Mock Draft Gozilla TV Fun Time (Round 1)
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Author's CommentsI tried to make this interesting with trades, guys falling, and guys rising. If you feel the need to criticize, please do so in a helpful manner. After all, this might look COMPLETELY different after the combine.
Side note: I'll probably sound like a petulant child with this, people put a lot of work into these. Rating a mock as poor because 2 picks seem unlikely is just mean. It also discourages others from reading them. It's good to be critical, but also be fair
*TRADE* We've come to associate the Browns with awful decision making over the last decade regardless of management. Why think that is going to change after the unceremonious and head scratching house cleaning this offseason? They want Manziel and the only way to guarantee his wearing orange and brown is a trade up. Manziel is certainly electrifying, something that the Browns have missed since...um..a guy named Jim. Manny has a TON of work before he can lead a franchise, but it won't be boring
Giving Bradford his last chance to prove himself, the Rams are best served with the best player available. They have a very good tandem in Long and Quinn, but I just don't think you pass on a guy like Clowney. Long is due a lot of money in the next few seasons. Having this freak prospect could give them more options moving forward. Given his penchant for off the field nonsense, it might do him good to ride the pine for a season, spelling the Pro bowl ends 10-15x a game.
Bortles is my favorite QB this year. He isn't polished, but I like his long term prospects more than anyone. He has poise, size, and an intangible that reminds me (and many others) an awful lot of Big Ben. With Marcedes Lewis, Cecil Shorts, an Luke Joeckel, this offense isn't as bare as one might think. If Bortles is used correctly early on, and given a chance to grow in the offense, this team could surprise (8-8 would be a surprise). I am a fan of this coaching staff and this pick
*TRADE* If Houston manages this, they automatically get an A+ draft grade. Bridgwater is decidedly the most NFL ready of this QB crop and goes to a team with a lot of talent on offense already. Lacking a big arm, he makes up for it with crisp, accurate throws and good decision making. Houston could compete for the division if Bill O'Brien can get the most out of this defense.
*TRADE* The Giants make a big move for a huge position of need. Eli might have thrown all those picks, but the line didn't help him keep the ball very much either. The Giants DO have needs in a lot of areas, but this draft is deep in nearly every position of need. By adding Matthews though, Will Beatty can move to RT and Justin Pugh can move to guard, improving 3 spots on the line. The Giants need to hang their hat on their 2x Super Bowl winner, that starts with protection.
The Falcons have a great need for a big time pass rusher and one just happens to be on the board. They tried Umenyiora to no avail whil Kroy Bierman sat on IR. Mack is a great fit for this defense as a pass rusher with room to improve against the run. He could even drop back on zone blitzes.
No player has had their stock increase more than Aubrun tackle Greg Robinson. He is an excellent run blocker already with greater upside than Matthews. Donald Penn is due too much $$$ to play so mediocre. Doug Martin will love running off tackle and young Mike Glennon will have a nice protector as he continues to progress.
Anthony Barr is a crazy good athlete with very limited experience. Very technically raw, he has a knack for pressure. His tape is a little alarming though, being taken completely out of the play too often for my taste. With good coaching he could develop into an excellent OLB in a 4-3. QB is also possible, but they got a passable season out of Cassel. Maybe they make a play for McCown who had an ultra efficient season for Chicago as a stop gap until next year. Maybe next round
*TRADE* Biiig trade here. There are a lot of guys the Bills could look at, but the depth of this draft and heavy investment in the receiver position the last 2 years makes moving down a decent option. SF has 2 2nds and 3 3rds to play with. I'd say Watkins is worth it. He is as dynamic as they come and will only get better at the detail work. Boldin is likely to resign, but won't last forever. Throwing Watkins in with Davis, Crabtree, and the Kaep would be formidable even against the Seahawks
The Lions needs to stop ignoring the back half of their defense now that they have invested so heavily in their D line. Gilbert might be the best playmaker in the secondary coming out this year. He and 2nd year man Darius Slay could potentially form a top tandem in time.
The Titans are working on a 3-4 in which Zach Brown is unfortunately a square peg in a round hole. Ford wasn't getting talked about much before the Senior Bowl, but a stellar performance has folks looking harder at the tape. Ford does a lot of things well and can consistently affect the play, even if he doesn't make the sack/tackle. A good Combine could shoot him up draft boards for 3-4 teams in transition or in need of some pressure.
*TRADE* There are a lot of players I'd like to put here, but based on how the draft has shaken out so far, Carr makes the most sense. Even with the rumor of their interest in McCown, he is old as the forward pass. Carr can be inconsistant with his ball placement, but put up enough numbers to warrant a hard look. He is arguable a better prospect than his brother who busted like a button at Golden Corral.
HaHa is pretty much the consensus top safety this year, but I believe it's a lot closer than a lot of people think. Pryor plays like it's paying his rent. He is a playmaker on the back end and lays the wood as well an any other DB. The choice between them might come down to something like interviews or just personal preference.
Henry Melton could have commanded a huge contract this year had he not torn his ACL. If they keep him, they will have a nasty inside twosome. If he leaves, they have his replacement.
Rumored to target a tall receiver early, I doubt it is a smokescreen, going all in on Ben and the offense while his career comes to its golden years. Admittedly, as a Steelers fan, this might be wishful thinking. Heath Miller is expected to be extended "sooner than later" and Mike Evans is on the board. While I would be very happy with Evans, he isn't an elite route runner, but attack the ball in the air as well as anyone. Adding a 2nd TE gives tremendous flexibility, especially in the redzone.
Unfortantely for Pittsburgh, passing on Evans means he gets to Baltimore who needs a physical playmaker for their $120m man. He can out compete just about anyone for the ball and will give Flacco's arm a work out deep down the field.
The Cowboys..oh boy..the Cowboys are like the Browns with a lower bust rate. As much flack as he catches, where would this team really be without Romo? Donald has size concerns, but we know the lower man wins up front. He is a FOOTBALL PLAYER, which I will take over an prototype any day. He and Jason Hatcher will scare some sleepless nights into some of the lesser guards and centers of this league
The Jets need to get some HELP for Geno Smith. He showed some good things last season, but that was not a good environment for a rookie QB. Stephen Hill has busted spectacularly and Kellen Winslow didn't provide much either. The question is WR or TE. There are a lot of intriguing TE prospects this year to be had later if they do not feel comfortable with Jeff Cumberland. Benjamin is plucks the ball from the air much like Evans with very similar measurables.
Some people have Kouandjio as a blue chip player so he is excellent value here. The Phin's O line antics are well known, but things really coudn't get much worse considering their performance last season. There are a lot of good LT prospects availbale. Again, this pick might come down to interviews. Recently stating they want high character guys *cough*
The Cardinals will grab the guy Miami doesn't, which isn't a bad thing. Lewan had an up and down senior season, but he showed real potential top be a lock down LT. Cards fans should love his mean streak and his three year experience at LT makes him all the more enticing.
The Packers have a shot as long as Rodgers is on the field. What do good defenses do? They get the ball back for the offense. HaHa is best roaming the back end in coverage. He can read and react as he surveys the field and can lay a pretty good hit.
He could go a lot higher, but top USC receivers have left a bad taste in the league's mouth recently. Lee was a manster in 2012, but struggled on a poor 2013 offense. The talent is there, it's just a matter of putting him in the right offense. Chip will find a way.
Wanting to get the most out of Alex Smith, the Chiefs take the second tight end off the board. 106 receptions is a great stat considering Alex Smith runs a more ball control style. A guy who can create favorable matchups with dependable hands is the very least you'll get out of Amaro.
The Bengals may have need at both tackle and guard. Martin gets knocked for his short arms, so if he cannot make the transition into the league as a tackle, he is expected to make an excellent guard. He will find a long term home somewhere on this line.
Nix should probably be a lot higher, and probably will be as the offseason progresses. For now, the Chargers strike it lucky with the big NT. They only have 2 DTs signed for next serason. Who can name them? Cue Dr. Evil "Riiiiight." NIx is coming off a knee injury, but showed great awareness and power while on the field. One of the few true NT prospects this year, he is a steal here.
If Brooks Reed was a long term solution at OLB, we'd have seen it by now. Ealy will be a converted DE, which is not uncommon for 3-4 OLBs. He doesn't look uncomfortable in space and could develop into a decent coverage guy in time, but his ability to get to the QB is obviously why you draft they guy.
The dearth of talent at receiver is going to get more apparent as Steve Smith approaches retirement. There are a lot of good receiving prospects early this year and Robinson is among the best left. Snatching 97 balls and showcasing great YAC ability will bump him into the first round.
Wilfork is coming off injury and is 32. The Pats employ a lot of multiple fronts and Hageman if the perfect tweener to play both 3 and 5 technique, collapsing the pocket with a good bull rush.
Just another weapon for EJ. The Bills made EJ their top pick last year, so they will do their best to surround him with talent. ASJ doesn't have the production you'd like, but he is already a very good blocker and had the physical tools to take over a game. EJ now has more weapons than any other young QB in the league.
Dennard is good man-to-man, but gets a litte grabbier than may be allowed in the NFL. He does a lotof things well, but nothing exceptional. In short, he is safe. No glaring holes in his game with room to improve makes a good value at 31. The Broncos are not likely to bring back DRC and Champ left before the playoffs.
The Hawks are in position to take the best player available. That is never quite clear at the end of the first round, so let's say it's Ryan Shazier. Seriously though, 143 tackles, 22.5 for loss, and 4 forced fumbles is a great way to end a college career. Pete Carroll likes speed on his defense and Shazier 's speed and instincts make him a great player to fit into this defense.
Poor -- the giants aren't trading up for a tackle with all their holes and lewan and martin available. the best rt in nix also isn't going at 25
-- ^You personally know what the Giants are going to do? I already acknowledged Nix will probably be higher, but he is still recovering. Thanks for being helpful
Average -- Extremely interesting. I don't think ha ha gets past Dallas.
Poor -- no, it's my opinion that with a shoddy line, lack of depth along the DL, and history of building through the draft, the Giants will not trade away picks to get a tackle, when there will be good tackles available at their spot.
Above Average -- I give it "above average" because I like the boldness with all of the trades
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