Alright...my Whodey brothers-in-arms. Here is my first pre-combine mock draft coming to you from a small MWR tent in Afghanistan. My picks are based off the fact we retain MJ, Andre Smith, and add a couple of veteran FA's (FS, WR, QB). Enjoy!
1st - Alec Ogletree, OLB, UGA - I am sure we all can agree with this pick as the best Safety in the draft will be gone before we pick. Not only do we get BPA, this is a huge need as well.
2A - D.J. Fluker, OT, ALA - Possibly can slide to us here in the 2nd round. BPA pick IMO. Massive body that played on the best OL in college. Could start if need be and would provide depth pending injuries and Andre Smith's future. We could go OG or C here as well.
2B - Montee Ball, RB, WIS - IMO he has been the best all around back in college the last 2 years. Knows how to find the end zone consistently. Every down back. I am tired of the RB position being the most magoo position on offense. We have 2 RB's (BJGE & Boom) on the roster going into next season and we are in need of an upgrade.
3rd - Nico Johnson, ILB, ALA - We are in need of LB's period. He is a beast against the run and will keep Vontaze pushing for the starting Mike job.
4th - Bacarri Rambo, FS, UGA - Hopefully Rambo is still on the board at this point. IMO he is the 2nd best FS in this draft.
5th - Kenjon Barner, RB, ORE - True scat back of the draft. Will bring that speed and playmaking ability that we need and have been lacking for so long.
6A - William Gholston, DE, MSU - I believe Geathers is gone so this pick will provide some depth behind Dunlap and MJ. The specs are there for Gholston and he has flashed some talent at MSU. Great line to learn from.
6B - Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt - STEAL OF THE DRAFT in the late rounds. Would be our version of Ray Rice or Doug Martin. Went for over 1000 yards the last 2 seasons in the SEC with a mediocre OL. If he kills the combine, his value will go up tremendously.
Now, I understand that my draft calls for 3 RB's. I do not think Mike Brown will go out and pull in a Reggie Bush. BJGE is not the answer, nor is Boom. These 3 RB's gives us 3 different types of styles and runners. Surely we would land a gem or two with drafting these guys. Plus, it would make out to be one hell of a battle at camp. I did not draft a WR because we have plenty of young talent at WR. Plus, I would like for us to sign a veteran WR to compliment A.J. til Sanu or Jones comes around. The same with the QB position. Need a decent vet that can back up Dalton. However, I could see us drafting a QB in the later rounds depending who slides.