I guess we all want to document our thoughts officially, so we can show how superior our knowledge and analysis is! So, here is my mock with full analysis:
1) Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin. I think we're painted into a corner this year due to poor OT succession planning. Charlie Johnson is unsigned and Ryan Diem is a likely salary cap casualty. That leaves us with Jeff Linkenbach. Plus, Johnson's run-blocking and Diem's pass-blocking were both quite substandard last year, so I'm not so sure I'd want either back this year if we could work them under the cap. I don't see any instant starters outside the 1st round, so I wouldn't consider any other positions. If Carimi isn't there, I like Solder. Sure he's not perfect, but he has legendary work ethic and other intangibles. Sherrod and Costanzo are a little more scary to me, but I'd take them because they'll be decent pros and we're in a bind. Smith I wouldn't select - not smart enough.
2) Marcus Gilchrist, DB, Clemson. I've been advocating trading this pick down, but I have a feeling that Polian has someone in mind. I always would have loved to have a safety in this pick, but there are no true safeties on my board until the 4th round (since so many top prospects bombed their forties). We don't have a problem with smaller Strong Safeties (Bullitt is a hair over 200 lbs.). Plus, the line between strong and free safety has blurred recently. Gilchrist is supposed to be a great tackler and have great instincts at safety, and his man-to-man skills are good enough to make him an early-round CB prospect. He also is a good return man. So, bottom line is this: Gilchrist is drafted to be a safety, with the full knowledge that he could be a great nickel guy or a starting corner at some time in the future. He's a versatility pick that might enable us to avoid starting someone like Aaron Francisco again.
3) Ausitn Pettis, WR, Boise St. We've all written off Gonzo, and we're all concerned that Collie is one hit away from retirement. But the kicker for me is that Wayne and Garcon's contracts are both up after next season. It's unlikely we could keep both, making a Garcon/White starting combo a realistic scenario in two years. In a year, Pettis could be starter quality. He has great hands and runs good routes for a college receiver. His short shuttle was the best of any receiver I saw, indicating superior quickness (even if his top-end speed is average at best). He's got great size too.
4) Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia. Most will think this is too high for Neild (which is probably what you thought about Gilchrist). However, when I fall in love with a player, I always assume there are plenty of others out there doing the same thing (thereby inflating the value of the player). Neild had excellent workout figures (30 reps & 4.52 short shuttle at 319 lbs.), and is an excellent run defender. He's also a high motor guy and a team leader. I love this guy.
5) Ryan Bartholomew, OL, Syracuse. Very good workouts, but mediocre game tape. You're getting a great athlete that you're banking can be coached up. This is the type of late-round shot that could pay off big, could result in improved depth, or could fail miserably. He's worth a shot, though.
6) Colin Jones, S, TCU. A lot of ways we could go here: LB, QB, or RB are real possibilities. I really thought about Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech. I'd also have a hard time laying off Aldrick Robinson (WR, SMU), even if we already took Pettis. The LB corps really needs depth; however, we have three starters under long-term contract and Wheeler, Humber, and others associated with the team returning, so I think we can look for college FAs at LB. But this safety need is a critical need, and I like the late-round developmental safties in this draft. Jones ran a 4.38 forty, had a 37" vertical, and ran a 4.04 short shuttle. All of this makes him athletically a cut above the other prospects. Plus, he had 11.5 tackles for a loss as a senior, which was the only season that he started at TCU.
College FAs: Cole Brodie, DB/RS, S. Dakota St. Julian Vandervelde, OG, Iowa. Chris Prosinski, S, Wyoming. Eric Gordon, LB, Michigan St. David Carter, DT, UCLA. Zane Taylor, C, Utah. Byron Bell, OT, New Mexico.