Quarantine and an easy last semester has given me waaaay too much time to play with mock draft simulators. I like PFF's because the board is so customizable, and the trade downs seem better than some other free ones (however, I still feel like I got too much value for my picks).
Trade downs I did:
27 for 32/63 (KC)
Easy choice to move down 5 spots and pick up a late 2nd.
32 for 41/74/97 (CLE)
Still an easy choice the guys I really wanted, aside from CB Jaylon Johnson (Utah) were still available.
97 for 102/135 (PIT)
This felt unbalanced, but I was struggling between "Do I take a crafty slot WR (Van Jefferson), or an offensive weapon (Duvernay/Gibson/Bowden Jr.)" and this way I could do both. If KJ Hill had been available, he'd have been my choice, but he was already gone and I'm lukewarm on Jefferson's ability to ever be more than a slot.
144 for 150/183 (NYG)
I had like 4 guys I was happy taking here, and I wanted a later pick to take a flyer on a QB.
Okay, the actual picks:
41 - Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri
Long, ultra productive SEC pass rusher. PFF loves him, while he isn't super twitchy he has enough to provide depth at our 3-tech slot right away and eventually grow into the start. PFF's DT stats seem to be more predictive than a lot of their other rankings, so I felt comfortable taking him here even though Justin Mdabuike (sp, A&M) and Marlon Davidson (Auburn) were also available. I also thought about Okwara, which wouldn't have been a bad pick here.
59 - Josh Uche, Edge, Michigan
Knowing that I owned 2 other 2nd round picks made me feel comfortable taking a potential part-time player here. Ideally he fulfills our Bruce Irvin role as a hybrid LEO/Rusher, but this edge class is bad I wanted to give us a long-term pass rusher at a minimum.
63 - Netane Muti, G, Fresno State
This is a total "I have a lot of picks, take a swing for the fences" pick, especially since my targeted WRs were all gone. He is an ultra-powerful player who holds up well in pass protection, and would probably be a first rounder if he had been able to stay healthy. I have no idea where he will go, but he seems like a great replacement for Iupati or Fluker.
64 - Isaiah Wilson, T, Georgia
Young and massive with pretty good movement skills, He's definitely not ready to start at RT this year, but he has lots of upside just by being long and massive. I passed up Matt Peart here, which I may regret because I probably feel better about Peart as a pass protector, but I can't see John and Pete passing up this kind of size.
74 - Zach Moss, RB, Utah
I heard he has a knee issue, which may make this a risky pick, but Moss is the most beast-modey runner since Marshawn. Really tough to tackle and can turn on a dime. He's not fast, but I don't think we should pay for Carson next year (I love Carson, don't get me wrong, I just can't justify a big contract for an oft-injured RB) and Moss can replace Carson in a year while providing needed insurance this year.
101 - Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
Even though he has the size to play outside, I don't think he's a great fit there because he doesn't have a lot of explosion or RAC ability. However, he is a chain mover and would give us route running and reliable hands, and he wouldn't embarrass himself outside if we want to give Lockett some reps in the slot.
102 - Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
We look pretty good at outside corner, but I don't think we have much inside depth beyond the promising but unproven Amadi. I think Robertson would be fantastic depth and competition for our nickle spot right away. He will probably never be a starting corner for Pete, but I desperately want to at least give us the ability to get out of base defense.
133 - Calvin Throckmorton, G/C, Oregon
I don't think he's really a starting center this year, but he is a "bigger" C (or average sized guard) who can play in space and has smarts. I originally planned a RB/WR "weapon" type here, but I still had my top three targets for that available so I decided to wait a couple picks.
135 - Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis
His college career consisted of few touches, but a lot of big plays and a ton of defenders grasping at air. He's big enough to play RB (220lbs) and actually has pretty good hands, but he isn't really a good enough separator to be a full time WR. I think he offers a lot of value as a 3rd down RB who can move around the field.
150 - McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas
Pretty productive player and quite twitchy. I didn't see a huge need to add him after taking Elliott, but he could be one of those useful rotation DTs and was the best guy I saw available here.
183 - Kenny Robinson Jr, S, WV/XFL
I haven't seen him play, but I heard he was excellent in the XFL after leaving college early (might've been some disciplinary issues, but he also needed to earn some money due to his family situation). I didn't expect to find him available this late, and safety isn't a huge need, but I felt like the potentially high reward was worth a late pick.
214 - Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
I actually like our TE depth, but Parkinson has greats hands and size. He reminds me of the Jimmy Graham we actually ended up with, which was still a useful player (if not the one we traded for). Thought about getting a QB like Mason Fine here, but I think there are a few UDFAs who would come in for the chance to compete for a roster spot.
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