Last minute rookie mock draft for those of you want an insight into my thoughts. This does not account for trades.
- Kansas City Chiefs #1 – Luke Joeckel – OT -Texas A&M
The Chiefs have more talent than most last place teams have had here in the past, but they really need to address concerns on the offensive line with OT Brandon Albert likely leaving.
- Jacksonville Jaguars #2 – Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigam
If any QB in Jacksonville is going to have success, he’s going to need a little bit of protection. Not a flashy pick, but a effective one. In other news, I’m digging their new unis.
- Oakland Raiders #3 – Sharrif Folyd – DT – Florida
Remember when Doug Martin ran for 251 yards, and 4 touchdowns against Oakland? They need a run stopper. Floyd can provide that, along with a sold pass rush.
- Philadelphia Eagles #4 – Dion Jordan – DE – Oregon
Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly can vouch for Dion Jordan’s talent, as he was his coach last year at Oregon. The Eagles have made big moves in the defensive backfield this off season, now they need to address their pass rush.
- Detroit Lions #5 – Ezekiel Ansah – DE – BYU
With both Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch departing the Lions will take the next best pass rusher. Ansah is crazy athletic and probably the most versatile defensive player in the draft. He’ll make an immediate impact.
- Cleveland Browns #6 – Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama
Having Milliner across from Joe Haden would make Cleveland’s pass defense scary, especially in a few years, as both guys are young. While Milliner isn’t a flashy big play corner, he can lock down his man.
- Arizona Cardinals #7 – Lane Johnson – OT – Oaklahoma
To call the Cardinal’s line bad might be an understatement. Their crazy not to address their offensive line with the talent rich big boy draft class. Lane Johnson is the next best tackle, and they’ll gladly snag him.
- Buffalo Bills #8 – Chance Warmack – OG – Alabama
I just can’t see Nassib going this high, and Buffalo can probably still grab him in the 2nd round. They need to address their offensive line first, and Warmack can start from day one. Keep your eye on E.J. Manual in the 2nd round, as I believe he’s BY FAR the most undervalued player in the draft.
- New York Jets #9 – Barkevious Mingo – DE – LSU
I really like this guy. Mingo was doubled all year in the SEC, and still managed to wreak havoc in backfields across the south. Rex Ryan would love to get his hands on this new toy.
- Tennessee Titans #10 – Jonathan Cooper – OG – North Carolina
Both of their young stars Chris Johnson and Jake Locker need help and solidifying the offensive line is a great way to do that. Crazy to think only one non lineman could be drafted in the top 10.
- San Diego Chargers #11 – D.J. Fluker – OT – Alabama
The run on linemen continues, and San Diego also has needs on their offensive line. See a pattern here? Note to bad teams: You need a good offensive line first and foremost to be successful in the NFL.
- Miami Dolphins #12 – Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State
This might be a bit of a stretch, but if the Dolphins don’t trade down I think they’ll address their needs in the secondary. Rhodes is a big long corner at 6-2 210 pounds, and having played his college ball in Florida, the Dolphins have seen plenty of him.
- New York Jets #13 – Tavon Austin – WR – West Virginia
The Jets desperately need an offensive spark, and Austin is just that. If the Jets are going to have any success this year, they’ll need to score some points…which could be a challenge considering their roster right now.
- Carolina Panthers #14 – Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri
Richardson’s production was off the charts in college, and accumulating 14 tackles and a sack against the likes of Alabama’s offensive line is incredible. The Panthers have a great pass rusher in Charles Johnson, and solidifying the DT position would certainly make the defensive line formidable.
- New Orleans Saints #15 – Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia
Rob Ryan loves himself some pass rushers, and with the Saints switching to a 3-4 defense, Jarvis Jones provides that essential outside rush. Jones has a couple question marks, but you can’t argue with his production in college.
- St. Louis Rams #16 – Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas
The Rams simply need to upgrade their safety position, and will do so here. They desperately need a WR, but they’ll figure they can get their man at #22.
- Pittsburgh Steelers #17 – Alex Ogletree – OLB – Georgia
Ogletree has so much ability, I would have him higher if he didn’t have some off the field issues. Mike Tomlin should be able to resolve that situation very quickly. Ogletree can move like a safety and has the power of a linebacker. He’s always around the ball, and he could be a great fit for an aging Pittsburgh defense.
- Dallas Cowboys #18 – Star Lotulelei – DT- Utah
Some people had Star going #1 overall earlier this year, but because of some health concerns he has slipped. No one questions Star’s ability, and he would provide Monte Kiffin with great flexibility.
- New York Giants #19 – Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State
You know how much New York loves pass rushers. The loss of Osi Umenyyiora and the aging Justin Tuck will force their hand and they’ll take the productive Seminole. Werner possess both power and speed, and could cause some serious match up problems for opposing teams.
- Chicago Bears #20 – Tyler Eifert – TE – Notre Dame
Eifert will be both an effective receiver and blocker, both of which the Bears need. With the signing of Martellus Bennett and the addition of Eifert, Jay Cutler could finally possess the dangerous arsenal of weapons he’s wants.
- Cincinnati Bengals #21 – Eddie Lacy – RB – Alabama
If a RB doesn’t go here, I doubt one will go in the first round. I just can’t see that happening. The Bengals won’t be able to resist drafting Lacy, and he should be starting come week 1.
- St. Louis Rams #22 – DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Clemson
The Rams are completely dry at the receiver position and Hopkins is a probably the most reliable guy out there. Sam Bradford desperately needs some weapons and the Rams should add one here.
- Minnesota Vikings #23 – Manti Te’o – MLB – Notre Dame
The Vikings need to fill the void at middle linebacker, and they’ll take the best middle linebacker on the board. Despite his scandal Te’o put together a phenomenal year, and I think some people forget he finished 2nd in the Heisman voting. The Vikings have had success with Notre Dame players, which doesn’t hurt either.
- Indianapolis Colts #24 – Datone Jones – DE – UCLA
Jones fits Indy’s 3-4 defense perfectly, and they will continue to address the defensive side of the ball. Jones can hopefully fill the void left by Colt legend Dwight Freeney.
- Minnesota Vikings #25 – Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee
Patterson might be the most exciting prospect in this year’s draft, and I feel like the Vikings just won’t be able to pass on his talent. While they have a need in the secondary, I think they’ll go with the more exciting side. Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Adrian Peterson could defiantly cause some problems for opposing defenses.
- Green Bay Packers #26 – Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina
Green Bay is pretty solid all around, but could improve their interior defensive line. B.J. Raji is great, but takes an enormous amount of snaps. Williams is a big boy…313 pounds…but surprising quite versatile.
- Houston Texans #27 – Keenan Allen – WR – California
The Texans are a well rounded team, but could use a little more firepower outside. Putting Allen across from Andre Johnson would accomplish that. With Johnson and Allen being so big, they’ll cause match up problems all over the field.
- Denver Broncos #28 – Tank Carradine – DE – Florida State
With Elvis Dumervil departing to Baltimore, Denver will look to replace him. Tank Carradine went down with an torn ACL, but has been reportedly recovering quickly. Tank could be a steal here, had he had finished the season healthy he likely would be getting more attention.
- New England Patriots #29 – D.J. Hayden – CB – Houston
Hayden suffered a heart vein injury which in 95% of cases results in death. Thank god he’s alive, but whether or not he’s cleared by teams could determine where he ends up. Hayden has so much talent, and New England like always is in dire need on corners.
- Atlanta Falcons #30 – Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington
Atlanta needs a corner and Trufant has more experience than most prospects, as he started all 4 years at Washington. Trufant has two older brother in the NFL, so the genes are certainly there.
- San Francisco 49ers #31 – Johnathan Cyprien – S – Florida International
With the departure of Dashon Goldson to Tampa Bay, San Francisco will look to re-tool the safety position long term. Cyprien can lay the wood and is a freakish athlete, a perfect fit.
- Baltimore Ravens #32 – Arthur Moore – MLB – Kansas St.
Ray Lewis left a void at the middle linebacker position when he retired, and Moore is the perfect fit. Moore has exceptional leadership qualities, and terrific instincts for a guy coming out of college, and has great value at the end of the 1st round.
Well that’s it!
Hope you guys are excited for the draft as I am. We’ll see how it all shakes out, but I fully expect to be 100% right…hah
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