Well, that time of year is finally upon us. The NFL Draft is just over 24 hours away. All the speculation and guessing will be over and the analysis and complaints will be forthcoming. In my final mock draft I included three big trades.
The New England Patriots traded their No. 21, No. 44 and No. 53 to the Cleveland Browns for their No. 7 and a 2011 fourth round pick.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded their No. 24, No. 37, No. 191 and their 2011 fifth round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their No. 10 pick.
The Cleveland Browns trade their No. 44, No. 86, and No. 177 to the New York Jets for their No. 29.
All trades were determined via the trade value chart while the mock draft was being filled out.
So, you may be wondering why the Patriots decided to trade up with us. Well the Bucs threw a wrench into everything and drafted Eric Berry and chaos ensued. When the dust cleared, Gerald McCoy was sitting at No. 7. Though the Browns very easily could have drafted him, the price the Patriots were willing to pay and the amount of work the team needs took precedent.
The Browns trade down and still get the defensive end they were considering taking at No. 7.
The Browns decide to trade back into the first round when Graham lasts all the way to the Jets at 29. This allows the Browns to have an effective energizer bunny of a pass rusher. Couple him with Odrick and all of a sudden the Browns have an emerging pass rush that we haven't seen in years.
They focus on the defense in the first round and manage to find the face of the franchise at the beginning of the second round. Make no mistake, I am in the Colt McCoy camp and firmly believe that he is the best QB in the draft, and especially the best QB for the Cleveland Browns.
We have addressed the defensive line, the linebackers, and now it's time for the safeties. I personally like this kid. When I watch film I see him all over the field making plays. Almost the epitome of a center fielder safety, he should fit right in with Rob Ryan's defensive mentality.
A player many are fans of falls to the Browns in round three. This may or may not happen as I would openly admit my drafts have WRs go off the board slower than most people. That being said, he would give a big solid WR option for Colt McCoy and add to the Browns young WR corps.
I haven't been able to find as much tape on this kid as I would like, but judging by his workouts he's a beast. Also, when it comes to on-the-field skills he did what a pro-level talent is expected to do at the lower level: dominate the competition. At 6' 207 lbs and a 4.37 40, it's an easy decision to take the kid and develop him into Brown's eventual replacement.
The big boy from TCU is still on the board at the start of the fifth round and should be taken as quickly as possible. A dynamic blocker, he'll compete for the starting right guard job as soon as camp opens.
Look at this beast. 6'7" 300lbs with 33 reps on the bench press. He only played two years of high school football, but athletic ability was enough to get LSU to notice him. However, in high school his grades weren't up to par so he had to take the long road here. All reports are that he is in a much better place coming out of college than he was coming out of high school. An intriguing physical specimen who would add great depth to the line and maybe even compete for the right tackle position.
This man from Wayne State may be a bit of a reach in the fifth, but so are all of the running backs left at this point. The greatest running back statistically in Wayne State history is one of those players whose workouts don't always match on-field production. He always manages to find yards, though his practice during the Senior Bowl was stronger than what he produced on the field. A project to be sure, but with the unknown status of Chris Jennings this is almost a priority.
A safety/linebacker hybrid, he ran in the 4.4s during LSU's pro day. He didn't always get the recognition he deserved due to Chad Jones, but the man was an effective strong safety. Will he compete with Abe Elam for the starting job? Probably not right away. Can he come in and make the best special teams in the NFL better? I believe so.