NFL Mock Draft: Happy Good Friday Mock

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Happy Good Friday. Happy Passover. Happy Twenty-Days-Until-The-Draft Day.

Welcome to yet another Friday Mock!

As always, please note these mocks are designed to be a little nutty. A little crazy. A little "WTF" in their tone and opinions. We feature lots of trades, lots of moves you might not expect. There idea here is to add a little spice into the typical mock. So, if you're someone who is set in his or her ways, if you are the type that simply refuses to believe that the Browns will take Ryan Tannehill No. 4 overall, this mock is not going to be your cup of tea.

Personally, I value quarterbacks and pass rushers over anything else, especially running backs. I do my mocks this way in order to counter the calm, rational mocks that the man himself, Mr. Dan Kadar, does. In the end, the actual draft will probably fall somewhere in the middle.

My previous mocks are here and here.

Hope you enjoy. Offer you thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and guttural laughs in the comments.

1. Indianapolis Colts - Stampede Blue
Andrew Luck | Quarterback | Stanford: The ESPN "QB Camp" special with Jon Gruden showed Luck for what he is: An offensive coordinator in pads and a helmet.
2. Washington Redskins - Hogs Haven
Robert Griffin III | Quarterback | Baylor: I question whether Griffin can learn and perform well in a true Pro Style system. The option and single read pass plays they ran at Baylor will not work in the NFL, and if Griffin thinks he can just take off and run with the ball, defenders in NY and Philly will be sure to remind him that QBs only succeed in this league throwing from the pocket. Griffin is clearly not as refined as Luck, and there is no guarantee he ever will be. However, a team (and offense) like the one in Washington should help Griffin's development and make use of his exceptional talent.
3.Buffalo Bills (from Minnesota Vikings)- Buffalo Rumblings
Ryan Tannehill | Quarterback | Texas A&M: I've had Buffalo trade down and stay put in recent mocks. Here, I have them trade up into the Top Five because of Tannehill. Buffalo gives up their first this year, their first next year, and their second round pick this year to take Tannehill because, let's just be honest, Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't a real NFL quarterback. Tannehill's stock is rising in part because A) He's very talented, B) He's very smart, and C) He's getting endorsements from people like current ESPN analyst and former Bills, Panthers, and Colts G.M. Bill Polian. Ideally, Fitzpatrick starts the first five games before giving way to Tannehill who, despite his talent and brains, is not ready to start an NFL game.
4. Cleveland Browns - Dawgs By Nature
Morris Claiborne | Cornerback | LSU: Browns fans who think that taking Trent Richardson will return them to the glory days of Jim Brown are just a tad bit naive. Richardson is a great back, but running backs are next-to-meaningless in the modern NFL. Teams must throw, and then they must stop the other team from throwing, in order to win. Morris Claiborne stops the other team from throwing.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (via Tampa Bay) - Bleeding Green Nation
Matt Kalil | Offensive tackle | Southern California: Never under-estimate a desperate team in the draft, and right now the Eagles could be categorized as just that. Losing left tackle Jason Peter is crippling, and this season is likely make-or-break for Andy Reid. To get Kalil, the Eagles surrender their first and second round picks this year, a fifth rounder this year, and a second rounder next year.
6. St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times
Fletcher Cox | Defensive tackle | Mississippi State: The Rams could go wide receiver or left tackle here, but they can get value at those positions in rounds two and three. Cox has impressed many scouts both at the Senior Bowl and at his Pro Day. Jeff Fisher is a defensive-minded coach, and he had success coaching Albert Haynesworth in Tennessee. Cox has similar talent. However, unlike Hayneswoth, Cox isn't a problem child.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country
Michael Floyd | Wide receiver | Notre Dame: People who state "40 times don't matter" are people who don't know the NFL. Justin Blackmon was the unquestioned "Best Wide Receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft" back in February. Then, he refused to run at the Combine, and when he did eventually run at his Pro Day, his numbers underwhelmed. Floyd did run at the Combine, and ran quite well (4.47 officially). Thus, the Jags pick him over Blackmon.
8. Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
NFL TEAM
Trent Richardson | Runningback | Alabama: Some of you are thinking it impossible that Richardson could fall out of the Top Five. Keep in mind, there was no consensus on what his 40 time was at his Pro Day save one thing: It wasn't very good. Saying that Richardson looked "fast" in the SEC also doesn't hold water. The SEC is a league of chumps compared to the NFL. Top Five backs must possess elite speed, and Richardson doesn't seem to have it. This doesn't mean he's not worth a Top Ten pick, and the Dolphins would be a good landing spot for the former Alabama back.
9. New England Patriots (via Carolina) - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Quinton Coples | Defensive end | North Carolina: The Patriots would have won Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011 if their defense had a pass rush. The rushing woes have been so bad of late that devoted 3-4 disciple Bill Belichcick had to switch his base front to a 4-3 last year. With Coples falling to No. 9, this is too good for the Patriots to pass up. They give up both first round picks, a fourth rounder, and a fifth rounder. Coples can play both DE or outside linebacker, allowing Belichick to keep his hybrid 4-3 look.
10. Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo) - Daily Norseman
Jon Martin | Offensive tackle | Stanford: The Vikings are in a great position entering this draft. Just like the mock we did earlier, they can drop down to No. 10 or lower and still land the player they covet, Jon Martin. Martin is a very proficient blocker, and knows all the blocking techniques in a Pro Style offense. He also impressed scouts at his Pro Day, though there are concerns about how long his arms are. Yes, that sort of stuff matters for a left tackle charged with keeping rushers like Julius Peppers away from his quarterback.
11. Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
David DeCastro | Guard | Stanford: The Chiefs bother me in this draft because I'm not sure their front office is willing to do everything it can to make them relevant again. With Peyton Manning now in their division, the Raiders front office settled, and Philip Rivers still in San Diego, the Chiefs just aren't as good in comparison. Of the four AFC West teams, they have the weakest quarterback. However, since I don't have them making a move for Tannehill here, I'll simply give them the best player still on the board. DeCastro is that player.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls
Justin Blackmon | Wide receiver | Oklahoma State: I had Blackmon going here for my last mock, and I think I shall stick with it. He just makes sense landing in Seattle, where is limited speed can be hidden in a West Coast offense the values route-running, timing, and size over raw speed.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
NFL TEAM
Riley Reiff | Offensive tackle | Iowa: I think this is the third mock in a row where I have the Cardinals taking Riley Reiff. The reasons are the same. Their o-line sucks. They need to protect better. Blah. Blah. Blah. I'll mix things up with 'Zona next week. Promise.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
NFL TEAM
Dontari Poe | Defensive tackle | Memphis: Rotoworld recently reported than the Cowboys will target Alabama's Mark Barron if Dontari Poe is gone by pick 14. Well, it's pick 14, and Poe is still there. Thus, the Cowboys get a true nose tackle for their 3-4 scheme. Poe has been falling in recent mocks mainly because people are questioning his desire, work ethic. This is Jerry Jones and the Cowboys, folks. They never hold desire and work ethic as a high premium, and Poe fits a need, especially if Jay Ratliff is indeed going to move to DE.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Philadelphia) - Bucs Nation
Dre Kirkpatrick | CB | Alabama: Bucs fans don't seem to like it when I remind them that their pass rush stunk to high heaven last year (dead last in sacks with just 23). Yes guys, I know Da'Quan Bowers surprised some people last year, but he is also a defensive end in a 4-3 who played in 16 games and earned just 1.5 sacks. Sorry, but that's kind of terrible. However, just so I can never be accused of not listening to readers (even if they are a little crazy), I go corner here over pass rusher because this is the absolute position of need! Or, so the Bucs fans tell me.
16. New York Jets - Gang Green Nation
Nick Perry | Outside linebacker | USC: Even though Rex Ryan is a bit of a buffoon, the man knows how to coach a defense. He resurrected the career of rush backer Aaron Maybin last year, and this year the Jets take a player similar to Maybin in Nick Perry. Perry's stock has shot up because of his Pro Day. He project better as a rush linebacker, giving Ryan three players (Perry, Maybin, and Cameron Wake) that he can send at QBs from various positions along his front.
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincy Jungle
Courtney Upshaw | Outside linebacker | Alabama: We've had the Bengals go corner in several of our mocks. However, one thing jumped out at me regarding their 2011 season. They were 5th in the league in sacks (45 total), which is very impressive considering their leading sacker was DT Geno Atkins with 7.5. It really astounds me how a genius like Mike Zimmer can't seem to land a head coaching job in this league while, at the same time, retread losers like Norv Turner continue to find work. With Upshaw falling to 17, the Bengals can give Zimmer a four down rusher to make his defense that much more scary.
18. San Diego Chargers - Bolts From The Blue
Coby Fleener| Tight end | Stanford: Hey, hey, hey! Speaking of Mr. Retread Himself, Norv Turner's Chargers are on the clock. Apologies to Chargers fans, but only this franchise can have an owner publicly admit that the G.M. and the head coach stunk at their jobs in recent years... and yet not fire them. This is a roster, and a franchise, in decline. The reason A.J. Smith and Turner are still employed is the backing of Philip Rivers, an underwhelming QB who gets more mulligans for playoff failure and regular season futility than anyone else in the league. Keeping Rivers happy has to be Smith and Turner's priority. Vincent Jackson is gone, and Antonio Gates is getting old. Fleener's stock is on the rise since his impressive Pro Day. Adding him would put a smile on Rivers' face.
19. Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron
Devon Still | Defensive tackle | Penn State: The Bears are letting Amboi Okoye leave after just one season. The DT position is, arguably, the most important one in a Tampa-2, especially in today's NFL. Pressure up the middle is critical to disrupting a QB's timing, and since Tampa-2 teams don't blitz all that often, that rush pressure must come from the DTs. Teaming Still with the improving Stephen Paea would create a very imposing front in the Windy City.
20. Tennessee Titans - Music City Miracles
Stephon Gilmore | Cornerback | South Carolina: The Titans signed Kamerion Wimbley and are now looking for an upgrade to their depleted secondary. They could also go with pass rusher Melvin Ingram here, but the Titans had just 11 INTs last season. Their secondary must create more turnovers if they are to continue improving.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincy Jungle
Jamell Fleming | Cornerback | Oklahoma: Seeing Gilmore go one spot before them has to sting, but Fleming has been climbing draft boards in recent weeks after his strong showing at the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine. Fleming is an excellent man coverage corner, which means he should be able to switch to zone without any problems (man coverage is harder to do than zone).
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) - Dawgs By Nature
Cordy Glenn | Offensive tackle/guard | Georgia: Cleveland went defense with their first pick. Here, they go offense, looking to beef up their offensive line, which already features the excellent Joe Thomas. In many way, I feel this pick should take the best player available. For me, Glenn is the best available here.
23. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit
Mark Barron | Safety | Alabama: I think Barron falls this far because some teams have concerns over his back. If not for that injury caveat, Barron goes in the Top 15. The Lions have a big need at safety, and with Gilmore and Fleming gone, Barron is the best player still available that fills a need.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain
Peter Konz | Center | Wisconsin: I know the Steelers already have Maurkice Pouncey, but he has been hit with the injury bug of late. Rather than reach for a guard here, wouldn't it make more sense to draft Konz (who might be a better overall center) and move Pouncey to guard? I think so. Or, if Pittsburgh is married to Pouncey at center, move Konz to guard. Either way, the weakness that is the Steelers o-line gets upgraded.
25. Denver Broncos - Mile High Report
Melvin Ingram | Defensive end | South Carolina: The Broncos have a need at defensive tackle, but with Peyton Manning now under center in Dove Valley, the tempo and pace of the Broncos will need to increase on both sides of the ball. Peyton will push the Broncos offense to score early and often. This will force opponent to catch-up, which means the Broncos needs to rush, rush, and rush the pass more. Ingram falling to 25 is too good to pass up. At 6'1, 276, he can play rush end in John Fox's 4-3 scheme.
26. Houston Texans - Battle Red Blog
Stephen Hill | Wide receiver | Georgia Tech: That's right Texans fans! Another mock draft, another wide receiver! Hey, look at it this way. At least it isn't the slow Kendall Wright. While I am sure it is annoying to see yet another mock giving your favorite moo cows a wideout, the reality is that in order for the Texans to take the next step, they must either A) Replace their injury prone quarterback, or B) Get a wideout that can take the pressure off the amazing Andre Johnson. Since Houston seems content to stick with Matt Schaub, whose been injured in three of the five seasons he's been with the Texans, taking Hill and his 4.30 second timed 40 speed just makes sense. Personally, I think T.J. Yates will be the starting QB in Houston again by the end of the 2012 season, and adding Hill would still make sense in that scenario.
27. Carolina Panthers (via New England) - Cat Scratch Reader
Kendall Reyes | Defensive tackle | Connecticut: The Panthers trade down, load up on more picks, and yet they still manage to get a good player at a need position. Reyes has quietly moved up in recent weeks. He's not a pass rusher, but at 6'4, 300 pounds, he is very stout. Teams running a 4-3 base defense can utilize him as a nose tackle. The Panthers struggled to contain the run last season. Reyes will help them improve in that area.
28. Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company
Jerel Worthy | Defensive tackle | Michigan State: Ted Thompson let Cullen Jenkins walk via free agency last yea, and that decision likely cost Green Bay a championship in 2011. The Packers defense, especially nose tackle B.J. Raji, sorely missed Jenkins. Without him, the Pack struggled to rush the passer, and their secondary was exposed. Since all the high quality corners are gone, I think the Pack go with Jerel Worthy, who projects well as a 3-4 defensive end.
29. Baltimore Ravens - Baltimore Beatdown
Luke Kuechly | Middle linebacker | Boston College: Ray Lewis is either juicing, or he is the toughest, most durable substance on this planet. His skin must be made of diamonds, his bones of tungsten. Regardless, he is old, and this year is probably his last rodeo. To keep him fresh and healthy for any sort of playoff run, it would be smart to have someone that can spell him during the season. Kuechly would excel in Baltimore's 3-4, and what better mentor for the young linebacker than Lewis himself?
30. San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation
Whitney Mercilus | Defensive end | Illinois: The 49ers are thinking, How the hell is Mercilus still here? Before they answer that question, they fill out his name on the draft card, and then laugh all the way back to the NFC Championship Game in 2013. NFL Network's Mike Mayock thinks Mercilus projects better at a 3-4 rush backer, which suits Jim Harbaugh just fine. The 49ers need more pass rushers to improve on their already impressive defensive front.
31. Carolina Panthers (via New England) - Cat Scratch Reader
Mohamed Sanu | Wide receiver | Rutgers: This is a guy I think will find his way into the first round because of a strong combination of intangibles and talent. Prior to his Rutgers Pro Day, Sanu was known to be an excellent, dependable route runner and pass catcher. He just lacked top-line speed. Then, Sanu did something not many expected: He flashed 4.41 and 4.48 40 times at that Pro Day. Now, there is some debate, mostly from Gil Brandt, as to whether or not he ran 4.41. Still, Sanu was faster than most expected. Oftentimes, that is the difference between being a first and second round draft pick. Carolina could also draft Hightower here, but I think if you are them, you're looking to build around Cam Newton, who needs more weapons to throw the ball to.
32. New York Giants - Big Blue View
Dont'a Hightower | Middle linebacker | Alabama: The Giants can go so many different ways with this pick, but at No. 32 you take the best player available. In the real draft, I don't see Hightower falling this far. Then again, you just never know, and should he fall to here the Giants would fall all over themselves to take him. It really would be a situation where the rich get richer. Hightower would improve an already devastating pass rush while, at the same time, shoring up Big Blue's run defense.

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