Let’s take a look at a round by round recap:
First Round Selections
OT: Jeff Otah – Pittsburgh (2)
OT: Chris Williams – Vanderbilt
OG: Branden Albert – Virginia
RB: Felix Jones – Arkansas
DE: Derrick Harvey – Florida
WR: James Hardy – Indiana
FS: Reggie Smith – Oklahoma
We definitely have some logical minds commenting in this forum. Nobody really wants to use the 1st round pick on an offensive tackle, yet we all know the Birds need to establish depth at the position with Runyan and Thomas likely riding off into the sunset in 2009. Couple that with the uncertainty surrounding the competence of Winston Justice, and the reluctance to kick either Todd Herremans or Shawn Andrews out to the tackle spot, and drafting a tackle becomes a rational move.
Really, the only guy listed above I wouldn’t take would be Branden Albert. I just don’t see the need for a guard with the Frenchman Max Jean-Gilles waiting in the wings. The Birds are better suited to nab a OG prospect in the later rounds (Note: the poster who suggested the Albert pick was looking to provide an unorthodox take on the first three rounds rather than the status quo). By the way, did anyone notice that James Hardy was compared to your very own legend Harold Carmichael in his scouting report?
Compares To: HAROLD CARMICHAEL-ex-Philadelphia…You might have to ask your dad who Harold Carmichael was, but Hardy is in the same mold — a tall, lanky receiver with a great reach and excellent leaping ability whose jump ball skills will create nightmares for smaller cornerbacks. Those defenders generally get into lots of trouble trying to stop Hardy from getting to the jump balls, evident by the 10 pass interference penalties charged to those covering Hardy in 2007. Some say he is like the Giants’ Plaxico Burress, but he lacks the bulk, strength and explosive burst that Burress brings with his game. Use him on fades or bubble screens and he is sure to move the chains, but he is going to have to dedicate a few hours to the weight room, as his lack of ideal strength could become an issue, especially trying to beat the jam.
Second Round Selections
DT: Dre Moore – Maryland (2)
RB: Chris Johnson – East Carolina (2)
FS: Thomas DeCoud – California
CB: Charles Godfrey – Iowa
CB: Justin King – Penn State
DT: Red Bryant – Texas A&M
DT: Trevor Laws – Notre Dame
I guess great minds think alike here with the Dre Moore and Chris Johnson picks. Prior to the post I didn’t know much about either player. Dre Moore has some serious baggage concerning his consistency, but he also has major upside with his physical tools. Johnson, who ran a 4.2 at the combine struck me as a workout warrior until I peeped this highlight mix tape on You Tube.
Johnson has been compared to Westbrook with more long, breakaway speed. I’d take a shot with him because he could contribute from day one on punt and kick returns. DeCoud, Laws, King, Godfrey, and Bryant all look like solid picks, however, if it was a toss up between the five, I’d be inclined to lean towards Trevor Laws.
Third Round Selections
WR: Eddie Royal – Virginia Tech (2)
WR: Donnie Avery – Houston (2)
CB: Antwaun Molden – Eastern Kentucky
TE: Martellus Bennett – Texas A&M
WR: Dexter Jackson – Appalachian State
CB: Tracey Porter – Indiana (Illegal pick: ranked #46)
Again, similar thinking from a bunch of people – dynamic, speed receivers who can all contribute on special teams from the get go. I wouldn’t take Molden here in the 3rd round as he’s perceived as more of a 4th to 5th round guy, but honestly, I’ve never seen Molden on the field. I like Martellus Bennett, but he needs to bang down a couple cheesesteaks a day to beef up his flimsy frame. If I had to declare a winner (which is really pointless since no NFL games have been played) I’d have to go with………..
Jay Strock with the Jeff Otah, Chris Johnson, Martellus Bennett draft.
Thanks for playing and stay tuned, once the compensatory picks are announced, we should expand this baby to a full 7-round mock.
Jay, you’ll know your prize has arrived when you can smell your mailbox from your living room.