Mock Draft 3.0
The NFL Draft is now just over a month away and NFL scouts are busy getting their draft boards ready for the big event.
The Combine took place last month and as usual, some of the prospects performances produced mixed results.
Dontari Poe had an amazing Combine and even received praise from President Barack Obama. (see http://tracking.si.com/2012/03/01/dontari-poe-turns-the-head-of-president-obama/) Despite weighing in at over 340 pounds, Poe ran a 4.98 40 yard dash and also had 44 repetitions of the bench press. His performance at the Combine has lifted his draft stock from a late first/early second round prospect, to a possible top ten pick.
On the other hand, Vontaze Burfict had an awful Combine. He is regarded by many scouts, (including myself) as a talented but lazy player and now faces a battle to be picked in the first two rounds. A slow 40 time (5.09) followed by an awful performance during interviews, (see http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/59611/burfict-blames-others-for-bad-season) leaves many wondering if Burfict is no longer worth the risk.
Another draft headline from last month was the trade between the St.Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins. The Redskins made an unprecedented trade with the Rams in the hopes of drafting Robert Griffin III. They traded the Rams their first and second round picks for this year, as well as their first round picks in 2013 and 2014. This move almost certainly means that RG3 will be drafted by the Redskins with the second overall pick.
Now without further ado, here is my Mock Draft.
1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford.
Pick analysis: Despite recent speculation that the Colts may draft RG3, I just can’t see them passing on Luck.
2. Washington Redskins (Trade with St.Louis Rams) – Robert Griffin, Quarterback, Baylor.
Pick analysis: Redskins get the franchise quarterback they’ve always wanted in RG3.
3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC.
Pick analysis: Christian Ponder gets the best left tackle in the draft to protect his blindside.
4. Cleveland Browns- Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU.
Pick analysis: Browns stick with Colt McCoy and add Claiborne to pair with Joe Haden in their secondary.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Richardson gives the Bucs another weapon to add to their backfield.
6. St.Louis Rams (Trade with Washington Redskins) – Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State.
Pick analysis: Rams decide to give Sam Bradford a reliable weapon in Blackmon.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame.
Pick analysis: Floyd has seen his draft stock rise lately and the Jags will take a risk on the Notre Dame star.
8. Miami Dolphins- Nick Perry, Defensive End, USC.
Pick analysis: Dolphins need a pass rusher and Perry is their best option.
9. Carolina Panthers- Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle, Memphis.
Pick analysis: Poe’s performance at the combine sees him move into the top ten.
10. Buffalo Bills- Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa.
Pick analysis: Bills haven’t yet re-signed Demetrius Bell and bring in Reiff to compete at left tackle.
11. Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro, Guard, Stanford.
Pick analysis: DeCastro is the best guard in the draft and will improve the Chiefs interior line.
12. Seattle Seahawks- Michael Brockers, Defensive Tackle, LSU.
Pick analysis: Seahawks added Jason Jones in free agency but they still cannot afford to pass on Brockers.
13. Arizona Cardinals- Melvin Ingram, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, South Carolina.
Pick analysis: Ingram gives the Cardinals another pass rusher to add to their improving defense.
14. Dallas Cowboys- Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Cowboys have already added Brandon Carr in free agency so Kirkpatrick will play at safety.
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State.
Pick analysis: Still is a dominant player who will make an immediate impact on the Eagles defensive line.
16. New York Jets- Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina.
Pick analysis: Jets bring in Coples in the hopes of improving their sack totals for next season.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (Trade with Oakland Raiders) – Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama.
Pick analysis: Despite re-signing Adam Jones, the Bengals decide to bring in another cornerback in Jenkins.
18. San Diego Chargers- Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford.
Pick analysis: Chargers bring in Martin to compete with Jeromey Clary at right tackle.
19. Chicago Bears- Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Upshaw is a player the Bears could really use with veteran Lance Briggs clearly on the decline.
20. Tennessee Titans- Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Titans have little safety help outside of Michael Griffin and so they decide to bring in Barron.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina.
Pick analysis: Brown gives the Bengals another pass rusher and he will also help out against the run.
22. Cleveland Browns (Trade with Atlanta Falcons) – Jared Crick, Defensive End, Nebraska.
Pick analysis: Browns bring in Crick to play alongside Phil Taylor on their defensive line.
23. Detroit Lions- Jamell Fleming, Cornerback, Oklahoma.
Pick analysis: Cornerback is a desperate need for the Lions and Fleming is the best one available.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver, Baylor.
Pick analysis: Steelers add Wright and give themselves yet another speedy receiver on offense.
25. Denver Broncos- Dont’a Hightower, Middle Linebacker, Alabama.
Pick analysis: Hightower is a solid player to add to the Broncos linebacking corp.
26. Houston Texans- Luke Kuechly, Middle Linebacker, Boston College.
Pick analysis: Texans replace DeMeco Ryans with Kuechly.
27. New England Patriots (Trade with New Orleans Saints) – Whitney Mercilus, Defensive End, Illinois.
Pick analysis: Mercilus is a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker who is perfect for the Pats defense.
28. Green Bay Packers- Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State.
Pick analysis: Packers add depth to their defensive line by bringing in Cox.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Kelechi Osmele, Guard, Iowa State.
Pick analysis: Osmele could be a possible replacement for newly departed Ben Grubbs.
30. San Francisco 49ers- Alfonzo Dennard, Cornerback, Nebraska.
Pick analysis: 49ers bring in Dennard to play alongside Carlos Rogers.
31. New England Patriots- Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback, South Carolina.
Pick analysis: Gilmore gives the Pats some much needed help in the secondary.
32. New York Giants- Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami.
Pick analysis: Giants add Miller to help replace Brandon Jacobs.
So that’s my third Mock Draft.
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