Charley Casserly Posts a Fresh MockPosted: March 25, 2013
Another day, another mock draft out on the Internet.
The addition of Casserly means an update to the mock drafts page. Check it out for side-to-side comparison.
I thought this was a particularly interesting mock, because the top 15 or so are almost perfect–there’s no trading down and no speculation at these picks as Casserly orders it.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
Joeckel is the consensus first-overall pick at this point.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Oregon DE Dion Jordan
Jordan is definitely a top-five talent, and there is a definite possibility the Jaguars will go with a defensive piece rather than an offensive tackle.
3. Oakland Raiders: Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
Another consensus pick, Floyd shores up a very weak defensive line in Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
Philadelphia would love to get their hands on Fisher to help protect Michael Vick and future quarterbacks. Don’t believe the Geno Smith smokescreen.
5. Detroit Lions: BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah
The Lions need help in the pass-rush following Cliff Avril’s signing with Seattle, and Detroit’s coaching staff fell in love with Ansah during the Senior Bowl.
6. Cleveland Browns: Alabama CB Dee Milliner
The Browns’ defense needs a boost, and Milliner offers a long term solution at corner opposite Joe Haden. Don’t expect Cleveland to bring in competition to second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden until later rounds.
7. Arizona Cardinals: LSU DE Barkevious Mingo
Mingo has been dropping down boards recently, but Casserly thinks the Cardinals will upgrade on a poor pass-rush with Mingo rather than take a quarterback. Bruce Arians is another coach likely targeting a lower round signal caller.
8. Buffalo Bills: West Virginia QB Geno Smith
At eighth-overall, this is a no-brainer. Buffalo won’t enter the season with Tarvaris Jackson under center.
9. New York Jets: Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones
Another team in need of a pass-rush, New York is lucky that there’s plenty to go around this year.
10. Tennessee Titans: North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper
While Alabama’s Chance Warmack is a possibility, Casserly has Cooper’s athleticism giving him the edge here.
11. San Diego Chargers: Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson
Philip Rivers needs some protection, and Johnson is a great pick for sunny San Diego.
12. Miami Dolphins: Florida St. CB Xavier Rhodes
Miami’s cornerback corps is simply awful. If Rhodes is there he’s a sure pick for the Dolphins.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Utah DT Star Lotulelei
The Bucs need to shore up the defense, and Lotulelei is an athletic big body to throw in the middle next to 2010 third-overall pick Gerald McCoy.
14. Carolina Panthers: Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson
Richardson would make for an excellent part of rebuilding Carolina’s defensive line.
15. New Orleans Saints: Florida St. DE Bjoern Werner
Werner would be moving to end in the Saints’s new 3-4 scheme, where the pass-rush will be a clear issue.
16. St. Louis Rams: Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Sam Bradford needs targets to throw to with the departures of Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola. Tavon Austin is also a possibility.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
Not sure I agree with this one, as the Steelers need some help in the pass-rush. Receiver does have to be addressed at some point.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Alabama OG Chance Warmack
Many don’t expect Warmack to fall this far, but the same was said of Stanford guard David DeCastro last year (24th to the Steelers). Guard is a clear need for Dallas.
19. New York Giants: Alabama OT D.J. Fluker
I flat out disagree with this one, as New York has too many holes on the defense to pass up the first-round defenders left on the board at inside ‘backer or defensive back.
20. Chicago Bears: Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree
I would swap the past two picks, with New York taking Ogletree and the Bears getting Fluker. It would work out for both teams, although Chicago would jump at Ogletree if he remained on the board at 20.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: California WR Keenan Allen
The Bengals need offensive weapons for Andy Dalton, and Allen fits the mold opposite rising star A.J. Green.
22. St. Louis Rams: Texas S Kenny Vaccaro
The Rams have no starting safeties. Vaccaro is a perfect fit.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Purdue DT Kawann Short
Another odd pick, as the Vikings aren’t too tackle needy and Short’s a bit of an reach here. Receiver is more likely.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Tennessee WR Justin Hunter
Hunter could be another offensive weapon for emerging star Andrew Luck, although the Colts could go many directions late in the first.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Notre Dame ILB Manti Te’o
Another tough pick, as Minnesota doesn’t need an inside ‘backer enough to justify such a reach.
26. Green Bay Packers: Florida S Matt Elam
Elam is good value this late in the first, and he’d help out the Packers following veteran Charles Woodson’s departure.
27. Houston Texans: USC WR Robert Woods
The Texans need to find a complement to Andre Johnson in the short term and a successor in the long term, and Woods could be both.
28. Denver Broncos: Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore
A definite possibility, given the bizarre departure of Pro Bowl end Elvis Dumervil. Denver could look at corner or defensive tackle should John Abraham or Dwight Freeney sign prior to the draft, but end will be a priority moving forward even with a veteran addition.
29. New England Patriots: LSU S Eric Reid
I’d look for New England to grab a corner rather than a safety, as Washington’s Desmond Trufant is still on the board.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Washington CB Desmond Trufant
Trufant could be best on the board at this point, but I don’t expect him to get past New England. Margus Hunt or Cornellius Carradine are more likely, as Atlanta could use pass-rushers.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
Yes, Delanie Walker may be gone, but Vernon Davis is a freak tight end. I don’t buy this one bit.
32. Baltimore Ravens: LSU ILB Kevin Minter
The Ravens need inside ‘backers and now that Dumervil cements a dominant pass-rush with Terrell Suggs and the defensive line’s depth goes on forever, Minter seems the best fit.