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My Mock Offseason Version 1 Prior to Free Agency


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Based off of Ballard's history and some team needs for either talent or a Veteran presence here are my uninformed guesses:

 

Potential Free Agent Signings:

 

Eric Berry, Safety - perfect example of a strong Veteran Presence even if he's the 3rd Safety

 

Dante Fowler, Edge, the perfect young and coming pass rusher to study under Justin Houston for a year and learn all of his tricks

 

Devin Funchess, WR, he spent a year here and knows the offense, re-signing him should be a no brainer

 

Andrew Billings, DT, quietly pretty good run stopper and pocket pusher, good depth behind Stewart

 

Hunter Henry, TE, roll the dice on his talent - plus has connections with Sirianni - would be a great compliment to Doyle

 

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, would immediately step in and take over for Sheard as the strong side DE.

 

Then the Draft, based in part off of the Free Agents signed:

 

Round 1 - Jordan Love, QB, Utah State - Gamble on his arm talent with good coaches surrounding him in a healthy, winning mindset of a locker room to boost his confidence.

 

Round 2 - Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma - Perhaps our version of Warren Sapp that helps make our Cover-2 schemes work by constant pressure in the face of the QB

 

Round 2 - Chase Claypool, WR/TE, Notre Dame - by signing Hunter there is no pressure to transition him to TE at all if they like what he shows as a receiver. Although, as a stretch the field TE I think he'd be a match-up nightmare for everyone.

 

Round 3 - Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU - Blazing fast and runs crisp routes, sub 6' tall kinda pushes him down in this deep WR class, but, he can be groomed as T.Y.'s replacement and/or compliment

 

Round 4 - Alex Highsmith, Edge, Charlotte - Small school stud with some refinement needed. Here is this years project for Mathis to work his magic on and add to the group of Houston, Turay, Banogu and Fowler (via FA) as pass rush specialists.

 

Round 5 - Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa - they churn out solid DB's every year and he is no different. Long, good ball skills and a solid tackler he would fit right in on the outside in our Cover 2 zones and occasional press man.

 

Round 6 - Jeremy Chinn, Safety, Southern Illinois - Another long and lanky defensive back to add to the mix and another small school guy that flies under the radar even with a good showing at the combine.

 

Round 7 - Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina - Finally the OLineman everyone has clamored for. Participant in the Shrine and Senior Bowl and went to the combine. Son of Andy Heck so the bloodline is there. Has the raw tools to be the understudy of Castonzo to work on his main weakness, countermoves, especially to the inside - though he still only gave up 1/3 of a sack last year.

 

Potential Notable UDFA's:

 

Mitchell Wilcox, TE, USF - poor QB play kept his numbers stagnant, but, very talented

 

Marquez Callaway, WR, Tennessee - solid receiver with return skills

 

Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State, Big target at 6'4" and can play big boy ball when he wants - find his motivation and turn him into a big play threat - plus he ran a 4.48 40-Yard Dash at the combine....

 

Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota - was a shrine game and shrine practice standout that only has 30.375" arms but he is 6'0" and 199 lbs so just outside of Ballards draftable criteria.

 

 

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Good effort here. Well balanced mock. I like it. Reagor probably won't be there in R3 but you can flip Reagor and Claypool and it still looks good. You also got Chinn in the 6th and I kind of doubt he falls that far after that combine he had. 

 

I wanted to put Hunter Henry in mine too, but I read somewhere that part of the Chargers releasing Rivers is them making room/money to keep Henry. I wonder if they are going to franchise tag him. If he's available though... good move. 

 

Anyways... good mock. :thmup:

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I actually really like this, even though I’m not big on Love. If our day 2 picks pan out like that, we could take a kicker round one and I wouldn’t be too upset. Fingers crossed that this or something similar happens!

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4 hours ago, Scott Pennock said:

Not at all, but, Ballard wants waves of pass rushers and you can never have too many!


Sorry, I don’t see 6 Edge players on the roster and that would be like giving up on three 2nd Rd guys. Colts carried nine D-line in 2019. Overkill IMO, unless you’re implying Ballard whiffed on some high picks, then I would agree. 

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3 hours ago, Superfly said:


Sorry, I don’t see 6 Edge players on the roster and that would be like giving up on three 2nd Rd guys. Colts carried nine D-line in 2019. Overkill IMO, unless you’re implying Ballard whiffed on some high picks, then I would agree. 

Houston, Turay

Gallimore, Autry, Lewis

Stewart, Billings 

Ogbah, Banogu, Highsmith

 

I could see these 10 being rostered based off of FA and Draft. 

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11 minutes ago, Scott Pennock said:

Houston, Turay

Gallimore, Autry, Lewis

Stewart, Billings 

Ogbah, Banogu, Highsmith

 

I could see these 10 being rostered based off of FA and Draft. 


Where’s Fowler? You had him on your list for FA’s? And I doubt they let cut Muhammad. He’s a good run stopper who improved rushing the passer, but is primarily a run stopper. 

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2 hours ago, Superfly said:


Where’s Fowler? You had him on your list for FA’s? And I doubt they let cut Muhammad. He’s a good run stopper who improved rushing the passer, but is primarily a run stopper. 

You're right....then I'd cut Lewis or Autry at the end of camp for Fowler! Good catch!

 

And Muhammad I like, but Ogbah/Fowler would make him lose out on the roster crunch as well.

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Is anyone interested in Ndomukong Suh? He will cost less this year (maybe 7-8mill), plays a ton of snaps, fills a need and is a team player now. He can even play most spots on the line. I know hes like 32 but, this dude can play and was great at stopping the run. He helps others around him and can rush the QB. Just saying.

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