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Texan's 7 round draft w/ Cleveland trade
Here's my first attempt this draft season. What I'm going for here is an upgrade in speed and/or size. Also, heavily defensive because our current talent doesn't match up well with Crennel's 2-gap 34. I'm completely reworking our linebackers, with the exception of Cushing.
Cleveland wants Manziel. To get him they trade their 1-4, 1-26 and 2-35 for our 1-1.
#1a ( 1-4) OLB Anthony Barr, 6'-4", 248 lbs, 4.48 forty. Will line up at the weakside OLB position and finally give us double digit sacks from this position.
#1b ( 1-26) OLB Kyle Van Noy, 6'-3", 244 lbs, 4.65 forty. Will line up at the strongside OLB position. Has the skills and instincts in pass coverage this position requires to stay with TE's and backs. Solid run defender with a non-stop motor.
#2a (2-1) QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 6'-2", 225 lbs, 4.80 forty. Quick set up & release. Reads the field well, quick eyes, above average intelligence.
#2b (2-3) ILB Yawin Smallwood, 6'-3", 245 lbs, 4.68 forty. Underclassman who has moved up the charts since declaring. The number two rated ILB but maybe overdrafted by half a round because ILB's normally drop on draft day. More fluid than Skov and Borland, long arms and strong hands and strength to match his size. Plays fast downhill but has the skills to drop and cover. Impressive ability to rush the QB.
#3 (3-1) OT Ja'Wuan James, 6'-6", 315 lbs, 5.28 forty. Natural right tackle. Quickly recognizes stunts, initial quickness, lateral agility and flexibility, light on his feet, plays with his knees bent and has very good balance.
#4 (4-1) DE Josh Mauro, 6'-6", 276 lbs, 4.98 forty. Broad shouldered, long arms, impressive strength, plays with a non-stop motor.
#5a (5-1) NT Ryan Carrethers, 6'-1", 330 lbs, 5.25 forty. We finally get our big man in the middle. Former wrestler. Consistently moves centers off the ball, demands double teams, Sheds quickly, Uses his hands to swim and penetrate. Tough to control.
#5b (compensatory pick) CB Kendall James, 5'-11", 175 lbs, 4.38 forty. Small school player. Has the speed to stay with any receiver. Can handle press, man and zone. Solid in run support.
#5c (compensatory pick) FS/CB Marqueston Huff, 5'-11", 198 lbs, 4.40 forty. Blankets receivers, light feet, fluid hips.
#6 (6-1) RB Tyler Gaffney, 6'-0", 226 lbs, 4.57 forty. Excellent college production at Stanford.
#7a (7-1) TE Jordan Najvar, 6'-6", 262 lbs, 4.88 forty. Reliable hands, but is a blocking TE.
#7b (compensatory pick) KR/RB DeAnthony Thomas, 5'-9", 170 lbs, 4.34 forty. Electrifying player.
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