1. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan(Unchanged from pre-FA/ProDay mock)
The natives were restless for a QB(no pun intended) and they got a Smith. Just not Geno. Now they try giving Alex comparable help to what he had in San Fran. While Joeckel may be the safer pick, Fisher has the higher upside.
Plan B: Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Geno Smith, QB, WVU
What's there to like about Blaine Gabbert?
Plan B: Shariff Floyd, DT/DE, Florida
3. Oakland Raiders – Shariff Floyd, 43DT/34DE, Florida
Ansah looks like the best 43DE in the draft. His upside is through the roof.
Plan B: Ezekiel Ansah, 43DE/34OLB, BYU
4. Philadelphia Eagles –Dion Jordan, 34OLB, Oregon(unchanged from previous mock)
Chip Kelly has a chance at his man and he takes it.
Plan B: Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M
5. Detroit Lions – Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M(unchanged from previous mock)
His fall doesn't last long. The Lions are looking to the future. They also firmly believe that they can find a good CB or DE/OLB on Day 2 of the draft.
Plan B: Ezekiel Ansah, 43DE/34OLB,, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns - DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama(unchanged from previous mock)
His ball skills aren't what you would like for a top-10 pick but his cover skills are great. Milliner and Hayden will make for a good duo.
Plan B: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
7. Arizona Cardinals- Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
Plan B: Ezekiel Ansah, 3DE/34OLB, BYU
8. Buffalo Bills - Ezekiel Ansah, 43DE/34OLB, BYU
Plan B: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
9. New York Jets –TRADE
San Francisco 49ers - Star Lotutulei, Utah
They go from trading down with Tampa to trading down with San Fran. SF has him rated higher than this so they think tthey got a star(get it?) at value. The Jets need picks to plug all the holes in their leaky ship(jet?). The 49ers send their 1st rounder, early-2nd rounder, and late-3rd rounder to move up and get Justin Smith some help inside.
10. Tennessee Titans – Jonathan Cooper, OG, NC
He goes ahead of Warmack because he's such a good scheme-fit. With him and Levitre, CJ2K has no more excuses to underperform.
Plan B: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
11. San Diego Chargers –Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Left-Tackle is a huge concern for the Chargers, but so is OG. With the big-3 OTs gone they start trying to fix the interior of their OLine.
Plan B: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
12. Miami Dolphins – Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
The Grimes signing is very temporary and his ability to play is legitimately in question. This is one of their most pressing needs.
Plan B: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
13. New York Jets from Tampa Bay Buccaneers(Revis trade) – Barkevious Mingo, 34ROLB, LSU
Speaking of pressing needs.. While the Antwaun Barnes signing is helpful, they need starters. Ryan will love Mingo's athleticism.
Plan B: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
14. Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri(Unchanged from last mock)
Carolina goes for a DT? Who saw that coming? I had them taking one last year.
Plan B: Tavon Austin, SR, WVU
Dallas Cowboys - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Of course. It's Jerry Jones. The Cowboys give up their 4th round pick and next year's 3rd to trade up and secure their guy.
16. St. Louis Rams – Tavon Austin, SR, WVU
Plan B: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Heath Miller's health is in question. Wallace is gone. In this mock, Sanders is forecasted with New England. Ben needs a weapon and he needs one now.
Plan B: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
18. New Orleans Saints, from Dallas Cowboys - Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
It's plausible for a team like the Saints to feel there isn't a huge drop off in talent between Vaccaro and Cyprien. They also got a mid/late pick or two out of the Cowboys, which NOLA definitely needs.
Plan B: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
19. New York Giants – Bjoern Werner, 43LDE, FSU
Of course. Werner, Carradine, and Hunt are all possibilities here. I think of those 3 Carradine is the least likey as he might be better suited to JPP's side of the line. Werner and JPP will make for quite the book-ends.
Plan B: Margus Hunt, 43LDE/34DE, SMU
20. Chicago Bears - Arthur Brown, 43MLB, Kansas State
Te'o won't have to live in the shadow of Brian Urlacher or the lights of the Chicago media.
Plan B: Manti Te'o, 43MLB, Notre Dame
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Manti Te'o, 43MLB, Notre Dame
Put him next to Vontaze Burficit. Even though he would be playing for Cincinnati, he would look like a saint.
Plan B: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
22. St. Louis Rams, from Washington Redskins - Matt Elam, SS, Florida
I didn't want Elam this high but they really need one Safety now and one later. They could go outside-WR but they drafted Givens/Quick last year. They could go TE but they got Kendricks and signed Cook. CB? They got those. Minter? They got Laurinatis. DE? They got a pair of recent 1st-rounders. It's too early for Warford and S is more pressing than finding DT Michael Brockers's partner inside. So they begin the rebuild at S.
Plan B: Jesse Williams, 34NT/43LDT, Alabama
23. Minnesota Vikings - Sylvester Wiliams, 34DE/43DT, NC11
They begin to rebuild the Williams Wall. They're reportedly high on Sly and why wouldn't they be?
Plan B: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington State
24. Indianapolis Colts - Tank Carradine, 43RDE/34OLB, FSU
Plan B: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
25. Minnesota Vikings, from Seattle Seahawks - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington State
Winfield looks like a goner and they didn't have much depth to begin with. Last year I projected them trading back into the 1st for a CB- instead that CB was gone and they traded back into the 1st for my favorite S of that class. This year they have the guy right there- a quality corner to help them do more than stumble into the playoffs.
Plan B: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
26. Green Bay Packers - Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Jennings is gone. The rest of the guys are more like #2's and #3's. Have you seen their Offense without Jennings? Allen will compete, trust me. They began rebuilding the D last year, this year they can't just leave the Offense to its own devices. They need new devices.
Plan B: Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
27. Houston Texans - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
He's a good fit and WR is a huge need for them. Score.
Plan B: Khaseem Greene, 34WILB/43WLB, Rutgers
28. Denver Broncos - Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
He needs to stop falling sooner or later. Denver may be the best place for him. They have a huge need at 43RDE and perhaps one of the few people Moore will listen to in his former teammate Von Miller. It made sense when I mocked Nick Perry to GB last year.
Plan B: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama
Detroit Lions, from New England Patriots - Jarvis Jones, 43RDE/43SLB/34OLB, Georgia
If you're Detroit, and you want Jarvis, do you think Atlanta, Georgia, doesn't try getting him? New England is desperate to trade back, and Schwartz knows Belichick well. The need a DE or SLB so whaever works best for Jones will work out for Detroit, who's desperate for edge pressure. The Lions send off their 4th rounder to move up.
30. Atlanta Falcons - Alex Okafor, 43RDE/34ROLB, Texas
They'll happily settle for him. It's a huge need for them even with the Osi signing.
Plan B: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
31. New York Jets, from San Francisco 49ers - Eric Reid, FS, LSU(sort of unchanged)
S is one of the other major-needs facing the Jets.
Plan B: Jamie Collins, 34LOLB/43SLB, Southern Miss
32. Baltimore Ravens - Kevin Minter, LB, LSU(Unchanged from last mock)
Let's not act surprised. He'll backup the two McClains, one of which looks like a backup himself and the other is probably still a bust.
Plan B: Menelik Watson, OT, FSU
33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jesse Williams, 34NT/43DT, Alabama
They need to win in the trenches on the inside. In addition, if they want to run a 43/34 hybrid they need a guy like this.
34. New York Jets, from San Francisco 49ers, from Kansas City Chiefs - Jamie Collins, 34LOLB/43SLB, Southern Miss
If I could pick a one-two punch it would be Dion Jordan at 34LOLB and Ezekiel Ansah at 34ROLB. If we're not talking about a pair of the top-10 picks needed to make that happen then I would go Mingo at 34ROLB and Collins at 34LOLB. Collins can do a bit of everything, making him a nice compliment to Mingo who's more the pass-rusher. But don't be fooled, Collins can rush the passer too.
35. Philadelphia Eagles - EJ Manuel, QB, FSU
Not everyone gets a second chance at something. Chip Kelly wanted to recruit Manuel to Oregon, and now he gets his second chance. Manuel can develop behind Vick and maybe Foles in his rookie year.
36. New England Patriots, from Detroit Lions - Margus Hunt, 34DE/43LDE, SMU
Bill Belichick loves scheme versatility and ST play. They may have signed 43DTs/34DEs in Tommy Kelly and the one-year CFLer Armond Armstead but they could still use some help on the defensive side of the trenches. I had them trading up to the 22nd pick last year for Michael Brockers, this year I think they trade down to get Hunt or D. Jones while trying to get another draft pick to make up for the lack of them before and after the Sanders move.
37. Cincinnati Bengals - Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Here's my favorite running-back in the whole draft. He can do it all and while he may not be the most-explosive, he's a far safer bet than the Christine Michaels or the Eddie Lacey's of the world at succeeding on the next level. And a huge upgrade from BenJarvis GreenEllis.
38. Arizona Cardinals - Khaseem Greene, 34ILB, Rutgers
Greene is a versatile player and would look great on the inside of the Cardinals D, where they practically have a code-red going off. Both Safety positions and one ILB position needs an immediate upgrade and the other ILB position is screaming for depth. Sure they want Tyler Eifert, but they got Greene rated around here and the need is massive.
39. New York Jets - Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Sure they could use Tyler Eifert, but they're banking on Hayden Smith's development. Datonte Jones would be nice but they got Wilkerson and Coples. Besides, OG is a huge liability right now for the Jets. They add a heck of a player who's a good scheme fit to the Offensive side of the ball.
40. Tennessee Titans - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Titans should be about to sprint up to the podium with a card that read "Datonte Jones, DE, UCLA". But Tyler Eifert is still there, and they got a bigger need there than at DE and nothing come closes to matching that value. I hate having Eifert in the early-2nd but it's just how the picks falls in this particular scenario.
41. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
What do you want me to say?
42. Miami Dolphins - DK Fluker, RT, Alabama
Obviously I'm not as high on him as some others are. The Dolphins drafted Jonathan Martin last year and he looks better equipped for the weak-side than for the strong-side, so they pass on Watson for the RT.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Datonte Jones, 43LDE, UCLA
The Bucs need a DE badly. While Jones may never be a 43RDE, he could certainly bring pressure from the strong-side. He's good value here.
44. Carolina Panthers - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee(Unchanged)
Cam Newton is a happy man.
45. San Diego Chargers - Menelik Watson, LT, FSU
They got Warmack in the first and Watson in the second. They hope this solves those pesky OL problems that doomed their 2012 campaign.
46. St. Louis Rams - Alex Ogletree, 43OLB, Georgia
They steal him. They just need a FS and their D will be tough to contend with.
47. Dallas Cowboys - Dallas Thomas, OG/RT, Tennessee
They really need some help on the OLine. Forget how the very name just sounds like a Dallas kind of pick.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise
I know I know, they really need a Safety. Taylor is a steal though. They lost Keena Lewis and Ike Taylor is getting up there, so quietly CB has become a need for them too. They have a lot of them.
49. New York Giants - Jonathan Hankins, 43DT, OSU
They need help at DT and they get it. They have a lot of other needs, but here's good value. Why pass that up?
50. Chicago Bears - Barrett Jones, OC/OG, Alabama
Barrett Jones can play everywhere, and that's good because Chicago needs help. They got Bushrod to protect Cutler's blindside but upfront is another story.
51. Washington Redskins - Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss State
Best player available at a position of need.
52. Minnesota Vikings - Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
He looks like a good #2 WR. Which is good, since they're paying Jennings #1 WR money and got no one besides him.
53. Cincinnati Bengals - Kawaan Short, 43DT, Purdue
Geno Atkins may not need help, but I doubt he would mind it.
54. Miami Dolphins - Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Because Dustin Keller is not reliable and because they JUST missed out on Eifert.
55. Green Bay Packers - Kyle Long, OG/RT, Oregon
The Pack needs help on the interior of the OL and some depth at RT may not be a bad idea, either.
56. Seattle Seahawks - Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine Bluff
RT was a huge weakness for Seattle's OL. They make it better.
57. Houston Texans - Brandon Williams, 34NT, Southern Missouri
NT-envy no more. They would have liked Armstead, but this will do.
58. Denver Broncos - Bennie Logan, 43DT, LSU
Don't let the Terrance Knighton signing fool you, they still are desperate for a DT.
59. New England Patriots - Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
I had this as Da'Rick Rodgers in my previous mock. I like both of them, but I love Dobson's hands. Dobson quietly had a great ProDay after missing the Combine, so he flew a bit under the radar.
60. Atlanta Falcons - David Amerson, CB/S, NC State
They would love to get Sio Moore, but a CB is a need too and I like Amerson a lot.
61. San Francisco 49ers - DJ Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
The 49ers only have so many weaknesses. They address one of the few remaining.
62. Baltimore Ravens - Da'Rick Rodgers, WR, Tennessee Tech
Anquan Boldin is gone. Da'Rick Rodgers did a lot of stupid things when he was younger which killed his draft stock for much of the year. However he sounds like he regrets his immaturity and his talent is 1st-round talent. With Smith/Jones rounding the top of the depth chart, Rodgers could get eased in.
63. Kansas City Chiefs - Kiko Alonso, 34ILB, Oregon
He's a versatile player and they need help in the middle of their D.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars - Justin Pugh, OG/RT, Syracuse
This speaks for itself.
65. Detroit Lions - Robert Woods, WR, USC
He looks like a #2 receiver to me. Guess what Detroit could use.
66. Oaklander Raiders - Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
67. Philadelphia Eagles - Jonathan Jenkins, 34NT, Georgia
68. Cleveland Browns - Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
Weeden and Richardson need help.
69. Arizona Cardinals - Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Makes too much sense despite their dire need at S. Too bad they don't see the run on S's that's about to happen.
70. Tennessee Titans - Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia
Michael Griffin has failed them. They brought in Wilson and Pollard who are both SS's.
71. Buffalo Bills - Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
Makes too much sense.
72. New York Jets: Zac Dysert, QB, Miami-Ohio
They could go RB here, or OG again, or S again. But they think Dysert could be a diamond in the rough and is worth the risk at the 72nd overall pick.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tyrann Mathieu, SB/R, LSU
They could use another play-maker on STs. On D, they could use someone to cover the slot.
74. San Francisco 49er - Robert Alford, CB, Southeast Louisiana
They could use either depth or an upgrade at CB.
75. New Orleans Saints - Brennan Williams, LT, NC
Sean Peyton said the LT-situation keeps him up at night.
76. San Diego Chargers - Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
Eric Weddle gets help. With proper coaching I think Williams could emerge as a future leader of an NFL defense.
77. Miami Dolphins - Sam Montgomery, 43RDE, LSU
How did he fall this far? Because he's nuts.
78. St. Louis Rams - Travis Frederick, OC/OG, Wisconsin
They got Jake Long, but the interior of the OLine still needs help.
79. Pittsburgh Steelers - Michael Buchanan, 34ROLB, Illinois
I've liked him more than most for awhile now. With Harrison gone and Woodley coming off a down-year, this is an important pickup for them.'
80. Dallas Cowboys - Sio Moore, 43OLB, UConn
Sean Lee needs help to his flanks.
81. New York Giants - Brian Winters, OG, Kent
The interior of the OL could use some youth and talent.
82. Miami Dolphins - Marcus Lattmore, RB, South Carolina
83. Minnesota Vikings - Nico Johnson, 43MLB, Alabama
They went Trufant instead of Minter, and now got to address the LBers here.
84. Cincinnati Bengals - Duke Williams, S, Nevada
Reggie Nelson needs a partner in center-field.
85. Washington Redskins - T.J. McDonald, S, USC
He's taken a fall. The Redskins take a chance because S, like CB, was a huge need entering this draft.
86. Indianapolis Colts - Stedman Bailey, WR, WVU
Reggie Wayne isn't lasting forever.
87. Seattle Seahawks - Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
They could use some depth there or an upgrade at the SB position. The value there is excellent.
88. Green Bay Packers - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
They need a running game. That's 3 picks for Offense, whereas last year they went all D throughout the entire draft.
89. Houston Texans - Sean Porter, 34WILB, Texas A&M
Brian Cushing meets his compliment.
90. Denver Broncos - Eddie Lacey, RB, Alabama
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
91. Pittsburgh Steelers - Giovani Bernard, RB, South Carolina
He may be best suited for a committee, but the value is pretty nice at a position of need.
92. Atlanta Falcons - Jon Bostic, LB, Florida
Sean Weatherspoon needs some help.
93. San Francisco 49ers - Ver- eh, Williams Gholston, 34DE, Michigan State
The 49ers continue the DLine rebuild upfront.
94. Baltimore Ravens - Robert Lester, SS, Alabama
Ozzie and Saban have meet before. Huff gets help.
95. Houston Texans - Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
They love 2-TE sets and their lack of depth was exposed there last season.
96. Kansas City Chiefs - Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
He's probably better and less one-dimensional than Fasano.
97. Tennessee - Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Lots of depth at CB.