My first mock ever. Changes will be made in more versions as the draft nears.
Some offseason moves:
Cut/Let Go - Anquan Boldin(will be too expensive), Tarell Brown, Jonothan Goodwin, Carlos Rogers, Demarcus Dobbs, Jon Baldwin
Trade: LaMichael James for a 4th/5th rounder
- Donte Whither resigned - 3 years (It's easier to replace Boldin with Crabtree back and healthy then it is to replace Whitner with a rookie/free agent)
- Phil Dawson resigned - 2 years
- Perrish Cox resigned - 2 years
- Michael Whilhoite resigned - 2/3 years
- Chad Henne/Shaun Hill/Kellen Clemens, QB signed - 2 years
- Danario Alexander, WR signed - 2/3 years
Kyle Fuller CB, Virginia Tech - 2nd - trade back(pick up a 4th this year and maybe a 2nd/3rd next year) - Has the length (by far, the longest arms in the draft of the CB's - we know who looks for this ) , size, athleticism, and versatility to be a high level corner in the nfl (6'0, 195). From draftchargers.com - "Fuller grades out to an 8.32, or a very good player at the next level. Though he's not a "burner", Fuller has every skill you want in a corner. Most importantly, he doesn't make mistakes. Injuries are certainly a factor, but when he's on the field, from a talent standpoint, he's arguably the best CB in the draft. I'd expect him to go in the 2nd round because of injuries, but whoever gets him, is getting a steal."
Donte Moncreif WR, Ole Miss - 2nd - Has the size (6'3 220), speed, toughness, and hands to be a special wide receiver. However, Like Alshon Jeffery coming out of college, Moncrief's route running needs work but he has the potential. From CBS - "Moncrief's thick frame, deceptive speed and smooth route-running make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. He does not possess the explosive moves of Southern Cal's Marqise Lee or Clemson's Sammy Watkins but might be a better player than either of them. He is sudden in his breaks, showing the ability to generate separation even against tight man coverage, and accelerates quickly, often leaving defenders in his dust on double-moves. Moncrief tracks the ball well and generally shows excellent hands (one drop vs. Texas), as well as the body control to make the dazzling grab." I see him moving up the draft boards as we move towards the draft. - "Moncrief had risen as high up as Top 10 on both ESPN draft gurus Mel Kipper Jr. and Todd McShay's draft boards among receivers. ESPN analysis details "he has elite speed, great size a first-second round prospect for sure, easily a Top 50 prospect."
Kelcy Quarles DT/DE, South Carolina - 2nd/3rd - Before you go saying that the we already have enough DL depth, lets take a look at we have - Justin/RayMac are obviously solid but age and wear will be catching up to them. Tank Carradine has the potential but he is unproven, has yet to bulk up to hold up inside(one of his weaknesses coming out of college), and is coming off an injury. TJE is solid but at this point, is still very much a rotational player, and Okoye is still a developmental player. What you have with Quarles is a big, strong, athletic player with length who has the potential to be a day one stud in both a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme (which we run). From CBS - "Boasting long-arms, a thick frame (6'4, 295) and a sudden first step, Quarles certainly looks the part of an early round NFL draft pick.When his quickness is contained, Quarles shows impressive core strength to bull rush opponents deep into the backfield (had 10.5 sacks in 2013), as well as an effective over-arm swim move to gain freedom.Quarles plays low, showing good power and technique to absorb double-teams. Quick, strong and tenacious, Quarles projects equally well inside as a 4-3 defensive tackle or outside as a five-technique defensive end. "
Lamarcus Joyner FS/CB, Florida St. - 2nd/3rd - Although small (5'8,185), he possess the toughness, elite speed, and instincts to help cover the slot(which is still an issue for us) and make plays as a saftey in certain sub packages. I see him as a more athletic tyrann mathieu type player with slightly less tackling ability(needs to work on wrapping up rather than the shoulder lowering). From CBS - "Aggressive striker who only knows how to play full-speed, showing excellent timing to make plays on the ball. Plays fast with natural acceleration to go from 0 to 60 in a flash, displaying impressive closing burst.Excellent awareness and instincts with quick diagnosis skills as well as the balance, agility and speed to handle coverage duties."
Jalen Saunders WR, Oklahoma - 4th - Taking a shot with this one here, but Saunders fits the need perfectly. He's small, like really small (5'9, 165) but before you make a judgement, I implore you to watch his tape. He's got elite speed, quickness, agility, hips, hands, and route running ability to be a very high level slot receiver in the NFL. I still have my doubts about his durability, but the way he plays reminds me of a more athletic Wes Welker. Contrary to popular belief, beating Seattle's DB's does not mean countering with big receivers but rather crafty, quick and most importantly, speedy ones. The only receiver's to have had a real impact against Seattle D have been the likes of T.Y Hiltons and Jarius Wrights of the world (Both of whom are small but are really, really fast). CBS - "Saunders doesn't possess the same route-running diversity of former Sooners receiver Ryan Broyles, but he is a dynamic slot option who demonstrates good awareness versus zone coverage and can also contribute as a return specialist. His overall movement skills make him a difficult player to cover despite his diminutive frame."
Tyler Larsen C, Utah State - 4th - trade up - Not the sexiest pick, but the one we need with Goodwin gone. Kilgore, it seems, may never be more than a back up as he would have already won the job at starting center (maybe I'm wrong and he wins it this year but in the meantime, it's better to add competition and depth). Larsen (6'5, 312) needs to work on his strength and consistency but he has athletic ability and technique to be a quality starter.- "Larsen brings so much to the table that NFL teams will like. He has a significant amount of experience playing the position. Little will surprise him when it comes to the center position. Larsen also has great athletic ability and range to play the position in addition to understanding the technical aspects of his position. Larsen needs to get more powerful as he goes to the NFL.."
Jeff Matthews QB, Cornell - 5th - trade up - Matthews is far from a Kaepernick clone but he does posses the size (6'4, 230), arm strength, and accuracy to be at least, a decent back up in the NFL. He needs to work on his footwork and mechanics but he does have the intelligence, awareness, and progression skills to have a shot. He reminds of either a Mike Glennon or a poor man's Nick Foles. CBS - "Good height, big hands and a well-built frame to shake off defenders. Very good arm strength and velocity and can make deep throws with ease. Knows how to change arm angles and still deliver lasers. Improved ball placement and overall accuracy despite shaky mechanics.Smart and processes information quickly. Confident and won't play hesitant. Hard worker with strong preparation skills and a team-first attitude. Improved pocked mobility to step up with his eyes downfield."
Russel Bodine OG, North Carolina - 5th/6th - With Iupati's contract coming up, we will need some insurance in the case that we are not able to resign him(which is looking more likely). Looney could conceivably be his replacement but it's risky to depend on one guy to step in and be the heir apparent of one Mike Iupati. Like Larsen, Bodine will provide competition, depth, and possibly, a replacement. Though he's a bit undersized and possesses short arms, (6'3,310), Bodine possess the technique, athleticism to mirror and get to the second level, as well as strength to anchor to be a high level pass protector at the next level(something Iupati was pretty average at). He also shows a strong enough punch to be effective in the run game. In terms of physical traits and play style, he kind of reminds me of Marshal Yanda. CBS - "Scouts love his physicality and tenacity, but short arms have made his emergence as an NFL starter slower than hoped. Bodine has more desirable traits and should have an easier path to latching on. He plays with similar grit and surprising athleticism, projecting as a future starter in the NFL."
Obviously, there only 8 picks out of 15 but I expect Baalke to do some moving around (up or down) in order to get these players in their projected range.
Well there you have it, my first mock ever. I hope you enjoy and I welcome any feedback you guys might have.
[ Edited by Timdiz on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM ]