I’m not a fan of mock drafts but there are so many people asking me for one, I literally felt bad for not doing one. I didn’t do any trades because there’s really no way to predict those. So here you go, with very quick synopsis of each pick.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan
Fisher is more athletic than Joeckel and I believe that’s what Andy Reid wants out of his LT.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dion Jordan – LB – Oregon
Too much of a fit. Jordan fits both Caldwell and Gus’s type in speed and versatility.
3. Oakland Raiders
Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah
Star is dominant. He can collapse the pocket and is versatile. Good fit for what the Raiders want to do.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama
The Eagles can’t compete in the NFC East without being able to defend the pass. Milliner gives them someone capable of hanging in with some good receivers in the division.
5. Detroit Lions
Cornelius “Tank” Carradine – DE – Florida State
Tank is my best 4-3 defensive end in this draft and he just seems to fit the Lions here.
6. Cleveland Browns
Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri
The Browns are in desperate need of a beast along the defensive front to take up space and allow some good LBs to roam free. Richardson fits that role.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Tyler Eifert – TE – Notre Dame
They got their QB and Arians was ecstatic about getting 2 tight ends last year in Indy. This will be a good fit and will help take some pressure off of Fitzgerald. Oh, and the Cards like their OL more than you do.
8. Buffalo Bills
Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee
Don’t be surprised if this is Geno. But they Bills are really hurting at WR outside of Stevie Johnson. Other than WR and QB there aren’t many glaring holes for the Bills but I don’t think Nassib is the answer and I don’t believe that they are sold on him either.
9. New York Jets
Barkevious Mingo – LB – LSU
Need a pass rusher. Rex could do fantastic things with Mingo.
10. Tennessee Titans
Jonathan Cooper – OG – North Carolina
Tennessee wants to get tougher but I don’t think Warmack is a good fit for their zone blocking. Cooper is a much better fit.
11. San Diego Chargers
Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State
The Chargers have some serious holes all over the place but I think they’re looking at Peyton and thinking, “How are we going to defend him?” They may upgrade at OLB or OL here, but I think Rhodes fits for them.
12. Miami Dolphins
Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M
Miami doesn’t have to move to get the LT they want.
13. New York Jets
Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia
I just can’t see New York passing on Geno here. I tried to go a different direction but I couldn’t talk myself into it.
14. Carolina Panthers
Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington
The Panthers have a pass rush but no secondary. I think they’re targeting a CB before a safety here. Wouldn’t be surprised if they went wide receiver here either, but I think in the NFC South they’re going to need a much better secondary first.
15. New Orleans
Arthur Brown – LB – Kansas State
Brown is my favorite LB in this draft. I think he’d be a great fit in the middle instead of Hawthorne or even on the outside if necessary.
16. St. Louis Rams
Tavon Austin – WR – West Virginia
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma
Steelers have pressing needs on defense but they could be enticed by Johnson’s upside here.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Chance Warmack – OG – Alabama
If Warmack is here, can’t see Dallas passing on him. Possibly the best overall player in this draft. Huge OL upgrade.
19. New York Giants
Ezekiel Ansah – DE – BYU
Great physical skill set but so, so raw. Giants would be a good spot for Ansah and fits what they look for.
20. Chicago Bears
Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas
This pick probably won’t be popular but I feel like Vaccaro fits at SS for the Bears. Remember this is a whole new regime so history means very little. Alternative picks are WR (Hopkins?) or LB.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonathan Cyprien – S – Florida International
I see Andre Smith re-signing with Cincy and therefore they are able to move Reggie Nelson to SS and let Cyprien play FS.
22. St. Louis Rams
Eric Reid – S – LSU
STL are in need of a safety and Eric Reid seems to be flying a bit under the radar in my opinion.
23. Minnesota Vikings
DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Clemson
Best receiver on the board and I think the Vikings love him.
Jesse Williams – DT – Alabama
I think Jesse Williams fits well here for what the Colts want to do. They need a pass rusher but I think Williams clogs up the middle to help LBs stay clean.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida
All of the Vikings defensive linemen are in contract years. Floyd is the best player available here.
26. Green Bay Packers
Menelik Watson – OT – Florida State
I don’t like this pick. I really don’t know who GB picks. It was either Watson or Werner here for me. Very well could be the FSU DE.
27. Houston Texans
Keenan Allen – WR – Cal
Supposedly Houston wants someone opposite Andre Johnson and like Allen. 1 + 1 = 2.
28. Denver Broncos
DJ Hayden – CB – Houston
Broncos aren’t bad at any position. They’re a little weak at DB and I think Hayden is probably the best player available here. Champ may not want to play safety but this could force it.
29. New England Patriots
Justin Hunter – WR – Tennessee
I can almost guarantee you this isn’t who New England picks. Hunter is not the type of guy they draft. Wide receiver is CLEARLY New England’s biggest need and it’s not even close. DB is a distant second. DeAndre Hopkins fits them but he’s long gone. Hunter is big bodied field stretcher that they need.
30. Atlanta Falcons
Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State
Werner shouldn’t last this long but he could. Falcons could get a steal here.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Datone Jones – DE – UCLA
This isn’t where SF picks. They’ll either move up (Jesse Williams maybe?) or down for some team wanting to move up and grab a QB. In the meantime, Jones is big enough to slide in at DE and could be the heir to Justin Smith’s position.
32. Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Minter – LB – LSU
Another team that could go wide receiver. Quinton Patton or Robert Woods could sneak into the 1st round here.by