What I expect this weekend

From feeling out the process (as unpredictable as it is), these are the guys that I just get the sense that they'll end up with. Keep in mind that I was pretty sure that they were pretty set on Courtney Upshaw last year and they passed on him twice, and that there's no way they'd pass on DeCastro but that he "wouldn't be there," so who knows. This isn't necessarily what I would do but I don't have a major issue with any of these picks.

1. Matt Elam, S, Florida

I'm surprised that they appear to be as interested in him as they seem to be, simply because Zimmer loves big safeties so much. But he can do everything down low that giant strong safety can, and the dude is an intimidator. I have doubts about him from a consistency standpoint, but I think Zim can help him put it all together. I think they like Vaccaro better, but I don't think he'll be there. Last year they attacked their needs with the first two picks and went BPA from there. I expect the same this year. I also think they'd jump at the chance to take Tavon Austin but I don't see him being there either. I wouldn't be surprised by D.J. Hayden or Te'o either. Arthur Brown would be the best pick in my opinion, but I think they've ruled that out with the Harrison signing and their loyalty to Rey, as unfortunate as that is.

2a. Gio Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Just like Dre was "their guy" at corner last year, they might be able to get him later, but I don't think they take a chance and lock him up now. I wouldn't even be surprised to see them take him first to be honest. He could also easily end up going to them at 2b. I've charted about 25 mocks and he's the most common pick at 2B, but I don't think they take any chances and get this done here.

2b. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

I'm sure I'm in the minority but I still sort of expect them to get something done with Andre before the draft. I think that even if they get a cheaper alternative, using a high pick on a right tackle is a lateral move, especially when they could use that pick on somebody that improves the team elsewhere. Like their second rounder usually seems to be, this could be a character concern fall guy like DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen or Ogletree. I still think that they like these young receiver and would be hesitant to logjam that grouper anymore unless they could get Austin, and I think they want defensive end insurance if they can't lockup Dunlap and Johnson. This could also be Sam Montgomery, and that's probably a lot more likely, but I like him a lot less than Okafor. They could also draft Datone Jones or Carradine if they somehow fell to 37, but I don't think they will. I think Travis Kelce or a corner like Robert Alford, Blidi Wreh-Wilson or Darius Slay are possibilities here too.

3. Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon

This one is a bit of a departure from the "what I expect" thing and more of what I see as a great move. Alonso's instincts and athleticism in coverage are ridiculous, he's a great athlete, and he can physically play all three spots. He'd be perfect for them. If this is what I expect them to do, honestly, I might put Mathieu here. I just get that sense.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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