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#1 jramsey4

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:30 PM

There is a lot of debate about what our 1st pick will be (as is the case every year) with a lot of people wanting Brockers or a CB or OL. I fall into the latter. As much as I would love some great DT prospect to be there when we pick there is not one. Brockers is at best raw potential and I have a problem using a top 10 pick on potential alone.

Before anyone says it there is a huge difference between Cam last year and Brockers this year. Cam had one of the most dominating seasons in college football history. Brockers had an average season. So I am being a realist I don't want us reaching for a need. If I had my way we would make a strong push for Jason Jones in FA to bring in one of the best interior pass rushers to our line and then address NT in the draft (or sign Garay or my ideal chose if the Lions don't RFA him is Sammie Lee Hill) so I am going into this mock with that assumption.

1st Pick: David Decastro RG



If it is possible I would like us to trade down to 12-15 range just to pick up the 3rd we lost. To me this is the pick that makes the most sense when you combine value and need. RG is a position of need I don't care how good our O looked last year the ROL looked like crap. Getting Decastro which many (including myself) are calling the best G prospect in a decade would be huge to solidify the right side of our OL. He is great in all areas of the game with no weaknesses just differing levels of strengths. If Otah could stay healthy this line would be the best in the league bar none. This would allow our running game to be more dominate and will give Cam more time to let his receivers get open. Ideally we could move down a couple of spots and pick up a 2nd or 3rd but that seems unlikely. I would still rather have one of the best G's in the league then a DT thats a project.

2nd Round: Alameda Taamu NT



I can remember when Taamu was considered a lock in round 1 but an inconsistent off-season has him tumbling down draft boards. I had real concerns about him going round 1 as he really is a one trick pony but in the 2nd he has tremendous value. He is a solid run stuffer but is terrible at creating pass rush. He also at times seems to get pushed off the line even at his gargantuan size (6'2 350). What I do like about him is he is huge with crazy athleticism for a guy of his size and he is a solid run stuffer (he is also praised for a relentless work ethic). Of course this pick changes if we sign Garay or Jones to someone like Curry.

3rd Round (trade): Trumaine Johnson CB



6'2 205 lbs Trumaine Johnson is my Fav CB prospect in this draft. He is a converted receiver and thus has tremendous ball skills and at his size he can fight for the ball. He has excellent potential in both man and zone (however he is very inexperienced in zone). Doesn't have elite speed but can keep up with all but the fastest receivers. He plays with physicality in the run game but to often goes for the big play instead of wrapping up. Johnson has the potential to be one of the best DB's in this draft.

4th Round: TY Hilton WR



Hilton is one of those prospects you wonder why there is no hype about them. The kid is a straight up game-changer. As a freshman he had 41 rec 1,013 yards and 7 td receiving, 36 returns for 843 yards and 1 TD at kick return, and 18 ret 266 yards and 1 td at punt return. He was bothered by nagging injuries as a sophomore but still led the team in receiving (57-632-5) and kickoff returns (22-633-1), then returned to form strong enough to be named Sun Belt Player of the Year for his play in 2010 (59-848-5 rec, 30-282-4 rush, 29-833-2 KR, 20-126 PR), helping FIU win its first Sun Belt title. This year he had another strong year (71-1038-7 rec, 18-548-0 KR, 8-186-1). He has outstanding hands and YAC ability as well as being a hell of a good return man. He is undersized (5-10 190) but that stereotype should long be dead. He has excellent speed and a very good work ethic. In short a solid eventual replacement for Smith.

5th Round: Keenan Robinson OLB



Robinson is 6'3 240 lbs and is an excellent fit at Weakside LB (in other words TD insurance). He plays nasty and that will result in the occasional penalty but to me thats a good thing not a bad one (I like my LB to lay the wood on players and make O players fear them). He has excellent sideline to sideline speed and is a solid tackler. He is also solid in pass coverage but he was never asked to pass rush often so is raw in that regard. All in all he is well rounded WLB that has the potential to develop into a great player. Why he is projected to go in the 5th is beyond me.

6th round: Marc Tyler RB



This is one I only include because I don't see us resigning Stewart next year and I think we will need a power change up when he leaves. Marc Tyler (5'11 230lbs) has a ton of talent but has the worst luck when it comes to staying healthy (3 different injuries in 5 years). His last year of HS he injured his leg and RS his freshman year, Then in 09 he injured his toe and only play 1 game. In 2010 he had his best year (117 car, 913 yards, 5.3 YPC and 9 tds). Then he played through a shoulder injury all this year. Balanced runner with low pad level and tough to bring down. He has the power to pick up positive yardage after initial contact. Tyler has better feet than expected to keep defenders off balance in the open field. He is a decisive, north/south runner with good leg drive and physicality, never quitting on plays. He has good vision and does a nice job seeing the holes and running to daylight. He is also solid pass catcher out of the backfield and gives good effort in pass protection. If he can stay healthy he will be a super sleeper.

7th Round: Matt Conrath DE

Conrath played out of position his entire career at Va. Lining him up at UT at 6'7” 280 makes you wonder what there smoking. He is ideally suited for strong-side DE in our scheme (or 5 tech in a 3-4). He is excellent against the run but considering he lined up at DT his whole career its hard to project how he will be at pass rushing coming off the edge. He has outstanding athleticism for a man of his size and has long arms to boot. Also one added bonus he is terrific at blocking Fgs. I see him as a RE on running downs and occasionally kick him inside on pass downs. Reminds me a lot of Calais Campbell

#2 jramsey4

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:31 PM

I know I misspelled Combine in the title.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:33 PM

Interesting draft. I actually like it. Except that last pick. I think we needed a punter in that but hey, this was a rather interesting draft.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:13 PM

I wouldn't mind the DeCastro pick, but I think we should get Brockers. Pie for a thorough analysis, you're reasonable, and I like the potential of Robinson.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:19 PM

One thing that I didn't see/Read is, how would the trade work out? I'm interested in knowing this..

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:25 PM

If we do trade back a little it would be hard not to pick Jenkins too as he might end up being one of the best cover corners in the draft. But when it come down to it you want a starter in the first round with big impact on the team. The game has been and always will,start in the trenches that's why I think even if we stay at 9 or trade back decastro has got to be the pick and I know we need alot of help on defense but you can't pass on him but if they do then it would have to be Jenkins. I just can't see picking a project in the top 10 that's not a su kinda guy or the the next sapp.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:29 PM

don't like getting an OG in the first round. not a fan of getting a NT when a UT is more needed either.

if we were intent on getting help for the oline in the draft and wanted/could trade back to get a 3rd, i'd rather use the first couple picks on defense and then take the second two and pick up silatolu in the third and schwartz in the 4th.

gotta say i just wouldn't be crazy about this draft. very meh....

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:06 PM

One thing that I didn't see/Read is, how would the trade work out? I'm interested in knowing this..


I included it for if there was a willing partner for us to trade back from 8 to the 12-15 range.

don't like getting an OG in the first round. not a fan of getting a NT when a UT is more needed either.

if we were intent on getting help for the oline in the draft and wanted/could trade back to get a 3rd, i'd rather use the first couple picks on defense and then take the second two and pick up silatolu in the third and schwartz in the 4th.

gotta say i just wouldn't be crazy about this draft. very meh....


Well I did make the caveat that we sign Jason Jones and he is a much better UT then anything available in this draft and your disapproval of a G is well documented. It is my opinion that I would rather have an elite G as a DT that is raw potential.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:11 PM

Interesting draft. I actually like it. Except that last pick. I think we needed a punter in that but hey, this was a rather interesting draft.


I don't really think the difference in talent between a 7th round P and an UDFA are worth using a pick on 1 but I have been saying a P has been a need for the past 2 years and yet we never brought anyone in. We should have gotten rid of Baker instead of Kasey last year and brought in a couple of strong leg P to handle both P and KO duties.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:41 PM

Taamu i think has the athletic ability to play 3 tech better than NT. he does get pushed at times, but he has light feet for a guy that size and can get good penetration/ push on pockets.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:23 PM

Taamu i think has the athletic ability to play 3 tech better than NT. he does get pushed at times, but he has light feet for a guy that size and can get good penetration/ push on pockets.


That was my 1st impression as well. I think he should play at the 320-325 lbs range and line up at UT but his size makes me think NT will be his final position in either scheme. Either way I think he and Brockers have similar upside and strengths but Taamu can be had a round later. BTW Rayzor the difference between DeCastro and Schwartz is about the difference between Cam and Kapernick last year. Where as the difference between Brockers and Taamu IMO is negligible.


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