Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Six Days to Go until My Mock Draft Gets Old

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Six Days to Go until My Mock Draft Gets Old

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Six days till draft day. Plenty of time for smokescreens, hints, rumors. Plenty of time for stock to rise, to fall.

Plenty of time for Peter Warrick's to rise, fall and rise again.

Plenty of time for LaVar Arrington to be a dead-solid lock for No. 1.

Plenty of time for Courtney Brown to be the same.

Plenty of time for the Redskins to talk trade.

Plenty of time for Redskins owner Dan Snyder to talk too much.

Plenty of time to tire of hearing about 40 times, individual workouts, trading up, trading down, staying sane in war rooms.

Plenty of time to tire of mock drafts.

Here's one anyway, one writer's Top 10 (mine), six days out:

1.) Browns: Brown, Penn State, defensive end. What happened to Warrick, the end-all receiver from Florida State? Pre-draft over-analysis happened -- that and Brown has wowed the Browns with his stellar character and even more stellar pre-draft workouts.

2.) Redskins: Arrington, Penn State, linebacker. Why is this year's draft so hard to mock? Because if the Browns take Arrington and not Brown, it throws the Redskins' plan completely off. They want Arrington and Chris Samuels, an offensive tackle from Alabama, but not Warrick or Brown. If they don't get their two, they have given no indication which of the other two they might take.

3.) Redskins: Samuels, Alabama, offensive lineman. Samuels, who is so confident he'll play in Washington he told reporters on his pre-draft visit to D.C., "I just came to see my new home," then posed with a Redskins helmet.

4.) Bengals: Warrick, Florida State, wide receiver. Hard to imagine him slipping here? Hard for the Bengals to imagine, too, but if the first three go as expected, it will happen. Why is Warrick slipping? He's considered small (5 feet 10), and ran slow (between 4.48 and 4.56 in the 40-yard dash) in his pre-draft workouts. "He's a nice little player," Eagles coach Andy Reid said, "but you don't see a lot of shorter receivers in the league without blazing speed who have made it. …

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