Of all the expert mock drafts I've posted, none seem to provoke more reaction than those by former NFL scout and current Montreal Allouttes director of scouting Russ Lande. His mocks are usually so different from the norm, fans just go nuts. The names are in a different place than we're used to!
Now, I doubt things will shake out like Lande predicts here, but we know that one of these big names he has dropping is likely to do so on draft day. It happens ever year. Ditto for all the QBs he's got going high. We see that pretty often too. And if it happened this year, the mediocre teams picking the teens would be doing cartwheels with all the talent that gets pushed down to them as a result.
The real shockers in his latest mock are Eric Fisher going out of the top 10. So implausible does this seem, you'd think it was more likely some kind of utopian fantasy dream by someone in the offensive line challenged Chargers front office.
One move that would not be a huge shock would be the Eagles taking Star Lotulelei. They have worked him out, he would be a reasonably good scheme fit and talent wise he does seem to have the good to warrant a top 5 pick. There's questions about his consistency and effort level at times, but the talent and raw ability is there.
For Lande's full explanation of each pick, check out National Football Post.
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State|
|3||Oakland Raiders||Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah|
|5||Detroit Lions||Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Keenan Allen, WR, California|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Matt Barkley, QB, USC|
|8||Buffalo Bills||Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse|
|9||New York Jets||Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan|
|12||Miami Dolphins||Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas|
|19||New York Giants||Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State|
|20||Chicago Bears||Chance Warmack, G, Alabama|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State|
|22||St. Louis Rams (from WAS)||Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB. Auburn|
|25||Minnesota Vikings (from SEA)||Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina|
|27||Houston Texans||Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia|
|28||Denver Broncos||Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU|
|29||New England Patriots||Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida Int'l|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame|