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MrOaktown_56


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:05 am    Post subject: 2014 Mock Offseason:Offense Minded Draft/FA(Different!) Reply with quote

Needs: de/dt/og/s/cb/offensive weapons

Free Agency: This years free agency offers a huge amount of defensive talent. We also have about 25 million more than the next team so I think these signings are reasonable given that we have a ton of cash. I think reggie will pony up a bit because its ok to pay for YOUNG talent, not people like Jared Allen and Shaun Phillips, who are flashy, but winding down their careers. The people I have down have some of their best years in front of them and I feel like these are fair deals.

Rashad Jennings: 2 Years 10 Million, 6 Million Guaranteed
Rashad Jennings has proven that he is an excellent fit in our offense and can take over until we choose our "chosen one" in the super stacked 2015 running back class. (hint hint duke johnson)

Lamarr Houston:DE/DT 4 Years: 28 Million, 12 million guaranteed.
Houston has made it clear that he would like to be back, indicating that “if u believe the media then u a fool”. He is a perfect LDE, who proved he can play RDE reasonably well and can slide into tackle if need be. His run defense is phenomenal and as long as he’s on the field, he’ll have an impact on play. And he’s still only 26. I think he’ll move to DT this year and give us interior pass rush and a formidable run defense with sims.

Jared Veldheer: 5 Years 45 Million, 25 million guaranteed
Top 10 Lt with upside to become the best. Pay the man.

Tracy Porter: 3 Years 9 Million, 6 million guaranteed.
He has played admirably at times this year considering the anemic pass rush, with 2 ints, a pick 6, and a ton of passes defended. He would form a nice tandem with Hayden and potentially Verner.

Pat Sims: 3 Years 15 Million, 6 million guaranteed
Sims has proven that he can be a dominant run stuffer and put some pressure on the qb, having finally settled into this defense late in the year. With Houston moving inside, the run defense would be locked down. He would make for an excellent rotation with Stacy McGee as well.

Michael Johnson: 4 years 38 Million 20 million guaranteed
Luckily for us, Michael Johnson is in a weird situation with Cincy, as they won’t wanna pay him 12 Million + by franchising him again and he didn’t have the “best” year in terms of sacks. However, pro football focus rated him the #2 overall 4-3 defensive end based on run defense, qb hits, and pressure. He deserves some big money at the young age of 27. Hello pass rush.

Alterraun Verner: 5 years 40 Million, 15 million guaranteed.
The man is from california and is still very young at age 26. He ranked as a top 10 corner according to pro football focus and has his best years in front of him. I see him getting a similar deal to Brandon Carr on the market, and the appeal of being in california is great, especially with 40M in your pocket.

Draft:

While defensive free agents are made available from time to time (this year), as raider hater Ray Ratto put it "the raiders have to find their LeSean Mccoy or Calvin Johnson". While there aren't any talents on comparable levels here (of which we know), there are some nice options in this offensively stacked class.

Round 1:Sammy Watkins

[img]http://rotoviz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/sammywatkins.jpg

Let me be clear: many will hate this pick. They will call it an "Al Davis" pick because watkins has run sub 4.3 40s before even combine training and recorded what may be the fastest ever 10 yard split. This kid is absolutely amazing. He can do everything. He can catch screens and show off shiftiness. He can go up and get the ball. I rarely ever have seen him drop balls. He also makes adjustments to the qb On 3rd down, he knows how to get open. Despite one weed oriented arrest, he's a high character guy as seen by his interviews and expresses a genuine interest in helping his team and getting better. Watkins will complete our wide receiver core, and attention on him will allow denarius moore, rod streater, and andre holmes (in 4 wr sets) to get more looks in 1 on 1 coverage. He can stretch the defense and improve the run game by removing 8 man fronts. He may not be AJ Green but the guy is extremely polished and can get even better in the NFL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd6L5AZxE1s (Georgia)

Round 2: Aaron Donald

[/img]http://sports.cbsimg.net/u/photos/football/nfl/img24270696.jpg

In another D Line oriented pick, we take the undersized, underappreciated Aaron Donald. There is nothing that needs to be said for his production, which has been absolutely fantastic this year. Walterfootball lists him as running a 4.75 in the 40, which gives a good estimate of his explosiveness for a defensive tackle. He has a ridiculous swim move, which he used to devastate interior lineman and holds up fairly well in the run game. Next to sims, he could exploit Sim's ability to clog and provide some much needed interior "speed" rushing.

The funny thing about Donald is that many view him as a "top 10 talent if he was taller", but everyone feels he's not worth listing in the 1st. I think he falls to us around 35 and he puts up 4-8 sacks and some forced fumbles his rookie year, if we choose to draft him.

With this pick, our dline could truly go from worst to first, and our secondary would see a significant ripple effect, leading to more turnovers on the backend as well, given the excellent skills of Hayden, porter, and verner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3YKvx6LcBs (Season Highlights)

Round 3:Gabe Jackson
[img]http://gamedayr.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/phil-steele-2013-all-sec-first-team-gabe-jackson.jpg

On espn insider, Jackson's scouting report contains a 1, or exceptional, run blocking grade because of his nastiness and effectiveness at the second level. He can help jennings and our running back(s) of the future punish in the run game and establish a viable "ground and pound" option in our offense. If he moves to left guard, him veldheer and wiz could be a formidable line to run behind for the foreseeable future. His pass protection does need some work, but it's far better than what we have now and he's shown the ability to fend off powerful defensive tackles in the sec.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrgJ0V1xY4 (LSU)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syM4VxV3tZE(Oklahoma State)

Round 4: Terrence Brooks
[/img]http://media.247sports.com/Uploads/Gallery/115101/115117.jpg

Brooks is a hard hitting, rangy guy with great measurables and potential. If he sat a year behind Charles Woodson at free safety, he could pay big dividends in the future and I could see him panning out like tyvon branch did in the 4th years ago. No more screen plays (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exlcz2kaH9g 2:24)!

Round 6:Isaiah Crowell
[img]http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2011/football/ncaa/02/07/recruiting.early.impact.players/isaiah-crowell-story-ap.jpg

Like stacy mcgee last year, Crowell is a 6th round pick due to character concerns. He may rise in the months to come, but this would be an excellent place to take a flyer on this guy. If he shows a transcendent rise in preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see the guy overtake latavius murray on the depth chart. He has the complete package of size, speed, vision, and elusiveness and has feature back potential. Obviously, he hasn't played at a high level since transferring to alabama state but would be BPA by a mile here.

See:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSjr0Ldo5XU (Recently at Alabama State, watch around :40 Wink )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2G68V6d4uQ (At Georgia, SEC freshman of the year)

Round 6:Antone Exum
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Injury concerns have injured this talented player's draft stock, but reggie has no problem taking injured players and he could serve as a slot corner capable of playing run defense in dime schemes, or eventually a nickel corner as he continues to heal. He flashes dominance in run defense and could convert to safety to further increase depth if an injury occurs, given his excellent coverage and tackling skills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2G68V6d4uQ (Here against Florida State he lines up on tight ends and Kelvin Benjamin, shows some nice coverage ability and breaks up some passes)

Round 7:Shaquille Barrett
[/img]http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/USATSI_5766444.jpg

Barrett could fall this low due to his small school status and perhaps even an unimpressive combine. However barrett showed great production and pass rush ability and could be able to take over the starting role from kevin burnett in his 2nd or 3rd year, especially because of his ability to rush the passer. He's also a family man and has excellent character, which would appeal to RM as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcGMgbc_DRU (Against Bama)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmN1eLI-Krw ( Smile )


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't gotten the whole image thing worked out so I'll try and get those running. Do they have to be gifs?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like the free agency a lot, and the draft from a value standpoint isn't bad at all IMO. We have plenty of weapons, potentially a solid addition to OG.
I think you have done a decent job here.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right off the bat, I personally believe Porter is not worth that money. Still more than I would like to pay Houston as well. Like the other signings, especially Verner. I like Sammy as a prospect, but I just cant justify going WR when we have 2 WR's that are atleast solid, maybe 3 depending on how Holmes grows. Im so torn with who I want to go with. I like ASJ as a prospect, but love Ebron the most if we go TE and if he is there. Again, we have bigger positions imo then TE, as Rivera looked okay for a rookie, but if we follow Reggies BPA approach the entire draft, then so be it. I would support the pick in ASJ. Love Jacksin in the third. The rest I dont really know anything about. Overall I like it.

Ps All your picks got screwed up bro!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm super torn about wr, but I think a guy like watkins will make everyone else better. When we run 4 wr sets, imagine having watkins streater moore and holmes. Also I think we needa pull a cincinnati and grab tons of offense in this draft so if the qb situation doesn't work out, we can go with a qb in 2015. Plus Watkins is a sure thing whereas barr and mack may not be so much, plus one may be gone by the time we pick. I think because the 4-3 DE class is strong, we don't have a huge need for either though its a very unpopular opinion that I have.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As for the later rounds, they're prospects i've read about a lot or had a chance to look at. I can post highlights/tape on all of them if you guys want. I watch a lot of cfb Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I like it a lot.

Not a fan of this TE after WR method, but could live with it.

Give me Aaron Donald in the 2nd and I'm happy Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't get behind taking ASJ.

Raiders just spent 2 draft picks on TE last year. Rivera showed a nice skill set as a pass catcher.

Kasa is a developmental prospect, but should start to contribute in his 2nd season.

Just so many bigger needs than TE to justify that pick.

I have no issue with the Watkins pick in the first however depending who is there when on the clock.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also would prefer another choice to ASJ. I'd go Seastrunk.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No QB WTF? Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ch8878 wrote:
No QB WTF? Confused


I know what you mean, but based on the tendency for most gm's to reach on qb's and my lack of enthusiasm toward bortles, I think that qb won't be addressed in the draft. Call me crazy, but olson and allen indicated that there need to be more weapons around the qb next year in order to be successful. I like both pryor and mcgloin's developmental potential and imagine how good they could look with more time in the pocket and better personnel on offense. At times, both looked excellent this year, and I wouldn't risk blowing picks on a qb early in a blue chip loaded class much like 2007, when we passed on revis calvin pwillis etc for jamarcus. Not that jacoughsyrup was a bad prospect but in the long run, it would be nice to go safer. But I may add a qb in the middle rounds of the draft depending on if tajh boyd/david fales' or garrappolo's draft stock decreases.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolni wrote:
Actually I like it a lot.

Not a fan of this TE after WR method, but could live with it.

Give me Aaron Donald in the 2nd and I'm happy Smile


Changed, I had to watch his highlights and some tape again, but I'm once again a believer. He'll be there for sure too.
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