Since it is the bye week and we have no Charger football to watch, I started to take an early look at the draft. I was looking at players “projected” to go between 15th and 25th to try and narrow down who we’d have a chance at. Defense is going to be an emphasis IMO, even with our need at LT. Our Defense is pathetic, esp at OLB, CB, and S next too Weddle, despite having decent defensive outings the past 2 weeks.
Here are the guys I will start keeping my eye on for the 1st round:
Khalil Mack, Sr. OLB Buffalo Sr. 6-3 250lbs (Estimated 40 time 4.64) Guy is a freak, yes it’s against mostly lesser competition but he is a freak none-the-less. In his first 3 seasons, he had 227 Tackles including a whopping 56 TFL, 18 sacks, 1 INT, 15 passes defended and 11 FF. He is a playmaker with a high motor and looks extremely strong. So far this year he has added 6 sacks, 2 INT’s (both returned for TD’s) 4 Passes defended and if I read correctly 8.5 more TFLs. And his best game of the season (9 tackles, 2.5 sacks, pick 6) was against Ohio State. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8cifq0S0yI
Kyle Van Noy, OLB BYU Sr. 6-3 240ish (Estimated 40 time 4.65) He is listed at 245 but looks closer to 235. Which makes him look smaller, but damn he is quick. He has a great 1st step and gets off the ball fast. He, like Mack, has been a disruptive force behind the line of scrimmage. In his first 3 seasons he had 156 tackles, 44.5 TFL, and 22 sacks while forcing 11 Fumbles. He has slightly better coverage stats than Mack with 14 Passes defended and 5 INT in his first 3 years. This season he has added 3 more sacks, 10 TFL, a pick 6 and 4 passes defended. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2tL4xUZP_8
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB Oregon Jr. 5-10 185 (Estimated 40 time 4.44) This guy is basically the opposite of Cox. He is fast, can tackle (big hitter), and makes plays happen. He is like “Peanut” Tillman for the bears. In his only season as a starter, last year as a sophomore, he had 4 INT’s, 20 passes defended, 63 tackles, and forced 6 fumbles. He also had 8 PD in his freshman year in a limited role. He is nfldraftscout.com’s #1 ranked CB if he declares. I’d love to see us grab this guy but I dont envy anyone having to try and announce his name next year haha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM5-orWujdU
Marcus Roberson, CB Florida Jr. 6-0 195 (Estimated 40 4.48) Roberson has a better size/speed combination than Ekpre-Olomu but doesn’t appear to be as physical. He is more of a smooth cover corner. Based on what I’ve read is that Florida leaves him out on an island mostly matched up against opposing team’s WR’s and basically takes them out of the game, which explains his lower stats. He has 17 PD and 3 Ints in 2 years as a starter to go along with 45 tackles. He could stand to be a little more physical and needs to learn how to get off of blocks in the run game but has the size and skill to be a #1 CB and he is Florida’s main punt returner avg 12.2 ypr on 10 returns. The biggest downside to Roberson, he has missed at least 3 games both last season and this season with injuries. With the poor luck we have had with injuries, that might bee too much of a risk for TT and crew to pull the trigger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqXfJtvVYW8
I don’t like the look of Bradley Roby who most people considered the #1 corner heading into this season. I have seen 3 of his games this season and in 2 of them he got destroyed deep and had multiple pass interference penalties. I also don’t see any Safeties that will be there when we pick in the first round that are worth a 1st rounder unless HaHa Clinton-Dix out of Alabama slips to us. Two other CB names to watch are Aaron Colvin(decent cover corner, good aggressive tackler) out of OU and Loucheiz Purifoy (good cover corner, special teams demon) out of Florida as well.