I meant to finish this yesterday, but couldn't pry myself away from the unveiling of the new Jaguar jersey. This is the final portion of our mock draft. After the first round of the draft tomorrow evening (possibly Friday), I will update each installment of our mock draft with the actual player selected next to our prediction.
26. Green Bay- Eddie Lacy (RB- Alabama) This selection may or may not surprise some people as he could or could not figure to be a first round pick, given his combine performance. The tape doesn't lie and Lacy is a dominant and durable back, in the same mold as Trent Richardson. I've been saying for half a decade that Green Bay is a feature running back away from being a dynasty.
27. Houston- Justin Hunter (WR- Tennessee) I wanted to mock Hunter to the Packers because of the departure of Greg Jennings, but running back was such a glaring weakness. Houston comes up aces in this position, drafting a 6'4 receiver with a Randy Moss sort of build. He has had a knee injury in the past, but he runs fluid routes and as the old adage goes, "You can't teach height". This pick is especially important given that Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub aren't youngsters anymore.
28. Denver- Sylvester Williams (DT- North Carolina) Yes, I know that the Broncos picked up Terrence Knighton in free agency, BUT sometimes Pot Roast has had difficulty maintaining his weight. I also know that Denver runs a 3-4 scheme, but don't expect Knighton to be an every down tackle. Williams is one of the best at this position in the draft, and at 6'3 and over 300 lbs, Williams could potentially be a more athletic version of Knighton.
29. New England- D.J. Hayden (CB- Houston) Last year, Hayden collided with another player so hard that he sustained damage to the back of his heart. Hopefully, he's made a full recovery and a cardiologist can vouch for him. When healthy, Hayden has the total package, coverage ability, raw speed, run back ability...The Patriots may take a chance here, one that could pay large dividends.
30. Atlanta- Zach Ertz (TE- Stanford) Eiffert has already been selected and the Falcons need to draft a tight end in anticipation of Tony Gonzales's retirement. Ertz is very tall at 6'6 and is a good route runner. He's not going to impress you with elite speed like Vernon Davis, but think of him as a taller Jason Witten, and with average speed, Witten is a future Hall of Fame candidate. Ertz is in that mold as a very good route runner from the tight end position and can also be a fantastic red zone option for Matty Ice.
31. San Francisco- Matt Elam (S- Florida) Elam is a heavy hitter from the safety position. He's leaner than Polamalu, but he's very instinctual. Think Taylor Mays, if he had talent and that's Elam. This is a guy that the 49ers could blitz frequently as well as have sit back in coverage and steal a couple balls and take it to the house. If Elam were around two picks later, I would love the Jags to draft him.
32. Baltimore- Tank Carradine (DE- Florida State) The Ravens are absolutely STACKED at linebacker and they have Ngata in the middle of the line, but they have no rush ends worth note. With good size and speed to spare, Carradine could potentially be a force in the pass game and at the least, serve as contain in the run game. Some people have the Ravens drafting a safety now that they no longer have Ed Reed or Bernard Pollard, but I'm not a big believer in drafting 3 safeties in the 1st round.