Mock Draft: The Debut

With the Combine just days away I thought it would be a good time to post my first mock draft. You can put these in stone. This is exactly how the first round will unfold.

1. Carolina – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
This guy’s a beast. They’d much rather have the chance to draft Andrew Luck, but Fairley will be a good addition to the defense. And the good news for the Panthers is that they’ll still suck, so they might be able to get Luck next year.

2. Denver – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
The Broncos only won 4 games last year, but 2 of those wins came against playoff teams. I didn’t get an actual quote from Mark, but I’m assuming that he thinks the Broncos are much better than their 4-12 record. Well their pass rush resembled a 4-12 team, so they should address that with this pick (unless they plan on having Tebow play both ways this year, which I’m sure he could do).

3. Buffalo – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
He wins everywhere he goes. His track record would really be put to the test. The Bills would probably be better off going with a defensive playmaker like Patrick Peterson or Von Miller, but they might try to grab Newton thinking he can be their franchise QB.

4. Cincinnati – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
He’d looked awesome in all of the games I watched him in this year. The Bengals should jump at the chance to take a WR early in the hopes that it’ll inflate his ego and he can one day create a unique persona that lands him a shitty reality TV show called “Green with Envy” (although I hope the show centers on his odd-couple relationship with the Eagles’ kicker and it’s called Green/Akers).

5. Arizona – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
I can only hope that this pick happens. I think Gabbert’s going to bust. It would set the team back another couple of years and let their existing young talent get fed up and jump ship. Instead they’ll probably pick-up a decent veteran QB and draft Von Miller.

6. Cleveland – Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
It looks like Cleveland is switching from the 3-4 to the 4-3, so it could use some versatile talent on that side of the ball. Miller’s stock is rising pretty quickly, so it’s likely that he’ll go top 5.

7. San Francisco – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
This would suck.

8. Tennessee – Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
This will be an interesting player to watch. He was suspended for the whole season. He’ll need to show that he’s still in good shape and can play at the level he did last season. Mike Mayock and Michael Lombardi think this guy is going to blow up the combine and jump up a bit in the draft.

9. Dallas – Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama
Should be able to play DE in the 3-4.

10. Washington – Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
Jordan’s stock is on the rise and he could go this high based on teams’ needs for a 3-4 DE which is probably where he will play. He looked good in Senior Bowl practice and improved his stock, but I wasn’t too impressed with some of the games I watched him in.

11. Houston – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
A great talent that has been overshadowed by Patrick Peterson. This would be the perfect scenario for the Texans.

12. Minnesota – JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin

13. Detroit – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

14. St. Louis – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Hopefully this pick doesn’t happen. My hope is that by this point in the draft their front office assumes the NFL skipped them this year since they’ve never knew the first round to last this long.

15. Miami – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

16. Jacksonville – Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri

17. New England – Tyron Smith, OT, USC

18. San Diego – Corey Liuget, DE/DT, Illinois

19. New York Giants – Anthony Castonzo, OT, BC
Keith, do you have any input on this pick? I just went with the best rated BC player since they probably fooled around with Coughlin’s daughter.

20. Tampa Bay – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Non-stop motor

21. Kansas City – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

22. Indianapolis – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

23. Philadelphia – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
I need to apologize to Sinclair on this one. There’s a lot of buzz about Smith right now and he might be climbing up the draft boards. He’s not on the same level as Peterson or Amukamara, but it looks like he’ll end up as the #3 CB.

24. New Orleans – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
I don’t like this guy much. He just seems really boring to me. He didn’t seem to stand out much in any of the Iowa games I watched.

25. Seattle – Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
I think this pick would make the most sense. It could provide a little more quality on the line which is definitely needed. There would be a lot of interesting options if the draft played out this way. Locker would still be on the board. Justin Houston (DE/OLB, Georgia) would be a nice addition to the pass rush. Or they could go with a playmaker on offense like Titus Young (WR, Boise St). If Gabe Carimi slips to this spot he could be a good pick since it looks like he would be a better fit at RT.

26. Baltimore – Titus Young, WR, Boise St

27. Atlanta – Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia

28. New England – Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple

29. Chicago – Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss St

30. New York Jets – Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
Big fat man for a big fat coach.

31. Pittsburgh – Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio St.

32. Green Bay – Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
I really like this guy.


Bobby said...

Who hired this guy again?

16. Jacksonville – Aldon Smith,
DE/OLB, Missouri

Yeah right, Aldon is a known Type A personality, which will directly clash with Del Rio. Also, how is Smith going to fit in with Jacksonvillies 3-4, and Dime packages with their existing DE's... Give me a break

18. San Diego – Corey Liuget, DE/DT, Illinois

Genuis. Fucking genuis. A DT? Not to mention Liuget isnt even the best DT left in the draft at this point, but everybody and their grandmother knows SD is a lock for Jimmy Smith at this position, who can fill in for special teams as well. moron.

22. Indianapolis – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

What. One Earth. Are you. Thinking. INDY NEEDS A QB, THEY WILL BE DRAFTING A QB.

Mr. F said...

Bobby... you're a joke. This is the best draft analysis not produced on espn and it even gives that a run for it's money. Eat my shorts you fucko

Mr. F said...

Great work always Pete!

Seems to me like Cam Newton wants to be a star... I can't think of a place less likely to help make that happen the Buffalo. Seems like a terrible match, football aside. I think it will be a disaster.

Buffalo oughta think about that, agree or disagree?

Anonymous said...

Buffalo is a wasteland for talent - that is, even if you have it, it's gonna be completely squandered in that shit hole...why do they have a team again?

Pete said...

Bob, you might be right about Aldon Smith not fitting the scheme. But I think they run a 4-3 and not a 3-4. If they're switching to a 3-4, then picking him as an OLB would make even more sense. Smith would have to prove he can play in coverage too though.

Finn - Buffalo will jump at the chance to draft Newton. He's like Thurman Thomas and Jim Kelly, but in one player!! But I'm sure he'd hold out and not want to play there.