Something simple I decided to put together on this cool Saturday afternoon.
We trade down with NYJ from 17 to 20 for an extra 4th round pick. They make the deal to move ahead of Indianapolis for Jack Cocklin to replace the recently retired(and all time great name) D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
1. Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
This kid is a future monster that would fill the biggest void we currently have on our team, which is a dominant inside presence. Our defense is predicated upon stopping the run first, and his combination of strength and motor would be able to plug the line at a level comparable to Soliai, who anchored the #1 run D through the first half of the season before injuries took their toll. On the flipside, he possesses great quickness for a DT and could become a pass rushing force as well. I would alternate him and Hageman between 1T(2 gap stuffer) and 3T(1 gap penetrator) and hopefully generate enough pressure to collapse the pocket.
2. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
This is pending the medical recheck that is scheduled to take place next weekend. As long as they say that his leg doesn't need to be amputated, I take him here and I don't look back. The reason why he was at least a top-10 pick before his injury is because he has the natural instincts needed at the position to become a star. Those will not be undone by this injury. Even if he is robbed of some athleticism, he will still be more than capable of becoming a fixture in this defense for years to come. The same people who say he won't be able to contribute this season are the same people who say we're not winning the SB this year, so that's virtually irrelevant to me. I fully believe that 31 NFL teams will look stupid in a few years for passing on this guy, and I don't want us to be one of them.
3. Karl Joseph, SS, West Virginia
This kid is Bob Sanders Jr. Aside from the injuries, Sanders was one of the most present safeties I ever saw play in his time, and I see the same thing out of Joseph. Despite the size, his physicality will make a major difference to our defense, and that is what will matter the most. His versatility will also allow for different coverages that other SS prospects may not be capable of. He can also act as insurance in case Allen doesn't take that next step next year, as we can pair Joseph up with another SS and move him into the FS spot if necessary.
4a. Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
Here we get a guy who can definitely lock down an OG spot this year and for years to come. He's one of the strongest guys in the draft, and has the quickness necessary to move in our ZBS. Just plug and play.
4b. Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
Feeney is not far away from Cravens as a hybrid SS/Will LB prospect to me. What makes him possibly more intriguing to me is that he's a bigger, better athlete who was used more as an edge player. While Cravens was able to make more plays in the secondary, Feeney's experience on the edge could create exponential growth in our system, which will keep him clean from blocks and allow him to run around and make plays.
7. Devon Cajuste, WR/TE, Stanford
Cujuste was a WR at Stanford, and was relatively impressive to me as a #1 WR in a running offense where his was more of a third option behind McCaffrey and the TEs, securing big catches when he was targeted. He was an active blocker on the outside, and I think he handles that well enough to transition to a move TE position for us. His 3-cone drill time was the best of any receiver at the combine, and that along with his size and hands should lead to him being a dangerous big slot target.