Mock talk, Jayhawk

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky </em> <p>Plenty of mock drafters are still sifting through what they learned and heard at the scouting combine. But I found four updated mocks on Wednesday that are sure to stir some conversations, so I'll dive right in.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac" target="_new"></a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac" target="_new">Jacksonville Jaguars</a>, No. 8</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.nfl.com/combine/story?campaign=ec0005&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true&id=09000d5d80ee7377" target="_blank">Charles Davis</a>, NFL.com: Running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State<br /> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/combine/story?id=09000d5d80eea152&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true&icampaign=DW_Combine_wednesday" target="_blank">Pat Kirwan</a>, NFL.com: Quarterback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=183518" target="_new">Matthew Stafford</a>, Georgia<br /> <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfldraftscout-ChadReuter" target="_blank">Chad Reuter</a>, NFLDraftScout.com: Offensive tackle Michael Oher, Mississippi<br /> <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/don_banks/02/25/mock1/index.html?eref=T1" target="_blank">Don Banks</a>, SI.com: Quarterback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=174154" target="_new">Mark Sanchez</a>, USC</p> <p><strong>My thoughts:</strong> Only Reuter has a chance at a bull's-eye here. If the Jaguars stay at eight, I find it hard to believe they would go for a quarterback or running back. They are not unsatisfied with <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3636" target="_new">David Garrard</a>, they think he needs better protection and more threatening weapons. And they are ready to hand more work to <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9646" target="_new">Maurice Jones-Drew</a> with help from <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=5580" target="_new">Greg Jones</a> -- guys who also need better offensive line play. But maybe I am too focused on need.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=hou" target="_new"></a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=hou" target="_new">Houston Texans</a>, No. 15</strong></p> <p>Davis: Quarterback Mark Sanchez, USC<br /> Kirwan: Defensive end Tyson Jackson, LSU<br /> Reuter: Outside linebacker Brian Cushing, USC<br /> Banks: Jackson</p> <p><strong>My thoughts:</strong> Jackson is a case of matching need with availability. Seems possible, though I didn't sense any buzz about him in Indianapolis. Cushing would be tempting depending on who's available. Sanchez? Maybe he'd be judged a value here, but replacing <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2658" target="_new"></a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2658" target="_new">Sage Rosenfels</a> is hardly one of the team's priorities considering their issues on defense, particularly on the line and in the backfield.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind" target="_new"></a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind" target="_new">Indianapolis Colts</a>, No. 27</strong></p> <p>Davis: Wide receiver <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=186580" target="_new">Percy Harvin</a>, Florida<br /> Kirwan: Linebacker James Laurinaitis, Ohio State<br /> Reuter: Defensive tackle Peria Jerry, Mississippi<br /> Banks: Linebacker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=6574" target="_new"></a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=6574" target="_new">Clay Matthews</a>, USC</p> <p><strong>My thoughts:</strong> I've written about why <a href="/blogs/afcsouth/0-7-584/Will-Harvin-s-routes-lead-to-Indy-or-Nashville-.html" target="_blank">Harvin doesn't look like a match</a> -- they need a guy who can run precise routes and that's not what he was asked to do at Florida. Laurinaitis or Matthews could arrive in a best-player available scenario. Jerry fits, but watch him rise in the coming weeks. I think he will be gone well before this pick.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten" target="_new"></a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten" target="_new">Tennessee Titans</a>, No. 30</strong></p> <p>Davis: Wide receiver <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=191160" target="_new">Kenny Britt</a>, Rutgers<br /> Kirwan: Defensive end Robert Ayers, Tennessee<br /> Reuter: Cornerback Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest<br /> Banks: Ayers</p> <p><strong>My thoughts:</strong> I think it's a mistake to automatically funnel defensive linemen to the Titans. Even if <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3543" target="_new">Albert Haynesworth</a> is gone, the team drafted tackle <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11288" target="_new">Jason Jones</a> and end <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11337" target="_new">William Hayes</a> last season. If the Titans break with tradition and take a wideout in the first, Britt could be the guy. Smith is intriguing too -- they are likely a year away from needing a replacement for <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2890" target="_new">Nick Harper</a> and are hardly shy about drafting corners.</p>

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  2. Gut

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    Um...

    How many routes did the slot guy run in Indy last year? And what's with the 'precise route' thing. They run a spread and while they may want precise routes on the outside, their slot has a lot of room to work. Harvin could fit in there fine though I think they would prefer Nicks. They like guys who have decent size, run good routes, have great hands (like Wayne coming out of college) and can probably contribute from day one. Nicks would also give them a very PHYSICAL WR.

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    What Harvin provides is the yards after catch potential in the slot. IF [and that is a big IF] we had a QB who could get him the ball quickly and accurately [there's the IF] on slants he has the ability to break it open like CJ does in the backfield.

    But other than that I am not too hyped about Harvin.
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    Well...

    Slants, WR screens, bubble screens from the slot, drag routes, and hitches for starters. Of these, only slants are farther than 5 yards. ANY QB can throw these routes accurately. He could also line up in the backfield on passing downs when CJ needs a break to further cause mismatches. Now he can run a draw/delay or catch a swing pass out of the backfield. There are a lot of simple patterns he already knows which require the easiest throws in any offense and which could provide big yac yards for him! And when he does learn to run the entire route tree, why wouldn't he be able to play on the outside? He's bigger than Mason and a bunch of other WR's who are 5'11 or less.

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