Better late than never right? We’re about two hours away from the start of the NFL draft and I’m finally bringing you wonderful readers my mock draft. Let’s hit it off.
1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford.
Aren’t you glad you were sitting down for this one?
2. Washington Redskins (From St. Louis) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Yet again….I hope you were sitting. The Redskins do get my favorite player in the draft. This guy is going to be a stud. Think Michael Vick with accuracy and smart decision making.
3. Cleveland Browns (From Minnesota)- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
It’s down to either the stud runner or the stud receiver. The Browns have a lot of needs but they currently have no true running game. Even if Jim Brown in unimpressed, the Browns bite and go for Richardson. Trading up has ensured the Bucs won’t jump ahead and steal their man.
4. Minnesota Vikings (From Cleveland) – Matt Kalil, OT, USC
The Vikings take the best lineman in the draft. Great blindside protector for Christian Ponder.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
There’s uncertainty at the position thanks to Aqib Talib and you can never have enough good corners.
6. St. Louis Rams (From Washington) – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
The Rams finally get Sam Bradford weapon. Things fell just perfectly for them. This is a guy Jeff Fisher is going to like not only as a player, but as a guy.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The Jaguars need a pass rush. Melvin Ingram can play both on the line and possible as a linebacker. He’s going to be a fun piece in the rebuilding project that’s going on in Jacksonville.
8.Philadelphia Eagles (From Miami) – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
We have another trade. The Eagles, from what I understand, love what they see in Fletcher Cox. He’s a total Washburn guy. Miami is willing to trade back and the Eagles have the ammo to move up.
9. Carolina Panthers - Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Panthers don’t get their guy in Cox, but they do get the second rated corner which is something the rebuilding defense needs.
10. Buffalo Bills - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston
The Bills get my favorite player in the draft (outside of RG3). This guy is the surest thing that the draft has to offer on the defensive side of the ball.
11.Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
I was torn here. Mark Barron was a strong possibility and I nearly pulled the trigger, however, the Chiefs offensive line needs some work. Poor Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton the rest of the Kansas City QBs spent most games on their backs. DeCastro helps shore up that offensive line.
12. Miami Dolphins (from Seattle) – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Dolphins traded back and now they’re trading up for Tennehill. I just have a sneaky feeling that the Cardinals will be intersted in Tennehill and I imagine the Dolphins will as well.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Cardinals also have some options here. WR Michael Floyd would be a great compliment to Larry Fitzgerald, but they, like the Chiefs, need offensive line help and Riley Reiff can provide that.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Cowboys have a pretty bad secondary, I don’t think anyone will argue against that. CB Dre Kirkpatrick could be a possibility here, but they need a physical presence which Barron can provide.
15. Seattle Seahawks (From Miami) – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Seahawks traded back with the Dolphins and look who has ended up sitting on the board…Mr. Michael Floyd. The Seahawks have a new QB in Matt Flynn and they’d like nothing more than to get him a toy to play with. Flynn will play with Floyd. That’s fun.
16. New York Jets - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
I don’t like Poe. He’s the guy I want my Eagles to steer clear of but I can see him being a guy that Rex Ryan will love. He’s a physical freak who can possible add a nice presence in the middle of the Jets defensive line.
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Bengals, much like the Browns, are in a great place for this draft. With two first round picks they can move around all they like. However, I think they will be content to stay put and select Dre Kirkpatrick and bolster their secondary.
18. San Diego Chargers - Witney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
The Chargers need a pass rush and Mercilus (coolest name in the draft?) fits in wonderfully. Great pick up for the Chargers.
19. Chicago Bears - Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
The Bears are getting a special player here. Line him up alone with Julius Peppers and the Bears already scary defensive line will be all the scarier. This is a great pickup.
20. Tennessee Titans - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Titans are also in need of a pass rush as they never really recovered from losing Babin last offseason. Coples is a high risk, high reward player but he’s going to hard to pass at this point in the draft. I’m not crazy about him, but I think the Titans won’t let him slide past 20.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
The Bengals get themselves a very versatile and athletic offensive lineman who can plug at either guard or tackle, the former of which is an area of need.
22. Cleveland Browns (From Atlanta) – Stephen Hill, WR, Gerogia Tech
The Browns are getting two big playmakers in the first round. Stephen Hill is a physical specimen who will make redzone trips an easier time on whomever is QBing the Browns this season.
23. Baltimore Ravens (From Detroit) – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
The Steelers and Ravens are both going to be looking heavily into Hightower and it’s the Ravens who are willing to pull the trigger to trade up for him. The Ravens get a
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
The Steelers wanted Hightower but they also desperately need offensive line help (I feel like I write that every year). Zeitler is a brutal player who will fit right into the Steel City mindset.
25. Denver Broncos - Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.
Peyton Manning is great but he’s going to need some help and without Tebow, the Broncos have lost much of their rushing threat. Enter Martin who is a solid rusher. He’s not going to grab your attention with a ton of huge plays but he’s consistent and he gets the job done.
26. Houston Texans - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
The Texans offense is primed to be something very special. They already have the best WR in the game in Andre Johnson and now they add another playmaker in Wright. He’s a great compliment to Wright and it will make life a little easier on QB Matt Schaub.
27. New England Patriots - Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
Upshaw once seemed to be a sure thing in the top 15 but his stock has fallen. Personally, I have no idea where he fits in on a defense, but I do know he fits in and very well. That’s an ideal Belichick pick.
28. Green Bay Packers - Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
The Packers, from what I understand, are willing to trade up but I don’t see a spot that they’d be targeting. Instead, I see them staying put and taking a solid safety in Harrison Smith to make their defense much stronger. Smith is a player I am very fond of.
29. Detroit Lions (From Baltimore) – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Lions are building something special in Detroit and it all hinges on Matt Stafford staying healthy. Enter Jonathan Martin to help protect the franchise QB.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern St.
I saw this in a mock draft about month ago so I decided to look into this guy. Call this a hunch (informed by said mock) but I think the 49ers are going take this guy and fix a big problem along their offensive line.
31. Indianapolis Colts (From New England) – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
I refuse to believe the Patriots stay and use both of their first round selections and the Colts need to get a security blanket for Andrew Luck. Fleener is a solid route runner and pass catcher and will fill in nicely for the recently departed Dallas Clark.
32. New York Giants - Nick Perry, DE, USC
The defending Super Bowl champions love great rotation at DE and Perry will fit in nicely with the Giants.