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Mock Version 2.0 for @NFLDraftMonster on March 11th, 2012
We’ve had a pretty active week in the NFL with the release of Peyton Manning after 14 season in Indianapolis and with the recent news of the Redskins mortgaging future draft picks in order to trade up to No.2 overall in this years draft. Even after all this news Free-Agency doesn’t even start until this Tuesday, March 13th at 4pm, so we’re in for plenty of more transactions. With that being said, the destination for Peyton Manning is still in question and will still have a direct reflection on the NFL Draft. However, we do have a clearer picture on where the RG3 situation is headed with the Redskins acquiring the No.2 pick from the Rams, but that trade may have caused even more questions surrounding other selections in the 2012 NFL Draft. In fact there is still a lot of uncertainly with how things will take shape as April 26th approaches, but here is a 3 Round Mock to help give you a perspective on how things currently stand. Enjoy!
1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB – Stanford *
Recent news out of Indy points to the beginning of new era for the Colts. The new look Indianapolis Colts will be lead by Andrew Luck. Sure, Griffin III made a solid case for himself, but no one believes that there is even a debate as to whom they’ll select. Like Peyton back in 1998, 2012 will bring the Colts a franchise quarterback with pick No.1.
Needs: QB, C, WR, TE, DT, OT/OG, S, DE, CB, RB, OLB.
2. Redskins (Rams) – Robert Griffin III, QB – Baylor *
The Redskins were not going to be outdone by anyone, and therefore made their move to land the No.2 pick. It seems like a very high price (giving up No.6 and No.39 in 2012, plus a 1st rounder in 2013 and 2014) to pay for a move with so much uncertainty. I guess when you find the guy you want, you do what it takes to get him – especially if it is someone who potentially could have as high of a ceiling as Griffin may. I think Washington needed to make this move, but at this cost both them and RG3 are under even more pressure than normal to succeed.
Needs: QB, OG, CB, WR, MLB, SS, RT, DE, RB, backup TE, K, C, DT.
3. Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT – USC *
Replacing longtime LT Bryant McKinnie (sorry Charlie Johnson, but last year without him didn’t yield good results) is a major need with a franchise RB recovering from an ACL and a 2nd year QB. In fact, Minnesota may have to release OG Steve Hutchinson this offseason as well so adding to the offensive line makes sense. USC has produced the likes of Anthony Munoz and Tony Boselli so when you add that to the fact his brother currently is a Pro-Bowl lineman for the Carolina Panthers you see he comes from good pedigree. The Vikings do have some other needs to address as well, so other options may include Justin Blackmon, Morris Claiborne, or Riley Reiff.
Needs: WRx2, LT, CB, S, NT/DT, OG, MLB, 3rd down RB, DE, C
4. Browns – Ryan Tannehill, QB – Texas A&M
Cleveland missed out on the RG3 sweepstakes and are rumored to possibly be willing to make FA Matt Flynn a nice offer, but I think they understand Colt McCoy isn’t the option at QB if they want to be contenders. Tannehill is not typically projected this high, but this may become a popular spot for him with until the quarterback carousel takes shape the next month or so. Obviously, if they miss on Flynn then Tannehill becomes an even bigger possibility – even if it means, or makes, more sense to trade down and select him (the problem with trading down is Miami at No.8 and Seattle at No.12 could be landing spots for him also). For now, I’m going with Tannehill over the other possible options of Melvin Ingram, Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson, Riley Reiff, and Morris Claiborne because of their need for a QB. I like what Browns President Mike Holmgren has been able to accomplish the past few drafts, and I’d expect that success continue.
Needs: QB, WR, RT, DE, OLB, CB, FS, RB, OG, K, DT, TE.
5. Tampa Bay – Trent Richardson, RB – Alabama *
Sometimes it’s hard to justify a RB going in the Top 10 (it hasn’t happened too often lately, nor with great success), but I think Richardson is too dynamic of a player for the running-back needy Buccaneers to pass on. LeGarrette Blount will return, but he’s shown an inability to be a three-down back. Tampa Bay has a lot of free salary cap space, right around 50 Million, to make some move in free-agency – but it’ll be hard to add a RB as talented as Richardson there. I think it makes more sense to pass on Morris Claiborne and fill that CB need with a Cortland Finnegan, Tracy Porter, or Brandon Carr. The other possibility here may be OT Riley Reiff, but it should come down to Richardson or Claiborne.
Needs: CB, RB, OLB, LT, SS, WR, LG, MLB, DT, C, FB, backup QB, KR, TE.
6. Rams (Redskins) – Morris Claiborne, CB – LSU *
The Rams could end being the big winners of the draft thanks to the Redskins. The Rams selection here will have a lot to do with what happens with Cleveland at No.4 – if they take Richardson and then Tampa Bay follows with Claiborne the Rams could be left with a handful of options. Under that scenario things could potentially get crazy because they could either trade down yet again or choose from a handful of prospects (some seemingly reaches). I think the best option would be Claiborne here, but the list of options could include Riley Reiff, Justin Blackmon Michael Brockers, Quinton Coples or reaches like Dontari Poe, Dre Kirkpatrick, or Jonathan Martin. It’ll be interesting to see how things transpire over the next few weeks, but the Rams certainly got themselves a nice deal.
Needs: OT, CB, SS, WR, OG/C, OLB, DT, RB, P
7. Jaguars – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB – South Carolina
Ingram solidified himself as a Top 10 candidate in the draft with a nice combine performance last month. However, Ingram may seem like somewhat of a surprise pick here for Jacksonville – especially with their need for a WR and Justin Blackmon sitting here. I’m just not sold on the fact that teams are willing to risk high picks on WR’s anymore (they potential for a “bust” is extremely high with Top 10 receivers). Blackmon is talented and very well may be their choice, but I think Ingram and Michael Brockers will have a lot of appeal as well. The Jags may release DE Aaron Kampman, plus up-and-coming DE Jeremy Mincey is an UFA so adding someone of Ingram’s caliber seems like the best options at this point to me.
Needs: WRx2, CB, OT, DE, C, DT, LB, P, RB, S, QB.
8. Miami – Riley Reiff, OT – Iowa *
I’m not sure how the Peyton Manning situation is going to end up (Denver is making a strong push currently), but I’m not as sold as I once was that Miami is the top landing spot for Manning. If they miss on Manning then they, along with Cleveland, would become UFA Matt Flynn likely destination. Flynn would likely prefer to reunite with new Head Coach (ex- Packers Offensive Coordinator) Joe Philbin in South Beach. With that being said, Miami needs to address the RT position where they plugged in Marc Columbo last season. The Dolphins also may consider Ryan Tannehill here (even if they sign Manning) since they added ex-Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman as Offensive Coordinator. Reiff makes the most sense under this scenario, but Justin Blackmon may have a lot of appeal too.
Needs: QB, RT, DE, RG, FS, TE, WRx2, LB, NT/DL, Rush OLB, CB, RB.
9. Carolina – Justin Blackmon, WR – Oklahoma State *
Its hard too imagine someone as talented as Blackmon falling this far (I admit, it’s unlikely), but Wide Receivers going high in the draft have proven to be risk. I’m not suggesting that Blackmon will be a bust, but that teams may think twice – especially since WR’s are so easily found from the unknown ranks. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t shock me to see Blackmon go No.3 or No.4 – but I doubt anyone would be happier if he fell to No.9 than Carolina. Brandon LaFell and David Gettis are not horrible options, but they aren’t good No.2 (potentially a No.1) options opposite Steve Smith. Blackmon and Cam Newton could make a fearsome tandem for some time in Carolina. If Blackmon is gone, then trading down could be a good option so they can obtain more picks – but other options include Quinton Coples, Michael Brockers, Dontari Poe, Michael Floyd, Dre Kirkpatrick or maybe even a surprise like Fletcher Cox.
Needs: WRx2, CB, OG, DT/DL, RT, OLB, TE, K, backup QB, MLB, S.
10. Bills – Quinton Coples, DE/DT – North Carolina
Apparently, Buffalo is prepared to switch back to a 4-3 scheme so they’ll be looking for a prototypical Defensive End. I’m aware that Coples didn’t have the best senior season at UNC, but he has the potential to be a dominant force getting to the quarterback. I think that Coples could slide down a little further with such a strong defensive line class, but it almost seems like a perfect fit. It’s no secret that the Bills are looking for sacks, so other options here would include Courtney Upshaw, Whitney Mercilus, or Nick Perry. They may have an interest for an OT like Jonathan Martin or Cordy Glenn as well. Buffalo also may be an active player in Free-Agency with around 30 Million in free money.
Needs: DE/OLB, WR, OT, MLB, CB, backup QB, K, DB, TE, OG.
11. Chiefs – Cordy Glenn, OG/OT – Georgia
Glenn is projecting to be more of an OT with the versatility to play OG. Kansas City has a need to replace RT Barry Richardson so Glenn may be a better option than Jonathan Martin or Mike Adams to fill that role. Michael Brockers or Dontari Poe could also be appealing with Poe seemingly an ideal fit as a NT in Head Coach Romeo Crennel’s 3-4 attack. If the Chiefs decide to use Glenn, a massive run blocker, at LG it’d still make a lot of sense to me. The Chiefs have around 50 Million on cap space to spend this offseason so they’ll have plenty of chances to fill needs prior to the draft.
Needs: OG/C, NT, RT, WR, QB, TE, CB, OLB, RB, MLB, S, Pass Rusher.
12. Seattle – Luke Kuechly, MLB – Boston College
The Seahawks need a QB, but with Tannehill gone they’ll likely have to wait until the 2nd round (or trade back up into the late 1st round) to address that need. In fact, they could trade down and try to obtain picks for next years draft so they could potentially make a run at Mark Barkley, Landry Jones, or Tyler Wilson. Seattle has a big need for linebacker help since last years players are UFA David Hawthorne, UFA Leroy Hill, and a release that caused Lofa Tatupu to be an UFA as well. Kuechly is an interesting prospect who can rise into the Top 10 or possibly fall as low as No.23 overall. I like Kuechly a lot, all he does is get tackles (he has nearly 400 tackles over the past two season). They are in need of pass rushing help too, hence the reason they are targeting Texans UFA DE/OLB Mario Williams. The Seahawks could also be tempted with Courtney Upshaw as an OLB/DE here, while other options could be: Whitney Mercilus, Dre Kirkpatrick, Michael Brockers. or Nick Perry.
Needs: QB, DE/Pass Rusher, MLB, CB, OT, DT, OLB, RB, S, WR.
13. Arizona – Jonathan Martin, OT – Stanford *
Arizona is still in the serious Peyton Manning discussion, but if they do indeed miss out on him they’ll just stick with last year’s acquisition Kevin Kolb. In either case, the Cardinals offensive line is in serious limbo. They’re probably going to release OT Levi Brown to save cap space, plus they have OG Deuce Lutui, OT Brandon Keith, and OT D’Anthony Batiste all set to become free-agents. I like the idea of Martin’s team OG David DeCastro, but it may be too early for a team to consider an interior lineman. Martin however is a nice pick, someone I think is a Top 10 talent, and aside from needing to get better working against speed rushers is a very polished LT candidate. In the NFC West it seems like anything is possible from year-to-year so making a few solid additions could go a long way for the Cardinals. They’re other options here would include: DeCastro, Cordy Glenn, Kendall Wright, Michael Floyd and Luke Kuechly.
Needs: OT, OG/C, WR, CB, OLB, S, MLB, DE, K/P, QB
14. Dallas – Michael Brockers, DT/DE – LSU **
I think Brockers will probably end up going higher than this (become a hotter prospects as the draft approaches) because even though he is raw he has a lot of upside. You’ll often hear comparisons to Richard Seymour and that a good thing since Dallas defenders are going to be chasing Vick and Griffin around for the next few years. The Cowboys are a team in need of upgrading the defense at multiple positions, so a wide variety of defense candidate would include: Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron, Nick Perry, Courtney Upshaw, and Dontari Poe. The interior-offensive line is an issue for the Dallas as well, but they may go with him the youngsters they but out there last season or wait to address that need. I’d think David DeCastro would get some consideration, but again rarely has an OG gone in the Top 15. Dallas will actually have a little money to bring in some free-agent if they choose too.
Needs: S, CB, DT/NT, MLB, C/OG, WR, DE/OLB, P, backup QB, RB, TE.
15. Eagles – Fletcher Cox, DT/DE – Mississippi State *
The Eagles will have plenty of options here: Kuechly, Courtney Upshaw, Michael Floyd, or Dontari Poe just to name a few. However, I think with their need for a DT that the under-valued Cox would be a perfect fit. There is a good chance that Cox could slide (Dontari Poe has gotten most of the publicity), but he is much better than most people know. Lets face it, the Eagles are pretty good – so making a few solid additions should help them live up to expectations. I could see the Eagles going David DeCastro here as well, but their main recognizable need is the linebacking core and that’ll be the focus most likely. If the Eagles can manage to trade Asante Samuel (and save that 8 Million) they’ll have a good bit of money to be active in the free-agent market too.
Needs: MLB, OLB, OG/OT, WR, S, RB, DT, TE, backup QB, CB, C.
16. Jets – Mark Barron, SS – Alabama
Re-signing Mark Sanchez was almost of foregone conclusion once rumors came out they were interested in Peyton Manning and missed getting him (they had to commit to him and save what little confidence he still has in himself). The Jets aren’t in a total rebuilding year, but they have some major areas of need to get them back where they need to be. They’re rumored to be shopping LB Bart Scott and RT Wayne Hunter so they could use this pick to address any number of need. I think there are some better options than Barron, including Upshaw and Mike Adams, but there Safety position is so depleted (Jim Leonard and Brodney Pool are both UFA’s) that they may have no choice. Barron is often referred to a “stiff” but I think he is an experienced and productive player.
Needs: Rush OLB, FS/SS, OG, RT, WRx2, RB, DT/NT, backup QB, K, TE, CB.
17. Bengals (Oakland) – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB/FS – Alabama
I believe Kirkpatrick is extremely low for his skill-set, but that’s what happens when off-the-field issues cause character concerns. As the draft nears it wouldn’t be totally surprise to see Kirkpatrick’s name among the candidate for St.Louis at No.6 or teams higher on the board (remember, he was cleared of marijuana charges). Cincinnato lost Jonathan Joseph last season and need to replace him. They will have a few other options here: Mark Barron, David DeCastro, Cordy Glenn, or they may consider packaging this pick and No.21 to move up and grab RB Trent Richardson. Believe it or not the Bengals have a bright future, and a lot of cap space this offseason (about 60, Yes 60 Million).
Needs: RB, OG, CB, SS, MLB, WR, OT, OLB, DL, K.
18. Chargers – Courtney Upshaw, OLB/DE – Alabama
At 6’1” 272lbs. Upshaw is one of those OLD/DE combo players who could work in either the 3-4 or 4-3 system. He is undoubtedly the top OLB of the class and possesses a lot pf speed and power in attacking the QB. Upshaw may be gone before San Diego picks, in which case they’d consider options such as: David DeCastro, Dre Kirkpatrick, Mike Adams, Whitney Mercilus, and Mark Barron. The chargers are some questions regarding WR Vincent Jackson (finally an UFA) and whether he’ll return – as well as issues with the offensive line. Kris Dielman, their Pro-Bowl OG, retired and OT Marcus McNeill may be a cap casualty. Also, if they lose NT Antonio Garay in Free-Agency this would be an ideal spot for Dontari Poe should he be available – and watch for a sleeper like C/OG Peter Konz to get some consideration as well.
Needs: OT, OLB, SS, OG, WR, DE, CB, MLB, NT/DT, C, TE, FB, K, Backup QB.
19. Bears – Michael Floyd, WR – Notre Dame
The Bears really have no true No.1 wideout so adding Floyd or Kendall Wright would an ideal situation, Sure, they have some money to spend so they could make a run at Vincent Jackson, but other than recently resigned Earl Bennett they still need WR’s. Jay Cutler needs some weapons around him (hopefully they sign Matt Forte to a long-term deal) and Floyd may be just what they’re looking for. Floyd is productive and should transition well to the NFL with his size and strong hands. The Bears could be attracted by: Dontari Poe, Mike Adams, Dwayne Allen, David DeCastro or Peter Konz also.
Needs: WRx2, DT, TE, LT, OLB, OG, RB, MLB, CB, C, S, DE.
20. Titans – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB – Illinois *
Head Coach (and former offensive lineman) Mike Munchak claims that Tennessee wont be looking offensive line with this pick, but maybe he wasn’t expending David DeCastro to be available either – it’d be extremely hard for him to pass up his kind of player in DeCastro. However, they have two other major need to consider here – Cornerback, and Pass Rusher. The list of potential candidates will include Andre Branch, Nick Perry, Vinny Curry, Janoris Jenkins, Josh Robinson, and Stephon Gilmore. I have them taking the Nations leading sacker in Whitney Mercilus (who some may consider a one hit wonder since he had low total early in his career) because of his ability to attack the QB from the edge. The Titans are doing the right things, and this should help.
Needs: CB, DE/Pass Rusher, C/OG, SS, OLB, WR, TE, MLB, OT, backup RB, DT.
21. Bengals – David DeCastro, OG – Stanford *
DeCastro is a Top 10 caliber talent, but OG’s just don’t usually go that high in the draft. Its likely he goes a little sooner than this though, The Bengals will have some options with two 1st round selections, but landing DeCastro, or maybe Cordy Glenn, with one of the two picks would be a nice way to secure the offensive line. They’ll have a few other options here, including: Lamar Miller, Mark Barron, or selecting solely in best available.
Needs: RB, OG, CB, SS, MLB, WR, OT, OLB, DL, K.
22. Browns (Falcons) – Mike Adams, OT – Ohio State
Mike Adams could land anywhere from No.11 to No.32, but I think he will be a first round pick for sure. Adams was suspended 5 games to start his senior season, but he that shouldn’t make teams shy away. The Browns will be looking to add a RT at some point in this draft and now just seems like a great time to add someone of Adams talent. This could end up being a spot where Cleveland targets a QB if they can’t get one with their earlier pick or target a handful of other players: Dontari Poe, Kendall Wright, Nick Perry, or Andre Branch. The Browns have been making some nice decisions as of late with draft selections and keeping Adams in Ohio is a good way to continue that.
Needs: QB, WR, RT, DE, OLB, CB, FS, RB, OG, K, DT, TE.
23. Lions – Janoris Jenkins, CB – North Alabama
Jenkins has some character concerns, so even as talented as he is, he may end up falling into the second round. Jenkins started his college career at Florida and circumstances lead to him finishing at a smaller school, but he is a big name prospect. Jenkins could even go as high as No.14 overall. The Lions will likely have a tough decision here between a CB like Jenkins and Josh Robinson or the likes of Peter Konz or Dont’a Hightower. I think there is a good chance Detroit may fill their need for a CB thru Free-Agency (possibly targeting Cortland Finnegan). The Lions defense is already pretty good, but if they make a few more additions it’ll be dominate.
Needs: MLB, C/OG, CB, OLB, OT, S, DE, P, WR, FB.
24. Steelers – Dontari Poe, NT/DT – Memphis *
I think the Dontari Poe hysteria may end up calming down some as the draft approaches. He is mentioned as a likely choice at No.11 or may even go as high as No.6. Poe really emerged at the NFL Combine with a nice showing of quickness and athleticism for a guy around 350lbs. Pittsburgh would be a nice spot for Poe (replacing NT Casey Hampton). The Steelers have some financial trouble that will limit what they can do in Free-Agency so have a solid draft will be key. In fact, there big concern is holding on to RFA WR Mike Wallace, but he is likely to get offered too much money (if they lose him it’ll return to them a 1st round selection). The Steelers have pplenty of holes to fill so anyone is really in play here, including: Mychal Kendricks, Dont’a Hightower, Mike Adams, Jerel Worthy, or Janoris Jenkins – but you can’t pass on Poe of he remains available.
Needs: LT, NT, CB, MLB, OG, DE, TE, OLB, WR, RB, S, backup QB
25. Denver – Devon Still, DT/DE – Penn State
Still was once considered at Top 15 guy, but has falling down the board some in recent week with the emergence of Poe, Fletcher Cox, and a strong defensive line class. I guess it still within reason to expect Still to get some consideration for teams drafting higher, like Carolina at No.9 – but he also may see himself fall into round 2. Denver is currently making a strong play to get Peyton Manning, which in its self would bring some other ex-Colts players to Denver. The Broncos have some potential if they can add a few more pieces this offseason. Regardless of the Tebow (and Manning) situation, Denver will likely be looking to add a QB through the draft. Options here will be Brock Osweiler, Brandon Weeden, Janoris Jenkins, Josh Robinson, Jerel Worthy, or Dwayne Allen.
Needs: DT, CB, RB, TE, QB, DE/OLB, WRx2, MLB, OG
26. Texans – Kendall Wright, WR – Baylor
Wright doesn’t have the explosive 4.4 speed, but I don’t think that’ll hurt his draft stock any. Wright could expect to be selected as high as No.13 or as low as No.30. The Texans need to find a way to re-sign DE/OLB Mario Williams or that positions will end up being a major need. WR is probably their No.1 need so anyone from Wright to Stephen Hill or Mohammed Sanu makes sense. Rumors say that Houston could be in play for longtime rival Peyton Manning (which would likely bring either Reggie Wayne and/or Pierre Garcon). The Texans will have plenty of options that’ll include: Peter Konz, Jerel Worthy, Mark Barron, and Vinny Curry.
Needs: WR, CB, C, NT/DT, DE, OG, TE, S, MLB, K, RB, Pass Rusher.
27. Patriots (Saints) – Vinny Curry, DE – Marshall
Curry is a sack specialist and I think he is a good fit as a DE in the 3-4 scheme (and as an option at OLB). The Patriots have two late 1st rounders so they could possibly deal up (or down and acquire more picks). The Patriots have the luxury of attracting Free-Agents as well as drafting the best available player. Its always hard to get a read on New England, but their targets would include: Mark Barron, Kendall Wright, Nick Perry, Andre Branch, Jerel Worthy, or Peter Konz.
Needs: DE/OLB, S, WR, OG/C, DT/NT, CB, MLB, KR, RB, OT
28. Packers – Nick Perry, DE/OLB – USC *
Perry is a talent 3 year-starter who should be pro ready (he played for former NFL Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin at SC). Perry is likely to be gone well before this pick, but there are a lot of other front-seven candidates out here that could cause others to fall. Green Bay must improve on the defensive side of the ball to take some pressure of their high-powered offense. I think it’s probably pretty safe to say they’ll use this pick in a defensive player: Vinny Curry, Janoris Jenkins, Jerel Worthy, Andre Branch, among the candidates. They’ve battled injuries of the past few season, but they just need to upgrade.
Needs: CB, DE/OLB, S, DT, RB, C, OT, backup QB, OG, MLB, WR.
29. Ravens – Peter Konz, C/OG – Wisconsin *
Konz is a candidate to potentially go a little higher than we expect (even higher than No.23), but this is probably right around the range he’ll end up going. Detroit, Houston, and Baltimore are the three likely spots for Konz, but there may be a surprise team. It seems like Matt Birk is hoping to play another season or two, but it’d be tough to pass on the talented Konz. We tend to think defense with Baltimore, and that could be true this year because they need to add some youth. Targets for the Ravens will be Dont’a Hightower, Nick Perry, Vinny Curry, Andre Branch, Mychal Kendricks, or surprise offensive players like Zebrie Sanders and Lamar Miller.
Needs: MLB, C, RB, OT, OLB S, OG, WR, backup QB, DL, CB.
30. 49ers – Dwight Bentley, CB – Louisiana-Lafayette
Bentley is a ‘sleeper’ (not necessarily in the draft as a whole, but as a 1st round pick) because not a lot of people know the name, but he is an extremely talent CB. Josh Robinson is getting a lot of attention and we know the name Gilmore and Alfonzo Dennard – but Bentley should be consider right in that mix. He seems like a perfect fit with the 49ers style of defense. The other big concern for San Fran will be adding a receiver so Stephen Hill, Mohammed Sanu or Alshon Jeffrey will get consideration. I also believe that San Francisco is a likely destination for Steelers WR RFA Mike Wallace (and maybe even Ravens RFA CB Lardarius Webb). Adding Wallace (or Webb) for this pick would offer a lot of value.
Needs: WR, CB, NT/DT, S, DE, C/OG, backup TE, OLB, QB, OT.
31. Patriots – Jerel Worthy, DT/DE – Michigan State *
Worthy is gaining a little ground as of late and pushing his way back into the late 1st round discussion. I think he is a bit under-valued and sometimes gets forgotten with such a strong defensive class, but he will be a nice addition. New England is a team that’s always trying to make deal and get more value for what they have – so they’ll be a great candidate to trade down with a team looking to move back into round 1. I think that this could be a spot to grab a WR, but they may end up targeting UFA Brandon Lloyd in Free-Agency. In fact, NE may target Steelers WR Mike Wallace for this pick.
Needs: DE/OLB, S, WR, OG/C, DT/NT, CB, MLB, KR, RB, OT
32. Giants – Dwayne Allen, TE – Clemson *
The Champs need to add targets around Eli Manning. A lot of people will say that Coby Fleener may be a better fit for the NYG, but with Jake Ballard returning adding a guy like Allen instead makes more sense to me. The Giants have some options, which now may include a RB (they released Brandon Jacobs), here, including: Mike Adams, Stephon Gilmore, Lamar Miller, Andre Branch, Lavonte David, or Josh Robinson. Allen would be a good addition, especially this late, because he could possibly go as high as No.19.
Needs: OT, TE, CB, DT, OLB, WR, RB, OG, backup QB, MLB, DE.
33. Rams – Lamar Miller, RB – Miami (FL) **
34. Colts – Coby Fleener, TE – Stanford
35. Vikings – Stephen Hill, WR – Georgia Tech *
36. Tampa Bay – Dont’a Hightower, MLB – Alabama
37. Browns – Andre Branch, DE/OLB – Clemson
38. Jaguars – Alshon Jeffery, WR – South Carolina *
39. Rams (Redskins) – Zack Brown, OLB – North Carolina
40. Carolina – Josh Robinson, CB – Central Florida *
41. Bills – Zebrie Sanders, OT – Florida State
42. Dolphins – Kelechi Osemele, OG – Iowa State
43. Seattle – Brock Osweiler, QB – Arizona State *
44. Chiefs – Brandon Weeden, QB – Oklahoma State
45. Dallas – Orson Charles, TE – Georgia *
46. Eagles (Arizona) – Lavonte David, OLB/MLB – Nebraska
47. Jets – Mohammad Sanu, WR – Rutgers *
48. Patriots (Oakland) – Harrison Smith, SS – Notre Dame
49. Chargers – Amini Silatolu, OG – Midwestern State
50. Bears – Alfonzo Dennard, CB – Nebraska
51. Eagles – Bernard Pierce, RB – Temple *
52. Titans – Trumaine Johnson, CB – Montana
53. Bengals – David Wilson, RB – Virginia Tech *
54. Lions – Stephon Gilmore, CB/FS – South Carolina
55. Falcons – Chandler Jones, DE/OLB – Syracuse *
56. Steelers – Mychal Kendricks, MLB – California
57. Denver – Nick Foles, QB – Arizona
58. Texans – Brandon Thompson, DT/NT – Clemson
59. Saints – Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE – Oklahoma *
60. Packers – Kendall Reyes, DT/DE – U Conn
61. Ravens – Doug Martin, RB – Boise State
62. 49ers – Jared Crick, DE/DT – Nebraska
63. Patriots – Rueben Randle, WR – LSU *
64. Giants – Chase Minnifield, CB – Virginia
65. Colts – Ben Jones, C – Georgia
66. Rams – Brandon Washington – Miami (FL) *
67. Vikings – Leonard Johnson, CB – Iowa State
68. Browns – Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
69. Tampa Bay – Jayron Hosley, CB – Virginia Tech *
70. Redskins – Kevin Zeitler, OG – Wisconsin
71. Jaguars – Andre Datko, OT – Florida State
72. Dolphins – Kirk Cousins, QB – Michigan State
73. Bears (Carolina) – Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB – West Virginia
74. Bills – Chris Givens, WR – Wake Forest *
75. Chiefs – Chris Polk, RB – Washington *
76. Seattle – Shea McClellin, DE/OLB – Boise State
77. Eagles – James Brown, OT/OG – Troy
78. Jets – Bobby Massie, OT – Mississippi State *
***** Oakland (Forfeit – 2011 Supplemental Draft)
79. Chargers – George IIoka, FS/SS – Boise State
80. Bears – LeMichael James, RB – Oregon *
81. Arizona – Marvin Jones, WR – California
82. Dallas – Vontaze Burfict, MLB – Arizona State *
83. Titans – Phillip Blake, C – Baylor
84. Bengals – Alameda Ta’amu, NT/NT – Washington
85. Falcons – Ladarius Green, TE/WR – Louisiana-Lafayette
86. Lions – Bobby Wagner, MLB/OLB – Utah State
87. Steelers – Brandon Boykin, CB – Georgia
88. Denver – Cam Johnson, DE/OLB – Virginia
89. Texans –Michael Brewster, C – Ohio State
90. Saints – Markelle Martin, FS – Oklhoma State
91. Packers – Casey Howard, CB – Vanderbilt
92. Ravens – Audie Cole, MLB/OLB – NC State
93. 49ers – Tommy Streeter, WR – Maimi (FL) *
94. Patriots – Josh Norman, CB – Costal Carolina
95. Giants – Isaiah Pead, RB – Cincinnati