Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Mocking Round 1 and beyond
By Mike Reiss
And for another opinion, check out Field Yates' mock draft HERE.
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
A new regime lands a franchise left tackle to protect QB Alex Smith; they'd like to replenish their second-round pick by trading franchise-tagged left tackle Branden Albert.
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
First-year general manager David Caldwell said the Jaguars will take the "best available [player] that fits a need," and Fisher provides left tackle insurance with Eugene Monroe in the final year of his deal and can start right away on the right side.
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has a multiple scheme and Floyd has a "scheme-diverse skill set" (Pro Football Weekly draft preview) to help fill the void created by Desmond Bryant and Tommy Kelly departures.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
They are reportedly looking to trade back, but if they stick here, they can address an aging position on their roster with a bookend who can play either side.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Lions haven't selected a cornerback in the first round since Terry Fair in 1998, and as long as they are comfortable with Milliner's medical history, he projects as a Day 1 starter at a position that could use a boost.
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Browns are focusing on sustainability, and Warmack, assuming he checks out medically, is a Day 1 starter and franchise building block for a team that has to match physical power with division foes Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati in the NFL's most physical division.
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
First-year coordinator Todd Bowles plans to run a one-gap penetrating hybrid scheme, and Jordan could be a marquee pass-rusher.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Bills GM Buddy Nix: "This quarterback class better than everyone thinks it is ... two or three of these guys will be franchise QBs." Nassib played under first-year Bills coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse and has the intangibles the franchise wants at the position.
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
Rex Ryan talked about a new level of aggressiveness with his defense and Mingo gives them a potential dynamic pass-rusher.
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
To become a smash-mouth team on offense, and protect quarterback Jake Locker, the Titans add a Day 1 starter in continuing to fortify the interior.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
First-year head coach Mike McCoy is considered a creative offensive mind, and Austin gives him a dynamic chess piece with whom to work.
D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
They've added weapons to help QB Ryan Tannehill but enter the draft looking for help along the offensive line.
13. New York Jets (from Buccaneers)
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.
A press corner who fits the style of play Rex Ryan likes as they look to replace Darrelle Revis.
Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah
First-year general manager Dave Gettleman comes from the Giants, where stockpiling defensive linemen was a big part of their success.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Plenty of focus on sparking the defense under first-year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who will implement a 3-4, and Ansah has high upside as a pass-rush threat.
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Immediate starter at a spot where they need help, and can address receiver and offensive line spots later.
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Helps fill the void created by James Harrison's departure.
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Has potential to make a "Warren Sapp-like impact" (Pro Football Weekly draft preview), and first-year coordinator Monte Kiffin knows firsthand how valuable that could be.
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Difference-maker and a projected Day 1 starter. Considered TE Tyler Eifert here, too.
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Would be a bold pick for second-year general manager Phil Emery, as Bears look to replace the departed Brian Urlacher.
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Adds an element of speed and athleticism to a linebacker group (Rey Maualuga, Vontaze Burfict and James Harrison) in need of reinforcements, and Bengals haven't been hesitant about taking on character "risks" in the past.
22. St. Louis (from Washington)
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Big-play potential to help quarterback Sam Bradford.
Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
An aging defensive line gets a boost with an interior presence.
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Second-year GM Ryan Grigson wants to get bigger on defense and Jenkins would be a hard-to-move presence inside.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)
D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
After losing Antoine Winfield to the Seahawks, they select his possible replacement.
Matt Elam, S, Florida
Steps in as a starter from the get-go.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
GM Rick Smith said: "It's been well documented, we could use some help at the wide receiver position."
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Running backs aren't always the best value in the first round, but at this point, Lacy would be a solid pick, as Willis McGahee is closer to the end of his career.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Trading back would be desired, but in this scenario, the Patriots go with a future No. 1 corner who has the unique combination of physical skills and top intangibles. Others to consider: WR Keenan Allen, OL Justin Pugh, DL Jesse Williams, WR Robert Woods.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
A long-term replacement for veteran Tony Gonzalez who will also help as a rookie.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
For a team that runs as many two-tight end sets as the 49ers do, and having lost Delanie Walker in free agency, the 49ers select a player Jim Harbaugh recruited at Stanford.
John Cyprien, S, Florida International
GM Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens planned to take a safety at some point in the draft.
PATRIOTS' PICKS: ROUNDS 2-7
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Jeff Baca, C/G, UCLA
Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa-Pacific
Arby Jones, DL, Georgia