Hensley's mock draft (Version 2.0)

This is the second version of Jamison Hensley's mock draft:

1. Carolina: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn. The decision will ultimately boil down between Newton and Marcell Dareus. Because this is a franchise in need of a big splash, the Panthers will take the quarterback with the big upside.


2. Denver: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama. Some contend Von Miller will make the bigger impact, but Dareus fills the bigger need for the Broncos.

3. Buffalo: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M. The Bills have to address the disappointment of 2009 first-round pick Aaron Maybin, who has zero career sacks in two seasons.


4. Cincinnati: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU. The popular pick here has been A.J. Green. Just can't see Marvin Lewis passing on the draft's top cornerback for the top wide receiver.

5. Arizona: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri. Larry Fitzgerald doubts the Cardinals will take Gabbert. But Arizona needs to find a quarterback of the future before all of them get snapped up in the first round.6. Cleveland: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina. It's difficult to think Green would fall past the Browns, but he doesn't fit into the Browns' West Coast Offense. So, Cleveland addresses pass rush.

7. San Francisco: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska. Even though the 49ers have their fingers crossed for Peterson to plummet this far, the 49ers shouldn't complain about getting the second-best cornerback in the draft.

8. Tennessee: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia. Green would be upset if he lasted this long. The Titans would be doing backflips.

9. Dallas: Aldon Smith, DE-OLB, Missouri. Nearly everyone predicts the Cowboys will select offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Instead, they take the player often compared to DeMarcus Ware.

10. Washington: Jake Locker, QB, Washington. When Mike Shanahan wants a quarterback, he gets him (see Jay Cutler).

11. Houston: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn. Work ethic concerns cause one of the most dominant defenders in college to drop out of the top 10.

12. Minnesota: Tyron Smith, OT, USC. The Vikings really need a quarterback. Before that happens, they find someone to protect him.


13. Detroit: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College. The Lions barely miss out on Smith, but they'll happily pick Castonzo, the other tackle who can start immediately.

14. St. Louis: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama. It might be foolish to think Jones will fall to the Rams here. The expectation here is that St. Louis will trade up to get a legitimate weapon for Sam Bradford.

15. Miami: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas. This has become the latest trendy pick for the Dolphins. This surely would be a desperation move by Miami.

16. Jacksonville: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson. Health concerns could push Bowers out of the first round. Bowers' potential as a dominant pass rusher gives him the edge over safer picks in Ryan Kerrigan or J.J. Watt.

17. New England: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin. Watt's leadership gives direction to a rebuilding defense.

18. San Diego: Cameron Jordan, DE/OLB, California. Could Jordan become the next Shawne Merriman?


19. N.Y. Giants: Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida. The Giants, who passed on Maurkice Pouncey last year, address an aging offensive line with his twin brother.

20. Tampa Bay: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue. The Buccaneers fill a big void at defensive end with a consistent, relentless pass rusher.

21. Kansas City: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin. After three straight years of using a first-round pick on a defensive player, the Chiefs find their starting right tackle in Carimi.

22. Indianapolis: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado. A year after passing on Rodger Saffold (starting LT for Rams), the Colts won't make that mistake again.

23. Philadelphia: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple. The Eagles need to find someone to help the front four generate a pass rush.

24. New Orleans: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa. The Saints find the eventual replacement for declining Alex Brown.


25. Seattle: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU. With the uncertainty surrounding Matt Hasselbeck, the Seahawks are forced to a quarterback. Luckily for Seattle, Dalton is a great fit.

26. RAVENS: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado. Smith brings character concerns that have caused some teams to take him off their draft board. But he also brings size, speed and confidence that cornerbacks need to thrive in this league. There are some comparisons to Chris McAlister, which isn't a negative when focusing on the on-field production.

27. Atlanta: Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona. Reed's great motor makes him the pick over Georgia's Justin Houston.

28. New England: Danny Watkins, G, Baylor. The Patriots, who have been unable to sign Logan Mankins to a new contract for almost a year, land his replacement in this draft.

29. Chicago: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois. Some think the Bears will draft an offensive tackle, but they also need a defensive tackle after cutting Tommie Harris.

30. N.Y. Jets: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina. Rex Ryan is one coach who will see more talent than character issues with Austin.


31. Pittsburgh: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas. With Ike Taylor possibly headed to free agency, the Steelers can fill that hole with either Williams or Miami's Brandon Harris.

32. Green Bay: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State. Getting a talent like Heyward with the final pick of the first round is a steal for the Super Bowl champions.

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