Hello again, TST! Here's the second version of my mock draft:
1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
- The Chiefs after acquiring Alex Smith from the 49ers and Chase Daniel from free agency, obviously won't go Geno Smith with the top pick. It's still yet to be determined what they will do with the recently tagged Brandon Albert so Joeckel is a great insurance policy to slide in at LT if things go south with Albert.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon
- A franchise defensive cornerstone for the new defensive minded head coach. Jordan provides such an opportunity to do so. He's a great athlete that proved he can put on weight without losing a step. The Jaguars were dead last in in most pass rushing categories so Jordan would provide an immediate upgrade. I don't buy the Jags sent everyone to Geno Smith's Pro Day hysteria. It's an elaborate smokescreen. The new GM has deluded himself into thinking that Blaine Gabbert can be salvaged into a decent starter.
3. Oakland Raiders - Shariff Floyd DT Florida
- Another potential Geno Smith suitor went off the boards when they traded for Matt Flynn last week. The Raiders also recently cut DT Tommy Kelly so Floyd makes great sense going to them. Floyd is a terrific athlete who had a great Combine. Like Richard Seymour, Floyd can play DE with very little dropoff.
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Geno Smith QB West Virginia
- Michael Vick isn't a long term solution (signed a 1 year deal) and is a injury liability. Chip Kelly gets his QB of the future here to start off his new regime with. Geno could start given Vick's history of ill health. Nick Foles is the odd man out as he doesn't fit Kelly's system necessarily.
5. Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner CB Alabama
- When's the last time the Lions had a good corner? Exactly. Milliner would shore up their atrocious secondary in a heartbeat.
6. Cleveland Browns - Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB Brigham Young
- The Browns are the real wild card pick that could set off a massive chain reaction for the rest of the draft. They could go in about 10 different justifiable directions. However, Ansah is the pick here because they have virtually no pass rush outside of Jabaal Sheard.
7. Arizona Cardinals - Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
- Yet another Smith suitor goes off the board after they traded for Carson Palmer and paid him a bunch of money. The Cardinals need to shore up their OL to help protect a fading Palmer better than they did last year's quarterbacks.
8. Buffalo Bills - Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
- The Bills don't have any legitimate down field passing threats to help take the load off of CJ Spiller. WR Stevie Johnson is better suited as a slot WR instead of playing outside. Patterson is getting a lot of love and justifiably so. The Bills need a QB but there will be some in the 2nd round available.
9. New York Jets - Star Lotulelei NT Utah
- A new toy for Rex Ryan's aging defense to play with. It recently came out that Lotulelei's heart condition checked out and he's been cleared for all football activities. This would solidify young stud DE/DT Muhammed Wilkerson's move to a more permanent DE spot.
10. TENNESSEE TITANS - CHANCE WARMACK G ALABAMA
- Yeah, I don't think we need to further elaborate on how much this pick would fix some issues for this team.
11. San Diego Chargers - Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
- The Chargers need to fix that horrendous line that got Phillip Rivers killed and with happy feet most of the time last year. Johnson would replace LT Jared Gaither, who has been a bust signing since he has had some injury problems
12. Miami Dolphins - Desmond Trufant CB Washington
- I originally had the Fish taking a defensive lineman but with the franchising of Randy Starks, corner is a more pressing need as Sean Smith is likely gone elsewhere. Trufant might end up being one of best corners in this class.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
- The Bucs might need a corner more than the Fish ahead of them. Rhodes would stay instate to solve those issues. He's a big corner that proved he's a great athlete at the Combine.
14. Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
- If you were a running back with the Panthers on the schedule, you were salivating because they couldn't stop the run at all. Richardson would instantly shore that up very quickly along with giving a pass rush.
15. New Orleans Saints - Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB LSU
- Local kid stays home to play for the home state team. The Saints are moving towards more of a 3-4 look and Mingo would fit as a dynamic 3-4 OLB in the mold of Aldon Smith. I wanted to give them a corner but with the best options off the board and the signing of Titans target Keenan Lewis, Mingo made the most sense.
16. St. Louis Rams - Johnathan Cooper G UNC
- Cooper slides down to 16 where the Rams desperately need to upgrade their guard spots after losing Rob Turner in free agency and 2012 draft pick Rok Watkins got hurt early on. Cooper could start for this ragtag OL bunch.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones OLB UGA
- Despite the horrendous workout at his Pro Day and continued speculation about his spinal stenosis, Jones fits the Steelers 3-4 perfectly as an outside rush linebacker to help take some of James Harrison's departed reps. He would complement Lawrence Timmons, one of the better unheralded inside linebackers in the league today.
18. Dallas Cowboys - DJ Fluker OT Alabama
- The Cowboys, like their NFC East rivals (Eagles), need to fix their beyond awful offensive line. Fluker is a monstrous road grader and would allow current tackle Doug Free to slide inside to guard where he might be better suited.
19. New York Giants - Bjoern Werner DE/OLB Florida State
- The pass rushing arsenal called the Giants gets another weapon to play with. Osi U. is soon to be 32 years old and a free agent. He wasn't likely to be brought back and subsequently signed with the Falcons
20. Chicago Bears - Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
- New HC Marc Trestman finally gets Jay Cutler someone not named Brandon Marshall to throw to on a regular basis. With the recent retirement of Johnny Knox and Devin Hester not being an NFL caliber WR, Austin would help tremendously to take triple coverages away from Marshall.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
- The Bengals cannot go into 2013 with Reggie Nelson and Taylor Mays as their starting safeties if they want to compete with Big Ben and Joe Flacco. Vaccaro fits the need meets value pick here to a T.
22. St. Louis Rams - Keenan Allen WR Cal
The Rams have lost both Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola to free agency so Allen goes here. He would provide Sam Bradford a legitimate outside weapon that can stay healthy for a change unlike Amendola.
23. Minnesota Vikings - DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
- Christian Ponder desperately needs help and Percy Harvin is an unreliable talented head case and got traded to Seattle. Hopkins really helped himself with a great season and Combine. Greg Jennings needs some help after Michael Jenkins went elsewhere like Percy Harvin.
24. Indianapolis Colts - Menelik Watson OT FSU
- The Colts need to upgrade their OL more than anything to stay competitive within the division. Watson has been steadily climbing the boards during the draft process. He allowed just one sack last year in his first year in Division 1 football. Watson is a freak athlete that's just getting into football after coming to America on a basketball scholarship. He was junior college teammates with Kyle Long.
25. Minnesota Vikings - Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
- Hankins would provide the Vikings an opportunity to rebuild the legendary Williams Wall once more. He provides great run stopping and pass rushing ability.
26. Green Bay Packers - Matt Elam S Florida
- Elam would fill a need for a safety next to Morgan Burnett thanks to the departure of S Charles Woodson. Tyler Eifert could also be in play here due to Jermichael Finley being on a one year deal and history of being unreliable.
27. Houston Texans - Kevin Minter ILB LSU
- The Texans LB corps is in a shambles thanks to ineffectiveness and injury. Minter would ensure Brian Cushing can be slowly brought back from his ACL tear. Minter is very underrated due to all the stars on the LSU D around him but he was the field general.
28. Denver Broncos - Datone Jones DE/DT UCLA
- After the loss of Elvis Dumveril thanks to the weirdest free agency story you'll probably ever hear, the Broncos suddenly find themselves in need of a DE that can help contribute to the effort to replace Dumveril.
29. New England Patriots - Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
- Wes Welker left to sign with the Broncos and the Patriots have lacked that big body big play receiver since Randy Moss left. Hunter would have a field day in the Patriots offense. The signing of Danny Amendola won't preclude them from drafting a receiver as Amendola is constantly injured. The Hunter pick would more than help mitigate the loss of Brandon Lloyd as well
30. Atlanta Falcons - Alex Okafor DE Texas
- The Falcons cut John Abraham so a starter is definitely needed there even if Osi Umeniorya was brought in. Osi U is 32 years old and likely doesn't have much left in the tank. Okafor could sit and learn or start opposite Osi ahead of middling Kroy Biermann.
31. San Francisco 49ers - Eric Reid S LSU
- Dashon Goldson left for Tampa Bay in free agency and Donte Whitner is a liability in pass coverage. Reid would fit in great here as the 49ers were torched relentlessly by the Falcons and Ravens high flying aerial attacks in the playoffs
32. Baltimore Ravens - Manti Te'o Notre Dame
The Ravens have taken chances on their picks before, I don't see why they wouldn't stop this year. Te'o despite his numerous issues on and off the field would fit a Ravens need at ILB after Dannell Ellerbe went to the Dolphins in free agency. He would presently be an upgrade to anyone on the roster right now. Overpaying Joe Flacco is rearing its ugly head after a mass exodus of key cogs in the Super Bowl winning machine. GM Ozzie Newsome (who by many accounts, is one of the top 3 GMs in the game) can go about reloading as he usually does in the draft.