Monday, April 22, 2013

NFL MOCK DRAFT WITH PROJECTED TRADES-1st ROUND


1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS-LUKE JOECKEL-OT/LT-TEXAS A&M 
It is either going to be Joeckel or Eric Fisher protecting Alex Smith's blind side this year.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 1, 63, 96
NEEDS: LT, 3-4 ILB, 3-4 DE 

 2. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS-DION JORDAN-PR/OLB/DE-OREGON 
As a fan I want them to take Shariff Floydm but all indications are that the Jags go with the long and athletic hybid DE/OLB.  I trust Gus Bradley will know how to use him.  Ideally the Jags want to trade down to get more picks.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 2. 33, 64
NEEDS: PR, QB, DT, CB, SS, pretty much everything except a RB and LT

3. OAKLAND RAIDERS-SHARIFF FLOYD-DT-FLORIDA
Like Jacksonville, Oakland wants to trade down but may find it hard to find someone to bite on the trade bait.  Floyd will be a slam dunk of a pick here.  He has drawn comparisons to both Warren Sapp and JJ Watt.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 3, 66
NEEDS: QB, PR, DT, pretty much everything other than a LT 


4. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-ERIC FISHER-OT/LT-CENTRAL MICHIGAN 
The Eagles can go variety of ways here: Jordan, Floyd, Geno Smith, Lane Johnson and of course trading down.  I think if Fisher is available, he's too good to pass up.  New coach Chip Kelly needs good O-Line play for his offense to work in the pros
Picks in first 3 rounds: 4, 35, 67
NEEDS:  OT, CB, SS, LB depth, C, QB



5. DETROIT LIONS-ZIGGY ANSAH-PR/DE-BYU
The Lions have major needs at pass rusher, corner and offensive tackle.  If Fisher slips past Philly, the Lions will grab him.  If he's gone, I think they go with Ansah over taking reaching on Lane Johnson
Picks in first 3 rounds: 5, 36, 65
NEEDS:  OT, PR, CB, #2 WR, SS, LB depth 


6. MIAMI DOLPHINS-(Trade up with CLV for #12, #54 and #156)-DEE MILLINER-CB-BAMA
The Dolphins look like they are about to make a trade with KC for LT Branden Albert.  That shores up the O-Line.  They got WR Mike Wallace in free agency but they lost CB Sean Smith.  The Dolphins are smitten with Milliner and the Browns are looking to trade down.  It makes perfect sense for both teams 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 12, 42, 54, 77, 82
NEEDS:  LT (if they don't make Albert trade), CB, #2 PR, LB depth 


7. ARIZONA CARDINALS-LANE JOHNSON-OT/LT-OKLAHOMA
The Cards need help on the O-Line in the worst way.  They acquired Carson Palmer to be the signal caller for this year at least.  WR Larry Fitzgerald is due for a bounce back year if they can keep Palmer healthy.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 7, 38, 69
NEEDS: LT, RG, TE, DB depth

 8. BUFFALO BILLS-RYAN NASSIB-QB-SYRACUSE
Last year the Dolphins 'reached' on QB Ryan Tannehill and now they feel they have their QB of the future.  If you like a QB, you have to reach for him.  Nassib's college coach, Doug Marone is now the head coach of the Bills.  It makes some sense I guess.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 8, 41, 71
NEEDS: OT, #2/3 WR, LG, RT, OLB 



9. NEW YORK JETS-BARKEVIOUS MINGO-PR/OLB-LSU
The Jets need pass rusher.  Mingo's size and skill sets fits perfect as a 3-4 OLB.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 9, 13, 39, 72
NEEDS: QB, PR, #1 WR, CB


10. TENNESSEE TITANS-JONATHAN COOPER-G-UNC
Even with the key free agent signing of guard Andy Levitre, the Titans need help on the O-Line if they are going to pound the rock with speedster Chris Johnson and power back Shonn Greene.  Chance Warmack may be rated as the top guard by many scouts, but Cooper is the better fir for the Titans stretch zone blocking scheme.  They could also go corner her with Xavier Rhodes or Milliner if he slips
Picks in first 3 rounds: 20,52, 82
NEEDS:  G, WR, CB, PR/DE, SS, MLB, 

11. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (Trade up with SD for picks #31, #34 and #128)-STAR LOTULELEI-DT/NT-UTAH
San Francisco trades up to get the nose tackle they need.  Lotulelei was a projected top 5 pick before questions about a heart condition arose at the combine.  The 49 can afford to take the risk with 13 total picks.  The reward could be a CHAMPIONSHIP.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 31, 34, 61, 74, 93
NEEDS:  NT, SS, PR Depth, backup TE


12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (Trade down with Miami)-JARVIS JONES-PR/OLB-GEORGIA
Like Lotulelei, Jones stock has slipped due to health concerns.  The Browns would consider him at #6, but are very happy to get him via trade down.  New Orleans and Pittsburgh hoped he would slide to them.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 6, 68
NEEDS: PR, #2CB, TE, RG, DE

 13. NEW YORK JETS-CHANCE WARMACK-G-BAMA
The Jets take a guard with Pro Bowl potential with the pick they acquired via the Darrelle Revis trade.  Given their other needs, Tavon Austin, Geno Smith or Xavier Rhodes would also make a lot of sense.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 9, 13, 39, 72
NEEDS: QB, PR, #1 WR, CB, G


14. CAROLINA PANTHERS-DEANDRE HOPKINS-WR-CLEMSON
Hopkins' size and ball skills make him a better all around WR than Tavon Austin.  The Panthers need a young WR to take over for Steve Smith
Picks in first 3 rounds: 14, 44
NEEDS: DT, Young WR, PR, G/RT, CB, RB

15. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-XAVIER RHODES-CB-FSU
With the top pass rushers off the board, the Saints get a big press corner to help them against the big WR's like Julio Jones and Vincent Jacskon
Picks in first 3 rounds: 15, 75
NEEDS: PR, Press CB, LT, Deep threat WR, LB Depth


16. ST. LOUIS RAMS-TAVON AUSTIN-WR-WEST VIRGINIA 
The Rams need a play maker like Austin to take the pressure off of QB Sam Bradford.  Some people say Austin may go in the top 10, but I think #16 is the right landing spot for the versatile WR with 4.34 speed
Picks in first 3 rounds: 16, 22, 46, 78
NEEDS: WR, S, LG, OLB


17. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Trade up with PIT for #35 and 2014 1st round pick)-GENO SMITH-QB-WEST VIRGINIA 
If Smith slips, someone will trade up back into the first to get him.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 4, 35, 67
NEEDS:  OT, CB, SS, LB depth, C, QB 


18. DALLAS COWBOYS-SHELDON RICHARDSON-DT-MIZZOU
Richardson is a big yet very quick DT that would fit perfect in new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 under scheme
Picks in first 3 rounds: 18, 47, 80
NEEDS: DE or NT, RT/G, #2/3 WR


19. HOUSTON TEXANS (Trade up with NYG for #27 and #99)-CORDELLE PATTERSON-WR-TENNESSEE 
The Texans have needed a compliment WR to Andre Johnson for years.  Patterson is still raw but learning under Johnson may turn him into the next Demaryius Thomas
Picks in first 3 rounds: 27, 57, 89, 95
NEEDS:  #2 WR, RT/G, NT, #3 CB


20. CHICAGO BEARS-ALEC OGLETREE-MLB/WLB-GEORGIA
Ogletree's athletic ability and coverage skills make him an ideal fit as either a MLB or WLB in Chicago's defense.  If he can put his off the field troubles behind him, he may end up being the best player in this draft class.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 20, 50
NEEDS: LB (both middle and outside), TE, G/C, WR depth

21. CINCINNATI BENGALS-DJ FLUKER-OT/RT-BAMA
They will be tempted to take a corner or safety Kenny Vaccaro, but Fluker is too good to pass up here and allows them to let go of free agent RT Andre Smith
Picks in first 3 rounds: 21, 37, 53, 84
NEEDS:  RT, OLB, SS 


22. ST. LOUIS RAMS-KENNY VACCARO-S-TEXAS
The Rams will be very happy if Vaccao gets past Dallas and Cincinnati.  Vaccaro would be the final piece in a defensive backfield that already includes Cortland Finnegan and Janorris Jenkins
Picks in first 3 rounds: 16, 22, 46, 78
NEEDS: WR, S, LG, OLB


23. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-DJ HAYDEN-CB-HOUSTON
In a division where the Vikings will play WR's Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson twice a year, having a lock down corner is a must.  Hayden has seen his stock go way up after nearly dying in November.  Some have him rated higher than Rhodes and Milliner.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 23, 25, 52, 83
NEEDS: DT, CB, MLB, #3 WR, G


24. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-DATONE JONES-DE/DT/5T
The Colts addressed the offense in last year's draft.  They will go defense heavy this year.  Jones is a perfect 5 technique in coach Chuck Pagano's 3-4 scheme.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 24, 86
NEEDS: 3-4 DE, PR/OLB, CB, ILB, G/C


25. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-SYLVESTER WILLIAMS-DT-UNC
I think this would be the steal of the draft.  Williams is NFL ready to start at DT, which happens to be the VIking biggest need.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 23, 25, 52, 83
NEEDS: DT, CB, MLB, #3 WR, G


26. GREEN BAY PACKERS-TYLER EIFERT-TE-NOTRE DAME
Current TE Jermichael Finley will be a free agent next summer and the Packer will not have the money to pay him what he desires.  But just like with Greg Jennings, the Packers just replace them with a better, younger version.  Eifert is the top TE on the board and could go as high as the top 15.  Great value here.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 28, 55, 88
NEEDS: RB, 3-4 DE, TE, DB Depth


27. NEW YORK GIANTS-DESMOND TRUFANT-CB-WASHINGTON
LB is by far their biggest need but Trufant is too good of value here.  The Giants will hope Arthur Brown, Manti Te'o or Kevin Minter is available in the 2nd round
Picks in first 3 rounds: 19, 49, 81
NEEDS: LB, RT/G, power RB, CB


28. DENVER BRONCOS-TANK CARRADINE-PR/DE-FSU
With Trufant gone, the Broncos address their other top need at pass rusher.  Carradine recently ran a 4-75 coming off of ACL surgery.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 28, 58, 90
NEEDS:  DE, young CB, RB



29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-JAMAR TAYLOR-CB-BOISE
The Patriots need a corner in the worst way.  Taylor could start from day one.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 29, 59, 91
NEEDS:  CB, DT, WR


30. ATLANTA FALCONS-BJOERN WERNER-PR/DE-FSU

The Falcons need a pass rusher and a corner with the losses of John Abraham and Brent Grimes.  Werner has seen his stock fall recently.  This would be a great steal for the Falcons
Picks in first 3 rounds: 30, 60, 92
NEEDS:  CB, DE, young TE, C/G, LB Depth


31. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (Trade down with SF)-MANELIK WATSON-OT/RT-FSU
The Chargers need to protect QB Phillip Rivers.  Watson is a nice start.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 11, 45, 76
NEEDS:  WR, RT, RG, NT, DB Depth 


32. BALTIMORE RAVENS-KEVIN MINTER-ILB-LSU
Sorry Manti Te'o, the Ravens like Minter just a little bit more to be the replacement for the legendary Ray Lewis at ILB.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 32, 62, 94
NEEDS:  SS, ILB, Slot WR


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