I recently sat down with Jarrett Haas and did a mega-podcast over the draft’s first round. We mocked all of round one and only agreed on six picks because this draft is the most unpredictable in about 20 years. That makes for exciting entertainment and possible torture for fans. I have re-mocked the first round from my previous set of selections from the podcast. I tried to increase my chances in my quest to be correct about the future of NFL teams.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
Kansas City needs protection for newly acquired QB Alex Smith. Not having it is partially why former Chiefs QB Matt Cassel failed. Also, they released OT Eric Winston and franchised OT Brandon Albert. Albert is also in trade rumors to the Miami Dolphins.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon
The Jaguars have a new defensive minded coach in Gus Bradley and in the modern NFL a pass rush is of priority. The Jaguars do not have it and they will need someone to chase down both each Andrew Luck and Matt Schaub twice a year. Jordan is that man.
3. Oakland Raiders- Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
The Oakland Raiders have drafted terribly over the last couple years. They make the safe pick in Floyd who should be a solid starter for the next 10 years.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
Anybody who has watched the Eagles over the last two years knows that Vick has been beaten up and knocked out of games. His back up QB Nick Foles even had his season end with a broken hand. New head coach Chip Kelly takes a solid left tackle to anchor his line for the future.
5. Detroit Lions- Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
The top two tackles are gone but the Lions still take Johnson to protect Stafford. Johnson has the highest upside out of any of the tackles due to the fact he’s only been an OT for slightly under three years
6. Cleveland Browns- Dee Milliner CB Alabama
The Browns like the Raiders have been bad for a while. The Browns take Milliner who is the strongest CB by far in the draft. They will get their guy to hopefully neutralize the Bengal’s WR A.J Green. Milliner has Darrelle Revis like potential.
*Look for the Browns to trade back if one of the OTs are still available, most likely with Miami.
7. Arizona Cardinals- Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
Arizona wants an OT but those guys should be off the board by pick seven. Reaching for another would be too risky. They take athletic freak in Ansah and get a guy to chase down mobile QBs Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson who they’ll each face twice a year
8. Buffalo Bills- Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina
The Bills could reach for a QB here but I see them still getting a guy in the 2nd round. They instead take one of the two best guards available in years in Cooper to replace Andy Levitre. The Bills lost Levitre to free agency.
9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB LSU
Mingo is perfect for Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense and should get them the outside push rush needed to make it work effectively.
10. Tennessee Titans- Chance Warmack OG Alabama
The Titans signed G Andy Levitre and draft G Chance Warmack giving them one of the best guard tandems in the league to create blocks in the next level for RB Chris Johnson
11. San Diego Chargers- Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
San Diego wants one of the top five linemen but missed out on all of them. They instead take the draft’s rising star, slot WR Tavon Austin and give QB Philip Rivers a weapon.
12. Miami Dolphins- Star Lotulelei NT Utah
This picked is based on Miami getting the Brandon Albert deal done with Kansas City. The Dolphins get a strong DT/NT in Lotulelei who slides out of the top 10 due to his heart condition.
13. New York Jets via Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
With both the guards and WR Austin gone the Jets with their acquired pick in the Revis trade take S Kenny Vaccaro. He is needed to replace the safeties they lost in free agency.
14. Carolina Panthers- Sheldon Richardson DT MIssouri
Carolina needs size up front and somebody to keep guys off LB Luke Kuechly. They get their guy in DT Sheldon Richardson.
15. New Orleans Saints (TRADE) Pittsburg Steelers- Jarvious Jones OLB Georgia
With most of the players they want gone, the Steelers jump the gun and swap picks with the Saints to guarantee them Jones or WR Corderrelle Patterson.
16. St. Louis Rams- Alec Ogletree OLB Georgia
The Rams have a lot of the guys they want taken ahead of them. They address the third team need in OLB with Ogletree.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (TRADE) New Orleans Saints- Bjoern Werner
The Saints need guys for new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense. They land tackle machine DE/OLB Werner while gaining some more picks from Pittsburgh.
18. Dallas Cowboys (TRADE) Chicago Bears -Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
Sensing the Giants will take Eifert and give Eli Manning another weapon Dallas sticks it to their division rival and ensures the Bears get the play making TE.
19. New York Giants- D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
The Giants have an aging line and need improvements. They take the best right tackle in the draft and protect Eli Manning.
20. Chicago Bears- (TRADE) Dallas Cowboys- Tank Carradine DT Florida State
The Cowboys draft a massive defensive tackle that gives them depth and youth at an aging position.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Jonathan Cyprien SS FIU
The Bengals have few real needs. Safety is one of them. They take a chance on a small school guy with something to prove who should aid a team poised to win their division next year.
22. St. Louis Rams via Washington Redskins- Corderrelle Patterson.
The Rams signed pro bowler OT Jake Long to protect franchise QB Sam Bradford and then draft him a weapon to throw to. Patterson is the best true WR in the draft.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Manti Te’o ILB Notre Dame
The Vikings need a linebacker to complement a great defensive line. Te’o is great fit and should have blockers kept off of him by the Pro Bowl caliber linemen in front of him
24. Indianapolis Colts- Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
Indianapolis needs a run stuffer to plug up front due to the fact they play against Maurice Jones-Drew and Arian Foster each twice a year.
25. Minnesota Vikings via Seattle Seahawks- Robert Woods WR USC
This pick gives Ponder another weapon who can play opposite of Greg Jennings. The pressure is off of WR Woods and he can take his time to make a proper transition.
26. Green Bay Packers – Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
This is a luxury pick that fills Green Bay’s huge need for a RB. He won’t have to carry the offense and can block in the backfield for QB Aaron Rodgers.
27. Houston Texans- Keenan Allen WR California
Houston needs to finds a wide receiver to go opposite of Andre Johnson. They have promised Johnson this for the last couple of seasons. Allen can be an excellent number two receiver and could be Houston’s missing piece to the Super Bowl.
28. Denver Broncos- Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
Anybody who watched the Broncos playoff game against the Ravens knows why this pick needs to be made. Rhodes can also learn from future Hall of Fame CB Champ Baliey.
29. New England Patriots- Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
New England is missing a deep threat. They address secondary needs in free agency and now need somebody to sprint down field. All he needs to do is look for QB Tom Brady to put the ball in the proper spots. Hunter is the Pats man for the job.
30. Atlanta Falcons- Desmond Trufant CB Washington
Atlanta lost both cornors in free agency. They start to replace one of them by taking Trufant. He is a solid coverage corner who could turn into a prime shut down guy if developed properly.
31. San Francisco 49ers- TRADE Buffalo Bills Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse
The 49ers are loaded at positions of need and the strength of this draft is in the second and third round. Trading the pick to Buffalo gives them three picks in the second round. Buffalo’s new head coach Doug Marrone gets his collage QB from Syracuse.
32. Baltimore Ravens- Matt Elam S Florida
Elam is a playmaker and is a bit small which is why he has a lower grade than the other safeties. He if put in the right system could be Baltimore’s guy to replace Ed Reed.