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Mark Zinno: The Final Hours Leading Up To The Draft

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Dan Shonka, former NFL General Manager and Scouting Director with nearly 40 years of NFL experience, joined Zinno on Last Call to discuss his final mock draft on his website Ourlads.com. Shonka has the Chiefs taking Central Michigan LT Eric Fisher over Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel. “It was a paper thin split between the two,” Shonka said. He also said it could go the other way with Joeckel going number one.

Listen to the full interview here: 

Zinno asked about the Eagles taking West Virginia QB Geno Smith at number four. Zinno questioned as to why he would be taken that high when Eagles have Mike Vick at quarterback. Shonka talked about the uncertainty with Michael Vick staying healthy. “He’s gonna get hurt. Michael Vick went through one year of never being injured,” blasted Shonka. Another West Virginia player projected in the first round is WR Tavon Austin. Shonka said, “There are exceptions to the rule. He is a rare, rare player.” Shonka went so far as to call Austin so fast he is like “smoke” … you can’t tackle smoke he said.

Shonka has the Ravens taking Florida safety Matt Elam at 32, with the last pick in the first round. He also talked about the possibility of the Ravens taking LSU linebacker Kevin Minter. Shonka talked about the success of Ozzie Newsome in the past and that this draft should be no different. “There’s a lot of ways Ozzie can do it. For a team that’s constantly picking at the bottom of the draft, they’ve had a lot of luck picking players.”

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