2013 NFL Mock Draft – January Edition 3.0
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In this version of my mock things have become a lot clearer for the 2013 NFLDraft. The underclassmen deadline has passed; therefore we can now mock all the correct participants eligible for the draft, and we’re closer to knowing the complete draft order with 28 spots determined.
Previous Mock on 01/09: http://joshmitchell24.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/2013-nfl-mock-draft-january-edition-2-0/
Moving forward things will become even clearer, but also probably become even more complicated at the same time. Rumors, Free-Agency, Trades and typical offseason decisions are looming are all factors that’ll affect teams draft plans and strategies. Teams needs will vary as they sign/lose free-agents – but listed with each teams first pick you’ll find an ordered priority list of current needs.
NFL Offseason News & Notes: http://joshmitchell24.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/nfl-news-and-notes-looking-ahead-to-the-2013-offseason/
Another scenario to keep an eye on as the draft nears closer is the draft stock of each players. The combine will be a major contributor to this, but so will Pro-Days, Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, and scouts doing more research into each players production through game-tape and background investigating. I have an extensive list of players ranked by position, as well a round based Big Board of draft eligible players. Both list are updated frequently as things change.
* My rankings do not always match the order I have players selected in mocks because teams draft based on their boards (not mine) and because players will never be chosen by a ‘labeled’ rank – and due to other various factors, including: scheme, fit, rising/falling, connections, and forecasting.
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NFL MOCK DRAFT 3.0 (4 Rounds)
**with 1st Round explanation of picks
January 15, 2015
1. Chiefs (2-14) – Geno Smith, QB – WVU; Senior: 6’3″ 215
I think Luke Joeckel would be the more likely pick, but its a QB league and Reid is going to want his own QB. They’ll part ways with Cassel and I’d expect Smith to be the guy if they take one. I know they say the’ll take the ‘best player’ regardless of position, but it’s easy to say that in January. Tyler Wilson will probably emerge as a candidate if they want a QB here as well. Smith, Joeckel, T.Wilson are probably the most realistic options, but others given consideration as the ‘best player’ may be: Jarvis Jones, Star Lotulelei, Damontre Moore, Mike Glennon, Bjoern Werner or even Manti Te’o (haha).
Needs: QB, 3/4 DE, No.1 WR, MLBx2, CB, Slot-WR, OG, OT, Rush-OLB, RB, C, FS, FB, TE
2. Jaguars (2-14) – Luke Joeckel, OT – Texas A&M; *Junior 6’6″ 310
Damontre Moore, Jarvis Jones and Bjoern Werner are the other strong options at this point. As much as Jacksonville needs to add sacks its hard to imagine them passing on the top defensive prospect, but I see the new regime taking the franchise LT here – insert Luke Joeckel. I think D.Moore could be the pick if they go defensive (or Joeckel goes No.1), but I have too hard of a time not mocking Joeckel here for a defensive lineman, especially the way the Jags have whiffed in the past. Monroe will move to the RT spot, thus clearer the way for Joeckel at LT.
Needs: 4/3 DE, 4/3 OLB, RT, CB, RB, QB, LG, 4/3 DT, FS, C, TE, WR, FB
3. Raiders (4-12) – Damontre Moore, DE/OLB – Texas A&M; *Junior: 6’4″ 250
Like Jacksonville, the Raiders need help on the defensive line. It’ll come down to Moore, Star Lotulelei, Werner, or J.Jones most likely – but emerging prospects like Ansah, Jordan, or even S.Richardson could eventually make their case. I think they need more of an edge threat with this pick to add speed since most of their lineman are bigger bodied players. Oakland is typically a wild card, so lets not rule out a Quarterback (especially if Geno Smith is here) or Dee Milliner either. I think Moore replaces Matt Shaughnessy opposite Lamarr Houston.
Needs: 4/3 DT, 4/3 DE, 4/3 OLBx2, CB, QB, OG, RT, FS, TE, MLB, SS, C, RB, LT, P
4. Eagles (4-12) – Star Lotulelei, DT/NT – Utah; Senior: 6’4″ 325
Most might say the Eagles will be in a tough spot if Luke Joeckel is gone by this selection, but Im not sold they’ll add him here (as a RT and invest the money with J.Peters coming back) if he was available when they have other needs. Don’t get me wrong, Joeckel makes sense but I think Geno Smith (even Tyler Wilson for that matter) would be in play over Joeckel since Vick is likely gone and they have nothing invested in Foles. I think Star could even be the pick over Joeckel to pair with last year’s No.1 Flether Cox since Cullen Jenkins will likely be cut. The Eagles are in an interesting spot with D.Milliner also being an option, but Lotuelei is a dominate interior force that’d be a nice fit.
Needs: RT, CBx2, Big-WR, SS, 4/3 DT, C, QB, 4/3 DE, 4/3 OLB, TE, FS, P, OG
5. Lions (4-12) – DeMarcus ‘Dee’ Milliner, CB – Alabama; *Junior: 6’1″ 198
Moore, Werner, J.Jones, Ansah, and Jordan are all good options, but I think Milliner propelled himself in that National Championship game performance. Milliner will likely be a Top 10 pick, but No.3-No.13 is the likely range for him. I think J.Jones would be a nice fit, but they need a solid corner in a bad way so I think they bypass Cliff Avril’s replacement for the top cover guy. Houston is a free-agent and there isn’t much depth even if he is retained. They have a lot of holes to consider to keep an eye on Eric Fisher as a RT if they lose Cherilus in free-agency, upgrading the OG spot with Warmack, or any DE/OLB type player.
Needs: 4/3 OLBx2, CB, 4/3 DE, FS, C, RG, RT, WR, K, RB, P, SS
6. Browns (5-11) – Chance Warmack, OG – Alabama; Senior: 6’3″ 325
The Browns need an OLB and pass rushing help so Jarvis Jones is a logical choice. Cleveland has a new offensive outlook with their new HC and OC, but filling a few spots on defense could go along way on building a stellar defensive group. However, Warmack is a special player and offers a lot of value (even at No.6 for an interior lineman). A duo of Thomas and Warmack on the left-side of the line in a defensive-rich division makes sense – plus OG’s Lauvao and Pinkston are a long way from the talent level Warmack offers. They could even consider reaching for OT Eric Fisher, but Mitchell Schwartz is okay at RT for now. I still find it hard to see them passing on Jarvis Jones, but I wouldn’t be surprised by this pick. Also keep an mind a quick DT like Sheldon Richardson, a CB like Milliner opposite Haden, or any OLB type help with value.
Needs: 4/3 OLB, OG, 4/3 DE, CB, WRx2, SS, RT, FS, 4/3 DT, TE
7. Arizona (5-11) – Tyler Wilson, QB – Arkansas; Senior: 6’3″ 220
The Kevin Kolb scenario didn’t work out, and this may be there best chance to part ways with him. Skelton was serviceable, but whomever their next coach is will want his own guy. Geno Smith will get consideration if available, as well others like Glennon and Barkley. I think Wilson is undervalued at the moment and his stock will rise as the draft nears. Lewan and Matthews not declaring hurt their chances at an OT here, even though they may consider Eric Fisher or possibly DJ Fluker here if they want OL help at this point. LT Levi Brown has an affordable 4.75 million base salary in 2013, but he is coming off an IR injury and he may be done is Arizona (stay posted). A pass-rushing OLB (Jones, Jordan, Mingo) would make a lot of sense as well, and MLB Manto Te’o could be a sleeper option to RILB alongside D.Washington.
Needs: QB, LT, 3/4 OLB, MLB, CB, 3/4 DT, C, 3/4 DE, FS, RB, Slot-WR, SS, TE
8. Bills (6-10) – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR – Tennessee; *Junior: 6’3″ 205
Buffalo will be parting way with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, so they’ll desperately need a new signal caller and rumors point to new HC Doug Marrone favoring Ryan Nassib. Obviously, Nassib won’t be the No.8 pick even if they do indeed want him – they can wait until Round 2 or trade back up into Round 1 if his stock gets to that point. They could also consider Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson if available here (Mike Glennon or Matt Barkley as well, I guess). Patterson may seem almost as much of a surprise as Nassib could be, but Buffalo has an offensive minded coach and needs offensive weapons. I like Patterson’s potential, and see him as a Top 18 pick. Maybe its a bit too high, or K.Allen is considered, but they’ll surely need WR help at some point. Other likely options aside from a QB or WR are: OLB (rush DE) help (Jarvis Jones, D.Jordan, Mingo), RT help (Eric Fisher), and an OG (Warmack) if they lose Levitre in free-agency.
Needs: QBx2, Big-WR, 4/3 OLBx2, 4/3 DE, Slot-WR, CB, TE, LT, MLB, C, SS, FB
9. Jets (6-10) – Jarvis Jones, OLB/DE – Georgia; *Junior: 6’3″ 240
Jones is typically mocked a lot higher, and he’ll have plenty of suitors from No.2 to No.8 – but I dont see him making it past New York. It’s almost a perfect fit for him (a lot better than a 4/3 OLB scheme). Bryan Thomas is done, and if (when) Calvin Pace is cut it’d save the Jets around 8.5 million towards the 2013 cap so they need two starting OLB’s this offseason. If Jones is gone, then Dion Jordon and Keke Mingo are the most nature fits, but Ezekiel Ansah and B.Werner would be considered as well. Also both starting OG’s are free-agents so C.Warmack will be an option, safety will be a position that needs addressed so Kenny Vaccaro could be mentioned, MLB Bart Scott will be cut opening up the door for Manti Te’o possibly, and a RT like Eric Fisher could be useful. I don’t want to get started about a QB, but Yeah – I guess you have to consider one too.
Needs: RT, 3/4 OLBx2, OGx2, No.1 WR, RB, FS, MLB, CB, TE, 3/4 DT, QB, SS, WR, FB
10. Titans (6-10) – Sheldon Richardson, DT/DE – Missouri; *Junior: 6’4″ 295
Its hard to let Bjoern Werner fall outside of the Top 10 (he is my No.2 overall player), but Werner being a more traditional DE means he needs the right fit. Tennessee have talented DE’s with D.Morgan and K.Wimbley, but Werner could still be in play as an upgrade – but Richardson is a nice combo guy for them. Starting DT Sen’Derrick Marks is an UFA so Richardson could replace him and add depth as a potential DE too. Richardson has some off-the-field concerns, but he is extremely talented and should be a Top 15 selection. If it’s not Richardson, Werner would be the most likely choice if available – but others include: Star Lotulelei, Chance Warmack, Ezekiel Ansah, Eric Fisher, Johnathan Hankins, Dion Jordan, or Manti Te’o
Needs: 4/3 DT, OG, 4/3 DE, TE, FS, RT, RB, CB, MLBx2, LT, WR, SS, FB
11. Chargers (7-9) – Bjoern Werner, DE – Florida State; *Junior: 6’4″ 270
Its likely Bama player Dee Milliner or Chance Warmack is their top choice considering both starting OG’s and CB’s are going to be UFA’s this offseason, so pencil one of them in if available. San Diego however will have some options here (especially since it’s unlikely Werner last this long) that include MLB Manti Te’o as a future replacement for Takeo Spikes, DE/OLB’s like Ezekiel Ansah, Dion Jordon, Keke Mingo to fill a DE/LOLB needs for upcoming free-agents, a DT like Sheldon Richardson or Johnathan Hankins (maybe even Sharrif Floyd) to play NT or combo as a DE, or OT Eric Fisher as an upgrade over current options. Philip Rivers is a guy to keep an eye on because new HC Mike McCoy may draft a young QB early on in this draft.
Needs: CB, OG, LT, 3/4 DT, No.1 WR, TE, 3/4 OLB, RBx2, SS, MLB, RT, C, QB
12. Dolphins (7-9) – Kenny Vaccaro, FS/SS – Texas; Senior: 6’1″ 215
IF they lose Jake Long, it’d feel confident mocking Eric Fisher here as a new OT with last years selection Jonathan Martin (but I’m assuming they’ll manage to keep him). WR C. Patterson is a strong option if available and Im sure Keenan Allen will draw interest too since they have a huge need for a WR(s). Vaccaro however may seem like a surprise, but feels a huge need with Chris Clemons an UFA and not much depth in the secondary anyhow. Dee Milliner would be a steal here, but other options would be a DT like Sheldon Richardson (maybe Sharrif Floyd, a prospect set to rise up boards), reaching for a CB like Xavier Rhodes or Johnthan Banks, upgraded the OG spot with C.Warmack (maybe even combo OT/OG Dallas Thomas as a stretch), or trading back to fill needs at skill positions WR, TE, and RB. Im not sold they need a pass rusher like you see mocked here a lot, but they could pull the trigger on one for value alone.
Needs: No.1 WR, FS, 4/3 DT, RT, CB, RB, OG, 4/3 OLB, WRx2, C, LT, 4/3 DE, MLB
13. Tampa Bay (7-9) – Eric Fisher, OT – Central Michigan; Senior: 6’8″ 305
If they lose UFA DE Michael Bennett then Da’Quan Bowers may be able to step in, but I’d still expect them to look for another option early in the draft. They have a need at FS (since age CB Rhonde Barber had been playing there), but I wouldn’t even if Vaccaro is here expect them to take a safety this early for the second year in a row. Obviously a DT/DE combo like Sheldon Richardson would be perfect, or potentially a DT like Sharrif Floyd – but at this point Fisher is the best option. They need help at OT, especially replacing Dotson at RT. Fishers competition for the No.2 OT off the board includes Dallas Thomas and DJ Fluker so they may emerge as options as well. Im not as high on their need for a CB as most, but if they release Eric Wright that need could put Xavier Rhodes or Johnthan Banks in play as well.
Needs: 4/3 DT, FS, CBx2, RT, 4/3 DE, Slot-WR, 4/3 OLB, MLB, QB, TE, OG, WR
14. Carolina (7-9) – Johnathan Hankins, DT/NT – Ohio State; *Junior: 6’3″ 335
If they cut players such as CB Chris Gamble and MLB Jon Beason then that’ll obviously open up other concerns. They need an interior defensive presence and Hankins seems to be a nice fit. Hankins is a Top 10 talent, but may end up falling into the 20′s depending on how things fair (but I think this is about right for him). The Panthers don’t seem to have many holes on the surface, but they do need to upgrade spots and add more talent which could make them a team that make a surprise selection or tries to move down. I think Sheldon Richardson may be a better option if available and other players to consider could be: D.Jordan, C.Patterson, Xavier Rhodes, Dallas Thomas, DJ Fluker, Sharrif Floyd, J.Banks, K.Mingo, K.Vaccaro, and Sylvester Williams.
Needs: 4/3 DT, No.1 WR, CB, RT, 4/3 OLB, OG, FS, MLB, TE WR, SS, 4/3 DE
15. Saints (7-9) – Dion Jordan, DE/OLB – Oregon; Senior: 6’7″ 240
KeKe Mingo and Ziggy Ansah would be the other possible picks under this scenario (and I think it’s likely they could land one of the 3 with this spot). Mingo is a bayou guy and that connection could give him the advantage, but I’m going with Jordan here since Will Smith likely won’t be back and they lack depth a DE anyhow – plus, WOLB Vilma may be released too. Again, Sheldon Richardson (man, he is a popular name) would be an ideal fit with the DE need and DT Sedrick Ellis set to be a UFA. I think New Orleans will likely drop back if the right guy isn’t there since they need to add depth – but keep an eye on LT Jermon Bushrod in free-agency because losing him will result in a huge void at OT and bring Fisher, D.Thomas, Fluker into play here. Rhodes or Banks may be considered an upgrade over J.Greer at CB so don’t rule that out here either.
Needs: 4/3 DT, 4/3 OLB, SS, 4/3 DE, LT, CB, RT, WR, MLB, FS, OG, C, TE
16. Rams (7-8-1) – Dallas Thomas, OT/OG – Tennessee; 6’5″ 300
If Fisher would fall (doubtful) it’d be a steal for them. They may try to use this selection and No.22 to move up if there is one guy they covet (J.Jones, C.Patterson, or Fisher). I think Thomas is a prospect is who under-the-radar and will gain position as the draft nears because of his versatility. Thomas would play RT, or serve as a LG since Barry Richardson and Robert Turner are both UFA’s. DJ Fluker has the talent to get into consideration here as well. A star WR may be their top issue (Amendola, Gibson, and S.Smith are all UFA’s too) so C.Patterson or K.Allen need to be mentioned. Other options will be FS/SS K.Vaccaro, Mingo as an OLB (although they need more of a traditional OLB), OG J.Cooper, or best available on their board.
4/3 OLBx2, No.1 WR, LT, RBx2, SS, TE, OG, RT, 4/3 DT, FS, QB, DE, MLB
17. Steelers (8-8) – Manti Te’o, MLB – Notre Dame; Senior: 6’2″ 255
Te’o is often projected higher, but I see a tough transition to the NFL speed for him – so I think this is closer to where he should be selected (he may go higher on intangibles alone though). I think this would be a perfect fit, and make a lot of sense LILB Larry Foote is done. A.Ogletree may even get consideration ahead of Te’o if they indeed want a MLB here. Pittsburgh is going to have a tough financial offseason, and will likely have to fill a lot of holes (maybe at WR with Mike Wallace), but I can’t see them passing on Te’o at this point. LT, CB, NT, and WR are all among serious concerns that Pittsburgh could address here with either DJ Fluker, D.Thomas, X.Rhodes, J.Hankins, J.Banks, Syl.Williams, J.Jenkins, K.Allen. They’ll also likely consider a top RB (Lacy, Bernard), depth at S (Vaccaro, Reid), or pass rusher help (especially if James Harrison is released).
Needs: RB, FS, MLB, LT, CB, WR, 3/4 OLB, SS, OG, TE, QB
18. Dallas (8-8) – Ezekiel ‘Ziggy’ Ansah, DE – BYU; Senior: 6’5″ 270
Dallas is switching back to a 4/3 under new DC Monte Kiffin so their defensive front (which already had needs) will likely need some new faces. Anthony Spencer will probably be too expensive to retain, and they may have to release DT Jay Ratliff. Ansah is likely to emerge as a Top 10 selection, but a deep group could cause him to be available here. Ansah is generating a lot of buzz lately and would be a nice for at a 4/3 DE for Dallas. Dallas will also consider K.Mingo here if available, as well as a DT like Sharrif Floyd who’d be an ideal fit. The Cowboys also have a need at safety so Vaccaro or maybe Eric Reid could be considered as well as: OT/OG D.Thomas, OG J.Cooper, OT DJ Fluker, DT Sylvester Williams or surprise players like OLB Khaseem Greene, OG/C Barrett Jones, or WR/RB Tavon Austin.
Needs: 4/3 DT, OG, FS, Slot-WR, RT, 4/3 DE, 4/3 OLB, C, QB, TE, MLB, CB, RB
19. Giants (9-7) – DJ Fluker, OT – Alabama; *Junior: 6’6″ 335
The OT’s class lost Lewan and Matthews, which moves players like Fluker/D.Thomas/L.Johnson up on boards of teams in need of offensive line help. The Giants have a major need at OT with RT William Beatty an UFA and LT David Diehl a shell of himself (plus LT Sean Locklear is an UFA). Fluker at one time was a Top 10 prospect and I look for the interest in him to pickup so he’s considered at Top 25 lock. The Giants will also have a major need at DE because Osi Umenyiora is an UFA this offseason so players like Ansah, D.Jordan, Mingo, and Montgomery will be intriguing prospects. They have other concerns at MLB (Chase Blackburn isn’t the answer) so Te’o or Ogletee could be in play, they need depth at DT and S, Martellus Bennett is set to be come a UFA (Eifert?), and an OG like Jonathan Cooper will be helpful. I just think their need to upgrade the OL (and protect Eli) is going to have to be the focus here.
Needs: LT, 4/3 DE, MLBx2, FS, RT, OG, TE, CB, 4/3 DT, C, WR, SS, RB
20. Bears (10-6) – Jonathan Cooper, OG – UNC; Senior: 6’3″ 315
Brian Urlacher’s status is a looming issue because he is an UFA (and isn’t getting any younger), but their main concerns has to be their offensive line. I’m sure they’d like to trade up to land Te’o as Urlacher’s replacement or even settle for Ogletree (or Arthur Brown) here – but Cooper is too valuable. They have 3 OG’s who are UFA’s (Lance Louis, Chilo Rachal, and Chris Spencer) so they need a starting RG badly. Cooper is a stud, and surely cemented as a 1st rounder so it’s not much of a stretch. Fluker and Dallas Thomas may also get consider, as well as Barrett Jones. Other options for Chiacgo include a go-to Te like Eifert or Ertz, CB depth in Rhodes/Banks, OLB help (pass rusher) with a guy like Mingo or even Khaseem Greene, and they’ll also be in the market for help at DE and DT here depending on free-agency.
Needs: OG, TE, LT, MLB, CB, C, 4/3 OLB, WR, 4/3 DT, 4/3 DE, RB
21. Bengals (10-7) – Barkevious ‘Keke’ Mingo, DE/OLB – LSU; *Junior: 6’5″ 240
Cincinnati (they have a lot of relevant free-agents) will have plenty of decisions regarding who to take here, but Mingo (is probably best-case) offers too much talent to pass on at this point. Mingo would be good value and would also fill a need considering DE Michael Johnson and OLB Manny Lawson are both UFA’s. The Bengals would also be in play for Kenny Vaccaro should he be available (and may consider Eric Reid depending on his stock) because SS Chris Crocker is an UFA and MLB Alex Ogletree (or A.Brown) since Rey Maualuga is also a free-agent. Former No.6 overall pick Rt Andre Smith is a UFA too, so that could create a void that needs addressed if he leaves town. Another option to keep an eye on is that Cincy has two 2nd Round picks and could be a player in moving up to target someone they desire. Xavier Rhodes and Johnthan Banks are also option considering they have numberous CB’s set to become free-agents.
Needs: SS, RB, 4/3 OLB, MLB, RT, CB, 4/3 DE, OG, WR, C, 4/3 DT
22. Rams (Redskins 10-7) – DeAndre ‘Nuk’ Hopkins, WR – Clemson; *Junior: 6’1″ 212
I was tempted to go with OLB Khaseem Greene here, and even think MLB/OLB Arthur Brown makes a lot of sense – but I ultimately think they can fill that need in round 2. I know Keenan Allen is available but I like the bowl game showing Hopkins put forth and I feel like he will be a hot prospects as the draft gets closer. I have them addressing the offensive line at No.16 and I think a WR here is a must. If they could resign Amendola in the slot, Hopkins is good at stretching the field. They may use this pick as ammo to move up, but if they stay then a Wr is a good bet – although other options include: OLB K.Greene, WR K.Allen, TE Tyler Eifert, S E.Reid, LB A.Brown, RB Lacy, DT S.Floyd, ST Syl.Williams, or WR/RB T.Austin.
Needs: 4/3 OLBx2, No.1 WR, LT, RBx2, 4/3 DT, SS, OG, FS, TE, RT, QB
23. Vikings (10-7) – Keenan Allen, WR – California; *Junior: 6’3″ 205
The Percy Harvin ordeal could cause of stir this offseason, and they must resign RT Phil Loadholt or that’ll be a major concern. Aside from whether Harvin is back or not, they need a go-to wideout so Keenan Allen, D.Hopkins, J.Hunter, or T.Williams may all be mentioned here. I wanted to go with combo linebacker Arthur Brown or Alec Ogletree because Minnesota has needs at MLB and WOLB. Obviously K.Allen has some lingering health issues he’ll need to be cleared of, but if all checks out well he could be a get pick here. He has the size and ball skills they’ll need in a potential No.1 target. Other options for them might include a DT like Sylvester Williams, Sharrif Floyd, or John Jenkins, a SS if they lose Jamarca Sanford in free-agency, LB’s Khaseem Greene, Ogletree, or A.Brown, or offensive line help at OG (Barrett Jones) or RT (Lance Johnson).
Needs: No.1 WR, MLB, OG, 4/3 DT, 4/3 OLB, RT, SS, CB, 4/3 DE, RB, WR, QB, FB
24. Colts (11-6) – Johnathan Jenkins, NT/DT – Georgia; Senior: 6’4″ 360
I think there are better options for Indy, but they’ll be looking for the big bodied NT in there switch to a 3/4 scheme. Obviously, Sylvester Williams and Sharrif Floyd could get consideration but they dont have the 360lb. frame Jenkins’ does. The Colts offensive line is a huge need, and most their most dyer in my opinion so I could see them going Barrett Jones, Dallas Thomas, Jonathan Cooper, DJ Fluker, or Lance Johnson with the pick. As for Jenkins, it’s not a horrible pick – I think they’d rather see Hankins fall – since he is the big, disruptive inside monster they need. Dwight Freeney is an UFA so they could use help at OLB (or MLB for that matter). I wouldn’t even be surprised by a WR selection like Allen or Hopkins; and other names to watch here are: Khaseem Greene, Alec Ogletree, Xavier Rhodes, Sam Montogmery, Alex Okafor, Kawann Short, Jesse Williams, or Corey Lemonier.
Needs: OG, 3/4 DT, C, CB, LT, 3/4 DE, MLBx2, RT, RB, SS, 3/4 OLB, FS, WR
25. Seattle (12-6) – Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB – Auburn; *Junior: 6’4″ 250
Carroll said they need more “pass rusher’s” and that’s why I have Lemonier here, but Okafor and Montgomery will also be mentioned. I think an OT like Lance Johnson would be more beneficial, and I almost mocked Khaseem Greene here because he seems like a good fit at WOLB for Leroy Hill in their system. With Mosley, Barr, and Hubbard passing on the draft it means Greene is going to get plenty of 1st round interest in a weaker true-OLB class. Another likely option would be WR Kennan Allen, but I think Seattle has shown that defensive is their priority and they’ll live with the Tate’s and Baldwin’s on offense. If Arthur Brown is available he could be in play, as well as MLB Alex Ogletree (then moving Bobby Wagner to the WLB spot). I’d expect Johnson, Fluker and Thomas to get a lot of consideration and depending on what happens with DT Alan Branch and DE Jason Jones in free-agency (and DE Chris Clemons coming off ACL injury) the defensive line has to be addressed. This also could be a spot for the Seahawks to move down with a team trying to get back into Round 1.
Needs: RT, No.1 WR 4/3 OLB, TE, 4/3 DT, OG, MLBx2, 4/3 DE, CB
26. Packers (12-6) – Eddie Lacy, RB – Alabama; *Junior: 6’0″ 220
Im not really a fan of the pick, but I think Green Bay is desperate for a No.1 tailback. Lacy showed nice hands and a mixture of power and burst in the National Championship game that’ll likely make him the first RB selected in the draft. I also like the possibility of OG Barrett Jones, TE Tyler Eifert, or LB Arthur Brown over Lacy (and them waiting on a RB like J.Randle or M.Ball with another pick). OT is a concern, but if Derek Sherrod can come back him and Bulaga would be good enough to pass on Lance Johnson here. I think they could stand to upgrade their linebacker unit so Greene, Brown, and Ogletree would all make sense – but I think they can wait on secondary depth with the emergence of Sheilds, Hayward, and Jennings this past season.
Needs: RB, RT, WR, C, MLBx2, 3/4 DE, SS, 3/4 OLB, OG, TE, 3/4 DT, CB
27. Texans (13-5) – Sylvester Williams, DT – UNC; Senior: 6’3″ 315
I don’t think their complimentary WR’s are as bad as it seems (Walter, Martin, Posey), but it’ll surely be an area they upgrade with an early pick. Keep an eye on D.Hopkins, K.Allen, Tavon Austin, Terrence Williams and Justin Hunter in that case. I think the secondary is a major concern and it wouldn’t surprise me if X.Rhodes, J.Banks, E.Reid, or Matt Elam were the pick – but I think they need to address the front 7. Williams is a big body capable of replace UFA Shaun Cody at NT because the nose tackle spot is key in the 3/4 scheme. John Jenkins would be ideal, but Floyd, Jesse Williams, and K.Short will also be considered. They would also be tempted with Alec Ogletree and Arthur Brown as an upgrade at RILB, or maybe they add an ahtletic TE like Eifert/Ertz.
Needs: TE, FS, WRx2, CBx2, 3/4 NT, RT, MLBx2, OG, 3/4 OLB, 3/4 DT/DE, SS, LT
28. Denver (13-4) – Alec Ogletree, MLB – Georgia; *Junior 6’3″ 238
Sharrif Floyd is a strong possibility here, as well as other NT/DT options (Syl.Williams, Jesse Wiiliams, and K.Short), but Ogletree makes too much sense. Ogletree is talented enough to be gone before this selection, but if he is here they can’t hardly pass on him because he is also an upgrade over Keith Brooking in the middle. Arthur Brown may be another option (WOLB DJ Williams is likely to be released this offseason too) if they want to upgrade the linebacker unit. Resigning LT Ryan Clady is a priority this offseason, and something I see them getting done. Torrey Smith made CB Champ Bailey look old this past Saturday so maybe Rhodes or Banks become bigger possibilities, other names to keep an eye on include: Kevin Minter, Matt Elam, and Barrett Jones.
Needs: 4/3 DT, MLB, SS, RB, CB, OG, Slot-WR, 4/3 OLB, C, FS, LT, QB
P29. Ravens (12-6) – Tavon Austin, WR/RB/KR – WVU; Senior: 5’9″ 175
Locally grown in Baltimore it’d be a mutual fit. Austin a threat in the return game, but also is a mismatch in the slot (especially when you have a WR like Torrey Smith stretching the field) for an offense that needs playmakers. Sure, Baltimore has some other more important area’s to address as well, so keep an eye on Ogletree, A.Brown, or K.Minter as Ray’s potential replacement. Aside from Ed Reed’s future (UFA, retiring?) safety with be another area they could address here with Reid or Elam. OT is a concern as well, and Matt Birk can’t play forever so DJ Fluker, Lance Johnson, and Barrett Jones are worth mentioning as well. The Ravens may also look to add pass rushers so Okafor, Lemonier, and S.Montgomery – or even a combo guy like Sharrif Floyd.
Needs: MLBx2, C, Slot-WR, LT, FS, 3/4 DE, CB, 3/4 OLB, OG, SS, WR, QB
P30. 49ers (12-4-1) – Sharrif Floyd, DT/DE – Florida; *Junior: 6’3″ 305
I could see Floyd going in the Top 20, but it’d be a nice fit for San Fran if he were available. Floyd isn’t the only option they’ll have to fix the defensive line – other include: John Jenkins, Sylvester Williams, Jesse Williams, and Kawann Short. The 49ers may also have a need for a No.2 WR because Randy Moss is a shell of himself, but it’s hard to imagine they’d spend another 1st round pick on a WR (AJ Jenkins in 2012). The other likely options here include Eric Reid, Matt Elam, Alex Okafor, or Barrett Jones.
Needs: 3/4 DT, FS, 3/4 DE, RG, CB, WR, MLBx2, RT, SS, TE, OLBx2, C, Slot-WR
P31. Patriots (13-4) – Barrett Jones, C/OG – Alabama; Senior: 6’5″ 308
The secondary is an area that this pick could be used on with Xavier Rhodes, Johnthan Banks, or Eric Reid all available, but Jones fills a need at either OG or C. Jones is probably best considered a 2nd Round pick, but his versatility (and character) will likely land him in the No.22 to No.32 range. He’ll most likely be the starting C if they make him this pick. With Wes Welker an UFA they could consider a WR here (especially a slot guy like Tavon Austin) but New England typically tries to fill those voids elsewhere. Other options they’ll consider are: DE Sam Montgomery, DE Alex Okafor, OLB Khaseem Greene, OT Lance Johnson (if they lose RT Sebastian Vollmer in free-agency), and Kawann Short.
Needs: No.1 WR, C, 4/3 DE, FS, OG, RT, CB, Slot-WR, DT, MLB, 4/3 OLB, SS
P32. Falcons (14-3) – Tyler Eifert, TE – Notre Dame; *Junior: 6’6″ 250
Tony Gonzalez is an UFA (and aging) so Eifert would be a popular pick. If Eifert is gone, then Z.Ertz would also be a strong possibility (or he may be their choice over Eifert). Eifert is a WR like TE who can be split out to take advantage of coverages (and open space created by Jones and White). Barrett Jones would be a likely pick if available since start C Todd McClure is an UFA – or an OT depending on what happens with LT Sam Baker in free-agency. I think the other likely choice would be a pass-rusher like S.Montgomery, C.Lemonier, or A.Okafor. Michael Turner is another interesting decision they’ll be forced with, he is is released then a RB gains major priority. Also, they could be in the market for a new SS so Matt Elam may be an intriguing prospect.
Needs: TE, 4/3 DE, RB, C, 4/3 DT, LT, SS, CB, OG, Slot-WR, QB, MLB, FB
33. Jaguars – Khaseem Greene, OLB – Rutgers; Senior: 6’1″ 220
34. Chiefs – Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB – LSU; *Junior: 6’4″ 250
35. Eagles – Xavier Rhodes, CB – Florida State; *Junior: 6’2″ 210
36. Lions – Alex Okafor, DE/OLB – Texas; Senior: 6’4″ 260
37. Bengals (Raiders) – Matt Elam, SS – Florida; *Junior: 5’10″ 208
38. Arizona – Lance Johnson, OT – Oklahoma; Senior: 6’6″ 300
***Browns – FORFEIT (Supplemental Draft – WR Josh Gordon)
39. Jets – Eric Reid, FS – LSU; *Junior: 6’2″ 210
40. Titans – Zach Ertz, TE – Stanford; *Junior: 6’6″ 248
41. Bills – Ryan Nassib, QB – Syracuse; Senior: 6’2″ 230
42. Dolphins – Justin Hunter, WR – Tennessee; *Junior: 6’4″ 205
43. Tampa Bay – Johnthan Banks, CB – Mississippi St.; Senior 6’2″ 185
44. Carolina – Arthur Brown, MLB/OLB – Kansas State; Senior: 6’1″ 225
***Saints – FORFEIT (Bounty Penalty)
45. Chargers – Mike Glennon, QB – NC State; Senior: 6’6″ 232
46. Rams – Jelani Jenkins, OLB – Florida; *Junior: 6’0″ 235
47. Dallas – Bennie Logan, DT – LSU; *Junior: 6’3″ 290
48. Steelers – Giovani Bernard, RB – UNC; **Sophomore: 5’10″ 205
49. Giants – Travis Frederick, C/OG – Wisconsin; *Junior: 6’4″ 330
50. Bears – Kevin Minter, MLB – LSU; *Junior: 6’1″ 245
51. Redskins – Jordan Poyer, CB – Oregon State; Senior: 6’0″ 190
Needs: FS, RT, CB, C, MLBx2, 3/4 OLB, OG, TE, SS, WRx2
52. Vikings – Larry Warford, OG – Kentucky; Senior: 6’3″ 330
53. Bengals – Marcus Lattimore, RB – South Carolina; *Junior: 6’0″ 232 (XXX)
54. Dolphins (Colts) – Jesse Williams, DT/NT – Alabama; Senior: 6’4″ 320
55. Packers – Jordan Reed, TE – Florida; *Junior: 6’3″ 240
56. Seattle – Chase Thomas, OLB – Stanford; Senior: 6’4″ 245
57. Texans – Justin Pugh, OT – Syracuse; *Junior: 6’6″ 295
58. Denver – Matt Barkley, QB – USC; Senior: 6’2″ 225
P59. Ravens – Kawann Short, DT – Purdue; Senior: 6’3″ 310
P60. 49ers – Tony Jefferson, FS – Oklahoma; *Junior: 5’10″ 200
P61. Patriots – Terrence Williams, WR – Baylor; Senior: 6’3″ 205
P62. Falcons – Joseph Randle, RB – Oklahoma State; *Junior: 6’1″ 195
63. Chiefs – Stedman Bailey, WR – WVU; *Junior: 5’10″ 195
64. Jaguars – Logan Ryan, CB – Rutgers; *Junior: 6’0″ 190
65. Lions – Kyle Long, OT/OG – Oregon; Senior: 6’7″ 312
66. Raiders – David Amerson, CB/S – NC State; *Junior: 6’3″ 195
67. Eagles – Oday Aboushi, OT – Virginia; Senior: 6’6′ 310
68. Browns – Nickell Robey, CB – USC; *Junior: 5’8″ 170
69. Arizona – John Simon, DE/OLB – Ohio State; Senior: 6’2″ 260
70. Titans – Alvin Bailey, OG – Arkansas; *Junior: 6’5″ 312
71. Bills – Sean Porter, OLB – Texas A&M; Senior: 6’2″ 230
72. Jets – Duke Williams, SS/CB – Nevada; Senior: 6’1″ 200
73. Tampa Bay – Phillip Thomas, FS – Fresno State; Senior: 6’1″ 215
74. 49ers (Carolina) – Margus Hunt, DE/DT – SMU; Senior: 6’7″ 285
75. Saints – Quinton Patton, WR – Louisiana Tech; Senior: 6’2″ 195
76. Chargers – Ricky Wagner, OT – Wisconsin; Senior: 6’6″ 330
77. Dolphins – Desmond Trufant, CB – Washington; Senior: 6’0″ 185
78. Rams – Le’Veon Bell, RB – Michigan State; *Junior: 6’2″ 238
79. Steelers – Tyler Bray, QB – Tennessee; *Junior: 6’6″ 215
80. Dallas – TJ McDonald, FS – USC; Senior: 6’3″ 205
81. Giants – Kiko Alonso, MLB/OLB – Oregon; Senior: 6’4″ 245
82. Dolphins (Bears) – Brennan Williams, OT – UNC; Senior: 6’7″ 315
83. Vikings – Akeem Spence, DT – Illinois; *Junior: 6’1″ 305
84. Bengals – Will Davis, CB – Utah State; Senior: 6’0″ 185
85. Redskins – Nico Johnson, MLB – Alabama; Senior: 6’3″ 245
86. Colts – Khaled Holmes, C – USC; Senior: 6’4″ 305
87. Seattle – Robert Woods, WR – USC; *Junior: 6’1″ 190
88. Packers – Cornellius ‘Tank’ Carradine, DE – Florida State; Senior: 6’5″ 265
89. Texans – Levine Toilolo, TE – Stanford; *Junior: 6’8″ 262
90. Denver – William Gholston, DE/DT – Michigan State; *Junior 6’7″ 275
P91. Ravens – Bacarri Rambo, FS – Georgia; Senior: 6’0″ 218
P92. 49ers – Da’Rick Rodgers, WR – Tennessee Tech; *Junior: 6’3″ 208
P93. Patriots – Shawn Williams, SS – Georgia; Senior: 6’1″ 220
P94. Falcons – Datone Jones, DE – UCLA; Senior: 6’5″ 280
95. Jaguars – Jawan Jamison, RB – Rutgers; **Sophomore: 5’8″ 200
96. Chiefs – Tharold Simon, CB – LSU; *Junior: 6’3″ 190
97. Raiders – Dion Sims, TE – Michigan State; *Junior: 6’5″ 280
98. Eagles – Aaron Dobson, WR – Marshall; Senior: 6’3″ 205
99. Vikings (Lions) – Brandon Jenkins, OLB/DE – Florida State; Senior: 6’3″ 260 (XXX)
100. Arizona – Kevin Reddick, MLB/OLB – UNC; Senior: 6’2″ 240
101. Browns – Jamie Collins, OLB – Southern Miss.; Senior: 6’5″ 240
102. Bills – Gerald Hodges, OLB – Penn State; Senior: 6’2″ 230
103. Jets – Brian Winters, OG/OT – Kent State; Senior: 6’6″ 295
104. Titans – Reid Fragel, OT – Ohio State; Senior: 6’8″ 310
105. Carolina – Robert Lester, SS – Alabama; Senior: 6’2″ 210
106. Saints – Everett Dawkins, DT – Florida State; Senior: 6’2″ 305
107. Chargers – Montee Ball, RB – Wisconsin; Senior: 5’11″ 212
108. Dolphins – Kenny Stills, WR – Oklahoma; *Junior: 6’1″ 190
109. Tampa Bay – Zac Dysert, QB – Miami (OH); Senior: 6’4″ 215
110. Rams – Zeke Motta, FS – Notre Dame; Senior: 6’2″ 215
111. Dallas – Landry Jones, QB – Oklahoma; Senior: 6’4″ 230
112. Steelers – Sanders Commings, CB/S – Georgia; Senior: 6’2″ 218
113. Giants – Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB – Illinois; Senior: 6’6” 240
114. Bears – Gavin Escobar, TE – San Diego State; *Junior: 6’6″ 245
115. Bengals – Chris Faulk, OT – LSU; *Junior: 6’6″ 325 (XXX)
116. Redskins – Earl Watford, OG – James Madison; Senior: 6’4″ 295
117. Vikings – Andre Ellington, RB – Clemson; Senior: 5’10″ 190
118. Colts – Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB – U Conn; Senior: 6’2″ 190
119. Packers – Marquess Wilson, WR – Washington State; *Junior: 6’4″ 185
120. Seattle – John Wetzel, OT – Boston College; Senior: 6’8″ 302
121. Texans – Denard Robinson, WR/QB/RB/CB – Michigan; Senior: 6’0″ 195
122. Denver – Jamar Taylor, CB – Boise State; Senior: 5’11″ 200
P123. Ravens – Jonathan Bostic, MLB – Florida; Senior: 6’1″ 245
P124. 49ers – Hugh Thornton, OG – Illinois; Senior: 6’5″ 310
P125. Tampa Bay (Patriots) – Kwame Geathers, DT/NT – Georgia; *Junior: 6’6″ 350
P126. Falcons – Graham Pocic, C/OG – Illinois; Senior: 6’7″ 305
Next In Line: (By Position)
EJ Manuel, QB – Florida State; Senior: 6’5″ 235
Matt Scott, QB – Arizona; Senior: 6’3″ 200
Brad Sorensen, QB – Southern Utah; Senior: 6’4″ 235
Stepfan Taylor, RB – Stanford; Senior: 5’11″ 210
Mike Gillislee, RB – Florida; Senior: 5’11″ 200
Kenjon Barner, RB – Oregon; Senior: 5’11″ 195
Christine Michael, RB – Texas A&M; Senior: 5’11″ 222
Knile Davis, RB – Arkansas; *Junior: 6’0″ 225
Lonnie Pryor, FB – Florida State; Senior: 6’0″ 230
Markus Wheaton, WR – Oregon State; Senior: 6’0″ 180
Ryan Swope WR – Texas A&M; Senior: 6’0″ 205
Cobi Hamilton, WR – Arkansas; Senior: 6’3″ 210
Travis Kelce, TE – Cincinnati; Senior: 6’5″ 260
Joseph Fauria, TE – UCLA; Senior: 6’7″ 258
Michael Williams, TE – Alabama; Senior: 6’5″ 272
David Bakhtiari, OT – Colorado; *Junior: 6’4″ 295
Xavier Nixon, OT – Florida; Senior: 6’6″ 310
David Quessenberry, OT – San Jose State; Senior: 6’5″ 295
Oscar Johnson, OT – Louisiana Tech; Senior: 6’7″ 330
Menelik Watson, OT – Florida State; *Junior: 6’5″ 320
JC Tretter, OG/C – Cornell; Senior: 6’4″ 300
Omoregie Uzzi, OG – Georgia Tech; Senior: 6’3″ 300
Travis Bond, OG – UNC; Senior: 6’7″ 345
Braxston Cave, C – Notre Dame; Senior: 6’3″ 305
Brian Schwenke, C – California; Senior: 6’3″ 305
Stansly Maponga, DE – TCU; *Junior: 6’2″ 265
Malliciah Goodman, DE – Clemson; Senior: 6’4″ 280
Devin Taylor, DE – South Carolina; Senior: 6’8″ 268
Lavar Edwards, DE – LSU; Senior: 6’4″ 260
Quanterus Smith, DE – Western Kentucky; Senior: 6’5″ 250
Joe Kruger, DE/DT – Utah; *Junior: 6’6″ 280
Brandon Williams, DT/NT – Missouri Southern St; Senior: 6’2″ 330
Jordan Hill, DT – Penn State; Senior: 6’1″ 300
Abry Jones, DT/DE – Georgia; Senior: 6’3″ 310
Travis Long, OLB – Washington State; Senior: 6’4″ 245
Lerentee McCray, OLB – Florida; Senior: 6’2″ 248
Trevardo Williams, OLB – U Conn; Senior: 6’1″ 235
Michael Mauti, MLB/OLB – Penn State; Senior: 6’2″ 240 (XXX)
A.J. Klein, MLB – Iowa State; Senior: 6’1″ 245
Robert Alford, CB – SE Louisiana; Senior: 5’11″ 185
Terry Hawthorne, CB – Illinois; Senior: 6’0″ 190
Leon McFadden, CB – San Diego State; Senior: 5’10″ 185
Tyrann Mathieu, CB/S/KR – LSU (XXX); *Junior: 5’9″ 180
Micah Hyde, FS/CB – Iowa; Senior: 6’1″ 190
DJ Swearinger, FS – South Carolina; Senior: 5’11″ 210
Shamarko Thomas, SS – Syracuse; Senior: 5’10″ 208
Quinn Sharp, P/K – Oklahoma State; Senior: 6’1″ 205
Brad Wing, P – LSU; **Sophomore: 6’4″ 185
Dustin Hopkins, K – Florida State; Senior: 6’2″ 190