With this mock, I attempted to add more speed, athleticism, and upside to the roster while also attempting to fill needs with each pick.
I used the fanspeak on the clock draft simulator and applied the Ourlads draft rankings. Ourlads is one of my favorite sites. I love their depth charts and their unbiased rankings. The rankings that Ourlads.com uses are impervious to media influence. Dan Shonka, the guy who runs the website and ranks the players, has an impressive resume having scouted for the Eagles, Redskins, and Chiefs.
So let’s get this party started.
Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Round One: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Houston went with Clowney and St. Louis went with Matthews in this simulation. I passed on the quarterbacks because I don’t believe that any of them are worth the third overall pick besides Bridgewater. However, I just can’t say no to Sammy Watkins. He is hands down the best wide receiver in this year’s class. With Caldwell and company viewing Justin Blackmon’s return as a luxury, the wide receiver corps is in dire need of an explosive talent. 6’0, 211lbs., running a 4.43 40 yard dash, Watkins is just the kind of explosive playmaker this team needs. When it comes to the position, there just isn’t very much that Watkins cannot do. Chad Henne will need a true WR 1 to throw target. Imagine Watkins and Shorts on the field together on Sundays. Not a bad tandem at all. Last year’s anemic offense just got way better.