It's been forever since I have made one of these. I have been sick and busy with school and work. I have a lot of spare time today and the weather is bad outside, so I figured I might as well hop back into it. I have to admit I have been slacking quite a bit this year, but I paid close attention to the combine and have a good amount of guys that I already liked before the combine. With the few signings we have made I will have to adjust my previous mocks a bit.
1st round- Forest Lamp OG/OT Western Kentucky- This guy was someone that I checked out before the combine, because he was getting a ton of buzz and I really liked what I saw. He killed it at the combine too, so his stock is seriously rising. I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up being gone by the time we pick, but if he is there then it would be a very solid pick IMO.
STRENGTHS: Balanced movement skills with low hips in his shuffle. Resets well with lower body flexibility and lateral quicks to sit in his stance, stay square and mirror. Quick, efficient coil with the grip strength to lock out and maintain spacing between him and rushers. Aggressive hands to answer counter measures. Broad-shouldered frame with developed build. Proper kickslide depth to push speed rushers away from the pocket. Aware of his surroundings to pick up spins and stunts, closing inside rush lanes. Physical run blocker, rolling his hips at contact and creating movement. Blocks with a stubborn mentality and competes with the inner confidence required to face NFL linemen. Rarely ends up on the ground. Reliable playing temperament in both practice and games - voted a two-time captain. Strong preparation habits and knows his opponent. Four-year starter with 51 career starts (48 at left tackle, three at right guard), including 42 consecutive starts at one point.
WEAKNESSES: Adequate wingspan, but below average arm length. Looks to get a head start protecting the edge, setting too aggressive outside and late protecting inside moves. Hurries his technique vs. speed, leading to wild limb use. Average lower body mass and frame appears maxed out. Reliable square blocker, but can struggle with defenders on his edge. Limited starting experience inside at guard. Missed two games as a senior due to a leg injury (Sept. 2016) and was forced to sit out the Senior Bowl due to a high ankle sprain (Jan. 2017).
NFL COMPARISON: Zach Martin, Dallas Cowboys -- While unfair to compare him to an All-Pro NFL lineman, Lamp has a similar square blocking style as a college left tackle with the technique and tenacity to dominate in smaller quarters.
--Dane Brugler (1/30/17)
2nd round- Evan Engram TE Ole Miss- Now, I would love to get someone like Njoku or Howard, but I have a hard time believing that they will be there when we pick. If they are there in the first I would love the pick. We picked up a very solid blocking TE/RB in Ellison. Engram is a freakish athlete and is a legit threat in the passing game. Plus the last guy from Ole Miss with the nickname "Eazy E" panned out pretty well for us lol
STRENTHS: While listed as a tight end on the roster, Engram is better described as a versatile offensive weapon, lining up out wide, in-line and in the background at Ole Miss. He looks more like a physical wideout than traditional tight end with his size and growth potential, but his athleticism allows him to create mismatches vs. linebackers and safeties.
Engram has elite short-area quickness for the position with excellent release off the line of scrimmage and agile feet to create separation out of his breaks and make defenders miss. He is also a tougher blocker than he looks with a quick punch and excellent balance.
IN OUR VIEW: Engram might not fit the prototypical profile of NFL tight ends, but he can be a difference-maker in the right offense.
3rd round- Jaleel Johnson DT Iowa- I am not sure if we are going to be able to bring Hankins back, because of the signings we have already made. If we don't resign him then we will need to address that position for sure. I think Bromley is solid, but I think there needs to be more depth at the position. Johnson is a fun player to watch. If you haven't watched him I would recommend watching one of his games on Draftbreakdown or just search him on Youtube. Very powerful player that plays with a really nasty streak, but also has good fundamentals while doing so. He is really good vs the run and he is a very solid power rush guy from the DT spot. I think he would be a really nice addition to the DT position for this team.
4th round- Conor McDermott OT UCLA- He is a guy that I think would really help the depth at the tackle position. I think the OL would our best in a while with the total amount of serviceable bodies. Flowers, Pugh, Richburg, Jerry, Hart, Fluker, Lamp, McDermott, etc... That is a pretty deep OL and for the most part very young.
STRENGTHS: Using the length and surprisingly light feet which no doubt helped him box out opponents on the basketball court, McDermott possesses two of the most important attributes in becoming a quality pass protector. He gains good depth in his initial kick slide, showing balance and agility to shuffle laterally to mirror opponents. He possesses long arms and good strength in his hands to latch on and control smaller defenders and anticipates counter moves well, reacting efficiently when he keeps his knees bent and feet active. McDermott showed resiliency in bouncing back after a couple of tough reps at the Senior Bowl, showing the tenacity he will need to develop in the NFL. Further, with only three years playing the position and some correctable issues in his technique, McDermott does come with some untapped potential.
WEAKNESSES: While more athletic than he looks, McDermott does not possess elite initial quickness to remain at left tackle against today's speed rushers, something which stood out far too often at the Senior Bowl. Too often he is late off the snap, relying upon his length to recover. Further, for a man of his size, McDermott needs to work on generating more functional power in the running game. He is quick enough to turn and seal off opponents but struggles generating movement at the point of attack. More time in the weight room could help in this regard but McDermott also needs to work on fundamentals. When actively chopping his feet, McDermott can remain in front of pass rushers. When he plants his feet, however, McDermott has a tendency to lean into his opponent, leaving him flat-footed, bending at the waist and susceptible to counter moves.
IN OUR VIEW: In terms of his NFL projection, McDermott's best chance for duplicating his success at UCLA will likely be on the right side. Given that he possesses a relatively flat back side and thin legs, there is some question as to whether he will ever possess the functional lower body power to hold up to NFL bull rushers.
5th round- Jamaal Williams RB BYU- He is still a player I really like. I think he would be a solid compliment to Perkins and Vereen. He runs very hard and doesn't do much dancing. He is your one-cut and straight downhill from there guy. He is capable of making people miss in open field, breaking tackles, or running past people.
STRENGTHS: Shows lateral agility and surprising balance for a back with his high-cut frame. Impressive power for his build, consistently generating yardage after contact. Keeps his legs churning and spins out of tackles, falling forward to rack up extra yards.
His acceleration comes naturally. His mother was a standout sprinter at UCLA and he ran for the BYU track team in 2014.
--Rob Rang (9/14/14)
6th round- Jalen Reeves-Maybin OLB Tennessee- He has been one of my favorite players since I was scouting last year. I still remember a game vs Oklahoma last year when he had something like 22 tackles in the game. He is great at reading what the offense is doing. He might not be a big hitter at all, but he is typically a reliable tackler as far as getting his guy to the ground or holding him up until someone else can clean it up. In the 6th round I absolutely love the value.
7th round- Des Lawrence CB North Carolina- He is a guy that could add depth to the CB position. He was a 3 yr starter in the ACC which is solid value in the 7th round. I think at the very least he could be someone who could bring something to this team in the ST's department
STRENGTHS: Meets the ideal requirements for height and length at the position. Disruptive in press and stays on top of routes with coordinated footwork to maintain body position. Improved route recognition to keep spacing in man coverage. Uses field leverage to pin receivers to the sideline and turn his head to find the ball. Not shy about using his hands and length in coverage and at the catch point (30 career passes defended). Nice job reading the eyes of the receiver to sense throws in his direction. Physical, drag down tackler with strong hands/wrists. Good edge speed as a blitzer. Experienced on special teams coverages. Durable three-year starter and locked-in competitor, giving consistent effort on each snap
WEAKNESSES: Only average long-speed and lacks an explosive gear in pursuit or to recover after a receiver gains a step vertically. Forces receivers to run laterally in his jam, but overeager play style will lead to false steps near the line of scrimmage. Pops upright in his transition and tall center of gravity leads to balance issues. Needs to polish his cover mechanics. Prefers to play his man more than the ball, which will limit interception opportunities ? only three interceptions in 39 career starts. Has some dropped interceptions on his film. Can be fooled by ball and head fakes. Physical striker, but needs to eliminate the missed tackles by improving his angles and balance when breaking down on the move. Needs to avoid and detach quicker from perimeter blocks.
--Dane Brugler (1/7/17)
Before I make my next mock I really need to get a good feel for our true needs after the signings we made. I kind of just winged this one. I think these players, especially early on would really help the team.