Fun with Draft-Tek Mocks

One of the coolest draft resources out there is the simulator at draft-tek.com. While "garbage-in garbage-out" is the concern for simulating anything, the standard information is generally good, and with a little tweaking lets you play out some very fun and interesting scenarios. Here are 4 mocks based off the sims with varying amounts and types of tweaks to the inputs.

Mock 1:

(No trades or tweaks to teams besides the Colts)

1. DT, Brian Price, UCLA   Price is a top 20 talent, and a perfect fit for the 3 technique. Price makes a living shooting gaps and has the size to play DT every down.

2. DE, Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech   Worilds is a pure pass rusher at DE, but his 6'1" 254lb size means most teams will only want him playing LB. He was a top combine performer almost across the board, but when you are one of the smallest D-linemen at the combine you're expected to be among the most athletic.

3. OT, Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale  Veldheer is a massive tackle at 6'8" and showed great athletism at the combine, but teams are concerned about his arms being too short to keep defenders off the edge. "T-rex arms" are blamed for the failure of "Sure Thing" Robert Gallery. Veldheer might be best off thickening up and playing RT.

4. OLB, Dekoda Watson, Florida State Watson has a rare size/speed combo coming into the combine at 6'1" 240lbs and running a 4.56 40, he's a athletic cover man and good pass rusher, but didn't shed blocks well in college.

5. RS/WR, Andre Roberts, Citadel, sure hands, good speed (4.46 40), lots of return experience (3 PR TDs in 08) and a build you could see surviving NFL hits (5'11" 195lbs).

7. CB Sherrick McManis, (just) Northwestern, experienced in zone coverage and willing in run support. Stock is very low thanks to an injury keeping him out of pre-draft workouts so far.

Mock 2:

(I can't imagine Brian Price falling that far, added a Texans grab of him at #20, made Colts trades)

Colts trade: #31 to Giants for #46, #112 and #143 Giants snag Jason Pierre-Paul 

Pierre-Paul is a risk I'm not interested in taking in the first, but there are other teams that very much will be. With JPP, Sean Weatherspoon, Chad Jones and Sergio Kindle the only real possibilities a trade back would be ideal.

2.46 OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana   Saffold showed good athleticism at the combine and measured out well. Saffold has played against top competition and played well, two possible first round picks at right end, Brandon Graham and Adrian Clayborn were held without a sack against Indiana this year.

2.63 DE Jason Worilds, Va Tech   A well developed repertoire of pass rushing moves is another area of Worilds' game that's been praised and bodes well for his ability to succeed as a situational rusher at DE.

3.88 CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest   After a combine where he registered the top 40 time among CBs and measured taller than his listed height Ghee isn't likely to be around this late, but if he is he's a steal. Speed, solid size and strong run supporter.

4.112 OLB A.J. Edds, Iowa   Edds reminded a lot of people of Chad Greenway playing that same spot in Iowa's D and showing the same kind of athleticism and cover skills splitting out against WRs (since Iowa doesn't believe in the nickel package) that stood out to me watching the future top 20 pick in Greenway. Edds is big and strong enough to play SAM, but his cover skills might be good enough for the WILL too.

4.127 TE Tony Moeaki, Iowa  Moeaki has everything you'd want in a TE, except a good record of health. Moeaki has solid speed, very good hands, and is a excellent blocker. Ideally he'd stay healthy, but with 26 games missed in his 5 year career at Iowa, that might be asking too much. Between Moeaki and Santi the Colts would probably be able to put together around 16 games of very good in-line TE play.

5.143 DT Geno Atkins, Georgia  Atkins is another player coming off a good combine. Geno weighed in a bit under 300lbs, benched 34 reps and ran a unofficial 4.75 40.  He's a disruptive undertackle with the size and strength to hold up against the run.

5.158 RS/WR Andre Roberts   The Colts could really use a new returner. Roberts excelled as a returnman and was productive enough at WR to think he might develop down the road.

7.222 S Van Eskridge, East Carolina   Undersized, but physical safety (first breaking into the lineup as a severely undersized OLB). He didn't get a combine invite, but wasn't expected to test out extremely well anyway. He was very productive at ECU earning 1st team All-Conference USA each of the last two years.

 

Mock 3

(The Giants might not trade up for a luxury pick like JPP, even with that much value there, also Weatherspoon was too lowly rated in my mind. Added a grab for him at #19 to the Falcons to go with Price to Houston)

Colts Trade: #31 and #158 to the Panthers for #48 and #78   Panthers take Golden Tate

2.48 OT Roger Saffold, Indiana  Saffold would upgrade 2 to 3 positions on the line. If the Colts can't one of the top 5 LTs, Saffold is the next best thing. Nearly anyone else is either more of a RT or would take developmental time.

2.63 DE Jason Worilds, Va Tech  I'm a fan of Worilds if you can't tell and most of the other 2nd rounders I like are snatched up early in draft-tek's scenarios.

3.78 G/C Matt Tennant, BC  Athletic, ultra-durable interior lineman, Tennant had a solid combine to top off a career in which he started every game from his sophomore to senior year (41 consecutive starts). Tennant got up to 300lbs for the combine but still moved well. Even at a lower weight he impressed with his ability to hold and move larger players at the Senior Bowl.

3.94 CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest   Yeah, I'm getting repetitive, Ghee isn't likely to be here, but when the biggest knock on a DB is that he can't catch, it's good, if he could catch he'd be a WR.

4.127 OLB Dekoda Watson, FSU   Watson looks to be a great athlete and a scheme fit with his strengths against the pass.

7.222 TE Jim Dray, Stanford   New blood. 2nd Team All-Pac-10 despite very limited receiving production. Dray earned the coaches votes with great blocking even over notably good blocker and more productive pass catcher Anthony McCoy. Dray isn't the kind of athlete to rack up big receiving numbers, but he's a great blocker with good hands and route running. He'd be ideal for the in-line TE spot to boost the run game and serve as a 5th option outlet receiving.

 

Mock 4

(Changed the Redskins pick to Jimmy Clausen from Russell Okung since it seems like a more Redskins-like move)

Colts trade: #31 and #95 to Cincinnati for #21.

The Bengals need WR and TE help, but the value isn't there until later with Dez off the board. The Colts would like to get one of the top 8 O-linemen, but pretty much have to get past the OL seeking Packers, Cardinals, Cowboys and Chargers, to get one.

1.21 OT, Charles Brown, USC.  Brown bulked up to over 300lbs and still moved very well. He'll be a great pass protector right away and be solid to strong in the run game as he continues to add size and strength.

2.63 DE, Jason Worilds, Va Tech,  A CLEAN SWEEP FOR WORILDS!!   the other ok options are S, Morgan Burnett, LB Navarro Bowman, G/C Matt Tennant, G Jon Asamoah, or DE re-conversion project Eric Norwood.

4.127  G Mitch Petrus, Arkansas,  Petrus must live in a weight room. The high school TE, who played fullback for Arkansas as a Sophomore weighed in at 310lbs and proceeded to put up a record tying 45 reps of bench and look the part of a former "skill position" player in drills and athletic tests.

5.158 OLB Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas,  a productive LB who played some in the middle for Texas Muckelroy has good cover skills, rushed the passer well and wasn't bad against the run. At 6'2" 246lbs he's got the size, but didn't hold up against blocks well enough for the taste of some teams. He'd be a fantastic WILL, and might be able to hold up at SAM or MIKE for Indy.

7.222 TE Jim Dray, Stanford  yes he caught just 11 passes in 10 games, but he blocked so well he was named 2nd team all Pac-10 despite catching just 11 passes in 10 games.

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