VERSION 4.0 (4/22)


*** I rarely put in a trade to mock drafts, but this is the one draft that I think could play out should trades occur. Not only will I mock the trades, but I will explain what the trade is for.
 

 FIRST ROUND

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckal, OT, Texas A&M


Whomever the Chiefs take first in the draft won't quite make sense. Why take a QB when they just traded for Alex Smith? Why take a nose tackle when they drafted 350 pound Dontari Poe 11th overall last year? Why take an offensive tackle when you just franchised your starting LT? 

Well out of those options it still makes the most sense to go tackle. At worst Joeckal and Brandon Albert will solidify the left side one way or the other, and they might end up trading Albert anyways.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon

Blaine Gabbert has gotten 3 coaches fired in the last two seasons, and the fans need someone else. With that said, I don't think that the Jags are ready to give up on Gabbert in favor of a developmental QB like Geno Smith. I think that they go on a the pass rusher that can play all over this defense.
 
3. ***TRADE*** Arizona Cardinals (from OAK): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Cardinals could go a few ways in this draft. They could wait for a player to fall to them, but I think that they would be willing to trade up to get a premier player if they had a chance. As I wrote a few days ago the Raiders need to find a way to trade down, even if it is at a discount. In most trades the Cardinals would have to give up their 38th pick at minimum, but in this draft the Raiders settle for the Cardinal's 3rd round pick, their 7th round pick, and 2014 5th round pick. The Cards lose three lower priced picks, and the Raiders get cap help and future help.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
 
This isn't a sexy pick, but it is a good one. The Eagles did sign Isaac Sopoaga this off season, but he is a 31 year old two-down former backup. Lotulelei at worst will play end for those two downs while sliding in for passing downs.
 
5. Detroit Lions: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

This pick scares me. Ziggy Ansah has the potential to be Aldon Smith on a team that already has a ton of firepower. Ansah impressed at the Senior Bowl for his then coach Jim Schwartz.
 
6. ***TRADE*** San Diego Chargers (from CLE): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
 
The Browns want to trade out of this pick, and they like the Raiders might take a value cut to do so. The only logical players to take here in terms of need and value are Dee Milliner and Barkevious Mingo, but they fill secondary needs for the team. The Browns would much rather pick up some value while also getting a blue chipper at 11.

To grab this pick the Chargers would historically need about a 2nd round pick, and you had better believe that the Browns would love to get a 2nd rounder back. In this draft I think the Chargers will give up their 2nd round pick and their 6th round pick, with the Browns giving their 3rd round pick back to the Chargers.

7. Oakland Raiders (from ARZ) : Sharrif Floyd, DE/DT, Florida

This is a slam dunk for the Raiders. They get the guy that they could have gotten with the 3rd pick while also getting some value back. 

8. Buffalo Bills: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

I have heard that the Bills would like to get another big receiver to match across from Stevie Johnson, but I think Tavon Austin could go here. The Bills would fill a need while also blocking the Jets from potentially getting him with the next pick. 

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU

With the Revis deal this pick gets much more interesting. They now could take Geno Smith knowing that they will have another legit player there at 13. Do they go corner here, or do they go with a playmaker like Mingo? In this mock I'm predicting Mingo because he will have the most instant impact for the Jets.

10. Tennessee Titans:  Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

This pick could be a guard like most predict, but I think that the team would value getting the last 'great' player left.

11. *** TRADE *** Saint Louis Rams (from CLE via SD): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The Browns still have no reason to take this pick, and you can bet your car that they could consider another deal. In this trade I think the Browns pick up a 3rd round pick, and lets say a player like TE Lance Kendricks who was a 2nd round pick 2 years ago by the Rams.

12. Miami Dolphins: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

The Dolphins have gotten quite a few upgrades this offseason, so this pick is a tricky one to predict, but I do think that they could target a corner like Warmack with this pick if he is here. The could go for DJ Fluker too if they think that he is a potential left tackle.
 
13. New York Jets (from TB): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

The Jets now need a corner, and Rhodes is a good pick here.

14. Carolina Panthers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Everyone and their grandma has Sheldon Richardson going here, but I don't love it. The team just did not click last year, and while a lot of it was because of a struggling defense, it was also because of an unorganized offense. Adding a weapon like Patterson would do nothing but help the Panthers sort out some of their issues. Patterson is a big threat weapon that Cam Newton has needed across from Steve Smith.
  

15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, DE/LB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones is a nightmare of a player that will be a steal for someone.

16. Cleveland (from STL): Jonathan Cooper, OG/C, UNC

This isn't the 'sexy' pick that most Browns fans want, but I think it is a good one. Cooper is worth a top-10 pick, and he will instantly solidify this offensive line's left side. Cooper has the athleticism to slide almost anywhere on the line too.
  

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

The Steelers have a decision to make. Heath Miller is 30 and is coming off of a major knee injury, but he reportedly is healing well. Even with him healthy I think that this team would benefit from having a guy like Eifert in the mix.
 
18. Dallas Cowboys: D.J Fluker, OT, Alabama

The Cowboys love big offensive linemen, and Fluker has a lot of assets to love, including some 55-feet arms.
 
19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Giants could go a number of places, but it will all depend on who is left for them to take. I think Werner is a clean pick.
 
20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia

The bears have a lot more needs than their record indicates, but I think getting a guy like Ogletree will be in play. 
 
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Bengals are a tough team to pick for, because they have few major needs. I think that they may see what falls to them.

22. St Louis Rams (From Washington): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Eddie Lacy is an interesting prospect that I think could go earlier than many think.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

There are two or three corners that should go in the 10-32 range, and my Trufant is an intriguing guy that might have the Vikings drooling.
 
24. Indianapolis Colts: D.J Hayden, CB, Houston

The Colts have a million backup-quality players that they have signed this offseason, so it will be interesting to see where they go with this pick.

25. Minnesota Vikings (From Sea): Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame


This is not the first real spot that I think Te'o will end up going to, but it is maybe the most likely. The team needs a guy like him, and he would be going to a team with a lot of former teammates to back him up.
 
26. Green Bay Packers: Justin Pugh, OT/G, Syracuse

This could be a number of picks, but I think Pugh could fit in well for the team, especially given his versatility. 

27. Houston Texans: Margus Hunt, DE/LB, SMU

If Margus Hunt becomes a Texan then I will officially be scared for other teams. Hunt has JJ Watt potential that could turn out to be lethal. What about a wide receiver? Well I've been begging for the team to do it so long that I have given up trying.

28. Denver Broncos: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

The Patriots reportedly love Jamar Taylor, so it would only make sense for the Broncos to steal him. All joking aside, Taylor would be a great addition to an already great team. 
 
29: *** TRADE *** Philadelphia Eagles (from NE): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

The Patriots are not going to keep this pick. It isn't happening. Sure they blew away their pick load last year, but that was in a very strong draft. The team will be begging for the chance to get out of this pick, especially if they can get value later. The Eagles give up their 2nd rounder this year, and their 2nd rounder in 2014 to get their QB of the future.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Keenan Allen, WR, California

This is a value pick more than anything, but the Falcon's are all in this year for the Super Bowl and they need to get some guys that can splash right away. Allen is a game changing receiver that will be a perfect addition on a team that saw Julio Jones struggle to stay healthy. 

31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, S, LSU

The 49ers have been linked to a lot of different players in this draft, but I think a safety like Reid might be the choice.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida

The Ravens have a few needs to fill, safety is one of them.