Here’s my office friendly annual draft mock thing:
Note: There are two players I really want that I didn’t draft: Devante Parker WR (no trade-up) and Jaquiski Tartt SS (Thought of other value)
1. Andrus Peat OT Stanford 6’7 613
Peat maybe perceived as a boom-or-bust by some but if there is a blue goose at the tackle position, it’s him. I think Fisher surprisingly goes before him along with Scherff and Collins. I also see teams picking more skill positions early this year given the success of the last draft. Peat is also one of two guys I would be down for us drafting up for (+Parker)
(Other considerations: Landon Collins, Bud Dupree, Agholor, Kevin Johnson)
2. Quinten Rollins CB/FS Miami (OH) 5'11 195
Why I like Rollins: He can play outside, in the slot, and at FS as well. What we were trying to do with Colin Jones at the end of last season could be Rollins’ role and more in our defense. I was really thinking about J. Tartt here because he would give us a starting SS but think Coleman-Harper is better than what’s going on in the rest of the secondary and Rollins is a strong potential BPA.
I know everyone expects a DL early, well…I expect a few DLs from this class but not early. Unless Dupree falls in 1, or P. Smith in 2, I don’t see many strong fits. Hardy is a good possibility and I think I speak for many who would welcome him into BofA.
Didn’t wait too long for a defensive lineman. Smith was just as a force as Dupree for Kentucky and I think he’s a great fit into our rotation ahead of Horton and Alexander. If CJ or Ealy miss time, having another balanced-DE is big and this guy has 3-down potential.
(Other considerations: Davis Tull, Buck Allen, Diggs)
5. Dezmin Lewis WR Central Arkansas 6’4 214 (4.46 40)
This is a prospect teams are high on but since he’s from a small school, the media can miss mentioning…but damn can he just beat out CBs coming in at a fast 6’4 that ran a full route tree in college. He high points the ball and has good hands. There’s a lot to like about this kid.
C5. John “Taz” Crockett RB North Dakota State 6'0 217
I like what I’ve read and seen on this kid as well. Great size + speed combo, and has the potential of a 3-Down RB. Ran his NDSU team to consecutive FCS championships…. Taz was a big part of that team being so dominant in recent years.
C5. Quayshawn Nealy OLB/ILB Georgia Tech
Word is that we’re pretty high on Nealy and I can see why. He could warrant a higher pick in the 4th so think this would be great value.
6. Derrick Lott DT TN-Chattanooga
Lott is a sleeper at the DT position that could be fringe-roster maker or replace an oldie in Edwards or Cole.
7. Austin Shepherd OT/G Alabama
Late flyer on another OL that could be a good Chandler/Velasco replacement in 1.
So there's a prospect I noticed recently that we met with, is kind of flying under the radar, and may be pretty close to what we're looking for: Dezmin Lewis
WR || Central Arkansas || 6'4" 214 Lbs (4.46 40)
According to NFL media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis, UCA wide receiver Dezmin Lewis may be one of the sleepers in the upcoming draft.
Jeremiah said, “When I watched him on tape, he was so much fun to watch. Look at how long he is. (He) can stride it out and beat you over the top. A little nifty after the catch, too, for such a long, tall receiver.”
Lewis was one of the players scouts watched closely at the Senior Bowl this year, as the week in Mobile, Ala., represented a big step up in competition for him. He is speculated to draw major interest on Day 3 (rounds 4-7). Observers say he will have to round out his game further to be a complete NFL receiver. But he is said to have a big upside and has the potential to have an impact early. A plus could be his ability to help on special teams.
Scouts were interested to see how his speed matched up at the senior bowl and Lewis stood out. He's already a savvy route runner (huge), good hands, he's got the size, and we got a chance to meet with him. Given Gettleman's comments about the WR class being deep and whatnnot, it makes me think what the FO thinks of guys beyond the expected top-3 round picks and if they have any in mind like Lewis.
The biggest knocks are that is still somewhat raw and doesnt use his size to his advantage which is just as much about coming out as a junior when he could have used another year of seasoning. He is not ready to start day 1 as some other guys are, but his upside is as big as Benjamin. picking him in the second would be a great investment in our wide receiver future.
The nice thing is he's shown flashes at times of using his size to his advantage..just needs to make that consistent. His strength is something big to note too...there's one TD he made where the ball was terribly underthrown and he just ripped it out of the CBs hands and ran it in for the score.
15 is crazy narrow. 30 would probably be too narrow. 50 would be more realistic. All of those other than Parker might fall to us. And you never know, I'll give Parker a 10% percent chance because you never know