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rmartin65's Way Too Early Mock
If it helps, think of it as less of a mock, and more of just 7 players to watch.
Round 1- Iowa TE CJ Fiedorowicz, 67 265 lbs
Big Ten? Check. Position of need? We will see, but I think TE will be. Fiedorowicz is a TE in the mold of Gronkowski- too fast for LBs, too big for DBs. Now, this is a risky pick, but picking late in the draft (32!) is where you swing for the fences. He saw little playing time last year, only starting 5 out of 13 games, and catching 16 balls for 167 yards and 3 TDs. However, the skill is there, and he was starting to show it by the end of the year. And you know he will be well coached in the blocking game, coming from Iowa. In short, I see a potential All-Pro here, whose lack of stats last year is what is holding him down in the rankings. I would not be surprised if come the 2013 draft, Fiedorowicz is seen as a top 20 pick, but for now, I feel good projecting him here.
Round 2- Texas A&M Ryan Swope, 6 205 lbs
I am still looking for receivers, despite the positive reports on our young guys (Posey/Martin/Jean/Hilliday) that are coming out of OTAs. Swope does not look like your prototypical WR, but he sure produces like one. Swope has sneaky speed, sticky hands, and is damn hard to tackle. I dont know if he is a potential number 1, but he could be. He drops because he wont have sexy combine numbers, and because I expect to see his stats fall this year due to a new QB and a new conference (SEC).
Round 3- Kansas OT Tanner Hawkinson, 65 295 lbs
Hawkinson is a converted TE, similar to Duane Brown and recent draft pick and project Nick Mondek. Hawkison has great feet and above average strength which should only increase with more time at the position and in the weight room. I think the potential is sky-high here, and it would be wise to draft him with the uncertainty of Browns contract. Having young players like Newton, Mondek and Hawkinson will keep the tackles hungry, aggressive, and fresh.
Round 4- UCLA ILB Patrick Larimore, 6'3" 250 lbs
Tough-nosed, old-school ILB. Not bad in pass coverage, but better working along the LOS. Very sure tackler.
Round 5- Oklahoma FS/SS/CB Javon Harris, 511 207
Maybe a little bit of a homer pick, but Harris is a versatile player that can, well, play. A jack of all trades, but a master of none, Harris can tackle, cover and make plays on the ball. Having a player like Harris who can play multiple positions will help the Texans with the roster.
Round 6- Minnesota QB/WR MarQueis Gray, 64 240 lbs
Raw talent, came to Minnesota as a QB, moved to WR because of one of Adam Weber (one of the best QBs in Minn history), moved back to QB last year. Insane athlete, good arm strength, needs to work on accuracy and reads. However, can be an interesting player as a WR/Wildcat QB while he is being groomed as a traditional QB.
Round 7- Kansas OLB Toben Opurum, 61 245 lbs
This late in the draft, there are two theories on drafting- people with vast amounts of physical talent who are raw and need to be coached up, or players with questionable talent but have produced on the field. I am going for the first option. Opurum began his college career as a runningback, where he led the team in rushing as a freshman (133/554/9TD). The next year he was switched to linebacker, and then defensive end, where he struggled initially, but finished strong. Last year he looked a lot more comfortable on D and finished with 45 tackles (10.5 behind the LOS) and 4 sacks. Opurum is an elite athlete with a very high ceiling, and can play special teams.
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