My "Out of the Norm" mock
Ok everybody has been doing pretty much the same thing over and over. DT/OL/S in rounds 1-3 with no real surprises at all. Now, I'm not arguing that it doesn't make the most senes, but when does Jerry ever do the things that seem the most obvious? So I'm going to switch it up and go off the wall a little while still filling needs and getting some good talent.
Round 1- Alec Ogletree OLB Georgia- 1st, I would like to point out that we have no clear 3rd starting LB on the roster to fit the scheme right now. Now, I know people are going to argue that its not the most important position, but why pass on a talent like Ogletree who can make an impact from day 1? Ogletree is 1 of the most talented defenders in this draft with a rare blend of size and speed. Could easily be the highest rated player on the board at #18 which makes it an easy pick.
Round 2- Kyle Long OG/OT Oregon- Ok the positoin isnt so much out of the norm, but the player is. I can see Jerry falling in love with an athlete like this on the o-line. Long is still very raw, but he's got a huge frame to continue to pack on weight and he is 1 hell of an athlete for a lineman. He fits into the zone blocking scheme as a gurd very well with his foot quickness and fluid athletic ability. His ability to play RT isnt out of the question even though I now a lot of people were turned off by his arms being on the shortish side.
Round 3- Jordan Reed TE Florida- Not just saying it because they played the same position at the same school but Reed reminds me A LOT of Aaron Hernandez. Fits the mold of "joker"/d-coordinators worst nightmare perfectly. Can line up in the slot and run smooth routes to create space while also having more than enough size to be a mismatch for just about anybody defenders in the secondary. Jason isnt getting any younger and Reed could easily become Romo's new best friend getting open on intermediate routes.
Round 4- Devin Taylor DE South Carolina- Quite frankly a guy this big shouldn't be this athletic. At 6'7 with 36 inch and 275 LBS he is a lot to deal with for offensive tackles. Has a quick 1st step to beat RT's around the edge and more than enough strength to play the run. Its very possible that he doesn't fall this far if he tests well at the combine, but I think he is a day 1 contributor at strong side DE.
Round 5- Robert Lester S Alabama- Isn't going to be the flashiest guy on the field but does his job well. Hes a bit of a tweener at S, not sure if he fits at FS or SS better. Has very good size for the position and enough athleticism to play a zone affectively. Not a man coverage type of safety which is why hes stil available in the 5th, but I think hes solid enough in all aspects to develop into a starter. Good depth andf special teams guy at the very worst.
Round 6- Josh Boyd DT Miss St- Yeah I know, way to late for the 1st DT taken, but if Rat isnt cut we also have Hatcher, Lissemore, and Crawford who can play the position. There are also a few good 1's available in FA if we do cut Rat....Not a whole lot to say about Boyd, he has good size and a nice burst for an interior pass rush. He was pretty darn good when playing next to Fletcher Cox last year, but struggled this year. Worth a shot to see if he can play with more talent around him than what was at Miss St this year.