I'm not going to project any trades even though I'd like to slide back in either Round 1 or 2 to grab extra picks.
Round 1 - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
A good UT is harder to find and Floyd has shown the ability to not only to get penetration and be disruptive, but also stop the run (where Dwan Edwards has really struggled). Floyd also has a good motor which is something I love to see from a D-lineman. The major knock on Floyd seems to be his technique which can be coached up. Sheldon Richardson and Lane Johnson are also options here but Richardson has his struggles against the run and Johnson appears to be a reach at 14.
Round 2 - Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
I struggle with this pick because there was a reason Thomas was moved inside to guard and I'm looking for him to at least start at RT this year and then move over to LT. Thomas is certainly capable of being the heir to Gross though so I'll stick with him. Quinton Patton is a very close second here (love his ability to break down a corner with his route running). WR Da'Rick Rogers, CBs Logan Ryan and Jordan Poyer are also getting long looks (this is where moving down in the first gives you much more flexibility).
Round 4 - Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn St.
Some injury history and over-paid contracts at the linebackers has me looking at Hodges here. Extremely productive at linebacker U. Has the range to get sideline to sideline and is a good tackler. Not a position of need but a potential starter in the future as a bunch of our linebackers are close to 30. At the very least good depth going forward. DTs Jordan Hill and Kwame Geathers, S JJ Wilcox, CB BW Webb all strong possibilities here as well.
Round 5 - Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Looking for a backup here even if DA leaves in free agency. He has the size, arm and athleticism for the NFL and in the Cam mold. Needs to bulk up a little though. Bye Jimmy.
Round 6 - Manase Foketi, OT, West Texas A&M
Dominated at LT against the lower competition. Athletic for a big man and possesses a mean streak. Could stay at tackle in NFL but at the very least looks like a good developmental pick for either tackle or guard. Rogers Gaines from Tennessee St. gets essentially the same praise so they would be interchangable here.
Round 6 - Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Bad D at Illinois, Good CB. Bring him in and throw him in with Thomas, Norman, Dockery and Ness to see what he can do. Munerlynn is likely leaving anyway. WR Brian Kauffman another possibility.
Round 6 - Quanterous Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Beat Alabama's tackles for 3 sacks (2 on Fluker) this year and has had very good production over his 2 years of starting. Speedy DE with ideal height at 6'5" but needs to add some weight and is coming off an ACL injury. Take a chance and add some depth. S Cooper Taylor would be someone else to look at here.
NT, WR and secondary were largely ignored. I feel like we could target a Sammie Lee Hill or Terrance Kingston for NT in free agency. Our secondary is developing, if we can keep making our front 7 stronger, they will be respectable again. And with so many young WRs on the roster someone has to start getting it right? Gettis, Pilares, Adams, Murphy, Edwards....come on someone.
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