Hi guys back again for another mock. There are some rumblings that Mr. Nolan wants to implement a 3-4 defense for us. Personally I think it is a great idea but we're probably going to have to trade back to pick up some extra pieces. So in this mock I'll assume we trade back with a team for a 2nd and 4th round pick. I'll also assume we get a 4th round compensatory pick for Lofton. Alright here we go.
2nd RD(Traded pick): Dallas Thomas/OT/OG/Tenn.: Pretty sure we should address the trenches first. Probably the most important elements for championship teams are good QB play and the lines. Thomas is listed as a OT but fits better at the next level as a OG. He has great foot quickness and nice agility to be able to block downfield. He does however need to put on some more mass to combat the huge DT in the NFL. He is a better pass blocker than run blocker which should be fine since we're becoming more of a pass happy team.
2nd RD: Brandon Williams/NT/Missouri Sou.: Freaking Mammoth. The guy is really big and REALLY strong. He also has underrated quickness. He is projected as a 3rd to 4th round pick right now but his stock has been rising since the Senior Bowl. He has look dominant in the drills and probably will be good value as a late 2nd. Finally this gives us a guy who can anchor down the middle f the defense.
3rd RD: Jamar Taylor/DB/Boise St.: Big physical cornerback. I'm not sure if Grimes will be back next season although I would prefer to cut ties with DR and keep Grimes. Whoever ends up leaving will leave a void that needs to be filled. I think McClain is perfect as the Nickel CB. This guy should come in contribute and possibly even start at the next level. He has good size and also can hit. I mean he can really hit. Sound tackler and also displays good coverage skills.
4th RD(Traded Pick): Travis Kelce/TE/Cinn.: Nice size and speed for a TE with great hands. He just broke Brent Celek record at Cincy for yards in a single season. Also a very solid route runner. His last game he had 5 recs for 123 yards and a TD with a YPC of 24.6. He has the talent to be an impact player especially in the redzone and ease the pain of losing a HOF a little bit better.
4th RD: Michael Buchanan/OLB/Ill.: Personally I think he is a little bit quicker and more explosive than his former teammate Whitney Mercilus. He is quick off the snap and has violent hands. His run defense needs some improvement but as a pass rush specialist I think he is very dangerous. He adds speed to our stable of pass rushers and could make an immediate impact.
4th RD(compensatory pick): Trevardo Williams/OLB/UConn.: An elite runner who is undersized as a 4-3 DE. Fortunately for us he transitions well to a 3-4 OLB. At 233 lbs he runs a sub 4.5 40. Yes he is really that quick with underrated strength as well. Born in Jamaica it's no wonder why he is this quick. He shoots off the line racking up 8.5 sacks this past season. He should add good depth to our LB corp.
5th RD: Christine Michael/RB/Texas A&M: Last year I wanted us to pick up a guy named Cyrus Grey. This guy is just as good IMO if not better. He can pass block, catch out the backfield, and is hard to tackle. He does have injury concerns which might have caused his stock to drop this low. I think with a loaded backfield like ours those worries can be put to rest. He should compliment Quizz nicely.
6th RD: Conner Vernon/WR/Duke: This guy to me is a sleeper. Very crisp route runner with outstanding hands. He plays mostly outside but should be a easy transition to slot. I think he is as every bit as fast as HD. Should compete right from the get go for that starting slot position. Also he can return kick offs and punts.
7th RD: Jeff Tuel/QB/Wash St.: Another sleeper. I think he has the moxy and will to be a solid starter in the NFL. He has solid arm strength and good pocket awareness as well as above average accuracy. He had a good showing in the East West shrine game going 8-8 with a TD. Should challenge DD right off the bat for the back up role.
So that's the my 3rd mock. Tell me what you think in the comments below.