College Football

The Creepy Combine is Complete. It’s time for Mock Draft Version 2!

And yes the Combine is creepy. Informative, yes.  But there are too many grown men gawking at too many younger men and asking questions that I am sure range from mundane to way too personal.  Like I care how many times a player has protein paste or how often a player moves his fingers or how often a player has to take a dump during the day.  I think some scouts create as many questions as possible to make it so they can keep their jobs.  Anyway, where were we?

Oh that’s right. It’s time for another Mel Kiper inspired mock draft.  This is my second kick at the can.  I am sure Kiper has done eighty of these things by now.  Ridiculous.  Then again, I can’t say a whole lot since a few of my picks drastically changed from my mock draft V1.  So let’s get to the picks followed by some mediocre analysis:

1 Tennessee Laremy Tunsil, T, Ole Miss
2 Cleveland Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3 San Diego Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
4 Dallas Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
5 Jacksonville Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
6 Baltimore Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
7 San Francisco Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame
8 Miami Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
9 Tampa Bay DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
10 NY Giants Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
11 Chicago Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State
12 New Orleans Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
13 Philadelphia A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
14 Oakland Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
15 Los Angeles Jared Goff, QB, California
16 Detroit Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
17 Atlanta Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
18 Indianapolis Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
19 Buffalo Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
20 NY Jets Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
21 Washington Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
22 Houston Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville
23 Minnesota Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State
24 Cincinnati Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
25 Pittsburgh Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
26 Seattle Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
27 Green Bay Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
28 Kansas City Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
29 Arizona Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
30 Carolina Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
31 Denver Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The Mediocre Analysis Part of our Show

  • I finally succumbed to the QB-to-Cleveland hype and moved Carson Wentz up to the #2 spot. Really, I still believe there is very little separating Wentz and Jared Goff. With almost all other things being equal, Wentz has that quality of “knowing how to win” under his belt, leading North Dakota State to multiple titles whereas Goff has finally got Cal to be a bowl team from being terrible.
  • Laremy Tunsil still seems to be somewhat of a lock at the top spot to the Titans. Most mock drafts seem to agree.
  • Noah Spence has experienced a bit of a drop. Looking at many mocks, he has dropped in every one. His Combine performance was one of the worst. Again I don’t fully take stock in Combine performances but linemen and linebackers probably have to be rated more on that than their stats.
  • Joshua Garnett has almost dropped out of the first round. And now Cody Whitehair from Kansas State is rocketing up the boards and will probably overtake Garnett as the top guard in the draft. It’s amazing how far players can drop. Last year I had Gerod Holliman a late first round choice in my first mock. He ended up not being drafted at all.
  • Despite Connor Cook’s poor showing at the combine, I am positive the Denver Broncos will not wait on picking a quarterback. Poor Brock Osweiler. That meme of him trying to come into the game last season was hilarious and sad all at the same time. And now he may not get his shot to be more than a one-year starter (unless he brings Denver back to the Super Bowl…then we’d be looking at a good old-fashioned quarterback controversy).

Very few other big movements on the board. I am hoping for my next edition of the mock draft that I will include second rounders.  Don’t quote me on that but I will make it happen somehow.

I am already hating this dead period for football. I’m in withdrawal dammit!  Hopefully the days until the draft go quickly at least so that I can preserve some semblance of my sanity.  Enjoy the wintery weather (if that’s what you like) because by this time next week all that fluffy white stuff will be long gone, replaced with muck and shit all over the ground.  Gross.

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