April 25, 2013
It’s that time of year and all the cool kids are doing NFL mock drafts. I gave in to the peer pressure so here is my attempt to get a couple of Thursday’s 32 picks right.
1 Kansas City Chiefs: There’s a new coach in town. Andy Reid has got himself a new quarterback. Now he’ll get someone to protect that quarterback.
2 Jacksonville Jaguars: When you are picking second, you can’t afford to miss on your pick. The Jags will wait for round two or three to get a quarterback and look to improve the worst pass rush in the league.
3 Oakland Raiders: With Matt Flynn in the fold, the Raiders can hope he becomes the franchise guy and look to fill a gaping hole on the defensive line. It’s a choice between Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd.
The pick: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
4 Philadelphia Eagles: This is where we find out if new coach Chip Kelly wants to groom Geno Smith for the future or protect Michael Vick for the present. One thing we know about Kelly is that he loves speed.
The pick: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
6 Cleveland Browns: Championship teams have to be great on one side of the ball. In Cleveland, that’s not going to be the offense until Weeden proves he is the right guy or they find someone else. Adding free agents Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves and the top cornerback in the draft gives the defense a chance to be really good.
The pick: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7 Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals offensive line was awful last year and if Fisher is still on the board, they won’t waste any time turning their card in.
The pick: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
8 Buffalo Bills: Here’s another team with a new quarterback. Buffalo follows suit and picks up some protection for Kevin Kolb.
The pick: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
9 New York Jets: The defense just took a major hit by trading Revis to Tampa Bay. If the pass coverage gets worse, the pass rush better improve.
The pick: Johathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
The pick: Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma
The pick: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.
13 New York Jets: The secondary still needs help and this is the pick the Jets got in the Revis trade. But they don’t care when one of the best players on the board falls into their laps.
The pick: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The pick: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
15 New Orleans Saints: Getting Sean Payton back will help the offense so this pick should be used on the defense. With several options to choose from, the Saints take the best defender left on their board.
The pick: Bjoern Werner, DL, Florida St.
16 St. Louis Rams: With two big needs to fill and two first round picks, the Rams must decide between a safety and wide receiver.
The pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
17 Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison is in Cincinnati and Mike Wallace took his talents to South Beach. One will be replaced with this pick.
The pick: D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama
19 New York Giants: When the Giants are great, they are putting pressure on the quarterback. And they like to draft pass rushers.
The pick: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
20 Chicago Bears: The Bears need help at linebacker with Brian Urlacher now gone. They’ll get it here, but it’s not who you think.
The pick: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas St.
21 Cincinnati Bengals: There aren’t a lot of holes in this roster. The biggest one is probably at safety. Not anymore.
The pic: Eric Reid, S, LSU
22 St. Louis: They’ve already picked up a safety. Now it’s time to get a receiver to fill the void left by Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola.
The pick: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The pick: Datone Jones, DL, UCLA
The pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
26 Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers would love someone he could hand off to that would keep the defense guessing. First running back comes off the board here.
The pick: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The pick: Keenan Allen, WR, California
28 Denver Broncos: The defensive line needed reinforcements even before the Dumervil debacle. One falls into John Elway’s lap on draft day.
The pick: Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri
29 New England Patriots: If the Pats make this pick it’s got to be a receiver or someone to cover a receiver.
The pick: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St.
The pick: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
31 San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers could use another safety after losing Dashon Goldson in free agency.
The pick: Matt Elam, S, Florida
The pick: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU