NFL Mock Draft 2.0.
It is time for my NFL mock draft version 2.0. Its been three months since my first mock draft. That mock draft took place when the regular season ended and right before the playoffs began. A lot has happened since then, like the NFL Combine, college pro days, and teams working out college players. Now that the 2011 NFL season is over I can mock the whole first round. As you may recall, I only did picks 1 through 20 in my first mock draft due to the playoff teams not having their draft slot determined yet. Now I present to you my NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0. Also, here is the first version of my 2012 NFL Mock Draft https://scoreboardsteve.com/2012/01/07/2012-nfl-mock-draft-picks-1-20/
1.Indianapolis Colts: Stanford QB Andrew Luck – This is the no brainer pick for the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts.
2.Washington Redskins: Baylor QB Robert Griffin III – The ‘Skins didn’t trade up to the #2 spot to take anyone other than RG3.
3.Minnesota Vikings: USC OT Matt Kalil – Kalil profiles to be a top-notch OT and a big time protector right from the get go and Minnesota needs to protect Christian Ponder.
4.Cleveland Browns: Alabama RB Trent Richardson – The Browns have a lot of holes on the team and RB is a huge one with the departure of Peyton Hillis to KC. Trent is the biggest RB prospect since Adrian Peterson, so this has to be the pick. Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M could be the pick too if Cleveland takes a new QB.
5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LSU CB Morris Claiborne – The Bucs spent $100+ million in free agency on Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks for the offense, and the defense, especially the secondary, will be addressed in the draft and Claiborne is the best secondary player in the draft.
6.St.Louis Rams: Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon – Blackmon is the best WR prospect in the draft and one of the best in a long time. He has tore up the NCAA the last two years and the Rams need a #1 WR in the worst way and there’s no other player in the conversation for the Rams if Blackmon is still available.
7.Jacksonville Jaguars: North Carolina DE Quinton Coples – I might have mocked Michael Floyd here if the Jags didn’t sign Laurent Robinson in free agency, but they sure could use this beast of a pass rusher.
8.Miami Dolphins: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill – The Dolphins struck out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, and aren’t drafting high enough to get Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, so they’ll take the fifth best QB of that group in Ryan Tannehill, who has sky rocketed up draft boards and can turn into a solid starter. All we know is, is that Miami needs a new young QB.
9.Carolina Panthers: Memphis DT Dontari Poe – Like Tannehill, Poe has sky rocketed up draft boards too after a tremendous scouting combine and defensive tackle is a big need for the Panthers, so Poe will be the pick.
10.Buffalo Bills: Iowa OT Riley Reiff – The Bills need to add some protection to their new long-term QB Ryan Fitzpatrick after signing him to a long-term deal. The defense was bolstered with the addition of Mario Williams in free agency, and the only other player I can see being taken here is Michael Floyd so that Buffalo can lineup someone legit across from Stevie Johnson.
11.Kansas City Chiefs: Boston College ILB Luke Kuechly – The Chiefs sure could use Kuechly and adding him to this defense would make it one of the better ones in the league. Kuechly absolutely went off this past season at Boston College and led the NCAA in tackles with 191. He seems legit and looks like he’ll be one of the best ILB right from the start.
12.Seattle Seahawks: South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram – Seattle would love Kuechly, but he’s gone. Ingram is the best defensive player available and is an easy choice if you ask me. David DeCastro could also be the pick here, if the Seahawks want to add protection for their new QB Matt Flynn.
13.Arizona Cardinals: Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd – The Cardinals really need another big time WR to lineup opposite of Larry Fitzgerald and attract some attention off of Fitz. The addition of Floyd would give the Cardinals a better passing attack whether John Skelton or Kevin Kolb are starting and give them better weapons and open up the field. David DeCastro could also be the pick to give protection for Kolb and allow him to stay healthy.
14.Dallas Cowboys: Alabama S Mark Barron – The Cowboys desperately need to upgrade their horrible secondary and a guy with the IQ of Barron, out of Alabama, can upgrade that secondary quickly. Stephen Gilmore or Dre Kirkpatrick could be the pick if the Cowboys decide to go with a corner.
15.Philadelphia Eagles: Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox: The Eagles could use a OT but there’s no one worth taking here, so a defensive player will be taken and Cox is a great pick at 15 to help out their D-Line.
16.New York Jets: Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw – The Jets need a pass rusher in the worst way and Upshaw is the best pass rusher available and fits the Jets defense. An Alabama defensive player with this top five defense can do wonders. I think this is a no doubt about it pick.
17.Cincinnati Bengals: Stanford G David DeCastro – DeCastro can step in right away and add protection for Andy Dalton and keep this offense afloat. The Bengals have a few needs and a lot of players that can help them are still available and DeCastro can bolster the OL.
18.San Diego Chargers: Georgia G/OT Cordy Glenn – The Chargers need to add some protection for Philip Rivers. The versatility of playing guard and tackle makes this an appealing pick for San Diego. A defensive end can be taken too with this pick.
19.Chicago Bears: Stanford OT Jonathan Martin – The Bears must add some protection for Jay Cutler and keep him healthy. Pass protection is a big need for the Bears and adding Jonathan Martin, who is the best OT on the board, has to be made.
20.Tennessee Titans: South Carolina CB Stephen Gilmore – The Titans top need is CB and Gilmore is a good pick here. Gilmore projects to be a future #1 corner and with Cortland Finnegan out in Tennessee, a new corner is needed. There’s also no one else worth picking here.
21.Cincinnati Bengals: Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick – How the Bengals added another first round pick in the Carson Palmer trade is beyond me, but job well done by the Bengals GM. They have a need at CB and Kirkpatrick could have been a top 15 pick had he not gotten caught with marijuana on him a little over a month ago. The Bengals have had plenty of trouble makers before, so I can see them taking a risk with another one that can play the CB position finely.
22.Cleveland Browns: Baylor WR Kendall Wright – The Browns add another offensive play maker to go with Trent Richardson. They would love a QB here, but there is no one worth taking and will need to ride out another season with Colt McCoy at the helm. Maybe they’ll land Matt Barkley or Landry Jones in the 2013 draft and have play makers already here ready for them. It sure is going to be another long season for the Browns.
23.Detroit Lions: North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins – The Lions secondary was horrible in 2011 and they need to add some play makers back there and Jenkins is a very good corner but has off the field issues that the Lions will need to watch. For a team that needs secondary help as much as the Lions do, I don’t think they’d have too much of a problem making this pick.
24.Pittsburgh Steelers: Alabama ILB Dont’a Hightower – The Steelers could use some LB depth and Hightower fits their defensive scheme perfectly and going from Alabama’s defense to the Steelers defense has to be a dream for a young defensive player. This is a very good pick for Pittsburgh. I can see them adding some protection for Big Ben here too.
25.Denver Broncos: LSU DT Michael Brockers – The Broncos have a need for a DT and the last of the big three available is still here for the taking for Denver. They could add another WR like Stephen Hill to give Peyton Manning an extra weapon, or add a RB like Doug Martin, or even some protection for PM. This is a young defense that is rising and adding a guy like Brockers would be a great addition.
26.Houston Texans: Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill – The Texans would love to add another explosive play maker to line up opposite of Andre Johnson. Like Arizona, the Texans need a WR that can take some attention off of their star WR’s and both find one. Stephen Hill went up on draft boards after running a 4.36 40 yard dash and being 6’4. I can see Houston maybe taking Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, USC DE Nick Perry, or USC OT Mike Adams here, but I think they’ll opt for Hill’s potential.
27.New England Patriots: USC DE Nick Perry – The Patriots defense stunk in 2011 and they could use young players everywhere on defense and Nick Perry can add some pass rush for them. They could go WR here if Hill or Wright were available. I can see them maybe taking Whitney Mercilus here but right now Perry is the more sure thing.
28.Green Bay Packers: Illinois DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus – The Packers defense stunk just like the Patriots defense did in 2011, which is weird, considering they were both the #1 seeds in their conferences. Anyway, the Packers could use another pass rusher and get to the QB more and keep eyes off of Clay Matthews a little less. Mercilus led the NCAA in sacks last season with 16, he’s raw and can be very dangerous if he’s developed right.
29.Baltimore Ravens: Clemson DE Andre Branch – The Ravens love defense and adding a pass rusher like Branch can make this defense all the more scary. The Ravens could look to add a ILB or S to develop under Ray Lewis or Ed Reed and have them take over when they retire, but there is no one worth taking here.
30.San Francisco 49ers: Stanford TE Coby Fleener – The Niners don’t have many needs and adding a tight end to pair with Vernon Davis and have as another weapon for Alex Smith would make Smith even more comfortable with the offensive additions this year. Maybe they add a defensive player for depth and to groom to be a starter in the next couple of years.
31.New England Patriots: Boise State RB Doug Martin – The Pats could use a new RB with the departure of the law firm, BenJarvus Green-Ellis. They could go OL help or more defensive help, but I think adding a RB with the size and play making ability that Martin offers will be too enticing for New England to pass up on.
32.New York Giants: Ohio State OT Mike Adams – This appears to be the Giants biggest need and Mike Adams looks like a solid choice in this spot. A tight end can be taken or maybe a wide receiver, but the Giants need to add some protection for Eli Manning as he took some hard hits in the Giants playoff run to the Super Bowl title.