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Thursday, 26 April 2012

NFL Pre-Draft and my Mock Draft Picks 2012

The bulk of Free Agency has been completed and now the Draft is almost here- I have been working on this post for a couple of weeks, but work means I have been on a time constraint, along with making my picks, to get this completed.

I had it in mind to make sure it was out before the Draft so I could put down a few thoughts on how teams have done via Free Agency and also put down the players I think each will land where in the First Round.

AFC East
Miami Dolphins: Where else could I start but with the team I follow in the NFL? It has been a pretty tragic couple of months as a Dolphin fan as they missed out on Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith to leave them with Matt Moore and David Garrard as the two Quarter Backs in competition for the starting job.

The trade of Brandon Marshall just hours before Free Agency began looks like a move Miami were going to make regardless of finding a trade partner, so getting a Third Round pick for him looks decent.

Yeremiah Bell was also let go, but it looks like another move that had to be made while the trade for Richard Marshall from Arizona is another smart piece of business.

Obviously there is a serious lack of play-makers on the Offensive side of the ball, while the Line also needs bolstering. Another pass-rusher to play opposite Cameron Wake will also help the team, but it does look like it will be another losing season next year.

However, I am optimistic of the future with new Head Coach Joe Philbin and I like his method of building through the Draft and this one will be important to get the team going the right way.

Mock Draft Number 8: I think the Dolphins will take Ryan Tannehill here although I was hoping Cleveland may take him at 4, but it sounds like the team are pretty high on Tannehill, even outside of Mike Sherman's presence as Offensive Co-Ordinator.

New England Patriots: The AFC representatives in the SuperBowl last season look set to be at least getting back into the Play Offs as they have been afforded one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, while I think they have made a couple of improvements already.

The signing of Brandon Lloyd will give them the deep threat that they didn't have last year, while it should also open things up a little more for the two Tight Ends that were so successful last season.

Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis was not re-signed and I can see Bill Belichick using Aaron Hernandez out of the backfield at time as he did during the Play Offs. Matt Light has also retired, while Mark Anderson signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Light has already had his replacement come in last year in Nate Solder, while they have a number of high picks again to plug some gaps.

Mock Draft Number 27: Shea McClellin looks like he may be picked up to provide pressure from the Linebacker spot
Mock Draft Number 31: Not sure what the Patriots will do with this pick, whether they keep it or trade it... If they keep it, maybe they pick Kendall Reyes

Buffalo Bills: One of the major moves in Free Agency was impressively made by the Bills when they signed Mario Williams and that looks to give them the ability to put pressure on the likes of Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez, while the Defense was also bolstered with the signing of Mark Anderson  from Divisional rivals New England.

A lot of how they do will depend on whether Ryan Fitzpatrick performs as he did in the first eight games and not the Fitzpatrick that turned up after his contract extension was signed.

There were a lot of positives about the Bills last season and I think they are likely the biggest threat to the Patriots in the East.

Mock Draft Number 10: Will Buffalo go for a Wide Receiver and give Fitzpatrick another threat along with Steve Johnson or bolster a Defense that already looks pretty good? I think they may go the way of the latter and take Luke Kuechly to give them a dominant front seven.

New York Jets: The big move made by the New York Jets was signing Mark Sanchez to a big extension, but they then brought in Tim Tebow to be his back up, although the reaction the latter received at a recent New York Yankees game suggests there won't be a demand for Tebow to play unless Sanchez sucks terribly.

There were plenty of players unrest last season which culminated with Santonio Holmes quitting on his team in the final game of the season at Miami. Rex Ryan has gone all in with Sanchez as his Quarter Back, and this could easily make or break him as the Head Coach of the club.

The signing of LaRon Landry looks a good one as long as they can keep him healthy, but Plaxico Burress has not been re-signed and they look like they may need to bring in a couple more threats for the passing game.

Mock Draft Number 16: It is clear that the Jets want a pass rusher to help their Defense out and force QBs to throw quicker at a talented duo at the Corner Back positions. While they will likely want a receiver too, I think they wait until at least the Second Round.
I think the Jets may be the fortunate team to pick up Melvin Ingram at this spot, although there are teams ahead of them that need a pass rusher so he could be off the board depending on what they do.

AFC North
Cleveland Browns: This is one team that has a number of high picks in the Draft this year thanks to the trade they made with the Atlanta Falcons before last years Draft that allowed the latter to take Julio Jones.

The Browns have a lot of holes in the team, have lost Peyton Hillis and seem to have serious reservations about Colt McCoy at the Quarter Back position while lacking serious playmakers throughout.

It looks like being another long season for the Browns unless they hit the jackpot in the Draft.

Mock Draft Number 4: You have to think that the Browns will take Trent Richardson in a clear position where they need help- usually this is way too high for a Running Back, but he is a unique back that can seriously help Colt McCoy.
Mock Draft Number 22: Looks like the Browns will pick someone to help bolster the Offensive Line and provide more help for McCoy and I think this is where Mike Adams can come in and then they can take a Wide Receiver at the top of the Second Round.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Cincinnati Bengals were one of the success stories from the Draft last season as they brought in Andy Dalton and AJ Green to give their Offense a real boost. They also picked up a number of picks from the Oakland Raiders when they traded for Carson Palmer and they could really take another major stride if they use the picks they have as effectively as last season.

The Bengals have let Jerome Simpson go as his off-field issues became too much for Cincinnati to deal with, while Cedric Benson has been replaced by Ben-Jarvus Green Ellis at Running Back.

It is a young team, but they are in a tough Division and they will do well to get back into the Play Offs this season.

Mock Draft Number 17: I think the Bengals may get a big boost to their Secondary by picking Dre Kirkpatrick whose stock has fallen due to off-field character issues. Kirkpatrick would likely come in as a starter at Corner Back.
Mock Draft Number 21: Here I think the Bengals may take Quinton Coples who could drop down after being projected a lot higher a couple of months ago.

Baltimore Ravens: How different would it have been for the Ravens if Lee Evans had just held the ball for a second longer in the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots last season? Or if Billy Cundiff had not sliced the game-tying field goal wide of the post?

The Defense is much-vaunted, but the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are a year older, although signs that Joe Flacco can lead this team to a SuperBowl were promising.

There is also a potential issue with Ray Rice who was franchised to avoid Free Agency, but the Running Back wants to get paid and will potentially hold-out in Training Camp.

Still, the Ravens look like a solid team that will be there or thereabouts in the Play Offs again this season and I think are the team to beat in the AFC North.

Mock Draft Number 29: Dont'a Hightower to bring in fresher legs into the Defense, one that can pass rush and who will get to learn all he needs to know from Ray Lewis.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The big news in the off-season was the retirement of Hines Ward, but he was not of the same importance in the passing game for the Steelers last season.

It was a disappointing end to last season in losing in the Play Offs to Denver, while the Defense was beginning to look a little slow. However, the biggest issue for them to address in the Draft has to be fixing an Offensive Line that had Ben Roethlisberger feeling far too much pressure.

The best teams in the NFL realise the importance of getting in pass rushers, so the Steelers O-Line has to be fixed. This is a tough Division and, right now, I would wonder if they are going to be good enough to get into the Play Offs, even though the AFC is not as deep as the NFC.

Mock Draft Number 24: Kevin Zeitler/Cordy Glenn are two prospective Guards that could be picked by the Steelers, although a lot of people are tipping them to take a Defensive player in this spot.

AFC South
Indianapolis Colts: It was confirmed that Peyton Manning would be leaving this franchise and it has already been decided that they will take Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the Draft. There is plenty of work to be done after the team went 2-14 last season and there have already been a complete clear-out of the staff including the Head Coach, General Manager and Vice Chairman.

Pierre Garcon has moved on, while Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme have all been released. Jeff Saturday is another that has left, while the rumour was that Dwight Freeney was being shopped around.

Reggie Wayne will help his new young Quarter Back, but there are still so many holes in this team that they will do well to win between 3-6 games next season.

Mock Draft Number 1: Andrew Luck

Houston Texans: I think the Houston Texans were really unlucky when it came to injuries at just the wrong time of the season, so the return of Matt Schaub will be big for the team as well as a healthy Andre Johnson.

Mario Williams has left the team as has Eric Winston, but the Texans feel confident they can still maintain their success, particularly in this weak Division.

DeMeco Ryans was also traded to the Philadelphia Eagles as this young franchise was just not able to keep all the pieces they have accrued in recent seasons.

Like I say, I still think this team is going to dominate the South this season, and with a few nice Draft moves, I think they could be a real deal in the AFC too.

Mock Draft Number 26: It looks set that the Houston Texans will take a Receiver with this position. I think Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd will both be gone, so I think they will pick either Kendall Wright or Stephen Hill.

Jacksonville Jaguars: What can you say about this franchise? They play in front of an empty stadium and I was sure they were one of the teams lined up to go to Los Angeles before they were taken over.

Blaine Gabbert looked horrible at the Quarter Back position last season, almost scared to play at some points, and he could be a in a bit of bother as Chad Henne was brought in to back him up.

The Defense played well last season, while they still have a war horse in Maurice Jones-Drew, but there is serious lack of talent in too many places.

I think it is going to be another long season for the Jaguar fans that do turn up to watch them play as they are still rebuilding their team.

Mock Draft Number 7: The rumour is that Jacksonville were happy to trade out of this position as there is no one that they were really that high on that they couldn't pick up lower down the order, but there are no teams that are that interested so they will take Stephon Gilmore at Corner.

Tennessee Titans: Bud Adams was all-in for Peyton Manning this off-season, so it will be interesting to see how Matt Hasselbeck feels about that. To be honest, I think the Titans are likely to give Jake Locker a chance to impress at Quarter Back considering the way he played last season in his rookie year.

Cortland Finnegan was let go in the Free Agency market, but they did bring in Kamerion Wimbley from the Oakland Raiders to strengthen their Defensive Line.

There are a few issues to address, although the return of Kenny Britt will be important for their Offense and ability to stretch the field. Chris Johnson also began to look like the Running Back that was paid all that money last year.

It could be another middle of the road season for the Titans right now, but a good solid Draft will change their prospects.

Mock Draft Number 20: There are a few areas to address as I mentioned, but they may take Dontari Poe whose stock looks like it has fallen. The other potential player here is Michael Floyd, but I expect the Wide Receiver will be off the board come Number 20.

AFC West
Denver Broncos: Where else can you start in this Division but with the team that signed Peyton Manning? That means the Tim Tebow era is over as he was traded out to the New York Jets and there is a lot of excitement in Denver.

Manning will improve the team as long as he is healthy, but I have to say I was surprised he decided to come here as he needs to 'win now'.

Denver lost Brian Dawkins to retirement and I don't think their Defense is as good as some think, while I don't see a multitude of Receiving talents here- personally I thought San Francisco fit perfectly for a 'win now' mentality, but I think the fact that brother Eli plays in that Conference was factored into Peyton's decision making.

The likes of Andre Caldwell, Brandon Stokely, Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen have been signed to add to Demaryius Thomas in the passing game, while Tracy Porter was signed to play Corner from the Saints.

They still look the pick in the West, but I expect both San Diego and Kansas City will be much improved from last year.

Mock Draft Number 25: Denver clearly need help on their Defensive Line at Tackle, and Jerel Worthy is the only one that would be on the board if my mock is anything to go by. However, I have a feeling they may go for Kendall Wright here to give further support to Manning's passing options and then work on their Defensive Line in the following Rounds.

San Diego Chargers: It was another disappointing season for the San Diego Chargers last season and I am wondering if their window has now closed with the players they had.

They also lost Vincent Jackson in the Free Agency market, but replaced him with Robert Meacham. Mike Tolbert also left, but Le'Ron McClain was signed to help out Ryan Mathews running the ball.

The signing of Eddie Royal will also give them a punt and kick returning threat that they lost when Darren Sproles departed, and Royal will also provide some support in the passing game.

There were definite issues when it came to protecting Philip Rivers last year, while the Defense could barely pressure the Quarter Back.

One thing in the Chargers favour in this Division is their 5-1 head to head record against Peyton Manning.

Mock Draft Number 18: With Melvin Ingram gone in my mock, I think the Chargers take Courtney Upshaw.

Kansas City Chiefs: Injuries really hurt this squad last season as they lost Jamaal Charles early and then Matt Cassel later on- Todd Haley was also seen as a divisive Head Coach and was fired with the team suddenly playing a lot better with Romeo Crennel as the Interim and now full Head Coach.

The Defense has a number of play-makers, while the returning Charles will provide a boost at Running Back. Dwayne Bowe is a top Receiver in the NFL so all the pieces are in place for a bounce back year for the Chiefs.

The Quarter Back position is a little weak, and it was no surprise that they showed interest in picking up Peyton Manning.

Signings like Eric Winston and Kevin Boss should have an immediate impact on the passing game, while they will hope to get the best out of Peyton Hillis who had a regression last season.

I think the Chiefs will definitely have a bounce back season after the disappointment of 2011.

Mock Draft Number 11: The Offensive Line struggled a little last season but the signing of Eric Winston is a step in the right direction. They get another big piece by picking up David DeCastro here.

Oakland Raiders: Cap space issues have been hurting the Oakland Raiders this off-season, while they have already made their pick in the Draft when trading for Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals last season.

There are some really good pieces at this football club to think the Raiders can remain relevant, but they have hitched their wagon to Palmer and will need better play from him next season. They should get that with a full off-season to work with the Quarter Back.

Keeping Darren McFadden healthy is key, especially now Michael Bush has moved on, while losing Kamerion Wimbley due to cap space issues.

Their success in 2012 will really depend on what kind of Quarter Back play they get from Palmer, but I think they are going to be the weakest team in this Division right now.

Mock Draft Number N/A

NFC East
Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan has not turned around the franchise as much as the fans would have expected, but the Redskins made one of the big moves in the off-season by trading up to the Number 2 spot in the Draft and pick up a franchise Quarter Back.

The Skins have invested a lot of their future on Robert Griffin III being the star that he is expected to be, but they have also made some smart moves in the off-season to aid themselves.

Pierre Garcon looks a very good signing to help the young Quarter Back, while other signings like Brandon Meriweather and Cedric Griffin improve areas of the team.

It is a ridiculously tough Division, but I see the Skins making some real steps, especially if Robert Griffin pans out as expected.

Mock Draft Number 2: Robert Griffin III

Dallas Cowboys: The Dallas Cowboys were a game away from knocking out the eventual SuperBowl Champions, the New York Giants, before the Play Offs even began and this is another year when you look at their team and know they will be challenging in the Division.

However, the Defense has a few holes, although Brandon Carr was signed as a top quality Corner Back. The Offensive Line needs a little work, while the depth at the Receiving position is shallow after Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

I think the Cowboys would also like to bring another player that can rush the Quarter Back to play opposite DeMarcus Ware, while the players they do have will need to get used to the exotic plays that Rob Ryan will be dialling up.

The problem for the Cowboys looks to be the lack of depth at some of the skilled positions and that could be a problem in the Division if injuries hit the Wide Receivers as it did last season. There also have to be a concern with the Offensive Line and the protection they can offer Tony Romo, particularly with a team like the Giants in the Division.

Mock Draft Number 14: Mark Barron who will bring much needed help at Safety.

Philadelphia Eagles: Towards the end of last season, the Philadelphia Eagles began to gel as a team and looked like the one that everyone had been expecting coming into the season after some big off-season moves.

The trade for DeMeco Ryans looks a very very smart move to me and fixes a big issue they had at Linebacker last season- I only think the Texans moved Ryans because of the change in Defensive scheme under Wade Phillips had made Ryans less effective.

DeSean Jackson was also re-signed and I think there was obvious excitement that the team was finding their feet towards the end of last season while they are quietly going about their business.

If Michael Vick can stay healthy, which is never guaranteed, I think the Eagles are going to be a real threat in the NFC, although the Division makes it tough. The NFC East is also facing the tough AFC North this season which makes the schedule that much tougher for them.

Mock Draft Number 15: Not sure if the Eagles trade up to grab someone like Fletcher Cox, so I think I will place Michael Brockers in this spot to help improve their Defensive Line.

New York Giants: The SuperBowl Champions have lost Mario Manningham in the off-season, while Brandon Jacobs and Aaron Ross are two other members of that team that are no longer with the team.

The Giants are used to making such moves, while the emergence of Victor Cruz means they could afford to let Manningham go and that catch in the SuperBowl will always let the Receiver being linked with New York.

I expect New York are going to be a real tough team to beat this year, but the target on their back as SuperBowl Champions will be a big one to overcome. The Division, as I have said, is ridiculously competitive, while they have a very tough looking schedule.

Mock Draft Number 32: Chandler Jones but it is tough to know what the Giants will do as there is always the possibility that a real surprise faller ends here, while Jones himself may already be gone.

NFC North
Green Bay Packers: The Packers just cooled off at the wrong time last season, but there can't be too many big concerns for a team that looked capable of blowing out everyone they played.

The biggest issues are definitely on the Defensive side of the ball and they will look to address that in the Draft as they are not the kind of franchise that will spend lavishly in the Free Agency market.

Jeff Saturday has been brought in, but Nick Collins and Chad Clifton have been cut due to injury concerns.

Mock Draft Number 28: It does sound like the Packers want to take Jerel Worthy here to help the Defensive Line.

Chicago Bears: Now they traded for Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins and will be hoping he can replicate the chemistry he had with Jay Cutler in their time as Denver team-mates, giving the Bears a threat at Receiver that they did not have all of last season.

The Defense is a year older, but have shown they still match up well with the Packers who are their biggest rivals for the Divisional title.

Last season, the Bears would have almost certainly reached the Play Offs, in my opinion, if they had not had the injuries that decimated their Offense. Matt Forte's absence was huge, but they were finished once Caleb Hanie had to take over from Jay Cutler at Quarter Back.

The signings of Jason Campbell and Michael Bush give them some real depth at the skill positions that hurt them so much last season and I think the Bears are ready for a big season.

Mock Draft Number 19: This is an interesting spot for the Bears and they have options at Receiver, but I think they would have liked what they saw in the Play Offs and the way the Giants took on the Packers. Therefore I think they select Whitney Mercilus to play opposite Julius Peppers.

Detroit Lions: The Detroit Lions are finally back as a relevant force in the NFL and they will be again this season if they can keep Matt Stafford healthy and the 'Madden Curse' does to affect Calvin Johnson.

They have a very good front seven, but the Secondary needs some reworking, while the Offensive Line was a little too porous in obvious throwing situations.

Detroit will be a tough ask for anyone as they can put up a lot of points, but they will need to protect Stafford better when he drops back and also look to get more out of Nick Fairley who had an injury riddled season.

Mock Draft Number 23: This is the one team that I see could take Jonathan Martin and stop his drop down the order to provide more protection for Matt Stafford.

Minnesota Vikings: The Brett Favre experiment almost reaped rewards back in 2009, but they are a far cry from those days.

Adrian Peterson is still on course to return to the team in September in time for the opening game, but they have major holes at Receiver, and the Secondary.

The Offensive Line also needs to protect the young Quarter Back better than they did last season and I think it is going to be another tough season for the Vikings, especially considering they have to face the Bears, Lions and Packers in 6 of their 16 games.

Mock Draft Number 3: The Vikings have looked to trade out of this spot but are not getting the interest that the St Louis Rams did to trade away the Number 2 Pick. They are putting out rumours that they are interested in Morris Claiborne, but I only see them picking Matt Kalil unless managing to get out of this pick.

NFC South
New Orleans Saints: This team looks in a lot of trouble after Bounty-Gate has seen them lose their Head Coach for the season, while the Interim Head Coach will also be sidelined for six games.

The NFL have yet to come down on the Defensive players that were involved in the scandal and it is hard to tell where this team will be once all the suspensions have been handed out.

The Offense should still tick along with Drew Brees, although they did lose Robert Meachem. Ben Grubbs was signed to replace the departed Carl Nicks on the Offensive Line, but the biggest issue will be what happens to the Defense.

Mock Draft Number N/A

Atlanta Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons are giving Mike Smith one more opportunity to lead their team into the season with a deep Play Off run the only requirement having been beaten in their first Play Off game in the past two seasons.

Last season they gave up their First Round pick to the Cleveland Browns so they could sign Julio Jones, and they have also made a couple of decent moves by signing Lofa Tatupa to play Linebacker and Asante Samuel in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matt Ryan has a decent receiving corps at his disposal as well as Michael Turner coming out of the backfield and I think they should be the favourites to win the Division right now.

Mock Draft Number N/A

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Any Manchester United fans reading this will be surprised to hear that Tampa Bay were one of the biggest spenders in the Free Agency market as they look to recover from a terrible 2011 season.

Vincent Jackson was signed from the San Diego Chargers as a deep threat for Josh Freeman who had a regression from his rookie season. Carl Nicks was signed from their Divisional rivals, the New Orleans Saints, to help an Offensive Line in protecting their Quarter Back and Eric Wright will provide more depth at the Corner position.

These moves look like they will help the Buccaneers that really struggled down the stretch, but I do feel that had a lot to do with them giving up on Raheem Morris as the Head Coach. They should be better than last season, but this Division is very competitive and they could find themselves in a hole early in the season with the way the schedule has been made.

Mock Draft Number 5: I honestly think this is the team that the Vikings are trying to tempt to move up to Number 3 and take Morris Claiborne, but I don't think the Buccaneers feel they need to, while they will also be happy taking Trent Richardson if he somehow is still on the board.

Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton worked out as being a very good Number 1 pick from the 2011 Draft, but the Panthers will be hoping he doesn't have a regression year as a second year starter.

However, Newton is a workaholic and is unlikely to be sitting on his laurels, while the opportunity to work with his coaches much earlier than last season will really help him.

The Panthers signed Mike Tolbert in the Free Agency market and look set to have three very good backs, but they are still a little off from the two main teams in this Division.

Ron Rivera is getting the team going in the right direction and will use this Draft to add more effective pieces to the team.

Mock Draft Number 9: This is where Fletcher Cox is likely to land to give help to the Defensive Line.

NFC West
San Francisco 49ers: The biggest story in the off-season was the chase for Peyton Manning, which San Francisco were leading along with Denver and Tennessee, something which put Alex Smith's nose a little out of joint.

However, Smith re-signed with the team and he has been given a lot more help this year as the 49ers signed both Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to aid a passing game and an Offense that really struggled in the Red Zone last year.

Brandon Jacobs was signed to help Frank Gore carry the load in the backfield, while the team are pretty high on what Josh Johnson can do from a Wildcat perspective.

The Defense is young and stout and, while I don't think they will have as strong a season as 2011, I still think the 48ers are the team to beat in the NFC West.

Mock Draft Number 30: Coby Fleener could have his name called here as Jim Harbaugh coached him at College and I think other options like Stephen Hill will likely be off the board.

Seattle Seahawks: This is the team that is likely to be the biggest threat to San Francisco in the West as they were showing real signs of improvement last season.

They have a couple of big, tall Corner Backs that can shut down Receivers, while the running game really took off towards the end of the season.

However, their entire hopes could rest on whether Matt Flynn, the big off-season signing from the Green Bay Packers, is as good as they think. Flynn would have been the most coveted Quarter Back in Free Agency if it wasn't for Peyton Manning and he has some legitimate targets in Sidney Rice and Mike Williams.

Re-signing Red Bryant, who was heavily linked with the New England Patriots, is just another sign that this team is going places and could be a real dark horse in the NFC next season.

Mock Draft Number 12: A lot of the Mock Drafts I have read have tipped the Seahawks to take a pass rusher in this spot, but I have a feeling they may opt for Michael Floyd to give Matt Flynn another weapon in the passing game, particularly with the injury concerns that destroyed much of Sidney Rice's season last year.

Arizona Cardinals: Yet another team that wanted Peyton Manning- however, they will go into the season with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton as their two Quarter Backs and I imagine an open competition to decide who wins the job in training camp.

They still have Larry Fitzgerald, easily in the top three Receivers in the NFL, but the Offensive Line needs more work.

The Defense also began to play better last season, especially when Patrick Peterson started getting up to speed with the NFL as one of the Corner Backs.

Arizona are a solid team, but they need better play from the Quarter Back position.

Mock Draft Number 13: I think they take Riley Reiff at this position as they won't let him fall too far down the board. The big question mark surrounding Reiff is the length of his arms for a Tackle, but he will be a good addition to an Offensive Line that needs reconstructing,

St Louis Rams: The St Louis Rams have a franchise Quarter Back in the form of Sam Bradford so they were able to rinse the Washington Redskins for picks over the next few years to trade out of the Number 2 spot in the Draft and so this is a team to look out for in the future with a couple of good Drafts.

The problem for Bradford last season was the lack of protection, while the team also allowed Brandon Lloyd to leave in Free Agency.

The Defense showed some signs of life last season, especially when it came to rushing the Quarter Back, but there is still some work to be done to turn around a franchise that has barely had much to cheer for in the last few seasons.

The arrival of Jeff Fisher as Head Coach was another good move to get this team going the right way.

Mock Draft Number 6: The whole Draft could change depending on what Cleveland, Tampa Bay and St Louis do, but in my mock I have them taking Justin Blackmon to give Sam Bradford a real Receiver to throw to.
The rumour is that they would take Trent Richardson if he somehow falls to this spot, but I expect the Running Back will be gone ahead of them.

1) Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck
2) Washington Redskins- RGIII
3) Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil
4) Cleveland Browns- Trent Richardson
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne
6) St Louis Rams- Justin Blackmon
7) Jacksonville Jaguars- Stephon Gilmore
8) Miami Dolphins- Ryan Tannehill
9) Carolina Panthers- Fletcher Cox
10) Buffalo Bills- Luke Kuechly
11) Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro
12) Seattle Seahawks- Michael Floyd
13) Arizona Cardinals- Riley Reiff
14) Dallas Cowboys- Mark Barron
15) Philadelphia Eagles- Michael Brockers
16) New York Jets- Melvin Ingram
17) Cincinnati Bengals- Dre Kirkpatrick
18) San Diego Chargers- Courtney Upshaw
19) Chicago Bears- Whitney Mercilus
20) Tennessee Titans- Dontari Poe
21) Cincinnati Bengals- Quinton Coples
22) Cleveland Browns- Mike Adams
23) Detroit Lions- Jonathan Martin
24) Pittsburgh Steelers- Cordy Glenn
25) Denver Broncos- Kendall Wright
26) Houston Texans- Stephen Hill
27) New England Patriots- Shea McClellan
28) Green Bay Packers- Jerel Worthy
29) Baltimore Ravens- Dont'a Hightower
30) San Francisco 49ers- Coby Fleener
31) New England Patriots- Kendall Reyes
32) New York Giants- Chandler Jones

All of these picks are subject to change as teams simply look to trade up and down during the Draft... These are all made with the idea that there will be no more trades up, down, in or out in the Draft on April 26.

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