Post Combine, Pre FA
We are in tough shape on the OLine and Smiths future in the air. I expect Gman to get a couple one year deals for OT's like Stewart from the Titans
Anyway, here goes
1. Houston takes Clowney
2. St Louis takes Watkins (Fisher has never taken an OT in the first round ever as a head coach) pairs Austin with Watkins
3. Jacksonville Manziel (tries to generate excitement in Jax)
4. Minnesota (trade from 8 spot) Bortles (gets ahead of the Raiders for the guy they like the best)
5. Oakland Bridewater--the most pro ready QB that can step right in to an offense
6. Atlanta Matthews Atlanta make sure that Ryan stays upright with the better pass protector
7 Tampa Robinson OT
8 Cleveland--Mosely Best ILB in the draft made it easy to trade down for Cleveland, especially since it is rumored that they did not like any of the top 3 QB's. Ray Farmer said he know which QB they wanted already.
26 Cleveland OBJ Since Watkins went to the Rams, the Browns looked to trade down and now nab their WR
28 Cleveland sends pick 35 and 71 to the Panthers to get back into the first round and select Derek Carr QB
Carr has the strongest arm of any of the top QB's and is also very fast. The Browns come back into the end of the 1st to get ahead of Houston who still needs a signal caller.
Now to the Panthers draft
2A. From Browns. Panthers liked Cooks and OBJ, but both were gone before 28, so they take the best WR available in
Jordan Matthews WR
2B. Since Gman bought a couple FA to hold down the OT positions, the Panthers pick Jack Mewhort OT who could possibly start by midseason. The top flight guys were gone in the top 10
3A. From Browns. Carolina runs a lot of zone, so the press corner star is not needed, but height is, so they pick Keith McGill CB who showed very well at the combine. McGill was always a safety, and just started playing corner instead of the other way around for most guys, He has a high ceiling, especially with pro coaching and can only get better. The Panthers lost a lot of jump balls last season and with the Falcons and the Saints, we had to go big.
3B. With Smith gone or going in the next year, the Panthers select a guy who can play the slot or Smiths old positiion in Robert Herron WR. Herron lit up the Senior Bowl and made believers out of many.
4th Justin Britt OT is 325 and will challenge Bell right away for the RT spot.
5th Arthur Lynch TE is not a speedster but can do all things TE well. Will be good to run 2 TE sets with him
6th Tre Boston S can definitely add depth to our Safety position and take over in a year or so, he had a great combine, so I am a bit worried he won't still be here in the 6th
7th Ethan Westbrooks DE West Texas A&M Small school guy who really got noticed at the EW Shrine game. IN 2013, he had 19.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 10 hurries, etc. With the Hardy situation, I wanted to slot someone in our DE rotation since it is very important to keep pressure on the opposition QB's in our system.
Trades are always important and I tried to give a scenario with which one might occur, also, as we know, this thing will get blown out of the water once FA starts, Hardy stays or goes, Smith stays or goes, etc. Will do one more a couple days before the draft.