Alright then, let's take our minds off of all this crazy NFL drama and get back to the draft. Hopefully, this will allow you to escape from the realities of the Rams' franchise. Forever stuck in the mud.
Let's get this mock draft started. It will be all 32 picks in the first round. With the trades I tried to think of the unexpected because that happens quite often in the draft. The first trade is the Rams dropping down to the Redskins' spot. The next trade is the Jaguars trading with Minnesota (this happens while Minnesota is on the clock). The next trade is the Browns trading down with San Diego.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. This pick is a done deal. Luck shows all the assets you want in a franchise quarterback.
2. Washington Redskins (via St. Louis Rams): Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor. This pick breathes life into a franchise that has been on the decline since Snyder took over. It will be very enjoyable to watch pundits talk about how much better Griffin is then Romo twice a year.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Minnesota Vikings): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. The Jags need to get Gabbert some help and the the top rated WR is who they want. This instantly upgrades their otherwise nondescript wide receiving corp.
4. San Diego Chargers (via Cleveland Browns): Matt Kalil, OT, USC. The Chargers offensive line is in transition and this will solidify the left tackle spot since it looks as though McNeil will not be back.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. With Ronde Barber not getting any younger someone is going to have to replace him. Claiborne will fit in perfectly with the Bucs. Why? I don't know. Just go with it.
6. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. To be honest this is a tough pick. They could go offensive line, wide receiver, or even trade down again. Or perhaps they will be drafting a defensive coordinator. All I can say is Brockers will immediately improve the DT position.
7. Minnesota Vikings (via Jacksonville Jaguars): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Yes, this maybe a tad high, but I'm not sure many people saw Locker or Ponder going as high as they did last year. The Vikings offense will need a weapon besides Harvin and Rudolph. Peterson won't be 100% until 2013 season so this will help out Ponder.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. With out question the Dolphins need a franchise QB. This may or may not solve their problem. He will have the weapons to succeed and can sit behind Moore for a season or so. I think Flynn will wind up in Seattle, so that is why I have the Dolphins taking a QB.
9. Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. This is a need for the Panthers and Poe seems to be a fast riser up draft boards.
10. Buffalo Bills: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford. Since DeCastro is an orginal gangster he will instantly add the killer instinct that the Bills offense has been missing. And he will help protect the bearded one.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. The Cardinals need better protection for whoever they have playing quarterback. Reiff will come in and start at left tackle for them from Day 1 or 2 or 3 or whenever he shows up.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. A lot of people are mocking Janoris Jenkins here, but his play reminds me of Mike Jenkins so I think the Cowboys go with Kirkpatrick to fill their need at CB.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama. The defense needs a large injection of good players and size at the linebacker spot. This gives them the perfect MLB to go in their Wide 9 set up.
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. Holy fuck this is too many Alabama players. Was their defense really that good? Hmmm....Oh well, I think Upshaw would fit in very nicely with the Jets.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. I'm sick of typing the word Alabama. This pick has been mocked a lot, but it just fits so well.
18. Cleveland Browns (via San Deigo Chargers): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor. The Browns needs playmakers on offense and this gives them just that.
19. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State. The Bears offensive line needs a ton of help. Cutler would like to stay upright and now with Martz gone and adding a tackle, this will help tremendously.
20. Tennessee Titans: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC. A pass rushing force is just what the doctor ordered for the Titans.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Devon Still, DT, Penn State. Still will provide much needed help to the Bengals defensive line. Actually, the Bengals D-line isn't all that bad, but they need better DT play.
22. Cleveland Browns: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami. Another explosive player to add to their offense. This will give Cleveland a great playmaker out of the backfield.
23. Detroit Lions: Mark Barron, S, Alabama. Yay! Another 'Bama player. But this does fit a need of the Lions. Pairing him with Delmas will give the Lions a solid safety tandem.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford. The Steelers will be very happy to see Martin fall this far. He will step and help protect their star quarterback who is no longer allowed in public restrooms.
25. Denver Broncos: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois. Seriously? The Broncos have Tebow. They don't need anyone else. The Broncos may go O-Line, but I think reinforcing the D-Line is a must.
26. Houston Texans: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State. He has all the talent in the world. That is all. I think Wade Philips would love to have another toy for his defense.
27. New England Patriots: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia. There are a few original gangsters in the draft and Belicheck grabs his own. I believe the Pats are losing a guard or something like that.
28. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson. The Packers need D-Line help. That is why they draft him.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin. I can't believe he lasted this long either, but the Ravens will gladly take him.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers. If you watched the 49ers last year you know they a need players at the WR position.
31. New England Patriots: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska. The Pats secondary isn't very good.
32. New York Giants: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College. He fell far, but to a team that needs him.