Aww yeah. Here we go again for another week of hype. I've tried to spice things up a little bit in this one. upamtn did an awesome job drafting DeCastro in every round last week, so I can't out do that. Let's see what I can do. Same as last time: I'm not mocking any trades and projected rounds come from NFLdraftscout.com
1. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
I mean, come on. Did you think I would go somewhere else with the first pick? There is no where else to go! He's a top 5 talent playing a position that pushes him out of the top 10. We will be lucky if he is around at 11. DeCastro will be ready to start early and will be our best offensive lineman by his 2nd year. He is going to have an awesome career. We will not regret this.
Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College: I'll settle this right now. Kuechly can play SILB. He would be an upgrade from Belcher (who I actually like and actively root for). But the key here is Siler. We (as fans) aren't sure what we have there and Siler may be good enough to make us forget about Kuechly.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Ingram can play about anywhere and Pioli loves versatility. I just don't think he is suited enough at any one position for to get the value out of him that we would need to.
Fletcher Cox, DT, Miss St: Cox is a good player and would fit well into a 3-4 line. For me, it is down to him or Jerel Worthy as the best defensive linemen in this draft who fit our system. However, I think 11 is too high for Cox here. If we trade back he becomes more of a possibility.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama: Kirkpatrick is a stud. We run nickel a lot. It wouldn't hurt to have another solid corner in there. But where would we use him? Would he replace Arenas? Play him as a 3rd safety? Have him push Lewis for the starting FS spot? I don't think there is a clear position for him to fill and thus I doubt he'll be our pick.
PLAYERS WHO WOULD BE A TERRIBLE PICK AT 11
Tannehill: No, just no. Not enough starts in college to prove to me that he's a solid qb. I actually think Weeden is better but goes late due to his age. Tannehill is very raw, more raw than most quarterbacks. It takes even the most polished quarterbacks about 3 years to really hit their stride with a team. It would take someone like Tannehill longer. We just don't have that kind of time. We are ready to be good right now.
Poe: I can't believe some of you fell for the old "workout warrior" routine. This happens every year. Luckily everyone is seeing through Poe's smokescreen before the draft.
Brockers: He just isn't all that impressive. He is in the same mold as Tyson Jackson, but not as good. There are much better directions we can go if we are looking at defensive line such as Worthy, Cox, or...
2. Devon Still, DE, Penn St
Yeah, I think Still will fall to us here. While I am still a supporter of both Dorsey and Jackson, they both have huge contracts. We need some insurance in case we have to cut one of them loose. Hint: it won't be Jackson. Still is an absolute beast that I think will be much better than Brockers and is more suited to our style of defense than Reyes (who is more finesse).
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma St:
Ok, so I'm coming around. There was an article posted about him recently claiming that he's a top 10 talent. I actually tend to agree. My problem is that someone with his skill level would be a top 10, maybe even top 5 talent if they weren't 28. Here's why his age is a problem to me: he's reached his ceiling. This is as good as he is going to be. Sure he can step in from day 1, but he's never going to get much better than this. Guy's who are around him in skill level have the room to improve quite a bit, he's peaked. Also, someone will take him before this pick, probably late first.
Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama:
Last time I drew up a mock I had Hightower falling to us in the 2nd. I still think that this is a genuine possibility for two reasons. The first is that run stuffing ILB's typically fall to the mid-2nd, no matter how much of a stud they are. The 2nd is that I can only envision one team ahead of us taking him, and that would be the Steelers. The Ravens won't take him because they need a guard to replace Ben Grubbs.
Kendall Reyes, DE, UConn:
I liked Reyes at first, but after looking deeper, I don't think he's fit for our 5 tech. We would ask him to play 2 gap and I just don't think he will be able to do that very well.
There is no way that Zeitler will be available here. He'll be off the board to the Ravens at #29 if he isn't off before then. Also, this is far too high a pick for Ta'amu. I'm less enamored with him the more I learn. I would take him 3-4 round but I just don't think he'll be available then.
3.Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
I really, really like McClellin here. He's versatile enough to play DE or be a rush OLB. I don't think he's someone who would step in and be a starter anytime soon (or maybe ever), but he can be used in so many different situations. He would help provide a great pass rush and is just an all around swell guy. My only concern is that he'll be gone by this pick.
Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
I like Boykin. I think corner isn't a huge need for us. If we think that Arenas isn't cutting it or that Brown will never cut it, then maybe we should look at a corner here, but I think that both Arenas and Brown are solid.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
I don't like the idea of taking a quarterback before round 5 if they aren't ready to step in very soon to lead this team. I do like Osweiler as a prospect. I don't think he'll be ready soon enough for us to consider him this early.
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Everyone here likes Turbin, myself included. He's big and has very good all around skills. He would really complete our backfield.
Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Cal
I'm not really sold on Mims. Schwartz could come in and be a very good swing tackle for us.
4. A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Jenkins is someone that the Chiefs have shown individual interest in. He is a productive guy (90+ catches and 1200+ yards) and showed some very good speed running a 4.4 at the combine.
Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia
I like Irvin. I didn't mock him here because I had McClellin in the 3rd. Other than that, Irvin could be a solid player for us.
Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana Lafayette
Green is a matchup nightmare. He can flex out and just cause havoc for whomever he lines up against. The dude is 6-6 and runs a 4.5. Need I say more?
5. Janzen Jackson, FS, McNeese State
My gut tells me that Jackson will be gone by now. In fact, my gut tells me that he is going to shoot up the draft boards and go in the 3rd round. My gut is also telling me that I'm hungry. What the hell does my gut know. He is currently projected as a 5th-6th rounder and he just fits our situation so perfectly. I would absolutely love Jackson here.
Hebron Fangupo, NT, BYU
Fangupo is a big NT who could fit in the rotation with Powe and Gordon.
Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
I mocked McNutt here last time, but because I had Jenkins a round before this, I am leaving McNutt off.... nutt off... hehe.
6. Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Matt Reynolds started all 52 games while at BYU. Matt Reynolds has high character. Matt Reynolds is a stud who has enough potential to be a starter on our line somewhere down the line. Matt Reynolds, Matt Reynolds, Matt Reynolds.
Brandon Bolden, RB, Ole Miss
I mocked him here last time but I just feel like RB isn't that high of a priority. We can pick up someone serviceable as an UDFA or in FA.
Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion
Greenwood is 6-1, 193 and runs a 4.42 40. His vertical is 43 inches and his broad jump is 11-2. He produced on the field too, earning MIAA (DIII) honors as defensive player of the year. He is big, fast, and can play. I love him here.
7(a). Adrien Cole, ILB, Louisiana Tech
Adrien Cole is a tackling machine from the WAC who can come in and provide quality depth while helping right away on special teams. He is undersized for an ILB (5-11, 245). But he has shown the ability to produce in game when given the chance (120+ tackles his senior season).
James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma
Hanna ran a 4.49 40. He wasn't super productive at Oklahoma, but his size-speed combo alone would be worth a look here.
Patrick Witt, QB, Yale
Witt transferred from Nebraska to Yale and now holds a bunch of Yale passing records. He has the number of starts (31), probably has the wonderlic score (Rhodes scholar finalist), and has the completion percentage (60.4) to be of interest here. Could be an UDFA sleeper.
7(b). Chad Diehl, FB, Clemson
Did you see that highlight reel put up of him? DID YOU SEE IT?! The dude is a hammer. If we are going to run the ball, I would love a smash mouth baller like this guy leading the way for our backs.
Cody Johnson, FB, Texas
Johnson is another possibility here. He is more of a well rounded back who could get some carries at RB as well.
Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois University
Jewel was a stud prospect from Iowa until he got in trouble off the field for public intoxication. He was very productive at SIU, totaling 17 TD's and 1100+ yards in his last year there. I think he could be worth a late round flyer here, depending on what Ferentz has to say on the matter. If Ferentz doesn't like him, then maybe we could look at Daryl Richardson from Abilene Christian (runs a 4.35 and had 2000 career yards rushing).
Now I know what you are going to say. Why isn't Burfict in there. BECAUSE HE IS A BAD PLAYER AND A BAD PERSON!!! No, but seriously I don't want him anywhere near my team. Even though Haley is gone, I still like the "right 53" idea and I think that came more from Pioli than Haley. Rec this up if you like it.
upamtn better take over next week as I have final tests coming up.