The second Mocking the Draft Live Draft has come and go and it is time for a brief recap. This draft was pretty wacky at the get go but was very well done by all the GMs overall. Some of the crazier picks were Ryan Tannehill at #4, David DeCastro at #6, and Coby Fleener at #8 but I believe that every GM did a great job. Outside of 1 or 2 GMs, most showed up for most of their picks or let me know they would not be there. Thanks to all of you guys for that. I have linked the Big Board and Draft Tracker right below this so you can all see how the draft went down. I am going to ask you guys too do 3 things
1. List all your draft picks (with pick numbers) and UDFAs in the comments. Let me know what team you had - The reason for this is because I am going to try (key word their is try) to grade each teams draft this week and having all the teams picks in this thread would be great so I don't have too look through the draft tracker
2. If you want, give us your draft strategy. After the jump I posted my strategy as an example.
3. Let me know if you were here for all of your picks
Thanks for participating and I will let you all know about the next live draft
My strategy in this draft was to fill NT and ILB in the first and second round because the depth at the guard and tackle positions made me confident that I could fill those needs later in the draft. In the first round I had no intention ever of trading up from 24 and was just going to sit patiently and wait to see which good prospect fell to me. Ultimately Poe fell to me and I was jumping for joy. Then I thought about trying to make a move up for Donta Hightower. Ultimately I was able to make a deal with the Patriots for the 31st pick in the draft and gave up my 2012 2nd and 3rd round picks and a 2013 2nd round pick. I probably could have waited until the 4th or 5th pick of the 2nd round to make the trade because the next few teams were not going to take Hightower. In the fourth round I messed up and took a very raw guard in Senio Kelemente. If I could do this over again I would have taken Tony Bergstrom because he is a better fit in our scheme. I was in a rush and messed this up big time. However, I was able to make up for this pick by grabbing Lucas Nix in the fifth round. Nix is a good guard prospect with the ability to start in his rookie year possibly. I like his upside and have him rated as a late 3rd to early 4th round player. In the sixth round somehow Nick Foles was still there and I could not pass him up. My intentions coming into the draft were to take a QB no earlier than the 5th round and only if I was getting incredible value. I have Foles rated as a late 2nd round prospect so getting him late in the 6th was just too good to be true. If Foles develops, we could end up doing a Matt Cassell or Kevin Kolb with him and in a couple years we could land a 2nd or 3rd round pick for him before he hits FA. In the 7th round I went back to the offensive line and took Lonnie Edwards from Texas Tech. Edwards is one of the best pass blocking guards in this draft and has starting potential. When the undrafted free agents came around I had a few guys targeted from the get go. I got B.J. Cunningham, a big WR from Michigan State. He will likely be drafted in the later rounds of the draft and could possibly make the roster. I also got Bradie Ewing, the FB from Wisconsin. I believe he is the top FB in the draft and getting him as a UDFA would be awesome. The third guy I got was Logan Harrell, a versatile defensive linemen from Fresno State. He can play DE in a 3-4 or DT if we go with a 4 man front and because the Steelers only have three DE's solidified on their roster, I think Harrell could make the squad. He will likely be a 5th/6th round pick in the real draft. The last UDFA I got was Chris Greenwood, a physical wonder from Abeliene (sp?). He has all the physical tools to be a good corner but to be honest, I have not seen any film on him. However, with his athleticism and good coaching, I think he could become a good player at either corner or as a special teamer.