This is my first post on here, though I have been a reader for a few seasons now. I have never gone this far into depth on Drafting and have never really cared about college football, but I find I am so excited and disappointed (as I know many of us are) about last year that I couldn't help myself. I spent much of the day yesterday doing mock draft after mock draft after mock draft seeing how things would go.
Going into these drafts, I found myself creating my own drafting strategy, as a hybrid of BPA and Need-based. I think neither strategy works in the extreme, which is the source of so much debate on the site. The way I looked at each draft was that I would not go more than 5 places below my draft position on the big board, but I only picked positions I felt we needed. I believe in all four of these drafts, I only had to pick a guy lower than my draft position once. I also don't like picking two guys at the same position in one draft. Let each position take one guy to develop rather than worrying about multiple rookies.
As to position, I feel our needs are ILB, O-Line, CB, RB, WR in that order. Neither Woodyard nor Lennon were very good for us last year and that hole got exploited pretty often. WHile I do believe that Franklin can move to LG and be good there, we are losing our swing tackle with Clark becoming the starter. One thing I love about our O-line is how versatile it is. We can pick any position and adjust the rest accordingly. If we think we can get a good OT, he can compete or replace Clark at RT. If we get a good G, We can keep Franklin at RT and put the new guy in at LG. If we get a C, shift Ramirez back to G and keep Franklin at RT and life is good. This allows us to plug any holes in our line very easily.
For other 3 positions, it is mostly for depth and development. Talib is often injured and Harris is coming off an injury, we need depth to help plug the holes when/if they get injured. I have a lot of faith in carter and Webster, both showed glimpses of greatness last year. However we really need to provide some cushion. At RB, I will take anyone that can push Hillman further down the depth chart. I truly believe he is the weakest link on the team and my heart pounds out of my chest whenever he is even on the field. We have unbelievable strength at WR and PFM can make anyone look good, but this draft is just so good for WR I can't pass it up. Therefore without further ado, and I can stop blathering on, here are my mocks using each of the big boards provided.
31 ILB C.J. MOSLEY, ALABAMA (Really excited about him, much like many I think he fills the last real hole in our defense.)
63 C MARCUS MARTIN, USC (Put him in, shift Manny to LG, Orlando stays at RT)
95 WR CODY LATIMER, INDIANA (Depth)
131 RB TERRANCE WEST, TOWSON (Depth)
171 CB NEVIN LAWSON, UTAH STATE (Depth)
207 G RYAN GROY, WISCONSIN (BPA)
246 DT SHAMAR STEPHEN, CONNECTICUT (BPA)
31 OLB RYAN SHAZIER, OHIO STATE (Really speedy, excited to see him, can start day 1)
63 G TRAI TURNER, LSU (Can take over for Beadles and avoids the O-line shuffle)
95 RB CARLOS HYDE, OHIO STATE (Depth and have ready good things about him)
131 DT ANTHONY JOHNSON, LSU (BPA)
171 CB BRANDON DIXON, NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE (Depth)
207 WR L'DAMIAN WASHINGTON, MISSOURI (Depth)
246 CB WALT AIKENS, LIBERTY (Lots of injury risk at CB so more depth)
31 G MARTIN, ZACK, NOTRE DAME (Would have usually gone for an ILB like the other drafts, but he is just too good to pass up. Plus he fills a need so its even better)
63 DE EALY, KONY, MISSOURI (BPA. Again I would normally want an ILB, especially since I didn't get one in the first round. However, I have heard really good things about him and I was pretty confident I would be able to get another ILB in the next round)
95 ILB BORLAND, CHRIS, WISCONSIN (Luckily, Borland was still there. According to the big board I was looking at, this was a reach but I think he is actually a steal in the 3rd).
131 RB SIMS, CHARLES, WEST VIRGINIA (Depth)
171 CB AIKENS, WALT, LIBERTY (Depth)
207 WR STREET, DEVIN, PITTSBURGH (Depth)
246 WR WILSON, ALBERT, GEORGIA STATE (Depth)
31 ILB C.J. MOSLEY, ALABAMA (See above)
63 OT MORGAN MOSES, VIRGINIA (I heard great things about this guy, can compete and likely win the starting job from Clark)
95 RB KA’DEEM CAREY, ARIZONA (Depth)
131 QB BRETT SMITH, WYOMING (People were saying Elway loves this guy, gives us the ability to trade Oz or Dysert. Neither of our current back ups have sold me as the next man up after PFM is gone.)
171 CB DONTAE JOHNSON, NORTH CAROLINA STATE (Depth)
207 TE XAVIER GRIMBLE, USC (BPA)
246 S NICKOE WHITLEY, MISSISSIPPI STATE (BPA, plus I am a bit concerned about the state of our safeties.)
As I said before, I don't follow college football so I don't know much about each guy except what I have read on MHR, but each of these turned out nicely. Let me know what you guys think!