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Ok I'm going to put out my 2 round mock, will probably adjust a few things on the day of the draft based on rumors and whatnot, but for now I feel pretty comfortable with this. Normally, I hate predicting trades in mock drafts, because it's really just a crapshoot once you start trying to guess trades. But with a few rumored players on the trading block that I believe will get moved before the picks come in on Thursday/Friday, the way the board sits in the top 10 as far as top 10 players and fits, as well as a QB (or possibly two) likely to be snatched up at the bottom of round one, I'm going to include a few trades in this mock just for #### and giggles. It is only a mock draft after all. Plus there are bound to be a lot more trades than even I project in this.


1st Round

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan

I mentioned around the Senior Bowl time here and there that I believed Fisher could be the best tackle available. It seems some have jumped on that bandwagon. This could change if the Joeckel bandwagon gains steam from now til Thursday, but I'll stick with my guy here.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Sharrif Floyd, DT Florida

Could they go Geno? Sure, but if I'm the Jags I steer clear of this QB class and stick with Gabbert. Not because I believe in him, more so because I don't believe in this class either and this team has FAR too many needs to risk missing on another QB. Sticking to the board here with Floyd over Jordan, not that Jordan is a reach, but Floyd is higher on the board. Sort of like what Denver did with Von Miller over Marcell Dareus. Dareus filled the bigger need and wouldn't have been a reach, but when it came down to it Miller was the better prospect and also filled a need.

*3. Arizona Cardinals (via Oak) - Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M

Cardinals are desperate for a tackle and if they sit put, probably won't get one. They have more leverage than Miami or San Diego sitting at 7 as it would take less for them to move up to land Joeckel. So that's what they do here.

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Dion Jordan, OLB Oregon

With Joeckel and Fisher off the board, it's between Lane Johnson and Jordan here. Both fill big needs, but I have Jordan higher on my board, so they go in that direction here. Doesn't hurt that Jordan played for Chip Kelly at Oregon, and Kelly has been on record as saying that Jordan was a "special player" for their team.

5. Detroit Lions - Lane Johnson, OT Oklahoma

Some may say defense is the bigger need here, but I don't agree. Left tackle is equally as dire with Allen, Peppers and Matthews beating up Matthew Stafford year in and year out. Ansah and Johnson are very close on my board, both are raw but extremely gifted physically. Ultimately Johnson is further along than Ansah in his development and thus the pick here. Plus the draft is a little deeper in the 2nd and 3rd rounds in the pass rush department then the left tackle department.

6. Cleveland Browns - Geno Smith, QB West Virginia

Now I personally would not make this pick. I think Smith is a large reach here, especially to a cold weather team. However, I have a strange feeling that the Browns new head coach Chudzinski could fall in love with Geno Smith, as he got this job based on the offense he created for Cam Newton and Geno can be a Newton-lite to fit that scheme. Plus with Weeden or Campbell to start this year, Geno is under no pressure to start immediately unless he can earn the job.

*7. Oakland Raiders (via Ari) - Star Lotulelei, DT Utah

Defensive line is the need here. Ziggy Ansah is another possibility, but the Raiders are void of talent all over the roster and may be better served with the more plug and play type of player that Star provides, rather then the developmental Ansah. I could really go either way here though.

8. Buffalo Bills - Ziggy Ansah, DE BYU

With Geno off the board (and not really fitting the Bills anyway) the Bill have to choose between monumentally reaching for Nassib, Barkley or Manuel, or adding to a depleted roster in another way. The Bills have always been a team that has surprised me on draft day by picking players that fill needs that are much lower in their order. So with this pick I passed on QB and WR, and leaned towards Ansah or Warmack. Even with Mario Williams, the Bills need a pass rusher on the opposite side as Mark Anderson was a FA bust for them last year. So finally Ansah's value is too much to pass on.

9. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, OLB LSU

The Jets could go in a number of ways here. If they trade Revis (which as you'll soon see, I believe they will) Milliner could make sense here. But I don't think they would consider trading him if they weren't content with Cromartie and Wilson as their starting CBs. Warmack could also be a fit at this point, but ultimately I went with Mingo, who both fills a large need and provides decent value. The Jets lack pass rushers and after Mingo there seems to be a bit of a drop off.


10. Tennessee Titans - Dee Milliner, CB Alabama

After signing Levitre, the Titans can opt to pass on Warmack here and fill probably their biggest need in the draft at CB. Milliner also provides great value at this point and brings a physical presence in the secondary that the Titans have lacked since the departure of Cortland Finnegan.

11. San Diego Chargers - Chance Warmack, OG Alabama

The Chargers offensive line has become a mess, so they really can't be picky with who they pick here. They may want a LT but they LTs worthy of this spot are all gone. So they settle for the best guard prospect here and land themselves a player who will likely be considered top 5 at his position with in a few years.

12. Miami Dolphins - DJ Hayden, CB Houston

Anyone you knows me, knows that I'm a huge Mike Mayock guy. Not that I believe his word is gospel, but I trust his word a helluva lot more than any other draft analyst. I'm not bold enough to make him the first corner off the board, even if Mayock has him ranked as his top corner. But when he says that Hayden will go between 10-20, I trust him.

*13. New York Jets (via TB) - Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame

Well here's where the Revis trade comes into play. I really like this pick as a bit of a surprise pick, Revis trade or not. The Jets need help in the passing game, but still have Holmes and Hill (whom they drafted high last year). Austin is a possibility here depending how they feel about Jeremy Kerley in the slot again this year. But with Dustin Keller gone, and Eifert sitting here, who I believe is criminally undervalued in most mock drafts, the fit seems good. However, as I alluded to, even if Revis is not traded here, I feel Eifert is a darkhorse pick for the Bucs as they have a large need for a pass catching TE as well, even if everyone is convinced it CB or bust for the team.

14. Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT Missouri

This is probably the easiest fit in the entire first round. Unless Richardson is gone, which could be the case, I really don't expect this pick to be anyone else.

15. New Orleans Saints - Jarvis Jones, OLB Georgia

You'll see largely varying opinions on Jones. Some think he's a top 10 pick, some think he shouldn't be drafted in the first round at all. He has apparently been cleared medically (although there is still obvious risk there), and his 40 time does not concern me as much as it does others. He is simply too good on tape to fall out of the 1st round, and I see a very nice fit here in New Orleans, who is desperate for pass rushers that fit their new 3-4 scheme.

16. St. Louis Rams - Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia

No Danny Amendola leaves a big hole at slot WR for the Rams. Who better to fill that void than Austin? Even with Jon Cooper still on the board, Austin is too good a value and too perfect a fit to pass on here.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas

The Steelers are a tough fit. They would like a pass rusher, but their are none that have value at this point and the Steelers don't reach. They could go with Patterson at this point to fill the void left by Mike Wallace. However I think their WR's are good enough with Big Ben at QB and the Steelers have had a knack for finding value and scheme fits in the later rounds at the position. Equally, if not more likely is they could look to add to their aging secondary. Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Ryan Clark are all in the twilight of their careers and a youth movement should be on the way. Xavier Rhodes could makes sense here as well, but I'm going to stick with the Steelers tendency to draft for the future. Plus it is much harder to find a true playmaker at safety later in the draft and Vaccaro fits that bill.

18. Dallas Cowboys - Jon Cooper, OG North Carolina

The Cowboys couldn't be happier than if Cooper were to fall into their laps. Pair him up with Tyron Smith, and they'll have their left side locked up for years.

19. New York Giants - DJ Fluker, OT Alabama

The Giants have invested a lot of high picks into their defensive line in years past, now it's time to turn their attention to the offensive side. Fluker is very similar to Michael Oher from a few years ago, huge behemoth tackle who can simply overpower defensive offensive lineman. However, he does not have the feet you look for in a LT. Good news for the Giants is they have their LT shored up with Will Beatty. Fluker gives them a pair of bookends to be feared, and down the road he should be one of, if not the best RT in the league.

20. Chicago Bears - Xavier Rhodes, CB Florida St.

The Bears have filled a number of needs in free agency and have given themselves some wiggle room in the draft to truly take the best player available. The Bears corners last year were certainly one of the bright spots on the team, as both Peanut Tillman and Tim Jennings earned their spots in Hawaii. However, neither is getting any younger and Rhodes provides a great value pick at this point.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Alec Ogletree, LB Georgia

The Bengals have made a few moves at linebacker resigning Rey Maualuga and recently signing James Harrison, which makes LB less of an immediate need in this draft. However, neither is a long term solution at their positions as Harrison probably only has a year or two left and Maualuga is one of the most overrated LBs in the league. Ogletree fits the mold of a Bengal in that he's extremely gifted physically and provides flexibility in Mike Zimmer's defense depending what they plan to do with Burfict and Maualuga. He also fits the "trouble child" mold that the Bengals seem to have no concern with taking a risk on.

22. St Louis Rams (via Was) - Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama

The Rams continue to stock up on offensive playmakers to surround Sam Bradford. Something Bradford has severely lacked in his short time in St. Louis. With the departure of Steven Jackson, the Rams bring in a similar downhill running back in Lacy.

23. Minnesota Vikings - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee

With the rumors surrounding Patterson's potential drop in the draft, I am more than willing to buy in. I have been more than vocal with my positive opinion of Patterson. Could Patterson be the 3rd talented WR with a supposed diva-like mentality to fall into the Vikings laps (see Moss, Randy & Harvin, Percy)? I certainly hope so. This kid will bring immediate playmaking ability in both the return game and on offense, and could develop into a star at the WR position with the right coaching.

24. Indianapolis Colts - Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB Florida St.

A strong fit for Chuck Pagano's hybrid defense, Werner compares favorably to Paul Kruger. A player Pagano coached in Baltimore and reported tried to persuade into joining the Colts this off season. Werner is the kind of solid football player that well run organizations like the Colts seem to have fall into their laps year in and year out.

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Sea) - Manti Te'o, MLB Notre Dame

Did you really expect anything else? I think I may be one of, if not the biggest Te'o supporter on this board. I am not shy in my belief that not only is Te'o a solid football player, but a strong fit for our defense. Let the hate ensue, but I guess we'll all see on Thursday :wink:

26. Green Bay Packers - Justin Pugh, OT Syracuse

A very underrated offensive lineman prospect, I would not be at all surprised to here Pugh's name get called a lot earlier than many mock drafts have him pegged. Especially with the inevitable run on offensive lineman that is bound to happen in the first round. Pugh's biggest weakness is his relatively short arm length, something the Packers did not shy away from when drafting Bryan Bulaga a few years back.

27. Houston Texans - DeAndre Hopkins, WR Clemson

As so many on this site will attest to, Hopkins is a very strong WR prospect. While not as physically talented as some of the other WRs in this draft, he appears to be one of the "safer" wideouts available. He won't be pushing Megatron as the best WR in the NFL any time soon, but for a team like Houston simply looking for a compliment to Andre Johnson, Hopkins will certainly not disappoint.

28. Denver Broncos - Sylvester Williams, DT North Carolina

Denver has done a nice job in recent drafts of filling many of its needs. They don't have many of them in this upcoming draft. However they could use a large space eater in the middle of their line to pair with last years underrated rookie Derek Wolfe. A pass rusher such as Tank Carradine, DaMontre Moore or Margus Hunt could be in the mix here as well with Elvis Dumervil's departure.

29. New England Patriots - Justin Hunter, WR Tennessee

Bill Belichick has never drafted a WR in the first round in all of his tenure as a head coach (including his short stint with the Browns). An argument that legitimately could be used to argue this pick, but they said the same about his tendency to avoid the LB position a few years ago. That was until he drafted Jerod Mayo and then again Dont'a Hightower. I am not a huge fan of Hunter's personally, his drops concern me greatly. However I have a feeling that his physical gifts are bound to get him drafted in the first round. The Patriots have had a tendency for drafting athletes recently, and I think this could be a surprise pick that makes sense come draft day.

30. Atlanta Falcons - Desmond Trufant, CB Washington

A gifted zone corner, Trufant is a nice fit both scheme-wise and value-wise for the Falcons here at 30. Don't rule out the rumors of the Falcons making another blockbuster trade up to nab a corner like Milliner or Hayden. I'm simply not bold enough to make such a leap, and will settle for Trufant as solid fit here.

31. San Francisco 49ers - Johnathan Cyprien, S Florida International

With Dashon Goldson's loss the need at safety has become glaring for the 9ers. Recently signed Craig Dahl is abysmal in coverage and Donte Whitner is one of the most overrated safeties in the league. It's a toss up here between the two safeties from Florida here, but I'm siding with the smaller schooled Cyprien here for his mere size advantage over Elam.

*32. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Nassib, QB Syracuse

The Bills don't risk waiting around in the 2nd to land their guy, they jump up with the more than willing Baltimore Ravens (who have worked miracles in moving out of the first round and still landing a quality player). Nassib is smart, works hard and already has experience in Marrone's offense. He may not be the most gifted physically or have the strongest arm, but he should provide the Bills with the quality starting QB they have so desperately been looking for.



2nd Round


33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnathan Banks, CB Mississippi St.

Better football player than athlete and has the size that Bradley grew accustomed to in Seattle.

34. San Francisco 49ers (via KC) - Zach Ertz, TE Stanford

Athletic TE to pair with Davis. Can fill the HB role that was left by the departed Delanie Walker.

35. Philadelphia Eagles - Kyle Long, OL Oregon

Chip Kelly adds another one of his Oregon alumni with the versatile brother of Chris and son of Howie. Long can provide an immediate starter at either RT or RG for the Eagles.

36. Detroit Lions - Tank Carradine, DE Florida St.

Lions take an injury risk on the much need pass rusher they passed on in round 1.

37. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oak) - Matt Elam, S Florida

All around solid, but undersized safety to pair with Reggie Nelson.

38. Arizona Cardinals - DaMontre Moore, OLB Texas A&M

Cardinals pass on QB in round 2 and take a falling pass rusher who fits nicely with their 3-4 scheme.

39. New York Jets - EJ Manuel, QB Florida St.

You didn't expect the Jets to stick with Mark Sanchez and David Garrard at QB did you?

40. Tennessee Titans - Kevin Minter, MLB LSU

Colin McCarthy has been a huge disappointment for the Titans, missing far too many tackles. Something that should not happen with Minter.

*41. Baltimore Ravens (via Buf) - Arthur Brown, ILB Kansas St.

As always, the Ravens land themselves a great value after trading down and find an ideal replacement for Ray Lewis.

*42. Kansas City Chiefs (via Mia) - Matt Barkley, QB USC

Chiefs land their heir apparent to Alex Smith in a trade for Brandon Albert.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnathan Hankins, NT Ohio St.

With Revis locking down the corner spot, the Bucs turn their attention to a mammoth tackle to pair with Gerald McCoy.

44. Carolina Panthers - Keenan Allen, WR California

Panthers nab the reliable Boldin-esque Allen here to start opposite speedster Steve Smith.

45. San Diego Chargers - Menelik Watson, OT Florida St.

A gifted, but raw tackle the Chargers can fit in next to Warmack to solidify the left side of their oline.

46. St. Louis Rams - Eric Reid, S LSU

Physical safety that the Rams desperately need.

47. Dallas Cowboys - Kawann Short, DT Purdue

A disruptive 3-tech to pair with equally disruptive NT Jay Ratliff.

48. Pittsburgh Steelers - Markus Wheaton, WR Oregon St.

A speedy replacement for Mike Wallace who also brings more dimensions than Wallace ever did.

49. New York Giants - Margus Hunt, DE SMU

Raw but physically gifted and versatile. Exactly what the Giants love in defensive end prospects.

50. Chicago Bears - Khaseem Greene, LB Rutgers

Technically sound and hard working LB who could play multiple positions for the Bears.

51. Washington Redskins - Robert Woods, WR USC

Talented possession WR to pair with Pierre Garcon and add more weapons for RG3.

52. Minnesota Vikings - Jamar Taylor, CB Boise St.

Wishful thinking? Maybe, but I would not be surprised to see Taylor last this long. Physical zone corner, willing tackler and immediate impact nickel corner. Great replacement for Antoine Winfield.

53. Cincinnati Bengals - Giovanni Bernard, RB North Carolina

Talented scatback who makes a great compliment to the bigger Benjarvus Green-Ellis.

54. Miami Dolphins (via Ind) - Alex Okafor, DE Texas

High motor defensive end prospect to pair opposite Cameron Wake.

55. Green Bay Packers - Montee Ball, RB Wisconsin

Physical one cut runner who makes a nice compliment to DeJuan Harris and comes right from their backyard.

56. Seattle Seahawks - Montori Hughes, DT Tennesse-Martin

May be considered a reach with John Jenkins and Jesse Williams still on the board, but Seattle has a knack for finding underrated gems and Hughes could be just that.

57. Houston Texans - John Jenkins, NT Georgia

Texans have lacked a true nose tackle since switching to a 3-4 defense, but Jenkins is perfect to fill that role.

58. Denver Broncos - Robert Alford, CB Southeastern Louisiana

Smaller corner with nimble feet, can be groomed to eventually replace aging Champ Bailey.

59. New England Patriots - David Amerson, CB NC State

Physically gifted corner that fits the Patriots preference for taller, versatile DBs. Could be moved to safety.

60. Atlanta Falcons - Gavin Escobar, TE San Diego St.

Not as physically gifted as he appears on tape, but if he can play to his potential, could turn out to be a real steal here and an ideal replacement for Tony Gonzalez.

61. San Francisco 49ers - Jesse Williams, DL Alabama

Versatile defensive lineman who fits the 9ers scheme. Can play on the nose or at defensive end and is a nice replacement for departed Isaac Sopoaga.

62. Baltimore Ravens - Tyrann Mathieu, CB LSU

Character risk, but should stay in check within a mature Ravens locker. Extremely gifted playmaker at nickel corner, could be the steal of the draft.


Awesome job! :thumbsup:


You are much bolder than I am for trying to predict trades! I never do that hahaha.

The only thing I am unsure about is Tyler Eifert being a first rounder. I felt that Kyle Rudolph was a better prospect coming out than Eifert is and Rudy fell to us in the 2nd round. Eifert is fast, no doubt, but Kyle was more polished and had much better range. Tough to say, and Eifert probably will be drafted in the first round.

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1. Kansas City: Eric Fisher OT - Joekel could use some work in terms of run blocking. Fisher is well rounded in terms of both Pass and Run blocking. Andy Reid loves big linemen.

2. Jacksonville: Dion Jordan DE - Jaguars had the least amount of sacks out of all the teams. They need the pass rush. Jordan is the ultra-athletic piece to the beginning of fixing their pass rush. With his length, speed and raw athletic ability, Jordan can be a difference maker at the defensive end position.

3. Oakland: Shariff Floyd DT - The raiders have virtually no starting defensive linemen. Floyd can be that pass-rushing presence in the Oakland front four. With his first-step quickness and pure pass-rushing acumen, he has the talent to step into this remade defense and become a star in the middle of the field.

4. Philadelphia: Dee Milliner CB - Philly could go so many different ways with this pick. With Jordan off the board i see the eagles going for another defensive position with Dee Milliner. The eagles lost Asomugha, DRC and traded Asante Samuel away, they have nobody.

5. Detroit: Luke Joeckel OT - The lions lost both Gosder Cherilus(Colts) and Jeff Backus(Retired). In their best effort to keep Jared Allen, Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews from dismantling Matthew Stafford every play. Riley Reiff will take Cherilus' spot on the right side. Joekel and his elite pass blocking skills fit perfectly in the lions' vertical passing attack.

6. Cleveland: Lane Johnson OT - *TRADE* I see Miami trading their #12 pick and a few later round picks to switch with cleveland and get the last top tackle in the top 10. Johnson will imediatly step in and replace Jake Long as the blindside protector for Ryan Tannehill

7. Arizona: Chance Warmack OG - Missing out on Fisher, Joekel and Johnson, Arizona faces a fairly easy task. Their offensive line needs all the help it can get and selecting Warmack gives newly acquired QB Carson Palmer better interior protection and a dominant run blocker for recovering RB Rashard Mendenhall.

8. Buffalo: Ziggy Ansah DE - Buffalo could go for NC guard Johnathan Cooper, but having to face New England and Miami twice the Bills need the build a defense that can pressure Brady and Tannehill.

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo OLB - The Jets have cleared out their defense. Linebackers especially. Kiki Mingo will provide the outside pass rush the jets have lacked for a while now.

10. Tennessee: Johnathan Cooper OG - Titans signed Andy Levitre but they could still use another guard. With how fragile Jake Locker is and how ineffective Chris Johnson is without good blocking the titans need to draft Cooper to play opposite Levitre.

11. San Diego: Star Lotulelei DT - Chargers lost Antonio Garay to age and free agency. Losing out on the top 3 OTs and top 2 OGs the Chargers go to rebuild their aging defense. Lotulelei would step in and can play the JJ Watt role as a DT or DE.

12. Miami: Xavier Rhodes CB - *Cleveland* They lost out on Milliner and Mingo so the browns go with the next best CB to play opposite Joe Haden, Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes fits better in a man coverage scheme and that would be exactly what Ray Horton will be implicating there in Cleveland.

13. New York Jets: Geno Smith QB - Im half away from this pick right now. The jets could really use Kenny Vaccaro and he would make alot of sense right here. Right now all they have is Dawan Landry and some no name guy. Why i have them taking Geno is because Mark Sanchez sucks absolute animal genatalia. Geno has greater accuracy, strong arm and a brain between the ears.

14. Carolina: Sheldon Richardson DT - I cant think of the last time the Panthers had a good DT. Richardson has the perfect combination of size, athleticism and a high-revving motor. If he can stay consistent he will anchor that defensive line for many years.

15. New Orleans: Jarvis Jones LB - Switching to Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense the Saints need a whole new set of OLBs. Jones played his whole career in Georgia's 3-4 defense. He can rush the passer and play the run.

16. St. Louis: Tavon Austin WR - Rams have Brian Quick and Chris Givens, they signed Jared Cook. Adding Austin would give them that home run threat over the middle and in the return game.

17. Pittsburgh: Kenny Vaccaro S - Kenny Vaccaro is a unique player in that he's able to play free safety, strong safety or nickel cornerback. That's the versatility that the Titans need in their defensive backfield. He's a smooth operator in the open field and could play either as a starter or sub-package player until the team moves on from the Veteran Troy Polamalu

18. Dallas: Sylvester Williams DT - Williams is the kind of player that will not wow you with pass rushing or run stopping, BUT he does both rather well. With the switch to a 4-3 defense the cowboys will need that prototypical 4-3 DT and Williams fits the bill perfectly.

19. New York Giants: Tank Carradine DE - The Giants love their D-Ends. Losing Osi is one thing, but veteran Justin Tuck is declining every year. Drafting Carradine means he would be their rotational player until the giants move on from Tuck.

20. Chicago: DJ Fluker OT - Marc Trestman is going to begin this draft by doing everything he can to help Jay Cutler

21. Cincinnati: Johnathan Cyprien S - Cyprien is a hard hitting safety that would step in immediately and become a force in the Bengals' young, physical defense.

22. St Louis: Matt Elam S - Calling Cyprien a hard hitting safety is almost a joke compared how hard Elam can hit, only knock on him is he's really freaking short. But he makes up for it in playmaking ability and leadership.

23. Minnesota: Cordarrelle Patterson WR - Drafting Patterson means the vikings are replacing Percy Harvin and his multi position ability AND they dont have to hear about complaining or headaches ever again.

24. Indianapolis: Bjoern Werner DE - Werner isn't a natural fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he is powerful at the point of attack and has the bull-rush talent to drive back blockers on the edge. He doesn't have Von Miller quickness, but few prospects do. Werner has enough flexibility and leg drive to win on the edge, especially as a strong-side outside linebacker.

25. Minnesota: Manti Te'o LB - Vikings have a glaring hole at MLB. Te'o fits the defense and the need. And be sure of this: The first time he makes a big goal-line stop or interception, no one in Minnesota will care about his girlfriend or lack thereof.

26. Green Bay: Tyler Eifert TE - Tyler Eifert is a fan favorite in the 2013 draft class, thanks to his sure hands and lunchpail work ethic over the middle of the field. That's the type of player the Packers need at tight end

27. Houston: Keenan Allen WR - Andre Johnson is still one of the best receivers in the game, but as he ages, it becomes tougher for him to separate from double-coverage. Teams are able to slide their safeties over the top and limit what he can do down the field. Keenan Allen may not have elite speed on the track, but he's a smooth open-field runner and plays with the vision in space to make plays with his feet.

28. Denver: Dantone Jones DE - In the case of Datone Jones, he has high-level potential as an edge player in the 3-4 or 4-3 defense, but he's ready to go right now as a contributor. He would step in immediately taking over for Elvis Dumervill.

29. New England: Desmond Trufant CB - Trufant is the best man-coverage cornerback in this year's class, and he has the speed and instincts to step right into an NFL defense and start. That instant impact makes him a great fit in the Patriots' physical coverage schemes.

30. Atlanta: DJ Hayden CB - Hayden has talent—based on ability alone, he would be in my top 25 players—but medical red flags are always tough to gauge with 32 general managers making decisions based on information gathered independently of one another. Hayden's cover skills and playmaking ability might be enough to keep him in the first round, but know that his stock will vary wildly from one team to the next.

31. San Fran: Robert Woods WR - the 9ers lost Moss and Ted Ginn to FA and Mario Manningham to an ACL injury. Drafting Woods would give San Fran a solid #2 to play opposite Michael Crabtree or #3 if Manningham is able to come back and play effectively.

32. Baltimore: Arthur Brown LB - Arthur Brown doesn't have ideal inside linebacker metrics, but then again, neither did Ray Lewis coming out of college. He makes up for a lack of size with great instincts when tracking the ball, and he takes the angles that allow him to stop runners in the backfield. That's what the Ravens need on the inside of their 3-4 defense.

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Final update for my mock draft has been posted! It has been another fun year of trying to guess the draft! Hopefully I get at least a few picks right.

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mrc44 wrote:
HardcoreVikesFan wrote:
Final update for my mock draft has been posted! It has been another fun year of trying to guess the draft! Hopefully I get at least a few picks right.


I really do not see us grabbing Patterson. Spielman is the one responsible for Ponder being a Viking. If Ponder doesn't get a WR that is ready to contribute immediately to the passing game, then there is a good chance this season will look a lot like last in the passing department. We need multiple options on the field so Defenses can't just double cover the only good WR and then shut us down through the air. Spielman knows this and he knows his QB needs a solid contributor. Patterson will not be a solid contributor in the passing game his rookie year, unless he wakes up one morning and becomes a great route runner.

what do I know though, seriously. I am freaking fan with a passion, thats all.

Come on draft!


Hahahahaha wut. I did not mock Cordarrelle Patterson to the Vikings!

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Patterson is ready to contribute immediately. Yes he needs coaching. But he can still run screens and end arounds...etc :deadhorse:

Crisp route running doesnt always make a receiver and thats the only real flaw in his game.

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Did a few adjustments this morning. The final, final draft is posted.


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Ya, that's how out of whack I am, I can't even tell yours and captains avatars apart. Pretty sad


Don't worry about it man!

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mrc44 wrote:
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Patterson is ready to contribute immediately. Yes he needs coaching. But he can still run screens and end arounds...etc :deadhorse:

Crisp route running doesnt always make a receiver and thats the only real flaw in his game.


I disagree, maybe if we had an amazing qb. But with our situation we need a skilled route runner. Do I like Patterson? Ya I do, a lot! And I will be excited if we get him, but I will also be very nervous about his ability to learn. I do t care as much that he can't run the routes as I am that he won't pick it up quickly. He has learning issues. He scored a 7 on the wonderlic and it is basic math and a few algebra questions. That's pretty sad



It's certainly not good, although poor Wonderlic scores don't necessarily translate to poor football learning skills.

CaptainKirov, I wouldn't say route-running is the only flaw in Patterson's game and that's certainly not the tune the scouting reports are singing either. For example:

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/ ... id=2540145

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Consistently a body catcher, even when it is not necessary. Was not frequently asked to go up and get the football at its highest point. Large number of his snaps start while off the line of scrimmage, allows for a better release. Doesn't use his hands enough against a jam, tries to dip or side step rather than slap or push. Tends to throttle down in his breaks.Burst after the catch or return is only adequate but does accelerate quickly. Tries to do too much when the ball is in his hands at times. Dropped a few very catchable balls, including easy bucket throw over shoulder. Inconsistent blocking effort.


By almost all accounts, he's an incredible talent with a lot of learning to do.


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Final Mock:


1. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Fisher, OL, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M
*3. San Diego Chargers (via Oak) – Lane Johnson, OL Oklahoma
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Dion Jordan, DL Oregon
5. Detroit Lions – Ezekial Ansah, DL, BYU
*6. St. Louis Rams (via Cle) – Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia
7. Arizona Cardinals – Jon Cooper, OG North Carolina
8. Buffalo Bills – Chance Warmack, OG Alabama
9. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, DL, LSU
10. Tennessee Titans – Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama
*11. Oakland Raider (via SD) – Sharrif Floyd, DT Florida
12. Miami Dolphins – DJ Hayden, DB Houston
13. New York Jets (via TB) – Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame
14. Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson, DL Missouri
15. New Orleans Saints – Star Lotulelei, DL Utah
*16. Cleveland Browns (via StL) – Geno Smith, QB West Virginia
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones, LB Georgia
18. Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro, DB Texas
19. New York Giants – DJ Fluker, OL Alabama
20. Chicago Bears – Xavier Rhodes, DB Florida St.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Eric Reid, S LSU
22. St. Louis Rams (via Was) – Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama
23. Minnesota Vikings – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee
24. Indianapolis Colts – Bjoern Werner, DL Florida St.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Sea) – Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame
26. Green Bay Packers – Sylvester Williams, DL North Carolina
27. Houston Texans – Zach Ertz, TE Stanford
28. Denver Broncos – Justin Pugh, OL Syracuse
29. New England Patriots – Justin Hunter, WR Tennessee
30. Atlanta Falcons – Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington
31. San Francisco 49ers – Datone Jones, DL, UCLA
*32. Buffalo Bills (via Bal) – Ryan Nassib, QB Syracuse

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Damn. I got four correct. Trades destroyed me this year.

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You did well man! By my count, you got 7 players correct.

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Mothman wrote:
mrc44 wrote:
CaptainKirov wrote:
Patterson is ready to contribute immediately. Yes he needs coaching. But he can still run screens and end arounds...etc :deadhorse:

Crisp route running doesnt always make a receiver and thats the only real flaw in his game.


I disagree, maybe if we had an amazing qb. But with our situation we need a skilled route runner. Do I like Patterson? Ya I do, a lot! And I will be excited if we get him, but I will also be very nervous about his ability to learn. I do t care as much that he can't run the routes as I am that he won't pick it up quickly. He has learning issues. He scored a 7 on the wonderlic and it is basic math and a few algebra questions. That's pretty sad



It's certainly not good, although poor Wonderlic scores don't necessarily translate to poor football learning skills.

CaptainKirov, I wouldn't say route-running is the only flaw in Patterson's game and that's certainly not the tune the scouting reports are singing either. For example:

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/ ... id=2540145

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Consistently a body catcher, even when it is not necessary. Was not frequently asked to go up and get the football at its highest point. Large number of his snaps start while off the line of scrimmage, allows for a better release. Doesn't use his hands enough against a jam, tries to dip or side step rather than slap or push. Tends to throttle down in his breaks.Burst after the catch or return is only adequate but does accelerate quickly. Tries to do too much when the ball is in his hands at times. Dropped a few very catchable balls, including easy bucket throw over shoulder. Inconsistent blocking effort.


By almost all accounts, he's an incredible talent with a lot of learning to do.


Patterson scored an 8..AJ Green scored a 10 on the wonderlic.

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saint33 wrote:
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You did well man! By my count, you got 7 players correct.


I count 8. Yes, very well done.

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 1 Chiefs      : Eric Fisher OT, Central Michigan
 2 Jaguars     : Luke Joeckel OT, Texas A&M
 5 Lions       : Ziggy Ansah DE, BYU
 7 Cardinals   : Jonathan Cooper G, North Carolina
 8 Rams        : Tavon Austin WR, West Virginia
17 Steelers    : Jarvis Jones LB, Georgia
24 Colts       : Bjoern Werner DE, Florida St
29 Vikings     : Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Tennessee


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Eli wrote:
HardcoreVikesFan wrote:
saint33 wrote:
Final Mock:


You did well man! By my count, you got 7 players correct.


I count 8. Yes, very well done.

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 1 Chiefs      : Eric Fisher OT, Central Michigan
 2 Jaguars     : Luke Joeckel OT, Texas A&M
 5 Lions       : Ziggy Ansah DE, BYU
 7 Cardinals   : Jonathan Cooper G, North Carolina
 8 Rams        : Tavon Austin WR, West Virginia
17 Steelers    : Jarvis Jones LB, Georgia
24 Colts       : Bjoern Werner DE, Florida St
29 Vikings     : Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Tennessee



Depends on how you grade it. I'm assuming he was going by player and pick, rather than player and team.

I got 7 picks correct (however DJ Hayden was projected to the Dolphins at 12, which ended up going to the Raiders). I got 9 players going to the correct teams however (you missed Atlanta selecting Desmond Trufant). Kind of upset I changed at the last minute the selections of Hopkins to the Texans and Sly Williams to the Broncos though.

I feel pretty good about, won me a picture frame on another website's mock draft contest :thumbsup: Thanks for the props

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Like I stated in my edited original post, I am resurrecting this thread from last year. Please feel free to post your mock here as many times as you would like throughout the offseason! I know for a fact I will be posting mine here a lot!


That being said, let me kick this thread off again. I recently did a mock on walterfootball.com. It is not perfect, but it makes sense to me at least haha. Enjoy! Also, please post your mocks if you will!


Here is my walterfootball mock. Please forgive any grammatical errors I may have made. I thought you could edit the draft after you posted it, but it appears that you cannot. Anyway, enjoy:

http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/4709/1 (EDIT: The link took you to the second part of the draft. I have fixed it so that you can start at the first part of the draft).

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Nice work. Depending on how the draft shapes up, I'm very much on board with your selection of Watkins. Based on talent level alone, for me, he ranks higher than a guy like Dennard, who just happens to be a position of greater need. Looking long-term, Jennings doesn't have a ton of time left and I'd certainly like the idea of a transition of talent to Watkins, rather than need another #1 it #2 WR (a la Detroit). I just think from a pure player grading standpoint, a strong case could be made that his "number" would be a good degree higher than, perhaps, a guy like Bortles, Carr, Dennard or others. I wouldn't be disappointed if this is how it shakes out. Of course, if Rick passes on Bridewater, Manziel, Clowney, Mack or a couple of others, I may feel differently.

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Nice work. Depending on how the draft shapes up, I'm very much on board with your selection of Watkins. Based on talent level alone, for me, he ranks higher than a guy like Dennard, who just happens to be a position of greater need. Looking long-term, Jennings doesn't have a ton of time left and I'd certainly like the idea of a transition of talent to Watkins, rather than need another #1 it #2 WR (a la Detroit). I just think from a pure player grading standpoint, a strong case could be made that his "number" would be a good degree higher than, perhaps, a guy like Bortles, Carr, Dennard or others. I wouldn't be disappointed if this is how it shakes out. Of course, if Rick passes on Bridewater, Manziel, Clowney, Mack or a couple of others, I may feel differently.


Thanks dead_poet. I appreciate you taking the time to read my mock and give me feedback.

As you can tell from my posts on this board and my mock, I believe that Minnesota needs to take BPA in this draft, which, would be Watkins if he fell to eight. I am not sure if I trust Rick to take BPA this year, given the fact that QB is our most glaring need.

As far as my own commentary on my mock - I think that Derek Carr has a good chance to fall to round 2. I mean, if Geno Smith and Matt Barkley can fall, Derek Carr can too. Then again, once that run of QBs starts, teams will get desperate. I just hope we aren't the team that gets desperate. I also think that this will be one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory. Houston will probably go with a QB when it is all said and done, but Jadevon is a hard guy to pass on even given his red flags.

I am very much looking forward to mocking this draft this year. It will be fun and challenging for sure.

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Here's a curveball: Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson. Now, there's not a great chance he's available at our pick (he's going to destroy the combine), but it's certainly possible. The more I've been reading about the guy, the more he seems like a legit stud. I've read he's the best run-blocking tackle to come out in the last decade (which isn't to diminish his pass-blocking potential which, granted, is still a work-in-progress). I wonder if he wouldn't look awfully good lining up next to Kalil at LG. Probably unlikely.

http://hankjonesscouting.wordpress.com/ ... -robinson/

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Keep in mind it is February. I am trying to make a few projections with how the board might change over the following months, but even with my attempts, this probably won't resemble anything close to what the draft will be in May. Still, I felt like doing one so have at it.

Mock Draft 1

1st Round

1. Houston Texans - Blake Bortles, QB Central Florida

Call it a gut feeling, but I just feel that Bortles will be a Texan. The rumors out of Houston right now are that they prefer either Bortles or Johnny Manziel, but they worry about Manziel's attitude. Of course, rumors at this point don't account for much, even at the first overall pick. My personal opinion of Bortles is that he's far too inconsistent to really blow me away. However, I do see why he's a scout's dream and is getting the "Mini Luck" nickname. No matter how much Drew Brees or Russell Wilson prove, scouts continue to have the tendency to focus on things such as size, athleticism and arm talent and correlate that to potential. That's what Bortles is, potential. When he was playing his best in college, he dominated defenses with his arm and legs, and his elusiveness in the pocket was exceptional. Despite the fact that he struggled a bit with poor reads, had a knack to underthrow deep balls and was rattled against the blitz, those things are all considered teachable. All things considered, while I personally would not agree with the selection, I would not be surprised with it.

2. St. Louis Rams (via Was)- Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

Despite trading up to take Tavon Austin in last year's draft, the Rams still need a true #1 WR. Austin is a great playmaker in the kicking game and from the slot WR position, but he does not possess the ability to line up outside consistently. Watkins has huge playmaking ability as well and could add to an already strong return game. But he also brings the size and route running ability to line up outside. To put it simply, Watkins is a much more polished Cordarrelle Patterson. He is the best player available, maybe in this entire draft and also fills one of the Rams biggest needs. Assuming the Rams don't trade out of this spot, this is an easy pick.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalil Mack, OLB Buffalo

I'm going to be going outside the common belief on a number of my picks and here's one that should surprise a few people. With Clowney and two QBs still on the board, the Jaguars pick Mack. With direct contact with Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo at the Senior Bowl, there have been rumors that the Jags liked both players. With Caldwell's past in Seattle he may feel he could find a QB outside of the 1st round with one of the two. The Jaguar's linebacker group is horrible and with addition of Mack, they get a guy who fits a key position in Caldwell's defense. Mack has a similar skill set to Von Miller, so while Mack can play the role of Bruce Irvin on passing downs, he also has the run stopping ability and enough coverage skills to be an every down linebacker. Clowney is certainly possible here, but Mack's relies less on his god given ability and more on his motor and use of his hands to get to the QB, something that generally translates better to the pros.

4. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

The rumors of the Brown's infatuation with Manziel only got stronger with the addition of Kyle Shannahan. I would not be surprised to see the Browns aggressively pursue trading up ahead of Jacksonville to assure they get him, assuming the Texans don't take him 1st overall. With him sliding to their pick at 4, it is an easy selection for the Browns brass.

5. Oakland Raiders - Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina

The Raiders needs are all across the board. Seriously, QB check. Offensive skill players, check. Offensive line, check. Defensive front seven, check. Secondary, check. This team is a mess, it's shocking that they were able to win as many games as they did this year. They opt for simply BPA at this pick, taking the most physically gifted player in this entire draft, despite the concerns of his attitude this season, he was still getting double and even triple teamed regularly. He won't see that attention in the pros, and with strong coaching should be able to dominate at the NFL level.

6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

The Falcons have let a once solid offensive line, deteriorate. Sam Baker has never lived up to the hype of being a 1st round pick and it's time the team accepts that and drafts his replacement. Jake Matthews has football in his blood, and has proven to be an exceptional pass protector at Texas A&M.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Trent Murphy, DE/OLB Stanford

Here is a player that is not getting nearly the attention he deserves. He had more sacks in college than Mack, Clowney or Barr. While maybe not an elite athlete like Mack or Clowney, his explosiveness is very apparent on tape. As is his relentlessness. And more than any of the other pass rushers in this draft, Murphy's technique and use of his hands is really well developed. I hate bringing this up, but the constant negative associated with him is his lack of "athleticism", which is something I feel a number of elite prospects, who also happened to be white, faced. Guys like Luke Kuechly, Sean Lee, Harrison Smith and even JJ Watt were similarly associated. However, what these players may lack in elite athleticism, they make up for in technique, motor and intelligence. And they are exceptional athletes as well, just not the physical freaks that players like Clowney are.

8. Minnesota Vikings - Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

Call it wishful thinking, call it impossible, call it whatever you like. I call it a gut feeling. As much praise has been heaped upon Bridgewater, there have been numerous criticisms and rumors of scouts/analysts who believe the hype surrounding Bridgewater is not equal to what NFL teams feel about him. Not only do many believe Bridgewater's size will leave him vulnerable to durability issues throughout his career, but his lack of size and elite traits leave his ceiling lower than that of Blake Bortles. And while Bridewater is consistently good, he doesn't show the "wow" factor that has made Manziel so intriguing. This has lead to doubters viewing Bridgewater as more of a "safe" pick. A solid starter in the NFL with less potential to be elite. The thing that these evaluations lack are his intelligence and dedication to being the best QB. When you evaluate the best QBs in the league (Rodgers, Manning, Brady, Brees), their size, athleticism and arm talents vary greatly, but the one thing that unites all 4 of them is their intelligence, accuracy and preparation. This is where Teddy Bridgewater sets himself apart from the other QBs in this draft class, and in my opinion he will be the best QB taken in this draft class. However, scouts may not see it the same way, for the same reasons they they did not see it this way for Rodgers, Brees or Russell Wilson in the past (or even Brady, although he showed less signs in college of the player he would be).

9. Buffalo Bills - Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA

Anthony Barr is a mystery to me. On one side, he is a star athlete in shorts, and a productive player on the field. But there are two significant things holding him back for me to feel completely comfortable with drafting him. The first is his rawness, after starting out his college career on offense, Barr has only played 2 years on defense and while he has been productive, he isn't as strong technically as many of the other prospects. Also, he doesn't appear to have elite explosiveness on tape, which is surprising considering his natural ability and production. However, the Bills defense is lacking a pass rushing presence opposite Mario Williams, and Barr's potential is something that should intrigue them enough to take him here.

10. Detroit Lions - Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M

Evans is an extremely gifted WR who has a natural ability to attack the ball in the air over defenders, and come away with passes that would lead to incompletions or interceptions with less gifted players. However, he still has a long way to develop his route running ability and while he has great straight line speed, he does not show as much initial acceleration or explosiveness to get open quickly against better corners. Despite his rawness, the talent is extremely apparent, and he reminds me similarly of Alshon Jeffery. Put him on a team with Calvin Johnson, and you could have an extremely threatening duo to contend with.

11. Tennessee Titans - CJ Mosely, LB Alabama

With the hiring of Ray Horton to be their defensive coordinator, a switch to a 3-4 defense is expected. While they have a number of pieces to fit the scheme, they are extremely thin at ILB. This is where Mosely should be most comfortable at the next level, a position he's played in college at an extremely high level. This is a nice fit of both need and BPA at this point.

12. New York Giants - Greg Robinson, OT Auburn

I don't understand where the hype surrounding Robinson has appeared from out of nowhere. Robinson is a nice LT prospect, and is especially impressive in his aggressive run blocking. However he is still a bit raw in pass protection, which is generally the more highly sought after talent, which is why I don't see Robinson making the top 10. Still his potential is there and his nastiness will be coveted by some teams. The Giants offensive line was such a mess this past season, they must address it heavily once again this off season if they want to see Eli Manning return to form.

13. St. Louis Rams - Zach Martin, OL Notre Dame

Numerous people have linked Jake Matthews to the Rams at #2 overall however Jake Long had a strong season for the Rams, resembling his earlier years with Miami. So the team may not be in search of a new LT next season. However Roger Saffold has been far too injury prone over his career for the Rams to bother resigning and their guard situation is bleak. Enter Zach Martin, a versatile lineman who could solidify the RT position or kick inside to either guard spot. Regardless of where they think he fits best, Martin is an extremely solid football player and will help the Rams offensive line in both pass protection and in the running game.

14. Chicago Bears - Louis Nix III, DT Notre Dame

The Bears once dominant defense has taken huge steps backwards this past season, and while some of it can be blamed on injuries, the decline of the defensive line has been extremely apparent. Julius Peppers is showing the signs of his age, and youngsters Stephen Paea and Henry Melton have been inconsistent and injury prone respectively. The Bears even the kicked the tires with former Cowboys standout NT Jay Ratliff this past season, with somewhat disappointing results. Expect the Bears to invest heavily in the defense in this draft, and the heart of the dline is a smart place to start.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - RaShede Hageman, DL Minnesota

The Steelers defense continued to show it's age this season, and with 1st round disappointment Ziggy Hood and aging Brett Keisel potentially moving on this off season, the defensive line may be their biggest priority. Hageman has been extremely underrated in this draft class, I find it unbelievable that some still have him as a second round prospect. He is an athletic player who can play multiple positions in the interior of the dline, and can even kick outside to DE in a 4-3 defensive from time to time. In Pittsburgh, Hageman would project to the 5 technique DE position, replacing Hood in the starting line. Hageman brings more explosion from the position then the Steelers have ever had and if Lebeau and the strong defensive staff in Pittsburgh can teach him to use his hands more effectively, Hageman has the potential to be a JJ Watt type force at the position.

*16. Baltimore Ravens - Cyrus Koundijo, OT Alabama

Both starting offensive tackles are set to become free agents this off season. While I believe the Ravens are trying hard to ensure Eugene Monroe returns, and could franchise him, Oher is almost certainly on his way out the door. When healthy, the Raven's offensive guard pair of Marshall Yanda and Kelechi Osemele is one of the best in the league, but they still will need help at RT and C. While Kouandijo might have a tough time in the NFL at LT, I believe his value is appropriate here as a dominating force at RT, which would all but solidify the Ravens offensive line.

*17. Dallas Cowboys - Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida St.

The Cowboys need help on the defensive line badly, where if it weren't for Jason Hatcher, the line would have been a complete disappointment this past season. And to make matters worse, Hatcher is a free agent. As is Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys will likely do all they can to retain Hatcher at the 3-technique position, but they still need to find a starting player to pair with him in the middle of their defense. While Jernigan isn't of mammoth size like Louis Nix III, in fact he's a bit undersized for the position, he has been quite possibly college's most productive and NFL ready nose tackle this season.

18. New York Jets - Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina

The Jets need help in their passing game, period. While many have them projected to take a WR such as Marqise Lee here, their need at TE for a pass catching option might just be greater then their need for WR help, not to mention they are rumored to be likely to pursue one of the top WRs in free agency. Ebron provides a them a dynamic athlete in the middle of the field who can both stretch the field and provide Geno Smith an outlet option if he gets in trouble.

19. Miami Dolphins - David Yankey, OG Stanford

The mess the Dolphins encountered this year on the offensive line was extremely detrimental to an otherwise surprising season in which they came close to making the playoffs. With Jonathan Martin flaming out and what appears to be an unfixable relationship between Incognito and the organization, the Dolphins are need of help at both tackle and guard. However, the tackle board has been pretty much picked thin, while the best pure guard in the draft is still available. While some might think the Dolphins would opt for Taylor Lewan here, Yankey is a better guard prospect than Lewan is as a tackle prospect. Yankey would be an immediate replacement for Incognito at LG.

20. Arizona Cardinals - Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

After addressing the interior of their line in last year's draft with Jon Cooper, the Cardinals mistakenly continued to believe in Levi Brown until he proved he could no longer be relied upon. While they smartly shipped Brown away to Pittsburgh, it has not left them any more settled at LT. Lewan is not an elite prospect, but he's shown enough in both pass protection and the run game to warrant a pick in the lower half of the first round. Similar to Lions former first round pick Riley Reiff.

21. Green Bay Packers - Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, S Alabama

While this year's draft class of safeties is not as strong as last years, the Packers have neglected the position for so long that this pick is almost necessary. Clinton-Dix stands out above the rest of the safeties in this class in coverage, but he does not appear to have elite skills for the position. However he should provide the Packers a steady middle fielder in coverage, which should open up Morgan Burnett a little bit more to be used in run support. Still, this may be a bit high for Clinton-Dix, had he been in last year's class he probably would have ranked lower than all three safeties who were drafted in the first round.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma

Whether it be Gilbert or Dennard, I don't think there is a CB who distinguishes themselves as the best of this class, or worth a high first round pick. However, at this point in the draft, there is great value to be had at the position, and the Eagles could use a talent young player to add to their weak secondary. I like Gilbert and Dennard for different reasons, however Gilbert fits the Eagles scheme a bit better with the ability to play strong man coverage as well as experience and the ability to play zone.

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Kelvin Benjamin, WR Florida St.

This might be a bit of a surprise, as most have Marqise Lee as their 3rd WR, but I think Lee is just one of many potential WRs at this point in the draft, and it will merely come down to each team's preference. Of the many who's value fits around this late 1st round spot (Lee, Benjamin, Cooks, Matthews, Beckham and Robinson), Benjamin is the most physically gifted WR with the most potential of the bunch to develop into a true #1 WR. While there is a lot of work to do with this kid, he is more naturally gifted with a higher ceiling than guys like Lee and Beckham.

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Kony Ealy, DE Missouri

I'm not a particularly big fan of Kony Ealy, or at least not as high as others are. He has a nice first step and was an effective speed rusher at Missouri, but he lacked much else. He was easily pushed around in the running game due to his lack of leverage and he did not possess an abundance of pass rush moves. Nor was he extremely productive in college. However, he is a strong athlete who possesses a number of the physical traits that teams look for in pass rushers, and Ealy will likely get over drafted on his potential alone. He actually fits the bill of a number of past pass rushers the Bengals have drafted in Michael Johnson and Margus Hunt. With Michael Johnson likely leaving via free agency, Carlos Dunlap still unable to reach double digit sacks and Hunt's slow development, the Bengals should be in the mix for another young pass rusher this year, and Ealy has decent perceived value at this point.

25. San Diego Chargers - Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan St.

A solid value pick here, Dennard has the man coverage skills to be a true cover corner, however he lacks elite athleticism which will drop him down the draft board once teams see him at the combine. Despite his lack of great size or athleticism, Dennard has very good instincts and shows strong technique in man-man coverage and should be a great corner if used properly at the next level. The Charger's need at corner makes this pick extremely easy for them.

26. Cleveland Browns (via Ind) - Odell Beckham Jr, WR LSU

With Johnny Manziel in the fold, the Browns look to add more pieces to for him to work with. However, with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron taking the top off defenses, the Browns could use a more reliable underneath option, which is where Beckham Jr. makes his living. While not quite as explosive as Tavon Austin, Beckham Jr. is nearly as good at making plays after the catch and can provide help to Cleveland's return game. He also provides a bit more physicality to the slot position than Austin does for St. Louis. Beckham Jr. reminds me a bit of Hines Ward, a player who should be welcomed in the dog pound.

27. New Orleans Saints - Dee Ford, DE/OLB Auburn

Ford helped himself at the Senior Bowl more than any other player. He was a dominant pass rusher in both the practices and game and really helped propel himself into the first round discussion. The Saints had a nice transition to the 3-4 defense last season, but they still lack that true hybrid LB to provide a constant pass rush from the outside. Ford projects to be exactly that guy, as he is not quite big enough to play DE at the next level, but does have the athleticism and pass rush ability to stand up in a 3-4 defense.

28. Carolina Panthers - Marqise Lee, WR USC

The slide of Marqise Lee ends here, in Carolina. Lee's disappointing season in which he went down with an ACL injury this season has dropped him quite a bit, but it's not the only thing holding him back from being the high first round pick many projected him to be. There are a number of questions that Lee will have to answer at the next level. While a solid run after the catch receiver, Lee will have to show scouts that he can run a full route tree for teams to feel confident about him, as he was restricted to mostly screen passes and shorter routes. He has not shown a knack to provide much help in the deep passing game and has had a few issues with drops in his career.

29. New England Patriots - Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh

With Vince Wilfork's future in question in New England and the team lacking a true pass rushing interior lineman since the loss of Richard Seymour, the Patriots take a chance on an extremely explosive and productive player in Donald. However, despite the potential Donald has shown as a disruptive pass rusher from the inside, there are legit questions about his size and arm length holding him back from being a much higher draft pick. He reminds me a bit of Sharrif Floyd from last year, who fell in the draft due to his shorter arms.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon St.

The 49ers took at stab at a deep threat to add to their offense a few years ago by reaching for AJ Jenkins. Jenkins possessed the speed to get over the top, but not much else. Cooks however can be the deep threat they've been looking for, but also provides great after the catch abilities and very reliable hands.

31. Denver Broncos - Calvin Pryor, S Louisville

While Clinton-Dix is the best safety in this class in coverage, Pryor may actually turn out to be the best safety in this class. He's certainly the most physical, similar to Baltimore's Matt Elam. And by that, I don't mean he's a liability in coverage, either. This is an all around solid prospect who brings an aggressive attitude. He may make mistakes in coverage from time to time, but he will make up for it in big plays. Although, you can probably expect him to draw a fine or two once he reaches the NFL. He reminds me a lot of DaShon Goldson from Tampa Bay. The Broncos could really use that type of intimidating presence in their secondary.

32. Seattle Seahawks - Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech.

The Seahawks add another target for Wilson in the passing game. Amaro isn't quite the prospect that Ebron is, however he does provide a huge and reliable target for Wilson in the center of the field. However Amaro just doesn't provide the down the field threat that Ebron does, which is why he'll likely be a late 1st or early 2nd round pick.







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Here's a curveball: Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson. Now, there's not a great chance he's available at our pick (he's going to destroy the combine), but it's certainly possible. The more I've been reading about the guy, the more he seems like a legit stud. I've read he's the best run-blocking tackle to come out in the last decade (which isn't to diminish his pass-blocking potential which, granted, is still a work-in-progress). I wonder if he wouldn't look awfully good lining up next to Kalil at LG. Probably unlikely.

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You know, I was seriously wondering about Greg Robinson the other day when I was doing my mock. I don't see this team taking him, but if we did, I would not complain. The thing is, I am not sure if Robinson can move inside. 6'5 is a tad big for guard, but there are guys who are 6'6 playing guard. Robinson has good technique and leverage, but moving from guard to tackle or from tackle to guard can be a tough transition. Then again, if anyone in this draft could do it, Robinson has the potential to do it.

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Here is my new update to my mock draft for this week: http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/5298

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Here is my new update to my mock draft for this week: http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/5298

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Nice. Could be pretty close. Though I think if Clowney is gone at #1 that the Rams do whatever they can to trade down. I know predicting trades opens up a huge can of worms, but I just don't see them staying put at 2 if Clowney is gone. Frankly, I think they trade down regardless. Ealy looks a little high and I don't think you have Jernigan going at all in R1. You gotta think the Bears look at him long and hard. Nice work.

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HardcoreVikesFan wrote:
Here is my new update to my mock draft for this week: http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/5298

Let me know what you guys think!


Nice. Could be pretty close. Though I think if Clowney is gone at #1 that the Rams do whatever they can to trade down. I know predicting trades opens up a huge can of worms, but I just don't see them staying put at 2 if Clowney is gone. Frankly, I think they trade down regardless. Ealy looks a little high and I don't think you have Jernigan going at all in R1. You gotta think the Bears look at him long and hard. Nice work.


Thanks for reading and I appreciate the feedback.

Just a few notes: I too think St. Louis trades down. I honestly don't see them staying at number two. I think you may have missed it, but I have Timmy Jernigan going number 20 to Arizona :). Also, I think Ealy might be a slight reach, but players that can rush the passer are a premium and teams aren't afraid to draft them. Also, other than pass rusher, I am not sure what New York would draft other than defensive tackle.

Anyway, again, thank you for the feedback. I really cannot wait for the offseason to get into full swing.

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Post combine mock draft time! I decided to user WalterFootball again to save bandwidth.

http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/6408

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The talent at the top of the draft is so high that I'd be shocked if the QBs went back to back to back like that in the top 5. Honestly, I expect at least one of them to make it to 8, and would not be shocked if one of them saw an Aaron Rodgers like fall.

Like the Watkins pick, but there's no way he could make it to us. Tampa Bay taking Barr over Watkins would be an epic failure, as Barr is not fluid enough to play LB in Lovie's Tampa 2 defense, but not stout enough to be an every down DE.

I like a lot of the picks in the mid range of the draft. Dallas I doubt will be looking at a NT though, as they will desperately need a pass rusher, with or without DeMarcus Ware. I think Austin Donald makes more sense there than Nix. In fact I think Donald is too low, I think he starting to make a name for himself as a top 10-15 prospect (although that can be said for a lot of guys).

There's a few guys I don't believe are first round talents though. I think Rashede Hageman is far too raw for a team to risk a first round pick on him. Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandijo are also probably not first round talents. Moses has the physical tools, but is raw and seems uninterested on the field, he has no nastiness or passion in his game. And Kouandijo's probably going to fall further than most expect due to his knee injuries, arthritis in a football player's knee is only going to get worse and worse over time.

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Post combine mock draft time! I decided to user WalterFootball again to save bandwidth.

http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/6408

Tell me what you guys think!



The talent at the top of the draft is so high that I'd be shocked if the QBs went back to back to back like that in the top 5. Honestly, I expect at least one of them to make it to 8, and would not be shocked if one of them saw an Aaron Rodgers like fall.

Like the Watkins pick, but there's no way he could make it to us. Tampa Bay taking Barr over Watkins would be an epic failure, as Barr is not fluid enough to play LB in Lovie's Tampa 2 defense, but not stout enough to be an every down DE.

I like a lot of the picks in the mid range of the draft. Dallas I doubt will be looking at a NT though, as they will desperately need a pass rusher, with or without DeMarcus Ware. I think Austin Donald makes more sense there than Nix. In fact I think Donald is too low, I think he starting to make a name for himself as a top 10-15 prospect (although that can be said for a lot of guys).

There's a few guys I don't believe are first round talents though. I think Rashede Hageman is far too raw for a team to risk a first round pick on him. Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandijo are also probably not first round talents. Moses has the physical tools, but is raw and seems uninterested on the field, he has no nastiness or passion in his game. And Kouandijo's probably going to fall further than most expect due to his knee injuries, arthritis in a football player's knee is only going to get worse and worse over time.


Thanks for reading saint33 - I appreciate it.

I don't know, but at this point in time, I don't see any QB falling just yet. Of course, the draft process is still early along and the process is always in flux. A lot can change in the next couple of months. Heck, at this time last year, Geno Smith was still being talked about as a top five pick.

As far as Dallas, I am not sure. Jason Hatcher is their three technique and they really don't have a run stuffer on their defense. Then again, maybe Dallas would like to play with two three technique type tackles. Aaron Donald definitely is an intriguing prospect. He kinda reminds me of Dontari Poe, minus the size of course.

Personally, I think Ra'Shede is a first round pick. Not many guys have that sheer size and athleticism. I think teams are a little more willing to gamble a bit with an inconsistent player if they have great measurables. Cyrus Kouandijo will probably fall out of round one, but I think Morgan Moses has a good chance to go in round one. His stock has risen over guys like Antonio Richardson and Cyrus Kouandijo.

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HardcoreVikesFan wrote:
Post combine mock draft time! I decided to user WalterFootball again to save bandwidth.

http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/6408

Tell me what you guys think!



The talent at the top of the draft is so high that I'd be shocked if the QBs went back to back to back like that in the top 5. Honestly, I expect at least one of them to make it to 8, and would not be shocked if one of them saw an Aaron Rodgers like fall.

Like the Watkins pick, but there's no way he could make it to us. Tampa Bay taking Barr over Watkins would be an epic failure, as Barr is not fluid enough to play LB in Lovie's Tampa 2 defense, but not stout enough to be an every down DE.

I like a lot of the picks in the mid range of the draft. Dallas I doubt will be looking at a NT though, as they will desperately need a pass rusher, with or without DeMarcus Ware. I think Austin Donald makes more sense there than Nix. In fact I think Donald is too low, I think he starting to make a name for himself as a top 10-15 prospect (although that can be said for a lot of guys).

There's a few guys I don't believe are first round talents though. I think Rashede Hageman is far too raw for a team to risk a first round pick on him. Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandijo are also probably not first round talents. Moses has the physical tools, but is raw and seems uninterested on the field, he has no nastiness or passion in his game. And Kouandijo's probably going to fall further than most expect due to his knee injuries, arthritis in a football player's knee is only going to get worse and worse over time.


I think you mean Aaron Donald but yeah I agree he looks very promising and certainly helped his stock after the senior bowl. Zimmer likes getting after the QB so it wouldn't be a stretch to see two penetrating DT's next to each other.


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saint33 wrote:
HardcoreVikesFan wrote:
Post combine mock draft time! I decided to user WalterFootball again to save bandwidth.

http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/6408

Tell me what you guys think!



The talent at the top of the draft is so high that I'd be shocked if the QBs went back to back to back like that in the top 5. Honestly, I expect at least one of them to make it to 8, and would not be shocked if one of them saw an Aaron Rodgers like fall.

Like the Watkins pick, but there's no way he could make it to us. Tampa Bay taking Barr over Watkins would be an epic failure, as Barr is not fluid enough to play LB in Lovie's Tampa 2 defense, but not stout enough to be an every down DE.

I like a lot of the picks in the mid range of the draft. Dallas I doubt will be looking at a NT though, as they will desperately need a pass rusher, with or without DeMarcus Ware. I think Austin Donald makes more sense there than Nix. In fact I think Donald is too low, I think he starting to make a name for himself as a top 10-15 prospect (although that can be said for a lot of guys).

There's a few guys I don't believe are first round talents though. I think Rashede Hageman is far too raw for a team to risk a first round pick on him. Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandijo are also probably not first round talents. Moses has the physical tools, but is raw and seems uninterested on the field, he has no nastiness or passion in his game. And Kouandijo's probably going to fall further than most expect due to his knee injuries, arthritis in a football player's knee is only going to get worse and worse over time.


Thanks for reading saint33 - I appreciate it.

I don't know, but at this point in time, I don't see any QB falling just yet. Of course, the draft process is still early along and the process is always in flux. A lot can change in the next couple of months. Heck, at this time last year, Geno Smith was still being talked about as a top five pick.

As far as Dallas, I am not sure. Jason Hatcher is their three technique and they really don't have a run stuffer on their defense. Then again, maybe Dallas would like to play with two three technique type tackles. Aaron Donald definitely is an intriguing prospect. He kinda reminds me of Dontari Poe, minus the size of course.

Personally, I think Ra'Shede is a first round pick. Not many guys have that sheer size and athleticism. I think teams are a little more willing to gamble a bit with an inconsistent player if they have great measurables. Cyrus Kouandijo will probably fall out of round one, but I think Morgan Moses has a good chance to go in round one. His stock has risen over guys like Antonio Richardson and Cyrus Kouandijo.


Jason Hatcher is a FA and Dallas is still in the negative as far as cap space, which I why I'd think Donald makes more sense there. They could really go a number of ways though I guess, they have needs all along the DL and if one of the top 2 safeties was there I'd imagine they would have to consider that as well. Donald's higher on my board though than Nix, which is why I think the pick makes more sense

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I figured I would do a mock draft now that free agency has been on-going for a few days.


http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/10828


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http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/10828


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I figured I would do a mock draft now that free agency has been on-going for a few days.


http://walterfootball.com/Mocks/Mock/10828


I would appreciate any feedback! Thanks everyone.


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1st Round

8. Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville


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News of his sub par Pro Day actually makes me feel a bit excited. I don't put much credit in pro day or combine workouts, they are more for coaches/scouts to get a first hand look at a player's technique, footwork, throwing motion, etc. But if the negative reports continue to mount, it can only help our chances that Bridgewater falls. When people discuss Bridgewater's faults, the main thing they point out are his size and level of competition. His size is similar to Aaron Rodgers coming out of college. He has the build to add weight (which he has already done from the end of the season). As for competition level, I don't put much stock into it. Bortles comes from the same division in college and no one seems to point that out. Regardless of competition level, Bridgewater's shown excellent accuracy and ball placement over the past two years. His pocket presence and mobility in and outside of the pocket is exceptional. And above all else, his football intelligence is far beyond his years. Unlike any other QB coming out, Bridgewater makes his own reads at the line of scrimmage and calls his own audibles, and has shown a strong ability to make proper reads presnap and make quick, accurate throws on timing routes. Bridgewater has the ability to "throw his WRs open", something that you don't see often out of QBs in college.

2nd Round

**TRADE**

Minnesota trades their 40th overall pick to New Orleans for the 58th (2nd), 91st (3rd) and 155th (5th) overall picks. (Close value on the Trade Value Chart).

58. Bashaud Breeland, CB Clemson


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After trading down in the 2nd round to pick up extra draft picks, the Vikings add a long athletic corner to compete with Derek Cox as the outside corner in their nickel defense. Breeland is a corner who I believe is not getting enough attention. He has good height and length and is very fluid in and out of his breaks. What I love most about Breeland is his attitude. He's an aggressive player, both in coverage and in tackling. He brings the same level of "grit" to the secondary that has made Seattle's defense so stout.

3rd Round

72. Christian Jones, LB Florida St.


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Vikings address one of their biggest needs here by adding Christian Jones to their LB corps. Jones is an extremely versatile LB who has lined up at numerous positions over his time with FSU. Jones can come in and compete for a starting role at outside linebacker, either at Sam or Will. Known as a "jack of all trades" type player, Jones has superb athleticism, is natural in coverage and brings some pass rush ability as well.

91. Cyril Richardson, OG Baylor

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One time considered a potential first round pick, Cyril Richardson's stock has been falling. He is a big bodied guy who is very strong in pass protection. He has the natural strength to excel in the running game, but coaches need to find a nasty streak in him, as he often doesn't play with the physicality in the run game that will be necessary at the next level. Needs to work on his footwork, especially when required to pull in the run game. Fits the mold of what offensive line coach Jeff Davidson often looks for, and he would come in and immediately compete with Charlie Johnson and Jeff Baca for the starting LG position.

96. Chris Smith, DE/OLB Arkansas

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Vikings add another versatile piece to their defense. Smith is an athletic "hybrid" pass rusher. He has experience rushing the passer standing up or with his hand in the dirt. Brings immediate value as a situational pass rusher behind Everson Griffen, and can play a role at OLB if the Vikings choose to utilize a 3-4 package. Depth at DE is necessary, as the Vikings only viable options right now are Griffen and Robison. While not as large, Smith brings similar traits to Everson Griffen and would be an ideal backup.

4th Round

104. Tre Boston, SS North Carolina


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Vikings add depth and competition to their safety position here. A traditional "box" safety, Boston is an aggressive player who can lay the wood in the run game or on WRs running over the middle. While he still lacks a bit in coverage, he has the natural athleticism to develop. With Harrison Smith as the traditional "centerfielder" in Zimmers defense, Boston would compete with Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo for the starting spot as the Vikings box safety. With development, Boston's ceiling is a Kam Chancellor type player.

5th Round

136. Lache Seastrunk, RB Baylor


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A backup RB is something Vikings should be looking to add in the mid-late rounds of the draft. Seastrunk is a somewhat smaller back, with a build similar to Doug Martin. He runs low and brings a nice combination of power and speed. Seastrunk is still a work in progress as he is not patient enough behind the line of scrimmage and has little experience in the passing game in Baylor's offense, but his upside is very high. He has break away speed and strong lateral agility to make fast cuts. Reports of character concerns have emerged, but outside of rumors that he accepted money to play at Baylor, I haven't found anything substantial to worry about.

155. DeAndre Coleman, DT Cal

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Vikings continue to add big bodies up front, similar to what Zimmer had in Cincinnati. Coleman is an ideal fit at the 1-technique, and would compete immediately with Fred Evans as the backup to Linval Joseph. He's a big bodied kid who excels against the run, however he brings very little in the passing game and he needs to learn to keep his pad level down. Also bring versatility to play either the nose or DE in a 3-4 package.

6th Round

168. Aaron Colvin, CB Oklahoma


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This is a typical Rick Spielman, high reward, low risk pick. Colvin has size, athleticism and is a natural cover man. However, he tore his ACL in practice at the Senior Bowl, dropping his draft stock immensely. Was considered a potential 2nd-3rd round corner before his injury, however will likely fall to the late rounds because he likely won't be ready to play until mid-season at the earliest. Spielman takes a late round flier on a talented kid with a serious injury, and Colvin would likely start out his career on the PUP list.

7th Round

200. Will Clarke, DE West Virginia


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Vikings continue to add depth to their defensive line, filling out the DE position with Will Clarke from WVU. Clarke is a player with ideal size and length, however he is extremely raw and needs significant coaching to develop into a starting caliber player. Best suited to play LE in a 4-3 defense, Clarke would compete as a backup behind Brian Robison. Clarke struggles with technique, under utilizing his natural talents. He is a high character kid with some leadership experience who would make a very good developmental prospect worth of a late draft selection.

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