Awtysst's FINAL Stupid Draft Thoughts
Ok folks this is it. The NFL draft is this weekend and its time to put out my final mock. Over the years of doing mocks I have come to one conclusion: there are two mocks that can be done. You can either try to pick what the team will do or do what would be good for the team. I choose the later because I do not have Gosselin's contacts. If a team disagrees with me, I like to take solace that I will be proven correct a few years later. In my first final mock, I had Htown taking Julius Peppers. How did that one work out Asserly?
So, here it is, my final draft for the 2009 draft. This mock is a combination of what I would do/what the team should do. This final mock lists players I have been high on for awhile plus a couple of surprises.
I make a draft day trade of Dunta for a 2nd this year and a 2nd next year.
1. Trade down
So, basically there is no player worth the 15th pick for us. We find a team that covets Freeman and extract their second rounder and swap first rounders. With our new first rounder I take: Robert Ayers-DE Tennessee. He is an excellent 4-3 DE and can start as part of our rotation right away. This is a great pick because on passing plays, Smith moves to DT, and Ayers can play DE. What do you think of a Dline of Mario, Smith, Amobi, and Ayers. Scary!
2a Max Unger: C.
He has the versatility to play OG or C and is the prototypical center for the ZBS. I like Mack better, but he is better suited for a power scheme (and will be gone anyway at this point). This pick cements Max as our starting C and moves Myers into a backup C/G role, which is really is best spot. Unger is a quality pick here and would start from the day he signs his contract.
2b Patrick Chung- S Oregon
A guy with a non stop motor that can play either safety position. He can tackle, he can make a big hit, and he has decent enough hands. Can we use him, Yes we can!
2c Alphonso Smith-CB Wake Forest
With Dunta gone, we could use another solid CB and we get him right here. Aside from him we have Molden, Bennett, and Reeves. I think Smith is a perfect for our scheme. One drawback is that he is a little short and has trouble with taller (6’4”) receivers. Well guess what, everyone does. Take Smith here!
3. Gerald McRath- OLB Southern Miss
Confused as to how McRath will play the Sam? Don’t be. He won’t. He is the top Will in the draft. But Awtysst, you are not going to bench Adibi are you? Of course not, gentle reader, I am moving him to Sam. Adibi came into the league at 235 lbs. He dropped weight due to a medical condition. I fully expect him to be in the 240-245+lb range when he reports. That is big enough for a Sam. As we saw last year he was able to hold down the position at 225, now at 245, I am sure he can do it full time. Adibi moving to Sam is great because he is a tackling machine. McRath has the speed and ability to cover the Will side. Oh, and we still have June too to play Will.
4 (Texans) Andre Brown-RB N.C. State
A BIG complimentary back to Steve. He can also catch balls out of the backfield and can block. He can grind out those last few yards and can be the difference between punting the ball and getting a fresh set of downs.
4(Minnesota) Vance Walker-DT Georgia Tech
Here is a guy that can collapse the pocket, play stoutly against the run, and can occupy some blockers. He has a great motor, is coachable, and has a nasty demeanor. So why is he here in the fifth round and not in the first with Raji? Simple, he does all these things well, but is not a superstar. Fine by me. I will take him in the fifth. Don’t be surprised if he is starting pretty soon.
5. Antone Smith-RB Florida State
Yep, 2 A Smith’s on the team! We take another RB, but look at his size. He is only 5’8 and weighs 191 lbs. He runs a blistering 4.33 40. I think he can put on about 15 lbs and still have 4.39 40. If he did that he would be 5’8”, 206lbs, and running a 4.39 40. Know who is 5’8” 208lbs, and runs a 4.39 40? You should. We see him twice a year. His name is Maurice Jones Drew. Wouldn’t you like to have a rb that slips between the tackles and picks up yardage too? I would. Oh, and Smith can also return punts too. Are you willing to spend a 5th rounder to try this guy out? I am.
6. Dan Gronkowski-TE Maryland
Mark Bruener is getting up there in age and we could use a solid blocking TE on the team. While he can catch too, Gronkowski’s forte is blocking. I say lets address this position here in the 6th round.
7. Derek Walker-DE Illinois
We start and end our mock with another DE. Here is a guy that played as a LE and had a knack for getting to the QB. He is not great against the run and would be a pure situational passer. I could live with that in the 7th!
And there it is. See yall on Saturday!
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-awtysst on 4/28/2011