This is my first mock since college football has been all wrapped up. My personal opinion on our main needs in order if Nicks leaves (OG/C, OLB, WR, CB) After that TE, RB, DE, DT in no particular order. We are picking at 12 and wouldn't be against trading back a few slots and adding an extra pick or two but I will mock us at 12
1st round- C.J Mosley OLB Alabama- He is a beast and would be a really nice guy to have alongside Beason. Would be able to start from day 1
STRENGTHS: Mosley does a nice job using his length and lower body fluidity to keep himself clean through a crowd and finishes at the ball, wrapping and driving through his target. He is very smart and keeps his eyes on the ball to track and attack and rarely makes mental mistakes, which is a result of his high football IQ and preparation skills.
WEAKNESSES: Isn't always fundamentally consistent as a tackler, at times opting to throw himself at his target or drop his head on contact. Missed time in 2011 with a dislocated elbow.
COMPARES TO: Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Like David, Mosley's combination of toughness, elite instincts and superb athleticism offer the versatility of lining up inside or out, and have enabled him to be one of the nation's top all-around linebackers.
2nd round- Xavier Su'a Filo OG UCLA- He is a big strong guy who would be an instant upgrade at the position
Strengths: Powerfully-built. Very good initial quickness, hand placement and impressive upper body strength to gain the initial advantage on defenders. Due to his core strength and flexibility, Su'a-Filo anchors very well against bull-rushes and shows lateral agility and balance in pass pro. Perfect match in UCLA's drive-blocking scheme, but has the athleticism to fit in a zone-blocking scheme as well.
Weaknesses: Has a tendency to lose leverage on contact.
3rd round- E.J Gaines CB Missouri- He is not talked about that much but I am a big fan of him. He has shot up my rankings a lot lately especially after holding Mike Evans to only 4 catches for 8 yards!
STRENGTHS: Gaines sports a well-defined build for the position. The combination of his broad-shouldered, long-armed frame and very good overall athleticism makes him a tough draw for any pass-catcher. Has alternately lined up in press or off-man on most snaps, showing the fluid hips to turn and run with receivers, as well as very good lateral agility and balance and speed to burn. He anticipates routes well, under-cutting receivers to remain between them and the quarterback and has quick, active hands. Gaines is a reliable open-field tackler. Gaines' ability to avoid blockers and wrap securely make him a frequent blitz threat off the edge.
WEAKNESSES: Gaines is a classic grab and drag tackler, only occasionally dropping his shoulder to provide an impactful hit. Scouts would like to see him turn more of his many career passes broken up into interceptions. More of a hitter than a tackler at times, and needs to avoid dropping his head on contact.
4th round- Terrance West RB Towson- He was very impressive in the game that I watched vs Eastern Illinios he had 39 carries for 354 yards and 5 TD's! He is 5'11 223 lbs so good size for a RB and he is quicker than most would expect for someone his size. He can break the long run and has done it many times. He set an FCS rushing record by rushing for 2,509 yards and scored 42 total touchdowns
5th round- L'damian Washington WR Missouri- I have mocked him quite a few times. He is a 6'3 or 6'4 and runs a 4.3. He would have many more catches if he was not in the same offense as Dorial Green-Beckum
6th round- Colt Lyerla TE Oregon- He is listed as 7-FA player right now on CBSsports but if he can keep his act together this could be as big of a steal as there could be in this draft. He has tons of talent for a TE. He is extremely athletic but has off the field issues. I would take a risk on the guy in the 6th and would even be tempted in the 5th.