As you probably already have seen, we rolled out the Blog Network mock draft this morning.
Just wanted to share some thoughts with you on my picks. I felt pretty confident taking Gerald McCoy at No. 3 for the Buccaneers. In other words, there’s a real chance this could happen.
I didn’t feel nearly as confident taking South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul with the No. 19 pick for Atlanta. I went into the mock thinking I’d get Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham, but he was taken before I got on the clock. I also have seen a lot of other mocks where Pierre-Paul was gone before the Falcons picked. Also, the draft was done last week. That was before I found out Sunday that the Falcons sent all of their top brass to a private workout by Georgia Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas. Not saying the Falcons definitely will take Thomas, but it’s possible. Still, I think the need for a pass-rusher is heavy on Atlanta’s mind.
Speaking of not being able to take the guy I wanted, it also happened at No. 32 for the Saints. I was locked in on Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, but Mike Sando beat me to the punch and gave him to the Cardinals at No. 26. I had to scramble a bit and couldn’t find another outside linebacker I thought was worth the value here. That’s why I went with Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap. The Saints aren’t desperate at defensive end, but they don’t have a lot of young guys there and Dunlap could be a long-term solution.
Carolina didn’t have a first-round pick. But, in fairness to Panthers fans, I’m going to project what I think they’ll do with their second-round choice. I’ll do that later this afternoon, after I take my turn in today’s marathon draft chat.