NFL Insider: Mock Draft 2.0
Now that we know of all the underclassmen that have declared, we are going to take our second shot at our Mock Draft. This mock includes three trades, five players from the BCS champs being selected in the first round, four wide receivers and three running backs.
1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
The Colts are in the best possible situation to move on with their quarterback quandary as Andrew Luck awaits. Fans will still miss Peyton Manning in the short term but Andrew Luck will get them back into contention before long.
Other options? There is no other option for the Colts.
2. Cleveland Browns (From St. Louis)- Robert Griffin, III, QB, Baylor
The Browns will never be able to compete in the AFC North unless they find some legitimate answer at quarterback. RG3 gives their fans hope for something other than a third place finish at best.
Other options? The Browns could potentially stay at the fourth pick and grab Trent Richardson..
3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
The Vikings offensive line is a mess and Kalil could be the best offensive tackle prospect since Tony Boselli. Need certainly meets value at the third pick.
Other options? Morris Claiborne would be a fine choice if Kalil is gone.
4. St. Louis Rams (From Cleveland)- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Sam Bradford desperately needs a legitimate target and Blackmon has the potential to make an immediate impact.
Other options? The Rams could stay at #2 and grab Matt Kalil.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (From Tampa Bay)- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
The Jaguars need help on the back end of their defense and they opt to trade up just two spots to get the best cornerback in the draft.
Other options? Jacksonville could stay at #7 and take Dre Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Martin or Quentin Coples.
6. Washington Redskins- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
The Redskins would have taken Claiborne if available, but he wasn’t. Kirkpatrick is the second-best cornerback and they need to sure up the back end of their defense.
Other options? Washington could select Trent Richardson or possibly Justin Blackmon.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From Jacksonville)- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Richardson was always the Bucs guy and they were able to drop down a couple spots and pick up an extra pick and still get their guy. Richardson is better than anyone Greg Schiano had at Rutgers, and he will take some pressure off of quarterback Josh Freeman.
Other options? Tampa could select Morris Claiborne or possibly Jusin Blackmon.
8. Carolina Panthers- Devon Still, DT, Penn State
The Panthers haven’t adequately replaced Kris Jenkins who left years ago and Still will fit nicely in the middle of that defense.
Other options? Justin Blackmon is a possibility as well as Jonathan Martin or Riley Reiff.
9. Miami Dolphins- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Already armed with the great Jake Long at left tackle, they can sure up the line even further with Jonathan Martin.
Other options? The Dolphins could select Trent Richardson or Riley Reiff.
10. Buffalo Bills- Quentin Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Bills need to fix their defense and Quentin Coples is versatile enough to play in any system.
Other options? The Bills could go with Riley Reiff, Jonathan Martin or Dre Kirkpatrick.
11. Kansas City Chiefs- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Chiefs need to upgrade their offensive line talent and Reiff would do just that.
Other options? K.C. could go with Jonathan Martin, Quentin Coples or Melvin Ingram.
12. Seattle Seahawks- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
If you can’t get a quarterback, get the other team’s quarterback. The Seahawks need a pass rusher and Ingram fits the bill.
Other options? The Seahawks might go with Nick Perry or Quentin Coples.
13. Arizona Cardinals- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Arizona’s defense could use another pass rushing linebacker and Upshaw is a sudden athlete.
Other options? Arizona could go with Kendall Wright or Melvin Ingram.
14. Dallas Cowboys- Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama
The former Florida Gator is as physically talented as any cornerback, and the Cowboys aren’t afraid to select guys who have had off the field issues.
Other options? Dallas might select David DeCastro or Alfonzo Dennard.
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Although the Eagles have clear needs at linebacker, Brockers is too great of a talent to pass on in the middle of the first round.
Other options? Philadelphia could go the conventional route with Luke Kuechly or possibly wide receiver with Kendall Wright or Michael Floyd.
16. N.Y. Jets- Nick Perry, OLB, USC
The Jets defense doesn’t get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks and Perry might be able to help replace Bart Scott.
Other options? The Jets could go safety with Mark Barron or receiver with Michael Floyd.
17. Cincinnati Bengals- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Bengals are desperate for an upgrade at safety as they can’t expect to beat good teams with Chris Crocker and Reggie Nelson starting. Barron is a very talented player who will add some toughness.
Other options? Cincy could strengthen the interior with David DeCastro or the secondary further with Alfonzo Dennard.
18. San Diego Chargers- Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
The Chargers have a major need at linebacker and Kuechly could be a solid starter from the time he’s signed.
Other options San Diego could go with Courtney Upshaw or Nick Perry.
19. Chicago Bears- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Now that they have a new general manager it might just be time to give Jay Cutler a weapon on the outside. Michael Floyd could be the most talented receiver in this draft.
Other options Chicago may go with David DeCastro or Zach Brown.
20. Tennessee Titans- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Titans need to run the football better and they don’t want to give up on Chris Johnson just yet. DeCastro should be an immediate starter.
Other options? The Titans could go with Whitney Mercilus or Mark Barron.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Cedric Benson is getting very long in the tooth and the Bengals need a better rushing attack to be successful with Andy Dalton.
Other options? Cincinnati could go with David DeCastro, Doug Martin or Alfonzo Dennard.
22. Cleveland Browns- Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Cleveland needs a star running back and Martin could be that guy. Great size, good speed and vision.
Other options? The Browns could go with Lamar Miller or Whitney Mercilus.
23. Houston Texans (From Detroit)- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
The Texans need a compliment to Andre Johnson and Kendall Wright is a player that they are willing to trade up to get.
Other options? Houston could stay at pick #26 and go with Jerel Worthy or Dontari Poe.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
The Steelers need help all over their offensive line and Glenn could be an immediate starter and help keep Ben Roethlisberger healthy.
Other options? Pittsburgh could go with Mike Adams, Alfonzo Dennard or Courtney Upshaw.
25. Denver Broncos- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
The Broncos are building a nice defense and Worthy could sure up the nose.
Other options? Denver could go with Doug Martin or Alfonzo Dennard.
26. Detroit Lions (From Houston)- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
The Lions have major needs in the secondary and they were able to drop back and acquire some extra picks and still get their guy.
Other options? Cordy Glenn is a possibility, as is Zach Brown.
27. New England Patriots- Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Most of the Patriots needs are on the defensive side of the ball and Mercilus could compete for a starting job right away.
Other options? Zach Brown is also a possibility, as is Stephen Gilmore.
28. Green Bay Packers- Stephen Gilmore, CB South Carolina
You simply can’t have enough good cover cornerbacks and Gilmore is an ultra-talented guy.
Other options? Whitney Mercilus is a possibility, as is Jerel Worthy.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
The Ravens need to groom an offensive tackle to replace Bryant McKinnie and Adams is a great looking prospect.
Other options?Baltimore could go with Dont’a Hightower or Mohammed Sanu.
30. San Francisco 49ers- Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The 49ers desperately need weapons on offense and Alshon Jeffery is the ultimate red zone mismatch.
Other options? Mohammed Sanu is a possibility along with Alfonzo Dennard.
31. New England Patriots- Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
Bill Belichick will mess with almost everyone’s mock draft as he takes the 6-foot Minnifield who will fit in nicely in the Patriots system.
Other options? Andre Branch and Jerel Worthy are both possibilities.
32. New York Giants- Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
With no playmaking tight end worthy of the pick, the Giants go with the big linebacker from Alabama.
Other options? Mike Adams and Peter Konz are possibilities, as is Whitney Mercilus.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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