Mock Draft 2.0
This week sees the NFL Combine arrive in Indianapolis which gives the best players from college football the opportunity to show off their talents to all 32 NFL teams.
The Combine is a crucial part of the evaluation process for the Draft as it gives an insight into a players ability via the drills that they’ll be partaking in (40-yard dash, Bench press, etc.).
Although quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III won’t be throwing at the Combine, (they’ve both wisely decided to wait until their Pro Days) it’s still important for other players to show up and perform well to improve their Draft stock.
Every year a player has a great performance at the Combine and his Draft stock sky rockets (see Julio Jones last year). This year should be no different with players like Michael Brockers, Zach Brown and Coby Fleener all expected to have impressive Combines.
Just to note: I won’t be including any trades in my Mock Drafts. Now without further ado, here is my Mock Draft.
1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford.
Pick analysis: Colts select Peyton Manning’s successor and the best player in the Draft.
2. St.Louis Rams- Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC.
Pick analysis: Rams get Kalil to protect Sam Bradford’s blindside.
3. Minnesota Vikings- Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State.
Pick analysis: Vikings select Blackmon to give them an outside receiver to partner with Percy Harvin in the slot.
4. Cleveland Browns- Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor.
Pick analysis: Browns simply can’t ignore RG3 and must pick him should he be available.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Bucs select Richardson to partner with LeGarrette Blount in the backfield.
6. Washington Redskins- Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU.
Pick analysis: Redskins get the best defensive player available in Claiborne.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Jags select Upshaw to provide some pressure off the edge.
8. Carolina Panthers- Michael Brockers, Defensive Tackle, LSU.
Pick analysis: Panthers get a player with plenty of potential in Brockers.
9. Miami Dolphins- Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina.
Pick analysis: Dolphins select Ingram to partner with Cameron Wake on their defense.
10. Buffalo Bills- Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina.
Pick analysis: Bills get the fastest linebacker in the Draft in Brown.
11. Seattle Seahawks- Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama.
Pick analysis: Seahawks select the talented yet troubled Jenkins.
12. Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro, Guard, Stanford.
Pick analysis: Chiefs get DeCastro to partner with Branden Albert on the left side of their offensive line.
13. Arizona Cardinals- Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa.
Pick analysis: Cardinals select Reiff to be their right tackle.
14. Dallas Cowboys- Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State.
Pick analysis: Cowboys add Cox to partner with Jay Ratliff on their defensive line.
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Kuechly, Middle Linebacker, Boston College.
Pick analysis: Easgles select Kuechly to anchor their defense.
16. New York Jets- Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State.
Pick analysis: Jets add Still to provide toughness on their defensive line.
17. Cincinnati Bengals- Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford.
Pick analysis: Bengals select Martin to help improve their offensive line.
18. San Diego Chargers- Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Chargers get Barron to play alongside Pro Bowler Eric Weddle at safety.
19. Chicago Bears- Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame.
Pick analysis: Bears select Floyd to partner with Devin Hester and Johnny Knox.
20. Tennessee Titans- Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Titans get Kirkpatrick to either play alongside or replace Courtland Finnegan.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami.
Pick analysis: Bengals select Miller to replace the outgoing Cedric Benson.
22. Cleveland Browns- Nick Perry, Defensive End, USC.
Pick analysis: Browns get Perry to partner with last year’s first round pick Phil Taylor on their defensive line.
23. Detroit Lions- Jamell Fleming, Cornerback, Oklahoma.
Pick analysis: Lions select Fleming in the hopes of turning around their struggling secondary.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, South Carolina.
Pick analysis: Steelers fill a need as the futures of both Mike Wallace and Hines Ward are still uncertain.
25. Denver Broncos- Coby Fleener, Tight End, Stanford.
Pick analysis: Broncos select Fleener and give Tim Tebow a tight end to throw to.
26. Houston Texans- Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver, Baylor.
Pick analysis: Texans add the speedy Wright to play alongside Andre Johnson.
27. New England Patriots- Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State.
Pick analysis: Pats select Worthy to add some depth to their defensive line.
28. Green Bay Packers- Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin.
Pick analysis: Packers replace the soon-to-be free agent Scott Wells with Konz.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Dont’a Hightower, Middle Linebacker, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Ravens select Hightower to be the eventual replacement for Ray Lewis.
30. San Francisco 49ers- Jared Crick, Defensive End, Nebraska.
Pick analysis: 49ers get Crick to help out in stopping the run alongside Justin Smith and Issac Sopoaga.
31. New England Patriots- Vontaze Burfict, Middle Linebacker, Arizona State.
Pick analysis: Pats select Burfict to partner with Jerod Mayo at middle linebacker.
32. New York Giants- Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle, Memphis.
Pick analysis: Giants add another defensive lineman to their defense in Poe.
So that’s my second Mock Draft.
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