tannehill pick. It's not one I would make, but I feel as though it is one SOMEONE will make.

On to other things.

I didn't get to put together a Draft twitter list. I'll work on that for next week.

The CHTV Draft guide is heading towards you! Get in line now!

THIS WEEK IN BLOGGER SELF-DEPRECATING HILARITY

Alfie Crow of BigCatCountry runs the 40! Sorry. 'Runs' the '40'.

I have suggested a Draftnick Combine with Alfie, Doug Farrar (you remember him from HIS 40 last year, right?), Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey (former DraftguysTV both of whom did training on video several years ago).

Aaron and I could do color commentary. We'd be the Rich Eisen/Mike Mayock of the Blogger Combine.

I think the idea has legs, frankly.

The next big event is actually a series of smaller events: Pro Days. You can find out which school will be having their Pro Day when here.

Of course, I'll keep you up to date on CHTV as well. Mostly in this column but also on occasion in separate pieces.

The biggest news in Pro Day World is that Baylor moved it's Pro Day up a day to avoid conflict with Stanford's. The multitude of scouts and teams who want to see both Griffin and Andrew Luck are thankful, as are airlines since they'll have a bump in flight reservations from Texas to Northern California.

By the way, NFL.com has a great Pro Day blog where you can follow what is going on so stop in there too.

So that's it for this week. It's quiet now but expect news to start picking up again in about a week or so.

And we'll have you covered here at CHTV through the whole sordid process.

So as I go, I leave you with a potential sleeper of the NFL Draft. Take notes.

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