I want to thank everyone for the feedback on my last mock. I think I was a little over zealous with the amount of trading in the last draft. This time I had fewer trades and I think I have slotted players better.1. Colts - Luck (QB, Stanford)
After Luck's pro day it looks like there is no debate between him and Griffen.
The Redskins better hope Griffen works out or they will be in the cellar for years. I think he will tear the league up, but its not sure thing, nothing ever is.
3. Vikings - Kalil (OT, USC)
Better protection for Ponder, better run blocking for Peterson...no brainer.
4. Cleveland - Claibourne (CB, LSU)
Really want to pick Richardson here, but Holmgren may opt for better positional value. The Browns are desperate for offense, but they can find a running back in the 2nd round. This will give them an elite tandem.
5. Dolphins - Blackmon (WR, Oklahoma St) [TRADE: 8th overall, 3rd & 4th rounder to Bucs]
The Dolphins off-season has been a disaster so far. They really have to salvage things so I can see them jumping the Rams in order to replace Marshall with Blackmon. I think they will target Weeden in the 2nd round so it could be a nice reunion in Miami.
6. Rams - Ingram (DE, South Carolina)
The Rams got jumped so now they opt to take the best pass rusher in the draft. The Giants proved twice that have multiple pass rushers can be the kryptonite to defeating elite QBs. They are still in good shape to get a LT and WR with their next two picks.
7. Jags - Coples (DE, North Carolina)
Pass rusher is their only option at this slot as there is no WR worthy at 7. The Jags need a consistent edge rusher and Coples could be that guy for them.
8. Buccaneers - Richardson (RB, Alabama)
This is a good place for Richardson to go, especially after they boosted the offensive line in the off-season. They have Blount, but the Vikings had Chester Taylor when they drafted Peterson.
9. Panthers - Jenkins (CB, North Alabama)
The Panthers have a tough division and need to stop the likes of the Saints and Falcons and their many weapons. I think Jenkins is easily a top 15 talent and borderline top 10 talent, so I don't see this as a reach.
10. Bills - Kuechly (LB, Boston College)
Best player available, should be able to play him all over the field. They can play him at SAM LB, which is a huge need for them and then keep him in has the mike on 3rd downs when they take Sheppard out.
11. Chiefs - Cox (DE, Mississippi St)
The Chiefs have a lot of great pieces on defense. One thing they are missing though is that Justin Smith, JJ Watt, Richard Seymour type that can consistently disrupt the backfield as a 5 technique. It will directly and indirectly result in a greater pass rush for KC. Dorsey, who is great against the run, isn't suited for the 5 technique and it shows as he offers no pass rush. Cox could be used as a 3rd down rusher his rookie year and take over for Dorsey full time next season after his contract is up. Someone mentioned Cox looks the best on tape out of all the defensive tackles so I had a look and I see what they were talking about.
12. Seahawks - Upshaw (DE, Alabama)
The Seahawks opt for a pass rusher, Upshaw will be a great fit for them.
13. Cardinals - Reiff (OT, Iowa)
This would work out great for Arizona as this is a pretty fair place for Reiff to go and they won't have to reach for Martin. Fixing the offensive line has got to be their number one priority in this draft.
14. Cowboys - Barron (SS, Alabama)
I've seen a lot of mock draft place Barron in the late first and I don't think that is fair at all. The guy produced like crazy at Alabama. People have DeCastro going here, but I've researched it and a guard has never gone in the top 15, ever. Barron will also bring the wood when it comes to the run game, you really can't dismiss what an elite safety can bring to a team.
I know, I know, the hoodie never trades up in the 1st. Except, that isn't true. He has traded up in the past to secure elite defensive talent like Wilfork and Warren before. Their secondary cost them the Super Bowl and its not going to get fixed staying put in the late first. Its time to finally use those damn picks and get a potential shut down corner. Reid will probably want to trade down after Barron goes off the board, I think that is who he wants.
16. Jets - Poe (DE/NT, Memphis)
I think Rex will see another Ngata in Poe. The Jets are a team that would take a risk like this and Ryan probably believe he can motivate him. Ngata took plays off in college as well and that is a reason he fell as far as he did.
17. Bengals - DeCastro (G, Stanford)
Steve Hutchinson went at 17 so its only fitting that DeCastro go at 17 too. This would be a great pickup by the Bengals and help them to re-establish their power running game.
18. Chargers - Brockers (DE, LSU)
The Chargers would love Brockers falling to them at 18 as they need a replacement for Castillo who they recently cut ties with.
19. Bears - Konz (C, Wisconsin)
This would be a great pickup for the Bears as they need to protect Cutler from pressure up the middle from the likes of Williams, Suh, and Raji.
20. Titans - Mercilus (DE, Illinois)
The Titans desperately need to find a pass rush as they had the second fewest sacks in the league. I went for Mercilus here as I think he is a better pass rusher than Branch.
21. Bengals -Floyd (WR, Notre Dame)
Jerome Simpson could face jail time and suspensions following his conviction. I don't think he that good anyway and why not give Dalton another big target to throw to. It would take pressure off Green. Look for them to target a change of pace back in the 2nd or 3rd round, their offense could be something special.
22. Browns - Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M)
No one wants Tannehill because he isn't a sure thing like Griffen or Luck, but there is reason he has a 1st round grade. He has a lot of athleticism, great arm strength, and good pocket awareness. He will have to work on his accuracy, but I think Cleveland would be a perfect place for him to go. He won't have to start right away, since they have McCoy, and their offensive scheme would fit him nicely.
23. Lions - Branch (DE, Clemson)
Best player available. He can play full time left defensive end for them and give them some leverage with Avril who they tagged. Also, Vanden Bosch isn't getting any younger. The Lions will have to find a 2nd tier CB in round 2.
24. Steelers - Hightower (ILB, Alabama)
A replacement for Farrior, its a great fit and will help maintain Pittsburgh's amazing LB corp.
25. Broncos - Worthy (DT, Michigan St)
The Broncos biggest need is a defensive tackle, this might be a slight reach, but Worthy should be able to help stop the run early.
26. Rams - Martin (OT, Stanford) [TRADE: 33rd overall, 4th, swap 5th rounders to Texans]
The Rams desperately need to find a blindside protector for Bradford. I think they trade up just in case someone else sneaks into the first to grab an OT. This would allow them to cut ties with Smith's horrible contract and solidify the line. They should be able to find a WR with the pick they got for Griffen like Sanu out of Rutgers who will remind Fisher of Britt.
27. Patriots - Still (DT, Penn St)
This is a lock to be a defensive player. I think Bill will like Still's versatility to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4.
28. Packers - Perry (Rush LB, USC)
The Packers need another pass rusher opposite of Matthews and Perry is the best prospect that translates to a 3-4 strong side rush linebacker.
29. Ravens - Glenn (G, Georgia)
This is Grubb's replacement, the Ravens want to maintain their ground game. Glenn could probably step in at LT if need be due to injury.
30. 49ers - Fleener (TE, Stanford)
Harbaugh would love to have Fleener on his team so he can run a match up nightmare for opposing defenses with a killer two TE formation. They went to having one weapon to plenty in one off-season.
31. Eagles - Smith (S, Notre Dame)
I have Smith as a late 1st, early 2nd round prospect. I think Reid will like this kid and see him a player that can help Philly's secondary reach its potential. He will probably play SS in the NFL.
32. Giants - Adams (OT, Ohio St)
This a value pick. They took Beatty out of Connecticut when they had bookend tackles so I could easily see them making this pick with a less stellar offensive line.
33. Texans - Wright (WR/KR, Baylor)
The Texans are stacked, but they could stand to add another weapon for Scaub. Wright will also provide great kick return ability.