Yo, this is my first mock post of the year. This Zone old-timer has taken some time off from the Zone, but I have come back to lay out the ultimate off season mock.
The main issue is over the inhibitions with FA's this year. The lack of a CBA really puts a wrench in the works. I still think there is going to be some movement and the opportunity for trades.
FA + Trades
1. Julius Peppers - OLB/DE - that's right boys, Peppers and Brooks...sick
2. Josh Cribbs - WR/KR/PR - this will take a trade and I am willing to give up our second and third for him...if you aren't than you need to change your stance. He totally shores up our WR corps and gives us the return guy we need. This is our big time skill position pick up this year.
1a. Anthony Davis, Trent Williams, Bryan Bulaga - The best OT available. We will need to go through the vetting process to see who the best one is, but this has to be the pick here. Besides, Haden will be gone anyway.
1b. Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho - Hey, it isn't flashy or sexy and it kind of makes you go to sleep. Usually, the first round is for skill positions, but Iupati is a freak and the type of OG everyone wants. A freaking monster and reminds one of Larry Allen.
Guys, our Oline has to be fixed. The Jets got where they are with the #1 defense and #1 rushing game. They spent the coin and draft picks to get big time OL and that got them to the AFC championship with a mediocre QB. This has to be our model.
The only critique for my picks are that they are lineman in the first round, but notice that this isn't an argument, it is deflection. With the FA's and the two new olineman all our weaknesses are hedged with superior talent.
Our DB's can wait and are more than adequate. It is our pass rush and return ability that hurt is when we speak of skill positions. YOU ALL KNOW THIS.
This draft isn't sexy but it should and must be done. Fix the OL once and for all.
P.S. We need to keep Franklin too...obviously.
[ Edited by bigwads on Jan 28, 2010 at 6:14 AM ]