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Quick n' Dirty First Round Mock

Some of the these picks don't need an explanation, some do. That's why some have them, and some don't. If you think a pick is just flat-out crazy for (one or more of) your team(s), then I'm all ears (eyes?). I didn't mock any further trades beyond what has already been confirmed.

  1. Indianapolis Colts: A. Luck, QB
  2. Washington Redskins (through St. Louis): R. Griffin III, QB
  3. Minnesota Vikings: M. Kalil, OT
  4. Cleveland Browns: J. Blackmon, WR - The Browns' receivers have terrible hands. They have no hope of catching up once they fall behind, giving their comparatively stout defense no margin of error. I expect them to spend Days 1 and 2 of the draft upgrading their offense, starting with a talented WR with excellent hands who has demonstrated the ability to gobble up yards after the catch.
  5. Tampa Bay Bucs: M. Claiborn, CB - They could go Richardson here, but I think they shore up their secondary to reduce the number of track meet games they are involved in.
  6. St. Louis Rams (through Washington): T. Richardson, RB - I have no reason to doubt the reports that the Rams covet Richardson. Most experts agree that he is a can't-miss guy. Also opens up the possibility of them trading Jackson (perhaps mid-season or next off season), allowing them to get value from him before his production falls off.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: M. Floyd, WR - It's not complicated at all, the Jags really need someone to open things up and score some points so that their above average defense and fantastic running back can affect the game more.
  8. Miami Dolphins: R. Tannehill, QB
  9. Carolina Panthers: F. Cox, DT
  10. Buffalo Bills: R. Reiff, OT - The Bills need enough help on the o-line that if Reiff cannot cut it as a LT, it won't be a total loss as he can move to RT or perhaps even OG.
  11. Kansas City Chiefs: D. DeCastro, OG - Projected to be a rock-solid pulling guard, he just makes sense for the Chiefs' style of offense.
  12. Seattle Seahawks: M. Ingram, DE
  13. Arizona Cardinals: M. Adams, OT
  14. Dallas Cowboys: M. Barron, SS
  15. Philadelphia Eagles: L. Kuechley
  16. New York Jets: W. Mercilus, OLB - The search continues for a pass rusher who can produce on his own.
  17. Cincinnati Bengals (through Oakland): S. Gilmore, CB - Can fight for a starting job at CB, or could get a year to develop while still contributing. Can also compete as a punt returner, which could easily bump Brandon Tate off the roster entirely, opening up a spot for a young receiver.
  18. San Diego Chargers: C. Upshaw, OLB
  19. Chicago Bears: Q. Coples, DE
  20. Tennessee Titans: D. Kirkpatrick, CB
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: M. Brockers, DT - The Bengals use a rotational d-line, and Brockers would seriously beef up the inside pass rush. He would be a great complement to Geno Atkins, and solidify that DT group with two run stuffers and two pass rushers.
  22. Cleveland Browns (through Atlanta): B. Weeden, QB - If the Browns go with Blackmon, they would have to take a long, hard look at Weeden. He's mature, experienced and is just flat-out better than McCoy. His timing and trust are already established with Blackmon, making this pair a just-add-water upgrade to the entire Browns' passing game. He might be there at the top of the 2nd, but then again he might not, so I have them pulling the trigger here.
  23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB - Desperate need for secondary help and recent reports that they are not concerned about guys who "do the marijuana" lead me to think that if Gilmore and Kirkpatrick are gone, the Lions will be the ones to roll the dice on a very talented Jenkins.
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: D. Poe, DT - This is Hampton's replacement over the long term.
  25. Denver Broncos: C. Fleener, TE - I assume that they are going to look for weapons for Peyton, and between Fleener, Hill and Wright I think Fleener makes the most sense for the Broncos. He is big, athletic and can probably work from the slot or even outside if need be.
  26. Houston Texans: S. Hill, WR
  27. New England Patriots (through New Orleans): D. Still, DT
  28. Green Bay Packers: P. Konz, C - When you need a center and the best one in the draft is still available to you at #28, you run, not, walk to the podium to pull the lever.
  29. Baltimore Ravens: D. Hightower, ILB - I'm sure the Ravens will be happy to give Hightower a chance to learn from Ray Lewis, who was considering retirement as recently as this year.
  30. San Francisco 49ers: C. Glenn, OG/OT
  31. New England Patriots: A. Branch, DE
  32. New York Giants: Z. Brown, LB - The Giants have an outstanding d-line and safety group, but I think they are still working out the kinks at 'backer.

OK that's it. Let's hear it.

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