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Jack'sAxe Mock Draft v1.0

This is a non-trading mock draft, one pick per round. I'm sure we would get Comp. picks this year as well, but I want to keep it simple.

NOTE: Make sure to read my descriptions and explanations underneath each pick. Maybe a question or comment you will have would have already been addressed.

1st Round Pick: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

6-1

205 lbs.

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via walterfootball.com

Overview

What about Manziel? What about Clowney? What about Barr? I believe Clowney and Manziel will be gone by the time we pick. Barr is an OLB, and while I believe Barr can succeed in our defense, we already have Burnett and Sio Moore as starters. HOWEVER, if DA and Tarver decide to move to a more 3-4 base defense, Barr would be my selection here. I also chose not to put Hundley or Bortles here because Hundley is still young and has a lot to learn, and Bortles I'm just not convinced in yet. Both could be great though.

Why I chose Watkins

I do think Evans is an excellent WR, and perhaps my favorite. What made me choose Watkins over Evans is that he can be very versatile in our offense with Moore and Streater. We can use Watkins in the slot and outside, and this kind of versatility is dangerous to have because it changes the coverages of the safeties and LBs. Kind of like how Victor Cruz operates both in the slot and outside. He has excellent speed, agility, and very good hands. A threat all over the field, and although he doesn't have the big WR body, he can get open and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands.

Why not Evans (a special mention)

Evans is a great big body who can make the contested catch and be a big redzone target. That said, he struggles to gain separation downfield and relies on his big body. He has decent speed, and good agility, I find him more as a great redzone target rather than a threat all over the field the way Watkins is, and I don't mean that he can't get open, but that he is not a real deep threat that can help spread the field the way Watkins can do, and Watkins is excellent at getting open in the middle of the field as well.

Stats

2013: 85 rec. 1237 yards, 10 TDs, 14.55 yards/catch, 7.1 rec/game, 103 yards/game. 12 kickoff returns for 255 yards (21.25 avg.), 1 return/game.

2012: 57 rec. 707 yards, 3 TDs, 12.42 yards/catch, 5.7 rec/game, 70.8 yards/game.

Date Opponent Surface Result Rec. Yards Avg. TD
08/31/13 23 Georgia Grass W 38-35 6 127 21.17 1
09/07/13 South Carolina St. Grass W 52-13 3 19 6.33 0
09/19/13 @ North Carolina St. Grass W 26-14 10 96 9.60 0
09/28/13 Wake Forest Grass W 56-7 6 113 18.83 1
10/05/13 @ Syracuse Turf W 49-14 4 126 31.50 1
10/12/13 Boston College Grass W 24-14 7 101 14.43 1
10/19/13 1 Florida St. Grass L 14-51 8 68 8.50 1
10/26/13 @ Maryland Grass W 40-27 14 163 11.64 0
11/02/13 @ Virginia Grass W 59-10 8 169 21.13 2
11/14/13 Georgia Tech Grass W 55-31 5 104 20.80 2
11/23/13 Citadel Grass W 52-6 7 58 8.29 1
11/30/13 @ 8 South Carolina Grass L 17-31 7 93 13.29 0
Totals 85 1237 14.55 10
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

    http://www.cfbstats.com/2013/player/147/1039103/receiving/gamelog.html

  • A great improvement over his 2012 campaign, where he was already considered a top 10-15 selection (now top 10 solid). His 14.6 yards per catch is great, he has 10 TDs which is great, and 103 yards per game.
  • 7/12 games he went over 100 yards
  • Scored at least a TD in every game but 4, and yet 3/4 those 4 games he made a good-great impact
  • The three ranked teams he faced here he was very successful in two of them

These stats suggest he can produce in every game, and be a factor. Keep in mind that teams normally have a safety over the top of him, as he constantly demands double teams. And even with that fact, he still produces in games.
Scouting Report: http://prosportsextra.com/2014/01/02/2014-nfl-draft-scouting-report-sammy-watkins-wr-clemson/

Video




The first video is the latest I could find, and the 2nd video is the only video against a ranked team I could find. Enjoy!

2nd Round Pick: Trent Murphy, DE Stanford

6-6

261 lbs.

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via cdn.fansided.com

Overview

Despite his size, Murphy displayed very good strength and use of hands at the LOS. He reminds me of a taller JJ Watt to be honest. Or a Calais Campbell if you want to use the size as also a comparison. What I also really like is that he operated as a 4-3 DE, 3-4 DE, and 3-4 OLB. He is versatile, which speaks to Dennis Allen about wanting a multiple defense, and no doubt Tarver is familiar with him. He has a real good swim move, he can bull rush, he can set the edge effectively with strength and use of hands, he has dropped into coverage sometimes. Suffice to say I really like this kid, and what's interesting is that his size really doesn't take away from his leverage, and even at times I have seen him dipping to rush the passer. No doubt his versatility has allowed him to learn different techniques and methods of rushing the passer and setting the edge.

Why I chose Murphy

Outside of what I said above, our team does need DL. I expect us to sign a great DE and a very good DT in free agency. Outside of that, maybe we pick up another DT and DE that are starter quality. In fact, I believe we will do this. So with this selection, we get a DE who can play in multiple schemes in different roles, and looks like a very good player. Also with his size, and some experience in coverage, I would expect passes batted down at the LOS sometimes. :P

Stats

2013: 62 Total Tackles (37 solo, about 4.5 tackles per game), 23.5 tackles for loss (1.68 tackles for loss/game), 15 sacks (about a sack per game), 6 passes broken up, 5 QB hurries, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 kick/punt recovered, 1 INT, scored a TD

2012: 56 Total Tackles (38 Solo, about 4 tackles per game), 18 tackles for loss (1.3 tackles for loss/game), 10 sacks (.7 sacks/game), 4 passes broken up, 6 QB hurries, 1 fumbles forced, 1 INT, scored a TD

2013 Statistics Tackles

Date Opponent Surface Result Solo Assisted Total
09/07/13 San Jose St. Grass W 34-13 2 0 2
09/14/13 @ Army Turf W 34-20 3 3 6
09/21/13 16 Arizona St. Grass W 42-28 1 1 2
09/28/13 + Washington St. Turf W 55-17 2 0 2
10/05/13 Washington Grass W 31-28 3 3 6
10/12/13 @ Utah Turf L 21-27 1 3 4
10/19/13 17 UCLA Grass W 24-10 2 1 3
10/26/13 @ Oregon St. Turf W 20-12 4 4 8
11/07/13 10 Oregon Grass W 26-20 1 3 4
11/16/13 @ Southern California Grass L 17-20 6 2 8
11/23/13 California Grass W 63-13 3 1 4
11/30/13 25 Notre Dame Grass W 27-20 0 2 2
12/07/13 @ 16 Arizona St. Grass W 38-14 7 0 7
01/01/14 + 4 Michigan St. Grass L 20-24 2 2 4
Totals 37 25 62
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

Tackles for loss

Date Opponent Surface Result TFL TFL Yards
09/07/13 San Jose St. Grass W 34-13 2.0 24
09/14/13 @ Army Turf W 34-20 1.0 4
09/21/13 16 Arizona St. Grass W 42-28 0.5 1
09/28/13 + Washington St. Turf W 55-17 0.0 0
10/05/13 Washington Grass W 31-28 2.5 11
10/12/13 @ Utah Turf L 21-27 2.0 8
10/19/13 17 UCLA Grass W 24-10 2.0 16
10/26/13 @ Oregon St. Turf W 20-12 3.5 26
11/07/13 10 Oregon Grass W 26-20 0.5 5
11/16/13 @ Southern California Grass L 17-20 4.0 23
11/23/13 California Grass W 63-13 1.0 6
11/30/13 25 Notre Dame Grass W 27-20 0.5 2
12/07/13 @ 16 Arizona St. Grass W 38-14 2.0 11
01/01/14 + 4 Michigan St. Grass L 20-24 2.0 10
Totals 23.5 147
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

Sacks

Date Opponent Surface Result Sacks Sack Yards
09/07/13 San Jose St. Grass W 34-13 2.0 24
09/14/13 @ Army Turf W 34-20 0.0 0
09/21/13 16 Arizona St. Grass W 42-28 0.0 0
09/28/13 + Washington St. Turf W 55-17 0.0 0
10/05/13 Washington Grass W 31-28 2.0 11
10/12/13 @ Utah Turf L 21-27 1.0 5
10/19/13 17 UCLA Grass W 24-10 2.0 16
10/26/13 @ Oregon St. Turf W 20-12 2.5 20
11/07/13 10 Oregon Grass W 26-20 0.5 5
11/16/13 @ Southern California Grass L 17-20 2.0 16
11/23/13 California Grass W 63-13 1.0 6
11/30/13 25 Notre Dame Grass W 27-20 0.0 0
12/07/13 @ 16 Arizona St. Grass W 38-14 1.0 8
01/01/14 + 4 Michigan St. Grass L 20-24 1.0 8
Totals 15.0 119
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

  • 9/14 games he recorded a sack. 10 if you include his half sack against Oregon.
  • 5/9 games in which he recorded a sack was a multiple sack game.
  • Recorded at least a .5 tackle for loss in every game. Recorded at least a tackle for loss in 10/14 games.
  • 8/14 games he recorded multiple tackles for loss
  • 5/14 games he recorded over 5 tackles.

Glancing over the stats here, he is effective in about half the games he played in, statistically. I say this because he is asked to go into multiple roles on defense, and Stanford's defense overall is no slouch so it's not as if he is asked to be that playmaker on the defense. However, don't let this sway you, as when you see on the tape, Murphy is clearly very active on the DL, and hardly ever getting pushed back, and often he is the one who is pushing into the backfield. Besides, the production is still there, and you cannot expect dominance in every game at every time. Putting the whole season in perspective, he is a very talented and versatile DL.

Article on Murphy (Rang compared him to JJ Watt here too! Like I did! lol) http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/24162806/top-prospect-of-week-9-stanford-deolb-trent-murphy

Scouting Report: http://www.profootballcentral.com/2013/07/26/prospect-preview-trent-murphy-olbde-stanford/

Video

Latest videos I can find.

3rd Round Pick: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB Eastern Illinois

6-2

222 lbs.

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via www.trbimg.com

Overview

We need to draft a QB. Typically, some here would like to have drafted Hundley or Bortles with my first pick, but I do truly feel that Jimmy could be just as good as those guys, if not better. His accuracy is great, throwing motion great, release great. Pretty much the only knock I read was that he goes to a smaller school. While you can read in that what you will, I choose to look at how he throws, and where he throws, on the field. How he reads the defense, how he steps up in the pocket, where he puts the ball, etc.

Why I chose Jimmy

I think if you want to look at a QB after the first round, it's Garoppolo. He is athletic, but he stays in the pocket and has real good pocket presence. His accuracy is probably more polished than pretty much anyone in the draft, and his release is very fast. He can make the throw anywhere, and scans the field after the snap. You'll see how he is in the video, but because of his size, accuracy, release, and pocket presence it's safe to say that Garoppolo has become a favorite of mine. Put him in to compete with McGloin, but I am very sure he will win that battle, and we can have our future QB at hand.

Here is what Brugler of CBS Draft had to say. lol:

Strengths: Good-sized, rhythm quarterback with excellent accuracy, timing and a quick release that really helps him be efficient from the pocket. Sets up quickly and shows good lower body movement skills to evade pressure and deliver from different platforms.

Weaknesses: Will get dinged by some teams for his "ordinary" arm strength and probably won't be a fit for every team, although he sure looks like he can make all the necessary throws in the NFL.

--Dane Brugler

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1760229/jimmy-garoppolo

Not much of a weakness here according to him. lol

Stats

Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2010 EastIl 8 124 211 58.8 1639 7.8 14 13 18 125
2011 EastIl 11 217 349 62.2 2644 7.6 20 14 28 168
2012 EastIl 12 331 540 61.3 3823 7.1 31 15 29 179
2013 EastIl 14 375 568 66.0 5050 8.9 53 9 19 118
Career 45 1047 1668 62.8 13156 7.9 118 51 94 590


Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2010 EastIl 8 41 -68 -1.7 1 0 0 - 0
2011 EastIl 11 66 -61 -0.9 1 0 0 - 0
2012 EastIl 12 83 0 0.0 2 0 0 - 0
2013 EastIl 14 70 62 0.9 4 1 10 10.0 1
Career 45 260 -67 -0.3 8 1 10 10.0 1


Career Punting Stats

Year Team G Punts Yds Avg
2012 EastIl 12 7 211 30.1
2013 EastIl 14 2 76 38.0
Career 45 9 287 31.9


Offensive Logs

Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
8/31/2013 @ SDSU 31 46 361 67.4 3 0 62 4 20 5.0 0 11 0 0 - 0 -
9/7/2013 @ SIU 34 56 440 60.7 4 1 40 5 2 0.4 0 8 0 0 - 0 -
9/14/2013 IllSt 26 41 480 63.4 7 0 86 5 -11 -2.2 0 2 0 0 - 0 -
9/21/2013 @ NIU 34 49 450 69.4 6 2 43 8 -22 -2.8 0 7 0 0 - 0 -
9/28/2013 EastKy 26 39 322 66.7 3 1 40 2 13 6.5 0 7 0 0 - 0 -
10/10/2013 @ APSU 21 30 306 70.0 5 0 66 2 6 3.0 1 5 0 0 - 0 -
10/19/2013 SEMO 22 30 376 73.3 3 2 82 5 21 4.2 0 10 0 0 - 0 -
10/26/2013 @ TennSt 24 41 410 58.5 4 1 61 4 -23 -5.8 0 4 0 0 - 0 -
11/2/2013 TnTech 33 50 399 66.0 4 1 79 4 -6 -1.5 0 5 0 0 - 0 -
11/9/2013 @ Murray 28 40 299 70.0 1 0 36 6 33 5.5 1 12 0 0 - 0 -
11/16/2013 JacSt 15 24 169 62.5 2 0 38 7 14 2.0 0 10 1 10 10.0 1 10
11/23/2013 @ TN-Mar 26 46 477 56.5 6 0 55 2 -1 -0.5 0 7 0 0 - 0 -
12/7/2013 TennSt 17 26 240 65.4 3 1 49 6 4 0.7 0 8 0 0 - 0 -
12/13/2013 Towson 38 50 321 76.0 2 0 39 10 12 1.2 2 14 0 0 - 0 -

  • Wait he punted?
  • Okay first you'll notice in the career logs that Garoppolo improved every year. What probably caught your eye, is his explosion in 2013. Holy shnikees......
  • Not much I think I can say here.... his passing stats are tremendous. Incredible. Great completion percentage, insane TD:INT ration, bad rusher apparently, but also his yards and yards per attempt are phenomenal (I'm going to run out of big words soon so I'll stop).
  • You think maybe those "rushes" were QB sacks? I find it hard to believe he can lose that much yardage when running....
Scouting Report (from a user at SB Nation): http://www.ganggreennation.com/2013/12/24/5240804/scouting-the-draft-jimmy-garoppolo-qb-eastern-illinois

Video



Two latest videos on Draft Breakdown

4th Round Pick: Daniel McCullers, DT Tennessee

6-6

351 lbs.

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via wrcb.images.worldnow.com


Overview

So another DL, which we need. But more specifically, a DT. A big, scary DT. When I saw this guy's measureables I downright pissed my pants, and considering that he is a 4th round projection, I figured he would be a real good pickup. We need help on the interior, and though he is not pass rusher, he is a big bodied run defender who anchors the middle and requires constant double teams. This is something that is very valuable to have.

Why McCullers?

Do I need to ask? I at first took interest because of his size, but considering that our defense could use a gigantic nose tackle who cannot be moved, I believe this pick can help us greatly. He is a mountain of a man, and will free up our front 7 to make plays around him while clogging up the middle, and trying to bat down passes (imagine having Murphy and McCullers in? Two guys who are 6'6"?). He doesn't offer any pass rush, but at least this guy is very good at run defending and clogging the middle, and why not have a guy who is very good at something, and not just good or potentially good at some things? Especially at this late in the draft.

Stats

Tackles
G Solo Assisted Total Total/G
12 21 12 33 2.75
Tackles For Loss
G TFL TFL Yards TFL/G
12 4.5 8 0.38
Sacks
G Sacks Sack Yards Sacks/G
12 0.5 1 0.04
Misc. Defense
G Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Fumbles Forced Kicks/Punts Blocked
12 1 4 0 1

Tackles

Date Opponent Surface Result Solo Assisted Total
08/31/13 Austin Peay Grass W 45-0 1 0 1
09/07/13 Western Ky. Grass W 52-20 1 1 2
09/14/13 @ 10 Oregon Turf L 14-59 2 1 3
09/21/13 @ Florida Grass L 17-31 0 0 0
09/28/13 South Ala. Grass W 31-24 3 3 6
10/05/13 23 Georgia Grass L 31-34 2 0 2
10/19/13 8 South Carolina Grass W 23-21 5 1 6
10/26/13 @ 3 Alabama Grass L 10-45 1 3 4
11/02/13 @ 9 Missouri Turf L 3-31 1 0 1
11/09/13 2 Auburn Grass L 23-55 1 0 1
11/23/13 Vanderbilt Grass L 10-14 3 1 4
11/30/13 @ Kentucky Grass W 27-14 1 2 3
Totals 21 12 33
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

Tackles for Loss

Date Opponent Surface Result TFL TFL Yards
08/31/13 Austin Peay Grass W 45-0 0.0 0
09/07/13 Western Ky. Grass W 52-20 0.0 0
09/14/13 @ 10 Oregon Turf L 14-59 0.0 0
09/21/13 @ Florida Grass L 17-31 0.0 0
09/28/13 South Ala. Grass W 31-24 0.0 0
10/05/13 23 Georgia Grass L 31-34 2.0 3
10/19/13 8 South Carolina Grass W 23-21 2.5 5
10/26/13 @ 3 Alabama Grass L 10-45 0.0 0
11/02/13 @ 9 Missouri Turf L 3-31 0.0 0
11/09/13 2 Auburn Grass L 23-55 0.0 0
11/23/13 Vanderbilt Grass L 10-14 0.0 0
11/30/13 @ Kentucky Grass W 27-14 0.0 0
Totals 4.5 8
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

Sacks

Date Opponent Surface Result Sacks Sack Yards
08/31/13 Austin Peay Grass W 45-0 0.0 0
09/07/13 Western Ky. Grass W 52-20 0.0 0
09/14/13 @ 10 Oregon Turf L 14-59 0.0 0
09/21/13 @ Florida Grass L 17-31 0.0 0
09/28/13 South Ala. Grass W 31-24 0.0 0
10/05/13 23 Georgia Grass L 31-34 0.0 0
10/19/13 8 South Carolina Grass W 23-21 0.5 1
10/26/13 @ 3 Alabama Grass L 10-45 0.0 0
11/02/13 @ 9 Missouri Turf L 3-31 0.0 0
11/09/13 2 Auburn Grass L 23-55 0.0 0
11/23/13 Vanderbilt Grass L 10-14 0.0 0
11/30/13 @ Kentucky Grass W 27-14 0.0 0
Totals 0.5 1
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

  • As I expected. Not a whole lot of stats, other than Tackles.

Why did I expect the above? Because he is a NT. A big guy to clog lanes. You don't measure a NT in sacks or tackles for loss. You measure him on tape, by looking to see what he does on the DL that makes everyone else better. He is not a pass rusher, but clogs the middle up. THIS is where he will be valuable. If we are in 3-4 he can be our NT, or sub him in on rushing downs. In the 4-3, he'll be the NT while our other DT can rush the passer, or act as another clogger in the middle. No running back shall pass!

Scouting Report

STRENGTHS: Despite his inexperience, McCullers' size and ability to disrupt things from the middle often made him the focus of an opponent's blocking scheme. Has been double-teamed on most snaps and has even seen triple-team blocks often. Despite the attention, McCullers' size and strength make him tough to move in the running game. He plays with better leverage than one might expect given his frame, holding up well inside and sliding off blockers to handle two-gap responsibilities when playing the 3-4 nose guard. He was equally impressive against the run when Tennessee switched to a four-man front in 2012.

WEAKNESSES: While McCullers' is tough against the run, he offers little in terms of a pass rush. He certainly has the strength to simply push opponents into the pocket but possesses below average foot-quickness and lateral agility.

- ROB RANG

Video


As you can see, he makes an impact on the football field by freeing up everyone else and taking on those double and sometimes triple teams.

5th Round Pick: Ryan Grant, WR Tulane

6-0

192 lbs.

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via assets.football.com


Overview

Yes, why another WR? Well I would have taken Chris Watt, Notre Dame OG (who is awesome) but I'm not sure if he'll make it to here. We lack WR depth. Last year we only had Streater and Moore. Only. Criner hasn't done anything, and Brice Butler has shown anything yet, and while I shouldn't expect him to, the times when I did see him I wasn't really impressed. In any case, even with the "promise" of Butler we still need depth, and I think Grant can give us that and more.

Why Grant?

Excellent hands. Good speed and agility. Gets open well. I think he can also be a better 4th WR than Butler is, and if we need to spread it to 4 WR sets, I think Grant will be very very reliable for us. Good size too. Wouldn't mind seeing him on punt returns too. :)

Stats

2013: 77 rec. for 1039 yards (13.5 yards/catch), 9 TDs, about 6 rec/game, about 80 yards/game.

2012: 76 rec. for 1149 yards (15.12 yards/catch), 9 TDs, about 6 rec/game, about 96 yards/game

Date Opponent Surface Result Rec. Yards Avg. TD
09/01/12 Rutgers Turf L 12-24 6 110 18.33 0
09/08/12 @ Tulsa Turf L 10-45 5 109 21.80 1
09/22/12 Mississippi Turf L 0-39 6 55 9.17 0
09/29/12 La.-Monroe Turf L 10-63 6 50 8.33 1
10/06/12 @ La.-Lafayette Grass L 13-41 1 7 7.00 0
10/13/12 Southern Methodist Turf W 27-26 1 28 28.00 0
10/20/12 @ UTEP Turf L 20-24 6 115 19.17 1
10/27/12 UAB Turf W 55-45 6 184 30.67 2
11/03/12 Rice Turf L 47-49 5 176 35.20 0
11/10/12 @ Memphis Turf L 23-37 11 113 10.27 1
11/17/12 East Caro. Turf L 23-28 10 94 9.40 0
11/24/12 @ Houston Grass L 17-40 13 108 8.31 0
Totals 76 1149 15.12 6
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

  • Although you would prefer he increase his production from his 2012 performance, it's perfectly fine to repeat it in my opinion. Shows consistency at least, and he didn't get worse.
  • Again, smaller school, and they didn't win many games. However, I have read while trying to find a scouting report that he is pretty much their only WR that is good.
  • 5 or more reception in.. get this.... 12/14 games. The guy is a catching machine. The great hands I observed (as well as a youtube comment said) seems to show in the stats here. Best receiver on the team that the schools couldn't really stop.
  • 100 yards games in 7/14 games.
  • Look at some of them averages per catch.... yums.
Video

RYAN GRANT TULANE WR (via Ryan Grant)

Yes that is a 30+ minute video... enjoy. :)

6th Round Pick: Andrew Jackson, MLB Western Kentucky

6-0

257 lbs.

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via bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com


Overview

We do need some depth at MLB. I think maybe Maiava is so far our best depth we have there, and for the OLB positions.

Why Jackson?

Do any of you remember wanting Jackson in last year's draft, but he declined to enter the draft to go into his senior year? Well now is the time to get him. He has good size, and he has good instincts. He has good sideline to sideline speed (not great), and looks to have a nose for the ball. In truth, he kind of reminds me of Brandon Spikes, only less stronger and more lateral agility. If Jackson can add some strength, he can be a very good 2-down LB who can make a very good impact.

This scouting report seems to agree with me: http://www.profootballcentral.com/2013/08/01/prospect-preview-andrew-jackson-ilb-western-kentucky/

As I said, he reminds me a bit of Brandon Spikes. Pretty much how he describes Jackson is how I describe Spikes. And by the way, that still can be a very good thing, as Spikes a very good 2-down LB. Graded highly by PFF if I am not mistaken.

Stats

2013: 95 total tackles (55 solo and about 8.5 tackles per game), 8.5 tackles for loss (.77 per game), 1 sack, 2 passes broken up, 5 Qb hurries

2012: 122 total tackles (80 solo and about 9 tackles per game), 17.5 tackles for loss (little over 1 tackle for loss per game), 2 sacks, 1 pass broken up, 3 QB hurries, 4 fumbles forced

At this point in time, I am very tired and so here is the site with his stats and game log: http://www.cfbstats.com/2013/player/772/1034982/tackle/gamelog.html

  • What happened to the drop off in production????
  • As the stats show, as well as the video, he is certainly a north-south runner who attacks the holes (giggity) and looks to be a tackling machine.
If anything this shows he COULD be a very good pickup. At this point certainly backup quality, but if he develops right he could turn out to be a very good player for us.
Video



Could only find videos from 2012. At least one of them is against the #1 ranked Alabama with that insanely good OL and very very good RB in Lacy.

7th Round Pick: Keon Lyn, CB Syracuse

6-1

201 lbs.

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via media.scout.com

Overview

Not as a CB, but to draft him and put him at FS. I figured it would be ideal in the later rounds to draft a CB, who probably has more coverage experience and route concepts than a FS in the later rounds (in the sense of man coverage at least, and different zones), and plug him in at FS.

Why Lyn?

From the video I watched, he looks to be a solid tackler with good ball skills and spatial awareness. He knows where to be around the ball and he shows real good burst in going to make a play.

Stats

Link for what I could find for now: http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/keon-lyn-1.html

Syracuse lost Lyn for the 2013 season. So he hasn't really had a chance this year to make a name for himself. He has poor stats it looks like, but from the tape it looks like he could be a good player, and depth at least. Or camp body in which he would be cut. If you guys don't like this player than look at Dri Archer, who is a great return man in college. He could probably make the team here, but I liked Lyn because of his size, and hope that he could transition to FS. From the video, it looks like he has solid ball skills and tackling ability.

So that is the end of my first mock draft of this season. I doubt it will be this detailed again, but I thank you for taking the time to go through this.

My only real issue is that I did not select any OL, but unless Chris Watt is available in the 5th round, I don't see anyone really worth taking. I think we would need to sign an OG or C in free agency, and go from there. No doubt a QB with good pocket presence would help in the new OLs performance.

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