Round 1: Stephen Hill WR, Georgia Tech
I think Wright will be gone when we pick so I'm going the next best WR and the man with the highest potential.
Wont have the pressure of a starter because AJ and KW will start ahead of him so gives him time to develop but will still see plenty of minutes.
Round 2: Andre Branch OLB, Clemson
Many have him as the 7-8-9 OLB in the 3-4 on the boards so i think he will fall to us. How many times do you see 8 OLBs specific for the 3-4 come off by the end of the 2nd round.
Bit of a one year wonder (was behind bowers last year though) but has fantastic measurables. His 10yd split was extremely quick. long arms. will straight away fit into the OLB rotation.
Round 3: Tank Carder ILB, TCU
His a little light at 236 pounds but will have time to gain some strength and power by sitting behind cushing and sharpton. Plays with a real tenacity.
Had a great combine and pro day shooting him up boards.
Round 4: Nate Potter OT, Boise State
To me he should fit right into our zone-blocking scheme.
Will be battling with Newton for the swing tackle position but grades out mostly as RT.
Is a better Pass-blocker then run-blocker. but has time to develop strength.
Round 4: Kheeston Randall DE, Texas
From the games i saw him play i thought he was at his most disruptive when slanting and given the play to penetrate.
Is not effective when face up against guards but in our one gap system i think it works to his strengths and will be very good for us.
We are pretty old at DE with smith and bulman (current UFA).
In the 3-4 you always need to bring in help in the front 7.
And i think this is our guy we will target heavily.
Round 5: Rhett Ellison TE, USC
I see a lot of Casey and Dressen in this guy.
Used as a HB/TE in the USC system so i think he adapts well to ours.
Willing blocker though could get better. But he would be out 3rd TE on the roster so has time to develop strength.
Finds holes in zones really well does struggle with speed down field though.
Is a big body will help out our Red Zone efficiency and should push graham in the pre-season.
Round 6: Randy Bullock K, Texas A&M
Possible loss of Rackers means we need a kicker. Plus he'll be a cheaper alternative. seen as we are in cap hell we need to save many where we can.
Round 7: Chad Diehl FB, Clemson
Cheap replacement for Vickers.
Will be solely used as a blocker. meaning casey can be the H-back and gives our offence that little more versatility.
Just quickly to clarify i few things.
I have taken off NT my board as i think we a pretty good for the moment and there a bigger needs to fill this season.
Next year we can target that high talent if all things work out well.
CB i didn't take as i think we have a lot of guys there and all we need is perhaps one veteran in FA to come in to compete.
The biggest surprise is the omission of OG.
Unless one of the the big prospects falls in the first 2rounds i wouldn't take an OG because he wouldn't be much better then what we have already depth wise.
Thanks for reading