First off this is a Recap of a Live Mock Draft held this last weekend Apr. 13-15. MTD is a SB Nation blog that covers the NFL draft and college prospects. Each of the 32 teams is represented by a person or group. You use the current draft order and go team by team picking players. So for all normal purposes this is not just me throwing names out there that I hope will be there. You have to have a 60 player BPA list. An that list needs to be broken down by roughly 7 players per round. So you cant just list the 50-60 of the top players. The BPA list is only used if you are not there to pick online.
Does anyone want the #8 Pick? I had 5-6 targeted players that I could have picked at #8. All of them would have been somewhat of a reach at #8. Remember I was the guy that picked Fleener at #8 last time. Fleener wont get past SF in the real Draft. IMO. So knowing that 1 of my 6 targeted players was going to be there at #15. I placed a higher value on getting 2 more picks in rounds 3-6 and not what the point chart said. You see I traded #72 and #145 to Houston for #58 before the Mock started. I did that to get a WR that would fall or would not have been there in the 3rd. Marvin Jones would have been my pick if Criner had not fallen. Rounds 3-6 hold a lot of solid players in this Draft so like I said I didn't care about the points so much as the picks and where they were.
1st--- W. Mercilus DE/OLB #15-- I wanted a top pass rusher with one my first 3 picks. Mercilus, Perry, Branch, and Curry were my targets in rounds 1 and 2. I wanted to get 1 of those 4 in my first 3 picks. I got 2 of them.
2nd--- A. Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson--#42 -- When Tannehill and Fleener came off the board I went BPA. Never have enough Pass Rush. Refer to New York Giants. I have Branch as a Mid-Late 1st.
2nd--- J. Criner, WR, AZ ST--#58-- I was looking for a WR that had fallen or I was going to take M. Jones from Cal. Criner is a guy Pat Kirwan did a Article on a week or 2 ago. Kirwan is someone I respect and so that made the pick more clear. If you want the story. I'll post it in the comments. Just Ask or google it.----Pick was from HOUSTON TRADE
3rd--- B. Weeden, QB, OK ST--#73-- This was an easy pick. IMO. Weeden in my eyes is a 1st round QB. His age is killing him. Miami hasn't had a QB sense Marino retired. So why are people complaining that Weeden wont be a 15 year Franchise QB. SMH. Guess what? We haven't had one of those sense 1999. Weeden beat Luck, Griffin, and Tannehill in head to head games. He's a winner. I think all of the top 4 QBs could be winners this year.
4th--- AJ Jenkins, WR, ILL--#103-- This pick was down to Jenkins, McNutt, and Streeter. McNutt I picked last time. I really like Jenkins though. Streeter would have been more for the Univ of Miami fans on phinsider. Streeter reminds me of P. Turner. Jenkins poses all of the qualities for a WR in Joe Philbin's offense. With this pick Jenkins becomes our #3 or #4 WR. That would give us Criner, Bess, Hartline, and Jenkins. We will carry from 5-6 WRs on the active roster.
4th--- P. Blake, OC/OG, Baylor-- #114-- This was a BPA pick. I had M. Egnew typed in. He got picked two ahead of me. I typed in B. Taylor. Guess what he got picked just ahead of me. So I went to my Board and went Interrior O-Line. Blake also fell in as a BPA. Some will say we have a Center. Blake is the Second best center in this draft. IMO. We have M. Pouncey playing Center. Pouncey to me is a Top 8 LG. Miami will look for a Center at some point. Blake could be a day one starter at OC or OG.----Pick was from PHILLY TRADE
5TH--- M. McCants, OT, UAB--#145-- This was another BPA pick. Would have gone with C. Harris. He went a couple picks ahead of me. T. Compton was also an option here. I just had McCants rated higher. McCants has a ton of upside. Great length, Great Foot Work. Just needs time to develop. He could easily be a starter by Mid Season if Long or Murtha gets hurt.----Pick was from PHILLY TRADE
6TH--- J. Howard, DT, FL--#196-- This is a huge BPA pick. This is the second time I have picked him. He must be way under the radar. Yet every Big Board I checked. Roughly 10. No one has him rated higher than #137. Draft Nasty has a 3rd round grade on him. If you don't know who Draft Nasty is look it up. Cory and His dad run the site. Cory has filled in for Mayock on NFL Draft Day on NFL Network. Cory to me is Rainman. He knows his stuff. Some of their rating are a little off on some guys. They still do a great job though.
7th--- O. Bolden, CB, AZ ST--#215-- Another BPA pick. He falls down the Draft because of a knee injury. Before that he was considered a 1st/2nd round pick. I wanted a DB in this draft. You can't have enough of them. Most boards have him rated lower than #182. He is a low risk/ high reward guy. Perfect for a 7th round pick in my book. I would have taken O. Vernon with this pick if someone's BPA list hadn't gotten in the Way. LOL
1. J. Hemingway, WR, Mich
2. J. Blatnick, DE, OK ST
3. B. Lithicum, TE, Mich ST
4. B. Marshall, OLB, Nevada
5. R. Cameron, DT, Old Dominion---SLEEPER. A lot of teams have worked this kid out privately. Miami included.
2 OTHER GUYS OF INTEREST-- THESE ARE PLAYERS NOT PICKED
SEAN RICHARDSON, DB, VANDERBILT---- Have never seen him play. No one talks about him. His numbers are off the charts. 6'2, 216, 4.44, 38.5 vert, 10'8 jump, 22 press, 32 5/8 arms. He goes the Vandy so he must have the smarts. Does anyone know more about this guy?
#72 and #145---#58-----Texans
#8----#15, #114, #172, #194, #200-----Eagles
#172, #194, #200----#153-----Eagles