In the last month I participated in three different full 7 round Mock Drafts over at Footballsfuture.com. I was the GM for the Titans each time, and the entire AFC South on two of them. It is a "live" mock with multiple people participating as GMs for teams. Instead of taking place all at once like SBNation, it takes place over a handful of days where each team gets a 1 hour time slot to select. Trading of players and team draft picks is allowed, but not to the crazy degree that just occurred on Turf Show Times.
I also ended this fanpost with listing quick bio's on later round prospects in order to inform the reader.
The first mock I participated in I decided to stay pat with all our draft positions. I wanted it to be as realistic as possible to see who would "fall" to us at each selection. Here is that draft for the Titans.
Titans Stay at every draft slot Mock
R1 (10) Chance Warmack G Alabama
R2 (40) Margus Hunt DE SMU
R3 (70) Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU
R3 (97) - Stedman Bailey, WR West Virginia
R4 (107) - Shawn Williams, S Georgia
R5 (142) -DaVonte Holloman, LB South Carolina
R6 (202) -Steve Beauharnais, ILB Rutgers
R7 (216) - Luke Marquardt, OT Azusa Pacific
R7 (248) - Walter Stewart, DE Cincinnati
My second 7 round mock draft. I traded back to see how the draft would play out.
Titans Trade Back Mock 1.0 - (My Favorite Draft out of the Three)
R1 (17)- Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State
R2 (40)- Larry Warford OG Kentucky
R3 (70) - Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia
R3 (79) - Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech
R3 (97) - Kevin Reddick ILB North Carolina
R4 (107) - Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU
R5 (142) - Chase Thomas OLB Stanford
R6 (186) - Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma St.
R6 (202) - Sanders Commings CB Georgia
R7 (216) - Luke Marquardt OT Asuza Pacific
R7 (248) - Jordan Rodgers QB Vanderbilt
Round 1 Trade Back Explanation
The Titans traded back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. We acquired the 17th pick, the 79th pick (3rd round), the 186th pick (6th round) and a 2014 5th rounder. The Steelers acquired our 10th pick & Lavelle Hawkins.
The Titans pursued this trade after Chance Warmack went off the board at 7 to the Cardinals. The Titans sought out Pittsburgh to trade with hoping to select before NYG and DAL who would potentially be interested in the same targets, Jonathan Cooper or a pass rusher.
In a surprising move the Giants traded up to the 12th spot and selected OG Cooper.
With Star Lotulelei, Dee Milliner, Barkevious Mingo, Ezekiel Ansah all gone the Titans selected Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State at 17.
The next mock draft, I also traded back, this time further back. We traded with the Vikings, & picked up their 23rd, 52nd and 216th and a 3rd round 2014 for our 10th pick.
Here was the outcome, no Cooper/Warmack or top end DE available at 23...so went BPA.
Titans Trade Further Back Mock 2.0
R1 (23) - Desmond Trufant, CB Washington
R2 (40) - DeAndre Hopkins, WR Clemson
R2 (52) - Kyle Long, OG/T Oregon
R3 (70) - Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
R3 (97) - Kiko Alonso, ILB Oregon
R4 (107) - Cornelius Washington, LB,DE Georgia
R5 (142) - Quanterus Smith, DE Western Kentucky
R6 (202) - David Bass, DE Missouri Western
R7 (213) - Cody Davis, FS Texas Tech
R7 (216) - Luke Marquardt, OT Asuza Pacific
R7 (248) - Miguel Maysonet, RB Stony Brook
I found with this mock that all the top tier and second tier pass rushers were gone by the 52nd pick. From Carridine, Hunt to Okafor and Moore. I decided to go with Hopkins at 40 because the value was just too good to pass up. I feel like Kyle Long is a great prospect, versatile, athletic and can play guard until Stewart/Roos retires and move to tackle. Not being able to get a top tier pass rusher I decided to cover my bases by grabbing multiple pass rushing propects from the uber-athletic Washington Hybrid to the upside of Q. Smith and David Bass. Stocking up on high end potential DE's should assure us of a hit if we don't take a pass rusher high.
Later Round Prospect Bio's from my Drafts.
Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia - (My favorite 3rd round target) 5'10' - 193
Stedman Bailey finished his college career as one of the most productive wide receivers in NCAA history despite forgoing his senior season for the NFL draft. In a junior year for the record books, he caught 25 touchdown passes and racked up over 1,600 receiving yards on 114 reception. AMAZING STAT OF THE DAY: 72 of West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey's 114 receptions in 2012 resulted in a first down or touchdown. STATS Inc. calls these "clutch receptions," and Bailey leads the draft eligible receiver group on 148 targets. A favorite of Geno Smith in the red zone, Bailey has a knack for coming up with big catches in important situations. Crisp route runner, plays bigger than he is, built like a running back. 4.52 40 and 34.5 vertical. He could play in the slot or the outside.
David Bass, DE, Missouri Western - 6'4", 262 - Projected 6th - 7th
Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school's career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered "beast".
Bass immediately started as a freshman in all 12 games, finishing with 47 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2010, Bass put up similar numbers in the same 12 starts, with 47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and eight sacks. His production only went up, with 14.5 sacks in 12 starts as a junior on 20 tackles for loss. Bass' 14 starts in 2012 were a career high and tallied 11.5 sacks.
Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky - 6'5", 250 - Projected 5th-7th
Through ten games, he was leading the nation in sacks with 12.5 before an ACL tear prematurely ended his season. His performance over those ten games was so dominating that he still finished as the FBS leader in sacks per game (1.25) and was named the 2012 Sun Belt Player of the year. It's unlikely that Smith will be able to contribute much in 2013, but if he checks out medically he could end up one of the steals of the draft.
Flashes the explosion off the snap as an edge rusher to beat most college tackles to the back of the pocket. Agile enough to contain on the edge and move in space when asked to drop, as well as the motor to hustle down the line and fight to the quarterback until the ball is away.
Cornelius Washington, LB,DE Georgia - 6'4" - 265 - Projected 2nd-4th Round
A tall, long defensive end/rush linebacker who hasn't been able to break through quite yet, but flashes the strength and quickness (10 career sacks) to be a factor. The production has never been there, but Washington's flashes and potential will likely result in a team selecting him to contribute down the line. Ran a 4.55 -40 and had 36 reps at combine.
Walter Stewart DE Cincinnati - 6'4" - 246 - Very late round prospect, although I've seen him mocked in 6th
Stewart had a tremendous college football career, but the major news was revealed this year that he had been born without the posterior arch of the C1 vertebra, an injury that most believe will seriously derail his football career. In 2011, Stewart had 44 tackles (11 for loss), six sacks, eight pass breakups, and four forced fumbles. Prior to suffering the injury that exposed his condition, in 2012, Stewart had 22 tackles (seven for loss), four sacks, and two forced fumbles in six games. Tall, long edge rusher who comes off the ball smooth, quick and low despite his height. Sits into his three-point stance very well, has flexibility to turn the corner and closing speed to finish the play. Uses length and powerful hits to separate the ball from quarterbacks from the blind side. Also lines up on the strong side. With no neck issues, Stewart is a likely mid-round pick, according to multiple scouts and one personnel director. He has been cleared by several doctors but others aren't as sure yet. If he gets completely cleared then he could be a steal in the 7th round.
Luke Marquardt, OT Azusa Pacific - 6'8" 315 - Actually graded a bit higher than Jordan Mills on NFL.com
Has great combination of size and athleticism with a higher ceiling. He would fit very well in zone-blocking scheme. Get out of stance and into blocks quickly. Surprises with his straight-line speed when leading on pulls or getting downfield to block. Has a solid punch, and is also capable of keeping his feet active while landing it. Has massive frame and can easily engulf or at least wall off some smaller defenders. Greets blitzers instead of catching them. Uses strength and length to hold back one defender on double-team while waiting for edge blitzers.
Cody Davis, FS Texas Tech - 6'2" - 203 - Projected 5th round & up depending on what you read
At Texas Tech's pro day, Davis ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 and 4.41 seconds. He had a 41 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.00 seconds and he had a 6.78-second three-cone drill. He had 15 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. After witnessing Davis' workout at the Super Regional Combine at Cowboys Stadium, NFL.com and NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks wrote: It's hard to find big, physical safeties with speed and movement skills. Davis was not only one of the most impressive athletes in attendance, but he was routinely cited as the highest-rated prospect in the building by several scouts. Reliable, physical tackling machine who was all-conference & who paced the Big 12 with an average of 6.55 solo tackles a game with 4 forced fumbles over his career.
Miguel Maysonet, RB Stony Brook, 5'9" - 209
As a senior, Maysonet he had 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns on 267 carries. Sees snaps from single back, I formation, and pistol. Decisive upfield cuts to continue forward momentum. Sees front side lanes even if run calls for different gap. Determined runner, little wasted movement, makes a choice and sticks to it. Refuses to go down on first contact, takes some big hits because of it. Patient on zone read and sticks with mesh point. Always churning his legs, that's his best quality, never stops. Rarely anything fancy. Protects the football confidently and absorbs contact. Has enough long speed to sustain. NFL COMPARISON Alfred Morris
Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford - 6'4' - 240
Thomas had another year of gaudy production (71 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks) on his way to earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors once again. An aptly-named defender who earned All-American accolades as a junior (17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks) with great hustle and instincts, Thomas displays potential as a starter for teams needing a strong-side linebacker or utility defender that plays on the line of scrimmage.
Versatile edge defender who finds the ball regularly and has made plays at linebacker or defensive end. Displays violent and strong hands to get past the shoulder of his blocker on an edge rush or disengage when containing his side. Works his way though trash well on this inside, showing a bit of quickness to cut into the A-gap for run plays (or B-gap as a blitzer), work his man upfield on the pass rush or spin inside to take advantage of that lane. Good club and swim move inside. Mirrors pretty well in coverage, takes good angles to running backs in the flats, and gets physical with tight ends and crossing receivers. Usually beats tight ends and running backs when they pass block against him. High-effort player, hustles through single blocks and doubles to the ball, consistently chases plays from behind, and keeps his balance after taking on linemen at the second level. Has enough upper-body strength to separate the ball and create turnovers or slow down/stop ball carriers trying to cut past him.
Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia - 6'0" - 213
Williams has an attitude and voraciousness has shown itself on Saturdays, as opposing receivers and running backs will tell you as they get iced down after the game. As a senior he racked up 98 tackles (5.5 for loss), with four passes defended. Physical in-the-box safety with an overall muscular build that translates well to the next level. Attacks gaps as a blitzer, has the speed to get into the backfield in a hurry to disrupt plays. Strong tackler, can throw down smaller running backs or larger tight ends with authority. Not relegated to the box, often in single or two-deep alignments and capable of moving well in short areas. Reads quarterbacks well in zone and closes to hit receivers as they are catching the ball. Intimidating in the middle, puts his shoulder into the chest of receivers to separate the ball. NFL COMPARISON Sean Jones
Sanders Commings CB Georgia - 6'0" - 213
A cornerback with the build of a starting outside receiver (and the athleticism to have been a late-round MLB draft pick as an outfielder) will certainly generate interest among NFL scouts. As expected given his size, Commings can be physical and bully wide receivers. However, his footwork and quickness aren't ideal for a corner, so there is a potential conversion to safety in his future.NFL COMPARISON Brandon Browner