And there it is. The final DoppelMock of the 2012 Draft season. I have really enjoyed reading and thinking about other people's mocks. It has helped me focus, encouraged me to watch film on prospects I initially passed over, and better prepared me for the fun that will be the 2012 NFL Draft. So, that that said, I raise a tall glass of Doppelbock to all of you and say thanks:this mock's for you!!!
1. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State, 6’3, 260, 4.62
I really like McClellin as a 3-4 OLB. As I have seen more film on him I am more and more convinced he is the right pick here. In 2011 he had 50 tackles, seven sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a blocked kick. In 2010, he had 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss. He is an athletic pass rusher and plus run defender. He is fluid enough to drop back into coverage. He is a high motor, relentless player. He can shed blocks, play the ball, and has solid instincts. I have liked him for quite a while and have steadily seen him going higher up mock boards. He reminds me of Brooks Reed not only in his style of play, and measurables, but also in his rise. At one point, Reed was considered a third, then second, and finally a late first early second. I think that's where Shea lies now, as a late first/early 2nd rounder. He immediately upgrades the pass rush, gives extra OLB depth, and can push for rotational time in Wade’s new fearsome OLB rotation with Barwin and Reed.
2. Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami of Ohio, 6’5, 346, 4.98
Before you begin to tell me that Brooks is too big for the ZBS, keep in mind, the ZBS is not based on size, its based on athleticism. Brooks is a super athetle for his size. His 40 time was 4.98. The closest person who had a similar 40 time was OT Matt Kalil(4.99), who interestingly enough is also 6’5. Here is the kicker though, Kalil weighs 308 lbs. So even though he outweighed Kalil by 38 lbs, he had essentially the same 40 time. Brooks has also the lateral athleticism and most importantly the strength to deal with the bigger, stronger Interior DL. While he is listed as an OT, I think his more natural fit would be at OG. He immediately injects depth to the RG spot and can push Caldwell.
3. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona, 6’3, 224, 4.6
I have liked Criner and mocked him before. In my mind he is the kind of receiver Htown could use next to AJ. He is a productive wr who did great at the senior bowl. In 2011 he pulled in 75 receptions for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns. Its important to note he missed one game due to an appendectomy. In 2010, he caught 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns. He isn’t as fast as Jacoby, but he has good enough speed to get separation plus has the hands and route running that tend to elude Mr. Jones.
4a. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State, 6’0, 203, 4.58
This may be a somewhat controversial pick, but here is how I defend it. Martin looks like a Daniel Manning clone. He has good enough speed, is a solid tackler, and can deflect passes. He is a 2nd round talent that will drop due to injury. He is immediate depth and contributes from the get go on special teams. He has all the tools to eventually succeed Manning. Having another Manning type Safety would make Wade smile.
4b. Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State, 6’4, 310,5.35
Myers just signed an extension, but there isn’t any depth behind him. Brewster is a great Center prospect. He is quick, can release off the ball, has excellent knee bend, and pull, and has good strength. He has a few technical issues that need cleaning up, but that can be done through good coaching.
Brewster provides instant depth. He could start right now, but he would benefit from cleaning out his rough spots. Right now he provides excellent depth. In a year or two, he can take over for Myers.
5. Brett Roy, DE, Nevada, 6’4, 280, 4.84
Depth is the key to any good defense. A DE like Roy would look great in a rotation with Smith and Watt. Roy is a high motor tackling machine who has a nose for the backfield. He had 66 tackles with 18.5 behind the LOS, and 10 sacks. Year before he got 50 tackles, 214.5 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. You might say his numbers are inflated because he played at Nevada, but he got sacks against the Pac 12’s Oregon and the everyone’s favorite Mid Major: Boise State. This guy can play and I want him on my team. He is the type of DE Wade would salivate over.
6. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State, 5’10, 202, 4.59
This is a classic low risk, high reward pick. After the 2010 season, Bolden entered the 2011 season to HUGE hype. Some called him late first rounder, others thought early second. He was set to have another outstanding season and cement his first round status. Unfortunately he tore his ACL and missed all of the 2011 season. He is still recovering and should be faster once he is fully healed. I would draft him here and then IR him. I would give him the entire season to fully heal and spend the time teaching him technique and the playbook. In a year, he will be fully healed and will be ready to compete in a very robust CB group.
7. J.K. Schaffer, ILB, Cincinnati, 6’1, 227, 4.69
Here you go. A sleeper ILB prospect who could become a whole lot more. Last year he had 114 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six passes broken up. In 2010, 111 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. In in 2009, he had 100 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions. He has gotten better every year he has played and will do great once he gets some coaching from Wade. Initially he can be a special teams monster and ILB depth. In time, though, I fully expect him to challenge for the ILB spot next to Cush.