Kevin C. Cox
College All-Star games are over and underclassmen have declared. The NFL Draft process will turn its attention to the Scouting Combine next, but now's a great time to reflect the changes in "draft stocks" in our latest mock draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Great fit for Andy Reid's west coast offense.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah
In that hybrid defense, Star can play all over.
3. Oakland Raiders - Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M
Best player in the draft. Raiders may want a QB, but...
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
If Jason Peters and Kelce return, Warmack makes this OL one of the best.
5. Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
A slight reach but the Lions are in a tough spot. Trade down likely wanted.
6. Cleveland Browns - Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Switching back to a 3-4 defense creates an Edge Defender need.
7. Arizona Cardinals - Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan
Franchise LT for a team that has probably the worst OL in the NFL.
8. Buffalo Bills - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Bills finally take a swing at a QB in the top 10.
9. New York Jets - Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
Jets can't bank on Sanchez anymore. Glennon could save Rex's job for a few more years.
10. Tennessee Titans - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner is probably a top 6 player in this draft. Titans get the first value pick.
11. San Diego Chargers - Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
Chargers need to protect Rivers if they want to remain relevant.
12. Miami Dolphins - Coradarrelle Patterson,WR, Tennessee
Patterson will probably end up being the top WR taken. Tremendously talented prospect.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Bucs add to pass rush. They could have a dominant DL.
14. Carolina Panthers - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Panthers have needed DT help for over two years.
15. New Orleans Saints - Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas state
Brown is the best 4-3 LB in this draft and top 12 on my board.
16. St. Louis Rams - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The best safety in the draft and he has incredible versatility and upside.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones isn't the top 10 guy we thought, but he's a good fit here.
18. Dallas Cowboys - Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Very top of Cowboys needs is interior OL. Cooper is a better prospect than Zeitler (2012).
19. New York Giants - Ezekiel Ansah, DL, BYU
Besides JPP, New York needs youth at DE. Ansah is all upside.
20. Chicago Bears - Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Minter is the draft's best ILB and would be a replacement for Urlacher.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - DeAndre "Nuke" Hopkins, WR, Clemson
While watching the Falcons in the playoffs, you had to be envious of the way Atlanta has surrounded Matt Ryan with talent. Even the best defenses wouldn't cover Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. If the Bengals want to get everything out of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, they'll need to add a RB and develop other receiving targets. Because I believe Sanu and Marvin Jones can be solid players, I'm only for taking a WR in the first 40-picks if they're very talented and probably the best players available. Hopkins is exactly that. He reminds me of the previously mentioned Roddy White. Good speed, route running, body control, deep ball-tracking and he flashes natural hands. He's a top 20 player in this draft for me and would have contended to be the best receiver in last year's draft.
22. St. Louis Rams - Keenan Allen, WR, California
They've invested in WRs, but none that are all-around talents like Allen.
23. Minnesota Vikings - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Mizzou
Plenty of directions for the Vikings here. BPA and pass rusher is never a bad combination.
24. Indianapolis Colts - D.J. Fluker, T/G, Alabama
Without a 2nd round pick, protecting Luck is priority number one.
25. Seattle Seahawks - Alec Ogletree, WLB, Georgia
Seattle's LB unit becomes one of the youngest and most athletic with this selection.
26. Green Bay Packers - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Pack could lose Jennings, Driver and Finley. It's time to add top talent again.
27. Houston Texans - Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
He'll be at his best as an Strong-ILB in a 3-4 defense. Take the blocks and let Cushing do the work.
28. Denver Broncos - Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss State
After the playoffs, secondary was far and away the biggest need in Denver.
29. New England Patriots - Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida Int'l
Pats get the 2nd best safety in the draft. This is not Senior Bowl hype, Cyprien deserves to be a late 1st round pick.
30. Atlanta Falcons - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Falcons replace Turner with Lacy and instantly improve.
31. San Francisco 49ers - B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
Webb showed that he could play with the big boys this week. He's a prospect.
32. Baltimore Ravens - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
They could be losing Kruger and Suggs never got back to 100% in 2012. Adding a pass rusher will go along way.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
34. Kansas City Chiefs - Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
35. Philadelphia Eagles - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
36. Detroit Lions - Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
37. Cincinnati Bengals - Datone Jones, DL, UCLA
Jones had a great Senior Bowl week playing both DE spots and also beating up on interior O-linemen in pass rush situations. He's always been a top 40-pick for me and this past week solidified that. He could replace Geathers or Gilberry as rotational DE and start next to Atkins in nickel defense. (Which 52% of all the Bengals defenses snaps were in Nickel) He can be an 8-10 sack guy in this rotation.
38. Arizona Cardinals - Matt Barkley, QB, USC
39. New York Jets - Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
40. Tennessee Titans - Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
41. Buffalo Bills - Khaseem Greene, WLB, Rutgers
42. Miami Dolphins - Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Will Davis, CB, Utah State
44. Carolina Panthers - Tavon Austin, "Athlete", West Virginia
45. St.Louis Rams - Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
46. San Diego Chargers - Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama
47. Dallas Cowboys - Kawann Short, DT, Perdue
48. Pittsburgh Steelers - D.J. Swearinger, S, S.Carolina
49. New York Giants - Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
50. Chicago Bears - Travis Frederick, G/C, Wisconsin
51. Cincinnati Bengals - Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
No running back in this draft excites me more than Franklin. I compared him to LeSean McCoy in my breakdown last week and I think he can be that piece to really open up the Bengals offense for Dalton and Green. With already adding Hopkins, this offense has enough firepower to win a playoff game and leave no excuses.
52. Washington Redskins - Barrett Jones, C/G, Alabama
53. Minnesota Vikings - Robert Woods, WR, USC
54. Miami Dolphins - Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
55. Seattle Seahawks - Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
56. Green Bay Packers - Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
57. Houston Texans - Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
58. Denver Broncos - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
59. New England Patriots - Quinton Patton, WR, La Tech.
60. Atlanta Falcons - Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
61. San Francisco 49ers - Eric Reid, FS, LSU
62. Baltimore Ravens - Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia