He aimed to address the surge of movement around the league that took place at the quarterback position, completely altering the landscape of the first round in the process.
Overall, the analyst did an admirable job in portraying the first 32 picks, although some were more agreeable than others. Let’s take a look at three selections that McShay penciled in that could easily come to fruition later this April.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT (Texas A&M)
Ever since Star Lotulelei received clearance from his heart issue, the Utah defensive tackle has been gaining steam as a potential No. 1 pick. Another prospect being whispered about here is offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan.
While both of these players are elite talents and deserve to fall inside the top 10 of this draft, they aren’t comparable to Luke Joeckel.
Perhaps other mock draft constructors are getting bored of seeing this name at the top of their lists week after week and looking to shake things up, but the Aggies star is one of the best OTs to declare for the draft in recent years.
Credit McShay for sticking to his guns and realizing that Kansas City would be downright foolish to pass on someone with this young man’s elite pass-protecting ability and solid contributions in the rushing game.
16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR (Tennessee)
Patterson may be extremely raw in regards to his ability to run routes and create separation, but his sheer upside and athleticism make him a can’t-miss selection for the Rams.
The wide receiver stands at 6’2”, 216 pounds and has the physical tools to catch every ball thrown in his vicinity. He’s the potential No. 1 receiver that Sam Bradford and the St. Louis offense have been missing over the past few years.
Should Patterson wind up putting it all together—or at least start flashing signs of his greatness in his rookie year—don’t sleep on the dark-horse Rams contending for the NFC West crown in 2013; a much-needed offensive threat out wide could do wonders for them.
The Volunteers product is the piece that has been missing around this organization.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB (Georgia)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have forged an identity based on defensive intensity and toughness. That identity has been crafted by the great play of elite linebackers over the years, but the team got away from this during the 2012 campaign.
Since the well of talented linebackers has dried up in the Steel City, a door has opened up for Pittsburgh to nab Jones at No. 17 in the first round of the NFL draft.
He’s an elite 3-4 prospect that can cause chaos in the opponent’s backfield, move sideline to sideline in a hurry against the run, force turnovers via interception and fumble and do all the little things that top-tier defenses require from the LBs.
While there are some issues in Jones’ game (coverage, namely), he’s a surefire slam-dunk for the Steelers at this point of the draft.