The Kvetching Draftniks Radio Show war-room mock draft is always different because we go to a round-table style to select the picks. We discuss each selection as if we were either the team or a group of analysts predicting what the team will be doing.
The Kvetching Draftniks crew consists of myself, Alex Wiederspiel and Ethan Hammerman. On the March 27 edition of the show, we decided to invite our friend Mike Band of DraftAce.com to do the war-room mock draft with us.
We chose to select all of the players based on what we expect the teams will do and not what we believe they should do. It led to quite a few picks that were outside of the norm. However, the overall product came out well. Follow along as I go over each of the picks made in the war-room mock draft both in text and by listening to the show.
1) Kansas City Chiefs: DL Star Lotulelei (Utah) SR, 6'2", 311 pounds
After much deliberation, we decided that Star Lotulelei made more sense than Ezekial Ansah or a left tackle at this point in the game. Lotulelei can play the 5-tech defensive end in their 3-4 or even nose tackle to move Dontari Poe to a defensive end role. Either way you cut it, this pick makes more sense than a left tackle because of their inability to trade Branden Albert at this point.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars: DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon) SR, 6'6.25", 248 pounds
After deliberating and suggesting Geno Smith because of the lack of faith in Blaine Gabbert, we decided that Dion Jordan is the more likely pick for the contingent led by David Caldwell. Jordan can play not just the Leo position that Gus Bradley loves, but he could also play a strong-side linebacker role in the base defense similar to how Julian Peterson did.
3) Oakland Raiders: QB Geno Smith (West Virginia) SR, 6'2.375", 218 pounds
If you don't have a good quarterback, you go out and get one. Geno Smith is the best quarterback in this year's draft by far. He's like Matt Ryan with way better athleticism. Smith is a great leader on and off the field, and his arm is definitely pro caliber. The Raiders will be able to design sets around his athletic talents in a way the Mountaineers never did.
4) Philadelphia Eagles: DL Sharrif Floyd (Florida) JR, 6'2.625", 297 pounds
The Eagles need someone on the outside to complement Fletcher Cox and Isaac Sopoaga on the defensive line. Even after today's trade for Clifton Geathers to add to the line, the Eagles still need that defensive end. Sharrif Floyd has the quickness and strength to anchor at an end spot. Ezekiel Ansah and Luke Joeckel were also considered here as options.
5) Detroit Lions: OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) SR, 6'7.25", 306 pounds
The Lions are a team that sticks to their board. So we tried to figure out exactly who would be the ideal candidate for their board. They do need an offensive tackle as well, so they lucked out where need meets value with two great options in Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel. Both make sense, but the local player and better pass protector in Fisher will likely be rated higher by Martin Mayhew and Co.
6) Cleveland Browns: CB Dee Milliner (Alabama) JR, 5'11.875", 201 pounds
We decided that the Browns defense is actually looking very solid in the front seven. It's to the point where their only real needs on the team are at quarterback, tight end, cornerback and safety.
Tavon Austin was considered for the pick here, but to our better judgment, we went with Dee Milliner as the starting cornerback. Milliner can easily complement Joe Haden and improve the Browns defense with a pair of talent corners.
7) Arizona Cardinals: OT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) JR, 6'6", 306 pounds
Could the board have not fallen better for Arizona? Luke Joeckel is an ideal pick for the Cardinals offensive line. He can be the anchor at left tackle for years, and that allows Levi Brown to move to a more natural right guard role. With Joeckel at left tackle, they could also experiment with Nate Potter/Senio Kelemete or even Daryn Colledge at left guard.
8) Buffalo Bills: QB E.J. Manuel (Florida State) SR, 6'4.625", 237 pounds
The Buffalo Bills under Buddy Nix make some questionable decisions. This year shouldn't change at all. E.J. Manuel isn't the best quarterback in the draft or even the fourth-best quarterback in the draft. He does, however, fit the scheme that Doug Marrone is bringing to Buffalo with him. His mobility and arm strength will make the Bills look like geniuses if they can develop him to his full potential.
9) New York Jets: WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia) SR, 5'8-1/2", 174 pounds
We decided that the Jets need to do something drastic for the long-term success of the offense. Santonio Holmes isn't a long-term No. 1, and neither Stephen Hill nor Jeremy Kerley are No. 1 options in the short- or the long-term.
So Tavon Austin has to be the pick here for his special teams prowess and his ability as an all-around weapon for the Jets offense. He can line up in the slot, outside or even in the backfield and be effective.
10) Tennessee Titans: DE Barkevious Mingo (Louisiana State) JR, 6'4.25", 241 pounds
Tennessee needs another long-term pass-rushing option. However, because of Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan there, they don't need him to be able to start right away. They need him to play 25 percent of the snaps for each left defensive end and right defensive end.
He would be an ideal rotational pass-rusher for their defense, and with his frame and length, he could easily gain another 15-20 pounds to get to a John Abraham-type physique.
11) San Diego Chargers: OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) SR, 6'6", 303 pounds
Despite signing King Dunlap, the Chargers need a long-term solution for their left tackle woes. We liked Dunlap's fit for right tackle, though. New guards Rich Ohrnberger and Chad Rinehart bring talent to a line that needed it, making Chance Warmack a non-option here. Lane Johnson would start right away at left tackle, having the most potential of any tackle in this draft class.
12) Miami Dolphins: CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State) JR, 6'1.5", 210 pounds
Previously on the show, Ethan Hammerman has described Xavier Rhodes as a lockdown cornerback and easily the best corner in the draft. So when Miami came up, it was no shock that he was collectively the pick. Rhodes will be able to start right away as the Dolphins' No. 1 corner, and even if he has some growing pains, he will easily be better than Nolan Carroll or Dimitri Patterson.
13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Ezekial Ansah (BYU) SR, 6'5.25", 271 pounds
The Buccaneers let Michael Bennett walk in free agency. They still need someone for their defensive line. Ezekiel Ansah was way too good for us to pass up here, as he could very well go in the top three selections come April 25. He would be used as the base defensive end and would slide down to the 3-technique similar to how Justin Tuck is used in New York—which is also his best comparison.
14) Carolina Panthers: NT Jesse Williams (Alabama) SR, 6'3", 323 pounds
The Panthers need some more talent on the interior defensive line. This was one of the closest decisions that we had on the show as I lobbied for Sheldon Richardson, but Jessie Williams got more votes due to his size and ability to play the 1-tech. Williams would team up tremendously well with Dwan Edwards on the interior of that defensive line for a big, plugging-and-penetrating duo.
15) New Orleans Saints: DL Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) JR, 6'2.5", 294 pounds
This one was pretty much a no-brainer. The Saints would be able to use Sheldon Richardson not just at a 3-4 nose tackle role but at a defensive end role too. They could slide him between the 1-, 3- and 5-techniques. This versatility, along with Cameron Jordan, Akiem Hicks and Brodrick Bunkley would give the Saints a defensive line to match its solid up-and-coming linebacker corps.
16) St. Louis Rams: S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) SR, 6'0", 214 pounds
This was a pick that seemed like it was set in stone as a top-rated wide receiver or guard along the lines of Cordarrelle Patterson or even Chance Warmack. The Rams need a safety to team with Darian Stewart, and Kenny Vaccaro is ideal. He can cover like a corner and hit like a linebacker. That's what you want in a safety. Even more, he's excellent covering the slot.
17) Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia) JR, 6'2", 245 pounds
Lose James Harrison due to too big of a contract for his production, bring in the next James Harrison in Jarvis Jones to replace him. This pick just makes way too much sense. Jones could come right in, start at weak-outside linebacker and put up double-digit sacks in the Dick LeBeau 3-4 defense. He was a dominant pass-rusher at Georgia and will only continue to be one in the pros.
18) Dallas Cowboys: OG Chance Warmack (Alabama) SR, 6'2", 317 pounds
If there is any lineman who will make Jerry Jones think twice in this draft, it's Chance Warmack as Mike Band stated on the show. And I tend to agree. Warmack is a monster guard who could slot right in on the left side, next to Tyron Smith, and be the new Larry Allen for the Cowboys. His power is ridiculous, but his ability to pass block is what will help him succeed with Tony Romo behind him.
19) New York Giants: DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State) JR, 6'3.25", 266 pounds
The Giants are a weird team to try and figure out. However, they always look toward their future contract situations when they draft players. Considering they just lost Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck only has a year left, it would be wise to take a top-level defensive end to pair with Jason Pierre-Paul. Bjoern Werner can definitely be that guy as he can play either side in a way that the Giants love to play their ends.
20) Chicago Bears: OL Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina) SR, 6'2.125", 311 pounds
The Bears have several options here. There were thoughts toward a linebacker, but they just went out to get a trio of them. So the next thought is offensive line. They don't have any starting-caliber options for left guard, and they need a long-term center. Jonathan Cooper could easily fill both roles. He was a dominant player in the ACC at North Carolina and will excel in the Aaron Kromer offensive line scheme.
21) Cincinnati Bengals: RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama) JR, 5'11", 231 pounds
BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been a disappointment, and despite pushing for Alec Ogletree or Arthur Brown, I got outvoted by the other members of the show. Eddie Lacy is considered the consensus best running back in the class for his power and quickness. However, this isn't a pick that would be easy to get behind for most fans, despite a running back always going in the first round every year since 1963.
22) St. Louis Rams (from WAS): WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) JR, 6'1.875", 216 pounds
St. Louis needs a true No. 1 option at wide receiver. More than that, they need someone who can be intelligibly used around the formations the way Danny Amendola was. Cordarrelle Patterson is definitely that guy who can be used everywhere. He's got top-end speed and great yard-after-catch ability. Even more, despite being a "body catcher," he still has a relatively low drop percentage.
23) Minnesota Vikings: WR Keenan Allen (California) JR, 6'2.125", 206 pounds
After losing Percy Harvin, the Vikings signed Greg Jennings. However, they still need someone across from Jennings who can do it all. Keenan Allen is very similar to Reggie Wayne. This scenario would give Christian Ponder all of the options he needs in the passing game.
There were also thoughts toward a linebacker here, but with Alec Ogletree and Arthur Brown both still on the board, it made more sense to wait.
24) Indianapolis Colts: WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson) JR, 6'1", 214 pounds
Speaking of Reggie Wayne, the Colts need someone who can play behind him and learn how to be the No. 1. DeAndre Hopkins has been compared to Roddy White in a number of ways and just makes sense for the offense in Indianapolis. The Colts have been obviously looking for a wide receiver this offseason, and taking one in the draft is their best bet for a long-term complement to Andrew Luck.
25) Minnesota Vikings (from SEA): LB Arthur Brown (Kansas State) SR, 6'0", 241 pounds
The Vikings need that franchise-impacting linebacker. Arthur Brown is ideal for the schemes that Leslie Frazier runs on defense. He could play either the middle or the weak-side role in their 4-3 defense. Brown is the best traditional 4-3 linebacker in the draft, by far, and is a character type that a team can be built around. He'll jump right in as a leader on that defense.
26) Green Bay Packers: NT John Jenkins (Georgia) SR, 6'4", 346 pounds
Green Bay has very few needs. I had suggested Datone Jones to be a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme. However, the winning votes went to John Jenkins from Georgia as a nose tackle for the long-term. Jenkins was dubbed a dancing bear by Ethan Hammerman when discussing him on the show, and that's an ideal description. He is very similar to Vince Wilfork of the Patriots.
27) Houston Texans: WR Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech) SR, 6'0", 204 pounds
Houston definitely needs a good No. 2 option across from Andre Johnson. Quinton Patton has all the tools to do that. His speed, agility and route running make him a good option at all three levels. Patton will be a good complement to Johnson in the passing game and will also allow Lestar Jean to move to his more natural slot role. Other options considered were Justin Hunter and Stedman Bailey.
28) Denver Broncos: DE Cornellius Carradine (Florida State) SR, 6'4", 276 pounds
After losing their primary pass-rusher in Elvis Dumervil due to the stupidity of a faxing situation, the Broncos need a new pass-rusher. Cornellius "Tank" Carradine is an ideal player to be that primary pass-rusher in John Fox and Jack Del Rio's defensive scheme. Tank could have been a top-15 selection, but he suffered an ACL tear late during his senior year.
29) New England Patriots: WR Stedman Bailey (West Virginia) JR, 5'10-1/4", 193 pounds
The Patriots need multiple receivers. Despite Stedman Bailey's size, he has the ability to be a Steve Smith-style No. 1 receiver in any offense. He will be a great fit for Tom Brady's style, as he is more athletic and has better hands than Wes Welker. Bailey is so loved on the Kvetching Draftniks Radio show that he has earned the nickname "Studman Beastly."
30) Atlanta Falcons: CB Desmond Trufant (Washington) SR, 5'11.625", 190 pounds
This show was done right as the news was announced that Osi Umenyiora signed with Atlanta. So instead of going for the token defensive end, we went with a cornerback. Desmond Trufant isn't just any cornerback, though. He's got an attitude like Sean Weatherspoon's or Asante Samuel's and is a team captain off the field. He's an ideal pick for Thomas Dimitroff's Falcons.
31) San Francisco 49ers: DL Kawann Short (Purdue) SR, 6'3", 299 pounds
A surprise pick here in Kawann Short, we felt that the 49ers needed to take someone who could learn how to be that anchor on the strong side of the formation from Justin Smith. Short should be able to do that and play some nose tackle in the 3-4 sets. He would also make an excellent 3-technique when they want to run some 4-3 variations in their scheme.
32) Baltimore Ravens: LB Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi) SR, 6'3-1/2", 250 pounds
The Ravens need some linebackers both inside and outside. Jamie Collins is a unique fit for their defense in that he could play the strong-inside linebacker on their base downs and then move to a hand-down defensive end on their nickel sets. He is solid in coverage and can definitely get after the quarterback. He is also a ridiculously explosive athlete on the field and in drills.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.