Admittedly, I don't watch much college football. This time of year, though, mocks are popular. The first mock draft I did, seen here, was pre-free agency and now that we have signed some guys I feel the need to alter my original mock so I don't look ridiculous.
Guys whose 2008 spots I decided to fill due to lack of performance or leaving town:
- DE Chris Kelsay
- OLB Angelo Crowell - UFA
- C Melvin Fowler - UFA
- C Duke Preston - UFA
- TE Robert Royal - Cut
- OG Derrick Dockery - Cut (released since original mock)
Round 1: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
From my first mock: "I really, really waffled between taking a LB and DE here. Which could have the greater impact this year? Is Chris Ellis capable of stepping up and delaying the need for immediate DE help?" I went with the DE but today I am leaning towards LB. I took Clay Matthews in the second round of my previous mock but he has shot all the way up my board to the first round pick. He has good speed and athleticism. He has a good drive and is a motor kind of guy, just what OBD likes. Aaron Curry falling is pure hysteria but if he is there he goes before Curry. Previous Mock: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Round 2: Max Unger, C/OG, Oregon
The first guy I wanted to pick in my first mock was Unger but I went with Matthews in the end because I was OK waiting to address Center. Now we have a shiny new center in Geoff Hangartner but don't have an OG after Derrick Dockery was cut. I'll take Unger here and leave DE to the third round. Unger is athletic and smart and if he falls to the Bills pick they should make him their new starting LG. Previous Mock: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
Round 3: Phillip Hunt, DE, Houston
I've waited long enough. It's time to address the pass rush. Chris Ellis should be able to step in and help out the team this year. With any luck, so can Hunt. His logn arms help him keep tackles off of him and that will only improve in an NFL weight program. He has great speed of the edge and has a high motor. I also like everything he says and his attitude. Even if it's only on passing situations, Hunt could contribute in year 1. Previous Mock: Eric Wood, C, Louisville
Round 4: Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida
The addition of T.O. puts the immediate need for a field-stretching TE back a few notches. As many of you know Travis Beckum has become my favorite TE prospect so if he is available at pick number 4, awesome. I don't anticipate it and go with Ingram instead. Ingram was a late first-round, early second-round prospect before going back to Florida. He tore his knee up before the season started and somehow has dropped considerably because of that. He is very raw and hasn't blocked much. He has only played TE for a few years. He would not be coming here to start year 1. He would develop over the course of this year and be a weapon to replace T.O.'s production in 2010 while getting some playing time in 2009. Ingram would represent great value in the 4th round. Previous Mock: Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss.
Round 5: Ray Feinga, OG, BYU
We still need interior depth. I don't think Feinga would be pushing Unger or Butler for their starting job but he could come in and serve as great depth.
If When Brad Butler gets hurt Feinga could come in and be solid. He had an impressive Shrine Game week of practice and is great at pass blocking. A hamstring pull at the Combine and Pro Day could hurt his draft stock. Previous Mock: Randy Phillips, S, Miami (FL)
Round 6: Roy Miller, DT, Texas
Miller was named Fiesta Bowl outstanding defensive player. He's known for his tenacity and routinely makes plays on effort more than talent. He is strong and known as a run stuffer more than a quick DT. He could contribute on special teams right away as he works into the lineup. He's a big dude and is a solid developmental prospect. Previous Mock: Brett Helms, C, LSU
Round 7: Zach Potter, DE, Nebraska
With the re-signing of Corey McIntyre I took Fiammetta off my board. The Bills seem to be phasing out FB in favor of Lynch and Jackson in the backfield together or some three WR sets. They will probably still bring in a FB but it will be an undrafted free agent. With that in mind I'm taking a flier on one year starter and special teams contributor Zach Potter. His 10 yard split was 1.61 at the combine and his name is climbing draft boards into the 7th and potentially the 6th round. Previous Mock: Tony Fiammetta, FB, Syracuse
You may have noticed the pattern of drafting lots of linemen. That is purposeful. Matthews and Unger would be immediate starters and upgrade our Defensive Front 7 and O Line, giving us legitimate starters at every position (well, maybe Kelsay/Denney don't count). Adding Ingram gives us good depth at TE and the addition of Hunt with the maturation of Ellis should provide us an upgrade at DE with both picks potentially contributing this year.
I am comfortable with Bryan Scott and Donte Whitner starting at safety and George Wilson and Ko Simpson backing them up. It would certainly be a possibility to add someone to the safety corps to develop behind or supplant Scott or replace Whitner in a year if he doesn't work out. I am good with our running backs, QB situation and receivers for the time being.
What do you think?