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Mock Draft

I think it is useless to try and predict trades and trade values so I will post my pick in that position and in parentheses players I would take were we to gain extra picks in that round

1. Bjoern Werner , Jarvis Jones

This really all comes down to the new coaches choosing a 43 or 34 scheme, with Werner being the choice for the former and Jones the latter. However, I think either could work in both schemes

2. Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi St (Justin Hunter WR, Tennessee, Khaseem Greene OLB Rutgers)

I'm not sure that Banks won't already be off the board but if he is there you grab him. Long, rangy ballhawk. This pick is harder to choose because it is difficult to know which fringe 1st round guys are taken and which fall to the second, and I see Banks as one of those guys. Matt Elam, Dion Jordan (because of injury) are others. In the absence of these I would go with Jordan Poyer CB Oregon St. Hunter and Greene are very good players who I would welcome in a second, but top of the second round might be too high for them. But as we saw with Gene, value is only relative to who is picking

3. David Bakhtiari OT Colorado (Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma St, Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia, Jelani Jenkins OLB Florida, Michael Buchanan DE Illinois)

A relative unknown, and played on a terrible team, but has the size and ability to be a starting tackle in the league. Played RT before sliding to the other side to take over for the departing Nate Solder, so should fit right into the right side in Jax. Randle is a RB that I love who I think will be very successful on the next level. I will be ecstatic if the Jags get him. Bailey would be another good target for whoever the QB will be. Jenkins is undersized, but versatile and flashed as a playmaker this year. He could play at any LB spot in either scheme. Buchanan was overshadowed by Whitney Mercilus last year but was still productive, this year did not live up to what many had hoped.

4. Tyler Bray QB Tennessee (Kwame Geathers DT Georgia, Ryan Otten TE San Jose St, Omoregie Uzzi OG Georgia Tech, Adrian Bushell CB Louisville)

This pick may be a stretch, but it is the hinge of this draft.I think Tyler Bray is crazy, and he is most certainly a headcase. He absolutely crumbles under pressure. When he has time to stand in the pocket, however, he can tear any defense apart. I think (hope) that prospective teams will shy away from him early because of these things. I don't think Bray can come in as a rookie on this team and be effective, but down the road he has the physical potential to be great. My extra picks are players who were all starters on their respective teams and could project well enough to contribute to an NFL team. Uzzi and Otten are especially intriguing: Uzzi was All-ACC and was a mauler for GT's triple option offense, but how does he project in pass protection? Otten is big, athletic, can run, and catch

5. Lerentee McCray OLB Florida (Brandon Kaufman WR Eastern Washington, Jeff Baca OG UCLA, Devin Taylor DE South Carolina, Mike Mauti LB Penn St, Josh Evans S Florida)

This may be my favorite pick to make. I love McCray. He can be an OLB in either scheme, and I think he would flourish as a pass rushing 34 OLB. He was forced to play as what was effectively a DE in college, and at times he flashed incredible ability. Love this guy's versatility. Kaufman was a prolific WR with NFL measurables, albeit at a lower level. Jeff Baca would be good OL depth. Devin Taylor has great measurables. Mauti compares to our current starting MLB, but there is injury concern. Evans has all the athletic ability and was very underrated this past season.

6. Marquess Wilson WR Washington St (Tyrann Mathieu CB/S LSU?, Robbie Rouse RB Fresno St, William Campbell DT Michigan, Manase Foketi OT West Texas A&M)

Wilson got a bad rap, and rightfully so, for what went down with Mike Leach at WSU. Sure he quit the team and told the media his coach abused him. He is certainly not a 'Gene Guy'. But, we saw a sort of similar situation with Mike Williams from Syracuse a few years ago. In the sixth round, however, these things don't really matter to me. What matters is that Wilson was prolific at Washington St for two years with a terrible QB, and when he turns it on he can be dominant. He has the size, speed,and athleticism to do that in the NFL. Low risk, high reward. All of the extra picks are similar in that the physical ability is there, but there are question marks.

7. John Boyett S Oregon

Coming off injury, but he is solid all-around

Let it be known that if David Fales is available at QB I would take him

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