Here’s my post combine / free agency look at round one. Minnesota now has two picks after dealing Percy Harvin to the Seahawks. Star Lotulelei’s heart condition has checked out okay. The Chiefs have acquired a veteran quarterback and Kansas City is on the clock…
1 – KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Franchising Albert and releasing Winston says Joekel plays right for a season and takes over at left tackle year two. Safe pick should be the anchor for years to come.
2 – JAX: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Jags need a lot. Left tackle is a bright spot with Monroe. So Fisher wont come off. Jacksonville’s Defense is a mess. Dion Jordan is an athletic pass rushing End/Outside linebacker who will get some consideration. Sharrif Floyd is a big athletic tackle who can make plays all over the field. Spent 2 days at the Jaguars facility April 1 & 2.
3 – OAK: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The heart condition has been cleared. Oakland lost much of it’s line this off season. Lotulelei will be an instant starter and upgrade.
4 – PHI: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Jason Peters is coming back after missing last season. He’s also now 31 years old. Right tackle Todd Herremans is 30 and often injured. Eric Fisher could go to Philly, Sliding Herreman’s to the middle & adding depth. Fisher Will take over left side in a few seasons.
5 – DET: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner rounds out the starting secondary in Detroit. A major weakness a year ago has some promise if they take Milliner here. He’s big, fast and can play zone or man.
6 – CLE: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
If the Lions do something crazy, like take a receiver… Dee Milliner would most likely go here. The Browns have had visits with QB’s Manuel and Geno Smith. The may want to go QB a year after taking Weeden in round 1. I think they choose to further bolster the pass rush. Jordan will only get better as he fills out his very athletic 6’7′ frame. Team guy who adds character. He’d have to shift out to linebacker in the Browns 3-4 front.
7 – ARI: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Arizona clearly needs a Quarterback. They don’t seemed too interested in Smith. The offensive line was a mess last season. Bobbie Massie made strides on the right side in his rookie season. Adding Lane on the left side would give them two young book ends to build on. Lane Jonson has gone from tight end to right tackle o left and looked good doing it. He should only get better as he gets more at home with the position.
8 – BUF: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Buffalo is looking for their franchise QB. Smith has a big arm. but he’ll need to work on many aspects of the game before he gets to the level they need him at to compete. Interceptions weren’t a problem in college. Could be at the NFL.
9 – NYJ: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
There’s holes to fill all over the Jets roster. Ansah is a very versatile player that Rex Ryan can line up all over. He has great instincts and can slam the door on rushing holes.
10 – TEN: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The Titans offensive line has been a laughing stock the last couple seasons. Adding Andy Levitre and Cooper would greatly upgrade it. Would have been a first rounder last year. Won ACC’s top offensive lineman award. Good size, speed and strength. Helped Giovanni Bernard rush for 122.8 average yards per game last season.
11 – SD: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Warmack has a big athletic body and got five starts at Alabama as a true freshman. Never looked back after that. Long arms for his height. Gets to the second level well. Fills a huge hole for the Chargers at guard.
12 – MIA: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Rhodes is a terrific athlete who moved from WR to CB at FSU. Good size at six feet. eight career interceptions at FSU. Physical corner with long arms.
13 – TB: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Tampa was great against the run and terrible against the pass. They’d love Rhodes to be here. Getting another good DT next to Gerald McCoy would be a good move for the Bucs D. Richardson can help add pressure on the opposing QB. Wont rack up the sacks, can help hunt down screens and move the pocket.
14 – CAR: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Patterson has the size and speed NFL loves. 6’3′ with 4.4. speed. He only played one season at Tennessee. His receiving skills aren’t the reason he lands here. He has some work to do on his routes and hands. Patterson is an excellent returner in kick and punt game. He had 1,858 all purpose yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Type of player a coach can get creative with. Patterson isn’t a sure thing, but has big time potential.
15 – NO: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The Saints were a disaster on defense last year. Mingo spent most of his time with his hand down. So he’d have to make the adjustment to the outside linebacker spot.
16 – STL: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The super athletic small framed receiver can make plays all over the field. Helps ease the loss of Amendola. Should give the Rams another good weapon with Chris Givens who showed big flashes in his rookie year.
17 – PIT: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner is one of my personal favorites in this draft. Werner is a hard hitting, sack machine. People are over analyzing Werner, saying he can’t play standing up. I think he can and will be a pro bowler. He wont drop into coverage much. Werner will be fine dropping into flats and covering tight ends. But he’ll spend most of his time chasing down quarterbacks
18 – DAL: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
Versatile safety is a big hitter and solid in coverage. Good sized player for the position. Two time, first team All-Big 12.
19 – NYG: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Ogletree is one of the most complete linebackers in the draft. The former safety can drop into coverage and rush the quarterback. He’s versatile and great against the run. Some character and injury concerns to address. I think the Giants grab him anyway.
20 – CHI: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Cutler adds another big target for the red zone. Decent blocker who can line up all over. Bears could look for defense here also. Won the Mackey award for the nations top tight end.
21 – CIN: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Fluker is a monsterous player who has been starting games since his freshman year at Alabama. Better run blocker than pass. Should be a great addition to a young and upcoming team.
22 – STL: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Talked about as a top 5 pick at one time, Jones has slide down boards after injury and a bad pro day. Very good college player who can rush the passer and stop the run. Could contiue to fall.
23 – MIN: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Keenan Allen is a big receiver at 6’3′. Should develope into a great piece opposite Greg Jennings. Doesn’t have blazing speed. Very strong going up in the air and snatching the ball. Will be tough on Small cornerbacks.
24 – IND: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Sylvester is a big interior defensive lineman. He can play nose in the 3-4 or tackle in the 3 technique. Quick off the line into the backfield. Can generate sacks and tackles for a loss.
25 – MIN: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
Brown is an athletic inside linebacker who fills a need at the position. Transfer from Miami due to lack of playing time. Racked up over two hundred tackles in two seasons.
26 – GB: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Green Bay adds a tough runner who can catch as well. Lacy is a big back who can finally be the feature back the Packers are looking for. He doesn’t have a lot of miles on the tires .
27 – HOU: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Put up some big numbers at Clemson. Runs routes well and gets big yards after catch. Mixes into the run game as well. Play maker who will help take the focus off Andre Johnson.
28 – DEN: Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
Cyprien is a big hitter who is a good coverage safety as well. Played well in the senior bowl against better competition. Denver’s safety play has been awful.
29 – NE: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Trufant has great speed and solid height at 6 feet. He had a good showing senior bowl week. Solid against the run. Plays both man and zone coverages very well. Four year starter who stayed healthy. Two older brothers currently in the league (Marcus and Isaiah).
30 – ATL: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Good sized body for an end in a 4-3. Jones didn’t put up huge numbers at UCLA. He’s strong and athletic enough to succeed. Fills a need for the Falcons.
31 – SF: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Big plug in the middle for the 49ers defense. Williams should end up as a good nose tackle shutting down the run. Wont have a ton of impact against the pass. If he gets in good shape he could end up helping collapse the pocket.
32 – BAL: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
The Ravens don’t have much for depth at safety. They’ve lost both starters and another to a 4 game suspension. Reid is a big safety who can play the centerfield. Matches up well against tight ends and bigger receivers. nothing special against the run
Look out for my final mock the week of the draft. I will add round two as well.
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