This is my first mock draft and criticism is appreciated as long as you aren't a douche. Only round 1 to try and see how I do. A few out of the ordinary picks but nothing too ridiculous.
- Andrew Luck QB Stanford
- Colt's already let us know that they plan to take him with the #1 overall and they should.
- RG3 QB Baylor
- If they traded all of those picks for anyone but RG3 I would be flabberghasted.
- Matt Kalil Tackle USC
- The best tackle in the draft. While Claiborne could be an option considering the strength of the passing game in the NFC North, a franchise tackle is an extremely valuable part of a team. I doubt Adrian Peterson would argue with this pick either.
- Trent Richardson RB Alabama
- While there are three very good options for the browns to pick from here, I personally believe they should go RB. Many consider Richardson to be the best back coming out of college since AP, if he truly is that dangerous then I believe it is no question. Claiborne would be nice to pair with Joe Haden but the Browns need offensive help. Blackmon is not even the number 1 overall WR to some and with that in mind I believe you go with the best player. Everyone says that running backs are declining in need, but when you have a good one like LeSean McCoy or AP your team benefits greatly.
- Morris Claiborne CB LSU
- In a passing league, a good CB and pass rusher are important parts of a team and TB snags the best corner to come out of this draft. With Ronde getting up in age and Talib facing legal troubles, Schiano decides to make the safe pick with the BPA and go Claiborne to bolster his pass D for years to come.
- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma St.
- The rams had a decent defense under Spags so I don't believe the rams will reach on one of the top DT's. They lack an offensive weapon for Bradford to throw to and this pick just makes a lot of sense. Giving St. Louis a franchise QB, very good RB in Steven Jackson and now a #1 WR in Blackmon provides them with some offensive firepower.
- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dam
- This pick may be a bit of a reach and I apologize to Jags fans if you disagree. While I do know Jacksonville needs help on defense, this pick is contingent with the Jags having faith in Blaine Gabbart. If they truly believe that he can become a successful QB in this league then they need to give him a WR to throw to. MJD is one of the best RB's in the league, but the problem is that everyone knows that. With a lackluster passing game it allows opposing defenses to be more one dimensional. Floyd is the consensus number 2 WR and according to some scouts better then Blackmon. Melvin Ingram is another player I considered here.
- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
- I don't like this pick. I think it's a reach, but in a QB driven league anything can happen. After last year's draft we saw a few teams "overdraft" QB's but as people have been saying with the Redskins and RG3, if you can grab your franchise QB, overpaying/overdrafting doesn't matter. Tannehill is a very intriguing prospect with great athleticism; the hope is that it translates to the NFL.
- Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi
- I believe Cox is the best DT in this draft and I am sad not to see him slip to the Eagles at 15. That being said, Sean Mcdermott knows the importance of pressure learning from the late great Jim Johnson and Cox gives the Panthers a very dangerous weapon from the DT spot.
10. Buffalo Bills
- Riley Reiff OT Iowa
- With Demetress Bell gone the Bills need to protect Fitzpatrick. The bills showed at the beginning of the season that they can be a force to be reckoned with. Without a good offensive line though, it will be much harder for them to be successful.
11. Kansas City Cheifs
- David DeCastro G Stanford
- The chiefs just signed Peyton Hills and with Jamaal Charles coming off IR, it makes sense to try and bolster the run game. DeCastro is being touted by some as the best guard since Steve Huchinson. With the rookie salary cap allowing more flexibility picking a guard this high isn't out of the question.
12. Seattle Seahawks
- Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
- Another player I would love to see slip to the Eagles, but Kuechly fits perfectly with the Seahawks at 12. He is a tackling machine and the Seahawks need someone to replace David Hawthorne.
- Jonathan Martin T Stanford
- The Cardinals need to protect their QB; whoever it is. Levi Brown being released and then resigned does not give me a lot of confidence in their line and Martin is a good tackle. My secondary pick would have been Malcom Floyd if he was available. I think pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald could be a deadly combination.
14. Dallas Cowboys
- Dontari Poe DT Memphis
- I think the cowboys fall in love with Poe's potential instead of his production. He could be a very disruptive piece of Rob Ryan's defense.
- Quinton Coples DE UNC
- This pick may come as a surprise to some, but with Fletcher Cox and Luke Kuechly off the board this pick becomes almost entirely BPA. Coples is a freak and could be one of the best DE's in the league but has some character concerns. Who better to get the best out of a player and keep them in line then Jim Washburn. The Eagles could use Coples the same way the giants use JPP. He could move inside on passing downs or sub in the rotation with one of the most dangerous defensive lines in the league.
16. New York Jets
- Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
- The question that people keep posing with Ingram is what to do with him. No one denies his talent, but at a tweener size he becomes harder to tell what he will actually do at the NFL level. Rex Ryan is a defensive mastermind and the jets apparently love Ingram, this pick is easy.
- Cordy Glenn OT Georgia
- The Bengals are a team on the rise. They have needs on the O-line and at DB. While the Bengals would probably be happy with Kirkpatrick Glenn may not last until they pick again at 21. He will bolster their OL and give Dalton some protection against those AFC North defenses.
- Mark Barron S Alabama
- Barron is a talented safety, but taking him in the first half of the first round would be a mistake. His rise I feel is more due to the lackluster safety class as opposed to Barron's talent. At 18 the chargers get good value and someone to pair with Weddle.
19. Chicago Bears
- Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
- Hear me out, if it was not for his love of the herb, Jenkins would most likely be a top 10 pick; ask Michael Phelps how much smoking hindered him athletically. Jenkins may be the best cover corner in the draft and I believe the leadership of the Bears defense would be able to keep him under control. If they can they may walk out with the steal of the draft.
20. Tennessee Titans
- Courtney Upshaw DE Alabama
- The Titans need help in the pass rush desperately. They need help at center too but I think it is a bit early to pick Konz.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
- The Bengals walk out of this draft feeling like Charlie Sheen. They fill their two biggest holes in the draft with quality players.
22. Cleveland Browns
- Whitney Mercilus
- The browns need help at both DE and WR. I chose to go with DE based on the fact that the browns can find better value at WR then DE with their next pick. Mercilus is climbing up draft boards and is one of the best 4-3 rushers left.
23. Detroit Lions
- Stephen Gilmore CB South Carolina
- The lions have a big hole at CB and Gilmore is more than adequate to fill it. He provides a great value and a much safer pick in regards to character letting Jim Schwartz lower his weekly Advil budget.
- Dont'a Hightower
- Steelers love linebackers. James Farrior was a very good linebacker for the Steelers. James Farrior doesn't play for the Steelers anymore. Donta was the starting middle linebacker for the best defense in college football last season. It doesn't get much easier than this.
25. Denver Broncos
- Michael Brockers DT LSU
- Finally Brocker's slide stops. Broderick Bunkley was a great help to the interior of the Bronco's defense last year and now that he is gone they have a hole at DT. Brockers provides the run stuffing ability that Bunkley did and as has been my mantra, they can pick up a WR in the second round to make Peyton happy.
26. Houston Texans
- Coby Fleener TE Stanford
- While I know Hill is the popular pick here, I just think Fleener will work better. Hill is too raw to throw in at WR2 and expect immediate success. Fleener is the best TE in this class and we have seen recently how dangerous TE's can be. Hell, if the Texans really want to they could probably put that sub 4.5 speed to use and keep him on the outside permanently.
- Kendell Wright WR Baylor
- While Wes Welker is a hell of a receiver, he functions best while in the slot. Wright gives them a threat on the outside to diversify the pass attack of the Patriots.
- Nick Perry DE/OLB USC
- The Packers need someone opposite of Clay Matthews and Perry is a good value here.
29. Baltimore Ravens
- Peter Konz C Wisconsin
- While Birk is coming back he is getting up in age. Konz can fill in for guard until he retires then return to his natural position.
- Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
- Hill posted phenomenal measurables but doesn't have the college catches to back it up. He will be a prospect until he masters the NFL route tree and the 49ers are the perfect team to help him develop. Hill can learn from Randy Moss and Mario Manningham until he is ready to break into the starting lineup.
31. New England Patriots
- Shea McClellin OLB Nebraska
- The Patriots pass rush couldn't fight its way out of a wet paper bag. McClellin may be a bit of a reach here but the patriots are most likely going to trade this pick anyway.
32. New York Giants