NFL Draft Mock, Version E-7
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2012 NFL Mock, Version E-7. No.7 overall (As of 01/26/2012)
1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB – Stanford *
March 8th is looming, so we’ll have a better understanding as that date nears. They hired a defensive guy – Chuck Pagano – as their new Head Coach, but I still think its safe to say Luck has to be the pick. Peyton Manning, aside from the money, has a huge health concern – could one wrong hit end his career even if he does come back? Truthfully, I cant see them parting way with Manning – I doubt he’ll be moved – but regardless, you have to plan for the future. However, it seems more an more likely he may end up retiring or playing elsewhere via recent reports. Why this even makes more sense? Value. I doubt anyone else available is good enough to make you pass on Luck, nor would you be able to obtain enough fair value in return for this pick (or a trade involving Manning). They do have other concerns, C Jeff Saturday, WR Reggie Wayne, DE Robert Mathis, WR Pierre Garcon, OG Ryan Diem, CB Jacob Lacy (RFA), LB Phillip Wheeler, LB Ernie Sims, DT Eric Foster, DE Tyler Brayton, WR Anthony Gonzalez and DE Jamaal Anderson are all Free-Agents. Needs: QB, DT, C, OT/OG, OLB, CB, WR, DE.
2. Rams – Ryan Kalil, OT – USC *
This is a tough spot currently. The logical picks seems to be WR Justin Blackmon (remember, new Head Coach Jeff Fisher once took Kevin Dyson ahead of Randy Moss) or to trade down. I know RG3 is going to be coveted (by: Seattle, Cleveland, Miami, Washington, ect.) but I think those teams have plenty of other needs to fill and therefore STL may not be able to get what they’re looking for in return. Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, Greg Salas, Austin Pettis aren’t horrible – but they’re not No.1 options either (Brandon Lloyd is an UFA, Danny Amendola is a RFA) so Blackmon make the most sense. Fisher claims he wants to focus on the run-game, so – that, along with the fact Im not a fan of a No.2 overall Wide Receiver leads me to think that Kalil is the best option…currently. They need to protect Bradford, the Number 1 need should be to keep him healthy – even though he needs some weapons around him too. I know they have spent high picks lately on OT’s – and in my opinion Jason Smith and Roger Saffold are pretty good options – but they cant stay healthy. Kalil would play LT, Smith RT and you could move Saffold to LG (Jacob Bell shouldn’t be back, he is a Free-Agent) under this scenario. Their other Free-Agents this offseason include QB AJ Feeley, RB Cadillac Williams, P Donnie Jones, LB Brady Poppinga, DT Gary Gibson, RB Jerious Norwood, DE CJ Ah You (RFA). TE Billy Bajema, OT Adam Goldberg, CB Al Harris, LB Bryan Kehl, LB Ben Leber, and LB Chris Chamberlain. I think their options here are 1. Kalil 2. Trade Down 3. Blackmon 4. Claiborne. Needs: WR, OG, DT, OLB, CB, OT, RB, P.
3. Vikings – Morris Claiborne, CB – LSU *
Claiborne was somewhat overshadowed by the ‘Honey Badger’, but he is a lock-down corner. I know, WR Justin Blackmon again would make a lot of sense here, and in fact – probably fit a bigger need. I just think that in a division with Aaron Rodgers and the emerging Matthew Stafford you need a true cover CB. Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin aren’t horrible, but Claiborne is on a different level – Antoine Winfield isnt getting any younger either. I think Kalil would be who they target to play LT, with Claiborne, Blackmon and a trade down the order of priority. WR’s are easier to come by than cover-corners – besides, WR’s going high are a huge risk. They could reach for Riley Reiff here as well. Minnesota Free-Agents include: LB EJ Henderson, C John Sullivan, RB Lorenzo Booker, WR Devin Aromashodu, DT Fred Evans, DT Letroy Guion, WR Greg Camarillo, S Tyrell Johnson, S Husain Abdullah, LB Xavier Adibi, and LB Erin Henderson. I think Claiborne would lineup as the No.1 CB opposite Cedric Griffin, while Chris Cook move to S – remember, the DB’s in Minny cant seem to avoid the Police…i.e Asher Allen. Needs: WR, LT, CB, NT/DT, OG, LB, 3rd down RB, Pass Rusher, C.
4. Browns – Robert Griffin III, QB – Baylor *
I could see RG3 not being the pick – I think Mike Holmgren, who has conducted some great picks lately in Cleveland, knows the risk of a Top 5 QB and that this teams has other needs. With that said, I think he also knows the potential/dynamic that Griffin adds. Sure Colt McCoy hasn’t been horrible – but, he hasn’t been that great either. The Browns are pretty much open to taking the best player available on their board – they could use Morris Claiborne, Justin Blackmon, Ryan Kalil, Trent Richardson, Luke Kuechley, Quinton Coples, Riley Reiff. I do believe Riley Reiff is a strong candidate for the RT spot here – Yes, even if RG3 is available. They do have some major needs on defense too, so while they really don’t have many noteable FA’s – they certainly have some holes to fill. Peyton Hillis is their top priority as a Free-Agent, but the others include: WR Jordan Norwood (RFA), OT Oniel Cousins, OG John Greco, K Phil Dawson, LB D’Qwell Jackson, S Mike Adams, OT Artis Hicks, OG Steve Vallos, DE Marcus Bernard, and TE Alex Smith. I think Griffin is too hard to pass up but their order of availability 1. GR3 2. Claiborne 3. Kalil/Reiff 4. Trade Down 5. Blackmon Needs: RT, QB, DE, FS, WR, CB, RB, LB, OG, K.
5. PT1 Jaguars (FROM Tampa Bay) – Justin Blackmon, WR – Oklahoma State *
Its safe to say Blackmon is a Top 5 talent – I think we typically see him going Top 3, but WR’s are a risk early on and easily slide lower than expected. Well, Jacksonville – risk or not – needs a WR badly…Mike Thomas is a nice No.2/slot compliment. I don’t see Blackmon sliding outside of the Top 7 (Jacksonville’s original spot) but I think there is a good chance Washington could target him under this scenario, and Tampa Bay could still target Richardson or an OT by moving down a few if Claiborne is gone – so the Jags make the move to secure Blackmon. I really could see them taking an OT if there isn’t a chance at getting value from a WR – new Head Coach Mike Mularkey came from a run oriented offense in ATL so with MJD and a young QB solidifying the OL isn’t a bad theory. The Jaguars’ main Free-Agent is CB Rashean Mathis, but others include: DE/LB Math Roth, K Josh Scobee, OT Guy Whimper, QB Luke McCown, CB Dwight Lowery, DT Nate Collins, DE Jeremy Mincey, P Matt Turk, DT CJ Mosley, TE Zach Potter, S Courtney Greene, LB Paul Allen (RFA), CB Will Middleton, and DT Leger Douzable. They wouldn’t be likely to trade up, but Blackmon may be worth it – I think their pick priority at No.7 would be 1. Blackmon/Trade Up 2. Martin/Reiff 3. Floyd 4. D.Kirkpatrick 5. Q.Coples. Needs: WR, CB, OT, DT, LB, P, DE, S, C, QB.
6. PT2 Bengals (FROM Redskins) – Trent Richardson, RB – Alabama *
Well you have Dalton and Green, so you could give up a lot to come up at get Richardson and give you that Big 3 trio. I think Ricahrdson is a Top 10 pick who could slide, well – because RB’s haven’t been going the earliest lately. Most Likely Richardson would be targeted by Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Miami, maybe Kansas City, and Cincinnati. It’d really be an ideal scenario for Washington since Griffin if gone and since they have plenty of needs. Cedric Benson has done a nice job – he is a Free-Agent however, so landing Richardson makes a lot of sense. Sure, they could stand put and take either Lamar Miller, Chris Polk, David Wilson, or Doug Martin with a later pick – but they’re not Richardson. You might think Cincy has more important needs than trading picks for a RB – they’re other Free-Agents are: WR Jerome Simpson, S Reggie Nelson, OG Bobbie Williams, WR Andre Caldwell, S Gibril Wilson, DT Jonathan Fanene, K Mike Nugent, CB Kelly Jennings, LB Manny Lawson, TE Bo Scaife, OT Anthony Collins, OG Mike McGlynn, OG Nate Livings, FB Chris Pressley (RFA), DE Frostee Rucker, LB Vincent Rey (RFA), OT Dennis Roland, DT Pat Sims, and DE Victor Adenonju. With picks No. 17 and No. 21 they could target Cordy Gleen, Alfonzo Dennard, Mark Barron, or Lamar Miller – yet, I think its worth giving them up to add a versatile, durable, complete back. It may be a long shot for them to trade up – here is what I think their priority would be 1. RB – Richardson/Trade Up or Miller at No.21 2. Codry Glenn at No. 17 3. Dennard/Kirkpatrick at No.17 4. Barron at No. 21 5. Janoris Jenkins at No.21. Needs: RB, OG, CB, S, OT, MLB, OLB, DL, K, WR.
7. PT1 Tampa Bay (FROM Jaguars) – Jonathan Martin, OT – Stanford *
Well, TB was hoping they could slide down and still snap Trent Richardson (they’re best bet if they want him is to take him at No.5 – even though it’s not likely Cincinnati would jump them here). Obviously, Morris Claiborne would seem like option No.1 with Rhonde Barber’s age and the fact he is an UFA. At No.5 they should be able to pick from Claiborne, Richardson, or an OT. If they do slide down they’ll still target the same area’s – in fact, until his recent arrest I’d probably have slated Dre Kirkpatrick here under this scenario (they are already deal with Aqib Talib so Im assuming Kirkpatrick is out of the question). Tampa made a hard run at Doug Free to play LT last offseason – so while we tend to look at other area’s of need for them Martin would provide a nice LT for them. You could also argue for Riley Reiff here, he is typically ranked higher, but I think he is better suited as a RT. Martin isn’t a flashy pick but he is smart, helped protect Andrew Lucks blindside, and has good hands. I admit, RB is a huge issue – LeGarrett Blount is an Exclusive-Rights FA so he’ll be back, but he has shown he isn’t an every down/passing situation back. It’ll be interesting to see how new Head Coach Greg Schiano handles things. The Buccaneers’ others Free-Agents are: LB Geno Hayes, DE Michael Bennett (RFA), OT James Lee, OG Jeremy Zuttah, QB Josh Johnson, RB Kregg Lumpkin, RB/FB Earnest Graham, S Tanard Jackson, K Conner Barth, WR Preston Parker (E-RFA), S Sean Jones, DT Frank Okam, CB Elbert Mack, WR/KR Michael Spurlock, and S Corey Lynch. Priority for TB would seem to be 1. Claiborne 2. Richardson 3. J.Martin/Trade Down 4. Kuechley 5. Kirkpatrick/Reiff. Needs: CB, LT, RB, OLB, LG, MLB, DT, C, WR, FB, S, backup QB, Returner.
8. Dolphins – Riley Reiff, OT – Iowa *
Well my mock has a little shake-up ahead of Miami – but I think they would be delighted to land Reiff to play RT opposite Jake Long. New Head Coach Joe Philbin is an offensive minded coach, and its very likely he’ll add Mike Sherman to the staff for offensive purposes – therefore, I think it’s likely Miami leans towards offensive here. I think we can assume Matt Flynn will be a Dolphin next season (especially since Philbin came from GB) so they shouldn’t have to make an early play for a QB – but I do hear if Sherman is added Ryan Tannehill would be considered at some point. Maybe Peyton Manning is a long-shot but I could see Flynn signing a generous/large money deal (5yrs 40million +) or more likely adding Flynn for 2 yrs. for around 14 Million and targeting Tannehill (or another QB) in early rounds to compete for the job. Nonetheless, RT here makes a lot of sense – however, if Reiff is gone then Johnathan Martin, David DeCastro or a WR could be the direction they go. NT Paul Soliai is the prized Free-Agent, maybe they Franchise him again – but their others include: QB Chad Henne, OT/OG Vernon Carey, DE Phillip Merling, OT Lydon Murtha (RFA), DE Kendall Langford, RB Steve Slaton, CB Will Allen, RB Lex Hillard (RFA), OLB Ikaika Alama-Francis, and TE Jeron Mastrud (RFA). I previously had MLB Luke Kuechley here – I still think he is a strong possibility even though its not a major concern, he is getting comparisons to Brian Urlacher. Needs: QB, RT, WR, LB, FS, NT/DL, RG, TE, Rush OLB, CB.
9. Carolina – Michael Floyd, WR – Notre Dame
Floyd has the size they need – not to mention his skill set of strong hands, separating from defenders and catching the ball in traffic . I think Dre Kirkpatrick or a defensive lineman like Devon Still would be tempting – but you have to get more weapons around Cam Newton. Steve Smith is solid but Brandon LaFell and David Gettis are nothing more than solid No.3 and No.4 options. Yes, Floyd did have 100 catches this past season at ND – and he also is a good blocker downfield in the run game. Carolina doesn’t really have a stand out FA, their class is lead by LB Dan Conner and OG Mackenzy Bernadeau – but also includes: TE Jeremy Shockey, QB Derek Anderson, WR Legedu Naanee, OG Geoff Schwartz (RFA), OG Garry Williams (RFA), FB Jerome Felton, CB Cletis Gordon, and TE Gary Barnidge. I think their priority would be 1. Floyd 2. D.Still/Coples/DL 3. Kirpatrick/Trade Down 4. DeCastro 5. Kuechley. Needs: WR, DT/DL, CB, RT, OLB, K, MLB, S, RG.
10. Bills – Quinton Coples, DE/DT/OLB – North Carolina
Rumblings say Buffalo may switch back to a 4-3 defensive scheme – the good news, Coples would fit that or their current 3-4 look. Marcel Dareus was a nice pick last season, but the Bills need to be able to pressure the QB – In fact, Dareus led the Bills in sacks from the DT/NT position last season. I consider him the best defensive lineman, and probably has the best rush ability, in the draft. However, many consider him nothing more than a space filler and suggest he may have trouble with his initial burst in the NFL – so don’t be surprised if he fell to the middle of the round. Buffalo has some other issues – sure they got their QB with Ryan Fitzpatrick signing a big deal – but Stevie Johnson is a Free-Agent set to want big money as well. Their other top priority is re-signing LT Demetrius Bell or they will strongly need an OT early on – other FA’s include: TE Scott Chandler, OG Kraig Urbik (RFA), LB Kirk Morrison, K Rian Lindell, RB Tashard Choice, OT Erik Pears, WR Roscoe Parrish, LB Reggie Torbor, OG Chad Rinehart, S Bryan Scott, and LB Andra Davis. I think Buffalo will target 1. Pass Rusher/Coples/Upshaw 2. Jonathan Martin/DeCastro 3. Floyd/Alshon Jeffery 4. Trade Down 5. Kuechley. The Bills are in a tough spot because they could miss out on most of the premiere players unless someone slides. Needs: DE/OLB Rusher, OT, WR, CB, TE, K, MLB, OG, backup QB, S.
11. Chiefs – Dontari Poe, DT/NT – Memphis *
I’d strongly look for KC to try and trade down – they need a NT most of all, and they could still get good value by trading back. Poe may seem like somewhat of a surprise, but he seems like a perfect fit. At 6’5″ 350 he is massive and the mold of a true NT – as compared to other options like Still, Brockers, or even Fletcher Cox. Sure, this may be early for Poe – but, he has a very high ceiling and we’ll probably see his name rise up mocks as the drat nears. Kansas City’s biggest named FA is WR Dwayne Bowe (I’m not sure what they’d do if they lose him) so re-signing him is a must. Their other big Free-Agent CB Brandon Carr probably won’t be back since he’ll expect too much money for a No.2 CB – other FA’s are: QB Kyle Orton, RB Thomas Jones, NT Kelly Gregg, OT Barry Richardson, DE/OLB Wallace Gilbert, RB/FB Le’Ron McClain, C Casey Wiegmann, K Ryan Succop (RFA), Jovoan Belcher (RFA), WR Jerheme Urban, QB Tyler Palko (RFA), and S Jon McGraw. I think KC would perfer this oder of picks 1. NT/Trade Down 2. Trent Richardson 3. Dre Kirkpatrick 4. Zack Brown/Kuechley 5. Peter Konz/DeCastro. Needs: NT, CB, C, OLB, RT, WR, TE, RB, MLB, S, Pass Rusher.
12. Seattle – Nick Foles, QB – Arizona
Well, I’ve had Foles in the 1st Round in my previous Mocks – but this has to be crazy, right? I think its safe to say Foles is moving up boards, and while Ryan Tannehill (who is now injuried) is his main competition for the No.3 QB off the board – Foles is the more prototypical NFL QB. Foles is 6’5″ 235 with all the tools (big arm, accuracy, ect.) and came from a conference Pete Carroll is familiar with. I know, it still surprises me too – but I think it makes sense. Seattle probably wont be able to attract a ‘top tier’ QB to sign with them (who is there anyhow – Jason Campbell? Vince Young? Kyle Orton?), so undoubtably they’ll have to draft a QB somewhat early in this draft. Realistically, Foles probably isn’t a likely option in many folks eyes here – other possibilities would be Devon Still or Dre Kirkpatrick. The Seahawks Free-Agents are: CB Marcus Trufant, RB Marshawn Lynch, TE John Carlson, QB Charlie Whitehurst, DT Red Bryant, RB Justin Forsett, LB David Hawthorne, DE Raheem Brock, OG Breno Giacamini, and LB Matt McCoy. Trufant and Lynch have to be priority unless they can find worthy replaces – plus, Tavares Jackson only has 1 year left so QB is a big need. On the other hand – they could hold out til 2013 and hope to land the No.1 pick and select Matt Barkley. I think they order would be 1. Trade Up/Griffin 2. Foles 3. Kirkpatrick 4. D.Still/DL 5. Trade Down/CB Needs: QB, DT/DE/Pass Rusher, CB, OLB, OL depth, RB, WR.
13. Arizona – David DeCastro, OG – Stanford *
Arizona has quite a few holes to fill, starting with the offensive line. DeCastro would make a lot of sense for them here – he could go as high as No. 6 to Washington or as low as No. 18 to San Diego – in fact, I could see someone even making a move up to get him. DeCastro plays just about every position on the line, and despite some concerns about athleticism is a very solid player. They could consider some other options here – Kuechley, Alshon Jeffery – but with looming Free-Agent’s OG Deuce Lutui, OT Brandon Keith, OT Levi Brown, and OT D’Anthony Batiste the offensive line is a huge needs. The Cardinals other FA’s are led by DE Calais Campbell and include: WR Early Doucet, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (RFA), K Jay Feely, CB Richard Marshall, LB Clark Haggans, CB Greg Toler (RFA), DE Vonnie Holliday, QB Max Hall (E-RFA), RB Chester Taylor, S Rashard Johnson (RFA), CB AJ Jefferson (RFA), TE Mike Leach, and S Hamza Abdullah. I could see ARZ targeting 1. J.Martin/DeCastro 2. Kuechley 3. C.Glenn 4. A.Jeffery 5. Kirkpatrick here. If DeCastro is gone and they absolutely feel they need OL help now then Cordy Glenn may have to be the pick – but I would be surprised if they took a chance with Alshon Jeffery or maybe even Kendall Wright this early because Kolb needs some weapons. Needs: OT, MLB, OG, S, DE, Rush OLB, CB, K/P, WR.
14. Dallas – Nick Perry, DE/OLB – USC *
Perry going this early may seems somewhat shocking, but I just can’t help but like what I see from him. Dallas probably has bigger concerns at OL and DB so Cordy Glenn, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Mark Barron make sense in this scenario too. I’d think Dallas would prefer DeCastro be available – and its make sense if Kirkpatrick were the pick (he would be the pick, but I think recent Drug Charges may cause him to drop). Perry is a 3 year start at SC and played for former Tampa Bay DC Monte Kiffin – so he is ready to step in an contribute. Perry is a great athlete with deceptive speed, plus he is ideal as an edge rusher in the 3-4 defense – he’d be perfect as a replacement to Free-Agent OLB Anthony Spencer opposite Demarcus Ware in Big D. Courtney Upshaw would be an option too, word is they like him. Dallas’ other Free-Agents are: LB Bradie James, S Gerald Sensabaugh, WR Laurent Robinson, P Mat McBriar, TE Martellus Bennett, S Abram Elam, OG Montrae Holland, CB Alan Ball, LB Keith Brooking, OG Derrick Dockery, WR Kevin Ogletree (RFA), RB Sammy Morris, QB Jon Kitna (Retiring), DE Clifton Geathers (E-RFA), and WR Jesse Holley (E-RFA). If they feel a different direction is the way to go, it’d probably be Kuechley or Kirkpatrick in this scenario – but I think priority would be 1. DeCastro 2. Kirkpatrick 3. Perry 4. Kuechley 5. C.Glenn/M.Barron. The Cowboys are always in position to make some upgrades by attracting FA’s so come drat time they may have filled some holes. Needs: OG, S, C, CB, Rush OLB, DT/NT, MLB, P, RB, TE, WR.
15. Eagles – Luke Kuechley, MLB – Boston College
I could see Kuechley going much higher – he is getting comparisons to Brian Urlacher. The Eagles Linebacker core was very inconsistent last season so its a position they need to address early in this draft. I think a big-bodied WR like Alshon Jeffery/Michael Floyd would be appealing in the eyes of fans, plus DeSean Jackson has contract issues (it could be Jeffery if Kuechley is gone). However, Kuechley shouldn’t be disliked – he is a 6’3″ 240lb. tackling machine. He doesn’t really get after the QB, or make many plays in the backfield – but he is a leader, aggressive, good in pass coverage despite athleticism concerns, and most importantly productive. If he is gone they could go after MLB Vontaze Burfict as well. The Eagles will have some other area’s to address – there Free-Agents include: WR DeSean Jackson, QB Vince Young, WR Steve Smith, DT Trevor Laws, RB Ronnie Brown, DE Jaqua Parker, FB Owen Schmitt, OT King Dunlap, DE Victor Abiamiri, and DT Antonio Dixon (RFA). Their priority list could be 1. M.Floyd 2. Kuechley 3. Devon Still 4. Jeffery 5. Burfict 6. C.Glenn. Philly’s ‘Dream Team’ didn’t live up to expectations last season, but they shoudl be able to get things in order this off-season. Needs: MLB, OG/OT, WR, DT, backup RB, S, CB, C, LB depth.
16. Jets – Courtney Upshaw, OLB – Alabama
The NYJ had a lot of offensive woes last season (they actually still have a lot of uncertainty and questions to answer offensively), but they too need to get their swagger back defensively. The Jets will probably have a lot of directions to decide on, but I think Upshaw has a lot to offer. Upshaw is a great fit in their 3-4 scheme, plus is he a tough player and nasty pass rusher. He has good size (actually could possibly be considered for a MLB too at 6’2″ 265), great speed, a lot of experience, and really gets after it behind the line of scrimmage. On top of all the questions they have looming with QB Mark Sanchez and the future of WR Santonio Holmes – their Free-Agents are led by NT Sione Pouha and include: WR Plaxico Burress, S Jim Leonard, RB LaDanian Tomlinson, S Brodney Pool, LB Bryan Thomas, K Nick Folk, OG Robert Turner, QB Mark Brunell, CB Donald Strickland, TE Matt Mulligan (RFA), LB Jamaal Westerman (RFA), and QB Kevin O’Connell. The Jets need to get younger all around – if Upshaw is gone they could consider D.Still, M.Barron, or C.Glenn. I think their options are 1. Upshaw 2. D.Still/D.Poe 3. C.Glenn 4. Z.Sanders/M.Adams 5. Perry/A.Branch 6. A.Jeffery. Shonn Greene is getting doubts as well, so would a move up for Trent Richardson be in the question? Possibly. Needs: Rush OLB, DT/NT, RT, WR, OG, FS/SS, backup QB, K, RB, blocking TE, CB.
17. PT2 Redskins (FROM Bengals (Oakland) – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB – Alabama *
I can’t see someone as talented as Kirkpatrick continuing to fall – sure he is in trouble with the law (that’s why I have him this low) on drug-related charges, but he is Top 10 worthy. In fact, he could be an option at the Redskins original No.6 pick. Its probably not real likely the Redskins are able to make the projected move I have them making here, but it’d be worth trying to trade down – especially because they have plenty of needs. The Redskins have to target a QB as some point, or attempt to sign Vince Young, Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, Chad Henne, or another Free-Agent at that position. They have a fair number of their own Free-Agents including priced S LaRon Landry and breakout TE Fred Davis – they rest are: LB Londan Fletcher, QB Rex Grossman, RB Tim Hightower, LB Rocky McIntosh, DL Kendric Golston, DE Adam Carriker, K Graham Gano (RFA), OG Will Montgomery, WR Donte Stallworth, OG Kory Lichtensterger, and CB Byron Westbrook (RFA). If the Skins stay at pick No.6 I like the idea of OT Riley Reiff, but their top choice would likely be QB Robert Griffin III or CB Morris Claiborne. Cornerback doesn’t seem like the most glaring need, but apparently DeAngelo Hall has questions around his status. I think their choices at No.6 would be 1. Griffin/Claiborne 2. Reiff 3. Trade Down 4. DeCastro 5. Blackmon and if they’re able to trade down to a lower spot(s) it’d be 1. Kirkpatrick 2. Foles/Tannehill 3. G.Glenn 4. A.Jeffery 5. Kelechi Osemele. Here the 6’3″ Kirkpatrick would be considered a steal (If he cant stay out of trouble) and he possibly can contribute as a S. He doesn’t have elite speed – but he is experienced, has good instinct, and good awareness. Washington will be a team to keep an eye on. Needs: QB, RT, OG, CB, MLB, SS, WR, RB, backup TE, K, C, DL.
18. Chargers – Cordy Glenn, OG/OT – Georgia
San Diego always seems to underachieve – they have talent, but they too have a lot of questions. Mainly the injury situation with Pro-Bowl OG Kris Dielman and the status of LT Marcus McNeill. Needless to say the OL needs addressed and Glenn would be a helpful addition. I could actually see them trying to move up to nap DeCastro or Jonathan Martin, but Cordy Glenn will do. Glenn could be gone by now and at 6’5″ 350 it’s easy to see why – he is extremely experienced, has play multiple positions, and is a dominating run blocker. San Diego will also have other options here – maybe S Mark Barron, OT Zerbie Sanders or D.Poe/Michael Brockers. The Chargers will want to lockup WR Vincent Jackson to a long-term deal this offseason, but their other Free-Agents include: C Nick Hardwick, RB Mike Tolbert, NT Antonio Garay, S Bob Sanders, OT Jared Gaither, LB Stephen Cooper, FB Jacob Hester, OL Brandon Dommbraski (RFA), S Steve Gregory, C Scott Mruczkowski, TE Randy McMichael, WR Patrick Crayton, S Paul Oliver, LB Na’il Diggs, TE Kory Sperry (RFA), and C Mike Windt (E-RFA). I think the Chargers priority choices would be 1. DeCastro/C.Glenn/Martin 2. Trade Up 3. Mark Barron 4. Still/Poe/Fletcher/Brockers 5. Dwayne Allen/Z.Sanders/M.Adams. As you can tell they need to improve at many positions to get back on track. Needs: OG, OT, CB, MLB, NT/DT, S, TE, FB, K, WR, C, Backup QB.
19. Bears – Kendall Wright, WR – Baylor
Well, the Bears need to get some weapons around Jay Cutler – that may start by paying Matt Forte and getting him locked-up long term. Lets face it, the Bears need help all around – but their receiving core is full of average players. Kendall Wright is an emerging talent – he is just 5’10” but he has great leaping ability, plus he is experienced, very fast/quick, and runs good routes. I know what you’re thinking…Wright ahead of Jeffery’s? Well Im a little puzzled myself, but I think Jeffery will look too much like Roy Williams in a uniform – plus, Wright is a hot prospect who should see his stock rise. Chicago is a tough read because they could go numerous ways (they need to get younger), so other options here are TE Dwayne Allen, DT Devon Still, CB Alfonzo Dennard, and Vontaze Burfict. The Bears Free-Agents are: RB Matt Forte, DE Israel Idonije, WR Roy Williams, CB/ST Corey Graham, S Brandon Meriweather, RB Kahlil Bell (RFA), TE Kellen Davis, OG Robert Garza, DT Amobi Okoye, C Edwin Williams (E-RFA), LB Brian Iwuh, CB Tim Jennings, CB Zackery Bowman, and S Craig Steltz. I think the Bears are a team that could be looking to move – either up or down – so keep that in mind. Thye’ll probably target 1. WR Wright/Jeffery 2. D.Still 3. Trade Down 4. Burfict/Dennard/Allen 5. Peter Konz 6. F.Cox/Melvin Ingram. Needs: WR, DT, MLB, OG, OT, CB, C, TE, S, backup RB, OLB/DE.
20. Titans – Vinny Curry, DE – Marshall
The Titans have a lot of Free-Agents, probably one of the best available players actually – so why they were on the verge of the playoffs last season…they have some issues to address. This is actually a tough pick to mock, I think it could shape the bottom half of the draft. It is safe to say they need to address the pass getting pressure on the QB – but someone could unexpectedly fall and this could be the target spot (thus taking best available, or being open to accepting a trade). We have to strongly consider Devon Still, Whitney Mercilus, Andre Branch and Melvin Ingram here. They draft Derrick Morgan not too long ago, but I still feel adding a pass rusher is the way to go – so enter Curry. I know it’s somewhat of a shocker – especially since Mercilus lead the nation in sacks and Branch projects to this spot a lot – but Vinny Curry is a sack artist. Sure, the fact Devin Still continues to fall in my mock could bring value – but they need sacks. Curry does a great job at getting to the QB, and while sometimes he seems a little too aggressive – he did have 11 sacks and 22 TFL this season with 12 sacks and 18 TFL in 2010. Curry should be a prospect to keep an eye on, he is a dangerous edge rusher with speed and a variety of moves. The Titans Free-Agents are lead by CB Cortland Finnegan and include: OG Jake Scott, DE Dave Ball, LB Barrett Ruud, S Michael Griffin, DT Jason Jones, C Ken Amato, WR Lavelle Hawkins, OT Mike Otto, DT Williams Hayes, S Chris Hope, FB Ahmard Hall, S Jordan Babineaux, C Fernando Velasco (RFA), LB Tim Shaw, TE Craig Stevens, WR Donnie Avery, S Anthony Smith, LB Patrick Bailey, and DT Malcolm Sheppard (E-RFA). They have a number of players to choice from, including WR Alshon Jeffery in this scenario but I think they’ll target 1. Curry/Branch 2. Mercilus/Burfict 3. Jeffery 4. M.Ingram/Dennard 5. Barron/Jenkins. The Titans aren’t in a horrible situation, it’d be best to re-sign some of their Free-Agents. Needs: DE/Pass Rusher, CB, OLB, WR, OG, SS, MLB, OT, C, backup RB, DT.
21. PT2 Redskins (FROM Bengals) – Alshon Jeffery, WR – South Carolina *
If the Skins do trade down and Jeffery is available, he’d be a nice addition. Santana Moss is solid and Hankerson may have a future – but Jeffery has a lot to be desired. I think the Redskins have bigger needs at this point – so OG Kelechi Osemele or even QB Ryan Tannehill make sense but it may be too early for either. Their needs stay the same as explained in pick No.17 (Needs: QB, RT, OG, CB, MLB, SS, WR, RB, backup TE, K, C, DL) and again I stress that this projected trade is unlikely. However, while Jeffery is taking a lot of heat about explosiveness, route running, and getting free off the line of scrimmage – he is a specimen at 6’4″ 230lbs. I could see him going much higher, or even lower – this seasons hasn’t been his best but in 2010 he posted 1500yds. on 88rec. Jeffery has a wide catch radius, strong hands, is durable, and will block in the running game. If the Redskins can obtain this selection they would consider 1. Jeffery 2. Burfict 3. Osemele/Z.Sanders/M.Adams 4. Tannehill 5. Alfonzo Dennard/Peter Konz
22. Browns (Falcons) – Devin Still, DT/DE – Penn State
The Browns were able to land a QB with the No.4 pick in this mock – so here I’d expect them to focus on RT or the DL. Sure, if they miss out on RG3 early then Foles or Tannehall may be an option – but GM Mike Holmgren is smart and has made great picks for Cleveland. So while their needs are the same (Needs: RT, QB, DE, FS, WR, CB, RB, LB, OG, K) – sometimes you have to draft value. Devon Still isn’t really a true DE even though he can play 3-4 DE – but more so, he is a great player. I expect Stills to actually end up going higher (possibly Top 10) – but I consider Still a tweener since his doesn’t really play NT and cant really rush the QB, so sometimes scheme wise he isn’t a good fit. Cleveland is probably looking more for a Pass Rusher, so Mercilus or Andre Branch are real options too – but I think Still is too good to pass on. Still is considered a decent 5-Technique prospect and has great lower body strength to fight double teams, he sheds blocks and is powerful. They many even focus on a RB here (Miller/Doug Martin/Wilson/Polk) – especially if Peyton Hillis leaves as FA. I don’t think there is any question they’d pass on Still here though – but other options if he isn’t available are 1. Andre Branch 2. K.Wright 3. Z.Sanders/Mike Adams 4. Mercilus/Fletcher Cox 5. Dennard/Zack Brown.
23. Lions – Vontaze Burfict, MLB – Arizona State *
The Lions do have Linebacking issues, but C Peter Konz is also an interesting prospect for them. They do need to address the offensive line and I think Konz or Sanders/Adams would even make sense – but I also like what Burfict brings to the table. You’ll hear a lot of conflicting character reports about him – so yeah, I could see him falling into Round Two (But I could also see him going as high as No.15 overall). Burfict is probably good for a few too many personal foul penalties, but he can down right play. He is an excellent prospect (minus his maturity) with a nice combo of size and speed – Burfict is a good pass rusher, good tackler, hard hitter, decent in coverage, and gets-off blocks. Aside from him and Konz the Lions could potentially go after Alfonzo Dennard, Janoris Jenkins, or a DE if Cliff Avril leaves during Free-Agency – joining Avril as FA’s are: LB Stephen Tulloch, CB Eric Wright, DT Sammie Lee Hill (RFA), S Chris Harris, S Erik Coleman, QB Shaun Hill, LB Bobby Carpenter, QB Drew Stanton, RB Maurice Morris, LB DeAndre Levy (RFA), WR Rashied Davis, OT Corey Hilliard (RFA), DT Andre Fluellen, LB Ashlee Palmer (RFA), WR Maurice Stovall, C Dan Muhlbach, and WR/KR Stefon Logan. Obviously, Detriot has a lot of potential defensive holes to fill – but I look for them to target 1. Burfict 2. Konz 3. Dennard 4. Sanders/Adams 5. Z.Brown/Mercilus. The Lions are an up and coming team, they need to keep up with the rest of the league. Needs: MLB, CB, OT, C, DE, OLB, P, S, WR.
24. Steelers – Zebrie Sanders, OT – Florida State
I know there are a lot of appealing defensive options available – Branch, Brockers, Mercilus – but, this pick makes the most sense. Pittsburgh’s offensive line has been less than stellar and somewhat make-shift so adding a solid LT is just what they need. Sure, Pittsburgh has plenty of holes/needs this offseason – especially with the cap problems looming. Potentially a lot of big named players could be cut (whom Im sure they’ll be hoping to re-sign for less money) including Casey Hampton, James Farrior, and Chris Kemoatu. Sanders is a Four-Year starter and transitions well as a LT in the NFL. Sanders should be just what the Steelers are looking for – he has quick feet, has great range in pass protection, a huge wingspan and hands, and is really good at getting to the second-level in the run game. They could also consider Mike Adams or Kelechi Osemele if they decide to go offensive line. Their upcoming Free-Agents include: WR Mike Wallace (RFA), DE Aaron Smith, CB William Gay, QB Dennis Dixon, OG Roman Roster (RFA), RB Isaac Redman (E-RFA), OT Max Starks, OT Trai Essex, P Daniel Sepulveda, QB Charlie Batch, DL Chris Hoke, TE David Johnson, RB Mewelde Moore, DT Steve McLendon (E-RFA), WR Jerricho Cotchery, QB Byron Leftwich, abd CB Keenan Lewis (RFA). The Steelers should be able to lockup Mike Wallace, but they’ll have a decision to make regarding RB Rashard Mendenhall soon too – maybe a RB is in consideration. I think they’ll target 1. Sanders/Adams 2. Brockers/Poe 3. Dennard/Jenkins 4. M.Ingram/Branch 5. Osemele. It’ll be interesting to see how things go this offseason – and who they get as their new OC. Needs: LT, NT, OG, CB, DE, OLB, WR, MLB, RB, S, QB.
25. Denver – Andre Branch, DE/OLB – Clemson
They need playmakers around Tim Tebow, if they even stick with Tim Tebow – but they’ve shown with a good Defense they can compete in that division. Losing DC Dennis Allen to Oakland doesn’t help – so why not use this pick to keep building the defense. Branch is projected to go higher than this, so I think it’s a value pick for Denver – they could go with Melvin Ingram or Michael Brockers also. I think Mark Barron or Alfonzo Dennard make the most sense to the eye, but they still need to upgrade their Front-7. I like Branch’s versatility as a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Branch has excelled in the past two-seasons – he has all the physical tools and really can attack the QB. I think with this pick you could expect Denver to focus on 1. Branch/Ingram/Mercilus 2. Mark Barron 3. Dennard/Jenkins 4. Brockers/Brandon Thompson 5. Sanu/Tannehill. The Broncos Free-Agents are: QB Brady Quinn, LB Joe Mays, WR Eddie Royal, DT Broderick Bunkley, DT Marcus Thomas, DE Derrick Harvey, RB Lance Ball (E-RFA), LB Mario Haggans, DE Ryan McBean (RFA), TE Daniel Fells, DE Jason Hunter, OG Russ Hochstein, FB Spencer Larsen, WR Matt Willis (RFA) and LB Wesley Woodyard. Offense is a huge concern as well – it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the QB position, but undoubtably they’ll bring in some competition for Tebow. Needs: S, DT, CB, DE, TE, WR, MLB, RB, QB, OG.
26. PT3 Tampa Bay (FROM Texans) – Alfonzo Dennard, CB – Nebraska
I have Tampa Bay making a trade with Jacksonville in which the Projected Trade is (TB gets 2012 3rd Rounder and 2013 2nd Rounder from Jaguars to move down from No.5 to No.7) – Well, that pick acquired from Jacksonville comes in handy to move back into the 1st Round. TB missed on Morris Claiborne earlier – so they move up 10 spots to grab a pretty decent CB afterall (Texans get No. 36 and 2013 2nd Rounder). The Buccaneers could have set-pat waiting, wishing, hoping either Dennard or Jenkins was available at No.36 but with New England, GB, and SanFran all potentially going CB they made their move. Their needs remains the same (Needs: CB, LT, RB, OLB, LG, MLB, DT, C, WR, FB, S, backup QB, Returner) so it would actually possibly even make this move to selected a RB – in this case the No.2 RB off the board. Dennard has the potential to be a lock-down Corner. Dennard is physical, good in press-coverage, has nice size and strength at 205lbs., is a decent tackler, and is good at getting to the ball. If he wasn’t such a chance-taker (gambler) he may be a solid Top 20 selection. If Tampa doesn’t decide to move up – they’ll look at Stephen Gilmore, David Wilson, Zack Brown, or Dont’a Hightower as most likely targets at No.36.
—-> Houston would be without a 1st under this scenarion – Analysis:
The Texans could be in a nice spot to drop a few spots if the person they want is gone – a lot of teams will be willing to move up. Adding additional picks would be good for the up and coming Texans. Under this scenario they would pick No. 36 and still have their original 2nd – plus gain a 2nd next season. I could see Houston taking WR M.Sanu at No.26 – they really need to add someone opposite Andre Johnson, In fact they would love Kendall Wright. If they don’t trade the pick I think 1. WR Sanu/D.Jones/N.Toon 2. Peter Konz 3. Dwayne Allen 4. Fletcher/Worthy 5. M.Ingram would make sense. Of course if they trade down – I’d expect them to target a lot of the same. The Texans main Free-Agent’s are DE/OLB Mario Williams, along with RB Arian Foster (although he is a Restricted FA), and C Chris Myers – the rest are: TE Joel Dreessen, CB Jason Allen, K Neil Rackers, RB Derrick Ward, WR Bryant Johnson, and C Jon Weeks (RFA). They don’t have a lot of FA’s, but they still have a lot to improve on. Needs: WR, C, NT/DT, CB, OG, DE, TE, S, MLB, K, RB, Pass Rusher.
27. Patriots (Saints) – Michael Brockers, DT/NT – LSU **
Well, the Pats have the luxury of continuing to add to their talent with all kinds of picks in this years draft. New England is in the Super Bowl, but their defense has been anything but Super – so, I think they’ll address defense here. I actually think Whitney Mercilus is a great fit, but Brockers probably has more upside – besides he is compared to ex-Pat Richard Seymour. Brockers is raw/young with a lot of upside, but not much experience. A One-Year starter, Brockers has burst onto the scene and likely into the top half of Round 1. He is capable of playing in different schemes (probably DE in their 3-4), has great size with a frame to build on, locates the ball quick, good at the point of attack, and can reads the play well. New England will also look at other defenders like Janoris Jenkins, Mark Barron, Zack Brown, and Fletcher Cox. NE’s Free-Agents are: WR Wes Welker, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, OG Dan Conolley, C Dan Koppen, WR Deion Branch, LB Gary Guyton, DE Andre Carter, DE Shaun Ellis, QB Brian Hoyer (RFA), CB Antwaun Molden, WR Mathew Slater, and LB Tracy White. Here are No.27 I think they focus on 1. Brockers 2.Perry/Mercilus/Ingram 3. Barron 4. Z.Brown 5. Jenkins/Cox. Its hard to predict anything about the Patriots. Needs: DT/NT, S, DE/OLB, OG, CB, WR, C, MLB, RB, Returner.
28. Packers – Janoris Jenkins, CB – North Alabama
I admit I was a little torn on which way to address this pick under my current mock, mainly because there are attractive DE’s available. Mercilus and Ingram would be good picks – but Jenkins should be the area of most concern. Charles Woodson isnt getting any younger, and while Tramon Williams was re-signed not too long again – they need help stopping the pass. The Packers do have a lot of important Free-Agents this offseason, led by TE Jermichael Finley and RB Ryan Grant – their others are: QB Matt Flynn, C Scott Wells, OLB Erik Walden, DT Howard Green, CB Jarrett Bush, and CB Pate Lee. If not for the Packers poor defense they could be playing in the Super Bowl, so its an area they need to improve about (and get healthy at). Jenkins was originally at Florida where he was pronounced a Top 10 talent – so I wouldnt be surprised to see him go higher. Janoris Jenkins is a quality level NFL corner – he has good size, puts himself in good position, has great balance, and can break quick on the ball. Other than Jenkins, GB would probably target 1. Dennard/Jenkins 2. Mercilus/V.Curry 3. Lamar Miller 4. M.Ingram/S.Gilmore 5. Z.Brown here. Green Bay does have a lot of needs, so truthfully – anyone is fair game…they could look for a RB to replace Grant, or a MLB if they trade AJ Hawk, or Offensive Line depth. Needs: CB, DT, DE/OLB, RB, OT, OG, backup QB, C, MLB, WR.
29. Ravens – Peter Konz, C – Wisconsin *
Sure, Baltimore is getting old – so they could use just about any young-abled body. I think we typically think defense with Baltimore – and surely they’ll have a tough call with the nations Sacks leader sitting here in Whitney Mercilus, as well as Melvin Ingram too. I personally like the idea of them selected a RB like Lamar Miller to take some of the load off Ray Rice (if he is re-signed) – but I also think Konz is a nice fit if he is available. I actually have mocked Konz higher than this, but with Matt Birk’s status it has a lot of value. Konz is 6’4″ 315 so he has elite size (can possibly play OG too), and does just about everything pretty well. I’d expect Konz to go higher than this – but a run on defensive players could allow him to fall. He moves wells, is awesome in combination style blocks, picks off linebackers, and can block on the move. I think here at No. 29 Baltimore could focus on 1. Konz 2. L.Miller/D.Wilson/D.Martin 3. Mercilus 4. Z.Brown 5. Ingram/V.Curry/Kelechi Osemele. The Ravens Free-Agents are headlined by star RB Ray Rice and include: C Matt Birk, OG Ben Grubbs, OLB Jarret Johnson, DE Cory Redding, CB Ladarius Webb (RFA), S Tom Zbikowski, OG Andre Gurode, DT Brandon McKinney, LB Brandon Ayanbadejo, LB Sergio Kindle (E-RFA), OT Mark LeVoir and LB Dannell Ellerbe (RFA). The Ravens stable has been their Defense (they lost their DC to Indy) – but they need to get this going on the offensive side to take some pressure of that D. Joe Flacco will be in a contract year soon – do you get him some competition? Ray Lewis will return, but he isn’t getting any younger – do the draft the future MLB? Ed Reed always seems unmotivated to me – safety anyone? The Ravens have some concerns, but Konz will help with a small aspect of that. Needs:
30. PT4 Dallas (FROM 49ers) – Kelechi Osemele, OG – Iowa State
If Dallas were to make a move like this (The trade is Dallas gets No.30 from SanFran for 2013 Future 1st, OLB Victor Butler, and 2012 3rd Round) most might think I’d be for a bigger named prospect – say Mark Barron, Whitney Mercilus, Melvin Ingram, Stephon Gilmore, Zack Brown, but ‘Nope’. It’d be a lot to give up – Yes, its unlikely – but I really like Osemele. Dallas’ offensive line was less than average and while the OT spots are locked up – they need to add help on the interior. Peter Konz would also make since for a move like this, even though most would expect the target to be Mark Barron Im sure. Dallas is ready to win – so they’d probably be willing to give up a future 1st and an up and coming player to do this and keep their 2nd rounder. Osemele is 6’5″ 335 and physically overpower defenders – he played LT at Iowa State, but he’s an NFL OG. I would be tempted to bet he goes higher, I could see him rising up boards and going before people expect right now – I like his style. The Cowboys would still pick again at No.45 and would be after the same needs as listed earlier (Needs: OG, S, C, CB, Rush OLB, DT/NT, MLB, P, RB, TE, WR). They missed on DeCastro – but they wind up with their OG here in a wild projected trade by me.
—-> San Francisco would be without a 1st under this scenarion – Analysis:
The 49ers will have a few key decisions to make this offseason – mainly with the QB spot. They went on a magical run – and as long as their defense plays that well, they should have a chance in that division. If they do indeed trade down they could benefit from a deal like my projected one with Dallas – add an extra 1st next season (go after Matt Barkley?), get a young pass rusher in Victor Butler who’d fit well and get an extra 3rd this season. They would still pick No.62. If they don’t trade pick No.30 I think they’ll focus on a CB or possibly a NT. Options at No.30 would be 1. Dennard/Jenkins/Gilmore 2. Poe/Thompson/Worthy 3. Mercilus 4. Sanu/Dwight Jones 5. Z.Brown. San Francisco’s Free-Agents start with the decision on QB Alex Smith – whom I think didn’t play as well as their record would lead you to believe, the others are: OG Chilo Rachel, CB Carlos Rogers, LB Larry Grant, LB Ahmad Brooks, S Da’Shon Golden, OT Adam Snyder, WR Josh Morgan, S Madieu Williams, S Reggie Smith, WR Ted Ginn Jr., OT Alex Boone (E-RFA), LB Tavares Gooden, and CB Tramaine Brock (E-RFA). I like what SF has going. Needs: WR, CB, NT/DT, S, C, OG, backup TE, OLB, DE, QB.
31. Giants – Mike Adams, OT – Ohio State
The NYG keep doing what seems like the impossible – Eli might be able to win Super Bowl Number 2. The Giants seem like a pretty solid team right now, but they could address a few spots. I think the most glaring need is offensive line. Mike Adams is a RT in the NFL and has excellent size – plus, he is a good run blocker, experienced, has a nasty side, keep defenders out his body with those long arms, and is durable. The Giants should be in the market for any OL position, but I’d keep an eye on Adams and Zebrie Sanders here in round 1. OT makes a lot of sense because current RT Kareem McKenzie is set to be a Free-Agent (among other reasons) – they’re other FA’s are: TE Jake Ballard (E-RFA), CB Terrell Thomas, CB Aaron Ross, WR Marion Manningham, LB Johnathan Goff, OG Stacy Andrews, WR Dominek Dixon, QB David Carr, CB Bruce Johnson (RFA), WR/ST Devin Thomas, TE Bear Pascoe (RFA), DE Dave Tollefson, and S Derrick Martin. The Giants could also have an issue at RB with Brandon Jacobs, who may be gone – so RB could potentially be an option here as well. I’d look for them to target 1. Adams/Sanders 2. Lamar Miller 3. Fletcher/Thompson/Worthy 4. Dwayne Allen 5. Dennard/Z.Brown. Plus, DE Osi Umenyiora may not return. Needs: OT, DT, TE, S, OLB, RB, CB, OG, WR, DE, backup QB, MLB.
32. Patriots – Mark Barron, SS – Alabama
Back to the Pats again. Well, everything from pick No.27 still applies (Needs: DT/NT, S, DE/OLB, OG, CB, WR, C, MLB, RB, Returner). If they can land Brockers and Mark Barron is still available this would be a huge score in Round 1 – plus they have two picks in Round 2. Again, its hard to predict what the Patriots will do – they could take a chance on a ‘sleeper’ prospect. I think there is a good chance Barron will be gone by now so in this scenario Whitney Mercilus would be an ideal pick too. In fact, NE may trade down and stock pile more picks for the future. Here at No.32 I think their focus would be on 1. Barron/Mercilus 2. Osemele 3. Z.Brown 4. Sanu 5.Ingram 6. D.Jones/Gilmore/Minnifield. Zack Brown could actually be too tempting for them to pass on even given their need for a S – Brown is better than a 2nd Rounder, the same goes for Mercilus. Nonetheless, I like Barron – don’t buy into the “stiff” label. Barron is productive – he is good in coverage, has awesome size, good hands, is physical, supports the run, and comes from good competition.
33. Colts – Ben Jones, C – Georgia
34. Rams – Zack Brown, OLB – UNC
35. PT5 Eagles (FROM Vikings) – Mohamed Sanu, WR – Rutgers *
(Eagles get No. 35 from Vikings for No.46 and 3rd Round in 2012)
36. PT3 Texans (FROM Tampa Bay) – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB Illinois *
37. Browns – Lamar Miller, RB – Miami (FL) **
38. PT6 Bears (FROM Jaguars) – Dwayne Allen, TE – Clemson *
(Bears get No.38 from Jaguars for No.50 and 3rd Round in 2012 via Carolina)
39. Redskins – Brandon Washington, OG – Miami (FL)
40. Carolina – Brandon Thompson DT/NT – Clemson
41. Bills – Coby Fleener, TE – Stanford
42. Miami – Ryan Tannehill, QB – Texas A&M
43. Seattle – Fletcher Cox, DT/DE – Mississippi State *
44. Chiefs – Chase Minnifield, CB – Virginia
45. Dallas – Stephon Gilmore, CB/FS – South Carolina *
46. PT5 Vikings (FROM Eagles (Arizona) – Dwight Jones, WR – UNC
47. Jets – David Wilson, RB – Virginia Tech *
48. Patriots (Oakland) – Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
—-> Oakland is without a 1st and 2nd…and 3rd in this draft – Analysis:
Oakland has a new Head Coach in former Denver DC Dennis Allen – so thats a start. The Raiders seemed to be on the verge this past season, but things didn’t stay on course. I guess you could assume that QB Carson Palmer is technically an addition via this draft, as well as Terrelle Pryor. The Free-Agents in Oakland are: RB Michael Bush, QB Jason Campbell, S Tyron Branch, WR Chaz Schilens, OT Khalif Barnes, LB Quentin Groves, DE Jarvis Moss, QB Kyle Boller, OT Stephon Heyer, FB Rock Cartwright, DT Trevor Scott, LB Daryl Blackstock, and WR Derek Hagan. I think retaining Michael Bush will be key – especially since he filled in nicely for Run-DMc. When Oakland finally picks in this draft it’ll be hard to predict who they’ll target. Needs: NT/DT, C, DE/OLB, OG, CB, TE, RB, SS, OT, WR.
49. Chargers – Orson Charles, TE – Georgia *
50. PT6 Jaguars (FROM Bears) – Jerel Worthy, DT – Michigan State *
51. Eagles – Chris Polk, RB – Washington *
52. Titans – Dont’a Hightower, MLB/OLB – Alabama *
53. Bengals – Kevin Zeitler, OG – Wisconsin
54. Lions – Jayron Hosley, CB – Virginia Tech *
55. Falcons – Melvin Ingram, DE – South Carolina
With No First round pick…the Falcons will most likely target Ben Jones at C if he is available. I think Jones could be here, but if he isn’t then someone like Bruce Irvin, Doug Martin, or Lavonte David could be the way to go. Also, Tony Gonzalez can’t play forever, so a TE makes sense. However, the fact that someone as talented as Ingram has fallen should make the decision a lot easier. ATL’s Free-Agents are: TE Tony Gonzalez, CB Brent Grimes, LB Curtis Lofton, DE John Abraham, C Todd mCClure, S Thomas McCoud, RB Jason Snelling, WR Harry Douglas, DE Kory Biermann, CB Kelvin Hayden, S James Sanders, QB Chris Redman, WR/KR Eric Weems, TE Michael Palmer (E-RFA), and DT Vance Walker (RFA). Atlanta’s option here would be 1. Ben Jones 2. DE/Rusher (Irvin/CurryChandler Jones) 3. Fleener/Charles 4. D.Martin/Polk 5. L.David/J.Massaquoi. You can also expect the Falcons to produce and be in the mix – but they need to sure some things up. Needs: TE, C, DE, CB, backup RB, OG, DT, S, backup QB, WR.
56. Steelers – Alameda Ta’amu, DT/NT – Washington
57. Denver – Markelle Martin, FS – Oklahoma State
58. Texans – Rueben Randle,WR – LSU *
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 – and Lavonte David has potential too. Although, I have them going with Ronnell Lewis. R.Lewis is a nice combo-backer option to help secure the Linebacking core and also possibly play DE. Their Free-Agents are led by Superstar Drew Brees – but also include: WR Marques Colston, WR Robert Meachem, CB Tracy Porter, OG Carl Nicks, DT Shaun Rogers, QB Chase Daniel (RFA), and S Jonathan Amaya (E-RFA). I like New Orleans to continue to make another run, but other teams are catching up to their high-attack style. I feel that they’ll be able to re-sign most of their FA’s – as well as attract other to come to the Bayou. I think here they’ll focus on 1. Lewis/David/Wagner 2. Zeitler/Silatolu 3. C.Judie/Ryan Steed 4. R.Randle/B.Quick 5. Needs: S, OLB, OT, MLB, OG, WR, CB, DT, DE, FB, backup QB.
60. Packers – Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB – WVU
61. Ravens – Doug Martin, RB – Boise State
62. 49ers – Jared Crick, DE/DT – Nebraska
63. Giants – Lavonte David, OLB/MLB – Nebraska
64. Patriots – Amini Silatolu, OG – Midwestern State
Kirk Cousins, QB – Michigan State
Levy Adcock, OT – Oklahoma
Bobby Wagner, MLB/OLB – Utah State
Chandler Jones, DE – Syracuse *
Coryell Judie, CB – Texas A&M
Travis Lewis, OLB – Oklahoma
Andrew Datko, OT – Florida State
Josh Chapman, DT/NT – Alabama
Audie Cole, MLB/OLB – NC State
Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB/DE – Troy *
LeMichael James, RB – Oregon *
Brian Quick, WR – Appalachian State
Lucas Nix, OG – Pittsburgh
Bernard Pierce, RB – Temple *
Billy Winn, DE/DT – Boise State
Ryan Steed, CB – Furman
Cam Johnson, DE – Virginia
Bobby Massie, OT – Mississippi *
Antonio Allen, SS/OLB – South Carolina
Kendall Reyes, DT/DE – U Conn
Keenan Robinson, OLB – Texas
Marvin McNutt, WR – Iowa
Michael Brewster, C – Ohio State
Brock Osweiler, QB – Arizona State *
Trumaine Johnson, CB – Montana
YT Hilton, WR/KR – Florida International
Brandon Mosley, OT – Auburn
Stephen Hill, WR – Georgia Tech *
Emmanuel Acho, MLB – Texas
Brandon Lindsey, OLB/DE – Pittsburgh
Aaron Henry, FS – Wisconsin
Nate Potter, OT/OG – Boise State
Sean Spence, OLB/SS – Miami (FL)
Jarius Wright, WR – Arkansas
Harrison Smith, SS – Notre Dame
Jamell Fleming, CB – Oklahoma
Marcus Forston, DT – Miami (FL) *
Senio Kelemete, OG – Washington
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