The Hof’s First Round NFL Mock Draft
Complete with two big-time first round trades! Make the jump to see the picks…
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – You knew this was gonna happen since October.
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – Finally a decision Dan Synder can’t (won’t) screw up.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Aging defense needs a superstar to build around.
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – AFC North still defined by pounding running game.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina – Need drafters devastated by Claiborne surprise at #3. Take their next best guy.
6. St. Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St. – Defensive tackles never mocked high enough – everyone likes Cox.
7. (Trade with Jacksonville) Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Kalil, OT, USC – Top pass protector too much of a steal to pass up for Andy Reid after losing Peters for the year.
8. Miami Dolphins: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St. – Tannehill and Sherman reunion makes too much sense.
9. Charlotte Panthers: Quinton Couples, DE, UNC – Julius Peppers v. 2.0?
10. Buffalo Bills: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina – Bills defense has come a long way – even they’re not too stupid to believe their hype that Merriman can still disrupt.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – Weren’t dying for him, but will take him if he falls and can get away with sitting him behind Cassel for a bit.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College – Improved secondary adds a well-rounded field general to lead the defense.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Reily Reiff, OT, Iowa – Need meets value. Kevin Kolb figures to spend less than the allotted time in extendedblackouts.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama – Defense hasn’t looked special in awhile. Polished playmaker in the secondary changes that.
15. (from Philadelphia) Jacksonville Jaguars: Whitney Mercelius, DE, Illinois – Jags get a second chance to draft JPP with less risk and good value for the pick.
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama – Rex won’t resist the chance for a 3-4 pass rusher with a Saban/Nat’l Championship pedigree.
17. Cincinnatti Bengals: David DeCastro, G, Stanford – Ground and pound will get the most out of the Red Rocket.
18. San Diego Chargers: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – Want a defensive back. Need a defensive back. SabanMart
is a good place to shop for defense this year.
19. Chicago Bears: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia – At some point, they’ve got to commit to keeping Cutler upright.
20. Tennessee Titans: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU – Probably would prefer a DE, but Brockers can disrupt from the
middle and get the D-line back up to snuff.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama – A top talent with the resume the Bengals can’t resist. Or prefer?
22. Cleveland Browns: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Teams don’t like him as much as mock drafters. Browns offense gets it’s second much-needed playmaker of the evening.
23. Detroit Lions: Johnathan Martin, OT, Stanford – Schwartz likes building from the trenches. Stafford can be very special for many years with good protection.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, MLB, Alabama – Steelers D is build around the ‘backers and theirs are getting old.
25. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State – Peyton is preferential to wiley vets on offense. Another disruptor for the other side of the ball.
26. Houston Texans: Rueben Randall, WR, LSU – They want somebody opposite of Andre. Randall has the most to offer of those left.
27. New England Patriots: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise St. – When was the last time the Patriots had an outside rush?
28. Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, OLB, USC – Atrocious pass defense needs a threat for when Clay Matthews gets too much attention.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Chandler Jones, OLB, Syracuse – Value too good to pass up this late.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford – Harbaugh won’t be able to resist. Alex Smith can’t get it outside the numbers.
31. (Trade with New England) Dallas Cowboys: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis – You didn’t think the Patriots could resist wheeling and dealing with two first rounders, did you? Cowboys move up to land falling Poe before evening phone calls start happening.
32. New York Giants: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio St. – O-line is old and broken down. Second choice: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State