Monday, January 28, 2013

The Senior Bowl has come and gone. It is just one of many pre draft processes, and not the most important one because a lot of the first rounders are underclassmen, but it is one of the first chances we get to see prospects in a draft evaluation type setting. So this is a good time for a new mock draft.

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1. Kansas City Chiefs
QB Geno Smith, Sr, West Virginia
6'3, 214 lbs
Hometown: Miami, FL
2012 Stats: 369-518, 4205 yards, 42 TD, 6 INT, 71.2 comp %


My previous mock I said I thought the Chiefs would go with either Luke Joeckel or Star Lotulelei here. The Chiefs could very easily resign Brendan Albert and Glenn Dorsey and eliminate the needs for those two players. I have always said in my mocks that if a team is drafting in the top ten and they need a quarterback, they just take a quarterback. I do not think Lotulelei or Joeckel are the type of elite prospects you just cannot pass on. The Chiefs cannot go through another season with the problems behind center that have plagued the franchise for years. With Andy Reid on board, this pick makes even more sense. He started his Eagles tenure by drafting Donovan McNabb, and he will look to do the same early in 2013. Geno Smith has his issues but he has a good arm, is mobile and will be a good fit for Reid's offense. The Chiefs should just go with the guy (or another quarterback that catches their eye) and hope for the best.

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2. Jacksonville Jaguars
DE Bjoern Werner, Jr, Florida State
6'4, 255 lbs
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
2012 Stats: 42 tackles, 13 sacks



General Manager Gene Smith's reign of terror in Jacksonville is finally over. Terrible draft reaches like Tyson Alualu and Blaine Gabbert and free agent busts have left this roster in dire straits. I would go so far as to say this is the least talented roster in the NFL. Jacksonville should really spend every draft choice taking the best player available. One of Jacksonville's main problems for at least the past decade has been finding a guy who can consistently get to the quarterback. The German born Werner was a terror as a junior at Florida State, and the scary thing is he is still just tapping his potential. He would be a great gamble for a Jacksonville team that needs something to go right.

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3. Oakland Raiders
DT Star Lotulelei, Sr, Utah
6'4, 320 lbs
Hometown: South Jordan, UT
2012 Stats: 41 tackles, 5 sacks



The Raiders have precious little draft picks and ways of rebuilding this roster, but drafting Lotulelei would be a great start. He would fill a huge need at defensive tackle. He is a good run stopper but is also a strong pass rusher. At 6'4, 320 pounds he is pretty much unblockable by a single interior lineman. Perhaps just as important, he is a great teammate, and a solid, grounded young man who should be one of the true good guys in the NFL and go a long way towards turning around the Raiders culture of losing and selfishness. Oakland's defensive line needs major help. They were run on all year and simply could not get to the quarterback.


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4. Philadelphia Eagles 
OT Luke Joeckel, Jr, Texas A&M
6'6, 310 lbs
Hometown: Arlington, TX


NFL fans have to be excited to see if Chip Kelly's offense can work in the NFL. Philadelphia definitely has the skill players to make it work. Terrible line play was the main reason for the team's failures in 2012 and has to be shored up if Michael Vick or Nick Foles is going to be able to last the entire season. Joeckel looks like the best tackle in this class, though I am not sure he is on the level of someone like Joe Thomas or Matt Kalil. Best case scenario, Jason Peters comes back strong and gives the Eagles one of the best tackle duo's in the NFL.

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5. Detroit Lions
DE Damontre Moore, Jr, Texas A&M
6'4, 250 lbs
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
2012 Stats: 80 tackles, 12.5 sacks

The Lions took a huge step back this year, and looking at the roster you can see why. The defense is just not good at all. Detroit's philosophy is to go with the best player available, and fortunately, the best player also fills a huge need. Moore transitioned to from outside linebacker to defensive end flawlessly. He was a terror all year, racking up 12.6 sacks. He has the frame to pack on 20 more pounds of muscle without losing any agility and explosiveness. Cliff Avril is as good as gone and no other Lions end had more then 3.5 sacks last year. This is an easy choice.

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6. Cleveland Browns
CB Dee Milliner, Jr, Alabama
6'1, 199 lbs
Hometown: Millbrook, AL
2012 Stats: 51 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INT


Cleveland has hit the reset button on their rebuilding effort once again, bringing in a whole new set of coaches. The Browns should just go with best player available here. That could be Dee Milliner here, because of the need to stop the passing game in today's NFL. I do not think he is in the class of a Patrick Peterson or Morris Claiborne, but he is the best corner in this class. He is raw but has the ability to be a shut down corner. Cleveland does not have much opposite Joe Haden and if Milliner realizes his potential the Browns could have one of the top corner duos in the NFL.

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7. Arizona Cardinals
OT Eric Fisher, Sr, Central Michigan
6'8, 305 lbs
Hometown: Rochester, MI


Fisher dominated mid major college football and has the size and skills you look for in a left tackle. He has been successful when matched up against teams like Michigan St. I think he could push to be a top ten pick, especially with the way the passing game has taken over. He has had a great Senior Bowl week and I actually think the difference between him and Joeckel is very slim. Taylor Lewan returning to school also helps Fisher, because it looks like Joeckel and Fisher are the only two left tackles in this draft you can select and plug into the blind side immediately. The duo of Nate Potter and Bobby Massie actually played pretty well at the end of the season, but I do not think you want anything to do with the 2012 7th round pick Potter as your blind side protector. Fisher is a huge upgrade.

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8. Buffalo Bills
QB Mike Glennon, Sr, North Carolina State
6'6, 232 lbs
Hometown: Centreville, VA
2012 Stats: 330-564, 4031 yards, 31 TD, 17 INT, 58.5 comp %

Out of all the teams that need a quarterback in the top ten, I think Bills GM Buddy Nix will be the one to talk himself into drafting Mike Glennon in the first round. Nix has repeatedly stated his desire to draft a "franchise" quarterback in this draft. Glennon has some Philip Rivers in him. He is a big, strong gunslinger with some head scratching moments on his resume. Like the other quarterbacks in this class, he has his fair share of question marks, but judging by the need for the position, I think he works his way into the first round. He has the arm to make downfield throws in the cold Buffalo weather.

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9. New York Jets
MLB Alec Ogletree, Jr, Georgia
6'3, 232 lbs
Hometown: Newnan, GA
2012 Stats: 111 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT

Most college fans have heard of Manti Te'o, but not Alec Ogletree. If I was drafting a play making linebacker, Ogletree would easily be my choice. He is a big time athlete who notched over 110 tackles despite missing the first four games of the season. Once the combines roll around I think he could shoot past Te'o and in to the top ten. The Jets have holes pretty much everywhere, and could go with best player available. Bart Scott is in decline and will only be back as a low paid backup.

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10. Tennessee Titans
S Kenny Vaccaro, Sr, Texas
6'1, 218 lbs
Hometown: Brownwood, TX
2012 Stats: 107 tackles, 2 INT

The Titans defense was absolutely putrid this past season, and the biggest culprit was an anemic secondary who could not cover or tackle anyone. The safety position has never been hotter in NFL draft circles. There was once a time where safeties were never taken in the first round, but every year we see a guy go in the top twenty. Vaccaro will look to join Michael Griffin and Earl Thomas as recent Longhorns who were highly drafted safeties. Vaccaro is a hard hitter who tackles like a linebacker and is good in pass coverage as well. The Titans may or may not bring back Michael Griffin. Even if they do, an upgrade over weak Jordan Babineaux is needed.

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11. San Diego Chargers
OG Chance Warmack, Sr, Alabama
6'3, 320 lbs
Hometown: Atlanta, GA


Eric Fisher is the most popular mocked player to the Chargers, and for good reason. The offensive line is in shambles. But Fisher is gone in this mock, so they move inside. Pound for pound, Warmack may be the best player in the draft, but guards fall, like David DeCastro last year. Warmack might be even better though, and, along with great right guard Luis Vasquez, would instantly solidify the interior of the Chargers line. With guys like Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan returning to school, the offensive line talent has dried up. Warmack is the best guard to come along since.......? and I would be very surprised if he falls past the St. Louis Rams at #16.

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12. Miami Dolphins
CB Johnthan Banks, Sr, Mississippi State
6'2, 185
Hometown: Maben, MS
2012 Stats: 63 tackles, 4 INT

I have been mocking a wide receiver to the Dolphins all season. Adding weapons for Ryan Tannehill is clearly their biggest need, but I think Miami uses free agency to address that position. There are several quality wideouts available and Miami has the cap space to entice them. Great cornerbacks, however, do not grow on trees and rarely, if ever, make it to free agency. Miami's secondary is such a wreck that the team might actually be forced to franchise the vastly overrated Sean Smith because there are no other cornerbacks worth starting. Banks struggled down the stretch as Mississippi St. fell apart but brings a big frame, tough game and a ton of SEC experience to the table.

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13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr, Florida State
6'2, 217 lbs
Hometown: Miami, FL
2012 Stats: 39 tackles, 3 INT

The Bucs are heartbroken that Banks was selected with the previous pick. It does not matter if twelve cornerbacks are taken with the first twelve picks, Tampa has to select a corner here. There may not be a bigger positional need on any team in the NFL. Aqib Talib was finally banished, Eric Wright predictably was a terrible signing and EJ Biggers is a free agent. There is absolutely nothing on the roster here. Rhodes has great size and is very physical, something Biggers is not, and looks like a mid to late first round pick right now.

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14. Carolina Panthers
DT Sheldon Richardson, Jr, Missouri
6'4, 295 lbs
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
2012 Stats: 75 tackles, 4 sacks

The Panthers have spent more then a few mid round picks trying to address the defensive tackle position, with little success. Carolina has been easy to run on for years, and they are in perfect position to select talent from a deep pool of defensive tackles. Johnathan Hankins may fill the biggest need as a run stopper, but I can't see a team selecting him over the superior Sheldon Richardson right now. Richardson has great size and the speed and motor to really get after the quarterback from the interior, and is a good run defender as well.

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15. New Orleans Saints
OLB Jarvis Jones, Jr, Georgia
6'3, 241 lbs
Hometown: Columbus, GA
2012 Stats: 85 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 1 INT

The Saints ill advised selection of ten carry per game running back Mark Ingram cost the team two first round picks, and the defense is starved for talent as a result. New Orleans needs to use multiple picks to add guys to that side of the ball. Bad teams with multiple needs might try to talk themselves out of Jarvis Jones because of his past injury issues, but the Saints will gladly scoop him up here. He has the speed and agility to thrive as an edge rusher on turf in New Orleans new 3-4 scheme.


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16. St. Louis Rams
OG Jonathan Cooper, Sr, North Carolina
6'3, 310 lbs
Hometown: Wilmington, NC


Warmack is the best guard in this class, but Cooper would be the top dog in most any other draft. He has great size, and is a heck of a pass blocker from the guard position. The Rams would love to land their future left tackle but they will most likely have to wait until next year (when they have two more first round picks) for that, as the tackle class will be much deeper. The interior of the line needs just as much help and Cooper would go a long way towards stabilizing that position.

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers
RB Eddie Lacy, Jr, Alabama
6'1, 220 lbs
Hometown: Geismar, LA
2012 Stats: 204 rushes, 1322 yards, 17 TD

You name a position on the football field, the Steelers need help there. This team got old in a hurry. Pittsburgh could draft a young linebacker, safety or wide receiver to groom, but I think the potential to add an immediate workhorse running back would be a nice addition for the Steelers. I am a bigger Eddie Lacy fan then most. I think he is clearly the best running back in this class and should work his way into the first round. He is strong, powerful and would be a great fit for the smash mouth Steelers. Pittsburgh has had to rely on the pass way too much in recent years, and would hate to go another year with Jonathan Dwyer as the lead back.

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18. Dallas Cowboys
DT Shariff Floyd, Jr, Florida
6'3, 303 lbs
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
2012 Stats: 41 tackles, 1 sack

Like many other teams, Dallas will be switching defensive schemes, moving to the 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. That means adding new players, of course. Along the defensive line, only DeMarcus Ware is guaranteed a starting spot. Marcus Spears has been unproductive for years and Jay Ratliff will likely be cut after mailing it in following a big contract extension and some DWI troubles. Floyd is a physical beast who's production for Florida has never quite matched his potential. Still, he really came along during his junior year, even though the stats don't show it, and could provide some very solid run stuffing production for the Cowboysl

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19. New York Giants
DE Ezekiel Ansah, Sr, BYU
6'6, 270 lbs
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
2012 Stats: 62 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT

No player was talked about more during Senior Bowl week then Ansah. He was critisized heavily during practices as a raw player with a lot to learn, but he was probably the best defensive player on the field during the actual game, with 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. That week about sums up Ansah. Coming from Ghana, he is still very much a project, but GM's will fall in love with his athleticism and jaw dropping potential. If he is coached right, he could become one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL. The Giants defensive end rotation is deep enough that Ansah can be groomed slowly, and take over for the aging Osi Unimyora and Justin Tuck in a couple of years.

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20. Chicago Bears
OT Lane Johnson, Sr, Oklahoma
6'7, 305 lbs
Hometown: Groveton, TX


The Bears justification for firing Lovie Smith was problems with the offense. The team then went out and made the unconventional hire of a CFL head coach in Marc Trestman. He has a ton of experience as an NFL Offensive Coordinator. With all of those moves, Chicago kind of has to focus on offense in the upcoming draft. Lane Johnson has seen his stock skyrocket with a good Senior Bowl week and a lack of legit left tackles in this draft. It is no secret that Chicago's offensive line has been a mess. Hopefully unlike Chris Williams and Gabe Carimi, Johnson can solidify the left side of the line.

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21.  Cincinnati Bengals
S Matt Elam, Jr, Florida
5'10, 202 lbs
Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2012 Stats: 76 tackles, 1 sack, 4 INT

The Bengals love to attack the SEC with their first round draft choices, and that trend continues here. Elam is a compact, hard hitting, trash talking safety and would be a great fit next to the improving Reggie Nelson the defensive backfield. There are concerns about his coverage skills, but I think he is the type of safety that is taken in the back half of the first round. Cincinnati will continue to shore up their secondary and make sure Taylor Mays never has to see the field again.

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22. St. Louis Rams
(from Washington Redskins)
OLB Dion Jordan, Sr, Oregon
6'7, 241 lbs
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
2012 Stats: 44 tackles, 5 sacks

A lot of draft sites list Jordan as a defensive end, but I think he would be a perfect fit as an strong side linebacker in a 4-3 who can move to end in passing downs. He "only" registered five sacks as a senior because Oregon moved him around so much. He is very agile for a man his height and can drop back into coverage. He would be a perfect fit next to James Laurinitis and JoLonn Dunbar on an emerging Rams defense.


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23. Minnesota Vikings
MLB Manti Te'o, Sr, Notre Dame
6'2, 255 lbs
Hometown: Laie, HI
2012 Stats: 113 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 7 INT

I never thought Te'o was a top five pick, and always thought the idea of him going first overall was completely laughable. He hovered around the late teens for me. This current distraction will have some effect. Like I said earlier, teams will look for any reason they can find to not draft a guy. If anything, it shows immaturity, a trait you do not look for in your starting middle linebacker, the supposed "heart of your defense". Te'o has his on the field limitations, and isn't a great athlete, but is a very smart football player and can make plays. Jasper Brinkley is one of the worst middle linebackers in football. Te'o would be a strong upgrade.

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24. Indianapolis Colts
DT Johnathan Jenkins, Sr, Georgia
6'4, 358 lbs
Hometown: Meriden, CT
2012 Stats: 50 tackles, 1 sack

The Colts transition to the 3-4 has been somewhat bumpy so far. There was little talent on defense to begin with. Indianapolis dedicated their 2012 draft to offense, and should go with defense this time around. Drafting Jenkins will be like parking a smart car in the middle of your defense. He would make a perfect nose tackle for Indianapolis, and could go higher then this if he shows teams during the process that he has the energy to make it through an entire game.

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25. Seattle Seahawks
WR Keenan Allen, Jr, California
6'3, 210
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
2012 Stats: 61 receptions, 737 yards, 6 TD

Even though Cordarrelle Patterson has generated the most hype, Allen is still my favorite receiver in this class. He is big, strong with good hands. He might be more of a possession type in the NFL, but he has number one wideout potential. Bad quarterback play and a late, non threatening injury, led to a mediocre junior season but you should not ignore how dominant he was as a sophomore. The Seahawks were a run heavy team during most of the season, but they unleashed Russell Wilson as the year went along. Ideally, he would form a great trio of pass catchers with high priced veterans Sidney Rice and Zach Miller.

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26. Green Bay Packers
DE Margus Hunt, Sr, SMU
6'8, 275 lbs
Hometown: Karksi-Nuah, Estonia
2012 Stats: 31 tackles, 8 sacks

The NFL is the ultimate copycat league. Everyone saw how JJ Watt revolutionized the 3-4 defensive end position, and everyone will want to find that next guy. Estonian born Margus Hunt, a former Junior world champion shotput and discus thrower, definitely looks the part. He is a chiseled, athletic 6'8 monster. However, he is already 25 years old and still very much a project. But we have seen a 27 year old offensive guard and a 29 year old quarterback go in the first round the last two years, so that should not mean much. If his potential pans out in Green Bay, he could take over for the plodding run stuffing Ryan Pickett and really give the Packers an added dimension. At this point, I would gladly roll the dice on Hunt.

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27. Houston Texans
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Jr, Tennessee
6'3, 205 lbs
Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
2012 Stats: 46 receptions, 778 yards, 5 TD

Even though Patterson is raw in terms of experience in a big time football setting, he is the most talented receiver in this class and should not fall out of the first round. In fact, with great workouts he could be a top ten pick. I still think he sits somewhere in the 20's right now, and would fill a huge need for Houston. The Texans have had a bunch of backup receivers play across Andre Johnson during his Texans career, and Patterson would be the best talent he has ever lined up across. Patterson needs to work on his route running, but you cannot teach that size and speed. He has the talent to take over when Johnson moves on.

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28. Denver Broncos
DT Johnathan Hankins, Jr, Ohio State
6'3, 317 lbs
Hometown: Dearborn Heights, MI
2012 Stats: 55 tackles, 1 sack

Hankins slides because he does not offer much pass rushing ability or play making ability, but he is a pretty big steal here and fills a huge need for the Broncos. Denver should draft at least two defensive tackles in this draft, and Hankins will be able to plug the middle and help against the run, allowing guys like Elvis Dumervil to rack up even more sacks.

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29. New England Patriots
CB Desmond Trufant, Sr, Washington
6'0, 186 lbs
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
2012 Stats: 27 tackles, 1 INT, 1 sack

Some people like to call the Patriots chokers every time the playoffs roll around. As much as I love to hear that, I just don't think New England has the talent that the other great NFL teams have. Different parts of the team are exposed nearly every year. New England has been hit and miss in the draft, but picking late in the first round, it is hard to find impact talent. Trufant was one of the big winners of Senior Bowl week and looks like a strong first round pick right now. He could start opposite Aqib Talib, allowing Alfonso Denard to slide into the nickel back role, improving a weak secondary.

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30. Atlanta Falcons
RB Giovani Bernard, So, North Carolina
5'10, 205 lbs
Hometown: Davie, FL
2012 Stats: 184 rushes, 1228 yards, 12 TD

The Falcons are in a tough spot. They clearly need to draft help all along the defense, but must replace two key contributors on offense, tight end Tony Gonzalez and washed up running back Michael Turner. I think Bernard is a perfect fit for the Falcons and will make a far bigger impact then a rotational pass rusher like Sam Montgomery. Bernard, is quick, compact and a very good pass catcher out of the back field. He could step right in to a high octane Falcons attack and have a Doug Martin like impact as a rookie.

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31. Baltimore Ravens
DE/OLB Sam Montgomery, Jr, LSU
6'5, 260 lbs
Hometown: Greenwood, SC
2012 Stats: 37 tackles, 8 sacks

Paul Kruger had a monster season, just in time for free agency. The Ravens could allow him to walk and target a pass rusher to replace him. Courtney Upshaw and Albert McClellan are both good run stuffers, but Baltimore needs more pass rushing out of their outside linebacker spot. Montgomery has good size, and the agility to be successful in a role similar to Terrell Suggs. It looks like neither highly hyped LSU pass rusher will go in the top ten like expected, but I take Montgomery over Barkevious Mingo easily.

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32. San Francisco 49ers
DT Jesse Williams, Sr, Alabama
6'4, 320 lbs
Hometown: Mobile, AL
2012 Stats: 37 tackles, 1 sack

Isaac Sopoaga has been a solid nose tackle for the 49ers for the past few years, but he will be a free agent following the season. San Francisco has the best roster in the league, and can save some money by allowing Sopoaga to walk and replacing him with Williams. Williams has the strength of an ox and has experience in the 3-4, coming from Alabama.

Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Matt Barkley, Sr, USC. Barkley should be a first round pick, as a team in need of a quarterback will trade up into the round to draft him. Kansas City would be an obvious choice if they pass on quarterback in the first round. Barkley would be a good fit in Jacksonville, and I think he would win in an open competition with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne.

34. Kansas City Chiefs - WR DeAndre Hopkins, Jr, Clemson. The theme in my mocks has always been if you take a quarterback in the first round, you give him some young talent to work with. It worked for the Colts, and many other teams before that. Hopkins isn't very physical but he is a blazer and would give Geno Smith a DeSean Jackson like deep threat.

35. Philadelphia Eagles - CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Sr, Connecticut. Lost in the Eagles terrible season was the emergence of Brandon Boykin. He was a steal as a mid round pick and should start for Philadelphia in 2013. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may prove too costly to resign and Nmandi Asomugha was the biggest disaster free agent signing since Albert Haynesworth. Wreh-Wilson is physical and has good size, and would be a good starter opposite the 5'9 Boykin.

36. Detroit Lions - CB Jamar Taylor, Sr, Boise State. The Lions have needed help in the secondary for years. Boise State is the best non BCS school at developing NFL talent, and Taylor is the latest strong defender to come from the program. He is a very good coverage safety who would instantly become Detroit's best cornerback.

37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders) - OLB Arthur Brown, Sr, Kansas State. The emergence of Vontaze Burfict saved the Bengals defense, because the linebacking group was in complete disarray. Brown has the speed to play on the outside and the toughness to play in the middle, though I think he fits best on the edge. His addition will allow the Bengals to banish Ray Maualuga, one of the worst linebackers in football.

38. Arizona Cardinals - QB Tyler Wilson, Sr, Arkansas. I think Tyler Wilson has the talent to be a serviceable starting quarterback in this league. He has good size and nice touch on his passes. He does not have a cannon arm, but is a tough quarterback. He went through a very tumultuous senior season when his Arkansas team quit, but still completed over 60 percent of his passes and showed solid leadership skills. He would compete with Kevin Kolb to be the starting quarterback in Arizona. John Skelton and Ryan Lindley are no longer serious options.

39. New York Jets - OLB Barkevious Mingo, Jr, LSU. No, I did not forget about Mingo. I just cannot see him as a high, or even mid, first round pick right now. He was very unproductive as a junior, needs to pack on quite a bit of muscle and is all hype and potential at this point. He is a good pick here, however. The Jets have the coaching to potentially bring the most out of him. They were able to milk a few sacks out of Aaron Maybin, after all.

40. Tennessee Titans - TE Tyler Eifert, Jr, Notre Dame. Jared Cook showed flashes but never really lived up to his potential. If he is not resigned, Eifert would be a good replacement. He is a great pass catcher and Tennessee needs to give Jake Locker all the help they can.

41. Buffalo Bills - WR Quinton Patton, Sr, Louisiana Tech. Patton was one of the winners of Senior Bowl week and looks to have moved to the top of round two. Stevie Johnson is the only sure thing among Bills linebackers, and they look to give Mike Glennon more weapons.

42. Miami Dolphins - TE Zach Ertz, Jr, Stanford. Ertz and Eifert are similar. Both are the same size and offer much more as a receiver then they do as blockers. Miami's number one off season priority is adding talent for Ryan Tannehill.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT Kawann Short, Sr, Purdue. Short had a very productive college career and is a good pass rusher for a man his size. He might be a better fit as a 3-4 end but is good value here.

44. Carolina Panthers - OT DJ Fluker, Jr, Alabama. Injuries ruined the career of Jeff Otah, and opened up a hole on the right side of Carolina's line. Fluker is a very similar player to Otah. He has good size but lacks the footwork to be a left tackle.

45. San Diego Chargers - CB Logan Ryan, Jr, Rutgers. Quentin Jammer is nearing the end of his career and there is not much opposite him. Ryan is a physical corner with nice size.

46. St. Louis Rams - WR Tavon Austin, Jr, West Virginia. I have a feeling the Patriots will sign Danny Amendola to be their new "white Wes Welker slot receiver". If that happens St. Louis will need a slot guy. Austin lacks the size to be a first round pick but would be very valuable in that role for the Rams.

47. Dallas Cowboys - OG Travis Frederick, Jr, Wisconsin. The enterior of the Cowboys line is a mess. Frederick played center at Wisconsin but will probably move to guard in the NFL. He joins Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler as highly drafted Wisconsin interior lineman.

48. Pittsburgh Steelers - DE/DT Sylvester Williams, Sr, North Carolina. Ziggy Hood could move inside to replace Casey Hampton, opening a spot at end. The Steelers do not ask their lineman to go after the quarterback, but that could change with Williams, who was a good pass rusher at tackle for the Tar Heels.

49. New York Giants - OLB Khaseem Greene, Sr, Rutgers. Green is small by NFL linebacker standards, but he makes plays all over the field. Keith Rivers was a failed experiment in New York.

50. Chicago Bears - WR Robert Woods, Sr, USC. The Bears continue to makeover their offense. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are big targets on the outside, allowing Woods to work the slot underneath.

51. Washington Redskins - CB Robert Alford, Sr, Southeast Louisiana. We often see Division II defensive backs taken in the second round, and Alford looks like he could be that guy this year. He had a great season and an even better Senior Bowl week, including a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

52. Minnesota Vikings - WR Justin Hunter, Jr, Tennessee. Hunter reminds me of Alshon Jeffery last year. Both are big, physical receivers who put together good college resumes, but have plenty of question marks. Hunter's seem to be mental as well as past injury concerns, but at this point in the second round he is too good to pass up. The Vikings have little at the receiver position, and will have even less if they are forced to trade Percy Harvin.

53. Cincinnati Bengals - RB Mike Gillislee, Sr, Florida. Gillislee separated himself from the likes of Montee Ball and Stepfan Taylor during the Senior Bowl by showing more burst and explosiveness. That is exactly what the Bengals need, as BenJarvus Green-Ellis is none of those things.

54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts) - OG Larry Worford, Sr, Kentucky. Worford has great size and is a second round lock after a strong Senior Bowl week. He would easily replace Richie Incognito at left guard for Miami.

55. Green Bay Packers - RB Andre Ellington, Sr, Clemson. The Packers need to at least try to address the running back situation. Ellington lacks the size to be a 20 carry per game back, but is a good receiver and a nice fit for the Packers zone blocking scheme.

56. Seattle Seahawks - DE Datone Jones, Sr, UCLA. Jones was one of the most dominant players at the Senior Bowl, but lacks a real position along the defensive line. He would join a deep unit in Seattle.

57. Houston Texans - MLB Kevin Minter, Jr, LSU. The Texans had trouble when Brian Cushing went down with injury. Due to Cushing's history, injury is always concern so Minter provides some insurance, and should work his way into a starter alongside Cushing.

58. Denver Broncos - DT Bennie Logan, Jr, LSU. The Broncos need two starting tackles. Logan would be a nice contrast to the run stuffing Hankins. He is a bit undersized but is a good pass rusher.

59. New England Patriots - S Eric Reid, Jr, LSU. The third straight Tiger to come off the board. The Patriots have used plenty of early selections on safeties, with little results. Reid is a steal here.

60. Atlanta Falcons - DE Alex Okafor, Sr, Texas. Okafor lacks upside, which is why he falls this far. But he is a very hard worker who should develop into a decent starter. The Falcons need all the pass rushing help they can get.

61. Baltimore Ravens - WR Terrance Williams, Sr, Baylor. Williams has his fair share of critics, but you cannot deny his production at Baylor. He is a fast receiver with good size and is the steal of the draft here. He reminds some of current Ravens wideout Torrey Smith.

62. San Francisco 49ers - OLB Corey Lemonier, Jr, Auburn. Lemonier started the season on fire for Auburn, but wore down as the year went on. He has talent and could develop into a nice situational pass rusher for the Niners.

Round 3

63. Kansas City Chiefs - CB Will Davis, Sr, Utah State
64. Jacksonville Jaguars - OLB Sean Porter, Sr, Texas A&M
65. Detroit Lions - S Tony Jefferson, Jr, Oklahoma
66. Oakland Raiders - CB David Amerson, Jr, North Carolina State
67. Philadelphia Eagles - QB EJ Manuel, Sr, Florida State
68. Cleveland Browns - QB Zac Dysert, Sr, Miami of Ohio
69. Arizona Cardinals - OLB Jamie Collins, Sr, Southern Mississippi
70. Tennessee Titans -  OG Barrett Jones, Sr, Alabama
71. Buffalo Bills - OG/OT Dallas Thomas, Sr, Tennessee
72. New York Jets - QB Ryan Nassib, Sr, Syracuse
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Jordan Poyer, Sr, Oregon State
74. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers) - WR Aaron Dobson, Sr, Marshall
75. New Orleans Saints - DT Brandon Williams, Sr, Missouri Southern
76. San Diego Chargers - OT Kyle Long, Sr, Oregon
77. Miami Dolphins - DE Cornelius Carradine, Sr, Florida State
78. St. Louis Rams - DT Akeem Spence, Jr, Illinois
79. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Oday Aboushi, Sr, Virginia
80. Dallas Cowboys - QB Tyler Bray, Jr, Tennessee
81. New York Giants - OT Brennan Williams, Sr, North Carolina
82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears) - OT Menelik Watson, Jr, Florida State
83. Minnesota Vikings - S TJ McDonald, Sr, USC
84. Cincinnati Bengals - WR Dar'Rick Rogers, Jr, Tennessee Tech
85. Washington Redskins - OT David Bakhtiari, Jr, Colorado
86. Indianapolis Colts - OLB Brandon Jenkins, Sr, Florida State
87. Seattle Seahawks - DT Everett Dawkins, Sr, Florida State
88. Green Bay Packers - S Phillip Thomas, Sr, Fresno State
89. Houston Texans - OT Chris Faulk, Jr, LSU
90. Denver Broncos - CB Darius Slay, Sr, Mississippi State
91. New England Patriots - DE Devin Taylor, Sr, South Carolina
92. Atlanta Falcons - CB Tyrann Mathieu, Jr, LSU
93. Baltimore Ravens - OG/OT Justin Pugh, Jr, Syracuse
94. San Francisco 49ers - RB Jonathan Franklin, Sr, UCLA

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