I put together this mock after watching some film. I tried to focus on the the BPA, but found it hard to neglect the defensive side of the football. I have some form of faith in the O to come around this year, with a few picks for them included. I have not been commenting much lately, but bare with me because i have been observing everyday. This Mock is just to give you all a heads up on who I have been keeping an eye on..
Round 1- Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
I would love to see Joeckel or a Pass rusher at number 3. I think Joeckel will be picked before we us and I am not sold on any pass rusher for many reasons. I also like Milliner a lot, but I am not sure if RG will take the risk on a cornerback like him this high, plus he is from the south.. of Alabama...hmmm ehmmm. This is a big investment and I believe that we will get a consistent and solid player with Floyd.
Sharrif Floyd - 2012 Highlights ᴴᴰ (via ThatHighlightChannel)
The thing that impresses me the most about Floyd is his versatility and hustle. The guy just doesn't give up on plays, him and LHouston up front could rub off on the rest.
Declared for the 2013 NFL Draft…Played in 37 career games, making 26 starts as a Gator…Had 115 career tackles, 26.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, a pass breakup, three blocked field goals and a forced fumble…His three career kick/punt blocks is tied for fifth in school history.
Appeared in and started all 13 games during the 2012 season…Was named First Team Defense AP All-SEC (DT), First Team Defense Coaches’ All-SEC (DL), Sporting News All-American, Phil Steele Postseason All-SEC First Team (DL)…First defensive lineman at Florida since 2001 to earn All-America honors…Recorded 46 tackles on the season and led the team with 13.0 TFL, added one forced fumble and two blocked kicks...Registered a tackle for loss in nine of the 13 games…Recorded five tackles, including 2.0 sacks for a loss of 12 yards and blocked a field goal-against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl…Had one tackle for a loss of 16 yards at Florida State…Forced his first career fumble against Louisiana that led to a UF field goal…Recorded five tackles, three of which were TFL, against Missouri to earn the College Football Performance Award for Week 11 DL…Notched four tackles against Georgia, 2.0 TFL…Tallied four tackles and blocked a field goal against South Carolina…Recorded four tackles, 1.5 TFL, at Tennessee…Had a TFL in the first three games of the season (Bowling Green, Texas A&M and Tennessee). -gatorzone.com
Round 3- Tank Carradine DE Florida State
This is hoping that he is still there in the 3rd. His stock has been soaring and could be gone by the time we pick. This guy can tackle and has the nickname Tank for a reason.
FSU DE Tank Carradine Senior Highlights (via RayFoye Combo)
Carradine has a blend of immense burst and power off the line of scrimmage and possesses the speed to help against perimeter runs and passes. His tackle count for 2012 is unheard of for a defensive end, and that in combination with his size projects favorably for a starter's role in the NFL.
Carradine at times appeared to tire early in games for Florida State, something he contended was due to his backup rep count. Carradine told reporters after September's win over USF that he had to readjust his preparation and in-game energy management in order to account for his new role.
Where does he fit in the NFL?
The question for Carradine is not where does he fit as much as it is how far does he fall? CBS Sports has Carradine being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft, while most outlets are flagging him for injury and holding off on assessments and projections. When healthy, there is no doubt Carradine can play either defensive end position at a high level in a 4-3 scheme. -floridastate.rivals.com
Round 4- Leon Mcfadden CB Dan Diego St.
Miles Burris' teammate could help soldify the corner of the secondary. I have looked at the big boards and would rank him above some of the other corners that made it higher than him. Mcfadden 2.0 is a playmaker, is quick to get in on a pass defensed, and covers the run very well. Lets hope this guy makes it out of the third round. If he is not there and Mathieu is we should take him.
Leon McFadden Highlights (via Brian Murphy)
A candidate for both All-America and all-conference honors ... Great cover skills with opposing offenses routinely staying away from his side of the field ... Originally signed as a wide receiver, but converted to defensive back full time during 2009 fall camp ... 2009 and 2010 MWC all-academic selection ... SDSU scholar-athlete ... Also has contributed in the return game, returning punts ... Already tabbed preseason first-team all-conference for 2012 by Phil Steele, Lindy's Sports and Athlon Sports ... Has played in every contest since coming to campus as a true freshman in 2009 ... Enters his senior campaign with 27 career PBUs, which rank eighth in school history. -http://goaztecs.cstv.com
Yes that is right, he has not missed a game in college.
Round 5- Menelik Watson OT/OG Florida State
Here is another Florida guy and another Nole. He does a nice job of staying on his man. If he improves some small things he could be solid for us. He is a former basketball player from Britain, so maybe a little trash talk with Crawford would be appropriate if we did indeed take him. I had Jordan Mills here first but this may be too high for him.
Menelik Watson vs Miami (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)
All-ACC (Honorable Mention)
Coaches All-ACC (Honorable Mention)
2012:Junior college transfer who jumped into the starting lineup at right tackle after arriving in January and helped solidify the unit...started 12 of 13 games and boasted a season average grade of 76.2 percent...allowed just one sack all season...registered three knockdowns against both Boston College and Maryland... major contributor to an FSU offense in 2012 which will go down in school history as the most productive ever racking up a school record 6,591 yards which surpassed the 2000 team for the most yards...an outstanding blocker who played a key role in FSU's resurgent running game, which averaged 205.9 yards a game and produced a single-season record 40 rushing touchdowns...athletically-gifted big man from Manchester, Great Britain...played Division I basketball at Marist before transferring to Saddleback (Calif.) College, where he played football for the first time and emerged as one of the nation's top junior college tackles...selected as the Top Newcomer on Offense at the team's annual banquet.
PERSONAL:One of the nation's top junior college offensive tackles, who hails from Manchester, England...big, physical player who is considered to have some of the best feet in the nation for an offensive lineman and the quickness (clocked in the 4.7 range in the 40-yard dash) to be effective against the big, fast defensive ends at the college level...has an explosive first step, a constantly square body and serious downfield speed which projects him to be a solid blocker in both the passing and rushing game...rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and a three-star offensive lineman by Rivals and Scout...helped Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) to an 8-3 record, No. 5 ranking and berth in the Golden State Bowl...named second team Southern California Football Association All-Conference helping a Saddleback offense that led the SCFA in total offense (470.4 yards per game), ranked second in scoring offense (40.5 ppg), passing offense (338.6 yards per game), 24th in rushing offense (131.7)...trained as a basketball player his entire life in England until he played for the CDA Academy in Spain...wasn't introduced to football until arriving in America...actually signed a Division I basketball scholarship with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and after a redshirt freshman season (2009-10), emerged as a team captain playing forward and center for the Red Foxes...averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 29 games with 13 starts in his only season (2010-11) at Marist...ranks as the No. 5 junior college player by 247Sports, No. 9 junior college offensive tackle and No. 19 on the top-50 junior college players by Rivals...graduated from Burnage High School, in Manchester, England in 2006...selected Florida State over Auburn, Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon and Rutgers.
Round 6- Quanterus Smith DE Western Kentucky
I know, another DE and no offensive playmakers. I am trying to concentrate on the lines and have put a big emphasis on finding a pass rusher. With 12 1/2 sacks and 3 vs. Alabama and 5 vs. FIU, he did pretty well to deserve a pick up in the 6th round even after recovering from a torn ACL.
Quanterus Smith vs Alabama (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)
The rosters of Sun Belt Conference teams have become required reading for NFL scouts, especially since Osi Umenyiora (picked in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Giants out of Troy) and DeMarcus Ware (first round, 2005, Dallas, Troy) started to consistently harass pro quarterbacks. Smith might not have quite the athleticism of those two Pro Bowlers, but his potential as a hand-down or stand-up pass rusher is intriguing.
Quanterus (pronounced quan-TERR-us) played in every game during his career with the Hilltoppers, starting two as a redshirt freshman (12 tackles, one for loss) before lining up with the first team 10 times the following year (47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks). Even though he only started six games of the 12 games in which he played in 2011, Sun Belt coaches still voted him second-team all-conference for his play, as his 11 tackles for loss (38 total) and 7.5 sacks gave opposing offenses headaches no matter when he stepped onto the gridiron. Smith’s senior year got off to an excellent start. Through ten games, he was leading the nation in sacks with 12.5 before an ACL tear prematurely ended his season. His performance over those ten games was so dominating that he still finished as the FBS leader in sacks per game (1.25) and was named the 2012 Sun Belt Player of the year. It’s unlikely that Smith will be able to contribute much in 2013, but if he checks out medically he could end up one of the steals of the draft.
Possesses the length pro coaches love to see on their defense. Flashes the explosion off the snap as an edge rusher to beat most college tackles to the back of the pocket. Agile enough to contain on the edge and move in space when asked to drop, as well as the motor to hustle down the line and fight to the quarterback until the ball is away. Plays the weak and strong sides of the formation, using extension and a bit more lower body strength than expected given his size to hold his own against right tackles. Hand use greatly improved between junior and senior seasons. Now possesses active, disruptive hands, constantly fighting for inside position and waxing blockers’ hands off his body. Has the flexibility to dip his shoulder and reduce his surface area coming around the edge. Creative pass rusher who understands the art of the slow rush. Gets the offensive tackle to over-commit, then beats him with a rip to the outside or swim to the inside. Makes plays on coverage units as an interior presence.
Pad level coming off the ball is poor. Needs to learn fire off low, roll his hips through contact, and convert speed to power. Must work on tightening his path to the quarterback around the corner, as he can be ridden out of the pocket too easily. Cheats back off the line of scrimmage obviously when twisting with the defensive tackle. Needs to continue adding bulk and filling out his frame. Good first step, but isn’t lightning quick. Coming off reconstructive knee surgery performed in November, and likely will not be able to contribute in 2012.
The part-time starter in 2011 managed to earn second-team All-Sun Belt honors (11 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks) in 2011 while also displaying great upside to NFL scouts due to his length and explosion off the edge as a pass rusher. He lined up as a starter full-time in 2012, showing a much improved all around game. Unfortunately, the 2012 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year tore his ACL in November, ending his senior season after just ten games. How Smith checks out medically will have a huge effect on his stock, but a team that feels good about his knee might feel the Hilltopper's skill as a pass rusher is worth investing a Day 2 pick on him. -nfl.com
Round 7- Jasper Collins WR Mount Union
Here is your play maker. Even though he is from division 3, he reminds me of Vincent Jackson a bit. He is from a school known for wideouts like Peirre Garcon and Cecil Shorts III. Plus as they say once a Raider always a Raider, even if it is purple. At 6'0 190 he has the size and he set a few records this year as well.
NFL Draft Prospect Jasper Collins [#1 Mount Union] (via scarberryproductions)
I have to go to work but here is my last pick until the comp picks and UDFAs..
Round 7b- Terrance Brown CB Stanford