Hypothetical college football draft (cont.)
61. Ohio: WR Tavon Austin, Sr., West Virginia
Last seen torching Clemson's defense for four touchdown catches in the Orange Bowl, Austin provides a versatile weapon for the Bobcats' no-huddle offense.
62. Arkansas State: QB Braxton Miller, So., Ohio State
That sound you hear is Arizona's Rich Rodriguez slapping his forehead as the player he wanted at No. 65 goes to Jonesboro. In Miller, Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn gets a talented thrower and runner with big-program experience. Hmm. What happened last time Malzahn got to coach a talented thrower and runner who also had big-program experience?
63. UCLA: WR Trey Metoyer, Fr., Oklahoma
Metoyer would be a sophomore, but he didn't qualify academically in 2011 and had to go to prep school. During spring practice in Norman, Metoyer made an immediate impact. New Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone gets to draw plays for Metoyer for at least three seasons.
64. Purdue: RB Joe Bergeron, So., Texas
Boilermakers coach Danny Hope's teams are at their best when the running game clicks. Bergeron averaged 6.4 yards per carry as a freshman, often outshining classmate Malcolm Brown.
65. Arizona: QB Teddy Bridgewater, So., Louisville
Just before Charlie Strong can select his own quarterback, Rodriguez snaps up Bridgewater to run his spread option offense. Bridgewater prefers to throw, but he is certainly athletic enough to run Rodriguez's offense.
66. Louisville: LB Kevin Reddick, Sr., North Carolina
After just missing on Bridgewater, Strong opts for a stalwart Mike linebacker. In Reddick, Strong gets a big, fast playmaker who should give the coach flashbacks to his days coaching Brandon Siler and Brandon Spikes at Florida.
67. Nevada: QB Blake Bell, So., Oklahoma
Didn't expect to see two quarterbacks from the same school drafted, did you? The Belldozer's performance at the end of last season would intrigue every coach in need of an athletic quarterback. Chris Ault may have to get the marketing department in Reno to start printing "Pistoldozer" T-shirts.
68. South Florida: DT Kawann Short, Sr., Purdue
The NFL draftniks love the 310-pound Short, who racked up 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2011 despite routinely facing double-teams.
69. Northwestern: LB Chris Borland, Jr., Wisconsin
An under-recruited linebacker who posts triple-digit tackles and also can return kicks and kick extra points? Sounds like Pat Fitzgerald's kind of player.
70. NC State: OT D.J. Fluker, Jr., Alabama
Tom O'Brien selects a mountain of a human to serve as the cornerstone of his new roster. (And in case you wonder why a lot of people think Alabama will win another national title this season, remember this is the third member of the Crimson Tide offensive line selected here.)
71. Georgia Tech: LB Chase Thomas, Sr., Stanford
Like his fellow option coaches, Paul Johnson can shop for offensive players in the later rounds. Here, he picks up a perfect piece for coordinator Al Groh's 3-4. Thomas had 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks for the Cardinal last season.
72. Illinois:CB Johnthan Banks, Sr., Mississippi State
Tim Beckman, who coached some great cornerbacks as an Ohio State assistant, grabs a tall, physical corner who can cover anyone.
73. North Carolina: RB Malcolm Brown, So., Texas
Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora had expected to coach Giovani Bernard. Instead, he gets the other half of the Longhorns' tailback haul of 2011.
74. Texas Tech: LB C.J. Mosley, Jr., Alabama
Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville decides to gig Alabama fans one more time and winds up with a fantastic weakside linebacker in the process.
75. Miami: OT Jake Matthews, Jr., Texas A&M
Al Golden decides to build from the inside out with the second of Texas A&M's twin towers.
76. SMU: QB Zach Mettenberger, Jr., LSU
June Jones wants a rocket-armed quarterback. He finds one in the player LSU fans jokingly refer to as "Mettensavior."
77. Tennessee: S Eric Reid, Jr., LSU
Derek Dooley knows he'll need top-notch defenders to make Tennessee competitive in the SEC again. Plus, the Volunteers are quite fond of dynamic safeties named Eric.
78. Ohio State: QB Jeff Driskel, So., Florida
In Urban Meyer's offense, it all starts with the quarterback. With Miller tearing up the Sun Belt, Meyer needs a player perfectly suited to run his system. So why not take the quarterback he recruited at Florida? Driskel never played for Meyer, who resigned shortly before Driskel enrolled, but Meyer believed the 6-4, 232-pounder from Oviedo, Fla., was built to follow in the footsteps of Tim Tebow in Meyer's offense.
79. Louisiana Tech: WR Marquess Wilson, Jr., Washington State
Another Hal Mumme-Leach disciple, Bulldogs coach Sonny Dykes grabs a 6-4 playmaker off Leach's own roster. Wilson caught 82 passes for 1,388 yards in 2011. Back in reality, he should post some off-the-charts numbers in Leach's offense.
80. Northern Illinois: WR Cobi Hamilton, Sr., Arkansas
The defending overlords of MACtion take a receiver who would have put up much bigger numbers last year had he not been playing alongside Jarius Wright and Joe Adams.
81. Temple: OT Chris Faulk, Jr., LSU
Temple coach Steve Addazio loves offensive linemen, so of course he's going with a left tackle here. Faulk was outstanding in his first season as LSU's left tackle, and he'll only get better.
82. Iowa: OT Taylor Lewan, Jr., Michigan
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz takes a tackle he knows will succeed in the Big Ten.
83. Washington: CB Johnny Adams, Sr., Michigan State
Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, still smarting from watching his defense allow 67 points in the Alamo Bowl, allows first-year defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to make the first pick. Wilcox opts for Adams, an All-Big Ten performer in 2011.
84. Iowa State: RB John White, Sr., Utah
White, a junior college transfer, began preseason practice third on the depth chart and wound up the Utes' most important offensive player in 2011. He gained 1,519 yards on 316 carries. That workhorse mentality will play well in Ames.
85. Vanderbilt: DT John Jenkins, Sr., Georgia
Had Vanderbilt not improved so much in its first year under James Franklin, I probably could have managed to have (Vandy coach) James Franklin select (Missouri quarterback) James Franklin. Instead, Franklin gigs Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham by taking Jenkins, a 351-pound wall. Those who try to block Jenkins should not be lulled into a false sense of security by this photo, which was tweeted by Georgia receiver Tavarres King. Jenkins is only a gentle giant at naptime. Besides, Vandy fans are accustomed to cheering for someone named John Jenkins thanks to the sharpshooter who just finished his Vandy basketball career.
86. Arizona State: DE Brandon Jenkins, Sr., Florida State
Todd Graham decides pass rush will be the most important factor at this particular dream job. Jenkins is up to the task; he racked up 21.5 sacks the past two seasons.
87. Toledo: C Khaled Holmes, Sr., USC
First-year Rockets coach Matt Campbell goes with the position group he coached and picks Holmes, the whip-smart anchor of the Trojans' line. Depending on what Campbell needs, Holmes can also play guard.
88. Utah: RB Rex Burkhead, Sr., Nebraska
With White gone, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham selects another ultra-dependable back. Burkhead ran for 1,357 yards last season.
89. Cal: QB Bryn Renner, Jr., North Carolina
Jeff Tedford could have some fun with Renner, who quietly led the ACC in passing efficiency last season. As a redshirt sophomore, Renner completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,086 yards.
90. Rutgers: OG Braden Hansen, Sr., BYU
When Hansen enters the NFL draft next year, the fact that he graduated high school in 2006 could be an issue because he'll have fewer years to play than his younger counterparts. But since he has only a finite amount of college eligibility, Hansen's age simply means he can provide perspective for some of his younger teammates. While the two-year mission break may be standard operating procedure at BYU, Hansen will be a graybeard for the Scarlet Nights.
91. Tulsa: WR Kenny Stills, Jr., Oklahoma
Anyone know a good barber in Tulsa? Playing alongside Ryan Broyles, Stills wasn't the focus of the passing game. He will be at Tulsa.
92. BYU: S John Boyett, Sr., Oregon
Boyett has led the Ducks in tackles two of the past three seasons. Now he'll lead the Cougars in tackles.
93. Auburn: LB Nico Johnson, Sr., Alabama
Of course this happens. The Tigers' pick of Johnson, one of the linchpins of Alabama's defense, inspires a special edition of Paul Finebaum's radio show. Finebaum allows regular caller Legend (an Alabama fan) to embark on a 27-minute rant, goes to commercial, then takes a call from regular caller Tammy for the Auburn rebuttal. By the end of her call, Tammy lands herself on the watch lists of the FBI and the NSA.
94. Clemson: LB Ryan Shazier, So., Ohio State
The Tigers pick up a steal late in the first round in Shazier, a blazing fast 'backer whose 57 tackles in 2011 were the most by a true freshman at Ohio State since Andy Katzenmoyer in 1996.
95. Mississippi State: S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr., Florida State
The Bulldogs had hoped they could get their own player here, but Illinois grabbed Banks. Instead, Mississippi State takes an athlete who can play safety or cornerback and contribute to the return game.
96. Cincinnati: WR Justin Hunter, Jr., Tennessee
The 6-4, 200-pounder is coming off an ACL tear, but if he's healthy, Hunter is one of the nation's most athletic big receivers.
97. Florida: LB Steve Edmond, So., Texas
Gators coach Will Muschamp recruited Edmond to Austin while serving as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator, but he never got to coach him. Now, Muschamp will have his chance to coach the 6-3, 255-pound freak of nature.
98. Penn State: QB Nathan Scheelhaase, Jr., Illinois
Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien will want a quarterback to build his offense around, and he gets a good one here. Scheelhaase completed 62.2 percent of his passes in 2011 and also ran for 624 yards. O'Brien, accustomed to working with Tom Brady, values accuracy.
99. Virginia Tech: DE Margus Hunt, Sr., SMU
Want to play some Beamer Ball? How about a 6-8, 275-pound Estonian who blocked four kicks last year? Hunt, who came in at No. 1 on CBSSports.com writer Bruce Feldman's annual Freaks list, is still learning the game, but with the quality of coaching he'll get at Virginia Tech, he can make game-changing plays on defense and special teams.
100. Notre Dame: QB Gunner Kiel, Fr., Notre Dame
Brian Kelly takes his own prize recruit from the 2012. Kiel may need time to learn, but Kelly considers him the future of the program.
101. Nebraska: LB Arthur Brown, Sr., Kansas State
Bo Pelini loves a high-volume tackler at linebacker, and he gets one in Brown. Last season, Brown led the Wildcats with 101 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss.
102. Southern Miss: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, So., Alabama
Alabama's Jones got moved to center after winning the Outland Trophy last year at left tackle because Tide coaches believe Kouandjio can give them just as much at the position. First-year Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson knows the best teams are built on the line of scrimmage, and he secures his left tackle spot for at least two seasons.
103. Florida State: DE Mario Edwards Jr., Fr., Florida State
Jimbo Fisher loves his signees, so isn't going to let another school take the highest rated member of his class of 2012. Edwards' father, Mario Sr., is a former Seminoles cornerback who has just started his new job as FSU's director of player development. This pick keeps father and son together. The younger Edwards will probably have to play right away after other schools raided FSU's defensive line.
104. West Virginia: WR Terrance Williams, Sr., Baylor
Williams shouldn't have to make too many adjustments moving from Art Briles' offense to Dana Holgorsen's. Last year, with Robert Griffin III doing the throwing, Williams caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. Expect equal or better numbers in Morgantown.
105. Georgia: DE/LB Jamie Collins, Sr., Southern Miss
Collins might be the most logical replacement after losing Jarvis Jones. Collins has played three different positions, starring in 2011 as the Bandit in the 4-2-5 the Eagles played last season. As a junior, Collins had 98 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss.
106. TCU: CB Dee Milliner, Jr., Alabama
Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson values speed and toughness on defense above most other factors. In Milliner, Patterson gets a fast corner who isn't afraid to mix it up physically with larger receivers.
107. Kansas State: LB Hayes Pullard, So., USC
As a redshirt freshman, Pullard tied for the team lead in tackles with 81. Bill Snyder rolls the dice on a star defender who could be in Manhattan for as few as one season and as many as three.
108. Michigan State: LB Dion Bailey, So., USC
The Spartans' Mark Dantonio takes USC's other 2011 tackles leader. Like Pullard, Bailey is a redshirt sophomore, so he could be gone quickly or stick around for a while.
109. Texas: OG Jonathan Cooper, Sr., North Carolina
Mack Brown has wanted to turn Texas into a power running offense since Colt McCoy left, but the Longhorns' line has not cooperated. So Brown grabs a powerful blocker at the point of attack to open holes for his backs.
110. Missouri: OG Alvin Bailey, Jr., Arkansas
Gary Pinkel understands the SEC is a line-of-scrimmage league, so he'll start building with a big ugly. Bailey, at 6-5 and 319 pounds, has the frame and skill set to play guard or tackle.
111. Houston: DE Dion Jordan, Sr., Oregon
The Cougars are never going to beat out Texas, Texas A&M and TCU on the recruiting trail for a ready-made pass rusher. But they can pick one now. Jordan, a first-team All Pac-12 player, brings serious speed off the edge.
112. Texas A&M: DT Sylvester Williams, Sr., North Carolina
Kevin Sumlin is used to developing offensive talent, so he's fine taking offensive players in later rounds. He uses his first pick to give a 320-pound gift to defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.
113. Baylor: QB Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State
Art Briles takes a raw, athletic quarterback who has the arm to develop into a stellar passer and the speed to make plays when the pocket breaks down. Any of this sound similar to a certain quarterback Briles developed recently?
114. USC: DE Stansly Maponga, Jr., TCU
When Ed Orgeron asks for a player for his position group, Coach O gets what Coach O wants. In Maponga, he gets a disruptor who forced five fumbles and led TCU in tackles for loss with 13.5 in 2011.
115. Michigan: RB Ray Graham, Sr., Pittsburgh
If not for durability questions, Graham would have been selected much higher. When Graham suffered a season-ending knee injury in Pitt's eighth game last year, he was averaging 134.1 yards per game. Had Graham kept up that pace, the only Panthers back to post a better season would have been Tony Dorsett during his Heisman season in 1976.
116. South Carolina: QB Connor Shaw, Jr., South Carolina
I know I suggested earlier that Shaw might slip to a later round, but until Shaw, Steve Spurrier hadn't had a quarterback he's truly liked since Rex Grossman at Florida in 2001. The Head Ball Coach isn't letting someone else take this one.
117. Boise State: LB A.J. Klein, Sr., Iowa State
Even after sharing Big 12 co-defensive player of the year honors with Oklahoma's Frank Alexander, Klein still flies under the radar nationally. That's OK. Boise State coach Chris Petersen loves players who fly under the radar while dominating.
118. Wisconsin: OT Alex Hurst, Sr., LSU
The 340-pound Hurst will fit in perfectly in Madison. He'll just have to trade the fried cheesecake at The Chimes on the edge of LSU's campus for the bacon scrambler at Mickie's Dairy Bar across the street from Camp Randall Stadium.
119. Stanford: OG Omoregie Uzzi, Sr., Georgia Tech
The blocking style will be different, but Uzzi will still get to plow over defenders on running plays the majority of the time.
120. Arkansas: WR Conner Vernon, Sr., Duke
Haven't heard of Vernon? That's because he plays for Duke. In the Razorbacks' offense, the 6-1, 200-pounder -- who caught 70 passes for 956 yards in 2011 -- will post ridiculous numbers.
121. Oregon: RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon
The Ducks lose Thomas, but they keep Barner. Last year, while splitting touches with LaMichael James and Thomas, Barner ran for 939 yards and scored 11 rushing touchdowns.
122. Oklahoma: RB Joseph Randle, Jr., Oklahoma State
After watching Randle run for 1,216 yards for their rival, Sooners coaches take Randle and hope injury concerns allow their own top back, Dominique Whaley, to drop to them in a lower round. If Whaley does, Oklahoma would have a terrifying backfield.
123. Oklahoma State: WR Ryan Swope, Sr., Texas A&M
The Cowboys bring a reliable receiver back to the Big 12 before his Aggies head to the SEC. Swope caught 89 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011. He's perfect for the Cowboys' no-huddle offense.
124. LSU: DT Bennie Logan, Jr., LSU
After watching his defensive line get decimated in the first round, Les Miles makes sure he gets to keep at least one of his giants. In future years, Miles can replace the draft losses from the fruit of the giant defensive tackle tree located somewhere in rural Ascension Parish. (That is how LSU gets all those great defensive tackles, right?)
125. Alabama: LB Ryan Anderson, Fr., Alabama
After watching the nation pick apart his team in the first round, Nick Saban chuckles. "Aight," he says. "You take my veterans. I'll beat you with my freshmen." Then he selects Anderson, the 250-pound Jack linebacker-in-training. Upon hearing this comment, the other schools promptly select the remainder of Alabama's 2012 signing class before Saban can select again.
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