With the draft less than 2 weeks away, many prospects continue to rise and many continue to fall. Here is my first 1st round mock. I have one trade being made as the Jets trade up with the Jaguars. The Jets get the #7 overall pick while the Jaguars get the #16 overall as well as the Jets 2nd and 5th round picks in 2012. Feedback is appreciated!
(1.) Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
-Some say RGIII might be the pick but I am not buying it.
(2.) Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
-After giving up loads of draft picks, the Skins draft their franchise QB in Griffin.
(3.) Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, OT Southern California
-Some reports say the Vikings aren’t going to draft Kalil but I just can’t see it unless they trade.
(4.) Cleveland Browns- Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
-Richardson is a rare talent and would instantly improve an offense that averaged 13.6 ppg in 11.
(5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, CB Louisiana State
-The Bucs take the top player on their boards despite signing Eric Wright to a huge deal.
(6.) St. Louis Rams- Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State
-After attempts to trade up and down the Rams fill a need and reach a little for Cox.
-The Jets trade up to get the guy they really want in Ingram.
(8.) Miami Dolphins- Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State
-The Dolphins need a #1 WR after trading Brandon Marshall to the Bears.
(9.) Carolina Panthers- Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
-Coples is a bit risky but has all the tools to be a great player in the NFL.
(10.) Buffalo Bills- Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
-The Bills need a tackle after Demetress Bell left via free agency and signed with the Eagles.
(11.) Kansas City Chiefs- Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
-Tannehill surprisingly falls this far and the Chiefs take their future at quarterback.
(12.) Seattle Seahawks- Luke Kuechly, MLB Boston College
-Kuechly would be a great addition to an already improving defense.
(13.) Arizona Cardinals- David DeCastro, OG Stanford
-DeCastro is one of the safest prospects in this draft as he can do it all.
(14.) Dallas Cowboys- Mark Barron, FS Alabama
-The Cowboys have an awful secondary. Barron will step in from day one.
(15.) Philadelphia Eagles- Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina
-I think Asante Samuel will be traded soon. And DRC won’t be around after 2012.
(16.) Jacksonville Jaguars (from New York Jets)- Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
-The Jaguars not only get extra picks but also get Floyd this late. What a steal.
(17.) Cincinnati Bengals- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
-Kirkpatrick should be able to step in right away and help an average secondary.
(18.) San Diego Chargers- Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB Illinois
-Mercilus would be a great add for the Chargers as they need to improve their pass rush.
(19.) Chicago Bears- Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB Alabama
-Peppers should be able to be that much better with another pass rusher like Upshaw
(20.) Tennessee Titans- Dontari Poe, DT Memphis
-The Titans lost Jason Jones to the Seahawks and will love Poe’s potential.
(21.) Cincinnati Bengals- Cordy Glenn, OG Georgia
-The Bengals lost Livings in free agency to the Cowboys. They help fill the void with Glenn.
(22.) Cleveland Browns- Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech
-The Browns need playmakers and also have no speed at wide receiver. Hill is perfect.
(23.) Detroit Lions- Mike Adams, OT Ohio State
-The Lions need to continue to keep Matthew Stafford healthy. Adams can help with that.
(24.) Pittsburgh Steelers- Dont’a Hightower, ILB Alabama
-The Steelers need to get younger on defense. Hightower could contribute right away.
(25.) Denver Broncos- Michael Brockers, DT Louisiana State
-The Broncos need to improve at defensive tackle and Brockers has loads of potential.
(26.) Houston Texans- Kendall Wright, WR Baylor
-The Texans can take some pressure off of Andre Johnson with this pick.
(27.) New England Patriots- Nick Perry, DE Southern California
-The Patriots have to get better at rushing the passer. Perry can help with that.
(28.) Green Bay Packers- Peter Konz, C Wisconsin
-After losing Scott Wells to the Rams in free agency the Packers need help on the line.
(29.) Baltimore Ravens- Rueben Randle, WR Louisiana State
-The Ravens would have a solid receiving corps with Boldin, Smith, and Randle.
(30.) San Francisco 49ers- Coby Fleener, TE Stanford
-The 49ers continue to add weapons for Alex Smith with the addition of Fleener.
(31.) New England Patriots- Devon Still, DT Penn State
-The Patriots continue to improve their defensive line by taking Still with their second pick.
(32.) New York Giants- Doug Martin, RB Boise State
-Martin has been said to be a top 15 prospect in this draft by some and this also fills a need.