This is my Mock draft for the first 10 picks and then ours through the 4th round. I have also listed in a trade and reasoning. Would love some feedback! Again this isn’t my wish list (would much rather have Peterson), but it’s what I think is going to happen on draft day.
Carolina – Nick Fairley, DT – Auburn – People forget that Carolina had plenty of pass rush from the DE spot last year as Charles Johnson had over 10 sacks and Everett Brown is improving. Fairley will help in rushing the passer and stopping the run. Since Bowers/Peterson/Fairley will be graded so evenly, I think the pick goes to the greater need.
Denver – D’Quan Bowers -- I don’t like the “Bailey is leaving so Peterson is the guy comparison” because I think this team will simply select the best player available to them. Elvis will be a question mark on his return and Ayers has been a disappointment so far. There are holes in the secondary, but that will wait.
Buffalo – Patrick Peterson, CB – LSU –I could also see this being AJ Green based on how crazy Buffalo drafts, it’s almost like you throw logic out and throw a dart at a dartboard for this pick. I just feel that Buffalo’s front office feels like they can get production based on their offensive system (see Stevie Johnson) and will want a CB like Revis for themselves.
Cincinnati – AJ Green, WR – Georgia – Owens will be gone, Ocho will probably follow, and Simpson appears to be a really good #2 option. Green’s the guy to go with the owner’s commitment to Carson.
Arizona – Von Miller, OLB – Texas A & M – Their pass rush is awful, the D-line has a bright future though with Dan Williams, Dockett, and Campbell on it. Rushing the passer would go a long way towards hiding the problems their secondary showed last year. Whisenhunt was following Miller at Senior Bowl.
Cleveland – Marcell Dareus, DL – Alabama – This would give a great run support/interior pass rusher to partner with an aging Shaun Rogers. He is also versatile enough to play DE in 3-4, so could be beneficial in sub packages. They wanted Miller or Green and “settle” on Dareus.
San Fran – Robert Quinn, DE/OLB – UNC – We need a pass rusher (we’ve beaten the horse to death) and this guy could be the next DeMarcus Ware. He has great speed, used his hands well, and has the burst that can’t be taught. He’ll be the difference between Lawson’s “pressures” and real hits on the QB!
Tennessee – Blaine Gabbert, QB – Missouri – New regime, new QB for a team with no coach and no quarterback currently. Has a lot of good things in his game and has the frame/skill-set to improve in most NFL offenses. Having Chris Johnson in the backfield will certainly help the rookie’s cause!
Dallas – Prince Amukamara, CB – Nebraska – Newman just looked old last year in a lot of spots and Mike Jenkins certainly regressed. Both Scandrick and Jenkins have proven to be too hot-headed, as effective long term replacements for Newman. Amukamara is also BPA at this point which makes an easy decision for Jerry Jones.
Washington – Cam Newton, QB – Auburn – I do believe that this pick will be traded and probably won’t be Newton at #10, but I do think that Newton is going to Washington in Rd 1. Just a hunch but I think the team will feel pressure to replace McNabb and don’t feel confident enough about other prospects being available with their other picks. Most likely a trade down a few spots, but Cam goes to the Skins.
More picks through the rest of our draft:
Round 2: TRADED TO PHILLY for Kevin Kolb. It just seems like this deal is already in the preliminary stages at this point. I’m not a real big fan of this move, but I do believe it’s going to happen. It just always seems that Philly fleeces teams for 2nd round picks on their back-up QB’s. The difference could be a similar Offense and Philly did have him listed as the starter last year. (Probably going to have to give a conditional pick in 2012 and our other 4th rounder this year as well).
Round 3: Rashad Carmichael– CB, VA Tech—This position has been sorry for years and I think that Carmichael will at least get a chance to play in Nickel right away. Brown needs to only play Dime/Special teams coverage.
Round 4: Jerrelle Powe, NT – Ole Miss – Get a big bodied guy to help rotate with Franklin and potentially replace him.
Round 4 #2 is traded to Philly…
Round 5 : Stanley Havili, FB- USC—I think Harbaugh will greet him over the phone and ask “what’s your deal?” right away to clear any hard feelings.