Here’s my final mock. I’ve excluded trades in the actual final picks, but I’ve included commentary on whether or not the team could trade and who they might be targeting. Enjoy.
Andrew Luck, QB — No Manning? No problem. An obvious pick for a team with no QB worth mentioning.
Robert Griffin III, QB — The trade has already been consummated and there is only one position that you should ever give up as many picks as Washington did and that’s for a QB. Griffin is the first piece in a new era in Washington.
Matt Kalil, OT — The talent is too great and this would help solidify a young offensive line. They don’t necessarily need offensive line help a ton though and Claiborne or Blackmon could be their pick too.
Trent Richardson, RB — The Browns running game was anemic last year and only scored 4 touchdowns on the ground… total. Richardson is a talent and would help the franchise out greatly. Browns could reach and get Tannehill here or they could pick Claiborne.
Morris Claiborne, CB — Aqib Talib is on the block and either Tampa is really satisfied with their CB play or they plan on drafting Claiborne if he falls to them. Tampa could also pick Kalil if he falls or Blackmon.
Stephen Gilmore, CB — I’m following the hype here. Fletcher Cox is good, but the defensive line depth is really good this year and the Jaguars should be able to pick up some guys in the second and third rounds for the defensive line. Gilmore gives the Jags corners for the next 6-8 years, paired with Derek Cox. Ideally, the Jaguars can trade back and recoup some value. I believe that if the Jaguars could have trade partners with either Kansas City (Tannehill) or Philadelphia (Cox). The Jets could also be a team looking to trade up for Melvin Ingram.
Ryan Tennehill, QB — The Dolphins get their man with Tannehill. He immediately gets thrust into a QB battle with Moore for who starts the season.
Dontari Poe, NT — Planet theory. Poe is a massive specimen and the potential ideal nose tackle. KC already has some pretty good linebackers and a pretty good secondary, but their defensive line could use some work. Poe makes sense here.
Luke Kuechly, LB — The Seahawks need a linebacker. Kuechly is underrated. They’ve got young guys across the board and could stand to land a very good talent in Kuechly. Other picks could be another DE, potentially Ingram or Perry.
Mark Barron, S — The Cowboys have a pretty good front 7, with just Ware alone, but their back 4 need some help. Barron has the pedigree and ability to lineup at either safety spot. The Cowboys love that he falls here.
Michael Brockers, DT — He adds depth and decent pass rush from the interior. With the rest of the defensive line they should remain very, very good. The Eagles could potentially contact the Jaguars to trade up and select Fletcher Cox, who they apparently love.
David Decastro, G — The Bengals have a good WR and a young ascending QB. The offensive line could be better and depth at WR. The Bengals address the OL here and WR depth a few picks later. The Bengals are one running back away from a pretty potent, young offense.
Kendal Wright, WR — The Bengals no longer have Jerome Simpson or Andre Caldwell, their third and fourth leading receivers, so they pick Wright and get their speedy, shift guy to pair with AJ Green. With Wright, they have a very solid young duo at WR. The rest of the Bengals receivers are young and unproven.
Jerel Worthy, DT — The Broncos lost some meat in the interior of their defensive line over the offseason. They look to beef up their defensive line, allowing Dumervil and Miller to make more plays in the backfield.
Chandler Jones, DE/LB — The Patriots defense isn’t that good and needs upgrades. Jones helps along the front 7.
Janoris Jenkins, CB — Wow, coup detat here. Weed and children issues have dropped Jenkins but he can play. The Patriots immediately improve their defense with the first round picks.
Lavonte David, LB — The best LB in the draft… maybe.
Rams — Devon Still, DT — Rams have little talent at DT.
Colts — Coby Fleener, TE — The Colts have desperate need for TE and pairing Fleener up with Luck would make the transition to the NFL that much easier.
Vikings — Stephen Hill, WR — TheVikings’ WRs need help. Hill, although raw, could be the player that allows ponder to take that next step. .
Buccaneers — Mike Adams, OT — Their offensive line is a mess and they need to protect whoever is playing QB.
Browns — Zach Brown, OLB — They need someone to play next to Jackson at linebacker.
Jaguars — Whitney Mercilus, DE — Well look at that, Mercilus falls to Round 2. Yup, I see it happening. Gilmore and Mercilus in the first two rounds? I think most people couldn’t complain about that.
Rams — David Wilson, RB — Wilson allows for more catches out of the backfield.
Panthers — Josh Robinson, CB — CB with good size and speed.
Bills –Jonathan Martin, OT — The Bills need to reconstitute their offensive line. Martin is good value here.
Dolphins — Andre Branch, OLB — Pass rush help could be on the way.
Seahawks — Brock Osweiller, QB — The Seahawks bring in a young guy to compete with Whitehurst and Flynn.
Chiefs — Peter Konz, C — The Chiefs luck into Konz. Konz is a good player who helps.
Cowboys — Alameda Ta’amu, NT — Solidifies the middle of the D and lets Ware be even more disruptive.
Eagles — Bobby Wagner, LB — Big, physical LB who can upgrade the LB corp.
Jets — Alshon Jeffery, WR — Big, strong pass catcher who gives the Sanchize something to think about.
Patriots — Kendal Reyes, DT/DE — Schematic versatility on a stinky defense.
Chargers — Jeff Allen, OT — Gotta protect Rivers. He is the future of the franchise.
Bears — Bobby Massie, OT — Protect Cutler from 7+ sack games.
Eagles — Trumaine Johnson, CB/S — Can play either safety or CB for the Iggles.
Titans — Dwight Bentley, CB/S — The Titans still need help in the secondary.
Bengals — Lamar Miller, RB — Bengals offensive overhaul is coming to its end.
Lions – Vinny Curry, DE — Defensive line keeps getting better and better.
Falcons — Brandon Brooks, OG — Fills a need with a pretty good talent.
Steelers — Doug Martin, RB — The Steeler’s have a massive hole here and Doug Martin fills it well.
Broncos — Brian Quick, WR — A big target for Manning to throw to.
Texans — Ronnell Lewis, LB — Gotta strengthen the LB depth.
Packers — Jared Crick, DE — That Packer D was a let down last year. Crick helps defend the run for them.
Ravens — Mychal Kendricks, LB — Ray Lewis’s soon to be protege.
49ers — Mahammad Sanu, WR — Bigger WR. Makes the 49er offense more dynamic.
Patriots — Harrison Smith, S — Again, Patriots defense needs help.
Giants — Dwayne Allen, TE — Pass, pass, pass, pass.
– Jason Love