NFL Draft Mock, Version E-6
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2012 NFL Mock, Version E-6. No.6 overall (As of 01/20/2012)
1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB – Stanford *
I think its pretty safe to say they’ll select Luck – it doesnt make any sense trading the pick, or picking anyone else here. Peyton Manning should return (I doubt they move/release him) – it’d be hard to move him or get fair value with the contract/injury issues. Peyton may only play 2-3 more seasons if healthy, so while it’s not an ideal situation you have to plan for the future. The Colts will have a new coach – so you may see a lot of changes in Indy this coming season, especially with Reggie Wayne and Jeff Saturdays status so WR and C could become concerns too. They should be able to re-sign Pierre Garcon, but their other needs include DT, OT/OG, CB, OLB, and DE.
2. Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR – Oklahoma State *
Jeff Fisher is the new Head Coach – and well, in his tenure in Tennessee he actually made a lot of good first round selections. The highest he chose was No.3 overall (McNair and VY – but he was responsible for Chris Johnson, Albert Haynesworth, Keith Bullock, Eddie George, and Kenny Britt). He does typically favor defensive players, but in 1998 he took Kevin Dyson ahead of Randy Moss – so while Kalil makes the most sense….I think he goes with Justin Blackmon to open up the offensive. It’d make a lot of sense to trade down if Kalil (Remember, Jason Smith at RT and Roger Saffold at LT arent bad options if they’re healthy) isnt the choice, Im not a fan of receivers going this high – BUT, this guy is good. They also need OG, DT, OLB, backup RB, OT, and CB help.
3. Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT – USC *
I think Minnesota would be very happy to replace Bryant McKinnie with Kalil, sorry Charlie Johnson. He is a real option for STL, and there is even more of a chance teams targeting RG3 would make them an offer they cant refuse – but Kalil makes the most sense, he’s a franchise caliber addition. If Kalil is gone it’d be too early to take Rieff or Martin – and I doubt they’d take Blackmon even though he fits a need…maybe Claiborne, but a trade down at that point is most likely. Minnesota will look for a WR, CB, OG, 3rd-down RB, and NT later on in the draft.
4. PT1 Seattle (FROM Browns) – Robert Griffin III, QB – Baylor *
Lets face it, Cleveland needs an upgrade at QB – BUT Seattle offers up too much. Besides, Cleveland has a lot of other issues (Peyton Hillis contract probably most commonly talked about) but, Mike Holmgren is smart and plans for the future with extra picks. Griffin could be taken earlier by a team trading up ahead of Cleveland – as I believe they actually like RG3 enough to select him here, but Seattle has to make a move. The Seahawks will have a hard time attracting a QB to choose to come to them (unlike other teams in need of a QB i.e. Washington, Miami) so they have to give up a lot to finally get their QB of the future. He is similar in style to Tavaris Jackson, so he could sit and learn while Jackson finishes his final year of a 2year contract. They have other needs (pass rushing DL, OLB, CB, OL depth, and RB) but this would be a start.
5. Tampa Bay – Morris Claiborne, CB – LSU *
Claiborne is a real option at No.3 to Minnesota, so if he gets by them he should be available here – but they could go a number of ways. A viable trade spot for Miami or Seattle (to jump Washington) if Griffin is somehow available. I thought they needed a CB last year, and well – you might as well get the best one this year. Rhonde Barber is nearly done, Talib can’t be relied on with his troubles – so this pick makes all the sense. I think an OT is a real possibility, as well as a RB like Trent Richardson to push Blount and give them more dynamics from the backfield. Other needs for the Bucs include OLB/MLB, WR, C, another CB, LG, and FB.
6. Redskins – Riley Reiff, OT – Iowa *
QB would seem like the likely option, but I think they can make a move in the off-season (Peyton Manning would be in play, maybe even Matt Flynn) but they need to sure up the OL. Reiff would play the RT spot, and provide depth to a thin unit. Its not the most exciting pick, especially with some of the other talent out there but I dont believe they’d take a WR or RB this high. The Skins may consider trading down if Griffin is gone, or they want an offensive skill player. I think they go OL and stick with the recent trend – 09: DL Orakpo 10: OL T.Williams 11: DL R.Kerrigan….now OL again. The Skins also need LG, CB, SS (Landry is a Free-Agent), MLB, and TE depth.
7. Jaguars – Jonathan Martin, OT – Stanford *
They have an offensive minded Head Coach now, plus they made some defensive acquisitions in Free-Agency last off season – so it makes sense to go with an offensive pick. I believe they could trade down and still get pretty good value, especially if they want a WR. Yes, true…they desperately need a WR, but with a good RB and a young QB – you have to go OT here. Martin is somewhat under-valued in my opinion…and remember, Mularkey was in ATL with a nice offensive line unit for a run-oriented style. Jeffery’s will be a popular choice here, but WR is easier to come by than LT’s. Look for Jacksonville to focus on plenty of WR’s, a few CB’s, P, DE, LB depth, S, a future C, and maybe a QB.
8. Miami – Luke Kuechly, MLB – Boston College
Miami will look strongly at moving up for a QB, maybe even trying to make a run at Andrew Luck. I think they need a QB, but they’ll probably miss out at the top of the draft unless they want to give up a lot of picks. They may address QB with a Free Agent (In fact this mock is done ASSUMING they sign UFA Matt Flynn, probably to a large contract around 5yr 42millionish – maybe Jason Campbell or even Kyle Orton if Flynn land elsewhere), or later in the draft. They need interior line help and a WR – BUT, Kevin Burnett just wont cut it. Kuechly joining Wake and Dansby would be a fierce Linebacking core. They play in a division with teams who can put up points, if you cant score – you got to stop the other team from doing so. I like this pick but – I think DeCastro could be a sleeper here as well. Other positions of need include a NT/DL, RT, rush OLB, FS, RG, TE, and CB.
9. Carolina – Michael Floyd, WR – Notre Dame
The Panthers could go numerous ways here, but I think they need size at the receiver position. Obviously, Alshon Jeffery would be the popular idea if they went WR (I do have him as the No.2 WR) – but I think Floyd could overtake him as the draft nears, and transition to the NFL game better. Again, Im not a big fan of Top 10 Wideouts, but you need someone opposite Steve Smith (Gettis and LaFell are decent No. 3/4 options). I think the two other options here are Devon Still or Quinton Coples (maybe Brockers rises up boards too) since they need DL help to secure the defensive front. I know they also need a CB, but it’d be too much of a reach for Kirkpatrick at this point. They also need OLB, RT, S, K, and RG. If someone previously mentioned ends up being available – it could be worth it to trade down with someone interesting in coming up.
10. Bills – Quinton Coples, DE/DT/OLB – UNC
The Bills need to be able to put some pressure on the QB. Marcel Dareus was a solid pick, he actually led them in sacks this past season – which is all the more reason they need pass rushers…he plays nose tackle. Coples is capable of playing multiple spots – so whether they stay 3-4 or move to the 4-3 look, he’ll be able to play an edge position. He is the best pass rusher in the draft, so if he falls to them here…it’d be hard to pass him up for someone else at this point. The Bills have plenty of other needs including LT, a few more pass rushers at DE/OLB, CB, WR, TE, backup QB, and K but Coples would add what they need most…..sacks.
11. PT2 Chargers (FROM Chiefs) – David DeCastro, OG – Stanford *
Kris Dielman is contemplating retiring, and in fact Marcus McNeill too has an uncertain status. DeCastro is solid, and can play just about any offensive line position. I think they need to make a move to come up and get one of the premiere lineman in the draft. If they stay put at No.18 they’ll be in line for a LB or would have to reach for an offensive lineman or S. Their other need include a CB, FB, K, MLB, and OT. They also could consider Dre Kirkpatrick if they do in fact trade up to this spot – but right now…the offensive line must be addressed. I do admit, they need youth….and players – so trading picks to move up is unlikely. I just think this guy is worth it – he is more athletic than he seems.
12. PT1 Browns (FROM Seattle) – Trent Richardson, RB – Alabama *
If in fact Cleveland does trade down, this scenario would be somewhat bittersweet. Trent Richardson and Alshon Jeffery both sitting here is a dilemma all itself, but I think Richardson has more value. Richardson will very likely to be taken before now – but RB’s have slipped in recent years. This would likely mean Peyton Hillis leaves and Montario Hardesty (if healthy) serves as the primary backup. They still need a QB, and a primary WR – as well as RT, DE, OLB, CB, OG, and FS. Getting a Top 5 talent here would continue to add to the additions of solid drafts picks the Browns have made the past few season. Richardson dominated in the SEC and is a complete back – superstar potential.
13. Arizona – Alshon Jeffery, WR – South Carolina *
I really wanted to put Cordy Glenn as the selection here, I think it fits a bigger need – especially with Deuce Lutui being a Free-Agent. Glenn could even play an OT spot (if Lutui is re-signed) – BUT you need to get Kolb weapons and Fitzgerald some help. Roberts shows some good signs and Early Doucet is nothing special – Jeffery would be a legitimate No.2 and really open up the field. WR is a need, not the most glaring – but as the draft transpires sometimes you have to re-think things. While offensive line help at RT, and MLB…and eventually a S as big needs too (they also need DE, rush OLB, K/P, RG, and CB depth) – I think Jeffery is too tempting. Do I think its a good pick? – Not really, sure he’ll be good…but they could have went with Glenn or even Vontaze Burfict for a bigger need. Jeffery may even slide further than this, while its hard to believe a 6’4″ 230lb wideout falling – there are a lot of questions about explosiveness, route running, and getting free off the line of scrimmage.
14. Dallas – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB – Alabama *
Again, Cordy Glenn is tempting – and probably a better pick for need. BUT, its hard to go wrong with a 6’3″ CB off the National Champions. Terrence Newman really showed his age, and a return in Dallas may be in question next season. In fact, the Cowboys even need a S – and the good news is Kirkpatrick actually does project somewhat nicely as a Safety prospect too. I think its a little early for Kirkpatricks teammate Mark Barron, but he may get some consideration if they go secondary. I also think Devin Still could potentially be a sleeper here because he could play the DE in the 3-4 scheme. Offensive line is a huge concern so if somehow DeCastro was available I think he’d be the likely pick. Dallas could also trade down and still find nice value in the secondary or along the OL – they have needs at C, OG, DL, MLB, P, and backup QB.
15. Eagles – Vontaze Burfict, MLB – Arizona State *
The Eagles really made some nice additions to the defensive this past off-season, but they still have some major concerns on that side of the ball. They need help at DT, and most importantly a LB…maybe even a S. Sure, a big WR (they’d love to see Floyd or Jeffery sitting here) would be a nice target or even a compliment for McCoy – plus you can never go wrong with OL help. BUT…you need some attitude, toughness, and down right nastiness. Burfict is all over the place, literally….some see him as a top talent, but many think his immaturity and character issues are too much of a risk. Well, I think he can just down right play. Casey Matthews isnt the answer, and well…Burfict almost seems like a perfect fit to me. They need that emotional leader (i.e. Jeremiah Trotter) even if it does mean a few personal foul penalties. Philly will also need to address OG/OT, DT, LB depth, SS, backup QB, and CB.
16. Jets – Courtney Upshaw, OLB – Alabama
The Jets may have more holes than what meets the eye, so its hard to say where they’ll go with the pick (they need a QB for competition, a few WR’s, RT/OL, FS/SS, NT, blocking TE, and K,) but, when you need a pass rusher too – I think Upshaw fits right in. He is nasty, tough, and makes sense in the 3-4 setup. In fact, any defensive front-seven prospect could be in play because its hard to say who teams rate ahead of who. This could could be Upshaw or anyone from Devin Still to Michael Brockers to Whitney Mercilus. I actually think they could be in play for Trent Richardson (they lack a 2nd round pick, therefore trading up would be difficult). They may try to find a suitor to trade down with – maybe targeting Zebrie Sanders or Mike Adams at that point. Codry Glenn may be an option here as well, but I just have a feeling the Jets will end up going defensive – they need to get that swagger back.
17. Bengals (Oakland) – Cordy Glenn, OG/OT – Georgia
I thought the Bengals need to do whatever it took (especially with 2 first-rounders) to go up and get Trent Richardson to give them their own Big 3. I think that’s still a realistic option if he falls out of the Top 10. However, their defense is on the verge of being really good (especially if Mike Zimmer sticks around) so improving the seconary is a must – BUT now is the time to improve the OG position. Glenn may go earlier, especially if there is a run on lineman – but he would fit the biggest need for the value at this point. The have other needs at RB, CB, S, MLB, another OG, OLB, and WR. He is massive, and would add some versatility to the offensive line that faces Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice a season. I think they is a good chance they look to add a RB early on too, whether its Richardson or someone else.
18. PT2 Chiefs (FROM Chargers) – Michael Brockers, DT/NT – LSU **
By trading down it seems the Chiefs played themselves out of some good talent – maybe they did, especially with their need for a linebacker. Well Zach Brown is available to play opposite Justin Houston, or they could take Andre Branch as on OLB in their 3-4 set-up. They will also consider targeting help at RT and CB as well as a OG, C, TE, MLB, S, and pass rushers. While Devin Still is probably the best defensive tackle available, he isnt a good fit as a true nose in the 3-4. Enter, Michael Brockers to fit their biggest need at NT. He may be somewhat of a risk here – I could see Brandon Thompson or Dontari Poe feeling like safer picks, but Brockers is shooting up boards even as a Sophomore. Kelly Gregg is solid, but he was only signed for 1 year and well a little long in the tooth anyhow. At 6’6′ 310lbs Brockers makes sense to be that NT, even with Jerell Powe there.
19. Bears – Kendall Wright, WR – Baylor
The Bears need to start getting younger on defense – Heck, Brian Urlacher is even 33 now. They have to get some help across the board defensively – and even some depth along the OL. Their needs include OT, CB, LB depth, S, and DT. The main question is going to be locking up Matt Forte, and if not…replacing him. I think Cutler needs some targets though, Kellen Davis is decent put lets get real – they need to target a TE early. Here, I think you take a chance with Kendall Wright. Its said that some team rank him as the No.1 WR (Yes, even ahead of Blackmon) so I think he’ll actually start moving up the draft board in the weeks to come. The Bears dont really have a go to receiver – maybe its Earl Bennett (who was just re-signed) since he has a past with Culter but the bottom line…WR is the top need. Wright doesnt have ideal size at 5’10” but I hear comparisons to what Victor Cruz has done this season – thats pretty darn good.
20. Titans – Andre Branch, DE/OLB – Clemson
I think Tennessee would be happy to see Alshon Jeffery fall this far, him and Britt would be a nice duo. Losing Jason Babin was a big loss and they must/need to get more sacks…its sad when Dave Ball leads the DE spot with just 4 sacks last season. Im sure Chris Johnson would hope they address the offensive line – and while OL depth is a need – so is CB, OLB, SS, an even a RB to backup Johnson. Jason Jones is probably better suited as a DT, and well lets hope Derrick Morgan comes around – BUT you still got to get a pass rushing DE. Branch is a player valued high, but somewhat unknown to many – he has good quickness and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. They could also consider Melvin Ingram or Whitney Mercilus here, but for now – baring a WR falling to them – lets go with Branch.
21. Bengals – Mark Barron, SS – Alabama
I think choosing to upgrade the secondary is where this pick needs to go – so Janoris Jenkins, Alfonzo Dennard…or maybe even Stephon Gilmore could be an option. I think a LB could also come into play here too (Zach Brown), but ideally it’d be a great spot to trade down from – especially with Devon Still falling farther and farther. Its probably too early to make a play for Lamar Miller or David Wilson too…so what do you do? Take a solid player to help improve the defensive. I think Barron is underrated some, but he should go in the first round (Denver, New England, Dallas, Kansas City, Baltimore also being options for him) – so dont be surprised I have him going this high. He isnt really that ‘loose in the hip’ but he is good in coverage and has nice size. Dont buy into the “stiff” label – he is productive and a solid safety.
22. Browns (Falcons) – Nick Foles, QB – Arizona
Wow. Yeah, I know. Foles was actually considered a 1st Rounder last season for 2012 projections – he has all the tools, including the size (6’5″ 235lbs). He has a big arm, is accurate, and while he probably projects as more of a 2nd rounder now – it may be worth rolling the dice on him. I think he’ll start rising up boards come combine time. Cleveland took a chance McCoy and while he hasn’t done a bad job, Foles fits the NFL mold a little better. He does have concern with mobility and pocket presence that could scare teams away. I think they would also consider Kendall Wright if he is available and they dont select a WR with the 1st pick.
23. Lions – Peter Konz, C – Wisconsin *
The Lions needs to address the offesnive line, they have to get some youth along that unit and right here could be the spot to do it (Z.Sander or M.Adams also). However, the Lions too have holes on the defensive side of the ball – they need to find a steady young CB, sure up the Linebacking core, and get some younger DE’s. I think Melvin Ingram and Whitney Mercilus would be very intriguing – but I cant see them going DL in Round 1 three straight years. Janoris Jenkins or Dennard are very likely under this scenario – BUT I think Konz is too good of an interior lineman to pass up. Raiola is the current Center, but his best days are behind him – besides, Konz is able to play OG too. Drafting a C is never real exciting, but this is a solid pick – especially to help establish a run game and keep Stafford off his back. Lions also will need to address OT, CB, DE, LB depth, and P this off-season.
24. Steelers – Brandon Thompson, DT/NT – Clemson
The Steelers ended up picking earlier than they had hoped, but they are in a position to really help their team. They’re going to be in a lot of cap issues come this off-season, and they’ll probably have to part with a few veterans. Realistic, the Steelers need everything because of their cap situation: potentially Ryan Clark, James Farrior, Chris Kemoatu could be cut and they have looming contract decisions on Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace. Casey Hampton could also be one of them, but regardless – adding a nice young NT is something they should address. I could see them be very tempted with Devin Still here too, but again he is more of a 4-3 DT or 3-4 DE, and while they could use a DE (Aaron Smith is done) I dont think its a good option right now. I think upgrading the OL is a clearer need – but Thompson is stud in the middle. Dontari Poe may be a better fit, or they could go with Kelechi Osemele, but Dont be surprised if they make a move up to target David DeCastro is he starts falling some.
25. Denver – Janoris Jenkins, CB – No. Alabama *
Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger, they passesd on Patrick Peterson last year – and while their defense has been fairly productive….Jenkins is pretty much the best option at this point. In fact, DT or TE may have been a better option here – but when you can get the No.3 rated CB you have to pull the trigger. Dwayne Allen is a real possibility, as well as Devin Still under this scenario. Sure, getting a force in the middle may be considered their biggest need (Poe, Worthy are available) – BUT Jenkins was once considered a Top 10 talent while at Florida. I think they’ll want to address the skill positions on offensive later on at RB, WR…and yes they’ll even need to add a QB for competition/depth. They’ll need to consider MLB and S too. Heck, maybe they’ll get a good offer and trade Tim Tebow (maybe Miami?) – but its not likely. It could be Alfonzo Dennard too, truthfully – they’re interchangeable as the No.3 CB.
26. PT3 Browns (FROM Texans) – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB Illinois *
I think the Texans were hoping for a WR here, most likely K.Wright – but under this scenario a trade down would make some sense. If in fact Cleveland can manage this – turning 3 picks in the Top 64 into 3 in the Top 26 it’d be a huge score to land a RB, QB, and defensive piece in doing so. Mercilus is considered a risk by many because he really was a one-year wonder, but he really can attack the QB (he lead the Nation in Sacks and FF in 2011). I think he is somewhat raw, but fits the mold of the hybrid edge rusher with a variety of moves and strength. For Cleveland it’d be a nice addition at this point to improve the defense.
27. Patriots (Saints) – Nick Perry, DE/OLB – USC *
The Patriots have a lot of picks early on in this draft, and they have a lot of needs defensively. I think the secondary is a major concern – they’d love to see Mark Barron available here. I know CB is an issue but Dowling will be coming back off IR next season and Arrington is a serviceable after a nice season so while Alfonzo Dennard is the most tempting prospect to consider..I think CB can wait. The Patriots also have a need at OG, DT, LB, WR, and C – Yet, I think an edge rusher like Perry is the best option now. Zach Brown makes a lot of sense as an OLB, but in the Patriots 3-4 scheme Perry could shine. He was a 3 year start, and played under former NFL DC Monte Kiffin – plus he is a great athlete with deceptive strength…look for him to move up boards as the draft needs (into Top 20).
28. Packers – Devin Still, DT/DE – Penn State
Green Bay has some offensive line issues, and they may need a backup QB if Matt Flynn leaves this off-season as expected – but their defense needs improvement. I think its safe to say they’ll focus on upgrading their defense early on in this draft. They need to establish a pass rush, and develop a replacement for Charles Woodson – their needs include DE, OLB, CB. I think it’d be hard to pass on Alfonzo Dennard here, especially as bas as the pass defense was – but Devin Still is better than being the No.28 pick so its a value pick. I’d only assume he’d be gone way before this – but I just couldn’t find a spot for him so maybe he does slip some. Michael Brockers entering the draft may hurt Still’s stock – He is better suited for a 4-3 DT, but in Green Bay would be a 3-4 End. He is extremely good at getting into the backfield with a good first step for a big guy. He isnt a true pass rusher – Melvin Ingram makes more sense if that the case – but fills a need.
29. Giants – Zebrie Sanders, OT – Florida State
The Giants may end up winning the Super Bowl, say what? New York is making an impressive run, but they have plenty of holes to consider in the draft. While Im thinking Osi Umenyiora is likely gone, thus creating a need for OLB and the RB situation is up in the air (Is Brandon Jacobs gone?) – the OL spot is the major concern. It may seem like a surprise to go OT in round 1 but David Diehl has struggled and they need a LT. Sanders started mostly at RT in college, but I think he could move to LT. Sure, he needs to improve in areas – but he has a solid base and is an accomplished individual. The Giants may also end up considering a TE, or S – other options here would be Zach Brown, Lamar Miller, Dwayne Allen or Mike Adams.
30. Ravens – Lamar Miller, RB – Miami (FL) **
Ricky Williams is your current backup and I doubt you can even name another RB on the roster – besides, you cant expect Ray Rice to hold up being the only offense they have. Miller isn’t a power back, so he isnt really a compliment to Rice – he is somewhat similar. He has good size, quickness, good pass catching ability, and can make you miss. I think we typically think Defense with Baltimore, and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed aren’t getting any younger so MLB and S will be target areas – they also love defensive lineman. On offensive they need to address C, WR, backup QB, and OT. Other potential options here include Dont’a Hightower, Mark Barron, Peter Konz, Jerrel Worthy, Mike Adams, or Melvin Ingram.
31. 49ers – Alfonzo Dennard, CB – Nebraska
I’d be shocked if Dennard fell this far, he has the ability to be a lock down corner. The Niners have other needs, and Melvin Ingram will be tempting sitting there. Aside from CB and DE, San Fran needs to address DT/NT, S, C, OG, WR, backup TE and OLB. I think they could reach for a WR like M.Sanu here as a surprise pick – but if they didnt have a CB fall to them, I think it’ll be a defensive lineman like D.Poe, J.Worthy, or Fletcher Cox. Dennard is considered the No.3 CB by many, and is super athletic – sure, Carlos Rogers had a good season…but he is getting older. Chase Minnifield or Stephon Gilmore are also options, especially if Dennard is gone.
32. Patriots – Kelechi Osemele, OG – Iowa State
The Pats need to keep improving their defensive front – I have them address the edge with Nick Perry with their first pick – so Melvin Ingram and Dontari Poe make the most sense to me here, possibly even J.Worthy. I also think Stephon Gilmore could be a surprise option as a CB/FS. However, I think Osemele has some good value right here. They probably need to consider a C too as some point, but Brian Waters isn’t a long term solution at OG – so while OL isnt a major concern…I think New England has the luxury to draft for value. Melvin Ingram is really hard to bypass, they could even go for Mohammed Sanu – I just like his elite size (6’5″ 335) and how he physically overpowers defenders.
33. Colts – Jerel Worthy, DT – Michigan State *
34. Rams – Dontari Poe, DT/NT – Memphis *
35. Vikings – Chase Minnifield, CB – Virginia
36. Tampa Bay – David Wilson, RB – Virginia Tech *
37. PT3 Texans (FROM Browns) – Mohamed Sanu, WR – Rutgers *
The Texans found an opportunity to trade down, and got lucky Sanu was still available because he very well may slip into the 1st round. WR is a big need – as well as help at NT, OG, LB, CB, DE, and TE. Sanu has great size and is a play-maker – similar in ability to Percy Harvin. Sanu goes after the ball, has strong has, is physical – while he doesnt have a great 40-time he just gets the job done. Houston may opt to go defensive and continue to build the defense if Sanu is gone – due to the trade they have two more picks in this round so that may tempt them to go with Melvin Ingram who has slid.
38. Jaguars – Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
39. Redskins – Ryan Tannehill, QB – Texas A&M
40. Carolina – Fletcher Cox, DT/DE Miss. State *
41. Bills – Dwayne Allen, TE – Clemson *
42. Miami – Mike Adams, OT – Ohio State
43. PT1/PT3 Texans (FROM Browns Via Seattle) – Melvin Ingram, DE – South Carolina
44. Chiefs – Zack Brown, OLB – UNC
45. Dallas – Kevin Zeitler, OG – Wisconsin
46. Eagles (Arizona) – Brandon Washington, OG – Miami (FL)
47. Jets – Dwight Jones, WR – UNC
48. Patriots (Oakland) – Stephon Gilmore, CB/FS – South Carolina *
49. PT2 Chiefs (FROM Chargers) – Ben Jones, C – Georgia
50. Bears – Dont’a Hightower, MLB/OLB – Alabama *
51. Eagles – Rueben Randle,WR – LSU *
52. Titans – Jayron Hosley, CB – Virginia Tech *
53. Bengals – Chris Polk, RB – Washington *
54. Lions – Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB/DE – Troy *
57. Falcons – Orson Charles, TE – Georgia *
With No First round pick…the Falcons will most likely target Ben Jones at C here – they have needs at DE, CB, backup RB, OG, TE, backup QB, and WR. I think Jones could be here, but if he isn’t then someone like Bruce Irvin, Vinny Curry or the best available CB could be the way to go. However, a lot of people think O.Charles is the No.1 TE in this draft – and, well Tony Gonzalez cant play forever. I think Charles is an interesting prospect who could move up draft board come combine time.
56. Steelers – Amini Silatolu, OG – Midwestern State
57. Denver – Kirk Cousins, QB – Michigan State
58. Texans – Lavonte David, OLB/MLB – Nebraska
59. Saints – Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE – Oklahoma *
With No First round pick….The Saints will probably be able to take the best player on their board here. It could be Kirk Cousins if he is available as a backup to Drew Brees (who they will re-sign). I could see the Saints taking Markelle Martin to fill their void at S, possibly even Bruce Irvin as an OLB – but I like Lewis’ potential. He has nice size with the ability to get after the Quarterback – he played DE in college, but I see him as a true OLB in a 4-3 even though most think he is better suited as an edge rusher in a 3-4. New Orleans have a need at S, OLB, OT, MLB, OG, WR, and CB.
60. Packers – Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB – WVU
61. Giants – LeMichael James, RB – Oregon
62. Ravens – Markelle Martin, FS – Oklahoma State
63. 49ers – Alameda Ta’amu, DT/NT – Washington
64. Patriots – Brian Quick, WR – Appalachian State
*No explantation on Oakland picks (Raiders needs: NT, C, OG, pass rushing DE/OLB, CB, RT, SS) they have No Picks in the top 64 picks for analysis.
The Next To Come:
Vinny Curry, DE – Marshall
Jared Crick, DE/DT Nebraska
Travis Lewis, OLB – Oklahoma
Bobby Wagner, MLB/OLB – Utah State
Lucas Nix, OG – Pittsburgh
Chandler Jones, DE – Syracuse *
Levy Adcock, OT – Oklahoma
Josh Chapman, DT/NT – Alabama
Cam Johnson, DE – Virginia
Audie Cole, MLB/OLB – NC State
Coryell Judie, CB – Texas A&M
Billy Winn, DE/DT – Boise State
Bobby Massie, OT – Mississippi *
Coby Fleener, TE – Stanford
Brandon Lindsey, OLB/DE – Pittsburgh
Bernard Pierce, RB – Temple *
Andrew Datko, OT – Florida State
Jeff Fuller, WR – Texas A&M
Antonio Allen, SS/OLB – South Carolina
Brandon Mosley, OT – Auburn
Kendall Reyes, DT/DE – U Conn
Keenan Robinson, OLB – Texas
Michael Brewster, C – Ohio State
Emmanuel Acho, MLB – Texas
Marvin McNutt, WR – Iowa
Brock Osweiler, QB – Arizona State *
Marcus Forston, DT – Miami (FL) *
Aaron Henry, FS – Wisconsin
Trumaine Johnson, CB – Montana
Stephen Hill, WR – Georgia Tech *
Sean Spence, OLB – Miami (FL)
Nate Potter, OT/OG – Boise State
Jamell Fleming, CB – Oklahoma
Jarius Wright, WR – Arkansas
Tank Carder, MLB/OLB – TCU
Kheeston Randall, DT – Texas
Shea McClellin, DE/OLB – Boise State
James Michael-Johnson, MLB – Nevada
Brandon Boykin, CB – Georgia