Back again to deliver another mock. I wanted to wait after FA just to see if we made any moves( which so far is nothing) since we do still have some holes on this team. With no big splashes in FA I assume the FO might try to acquire some players through trade or trade players for picks. As of right now no one knows.
I'll assume we make no trades or receive any compensatory picks.
2nd.(#55 overall): Phillip Blake/OC/Baylor: As much as I would love to retain McClure I doubt he stays. Hawley is a decent center but I doubt he is our long term solution. Blake has the potential to be a stud in the NFL. Big and powerful he also has nimble feet. A former RT he can mirror DT's but can be beat by quicker DT's. He isn't overly athletic but can get to the second level and take on LB's when needed. His technique needs to be improved and he is a little bit older than most prospects(26) but I think he can become a solid starter for us at the least.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSOur_TLyrc&feature=relmfu( Interview not game tape)
3rd.(#86 overall): Terrell Manning/OLB/NCST.: A undersized OLB with great instincts and character. If he had prototypical OLB size he would be a 1st round OLB. He has crazy athleticism and good sideline to sideline speed. Takes good angles and is a sure tackler. Underrated as a pass rusher as well. Has drawn comparisons to Clay Matthews in his pursuit for the QB due to his leverage, speed, and tenacity. He should be able to start WLB from day 1 and if he adds a little weight could move him to strongside as well.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGnSIs1TZ3U( Manning vs Louisville)
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcTR3VCjRLI&feature=related( Manning vs WF)
5th.(#150 overall): Mike Daniels/DT/Iowa: A undersized DT who has a great burst and balance to get through the line and wreck havoc on opposing QB's. Had a solid year in 2011 in 13 starts with 67 tackles, 13.5 TFL, and 9 sacks. He has a relentless motor. He does need to hit the weight room and add some power if he wants a starter role but should contribute as a situational pass rushing DT.
6th.(#183 overall): Chase Ford/TE/Mia.(FL): Unless someone slips I doubt TD drafts a TE early. Green could be in play in the 3rd but he also could be gone by time we draft. This is probably Gonzo's last year and getting a developmental TE might be the best way to go here. Ford has the size (6'6, 258 lbs) and has soft hands. Catches almost every thing thrown his way. Doesn't have elite speed but is reliable on 3rd downs and should be a great red zone target. Needs to improve his blocking but I doubt he will be in that role too often. TD probably drafts the TE for the future next year but grabbing a developmental guy couldn't hurt.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkqnzyQhctc( JUCO highlights)
7th.(#205 overall): Dan Persa/QB/NW: Even though we recently signed Redman our back up QB spot is far from settled. We need to get a younger and better option to back up MR if anything happens. Persa is my favorite late round QB. He is a gamer with good pocket awareness and great accuracy. His arm strength isn't all that great but dude is a gamer and will lay it out every time he gets on the field.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoOV6_mI5j4&feature=related( NW vs Central Michigan 2010)
So there it is feel free to comment.