This is my first mock draft this year. Written before the combine. Now knowing about Star Loutelei has the heart issue things will probably change but it's my first go of it. I know some things will change after the combine and pro day. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel: OT Texas A and M
As much as I want to mock Geno Smith here Andy Reid does not reach for the best qb coming out. He knows he can trade or sign for one of his former qbs (Michael Vick, don’t see that happening, Kevin Kolb, if Arizona is willing to trade their best qb, or maybe call San Francisco and see what he has to give up for Alex Smith). My money is for Reid to trade for Smith and draft a qb in the 2nd or 3rd. By going with Joeckel he gets the best offensive lineman and he can start building this team with the line.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Damonte Moore: DE/OLB Georgia:
New GM Dave Caldwell would love to make a splash and take a playmaker. At this time there is none. He could pick Geno Smith but I think he will be scared off since Smith is not a sure bet and Jacksonville doesn’t want another Blaine Gabbert on their hands. Moore is the best available and at this point the best pick for the Jaguars. Jarvis Jones is an option but with his spine injury and he seems to be falling Moore is the best bet here.
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei: NT, Utah:
As usual the Raiders are picking in the top 10. This time though Reggie McKenzie is drafting and you don’t have to worry about him selecting the best combine guy. McKenzie would be thrilled if Joeckel or Moore fell to him. He would really consider selecting Geno Smith but feels it would be too much of a risk. With the likely departure of Richard Seymour and the defensive line not being all that good McKenzie will select Lotulelei to become the mainstay of that defensive line and anchor it for years to come.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
With the resigning of Michael Vick and the addition of Dennis Dixon the Eagles will not draft a qb here. They are in need of an offensive lineman and with Fisher’s latest push he is the second best available lineman and the Eagles will be happy to have him. Look for the Eagles to trade Nick Foles and pick a qb in the 3rd round or so.
5. Detroit Lions: DeMarcus Milliner: CB, Alabama
The Lions have many defensive holes to fill. DeMarcus Milliner is the best corner in this draft and the best pick for the Lions at 5. The Lions would love for Damonte Moore to fall to them but I do not see that happening. They would consider Jarvis Jones but Milliner is more of a sure bet.
6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB, LSU
Werner of FSU and Jarvis Jones are options here but Mingo is the better athlete that will help bolster the Browns getting to the qb. The Browns showed promise last year and their offense seems like they are ready to take the next step. Now is time to focus on the defense and build that side of the ball up. Mingo will be a good first building block.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Cardinals would love for Eric Fisher to be here. Without Fisher the Cardinals will go for Geno Smith. After seeing what Bruce Arians did with Andrew Luck I think he’d be very happy with the athletic Smith. Smith’s biggest concern is consistency which Arians should help him with.
8. Buffalo Bills: Cordarelle Patterson WR, Tennessee
Though Buffalo will be chomping for a qb and could reach for Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkeley, etc., they figure they will get lucky in the second round with a qb. Patterson would compliment Stevie Johnson well and give Buffalo with two good receivers who will be tough to defend. I would not be surprised to see Buffalo trade back to get a qb or trade back into the first round later for a qb. Look for Ryan Nassib possibly in the second round since he played for Doug Marrone and Nathanial Hackett coached Nassib in college and they are all familiar with each other.
9. New York Jets: Bjoern Werner DE,LB Florida State
New Jets GM John Idzik has his hands full with this team. Where does he go? This team needs just about help everywhere on the offensive line, at wr, at rb, at qb, at outside lb, at safety. Where to start? With all the defensive picks the Jets have made the last few years they would love to pick offense. They would be thrilled if Fisher or Patterson fell to them but it does not seem that will happen. Werner would be a great fit in New York and Rex Ryan will be very happy.
10. Tennessee Titans: Jarvis Jones DE/OLB Georgia
The Titans are thrilled to get a talent like Jones. They are in need of pass rushers and are thrilled he fell to them. Though he has not impressed and people are scared of the spine issue he is still too good of a talent to pass up. If he stays healthy he could be the best pick of this draft. If more comes out about Jones and the Titans are scared off Dion Jordan could be the selection.
11. San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack G Alabama
The Chargers line last year was a major issue. They have an excellent qb who has proven he can be a star in this league. With the way the line played last year it is somewhat understandable why Phillip Rivers regressed. With Warmack being the best lineman available the Chargers will select him.
12. Miami Dolphins: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Dolphins had a bad secondary last year and many of those problems came from the safety position. They never replaced Yermiah Bell after they cut him. Vaccaro will fit right in and help this club out. The Dolphins can also go wide receiver here but I believe Joe Philbin will reunite with Greg Jennings in Miami so the need for receiver could decrease.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnthon Banks, CB Mississippi State
With the trade of Aqib Talib the Bucs will be looking for a corner. Banks is the next best so he will be the Bucs selection. The fact that he comes from the SEC will help him as well.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
Floyd is the second best defensive tackle in the draft. He has impressed and could move up even more. The Panthers would be thrilled to have him. After the rushing yardage they gave up last year they really need to plug the hole in the center and Floyd would do that.
15. New Orleans Saints: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/LB, BYU
With the Saints changing to a 3-4 and after having an awful defense last year Rob Ryan will be jumping to get this athletic pass rusher. Ansah flashed last year. He has not played football for long so he has a lot to learn but will be a great selection here. Ansah has the potential to be the best pick in this draft.
16. St. Louis Rams: Lance Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Rams desperately need help along the offensive line. With this selection they will take the best available lineman. Johnson is the best one at this point. If Johnson is taken then look for the possibility of Chance Warmack if he is on the board.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dion Jordan, DE/LB Oregan
With the Steelers probably releasing James Harrison they will be looking for a rush linebacker. The Steelers will be waiting for the rush linebacker that falls to them and Jordan will be that man. They will be very happy to have Jordan and he will make them happy with his play.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
With the Cowboys switching back to a 4-3 they will need a defensive tackle to add to their mix. Richardson is the best available at this point and the Cowboys will be very happy. If Sharif Floyd is there and Richardson is gone Floyd will be the selection.
19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The Giants released Michael Boley and their other linebackers are not much to talk about. The Giants have been looking for linebacker help for awhile. Ogletree is the best one out there now and he makes the most sense for the GMen. Manti Te’o could be an option here but after the hoax situation the Giants might be scared off. They do one of the most comprehensive background checks on players and do tend to shy away from players with question marks. Ogletree has had many runs with the law too and he could be a concern so it wouldn’t shock me if the Giants pass on him too.
20. Chicago Bears: Barrett Jones, G, C, OT, Alabama
Much like the Cardinals the Bears are in dire need of offensive lineman. Over the next month Jonathon Cooper and Jones will be debated in Chicago. I think Jones will edge out Cooper in the draft room. The Bears will like Jones’s versatility and draft him.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Much like the Giants the Bengals are in dire need of a linebacker. They would prefer Ogletree and hope he falls to them but they would be happy with Te’o and that is who they will select.
22. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR California
The Rams are looking to help protect and build around Sam Bradford. Keenan Allen is the best wide receiver at this point and the Rams will be happy to take this playmaker. Last year the Rams rookie receivers played well but they will be looking for more receivers to help Bradford. Allen will help Bradford and the Rams. Allen, Quick and Givens will give the Rams a group of good young receivers.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State
The Vikings defensive line is getting old and they need to infuse some youth. Hankins is the best defensive tackle available. He will infuse the youth and help transition when the Vikings older players start retiring or getting cut to save money.
24. Indianapolis Colts: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
Much like the Carolina Panthers the Colts run defense was exposed early and often in games. They had glaring holes at nose tackle. Jenkins is the best available and the Colts will look to plug many holes with his big body. After last year addressing offense the Colts will look to sure up their defense this year.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Short had a great Senior Bowl and really has pushed himself up the boards. The Seahawks are a good team overall and their weakest spot on the team is along the defensive line. Short will help them and give them depth along the defensive line.
26. Green Bay Packers: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
With Michael Finley being injured often and disappointing the Packers will look for more weapons for Aaron Rodgers. They would love to replace the loss of Greg Jennings but no wide receiver is worth picking here and Ertz would be a weapon for Rodgers and many will quickly forget about Finley.
27. Houston Texans: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Texans played well in many phases. There two glaring holes were at wide receiver and inside linebacker. Much like the Packers there is not a wide receiver worth taking here to pair with Andre Johnson so they will look to help the inside linebackers. Minter will bring speed and youth and really help this defense.
28. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Champ Bailey is not getting any younger and after seeing what happened with under a minute in the Ravens game the Broncos need to sure up their passing defense. Trufant will come in and help in that area. Trufant has impressed lately and could go higher but I believe this will be the best landing spot for him and the Broncos.
29. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Patriots will look to replace Wes Welker. Julian Edelman will be an option but Austin is an explosive playmaker that the Patriots won’t pass up. Josh McDaniels will love coming up with ways to get Austin the ball.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas
The Falcons were real close to the Super Bowl last year. There defense let them down late and part of that reason was because they could not get to the qb. John Abraham is getting older and they need someone who can get to the qb. Okafor will be able to do that for the Falcons.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Elam, S, Florida
The 9ers need help in the secondary and Dashon Goldson possibly leaving due to free agency Elam will help this unit. He is a good ball hawk who also plays the run well.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Ravens are going to lose many players due to free agency and retirement. They will really feel that on defense. If Matt Elam or Kevin Minter were available they would have selected them. Without them available they will look to sure up the defensive line. Williams is very athletic and will help the center of the Ravens defense.