Never done a Mock before, but itís just too fun. This'll be my only one. This is a draft I would love Ė not trying to predict our FO. I tried to be conservative in pegging guys where Iíve seen them projected; I donít think Iím giving myself any huge bargains, but in places where I might be wishful I listed alternatives in priority order. Lemonier is difficult to pin down (most people have him in the 3rd, but some in the top 40) so that list is a bit longer.
1.12) Cornellius Carradine, DE
2.42) Gio Bernard, RB
2.54) Corey Lemonier / Devin Taylor / Cornelius Washington / Jamie Collins, DE/OLB
3.77) Dwayne Gratz / Leon McFadden, CB
3.82) David Quessenberry, T
4.110) Xavier Nixon / Brennan Williams, T
5.146) Brandon McGee, CB / Earl Watford, G
5.166) Cory Grissom, DT
7.217) Levine Toilolo, T/TE
7.224) Mike James / Lonnie Pryor, RB/FB
7.250) Brodrick Brown, CB
I want to have the best pass-rush in the division; and seeing that thatís not a very tall task, I want to have the best pass-rush in the AFC. Load up that front 7! I want to double-up on pass-rushers in the first 3 picks: getting to the QB is my priority, the depth and variety at that position is good, and it will help the back-end immensely.
Yes, there are no WRs here Ė we just brought in and spent alot on outside pass-catchers. Bernard is my favorite player in this draft, and he will have a bigger impact on this offense than anyone else at 2a - not to mention that we need another RB and his versatility in the passing game is tremendous.
I would feel OK about entering camp with Martin, Quessenberry, and Nixon (2nd, 3rd, 4th rounders) at Tackle. Strength in numbers, basically: I think we can find a L/R combination out of those three guys that works Ė and then thereís a flyer on Toilolo whoís an intriguing project. I think either Gratz or McFadden (pretty torn between them) will be solid value because of the positionís depth in rounds 2-3. I wouldíve loved to draft a Safety, but since I want to double-up on pass-rushers, I felt like I had to do the same with our needs at CB and T.
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