Monday, April 17, 2006Mock Draft: Day Three
Missed Day Two? Ummm Pathetic-er!
We're heading towards the middle portion of this draft and things have settled in nicely. Three quarterbacks went in the top eight picks and now we are reaching a group of teams who need their first-round picks to contribute in order for them to contend this year.
11) St. Louis - Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB, Florida State
Strengths: Wimbley is a terrific pass rusher and playmaker in general; Team player gets the most out of his underdeveloped ability.
Weaknesses: Just a one-year starter; limited ability fits the mold of other FSU bust pass rushers (Jamal Reynolds, Andre Wadsworth)
Why This Pick: The Rams just need guys who can create havoc on the defensive end and Wimbley is the second best playmaker on the defensive line in this draft behind Mario Williams.
12) Cleveland - Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
Strengths: MASSIVE defensive line product (over 330 pounds); Great athletic skills; Large size shouldn't matter since he's Samoan; Should be better than Gerard Warren.
Weaknesses: Has Oregon ever been known for producing a good defensive player?; Needs more development and seasoning.
Why This Pick: A great block to build around, Ngata has the ability to become a dominating nose guard in a 3-4.
13) Buffalo (via trade from Baltimore) - Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State
Strengths: Brodrick Bunkley is one of the great names; lives a few miles from me; hard worker went from run-support nose guard to playmaking defensive tackle.
Weaknesses: Barely hitting 300 pounds makes him too small to be in a 3-4 scheme; will have to make plays without the help of a strong pass rusher.
Why This Pick: Buffalo's gamble pays off as they get a major defensive upgrade and add another fourth-round pick.
14) Philadelphia - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
Strengths: Not the fastest runner but very effective style; Strong receiver out of the backfield; Team leader, good character guy; reminds me of Roger Craig...although I don't think he fucked O.J.'s wife.
Weaknesses: His ceiling isn't as high as the other four first-round running backs; played at Memphis.
Why This Pick: The Correll Buckhalter experiment might as well end without a third ACL tear. Williams can pair with Brian Westbrook and give Donovan McNabb two versatile running options.
15) Denver - Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
Strengths: A freakish combination of size, speed and ability that hasn't been seen since Ivan Drago; continues to improve every year.
Weaknesses: Not yet 6'4, Davis isn't the big target that other tight ends; Blocking skills are raw and underdeveloped.
Why This Pick: This guy could be the next Antonio Gates.