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Doppelmock Version 4.0
Hello all. Thanks for reading. This is Doppelmock: Version 4.0. In addition to adding a mock, I also identified some potentially interesting UDFA targets. I expect some of these picks will be somewhat controversial, so let me have it!
1. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama, 6'5, 311lbs, 5.10
I listed Jones as OL because he can play all 5 spots. In 2009 he started 14 games as a Guard. As a guard he was a big reason for Mark Ingram winning the Heisman. In 2010, Jones stayed at OG and became an All-SEC selection. In 2011, he was moved to LT and did an excellent job in pass protection and run blocking. In 2012, he was moved to Center and once again, Jones delivered. He dominated 1st round DT Sheldon Richardson and 350lb NT Kwame Geathers. I think Jones could play anywhere on the line. At the moment, only 2 spots are definitely taken: LT and C. Jones could be an upgrade at any of the three spots. Based on what I have seen, in the short term, I would start him at RT as I think he is better than Newton. As the needs of the OL change, he can be moved around in order to give the team the best possible 5 OL. Nic Saban favorably compared Jones to Bruce Matthews. Very high respect there. If he is there at #27, I'd take him.
2. Robert Woods, WR, University of Southern California, 6'1, 180lbs, 4.40
Its amazing what can happen in a year. A year ago people were talking about Woods as a potential top 10 player. Now he has fallen to maybe the #10 Wr. Previously, Texan fans were wondering if they should trade up in the 2013 draft to get him. Fast forward a year and now he has dropped all the way to the second round. His loss is the Texans gain. Despite a nagging ankle injury, He will be ready to go once camp arrives. Woods' game is that of explosion and getting behind DBs. As a result he struggled due to his ankle injury. However, a fully healed Woods would be explosive. He has great hands, runs good routes, and is a threat to score anytime he gets the ball. He would start immediately as a #2 receiver opposite AJ. He has the talent to be a legit #1 receiver down the line.
3. Trevardo WIlliams, OLB, Connecticut, 6'2, 233lbs, 4.68
Under the radar potentially sleeper OLB prospect. He had very nice numbers in 2012: He had 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. In 2011 he had 12.5 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, 43 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. He has gotten better every year. and would be a great addition to the Phillips OLB group.
3. Isaiah Johnson, S, Georgia Tech, 6'2, 208, 4.57
Georgia Tech stinks, but Johnson is awesome. In 2012 he had 87 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 4.5 tackles for a loss. In 2011 he has 78 tackles, three interceptions, three tackles for a loss, one sack and three passes broken up. In 2010 he had 46 tackles and three tackles for a loss, one interception, one forced fumble and one sack. Keep in mind his 2010 numbers were that of a true freshman. He has good size, speed, tackling ability, and reasonably good hands. In the Texans Defense, he could start out as a monster special teams player and provide ridiculously good depth/future starter capability.
4.Matt Scott, QB, Arizona, 6'3, 196lbs, 4.77
I know this is not the QB a lot of people want. However, let's face facts, Schaub is coming back next year. I say before you take a potential franchise QB, build the OL and give him a weapon. So, is Scott a franchise QB? probably not. But I think he has more ability than Yates or Keenum. He is a good sized QB, who could put on some weight. He was a resonbly good passer in 2012 and a passer completion of 60%. He threw for 3,620 yards with a 27/14 TD/INT ratio. He also ran for 632 yards and 6 touchdowns. The ability to move is important to the Kubioffense. More importantly a mobile QB may be able to avoid sacks. Finally, having running ability brings a whole new wrinkle to the playaction. A fake handoff could now also mean the QB running in the opposite way for a nice chunk of yards. He played as Foles' backup last year and has a lot of potential as a plus backup. I think he is better short and longterm than TJ Yates or Case Keenum and would make a fine backup. In the 2014 draft, the Texans can go after their next starter.
5 Ryan Allen, P, Louisiana Tech, 6'2, 215lbs.
In the biggest game of the season, Jones shanked an important punt. I have seen a few of them like that this season. Allen won't shank important punts and can change field position. He has averaged 48 yards per punt. Last year he averaged 46.12. Here is the reason I take him: he won the 2011 Ray Guy award the last two years. He has beaten out really good punters like Bryan Anger, Brad Wing, Quin Sharp, Brian Stahovich, Kyle Martens, and Drew Butler. Allen can boom kickoffs too. Allen led the nation with 39 punts downed inside the 20 and 22 punts downed inside the 10. How many has Jones put inside the 20? 28 in 16 games. Allen put 39 punts inside the 20 in fewer games. Jones also averaged almost 5 yards per punt less than Allen. Oh, and Allen's longest punt of the year:72 yards.
5.Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia, 6'6, 350lbs
I am not sure why Geathers opted for the draft. With Jenkins gone he would be the starting NT for sure. Well, his loss is the Texans gain. Geathers is a big solid, hard to move NT. He has some athleticism and is not just a big tub of goo. He had 37 tackles, five tackles for a loss, a sack and a blocked kick in 2012. He was the team's defensive Spring MVP. Considering the players on that defense, its quite an accomplishment. He will likely play on First and second down where teams are more apt to try to run the ball. They will soon be in 3rd and long if they try to run against this behemouth!
6. Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State, 6'4, 254lbs, 4.81
Old School. Wilson is an old school type of FB. A very strong lead blocker, He would instantly improve the run game. He also has some decent hands, though K State rarely threw the ball to him. He had five receptions for 34 yards in 2012 and has 17 receptions for 135 yards total in his career. He can work on this as he is creating holes for the RBs. This move allows Casey to move towards a TE spot to better take advantage of his skills.
7.Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State, 6'2, 239lbs, 4.70.
97 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles were Mauti's stat line for 2012. He was well on his way to a 2nd or 3rd round grade. Unfortunately he injured his knee. He also tore his right ACL in 2009 and his left ACL in 2011. Yes, he is a gamble, but its the 7th round. If he can stay healthy, you get 2/3 round talent in the 7th. If he doesn't pan out, its only a 7th rounder. No problem!
7. Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee-Martin, 6'4, 327lbs, 5.35
I know that he had some off the field issues/academic issues and was kicked off the Tennessee squad. But, he also has a mean streak and has a lot of athletic ability. In 2012 he had 42 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks and 1 pass broken up. In 2011 at Tennessee he had 28 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, and one forced/recovered fumble. In 2010 he had 17 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and 1 forced fumble. He has certainly gotten better every year. He is a massive NT with good athletic ability. He is not ready to play in the NFL, but with good coaching, and a good organization, he would be a great project. I think he could become a great rotational player. Imagine a rotation of Geathers and Hughes!
Here is a preliminary list of the UDFAs I would look into. Obviously there will be 5th/6th/7th rounders who fall into the UDFA group. As of right now, these are the players who may be available after the draft. If they are available, I would like to grab as many as I could. In the Doppelverse, I grab them all!
Washaun Ealey, RB, Jacksonville State , 5'11, 215lbs, 4.46: off the field issues caused his stock to drop. Could be a great pickup.
Lucas Reed, TE, New Mexico, 6'6, 250lbs, 4.65, younger brother of Brooks Reed. New Mexico struggled to pass and thus his numbers are low. Could be a very good value pick as a developmental big size Gronk type of TE.
James Wilson, OG, Florida, 6'3, 315lbs, 5.07: inconsistent. played well against LSU and struggled against Georgia. good depth potential.
Omar Hunter, DE, Florida, 6'2, 290lbs, 4.93. Solid, unspectacular. Could use better DL coaching and may end up as a depth player.
Kenny Tate, OLB, Maryland, 6'4, 230lbs, 4.71. Played a tweaner S/LB position. I would look to convert him into a ILB due to his coverage and tacking abilities.
Greg Reid, CB, Valdosta State, 5'8, 185lbs, 4.43. Projects as a punt/kick returner special teams player, and backup nickle corner.
Vaughn Telemaque, S, Miami, 6'2, 211, 4.59. Plus size, but raw.Needs some coaching. Has the size and speed to be a very good special teams player. Has the potential to be a solid depth player.
Denard Robinson, ATH, Michigan, 6’1, 193, 4.55. potential playmaker with the ball in his hand. good for bubble screens…throw a short pass his way and watch him break it... Maybe he could be used in a wildcat/pistol/spread package where he takes the direct snap and either pitches it to Foster or runs it himself. Maybe he would be a dynamic kick or punt returner. Who knows? Could be fun it nothing else.
Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt, 6'1, 205lbs. Younger brother of Aaron Rogers. Not as polished. Needs time to develop and could become a nice backup/spot starter.
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