Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ready for Monday's mock draft
By Pat Yasinskas
Just wanted to give you another reminder that the Blogger Mock Draft Live will be held Monday.
We’ll start at 1 p.m. ET. All eight division teams will be making picks for the teams that they cover. Since the Saints and Falcons don’t have first-round picks and our mock covers only the first round, I’ll be making picks only for the Buccaneers and Panthers.
I have scenarios in place for both teams, but some things obviously will depend on what happens in front of those picks. There’s a wide-spread assumption that the Bucs’ choice will be as simple as deciding between LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Alabama running back Trent Richardson. But what if one or both of them are gone by the time Tampa Bay picks? What if USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil suddenly is available at No. 5? That’s a scenario I’m prepared for. I would give serious consideration to Kalil because adding a top-notch tackle could give Tampa Bay one of the league’s best offensive lines.
Also, it’s entirely possible that all the assumptions about this being simply a choice between Claiborne and Richardson could be wrong. Yeah, that’s the way most draft gurus, media members and fans are seeing it. But we don’t know exactly what the Bucs are thinking. I suspect there’s at least a possibility Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly are considerations at No. 5.
I’ve got a plan in place for Carolina, too. I’ve got Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Kuechly as my top two targets. But I have backup plans in place that could lead me to pick another defensive tackle, North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, a cornerback, offensive tackle or a receiver. Again, what I do will depend largely on what happens with the picks in front of me.
Join us Monday and you’ll be able to see how everything unfolds. This is an interactive event and you’ll be able to chat with the bloggers and with other readers throughout the draft. You can also track this live via Twitter (#ESPNbloggermock).