Couple of caveats to this. First up, I've generally looked at the back end of round fully aware that we're drafting late so while some players may naturally be graded in a round above I've taken the shot at them where we can however some of these guys could easily jump up the boards. Ideally we'd be trading back in the second round to pickup an extra 5th or 6th and swapping the 2nd for an early 3rd but I'm not mocking trades out of this.
1 Kawaan Short DT Purdue
Needs to be double teamed and if not he can barrel past the interior linemen. Naturally strong with long arms that helps him to disengage, can use leverage well and has a quick first step. Has multiple moves.
Concerns over level of effort linger due to games in the past but he's shown a willingness to put more effort in recently. Lacks a nasty streak.
2 John Simon DE Ohio St
Absolutely relentless motor, can play both RE and DE even in 3-4 package. Good ability to swat the ball and while he isn't the quickest he does have a good burst and his natural quickness comes in the first 10 yards. Powerful upper body.
Lacks overall speed, struggles with coverage and needs to work on mixing up his move set. Aggression can get him into trouble. Not always a bad thing
3 Menelik Watson OT Florida State
Off the scales atheticism, very powerful and agile and can completely lockdown a DE. Natural RT that suits the ZBS perfectly
Raw, very raw... A veteran will beat him and he needs time to develop into his role. Run blocking not the greatest
4 Bennie Logan DT LSU
Quick first step, good leverage and if double teamed is not out the play completely.
Doesn't always disengage too well. More of a rotational DT, not every down, similar to Jason Jones he would likely appear in the nickel package more often.
5 Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State
(can't find that much proper tape right now but watched him in the Ponsietta Bowl)
Good pass catcher, tall with decent speed and route running ability. Knows how to get open and make the difficult catches.
Not the first TE you'd put to run block. Lacks the strength and skills to contribute at an NFL level at the line of scrimmage
5 Ray(mond) Graham RB Pittsburgh
Quick and agile, good cutting skills means he will often make defenders miss the first tackle. If he breaks into the open field he has the ability to make something special happen. Decent pass catching. Has special teams returning experience
Won't break many tackle and his lack of size means he's not an every down back. Best used as a change of pace back. Don't ask him to pass block and while he's quick he's not got elite speed.
Later rounds/UDFA in no particular order
Josh Evans FS Florida
Brandon Kaufman WR Eastern Washington
Marquess Wilson WR Washington State
Nick Florence QB Baylor
Cooper Taylor SS Richmond
Tyrann Mathieu CB 'LSU'
What? No WR? Nope... Everytime I was thinking who would be available in those spots the WR's I believe PCJS would like were always a round or two away. I also believe they're happy with the Rice, Tate and Baldwin but they do know they need to look to the future hence why 6th round on I've for two potential WR's. Next year I believe we'll see a WR drafted early, this year? Not so much.
Two DT's? Yep. I don't think PCJS would be afraid to overload on the D Line looking for that special player that gives us that interior pass rush threat. It's a vital role and one I believe needs fixed sooner rather than later. Short gives us our starting 3 tech and Logan gives us a Jason Jones type. Build throughthe draft remember.
And that DE? Indeed. Quite a fan of John Simon and I actually believe he could be drafted as the long term LEO letting us keep Irvin as a situational pass rush specialist where I believe he could be more effective.
Menelik who? Oh if you don't know him, come the combine you will. I almost guarantee that Tom Cable is screaming at PCJS to draft him as early as possible. 3rd round would be risky to pick him up though so here's hoping we somehow get an early third or another late second.