Sorry, folks, there's no Spiller in this mock. I'm big Spiller fan, but I think there's better value later. (I think Ryan Mathews might turn out to be the best RB of this class.)
Since it looks like most of our free agents will be returning, I won't speculate with free agency....
1a. Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa (6-6 312lbs): Had a solid season (except against Graham and Michigan) and should come off the board earlier than expected in the 1st. RT has become the biggest issue for our team and with a renewed devotion to being physical and having strong Oline play, this pick makes a lot of sense.
1b. Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan (6-1 263lbs): He's projected all over draft boards, but no one will argue about his talent. He's shorter than scouts like for a 4-3 DE, but that shouldn't stop us from pulling the trigger on the best pass rusher in this class. Measureables may lend other DEs to being selected higher, but that's a common mistake made annually.
2. Jahvid Best, RB/Ret, Cal (5-10 195lbs): Size and durability concerns will force Best to slip a bit and he very likely may still be on the board when we select in the 2nd. He's a very capable returner as well and just as explosive as Spiller. Best is a better prospect than Leon Washington coming out, who fit beautifully into Raye's offense in NY.
3. John Jerry, OG/OT, Ole Miss (6-5 332lbs): Jerry surprised scouts in Mobile by shedding nearly 20lbs and showing off some extra mobility. At season's end, he was looking like a potential mid-round pick, but after leaving some teams with thoughts that he could play some OT, he's moving up the draft boards. Scott loves players with versatility and Jerry could provide some much-needed depth and competition on the Oline.
4. T.J. Ward, SS, Oregon (5-10 200lbs): Ward seems a little undersized to play SS in the NFL, but he's a hard-hitter and his speed will probably limit his looks at FS. He has good ball-skills and is one of the more well-rounded safeties in this class. With Michael Lewis' longevity up in the air, Ward would be a perfect compliment to groom along side of Goldson.
5. Akwasi Owusu-Ansuh, CB/Ret, Indiana (PA) (6-1 205lbs): He has great size and speed for a CB. He's coming off a shoulder injury that's kept him out of the offseason festivities; however, he is expected to attend the Combine later this month; although, he'll still likely be limited by his shoulder. He's a small-school All-American, with a large upside. In addition to his CB skills, Akwasi is a dominant returner. He has 9 career TDs as a returner. Akwasi could be a tremendous value pick for us.
6. David Gettis, WR, Baylor: At 6-3 217lbs, he has the frame teams cherish. He has large, strong hands and good speed (4.4) to go along with his size. With Battle likely parting ways, Gettis is a nice project for the team.
7a. Travis Ivey, NT, Maryland (6-4 341lbs): Ivey played very well and gained some attention as a stout defender in the Texas vs. the Nation game. With Franklin's uncertainty and our lack of depth at NT, Ivey is a smart choice. He'll get a chance to impress scouts at the Combine.
7b. (Comp) Sam Shields, CB/Ret, Miami (6-0 186lbs): Shields is very raw, but he's also very intriguing. He played WR his first 3 seasons, before moving to CB as a senior. He'll likely land with a team as a special teams player, while he's coached up as a CB. He has sub-4.4 speed and he's a great athlete. In fact, he was clocked at 4.2 last summer.
[ Edited by strickac on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:02:45 ]