Made an attempt to land a guy I liked at every level outside of QB. As always, my goal is to identify players who can fill needs while representing value in their draft slot. Some of these names I've mocked before, but it's because I really like those players to fill those needs at those spots.
1. Dalvin Cook, RB
-Cook falling no longer seems far fetched, in fact he’s a popular choice for the Bucs in mocks at this point. While he underwhelmed at the combine to an extent, upon closer look his numbers were not far off Ezekiel Elliots, and I think he can make a Zeke like impact as a rookie in the NFL with his all around ability as a runner and on third downs.
2. Ethan Pocic, C
-Once thought of as a potential first rounders, Pocic seems to have fallen in the post-season process as critics over analyze him. But at the end of the day, Pocic can come in and be an above average centre for us starting Week 1.
3. Chris Godwin, WR
-Godwin has good size and strength, great ball skills, and the athleticism to make plays after the catch. He has proven to be a clutch performer and has the versatile skillset to fill in for any of Evans, Jackson, or Hump if they were to get injured and can be groomed to eventually replace Jackson as a field stretching #2.
4. Jeremy Sprinkle, TE
Sprinkle is a big bodied TE who does damage as a run blocker, but has also shown the hands and skills to make plays as a receiver. He showed surprising speed at the combine as well, and can be an upgrade over Luke Stocker as the #2 TE.
5. Trey Hendrickson, DE
-Good size for a 4-3 DE, and a very good athlete, Hendrickson already is a special teams standout but also has the talent to develop into a potential replacement for Jaq Smith as a hustle sack guy coming from the LE spot when Gholston comes off.
6. David Jones, S
-Injury prone late blooming 5th year senior from small school, but has monster upside. Great size, length, and athleticism, has major return skills and centre fielder ability who can fill in the box as well. Great tackler. With Ryan Smith moving to CB, getting a safety with upside to compete for a starting job eventually would be wise.
7. Connor Harris, LB
-Noone will outwork or be a better teammate than Harris, but he actually has NFL talent. Good athlete with a nose for the football, I believe he led the nation in tackles. Not a guy who can do much on passing downs, but a guy who should excel as a 2 down run stopper at SLB, provide versatile insurance as a backup MLB, and be a standout on Special Teams.