It’s only a mere hours until we know which 1st rounder will have the privilege of putting on the green and white for 2019 and beyond. With our first mock we wanted to just get names out there that we thought should be on everyone’s radar. With this one we will try and go for what we think will happen and more or less what we want to happen.
EDGE, Nick Bosa, Ohio State
If there is no trade offer, and Nick Bosa is on the board, you don’t hesitate. It’s sort of wishful thinking to believe Bosa will be here by pick 3, but Macc has some kind of Weekend At Bernies 2, Witch Doctor magic surrounding him. The top guys on his board just fall to him like sailors lured in by the singing of the sirens. With this pick we finally have a bonafide edge to match with our above average interior D-Line.
OT, Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
QB? Check! Edge? Check! LT? check! If we make this pick, for once in a very long time we can say that we have the top 3 most valuable positions filled. Cajuste is the kind of nasty tackle that would fit right in on this team of “dogs.” He is no stranger to playing through the whistle. With the wingspan of a 737 MAX 8, he easily heards defenders away from the QB. He shows good balance, footwork and strength to also be plus in the run game. He has 1st round talent, but there are rumblings that he is injury prone. His most recent was a torn quad. In the 3rd round, a talent like Cajuste’s is too good to pass up.
Round 3 via the Saints
CB, David Long, Michigan
Long does not really live up to his name. He is neither very tall, nor does he have very long arms. What he does have is the ability to play press man. In a Gregg Williams defense, that is gold. David does well to jam receivers at the line, and then mirror them in coverage. He won’t be winning many battles against the Julio Jones of the league, but would do just fine against everyone else. He can play outside or inside.
WR, Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
Wesley is one of my favorite under the radar receivers. At 6’5”, 200 lbs, he is a sizeable figure on the field. Don’t let that fool you though. He is a very polished route runner. When defenders shy away from press, he uses every inch of space they give him to make them pay. If they do have the nads to play press against him, he does well to use his hands and long strides to release and seperate. Throw in some very reliable hands, and you have yourself the makings of a mid round darling.
RB, Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska
Adding Bell gives us one of the most dominant RBs since Curtis Martin. That’s saying a lot. Behind him though, there isn’t much to get excited about. Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon are decent 3rd down options that are still growing. If Bell were to go down, we don’t have anyone to take early down carries or do red zone stuff. Ozigbo is a patient load. He would be wonderful in a zone scheme. Lucky for us, Gase does love himself some zone blocking.
G/C, Nick Allegretti, Illinois
Another sleeper that no one is talking about that I absolutely love. Illinois didn’t have much in terms of talent, but Allegretti stuck out to me. He moves very well, and packs a punch with his very well placed hands. He was routinely putting defenders on their backs. Nick plays all along the interior of the o-line. He would make great depth with the possibility of being a gem.