I couldn’t let this NFL Draft season pass without at least getting one mock draft of my own in…bring on your ridicule!
1 – Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Fisher OT – Because you must protect your mediocre quarterback by trading away a quality tackle like Brandon Albert and then immediately drafting another tackle.
2 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan OLB – This team needs playmakers. New Head Coach Gus Bradley is defensive minded and is coming from Seattle where they gathered speed rushers and had immense success. Jordan is the guy here.3 – Cleveland Browns – Ziggy Ansah DE/OLB – Our first trade. Cleveland moves up to get another pass rusher for defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
4 – Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Joeckel OT – The Eagles happily snatch up Joeckel, who is excellent value for them at the 4th pick and immediately improves their shaky offensive line.
5 – Detroit Lions – Lane Johnson OT – The Lions grab the 3rd offensive tackle in the top 5…a big year for big uglies.
6 – Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd DT – Oakland is able to trade down 3 spots and still get a player they are very high on.7 – Arizona Cardinals – Star Lotulelei DT – Good value for the Cardinals who take the best player remaining on the board. 7 picks deep and not a single skill position player taken yet.
8 – Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib QB – Going to be fun to watch all the local Syracuse alumni journalists praise this pick because the Marrone/Nassib combination had such dominant success in college, right?
9 – New Orleans Saints – Barkevious Mingo OLB – TRADE ALERT – The Jets move back to #15, potentially as part of a trade for Chris Ivory, while the Saints move up to grab up a pass rusher for Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense.
10 – Tennessee TItans – Jonathan Cooper OG – This could very well be Chance Warmack but the Titans boost their OL by grabbing one of the elite Guards.11 – San Diego Chargers – DJ Fluker OT/OG – The Chargers go with Fluker over the remaining top Guard on the board because of his versatility.
12 – Miami Dolphins – Dee Milliner CB – Miami addresses a need at cornerback.
13 – New York Jets – Chance Warmack OG – Not a flashy pick but terrific value at #13 and somebody who will start from day one and be very good.
14 – San Francisco 49ers – Sheldon Richardson DT – The 49ers use all those picks to move up for another piece on their already stacked defense.
15 – New York Jets – Tavon Austin WR – The Jets happily take Austin with the 15th pick, continuing the upgrade of their offense.
16 – St. Louis Rams – DeAndre Hopkins WR – After missing out on Austin, the Rams pull the trigger on Hopkins who they have expressed a good amount of interest in.
17 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones OLB – The Steelers pick Jones to plug in to their 3-4 defense and don’t miss a beat with James Harrison now in Cincy.
18 – Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro S – Dallas improves an area of need by going with the Texas product Vaccaro who is good value at this spot.
19 – New York Giants – Datone Jones DL – The Giants beef up their front seven despite missing out on Sheldon Richardson.
20 – Chicago Bears – Tyler Eifert TE – Good value and a nice piece for Marc Trestman’s offense.
21 – Cincinnati Bengals – Matt Elam S – The Bengals are building one of the league’s top defenses.
22 – St. Louis Rams – Jonathan Cyprien S – Mini-Run on safeties comes to an end with the Rams adding Cyprien to their back end.
23 – Minnesota Vikings – Cordarrelle Patterson WR – A playmaker to put opposite of the recently signed Greg Jennings.
24 – Indianpolis Colts – DJ Hayden CB – The Colts address a need with Hayden, who some think is the top CB in this year’s Draft.
25 – Minnesota Vikings – Alec Ogletree LB – Everybody keeps mocking Te’o to them but Ogletree is a better overall prospect and is available here.
26 – Green Bay Packers – Eddie Lacy RB – Match-made in heaven.
27 – Houston Texans – Justin Hunter WR – A long standing need is finally addressed in the first round.
28 – Denver Broncs – Tank Carradine DL – Tremendous value for the Broncos here. I wouldn’t be surprised if Carradine went much higher than this.
29 – New England Patriots – Jamar Taylor CB – They could always use another piece in the secondary.
30 – Atlanta Falcons – Xavier Rhodes CB – The Falcons end up sitting tight at 30 and filling an area of need.
31 – Carolina Panthers – Sylvester Williams DT – After trading back with SF, the Panthers get a quality piece for their front seven.
32 – Baltimore Ravens – Manti Te’o LB – He just avoids slipping out of the first round.
33 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Geno Smith QB – Philadelphia, Jacksonville or Cleveland could all also trade up somewhere in the 20s to grab him. He doesn’t fall past 33 in worst case scenario for him.
39 – New York Jets – Sio Moore OLB – The Jets grab their outside linebacker in the 2nd round.
72 – New York Jets – Gavin Escobar TE – He immediately becomes the favorite to start on day one.
75 – New York Jets – DJ Swearinger S – The Jets won’t get until the end of round 3 without adding a safety. This pick is worked off assumption Jets/Saints flip first round picks, Jets get Chris Ivory, Saints 3rd round pick and send back their 4th round pick.