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Third time: Most definitely not the charm


So I did not really want to study today for my statistics test, so I chose to do another one round mock. This one has a bunch of changes, some of which may be controversial.

Dissect Away!!!

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TEAM

SELECTION

EXPLANATION

1

Carolina

Blaine Gabbert QB

I sincerely believe this should not be the pick, but it is going to be as a rebuilding team needs a franchise QB, and Gabbert is the best and probably safest option to be just that.

2

Denver

Marcel Dareus DT/DE

Denver, having resigned Champ Bailey, can afford to look elsewhere with their first pick. Dareus is a special player who should be able to contribute on Denver's defensive line for years to come.

3

Buffalo

Cam Newton QB

Buffalo is going to be stupid and pick Newton. Fitzpatrick might not be the long term solution, but he is good enough to hold the fort and allow Buffalo to improve their team elsewhere.

4

Cincinnati

A.J. Green WR

With no worthwhile QB at the pick, Cincinnati selects a WR who they hope entices Carson Palmer to stay with the Bengals.

5

Arizona

Von Miller OLB

Stud at the 3-4 OLB position falls to a team that needs one.

6

Cleveland

Nick Fairley DT/DE

Whether they go with a 3-4 or 4-3, Fairley fits as a really good player who will immediately strengthen their defensive line.

7

San Francisco

Patrick Peterson CB

The best prospect in the draft falls to a team that desperately could use him.

8

Tennessee

Da'Quan Bowers DE

Not very thrilled that the QBs and Fairley are gone, Tennessee selects a player who should be able to immediately come in and further improve what was already a pretty good pass rush. Not really sure how the line would shape up in the end, but I find it very hard to see the pick being anyone else, perhaps with the exception of Prince Amukamara, who I think would not make as much sense.

9

Dallas

Prince Amukamara CB

An awful secondary gets a huge boost from Amukamara, who should easily be able to start day 1 as the #1 CB.

10

Washington

Jake Locker QB

"Dude, you are CRAZY!!!!" No, I am not!!! Locker fits in Washington so beautifully, and his pro-day will have him moving up into the upper half of the first round. He goes to our nation's capital, sits behind Grossman and eventually comes into Shanahan's offense and thrives, given how well he throws while outside the pocket.

11

Houston

Robert Quinn OLB/DE

Prime talent who stupidly was suspended for the season by the NCAA. Houston has got to be thrilled to get a player of Quinn's caliber for their defense.

12

Minnesota

Julio Jones WR

Sidney Rice will not be back in my opinion, and Jones is truly a stud who may end up being better then AJ Green.

13

Detroit

Aldon Smith DE/OLB

Detroit would probably prefer to see a CB fall but it won't happen, so they choose to upgrade their defensive line with Smith.

14

St. Louis

Muhammad Wilderson DT

No WRs available, so St. Louis addresses another glaring need with Wilkerson.

15

Miami

Mark Ingram RB

I do not see a better pick for them at this spot. They can definitely use a player of Ingram's caliber at the RB spot, especially given the impending FA of their current RBs.

16

Jacksonville

Cameron Jordan DE/DT

Since my last mock, I have decided that 16 might be a tad too high for Ponder. I think Gene Smith will try his hardest to trade down and get more picks, but since I am not accounting for trades, I have him taking the best player at 16, Cam Jordan. Pairing him up with his ex-linemate at Cal will be a great thing for the Jaguars line.

17

New England

JJ Watt DE

NE needs to replace Richard Seymour, and JJ Watt should be able to do that just fine.

18

San Diego

Adrian Clayborn DE/OLB

This is where things get interesting. The truth is that I don't see SD going for a RT with their first round pick. Clayborn should be able to play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 as a DE, but he might also be able to go at 3-4 OLB if SD wanted him to. Truth is though that of all the remaining defensive players, I think he fits value with need best for SD.

19

New York(NFC)

Mike Pouncey OG/C

With proper coaching, Mike should be able to follow in his brother's footsteps and become a top notch center at the professional level.

20

Tampa Bay

Ryan Kerrigan DE

Kerrigan is an extremely talented football player who TB will me more than ecstatic to take and plyg into their defensive line.

21

Kansas City

Brooks Reed OLB

"Dude, now I know you seriously are nuts!!!!" Once again, hear me out. Pioli wants a NT. He also would love to pair a pass rushing LB opposite Hali. In my opinion, addressing NT will actually be easier than LB in later rounds. Phil Taylor is nice, but he is also inconsistent. Brooks Reed is insanely good and very well could become better than Hali.

22

Indianapolis

Tyron Smith OT

Indy has got to be thrilled that the top OT prospect falls all the way to 22. He fills the need better than anyone else does.

23

Philadelphia

Anthony Castonzo OT

Philly undeniably needs an OT and Castonzo is a very good one who some might argue is actually going to be better than Tyron Smith.

24

New Orleans

Cory Liuget DT

Without a DE worthy of the 24th pick, New Orleans will address the interior of their defensive line and pick up Liuget, who is a very good football player.

25

Seattle

Jimmy Smith CB

Seattle could afford to upgrade their secondary, and Jimmy Smith provides excellent ability at the CB position.

26

Baltimore

Akeem Ayers OLB

I would love to have gone with Houston, but he has gotten big at over 270 lbs. That is going to start eliminating him for consideration by the 3-4 defenses. Ayers is not too shabby himself and should do well in Baltimore's system.

27

Atlanta

Justin Houston DE

John Abraham is not spring chicken, and so Atlanta looks to find his future replacement with the Georgia native.

28

New England

Nate Solder OT

Having addressed the defensive line, now New Engand can improve on their offensive line with Solder.

29

Chicago

Gabe Carimi OT

No explanation necessary for an OT going to Chicago in Round 1

30

New York(AFC)

Cameron Heyward DE/DT

When Rex Ryan is done with Heyward, this kid is going to be a consistently dominant football player in that defense.

31

Pittsburgh

Derek Sherrod OT

Pittsburgh is getting old on their offensive line, and so they look to the future and select Sherrod to eventually take over for Flozell Adams who is old and frankly that that good.

32

Green Bay

Torrey Smith WR

Smith is truly a dynamic player who will come in and be the replacement for James ones who is almost definitely going to leave in free agency.

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