Two weeks to go; my mock draft

I am not going to predict trades, either up or down, and so will be using the picks as they stand now.

First round, #3 overall - DT Star Lotulelei (6'2, 311). I take Star over Floyd for a number of reasons: first, the coaching staff wants flexibilty with the defense, to go from 3-4 to 4-3, and Lotulelei can dominate both as DT and NT. Second, while he does not provide quite the interior pass rush that Floyd can, Floyd has flashed, not dominated; I want production from the get go, not potential, from such a high pick. Third, Lotulelei will demand consistent double teams, which will make everyone else better, or show that they are not up to the task; essentially, it wil be easier to evaluate the other DT's. He has been completely cleared medically, so there is no issue at all with his health. I will also point out that Floyd has risen since the Combine, and I am not sure that that is always a good thing; to me, it smacks of people falling in love with measurables, rather than what is on tape.

Third round, #68 - I don't expect FS Philip Thomas (6'1, 208) to slide quite this far; if he is available, I'd take him, but I would 'settle' for FS Bacarri Rambo (6'1, 211). Both bring excellent combinations of speed, size, aggressiveness, and production for a position that we have been lacking in for some time.

Fourth round, #100 - There is still plenty of questions on the OL, and here I would take G/C David Quessenberry (6'5, 294) for his versatility. He has played OT but will likely move inside, although could still be a backup if needed. He is also expected to be able to play C; that kind of versatility is like gold. If he has been taken (there is talk he may move up), then OG Hugh Thornton (6'3, 320), a powerful run blocker that is decent at pass protection.

Sixth round, #172 - Another addition to the defensive line: DE Mike Catapano (6'3, 271), an Ivy League player that opened eyes at the East-West Shrine Game. There is some expectation that he could go in the fifth, which would make me look at DE Quanterus Smith (6'5, 250), assuming that he can add some bulk to his frame (there is some question as to whether he can and still be effective as a DE, rather than switch to OLB). If not, then RB Latavius Murray (6"3, 223), a solid runner who can fill in behind McFadden; strong, shifty runner, decent hands and pass protection.

Sixth round, #176 - Initial look to ILB Keith Pough (6'2, 239), leadership player out of Howard that plays with a nonstop motor, good technique, and decent instincts. If he has been taken early (possibly in the 5th), then OG Garrett Gilkey (6'6, 318), smaller school player (Chadron State) that shone at OT, but will likely move inside at the next level.

Sixth round, #205 - CB Micah Hyde (6'0, 197), a solid player, good athlete, productive, no character issues. Even if he is unable to crack the starting lineup, a good move for young, healthy depth.

Seventh round, #209 - Assuming that pick #172 didn't result in RB Murray, then I would look to see if RB Rex Burkhead (5'10, 210) is still on the board. A tough, instinctive, productive RB that seems to be ready to slide for some reason. If he has already been picked up, then ILB Will Compton (6'1, 230), who should be more reliable than Goethel, and likely a ST demon.

UDFA's to look at - DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (6'4, 298), DE Earl Okine (6'7, 287), OT Tanner Hawkinson (6'5, 298), OT Emmett Cleary (6'7, 316), QB Tino Sunseri (6'2, 215), SS Ray Ray Armstrong (6'3, 216).

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