Keep in mind that I try to predict what we will do, and keep it as realistic as possible.
With Danieal Manning visiting so soon, it seems like Joseph wants him. I'll assume he signs and beats out Taylor Mays for a spot on the 53.
**NOTE** I will not be predicting UDFAs.
Round 1: CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
BPA. Reliable tackler with a high football IQ. Good athlete with sideline-to-sideline speed, and is very solid in coverage, even showing the ability to cover TEs man-to-man. Great ball skills for a LB. Very versatile, good fit in both the 4-3 and 3-4. Can play all 3 LB spots in our defense. Would start at SAM, and eventually take over at MIKE when Maualuga moves on.
Round 2: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
Here's your MJ replacement. This isn't a pick giving up on Hunt at all. Along with Martin being one of the BPAs here, it's about replenishing our depth at DE, and making sure the rotation stays strong, which is something we can do without a bunch of needs. Martin has all the talent in the world, just needs to be more consistent with showing it. Very lengthy, and has the potential to develop into a pass rushing nightmare, putting up 11.5 sacks his senior season. With that being said, he's a better run-stopper than pass rusher. He should heavily benefit from the DL rotation here, and could make an impact as early as his rookie year.
Round 3: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
We finally grab a corner. Desir has one of the highest ceilings of any player in this Draft. Plus man coverage skills with solid speed to go along with them. At 6'1, he possesses great height. Has a low backpedal, and very fluid hips. Easily transitions out of his backpedal. Alright vs the run, but needs to work on it. Ball skills are off the charts, definitely his best attribute. Plays well enough in zone, but should work on it some more. Is available here because he is still raw and could use some polish, along with it being a very deep corner class. Legitimate shot at becoming a lockdown corner, and would be scary under Vance Joseph.
Round 4: Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
Hmm... Not the 4th round Georgia prospect everbody is expecting. The team has been quietly scouting TEs, and coupling that with Orson's legal issues, I think we'll end up drafting one. What better to get (besides a FB) for our new run oriented offense than an old school in-line blocking TE? After missing out on Fiedorowicz a round earlier, we grab the 2nd best blocking TE in the Draft. Lynch also has good enough speed, and has the strength to run a guy or two over after the catch. Surprisingly reliable hands for an in-line blocker. Comes in as the 3rd TE, while giving us a very solid option at TE2 if Gresh moves on after the season.
Round 5: Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
MJ was replaced earlier, now here comes AC's. Britt has impressive size and long arms. Versatile enough to not only be our swing tackle, but giving us an option at LG as well if Boling isn't ready. Plays with good knee-bend, and slides well laterally. Shows effort, not quitting until the play is over. Solid in pass protection, even better run blocker. Held his own against top SEC pass rushers. Could end up developing into a starter at LT, but would definitely be a solid swing tackle and potential LG.
Round 6: JC Copeland, FB, LSU
Imagine looking into the opposing backfield and seeing that tank. Wrecking ball of a run blocker for Hue's new run-oriented offense. Copeland has also shown some ability to carry the ball in short yardage situation and as a receiver out of the backfield. Good luck taking him on.
Round 6 (Comp): John Brown, WR, Pittsburg St
A guy we have shown interest in, Brown has elite speed and is dangerous in space. As an undersized guy, he has small hands which will cause him to drop some, but he routinely makes impressive catches. He can be lined up in the slot, in the backfield, and is an effective KR and PR on teams. A 3-time team captain, he has been commended as a leader on and off the field as a guy with great character. Not only a Hawk replacement, but possibly an upgrade.
Round 7: John Urschel, OG, Penn St
Highly intelligent guy with a great football IQ coming from a conference that features power-run offensive lines. Played in a pro-style system at PSU. Not really great at anything, but solid at everything. Not overly strong or athletic, but has just enough of both for his football intelligence to make up for it. May eventually develop into a starting caliber player, but will definitely be a solid backup, replenishing our OL depth.
Round 7 (Comp): Kenny Guiton, QB, THE Ohio St
In limited action (that's why he's available this late) Guiton's shown pretty much everything. Athletic ability, arm strength, accuracy, touch, it's all there. Very high football IQ. Being a career backup and a Combine snub, he'll probably be available later than he should due to other QBs having more experience and tape to evaluate. I see Guiton being a priority free agent for a lot of teams, so we use our last pick to go ahead and scoop him up. He may actually develop into a viable option if we move on from Andy. Will at least continue being a very solid backup, as well as an extra coach.
53 Man Roster
QB: Andy Dalton, Jason Campbell, Kenny Guiton
RB: Gio Bernard, BJGE, Ced Peerman, Rex Burkhead
FB: JC Copeland
WR: AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mo Sanu, John Brown, Dane Sanzenbacher, Cobi Hamilton
TE: Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert, Arthur Lynch
OT: Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith, Justin Britt
OG: Kevin Zeitler, Clint Boling, Tanner Hawkinson, John Urschel
C: Mike Pollak, TJ Johnson
DE: Carlos Dunlap, Kareem Martin, Margus Hunt, Wallace Gilberry, Dontay Moch
DT: Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, Brandon Thompson, Devon Still
SAM: CJ Mosley, Sean Porter
MIKE: Rey Maualuga, Vinny Rey
WILL: Vontaze Burfict, Emmanuel Lamur
CB: Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Dre Kirkpatrick, Pierre Desir, Adam Jones
FS: Reggie Nelson, Danieal Manning
SS: George Iloka, Shawn Williams
- Bruce Taylor
- Chris Lewis-Harris
- Onterio McCalebb
- Larry Black
- UDFA OL
- UDFA DE
- UDFA RB
- UDFA WR