Three Round Mock with inexplicable explanations & a couple of unlikely trades
1 - Carolina Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Jimmy Clausen has been a complete failure in Carolina in terms of both passing & leadership. New coaching staff picks a QB who could develop into a franchise QB. Gabberts high wonderlic score (42) plus his athleticism & strong arm makes him the top pick
2 - Denver Marcel Dareus DT Alabama Broncos pick up one of the very best players in this draft who can play any position on the D-line but will excel as a DT in a 4-3
3 - Buffalo Cam Newton QB Auburn Bills get their QB of the future. He is able to sit behind Fitzpatrick most of the season, learning behind a very smart QB & being taught by a very smart head coach. IMO Newton has the potential to be a top 5 QB but needs the time & guidance to develop.
4 - Cincinnati Julio Jones WR Alabama Bengals pick up excellent WR prospect after losing both Johnson & Owens (& I know that's speculation). Jones will immediately start & help whoever is behind Center.Jones is the pick because of his speed & physical play
5 - Arizona Tyron Smith LT USC Cardinals pass on remaining QBs & get the highest rated tackle in the draft
6 - Cleveland Nick Fairley DT Auburn Browns pick up disruptive player who will jam up the middle attack the QB
7 - San Francisco Patrick Peterson CB LSU 49ers grab arguably the most talented player in the draft. Shutdown corner who can also be a return man on kick-offs.
8 - Tennessee Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson Titans grab the best 4-3 DE in the draft. Titans have higher needs but take BPA.
9 - Dallas Prince Amakumara CB Nebraska Cowboys grab an extremely talented shut down corner at their highest position of need.
10 - Washington A.J. Green WR Georgia Redskins get incredible WR who will help who ever is QB in D.C. immediately & provide instant excitement & big play potential
11 - Houston Von Miller OLB Texas A & M Texans grab OLBer to help Wade Phillips transition to a 3-4
12 - Minnesota Ryan Mallet QB Arkansas Vikings need a QB & Mallet has been climbing back up draft boards after a successful combine. A little more mobile than expected & drug use rumors are either exaggerated or untrue.
13 - Detroit Anthony Castonzo LT Boston College Lions get future replacement for 34 year old Backus, Costanzo should be able to start immediately at either RT or LT
14 - St. Louis trades with New England & get N.E.s 17th pick in 1st & 10th in 3rd
New England Robert Quinn OLB/DE Patriots jump in front of Jacksonville to grab Quinn who will play as a rush OLBer in BBs 3-4 defense in order to put pressure on opposing QBs (Mark Sanchez in particular)
15 - Miami Mark Ingram RB Alabama RB that is coveted by Dolphin fans ends up in South Florida
16 - Jacksonville Cameron Jordan DE California Jaguars get high motor impact player at their biggest need.
17 - St. Louis Jonathan Baldwin WR Pitt. Rams are able to trade back & still land big, fast & elite WR prospect
18 - San Diego J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin Chargers pick DE who is a monster on the field & a leader in the locker room
19 - NYG Mike Pouncey C Giants get best interior lineman in draft, coaching cures concerns about switch to Center
20 - Tampa Bay Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State Bucs get a great player who will start & contribute immediately.
21 Kansas City Aldon Smith OLB Missouri Chiefs draft a perfect fit for their 3-4 at one of their biggest needs. Excellent prospect who will attack the QB on every play.
22 - Indianapolis Nate Solder LT Colorado Colts number one priority in this draft should be protecting number one player. Solder should be able to start immediately & help with protecting Manning.
23 - Philadelphia Gabe Carimi RT Best RT in draft protecting Vicks blindside
24 - New Orleans Stephen Paea DT Oregon St. High character, hard working penetrater who will fit into Gregg Williams system & is a Gregg Williams type of player. Immediate starter who will be able to clog up the middle on runs & get at the QB on passing plays.
25 - Seattle Jake Locker QB Washington Highly talented hometown hero who Pete Carroll can coach out of his bad tendencies & turn into franchise QB
26 - Baltimore Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa Ravens pick up DE who can seal the edge or can pressure the QB
27 - Atlanta Leonard Hankerson WR Miami Big, fast, talented WR who can take some of the pressure off of Roddy White & give Matt Ryan another target
28 - New England Torrey Smith WR Maryland Patriots grab fast wide out with great hands & excellent attitude. High character & team player, a natural for Bill Belichek.
29 - Chicago Derek Sherrod LT Mississippi St. Bears need to be able to protect Cutler better, Sherrod should be able to step in & start immediately
31- Pittsburgh - Jimmy Smith CB Colorado Shut down corner who can start immediately & improve the Steelers secondary
32 - Green Bay Ryan Kerrigan OLB Purdue Very smart & versatile player, relentless pass rusher who will also force fumbles & can help out in run defense
1 - New England Rodney Hudson G/C FSU
2 - Buffalo - Allen Bailey DE Miami
3 - Cincinnati Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois
4 - Denver - Brandon Harris CB Miami
5 - Cleveland - Marvin Austin DT UNC
6 - Arizona trades with Cincinnati for Carson Palmer & Cincinnatis 3rd rd. pick
Cincinnati - Martez Wilson ILB Illinois
7 - Tennessee Muhamed Wilkerson DT Temple
8 - Dallas Marcus Cannon G TCU
9 - Washington Christian Ponder QB FSU
10 - Houston Phil Taylor NT Baylor
11- Minnesota Christian Ballard DT Iowa
12 - Detroit Akeem Ayers LB UCLA
13 - San Francisco Sam Acho OLB Texas
14 - Denver -Stefen Wisniewski G/C PSU
15 -St. Louis Corey Liuget DT Illinois
16 - Oakland Aaron Williams CB Texas
17 - Jacksonville Rahim Moore FS UCLA
18 - San Diego Brooks Reed OLB Arizona
19 - Tampa Bay Benjamin Ijaleana RT Villanova
20 - NYG Bruce Carter ILB UNC
21- Indianapolis Drake Nevis LSU
22 - Philadelphia Curtis Brown CB Texas
23 - Kansas City Quan Sturdivant ILB UNC
24 - New Orleans DeAndre McDaniel SS Clemson
25 - Seattle Ras-I Dowling UVA
26 - Baltimore Titus Young WR Boise St.
27 - Atlanta Danny Watkins G/T Baylor
28 - New England Ryan Williams RB Va. Tech
29 - Chicago Jurrel Casey DT USC
30 San Diego Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
31 Pittsburgh Orlando Franklin G/T Miami
32 Green Bay Daniel Thomas RB Kansas St.
1 - Carolina Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson
2 - Arizona Dontay Moch OLB Nevada
3 - Denver Lance Kendrick TE Tennessee
4 - Buffalo James Carpenter T Alabama
5 - Arizona Quinton Carter FS Oklahoma
6 - Cleveland Greg Jones ILB Michigan St.
7 - Dallas Jaicquan Jarret FS Temple
8 - New Orleans D.J. Williams TE Arkansas
9 - Houston - Brandon Burton CB Utah
10 - St. Louis Nate Irving ILB NC St.
11 - Detroit Chris Culliver CB South Carolina
12 - San Francisco Will Hill FS Florida
13 - Tennessee John Moffit G Wisconsin
14 - St. Louis Greg Jones ILB Michigan St.
15 - Miami Clint Boling G Georgia
16 - Jacksonville Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
17 - Oakland Kenrick Ellis NT Hampton
18 - San Diego Colin McCarthy ILB Miami
19 - NYG Davon House CB New Mexico St.
20 - Tampa Bay Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
21 - Philadelphia Mason Foster OLB Washington
22 - Kansas City Jerrel Powe NT Mississippi
23 - Indianapolis Greg Little WR UNC
24 - New OrleansDaRel Scott RB Maryland
25 - San Diego Chris Hairston RT Clemson
26 - Baltimore Rashad Carmichael CB Va. Tech
27 - Atlanta Robert Sands SS West Va.
28 - New EnglandMarcus Gilbert T Florida
29 - Chicago Kristopher ODowd C USC
30 - NYJ Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
31 - Pittsburgh James Brewer RT Indiana
32 - Green Bay -Lee Ziemba RT Auburn