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: Luck will be under tremendous pressure in replacing Peyton Manning, an all-time great. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. 2. Redskins: It cost them dearly, but the Redskins will get their man in Griffin, a true dual-threat. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor.
3. Vikings: The Vikings are going to take Kalil. Dismiss any chatter out of Minnesota that states otherwise. Matt Kalil, OT, USC. 4. Browns: They missed out on RGIII, but they need playmakers no matter who their QB is. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. 5. Buccaneers: They improved their offense in free agency. Now they turn their focus to defense. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. 6. Rams: Blackmon would be ideal, but they won’t complain about getting this touted runner. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama.
7. Jaguars: This pick might be a stretch, but so was giving big money to Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Laurent Robinson. 8. Dolphins: After missing out on Manning, they need to do something at the QB position. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. 9. Panthers: The Panthers have many needs. Improving their pass rush is chief among them. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina.
10. Bills: The Bills have been looking for a top left tackle for years. Can this nasty lineman be the guy? Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. 11. Chiefs: The Chiefs could use this workout warrior front and center in their defensive front. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. 12. Seahawks: He would be a great fit in terms of value and need for Pete Carroll’s defense. Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College. 13. Cardinals: Arizona could go with a lineman here, but the pass rush also needs a boost. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina. 14. Cowboys: They signed CB Mark Barron, S, Alabama. Brandon Carr and can continue to bolster their secondary with Barron. 15. Eagles: They continue to beef up against the run after trading for MLB Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. DeMeco Ryans. 16. Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. Rex Ryan’s Jets need a consistent pass-rushing threat attacking from the edges.
17. Bengals: They missed Jonathan Joseph last season and Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. Leon Hall is coming off a major injury. 18. Chargers: The Chargers could use a guard and a right tackle. Glenn can fill one of those spots. Cordy Glenn, OT/G, Georgia. 19. Bears: . They got a No. 1 receiver in the Brandon Marshall deal. Now they can focus on the line. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State 20. Titans: Like Jimmy Smith a year ago, those dreaded “character concerns” could drop him. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. 21. Bengals: They could take a running back here, but the value would be better in Round 2. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford. 22. Browns: They Browns can bookend Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois. Jabaal Sheard with Mercilus, an athletic quarterback-chaser. 23. Lions: The Lions whiffed on cornerbacks in free agency, so they should draft one early. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina. 24. Steelers: The Steelers can keep their championship window wide open with a strong draft. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford. 25. Broncos: The Broncos add another weapon for Manning, who will help Wright blossom early. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor. 26. Texans: After losing Nick Perry, DE, USC. Mario Williams in free agency, they add another young playmaker to replace him. 27. Patriots: The Patriots, in need of pass rushers, will find a way to put this versatile prospect to use. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson. 28. Packers: . The Packers, who lost Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin Scott Wells in free agency, nab the draft’s top center before the Ravens’ pick. 29. Ravens: Smart, disciplined and instinctive, Hightower can be plugged in next to Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama. Ray Lewis right away. 30. 49ers: The 49ers are stout against the run, but they still could use an infusion of youth up front. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St. 31. Patriots: They had Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech. Julian Edelman playing in their nickel package in the playoffs. Enough said. 32. Giants: The younger brother of Ravens DT Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse. Arthur Jones, Chandler Jones could crack the first round.