My fellow norseman, I will not do as others have and mock trades. It is my firm belief that in order for a 4-3 defense to make a deep playoff push you must have 3 good defensive ends. It is also my firm belief that if you have a guy that has played his heart out for your team(and has been one of the most electrifying players on football) through nearly his entire rookie contract, it is in the best interest of the team to Resign him. As for Toby, he is our 3rd down RB. Like it or not, the last time we lost our 3rd down back(Chester Taylor) our pass pro took a serious hit. So no, you will see no such trades from me. As for free agency, I will not speculate until current teams fail to resign their guys. Having said all that, my mock draft was done with the assumption that we resign Big Phil, Erin Henderson, Geoff, Jamarca, and Felton. The rest are mostly non factors to me. Now that we have the pregame session done, lets get to the fun part. I will list 3 reasons to support my picks.
1. Jesse Williams-NT-Bama Our NT position has been lacking since Pat retired. There's really no arguing that one. We went from a wall to a hot mess in one quick move. The only thing that seems to stop teams from running up the gut is how we were perceived. A. He reportedly can max his bench out at 600 lbs. The makings of a beast that can destroy double teams from playing low with so much power. B. Hes a winner, so often the winning mentality gets lost on draft day. Jesse was a large(pun intended) part of Roll Tides 2nd national championship. C. Hes australian (wAt?). Thats right I said it. Imagine the potential fan base that could be tapped into. An entire country with no real NFL stars to cheer for. When drafting I usually try to steal late round talent from surrounding swing states (IA, ND, SD, ect.) Winning with talent from untapped areas is how you build a fanbase. Ok I'm getting off topic here.
2. Deandre Hopkins-WR-Clemson I'm not going to spend allot of time on this one because I feel like everything that needed to br said was done by you, my fellow norsemen. 3. Aaron Dobson-WR-Marshal A. This dudes got crazy hands, reminds me of Braylon Edwards without the attitude. With a little work on consistency he could top out at a Vincent Jackson level. B. We have a good history with Marshall receivers. (True due to sample size) C. Weak armed Qbs like Ponder need a big WR to act as a saftey blanket, because they usually throw allot more 50/50 balls. 4. Vince Williams-MLB-FSU A. Jasper Brinkley B. This guy can tackle well in space and hits like a friggen Mack Truck. C. He has loose hips and isnt a liability in coverage. 4. Quanterous Smith-DE-Western Kentucky A. He would be a very good candidate to groom for Allens eventual replacement. B. I cant stress enough how important pass rushing linemen are in a Tampa 2. C. He racked up 3 sacks against bamas line before tearing his ACL. 5. Brian Schwenke-G/C-CAL A. Looked flat out dominant against everyone he faced at the senior bowl. B. His flexibility allows us to open up a roster spot and dump Berger. C. If allowed to develop alongside Khalil our left side could be the best in football. 6.(if we actually do have one) Micah Hyde-CB/S-IA A. He is very familiar with our cover 2 defense. B. He showed great ball awareness at Iowa when it was actually thrown his way. C. His flexibility as a returner allows us to dump Sherels. 7. Kerwynn Williams-RB-Utah State A. The Toledo game, seriously look it up, he just swiss cheesed that defense every he touched the ball. B. We really do need to keep a speed back on the roster, and this kids got another gear. C. He could develop into an outstanding 3rd down back in when Toby leaves next year. 7. Shamarko Thomas-S-Syracuse A. An athletic freak who will probably blow up at the combine. B. He could provide an instant upgrade on special teams with his great tackling ability. C. Has great instincts in coverage and could be ready to start as soon as 2014. Well there you have it guys. I mocked no trades since thats a crapshoot. Out of everyone I really want Jesse Williams, Vince Williams and Brian Schwenke. As always SKOL AND AWAY!
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