Jackal's Contrarian Draft 1.0 (5 rounds)
After sifting through a number of members' drafts and several mock draft sites, I submit this year's alternative draft scenario. I believe we will move down a few spots in the first and possibly up in the second and third. Observations on players and their projected round would be greatly appreciated.
1. Justin Blalock, OG, Texas -- Inconsistent play on the part of the Offensive line was the downfall of the Parcell's era in my opinion. How many drives were killed due to our inability to convert on 3rd and 4th and short? Blalock instantly improves our internal line and injects a much needed fiery disposition to the unit that has been absent since the departure of Erik Williams.
2. DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler, DT, NC State -- I am a firm believer in building a team from the inside out. Jason Ferguson has been a great addition to the club but we need someone competent to rotate in and eventually replace him. Tyler is stout and strong and could develop into the perfect NT for our system with coaching and experience.
3. Victor Abimiri, DE, Notre Dame -- He's got the size, the speed, and the athleticism to replace Greg Ellis and provide a good pass rusher opposite Demarcus Ware. I think Carp stays in the inside while James is phased out because he's too much of a liability in coverage. Abimiri won't start right away but certainly has the physical tools to be a very good player with proper coaching.
4. Johnny Lee Higgins, WR, UTEP -- Given the depth of our receiver corps I see no need to draft a WR until later rounds. Higgins gives us the quick and shifty playmaker that we currently lack. He can contribute right away on special teams and develop into a solid contributer in the future with a little strength training and seasoning. He's what we wish we were getting with Skyler Green.
5. CJ Gaddis, CB, Clemson -- Gaddis is the kind of corner that I like, fast, athletic, and not shy about supporting the run. He is an excellent athlete that projects at either CB or Safety that should only get better as he gains experience. He will be an immediate contributer on special teams and could develop into an outstanding corner in a few years.