Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mock Draft Thoughts


Biggest Surprise: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU - He might fall to the late first, but he'll be my pick for Defensive Player of the Year because no one will match his productivity. He's just a solid player.

Biggest Bust:Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - I think Austin is a perfect fit in Cleveland, but he's tiny, and as the number six overall pick in an impatient town, the pressure will be on.

Biggest Impact: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - This Philly offense has explosive potential with all the playmakers they have on the field and Chip Kelly calling the shots. It will all be about the line. Joeckel will be the anchor.

Best Name:
Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU - Really hard to take anyone else. He has every one of the vowels in his first name, and they are in alphabetical order to boot: A-E-I-O-U. Can't remember ever seeing that before. Basically his first name is perfect. Then you have Mingo, which on its own is fun to say. Let's just retire this award. Distant second for me: Isi Sofele.

Best Available

1)    EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
2)    Tyrann Mathieu, PR/KR/CB, LSU
3)    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
4)    Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
5)    Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

Who should the Jets target with their remaining picks?

Round 3:              Corey Lemonier, LB, Auburn        
Round 4:              David Amerson, CB, NC State             
Round 5:              Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Round 6:              Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Round 7:              Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma


Biggest Surprise: Robert Woods, WR, USC - During the draft process everyone ranks everyone. Who’s #1?? People love rankings, and it usually goes by the most physically gifted or in other words, by potential. Robert Woods isn’t a prototypical #1 WR, he’s a prototypical #2. He’s going to be in the league for a long time. He might not be an All-Pro but he’s going to be very productive and very steady.

Biggest Bust: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU - The fairy tale of becoming the next “JPP”. The recipe for doing that is to be placed in the right situation. I’m not sure Ansah will be in the right situation going to a team at the very top of the draft, I don’t think he’ll be in a position to develop his skills and learn his craft. He has a ton of hype surrounding him and I’m not sure he’ll be able to produce enough to justify a top 5 pick.

Biggest Impact: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia - Speaking of the right situation, this could be it. He’ll fall on draft day to a team that will know how to utilize him. I can’t see the Steelers passing on him, and if they take him at #17 I can see him ringing up at least 8 sacks in 2013.

Best Name: Khaseem Green, LB, Rutgers - Just so many things you can do with this, Chris Berman is going to have a field day with this guy.

Best Available

1)    Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
2)    Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
3)    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
4)    Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
5)    Le’veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

Best Available By Position

QB – EJ Manuel, Florida State
RB – Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
WR – Aaron Dobson, Marshall
TE – Jordan Reed, Florida
OL – Barrett Jones, Alabama
DE – Alex Okafor, Texas
DT – Kawann Short, Purdue
LB – Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
CB – Darius Slay, Mississippi State
S – Phillip Thomas, Fresno State 

Who should the Giants target with their remaining picks?

Round 3:              Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Round 4:              Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Round 5:              Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Round 6:              Theo Reddick, WR, Notre Dame
Round 7:              Dave Quessenberry, OL, San Jose St.
                             Josh Jarboe, WR, Arkansas State (Comp Pick)

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