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Final Pre-Combine Mock
With the combine closing in, I thought it was time for one final Mock before the draft positions become more evident.
1.Chris Long OLB/DE, Virginia Some people might think Jake Long is now an option, but I don't think so. Remember last year the Giants released Luke Petitgout, his back-up retired, and they did not pick up an o-lineman until I believe the 7th round. The pick is still either Chris Long or Glenn Dorsey. You can't go wrong either way, and IMO Long still gets the nod due to the Parcells connection with Al Groh.
2a.Anthony Collins OT, Kansas It is looking more and more likely that DRC will not make it to the second round (but if he is there, he should be the pick). Collins had an All-American year for the Jayhawks, and is quickly rising up the boards. I think this move allows us to move Carey back to his more natural position of RT.
2b.Brandon Flowers CB, Virginia Tech so far he's been an overlooked prospect. Great size, very physical, and has decent speed. Though to be honest, somebody like Phillip Wheeler or Shawn Crable is very tempting here.
3.Chilo Rachel OG, USC WE cut, what, 5 offensive linemen? We'll probably bring a vet or 2 in, but you still need some youth. With Mormino still an unknown, and Hadnot becoming a FA (and unless you think he's worth $30 million, I doubt he's back) it's time to look into a guard. Rachel has good size, and has played in a prostyle offense at USC. Also fairly athletic for his size.
4.Cliff Avril DE/OLB/ILB, Purdue This pick was inspired by KB's mock in VIP. Avril will definatly go to a 3-4 team (too small to be anything more than a situational pass rusher in a 4-3). But like so many Purdue DEs before him (Rosevelt Colvin,Shaun Phillips,Anthony Spencer) he is a great athlete that projects very well into a 3-4. KB also mentions that he could very easily move to ILB (like Colvin has been doing off and on with the Pats). He does have experience as a stand up OLB so it would not be an overly hard transition for Avril to make.
6.Darrell Strong TE, Pittsburgh seldom used TE from our old buddy Wanny. Decent size, weight, hands, and blocking ability. Could develop into something.
7.Caleb Campbell S, Army will be drafted a lot lower than he deserves due to the army, but could become a starter down the road. Also helps with ST.
Authors Note: Not the greatest mock I've ever done, but this is very rough until we figure out who is projected to go where after the combine. I think it is fairly realistic, and I think this would help our beloved Fins a lot.