NFL Mock Draft – Black and Teal Version 2.0


The Jaguars are committed to Best Available Player regardless of need. I think Gene Smith makes a smart call, but will the fans agree? Do you agree?  Let us know!

PickTeamPlayer SelectedPlayer’s PositionPlayer’s SchoolAnalysis
1.Ndamukong SuhDefensive TackleNebraskaThe Rams have needs in both of the lines. They gave up a lot of yards on the ground and gave up a large number of QB hits.  With a good run game, maybe it is best to pick the best player who will also help their weakness.  This pick falls right in their lap. Now get off the bottom St, Louis, you have too much talent to stay there.
2.Eric BerrySafetyTennesseeThe Lions secondary is just too weak to ignore at the number 2 draft spot.  With Eric Berry sitting in front of then, a rational person would select them. Detroit has James Harris helping them draft, so rational may not be the way they go.  I am giving them Eric Berry for their own good. They won’t like it, they drafted a safety last year, but it is for their own good.
3.Gerald McCoyDefensive TackleOklahomaTampa Bay can’t stop the run. They are not a horrible team if they could stop the run. Rasheen Morris is in charge of the defense and will want this area addressed. Gerald is a one gap player in a cover two defense. Hello Tampa Bay!  Another pick falls right into place.
4.Jimmy ClausenQuarterbackNotre DameThe Redskins have the defense. They just need a smart signal caller to get things moving. They tried to trade up last year for Sanchez. Will they think Clausen is the right choice? I don’t know, but they want a QB real bad.  I am not sold on Clausen, but perhaps the media attention in Washington will inspire him to play all 60 minutes and not just in a rescue effort.  I don’t like this pick, but so be it.
5.Russell Okung Offensive TackleOklahoma StateWho got sacked more than David Garrard? Matt Cassell.  KC drafted  Branden Albert but with Russell Okung sitting here, there is no decision.  This pick is yet another that falls exactly to the right team. I don’t know if KC will listen, but they should!
Sam Bradford 
Quarterback Oklahoma  What does Pete Carroll want? He has always cherished a quarterback and always appreciated a good defense.  He has two first round picks.  Does he go QB then defense?  I think so.  He can’t win without a QB and he has to take a chance on Sam Bradford.  No QB no success.  I think he is forced into this decision. That isn’t too bad, Sam Bradford is simply the only franchise QB in this draft. He will do just fine in Seattle.
7.Joe Haden CornerbackFloridaCleveland wants Eric Berry real bad.  He could fall if the quarterbacks break as predicted and Detroit drafted a safety last year, they may pass on Eric. If Eric doesn’t make it down to 7, Haden is a nice consolation prize. Joe Haden is the only premier corner in this draft and will boost the Browns secondary and help give Mike Holmgren a good start. The Cleveland fans know football and will appreciate this pick. Bring Dixon and Minnefield in to talk to him! 
8. Trent Williams Offensive Tackle  OklahomaThe Raiders have talent on the defensive side of the ball, so this pick should be focused on offense.  They drafted a QB, a receiver and a running back. Is it time to address the offensive line?  Trent Williams is a good choice because if he doesn’t work as a tackle, he can work as a guard.  He is a monster and will help immediately.  Take my advice Al!
9.  Brian BulagaOffensive TackleIowaThe poor Bills had to cobble together an offensive line all year.  They were second in allowing the quarterback to be hit even though the QB threw it away as fast as the ball was snapped.  The Bills really need a quarterback but until and unless they address the offensive line, no quarterback will ever look good.  Problem is Buffalo never got this.  Let me help them on this; no college  team develops Offensive Linemen better than Iowa. Brian Bulaga may need time but he is a lot better than many guys the Bills have on the line. 
Dez BryantWide ReceiverOklahoma State Eddie Royal and Dez Bryant, now that is a duo to fear.  But what if Brandon Marshall wants to stay? Has he worn out his welcome?  I don’t know if Dez Bryant is a lock here. They could use a good defensive lineman or linebacker.  Rolando McClain would work.  I really don’t like Dez Bryant’s potential and think Denver makes a mistake, but Zoltan has spoken, Dez goes to Denver.
11. Rolando McClainLinebackerAlabamaMcClain can play all three linebacker positions and he would add to an already impressive set of Jaguar Linebackers. McClain would add a solid tackler to the edge of the defense which is currently held by Clint Ingram. Ingram could be gone and having a guy like McClain on the depth chart could prove to be a good decision.
12. Sergio KindleOutside LinebackerTexasMiami has a great power running game, a good offensive line and a quarterback they are happy with.  They could go wide receiver since Ted Ginn Jr isn’t what they thought.  A good receiving threat?  Is this a place Golden Tate fits? Miami needs linebacker help, and Sergio is a great choice to get into the backfield and disrupt the play. They will like that.  Sergio is your pick Bill.
13.C.J. SpillerRunning BackClemsonI know Anthony Davis is supposed to go here but I am not buying it. When the combines come around, he falls. So does Mike Iupati. I am thinking excitement here C.J. Spiller or Golden Tate.  I think we go Spiller here. Too much talent to walk away from.
14. (DEN)Brandon GrahamDefensive EndMichiganA lot of people will be kicking themselves for passing this pick. Brandon will climb the charts soon and Pete Carroll will have his QB and a disruptive defensive end. This is a good draft for the Seahawks already.
15.Carlos DunlapDefensive End FloridaThe Giants big time defense suffered this season. Drafting to the defensive line is a trait the Giants always do well and Carlos Dunlap will love this home in NY.  I really like this pick and this placement. Carlos will be a star with Tom Coughlin.
Jason Pierre-PaulDefensive End South Florida Wow, C.J. Spiller and JPP. Hey what about the offensive line?  Mike Singletary let’s it go for the star appeal.  Suddenly SF 49er are dangerous on both sides of the ball.  The QB and offensive line will wait.  There is power in this draft and Mike likes it. A good pick.

PickTeamPlayer SelectedPlayer’s PositionPlayer’s SchoolAnalysis
17.Brian PriceDefensive TackleUCLAJeff Fisher has experience dealing with big ego players and this is exactly where Brian Price belongs.  Brian has all the moves and will get better and better here.  He is an effect and proud player and Jeff Fisher will get the most out of him.  I think Brian Price is a disruptive player that can also stop the run.  He is great potential but needs care and feeding.  This is a wonderful draft placement.
18.Anthony  DavisOffensive TackleRutgersI don’t like Anthony Davis but the Steelers are a good team to go to for him. They have patience but are a no nonsense team. Anthony will learn or be ridiculed.  Trust me, you don’t screw around in Steeler country. If he learns his craft, he will love the city and they will love him back. They are among the most knowledgeable fans in the NFL.
19.Kyle Wilson Cornerback Boise St When Kyle Wilson shows up at the combine, watch the eyes pop out of people’s head.  He will become the “must have” kid of the late first round.  When he flashes his speed, it will dazzle the GM’s.  Whether he can play or not is yet to be seen, but Atlanta will take a calculated risk.  They may be richly rewarded.
20.Earl Thomas Safety (maybe Cornerback ?)Texas Gary Kubiak hyperventilates and passes out when this selection is made. Upon waking they tell him it is true and he lapses into a coma with a smile on his face. The same affliction affects hundreds of Houson fans.  Someone in the backfield to defend passes?  Earl Thomas can play with the big boys at safety or corner back.  He will get plenty of experience playing the Colts twice a year.  If he even knocks down one pass, the Texans go to the playoffs.  
21. Golden Tate Wide ReceiverOklahoma State Wow, Golden Tate becomes a Bengal.  Simply the most exciting game breaker other that C.J. Spiller.  Cincy needs a game breaker and this fit is wonderful. He might start out as a punt or kick-off returner but that is where Maurice Jones Drew started.  He won’t stay there. Look to Golden Tate to help Cincy return to the playoffs. 
22.Jermaine GreshamTight EndOklahomaBill Belichick and the Patriots always seem to steal a great player in the draft. Current TE Ben Watson is going to become a free agent in the off-season and, if a guy like Gresham is available, he will likely not return to New England. Gresham was looked at as a top 15 talent in last year’s draft. Bill got a great pick here!
23.Mike Iupati Offensive Guard Idaho Green Bay needs to do one thing… Keep Aaron Rodgers off his back. Their offensive line has been abysmal. They are surprised Mike has fallen to them. Is it a gift or does everyone else know something they don’t? At this point they can’t take a chance on passing. Mike Iupati is cheered in Green Bay but I am not sure it will last. 
24. Brandon Spikes  LinebackerFloridaThe weakness of the Philadelphia Eagles team is their linebacking corp. I am not sure about this pick but Brandon has shown enough in college to warrant a first round pick.  I actually think he will do well in Philadelphia, but probably not star. A good solid pick, not a star.
25.Donovan Warren CornerbackMichiganRavens defensive back coach Mark Carrier is the godfather of Warren. Warren went to Carrier to see how he graded as a pro and somewhere along the lines he had heard enough to declare for the draft. Warren’s fluidity and hip movement has been compared to Darrelle Revis’ and we all know how Revis has fared in the NFL. This is an inside job here as long as Ozzie approves. If he does, Donavan will be ok here.
26. Derrick Morgan
Defensive End Georgia Tech When I watched Iowa take control of Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl, I didn’t see Derrick Morgan make that big of a splash. I thought Iowa controlled him fairly well.  I don’t get the love for Derrick, but at the 26th spot, he falls here. I think Arizona makes a mistake but there aren’t that many Defensive Ends in this top round, so good luck Arizona. 
27.Bruce   Campbell Offensive Maryland  Campbell has a giant frame, but his lack of experience has allowed him to slip to the later part of round-one. Will he be in shape?  The Cowboy staff thinks so but will have to use all their skills to get this kid into shape. Overall a good pick.
28.Jahvid BestRunning Back California Jahvid Best is an amazing running back and everything depends on his returning from an injury.  He can run between the tackles, has great vision and can simply break a game wide open.  San Diago needs him and he needs a team that will have patience bringing him back to top level. In the Oregon game he was carried from the field almost paralyzed. If this injury doesn’t haunt him, San Diago gains a top ten talent.  God Speed Javon.
29.Brandon LaFellWideReceiverLSUBrandon LaFell has a challenge. He has fallen far and now must prove himself. This is good motivation for him because he is a natural athlete. He doesn’t have to work hard to excel and he may be lazy. Lazy and Rex Ryan don’t go together well and Brandon will become a star in NY. This is a pick and placement I love and the best thing to happen to Brandon. He can play, if he wants to. In NY he will work and perform. I really like this spot for him.
30.Patrick Robinson  Cornerback  Florida StatePatrick Robinson is not the most complete player but he is fast and recovers well.  I don’t know if he will be a star, but with the combine and the film, the Vikings can’t pass him up. He might be a Reggie Nelson type of player but I hope not.
31.Dan Williams Defensive Tackle Tennessee This is a Bill Polian special, find the talent everyone else let’s get away. Dan Williams will fit into the Colts structure well because he is versatile and quick and big. He can play all along the defensive line.  This is a scary pick for the rest of the AFC South.  Good job Bill! 
32.Ricky SappDefensive End LinebackerClemson Ricky Sapp is a Jason Taylor type of player but without the work ethic.  If he dedicates himself to his craft, he is an amazing talent.  I am hoping that New Orleans can get him motivated. They need the help in this position. When you consider Paul Spicer for a spot on this team, you have reached low for talent. I hope Ricky works out here.