Stanford draft prospects we might be looking at

Reports that Oakland Raider OL guru Mike Tice was at Stanford’s pro-day has me wondering who we might be looking to draft. Now although we already have one of the best OL’s in the league – that got real AWESOME with the signing of Kelechi Osemele from the Ravens and the re-signing of Donald Penn – Mike Tice is clearly looking longer term, and for OL prospects that he can coach up.

The main Stanford OL prospects in the 2016 draft class are:-

  • Joshua Garnett
  • Kyle Murphy

Garnett is probably the second or third best guard in this year’s draft class – and at 6’4″ and 315 lbs he’s real similar man-mountain to the two incumbents we’ve likely got starting in 2016, Gabe Jackson & Kelechi Osemele. Now as much as I’d like to sign this kid, I don’t see him lasting past the 2nd round, and given the talent we already have at guard (and don’t forget Feliciano’s development), its hard to justify us spending an early rounder on another guard. If for some crazy reason he falls to the fourth or fifth round, however, I say ‘pounce’….the third round, I’d have to get thinking really hard!

The kid I think Tice is really concentrating on, however, is the slightly less hyped Kyle Murphy, he’s a big 6’6″ OT, a position of much greater need to us and will potentially be available to us in the 4th round, certainly the 3rd. He’s more of a RT than a LT, although Murphy did play LT as a senior, is Tice thinks he has the raw talent to potentially play LT in a couple of years then I say ‘roll he 4th round dice”. Murphy is a bright kid, with long arms and good genetics – his brother played for Harvard and the Vikings. Bright obviously the Murphy family could be the developmental OL-peg we need, and what better place to learn than under Tice, Penn and Howard.

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Amari Offers Reminders of World

The possibility of an Amari Cooper signing this week – with the number four pick in the 2015 nfl draft – has me thinking/harking-back to Jerry Rice….Don’t scoff, I’m serious, the smoothness both of these players possess, coupled with their incredible professionalism and love of the position have me thinking Amari Cooper could be a great signing come the draft.

Whoever gets Amari Cooper not only gets a three-year standout from Alabama, but also an incredible pro-ready receiver who would instantly improve not just their receiving corps but also the play of their QB.

Imagine a Derek Carr that not only has a resurgent Michael Crabtree to pass to, but also a dynamic young pass catcher in Amari Cooper (or even Kevin White), an improve OL (Hudson offering upside at C, while Jackson improves with experience at guard and the right side of the line is instantly better with Howard moving back to his natural position of RT), and a much improved running game.

This is a really good WR-talent pool that some observers think could even eclipse 2014

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2015/04/28/wide-receiver-preview-devante-parker-kevin-white-amari-cooper-cris-collinsworth/26505289/