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Freeland1787 1st Round Mock Draft V1.0

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. Andy Reid will want to establish a new era of football in Kansas City by drafting a QB. At 6'3" Smith has the height to stand back in the pocket to deliver throws downfield to receivers Steve Breaston in the slot and Jonathan Baldwin.
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M. The Jaguars pass rush was non-existant in 2012, hence the move to claim Jason Babin off waivers seen as desperate for them to cling onto anything. An organization in disarray, with a new owner, coach, and GM taking over. Damontre Moore adds a young, high end pass rusher to an otherwise disappointing group.
  3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. The Raiders have Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, and Desmond Bryant manning up the DT position in Oakland. Considering the fact that Kelly and Seymour are aging vets, that leaves only Bryant as a reliable option there. Adding a talent like Lotulelei who is a stout run defender and can collapse the pocket from the middle would help the Raiders defense.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. Joeckel is arugably the best prospect on the board and a potential candidate to be picked #1 by Kansas City, but the three teams in front of Philadelphia value other positions more than left tackle. With Joeckel being clearly the best value on the board, the Eagles take him. With a decimated OL in 2012, Joeckel would be a Day 1 starter as the blindside blocker at one end and Jason Peters on the other side.
  5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. The Lions pass defense in 2012 suffered because of injuries to the secondary. Milliner would be a day 1 starter and would likely be shadowing WRs such as Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson.
  6. Cleveland Browns: Keenan Allen, WR, California-Berkley. Cleveland debates heavily whether to use this pick on Jarvis Jones or Keenan Allen, but Chudzinski as an offensive-minded coach picks the WR. Allen would instantly become the top receiving option for Cleveland and with a complement in Josh Gordon on the outside could help Weeden (or Ryan Mallett).
  7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan. Despite the 3-year struggle of finding a replacement for Kurt Warner that ended Whisenhunt's tenure as coach being highly publicized, Bruce Arians picks it safe with the best offensive lineman on the board. Fisher would automatically become the starter at LT for the Cardinals to help improve a struggling running game and protect Kolb's or the rookie QB's blindside.
  8. Buffalo Bills: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia. Jones is the best value on the board. The Bills have struggled at the LB position on defense and could use a top LB talent. Jones' versatility would be very intriguing to the analytics department, who would likely send new coach Doug Marrone a recommendation to draft him. Jones would start at the Will LB position in the Bills 4-3.
  9. New York Jets: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama. The best chance for Rex Ryan to save his job is to go back to the "Ground and Pound" style offense that made them successful in the playoffs in 2009 and 2010. Warmack would be an instant upgrade to the interior of the Jets offensive line, but won't be enough to stop a Patriots sweep in 2013. He would be the starter at the LG position.
  10. Tennessee Titans: Ezekial Ansah, DE, Brigham Young. The Titans add a high upside pass rusher who has drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul in terms of athleticism. Ansah is a physical defender who is very good at shedding blocks. Best comparison to where he is right now is Chandler Jones. Would likely start at the LE position.
  11. San Diego Chargers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee. The Chargers begin a new era of football by drafting a weapon to help Rivers on the outside. Patterson would be a starter on the outside.
  12. Miami Dolphins: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford. Miami uses their first pick on a physical receiving TE to add a weapon in the middle of the field for Tannehill. Ertz compares to Gronk in terms of overall talent.
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas. Tampa tries to improve their 32nd ranked pass defense by drafting a safety. Vaccaro has issues tackling in the open field but would likely be asked to play the deep half of the field as a complement to SS Mark Barron.
  14. Carolina Panthers: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. Carolina attempts to improve their defense by drafting a solid DE in Werner. He plays both the run and pass very well and would be a starter at the Right DE position.
  15. New Orleans Saints: Eric Reid, FS, Louisiana State. The Saints try to improve their defense by drafting someone who can take away the deep routes in the middle of the field. Reid would be the starting FS.
  16. St. Louis Rams: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri. Richardson would make a fine complement to mammoth DT Michael Brockers. Quinn, Richardson, Brockers, and Long would make a fearsome front 4 in the NFC.
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Matt Elam, SS, Florida. The Steelers find a guy who can step up in case of the annual Polamalu injury. With a similar skill set and stature to Polamalu, Matt Elam would be a great addition to the Steelers defense.
  18. Dallas Cowboys: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama. Williams would bring physicality to the Cowboys defensive line and the Cowboys have lacked a true nose guard for a long time. With the arrest of Jay Ratliff and potential jail time looming, finding a guy who can man the 3-4 Nose spot would be essential.
  19. New York Giants: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Louisiana State. Mingo has the versatility to play DE or OLB, but in the NFL would play more of a LB role than DE. The Giants add speed to the LB corps.
  20. Chicago Bears: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma. Ja'Marcus Webb has been nothing short of a disappointment as the LT of the Bears the last 2 seasons. Chicago tries to get another tackle prospect to help a very shaky pass blocking OL.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia. The Bengals add a playmaking LB to a defense who started to really come on as the season ended. After a disappointing exit where Dalton missed AJ Green for a potential game winner, the defense struggled to contain Arian Foster who ran for 140 yds and scored the only offensive TD all game.
  22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State. Rams double dip on defense. With the 3 first round picks coming St. Louis' way for the trade that netted the Redskins Robert Griffin III, St. Louis has the potential to add lots of top talent to their roster. This pick they add talent to the secondary to complement a very good defensive line.
  23. Minnesota Vikings: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson. After Peterson ran for 2,097 yards, the Vikings add a weapon on the outside to keep opposing defenses honest. Hopkins playmaking ability on the outside combined with Peterson at RB would give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares for years.
  24. Indianapolis Colts: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia. Jenkins is a tank at 6'4" 360 lbs, and would be unmovable in the run defense for the Colts. With a defense that has a lack of talent on the DL, they start by drafting a mammoth to anchor the middle.
  25. Seattle Seahawks: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington. Trufant is the younger brother of current CB Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks don't pass up on the chance to snag Marcus' little brother. Desmond could end up making Marcus expendable soon.
  26. Green Bay Packers: Datone Jones, DE, California- Los Angeles. Jones would more likely project as a DE in the Packers 3-4 base than an OLB. Jones could be an interesting player as an interior rusher as a pass rushing complement to OLB Clay Matthews and DE/OLB Nick Perry.
  27. Houston Texans: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina. Cooper is the best value on the board at this point and would likely be a day 1 starter at RG.
  28. Denver Broncos: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia. Austin gives the Broncos some interesting looks on offense, similar to what Percy Harvin does in Minnesota.
  29. New England Patriots: Barrett Jones, C, Alabama. When the fans want a WR, DE, CB, or FS/SS, BB picks an offensive lineman just to screw with them. That being aside, Jones is an extremely versatile player on the offense. His best role is as a guard or center, but played at LT before. Although it would seem that there is no room on the Patriots OL for another G/C type, Jones is the best value left.
  30. Atlanta Falcons: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida. Floyd gives the Falcons an option as an inside pass rusher in their base 3-4 scheme.
  31. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, Louisiana State. With Ray Lewis retiring, the Ravens have to be looking at a potential replacement at the position. With Minter as the top ILB on the board, Ravens choose him.
  32. San Francisco 49ers: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon. An injury problem listed could cause Jordan to slide down from the top of the 1st round. Regardless, he has great athleticism at the position and was once recruited as a TE at Oregon before switching to defense. Jordan offers a nice complement on the outside to Aldon Smith.

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