This year's NFL draft is going to be one that really is going to have a lot of controversy in it.
There are players that have a lot of hype and a lot of players that are getting a bad rep for very little reason at all.
This draft class includes many big name college players that leave the question of whether they will pan out in the NFL (Tebow).
**Also in this mock draft I have included the second round picks I believe each team will select at the bottom of each one's first-round slide. **
Let's face it, if your team goes 1-15, you have many holes and you need to try to fill them as fast as possible.
This pick has to be Clausen, even with Suh right there. In the NFL you need to do three things to be successful, in this order, have a QB, protect your QB, and get to the other teams QB.
The Rams can't do any, so they must start with the most important and select the best QB on the board.
In past drafts, people thought the Lions would select Jason Smith, or the Falcons would go Glenn Dorsey. Ultimately, both of those teams made the right decision and grabbed the future faces of their franchises.
Clausen is the best all-around QB in this draft, he has good arm strength, and his accuracy though inconsistent at times, is way above average.
Besides these he has ice water running in his veins. Multiple times this past year Clausen lead his team on a late-scoring drive.
Yet the defense continuously allowed the opponents to score after the Irish and win the game. I have Bradford falling due to way to many questions surrounding his health and arm strength.
Round 2.- Von Miller, DE, Texas A&M,- led the FBS in sacks.
As of right now, the Lions are salivating at the fact that Suh falls down to them, and they should feel excited.
The Lions should go Russell Okung, and shore up their terrible offensive line. I just can't seen the Lions making that move and passing up someone as dynamic as Suh.
I'm a Browns fan and I am jealous of whoever selects Suh. He literally is the safest pick in the entire draft. The Lions get a steal at No. 2!
Round 2. Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi St.- Can give them a huge back to complement Kevin Smith's speed, and gives them insurance for Smith's ACL tear.
A step below Suh but, still a great pick. McCoy will shore up a shaky Buccaneers defensive line.
The Bucs have recently spent a lot of money on players like Gaines Adams who have just not panned out. McCoy I believe is a better prospect than Adams.
He can play the D tackle in a 4-3 or he can play end in 3-4. He's a very valuable pick up for a team that needs help everywhere.
Round 2., Bradon Lafell WR, LSU- I see the Bucs picking a WR early in this year's draft due to them not resigning Antonio Bryant, and Mark Clayton sucking since 2004. Lafell is a solid player and great value in round 2.
Look, two Sooners in a row! Jason Campbell, you have had plenty of shots and I'm sorry you just can't cut it as a mediocre QB in the NFL.
Campbell needs a new home and fresh start, and I believe he really doesn't want to be on a team that really doesn't like him all that much.
Shanahan is the new coach for the skins and he will want to bring in "his" guy, as do all coaches.
Bradford falls to No. 4 due to the fact that he just has way to many questions regarding his health and his arm strength.
Me personally, I would to go to Washington under Shanahan. Shanahan is an offensive genius and it looks like his new QB could be Bradford.
Shanahan turned Denver's offense into one of the best in the league and with all the young weapons that Washington has its seems like Bradford would make a great triggerman for the offense.
Two or three years in this offense look for Bradford to be putting up '08 Cutler type numbers. this pick should be Okung really due to Chris Samuels cloudy future, but Bradford seems like way to much value at this point.
Round 2: Jahvid Best, RB, California,- best falls to the early second due to questions about his concussion and toughness.
With the emergence of Chris Johnson, this paves the way for the small, fast back to be successful, this is the heir to Portis. (they will share time at first if Portis is back, but Best is the future)
The Chiefs first think Berry due to his elite ball-hawking skills but then they think, smart and realize that there O-line is probably the worst in the league.
Safety just isn't seen as a position of high value in the draft, and the Chiefs select the best OT in this year's draft in Okung.
He is an elite level blocker, with great size and good feet. Okung will solidify the line for KC, giving Matt Cassel time find open receivers. Also Okung is a good run blocker, and you can say "next Chris Johnson" in Jamaal Charles.
Round 2: Chad Jones, S, LSU- the Chiefs pick up their safety in round two, and they really pick up a good one due to the deep class of safeties.
Okay, right about now I suspect everyone is either asking why not Berry, or why not a high rated LT, like Anthony Davis, or Bruce Campbell.
Here is what I believe. The Seahawks have a massive hole left by future Hall of Famer Walter Jones when he retired, and if they don't fix this, they don't win more than four games next year.
Safety, like I said, isn't seen as a position of value for NFL teams. I believe Brown will really dazzle at the combine and show how athletic he is. Still, he probably won't be graded higher than the other tackles I mentioned before.
The key is Pete Carroll coming in from USC. He will pick his former player to give him a sense of familiarity. We've seen coaches do it all the time, like Mangini bringing in tons of former Jets to Cleveland, or Rex Ryan bringing in many former Ravens to New York.
I guarantee that this pick is a lot more possible than most of you are thinking right now. Brown played great in college his senior year, and at the combine his stock will sore.
Round 2: Greg Hardy, DE, Mississippi- let's face it the Seahawks really can't get to the QB any more. Patrick Kerny isn't getting any younger and hasn't hag a good year since 07. They need pass rush help and Hardy is great value in round 2.
For Cleveland they finally get the safety they have craved so much over the past few years and he looks to be a good one.
Most people probably can't believe that Berry has fallen, but it happens all the time with great safeties. Look at LaRon Landry in 2007.
Berry is a ball hawk and will look great lined up next to Brodney Pool giving Cleveland much better secondary instantly than what they had before.
Round 2: QB, Jevan Snead, Mississippi - The Browns new coaching staff get their guy in the second round, though with good workouts he could go to Oakland in Round One. (JK)
The Raiders pick is a compete toss up due to the fact that it depends on Al Davis.The pick should be Bruce Campbell because Oakland needs a tackle and he is super athletic, so we know Al should love him.
Davis will shore up the Oakland line and play next to mauling guard Robert Gallery. With the addition of Campbell I believe the Oakland offensive line automatically gets upgraded.
Oakland needs so many things, and its sad because a lot of those could have been filled if Davis hadn't wasted so many picks like he has over the years.
Second Round: Jerry Hughes, TCU OLB - Oakland needs another pass rusher, because it looks as if Richard Seymour has finally lost a step.
We know its going to be a tackle just not which one it will be, whether its Davis or Bulaga from Iowa.
Here I have them selecting Davis just because I believe he will have a better combine than Bulaga.
I believe that in any other draft Davis would be a top 5 pick for sure, but since it isn't, Davis slips to No. 8. He will shore up Buffalo's leaky offensive line, and give whoever is throwing passes a little more time.
The basic fact is that this pick must be a tackle, it has to be. With the selection of this pick, I see a possible top 5 running game with Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson.
Round 2: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida- The Bills fill a very big area of need and select their TE of the next decade. Hernandez should probably go a lot higher than here.
In no way should Tebow go this high, and I hate actually putting him here. The only reason he will go this high is to sell tickets for the Jags.
In the past we have seen players like Colt Brennan, and Graham Harrell get torn to pieces due to lack of height, lack of arm strength, bad QB mechanics, and playing in a QB friendly offense.
All of those things Tebow possesses, and the scouts don't care, because it doesn't matter. As of right now Tebow is a "gimmick"! (Although he does look pretty sweet in the picture above!)
Although, let's look at the positives of this pick, I'm not a very negative person. In Jacksonville I really see a situation much like Tebow his freshman year with Chris Leak. Tebow sits for a year, preferably two and gains as much experience as he can.
In one to two years, Tebow comes in and is very successful. Jacksonville is the only place I see Tebow being successful, they have a great young running game, an always improving offensive line with two rookie bookend tackles in Eugene Monroe, and Ebon Britton.
Also, throw in a solid receiving corps and an underrated defense, and you have a great up and coming team, with Tebow as the face and the leader of the franchise.
Round 2: NONE
Brandon marshall is done as a Bronco. The rift is so far apart between the two sides that is almost unrepeatable. The broncos select the next big target for their future organization in Dez Bryant. As for me I believe this is a pick out of necessity and not best player on the board. This pick could very easily be either Bryant, Haden, or even Rolando McClain, but I believe the Broncos select for need instead of talent. Thats not to say that Bryant is shy on talent, in fact he is very hugh on talent. He is a big receiver at 6'3 and has very good speed for a receiver of his massive size. His hands and his character are the area's that he needs to improve, for one he will need to answer questions about his character after being suspended for most of the year. He also his hands are questionable, as he tends to drop passes that he should catch. I see in Bryant a carbon copy of Braylon Edwards which might shy teams away from him.
Round 2- Colt McCoy, QB Texas,- personally I believe that the Broncos make a play for Brady Quinn, but if not then McCoy will be the perfect face for McDaniels.
Mt. Cody goes to the dolphins and takes over for the ancient Jason Ferguson, and the mediocre Randy Starks. Cody will be a monster in the middle of the line for the fins and I really see him as a pro bowl caliber NT, right away. I believe in the entire draft this is the pick that might make the most sense. The Dolphins have about every position covered, with the exception of WR. With Cody in the middle picking up double teams, this will free up Taylor, Porter, and Cameron Wake to rack up the sacks.
Round 2- Desmond Briscoe, WR Kansas- The Dolphins need receiver help and Briscoe could be the answer. He has good size and decent speed. I good pick up in the second round.
Ok, I'm ready to hear the comments about how Haden will go higher. He very well might go higher, it's just I believe his stock will fall just a little bit due to his size. He reminds me allot of Leon Hall and Hall is a very solid cornerback. It's just he isn't as elite as some would like to see in a top 10 corner back. On the bright side the 49ers are ecstatic that Haden falls here, he is just what they need to infuse some youth in an aging secondary.
Round 2- Major Wright, S Florida- The 49ers once again select a Florida prospect, to add more depth to their secondary. The 49ers safeties are very mediocre, and Wright could really upgrade them.
The Seahawks may have fallen on th steal of the draft here, Morgan is big, he's quick , and he just knows how to get to the QB. I put Morgan here because I believe his stock took a bit of a hit, when he was shut down by Ryan Bulaga when tech played Iowa. Either that proved Morgan isn't as good as billed or Bulaga is just a monster offensive lineman. None the less, I believe The haks full the trigger on Morgan here. He can either play with his hand in the dirt as an DE, or he could be moved to an outside linebacker, and be a pass rush specialist. Either way, Morgan is a monster talent and a great pickup at pick 14.
Lets be honest, the Giants need help all over the defensive side of the ball. The best place to start would be the linebacker spot. Rolando mcClain is the type of player that you can build your team around, he has great leadership skills, is a massive middle backer, standing at 6'4, and he is probably the smartest pure football player in this years draft. McClain could be gone but this point, possibly going as high as pick 7 to Cleveland. The Giants get a steal at the point at the draft, they move Rolando to outside back for a year or two and groom him to take over for the aging Antonio Pierce.
Round 2- Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB Clemson- The Giants make a selection of need rather on talent and bolster there suddenly somewhat average defensive line.
When the Titans played their most important game of the season against San Diego Chargers, they couldn't touch Philip River's. The Titans really need to bolster the trenches on the defensive side of the ball, and Griffen fits the bill pretty well. Griffen has great size and really has good speed for a DE of his weight. With the aging Kyle Vanden Bosch on one side and Griffen on the other side, the Titans defense could wide up being one of the best again in the league. They have other options here like Patrick Robinson, or even an upgrade at TE, but neither of those prospects should go that high.
Round 2- Karen Jackson, CB Alabama- the Titans pick up a young CB to replace the somewhat ancient CB Nick Harper.
The 49ers are on the cusp of being a very good team, they have everything you need to be successful in this league, but they could improve in some areas and a big one is the offensive line. With the selection of Bulaga they get a very good bargain of a pick, they get a very young lineman with a top of starting experience. If you watched the Orange bowl when he shut down Derrick Morgan you know what I mean. Bulaga's one problem area is that he doesn't seem to have good feet and dosen't seem to be as athletic like other lineman such as Anthony Davis or Bruce Campbell. this is what scouts said last yet about Michael Oher, and he turned out to be the best lineman in his entire draft. Bulaga could be an elite left or right tackle in the league and they can move Joe Staley around to fit this. Weather he plays right or left tackle, there's no denying Bulaga is one heck of a talent.
Ever heard the saying the rich get richer. Well this is where the saying comes true. The Pittsburgh Steelers had an awful year, and allot of that had to do with injuries. yet one thing that we all learn was that Ryan Clark, is a very average safety at best and he needs to be upgraded. Thomas had an incredible year collecting 8 interceptions for the horns. Imagine a secondary containing Polomalu the nations best safety and Thomas, maybe the nations most promising safety. Thomas as good, speed, average size but he plays bigger than he actually is. Thomas might very well be gone but this pick, but in this mock i just don't see that happening. If thomas is gone look for this pick to be Taylor Mays or and offensive lineman. imagine two of the hardest hitting safety's ever in one secondary. No matter who the Steelers pick, I believe it will help them greatly.
Round 2- Brandon Spikes, LB Florida- Most people may ask why he's so far down this list. The answer is he is a two down linebacker, he doesn't posses the speed to cover TE in the NFL. Also we have seen great college MLB fall drastically in the draft like James Laurenitis and Rey Maualuga.
The Falcons need secondary help very bad, and Robinson could fit the bill very well. Robinson's stock has taken a but of a tumble lately but I believe his stock with rise allot at the combine. Did anyone watch Robinson chase down Noel Devine in their bowl game. Yeah this guy is kind of fast, he's a blazer. Robinson also is very underrated in his coverage. He may never be a lock down corner in the NFL but I see him being very solid and a valuable addition to any team. Another option for the Falcons could be receiver because outside of Roddy White they don't have anyone.
Round 2-Arrelious Benn , WR Illinois- Benn stunk this year but mainly due to Juice Williams being absolutely terrible. The Falcons get a big fast reciever to play next to White.
The Texans spend many picks on this position and they never pan out. Travis Johnson was a complete waste of a pick, and Amobi Okoye has been solid but never anything special. With the selection of Price they get one of the most talented D-linmen in this draft. Price at times this oast year was almost unstoppable for the Bruins racking up 23.5 tackles for a loss. he is a monster Dt of a run stopper. Texans might go Donovan Warren with tis pick but I believe they won't be able to pass up the immensely talented Price.
Round 2- Taylor Mays, S USC- Most people won't be able to see him going this low, but he was awful this past year and we have seen many "work-out-wonders" bust lately in the NFL. I see allot of teams trying to stay far away from Mays.
If I was a NFL head coach this is the type of player I would want on my team, unselfish, and good team player, and incredibly talented. The once incredible Bengal's passing attack has all of a sudden gone from scary to pretty mediocre in the matter of 2 two seasons. The Bengals need a youth infusion and Tate may be the answer. I believe on draft day Tate may go allot higher than this pick but for now I see him in the early twenties. Tate, has great speed and his hands are like vice clamps, he can change a game with his return skills and even can play wildcat QB. Who wouldn't want Tate on your team. His only knock is that he isn't the tallest player, but he plays very big. With the emergance of Percy Harvin look for Tate to go allot higher. Gresham is a good option here for the Bengals if Tate's not here.
Round 2- Rob Gronkowski TE, Arizona- Look for the Bengals to target at big athletic TE early for Carson palmer to use. If Gronkowski hadn't torn his ACL he would probably be a first round pick for sure.
The Patriots seem to keep collecting old, over the hill veterans and stock pileing them at the running back position, and Maroney well he just isn't very good, and he can't stay healthy. The Patriots use this pick to select the best running back in this years draft. I really seem Spiller falling this far just because he doesn't seem as if he will be an every down back. He looks more like a 5-15 carry a game, plus manning all the return duties. I really see him in a type of Percy Harvin way with mor emphasis on running than catching. Spiller falling all the way down here is great value for the Patriots. I really felt as though Gresham should have gone at this spot, but I see teams really questioning his health, and him slipping a bit.
The simple fact is that Green Bay's offensive line looks like a wet paper bag. They need a big physical tackle on either side, on the line. Trent Williams looks like a right tackle but, he might be able to play some left if the situation is right. In green bay Williams is going to get a ton of playing time right away. lets face it I think i could play on Green Bay's offensive line and be better than what they have now. The simple fact of the matter is green Bay needs help and they needs it bad. Williams is what they crave.
Round 2- Selvish Capers, OT West Virginia- might go allot higher than this, but with Green Bay they get another tackle to play on either side. he might also be able to play some much needed guard.
the Eagles once were thought to have a great pass rush with Trent Cole and company. These playoffs showed how mediocre the Eagles pass rush is, and how it needs a jump start. I wouldn't touch Dunlap with a ten foot pole, but at this juncture you have to take a flier on him. His character could explode and he could turn into one big head ache for the team who drafts him. his skills are there, and he has allot of potential. Yet in college we will wonder why he was, good and not incredible with all the physical tools he has.
Round 2- Morgan Burnett, S Georgia Tech- A youthful upgrade for two mediocre starters in Philadelphia's secondary.
As much as I hate to say it, I believe that Willaims reminds me of other USC receivers, Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett, he looks big but, he doesn't seem to have enough speed to separate from NFL DB's. That said, I believe the Ravens take a flier on him, due to their basically nonexistent receiving core. Outside of Derrick Mason, the Ravens have absolutely nothing at receiver. Williams could become the go-to-guy for Joe Flacco. I believe this is the year of the receiver for the Raven's as the Ravens will basically scrap their entire receiving core and start over.
Round 2- Jordan Shipley, WR Texas- Besides Golden Tate I believe Shipley is the safest receiver in this draft. He gives Flacco a great, option opposite Williams.
The Cardinals are a good, team, add one more good defesive back and they would be an elite team. The Saints expossed the Cardianls weakness last week. The Cardinals really need a good corner back to play opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The cradinals have a very good secondary except for that second cornor spot. They have the two safeties. Warren falling to this point on the draft is a steal for the Cardinals, and a much needed upgrade. Warren should be taken some where in the top 20 but, I believe he may slip into that third cornor spot if Patrick Robinson has great workouts. Warren has good enough, size and good speed. the Cardinals could also got a pass rushing specialist. They really need to get some preasure on opponents QB's.
Round 2- Serigo kindle, OLB/DE- the Cardinals try to solve there pass rush problems with this selction. Kindle is great value at this juncture of the draft.
The Cowboys have a great pass, rush, but they need some true defensive ends and Pierre-Paul fits the bill. He is a great prospect that has great speed and agility. he can rush the passer very well, but he is also a very underrated run stopper. I could see him being a great 3 down defensive end. The Cowboys could very well go Mt. Cody here if he is still on the board. (Jay Ratliff is great but he's not a pure NT, more a DE).
Round 2- Tevard Lindely, CB Kentucky- First round talent last year that came back. For now is a nickle back but, eventually takes over for the aging Terrance Newman.
Jamal Williams has been great for years, but its time for the Chargers to move on from the injurt pronaging Williams. They try to do this with the selection of Williams. I'm really low on Tennesse defensive linemen of late. Ayers, did pretty much nothing this year and Harrell in 07 was complete and total bust. i see Williams falling abut, into the late first round. he is great value at this point. He has goood speed and is a monster of a run stopper. he also has under rated pass rush skills I believe. The Chargers could take flier of a saftey like Taylor Mays, but I see them going DT instead. i really wanted to put joe McKnight here, because I see him really rising on draft day into that second running back position. Yet as of right now he is seen as a late second round prospect.
Round 2- Joe McKnight, RB USC- I really see McKnight in a Chargers outfit nect year. Weather in the first or the secound round I see him there.
For years Alan Faneca has been arguably the best gaurd in football. This past year he really showed signs of age, but not to much still he paved the way for another 1200 yard rusher. The Jets draft the best avaliable gaurd in the draft in Iupati. Iupati is a massive gaurd, and looks like he could be a great force for the jets for years to come. the jets could also go cornor back but all the elite cornors are off the board at this juncture.
Round 2- Bradnon Graham, OLB/DE Michigan- I really, see rex Ryan getting a new toy to play with on defense. graham is an underrated, under sized player that exploded his senior year. he become everything Vernon Gholston wasn't.
I hate to say it but the Williams wall is getting old, really fast. Pat Williams will be 37, and Kevin Williams will be 30 soon. Even Jimmy Kennedy who rotates in on the line is in his early 30's, kudos out to him he's played great in his role. I believe the Vikings start looking for the replacement to Pat Williams on the D-line. Jared Odrick is probably going to be shifted to a DE but I believe the Vikings will take a flier on him. They really could go Arthur jones out of Syracuse but he is graded out a bit lower for him and it would be a but of a reach.
Round 2- Jonathan Dwyer, RB Georgia Tech- Minnesota needs a new back up due to Chester taylor being a free agent, Dwyer is a great option, and great value in round 2. They might take a flier on a QB like Sean Canfield.
The Saints have a very solid secodary, and a very good defensive line. All they have at linebacker is Jonathan Vilma, and a Mediocre scott Fujita. They could really use an unpgrade at this spot, and Bowman relly fits there needs. Bowman has many red flags in the charactwer department but at the same time he is a very, athletic player, and I seem him really tearing up the combine. If he does good on his interviews he might be higher than this. I really see the Saints and Bowman a good fit. They could also very well go Sean Weatherspoon if they want, but I think Bowman has more potential than Witherspoon.
Round 2- Darrell Stucky, S Kansas- The eventual successor to an ever aging Darren Sharper.
Very solid LB pick up for an overachieveing Colts defense that always seems to get it done. Weatherspoon is a very versitile LB who can play on the outside or the inside. The Colt's will deploy im on the oustisde and let him play next to Gary Brackett. At this juncture, Weatherspoon is a great pick up, and addition to a good defense. I believe that Weatherspoon will be a very solid linebacker but I just don't see him being an absolut stud, multi pro bowl guy.
Round 2- Daryl Washington, ILB TCU- If Gary Brackett leaves the Colts this offseason an replacement will be needed!