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ChambersWI Looks Back on the Draft Weekend
Fun couple of days huh? What made it even better was doing a draft chat with a variety of different FH posters which had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Let's review the draft shall we?
1.Dion Jordan DE/OLB, Oregon The moment Luke Joeckel went 2 overall the chat exploded with WV leading the way saying "YES NO CORNFED!", when it was announced we were trading up though pretty much everybody had one reaction... "****". Pretty much everybody thought we were trading up for Lane Johnson, and nobody in the chat was that thrilled about it. When Dion Jordan was announced, everybody cheered because it wasn't an OT then when they saw how little we gave up we were even more thrilled. Jordan fits the mold of the DEs Kevin Coyle saw used while at Cincy. Still a raw player, but has a lot of potential and he wants to get better.
2.Jamar Taylor CB, Boise State Pretty happy getting Taylor where we did considering how he shot up most boards in the last month where most were projecting him to be a late first round pick. Fits the profile of the type of CB Coyle likes, and he is comfortable playing in a couple different schemes. He may never be a shutdown CB, but he should be very good for us.
3a.Dallas Thomas OG/OT, Tennessee The pick that turned a lot of people sour on Friday haha. If you look at projections, it was a good value pick as most seemed to have Thomas as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Either way, to me this was a panic pick. I think we wanted Terron Armstead, who went 1 pick earlier, and panicked to get an offensive linemen. I don't mind getting OL, but Thomas was not on my radar. He does fit the blocking scheme though, and I do think you'll see him starting somewhere on the line this year. Still... not a huge fan of the pick based on what was available.
3b.Will Davis CB, Utah State Another pick a lot of people didn't like. I'm a bit higher on Davis than some here, so I didn't mind the pick too much. Many felt we needed 2 CBs, but even as a fan of Davis, I don't know if he'd be my first choice at the pick. He's another physical corner who can blitz, but he's also prone to penalties. If he lives up to his potential it's a good pick, but I can see fans having a love/hate relationship with him a long the way.
4a.Jelani Jenkins LB, Florida I never considered Jenkins an option and initially thought the pick was a reach, and was kind of shocked to see how many people were down with the pick. Jenkins is coming off an injury plagued season with Florida, but when he's healthy he's great in coverage. I think this pick pretty much spells the end for one of, if not both, Jason Trusnick and Austin Spitler. Jenkins could find himself as our nickle LB this year covering TEs.
4b.Dion Sims TE, Michigan State With so many tight ends flying off the board I kind of knew we were gonna take a flyer on Sims. Now I don't really see this as us giving up on Michael Egnew as much as it's we need a tight end that can block. Egnew we know can't, Clay is too small, and Keller isn't a great blocker either. Sims was arguably the best blocking TE in the class. He also has potential to become something more down the road. He's fairly athletic, and in MSU's offense, he was used mostly as an extra OT (especially with a crappy QB). No problem with the pick, but I am a little bummed that other TEs I liked went off the board earlier.
5a.Mike Gillislee RB, Florida One of the picks WV was begging for this entire draft process. Gillislee is a life long Fin fan, so he said it was a dream come true for him. He spent much of his college career as the 3rd back but really exploded as a senior. Probably will be in competition to be a starter, and his ability to pick up the blitz and get into the endzone in short yardage situations will probably put him above Daniel Thomas in the pecking order.
5b.Caleb Sturgis K, Florida And I was worried about us becoming the Miami Aggies, looks like we are the Miami Gators this year. This pretty much means Dan Carpenter is gone. I respect Carp for where he came from to get to the NFL, but he's been a liability ever since the Bills game in 2010 where he missed 3 FGs. Sturgis has a strong leg I think only missing 2 FGs from 50 plus yards the last 2 years while Carp is something like 2-9 or 4-9 in the same span. I doubt Sturgis will be perfect at the beginning, and will miss is share of kicks, but I think in the long run he'll prove to be a better kicker than Carp.
7.Don Jones S, Arkansas State Well we kind of new that Miami loved him going into the draft so I'm not shocked we drafted him in the 7th. Raw player who is fast and hits like a tank. No problem taking a flyer on him, but I think he's the most likely draftee to be on the Practice Squad for a year or 2. In fact, I expect both of the UDFA safeties we are bringing in (Keelan Johnson and Jordan Kovacs) to have a better shot of making the team this year than Jones does. Still, he's a player worth keeping an eye on for the future.
Overall, I think this draft is a solid one. I don't think it's an A draft, but a B seems like a decent grade to give. I would not be shocked if all the picks outside of Jones were heavy contributors during the 2014 season