Fifth Round: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
Reid is a player that put himself on the map during Senior Bowl practices, and by notching two sacks in the actual game. He was named a First Team All-American after the 2013 season and notched 20 sacks during his time at Princeton, 6.5 coming in his senior season. He can play any position along the line, and would provide a pass rush from one of the interior spots. He could eventually develop into a key rotational piece while providing depth. Did I mention he also has 36.5 career tackles for loss?
Available: CB Deion Belue, WR Josh Huff, RB James White, DT Daniel McCullers
Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia:
With each passing day, the ACL tear that ended Murray’s season becomes a thing of the past. Before the injury, he was most certainly a first three round consideration. He faced top level competition during his time at Georgia, and had a fantastic career during his time in Athens.
So…I know we’ve already selected a QB in the third round, but I could not avoid this one. Getting a player of Murray’s caliber right here is an absolute steal. ACL tears aren’t what they used to be. With a good recovery and ample time to learn, he could push for a starting job. Now some of you may be wondering, why another QB? Well as thankful as I am for Chad Henne’s services, we have Ricky Stanzi and Matt Scott behind him on the depth chart. Khan has put it in the realm of possibility that Jacksonville very well could pick two signal callers in May, and Murray is simply too good in the fifth round to pass up.
Available: CB Victor Hampton, S Vinnie Sunseri, RB Devonta Freeman, CB Antone Exum
Nov 9, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Utah State Aggies quarterback Darell Garretson (6) calls a play at the line behind center Tyler Larsen (58) during a possession against the UNLV Rebels at an NCAA football game at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State:
This is a perfect example of getting the best available player at a position of need. Larsen is one of the top rated centers in this year’s draft. With Brad Meester retiring, someone will need to be brought in to compete for the starting position at center. It looks like Mike Brewster will get first crack at it, but with the way Bradley likes to build his team through competition, don’t expect the job to be handed out. Larsen would be a great player to bring in, and the offensive line needs new blood either way.