Below is a mock draft that I recently participated in on Reddit.com:
Round 1: Chance Warmack G, Alabama- I couldn’t believe my unbelievable good luck that Chance Warmack was still sitting there at pick 14. My opinion is that our biggest need is offensive line, so what better way to fill a need than to take the guy that a lot of draft pundits say is the best player, overall, in this draft. He’s an immediate upgrade over Geoff Hangartner and helps us protect our $22 million dollar investment and franchise quarterback, Cam Newton. Even if offensive line wasn’t our biggest need you still can’t pass on a guy like Warmack.
Round 2: D.J. Swearinger S, University of South Carolina- You could be speculating as to why I didn’t take a defensive tackle here. With the re-signing of Dwan Edwards our defensive line dodged a huge blow. While Sione Fua can be a liability I trust Luke Kuechly, Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, Jon Beason, and Thomas Davis to pick up his slack. I don’t have the same confidence that they can pick up the slack of Charles Godfrey and Haruki Nakamura/DJ Campbell. D.J. Swearinger can line up at any safety position and is an excellent run defender. I would feel more comfortable with him in coverage on Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, etc. than I would any of our other safeties. He is the safety that Charles Godfrey should have been if he were able to tackle or cover.
Round 4: Stedman Bailey WR, West Virginia- This guy screams Steve Smith 2.0. While he doesn’t have the return gifts that Steve Smith has, he has all of the other gifts that Steve Smith has. He’s an excellent route runner, has great hands, good athlete, and is an intelligent player. There are questions surrounding him playing anywhere but in the slot but I think that he can eventually transition to being a number one receiver in the NFL. I truly believe that. Regardless of where he plays he will be a dangerous weapon for Cam.
Round 5: Vance McDonald TE, Rice University- Yet another weapon for Cam Newton. I am really high on Vance McDonald and had to take him since he was still available. I think he’s going to be a monster in the NFL. While his blocking leaves a lot to be desired he is an incredible pass catcher. He was lined up everywhere in Rice’s offense, but was primarily used in the slot. He was a multi-sport athlete and has great athleticism. I dream of an offense that includes Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Stedman Bailey, Greg Olsen, and Vance McDonald all on the field at the same time. It wouldn’t matter if the Bucs have Revis. Our offense would be scary. We would finally fill that hole that Jeremy Shockey left when he was released. He was just too good to pass on.
Round 6: A.J. Francis DT, Maryland- I know I needed to address the defensive tackle position but there were players that were there that I couldn’t pass on. Round six saw A.J. Francis still available so I jumped on him. He’s a total sleeper pick, but I think he would do well in our offense lined up next to Dwan Edwards. He’s a space eater and a run stopper. Exactly what we need. Most sites have this guy being un-drafted but I think he will turn out to be a competent defensive tackle in the NFL.