Keep in mind that I try to predict what we will do, and keep it as realistic as possible.
**NOTE** I will only be listing guys who make the 53 man roster.
- Michael Johnson (4-5 years)
- Vinny Rey (RFA)
- Andrew Hawkins (RFA)
- Dane Sanzenbacher (RFA)
- Mike Pollak (1 year)
- Brandon Tate (1 year)
**NOTE** Same as re-signings. Only listed if you make the 53 man roster.
- Jason Campbell (1 year)
**NOTE** I will not be doing UDFA's. Also, I have seen us projected a 6th and two 7th's as comp picks, so I'll go with it.
Round 1: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
This kid has everything you can ask for in a corner except size, which is why he's available here. Absolute playmaker in both the pass game and in run support. Sticking to our board and grabbing one of the BPA's that fill a need.
Round 2: Dominique Easley, DL, Florida
Easley is very versitle, as he has experience as both a DE and DT in a 4-3, and as a 3-4 DE, which will give us the option to play him all over the line. If not for an ACL injury, he probably would've been a high 1st round pick. With MJ re-signed, this is a pure BPA selection.
Round 3: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota St.
This kid has the potential to be really good. After losing AC, we need depth at OT, and Turner gives us that with the ability to play both spots. Athletic big man who excels at getting to the second level. Has good size and length. Dominated the FCS as a 4 year starter (started all 12 games as a freshman at RT, spent his final 3 seasons as the starting LT, with 44 starts. This also shows great durability, as he missed only 4 games in his career at NDSU), and was an integral part in winning 3 straight national titles. Held his own very well at the Senior Bowl.
Round 4: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Williams is a wrecking ball of a power runner who put up ridiculous numbers his senior season. One of his biggest knocks is that he is questionable as a receiver out of the backfield, with no receptions at all this past season. We need a power runner to pair with Gio when BJGE's contract is up, and with missing out on Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill, and Terrence West earlier in the Draft, Williams gets the nod.
Round 5: Tre Boston, S/CB, North Carolina
A talented kid who had a nice performance at the Combine. Hard hitter and ball-hawk who has some cover skills, but is still raw in his technique in both coverage and run support. Has the versatility to play corner incase of injury, and if anyone knows how valuable that is, it's us. Boston has a lot of potential, and could end up being a steal here.
Round 6: Trey Millard, H-B, Oklahoma
Ridiculously talented H-B who can block, run, and catch (not to mention hurdle). Falls to us here because of the posisiton being undervalued in today's league, and he is coming off of an ACL injury. Hue is all smiles.
Round 6 (Comp): Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
A basketball star at Bloomsburg, Webster joined the football team this past season and showed ability as a pass-rusher with 15 sacks. Has NFL bloodlines, as his father had an NFL career lasting 11 seasons after being a 3rd round pick by the Dolphins. This kid has loads of potential, and with his long frame and athleticism, could be scary if he develops.
Round 7: Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky
Talented tackler who looks to wrap up. Pretty solid in coverage. Could develop into a solid contributor as a backup LB down the road, with slight potential as a starter. Very alert as a defender, and possesses the coveted "always around the ball" ability. I see his ceiling as a solid guy to rotate in, that could start a few games if an injury occurs. Can't ask for much more than that from a 7th rounder.
Round 7 (Comp 1): James Franklin, QB, Missouri
Dual-threat guy who performed very well against SEC competition. Possesses adequate size, arm strength, and accuracy. Given time to develop his passing for the NFL level, he could become a very solid backup.
Round 7 (Comp 2): Jonotthan Harrison, C, Florida
After coming off of a very solid junior season, a decent, but non-impressive senior season, and the undervaluing of the C position during the draft has him available for us here. Harrison is a nice sleeper pick who has the potential to develop into a solid interior lineman (be it as a backup or possbily a starter). Has the versatility that we love by being able to play both OG spots as well. Would be a good camp competition between him and TJ Johnson for a spot on the PS, which I think Harrison would edge out.
53 Man Roster
QB: Andy Dalton, Jason Campbell
RB: BJGE, Gio Bernard, Andre Williams, Ced Peerman
H-B: Trey Millard
WR: AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mo Sanu, Andrew Hawkins, Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Tate
TE: Jermain Gresham, Tyler Eifert, Orson Charles
OT: Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith, Billy Turner
OG: Kevin Zeitler, Clint Boling, Mike Pollak, Tanner Hawkinson
C: Kyle Cook, Trevor Robinson
DE: Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, Wallace Gilberry, Margus Hunt, Dominique Easley
DT: Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, Brandon Thompson, Devon Still
SAM: James Harrison, Sean Porter, Jayson DiManche
MIKE: Rey Maualuga, Vinny Rey
WILL: Vontaze Burfict, Emmanuel Lamur
CB: Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Jason Verrett, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick
S: Reggie Nelson, George Iloka, Shawn Williams, Tre Boston
K: Mike Nugent
P: Kevin Huber
LS: Clark Harris
- Rex Burkhead
- Cobi Hamilton
- Chris Lewis-Harris
- Onterio McCalebb
- Larry Webster
- Avery Williamson
- James Frankiln
- Jonotthan Harrison