Mocking a Year
I'll start this out by guessing that we sign CB Tracy Porter and OG Vernon Carey. The Saints have several FAs this off-season that will require big contracts, we can return the favors they've paid us by taking Porter off their hands. Vernon Carey was once a highly-thought of OL for Miami, but they restructured his contract last year and he will be a FA this year. The Dolphins' situation isn't looking good, and Garrett both played with and coached Carey in Miami.
1. Peter Konz C Wisconsin 6'5" 315lbs Konz can have as big of an immediate impact for us as Pouncey did for Pittsburgh. I think he's impossible to pass up if he's here, huge instant upgrade.
2. Bacarri Rambo S Georgia 6'0" 218lbs Rambo is a solid tackler that hits like a SS, but his ball skills are improving as he posted 7 INTs and 7 PBU this year. He will only turn 22 before the start of next season and runs a 4.4-4.5 40, lots of upside here.
3. Andre Branch DE/OLB Clemson 6'4" 260lbs Branch had a big senior year, and his name is starting to rise but he still isn't getting the attention he deserves. He may rise into the 2nd round but we should have a decent shot of getting him here.
4. Omar Bolden CB Arizona St 5'10" 195lbs Missed the entire season because of a torn ACL suffered in spring practice. He has good cover skills and is a solid tackler. Bolden considered entering the draft last year, and if he's healthy this could be a steal.
5. Amini Silatolu OL Midwestern St 6'3 324lbs A big man with a mean streak that is capable of playing light on his feet. He currently plays LT, but his best fit would probably be G in the NFL.
6. Brett Roy DL Nevada 6'4" 280lbs Roy is an undersized DT that plays with a very high motor. He's got 18 sacks over the last 2 seasons, and knows how to get to the QB.
6. (Comp Pick) Jerry Franklin ILB Arkansas 6'1" 245lbs A tackling machine that makes a bunch of plays in the backfield. Franklin's size limits him, but he gives 100% and finds ways to make a play.
7. Chris Rainey WR/RB/RS Florida 5'8" 175lbs Rainey doesn't have the same speed as Jeff Demps, and he's got some character concerns but overall he is more versatile. Rainey is a better runner, better receiver, returns punts, and has more wiggle than Demps does.
Have a Happy New Year everyone.