Hi guys, I 'd like to know what do you think about the first edition of my 2014 NFL Draft Mock.
- I conjectured that in free agency we'll resign Griffen losing Gerhart, Allen and KWill, and that we'll sign a CB and a S, cause we have cap to do it and there are pretty good free agent this year in these two positions (especially in the first one).
- Reading about our new coordinators (and obviously also HC) for my analysis I considered pocket passer QBs more than dual-threat QBs, and I considered 4-3 defense our base scheme even if not the only one that will played (both Zimmer and Edwards played 4-3 and 3-4 in their DC years, so I think that hybrid defense is something more probable than just a 4-3).
- At this point I see in order QB, NT, OG, OLB, DE, MLB, RB, DT our need near the Draft, even if my picks respect not this order but the talent that probably will find at the moment of every single call.
- 1st round] Khalil Mack, OLB Buffalo - I tried to be realistic. We have 4 teams before us in search of a franchise QB, and I don't think that the same Bucs if they had the opportunity to pick one between Manziel, Bridgewater or Bortles (the only three that will be selected imho within the first 8 overall calls) they'd skip to chose a defensive player. Considering that imho within the seven calls imho will be picked Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, Clowney, Barr, Matthews and Watkins (not in that order) I think that would be a obvious reasoning choose Mack, a disruptive OLB that we need desperately to give back force to a position that this year has been very terrible, and we can't count just on Henderson and Greenway. Last but not least Mack can also be a 3-4 OLB pass rusher, so it will be an intelligent and quality pick for my supposed hybrid defense.
- 2nd round] David Yankey, OG Stanford - One thing: this could be a round that we could use to select the QB that I chose for the following round. But he is projected right now to be choosen at least in the 3rd round, but if he play well at the East-West Shrine Game and if he has a good combine, I have no doubt that everyone who want him, will have to use his 2nd round pick. About Yankey, I can say that he is my favourite OG behind Zack Martin who I think will be selected before, he's one of the best OG that probably will be available in the 2nd round, and we need desperately a reliable LG to open holes for AP and protect our QB, whoever he is.
- 3nd round] Jimmy Garoppolo, QB Eastern Illinois - Probably he is the best QB outside the first three who I talked about before and Zach Mettenberger, who also could be a steal at 3rd round, but I don't know how much we may want a QB coming back from a serious injury like ACL tear. Garoppolo is a kind of QB who I think can have success under Norv Turner, and is the only bet on which would aim.
- 3rd round (from SEA)] Daniel McCullers, NT Tennessee - Outside Nix III he's the perfect NT for us. He played the 4-3 defense at the college but he is also in the rnage to be a powerful 3-4 NT. He's a must-have guy, who can hopefully represent a big improve for our DLine.
- 4th round] Ben Gardner, DE Stanford - With Robison and Griffen we're ok at DE position, but have another quality guy for rotation would be a smart move. Gardner is a higher-than-4th round DE, but the injury he had months ago probably will make him fall till the 4th-5th round. But once restored to health I think he could be a added value for our defense.
- 5th round] Max Bullough, MLB Michigan State - I think that this year we have to understand where Cole and Mauti can lead our defense in the MLB position, and eventually, if they should fail, just next year think about a 1st round MLB. Bullough however is a nice pick at 5th round, he played MLB in a 4-3 defense at college, but he can also be useful as ILB in the rotation in my supposed hybrid defense.
- 6th round] James White, RB Wisconsin - Asiata proved he can be a legit AP backup in place of Gerhart. White could be another guy who can fight with Randle and Banyard for the 3rd RB spot in the roster.
- 7th round] Bruce Gaston, DT Purdue - A useful tackle for rotation especially in the NT spot (but just in the 4-3 formation).