Lance Zierlein: Sideline View
Twitter: @Lance Zierlein
- Round 1: DE J.J. Watt
- Round 2: OT Ryan Clady
- Round 3: ILB Daryl Washington
- Round 4: DE/OLB Bruce Irvin
- Round 5: QB Christian Ponder
- Round 6: CB Keenan Lewis
- Round 7: WR Steve Johnson
- Round 8: DE/DT Derrick Wolfe
- Round 9: LB Mychal Kendricks
- Round 10: S Malcolm Jenkins
- Round 11: TE Brandon Pettigrew
- Round 12: S Chris Clemons
- Round 13: CB Tramon Williams
- Round 14: DE /OLB Connor Barwin
- Round 15: RB Chris Ivory
- Round 16: G Jeff Allen
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Round 1, Pick 7: J.J. Watt, Defensive End
This was a tough one, and in hindsight, I might take Colin Kaepernick if I had it to do all over again. However, if I’m building my team, I’m willing to take my chance waiting until the 2nd round to see if there is a quarterback there that I like. My approach to this draft is that I’ll be in charge on my team for the next several years to come and therefore, I want to approach my team-building with a multi-year vision and not a one year vision. It came down to sticking with my board and that would be the best defensive player over the seventh QB of this draft. I have my eyes on a few QBs who I think could slip through, and if not, I’m willing to wait to find my guy next year. Ironically, I’m following the 49ers’ model of building my fronts first.
Round 2, Pick 58: Ryan Clady, Offensive Tackle
Since I am building this team from the floor up and passed on a young QB in the first round in order to take the best defensive player in the game in J.J. Watt, it set me on a course to build my offensive and defensive fronts within the first couple of rounds. I want to build a young team who has a chance to win on both sides of the line early on. We want to dominate and impose our will.
Clady will be 27 when the season starts, but he’s never missed a start and can play in any type of running game that we decide to incorporate. Clady has experience on winning football teams and has had a couple of Super Bowl coaches whom he has played under so I know that I’m getting a professional who will be a good influence in the locker room.
Clady allowed pressures of the quarterback (including sacks) on just 2.6% of the pass attempts for the Broncos last season and that is very important for me as I will likely be going with a very average QB in our first year who will might not be as savvy at getting rid of the ball as we would like.
Round 3, Pick 90: Daryl Washington, Inside Linebacker
Round 4, Pick 103: Bruce Irvin, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
Round 5, Pick 154: Christian Ponder, Quarterback
Round 6, Pick 167: Keenan Lewis, Cornerback
Round 7, Pick 218: Steve Johnson, Wide Receiver
Round 8, Pick 231: Derek Wolfe, Defensive End/Defensive Tackle
Round 9, Pick 282: Mychal Kendricks, Inside Linebacker
Round 10, Pick 295: Malcolm Jenkins, Safety
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