NFL: Final Mock Draft

By Tom Waterman, WSOE Sports

1. Detroit Lions: QB Matt Stafford, Georgia
– I believe it is pretty much set in stone that the Lions will take the big armed junior out of Georgia. He is not the number one talent in this draft; however this is a situation where a need had to be addressed.
Also look for: OT Jason Smith
2. St. Louis Rams: OT Jason Smith, Baylor
– Smith would fill the giant hole in the left side of the line left by the departure of Orlando Pace. Smith, who isn’t as experienced or as polished as a few of the other tackle prospects in the draft, is one of the players with the most upside and potential in this draft.
Also look for: WR Michael Crabtree, OT Eugene Monroe
3. Kansas City Chiefs: ILB/OLB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
– Curry could quite possibly be the most talented player in this draft is a coaches’ dream with his ability to play both inside and outside. There have been questions about his pass rushing ability, but most scouts dismiss that because he wasn’t asked to that in college. He is one of the safer picks in the draft.
Also look for: OLB Brian Orakpo, DT B.J. Raji
4. Seattle Seahawks: QB Matt Sanchez, USC
– I feel that Seattle saw the writing on the wall with Matt Hasselback last season and realized that this is their best chance to find an eventual replacement for him. Sanchez, a West Coast kid and a one year starter at USC, has a ton of upside and is highly coveted by many teams including the 49ers, Broncos, Jets and Buccaneers.
Also look for: WR Michael Crabtree, OT Eugene Monroe, and a trade
5. Cleveland Browns: WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
– I believe the Browns make this pick because they have every intention of trading Braylon Edwards either on or before draft day, in order to obtain more draft picks.
Also look for: OLB Brian Orakpo, DT B.J. Raji
6. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia
– The Bengals know that in order to win football games they must keep Carson Palmer healthy and up on his feet. That is why I have them selecting the big offensive tackle out of UVA.
Also look for: OLB Brian Orakpo, OT Andre Smith
7. Oakland Raiders: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
– We all know how Al Davis loves speed, and Maclin sure has plenty of that. He will immediately step in and be a threat returning punts and kicks, along with seeing some action at wide receiver for the Raiders.
Also look for: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and OT Andre Smith
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Brian Orakpo, Texas
– I really like the skill set of the Nagurski winner, and his ability to disrupt both the run and the pass. He would also certainly be the best player available at pick number 8.
Also look for: A trade if Sanchez is still on the board, B.J. Raji
9. Green Bay Packers: DE/OLB Brian Cushing, USC
– The Packers are a team desperately looking for Pass Rushers, and there aren’t many that fit the bill better then Cushing. The hard-nose linebacker from USC has experience both playing in space and with his hand on the ground, because he played Defensive End his first two years in college.
Also look for: DE Aaron Maybin, DE Tyson Jackson
10. San Francisco 49ers: DT B.J. Raji, Boston College
– Mike Singeltary would love to have this monstrous body plugging the middle of his defense in order to further allow Linebacker Patrick Willis be free to make plays all over the field.
Also look for: DE Aaron Maybin
11. Buffalo Bills: DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
– The Bills draft the sure thing in Jackson, rather then the undersized Aaron Maybin because Coach Dick Jauron knows that he has to win now to save his job.
Also look for: DE Robert Ayers
12. Denver Broncos: DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee
– The Broncos are going to find themselves in the situation that unless they trade up, all their targets may be gone. I see a very high probability that either this or pick 18 will be traded on draft day. Just a hunch.
Also look for: a trade, LB Rey Maualuga
13. Washington Redskins: OT Andre Smith, Alabama
– The Redskins need some help along the offensive line, and Smith who was originally though to be a top 5 pick, will fit perfectly. The skins could also go Defensive End with this pick.
Also look for: DE Everette Brown
14. New Orleans Saints: RB Chris “Beanie” Wells, Ohio State
– With the departure of Deuce McAllister, the Saints find themselves in the situation of needing another running back. Ironic for a team that has drafted running backs in the first round three times in the last nine years. What’s one more?
Also look for: DE Aaron Maybin, CB Malcolm Jenkins
15. Houston Texans: OLB Clay Matthews, USC
– The fast rising Matthews would fit perfectly with the defense that is slowly filling with talent. Also, Matthews’s uncle Bruce is a coach in Houston.
Also look for: DE Everette Brown
16. San Diego Chargers: LB Rey Maualuga USC
– Maualuga would be a great fit in this Charger’s defense that will also be getting back Shaun Merriman next year.
Also look for: RB Knowshon Moreno
17. New York Jets: WR Darrius Heyward Bey, Maryland
– With the departure of Lavernaues Coles, the Jets have a big need for another receiver to pair with Jericho Cotchery.
Also look for: QB Josh Freeman, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Kenny Britt
18. Denver Broncos: DT Peria Jerry, Ole Miss
– I still feel this pick will be traded, either as a part of a package to move up to get into the top 10, or as spot used to move down to get more picks. If the Broncos keep this pick, I see them solidifying their defensive line by choosing Peria Jerry.
Also look for: DE Everette Brown, a trade, OT Michael Oher
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State
– People have been predicting this one for a while now, and they are right. Good fit.
Also look for: DE Aaron Maybin, DE Everette Brown
20. Detroit Lions: OT Michael Oher, Ole MIss
– The Lions Re able to grab a solid tackle with their second pick in the first round. Oher is a solid player, that will be protecting Matthew Stafford’s blindside for years to come.
Also look for: DE Aaron Maybin
21. Philadelphia Eagles: TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State
– The Eagles decide to fill in their hole at Tight End by drafting a very good player in Pettigrew.
Also look for: Knowshon Moreno, OT Eben Britton
22. Minnesota Vikings: WR Percy Harvin, Florida
– Harvin could quite possibly turn out to be the star of this draft. Strong, fast, compact, he will immediately become a threat both on special teams and in the slot.
Also look for: WR Hakeem Nicks, DE Aaron Maybin
23. New England Patriots: DE Everette Brown, FSU
– Very versatile player that loves to rush the passer.
Also look for: RB Knowshon Moreno, CB Michael Jenkins
24. Atlanta Falcons: DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State
– No one will question Maybin’s extreme athletic ability; however it’s his rail thin frame that will scare of many teams.
Also look for: DE Larry English, DT Ziggy Hood
25. Miami Dolphins: CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
– With the departure of Andre Goodman, there is a need at defensive back and Jenkins would be a good fit in this system.
Also look for: WR Hakeem Nicks, CB Vontae Davis
26. Baltimore Ravens: DE/OLB Larry English, Northern Illinois
– The best player available at the spot, that’s Ozzie Newsome’s strategy.
Also look for: WR Hakeem Nicks, OT Eben Britton
27. Indianapolis Colts: DT Ziggy Hood, Missouri
– Ziggy Hood will go along way in plugging up a front line that Darren Sproles ran through in the playoffs.
Also look for: WR Brian Robiske
28. Buffalo Bills: OT Eben Britton, Arizona
– The Bills acquired their second first round pick by trading away tackle Jason Peters, and the turn around and use this pick to get younger at that same position.
Also look for: RB Knowhon Moreno
29. New York Giants: WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
– This pick could be changing if the Giants acquire Braylon Edwards, but Wide Receiver is a big need.
Also look for: a trade, LB James Laurinaitis, WR Kenny Britt, RB Knowshon Moreno
30. Tennessee Titans: CB Darius Butler, UCONN
– Butler has really emerged, and is considered by some to be the top corner available.
Also look for: CB Vontae Davis, OG/C Max Unger
31. Arizona Cardinals: RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
– One of those rare instances where the best player available also fills a need.
Also look for: WR Kenny Britt
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
-Another instance of best player available.

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2 thoughts on “NFL: Final Mock Draft

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