I still have a ton of faith for this season. I think we have a great defense, and a decent enough offense, when we want to be, to run the table in the latter half of the season. Realistically i see us going 10-6 with our loss coming against Miami on the road.I also truly believe we are a few good pieces away from making a serious SuperBowl run next year. With that being said we have to pick up a few quality free agents and really nail the draft this year. I am also fully in favor of both Rex and Geno being back for next year as our head coach and starting QB. I think it is totally unfair for Geno to get the blame for a horrendous offense. We have a diminishing , average at best tight ends, and a bunch of 3 and 4 NFL wr's forced to play the number one slot. Every time we play a team with a decent front 7 Geno is running for his life. Of course he is going to make mistakes, the game is just too fast for him right now. So this draft is meant to get the offense some help. I also see us making a run at some quality free agents both at the offensive line and wr position so this may change a little bit after free agency ends.
ROUND 1:Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. 6-4 245 pounds. This guy is absolutely blow peoples minds at the combine. He is a big athletic tight end. He should completely open up the field and give Geno a big target to throw to. I believe by the time we pick the top three receivers will be off the board, so this pick makes a lot of sense. Cumberland can be moved to a TE2, where he is better suited. The only knock I have heard on Ebron is, he may not be the best blocking tight end and will surely need to improve. He also only has 730 yard and 3 tds, but i suspect this is from poor QB play rather than his abilities.
Round 2: David Yankey, G, Stanford. 6-5 310 pounds. I have seen a few drafts where he goes late in the first round, but most mocks have him graded in the second round, due to being an interior lineman for the most part. Yankey is a big guard, but is also very smart and extremely athletic for his position. He has great footwork and is excellent at pulling. This will improve our pass protection, but also give our run game a chance to be dominant. I thin Brian Winters will be a decent guard over time, so Yankey and Winters could give us a good interior presence.
Round 3 from Tampa Bay: Allen Robinson WR, Penn State. 6-3 210 pounds. This will be the steal of the draft. 1200 yards and 6 tds for a school who is usually a run first team. He is a big body but has the speed and elusiveness to beat teams deep. He has potential to be a true number one receiver in the NFL. I really have not heard too many downsides to his game. Pair him with Kerely, Hill, Nelson and Ebron and we go from the worst wr corp in the league to a middle of the pack top 15 group in the offseason.
Round 3: Telvin Smith, OLB Florida State, 6-3 218 pounds. While undersized this guy just makes plays. He is great in coverage and reads plays well. It seems like it has been forever since we have had an OLB that could cover a tight end well. With the TE position getting bigger, stronger and faster defenses must also adapt. He reminds me of Msosely from Alabama without the size of course. He can rush the edge, play the run, and cover anybody on the field. His only downfall will be shedding blockers to make plays in my opinion. However, I think he would be the perfect fit in a Rex Ryan defense.
Round 4: De'Anthony Thomas RB, Oregon. 5-9 170 pounds. The most intriguing prospect in this years draft. I have heard him going anywhere from 1 round to 5th round. However, with Tavon Austin not really doing much of anything in the NFL I can see this guy falling a lot. With only being 5-9 170 pounds, he may not be very durable, and he will surely not be a back that can run between the tackles. However we wanted Austin last year, we wanted to draft and trade for Percy Harvin, so we should be in love with this guy. Ivory and Powell are a good 1-2 punch but they do not scare anybody coming out for a pass. Thomas would not only give our offense speed, but our special teams as well.
Hopefully you guys like my draft, and let me know the thoughts and opinions. I feel we will go BPA but we also must address our offense. Without doing so we will be picking in the middle of the pack. Rounds 5-7 and our comp picks are going to be a toss up at this point. It is simply too early in the season. However, I would love to see us add some small school talent at the LB and Safety positions. On offense we would be wise to take a QB as well, since the class is so deep. However, I dont think we should do so until round 6. I would also love for us to take a late round pick on Colt Lyera the tight end. He has had a lot of legal and off the field issues, b ut if he gets his life in order could be a great tight end for a decade or more.