Suck On My Mock: 7 Rounds In 7 Days (Plus Bonus Rb Content!)
Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:12 PM
As always, the Panthers go into this year's draft with about 40 fuging needs on the team, but I'm not here to regale you with trade down scenarios that will never happen, like that bengals 2 firsts for 9 that some diehard *** cincy fan blogged about which created a shitstorm of buzz on this forum.
So here is my mock draft, and I promise I won't forget about punter
Round 1, Pick 9
Now this guy, ...a lot of people have a problem with. But if he's still up for grabs and Claiborne is not available, Quinton Coples, DL (pictured above) will be the best defensive player on the board. Okay lets talk about his motor. You probably don't realize it, which might make you tend towards other positiions, but one of the criterion DLs are consistently graded on by draftniks is whether or not their motor runs hot or cold. Seriously go check out the scouting reports on draft countdown. Like 9 out of 10 DL with a scouting report has a comment on their "motor", which is virtually nonexistent in any other scouting report except for the rare appearance on a linebacker's or offensive lineman's. And when it's posted on a linebacker, it's usually a 3-4 OLB that "could also project to end in a 4-3". Since every football fan who follows the draft knows soooo much about working hard, it's particularly unattractive when a draftnik drops this buzzword in a negative sense for a prospect.
Many top DL prospects have had to deal with these questions. Even Mario Williams had question marks about his motor from some ill-informed online scouts with too much time on their hands. Sometimes, questions over "motor" is put on perceived underachievers by simply comparing their sack totals from one year to the next. Coples actually did admit he could've made a better effort on some plays, which means to me the guy acknowledges and is willing to improve in that area, even though I don't think it's a major concern to begin with. The guy dealt with a tumultuous situation in UNC (keep in mind I don't mark out for UNC, I actually think he's a good prospect) got moved around a lot, and never fell of the face of the earth despite this.
At the pro level, I don't expect him to be an immediate sack artist, even though I do in a long-term sense, and I do think he'll get a decent amount of pressure to begin with, but catching up to faster and smarter QBs in the NFL is a learning curve almost every DE goes through. I think he'll immediately help set the edge in the running game (which is also crucial because the front seven was terrible against the run and the safeties couldn't make a tackle to save their lives), his ability to line up inside and provide pressure is a boon, and this allows Hardy to spell either him or CJ which will make us rich in talent in one of the most important positions in the game.
More about pressure: "You can never have too many pass rushers" -- some GM whose team has won 2 of the last 5 superbowls. This is the guy who drafted Jason Pierre Paul when they were already so deep at DE Mathias Kiwanuka had to move out of position to OLB (oh and BTW, if you think Coples' senior season stats are underwhelming, take a look at JPP's stats at South Florida, holy poo, a lot of college fans argued he wasn't the top threat for most teams USF faced, which hilariously happened to be George Selvie, whom we signed at some point last season). If you're Jerry Reese, you might feel vindicated when you look up any top QB's stats and find that their passer rating goes down about 20-30 points at least against pressure. Drew Brees for example has an overall rating of 110.6, which goes down to about an 81.5, which means that if you don't count those pressure plays against him, his overall rating is even higher. We didn't hassle him much if at all last year, which was why he was able to destroy us through the air. Matt Ryan's rating under pressure is a pathetic 44.7. Even Eli Manning posts an almost as pathetic 50.4 rating. Pressure matters, and the foundation to any defense good at bringing the heat is Defensive Line. Not white, stiff-hipped coverage linebackers who aggregate 600 tackles a season.
Round 2 tomorrow, in the mean time
Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:21 PM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:27 PM
1. Trent Richardson
2. Doug Martin
4. Bernard Pierce
5. Vick Ballard
6. Chris Rainey
6 ©. Dan Herron
7. Jeff Demps
Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:11 AM
I actually feel like making our second pick is going to be tougher than making our first pick, because after our second pick, you can't rely on anybody to come in and be a starter immed. I tried to rationalize taking a DT here, ...and then I thought about how awful Munnerlyn was. So I kept trying to convince myself to pick DT, ...then I, again, remembered how awful Munnerlyn was last year. To be honest, I would not at all be against going DE/DT in the first two rounds, as a matter of fact, I would prefer it over most other directions. Adding Cox/Curry or Coples/Ta'amu would help this front four rebound in a hurry: reminder that we did make a superbowl with Terry Cousin and Reggie Howard, although that was a time where a DB had more freedom in pass defending. Josh Robinson could come in and be entrenched as a starter at CB2 by week 5. With the way spread offenses are increasing in this league, one of the areas we need to be deeper in is Corner, and although Gamble dominated last year, the rest of the unit was either atrocious or ineffective.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:09 PM
Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:15 PM
Did you see the tape where AJ Green abused him for an entire game? Gawd
yes only starting corners in the NFL have never had a bad game in college
Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:44 PM
Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:06 PM
I've come to the conclusion that whichever we don't draft in the 2nd round out of CB/DT (providing we take Coples first), we should take in the fourth, and, if I was the one drafting, I would make it a goal to draft somebody from that Bama defense. That is why with my 3rd pick I'd select
Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:35 PM
If Jenkins is there in the second do you take him over Robinson?
Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:29 PM
I like it so far. If I had to finish it out: LB, OL, WR, PR in no particular order
If Jenkins is there in the second do you take him over Robinson?
I would be very tempted to take Jenkins if he is still there at 40. Even though there have been reports that he's off of some teams' entire boards, it only takes one team to be high on him to make him an early pick, and he has too much talent to be available for long, so I don't expect him to be there. Other guys I think would be gone by then that certainly influenced my decision is Jerel Worthy and Hightower, and if say for example I picked Fletcher Cox in the first round Nick Perry would be unlikely to still be available at 40.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:12 AM
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