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Making the rival selection


A lot of anger among the mock drafters on Wednesday.

No wonder:

The Indianapolis Colts, after all, were on the clock at No. 22 in the 2011 reader mock draft and that meant a lot of talk and anger and argument about the team, quarterback and president Jaguars fan understandably love to hate.

A lot of the comments weren't reasonable, and a lot didn't exactly push the conversation toward a reasonable selection, although you could make the argument the senior writer hasn't exactly done that, either.

But they were entertaining.

And they were full of vehemence – and a little comedy, too.

"Draft Ryan Mallett here," J-School Corby wrote, setting the tone for the day early. "Or Vince Young. Or Mickey Mouse. Whatever. Long as whoever the Colts pick goes bust (preferably in spectacular fashion), I&39;m down with it."

Larry Zonk made clear his opinion of the Colts and their president, Bill Polian.

"Polian picked (quarterback Peyton) Manning," Zonk wrote, adding, "If he didn&39;t have Manning to pick, I probably wouldn&39;t know who Polian is. Polian picks RuPaul."

And then, of course, the readers had their comments about Manning.

"Christian Ponder," Michael wrote, suggesting the Colts might actually go quarterback early despite the presence of one of the NFL's best at the position, "because they are tired of losing at crunch-time."

The Colts weren't the only target of reader humor/hatred on Day 22.

The senior writer deservedly and expectedly got some of each directed his way for his desperate bid to re-spark the reader mock by selecting Iowa linebacker Adrian Clayborn for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 21. It was a transparent ploy, at best, and it had the effect of driving at least one reader if not into a state of anger and confusion at least away from our proceedings.

"You picked Clayborn to try and make ONE commenter happy?" RcJag wrote, adding, "Well you just lost THIS commenter in the process, this is a joke, I'm done. Good luck with the remaining selections."

The senior writer took time out from reviewing the day's suggestions to solicit a nice, ego-restoring hug from co-workers, and when he returned found not only some understanding from other mockers.

"Take it easy," Kevin Grab wrote, adding, "This is just a mock draft. You&39;re taking things way too seriously. Just relax, make your contribution to the blog, and sit back and enjoy, my friend! Cheers."

Indeed, cheers, but if you think the day was simply about hammering the Colts and anyone else they could think of, the reality was the readers did find ample time to make a solid selection and agree with the senior writer in the process.

There was support here for Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget, which made sense because Indianapolis has had issues stopping the run in recent seasons. Too, there was talk about a cornerback, Jimmy Smith of Colorado, as well as Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward, who seems destined to come off the board in this draft soon.

But the consensus was that the Colts need an offensive tackle, and despite some talk of Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin, the focus was primarily on Anthony Castonzo of Boston College.

"Castonzo hands down,' Michael Morgan wrote, adding, "If he were to even get close to falling in another team&39;s lap they would attempt to move up with a passion to get this guy. I can&39;t see him going anywhere else. Their front five really needs the help as they were overly battered last year."

The senior writer, having suggested Castonzo the day before, logically agreed, although he's a bit skeptical about the Colts moving up with a passion. Polian likes later-round selections, and values that end of the draft.

And while mij420 correctly noted that the Colts haven't selected an offensive lineman in the first round since selecting Tarik Glenn in 1997 – and that Polian long has built the line with later-round selections – the reality is the line is to the point it must be addressed. The vibe around the Colts late last season was that the personnel types understood that, too, so with the No. 22 overall selection in the 2011 reader mock draft, the Colts select Castonzo.

That makes the board look like this:

No. 1 | Carolina | Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

No. 2 | Denver | Patrick Peterson, CB, Louisiana State

No. 3 | Buffalo | Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

No. 4 | Cincinnati | Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

No. 5 | Arizona | Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

No. 6 | Cleveland | A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

No. 7 | San Francisco | Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

No. 8 | Tennessee | Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

No. 9 | Dallas | Tyron Smith, OT, Southern California

No. 10 | Washington | Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

No. 11 | Houston | Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

No. 12 | Minnesota | Jake Locker, QB, Washington

No. 13 | Detroit | Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

No. 14 | St. Louis | Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

No. 15 | Miami | Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

No. 16 | Jacksonville | Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

No. 17 | New England | J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

No. 18 | San Diego | Cameron Jordan, DE, California

No. 19 | New York Giants | Mike Pouncey, G, Florida

No. 20 | Tampa Bay | Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri

No. 21 | Kansas City | Adrian Clayborn, OLB, Iowa

No. 22 | Indianapolis | Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

That brings us to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 23. The senior writer will offer up Jimmy Smith of Colorado here, because a magazine he read said the Eagles need a corner. But seriously, Philadelphia has had success with first-round corners and that seems a good fit.

We're 10 selections from the end, and despite some discontent in recent days, this still has the feel of a pretty good mock. Let's finish strong.

Have at it.

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