If The Draft Were Held Today v3
We'd be picking 18th. I'll use this pick for each round, minus the 7 we used for Cook. I won't pick any players slotted to go sooner than when the Cowboys pick, and I'm using the CBS Sports Prospect Rankings. I'll be including brief CBS Sports commentary and my comments below.
1 (18) - Alex Okafor | DE/OLB | Texas | 6'5" 265lb - His most impressive attribute is his power. Okafor can knock opponents onto their heels on his way to the quarterback and also sets the edge nicely as a run defender. Okafor's ability to make plays against the run and pass makes him arguably the most well-rounded senior defensive end in the country.
Could vie for a starting spot as soon as next year. All around good defender vs run and pass. Very powerful.
2 (50) - T.J. McDonald | FS | Southern California | 6'2" 205lb - He certainly boasts the combination of size, speed, overall athleticism, hitting ability and ball skills that every NFL team is looking for. Because of his imposing frame and hitting ability, McDonald has often been compared to the highly touted safety he replaced at USC: Taylor Mays. While McDonald is not the elite straight-line speed athlete that Mays is, nor is he as stiff in coverage, which is among the reasons why he'll ultimately earn a higher pick in the NFL draft than his former teammate.
I am leery of USC Safeties, but he is by far the BPA that fits a need and is a steal here. Has the ability to be a real center-fielder or drop down into the box and lay some wood.
3 (82) - Khaled Holmes | C | Southern California | 6'3" 305lb - Holmes projects nicely at any of the three interior positions in the NFL. He's quick off the snap, demonstrating the burst and agility to handle combo blocking, though he can be beaten to the point when asked to pull. He is powerful at the point of attack, showing good upper and lower body strength to get push in short yardage situations, making him an ideal candidate for a power-based scheme.
Oh boy, finally, a possible REAL Center. This guy is very good and would be a steal in the 3rd round.
4 (114) - Stedman Bailey | WR | West Virginia | 5'10" 195lb -Bailey, a true junior, isn't quite as agile as his more hyped teammate Tavon Austin, and he lacks the explosive first step that has helped Austin be such a dynamic returner throughout his career. Bailey, however, has a similar "stocky" frame and is a more accomplished route-runner making many of his biggest plays on verticals and deep crossing patterns that will more easily translate into an NFL offense. Has caught 16 touchdowns this year, and had 12 last year. A good underneath option to play the slot. Clean, crisp routes and good hands.
5 (146)- Joseph Fauria | TE | UCLA | 6'7" 255lb - Fauria's value lies in his ability as a mismatch in the passing game. While not a speed threat in the Jimmy Graham mold, Fauria shows impressive flexibility and agility as a route-runner, soft hands to make tough catches and the combination of strength, fluidity and leaping ability to be a "Bruin" after the catch.
Somewhat of a project TE. Has not made many starts in his career, but his size and athleticism are worth taking a shot on. Could develop into a real threat in the passing game and a serious red zone mismatch.
6 (178) - James Hurst | OT | North Carolina | 6'6" 310lb - Hurst has the size and natural athleticism to hold his own on an island, but needs to continue and develop his footwork and technique, using proper angles.
Could fly up draft boards as tackles are taken. Provides depth and competition for both Doug Free and Jeremy Parnell.
I know I went a little defense heavy in the top part of the draft, but BPA is BPA and there could be real needs there next year. The rest of the draft is dedicated to offense, where we lack depth and playmaking ability.