Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Reviewing mock draft choices
By Bill Williamson
We held our NFL blog network mock draft earlier Tuesday. Each division blogger was in charge of choosing the first-round pick for every team in the division they cover. Let’s review my choices:
Kansas City: This was pretty cut-and-dry. I went with Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the No.1 pick. Joeckel is widely expected to be the choice. I made the pick available for trade but I didn’t get one bite. I see a similar scenario unfolding Thursday.
Oakland: This was the headline steal of our mock draft. I put the trade up for sale as the Raiders have. I got one bite and was able to close a deal with AFC East blogger James Walker who made the call for the Miami Dolphins. It was the only trade made in the entire mock draft. We went back and forth before Walker gave an offer I couldn’t refuse. I sent the No. 3 overall pick to Miami for the No. 12, No. 42, No. 77 and No. 82 picks. You’re welcome, Oakland. If the Raiders get that offer, I’m sure general manager Reggie McKenzie will be tickled. Oakland badly needs picks to restock the roster. This trade would be a great start. The only other pick Oakland has in the first three rounds is the No. 66 pick. This trade would give Oakland five picks in the first three rounds. Making the trade even more satisfying was the fact that BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah was available at No. 12. He would be a great value at that spot and he’d fill a need for Oakland.
San Diego: I picked North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper for the Chargers at No. 11. While the team needs a left tackle, the top three prospects at the position went in the first five picks. Cooper fills a big need for the Chargers and he is a top prospect. I had an offer from Dallas to move down to No. 18, but I didn’t think the offer was good enough and I think the Chargers would love to see Cooper on the board.
Denver: I gave Denver Florida State pass-rusher Bjoern Werner at No. 28. He was the top rated of the several candidates I had on the board for Denver when the choice was made, so I think the Broncos got really nice value here. I turned down an offer from Philadelphia to go down to No. 35. I thought the offer was lacking and figured Denver might as well take the promising Werner and fill a need.