Five Round Post Combine Mock with explanations thru the 1st rd.
1 - Carolina - Nick Fairley DT Auburn: Nick Fairley is a dominant force that opposing OCs will have to gameplan for. He is an elite talent at the Panthers biggest need. Even with a new coaching staff, I don't think that Carolina gives up on Claussen after a single season.
2 - Denver - Marcel Dareus DT Alabama Denver needs help on their D-line after switching back to a 4-3 , particularly at DT. Dareus is a big time talent, strong, high motor who will start immediately
3 - Buffalo - Cameron Heyward DE Probably the best 3-4 DE in this draft, addresses a huge need for the Bills.Heyward has a high character,is strong, fast & plays with a mean streak. Dominated DeMarcus Love in the Sugar Bowl. Might seem like a reach at this point, but IMO Heyward will be one of the best defensive players to come out of this draft
4 - Cincinnati - A.J. Green I think that the Bengals can get Palmer to stay, especially if they can get him an elite target who doesn't have an attitude or a Reality TV show
5 - Arizona - Blaine Gabbert QB UNC Arizona still has most of the team that went to the SB a couple of years ago, the missing piece is a QB. Gabbert is the most NFL ready, strong armed QB in this draft & with some very good weapons already in place should be able to start immediately.
6 - Cleveland Julio Jones WR Alabama Colt McCoy needs an elite playmaker to throw to. Jones speed & physicality make him an instant starter & possible star on a team that at times last year looked very good.
7 - San Francisco - Patrick Peterson CB LSU The 49ers get arguably the best player in this draft at a high position of need. I think that Harbaugh holds off on drafting a QB this year until he knows what he has in Alex Smith & also to keep his options open for next years draft.
8 - Tennessee DaQuan Bowers DE Clemson I think Bowers is really only a good fit as a 4-3 DE which is why he drops out of the top five. Tenn. gets an elite player who will upgrade both their pass rush & run defense
9 - Dallas - Prince Amakumara CB Nebraska Cowboys get a shutdown CB at their highest need
10 - Washington - Cam Newton QB Auburn I think that Newton will need time to develop but will be an elite player in the NFL at the Redskins highest need.
11 - Houston - Von Miller OLB Texas A & M If Miller is still on the board, hard to see Wade Phillips passing on the centerpiece of the 3-4 system he is installing in Houston. Great season & Combine plus has added the wt. needed at the next level without sacrificing speed
12 - Minnesota - Ryan Mallet QB Arkansas After the Brett Favre debacle that was last season & releasing Tavaris Jackson a QB has to be at the top of the Vikings wish list. Mallet had a very good Combine & IMO has quieted a lot of the critics. He is a very strong armed QB with a lot of potential & could be very good in the NFL
13 - Detroit - Akeem Ayers LB UCLA Detroit needs LBers & seems willing to reach for one even tho a LT (Tyron Smith) might make more sense
14 - St. Louis Marvin Austin DT UNC Rams get an elite player at a high position of need. Austin was a little rusty at the East West game but still was easily the best player on the field.
15 - Miami - Kyle Rudolph TE ND Dolphins pass on a RB for now & grab the best TE in the draft to give Henne a big target to throw to.
16 - Jacksonville -Robert Quinn DE UNC Jags are switching back to a 4-3 D & get an elite pass rusher who can be very versatile. Might be a steal at this point, might not....
17 - New England - Tyron Smith LT USC The Patriots have a lot of picks and not too many holes but improving their offensive line & getting it younger would seem to be a priority. Smith would fit in well at the LT position adding depth or replacing 32 year old Matt Light
18 - San Diego - JJ Watt DE Wisconsin The Chargers are a solid team but seem to find ways to lose early in the season. Watts fills a need at DE & brings character & leadership to the locker room.
19 - NYG - Nate Solder LT Colorado Solder has the frame to add some bulk & can contribute on the Giants line immediately or add depth or rotate in as needed
20 - Tampa Bay - Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa The Bucs need help on their D line & to get the double teams off of McCoy. Clayborn is an extremely talented player who could start immediately.
21 - Kansas City - Aldon Smith OLB Missouri Smith is a hugely talented player, a little raw & will need some development at the OLBer position but will fill a huge need & could bring a very good pass rush immediately, coverage skills would come in time
22 - Indianapolis - Anthony Costanzo LT B.C. Protecting Peyton Manning has to be the Colts #1 priority in this draft. Costanzo could step in & start immediately & not only protect Manning but also open up the running game
23 - Philadelphia Gabe Carimi RT Wisconsin Protecting the right side of a left handed QB is done by taking the most NFL ready RT in the draft. Carimi can protect Vicks blindside while still playing his natural position.
24 - New Orleans - Stephen Paea DT Oregon St. The Saints get a strong, talented player with a high motor & great character. A perfect fit for a coach like Gregg Williams
25 - Seattle - Curtis Brown CB Texas Seahawks get more defensive back help to address terrible secondary
26 - Baltimore - Cameron Jordan DE California Ozzy again is able to get an elite player at a high position of need, making a scary defense even better.
27 - Atlanta - Leonard Hankerson WR Miami. Matty Ice gets a big possession type WR to throw to
28 - New England - Jon Baldwin WR Pitt. Patriots get the WR they lost when Moss was traded, hopefully without the attitude
29 - Chicago - Mike Pouncey G UF Chicago's offensive line was terrible at the beginning of the season & altho they did improve O-line has to be the Bears #1 priority in this years draft. Pouncey can contribute on the interior immediately.
30 - NYJ - Phil Taylor NT Baylor With the release of Jenkins, NT has to be a top priority for Rex & the boys. Altho Sione Pouha has played very well depth & rotation would make Taylor a good pick.
31 - Pittsburgh - Brandon Harris CB Miami After watching the SB, the Steelers secondary seemed to be their Achilles heel with Rodgers passing on them with ease. Having Poleamu dropping back into coverage seemed to be a huge liability. Harris is an extremely good CB who would upgrade the Steelers pass protection immediately
32 - Green Bay - Ryan Kerrigan OLB Purdue Kerrigan is an extremely productive, high motor & high character player who, if he can make the transition to OLBer would be a great complement to Clay Matthews.
1 - New England - Justin Houston OLB Georgia
2 - Buffalo - Derek Sherrod LT Mississippi St.
3 - Cincinatti - Allen Bailey DE Miami
4 - Denver - Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
5 - Cleveland - Corey Liuget DT Illinois
6 - Arizona - Sam Acho OLB Texas
7 - Tennessee - Jake Locker QB Washington
8 - Dallas - Marcus Cannon G/T TCU
9 - Washington - Stefen Wisniewski G/C PSU
10 - Houston - Rahim Moore FS UCLA
11 - Minnesota - Mason Foster OLB Washington
12 - Detroit - Martez Wilson LB Illinois
13 - San Francisco - Jabaal Sheard OLB Pittsburgh
14 - Denver - DeAndre McDaniel SS Clemson
15 - St. Louis - Torrey Smith WR Maryland
16 - Oakland - Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
17 - Jacksonville - Aaron Williams CB Texas
18 - San Diego - K.J. Wright ILB Mississippi St.
19 - Tampa Bay - Greg Jones ILB Michigan St.
20 - NYG - Bruce Carter ILB UNC
21 - Indianapolis -Christian Ballard DT Iowa
22 - Philadelphia - John Moffitt G Wisconsin
23 - Kansas City - Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
24 - New Orleans - Jabaal Sheard DE Pitt.
25 - Seattle -Christian Ponder QB FSU
26 - Baltimore - Titus Young WR Boise St.
27 - Atlanta - Rodney Hudson G/C FSU
28 - New England - Drake Nevis DT/DE LSU
29 - Chicago - Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple
30 - San Diego - Dontay Moch OLB Nevada
31 - Pittsburgh - James Carpenter T Alabama
32 - Green Bay - Mark Ingram RB Alabama
1 - Carolina - Luke Stocker TE Tennessee
2 - Cincinnati - Ryan Williams RB Va. Tech
3 - Denver - Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
4 - Buffalo - Andy Dalton QB TCU
5 - Arizona - Danny Watkins G/T Baylor
6 - Cleveland - Ras-I Dowling CB UVA
7 - Dallas - Quintan Carter FS Oklahoma
8 - New Orleans - Quan Sturdivant ILB UNC
9 - Houston - Jerrel Powe NT Mississippi
10 - New England - Mike Leshoure RB Illinois
11 - Detroit - Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
12 - San Francisco - Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
13 - Tennessee - Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
14 - St. Louis - Benjamin Ijaleana G Villanova
15 - Miami - Daniel Thomas RB Kansas St.
16 - Jacksonville Brandon Burton CB Utah
17 - Oakland - Greg Little WR UNC
18 - San Diego - Tandon Doss WR Indiana
19 - NYG - Davon House CB New Mexico St.
20 - Tampa Bay - Kristopher ODowd C USC
21 - Philadelphia - Shareece Wright CB USC
22 - Kansas City - Kenrick Ellis NT Hampton
23 - Indianapolis - Orlando Franklin G Miami
24 - New Orleans - Deunta Williams SS UNC
25 - San Diego - Colin McCarthy ILB Miami
26 - Baltimore - Rashad Carmichael CB Va. Tech
27 - Atlanta - Robert Sands SS West Va.
28 - New England - Brooks Reed OLB Arizona
29 - Chicago - Shane Vereen RB California
30 - NYJ -Vincent Brown WR San Diego St.
31 - Pittsburgh - Jason Pinkston G Pittsburgh
32 - Green Bay - Clint Boling G Georgia
1 - Carolina - Jurrel Casey DT USC
2 - Seattle - Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi St.
3 - Buffalo - Marcus Gilbert RT UF
4 - Cincinnati - Nate Irving ILB UNC
5 - Cleveland - James Brewer RT Indiana
6 - Arizona - Lee Ziemba G/T Auburn
7 - Philadelphia - Kendric Burney CB UNC
8 - Houston - Jarvis Jenkins NT Clemson
9 - Minnesota - Jaicquawn Jarret FS Temple
10 - Detroit - DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
11 - San Francisco - Will Hill FS UF
12 - Tennessee - DeMarcus Love G Arkansas
13 - Dallas - Ronald Johnson WR USC
14 - Miami - Will Rackley G Lehigh
15 - St. Louis - D.J. Williams TE Arkansas
16 - Oakland - Chimdi Chekwa CB OSU
17 - Jacksonville - Brian Fusco C Slippery Rock
18 - San Francisco - Jason Pinkston T Pitt
19 - Tampa Bay - Shane Vereen RB California
20 - NYG - Stephen Schilling G Michigan
21 - Kansas City - Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon St.
22 - Indianapolis - Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma St.
23 - Philadelphia - Joe Lefeged SS Rutgers
24 - Jacksonville - Greg Salas WR Hawaii
25 - Buffalo - Terence Tolliver WR LSU
26 - Baltimore - Jalil Brown CB Colorado
27 - Atlanta - Chris Hairston T Clemson
28 - New England - Justin Boren G OSU
29 - Chicago - Jake Kirkpatrick C TCU
30 - NYJ - DaRei Scott RB Maryland
31 - Pittsburgh - Zane Parr DE UVA
32 - Green Bay - Austin Pettis WR Boise St.
1 - Carolina - Torri Gurley WR South Carolina
2 - Buffalo - Virgil Green TE Nevada
3 - Cincinnati - Thomas Claibourne G B.C.
4 - Tampa Bay - Richard Sherman CB Stanford
5 - Arizona - Tejay Johnson FS TCU
6 - Cleveland - Ugo Chinasa DE Oklahoma St.
7 - Houston - Tyler Sash SS Iowa
8 - Minnesota - Armon Binns WR Cincinnati
9 - Detroit - Joseph Barksdale T LSU
10 - San Francisco - Greg Romeus DE Pitt
11 - Tennessee - Andrew Jackson G Fresno St.
12 - Dallas - John Bender G Nevada
13 - Washington - Ryan Bartholomew C Syracuse
14 - St. Louis - Scott Lutrus ILB Connecticut
15 - Miami - Mark Herzlich OLB B.C.
16 - Jacksonville - Brian Lainhart FS Kent St.
17 - Oakland - Justin Trattou OLB UF
18 - Philadelphia - Ryan Winterswyk OLB Boise St.
19 - Minnesota - Eric Hagg SS Nebraska
20 - Tampa Bay - Jarriel King RT South Carolina
21 - Indianapolis - Shiloh Keo SS Idaho
22 - Philadelphia - Pierre Allen DE Nebraska
23 - Kansas City - Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa
24 - Washington - Niles Paul WR Nebraska
25 - Seattle - Jerrard Terrant SS Ga. Tech
26 - Baltimore - Richard Sherman CB Stanford
27 - Atlanta - Lawrence Wilson OLB Connecticut
28 - New England - Cortez Allen CB Citadel
29 - Chicago - Derek Newton T Arkansas St.
30 - NYJ - Bruce Miller OLB UCF
31 - Pittsburgh - Mark LeGree FS Appalachian St.
32 - Green Bay - Alex Henery K Nebraska