Friday, February 3, 2012
Todd McShay's newest mock draft
By Paul Kuharsky
Todd McShay’s newest mock draft is up, and we’ve secured access to the AFC South elements.
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
McShay: “The status of Colts legend Peyton Manning is still up in the air after multiple neck surgeries, and Manning will be 36 years old next season. Meanwhile, Luck is a once-in-a-generation prospect with the physical tools and mental makeup to start from Day 1. Given the financial considerations involved, the smart decision is to draft Luck and part ways with Manning.”
Kuharsky: Barring some bizarre career-threatening injury to Luck, I can’t see how this does not happen.
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
McShay: “The Jaguars are desperate for help at receiver, but Blackmon is off the board and Coples presents great value at this point. He's the most talented defensive prospect in the 2012 class and showcased a versatile skill set and the potential to be a dominant player throughout Senior Bowl week.”
Kuharsky: You might think it would be hard for the Jaguars to go defense as needy as they are on offense. But they need an edge rusher, and they could well sign two receivers in free agency long before they go on the clock.
Nick Perry*, DE, USC
McShay: The Titans have three defensive ends set to become free agents and need a dynamic pass-rusher to complement Derrick Morgan. While Perry is raw, he has good initial burst and natural pass-rush skills. Cornerback, safety and offensive line are also need areas, but Perry makes the most sense in this situation.”
Kuharsky: He’d certainly help fill a need, but we’ll need to see what they do in free agency. It would be nice to get immediate impact, and the “raw” label always suggests there might be a long wait.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
McShay: “The Texans would rather get a wideout here to complement Andre Johnson, but Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery would be reaches at this point. A difference-maker at tight end would help, though, and Fleener is a reliable target with toughness, a competitive nature and underrated speed/athleticism. He could draw some attention to the middle away from Johnson, and with a deep wideout class Houston could find a quality receiver in the next couple of rounds.”
Kuharsky: The Texans could be in position to draft the best available guy. But they’ve invested a lot of picks in tight ends, and a healthy Owen Daniels is a premier guy. Beyond receiver, they could use outside linebacker depth and perhaps a corner.