-Jean de la Bruyere
Mocking is often the result of a wealth of research wasted on random chance. Here is an ode to entertainment in the off-season and the brevity of substance. I give you a generous helping of yamd (yet another mock draft).
For those who grew up in the MTV spawned environment of the modern era, I will ease your pain with a snapshot of this Denver Bronco's mock, followed by a more in depth breakdown of each player for the glutton reality TV left behind.
|Draft Position||Player||Player Position||School|
|1 (25)||Nick Perry||DE||USC|
|2 (57)||Jared Crick||DT||Nebraska|
|3 (89)||Chris Polk||RB||Washington|
|4 (121)||Casey Hayward||CB||Vanderbilt|
|5 (130)||Brett Roy||DT||Nevada|
|7 (217)||Desmond Wynn||OG||Rutgers|
I will try to reward you for your leap of faith with the gritty details of each of these potential Broncos. The analysis is from CBSSports when available, and Thank You to KaptainKirk for the insight and values for the Production ratio and Explosion Numbers.
#1 (25) – Nick Perry – DE (Height: 6-3 | Weight: 250 | 40 time: 4.64 | Production ratio: 1.38 | Explosion number: 85.83)
Pass rush:Has very good first step quickness and does a nice job in space. Has the footwork, body control and fluidity to quickly change directions. Does a nice job elevating and getting his hands up to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Works hard to collapse the pocket with a relentless motor. Brings aggressive playing style on every snap and doesn't quit. Lacks elite size and length and can be swallowed by larger blockers.
Run defense:Read/reacts quickly with good awareness and recognition skills to chase down the play from different angles. Understands leverage and does a nice job staying balanced, getting lower than blockers and underneath their pads, usually attracting holding penalties.
Explosion:A quick, flexible athlete with sharp burst off the snap. Shows the natural bend and coordination to dip his shoulder and consistently win the edge. Doesn't always time-up his explosion and isn't a sudden pass rusher.
Strength:Uses his powerful upper body and hands to force his way into the pocket. Does a nice job swatting blocker's hands/arms with his violent, active hands. Struggles to disengage at the point of attack and will never be the strongest on the field. Functional strength is a question mark.
Tackling:Plays smart and disciplined, staying at home and restraining from biting on fakes, listens and applies coaching. Good hand strength to secure tackles. Lacks ideal arm length, but works hard to wrap and tackle through the ballcarrier.
Intangibles:Projects best as a stand up linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at the next level, but doesn't have much experience in this area and there could be a learning curve can he play with his hand on the ground at the next level? Lined up in both the two and three point stance in college. Capping off his career with a strong junior season, leading the Pac-12 in sacks. Has questionable instincts when asked to drop in coverage. Appears fatigued late in games and needs to show better conditioning.
My take: If you are screaming inside right now that we need a DT here, just think about how important a deep rotation is to getting consistent pass rush all game and all season. I am also anxious for a push in the middle rather than a soft give, but good teams don't draft for only need, they get the BPA (best player available) and at this point in the draft we are getting a potential starter and a big time play maker. I think Nick Perry has the speed, will, and athleticism to make a big splash in the NFL.
#2 (57) – Jared Crick – DT (Height: 6-4 | Weight: 280 | 40 time: 4.99 | Production ratio: 1.31 | Explosion number: NA)
Pass rush:Not an elite pass rusher but quarterbacks always need to identify his location if they want to stay healthy. Sacks come with relentless effort, not initial quickness and varied pass rush moves. Does swim over leaning guards to get into the backfield. Works towards the quarterback throughout the play, closes to the passer quickly for his size. Defeats cut blocks, jumps over blockers to chase down the ball. Uses his height and long arms to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Lines up outside the tackle in three-man front at times, lacks get-off to beat NFL tackles there.
Run defense:Assignment-sure run defender. Holds up his man with extended arms, stays with the block down the line and sheds in either direction to grab the running back. Anchors with lean and leverage to hold the line. Good hustle to chase backs down on stretch plays. Fights through double teams, will split them to get to the ball. Very aware of mobile quarterbacks, stays in front of them and does not overextend himself.
Explosion:Though a really tough assignment, he gets his production with effort and hands and not an elite first step. Does not bull rush his blocker into the backfield with a strong punch, either. Could be a nose/under tackle 'tweener for 4-3 teams due to a lack of explosiveness off the snap.
Strength:One of the toughest players in the class to move whether one-on-one or double-teamed. Very strong hands to rip off blocks. Despite his height, Crick gets good lean into the blocker and maintains the line. Does not generally get push into the backfield, however, most guards can anchor against him.
Tackling:Secure tackler with closing speed and fair change of direction ability for his height and frame. Breaks down to wrap up in space, strong upper-body to keep ballcarriers from getting away once latched on. Sniffs out screens, agile enough to chase down back to negate the play. Chases plays to the sideline or downfield. Will leave his feet to wrap.
Intangibles:Lunch-pail worker on and off the field who is becoming a more vocal leader as he matures. Wore sleeve on his right elbow in 2010. Missed spring 2011 practice with knee injury. Could have left for the NFL after junior season, but decided to return to win a Big 12 title and graduate.
My Take: Von Miller has mention he would like us to get Jared Crick...need I say more? Ok then how about a production ratio over 1 and a he was "only" 29 bench press reps of 225 away from the coveted 70 explosion number. This pick is nowhere close to being the Broncos Suh, but then again there is no one in this draft that is. The worst thing Crick could bring us is youthful rotational depth, but he seems to have the upside that could catapult him into a starter and a force up the middle.
#3 (89) – Chris Polk – RB (Height: 5-11 | Weight: 222 | 40 time: 4.57 | 20 yard shuttle: 4.21 | Explosion number: NA)
Inside:Strong interior runner. Quickly presses the line of scrimmage and has the burst to get through the line of scrimmage and into the second level quickly. A classic North/South runner who doesn't waste time moving laterally. Good vision to set up cutback lanes as he gets to the open field. Doesn't possess elite breakaway speed, but is fast enough to gain yardage in chunks when he finds a seam. Fights for extra yardage and is a reliable short-yardage runner. Good forward lean. Keeps his legs churning on contact. Protects the ball with both hands.
Outside:Not truly explosive, but possesses enough speed to beat the linebacker to the edge. Looks to get upfield. Won't rely on his speed to run around defenders. Looks for the hole and can stick his foot in the ground and cut upfield quickly. Does not possess top breakaway speed, though he's rarely caught from behind.
Breaking tackles:Unquestionably his best attribute. Very physical runner who keeps his legs churning on contact. Rarely goes down with the first hit. Lowers his shoulder into defenders and shows a variety of natural running skills to break free, including a stiff-arm, spin move and pure determination. Runs low to the ground and with good forward lean to generate the tough yards. Keeps his arms wrapped securely around the ball.
Blocking:An underrated component of his game. Cognizant pass defender who is willing to take on the hard-charging linebacker head on. Keeps his shoulders square and brings his hips to jolt the defender. Will resort to cut-blocks, on occasion, and could use some technical work, as he'll lunge low. NFL pass rushers may be able to leap over him … Willing to help teammates downfield.
Receiving:Became more of a weapon out of the backfield in 2011 for the Huskies, catching passes out of the backfield on simple swing passes, as well as more complicated wheel routes and even occasionally lining up outside. Possesses the athleticism and soft hands to contribute to an NFL passing attack. Reliable hands out of the backfield, demonstrating the ability to quickly secure the pass and turn upfield. Demonstrated the ability to track the ball over his shoulder. Good flexibility, balance to adjust to the poorly thrown pass. Good vision and patience for screens.
Intangibles:Doubled as a kick returner as a redshirt freshman, averaging 19.8 yards a return on 12 attempts … Final pro grade may not be determined until the Combine as team doctors will want to check out his medical … Has already undergone two shoulder surgeries and a knee scope, a concern considering Polk's highly physical running style … Signed with Washington largely due to the fact that it was where his mother wanted him to go … Graduated in June, 2011.
My Take: umm did you watch the video? Seriously if this kid falls to us dare I say McGahee will be relegated to backup / mentor?
#4 (121) – Casey Hayward – CB (Height: 5-11 | Weight: 185 | 40 time: 4.57 | Vertical jump: 34 | 60 yard shuttle: 11.1)
Strengths:A coordinated athlete with good footwork and balance. Heady cover player with above-average feel and anticipation in space. Trusts his eyes with very good awareness. Has very good reaction skills to break quickly on the ball. Savvy cover skills to recognize and anticipate routes, understanding what the offense wants to do. Has terrific ball skills with the focus and hands to secure interceptions in traffic. Very opportunistic with 15 career picks the last three years. Tough and aggressive to hold up against the run and work off blocks. Smart, aware and confident and has started every game the past three seasons at Vanderbilt (37 consecutive starts).
Weaknesses:Has only average height and length (30-inch arms) with a slender frame and lean muscle definition. Lacks top-shelf speed and doesn't have great acceleration. Doesn't have elite fluidity and struggles to recover after false steps. Lacks explosion in his transition with upright technique and has inconsistent backpedal, opening his hips prematurely to guard against vertical routes. Doesn't look natural in reverse and needs to keep the play in front of him to be effective. Lacks ideal strength and will be out-muscled by receivers. Inconsistent against the run and needs to improve his tackling fundamentals in order to finish. Too physical and hands-on in coverage, arriving early and attracting pass interference penalties. Lacks much experience in press coverage and appears scheme specific at the next level.
NFL Comparison:Jacob Lacey, Indianapolis Colts
My Take: Yeah I know another sub 6 foot slower DB, though at this point in the draft if you can find a player with any kind of potential to start, it's worth the risk regardless of how much depth you have at the position.
#5 (130) – Brett Roy – DT (Height: 6-3 | Weight: 275 | 40 time: 5.07 | Production ratio: 1.14 | Explosion number: 73.16)
Positives:Possesses a compact, athletic build. Good initial quickness off the snap. Can shake heavy-footed offensive linemen in tight quarters due to his good lateral agility and active hands. Shows good football intelligence, recognizing where the ball is heading and breaking free to be in position to make the play. Pursues with passion even 50-plus yards downfield if still in position to make the tackle (Boise State). Has a legitimate burst to close and is an effective wrap tackler. Highly regarded by the coaching staff due to his work ethic and leadership. Captained the football, basketball and track-and-field teams in high school.
Negatives:Lacks the size to compete as a traditional defensive tackle and is a projection to any other position. Locates the ball quickly and pursues with passion, but may lack the foot speed to handle the transition to linebacker. Routinely blown off the ball against the run. Doesn't possess the elite speed his statistics would indicate as Nevada's aggressive scheme and talent surrounding him have inflated his production.
My Take: Camp fodder? probably due to his small size, though this is a guy who has the past production (team is credited) and the explosion number, that gives him potential to be a valuable pick for rotational depth with potential flashes of starter quality.
#7 (217) – Desmond Wynn – OG (Height: 6-6 | Weight: 303 | 40 time: 5.05 | Bench press: 28 | Explosion number: NA)
OverviewWynn is a two-year starter inside for Rutgers who has a big body and the strength/footwork to match. He is a tough individual and fights until the end to sustain his blocks downfield. He has the base to hold his blocks and has been a go-to offensive lineman to run behind at Rutgers. He helped himself, along with the entire Rutgers offensive line, with a strong second half of his senior season and a strong showing in the Pinstripe Bowl, where the team rushed for over 250 yards against UConn.
StrengthsWynn is very good to get his body in position and sustain on his blocks downfield. He has the strength to lock on and keep his legs driving to get noticeable movement. He is a consistent player and always shows up in the run game. His athletic ability can be exposed on the second level and in pass protection, but as a low-risk interior run blocker he is a good prospect.
WeaknessesWynn struggles in pass protection, and his athletic ability can be exposed when he attempts to work to the second level and get on linebackers. He is a straight-line mover who hasn't shown the footwork to throttle down his body and fit on a linebacker or oncoming safety. He has the same struggles when he is pulling, where trash often gets in his way and he can be on the ground often.
My Take: More camp fodder perhaps but the size of this run mauler can translate to depth inside, however due to his poor ability to pull block he would probably only be in on short yardage situations.
Special Note: thanks Digger24 for the interest on this Mock I will make your suggested 7th round pick the only alternate one:
#7 (217) – Joe Looney – OG (Height: 6-3 | Weight: 309 | 40 time: NA | Bench press 26 | Explosion number: NA)
Strengths:Tremendous power, especially in hands - superior punch. Gets hands on defenders and jolts/moves/pancakes. Can fire off the snap and drive defenders off the LOS. Light on feet, agile, can get to second level and block moving targets. Durable, productive, smart, enthusiastic, experienced team leader - top intangibles.
Weaknesses:Top heavy, and as a result doesn't bend really well, and struggles changing directions and stopping double moves. High natural set in pass protection can be exploited by short, quick DTs. Was effective, even dominant, in college by relying on just his powerful hands a lot, and may not be able to get away with that in the NFL.
My Take: I am leaning towards this pick as the primary for a few reasons. As Digger24 pointed out he is not too tall for the inside position like Orlando (though I would argue Tebow just needs to jump pass more hehe), Wynn probably won't fall this far, and while he may not be the run blocker Wynn is, he does seem to have more all around potential.
Thanks for reading I hope you got something out of this post besides a hankering for sweet potatos.