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I am by no means an elite college football mind, but this will be my first of three mock drafts for TJRsports.com. Go ahead and argue my selections with me and tell me why your team will be taking the next Tom Brady in the 6th Round. I personally don’t think there’s any Tom Brady’s in this draft. Heck, there might not be any Brady Quinn’s in this draft, but there will for sure be some big names made.
When you’re reading this I will list the team name, last year’s record and what I feel they will need in this year’s draft. I was going to list this year’s number of picks, but some compensatory picks have yet to be determined.
Example: 1. Kansas City Chiefs- (2-14) Needs: QB, DT, WR
Here we go!
1. Kansas City Chiefs- (2-14) Needs: QB, DT, WR
They should select: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel is probably the best offensive lineman in the draft. Whoever Andy Reid lands under center at quarterback needs better protecting than they had last season. I just don’t see this team, especially a Reid lead team to jump at anyone in this quarterback class. If they don’t go offensive line here, I’d imagine a defensive tackle or end is on their wish list.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- (2-14) QB, DE, CB
They should select: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
If only the Jaguars could have landed a top two selection last year it would of made the quarterback situation simple. I don’t think they reach on either Geno Smith or Matt Barkley here, but instead go defense. It’s not a sexy pick, but for a team that was dead last in sacks last season, it would be an upgrade. They’ll need it.
3. Oakland Raiders- (4-12) DT, CB, LB
They should select: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The cute pick I’ve seen for the Raiders has been QB Geno Smith. If he’s not selected by Kansas City, I don’t see him landing in the Top 5. Smith would have been an Al Davis pick. The Raiders put up some solid offensive numbers last season, mostly because of playing catch up, but they were second to last in sacks and defensively they were horrid. A guy like Moore would improve their line drastically.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- (4-12) OT, SS, NT
They should select: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
This is the guy the Eagles want without a doubt. They will be switching to a 3-4 defense next season and they do not have a guy who can step up and play nose tackle. Lotulelei would step in and be the big body in the middle that they need. They’ve got a core of guys that could make their defensive front three pretty powerful with Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox and Trent Cole, but Cole could be stood up and play outside linebacker. Regardless, if Lotulelei falls, Chip Kelly will snatch.
5. Detroit Lions- (4-12) DB, OLB, WR
They should select: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Detroit’s big offseason move needs to be locking up Cliff Avril to a long term deal. If they can do that along with Ndamukong Suh and the emergence of Nick Fairley, their defensive front becomes very intimidating. They are very soft when it comes to their line backing core. They need to snatch Jarvis Jones if he’s there. Probably the best linebacker in the draft.
6. Cleveland Browns- (5-11) WR, LB, OL
They should select: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Browns had a very good draft last season with Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson. They might not be entirely sold on Weeden which might lead to them picking up someone via free agency, but the need to add to their offensive line. The best guard in the draft might be Chance Warmack; they need him if they want to have a future air attack to keep up with the Ben Roethlisberger’s, Joe Flacco’s and Andy Dalton’s of the AFC North.
7. Arizona Cardinals- (5-11) QB, RB, OT
They should select: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
This is the landing spot of a quarterback, I believe. The Arizona Cardinals are a mess of a football team. You could say they need help at running back, offensive line, and spots on their defense too, but the bottom line is you have Larry Fitzgerald Jr. as your star player, and he’s not going to be productive if there isn’t a competent quarterback throwing him the ball. Fitzgerald is a class act all the way, but you have to wonder how much longer he’d want to be with Arizona if there isn’t someone who can throw to him.
8. Buffalo Bills- (6-10) QB, WR, LB
They should select: Barkevious Mingo, LSU, OLB
Defensively Buffalo has a lot of talent; they just need to figure out how to put it all together. Their weakest spot on defense is at the linebacker position. While if they can’t lock up Jarius Byrd, their draft strategy may change, I see them going linebacker here to help complement the pass rush of Mario Williams.
9. New York Jets- (6-10) OT, DB, RB
They should select: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Another team that has a lot of problems and not enough first round selections to solve them is the Jets. If you want to find out what you have in a quarterback he needs to be well protected. Their offensive line has been terrible in recent memory and I believe that an offensive lineman is in their future. Sure, Jets fans will probably boo the pick because it’s not a flashy runner or receiver, but if you want those flashy guys, you need to have someone who can set up the quarterback to do just that. That’s why you can’t have nice things…yet.
10. Tennessee Titans- (6-10) DB, OG, QB
They should select: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
In a division where you have Andrew Luck, Andre Johnson and more, you need to be able to stop the pass, and Tennessee needs help in their defensive back area. Dee Milliner is the best cornerback in the draft and even thought Jake Locker might not be the face of the franchise yet, or even at all, they need to go defense here.
11. San Diego Chargers- (7-9) OL, LB, RB
They should select: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Chargers offensive line made Philip Rivers look like a third stringer last year. They were absolutely terrible. Getting a big guy like Johnson from Oklahoma would hopefully make Rivers look like a productive passer. He needs some more weapons to throw to because Antonio Gates isn’t getting any younger and who knows what the next injury for Ryan Mathews will be.
12. Miami Dolphins- (7-9) DB, DT, WR
They should select: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
I could see this changing if the Dolphins can lure a free agent receiver to South Beach. The name most commonly linked to Miami is Packers free agent receiver Greg Jennings. I’m sure Coach Joe Philbin would love to be reunited with Jennings and who knows, maybe they’ll add a guy like Patterson and give Ryan Tannehill a whole bunch of weapons.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- (7-9) TE, DB, DT
They should select: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The next two picks could be battling over the same position to draft. Both need defensive line/pass rush help. In a division with Cam Newton, Josh Freeman, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan you need to be able to rush the passer. Making a guy like Newton run changes the dynamic of the game, but getting pressure on guys who don’t typically run the ball like Freeman, Brees and Ryan would change the game for the defense.
14. Carolina Panthers- (7-9) DT, DB, OT
They should select: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
See Pick 13.
15. New Orleans Saints- (7-9) OT, LB, DB
They should select: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
The Saints were terrible on defense last season and their offensive line wasn’t the greatest either. If they don’t draft defense with this pick I could see them addressing their offensive line. Bolstering the defensive back field could be the difference of losing a game by 1 score or winning the game by 1 score.
16. St. Louis Rams- (7-8-1) WR, OT, DB
They should select: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The St. Louis Rams improved quite a bit in Jeff Fisher’s first season as head coach. One thing they lacked on offense was a #1 receiver. Danny Amendola is very good in the slot, but there wasn’t a scary guy who could be defined as a #1 guy. Chris Givens or Brian Quick could be guys like that, but haven’t really shown much. They have two first round picks this year, I could see one going on the offense side of the ball and one on the defense side of it.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- (8-8) WR, LB, DE
They should select: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Steelers defense was pretty average last year and they aren’t getting any younger on what was once a premier defense. Getting a younger big body up front like Richardson would clog up the middle and help stop some big time running backs in a division with Ray Rice and Trent Richardson.
18. Dallas Cowboys- (8-8) OL, DE, DB
They should select: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
I really hate that I’m about to say this but with a few moves Dallas could be a legitimate playoff contender next season. Dez Bryant was hot in the 2nd half of the season and if Tony Romo had adequate protection, his numbers could have been much higher. They do need some help on defense, but I see them looking to protect Romo and become even more pass happy next season.
19. New York Giants- (9-7) OT, CB, LB
They should select: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Giants were last years defending champs and didn’t make it back to the playoffs. In order to do that they need to close the gap on close games. Corey Webster was atrocious this season and if they’re looking to stop the aerial attacks of the NFL improving their secondary will be huge.
20. Chicago Bears- (10-6) OL, TE, LB
They should select: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
If you want to prevent Jay Cutler from yelling at his lineman this season the Bears need to get him some better protection. What better than a guy who’s 6’6’’ 335lbs?
21. Cincinnati Bengals- (10-6) LB, DE, RB
They should select: Alexander Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Ogletree’s DWI arrest will likely turn off a few teams, but Marvin Lewis has put up with his share of headaches in Cincinnati and he knows how to handle them, for the most part. A guy with the talent of Ogletree would continue to improve Cincinnati’s rise to the top of the AFC North. They might lose Manny Lawson to free agency and this would be a great replacement. If they don’t draft defense here, look for a running back to come off the board.
22. Washington (to St. Louis)- (10-6) WR, OT, DB
They should select: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
The Rams 2nd pick of the first round will likely be a defensive player. They’re pretty defensively sound up front but getting a guy like Reid will likely replace Craig Dahl who will probably be gone via free agency.
23. Minnesota Vikings- (10-6) WR, LB, DB
They should select: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The Vikings need help in two spots: Wide Reciever and Linebacker. At this point Hopkins would be one of the best receivers left on the board. If they lose Percy Harvin via trade or don’t think they’ll be able to sign him. Getting a guy like Hopkins and possibly a free agent would give Christian Ponder a little more confidence. Let’s be honest though, this team should be running the ball at least 65% of the time.
24. Indianapolis Colts- (11-5) OL, LB, DT
They should select: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Dwight Freeney needs to be replaced and getting a big guy from the Big Ten would be helping out that cause. If they’re looking to go in another direction, look for more protection for Andrew Luck to come out here. You can’t be weak when you’re protecting a guy who you’re hoping will be under center for the next 10-13 years.
25. Seattle Seahawks- (11-5) WR, DL, OL
They should select: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Seattle made the playoffs without having a #1 reciever. Golden Tate, Sidney Rice and Mike Williams aren’t really number one guys but played well in the roles they were given. Is Tavon Austin the answer? Who knows, but they could very well go reciever here.
26. Green Bay Packers- (11-5) OL, LB, RB
They should select: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
This is a tough pick. The Packers were the most sacked team in the NFL last season but their offensive line was riddled with injuries. They had terrible depth and could not keep Rodgers in a solid pocket. With that being said, they were exposed in the playoffs with a terrible line backing core. They missed Desmond Bishop and rookie Nick Perry, but Erik Walden is awful and I’m not going to shed any tears if they let A.J. Hawk go. The right pick here is defense and they need to improve their inside linebackers. He might be a nutcase, but he’s a great talent. Once he sees some of the women in Green Bay, he might want to start an account with Match.com.
27. Houston Texans- (12-4) OL, LB, WR
They should select: Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
There were some struggles last season for the Texans at the guard position, Jones could protect Matt Schaub and hopefully get Houston over the hump and into the conference title game or even the Super Bowl. The window is closing on the Texans; they need to keep Matt Schaub on his feet and can’t afford to lose him.
28. Denver Broncos- (13-3) RB, DT, LB
They should select: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Broncos weakest point of their defense would have to be up front. Both of their starters from last season, Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan are both free agents and both aren’t the greatest of players. Floyd could be the replacement that they’re looking for, but defensively that’s where the Broncos need to do some additions.
29. New England Patriots- (12-4) WR, DE, CB
They should select: Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
You can’t predict a Bill Belichick draft pick. It could be this guy, or it could be Leon Sandcastle.
30. Atlanta Falcons- (13-3) DL, LB, RB
They should select: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
I think Michael Turner is done in Atlanta. We saw a lot of potential out of Jaquizz Rodgers and they’ll need to compliment him or replace Michael Turner with Lacy. His stock is rising and they have some needs on the defensive end spectrum, especially with recently released Ray Edwards off boxing guys who flop worse than NBA players.
31. San Francisco 49ers- (11-4-1) DB, DL, K
They should select: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Could they get really ballsy and replace David Akers in the first round like another Bay Area team did? No. They will not. They will continue to improve their defensive line. If Montgomery is there, I bet Jim Harbaugh might actually crack a smile.
32. Baltimore Ravens- (10-6) LB, DB, OL
They should select: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The name Kevin Minter doesn’t have the same intimidation appeal as Ray Lewis but you would think that they want to get his replacement in this draft and keep rolling on defense. Defensive back is another option if Ed Reed leaves town. This is a team that is known for their great defenses. They’ll continue to add to it.
I hope this answers all of your questions because this is how the draft will go. I can see the future clearly. Just kidding! I’ll do two more mock drafts with less analysis and just picks. Be sure to check out my radio show on Blogtalkradio.com, Macho Men Radio.
Enjoy the NFL Combine, kids!
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