The 2014 BTB Community Draft reaches it's conclusion!
This is our favorite opportunity to interact with our community and allow them some front-page limelight, while simultaneously getting our first in-depth look at several candidates for the draft's first round.
This will be much more than just one community member's idea of how to help out their assigned teams. After each selection is forwarded to me, I will gather all of the pertinent information about this prospect from some of the internet's best draft resources. We will try to highlight the profile's best and worst traits, so that our reader's are highly educated come May 8th when these guys names are called.
To keep things simple, no trades are allowed; I think for a one round exercise that does little to actually project how things are going to turn out. Four GMs, four teams, four picks. Let's get it on!
|29. New England Patriots||Xavier S'ua-Filo, OG, UCLA||Robert Enox|
I was really hoping for a defensive lineman here, especially a DT as the All Pro Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly are getting a little long in the tooth, but after Aaron Donald, Timmy Jernigan, and Ra'shad Hagemen went off the board, I kind of felt a little wiped out. I considered Dominique Easly here as well, but after two ACL surgeries I felt he was too risky for a first round pick. I could have also gone the TE route with Jace Amaro or Austin Seferian-Jenkins,but I figured they could get a TE in the 2nd or 3rd round. I switched my attention over to the interior of the O-line.
The O-line really had a down year last year, weather it was injuries, rookie growing pains or poor play from their low round picks, the Pats could use an upgrade. When have a statue like Tom Brady Playing QB you need good O-line play and the Pats biggest need on the O-line is the interior, and Su'a Filo fills this void nicely. Also Tom Brady is no spring chicken so it is important to protect him in order to ensure his longevity. Su'a Filo is the whole package, not only does he have the size and power to play in a man blocking scheme but he has the hands and athletic ability to play in the zone blocking scheme as well. Su'a Filo also has plenty of starting experience with 38 starts under his belt, starting as a true freshman.
If it wasn't for his two year mission trip he would have more. Xavier Su'a Filo is this years Larry Wolford, the OG that was drafted by Detroit and was a finalist for Offensive Rookie of the Year. I am confident that Su'a Filo could step in and start right away and be an instant upgrade for the Pats.
|30. San Francisco 49ers||Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise St.||Proxy406|
Looking at the 49ers I saw several primary needs: 5 tech, WR, CB, and recently OLB. For the 49ers everything starts upfront with Justin Smith, he's the engine that drives them. I was really hoping for Hageman to be there as he would be the perfect replacement for either Ray MacDonald or Smith, as an up the field penetrater at 5 tech i don't know that their is a better prospect in this class. If you can get that engine going he'll be a beast. The other thing that was lacking from the 49ers, was a dynamic up field space player; In Bolden and Crabtree they have very similar players, a guy they could move around, and force the end off the zone would be a real boon. When Varett also came off the board, I was really starting to feel in a bind.
Luckily Demarcus Lawrence makes a ton of sense for this team. Lawrence is an ideal 3-4 outside linebacker. He's incredibly quick, has great lateral movement, great burst, this kid just flat out attacks off the edge (a guy our cowboys are probably very high on). He has active hands & has a great understanding of angles. Hes strong against the run, but makes his money as a pass rusher. He had 34 TKL, 20 sacks, and 7 FF, in 20 starts, just a phenomenal level of production from the former JCO kid. He played from a number of different positions at Boise St & has experience rushing from a 2 point stance already.
He'll slide right into the roll Aldon Smith plays in that defense. They can use him the same way they used Aldon smith his rookie year, just attack up the field and go. If there an area he could use some work, is his functional play strength, has some trouble disengaging. However San Fran is the perfect team to bring this kid along and tap his potential. IMO their are only 3 DE/OLB with double digit sack potential, and to score one at 30 is a coup.
|31. Denver Broncos||Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech||abok02|
I got hamstrung by S'ua-Filo going to NE for the 27th pick. A clear choice as Denver lost their top 2 guards, he was first on my board knowing other guys wouldn't drop. The #2 rated guard in the draft, David Yankey, lost a lot of stock in the combine and while is still on my board for Denver, I just can't justify spending a first rounder on him. Other big positions of need were MLB and CB. The MLB's left also weren't worthy of a first rounder. So a combination of BPA and need pushed the pick of Kyle Fuller.
Denver attempted to fill the losses of Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with a huge Free Agency pickup in Aqib Talib but are still in need of another corner who can immediately contribute. Kyle Fuller's stock jumped as he did better than expected at the combine and possesses much more prototypical size for a CB in the NFL than Vereen. He's a really physical corner who is explosive off of the line or to the ball. A huge positive is that he comes from a great pedigree as both older brothers were drafted and played in the NFL. He's said to be one of the smartest players in the draft, football wise, as he played CB, FS and LB at Virginia Tech. He's a student of film and is touted as spending hours dedicated solely to receivers' routes and their tendencies. He would have a rookie impact as a nickel or dime corner immediately behind Talib and Harris for Denver. As far as versatility, he could be disguised in coverages, playing both CB and safety in the same defensive series, allowing for concealment. Denver also plays a lot of off-man and zone coverage which Fuller excels at, making him a great scheme fit as well.
A long and disciplined corner, Fuller fills the need at CB for the Broncos with the versatility to move all over the defensive backfield. He'll be an immediate impact and should develop nicely behind Talib and Harris.
|32. Seattle Seahawks||Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State||KD|
Pete Carroll and company sit back and laugh as little tiny receivers come off the board and the next Dez Bryant falls right into their laps.
Out of the 13 receivers in Josh Norris' Top 100, the Phenom Index (college production in terms of age; the younger outstanding season outranks the older guys outstanding season) really likes two of my favorite targets above their pre-draft ranks. Allen Robinson of Penn State, who I consider Anquan Boldin-esque and Jon Moore compares to our own Dez Bryant, comes in second, with a score of 3.17. Robinson accounted for over 1,400 of the Nittany Lions' 3,100 passing yards in 2014.
The rich get richer.
|Prior Picks||Selections 1-28||Review|
NY Jets, Calvin Pryor
Miami Dolphins, Ryan Shazier
Arizona Cardinals, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Green Bay Packers, CJ Mosley
Philadelphia Eagles, Odell Beckham, Jr
Kansas City Chiefs, Rashede Hageman
Cincinnati Bengals, Bradley Roby
San Diego Chargers, Timmy Jernigan
Cleveland Browns, Brandin Cooks
New Orleans Saints, Marqise Lee
Carolina Panthers, Jason Verrett
And with that, our Community Mock has reached it's conclusion. I want to thank all of our participants who volunteered and responded when the call came to make a pick; much better turnout than in previous years. This was Year Four and I love how much participation we get every year. Until 2015, cheers!