Toadofsteel final mock draft
This is it before the actual draft for me
Round 1: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame
Martin has risen a bit in recent weeks. In fact, CBS ranks him as the #12 overall prospect now. He's currently listed as a G, but can play any position on the line really, and would be a better prospect to fit our scheme than Lewan or even Matthews, as he can play T if Beatty is not ready to go, and G once we have him back (As much as everyone in the world wants Pugh to move to G, I think it's a terrible idea). Martin's versatility along the OL also means he can be plugged in wherever there is an injury, and we don't have to completely change our OL configuration every time someone gets hurt, like we did last year.
Alternate: If Martin is somehow gone before #12, that means four OL have been taken and a guy like Barr or Evans will fall to us. If 4 OL, Barr (which means Clowney and Mack as well), Evans (+Watkins), that's 9 picks right there, meaning one of the QBs falls to us and we could potentially be in a position to trade down to a QB-needy team.
Round 2: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington.
I've been fairly locked on to ASJ in my past couple of mocks. Not the greatest value that we could select in the 2nd, but a dependable TE who could start immediately, and can both block and receive. I would take him even if Jace Amaro was still on the board, as Amaro seems to be projected as a pure receiving TE.
Alternate: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
Round 3: William Sutton, DT, Arizona
Sutton is basically a poor-man's Donald. He's a bit undersized like Donald, is good at pass rushing from the DT position like Donald, and is compared to Geno Atkins like Donald. Unlike Donald, however, he wouldn't force us to blow a 1st round pick (and potentially trade up) on what is essentially a rotational DT.
Alternate: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
Round 4: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
I've mocked this guy to us before, and I think he'd be a decent fit to push for playing time at C. Good at making calls on the line and can pull, but not the most athletic freak of nature out on the field.
Round 5: Khairi Fortt, OLB, California
The former Penn State transfer has shown remarkable patience and discipline in allowing a play to develop and keeping his eye on the ball carrier, as well as doing well when asked to drop into coverage. Main issue right now is working on his tackling form.
Alternate: Kevin Pierre Louis, OLB, Boston College
Round 5-6: Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M
A bit of a raw prospect that relies on his athleticism more than technique to get to the QB, much like JPP did in 2011. Also would need to spend a year adding some muscle, but his frame should be able to handle that no problem.
Round 6: Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
Essentially a big receiving TE, though he needs work on his blocking technique. Fairly athletic, but his stock fell dramatically because of a groin injury prior to the Senior bowl. Worth a flyer on the back of the 6th, especially given how thin we are at TE (What with the ONLY tight end on the roster being some guy I had never even heard of and is apparently a poor-man's Pascoe).