Well its been almost 2 months since my last draft. As promised, I'm back with my Post-Combine, 7 Round Jets Mock Draft. This is NOT a dream mock. All Players have been selected where they are most likely projected to go. (I use multiple respected mock websites & average the round my selected player is taken in.) Its a mock that I feel like could happen based on team reports of interest & players I feel would be the most logical choice of players. For the purpose of simplifying this mock, I am only using our known 8 draft picks.
So lets get this started.
Round 1: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU.
Weight: 198 lbs
2013 Stats: 59 Receptions, 1152 Rec Yards,19.5 YPC, 8 TDs.
Huh? Wasn't I the same guy that called ODB overrated just a few days ago? I was wrong. I was VERY wrong. I actually took the time a looked at his tape. WOW. I can't even notice a flaw worth mentioning in his game. Hes a insanely smart route runner. Makes sharp cuts and knows how to shake the defender out of their shoes. He has flypaper for hands, and his hands are strong enough snatch contested jump balls and make circus one-handed catches. After the catch is where he shines he most. He can take the rock and twist, juke, and shake any defender and take pick up tons of extra yardage. Oh, and did I mention hes People say his height is an issue. I don't see how. Hes like a tenth of an inch away from being 6 Feet Tall. His size is not an issue, and hes crazy fast. I just don't see a reason NOT to take a guy like this at #18. Highly skilled, Highly athletic, Natural play-maker. Sign. Me. Up.
Round 2: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois.
Weight: 226 lbs
2013 Stats: 5050 Pass Yards, 66% Comp, 58 TDs (53 Passing, 4 Rushing, 1 Receiving), 9 INTs.
HEY HEY HEY JUST KEEP READING! Besides, It wouldn't be a SWTD draft if i didn't piss half of you off in the process (Especially you Geno obsess......I mean.... "Supporters"). I, as you all know, am not a fan of Geno Smith. He does have potential, but I didn't really see much of anything outside of a game or two that would make me think he can be a franchise QB. Yes, I know he had no help, blah blah blah. Regardless, even with what he was handed, he could have played better than he did. We need to bring in competition. Not to push Geno, but to possibly replace him. And no you Geno Supporters, Mike Vick and Josh McCown are not competition. This free agent QB class is filled with low level known entities. Why not bring in a guy that could be the FUTURE of the team and not just some stop-gap? Bill Polian predicts that Garrapolo won't even make it out of the 1st round. Many other scouts & analyst have him pegged as a 2nd round lock. We interviewed him at the combine so there IS some interest from Idzik. Garrapolo excels everywhere where Geno doesn't (And vice-versa). Jimmy G is an excellent decision maker with an extremely high football IQ. His release is lighting quick, and his mind and arm seem to work almost as a single body part. There is no hesitation, when Jimmy decides he wants a ball somewhere, its there before you can even blink. Lighting release, decent athleticism, good arm, highly accurate, highly intelligent. Would make an interesting QB battle for the cannon armed, very athletic Geno Smith. Garoppolo has all the physical & mental tools, its just really a matter of how long it will take him to acclimate to the NFL from his small school. If he acclimates well, then he will be a dangerous NFL Quarterback.
Round 3: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State.
Weight: 211 lbs
2013 Stats: 114 Tackles, 6 INTs, 3 Forced Fumbles, 4.5 TFLs.
I very much wanted to pick up an OLB here. But our secondary is awful. So many times last year our secondary just got torched. If we sign a safety in the coming weeks, this pick could change. But Even if we sign a safety, we might need one more. The situation with AA, Reed, and Landry is shady. We need to bring in a young guy with serious upside. Bucannon is very productive, and can pretty much do whatever you need him to. Big hitter and can stuff the run. But also has some nice ball skills, and a ball hawk like him could help us force turnovers that we missed so much last year.
Round 3: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Weight: 265 lbs
2013 Stats: 30 Receptions, 299 Rec Yards, 6 TDs.
Finally, we get a TE to help our passing game. But with CJ, you are also getting a good in-line blocker in addition to a developing receiver. He is HUGE, and is a really good blocker at the college level. Putting him next to Brick should make his life a lot easier. He didn't really get much chance to shine as a receiver at Iowa because of the offense, so don't let those stats fool you. He has gigantic hands and can make difficult catches away from his frame. Contrary to popular belief, I think his upside is actually pretty high as a receiver. From a size, athleticism and play style point of view, he seems like a poor man's Gronk. Hes huge, but deceptively athletic, and wont hesitate to go up and make a circus catch on you. If we can coach him up even more as a receiver, we will have added mismatch nightmare and very capable blocker on our offense.
Note: This highlight tape is from the 2012 season. I was not able to locate a 2013 highlight mash-up on Youtube.
Round 4: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor.
Weight: 205 lbs
2013 Stats: 158 Carries, 1177 Rushing Yards, 7.4 YPC, 11 TDs.
Chris Ivory is very talented, but he showed this year that he is to fragile to be a feature back. Ivory needs to be put into a RB committee. Marty M comes from Philly where he had the chance to coach one of the NFLs best RBs. LeSean McCoy. I used to think KaDeem Carey was the most in McCoys image, but I was wrong. Lache Seastrunk is the RB most like McCoy in this draft and Marty can use Seastrunk like he used McCoy in Philly. Seastrunk is an amazing runner when he bounces to the outside, averaging an amazing 7.4 yards per carry. He's insanely fast, has a deadly set of open field moves and his cuts are razor sharp. If you give him even a crease between defenders, its over. He can also catch out of the backfield, which is something McCoy often does in Philly. Seastrunk's blazing outside running combined with Ivory's violent inside running can create one hell of a one-two punch.
Round 5: De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR/KR, Oregon.
Weight: 174 lbs
2013 Stats: 96 Carries, 594 Rushing Yards, 6.2 YPC, 22 Receptions, 246 Rec Yards, 11.2 YPC, 9 TDs.
De'Anthony Thomas is absolutely electric. Outside of Tavon Austin, he has been the most explosive and exciting player in college football this last few years. Luckily for us, he had a down 2013 season. On top of that, he completely shot himself in the foot at the combine. His stock is plummeting while a player very similar to him is rising (Archer). We may very well see him on the board in the 5th round. Marty would LOVE a guy like this. He can be our consolation prize for missing out on Austin. He's a gadget player for us. With Ivory and Seastrunk he wouldn't need to do much work as a RB. Still, this is a guy you sprinkle into the offense. Hes a shot of adrenaline. Can run the ball, line up as a WR, and hes an amazing kick/punt returner. Speed don't lie.
Round 6: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma.
Weight: 192 lbs
2013 Season Stats: 55 Tackles, 6 TFLs, 1 INT, 3 PDs.
Rex loves his corners. We don't know what will happen yet with Cro and free agency. But added a corner wont hurt. Especially since I would argue that Colvin was a Top 7 corner in this draft until he tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl. Colvin has always been one of my favorite Defensive players in this draft. The guy is crazy athletic, with great catchup speed. Good ball skills, extremely physical. Tenacious tackler. If he can get his body right he can be a very good NFL corner. According to team doctors at the combine, Colvin could be ready for the season if he keeps healing at his current rate.
Round 7: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon.
This people, is the beauty of the 6th and 7th round. Players like Colt are what these rounds are MADE FOR. Colt has serious off the field concerns yes, but he has been training for the combine ever since his release. He has massive on the field talent and would be a Top 5 TE prospect had he played this year. He possesses explosion and speed that guys this size just should not have. He is EASILY the FASTEST TE in the draft. Excellent hands and can also run the ball as a power back. Also has the speed to line out wide if necessary. An excellent TE and a great Joker player if we need him to be. His play reminds me of Aaron Hernandez (No pun intended). Look at it this way, if he screws up, we cut him and lose a 7th round pick. Big deal. If he turns into what he has the potential to be, we now have an amazingly versatile 2 TE set with CJ & Colt. That's worth the gamble of a meaningless pick to me. SIGN. ME. UP.
Explanation: The vision of this draft is to rebuild our offense through drafting high powered weapons. But at the same time, still using a premium pick to boost the weakest part of our defense with Bucannon. We add a Quarterback to the mix that is the Anti-Geno (Take that however you want to). A clash of styles, strengths, and weaknesses should make for a very interesting QB Battle. The significance of Garrapolo is that he may actually be a franchise QB and the future of this team (Same goes for Geno), but we KNOW Mike Vick and Josh McCown ARE NOT. We should only be adding pieces that will help us in 2015 and on (Which I mark as the season we will be just entering our window to compete & win a Superbowl). We don't need a stopgap QB. We need a Young franchise QB. May the best man win. Either way, we also end up with a quality backup QB which we also need. Surround Jimmy/Geno with great receiving talent like Beckham, Fiedorowicz, and Lyerla. On top of that give him a dynamic running game with the addition of Seastrunk. Marty also gets his own personal tool with De'Anthony Thomas, who we can use to reek havok on opposing defenses on the ground, through the air, and on kick/punt returns.
What do you guys think?