I'm sitting here after Thanksgiving with nothing to do, so why not make a mock? Order is according to the ESPN Week 12 power rankings, so don't jump down my throat there. I'm gonna skip lengthy analysis's on most, and maybe do none at all on some. If you don't agree or if I forget a big time prospect, please be mature and not make a snide: "Are you stupid?" remark, just tell me where and why you disagree and I'll be happy to explain my reasoning for said pick, or concede a point if I'm miserably wrong. If you can't be mature, I'll probably just take the high road and ignore you. Now, without further adiu:
1. Panthers: A.J. Green, WR, UGA: To me, it seems Fox is gone but the FO stays, as Fox has been trying to undermine the FO's most recent picks. With that said, I think the new HC brought in will be made sure to work with Clausen, and what better way than to get a playmaker WR?
2. Lions: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: Like Suh last year, a slam dunk on need and BPA, probably best player in the draft
3. Bengals: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Best thing Bengals can do right now is blow up the current team they have, especially on O, and start anew. What better way then to scoop up the best QB in the draft?
4. Cards: Jake Locker, QB, Washington: Max Hall is probably not the next Kurt Warner this org thought he would be. QB is a glaring hole on this team and Locker isn't a bad pick at 4 as opposed to one.
5. Bills: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, UNC: Bills rank 29th in sacks, so a pass rusher could be huge. People have been saying they'll take a QB but why would they replace one of the few players who is performing very well on a consistent basis? Quinn may be risky but I just don't see a better pick in this situation, IMO
6. Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Bama: Broncos are pretty fortunate, as they're biggest need is a 3-4 DE and this class is chock full of em. Why not pick the best one of the class? McD has yet to draft a DL and many believe this is because he doesnt want to draft DL who have never played in the 3-4. Well Dareus has that and a ring. Is he having a down year? I'd say statisically yes, but losing Cody next to him and playing a position that doesnt garner many sacks may attribute to that. This pick would be huge for Denver
7. 49ers: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: Pretty good value here. I'm not thrilled with him as a top 5 pick as I have yet to see a 40 time linked to him that could garner such (have seen 4.5's around the web, definitly sub elite speed for the position) but a 7 I like him. Similar predicament Joe Haden found himself in last year.
8. Vikings: Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas: Really think this is a reach here, but as a member of the Vikings org said at the most recent draft, this team is so stacked at a lot of positions, that a lot of mid draft picks have to fight just to make the team. So, with the extraoridnary depth and talent, this team can afford to reach, especially at a position as important as QB which should be very vacant next year. I would like to stress I dont think he's a huge reach here, and probably should go top 20, but if the Vikings find themselves here I would not be surprised if they went this route.
9. Cowboys: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: solid pick here, need and BPA. Cowboys should be pretty happy if this is the way their first pick developed
10 Browns: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA: Maybe a little early, but the Browns could use a special pass rusher from the OLB position, who I think Ayers can develop into.
11. Rams: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: I love this guy, but I primarily see him as a 4-3 DT as opposed to the 3-4 DE some see him as. BPA here in my eyes, and him with Chris Long going forward would be the foundation for the DL Spagnoulo has been architecting.
12. Seahawks: Mark Ingram, RB, Bama: this has to be one of Seattle's biggest needs. They really loved Whitehurst so I doubt they would abandon him now. RB is next in line and Ingram is a beast who could be special. Some might say this is a reach but how could you? He's the man!
13. Texans: Allen Bailey, DT, Miami: This is a tough team to predict. They dont have many holes but they are struggling mightily, plus I think Kubiak gets the axe next year and I dont have the darnest clue who they'll bring in. I'm projecting Bailey as a 4-3 DT here, but it comes with a caveat that I am not in love with this pick. Not sure how much of a fit this is and if the Texans are willing to take another chance on an under sized DT.
14. Dolphins: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: Now I'm starting to realize me and MockingDan have a lot of picks in common (great minds think alike). I would like to say though that I pick this because I see this team as one with very few holes and a good QB away from being special. Some may think this is early, and it might be, but if Miami thinks they can win with him then they have no choice but to get him when they can.
15. Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Bama: Pretty simple, Skins need a WR, and it would be imperative to get one before a new QB. McNabb can hold that position for at least 3 years and do so effectivley, despite his down year.
16. Titans: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami: I might be off my block, but I like Harris over Jenkins, although I think its very close. CB is a pretty big need for this team, and it would really help their formidable pass rush put up even better numbers.
17. Pats (via Raiders): Michael Floyd, WR, ND: Good value here for an electric WR (although I might just be an ND homer) Pats could use a big time WR with Moss gone, and although I like Tate, I wouldnt put it by the Pats to get a true #1 WR.
18. Jags: Jonathon Baldwin, WR, Pitt: Definitly a bit early for Baldwin, but the Jags have shown they like taking need over BPA (which is not as foolish as many think) and this would certainly do that
19. Chargers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio St.: Good value for a position of need.
20. Chiefs: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal: Maybe not the best pick, but hear me out. Yes, the Chiefs DL has improved, and they're stopping the run well. However, adding a good pass rusher from the 5-tech to take pressure off of Hali would be huge. I wanted WR, but I didnt see anyone worthy of this pick, so BPA here is how I went.
21. Bears: Anthony Costanzo, OT, Boston College: Clearly they need a good pass blocker. I feel Costanzo's being hated unfairly on this web site, but I think his pass protecting skills are very good and that is exactly what this Bears team needs. He might not be the perfect all around OT like a Walter Jones or Jonathon Ogden, but at 21st overall there's good value here.
22. Bucs: Daquan Bowers, DE, Clemson: Pretty late for Bowers, but I'm not a fan of one year wonders. Outside of the top 20 this guy has great value and fills a huge need.
24. Colts: Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss St: This team could really use a good LT, and although I'm not as high on him as I am on Costanzo, he could be what the doctor ordered for Manning's blind side.
25. Saints: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: I think its time for the Saints to upgrade their pass rush. Their secondary in my eyes is pretty good and they could use a LB, but I feel a balanced DE like Kerrigan could be huge for the Saints
26. Packers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida: This is pretty late for Jenkins, but I feel my scenario makes sense. Packers do their usual BPA thing and he can sit and learn from the vet in Woodson, and then take over for him in a year or 2. Maybe he could even start opposite of him. My point is though that if Jenkins falls in this scenario Thompson would be hard pressed to pass on him.
27. Eagles: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida: an upgrade is needed in the interior line. Although Mike's not his brother, I still like him a lot. Versatility to play both Center and Guard makes him even more enticing then Cannon for the Eagles.
28. Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas: I havent been impressed with the Steelers CB's in a while, and a guy like Williams could really help this 21st ranked pass D
29. Jets: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M: Jets could use a pass rusher from the OLB spot (not one that should be a 4-3 DE *cough* Gholston *cough*). Although Miller wont touch his 17 sacks he had last year his 8 this year and probably 2 or 3 more will make a good resume. I tried putting him earlier but this isn't the first mock I've seen Miller at the tail end of the 1st.
30. Ravens: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC: I have him projected as a 3-4 ILB, although he will have to bulk up a lot, which I could see happening. I wanted to give them a CB but I didn't see a good one for here (Brandon Burton from Utah is at highest a 2nd, IMO) and the Ravens wouldnt reach for one. Carter could sit and learn/bulk up if he needs to and play behind one of the greatest of all times, who has to be coming down from his high play soon.
31. Pats: NAte Solder, OT, Colorado: Although I like Carimi better overall, I like Solder better as an LT, where I think the OT they draft in the 1st (and I think they'll definitly draft one, with Light and Mankins probably leaving) will play.
32. Falcons: Kyle Rudolph, TE, ND: Gonzalez probably cant play much longer, but in his short stay in Atlanta he showed how much more effective Ryan can be with a legit threat at TE. Rudolph could be that threat. Personally feel that Rudolph will come out, he has to know or will know he is above and beyond every TE in this class, and is a fringe first rounder.