Starting to become a consensus pick. Could still be Marcel Dareus, but this is looking more and more like a lock for number 1.
2. Denver Broncos: Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama.
Arguably the best player in the draft. The Broncos need major help on the defensive side of the ball. Von Miller is another possible selection.
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M.
Unless Cam Newton drops to them here, I don't see them taking a QB in the first. Patrick Peterson is also a possibility.
(Dallas Cowboys get #4 overall pick)
(Cincinnati gets #9, #40 and #110)
4. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU.
Jerry Jones moves up to get the best CB in the draft.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Mizzou.
If Dallas hadn't leapfrogged them to get Peterson, he'd most likely be the pick here. AJ Green is also a possibility, but the Cards have no one on their roster worthy of the title Starting NFL QB.6. Cleveland Browns: AJ Green, WR, Georgia.
The best offensive talent in the draft. Colt McCoy is salivating with the thought of having Green to throw to in the next season of football.
7. San Fransisco: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska.
Unless one of the top 2 QBs drop, I think Amukamara should be a lock here.
8. Tennessee Titans: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama.
Could be Fairley, but the Titans need a playmaking receiver, something Kenny Britt has been unable to do so far.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Robert Quinn, DE, UNC.
2 months ago, Quinn was a consensus top 5 pick. Cincinnati trades back and is still able to grab him.
10. Washington Redskins: Jake Locker, QB, Washington.
All of Washington's top players are taken, and there's nobody willing to trade up with them. Locker will start day 1.
11. Houston Texans: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal.
They need a pass-rushing end to help that defense. The back-end isn't terrible, they're just not getting enough help from the front 7.
(Philadelphia gets #12)
(Minnesota gets #23, #54 and #108)
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado.
Minnesota wants to move back, and Philly will probably need to move up to get Smith.
13. Detroit Lions: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson.
In every mock that has the Lions taking Castonzo or Tyron Smith with this pick, there's always a bunch of Lions fans who say they don't need an OT. So I gave them Bowers.
14. St. Louis Rams: Aldon Smith, DE, Mizzou.
Probably the highest rated player still on their board at this point.
(Minnesota gets #15)
(Miami gets #43, #54 and #106)
15. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College.
A lot of people see Tyron Smith as the best OT in the draft. However, you don't trade up to grab a project OT(who might not be good enough to play LT) at #15 overall. Castonzo is the safest OT pick in the draft, and the Vikings get to keep their other first round pick.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin.
The Jags need help pressuring the QB. They also need help at QB, but they have nobody to trade back with. Watt is probably the BPA on their board at this point.
(New Orleans gets #17)
(New England gets #24, #88 and New Orleans 2012 2nd round pick)
17. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue.
As a Saints fan, I'd rather us be able to sit back and let Kerrigan drop to us. But, I'm pretty sure we'll have to jump past Tampa to get him, and New England would love to move back, get more picks this year and next year. Kerrigan fills an immediate need for the 2012(or 2013...whichever season happens first) Super Bowl Champions.
18. San Diego Chargers: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn.
Too good to pass up here.
19. New York Giants: Tyron Smith, OT, USC.
Regarded as the OT with the most upside in this year's draft, the Giants are happy to let him fall to them.
(Tennessee gets #20)
(Tampa Bay gets #39, #77 and #108)
20. Tennessee Titans: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas.
The best pure passer in this year's draft. Even though he's a fairly immobile QB, having Chris Johnson in his backfield should take away a lot of the pressure on him. And, with Julio Jones taken at 8, he has a playmaking receiver to grow with.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor.
A huge body to plug into the middle of their D-line.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado.
Could be Gabe Carimi. They need to keep the pressure away from Peyton Manning.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder, QB, FSU.
They got their offensive tackle at 15, now they get their QB. Played in a pro-style offense at FSU. The Vikings have the offensive pieces for this to work.
24. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama.
This could be the shock of the first round. Leon Washington and Marshawn Lynch have done nothing to prove they can be starting running backs in the NFL. Mark Ingram could be the guy to jumpstart that offense.
(Buffalo Bills get #26)
(Baltimore Ravens get #34 and #68)
26. Buffalo Bills: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU.
Worried about someone trading ahead of 34 to get Dalton, the Bills need to move back into the first to get him.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia.
Could be Kyle Rudolph, but Houston is too good to pass up here.
28. New England Patriots: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio St.
Having addressed the interior of their offensive line, the Patriots look to the defense with this pick.
29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin.
Jay Cutler is a terrible QB. I've thought so since he was drafted by the Broncos in 2006. But, Carimi will help him stay on his feet, and maybe throw a few less INTs this year.
30. New York Jets: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA.
Maybe Rex won't have to call as many blitzes next year.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi St.
The former Bulldog will take over for Flozell Adams, who should retire this year.
32. Green Bay Packers: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor.
More of a luxury pick than anything. Miami could move up for Kaepernick here, but he could probably slide to them in the second.
33. New England Patriots: Jon Baldwin, WR Pitt
Great hands, great size, once he gets going is really fast. Could help on the outside
34. Baltimore Ravens: Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona.
Very good pass rusher.
35. Cincinnati Bengals: Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
Dhani Jones' replacement.
36. Denver Broncos: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington.
A good edge-rusher, should make the switch back to the 4-3 easier.
37. Cleveland Browns: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami.
One of the top players still available. Him and Rodgers-Cromartie should be a great tandem.
39. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina.
They need to upgrade their pass rush.
40. Cincinnati Bengals: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada.
They missed out on the top QB's, but Kaepernick could still be good.
41. Washington Redskins: Ben Ijalana, OG/OT, Villanova
42. Houston Texans: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
Best DB still on the board.
43. Miami Dolphins: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois.
They missed out on all the QBs and Ingram, but Leshoure is a nice pickup.
44. Detroit Lions: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
45. San Fransisco 49ers: Marvin Austin, DE, UNC.
A huge body to play DE in their 3-4.
46. Denver Broncos: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
47. St. Louis Rams: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
48. Oakland Raiders: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Muhammed WIlkerson, DT, Temple
50. San Diego Chargers: Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
52. New York Giants: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn St.
53. Indianapolis Colts: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon St.
54. Miami Dolphins: Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
55. Kansas City Chiefs: Titus Young, WR, Boise St.
56. New Orleans Saints: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC
57. Seattle Seahawks: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
58. Baltimore Ravens: Quan Sturdivant, LB, UNC
59. Atlanta Falcons: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
60. New England Patriots: Davon House, CB, New Mexico St.
61. San Diego Chargers: Jabaal Sheard, OLB, Pittsburgh
62. Chicago Bears: Rodney Hudson, C, FSU
63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma
64. Green Bay Packers: Sam Acho, DE, Texas