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GZL 2022 Let's Mock It Top 10 v2
By Garth Pearce
Special to gzl-football.com

The draft class is now on site and people can start digging deep into their scouting, so time to mock up the draft as it sits with all trades considered at RFA stage:

1.1 - WR Ja'Vonte Nix
So Nic has called it and Nix will be the latest rookie addition into Seattle. After dealing out Rock Pritchett (a player with decent height and skill) to get this pick, they are looking to develop a once in a lifetime player. Standing at 6'4", Nix can max out at 98 SPD, 98 AGI and 94 ACC. Now apart from the acceleration those are numbers you find on guys around 6 foot, not tall timber like Nix and he'll be hell to match-up with for nearly every team.

1.2 - DE Myles Garrett
Since moving to Minnesota Breck has been quite on his rebuild, shopping this pick but not much happening. I'm sticking with Garrett here as the best option for the team, even if they could justifiably go with a half back or offensive lineman here as well. I go with Garrett over Powers because the speed difference is minimal (-1) along with acceleration (-2), whilst his strength (+5) is more in vision of Shawn Oakman who he had raging success with in Buffalo.

1.3 - WR Courtland Sutton
My first take on this draft had Tom getting Nix with this pick. That's no longer an option but I feel the need is still there for a quality receiver in Detroit. After talking up his receivers in my last version of this article, Tom has since cut Byron Marshall and is in need of a new starter who is the real thing. At 6'3" with a max speed of 96 he is a matchup nightmare and will give Christensen at least one quality target to work with. Plus he'll develop alongside their young QB Archer to work in tandem for years to come.

1.4 - OT Cam Robinson
Jason has sworn off a wide receiver here and may look to the free agent market for his needs. Some discussion has gone into his defense but he only just realised he missed the initial RFA stage to retain his OLB so that may put a crimp in their plans. This would Put OLB Phillips into the frame, but they may depend on if CB Waynes gets dealt and any of their block needs (WR or O-Line) get filled in the process. I could see a legitimate 4-3 pass rushing DE here in Powers, but Robinson gives them the blocking prowess they need to make their offense flow.

1.5 - DE Ja'Bar Powers
With a monstrous potential top end speed and first step to match he'd be a nasty sight for any QB to face off against, Powers comes in the mould of Jadeveon Clowney. With Coples aging and no right end to speak about, Powers slots in straight away. The Skins could also use more blocking help on offense as option two here.

1.6 - MLB Zach Cunningham
With no inside linebacker worth starting the Steelers are set with Cunningham here who I feel has an advantage in Height and speed over Foster to get the nod. Foster may be 6 points stronger but he's also 6'1" and 4 points slower. The 6'4" of Cunningham is a better option in the middle. Others think the Steelers should go receiver here, which is valid but not as high on the teams needs as I see it.

1.7 - MLB Rueben Foster
Right now I think DT is not the most important position they needs to fill, especially with both MLBs requiring resigning and morale proving a massive roadblock to that endeavour. Foster steps in as the new team leader to work with a team that is suffering from a lack of inspiration in their players. Option 2 would be going for the blazing outside presence of Carroll Phillips to try and shake things up on the outside instead.

1.8 - CB Marlon Humphrey
With a kitchen sink thrown at Tampa for Mike Evans Justin Herr has made clear his intentions in Jacksonville upon returning and makes me re-think this pick. With an offense tooled for the pass it's only fitting that the defense gets some love to handle the potential slugfest. At 6'1" Humphrey isn't spectacularly tall, but with a potential top speed of 96 and starting awareness of 70 he's got all the tools to be a great corner in this league, able to cover taller threats as well as the deep ball. I could also pin half back, offensive line, RE and linebacker here for equally good value, but what will help the team the most?

1.9 - OG Ethan Pocic
Guards aren't sexy picks in the top rounds, but when you need one it's always a good idea to take the talent that we normally see reserved for the best offensive tackles. Pocic will fill the last hole in their o-line to best support Luck and Pittman, but if this doesn't appeal to Bryan then maybe a replacement for the aging AJ green is on the cards. They would love a top end rushing talent here for a nice steal and pairing with Clowney, but I feel the environment has shifted now.

1.10 - DT Malik McDowell
Their DT's are all later round picks and nothing real special, and looking at this in hindsight it doesn't seem right to take two unsexy picks in a row for the same team, but they fit the team and will help them in more places than on their own stat sheet. The Bears do have the luxury of taking back-to-back best available picks here so be ready to be surprised as Bryan sniffs out his supreme talent.
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