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Will DeCastro fall to 17?
MOCK No. 1:
1.17: David DeCasto, G, Stanford. A steal at 17, the projected Pro Bowl G would start in place of Bobbie Williams
1.21: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. For the most part you could insert one of three CBs in this spot: Kirkpatrick, Janoris Jenkins or Stephon Gilmore. None would be expected to start or be a go-to guy immediately with the signing of Jason Allen, so he would be able to develop and get up to speed.
2: Harrison Smith, SS, ND. Depending on how the rest of free agency goes, Smith would be a nice pickup here. A lot of people will bash me for this, but he is big kid with a good frame and decent range. He is also a ballhawk, with seven interceptions and causing seven pass breakups his senior season. I know people won't like this pick, but in a league that features great athletic TEs, having a big athletic S to match up with them is a must
3: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin. Like I said we need a No. 2 WR. Toon won't be that guy right away, but he could develop into it. He measures 6'2" and 215 lbs. and has fantastic hands. Watching a few Wisconsin games this year, he always seems to show up and finding a way to get open and make people pay.
4: Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State. Gruden has eluded to a committee of backs this season and has mentioned despite the signing of Green-Ellis and have Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard still on the roster adding another in the draft if a possibility. There is one word to describe Hillman: production. In only two seasons for the Aztecs, the slender but speedy back (5'9" 200 lbs., 4.45 40) rushed for over 3200 yards and found paydirt 17 times. To save you some math, he rushed for 130+ yards game is final season at SDSU. He may be a bit of a project but he could turn into a fantastic pick.
5: Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati. Regardless of if Sims signs or not, getting another DT will be a good idea. If someone goes down I feel more confident in Wolfe than Nick Hayden. He is extremely tall at 6'5" and undersized at 295, but plays with great strength and tenacity. He would be a nice rotation player down the road.
5 (from NE): Donte Paige-Moss, DE, UNC. Anderson and Harvey are good players but all-in-all don't bring too much to the table. Paige-Moss lost most of his Jr. season to an ACL tear after a fantastic Sophomore season in which he recorded seven sacks in 13 games. There is a little to be nervous here but he brings a lot of intangibles to the table. He is a 6'3" 270-pound pass-rushing machine who could again be a great rotation player in a few years. Low risk, high reward guy here.
6: Tank Carder, LB, TCU. Turn on any TCU game this season and you will see Tank Carder wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. An All-American and MWC defensive player of the year Carder won't be a starter in the NFL (most likely), but he will be a great special teamer and solid backup player. Carder possesses good-sized 6'2" 235 lbs. and room to build muscle. Right now he projects to be an OLB, but with 4.69 speed and a nose for the ball, he would be better off moving inside.
I've seen a few places that say we do get our seventh-round pick and some that say it belongs to Jacksonville. Just in case, here is my pick.
7: Derek Carrier, WR/TE, Beliot. Who is this guy, right? Derek Carrier is a virtual unknown I stumbled upon while looking at pro day results, and I'm not the only head he has turned. Scouts are drooling over the 6'3" 240-pounder who ran a 4.49 40, had a 40-inch vertical leap, 10-foot, two-inch broad jump and ran the three cone in what would have been a combine best for WRs 6.69. Carrier is a three-sport athlete (played basketball and ran track in college) who, while not as tall as Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski could provide similar match-up problems down field.