A lot of hope and dreams are raised by how well we do in this years draft. Excitement has not really been at an all time high the past few seasons. However this year feels different. With a new Left Tackle that fits our system, a new Right Guard, Three new receivers, a new Corner, a new safety, a new running back, Aaron Rodgers little brother, a new defensive tackle.
We filled a lot of holes in free agency. This draft coupled with last years picks maturing enough to possibly see the field, a new GM, and Offensive coordinator that seems ready to enter the NFL as opposed to leave it, a new O line coach, and new linebackers coach. We have set the tone for a transformation to take place. Thus, my third and possibly final mock draft took shape. First-pick.com style.
The first thing to note is that this is not what i see happening, but what I would not mind seeing happen. Thing is, we lose two first round picks next years and the following. What we gain is flexibility in a draft that has not seen its rival since the 1900's. Without further ado, lets get this party started shall we?
Round 1 Pick 12 (NYG): Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame (A)
First thing to note is that Tackles and Guards were flying off the shelves. So I traded the Giants my next years and the following years first rounders for their first and second round picks, giving us two firsts and two seconds this year.
Round 2 Pick 11 (NYG): Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame (B+)
Then I traded down with Seattle who gave us number 32, and two second rounders, followed by trading the number 32 to Detroit for a second and a third rounder. Second part of the initial trade gets us the best rated blocking TE out of the draft.
Round 2 Pick 13 (DET): Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California (A)
Do not know how he fell so far, but Detroit trade is making new GM look smart at the moment, as we add a first round talent with this pick.
Round 2 Pick 19 (CHI): Tre Mason, RB, Auburn (A)
Trading back seems to be easy with this mock draft, and as a result we add the best Running Back in the draft.
Round 2 Pick 32 (SEA): Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State (A)
Second part of the Seattle trade comes to fruition, giving us a nice piece to add to the Oline.
Round 3 Pick 12 (DET): DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State (A)
Second part of the Detroit trade gives us another block to our already stout defensive line
Round 3 Pick 17: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State (B+)
This is the first time I have seen this guy go this low. Next to Clowney, this guy is ranked as the best pass rusher in the draft. Needs some refinement, but makes sense if we intend to try Jordan at Linebacker
Round 4 Pick 16: Kenny Ladler, FS, Vanderbilt (B)
Makes plays, and has a year to transition to the NFL
Round 5 Pick 15: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue (A-)
What Cortland Finnegan would be to our team if we signed him 4 years ago.
Round 6 Pick 14: Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State (C+)
Linsley can play Guard or Center. Underrated value at this point.
Round 6 Pick 15 (CHI): Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma (C+)
Basically running out of needs at this point.
Round 7 Pick 19: Howard Jones, OLB, Shepherd (B+)
Gunner with good potential to reach the lineup in a couple seasons.
Well after all that, this is the sum of our draft. What do you guys think? What would you have done differently?