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We have big plans for the future of our mock drafts and offseason info but we decided to start with a genuine mock draft. Most of these picks are who we think that team should pick--not necessarily who they are going to pick and we'll emphasize that even more going forward. I think we have some of the most knowledgeable fans out there and it's nice to finally show that off.
We will be posting one final mock right before the draft that will include a full 7 round Cowboys draft.
So check it out, fire away, and join the discussion with Beers about why we should or shouldn't draft an OG with our first pick.
|1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS|
|OT, Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel is a legit LT prospect and might be the best player in the entire draft. If Brandon Albert doesn't resign then Joeckel is a lock for #1 IMHO.
|2. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS|
|DE, Demontre Moore, Texas A&M
Jacksonville will have to do something about that DL. Their defense in general was putrid once again. The Jags were 30th against the run and dead last in sacks, that tells you everything you need to know.
|3. OAKLAND RAIDERS|
|DT, Star Lotulelei, Utah
There isn't a QB worth a top 5 pick and probably not in the top 10. The Raiders might be set up to draft a QB in round 2 and develop that player under Palmer for a year or 2. Star Lotulelei would be a great fit for them.
-domer_und and cmoney
|4. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES|
|CB, Dee Millilner, Alabama
Milliner may be a bit of stretch as a top five pick, but he provides an upgrade in coverage. The Eagles are likely going to let DRC walk, and Nnamdi may be next. Milliner helps improve their man coverage.
-Sean Lee 50
|5. DETROIT LIONS|
|DE, Bjorn Werner, Florida St.
The Lions want to maximize what they have put into the line. They want an edge rusher to pair with their inside pressure. With Jarvis Jones' health concerns and not being an ideal fit in the 4-3, I have to go with Werner.
-domer-und and papairish
|6. CLEVELAND BROWNS|
|LB, Jarvis Jones, Georgia
With the addition of new DC Ray Horton and his "base" 3-4 The browns get there franchise edge rusher. Horton likes to throw multiple fronts at defenses and Jones will be able to stand up or put his hand down--he will be a true weapon for the Browns D!!
|7. ARIZONA CARDINALS|
|OT, Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
As bad as Arizona needs a QB, I think this pick goes BPA. I'm not sure if having a good QB would have mattered last year for the Cardinals as they couldn't keep one healthy. They desperately need to bolster their shaky OLine and LT is a heck of a place to start.
|8. BUFFALO BILLS|
|QB, Geno Smith, West Virginia
On paper Buffalo actually has a decent team. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a serviceable journeyman QB but they need an upgrade. There is concerns about Geno Smith but he will ultimately be taken very high.
-C-F Draft Team
|9. NY JETS|
|DE, Barkevious Mingo, LSU
I think Rex is embarrassed by the 30 sacks his defense accumulated (as he should be). He needs to bring in an OLB who can get after the QB. I'm going with Barkevious Mingo here to improve the Jets passrush.
|10. TENNESSEE TITANS|
|OG, Chance Warmack, Alabama
Warmack is an absolute stud and is widely considered a top 5 prospect and maybe even the best lineman(including OTs) in this whole draft.
|11. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS|
|OT, Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
I think it may be a little early for Lane Johnson but he isn't a big reach. I definitely think its too early for any of the WRs so I think they will wait and possibly select one with their second rounder.
|12. MIAMI DOLPHINS|
|DE, Dion Jordan, Oregon
The Dolphins really need a tackle, but I feel that they most likely will move Martin to LT and find a RT. In this scenario I think they go with the best pass rusher on the board and with the highest upside as well.
|13. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS|
|DT, Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
I think the Banks will be a top 15 pick by the time the draft comes, but right now the Bucs follow their board and take the highest rated player left which is Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
|14. CAROLINA PANTHERS|
|DT, Jonathan Hankins, OSU
Panthers would like to add some WR help for Cam Newton, but I don't see them pulling the trigger on a WR this early in the first. Instead they elect to beef up the middle of the defense. They had their eye on Sheldon Richardson, but with him off the board one pick before, they elect to go with a big framed, 330lb DT, Jonathan Hankins.
|15. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS|
|DE, Ezekial Ansah, BYU
Some might think this is a bit high for him but once you get to #15,the grades start to even out and BPA isn't that much of a difference from BPA at a position of need. Ansah appears to have the flexibility to play OLB, and for being so new to the sport, his recognition skills are damn impressive.
|16. ST. LOUIS RAMS|
|S, Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Remembering how mad Fisher got after the Jags drafted Blackmon, it wouldn't surprise me to see them find a WR early. However, Vaccaro is a better prospect than any of the WRs this year. Vaccaro will pair with Finnegan, Jenkins, and Mikell to make a formidable secondary.
-inwittenitrust and Sean Lee 50
|17. PITTSBURGH STEELERS|
|Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
With Mike Wallace's contract situation looming, and the top WRs in the draft still available, it's hard for Pittsburgh to pass on receiver. But in the end they address the big need on the defensive line and find the replacement for Casey Hampton.
|18. DALLAS COWBOYS|
|OG, Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
There are a couple of interesting options for the Cowboys here at 18, Shariff Floyd, DT Florida is the highest rated player available on my board. While it doesn't fit a DIRECT need there is a need to bolster the DL, and with Rat's future with Dallas in Jeopardy, it could be a more pressing need in the future than at this me. Jonathan Cooper, OG from N. Carolina would fill an immediate need and would be a day one starter along the OL. However, Jerrah is stubborn when it comes to drafting OL talent in the first round. Alec Ogletree, ILB from Georgia could be a fit here, but with Durability concerns and some trouble in his past I think 18 is a little high for him; but Jerrah has proven he likes LB's and will Gamble on them in the draft.
With that being said, I have to believe and hope, that after watching this past super bowl with such GREAT O-line play and realizing Romo isn't getting any younger, Jerrah will correct the errors of his ways and build up front.
Here is Mel Kiper’s take on Cooper:
"Jonathan Cooper, OG, N. Carolina: In pass protection almost always finds a way to get the job done. Gets set quickly and shoots hands inside. Keeps defenders in front of him. Active feet and plays with a wide base. Digs in and can hold ground against most bull rushers despite average bulk. Slips off some blocks and vulnerable to push-pull moves. Versus the run he has Very good initial quickness and mobility for position. Displays good initial pop. Moves well enough and has enough balance to succeed in a zone heavy scheme. Not a mauler because he lacks massive size, but does display explosive power for position and is more than a position-and-wall-off type. Gets into position and fights to sustain once locked on. Active feet and above average balance. Smooth getting around center when asked to pull. Can do a better job of keeping pads down and doesn't always roll hips on contact. Flashes the ability to cover up and cut off linebackers. And is a Feisty, scrappy interior OL. Doesn't have massive frame to maul but he's a finisher who plays with an edge. Flashes a mean streak and blocks through the whistle on most downs. Love the pick by Dallas, shows that they are committed to building this franchise for years to come."
|19. NY GIANTS|
|DT, Sharif Floyd, Florida
The Giants need help along both lines, LB, CB, and S. Their defense was atrocious and I think they go there first. They’re usually a BPA team on draft day and Floyd would be an ideal fit.
|20. CHICAGO BEARS|
|Chicago- TE, Zach Ertz, Standford
Chicago decides to add a player that can both help block and be a threat for Jay Cutler in the passing game.
|21. CINCINNATI BENGALS|
|Cincinnati- LB, Alec Ogltree, Georgia
Normally I'd say they go with the positional value of CB, but they've spent a ton of early picks on CB's in recent years, so I'm going to say they'll choose one of the linebackers. I think they go highest upside with Alec Ogeltree from Georgia to play OLB for them.
|16. ST. LOUIS RAMS|
|WR, Keenan Allen, Cal
The Rams need a #1 WR, OG, and just about everything on defense. Cordarrelle Patterson is making moves up boards but I think Keenan Allen's production and polished game will keep him as the top WR in the draft.
|23. MINNESOTA VIKINGS|
|WR, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Minnesota needs WR help as well as a youthful presence on their D-line like Sylvester Williams and a CB like Blidi Wreh-Wilson wouldn't be a bad choice either but I think they go for a WR as they need to help out Ponder and AP.
|24. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS|
|CB, Jonathan Banks, Miss St.
The Colts could use some offensive line help and they may be tempted to go for a WR. They might even look at Lacy at running back, but I don't see any skill position as a viable choice for the Colts on offense. I also don't see them taking an offensive linemen over some pretty good defensive players available in the first round.
|25. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS|
|DT, Kawann Short, Purdue
The Seahawks need some help along the D Line; more guys that can get to the QB. Kawann Short is an ideal fit for Seattle because he has skills that translate well to both 1 and 3 tech.
|26. GREEN BAY PACKERS|
|RB, Giovanni Bernard, North Carolina
Jennings is going to walk, but with Nelson and Jones they at least have two quality outside WRs. GB's rushing attack has been sub par for years now, and I see then addressing that here with Bernard.
|27. HOUSTON TEXANS|
|LB, Kevin Minter, LSU
A riser on a lot of boards, Minter has entered the late first round range and would be a smart pick up for Texans considering Cushing may not be ready to start the season.
|28. DENVER BRONCOS|
|DT, Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Denver could use help on defense more than anywhere. Their DTs are not too good, and I think 3 of them are FAs. There is a huge drop-off in talent after the first 8 but there are other valuable players at other defensive positions later in the draft. I think the DT class is rather top-heavy.
|29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS|
|Matt Elam, SS, Florida
New England really needs a safety and Belichick has a great relationship with Urban Meyer. Because of that [connection] the Patriots take Meyer's former player safety Matt Elam from Florida.
|30. ATLANTA FALCONS|
|TE, Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Atlanta could really use a pass rusher but they cannot pass up the opportunity to grab Gonzalez’ replacement.
|31. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS|
|NT, John Jenkins, Georgia
While I'm not thrilled with SF’s secondary, IMO they can’t pass on the BIG John Jenkins here. They aren't very strong at NT, and Jenkins also represents the best value on the board.
|32. BALTIMORE RAVENS|
|ILB, Manti T’eo, Notre Dame
I’ve struggled with this pick because the Ravens need LT, ILB, pass rushing LB and NT. All the best few prospects at those positions have been taken. This is a decent slot for T’eo and fills a huge need with the departing Ray Lewis.