rd 1: kyle fuller, cb vtech -- ready to start. good head; knows how to prepare for guys week to week. only a good athlete, but his play looks better. learns how to defend each opponent so, as a pro, he'll always be on top of things, giving consistently good play. but, if verrett slides this far, he's the guy.
rd 2: xavier su'a-filo, center, ucla -- yeah, center. i think this guy is our future at center. he's very agile. not high cut, which is good for maintaining a low base in a tall guy. he has the movement to terrorize linebackers. he has very good balance and looseness for his size, and will be able to easily slide around a big radius and get push at all angles. he's a markedly better football player than all the other centers available, so i'll invest the time to get this guard/tackle ready to play center. also, he'll be a 5-position lineman if needed.
**next three picks are wr because we only have two maybe three legit receivers and let all the good free agents walk on by.**
rd 2: paul richardson, wr, colo -- we need quickness, speed and athleticism at wr, so we start with richardson. a shorter, smaller, poor-man's aj green, with a lot of desean jackson thrown in. he can get open downfield and has the body control to make some tough catches. lately, he has shown the ability to put on muscle, so frailty is not a big concern. he can make difference-making plays.
rd 3: robert herron, wr, wyo -- fast, tough, athletic playmaker. if he was a few inches taller, he'd be in the late-first rd conversation. i believe herron has the athleticism to make some plays outside, and isn't only relegated to the slot.
rd 3: bruce ellington, wr, s car -- great athlete with big upside. again, he's a little short, but he's an elite athlete who can outplay defenders and make plays. also, he can be our high-level kick returner. he's going to be a very good slot receiver, but he's athletic enough to make plays anywhere on the field. his speed, balance and body control are up there with the best of them.
rd 3 or 4: jaylen watkins, cb, florida -- a very nimble corner who can lock down the slot. underrated in my book. hopefully, he's there at this pick. good bloodlines (sammy).
rd 4: taylor hart, de/dt, oregon -- high-energy five-technique with just enough natural talent to be a nfl starter. good, not great, player. good locker room, meeting room, practice, gameday guy. kind of like cowboy's less-talented brother.
rd 5: justin ellis, dt/nt, la tech -- super-thick, high-energy interior presence similar to ian williams, but bigger. plays with uncommon energy for such a large guy. has upside: if we can get him defated down to the 320-330 range his quickness will become a big challenge to o-linemen. he has versatility along the line--he has the body to take on a double team, and also has the inclination to penetrate. he just needs some good, tomsula instruction and practice.
rd 6: --gabbert--
rd 7: larry webster, te, bloomsburg -- tall, athletic ex-bball player who was a pass rusher for a year or two, but this guy is a receiving tight end all the way. julius thomas--but longer. to me, the 6th and 7th round is all about finding elite raw materials and developing them. webster is that guy. father played in the nfl.
rd 7: kevin pamphile, ot, purdue -- 6-5 315, not fat, and has nfl-starter measureables. again, very good raw materials to work with. has only played two years on o-line--diamond in the rough.
rd 7: george atkinson, kr/rb/wr/st, notre dame -- close to an elite athlete. why he chose a position he's not well-suited for--running back--i'll never know, but the guy has the goods to be a great kick returner. i think he can make himself into a receiver if he tries. i also think he can be a special teams gunner like colin jones. he's bigtime fast, and you can work with that. he's my little project.