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1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB
A foregone conclusion
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, Qb
Skins traded up for RG3, - no brainer
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, LT
This is another easy pick, finding a quality LT always has to be a priority especially when you have a Young QB.
4. Cleveland Browns: Quinton Coples, DE
The Browns have tons of needs, they could go offense here and get a Blackmon or Richardson. But I think they go Coples, and improve upon a pretty good defense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB
They did get Eric Wright in FA, but he is probably a #2 corner so Claiborne becomes an option. The Bucs could get Trent Richardson here, but they already have a RB in Blount. And I know that the team could have two RBs, but spending a Top 5 pick at the RB position just doesn't offer the same value that Claiborne does. Plus Tampa Bay has a tradition to build on D.
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR
Sam Bradford needs a reliable receiver.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Melvin Ingram, DE
Pass rush or O-Line. Ingram has more value than Reiff here.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB
New QB for a new regime
9. Carolina Panthers: Michael Floyd, WR
This is one of the more interesting picks in this Mock. The Panthers have tons of needs on Defense but I think the Offense is one more playmaker away from being elite because besides Steve Smith can anyone tell me who the #2 or #3 WR is on the Panthers? With this the pick the offense is going to be elite: The O-Line is above-average, Cam Newton is a beast, the RBs are both really good, they have a good TE in Olsen, and now have Two good WRs. From now on out the Panthers can solely focus on defense for the this year and next year and make that elite too.
10. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff, T
With the additions of Mario WIlliams and Mark Anderson the Bills solved their biggest problem. Now they can focus on improving the Offense, and the Bills' biggest need is T on the O-Line. So Reiff is the pick
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, OG
The Chiefs have a good young Defense that is missing a NT, but that can be addressed in later rounds. DeCastro is the best Guard prospect to come around since Hutchinson. This Pick can go a long way in repairing the offensive line.
The Bengals send the #17 overall pick along with their 3, and 5th round picks to move up 5 spots. It hasn't been popular for the Bengals to trade for Richardson, but IMO if Richardson falls out of the top 10 he becomes obtainable for considerably less. An extra 3 and 5 is not too much to send over for a franchise RB since Green-Ellis is not a franchise RB.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, T
Protecting Kolb should be the #1 priority.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
They did get Brandon Carr in FA, but could use another CB. Kirkpatrick also has the skill set to play FS, according to some draft experts.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Flethcer Cox, DT
Andy Reid loves building in the trenches. The Eagles stole DeMeco Ryans from the Texans for a 4th round pick, so Kuechly is no longer the pick here. Cox is, IMO, the best DT in this class and can help collapse the pocket and stuff the run.
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB
The Jet Defense lacked an exterior pass rush. Upshaw should be able to start from Day 1 and help pressure the QB so Rex doesn't have to blitz every other down.
17. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, ILB
A really versatile LB, the Seahawks linebacking core is depleted and the addition of Kuechly could make the loss of Hawthorne bearable.
18. San Diego Chargers: Whitney Mercillus OLB
Pass Rush is the primary concern for this team, especially since Castillo left.
19. Chicago Bears: Janoris Jenkins, CB
The locker room is filled with veteran leadership (aka Urlacher). Jenkins will find himself in a similar situation to Jimmy Smith last year. Jenkins also has the potential to become a shut down corner and further improve the Defense.
20. Tennessee Titans: Michael Brockers, DT
The Titans need to add an interior pass rush, they added an exterior one with Wimbley. The O-Line is also a possibility but the addition of Hutchinson lets the Titans get a DT here.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephen Gilmore, CB
Idk why Gilmore's stock has been rising do much recently but some people have him in the Top 15. As a result I feel complied to put him in this spot, the Bengals desperately need CB help (they can get good Gs in round 2). Gilmore seems to be the BPA (at position) in this scenario so...
22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR
Colt McCoy needs someone to throw the ball to
23. Detriot Lions: TRADE to New England Patriots: Dontari Poe, DT
The Patriots send the #27 overall pick along with their second pick in the second round to the Lions to move up 4 spots. Steelers fans must hate this, and Pats fans must be shocked. The Pats have moved up to grab talent in the draft before so it is not impossible. Bill Bellichek is someone who can get the most out of his defensive players, and Poe has tons of talent. Great Fit
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordy Glenn, G/T
Unfortunately Poe was taken the pick right before them but Glenn is not a bad consolation prize. The O-Line has been woeful in recent years, the addition of Glenn should definitely go a long way in fixing that.
The 49ers send the #31 overall pick along with their 2nd round pick to move up 5 spots. I don't think you can trust Randy Moss for more than 1 season. Hill can take over Moss' role (deep threat) after Moss leaves after 1 year. The 49ers are also in dire need of another WR. Other than WR and OG the 49ers do not have many (if any needs) needs on defense so giving up an extra 2nd is not as burdensome as one may expect.
26. Houston Texans: Devon Still, DT
Further build on their strength, pass rush
27. Detroit Lions: Peter Konz, OC
The Lions need interior Line help and Konz could play either C or G
28. Green Bay Packers: Andre Branch OLB/ DE
The Packers add someone to rush the passer opposite Clay Matthews. The signing of Jeff Saturday also removes the need for a C.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Dont'a Hightower, ILB
Ray Lewis' successor
30. Denver Broncos: Zach Brown, OLB
With rumors that D.J. Williams could be on his way out, adding another OLB should be a priority. Brown is also the best 43 OLB in the draft.
31. New England Patriots: TRADE to Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, SS
The Cowboys send their 2012: 2, 4 2013: 2 picks to New England to move up to #31 overall pick. The Cowboys' secondary was the real weakness of this team and with the additions of Carr, Kirkpatrick and Barron in this draft the Cowboys now have one of the better secondaries in the league.
32. New York Giants: David Wilson, RB
The Giants can have their choice of Rb here (Miller, Martin, WIlson, etc..). WIth the release of Jacobs and the injury woes of Bradshaw the Giants could use another RB. The Giants could also get Jeffrey, but I don't think its wise to spend a 1st round pick on someone who will be your #3 WR (can find quality #3s in the later round).