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#1 Ruff

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:54 PM

RUFF’S MIDSEASON MOCK


Before I got into this mock, I’d like to explain it. This isn’t a mock that’s going to be flashy, have all the nice picks, or the exciting picks. This is a draft that is going to be built with the future in mind. Instead of picking the “what would make us win now” players, this is going to be a “what will make us win three years from now” draft. One that will give us star players in the future at positions that are becoming increasingly important to the NFL. So when you don’t see the Keenan Allens or the Justin Hunters, know that this isn’t because I don’t think those players are good. It’s because they don’t fit into the absolute rebuilding process that this draft aims for.

1st Round – Star Lotulelei, DTUtah

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Star isn’t a sexy pick. He isn’t going to come in and score TDs. He isn’t going to do fancy dances. He probably isn’t even going to sell tickets. What he is going to do though, is help our pass rush. He is also going to help us win a lot of football games.

Star is drawing comparisons to Haloti Ngata. They play(ed) in the same conference, against similar competition, and they both were sort of unpolished during their tenure in college. However, they both do the same things incredibly well. Lotulelei is disruptive, quick, and can tackle with the best of them. His numbers are lower than you would expect, because he is constantly facing double and triple teams.

Another great thing about Star is that he has the athleticism to play the pass rushing DT position in a 43, while also being able to play a large, disruptive DE in a 34. So, if we ever do plan to move to a 34 look (depending on the next head coach), we will have a piece that fits in either position.

Another great thing about Star is, he won’t have to play all downs. With the re-signing of Dwan Edwards, we would have someone who could rotate in whenever Star was tiring, so that the rookie doesn’t have to play all of those snaps early in his career. Or, simply, we could let Dwan start the first half of the season, slowly work in Star, and then let him loose the second half of the season. We have options here.

Here are some highlights of Star:



2nd Round – Dallas Thomas, OT/OGTennessee

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What makes Dallas Thomas so awesome is this, he started out originally playing Left Tackle, and did very well there. Then, the Vols moved him inside to LG, and he’s playing well there as well. Dallas Thomas is a versatile, heads up, smart football player, which is what we need on our offensive line right now.

This is another pick that isn’t going to jump off the screen, but it’s going to be a solid, long-term draft pick. Thomas gives us the flexibility to move him to right guard if that’s the position that we feel like we need, while also giving us the ability to sit him behind Jordan Gross and let him learn from one of the best. Then, in another year or so when Gross retires, go ahead and move Thomas out there. Hell, if Gross retires at the end of this season, Thomas could come in and immediately give us a player at the left tackle position that would grow with our team.

Here are some Dallas Thomas highlights:



3rd Round – n/a

4th Round - Desmond Trufant, CBWashington

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Along the same lines as DeAngelo being gone, I think that Chris Gamble may have also played his last season as a member of the Carolina Panthers. Chris Gamble has always been one of my favorite Panthers. He’s not your typical CB. He’s not very big, he’s not a hard hitter, and he doesn’t always play the ball. But he’s smart.

That’s why I think we need to go with Desmond Trufant. Trufant is of a similar mold as Gamble. He’s not known as the best tackler, but he’s fast and he knows how to out-smart, and out-play, the offense. Trufant has grown up around football, with both of his brothers playing in the NFL currently.

With Josh Norman’s intensity, we need an option at the corner position who is the opposite. We need a guy who is cool, calm, and collected. We need a guy who plays smart zone defense as opposed to Norman who was known as being an “in-your-face” man player. Desmond Trufant is going to be awesome.



5th Round – DJ SwearingerUniversity of South Carolina


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We all know how bad our secondary has been, especially our safeties. With Charles Godfrey being more of a hard-hitting, run stopping strong safety, we need a guy who is athletic enough to play coverage deep and not give up the big plays. We basically need a guy that can play a single-high safety. We need a guy who can help us stop offenses.

DJ Swearinger has always been out of the spotlight at South Carolina. First, there was Stephon Gilmore who got the spotlight, now there is Clowney. But, Swearinger is a fantastic player in his own right. I don’t think that Swearinger would start right away, we would need maybe Martin to fill that position while we slowly ease Swearinger into the position, because let’s be honest, starting two rookies in the secondary would not be good for our defense in the short-term.

Here are some DJ Swearinger highlights:



[center]6th Round – Kenjon Barner, RBOregon

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I believe that DeAngelo will not be a Carolina Panther next year, which means Stewart will be the featured back. In that scenario, along with having Tolbert back there, we really need a change of pace back. One that can make guys miss in the open field, who can stretch the defense, and who can also play special teams (whether it be returning kicks, punts, or playing coverage). That guy is Kenjon Barner.

Barner has a very similar approach and style in the game to Darren Sproles. He’s quick, he’s a special teams beast, and he can catch the ball extremely well in the field. He has the vision to turn upfield and make a two yard catch turn into a fifty yard TD.

The one concern for Barner is his workload. He has never been the “featured” back in Oregon, mainly because of the style of offense they run. Since he’s small, you have to worry about the number of touches he can get in a game or during the week. But, with Jonathon Stewart as our premiere rusher, this shouldn’t be a concern. Barner will see playing time on specific situations until he is NFL ready.

Here are some Kenjon Barner highlights:



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Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:02 PM

Like it but thinking Trufant will be gone by the fourth and Swearinger by the 5th

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:10 PM

Like the players but Desmond's stock has risen and will probably be a 2nd rounder.
We need WR help too and I think we'll draft one.

Like the players though and I think Star should be the #1 pick(if he's still there).

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:26 PM

LMFAO at Trufant in the fourth

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:50 AM

The first pick is sexy as hell. If the draft were tomorrow and we took him, immediate wood <-- definition of sexy.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:48 AM

lol at swearinger in the 5th .. no effing way an all sec safety goes to the 5th

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

http://www.cbssports...rospectrankings

According to this, Trufant is a 4th round prospect (of course, as mentioned above, his stock has definitely risen) and Swearinger is a 4th-5th round pick.

It's not farfetched.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:02 PM

Still early to project the rising prospects.

1st- Star Lotulelei- Love the pick, I think if we don't trade down we'll certainly look heavily at Star. I've watched quite a few Utah games and I believe Star can be every bit as good as Ngata with some of the explosiveness of Suh.

2nd- Dallas Thomas- Certainly possible he'll be available, there's a log jam at trying to find the #2 OT prospect in the draft. That said, I think we have to draft an OT with either our 1st or 2nd round pick and move Gross to RT. I personally hope we can pull a Rams-Redskins style trade with a QB needy team, but it's far to early to project.

4th- Desmond Trufant- Too hard to call where he'll go right now. Once you get past the top tier, projections are all over the board, ex. Josh Norman. Trufant has something special about him that you can see watching him play. He'll go somewhere between the early 2nd to early 4th round.

Overall not a bad projection. Take a look at Luke Joeckel and see what you guys think of him. I think there's a real possibility that if we trade down we'll look at Joeckel in the 1st.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

Swearinger is nothing special at safety. He's a Charles Godfrey clone at best, not a ball hawk. He's not great in coverage, and we need a coverage guy. He will probably be gone before the 5th because he played in the SEC, but his value is definitely a 5th round down.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:48 PM

Swearinger is nothing special at safety. He's a Charles Godfrey clone at best, not a ball hawk. He's not great in coverage, and we need a coverage guy. He will probably be gone before the 5th because he played in the SEC, but his value is definitely a 5th round down.


Have you been watching .. he's the leader of the defense and great in coverage and run support?
There has not been a ball that i've seen him miss out on when given the opportunity to catch it.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:20 PM

He's decent in run defense, but average in coverage. I've been waiting for Swearinger to have a breakout game for two years now, and I'm still waiting. This tells me he's an average safety. We need a ball hawk. I believe Robert Lester and Bacarri Rambo are the best out of this class.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:02 AM

He's decent in run defense, but average in coverage. I've been waiting for Swearinger to have a breakout game for two years now, and I'm still waiting. This tells me he's an average safety. We need a ball hawk. I believe Robert Lester and Bacarri Rambo are the best out of this class.


Mississippi state last year .. 2 interceptions and a game sealing one.. also a game sealing one against tenn.. and 2 interceptions in one game earlier this year? One was called back because of a holloman block.

I don't like Rambo still pissed about him lattimores freshman year .." dat boi is soft i coulda tackled him i just had though my team mates would have .. he aint dat good doe"


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