As we have finally reached draft week, many of us are a bit mocked out. On the other hand, some of us still can't get enough! To comprimise those two points of view, I've decided to combine the final eight selections of our Community Mock into two posts, four picks each.
As each of the GMs has done their own amount of research setting the stage for their picks, we are still going to give them their shine, just without the bells and whistles of the prior posts. I will provide video of each player, via DraftBreakdown.com. Also, if you click on the selection number in each pick announcement ("25th selection", "26th selection", etc), you will go to the NFLDraftScout.com page for each player, for a list of their detailed strengths and weaknesses.
So without further ado, here are the next four picks in our Community Draft!
With the 25th selection in the BTB Community Mock Draft, GM DirtHeavy and the Minnesota Vikings select... LB, Arthur Brown, Kansas State.
After picking up a desperately needed corner in Marcus Trufant, just two short picks ago, Minnesota and GM Rick Spielman's war room finds themselves back on the clock. Spielman is a pretty well known lover of Notre Dame guys, and he's been convinced by several former Domers/Current Viking starters (Harrison Smith, John Sullivan, Kyle Rudolph) that there's less to the girlfriend thing and more to the substance of Manti Te'o. And while Minnesota has a desperate need for a Cover 2 MLB, he can't justify ignoring Te'o's lack of straightline speed. Spielman feels like he can leave a soft landing spot for Te'o until pick # 52, and has more pressing needs, depite the fact that last year's starter Jasper Brinkley left for Arizona in free agency. They have no middle linebacker at all, and need one who can run and cover.
After Fat Pat Williams retired in 2009, he took the Williams Wall with him. Future Hall of Fame DT Kevin Williams has been getting every double team anybody has to offer since. It won't do any good drafting a linebacker if there's nobody to hold up blockers. And you can't get interior pressure, even with Kevin Williams, if he's completely worn out from getting mauled by two men every play.
The GMs of midwestern teams watch the college games that come on TV, just like everybody else. And they gravitate to the teams they want to watch, just like everybody else. So when there's nothing to do on Saturdays, and Notre Dame doesn't play until the evening, Rick Spielman watches his brother's alma mater. And on the field he sees a gigantic monster, a potential war daddy, in Johnathon Hankins. But he also watches him stop moving when he gets double teamed. He watched tape on Jesse Williams, what will all that power (600 lb bench press) and the 4.9 speed, but again, this is not a dynamic DT. Those guys got gobbled up already. Minnesota has D linemen on the roster who can do what these guys are doing. They can get space taken up. What they need is for a difference to be made.
Then, Spielman glances over at next year's tentative schedule, and he remembers what division he's in. You simply can't run a cover 2 defense without a MLB who can cover, a MLB who can run side to side with all his speed, and can make tackles. If you're playing 6 games a year against Green Bay, Detroit and Chicago, you know they're going to throw it 50 times a game each.
Arthur Brown may have a tough time in the early going before figuring out that NFL players run through arms tackles, and he may struggle to cover enormous tight ends deep down the middle, but he's going to become a Pro Bowl alternate MLB (he's not beating out Sean Lee) for the Minnesota Vikings. Like Lee, he'll have to bulldog tackle nearly everybody, because of his small frame. But like Lee, he'll bulldog everybody to the ground.
None of the Notre Dame guys are going to like this pick, but Minnesota fans will. The dropoff in quality on linebackers is far steeper than the one on receivers, and the dropoff on D Tackles already happened.
It's got to be Arthur Brown. That's one problem solved.
With the 26th selection in the BTB Community Mock Draft, GM hashishkabob and the Gren Bay Packers select... DE Sylvester Williams, North Carolina.
I feel this pick is a good combination BPA and Team need.
I thought about a safety for GB here but I think they will be able to get a good one in the second round.
With the 27th selection in the BTB Community Mock Draft, GM LizardState and the Houston Texans select...
WR Robert Woods, USC
The loss of Kevin Walter emphasizes that a WR to complement Andre Johnson on the other side is the Texans' greatest need. Kiper, SI, & John McClain of the Houston Chronicle all agree that this is the direction Houston will go with pick #27. Despite the need for an OLB/edge pass rusher to replace Connor Barwin lost in FA, the priority for this very talented, top drawer NFL team is a difference-maker to support what everyone thinks is a Super Bowl run in 2013. So the focus is on a skill position player, & as Johnson has the strong, physical flanker Z-type receiver spot locked up, they are looking for the X-type split end, or Y-type slot receiver.
The two most frequently mentioned names are Terrance Williams, the in-state Baylor superstar WR who elevated himself into the 1st round discussion after a superlative senior Bowl practice week, and Matt Barkley's primary target from USC Robert Woods. These two are very similar, Woods is 8 lbs. lighter and inch shoter at 6-1, both running 4.45 - 4.48 forties at the Combine. Woods was famous for his route-runing and hands, making the circus catches consistently in the Pac 12. Woods has the edge in that intangible toughness factor though, and has more experience going over the middle to move the chains for the Trojans. He also provides the Texans with return specialist as he was on track to set the USC return yardage record.
At USC in his career, Woods started 25 games and has 176 catches for 2,084 yards for a huge 11.8 YPC avg. with 21 TDs, 55 kickoff returns for 1,364 yards and another huge 24.8 YPR avg. with 1 TD. He logged 14 punt returns for 122 yards (8.7 avg.) and 13 carries for 76 yards (5.8 avg.), and has 3,646 all-purpose yards on 258 plays (14.1 avg.). He ranks fourth on USC's career kickoff return list (1,364 yards) and tied for sixth on the career pass catching ladder (176 receptions). He has 9 100-yard receiving games in his career, including twice with 200 yards (joining Keyshawn Johnson and Dwayne Jarrett as the only Trojans to have done that), and 5 career outings with double-digit receptions. Mel Kiper praised Woods saying he "has extremely reliable hands and is underrated in his ability to stretch defenses over the top."
With the 28th selection in the BTB Community Mock Draft, GM realfanandairman and the Denver Broncos select...
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
The Broncos are a generally a complete team, and look poised to contend for the foreseeable future . That being said, the defensive line is looking pretty thin across the board, and the departure of Elvis Dumervil warranted a close look at defensive end Damontre Moore. In the end, bigger is better and, with the 28th overall pick, the Broncos select defensive tackle Kawann Short.
Hes the highest rated tackle left on the board, and adds a quick, talented, and young player who can dominate the trenches for years to come.