Howdy. Everyone else is doing a mock draft, so I thought I’d throw my two cents into the ring. I usually do one just to entertain myself, but this is the first time sharing with anyone. I’m not factoring in any trades. I barely know what I’m doing with this as is.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
With LT Brandon Albert being un-happy and rumored to want out, I think the Chiefs pick his successor. If Albert sticks around, the Chiefs have a couple of nice bookends for the season. Maybe KC picks Eric Fisher, but Joeckel has gone against better overall competition.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Jags need a lot of help, but don’t know that they would go with more of a need than the best player available. If the Chiefs go with Fisher, then I think the Jags go with Joeckel.
3. Oakland Raiders: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
Tommy Kelly is blah and Richard Seymore is gone. Need, meet player.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregan
I know the Eagle OLine is a mess, but with the switch to a 3-4 defense, this feels right.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Lions have no pass rush, having lost both their starters from last year. Granted, they lost both of their Offensive tackles as well. Maybe they go Lane Johnson.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
I’ve heard Gino Smith here, but can Cleveland really over-draft a QB two years in a row? I don’t think they do. In a passing league, you can never have too many good corners.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The only team with a comparably bad offensive line was the COLTS. If there is a OLinemen worth a damn, Arizona has to take him.
8. Buffalo Bills: Gino Smith, QB, WV
Rumor has it that the Bills are going to take a QB here. Some say that it will be Ryan Nassib because his college coach is the new Bills coach. I hate that logic. I’ve never really seen it with the first round either. I say they take the best QB prospect on the board.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The Jets lost Revis, but their pass defense was ok after he went down last year. What they need is pass rush.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Once again, a good marriage of need and BPA (Best Player Available).
11. San Diego Chargers: Johnathan Cooper, G, UNC
The need to protect their QB, Rivers, is there, but the top tackles are gone. Cooper is the next best thing.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
My gut tells me that Miami is going to get Brandon Alberts from KC, so left tackle will be taken care of. That leaves a hole at corner, where both starters from the last few years are gone.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The pass defense has been mostly solved with free agents, so the next hole needs filled.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Panthers should have taken care of this weakness last year, but better late than never.
15. New Orleans Saints: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.
The Saints defense was the worst the NFL has ever seen. No matter who they take, it will be an upgrade. Some believe you still win the trenches.
16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, WV
Sam Bradford needs weapons. The Rams don’t have weapons. Problem solved.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Steelers needs to replace their aging defense. Jones is the first step in that direction and with the loss of James Harrison, fills a need.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
With the switch to the 3-4, Dallas needs a defensive end that can step into a tackle spot on passing down and give an inside push. Jones can do that. Datone, not Jerry.
19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Drafting the best LB in this class and allowing Mathias Kiwanuka to return to his natural end position, takes care of two positions.
20. Chicago Bears: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Assuming Te’o knew nothing about the girlfriend hoax until latter, the Bears take Bryan Urlacher’s replacement.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
Out with Andre Smith, in with someone who has his head on strait.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Need #2 taken care of.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Vikings need a passing game to go with Adrian Peterson and one receiver, Greg Jennings, isn’t enough.
24. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Keenan Allen, WR, California
This is a BPA spot. Allen seems to be the best available. There are too many worried about his health.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle): Sylvestor Williams, DT, UNC
The Vikes rebuild the Williams Wall and make defense a strength again.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
It’s time for the Pack to stop farting around and get a #1 running back. This is the best of the bunch.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Andre Johnson needs help. It’s time to take a WR and this one can take over the #1 spot as Johnson ages.
28. Denver Broncos: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
Stupidly losing Elvis Dumerville means Denver needs another pass rusher beside Von Miller.
29. New England Cheatriots: Robert Woods, WR, USC
It’s great and all that New England signed Amendola, but he’s a slot receiver and injury prone. They need someone on the outside.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Lose a corner. Get a corner.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, S, LSU
The 49ers lost Golston in free agency. Reid seems like a good replacement.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Everything about the 49ers applies to the Raven, but with Ed Reed.