With Joeckel, Floyd, and Jordan off the board, Jeff Ireland from the Dolphins calls Howie up and offers their first, second, and third round picks to trade up to our pick. Howie being Howie, accepts and starts grabbing Chip his players.
Round 1 - Pick #12 - Xavier Rhodes - CB
I know we haven't been publicly linked to Rhodes but he fits a need and has potential to be a stud. He's big, fast, physical, and not afraid to tackle. We rehauled the entire secondary but there's still a lot of question marks. Could Bradley Fletcher be the #1 CB that we need? Cary Williams is 29 and I'm skeptical of his cover skills.
Round 2 - Pick #35 - Terron Armstead - OT
He's a freak of nature; big, fast, strong, and solid in protection. If Lane Johnson wasn’t in this draft then Terron would be the most athletic OL in the draft. The only thing that bothers me about him is that he played nobodies until recently. He'll come in and compete from day 1 or develop under Jason Peter.
Round 2 – Pick # 42 – Jesse Williams – NT/DE
Despite being highly regarded as a prospect, Jesse is still raw. He’s still learning the game but shows constant improvement. Teams won’t be terrified of him as a pass rusher since he lacks the quickness to get to the QB. What he does well is eat up space, take on double teams, and plays till the whistle is blown. He did play some 5 tech at Alabama but he would probably be used like Red Bryant in the NFL if asked to play 5tech.
Round 3 – Pick #67 – Phillip Thomas – S
Phillip could probably play either safety spots. He has the size you want in a safety. His skillset is like a swiss army knife. It’ll get the job done but it won’t be pretty sometimes. He just makes plays on the field.
Round 3 - Pick #77- Vance McDonald – TE
I don't know what Chip thinks of Celek yet. This is purely a value pick because he reminds me of a bigger version of James Casey. Vance was used everywhere at Rice (even at H-back) so you know he’s versatile. He will block and put smaller defenders on the ground if he’s blocking in space. I haven’t seen him block inline so that’s a red flag but he has the strength and frame to do it. Vance is inconsistent as a receiver; he’ll make the difficult catches but bobbles easy ones. He didn't put up great #s at Rice but he would have excellent mentors here in Brent Celek and James Casey (who also went to Rice).
Height: 6'4" Weight: 267 lbs 40-time: 4.69s Bench press: 31 reps Vertical Jump: 33.5" Broad Jump: 119" Shuttle: 4.53s 3-cone drill: 7.08s Arm length: 34"
Weight: 246 lbs
Vertical Jump: 36"
Broad Jump: 116"
3-cone drill: 7s
Arm length: 30"
Bench press: 28 reps
Round 4 – Pick # 101 - Marquisse Goodwin - WR
I know people drool over Tavon Austin because of his amazing skillset and how big of a mismatch he’ll be. But we didn’t get him so here’s another playmaker. I’ll paraphrase Tommy Lawlor on this one. We want a weapon in the slot. I like Avant, he’s reliable and a locker room guy but it’s time to revamp the roster. I don’t think Damaris will make the team since Goodwin is everything Damaris is but better. Goodwin can play outside or the slot and will go over the middle if asked to. He’s also a pretty good kick returner.
Round 5 – Pick # 136 - Ty Powell - LB
When you play safety, convert to defensive end and then to linebacker, there has to be some freak of nature in you. He posted solid numbers at the combine and did well at his pro day. Ty showed nice hands and agility for a LB. The thing is he played in D2 for his college career. I think he could develop into either outside linebacker spots while he is used as a role player.
Here’s a video of him running drills at his pro day
Round 7 – # 210 - Manase Foketi – OT/OG
I came to this conclusion. We need to develop young OL to replace our old OL or we’ll be the Arizona Cardinals and maybe even... the Dallas Cowboys. Manase isn’t going to be Jason Peters or Evan Mathis. He fits more of the Jon Runyan mold. He has maturity issues and limited experience. I think he’s a guard coming into the league and if he develops well he could be a right tackle. He’s a big nasty mauler with surprisingly light feet. If he could become a poor man’s Jon Runyan I would be happy.
Round 7 – Pick # 212 - Knile Davis – RB
To be honest, I don’t know if he lasts this long. Any RB needy team will grab him in the late rounds. Kniles is a physical freak. He’s more of a bruiser then a finesse runner. He could catch and block when asked to. The only reason why he would fall this far is the injury concerns. Kniles has had injuries every season in his college career.
Round 7 –Pick # 218 - Patrick Omameh - OG
Patrick is the complete opposite of Manase. He started all 4 years at Michigan and is considered smart + mature. He has the ability to get to the second level but consistently doesn’t get his hands on anyone often at that level. Overall, he is solid in protection but needs to learn to anchor better and put on more muscle.
Round 7 – Pick # 239 - Quinton Dial –DT/NT/DE
Quinton transferred from JUCO to Alabama when he was a junior. He’s probably more famous for his cheap shot on Aaron Murray then his talent. That being said Quinton is a nasty player with size and long arms. He’s inconsistent (lack of moves) and doesn’t have great instincts. Even if he develops pass rush moves, he’s not explosive enough to get to the QB.