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1 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: ANDREW LUCK, QB, STANFORD
If nothing else give Indy credit for knowing when to be really bad at just the right time. After landing the top overall pick the years John Elway and Peyton Manning were coming out of college, the Colts once again hit the quarterback jackpot with Stanford’s Andrew Luck. There are no sure things in the NFL Draft but Luck is about as close as it gets. In fact, there are many who feel Luck is the best quarterback prospect to come along in decades. Not only does Luck have the size, arm strength, accuracy and athleticism that you look for but his intangibles such as intelligence, leadership ability, work ethic and pedigree are off the charts.In many ways Luck is the LeBron James of the NFL Draft and he is the type of rare prospect who can completely change the fortunes of an organization. Indy felt comfortable jettisoning Peyton Manning because Luck was waiting in the wings and he should be the cornerstone of the franchise for the next ten to fifteen years. There is a contingent in the media that has Baylor QB Robert Griffin III ranked ahead of Luck but that certainly isn’t the case in league circles. At the end of the day it would be a major upset if Luck wasn’t the top pick.
2 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (f/STL): ROBERT GRIFFIN III, QB, BAYLOR
It has been a foregone conclusion that ”RG3” was going to be the second overall pick for quite some time, it was simply a matter of determining which team would pull the trigger on a trade with the Rams. In the end it came down to Cleveland and Washington, with the Redskins offer of a first and second round pick this year as well as first round picks in both 2013 and 2014 coming out on top. Many were shocked to see Washington give up so much, but at the end of the day it’s impossible to overpay for a stud quarterback. Baylor’s Robert Griffin III is a dynamic playmaker with the ability to beat teams with either his arm or legs and could have the type of pro career that Michael Vick was supposed to. Not only is Griffin an outstanding athlete with a rare skill set for the position but he also earns very high marks for his intangibles such as maturity, intelligence, work ethic and leadership ability. There are legitimate concerns when evaluating Griffin as a pro prospect, most notably durability and the need to adjust to a pro style system, but Griffin appears to have all the tools to be a franchise signal caller and in most year’s he'd be the clear-cut top overall pick.
3 MINNESOTA VIKINGS: MATT KALIL, OT, USC
The Vikings have some blue-chip pieces in place with Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Percy Harvin and even though it’s still early the hope is that Christian Ponder will be the long-term solution at quarterback. However, despite the presence of all that star power the Vikings are a flawed team with plenty of work to do from a personnel standpoint. One area that must be addressed is the offensive line, particularly left tackle where Charlie Johnson was a major disappointment after signing as a free agent. USC OT Matt Kalil is the reason that his former teammate Tyron Smith, who was the #10 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, was relegated to playing the right side in college.Kalil, whose brother Ryan plays for the Carolina Panthers and is one of the leagues premier centers, isn’t a finished product but he possesses the physical tools and intangibles to develop into an elite blindside protector. The addition of Kalil would allow the Vikings to move Johnson to guard and kill two birds with one stone. LSU CB Morris Claiborne is in the mix as well since Minnesota currently has more questions than answers in their secondary. The Vikings have also let it be known that they are open to trading down.
4 CLEVELAND BROWNS: MORRIS CLAIBORNE, CB, L.S.U.
After failing in their bid to trade up for Baylor QB Robert Griffin III the Browns have a big decision to make and this pick could be the first real turning point of the 2012 NFL Draft. Of course if Cleveland really wanted a quarterback they could reach a bit for Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, although they may be feigning interest in the Aggie signal caller to attract some trade offers. Assuming they stand pat the Browns decision will likely come down to L.S.U. CB Morris Claiborne, Alabama RB Trent Richardson or Oklahoma St. WR Justin Blackmon, with the team maintaining that they intend to select the highest rated player on their board. Don’t be surprised if that is Claiborne, who would team with Joe Haden to give Cleveland the best set of young corners in the league. Claiborne isn't as freakish of a physical specimen as Patrick Peterson but he does possess prototypical size and speed and might be a better pure cover man. At times Claiborne was overshadowed by flashy teammate Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu, but the rangy, super athletic Claiborne has always been the superior pro prospect in the eyes of scouts. This pick is very much up in the air though and in the end the Browns may once again opt for quantity over quality and trade down.
5 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: TRENT RICHARDSON, RB, ALABAMA
After an impressive rookie season LeGarrette Blount regressed in year two and the Buccaneers finished third from last in the league in rushing. In the long run Blount may be best suited for a situational role, a la Brandon Jacobs, and the Bucs are undoubtedly in the market for reinforcements at the position. Alabama RB Trent Richardson is a well-rounded player with a terrific blend of power and speed and possesses all of the tools to be a dominant workhorse at the next level. Richardson is a much better pro prospect than former teammate Mark Ingram and many feel he is the best runner the NFL Draft has seen since Adrian Peterson.Whether or not it’s wise to select a running back this early when productive players can be found at the position later on is debatable, but if ever there was an exception to the rule it’s Richardson. Even though the 37-year-old Ronde Barber is coming back for another season and the Bucs brought in Eric Wright as a free agent they could still opt for L.S.U. CB Morris Claiborne. After all, Aqib Talib is one more bad night away from being sent packing while former third round pick Myron Lewis has shown little or nothing thus far.
6 ST. LOUIS RAMS (f/WAS): JUSTIN BLACKMON, WR, OKLAHOMA ST.
The Rams got a king’s ransom for trading down from #2 and are now set up to add a lot of premium young talent the next few years. However, if Oklahoma St. WR Justin Blackmon is indeed the apple of their eye they may have to consider moving back up a few spots lest someone else beat them to the punch. Blackmon is a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner and would most likely have been the third wide receiver selected in the 2011 NFL Draft after A.J. Green and Julio Jones. A super competitive, physical wideout with good size and reliable hands, Blackmon may lack elite timed speed but he is more than fast enough with the pads on.Similar in many ways to Anquan Boldin, Blackmon has what it takes to be a low-end #1 target at the next level and is exactly what the doctor ordered for Sam Bradford and the Rams feeble passing attack. St. Louis would likely shift to the best player available approach if Blackmon is off the board and turn their attention to either L.S.U. CB Morris Claiborne or Alabama RB Trent Richardson, although don’t rule out Iowa OT Riley Reiff or a defensive tackle such as Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State or Dontari Poe of Memphis.
7 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: RILEY REIFF, OT, IOWA
The general consensus is that the Jaguars will select either a wide receiver or a defensive end with their top pick, but since when has G.M. Gene Smith done what was expected on Draft Day? Indications are that Eben Britton’s move inside to guard will be made permanent, in which case Jacksonville will have to find a new right tackle. Nobody really believes that Iowa OT Riley Reiff is the seventh best player in this draft, but he is probably going to come off the board in the top ten. Reiff is the next in a recent string of outstanding offensive line prospects produced by the Hawkeye program. A versatile player with experience at left and right tackle as well as guard, Reiff is a well-rounded blocker who is effective in both the pass and run games. Reiff may not be a “Franchise Left Tackle”but he is a very safe pick who should start in the league for a decade or more. Jacksonville also needs to add another pass rusher and while character concerns could take North Carolina’s Quinton Coples out of the mix for the Jaguars they could surprise and reach for Courtney Upshaw of Alabama or Melvin Ingram of South Carolina. Of course if Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon was somehow available that would be a slam-dunk as the Jags still need some more weapons for their passing game despite the addition of Laurent Robinson in free agency.
8 MIAMI DOLPHINS: RYAN TANNEHILL, QB, TEXAS A&M
To say this offseason hasn’t gone as planned for the Dolphins would be an understatement. Miami was rebuffed by both Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn and was forced to settle on David Garrard, who wasn’t even in the league last year, as a stop-gap solution at quarterback. At this point it appears as though the Dolphins are putting all of their eggs in one basket and hoping that Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill is available at #8. Some may view this as a reach but there are many teams that view Tannehill has a legitimate Top 10 talent and he is a better prospect than Christian Ponder, who went #12 overall last year. Tannehill only compiled 19 career starts for the Aggies but that lack of experience could also be viewed as a positive because if he is already this good just imagine where he could be in two or three years. Physically Tannehill has all the tools, including prototypical size, above average athleticism and enough arm strength to make all the throws,plus his intangibles such as maturity, intelligence, work ethic and leadership are outstanding. Also, don't underestimate the fact that new Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman coached Tannehill in college. Miami could also use a pass rusher like North Carolina DE Quinton Coples, an offensive tackle like Riley Reiff of Iowa or a wide receiver such as Michael Floyd of Notre Dame. However, it’s tough to envision them passing on Tannehill and they may even have to explore trading up into the Top 5 overall to ensure they get their guy.
9 CAROLINA PANTHERS: FLETCHER COX, DT, MISSISSIPPI ST.
Less than a year ago the Panthers invested two premium draft picks on Terrell McClain and Sione Fua and they were supposed to solve Carolina’s issues at defensive tackle. Unfortunately the Panthers finished near the bottom of the league in rushing defense again last season and the duo of McClain / Fua combined for just a single sack. It’s too early to give up on those two youngsters, but it’s also clear that Carolina needs to add another disruptive presence to the middle of their defensive line. Every year there is a player who is very highly thought of in league and scouting circles that the media and draftniks underrate and this time around it’s Mississippi St. DT Fletcher Cox.A terrific athlete with all the physical tools that you look for, Cox would be a perfect fit as a three-technique in Carolina and would give the team a legitimate pass rush threat on the interior. Memphis DT Dontari Poe and L.S.U. DT Michael Brockers will receive consideration as well and don’t rule out North Caroline DE Quinton Coples either. As a darkhorse keep an eye on Boston College LB Luke Kuechly since Thomas Davis’ future is up in the air and Dan Conner was lost as a free agent.
10 BUFFALO BILLS: MICHAEL FLOYD, WR, NOTRE DAME
Buffalo’s top priority this offseason was to upgrade their pass rush, which they accomplished in a big way by signing Mario Williams as a free agent. As a result the Bills can now look elsewhere in the first round and it appears as though they will turn their attention to the offensive side of the ball. If available Iowa OT Riley Reiff would be an ideal solution to their issues up front, but if he is off the board things could get interesting. Buffalo was able to re-sign Stevie Johnson to a long-term contract but they could still use another playmaker in the passing game. Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd is a Top 10 talent and compares favorably to Larry Fitzgerald but off-the-field and durability concerns could push the Fighting Irish star down draft boards a bit.A big, physical wideout who is an absolute terror in the redzone, Floyd answered questions about his speed by running in the 4.4’s at the Scouting Combine and has proven capable of making plays vertically by outmuscling and outleaping opponents. Floyd would be a perfect compliment to Johnson and would give the Bills offense a much-needed spark. With that said, it may be the Buffalo’s best interests to trade down and target a blocker, wideout or even Stanford TE Coby Fleener later in round one.
11 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: DONTARI POE, NT, MEMPHIS
After years of rebuilding the Chiefs have a nice core of young talent in place, but job is far from complete. One spot that must still be upgraded is nose tackle, where 35-year-old Kelly Gregg was merely a stop-gap solution. Dontari Poe is a massive 346 pound space-eater in the middle but is also surprisingly athletic, quick and agile. Those freakish physical tools were on full display at the Scouting Combine, where Poe stunned evaluators by running a 4.98 forty yard dash and throwing up 44 reps in the bench press. In addition to being able to play nose tackle in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, Poe could also see action as a defensive endin an odd front and that versatility will only add to his value. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli drafted Vince Wilfork during his tenure with the Patriots and Poe could play a similar role and have the same type of impact in Kansas City. The Chiefs could do better at inside linebacker alongside Derrick Johnson too so Luke Kuechly of Boston College or perhaps even Dont’a Hightower of Alabama could be possibilities as well. Don't rule out Stanford OG David DeCastro either. With that said, Poe and the Chiefs seem like a match made in NFL Draft Heaven.
12 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: LUKE KUECHLY, MLB, BOSTON COLLEGE
The linebacker position in Seattle is in a state of flux and K.J. Wright is the only sure-fire starter currently on the roster. David Hawthorne, who has led the team in tackles the past three seasons, is a free agent but even if he is re-signed the Seahawks will likely need to add at least one more ‘backer. Luke Kuechly of Boston College is a tackling machine and one of the most productive linebackers the college game has ever seen. With outstanding instincts, underrated athleticism and a real nose for the ball, Kuechly has drawn favorable comparisons to everyone from Keith Brooking to James Laurinaitis.The addition of Kuechly would solidify the MIKE position in Seattle and the versatile Hawthorne could kick outside if he is brought back into the fold. The Seahawks could also be in the market for a pass rusher such as North Carolina DE Quinton Coples to play opposite the underrated Chris Clemons. Even though the Seahawks signed Matt Flynn as a free agent don’t completely rule out Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill if he were to fall this far either as the team is said to be very high on him.
13 ARIZONA CARDINALS: CORDY GLENN, OT, GEORGIA
The Cardinals have somehow gotten by with an extremely tenuous situation at offensive tackle for a couple of years now, but they can only tempt fate for so long. Levi Brown has proven capable, albeit unspectacular, on the left side but the right side is a mess and something must be done about it. Georgia’s Cordy Glenn is a mountain of a man with a truly rare blend of size (6-5½, 345), strength and athleticism who has drawn comparisons to guys like Shawn Andrews and Andre Smith. Glenn played guard for most of his college career before moving to left tackle as a senior and most assumed he would kick back inside at the next level. However a strong showing at tackle during the Senior Bowl weekaltered that thought process and there are now many who feel he could survive on the edge. Glenn is exactly the type of big, mauling blocker that Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm became accustomed to during their time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and he would represent a significant upgrade at right tackle. Arizona could also be in the market for another pass rushing outside linebacker such as Courtney Upshaw of Alabama or Melvin Ingram of South Carolina and as a real darkhorse watch out for a wide receiver.
14 DALLAS COWBOYS: MARK BARRON, S, ALABAMA
After addressing their needs at offensive guard and cornerback in free agency, Dallas is now free to look elsewhere with this pick. The Cowboys have had major issues at safety for nearly a decade and it might finally be time to do something about it. It looks like Gerald Sensabaugh is entrenched at free safety but they can do better than journeyman Abram Elam at strong safety. Alabama’s Mark Barron is far and away the top safety prospect in this class and the only consensus first round talent at the position. Not only does Barron have a nice blend of size and speed but he also earns high marks for his football intangibles.Barron is definitely more of an in-the-box type but he has also flashed some playmaking ability in coverage. In many ways Barron compares favorably to LaRon Landry and he would likely be the best safety that Dallas has had since Darren Woodson. The Cowboys haven’t used a premium pick on a defensive lineman in five years now so don’t be surprised if they go that direction here either, with Fletcher Cox of Mississippi St., Dontari Poe of Memphis, Quinton Coples of North Carolina and Michael Brockers of LSU all possibilities
15 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: QUINTON COPLES, DE, NORTH CAROLINA
Throughout the years this Philly regime has shown an inclination toward selecting offensive and defensive lineman in round one, even when those positions weren’t necessarily considered to be pressing needs. The Eagles are in pretty good shape in the offensive trenches but don’t be surprised if they opt for a defensive end or defensive tackle with this choice. After passing on Jason Pierre-Paul a couple of years ago the Iggles could get a shot at redemption with another uber-talented pass rusher in North Carolina DE Quinton Coples. Despite suffering from a case of senioritis last fall and not always performing up to expectations Coples still managed to rack up a very respectable 24.0 Sacks and 40.5 TFL during his Tar Heel career. A terrific athlete with outstanding size,Coples can be a bit of an underachiever at times but has all of the physical tools to be an impact player at the next level and could be a steal at this point. Other possibilities could include L.S.U. DT Michael Brockers, Alabama DE Courtney Upshaw or South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram. Despite investing second round picks in each of the past two drafts on safeties the position continues to be a problem so Philadelphia could also consider Alabama’s Mark Barron. Word is the Eagles plan to bring in Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill for a private workout as well...
16 NEW YORK JETS: COURTNEY UPSHAW, OLB, ALABAMA
The Jets have a star studded and highly paid defense but that didn’t necessarily translate into as many impact plays as it should have last season. In fact, despite the emergence of Aaron Maybin as a situational pass rusher the Jets were a middle of the pack team in terms of sack production. With both Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas now well into their thirties, it may be time to bring in another outside linebacker who can be a threat off the edge. Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw doesn’t have the ideal length or speed that you look for but that didn't stop the Crimson Tide star from racking up 31.5 tacklesfor a loss and 15.5 sacks against elite SEC competition the past two years. Upshaw is simply a great football player with a knack for being in the right place at the right time and would be a perfect fit in the Jets scheme. South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram could fill a similar role as well. The Jets could also be in the market for a wideout to replace Plaxico Burress and Michael Floyd of Notre Dame could fit the bill. New York has some issues on the right side of their o-line too and could consider both Cordy Glenn of Georgia and David DeCastro of Stanford.
17 CINCINNATI BENGALS (f/OAK): MICHAEL BROCKERS, DT, L.S.U.
The Bengals tend to fall in love with and gravitate towards freakish physical specimens on Draft Day and this would be another example of that approach. It was a surprise to see L.S.U. DT Michael Brockers enter the 2012 NFL Draft as a redshirt sophomore but he is highly thought of in league circles and could very easily come off the board in the top half of round one. Measuring in at 6-5 and 322 pounds, Brockers is undeniably raw but he is oozing potential and with proper development could eventually be one of the better players to come out of this draft. Granted defensive tackle isn’t a huge need in Cincy,but that means the Bengals could afford to be patient and bring Brockers along slowly. Cincinnati must also find another wide receiver to pair with A.J. Green and Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd could be a perfect compliment. Cornerback is a need too and the Bengals would likely have their choice of any cover guy not named “Morris Claiborne” at this point. Stanford OG David DeCastro might be a possibility, although they may already have suitable in-house replacements for Nate Livings and Bobbie Williams in Clint Boling and Travelle Wharton.
18 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: DAVID DECASTRO, OG, STANFORD
The Chargers had a number of difficult decisions to make this offseason, but after addressing needs at wide receiver and outside linebacker in free agency their gameplan for Draft Day is starting to come into focus. With All-Pro Kris Dielman being forced into early retirement due to a concussion, the left guard position is all of the sudden a major concern and Stanford’s David DeCastro would be an outstanding replacement. Interior blockers are usually undervalued in the NFL Draft but if there was ever a guard worthy of being selected in the first round it is DeCastro, who has drawn favorable comparisons to Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson.Not only is DeCastro big, tough, physical and aggressive but he is also mobile enough to pull and get out in space. This isn’t the type of choice that will excite a fan base, but DeCastro is one of the safest prospects in this draft and could be a perennial Pro Bowler for the next decade. Cordy Glenn of Georgia might be an option at left guard or right tackle as well. San Diego also has a question mark at defensive end after releasing Luis Castillo and a guy like Michael Brockers of LSU could be the answer.
19 CHICAGO BEARS: STEPHON GILMORE, CB, SOUTH CAROLINA
The majority of mock drafts probably have the Bears going with an offensive tackle in round one, but they appear to be content with their current group up front, at least for the time being. There are actually bigger issues at cornerback in the Windy City, where there really isn’t much to speak of beyond the 31-year-old Peanut Tillman. There is a chance that LSU’s Morris Claiborne will be the only cover guy off the board at this point so if Chicago wanted to go in that direction they could have their choice of South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore, North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins or Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick.Of that group Gilmore would be the best fit and offers the most long-term potential. Checking in at 6-0½ and 190 pounds with legit 4.40 speed, Gilmore certainly has all of the physical tools that you look for and is also a ballhawk in the secondary. If the Bears did want to grab a blocker Jonathan Martin of Stanford would be an intriguing option as a replacement for J’Marcus Webb at left tackle. As a darkhorse keep an eye on Stanford’s Coby Fleener because the tight end position will be featured more now that Mike Martz is gone.
20 TENNESSEE TITANS: MELVIN INGRAM, DE, SOUTH CAROLINA
Even upon close examination of the Titans depth chart it’s difficult to pinpoint a ton of glaring holes. With that said there are a number of areas where they could stand to upgrade, one of which is defensive end. The cupboard certainly isn’t bare, especially after the recent signing of Kamerion Wimbley, but Tennessee could still use some reinforcements at the position after finishing second to last in the league in sacks last season. South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram is one of the most versatile defenders in this draft, capable of contributing at defensive end, defensive tackle or outside linebacker depending on thescheme, and would be an ideal replacement for free agent defection Jason Jones. A terrific natural athlete, Ingram just seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time to make big plays and that is something every team could use. The Titans may also be in the market for some help at cornerback now that Cortland Finnegan is gone and Alabama S Mark Barron just might draw interest as well. Stanford OG David DeCastro could be an option too, which would leave Eugene Amano and Leroy Harris to battle it out for the job at center.
21 CINCINNATI BENGALS: JANORIS JENKINS, CB, NORTH ALABAMA
With certain teams trends tend to develop over the years and the Bengals have shown time and time again that they are willing to overlook character concerns if a player is talented enough. Janoris Jenkins was an All-SEC performer at Florida, where he made a name for himself with gamebreaking plays and by shutting down elite wideouts such as A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Jenkins was widely considered to be a potential first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft but opted to return to Gainesville for his senior year. In hindsight that may have been a mistake as Jenkins was dismissed from the Gator football team last April following two drug-related arrests in three months. There was speculation that Jenkins would enter the Supplemental Draft but he instead opted to transfer down a level to North Alabama for his final year of eligibility. Whether or not Jenkins has done enough to convince teams those off-the-field issues are behind him remains to be seen but on talent alone Jenkins is a Top 15 overall pick, although he could also drop like a rock on Draft Day. Cincinnati could use some reinforcements at cornerback after losing Johnathan Joseph as a free agent last offseason and Jenkins would fit in nicely opposite Leon Hall.
22 CLEVELAND BROWNS (f/ATL): KENDALL WRIGHT, WR, BAYLOR
In the past few years Cleveland has invested not one, not two but three premium draft choices on the wide receiver position with lackluster results. Brian Robiskie was a bust and has already been sent packing, Mohamed Massaquoi has averaged less than 35 receptions per season and while the jury is still out on Greg Little it’s difficult to imagine him developing into the type of dynamic go-to target that Cleveland so desperately needs. Baylor WR Kendall Wright shot up draft boards on the heels of an outstanding senior campaign as the favorite target of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and has drawn comparisons to Mike Wallace.A smooth athlete with terrific speed, Wright is exactly the type of dangerous vertical threat that Cleveland has been searching for and even though he didn’t run quite as well as expected in pre-draft workouts Wright is a blazer on film and should still land in the first round. Cleveland is also in the market for a right tackle and a running back and depending on what they do with their first pick a defensive back could be a possibility as well. Don’t rule out Stanford TE Coby Fleener as a possible darkhorse either.
23 DETROIT LIONS: DRE KIRKPATRICK, CB, ALABAMA
This choice will most likely come down to either a cornerback or an offensive tackle and there should be some intriguing options available for the Lions at both positions. With Jeff Backus back in the fold it appears as though corner will rate as a more pressing concern and Detroit should be happy to add Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick, who they reportedly like, as a replacement for free agent defection Eric Wright. Kirkpatrick isn’t the elite prospect that some made him out to be early in the process and there is even a contingent that feels his best fit at the next level will come at free safety.With that said, Kirkpatrick is tall and rangy with decent speed, isn’t afraid to hit and has proven himself against elite competition. Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina and Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama could be possibilities as well but regardless of who they ultimately bring in to team with Chris Houston it will no doubt be an upgrade for one of the leagues worst pass defenses. If Detroit wanted to go with a blocker Cordy Glenn of Georgia or Jonathan Martin of Stanford would be options.
24 PITTSBURGH STEELERS: DONT'A HIGHTOWER, ILB, ALABAMA
The Steelers are such a well run organization that they have mostly had the luxury of using their premium draft choices on prospects to groom for the future in recent years. That probably won’t be the case this time around though as they have some pressing needs to address following an offseason purge of over-the-hill, overpaid veterans. Topping the list is inside linebacker, where the 37-year-old James Farrior was released. Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower would be an ideal replacement for Farrior in Pittsburgh after playing in a similar odd front with the Crimson Tide. A jumbo ‘backer who checks in at 265 pounds, Hightower could play inside or outside and is more of an in-the-box thumper but he's also shown some pass rush ability off the edgeand is shooting up draft boards late in the process. Pittsburgh still has some issues up front as well and could use either an offensive tackle like Jonathan Martin of Stanford or Mike Adams of Ohio St. or an offensive guard such as Kevin Zeitler of Wisconsin or Amini Silatolu of Midwestern St. The Steelers must also find a long-term replacement for Casey Hampton at nose tackle, who is not only going to be 35-years-old in the fall but also tore the ACL in his left knee during the playoffs.
25 DENVER BRONCOS: JEREL WORTHY, DT, MICHIGAN ST.
John Elway and his new Broncos regime did a fantastic job of using the 2011 NFL Draft to plug holes and upgrade their overall talent level. However, there is only so much that can be done in a single offseason and one area that fell by the wayside was defensive tackle. Denver must still find an impact presence for the interior of their defensive line, especially now that Brodrick Bunkley has left as a free agent, and there should be some intriguing options available at this point. Michigan St. DT Jerel Worthy certainly looks the part and at his best can be a dominant force as a pass rusher and run stopper. Unfortunately Worthy doesn’t always play up to his immense talent level,which is why he will likely be available late in the first round. With that said, if John Fox, Jack Del Rio and the Broncos coaching staff can motivate Worthy he could become one of the leagues better three-techniques. Other possibilities at the position might include Michael Brockers of L.S.U., Kendall Reyes of Connecticut or Devon Still of Penn St. Don’t rule out a running back such as David Wilson of Virginia Tech, Lamar Miller of Miami (FL) or even Doug Martin of Boise St. either.
26 HOUSTON TEXANS: RUEBEN RANDLE, WR, L.S.U.
Andre Johnson just might be the best wide receiver in the league but the Texans could definitely use another playmaker at the position that defenses must respect. Rueben Randle of L.S.U. wasn’t quite as productive as most top wideout prospects but that lack of eye-popping statistics can be directly traced back to extremely inconsistent play from the quarterback position during his time in Baton Rouge. Randle is a terrific athlete with a diverse, albeit relatively raw, skill set and considerable upside who would be an ideal compliment to Johnson.Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech could be an option as well. Houston could use some reinforcements along the offensive line too after releasing Eric Winston and losing Mike Brisiel as a free agent and depending on how they feel about Darryl Sharpton the Texans could also be in the market for an inside linebacker after trading away DeMeco Ryans. Other than that Houston doesn’t have very many glaring holes, although they could opt for some depth at either defensive end or outside linebacker.
27 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (f/NO): ANDRE BRANCH, OLB, CLEMSON
The Patriots once again have multiple first round picks and at least one of them should be used to address the front seven of their defense. Despite the addition of a number of high-profile veterans last offseason the Pats pass rush continued to disappoint for the most part. With Andre Carter still recovering from a serious injury and Mark Anderson leaving as a free agent, the Patriots need to find someone who can be a threat rushing off the edge. What is so intriguing about Clemson’s Andre Branch from New England’s perspective is the versatility that he offers. Bill Belichick has begun to incorporate both3-4 and 4-3 looks in the Patriots defense and Branch has the ability to excel in either scheme. The Pats value that type of flexibility. After playing defensive end in college Branch showed at the Scouting Combine that he is comfortable enough on his feet and in space to also play outside linebacker at the next level and he is exactly the type of rangy physical specimen that the Patriots look for at the position. New England could also opt for a cornerback, a safety, a defensive lineman or maybe even another offensive lineman.
28 GREEN BAY PACKERS: NICK PERRY, OLB, USC
Green Bay already has one of the most dynamic outside linebackers in the league in Clay Matthews but an upgrade is clearly needed on the other side. After striking gold with Matthews, why not try the Trojan program one more time? USC’s Nick Perry played defensive end in college and racked up 29.5 tackles for a loss and 21.5 sacks in three seasons but he could also transition to outside linebacker in an odd front at the next level. However, regardless of where Perry lines up there is no denying that he is one of the most explosive edge pass rushers in this draft. The other main consideration for Green Baywould probably be a defensive end since Mike Neal can’t seem to stay healthy and is now facing a suspension and there isn't much depth to speak of. With Charles Woodson nearing the end of his career and Nick Collins coming off a career-threatening neck injury it wouldn’t hurt to bring in reinforcements in the secondary either. Keep an eye on local product Peter Konz of Wisconsin as well because even though Jeff Saturday was brought in to replace Scott Wells, who left as a free agent, it's probably time to start thinking about a more long-term solution at center.
29 BALTIMORE RAVENS: PETER KONZ, C, WISCONSIN
Nobody does a better job of addressing needs while also maximizing value in the NFL Draft than Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. With Matt Birk winding down it’s time for Baltimore to start thinking about a long-term solution in the pivot and Wisconsin’s Peter Konz could be the answer. For the most part guards and centers have been afterthoughts on Draft Day and it was relatively rare to see one selected in the first round. That has begun to change in recent years though and Konz could follow in the footsteps of guys like Nick Mangold, Alex Mack, Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Pouncey. Konz is the total package, with a prototypical mix of physical tools and intangibles that allow him to excel in both pass protection and the run game.Konz could actually start off as a guard in Baltimore before eventually replacing Birk at center. Other options could include an outside linebacker to replace free agent defection Jarrett Johnson, an inside linebacker to team with Ray Lewis or perhaps a safety since Ed Reed has durability issues and both Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura bolted in free agency. The Ravens are always ready to pounce if a highly rated prospect unexpectedly falls into their laps on Draft Day too.
30 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: KEVIN ZEITLER, OG, WISCONSIN
No organization has used as many premium draft choices on offensive lineman in recent years as the Niners, but they may have to go back to the well one more time. The right guard position was a problem area for most of last season and Chilo Rachal is currently unsigned while Adam Snyder bolted as a free agent. Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler is a big, tough, physical blocker who is somewhat limited athletically but compensates with superb intangibles. Zeitler is exactly the type of blue-collar blocker who could very easily endear himself to Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. There is a lot of buzz that Midwestern St. OG Amini Silatolucould sneak into the back end of round one so he could be in the conversation too. Even though the 49ers signed Randy Moss and Mario Manningham they could still use a top young talent at wide receiver so Rueben Randle of LSU and Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech may be possibilities. Some have also speculated that Harbaugh might like to team Coby Fleener, who he recruited and coached at Stanford, with Vernon Davis to form a truly dynamic duo at the tight end. There is room for upgrades along the defensive line as well.
31 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: KENDALL REYES, DL, CONNECTICUT
There was a time not that long ago when the Patriots had three Pro Bowl talents on their defensive line, but Richard Seymour and Ty Warren are long gone and Vince Wilfork is now the only blue-chip starter remaining. With that being the case it may be time to bring in some reinforcements up front and Kendall Reyes of UConn would be an intriguing option late in the first round. A terrific athlete who can be a disruptive force in the middle, Reyes is also stronger than most give him credit for and could play the five-technique in an odd front as well.With Bill Belichick incorporating both 3-4 and 4-3 looks in his gameplans these days, the versatile Reyes would fit in nicely in New England and would represent a significant upgrade over the group of journeymen types that they’ve been running out there. Depending on which direction they go with their earlier pick the Patriots could also consider an outside linebacker, a safety, a cornerback, an offensive lineman or even a wide receiver. Then again, Belichick will probably just trade this selection for a future first rounder...
32 NEW YORK GIANTS: JONATHAN MARTIN, OT, STANFORD
Few organizations do a better job of building in the trenches than the Giants, but it may be time for an infusion of youth along the offensive line. Despite investing second and fourth round picks on Will Beatty and James Brewer in recent years neither has proven themselves to be a long-term solution at tackle, at least not yet. With that being the case it may be difficult to pass on Stanford’s Jonathan Martin if he is still on the board. Andrew Luck got most of the ink at Stanford but the guy responsible for protecting the projected #1 overall pick’s blindside will likely hear his name called in the first round as well. Jonathan Martin is a bit overrated and doesn’t necessarily stand out as either a pass protector or run blockerbut the base physical tools are there and with top blockers at such a premium these days someone may roll the dice much earlier than this. Mike Adams of Ohio St. could also be a possibility too and at the risk of sounding like a broken record from past years the G-Men could still do better at both inside and outside linebacker as well. Since this is the New York Giants that we are talking about never discount the possibility of a defensive end either, especially if the perpetually disgruntled Osi Umenyiora is shown the door.
33 ST. LOUIS RAMS: DEVON STILL, DT, PENN ST.
Scouting ReportAthletic, disruptive three-technique who could very easily come off the board in round one.
34 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: COBY FLEENER, TE, STANFORD
Scouting ReportWith Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme gone why not reunite Andrew Luck with favorite target.
35 MINNESOTA VIKINGS: STEPHEN HILL, WR, GEORGIA TECH
Scouting ReportExtremely raw but just might be as physically talented as any wideout prospect in this class.
36 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: ZACH BROWN, OLB, NORTH CAROLINA
Scouting ReportExtraordinarily fast and super athletic 'backer would be a major upgrade on the weakside.
37 CLEVELAND BROWNS: KIRK COUSINS, QB, MICHIGAN ST.
Polished signal caller with adequate physical tools and elite intangibles, a la Andy Dalton.
38 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: WHITNEY MERCILUS, DE, ILLINOIS
Scouting ReportA one-year wonder with good size, speed and athleticism to upgrade lackluster pass rush.
39 ST. LOUIS RAMS (f/WAS): DAVID WILSON, RB, VIRGINIA TECH
Scouting ReportSpeedy, dynamic runner would serve as an ideal backup / compliment to Steven Jackson.
40 CAROLINA PANTHERS: JOSH ROBINSON, CB, CENTRAL FLORIDA
Scouting ReportAthletic cover guy with good size and great speed to step in as starter opposite Chris Gamble.
41 BUFFALO BILLS: MIKE ADAMS, OT, OHIO ST.
Scouting ReportMassive but inconsistent blocker with first round talent to upgrade either left or right tackle.
42 MIAMI DOLPHINS: CHANDLER JONES, DE, SYRACUSE
Scouting ReportBig, rangy physical specimen with long arms and a large frame who is also scheme diverse.
43 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: VINNY CURRY, DE, MARSHALL
Scouting ReportProductive pass rusher with a non-stop motor to play opposite the underrated Chris Clemons.
44 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: AMINI SILATOLU, OG, MIDWESTERN ST.
Scouting ReportStrong, physical, aggressive blocker who could even sneak into the back end of round one.
45 DALLAS COWBOYS: SHEA MCCLELLIN, OLB, BOISE ST.
Scouting ReportHybrid pass rusher in the mold of Brooks Reed to bolster less than stellar linebacker depth.
46 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: BRANDON THOMPSON, DT, CLEMSON
Scouting ReportStrong, stout presence in the middle who could be an updated version of Brodrick Bunkley.
47 NEW YORK JETS: ALSHON JEFFERY, WR, SOUTH CAROLINA
Scouting ReportJumbo target with nice ball skills / body control but average speed to replace Plaxico Burress.
48 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (f/OAK): HARRISON SMITH, S, NOTRE DAME
Scouting ReportCan compete for starting job at free safety and help upgrade one of leagues worst pass defenses.
49 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: JARED CRICK, DE, NEBRASKA
Scouting ReportPrototypical five-technique with good production to replace Luis Castillo opposite Corey Liuget.
50 CHICAGO BEARS: JEFF ALLEN, OT, ILLINOIS
Scouting ReportAthletic blocker with the versatility to play either left tackle or offensive guard at the next level.
51 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (f/ARZ): LAVONTE DAVID, OLB, NEBRASKA
Scouting ReportUndersized but very physical and aggressive 'backer would be a nice upgrade on the weakside.
52 TENNESSEE TITANS: ALFONZO DENNARD, CB, NEBRASKA
Scouting ReportTough, feisty zone corner who could serve as a replacement for free agent Cortland Finnegan.
53 CINCINNATI BENGALS: LAMAR MILLER, RB, MIAMI (FL)
Scouting ReportSmooth runner with major upside to compete with BenJarvus Green-Ellis for starting job.
54 DETROIT LIONS: BOBBY MASSIE, OT, OLE MISS
Scouting ReportUnderrated blocker with excellent size and athleticism who can play both left or right tackle.
55 ATLANTA FALCONS: DWAYNE ALLEN, TE, CLEMSON
Scouting ReportNot overly dynamic but is well-rounded and can be effective as a pass catcher and blocker.
56 PITTSBURGH STEELERS: ALAMEDA TA'AMU, NT, WASHINGTON
Scouting ReportReplacement for Casey Hampton, who is coming off a knee injury and will be 35-years-old.
57 DENVER BRONCOS: BROCK OSWEILER, QB, ARIZONA ST.
Scouting ReportHuge (6-6⅞, 242), athletic developmental passer to groom as Peyton Manning's successor.
58 HOUSTON TEXANS: JAMES BROWN, OT / OG, TROY
Scouting ReportCan play OT or OG and reinforcements are needed after losing Eric Winston and Mike Brisiel.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:
Selection Forfeited as Part of Punishment for "Bountygate" Scandal
59 GREEN BAY PACKERS: TRUMAINE JOHNSON, CB / S, MONTANA
Scouting ReportTall, athletic corner / safety 'tweener to eventually replace Charles Woodson or Nick Collins.
60 BALTIMORE RAVENS: DOUG MARTIN, RB, BOISE ST.
Scouting Report"Muscle Hamster" would be a prefect replacement for Ricky Williams as Ray Rice's backup.
61 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: MOHAMED SANU, WR, RUTGERS
Scouting ReportBig, very athletic wideout with just average speed to help bolster an anemic passing attack.
62 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: BRANDON BOYKIN, CB, GEORGIA
Scouting ReportUndersized but muscular, fast and athletic cover guy can also contribute as a return man.
63 NEW YORK GIANTS: MYCHAL KENDRICKS, LB, CALIFORNIA
Scouting ReportFast, athletic, aggressive 'backer who could project either inside or outside at the next level.
Good site. BUT wtf their mock is.... different.
Upshaw before Ingram and 7th overall!!
AND I cant see Blackmon escaping the top 10....
What do we get??
18 . San Diego Chargers - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State-After spending big in free agency on receiver, look for the Chargers to think defense early in the draft. Fletcher Cox could go Top 10, but if he falls, the Chargers could look to pair he and last year first rounder Corey Liuget.
That is such a bad mock draft.
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