But with this one, I am going to assume that we sign every FA we have available and wanted back. All of 'em. Smith, Maualuga, Jones, Newman, Gradkowski...all back. Scott and Leonard...not so much. So assuming we bring in not one FA from another team, here is my mock. And please...rip it to shreds and give me yours. I love seeing what other people want. They more mock's we get in this fanpost, the better.
And as always...stay thirsty my friends...
1. Nuke Hopkins, WR, Clemson - We need depth at the number 2 spot, and there isn't better quality and value than picking one right here.
2A. Gio Bernard, RB, UNC - Not my personal favorite, but is a legit threat to bust the big play, and will thrive in our ZBS.
2B. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida St. - Notice how Werner's numbers fell off after Carradine went out with an injury? Me too. 11 sacks and 80 tackles all while missing 3 games from an injury that has healed. Yes please.
3. DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina - has a solid all around game, and is a field general with his college D. His skills will translate well to the NFL level.
4. Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn St. - A very unheralded player who will make a nice WLB in the NFL. Not the biggest, but very a good decision maker, tackles well, and can cover a RB or TE.
5. Brennan Williams. OT. UNC - injuries force him to the 5th round, but has the skills of a late second rounder.
6A. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M - missing some combine interviews while owning skills to be drafted by the end of the third round make him a steal in the middle of the 6th.
6B. Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio St. - Finally...goodbye Mr. Quinn. And we will be pleasantly surprised by his football IQ.
Greg Reid, CB/KR, FSU - Speedy return man that can play the slot CB position. Has he learned from his mistakes though?
Walter Stewart, DL, UC - If healthy, Zim will love his motor.
Alonzo Highsmith, LB, Arkansas - ST player
Eric Herman, OG, Ohio - Has some potential.