Three Round mock
1) Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Even though the Chiefs have franchised Albert they are still in dire need of another Tackle and whether they play Joeckel at LT or RT this combination would be top 5 Bookends in the league. With Alex Smith now pretty secured as the starting QB of the Chiefs it will only make him better to give him great protection, and will make Jamaal Charles just that much more dangerous.
Player Comparison – Jake Long
2) Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
DE has been the biggest weakness of the Jaguars other than QB for a couple of seasons now and despite spending multiple picks including a high 2nd round pick last year on DE’s with lots of potential they have yet to have any of them pan out into a legit pass rusher. Jordan is the kind of player that regardless of what your scheme is now he will fit all systems. He can play DE in a 43 as well as OLB in a 43 or a 34 defense. The league’s top individual in sacks had half a sack more than the entire Jags football team and that is a major problem. Jordan is a big Fast DE who has incredible knee bend and plants his feet and changes directions with ease. His exceptional array of pass rushing moves makes him a threat to be an instant terror in the NFL. If he can add 20lbs to make him more effective vs the run Jordan will be a nightmare to guard.
Player Comparison – Jason Taylor
3) Oakland Raiders – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Bryant went to the Browns, Seymour is as good as gone and Tommy Kelly was cut leaving the Raiders with just the late round Bilukidi and the newly acquired Pat Sims and Vance Walker on roster. Lotuleli is a complete Tackle who has the ability to dominate vs the run as well as get after the QB. He has been cleared medically.
Player Comparison – Haloti Ngata
4) Philadelphia Eagles – Sharrif Floyd, DE/DT, Florida
Fletcher Cox is an Up and coming player and the recently signed Isaac Sopoaga to fill the NT role alongside Antonio Dixon leaves a big hole on the front line. Floyd has the ability to play the 5-tech spot in a 34 defense as well as kick inside to defensive tackle on passing downs to create as much havoc as possible. Floyd has slightly short arms that could become a problem if he allows opposing lineman to get their hands on him and drive him out of the play. Floyd is very explosive and along with Cox should be able to create a lot of pressure on the front line of the Eagles new 34 Defense.
Player Comparison – Warren Sapp
5) Detroit Lions – Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Unfortunately Cliff Avril left Detroit for Seattle this offseason leaving a massive hole at the DE spot for the Lions. Recently signed Jason Jones is going to fill one DE spot on the line but he will not make as big of an impact as a Pass rusher on the outside as he would if there was room for him to play inside at the 3-tech where he belongs but will be filled by Nick Fairley. The cupboard bare for outside pass rusher on this Lions team and an impact pure pass rusher is needed to take pressure off of Suh and Fairley. Ansah is a very raw player still but shows an incredible motor, and flashes the ability to be dominant in the form of a Jason Pierre-Paul type player.
Player Comparison – Jason Pierre-Paul
6) Cleveland Browns – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Joe Thomas and Mitchell Schwartz are good bookends but guard is still a big of a weakness for the Browns. Pinkston has a lot of potential but needs to stay healthy, and Greco and Lauvao are better off as backups than as Starters, Particularly Lauvao as he struggles in run blocking and is only an average at best pass blocker. Warmack is one of the best PLAYERS in the entire draft let alone being the best Guard in the draft. With Warmack at LG and Pinkston at RG with Alex Mack at center and Thomas and Schwartz outside this would turn Cleveland’s OL from average to one of the most complete lines in the entire League.
Player Comparison – Ben Grubbs
7) Arizona Cardinals – Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan
Bob Massie was solid at RT and got better as the year went on but might be better if he is moved inside to Guard which would allow the more athletic Potter to slide over to RT with Fisher playing LT giving the newly acquired Carson Palmer the much needed protection he desperately will need as he does not have the mobility to protect his self. Fisher is a fast rising prospect with exceptional feet and long arms he will be able to handle the NFL speed rusher and keep the more powerful players from getting inside his body.
Player Comparison – Joe Staley
8) Buffalo Bills – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Not really worth a top 10 pick and would be much safer if he was selected in the back half of the 1st round but with a major hole at QB with the release of Fitzpatrick the Bills need to select the best available QB and the Nassib speculation is just a smoke screen as he does not have the arm strength to survive in a cold weather city like Buffalo in the NFL due to his lack of ability to drive the football down the field. Smith is very athletic but does not really like to use his running ability as he wishes to be a strictly pocket passer. He has good touch and timing on his routes but he has shown that late in the season he can lose focus and slip.
Player Comparison – Donovan McNabb
9) New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Too early to take Mingo based off of the tape, but off of pure ability with his unlimited upside the Jets will have to reach and take the pass rusher they so desperately need in Rex Ryan’s aggressive 3-4 Defense, and Jordan is unfortunately already off the board. Mingo really looked the part at the combine testing well but mostly looking very crisp and smooth in all the LB drills leading many to believe that he was simply playing out of position at LSU and that held back a lot of his production. With that said Mingo is still a bit raw and needs to add strength and be more heavy handed to knock tackles back in order to rip and run to the QB more often. There will be some hesitation for many on Mingo simply because he was so unproductive at LSU and was expecting a big Junior year but did not deliver as all of his sacks except one was caused by the opposing teams QB just running into him trying to get away from the far more destructive Sam Montgomery who was by far and away the best DE on the team.
Player Comparison – Kamerion Wimbley
10) Tennessee Titans – Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
A bit higher than most would have Montgomery going but I am a big fan of his as he does everything well and excels at doing the little things while going all out for the entire game as his motor never turns off. Morgan has been a bit better as a pass rusher last season playing with more consistency but still has yet to play up to what he was drafted to be. Wimbley was not a great addition, and Klug took a step back making a dynamic pass rusher important. Montgomery is an underrated Pass rusher as he is such a dynamic run defender setting the edge with ease and controlling opposing lineman at his will. Montgomery is never going to be a guy that runs around his opponents with his speed or athletic ability but he has great hand placement with big heavy hands and a thick lower body that allows him to plant and drive his tackle back allowing him to use a spin move, bull rush or rip move to get after the QB.
Player Comparison – Charles Johnson
11) San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, LT Oklahoma
I am pretty sure they know that King Dunlap is not their LT starter this year and he may not even be their RT starter. Rivers is coming off a couple of average to below average season and Mike McCoy will have to figure out how to get Rivers to return to his former glory and a big way to helping that out is to give him the blindside defender he has not had in a very long time. Johnson is still developing into a LT and is already one of the best Tackles in the draft; he is an ex-QB/TE/DE who shows that kind of lateral ability and that kind of footwork. Johnson excels vs speed rushers and is powerful enough to hold his own vs the bigger stronger DE’s and LB’s in the NFL.
Player Comparison – Nick Solder
12) Miami Dolphins – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
With the loss of Sean Smith to the Chiefs in FA, the massive disappointment of Richard Marshall and recently signed Brent Grimes about to turn 30 and coming off a serious injury a #1 CB in a pass happy league is necessary. Milliner is a complete CB, Excellent speed both in a straight line as well as change of direction speed. Milliner has the long arms, fluid hips and ball skills that teams are coveting. Falls in the draft not due to his own ability, rather the depth at the CB position and the top heaviness of the draft for DL and OL talent.
Player Comparison – Mike McKenzie
13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
CB is a problem especially since having to trade away Talib after all of his off the field issues; and the lack of productivity the team was able to get out of the CB currently on roster. Trufant has very good size at 6’0 190lbs with exceptional speed. Trufant not only has fluid hips but he opens them up smoother than anyone in the draft, not losing any speed, he has very good ball skills and knows how to high point the ball but despite his exceptional ball skills and soft hands he rarely goes for the INT if missing the ball could mean a big play, preferring to knock the ball down instead. Some may see this as a little high for Trufant however he is a far better pure cover CB than Wreh-Wilson or Rhodes and comes with less risk than Hayden. I personally would take him over Milliner as I believe his game will translate to a shutdown CB in the NFL where Milliner's will not.
Player Comparison – Champ Bailey
14) Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
DRAFT A DAMN 1ST ROUND DT ALREADY CAROLINA, good lord how many years does DT need to be their biggest weakness before they decide to fill the whole in the 1st round with a dominant DT that is desperately needed in Rivera’s Defensive line. Richardson is arguably the Best Rush DT in the draft. A solid good run stuffer who is very quick twitch and explosive.
Player Comparison – Kevin Williams
15) New Orleans Saints – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Move to a 3-4 Defense is always a hard transition to make; however, making the transition without a consistent physical pass rusher would be a nightmare and the saints would be again in the bottom 10 of the NFL as teams would have to long to gut their defense leading to many more shootouts that will not end in the Saints favor as Brees is too much of a gambler and a gunslinger. Jones was once considered a top 5 player, coming off a great season; however, after a piss poor showing at his pro day in the agility drills his stock has suffered, although he looked very good in the LB drills. Jones has been cleared medically but with an *asterisk that he can play but may reinjure his neck in a freak accident. Jones is still an outstanding Pass Rusher as he is very quick, takes excellent angles and has a wide array of pass rush moves.
Player Comparison – Jerome Harrison
16) St. Louis Rams – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Jared Cook was a huge Sign finally giving Bradford a TE, Quick needs to develop still and Given gives them a nice deep threat but with the loss of Danny Amendola and the loss of Brandon Gibson, leaves the same whole the Rams have had since they lost Torry Holt many years ago. Sam Bradford will never be a dominant QB he was drafted to be however he is a capable starter and should be better if they can get him some consistent players to the throw the ball to and that starts with a true #1 WR. Patterson has some questions after being a 1 year wonder coming from the Junior College realm; however, he is very physical and fast WR who can go up and snatch the ball out of the air and dominant CB’s making Bradford look good. Bradford may not be a star but he can make all the throws it’s time to go get him someone to throw the ball to.
Player Comparison – David Boston
17) Pittsburgh Steelers – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The loss of Mike Wallace to this down the field high powered offense will be hard to replace. Emmanuel Sanders has signed with the Pats although there is a chance the Steelers can match; however, that is not proven yet and the Steelers have never been one to not fill the void left by a FA even if it fills that they have a replacement on the roster. Austin is a dynamic down the field threat that CB’s will find hard to cover and to jam due to his explosion off the line, his small stature, and his world class speed that if a CB blinks Austin is already 10 yards past him. Austin is a versatile threat and to me is a more durable Percy Harvin that can play outside, in the slot or even in the backfield when the Steelers really would like to spread it out.
Player Comparison – Percy Harvin
18) Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
Safety has long been the biggest need for the Cowboys and they time and time again have drafted mid round guys hoping they could step up and start and that has not worked out as of yet. Will Allen was recently signed and is a good fit for the new Kiffin driven Tampa-2 that he will implement; however, Bruce Carter is a better option as a starting Safety than Barry Church or Matt Johnson are which is saying a lot as Carter is an up and coming outside LB. Vaccaro is the deep centerfielder that teams in the NFL need now due to all the spread and Split TE sets that attack down the field. Vaccaro can play CB in a pinch and won’t have trouble shadowing TE’s and removing them from plays with his cover ability and instincts. The thing that separates Vaccaro from the rest of the class is how complete a player he is, while he won’t blow up a WR with that big flashy hit that guys like Cyprien will but he is a very sound tackler who raps up well and does not miss a lot of tackles.
Player Comparison – Michael Huff
19) New York Giants – Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
Diehl is a solid tackle but would be a better guard so going after a big physical RT here like Fluker would be nice but an upgrade at Center might be the better option. David Baas is a solid player but with his age and lack of agility he might be better being moved to OG allowing Cooper to slide into the Center spot. His movement ability to get off the snap and drive opposing DT back will be a big improvement to the run game opening big holes for Wilson now that he is expected to take over for Bradshaw not to mention a vastly improved pass blocker in Cooper would help keep Manning off the ground.
Player Comparisons - Can't think of a player in recent history with his agility and versatility, maybe a shorter Pouncey.
20) Chicago Bears – Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia
Brian Urlacher was the heart and soul of the Bears defense for the last 10 years and now they will need to find a new face of the new defense. Ogletree is a very Urlacher like backer, being that he is in the hybrid safety/Linebacker mold. Ogletree really looks the part, he is a big, fast backer that can make plays all over the field and even excels dropping into zone coverage. He needs to learn to take on blockers better but Urlacher does not do that well either so it can be covered up and should not be an issue.
Player Comparison – Derek Brooks
21) Cincinnati Bengals – Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The loss of Cederic Benson has been harder to replace than originally expected and the addition of BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been a lack luster one. This is not to say Green-Ellis did not have an ok season but he lacked the explosion the Bengals were looking for from the position, was not the tough short yardage runner they thought they were getting when they signed the 220lbs back. Lacy is not as explosive as Richardson but he has good agility, plays low to the ground, and falls forward. Lacy is a bowling ball that just rumbles over individuals, he won’t be the flashy Adrian Peterson type of runner but 1400-1700 yards a year is not out of the question for Lacy.
Player Comparison – Jamal Lewis
22) St. Louis Rams (Redskins) – DJ Fluker, RT, Alabama
The signing of Jake Long will be a huge help to Sam Bradford as this gives the Rams the option of moving Saffold Inside to Guard or to RT. Fluker has amazingly long arms, while he has a lack luster body he is big strong player with huge arms that allows him to absolutely dominant his opponents. Sam Bradford is more than likely never going to live up to his #1 pick lofty status but he is a solid NFL starter that can win games and lead his team on a playoff run but in order to do that they will need to solidify their OL with big physical blockers that will keep pressure off of him as he struggles with pressure, and they need to get him a big time WR especially after the loss of Amendola in free agency to the Patriots.
Player Comparison – Phil Loadholt
23) Minnesota Vikings – Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Most see Williams as strictly a NT; however, he is very athletic with a strong core allowing him to anchor and his ability to drive guards and centers back will free up not only the excellent, albeit aging outside pass rush of the Vikings to be much more destructive in a division where all their rivals have franchise top 15 NFL QB’s.
Player Comparison – Jay Ratliff
24) Indianapolis Colts – Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
Vontae Davis Was a really solid Acquisition last season, and Greg Toler was a big pick up this offseason as a free agent however he has dealt with multiple injuries and cannot be counted on to play in every game. Butler is a solid nickel and dime CB as he is very good in coverage but struggles vs the run so he is not a legit option to replace the often injured Toler on the outside if/when he gets injured. Rhodes can be the answer to their problems, a very good cover CB with above average speed and great size allows him to play effectively in the slot or outside as a starting CB.
Player Comparison – Dre Kirkpatrick
25) Minnesota Vikings (Seattle) – Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
Jared Allen is getting older and so is the newly turned on Brian Robison. Everson Griffen really came on strong last season but is more of a situational pass rushing specialist. Werner is not the top 10 Prospect that some made him out to be earlier in the draft process but he is a strong pass rusher with his snap anticipation and strong hands that he uses to set the age and control tackles before making a quick spin move to the inside to get after the QB.
Player Comparison – Poor Man’s Chris Long
26) Green Bay Packers – Terron Armstead, LT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
A reach to say the least however the Packers need a true LT. Sherrod has yet to stay healthy, Newhouse belongs inside at Guard or at RT, Andrew Datko has a lot of ability and is believed to be able to play LT one day but with his injury history in college he cannot be counted on, and most importantly we need to leave Bryan Bulaga on the right side where he belongs and is among the league’s very best at what he does but his short arms will make him a train wreck at LT. Armstead shows great feet and agility, he is strong and has good technique however he needs to gain experience playing at the higher level of play. Armstead may not be ready until mid-season to take over if not his 2nd year but Newhouse can hold the job down for one more year if Sherrod or Datko don’t step up. Despite all the players the Packers have used on Offensive Tackles in recent years this seems like an unnecessary pick however until they get it right and find their future LT to protect their most valuable player in Rodgers they need to keep drafting tackles. Armstead is a small school guy but they have not had a lot of luck with guys that were sure thing LT’s (Bulaga plays RT) or talented LT’s (Sherrod) or even late round LT’s in Newhouse or Datko so it’s time to do something new and go with the small school super talented kid that looks like he can hang with the big boys, as they have had a lot of success with small school players particularly on our Offensive Line. This pick will not likely come in the 1st round most likely due to the 2nd and 3rd round depth of this draft the Packers will try and move this pick in order to move back into the early-mid 2nd round and pick up an extra pick or two, but I think they would be comfortable with him in Rd. 1.
Player Comparison – Duane Brown
27) Houston Texans – Keenan Allen, WR, California
Kevin Walter was recently cut and a #2 WR next to Johnson who can take over as the teams #1 WR in the near future is needed. Allen is a big physical WR that has a great catch radius, boxes out his defender well so only he has a chance to get the ball, has great hands and is a physical and aggressive blocker that is very important in Houston’s Aggressive Rushing Offense.
Player Comparison – Anquan Boldin
28) Denver Broncos – Cornellius (Tank) Carradine, DE, FSU
Elvis was cut after a strange contract snafu and then feeling unwanted by the Broncos took less money to go play for the world champion Ravens. This leaves a hole in the defense as Robert Ayers has been a bust and proven to be nothing more than a situational player so the spot opposite the up and coming Derek Wolfe is a big hole. Carradine is coming off an injury otherwise he would be long gone probably in the top 15. Carradine is an explosive player who despite being overshadowed by teammates Jenkins and Bjoern is not only the better player but the better Pass rusher who will make his presence felt immediately. Carradine turns speed into power well, shows very solid hand placement and the wide array of pass rush moves will help the Broncos not feel the impact of losing a 10+ sacks a year guy.
Player Comparison – Simeon Rice
29) New England Patriots – Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Small school kid who really lays the boom. Very athletic kid who has great instincts and is always around the football. Played in the box predominately at Florida International but when he was asked to drop into coverage and play in some zone he showed the ability to make plays on the ball. His lack of experience as a cover safety will hurt him and keep him from starting day one but he is suppose to have a strong work ethic and will do whatever it takes to be a great football player. Patriots need a young safety that can take over full time from the vets that were brought in to do the job after letting the highly talented Patrick Chung leave in free agency.
Player Comparison – Adrian Wilson
30) Atlanta Falcons – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tony Gonzales has agreed to come back for another year but that is only a temporary solution and will bring this problem up once again next season if the Falcons don’t deal with it now. Eifert was battling with Ertz to be the top TE in the class but really separated himself at the combine when he showed superior athleticism. Eifert has great hands, a big wide frame and exceptional ball skills. Taking a year to learn from one of the all-time greats is just what Eifert needs to really step out and become the player Ryan needs him to be. Personally I don't think Eifert or Ertz deserve to go top 50.
Player Comparison – More Athletic Kyle Rudolph
31) San Francisco 49ers – Jonathan Jenkins, NT, Georgia
Glenn Dorsey was just signed to replace Isaac Sopoaga as the team’s new NT, however there is no proof that this is going to work out as Dorsey has never played the NT spot consistently before. Jenkins is a luxury pick however with a deep talented team like the Niners and with so many picks available the Niners have the ability to reach and take a player that could be special as a NT and make it so much easier for Brooks and Smith to get after the QB.
Player Comparison – Tony Saragossa
32) Baltimore Ravens – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Harbaugh tried his best to seem uninterested in Te’o at the combine and leads many to believe that they are interested in the young backer. Te’o needs to clear the interview process but after that he is a very good player, who is instinctive, and a playmaker. He is not the prospect some have made him out to be, but he is still a very good player and has shown the leadership ability at ND to lead the Ravens to believe that he can be the emotional leader of the Ravens Defense taking over for the future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.
Player Comparison – James Laurinaitis
Round 21. Jacksonville Jaguars – Menelik Watson, RT, FSU
Gabbert shows flashes of ability but has yet to show any consistency, although he has yet to play a full season with Jones-Drew Healthy or any real WRs. Henne looked ok late in the season and really helped develop Blackmon and Shorts but he is not the future and is better off staying as a backup. The biggest problem hurting Gabbert was his Offensive Line that gave up 50 sacks on the season which is unacceptable. Watson is still very raw but he is a big physical kid with a lot of talent who has gotten better every year and while he has only played football for a couple of years he shows the potential to turn into an excellent RT in the NFL. Watson has surprisingly nimble feet and the ability to perhaps turn into an NFL LT in time.
Player Comparison – Tyron Smith
2. San Francisco 49ers (Chiefs) – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Big Fast WR, at 6’4 200lbs Hunter is a very tough WR to defend. Hunter does not get the recognition that his teammate Patterson gets due to his freakish athletic ability, however whenever u turn on the tape Hunter is the one that jumps out. Hunter’s biggest problem is he can disappear on tape when the ball is not coming his way, but despite that when Tennessee needed to make a play Bray went after Hunter not Patterson.
Player Comparison – Kenny Britt
3. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Pugh, RT, Syracuse
Excellent football player, very athletic has great feet, moves well and excels as a pass blocker. His short arms may forever keep away from the LT spot in the NFL however this should not be as big of a problem for him as RT in the NFL. Todd Herremans has been solid and played the RT spot which is out of position for him but it would benefit the eagles more to move him back inside to LG where he was one of the league’s best Guards and extend his career and even potentially keep him healthier then he was at RT doing things he did not really have the skill set for.
Player Comparison – Sam Baker
4. Detroit Lions – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Calvin Johnson is a freak of nature and is clearly the best player in the NFL at his position; however, he cannot be the only target for Matthew Stafford if they wish to become a contender. Broyles has shown flashes of big time ability but his injury history in college as well as during his short NFL career makes him a player that cannot be counted on to start on the outside. Hopkins is a great WR; while he does not have electrifying speed the Lions don’t really need that with Johnson already on the roster so it’s ok. Hopkins is a very quick player who gets in and out of his breaks smoothly, runs crisp routes and has big soft hands that allow him to catch the ball naturally. Hopkins is not afraid to play over the middle and excels at making the catch and then making guys miss to extend the play.
Player Comparison – Roddy White
5. Cincinnati Bengals (Oakland) – Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Elam is a football player; nothing better can be said about him. Elam makes a lot of plays in coverage and is not afraid to come up into the box and take on RB’s. Elam has a high football IQ and his instincts always keeps him in the play, while his deep speed and cover ability will allow him to lineup on slot WR’s in nickel coverage. Potential to be a real ball hawking safety in the NFL.
Player Comparisons – Darren Sharper
6. Arizona Cardinals – Matt Barkley, QB, USC
I won’t be surprised if the Cardinals jump into the back of the draft and make a trade with the Packers, Texans, Broncos, pats or Niners to jump up and take Barkley. Barkley is a solid player and has a lot of things u like about him, from his High Football IQ, excellent work ethic, accuracy and ability to lead a team in the huddle Barkley shows he can be a NFL QB. The negatives on Barkley are worse however, He has an average at best arm and cannot make all the NFL throws, has an extensive injury history, and he may be tapped out potentially. The Cardinals just traded for Palmer for pennies on the dollar giving them a short term starter but a long term QB has to be in the cards. Arizona’s great weather and lack of snow games should help cover up Barkley’s arm strength, not to mention playing with the super talented Larry Fitzgerald.
Player Comparisons – Matt Schaub
7. Cleveland Browns – (supplemental Draft No Pick)
8. New York Jets – Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Shonn Greene wore out his welcome and was let walk as a free agent, leaving the largely unproven Bilal Powell the starting job going into the season however with only 123 career carriers and a career high of 19 carries in one game the Jets cannot afford to stand pat at RB and not bring in someone to not only compete but spell Powell and the recently acquired Goodson who is coming off only a 35 carry season. Bernard has an uncanny ability of catching the ball out of the backfield and makes defenders miss allowing him to pick up lots of extra yards. A very explosive back that makes great cuts and packs a bigger punch than a back his size leaves defenders to think. Bernard has some durability issues, including a major knee surgery and there are concerns he is not very mature which could lead to off the field trouble.
Player Comparisons – Jacquizz Rodgers
9. Tennessee Titans – Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown came on real strong last season and are showing the promise of becoming a great LB core being built around there amazing athletic ability. The one big problem is Colin McCarthy he is an excellent football player and when he is on the field is a difference maker; however, he was injury prone in college and that seems to be carrying on in the NFL. Of 32 possible games in his career McCarthy has only played 20 games. Minter is an excellent football player with a very high football IQ, and an instinctive player who is always around the football making plays. Minter does not have the sideline to sideline range that McCarthy does however; he is far more consistent and durable which will allow the Titans to bring McCarthy off the bench as a specialist. This will hopefully keep him healthy while allowing him to still make plays in specialty packages and on special teams.
Player Comparisons – London Fletcher
10. Buffalo Bills – Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Steve Johnson is a very good #1 WR, although he needs to be more consistent with his hands, however after Johnson there is little to no depth behind him. TJ Graham was drafted in the mid-rounds last year and showed some ability to be an explosive slot WR. The addition of Dobson will give the Bills a true #2 and Geno Smith the WRs he will need if he is to survive in the NFL. Dobson’s biggest weakness is that he did not play vs top competition, but this is not hurting him as much because of his size and speed, his big hands that allow him to snatch everything as a natural hands catcher and his leaping ability and instincts that lets him high point the ball. Dobson makes great uses of his big frame boxing CB’s out so that they cannot make a play on the football.
Player Comparisons – Sidney Rice
11. Miami Dolphins – Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State
Darnell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler were great free agent pickups for this 43 defense but a playmaker is still needed. Brown is a playmaker and despite his lack of height he has great instincts that allow him to always be around the ball. Brown can also be used as a situational rusher as he excels at getting off blocks, which makes him such a good Run defender.
Player Comparisons – NaVorro Bowman
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Bucs best DE left for Seattle as a free agent leaving Clayborn and Bowers as the team’s starting Edge Rushers, however Bowers has yet to show he can stay healthy and Clayborn is coming off a serious injury. Even with both healthy neither projects as a dynamic pass rusher, despite both being able to get after the QB they are both better setting the edge. Jones is another big DE like Clayborn at 6’4 285lbs however he is more explosive and has a wider array of pass rush moves. Jones plays the run well but he specializes at getting after the QB with his size, his power, and his snap anticipation that allows him to get off the ball quickly and get Tackles on their heels before they have a chance to react to.
Player Comparison - Justin Tuck
13. Carolina Panthers – Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Captain Munnerlyn is an up and coming star and the recently signed DJ Moore is looking to prove he is a starting NFL CB but another CB is in need. Banks has lost some of his momentum that he had going into the draft season after being shown up athletically by his teammate Slay and then failing to break a 4.6 40. Banks is a Big CB with very good instincts, has fluid hips but not as fluid as one would desire for a #1 CB, and is an aggressive tackler who is not afraid to come up and play the run. Has a lot of similarities to Charles Woodson’s game after he came to GB and was used as a jack of all trade, in coverage, as a Blitzer on TE’s and even playing in the box against the run. This is the kind of player that Banks is and he can do a little bit of everything and he has the ball skills and soft hands to make QB‘s pay who try and test him.
Player Comparison – Charles Woodson
14. New Orleans Saints – (Forfeited in Bounty Gate)
15. San Diego Chargers – Jonathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State
Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes were absolutely fantastic last season and should just be getting better as they are both only 23 years old. Cam Thomas was ok last season as a NT but is more of a backup that u need to spell your starting NT, not as a full time starter. Hankins was once considered the top DT in the draft due to his massive size, athletic ability and ability to anchor. What Hankins lacks in pass rushing ability he more than makes up for by being an unmovable object. Hankins has very heavy hands, played entire games in college however he wore down and in the NFL will need to be spelled in order to keep him effective all game and all season long. A two down player that will be worthless in pure pass situations.
Player Comparisons – Sam Adams
16. St. Louis Rams – Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
Laurinaitis is not flashy but is a staple of this defense and is always around the football, Jo-Lonn Dunbar overachieved a bit but had a very good year but a big hole is left in this LB core. Greene can fill this hole as he excels in coverage and is a sound tackler who wraps up well but does not give the devastating blow rather depending on his speed and instincts.
Player Comparisons – Lance Briggs
17. Dallas Cowboys – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Moving from a 34 to a 43 is a lot easier than doing it the other way around, but if u do not have good DT’s in a 43 defense u will be gutted not only by the run but by opposing QBs as they will have all day to throw the ball. Short is a complete DT, he is a very quick agile pass rusher who knows how to use his athletic ability, and quick feet to get into the backfield but also is solid vs the run and while he will never be a wall if he can develop better hand use he could develop into a good starter in the NFL.
Player Comparisons – Mike Neal
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Mendenhall was let go, Dwyer is on a one year contract and may not take the next step so a replacement needs to be drafted. Ball is a small physical runner who lacks speed but makes up for this by having tremendous vision and not hesitating to hit holes. Ball is a perfect fit for the physical downhill running style that the Steelers have. Might have to many carries on his body to last in the NFL.
Player Comparisons – Ron Dayne
19. New York Giants – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The loss of Osi needs to be counteracted and Moore will fill that hole nicely. Moore was a bit overrated and not the athlete he was believed to be which lowered his stock because he could no longer play OLB in the NFL. Moore is an aggressive pass rusher but he is merely an off the bench specialist he lacks the bulk and strength to anchor vs the run.
Player Comparisons – John Abraham
20. Chicago Bears – Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UCONN
Jennings and Tillman are great starting CB’s but Bowman has regressed over the last few seasons and Hayden is not really an upgrade over DJ Moore. Wreh-Wilson is a big tall CB with amazing athletic ability and some what fluid hips that allow him to glide across the field with ease. While not ever going to be a #1 CB in the NFL he will thrive as a nickelback allowing him to use his ball skills and athletic ability to make plays all over the field.
Player Comparisons – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
21. Washington Redskins – Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Fred Davis resigned but he has been injured quite often and a replacement or at the very least a backup is important to find. Ertz is not a great TE and not the prospect he is made out to be in my opinion but he has speed, and good size with long arms and soft hands, but his lack of any interest in blocking really hurts his stock and keeps him from being an elite TE prospect.
Player Comparisons – Jon Carlson
22. Minnesota Vikings – Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Antoine Winfield might be back next season but he is still on his way out and a replacement will need to be found. Taylor is a solid football player with fluid hips and dynamic game changing speed but he is still raw, lacks great instincts and ball skills.
Player Comparisons – Orlando Scandrick
23. Cincinnati Bengals – Sio Moore, OLB, UCONN
A dynamic sideline to sideline player is all that this LB core is missing next to two big physical LB that punish teams. Moore is the fastest riser of the entire draft and is a guy who can do a little of everything, he is a very disciplined player who quickly reads and diagnosis plays than is a very sound tackler who wraps up well. Moore even has the athletic ability to cover TE’s. A true Weak-side LB that needs to learn to shed blocks better.
Player Comparisons – Lavonte David
24. Miami Dolphins (Colts) – Robert Woods, WR, USC
Recently acquired Mike Wallace is a true #1 and the Fins have nice depth in the slot with Hartline and Bess but another dynamic player would be a nice addition. Woods is a very dynamic player and has great hands. His Junior year was not great but he has a lot of Upside.
Player Comparisons – Torry Holt
25. Green Bay Packers – Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
Dietrich-Smith was a pretty solid Starting Center when he was forced into action last season but he is better as a Utility Backup that can fill in at either Guard or Center in the case of injury to a starter. Frederick is an sound Center who understands leverage and has the ability to get to the 2nd level of the defense. Not a real strong player and needs to add strength.
Player Comparison – Doug Legursky
26. Seattle Seahawks – Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
While some feel he has 1st round talent, he falls in the draft to me because of his inconsistency at the position. When Williams has it turned on he is virtually unstoppable; however, more often than one would like Williams completely disappears for long stretches at a time.
Player Comparisons – Terrance Knighton
27. Houston Texans – DJ Hayden, CB, Houston
Local Texas kid who makes plays all over the field but after a freak devastating accident during a game that caused him to tear the main artery that pumps blood to the heart, his stock has slipped as he has not played football in a while. Might end up being a real steal.
Player Comparisons – Charles Tillman
28. Denver Broncos – DJ Swearinger, SS, South Carolina
Quinton Carter is never going to be a starter and Mike Adams while solid leaves a lot to be desired. Swearinger is a Physical player who lays out his opponents with ease and is always looking to make the big hit. Swearinger is ok in coverage but he will never be mistaken for a cover safety.
Player Comparisons – Bernard Pollard
29. New England Patriots – Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Very Quick WR who makes the most of his agility by running crisp routes and making individuals miss once the ball is in his hands. Patriots may not need a WR desperately but Amendola cannot be counted on to stay healthy all year as he never has before. Not really a need if the Pats do not match their offer to Sanders.
Player Comparisons – Brandon Lloyd
30. Atlanta Falcons – Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
Very Raw Player still, and at 26 years old is still learning the game but with his size and athletic ability he is worth the risk as he shows flashes of being unblockable. Hunt needs to work to keep his knees bent and not get so tall where tackles can drive him out of plays, that way he can hold his leverage. Hunt will make an instant impact on special teams after blocking 17 field goals in college, and his hustle ability will make him a good off the bench player for a year while he learns to step up and be the complete DE that the Falcons thought they had when they signed Ray Edwards away from the Vikings.
Player Comparisons – JJ Watts
31. San Francisco 49ers – Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
The Loss of back up TE and Kaepernick favorite Delanie Walker hurts but McDonald will be a great back up to Vernon Davis and is an upgrade as a blocker but is the same kind of guy that can be split out wide, play as an inline blocker and even out of the backfield. McDonald has very good hands and is a good blocker but is not ever going to be a starting TE most likely.
Player Comparisons – Doug Jolly
32. Baltimore Ravens – Eric Reid, S, LSU
Ed Reed was replaced by Michael Huff but the loss of Bernard Pollard who was cut has yet to be replaced. Reid is a tough player who does a little bit of everything but does not really excel at anything but he also has no real weakness.
Player Comparisons – LaRon Landry
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Alex Smith is the immediate starter but he is not a franchise QB so if the Chiefs can find one and groom him over the next few years that is what they are going to do. Wilson if he can return to his junior form he will be an excellent NFL QB. Wilson has an above average arm that can make all the throws and has shown flashes of great accuracy but needs to be more consistent and having two or three seasons to sit and learn from a great leader and hard work like Alex Smith might be just what Wilson needs to develop into that Franchise QB the Chiefs need.
Player Comparisons – Brodie Croyle
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Maurice Jones-Drew is on the last year of his deal and does not seem real interested in coming back, and last year’s rookie Todman is nothing more than a change of pace back. Franklin is an explosive back who excels making one cut and running downhill. Despite his size Franklin is not an outside the tackles guy he is a physical back who packs a much bigger punch than a back his size should. Franklin is explosive does not fumble the ball, has good hands out of the backfield and while he is not a great pass blocker he shows the technique to develop into a blocker.
Player Comparisons – Priest Holmes
3. Detroit Lions – Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
Great game speed and amazing instincts, added to that he has pretty solid blitzing ability as he has good timing. Jenkins is sideline to sideline and will be completely at home playing in zone coverage taking on TE’s at the next level. Has a lot of Zach Thomas to his game in the way that he excels in coverage despite his size and is an great wrap up tackler.
Player Comparisons – Zach Thomas
4. Oakland Raiders – Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
Unfortunately the Raiders were forced to let Myers go after he finally started to develop into a very capable pass catching as well as blocking TE. This is a huge blow as Gordon is more of a pure inline blocker with no real receiving talent as of yet, and Ausberry is a former WR that can stretch the field but cannot block even slightly. Escobar is widely considered the 3rd best TE but he lacks true field spreading speed that Eifert and Ertz have. Escobar has great hands, a huge frame with big hands and long arms at 6’6 250lbs he is a better Blocker than the top two TE’s. I don’t see stardom in Escobar’s future but he will be an upgrade over Gordon and Ausberry, barring one of them having a huge breakout season no one expects.
Player Comparison – Todd Heap
5. Philadelphia Eagles – EJ Manuel, QB, FSU
Michael Vick is not the future but while a QB is being developed he will hold down the fort. Manuel is a big physical kid with a very good arm and great legs. On paper Manuel is a top 15 QB but he needs to gain more consistency; time behind a veteran so he is not rushed might be just what it takes to turn him into a Starting QB. In Kelly’s new spread scheme Manuel will be a perfect fit as he has the legs to escape if he needs to and the arm to make all the throws. Manuel at times struggles to handle pressure so playing mostly out of the shotgun will give him more time to make his reads.
Player Comparisons – Josh Freeman
6. Cleveland Browns – Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Gordon is the teams #1 WR and came on real strong last season, Little while inconsistent still shows enough promise that the Browns are not ready to give up on him as a #2 WR. Williams is not anywhere near as good a prospect as some have made him out to be; however, as a slot WR who will be used predominately to stretch the defense he can excel and give Weeden a legit down the field threat.
Player Comparisons – Ashley Lelie
7. Arizona Cardinals – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Ryan Williams is injury prone so the Cardinals brought in Rashard Mendenhall only problem is he is injury prone as well so a 3rd RB to compete and as insurance is important. Mendenhall only has a one year deal and Williams is more of a change of pace back due to the injuries than a starting back so Bell is a smart pick. A big back at 6’1 230lbs, Bell is a between the tackle player that does not make many cuts he just puts his head down and runs downhill. Bell has surprisingly soft hands, and shows natural catching ability and is the best blocking back in the draft.
Player Comparisons – LeGarrette Blount
8. Tennessee Titans – Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Verner is a really nice nickelback and Tommie Campbell has his moments but is still predominantly a special team’s player. McCourty is the only real starting CB on the roster, and with the lack of a real pass rush that the titans have been dealing with lately great CB play is a necessity. Robert Alford is a small school kid but is a great athlete and has fluid hips. A player with great ball skills and is a sound tackler for a CB, but is not going to come up and play the run with any real enthusiasm and at his size would not be a ton of help anyway. Would be a 2nd round pick but being 25 already hurts his stock.
Player Comparison – Cortland Finnegan
9. Buffalo Bills – Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
Will have to transition to an OLB in the NFL but has the kind of freakish athletic ability that will make it not only possible but a perfect match. A highly productive sack artist in college, who will give the Bills an aggressive pass rusher that they don’t currently have on roster for when they are in their 34 defense.
Player Comparisons – Poor Mans DeMarcus Ware
10. New York Jets – Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Mark Sanchez is starting to fall apart at the seams in NY and may need a change of scenery in order to get his career back on track. Bray is an interesting QB because from his size and arm talent and the division he played in, with so many weapons he should have been a top 10 pick and the 1st QB off the board. Despite not really stepping into his throws most of the time, he still managed to be around 60% with a 3:1 TD to INT rate in the SEC which says something about the QB. If he can handle the NY media attention and learn to tweak his technique just slightly to increase his accuracy, Bray could not only be the steal of the draft he could end up being the best QB of the draft. Going in round 3 might be best for Bray as he would not come in with any immediate expectations and will give him the time he needs to develop before he starts.
Player Comparisons – Vinny Testaverde
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ricky Wagner, RT, Wisconsin
It seems like every year we are getting another big White OT out of Wisconsin that works his way into a team’s starting lineup as a Rookie. Wagner won’t be any different; he is more of a run blocker than a pass blocker at the moment but has the length, strength and long arms to hold his own on the right side.
Player Comparisons – Mark Tauscher
12. San Francisco 49ers (Panthers) – Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn
Another luxury pick, Niners have so many picks and so few holes that they can just start taking the best players available that fit their scheme. Lemonier is a little raw but should be a very nice situational pass rusher in the NFL. Brooks and Smith can come out of the game more readily to rest up with a guy capable of keeping pressure on the QB like Lemonier is in the game. Lemonier will need to play with better control if he is to ever develop into a NFL starter and be more than a situational guy.
Player Comparisons – Sergio Kindle
13. New Orleans Saints – Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern State
A small school player who dominated his level of play despite playing all over the field. Low Center of Gravity with a Powerful upper body and heavy hands that allows him to hold down multiple opponents at once. Saints moving to a 34 D will help and make Williams a much stronger fit. Williams is not a player that plays outside of his little space and u won’t see him running down a play from behind 10-20 yards down the line and he won’t even try.
Player Comparisons – Casey Hampton
14. San Diego Chargers – Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Chargers for years had just gone after big WR with good hands but a lack of deep speed. Now that AJ Smith is finally gone it’s time to get Rivers a WR that can make guys miss when he just dumps it down and be explosive in the open field. Bailey is small but he is tough and very quick. For a guy Bailey’s size u would not expect him to be this comfortable going across the middle.
Player Comparisons – Danny Amendola
15. Miami Dolphins – Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
A little player but a Bullet going after the ball carrier, has a lot of Bob Sanders to his game in that he plays at full speed at all times, which could lead to injuries. Thomas has amazing athletic ability and shows a lot of ability to make plays in zone coverage but does not have the instincts or the discipline to play Man Coverage full time. Thomas will always be better at playing the run but it is a mistake to think he is a one dimensional in the box player.
Player Comparison – Bob Sanders
16. St. Louis Rams – Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson are solid backs but some competition is good and will bring out the best of all these backs that now have to make up for the loss of production that Stephen Jackson once carried for this team. Due to his injury history this could be a little early but the payoff if he gets healthy and is not hurt by another rare freak injury is far greater than the risk. Lattimore is a strong back that can carry defenders with his big frame; however, his game is actually one of evasion. Lattimore makes great cuts, spins and stiff arms to keep defenders off him while he smoothly drives down the field with little effort. His injury history makes him to dangerous in my eyes but for the Rams might be a good risk.
Player Comparisons – Ahman Green
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Pass Catching threat that can play all over the field as a WR/TE/FB combo his versatility will allow the Steelers to move him around without taking Heath Miller off the Field and give Roethlisberger a Deep threat across the Middle.
Player Comparison – Aaron Hernandez
18. Dallas Cowboys – Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
DeMarco Murray is dynamite and is a danger to take the ball to the house every time he touches the ball. He sadly wears down late in the year when his body accumulates to many carries and therefore a tough physical runner who can spell him and take 10-12 carries a game would be a big help for the Cowboys run game. Michael is a bit of a knuckle head and has some maturity issues but he is a physical runner who has enough speed to make a big play if he can get behind the safeties. His Upside is massive if he can get over his maturity issues and take tough coaching.
Player Comparisons – Eddie George
19. New York Giants – Jon Bostic, MLB, Florida
A little bit of an unknown due to what the Florida coaches asked him to do he was overshadowed by his more explosive teammate Jenkins. Bostic is a big downhill thumper who has more range than one expected after watching him on tape, but his athletic ability and agility in the LB drills were on display at the scouting combine make many believe he can be a sideline to sideline LB at the next level and be more than just a downhill thumper who has to come out on 3rd downs. A tackling machine that is a sneaky smooth blitzer and really lays the boom when tackling.
Player Comparisons – Jamie Sharper
20. Miami Dolphins (Bears) – Luke Marquardt, LT, Azusa Pacific
A huge player that will need to learn better technique and get better knee bend but is athletic and has the ability to be a NFL starting LT. Jonathan Martin needs to be moved over to the RT spot as he is over matched as a LT in the NFL. This is a bit of a reach but at this point in the draft with the run on OT early he presents the most upside and the best chance to draft a future NFL Starter.
Player Comparison – Jared Veldheer
21. Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Long, LG, Oregon
An upgrade on the OL is always something every team should be looking to do as it not only helps the running game but it also helps keep your QB healthy. Long is a great athlete and has the ability and Feet that say he is an NFL LT if not for having slightly short arms. Still a raw player after beginning his career playing baseball and then getting into some trouble before he made the switch to football. Comes from a very talented family.
Player Comparisons – Todd Herremans/Robert Gallery
22. Cincinnati Bengals – Tyrann Mathieu, CB, ex-LSU
Mathieu is a talented ball hawk but needs to be coached up, needs to be held accountable for his actions and needs someone to take him under his wing and mentor him. The Bengals have never been afraid to take a chance on a problem child when their talent is immense like that ofMathieu. Mathieu is never going to be a staring CB due to his size and his tendency to gamble going for the football. A guy like Adam Jones who has completely changed his life will be a good influence on a young player that gets ahead of himself at times getting sucked into his persona as a the “Honey Badger” the same way that Jones use to get sucked into his persona as “Pacman”.
Player Comparisons – Dre Bly
23. Washington Redskins – Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia
An upgrade at NT would only make this aggressive Redskins defense that much better and Geathers is a big boy. At 6’5 340lbs he is an unmovable object. Plays very strong and holds his own. Wont be a 3 down player.
Player Comparisons – Ted Washington
24. Indianapolis Colts – Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
After making Luck the number one pick last year, the Colts need to do everything in their power to continue to increase their OL to keep him healthy, but also they need to get bigger up front in order to help this run game start to pick up. Warford is a big physical kid that is a good run blocker and playing RG he will be dominant vs the run next to Cherilus and really open up big holes to get the Colts running game going again.
Player Comparisons – Larry Allen
25. Seattle Seahawks – Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
Seattle has had a lot of success lately drafting LB in the mid rounds and inserting them as starters and not exposing their weakness. Hodges is a good tackler but is best in coverage where he can use his speed and instincts to make plays.To early for him and may be a better selection in the 4th round but is a player that will fit the Seahawks defense.
Player Comparisons – Dekoda Watson
26. Green Bay Packers – Logan Ryan, DB, Rutgers
The Loss of Charles Woodson needs to be replaced. Ryan is a jack of all trades player who can play all over the field and is not afraid to come into the box and play at the line. Ryan is not as dynamic of a player as Woodson as he lacks the pure cover skills and the instincts that Woodson has but he does have the ball skills to make plays from anywhere on the field.
Player Comparison – Brian Williams
27. Houston Texans – Travis Kelce, TE/FB, Cincinnati
A player in the same mold of Casey, a very good pass catcher but is also a solid blocker but lacks the speed to really separate down the field the way other TE’s do.
Player Comparison – James Casey
28. Denver Broncos – David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
A BALL HAWK of the highest level, needs to be reined in so that he does not gamble so much and get burned as often as he did this last season, in a hunt for INT's. Amerson is a perfect Nickelback to develop for certain pass situations and later on as a full time CB.
Player Comparison – Taller Alphonso Smith
29. New England Patriots – Barrett Jones, C/G, Alabama
Center is an important position and a big strong Center that can move around with ease is important for any offense but particularly for the Patriots offense that uses so many different types of plays and a player that can adjust to anything needed of him is important. Jones best asset is his quick feet and his hips that allows him to move with ease and glide to the 2nd level.
Player Comparisons – Chris Kuper
30. Atlanta Falcons – Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
DE is a major area of need and with Hunt not likely to make an immediate impact as a starter drafting another guy early is the smart thing to do. Okafor is a complete player but he is not exceptional pass rusher and will never be a 12+ a year sack expert he is merely a guy that will hustle every play, setting the edge vs the run and aggressively going after the football and a guy that will get more sacks off of 2nd effort than anything else. Okafor is a steady consistent rusher but he will never be mistaken for Orakpo.
Player Comparisons – Ray Edwards
31. San Francisco 49ers – Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia
A really good football player but some character concerns (Failed two drug tests), and his tendency to take risky gambles hurt his stock. Rambo is a Ball hawk in the secondary who can cover TE's down the field, and if he can show more discipline off the field could develop into a very good football player for an already loaded defense.
Player Comparisons – Kerry Rhodes
32. Baltimore Ravens – Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
Anquan Boldin will be tough to replace and one guy probably won’t be able to do it but a group effort to replace him is more likely. Rogers is high 2nd round talent but character concerns and drug problems led him to transfer from Tennessee to Tennessee Tech hurting his stock. The upside in the late 3rd is just too great to not take the risk for the Ravens who need a #1 WR and he has the ability to do it. Rogers is very tough makes a lot of plays after the catch, his elite athletic ability and body control allows him to make circus catches look easy.
Player Comparison – Brandon Marshall
35. Houston Texans (Compensatory Pick) – Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
A WR was taken in the 1st round but this has been such a position of serious need for the Texans that bringing in a little insurance won’t hurt. Wheaton is an explosive underneath player that excels at short routes and turning them into big plays. Wheaton lacks deep speed but runs great routes, goes over the middle and has natural hands to catch the ball, although his hands are a bit small. Posey and Martin had their moments as rookies but neither looked good enough that the Texans can feel comfortable sitting back not drafting a couple of WR's.
Player Comparison – Greg Jennings
34. Tennessee Titans (Compensatory Pick) – Brian Winters, OG, Kent State
Big Free Agent acquisitions do not always pan out regardless of the player’s age, and the Titans cannot be without an insurance policy in case Andy Levitre is not all that they thought he would be when they gave him that big contract to leave Buffalo. Winters needs to keep his balance better when he is playing stronger players which in the NFL will be on a regular basis and learn to handle a hand punch from an opposing DT. Winters is very quick and has amazing feet, while also being a very aggressive player who finishes all plays, and gets to the 2nd level with ease.
Player Comparisons – John Sullivan
33. Kansas City Chiefs (Compensatory Pick) – Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA
A very well rounded TE that will be a tremendous red zone threat, due to his massive size and big hands. Great size and speed for a player his size (6’7 260lbs) and possesses surprisingly good ball skills and the ability to high point balls even when defenders are all over him. Fauria is a big play waiting to happen down the field or particularly in the Red Zone. A very aggressive blocker who tries very hard but does not bend well enough to be a truly effective blocker. Was dangerously underutilized at UCLA and should be a better NFL player than he was a College. Most probably will think this is 20 picks to high but I really like him as a prospect.
Player Comparisons – Mercedes Lewis
As much as I LOVE Justin Hunter, just don't think we go without drafting a DE through our first two picks. Then, in this draft we don't even draft a safety through 3 picks. Because of the safety depth, we could wait til our 3rd pick, but I rather not. We absolutely need to address the safety position early. Passing on Reid 3 times could hurt.
You did a really good job with mock. Your explanations are very detailed and you seem to know the rosters pretty good for each team.
As for Buffalo - I'm not a huge fan of taking Geno Smith @ 8, but we'll have to see what happens draft day and if he is even there. I'm also not a big fan of taking Dobson so high with some of the other field stretchers still available like Patton or Terrence Williams. Good pick with Jamie Collins in the 3rd rnd.
Great job with your mock, although I didn't agree with most of the SF picks.
31)NT's only played 30 % of our snaps last year, don't see them takng a pure NT @ 31.
34) I liked this pick a lot.
61) A little high for Vance McDonald imo and I'm not sure he's a good fit.
74) Corey Lemonier - OLB is not a big need and you still haven't drafted a single DB!
93) Matt Scott - Way too early for this guy although I do like him.
We really needed a FS, a CB, and a 3-4 DE and we got a NT, WR, TE, OLB, and QB instead....
I don't have any huge problems with any of the picks you have for the Vikings, but I see no chance that they leave the first 3 rounds without taking a WR. I really see very little chance they leave the first 2 rounds without one even.
Bears would take Rhodes and Ertz.
This is an exciting Colts mock. I don't really see the Dre' comparison for Rhodes though.
Austin is ok but its really a terrible fit for the steelers. Hurts seeing patterson and jones go the two picks before.
Montgomery a top 10 pick? maybe top 10 in the 4th round
If they took Austin in 1 they would definitely take Damontre moore in 2...ball would be a weird pick. Moore, Hunt, and Ertz would all be better
Amerson, Okafor, or Wheton would be better than Reed in 3
Armstead is an okay first round selection.
Frederick isn't the ideal center IMO, more of a guard in the NFL. I'd prefer if the Packers looked to defensive line or receiver there.
Ryan in the third is good value, not the team's biggest need though.
Rhodes and Warford would be incredible.
I compared Rhodes to Kirkpatrick because they are similar in size and skill set, both are raw and not as fluid as other CB's but they are still learning the position. As for the Bears wanting Rhodes and Ertz, Rhodes is a good player and would be nice for the Bears but they have two excellent CB's I doubt they take a 1st round CB and with the recently signed Bennett at TE Ertz is not as big of a need but it wouldn't surprise me I just felt LB was a bigger need.
As for Moore all the scouting reports I have seen all agree that Moore is not athletic enough to play OLB and will have to play DE in a 43 Defense, so I doubt the Steelers would be interested in a situational guy. I love Austin and just gave the Steelers the best player available and he should fit what the Steelers do just fine he is that good of a football player. I can see not taking a TE in round 3 though and going for a defensive player, But I like the Reed fit.
I think moore could definitely play OLB for the steelers, hell woodley isnt exactly the fastest guy out there but he does it well...its a value thing though, he was regarded as a top 5 guy before his poor workouts
Amerson could play CB or FS for us and i love him as a player so obviously in the 3rd that would be great but id be ok with drafting austin to replace sanders (10x the player sanders will ever be) and Wheaton to replace wallace (damn near a clone)
I Like Ryan's Versatility so I think he fits the Packers well and there are no 34 rush guys that I think have good value at that point in the 3rd so WR is the other option and I have the Packers taking a WR in round 5 I just don't feel losing Jennings is going to be that big of a loss for us.
I agree on Frederick, but the only true Center I see in this draft is Cooper and Schwenke and I don't like Schwenke above the 5th round he just seems so average to me, so as a Packers Fan I would just rather take the better football player we need to get the hits on Rodgers down and fast .
Montgomery going into the off season was considered an option at #1, he is much faster than he is given credit for albeit he is not the athlete that Mingo is, but his pass rushing ability is merely over shadowed by how well he plays the run but he has been a consistent pass rusher in the last two years as a starter for LSU and his production is steady he is not ever going to be Jordan but I already said that he is a guy like Charles Johnson who will get sacks off their power, their 2nd effort and by being a sneak fast player that is hard to keep your hands off when blows off the line. As for his Motor I have seen a lot of LSU games and he is always going hard its Mingo that I to often see disappearing not because he stops trying but because he is to easy to drive out of the play.
I appreciate all the feedback though, lord knows I don't I know everything.
I'd be pretty ok with that Giants draft.
But i do worry about your scouting ability when you said Logan Ryan lacks the pure cover skills but makes up for it with ball skills when literally the exact opposite is true
nice try. You've just lost all credibility with that line and your trying to justify your incorrect assessment of Logan Ryan. Good try though.
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