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Default Mock Draft 1.0

This is my first mock of the season, only 1 round for now. I will release 7 total mocks, all of which will include an additional round (2.0=2 rds, 3.0=3 rds, etc.).

Criticism is not only welcome...it is wanted! I'd like to get as much knowledge about your team as possible.


1. Kansas City - OT LUKE JOECKEL (Texas A&M)
***I know a few of you guys would like to see Geno here, and really the best thing KC can do is drop down a few spots and pick him. If KC really thinks Geno is their franchise QB, then by all means, they should select him regardless of value. However, I don't think that's the case. Even if they re-sign Branden Albert, they could still add Joeckel who could play either T spot, and gives them 2 good-to-elite starters on the line.

2. Jacksonville - DE Barkevious Mingo (LSU)
***I really think Mingo is going to rise, and he will perhaps challenge for the #1 spot. Jax finished last with just 20 sacks last season and needs a pass rusher - which is exactly what Mingo brings to the table.

3. Oakland - DT Star Lotuleilei (Utah)
***Another guy who will challenge for #1, Star can be a versatile commodity for the Raiders' D-Line. He's also a physical freak (something the Raiders are known for drafting), is A+ at shutting down the run, and is capable of generating some inside pressure - all things that can instantly make the Raiders D' better.

4. Philadelphia - CB Dee Milliner (Alabama)
***I've had this pick for a while, and I wanted to change it, but it's just the best fit. Milliner could possibly start right away and is more than capable of handling coverage, particularly in a zone-heavy defense.

5. Detroit - DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State)
***If Milliner falls here, I think Detroit has to get him to help out their secondary. However, End is a big need as well with multiple free agents leaving the position empty. Werner is above average against the run as well as the pass and should provide some stability next to Fairley and Suh.

6. Cleveland - DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon)
***I think Mingo is the perfect fit for Cleveland, but with him gone, they go to the next best thing, which is Jordan. Jordan is still raw, but his length and athleticism provides a lot of upside for a guy capable of getting double digit sacks. Needs to develop against the run, but still showcases the physical ability to set the edge.

7. Arizona - OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)
***Fisher blocked everything moving at the Sr. Bowl, and clearly he looked the part of an everyday lineman in the NFL. He's not a run-blocking mauler, which makes me hesitant to make the pick considering AZ's need to improve the running game, but he can certainly hold his own. In today's NFL, Fisher's ability to pass protect makes him very valuable, particularly when AZ plays teams like SF and SEA who both have dangerous pass rushers. AZ could go QB in the 2nd Rd, so getting the guy to protect him in the 1st is not a bad way to go.

8. Buffalo - QB Geno Smith (West Virginia)
***Went back and forth on this pick, but with a new HC in place and the fact that Fitz badly underplayed his contract this past season, I think Buffalo will not hesitate to take the draft's #1 QB with the 8th pick. Smith is a gifted athlete, but I don't think he's the next Kaepernick or RGIII by any means, but is capable of extending the play and escaping pressure while also displaying a strong arm.

9. NY Jets - S Kenny Vaccarro (Texas)
***I'm really high on Vaccarro as he is easily the best S in the draft and a top 5 defensive player. Vaccarro hasn't exactly been a ballhawk, which may hurt his perception some considering the reps of past stars like Ed Reed, but he's got excellent recognition and coverage skills and can deliver the big hit as well. He's a weapon as a blitzer as well and offers solid run support.

10. Tennessee - OG Chance Warmack (Alabama)
***My top rated player in 2013, Warmack is capable of elevating an entire running offense. Warmack is about the safest bet to become a 10-yr starter and multiple All-Pro, and is worth the top pick, especially considering that G is the Titans' biggest need.

11. San Diego - OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)
***Almost went in another direction, and I do feel that LJ is a bit of a reach here, however, SD absolutely HAS to get some help on a dismal offensive line.

12. Miami - DE Damontre Moore (Texas A&M)
***Almost went WR here, but I feel like Moore has better value and serves as an upgrade along the line.

13. Tampa Bay - DT Shariff Floyd (Florida)
***While most mocks have TB getting a corner, I think DT could be just as big a need. Gerald McCoy is one of the best DTs in the game, but outside of him, they have nothing else. Combining Floyd with McCoy could give them the best set of DTs in the league.

14. Carolina - DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)
***This is far and away the Panthers' biggest need. The only question is which one of the handful of top prospects will they land - in this case, it's Richardson, a very disruptive defender with high upside.

15. New Orleans - OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia)
***One of the better players in the draft, I think Jones is going to drop because of his injury concerns. The Saints took a chance on another player with an injury concern (Brees) and it turned out well for them. With the move to a 3-4 defense, Jones can become that pass-rushing OLB the Saints need to wreak havoc.

16. St. Louis - DT Sylvester Williams (UNC)
***Cordarelle Patterson is a better pick IMO, but Jeff Fisher has never been the type to grab receivers in the first round, despite needing one for the majority of his time in Tennessee. The Rams have spent a lot of high picks on the line in recent years, but they still need improvement, particularly in the middle, where Williams is capable of taking on double teams, creating opportunities for his LBs, and clogging up running lanes.

17. Pittsburgh - ILB Alec Ogletree (Georgia)
***Ogletree is a good fit for the Steelers, who will lose a few vets this offseason. Ogletree is a sideline to sideline defender with plenty of range who offers excellent run support, flashes oodles of potential as a pass rusher, and is a natural playmaker.

18. Dallas - DT Kawaan Short (Purdue)
***Dallas absolutely MUST rebuild their lines, particularly the interior of both. If Warmack is available, he's a must have, and Cooper drew some interest here as well, but Dallas is putting more emphasis on the defense this year. Short has been productive and durable and is able to work upfield. He'll be a great DT for Monte Kiffin's new Tampa 2 defense.

19. NY Giants - DE Ezekial Ansah (BYU)
***I've heard comparisons between Ansah and JPP, so why not put them on the same team? Ansah is a feared pass rusher (and still can improve), and his versatility (has played NT, DT, DE, OLB) will be well-liked in NY.

20. Chicago - OG Jonathan Cooper (UNC)
***Chicago could go other areas here, but visions of Cutler yelling at his O-Line is at the forefront of my mind. The Bears can be serious contenders, and keeping Cutler upright would certainly aid that. Oh, and Matt Forte would be happy with the pick as well.

21. Cincinnati - RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama)
***Maybe a bit of a reach, but Green-Ellis squeezed a 1,000-yd season with a decent average - he was nothing close to a playmaker. Lacy has a chance to add a whole new dimension to the Bengals offense as a powerful downhill runner who won't be taken down easily.

22. Washington - CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (UConn)
***Washington finished towards the bottom in passing defense - in part because of a lack of pass rush outside of Orakpo and the other because of a lack of depth at the corner position. Wreh-Wilson leads a pack of contenders for the second corner taken behind Milliner, and is an excellent press corner with good coverage skills.

23. Minnesota - WR Cordarelle Patterson (Tennessee)
***Minny's offense ran through Harvin through the first half of the season, so they MUST replace him if he ends up leaving as has been talked about.

24. Indianapolis - DT Jonathan Hankins (Ohio St)
***Indy's Dline needs some guys who can help now. Hankins is a one-dimensional player, but he eats up space in the middle and will make his living on stuffing the interior running game.

25. Seattle - WR Keenan Allen (California)
***Seattle could use some pass rushers at all positions, but the defense for Seattle performed well, plus they can get part-time pass rushers later in the draft. Seattle could use some more reinforcements at WR, and Allen can become the team's #1 down the line.

26. Green Bay - ILB Manti Te'o (Notre Dame)
***Te'o at one point was considered for the Heisman as well as a top ten pick, but he's fallen after a poor showing in the Nat'l Championship game as well as the entire GF-hoax ordeal. Teo was highly productive, has great measurables for the position, and is a leader who can become an Urlacher like force for the Packers.

27. Houston - DT Jonathan Jenkins (Georgia)
***Imagine having a guy like this eating up space and commanding double teams. J.J. Watt will love playing beside him and the 'backers will love playing around him, giving them much more space to operate. Thought about giving this team a receiver because once AJ goes down, they have very little else. However, a receiver can be gotten later, particularly from a deep group with little separation between them.

28. Denver - DE Sam Montgomery (LSU)
***Scheme versatile, Montgomery can handle either end spot on a 4-down scheme, or move to OLB in a 3-man scheme - and anywhere he goes, he's going to be a force against the run. He's not a great pass rusher though, but on a team featuring Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, he doesn't have to be.

29. New England - S Matt Elam (Florida)
***I've heard the Belichick likes this guy, and with secondary being a weak part of the Pats for the last couple of years (and arguably the reason for their departure as well). Elam is a bit undersized, but he plays all over the field and gives the Pats a ballhawk on their back end.

30. Atlanta - CB Johnthan Banks (Miss. State)
***Banks is chosen as a natural, physical cover guy to play alongside and eventually replace Asante Samuel (age 32). Banks can get beaten deep by faster receivers, but with playmaking safeties behind him, the Falcons aren't too concerned with that.

31. San Francisco - DT Jesse Williams (Alabama)
***Really, really, REALLY wanted to go TE with Ertz or Eifert or one of the next tier of corners (Trufant?) here, but ultimately, SF is going to need help on the D-Line as their starters age and leave. Could replace Sopoaga immediately, though he will need some development.

32. Baltimore - ILB Kevin Minter (LSU)
***Will have the unfortunate task of replacing Ray Lewis, and the Ravens really like him.
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