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    The Patriot's 2011 NFL MOCK DRAFT!

    I included pick 33 because it's the Patriots again . And some of you may notice, my first 10 picks mirror that of Bucky Brooks... great minds think alike? Also, I'm not predicting trades here, so my own Team (New England), will probably ruin this straight away!

    After the Draft, I will change the colour of the names of the picks I got right to green. I will probably only get about 5 haha! Nevertheless, here it goes...

    1. Carolina Panthers: AJ Green - WR - Georgia

    Why?: Pick change! previously Cam Newton Changed my mind here. I think the hype around Newton is dropping somewhat, and rightfully so. He has a great season under his belt, but that's it; one season as a starter. If your going to take a QB, he needs to be tried and tested, in which Newton is no Better than Clausen. Take the best, most gifted WR to come into the draft in years to give Clausen some well needed targets and replace the ageing Steve Smith.

    2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus - DT/DE - Alabama

    Why?: They have Tim Tebow and Knowshon Moreno to build their offense on, now they fix the porous defense. Unless they can defend against teams they will remain a sub .500 team. Marcell Dareus is a well rounded DT or DE and can start right away.

    3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller - OLB - Texas A&M

    Why?: Patrick Peterson was here a minute ago, but seeing as the Bills only got 26 sacks last year (most of which came from their NT), they need to put some pressure on the opposing QB, namely Tom 'Terrific' Brady who they play (and inevitably lose to) twice a year, every year.

    4. Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Newton -QB - Auburn

    Why?: Pick Change! Previously AJ Green My previous pick here (AJ Green) has gone to the Panthers. So the Bengals take on an experiment. A great risk vs reward prospect, the Bengals need to get a QB seeing as Palmer is seemingly gone. The only other QB on the roster is Carson's little brother, Jordan. He has barely any experience and so a youthful, exciting player such as Newton could give hope to a failing franchise.

    5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert - QB - Mizzou

    Why?: Kurt Warner is gone, and Larry Fitzgerald is being wasted. None of the QB's in 'zona right now are starting caliber and so the Cards' snap up who is IMO the most interesting player in the draft in Blaine Gabbert. He had some numbers problems seeing as he was in a spread offense but Fitz and the running backs should help that alone nicely.

    6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn - DE - North Carolina

    Why?: There's great running and passing games in Baltimore and in Pittsburgh (and an OK run game in Cincy) which the Browns will have to stop if they want to move up in the division. They only had 29 sacks last year, so Quinn makes sense. Missed a year of football, but is enough of a raw talent to be worthy of this pick.

    7. San Francisco 49'ers: Patrick Peterson - CB - LSU

    Why?: Basically, they take the best player available. Peterson is good enough to be #1, but lack of need at DB drops him to the extremely grateful 9ers. Their offense is strong enough to only merit attention in round 2 and later.

    8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley - DT - Auburn

    Why?: They have Chris Johnson and a beast of an O-line, so the offense can sit tight. They draft Albert Haynesworth's replacement here with a great talent like Fairley who can make an immediate impact.

    9. Dallas Cowboys: - J.J Watt - DE - Wisconsin

    Why?: Pick Change! Previously Da'Quan Bowers. The Cowboys are a LOT better than #9, so after a poor season, they actually luck out and grab a player that usually would be out of their range. J. Ratliff is the only stud d-linemen, so they can bolster the d-line here. JJ Watt is the best linemen left.

    10. Washington Redskins: Aldon Smith - DE - Mizzou

    Why?: The Albert Haynesworth trade seems to have failed. They are an OK team at best, but Aldon Smith can change that a bit, adding both run and pass stopping capability. I expect the Redskins to pick high again next year though.

    11. Houston Texans: Ryan Kerrigan - DE/OLB - Purdue

    Why?: They need a corner, but that can wait. Kerrigan has great work ethic and can play either DE or OLB in a 3-4. Expect him to be the other side of Brian Cushing getting ready to kill Peyton Manning and give the Texans a chance at the AFC South title.

    12. Minnesota Vikings: Da'Quan Bowers - DE - Clemson

    Why?: Pick Change! Previously JJ Watt. QB is a HUGE problem, and so I wouldn't be surprised if they traded down to get Jake Locker or Ryan Mallet, or maybe just grabbed them later on if they last to their next pick. There aren't any safeties worth a first rounder either so they save that for next year. Watt can strengthen what is actually a pretty good line by adding youth. This pick is up in the air though. Some have Da'Quan Bowers falling out of the top 20, but I think he is too exciting a raw prospect to leave here. Jared Allen can train him up!

    13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara - CB - Nebraska

    Why?: Their secondary is their weakest part IMO. Rodgers (GB) and Cutler (CHI) will throw on the Lions effectively unless they bolster the pass defense, which they do well with Amukamara, a stand-out college DB. Good height and weight, and can return kicks OK too with a 4.43 40-time.

    14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones - WR - Alabama

    Why?: Some reckon he is better than AJ Green, but not me. Due to a partial lack of need or bigger needs, he drops to 14 where the Rams take him and use him to help groom their offense with Sam Bradford at the helm. Getting Bradford a #1 receiver could take pressure off Steven Jackson in the running game, making them less predictable and consequently more dangerous.

    15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram - RB - Alabama

    Why?: The third 'Bama guy to come in the first round, he replaces Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Sorting out the pass game can be done next year. Good solid back with some strength as a snow-plow runner between the tackles. However, good RB's will be available later, and trading down to get more picks for the passing remedy next year would be beneficial. Maybe New England would trade up?

    16. Jacksonville Jaguars:Anthony Castonzo - OT - USC

    Why?: Basically, they would have taken a DE had a better one been available. Cameron Jordan could go here as could any of the DE's above if they drop, but seeing as I think that the best ones are gone, Jacksonville pays attention to an O-Line need.

    17. New England Patriots:Cameron Jordan - DE - California

    Why?: New England might trade. In fact they probably will. Presuming that Tyron Smith and all the other DE's above Jordan are gone, the Pats address their biggest need in a pass rusher. New England (and myself) would be delighted if JJ. Watt dropped here, but it seems unlikely, heck he is a top 10 pick in most mocks. Like I said though, New England could trade up to perhaps Miami at #15 or Redskins at #10 if Belichick becomes set on one guy.

    18. San Diego Chargers: Adrian Clayborn - DE - Iowa

    Why?: Surprisingly few real needs (real as in high), but I think D-line is one of them. They lost to some silly opposition eg Cincinnati, Oakland and St. Louis this year hence ending up 9-7. They managed to beat Indianapolis though, so they have some promise. Anyhow, Clayborn is the best DE still available in what is luckily for them, a deep draft class for D-linemen.

    19. New York Giants: Nate Solder - OT - Colorado

    Why?: Almost every draft has them taking O-linemen, and I agree. If you want Manning to throw less interceptions (a league leading 25 LOL!), you need to protect him. Due to loads of great d-line guys, some great o-line guys drop!

    20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Akeem Ayers - LB - UCLA

    Why?: Pass rush is a key concern here, and seeing as they draft Gerald McCoy to strengthen the d-line, the LB corps could use some youth. I think it's unlikely, but as before, if some of the DE's above drop this far, Tampa would likely take one (perhaps Clayborn or Kerrigan?)

    21. Kansas City Chiefs: Corey Liuget - DT - Illinois

    Why?: I prefer Liuget to Phil Taylor (Baylor) but some others don't be surprised if it is Taylor here and Liuget lower down. Put simply, the Chiefs need d-line help most of all and Liuget or Taylor can give them a starter. Instant upgrade.

    22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi - OT - Wisconsin

    Why?: The Colts O-line is OK but ageing a little, after all Jeff Saturday can't play forever. If free-agency sorts it self out, they could look there instead and get Phil Taylor or Corey Liuget here at #22. However, keeping Peyton Manning off his backside is key to the Colts moving forwards and fending off the Texans for the AFC South, especially with the Texans most likely drafting another pass rusher.

    23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith - CB - Colorado

    Why?: Ellis Hobbs' career is likely done, and that leaves the Eagles with CB problems. One of the best CB's in the draft is here who could learn well from the master himself (Asante Samuel).

    24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Heyward - DT - Ohio ST.

    Why?: Put it this way... DEFENSE! (although O-line is possible, it is unlikely). Any DT from Muhhamad Wilkerson to Cameron Heyward and any LB from Akeem Ayers to Justin Houston could help their pass rush (33 sacks this year was middle of the pack but not elite).

    25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker - QB - Washington

    Why?: Could have been the first overall pick last year if he had declared. But he didn't and so he has dropped this year due to a little bit of under performance. A lot of raw talent though, could thrive under Matt Hasslebeck for a year or two.

    26. Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith - WR - Maryland

    Why?: The Ravens defense is so stout that I don't see why they would use a first-rounder on a back-up. Therefore they look to offense and give Joe Flacco another option to throw to. Boldin is good, but can't do it alone. This could be the start of a fantastic passing attack.

    27. Atlanta Falcons:Phil Taylor - DT - Baylor

    Why?: The Falcons remind me of the Patriots somewhat in that they dominated the regular season (13-3), were Superbowl picks, and then fell flat on their face due to lack of pass rush which gets largely solved here. Justin Houston (LB) is a possibility.

    28. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey - OL - Florida

    Why?: The Patriots O-line is in a state of flux this year. More pass rush options or perhaps receiver and cornerback depth issues can be solved in round two, later on or free-agency (presuming all ends well). Pouncey is an interesting prospect who plays for the Florida Gators, a team Bill Belichick has close ties with, as shown last year when he drafted 3 Gators, namely Aaron Hernandez, Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes.

    29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod - OL - Mississippi ST.


    Why?:
    The Bears need to protect Cutler if they want him to pay off. Sherrod is good enough and the other OTs are gone at this point. Danny Watkins (Baylor) is an option.

    30. New York Jets: Justin Houston - LB - Georgia


    Why?:
    Nobody knows better than the Jets that LBs have a high bust rate i.e. Vernon Gholston. But trying again to fill a LB need and helping to stop Tom Brady is a concern for Rex Ryan. He is building a team to beat the Patriots and has done well until now. However 45-3 showed him what happens when you can't pressure Brady. Houston will get sacks wherever he lands.

    31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Danny Watkins - OL - Baylor


    Why?:
    Sherrod, Carimi, Solder, Castonzo, and Pouncey are all gone so who is left? Danny Watkins of course. Ben Ijalana - OL - Villanova is also a strong possibility, but I like Watkins more for his versatility.

    32. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Harris - DB - Miami

    Why?: Charles Woodson is ageing, and so the Packers pounce and grab a real good CB prospect here to learn under Woodson and replace him. Jimmy Smith (CB) is an option here too.

    33. ROUND 2 PICK #1 New England Patriots: TRADE ALERT! If we don't move: Leonard Hankerson - WR - Miami OR Randall Cobb - WR - Kentucky.

    Why?: OK I lied, I had to do it. Almost 0% chance Belichick holds on to all three of the picks in the top 33. If we stand pat :teehee: receivers are an option. Both could help take the top off a defense and Cobb is a return specialist.
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    Already changed my mind since my other post!

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    I posted a mock draft just above this. It's probably pants, but I thought I should clear my mind for myself and for others lol. Comment, criticize and construct. Heck make your own if you want! You don't have to go to town in it like me though :L
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    (Original post by S129439)
    Already changed my mind since my other post!



    I posted a mock draft just above this. It's probably pants, but I thought I should clear my mind for myself and for others lol. Comment, criticize and construct. Heck make your own if you want! You don't have to go to town in it like me though :L
    Not bad. Happy with the Ravens pick, although I would love to see Jimmy Smith!
    I'll get round to doing my own mock draft at some point
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    I've got my own mock going

    Pick Team Player Posistions
    1 Carolina Newton QB
    2 Denver Dareus DT
    3 Buffalo Miller OLB
    4 Cinca Gabbert QB
    5 Arizona Peterson CB
    6 Cleveland Bowers DE
    7 San Fran Amukarama CB
    8 Ten Fairley DT
    9 Dallas Watt DE
    10 Washington AJ Green WR
    11 Texans Aldon Smith DE/OLB
    12 Minnesota Quinn DE
    13 Detroit Tyron Smith OT
    14 St Louis Julio Jones WR
    15 Miami Ingram RB
    16 Jacksonville Kerrigan DE
    17 NE Cam Jordan DE
    18 San Diego Wilkerson DE/DT
    19 NYG Costanzo OT
    20 Tampa Clayborne DE
    21 KC Taylor NT
    22 Indi Solder OT
    23 Philli Pouncey OG
    24 NO Heyward DE/DT
    25 Seattle Locker CB
    26 Baltimore Jimmy Smith CB
    27 Atlanta Houston DE
    28 NE Reed OLB/DE
    29 Chicago Carimi OT
    30 NYJ Moore S
    31 Pitt Aaron Williams CB
    32 GB Ayers OLB

    Although Da'Quan Bowers is falling like a stone.

    Quote me if you want the reasoning behind the pick.
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    (Original post by S129439)
    S129439's 2011 NFL MOCK DRAFT!
    I don't see Clayborn going that high, Bowers doesn't fit the 3-4 that the 'boys run. Plus the Patriots trade at least one of their picks.
    Oh yeah and Heyward will play DE for the Saints, although he projects well at DT too and he'll play their later on in his career.

    Apart from that I think that draft is good.
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    (Original post by T-Hill)
    Not bad. Happy with the Ravens pick, although I would love to see Jimmy Smith!
    I'll get round to doing my own mock draft at some point
    If the Ravens did go defense, CB is the position I would say they would go for, in which case Jimmy Smith or Brandon Harris makes sense.

    Maybe they could go OLB? Perhaps?

    And I would like to see that
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    I don't see Clayborn going that high, Bowers doesn't fit the 3-4 that the 'boys run. Plus the Patriots trade at least one of their picks.
    Oh yeah and Heyward will play DE for the Saints, although he projects well at DT too and he'll play their later on in his career.

    Apart from that I think that draft is good.
    I do, seeing as at that point in my mock, Clayborn is the best available DE left. Like I said though, if I'm wrong on any of the DE picks above Clayborn, (which I undoubtedly will be lol), then Clayborn is the first player to drop down.

    As for Bowers, I have him there right now, but it is subject to change. I think that Bowers # 9 and JJ. Watt #12 are interchangeable. Watt is probably more suited to the Boys and Bowers to the Vikings. I wont change it right now, but I might. I found Watt and Bowers very hard to place in this draft.

    As for the Pats trade, yeah probably will trade one or package a first and a second (#33) for something. I'm not predicting trades here though. Second guessing Bill Belichick is impossible.
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    (Original post by S129439)
    I do, seeing as at that point in my mock, Clayborn is the best available DE left. Like I said though, if I'm wrong on any of the DE picks above Clayborn, (which I undoubtedly will be lol), then Clayborn is the first player to drop down.

    As for Bowers, I have him there right now, but it is subject to change. I think that Bowers # 9 and JJ. Watt #12 are interchangeable. Watt is probably more suited to the Boys and Bowers to the Vikings. I wont change it right now, but I might. I found Watt and Bowers very hard to place in this draft.

    As for the Pats trade, yeah probably will trade one or package a first and a second (#33) for something. I'm not predicting trades here though. Second guessing Bill Belichick is impossible.
    Yeah, apart from that you're defiantly thinking along similar lines to myself, well done on writing all the information up you've undoubtedly done your homework. There's not many UK fans that look very hard at the draft unlike ourselves.

    You may also want to look at the recent coverage of Bowers, people seem very down on him both from his pro day and his injuries. A lot of recent mocks have him falling to the Saints now (which may be a bit drastic) but would make me a very happy man.
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    (Original post by rugbygreg)
    Yeah, apart from that you're defiantly thinking along similar lines to myself, well done on writing all the information up you've undoubtedly done your homework. There's not many UK fans that look very hard at the draft unlike ourselves.

    You may also want to look at the recent coverage of Bowers, people seem very down on him both from his pro day and his injuries. A lot of recent mocks have him falling to the Saints now (which may be a bit drastic) but would make me a very happy man.
    Yeah, we're just too awesome :cool:

    But yeah, I'm aware of the concern surrounding Bowers right now. He reminds me of Sergio Kindle a bit, in that character concerns had him fall in mock drafts but he actually went about where they expected him too in the first place. I think pure necessity of D-lineman will mean he goes high. A great raw talent who could definitely fill a need in the top #20 picks no doubt.
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    Don't know if this has being mentioned yet, but why don't Carolina pass on Newton and give Clausen another chance next year to see how he gets on under the new coaching set up hence a difference scheme, different way of doing things- different environment.

    I really think it's a win win situation for them in the long term because, even with Newton, having seen their schedule, they won't make the post season so why not see if Clausen will blossom/ improve under the new set up. Plus if he doesn't, they'll probably finish with the No1 pick again and can go for Andrew Luck who's supposidly better than Newton plus, their'll be a rookie salary cap in place by then.

    Or is Newton simply too good for them to pass.
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    Don't know if this has being mentioned yet, but why don't Carolina pass on Newton and give Clausen another chance next year to see how he gets on under the new coaching set up hence a difference scheme, different way of doing things- different environment.

    I really think it's a win win situation for them in the long term because, even with Newton, having seen their schedule, they won't make the post season so why not see if Clausen will blossom/ improve under the new set up. Plus if he doesn't, they'll probably finish with the No1 pick again and can go for Andrew Luck who's supposidly better than Newton plus, their'll be a rookie salary cap in place by then.

    Or is Newton simply too good for them to pass.
    Clausen faired miserably basically. Newton is high risk vs high reward, and the Panthers are in a deep hole right now so he is viewed as a possible savior. The old convention that you draft the best player available comes into play here.

    TL;DR Yes. He is too good to pass up probably. However some people do have them taking someone else, and I wouldn't be that surprised. I expect them to take Newton, but there are some other great players there i.e Marcell Dareus, Blaine Gabbert, AJ Green, Patrick Peterson.

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    Don't know if this has being mentioned yet, but why don't Carolina pass on Newton and give Clausen another chance next year to see how he gets on under the new coaching set up hence a difference scheme, different way of doing things- different environment.

    I really think it's a win win situation for them in the long term because, even with Newton, having seen their schedule, they won't make the post season so why not see if Clausen will blossom/ improve under the new set up. Plus if he doesn't, they'll probably finish with the No1 pick again and can go for Andrew Luck who's supposidly better than Newton plus, their'll be a rookie salary cap in place by then.

    Or is Newton simply too good for them to pass.
    If you look at their pass offence last year ranked 32nd in the League then you say they should take a QB (especially when you consider the quality of that offensive line).
    However, if I were them I'd seriously consider doing what you suggest and taking the best player available, who I'd say was Peterson especially considering how strong the QB's are in the NFC South with Brees, Freeman and Ryan any help to stopping those 3 guys is key.
    The primary issue with this is the need to win now, fans don't like being the worse team in the NFL two seasons in a row and neither does the management who see their revenues drop massively, at least with Newton under center they keep money coming in (with his commercial value) and have a chance of at least getting a few wins this season.
    I just don't see Clausen being able to succeed considering his already being written off by the the Panthers management.
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    If you look at their pass offence last year ranked 32nd in the League then you say they should take a QB (especially when you consider the quality of that offensive line).
    However, if I were them I'd seriously consider doing what you suggest and taking the best player available, who I'd say was Peterson especially considering how strong the QB's are in the NFC South with Brees, Freeman and Ryan any help to stopping those 3 guys is key.
    The primary issue with this is the need to win now, fans don't like being the worse team in the NFL two seasons in a row and neither does the management who see their revenues drop massively, at least with Newton under center they keep money coming in (with his commercial value) and have a chance of at least getting a few wins this season.
    I just don't see Clausen being able to succeed considering his already being written off by the the Panthers management.
    The thing with Clausen is that he had very little run support (no DeAngelo Williams and, IIRC, a poor season from Stewart) and no one to throw too once Steve Smith got injured. Very harsh to judge a rookie QB in those circumstances-especally with defense who couldn't stop anyone. I'd give him another year at least...

    In terms of who else they could take I'd be looking at either A.J Green or Peterson...
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    Tim Tebow had very little run support.
    He only had one decent receiver to throw to, although he was one of the best in the league!
    And he had the worst defence in the league.

    But inspite of that he put up amazing stats for a rookie and kept the Broncos, one of the worst teams in the league last year, competitive in all 3 games and won 1 on a 17 point comeback.

    And all that was for a guy who wasn't supposed to be able to play the QB position in the NFL.

    The point is, those aren't valid excuses for why Clausen sucked, he sucked because he just flat out sucks and always will do. You can add him to the ever expanding list of Mel Kiper's fails.

    What sucks even more for Panthers' fans is Luck not declaring for the draft and the meltdown on their forum was epic!

    I wouldn't touch any of the QBs in this draft with the #1 pick, I'd be taking either Peterson or Green, both of who are as guaranteed to be future all-pros as it gets.
    Tebows a very different QB and he does, of course, have the advantage of essentally being a running back on his own. As you pointed out he does have a better target than Clauson and some better backup-Eddie Royall, Brandon Lloyd and first round pick Thomas are quite a bit more useful than David Gettis, Chowney, Brandon LaFell and Aranti Edwards. I'd wait to see a bit more of Tebow before we anoint him as a saviour-the Broncos where not as bad as their record and I reckon getting rid of McClown was a far bigger factor than Tebow time.

    As for Clausen I'd give him time, as I say. I'm not convinced by him but a few games are not enough to judge any player, let alone a quarterback. Look at the stats, for example, Brady put up in collage or Manning put up in his first 5 games as a QB. I've seen some pretty aweful QB's in my time as a Lions fan and trust me Clausen is not in a Joey Harrington/Daunte Culpepper/Dan Ovoloskey league of crapness...

    I agree with you on the QB's in the draft though. The only one whose worth a shout is Newton and he's far, far too raw to go as a number on pick. I'd say Peterson is the best player on the board and considering Carolinas crap secondary I'd go for him. That said I'd prefer it if everyone in the top 10 went for QB's...
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    I sure this has been asked many a time, but why the hell do you call it football?
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    (Original post by Ihavenospacebar)
    I sure this has been asked many a time, but why the hell do you call it football?
    Its played on foot-orignally you had two types of sports, those played on horseback (hunting, racing, lacross, polo etc.) and those played on Foot-thus you have Rugby Football, Association Football and American Football...
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    (Original post by op7990)
    Anyone who calls it a 'poofs sport' has clearly never played it!
    or they just play rugby?
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    (Original post by Ventura7)
    or they just play rugby?
    I play rugby (obvious from my name) and I love NFL too, sport is sport it's all about the competition and the game.
    Big hits go in both games, there's padding in the NFL but some of the tackles are far harder because of that so you still get some quality contact.
    There's no point in going for the which one is better discussion because you wont change peoples opinion just appreciate each sport for what it is.

    My preference would be rugby but thats only because it takes less time to complete and is far more accessible over here.
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    (Original post by Ventura7)
    or they just play rugby?
    Rugby isn't 'tougher' than American Football
 
 
 
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