Our Weekend Draft Piggyback, Sporting News Version

17 Apr

Gracias to SportingNews.com for a nifty, full mock draft. As usual, we’ll ignore who they say we’ll take. Instead we’ll do the drafting for the Sea Mammals, based on who is available at each pick. We took a leap with this one, and we think it would be worth it. Also, for this mock we’re assuming that Jason Taylor is history, and that we don’t trade down to add a second rounder.

1. S ERIC BERRY – The Sporting News has Earl Thomas going before Eric, and Miami taking Berry at 12. We agree with this pick. It could happen, as the Longhorn has been stampeding up draft boards lately. We sprint to the podium with this one, adding a monster free safety to plug in behind Sean Smith and Vontae Davis.

3. RB/KR/WR DEXTER MCCLUSTER – This is the curveball. How in the heck can we Justify this one with so many other holes? Well, the kid can simply do everything. Great teams don’t draft simply on need. The Trifecta got a close up look at this kid during Senior Bowl week, and he was electric. Not to mention with Ginn’s departure we’ll need a kick returner.

4. OLB/DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM – Our McCluster gamble pays off, as a legit hybrid defender falls to us in the top of the fourth. He’s a physically gifted pass rusher, with bulk, and a non-stop motor.

5. TE DENNIS PITTA – With the pick we received for Teddy Ginn we add our field-stretching tight end. Pitta is a Dallas Clark clone with good speed and insane hands.

6. ILB PAT ANGERER – Watch out, Channing Crowder. Angerer is a Parcells type of guy, hard-nosed, smart, with a non-stop motor. On some boards he’s a top 5 inside linebacker. To add him here would be amazing value.

6. OL DENNIS LANDOLT – A tough, nasty Penn State lineman who also possesses strong physicality. Landolt would immediately compete for a starting guard spot.

6. KADE WESTON NT – The biggest gamble of the McCluster pick? Waiting on nose tackle. Simply put, there is a lot of beef on display in this draft. There will be a guy like Weston here in the sixth. He is a load in the middle, with great strength and huge upside.

7. RB KEILAND WILLIAMS – The LSU product has battled injuries, but has all the tools. Williams is one of those intriguing late-round gambles with first round skills. With Ronnie nearing the end of his contract, and Ricky flirting with a career in homeopathy, we need to consider possible replacements.

7. NT CORDARROW THOMPSON – Another big, slab of nasty to throw into the nose tackle mix with Weston and Soliai. Thompson flashed greatness at Virginia Tech, and with coaching could thrive in the middle.

SUMMARY – McCluster is the bonus pick here, an electric, Harvin-esque playmaker to help ignite the offense and put points on the board. We still added a stud FS, a legit DE/OLB, a great receiving TE, a highly ranked ILB, a talented OG prospect, two sleeper NT prospects, and a project RB with first round skills.

If Soliai, Weston or Thompson could man the middle, at least until Ferguson returns from suspension, we’d be looking pretty smart for waiting on a nose, and fortifying other positions first.

Could The Trifecta make a “best player available” selection and throw us a McCluster curveball in the 3rd round?

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