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Pre-combine Mock Draft

Posted: 02/20/2013 1:17 PM

Pre-combine Mock Draft 


After reading my initial mock I believe I might be a bit PAC-12 overloaded.....but I would be very happy with this draft class. 

I believe we re-sign Josh Johnson to compete for back up QB with Tolzien. Unfortunately I also believe Goldson will receive a contract that prices him out of SF as well as Delanie. 

First round
: Datone Jones DE UCLA - A little undersized to be a DT in a 3-4 but could be a solid 3-4 end rotating with Justin Smith and learning the nuances of the NFL game. Scouts raved about his hand placement and quick burst at the senior bowl and went from a possible 3rd rounder to late 1st-early 2nd in most analysts eyes.

Second round: Zack Ertz TE Stanford - If we let Delanie walk as a free agent, Ertz could be a great fit for that F back role, he played in the offense under G-RO and CJH at Stanford plus is a massive target in the redzone that we could really use. **I could also see us taking Quinton Patton WR from La. Tech here and drafting Joseph Fauria in the 3rd.**

Third round:
 Robert Woods WR USC - The "other" WR at USC. Marquise Lee attracts all of the headlines but Robert Woods is a very solid possession receiver, good routes with deceptive speed. In fact if USC didn't have a horrible game planner in Lane Kiffin and USC threw the ball more to Robert instead of forcing deep balls to Lee, USC probably wins at least 2 more games this year. Woods also can help us with punt returns if we lose Ginn.

Third round:
 Jordon Poyer CB Oregon State- A lot of mocks have Poyer in the 3rd round which could be because he probably will not time elite speed in the 40, make no mistake about him though he is a tried and true corner who is very physical and plays with alot of swagger. 

Third round (comp. pick):
 TJ McDonalds S USC - TJ McDonald has great blood lines but was exposed a little bit in his final year at USC. He has good instincts and leadership but lacked the consistency of a player with as much experience as he had.

Fourth round:
 J. Jenkins OLB UF- Jelani is an undersized LB who has the athleticism as a Safety, he has good instincts, and a decent pass rush but he needs to play with perfect technique due to his frame which will not be able to add much bulk.

Fifth round:
 Kenny Stills WR OU- Kenny was a 5 star WR coming out of HS, had a big freshman year showing great explosiveness and athleticism but tapered off a little since, could be a great pickup and BPA.

Fifth round:
 Khaled Holmes C USC- Holmes anchored the under powered O-line for USC this year and has good experience and leadership, could be a steal if he lasts til the 5th.

Sixth round:
 Rey ReyArmstrong S - 6'3 230 lbs. and can run, hit and cover. Armstrong was a 5 star athlete coming out of high school, off the field issues drop him into a low risk, high reward candidate.

Sixth round:
 Dustin Hopkins K FSU - Biggest leg in the class, no brainer here...might have to use a 5th to get him.

Seventh round:
 Jeff Tuel QB WSU- A guy who seems like he has been at WSU for the last 10 years, he is very football savvy and has a decent arm similar to Tolzein.

Seventh round:
 Jeff Baca OG UCLA - a lot of experience one of the most consistent linemen UCLA had over the last 4 year's. Has had a few concussions but could be a decent scout team body.
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Posted: 02/20/2013 2:13 PM

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No worries about the heavy Pac-12 influence, I think we all tend to lean to players we know well & watched on a regular basis during the season...i know my mocks tend to be more SEC centric.
I like all the players you've targeted.  I think the Ertz & Jones picks might need to be swapped, Ertz could be the first TE taken, so like he's like a mid-1st/early-2nd & Jones should go maybe late-1st/mid-2nd.  So we'll probably have to move up either way, which is definitely possible with our abuntance of picks. 
I agree with your assesment of Jelani Jenkins, he is a bit under-sized at 6'0 237, but that is only a few pounds lighter than Willis & Bowman are now, about 240 each...he might be able pack on 5lbs or so.  Super fast & instinctive though.

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Posted: 02/20/2013 3:04 PM

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Since you watch alot of SEC ball what do you think of Elam the S from UF? He was a good prospect when he came out of high school and every UF game I had the chance to watch he made a few plays but he doesn't seem to be getting much love?
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Posted: 02/20/2013 3:33 PM

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Elam's a stud.  Not the biggest guy, but he's an enforcer and a playmaker in the defensive backfield.  Bob Sanders-like maybe, only a little taller 5'10 versus 5'8, as i think Sanders was.  
Florida's got some high quality players coming out this year...Elam, Sharrif Floyd, Jenani Jenkins, Jon Bostic, Gillislee.  It's not the finesse Florida of old, these guys are tough!

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Posted: 02/20/2013 5:14 PM

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Is he a more athletic version of Ahmad black?
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Posted: 02/21/2013 7:28 AM

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DasDinga wrote: Is he a more athletic version of Ahmad black?

Yeah, bigger & more athletic.  Some players just have a nose for the ball, and they both had it at UF.  Ahmad Black was pretty small though, 5'8-185ish, which hindered him going to the NFL.  Elam's not tall, but he's pretty solid.  Whitner might be another good comparison, with a little better speed & range i think.
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Posted: 02/22/2013 11:28 AM

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I like the guys you have the team targeting, but IMO some may go earlier than when the team selects, but I would be happy as a fan with a draft like this. BTW with all that is going on with Smith I could see a scenerio where we trade him for a pick that we use to draft Hopkins earlier. At least we would turn a deal for Smith into steady points on the board when we are within FG range, so in a sense Smith would still be contributing to our team's successcool
DasDinga wrote: After reading my initial mock I believe I might be a bit PAC-12 overloaded.....but I would be very happy with this draft class. 

I believe we re-sign Josh Johnson to compete for back up QB with Tolzien. Unfortunately I also believe Goldson will receive a contract that prices him out of SF as well as Delanie. 

First round
: Datone Jones DE UCLA - A little undersized to be a DT in a 3-4 but could be a solid 3-4 end rotating with Justin Smith and learning the nuances of the NFL game. Scouts raved about his hand placement and quick burst at the senior bowl and went from a possible 3rd rounder to late 1st-early 2nd in most analysts eyes.

Second round: Zack Ertz TE Stanford - If we let Delanie walk as a free agent, Ertz could be a great fit for that F back role, he played in the offense under G-RO and CJH at Stanford plus is a massive target in the redzone that we could really use. **I could also see us taking Quinton Patton WR from La. Tech here and drafting Joseph Fauria in the 3rd.**

Third round:
 Robert Woods WR USC - The "other" WR at USC. Marquise Lee attracts all of the headlines but Robert Woods is a very solid possession receiver, good routes with deceptive speed. In fact if USC didn't have a horrible game planner in Lane Kiffin and USC threw the ball more to Robert instead of forcing deep balls to Lee, USC probably wins at least 2 more games this year. Woods also can help us with punt returns if we lose Ginn.

Third round:
 Jordon Poyer CB Oregon State- A lot of mocks have Poyer in the 3rd round which could be because he probably will not time elite speed in the 40, make no mistake about him though he is a tried and true corner who is very physical and plays with alot of swagger. 

Third round (comp. pick):
 TJ McDonalds S USC - TJ McDonald has great blood lines but was exposed a little bit in his final year at USC. He has good instincts and leadership but lacked the consistency of a player with as much experience as he had.

Fourth round:
 J. Jenkins OLB UF- Jelani is an undersized LB who has the athleticism as a Safety, he has good instincts, and a decent pass rush but he needs to play with perfect technique due to his frame which will not be able to add much bulk.

Fifth round:
 Kenny Stills WR OU- Kenny was a 5 star WR coming out of HS, had a big freshman year showing great explosiveness and athleticism but tapered off a little since, could be a great pickup and BPA.

Fifth round:
 Khaled Holmes C USC- Holmes anchored the under powered O-line for USC this year and has good experience and leadership, could be a steal if he lasts til the 5th.

Sixth round:
 Rey ReyArmstrong S - 6'3 230 lbs. and can run, hit and cover. Armstrong was a 5 star athlete coming out of high school, off the field issues drop him into a low risk, high reward candidate.

Sixth round:
 Dustin Hopkins K FSU - Biggest leg in the class, no brainer here...might have to use a 5th to get him.

Seventh round:
 Jeff Tuel QB WSU- A guy who seems like he has been at WSU for the last 10 years, he is very football savvy and has a decent arm similar to Tolzein.

Seventh round:
 Jeff Baca OG UCLA - a lot of experience one of the most consistent linemen UCLA had over the last 4 year's. Has had a few concussions but could be a decent scout team body.

Last edited 02/22/2013 11:29 AM by drama

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Posted: 02/23/2013 5:43 PM

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some nice picks and thoughtful mock you've put together. but with all the depth in this draft along the d-line, i have a hard time seeing us draft only one d-lineman. i'd have to have us picking at least one big NT among those picks- there are way too many promising prospects to pass over them all IMO.

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Posted: 02/24/2013 10:05 AM

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Jenkins from UGA is someone I'd love to have as well....the draft is like being a kid in a candy store their is so many options, it's overwhelming.

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some nice picks and thoughtful mock you've put together. but with all the depth in this draft along the d-line, i have a hard time seeing us draft only one d-lineman. i'd have to have us picking at least one big NT among those picks- there are way too many promising prospects to pass over them all IMO.

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