In fact every single player has huge ? marks about them or they are not even remotely needed. All in all we picked a bad year to have a bad year. So once again I see myself having to trade down. For the mocks sake I will say it is a trade with the Cards (1st and 2nd) who are jonesing for a QB and the Cowboys (1st, 3rd, and 5th) who have been reported to want pp7 pretty bad and have a history of paying for guys they want.
9th Overall: JJ Watt DE Wisconsin
Huh?!? A DE not named Quinn or Bowers? Yes I like this kid. The best 5-technique in the draft (Mayock went so far as to call him the best hes ever seen coming out). Some might say we run a 4-3 but that is still left to be seen (RR has experience in both). What I see to be the most likely scenario is similar to what the Cards did the year they made a run at the SB, a hybrid system that uses both schemes. IMO he would be a good DE in a 4-3 scheme as well. He also could play on the inside on 2nd and 3rd downs.
He stands in at 6'5" and weighs 290 lbs. He is an outstanding athlete, 4.81 40 (1.64 10 yard), a 37" vert, a 10' broad jump, 34 bench press reps, and a 6.88 3 cone drill (to put that in perspective AJ Green put up 6.91). All of those numbers are better then MD, Fairley, and Bowers (albeit he only did the 40 and the bench). And he is only .03 of a second slower then the almighty (thats sarcasm) athlete of Quinn in the 10 yard split (while outscoring him in every other area including size and the 3 cone drill).
His stats are pretty impressive as well. In 2010 he recorded an outstanding 21 tackles for loss, 43 solo tackles (62 total), and 7 sacks. In 09 15.5 TFL, 4 sacks, and 53 total tackles.
Look at the 2.08 mark where he runs down Kaepernick and strips the ball.
37th overall: Jerrel Jernigan WR – Troy
Got to stick with Jernigan again here but Leonard Hankerson has me thinking twice about that if he falls to the 2nd. Jernigan is a Playmaker short and sweet of it, the guy makes plays. Good, not elite timed speed, but speed where it counts. Catches passes while running at full speed, doesn't have to gear down to focus on the ball. Former quarterback, understands defenses and is good at finding soft spots in zone coverage. He is very hard to bring down. He breaks tackles better then any WR I can recall (outside of Smith of course).*
Smith isn't getting any younger and might even be traded. Jernigan is a guy that would be perfect in the slot year 1 and work into Smiths role in a year or 2. A young QB can just dump it off and let him go to town.
3rd round: Pick 1 – Jordan Cameron TE USC
I said it last year with Jimmy Graham (who looked like a stud with the Saints) this guy will be a good one. He is like Gates V3.0 (with Graham being v2.0), a great athletic BB player with little exp at Football turned TE. Only had 1 td and a 138 yards at USC last year. But neither Graham nor Gates did much in college. Were the separate themselves is on the specs sheet. He stands in at 6'5” and weighs 250lbs while still running a 4.53 40 (to put that in perspective Green ran a 4.48 while being 40 lbs lighter and an inch shorter). His others? How about putting up 225 23 times, clocking a 6.82 3 cone (once again Green had a 6.91), a 4.03 20 yard shuttle (Green 4.21), 37.5” Vert (Green 35” and an inch shorter), and had a 10' broad jump. Can you say ATHLETE?
3rd Round: Pick 2 – Ricky Stanzi QB – Iowa
Once again I like Stanzi too much to let him make it past me here. I absolutely love seeing how he hits his receivers in stride (can you imagine how good Smith could look not having to adjust to the ball). He also seems to be really clutch in the 4th quarter (more so in 09 then 10).
He wouldn't have to start this year let Moore and Clausen go at it in TC whoever wins starts and then if he struggles put the other guy in. Then if neither impresses you give Stanzi a shot in 12' with a solid oline, a running game to lean on and probably a top 10 D (RR and all). Lets face it its not like were going to the playoffs this year anyway. Most people forget Brady didn't start till year 2. Fill in some holes this years and the rest next year and Stanzi would be surrounded by an altogether different team.
I wouldn't draft him until the 3rd (maybe late 2nd) because he is by no means a finished product but he has all the intangibles I love in a QB, work ethic (his coach said he was a film junky and a gym rat) and leadership and he also has an NFL arm (not a rocket launcher but lets face how many of those QB's live up to the hype Russel, Cutler, etc even I bought into it last year with Skelton) that can make all the throws. He also is a 3 year starter in one of the few pro style offenses left in college ball.
3rd round: Comp Pick: James Brewer RT – Indiana
Brewer is the pick again. I like him as a RG as well as insurance for Glass Otah. Mountain of a man at 6'6” 323 with long arms and big hands. He is athletic, quick, and has pretty nimble feet (played BB in HS, didn't start playing FB until he was a senior in HS). Plays with good leverage and is able to be get great push in the running game. He has the range to reach the 2nd level. He also has a solid work ethic. Would be a great help on the right side which was our biggest weakness last year and I believe that he could start at RT if Otah's injury becomes a bigger problem.
4th round: Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson
Here is a great pickup from my Alma marter. He stands in at 6'4” and weighs 310 lbs. He won't blow you away with his combine numbers or his ability to sack the QB but he does bring a presence in the run game and can bring pressure up the middle forcing out the QB and disrupting the RB. In his 1st season (08) of significant playing time (while still a backup) he recorded 36 tkls, 10 TFL, and 2 sacks. In 09 he became the starter and recorded 69 tkls, 11 TFL, and 1 sack. In 2010 he was double teamed more often but still came away with 53 tkls, 9 TFL and 1 sack. He also is the career leader for blocked kicks with 4. He is another guy that could play outside in the 3-4 but is probably better suited for DT in the 4-3.
5th Round: Pick 1 - Alex Henery K/P – Nebraska
Just imagine a day when instead of the 3 players handling the 3 kicking duties (K/P/KOS) we had just 1. Think of how much those 2 roster spots could come in handy. We could have that in Alex Henery as he did both remarkably well at Nebraska. His only missed FG this year was a 51 yarder that was blocked. His career long is a whopper 57 yards his got plenty of leg. He averaged right at 44 yards per punt as well. Even if we still need a punter this guy is one of the most consistent kickers in the game and Kasay isn't going to last forever.
5th Round: Pick 2 - Buster Skrine CB – Tennessee-Chattanooga
Small school CB but has rockets for legs. Can absolutely fly he clocked in an unofically sub 4.3 40 at the combine but somehow it ended up at 4.48 officially (take that how you wish). He did however have the best 60 yard shuttle at 10.75 and the 2nd best 20 yard shuttle (3.90) and 3 cone (6.44). He Displays fluidity in coverage and flashes explosiveness out of his breaks. He has solid ball skills, is a hard worker, and is not afraid to play the run game. He was a Two-time All-Souther Conference First Team selection and a team captain as a senior. Has experience as a punt*returner. He is a bit thin (5'10 185) and is raw but he has all the physical skills to develop into a good CB.
6th Round: Anthony Gray DT Sothern Miss
Here's a guy that will probably fall because he falls short of 6' (5'11) but to me for a DT (and especially a NT) that really isn't necessarily a bad thing. He does however tip the scales at 330 and is stout at the point of attack (put up 225 39 times at the combine) and he has good leverage. He plays with violence inside and can shed his blocker in tight quarters. He fights to the whistle and works with a nasty demeanor and no fear.
6th round: Comp 1: Scott Lutrus OLB Connecticut
Injury prone but when healthy he is a ball hawk. During his freshman and sophomore years he totaled 107 and 106 tackles respectably. But he has missed 8 games over the last 2 years with a neck stinger but still amassed 128 tackles those 2 yrs. He is a two-time team captain who leads by example and has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches. Has an adequate frame with room to add bulk. Possesses good instincts and finds the ball quickly. Is a smart blitzer who picks his lanes well and allows blockers to settle in before attacking the opening. Displays nice awareness in coverage and puts himself in position to make a play on the ball. Willing to take on blockers and never shies away from contact. Exhibits excellent effort and plays to the whistle consistently. Loaded with experience after starting for four seasons.
Edited by jramsey4, 09 April 2011 - 10:47 AM.