So I debated a long time on this with the first 3 selections which way they would go. I ultimately decided that offense needed the most upgrades, and that good value could be found at LB and S later in the draft. So this is what I came up with:
Round 1. Cordarelle Patterson, WR Tennesee- I think Sanu will be good in the slot but im not sold on Jones as THE guy opposite AJ. And Patterson may be BPA in this spot.
2a. Barrett Jones, C Alabama- I like Trevor Robinson, but I think Jones would be an upgrade, and his versatility is a plus as Whit gets up there in age. If Andy is going to reach his full potential, we have to give him protection up the middle. This fits that need.
2b. Jonathan Franklin, RB UCLA- The Bengals need a home run hitter in the backfield, but also want someone that can carry the load. I think Gio and Franklin fit those two needs best, but at this spot Franklin is the pick.
3. Bacarri Rambo, S Georgia- They need a playmaker in the back end of the defense, and Zim likes big hitters. I really think if it weren't for his off field issues he would be at least a 2nd round pick, so I like the value at this spot.
4. Gerald Hodges, LB Penn State(Linebacker U)- I prefer Ogletree, Brown, and Greene, but not by much. The more I watch Hodges the more I like. He should be able to cover decent, which is what we need out of a LB, since he was a S in high school.
5. Ray Graham, RB Pittsburgh- I just think they double dip at RB in this draft, as they should with the depth. I think Graham could be a starter eventually in this league. He reminds me of another Panther, Lesean McCoy.
6a. Tyrann Matheu, CB LSU- The secondary is aging, so this pick makes sense for depth. Matheu has the skills to be a great nickel corner, but he immediately takes over the return duties and makes a big impact.
6b. Quanterus Smith, DE WKU or Cornelius Washington, DE Georgia- Both of these guys may be wishful thinking falling to this spot, but I think it is a slim possibility one of them do.