that, on to the latest mock!
Kansas City Chiefs (2-13): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
a little while, I considered not mocking a quarterback to the Chiefs
at #1. Then they played the Raiders and couldn’t move the ball
against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Change needs to come to
KC’s offense, and if they like Geno Smith, I think they’ll pull
the trigger on him with the top pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13): Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
Jaguars are apparently a lock to acquire Tim Tebow, so taking a
quarterback here doesn't make too much sense. Plus, I think Jones is
too valuable to pass up. He gives Jacksonville another piece on a
defense that the front office has put a priority on improving (see
the acquisitions of Jason Babin and Paul Posluszny as examples).
Oakland Raiders (4-11): Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Raiders could also plug their defensive line with Star Lotulelei, but
defensive line is loaded in this year’s draft class and they can
address that need later. Instead, they use the #3 pick on the safest
prospect around. Rolando McClain wants out, and Oakland desperately
needs young leadership on defense, which is exactly what Te’o
4) Philadelphia Eagles (4-11): Luke Joeckel, OT,
Philadelphia let Michael Vick get massacred
behind the line, and without reinforcements, the same thing will
happen to Nick Foles. You need to protect quarterbacks, and here, the
Eagles are in position to take the best offensive lineman in the
draft. This seems to be one of the more agreed-upon picks in the mock
draft universe, so there’s no reason to change it at this point.
Detroit Lions (4-11): DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama
best player available is Star Lotulelei, but the Lions certainly
aren’t lacking at defensive tackle. If they want to improve their
front seven, they could reach for Barkevious Mingo or Damontre Moore,
but Milliner isn’t a reach and improves a below-average secondary.
He should be able to step in and contribute right away.
Buffalo Bills (5-10): Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
best player available is Star Lotulelei, but the Bills are set at
defensive tackle with Mario and Kyle Williams. The next best thing is
Damontre Moore, a rush end a lot of teams are extremely high on. Some
sources think Moore could go as high as #2 to Jacksonville.
Cleveland Browns (5-10): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
is a huge break for the Browns. One commenter said that Cleveland was
actually pretty strong at defensive tackle. That said, Lotulelei is
just way too talented to pass up at #7 for a team that needs star
Tennessee Titans (5-10): Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
run defense is near the bottom of the NFL at 23rd overall,
and they can address that in a big way here. Mingo could have gone
several spots before this to either Buffalo or Cleveland, but in this
scenario, he heads to Tennessee, where he can fill plenty of holes on
a defense in desperate need of playmakers.
Arizona Cardinals (5-10): Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Fitzgerald is wasting one of his prime seasons thanks to three
quarterbacks that can’t get him the ball, and Ken Whisenhunt may be
gone at the end of the year. New regimes usually mean new
quarterbacks, and if Barkley puts forth a good showing at the
Combine, he'll silence any worries about his late-season arm injury
and likely get picked highly in the first round.
San Diego Chargers (6-9): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
much as I'd really like to mock Landry Jones to San Diego, I can't do
it. Philip Rivers is somehow going to throw for well over 3,500 yards
this year, and despite being a turnover machine for much of the year,
I don't think they replace him. Instead, I'll give them Lewan, who
gives them fresh life on the offensive line, one that's struggled at
times this year.
New York Jets (6-9): Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Jones would fit here. Tim Tebow is gone, and Greg McElroy and Mark
Sanchez both shouldn't be starting anywhere in the league. The Jets
will probably stick with Sanchez, but that doesn't mean they can't
draft a quarterback and give him a year to develop.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Bay traded Aqib Talib, and their cornerback situation wasn’t rosy
to begin with. With Ronde Barber likely retiring, they need to
restock the defensive backfield. Rhodes is the second-best defensive
back in the draft, and he’d be a welcome addition to Greg Schiano’s
Carolina Panthers (6-9): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
probably saved Ron Rivera's job with their late-season surge, but
they also cost themselves a shot at Star Lotulelei. However, Hankins
is also a very good prospect. He enjoyed a great junior year at Ohio
State, and he’s one of the best players available at this point in
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
contrast, Pittsburgh's losing got them the last true first-round
quality tackle in the draft. The Steelers need young blood on their
offensive line, and that's what they get with Fisher, whose stock
soared in his final year at Central Michigan.
Miami Dolphins (7-8): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
could use an offensive tackle, but Fisher was the last one that
wouldn't be a colossal reach. Instead, I'll mock them Justin Hunter,
who gives a team without much at wide receiver a quality downfield
New Orleans Saints (6-8): Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State
Orleans has some gaping holes on their defense. A defensive tackle
would be ideal, but Sheldon Richardson may be a slight reach at this
point. Werner, though, provides versatility and value at this point
in the first round. He does need to get a little bigger, but he’s
anchored FSU’s defense and should be a very solid pro.
St. Louis Rams (7-7-1): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Louis needs some help on the offensive line. Warmack isn't just the
best guard available, he's probably the best offensive lineman left,
period. He's assumed a leadership role with the Crimson Tide, and
should be a very good pro.
Dallas Cowboys (8-9): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
could use some reinforcements on the defensive line. They could take
a tackle and move Jay Ratliff outside, but in this scenario,
Montgomery is one of the best players available and fits Dallas’s
New York Giants (8-7): Dion
Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Giants love drafting defensive players who can get into the
backfield, and that’s exactly what makes Jordan so effective. He’s
a tweener, but the Giants have had success with players like him, and
he presents a very good value at #19.
Chicago Bears (9-6): Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Urlacher is one of the best to ever play his position, but he’s
getting older and is a free agent at the end of the year. With his
health now in question, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Bears
take Ogletree, the consensus #2 inside linebacker behind Manti Te’o,
if he’s still on the board.
Cincinnati Bengals (9-6): Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas
isn’t quite the “wreak havoc” player Jordan is, but he’s a
safe, experienced, and versatile player. The Bengals could use a
presence like him to take some pressure off of highly-regarded
defensive tackle Geno Atkins.
St. Louis Rams (7-7-1, from Washington (9-6)): Barrett Jones,
been mocking two offensive linemen to the Rams for a while, mainly
because the team may trade up. However, this is the first mock where
the Rams get two who have starred for Alabama. What Jones doesn't
have in pure talent, he makes up for in versatility. He can line up
everywhere on the line.
Minnesota Vikings (9-6): Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
is dead-last in the NFL in passing yardage. Part of that has to do
with having arguably the best running back in the league, but
Christian Ponder doesn’t have much to work with outside of Percy
Harvin. That changes with this pick, as Allen quickly adds a quality
Indianapolis Colts (10-5): Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
can run on the Colts, whose front seven ranks 30th
in the NFL. Their defensive tackle situation isn’t promising, and
while the defense as a whole has overachieved this year, they need
reinforcements, which Jenkins helps provide.
Baltimore Ravens (10-5): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Ravens probably want Ogletree, but he’s not available in this mock.
Still, if they’re searching for a replacement for the injured Ray
Lewis, Mosley could be it. He’s a talented player who has helped
lead one of the best defenses in college football.
Seattle Seahawks (10-5): Sheldon
Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson’s been rising on a lot of teams’ boards. His stock is
at an all-time high after a big senior season, and he provides
quality defense against the run. That’s been the one issue with the
Seahawks this year, so this is a nice fit.
San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Donte Whitner has been a rare weak link in a defense that doesn't
have many of them. Vaccaro's stock has been steadily rising during a
100-tackle season, and he's certainly an upgrade in the defensive
New England Patriots (11-4): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Welker is in a contract year, Brandon Lloyd has only recently heated
up, and an over-the-hill Deion Branch is playing a ton of snaps. This
could be a real need position for the Patriots this coming offseason,
and Williams is the best wideout available at this point. I could
also see the Pats taking a defensive lineman, but that position is
Green Bay Packers (11-4): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
dropped Banks out of this mock because of a knee injury that affected
his play late in the year. Still, if he rebounds with good showings
in his bowl game and at the Combine, he's probably a first-round
talent. In terms of pure skill, he brings a lot to the table.
Denver Broncos (12-3): Giovani Bernard, HB, North Carolina
McGahee just suffered a bad MCL injury, and Ronnie Hillman, while
explosive, may not be an every-down back. Bernard is a big-play
threat every time he touches the football. He averaged 214
all-purpose yards per game, good for third nationally, and he’s
probably the best back in the draft class. Despite the improved play
of Knowshon Moreno, we don't know if he can maintain that yet.
Houston Texans (12-3): Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
has a rare blend of size and athleticism. Unlike some defensive
tackles, he can get to the quarterback pretty well, and that’s an
asset from the nose tackle scheme the Texans run.
Atlanta Falcons (13-2): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
coming off a huge win over the Giants, but in previous weeks, their
front seven hadn’t been impressive. Ansah is a high-upside player
with a knack for getting into the backfield. The Falcons have had
problems at defensive end, and this takes a step towards addressing