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Best Player Available Mock Draft

I used a mock draft generator (http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/premium/draft.php), did not make any trades and took the BPA every pick who fit a need:

17 S HA’SEAN CLINTON-DIX, ALABAMA

We've hashed this one out a bunch. If he lasts to us, we'll pick him. Personally I prefer Jimmie Ward, but conventional wisdom being what it is, if he lasts to us, we pick him.

55 TE AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS, WASHINGTON

There are several good options at TE that can last to the mid-second round: ASJ, Troy Niklas, maybe Jace Amaro. We could use one of them. In this draft, this guy lasted to us.

79 OT ANTONIO RICHARDSON, TENNESSEE

At 6'6" 336 lbs, he's got great size and has shown enough ability that normally he might be considered worthy of a first-round pick, but he's also got some injury concerns so lasted to me. We could use a RT and this was the Best Player Available, at a position of need, so it was obvious.

99 DT EGO FERGUSON, LSU

We can always use another athletic big body on the defensive line, and Ferguson is a good value here, at 6'3" 315 lbs.

123 WR MARTAVIS BRYANT, CLEMSON

Bryant was another BPA pick at a position of need. He's really just a deep threat at this point so I don't know how good of a fit he would be, and there are concerns over his ability to absorb a playbook, but at this point in the draft he's just a good value as a 6'3" guy who can run really fast in a straight line and whose hands are decent.

134 CB RASHAAD REYNOLDS, OREGON STATE

Again, BPA - Reynolds has reasonable size (just under 5'10" 190 lbs), good measurables (4.51 40-yard dash and athletic in general), big hands (9.625") relative to his height, 51 tackles, a sack, and 6 INTs this year, and he's supposed to be a "gritty" player, well suited to nickelback. Sounds like a winner to me, and you can never have too many CBs.

138 RB ANDRE WILLIAMS, BOSTON COLLEGE

We need someone to compete with Justin Forsett - and for that matter, be available in case Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce aren't available for whatever reason. He's not good as a receiver out of the backfield, but this guy was ridiculously productive on the ground, with 2,177 yards and 18 TDs (6.1 yards per carry). At a minimum, he's interesting as a situational RB, such as on the goal line, and there's a chance he could be a workhorse for the first 2 downs - though he'll never be a 3 down player.

164 DE BRENT URBAN, VIRGINIA

This has been a popular pick among Baltimore Beatdown readers for around this point in the draft. He reached me, so I took him. A big bodied guy, 6'7" 295 lbs, he's well suited for 3-4 DE (and again, we can always use another quality lineman for the rotation).

175 QB LOGAN THOMAS, VIRGINIA TECH

Huge (6'6" 248 lbs) and athletic (4.61 40 yard-dash), with a big arm, Logan Thomas is an interesting project QB to try to develop behind Joe Flacco. Apparently his accuracy and decision-making are the big question marks, here, but the ceiling is so high he's worth a flier in the 5th round, because we need another backup and he's somewhat closer to what Joe does than what we currently have. If he develops into a starting-quality guy (which would be against my expectations), then we'll either have awesome trade bait or something really interesting on our hands.

194 C RUSSELL BODINE, NORTH CAROLINA

6'3" 310 lbs, a probable career backup for the center and guard positions, he's nothing special but could nonetheless be an upgrade over the depth that we have now, and his flexibility between those positions will be helpful over the course of a season, if he sticks.

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