My computer restarted after I was complete with this and had it full of highlights and comparisons which really pissed me off. This is my weekly mock 1/29/2014 (Now it just turned to 1/30 because I took a nap hahaha). To make this mock a bit more interesting I am assuming the OL will be addressed in Free Agency so that I can get as many play makers as possible.
1st round- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St- Okay I am drinking the kool-aid again on Gilbert. I was a huge fan of him early on the year until I saw Dennard in person about half way through the year. Gilbert still remained on my list but I always thought that he would be a pick around 20ish. Now that he is beginning to rise a bit and it seeming more and more likely that Dennard is going to be picked by Detroit I am going with Gilbert. There is a very good possibility (especially if only 3 QB's picked ahead of us) that Mack, Bar, Mosley, and Dennard are all gone by the time that we pick. Rob Rang's analysis is pretty boring for Gilbert... Idk if he made this at the beginning of the season and never updated it or what..
STRENGTHS: A standout over his career as a corner and returner due to his agility, acceleration and ball-skills. Gilbert's ability with the ball in his hands is among his greatest assets. He's taken five kickoffs back for scores over his career.
WEAKNESSES: While terrifically athletic, Gilbert remains a bit lax in his technique.
2nd round- Scott Crichton DE Oregon St- He is one of my favorite players in this draft because of his physical play and his non stop motor. He has been able to line up at DE and DT sometimes and win with power moves. He has a variety of moves that he can use to get to the QB. He is solid rushing the passer and good vs the run. He could play a Tuck like role for the Giants for years to come. He could line up as a DE on 1st and 2nd down and move inside to DT on passing downs to add another pass rusher from the DT spot. JPP, Moore, and Crichton would be a nice DE core for years to come!
*Imagine him doing what he did to this Stanford QB at :54 to RG3 or another Read-Option guy!
3rd round- Paul Richardson WR Colorado- As many of you know I am a huge fan of P-Rich. He is a real game changer at the WR position. He was able to have really nice production this year at Colorado when there weren't many other options and his QB wasn't great at all. He could do some things that Jordy Nelson does in GB. It seems like at least once per game Nelson and Rodgers connect on a deep ball. Richardson is very good at beating CB's off the L.O.S and getting a step on them early. He is fast enough to create separation and can be open on a lot of go routes like he did in college. He is not only a deep ball guy. He has shown good footwork on the sideline. He has also shown nice route running ability on the short to intermediate routes as well. He is a thin guy but has shown to be pretty damn tough for his size. He is a threat for some really nice YAC as well!
4th round- Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa- He is a guy who has been rising a bit lately because of his performance at the Senior Bowl. I really like his game. He is able to rush the passer when he is sent on a blitz and do it well. They said he won most of his 1 on 1's with RB's during blitz drills at the Senior Bowl. He is really good IMO at coverage as well. I went to the Iowa vs Nebraska game and he was lined up vs a slot WR a lot of the game! He is solid vs the run as well. The one thing I knocked him coming into the year was that he seemed a bit undersized but he got his weight up to around the middle of the pack at the LB position.
5th round- James White RB Wisconsin- He is not the biggest guy size wise (5'9 206) but before anyone says they don't want a small RB know that this guy was by far the best pass protecting RB at the Senior Bowl. He is tough as **** for his size. He would be a great RB #2 I think. He could contribute right away I think because of his ability to pass protect. Coughlin usually doesn't like rookie RB's because of that part of their game. White is good at pass blocking as well as catching out of the backfield. He has good vision and toughness when carrying the ball. He breaks a ton of tackles for a guy his size. I really like his game
6th round- Rob Blanchflower TE UMass- This guy is really under the radar because of guys like Gilmore and Niklas rising lately. He would be a steal in the 6th round I think. He can block and is a real weapon catching the ball as well. There isn't much of him online but everything I have seen I really liked. He will go much later than he would a normal TE year. This TE class is very deep and will cause guys like Blanchflower to slide. I think Eli would love throwing to this guy. If anyone isn't sure about this pick I am sure Nycsportzfan would tell you that he is great value in the 6th round