The NFL Draft Combine has come and gone, some players have raised their stock and some have hurt theirs. Andy Reid and the Chiefs have agreed to trade for Alex Smith from the 49ers which takes away the uncertainty of the #1 overall pick. It will definitely NOT be Geno Smith, it’s the other Smith.
I will be doing 7 round mocks leading up until the draft. This 1st edition of my post combine mock will go 3 rounds with analysis and rounds 4-7 will just be the picks. I know I’m excited for free agency to come and those moves that are made that will have a major impact on the draft.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel OT/Texas A&M
It’s unofficially official that the Chiefs will be trading for Alex Smith from the 49ers. It is also probable that they will not re-sign Brandon Albert when the new CBA allows for lesser paid rookies. The only thing stopping Joeckel from being the sure pick is Eric Fisher who’s been rising since his Senior Bowl performance.
The Chiefs may also look to trade down if the right deal comes, especially with their 2nd round draft choice going to the 49ers for Smith. They could also look at DT with Glenn Dorsey probably on his way out of town as well.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Shariff Floyd DT/Florida
After a strong performance from Floyd at the combine, he has risen up everyone’s draft boards. The heart issue of Lotulelei didn’t hurt Floyd’s rise either. Floyd would give the Jaguars a versatile defensive lineman who would excel in Gus Bradley’s hybrid defense. They need to upgrade their pass rush, but right now I don’t like any of the top pass rushers at #2. If they traded down then, Werner, Jordan, Ansah or Mingo could be options, otherwise I think they address that at the top of the 2nd round.
Previous pick: Bjoern Werner
3. Oakland Raiders - Dee Milliner CB/Alabama
Milliner solidified his spot in the top 5 with his combine performance. He’s fast and moves well and I’m sure when it’s all said and done, he’ll be able to catch the balls thrown his direction. Milliner would also give the Raiders something they haven’t had since Nnamdi Asomugha left, a CB who can actually play. With Lotulelei’s heart issue he most likely drops from this pick and because there are so many solid interior defensive linemen in this draft, they’ll be satisfied with one in the 2nd round.
Previous pick: Star Lotulelei
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Eric Fisher OT/Central Michigan
This draft is top heavy with possible star LT’s and the Eagles don’t have the luxury of letting one of them get away. Peters and Herremans are aging and coming off season ending injuries. Bell was released and Dunlap is a free agent. The defense is a black hole of talent, especially with the move to a 3-4 defense, but they’ll have to address that in free agency a bit and later in the draft.
A trade back to pick up more draft picks would be a good option here as well. They could possibly pick up Lane Johnson and have more assets to find the right guys for Chip Kelly’s offense and defense.
5. Detroit Lions - Bjoern Werner DE/Florida State
The Lions have to address their pass rush with Avril leaving as a free agent and Vanden Bosch being released. Suh and Fairley are still manning the middle and the right pieces on the outside would drastically upgrade the defense. Werner could be an explosive force next to Suh with teams having to pay attention to Suh’s inside rushing abilities.
Another option here would be Milliner if he’s available, but I don’t think another CB would be considered this high. Dion Jordan and Ezekial Ansah could be options here as well.
Previous pick: Dee Milliner
6. Cleveland Browns - Ezekial Ansah OLB/BYU
Ansah has been my fastest rising prospect since his performance at the Senior Bowl. He amazed scouts during practices and then backed it up in the game. He is not a workout warrior as many like to label him. He is raw, but has the potential to be a great player and would fit the AFC North’s mold of pass rushing OLB’s. With the switch over to 3-4, the Browns could look a few different directions. OLB is a need opposite Sheard and a corner opposite Haden is needed as well.
Best case scenario for the Browns is a trade down to pick up more draft picks after surrendering their 2nd rounder in last years supplemental draft on Gordon.
Previous pick: Barkevious Mingo
7. Arizona Cardinals - Geno Smith QB/West Virginia
With the top 2 OT’s off the board, the Cardinals need to fill there next biggest need at QB. Smith is an instant upgrade over Kevin Kolb and John Skelton and would appease Larry Fitzgerald in the process. They could look at Chance Warmack here as well and look OT in the 2nd round.
8. Buffalo Bills - Chance Warmack OG/Alabama
The Bills spent an awful lot of money on defense last season. Levitre is headed to free agency as well as Byrd. Byrd will most likely be franchised which will hurt the chances of resigning Levitre. So the Bills opt to save money on their prized free agent G and draft probably the best prospect of this years draft in Warmack.
Previous pick: Damontre Moore
9. New York Jets - Star Lotulelei DT/Utah
Ok the drop was long enough for Lotulelei. The Jets have a million holes, but with Lotulelei still on the board I’m sure Rex Ryan is drooling. With DeVito leaving as a free agent, the defensive line becomes a need even with the releases of Scott and Pace at LB. I don’t have any LB’s rated this high, except Jones but he is also “red flagged” so it’s a toss up at this point.
The Jets still need help on the offensive side of the ball and WR could be an option here as well, but I think they’ll give that another shot in the 2nd round.
Previous pick: Keenan Allen
10. Tennessee Titans - Lane Johnson OT/Oklahoma
The path for the Titans becoming a winning franchise again starts with the production of Chris Johnson. The offense needs to be more efficient and the offensive line needs upgrades all across the board. Lane Johnson is the 3rd best OT in the draft and is an athletic guy who can get out and run while blocking.
The defense has holes as well, but I think it’s best addressed later in the draft.
Previous pick: Ezekial Ansah
11. San Diego Chargers - Dion Jordan OLB/Oregon
Both Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes are free agents and the Chargers drafted Melvin Ingram last season. I originally had Jones being the pick here, but his health concerns may cause teams to stay away. That will be hard for teams to do, especially because he’s probably the best player overall in the draft.
Previous pick: Jarvis Jones
12. Miami Dolphins - Cordarrelle Patterson WR/Tennessee
Patterson solidified his spot as the top WR in the draft mostly in part to Allen’s injury which held him out of the combine. The Dolphins need to give Tannehill some weapons. Hartline and Bush are free agents and they need to be replaced.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Desmond Trufant CB/Washington
Trufant jumped over Rhodes and Banks with his performance at the combine. He made scouts and GM’s go back and look at his film and they weren’t disappointed. Trufant is the #2 CB on my board behind Milliner and the Bucs have a major need at CB. Their passing defense was atrocious and the impending free agency of future Hall of Fame CB/S Ronde Barber makes an even larger need in the secondary.
Previous pick: Xavier Rhodes
14. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Vaccaro S/Texas
This pick is tough for me at this point. I really want to see what direction the Panthers go during free agency so I can get a better feel of who they will look at in the draft. Right now I’m sticking with my pick of Vaccaro and we’ll just see where they go from there.
15. New Orleans Saints - Jarvis Jones OLB/Georgia
With Rob Ryan changing the defense over to a 3-4 scheme, I’m not too down on the Saints present defensive line. I love their LB’s at ILB in the 3-4, but they need a pass rusher. Jones on the board at this point is an easy choice for the Saints to make. They can look to add depth in the 2nd round on the defensive line.
Previous pick: Sheldon Richardson
16. St. Louis Rams - Jonathan Cooper OG/North Carolina
The Rams had my highest grade for their draft last season. Brockers, Jenkins and Johnson each made plays on that defense. Not to mention the Rams were the best in their division even though they missed out on the playoffs. They need to upgrade the offense and give Bradford more protection and weapons.
Cooper is the best linemen on the board at this point and could be coveted by teams picking before the Rams next selection.
Previous pick: Lane Johnson
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Kevin Minter ILB/LSU
The Steelers need to upgrade their offensive line and linebacking corps. The top LT’s are off the board and Minter is a perfect type of player to come to Pittsburgh and contribute immediately. He would come in and take over for Foote immediately
18. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Richardson DT/Missouri
The Cowboys need to upgrade their offensive line again this year, but casual fans probably think they don’t because Romo had such a great season. He still needs more protection, but the top linemen are off the board so their defensive front needs to be fixed. The defensive line was a horror movie last season from injuries to off the field issues. It must be fixed.
The Cowboys could also look at one of the top safeties in this draft, which could be a reach at this point. Elam and Cyprien are rising and could both go in the 1st round.
Previous pick: Chance Warmack
19. New York Giants - Kawann Short DT/Purdue
With both Bernard and Canty leaving in free agency, DT becomes their biggest need. If they didn’t re-sign Beatty I think OT would have been the pick. They could also look to replace Osi and Tuck (who’s still there), but not producing the way he should. TE could also be an option here with Bennett and Beckum being free agents.
Previous pick: Shariff Floyd
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. Webb just sucks and his recent drug arrest could hurt his stock with the new staff.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Keenan Allen WR/California
Allen dropped with his stock, because he didn’t workout at the combine due to injury. He’ll need to have a great pro day to stay in the first round, especially with the emergence of Austin and other WR’s.
Previous pick: Robert Woods
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 - Justin Hunter 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. Hunter would be a great compliment to what the Vikings have already.
24. Indianapolis Colts - Barkevious Mingo OLB/LSU
The main knock on Mingo is his frame. He’s a strong, fast thin built type of guy and that may cause him to drop. The Colts won’t hesitate to take him near the end of the 1st round. With Freeney on his way out, they need a solid 3-4 rushing backer.
Previous pick: Dion Jordan
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 - Matt Elam SS/Florida
The Packers need help on their offensive line and to help with the running game, but no one is worth the pick right here. Instead they look to upgrade their horrible defense. Elam is a dangerous safety who is better than what they have now, especially with Woodson being let go.
Previous pick: Eric Reid
27. Houston Texans - Alec Ogletree LB/Georgia
With Brian Cushing coming off a season ending injury and Bradie James, Barrett Ruud and Conner Barwin being free agents they can’t keep everyone. Ogletree would be a great fit for an already great 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. His combine performance is another reason he’ll be loved in Denver as well.
29. Atlanta Falcons - Datone Jones DE/UCLA
As much as I love the setup of the Falcons grabbing a tight end to replace the greatest ever, Gonzalez, I just think the defense needs more help. Everyone knows the Falcons will put points on the board almost at will, but after their 2 playoff collapses the defense needs help.
They have a lot of free agents they need to work on re-signing, but the defensive line would benefit with having a versatile guy like Jones who can play practically any position on the line.
Previous pick: Zach Ertz
30. New England Patriots - Robert Woods WR/USC
The Patriots and Bill Belichick never do what anyone expects them to do in the draft except pick the right players. Even though Tom Brady can use any WR and be successful, Woods is a top talent. I do think they will re-sign Talib and keep the secondary in tact.
Previous pick: Desmond Trufant
31. San Francisco 49ers - Zach Ertz TE/Stanford
I think Jim Harbaugh will bring his former recruit to his NFL team and give Kaepernick another weapon in the passing game. There aren’t too many holes on this team, although they could look at safety if they lose Goldson to free agency.
Previous pick: DeAndre Hopkins
32. Baltimore Ravens - Manti Te’o ILB/Notre Dame
Coming off a Super Bowl, the Ravens have the luxury of picking whomever they want in the draft. Even after a LESS than impressive combine performance, the Ravens will take Te’o will the last pick of the 1st round. Maybe they let the allure of the name come and take over for Ray Lewis. I do feel Te’o’s pro day performance will increase his rankings though.
Previous pick: Sam Montgomery
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