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    Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    Trade: Adam Carriker and Alex Barron to the Redskins in return for their 3rd and 6th round pick. It is a good deal for Washington because they desperately seek help on their offensive line and need a 3-4 DE. That way, with the acquiring of Alex Barron, they no longer have a huge need to draft Okung, and could likely draft Clausen.



    Round 1:
    Sam Bradford [6'4, 236lbs.] QB Oklahoma

    Analysis: Some people desperately seek reasons to make them believe that Bradford will not succeed. "Oh, it's his shoulder." "He's a spread-system guy." "His arm-strength is bad." "I have a gut feeling about this guy, and it's not good."

    Well, let me state this. Bradford's shoulder is now almost 100%, and there are no lingering effects. He is also
    not a spread guy only. He has played under center enough times that he is comfortable with it. And, didn't the same people have gut feelings about Matt Ryan being a bust?

    Bradford has all the tools to be a Pro-Bowl QB in this league. It's time for the Rams to start playing high level football again, by securing our future at QB for the next decade and a half.



    I do not want to bag on Suh to make Bradford seem better. Suh is an amazing prospect for a DT, and throughout the season, I wanted him too. Hell, I wouldn't mind if we grab him in April. BUT, Bradford to me is the better and more logical choice if we are building towards the future.






    Round 2: Golden Tate [5'11, 195lbs.] WR Notre Dame

    Analysis: (Following Mike Mayock's mock draft, he has Tate dropping out of the first round.) It's time to bring in some fresh blood. Bradford needs to have success early in his career, so he will have a great start. If rookie QB's face a lot of adversary during their first couple of years in the NFL, there chances of later succeeding is dropped. That is why we are bringing in the dynamic Tate.

    Golden Tate brings along his package of speed, agility, explosiveness, and big play ability. He is
    absolutely intense after the catch, racking up huge Y.A.C. Is very intelligent, and is a good leader. He is also a natural competitor. Great work ethic. He would not be a slacker that quits, (ala Mike Williams).





    Round 3:
    Austen Lane [6'6, 275lbs.] DE Murray State

    Analysis: This benefits us in two huge, direct ways. Lane gives us a terror on the RDE side. The other is that this allows Chris Long to shift to the LDE side, giving him more productivity.

    Lane is a huge pass rushing machine. Great first step, and has a knack for sacking the QB. He is disruptive, and he is strong. He is also a powerful tackler. The one knock on him is that he needs to improve his run-stopping, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. We have a huge need for getting to the opposing QB, and Lane fills that need solidly.








    Round 3: Jared Veldheer [6'8, 312lbs.] OT Hillsdale


    Analysis: With the drafting of Jared Veldheer, our offensive line should basically be complete. We have Jason Smith at LT, Jacob Bell at LG, Jason Brown at C, John Greco or someone else at RG, and Jared Veldheer at RT.


    Jared Veldheer is an imposing figure on the line with his 6'8 frame. He's very athletic, very strong, and is a physical freak. He is a bit raw, but he should quickly develop into a stud right tackle. He is a incredibly hard worker, and shows great character.









    Round 4: Jimmy Graham [6'6, 260lbs.] TE Miami


    Analysis: One weapon for rookie QB Bradford is not going to cut it. We need more. And that is why we bring in explosive Jimmy Graham.


    Before the combine, Graham was known as a bit of a project but with tons of upside and potential because he was mainly a basketball player. Now that is not the case. He showed that he was a natural tight end during the drills, displaying fluid motions, and looked more like an elite TE than the majority of the TE class. He is also very fast for a TE.


    Graham has all the physical tools and athleticism to be an elite TE in the NFL. He would also give us a huge redzone target that has the ability to leap over other defenders.









    Round 5: Myron Lewis [6'2, 203lbs.] CB/FS Vanderbilt


    Analysis: Our secondary is not in great shape. Atogwe coming back is questionable. James Butler is decent, but not great. Bartell and Fletcher are good corners, but we don't have anyone behind them.


    Myron Lewis is a HUGE defensive back. Standing at 6'2, offenses have trouble creating mismatches off him. Can line up on taller receivers and not be abused. Is a physical corner, and has the potential to be an elite press corner in the NFL with his size. He is also a very durable corner. Has been a starter since he was a sophmore, so he has had plenty of experience.











    Round 5: Kavell Conner [6'1, 242lbs.] OLB Clemson




    Analysis: We have one great prospect linebacker in James Laurinaitis. Sadly, he doesn't have a very good supporting crew beside him. Paris Lenon is very mediocre, and David Vobora is also not a standout talent, but unlike Lenon, Vobora has the potential to be very solid and is still developing. Considering he was Mr. Irrelevant, I think we hit the gold on Vobora.


    Conner is a solid, consistent tackler much like Laurinaitis. Is very strong and durable for a guy his size. Again like James, he is not the most athletic linebacker in the world, and won't make many big plays. He is more of a classic linebacker. He is solid, he is a good run stopper, and he can play the pass effectively. He will get the job done.







    Round 6: Brandon Sharpe [6'3, 255lbs.] DE/OLB Texas Tech


    Analysis: Our team lacks pass rush. That is one of the main reasons why our secondary is left on an island during every game. We've brought in Austen Lane from Murray State already. But, I don't think that's enough.


    And here comes Brandon Sharpe. People question what he is. Is he a DE? He wouldn't be a bad one. He isn't that undersized. Some people think he's a 3-4 OLB. Again, he wouldn't be a bad one. How about a 4-3 OLB? Who knows.


    But, the main reason we are drafting him is for his pass rushing skills. No matter where he lines up, he always has a knack for getting to the QB. He's not the fastest, or strongest guy, but he is a pass rush specialist. A defense filled with Brandon Sharpe, Chris Long and Austen Lane as pass rushers with Kavell Conner and Laurinaitis backing them would wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Steve Spagnuolo will have no problem finding at permanent home for Sharpe on this team.











    Round 6: Brandon Carter [6'7, 320lbs.] OG Texas Tech


    Analysis: Woo boy. Another Tech player. Another Brandon. But, this one is basically doubled the size of the other one (not literally).


    With the addition of Veldheer, our RT spot is secure. The only place where we have questions are at the RG position. Who will fill that spot? John Greco? An FA? How about Brandon "Paint Face" Carter?


    Brandon Carter, if you look at him, looks like he belongs in the WWE. He is a massive giant that plays with intense ferocity. He has incredible strength and size and is a mauler. But, he also has good feet and quickness for a man his size. He is not a statue. Alongside Veldheer and Jason Brown, Brandon Carter would give us a HUGE right side on our O-Line. Steven Jackson will be jumping for joy when he gets to run behind these three and Mike Karney next year.











    Round 7: James Starks [6'2, 215lbs.] RB Buffalo


    Analysis: I feel sorry for Steven Jackson. He needs some other RB's to spell him out occasionally, and with the combination of Chris Ogby and James Starks, we could have a solid RB system.


    James "Proto Man" Starks is the heart and soul of the Buffalo team. Led the offense basically by himself.


    He is a good, tough runner, and he can catch very well for an RB. His stock plummeted when he missed this entire season with a shoulder injury.







    Round 7: O'Brien Schofield [6'3, 235lbs.] OLB Wisconsin



    Analysis: Another pass rush specialist! Holy moly, Spagnuolo is licking his chops! But, this specialist will probably not play his rookie year, due to his ACL tear.


    O'Brien Schofield was a monster in the Big Ten, terrorizing every quarterback. He was projected to go as early as the second round this year, but he unfortunately tore his ACL during the Senior Bowl.


    He is too small to play DE in the NFL, and he probably will play OLB. He did not play OLB in college, but he looked solid playing OLB and MLB during the Senior Bowl.





















    In Review:


    In this draft, we focused on two main important things. Jump starting our offense, and bringing in players with the ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks.





    For offense we added:


    Sam Bradford - QB of the future for a decade and a half


    Golden Tate - Explosive WR with the ability to be a #1 WR


    Jared Veldheer - Mammoth lineman, and future RT


    Jimmy Graham - Very athletic TE and huge redzone target


    Brandon Carter - Huge lineman who is a mauler. Should figure into the RG competition.

    James Starks - Back-up running back to Jackson. Great catcher.


    For defense we added:


    Austen Lane - Our new RDE starter. Pass rushing freak.


    Myron Lewis - Nickel Corner or #2 Corner, OR safety. Big and physical.


    Kavell Conner - Should be one of our OLB starters.


    Brandon Sharpe - Should play on passing downs, and is a pass rush specialist.


    O'Brien Schofield - Another pass rush specialist, and has the ability to be a future OLB starter.






    Roster -



    QB: Bradford

    HB: Jackson / Obgy / Starks
    FB: Karney
    WR: Tate / Avery / Amendola / Foster

    WR: Robinson / Gibson / Burton / Kent
    TE: Graham / Fells / Bajema
    LT: Smith
    LG: Bell
    C: Brown
    RG: Carter-Greco
    RT: Veldheer


    LDE: Long / Sharpe
    RDE: Lane / Sharpe
    DT: Ryan / Scott

    DT: Robbins / Scott
    OLB: Conner
    MLB: Laurinaitis
    OLB: Vobora-O'Brien Schofield
    CB: Bartell / Lewis
    CB: Fletcher / King
    FS: Atogwe(?)
    SS: Butler


    K: Brown
    P: Jones










    Input, questions, compliments, complaints, rants welcomed.
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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    Also, if our draft happens like this, I would very much look forward in seeing how Spags uses our two newly acquired pass rush specialists in Schofield and Sharpe.

    Think of all the new packages and schemes we could run, which would wreak havoc on offenses.

    I'm excited.

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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    I love this draft. It is absolutely amazing! Fills like 95% of our needs, and all these players cover a huge piece to our rebuilding process.

    The only thing I don't like is Golden Tate. He is identical to Donnie Avery. I feel like if we get Sam Bradford, Donnie Avery and the rest of our receivers will emerge.

    Overall : AMAZING MOCK!

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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    I love this draft. It is absolutely amazing! Fills like 95% of our needs, and all these players cover a huge piece to our rebuilding process.

    The only thing I don't like is Golden Tate. He is identical to Donnie Avery. I feel like if we get Sam Bradford, Donnie Avery and the rest of our receivers will emerge.

    Overall : AMAZING MOCK!
    Thanks.


    Concerning Tate, I think he is a bit like Avery, except he is more of a complete WR, and is a bit more polished. Tate's route running isn't exceptional, but I think it's a bit better than Avery's.


    To me, the thing that separates Tate and Avery is that Avery so far has shown that he is only a deep threat. He hasn't really been consistent anywhere else. It could be our schemes, QB troubles, but Avery needs to develop more into a complete WR.


    Tate on the other hand, is more complete. He is a deep threat, but he can also make plays in traffic, on the sidelines, anywhere. I think that is key if we are bringing in a new rookie QB.


    I was considering putting Damian Williams due to his amazing route running, but with the availability of Tate in the first round, I would take Tate. If Tate wasn't here, I would go with Williams.

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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    Awsome draft, it would amazing to be able to snatch up Graham in the 4th. I would have liked to see us get a UT to spell Robbins but all in all the best mock ive read. Props!

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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambow View Post
    Awsome draft, it would amazing to be able to snatch up Graham in the 4th. I would have liked to see us get a UT to spell Robbins but all in all the best mock ive read. Props!
    Thanks. To the UT situation, I think we end up bringing back Douzable, Ramsey, or Gibson, or some other young DT FA.

    These three weren't bad last year, especially Ramsey and Douzable. They were starting to look kind of promising.

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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    It's a pretty solid draft. But...

    Bradford is good

    Tate not so much. If we take a receiver it would be a type we dont have. Tell me the difference between Tate and Avery. Avery is faster. Avery can also produce in YAC. And when Avery is focus he can adjust to the tough catches. Il admit Tate is a better leader and harder work but he is not much of an improvement over avery.

    Austen Lane in the 3rd is not a reach. I see his name in the 4th and after his pro day and stuff he will go higher than the 3rd. And i agree with getting an unpolished DE. I mean Spags can groom this guy very well.

    Like others i am not too high on Veldheer. ANd i dont like the way he is coming to the Rams. It is a huge adjustment to go from division II to the NFL. SO there is no way Veldheer will start from day 1. Veldheer will need 2-3 years to become a solid OT and a solid OT might just be his ceiling. ANd there is no way im taking a franchise QB in Bradford and having Veldheer protect him. Barron is a better option at this point.

    I like Jimmy Graham but i think some1 will pick him up in the 3rd i mean how can teams pass up an athlete like that?

    If lewis lasts that far its a good pick up.

    The rest is okay.

    But we better get a better backup to S-Jax like a B-West

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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    Quote Originally Posted by BarronWade View Post
    It's a pretty solid draft. But...

    Bradford is good

    Tate not so much. If we take a receiver it would be a type we dont have. Tell me the difference between Tate and Avery. Avery is faster. Avery can also produce in YAC. And when Avery is focus he can adjust to the tough catches. Il admit Tate is a better leader and harder work but he is not much of an improvement over avery.

    Austen Lane in the 3rd is not a reach. I see his name in the 4th and after his pro day and stuff he will go higher than the 3rd. And i agree with getting an unpolished DE. I mean Spags can groom this guy very well.

    Like others i am not too high on Veldheer. ANd i dont like the way he is coming to the Rams. It is a huge adjustment to go from division II to the NFL. SO there is no way Veldheer will start from day 1. Veldheer will need 2-3 years to become a solid OT and a solid OT might just be his ceiling. ANd there is no way im taking a franchise QB in Bradford and having Veldheer protect him. Barron is a better option at this point.

    I like Jimmy Graham but i think some1 will pick him up in the 3rd i mean how can teams pass up an athlete like that?

    If lewis lasts that far its a good pick up.

    The rest is okay.

    But we better get a better backup to S-Jax like a B-West

    I have already named the differences between Tate and Avery.

    As for Avery being able to catch balls while focused? How do you, or anyone else know when he is focused? I certainly can't tell how focused he is from the T.V screen. Avery is not much more than an occasional deep threat as of right now. He's not consistent anywhere else.



    Yes, Veldheer is very raw. If being a solid OT is his ceiling, hell I'd take it. A solid starting OT picked up in the third? That sounds good to me.
    I'm high on Veldheer is because he isn't bad. But he has tons of potential and upside. Sure he may not start right now, but he would in a year or two. He would be rotated in and out.

    The same thing could be said of Sebastian Vollmer, and how he came from Houston that didn't play top competition. Yet, Vollmer is now the starting LT for the Patriots. To me, Vollmer is similar to Veldheer.


    In a huge, deep class at CB, I'm thinking Lewis drops that far.


    Concerning James Starks, IMO he would be at least a 3rd-4th round pick this year if he didn't miss this entire season due to an injury. He's a solid runner.




    I'm still questioning whether I should have put Damian Williams instead of Tate. I have a thing for William's excellent route running which would fit our WCO solidly, but with the dropping of Tate into the second, I couldn't see how we could not pick him up. I don't want to get LaFell.
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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    I think it's an awesome mock. The Tate pick I'm a bit leary of, I'd rather see us go TE right there and see who falls to the 3rd, maybe Thomas after his injury? Either way, I really like all of these picks a lot, even if we got Tate.

    Maybe we could get more than a 3rd and 6th for Carriker/Barron? They're both needs that fill what the 'Skins are looking for and are both 1st round picks. We've made it obvious we're looking to shop Barron, but we could still be up on Carriker and therefore ask for more for our players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warner4prez View Post
    Maybe we could get more than a 3rd and 6th for Carriker/Barron? They're both needs that fill what the 'Skins are looking for and are both 1st round picks. We've made it obvious we're looking to shop Barron, but we could still be up on Carriker and therefore ask for more for our players.
    I would also like to get better picks for Carriker and Barron, but realisticly, Carriker hasn't really proved anything on the field. I wouldn't really give up anything more than a 5th for him if I was on another team. Maybe a 5th and a 7th.

    As for Barron, I think we could get a 4th round max for him. He's not the best OT in the league, and he isn't very consistent at times. Plus he has a knack for getting penalties.


    So, as a result, we would get Washington's 4th and 5th. But, due to the fact both Carriker and Barron fills needs on their team, I think they would be willing to give up a 3rd and a 6th, which has more than a 100 more value points than a 4th and 5th combined.

    3rd and 6th = 275.8
    4th and 5th = 140

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    iight my bad i did not read the thing you said about Avery vs. Tate.

    And i have to disagree. Avery's route running is better than tate's. Avery knows how to run the fade the go and outs and ins pretty well. He is not an elite route runner but he is solid.

    Also last year he showed that he can become a WCO WR. When he is focused he gets the ball and runs another 7-10 yards for a TD. He had some good YAC plays that resulted in 1st downs for us.

    But i see wat you mean with Tate. He is a better receiver than Avery. But is he so much better of a receiver that we should use a high 2nd rounder on?

    id rather go for a possessional WR that we dont have.

    Your right Starks did have a season ending injury but thats the problem we are investing in Bradford then Starks. We better make dam sure these shoulders are fine.

    But nonetheless who is that guy that can start for the Rams if S-Jax goes down. We need a better back-up option than obanya and starks 2 7th round picks. Our offense depends on the run so we need a better option.

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    Re: Rockin's Mock Draft Post-Combine

    Quote Originally Posted by BarronWade View Post
    iight my bad i did not read the thing you said about Avery vs. Tate.

    And i have to disagree. Avery's route running is better than tate's. Avery knows how to run the fade the go and outs and ins pretty well. He is not an elite route runner but he is solid.

    Also last year he showed that he can become a WCO WR. When he is focused he gets the ball and runs another 7-10 yards for a TD. He had some good YAC plays that resulted in 1st downs for us.

    But i see wat you mean with Tate. He is a better receiver than Avery. But is he so much better of a receiver that we should use a high 2nd rounder on?

    id rather go for a possessional WR that we dont have.

    Your right Starks did have a season ending injury but thats the problem we are investing in Bradford then Starks. We better make dam sure these shoulders are fine.

    But nonetheless who is that guy that can start for the Rams if S-Jax goes down. We need a better back-up option than obanya and starks 2 7th round picks. Our offense depends on the run so we need a better option.

    To me, I don't think it's a matter of focus that Avery has good days and bad days. I think it's just a matter of experience, and possibly skillset.

    But, Avery has tons of time to develop into a solid WR, and I hope he does.


    I think we already have some possession receivers. Keenan Burton, Laurent Robinson, and maybe even Brandon Gibson are all fairly good possession receivers IMO.

    Probably Robinson out of all of them. Robinson is a reliable go to guy on third downs, and he's fairly good after the catch. Burton and Gibson also have tons of time to gain more experience and talent.


    I think the wild card here is Brooks Foster. He wasn't bad coming out of college. He was shadowed by Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate.


    I think we lack a consistent explosive WR, and that's why I chose Tate.


    I would like us to get a tall, possession WR also, but I don't think we really need it too much in a WCO. WCO relies more on quick savvy route runners and reliable possession WR's.

    Also, with Jimmy Graham, he and Fells could make a good TE duo over the middle, who would give Bradford bigger targets to make of for our lack of big WRs.


    Starks has had a year to rehab his shoulder. I think he'll be fine.
    But, adding maybe a veteran RB would not hurt at all. I would be grateful if we did actually.



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