Not that it should come as a surprise to anyone, but Matt Miller just released his post combine mock draft, and all his picks for us are misguided. Take a Look. The Still Available List is notable players chosen after our pick and before our next pick.
Round 1- Kony Ealy DE Mizzou
Still Available-Justin Gilbert, Aaron Donald, Eric Ebron, Taylor Lewan
Round 2- David Yankey OG Stanford
Still Available - Marcus Roberson, ASJ, Kyle Van Noy, Jordan Matthews, Chris Borland, Tre Mason, Charles Sims, Bishop Sankey, Lache Seastrunk, Stanley Jean-Baptiste,
Round 3- Antonio "Tiny" Richardson OT Tennessee
Still Available-LaMarcus Joyner, Victor Hampton, Jeremiah Attachou, Jaylen Watkins, Yawin Smallwood, Keith McGill, Christian Kirksey, Ka'Deem Carey, Andre Williams, Weston Richburg, Gabe Jackson, Jeremy Hill
Round 4- Davonta Freeman RB FSU
Still Available-Kareem Martin, Caraun Reid, Anthony Steen, Ju'Waun James, Donte Moncrief, Brandon Coleman, Will Clarke, Travis Swanson, EJ Gaines, Dakota Dozier, Trevor Reilly, Jordan Tripp, Jared Abbederis
Round 5- Daniel McCullers NT Tennessee
Still Available- De'Anthony Thomas, Christian Jones, Crockett Gilmore, Telvin Smith, Marion Grice, Aaron Lynch, Marcel Jensen, Antone Exum, James Gayle, Bryan Stork, Jay Bromley
Round 6- Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest
Still Available- Jon Halapio, Storm Johnson, Ronald Powell, Brandon Linder, Prince Shembo, Aaron Colvin, Cassius Marsh, Russell Bodine, Bennett Jackson, Joe Don Duncan, Tyler Starr, Taylor Hart, Morgan Bresline, Calvin Barnett, AC Leonard
So there are some really bad picks in there, we'll start from the top. I like Kony Ealy, but with Ebron, Gilbert, Donald, and Lewan on the board, Ealy would definately not be my pick. Personally im an Ebron guy, but there is a case to be made for Donald and Gilbert too.
David Yankey, thats a good pick, he's a solid all around guard prospect, nothing wrong with him personally. That being said, if Kyle Van Noy is on the board, can you really pass him up, our LB corp is almost as bad as our OL, and KVN is an impact player, besides there are a bunch of quality OL on the market, odds are we sign a few, making Yankey over KVN in the 2nd a mistake.
Now Matt Miller's just being a dick, yes our OL sucked, David Yankey in the 2nd i can understand, but RIchardson in the 3rd? Again we will almost definatlely address OL in FA, so both day 2 picks on OL is a bit much, especially since LaMarcus Joyner is the very next pick. He's definately undersized, but the kid is a play maker, he is an absolute stude, Tyraan Matthieu 2.0. Adding him would make our secondary amazing. Jeremy Hill is also a solid pick in the 3rd. And if we did take Yankey in the 2nd instead of KVN, Attachou woul be a good 3rd round pickup as well.
DaVonta Freeman? Don't get me wrong, he played well at FSU this year, but he's not the kind of running back we need. A guy that can Pass Pro, and handle a large workload while also being a change of pace from David Wilson. Kareem Martin is a big bodied edge rusher, he has the body style and college production that JR loves in his DE's. Caraun Reid is a really good interior pass rusher, not Aaron Donald good, but still an upgrade over Jenkins. And if we want to go WR, Donte Moncrief blew up the combine running a 4.35 at 6'3'' 225lbs, he would make a great compliment to Ruben Randle on the outside, as would the 6'6'' Brandon Coleman. All 4 of those guys are better options that Davonta Freeman in the 4th.
Can anybody answer this question? Given that we drafted a very good NT/DT in the 2nd round last year, Jonathan Hankins, and we need a 3-tech interior pass rusher, Why the fuck would we take a Gigantic (6'7'' 352lb) unproductive, uncoordinated NT in the 5th? McCullers should be so far off our radar that we don't even know his name. And really if Christian Jones is still on the board when we pick in the 5th how can we pass him up, that would be the steal of the draft. Same can be said of Telvin Smith, but i like Jones better.
Another question for you guys. Why do we want another slot receiver? We already have Victor Cruz (top 3 slot receiver in the NFL) and Jerrell Jernigan. If we are going to take a receiver, we need an x or y, outside receiver to play across Ruben Randle, not another guy that's so far down the depth chart he'll never get playing time, that's a waste of a pick. At this point, pickings are slim, and depending on who we picked earlier there are a few intriguing options. Storm Johnson would personally be my pick here, but Aaron Colvin could be an absolute steal here. A 1st-2nd round talent dropping all the way to the 6th cuz of an ACL injury. Obviously it all depends on how he recovers, but he has the H/W/S and talent to be a starting CB in this league. Cassius Marsh, Taylor Hart, Brandon Linder and Tyler Starr are also options here.
So once again lets compare my picks and Matt Millers picks, using his big board.
1) Kony Ealy / Eric Ebron
2)David Yankey / Kyle Van Noy
3) Tiny Richardson / LaMarcus Joyner
4) DaVonta Freeman / Donte Moncrief
5) Dan McCullers / Christian Jones
Compensatory Pick Russell Bodine
6) Michael Campanaro / Storm Johnson
Personally i think my picks would be amazing if they were even a little close to how it's gonna play out (everyone after Ebron is going a round before i pick them). First off our defense would be dirty. Adding Van Noy and Jones to the LB corp would make all us Beezers bust a nut, but both of them are very talented LB's . Shit you could probably start KVN at WILL and Jones at SAM and we'd be 10000x better. Or have Jones develop at MIKE behind Beason for a year. Regardless both of them are good pass rushers, which would take pressure off JPP, and easily make the middle of our defense better. And Joyner in the 3rd is also a steal, despite his size the kid plays like he's 6'3'', hits like a mack truck,very physical, very instinctive, great COD, and is a flat our play maker. Honestly he could probably start opposite Prince and i would feel better about him than having McBride there.
Then on Offense Adding 3 skill position players like Ebron, Moncrief, and Johnson would def help McAdoo turn our "broken" offense around. He was talking about having multiple schemes that our personell could run and adding a TE like Ebron would make it even easier. Moncrief on the outside with his size and speed would help take pressure off Ebron and Cruz, and Johnson is big but still fast and numble enough to play a big part in a RB committee.