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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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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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Here’s an updated look at the LestersLegends 2012 NFL Draft Round One Mock Draft.
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1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
RG3 has narrowed the gap, but I would be stunned if Luck wasn’t the pick for the Colts.
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2. St. Louis Rams: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
The Rams aren’t going to be the ones taking RG3 here, but he is going number two in the draft. Most likely to Cleveland.
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3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
If the Rams’ asking price is too high for RG3, the Vikings could be the one striking a deal. My guess is that won’t be the case and the Purple gets Kalil to protect Christian Ponder’s blind side.
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4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Cleveland moves up to get RG3. The Rams get Blackmon (plus additional picks) to give Sam Bradford his first NFL wide receiver weapon.
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5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Bucs have gone defense with their first round picks the past two seasons, but their offense was dreadful. LeGarrette Blount isn’t the answer. Richardson is a complete back that should help the Bucs bounce back.
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6. Washington Redskins: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
In this pass-happy league you have to find a way to slow down the opposition. In a division that features Eli Manning, Michael Vick, and Tony Romo, the Skins would do well to add Claiborne to their secondary. The Skins very well could trade up to land RG3. Cornerback isn’t a great need for the Redskins, but he could be too good to pass up.
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7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina 
Where to start for Jacksonville? The Jags are perpetually in need of a better pass rush. Coples could be part of the answer.
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8. Miami Dolphins:  Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Dolphins were cruising toward Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley. Unfortunately they started winning behind Matt Moore and Reggie Bush, and Barkley (along with Landry Jones) returned to school. The Dolphins allowed the third most sacks (52). Getting Jake Long back healthy and pairing him with Reiff would go a long way in fixing that issue.
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9. Carolina Panthers: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU  
The Panthers were dreadful at stopping the run ranking 25th with 130.8 ypg allowed and 29th with 18 rushing scores allowed. They also struggled to put pressure on the quarterback, tying the Jags at 25th with 31 sacks. Brockers should be able to help both areas.
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10. Buffalo Bills: Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
If the Bills want to knock off New England they will have to put pressure on Tom Brady. The Bills ranked 27th with 29 sacks so clearly improving their pass rush is a need.
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11. Kansas City Chiefs:  Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Chiefs have a major need at right tackle and Martin allows them to fill a need without reaching.
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12.  Seattle Seahawks:  Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A & M
Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer. Plain and simple. Tannehill is the third best QB option in the draft and Pete Carroll will add his QB of the future.
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13.  Arizona Cardinals:  Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Upshaw, a 3-4 rush linebacker, fills a need. He’ll pair with Sam Acho to give the Cardinals capable pass rushers on both sides.
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14.  Dallas Cowboys:  Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama 
The Cowboys have a major need at cornerback and Kirkpatrick is one of the best available.
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15.  Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
The Eagles need to be better defensively, particularly their tackling. Kuechly will make them tougher.
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16.  New York Jets:  Michael Floyd, WR, New York Jets
Santonio Holmes needs to be pushed. He needs to know if he carries on the way he did, he can be replaced. Sanchez needs another weapon. Floyd gives him a big, talented target.
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17.  Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
The talent is there. The Bengals have been known to overlook character issues.
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18.  San Diego Chargers:  Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
Pairing Barron with Eric Weddle would solidfy the back end of the Chargers pass defense.
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19.  Chicago Bears:  Kendall Wright, Baylor
The Bears need help in the passing game.  Jay Cutler simply needs better weapons. Matt Forte can’t do it all.
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20. Tennessee Titans: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Poe is massive (6’5″, 350) but very athletic. The Titans ranked 24th against the run last year. Poe will help that.
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21.  Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
The Bengals can’t count on  Cedric Benson forever. Miller will inject life in their 3.9 ypc (27th) rushing attack.
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22.  St. Louis Rams:  Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
The Rams enter the draft needing to give Bradford additional weapons and better protection. Blackmon took care of need one. This pick allows them to accomplish the second need.
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23.  Detroit Lions:  Nick Perry, DE, USC
The Giants won the Super Bowl, in part because of their ridiculous defensive line. That’s a good formula to copy.
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24.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
The Steelers have gotten old on their defensive line. Worthy will infuse some youth and energy into the group.
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25.  Denver Broncos: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
The Broncos are built to win with their defense. Strengthening their front line should help Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller to continue to make plays.
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26.  Houston Texans: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The Texans need a weapon to complement Andre Johnson and provide insurance should he go down again.
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27.  New England Patriots: Fletcher Cox, DE/DT, Mississippi State
The Patriots have to get better defensively. That starts up front.
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28.  Green Bay Packers:  Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Some home cooking. The Packers seem unlikely to re-sign Scott Wells so they will need a new plan.
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29.  Baltimore Ravens: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
They would have like Konz to slip one more slot. Instead of finding Matt Birk’s heir apparent, they will try to find Ray Lewis’.
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30.  San Francisco 49ers:  Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
The biggest need the Niners have is giving Alex Smith weapons to work with. Vernon Davis is great. Michael Crabtree is solid. Adding Randle to the mix will help them compete offensively.
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31.  New England Patriots:  Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois
The Patriots could do a number of things with their picks. They could package them in move up or they could trade one or both down. Defense is the way to go. Mercilus will help their pass rush.
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32.  New York Giants:  Dwayne Allen, TE, New York Giants
With Ballard tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl the Giants have an obvious need.
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Here’s my first look at the top ten picks of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Whether or not it’s the Colts taking Andrew Luck, he will be the number one pick in the draft. He’s been compared to Peyton Manning, but at the time even Peyton Manning wasn’t as much of a lock for the number one pick as Luck.
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2. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Rams took Rodger Saffold with the 33rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and Jason Smith with the second pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. While Matt Kalil makes sense, the Rams desperately need to get Sam Bradford some playmakers.
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3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings moved down in the draft to acquire additional picks. They have needs all over the place. RG3 would likely be the pick here if someone wanted to move up. If the Vikings keep the pick (and he’s available) I think they go with Matt Kalil. Christian Ponder took way too much of a beating last year.
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4. Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Somebody, possibly the Browns, could move up to get RG3. If he’s available at the four spot, the Browns will give up on Colt McCoy and start over with RG3.
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5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Bucs have gone defense with their first round picks the past two seasons, but their offense was dreadful. LeGarrette Blount isn’t the answer. Richardson is a complete back that should help the Bucs bounce back.
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6. Washington Redskins: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
In this pass-happy league you have to find a way to slow down the opposition. In a division that features Eli Manning, Michael Vick, and Tony Romo, the Skins would do well to add Claiborne to their secondary. The Skins very well could trade up with Minnesota to land RG3. If Kalil was unavailable, CB is definitely a need for the Vikings so Claiborne would still make sense here.
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7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Jags need to add a pass rusher, but Kirkpatrick is too good to pass up in this spot. It’s a passing league so a stud CB makes sense.
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8. Carolina Panthers: Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State
The Panthers were dreadful at stopping the run ranking 25th with 130.8 ypg allowed and 29th with 18 rushing scores allowed. They also struggled to put pressure on the quarterback, tying the Jags at 25th with 31 sacks. Still should be able to help both areas.
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9. Miami Dolphins: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Dolphins were cruising toward Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley. Unfortunately they started winning behind Matt Moore and Reggie Bush, and Barkley (along with Landry Jones) returned to school. The Dolphins allowed the third most sacks (52). Getting Jake Long back healthy and pairing him with Reiff would go a long way in fixing that issue.
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10. Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
If the Bills want to knock off New England they will have to put pressure on Tom Brady. The Bills ranked 27th with 29 sacks so clearly improving their pass rush is a need.
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Here’s a eighth and final look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.
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1.  Carolina Panthers:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn:  All signs seem to be pointing towards Cam Newton as the number one pick. I’m not sure it’s the right decision, but the Panthers will have to live with it.
Previous Pick:  Cam Newton, QB Auburn
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2.  Denver Broncos:   Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama:  Dareus almost seems like a lock. He fills a need at defensive tackle for the Broncos. Fixing their defense, a priority for John Fox, starts on the defensive line.
Previous Pick:  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
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3.  Buffalo Bills:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  Cam Newton would breathe life into the franchise, but with him out of the picture the Bills turn to the athletic Miller.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  I had Gabbert going to the Bengals, but they seem to stubborn to to consider Carson Palmer’s threats legitimate. I think they’ll try to mend fences by cutting ties with T.O. and giving Palmer a shiny, new toy.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Pairing Peterson with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would give the Cardinals one of the best cornerback duos in the league. Even though Gabbert is available, I think they go with the more “can’t miss” prospect.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina:  With A.J. Green off the board, the Browns will address their pass rush need.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska:  With Gabbert in the picture, he will get strong consideration, but I think his slide continues one more pick
Previous Pick:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: I still like Fairley for the Titans, but they are floating downstream without a paddle at quarterback. Gabbert could easily go number one in this draft. It would be hard to imagine the Titans passing on him.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin:  The Cowboys wanted to nab one of the top two corners in the draft, but have to turn their attention elsewhere.
Previous Pick:   J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
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10.  Washington Redskins: Jake Locker, QB, Washington:  The Redskins need playmakers, but they must address the quarterback position first.
Previous Pick:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
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11.  Houston Texans:  Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri:  The Texans’ switch to a 3-4 defense creates a need for an rush linebacker. Smith is the top choice available.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina
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12.  Minnesota Vikings:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn:  With Locker out of the picture, a quarterback doesn’t make sense here. Julio Jones is a possibility, but Leslie Frasier is a defensive-minded coach. Pat Williams may not return to Minnesota so pairing Fairley with Kevin Williams makes sense.
Previous Pick:  Jake Locker, QB, Washington
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13.  Detroit Lions:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal:  The Lions offensive line wasn’t terrible last year, but Jeff Backus will be 34. It’s time to look to the future to protect Matthew Stafford’s blind side.
Previous Pick:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal
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14.  St. Louis Rams:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama:  Suddenly Sam Bradford has an explosive weapon.
Previous Pick:  Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
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15.  Miami Dolphins: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State: Chad Henne isn’t it. The Dolphins need to find a quarterback. They don’t have a second round pick so it’s either trade down or find a QB now.
Previous Pick: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
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16.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue:  The Jags have struggled to find the right mix at defensive end. They managed just 26 sacks last year, which was second to only Denver.
Previous Pick:  Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

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