It's never too early for a mock draft, unless you're 2-6. Then it's just sad. Nevertheless we are what are record says we are which means we need some help in all aspects of our team. I personally believe we are a play maker or 2 on defense, a solid O line, and a offensive minded HC or a creative OC away from actually winning a Super Bowl. We have pieces so even a change at GM or HC would still warrant us as an elite team rather than putting us in a "rebuilding" mode. So without further ado here is my mock draft.
Currently we hold the #5 overall pick in this year's draft. I'm not really big on Clowney or Nix III at that spot. Plus I think there could be a run at QB's in the early part of the draft. So here is the trade idea.
We trade our #5 overall pick to Cleveland who currently own the 14th and 27th pick (Indy). Cleveland has a pretty solid team overall and their new regime seems to want to pick their own players. I think this trade may be plausible especially if Clowney slips to us.
RD 1: Khalil Mack/OLB/Buf.: A speedy outside rusher who IMO has as much (if not better) potential as Barr as a play maker at the next level. He reminds me a little of Von Miller due to his instincts and explosiveness of the LOS. He is a better fit as a 3-4 OLB but he should be able to play OLB in a 4-3 as well. Similar to how the Giants use Kiwanuka. I do feel like Smitty(if he gets another year) should allow Nolan to run a 3-4 defense. We have pieces like Mass, Biermann, and Maponga that could all play at the OLB spot in a 3-4.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7oe3vOjwxY (Mack vs Kent St. 2012)
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb1nhZliuqc (Mack vs Stony Brook 2013)
RD 1: James Hurst/OT/UNC: Baker is not the long term solution. We have a 100M investment behind him that needs to be protected if we plan on going anywhere in the next couple of years. Hurst is slotted in the middle of the 2nd to the early 3rd in most mocks. I believe his stock will rise before the draft. He has solid athleticism and good length for his position. He's also is a very intelligent guy and a very solid run blocker. He does struggle against speedy rushers but I think that is due to technique rather than his own abilities. Hurst and Holmes should solidify our tackle spots for the next 5 years easily.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41ow8gODsPg (Hurst vs South Carolina 2013)
RD 2: Zach Kerr/NT/Delaware: This is my steal of the draft. Possibly the best DT or NT in this years draft. Weighing in at 322 lbs and at 6'1 he has a nice mix of speed, athleticism, and power for a NT. He can be a very disruptive pass rusher for us. He has very underrated athleticism as he has even returned turnovers for touchdowns on more than one occasion. A vocal leader( which this defense desperately needs) and a potential star I think we should "reach" and take this guy in the second.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvRt8IZ2Fp4 (Practice tape of Kerr)
RD 3: Tim Flanders/RB/SHU St.: Another weapon for MR. Flanders is a speedy back with some great elusiveness. He can catch out the backfield and also has some power to his game. Racking up over 4,000 yards and 52 TDs in his 3 years. Should be a nice compliment to Quizz and Snells.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJFm1VNqqHc (Flanders vs Texas A&M 2013)
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcvRJ1HSy40 ( Flanders vs E Wash 2012)
RD 4: Greg Heban/S/Indiana: Decoud needs to be replaced. Simple as that. I don't think I can take anymore of him whiffing tackles, taking bad angles, and being out of place on assignments. Heban should help with that. A very instinctive safety who is also a sound tackler. A solid secondary will be very beneficial to a pass rush that is improving and vice versa.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5W3YlGjMH4 ( Heban Highlights)
RD 5: Ted Bolser/TE/Indiana: Back to back Big 10 picks. I'm not sold on Toi as our future TE 100%. I think he would be a great red zone target and possibly a chain mover. This guy right here I know can be those 2 things. Underrated athleticism and great hands make for a great weapon in a TE. I think MR would love a guy like this to help relieve the void left by Gonzo.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf0IsHGuiaE (Bolser highlights)
RD 6: Pat Eger/OC/WVU: A versatile player who has been all over the offensive line. Playing at OG, OT, and now OC. Has good size but needs to improve on his consistency. Hopefully he can at least put pressure on Konz to perform better.
No videos on Eger.
RD 7: Jaxon Shipley/WR/Texas: Younger brother of Jordan Shipley. A very solid WR with great hands. Won't wow you with speed but he is very savy. Could be a good 3rd or 4th option on offense and provide some depth to the core.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pnme7u_wBA (Shipley vs Oklahoma St. 2012)
This is my first mock of the year. Feel free to comment below.