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Mock Draft 2.0

Mock draft 2.0. Now with a 2nd round, some changes, and some explanations on my picks. Feedback please.

Round 1

  • Indianapolis- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: The Colts made this the lock right now, after cutting Peyton Manning. The goal after this pick will be to move with the 3-4 defense, while adding pieces after Luck on the offensive end.
  • Washington- Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor: After the Redskins picked up this pick in the trade, the Redskins will go and select Griffin. After winning 5 games last season, the Skins could be a potential playoff team in a season or two.
  • Minnesota- Matt Kalil, OT, USC: The Vikings could use some defense help, but I think the goal should be to protect Christian Ponder, and Kalil could do just that.
  • Cleveland- Quinton Couples, DE, North Carolina: The Browns have plenty of picks, and could use a great defensive end opposite of Sheard. The Browns have plenty of options at WR and RB, but not starting choices in DE.
  • Tampa Bay- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: The Bucs are looking for another DB who can replace Barber and potentially Talib. Wright is good, but Claiborne has more upside as a number CB.
  • St. Louis- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St: The Rams made some strong moves to help the offensive line and defense line. Now, it's time to add more weapons for Bradford, what better then the best WR in the draft?
  • Jacksonville- Riley Rieff, OT, Iowa: Odd pick, but with Gabbert very jumpy, you need some help for the offensive line. Reiff and/or Britton have the ability to play both guard and tackle positions, providing some stability to the offensive line.
  • Miami- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: Pretty sad, but the Dolphins will have to reach and take a QB. With Garrard and Moore, the Dolphins can sit Tannehill for a half a season and groom him.
  • Carolina- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: The Panthers love him, he has alot of upside, and he will get the DT spot from day one. The 21 year old Brockers will be someone interesting to watch because he's not a finished project.
  • Buffalo- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Not a fan of Mark Anderson, and you can never have too many pass rusher. Ingram at this low price could be a steal and another piece who can get to Brady, Moore/Tannehill, and Tebow/Sanchez
  • Kansas City- Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis: The Chiefs made many moves in FA, to the point where they can take Poe for the plug-in piece to the defensive line, and help them get to the QB.
  • Seattle- Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College: The Seahawks could use a reliable upgrade from Leroy Hill, and Kuechly could be that guy. His ability to react to the defense, as well as being a leader could be huge to the defense.
  • Arizona- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: After adding Synder and resigning Brown, the Cards could use one more piece on the offensive line, and DeCastro is it. DeCastro can play both LG and RG and be effective.
  • Dallas- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia: The Cowboys have the running game, but not the blockers inside. Glenn could be someone who can vault the Cowboys running game up with his great run blocking ability.
  • Philadelphia- Devon Still, DT, Penn St: The Eagles have some average DT and could use at least someone who can rotate in and out. Why not bring in a hometown kid who can at least get to the QB?
  • New York Jets- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: The Jets and Bengals can swap picks right now, but I think the Jets will clamor over a pass rusher who they can get their hands on and Upshaw would be that guy.
  • Cincinnati- Trent Richardson, RB, Albama: Yes, they sign BGE, but Trent Richardson is the best RB in the draft, and in a division where you play Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland, it gets cold, and you need a strong running game. Richardson gives you that.
  • San Diego- Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois: Chargers added Jarrett Johnson, but he's more for the run game. Mercilus can join English as pass rushing backups who can get to the QB and be a force on the outside.
  • Chicago- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: J'Marcus Webb sucks, and Gabe Carimi could be flipped on any part of that line. Martin can be another guy who can be a LT or RT and be effective. He's probably more RT.
  • Tennessee- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: The Titans could use an upgrade at C and Konz is just sitting for them on the board. Konz can start right away and be an upgrade, as well as someone who can push Amano back to guard.
  • Cincinnati- Mark Barron, S, Alabama: The Bengals added Reggie Nelson, but Chris Crocker is upgradeable, making space for Mark Barron, who's hard-hitting and leadership could push Mike Zimmer for this pick.
  • Cleveland- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: The Browns, after taking a DE, could use a WR who can help Greg Little on the outside. Floyd could go higher, but CLE actually fits him as a team who runs a west coast offense.
  • Detroit- Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: The Lions brought back Jeff Backus, but there's no reason not to add another offensive tackle who can come in and play some swing tackle, and eventually move in the LT spot.
  • Pittsburgh- Dre Kirpatrick, CB, Alabama: After Adams goes off the board, the Steelers can use a DB who can eventually replace Ike Taylor. Kirkpatrick can play either CB or S and be effective in two to three years.
  • Denver- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St: The Broncos, with Manning now could look more towards defense. After losing Bunkley, the Broncos could go and add a DT in FA, but adding Worthy is just as important for depth and youth.
  • Houston- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: The Texans could use another WR who can catch the ball outside Johnson and TE Daniels. Wright slips down the draft, and Houston can take him to catch and stretch the field.
  • New England- Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers: The Pats will add a WR, even with the Brandon Lloyd addition. Sanu fits as a bigger target, who can get the ball out the sky. While he isn't a blazer, he can be someone who can catch 80-100 balls in his prime.
  • Green Bay- Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson: Thompson likes those bigger players, so Branch is someone on his board. With the want to upgrade opposite of Clay, Branch is an viable option to be a pass rusher from day one.
  • Baltimore- Kevin Zietler, OG, Wisconsin: The Ravens lost Ben Grubbs, so the guard spot could be something that needs an upgrade. Zietler could be someone who can start from day one.
  • San Francisco- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: The Niners brought back everyone on defense, so this pick can go offense. Hill is a project, but a year with Moss and Manningham, as well as Crabtree could help him moving forward as a deep threat.
  • New England- Nick Perry, OLB, USC: The Pats have Cunningham, but after that? No one to speak off. Perry bring some question marks traveling East, but Hoodie will play him at DE and OLB and find out where he can be effective.
  • New York Giants- Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama: Jonathan Goff will be back, and Chase Blackburn will be given another chance, but Hightower should be the pick because of his ability to be a starter from day one.

Round 2

  • St. Louis- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: Rams did add Finnegan, but he's older. Gilmore has #1 CB upside and can be a starter from day one opposite of Finnegan for Jeff Fisher
  • Indianapolis- Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina: Weapon over defense for now at least. Even with Reggie Wayne resigning, the Colts could use a young WR with upside, and Jeffrey fits the bill.
  • Minnesota- Ruben Randle, WR, LSU: Obvious pick, the Vikings, after giving Ponder someone in front of him, give him a weapon who can come in and be a solid possession WR.
  • Tampa Bay- David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech: Blount had an average season, and Lumpkin left. Wilson is underrated, and can come in and be the backup who can supplant 10-12 carries in the offense.
  • Cleveland- Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina: Cleveland can use some help on the defensive end, and Brown can come in and be a good coverage OLB in that defense, and a starter in 2012-2013.
  • Jacksonville- Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall: Again, the WR didn't fall to JAX, and they won't reach. They kept Mincey, but they can use Curry, who's ability to get to the QB will be coveted by Gene Smith.
  • St. Louis- Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska: The Rams could use some youth at this position and David has been rising through the draft, and could be a good backup for next season, with starter upside.
  • Carolina- Kelechi Oslmele, OG, Iowa St: Panthers can use someone on the offensive line to protect Cam Newton. Good thing about Oslmele is that he can play guard, but also step out and play some right tackle.
  • Buffalo- Colby Fleener, TE, Stanford: The Bills could use another catcher who can stretch the field, and with Fleener on the board, this is a match made in heaven.
  • Miami- Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame: The Dolphins cut Bell last week, so something tells me they could be looking to target a S for his replacement rather early, look no further then Smith, another riser.
  • Seattle-Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn: The Seahawks have some pieces on the defensive line, but this is for depth. Reyes could be a backup for Jones, or even step out and play some DE at times in the 3-4.
  • Kansas City-Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma: Justin Houston was good, but he was also inconsistent at times. Lewis could be someone who can be a OLB at times, and even take a step inside opposite of Derrick Johnson.
  • Dallas- Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech: Even with the addition of Brandon Carr, the Cowboys need to attack this position early in the draft. Not only does Hosley fit the mold of a #2 cornerback, but he can also be someone who can return punts as well.
  • Philadelphia- Tony Bergstrom, G/T, Utah: The Eagles love offensive linemen prospects, and Bergstrom's ability to play both guard and tackle gives the Eagles someone with upside, who can play multiple spots on the offensive line.
  • New York Jets- Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State: Wayne Hunter is trash as a RT starter, he's better as a backup. The Jets need to add someone who can at least steal snaps from him this year, and eventually replace him next season.
  • New England- Brandon Thompson, DE, Clemson: The Pats could use some more beef on the defensive line and Thompson is just laying up on the board for them to take. He can be a 4-3 DT, or a 3-4 DE, something the Pats covet.
  • San Diego- Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette: Antonio Gates is getting up there, and the Chargers could be inclined to add one. Who's better then a 6-6 target with good hands? Green will go a little bit higher then people think.
  • Chicago- Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson: After giving up Greg Olsen last year, a TE is needed to help Jay Cutler. Allen has some upside as a pass catcher, and with Marshall and Bennett there, he won't be relied on too much.
  • Philadelphia- Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State: The Eagles always take a QB and develop him, and I think Cousins is someone the Eagles could be interested in.
  • Tennessee- Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia: The Titans added Wimbley, but they can still use another pass rusher. Cam Johnson can come in right away and put a fire under Derrick Morgan, who's struggled in his two seasons.
  • Cincinnati- Philip Blake, C/G, Baylor: The Bengals could use someone who can just provide depth in the middle of the offensive line, and anytime you can get someone who can play center, you should make that move.
  • Detroit- Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State: After getting offensive line help, the Lions could use someone who can play with Louis Delmas. Martin is someone who can hit the QB, just as well as being effective breaking up passes.
  • Atlanta- Bobby Wagner, OLB/ILB, Utah State: The Falcons lost Lofton, so they can use someone who can play inside linebacker. Bobby Wagner can be someone who can provide some upside and be effective inside and out.
  • Pittsburgh- Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State: Steelers always find away to capture a solid pass rusher in the draft. With James Harrison getting older, the Steelers could use the 2nd or 3rd round to acquire a rotational pass rusher.
  • Denver- Mike Martin, DT, Michigan: Again, the Broncos could use some help at the defensive end spot. With no one of note on the roster, the Broncos could double dip at the defensive tackle spot, and Martin would be another piece.
  • Houston- Alameda Ta'amu, DT/NT, Washington: Shaun Cody is the NT for the Texans. This isn't a need, but anytime you can get a Nose tackle, you have to do it. There isn't many guys in the draft like Ta'amu
  • Green Bay- Trumaine Johnson, FS/CB, Montana: The Packers could use another piece in the secondary and Jackson's ability to play safety and corner means he will get on the field early in 2012.
  • Baltimore- Lamar Miller, RB, Miami: The Ravens don't want to get into a bad situation with Ray Rice, and Miller could be the replacement for Williams, who retired this offseason. Miller can work his way into 10-15 carries.
  • San Francisco- Derek Wolfe, DE, Cincinnati: The 49ers could use some depth and youth at that DE spot with McDonald and Justin Smith as starters.
  • New England- Doug Martin, RB, Boise St: The Pats love these gadget players, and Martin provides a upside as a 3rd down back who can also return punts.
  • New York Giants- Chris Polk, RB, Washington: Giants could use another running back now that Jacobs was let go. Polk is a slight reach, but provides some value as a backup for the upcoming season.
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