Here’s the first Submit a Mock winner, Joey G. from Toronto!
Let’s jump right into his mock draft, which has some very interesting (and plausible) picks.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
At this point, GM John Dorsey said he has wired down the search to four prospects for the no. 1 overall pick. While we do not know who they may be, we can whole heartedly agree that Luke Joeckel will be one of them. I can’t see the Chiefs passing on a player like Joeckel’s potential. He can play LT or RT. Selecting Joeckel allows KC to shop Brandon Albert if they wish to do so.
NFL DR’s take: Spot on.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – West Virginia QB Geno Smith
New regimes often mean doom for the quarterbacks currently on the roster, so I think Gus Bradley blows the draft up here and takes his franchise QB. Jags fans are essentially tired of watching Gabbert fail–although not entirely his fault, Chad Henne did out play him in the last season.
NFL DR’s take: Smith to the Jaguars has always been an interesting possibility. It may blow up mock drafts, but Jacksonville selecting Smith second-overall wouldn’t be an absolute shocker.
3. Oakland Raiders – Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
The Raiders just recently cut Tommy Kelly–who committed two offside penalties and proceeded to laugh about. Regardless, the DT position is certainly a need for the Raiders. Sharrif Floyd will provide Oakland a versatile player on the line, who can range from playing 3-4 or 4-3. He played really well in the five-technique position, and is an excellent pass rusher for a man his size. Floyd would provide Oakland with a true impact player on their defense.
NFL DR’s take: It’s harder to find a mock without Floyd going to the Oakland these days than one that features the Florida product.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
There’s no question the Eagles have to upgrade their offensive line. Their tackle position is in shambles. Jason Peters tore his Achilles; Demetress Bell was released after being a bust signing; while King Dunlap, who wasn’t any good, signed with San Diego. Even if Peters comes back close to 100 percent – a tough challenge, considering his weight – an upgrade could be made at right tackle, which would allow Todd Herremans to move back to his natural guard position. Eric Fisher would then become the heir apparent to Peters on the blind side.
NFL DR’s take: Why pay for a guy like Vick if you’re not going to protect him?
5. Detroit Lions – BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah
The Lions need defensive end help with Kyle Vanden Bosch getting cut and Cliff Avril entering free agency. At the moment it appears Aaron Rodgers should have all day standing in the pocket against the Lions.
NFL DR’s take: It’s no secret Detroit is enamored with Ansah.
6. Cleveland Browns – Alabama CB Dee Milliner
The Browns satisfied a number of needs through free agency, so they’re now in a position to either take the best player available or move down. It could be argued that Dee Milliner is the top prospect left on the board. He would happen to fit a big need on Cleveland’s defense. Sheldon Brown played well for Cleveland in 2012, but he is no longer on the roster. Selecting Milliner would give the Browns a scary 1-2 combo at the starting corner positions with Haden and Milliner.
NFL DR’s take: Milliner and Haden could keep opposing quarterbacks up at night.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan
The Cardinals believe in drafting the best player available. That would be Dion Jordan in this scenario. The selection of Jordan would fill a tremendous hole, as Arizona’s best pass rusher on the roster is Sam Acho. So I’m sure they will be excited to see Jordan fall to 7.
NFL DR’s take: There’s a few directions Arizona could go here, but Jordan’s the most likely if he’s still there at seventh-overall.
8. Buffalo Bills – Texas S Kenny Vaccaro
Isn’t Jairus Byrd on the roster? Why would the Bills need a safety? The answer is the long-term question of whether Byrd is remaining with Buffalo. The league has changed and TE’s are now becoming a primary weapon in many offenses. Vaccaro would solidify a young secondary that would feature two talent S’s and a young and upcoming star at corner in Stephan Gilmore.
NFL DR’s take: I’m not sure I’d buy Vaccaro going this early, but odder things have happened in the draft before.
9. New York Jets – Georgia DE/OLB Jarvis Jones
The Jets need a lot of things, including a top-notch pass-rusher. Jarvis would provide Rex Ryan a legit rusher off the edge. It’s been god knows how long since the Jets could actually rush the passer. Jones would play outside linebacker in the Jets 3-4 and more than likely OLB in the 4-6 hybrids Rex Ryan likes to run.
NFL DR’s take: When you talk about the Jets’ pass-rush over recent seasons, it’s more appropriate to speak of the lack of a pass-rush.
10. Tennessee Titans – Utah DT Star Lotulelei
Taking the BPA (best player available) here, the Titans are looking to get bigger and stronger on both sides of the field.
NFL DR’s take: Lotulelei was once a first-overall prospect, and he’s still a valuable player.
11. San Diego Chargers – Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson
Although I think either Chicago or Miami trades up for this selection, I’m not mocking trades. So Johnson falls to the Chargers and fills a huge need at LT. It’s hard to tell if Phillip Rivers’ play is declining or he is just receiving terrible protection in the pocket. SD hasn’t done a fantastic job in supplying their franchise QB with the weapons he needs, whether at receiver or on the offensive line.
NFL DR’s take: San Diego really wants a tackle in the first-round. If they don’t get one they’ll trade down.
12. Miami Dolphins – Florida St. CB Xavier Rhodes
The Dolphins traded Vontae Davis and opted to not re-sign Sean Smith. Their corner backs look depleted at the moment. Rhodes fills a big need for the Dolphins who spent big bucks in free agency. Rhodes was the starting corner at FSU, he has all the physical tools you look for in a corner back, height, weight, speed. He should be a solid pick for Miami.
NFL DR’s take: It’s tough to argue with anything said here.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Washington CB Desmond Trufant
Although eventually I think this pick will end up in the Jets hands sometime closer to the draft, for now, the Buccs have to reach here and select Trufant. The younger brother to Marcus, Desmond has an almost identical play style to his brothers, he is a lanky corner that prefers press coverage instead of playing off coverage. He would easily become Tampa’s #1 Corner if they don’t end up with Revis.
NFL DR’s take: More and more it seems Revis will end up with Tampa Bay–even still there would be a need at corner with the likely release of Eric Wright due to cap reasons.
14. Carolina Panthers – Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson
Last year the Panthers’ weren’t heavily interested in a tackle. But after the atrocious play from the current ones on the roster, Carolina is looking to upgrade that with this pick. Richardson would fill a huge hole on Carolina’s defensive line. Richardson would add a pass rushing capability and decent run stopper to the middle of Carolina’s line that already features Charles Johnson.
NFL DR’s take: Much like Sharrif Floyd, Richardson is a safe pick to go to Carolina.
15. New Orleans Saints – LSU DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo
The Saints defense was atrocious last season. They’ll be switching over to a 3-4 defense after firing Steve Spagnuolo, but switching schemes doesn’t remove the old problems. After signing Victor Butler, the Saints could still use a legit pass rusher coming off the edge. Mingo fits the bill nicely, and if you doubt it just throw on the tape of the bowl game against Clemson. He dominated the Clemson O-line from every position on the line. He could be a huge steal if he gets his head together.
NFL DR’s take: Mingo might not still be on the board by New Orleans, but they’d love to grab him if they could.
16. St. Louis Rams – West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
The second WVU player taken so far, Tavon Austin will fill a huge hole with the departure of Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson. After signing Jake Long, drafting Austin would make Sam Bradford a very happy man.
NFL DR’s take: Austin is an explosive slot receiver who could make Rams fans forget all about Amendola in no time.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
The Steelers need playmakers on offense and Eifert can stretch the field and work underneath. Eifert will make in impact right away with Big Ben throwing to him.
NFL DR’s take: I’ve never been big on Eifert predictions to the Steelers, but it’s a distinct possibility.
18. Dallas Cowboys – North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper
Reading a lot about the cowboys, Jerry Jones really loves Cooper and Vaccaro, with the latter being taken, the Cowboy’s have a huge need in the inside of their line. The inside of the line is an abomination. They managed to sign guards who were worse than the current ones on the roster, and Phil Costa was just terrible. Cooper could play center or guard for Dallas.
NFL DR’s take: For all those naysayers that claim Cooper won’t escape the top-ten, it’s noticeable that no guard has gone in the top-ten in over a decade.
19. New York Giants – Florida St. DE Bjoern Werner
The Giants, like the Steelers, know when to snag players that are falling down the boards, and with the departure of Osi Umenyiora the Giants will likely be looking for an end to replace him. Wemer is a top prospect that in his time at FSU solidified the defensive line causing havoc game to game. The German product should translate well to the NFL.
NFL DR’s take: The Giants are looking to add an end to the line, and could still shore up the linebacker corps in subsequent rounds.
20. Chicago Bears – Alabama OG Chance Warmack
The Bears will definitely be interested in Warmack if he falls to them. They signed Matt Slauson, but that was just to a 1-year deal worth less than $1 million. Gabe Carimi, meanwhile, has been a bust. Chicago has to make sure that Jay Cutler is protected.
NFL DR’s take: David DeCastro (Stanford) was supposed to go earlier on in last year’s draft and fell to the 20-25 range. Warmack very well may this year.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Georgia LB Alec Ogletree
The Bengals have brought in few free agents for a visit, so far none have signed. Ogletree could play any position on the Bengals linebacker corps–he could play MLB for the awful Rey Maualuga. Ogletree is fast, and has good instincts. He would probably start somewhere into the season once the Bengals realize how little Maualuga offers.
NFL DR’s take: So far Maualuga’s signing has been a clear mistake for Cincinnati. Drafting Ogletree would be a move for the future.
22. St. Louis Rams – Kansas St. LB Arthur Brown
Offensive guard would make sense here, but the top two are already taken. So they could also take a linebacker instead. Arthur Brown in my opinion is going to be a stud in the NFL. He can cover, tackle, and rush the passer. I would mock Brown higher but there is no team that fits his mold.
NFL DR’s take: After taking Tavon Austin with the 16th pick, St. Louis can afford to look for defense at 22nd-overall.
23. Minnesota Vikings – North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams
The Vikings have a need here at tackle and Williams is an interesting prospect–he has holes in his game but he can really take over a game when he turns it on. He is very versatile and can both rush the passer and be a run stuffer.
NFL DR’s take: Minnesota could definitely get younger on the line.
24. Indianapolis Colts – UCLA DE Datone Jones
The Colts signed Ricky Jean-Francois to a large deal this offseason, but they could still look to upgrade the defensive line, as the unit doesn’t really have a consistent pass-rusher. Cory Redding is there, but he’ll be 33 soon and he’s due $7 million over the next two seasons. Datone Jones is one of the top prospects available and makes a ton of sense for Indianapolis.
NFL DR’s take: Jones is extremely flexible–he could possibly play outside linebacker in Indy’s 3-4 scheme as well.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Tennessee WR Justin Hunter
Justin Hunter is receiving tons of first-round interest, the Vikings need a receiver after dealing away Percy Harvin. Hunter was the no. 1 WR for Tennessee; he played against good competition and should be able to help the struggling Ponder.
NFL DR’s take: Even with the addition of Greg Jennings, Minnesota needs to upgrade on Jerome Simpson if Ponder will ever succeed.
26. Green Bay Packers – Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins
Greg Jennings is gone, while James Jones will be a free agent next spring. The Packers don’t have to draft a receiver this year, but they’ll definitely consider one if a talented wide out is available at no. 26. DeAndre Hopkins, who has been compared to Roddy White, is one of the top players on the board.
NFL DR’s take: It’s a bit interesting that Joey’s got the past two receivers going in front of Cordarrelle Patterson, but Hunter and Hopkins are definitely early second-rounders at the latest.
27. Houston Texans – Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson
The Texans have a huge need at the receiver position. Patterson falls all the way to the Texans after his stock is dropping the last few days. Patterson would play across Andre Johnson and would give Schaub a 2nd option to throw to. Patterson needs to work on his ability to catch with his hands instead of his body; he is phenomenal when the ball is in his hands though.
NFL DR’s take: NFL Films guru Greg Cosell has placed Patterson atop the receiver class recently, I tend to agree. Houston would be lucky to grab Patterson at no. 27.
28. Denver Broncos – Florida St. DE Tank Carradine
With the departure of Elvis Dummervil thanks to fax gate, the Broncos need a pass rusher and Carradine really turned it on this year at FSU filling in for Brandon Jenkins. He has a few moves he can use to rush the passer and has decent speed.
NFL DR’s take: There’s some rumors Denver will stick with Robert Ayers at end and look elsewhere in the first, but I tend to lean towards Denver grabbing an end like Carradine.
29. New England Patriots – Boise St. CB Jamar Taylor
Aqib Talib re-signed and Adrian Wilson was added, but neither might be around come 2014; Talib inked a 1-year deal, while Wilson will be 34 in October. Taylor’s stock has been rising since late March. He is an excellent press coverage corner which is something BB likes in his corners. With combined speed and ball hawking ability, he could be a huge steal this late in the draft.
NFL DR’s take: The Patriots’ pass-defense wasn’t great last season (even with Talib), so a corner like Taylor would make a big difference.
30. Atlanta Falcons – SMU DE Margus Hunt
Margus Hunt is another riser in the draft. Many compare him to Justin Smith of the 9’ers. He has a great ability to rush the passer and stuff the run. He looks like good all-around product that can help the Falcons pass rush as soon as the pick is announced.
NFL DR’s take: Hunt’s flexibility on the line makes him valuable–he could likely play 4-3 DE/DT or 3-4 DE.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Florida International S Jonathan Cyprien
Cyrprien is another late riser, he didn’t play in a strong conference but he has amazing instincts and speed. He can also lay the hammer down on hits. He will be an instant play maker on the 9’ers defense.
NFL DR’s take: Cyprien is another Cosell favorite, and has amazing ballhawking skills that make some compare him to a combination of Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu.
32. Baltimore Ravens – California WR Keenan Allen
This pick by the Ravens will be determined by who falls down the most in the draft. A player like Damontre Moore makes sense here, also Keenan Allen too. Allen makes sense after the Boldin trade, the spot created a void in the offense that was created by the trade. Allen could be very similar to Boldin, who also ran a slow forty time that dropped his stocked. Allen would become a favorite of Flacco’s quickly.
NFL DR’s take: Allen is still a possibility here even as some claim he has no chance of cracking the first-round.
As a whole this is a pretty solid, if surprising, group of picks.
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