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« on: Apr 10, 2010 at 13:45 »

Been a while since I posted, but each year I seem to enjoy getting mocks ripped apart by several of the regulars.  Minimal research conducted as always, but just for kicks, here ya go:

1.  ILB   R McClain, Alabama
2.  OT   R Safford, Ind
3.  S     R Jones, UGA
4.  DT   L Joseph, LSU
5.  RB   D Karim, Southern Ill
5.  OLB  C Sheffield, Troy
5.  CB   W Thurmond, Oregan
6.  WR/KR   T Holliday, LSU
7.  C     K Matthews, Tex AM
7.  G     M McCracken, Richmond
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 10, 2010 at 15:20 »

Yeah, I love it.  If we came away with that, I'd shit my pants with joy.

1. McClain would be a great fit, and is seen as a possible slider due to the Crohn's.  Lots of ILB talent throughout the draft, but McClain is still my #1.
2. Safford could play 4 of 5 spots on our line, and eventually be a Marvel Smith-type LT.  Great senior bowl, played on a bad Big 10 team, would be a super R2 value.
3. Both the Joneses (Chad and Reshad) have some real appeal, but I agree that Reshad has the speed and size to be a dynamic playmaker in our backfield.  Could play FS, or be a backup who can fill fill in for Troy for stretches if needed. 
4. I have a problem with this pick.  Joseph is IMO one of the most intriguing prospects for the Steelers and I am heartened that they brought him in for a visit.  He's got the size to play DE or even NT, and has plus measurables amongst potential NTs in this class.  My issue?  He won't last to our third, much less fourth pick.  He's got NFL scouts attention. 
5. Really like Karim's speed, but I wonder if the COP back they want is more in the Shonn Greene pounder mold.  If so, Joique Bell?  Not a great 40, but a guy who can get the tough yards.  Either way, Karim would be a good addition to the backfield.  Splitting hairs.
5. Sheffield would be a great pickup.
5. Thurmond is a guy I would love to see us snag in R5; a R1 talent who, if he heals, could be a a total steal.
6. Holliday is, IMO, a returner only, but wow, what speed.  Why not?
7 & 7. Know Matthews's bloodline, but nothing else about him and McCracken.  Feel like we shorted the OL a bit, but the rest of the draft more than makes up for it. 

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 10, 2010 at 16:59 »

The round 4 pick I listed wrong.  Should be L Joseph of ECU.  Also in consideration is Troupe of UCF
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 10, 2010 at 17:09 »

1.  ILB   R McClain, Alabama:  Just thinking he falls

2.  OT   R Safford, Ind:  Would be surprised if he lasted this long.  Hopefully another fall to us.

3.  S     R Jones, UGA:  You summed it up on him Finney

4.  DT   L Joseph, ECU:  Sticking here.  Although he will more likely than not be gone in the 3rd....Troupe of UCF is my alternate pick for the spot

5.  RB   D Karim, Southern Ill:  4.4 at 210 lbs. 

5.  OLB  C Sheffield, Troy:  Back up grooming to take over in 1-2 seasons

5.  CB   W Thurmond, Oregan:  History of injuries........if healthy is a stud

6.  WR/KR   T Holliday, LSU:  KR Specialist.....allows Wallace to focus on the WR job he has earned

7.  C     K Matthews, Tex AM:  He is not his Daddy, but reportedly performed well at his proday.  Worthy of a 7th round snag

7.  G     M McCracken, Richmond:  All Division 1-AA player.  Small school prospect, tremendous upside


Downside to this whole thing.....several players having to "fall" a little to us.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 11, 2010 at 08:09 »

Now, let me give the devil's advocate view.

McClain is the best ILB, but he's not so far above the rest of a deep class in a way that, say, Patrick Willis is.  Rodger Saffold might not last to our R2 pick, and Linval Joseph is gone by our R3, much less R4.  

IMO, Joseph is a guy you have to look at as a developmental Ngata type.  He's worth getting in R2.  Philly's new pick from washington is 2.37, and coupled with the 2.58 they already had, the value is 880, ~our 900 for 1.18.  If they want two R1 picks to bolster their lines, giddyap.

At 2.37, we take Saffold.  At 2.52 we take Linval.  At 2.58 we take the best S; could be either Jones, or Morgan Burnett: Burnett may be a better ballhawk, but the Joneses are better FS/SS flex.  We'll stick with Reshad for the sake of argument.

R3, pick the best IOL: C Matt Tennant, C JD Walton, G John Jerry, or G Mike Johnson.  I think Saffold can play RG, so the best C on the board: Walton has a better anchor against the bigs.

R4, take the best ILB, Jamar Chaney or Phil Dillard.  Dillard is rated lower, but has great numbers and IMO is better, better instincts and toughs.

R5-6, ditto yours, except I'd put in QB/WR Joe Webb, UAB, over Karim.  WR is a spot where we could use a big, developmental guy to enter the mix.  Webb is a guy I really hope they look at around R5.

R7, I'd roll the dice on LeMarcus Coker not being a smoker any more.  He's a RB with 4.39 speed and is not getting any press due to combine and Senior Bowl snubs.  If he's put his demons behind him, he's a big payoff.  And if Saffold can man RG for a year, why not bolster OT?  Bring in a developmental OT to see if you can have a bookend to Saffold possibly?  Andrew Tyshovnytsky of Fordham has been getting positive reviews but is still seen as a UDFA.



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