Today I am bringing you my last mock draft of the year. The draft is Thursday, and by now we all basically know every team's needs and what players can fill them. Bloggers and pundits alike are putting together their final mock draft, saying "This is the one. I've finally nailed it!" Sadly, for me and the rest of these people, none of us will be close, but these are still fun as hell to make at the end of the day. Let's get to it!
1. The Colts select Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Yeah, yeah we know. Moving on
2. The Redskins select Robert Griffen III, QB, Baylor
Anyone else bored yet? I will be pissed if these picks take less than ten seconds Thursday night .
3. The Vikings select Matt Kalil, OT, USC
They would be insane to pass up on Kalil. Leslie Frazier said that LTs aren't "gamechangers", but what allows those game changers (Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, etc.) to work? An offensive line dumbass.
4. The Browns select Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Browns need to upgrade their offense. The WR class is much, much deeper than that RB class and Richardson is a far superior prospect to Justin Blackmon. They go with Trent Richardson, but I still won't be shocked if they go with Ryan Tannehill. Drafting a QB could add another year for Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur.
5. The Buccanears select Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. The St. Louis Rams select Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
Man do I hate myself for putting Blackmon here! The Rams have to help their franchise QB out and though Blackmon is not an elite prospect and has some holes in his game, he is the best WR in the draft.
7. The Jaguars select Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The Jags really want to trade down, but unless some team really loves Ryan Tannehill, that probably won't happen. The Jags pass rush has been horrible the last few seasons and Ingram could come in and help that unit out.
8. The Dolphins select Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas, A&M
In no way is he worth a first round pick. He is nowhere near ready, but owner Stephen Ross is rumored to be pushing for the Dolphins to select the Texax A&M product. Welcome to QB hell Ryan. No good WRs, Reggie Bush is the only good weapon and the fanbase will jump on you at the first sight of struggle. God help him.
9. The Panthers select Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
Every mock draft I've seen has had the Panthers selecting a DT at 9 and for good reason. That is the biggest hole on the roster. Cox would be a huge help to their defense. The Panthers could be a surprise playoff team next season with a good draft.
10. The Bills select Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Demetress Bell left in free agency to join the Eagles. Reiff would be an instant upgrade over Bell.
11. The Chiefs select David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Cheifs need to get back to their ground game if they want to return to the playoffs. Having Jamaal Charles back will help, but adding DeCastro will make them a top running team again.
12. The Seahawks select Quinton Couples, DE, North Carolina
This would be a risky pick, but he has the skills to be a top pass rusher. The question is can Pete Caroll motivate him?
13. The Cardinals select Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
14. The Cowboys select Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
Their secondary still needs help after signing Brandon Carr and word on the street is that Jerry Jones really likes Barron.
15. The Eagles select Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Their horrible run defense needs an upgrade. They need to add beef in the middle. At the very least Poe can provide that, but he has the potential to be the next Haloti Ngata.
16. The Jets select Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Jets would like a pass rusher so that a blitz isn't always required in order to get to the QB. Upshaw has been criticized because he is seen as too much of a tweener between a defensive end and an OLB. Good thing for him is the Jets run a hybrid scheme.
17. The Bengals select Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
His stock has been rising. Some have said he will be a top ten pick. I just don't see it, but the Bengals could use a CB and he is the best available.
18. The Chargers select Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
I've mocked this same pick in my previous two mock drafts and I'm sticking to it. Kris Deilman retired and the Chargers like to have a power running game to set up their downfield attack. A good run blocking guard goes a long way to help achieve that.
19. The Bears select Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The defense in Chicago is slowly getting older. Brockers is a guy who will be drafted mainly on potential, but at 20 the risk matches up well with the need.
20. The Titans select Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
I see him falling in the draft. He is a very good LB and is very unlikely to bust, but he also probably won't be an elite LB. I see him being very similar, if not basically a carbon copy of James Laurinaitis.
21. The Bengals select Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Better watch out because the Bengals are quietly building a very, very good team. Chandler Jones is a decent value pick up here and you can never have too many DEs.
22. The Browns select Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
They need all the help that can get on offense. His speed should come in handy in their offense this year on play action passes. Kendall Wright is also Tevin's draft crush and many others also think he is the top WR on the board.
23. The Lions select Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Great value here for a team that has the potential to go all the way to the Super Bowl. The Lions give me hope that the Rams can also turn the corner soon.
24. The Steelers select Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Long time Steelers great James Farrior retired. He was always one of the most underrated players in the league. He will be missed, but Hightower can step in to that role very well.
25. The Broncos select Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.
They have almost nothing at DT. Devon Still is also a possibility here, but Worthy has a higher ceiling than Still and many think Still fits better in a 3-4 scheme.
26. The Texans select Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
The Texans did have a great defense without Mario Williams last year, so they felt comfortable letting him walk in free agency, but they still lack depth at pass rusher, which is now a position that may be the second most important in the NFL now.
27. The Patriots select Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
Their defense in a couple of words is fantastically awful especially at pass rushing. Nick Perry is a good prospect as a 3-4 OLB. He should upgrade both their run defense and pass rush.
28. The Packers select Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise St.
His stock has been going up at the perfect time and it could now make him a first round pick. Clay Matthews struggled last season, largely due to all the double teams he faced. The Packers need somebody to either be able to win one on one matchups, or to take pressure off of Matthews.
29. The Raven select Peter Konz, C/OG, Wisconsin
30. The 49ers select Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
The niners do not have many needs, so they can afford to take a risk here. Jenkins has serious character flaws. Jim Harbaugh is the type of coach that can handle players like these, and if it works out, the 49ers will improve a defense that is already the best defense in the NFL in my opinion.
31. The Patriots select Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
This draft needs to be about one thing for the Patriots, improving their defense. Harrison Smith can step in and be a starter from day one.
32. The Giants select Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
This is a very good value here for the Giants and he also fits a major need for the defending champs. Eli took many hits last season, and it seems unlikely that they can make another run at the Super Bowl without upgrading their tackles.
And because you'll all demand it in the comments anyways....
The Rams take Devon Still at pick 33 (great value) and Lavonte David at 39.
Thanks for reading.