After a wild first week in free agency that was punctuated with Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, we have a better idea of what needs teams will address in April’s NFL draft. So now seems like a good time for our second mock draft of the offseason. (This mock draft does not account for potential trades.)
And remember, these are called “mock” drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously.
1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. Luck will be under tremendous pressure in replacing Peyton Manning, an all-time great.
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2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. It cost them dearly, but the Redskins will get their man in Griffin, a true dual-threat.
3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC. The Vikings are going to take Kalil. Dismiss any chatter out of Minnesota that states otherwise.
4. Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. They missed out on RGIII, but they need playmakers no matter who their QB is.
5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. They improved their offense in free agency. Now they turn their focus to defense.
6. Rams: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. Blackmon would be ideal, but they won’t complain about getting this touted runner.
7. Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. This pick might be a stretch, but so was giving big money to Laurent Robinson.
8. Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. After missing out on Manning, they need to do something at the QB position.
9. Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. The Panthers have many needs. Improving their pass rush is chief among them.
10. Bills: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. The Bills have been looking for a top left tackle for years. Can this nasty lineman be the guy?
11. Chiefs: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. The Chiefs could use this workout warrior front and center in their defensive front.
12. Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College. He would be a great fit in terms of value and need for Pete Carroll’s defense.
13. Cardinals: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina. Arizona could go with a lineman here, but the pass rush also needs a boost.
14. Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama. They signed CB Brandon Carr and can continue to bolster their secondary with Barron.
15. Eagles: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. They continue to beef up against the run after trading for MLB DeMeco Ryans.
16. Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. Rex Ryan’s Jets need a consistent pass-rushing threat attacking from the edges.
17. Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. They missed Jonathan Joseph last season and Leon Hall is coming off a major injury.
18. Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OT/G, Georgia. The Chargers could use a guard and a right tackle. Glenn can fill one of those spots.