To Draft Or Not To Draft: 5 Questions Before Draft Day

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Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So let me start by saying that I too got caught up in the awesome draft simulator over at fanspeak.com.  If you haven’t tried it yet, and you want to lose half a day, you should go check it out.  Anyway, below are my picks based on the simulator (not my perfect mock draft, just a simulated draft).

R1 – DT Louis Nix (Notre Dame)
R2 – WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)
R3 – CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska)
R4 – RB DeAnthony Thomas (Oregon)
R5 – DE Morgan Breslin (USC)
R6 – G Wesley Johnson (Vanderbilt)
R7 – CB Chris Davis (Auburn)

In round one I filled one of our two biggest glaring needs with Nix.  Then Benjamin fell to me in the second.  I know he has some work ethic issues but that talent and size was just too hard to pass up at the end of the second.  Jean Baptise in the third fills our other glaring need.  He’s rising quickly up draft boards in a very deep cornerback class.  I selected Thomas in the fourth purely based on Telesco wanting to add speed (ran a 4.39 at his pro day).  The last three rounds added depth at positions of need.

So, now that’s out of the way, let’s move on to five questions Bolts fans might have before the draft kicks off on May 8th.

#1 – CB or DT?

These are our two biggest areas of need.  In my opinion we need to go this route in the first round.  Of course it all depends on how the round plays out, but I think we can all agree we need help at these positions and we’re likely to get a solid player at pick 25.  So which one?  Well, who knows how many teams are going to take corners before us but there is likely to be a great corner available at 25 (guys like Verret, Fuller or Dennard).  There are also a couple of solid DTs that are probably going to fall to us because, like running back, teams just don’t seem to need them all that bad right now.  Aaron Donald and Louis Nix are tackles that might be available here.  I believe that the cornerback market is deeper in this draft than tackle, which is why I picked Nix in the draft above.  I think we get the keystone for the middle of our defense first, then we can go out and still get a solid corner in the 2nd or 3rd.

My opinion: DT

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  • gpack17

    just saying…i would loveeee this draft…only thing tho is i doubt chris davis makes it all the way to 7…seantrel henderson might…

  • Matt

    I got addicted too.. this is what I got:
    25
    DT LOUIS NIX III
    NOTRE DAME
    Hard to find a good NT on later rounds and he was BPA
    57
    S DEONE BUCANNON
    WASHINGTON STATE
    Hard Hitting Safety, not entirely sold on Addae
    89
    CB KEITH MCGILL
    UTAH
    BPA and good size/speed corner 6’3
    125
    CB PIERRE DESIR
    LINDENWOOD
    Another Corner with good size we can include in the competition 6’1
    165
    RB DRI ARCHER
    KENT STATE
    BPA someone we can develop on ST at start then might take over for woodhead
    201
    WR MATT HAZEL
    COASTAL CAROLINA
    Someone to push Vincent Brown
    240
    WR SHAQ EVANS
    UCLA
    BPA and extra competition

    My strategy was mostly BPA and since I couldnt get an Offensive Lineman that means I’m gonna stick with Clary as insurance. We have enough depth right now.

    • Chris Cutty

      I think we need at least one O-line guy. 5 of the guys on the team now will not be under contract in 2015.

  • Matt

    On your draft, I’m not really sold on Jean-Baptiste cause he is a converted receiver and can’t be plugged and played. I like the Nix pick, Benjamin is high risk high reward but an exciting pick, Deanthony Thomas had a slow 40 for his height and he might not crack the 53 for a 4th round pick, same could be said with Breslin cause of his height issue for an OLB. On the other hand I liked the good value picks on round 6 and 7 for OL depth and extra competition for a CB spot.

  • Will

    No way kelvin Benjamin and Morgan Breslin fall to the 2nd and 5th rounds

  • Matt

    This is another attempt at a 7 round draft. Give me your opinions.

    25
    CB DARQUEZE DENNARD
    MICHIGAN STATE
    Getting one of the Top corners mean we don’t need to draft extra competition later.
    57
    S DEONE BUCANNON
    WASHINGTON STATE
    We get a good size, good speed and excellent SS so we don’t need to make Eric Weddle go down in the box and tackle. Plus we could move Gilchrist back to the Nickel Corner spot.
    89
    DT DAQUAN JONES
    PENN STATE
    6’4 322 pounds, collapses the pocket and led his team with 11.5 Tackles for loss (crossing fingers for next Jamal Williams.) He dominates but stamina is a problem like most NTs so we could rotate with Lissemore.
    125
    WR CODY LATIMER
    INDIANA
    6’2 Basketball bred receiver with great hands. Possession receiver and could push people after the catch to move the chains.
    165
    OLB HOWARD JONES
    SHEPARD
    6’2 but really long arms and great combine. (4.60 40yd dash, high scores in vert and broad jump, explosive burst) only knack is he played division ii but he dominated anyway with 35 sacks in 46 games he started)
    201
    G BRANDON LINDER
    MIAMI
    Nasty Finisher, Vocal Leader, Durable and Tough. (Kris Dielman type hopefully)
    240
    FB TREY MILLARD
    OKLAHOMA
    Potential Special Teams player. Played 4 years for Sooners as primary FB so he has good experience blocking. Has soft hands for a fullback and blue collar worker.

    • BuhaySD

      Not bad at all! I wouldn’t be mad if this is what our draft ended up being. Nice job!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    I love the first 3 picks….Sign me up.