NFL Films’ Greg Cosell is one of the most respected personalities with a plethora of knowledge to back it up. Putting that knowledge to good use, Greg Cosell released his first-ever mock draft featuring some interesting choices across the board.
With hours of time spent studying film, Cosell has as good an idea as anyone on which prospects have what it takes to succeed and which are more hype than talent.
Let’s analyze each of Cosell’s picks for the NFC East, adding some thoughts on his selections.
Greg’s Take: There are similarities between the offense Mike and Kyle Shanahan run, and the Houston Texans offense of Gary Kubiak. Andrew Luck fits very well into that scheme. He’s a bigger, more physical and more talented Matt Schaub, with the same kind of short to intermediate passing efficiency and more athleticism to get outside the pocket on designed rollouts. Luck would be outstanding in that offense.
My Thoughts: Yes, you read the title right. Greg Cosell has the two-time Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck going to the Washington Redskins at No. 2. Having tabbed Robert Griffin III as the No. 1 pick to the Indianapolis Colts, of course the Redskins would take Luck.
Redskins fans would likely have no gripes with this choice, however, as Luck has been the No. 1 guy since 2010 and might be a better fit with the offense. Either way, Washington is getting their franchise quarterback.
Greg’s Take: The pick here is Alabama safety Mark Barron. Barron is easily the best safety in this draft class. His tape showed a complete and multi-dimensional skill set, perhaps the most impressive attribute being his man-to-man coverage ability versus tight ends. He also played man-to-man against the inside slot receiver in 3×1 sets. The larger point is that Barron can play man coverage, and that has become increasingly important for safeties in today’s NFL. Overall Barron offers tremendous scheme and position versatility. Safety has still not reached premium status in terms of NFL draft value, but I would argue that Barron is one of the 5 to 7 best players in this draft.
My Thoughts: This is an easy pick. The Cowboys have struggled in pivotal points late in games due, in part, to their inconsistent pass defense.
Alabama’s Mark Barron shores things up in the defensive backfield, boasting brilliant coverage skills that will benefit the Cowboys against teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints, who all have elite receiving tight ends this season.
Greg’s Take: I look at the Eagles defense, and see the need for an inside pass rusher in their sub-package personnel groups. Remember, in the final 4 games of 2011, the coaching staff expanded the alignment and personnel concepts, often utilizing Jason Babin and Trent Cole in 2 point stances as moveable linebackers. With that said, the pick is Chandler Jones from Syracuse. Jones has an intriguing combination of size, length and athletic movement. I think of Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn, and I could easily envision Washburn looking at Jones, and seeing a better version of Jason Jones, whom Washburn coached in Tennessee for 3 years.
My Thoughts: The Eagles did a lot this offseason to bolster an already top-notch defense. Adding Chandler Jones is simply not fair.
Jones gives the Eagles another dimension to their lethal pass rush, likely rotating in on sub-packages with Trent Cole and Jason Babin. He has been projected all over the board, but Philadelphia would be a nice fit for the standout from Syracuse.
One thing is for sure—having him, along with the rest of the Eagles defensive front four lined up on the opposite side of the ball is not something Eli Manning, Tony Romo and the Redskins’ starter would be very excited about.
Greg’s Take: Tom Coughlin still wants to run the ball. Never forget that. Boise State’s Doug Martin is the pick. Martin has a feature back mentality. He attacked downhill with decisiveness, determination, toughness and competitiveness. There was a blue collar, workingman element to his game that was more appealing and captivating with each tape I watched. He ran with velocity, and that translated into natural power. There were some elements of Ray Rice in Martin’s running style. Martin was one of the last players I re-watched late in the process, and I liked him more each time I saw him.
My Thoughts: I like the idea of taking a running back in the first round, but I hate the one Cosell has the Giants taking here.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I have seen from Doug Martin. He has all the tools which Cosell touched on. However, he has no place in the first round with better backs still on the board.
If the Giants are going to break from the mold and take a running back in the first round, they are not going to make a reach for Martin.
Lamar Miller, David Wilson and Chris Polk are all available in Cosell’s mock draft, and I prefer any one of them over Martin for the Giants in the first round.