I have a feeling that this year's WTF pick(s) won't be of the "reach" nature but of the position nature. In other words, I think pretty much everyone has us taking some form of pass rush help in the first couple rounds, I don't necessarily think that will be the case and this mock will reflect that. I feel this way for a couple reasons. First, I believe that we will in some way address the DL in free agency, whether it's a big signing or a solid rotational guy, I'm convinced we'll do something before the draft. Second, I'm much higher on Jaye Howard than most around here and I think reuniting with Dan Quinn will do nothing but make him even better. I'm not so sure he's not the guy the Hawks view as their replacement for Jason Jones. I also think that the fact that we finally have a franchise QB is not lost on PC&JS and they are going to want to get some real weapons to make him even more dangerous.
So having said all of that I present to you, my outside the box mock.
1 Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - Imagine the double tight sets we could roll out with Miller and Eifert. The play action pass game would be damn near unstoppable. We know that a big pass catching target is something that PC&JS covet and they have tried numerous times to fill that spot to no avail. If Eifert is available I think they pull the trigger to finally put that need to rest, once and for all.
2 Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech - A big, strong, playmaking WR adds another dimension to this offense. It also presents an opportunity for a significant upgrade to the WR core in general, something that PC&JS preach.
3 Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern ***Pick acquired by trading Flynn*** - I’m certain Flynn is gone one way or another. I happen to think it will be for about an early to mid 3rd round pick. Need meets value perfectly here and we get another big body to help with our pocket collapsing problem.
3 David Amerson, CB, NC State – Playmaking CB with good ball skills who had an amazing season 2 years ago but fell back to earth last year. The talent is clearly there and the only reason he’s even available at this slot is because of last year’s less than stellar season.
4 Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M – I watch this guy’s film and I see a perfect fit for the Hawks at WLB. This kid is very athletic and isn’t afraid to lay the lumber.
5 Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia – Freak athlete with questionable film. Not sure why it doesn’t translate to the field, but I’m willing to gamble a 5th rounder to find out. Could be an absolute steal if he can be coached up.
5 Matt Scott, QB, Arizona – We need a QB to groom as a backup to Mr. Wilson. I think we sign a cheap vet to compete with Scott at primary backup, a job I think Scott wins.
6 Manase Foketi, OT, West Texas A&M – Versatile and could play either G or T. PS&JC covet that and will be looking hard his way in the later rounds.
7 Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State – Competition for Leon who is expensive and I think this guy could very well beat him out.
7 Brandon Hepburn, ILB, Florida A&M – Shot in the dark pick but seems he could provide solid competition and could help out on ST.
7 Rontez Miles, FS, California (PA) – Same as above. Could take Maragos’ spot if the cards fall right for him.