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Moose911`s first commented 2014 NFL Mock Draft is up. One draft day trade is always included.

I would love to get some comments on my Mock, also critical comments and what you honestly think about the picks. But pleeease, keep in mind that I am not a native USA born football fan, so be gentle and leave them with style and respect.

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1.   Houston Texans – Blake Bortles, QB

I got ripped from some Texans fans last year for taking a QB and see your results… NOW clearly a need for Houston so the no.1 pick will be the QB position AGAIN, like so many years before.

Despite reports of a not tooooo spectacular Pro-Day I still believe he is considered by the Texans. On the other hand Clowney comes more and more to my mind as the 1st overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Previous pick: Teddy Bridgewater, QB

2.   TRADE: Atlanta Falcons from St. Louis Rams (Trade Redskins 2012- RGIII) – Jadeveon Clowney, DE

GM Les Sneed came from ATL to the Rams. Knows all the Front Office people there well. I think they move it and already have a deal in place (no additional first rounders I guess), but after playing FA so slow they have to get extra picks.

Atlanta pick comes down to Clowney or Mack.

3.   Jacksonville Jaguars – Sammy Watkins, WR

For me this makes sense. Not much of an offense, your main WR is always suspended and your franchise Rushing leader is gone. Henne can play QB and to add a weapon like Watkins makes as much sense as a rookie QB.

4.   Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater, QB

Puh, the Browns are the Browns, so I never will figure out what they will do. Releasing your first round pick before drafting him is not possible so why not try another QB, this time even higher than in 2012.

Previous pick: Blake Bortles, QB

5.   Oakland Raiders – Mike Evans, WR

Same like no. 4 but some fancy moves (including the no-move for Saffold) in FA. Manziel, will not happen like predicted before FA Mock Draft. Schaub will start and throw to the other team a pick 6. Skill position is on my mind. See pick, but adding D. Jackson will change everything.

Previous pick: Johnny Manziel, QB

6.   St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT

Moved down and almost have to pick a OL with all those nasty D`s in the NFC Best. He or Matthews should make most sense. But with Fisher you never know. Look out for bad boy moves: Incocnito (knows and likes J. Long well) and the other Michigan guy, Taylor Lewan. Brrr, that would be even more 15yard penalties against the Rams in 2014.

7.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jake Matthews, OT

I think this is needed, because I don`t see A. Collins as a RT ad Donald Penn was cut. DE should be set so will move on with my K. Mack pick.

Previous pick: Khalil Mack, DE

8.   Minnesota Vikings – Johnny Manziel, QB

At no. 8 the Vikings admit, that they paniced with C. Ponder some years ago and choose the pick the star QB from Texas A&M. This guy will be loved in Min.

Previous pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB

9.   Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack, DE/OLB

The talented third OL missing in this Mock, or a steal of a DE how should long be gone or a huge/speedy WR for your 2nd year QB…

I like every pick, to be honest, but hunting Tom Brady would be fun and also you can get rid of M. Williams contract after one or two years.

Previous pick: Jake Matthews, OT

10.  Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert, CB

After FA which means the Golden Tate signing, I don`t think the Lions take a WR. Secondary was a mess in 2013 and a talented CB just fits what they need.

Previous pick: Mike Evans, WR

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  • Champ Bailey calls it a career after 15 years in NFL

    DENVER (AP) Former teammate Brian Dawkins called Champ Bailey "a great conserver of energy," a rare superstar who was never in a rush to get anywhere "unless it was on a football field."

    In that dawdling, you can count retirement.

    That finally came Tuesday, 60 days after Bailey was released by the New Orleans Saints when a nagging foot injury prevented him from displaying the speed and skills that led to his cornerback-record dozen Pro Bowl berths in Washington and Denver.

    He had workouts with the Lions and Ravens and interest from other teams but decided to pursue a new chapter, possibly in broadcasting.

    "Every professional athlete knows and understands that at some point his career will end and it will be time to move on to another phase in life. For me, that time is now," Bailey said in a statement released by the Broncos, for whom he played from 2004-13.

    "I have been truly blessed. I have been able to play this NFL game I love for 15 seasons and yet, it seems like only yesterday that my dreams came true when I received the call from Charley Casserly letting me know the Redskins had made me their first pick in the 1999 draft," Bailey said.

    The seventh overall pick that year, the University of Georgia star spent five seasons in Washington before the Broncos traded star running back Clinton Portis to the Redskins for the game's premier shutdown cornerback.

    Bailey was the most decorated defender in franchise history with eight Pro Bowl berths while with the Broncos.

    When GM John Elway returned to his beloved franchise, his first order of business was signing Bailey to an extension.

    "Champ was the pillar in this organization for a long, long time," Elway said. "He brought great stability to the Broncos not only as a player but as a person through his ability and leadership. When I came here in 2011, he was the guy that we were going to build around and we were fortunate to have him for three more years to get this team back on track. He was a big part of that turnaround."

    Peyton Manning paid him the ultimate compliment, saying Bailey "had unbelievable cover skills and unbelievable ball skills. He caught the ball like a wide receiver did. Going all the way back to my days playing against him in college, he was truly a great competitor with talent and work ethic. That's what made Champ such an incredible player."

    Bailey took many a young cornerback under his wing, among them Chris Harris Jr, who tweeted, "Blessed to be able to learn and play opposite Champ for 3 years," and added the hashtags HOF and TBE for the surefire Hall of Famer.

    Although quarterbacks usually avoided throwing in his direction, Bailey still found a way to get involved and make an impact. He had 52 interceptions, more than any active cornerback. He prided himself on his technique and tackling abilities. In 215 regular season games, Bailey had 983 tackles, three sacks, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

    "The thing about Champ was he had great ability as a shutdown corner while also not being afraid to stick his nose in there and be a part of the run game," Elway said. "He was a complete corner with tremendous toughness and ability to cover."

    About the only thing that eluded Bailey in his stellar career was a Super Bowl ring.

    The closest he came was the Broncos' trip to the Meadowlands in February when they were blown out by Seattle.

    With a $10 million salary looming for this season, the Broncos released him in March after Bailey decided he wanted to give a 16th season a try. He later signed with the Saints, but the left foot injury that sidelined him for 11 games last season continued to bother him during training camp and for the first time in his life he didn't make the cut.

    His last NFL season was a bittersweet one, missing 11 games with the foot injury before returning to action down the stretch and finally getting to play in a Super Bowl, which proved both the apex and nadir of his career.

    "He had a significant part to do with them getting there based on his play in the AFC championship, where he gave up one pass for 4 yards on one foot," said his agent, Jack Reale. "He has a tremendous amount to be proud of and really tried to get it done last year when lesser players wouldn't have even tried."

    It's a safe bet Bailey will end up talking football now that he's done playing it.

    "Media makes a lot of sense for a guy like him," Reale said.

  • Michael Vick to start for Jets against Chiefs

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) It's Michael Vick's turn. Even though it's probably too late to save the New York Jets' season.

    Rex Ryan announced Monday that Vick will start at quarterback over Geno Smith in the Jets' road game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

    "I think this is the right decision at this time," Ryan said, adding that it isn't "any long-term deal or whatever."

    The Jets are mired in a seven-game skid that has them at 1-7 after a 43-23 loss in which both Smith and Vick turned the ball over three times against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

    "I think it's a great opportunity," the 34-year-old Vick said. "Any time you get named to be the starter, in any profession, in professional sports, it's a great thing. You have to relish it, but also at the same time take it extremely serious and understand what's at stake and what needs to be done."

    Smith, in his second season, was benched in the first quarter Sunday after throwing interceptions on three consecutive possessions. Vick took over and provided a spark, leading the Jets to a touchdown on his first drive, but also committed three turnovers of his own.

    "My focus is just on Kansas City and trying to find a way to get a win," Ryan said. "That's why this decision was made."

    Vick was 18 of 36 for 153 yards against the Bills, and also ran for a team-leading 69 yards on eight carries. But he threw one interception - and nearly had another that was ruled incomplete after being overturned by video review - and lost two fumbles.

    His first start with the Jets will come against Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who helped revive the quarterback's career in Philadelphia after he served nearly two years in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring. Vick called it "kind of ironic" and added that it isn't exactly what he wanted, but is happy to be starting - regardless of the opponent.

    "I love Andy Reid for the man that he is," Vick said. "As far as the football game, football is football. I just want to go out there and do what's best for the team and hopefully try to get a win."

    Smith injured his right shoulder during the game when he made a touchdown-saving tackle on his final interception, but both he and Ryan said it isn't serious. Ryan did acknowledge Smith's shoulder isn't 100 percent, and Matt Simms could be activated from the practice squad if Smith isn't available.

    "They said it was minor soreness," Smith said.

    The Jets have been searching for a franchise-type quarterback since the days of Broadway Joe. Vick will become the 27th quarterback to start a game for New York since Joe Namath's last game with the team in 1976. A few have had some good moments - Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, Brett Favre and even Mark Sanchez - but none was able to sustain any level of dominance or postseason success.

    Smith was given every opportunity to prove he could be that type of player after being thrust into the job when Sanchez was lost for the year during the 2013 preseason. He finished his shaky rookie season with 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, but had a solid final month to give the Jets some hope.

    New York signed Vick in the offseason to provide some competition for Smith, but it was clear early that it was the second-year quarterback's job all along. Still, Smith did little to reward the Jets' faith in him as he had seven touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in eight games.

    "Have there been guys that took a step back and then took a leap forward? There have been guys like that," Ryan said. "Hopefully that's what happens to Geno, but I don't think anybody in this organization is looking at him differently right now."

    Smith believes he "without a doubt" can still be a franchise quarterback.

    The quarterbacks found out about the decision from Ryan after the team meeting Monday. Smith said he initially had no reaction when he was told, but added that he was frustrated and a little surprised to not be the starter this week. He also said he needed no explanation from the coach.

    "That's something that you have to expect, especially with the way I performed in the previous game," Smith said. "It was definitely not (a performance) fitting of what I believe is the caliber of a starting quarterback. It's something that I've got to work on."

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    AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

  • Jets' Idzik says his performance 'unsatisfactory'

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) John Idzik blames himself for the mess that has become the New York Jets' season.

    No, the general manager isn't happy with the job he has done. And, no, this isn't what he envisioned in his second year in charge of the franchise.

    "There are no excuses: My performance to date is unsatisfactory," Idzik said Monday during his annual state-of-the team address. "It's a direct reflection of our record."

    At 1-7, the Jets are mired in a seven-game skid that has some fans and media calling for wholesale changes. Idzik understands the frustration and he empathizes with a fan base that hasn't seen its team reach the Super Bowl since 1969.

    "It's gut-wrenching," he said, struggling to find words for the team's start. "It's brutal. You feel like you've been punched in the face. It's painful."

    Idzik opened with a 19-minute statement during which he raised his voice at times, rambled through other moments while talking about the players' resilience and highlighting stats, and appeared uncharacteristically emotional before taking any questions from reporters.

    While he took accountability for the lousy start, Idzik didn't offer many concrete answers on how the team would turn things around.

    "Ultimately, I'm responsible for the performance of our team, the product that we put on the field," he said. "That lies with me. The buck stops here."

    Idzik said the team's struggles are "very personal for me," and alluded to the fact that his father John Sr. was the team's offensive coordinator in the late 1970s.

    "The Jets are my team," he said. "The Jets are our team."

    He praised coach Rex Ryan as the team's leader, saying he spends more time with him than his own family.

    "Our commitment extends to Rex Ryan and our coaching staff," he said. "The last time I checked, all the traits that make Rex Ryan our leader, our head coach, are still intact. He's an excellent football mind. He's a teacher, he's a coach, he's a motivator, he's a mentor."

    But Idzik also wouldn't commit to keeping Ryan as his coach for the final two months of the season or beyond - saying it's not the Jets' policy to evaluate jobs in season.

    Idzik also wouldn't say whether Geno Smith, benched in the first quarter of Sunday's 43-23 loss to Buffalo, or Michael Vick would start at Kansas City. Smith threw interceptions on consecutive possessions before giving way to Vick, who had three turnovers of his own in the blowout loss.

    Ryan said later in the day that Vick would start on Sunday.

    "We know we need more consistent quarterback play," Idzik acknowledged.

    Idzik addressed the media for 38 minutes, but the first 10 minutes - maybe more - sounded like a direct appeal to the fans, many of whom have taken to social media and sports talk radio to declare their disgust with the Jets.

    The GM glanced down at two sheets of paper in front of him at times, hitting his talking points while talking about how his game plan - to build through the draft and build for the future - will work because he saw it happen during his previous stops in the front offices of Tampa Bay and Seattle.

    "I have every bit of confidence that our plan works here in New York," he said. "It's not manifested by our win-loss column right now. We have seen splashes, but we need to see consistency. There are signs there in our play, to our fans, but we don't need signs.

    "We need to show them wins, and I think that will come."

    One big criticism of Idzik has been the fact the Jets had more than $20 million in salary cap space when they entered the season, despite having major needs at key positions, including at cornerback.

    Idzik defiantly said the space was indicative of the young team the Jets have and that they need the money for flexibility to sign players in the future or sign current players to extensions rather than spend carelessly.

    "Spending in this league does not translate into winning," he said. "Wise spending translates into winning."

    He refused to speculate about his own future, and wouldn't say whether owner Woody Johnson has expressed anger to him about the dismal start.

    "It hurts us to be 1-7," Idzik said. "More importantly, it hurts our fan base. We vow to give them what they deserve. They don't deserve this."

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    AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

  • Earnhardt wins at Martinsville Speedway

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday a week after he was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

    Jeff Gordon was second, giving Hendrick Motorsports a 1-2 finish on the 10-year anniversary weekend of the fatal plane crash that killed owner Rick Hendrick's son and nine others aboard.

    Gordon was the highest finishing Chase driver. Without a Chase driver in Victory Lane, no driver clinched an automatic berth in the championship finale at Homestead.

    Chase driver Ryan Newman was third, and Tony Stewart finished fourth. Chase drivers Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth were fifth and sixth.

    Stewart gambled and stayed on the track after the race was red-flagged with 10 laps left. Earnhardt and Gordon pitted, and that one final stop was just enough for the milestone finish. Earnhardt got his fourth win of the season.

  • Attorney: NFL, Ravens not helping union Rice probe

    The attorney leading the NFL players' union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating.

    Richard Craig Smith told the AP on Friday night that the NFL has not provided documents and witnesses requested by the NFLPA's investigators, while the Ravens have refused any cooperation with similar requests.

    "I am interested in the facts, and if we get cooperation from all the parties that were involved, we will have an understanding of what happened," Smith said. "We cannot accept public statements that call for transparency, candor and openness and then not allow the investigators to do their jobs."

    The union's investigation, like a similar probe organized by the NFL, isn't a law enforcement inquiry and the parties involved aren't under any legal obligation to comply with requests. The league and the union, however, have each said separately that they wanted answers in the case.

    A spokesman for the NFL couldn't comment immediately when reached Friday night while a spokesman for the Ravens didn't immediately return a phone message.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the league's personal conduct policy, once video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.

    The players' union hired Smith, a former federal prosecutor, one month ago to oversee its investigation into how the Ravens and the league handled themselves during the events that led to the suspension, as well as how the team handled issues like due process. Separately, the NFL hired former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct a probe into how the league handled evidence as it investigated the claims against Rice. NFL owners plan to make the findings of Mueller's report public.

    Smith said the union's investigation is important to ensuring the process was fair, and that requires transparency.

    "If the NFL is genuinely concerned about fixing the issues that led to an admitted mistake, then they should be honest and forthright about what they knew and when they knew it," Smith said. "We want both our team and Bob Mueller's team each to be able to conduct a thorough review of all the relevant facts."

    Smith, the head of regulatory and governmental investigation for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, represented the union during the Saints bounty scandal that resulted in four players being reinstated from suspension through an appeal in 2012.

    Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games. Once the video became public, the Ravens cut Rice, and the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.

    The players' union appealed Rice's suspension, saying he should not be punished twice. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones was selected by the commissioner and the players' union to hear the appeal. A person familiar with the case told the AP that Judge Jones told Goodell on Wednesday that he should testify at the hearing, which will be held Nov. 5-6.

    The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because details haven't been made public, said Adolpho Birch, the NFL's vice president for labor policy, league attorney Kevin Manara and security chief Jeffery Miller also are expected to testify along with Ravens President Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome. Rice plans to testify and his wife, Janay, might testify, the person said.

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    AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

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