Here is my first mock draft of the year. I won’t project any trades but ill comment on possible trades that may happen in the comments on each pick.
1. Colts — Andrew Luck, QB
I think it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Luck goes No. 1. I loved the performance by RGIII in the underwear Olympics but it’s not going to be enough to overcome the skills and talent that Luck has. If he will get the reins day one is TBD but all signs point to yes.
2. Rams — Matt Kalil, OT
First let me say I believe 100 percent that this will involve a trade with some team but it’s unclear who and then RGIII will be the pick. If not the Rams will take Kalil to protect Bradford. Note: If the Rams move to fourth with the Browns I think they will select Blackmon as the Vikings will select Kalil.
3. Vikings — Morris Claiborne, CB
Claiborne is a sick talent and without the aid of trades in this mock I think you could see the Vikings beefing up the secondary with the Bears, Lions and Packers in their division. As noted above I think ultimately they will end up with Kalil.
4. Browns — Robert Griffin III, QB
I think this will be the team that lands RGIII in the end. The thought of dropping two spots and getting pick 22 will be too tempting for the Rams to pass up. If the Rams drop here I think they select Blackmon and beef up the attack for Bradford.
5. Bucanneers — Trent Richardson, RB
This is quickly becoming a two running back league and with the restructured rookie pay scale, it’s no longer death to take a running back this high. This selection will all depend on Richardson’s pro day.
6. Redskins — Justin Blackmon, WR
The Skins need some skill players on the offense and some help for whoever is playing under center. In this mock they get a gift and Blackmon is around.
7. Jaguars — Melvin Ingram, DE
Ingram is an animal and he had a great combine. The Jags’ defense is rough and Ingram will give them an animal off the edge.
8. Dolphins — Quinton Coples, DE
The Dolphins need some more help on defense and Coples will do just that. They are another team that could try to move up and get RGIII, but I think the pursuit of Peyton is more likely and if they land Manning they won’t need to get much more in the way of offense because Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush will be as good if not better than some of his former running mates.
9. Panthers — Courtney Upshaw, DE
Third defensive end in a row. The Panthers D was awful last year partially because of talent and partially because of injuries adding Upshaw will help shore up the pass rush. Maybe with some defense, Cam Newton can win some of those games where he puts up 30+ points.
10. Bills — Riley Reiff, OT
Shoring up the offensive line is never a bad idea and Reiff is a real treat at No. 10. The Bills play some quality teams and if they want to keep their overpaid QB upright, they will upgrade the OL.
11. Chiefs — Jonathan Martin, OT
With the return of Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki the Chiefs will seek to get their offensive weapons the ball and without a solid line that’s not going to happen. Martin here helps shore up the line and help the Chiefs make a playoff run.
12. Seahawks — Michael Brockers, DT
Help to shore up the defensive line. Brockers is a solid player and will help beef up a defense that was not too adept in getting to the quarterback.
13. Cardinals — David DeCastro, OG
DeCastro is solid and could help pave the way for Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams in addition he will provide protection for whoever is under center.
14. Cowboys — Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
No hiding that the secondary was weak and Kirkpatrick is a solid prospect. I can’t see Jerry Jones passing up on corner back when the Cowboys are on the clock.
15. Eagles — Luke Kuechly, LB
The Eagles need a linebacker. They pick 15th which is a great spot for selecting a LB and Kuechly is the top LB in the draft. Seems like a match made in draft day heaven.
16. Jets — Dontari Poe, DT
Poe had a great combine and could find himself moving up the draft boards. The Jets could lose Sione Pouha to free agency and Poe could slide right in to replace him.
17. Bengals — Janoris Jenkins, CB
The Bengals GM loves himself some risk/reward picks and with two selections, that’s double the fun. Jenkins has top 10 talent to go with an undrafted free agent history. He managed to get kicked out of Florida – now that is impressive. With all that being said, Leon Hall is coming back from Achilles surgery and the Bengals need to upgrade the secondary.
18. Chargers — Mike Adams, OT
Shoring up the offensive line and getting a player with solid upside. Not the sexiest pick but it will have an immediate impact for the Chargers. There are some other holes that could pop up but with the recent retirement of Kris Dielman they will be looking to shore up the O-Line.
19. Bears — Michael Floyd, WR
And at the 2 1/2 mark on Thursday April 24th, Jay Cutler was happy. I mean come on, how do you expect someone to put up numbers with those second and third tier receivers pretending to run routes. Floyd can flat-out ball and he will blossom once he finally gets a legit QB tossing him the rock.
20. Titans — Cordy Glenn, T/G
I don’t know if I buy 100 percent that Chris Johnson’s lack of caring was the sole reason for his drop in production. Glenn can move around on the O-Line providing an upgrade for wherever he is plugged in.
21. Bengals — Lamar Miller, RB
Cedric Benson is as good as gone and Bernard Scott is not the answer. Miller can fly and he has a great body type for inside running. He will help keep the pressure off of Andy Dalton.
22. Browns — Stephen Hill, WR
The combine was good to Hill and now the reward is selection in the first round. Pairing him with Greg Little will give the Browns a nice 1-2 punch and could help the Browns put up a few more points in 2012.
23. Lions — Mark Barron, S
Lions need some help in the secondary and Barron is just that. He can cover and due to his double hernia surgery he will slide a bit allowing the Lions to grab this gem at 23.
24. Steelers — David Wilson, RB
Rashard Mendenhall’s torn ACL is a big loss and I don’t think Redman is the answer at RB. Wilson is a solid player and he can really produce. If the Steelers lose Mike Wallace they could use the pick on a WR.
25. Broncos — Ryan Tannehill, QB
I know there is Tim Tebow mania in Denver but let’s be real this cat can’t ball on the pro level. As soon as he ran into legit defenses he was exposed. Tannehill can recover fully from his injured foot and get to know the offense and then John Elway can let the schedule take over and let Tebow fail then Tannehill can come in and take over.
26. Texans — Alshon Jeffery, WR
Andre Johnson is the real deal but the clowns they run out alongside him is laughable. Jeffery can play and he should produce in his pro day. As long as he proves he can play this should be a no brainer.
27. Patriots — Nick Perry, DE
Pats really need to beef up the defense and at 27 Perry is a steal. They won’t take their time in getting the card to the podium.
28. Packers — Devon Still, DT
BJ Raji is good but the Packers D was bad and so they get some help to get after the quarterbacks that they face two times a year. They won’t be able to outscore everyone although they sure will try.
29. Ravens — Dont’a Hightower, LB
Just a solid football player he can help at the linebacker position while he learns from the master, Uncle Ray Ray, the man he will replace someday.
30. 49ers — Peter Kontz, C
Niners have a great D and a solid offense. I think a WR would be a reach here. Kontz is a solid offensive lineman and the line is already young and talented, adding Kontz will only help bolster the line and create holes for Frank Gore and company.
31. Patriots — Fletcher Cox, DT
More help for the defense. Cox is a great value and he will go a long way to help the patriots actually stop someone on defense.
32. Giants — Zach Brown, LB
Brown can fly and the Giants are pretty set on the offense. The Giants have had some serious injuries at the linebacker position and they will get a nice upgrade with Brown. Brown could also be the Tight End buster that teams have been looking for to stop the likes of Gronk, Graham and company.
Feel free to leave any comments in the section below. I’d love to hear them.