The order of the mock draft is in reflection of the official draft order. This will be in line with the updated order as teams are knocked out of the playoffs. UPDATED: coaching hires.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs - Geno Smith QB/West Virginia
This is definitely a reach, because Smith is not the top prospect in the draft and probably isn’t the top QB prospect on a lot of peoples drafts boards. Yet with Andy Reid in charge of the Chiefs and the amount of talent they already have on the team, I think Reid goes out and gets his McNabb version 2.0.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Star Lotulelei DT/Utah
With Gus Bradley taking over as the new head coach, I think the best bet is to take the best defensive player on his board. Bradley is a defensive minded coach and will make a lot of changes on that side of the ball. It will come down to Lotulelei, Werner, Moore and Milliner.
3. Oakland Raiders - Dee Milliner CB/Alabama
The Raiders need a QB and they could look to draft one here. It might be best for them to grab one through free agency and hope their investment in Pryor pays off next season. They need a DT, DE and CB and they will have their pick of who to take. I just feel the defense hasn’t been that good since they let Asomugha leave.
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Jarvis Jones OLB/Georgia
With the hire of Chip Kelly as head coach and the rumored switch to a 3-4 defense, Jones is probably the best player to fit this system. The Eagles have so many questions on defense and need to get the best players that fit their scheme.
Previous pick: Luke Joeckel
5. Detroit Lions - Bjoern Werner DE/Florida State
I’m still in high belief that the Lions need the top WR in this draft class, although it is pretty deep this year. They could get a top tier WR in the 2nd round. They also need a CB, but with Milliner off the board it would be a supreme reach for the next available CB’s.
6. Cleveland Browns - Damontre Moore DE/Texas A&M
With the top CB in Milliner off the board, the Browns could look at one of the top pass rushers in the draft. The switch back to the 3-4 and the tough AFC North division has a big impact on this pick.
Previous pick: Jarvis Jones
7. Arizona Cardinals - Luke Joeckel OT/Texas A&M
If Joeckel is here it’s no question that the Cardinals take him. This is their biggest hole and could possibly help make look their QB’s look like they know how to play.
Previous pick: Mike Glennon
8. Buffalo Bills - Mike Glennon QB/NC State
New regime, new QB. They spent a lot of money on the defense last season and Marrone is an offensive minded coach who could benefit from a player with Glennon’s skill set.
Previous pick: Damontre Moore
9. New York Jets - Manti Te’o ILB/Notre Dame
With Scott and Harris losing a step and Ryan wanting to get his defense back to a top level unit, Te’o is a great fit for the team. I think he’s a perfect fit and would quickly turn the defense around, especially with the studs they have on the defensive line.
10. Tennessee Titans - Johnathan Hankins DT/Ohio State
The Titans lost their mojo when Albert Haynesworth left in free agency. Hankins is possibly a better prospect at DT and can turn that defense around immediately. The jury is still out on Jake Locker so QB could be an option here and the offensive line could use a lot of help as well. I just feel Hankins is too good to pass up right here.
11. San Diego Chargers - Eric Fisher OT/Central Michigan
Philip Rivers is a very good QB, but I think he should be out. The new coaching staff I’m sure will think they’re smart enough to work with Rivers and get a better result out of the team. They need to give him better protection up front and Fisher is the best tackle available.
12. Miami Dolphins - Keenan Allen WR/California
After a surprise season from the Dolphins and a very stout defense, they look to give Tannehill more weapons. Allen is the best all-around receiver and would open things up for Tannehill and Bush.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnthan Banks CB/Mississippi State
The Buccaneers had the worst pass defense in the NFL and Banks would fill a big need. He is also a player rated high on many boards and would be a great addition to the defense. Xavier Rhodes is also an option here.
14. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Vaccaro S/Texas
The Panthers can go in a couple directions with this pick. Cam Newton needs a new shiny toy to throw the ball to and the defense needs a DT and S. Nakamura was embarrassed weekly last season and Vaccaro or Reid could be the pick here.
Previous pick: Sheldon Richardson
15. New Orleans Saints - Dion Jordan DE/Oregon
The Saints defense is horrible and yes they had a lot of issues this past seasons from suspensions to injuries. Their defense is aging and they need to get pressure on opposing QB’s. Jordan could either replace Will Smith or play opposite him and give them help that’s needed.
16. St. Louis Rams - Lane Johnson OT/Oklahoma
The Rams have upgraded their defense last season and are a fierce unit. They need to work on protecting Bradford more and giving him more weapons, especially with Steven Jackson possibly retiring.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Barkevious Mingo OLB/LSU
Mingo is the type of player the Steelers would love to have. Their defense is getting old and Mingo dropping to them would be a gift.
18. Dallas Cowboys - Chance Warmack OG/Alabama
With Jerry Jones still in control and him being in love with Tony Romo, QB is probably not an option here again. Jones has to know that his patch work on the OL last season wasn’t good enough and he grabs the best prospect at G in the draft.
19. New York Giants - Sam Montgomery DE/LSU
Osi might be out of New York this season and JPP needs some help. The defensive line is slowing down a bit and could use help. The secondary could see a look with this pick as well.
20. Chicago Bears - D.J. Fluker OT/Alabama
The Bears biggest weakness is the offensive line and with a new coaching staff coming in they need to protect Cutler and give him more weapons.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Robert Woods WR/USC
After an impressive campaign from the defense and upgrading the offensive line last season, the Bengals need to give Dalton more help. Sanu was coming on until his injury, but Woods would make an immediate impact and fit perfectly opposite Green.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) - Tyler Eifert TE/Notre Dame
With all the picks the Rams acquired from the Redskins last season for RG3, they can go so many directions to re-building their franchise. Eifert gives Bradford a much needed safety blanket in the middle of the field and can also stretch the field with his athletic abilities.
23. Minnesota Vikings - Cordarrelle Patterson WR/Tennessee
Coming off a surprising playoff run this season on the back of Adrian Peterson, the Vikings need to give him help. Harvin is not enough and Ponder could another WR. Patterson would be a great compliment to what the Vikings have already.
24. Indianapolis Colts - Sheldon Richardson DT/Missouri
After switching to a 3-4 defense this season, they need to start building up the right players to fit. Richardson could be a great DE for them or they could look at DE/OLB since both Freeney and Mathis are aging and possibly out the door.
Previous pick: Sylvester Williams
25. Seattle Seahawks - Barrett Jones OL/Alabama
The Seahawks have one of the scariest defenses in the NFL and Lynch has been able to find an awful lot of rushing lanes. Upgrading the offensive line with the most versatile player available is a great move in my opinion.
26. Green Bay Packers - Kevin Minter ILB/LSU
Aaron Rodgers have been on his back more than anyone this season and Newhouse is not the answer at LT. Too bad all the top prospects at OT are off the board. The Packers will just have to settle on upgrading their horrific defense instead.
27. Houston Texans - Eric Reid S/LSU
The Texans have a great defense and one of the best, if not the best front 7. They still aren’t great in the secondary and could use either a CB or S. Reid would be a great addition to such a dangerous defense.
28. Denver Broncos - Tavon Austin WR/West Virginia
Austin is a versatile weapon that would give Manning another option in the slot with Stokley aging.
29. Baltimore Ravens * - Alec Ogletree ILB/Georgia
It’s official that Ray Lewis will retire and they find a great replacement.
30. San Francisco 49ers * - Justin Hunter WR/Tennessee
I wasn’t a fan of the Jenkins pick last season and he hasn’t done much this year. Randy Moss hasn’t shown much either, yet Crabtree had a break out year. With all the talent on the team, they still need another WR for Kaepernick moving forward.
Previous pick: Terrence Williams
31. New England Patriots * - Terrence Williams WR/Baylor
With Welker and contract issues uncertain at the moment, Belichick needs to give Brady another weapon. I would have possibly picked a CB here, but with Talib it’s no need to.
Previous pick: Da’Rick Rogers
32. Atlanta Falcons * - Zach Ertz TE/Stanford
The greatest TE to ever play the game is nearing the end of his career, although his statistics aren’t showing it. Ertz would give Ryan another weapon while allowing them to move toward the future without Gonzalez.
* Subject to playoffs