The news of Jay Gruden means a lot, and it also changes my most recent mock draft. I am excited at the prospect of beefing up the o-line, improving the run game, and taking pressure off of Dalton because of it. So here it is... This draft has MJ93 being re-signed, as well as Mays, Rey, Hawkins, and Tate returning.
1. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas - he's a mountain of a guy at 6'4", and 318 lbs. Beilema says he's the best C he's ever coached, and he is a pretty good judge of character considering Travis Frederick and Peter Konz were his previous two C.
2. La'el Collins - out with the old Collins, and in with the new. He is one of the best all around OT's in the draft, and held his own against some top DE's this year. Will look awesome paired with another former LSU tiger lined up at OG next to him. He is 6'5", and 315 lbs.
3.Terrance West, RB, Towson - at 5'11", and 223 lbs, he's like no other back on the roster. Oh, and he only ran for 2,509 yards with 41 rushing TD's, while amassing 258 yards passing with 1 TD. Or... Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU - another big, powerful back, he's 6'1", and 235 lbs. He had 1401 yards, and 16 TD's. He enters the draft without a lot or wear and tear for a RB. Of the 2, I prefer Hill I think.
4. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska - a mere 6'2", and 220 lbs, he plays much smaller than he is. And by that I mean he uses his 4.55-ish speed to grab 4 int's and have 11 pass breakups, and play tough, lock-down coverage. He's a nice addition in the 4th.
5. Deandre Coleman, DT, Cal - a 6'5", 315 lbs man, He should be the beefy guy to replace Peko eventually, while giving Still another year to develop as the speedier DT, while allowing Gilberry to spend more time at DE.
6. Andre Hal, CB, Purdue - 5'11", 186 lbs, and very tough in man coverage. Both he and Jean-Baptiste can lock their man down, and bring capable youth to our veteran secondary.
7. Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina - continued to develop while being the heart of his offense. His attitude will make him a great guy to sit and develop, knowing he will do the work to become a starter.