Turn On The Jets NFL Draft Writer, Zev Sibony, with his latest first round mock draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Fisher, Tackle, Central Michigan- Since the quarterback position has been filled and there is now a hole on the offensive line, drafting a Tackle here isn’t a pretty pick but it is a great one. In my Mock 1.0 I said Fisher might overtake Joeckel for the #1 Tackle in the draft, and he did. Fisher followed up his really good combine with an excellent pro day.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State- Bjoern Werner might be one of the most physical Defensive Ends in the draft. With Gus Bradley bringing his 4-3 to the Jags, Werner can play across form Jason Babin and cause havoc on the defensive line that Gus can be happy about.
3. Oakland Raiders- Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida – With the recent trade for Matt Flynn, it is unlikely the Raiders target a quarterback here. GM Reggie McKenzie takes the best player available as Oakland continues its rebuild.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Joeckel, Tackle, Texas A&M – Between injuries and lack of talent, Philadelphia had a terrible offensive line last year. If the Eagles want Michael Vick to survive, they will address the offensive line here at #4. Joeckel is considered by many to be the top Tackle in the draft.
5. Detroit Lions- Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU – Ansah is a dynamic play-maker that has wowed in his short time playing football. He can play the 4-3 Defensive End for the Lions and take Cliff Avril’s spot. This will take some of the question marks out of the player because he will not be asked to switch positions as he played D-End at BYU.
6. Cleveland Browns- Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker, Oregon – The Browns will mainly be playing a 3-4 defense under Ray Horton but will mix in the 4-3 as Horton isn’t married to one specific set. Dion Jordan can be a dynamic pass rusher and is versatile enough to drop in coverage as well.
7. Arizona Cardinals- Lane Johnson, Tackle, Oklahoma – With the recent acquisition of Carson Palmer, it is likely Arizona will not draft a QB in this spot. They do have a need on the offensive line and Lane Johnson here is a great pick to help solidify the group.
8. Buffalo Bills- Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia – Despite acquiring Kevin Kolb over the weekend, Buffalo is still in need of a long term quarterback. While Smith has his question marks, the Bill potentially land their franchise signal caller who will have an opportunity to compete for the starting job right away, while being able to sit and develop behind Kolb if Buffalo feels he is not yet ready.
9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU – Barkevious Mingo can be a dynamic pass rusher. Mingo can be a great system player. He can be whatever you want him to be. If you look at just stats with Mingo you are doing yourself a disservice. While yes, he will have to adjust and grow, as a player, his physicality, talent and future potential are all big plusses. In Rex’s defense I can see him pinning his ears back and getting after the passer and drop in coverage. Him across from Ricky Sapp or Antwan Barnes makes for a pretty big upgrade from Pace and Thomas of last year.
10. Tennessee Titans- Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama – After signing Andy Levitre, they still have a need at the other Guard position. Warmack fits schematically and is the best available Guard.
11. San Diego Chargers- Alec Ogletree, Inside Linebacker, Georgia – Protecting Phil Rivers should be the #1 priority for this team but it is too early to start taking the 2nd wave of Tackles. Alec Ogletree here makes complete sense for a team that needs a new Inside Linebacker for their defense.
12. Miami Dolphins- Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama – Pairing Milliner with the recently signed Brent Grimes gives Miami a promising cornerback tandem for 2013 and a long term stud in the secondary.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State – Assuming a trade for Darrelle Revis doesn’t get done, Tampa would still need a viable cornerback to play in their defense. Rhodes gives them that.
14. Carolina Panthers- Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah – Carolina signed Colin Cole and resigned Dwan Edwards, but still, Lotulelei being available here makes it too hard for the Panthers to pass up on such a dominant player.
15. New Orleans Saints- Tank Carradine, Defensive End, Florida State – Carradine is coming off an ACL injury, but if he were healthy he would be ranked as one of the best pass rushers in the draft. Rob Ryan will like some new toys to play with on his defense in New Orleans and while this may be a bit of a reach with the health concerns, this can wind up being a steal.
16. St. Louis Rams- Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas – The Rams need new safeties and Vaccaro is the best in the draft. While they also need to address the offensive line, they have another pick at 22 to take care of that.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia – While making choices, this pick seemed natural. A guy people have questions about goes to a great organization, “fixes” whatever issues were there and becomes a pro bowl player within two years.
18. Dallas Cowboys- DJ Fluker, Tackle, Alabama – The Cowboys offensive line was atrocious last year. They also have a need at right tackle because Doug Free has been playing terribly. DJ Fluker is likely the best Right Tackle in the draft.
19. New York Giants- Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA – Like Frank Giasone, I think Jones will be a good fit for the Giants here at 19. Osi gone, Tuck showing age, Jones can play in multiple spots on the D-Line.
20. Chicago Bears- Menelik Watson, Tackle, Florida State – A young tackle with a lot of room to grow. The Bears have had a hard time protecting Jay Cutler the last few years and he has taken way too many hits. They need help and Watson is a good start. He has good upside and fundamentals but lacks experience.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Eddie Lacy, Running back, Alabama – Probably the easiest decision the Bengals will have to make. They really have one glaring need on offense and it is at running back. Lacy can come in, replace the Law Firm, and be a work horse for them.
22. St. Louis Rams- Jon Cooper, Guard, North Carolina – St. Louis upgraded their offensive line this offseason by adding Jake Long. Inserting Cooper alongside him gives them long term stability up front. Considering the division they play in, having to face Seattle and San Francisco twice each every year, the Rams need as much protection for Sam Bradford as possible
23. Minnesota Vikings- Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia – Percy Harvin replacement. Austin is outstanding at creating space on the field and making plays with the ball in his hand. His versatility is off the charts.
24. Indianapolis Colts- Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee – With Reggie Wayne aging and nobody significant after Ty Hilton, Andrew Luck will need targets to help his development as their next franchise quarterback. Patterson is a big target that can stretch the field very well.
25. Minnesota Vikings- Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri – Minnesota is old on the Defensive Line and Richardson was one of the men that lived in the backfield at the senior bowl. He is really strong against the run and pass and can help start the rebuild of the D-Line.
26. Green Bay Packers- Travis Frederick, Center, Wisconsin – With Jeff Saturday retiring a sudden glaring hole opens up in the middle of the offensive line. Travis Frederick is the best Center in the draft and has started at Wisconsin since his freshman year. That has never been done before.
27. Houston Texans- Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California – Houston has a problem. They have nobody to draw coverage playing across from Andre Johnson. Drafting Allen here will help free Johnson up a little bit to help him live up to that contract.
28. Denver Broncos- Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina – Sly Williams is a big boy that can play on the interior of the line right next to Derek Wolfe in their 4-3 defense. The fit is there and for a team that was one fluke play from the AFC championship game, they don’t have many holes to fill.
29. New England Patriots- Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington – It’s no secret that New England has needed Cornerbacks for the past few years. Trufant is an upgrade to what they fielded last year.
30. Atlanta Falcons- Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M – Even though they signed Osi Umenyiora, the Falcons need a D-End opposite of him to rush the passer as well. Damontre Moore was a top 10 pick until the Combine happened and his stock dropped dramatically. Also, Osi is 31 years old and there are questions as to how much he has left in the tank.
31. San Francisco 49ers- John Cyprien, Safety, Florida International – Dashon Goldson is gone, Donte Whitner surrendered more TDs than any other safety in 2012, so to say this team needs a safety is an understatement.
32. Baltimore Ravens- Kevin Minter, Inside Linebacker, LSU – Replacing Ray Lewis is priority #1 and Ozzie Newsome will have hit once again. Newsome and co. has done a great job filling holes that were made by players that left and now one more exists. With the talent around him, Minter can step in and start to help Baltimore know there is life after Ray Lewis.