So I've been trolling my draft crushes on other people's threads for a while now. Thought it would be a good time to throw them all into one place... a realistic draft with all of them!
Instead of doing a mock FA (like most people do), I'll predict how I think last years draft picks will contribute since I think their contributions will be far greater than anything we get out of FA. I'm also assuming that we won't bring back any of our own free agents, and if we do, they won't have any impact on how we draft.
Trenton Robinson (FS):
He was projected to be a 3-4th round pick. We got him in the 6th. I predict he will be our starter at FS. He will improve our coverage ability from the FS position.
Darius Fleming (OLB):
He will provide the extra depth at OLB that we were lacking in 2012. He will make Haralson expendable, but we may keep both of them to back up Aldon and Brooks.
AJ Jenkins (WR):
I expect that we will loose Delanie Walker and run more 3 WR sets in 2013. In 3 WR sets, Crabtree will slide in to the slot and Jenkins will come in at flanker and be our deep threat. He will still be a situational guy, but will fill a role very well in his second year.
Now for the 2013 draft:
1st round (31 overall):
Datone Jones, DE 6'4" 283 lbs
Our biggest need is to find a replacement for Justin Smith and to start grooming that guy now. Datone Jones is that guy. We may have to move up a few spots to ensure we get him, but with all the picks we have in rounds 3-5 that should be easy to do.
2nd round (34 overall):
Jesse Williams, NT 6'3" 323 lbs
Our most immediate need is a NT. Jesse Williams is extremely powerful, but also quite athletic. He could provide depth at the DE spot behind Ray MacDonald in nickle packages as well as being our starting NT.
Trade picks 74 and 95 to Green Bay for their 2nd round pick (55 overall):
Da'Rick Rogers, WR 6'3" 217 lbs
I expect there will be a run of WRs picked in the 2nd round. There are only 2-3 WRs with 1st round grades, but there could be 7-8 guys taken in the 2nd. We will need to trade up to get one. Rogers is my favorite. Possibly the most physically talented in the draft. Drug use and playing his senior year at Tennessee Tech hurt his stock (if not he'd probably be a top 20 pick). This guy has amazing short area quickness for someone his size. Would be a fantastic split-end opposite Crabtree and an excellent red-zone target.
2nd round (61 overall):
Bacarri Rambo, FS 6'1" 211 lbs
He is listed as a FS, but I would like to see him replace Whitner at SS. He is a ball hawk with great athleticism. Comparable to Dashon Goldson. In an ideal world, Goldson would be staying as our SS and Whitner would get the boot. But that can't happen, so let's draft a similar guy to fill that role. Rambo and Trenton Robinson would be a huge upgrade to our pass defense without too much drop-off in the run-game.
3rd round (comp):
Travis Kelce, TE 6'5" 255 lbs
Should we loose Delanie Walker we will need another pass-catching TE. Kelce could fill that role right away, with better size than Walker. He does need time to develop as a blocker. But with out current group of TEs, he should get that time.
4th round (31st pick in 4th round):
David Quessenberry, OT 6'5" 302 lbs
We need a good swing tackle to backup Staley and Davis. Quessenberry (from SJ State) has good quickness and is a solid pass blocker. However, he needs to develop as a run blocker. Good value late in the 4th round.
5th round (24th pick in 5th round):
Marcus Lattimore, RB 5'11" 221 lbs
A bigger RB with great potential. He's a solid north/south runner that would be a nice compliment to LaMichael James. He's recovering from a serious knee injury, which is why he may be available at this point in the draft. But we have the depth at RB for him to fully recover before being thrust into action.
5th round (31st pick in 5th round):
Dustin Hopkins, K 6'2" 193 lbs
Best kicker in the draft. Need I say more.
I don't care at this point. Anybody picked in the 6th and 7th round likely won't make the 53 man roster. Maybe PS guys here.
So go ahead and name your own draft crushes. Be sure to include why you like them, why they would be a good fit for our team, and most importantly... where would you draft them (realistically) with our picks?