Most of the focus seems to be on the first round right now, but I've been digging for some solid late-round picks to fill out my mock draft lately, and I've come up with a few intriguing names.
J.T. Thomas, a versatile LB (he played on the weakside mostly) out of WVU. Click on this for a 15-minute highlight reel of sorts.
At 6'1, 240 lbs, he's pretty similar size-wise to Bruce Carter. He didn't crush the combine like Carter did, but certainly showed enough speed to play at the NFL level. In particular, he killed it on the 10-yard dash, and it shows on film. He has the ability to linger in the middle of the field in zone coverage, then shows great closing speed if there's a dump-off pass in front of him. He also shows good burst blitzing from both the inside and the outside. His college resume isn't loaded with sacks or TFLs, but he did notch plenty of PDs, and he started for one of the best defenses in the country last year. He's projected as a 7th-rounder right now, which seems low. Whether he can replicate his blitzing-off-the-edge ability on a bigger-scale and play SOLB, or if he has to slide inside (DeMeco insurance), I think he has a lot of upside and versatility.
Another potential 6th/7th rounder out of WVU is also intriguing: Chris Neild. at 6'2, 320 lbs, he's built like Casey Hampton. He also showed real quickness for a guy his size at the combine. Not much tape on him though... Any WVU fans around here with an opinion?
And lastly, the token zone-blocking lineman: Mike Person, out of Montana State. Surprisingly, there's a lot of tape available on him. He's versatile (probably OG depth to begin with, but he has the height and experience at RT), and he has the quickness to get to the next level in run blocking that Kubes so desires. If he adds to his frame, he could potentially be a replacement for Winston down the line. I wouldn't expect him to start immediately, but he had a solid college career and seems to fit our mold for O-linemen.
So, those would be my targets for the 7th, compensatory 7th, and a possible RFA. Thomas might be able to contribute immediately, whereas the other two would be developmental picks. Does anybody else have any intriguing late-round prospects we aught to know about?