Got tired of mocking Warmack/Cooper/etc. at #1, so I thought it might be fun to start doing scenario mocks.
In this scenario, we take Vacarro because he's BPA due to our boards. So what happens after that?
18. Kenny Vacarro, FS, Texas
Vacarro is the given in this scenario, but I actually do think there's a lot to like about him, particularly his versatility, size and aggression. The key to Seattle's secondary is Earl Thomas, who basically erases the drawbacks of having large, physical corners and a 230 lb strong safety.
47. Menelik Watson, RT, Florida State
He's raw, but the guy is athlethic and has tons of upside. I want an OG early, like a lot of people, but hard to pass up a tackle in favor of a guard. If Free is staying at least another year, then that gives us some time to season Watson.
80. Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
Collins is just the type of SAM LB you look for in the 4-3 - stout enough to stand up in the run but athletic enough to chase down plays from behind and drop back without looking like a wounded buffalo.
111. Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
Bailey, at this point, is pretty good value. He's not Warmack in terms of power or Cooper in terms of athleticism, but he's got some experience pulling and plays with good power.
144. Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
Jamison suffered from running behind a terrible line, but when he gets a little bit of space, he's a problem. It'd be nice to have the luxury of getting a complimentary back to Murray, but what we really need is a back that can take over incase he gets injured again.
175. Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Good size, aggression and production. Illinois thought enough of his hands to give him some offensive plays at receiver. Not the type of guy to stand around a pile which makes him ideal for special teams, which is what he'll have to excel at to stick.
So, the immediate problem is no DL help. I'm not happy about it either, but I'm not so sure that once we miss out on the top guys, the team won't sit it out. Whenever they've brought stuff up like this to Jerry in the past, he always said they shy away when they aren't sure a guy in the draft is better than what they have. This may become even more likely if we resign Spencer.
Thoughts welcome, of course. Tell me how much you hate it.