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7 Round NFL Mock Draft I Did

For those who don't know I am a huge NFL draft follower, probably even more so than NBA. Scan to the bottom to see individual team analysis where I explain the picks. I follow the draft closely so please ask me anything or tell me something you disagree with!

1: Carolina: Cam Newton: QB: Auburn

2: Denver: Marcell Dareus: DT: Alabama

3: Buffalo: Cam Jordan: DE: Cal

4: Cincinnati: AJ Green: WR: Georgia

5: Arizona: Patrick Peterson: CB: LSU

6: Cleveland: Robert Quinn: DE: North Carolina

7: San Francisco: Von Miller: OLB: Texas A&M

8: Tennessee: Nick Fairley: DT: Auburn

9: Dallas: J.J. Watt: DE: Wisconsin

10: Washington: Julio Jones: WR: Alabama

11: Houston: Aldon Smith: OLB: Missouri

12: Minnesota: Blaine Gabbert: QB: Missouri

13: Detroit: Prince Amukamara: CB: Nebraska

14: St. Louis: DaQuan Bowers: DE: Clemson

15: Miami: Mark Ingram: RB: Alabama

16: Jacksonville: Ryan Kerrigan: DE: Purdue

17: New England (f/Oakland): Mike Pouncey: G: Florida

18: San Diego: Muhammad Wilkerson: DE: Temple

19: New York Giants: Tyron Smith: OT: USC

20: Tampa Bay: Jimmy Smith: CB: Colorado

21: Kansas City: Phil Taylor: NT: Baylor

22: Indianapolis: Derek Sherrod: OT: Mississippi State

23: Philadelphia: Ben Ijalana: G/T: Villanova

24: New Orleans: Adrian Clayborne : DE: Iowa

25: Seattle: Jake Locker : QB Washington

26: Baltimore: Brooks Reed: DE/OLB : Arizona

27: Atlanta: Justin Houston: DE : Georgia

28: New England: Cameron Heyward: DE : Ohio State

29: Chicago: Gabe Carimi: OT : Wisconsin

30: New York Jets: Jabaal Sheard: OLB : Pitt

31: Pittsburgh: Marcus Cannon: T/G: TCU

32: Green Bay: Christian Ballard: DE: Wisconsin

Round 2

33: New England(f/Carolina) Nate Solder: OT: Colorado

34: Buffalo: Martez Wilson: LB: Illinois

35: Cincinnati: Brandon Harris: CB: Miami

36: Denver: Kelvin Sheppard: LB: LSU

37: Cleveland: Aaron Williams: CB:Texas

38: Arizona: Danny Watkins: G: Baylor

39: Tennessee: Christian Ponder: QB: Florida State

40: Dallas: Anthony Costanzo: OT: Boston College

41: Washington: Mason Foster: LB: Washington

42: Houston: Leonard Hankerson: WR: Miami

43: Minnesota: Allen Bailey: DE: Miami

44: Detroit: Bruce Carter: LB: UNC

45: San Francisco: Clint Boling: G/T: Georgia

46: Denver(F/Miami): Corey Liuget: DT: Illinois

47: St. Louis: Jonathan Baldwin: WR: Pitt

48: Oakland: Stefen Wisniewski: C: Penn State

49: Jacksonville : Quan Sturdivant: LB: North Carolina

50: San Diego: Dontay Moch: OLB: Nevada

51: Tampa Bay: K.J. Wright: LB: Mississippi State

52: New York Giants: Mikel Leshoure: RB: Illinois

53: Indianapolis: Stephen Paea: DT: Oregon State

54: Philadelphia: Curtis Brown: CB: Texas

55: Kansas City: Greg Little: WR: North Carolina

56: New Orleans: Greg Jones: LB: Michigan State

57: Seattle: Johnny Patrick: CB: Louisville

58: Baltimore: Torrey Smith: WR: Maryland

59: Atlanta: Randall Cobb: WR: Kentucky

60: New England: Sam Acho: OLB : Texas

61: San Diego(f/New York Jets): DeMarco Murray: RB: Oklahoma

62: Chicago: Marvin Austin: DT: North Carolina

63: Pittsburgh: Rahim Moore: FS: UCLA

64: Green Bay: Akeem Ayers/OLB/UCLA

Round 3

65: Carolina: Drake Nevis: DT: LSU

66: Cincinnati: Ryan Williams: RB: Virginia Tech

67: Denver: Pernell Mcphee: DE: Mississippi State

68: Buffalo: Kyle Rudolph: TE: Notre Dame

69: Arizona: Ugo Chinasa: OLB: Oklahoma State

70: Cleveland: James Carpenter: RT: Alabama

71: Dallas: Ras I Dowling: DB: Virginia

72: New Orleans(f/Washington) Jurrell Casey: DT: USC

73: Houston: Brandon Burton: CB: Utah

74: New England(f/Minnesota): Jalil Brown: CB: Colorado

75: Detroit: Rodney Hudson: G/C: Florida State

76: San Francisco: Chris Carter: OLB: Fresno State

77: Tennessee: John Moffitt: G: Wisconsin

78: St. Louis: Colin McCarthy: OLB: Miami

79: Miami: Ryan Mallett: QB: Arkansas

80: Jacksonville: Deunta Williams: FS: North Carolina

81: Oakland: Orlando Franklin: G/T: Miami

82: San Diego: Marcus Gilbert: RT: Florida

83: New York Giants: Chmidi Chekwa: CB: Ohio State

84: Tampa Bay: Greg Romeus: DE: Pitt

85: Philadelphia: Deandre McDaniel: S: Clemson

86: Kansas City: Lee Ziemba: OT: Auburn

87: Indianapolis: Will Rackley: G: Lehigh

88: New Orleans: Marcus Gilchrist: FS: Clemson

89: San Diego(f/Seattle): Tandon Doss: WR: Indiana

90: Baltimore: Titus Young: WR: Boise State

91: Atlanta: Chykie Brown: CB: Texas

92: New England: Quinton Carter: S: Oklahoma

93: Chicago: Jason Pinkston: T/G: Pitt

94: New York Jets: Jerel Jernigan: WR: Troy

95: Pittsburgh: Jarvis Jenkins: DE: Clemson

96: Green Bay: Edmond Gates: WR: Abeline Christian

97: Carolina (compensatory) Jeremy Beal: DE: Oklahoma

Round 4

98: Carolina: Austin Pettis: WR: Boise State

99: Seattle (f/New England via Denver) Davon House: CB: New Mexico State

100: Buffalo: Stevan Friday: OLB: Virginia Tech

101: Cincinnati: Kristofer O’Dowd: C: USC

102: Cleveland: Tyler Sash: S: Iowa

103: Arizona: Nate Irving: LB: NCState

104: Philadelphia(f/Washington) Delone Carter: RB: Syracuse

105: Houston: Lawrence Guy: DE: Arizona State

106: Minnesota: Shareece Wright: CB: USC

107: Detroit: Dwayne Harris: WR: East Carolina

108: San Francisco: Kendric Burney: CB: North Carolina

109: Tennessee: Cliff Matthews: DE: South Carolina

110: Dallas: Kendrick Ellis: DT: Hampton

111: Miami: Lance Kendricks: TE: Wisconsin

112: St. Louis: Shane Vereen: RB: Cal

155: Washington(f/New Orleans) Tom Keiser: OLB: Stanford

156: Seattle: Justin Boren: G: Ohio State

157: Seattle(f/Baltimore) Cedric Thornton: DT: Arkansas State

158: Atlanta: Roy Helu Jr.: RB: Nebraska

159: New England: Jake Kirkpatrick: C: TCU

160: Chicago: Brandon Hogan: CB: West Virginia

161: New York Jets: Lazerius Livingston: DE: LSU

162: Pittsburgh: Scott Lutrus: ILB: UCONN

163: Green Bay: Brandon Fusco: C: Slippery Rock

164: Baltimore (compensatory) Zane Taylor: C: Utah

165: Baltimore (compensatory) Shiloh Keo: S: Idaho

Round 6

166: Carolina: Julius Thomas: TE: Portland State

167: Cincinnati: Eric Hagg: S: Nebraska

168: Cleveland(f/Denver) Ronald Johnson: WR: USC

169: Buffalo: Alex Wujciak: LB: Maryland

170: Cleveland: Greg McCelroy: QB: Alabama

171: Arizona: Chris Walker: OLB: Tennessee

172: Minnesota: Darvin Adams: WR: Auburn

173: Seattle(f/Detroit) Joe Lefeged: S: Rutgers

174: San Francisco: Zane Parr: DE: Virginia

175: Tennessee: Mario Harvey: LB: Marshall

176: Dallas: Zach Hurd: G/T:UCONN

177: Washington: DeMarcus Love: RT: Arkansas

178: Houston: Chris Nield: NT: West Virginia

179: Miami: Deandre Brown: WR: Southern Miss

180: St. Louis: Darius Morris: RG: Temple

181: Oakland: Mike Mohamed: LB: Cal

182: Jacksonville: Buster Skrine: CB: UT-Chatanooga

183: San Diego: Greg Lloyd: ILB: Connecticut

184: Detroit(f/Philadelphia and Tampa Bay) Martin Parker: DT: Richmond

185: New York Giants: Daniel Kilgore: C/G: Appalachian State

186: Arizona(f/Philadelphia): Jordan Cameron: TE: USC

187: Tampa Bay(f/Kansas City): Karl Klug: DE: Iowa

188: Indianapolis: Keith Williams: G: Nebraska

189: Denver(f/New England via New Orleans) D.J. Williams: TE: Arkansas

190: San Francisco(f/Seattle) Chris Culliver: FS: South Carolina

191: Baltimore: Terrell McClain: DE: South Florida

192: Atlanta: Joseph Barksdale: RT: LSU

193: New England: Stephen Burton: WR: Texas A&M

194: New York Jets: Da’Rel Scott: RB: Maryland

195: Chicago: Derrick Locke: RB: Kentucky

196: Pittsburgh: Dion Lewis: RB: Pitt

197: Green Bay: Justin Rogers: CB/KR: Richmond

198: New York Giants (compensatory) Eric Gordon: LB: Michigan State

199: Kansas City (compensatory) Armon Binns: WR: Cincinnati

200: Minnesota (compensatory) Ray Dominguez: G/T: Arkansas

201: San Diego (compensatory) Bruce Miller: OLB: Central Florida

202: New York Giants (compensatory) Nathan Enderle: QB: Idaho

203: Carolina (compensatory) Richard Sherman: CB: Stanford

Round 7

204: Green Bay(f/Carolina) Jah Reid: OT: Central Florida

205: Denver: Jariel King: RT: South Carolina

206: Buffalo: Devon Torrence: CB: Ohio State

207: Cincinnati: Henry Hynoski: FB: Pitt

208: New York Jets(f/Arizona) Alex Henery: K: Nebraska

209: Seattle(f/Cleveland): Ricky Elmore: DE: Arizona

210: San Francisco(f/Detroit) Joe Morgan: WR: Walsh

211: San Francisco: Frank Kearse: NT: Alabama A&M

212: Tennessee: Colin Baxter: C: Arizona

Dallas (6-10)

213: Washington: Anthony Gray: NT: Southern Miss

214: Houston: Virgil Green: TE: Nevada

215: Minnesota: Josh Portis: QB: California(PA)/Maryland

216: St. Louis: David Carter: DT: UCLA

217: Miami: Nate Williams: SS: Washington

218: Miami(f/Jacksonville) Josh Bynes: LB: Auburn

219: Oakland: Stanley Havili: FB: USC

220: Dallas(f/San Diego): Jeremy Kerley: WR: TCU

221: New York Giants: Jonathan Freeny: DE: Rutgers

222: Tampa Bay: Chris Conte: S: Cal

223: Kansas City: Kyle Hix: OT: Texas

224: Indianapolis: Evan Royster: RB: Penn State

225: Baltimore(f/Philadelphia) Orie Lemon: LB Oklahoma State

226: New Orleans: Bilal Powell: RB: Louisville

227: Seattle: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos: WR: Iowa

228: Baltimore: Mario Fannin: RB: Auburn

229: Atlanta: Tori Gurley: WR: South Carolina

230: Atlanta(f/New England): Akeem Dent: LB: Georgia

Chicago* (11-5)

231: Atlanta(f/Detroit via New York Jets): Pat Devlin: QB: Delaware

232: Pittsburgh: David Mims: OT: Virginia Union

233: Green Bay: Jeff Maehl: WR: Oregon

234: San Diego (compensatory) Josh Thomas: CB: Buffalo

235: Miami (compensatory) Graig Cooper: RB: Miami

236: Minnesota (compensatory) Stevan Ridley: RB: LSU

237: Philadelphia (compensatory) Rob Housler: TE: Florida Atlantic

238: Tampa Bay (compensatory) Andre Smith: TE: Virginia Tech

239: San Francisco (compensatory) Justin Trattou: OLB: Florida

240: Philadelphia (compensatory) Byron Stingily: OT: Louisville

241: Oakland (compensatory) Jock Sanders: WR: West Virginia

242: Seattle (compensatory) Alex Green: RB: Hawaii

243: New Orleans (compensatory) Chris White: LB: Mississippi State

244: Carolina (compensatory) Will Hill: S: Florida

245: Buffalo (compensatory) Taylor Potts: QB: Texas Tech

246: Cincinnati (compensatory) Vidal Hazleton: WR: Cincinnati

247: Denver (compensatory) Allen Bradford: RB: USC

248: Cleveland (compensatory) Charles Brown: CB: North Carolina

249: Arizona (compensatory) Corey Lindsey- Woods: CB: Southern Illinois

250: San Francisco (compensatory): Weslye Saunders: TE: South Carolina

251: Tennessee (compensatory) T.J. Yates: QB: North Carolina

252: Dallas (compensatory) Josh Jasper: K: LSU

253: Washington (compensatory) Demarcus Van Dyke: CB: Miami

254: Houston (compensatory): Keith Payne: RB/FB: Virginia

Team Draft Summary’s:

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Arizona Cardinals

5: Arizona: Patrick Peterson: CB: LSU

38: Arizona: Danny Watkins: G: Baylor

69: Arizona: Ugo Chinasa: OLB: Oklahoma State

103: Arizona: Nate Irving: LB: NCState

136: Arizona: Niles Paul: WR: Nebraska

171: Arizona: Chris Walker: OLB: Tennessee

186: Arizona(f/Philadelphia): Jordan Cameron: TE: USC

249: Arizona (compensatory) Corey Lindsey- Woods: CB: Southern Illinois

Quick Analysis: It’s pretty obvious that the Cardinals #1 need is QB, but with the recent drafting of Matt Leinart I truly question if they will touch a QB in this draft class. Cam Newton seems like the one guy they could go after but he’s unlikely to be available at this point. Ryan Mallett is a guy who I think fits the profile of what the Cards are looking for but again such a big risk. I’d probably give Skelton another chance or who knows maybe even Max Hall. Once I decided not to go QB with their first rounder I decided that it was not worth going for at all in the draft. Expect the Cardinals to be players for Donovan Mcnabb, Kevin Kolb, and even a guy like Marc Bulger. As far as the draft I think it is a very solid Cards draft. It would be near impossible to pass up on Patrick Peterson if he were available at #5 as he’s probably the most talented prospect in the entire draft. Pairing Peterson up with DRC would definitely form one of the most exciting and ball hawking secondary’s in the NFL. Only other guy I’d consider at this pick is Von Miller or Prince Amukamara if PP were already taken. Danny Watkins personally is my top guard in the draft and if it weren’t for his age I’d have him ranked above Pouncey. He can step in there and play guard right away for the Cards. I can see if some Cards fans don’t like that I waited until the 3rd to address OLB. It would definitely be a valid argument as the Cards have consistently lacked a great pass rusher from the outside. Von Miller is obviously the top guy in the draft at that, but I do think Chinasa could fill that void as a 3rd rounder. Chinasa tested incredibly well at the combine. 4.67 40 yard dash and looked really smooth laterally in the drills. I think he will have trouble shedding off blockers but his upside is definitely there. The Cards could definitely use an upgrade with their inside backers and Nate Irving in the 4th round is a steal. He is an incredibly instinctual player who reads and gets through gaps easily and he is one of the more solid backers in pass coverage. Niles Paul is a big receiver with some nice athletic ability. The Cards receivers other than Fitz were miserable last year, hopefully for them Paul would let Breaston do his thing in the slot. Chris Walker is another project OLB. Jordan Cameron could be a steal at that point in the draft as well, very nice athletic pass catcher. All in all I think the Cardinals mock is solid although I could see addressing QB or OLB in the first round instead.

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Atlanta Falcons

27: Atlanta: Justin Houston: DE : Georgia

59: Atlanta: Randall Cobb: WR: Kentucky

91: Atlanta: Chykie Brown: CB: Texas

124: Atlanta: Luke Stocker: TE: Tennessee

158: Atlanta: Roy Helu Jr.: RB: Nebraska

192: Atlanta: Joseph Barksdale: RT: LSU

229: Atlanta: Tori Gurley: WR: South Carolina

230: Atlanta(f/New England): Akeem Dent: LB: Georgia

231: Atlanta(f/Detroit via New York Jets): Pat Devlin: QB: Delaware

Quick Analysis: I really love this mock for Atlanta. Justin Houston is probably one of the ideal picks for the Falcons fan base. John Abraham is nearing the end of his career and Jamaal Anderson couldn’t sack a bag of groceries. Finding an athletic pass rusher is definitely a top priority. That’s exactly what Houston is and it doesn’t hurt that he’s a local product. With the 2nd round pick I struggled whether to go with Cobb, Titus, or Doss. After thinking about it Cobb is definitely the best WR of the 3 and fits what the Falcons need. Cobb is one of the most versatile and explosive players in the draft with the ball in his hands. I know most feel that Cobb is suited purely for the slot but he has decent size and I really think you can move him around. Regardless I think it would be great to have him in the slot in between the bigger guys like Roddy and Jenkins. Cobb also brings a ton in terms of return ability as well as trick play reverses, and option passes as he played a ton of wild cat at Kentucky. Can even line him up in the backfield on passing downs since Turner isn’t a great receiver. 3rd round pick I can definitely see there being some division with Falcons fans as obviously they have both Grimes and Dunta Robinson but Brown is a nice insurance policy there. Luke Stocker in the 4th round is a steal and secures that TE spot for when Gonzalez retires. He’s slowing down anyways so Stocker could see playing time pretty immediate. Helu is probably another interesting pick. There were some quicker/scat back types available like Derrick Locke, Da’Rel Scott who would play that role that Norwood did magnificently had he not been made of glass, but I was thinking more long term. Helu is much bigger and stronger than you think to go along with his quickness and unexpected great 40 time. He needs some more work with his hands but he definitely has potential to be a very good running back in the league. I think he will start off his career backing up Turner and serving as a primary kick returner. Barksdale in round 6 is definitely a nice value pick. You’d prefer a LT as Baker has was not good last year and probably is better off suited as a RT, but Barksdale would definitely add depth at both the RT and RG spots. For a 6th rounder that’s all you could ask for. Dent is probably just a guy fighting for a special teams roster spot. Devlin would be a QB to groom behind Ryan. In retrospect I think LB could have definitely been addressed earlier.

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Baltimore Ravens

26: Baltimore: Brooks Reed: DE/OLB : Arizona

58: Baltimore: Torrey Smith: WR: Maryland

90: Baltimore: Titus Young: WR: Boise State

123: Baltimore: Chris Hairston: OT: Clemson

164: Baltimore (compensatory) Zane Taylor: C: Utah

165: Baltimore (compensatory) Shiloh Keo: S: Idaho

191: Baltimore: Terrell McClain: DE: South Florida

225: Baltimore(f/Philadelphia) Orie Lemon: LB Oklahoma State

228: Baltimore: Mario Fannin: RB: Auburn

Quick Analysis: I know I have a ton of explanation to do so let me start. First off in that situation I felt like Brooks Reed was a pretty no brainer pick. He has the skills to rush form a standing position but can also put his hand in the dirt and play some DE. I think he would be a great young asset to have on defense for Baltimore. The next two picks will obviously cause a bit of a stir, but I felt like the value in both situations were too good to pass. The Ravens have constantly missed out on adding youth and talent to the receiving corps. Relying on mid round guys to get the job done. Torrey Smith and Titus Young but are immediate vertical field stretchers, and both have a ton of potential. Having two field stretchers like Torrey Smith and Titus Young opens the field up completely underneath for Boldin, Heap, the young TE’s, and Ray Rice in the flats. Q definitely should not be relied upon to be the deep threat. BTW Torrey Smith has big time KR value, and Titus Young PR value. The Ravens have shown in recent times with the selections of Dickson and Pitta that they are not afraid to use multiple picks at a position of need. I think with these two picks the Ravens WR corps are pretty much set for a while. The added compensatory picks definitely help give the Ravens flexibility to make a move like this. I wanted to draft a LT to slid Oher back to the right but couldn’t find any that I think would justify the move. Instead I drafted Hairston in the mid rounds who can step in and play RT. Zane Taylor could be the center of the future. Shiloh Keo is a guy who is a tremendous value at this point in the draft. Great leader, big time special teams potential, and always consistent with his technique. I really feel like he could develop into a Jim Leonhard type player. Terell McClain is your big run stopping 5 tech. A ton of strength and quickness. Also has the versatility to play inside where he is most natural. Orie Lemon probably doesn’t project to much more than a special teams player with the Ravens. Isn’t great sideline to sideline but he is a solid tackler. Mario Fannin is a huge steal in the 7th round, a big back who has speed. Backup for Ray Rice.

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Buffalo Bills

3: Buffalo: Cam Jordan: DE: Cal

34: Buffalo: Martez Wilson: LB: Illinois

68: Buffalo: Kyle Rudolph: TE: Notre Dame

100: Buffalo: Stevan Friday: OLB: Virginia Tech

122: Buffalo(f/Seattle) Jerrell Powe: NT: Ole Miss

133: Buffalo: Ricky Stanzi: QB: Iowa

169: Buffalo: Alex Wujciak: LB: Maryland

245: Buffalo (compensatory) Taylor Potts: QB: Texas Tech

Quick Analysis: I’m sure that I’ll catch a ton of flack for this first pick, but in all honesty I really like Cam Jordan to the Bills even this high at #3. I know there isn’t much precedent for a 5 tech going this high in the draft other than Tyson Jackson but for a team which constantly drafts on “talent” while disregarding need like the Spiller pick, I really think Cam Jordan would be a great pick even if it’s not sexy. Firstly in terms of the debate as the top 5 tech I far prefer Jordan as a 5 tech over Watt or trying out a guy like Fairley there. I know most people don’t think a DE in a 34 defense is a big impact position but I think it’s just as important as a solid NT. Having a guy to set the edge and absorb blocks open up everything for the outside pass rushers. As a Skins fan I have been able to see just how much of a detriment it can be to your defense if you don’t have a quality 5 tech. Jordan isn’t Haloti Ngata but I honestly like him more than Tyson Jackson. As far as not going QB I honestly think the Bills are not as in dire of a QB emergency as teams like the Titans and Cardinals. The one guy I would consider is Cam Newton but if I were them I would not take Gabbert or Locker. I’d rather wait for next year when the draft class includes guys like Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Robert Griffin among others. I think FitzPatrick is a totally capable stop gap QB. You could definitely do a lot worse than him, haha look at the Skins Rex Grossman might be starting next year. My mission for the Bills in this mock was to create a base for the defense for the future. The Bills most definitely need help at inside backer and Martez Wilson might be the best ILB in the draft. You wish that he’d be more physical taking on blocks and shedding blocks but physically has a chance to be extremely special with his physical gifts. Kyle Rudolph the top TE in the draft is definitely a great value although I can see how some would consider this more of a luxury pick although with no great LT’s on the board I felt more comfortable making the pick. Stevan Friday is a guy who I consider a sleeper, I don’t see many people talking about him as an OLB but I think the tools are there. Not saying he’ll ever be even 1% of what James Harrison is, but he does remind me of him physically. Powe in the 4th is another steal to work into that NT rotation. Stanzi in the 5th is your project QB and definitely has some tools to work with. Ideal NFL size with a nice arm. Wujciak is another guy who I’d expect to make the roster at the very least as a consistent special teams contributor. Taylor Potts lol I’m not gonna lie is a bad pick. It was a combination of forgetting I already gave you Stanzi, plus those 7th round compensatory picks I was just trying to breeze through. All in all it’s a solid Bills draft, I’m sure plenty of Bills fans can argue with me the actual players chosen, but the positional needs are definitely filled for the most part at least. Maybe Costanzo instead of Martez Wilson would have been a better pick.

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Carolina Panthers

1: Carolina: Cam Newton: QB: Auburn

65: Carolina: Drake Nevis: DT: LSU

97: Carolina (compensatory) Jeremy Beal: DE: Oklahoma

98: Carolina: Austin Pettis: WR: Boise State

132: Carolina: Stephen Schillin: G: Michigan

166: Carolina: Julius Thomas: TE: Portland State

203: Carolina (compensatory) Richard Sherman: CB: Stanford

244: Carolina (compensatory) Will Hill: S: Florida

Quick Analysis: Whether Panthers fans want to admit it or not, based on reports I am about 90% certain that the #1 overall pick will be a QB. I’m hearing from some sources that Gabbert is the favorite for the pick, but I think when all is said and done no doubt the #1 overall pick is Cam Newton. Most either hate him or love him, I’ve seen plenty of people say he’s not worth a first rounder which is absolutely ludicrous. I’m a bit neutral on him, but all things aside he has prototype size, is a freak athlete, and has an absolute cannon of an arm. Just those traits definitely make him worth consideration for a team who needs a QB. And no I don’t buy Jimmy Claussen as an NFL QB and neither do the Panthers. Drake Nevis is a great pick at the top of the 3rd round. DT is probably the Panthers #1 need especially with Ron Rivera at the helm. Nevis is a potential impact defender with his penetration ability. DE is probably an equal need for the Panthers. The Panthers just weren’t the same without Peppers even after giving up a first rounder for Charles Johnson who was decent last year. Beal is definitely a guy you either hate or love. His stock has definitely been dipping with a poor senior bowl performance among other things, but he has always been a good pass rusher and would at least be decent as a rotational player. Don’t buy him as a 34 OLB so he definitely would be a nice fit with Carolina. Austin Pettis is one of the smoothest wideouts in the draft. Pretty big and strong, runs precise and perfect routes, has nice hands. His lack of speed is what will keep him from the top 2 rounds but I really love his game. Would be a nice complement to Steve Smith something the Panthers have lacked since Mushin Muhammed. The rest of the picks are ok and fill needs. Julius Thomas could definitely be a steal at 166, great pass catcher who could definitely a real rapport with Cam Newton. I always think it’s nice to bring in a nice young safety blanket for a young QB. Richard Sherman is another guy who could potentially be a steal, not sure yet if I see him at corner or safety but a nice pick that late in the draft.

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Chicago Bears

29: Chicago: Gabe Carimi: OT : Wisconsin

62: Chicago: Marvin Austin: DT: North Carolina

93: Chicago: Jason Pinkston: T/G: Pitt

127: Chicago: Greg Salas: WR: Hawaii

160: Chicago: Brandon Hogan: CB: West Virginia

195: Chicago: Derrick Locke: RB: Kentucky

Quick Analysis: I think this is a solid Bears draft for the limited picks they have. I guess if there were one thing that I could change I’d probably go for a center at some point. Carimi is a very solid pick, I think his best fit may be at RT but I definitely think he is capable and is footwork is solid enough to be good on the left side. Jason Pinkston in the 3rd round would be the other bookend on the right side hopefully creating more time and protection for Jay Cutler. Marvin Austin is a guy who has definitely risen with workouts to the point that I believe he may shock some and be a first rounder. He’s definitely starting to look like the top recruit coming out of D.C. A replacement for Tommie Harris is needed and Austin has serious potential to be a disruptive interior lineman. Salas is definitely more of a luxury pick but he brings consistency and a willingness to work the middle. I can see him and Cutler having a nice connection going. Hogan is a nice value at 160, and Locke again probably a luxury pick but that late in the draft you aren’t going for need, you are going for someone who you think might be able to contribute to your squad. Locke has game breaking speed and would be a nice change of pace to Matt Forte. He isn’t as tough as Forte but he can do all the same things and has that extra burst that Forte lacks.

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Cincinnati Bengals

4: Cincinnati: AJ Green: WR: Georgia

35: Cincinnati: Brandon Harris: CB: Miami

66: Cincinnati: Ryan Williams: RB: Virginia Tech

101: Cincinnati: Kristofer O’Dowd: C: USC

134: Cincinnati: Andrew Jackson: G: Fresno State

167: Cincinnati: Eric Hagg: S: Nebraska

207: Cincinnati: Henry Hynoski: FB: Pitt

246: Cincinnati (compensatory) Vidal Hazleton: WR: Cincinnati

Quick Analysis: Unlike the majority of Bengals fans I’ve heard from I actually do think QB is a top priority, but if Cam isn’t there at #4 I can’t see them taking Gabbert or Locker. Therefore I couldn’t give the Bengals a QB at all in the draft after passing one up in the first round. AJ Green is a home run pick regardless. If you have a choice of him or Patrick Peterson you are in pretty good shape. At this point both Fairley and Bowers have kind of ruled themselves out of this pick, although I wouldn’t put it past the Bengals to draft either at #4. AJ Green is definitely a can’t miss pick and starts a new era of Bengals receiving. His in the air tracking and ball skills are as good as I’ve ever seen. He’s not a physical freak or as complete as Megatron but there is no doubt that he’ll be an All pro. I will say that I am starting to sort of close the gap between Julio and him because I like Julio after the catch. Ryan Williams is nice value in the 3rd round. Cedric Benson took steps backwards after his great 09 season, however he is not a long term solution and has lost his burst. Ryan Williams actually reminds me a lot of a young Cedric Benson. Strong, great cuts and underrated speed. If he hadn’t been injured all year and Beamer feeling required to give Evans carries I truly believe Williams would be competing with Ingram for that top spot or would at least be clear cut over Leshoure. I decided to upgrade the interior line with the next 2 picks maybe more than I should have. Hagg has some starting potential and some nice special teams potential. Hynoski is probably the best pure FB in the draft. Looking back I definitely should have addressed DT. DE really I don’t think is a big need beyond depth as I think Dunlap and Odom are fine.

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Cleveland Browns

6: Cleveland: Robert Quinn: DE: North Carolina

37: Cleveland: Aaron Williams: CB:Texas

70: Cleveland: James Carpenter: RT: Alabama

102: Cleveland: Tyler Sash: S: Iowa

137: Cleveland: Doug Hogue: LB: Syracuse

168: Cleveland(f/Denver) Ronald Johnson: WR: USC

170: Cleveland: Greg McCelroy: QB: Alabama

248: Cleveland (compensatory) Charles Brown: CB: North Carolina

Quick Analysis: I actually really like this mock for the Browns. Firstly wide receiver probably is the #1 need for Cleveland. You’d definitely like to give Colt McCoy or whoever the future QB is better weapons. The Browns have a ton of “ok” receivers who have no YAC ability. But the way I see it if the Browns don’t go after AJ Green or Julio in round once there is a good chance that they don’t draft a WR at all. Free agency is definitely where they could address this need. Pass rush IMO is a close #2 need. Browns struggled mightily last year to generate pass rush and in a division with Big Ben and Flacco the last thing you want to do is allow them time to improvise and pick apart your defense. I addressed the big need of corner in the 2nd round with Aaron Williams who at worst I think you can move him over to FS. I know you have Eric Wright be he looked pretty horrendous every time I saw a Browns game. Constantly getting burned. I really think Aaron Williams and Joe Haden would be an absolute dynamite corner tandem. Maybe the best in the division. James Carpenter who has really elevated his stock would be a nice bookend on the other side of Joe Thomas. Tyler Sash is a heady safety who would add depth to the back secondary. I did decide to go wideout in the 5th round with Ronald Johnson who is a good value. Can’t really say though that he brings anything that Massoquoi and Robiskie bring. McCelroy appears to be a the perfect backup QB to groom. Extremely intelligent kid. Charles Brown in the 7th round has potential to be a steal. His stock has hit rock bottom after missing the whole year but he is a talented DB. Probably should have gone for a DT at some point however.

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Dallas Cowboys

9: Dallas: J.J. Watt: DE: Wisconsin

40: Dallas: Anthony Costanzo: OT: Boston College

71: Dallas: Ras I Dowling: DB: Virginia

110: Dallas: Kendrick Ellis: DT: Hampton

143: Dallas: Casey Matthews: LB: Oregon

176: Dallas: Zach Hurd: G/T:UCONN

220: Dallas(f/San Diego): Jeremy Kerley: WR: TCU

252: Dallas (compensatory) Josh Jasper: K: LSU

Quick Analysis: I think this is a decent mock for the Cowboys although I think my last mock for them was much more solid. I wanted to for a change go with a different first rounder maybe even Tyron Smith but with how things developed to the 9th pick I still think Watt is the most solid pick. Drafting a solid 5 tech is a crucial need as it affects Demarcus Ware and the entire defense. Last year Igor, Spears, Bowen were all just kind of bleh. Watt is a high motor, high character player who would help solidify the Cowboys defense. At pick 40 I couldn’t see any way they could pass up on Costanzo to play on the right side of the line. I view his upside as being a little bit limited but I think he’s one of the more ready players to step in from day 1. Dowling in the 3rd rounder could definitely be a big asset to the Cowboys. I think he has shutdown ability at corner and at worst you can move him to safety as he is a very physical corner. The only worry with him is that the past few years injuries have really taken a hold of him. Even pulled up early on his 40 time even though it was still a great 4.40. Kendrick Ellis is a supreme value at 110 and a positional need as well. I have heard of the Cowboys having interaction with Ellis. Casey Matthews projects as a nice special teams player who does have some potential on defense. ILB is definitely a bigish need for the Cowboys as James and Brooking are old. Zach Hurd I believe projects more to RT so he could provide depth at RT but I can see him kicking in as well. Kerley adds depth to the receiving corps and value in the return game. Josh Jasper who is incredibly accurate could battle Buehler for that starting placekicking position.

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Denver Broncos

2: Denver: Marcell Dareus: DT: Alabama

36: Denver: Kelvin Sheppard: LB: LSU

46: Denver(F/Miami): Corey Liuget: DT: Illinois

67: Denver: Pernell Mcphee: DE: Mississippi State

189: Denver(f/New England via New Orleans) D.J. Williams: TE: Arkansas

205: Denver: Jariel King: RT: South Carolina

247: Denver (compensatory) Allen Bradford: RB: USC

Quick Analysis: Personally I feel this is a very solid draft for the Broncos mainly because it puts a big emphasis on the front 7 defensively which was horrendous for the Broncos this past year. I’m starting to think that Dareus to the Broncos is one of the biggest certainties in the draft granted the Panthers don’t take him #1 overall. I don’t buy for a second the smoke that Elway wants a QB maybe Cam. Also while you couldn’t knock it as a pick with Champ Bailey coming back I think Patrick Peterson has become less of a reality. Darreus automatically improves the Broncos poorest run defense 10x. Darreus has really overtaken Fairley as the top D-lineman in the draft and while most think he’s just a solid player IMO he has just as much potential as Fairley does he’s just a safer pick. Among many his sugar bowl game 2 years back was as dominant as any I’ve seen in a while. Kelvin Sheppard is a field general with a ton of experience. Liuget with the 46th pick while maybe a bit overkill creates a serious duo with Darreus. Run stopping immediately goes from a weakness to a major strength. Following trend Pernell Mcphee is again another guy who improves run defense immensely. I’m sure the Broncos would prefer a more pass rushing specialist but with Dumervil coming back I was more comfortable making the Mcphee pick especially at that point in the draft. D.J. Williams in the 6th round is a big potential steal and could be a starter for this Broncos squad. Jariel King while maybe not a starter he would definitely push for that RT spot. If I’m correct Ryan Harris is a free agent and he wasn’t all that good last year anyways. Bradford kind of got lost in the RB shuffle but IMO if you could get a talent like him in the 7th round he’s well worth giving a shot. All in all I think it is a solid Broncos mock. Could definitely had made some sexier picks but I still like it. Maybe Aaron Williams instead of Kelvin Sheppard but I still like it.

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Detroit Lions

13: Detroit: Prince Amukamara: CB: Nebraska

44: Detroit: Bruce Carter: LB: UNC

75: Detroit: Rodney Hudson: G/C: Florida State

107: Detroit: Dwayne Harris: WR: East Carolina

154: Detroit(f/Kansas City) Pierre Allen: DE: Nebraska

184: Detroit(f/Philadelphia and Tampa Bay) Martin Parker: DT: Richmond

Quick Analysis: With a limited number of draft picks for the Lions I really like this mock for them. I think an eventual franchise LT to replace Backus is needed but for this year I think it’s fine. Prince Amukamara if he fell to #13 would obviously be an absolute slam dunk pick for the Lions. A quality starter opposite of Chris Houston is needed and Houston does need to be extended. Another nice pick in the 2nd round with Bruce Carter who could start immediately for the Lions with Julian Peterson gone. The Lions definitely need to upgrade their interior O-line especially in terms of run blocking and really Hudson can play all 3 interior line positions. I would view him as an eventual replacement for Raiola while initially starting off rotating and both guard positions and backing up the center spot. While not commonly viewed as a huge need for the Lions I decided to go with a wideout at pick 107. The Lions receiving production outside of Megatron has been pretty poor. Dwyane Harris is a kid who needs to refine his route running ability as well as find more consistency with his hands but he’s been one of the most dynamic players in the nation with the ball in his hands. Just having another weapon with YAC ability for Stafford could make a huge difference for the Lions offensive explosiveness. Harris would bring an added dimension which is currently lacking with the Lions. I actually view DE as a bigger draft need for the Lions than most so Pierre Allen would be a solid pick. Would be nice to see Allen playing alongside Suh again. Martin Parker the last pick is a kid who can penetrate in the interior and I do believe he has the versatility to play on the edge as well.

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Green Bay Packers

32: Green Bay: Christian Ballard: DE: Wisconsin

64: Green Bay: Akeem Ayers/OLB/UCLA

96: Green Bay: Edmond Gates: WR: Abeline Christian

129: Green Bay: Ian Williams: NT: Notre Dame

131: Green Bay (compensatory) Noel Devine: RB/returner: West Virginia

163: Green Bay: Brandon Fusco: C: Slippery Rock

197: Green Bay: Justin Rogers: CB/KR: Richmond

204: Green Bay(f/Carolina) Jah Reid: OT: Central Florida

233: Green Bay: Jeff Maehl: WR: Oregon

Quick Analysis: The defending champs don’t have a ton of immediate pressing needs but depth at several positions is needed and I think I did a decent job at filling some of those. Christian Ballard might be a bit of a reach here but another DE is needed asap with Cullen Jenkins gone and Ballard is very solid and fits the Packers profile well. Ayers at the end of the 2nd is a steal. A pass rusher opposite of Clay Matthews is most definitely needed. Edmonds Gates again adds depth to a unit that may or may not need a ton of help. Ian Williams is a nice backup NT to carry. Noel Devine probably features as more of a returner but he can definitely fill that 3rd down RB role. Justin Rogers stands out as another guy who could be a steal and I do live his return ability.

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Houston Texans

11: Houston: Aldon Smith: OLB: Missouri

42: Houston: Leonard Hankerson: WR: Miami

73: Houston: Brandon Burton: CB: Utah

105: Houston: Lawrence Guy: DE: Arizona State

138: Houston: Jacquizz Rodgers: RB: Oregon State

178: Houston: Chris Nield: NT: West Virginia

214: Houston: Virgil Green: TE: Nevada

254: Houston (compensatory): Keith Payne: RB/FB: Virginia

Quick Analysis: It would definitely be incredibly hard for the Texans to pass up on Prince Amukamara but I truly believe that OLB is the biggest need for the Texans with their conversion to a 34 defense. I can’t even think of who they have right now as a rush backer, Connor Barwin? Aldon Smith is a guy who I honestly even like more than Quinn as an OLB. He’s long and rangy and can really rush the passer. He would probably be thrusted into a starting role pretty early in his career. Hankerson is a pick I really like. Most Texans fans don’t really list WR as a #1 priority but I really do think it is. While over the past few seasons guys like Walter and Jacoby Jones have shown some flashes neither has been able to find any sort of consistency. Hankerson would be a perfect #2. He’s similar to although obviously several levels down in every aspect. He’s a big kid with pretty strong hands and actually was a good deep threat in college. He also serves as an insurance policy should Andre go down. Finally get help in the secondary in the 3rd round with Brandon Burton a kid who is tall and rangy and can really run. He has some consistency issues but even with the Kareem Jackson pick last year the secondary still needs a ton of help. Lawrence Guy in the 4th round is a very solid 5 tech prospect. With Mario Williams solidified on one side Guy could definitely battle Antonio Smith for the other starting role. Quizz with the next pick adds value as a returner but also a complement to Foster. While Foster was a monster as a receiving back last year you definitely don’t want him on the field as much as he was if you want to preserve him. Quizz has super fast feet and has receiver skills. Chris Nield would serve as a backup nose tackle, Virgil Green is a super talented receiving tight end. Looking back probably spent too much on offense and skill positions in particular, probably should have given another safety and some more up front help.

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Indianapolis Colts

22: Indianapolis: Derek Sherrod: OT: Mississippi State

53: Indianapolis: Stephen Paea: DT: Oregon State

87: Indianapolis: Will Rackley: G: Lehigh

119: Indianapolis: James Brewer: OT: Indiana

152: Indianapolis: Ryan Bartholomew: C: Syracuse

188: Indianapolis: Keith Williams: G: Nebraska

224: Indianapolis: Evan Royster: RB: Penn State

Quick Analysis: Offensive line is obviously top priority in this mock for the Colts. Mapped out pretty clearly with Sherrod at LT, Brewer RT, Williams+Rackley inside, and Bartholomew at center. Obviously not all of them will be starters and Barthlolomew and Williams don’t project to be ever be anything more than backups but depth was definitely needed and for a guy as athletic as Bartholomew who knows maybe he does have a future as a starter in the league. Paea was supreme value and will help with the run defense and pocket collapsing. Royster was more of a luxury pick but he does everything well and could find a way on the roster or at least practice squad. He reminds me of Kevin Faulk.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

16: Jacksonville: Ryan Kerrigan: DE: Purdue

49: Jacksonville : Quan Sturdivant: LB: North Carolina

80: Jacksonville: Deunta Williams: FS: North Carolina

114: Jacksonville: Colin Kaepernick: QB: Nevada

121: Jacksonville(f/New Orleans) Lawrence Wilson: OLB: Connecticut

147: Jacksonville: Terrence Tolliver: WR: LSU

182: Jacksonville: Buster Skrine: CB: UT-Chatanooga

Quick Analysis: Jacksonville has tried both through the draft as well as free agency to address the DE position over the years. However looking at their current depth it still appears to be one of their biggest weakness. Beyond Kampmann who is coming off injury there is very little for Jags fans to be excited about. Ryan Kerrigan is the perfect guy for them. I actually really like Kerrigan at end and am not really a huge fan of him converting to 34 OLB. Kerrigan is an every down DE with a good motor. While I don’t envision him being a consistent double digit sack threat, he definitely can close in on the QB and will help generate some more pass rush for the Jags. 2nd round I decided to go with Quan Sturdivant as I view LB as just a big need as DE. I believe both Morrison and Durant are free agents so their future with the team is in question, not to mention that even when at full strength the Jags linebacker corps has been wildly inconsistent. I really feel like Sturdivant is ready to contribute right away and has enough versatility to move around depending on who is resigned. Duenta Williams the 3rd rounder is my favorite pick for the Jags. Funny enough I didn’t intentionally give the Jags 2 straight UNC players but it’s definitely nice to build a pipe line. A starting FS for the Jags is most certainly an immediate pressing need. Williams is a guy who’s stock will probably fall because of the broken leg but I believe he’s first round talent. I love his understanding of the game. He’s not the kind of guy who is a strikeout or homerun kind of safety. He is incredibly technically sound and really understands how to read the field and position his teammates. 4th round I finally go with a developmental QB in Colin Kaepernick. I have often offered a ton of criticism for Kaepernick but that’s for those who were saying he should go in the late first or 2nd round. I feel he’s far too raw and needs too much work on his mechanics to be a day one pick, but in the 4th round the risk is definitely alleviated and would actually be an excellent pick. He doesn’t have the biggest frame, comes from a gimmicky pistol system, and has a funky release but if everyone always picks on the negatives I only think it’s fair to point out what he does have. He is a tall QB, excellent mobility, and has an absolute cannon of an arm. One of the strongest arms in the draft. Just having those traits leave room for development. It would not shock me one bit if he becomes a good starting QB. I guess at worse he will be a serviceable backup who you can work in reps at wideout. Lawrence Wilson in the 4th round is a good value and he really fit’s the Jaguars well with his sideline to sideline speed. He would definitely make the roster and work into the rotation. Terrence Tolliver is another nice pick in the 5th round. I decided not to go wideout early as the Jags have been horrendous at drafting wideouts early(Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, etc) But after having released MSW who as an outsider looking in I was a bit surprised, Tolliver is the perfect guy for the Jags. While I do believe the Jags need more playmakers, quicker guys, Tolliver definitely fit’s the Jags profile. Tall and strong kid with pretty strong hands. He could end up filling the hole left by Sims Walker. Additionally Skrine is another nice pick late in the draft as the Jags continue to look for someone to line up opposite of Rashean Mathis. All in all as an outsider I really like this Jags mock.

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Kansas City Chiefs

21: Kansas City: Phil Taylor: NT: Baylor

55: Kansas City: Greg Little: WR: North Carolina

86: Kansas City: Lee Ziemba: OT: Auburn

118: Kansas City: Cheta Ozogwu: OLB: Rice

135: Kansas City(f/Tampa Bay via Denver): Alex Linnekohl: C: Oregon State

140: Kansas City(f/Detroit) Mario Addison: OLB: Troy

199: Kansas City (compensatory) Armon Binns: WR: Cincinnati

223: Kansas City: Kyle Hix: OT: Texas

Quick Analysis: I think that this is a fairly adequate Chiefs mock draft. NT is probably pretty high up there on the list of Chiefs draft needs. Is Ron Edwards being brought back? I don’t know regardless he’s not that great anyways. The Chiefs need that huge hole plug and Phil Taylor to me is the only NT worth drafting in the first two rounds. His actual value may be early 2nd but with his position lacking great top end talent I think he’s well worth taking at 21. Definitely not any worse value than taking Tyson Jackson at #3. Phil Taylor to me is actually more than just a guy who will draw double teams which is the most important aspect for a NT, but his feet are fairly nimble and he does use his hands pretty well to get to the QB. With the Chiefs running game building a great defense is definitely the route to go. I really like Greg Little to the Chiefs as they are completely lacking a legit #2 to Dwayne Bowe. Bowe definitely broke out last year but you need someone who will take some pressure off him. Greg Little is a kid who I think could have been a late first round pick had he played last year. I see him as a poor man’s Anquan Boldin. He was actually a very good running back to start his career at UNC and he’s definitely carried a lot of that into his wideout game. He’s big, strong, and very hard to take down. His hands appear adequate, with his biggest work needing to be done with his route running. I really think Little is one of the best fits for the Chiefs outside of the big 2, with the other guy being Hankerson who is already taken at this point. Ziemba I guess would be the first questionable pick. First off I’m wasn’t quite sure where exactly the Chiefs need help on the line. I suppose Barry Richardson will play RT, and Lilja probably moves over to LG with Waters gone. So I guess that puts O-line need at RG and depth at RT. That’s why I went with Ziemba. Ziemba will never be a great player but he’s solid and pretty capable of playing either guard or tackle pretty early on. Looking back on it Will Rackley or Jason Pinkston probably would have been better picks but I think I could have done worse than Ziemba. I guess you can argue that I waited too long to go OLB as a complement to Hali is definitely needed, with that said I really like Ozogwu. Ozogwu had a great East/West Shrine game week and I really like his athletic ability to be able to make the conversion. Definitely more of a project. Next pick Linnenkohl could be the replacement for Weigman. Mario Addison is another project OLB who definitely has the athleticism to try to develop. Armon Binns is a nice late round pick who adds more depth and size to the Chiefs wide receiver corps. Kyle Hix is a nice project RT and could surprise some. Looking back I still love the Phil Taylor pick although maybe I would have been better off going Ayers or Acho in the 2nd instead of Little, Tandon Doss in the 3rd instead of Ziemba, and James Brewer in the 4th.

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Miami Dolphins

15: Miami: Mark Ingram: RB: Alabama

79: Miami: Ryan Mallett: QB: Arkansas

111: Miami: Lance Kendricks: TE: Wisconsin

146: Miami : Derek Newton: RT: Arkansas State

179: Miami: Deandre Brown: WR: Southern Miss

217: Miami: Nate Williams: SS: Washington

218: Miami(f/Jacksonville) Josh Bynes: LB: Auburn

235: Miami (compensatory) Graig Cooper: RB: Miami

Quick Analysis: I think any Dolphins fan would at least be happy with a mock like this. I know that Ingram to the Dolphins has been beaten in the head so many times but it’s one of those picks that just makes sense. Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are pending free agents and Ingram is definitely the top back in the draft. Physically he is nothing special, doesn’t have game breaking speed, but that doesn’t mean he’s not unique. I truly believe that his balance and vision are elite among backs in the past few drafts. In terms of natural running ability I really think he’s on another level. Again that balance and pad level are excellent. He also proved more this year that he is a very capable receiver. I do really hope that he’s the first back taken because he deserves to. Yeah there might be faster guys, guys who look more impressive working out in their under armour gear but IMO Ingram is bar none the best back in the draft and you are looking at a perennial 1,000 yard rusher if he can stay healthy. Also for what it’s worth Ingram has run wildcat at Bama. 3rd round pick I went with Ryan Mallett who I can’t see any Dolphins fan arguing with that pick since it isn’t a high pick. I’m kind of back and forth with Mallett. A few weeks ago I truly thought with his character concerns among other concerns that he could drop as far as the 4th or 5th round. Currently I’m starting to get a sneaky feeling that he will work his way back in the first hell who knows maybe even go 15 to the Dolphins. Regardless I decided to be neutral and take him in the 3rd. For the record on draft day this is probably the absolute furthest he drops unless NFL teams really sour on his character concerns. My analysis on Mallett is fairly simple. In terms of pure arms he to me has the best. No one can snap out the ball like him. I can only imagine how easy he could fling it to Brandon Marshall. He also has a prototypical big frame. The negatives are well documented. Possible drug issues, the guy is dumb as rocks, also in terms of football downside his footwork is horrendous and he has zero pocket awareness. He also I think needs to learn more pacing on his balls. Everything is a fast ball which in the NFL will get you in trouble. You definitely need to learn touch to be a great NFL QB. Just look at how Joe Flacco has been up and down, it’s all about touch. So as you can see he has just as many negatives as positives, but for a team as in much trouble at QB as the Dolphins, passing him up in the 3rd would be idiotic when you consider his upside. In the end however it wouldn’t shock me if they traded up for Ponder as he’s safer even though his upside is more limited. With pick 111 Lance Kendricks is one of the most explosive TE’s in the draft and would definitely add more dimension to offense. I could see why Dolphins fans might view this as a luxury pick however. Now looking back I probably went with skill positions far too much. Deandre Brown appears to be the most unnecessary pick there although I truly believe if he could learn from Brandon Marshall how to play the wideout position he would truly be a special player with his size/speed ratio. I do however think I should have drafted O-line help particularly a center.

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Minnesota Vikings

12: Minnesota: Blaine Gabbert: QB: Missouri

43: Minnesota: Allen Bailey: DE: Miami

106: Minnesota: Shareece Wright: CB: USC

139: Minnesota: Tim Barnes: C: Missouri

150: Minnesota(f/New York Giants) Robert Sands: S: West Virginia

172: Minnesota: Darvin Adams: WR: Auburn

200: Minnesota (compensatory) Ray Dominguez: G/T: Arkansas

215: Minnesota: Josh Portis: QB: California(PA)/Maryland

236: Minnesota (compensatory) Stevan Ridley: RB: LSU

Quick Analysis: As far as the draft as a whole I could definitely see Vikings fans nitpicking a ton of these picks although if there is a redeeming factor I do believe that if the Vikes could have Gabbert fall to them at 12, most fans could care less about the rest of the draft, lol. With that said looking back the rest of the picks are just ok, I will explaining my reasoning though. Ray Edwards is most likely gone so a guy opposite of Jared Allen is needed. The reason I went with Bailey who isn’t a great technician is because I love his versatility. I really think he can play either inside and out. And with Pat Williams likely gone depth on the defensive line as a whole is a must. I think with some good coaching Bailey can develop into like a young Trevor Pryce. Shareece Wright in the 4th round I think is pretty decent value. I do view CB as a major need. Chris Cook struggled all year with injuries and when he was in there he didn’t look great. Personally as a UVA fan I think Cook is better suited at safety. Robert Sands is a raw as heck prospect but purely on athletic ability I think he’s worth the risk that late in the draft. The rest of the draft if just kind of meh I suppose. I do like the Darvin Adams pick as the Vikings receivers struggled when Sidney Rice was out. The Josh Portis pick could be a head scratcher as the Vikes do still have Joe Webb as developmental athlete QB, but I think Portis is a guy you could keep on the practice squad and with Tavaris gone he could battle Webb for probably the #3 backup spot. Heck I’d still like to see Joe Webb get moved to wide receiver.

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New England Patriots

17: New England (f/Oakland): Mike Pouncey: G: Florida

28: New England: Cameron Heyward: DE : Ohio State

33: New England(f/Carolina) Nate Solder: OT: Colorado

60: New England: Sam Acho: OLB : Texas

74: New England(f/Minnesota): Jalil Brown: CB: Colorado

92: New England: Quinton Carter: S: Oklahoma

125: New England: Taiwan Jones: RB: Eastern Washington

159: New England: Jake Kirkpatrick: C: TCU

193: New England: Stephen Burton: WR: Texas A&M

Quick Analysis: I tried to mix it up with the Patriots a little bit this time. I know that Pouncey appears to be a bit of a reach at 17 as I don’t think he’s quite as good as his brother but when you think about it interior line could be a huge issue for the Pats. Logan Mankins relationship with the team is damaged. Stephen Neal retired and the Pats O-line just needs a youth infusion. While Pouncey figures to step in and play guard if Mankins is not there next year for whatever reason Pouncey can probably also kick in and play center. Cameron Heyward at 28 is nice value. New England lacks any sort of depth on the defensive line and Heyward is actually a player with top 15 ability but has fallen due to injuries. Solder at 33 is definitely an interesting pick. I usually give the Pats Costanzo who is a safer pick and a local grown kid but it would be hard to pass up Solder’s potential in the 2nd round. Even if Matt Light is re-signed it would definitely be a nice pick. Sam Acho at 60 is a pick I really like for the Pats. I honestly don’t think the gap between Acho and a guy like Ryan Kerrigan is nearly as large as some people make it out to be. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Acho go a lot higher than this in the draft. Next two picks are youth and depth to the secondary. Taiwan Jones is another nice value pick. The Patriots clearly lack any sort of playmakers, that’s what Jones is from the running back spot. He’s a real game breaker with his speed and cuts. Jake Kirkpatrick is another nice pick who could surprise some and end up a solid starter in the NFL. Burton is a bigger receiver which is currently lacking from the Pats roster.

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New Orleans Saints

24: New Orleans: Adrian Clayborne : DE: Iowa

56: New Orleans: Greg Jones: LB: Michigan State

72: New Orleans(f/Washington) Jurrell Casey: DT: USC

88: New Orleans: Marcus Gilchrist: FS: Clemson

226: New Orleans: Bilal Powell: RB: Louisville

243: New Orleans (compensatory) Chris White: LB: Mississippi State

Quick Analysis: The New Orleans Saints are the team I constantly screw up on with my mocks so I feel like a did a slightly better job this time. Defensive end is definitely a top priority for the Saints. The Saints were just ok with their outside pass rush, creating more penetration will only lead to more turnover opportunities. I really like Clayborne because of his versatility to play both inside and out. I will readily admit that Greg Jones is probably a bit of a reach at this point but I do like his versatility to play multiple spots and the Saints do need help at LB with depth and talent outside of Vilma lacking. Shanle and Danny Clark are kind bleh and if I’m correct Clark is a FA? Shaun Rodgers was signed to team up with Sedrick Ellis but I still like the Casey pick as youth and depth, a potential starter down the line. I really like the Marcus Gilchrist pick for the Saints. Even if Malcolm Jenkins becomes full time FS, I love the versatility of Gilchrist to also play any spot in the defensive secondary. Bilal Powell would compete for carries especially in short yardage situations. All in all with the limited picks for the Saints I feel like I did a slightly better job this time around.

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New York Giants

19: New York Giants: Tyron Smith: OT: USC

52: New York Giants: Mikel Leshoure: RB: Illinois

83: New York Giants: Chmidi Chekwa: CB: Ohio State

117: New York Giants: Sione Fua: DT: Stanford

185: New York Giants: Daniel Kilgore: C/G: Appalachian State

198: New York Giants (compensatory) Eric Gordon: LB: Michigan State

202: New York Giants (compensatory) Nathan Enderle: QB: Idaho

221: New York Giants: Jonathan Freeny: DE: Rutgers

Quick Analysis: I think is a pretty decent Giants mock. They would be awfully lucky if they landed Tyron Smith in the first round as Smith’s ceiling could be top 10. A long term franchise LT is most certainly needed as I am not high on Beatty at all as a LT. I think either Tyron Smith or Sherrod would be nice first round picks for the Giants. Obviously Smith would probably be ideal as his upside and potential is far greater than any other tackle in this draft class. I know some Giants fans probably want to wait until later to address the RB position but it would be awfully hard to pass up on Leshoure there in the mid 2nd round. I believe both Bradshaw and Jacobs are free agents this year with Jacobs unlikely to return. Even if Bradshaw is retained which I expect, while he had a great season his fumbling issues have really become a problem. I think to the point that Coughlin really doesn’t trust him with the ball. Leshoure is a big back but really runs well, I actually would like to see him hit the hole harder vertically. Physically though he’s as impressive as any back in the draft. Chekwa in the 3rd round is probably a questionable pick. Webster and Thomas are a nice duo but with injuries and whatever reason not sure what has happened to Aaron Ross. Depth should definitely be a mid priority. Cofield might not be back so Fua in the 4th adds depth to the DT rotation. Kilgore has a great deal of versatility and could be groomed into a replacement for O’hara. None of the other picks really stand out beyond depth although haha 7th round had to do Freeny because of the Rutgers connection

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New York Jets

30: New York Jets: Jabaal Sheard: OLB : Pitt

94: New York Jets: Jerel Jernigan: WR: Troy

126: New York Jets: Jeron Johnson: S: Boise State

161: New York Jets: Lazerius Livingston: DE: LSU

194: New York Jets: Da’Rel Scott: RB: Maryland

208: New York Jets(f/Arizona) Alex Henery: K: Nebraska

Quick Analysis: I can definitely see Jets fans being sour on some of these picks as on first glance the value on some of these picks might be questionable, but I do like the picks I made. While it seems popular to give the Jets a 5 tech in the first round, I think a rush OLB is just as important. Jason Taylor is unlikely to be back and at this point Thomas and Pace are just ok. Sheard is a guy who I can easily see rising this high as he really broke out in the absence of Romeus and I really like how he projects to OLB. Round 3 Jernigan is a home run pick IMO. Who knows who if any of Braylon, Holmes, and Brad Smith will be retained. Jernigan is definitely one of the most dangerous receivers with the ball in his hands. I can definitely see him being a top target for Mark Sanchez as he’s very good with the ball in his hands making people miss in the open field. While corner may be a bigger need I think depth in the secondary is definitely needed especially seeing how things went with Jim Leonhard went down, so Johnson would be a decent pick. Livingston provides depth and could be groomed as an eventual replacement for Ellis. I really like the Da’Rel Scott pick. He has that type of extra gear which could be beneficial for the future as LT is nearing the end and I’m not sold on Greene. Henery the top kicker in the draft would likely grab that kicking spot. Nothing flashy about this draft but I can see a few solid contributors coming from this draft.

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Oakland Raiders

48: Oakland: Stefen Wisniewski: C: Penn State

81: Oakland: Orlando Franklin: G/T: Miami

113: Oakland: Curtis Marsh: CB: Utah State

148: Oakland: Vincent Brown: WR: San Diego State

181: Oakland: Mike Mohamed: LB: Cal

219: Oakland: Stanley Havili: FB: USC

241: Oakland (compensatory) Jock Sanders: WR: West Virginia

Quick Analysis: I actually really like this mock for the Raiders and I think it projects pretty well to what a Raiders fan could hope to expect on draft day. I feel like Stephen Wisniewski is about as good of a 2nd round pick as Raiders can hope for. The top center in the draft I feel like he could step in and start at center from day 1 and make a big impact. He’s not as good of a player but I can see him making a Pouncey type impact. O-line is most definitely the biggest need for the Raiders so I really like the Orlando Franklin pick in the 3rd round. I think he’s the prototype RT and he could create nice bookends with Veldheer. I know that it appears the Raiders seem to like Bruce Campbell at RG so should that fail or they decide to move him back to tackle Franklin is also capable of playing RG. While corner is a huge need for the Raiders I don’t feel as if it’s as big of a draft need as most think. You won’t find a comparable replacement for Nmandi should he leave, but Marsh is a nice mid round depth pick who does fit that Al Davis athletic criteria. Vincent Brown that late in the draft is a potential steal and would compete to find a spot in the Raiders mediocre WR rotation. Mohamed and Havilii but have local flavor and could provide depth. Jock Saunders in the last round is your Al Davis speed pick and he does have value in the slot as well as a returner. Looking back OLB could have definitely been addressed early also TE could be an issue if Zach Miller is gone.

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Philadelphia Eagles

23: Philadelphia: Ben Ijalana: G/T: Villanova

54: Philadelphia: Curtis Brown: CB: Texas

85: Philadelphia: Deandre McDaniel: S: Clemson

104: Philadelphia(f/Washington) Delone Carter: RB: Syracuse

120: Philadelphia: Mark Herzlich: LB: Boston College

149: Philadelphia(f/San Diego): Adrian Moten: LB: Maryland

153: Philadelphia: Tyrod Taylor: QB: Virginia Tech

237: Philadelphia (compensatory) Rob Housler: TE: Florida Atlantic

240: Philadelphia (compensatory) Byron Stingily: OT: Louisville

Quick Analysis: With a ton of draft picks it’s not hard not to hit on some Eagles needs, but I do think I filled some holes with this draft and I honestly think any Eagles fan would be ecstatic if in general their draft ended up like this. I know on the surface Ijalana appears to be a massive reach but I truly believe that he’s worked his way into the late first with his versatility and I don’t think the local fan base would be too upset with drafting a local kid. Not a sexy pick but I definitely think he’s one of the better players they can take as I’ve somewhat soured on Jimmy Smith or Brandon Harris to the Eagles. Winston Justice just looked so poor to me last year I really think Ijalana can step in and start at RT opposite of Peters. If anything else I also think he can be a very good pro guard where he probably is even more natural at. Curtis Brown is a nice pick in the 2nd round and could end up starting opposite of Asante. He’s definitely risen his stock with how well he looked in drills at the combine and in general I’m just a big fan of all the Texas corners this year. Deandre McDaniel is another pick I really like. While I do expect Mikell to be back although who knows, depth is definitely needed. Delone Carter might be a curious pick as more household names at RB are available but I think he’d be a nice complement to McCoy, a lot better than Bell for sure. He is a very natural runner who has good size and has really risen his stock with his senior bowl performance. He’s the prototype mid round back who can help alleviate carries from Shady. Herzlich is a bit of a risk as I unfortunately don’t foresee him ever regaining form to his sophomore season at BC, but he’s well worth the risk at that point in the draft and if anything is a great guy to have in the locker room. Same goes for Moten who fit’s the Eagles mood to a T and at the very least would likely be a big time special teams contributor. Tyrod Taylor is a pick I have consistently given the Eagles and is just makes sense. Working under Mike Vick and getting to learn the offense from Vick could actually turn him into a serviceable pro QB. With Kolb likely to be gone either this year or next Tyrod would be the perfect backup to have as if Vick were to go down the offense would not have to change its style drastically to fit Tyrod.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

31: Pittsburgh: Marcus Cannon: T/G: TCU

63: Pittsburgh: Rahim Moore: FS: UCLA

95: Pittsburgh: Jarvis Jenkins: DE: Clemson

128: Pittsburgh: Rock Carmichael: CB: Virginia Tech

162: Pittsburgh: Scott Lutrus: ILB: UCONN

196: Pittsburgh: Dion Lewis: RB: Pitt

232: Pittsburgh: David Mims: OT: Virginia Union

Quick Analysis: Once again I think I produced a fairly solid mock for the Steelers. Love the Cannon fit with the Steelers, he’s an absolute enormous human being who is a mauler but you’d be shocked at his feet. Honestly after watching film he has some of the best feet of any lineman in this draft which is absolutely shocking given how large he is. Willie Colon missed all of last year and Flozell Adams is as old as dirt. I think Cannon is a pretty safe pick to contribute immediately. At worst I think Cannon can kick in at RT and be a productive player. Rahim Moore could be a very valuable asset to the Steelers. Ryan Clark while a big time hitter is mediocre in coverage and Troy P has injury issues. Rahim Moore really I think can play any position in the defensive secondary and he definitely has starting potential down the line. A youth infusion is most definitely needed on the defensive line and Jenkins is a good value in the 3rd round. Rock Carmichael is a guy I often give the Steelers and I really like his fit. He’s big, hits, and can run. Sounds like a Steelers DB to me.

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San Diego Chargers

18: San Diego: Muhammad Wilkerson: DE: Temple

50: San Diego: Dontay Moch: OLB: Nevada

61: San Diego(f/New York Jets): DeMarco Murray: RB: Oklahoma

82: San Diego: Marcus Gilbert: RT: Florida

89: San Diego(f/Seattle): Tandon Doss: WR: Indiana

183: San Diego: Greg Lloyd: ILB: Connecticut

201: San Diego (compensatory) Bruce Miller: OLB: Central Florida

234: San Diego (compensatory) Josh Thomas: CB: Buffalo

Quick Analysis: I think there are some decent picks here for the Chargers. I think finding a DE is one of the top priorities for San Diego. Not sure if Cesaire will be back but regardless an instant upgrade is needed. Some might think that this is a bit high for Wilkerson but I truly believe he’s emerging as one of the top 5 techs in the draft. Wilkerson is really good at stopping the run and uses his hands well, he also has the ability to get to the QB. The Chargers have truly been lacking in the pass rush department and while Moch is raw as hell just purely on his speed he can wreak havoc in the NFL. Maybe a bit early to go RB after having taken Matthews last year but I really love how Murray complements Matthews. Much shiftier and with better speed he can also give you some as a returner. Marcus Gilbert could capture that RT starting spot. Tandon Doss is a kid I really like and is a nice insurance policy with the uncertainty with the futures of Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd with the Chargers. Doss definitely fits the profile of what the Chargers like in receivers. He’s big and tall, runs good routes and catches with his hands. I actually think his athletic ability is underrated, he has some nice YAC ability. Last 3 picks are purely depth but all could make the roster.

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San Francisco 49ers

7: San Francisco: Von Miller: OLB: Texas A&M

45: San Francisco: Clint Boling: G/T: Georgia

76: San Francisco: Chris Carter: OLB: Fresno State

108: San Francisco: Kendric Burney: CB: North Carolina

115: San Francisco(f/San Diego) Andy Dalton: QB: TCU

141: San Francisco: Kendall Hunter: RB: Oklahoma State

174: San Francisco: Zane Parr: DE: Virginia

190: San Francisco(f/Seattle) Chris Culliver: FS: South Carolina

210: San Francisco(f/Detroit) Joe Morgan: WR: Walsh

211: San Francisco: Frank Kearse: NT: Alabama A&M

239: San Francisco (compensatory) Justin Trattou: OLB: Florida

250: San Francisco (compensatory): Weslye Saunders: TE: South Carolina

Quick Analysis: I really love this 49ers draft. Of course it’s not realistic that all 12 of the picks make the roster but I truly feel like every pick would at least compete for a roster spot or end up on either the practice squad or on the 49ers radar for the future. Obviously ideal first round pick, Von Miller just kind of fell to that spot. Clint Boling in the 2nd round can play either RG or RT, he probably steps in and fills that RG spot right away. Chris Carter is a bit of a project but has just as much potential as any 34 backer in the draft. The raw tools are there for him to develop into an explosive pass rusher. The 49ers had better be able to generate some pass rush with these two picks. Burney is an interesting guy in the 4th round. There are higher rated and safer corners, but Burney has a ton of potential. I guess looking back CB could have been addressed earlier instead of Chris Carter. A guy like Chykie Brown or Davon House, still I like how those two rounds went back to back. Andy Dalton is a great value in the 4th round and at the very least would be a valuable backup QB. Kendall Hunter is another value who can do a little bit of everything. A definite 3rd down back and insurance policy for whenever in the season Frank Gore goes down. Zane Parr can work into the D-line rotation. Chris Culliver is a potential steal at 190 and in actuality could sneak into the 4th round on draft day. He’s one of the rangiest safeties in the draft, as most know he is a converted WR. The raw tools and potential are there for him to be a good FS, maybe even convert him to CB. Raw technician with great physical tools, well worth the risk at that point in the draft. Joe Morgan is one of my big draft sleepers. Athletically one of the best in the draft. He’s small but has big time potential as a deep ball threat. Reminds me of Anthony Armstrong, I really think he can have that kind of impact in the NFL wherever he lands. Frank Kearse is a big small school NT sleeper. Physically at 320ish he’s built to play the position and has a great deal of potential. Trattou unlikely to make the game day roster but he does have some potential. Same goes for Saunders/

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Seattle Seahawks

25: Seattle: Jake Locker : QB Washington

57: Seattle: Johnny Patrick: CB: Louisville

99: Seattle (f/New England via Denver) Davon House: CB: New Mexico State

156: Seattle: Justin Boren: G: Ohio State

157: Seattle(f/Baltimore) Cedric Thornton: DT: Arkansas State

173: Seattle(f/Detroit) Joe Lefeged: S: Rutgers

209: Seattle(f/Cleveland): Ricky Elmore: DE: Arizona

227: Seattle: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos: WR: Iowa

242: Seattle (compensatory) Alex Green: RB: Hawaii

Quick Analysis: I think that Jake Locker would obviously be the dream pick for most Seahawks fans. I don’t actually expect Locker to drop to 25 but without doing any trades in this mock I couldn’t find a spot for him. In actuality though it is a possibility that Locker could drop to 25 should a team elect to go for Mallett or Ponder instead. For the record I do not believe that Whitehurst is a starting QB in the NFL despite the cost of the trade to get him. Cornerback is obviously the Seahawks most immediate and pressing need so I decided to address it with the next two picks, to very good corners in Johnny Patrick and Davon House. You’d hope at least one of them would develop into a legit starter but I truly like both of them. Boren adds to the rotation. Pass rusher is certainly a need and while neither Thornton and Elmore aren’t great pass rushers they definitely add depth to the defensive line. Joe Lefeged is a guy who I really like who has potential to be a big time steal. I really like his range. I could potentially down the road see him starting beside Earl Thomas. DJK is a guy who I would take a late round flier on, I think he can learn a lot both on and off the field from Mike Williams. Alex Green if he could make the roster would be more of a pick for the future.

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St. Louis Rams

14: St. Louis: DaQuan Bowers: DE: Clemson

47: St. Louis: Jonathan Baldwin: WR: Pitt

78: St. Louis: Colin McCarthy: OLB: Miami

112: St. Louis: Shane Vereen: RB: Cal

145: St. Louis: Brian Rolle: LB: Ohio State

180: St. Louis: Darius Morris: RG: Temple

216: St. Louis: David Carter: DT: UCLA

Quick Analysis: This ended up being just an ok Rams draft. More of a boom or bust type draft. The Rams definitely need a nice pass rusher opposite of Chris Long. Bowers was a tough guy to project. I personally had him going #1 overall to Carolina just a month ago but with his now arisen major health concerns and his bad pro day his stock is really falling. However I feel as if he’s far too talented to pass up at 14 especially with Aldon Smith and Julio Jones having already been taken. If Bowers can stay injury free he and Chris Long will be an incredibly duo. Bowers has always been incredibly strong against the run but his 15.5 sacks this year showed that he can definitely get to the QB. His season this year is probably actually the best I’ve seen from a D-lineman in the ACC since Chris Long. Bowers is top 5 talent but with his health concerns is a true boom or bust type pick. With the 14th pick I think it’s worth the risk for a young team. Didn’t really want to do it but again the 2nd round pick is another boom or bust pick. The Rams have a bunch of ok receivers but no #1. Baldwin has big time potential with his size to speed ratio and vertical ability. He is extremely raw though and very inconsistent. Again a risky pick but if he maximizes his potential he has all pro ability. McCarthy at 78 was a pick I was kind of stuck with and I will readily admit that it is a reach. The Rams OLB’s are really mediocre at best. McCarthy’s upside is limited but he definitely is a consistent tackler. Vereen in the 4th is the groomed successor for Steven Jackson. He’s a very complete back. Brian Rolle is added depth. Darius Morris in the 6th round actually has a ton of potential and could compete for some playing time with Adam Goldberg likely gone. David Carter would have a real chance of making the roster with the DT depth not being good.

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Tampa Bay Bucs

20: Tampa Bay: Jimmy Smith: CB: Colorado

51: Tampa Bay: K.J. Wright: LB: Mississippi State

84: Tampa Bay: Greg Romeus: DE: Pitt

116: Tampa Bay: Jordan Todman: RB: Uconn

151: Tampa Bay: Owen Marecic: FB: Stanford

187: Tampa Bay(f/Kansas City): Karl Klug: DE: Iowa

222: Tampa Bay: Chris Conte: S: Cal

238: Tampa Bay (compensatory) Andre Smith: TE: Virginia Tech

Quick Analysis: I’m not crazy about this Bucs mock draft but I think it’s decent. I know that some Bucs fans may not like the first round pick but I do think that corner is a much bigger need than some think. Ronde Barber is nearing the end of his career while Talib has a ton of off the field issues. Jimmy Smith is no saint in his own right but I do think he’s a better corner than Brandon Harris although technically Harris could be a safer pick plus I’m sure the fan base would like him. K.J. Wright probably is a reach at 51 but with Rudd possibly gone and depth being a major issue I think Wright would be a nice pick since I believe he can play any backer spot. I’m sure that Bucs fans probably would like to address DE much sooner as the Bucs pass rush was lackluster last season but Romeus is a talented player who if he can return to form would be a steal here. Todman in the 4th is the perfect complement to Blount as he has that extra gear and shiftiness, he can actually take a ton of carries. Owen Marecic gives the Bucs a real FB as Earnest Graham was FB last year, also he has a ton of special teams value. Karl Klug brings little as a pass rusher but does a good job of sealing the edge.

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Tennessee Titans

8: Tennessee: Nick Fairley: DT: Auburn

39: Tennessee: Christian Ponder: QB: Florida State

77: Tennessee: John Moffitt: G: Wisconsin

109: Tennessee: Cliff Matthews: DE: South Carolina

130: Tennessee (compensatory) Daniel Thomas: RB: Kansas State

142: Tennessee: Ahmad Black: S: Florida

175: Tennessee: Mario Harvey: LB: Marshall

212: Tennessee: Colin Baxter: C: Arizona

251: Tennessee (compensatory) T.J. Yates: QB: North Carolina

Quick Analysis: This is most definitely an interesting mock for the Titans. I don’t think many will argue with the positions being picked for in the first two rounds but I can definitely see Titans fans not liking the players I took. DE is also a big need IMO but after having just spent a first on Morgan I think DT is a bigger concern. I know that inevitably the Haynesworth comparisons will be made to Fairley both on and off the field. Firstly I will say that Haynesworth with the Titans didn’t cause nearly as much issues as he has with the Skins. Secondly I don’t think Fairley will ever be as good as Haynesworth with his head on straight as he lacks that natural strength and bulk but Fairley is the best interior penetrator in the draft(I know that sounds dirty as hell). I think passing up a talent like Fairley would be awfully hard to do especially with Robert Quinn having already been taken in this mock and Da’Quan Bowers health issues and horrific pro day. In the 2nd round I went the complete opposite of the first round. Mallett most definitely is the more talented QB and has the huge arm to get it to Britt but I think with the recent Vince Young fiasco drafting a guy like Mallett with his character issues is too risky. I know I do come off sounding hypocritical after my explanation of the Fairley pick but I truly don’t think the gap between Ponder and Mallett is large enough to fully justify taking Mallett. While Mallett has the bigger arm Ponder is better than Mallett in just about everything else. The most noticeable being mobility. Mallett is a sitting duck in the pocket with awful footwork much like Kerry Collins has become, while Ponder is sleek and savvy in the pocket with underrated athleticism. His accuracy is also pretty good and after his strong senior bowl and combine he has really made himself a late first round possibility. The negatives though are his arm strength is questionable and he did have problems with decision making at FSU. The problems are definitely far less magnified with those of Mallett. Mallett doesn’t only have questions with his accuracy, pace to his throws, and mobility, but he has those major character concerns. It was a real tossup for me though in deciding who to give the Titans. John Moffitt in the 3rd round is an extremely solid pick. Moffitt could probably step in and start at guard day one. I even think he can start at center as I do believe that Amano can be a somewhat decent guard as he’s struggled mightily at center. Cliff Matthews would be a nice complement to Morgan. I can’t remember who suggested it to me but Daniel Thomas does make sense for the Titans to complement CJ. His efficiency went down slightly with Lendale White gone last year that I really feel it is necessary to find a big bruising back to take those tough carries saving CJ’s health. Ahmad Black is a potential steal at 142. His measurements are poor but when you watch the game film his natural game instincts are incredible. I can definitely see him backing up Griffin as well as serving as an extra coverage DB in certain packages. Yates in the 7th was kind of a rush pick but yeah I believe Rusty Smith is the only QB on roster so I guess trying to find a quality backup is also a priority.

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Washington Redskins

10: Washington: Julio Jones: WR: Alabama

41: Washington: Mason Foster: LB: Washington

144: Washington: Brandon Blair: DE: Oregon

155: Washington(f/New Orleans) Tom Keiser: OLB: Stanford

177: Washington: DeMarcus Love: RT: Arkansas

213: Washington: Anthony Gray: NT: Southern Miss

253: Washington (compensatory) Demarcus Van Dyke: CB: Miami

Quick Analysis: I know that I didn’t go with a QB but I am really starting to think that the Skins won’t draft a QB even thought he possible thought of Rex Grossman starting makes me want to puke. I don’t buy for a second Jake Locker at #10 and tbh I hope it doesn’t matter. Unless Cam Newton drops to #10 I’d rather wait till next year’s QB class with Luck, Barkley, Griffin etc. Julio Jones at #10 is a great pick. I personally have closed the gap between Julio and AJ. Julio is big and strong with great YAC ability, and while I don’t think he’s nearly as fast as his 40 time might indicate he definitely has that extra motor. I really liken the comparison to Anquan Boldin. Right now the only wideout on contract I believe is Anthony Armstrong and he really shouldn’t be as starter. It’s been a while since we’ve had a big physical receiving threat. Mason Foster is a flat out baller and I’d love to have him on the Skins. He’d likely replace Rocky McIntosh or London eventually but I can even see him playing opposite of Orakpo. Brandon Blair is a solid 5 tech who would compete with Jarmon and the rest. Tom Keiser is a guy who I personally really like. Athletically he’s limited but he’s a very solid football player. I really think he could develop into a Jarrett Johnson type pro. Demarcus Love adds depth to the O-line and insurance should Jamaal Brown ask for too much money which appears to be a big possibility at this point. I say there is no way he’s worse than Stephon Heyer. Anthony Gray would rotate at NT with Anthony Bryant. Van Dyke the fastest player in the draft is a good value in the 7th round. He definitely needs to gain weight but his speed alone is a big asset. I in no way however consider him as an eventual replacement for Rogers. As of now it looks like Buchanan or finally Kevin Barnes may take that spot opposite of Deangelo Hall. Looking back however I do wish that I had gone interior line but it was hard with a limited number of picks. Wanted to address RB as well.

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Round 1

1: Carolina: Cam Newton: QB: Auburn

2: Denver: Marcell Dareus: DT: Alabama

3: Buffalo: Cam Jordan: DE: Cal

4: Cincinnati: AJ Green: WR: Georgia

5: Arizona: Patrick Peterson: CB: LSU

6: Cleveland: Robert Quinn: DE: North Carolina

7: San Francisco: Von Miller: OLB: Texas A&M

8: Tennessee: Nick Fairley: DT: Auburn

9: Dallas: J.J. Watt: DE: Wisconsin

10: Washington: Julio Jones: WR: Alabama

11: Houston: Aldon Smith: OLB: Missouri

12: Minnesota: Blaine Gabbert: QB: Missouri

13: Detroit: Prince Amukamara: CB: Nebraska

14: St. Louis: DaQuan Bowers: DE: Clemson

15: Miami: Mark Ingram: RB: Alabama

16: Jacksonville: Ryan Kerrigan: DE: Purdue

17: New England (f/Oakland): Mike Pouncey: G: Florida

18: San Diego: Muhammad Wilkerson: DE: Temple

19: New York Giants: Tyron Smith: OT: USC

20: Tampa Bay: Jimmy Smith: CB: Colorado

21: Kansas City: Phil Taylor: NT: Baylor

22: Indianapolis: Derek Sherrod: OT: Mississippi State

23: Philadelphia: Ben Ijalana: G/T: Villanova

24: New Orleans: Adrian Clayborne : DE: Iowa

25: Seattle: Jake Locker : QB Washington

26: Baltimore: Brooks Reed: DE/OLB : Arizona

27: Atlanta: Justin Houston: DE : Georgia

28: New England: Cameron Heyward: DE : Ohio State

29: Chicago: Gabe Carimi: OT : Wisconsin

30: New York Jets: Jabaal Sheard: OLB : Pitt

31: Pittsburgh: Marcus Cannon: T/G: TCU

33: New England(f/Carolina) Nate Solder: OT: Colorado

34: Buffalo: Martez Wilson: LB: Illinois

35: Cincinnati: Brandon Harris: CB: Miami

36: Denver: Kelvin Sheppard: LB: LSU

37: Cleveland: Aaron Williams: CB:Texas

38: Arizona: Danny Watkins: G: Baylor

39: Tennessee: Christian Ponder: QB: Florida State

40: Dallas: Anthony Costanzo: OT: Boston College

41: Washington: Mason Foster: LB: Washington

42: Houston: Leonard Hankerson: WR: Miami

43: Minnesota: Allen Bailey: DE: Miami

44: Detroit: Bruce Carter: LB: UNC

45: San Francisco: Clint Boling: G/T: Georgia

46: Denver(F/Miami): Corey Liuget: DT: Illinois

47: St. Louis: Jonathan Baldwin: WR: Pitt

48: Oakland: Stefen Wisniewski: C: Penn State

49: Jacksonville : Quan Sturdivant: LB: North Carolina

50: San Diego: Dontay Moch: OLB: Nevada

51: Tampa Bay: K.J. Wright: LB: Mississippi State

52: New York Giants: Mikel Leshoure: RB: Illinois

53: Indianapolis: Stephen Paea: DT: Oregon State

54: Philadelphia: Curtis Brown: CB: Texas

55: Kansas City: Greg Little: WR: North Carolina

56: New Orleans: Greg Jones: LB: Michigan State

57: Seattle: Johnny Patrick: CB: Louisville

58: Baltimore: Torrey Smith: WR: Maryland

59: Atlanta: Randall Cobb: WR: Kentucky

60: New England: Sam Acho: OLB : Texas

61: San Diego(f/New York Jets): DeMarco Murray: RB: Oklahoma

62: Chicago: Marvin Austin: DT: North Carolina

63: Pittsburgh: Rahim Moore: FS: UCLA

64: Green Bay: Akeem Ayers/OLB/UCLA

Round 3

65: Carolina: Drake Nevis: DT: LSU

66: Cincinnati: Ryan Williams: RB: Virginia Tech

67: Denver: Pernell Mcphee: DE: Mississippi State

68: Buffalo: Kyle Rudolph: TE: Notre Dame

69: Arizona: Ugo Chinasa: OLB: Oklahoma State

70: Cleveland: James Carpenter: RT: Alabama

32: Green Bay: Christian Ballard: DE: Wisconsin

Round 2

71: Dallas: Ras I Dowling: DB: Virginia

72: New Orleans(f/Washington) Jurrell Casey: DT: USC

73: Houston: Brandon Burton: CB: Utah

74: New England(f/Minnesota): Jalil Brown: CB: Colorado

75: Detroit: Rodney Hudson: G/C: Florida State

76: San Francisco: Chris Carter: OLB: Fresno State

77: Tennessee: John Moffitt: G: Wisconsin

78: St. Louis: Colin McCarthy: OLB: Miami

79: Miami: Ryan Mallett: QB: Arkansas

80: Jacksonville: Deunta Williams: FS: North Carolina

81: Oakland: Orlando Franklin: G/T: Miami

82: San Diego: Marcus Gilbert: RT: Florida

83: New York Giants: Chmidi Chekwa: CB: Ohio State

84: Tampa Bay: Greg Romeus: DE: Pitt

85: Philadelphia: Deandre McDaniel: S: Clemson

86: Kansas City: Lee Ziemba: OT: Auburn

87: Indianapolis: Will Rackley: G: Lehigh

88: New Orleans: Marcus Gilchrist: FS: Clemson

89: San Diego(f/Seattle): Tandon Doss: WR: Indiana

90: Baltimore: Titus Young: WR: Boise State

91: Atlanta: Chykie Brown: CB: Texas

92: New England: Quinton Carter: S: Oklahoma

93: Chicago: Jason Pinkston: T/G: Pitt

94: New York Jets: Jerel Jernigan: WR: Troy

95: Pittsburgh: Jarvis Jenkins: DE: Clemson

96: Green Bay: Edmond Gates: WR: Abeline Christian

97: Carolina (compensatory) Jeremy Beal: DE: Oklahoma

98: Carolina: Austin Pettis: WR: Boise State

99: Seattle (f/New England via Denver) Davon House: CB: New Mexico State

100: Buffalo: Stevan Friday: OLB: Virginia Tech

101: Cincinnati: Kristofer O’Dowd: C: USC

102: Cleveland: Tyler Sash: S: Iowa

103: Arizona: Nate Irving: LB: NCState

104: Philadelphia(f/Washington) Delone Carter: RB: Syracuse

105: Houston: Lawrence Guy: DE: Arizona State

106: Minnesota: Shareece Wright: CB: USC

107: Detroit: Dwayne Harris: WR: East Carolina

108: San Francisco: Kendric Burney: CB: North Carolina

109: Tennessee: Cliff Matthews: DE: South Carolina

110: Dallas: Kendrick Ellis: DT: Hampton

111: Miami: Lance Kendricks: TE: Wisconsin

112: St. Louis: Shane Vereen: RB: Cal

Round 4

113: Oakland: Curtis Marsh: CB: Utah State

114: Jacksonville: Colin Kaepernick: QB: Nevada

115: San Francisco(f/San Diego) Andy Dalton: QB: TCU

116: Tampa Bay: Jordan Todman: RB: Uconn

117: New York Giants: Sione Fua: DT: Stanford

118: Kansas City: Cheta Ozogwu: OLB: Rice

119: Indianapolis: James Brewer: OT: Indiana

120: Philadelphia: Mark Herzlich: LB: Boston College

121: Jacksonville(f/New Orleans) Lawrence Wilson: OLB: Connecticut

122: Buffalo(f/Seattle) Jerrell Powe: NT: Ole Miss

123: Baltimore: Chris Hairston: OT: Clemson

124: Atlanta: Luke Stocker: TE: Tennessee

125: New England: Taiwan Jones: RB: Eastern Washington

126: New York Jets: Jeron Johnson: S: Boise State

127: Chicago: Greg Salas: WR: Hawaii

128: Pittsburgh: Rock Carmichael: CB: Virginia Tech

129: Green Bay: Ian Williams: NT: Notre Dame

130: Tennessee (compensatory) Daniel Thomas: RB: Kansas State

131: Green Bay (compensatory) Noel Devine: RB/returner: West Virginia

Round 5

132: Carolina: Stephen Schillin: G: Michigan

133: Buffalo: Ricky Stanzi: QB: Iowa

134: Cincinnati: Andrew Jackson: G: Fresno State

135: Kansas City(f/Tampa Bay via Denver): Alex Linnekohl: C: Oregon State

136: Arizona: Niles Paul: WR: Nebraska

137: Cleveland: Doug Hogue: LB: Syracuse

138: Houston: Jacquizz Rodgers: RB: Oregon State

139: Minnesota: Tim Barnes: C: Missouri

140: Kansas City(f/Detroit) Mario Addison: OLB: Troy

141: San Francisco: Kendall Hunter: RB: Oklahoma State

142: Tennessee: Ahmad Black: S: Florida

143: Dallas: Casey Matthews: LB: Oregon

144: Washington: Brandon Blair: DE: Oregon

145: St. Louis: Brian Rolle: LB: Ohio State

146: Miami : Derek Newton: RT: Arkansas State

147: Jacksonville: Terrence Tolliver: WR: LSU

148: Oakland: Vincent Brown: WR: San Diego State

149: Philadelphia(f/San Diego): Adrian Moten: LB: Maryland

150: Minnesota(f/New York Giants) Robert Sands: S: West Virginia

151: Tampa Bay: Owen Marecic: FB: Stanford

152: Indianapolis: Ryan Bartholomew: C: Syracuse

153: Philadelphia: Tyrod Taylor: QB: Virginia Tech

154: Detroit(f/Kansas City) Pierre Allen: DE: Nebraska

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Holy great balls of fire.

If you weren't getting paid to make this, then I suggest you get a life.

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^^ I'm a data entry analyst.

^^ I'm a data entry analyst. I basically type up invoices which takes me about 2 hours every day then I have another 6 hours of doing nothing but sitting at my computer. This usually is the type of things that arises.

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Nice man

I am also a huge NFL Draft advocate (lil less this year due to having too much school work on saturdays) so I am pumped to see this mock draft. Focusing on my Eagles, I would prolly rather go for Gabe Camrimi or Anthony Constanzo over Ijalana in the 1st, but I wouldn't be upset with any of them. In the 2nd, I like the Curtis Brown pick a lot but if Akeem Ayers is there I would much rather take him (but no chance in hell that he and Marvin Austin are both still there.)

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Top of the draft

As for the top of your draft, I still have doubts about Newton going first overal but if he does, I think it would be dumb of the Broncos to pass up on Petterson. The dude is an absolute playmaker and both of their CB's are 32 years old. I'm not saying that Dareus doesn't make a lot of sense, just saying I like Petterson more as a prospect and fit. Cam Jordan going 3rd would come as a suprise but I like the pick cuz it's ballsy and makes sense. The only other thing I saw was Prince and Von Miller dropping farther than they most likely will (Prince I can see dropping, Von I can't.)

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San Diego fan here. You

San Diego fan here. You addressed the needs pretty well, similiar picks for them that i have seen in other mocks.

Being a Pitt Panther fan, I was pumped to see Sheard going in the first round. Why are you high on him? I think he could be a big steal.

Good job.

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^^ It's a combination of

^^ It's a combination of several things, first off with his injuries Sheard really blossomed when most thought Romeus was the stud of the group, still high on Romeus though. Also it's the fact that there are so many 34 teams who need a rush OLB and the depth at the position is scarce. Akeem Ayers is slow and soft so he's dropped a ton and if you look at it Sheard translates well to OLB in a 34 with his range and pass rushing skills. I think as a 43 DE he's more of a project because he doesn't handle the run as well as you'd like. Should be a big year for Pitt in the draft, Sheard, Romeus, Baldwin, and Pinkston should all go in the first 4 rounds. Dion probably gets lost in the RB shuffle but he'll make an NFL roster as a 3rd down pack. Obviously the Steelers would be ideal as they need a complement to Mendenhall.

BTW seems like my copy paste screwed up so better off just looking at the team summary's for picks.

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I don't think gabbert falls

I don't think gabbert falls that far and don't see Arizona getting a corner. Newton doesn't deserve to go #1 but he probably will. Other then I really like this. You have my pack filling most of their needs, although I would hope they can get a slightly better end at 32.

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DAMNNNn

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have nothin on you bro!

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