This draft takes into consideration, need, system fit and players who fit the high character requirements of both Philbin and Hickey.
1 - Joel Bitonio OT Nevada - This is a 'need' pick. I would have handled FA differently so that we would have gone into draft requiring a strength of round 1, DT. I would not have signed Earl Michell and made both Tackle spots a priority. This would have left us choosing from, Donald, Hageman, Jernigan & Nix. But here we stand 'needing' a RT. IMO Zach Martin will be gone. Mayock has already stated he will likely be gone from 9-13. Kouandijio whom I like has injury concerns, while I worry about Morgan Moses in a pass orientated ZBS. The best player to fill this need in my mind is Joel Bitonio. Smart, tough, physical, quick, has everything bar the size & strength of other OT's. His size has projected many to view him as OG, but IMO he fits perfectly into what Benton requires from an OT. Both Eric Winston & Ryan Harris who manned the RT spot in Houston were both only 302 lbs, exactly the same as Bitonio.
2 - Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State - Big Strong powerful RB. Major issue last year was completing short yardage. Hyde would remedy this and provide a perfect alternative to Moreno and Miller. Also, looking forward to 2015 he would be ideal to step into starting role.
3 - Jarvis Landry WR LSU - Again has dropped due to poor combine, but fits what Philbin loves perfectly. Good route runner, strong hands, plays bigger than his frame, strong after catch, willing blocker, my favourite value guy in draft.
4 - Dave Yankey OG Stanford - Was considered a high 2nd round pick before an awful combine. IMO he would be ideal for Bentons ZBS. Tough, intelligent, with a high motor.
5 - Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech - Dropped due to injury and many feel he would have to convert to safety. Best in Zone coverage, has excellent size and a very good tackler.
6 - Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma - Excels in off man and zone coverage but struggles in press. Fits Coyles system. Has dropped due to tearing his ACL and lacking top end speed. Could convert to safety.
7 - Chris Watt OG Notre Dame - Tough, intelligent interior lineman with an excellent motor. Lacks any 'stand out' traits but does everything well. Ideal for Benton in a ZBS.