Thursday, March 29, 2012
We've got ourselves a new McShay mock
By Dan Graziano
Todd McShay's got a new mock draft up. It actually went up yesterday, but I was busy filling up the blog with live stuff from the owners meetings. So today, exactly four weeks from the draft, I present to you Todd's latest two-round mock draft . It's Insider, but you know I like to take care of you guys.
Round One, pick 2: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Round Two: No pick
Not too much to pick apart here. The only way the first part of this changes is if the Colts take Griffin at No. 1, in which case the Redskins will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. And the only way the second part changes is if they trade up into the second round to grab a guy they like there. The Redskins traded their second-round pick to the Rams as part of the trade for the No. 2 overall pick.
Round One, pick 14: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Round Two, pick 45: Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State
Interesting first-round choice, especially with Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw on the board. I'm thinking the Cowboys want a pass-rusher here, and that Upshaw would be hard to pass up. But as Todd points, out, Cox can help the pass rush from the inside, and would allow the Cowboys to run more four-man fronts or move Jay Ratliff outside sometimes. A guard in the second round? I guess maybe, but they did draft two guards last year and sign two earlier this month.
Round One, pick 15: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Round Two, pick 46: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Round Two, pick 51: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
I was surprised to see Todd give the Eagles a safety here. They have picked safeties early in several recent drafts and likely want to keep giving Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett opportunities. I've been thinking they add a veteran safety in free agency, but if they don't, Barron looks like a good value pick at 15. As for the second-round selections, both would add depth at positions where the Eagles need it. I wonder, as many are wondering these days, if the Eagles might use one of their second-round picks on a quarterback to start grooming Michael Vick's eventual successor.
New York Giants
Round 1, pick 32: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
Round 2, pick 63: Mitchell Schwartz, T, California
If the Giants came out of the first two rounds with a linebacker and a tackle, I'd have to think they'd be thrilled. And if David is still there at 32, he's the kind of value pick the Giants wouldn't be able to pass up.