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    Nick's Attempt at a Two-Round NFL Mock w/ TRADES!

    With only a few days away until the draft, I wanted to take a shot at a two-round NFL mock draft that included trades. This will likely not be my final mock draft of the year, so expect another one in the next 24-48 hours, without trades. But I didn’t want this draft season to end without giving this a shot, hopefully the picks and values match up fairly well. I think you’ll enjoy!!



    ROUND ONE
    1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
    -The Panthers claim they haven’t had any offers to trade into this spot, and I believe them. If they stay here, they may be tempted by Marcell Dareus, Patrick Peterson, or even A.J. Green. But I think Newton is ultimately the pick.

    2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
    -Texas A&M’s Von Miller or LSU’s Patrick Peterson could be options here, but it’s hard for Dareus to not represent the best option for the Broncos if he’s available, given their large need at DT.

    3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
    -The Bills are looking for an impact player in this draft, and as an outside linebacker in Buffalo’s 3-4 defensive scheme, Von Miller is capable of providing that impact.

    4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
    -The Bengals are sending out signals that they’re okay with some of the second tier quarterback prospects in this draft. Their best bet may be to take Green in this spot, then address their QB later.

    **TRADE: The Arizona Cardinals trade picks #5 and #103 (value: 1788) to the Washington Redskins for picks #10 and #41 (value: 1790).**

    5. Washington Redskins (f/ARI): Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
    -Washington is rumored to be looking to move up for a quarterback, and while Gabbert could slide to them, they may not want to take the chance. This gives Mike Shanahan a future signal-caller to groom.

    6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
    -Browns beat writers seem pretty convinced they’ll go defense with this pick unless A.J. Green falls. Their transition to the 4-3 defense means they could use an impact DE like Quinn, though Peterson will get consideration.

    7. San Francisco *****: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
    -The Houston Texans will likely be working the phones if Peterson drops this far, but I don’t think the ***** will be very inclined to move down if they could just nab the LSU corner here.

    8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
    -Tennessee may consider a quarterback here, but the value isn’t great. Instead, they’ll reunite Nick Fairley with his college positional coach, who just happens to be with the Titans now.

    **TRADE: The Dallas Cowboys trade pick #9 (value: 1350) to the Houston Texans for picks #11 and #105 (value: 1334).**

    9. Houston Texans (f/DAL): Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    -The Texans wanted to move up for Peterson, but they’ll ensure they add a talented cornerback by trading with Dallas and hopping over Arizona so that they can grab the Prince.

    10. Arizona Cardinals (f/WAS): Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
    -The Cardinals moved down five spots and still found an impact player for their defense. Aldon Smith is a talented young pass rusher who could really help the Cardinals’ defense.

    11. Dallas Cowboys (f/HOU): Tyron Smith, OT, USC
    -Dallas moved down a couple of spots, knowing they’d still have a shot at a prospect they covet. It’s a good move for the Cowboys, as they’re still able to nab USC’s Tyron Smith.

    12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
    -Minnesota knows that they need to strike while the iron is hot on a quarterback, so while a defensive end may look appealing here, don’t be shocked if they take a passer.

    **TRADE: The Detroit Lions trade picks #13 and #107 (value: 1230) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for picks #20 and #51 (value: 1240).**

    13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (f/DET): Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
    -Tampa is desperate for a pass rusher to pair with DT Gerald McCoy, and they have to wonder if one will fall to them at pick #20. Moving up for Bowers, who is arguably one of the draft’s most talented if he checks out healthy, could be a very rewarding move.

    14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
    -This scenario worked out very well for the Rams, as one of the teams that stood in their way of nabbing Julio Jones traded up for a quarterback. Now, Jones teams with Sam Bradford to start an offensive dynasty.

    15. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
    -Chad Henne isn’t the answer for Miami, so if the Dolphins are comfortable with Mallett’s off the field issues, he could be their pick. With Mallett and Jake Long, it could feel like a 2007 Michigan reunion.

    16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
    -The Jaguars seemed especially interested in Ryan Kerrigan when they were at the Senior Bowl, and they could certainly use the pass rush help. If Kerrigan’s available, he could be Jacksonville’s target.

    17. New England Patriots (f/OAK): J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
    -The Patriots could consider a move here, but with an ideal five-technique prospect in J.J. Watt on the board, why go anywhere?

    **TRADE: The San Diego Chargers trade pick #18 (value: 900) to the New Orleans Saints for picks #24 and #88 (value: 890).**

    18. New Orleans Saints (f/SD): Cameron Jordan, DE, California
    -Gutsy move by the Saints, but Jordan is the kind of well-rounded defensive end they like, and they have an extra third round pick to work with. Jordan is great value here, and fills a big need.

    19. New York Giants: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
    -The Giants could very easily go with an offensive lineman, but they also have a big need at defensive tackle, especially if they lose Barry Cofield to free agency. Liuget gives them a legitimate talent to plug in on the interior.

    20. Detroit Lions (f/TB): Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
    -The Lions moved down with Tampa, thinking that a cornerback like Jimmy Smith would be better value in the early 20s than he would at 13. Lo and behold, Smith is here for the taking.

    **TRADE: The Kansas City Chiefs trade picks #21 and #140 (value: 836) to the Seattle Seahawks for picks #25 and #99 (value: 824).**

    21. Seattle Seahawks (f/KC): Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
    -The Seahawks aren’t confident that Mike Pouncey is going to make it by the Colts and Eagles, so they move up to secure a valuable interior player who could start for them at center or guard.

    22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
    -The Colts are happy to see Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi still on the board, because he’s a nice fit for their offensive line as a versatile lineman who could project to a number of weak spots.

    23. Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
    -With jimmy Smith off the board, the Eagles go for option two and take Castonzo, arguably a Top 20 prospect, to fill their need for a right tackle of the future.

    24. San Diego Chargers (f/NO): Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, Temple
    -San Diego moved down with New Orleans, but still find a potential starting defensive lineman. Wilkerson is getting a lot of looks from 3-4 teams as a potential five-technique player.

    25. Kansas City Chiefs (f/SEA): Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
    -The Chiefs liked Phil Taylor, but took a gamble and moved down. As it turns out, he’s still on the board here with the 25th pick, so their risk paid off. They’ve found their nose tackle.

    26. Baltimore Ravens: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
    -Bit of a tough spot for Baltimore, as the value of defensive pass rushers isn’t great and a receiver may be a reach. Ultimately, with question marks surrounding Jared Gaither, taking a tackle like Solder may be their best bet.

    **TRADE: The Atlanta Falcons trade pick #27 and #91 (value: 816) to the Cincinnati Bengals for pick #35 and #66 (value: 810).**

    27. Cincinnati Bengals (f/ATL): Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
    -The Falcons aren’t in any hurry to make a selection here, and the Bengals want to leapfrop a couple of teams to ensure they get a quarterback to throw to A.J. Green. Ponder is a nice late first round option for them.

    28. New England Patriots: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    -The Patriots don’t have a pressing need at running back, but Ingram is an upgrade over their current personnel, and New England is the kind of team that values talent above need.

    29. Chicago Bears: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
    -J’Marcus Webb may be manning the left tackle position, but the Bears still need some help inside on the line. Watkins may be older than most prospects, but Chicago could get an instant upgrade from him inside.

    30. New York Jets: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
    -Vernon Gholston was about as big of a bust as they come, so the Jets are looking for ways to improve their pass rush. Ayers has slid a bit this offseason, but is still a good value at the end of the first round.

    31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
    -Ziggy Hood is a solid player for Pittsburgh on their defensive line, but the rest of the line is aging and more young talent is needed. Heyward could be a steal here as a five-technique.

    32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
    -Protecting Super Bowl-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be a priority for the Packers. Bryan Bulaga can occupy one tackle spot while Sherrod locks down the other.


    ROUND TWO
    **TRADE: The New England Patriots trade pick #33 (value: 580) to the Tennessee Titans for picks # 39 and #109 (value: 586).**

    33. Tennessee Titans (f/NE): Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
    -With a night to think about it, the Titans waste no time in moving up for their quarterback of the future.

    34. Buffalo Bills: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
    -Buffalo strikes as well, deciding to bring in the athletic Kaepernick to run Chan Gailey’s offense.

    35. Atlanta Falcons (f/CIN): Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
    -The Falcons traded down on Day One and still manage to land a playmaking receiver with their first pick in this draft.

    36. Denver Broncos: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
    -Denver’s personnel at tight end is abysmal; expect Rudolph to be an instant upgrade for the Broncos.

    37. Cleveland Browns: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
    -I’m not a huge fan of Baldwin’s value here, but he’s an ideal fit in Pat Shurmur’s West Coast Offense.

    38. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
    -The Cardinals passed on Patrick Peterson in Round One to add to their pass rush; now, they get their corner.

    39. New England Patriots (f/TEN): Brooks Reed, LB, Arizona
    -The Patriots traded with Tennessee, and still found their man in pass rusher Brooks Reed out of Arizona.

    40. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Williams, DB, Texas
    -Williams is a great fit for Dallas, because he could be tried at either cornerback or safety – both needs for the Cowboys.

    **TRADE: The Arizona Cardinals trade picks #41 and #136 (value: 528) to the San Diego Chargers for picks #50 and #89 (value: 545).**

    41. San Diego Chargers (f/ARI): Justin Houston, LB, Georgia
    -Arizona recognizes the value in moving down here, while San Diego is salivating over the pass rush potential of Houston.

    42. Houston Texans: Jabaal Sheard, LB, Pittsburgh
    -The Texans moved up for their cornerback in Round One, and would like to come away with pass rush help in Round Two.

    43. Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    -Great value for the Vikings, as they add a defensive end in Clayborn who went into the 2010 season with a Top 15-20 grade.

    44. Detroit Lions: Ben Ijalana, OL, Villanova
    -After addressing their secondary with Jimmy Smith, the Lions would love to see an offensive lineman like Ijalana here.

    **TRADE: The San Francisco ***** trade pick #45 (value: 450) to the Philadelphia Eagles for picks #54 and #104 (value: 446).**

    45. Philadelphia Eagles (f/SF): Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
    -San Francisco doesn’t like the value of the pass rushers available, and Philadelphia could be willing to move up to secure a cornerback.

    46. Denver Broncos (f/MIA): Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
    -Besides D.J. Williams, the Broncos have nothing at linebacker. Bruce Carter is a first round talent when healthy.

    47. St. Louis Rams: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
    -The Rams need more youth and talent on the defensive line, and Paea with his Combine record bench press gives them that.

    48. Oakland Raiders: Rodney Hudson, OL, Florida State
    -Florida State’s Rodney Hudson is a sensible pick for the Raiders, as he gives them versatility along the interior offensive line.

    **TRADE: The Jacksonville Jaguars trade pick #49 (value: 410) to the Kansas City Chiefs for picks #55 and #118 (value: 408).**

    49. Kansas City Chiefs (f/JAX): Stefan Wisniewski, C, Penn State
    -The Jaguars aren’t crazy about the match of value and need here; meanwhile, Kansas City would love to land a new starting center in Wisniewski.

    50. Arizona Cardinals (f/SD): Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
    -Arizona moved down again and still found a nice fit, adding Illinois LB Martez Wilson to groom as a starter at ILB.

    51. Detroit Lions (f/TB): Mason Foster, LB, Washington
    -The Lions gained this pick by moving down in Round One, and it pays off as they’re able to add an instant starter at WILL linebacker.

    52. New York Giants: Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
    -The Giants have had success with a combination approach at running back, and it’s likely that either Ahmad Bradshaw or Brandon Jacobs will be gone.

    53. Indianapolis Colts: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
    -Depending on how the Colts feel about Austin’s off the field issues, he’d be a great upgrade for them on the interior defensive line.

    54. San Francisco ***** (f/PHI): Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
    -The ***** recognize the need to find security in case Frank Gore’s career with them is winding down.

    55. Jacksonville Jaguars (f/KC): Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
    -Rahim Moore’s value is quite a bit better here than earlier in the second round, where Jacksonville was originally picking.

    56. New Orleans Saints: Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada
    -The Saints could use an upgrade at outside linebacker, and Moch is one of the most physically impressive on the board.

    57. Seattle Seahawks: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
    -Finding more help for the secondary is a priority for the Seahawks, and Dowling is a great value in the late second round.

    58. Baltimore Ravens: Titus Young, WR, Boise State
    -The Ravens continue to address their offense by giving Joe Flacco a talented weapon in Boise State’s Titus Young.

    59. Atlanta Falcons: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
    -Atlanta needs to find some young talent to groom at defensive end; if Bailey’s inconsistency doesn’t remind them too much of Jamaal Anderson, he could be the pick.

    60. New England Patriots: James Carpenter, OL, Illinois
    -Carpenter could be lined up at tackle or guard, and gives the Patriots some wiggle room on the offensive line.

    61. Chicago Bears: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
    -The Bears may have preferred Marvin Austin, but Nevis is an intriguing fit for their defensive scheme as well.

    62. San Diego Chargers (f/NYJ): Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
    -Hankerson gives the San Diego Chargers some insurance in case they lose either Vincent Jackson or Malcom Floyd (or both) in the near future.

    63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
    -The Steelers need to find a cornerback to line up across from Ike Taylor, and Brown is the best on the board.

    64. Green Bay Packers: Jarvis Jenkins, DL, Clemson
    -Adding more talent at the five-technique position is vital for a Packers team faced with the possibility of losing Cullen Jenkins.


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    Re: Nick's Attempt at a Two-Round NFL Mock w/ TRADES!

    that would be great if it happens nick Lets hope your crystal ball is working

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    That is a great draft if that happens!

    Who would you aim for in the later rounds? Or should i say, which positions would you take in which rounds?

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    Egads that would be perfect, especially if we eventually sign a safety and OG.

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    Can't complain. Hopefully Saturday would then net some help at DE, LB, FS, & OG.
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    I have to say, when I read about Washington potentially trading up for Gabbert, I too had the idea that such a move could lead to Jones falling to #14.

    Here's hoping!

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    Love the trades, great mock. Our NFC West rivals really are wheeling and dealing.

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    HOLY JULIO BATMAN!!! From your mouth to God's ears nick.

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    Re: Nick's Attempt at a Two-Round NFL Mock w/ TRADES!

    As for the second round, I like Paea very much at the #47 spot. My gut, though, tells me that if the first 46 picks were to go as you are projecting, the Rams might very well go with Mason Foster or Mikel LeShoure in Round 2.

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    Re: Nick's Attempt at a Two-Round NFL Mock w/ TRADES!

    I like what you did with the trades. Paea is a good pick because he will only get better with his work ethic and spags coaching.

    I got a question for you thou. Lets say the Bengals don't take AJ Green and he drops to the Browns at #6. What do you think it will take for the Rams to trade up to #6?

    pick#6 is 1,600 pick#14 is 1,100 which is a 500 point difference. Shurmur knows the Rams WRs and last offseason he was very high on Avery. How much of the 500 point gap do you think Donnie Avery can close?

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    Re: Nick's Attempt at a Two-Round NFL Mock w/ TRADES!

    Quote Originally Posted by BarronWade View Post
    pick#6 is 1,600 pick#14 is 1,100 which is a 500 point difference. Shurmur knows the Rams WRs and last offseason he was very high on Avery. How much of the 500 point gap do you think Donnie Avery can close?
    Remember, this point, no player trades will be made. That could change if the league's attempt to stay the injunction (ending the lockout) fails.

    Assuming player trades were possible, I don't think Avery would be nearly enough to make this happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiguy View Post
    Egads that would be perfect, especially if we eventually sign a safety and OG.
    totally agree.

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    Re: Nick's Attempt at a Two-Round NFL Mock w/ TRADES!

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Remember, this point, no player trades will be made. That could change if the league's attempt to stay the injunction (ending the lockout) fails.

    Assuming player trades were possible, I don't think Avery would be nearly enough to make this happen.
    o really i thought with the lockout was lifted and the owners will try to appeal that. If the lockout is lifted cant player transactions be made?

    Yea avery is not enough to move up 8 spots but do you think he will lessen the 500 point gap if player trades are available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarronWade View Post
    o really i thought with the lockout was lifted and the owners will try to appeal that. If the lockout is lifted cant player transactions be made?
    Right now, pending the disposition of the league's motion to stay the injunction, I'd say everything is in limbo.

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