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YTF's Mock Draft v1.0
As a basic premise, I'll state that we don't trade up/down/around and keep our picks. There is absolutely zero need to project that level of stuff. Secondly, I believe we'll stay with the 4-3, regardless of coaching changes. Our team is geared towards the 4-3. I do not believe in the 3-4 either, for that matter, but that is my personal philosophy. Also, this mock is done with the assumption that we sign no one of note in the off-season.
1. CB - Brandon Harris - Miami, FL
Harris is not too far behind the "elite 2" CB's that everyone talks about. Since we are not picking in the top 5, we will miss out on both of those CB's. Harris has played extremely well in his match-ups with "name" receivers. I like his physical build and willingness to support the run better than Jenkins. Harris has smooth feet and plays the ball well.
2. WLB - Travis Lewis - Oklahoma
I think we have the start to a good LB core with Ryans and Cushing, but I feel that a WLB who can spy the QB or close on the flats will allow our DB's to play their man more. On top of that, I think Lewis is a flat out stud and just one of those guys who is always around the ball.
3. C - Jake Kirkpatrick - TCU
Depth on the OL. Myers has played better than expected this year, but that is just average, and unfortunately, that is his ceiling. I'd like to see someone who can offer a bigger impact and hold the position down going forward.
4. DE - Greg Romeus - Pittsburgh
You might recognize the name as he was getting a little attention before the season as a possible first or second round pick. He hasn't had a great year and neither has his team. He's got NFL talent and is someone who should fit nicely into our rotation.
5. RB - Kendall Hunter - Oklahoma State
The new Steve Slaton. We will draft a RB. We have our every day guy in Foster, but having a guy like Hunter who can make a play on the outside and take it home is a nice wrinkle to have. Hunter has been productive when healthy.
6. WR - DeAndre Brown - Southern Mississippi
He's the primary WR for his team, and rightfully so. He gets all of the attention and shifts, and still produces. He has a giant frame, which will be nice to have in the redzone. I think he would be a nice piece to our WR rotation and has the ability to subplant Walters or Jones.
7. K/P - Alex Henry - Nebraska
His leg strength is amazing on long field goals. He gets the ball up quickly and carries it on touch backs. I don't think Rackers has been bad at all, but this would be an upgrade. He also doubles as a punter, which could very much use an upgrade.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we had when we created them.
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