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Re: Texan's 7 round draft w/ Cleveland trade
Here's my, revised (based on your input), first attempt at a pre-combine draft board. 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.
I agree that Cleveland would not likely trade if the cost is too high, so I'm not asking for pick 1-26 and instead asking for 3-35. I also originally had my selections overvalued and the new positioning more accurately reflects current valuations. Of course this positioning may change after the combine.
Actually, these changes allow me to take a WR in the third round and I think I've found a good prospect.
Cleveland wants Manziel. To insure they get him, they accept a trade for their 1-4, 2-35 and 3-71 for our 1-1.
#1 ( 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. Barr is raw, but what I'm aiming at, as he develops, is Clay Mathew's production at the position.
#2a ( 2-33) 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.
#2b (2-35) QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 6'-2", 225 lbs, 4.80 forty. Quick set up & release. Reads the field well, quick eyes, above average intelligence.
#3a (3-65) 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.
#3b (3-71) WR Donte Moncrief, 6'-2", 226 lbs, 4.49 forty. Deceptive speed, smooth route running. Sudden in his breaks. Can generate separation. Accelerates quickly. Tracks the ball well and has good hands. Shows awareness and toughness as a downfield blocker.
#4 (4-97) 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.
#5a (5-129) DE Josh Mauro, 6'-6", 276 lbs, 4.98 forty. Broad shouldered, long arms, impressive strength, plays with a non-stop motor.
#5b (comp) 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.
#5c (com) 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.
#6 (6-161) FS/CB Marqueston Huff, 5'-11", 198 lbs, 4.40 forty. Blankets receivers, light feet, fluid hips.
#7a (7-193) RB Tyler Gaffney, 6'-0", 226 lbs, 4.57 forty. Excellent college production at Stanford.
#7b (comp) KR/RB DeAnthony Thomas, 5'-9", 170 lbs, 4.34 forty. Electrifying player.
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