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This is the 2nd instalment on this series, where I try to explain my thinking behind all 7 rounds of our picks. I tried to use the feedback I got from my previous post here and implement some different things this time round. So without further Ado, let’s get started.
There is no certainty that either Cumberland or Winslow will be brought back so I would think that as things stand now, that TE is a huge need to this team. Ebron is the top TE on our board so it made a lot of sense to take him here at 18. Everyone has their favourites ( Amaro for me ) but let’s be honest, if we took Ebron come draft day the vast majority of fans would be very happy or at the very least see it as a pick they could get behind.
Other players of interest at this pick could be Amaro or Evans, I could certainly make arguments for both at 18. Another guy of interest here could be Taylor Lewan from a BPA standpoint.
We haven’t drafted a TE or an OLB under Rex Ryan’s watch but in this mock they are our first 2 picks. Also to note at this point in this mock draft, no fewer than 9 WR’s have been taken by the time we are on the clock here. For this reason I see OLB as the better value pick here. Taking an OLB would allow Pace to ride off into the sunset or at the very least allow him to grow out of the line-up and a younger faster guy to grow into the role.
The other real players of interest for me here are Kyle Van Noy at OLB, Xavier Su'a-Filo at OG, Brandin Cooks at WR and a new addition to our draft board Troy Niklas at TE.
Bruce Ellington was my choice here and even though he is a reach by our big board, the guy is the playmaker type that would instantly help our team. The Dual sport star can simply make things happen when he has the ball in his hands. He would also fit the mould of the type of WR’s that Geno Smith has had past success with. He has great after the catch ability and could be a very potent weapon in screen and when in motion before the snap.
Other players of note here before we’re on the clock again is Travis Swanson, the centre for Wisconsin. If there is any possibility that he could make the switch to OG then he could be good value here. Jeremy Hill is another guy who represents good value here but I’d rather take a WR in this instance.
James Hurst is another Tar Heel player to add to our Ebron pick. Howard is a FA and although most of us would like him back, nothing is certain when we talk about the Jets. Until we have something more concrete in place, OT will be a need this Off-Season. Hurst has played LT in college but his lack of real athleticism might make him better suited to the RT spot at the next level. His overall play in college has been very good and he was able to beat out 2013 third-round pick Brennan Williams for the LT gig last season.
Other players of interest here for me are Brandon Coleman at WR and Yawin Smallwood at MLB. Both would represent good value here IMO
Donte Moncrief is a tall, rangy guy who has one of the most reliable pair of hands in the Draft. Although he doesn’t possess much elusiveness, Moncrief still has a decent amount of straight-line speed. He can catch any ball throw his was and is very physical when going up to make the catch. I see his lack of real speed as the reason for his somewhat low draft stock but his catching ability more than makes up for that for me. This pick is a combo of need and BPA.
Other players of note still on the board here are James Gayle, Marcus Smith and Aaron Lynch all at the OLB position.
Marqueston Huff was playing the slot CB spot but after a somewhat successful move to the safety spot this year he has gained some recognition. He also was a valuable contributor on ST’s. He has good size and speed but is still very raw, as you would expect for a player learning a new position. I have only seen him play twice so have only limited knowledge on him but the thing that really struck me was how often he was around the ball. There is no denying that this team needs an upgrade of talent at the safety position, maybe Huff mightn’t fit the bill just yet but his ST ability will certainly make a difference from day 1.
Other players of note still on the board here are Jaylen Watkins at CB and Martavis Bryant at WR
Jalen Saunders transferred from Fresno State. In 2011, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving and pulled down 12 touchdowns. The speedy receiver has recorded a time of 4.33 seconds in the 40 and has real breakaway speed. Saunders could make an immediate impact on special teams by returning punts and kick-offs. Really versatile, guy has played QB, RB and WR in his college days. Getting a playmaker like Saunders here in the 6th round makes too much sense to pass on. The more playmakers we can draft, the better.
Other players of note still on the board are Marion Grice at RB, Hakeem Smith at Safety and Devonta Freeman at RB
We always seem to take a FB so I’m continuing the trend by picking Jay Prosch here. Although not a huge position of need, it’s positions like FB that you can find real starting level talent in this round. Prosch paved the way for Tre Mason and has impressed hugely as a run blocker. Prosch had five receptions for 95 yards so there may be some potential to use him in the pass game too. Hopefully the throwaway pick that is the 7th round might find us a decent starter at FB this time around.
Well there you have it. I’m sure this mock won’t be to everyone’s taste but I wanted to change it up by trying to take some different players from the usual mocks that are about. What would you do different? Feel free to tell me what you like/dislike about this mock. Feedback is always welcomed.