With the draft order set and prospect rankings filling out nicely, it is time to mock again.
1. Indianapolis Colts
QB Andrew Luck (Stanford) – Andrew Luck has been the biggest name in the draft and deserves to the first overall pick. Some pundits are trying to talk up a controversy between Luck and Robert Griffin III but that will not be enough. The last time when the Colts were faced with taking a Quarterback first overall they took the precision pocket passer over the gun-slinger, it seemed to work out and will again.
2. Washington Redskins
QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor) – The Redskins traded up to this spot for Robert Griffin III and will not waste a second selecting him. RG3 is an exciting player that can make plays with both his arm and legs. Winning the Heisman this year, RG3 catapulted himself into the national spotlight, into the top 2 of the NFL draft and a multimillion dollar contract.
3. Minnesota Vikings
OT Matt Kalil (USC) – Kalil is the best non-Quarterback prospect in this draft and will help solidify the offensive line in front of current QB Christian Ponder. Kalil was an all-star at USC and has all the makings of continuing that in the NFL. The Vikings could also look for Wide Receiver help but go for the safer choice in Kalil.
4. Cleveland Browns
RB Trent Richardson (Alabama) – This is where the draft starts to get interesting. The first three picks seem like locks at this point and a player like QB Ryan Tannehill is going to start getting some attention. However, the 4th overall pick for Tannehill is just too high so the Browns go with the most explosive player on the board in Richardson. Putting up impressive numbers in the defensively stout SEC, Richardson is a star in the making, finally giving Colt McCoy something to work with (if he is even still the starter by the start of next season).
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Morris Claiborne (LSU) – The first defensive player comes off the board to play in the Buccaneers’ secondary. After an explosive off season of signing top free agents Tampa Bay goes to find a possible replacement for Ronde Barber, who may retire soon, or Aqib Talib, who is facing possible jail time. Claiborne has been viewed as one the top defensive players available and should be heads and shoulders above Eric Wright who the team just signed this off-season.
6. St. Louis Rams
WR Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) – The Rams need to give QB Sam Bradford some help and do so by taking Blackmon. By adding to the receiving core Bradford finds a target to help spread out the field and tries to revamp a boring offense. Blackmon seems like a Santonio Holmes type player to me just without the attitude. He seems like he will be a great addition for those 15-25 yard pass plays.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Riley Reiff (Iowa) – The Jaguars could go in so many different directions with this pick but the go with fixing the Offensive lines. QB Blaine Gabbert needs time to get the ball off without a pass rusher in his face. Taking Reiff here helps give their young QB more time to try and watch the plays develop however he still does not have anyone to throw the ball to.
8. Miami Dolphins
QB Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M) – The Dolphins missed on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn and signed David Gerrard to compete with Matt Moore for the starting QB position. The front office for the team needs to do something about the QB and do so by reaching for Tannehill. Ryan does not have the buzz surrounding him that Luck and RG3 do, that doesn’t mean he won’t succeed, just the 8th overall pick for a project player is not going to help the team. When a team picks this high it is important to see a player that is going to pay immediate dividends.
9. Carolina Panthers
DT/NT Dontari Poe (Memphis) – Carolina needs help on the defensive side of the ball and take the combine standout Poe. After running two sub-5 40’s and benching 225lbs 44 times, Poe is a personal trainers dream. He will give the Panthers help at the defensive line position which they sorely need. If this team can get some help on the defensive side of the ball they can become really good, really quick.
10. Buffalo Bills
DE/OLB Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) – The Bills are trying to create a defensive line to end all defensive lines. After signing Mario Williams to a $100,000,000 contract (Just look at all those zeroes!) The Bills bring in a pass rusher to support him on the other side with their first round pick from last year Marcell Dareus pushing through the middle.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
OG David DeCastro (Stanford) – One of the strongest prospects in the draft the Chiefs pick up a strong interior lineman who can start right away. The fact that DeCastro is still here at pick 11 will be considered crazy after he has spent a few years in the league.
12. Seattle Seahawks
DE/OLB Quinton Coples (UNC) – The Seahawks take one of the biggest questions marks of the draft. Some teams are high on him and some are not. There are questions about the amount of effort he puts into the game but on the other hand has the potential to be great. Personally, when there are questions about a players effort that is a huge concern but the potential upside of Coples is too much to pass up here.
13. Arizona Cardinals
OT Jonathan Martin (Stanford) – The Cardinals need offensive line help and hope to do so by taking Martin by fixing their mistake by taking Levi Brown. I don’t think this will do as much as they want but it will be an upgrade. For some reason I just can’t picture Martin going anywhere else.
14. Dallas Cowboys
DT Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State) – The Cowboys upgrade their D-line to help out LB DeMarcus Ware and the rest of the Cowboys front seven. The Cowboys could also look toward helping their secondary here as well but the draft stocks of DB’s Janoris Jenkins and Dre Kirkpatrick are falling due to character concerns.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
DT Michael Brockers (LSU) – Brockers is another question mark for this draft but the Eagles need some players that aren’t all flash. If the Eagles can put together a couple of mashers on their front seven they could get the team they were looking for last year. This game is won in the trenches and getting Brockers is a step in the right direction.
16. New York Jets
OLB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) – The Jets need to be able to get to the Quarterback without sending the secondary on a blitz. Period end of story. Upshaw has the ability and experience to work well in Rex’s 3-4 defense and hopefully can help make up for blowing a pick on Vernon Gholston (or he who must not be named to Jets fans). Another possibility here could be WR Michael Floyd to give Mark Sanchez another target to throw at.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
OG Cordy Glenn (Georgia) – The Bengals need to fill in one of their Guard positions and Glenn will fit right in. Another Combine all-star Glenn would fit well with the Bengals and has the ability to play all over the line.
18. San Diego Chargers
OLB/DE Nick Perry (USC) – The Chargers have needed to address their OLB pass rusher position since Shawn Merriman was suspended and eventually left the team. San Diego will get Perry from down the street who spent his colligate career at USC and is a pass rush specialist. Perry is said to be explosive and that is what the Chargers need.
19. Chicago Bears
WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) – The Bears are creating quite an offense for QB Jay Cutler to work with. With trading for WR Brandon Marshall and signing RB Michael Bush to pair with the already explosive RB Matt Forte, the addition of Floyd will only help this offense. Just imagine trying to defend a split back field of Forte and Bush with Marshall, Floyd and Hester lining up on the outside.
20. Tennessee Titans
LB Luke Kuechly (Boston College) – Tennessee takes the tackling machine Kuechly from BC. There have been reports that the Titans are high on Kuechly and are setting up times to meet with him. Whoever lands Kuechly will be getting a great player with amazing athleticism.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
CB Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama) – Cincinnati needs help at the Cornerback position and have to disregard the character concerns there are with Jenkins (Just like they have in the past with many other players). Jenkins has the ability to be a great player but he keeps getting in his own way. He was once on the University of Florida but was dismissed from the team, thus playing at North Alabama. If he can get his act together this pick will be a steal.
22. Cleveland Browns
WR Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) – Since the Browns missed on the QB’s that were worth taking with a first round selection, they will continue to try and build an offense around QB Colt McCoy. Hill should provide some offensive fire power to go along with their other first round pick RB Trent Richardson.
23. Detroit Lions
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama) – Another Cornerback with character concerns and another team that has to overlook them due to their need at the position. The lions’ secondary was their weakness last year and Kirkpatrick would come in and start right away.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
LB Don’t’a Hightower (Alabama) – The Steelers defense is getting old and they need to start feeding some youth into it and slowly turn it over instead of all in one off season. Hightower bring the right mentality with him to Pittsburgh and will help continue the strong defense they have there.
25. Denver Broncos
WR Kendall Wright (Baylor) – Peyton Manning is going to need another target to throw to and the Broncos grab the Wide Receiver Wright to give them another threat on the outside. The Broncos are all in with Manning and are going to give him everything he needs to win.
26. Houston Texans
DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) – The Texans just lost Mario Williams to the Bills and he left a hole when he left. Mercilus will not be able to replace a player like Williams on his own but Mercilus will help. The Wide Receiver prospects that the Texans should be interested in are off the board so they go to work on replacing one of their best players.
27. New England Patriots
DE Andre Branch (Clemson) – The Patriots have two first round selections in the end of the first round and knowing the patriots they will most likely trade one of them but since this is a mock draft this is where they are for now. The Pats take Branch to improve their pass rush. Where the Patriots are now, this draft should be defense heavy.
28. Green Bay Packers
CB Josh Robinson (Central Florida) – The Packers weakness last year was its secondary and take Robinson out of Central Florida. His strong outing at the combine moved him up to the late first round and early second. The Packers get a player to improve their aging secondary.
29. Baltimore Ravens
S Mark Barron (Alabama) – Ed Reed is getting old and Bernard Pollard saw his numbers drop off last year. This is not the most pressing need for the Ravens but Barron here is a good value and will benefit the team for the future by having him learn from one of the best safeties in the game.
30. San Francisco 49ers
WR Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) – The 49ers need another Wide Receiver to help their offense and in recent weeks Jeffery’s stock has fallen so much that he is available here. This pick has a 99.99% chance on being on the offensive side of the ball because the 49ers are returning all 11 starters on defense for next year.
31. New England Patriots
DT Devon Still (Penn State) – The Patriots are picking again and go with defense another time. They take Defensive Tackle Still here at an amazing value. The Patriots are revamping their front seven; they may be looking at the example of the team that beat them in the past two Super Bowls.
32. New York Giants
RB Lamar Miller (Miami) – The Giants no longer has Brandon Jacobs on the roster and will look to replace him with the speedy Miller. The Bradshaw/Miller combo will improve the Giants running game and add a new element to the offense.
33. St Louis Rams
OT Mike Adams (Ohio State) – The Rams passed of drafting Matt Kalil by trading their pick, so they go for offensive line help with the first overall pick of the second round.
34. Indianapolis Colts
C Peter Konz (Wisconsin) – Jeff Saturday is getting up there in age and has been rumored to be going to Denver with Manning. Luck gets a new Center to grow with.
35. Minnesota Vikings
WR Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers) – Minnesota still needs help at the Wide Receiver position and takes Sanu will be great with a developing QB.
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OLB Zach Brown (UNC) – The Bucs take Brown to help fill the possible hole left by free agent Geno Hayes.
37. Cleveland Browns
CB Alfonzo Dennard (Nebraska) – Cleveland takes a player to eventually replace Sheldon Brown at CB and play across from CB Joe Haden.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Rueben Randle (LSU) – Jacksonville needs someone for Gabbert to throw to and take the speedy Randle to give him a target.
39. St. Louis Rams
DT Jerel Worthy (Michigan State) – St. Louis needs help at Defensive Tackle and take a strong prospect from Michigan State.
40. Carolina Panthers
CB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) – A great pickup for the Panthers here to help upgrade their defense in the secondary.
41. Buffalo Bills
OT Zebrie Sanders (Florida State) – The Bills are going to need to find some help on the offensive line if starting Left Tackle Demetrius Bell leaves. Having good Offensive line Depth is never a bad thing.
42. Miami Dolphins
S Harrison Smith (Notre Dame) – The Dolphins released starting Safety Yeremiah Bell was released and they were already hurting at that position.
43. Seattle Seahawks
CB Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech) – The Seahawks take a strong combine prospect and improve the Cornerback position.
44. Kansas City Chiefs
NT Alameda Ta’amu (Washington) – The Chiefs add some youth at the nose tackle position by taking Ta’amu out of Washington.
45. Dallas Cowboys
C Michael Brewster (Ohio State) – The ‘Boys add a center that fell off a little this year but has the talent to really improve their O-Line.
46. Philadelphia Eagles
LB Bobby Wagner (Utah State) – The Eagles need to improve their Line Backer core and add Wagner who can play either inside or outside Linebacker
47. New York Jets
S Markelle Martin (Oklahoma State) – The Jets can go with a Right tackle to replace Wayne Hunter here but go for the center fielder to pair with new SS Laron Landry.
48. New England Patriots
RB David Wilson (Virginia Tech) – The Pats replace Green-Ellis with an absolute steal and make their offense that more dangerous.
49. San Diego Chargers
OT Mitchell Schwartz (California) – The Chargers need help all over their offensive line and go for the tackle.
50. Chicago Bears
CB Chase Minnifield – The Bears could be facing a number of their CB’s leaving the team so adding depth to this spot is necessary.
51. Philadelphia Eagles
S Antonio Allen (South Carolina) – Philadelphia gets more help with more players who don’t mind getting their nose dirty up the middle by taking a safety strong against the run
52. Tennessee Titans
C Philip Blake (Baylor) – The Titans need help in the middle of their line and take the arguably 2nd overall Center available.
53. Cincinnati Bengals
WR Marvin McNutt (Iowa) – The Bengals give QB Andy Dalton another young target to grow with across from WR A.J. Green.
54. Detroit Lions
C Ben Jones (Georgia) – The Lions could use some help at Center and take the prospect from Georgia.
55. Atlanta Falcons
RB Doug Martin (Boise State) – Atlanta looks to get younger in the backfield by adding Martin who is a good value here.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Jeff Allen (Illinois) – A bit of a reach here but the Steelers need help on the offensive line and can use Allen for now.
57. Denver Broncos
OG Kelechi Osemele (Iowa State) – Peyton needs to be protected and the Broncos should do as much as they can to do so.
58. Houston Texans
OG Kevin Zeitler (Wisconsin) – Houston could use some work on it Offensive Line and use a pick on it here.
59. New Orleans Saints (Forfeited)
Due to the Bounty Program Scandal the Saints were forced to forfeit this draft pick.
60. Green Bay Packers
OLB Vinny Curry (Marshall) – The Packers get some help across from Mathews to help the defense get back to the Quarterback.
61. Baltimore Ravens
OLB Ronnell Lewis (Oklahoma) – The Ravens add another young player to continue to keep their defense one of the best in the league.
62. San Francisco 49ers
TE Coby Fleener (Stanford) – The 49ers take Fleener here to add to the potential targets for QB Alex Smith to throw to. Having two Tight-End sets with Davis and Fleener will help Smith as a QB as well.
63. New England Patriots
CB Trumaine Johnson (Montana) – The Patriots get a player that can play all over the secondary and that’s something they need.
64. New York Giants
TE Dwayne Allen (Clemson) – The Giants take a Tight End here to help add some explosiveness to the position.