Monday, April 9, 2012

Mock Draft 3.0

Big Time Changes
By: Brian Sanchez

1. Indiannapolis Colts-  QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
This is still the obvious pick here.  You lose Manning and follow with Luck, pretty sweet deal there.

2. Washington Redskins- QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
The Redskins traded up to pick No. 2 in a blockbuster with the STL Rams for one reason, to get a franchise QB.  They would take either Luck or Griffin.  With Luck almost guaranteed to go first, The Redskins will be very pleased to get RGIII.

3. Minnesota Vikings- OT Matt Kalil, USC
With Justin Blackmon probably not being deserving of going this high the Vikings can not add a weapon for young QB Christian Ponder.  They'll settle for strengthening their weak offensive line with the best O-line prospect in this draft.  Kalil should be a LT from day 1.

4. Cleveland Browns- RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
This is a tough pick for the Browns.  They could also take Claiborne, Blackmon, or Tannehill.  I don't think Tannehill will go this high.  Holmgren does not like to draft WR this early.  Claiborne is a good pick here, but the Browns need help on offense especially after losing Peyton Hillis. 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
The Bucs probably would rather have had Richardson but he is not an option here.  They need CB and the best one in he draft is still there.  Easy pick.  I along with most NFL people do not care abou his Wonderlic score.

6. St. Louis Rams- WR Justin Blackmon, LSU
The Rams will take whoever is available between Claiborne, Richardson, and Blackmon.  In this draft it is Blackmon who can be an immediate impact target to help Sam Bradford.  

7. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
GM Gene Smith likes to draft high character, high motor players.They also have a big need for pass rush help at both DE and OLB.  Souns like a perfect fit for Mr. Ingram.

8. Miami Dolphins- QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
The converted WR is a very intriguing prospect.  I have the Browns passing on him at pick No. 4 but I couldn't see the Dolphins letting him go.  The Dolphins need a long term solution at QB even more now that they've lost Chad Henne.  Tannehill needs work but has good potential.

9. Carolina Panthers- DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
Poe is a mountain at about 6'3" and 350 lbs.  He can be a dynamic interior presence for the Panthers who could not stop the run at all last season and need a lot of help up front along the D line.

10. Buffalo Bills- OT Riley Rieff, Iowa
The Bills needed a pass rush but have now signed the top defensive free agent MArio williams and also Mark Anderson.  They just lost Demetress Bell to the Eagles and now need to fill that hole.  Rieff is just a solid linemen who will play very well for a long time.

11. Kansas City Chiefs- MLB Luke Kuechley, Boston College
Kuechly is a special kind of linebacker.  He has incredible instincts but does not lack athleticism at all.  KC wants to shore up the defense, this is a great start.

12. Seattle Seahawks- DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
The Seahawks need help with their pass rush especially at DE.  Coples is a gifted athlete who only falls to this pick because of questions about his motor.  He won't get past Seattle who needs his talent above all else.

13. Arizona Cardinals- WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Floyd would not fill a need but he sure would make them better.  The Cards were at their best back when they had Boldin alongside Fitzgerald.  They need O-line help too but Floyd can be a big impact guy who opens up the offense.  Think Falcons getting Julio Jones to go with Roddy White.

14. Dallas Cowboys- S Mark Barron, Alabama
The Cowboys need help all over the defense, but especially in the secondary.  They signed Brandon Carr and that was solid.  Now they can add the top Safety in the draft.  Barron is a ball hawk and will start immediately.

15. Philadelphia Eagles- DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St.
The Eagles need to start stopping the run.  Picking up DeMeco Ryans was a good start.  Cox is a disruptive force in the middle and will bring impact play making to the Eagles.

16. New York Jets- OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
Last year the Jets defense was remembered more by reputation than actual play.  Too often did they have to send too many players on a blitz just to get pressure.  Rex Ryan likes versatile front 7 guys, and Upshaw is exactly that.  He's an explosive pass rusher that can play OLB or DE.

17. Cincinnati Bengals- OG David DeCastro, Stanford
The Bengals are one of the best up and coming teams in the league.  They don't have a lot of needs and the interior O-line is not necessarily one of them.  But DeCastro is one of the best inside linemen to come along in a long time.  Adding him would just help the Bengals handle a rush from the Steelers and Ravens that much more.

18. San Diego Chargers- OL Cordy Glenn- Georgia
The Chargers need help along the offensive line.  Glenn is massive and athletic enough to play inside at guard or outside at tackle.  Taking Glenn brings versatility for the Chargers to go out and add more while putting him wherever there is a hole.

19. Chicago Bears- DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
A lot of people have the Bears taking a WR here but I think they coould wait until the 2nd round and get one that is close to the same talent as they could at this pick.  What they could not get in the 2nd round is a pass rusher like Mercilus.  A strong, explosive, long armed pass rusher that would be a great compliment across from Julius Peppers (who isn't getting any younger).

20. Tennessee Titans- CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
The Titans lost Cortland Finnegan in FA this offseason and will need to replace him.  If Kirkpatrick hadn't had Marijuana possession charges he definitely could have gone earlier.  He is very tall for a corner but still nimble enough to play corner and not have to move to safety.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- CB Stephen Gilmore, South Carolina
CB is a position the Bengals need depth at and a lot of people thought they would do it with their first pick.  I had them taking the talented David DeCastro and now they still get their corner.  They will take Gilmore over Janorice Jenkins because of Jenkins character concerns.  Also, Jenkins is a better cover corner but not by much.  Gilmore is a play maker and might make the Bengals the big winners of the first round.

22. Cleveland Browns- OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
The Browns already got Trent Richardson in this draft, and while a WR could help so could a dominant O-line.  This O line has to face the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens and Richardson and McCoy both need protection.  Martin across from Joe Thomas could be good for a long time.  Plus he would be a RT and not have to handle the pressure of being a NFL LT.

23. Detroit Lions- CB Janorice Jenkins, North Alabama
Jenkins character is a giant question mark and that is the only reason he is this low.  Jenkins however is one heck of a cover corner so he will not fall out of the first round.  The Lions are doing research into Jenkins who has handled himself well throughout the draft process.  His talent will outweigh concerns especially with the Lions needs at CB.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers- MLB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Hightower seems to have been made to play for the Steel curtain.  If it falls like this the Steelers should be pumped.  They cut James Farrior so Hightower can now come in and start alongside Timmons.

25. Denver Broncos- WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
Yes, the Broncos need defensive help especially on the defensive line.  But if you think Peyton Manning is not asking for more weapons, you're crazy.  Thomas is good, but they need more.  Wright and Thomas would be a pair of speed receivers that Manning could terrorize people with.  He can also help in the return game now that Eddie Royal is gone.

26. Houston Texans- WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech.
Last year when Andre Johnson went down the Texans realized he was literally their only viable option.  Hill may need a while to be a top notch receiver, but with his size and blazing speed he is worth the wait.  The Texans can afford to wait especially since with only Andre Johnson they are still good.

27. New England Patriots- DT Michael Brockers, LSU
Brockers shot up draft boards and then back down after the combine.  But in this case he ends up with the Patriots so it kind of worked out for him.  The Patriots need help everywhere in the front 7 and Brockers would be a starter from day 1.

28. Green Bay Packers- DE/OLB Nick Perry, USC
The Packers need pass rush help across from Clay Matthews so why not bring in a fellow USC Trojan?  Perry is a bit of a tweener but he can rush the passer and the Packers will be able to use him in multiple defenses.

29. Baltimore Ravens- C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
The Ravens have a Center in Matt Birk who won't be around much longer.  In the short term view Konz can fill in at RG for Ben Grubbs and then take over at Center when Birk leaves or retires.

30. San Francisco 49ers- TE Coby Fleener, Stanford
Yes, TE is very low on the list of team needs but you have to trust me on this one.  First, Harbaugh loves to utilize a lot of TE.  He had Fleener at Stanford and knows how good he is.  Secondly, Fleener is way better than Delanie Walker, and I think he is a better WR than Randy Moss is right now.  Fleener is very tall and even more athletic.  Him and Vernon Davis in the Red Zone would mean no more excuses for not scoring.  He is Harbaugh's boy and I think taking him will be a great move.

31. New England Patriots- DE/DT Devon Still, Penn St.
The Front 7 upgrades keep coming for the Patriots and at great value.  Still is a player that is just flat out good.  Not the greatest, but still good.  Add him to Michael Brockers and suddenly the Patriots have a D-Line that is no joke.

32. New York Giants- WR Rueben Randle, LSU
Randle can be a special WR.  He has great size, speed and athleticism and did not get to show his full
potential at LSU.  The Giants lost Manningham and I think that hurt them because they thrived by having three big receivers that Eli can facilitate.  They are down to two but Randle will make it 3 again.

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