Here is my third and final attempt at a mock draft. Pretty standard mock, I'm mocking based on what the team should do and also what they probably will do. Unfortunatley the Raiders don't have a first round pick so I can't just put down the fastest prospect available for their pick. I'm also going to ignore most off-the-field concerns like Jimmy Smith failing a drug test and not kissing up to the press and the amateur rules that cost Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn. I also am going to ignore the issues concerning Ryan Mallet. These are the same issues that people were concerned with Dan Marino back in 1983. The Steelers passed on him, The Dolphins took him late in the first round and the rest is history. Jamarcus Russell didn't have any of the field concern but know he is Nyquill's best customer. Alright, having said that, let the mocking begin.
1. Carolina Panthers- A.J. Green WR Georgia- The need at QB and DT is bigger than at wideout, but neither position has a player worthy of being taken first overall. Green has big time potential and should be an immediate impact player in the same mold as Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.
2. Denver Broncos- Marcell Dareus DT Alabama- A great defense starts up front in the trenches and Dareus is the best overall lineman in the draft. Played the 3-4 at Alabama but is more than capable of thriving in a 4-3.
3. Buffalo Bills- Patrick Peterson CB LSU- Blaine Gabbert or Von Miller wouldn't be bad choices here either but Peterson is too good at #3 to pass up on, especially in a pass happy league.
4. Cincinnati Bengals- Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri- Carson Palmer says he will never play for the Bengals again and I 1. Don't blame him and 2. Absolutley believe him. Having said that, the Bengals need a franchise quarterback. With the hiring of former Eagles quarterback coach James Urban as their wide recievers coach and Jay Gruden(offensive cordinator) #1 go to guy, it all could be a ploy to bring in Kevin Kolb. It will take the #4 pick to land Kolb so either way the Bengals will being getting a QB with this pick one way or another.
5. Arizona Cardinals- Von Miller OLB Texas A&M- Biggest victory for the Cards since their 2008 NFC Championship Game. Miller is the real deal and the next great edge rusher and will excel in Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme.
6. Cleveland Browns- Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson- The Browns are switching to the 4-3 under Dick Jauron and they have nobody that can be a consistent pass rusher in the 4-3. Bowers has a knee issue, and only had one good year and college. He does have Julious Peppers potential though and should be able to have an immediate impact in 2011.
8. Tennessee Titans- Nick Fairley DT Auburn- If the draft was held in early March, Fairley may be the first overall pick but for some reason I don't understand he falls out of the top 5 and the Titans reap the benefits.
9. dallas cowboys- Tyron Smith OT USC- Only thing Jerry Jones loves more than drafting plays he doesnt need instead of players he does, is drafting players with a lot of hype and a lot of potential and Tyron Smith has both. This time the boys get a player they actually need.
10. Washington Redskins- Robert Quinn DE/OLB UNC- Most people will be calling for a QB here but I don't think Shannahan has the patient for a QB who will be a developmental project in the first year, at least not waisting a first round pick on him. Robert Quinn and Brian Orakpo could be a dynamic duo of edge rushers in the 3-4.
11. Houston Texans- Cameron Jordan DE California- With Wade Phillips being brought in to install the 3-4, getting 3-4 linemen is a must. Cameron Jordan already has experience playing the 3-4 at Cal and is by far the best 3-4 DE prospect in the draft.
12. Minnesota Vikings- Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College- This kid keeps rising up on everone's board. Not the next Jonathon Ogden, but defintley a 10+ year starter for a team that has one of the oldest O-lines in the NFL.
13. Detroit Lions- Nate Solder OT Colorado- Lions OT Jeff Backus has maybe one more good year left and with the fragility of QB Matthew Stafford, it's imperative for them to upgrade their protection.
14. St. Louis Rams- Julio Jones WR Alabama- The Rams really have their eye on one kid in the draft. They need a deep threat and Julio Jones is the best deep threat available. They also need a CB and OLB but no one is worth taking here at those postions. If Jones and A.J. Green are both off the board here look for the Rams to trade out of this pick though I believe they will trade up to ensure they get their wideout.
15. Miami Dolphins- Mark Ingram RB Alabama- His 40 time was actually slower than the top 2 QB's on the board, but his track record at Bama when he was facing 8 and 9 men in the box againist SEC powerhouses. That alone trumps any BS workout he did at the combine or his pro day.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars- Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue- Last year the Jags #1 need was a 4-3 pass rusher so they drafted 3-4 DE to be theri 4-3 DT. One year later they still have no pass rush and their #1 need is still a 4-3 pass rusher. I bet they draft an actual 4-3 DE.
17. New England Patriots- J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin- Pats need to improve their 3 man front outside of Vince Wilford and Watt has the body type and the game to fit in well as a 3-4 DE.
20. Tampa Bay BUCS- Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa- Tampa Bay already has a solid nucleus of young players on both sides of the ball but could really use a boost in their pass rush. Clayborn should be able to bring that right away.
21. Kansas City Chiefs- Gabe Carimi OT/G Wisconsin- Cheifs will need to upgrade their offensive line for the future as guys like Brian Walters as getting past his prime. Great thing about Carimi is that he can play both RG and RT.
22. Indianapolis Colts- Derrick Sherrod OT Mississippi State- After the piss poor play of their line in the last two months of the season last year, there's no way they don't take a lineman in the first round.
23. Philadelphia Eagles- Jimmy Smith CB Colorado- RT and RG are probably bigger needs, at least according to writers on the other side of country , but with Winston Jusitce healthy again and plenty of solid guards available in the 2nd round, Smith wouldn't be a bad pick here. Actually, this pick would feel like winning another NFC East title. Jimmy is 6'2 200+ while still able to run a solid 4.42 40. He also only gave up 3 first downs in man coverage in his last 2 years of college ball. Can you say Darell Reevis clone.
24. New Orleans Saints- Muhammed Wilkerson DT Temple- At times can be a dominating DT and should open things up for their DE's to get after the QB more then they did in 2010.
25. Seattle Seahawks- Jake Locker QB Washington- Nobody in the NFL knows Locker better then Hawks head coach Pete Carroll. He faced him 3 times at USC and his top asisstant at USC left to coach Locker at Washington as well. He will be a hometown hero who will get fans excited and with Hasselback and Whitehurtst still here, they won't have to rush Locker.
26. Baltimore Ravens- Mike Pouncey OG/C Florida- Looks like that Steelers/Ravens rivalry will get a little fierce with the Pouncey's.
27. Atlanta Falcons- Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State- Bit of a reach here but they need a pass rusher with Jon Abrams getting older any nobody worth while on the other side.
28. New England Patriots- Cam Newton QB Auburn- I know, how did he fall this far and why the hell would Bellicheck draft him? Well, Newton is coming off as the most arrogant prospect ever who seems to think he is already a sports icon. The Pats draft him here because they can find a way to get him on the field in his own package or they can trade him for 4 or 5 late round picks that they will turn into future starters.
29. Chicago Bears- Stefan Wisniewski C Penn State- Olien Kreutz is showing signs of age and Wisniewski has a great family legacy and is the best Center in the draft.
30. New York Jets- Phil Taylor NT Baylor- Kris Jenkins's knee looks to be completley shot, and Taylor looks like the next great 3-4 NT. Great size and surprisng athleticism.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers- Brandon Harris CB Miami- Ever since Rod Woodson left, Cornerback has been a weakness on this team that they havn't been able to fix. Harris has th speed to keep up with the fastest wideouts in the game though he will struggle with the biggest body types.
32. Green Bay Packers- Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois- Ryan Grant's knees will be 100% until after this season like any other player coming off an ACL injury, it takes a full year after they can play again to be fully healed. LeShoure reminds me a lot of Thomas Jones and could be scary playing with Aaron Rogers and co.