This is my first (posted) mock draft ever. I worked pretty hard on this so if you disagree with a pick or a trade please explain why and what you would've done instead. I am always open to changing/improving the pick if I post another mock draft. Without further ado, here is my first mock draft;
1. Indianapolis - Andrew Luck, QB
2. Washington - Robert Griffin III, QB
3. Minnesota - Matt Kalil, LT
4. Cleveland - Justin Blackmon, WR
I believe the Browns will take Blackmon over Richardson since they believe they can get a quality RB with their second rounder. Plus, what running back has led his team to a super bowl in the past few years? Running back just isn't as important with the emphasis on passing in today's NFL. Blackmon is a fantastic fit for the WCO and will help Colt in his progression (or maybe another QB that happened to play on Blackmon's team).While many are down on Blackmon due to his speed and height, I am not. I still believe he will be a great player due to his route-running, passion, and his play-making abilities.
5. Tampa Bay - Morris Claiborne, CB
Cornerback is a HUGE need for the Bucs and a corner is the BPA making this an easy pick. While some say Richardson could go here, I'm not buying that. Claiborne has all the ability to be a lockdown corner in this league and has game-changing ability.
6. St. Louis - Fletcher Cox, DT
I think this would be worst case scenario for the Rams. All their top 3 prospects are gone, so they are left to take a running back which isn't much of a need or reach a little for a DT and fill a huge need. I feel they will go with the latter since they have so many needs and aren't in a position where they are able to take a luxury pick. Fletcher Cox will fit their system well and wreak havoc in the middle for years to come.
7. Jacksonville - TRADE Bengals give 17 53 and 4th rounder and select Trent Richardson, RB
The Bengals see Richardson falling and decide to pounce on him before another team trades up for him. Richardson is a top 5 talent who falls out due to lack of need and importance placed on the running back position. Richardson would be a perfect fit in Cincinnati and would pretty much complete their offense. With Green, Dalton, and Richardson as the cornerstones in Cincinnati, their future looks bright.
8. Miami - Ryan Tannehill, QB
The Dolphins pretty much to need to select Tannehill if he is available. After sucking for Luck, failed, RGIII was too expensive to get, Peyton Manning decided elsewhere, and they showed minimal interest in Flynn Tannehill is the only viable QB option left. I strongly believe Tannehill's ceiling is right up there with Luck and Griffin's, but he will need to be developed properly. If he isn't coached up and/or thrown into the fire right away without proving he is ready he will bust. As a Dolphins fan I really hope Tannehill is picked and pans out ending our search for a franchise QB.
9. Carolina - TRADE Jets give 16, 47 and a 5th and select Melvin Ingram, DE
The Jets defense has consistently been one of the best since Rex Ryan took over, and that has been without a good pass-rusher. Now imagine what Rex could do with Ingram (Not talking about his feet). The Jets defense would become ferocious with the addition of Ingram if he pans out.
10. Buffalo - Luke Kuechly, LB
Buffalo has the potential to be a playoff team with luck on their side and without injuries. That being said they still have many needs. I feel they will stick with BPA as they have in the past few years (Spiller). LB isn't a major need, but Kuechly is the BPA and will upgrade their LB corps right away.
11. Kansas City - David DeCastro, OG
The Chiefs have very few needs, and if they even had a decent quarterback they would be perennial super bowl contenders. With no franchise quarterback available they will once again have to wait till next year. This year I think they should prepare to get a franchise quarterback and shore up their offensive line taking the BPA.
12. Seattle - Quinton Coples DE
Coples seems to be the consensus pick for Seattle, and it makes perfect sense. I thought about Barron here and they could move Chancellor to LB, but why fix what isn't broken? Coples, coupled with Clemons will provide a fearsome pass rush if Coples can get his act together.
13. Arizona - Riley Reiff OT
Arizona's offensive line is among the worst in the league, and in my opinion why Peyton Manning eventually passed on them. Reiff was once consistently mocked in the top 10, but is now being devalued due to his "T-Rex arms." I still believe Reiff will be a solid tackle for the Cardinals and help Kevin Kolb from being killed every time he drops back to pass.
14. Dallas - TRADE Titans give 20 and a 3rd and select Michael Floyd, WR
Titan’s offense has the potential to become one of the best, if not the best by trading up for Floyd. They will have young and explosive players at Quarterback (Locker), Running Back (CJcrushedmyfantasyteamK), and Wide Receiver (Britt and Floyd). While there are a lot of questions whether they all will develop, but if they do it will be scary.
15. Philadelphia - Stephon Gilmore, CB
A year after signing Nnamdi and trading for DRC you would think their secondary needs would be solved by now. But Nnamdi and DRC have struggled, and Samuel will be traded leading them to draft Gilmore.
That was a great trade for the Panthers. They trade back and still get their targeted player. Last season, like many others, I claimed Newton would be a huge bust. Obviously, he wasn't and he turned out one of the greatest rookie quarterback seasons of all time. Man do I feel stupid... Anyways the Panthers desperately need help on defense to become a more complete team and I feel they will go BDPA, so Brockers is the pick.
17. Cincinnati - TRADE Jaguars select Whitney Mercilus, DE
Once again another great trade for both teams. The Bengals get an elite running back, and the Jags get an elite pass-rusher. I think when people look back on this draft in a few years, Mercilus will be the best pass rusher drafted. Other than his sick last name, Mercilus has an elite first step and an array of pass rushing moves. I believe he is underrated due to him being a one year wonder and will be great.
18. San Diego - Mark Barron, SS
What has happened to San Diego? A few years back they were 13-3 and with Rivers they were primed to be the NFL's next elite team. Norv Turner has run this team into the ground and they struggle to even make the playoffs in a weak division. They need upgraded talent across the board and BPA is the way to go with them.
19. Chicago - Jonathon Martin, OT
A few years back, as you all know, Chicago made a blockbuster trade for Jay Cutler, and I think it has been successful. The Bears haven’t given him a good supporting cast though and he will keep being injured without offensive line help. Since the Dolphins
idiotically gifted the Bears a pro bowl WR, they no longer need to draft one and can focus on protecting their investments.
20. Tennessee - TRADE Dallas selects Cordy Glenn, OG
For the past two seasons Romo has gotten hurt too much for any Cowboys fan's liking. Therefore, I see an offensive lineman in the 'Boys future. With DeCastro of the board they trade back a few and select the next best guard prospect.
21. Cincinnati - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
Cincinnati decided last offseason not to retain Joseph and they are still paying for that mistake. Joseph transformed the Texans defense, while Cincinnati's missed his services dearly. Kirkpatrick will provide a good complement with Leon Hall. Dre is great in run support, but I am still worried about his game changing ability which causes him to drop a bit.
22. Cleveland - TRADE Patriots give 27 and 48 for 22 and 67 and select Courtney Upshaw, DE
Patriots love their 'Bama players and trade up on fair value to take one. While I don't love Upshaw, I think he will do great in Bellicheats's defense due to his versatility.
23. Detroit - Peter Konz, C
The Lions have invested a ton of money in Matthew Stafford and need to protect him. Dominic Raoila just isn't that good and he along with Backus need to be replaced. I think Detroit will make it a priority to get protection for Stafford.
24. Pittsburgh - Dont’a Hightower, ILB
This was one of the easiest picks of this mock. BPA met need and scheme fit, so this is the perfect pick for the Steelers.
25. Denver - Janoris Jenkins, CB
With Peyton Manning signed the Broncos go into win now mode. I think that means taking the BPA that can make an impact right away. Jenkins is a top 10 talent, but falls due to character concerns. He can replace Goodman and eventually Champ Bailey.
26. Houston - TRADE Eagles give 46 and 51 for 26 and 99 and select Dontari Poe, DT
I feel this trade up might be very unpopular, but I think it is beneficial to both teams. Poe has seemingly limitless potential and is the classic boom or bust prospect. Also, by selecting a cornerback with their first pick they needed an elite DT prospect.
27. New England - TRADE Browns select Kendall Wright, WR
When I first traded back for the Browns I didn't plan to draft another WR, but I couldn't pass up on Wright at 27. Blackmon, Wright, and Greg Little will give Cleveland a fearsome WR corps. Yes, you read that right; Cleveland will have one of the best wide receiving groups in the NFL. While it might take a while for all three to develop, it will be well worth it. Wright is also another perfect fit for their WCO.
28. Green Bay - Chandler Jones, DE
Green Bay has little needs so I decided to go BPA. Luckily, their main need was DE and the BPA was a DE. Jones and his long arms will hopefully provide enough pressure to free up Clay Matthews.
29. Baltimore -
Vontaze Burf... Nick Perry, DE
Baltimore is another team that I believe will go BPA. With all LBs gone, a successor to Ray Lewis won't be found in this round, so they add another pass rusher. This will also help ease the loss of some of their free agent losses this offseason.
30. San Francisco - Coby Fleener, TE
With the recent WR additions to the 49ers I think they won't draft one early unless immense value presents itself. With Fleener they can have a TE corps that rival New England and provide mismatches all over the field. I'm sure Harbaugh would love to have his TE back also.
31. New England - Devon Still, DT
The Patriots defense needs help. Imagine how scary they would be if their defense was only half as good as their offense. That is why I believe they will focus solely on defense in this upcoming draft and fill holes along the defensive line and secondary.
32. New York Giants - Shea McClellin, DE
Another BPA pick. It seems like all the teams at the end of the draft go BPA doesn't it? Shea might not be ready to contribute right away, but that won't matter in the Big Apple for two reasons. 1. The Giants tend not to play their rookies that much, rather let them develop. 2. The Giants pass rush doesn’t need much help at the moment. That could change next season if Osi leaves though. If Shea reaches his potential the Giants pass rush will become a complete nightmare for opposing offensive coordinators.
33. St. Louis - Alshon Jeffery, WR
34. Indianapolis - TRADE Houston gives 46 and 58 for 34 and 65 and selects Stephen Hill, WR
35. Minnesota - Rueben Randle, WR
36. Tampa Bay - Lavonte David, OLB
37. Cleveland - Brandon Weeden, QB
38. Jacksonville - Bobby Massie, RT
39. St. Louis - Mike Adams, OT
40. Carolina - Ronnel Lewis, OLB
41. Buffalo - Zach Brown, OLB
42. Miami - Andre Branch, DE
43. Seattle - TRADE Denver gives 57 and a 4th and selects Jerel Worthy, DT
44. Kansas City - Alameda Ta'amu, NT
45. Dallas - Harrison Smith, SS
46. Houston - Kevin Zeitler, OG
47. Carolina - Brandon Boykin, CB
48. Cleveland - David Wilson, RB
49. San Diego - Vinny Curry, DE
50. Chicago - Alfonzo Dennard, CB
51. Houston - Kelechi Osemele, OG
52. Tennessee - Brandon Thompson, DT
53. Jacksonville - Mohamed Sanu, WR
54. Detroit - Kendall Reyes, DT
55. Atlanta - Dwayne Allen, TE
56. Pittsburgh - Amini Silatolu, OG
57. Denver - Lamar Miller, RB
58. Houston - Josh Chapman, NT
59. New Orleans - More suspensions
59. Green Bay - Jared Crick, DT
60. Baltimore - Mitchell Schwartz, OT
61. San Francisco - Zebrie Sanders, RT
62. New England - Jayron Hosley, CB
63. New York Giants - Bobby Wagner, LB
Hope you liked it! Please let me know how I did.
BONUS rest of Dolphins mock;
3a. Marvin Jones WR
3b. Ladarius Green, TE
4. A.J. Jenkins, WR
5. Andrew Datko, OT
6. Winston Guy Jr., S
7. Adam Gettis, G