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#1 Matthias

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:14 PM

This mock is based on our final record being 3-13, and having the first overall pick in the 2013 draft. The set up will be free agency period, the draft, and finally the roster projection. Enjoy!






Free Agency Period:



A. Free Agent Signings- (I'm going to list my top free agents)


Jairus Byrd:

Position- Free Safety
Ht- 5'10"
Wt- 203


Sean Smith:

Position- Cornerback
Ht- 6'3"
Wt- 214


Randy Starks:

Position- Defensive Tackle
Ht- 6'3"
Wt- 305



B. Trades and other moves-


Trade first overall pick for- 1st (3rd overall), 2nd, 3rd, and 1st 2014

Trade our 2nd for a later 2nd and 3rd

Trade Jordan Gross for a 3rd rounder

Trade Chris Gamble for a 4th rounder

Release DeAngelo Williams

Release Charles Godfrey

Release Haruki Nakamura

Release Ron Edwards




NFL Draft:




1st Round (3rd overall)


Luke Joeckel


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Of course, not too long ago I realized he is a junior. If he wanted to, he could go back to college, and try to win a national championship with Johnny Football. I wouldn't be surprised if he eletced to stay in college, in that case our pick would then be Star Lotulelei, and we would draft a T prospect with one of our second rounders. With all that said, we all know Joeckel's resume, he is the best T prospect out of this class. Excellent replacement for Gross.




2nd Round (35th overall trade)


TJ McDonald


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The big physical safety we've been missing. (Have this franchise ever had a big safety?) USC has a recent history of putting out good defensive players, and TJ looks to be another guy in that list. Hopefully he will help lock down the safety spot for us.




2nd Round (trade)


Alvin Bailey


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A big road grader. Excellent guy to have on the right side, solidifying our line for years to come. He also came from a passing offense at Arkansas, so he can hold his own. With a little bit of experience, I think he could eye down Suh!




3rd Round (trade)


Joseph Fauria



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Great athletic skill, and can block. Has starting potential, but would be a great tag team partner to Greg Olsen here in the Carolinas.




3rd Round (trade)




Cobi Hamilton


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A big, fast receiver is just what the doctor ordered for Cam. I thought Gettis would show his stuff this year, but between injury and coaching pride, he won't be able to show anything for the new coach to conisder him next year. (Of course perhaps Gettis will stay long enough to show his stuff for the new coach during preseason. I'll entertain that possibility) With all that said, Hamilton could be a Julio Jones in training.




4th Round


Devin Taylor


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This would complete a serious monster rotation at the DE spot for us. Devin Taylor has NFL calibur talent, we are talking being able to start for most teams within 2 years or less. Teams will be wetting their beds at night at the thought of playing CJ, Hardy, Alexander, and Taylor come gametime.




4th Round (trade)


DJ Swearinger


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I know many of you SC fans think Swearinger will be gone before the 4th round, but I don't think so. If guys like Lester and Reid will fall into the third round, they being more well known, Swearinger will probably fall as a result. He hasn't put up spectacular numbers, but the thing I like about him is his solid play. He would be a great guy to have for special team coverage, and could push for a starting position. After this draft, our safety spot will be stacked with talent.




5th Round


Darius Slay


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A decent corner prospect. With a first rounder on the other side of him, I'm sure he's seen a lot of passes gone his way.




6th Round


Trey Millard


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A bruiser of a fullback. It's time we get back to running the ball with a punch, and Millard will help pave the way for Stew and Tolbert.




Roster Projection:




Offense

QB: Cam Newton, Back up
RB: Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert
FB: Trey Millard ®
TE: Greg Olsen, Joseph Fauria ®
WR: Steve Smith, David Gettis, Joe Adams
WR: Brandon LaFell, Cobi Hamilton ®
LT: Luke Joeckel ®, Back up
LG: Amini Silatolu, Back up
C: Ryan Kalil, Back up
RG: Alvin Bailey ®, Back up
RT: Byron Bell, Back up


Defense

RE: Greg Hardy, Frank Alexander
DT: Randy Starks (FA), Back up
DT: Dwan Edwards, Back up
LE: Charles Johnson, Devin Taylor ®
OLB: Thomas Davis, James Anderson
MLB: Luke Kuechly, Back up
OLB: Jon Beason, Back up
CB: Josh Norman, Darius Slay ®
FS: Jarius Byrd (FA), Sherrod Martin
SS: TJ McDonald ®, DJ Swearinger ®
CB: Sean Smith (FA), Capt. Munnerlyn


Special Teams

KR: Joe Adams
PR: Joe Adams
K: ?
P: ?




So there you have it. My scenario should we end up with the number one pick. Some believe no one will trade up to pick a QB this year. In free agency, the best QB available will be our own Derek Anderson. So I'm led to believe someone will trade up and take a chance on either Barkley or Smith. (Smith may be the front runner here) With all the success RG3 is having, and Smith was having a better year than RG3 had his final year at Baylor until they started losing, I definitely think a team will jump up to the number one pick. (I'm looking at the Chiefs and Cardinals)

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

If this ever did happen I'd cry with tears of joy but The odds are against this scenario but I do love the mock

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

Just to clarify are you saying we are going to sign all of these free agents?

#4 Matthias

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

Just to clarify are you saying we are going to sign all of these free agents?


Jarius Byrd will be the big fish signing. I think we should have enough money to sign one big, but not that big name. Hopefully the Bills have a bigger cat to slap the franchise tag on, because I know Jarius wants out of town. With Sean Smith, he's a slightly above average corner, who could still get better. I don't think he will ask for big corner money, but a decent payday. Randy Starks shouldn't ask for a lot either. I think we could sign those guys once we get rid of a couple of current players and contracts.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

Jarius Byrd will be the big fish signing. I think we should have enough money to sign one big, but not that big name. Hopefully the Bills have a bigger cat to slap the franchise tag on, because I know Jarius wants out of town. With Sean Smith, he's a slightly above average corner, who could still get better. I don't think he will ask for big corner money, but a decent payday. Randy Starks shouldn't ask for a lot either. I think we could sign those guys once we get rid of a couple of current players and contracts.

That makes sense thanks for the clarification

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

Wow! I don't know what to say.
Trade Gross? Trade Gamble? Release TD? Release Godfrey?

No way we signs all those FAs. And Trestman, really?

And I just don't believe no team this year is going to get a fortune of picks to trade down. I can't see no one wanting to trade up except maybe the Rams. And all I see them giving up is their 2nd alone. There's no RG3 in this draft. Geno may likely be the 1st pick and Barkley will not force any team to trade up for him.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:52 PM

Yeah I agree I don't like all of the players that you released because you're not goin to save money by cutting these guys but I like the picks like I said before

#8 Matthias

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:29 AM

Trading Gross, Gamble,and releasing Edwards and D-Will should save us a bundle of money. The other guys I'm releasing either because of bad play, or they just won't be starters next year. Thomas Davis is a good player, but I don't want a situation like this year, trying to find a way to play all our linebackers. Kuechly's play became notably better by becoming our middle linebacker, but the main reason why he all of a sudden became a force in our defense, is because he was on the field. At the beginning of the year, Kuechly probably didn't play 20% of our defensive snaps per game. He started at OLB, but Davis played and finished the game at OLB. So I don't want to see another situation like that, where Beason and TD are fighting for snaps. If TD was content in playing a back up role and special teams coverage, I would love for him to stick around. (I would release him, and give him a decent back up role contract) Yet he probably wants to start, and that is not happening here.

Godfrey is average at best, shouldn't have to explain why he's been released.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

I honestly think Godfrey is a better player than the guy from USC

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

I'm willing to put my good name on the line :cool: , that Swearinger is the hidden gem of this entire draft. Not saying he's the best player, but the most well kept secret. Yet all in all, both safeties in my mock are 10 times better than Godfrey. The fact they played safety throughout their collegiate career is a definite plus over Godfrey.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:40 PM

I wouldn't cut Davis or Godfrey.

Davis is the soul of the team with what he's been through AND he's an impact player- a true difference maker.

Godfrey is getting better, if he would just work on wrapping up rather than going for the big hit he'd be even better.

Outside of that, I'd mess my britches if something like this came to fruition.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

Nice mock but I don't think that the panthers will finish with the worst record and Trestman sign a four year extension with the Als

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:02 PM

No way Jarius Byrd hits free agency. The Bills are already working out an extension with him. If they can't get a deal done in time they'll use the franchise tag.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:19 PM

Wish this would happen...but there is no way we end up with the number one pick.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:23 PM

Nice mock but I don't think that the panthers will finish with the worst record and Trestman sign a four year extension with the Als


Trestman signed an extension? Ah, that stinks. I believe he would have made a great HC, and probably wouldn't have cost us as much as the other big names out there. My first choice for HC is David Shaw, but that is not likely. I don't really have a third choice.


I wouldn't cut Davis or Godfrey.

Davis is the soul of the team with what he's been through AND he's an impact player- a true difference maker.

Godfrey is getting better, if he would just work on wrapping up rather than going for the big hit he'd be even better.

Outside of that, I'd mess my britches if something like this came to fruition.


Yall convinced me about Davis, so I'll change that in my mock. I love to have him here, just don't want to see us shuffling linebackers next year. So Anderson will be Davis' back up.


No way Jarius Byrd hits free agency. The Bills are already working out an extension with him. If they can't get a deal done in time they'll use the franchise tag.


I fear you're right about that. Do the Bills have another free agent that is tag worthy? Would love to have a guy like Byrd here, of course there would be steep competition for his services, and we don't have a lot of money to bid.


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