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Because I change my mock like I change my undies

Doing a bit more reading, I just did a redux of my previous thoughts...

Round 1 7th Pick
Barkevious Mingo DE Louisiana 6'4" 241 I had my previous pick leaning towards Dion Jordan before. Jordan would help disrupt the passing game, but his skills lean more towards coverage. Mingo has an explosive first step and can battle blockers while trying to get to the QB. His build is not well suited for the D-Line, he could stand to put on a bit of muscle. However, he could likely see a shift to a pass rushing OLB in the NFL. The Cards are set for now with starters on the D-Line. Mingo could help bolster the LB corps that the Cards have.
Round 2 38th Pick
Terron Armstead OT Arkansas- Pine Bluff 6'5" 305 Obvious reasoning as to target an offensive lineman in the second. The O-Line struggled last year to protect the carousel of quarterbacks taking turns under center. He had tremendous athletic ability and explosive speed (as shown in his combine performance). He did have some troubles in the East-West game against some of the better pass rushers. However, his size and abilities fit well into a zone blocking scheme. With some time working with Coach Lott and some coaching, he will fit nicely into the line up and provide a needed boost.
Or...
Menelik Watson OT Florida State 6'5" 310 Brit prospect has great size, long arms, and quick feet. He could play well in a zone blocking scheme. However, with only two years of REAL football on his résumé, he is a bit of a raw talent. Needs to work on technique and recognizing blitzes. Could do very well in this offense.
Round 3 69th Pick
Larry Warford G Kentucky 6'3" 332 IF he's available, he would definitely be a great pick here. Versatile player, with the ability to play at guard or center. Will definitely provide a much needed boost for the run blocking game. However, he is quite the big boy, and a bit slow (even for his position).
Or...
Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia 6'1" 211 Honestly, this guy is my pick here in the third. He is built to play the position. Has the ability to read the QB, can locate the ball, and be able to snatch it away with his soft hands. Aggressive tackler, but could stand to learn to wrap up on a tackle instead of leading with his shoulder. Red flags do pop up with some previous disciplinary issues. If he can get his act together, he will provide a tremendous boost to make Kerry Rhodes a distant memory.
Round 4 103rd Pick
Dallas Thomas OT Tennessee OT 6'5" 306 Another versatile lineman that can play either guard or tackle. He's a durable and physical lineman that shows good technique at times. He has the ability to drive a defender with his power. He may not be suitable for the zone blocking scheme. With some proper coaching, he could be a valuable addition to the team.
Or...
Kiko Alonso ILB Oregon 6'4" 238 This guy has amazing athleticism, good speed and burst, and long arms. He has the ability to read in zone coverage and help in pass coverage. He can create havoc at the line of scrimmage. He has had only a year under his belt as a starter, has some injury issues, and some past disciplinary issues. But he has been compared to D-Wash, so who better to mentor him than D-Wash? (Just not with the substance abuse issues)
Round 5 140th Pick
Chris Gragg TE Arkansas 6'3" 244 Plays like a "bigger receiver." He has good speed, can catch the ball on the run, and shows dedication in the weight room. Needs to bulk up a bit, keep working on route-running, and needs to improve his blocking technique. Could be a great H-Back for the Cards.
Or...
Nico Johnson ILB Alabama 6'2" 248 He's an athletic and durable defender that can close the gaps on runners, shed blockers, and disrupt passing routes. He does need to get a bit quicker, and work on is pass defense abilities.
Round 6 174th Pick
Michael Ford RB LSU 5'10" 210 He's strong and athletic and has the ability to play on special teams. But struggles in pass protection.
Or...
Nickell Robey CB USC 5'7" 169 He size is a problem, but he possesses the athletic ability to keep up with receivers, has good pass protection skills as well, and he can put down a hard hit (especially for a guy his size). Obviously will need to put on a bit of bulk to handle bigger receivers. Needs to be more aggressive in shedding tacklers to defend against the run.
Round 7 219th Pick
Rodney Smith WR Florida State 6'5" 225 Big receiver that has great athletic abilitiy. Big catching radius and has some ability to block. He does need to put some time in with Coach Lott and needs to be more aggressive in fighting for the ball.
Or...
Rex Burkhead RB Nebraska 5'10" 214 Has quick feet and is a work horse. Can take the ball up the middle. However, he does not have any burst speed.
UDFA
Dustin Hopkins K Flordia State 6'2" 193 (but does that really matter?) Has a good competitive drive with an accurate kicking leg. Will need to improve himself in clutch situations.
Jordan Rodgers QB Vanderbilt 6'2" 202 He plays with confidence, throwing into tight coverage to hit his WR on the run... Speaking of run, he is mobile. He has some zip on his ball. Could do well to work with the practice squad. He is a bit short, but that was the same knock that Wilson had. He will need to learn to work under pressure in this division.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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