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HeatCheck    149

Here is my highly anticipated (kidding), too early, mock draft...since it seems like everyone is doing one.

This is more of what I would do, not what I expect will happen, trying to be realistic as possible. As of now, we will be picking around 4-6.

1st Round

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Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Really would like to take Kalil with the first pick and snag Jenkins in the 2nd for much better value, but don't see him falling to us.

Mo Claiborne fills one of our biggest needs at CB. He is very athletic, demonstrates very good ball skills, as well as great coverage skills. His size is also a bonus. He should come in right away and start alongside Gamble. He would move Munnerlyn to Nickel DB where Captain would surely benefit from.

2nd Round

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Sean Spence, OLB, Miami (FL)

Many question his size and wonder if he'd be better suited for safety. But I think if he could just add some muscle and some pounds he will fit just fine at OLB. With the uncertainty of Thomas Davis, an OLB seems like a good pick. Spence is a tackling machine and is one of the few bright spots on the otherwise shaky Miami defense. He has quickness to move laterally and if he shows willingness to add some weight (he did so in his college career) he should be a factor in run defense.

4th Round

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Matt McCants, OT, UAB

McCants is an athletic OT who is fits the LT mold. I have always thought that Gross should be moved to RT and allow someone else to protect Cam's blind side. Matt McCants has all the tools to play LT, just needs to get a little more built for the overpowering defenders. But when it comes to quicker opponents, McCants athleticism allows him for great range.

5th Round

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George Iloka, FS, Boise St.

There has been some debate on whether or not Martin is starter material. While some think we are set at FS, competition never hurts. Iloka has size and decent speed at the FS position. He is versatile player and has even played at the CB position for Boise.

6th Round

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Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona St.

Don't think WR is the biggest of needs but if Robinson is still sitting here in the 6th, he'd be a great value pick. He is big receiver at 6'3" and 220 pounds. So it stands to reason he is a physical, possession-type receiver.

7th Round

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Renard Williams, DT, E.Washington

Here is an off the radar pick as not many people have heard of Williams out of Eastern Washington. We are young at the DT position and the injury to Edwards didn't help but there is still room for more bodies. Williams has a knack for getting to the QB, something we desperately need.

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Lout    186

You seemed to hit on most of our needs. The only pick I don't agree with is McCants. I don't feel we have any room on the 53 man roster for another OT. We are simply not going to release Otah.. and Gross/Gary Williams/Ziemba/Bell will all be back. Only thing missing is MLB, because Connor probably won't be back.. but very nice mock!

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Lout    186

Thanks.

I went with the OT pick because I don't think Otah is really all that dependable. He is injured more than he is healthy.

That is totally true, but we won't cut him next season. And I don't think we will keep 6 OTs on the 53 man roster. imo.

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HeatCheck    149

That is totally true, but we won't cut him next season. And I don't think we will keep 6 OTs on the 53 man roster. imo.

Not saying we have to cut him. Keep him on the roster for depth. Good thing is, this would be a 4th rounder, not someone expected to come in and take Otah's spot. But on the other hand, we need to draft one or add one in FA for the sheer fact that Otah is hardly dependable.

We can always cut someone else besides Otah who is not needed.

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Not bad. IMO I think there are better OLB's to be had then Spence in the 2nd rnd and I would like to see us add more DL than that.

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Not saying we have to cut him. Keep him on the roster for depth. Good thing is, this would be a 4th rounder, not someone expected to come in and take Otah's spot. But on the other hand, we need to draft one or add one in FA for the sheer fact that Otah is hardly dependable.

We can always cut someone else besides Otah who is not needed.

Who do you suppose we cut? Ziemba? He seems to be the most logical imo, in your scenario.

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HeatCheck    149

Yeah it doesn't matter. If my 4th round OT (McCants) comes in and beats out Ziemba, cut him. You just keep your best OTs (however many you want to keep). But we need an upgrade in depth. Our back ups need to be better than our current back ups. Also we need someone to come in and compete for a starting job as Otah is not dependable.

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Yeah it doesn't matter. If my 4th round OT (McCants) comes in and beats out Ziemba, cut him. You just keep your best OTs (however many you want to keep). But we need an upgrade in depth. Our back ups need to be better than our current back ups. Also we need someone to come in and compete for a starting job as Otah is not dependable.

I don't think anyone drafted outside the 1st round will challenege Otah for a starting spot.. at least not soon.

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HeatCheck    149

I don't think anyone drafted outside the 1st round will challenege Otah for a starting spot.. at least not soon.

Bell is doing it right now. Not because of talent but because he can stay on the field.

And there are sleepers everywhere in each draft. It's not about where you are drafted, but how you perform. Not saying McCants/or any other 4th rd OT is going to come in and start right away. We just need to upgrade that position.

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Bell is doing it right now. Not because of talent but because he can stay on the field.

And there are sleepers everywhere in each draft. It's not about where you are drafted, but how you perform. Not saying McCants/or any other 4th rd OT is going to come in and start right away. We just need to upgrade that position.

The thing is that it was the coaches that shelved Otah, not Otah himself. And they did it, not because he wouldn't have been able to play anymore this season, but because they want at him at 100% next year, when they expect to make a real playoff run. From what I understand, he would have been able to get back out there at some point this season, but they felt it was more important to get him ready for next season.

So to me, it looks as if Otah is clearly in their plans for next season. Of course, I'm sure they will have a contingency plan, just in case. But I don't think they have any intention of bringing in someone to push Otah out...of course, if Kalil is available when we pick, that could change their minds since he looks to be an elite talent, and would be hard to pass up.

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