While there have been a flurry of mock drafts posted here recently, I haven't posted one for a few months. Overall, I think I'd be quite happy if this is how this draft turned out. I went into it with the goal of nabbing a new QB, a day 1 starter/difference making defensive player at either LB or CB, and a bright and shiny new guard to help out the QB and Purple Jesus. While previously opposed to using future first round draft picks to pick up additional talent, I decided it was worth it this year. This year's draft is extremely deep for most positions because of the strong underclassmen component of the draft. But that also suggests that next years draft is likely to be a bit thinner, so I decided I'd be willing to take that gamble.
I traded back in the draft pretty hard to get some additional picks, but also to get to a point where I was pretty confident I could still grab Mosley, who I grabbed with my first selection. It strikes me as surprising that that selection still only merited an A-, but I'm happy with it non the less. Then I used my 2015 1st round pick to grab Derek Carr at Round 2 Pick 2, plus an additional 2nd (Round 2 Pick 4), and another 3rd rounder which I think was 5th pick in the 3rd round.
After getting my bright and shiny new QB, I decided to get a bright and shiny new guard to help keep him standing up right. Xavier Su'a-Filo was available at that position, so I took him quite happily. My selection of Davante Adams with my next pick is probably somewhat controversial- first-pick didn't love it (B+ grade), but I want to give Derek Carr every opportunity to succeed, which was part of the reason I picked Su'a-Filo, but having a receiver that he's already comfortable and had success with seemed like a good investment.
I wanted a good running back behind Purple Jesus. I'm not sure if KaDeem Carey is the best option for a 3rd down back, but I like what I've read about him, so he was my selection. After that, I wanted to focus on beefing up the secondary. I briefly considered taking Yarin Smallwood or Telvin Smith instead of Jean Baptiste, but we have a lot of bodies already at LB, and we improved our ILB position a lot w/ the Mosley selection, so I decided we needed more help at CB more than additional bodies at LB. My selection of Deone Bucannon was probably the toughest decision I made. I'm reasonably content with our safeties at this point, but it was him or Yarin Smallwood. With the flexibility that Mosley gives us, having another ILB would be great if it allows him to be used as an OLB if that's where our greatest need is. On the other hand, I think we have al to of young talent already at LB and I think that they need an opportunity to develop and show themselves, so I went with Bucannone. I considered another WR here or a DT but I decided against them. I think that we're pretty good at WR talent at the moment. DT might have been a smarter move. I'm happy with Linval Joesph and Sharif 'The Tyranosaur' Floyd, but I'd still like some more depth behind them. Maybe that would've been the smarter move, I remain unsettled about that choice. Lastly, I felt we needed more Des. Robison is getting older, we don't know how well Everson will pan out, so it seemed prudent.
I gave up a lot in the realm of higher round draft picks to move up this much. That could've provided lots of opportunity to get quality depth at other positions, but there's really a lot of talent this year. Next year I'd focus more on getting depth.
It's also the highest 'score' I've received from first-pick.com too.
Your score is: 5214 (GRADE: A-)
Round 1 Pick 27 (N.O.): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama (A-)
Round 2 Pick 2 (WASH): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (A)
Round 2 Pick 4 (OAK): Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA (A)
Round 2 Pick 11 (NYG): Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State (B+)
Round 3 Pick 5 (T.B.): Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona (A)
Round 3 Pick 10 (NYG): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (A-)
Round 3 Pick 21 (G.B.): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
Round 3 Pick 22 (PHI): Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (A)
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