In my last post, I ran through a mock draft of picks 1-10. And, as the time passed, and some other things began to take shape, I thought, why not just run through the rest of the first round. And so, with the draft fast approaching, let”s do just that.
11. San Diego- everyone has been talking about the guy I am going to name here. And, lliving in north Texas, as I do, I have seen him play a few times. He had a great Combine, was very good in college, and will fit in well with this selection here. Chargers take Lane Johnson, OL, Oklahoma.
12. Miami- Free agency can cure a lot of woes. The Dolphins went out and landed WR Mike Wallace, and LB Dannell Ellerbe. But, they lost OL Jake Long in free agency, so an OL would make sense here. But, the Dolphins haven”t had a decent S in a while. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas, goes here.
13. Tampa Bay- WHo knows with this one, really? I mean, here, could be the New York Jets, if they finally pull off the Darrelle Revis trade. As it stands, we will keep the Bucs here, and give them OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU.
14. Carolina- Ron Rivera”s seat is getting a little warmer these days, and he needs to make some magic happen. The problem for him is that he”s in a division with a team that was in the NFC Championship game, and another team that”s getting its head coach back. Not so good for the Panthers. With that in mind, since they need to be better defensively, the Panthers select Sheldon RIchardson, DT, Missouri.
15. New Orleans- They would have loved Mingo at this point, again, for the “hometown” connection. But, assuming he is already off the board, the Saints will need an OL to replace Jermon Bushrod, who signed with Chicago. D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama goes here.
16. St. Louis- who would have thought the Rams would be picking after the Saints? But, head coach Jeff Fisher seems to be getting this team to believe in him, and their performance is improving. They lost RB Stephen Jackson to Atlanta in free agency, which takes away a lot of their offensive firepower. Since this is becoming more of a passing league now, the Rams will take Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia.
17. Pittsburgh- They lost a lot. Wallace went to Miami. They released James Harrison. Rashard Mendenhall went to Arizona. And really……how much longer cam Troy Polamalu keep it going? The Steelers need defensive help, and they will get it here, by taking CB Xavier Rhodes out of Florida State.
18. Dallas- Normally, I would say “Who cares?”. And, with Jerry Jones still calling the shots, he”ll mess this one up, somehow. I mean, is Tony Romo really worth all that money, seriously? But, 208 Chapter 18: Applying Big data recovery from hard drive within Your Organization . Dallas needs defensive help, and will get it with another Seminole…….DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State.
19. NY Giants- Again, who cares, right? But, they are on the list, so we at least have to slot them a pick here. They lost DE Osi Unemiorya to Atlanta. Instead of replacing him here, they will still go defensive, and take ILB Alec Ogletree out of Georgia.
20. Chicago- They would LOVE to have Ogletree, since they did not bring back Brian Urlacher. Assuming the Giants take him with the earlier pick, the Bears will give us the first “shock” of the first round and make their pick to do two things: attempt to replace Urlacher, and appease a huge fanbase of this school”s alumni living in Chicago: Mantei T”eo, ILB, Notre Dame.
21. Cincinnati- The Bengals are getting better, it seems, and this upcoming season, might be theirs for the taking. With all the losses that Pittsburgh and Baltimore have endured, they could step up and claim this division. To do that, QB Andy Dalton needs protection. OT Melenik Watson out of Florida State goes here.
22. St Louis- Should be the Redskins here, but, with the RGIII deal, the Rams get to pick again. Fisher continues to re-load this team, and selects RB Eddie Lacy out of Alabama.
23. Minnesota- Percy Harvin is dealt away to Seattle. They bring in QB Matt Cassell to compete with Christian Ponder. For a team that made the playoffs last year, they certainly seem to have a lot of turmoil. In an effort to replace Harvin, the Vikings select Keenan Allen, WR, California.
24. Indianapolis- Another team that is attempting to get younger, as if that”s really possible. But, they did let DE Dwight Freeny walk away, so, in a sense, I guess it is. I like this team and its direction. And, given his medical report from the Combine, this guy falls in the first round. Colts take DT Star Loutuleili, Utah.
25. Minnesota- From Seattle, in the Harvin deal. So much need at this position for Minnesota, give them Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State.
26. Green Bay- They had some losses of their own. They let CB Charles Woodson walk. They watched some of their WR corps either retire, or walk away. But, this is Green Bay. They will find a way to keep it going. Give the Packers S Matt Elam, out of Florida at this spot.
27. Houston- Still cannot seem to get over the playoff hump, the Texans will select WR Robert Woods out of USC to give them some more firepower.
28. Denver- Double overtime against the Ravens, no time outs, would someone please tell me how that Denver DB lets Jacoby Jones get behind him? Denver goes secondary here and takes CB Desmond Trufant, out of Washington.
29. New England- The Patriots lose Wes Welker in free agency even after QB Tom Brady re-structures his deal and leaves money on the table. Bill Belichick does his magic, and gets a stud defensive player, DE Margus Hunt out of SMU.
30. Atlanta- They were 10 yards from the Super Bowl last season, and Tony Gonzalez can”t do it forever. Give the Falcons TE Tyler Eiffert, out of Notre Dame.
31. San Francisco- In losing Isaac Sopoaga in free agency, the 49ers look to replace him right away. And with the amount of picks the Niners have in this draft, this will be a draft of depth for this team. Give them DT Sylvester Williams out of North Carolina.
32. Baltimore- The Super Bowl champions watched practically the entire team walk out the door, save for QB Joe Flacco, who took ALL the money there was to take. That greed is going to cost them somewhere down the road. It wouldn”t shock me to see them trade out here, to acquire mor picks down the line, but, if they stay, give them CB Robert Alford out of Southeastern Louisiana.
And, there you go. Round One is in the books. Is this all “official”? Of course not. It”s one man”s opinion, and one man having a little fun leading up to the Draft. In any event, I hope everyone enjoys the mock draft, and as always………Fly, Eagles……..Fly.