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New Mock Draft
First of all, I'd just like to say that I would trade picks directly for players, but seeing as how that will very likely not happen in real life, here's a quick mock:
1. OG Mike Pouncey, Florida
2. CB/FS Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
3. CB Jalil Brown, Colorado
4. NT/DE Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
5. FB Owen Marecic, Stanford
6. RB Noel Devine, West Virginia
7. WR DeAndre Brown, Souther Miss
1. We need a RG desperately, it's the weakest position on our line, and Pouncey is the perfect candidate. One very under-appreciated attribute of good offensive line play is chemistry, and that's something that these two guys would definitely have. Not quite the technician as Maurkice, and he doesn't have as good footwork, but he's still a good guard nonetheless. Great athlete with the ability to pull and do damage at the second level.
2. We need defensive back help and Dowling could potentially fit at either position, but FS would be my choice. He's a big kid (6'2 and 200 lbs.) who probably has less than ideal speed for a CB, but more than good for a safety. He's a hard tackler with very, very good ball skills, which is something I'm craving in our DB's. Look him up on YouTube, I'm pretty sure you'll like what you see.
3. Another CB, but this one stays here. A very physical player, he and Jimmy Smith locked things down while at Colorado. I'm a big, big fan of Jimmy Smith and I believe he'll go late first to early second, meaning he's out of our reach, barring a trade up. Brown is still a good CB though, physical, and could be a great #2 for us. I don't think he has what it takes to be a true #1, but if we keep Taylor, then these two guys will play well for a while. I'm still secretly hoping we sign Asomugha, because that would do wonders for our defense.
4. Big small school kid who completely dominated. 6'5, 340 lbs., and has the athleticism to kick out to DE for us. He'd have to shed weight though. He is, by no means, a Haloti Ngata type of athlete, but he's a better athlete than most fatties his size. Could be molded to be a future back-up, fringe starter for us in the early years, and a solid contributor after 3-4 years.
5. This. Kid. Can. Block. The second coming of Dan Kreider. I know Bruce Arians doesn't like FB's, but he could be on his way out of here, and even if he sticks, this guy would do wonders for Mendenhall. He started at both FB and LB for Stanford, and he knows how to hit. There aren't really many highlights of him, but there are of the former RB who he used to block for, a guy whom you might have heard of. Toby Gerhart. He tore up the NCAA and a large part of his success was Marecic. Just search for Gerhart highlights on YouTube and focus on the fullback blocking for him, #48. I can guarantee that you will be impressed.
6. Some may be surprised to see him so low, but Devine rid himself from consideration as an earlier pick due to his size. He came in at a minuscule 5'7 and 160 lbs. Other tiny guys like Darren Sproles and Dexter McCluster have a full 20 lbs. on him. Devine still has ability and skill-set to be at least a dynamic returner, maybe, just maybe, a good change of pace back. His ceiling is probably what Sproles is, he won't be anything better.
7. Finally, a big receiving target. Brown was great for South Miss, he just isn't that good a receiver. He definitely has great size, but he suffered a pretty bad leg injury some time ago and he's not polished at all. Would probably just be a camp body, and depending on how well Limas Sweed plays (yes, I still believe he'll be a solid contributor for us), he'd likely be to the practice squad.
So that's it. Thoughts?