First Mock Draft of the Year

This mock draft was put together by David Syvertsen.  If you like the picks, let him know.  If you hate the picks, let him know. A lot will change between now and late April, but it is always interesting to start peeking ahead and guessing who might go where.

Here goes…

The order of this draft was devised by how I see things transpiring from here on out.  The second round order was altered, as it is in the Draft, with the teams that have the same season ending record.  Key underclassmen NOT included in this Mock Draft:

Tyler Bray – QB – Tennessee
Aaron Murray – QB – Georgia
DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Clemson
Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
DJ Fluker – OT – Alabama
Jackson Jeffcoat – DE – Texas
Corey Lemonier – DE – Auburn
William Gholston – DE – Michigan State
CJ Mosley – LB – Alabama
Kevin Minter – LB – LSU
Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State
Nickell Robey – CB – USC

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1 – Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia

·       Did not dominate from start to finish in 2012, but has the goods to be a franchise QB.
·       Higher graded players are available, but gaping hole at QB needs to be filled now

2 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones – LB – Georgia

·       If he passes the medical tests, Jones’ versatile game can fit in to any scheme
·       The next step to get out of the cellar is adding a dynamic threat on defense

3 – Oakland Raiders: Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama

·       By far the top corner in the draft that can play a physical game with great hip fluidity
·       In desperate need of a corner that can shut down opposing receivers

4 – Philadelphia Eagles: Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M

·       Might currently be the best edge player in the country and he is just scratching the surface
·       Need dynamic pass rushers in today’s NFL, Philly has a lot of question marks

5 – Arizona Cardinals: Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M

·       Elite pass protector that can handle speed and power with consistent ease
·       Historically awful offensive line has kept the Cardinals from making real progress

6 – Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah

·       Immediate impact guy in the middle of the defense that makes other players better
·       They won’t go anywhere until they can play the run just somewhat competitively

7 – Tennessee Titans: Manti Te’o – LB – Notre Dame

·       Big time athletic improvement this year makes him the top inside LB in this class
·       Lack of impact defenders, especially in front seven, has hurt them for a couple years

8 – Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan – LB – Oregon

·       Versatile edge athlete with higher upside than any LB in the draft
·       If they can bring in quality, high ceiling talent to that defense they will be close to competing

 9 – Detroit Lions: Johnthan Banks – CB – Mississippi State

·      Tall, long cover man has exceptional ball skills and can handle the speed of the NFL
·       Lack of quality at the corner group is no longer an option in today’s NFL

10 – New York Jets: Barkevius Mingo – DE – LSU

·       An upside type prospect that has the ability to be a top tier edge talent
·       The lack of pass rush has been the roadblock between the Jets and elite defense

11 – Buffalo Bills: Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State

·       Equal effectiveness as a run defender and pass rusher with great strength and technique
·       Need to be tougher in the trenches in that division to compete year in, year out

12 – San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack – G – Alabama

·       Can do it all from the inside, a guy you run behind and can trust in pass protection
·       Average Joe type players along that line simply hinder the quality of offensive skill players

13 – St. Louis Rams: Keenen Allen – WR – California

·       Combination of strength, agility, quickness, hands will get him on field right away
·       Jeff Fisher type WR that can easily be an immediate impact player week 1

14 – Miami Dolphins: Justin Hunter – WR – Tennessee

·       High ceiling athlete with prototypical size and length, top tier deep threat
·       Potential number one WR that can take advantage of Tannehill’s touch downfield

15 – New Orleans Saints: Johnathan Hankins – DT – Ohio State

·       Huge, athletic body that can fulfill multiple roles along the defensive line
·       Saints defense is actually not far away from a quality unit, need strength up front

16 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Eifert – TE – Notre Dame

·       Strong, long body with elite receiving skill set that is an effective in-line blocker
·       Working the seam with what the Bucs already have could make that a lethal air attack

17 – Minnesota Vikings: Cordarelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee

·       Might be the fastest wide receiver in this class and has shown big play ability in SEC
·       A complement to Harvin is greatly needed, gives Vikings two incredibly dangerous receivers

18 – Seattle Seahawks: Jesse Williams – DT – Alabama

·       Elite, immediate impact run defender that can change a defensive identity right away
·       Young, bully presence inside to help keep that defense near the top

19 – Dallas Cowboys – Jonathan Cooper – G – North Carolina

·       Great athlete with plenty of pop; rivals Warmack all across the grade sheet
·       The underachieving offense can be attributed to the inconsistent offensive line

20 – Cincinnati Bengals: Anthony Barr – LB – UCLA

·       Physical athlete with big time speed and quickness, just learning defensive side of the ball
·       A true front seven difference maker that can help that defense in so many ways

21 – St. Louis Rams (f/WAS) – Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan

·       Great athlete with surprising power, could compete with any tackle in this class
·       Rams won’t find out what Bradford is capable of until they protect him

22 – New York Giants: Sam Montgomery – DE – LSU

·       Ferocious, physical edge rusher with underrated speed off the edge
·       Giants pass rush has taken a step back and replacements may be needed for a couple guys

23 – Indianapolis Colts: Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida

·       Versatile inside out threat that gets off the ball like a young Warren Sapp
·       A perfect scheme fit that on a defense that needs a difference maker in the trenches

24 – Baltimore Ravens: Arthur Brown – LB – Kansas State

·       One of the fastest LBs you will ever find and plays angry and physical
·       Love the fit for the scheme and personality of the Ravens defense

25 – Chicago Bears: Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

·       A physical mauler with the length and athleticism to handle the left side in the NFL
·       Their offense is a couple linemen away from being elite on a weekly basis

26 – Pittsburgh Steelers: Matt Elam – S – Florida

·       All over the field that brings it every play of every game, great in man coverage
·       The defensive backfield is suspect as a whole and the aging stars are hurt too often

27 – San Francisco 49ers: Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri

·       A terror for guards and centers to deal with, explosive and strong with tons of talent
·       Additional pass rush for an already scary group, this time from the inside of the unit

28 – Green Bay Packers: Joseph Randle – RB – Oklahoma State

·       Has elite ability as a runner and receiver and has added and stronger physical presence
·       A consistent force in the backfield could help that air attack get back to elite status

29 – New England Patriots: Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas

·       Moves great in deep coverage that can also tackle as well as any defender in this class
·       Secondary simply needs a couple of upgrades, inconsistency has held them back

30 – Denver Broncos: Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina

·       Explosive, big body that can fulfill multiple roles from the inside gaps
·       A strong defense could be elite if they had a consistent force controlling the interior

31 – Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz – TE – Stanford

·       Smooth and consistent pass catcher that is a weapon after the catch
·       Almost seamless transition to the post Tony Gonzalez days keeps that balanced attack alive

32 – Houston Texans: Robert Woods – WR – USC

·       Do it all receiver that runs great routes and has some of the best hands you’ll find
·       Efficient Texans passing game gets adds big time talent that can win any one on one matchup

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33 – Kansas City Chiefs: David Amerson – CB – North Carolina State

·       Solid in man coverage with his size, physicality and ability to make plays
·       Not enough talent in that secondary, this is and will be a passing league

34 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Giovani Bernard – RB – North Carolina

·       Ray Rice type that can handle a full time load, outstanding receiver as well
·       Lack of quality depth behind the hurting and unhappy Jones-Drew is obvious

35 – Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas Thomas  – OL – Tennessee

·       Versatile blocker that has some of the best game tape performances so far this year
·       The offensive woes are mainly the result of poor personnel along the offensive line

36 – Arizona Cardinals: Matt Barkley – QB – USC

·       Slightly above average tool set but wins a lot and gets the most out of his teammates
·       The worst QB play in the league this year, time to start over there

37 – Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Lacy – RB – Alabama

·       Similar grade to Mark Ingram but I think he is better suited for the NFL game
·       Offense is a good running back away from being among the best in the division

38 – Tennessee Titans: Jordan Poyer – CB – Oregon State

·       The CB that does not get talked about enough, has a style that plays fast and physical
·       The worst group of CBs in the league are getting beat up every week with ease

39 – Cleveland Browns: USED IN 2012 SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

40 – Detroit Lions: Brandon Jenkins – DE – Florida State

·       Explosive edge talent that was a top 15 player before the early season injury
·       Potentially big time value for a team that needs more pressure coming from the ends

41 – Carolina Panthers: Tony Jefferson – S – Oklahoma

·       A consistent downhill force that tackles exceptionally well, solid in man coverage
·       Can complete the making of the middle of that defense a big time strength

42 – Buffalo Bills: Terrance Williams – WR – Baylor

·       Top wide receiver among a very talented group to come out of Baylor past 2 years
·       The offense is close to being a solid unit, need guys to create on their own outside

43 – San Diego Chargers: Tavon Austin – WR – West Virginia

·       Dangerous with the football, runs nice routes and a reliable pass catcher in traffic
·       Chargers need big play athletes that can create on their own

44 – New York Jets: Kenny Stills – WR – Oklahoma

·       Tough, hard nosed slot prospect that can catch anything over the middle
·       No matter who is playing QB, this offense need more reliable receivers

45 – St. Louis Rams: Barrett Jones – C – Alabama

·       Has excelled no matter where he’s been placed along the offensive line
·       Versatility is key with young linemen, as Jones could upgrade multiple spots

46 – Miami Dolphins: Zeke Motta – S – Notre Dame

·       Big, physical and fast, plays smart and aggressive, strong presence over middle
·       The secondary looks suspect at times, there isn’t much promise on current roster

47 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington

·       Tough across the board and has had some nice performances against good receivers
·       Physical man coverage corners are in heavy demand under any Schiano system

48 – Minnesota Vikings: Kawann Short – DT – Purdue

·       Thick, fast penetrator that can wreck havoc in opposing backfields
·       It’s time to rejuvenate the middle of that defensive line with legitimate young talent

49 – New Orleans Saints: FORFEITED AS A RESULT OF BOUNTYGATE

50 – Dallas Cowboys: Montee Ball – RB – Wisconsin

·       Great vision with the ability to break tackles, finish runs
·       Murray’s injury has exposed the lack of quality depth at a position that needs it

51 – Seattle Seahawks: Marquess Wilson – WR – Washington State

·       Does everything well with minimal help, nice deep threat that is tough over middle
·       An efficient Seattle offense adds a dynamic threat that needs to be accounted for

52 – Cincinnati Bengals: Shawn Williams – S – Georgia

·       Overlooked, valuable component to the Bulldogs defense that does everything well
·       The back end of their defense needs help in the middle against the run and pass

53 – Washington Redskins: Eric Reid – S – LSU

·       Physical presence over the middle, can factor all over the field against run and pass
·       The middle of that secondary has been easy to abuse too often

54 – Indianapolis Colts: Ricky Wagner – OT – Wisconsin

·       Long and powerful with the potential to play either side at the next level
·       Keep Luck upright should be priority A and that alone gives them Super Bowl dreams

55 – Baltimore Ravens: John Simon – DE – Ohio State

·       Versatility and massive strength makes him a valuable component to any scheme
·       Ravens are not as dominant as they once were coming off the edge and creating pressure

56 – Chicago Bears: Khaseem Greene – LB – Rutgers

·       Fast, strong and aggressive linebacker that makes big plays against the run and pass
·       Lack of quality depth behind aging stars at linebacker needs to be addressed

57 – Pittsburgh Steelers: Terry Hawthorne – CB – Illinois

·       Dynamic athlete that shows a lot of promise as a press corner, can shadow receivers
·       Behind the aging Ike Taylor, there isn’t a ton of promise at such a vital position

58 – New York Giants: Cornellius Carradine – DE – Florida State

·       Looked like a top 20 player before tearing his ACL recently
·       Stock pile the defensive ends to maintain a position of dominance week in, week out

59 – San Francisco 49ers: Michael Buchanon – DE – Illinois

·       Long, athletic edge rusher that shows glimpses of being a top tier talent
·       Adding depth to an already strong defense keeps the Niners in front for a long time

60 – New England Patriots: Da’Rick Rogers – WR – Tennessee Tech

·       First round talent with size and the ability to produce after the catch
·       Patriots get a promising receiver that could be the most talented on roster right away

61 – Denver Broncos: Cobi Hamilton – WR – Arkansas

·       Reliable pass catcher over the middle with plenty of size and deceptive speed
·       The kind of receiver Manning turns in to a superstar

62 – Green Bay Packers: Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma

·       Very impressive tape in 2012 to this point, big frame with fluid feet and flexibility
·       The pressure coming off the edge is creating issues for the passing game

63 – Atlanta Falcons: John Jenkins – DT – Georgia

·       Enormous presence that does a lot of the quiet, but vital dirty work inside
·       Can give the Falcons a dominant 1-2 punch in the middle of an already solid defense

64 – Houston Texans – Alex Okafor – DE – Texas

·       Big time power presence that is a savvy defender against the run and pass
·       Dominant defense could use more talent on the outside to take attention away from Watt

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11 Responses to First Mock Draft of the Year

  1. Jeppe Elmelund van Ee says:

    I am okay with the selection of Moore even though I’d rather get the star (funny haha) DT or the star OT in Lolutelei or Joeckel.

    But do you think Moore is an every down DE, when he is only about 250 lbs?

    I actually am a big fan of Dallas Thomas, but I think he is best at LG where we have Mathis, and where Reid said that Watkins is probably best suited to play as well. Do you think Dallas could play RG?

    I’d rather go after someone like Eric Reid or Kawann Short, but that’s just me…

    Overall great mock draft!

  2. sCarecrow says:

    Ayers and McCarthy are second-year-Players, Brown is a rookie.
    After a promising rookie-year McCarthy is battling a lot of with injuries, Ayers and Brown are doing okey. I think this will be the LB-Unit in 2013.

    The Titans will adress D-Line in the first round, I guess. I am hoping for Hankins oder Williams… (in a perfect world: after a downtrade)

  3. David S says:

    Jeppe-

    I can see Lotulelei going to the Eagles if he is available for sure. Him and Cox would give the Eagles a top tier 1-2 punch in the middle…something every team wants.

    I don’t see the Joeckel selection however unless there is information out there that Peters won’t be able to return to form.

    Moore has the frame and the room for added weight. 1-2 years of NFL weight training should take care of that easily. This is his first year as a full time DE, thus the reason for an “undersized” label at this point.

    The attraction to Dallas Thomas is that he can play anywhere. Right side, left side, inside, outside….wherever the demand is.

    • NFLGimpy says:

      I think most Eagles fans who want Joeckel are assuming Peters won’t return to top form, which is sadly probably the safer bet. Rupturing your achilles twice at his size may be too much to come back from.

      It is worth nothing that Jake Long will most likely be a free agent. I believe Brandon Albert will as well and the Eagles were very interested in him back when he was drafted. Obviously a new coach could make that moot.

      • Eric says:

        Nothing prevents them from taking Joeckel, moving him to RT, moving Herremans to RG and going with that until Peters is no longer effective.

        • Arby says:

          I agree with you. Combination of Peters injury and Herreman’s drop-off in play and injury make tackle one huge question mark. Much more of a question than DE for the Eagles even if Trent Cole doesn’t come back. Who’s the better player? If Moore and Joeckel are equally talented, I gotta take Joeckel given our situation.

    • deg0ey says:

      If they’re gonna take a DT, I’d rather see the Eagles trade back and pick up Hankins. He’s been an absolute beast for OSU and, whilst he’s probably not quite as good as Star, he’d be a worthwhile piece to play alongside Cox.

      Most logical trade partner that I can see is the Rams – their OL kinda sucks and they might really want Joeckel to make an immediate improvement. Their only chance of getting him would be to move above Arizona who will almost certainly pick him if he’s still on the board. Currently wondering whether they’d covet him enough that Roseman can convince them to part with both of their first rounders for it – Hankins, Elam and a better DC could go a long way to turning this defence around.

  4. Dday says:

    I feel that phillip thomas doesn’t get enough respect, being a first team all–American and Thorpe snub, he is better than a lot of the safeties you have in your mock

  5. Matthew says:

    Big Bucs fan here and I totally agree with your mock and would be thrilled if we could get those 2 prospects.

    After blasting Josh Freeman on here 5 weeks ago he has played pretty darn well. He throws a very good deep ball but for some reason struggles on the intermediate routes. He missed Clark and Underwood over the middle on several occasions without much of a rush in his face. Get him a big physical TE like Eifert and he’ll light the NFL on fire next year with Martin and our 2 Pro Bowl Guards coming back.

    I’m also a big Gator fan and you may laugh at me, but I am seeing a lot of Ed Reed in Matt Elam, except Elam is an even better tackler. He doesn’t look to just trip up or drag down defenders, he looks to destroy them. I don’t think he has Reed’s natural instincts but he has big playmaking abilities and will be a Pro Bowl S. I would be heartbroken if he went to the Steelers.

    A few questions..

    1) What makes you think John Jenkins will fall that far?
    2) You think Montee Ball will go that high? He has A LOT of tread on his tires and I really don’t see much explosiveness in him that I see in most successful NFL backs. What is it about him that makes you think he can succeed at the next level?
    3) Do you think Chance Warmack is a better prospect than Decastro from last year and Hutchinson from nearly a decade ago? I think he is overrated because of playing next to Barrett Jones and Dj Fluker. Definitely at worst a late 1st or early 2nd round pick but some are saying he could go in the top 10!

    Btw, love love love the Arthur Brown to the Ravens. He reminds me a lot of Ray Lewis. After the injury this year I think they make him come back at a reduced rate.

    ————————————————————————————————————————
    I’m aware that most of the readers/writers on here are Eagles fans and I have to admit something. After that last second touchdown, I wasn’t even that upset, I actually felt very happy for Andy Reid. I have always had great respect for him. I know the Bucs have too many injuries this year to make it to the playoffs and win so I am actually hoping they lose more games to get a better pick in the draft. Can’t think of a better man to lose to than Andy Reid. Having said that, I do think it’s time he moves on and the Eagles get a new voice in the locker room. Nothing against Reid, it’s just time…

    I’m hoping Rogers-Cromartie his the FA market, we dump Eric Wright (contract is no longer guaranteed b/c of suspension), and pick up RC! When RC decides he’s going to play he’s as good as there is in the league.

    Fletcher Cox is going to be a Stuuuuuudddddd if he can stay healthy. Wow. Kendricks has incredible instincts and can really break down and make tackles. Martin was a step from breaking it several times but Kendricks was able to break down and make a stop before Dougie got loose in the secondary.

    Wowwwwwwww what a lethal 1-2 punch the Eagles have with Brown and McCoy. It’s almost not even fair! If Brown can take care of his fumbling problem and the Eagles can get healthy and continuity on the O-line you could have the most potent running attack the league has ever seen. Brown has an extra gear, he is fun to watch.

    The Eagles have to be a very frustrating team to be a fan of. It’s almost like they just cannot put together a good team effort, it’s like every game different units take turns having an off game and they end up making just enough mistakes to lose the game. There is just way too much talent and ability for that team to lose 8 games in a row. QBs have been lighting the Bucs up all season so I wouldn’t think too much of Foles’ effort. But maybe, just maybe that good game will give him a boost in confidence so he can finish the season strong and carry it into the off season.

  6. David S says:

    Matthew

    1 – I’m not a believer in Jenkins. His size and overall power potential is what will get him drafted, correct? I pop in Georgia game tapes and see him getting blown off the ball 5-6 yards multiple times. Yes, he’ll show flashes of pushing the point of attack in to the opposing backfield, but there isn’t enough consistent dominance for me to think there is a lot of upside there. Watch him and Alabama DT Jesse Williams…and you’ll notice the wide gap between their value to a defense.

    2 – Ball will be an interesting case to follow over the next few months. He’ll earn most of his grade based on game tape, not workouts. He is a quick thinker, quicker reactor. He’ll get in to a crease right away and move the line of scrimmage forward consistently. I think he has comparible athletic ability to Doug Martin. The tread will be looked at, maybe hurt him a bit…but I think teams will be confident in his ability to help right away.

    3 – I like Warmack, but I he is not a top 5 player that some make him out to be. Cooper may end up being the better pro because of his ability to move laterally. Warmack is a top tier run blocker, above average pass protector.

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