I did a couple of mocks on this cool website and I figured I'd put enough effort in to this that I would appreciate some discussion/feedback. I took a couple of different strategies since the variability of the draft and our positions of need muck things up a little bit.
I did both of these assuming we'd pick up a starting CB in FA along with resign Griffen. In this draft those are the only major FA acquisitions I took into account. I think we'll be able to keep Bishop, Evans, Sherels and Berger so that influenced my drafts accordingly (pretty much only depth and having Berger as a utility lineman).
R1 - QB JOHNNY MANZIEL, TEXAS A&M
I like ice cream, I like Johnny Football. Pretty self-explanatory
R2 - OG ZACK MARTIN, NOTRE DAME
After the first round many of the defensive guys I wanted to see weren't around (Ra'Shede Hageman, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Lamarcus Joyner, Ryan Shazier) so I decided to go with the best guard available.
R3A - DT DANIEL MCCULLERS, TENNESSEE
Dude is a BIG body. Like the saying in basketball "If you're seven feet tall and can walk and chew gum, you have value." If you're 6'8" and 350 and can walk and chew gum you can probably clog the middle.
R3B - S AHMAD DIXON, BAYLOR
From what I've read he is a good run defender and plays the ball aggressively and has a good size and speed combo that allows him to cover much of the field. Apparently not the best wrap-up tackler but a lot of guys coming out of college need some work on that aspect.
R4 - ILB MAX BULLOUGH, MICHIGAN STATE
I've really liked what I have seen this year from Bullough on one of college football's best defenses in Michigan State. Excels in run defense but could be a bit of a liability in pass coverage. A combo of Bullough and Cole could be good but might also be telling. All the more reason to get Zimmer so he can work his fit-scheme-to-personell magic. He made the Big Ten 1st team 2012 and 2013 and the 2nd team in 2011, pretty solid for a conference with good LBs.
R5 - CB BASHAUD BREELAND, CLEMSON
At this point I had missed out on too many corners so I just went with the best available. Post-draft research tells me that he leads Clemson in one of the better pass defenses in the nation.
R6 - CB ANDRE HAL, VANDERBILT
Ditto on this pick, best available at pick 168. Post-draft research tells me that he was a pre-season candidate for the Thorpe award and did a decent job on Mike Evans (77 yards & 2 TDs) and finished the season 2nd in the SEC passed defended while being lauded as one of the "nation's best cover corners."
R7 - DE LARRY WEBSTER, BLOOMSBURG
DE depth. I had no idea that Bloomsburg existed until just now.
This one didn't go so well, I passed on Justin Gilbert in the 2nd because he's more of a return guy than CB IMO and I just wasn't really happy with what was available when I was on the board. Also I should state that I don't know how to evaluate our current LB situation since I am very optimistic about Cole, Mauti and Hodges. Not to say that I'd turn down a Mosley if that were the best option but spending late-round picks for depth behind unproven guys who have shown good things who are already late-rounders doesn't make a ton of sense to me.
Draft 2In this scenario I homered my way into thinking that we would get Jarius Byrd and Paul Soliai along with keeping Griffen and getting a CB.
R1 - ILB C.J. MOSLEY, ALABAMA
And voila, there it is. Johnny was still around but the simulator had the Jags take Clowney and the Raiders take Barr when either of them would probably take Manziel. However he's rated as the 26th prospect in this simulator so I just assumed he'd be gone in this mock. Great inside linebacker who should immediately help the team.
R2 -DT RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN, MINNESOTA
SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDE! I'm so glad he fell to here. Going to MN and seeing this guy play I'm pretty high on his ceiling. Even though I have the Vikings picking up a clogger in FA, Hageman could be a big contributor in the line roatation. 6'6" and 300+ and he can reportedly still do a 360 dunk. I love that athleticism and he had a good drive this year with my favorite highlight being a either his field goal block or when he got a sack after having his facemask ripped off. He also had a nice interception which is a pretty rare quality for a DT (anyone else thinking K-Will?).
R3A - QB TAJH BOYD, CLEMSON
One of the knocks on Tajh is that he makes relatively easy throws and his receivers do the rest. I've seen enough of him this year that makes me believe that he can make the deep and more difficult throws and he has pretty good mobility. With a coach that can develop young QBs I think Boyd could be a good QB in the league.
R3B - OG ANTHONY STEEN, ALABAMA
At this pick it was pretty much best talent and hole-filler on the board. Had a surgery for a partially torn labrum in December but that isn't too infrequent for linemen so it doesn't worry me. Apparently he's a bit short at 6'2" but that goes along with short arms on the list of dumb weaknesses for me. He's got the quickness and power to get a high grade.
R4 - OLB CARL BRADFORD, ARIZONA STATE
At this point I could have taken Dixon again for safety depth but I'm ok with who is going to still be on the roster next year. I also could have taken Jimmy Garoppolo or Brett Smith but it would have been a bit of a reach, especially having taking Tajh in round 3. Bradford himself plays angry (and might be angry, easily fixed with Zimmer as a mentor. Can you see who I'd want to be the next HC?) and is a good pass-rusher and apparently had to cover RBs in the passing game at ASU. A good depth player (who could shine under a coach who has proven he can develop LBs including, but not restricted to, Vontaze Burfict).
R5 - CB DEION BELUE, ALABAMA
CB depth, possibly our third CB as he has been praised for his run defense and is somewhat shorter than ideal at 5'10" (especially considering the monsters in the NFCN). I'd be pleased with this pick if he could be converted to a slot corner.
R6 - CB ANDRE HAL, VANDERBILT
Pretty much the same as the last draft. In a pass-happy league you can never have too much depth and right now we have none.
R7 - RB Dri Archer, Kent State
Absurdly fast, Darren Sproles-esque and for a very good evaluation the guys at Gang Green Nation put together a solid case for Archer.
Well, that about does it. IMO, these are pretty much worthless until we know who is our coach and how well we do in free agency but it was pretty fun and a good time-waster on a slow day. I appreciate all feedback, as long as you're not a douche about it.