Midday Mock Draft: Georgia star lands in top 10

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April 09, 2018 - 9:28 am
Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith

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The first week of picks are in the books with 10 players landing with their NFL teams in the Midday Mock Draft. It didn't take long for Southeastern Conference champions the Georgia Bulldogs to place a guy in the draft, Roquan Smith landed in the top 10.

Here's how Friday's picks went to round out the top 10:

9. San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, LB -- Virginia Tech

Maiocco didn’t agree with Rick that receiver is a big need for the 49ers based on Kyle Shanahan’s system. He did say they would probably address the WR position in Rounds 3 or 4. 

The 49ers believe Jimmy Garoppolo is the real deal and almost became the defacto leader before he even took a snap, said Maiocco. 

Maiocco discussed the money they paid running back Jerick McKinnon in free agency and how the 49ers pinpointed him as the guy they wanted. 

Discussion turned to describing how Maiocco thinks the 49ers defense will play this season with the edition of Richard Sherman, but also the offseason problems for some of their players. Matt says they feel good about the corners but need a dominant pass-rusher.

10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB -- Georgia 

JT explained how he got his name JT the Brick from Jim Rome when he used to call his show and he won the very first smack-off contest. He talked about the re-hiring of Jon Gruden and thinks he will do a heck of a job. JT told us he never had a doubt that Jon Gruden would come back to coaching and he thinks it’s fitting for him to return to the Raiders because they have unfinished business. 

The jury is still out on the Raiders getting rid of Michael Crabtree and replacing him with Jordy Nelson. 

JT said the Raiders are looking to help Kahlil Mack by putting better players around him now. 

JT mentioned statistically that Gruden is going to push Carr to his breaking point trying to make him better, make more plays and use his legs more. 

Not only did JT pick Roquan Smith, he told us Smith must come in and start as a rookie for the pick to worth while.