Jay Finley, RB, Baylor
Height: 5-11. Weight: 203. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.53. Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 39.5. Broad: 11. Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 3/5/11: Jay Finley isn't a threat as a pass-catcher, but he had 1,218 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on an impressive 6.3 YPC in 2010.
Byron Landor, S, Baylor
Height: 6-0. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.68. Benchx225: 8. Vertical: 35.5. Arm: . Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 3/5/11: Had 127 tackles and five pass break-ups in 2010.
Brad Taylor, TE, Baylor
Height: 6-3. Weight: 241. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.59. Benchx225: 14. Vertical: . Projected Round (2011): 7-FA. 3/5/11: A former quarterback, Brad Taylor caught 20 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns in 2010.
Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
Height: 6-3. Weight: 334. Projected 40 Time: 5.35. Combine 40 Time: 5.18. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: 31. Vertical: 29.5. Arm: 34. Projected Round (2011): 1-2. 3/5/11: Phil Taylor didn't run the 40 at his Pro Day, but he had a tremendous workout, prompting Gil Brandt to write that Taylor "I believe he might have solidified himself as a first-round pick with his workout."
3/1/11: Phil Taylor continues to impress. He lost some more weight (334) and despite his massive frame, he ran a 5.18 at the Combine. Taylor has completely turned his life around, and he's definitely looking like a first-round pick.
1/30/11: Phil Taylor dominated the North team's supposed elite offensive line, beating double teams and wreaking havoc on the North's quarterbacks. The NFL Network guys remarked that 335-pound players aren't supposed to have Taylor's moves. Taylor could sneak into the bottom of the first round.
1/26/11: Phil Taylor is a monster and might be moving into late first-round consideration. He dominated every matchup in the one-on-one drills. It was amazing how easily he pushed around an overmatched Demarcus Love.
5/6/10: Like Terrence Cody, Phil Taylor's weight will need to be monitored. The prospect of adding a 355-pound nose tackle sounds nice until he shows up to training camp at 390.
Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
Height: 6-3. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.13. Combine 40 Time: 5.28. Pro Day 40 Time: . Benchx225: 29. Arm: 34 1/4. Projected Round (2011): 2. 3/5/11: Like Phil Taylor, Danny Watkins had a great workout at Baylor's Pro Day. The 26-year-old guard will likely be drafted in Round 2.
1/27/11: Danny Watkins would be a high second-round pick if he weren't 27 years old. He looks great. A team ready to win now may take him in the third round.
1/26/11: Danny Watkins looks like he's ready to play right now. Then again, that better be the case because he's 27 years old. Watkins looked great Tuesday in the one-on-one matchups.
1/25/11: Danny Watkins would be much higher on this list if he weren't 27 years old. Was taken fourth overall in the 2010 CFL Draft.
Greg Ellingson, WR, Florida International
Height: 6-3. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.45. Vertical: 39.5. Broad: . Hand: . Projecte (2011): 7-FA. 3/5/11: An intriguing prospect, Greg Ellingson ran a 4.45 40 at 6-3, 200 pounds at Florida International's Pro Day. Ellingson caught 43 balls for 612 yards and five touchdowns in 2010.
Anthony Gaitor, CB, Florida International
Height: 5-10. Weight: 178. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.38. Benchx225: 12. Vertical: . Arm: . Projected Round (2011): 6-FA. 5/13/10: Anthony Gaitor had 45 tackles, 4.5 TFL, six pass break-ups and two picks as a junior.
Pete Hendrickson, OT, Tulane
Height: 6-7. Weight: 304. Projected 40 Time: 5.18. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.04. Benchx225: 25. Arm: . Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.
I have no problems with your mock draft for the Raiders. I'm sure you're aware of the need at MLB, but doubling up on defensive tackles would make as much sense given the lack of pass rush outside of Mack.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.