This is the first first mock draft I have put together but I have been following the draft pretty closely for the last several years. I found it was both fun and changing to come up with three rounds that made sense and also that I had to leave plenty of good players out for lack of room.
I did not mock any trades. The draft order was determined by current records and any ties in record were sorted by my discretion.
Thanks for looking it over and please leave some feedback if you can. I am prone to typographical errors so please forgive me if you come across any though I did my best to locate them all.
The mock will be after the jump and each pick has a small explanation following it.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB Stanford
-This is the pick here. Its conceivable they do something else but its pretty clear Luck will be a Colt next year.
2. Carolina Panthers: Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
-This is a tough pick and good spot for a trade but there are no trades in this mock. Jeffery has been killed by horrible QB play but I think his size/speed combo is a perfect match for what Newton needs.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil OT Southern California
-The Vikings need help at tackle and Kalil is an elite tackle prospect. They think about Blackmon for a second, then rush to the podium to pick Kalil.
4. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
-St. Louis has their quarterback and likely believe they have traded for their top wideout so they move onto the third building block of the passing game, left tackle.
5. Washington Redskins: Matt Barkley QB Southern California
-The Redskins are lucky Luck is in this draft class as it allows Barkly to be available at #5. They need a quarterback and Barkley is a great fit for Shanahan.
6. Arizona Cardinals: Riely Reiff OT Iowa
-They could probably go corner here but their need at tackle is so great they could take a bit of a risk here with Reiff.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
-Gabbert desperately needs some help in Jacksonville and Blackmon is that help.
8. Miami Dolphins: Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
-After this three game tear the Dolphins are hard to figure out. I still believe they want go quarterback here and they want to flashy. Griffin is certainly one of the most exciting prospects in this draft.
9. Cleveland Browns: Morris Claiborne CB Louisiana State
-The Browns have needs on offense but a Haden/Claiborne pairing could be a game changing tandem.
10. Kansas City Chiefs: Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama
-Justin Houston may still develop into a good rush linebacker but the Chiefs need to double up here to make sure they find a good option opposite Hali.
11. Seattle Seahawks: Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
-Jones’ stock has fallen some but the Seahawks should still be very happy to get him here.
12. San Diego Chargers: Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
-Offensive tackle is also a need but Floyd is a much better fit than any tackle available here and its a good idea to keep surrounding Rivers with weapons.
13. Philadelphia Eagles: Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State
-Maybe the Eagles finally invest in their linebacking core.
14. Tampa Bay Bucs: Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
-Need and value meet here.
15. Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
-With Dareus, Williams and Coples the Bills will have the pieces to run a fearsome and unpredictable three man or four man front.
16. Tennessee Titans: David DeCastro G Stanford
-The Titans are now married to their expensive running back so they better start blocking better for him.
17. New York Jets: Trent Richardson RB Alabama
-Rex wants to be a run first team - so there you go big guy.
18. Denver Broncos: Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
-Just like when you get an elite quarterback you surround him with weapons, you should surround a potential elite edge rusher, Von Miller, with tackles that can free him up to wreck havoc. If I was Denver I would let this Tebow running offense run its course on the cheap and continue to build a great defensive unit.
19. Cleveland Browns(traded from Atlanta): Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
-Again I know the offense could use some work but I am a big believer in building on strength. Cleveland could really have something in that young defense if they get Claiborne and Brown in the first round.
20. Dallas Cowboys: Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
-Dallas takes advantage of a strong cornerback class and gets a good one here at 20.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama
-Character be darned, Cincinnati ends up with a top 10-15 talent corner at pick 21.
22. New York Giants: Kelechi Osemele G/T Iowa State
-Osemele is a massive talent that can upgrade guard or tackle depending on who returns next year.
23. Cincinnati Bengals(Traded from Oakland): Cordy Glenn G Georgia
-Guard isn't a huge need for Cincinnati but Glenn is a luxury they can afford with two first rounders.
24. Houston Texans: Dontari Poe NT Memphis
-I'm higher on Poe than most and I give him here to the Texans because they need a NT who has a chance to develop the ability to penetrate and I don't see Ta'amu or Chapman having that potential.
25. Chicago Bears: Devon Still DT Penn State
-Chicago's identity is and should remain a fearsome front four that allows their secondary to be free to roam.
26. Detroit Lions: Peter Konz C Wisconsin
-The Lions upgrade next year at right guard and find their long term center.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
-Need and value meet here with a steal here for Baltimore.
28. New England Patriots(Traded from New Orleans) Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
-Gilmore would be an immediate boost to a weak New England secondary.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Adams OT Ohio State
-Adams can start out at right tackle or guard but has the potential to develop into a good left tackle.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Casey Heyward CB Vanderbilt
-There aren't a ton of defensive needs for the 49er defense but they could stand to add some talent at corner.
31. New England Patriots: Brandon Jenkins DE/OLB Florida State
-Jenkins has the size, speed and ability to make an impact in New England's hybrid fronts.
32. Green Bay Packers: Ronnell Lewis OLB/DE Oklahoma
-Lewis could add pressure opposite the long haired monster.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
-After quarterback, a number one corner is the biggest need for the Colts. Minnifield is a fantastic fit for their scheme.
2. Carolina Panthers: Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
-Worthy is a steal here and can play DT in a 4-3 or can play anywhere in a three man front should Carolina move that direction.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
-With a franchise tackle selected the Vikings can look to acquire more weapons for Ponder.
4. St. Louis Rams: Melvin Ingram DT/DE South Carolina
-Steve Spagnuolo will love having Ingram in his pressure packages where he can line him up all over and can put him at end when expecting the run.
5. Washington Redskins: Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
-Shanahan could and maybe should go offensive line or wideout here but adding a talent like Kuechly here in the second cannot be passed up.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (Traded from Arizona): Barrett Jones OL Alabama
-Jones at right tackle can allow Herremans to move back to guard and add overall line depth.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Allan TE Clemson
-Allan is another weapon for Gabbert and can allow Jacksonville to run alot of two tight end sets with Lewis. That way they can still be a run first team but add a better passing dynamic.
8. Miami Dolphins: Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
-This spot may even be a bit low for Jones if he comes out but his inexperience makes him a bit too risky in the first. He could however make a deadly pair with Wake.
9. Cleveland Browns: Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin
-Getting a solid right tackle is a need if the Browns want to keep running well.
10. Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Foles QB Arizona
-Foles is a strong pocket passer and could be what the Chiefs are looking for if they move on from Cassel.
11. Seattle Seahawks: Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech
-Seattle’s defense has been solid this year but just like San Francisco they could add a corner.
12. San Diego Chargers: Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama
-Again offensive tackle is a need but Hightower is too good of a value to pass up here.
13. Philadelphia Eagles: Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma
-The Eagles already picked up a linebacker but they could stand to add another especially if it comes at a value.
14. Tampa Bay Bucs: Juron Criner WR Arizona
-Freeman’s targets haven’t helped him out a ton this year. Getting Criner would give Freeman a third potential wideout to grow with.
15. Buffalo Bills: Lamar Miller RB Miami
-Spiller doesn’t look like he will ever be close to a feature back and while Jackson has been fantastic this year they cannot continue to grind him to the ground. If that line can stay healthy next year Jackson and Miller could really wear teams down.
16. Tennessee Titans: Mike Brewster C Ohio State
-The Titans are fortunate Brewster falls this far as they need to fortify their interior with the addition of DeCastro.
17. New York Jets: Matt Reynolds OT/G Brigham Young
-Reynolds is a big nasty run blocker who can be a point of attack guard or a right tackle.
18. Denver Broncos: Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
-I wanted to give Denver more defense here but I love Tannehill as a prospect too much. There is a decent chance Tebow is not the long term answer and in that case a starter of the future has to be acquired somehow.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
-Atlanta takes a chance Mercilus’ outstanding college production translates to the pros.
20. Dallas Cowboys: Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma
-Some young blood across from Ware.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Polk RB Washington
-The Bengals would do well to get a good workhorse back like Polk.
22. New York Giants: Sean Spence OLB Miami
-Maybe I’m wrong here but Spence seems like a great fit in the Giants defense.
23. New England Patriots (Traded from Oakland): T.J. McDonald S USC
-The Patriots continue to upgrade their secondary.
24. Houston Texans: Dwight Jones WR North Carolina
-A big tall target to line up opposite Johnson.
25. Chicago Bears: Mark Barron SS Alabama
-Strong safety is vital to the Cover-2 and Barron could solidify the position in Chicago for years.
26. Detroit Lions: Nate Potter OT Boise State
-I like Potter more than most and I think he is at least a good pass pro guard and at most a potential starting left tackle in a pass happy Lions offense.
37. Baltimore Ravens: Zebrie Standers OT Florida State
-Sanders is one of the last tackles on the board with left tackle potential so the Ravens take a shot here.
28. New Orleans Saints: Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall
-Curry is a value here and a shiny new toy for Greg Williams to play with.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
-The Steelers don’t need to go OL-OL in the first two rounds but they should if they can get Adams and Zeitler.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Toon WR Wisconsin
-San Fran gets a great long term possession receiver opposite Crabtree for their possession based offense.
31. New England Patriots: Devin Taylor DE South Carolina
-Taylor has the physical tools to play on the Pats line and I trust they can coach him up.
32. Green Bay Packers: Kawann Short DT Purdue
-Short has a strong enough base to line up with Raji in the two man front and can penetrate on passing downs when lined up as a three tech.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Colby Fleener TE Stanford
-Colts may go wideout or guard here but Fleener would offer a security blanket for Luck. He would also allow for multiple different double tight end looks as the Colts have two receiving tight ends (Clark and Tamme) and a blocking tight end (Eldridge)
2. Chicago Bears (Traded from Carolina): Ryan Miller G Colorado
-Miller is a good value here and fills a need at guard.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Cliff Harris CB Oregon
-The Vikings need talent so they take a shot with the high upside Harris.
4. St. Louis Rams: Marcus Forston DT Miami
-More help for Spag’s defensive front.
5. Washington Redskins: Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M
-Fuller is a great value in the third and should be a good young target for Barkley
6. Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Irvin DE/OLB West Virginia
-Cardinals try to improve their pass rush here.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
-The Jags don’t mind going for small school players and Massaquoi has a ton of potential.
8. Miami Dolphins: Kendall Wright WR Baylor
-Wright is can stretch the field and utilize Griffin’s big arm just like at Baylor.
9. Cleveland Browns: Brian Quick Appalachian State
-Being from a small school Quick could be a little risky but he has the talent to far exceed his draft position and give McCoy two legitimate huge targets with Little.
10. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Chapman NT Alabama
-Chapman is good value here and you can never have too much depth at a position like NT where there just isn’t enough talent to go around the league.
11. Seattle Seahawks: Andre Branch DE Clemson
-Clemons is an underrated star at end for Seattle and Branch would be a nice compliment on the other side.
12. San Diego Chargers: Jeff Allen OT Illinois
-The Bolts finally find their right tackle here.
13. Philadelphia Eagles: Billy Winn DT Boise State
-Winn can play inside or outside on Philly’s attacking front four.
14. Tampa Bay Bucs: LaMichael Jame RB Oregon
-James is the perfect speed compliment to Blount.
15. Buffalo Bills: Cam Johnson DE/OLB Virginia
-Johnson has the length and burst to fit what the Bills look for in an edge rusher. They could go CB here but there is so much corner talent still left they may wait till round four.
16. Tennessee Titans: Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
-You can always add talent to at 4-3 DT rotation and Powell is a good fit.
17. New York Jets: Robert Lester FS Alabama
-The Jets could use a FS and Lester is great value here.
18. Denver Broncos: Audie Cole MLB North Carolina
-Cole is an underrated prospect in my opinion and fills a need for Denver.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Levy Adcock OT Oklahoma State
-Atlanta has had some trouble on their line this year and Adcock offers depth and some upside.
20. Dallas Cowboys: Kheeston Randall DT/DE Texas
-Randall has the physical tools to be great but needs a coach like Ryan to turn him into a good player.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Ray Ray Armstrong SS Miami
-The Bengals take a shot on Armstrong here.
22. New York Giants: Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
-Wide receiver depth is a need for the Giants and they can afford to wait on Broyles to get healthy if they need to.
23. Oakland Raiders: (Supplemental Pick – Pryor)
24. Houston Texans: Shea McClellin DE/OLB Boise State
-More talent for their surprisingly very good new 3-4 defense.
25. Chicago Bears: Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
-Johsnon has been impressive this year and would add depth to the Bears’ secondary.
26. Detroit Lions: DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama
-Menzie is another riser and fills a need for Detroit.
37. Baltimore Ravens: William Vlachos C Alabama
-He may never be a star but Vlachos is tough and experienced and could start for a long time.
28. New Orleans Saints: Coryell Judie CB Texas A&M
-Brees puts up points and so the Saints see alot of pass attempts. Corner depth and talent is always needed when you play those kind of games.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Markelle Martin FS Oklahoma State
-Clark and Polamalu are both great players but are now on the wrong side of thirty and the Steelers are always great at getting replacements for starts before they are needed.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Orson Charles TE Georgia
-Harbaugh loves his tight ends and he gets a good one here.
31. New England Patriots: T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International
-New England’s receiving core lacks a vertical threat that can stretch the defense vertically. Hilton can be that guy.
32. Green Bay Packers: Marvin McNutt WR Iowa
-Value and another young weapon for Rodgers - sounds like the Packers right?