So I did my first mock draft last week. I have some free time handy and it is time to update this.
First let me link to the first one. I had Barr going to the Giants in the 1st round and Austin Seferian Jenkins in the 2nd. Feel free to look through the other picks. A lot has changed since then. Most importantly, obviously all the head honchos read what I wrote last week because Anthony Barr is now seen as a top 5 or so pick. Barr is good, but I am totally taking some of the credit for this new development.
The same caveats from last time apply. I am basing these picks on having the 10th selection in the draft and going 1-4 and 6-7. Let's get down to business.
Round 1, Pick 10: Kahlil Mack, DE/OLB Buffalo
Mack has turned into the poor man's Anthony Barr. Playing for Buffalo, a perennial basement dweller, tends to do that. Thankfully for Mack his skill set has begun leaking out. Most NFl scouts love his tenacity and his ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Before the year began, he was 19 TFL and 3 forced fumbles away from setting the NCAA records in the two categories. This season Mack has not only been one of the best OLB's in the NCAA, he has done it against top competition. In the first game of the season Mack sacked (The) Ohio State QB 2.5 times. He then proceeded to have a pick 6 and an additional 4 tackles. While Buffalo could not get the upset, it warms my heart to see Mack absolutely demolish Ohio State.
Cons: He can sometimes be too aggressive. Leading to bad angles and taking himself out of plays. For such a good pass rusher, you would expect him to have a better bull rush move. He needs to work on it. Also, the fact that he played in the MAC will follow him everywhere no matter how many QB's he eats for the year.
Other Potential Picks: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DB Oregon, Vic Beasley, DE/OLB Clemson, CJ Mosley, ILB Alabama
Round 2, Pick 42: Louchiez Purifoy, DB Florida
I got yelled at by some of you for not addressing this sooner. After reading about how McBride has done enough to hold the #2 DB spot, I decided that you were all right and I was wrong. What Trumaine has done has been good. But he is tiny. And against the Megatrons, Dez's, and Nicks' of the world he would be victimized week after week. Purifoy could come in and immediately start. Purifoy has been getting the Prince treatment. QB's have stopped throwing his way, which led to some thinking he had a slow start. He hasn't. He's still dominant.
Cons: Tends to overthink plays which leads to silly mistakes. In college he has had a habit of playing off receivers to try and goad the QB's into making throws that way. In the NFL, unless you are playing a QB like Josh McCown, that will get you burned more often than not.
Other Potential Picks: Brandon Coleman, WR Rutgers, Ryan Shazier, ILB OSU, Tiny Richardson, OT Tennessee
Round 3, Pick 73: Seantrel Henderson, OT Miami
Talk about a big boy. 6'7 and 345 pounds of beast. He has the ability to be one of the best OT's in the game. Unfortunately his play hasn't always backed that up. That said, in the 3rd round, you go for the potential more so than anything.
Cons: Being that size, leverage is not going to be your friend. Has a tendency to psyche himself out. Once one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong.
Other Potential Picks: Hroniss Grasu, C Oregon (if he comes out), Darquezze Denard, DB MSU
Round 4: Xavier Grimble, TE USC
He could be gone by here. But most places have him rated as a 3-4 round guy. Below the top three of Jace, Austin, and Ebron is Grimble. Best yet, he has been the security blanket in USC. Eli loves using his TE as a security blanket. This pick would give Eli a good underneath option, something he has sorely missed this season.
Round 6: Trevor Reilly, DE Utah
I had him going in the 4th. I don't think they will have to use that pick there. He should be available here. Another high risk-high reward DE. Utah pumps out DE's like it is nobodies business.
Round 7: Tracy Moore, WR Oklahoma State
Potential loss of Nicks will need to be replaced. While we have some current in house options (Randle and Jernigan IMO), using a late pick on someone like Moore could be good just in case.
Let me know if you agree or disagree. Hope to hear from you all soon. The last comments section was fun, so lets do it again!