In the next couple of weeks the NFL and NCAA Football seasons will be starting. In a talented draft class it will be almost impossible to predict the outcome of the NFL teams, but here goes a pre-season mock.
1. Buffalo Bills - Jake Locker QB Washington - The Bills are the worse team position for position on paper at this point of the year. Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick will not cut it. Other possibilities are Andrew Luck of Stanford and Ryan Mallet of Arkansas.
2. St. Louis Rams - A.J. Green WR Georgia - After finally drafting a franchise QB, the next direction would be getting him a big time receiver, and Green is the best of the class. Other possibility would be North Carolina's Robert Quinn.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Andrew Luck QB Stanford - The Jaguars have some position players to find success, but they need a QB the team can grow around. Luck is considered by some the best QB of the class.
4. Seattle Seahawks - Robert Quinn DE North Carolina - Quinn is regarded to some as the most NFL-ready player int he entire class. The 'Hawks lost Patrick Kearney due to retirement this year, and do not have a true pass-rusher. Though they might look at the QB position here, unless Locker or Luck are available they should look at Quinn.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Marcell Dareus DE/DT Alabama - As a believer in Matt Cassell, I do not think the Chiefs need to look QB here. The biggest weakness is the Offensive Line, but there is not a stud who has emerged yet. So the Chiefs will look to build a strong defense by adding a pass rusher.
6. Denver Broncos - Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska - The Broncos Defense is not getting any younger. Champ Bailey has been a dominate corner throughout his career. Unfortunately, he is going to begin to fall off soon. There are two options at the CB position this year, Amukamara and Patrick Peterson. Either are a viable option for the Broncos.
7. Arizona Cardinals - Patrick Peterson CB LSU - The Cardinals Defensive Backfield will be scary if they select Peterson here. Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Patrick Peterson. The Cardinals don't seem thrilled at QB so a trade up is a possibility here, but I think they will look at Peterson here.
8. Cleveland Browns - Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State - The Browns Pass Rush is weak. Shaun Rogers is excellent at DT, but he is 32 and could be on the decline soon. Also they still could use another pass rusher. Heyward has great potential in the league, and the Browns should look to select him here.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mark Ingram RB Alabama - The Bucs appear to be moving in the right direction. However, the running game is less than average. Cadillac Williams is mediocre and Derrick Ward looks bad. Ingram would be great here to help rebuild the offense. Another option would be Ingram's team mate Julio Jones.
10. Carolina Panthers - Julio Jones WR Alabama - The Panthers could look at a pass rusher here after losing Julius Peppers, but I think they will look at a receiver. There is not a no. 2 reciever on the roster so Matt Moore/Jimmy Clausen will deffiantly need another weapon. Steve Smith isn't getting younger, and you can never have too many Offensive weapons.
11. Detroit Lions - Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College - The Lions in my opinion made a mistake on passing up Russell Okung. The Offensive Line is just not good. They do need a CB desperatly but if Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara are off the board the Lions should look to build a line to protect the franchise QB.
12. Tennessee Titans - Jurrell Casey DT USC - The Titans missed Albert Haynesworth last year. It was obvious there was something lacking in the Defense. They will need a DT here and Casey is the best on the board.
13. Philadelphia Eagles - Aaron Williams CB Texas - The Eagles Defense won't be elite like it has been before in the past. Asante Samuel is aging and could leave Philly soon. Williams would be great on the opposite side and potential successor of Samuel.
14. Chicago Bears - Jonathon Baldwin WR Pitt - Chicago has a group of recievers with no promise of success. They will need to get Jay Cutler another dynamic reciever who isn't a liability like the rest of the recievers ont he Bears depth chart.
15. New England Patriots (through Oakland) - Greg Romeus DE Pitt - The Patriots Pass Rush lost Richard Seymour so it seems fitting they would draft his successor with the pick they got for him.
16. Washington Redskins - Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame - It is obvious the Redskins biggest need is recieving weapons for Donovan McNabb. Santana Moss is on the decline and there is not a true no. 2 on the roster. Chris Cooley is above average at the TE position, but the Redskins will draft Floyd here to boost McNabb's success in D.C.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia - The Steelers will most likely miss the postseason with Big Ben suspended the first 4-6 games. The largest need will be at CB, and Dowling coul be a steal this late.
18. Cincinnati Bengals - DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson - The Bengals have a lot of positions filled, but McDaniel could fill in for Roy Williams and Gibril Wilson nicely. A hard hitting McDaniel could hit the AFC North hard.
19. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech - Williams looked like he could have NFL greatness all over him last year as a Freshman. If he decides to enter the draft class he would be a top RB. Ricky Williams won't get younger, and Ronnie Brown could leave after this year. Ryan Williams could be a potential Pro-Bowl replacement.
20. Minnesota Vikings - Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas - Brett Favre will have a hard time mimicking his 2009 success. His ankle condition isn't helping and neither is his age. The Vikings could have a breakdown late this year when Favre isn't working out like last season and he and Brad Childress could be on their way out. Drafting Mallett could be a steal here.
21. San Diego Chargers - Joseph Barksdale OT LSU - With the Marcus McNeill holdout not looking good at this point, the Chargers could look to draft his replacement here. Barksdale or Boise State's Nate Potter are the best remaining OTs.
22. New Orleans Saints - Von Miller OLB Texas A&M - The Saints Defense will most likely not be able to recreate the takeovers from last year. There is a whole at OLB that Von Miller could fill here.
23. New York Jets - Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma - The Jets have Jason Taylor as a starting OLB. He has already began to decline and it will only get worse from here. Also Vernon Gholston hasn't panned out so the Jets will need an OLB here.
24. New York Giants - Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina - The Giants biggest whole is LB. I was suprised they drafter Jason Pierre-Paul over Sean Weatherspoon last year, so Carter will be a good alternate to the LB core.
25. San Francisco 49ers - Allen Bailey DE Miami - If the 49ers can have the success to make the post season they most likely will not need to draft a QB. The Defensive Secondary has a lot of question marks, but Isaac Sopoaga is an under average DE so Allen Bailey could take over that spot.
26. Houston Texans - Deunta Williams S North Carolina - After losing Dunta Robinson to Free Agency, the already weak Defensive Backfield should have wholes in it. After drafting Kareem Jackson in the First Round last year, Deunta Williams could be a good addition to the secondary.
27. New England Patriots - Nate Potter OT Boise State - I think the Patriots might look to move this pick if there is no one that interests them since they have the Raiders most likely earlier First Round pick. If not they might draft Potter here to help their O-Line with the Logan Mankins issues.
28. Atlanta Falcons - Marvin Austin DT North Carolina - The Falcons need a no. 2 reciever for Matt Ryan, but there aren't any First Round worthy recievers left. So the Falcons should look to get Austin here to help their Defensive front.
29. Dallas Cowboys - Rahim Moore S UCLA - The Cowboys biggest hole is the Safety position. Rookie Allan Ball could have a good season, but at this point I would look for the Cowboys to draft Moore here with DeAndre Michael and Deunta Williams off the board.
30. Indianapolis Colts - DeMarcus Love OT Arkansas - The Colts have just about all positions covered. The only issues coul potentially be the Offensive Line. Love would have an immediate impact for Peyton.
31. Green Bay Packers - Curtis Brown CB Texas - The Packers need a CB opposite Charles Woodson and to eventually take over as their no.1 corner. Both Al Harris and Woodson are aging so CB position could develop issues for the Packers this season.
32. Baltimore Ravens - Mike Pouncey C Florida - Matt Birk has been great for the Ravens, but he is growing older, and the Ravens will soon need to move on. Pouncey could be a great succession of Birk.