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Late Morning Mock...
1) Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
I think Wright will be on the board. I think it's a stretch for 4 WR's to be picked before our pick and I think that some team could pick Alshon ahead of Wright. My only concern is Cleveland taking RG3 and then wanting Wright with their next pick. I like Wright a lot and I've made that known. If I were the Texans I'd trade up a few spots to grab him, so either way I'm mocking him with our first.
2) Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
Coming off of an injury and I think he'll fall. If he was healthy I think he would be a first round pick. High energy, high motor guy similar to JJ Watt. I think Crick gives us more flexibility and more insurance on the D-Line. I think he could also play over the center some if necessary. I think this would be a high value pick up. The guy is a really good football player.
3) Isiah Pead, RB, Cincy
Pead is perfect for our scheme. He ran a variation of it in college and is already a one cut/cutback runner. Good vision, Really good balance, really good speed. He is also a pretty good pass protector. He also can compete for kick-off return duties.
4) Akiem Hicks, NT, Regina
Big Athletic guy. Transferred to Regina from LSU. Has tons of potential and talent. I think this is a good situation for him and with Collar and Wade we could have a beast on our hands. 6'5" 324 lbs and moves his frame very well.
5) Chris Rainey, RB, WR, Returner
Do it all guy with excellent athleticism and speed. Will likely run in the mid to low 4.3's. Soft hands, can play the slot. Some comparisons to Percy Harvin as far as potential and ability. This would give Kubiak even more toys to play with. I would think of him as a more polished Trindon Holiday. Taking Rainey is like taking a WR, RB, and KR all in one because he is pretty good at all of them.
6) Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly
Played RB in highschool. Good toughness, excellent ball skills, returner ability. I think he wil lbe available here as there are a bunch of corners in this draft and there are quite a few ranked above him. I think the fact that he is coming out of a small school and isn't the biggest guy will hurt him some.
7) Tyler Nielsen, LB, Iowa
Smart, tough, hardworking and athletic. Perfect fit for our defense. Would probably play ILB in our defense, but should make an immediate impact on special teams.
Offensive Line is missing from this mock. I don't know if this is how it will be in actuality, but I didn't take a linemen because of the depth that we currently have at the position. Caldwell had some mistakes this year, but I think he is good depth. Shelley Smith is good depth. I liked the little I saw from Newton during the season when they brought him in on short yardage plays as a TE or Tackle Over.
I took Crick because I think he is good value in the second round. I haven't seen a whole lot of talk about him, but he is a really good player. that would be a boost to our rotation and allow guys to stay fresh while not losing much in terms of defensive ability. He would also be good insurance if anyone happened to get hurt. I also like his versatility to be able to play inside some if needed.
I think for the most part we only had 5 DL last season. I took Hicks and again, I think he provides good value for the selection. I think he'd immediately push for playing time.
I like Rainey a lot and he's a guy that I'd look to take regardless (kind of like how I feel about Kendall Wright). I think he would be an excellent addition to the offense and special teams.
Asa Jackson is also the DB I would target. Again, I took a guy who can double as a returner. I don't want to see Manning taking every rep on kickoffs and I don't want to see Jacoby taking any reps anywhere. (He should be cut and I think this mock allows us to do so).
Annnnndddd...that's pretty much it...
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