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The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft was dominated by players on either side of the trenches. There were nine offensive linemen among the first 32 picks. Four defensive tackles and six edge rushers were taken. Outside of the trenches, seven defensive backs and one middle linebacker went off the board. There wasn’t a single running back to come off the board. That leaves five first round players that could find themselves being snatched up by fantasy owners, particularly in dynasty leagues.
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The Quarterback
The Buffalo Bills shocked the world a bit by taking Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and passing up both Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib, a player that Doug Marrone coached at Syracuse. A lot of analysts are suggesting that there must be something wrong with Nassib since Marrone bypassed him. Personally, I don’t buy into that school of thought. They think that Manuel has more upside. Coming on the heels of the success that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick had last year, it’s not surprising that an athletic quarterback like Manuel was a hot commodity on draft day. Pairing Manuel’s ability with C.J. Spiller has the makings of an exciting brand of football.
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So what are Manuel’s fantasy prospects? He has plenty of appeal in dynasty leagues, but won’t like make his mark this year. The Bills brought in Kevin Kolb to be the short-term answer. Manuel could get a shot if towards the end of the year as the Bills fall out of contention. He could get a look sooner if Kolb is injured or completely ineffective. Regardless, there is no reason to concern yourself with E.J. Manuel in redraft leagues.
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The Wide Receivers
West Virginia’s Tavon Austin has the opportunity to be a dynamic playmaker in the St. Louis Rams’ offense. He combined for 215 receptions over the past two seasons for 2,475 yards and 20 touchdowns. He should be a nightmare in the slot with his explosiveness. He could also produce in the return game. Austin is most valuable in PPR leagues. His size (5-foot-8, 172 pounds) could be an issue, but his blazing speed makes him worth the risk.
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Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins gives the Houston Texans a potential threat opposite of Andre Johnson. He exploded last year for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns on 82 receptions. He has good size (6-foot-1, 214 pounds) and should benefit from all the attention that Johnson and Arian Foster command. It’s possible that he’s the most productive rookie wide receiver in standard fantasy leagues.
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Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson could take some time to develop for the Minnesota Vikings. He is explosive and powerful, looking like a running back in the open field. He’s a bit raw having played just one year of Division I football. Patterson should make an immediate impact in the return game, but it could take some time to develop into a reliable option in the passing game. Patterson can likely be overlooked in redraft leagues.
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The Tight End
Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert, along with incumbent Jermaine Gresham, give the Cincinnati Bengals a nice 1-2 punch at tight end. Eifert has the size (6-foot-5, 250 pounds), speed, body control and hands to become a solid NFL tight end. It will likely take him some time to develop into a fantasy option, particularly due to Gresham’s presence.
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The NFL Draft is around the corner. Here’s a look at my 2013 NFL Mock Draft.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
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3. Oakland Raiders: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
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4. Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
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5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
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6. Cleveland Browns: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
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7. Arizona Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
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8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
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9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
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10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
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11. San Diego Chargers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
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12. Miami Dolphins: D.J. Fluker, OT/G, Alabama
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13. New York Jets: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
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14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
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15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
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16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
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17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
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18. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
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19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
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20. Chicago Bears: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
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21. Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Reid, S, LSU
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22. St. Louis Rams: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
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23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
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24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
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25. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
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26. Green Bay Packers: Cornellius (Tank) Carradine, DE, Florida State
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27. Houston Texans: Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal
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28. Denver Broncos: Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
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29. New England Patriots: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
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30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
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31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
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32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida
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The NFL Draft is around the corner. Here’s a look at my 2013 NFL Mock Draft.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
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3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
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4. Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
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5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
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6. Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
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7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
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8. Buffalo Bills: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
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9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
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10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
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11. San Diego Chargers: D.J. Fluker, OT/G, Alabama
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12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
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13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
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14. Carolina Panthers: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
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15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
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16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
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17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
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18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
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19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
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20. Chicago Bears: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
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21. Cincinnati Bengals: Matt Elam, S, Florida
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22. St. Louis Rams: Eric Reid, S, LSU
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23. Minnesota Vikings: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
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24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
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25. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
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26. Green Bay Packers: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
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27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
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28. Denver Broncos: Cornellius Carradine Carradine, DE, Florida State
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29. New England Patriots: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
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30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
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31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
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32. Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Allen, WR, California
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Here’s my first look at the top ten picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The success of rookie quarterbacks in recent years will not be lost on the Chiefs. They were an embarrassment at the position with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. Smith has good size (6’3″, 214 lbs) and has been extremely successful. He has 97 touchdowns to just 20 interceptions over the past three years.
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei is equally powerful as he is agile. Jacksonville ranked 30th in the league in run defense and had a league low 20 sacks. Lotulelei should help improve both areas.
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3. Oakland Raiders: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones had 13.5 sacks last year for the Bulldogs. Oakland ranked 31st in the league with just 25 sacks. He may be better suited for a 3-4 alignment, but he could serve as an edge rusher in a 4-3 as well, using his quickness to get to the quarterback.
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4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M
The Eagles allow too many sacks, giving up 43 sacks per season over the last three years. Nick Foles had some decent moments last year. The Eagles aren’t as bad as their record suggests. Grabbing a tackle that they can pencil in for the next decades makes sense for a good, young offense.
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5. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, OLB/DE, Texas A&M
Moore could make it back-to-back Aggies. He showed the versatility to play the Joker position in the Aggies’ 3-4 scheme and defensive end when they switched to the 4-3. Moore combined for 21 sacks over the past two year, and could be a menace playing outside of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
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6. Cleveland Browns: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner recorded 13 sacks last year and would be a nice complement to Jabaal Sheard, who has 15.5 sacks in two seasons. He should also bolster the Browns’ run defense.
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7. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.
The more immediate need is quarterback, but presently there doesn’t appear to be a QB worth taking this early. Plus, after allowing at least 50 sacks for three straight years, there is a serious need to upgrade the offensive line.
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8. Buffalo Bills: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
Ryan Fitzpatrick is not cutting it. Glennon has the size and arm strength to quarterback at the NFL level.
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9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
Mingo has the makings of one of those freak athletes that shoots up the draft board. The Jets need to improve their pass rush and Mingo could be a tempting option.
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10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner fills an immediate need for the Titans. They ranked 26th against the pass and allowed 31 passing scores.
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The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft was a two part story. The first two picks were an absolute certainty. After that is was a flurry of moves that kept your head spinning.
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The Quarterbacks
Andrew Luck and RG3 were the locks. There was a little steam that RG3 could be the number one pick, but that never amounted to anything. I think they will both have great NFL careers, but they could have a bumpy first year.
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The Colts are a bad football team, and that was before the exodus of talent. Luck will have Reggie Wayne to throw to, but after that it’s up in the air. The Redskins added former Colt Pierre Garcon, but he really is better suited to be a number two. If I had to choose between the two, I would consider RG3 the better fantasy option in their first year.
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The Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill. I don’t expect much from him early on. He’s more of a project than you would think for the eighth pick in the draft. Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden is the opposite. He is an “old” rookie that should be NFL ready. His problem is a lack of weapons in the passing game. I wouldn’t concern myself with either option in re-draft leagues.
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The Running Backs
Trent Richardson has the makings of a great running back. He is probably the most explosive back to enter the league since Adrian Peterson. With a rookie quarterback, they will lean on him heavily. I expect big things from Richardson, perhaps even creeping into top ten fantasy running back value in his rookie year.
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The first round concluded with a pair of running backs. The Bucs, who were hot on Richardson, “settled” for Doug Martin. Meanwhile the Giants added David Wilson. Martin will compliment LeGarrette Blount and Wilson will compliment Ahmad Bradshaw. Martin could win the lead back battle for Blount so he’s one to keep an eye on. If not, neither are more than a handcuff.
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The Receivers
Justin Blackmon came into the draft as the top-rated wide receiver. Unfortunately having Blaine Gabbert throwing to him could stunt his growth. There weren’t many worse landing spots for Blackmon. Maybe he can beat the odds, but fantasy owners had to groan when the Jags traded up for Blackmon.
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Michael Floyd landed in a nice spot despite a questionable quarterback situation as well. He gets to learn from and play opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. For a player with some questionable behavior in the past, he could not have found a better mentor. With his size and speed, he should be a solid option.
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Kendall Wright lands in Tennessee. He also has a top receiver to play off of in Kenny Britt. Unlike the first two receivers taken, he has a little more certainty at quarterback. Whether it is Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker, he should be catching passes from a capable QB.
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Finally, A.J. Jenkins was drafted by the 49ers. They are a run-first, smashmouth defensive team. They are looking to become more balanced, and Jenkins is part of that plan. Unfortunately they added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to go along with Michael Crabtree so he’ll likely see less snaps than his fellow first rounders.
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One last mock on NFL Draft Day.
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1. Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
This is a pretty easy choice for the Colts. There is no way they pass up on this kind of talent.
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2. Washington Redskins select Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
The Washington Redskins have officially won the RG3 sweepstakes. Is RG3 worth 2 future first round picks? I have no idea. Until RG3 plays 2 seasons in the NFL, there is no way we can determine the winner of the trade. The Redskins get the real deal here with Griffin. He has unbelievable arm strength and also has receiver speed. This is terrible news for me though, since I am an Eagles fan.
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3. Minnesota Vikings select Matt Kalil, LT USC
The Vikings need to use this pick to protect their previous 1st round pick, Christian Ponder. Kalil is by far the most talented lineman in the draft. He was so good, that last year’s 9th overall pick, Tyron Smith, had to move over to Right Tackle so Kalil could play left.
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4. Cleveland Browns select Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
The Browns will most likely go with either Claiborne or Richardson here. I have them choosing the latter because they need help immediately. Peyton Hillis is gone, and the Browns have no playmakers on offense. Richardson can come in and immediately put up results while also taking much of the load off Colt McCoy’s shoulders. Although this seems a little high for a Running Back, Richardson is the best prospect since Adrian Peterson at the position.
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5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
Claiborne is by far the best cover corner in the draft. He has great ball skills and shut down almost everyone in college. This is a good pick for the Buccaneers considering Aquib Talib is going to jail and their other corner, Ronde Barber, is probably going to retire. If Cleveland does not take Richardson, he may also be another option for the Buccaneers with this pick.
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6. St. Louis Rams select Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma St.
Justin Blackmon had a wonderful junior season in college. He caught 121 passes for 18 touchdowns and 1522 yards. Even better, he stepped up when the lights were on by having a 3 touchdown, 186 yard performance against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. He has the perfect combination of size, power, and speed. What separates Blackmon from the rest however, is his play making ability. He is a real game changer. Expect him to have a great pro day. The only concern with Blackmon however, is his size. Blackmon is only 6 feet which could be a problem in the NFL considering his speed is good, but not great. I expect him to overcome this though, and become Sam Bradford’s go-to guy for years to come.
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7. Jacksonville Jaguars select Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
The Jaguars are desperately trying to trade out of this spot. Teams that may trade up here either want to secure Fletcher Cox, Ryan Tannehill or Mark Barron. However if the Jaguars do keep this pick, they are going with Ingram. Ingram is Gene Smith’s type of guy, he has the motor and character that the Jaguars look for.
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8. Miami Dolphins select Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
Although Tannehill still needs some more time to develop, He is the pick here because of the constant need of quarterbacks in the NFL.
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9. Carolina Panthers select Fletcher Cox, DT LSU
Fletcher Cox is now the consensus #1 DT on the board. Cox is a game changing player and also has shown that he can produce against good teams, considering that he played in the SEC. The Panthers could also take this pick in a different direction by selecting Stephon Gilmore or Luke Kuechly.
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10. Buffalo Bills select Stephen Gilmore, CB South Carolina
Gilmore has shot up draft boards in the last couple of weeks. The Bills need a corner and Gilmore is their guy.
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11. Kansas City Chiefs select David Decastro, OG Stanford
Kansas City could really use some help on their offensive line. Decastro is the next best lineman on the board and the easy choice for the Chiefs.
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12. Seattle Seahawks select Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College
Kuechly is rated by many as the top Linebacker in the draft. At Boston College he was a great tackler and relied on his instincts. Although considered a little slow at first, Kuechly silenced those concerns by running a 4.5 40 yard dash at the combine. Seattle needs a Linebacker and Kuechly is their guy. However, this pick will be a close call between Kuechly and Coples. I don’t think Kuechly is as good as everyone thinks mainly because of the lack of burst in his step, but he does have the best instincts of any Linebacker I have seen.
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13. Arizona Cardinals select Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
This pick is between Michael Floyd and Riley Reiff. I think the Cardinals will go with Reiff, so Kevin Kolb will have more time to stay in the pocket.
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14. Dallas Cowboys select Mark Barron, S Alabama
The Cowboys would be thrilled if the draft played out like this. They would get their guy without even having to trade up. Barron is by far the best safety in the draft and would improve the Cowboys weak secondary. Barron has the skills to be a future All-Pro safety.
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15. Philadelphia Eagles select Quinton Coples, DE UNC
The Eagles are not going to win a Super Bowl with a defense like last year’s. The Eagles traditionally do not draft linebackers in the first round, and after trading for Demeco Ryans, it is obvious that they won’t take one here either. That means they take Coples, the best pass rusher on the board. Coples is a huge boom or bust prospect. In his junior season at UNC he was a beast, but he was average at best during his senior season. The Eagles may also try to trade up for Fletcher Cox or Mark Barron
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16. New York Jets select Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
The Jets could use another receiver after the loss of Plaxico Burress. Floyd would provide Mark Sanchez with a huge target to throw to. Floyd has great hands and good speed and could be a pro-bowl receiver in the NFL.
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17. Cincinnati Bengals select Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
Kirkpatrick is a hard hitting corner with good ball skills. Although he is not great in man to man coverage, he is awesome in zone. Considering the Bengals have no one at corner, it looks like Kirkpatrick will be the choice.
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18. San Diego Chargers select Chandler Jones, DE Syracuse
Jones is considered by many as the best pass-rusher in the draft. If that is the case, the Chargers are getting a steal here.
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19. Chicago Bears select Michael Brockers , DT LSU
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After trading for Brandon Marshall, the Bears will most likely not take a receiver unless Michael Floyd is available. This means that they will take the best defensive lineman available, which in this case is Brockers.
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20. Tennessee Titans select Dontari Poe, DT Memphis.
Dontari Poe is the biggest boom or bust prospect in this draft. He has a freakish combination of size and speed, and also has a great motor and work ethic that many teams love. However, his play on the field isn’t very impressive. A team will still take a chance on him though because of the possibility of him being a great player in the NFL.
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21. Cincinnati Bengals select Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB Alabama
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22. Cleveland Browns select Kendall Wright, WR Baylor
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23. Detroit Lions select Cordy Glenn, OG Georgia
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24. Pittsburgh Steelers select Dont’a Hightower, LB Alabama
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25. Denver Broncos select Kendall Reyes, DT Uconn
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26. Houston Texans select Whitney Mercilus, DE Illinois
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27. New England Patriots select Nick Perry, DE USC
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28. Green Bay Packers select Shea McClellin, DE/OLB Boise State
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29. Baltimore Ravens select Peter Konz, C Wisconsin
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30. San Francisco 49ers select Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech
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31. New England Patriots select Brandon Weeden, QB Oklahoma State (Expecting a trade)
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32. New York Giants select Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
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1. Indianapolis Colts – QB Andrew Luck
The Colts have informed everyone that Luck is going to be their first pick in the draft.
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2. Washington Redskins – QB Robert Griffin III
The Redskins didn’t trade up to draft anyone else.
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3. Minnesota Vikings – T Matt Kalil
The Vikings seem pretty poised to draft Khalil to anchor a line that needs to start protecting Christian Ponder if they want him to develop a pocket presence. That said, they also have a lot of other problem areas and could take corner Morris Claiborne.
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4. Cleveland Browns – RB Trent Richardson
The Browns need to start generating some offense and with Richardson flying up draft boards over the past couple months; he probably will be taken here. The only other player I could see them taking is Claiborne, but their top priority is improving a stagnant offense.
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5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Morris Claiborne
We have talked about Claiborne possibly going at three or four, but he falls no later than fifth. If Richardson falls to them, they will take him, but if not, corner is the position of biggest need for the Bucs and one of the best players available is Claiborne.
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6. St. Louis Rams – WR Justin Blackmon
It’s a shame the Rams don’t have a playmaking wide receiver yet for young Sam Bradford. All bets are on them taking Blackmon. Then again, I thought they were going to stop at nothing to grab Julio Jones last year and we all know how that turned out.
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7. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Melvin Ingram
This is where the draft starts to get tricky. The Jaguars need a pure pass rusher and Ingram appears to be the best in the draft. However, they need another receiver for Gabbert and Michael Floyd could be that guy. They also could shore up the line and go with a guy like Riley Reiff. Actually, they are trying to trade back in the draft, but are having trouble finding any takers.
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8. Miami Dolphins – QB Ryan Tannehill
I’m quite positive on this pick. Tannehill’s former coordinator Mike Sherman is on the staff and should fit into the Dolphins system. Even though Tannehill isn’t a first round talent, let alone top ten talent, I imaging the Dolphins will nab him for the aforementioned reasons and the fact that they need a QB after whiffing on Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and even Alex Smith. If they pass, they could take Michael Floyd, in need of a new number one wideout.
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9. Carolina Panthers – DT Fletcher Cox
It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Panthers try to keep the offense improving by spending their first pick on Michael Floyd, but their offense is going to get better regardless. The defense last year was awful and Cox could be a big time stopper in the middle. They also could go with Dontari Poe or Stephon Gilmore.
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10. Buffalo Bills – CB Stephon Gilmore
The Bills have said that they need to improve the corner position and likely will take Gilmore. I would’ve said Reiff here, but after reading this a little while ago, I’ve changed my position. If Gilmore is off the board, I could see them going with safety Mark Barron.
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11. Kansas City Chiefs – OG David DeCastro
I would be shocked if Luke Kuechly went in this spot like so many mocks are predicting to happen. I think they will take the guard at the eleven spot since they have absolutely no need for a middle linebacker. They could go with Dontari Poe, but the Chiefs have a tendency to nab immediate impact players over prospects such as Poe.
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12. Seattle Seahawks – ILB Luke Kuechly
This pick is simply going to come down to Kuechly and DE Quinton Coples if they are both available. In my mock, they both are available, so I see them going with a safer Kuechly rather than a guy with
character and motor concerns in Coples.
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13. Arizona Cardinals – OT Riley Rieff
My fellow South Dakota native falls no further. The Cardinals allowed the inexperienced Kevin Kolb to be sacked second most in the league and their running game didn’t impress. Rieff improves both of those aspects of the game. They could also go with Jonathan Martin, Mike Adams or DeCastro. Another guy to keep an eye on is Michael Floyd, as Larry Fitzgerald has been lobbying for the team to take the talented wideout.
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14. Dallas Cowboys – S Mark Barron
Barron seems to be the consensus pick for the Cowboys among mock drafts and with them in dire need of an identity in the secondary, Barron fits the bill. There is a possibility that the Cowboys go with Poe, whom they are in love with, or ‘Dre Kirkpatrick or Stephon Gilmore as they both tremendously improve the secondary as well.
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15. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Quinton Coples
I could see the Eagles trading up to get Fletcher Cox, but if that falls through, they probably will take Coples. Andy Reid loves defensive lineman to stick in his rotation and Coples will likely be that guy, though they could go with Poe or Chandler Jones if available.
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16. New York Jets – DE Chandler Jones
Pass rushers are at a premium these days and Jones joins the party. The Jets days of brick wall defense are over, but they could take a step in the right direction taking Jones. They also could take Michael Floyd with a Burress return uncertain and Santonio Holmes, you know, has Holmes problems.
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17. Cincinnati Bengals – DE Courtney Upshaw
Marvin Lewis loves Upshaw and Zimmer will be thanking him. Zimmer has been mixing and matching spare parts to create a somewhat effective outside rush, but he wants a pure DE. With Upshaw, he gets an NFL ready starter. They could also go after Kirkpatrick, but more on that in a second.
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18. San Diego Chargers – WR Michael Floyd
After talking about teams possible taking Floyd about ten picks ago, I feel he finally goes here. Vincent Jackson is gone and Robert Meachem isn’t quite that good. Floyd gives them the playmaker they need. If Upshaw is available, though, I see them probably taking him.
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19. Chicago Bears – DT Michael Brockers
The Bears love Brockers, that has become clear. But they could nab Floyd if still available or even Kendall Wright, a receiver to go opposite of Brandon Marshall.
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20. Tennessee Titans – DT Dontari Poe
Poe might not fall this far, but this will be the farthest he falls. His stock has dropped due to poor game film, but teams aren’t ignoring his tremendous upside. If he doesn’t fall this far, the Titans could go with a guy like Kirkpatrick or Whitney Mercilus.
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21. Cincinnati Bengals – CB Dre Kirkpatrick
It would be painful to see the Bengals draft Janoris Jenkins. They are going to make sure they get Kirkpatrick, even though he has legal issues of his own. They could go offensive line with one of their picks too, but they surely will get a corner with one of their picks.
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22. Cleveland Browns – WR Kendall Wright
The Browns likely will keep loading on the offensive weapons, with Wright next in line. McCoy needs a number one receiver to throw to. However, they could also shore up the offensive line by going with Mike Adams or Cordy Glenn.
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23. Detroit Lions – T Mike Adams
The Lions need to keep the fragile Stafford upright. Adams is probably the best pass blocker available, so he fits the bill. They also have a tendency to take the best player available, so they could also go with Janoris Jenkins.
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24. Pittsburgh Steelers – T/G Cordy Glenn
Many people are telling me they are going to go with Dont’a Hightower, since the Steelers go for the best player available, but Glenn could be that guy too. He is versatile and could play the guard spot,
which they’ll most likely need him to.
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25. Denver Broncos – DT Jerel Worthy
The Broncos need some serious help at defensive tackle, so going with Worthy seems logical. However, they do need more weapons for the passing attack, so if Wright is still available, they could go that direction as well as Peter Konz.
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26. Houston Texans – ILB Dont’a Hightower
Although I would love to see them take a wideout like Rueben Randle or Stephen Hill to run alongside Andre Johnson, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. They are more likely to take a pass rushing linebacker or even an offensive tackle such as Whitney Mercilus or any available OT.
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27. New England Patriots – DE Shea McClellin
I’m going to be honest with you. After the past couple year, I have no clue what the Patriots are going to do, but they seem to like defensive ends and it’s a need, so I’ll say McClellin here, but don’t be surprised with whichever way it goes.
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28. Green Bay Packers – S Harrison Smith
Smith is a smart and productive player. The Packer’s secondary got ripped to shreds last year. They clearly need help. However, if McClellin falls this low, he could go here as the Packers love him.
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29. Baltimore Ravens – WR Stephen Hill
I’m not sure which direction the Ravens will go. They could really use Peter Konz, but reports are that they aren’t in love with him. Hill is very talented and could compliment Boldin and Smith, so this is my best guess. Don’t be surprised if they take Konz, though.
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30. San Francisco 49ers – WR Rueben Randle
I’m going out on a limb here, but they need playmakers in the passing game. They could also go after Kendall Wright or Coby Fleener, even with Vernon Davis the man in San Fran.
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31. New England Patriots – DT Devon Still
The Pats are reportedly trading this pick, but if that doesn’t happen, they could take Still, with the Pats still needing a lot of work on the front seven.
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32. New York Giants – T Jonathan Martin
Martin was once a top ten talent. He is the most likely candidate to fall in the draft, but if the Giants can nab him at 32, he is a steal.
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