Now that we know that we have the 16th pick of the upcoming draft we can judge a bit easier what players might be available when we are on the board . In this mock i have us trading back from the 16th to the 26th pick which gives us an extra 2nd round pick ( 58 ) . My thinking behind this mock was to double up on players at a position of need , to give us some badly needed depth , and to get younger and faster on both sides of the ball .
1st round ( pick 26 )
Whitney Mercilus , DE, Illinois , Height: 6-4. Weight: 265. Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Mercilus has 52 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles this season.All year long, Mercilus has been beating tackles with a combination of speed, strength and athleticism. He had a good game against Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams and Wisconsin's future NFL linemen. Mercilus is extremely fast and gets upfield in a hurry. His speed puts offensive tackles on their heels, and he has the athleticism to drop his hips and shoulder to turn towards the quarterback. Mercilus' strength can take linemen by surprise, and he has a powerful bull rush.
2nd round ( pick 48 )
Nick Perry*, DE/OLB, USC ,Height: 6-3. Weight: 250. Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
Perry totaled 54 tackles with 9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and two passes batted this year. He is lightning off the snap and his speed to turn the corner and cut back to the inside overwhelms offensive tackles. Perry has a good repertoire of moves, and the only thing lacking from his game is more bulk and strength. However, his current size along with his speed and athleticism make him a fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
2nd round ( pick 58)
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State, Height: 6-5. Weight: 306. Projected 40 Time: 5.16.
Sanders is a good athlete who is a well-rounded pass and run blocker. He looks like a solid starting right tackle with the ability to fill in at left tackle if needed .After Andrew Datko went down with a season-ending injury, Sanders moved to left tackle and performed reasonably well . A massive upgrade on Hunter .
Winston Guy Jr., S, Kentucky ,Height: 6-1. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
This year, he had 120 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Guy is a tough run defender who operates extremely well in the tackle box. He also does well downfield and can deliver some jarring hits. Can be the guy we need to replace Leonard going forward
A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois ,Height: 6-1. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Jenkins was one of the most productive wide receivers in college football this season. He produced some big plays downfield. Jenkins has quality size with good speed. In 2011, he has 84 receptions for 1,196 yards and seven touchdowns.
Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati ,Height: 5-10. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
This season, Pead averaged 5.8 yards per carry with a total of 1,110 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns.The senior is a good back on third down as he is a willing blocker and quality receiver. Could be a great value pick up in the 5th round
Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington , Height: 6-2. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Kearse had a down year as Washington broke in new quarterback Keith Price but had great production when Jake Locker was throwing him the ball . This year he has 42 receptions for 501 yards and six touchdowns.In 2010, he caught 65 passes for 1,005 yards and 12 touchdowns. A year earlier, Kearse had 50 receptions for 866 yards and eight scores. Great value for the jets in round 6
7th round ( from Jags)
Landon Walker, OT, Clemson ,Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.11.
Walker and the Clemson offensive line did a good job of protecting quarterback Tajh Boyd while opening up holes on the ground . He broke into the starting lineup as a freshman. Walker is an intelligent hard worker and high character individual who will appeal to coaches in the meeting room.
Antoine McClain, G, Clemson ,Height: 6-6. Weight: 330. Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
McClain has done a good job of blocking for Clemson. He has been good as a pass blocker and a good run blocker for Andre Ellington. McClain is a better run blocker than pass blocker, and probably should drop 10-15 pounds for the NFL.
There you have it guys, feel free to comment below , constructive or otherwise . Also feel free to grade my draft in the poll below