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Pre-Combine Mock

 

Carolina Panthers

Record: 2-14

Patrick Peterson CB LSU   Now this pick is not the trendy pick but in my opinion it is the right choice. The Panthers are in desperate need of a QB but I'm not ready to put Cam Newton here yet. The best player in this draft is Peterson because a CB who can shut down any size receiver is hard to find let alone a CB who shuts receivers down and is the most dangerous kick/punt returner is too good for anyone to pass on.  

Denver Broncos

Record: 4-12

Nick Fairley DT Auburn   Many people expect Fairley to go number 1 so Denver is lucky that he falls to them. He is a great penetrating DT but he is no Ndamukong Suh. Fairley can make a big impact for Denver immediately  but I don't see him as an all-pro immediately. His biggest problem is that sometimes his temper gets in the way and causes him to take dumb penalties but other than that he seems like a sure thing. If he is available expect Denver to take him and continue to rebuild.

Buffalo Bills

Record: 4-12

Cam Newton QB Auburn   I think the Bills are starting to realize that passing on a QB every year is not working. For those who think they can take a Da'quan Bowers and hope for Luck next year would just delay the rebuilding process. This would be the perfect situation for Newton because he wouldn't have to start immediatley and with Spiller and Jackson in the backfield it provides some nice weapons to build around. Newton will start to gain momentum after the combine and the draft so don't be surprised if he goes number one.

Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 4-12

A.J. Green WR Georgia   With the departure of T.O. and the soon to be departure of Chad Ochocinco this puts a big need at the WR position. Now Carson Palmer says he wants to be traded or he will retire but no matter who would be at QB would struggle unless there is an upgrade at the receiver position. A.J. Green is a fantastic receiver who even though he missed four games this year still scored 9 TD's. If Palmer comes back next year expect for him to play a lot better with Green, Shipley, and Gresham catching balls from him.

Arizona Cardinals

Record: 5-11

Von Miller OLB Texas A&M   This was a tough decision because even though OLB is a big need I don't consider Miller worthy of this high of a pick. I put him here because he is receiving a lot of praise because of his play during the senior bowl and how he finished his season. I think Robert Quinn could warrant this spot if he shines during the interview process at the combine and shows that he is still in great shape. <!-- end team 5 -->

Cleveland Browns

Record: 5-11

Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson   This is a little fall for Bowers but Cleveland gets the benefit of that. Bowers had a tremendous season leading the NCAA in sacks with 15.5 but only had 4 during his previous two seasons which needs to be a little of a concern. He shows great speed and balance when pressuring the QB and can have a huge impact when he comes into the league. The Browns are in need of a pass rush and with them moving to the 4-3 it makes this a perfect fit.    

San Francisco 49ers

Record: 6-10

Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska   The 49ers are tough to figure out because we have no idea what Jim Harbaugh's style will be in the NFL. There is a big need at QB  but I don't think Gabbert is deserving of this pick so I believe they pass. An OLB is a need but I don't think they would pick Quinn here so that leaves the CB position. Amukamara is a very good CB but the only thing I question is his speed. He is a great technician and doesn't allow receivers to have a lot of space which is good but when he does get beat he struggles to get back to the receiver in time to stop the catch. I do think he can succeed in the NFL at the CB and the 49ers will too.   

  Tennessee Titans

Record: 6-10

Marcell Dareus DT Alabama   The Titans really need to replace Haynesworth and Dareus gives them the interior pass rusher their DL has been missing. The Titans also need a QB but I believe they will use a veteran QB and look for a QB later in the draft or through free agency. Dareus player 3-4 end at Alabama but has great penetrating skills so he should be able to play the 4-3 DT.  

Dallas Cowboys

Record: 6-10

Cameron Jordan DE California   Jordan will be a top 10 pick just like Alualu was last year from Cal. He played great against Oregon and helped stop their incredible offense and actually played 3-4 DE in college so he shouldn't have any problem playing that for the Cowboys. The Cowboys should be looking for OL but their aren't any players worth this high of a pick.   

  Washington Redskins

Record: 6-10

Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri   The Redskins once they release McNabb will be looking for a new franchise QB. I think Shanahan has some faith in Grossman so this would be perfect for Gabbert because I believe he will struggle early because of the system he played in. Gabbert to me is a real risk because even though he has all the tools he never really threw the ball deep down field consistently so he will need to adjust to that in the NFL. Also whenever he was pressured out of the pocket he usually made bad mistakes. I hope that teams watch more film on him and realize he is not worth this high of a pick.   

  Houston Texans

Record: 6-10

Robert Quinn OLB North Carolina   This would be a perfect fit for Quinn because he wouldn't be relied on as the top pass rusher on his team. With Mario Williams already there Quinn should fit in immediatley and have no trouble adjusting to the NFL. The Texans seem to always have a bad defense but with Quinn, Williams, Cushing, and Ryans at linebacker their defense should only get better.   

  Minnesota Vikings

Record:6-10

Tyron Smith OT USC   I believe eventually Smith will be the consensus top OT because of not only his potential but his play on the field. Now the only knock on him is that he played RT in college but he did have a future top 5 pick in Matt Kalil playing their and if he shows that he can play LT at number 12 the Vikings would be dumb to take him.

Detroit Lions

Record: 6-10

Mark Ingram RB Alabama   Now I need to admit I'm biased as a Lions fan but this would be a reasonable pick for them. The Lions top need is at CB but I don't expect Amukamara to last to 13. OLB is a need but I'm not completely sold on Ayers being worth this pick. Other needs are at RG, OC, and RB. I do believe in Jahvid Best but I think he could be better if he was used in a two back system so he doesn't get worn down early in the season. Ingram is the clear cut number 1 back in this class and I think that he is the BPA right here so this would follow the Lions philosophy. If the Lions believe that a CB or LB is worth this pick than pick him but right now I'm not sold so Ingram would be a nice fit.

  St. Louis Rams

Record: 7-9

Julio Jones WR Alabama   The Rams really surprised everyone this year by their play this year and I expect Bradford to take the next step if they can give him some elite weapons. The Rams could also use a DT but I don't think there is anyone worth this pick so they should use this pick on a WR. Julio Jones has great potential but falls to 14 because of some bad drops and potential durability concerns he displayed at Alabama.  

Miami Dolphins

Record: 7-9

Aldon Smith OLB Missouri   The Dolphins are tough to figure out because while I'm not a believer in Chad Henne is seems that they will give him another chance to prove himself. The Dolphins would love for Ingram to fall to them because Williams and Brown are on the decline. I gave the Dolphins another pass rusher to put next to Cameron Wake so now when they double Wake it will give Smith a chance to succeed.

  Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 8-8

Johnathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh   Baldwin's stock is all over the place. I hear that he could be a top 15 pick and I also hear that he will fall to the 3rd round. I believe the Jags who are desperate for a big time receiver will pick Baldwin hoping he lives up to his potential. A 6'5" receiver who can run a 4.4 40 time is hard to find but when that receiver doesn't always try on every play is when he falls. Baldwin is a risky pick but the Jags took Alualu last year so they are use to risky picks.  

New England Patriots (from Oakland)

Record: 14-2

J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin   Watt is a perfect for a 3-4 DE and that is exactly what he will be playing in New England. Now the Pats got this pick by trading Richard Seymour so why not get a player to try and replace what Seymour brought to the table which is pass rush. The Pats could also use a deep threat WR but I don't think they would trade up for either Green or Jones so I give them another DE to help with the pass rush.   

  San Diego Chargers

Record: 9-7

Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA   The Chargers are extremely talented which makes them tough to figure out because other than another WR they don't have any glaring needs. With the departure of their D-Coordinator Rivera it changes their defense completely  so I just gave them the BPA on defense which is Ayers. He can play OLB in a 3-4 so this would be a nice fit staying close to home in San Diego.  

New York Giants

Record: 10-6

Nate Solder OT Colorado   The Giants have no glaring needs because in most of the games they lost they were self inflicting wounds mostly Eli throwing picks. Solder could immediatley start at RT for the Giants and help give Bradshaw and Jacobs room to run and give Eli more time to throw so he can avoid those costly INT's.   

  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 10-6

Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa   The Bucs are hard to figure out because I think they played a lot better than their talent seems to indicate. I think Josh Freeman is playing a lot better now but I still have questions about his accuracy against the better defenses. Anyways the Bucs only had 26 sacks this year so DE is a very big need. With Gerald McCoy and Brian Price playing well up the middle adding a good DE would only make this young defense better.   

  Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 10-6

Justin Houston OLB Georgia   The Chiefs look to be on the way up based on their surprising division title. With a young and improving defense the best thing to do is to add another pass rusher to put next to Tamba Hali. I do have questions about Matt Cassell after the way he ended the season but he had a great regular season so he should only improve.   

  Indianapolis Colts

Record: 10-6

Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College   The Colts seem to be on the decline based on how they played this year. Their OL problems couldn't be solved by Peyton this season. Castonzo is one of the top OL in a very weak OL class so the Colts must grab him while they can. If the Colts can solve their OL problem they might have one or two more seasons of competiting for a super bowl.   

  Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 10-6

Gabe  Carimi OT Wisconsin   The Eagles played very well this season under Michael Vick but still have some problems. First off with Vick playing he scrambles a lot which requires the OL to hold their blocks for longer so adding more OL is the biggest need. The Eagles could also use another DT to pair with Mike Patterson but an OT is much more important because this team isn't going anywhere without Vick.  

New Orleans Saints

Record: 11-5

Corey Liuget DT Illinois   The Saints didn't played on well on offense this year which is surprising based on the personnel they had but the only thing that comes to my mind is that big Marshawn Lynch run at the end of the Wild Card round. Now that is not the only reason why I think they need a DT but it needs to be looked at along with some OT's because Stichcomb and Bushrod were abused at times this season.  

Seattle Seahawks

Record: 7-9

Jake Locker QB Washington   I mostly put this pick because Seattle fans will be very upset if their team which needs a QB passes on the hometown kid whom they've fallen in love with over the past couple of seasons. Now it assumed that Locker had an awful senior year but really his numbers are very similar to his career numbers. His biggest problem is his accuracy which will always be a problem for him because it doesn't come to him naturally like most QB's. I can't see the Seahawks passing on Locker but if they do I expect them to go after a WR or another CB.   

  Baltimore Ravens

Record: 12-4

Jimmy Smith CB Colorado   Now Smith may end up going a lot higher than this but as of now he has not earned it in my mind. The biggest question I have with him was when Georgia came into Colorado why wasn't he guarding him? It's not like Jalil Brown was getting the job done who gave up 2 TD's including that amazing one in the endzone. Now Smith played well against other teams but I would make him a lot higher if he could shut down A.J. Green.  

Atlanta Falcons

Record: 13-3

Torrey Smith WR Maryland   The Falcons could really use a down field threat because Roddy White is more of a slot type receiver and not a burner. The Falcons played well in the regular season but ended up struggling against the Packers because when the Packers took Roddy White away from Matt Ryan, he struggled. The Falcons could also look at RT if Tyson Clabo ends up leaving but as of now he is on the team so I give them a receiver.   

  New England Patriots

Record: 14-2

Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State   The Pats really need a receiver but yet again one doesn't fall to them so they keep adding players on their DL. I could also some them getting an OLB but I think that Heyward would be too good for them to pass up on this late in the draft. Putting Watt with Heyward next to Vince Wilfork would solidify the Pats new look DL.   

  Chicago Bears

Record: 11-5

Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple   Tommie Harris has not been himself the past couple of seasons because of injuries so it would behoove the Bears to find his replacement while they can. The Bears also really need some OT and WR's but none seem to be worth the pick right here. Wilkerson would look great on the championship caliber defense the Bears already have.  

  New York Jets

Record: 11-5

Phil Taylor NT Baylor   Kris Jenkins has hurt his knee the past couple of years so it might be time to find his replacement. Taylor is a prototypical NT and takes up space because of his tremendous size. The Jets might also look for a WR if they can't resize Holmes and Edwards.   

  Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 12-4

Brandon Harris CB Miami   The Steelers really need another CB too put next to Ike Taylor because the Packers now exposed how to beat the Steelers. The Steelers will always be great against the run so attacking them with the pass is the way to go. Harris would make their secondary a lot better and if Ben can stay out of trouble expect them to be contending for another super bowl next season.   

  Green Bay Packers

Record: 10-6

Ryan Kerrigan OLB Purdue   The Packers really are picking for BPA because when they are healthy they are the best team in the league. The Packers should look for another pass rusher to pair next to Clay Matthews. Kerrigan should be a great fit and seems like he can move from DE and OLB.   Tell me what you think of my picks and if you don't like them why and who you would want for your team.

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