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  1. Kasper

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    Alright- I'm going to try to keep an eye on all things draft related, from stories that apear on the console, to some pick predictions and whatever else I can come up with-- maybe an "interview" or something with some of the top prospects.. especially if the game can tip me off with how their "attitude" is via a story on the game-- regardless, I'm starting with a Mock Draft. True it is very early, but it will give us a feel for who might be looking at who and if you maybe need to be looking over your shoulder at the same prospect.

    P.s. hopefully I will get a little logo figured out.
     
  2. Kasper

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    Pick: QB Jonathan Hendrix, Texas A&M - 6'5, 235 - Age 22

    The Philadelphia QB situation has quite a few people scratching their heads with the departure of Michael Vick and the insertion of Nick Foles who struggled in his latest game with Detroit throwing 2 interceptions. The mix of a new young QB and a very tough division is going to land Philly around the #1 overall pick, and I think by then fans will be over Foles. Hendrix is an old fashioned Texas (A&M I guess) gunslinger who would be a perfect fit throwing the ball to the likes of Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Trading down could also be an option for the Eagles if they stay comfortable with Foles, but if the pick stays here you almost have to take a QB here; Stacey Knight could also be an option here of course.


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    Pick: DE Alex Vickery, Texas - 6'7, 258 - Age 20

    It's been a rough start for Andrew Luck, but nobody is about to give up on him. The Colts simply need to continue to improve as a team and Vickery is one of the best defensive prospects to come around in a while. He has great size at 6'7 258, and has even showed the ability to stand up and rush the passer in some of Texas' defensive packages. He is young and could use some polish, but he has superstar potential which is exactly what the Colts need on that side of the ball; especially with an aging Dwight Freeney. Defensive tackle Bubba McCoy, CB Ben Noel, or DE Rashad Middleton are also sensible options here.


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    Pick: WR Marcus Barbour, Notre Dame - 6'2, 225 - Age 20

    San Diego is off to an equally rough start, and they are coming off an overtime, heart breaking loss to division rival Denver who is also off to a slow start. They have a solid, capable running back in Ryan Matthews but they really lack a WR that truly has #1 potential; they brought in Robert Meachem from New Orleans and he is a solid WR, but Marcus Barbour out of Notre Dame has the ability to really be a star. He has shined since taking over as the Irish's go to guy with the departure of Malcolm Floyd last season. So far it has been life in the spotlight for the young receiver as he is off to a great start this season. If he can keep his nose clean and stay healthy he could very well be the next big thing.


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    Pick: DT Bubba McCoy, Texas Tech - 6'4, 330 - Age 22

    Former first round pick Gerald McCoy has been solid but not great, and DT is a position that Tampa Bay could use some help at. Even if McCoy starts taking his first round form, the Bucs still need a guy along side him. We haven't seen a defensive tackle get the kind of spotlight McCoy is since Ndamukong Suh, and man is he worth the hype. He has his Red Raiders leading the nation in rush defense- which is undeniably incredible considering how generally bad Texas Tech defenses have been lately. If the Colts snatch up McCoy, look for Vickery to land here instead as he would be another immediate potential star.


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    Pick: CB Ben Noel, California - 6'2, 214 - Age 21

    Champ Bailey is nearing the end of his career, and the former All World CB will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. Picking up his replacement now does a couple of things; 1) Lets him learn directly from Bailey- that kind of experience is irreplaceable. 2) Let him get on the field and learn the speed of the game while he has Tracy Porter and Bailey ahead of him as capable options (essentially not throwing him into the fire). Noel has the size and coverage skills needed to be a top flight corner in this league. Depending on how Denver feels about Manning and the situation behind him, Stacey Knight could be an option here. The superstar QB continues to slide...


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    Pick: QB Stacey Knight, Cincinnati - 6'3, 225 - Age 22

    Knight is a definition superstar and most pundits have him pegged as the top overall talent in this draft. He has all the size you need for the position, and athleticism to boot. He commands the Bearcat's spread attack as good as anyone, possibly ever, could. He and Arizona could certainly be a great match, as the QB spot in Arizona has been in flux since Kurt Warner hung it up. Knight is the kind of player that sparks a fan base and gets them excited about their team again, so this pick makes a lot of sense. Good QB play could really catapult the Cardinals, is Knight their guy?


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    Pick: OT Adrian Freeman, Clemson - 6'5, 314 - Age 21

    Cleveland is getting disappointing QB play from Weeden so far, so a QB here would not be out of the question. However, I think they go with the safe pick with Adrian Freeman out of Clemson. Freeman should bring Cleveland another great offensive tackle opposite of Joe Thomas and help sure up the offensive line for years to come. A good tackle like Freeman will only help the offense as a whole, as it will help open running lanes for Trent Richardson which in turn makes [insert Browns QB name here]'s life easier.


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    Pick: WR Jamarious Brown, Arizona State - 6'1 206 - Age 20

    I think the management/coaching staff in Miami will be able to find a quarterback out of the guys they have there- whether it be Matt Moore, David Garrard, or Ryan Tannehill (god bless his woman). I think getting whoever that QB ends up being could really use a legitimate weapon on the outside as none of the receivers in Miami are capable number ones. Trading Brandon Marshall didn't help, but hey that's the choice management made. Hopefully Brown can be the playmaker they need as this is a bit of a reach compared to what some drafts have him pegged as (latest ESPN mock says 22 overall best talent). Time will tell with Jamarious...


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    Pick: DE Rashad Middleton, Georgia Tech - 6'5 268 - Age 21

    The Packers have the talent, but for whatever reason it just hasn't been there this season. Coach Masler has been adamant about the lack of depth on the team, so Rashad Middleton out of Georgia Tech makes a lot of sense as he has the size to play defensive end in the Packers scheme, but could also contribute as a Predator style stand up pass rusher. Like I said, there aren't a lot of things you can say the Packers "need", but depth never hurts. Coach Masler could also go homer here and take Brian General (WR) out of Michigan State.


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    Pick: C Dom Kenner, Kansas State - 6'2, 296 - Age 20

    Kenner could be considered a reach here, but Bill Snyder has constantly been supportive of his young center. Coming from a coach like Snyder, that will mean a lot to many of the coaches around the league. At just 20 years old, Kenner has potential to be a staple on someone's offensive line for more than a decade easily- and we think he lands in Kansas City. Dom is from Kansas (ironically Lawrence), headed to Kansas State, and now he will play for the Kansas City chiefs; you can't write a better story for this one.


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    Pick: DE Brandon Scott, Penn State - 6'5 322 - Age 21

    Outside of Vince Wilfork, the Patriots don't really have a stand out defensive lineman. Brandon Scott is a perfect fit for a 3-4 scheme and is one of highest character guys in the draft. After the scandal at Penn State unfolded, Scott was one of the leaders that coaches said stepped up. Head Coach Bill O'Brien has been very vocal about his star defensive lineman. The quote that best exemplifies Scott was that he is "everything Penn State should be known for." Scott is certainly one of the players to watch in this draft.


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    Pick: DT Jay Williams, BYU - 6'3, 306 - Age 22

    Coach Fuzzy stated that DT is a particular need for Carolina, and it is a position that they have been hurting at since the days of Kris Jenkins. Jay Williams has been simply pegged as a "nasty" player at the defensive tackle spot. He has been giving offensive lines fits so far this season, and is a big reason BYU is enjoying their recent move to being Independents in football. He is pretty much a prototypical defensive tackle and could really help bolster this Panther defense. Carolina could also look at a WR in this spot as their two best receivers are Steve Smith and Chad Johnson-- both reaching the ends of their respective careers.​
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    Pick: OLB Adrian Davis, Virginia Tech - 6'1, 238 - Age 22
    Adrian Davis has been one of the premiere linebackers in the country the last couple years of his career, and he has shown why so far this season. Davis is an absolute steal at this spot in the draft I think; it is just a mix of teams not necessarily needing linebackers as bad as other spots up to this point, and other teams not needing a traditional style OLB like Davis. He is a tackling machine that will produce immediately for whichever team picks him up. With Washington moving to a 4-3 and putting Orakpo and Kerrigan back at DE, they really need some good OLB's.​
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    Pick: MLB RT Clofer, Georgia - 6'2 251 - Age 21
    The Bills are building a great defense, but they are lacking at the MLB spot. Clofer is one of those typical SEC defenders NFL teams love- speed, technique, leadership, and experience. This, like Adrian Davis to Washington, is a pretty nice get at this point in the draft as he has a lot of value. Buffalo could use a leader in the middle of that defense- the talent is there with Marcel Dareus, Mario Williams, and the rest of the defense.​
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    Pick: OT Randall Purcell, Pittsburgh - 6'2, 318 - Age 20
    Now right away I want to note that it wouldn't surprise me if Jacksonville turns around and is a playoff team this year- the majority of their losses have not been by much. But, if they do end up here offensive tackle is a position they could use help at- particularly at RT. Purcell is the kind of road grader that would work great in this offense paving the way for MJD. On top of that, he is a fairly young prospect who should be around for a while if he pans out like he should.​
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    Pick: MLB Evan Lockett, Nebraska - 6'2, 241 - Age 22
    Lockett is exactly what Coach Kasper likes at the position: a blue collar tackling machine that plays with a chip on his shoulder. It is also a well known fact that Kasper is a Cornhusker fan, so the pick makes even more sense. Depending on how the quarterback spot plays out (Christian Ponder just lost the job to Joe Webb) they could also take a look at Randy Turner out of UNC. Maybe Knight or Hendrix will magically fall to them? Either of the UCLA twins at CB would make sense herealso, or DT Mike Mays out of Pitt. Chances are the defense gets addressed here one way or another.​
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    Pick: OLB Tevin Hill, Texas Christian - 6'2, 253 - Age 21
    The Rams are starting to build a pretty solid defense in St. Louis with the addition of Cortland Finnegan, the rise of Chris Long, and James Laurinitas locking up the middle of the defense. Tevin Hill will be another great piece added to the unit and is a smart player at the position. Playing in TCU's 4-2-5 he was heavily relied upon to be a do it all type player and he answered the call 10 times out of 10. Overall this just seems like a really good match.​
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    Pick: S Phillip Vinson, OU - 6'0, 212 - Age 20
    Vinson is one of two safeties with first round potential in this draft, the other is Brandon Tynes out of Illinois who would make a lot of sense here as well. The Coach Saw has noted that safety is a position of need, and Vinson is a nice local-ish product that has already played a couple career games in Jerry World due to the traditional success of Oklahoma. Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Vinson gets a chance to go back to his home state and play for the Cowboys like he has always wanted to.​
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    Pick: G Elliot Harrison, Texas - 6'3, 300 - Age 20
    The Bengals are a team right on the cusp of being a potentially elite team, so this is one of the picks to sure up a spot on the team. Andy Dalton is having a phenomenal year, completely avoiding the sophomore slump that a lot of players experience in the NFL (especially quarterbacks). Cincinnati could also take a look at running back, or possibly a defender at this spot as well. Note that the Bengals could easily be in the playoffs this year and end up picking later.​
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    Pick: G Justin Sanders, Florida State - 6'4, 302 - Age 20
    Coach Dru knows his offensive line needs some help, and he will address it right here with Justin Sanders out of Florida State. Sanders has been influential on Florida State's (so far) great season, paving the way for Thompson and keeping pass rushers off of EJ Manuel. Sanders will fit in great on the Bears and is a safe pick at #20.​
    With that we are going to take a break, we will be back in a few minutes with or picks for the teams we think make the playoffs.
     
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  3. JohnnyClutch

    JohnnyClutch They only hear my truth

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    Looking forward to this. Really wondering where SF is going to pick. Based on my skills so far somewhere in the top half of the draft.
     
  4. sawemoff

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  5. Kasper

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    Pick: OT Fabian Young, Clemson - 6'3, 336 - Age 20

    Oakland is a solid team in a weaker division - there is a reason the AFC West had 2 of the top 5 picks. So, Oakland just needs to keep getting better at what they do well which is run the ball with Darren McFadden and play defense. CB could be a pick here as well, but I think Oakland will address the offensive line and maybe look to free agency to fill that void in the secondary. Fabian is a big ol kid that loves to move defensive ends off the ball and really takes pride (and pleasure) in leading a strong rushing attack. This is another spot where one of the twins from UCLA could possibly land, but for now we are sticking with this selection.


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    Pick: CB Jamari Curtis, UCLA - 6'1, 202 - Age 22

    Since they are twins (and both play equally well) you could easily see Khris Curtis taken here. Whichever one gets picked up here, they will fill a big void that has been evident since the departure of Cortland Finnegan. Both of the Curtis brothers are experienced, lockdown corners that have seen plenty of talent thanks to their cross town rival USC. Tennessee addresses a need here and picks up a great player in the process (whichever one it is).


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    Pick: DT Mike Mays, Pittsburgh - 6'2, 338 - Age 20

    This one is a tough pick- The Ravens have Flacco, Rice, Boldin, and Smith for playmakers. The offensive line is one of the better units in the league. The defense is aging at some spots but there aren't many players around this spot to make it worth it. Mays has potential to play a defensive end spot in a 3-4 scheme, though he would have to shed some weight. This pick could go a number of ways- SS Brandon Tynes of Illinois, CB Khris Curtis of UCLA or CB Manny Boyd out of USC. Either way, not having any big needs is a luxury at this spot. Don't rule out Connor Reeson, a tight end out of Clemson here either.


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    Pick: CB Khris Curtis, UCLA - 6'1, 200 - Age 22

    It wouldn't surprise me one bit of the twins end up on opposite sides of The Bay- and it could very well happen. With this pick the 49ers continue to add to a strong defense and get a guy that is going to bring some swagger immediately to the field. Khris knows he is good, and that confidence will fit right in with this unit. San Francisco has struggled a bit this year, but hopefully they get things figured out. It's good for the league when a storied franchise like San Francisco is getting back into the mix.


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    Pick: G Chris Shade, Auburn - 6'4 316 - Age 21

    The Jets could use some help on the offensive line, and Shade is the best option at this point. I would imagine New York drafts the best offensive lineman that is left on the board with this pick. Buffalo could very well be in this spot drafting if they can find a way to win their division, but we will see how the AFC East plays out. If NY finds a 3-4 style defensive end they like here, they might reach for that too. Hell, you might even see the Jets take a look at QB Randy Turner out of UNC if they struggle this season with either Sanchez or Tebow (or both).


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    Pick: HB Linval Shinhoster, Penn State - 5'9, 188 - Age 20

    This is another case of a team just grabbing some talent when it is in front of them. Shinhoster is capable of being a spark plug for whichever team he plays for. Now one might point to the Seahawks already having Leon Washington, but like I said this is just one of those cases of grabbing some top flight talent when it is in front of you. Seattle could look to possibly TE, or maybe a WR here as well. Either way, I think this team is poised for a long reign at the top of this division if they can keep things going like they are.


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    Pick: CB Manny Boyd, Southern Cal - 6'0, 199 - Age 20

    The Texans are slowly taking control of the AFC South, and this pick will help them take that next step. Boyd could potentially be better than the twins from UCLA according to ESPN expert Todd McShay, but for now he ends up in Houston. This is another spot that could possibly go WR as they don't quite have a legitimate #2 option beside Andre Johnson (hell that hasn't seemed to slow down Johnson who is absolutely dominating defenses as if he is playing a high school JV team). Houston can't really go wrong here. If Mike Mays falls here, he would be a really nice pick as well.


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    Pick: TE Connor Reeson, Clemson - 6'4 250 - Age 21

    Matty Ice has a number of options offensively, so hell why not add another one. Linebacker might get addressed later in the draft (or if they find someone they like they could snatch them up here). This pick is one to get Tony Gonzalez's replacement lined up and start learning the system. Reeson is a nice balanced tight end that can contribute right away and is realistically a top 25 talent. Along with TE and LB, Atlanta could also possibly look at a defensive back or offensive lineman. another team that can't go wrong with whoever they choose.


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    Pick: WR Brian General, Michigan State - 6'4 236 - Age 21

    New Orleans surely wouldn't mind adding this talented receiver out of Michigan State. General is climbing up a number of draft boards as he has been off to a good start this season. The Saints don't really have a big physical receiver (outside of tight end Jimmy Graham) so General would bring another dimension to the team. If Shinhoster falls here he could also be given a look. I think New Orleans will go with the best skill position player they like with this pick; just keep out scoring em down there in the Big Easy!


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    Pick: SS Brandon Tynes, Illinois - 5'11 204 - Age 20

    The Lions continue to add to the defensive secondary with Tynes out of Illinois. He is a feisty defensive back who loves to come into the box and play the run, but can cover very very well too. This is Detroit though, so if General is available they might pick him up (hell they might reach and grab a WR from somewhere else too). All jokes aside, if one of the three corners from USC or UCLA fall here, you can pretty much book that pick. The next pick could also make sense here....


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    Pick: CB Kevin Delgado, Clemson - 6'2 185 - Age 21

    Sand bag all you want PAgamer, your Steelers are destined for a good season. Alas, Delgado is a smart player that really fits the Pittsburgh mold. He is a player that is going to go out there and execute what he is coached week in and week out. The Steel Curtain could also take a look at finding Larry Foote's replacement here, but I'm not sure there is anyone worth taking this high at that position. Trading down certainly wouldn't be out of the question here for the Steelers either.


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    Pick: T Aerion Powell, Nebraska - 6'8 315 - Age 20

    Powell is a monstrous presence on the field, and being a young prospect he is someone the Giants could work with and really turn into a great player. Hell, when you win the Super Bowl there aren't any needs really- so they could go a number of directions here. They could look at tight end, or maybe look to add a linebacker. If Delgado falls here, he is an option as well. P.s. sorry to pick you for my Super Bowl winner Peench, but you do have a pretty goddamn talented team.

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    That wraps up our 2012-13 TMFL Mock Draft, thanks for reading and we will be sure to keep you up to date on any developing stories about the top players in this years college crop!
     
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  6. Shaun Mason

    Shaun Mason Somebody you used to know.

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    Kasper

    Out-fucking-standing work.

    On topic, I'm interested to see how this order shuffles over the next 10 weeks.
     
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  7. Kasper

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    Thanks- college life gives me some pretty open weekends haha.

    But yeah, this will definitely get shaken up but there are some teams that everyone has a pretty good idea will be in the playoffs, and some that have a pretty good shot at a top 5 pick. I was tempted to peg you for a QB in Cleveland- the dude from UNC could be a sleeper for someone as I don't see anyone really "needing" a QB over some other spots.
     
  8. Shaun Mason

    Shaun Mason Somebody you used to know.

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    Weeden is shaky, but anyone in my hands will be shaky right now. I haven't scouted enough first round talent to even guess who I want.
     
  9. Kasper

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    I figured you would take the "No I just suck at passing route."

    I'm in the same boat- hence why I put Joe Webb in. He makes me not try anything crazy because I know he is 72 overall.
     
  10. Shaun Mason

    Shaun Mason Somebody you used to know.

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    I realize I sandbag sometimes, I'm not right now. My offense in Cleveland is bad, bad, bad right now. My defense is keeping me in games.
     
  11. Gyrene76

    Gyrene76 What does the fox say?

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    I'm not in TMFL, but great stuff Kasp. I just read every pick and I don't know who is even who in the league. Kudos
     
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  12. I Peench

    I Peench Caught in the hustle

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    FIFY
     
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  14. Gravity

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    Yeah we need DB help bad in Houston. I actually scouted a guy with B Ovr who is a bit of a sleeper. Cant remember if he was a S or a CB but regardless, should be good if I can get him.
     
  15. I Peench

    I Peench Caught in the hustle

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    There ARE more talented teams out there...like 2 :)
     
  16. Kasper

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    Right but JohnnyClutch plays as consistently as Hellen Keller reads and the Pats owner just got the boot.

    Your argument is invalid-- unless you were referring to my Vikings, then you have a legitimate argument for the other talented team in the game.
     
  17. I Peench

    I Peench Caught in the hustle

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    I just unliked your content.

     
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  19. I Peench

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    I'd eat
     
  20. Gyrene76

    Gyrene76 What does the fox say?

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  21. JohnnyClutch

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    Wont argue with you there. (y)
     
  22. MartyWebb

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    Kasper

    Absolutely incredible work. Can't wait to try and compete with some content, which has been zilch thus far unless you count my summary on the Browns destroying the Eagles.

    Look forward to how this looks near the end of the year.
     
  23. bawvu97

    bawvu97 Let's Goooooo Mountaineers

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    Great work Kasper
    What would really put this piece over the top is a pic of you with a Mel Kiper hair-do:)
     
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  25. MoonBBad

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    Kasper amazing work, but sadly I don't have a first rounder this year or next. :( Good ol rams has ours.
     

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