I have been listening to a few videos and shows today. I have read and watched things Charles Casserly, Mike Mayock, Greg Cossel, Adam Schefter, and Peter King are saying. So based on what they have been saying - I completely agree with what I put in my mock draft - The players that people feel are a "reach" are really good. And yes Coples and Jenkings will fall. McClellin will move up.
I have an updated version of my big board so you can get an idea of what is going on - because I have made some significant changes.
Furthermore - I will update the picks that are causing the most controversy with commentary ext.
Make sure you read up later guys
TO COME IN THE NEXT WEEK:
- Updated consensus big board
- Final final mock draft
- Draft rumors, news, and word around the league - ALL in one place
- Positional rankings
- Summary of team needs.
Based on the consensus big board, team needs, and what I have been hearing around the NFL
And a lot of my gut
A few different ideas - comments are more than welcomed
Of course there are going to be many trades - but at this time I cannot predict them. If I do it will be via a separate draft. This is the NO TRADE version.
- Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck (QB) - Stanford
I don't need to explain this one again
- Washington Redskins - RGIII (QB) - Baylor
I don't need to explain this one again
- Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil (LT) - USC
The Vikings would be absolutely, positively foolish to pass on Kalil. There are teams that are interested in trading up. As of today we are hearing the Eagles, and Rams. The only scenario of the Vikings trading out of this pick is if they receive significant compensation. And I don't see the Vikings doing it unless its a blockbuster trade. Why on earth would they pass on Kalil? I don't get it. I am hoping its a smoke screen for the sake of the organization and Christian Ponder
- Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson (RB) - Alabama
Richardson is the kind of player that you can build an offense around. For the time being the team is happy with what they have with Cold McCoy. But that does not mean they are interested in a QB - possibly Ryan Tannehill. But they will take Richardson over the QB. He is the higher rated player and he is one of the last of the true breed of RBs.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne (CB) - LSU
Claiborne is not as much of an athletic freak as his fellow teammate Patrick Peterson. But he is a better cover corner. He is a pure cover corner, and the best player for the Bucs to take - unless some team bypasses them
- St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon (WR) - Oklahoma St.
Finally Sam Bradford gets a weapon. Some people are saying Floyd is "better" than Blackmon. Yes Floyd is awesome, but NO he is not better. Blackmon is far more fluid, and is a better route runner. His big game performance is also something to be respected
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Melvin Ingram (DE) - South Carolina
Is it just me or are the Jaguars incredibly difficult to mock lately. There are so many stories coming out of the Jacksonville front office. Jaguars need/want an elite pass rusher. Ingram is the best in the class. Furthermore he has clean - no off field issues. He is versatile, he is athletic. He has a little bit of everything. I love Ingram as a player - and I love Ingram on the Jaguars
- Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill (QB) - Texas AM
I was hesitant to draft Tannehill to the Dolphins. Why? Because of how the ownership is feeling right now. Lost Manning, Lost Flynn and now have to "settle" for Tannehill. I don't think it is settling. I really like Tannehill, but he can't start right away. Good thing Matt Moore is there. Furthermore the connection with OC McCarthy can't be ignored
- Carolina Panthers - Fletcher Cox (DT) - Mississippi St.
I don't see Poe going to the Panthers. Cox is moving up draft boards as the consensus top rated DT in the class. He is a play-maker and can rush the passer as well as stop the run. He had a good pro-day and his tape does not lie.
- Buffalo Bills - Riley Reiff (OT) - Iowa
It took me forever to finally decide and settle on the Bills taking Riley Reiff - which I am mocking, and which I think will happen in the draft. I so badly want to mock Michael Floyd here. But than I thought about this, I thought A LOT. Nix takes the BPA according to their big board - there is no doubt about that. Just when they took Spiller over Baluga. So some may ask, if the Bills passed on Baluga why would they pick Reiff? Reiff is better rated, and in this years draft is a top 10 rated offensive tackle. Some say he can't play the left side - that is a pile of poop. He can play both sides, he is very well taught, and fills a need for the Bills. Floyd is SO ATTRACTIVE HERE BUT - there are a few off field concerns. Reiff has the talent but is also the type of player that will be at the meetings first, puts in the off field effort, does everything he can do be successful. Nix will choose that over Floyd
- Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro (G) - Stanford
Poe is a possibility here - but I have another player in mind for the Chiefs at NT. I love DeCastro. The Chiefs need help on the offensive line. Not only that - they have Peyton Hillis in the backfield, and a speedster RB returning from injury. Decastro will open up some massive holes for those players. DeCastro has been compared to Steve Hutchinson by some.
- Seattle Seahawks - Luke Kuechley (LB) - BC
1 - I LOVE Luke. He is the man. Second - Carrol will absolutely love not only how good Luke is, but what he brings to the table as a team leader and person. This is a perfect marriage. Plus - the Seahawks just lost their starting ILB. Don't be surprised though, if Luke is taken earlier.
- Arizona Cardinals - Michael Floyd (WR) - Notre Dame
Ever since Anquan left, the offense has been off. So does the departure of Kurt Warner. But the Cardinals got Levi Brown back in the business. Floyd is extremely talented and will help take pressure off of Fitzgerald and give Kolb another weapon to work with. Kolb will have a break out season - watch out for him and this offense.
- Dallas Cowboys - Dontari Pie (NT) - Memphis
Cowboys love Poe. Poe also makes sense for a Rob Ryan defense - and help free up all the pass rushers. Love it.
- Philadelphia Eagles - Mark Barron (SS) - Alabama
Eagles fans - remember a player named Bryan Dawkins? Miss him? Many people believe the Eagles will take a DT, apparently because of Andy Reid's history. Forget that. Mark Barron is awesome. He has elite skills and can do everything on the field. He might even creep into the top 10 of the big board before the draft. I love this pick for the Eagles. They can snag a DT and LBs later.
- New York Jets - Courtney Upshaw (DE/OLB) - Alabama
Jets need a pass rusher - and Upshaw seams to be a perfect match for a Rex Ryan defense. Also Upshaw is a really good player - ignore what people are saying about his stock dropping.
- Cincinnati Bengals - Cordy Glenn (OT/OG) - Georgia
Bengals need to get a CB - but first they take Cordy Glenn, the consensus 2nd rated G in the draft. Can also player OT. He is versatile, big, and strong. Plus the Bengals have a need at G.
- San Diego Chargers - Michael Brockers (DT) - LSU
This pick will cause a lot of controversy. Work with me here. Brockers is the BPA at this point. The Chargers need help on the defense - more so at 3-4 OLB aka a pass rusher. But Brockers can play the 5 tech for the Chargers and rush the passer from there. His presence also frees up the player behind him. Works for me.
- Chicago Bears - Whitney Merciles (DE) - Illinois
Bears were interested in Mario Williams and need someone to team up with Julius Peppers. I really like Merciles. This pick was between Mercilis and Chandler Jones, but at the end I went with Merciles because I think he compliments Peppers quite well. I love his speed and athletic ability.
- Tennessee Titans - Stephon Gilmore (CB) - South Carolina
The Titans lost a lot of their secondary - and need to reload. Gilmore is make his way up boards as the draft approaches. He may even be ranked the #2 corner in the draft - ahead of Kirkpatrick.
- Cincinnati Bengals - Dre Kirkpatrick (CB) - Alabama
The Bengal's get a starting left guard, and still get a top tier CB to reload their secondary.
- Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden (QB) - Oklahoma St.
A pick that many of you may not agree with - but I love Weeden. The WR class is deep this year - and the Browns are in a good position to draft a receiver in the beginning of the second round. There will be other teams interested in Weeden and could move into the bottom of the 1st to snag him. It will give McCoy competition, and he fits the west coast system well. He has the maturity and ability to start immediately if need be. This draft ideology is similar to what the Bengals did last year - taking Green followed by Dalton. In this case the Browns go top tier RB, and QB.
- Detroit Lions - Jonathan Martin (OT) - Stanford
Martin - ranked as a top tier LT falls to the hands of the Lions who finally get a chance to protect Matthew Stafford's weak side. This team's success has everything to do with how well Stafford plays, and keeping him on the field.
- Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Adams (OT) - Ohio St.
The Steelers front office specifically said they want to reload their offensive line - and Adams fits the bill. I think he is a great fit for the Steelers. Hightower is also a possibility here - but we saw how the Steelers offense struggled a result from weak offensive line play.
- Denver Broncos - Kendall Wright (WR) - Baylor
Kendall Wright is the top rated player available at this point. Yes it is surprising to see him fall, but its the way things happen sometimes. The Broncos could go DT here - but instead they give Peyton Manning another weapon. Wright can stretch the field opposite of Thomas. DT can come later - this is a deep class.
- Houston Texans - Stephen HIll (WR) - Georgia Tech
What happens when Andre Johnson gets injured? The passing attack falls apart. Everyone is mokcing Hill to the Texans - and why not? We have seen how well some recent WR from G Tech have done in the NFL. Texans could use a weapon across from Johnson.
- New England Patiots - Chandler Jones (DE) - Syracuse
Chandler Jones in my opinion is the most raw, talented, and versatile defensive lineman in this class. His dimensions are awesome. He has a HUGE arm length. He is a freak athlete. He can play the 4-3 DE, 3-4OLB, or bulk up to become a 5-tech. He is used to playing in the cold. He has a great motor and work ethic. He is a perfect fit for the Patriots and what they want to do on defense.
- Green Bay Packers - Nick Perry (DE/OLB) - USC
The thought of pairing up former USC pass rusher clay matthews, with this years USC pass rusher Nick Perry is exciting. It will instantly improve their pass rush. The Packers could also go 5 Tech here - but I think Perry is too athletic to pass on. Him and Matthews will wreck havoc in the NFC
- Baltimore Ravens - Donta Hightower (ILB) - Alabama
I really hope this pick happens. Hightower has massive talent. And Ray Lewis needs a successor. Raw Lewis can mold Hightower into the perfect Ravens ILB.
- San Francisco 49ers - Devon Still (DT) - Penn St.
The 49ers are built through their scary defense. Their defensive line is awesome. But they need depth. And taking the BPA, and taking someone to back up current 3-4 DE's is a great idea for the team. The 49ers have the luxury to take the BPA and create more depth on an already awesome defensive unit.
- New England Patriots - Peter Konz (C) - Wisconsin
Konz is the BPA. Patriots need to add more talent to their offensive line. Furthermore Connely is better suited as a G. Konz has great bloodlines. Another rock solid pick for the Patriots
- New York Giants - Bobby Massie (OT) - Mississippi
The Giants need to improve their offensive line. Massie is moving up the boards. I love him. He is athletic, talented, and can play both the left and right side. McKenzie, Diehl, and Ugoh at starting tackles for the Giants? NO That cannot happen. They can snag a RB later. First improve the line.
ROUND 2 (Will not give as much of a explanation unless I feel like I need to)
- St. Louis Rams - Jerel Worth (DT) - Michihgan St.
Rams need a DT, Worthy is the BPA available, perfect fit.
- Indianapolis Colts - Coby Fleener (TE) - Stanford
A QB's best friend is his TE. Luck get's his favorite weapon from Stanford. They won't skip a beat in the NFL.
- Minnesota Vikings - Alson Jeffery (WR) - South Carolina
Vikings need a big, athletic, big time WR for Ponder
- Tampa Bay Bucs - Doug Martin (RB) - Boise St.
Martin has a very balanced game. He runs a lot like Blount. And he doesn't have those off field concerns
- Cleveland Browns - Mohamed Sanu (WR) - Rutgers
Like I said, the Browns will get a WR for their QBs
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Reuben Randle (WR) - LSU
Gabbert needs a WR to stretch the field. Randle is fast.
- St. Louis Rams - Kelechi Osemele (OT/OG) - Iowa St.
Rams are saying they are not interested in selecting an offensive lineman. But they have to - esp with two tackles with injury issues. Osemele is versatile. Can play guard and RT. Protect Bradford they must.
- Carolina Panthers - Quinton Coples (DE) - UNC
Coples is extremely talented but has issues with his work ethic. He is the BPA available at this point by far. He drops this far bc of his off field concerns. But the Panthers take him and are jumping with joy. There are good veteran players on this team - but I think Cam Newton keeps this kid straight and motivates him to be awesome - just like Newton did in his first season in the NFL
- Buffalo Bills - Janoris Jenkins (CB) - Florida/North Alabama
Jenknins also drops because of off field concerns. Nix drafts according to BPA. And although Nix is hesitant to taking players with off field issues - Jenkins is a starting caliber, potentially elite CB. The Bills have a solid locker room, full of mature, blue collar, veteran leaders. Why not? Best case scenario - He cleans up and becomes a starter. Worst case - well can he be worst than McKelvin?
- Miami Dolphins - Zebrie Sanders (OT) - Florida St.
Need a RT.
- Seattle Seahawks - Andre Branch (DE) - Clemson
Still get a pass rusher
- Kansas City Chiefs - Alameda Ta'amu (NT) - Washington
I told you the Chiefs will get their NT.
- Dallas Cowboys - Kevin Zeitler (G) - Wisconsin
Improve the OL, protect Tony Romo
- Philadelphia Eagles - Lavonte David (OLB) - Nebraska
- New York Jets - Lamar Miller (RB) - Miami
LT is gone. Shonn Green needs a partner to run with. Miller is the top rated player at this point.
- New England Patriots - Brandon Thompson (DT) - Clemson
Strong, versatile DT falls to the PAtriots
- San Diego Chargers - Mitchell Schwartz (OT) - California
Chargers sitll have issues on their offensive line
- Chicago Bears - Amini Silatolu (OG) - Midwestern St.
Continue to improve their offensive line
- Philadelphia Eagles - Zach Brown (OLB) - UNC
Eagles strike gold with the top two rated 4-3 OLB in the draft. LBs are all set for the Eagles now.
- Tennessee Titans - Vinny Curry (DE) - Mashall
Titans get their pass rusher
- Cincinnati Bengals - Doug Wilson (RB) - V Tech
Replace their aging RB
- Detroit Lions - Alfonzo Dennard (CB) - Nebraska
Lions snag a CB to improve a bad secondary
- Atlanta Falcons - Dwayne Allen (TE) - Clemson
Gonzalez is getting old. Allen is the BPA available at this point. He can sit and learn behind Tony. Also - the multiple TE set is becoming more popular in the NFL
- Pittsburgh Steelers - Ronnell Lewis (LB) - Oklahoma
No more James Farrior - need a replacement
- Denver Broncos - Kendall Reyes (DT) - Connecticut
Told you they would get a top tier DT
- Houston Texans - Josh Chapman (NT) - Alabama
Texans need a true NT for their 3-4 defense. It will free up all their pass rushers.
- New Orleans Saints - Jared Crick (DE) - Nebraska
Spagnuola's defense relies on a big defensive line with big strong DEs. Jared Crick is a stout run blocker and a good pass rusher. He will join forces with Cam Jordan to create a bigger and better defensive line.
- Green Bay Packers - Shea McClellin (OLB) - Nebraska
I don't think Shea will last this long. He is a first round talent - and the Packers are obsessed with him. They could even take him in the first round. We will learn more as the draft approaches. But I do this according to the big board.
- Baltimore Ravens - Harrison Smith (SS) - Notre Dame
Ravens need depth and talent at the safety position. Harrison Smith is actually a steal at this point. Many scouts LOVE him.
- San Francisco 49ers - Orsan Charles (TE) - Georgia
Love the multiple TE set. Charles is really athletic - kind of like a makeshift WR.
- New England Patriots - Brandon Boykin (CB) - Georgia
Improvement in their secondary
- New York Giants - Chris Polk (RB) - Washington
Jacobs is gone, and Bradshaw recently got a bone marrow injection. He is also aging. They need a bruiser to replace the loss of Jacobs. The Giants are built on the running game - Polk will fit in perfectly - especially with Massie clearing holes for him.