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The 247 Hours until the draft Mock Draft (in honor of those who like the draft 24-7)

1 IND...A LUCK, QB...boy, that was easy

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2 WAS...RGIII, QB...you don’t give away all those picks to trade up for something other than a QB, and Tannenhill isn’t getting that much hype

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3 MIN...M KALIL, OT...all mock drafts should start at #4 since the first 3 are more or less given.

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4 CLE...M CLAIBORNE, CB...the Brows are now run by ex-Packers. The Packers don’t draft skill guys high in the draft, but focus on O-Line and Defense. So I’m not taking Trent or Blackmon here. Claiborne is the top O-Line or Defensive player at #4, and forms a formidable tandem w/Haden.

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5 TB... T RICHARDSON, RB...Tent is a huge upgrade over Blount, but Blackmon would be a huge upgrade over a regressing M Williams and underproductive Benn. The terrible QB play could be improved by Blackmon, but I think Trent is more pressing for them to take.

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6 STL... J BLACKMON, WR...I really could see 5 & 6 flipped. St Louis desperately needs WR help though.

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7 JAX...M FLOYD, WR...when your top receiver has under 500 yards, you have serious problems on offense. They could use a M Roth replacement, but the offense is screaming for help.

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8 MIA...R TANNENHILL, QB...the popular pick for them lately. If Ponder & Locker & Gabbert taught us anything last year, it’s that teams will reach for QB’s when they don’t have one. M Moore is a nice stop-gap but isn’t a solution. The team who hasn’t had a quality QB since Marino will try to find a serviceable QB here.

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9 CAR...L KUECHLY, LB...apparently Carolina is smitten with him. He’s more popular as a 10~15 type of pick, but 9’s awful close to the 10~15 range.

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10 BUF...R REIFF, OT...They’re paying a lot of $ to Fitzpatrick & Stevie Johnson, and with CJ Spiller and Fred Jax running the ball, they have the weapons they want – now they’ve got to put together the line to make the weapons effective.

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11 KC...D DECASTRO, OG...sorry he isn’t falling to Cincy way down at 17.

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12 SEA...M INGRAM, DE...a great fit for them and a great pickup in terms of top player on the board

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13 ARI...F COX, DT...he’s jumping up rankings lately and is a top player here for them. They could use a WR to replace Boldin, but there is nobody worth #13 overall available at WR with Floyd already gone.

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14 DAL...D POE, DT...like Carolina w/Kuechly, apparently Dallas really likes this year’s combine hero Poe.

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15 PHI...M BROCKERS, DT...no, this isn’t an intentional run on DT’s. Philly seems to like Brockers, and he could be a good fit. He’s a reasonable value here. They could go in multiple directions.

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16 NYJ...M BARRON, SS...they missed out on Reggie Nelson, so they get their safety here.

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17 CIN...S GILMORE, CB...Question – how many 1st round CB’s do the Bengals need? Answer – One more. ha ha! From all the Cincy Jungle posts I’ve read, he’s the favorite pick here of anybody remaining.

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18 SD...Q COPLES, DE...I don’t see him falling any farther. Great talent. Fits what the Chargers need.

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19 CHI...C GLENN, OG...The Bears need help on the O-Line, especially at guard.

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20 TEN...J MARTIN, OT...A blocker for Chris Johnson and whoever they decide to run out there at QB. Martin is rated anywhere from 10~30, so he could be a good value at 20.

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21 CIN...C UPSHAW, DE...I think Dre is out of the mix if they grab Gilmore at 17, and 21 seems high for Konz, who is good but not elite. A lot of folks may want K Wright or a reach for D Martin here, but Marvin seems to like Reinard Wilson/D Pollack 2.0, and if he’s still there, he could be the pick. They want to reduce Michael Johnson’s reps, and D Harvey wasn’t available cheap because he’s good. So there is certainly a spot on their defense for him. I think the loudest screams from Cincy Jungle land in this case would be for K Wright, but I don’t see them taking another 1st round WR, especially if they like Upshaw as much as they seem to like him.

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Let’s face it. After 21, who cares? But just for the heck of it, I continued on

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22 CLE...K WRIGHT, WR...they passed on WR/RB early in round 1 but desperately need a playmaker, and he’s a good value here with an extra 1st round pick.

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23 DET...D KIRKPATRICK, CB...They need a CB, and after dealing w/Nick Fairly, I’m not seeing them grab another potential red flag in Jenkins. Not that Dre is clean of his own red flags, but is the cleaner of the top 2 CB’s remaining.

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24 PIT...D HIGHTOWER, LB...They always seem to go defense. They took D Linemen Hood & Heyward recently, and now grab a good LB.

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25 DEN...C FLEENER, TE...They need somebody for Manning to throw the ball to. The free agents they signed aren’t exactly starter material. Fleener could easily start for them, and the best WR’s left are reaches, and you don’t sign Manning who has a short shelf life remaining only to draft WR’s that may need a year or two until they produce. Hill would be like D Thomas if they went for him, and I’m not sure they can wait for Hill to develop into something useful.

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26 HOU...S HILL, WR...Speaking of reaching for WR’s. WR is the big hole in Houston, and they can afford to draft a project like Hill and bring him along slowly with Andre Johnson & other serviceable receivers already in house.

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27 NE...W MERCILUS, DE...They need help up front with some good, young players.

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28 GB...N PERRY, DE...Typical Green Bay pick, improve in the trenches or on defense with a good quality player.

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29 BAL...P KONZ, C...can replace Grubbs now, and eventually Birk.

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30 SF...J JENKINS, CB...the defense was good, but could use help at CB.

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31 NE...D STILL, DT...what is this? The Patriots always seem to have multiple 1st round picks. Geesh!

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32 NYG...M ADAMS, OT...a good value at a good position type of pick.

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Round 2 CIN K OSEMELE, OG...I was going to go L Miller here (D Martin will be gone), but then realized that they still don’t have a starting RG on the roster, and this could be an instant fix on the O-Line and starter. He’s a BPA pick here also.

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Round 3 CIN M JONES, WR...Isiah Pead would be a more popular pick, but I figure with Scott/BJGE/Leonard/Peerman they are more set at RB than WR which behind Green/Shipley is lacking any real depth with Caldwell & Simpson gone. I don’t think you want to go into camp relying on Hawkins/Binn as your #2 WR? He is also a BPA pick here.

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Round 4 CIN SOMEBODY, ??...I’m pretty confident that I have this selection correct. I think they’ll go with best available, but not knowing who the BPA will be it’s hard to make a selection, so I’ll just say L James, RB just so that I can say something and hear the James haters complain that they should have taken Pead in round 3.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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