Hey guys, I know we are not a huge fan of publicity for other sites, especially by one of our own but...I have been writing for Juiced Sports Blog for two years and covered the draft for four. I have become a pundit and the site has been on ESPN Sportsnation, so that possibly makes me a tad credible anyway, this is my mock.
The Senior Bowl is over, the Combine is on the horizon, and we don’t even know if there’s going to be a season next year with all this labor drama. Still, there will be a draft, even if there isn’t a season, and with all vacant head coaching spots filled, declarations confirmed, and the Shrine and bowl games behind us, it’s time for another mock draft installment.
1. Carolina (2-14) / Nick Fairley / DT / Auburn
This pick is obvious to me at this point because of the terrible line that Carolina has. This pick most likely won’t change till at least the Combine as Fairley is the best at Carolina’s biggest defense need.
3. Buffalo (4-12) / Marcel Dareus / DE/DT / Alabama
The guy is being raved about by Warren Sapp and Mike Mayock as the safe pick as opposed to Fairley but I think Fairley edges him out on potential. Buffalo needs a lot of help on defense and I just don’t buy Cam Newton going 3rd overall.
4. Cincinnati (4-12) / AJ Green / WR / Georgia
Carson Palmer is running out of excuses, especially if Chad Ochoncinco is on his way out. A possible solution to Palmer’s problem is a new face as the number one receiver.
5. Arizona (5-11) / Von Miller / OLB/DE / Texas A&M
This has become a popular pick amongst draftniks and I have to say it does make a lot of sense. The Arizona defense is getting older and they need some spice to goes along with Darius Washington. Here comes the best rusher in college.
6. Cleveland (5-11) / Da’Quan Bowers / DE / Clemson
The move to a 4-3 is not going to be an easy one for Pat Shurmur’s Browns but Bowers is a beast at Defensive End. Possibly the best player in the draft, the big man from Clemson could have a Suh-like sack total and Defensive of Player of the Year for Cleveland.
7. San Francisco (6-10) / Blaine Gabbert / QB / Missouri
This will be a hard pick to figure out for a while because you have to wonder what Harbaugh is planning to do in free agency or if he is really going to keep Alex Smith around. I think regardless, the fanbase and owner need to have a fresh start at their most important position.
8. Tennessee (6-10) / Aldon Smith / DE/OLB / Missouri
If the Titans are unable to resign Jason Babin (which is likely since they fired the staff he did so well with) then the team needs a suitable replacement. Smith is that guy, he is coming off a few injuries this past season but he would be a great compliment for Derrick Morgan.
9. Dallas (6-10) / Prince Amukamara / CB / Nebraska
Huge steal for the Boys in blue. Michael Jenkins really regressed this season and Terrence Newman is getting up there in age so this pick could service a not-so-noticeable-need.
10. Washington (6-10) / Cam Newton / QB / Auburn
Newton has been talked up a lot since his private work outs but I still see him as Jamarcus Russell that can run. I think this is the ideal situation for the Skins and not for Newton so this could be bad. I could see a team trading down before this pick.
11. Houston (6-10) / J.J. Watt / DE / Wisconsin
I am not a huge fan of Watt but everybody seems to think he is the bee’s knees. I think he is more of a 5-technique so he will fit the new 3-4 defense that Wade Phillips will try to implore.
12. Minnesota (6-10) / Jake Locker / QB / Washington
I think it would be ironic for one recently inaccurate QB to be replaced by another not-so-smooth passer. Locker has everything a first-round QB needs except for the aforementioned fact, but I think the Vikes’ fanbase will accept him.
13. Detroit (6-10) / Nate Solder / OT / Colorado
Solder could go anywhere from pick 3 to here, not anywhere past, not anywhere earlier. This is a huge need for Detroit and it makes too much sense for them, so they should avoid reaching for a corner.
14. St. Louis (7-9) / Julio Jones / WR / Alabama
The biggest need for the on-the-cusp Rams is more talent to surround their QB with talent. While I feel the team is filled with sure-hands, none of those players are close to the potential Jones possesses.
15. Miami (7-9) / Tyron Smith / OT / USC
I think the Dolphins would be well-served not reaching for a running back or a quarterback at this spot and in turn, help their mediocre O-line. Vernon Carey’s career is coming to a close and he was missed when he went down with an injury last year, time to find his successor.
16. Jacksonville (8-8) / Robert Quinn / DE / UNC
I think this is the perfect solution to the bust that is Derrick Harvey. Quinn brings athletic ability and competitiveness to a position that has been up-but-mostly down the past few years.
17. New England (^ Oakland) (8-8) / Anthony Costanzo / OT / Boston College
Belichick picks up a local prospect that can play four of the five O-line positions and someone who is a good fit for the team in general. Costanzo is smart and athletic, two things that B-squared loves in his lineman.
18. San Diego (9-7) / Torrey Smith / WR / Maryland
Smith is quick and very easily can be the big play guy that Darren Sproles and Mike Turner use to be for the Bolts. While Smith is a WR, he can be used in the running game with reverses and in the return game due to his overall speed and Maryland-trademark athleticism.
19. New York Giants (10-6) / Akeem Ayers / OLB / UCLA
Sorry but Keith Bullock has nothing left. Akeem Ayers can solve the age-old problem of covering Eagles running backs. He is a guy that can also cover Tight Ends and rush the passers.
20. Tampa Bay (10-6) / Brandon Harris / CB / Miami
Harris is a nice player that is pretty appealing to a team that’s got a corner-stone (literally in Ronde Barber) on the way off to pasture. He can team with Aquib Talib to form a dynamic tandem.
21. Kansas City (10-6) / Corey Liuget / DE/DT / Illinois
Liuget is a big riser on the draft boards and can improve the AFC West champion’s D-line. He could definitely do wonders.
22. Indianapolis (10-6) / Jimmy Smith / CB / Colorado
O-line is a concern for the Colts but their secondary proved to be less-than-stellar in the playoffs. Jimmy Smith is a very good corner and can take the one-on-one in stride.
23. Philadelphia (10-6) / Gabe Carimi / OT / Wisconsin
All of the Philly fans would be appreciative of this pick. Right Tackle and Right Guard are very much needed in Winter Green and Carimi can play both. Gabe is a Jon Runyan-like mauler.
24. New Orleans (11-5) / Ryan Kerrigan / DE / Purdue
The Saints biggest issue is their pass rush. Alex Brown is ok but adding Kerrigan would take this defense to a whole new level. I am definitely on his bandwagon.
25. Seattle (7-9) / Adrian Clayborn / DE / Iowa
Dubbed in some circles as the next Aaron Kampman, there are high hopes for this guy. Seattle is a very iffy team on the cusp of at least owning their division again, and a fireball like Clayborn would help the defense immensely. This is a move to help the struggling DBs.
26. Baltimore (12-4) / Mike Pouncey / RG / Florida
I put just Right Guard because that is literally all Pouncey is. However, before you get on me about crapping on a Florida heart-sake, I think he may be the best right guard in years and would greatly help the Ravens poor interior line.
27. Atlanta (13-3) / Jon Baldwin / WR / Pittsburgh
The Falcons could use an upgrade over Michael Jenkins who I expect to leave in Free Agency anyway. Baldwin would serve as a 1a with Roddy White to make Matty Ice even better.
28. New England / (14-2) Mark Ingram / HB / Alabama
Somewhat of a need after the RB performance this year, Ingram is the best guy in the class. The Pats will be better off with him in those Patriotic colors.
29. Chicago (11-5) / Leonard Hankerson / WR / Miami
Taking Hankerson here a bit of a reach but the Bears really can’t afford to miss out on a potential number-one wide-out. Hankerson had a big Senior Bowl, and that will make Chicago feel pretty comfortable about this pick.
30. N.Y. Jets (11-5) / Phil Taylor / NT / Baylor
The D-line was not a major strength for Rex Ryan and Co. and Taylor is the perfect nose tackle for their system. The former Baylor standout is big and plays like Vince Wilfork, which is what Jets fans have been pining for, for years.
31. Pittsburgh (12-4) / Derek Sherrod / OT / Miss.St
Sherrod was once considered the best OT in the class but has since fallen out of favor. He’s the type of guy that can play guard or tackle so the Steelers should like his versatility. The O-Line needs to keep getting younger and this is a step in that direction.
32. Green Bay (10-6) / Mikel Leshoure / HB / Illinois
The running game didn’t help in the Super Bowl and Ryan Grant probably wouldn’t have made a difference. Leshoure can be a number one guy or can make Green Bay a two-back system, adding more power to their potent offense.
34. Denver / Ryan Williams / HB / Virginia Tech
A back-up for the oft-injured Knowshon Moreno.
35. Buffalo / Kyle Rudolph / TE / Notre Dame
Talented tight end who is a steal in the second round and can be the number one option on the offense.
36. Cincinnati / Ryan Mallett / QB / Arkansas:
Mallett is the leader that Carson thinks he is, but does he have the talent?
37. Arizona / Christian Ponder / QB / FSU
Ponder regained some followers at the Senior Bowl, here is hoping he keeps them…
38. Cleveland / Cameron Jordan / DE / Cal
Another Defensive End to help the Browns transition their defense.
39. San Francisco / Aaron Williams / CB /Texas
San Fran needs a guy to play nickel corner and possibly replace the over-paid Nate Clements. This is a steal.
40. Tennessee / Davon House / CB / New Mexico State
The secondary is okay but could need fire-power if McCourty and Hope decide to leave after this season.
41. Dallas / Jason Pinkston / OT / Pittsburgh
The Alex Barron/Doug Free thing didn’t really work, did it?
42. Washington / Demarco Murray / RB / Oklahoma
Murray is a big name that will attract the fanbase and Dan Snyder.
43. Houston / Johnny Patrick / CB / Louisville
Patrick is decent cover guy and that is what exactly Houston’s historically awful secondary needs.
44. Minnesota / Brandon Burton / CB / Utah
Depth has proven to be a constant need for the Vikes at the corner position and Burton is more than serviceable.
45. Detroit / Curtis Brown / CB / Texas
Corner is a need and Brown doesn’t have a lot of separation in talent from Aaron Williams which makes him appealing.
47. Denver (^MIA) / Demarcus Love / OT/OG / Arkansas
Could take the place of Ryan Harris at RT and could help out in the interior line.
48. Jacksonville / Quinton Carter / FS / Oklahoma
The Jags could use help in the secondary and Carter comes from a great defensive program.
49. Oakland / Orlando Franklin / OG / UM
With Robert Gallery likely to leave via free agency, Franklin will be the serviceable successor.
50. San Diego / Greg Jones / LB / Michigan State
A true leader and talent, this Spartan will improve the linebacker core.
51. NY Giants / Benjamin Ijalana / OG / Villanova
The interior could use an oil change and Ijalana could be the mechanic.
53. Kansas City / Stefen Wisnewski / C/G / Penn. State
Casey Wiegaman can only play for so long and at this point Stefie W would be a steal.
54. Indianapolis / Joseph Barksdale / OT / LSU
The right pick for a team that hurt from not taking a left tackle in the first round last year.
55. Philadelphia / Bruce Carter / OLB / UNC
Carter would be a welcomed addition for a team that needs a lot of help at linebacker.
56. New Orleans / Cameron Hayward / DE / Ohio State
Dude is a straight beast and can really improve the run defense.
57. Seattle / Daniel Thomas / RB / Kansas State
The answer to the mediocre running back problem.
59. Atlanta / Jabaal Sheard / DE / Pittsburgh
Sheard falls due to need but he is a big talent and could be an immediate starter.
60. New England / Christian Ballard / DE/DT / Iowa
This pick will almost definitely be traded for future picks as the Pats continue to be smarter than everyone but Ballard would be a key addition if they make this choice.
62. San Diego (^ NYJ) / Rahim Moore / FS / UCLA
Local guy that can help improve the defense immediately.
63. Pittsburgh / Ahmad Black / SS / Florida
Ryan Clark is getting old and he can’t play in Denver…so there.