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Old 12-12-2012   #1
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Hey, guys. After witnessing the total systems failure that was the Boston Massacre of MNF, this is my reaction mock. Be gentle, I've never done one before . Just kidding, comments thoughts counterarguments and reactions absolutely welcomed.

1st Round: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU, 6-5 270 Senior


Sorry, guys. I know everyone wants a WR in the first round, but... after watching our pass rush all season long, I'm convinced we need to upgrade much of our D-line. I'm going to assume that Barwin is out of a job and that Mercilus is starting (I like his development, I think he'll be good for us next season). I think Brooks Reed keeps his job. But aside from Watt, our D-Line absolutely isn't getting it done. With Antonio Smith aging and his contract up in 2014... we need help with the rush. And Ansah is the man. I'm not sure that he'd wouldn't be used as an OLB, actually, and push Brooks to the inside, but whether as a DE or OLB, we need the pass rush help.

2nd Round: Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee, 6-3 205 Junior


Now we address the offense. It is way too sluggish and once people figure out how to shut down Andre we are done for the day. If Andre gets shut down in 1 on 1 teams stack the box against the run and we are treated to Foster carries for 1, 2 yards. We need a big, physical WR to help open up our game and this guy is an athlete. He could potentially become the heir to Andre, and if Lestar Jean continues his growth and Martin fleshes out, we may have a solid 1-2-3 knockout punch at the WR position.

3rd Round: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State, 6-4 320 Junior


I think Wade Smith's play is declining. We need help at guard, and Jackson is a good 3rd round pick up who I can see developing into a steady cog in our offensive line, playing next to Duane Brown. If not replacing Wade Smith, he'll have to switch sides and play RG, but I feel that that is better than the mess of a rotation we have going on. Gardener, the practice squad guy, was thrown around in Foxborough. I'm not entirely sold on Derek Newton at tackle on the right side but I feel as if his play had improved throughout the season and that guard becomes a nice hole to fill.

I will post later rounds in a bit. Exams coming up xD
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1. Ansah, at 270 lbs. I don't think he fits the mold of a 3-4 DE and if he were to add 20 lbs. how much speed and athleticism would he lose. I also don't see the need for a 1st round OLB unless we lose Barwin and move Reed to ILB which I'm not opposed to doing and I think Reed could handle the move. I like Ansah the player but just don't see that he fits our defensive system. His size says 4-3 DE to me.
2. Patterson, I love the player and know that he's currently listed as a 2nd round pick but after the Combine I think he goes in the 1st round because someone is going to fall in love with his measurables and speed. He'd be a great fit for the Texans if available but I think it takes alot of luck for Patterson to be on the board at the end of the 2nd round.
3. Jackson, I really like this pick and the round selected. I think Brooks plays RG next year and that Jackson would sit and learn for a year, occasionally getting some playing time, behind W. Smith and that he takes over at LG in 2014.
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1. Ansah, at 270 lbs. I don't think he fits the mold of a 3-4 DE and if he were to add 20 lbs. how much speed and athleticism would he lose. I also don't see the need for a 1st round OLB unless we lose Barwin and move Reed to ILB which I'm not opposed to doing and I think Reed could handle the move. I like Ansah the player but just don't see that he fits our defensive system. His size says 4-3 DE to me.
2. Patterson, I love the player and know that he's currently listed as a 2nd round pick but after the Combine I think he goes in the 1st round because someone is going to fall in love with his measurables and speed. He'd be a great fit for the Texans if available but I think it takes alot of luck for Patterson to be on the board at the end of the 2nd round.
3. Jackson, I really like this pick and the round selected. I think Brooks plays RG next year and that Jackson would sit and learn for a year, occasionally getting some playing time, behind W. Smith and that he takes over at LG in 2014.
I feel the same way about Ansah. I don't know if he could stand up full time (might need to drop 5-10 pounds) and I don't really think he fits in at Dend. I like the player though...just don't see him converting well into this defense. Then again, he'd probably do better than Barwin has this year lol...
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I think Ansah would be a good 3-4 DE for us. I don't want him playing OLB...
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Ansah has the height to add some weight and play 3-4 DE but how long would it take him to add 20+ lbs. of weight and what affect would it have on his speed and athleticism. 270 lbs. says 4-3 DE to me, or lose some weight and move to OLB if he's fast enough. If I'm looking for a 3-4 DE in the first round I'd go after Sheldon Richardson-DT from Missouri, he's already got the size to go along with a high motor. Our 3-4 D-line is undersized as is, we need to add some beef.

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Thanks for the good feedback/discussion, guys. Yes, I think Ansah may actually end up as an OLB, but I'll leave that up to Wade and how he decides to fit his scheme around his personnel.

4th Round: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon, 6-3 242 Senior


I think this is a consensus: the ILB position needs more depth. After the loss of Cushing we have been severely, severely exposed at that position. Bradie James simply isn't a good fill in for DeMeco, and I think Sharpton will take time to get back into things after missing a whole year of football. Dobbins is a great run-stuffer but that's just about it. Alonso's got good measurables and can provide great depth while becoming a future second in command to Cushing. And he intercepts like a corner (Rose Bowl, anyone?)

5th Round: Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska, 6-1, 205 Senior


All B1G Second team, good measurables, potential starter at some point down the line, and great depth pick. Good reward low risk pick.

6th Round: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, formerly LSU, 5-9 178 Junior


I am all aboard the "Draft Honey Badger" train. Why? Simple: Low round, low value, potential high reward pick. Yes, he's got a billion question marks surrounding him. But we're a quality organization and there are no Texans who he can collaborate with to be a divisive influence with in the locker room. Put simply, the locker room vets are going to straighten him out if he gets out of line. The organization will take care of him, I believe, and with success on the field and a little coaching from Kubes and Wade, and I think he'll be okay. In any case, for those who knock on his size - Brice McCain is only 7 pounds heavier and the same height, and I'm more excited about Honey Badger, KJax, and JJo stifling the hell out of other WRs.
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Will do a 7th round pick later, not that it matters immensely enjoy the mid rounds!
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Did I mention I'm all about Patterson? That guy is the truth. His highlights just juked me out while I was watching, suddenly I was turned around and looking out the window instead.
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4. Alonso, I love the player and pick if available but remember we select at the end of each round, I doubt he's available at the end of the 4th. As an athletic ILB I think you'll have to take him in the 3rd if you really want him.
5. Stafford, I'm not familiar with him but some Safety depth and competition is a good thing.
6. Mathieu, Hell NO, not even as an UDFA. No use in buying cancer for your team. Your trying to draft a memory.
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I like the Nebraska picks....

My "younger bro" plays OL for Nebraska so I can get a lot of insight into some of their players...

I'll ask him about the Simpson...
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I watched minter some...he's ok...I like him better than some of the other ilb prospects around that area...
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