After playing around with the new premium site for a few days, I believe that I got a good enough hang of it to try my own draft for public criticism.
WR MIKE EVANS
As I saw Clowney, Mack and Watkins falling (5,6,7 respectively) I tried to trade up to each of those spots to draft one of them. My efforts were rebuffed with my 1,3,4 offer. As high as I was willing to go. I decided to trade back with Dallas, who then selected Kony Ealy. Someone that I think they may go with now that Ware is gone. I figured this was a great value, and gives us a great shiny toy for Stafford at a decent price and value.
DT RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN
WIth our own #45 I selected a falling Hageman. I don't think this will happen, but it gives us great depth on the DL, and an emergency policy if we lose one or both of our DTs in 2015.
DE KAREEM MARTIN
After a trade back with the Cowboys #47, Cardinals took Mosely and gave up a 4th, I decided on some athletic upside at DE. Given the great production of our rookie DEs last year, I am hoping for similar development, and a NYG style DL or Speed line this season.
C MARCUS MARTIN
Doms new backup and potential starter at LG, Dolphins moved to 76 and selected Dozier while swapping 4th and giving a 5, I figure a versatile power lineman can only help at either position and blast holes for a hopefully great run game. Carl Nicks-esque if you will.
QB ZACH METTENBERGER
I traded up here with the Jags, giving them 119 and 120 (Dontae Johnson and Will Clarke). We need a serviceable backup, and I do not think DanO nor Moore is the long term answer. Mett is a great arm talent, with some serviceable pocket ability. His arm power will allow us to keep most of our playbook intact in case Stafford goes down. With my plethora of 4th rounders, and gaining a 5th, I figured this was a luxury we could afford at this juncture. If anything, he is trade bait in 3 years.
WR DONTE MONCRIEF
This is our first 4, and I decided to grab someone to push our lower WRs (Broyles) and potentially give us ST value. Moncrief is a great physical talent, and can be developed into a starter. This would give us a great four deep in two years, allowing all sorts of mismatches. The only issue is trying to find touches with all of these playmakers.
CB E.J. GAINES
Top rated remaining CB with our compensatory pick. At 5-10 and 190, he is a little short for what we want to do, but an All-SEC and All-Big 12 (first teams) selection prove he is able to compete with anyone.
ILB KHAIRI FORTT
Our next compensatory pick, I go with an athletic LB with a history at LB-U (transferred home from PSU). Great size at 6-2 248 with 30 reps and a 120 inch broad. Great athlete that should have stayed in school, but is able to sit and learn behind Levy, Tulloch or Palmer. Great ST potential.
CB PHILLIP GAINES
This is the Dolphins 5, at 6-0 and 200 Gaines has the build we can use at either CB or at FS. I am hoping for the conversion, as he is much better in zone than in man. His 35 PBUs lead the team, and is by all accounts a great teammate and athlete. Not a ST contributor, but a solid developmental project behind Quin and Ihedigbo
DE TAYLOR HART
With our 6th, I took another develomental DL. At 6-6 280, Hart possess shorter arms at 32 3/4 inches, only an eighth longer than Donald. He nevertheless is a very smart player that knows his role well and does not mind the dirty work. Probably a career backup that will play well in rotation.
K ANTHONY FERA
More accurate than powerful, Fera is a PSU transfer to Texas. Groza finalist, and a 2nd team All American, he can come in and compete for a spot with our futures contracts. Consideration was also given to Denicos Allen, Brock Vereen, Jeff Janis and Trey Millard.
Thanks for reading. Probably post another soon. Please leave your comments and constructive criticisms.