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Mark Grimm, swerve13, phinfever.comI wanted to give us Hargreaves or Elliott with our top pick but instead I predicted Philly drafting Zeke and Tampa taking Hargreaves right after that, so by the time its our turn I think it will be narrowed down to a small player pool consisting of Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Mackensie Alexander,Darron Lee and William Jackson.

I think the Giants will take one of the Clemson ends at #10. Lee is a possibility but as of now we have 3 starters filled at linebacker. The 2 corners will be considered but not so sure they at top 13 material. So there is a very good chance we end up with one of the Clemson pass rushers and right now I’m predicting its Dodd who has really climbed up teams boards.

In the National Championship game he lit up the Crimson Tide with five tackles for loss, including three sacks. Wake and Williams are at the tail end of their careers so we can ease Dodd in slowly as the heir apparent to Wake. Dodd’s a large pass rusher with a great motor and a knack for getting to the quarterback.

With our 2nd round pick it was between Xavien Howard, Josh Garnett and Kendell Fuller. I went with another ascending player in the big/speedy Baylor corner. Howard has great ball skills and can play the press coverage style that Gase and Joseph want. That gives us 2 plus-sized corners on the outside with McCain in the slot and Lippett in reserve. He’s scheduled to meet with Miami this week.

In round three I was thinking guard and runningback, and I went with the best value, the dangerous Kenneth Dixon who is an all around weapon being compared to Dion Lewis. Our backfield will resemble Denvers with Ajayi in the Anderson role and Dixon as a better version of Hillman.
Our offensive weaponry should be more than enough for Tannehill to thrive.

The recent acquisitions of Jermon Bushrod and Kraig Urbik made me wait til the middle of this draft to add yet another guard, and it’s a good one. Dahl is one of my favorite players in this draft and I think he’ll have a long career as an NFL starter. I think we’ll have about 9 guards competing in the summer. A mix of vets and young guys.

After that I have Miami filling in depth at key positions but the top 4 picks should be the ones that help us out the quickest. I really think that Dodd, Howard, Dixon and Dahl are 4 excellent talents.

 

1. Kevin Dodd-DE-Clemson
6’5” 277

STRENGTHS
Relentless competitor with NFL-­ready frame. Refuses to give offensive lineman a play off. Not content to be around a play, wants in the action. Won't lay on blocks and able to improve his position after contact through footwork and strength. Never drops eyes from ball location and is able to unhinge from blocks quickly to make a play when the ball enters his patch of grass. Extremely instinctive and well-coached. Snuffs out screens, bootlegs and shovel passes almost every game. Takes his contain responsibility very seriously. Insane production spike from last year to this season. Saw his quarterback pressures go from three to 46 and he was credited with 12 sacks in 2015 season. Athletic upfield burst with desired bend and hip flexion to corner the edge. Has length and leverage to become an effective speed-­to­-power rusher. Wore Alabama out with three sacks and two tackles for loss. Tape shows a player who played his best football at the end of the year. (NFL.COM)

 

2. Xavien Howard-CB-Baylor
6’0” 202

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted Baylor CB Xavien Howard's tape surprised him, in a positive way.
"Sturdy athlete with quick feet, ball skills," was the quick evaluation Brugler gave of Howard, who was overall "impressive." The game that always sticks out to us is Howard's matchup against Kevin White during the 2014 season. White, a physical specimen, was matched in that category by Howard. There were plenty of contested catches and penalties, but that type of corner can be difficult to find.
Source: Dane Brugler on Twitter

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote "don't sleep on the rangy and athletic [Baylor CB Xavien] Howard."
Rang refers to Howard as a "classic press corner" and believes he'll be the highest Baylor defensive back selected in the draft since the Ravens used pick No. 62 to draft Gary Baxter. That was all the way back in 2001. Rang's not the only one at CBS Sports who's smitten with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Howard, though, as fellow analyst Dane Brugler wrote earlier in the week that if he can post nice measurables at the NFL Scouting Combine, he'll be a potential draft "riser."
Source: CBS Sports

 

3. Kenneth Dixon-RB-La Tech
5’10” 215

BOTTOM LINE
Highly determined runner with a strong desire to compete through the whistle on every snap. Dixon possesses outstanding feet with exciting suddenness in his change of direction, but he’s very willing to finish his runs with authority and has a knack for finding the endzone. Dixon has all the traits of being a quality, three­-down starter in the NFL but his frame and suspect pass protection could be long-term concerns. (NFL.com)

 

4. Joe Dahl-G-Wash. St.
6’4” 304

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt called Washington State T Joe Dahl "one of [his] favorites in this draft." One reason Brandt's keen on Dahl--he likes student-athletes who transfer up from the lower levels. In this case, the 6-foot-4, 304-pounder transferred from Montana to Washington State following the close of his freshman season in 2012. Wrote Brandt, "He could play multiple positions at the next level, including center, but I think guard is his best position." To that point, Dahl played both left and right guards in college. The NFL analyst concluded that "[s]ome team will draft him in the second round; others will wish they had." (RotoWorld)

 

5. Beniquez Brown-OLB-Miss St.
6’1” 230

Mississippi State ILB Ben Brown met with the 49ers and Dolphins this week. [Brown] a very good pro-day workout," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passed along. "I'm told he looked outstanding in position drills and moved better than some of the defensive backs on hand." The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Brown, who posted 99 tackles and two blocked kicks last year, ran forties between 4.62 to 4.67 seconds at 236 pounds. That's seven more pounds than Brown weighed at the Combine. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Brown to Amarlo Herrera. Mar 12 - 8:06 PM
Source: Walter Football

 

6. Jay Lee-WR-Baylor
6’3” 220

 

7. Steven Scheu-TE-Vanderbilt
6’5” 250

7. Taveze Calhoun-CB-Miss St
6’1” 182

 

 

Extra priority free agents

 

Kevin Byard-S-Midd. Tenn. St.
6’0” 216


Connor Wujciak-DT-Boston College
5’10” 215


Keith Lumpkin-OT-Rutgers
6’7” 317


Ted Karras-G-Illinois
6’3” 307

 

 

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