Ladies and gentlemen, rmartin65 has returned. I have been in training; I have a montage that would put Rocky to shame. For real, though, I have been really busy this year. As such, I have been around less, and have watched less film than I have since I started my amateur scouting. So, take this mock with an even larger grain of salt than you normally would. As always, I dont predict trades, though I certainly hope we see some. I also try to balance what I would do with what I think the FO will do. I hope you enjoy the mock, I look forward to all your comments. I may be a little late replying to them as it is the end of the semester, but please be patient, as I will get around to them when I find the time. Thanks for reading.
(1) 27) Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead, 65 305 lbs
I had a really tough time with this pick. In fact, I had Allen in this spot until the very end, but switched him out, not due to his workout, but due to the depth of the WR class.
Armstead is raw, but insanely gifted athletically. He bends well, has great acceleration, and plays on the balls of his feet. In other words, what I am trying to say is this kid is not a workout warrior. He dominated the FCS level, and opened eyes with his athleticism. Now, he might not play too much this year (which is unfortunate, since we are in win-now mode), but he should play enough to make this pick worth it. Also, I see him filling in as a 3rd/blocking TE. He certainly has the athleticism for it. Definitely a boom/bust player, but worth the gamble in my opinion.
(2) 57) Marshall WR Aaron Dobson, 63 210 lbs
Dobson is the reason I felt ok passing on a WR in the first. He does not have the hype as some of the other receivers, but he has the potential to be one of the best. I really like his acceleration and his ability to catch the ball at its highest point (basketball background shows), as well as his route running ability. His main drawback, in my opinion, is his ridiculously small hand size- only 9. Dobson should start the season as our 2nd receiver.
(3) 89) Auburn OLB Corey Lemonier, 64 255 lbs
I know Lemonier disappointed a bit last year, but I think this kid has 8-10 sack potential at the next level. He flashes some good acceleration, has shown he can turn the corner, but most importantly, he has a really good motor, much like Watts, in fact. Now, he does have leverage problems, and can get washed out against the run. But I think that these flaws can be fixed with some NFL coaching.
(3) 95) South Carolina FS D.J. Swearinger, 511 208 lbs
Swearinger is a very aggressive safety prospect. At times a little too much so, but I think the team could use a thumper in the defensive backfield to put the fear of God into wide receivers. He shows good hip swivel and good instincts, so I think he is a pretty safe bet to play in the league. Learning from Reed should be a huge help, but in the meantime he can play ST.
(4) 124) Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy, 59 216 lbs
We need a RB guys, and I think Stacy is one of the best in the class. He gets lost in the shuffle due to his school, but watch the kid- he can really play. Short and compact, Stacy is a load to bring down, and has some really shifty feet. I know it is clichι to call every short and thick back a MJD clone, but I really do believe Stacy is cut from the same cloth.
(5) 160) Mississippi State NT Josh Boyd, 63 310 lbs
Longer than I wanted to wait for a NT, but it is what it is. Boyd has all the physical gifts, but has yet to really put it together on the field. He could pay dividends, or he could not be in the roster by 2014. I think he is worth the chance though.
(6) 195) South Florida ILB Sam Barrington, 61 246 lbs
I think Barrington could be one of the best ILBs to come out of this draft. He is thick, explosive and has a good feel for the game. He has some character concerns though, so he would have to pass the FOs scrutiny.
(6) 201) Rutgers WR Mark Harrison, 63 231 lbs
Huge fan of Harrison- as close to an AJ clone (in terms of stature and physical ability) as I have seen in a while. However, this past year he had a serious case of the dropsies. Hopefully this was a fluke, as the kid could become something special in the NFL. I am particularly impressed by his arm length (35) and explosiveness.
(7) 233) DE Lawrence Okoye, 66 305 lbs
We all know about this kid by now. My thinking here is
why the hell not? The average 7th rounder wont make the team. Why not take a chance on a physical freak? People are not supposed to move like Okoye can, it is scary. Can you imagine him and Watt manning the end spots of our 3-4?