Nick's Post-Combine Two Round NFL Mock Draft
Worked on this a bit yesterday, and finished it up today. There are certainly a lot of possibilities when it comes to the NFL draft, but here's the one I came up with most recently after the Combine workouts and reports filtered in. Enjoy!
1. Carolina Panthers: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
-The Panthers did not tag defensive end Charles Johnson, so their need at the position could grow if he leaves via free agency.
2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
-Defensive linemen will be considered, but drafting Peterson would allow the Broncos to move recently resigned Champ Bailey to safety.
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama
-Dareus is reportedly edging out Nick Fairley as the top DT in this draft, and he'd be a great fit for the Bills' 3-4 scheme.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
-Fairley will get consideration, as will a quarterback. But in the end, the Bengals' need at receiver is too big to pass up a blue-chip prospect.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
-Miller emerged as a Top Five prospect at the Senior Bowl, and the Cardinals could certainly use his help in the pass rush department.
6. Cleveland Browns: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
-Fairley, once the frontrunner to be the top overall pick, would fit nicely in Cleveland's new four man defensive front.
7. San Francisco *****: Robert Quinn, LB, North Carolina
-Starting OLBs Parys Haralson and Manny Lawson accounted for only 6.5 sacks in 2010, so an upgrade at outside linebacker is needed.
8. Tennessee Titans: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
-The Titans have a new head coach, but need a new franchise quarterback. After dealing with Vince Young, Tennessee won't want to deal with Cam Newton's ego.
9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
-While OT and DE could be considered, Amukamara would be a great addition to a Cowboys secondary that is going to be in transition at cornerback.
10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
-A receiver like Julio Jones could be an option, but if a top quarterback like Newton is on the board, he'll be hard to pass up.
11. Houston Texans: Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
-With the versatility to play on the line or standing up, Smith would be a great fit at outside linebacker in the Texans' new 3-4 defensive scheme.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
-Jake Locker had an impressive showing at the Combine, and Minnesota may be too quarterback-needy to pass up on him here.
13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
-Tyron Smith may have emerged from Indianapolis as the draft's top offensive tackle, a position Detroit will heavily consider.
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
-Jones displayed great athletic ability at the Combine, and would be an ideal partner to pair with Sam Bradford for years to come.
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
-Quarterback could be an option here if a top prospect slips, but running back is a big need for Miami as well.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
-Jacksonville hasn't had much luck with their pass rush lately, but Kerrigan could be the player who changes all that.
17. New England Patriots (f/OAK): J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
-Watt had such an impressive Combine that he may not even be available here; if he is, he'd be a great fit for New England.
18. San Diego Chargers: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
-Jordan looked unblockable during the Senior Bowl, and his ability to play as a five-technique will make him very appealing.
19. New York Giants: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
-Solder could use some work, but once he develops, New York could move David Diehl back inside to guard where he belongs.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
-Without a stud defensive end on the board, the Bucs turn to the linebacker position, where Ayers would be an instant starter.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
-A pass rusher would be ideal, but the Chiefs also need to improve their offensive line, particularly at right tackle.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
-Don't rule out an offensive lineman here, but Indianapolis also needs to beef up their defensive line as well.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
-Smith could easily go in the Top 20, but if he's available here, he'd be a great choice for a CB-needy Eagles team.
24. New Orleans Saints: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
-The Saints need help on the edge of their defensive line, and Clayborn has the potential to be a special player.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Gabe Carimi, OL, Wisconsin
-Seattle is set at left tackle with Okung, but they could stand to upgrade at right tackle or inside at guard, both spots where Carimi can excel.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, Temple
-Wilkerson has emerged as a legitimate first round prospect, and he'd fit nicely at defensive end in Baltimore's three man front.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
-Besides Roddy White, the Falcons lack weapons at the receiver position. Torrey Smith gives Matt Ryan another legitimate target.
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, LB, Georgia
-The Patriots continue to improve their defense with their second first-round pick, this time adding a dynamic pass rushing linebacker.
29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
-Sherrod is nice value here in the late first round to a Bears team that needs to do a better job protecting their quarterback.
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
-Kris Jenkins is gone and Sione Pouha is aging; an infusion of youth at the nose tackle position would be ideal for New York.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
-After having success with his brother Maurkice, the Steelers could go back to the Pouncey well by taking his brother.
32. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
-Cullen Jenkins is departing and Ryan Pickett isn't getting any younger; Heyward is solid value here in the late first.
33. New England Patriots (f/CAR): Ben Ijalana, OL, Villanova
-Ijalana would be a nice addition to a team in need of tackle or guard help.
34. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
-Mallett falls out of the first, but shouldn't make it beyond the top of the second round.
35. Cincinnati Bengals: Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
-The Bengals add another offensive weapon, this time in their backfield.
36. Denver Broncos: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
-Denver is looking for a legit tight end, and Rudolph is the best in this class.
37. Cleveland Browns: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
-A great offseason has helped Hankerson become a borderline first round talent.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
-Harris is sliding a little bit, but would be great value for the Cardinals here.
39. Tennessee Titans: Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
-The Titans are looking to mix up their defensive looks, so a versatile player like Wilson makes sense.
40. Dallas Cowboys: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
-The Cowboys have needed an upgrade at safety for years now; Moore is the best in this class.
41. Washington Redskins: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
-Paea's new bench press record displayed the kind of strength that could land him as Washington's nose tackle.
42. Houston Texans: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
-Houston's secondary still needs help, and Aaron Williams is outstanding value at this spot.
43. Minnesota Vikings: Stefan Wisniewski, C, Penn State
-Wisniewski would be an instant upgrade over current starting center John Sullivan.
44. Detroit Lions: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
-The Lions' offensive line played well in 2010 for the most part, but they need a new right guard.
45. San Francisco *****: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
-Ponder will fit nicely in San Francisco's WCO, and drafting him won't prevent the ***** from pursuing Luck next year.
46. Denver Broncos (f/MIA): Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
-Denver would benefit from adding a middle linebacker, as they could move D.J. Williams back outside.
47. St. Louis Rams: Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
-Bruce Carter would be an instant upgrade to a Rams' defense in need of a new WILL linebacker.
48. Oakland Raiders: Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU
-Robert Gallery is departing in free agency, and Cannon offers nice versatility.
49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
-With Mathis winding down, it's time for the Jaguars to start looking at some young talent in the secondary.
50. San Diego Chargers: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
-Vincent Jackson's long term future in San Diego is uncertain, so the Chargers could look to restock.
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
-Tampa would have liked a first-round pass rusher, but will be happy to see Sheard here.
52. New York Giants: Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina
-The Giants need more plays from their outside linebackers, which Sturdivant could provide.
53. Indianapolis Colts: Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State
-Hudson could be a nice fit on a Colts offensive line that is in need of some new bodies.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami
-The right tackle spot is a bit of a weakness right now, especially with Justice's offseason surgery.
55. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeremy Beal, LB, Oklahoma
-Kansas City would love to add a pass rusher opposite of Tamba Hali, and Beal should make the transition.
56. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
-Despite having Thomas and Ivory, the value of Ryan Williams is just too good to pass up here.
57. Seattle Seahawks: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
-Seattle needs some new talent in the secondary, and could look to add a former teammate of safety Earl Thomas.
58. Baltimore Ravens: Titus Young, WR, Boise State
-Speed is the missing piece in Baltimore's receiving corps, and Titus Young brings a lot of quickness to the table.
59. Atlanta Falcons: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
-Bailey has been slipping this offseason, but the Falcons may think the risk is worth it here.
60. New England Patriots: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
-The Patriots have addressed a number of needs already in this mock, so they add to their committee at RB.
61. Chicago Bears: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
-Finding some young depth at cornerback should be a high priority for the Bears this offseason.
62. San Diego Chargers (f/NYJ): Brooks Reed, LB, Arizona
-Reed is enjoying a nice offseason and may not be available here for San Diego to snatch up.
63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
-After adding to their offensive line, the Steelers look to add first-round talent to a depleted secondary.
64. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Gilbert, OL, Florida
-Green Bay has their LT of the future in Bulaga, but could look to Gilbert to man the right side.
Re: Nick's Post-Combine Two Round NFL Mock Draft
Two thumbs up!
Love the Jones pick, and Carter would be like having a second Top 20 pick, provided he has no long-term problems due to his knee surgery.
Re: Nick's Post-Combine Two Round NFL Mock Draft
I'd be thrilled with these two picks. Full recovery from ACL surgery seemsto be the norm these days. Is it likely Carter will be available at 47?
Re: Nick's Post-Combine Two Round NFL Mock Draft
Great picks for us! Hope they happen. I agree w/AV on Carter's health concerns.