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AZPSquared


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:53 pm    Post subject: New Mock Draft Reply with quote

Round 1: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

His understanding of the USC offense is greatly under-appreciated. While he's not quite Andrew Luck, when breaking down Barkley it is clear he does so many of the "little" things well, like rolling either to his left or right and consistently firing accurate passes on the move or freezing the safeties by looking one direction and passing the other..

Some will knock his size, "average" arm strength or the fact that he has never faced SEC competition. While Barkley is a touch shorter than scouts would prefer, I've had numerous sources who saw him in person at the Manning Passing Academy tell me he showed greater zip than expected, though I'd like to see him improve his accuracy on the deep ball.

Barkley can only play the opponents his team has scheduled and with the Trojans ineligible for bowl games over the past two seasons, he's been limited in the number of differing teams he's faced. Mobile, accurate and, perhaps most importantly to success in the NFL -- incredibly poised -- Barkley walks into the 2012 college football season as the top prospect in the country.

Round 2: Dallas Thomas, OT/G, Tennessee

Considering the "skill" position talent Tennessee boats, it is easy to understand why any offensive lineman -- even a very good one like Thomas -- is often overlooked by the Tennessee faithful and national media. As the Vols' top senior prospect, however, NFL scouts are certainly keeping close tabs on the the athletic and versatile talent. Thomas signed with Tennessee as a relatively lightly regarded prospect and saw most of his playing time as a freshman on special teams. He earned the starting left tackle position as a sophomore, however, and went on to start the next 25 games of his career at the blindside position. Despite his experience at left tackle, the Tennessee coaches have moved Thomas inside to left guard for his senior season. It is a move that could pay off nicely for the Volunteers, as well as Thomas, as he possesses the skill-set to make a smooth adjustment. Thomas possesses very good initial quickness. He was susceptible to speed rushers, however, as lacks the sustained foot speed to earn top grades as a pass blocker. He gets an aggressive punch in but often stops moving his feet as he does so and therefore if his punch doesn't stop the pass rush entirely, leaving himself vulnerable to an outside speed rush or quick counter back inside. This isn't the typical rotund blocker who is simply too un-athletic to compete on outside. Thomas is an impressive athlete, who plays with good flexibility and balance. Plays with good leverage and possesses an athletic build with good arm length. While moving a legitimate NFL prospect during his senior season is typically grounds for questioning, Thomas should perform very well protected inside at guard and could prove to be one of the top senior offensive line prospects in the SEC. Thomas currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 senior offensive tackle and the No. 7 offensive tackle, overall.

Round 3: Khaled Holmes, C, USC

The wide-bodied Holmes projects nicely at any of the three interior positions in the NFL. He's quick off the snap, demonstrating the burst and agility to handle combo blocking, though he can be beaten to the point when asked to pull. He is powerful at the point of attack, showing good upper and lower body strength to get push in short yardage situations, making him an ideal candidate for a power-based scheme.

Round 4: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina

Instincts/Recognition: Instincts as a run defender are a notch below elite. Reads keys and locates the ball quickly. Height is an asset and tracks the ball well for the most part but can get caught out of position when loses sight of the ball. Reads quarterbacks' eyes and flashes above-average route recognition but gets caught drifting out of position in coverage at times. Late recognizing play action at times.

Take-on Skills: Downhill run stopper that uses quickness to beat blockers to the point and can disrupt plays in the backfield. Extends arms and flashes the ability to keep offensive linemen at bay when works downfield at an angle but not a violent stack-and-shed linebacker in phone booth. Gets engulfed or tries to run around offensive linemen. Right shoulder dominant taking on tight ends and fullbacks.

Range vs. Run: Flashes the ability to chase backs down from behind and sideline-to-sideline player when takes sound angles. Flashes the ability to slip blocks quickly. Above average motor when chasing outside run. Pursuit angles are inconsistent however and it leads to him getting caught up in the wash at times.

Tackling: Strong tackler that rarely lets ball carrier to slip out of grasp but gets into trouble when wraps too high. Flashes the ability to square up and stop backs' forward momentum in the hole but more the exception than the rule. Not a big hitter and doesn't always appear willing to sacrifice body to make the play.

3rd Down Capabilities: Above average range and would fit well in a Tampa-2 scheme. Fluid enough to match up with most tight ends but there is some stiffness in hips and will struggle to stay with scat backs. Gets hands on a lot of balls but not a playmaker. While not an effective counterpuncher at this point has the burst and closing speed to develop into an effective pass rusher.

Round 5: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

"STRENGTHS Athletic, physical defender. Strong tackler with good length and the attitude to throw down ballcarrier. Breaks down well when approaching ballcarriers in space, has quick feet and agility to make the stop. Quick enough to stay with tight ends and some receivers in coverage, can undercut to knock away or pick off late throws. Nice ball skills to extend away from his frame to make the moderate-to-difficult interception. Sticks his nose in against the run when making that read, fills a hole, flows through traffic to find the ball, or adds himself into piles with reckless abandon. Comes downhill from two-deep look with speed. Adept blitzer off the edge, makes ballcarrier pay in thebackfield if not accounted for.

WEAKNESSES Missed 2011 season due to a leg injury. Not corner-like in his change of direction ability in man coverage against quicker receivers, though more than adequate for an NFL safety. Can get nosy on play action, getting sucked up or failing to drop deep enough when starting around the line. Loses battles against better receiver blocks in the run game. Needs to prove he has the strength to stop pro ballcarriers in their tracks and be an intimidator in the back half when receivers come over the middle."

Round 6: Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech

STRENGTHS Just because Sweeting is intelligent does not mean hes a finesse player. Hes a very physical tackler, both able to wrap up ballcarriers and willing to make the big hit when lining up a receiver. He plays with tenacity at the line, willing to attack running backs and bubble screens, even going through a receiver to do it. He has solid hands for the interception and shows the ability to change field position after the catch.

WEAKNESSES Hell need to prove his straight-line speed and quickness so scouts can see him close in trail coverage and stay with receivers down the sideline. His backpedal is stiff and stop-start ability lacking, making him most effective playing press or handling plays in front of him. His lean overall build might also be a concern, as larger veteran NFL receivers will try to separate downfield and win run-blocking battles.

Round 7: Lavar Edwards, DE/OLB, LSU

Pass Rush Skills: Lacks elite burst around the edge but has a quick first step and flashes ability to shave the edge tightly. Has long arms but needs to refine his rip and club moves. Is at his best rushing the passer from the inside. Consistently penetrates and disrupts. Shows a quick double move to keep OL off-balance. Does a nice job of using initial quickness to threaten interior OL and has a knack for slipping through tight spaces. Will occasionally penetrate the backfield but fail to change directions quickly enough to finish.

Versus the run: Has good size. Thick trunk and above average lower-body strength. Plays with discipline. Is a natural bender who uses good leverage to help hold up at the point of attack. Does a nice job of sealing the edge. Will win most one-on-one battles with tight ends and holds his ground versus most OTs. Not a great finisher in the run game. Open field tackling skills are below average. Tends to show up at the scene a quarter-count late.

Versatility: Plays a versatile role along LSU defensive line and shows potential to do the same in NFL. Spends majority of run-heavy downs at LDE, and then moves inside to rush the passer in sub-packages. Has experience dropping in underneath zone coverage and has shown adequate awareness in space.

Instincts/Motor: Good motor. No issues with his effort. Not soft but also not a trained killer. Would like to see him play with more reckless abandon.


I would love Tyrann Mathieu and it looks like he might pull a Burfict and not get drafted.
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DJ_Fka


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, you can post some mocks quick.

Ok, I can see where you are going with all of our comments with the other mocks.

Fix QB, done

Fix OL, done x 2

Fix ILB, done

A good draft, no real suprises, fills all the needs well, I still think we need Guards, more than Tackles (I see Thomas as a Tackle and Holmes as a C)

I think you need to add DE in there over another CB.

I would be happy with this draft all being said.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think i made a balanced drfat that fulfills needs
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NO NOT PHILLIP THOMAS!!!! I'm not sure about his losing battles against bigger WRs in the run block game.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may want to say where you're copying and pasting these explanations from or at least re-word them. Looks sketchy if you don't. Would love to hear some of your own explanations as well. What you saw on tape, etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to know where you have us picking. That will greatly affect my opinion of this draft.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

at this point...around 15
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AZPSquared wrote:
at this point...around 15


Hard to imagine us picking that low but that's a decent range for Barkley if we get there.
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