2013 Mock Draft 1

from Nick Suss

Feb. 27, 2013, 9:55 a.m.

There is nothing in this world I love to write up more than NFL Draft Analysis. I know this. Most of my readers know this. Now here is the thing. I know I’m not the biggest expert on scouting in the world. I am not Todd McShay or Mel Kiper or even Mike Mayock. I watch college football for the pleasure for the most part, and only watch 5-10 games a year for the purpose of scouting tape. I watch the combine religiously and I know strengths and weaknesses for the players, but I am not inside their heads like some of the draftniks are. But, I do feel I have one expertise in Mock Drafting. I know trends. I understand, for the most part, which teams have holes in which areas, which holes and areas are most likely to be stretched for or forced into runs, and which players fit these positional holes and runs. Last year, for example, I accurately forecasted six first round picks, which I know was more than Kiper, probably only by one, but still. Without further explanation of my ethos, here we go with my first 2013 Mock Draft.

But first, I must begin by answer the first question from our Ask Stories House initiative. ItsNotUs from the Ice Planet of Hoth asks “What happens to the players from the combine that no teams want?” Good question ItsNotUs. Let me first begin by saying that judging by your yearbook picture, you actually must be from the Ice Planet of HOT. I mean schwing, am I right? Second, if you are in fact from Hoth, you really should not be walking around in swim wear. Take advice from your brother Luke. He almost froze to death and he was wearing winter clothes. Thirdly, I am confused as to how you are simultaneously six people at once. My yearbook didn’t even allow me to pose, let alone be multiple people. I guess schooling is different in a galaxy far, far way. But anyway, to answer your question, not all players that are invited to the combine are drafted. In a given year there are generally 255 selections in the NFL draft and 330 or so are invited to the combine. Not all of the 255 players selected are even invited to the combine. However, the day after the draft ends, any undrafted free agent, or any draft eligible graduated senior or junior/redshirt sophomore who declared for the draft before the mid-January deadline, can be picked up and signed to a minimum contract by any team. In this regard, the players can choose which team they wish to play on if multiple teams want them. Those who are not chosen may go play football in other leagues, return to their college or high school to coach, pursue vocations elsewhere in the real world, or just live a sad life alone until a team finally offers them the position of Assistant Water Coordinator. I hope that helps. But if you have any more questions, please feel free to come see me on the planet of Earth. But bring the swim wear. It’s customary for visitors to wear practically no clothes when the meet a stranger on Earth.

  1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M For the record, I think Chiefs would be best served trading this pick away. However, in the state of the NFL today and with consideration of the talent pool in this year’s draft, there are a total of two teams that would be willing to trade up to this pick in my opinion. Those teams, the Bills and Cardinals, truly can’t afford to give up years’ worth of draft picks to bring in Joeckel. I don’t want to make it seem like the Chiefs are stuck with Joeckel though. If you pop on the game tape against LSU this year, Joeckel made first round prospects Kiki Mingo and Sam Montgomery look like Division II prospects. The kid can flat block. He may be a little bit slower and weaker than you would want from a kid going as early as possible, but from a technical perspective, I really haven’t seen anyone outside of Matt Kalil who was better in the past three years.

  2. Jacksonville: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon Let me preface my explanation here by saying one thing: keep in mind which team is picking here. I am far from Dion Jordan’s biggest fan. I think he is too small to earn a selection this high, but this is a Mock Draft, not a top 32 board. Dion Jordan’s pure athleticism combined with the production he displayed last year will be a perfect fit in Gus Bradley’s new system. He will be having surgery soon which will eliminate his pro-day, but he wowed everyone at the combine to a point of earning a pick this high from a franchise that loves to stretch for defensive ends.

  3. Oakland: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida Here is another example of me making a pick with which I disagree, but feel it will happen. Until the most recent of developments at the combine, Star Lotulelei would have been no lower than here, but his heart condition will almost undoubtedly drop his stock. In walks Sharrif Floyd. Without an afterthought, the first time I watched Floyd play, I knew he would be a top 20 pick. He is unnaturally quick for someone in his frame and he gets after the passer as well as he clogs holes for runners. In any other year, I really don’t know if he would go this high, but he is a fantastic player and the Raiders would benefit greatly from his addition.

  4. Philadelphia: Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama I am married to this pick and have been since the draft process began. It may have been unthinkable to say this as soon as nine months ago, but the Eagles’ secondary is quite easily its weakest area. Dee Milliner is a plug in guy, capable of playing day one if Asomugha or Rodgers-Cromartie needs to bump to safety or capable of playing safety himself. Anyone who watched the BCS Championship game knows that Milliner can play, but when you compound the pedigree of the defense he came from in college with his elite size and measurables, you know for sure this kid is the unquestioned best DB in the draft. On a completely different note, don’t be surprised to see the Eagles select Lotulelei, Sheldon Richardson, Johnathan Hankins, or Floyd if he falls here despite selecting a DT last year early in Fletcher Cox. The team is rebuilding for youth and just recently ditched two of their rotational defensive line starters in Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, creating a hole where there wasn’t one. But that’s just a point to ponder.

  5. Detroit: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Alright, picking a guard fifth overall is ridiculously high even I will admit that. However, let me list to you every player listed as a guard on the Detroit Lions’ active roster: Dylan Gandy and Rob Sims. That is all. One more player, Bill Nagy, was listed as a guard and is on the Injured Reserve list. Outside of practice squad players, that is all they have. Guard isn’t the Lions’ biggest need, but Warmack may be the single most talented player in the draft. With the fifth pick in the draft, Jim Schwartz is too good of a drafter to stretch on a defensive end or on an outside linebacker this early. Chance Warmack is an automatic starter who made the word “dominate” seem to weak this year. Against players dominating defenses this year like Notre Dame, UGA, LSU, and Texas A&M, he dominated the dominators. Trust me, this man is a behemoth and without a doubt can translate that talent into the big leagues this fall.

  6. Cleveland: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia To this point, it is unclear whether or not the Browns will be running a 3-4, a 4-3, or some sort of weird combination of the two, but regardless of that Jarvis is a good fit. This is a team which has thrived running Rob Ryan’s defense and also has done well, by Browns standards, under a 4-3. Jarvis Jones is that kind of talent. He is best served as a stand up OLB, but he can quite well bulk up and put his hand in the dirt. The Browns were a good team for turnovers last season, but adding Jones may well push them in to the top 10 defenses in football. He is a fantastic playmaker and may well go earlier than this. Don’t be surprised if the Browns go a different way though. They are in drastic need of backside O-Line help and could plug in Warmack, Eric Fisher, or Jonathan Cooper and they would also be helped by bringing in a wide-out, but there is no receiver worthy of selection this highly.

  7. Arizona: Matt Barkley, QB, USC Whoa, didn’t see that coming did you? Here’s the thing about Barkley: he put up monster numbers his junior year and slowed off his senior year, showing a decrease in decision making abilities and throwing passes he really shouldn’t have. He regressed quite a bit this year. That being said, the kid is a four-year starter at a top flight university. All of the intangibles are there. The accuracy is there. What he lacks in arm-strength, he makes up for in experience and leadership. Arm strength in many ways can be taught. Decision making is extremely easily taught. If you look at the last time that a QB was in the same circumstance as Barkley, Jake Locker in 2010, Locker rose to the 8th pick despite a putrid senior year at Washington. And with all the respect in the world to my starting QB, Barkley is a far more refined passer who played four years under not one but two different former pro head coaches. As for the Cardinals, did you know that Kevin Kolb threw the most touchdown passes for them last year? He only played in four and a half games. The rest of the season, between John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, the Cardinals had the most putrid air strike in the NFL, wasting another prime year of Larry Fitzgerald’s Canton-headed career. The Cardinals cannot afford another year of mediocrity. They need a change of pace. And even if Matt Barkley isn’t Luck, Griffin, or Wilson like we thought he would’ve been last year, I can guarantee that 16 games of Matt Barkley is an improvement over 16 games of Kolb, Skelton, or Lindley.

  8. Buffalo: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan This pick is an absolute no brainer. The Bills have been in need of a top-flight tackle since they traded Jason Peters to the Eagles. No player in this draft is rising quicker than Eric Fisher. The two converge right here at pick number 8. Eric Fisher is a freakish athlete, something that is surprisingly common this year. A former skill player, Fisher converted to offensive line late in his high school career and from there has followed a path to stardom. When the process is all said and done, don’t be surprised to hear Fisher’s name up there with the Joeckels and the Jordans of the world for first overall. If the Bills wind up having Fisher fall in their laps, consider it a gold mine.

  9. NY Jets: Cordarrelle Patterson, WO, Tennessee The Jets biggest need is obviously at QB. However, I am not that high on Geno Smith and I don’t think that the Jets would use this high of a pick on a QB right now when they are still on the hook for so much Sanchez money. That being said, this year proved that Sanchez needs at least one certifiable target in order to seem marginally useful. Cordarrelle Patterson fits the mold of a poor-man’s Julio Jones. He has an unbelievable speed to size ratio, but he doesn’t have the in-the-air intuition of a Julio, A.J. Green, or Demaryius Thomas. This is a relatively weak year for WO’s, so don’t expect to see the Jets start a run here, but the Jets could pick someone far worse.

  10. Tennessee: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State Thus begins what will almost guarantee a run on defensive ends. The Titans pass rush was pitiful this year. The acquisition of Kamerion Wimbley was for all intents and purposes a flop and former first round pick Derrick Morgan recovered well from his injury but still has a ways to go. The Titans, not too long ago a team built around roughneck defense and hitting the quarterback harder than any other team in football, now sees the sack production decrease year after year. In enters Bjoern Werner. Temptation might lead most to think Damontre Moore would be the good pick here, as he fits all of the measurables quite well. Werner however is not that kind of player. He is a production guy, putting up massive sack and TFL numbers (13 and 18 respectively) last year en route to one of the most physically dominating years of any D-Lineman in the country. Werner is a motor player in the mold of a Kyle Vanden Bosch, just he is more athletic. I think he will be lighting up Sundays, let’s just hope he does it in blue and lighter blue.

  11. San Diego: Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC As I said before, no team is crazy about selecting a guard before the 20th pick, but this fills an immediate need for the Chargers. As much as the new regime might want to make a statement pick in the skill positions to fill more obvious needs, the Chargers really need to rebuild their offense from the inside out. Philip Rivers was sacked on 8.5% of his drop backs last year, not adjusted for scrambles. He was sacked a total of 49 times, more times than any quarterback in the NFL not named Aaron Rodgers. The interior of the line is as much to blame as Rivers and Norv and adding a blue chip talent like Cooper will do much to begin the process of undoing years of Norv Turner.

  12. Miami: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah While Paul Soliai is a fine player, Star Lotulelei is the obvious best player on the board at this point in the draft. Whereas the Dolphins might much rather see Cordarrelle Patterson fall here, and he may well do so, Star would be an immediate upgrade to an already talented defense. He can line up anywhere in a 3-4, whether in the 5 technique made so popular by JJ Watt this season or in the classic 0 technique directly on top of the center as a space eater, Lotulelei is your man. On the record, when it comes to pure talent, I think Lotulelei is the best player in this draft. Also on the record, I have a hard time picking him here if I’m the Dolphins until his whole heart condition situation gets sorted out. Let’s call this a tentative pick. For the time being, I think the Dolphins and Lotulelei are a perfect match.

  13. Tampa Bay: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia I can see the Bucs being for the second straight year a major up and down mover in this draft. They do have immediate needs in the interior offensive line and in the secondary, but without being able to forecast exactly who would want to move to this spot or who would be able to have traded with the Bucs earlier in the draft (Eagles anyone), we have to assume that Ogletree is a solid fit here. The Bucs succeeded more in the past under the Tampa 2 scheme with a quick linebacking core anchored by Derrick Brooks. After nabbing Lavonte David in the second round last year, Ogletree would be a perfect complement to David in the middle. Both of them eat up tackles and both of them have sideline to sideline speed relatively unparalleled by other linebackers. Other names to consider here would be Damontre Moore and even Ziggy Ansah.

  14. Carolina: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St. Take your pick Panthers: Hankins or Richardson. For years, the Panthers have had holes in the middle of their defense wider than Eugene Levy’s eyebrows. Last year, Luke Keuchly made up for it by making a tackle on every single defensive snap the team saw, but I think Hankins a surprisingly nimble space eater who didn’t have the biggest visual stats of any DT last year, but ate blocks from the big boys in the Big 10 and kept on ticking. The Panthers are doing backflips if Lotulelei falls here, but they are pretty content with the situation they are in with Hankins.

  15. New Orleans: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M 15 is a long fall for someone who might end up going top 2, but my argument may end up being valid in the long run as to why he fell. Damontre Moore pressed 225 only 12 times, the weakest of any DL or LB. If Damontre Moore was a Wide Out, he would’ve performed in the bottom half of all participants in the bench press. Damontre Moore’s 40 Yard Dash, by no means a perfect indicator of talent as a pass rusher, at 4.95 was bested or matched by five offensive linemen. I know that one workout is not an indictment against or proof for one’s talent on the football field, but Moore will fall because of his showing at the combine. All negatives aside, the Saints defense was a vortex of suck and more suck last year, somehow giving up 500 more yards than they gained. They are the Saints. They managed to gain 410 yards a game last season. Their defense was that bad. Damontre Moore is an instant improvement over what previously played.

  16. St. Louis: Keenan Allen, WO, California I have projected the Rams to select a WO in the first round of every draft since they selected Sam Bradford. I’m not deviating from the path. The Rams compete in arguably the most difficult to division to move the ball down the field in football and have expressed interest in cutting ties with longtime RB Steven Jackson. Sam Bradford needs weapons that aren’t Danny Amendola. Let me rephrase. Sam Bradford needs weapons. Picking the second best receiver on the board in a year where skill positions are at an all-time low isn’t necessarily optimal, but it is a measured improvement over what they already have and Allen is no slouch himself.

  17. Pittsburgh: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma If you wanna talk about pure athleticism on the line, Lane Johnson is pretty much the prototype. He has only been playing offensive line for about 2 years, switching over from TE, DE, and even QB in high school to make his way up here. The dude is no novice though. He ran quicker than every other offensive lineman save one and he showed immense leg power and drive in the vert and in the broad. And if you look at the Pittsburgh Steelers, they have had not just a hole, but the biggest black hole in all of football, except maybe the Browns/Dolphins at QB, in a single position in Left Tackle. I don’t know if Johnson is ready to plug and play day one, but when he debuts, he’ll be next to David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey on what will be a youthful and reinvigorated O-Line.

  18. Dallas: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri I think of this as more of a value selection than a need. Don’t get me wrong, Sheldon Richardson is an upgrade over who is currently playing for them on the edge in their 3-4 DE scheme, but the Cowboys are another team in the classic trade up or back situation. Last year Jerry Jones showed he can still be a mover and a shaker by moving up to get Morris Clairborne. This year, I anticipate the opposite. Any team would be quite content to see Sheldon Richardson on their team, but think of some teams like the Bengals, Vikings, Packers, and Falcons maybe moving up here to grab some more talent. This would be a good pick for the ‘Boys either way.

  19. NY Giants: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC The Giants are not a bad football team. Yes, they can stand to see some improvement on the offensive line and adding a linebacker or two wouldn’t be a bad thing either, but I still see DT as their biggest need with the departure of the reliable Chris Canty. Sylvester Williams is a brute and is capable of shedding blocks as well as he is of absorbing blocks. I think he is a step or two down from all of the other tackles picked so far, but he and John Jenkins make up the top of a second rung of DTs that we will see come off the board in the latter half of the first round. This isn’t a sexy pick for the Giants, but it satisfies a need and improves the team against the run.

  20. Chicago: Manti Te’O, ILB, Notre Dame Go ahead, disagree with me. I know what you are thinking: I would be crazy to say that someone whose stock is falling faster than Fannie Mae in ’08 or Ralphie May off of a building would be drafted 20th overall to a team that has a future hall of fame caliber player at the exact same position. You think Te’O is too slow to be successful in a changing NFL. You think he is either a liar or a dullard. You think that things can get in his head too easily and you think that how he played in the BCS Championship is how he will play in any big game. If that is what you think, I can’t dissuade your conscience. I think he is a liar. I see that he is slow and underperformed on the biggest stage. All that said, Te’O is a football player. Te’O puts on pads and suddenly he is transformed into a superhero. Just replace his apostrophe with a B and slap a W on the end. That’s how I evaluate the kid’s talent. I don’t care how much is against him. I don’t care what has been said and what will be said against the guy. For 60 minutes on Sundays, he will give better effort than 99% of his competitors. Trust me, he’s still good. Nothing has changed about how he plays in the past two months.

  21. Cincinnati: Montee Ball, HB, Wisconsin This pick makes too much sense for it to actually happen. I’ll be the first to admit that come April, Montee Ball will probably not be a first round pick. He lacks the game breaking speed or the sheer power of the first round prototype and took too many carries in college. He regressed his senior year as well, which would be alarming if you didn’t know the circumstances. Not only did Ball’s Wisconsin team graduate nearly all of their offensive line between years, but he was also attacked just a month before the season began and that factored in to his very weak start. Now if you look at a team like the Bengals, they have found success over the past few seasons on the backs of Cedric Benson and BJGE, but they really would be best served platooning between The Law Firm and another back. Montee Ball has the potential to blossom into an every down back, as the only phase of his game that may be considered a minus would be his pass protection. I think Ball is a slam dunk of a RB, especially in this draft where no one is all that good of a RB. I anticipate Ball being a lot like Ray Rice: a high volume of production in college but one physical flaw leads to a second or third round pick, which results in a chip on his shoulder and above average to exceptional production for years to come.

  22. St. Louis: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Vaccaro will definitely be off the board before this pick because teams tend to disagree with me on the value of safeties. Every year there seems to be only one or two top flight safeties in a draft and teams salivate over these prospects like Pavlovian dogs. The truth is, safety is becoming a less valuable position in the sport as offenses transition to heavily targeting tight ends. The safety, who traditionally was posed with the task of covering the tight end, is now overmatched over the top by the size and speed threats who are really just big wide outs. The task is now given more and more to OLBs, which devalues the importance of safeties. Of course, this is just an expectation of mine, not a reality, so over the next two seasons, teams will still try to snap up these strong safeties quicker and quicker until they realize the position can be just as easily filled in the third round as in the first. All that said, Vaccaro is a stud and he will slide nicely into the Rams secondary which was revitalized last season with the additions of Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan.

  23. Minnesota: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia For those of you keeping track, that is entirely too many defensive tackles off of the board for just 23 picks down. I was tempted to drop any of my three favorite prospects in the draft, all DEs, here, but the fact is that the Vikings have a hole in the middle and they are entirely too old there. Adding a big man like Jenkins (who I will admit I really didn’t like as a NT, the move to DT really could benefit him) is the middle will justify youth and size on a team which really could use it. Another good option here would be Justin Hunter, the WO from Tennessee, but I really think with the state of receivers in this year’s draft, the Vikings would be better served waiting for later in the draft or using Free Agency, which I think they will, to bring in the target to line up opposite Percy Harvin.

  24. Indianapolis: Ziggy Ansah, DT/DE/OLB, BYU I really don’t know what position Ziggy Ansah is going to play in the NFL. He has the size and speed to stand up at OLB, he has the moves and the measurables to play DE, and he has experience and comfort at DT. The fact of the matter is that Ziggy is a raw and previously untapped talent who can grow to be one of the scariest defenders in the game over time. He has only been playing for 2 or 3 years and the Ghanaian export may not understand the game as well as most, but his size to speed ratio is as intimidating as running with the bulls in Pamplona backwards. (I really don’t know if I mean running backwards as in backpedaling or as in running in the opposite direction of the bulls, but either way I feel like it would be pretty ding dang scary. Don’tcha think?) With the Colts impending loss of Dwight Freeney, Ansah can fill the need at Rush Linebacker or also slide in to a 5 technique and rush from the inside. I believe that Ansah is an intriguing prospect who has a lot of upward mobility in this draft, so don’t be surprised to see his go top-15.

  25. Seattle: Justin Hunter, WO, Tennessee The Seahawks are a damn talented team who had all-pros littered across their offensive line and defense, have one of the most dominant running backs in all of football and a young quarterback who has nowhere to go but up. That leaves one target position, WO. The Seahawks have a few young targets who do have room to grow in Golden Tate and Sidney Rice, but this team would benefit greatly from bringing in a player like Hunter. He might not start immediately, hell, he might not even start any of the games his rookie season, but he is an impactful player that can probably be counted on for 400-600 yards and 3-5 touchdowns worth of production, which ain’t too shabby if I do say so myself.

  26. Green Bay: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama The Packers were, as I stated early, the worst pass protection team in the game last season. They need to accept help where they can find it, and Fluker is exactly the help they need. Fluker, the fourth best lineman from Alabama last year, is still a first round prospect. (Seriously, what is wrong with Barrett Jones pro scouts? Do his four years of starting at three different positions on three national championship teams not look good to you? You have him listed as a center because that is what he played last season, but he played LT the year before, and RG his freshman year! The only reason he bumped inside was because their current LT, Nelson Kouandjio, is an absolute beast. I would pick Barrett over Fluker any day of the week, but I am not in that position.) The Packers need blocking help like I need to learn how to use fewer words. I’ll leave it at that.

  27. Houston: Johnthan Banks, DB, Mississippi State I’ll keep this one short. There really isn’t a DB worthy of a first round grade in my opinion not named Dee Milliner in this draft. But the Texans really need help in the secondary and they are willing to stretch if need be on a player like Banks. He is a quick and long DB who can make an impact for this team at corner and possibly even safety if need be. They could do far worse than pick Banks.

  28. Denver: Tyler Eiffert, TE, Notre Dame I’ve wanted the Broncos to pick a TE for the longest time now, ever since I learned Eric Decker was in fact a Wide Receiver. (Really, I just kind of assumed since he was white, he had to be a tight end. I’m apparently racist.) I have Eiffert graded out slightly higher than Zach Ertz from Stanford, but most people tend to disagree with me. Eiffert is a better in-line blocker than Ertz, goes up for the ball in the passing game quite well, and comes from a pedigree school when it comes to TEs. And Peyton Manning is very fond of having game breaking tight ends, just ask Dallas Clark. Adding Eiffert to this Broncos team is actually kind of scary when I think about it. This is more than just a solid selection for the Broncos. This is a steal.

  29. New England: Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn Ah, the one bright spot of the Auburn Tigers 2012 season. Along with Ansah and the player who will be picked next overall, Lemonier is among my three favorite prospects in this draft. The kid was lights out at the combine when it comes to drills, speed, jumping and strength. Lemonier can line up as 4-3 DE or as a 3-4 OLB, and I think that he will be a nice complement to Chandler Jones for a Patriots team which at this point really can take a draft off and still contend for the Super Bowl. Lemonier fits the Patriots mold perfectly. Although most don’t see him being taken until the 2nd or even 3rd round, I forecast him as a late rise who can be if not an instant impact guy, and real helpful role player starting next year.

  30. Atlanta: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU Now that’s a man’s name isn’t it? Margus Hunt. The Estonian product is an absolute beast, repping out 38 reps at the combine on bench and also having a ridiculous vertical leap. The man-beast is a world-class shot-put and discus thrower and blocked multiple kicks in each of his four seasons at SMU. He is 6’8” and almost 300 pounds. He is the prototype for this Falcons defense which is about as blue collar as it comes these days. With the age disease nipping at John Abraham’s ankles and whoever the other defensive end is not really being all that nameable, I think Margus is a Falcon kind of player. This could be exactly where he fits in come April, but I think his potential might propel him higher into the teens on the draft board.

  31. San Francisco: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU Sam Montgomery fits more of the profile of a 4-3 than of a 3-4, but his size and production might make the 49ers salivate if he is still on the board right here. He is too good of a defensive lineman not to go in the first round, and I see him going to a great team like these 49ers and finding a niche wherever they choose to play him. As I said, he really isn’t bulky enough (6’4”, 245) to have his hand in the dirt as a DE in the San Fran scheme, but his height gives him room to grow, and worst case scenario he can grow into a very solid backup for Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks, though he may actually be better than Brooks. Sorry Troy, I know that one hurt you.

  32. Baltimore: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU Kevin Minter is not Ray Lewis. He will never be Ray Lewis and he will have no choice but to try and be Ray Lewis if he is chosen by the team that chose Ray Lewis. Despite the fact that shoes he would be filling are size infinity by football standards, he really is a good player that will be a plug and play player on this Baltimore defense. They are, for the first time in two decades, in need of help up the middle and Minter will solidify their linebacking core well enough and quite possibly progress into a Pro Bowl caliber player.

Notable Names I Left Out: I don’t like Geno Smith or Barkevious Mingo. Both Gino and Kiki will go in the first round, I just really don’t think they should. Geno has way too much Blaine Gabbert in him for me to grade him out in the first round and Kiki really is just too little, too raw, and produces at too small of a level for me to pick him on speed alone. That being said, I know that Titans will pick one of them and I will chew through my own cheek in anger over it.


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