To preface this, I’m not completely sold on this draft. It's too "flashy" (especially in the later rounds) and quite frankly, going to end up unrealistic... not to mention, it’s waaay too early to tell where these prospects will fall, but I threw it together tonight to see what kind of feedback I’d get.
Retain all RFA & ERFA except:
Damien Berry and Anthony Allen
UFA that walk:
Billy Bajema, Sean Considine, Bryant McKinnie, Chris Johnson, Ryan McBean, Ma’ake Kemoeatu
*Dennis Dixon signs elsewhere
Ray Lewis, Matt Birk, Ed Reed
Joe Flacco - somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-15 mil/yr long term
Cary Williams (1 year after not getting the deal he wants elsewhere)
Austin Collie - with the emergence of the Colts’ young receivers and Collie’s troubling injury history, I think he’s out the door. With an incentive-based contract, I think Collie is a great fit, especially with his ties to Caldwell. We finally have speed on the outside with Smith and Jones, plus have the opportunity to develop younger guys like Streeter. Depending on how everything shakes out, Collie could be a potential replacement for Boldin in the future and take snaps from Jones in the meantime.
1. Trade down
2a. Eric Reid | S | LSU
3a. Kevin Reddick | ILB | UNC
Comp: Tyrann Mathieu | CB | LSU
6. Denard Robinson | Ath | Michigan
7. Kenny Tate | OLB/S | Maryland
UFDA: Montori Hughes | NT | Tennessee-Martin
I know not everyone is high on Reid, but I think Vaccaro is gone by this pick and many have Elam projected before Reid, too... he could fall. Doubling up at ILB gives us much-needed depth and the potential for more talented players on the inside. Remember the Dickson/Pitta picks... Really like Aboushi, but is probably a guy that climbs up draft boards late after the Combine – Mathieu is a playmaker and could fill a role in Nickel/Dime packages. The Barner and Robinson picks are just looking for lightning in a bottle guys (this mock has Berry and Allen leaving, but I really like Rainey, too). Kenny Tate is a homer pick, but at worst, I think he’d make a serviceable special teams player, and you’re more than happy with that in the 7th.
***I don't know how much I like McCullers, but at least he'd be a big-body we're looking for. It's tough at 6'8" to maintain leverage, but I guess 360 lbs. doesn't hurt. Watching a little of McCullers' and reading up on him and the Tennessee program got me interested in Montori Hughes... trying to track down some sort of tape on him after leaving Tennessee. From the "highlights" I've seen, he looks athletically gifted and has the body type to contribute.
That’s all for now… feel free to tear me up and crush my hopes and dreams of replacing Oz one day.
Edited by ZIBBY28, 25 January 2013 - 09:30 PM.