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RICHARDSON'S MOCK

 
1) Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

No question here. I still think that the Colts would have potentially benefited more by trading the pick for a kings ransom and drafting a guy to develop behind Manning, but Andrew Luck isn't a bad option.
 
2) Washington Redskins (from STL): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Another no brainer here. The Skins traded everything to get Griffin, so hopefully they use their late picks wisely.
 
3) Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC


This has become such a no brainer pick that I am starting to doubt it. The team really needs a force like Kalil, but that doesn't mean that they think the same way.
 
4) Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Mike Holmgren has never been part of a team that has taken a QB in the first round. He did however do well with a runner from Alabama by the name of Shaun Alexander. I know it is WAY to early for a runningback, but there really aren't a lot of top-4 options this year.

5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

This is an obvious pick given the fact that the team is loaded at receiver, but I wouldn't be shocked to see the team throw a hug wild ball here. For now I've got to go with Claiborne.

6) St Louis Rams (From WAS): Justin Blackmon, WR, OK State

This pick should feel like a no brainer to me, but I am just not sold on it. Jeff Fisher doesn't draft offensive linemen early, and there are enough top-40 receivers in this draft to maybe make him go with a wild card pick, but the odds are stacked for Blackmon.

7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

I have been going against Floyd this early for the whole season, but I've come to realize that there will be a few teams that ignore the off the field problems and the injury prone issues when it comes to Floyd. Gene Smith NEVER drafts the guy that is penciled in, and Melvin Ingram is that guy right now.

8) Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami

It only makes sense for the Dolphins to take a former WR as their QB. The team really messed up this offseason and they need to take Tannehill if he is here. 

9) Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College

Kuechly has so much buzz about him that I think he is a huge top-10 threat. The defense needs a leader to command the troops, and Kuechly is a perfect candidate.

10) Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

This pick makes too much sense which does nothing but make me doubt that it will ever happen. The team desperately needs a left tackle, but the team has been scared to take a 1st round tackle since Mike Williams.

11) Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis


The Chiefs have a lot of needs to address, and getting Poe here might fill their biggest hole. I love David DeCastro going here, but I'm just not sold on it.

12) Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

The pass rusher from the other USC just might be the weapon that the Seahawks have been missing.
 
13) Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

This is a bit of a luxury pick, but getting the a guard at this level is worth it here.
 
14) Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Cowboys reportedly desperately need safety help, and getting a do-it all kind of guy would be the perfect weapon for a team that has been a secondary away from a top defense for awhile.

15) Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Cox is a guy rising up the boards, and he could go as early as 6th to the Rams. If he falls past the Panthers though then he could tumble.

16) New York Jets: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

This is about as low as I typically have a weapon like Wright falling in the draft. He is a dominate speedster that can do it all. He also is the perfect complimenting weapon the match with Tim Tebow.

17) Cincinnati (From Oak): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama


This very well could be Stephon Gilmore, but I think that the Bengals would go with a solid talent like Dre Kirkpatrick here.

18) San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OG/T, Georgia

The Chargers need some help at both tackle and guard, and Glenn can play a little bit of both very well.

19) Chicago Bears: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

The Bears were pushing for a guy like Mario Williams to play across from Peppers. Coples is no Super Mario, but he might be a beary good pick.

20) Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

The Titans need to find a replacement at corner and Gilmore is a tough guy with good experience.

21) Cincinnati Bengals: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

The Bengals don't have a severe need at end, but they just might bite if a guy like Mercilus is there for them to add to the roster. A team can never have too many pass rushers.

22) Cleveland Browns (from ATL): Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama

I hate giving a team two players from the same team, but when there are so many players from one team it can be hard. I think the Browns will keep their sensors open for a pass rusher and Upshaw has a lot of potential.

23) Detroit Lions: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

I got some hate for mocking Adams (the first OT that I have ever mocked to the Lions ever because there is an ok chance) here the last time, but I'm sticking with it. The Lions too often go with the best player on their boards, and outside of Michael Brockers it just might be a guy like Mike Adams. I won't go into how bad Jeff Backus is (today atleast), because I am mocking him here because he is the best prospect of need available, but Mike Adams actually compares to Backus in quite a few ways.

24) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama

This pick makes too much sense for the Steelers. The team cut James Farrior to save cap space, and there is always a chance that the Ravens will be looking for a young force inside.

25) Denver Broncos: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU


The Broncos really need to add some good power inside and Brockers is a great value here.

26) Houston Texans: Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford

I have preaching a receiver to the Texans for years, and they have never pulled the trigger. I would love to see what Stephen Hill could do next to Andre Johnson, but I think the Texans go a different way if there is a better value on the board.

27) New England Patriots (From NO): Nick Perry, DE/LB, USC


I wanted to give the Packers Chandler Jones or Janoris Jenkins, but the Patriots typically draft guys that they haven't interviewed with. Jenkins is one of those guys, and Jones only met them at the combine. Perry on the other hand had an official visit to match up with some talks at his pro day.

28) Green Bay Packers: Chandler Jones, DE/LB, Syracuse

The Packers have got to turn up their defensive pressure if they want to compete in their tough division again. It is also notable that the other three teams in the division will be looking to significantly help their offensive lines in this draft.

29) Baltimore Ravens: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

I don't think that this as big of a need as advertised, but Hill is a good value here that adds another blazer in the backfield.

30) San Francisco 49ers: Peter Konz, OC (OG), Wisconsin

Jonathon Goodwin will be 34 at the end of the year, and he will need a replacement over the next few years. Konz can slide into the RG spot until then.

31) New England Patriots: Derek Wolfe, DT (DE), Cincinnati

The Pats need as much power on defense as they can find. The defense isn't as bad as some give them, but it does need to add a lot of depth.

32) New York Giants: Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn

The Giants very well could go with their BPA like they often do, and a guy like Reyes might just be that guy.  

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