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Four Round Mock


This is my second go at a mock draft and I made it just one round longer than the last and added some predicted comp picks. If you want to see the one from back in November go here. For the first two rounds I added a bit of my own commentary and then just listed the last two. I'm a bit exhausted from writing all this up so I'll just go ahead and give it after the jump. I'd love any feedback on how you felt I did.

Round 1

1. Indianapolis: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Peyton Manning has been the quarterback of my favorite team since I was thirteen - so basically my entire adult sporting life. I will be very sad to see him go but it is the right thing to do. I am excited to begin the Luck era in Indy and I hope, if he is healthy, that Manning can go somewhere where he has a chance to win right away.

2. Washington - from St. Louis: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Washington trades up to get RG3 here and for the sake of this mock they give up their first, third and whatever else you think is fair in future picks. Shanahan has hinted at being able to adapt his offense to whatever franchise quarterback he can find. I think the Skins are the most desperate team from a FO/HC standpoint and will land Griffin. He may not be the classic QB Luck is but Shanahan can adjust his offense and make him a franchise guy.

3. Minnesota: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
The Vikings take the best prospect on the board and for them it fills a need. I could see them going WR but Kalil just makes more sense.

4. Cleveland: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
I think the Browns will make a run at Griffin but ultimately lose out and focus on continuing to build an outstanding defense. When you are picking in the top five I believe you should pick up the best talent available regardless of obvious need unless you are looking for a QB or have an elite talent at that spot. Cleveland doesn't particularly need a corner but adding an elite prospect like Claiborne across from Hayden is the kind of thing that can set up your defense for years. Claiborne is also the last elite prospect outside of Richardson left and since its hard to draft a RB in the top five you grab the CB.

5. Tampa Bay: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
This pick may not be what Bucs fans want due to other more obious needs. However when rebuilding a bad team you need to find a franchise quarterback and then get that quarterback help. Tampa already has Freeman and a line that is at least passable so they need to move on to upgrading his targets. Getting Blackmon moves Williams and Benn down one spot on the depth chart and makes the entire group better. The linebackers and secondary can be adressed later.

6. St. Louis - from Washington: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
In the same way Tampa Bay needs to suporrt and protect their young quarterback, St. Louis needs to find a way to help out Bradford. Rieff is a better prospect than any of the recievers available and in a deep reciever class they can find one in the second or third round. Reiff is a great run blocker and could play right tacke right away but has the skills needed to be a blindside protector should they want to move Saffold.

7. Jacksonville: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
I could write the exact same thing here I just wrote for St. Louis. They could either protect Gabbert better or give him a better target. Martin is better than any WR available here so he is the pick.

8. Miami: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
I think Miami will either go with Flynn or Manning this offseason and so will not be looking to get a quarterback here. If you are not drafting or supporting a quarterback in the top ten picks you should be drafting guys who get to the quarterback. Upshaw is the best outside rusher available and will be able to play opposite Wake in either the 4-3 or 3-4, whichever way they go.

9. Carolina: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
I was never a huge fan of Newton coming out but he has shown he definitely can get things done in the NFL. Finding a deep threat like Wright who can take advantage of Newton's fantastic arm would be a great pick for Carolina. Not only does it obviously open up big plays down the field it also stretches the defense which gives Newton more space to scramble. This may seem like a reach but I really don't think it is.

10. Buffalo: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The number one priority for the Bills this offseason is finding a pass rusher. Coples has the athletic abilty to rush the passer from the 3-4 or 4-3 end position and would create nightmares for opposing offensive lines also trying to block Dareus and Williams.

11. Kansas City: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Its hard to find a fit for Richardson that takes into account his status as one of the few elite prospects available combined with the devaluation of running backs. Kansas City is as good a landing place as any as they have the ability to be a run first team and have a need for a second running back. A Richardson/Charles tandem would work very well together.

12. Seattle: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
This is not a reach in my very humble opinion. Tannehill has everything you want in a quarterback prospect - intelligence, arm strength, accuracy, size and athleticicm - but lacks only experience and a long track record. Seattle would be a good situation for him as he could sit behind Jackson for a year or two but Jackson isn't so good that he coudln't start day one if he proves worthy in camp. I am a huge fan of Tannehill and I think he has the potential to be a top 10 QB in the league in a few years.

13. Arizona: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Adams will be one of the fastest risers this offseason as he shows off his potential to be that athletic blindside protector everyone craves. Arizona needs a left tackle of the future and #13 is not too high to take Adams if you believe he can be that guy.

14. Dallas: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
There are several other ways Dallas could go here but Kirkpatrick is among the best talents available and he fills a need. Dallas should be happy with this one.

15. Philadelphia: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
This is a case where talent overwelms need. Philly could go OL or LB here but Brockers is simply the best prospect available and the Eagles do have a need for interior linemen. Brockers is a steal here.

16. New York Jets: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
I list Glenn a tackle because I believe he is too nimble for a big man to be wasted inside. He may never be a left tackle, though I think he could pass there, he should be a very good run blocking right tackle for a long time. If the Jets want to be a smash mouth running team they need that mauling right tackle to lead the way.

17. Cincinnati - from Oakland: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
This may be a cliche 'just give the problem child to the Bengals' pick but it does fit. If you disregard the off the field stuff he is the best corner available and the Bengals need a corner.

18. San Diego: Kelechi Osemele, G/T, Iowa State
San Diego could fill some needs on defense but the Osemele would fill an imediate need at right tackle. He also offers enough upside beyond that in phisical tools to warant a mid first round pick.

19. Chicago: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
The Bears are going to be moving to a more run oreinted offense under the new regime and what better way to start that off by getting the best guard prospect to come around in a while. A DeCastro/Carimi right side will open up a great many holes for Forte for the next few years.

20. Tennessee: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Jeffery falls a little to far in this mock so Tennesse gets good value here. Getting a target other than Britt for Locker should be near the top of the Titan's priority list.

21. Cincinnati: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
With two first round picks, Cinci has the luxury of getting a shiny new toy for their suprising franchise quarterback. Dalton may never be a guy like Manning or Brady who can make good wide recievers great but he can be championship level guy if able to distribute to weapons like Green and Floyd.

22. Cleveland - from Atlanta: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Cleveland again adds defense and completes their pass defense foursome of Hayden, Claiborne, Sheard and Mercilus. The top four wideouts are already off the board so there is no need to reach for a guy like Sanu or Jones here when you can get someone similar in the second or third round.

23. Detroit: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Konz is best long term at center and will be a very good one but he can help out Detroit in the short term at either guard or center. If one of the top four tackles were still available here I would go that way but since they aren't, getting the top center is the way to go.

24. Pittsburgh: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington
Good nose tackles are incredibly hard to find and vital to Pittsburg's defense. Finding a replacement for Hoke in the short term and a long term starter is worth a first round investment. Ta'amu is a classic run stuffing nose tackle but he also brings some athletic abilty and a surprising amount of a pass rush.

25. Denver: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
The Broncos should press their strength on defense by adding an inside presense for their defensive line. Still is the type of player who can occupy and disrupt multiple blockers freeing up Miller, Dumervil and company to rush the passer.

26. Houston: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
The Texans will dance all the way to the podium here to draft Poe. He is a perfect physical specimen to be be a penetrating monster nose tackle in their scheme that could use a new starter.

27. New England - from New Orleans: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
With multiple picks Gilmore is the kind of high upside corner that the Pats can risk taking. If coached up right the could be a stud number one corner.

28. Green Bay: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
Perry fills a need as the edge rusher opposite Mathews. He should have the ability to convert nicely to the 3-4 OLB position.

29. Baltimore: Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
I don't really want to mock him here because everyone else is doing it but it makes too much sense and he is too talented to really fall any further.

30. San Francisco: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
San Fran takes the highest rated wideout on the board. Sanu's game also matches the big and physical style of the 49er offense.

31. New York Giants: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
There are a ton of opinions out there about Kuechly from a top ten pick to a third rounder. I feel top forty is about right and if a team needs a solid long term linebacker snatching him here isn't a bad idea.

32. New England: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
BB is known for his creative and varrying schemes on defense and Ingram would give him a pass rushing tool flexible enough to play in whatever type of alignment he sees fit for that week's matchup.

Atlanta -> Cleveland: Julio Jones
New Orleans -> New England: Mark Ingram
Oakland -> Cincinnati: Carson Palmer


Round 2

1. St. Louis: Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
After getting a tackle for Bradford in the first, the Rams go get a target for him. Jones has the size and catching radius to be a young quarterback's best friend and fits nicely among the other returning pass catchers in St. Louis.

2. Indianapolis: Kevin Zeitler, G/C, Wisconsin
I think Arians would love to get one of the top wide recievers with this pick but unfortuately they were all just gobbled up. Instead they pick from another spot of need and a prospect I love in Zeitler. He took reps as a center at the senoir bowl and could make the move there in the pros. He also could start right away at RG if Ijalana bumps Linkenbach out of his RT spot. Either way he is help for Luck and getting help for Luck should be Indy's priority in the top half of the draft.

3. Minnesota: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
Brown is a first round prospect that falls to the Vikings here at #35. The Vikes have other needs but they take the best available prospect if they can use him.

4. Tampa Bay: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Dennard has seen his stock fall out of the first round lately but this feels a bit more right for a corner without elite measurables like he will put up. However he is a tough physical corner and will fit well in Tampa who needs corners.

5. Cleveland: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
This may seem excessive piling on defense like this but I feel their unit could be something special if they focus on it until they find their francise QB - whether that is this year if McCoy plays better or next year when they draft a guy like Barkley. Barron would be an upgrade over Young at strong safety as Young is probably better suited for third safety or nickel corner duty.

6. Jacksonville: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
Just like Indy, Jacksonville would probably like to find a number one wideout with this pick but the value doesn't match up with who is available. Hayward is the best abvailable corner with no charachter concerns.

7. Washington: Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Adcock is a big thick tackle prospect who should play well right away at right tackle. He could someday move to left tackle if needed and that adds to his value.

8. Carolina: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Shockey is a free agent this year and isn't a long term option anyways. Charles allows Carolina to run their successful two tight end sets and is the best recieving weapon in this tight end class.

9. Buffalo: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Buffalo is great match for Osweiler because he can develop without the pressure to start right away and gives the Bills as solid shot of a top tier NFL quarterback sometime in the future.

10. Miami: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
Even though I think Miami will start a veteran quarterback this year they can take a developmental quarterback with solid upside in Foles. I'm not sold on him but he certainly has the tools that you can't teach and can explode into a quality starting quarterback if things fall right.

11. Seattle: Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
Seattle should be looking for some help in the pass rush to augment what Clemons brings. Curry will bring the pass rush but you have to just hope he doesn't get Jerry Hughes syndrome as a 4-3 end.

12. Kansas City: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Inside linebacker may not be their greatest need but KC cannot pass up on a player like Hightower should he fall here.

13. Dallas: Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma State
There isn't a clear fit here for the Cowboys so they take the consensus top free safety and continue to upgrade their secondary.

14. Philadelphia: Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State
Cole is a personal favorite of mine and I think he will keep rising on draft boards due to his scheme flexiblity, tackling and overall length and athleticism. He is the type of guy you can draft into a 4-3 linebacking core with multiple holes and play him inside or outside.

15. New York Jets: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Wilson's speed and acceleration make him a perfect compliment to Greene's abilities in the backfield. Adding a massive tackle and more talent at running back will go a long way in revitalizing the Jets' running attack.

16. New England - from Oakland: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
The Pats get really good value here with Cox as he is an impressive talent who can play either 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle.

17. San Diego: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
I have been trying to find a spot for Worthy for a while as I think he could be a first round talent but there hasn't been a great fit until now. Worthy has the penetrating skills and anchoring ability to play 3-4 end in the Chargers' scheme

18. Chicago: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
The run on defensive tackles continues here with Thompson. There are some good players already in the interior of the Bears' defensive line but they are mainly rotation players or have been somewhat inconsistant. Getting a rock like Thompson to stick at 4-3 nose tackle would make everyone around him better including Chicago's fine edge rushers.

19. Philadelphia - from Arizona: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
I believe McClellin is a fantastic fit for Philadelphia's defense as he can hold his own in coverage but brings the abilty to rush the passer in blitzes. You could use Cole and McClellin interchangably in the Mike and Sam spots and and do alot of different coverages and blitzes with them in Philly's attacking 4-3.

20. Tennessee: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
The Titans may lose their top corner through free agency and even if they don't Minnifield is a great value here and a scheme fit.

21. Cincinnati: Brandon Washington, G, Miami
After addressing their major need at CB and then getting a luxury pick, Cincinnati goes back to addressing another need. Washington is the highest rated guard and fits their heavy run blocking scheme.

22. Detroit: Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
The Lions have a few other short term left tackle options that free them up to take the injury risk in Datko. He may not be fully healthy this coming season or ever but that fact is what allows Detroit to get a potential long term left tackle here late in the second round.

23. Atlanta: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Silatolu is an upside pick and has a chance to be an elite inside run blocker. I think he has enough athleticism to maybe even kick outside someday but at the very least will be a boon to Atlanta's interior running attack.

24. Pittsburgh: Matt McCants OT, Alabama-Birmingham
It looks like we are on another run here but this time with offensive linemen. McCants is one of the few tackles left with true NFL left tackle potential. They could go with Sanders here but I think McCants offers a bit more physically.

25. Denver: Jamell Fleming CB, Oklahoma
Denver's secondary played well this season but it really getting up there in age. Adding more young corner talent should be a major priority and Fleming fits that bill.

26. Houston: Rueben Randle WR, Louisiana State
I believe Randle is one of the more underrated wideouts in this year's class and will give Houston another true outside reciever opposite Johnson.

27. New Orleans: Bobby Wagner LB, Utah State
Wagner had been shooting up draft boards lately and would fill a need at linebacker for New Orleans. He is a better prospect than any of the offensive or defensive linemen available at this spot.

28. Green Bay: Harrison Smith SS, Notre Dame
I wasn't really sure were to go here so I thought this would be a good spot for the second best strong safety in the class as the Pack could use some safety help.

29. Baltimore: Zebrie Sanders OT, Florida State
Baltimore needs a long term option at left tackle and Sanders is one of the last guys with more than just a chance of becoming an NFL left tackle. There are a few other other guys I like who I could see becoming left tackles but you can draft Sanders with the actual intent of making him a left tackle.

30. San Francisco: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
One of the only things the 49er defense could actually use is some long term corner help. Hosley and some of the other corners have fallen further than I expected in this mock and so he presents good value here.

31. New York Giants: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
The Giants don't really need a tight end but they could certianly fit one in and Allan is way too good of a value here to pass on.

32. New England: Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE, Oklahoma
Lewis is a high motor guy with impresive physcial skills that Bilichick can make use of. He may not be a fantastic edge rusher but he should be a quality outside linebacker in New England's scheme.

Oakland -> New England: Joseph Barksdale and Taiwan Jones
Arizona -> Philadelphia: Kevin Kolb


Round 3

1. Indianapolis: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
2. St. Louis: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
3. Minnesota: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
4. Cleveland: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
5. Tampa Bay: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
6. St. Louis - from Washington: Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
7. Jacksonville: Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
8. Buffalo: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
9. Miami: Lucas Nix, OT/G, Pitt
10. Chicago - from Carolina: Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
11. Kansas City: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
12. Seattle: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
13. Philadelphia: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
14. New York Jets: George Iloka, SS, Boise State
15. Oakland: Trumaine Johnson CB, Montana
16. San Diego: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
17. Chicago: Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami
18. Arizona: Ben Jones C, Georgia
19. Dallas: Billy Winn, DT/DE, Boise State
20. Tennessee: Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
21. Cincinnati: Doug Martin RB, Boise State
22. Atlanta: Ladarius Green TE, UL Lafayette
23. Detroit: Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
24. Pittsburgh: Derek Wolfe, DT/DE, Cincinnati
25. Denver: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
26. Houston: Jared Crick, DT/DE, Nebraska
27. New Orleans: Andre Branch DE, Clemson
28. Green Bay: Kendall Reyes DT/DE, Connecticut
29. Baltimore: Brandon Taylor FS, Louisiana State
30. San Francisco: Philip Blake, C/G, Baylor
31. New York Giants: Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
32. New England: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Minnesota - Sidney Rice: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
Oakland - Nnamdi Asomugha: Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
Oakland - Zach Miller: James Carmon OT, Mississippi State


Round 4

1. St. Louis: Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama
2. Indianapolis: Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College
3. Minnesota: Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
4. Philadelphia - from Tampa Bay: Brandon Brooks OG, Miami (Ohio)
5. Cleveland: Markus Zusevics OT, Iowa
6. Jacksonville: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
7. Washington: Chris Rainey WR/RB, Florida
8. Miami: Josh Norman CB, Coastal Carolina
9. Carolina: Senio Kelemete OG, Washington
10. Buffalo: Tony Bergstrom, OG, Utah
11. Seattle: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
12. Kansas City: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
13. New York Jets: Cam Johnson, DE/OLB, Virginia
14. Washington - from Oakland: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
15. San Diego: Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia
16. Chicago: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
17. Arizona: Brandon Lindsey, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh
18. Dallas: Ryan Miller, G/T, Colorado
19. Philadelphia: Jeff Allen, OG, Illinois
20. Tennessee: Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee
21. Cincinnati: Winston Guy Jr. SS, Kentucky
22. Detroit: Asa Jackson CB, California Poly
23. Cleveland - from Atlanta: Brian Quick WR, Appalachian State
24. Pittsburgh: Derek Dennis, OG, Temple
25. Denver: Kirk Cousins QB, Michigan State
26. Houston: Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
27. New Orleans: Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest
28. Green Bay: Brett Roy, DT/DE/LB, Nevada
29. Buffalo - from Baltimore: Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State
30. San Francisco: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
31. New York Giants: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
32. New England: William Vlachos, C, Alabama
Indianapolis - Clint Session: Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State
Minnesota - Ray Edwards: Kelvin Beachum, OG, Southern Methodist
Oakland - Robert Gallery: Rishaw Johnson OG, California (PA)
Dallas - Stephen Bowen: Tank Carder, ILB, TCU
Green Bay - Cullen Jenkins: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Green Bay - Daryn Colledge: David Molk, C, Michigan
Baltimore - Dawan Landry: Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, NT, Kent State

Atlanta -> Cleveland: Julio Jones
Oakland -> Washington: Jason Campbell
Tampa Bay -> Philadelphia: Luke Stocker
Baltimore -> Buffalo: Lee Evans

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