Kayvon's NFL Mock Draft 1.0
posted Mar 04 2013, 02:01PM
posted in NFL, Analysis

This is the first mock draft in a series of 4 that will be released as the draft nears.

  1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
    1. The Chiefs need to be able to protect the newly acquired Alex Smith, and what better way than to take the best LT prospect in the draft.


  1. Jacksonville: Geno Smith, QB, WVU
    1. The Blaine Gabbert experiment is an utter and complete failure and disaster (to no one’s surprise). Ideally, the Jags should move this pick since there are so many holes on this team, but if they keep the pick Smith is the way to go. He’s got the wheels to make something happen behind that putrid O-Line and with the weapons they currently have (Blackmon, Short, Robinson, Jones-Drew) he gives them the best chance to win. Because let’s be serious: What are the alternatives? Tim Tebow? Or wait for the #1 pick in next year’s class and draft Aaron Murray or A.J. McCarron and put them behind this disaster of an O-Line? No Deal.


  1. Oakland: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
    1. The Raiders need a lot of help on defense, but CB was a glaring hole. The starting CBs were a revolving door all season and Milliner will at the very least solidify one CB slot.


  1. Philadelphia: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
    1. After cutting Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, it seems as if the Eagles must have their eyes on improving their D-Line through the draft and Floyd would be a solid piece in their transition a 3-4.


  1. Detroit: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
    1. The Lions could continue their recent strategy of drafting the best player available at this spot, but DE is potentially a glaring weakness for the team. Cliff Avril is currently a free agent and Kyle Vanden Bosch was recently cut. If Avril is not retained (and even if he is) Werner’s motor and relentlessness would be a great fit alongside Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.


  1. Cleveland: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
    1. The Browns desperately need a pass rush specialist to get after quarterbacks and Jordan is one of the best in this draft at doing that. He has some health concerns (shoulder), which is obviously worrisome and may scare potential suitors, but his athletic ability and pass rush skills cannot be ignored.


  1. Arizona: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
    1. The Cards obviously need a new quarterback, but there isn’t one worth taking with Smith off the board at this point in the draft. But as bad as the QB play was for the Cards this season, their O-Line did the team no justice giving up 58 sacks on the year and needs to be improved immediately.


  1. Buffalo: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
    1.  The Bills need a QB, but none are worth taking at this spot. They also need a big play receiver to compliment Stevie Johnson and Patterson is one of the best this draft has to offer.


  1. NY Jets: Ziggy Ansah, OLB, BYU
    1. The Jets are another team that needs a QB, but they will have to fill another need due to the lack of QBs in this class. The Jets pass rush has been awful as of late, which explains why they were ranked in the bottom third of the league in sacks last season. Calvin Pace was brought in to be a pass rush specialist, but that obviously didn’t work out too well. Ziggy Ansah is a project, but he is shooting up draft boards and may not even be available at this spot come April.


  1. Tennessee: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
    1. The Titans didn’t create the holes necessary for CJ2K to do his thing last year. Insert the best player in the draft and the best guard prospect of the past decade: Chance Warmack.


  1. San Diego: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
    1. The Chargers boasted one of the league’s worst offensive lines last year, which needs a serious makeover. Johnson has the potential to be the team's LT of the future.


  1. Miami: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
    1. The Dolphins desperately need playmakers on offense. Reggie Bush is a free agent and likely will not be re-signed. Brian Hartline is a free agent and may not return next year so the Dolphins need to bring in a legitimate weapon (or two) for second year QB Ryan Tannehill and the offense to have any chance to succeed.


  1. Tampa Bay: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
    1. The Buccaneers statistically had one of the worst secondary's in football last year and Rhodes would be an immediate upgrade at CB.


  1. Carolina: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
    1. The Panthers need to upgrade their DTs and Richardson is one of the best and most athletic of the class. Makes too much sense.


  1. New Orleans: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
    1. The Saints need a lot of help on defense, and pass rush specialist like Jones will be a much needed upgrade. There are rumors that some teams have taken Jones completely off their boards due to his health concerns, which are obviously worrisome, but at pick 15 the best pass rusher in the draft possesses good value.


  1. St. Louis: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
    1. The Rams need to be able to protect Sam Bradford if they want to compete in the NFC West, playing against defenses like the 49ers, Seahawks, and Cardinals six times a year. Rodger Saffold shouldn’t be protecting the blind side of the team’s former #1 pick and quarterback of the future.


  1. Pittsburgh: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
    1. The Steelers strike gold again. Imagine being an opposing QB and having Lamar Woodley, Kiki Mingo and possibly James Harrison coming off the edge every game. Yikes.


  1. Dallas: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
    1. The Cowboys need to be able to protect Tony Romo better, because when he is under duress he makes mistakes (often leading to turnovers) and the Cowboys ranked near the bottom of the league in rush offense and yards per carry, Cooper will help in both areas. With the recent release of Gerald Sensabaugh, Kenny Vaccarro could be an option here, as well.


  1. NY Giants: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
    1. The Giants cut Michael Boley in the offseason and Keith Rivers and Chase Blackburn are free agents. A versatile LB like Ogletree will pay immediate dividends.


  1. Chicago: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
    1. Jay Cutler needs better protection (what’s new?), but having Eifert will provide Cutler with a safety valve to dump the ball off to when the pocket is collapsing.


  1. Cincinnati: Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State
    1. The Bengals need to improve their LBs. Manny Lawson is a free agent and Rey Maualuga hasn’t lived up to expectations, thus far.


  1. St. Louis: Kenny Vacarro, FS, Texas
    1. Huge upgrade for the Rams. FS is a glaring hole on the defense and Vacarro is the best safety prospect, by far.  


  1. Minnesota: Keenan Allen, WR, California
    1. WR was a major weakness for the Viking offense last year, and the way things are sounding at this point, it does not appear Percy Harvin will be with team next year. Allen is the best WR on the board and will be an immediate upgrade for the team’s offense.


  1. Indianapolis: Star Lotulelei, DT/DE, Utah
    1. The uncertainty surrounding Lotulelei’s health (heart condition) have him free falling down draft boards and is the only reason I have the talented DT dropped this far.


  1. Seattle: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
    1. The Seahawks would have loved to grab Lotulelei, but Short is a solid consolation.


  1. Green Bay: Barrett Jones, C/OG/OT, Alabama
    1. Jeff Saturday is done and the Packers have no replacement at the moment. Enter “Mr. Do-it-all” Barrett Jones. Jones played G, LT and C for National Championship teams while at Alabama. His versatility would be very beneficial for a team who seems to always be banged up on the O-Line.


  1. Houston: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
    1. Bradie James is no longer a starting caliber ILB at this point in his career. Minter will take over starting duties for the foreseeable future in Houston.


  1. Denver: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
    1. The Denver D needs serious improvements up the middle on all three levels and Williams will help solidify the D-Line.


  1. New England: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
    1. The Patriots need to fill the hole left by Aqib Talib. Trufant is a steal at this point in the draft.


  1. Atlanta: Jamie Collins, DE, Sothern Mississippi
    1. The Falcons need to put more pressure on opposing QBs. A freak athlete and edge rusher like Collins will certainly help in that area.


  1. San Francisco: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
    1. Dashon Goldson is a free agent and Donte Whitner got lit up in coverage this past season. Elam is a perfect fit on this fast, viscous and physical 49er defense.


  1. Baltimore: Robert Woods, WR, Southern California
    1. The legend in the middle needs to be replaced, but the defense still has some solid pieces to contend. The offense on the other hand, will need to be improved, especially if Anquan Boldin is not brought back. Woods has exceptional hands and is a great route runner. He will be able to complement Torrey Smith very well in the Ravens passing attack. Manti Te’o also may be an option here.
Kayvon Padidar
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