The order of the mock draft is in reflection of the official draft order. This will be the last mock draft prior to the Super Bowl and is affected by the Senior Bowl
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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 - Bjoern Werner DE/Florida State
Werner is almost in the same mold of Babin who they felt highly of when they claimed him off waivers. Babin is going to be 33 by the beginning of the season and Werner is one of the top pass rushers in this draft.
3. Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei DT/Utah
Seymour and Bryant are both free agents and Kelly is getting up there in age as well. Lotulelei is one of the top prospects in this draft and fits a major need. If he is unavailable Milliner is the next best thing.
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Dion Jordan OLB/Oregon
With the red flags coming with Jarvis Jones, I think that Chip Kelly is the type of guy that will just take as many of his former players as possible and Jordan is the highest rated and also fits a need.
5. Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner CB/Alabama
Milliner fits their biggest need at CB. He is a game changing player and would be a great addition to the defense. If he’s off the board, the best available pass rusher should be the pick. They still need to give Megatron help on the outside and a consistent running game.
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.
7. Arizona Cardinals - Luke Joeckel OT/Texas A&M
If Joeckel is here it’s no question that the Cardinals take him. I honestly think they’ll try to trade up if he drops past #3. This is their biggest hole and could possibly help make look their QB’s look like they know how to play.
8. Buffalo Bills - Ezekial Ansah DE/BYU
After a poor showing from the QB’s at the Senior Bowl, especially new head coach Doug Marrone’s boy Nassib the Bills will look towards the best player on their board. That could come down to a few different positions, but I think that they will go QB in the 2nd round now. Ansah also was unstoppable at the Senior Bowl.
Previous pick: Ryan Nassib
9. New York Jets - Kevin Minter ILB/LSU
Both Scott and Harris are losing a step or two at ILB and that is an important position that needs to be filled. The last view of Te’o was getting exposed by Alabama and his not showing up to the Senior Bowl doesn’t help his stock.
Previous pick: Manti Te’o
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.
15. New Orleans Saints - Barkevious Mingo DE/LSU
The Saints defense is horrible and could go a lot of directions here. I just feel that Mingo is the best player on the board and would upgrade their pass rush.
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 - Jarvis Jones OLB/Georgia
The Steelers will not care about any possible “red flags” and take one of the top prospects in the draft at this position. Jones will come in and easily upgrade an aging defense.
Previous pick: Sheldon Richardson
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 - Sheldon Richardson DT/Missouri
Osi is probably on his way out this off-season and Tuck just needs to get back on track. Richardson would come in and be a disruptive force that could open things up for JPP and whoever else they have playing DE.
Previous pick: Sam Montgomery
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 - Shariff Floyd DT/Florida
After switching to a 3-4 defense this season, they need to start building up the right players to fit. Floyd 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.
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 - Manti Te’o ILB/Notre Dame
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.
Previous pick: Kevin Minter
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. 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.
30. New England Patriots - Xavier Rhodes CB/Florida State
With Talib and Arrington both free agents and the way Flacco dismantled their secondary in the 2nd half of the conference championships, they need the best CB available. A WR is also a need with Welker probably on his way out and no other options.
31. 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.
32. Baltimore Ravens * - Alec Ogletree ILB/Georgia
It’s official that Ray Lewis will retire and they find a great replacement.
* Subject to playoffs