MOCK DRAFT COLCHESTER GLADIATORS (UK) STYLE – ROUND 2
And so we come to the main event – round 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft. Well, Redskins fans will consider it the main event after sitting out the whole of the first round while watching the Rams use “our” pick on Jonathan Cooper, the guard from North Carolina.
Keeping my Redskins cards close to my chest, planning on taking one of the highly rated safeties at #51, a sudden burst on defensive backs, and one by one they were off the board.
Vaccaro and Cyprien went in the first. Cyprien to the 49ers, a pick selected by my brother, my twin brother, sitting next to me, both of us in our Redskins apparel. He knows our needs yet he diluted the pool of top safety talent. Judas!
Another player mocked to us many times, the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu goes immediately, quickly followed by Elam and Reid. But DJ is still there. DJ Swearinger, the hard hitting, versatile defensive back from South Carolina, not written about as much as the others, is still there.
I take my Cardinals pick, a gimmee after my bold selection of Geno Smith in the first. My Dolphins pick, another tackle, not really interested. DJ is still there. Carolina Panthers are up next. They went DT in the first, surely they’ll go cornerback or wide receiver. “With the 44th pick, the Carolina Panthers select….DJ Swearinger, Safety, South Carolina.”
Ah, ok….what now? All five rated safeties are now off the board so do I start reaching for someone like JJ Wilcox or Phillip Thomas, or do I switch to plan B? Which corners are still there? Taylor, Banks, Alford, Wreh-Wilson, still some talent there worthy of #51. Still need to pick for the Giants though, yeah, he’ll do, Jenkins, they need a DE after losing Osi so they can have him.
Just the Bears to go now and still some top cornerback talent on the board. Bears take a tackle so we’re up. Here we go, the future of the Washington Redskins is in my hands. Safety or corner, corner or safety. The remaining safeties are a bit of a reach and we may be able to get one of them in the third so we’re going to take a corner. My extensive research on the cornerback field points me one way. The 6’2” corner from Mississippi State, Johnthan Banks. We’ll join the move towards taller corners like Sherman from Seattle, and get a bit more physical with the NFC East receivers. So Banks joins the burgundy and gold to shore up the secondary and we continue to pray that Brandon Meriweather recovers in time for the new season.
So just the Dolphins and Texans to pick for now then it’s job done. So after a few beers, much pizza, and football talk, my thanks go out to my teammates who helped with this mock. To Tom Burridge for hosting, Tom Clarke for organising, and John Foxley, Adam Burrows, Paul Brunsden, Phil Moreton and Dave Crane. Looking forward to visiting chez Crane for the real thing tomorrow night!
|1 (33)||Jacksonville Jaguars||Tyrann Mathieu||CB|
|2 (34)||San Francisco 49ers||Datone Jones||DE|
|3 (35)||Philadelphia Eagles||Matt Elam||FS|
|4 (36)||Detroit Lions||Alex Okafor||DE|
|5 (37)||Cincinnati Bengals||Eric Reid||FS|
|6 (38)||Arizona Cardinals||Menelik Watson||OT|
|(The Cardinals are desperate to improve their O line and after taking Smith in the first, a quality tackle was essential early in round two.)|
|7 (39)||New York Jets||Zach Ertz||TE|
|8 (40)||Tennessee Titans||Desmond Trufant||CB|
|9 (41)||Buffalo Bills||Justin Hunter||WR|
|10 (42)||Miami Dolphins||Teron Armstead||OT|
|(Need to try to fill a huge hole after the departure of Jake Long. The top rated tackle left on the board.)|
|11 (43)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Justin Pugh||OT|
|12 (44)||Carolina Panthers||DJ Swearinger||SS|
|13 (45)||San Diego Chargers||Kyle Long||OT|
|14 (46)||New York Jets (from St. Louis Rams)||Matt Barkley||QB|
|15 (47)||Dallas Cowboys||Larry Warford||OG|
|16 (48)||Pittsburgh Steelers||Kevin Minter||ILB|
|17 (49)||New York Giants||Brandon Jenkins||DE|
|(After losing Osi, need help to maintain the defence’s strength, rushing opposing QBs. JPP and Tuck will be celebrating.)|
|18 (50)||Chicago Bears||Barrett Jones||OG|
|19 (51)||Washington Redskins||Johnthan Banks||CB|
|(After the rush on safeties, Banks was the best corner available and better value at pick 51 than reaching for a third tier safety. Banks offers good size to compete with the taller receivers.)|
|20 (52)||Minnesota Vikings||Mike Glennon||QB|
|21 (53)||Cincinnati Bengals||Terrance Williams||WR|
|22 (54)||Miami Dolphins||Robert Woods||WR|
|(A glaring need at WR – Woods will be expected to start from day 1.)|
|23 (55)||Green Bay Packers||Jonathan Franklin||RB|
|24 (56)||Seattle Seahawks||Sylvester Williams||DT|
|25 (57)||Houston Texans||Jamar Taylor||CB|
|(After strengthening an already explosive offence, the Texans turn to defence and shore up a weakness.)|
|26 (58)||Denver Broncos||Jesse Williams||DT|
|27 (59)||New England Patriots||Margus Hunt||DE|
|28 (60)||Atlanta Falcons||Darius Slay||CB|
|29 (61)||San Francisco 49ers||Marcus Wheaton||WR|
|30 (62)||Baltimore Ravens||Quinton Patton||WR|