Posted by tagandtrade
I agree with most of this and like your mock. I too would love a FB in the 3-4 round range and we talked about a couple of guys. We need to acquire at least 2 RBs because I too think Faulk, Morris, and Taylor will be gone. Woodhead certainly looked good in two games as a third down back on draws or coming out of the backfield but he doesn't have the size to be as good a blocker picking up blitzes as Faulk was. I worry about that. I think BJGE needs and deserves an extension. So yes, we need a home run hitter and a bruising FB who can catch.
I'm not as gunho on drafting DL in the first round this year the more I look at this. We should've done that last year. The talent pool is thin and the guys who are there don't have the ideal size to play 34 DE. For me they should be 6-4+ and 305 lbs +. Bailey and Heyward could add some weight but neither in my mind are worthy of a top 10 pick for our scheme. We drafted Seymour 6th overall and neither of these guys project to be the next Seymour. The more I think about it I think we need to go OLB with one of those 1st round picks then either OL or CB with the other.
I have been a HUGE advocate for addressing our OL for a couple of years now. Some of our guys are getting long in the tooth. Mankins appears gone and Connolly so far has done a decent job replacing him. I would like to see Vollmer stay on the right side where he can be more effective in the run game. Light should be gone and Neal when healthy is still great. He signed a two year extension but let's face it, his tires have been retreaded twice now. So, we need a mean and nasty C/OG type and a LT. Everyone is talking about Mike Pouncey. I like him but I don't think he's as good as his brother. BB also has a history of not taking OL in the first round. He prefers to draft them a little later and coach them up. Mankins was the lone exception. Light and Vollmer were both 2nd round picks. But with two picks in the 1st and a high 2nd, I would be shocked if we didn't take one OL with one of those first 3 picks.
BB almost never goes for skill players in round 1 either. Maroney was the lone exception. He prefers to acquire RBs and WRs via trade or F/A where they have an NFL track record. I don't see him drafting a RB high. A RB or FB in round 3-4 he might do. I watched the Georgia Tech game and Anthony Allen looked really good, strong and decisive. He could be an option in the 3rd. His teammate FB Lucas Cox looked like a bull dozer but he would be an undrafted type.
If I was picking today and all the top juniors declared, I might do something like this.
1a WR Julio Jones - Alabama
1b OLB Akeem Ayers - UCLA
2a OT Gabe Carimi - Wisconsin
2b CB Chimdi Chekwa - Ohio State
3a OG James Wilson - Florida
3b RB Anthony Allen - Georgia Tech
4a FB Owen Marecic - Stanford
4b FS TeJay Johnson - TCU