This is my first attempt at a Mock Draft with MTD, so I thought I would bring it hard with a 5 rounder. Comment away, the more criticism the better. Not to mention, it will all be different in 2 weeks anyway. Enjoy!
1. Carolina (2-14) Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson
-Elite Defensive Ends aren't easy to come by, so Bowers is the first pick off the board. He will anchor the Carolina DL for years and become a force rushing the passer. Questions about his minor knee surgery really don't concern me.
2. Denver (4-12) Patrick Peterson CB LSU
-Denver needs as many good football players as they can get. Peterson is a very good football player. He will take over for Champ Bailey in the very near future and lock down his side of the field for years. He also adds the dynamic of explosive playmaker when returning kicks.
3. Buffalo (4-12) Cam Newton QB Auburn
-The Bills need to get a face for their franchise. Cam has the ability on the football field and the Big smile to be that face. I see the creative Chan Gailey making a playbook that is catered to Cam's skills. Just relying on his ability his rookie season could be enough for Newton to succeed. The Bills will put new QB coach George Cortez to work immediately.
4. Cincinnati (4-12) AJ Green WR Georgia
-The Bengals have some major holes elsewhere, but a WR like Green is too hard to pass up. He will be the Bengals best WR from the day he gets there as we don't know the future of the TOcho Show.
5. Arizona (5-11) Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
-I don't have Gabbert ranked this high, or Newton at number three for that matter, but I think his skills and the Cardinals need are a perfect match. He will struggle out of the gate if the Cardinals don't improve their OL, but give him time and he will be a very good pro.
6. Cleveland (5-11) Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
-Quinn is a player that the Browns can use in multiple positions and with the move back to the 4-3 they may have to. His year off from football could sour some teams, but I love his skill set and believe he is a top talent.
7. San Francisco (6-10) Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
-One of the most discussed prospects in this years draft falls into a great spot. Playing OLB in the Niners 3-4 will allow Miller to succeed almost instantly. He is my early favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
8. Tennessee (6-10) Nick Fairley DT Auburn
-Most will wonder why I have Fairley falling this far, my answer is consistency. Yes he had an amazing year at Auburn, but it was only one year. Questions about his work ethic are there as well. Teams will be cautious of paying a player big money with work ethic questions. That being said, I think Fairley is a top talent and will most likely go higher than
9. Dallas (6-10) Marcell Dareus DL Alabama
-I was kind of torn on where to put Dareus. I thought about him going higher and lower in the draft, but when it all played out, Dallas is the spot. He will make a great addition the the Cowboys front 7, possibly taking a spot as a 5 technique.
10. Washington (6-10) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
-The Redskins could be losing a couple cornerbacks in the offseason, so this pick makes the most sense. Prince is a physical freak, just a notch below Peterson. He has the ability, but needs work against bigger WR.
11. Houston (6-10) Aldon Smith DE/OLB Missouri
- The Texans are making the move to the 3-4 and pass rushing OLB are a must. Aldon fits that mold perfectly. He has the athleticism to make the move to a stand up player very easily. This pick makes perfect sense for the Texans.
12. Minnesota (6-10) Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
-The Vikings defense needs a youth movement very soon. Ayers is a great place to start. He brings the versatility to play inside and outside LB and could rush the passer as well.
13. Detroit (6-10) Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
-The Lions are a team on the rise, no doubt. Last years first round pick Suh is already one of the best D-Linemen in the NFL. One very strong weakness in Detroit is the cornerback position. Smith, being the best CB on the board, is the only option here.
14. St. Louis (7-9) Julio Jones WR Alabama
-Sam Bradford would be very happy with this pick. The Rams had a sorry group of WR last season and Bradford worked wonders with them. Imagine what he will do with a legit threat like Julio: big things!
15. Miami (7-9) Mark Ingram RB Alabama
-Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are getting old and both are FA's. The best RB on the board will go a long way towards helping out the Dolphins offense, who could be under the command of a young QB as well.
16. Jacksonville (8-8) Cameron Jordan DL California
-Jordan is a player the Jags can move around on their DL. He is versatile enough to play each position and excel everywhere. This is a BPA pick in my eyes as Jordan's talent were to hard to pass up.
17. New England (from Oakland 8-8) Justin Houston OLB Georgia
-The Patriots are a little thin on guys who can get to the QB. They spent a 2nd on Jermaine Cunningham last year and I can still see becoming a contributor, but Houston has more ability. The value of a pass rushing OLB has never been higher, so that's why I have OLB over a DE here for the Pats.
18. San Diego (9-7) JJ Watt DE Wisconsin
-Watt will be a great addition to the Chargers front seven. He could spell or even take a job from one of the current starters. The Chargers have been thin on the DL, so any DL selection here makes sense.
19. New York Giants (10-6) Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
-Costanzo will instantly upgrade the Giants struggling OL. Eli can take a deep breath now that he has a little more protection.
20. Tampa Bay (10-6) Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois
-Another team on the rise, that is just a few players away. Josh Freeman was better than expected last year and the WR were a nice surprise. This offense needs a running back to hand the ball to when the game is close or the passing game isn't working. LeShoure fills that need perfectly.
21. Kansas City (10-6) Martez Wilson LB Illinois
-One of the most athletic players in this draft just falls into the Chiefs lap. Tez can play inside or outside and flourish at either position. I'm anxious to see him at OLB opposite Tamba Hali, I'm sure opposing QB's aren't.
22. Indianapolis (10-6) Corey Liuget DT Illinois
-That makes three Illini in a row. They are all deserving players though. Liuget is a welcome edition to the middle of the Colts Defensive Line. He plays the run about as well as anybody and has some pass rushing ability. The Colts need this "Legit" talent, without question.
23. Philadelphia (10-6) Mike Pouncey OG/C Florida
-The Eagles need an upgrade on the interior of their line. We saw what the other Pouncey did with the Steelers and I could see something similar out of Mike Pouncey.
24. New Orleans (11-5) Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
- The Saints have other holes, but Clayborn at this spot is too difficult to pass up. He will bring a solid presence to the DL and create some pressure from his side. He makes his money in stopping the run though.
25. Seattle (7-9) Jonathan Baldwin WR Pitt
-The Offensive line, among other positions, could be attended to here, but I think Baldwin is a perfect fit. He is a gigantic, athletic target that will make any QB look better. He didn't have enough time with solid QB's at Pitt to showcase, but that should change soon.
26. Baltimore (12-4) Torrey Smith WR Maryland
-I couldn't resist. Everybody is talking about this pick happening and it makes a lot of sense. Smith can fly and has playmaking ability. The Ravens lacked this in 2010.
27. Atlanta (13-3) Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
-John Abraham had a good year, but he is too old to think that will last. Heyward is a huge man that will be a very welcome addition to the young Falcons defense.
28. New England (14-2) Brandon Harris CB Miami
-This is a great value pick for the Patriots. Harris is on an upswing with his level of play and matching him with McCourty would be a great young combo for years.
29. Chicago (11-5) Tyron Smith OT USC
-Jay Cutler, when kept clean, was a great QB this year. That usually wasn't the case though, as the Bears OL struggled to protect the QB. Smith has question marks about his size, strength and ability to play left tackle, but should still be a first round pick.
30. New York Jets (11-5) Danny Watkins OG Baylor
-Watkins would come in and instantly be a replacement over Matt Slauson. His age is a concern to some, but he has the talent to justify this pick.
31. Pittsburgh (12-4) Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
-The Steelers made the Super Bowl with the OL from 2010, but it needs an upgrade. Carimi will be able to play RT instantly and should get a look on the left side if the Steelers feel necessary.
32. Green Bay (10-6) Ryan Kerrigan DE/OLB Purdue
-Bring the heat! Clay on one side and Kerrigan on the other. That is a nightmare for QB's in the NFC North.
33. New England - from Carolina (2-14) Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State
34. Buffalo (4-12) Nate Solder OT Colorado
35. Cincinnati (4-12) Stefen Wisniewski OG/C Penn State
36. Denver (4-12) Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame
37. Cleveland (5-11) Rodney Hudson OG Florida State
38. Arizona (5-11) Davon House CB NMSU
39. Tennessee (6-10) Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
40. Dallas (6-10) Ben ljalana OT Villanova
41. Washington (6-10) Jake Locker QB Washington
42. Houston (6-10) Phil Taylor NT Baylor
43. Minnesota (6-10) DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson
44. Detroit (6-10) Mason Foster LB Washington
45. San Francisco (6-10) Kenrick Ellis NT Hampton
46. Denver - from Miami (7-9) Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech
47. St. Louis (7-9) Drake Nevis DT LSU
48. Oakland (8-8) Aaron Williams CB Texas
49. Jacksonville (8-8) Rahim Moore S UCLA
50. San Diego (9-7) Tandon Doss WR Indiana
51. Tampa Bay (10-6) Colin McCarthy LB Miami
52. New York Giants (10-6) Quan Sturdivant LB North Carolina
53. Indianapolis (10-6) Jason Pinkston OG Pitt
54. Philadelphia(10-6) Bruce Carter LB North Carolina
55. Kansas City (10-6) Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple
56. New Orleans (11-5) Deunta Williams S North Carolina
57. Seattle (7-9) Christian Ponder QB Florida State
58. Baltimore (12-4) Brandon Burton CB Utah
59. Atlanta (13-3) Luke Stocker TE Tennessee
60. New England (14-2) Christian Ballard DE Iowa
61. San Diego - from New York Jets (11-5) Marcus Gilbert OT Florida
62. Chicago (11-5) Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
63. Pittsburgh (12-4) Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech
64. Green Bay (10-6) Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State
65. Carolina (2-14) Titus Young WR Boise State
66. Cincinnati (4-12) Allen Bailey DT Miami
67. Denver (4-12) Jabaal Sheard DE Pitt
68. Buffalo (4-12) Curtis Marsh CB Utah State
69. Arizona (5-11) Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
70. Cleveland (5-11) Quinton Carter S Oklahoma
71. Dallas (6-10) Jaiquawn Jarrett S Temple
72. New Orleans - from Washington (6-10) Jordan Todman RB UCONN
73. Houston (6-10) DJ WIlliams TE Arkansas
74. New England - from Minnesota (6-10) Orlando Franklin OL Miami
75. Detroit (6-10) Tim Barnes C Missouri
76. San Francisco (6-10) Curtis Brown CB Texas
77. Tennessee (6-10) Greg Jones LB Michigan State
78. St. Louis (7-9) Stephen Schilling OG Michigan
79. Miami (7-9) Brandon Fusco C Slippery Rock
80. Jacksonville (8-8) Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
81. Oakland (8-8) James Carpenter OT Alabama
82. San Diego (9-7) Nate Irving LB NC State
83. New York Giants (10-6) KJ Wright LB Mississippi State
84. Tampa Bay (10-6) Casey Mathews LB Oregon
85. Philadelphia (10-6) Chimdi Chekwa CB Ohio State
86. Kansas City (10-6) Leonard Hankerson WR Miami
87. Indianapolis (10-6) DeMarcus Love OL Arkansas
88. New Orleans (11-5) Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
89. San Diego - from Seattle (7-9) Shane Vereen RB California
90. Baltimore (12-4) Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
91. Atlanta (13-3) Marcus Cannon OL TCU
92. New England (14-2) Stanley Havili RB USC
93. Chicago (11-5) John Moffitt OG Wisconsin
94. New York Jets (11-5) Brooks Reed DE/OLB Arizona
95. Pittsburgh (12-4) Kristofer O'Dowd C USC
96. Green Bay (10-6) Kendric Burney CB North Carolina
97. Carolina (2-14) Rob Housler TE Fla Atl
98. Seattle - from New England via Denver (4-12) Ahmad Black S Florida
99. Buffalo (4-12) Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
100. Cincinnati (4-12) Josh Bynes LB Auburn
101. Cleveland (5-11) Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
102. Arizona (5-11) Ross Homan LB Ohio State
103. Philadelphia - from Washington (6-10) DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
104. Houston (6-10) Greg Romeus DE Pitt
105. Minnesota (6-10) Lawrence Wilson LB UCONN
106. Detroit (6-10) Jalil Brown CB Colorado
107. San Francisco (6-10) Taiwan Jones RB EWU
108. Tennessee (6-10) Will Rackley OG Lehigh
109. Dallas (6-10) Clint Boling OL Georgia
110. Miami (7-9) Pat Devlin QB Deleware
111. St. Louis (7-9) Tyler Sash S Iowa
112. Oakland (8-8) Rickey Stanzi QB Iowa
113. Jacksonville (8-8) Mario Harvey LB Marshall
114. San Francisco - from San Diego (9-7) Andy Dalton QB TCU
115. Tampa Bay (10-6) Pierre Allen DE Nebraska
116. New York Giants (10-6) Jurrell Casey DT USC
117. Kansas City (10-6) Jake Kirkpatrick C TCU
118. Indianapolis (10-6) Robert Sands S West Virginia
119. Philadelphia (10-6) Joe Lefeged S Rutgers
120. Jacksonville - from New Orleans (11-5) Charlie Gantt TE Michigan State
121. Buffalo - from Seattle (7-9) Ryan Jones CB NWMSU
122. Baltimore (12-4) Zane Taylor C Utah
123. Atlanta (13-3) Brian Rolle LB Ohio State
124. New England (14-2) Derrick Locke RB Kentucky
125. New York Jets (11-5) Shiloh Keo S Idaho
126. Chicago (11-5) Pernell McPhee DL Mississippi State
127. Pittsburgh (12-4) Owen Marecic FB Stanford
128. Green Bay (10-6) Lee Ziemba OL Auburn
129. Carolina (2-14) Lawrence Guy DT Arizona State
130. Buffalo (4-12) Mark Herzlich LB Boston College
131. Cincinnati (4-12) Delone Carter RB Syracuse
132. Tampa Bay - from Denver (4-12) David Arkin OG Missouri State
133. Arizona (5-11) Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State
134. Cleveland (5-11) Doug Hogue LB Syracuse
135. Minnesota (6-10) Alex Linnenkohl C Oregon State
136. Detroit (6-10) Jordan Cameron TE USC
137. San Francisco (6-10) Jeremy Beal OLB Oklahoma
138. Tennessee (6-10) Shareece Wright CB USC
139. Dallas (6-10) Greg McElroy QB Alabama
140. Washington (6-10) Niles Paul WR Nebraska
141. Houston (6-10) Dontay Moch DE/OLB Necada
142. St. Louis (7-9) Quizz Rodgers RB Oregon State
143. Miami (7-9) Marcus Gilchrist CB Clemson
144. Jacksonville (8-8) Greg Little WR North Carolina
145. Oakland (8-8) Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
146. Philadelphia - from San Diego (9-7) Joseph Barksdale OT LSU
147. Minnesota - from New York Giants (10-6) Sam Acho DE Texas
148. Kansas City- from Tampa Bay (10-6) Edmund Gates WR Abilene Christian
149. Indianapolis (10-6) Bilal Powell RB Louisville
150. Philadelphia (10-6) DeAndre Brown WR Southern Miss
151. Kansas City (10-6) Mike Mohamed LB California
152. Washington - from New Orleans (11-5) Terrance Tolliver WR LSU
153. Seattle (7-9) Jaime Harper RB Clemson
154. Seattle - from Baltimore (12-4) Daniel Kilgore C Appalachian State
155. Atlanta (13-3) Korey Lindsey Southern Illinois
156. New England (14-2) Austin Pettis WR Boise State
157. Chicago (11-5) Eric Hagg S Nebraska
158. New York Jets (11-5) Buster Skrine CB Chattanooga
159. Pittsburgh (12-4) Julius Thomas Portland State
160. Green Bay (10-6) David Mims Virginia Union