Because there haven't been enough of these recently... Anyways I love the draft, I spend an inordinate amount of time watching what ever footage, articles, and or pretty much anything that I can get my hands on relating to the collegial talent leading up to my favorite holiday.
So to Start I used a combination of Walter Football, as well as Draft Teck to help Compile what I believe to be a pretty Realistic Mock.
So without Further ado
1. Quintin Coples, DE - I made this selection under the following premise's, A) the peoples champion David Decastro was gone, and B) If he's available regardless of whomever is on the clock it'd be pretty hard to argue that Couples isn't the BPA at 14. That being said, I think with the varied fronts Rob Ryan likes to utilize, Coples may present the very best prospect we have available to us in this draft. Coples can line up as a Stack and Shed 4-3 D end, he can move inside and play DT in the nickel, and he can give us the penetrating 3-4 End we've needed since day 1. I have been one of the many who has been advocating not picking the Tarheel phoneme, but the more I look at the board at 14 the more and more he just plain makes sense. You don't know which player you're going to get snap to snap, but his talent and athleticism is unquestioned. It'd be really hard to walk away from him if on the board.
2. Bruce Irvin/Shea Mclean/Vinny Curry/Ronell Lewis. - I know I have a lot of slashes here; I get that that is probably not the greatest for the eyes. Forgive me. However I wanted to target (and yes BPA purists I did say Target) and OLB prospect, Bruce Irvin right now is an Enigma, is he a head case that drops? Is he an athletic wunderkind that sky rockets? What isn't a mystery however is his athletic prowess is without question elite. While he is most certainly raw, the saving grace behind franchising Anthony spencer is that it allows us to utilize a Raw prospect like Irvin, very much how San Fran utilized Aldon Smith, situationally and on passing downs.
The other Two intriguing Players for me are Shea McLean, and Vinny Curry. Both offer again the kind of Versatility that Rob Ryan Loves, with Shea being able to play any of the Linebacker positions, as well as being able to play as a traditional 4-3 DE. Frankly I believe Mclean is a more valuable prospect than Irvin, and reminds me a lot of Ryan Kerrigan. Vinny Curry as well has the ability to Play as a traditional DE in a 4 man front as well as a 3-4 OLB that we could bring along slowly behind Spencer. Ronell Lewis is a guy I'm not especially high on, however it's worth noting the cowboys are bringing him in for a visit; so there is some interest there. All reports I've read say he plays with an unmatched motor and violence to his game. Those are traits I'm not exactly unhappy to hear about...
3. Josh Norman, Costal Caronia, CB - This is where it started being more difficult for me to make decisions, I had a couple players who were about equal on my board. I went with Norman over a player like Casey Hayward, or Turmain Johnson because he fits our profile IMO better than the other 2 Corners, and I felt Corner represented the best value at this point in the draft.
Norman is a big bodied Stout corner who has pretty fluid hips; he stays low, and is not afraid to mix it up on the line. In a lot of ways he reminds me of Mike Jenkins coming out, maybe not at polished, but that same type of shadow press man corner; with the benefit of having some pretty good ball skills. All in all I would be pretty thrilled to have him in Dallas.
4. A) Malik Johnson, Tennessee, DE / Derek Wolf Cincinnati, DE (I have Johnson a little higher but not drastically so) - Again this was a pure best player available pick. Malik Johnson is an animal, just built the way the position is drawn up. Has a good motor plays violently, and again can be used as a rotational player, Between Coples, Johnson, Geathers (who I think is out next UNFA find), Lissimore, and Hatcher, a relative weakness becomes a pretty large strength. Also you can say good bye to Spears and Coleman.
Wolfe offers maybe less upside, but probably a higher floor than Johnson, I still believe there is some real talent there; but definitely not of the level of Malik Johnson. Wolf is a good penetrator and will be a solid rotational piece on the line and give us some added umph. on passing downs.
B) Philip Blake, Baylor C - Finally BPA and Offensive line meet. This may be a little hopeful, however, offensive lineman have a habit of falling. I was tempted to pike Blake with the earlier 4th, however I couldn't pass on Malik Johnson. That being said if Blake was available I'd consider it a pretty good windfall. He plays with power, he has good pop to his game, plus it's reported that Callahan met with him and liked the kid. All in all pretty I am happy to see his name still around here.
5. Jeff Fuller Texas A&M, WR - Again BPA and need coincide. I have seen a lot of mocks slotting Fuller in the 6th or 7th rounds; so why prey tell did I use my 5th on him? Well for one size athletes like Fuller, who at one point were considered first round targets don't last to the 7th. Unless they went to prison, which Fuller didn't. Either way, is Jeff Fuller a no.1? no; Is he a no.2? Maybe, bordering on probably not; can he beat single coverage against a team's 4th corner without safety help? Yeah I'd say so. Can he post up in the Redzone and make something happen? Again, without double coverage and as the 4th/5th target, absolutely. Finial note, have there also been reports about Fuller considering the move to TE? Yep. Can you say Gronk?
All in all maybe he's a Pet Cat, maybe I think he's way to talented to pass up in the 5th, either way I say Jackpot. From Gill Brant "[Fuller] ran 4.66 and 4.65 40s, had a 36-inch vertical jump, 4.33 short shuttle and had a 7.10 three-cone drill. Based on what scouts are currently saying, there a good chance Fuller could be making a switch, but at the moment, nothing is set in stone."
Gronk's numbers for reference (6 ft 6 in 265 lb, 40: 4.65 s, SS: 4.47 s 3Cone: 7.18 s, Broad Jump: 9 ft. 11 in, BP: 23 rep) All in all pretty comparable if not on the whole better...
6. Evan Rodriguez, Temple TE/FB/, James Hanna Oklahoma, TE - Rodriguez the other resident peoples champion here on BtB as well as Cowboys nation. People see a highly versatile, developmental player in the Aaron Hernandez mold. That certainly is attractive, if true. Again another player I have only read about and not really gotten an opportunity to study. However if reports are true he seems as good a player as any in the slot. I don't see any developmental QB's here that make sense, Brian Lindsey out of Pitt was attractive, relies on a very strong first step, but doesn't have much else to offer. All in all how can you not choose the people champion? James Hanna got the Bird Dog seal of Approval, which was pretty much all I needed to know about him.
7. Cliff Harris, Oregon, CB - Finally Cliff Harris, how the mighty have fallen, once talked about as a low first rounder. This is a very un-Garrett pick I'll admit, however, Harris oozes upside. He also is at worst a very capable return specialist. Definitely not the RKG, but in round 7 why not pick for upside?
So that's pretty much it, I welcome any and all comments/ Criticisms.