Round 1

1) Carolina Panthers: Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn

Draftmaven,com was the first website to mock Cam Newton first overall back in November and if you have been watching draft coverage since the season ended you would have seen Newton jump from a 2nd round pick to a 1st round pick to a top-10 pick and now even to the top overall pick in some of the top scout's eyes. I absolutely mean to toot my own horn on this one, but Newton is still a ways away from being a lock here.

If the Panthers could pull a trade off though, I think they would. Unfortunately nobody is going to pay the price for the 1st overall pick to take Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert.

2) Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

No trade here either. I think it could happen if a team loves one of the QB's and wants to jump Buffalo, but it is unlikely for the price.

3) Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri


The only logical trade here would be for the Bills don't want a QB and the Cards do. I'm not betting that way though.

4) Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia

This could be a WR, a DT, a OLB, or a CB. The Bengals are sitting about as pretty as any team picking 4th could here. I think Green is the biggest overall upgrade for the team.

5) FIRST TRADE: Arizona Cardinals swap 1st round picks with Texans, Texans give 3rd and 5th round picks to select: Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A&M

The Houston Texans often have a little bit of a surprise up their sleeve in the draft. The Cardinals could 100% benefit by having a guy like Von Miller on their team, but by trading back 6-spots they gather additional draft value. It is also likely that they will get a chance to grab a very good player at 11th.

The Texans on the other hand trade a few of their picks to get an amazing tool for their new 3-4 defense.

6) TRADE 2: Cleveland Browns swap first picks with Detroit Lions, Lions give 3rd round pick to select: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

The Lions need to find a number of upgrades in the draft, but they might have to trade up to get one of the best prospects. The Lions get the best player in the draft, and the Browns fall down the draft a little bit to pick up an extra pick later. The Browns lose out on Peterson, but there will be someone at 13th to draft that has a lot more value (in terms of upgrade and need).

7) San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

The 49ers get screwed out of the best talent, but they do get first dibs at 2nd tier talent. They might try to trade out of this pick, but it is unlikely that there is enough value for a team to move up ahead of Tennessee.

8) Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Tennessee

The Titans have needed a force inside since they lost Albert Haynesworth, and Fairley is a pretty good value here.

9) Trade 3: Dallas Cowboys swap this pick with Cleveland (who traded with Detroit), Cowboys receive 4th round pick, and 6th round pick so Cleveland can select: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

This is a lot of trading early, but there are a ton of teams that will be looking to trade early in the draft. The Browns essentially trade their 4:5 and 6:5 for the 3:11 (about 100 TVC gain). They also get the best overall receiving prospect in the draft (Julio's blocking skills are insanely valuable) for a slight price discount.

Dallas in this case benefits because they get later round talent to help them add some tools. The only thing that might cancel this out is that they might not get Tyron Smith from the deal.

10) Washington Redskins: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor

The Redskins could really get screwed in this draft. The only thing they can hope for at this point is that someone falls to them, but they could even lose out to Julio Jones because of a trade. The Skins likely will go BPA, which could be Robert Quinn, but Quinn might not be as high on their 3-4 board.

I think in this situation the team desperately needs a nosetackle to take over if they think that Albert Haynesworth is essentially gone. Phil Taylor is someone that will likely get drafted much earlier than some believe because of his postional value, and his weight and character concerns will get ignored on a team like Washington.

11) Arizona (traded with Houston)
: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

The Cardinals miss out on a defensive prospect like Von Miller, but if they can get a 3rd and a 5th round pick (which is fairly plausible) to move back and grab a pretty good OT prospect. Smith could start right away (maybe at LT or RT) and would be a great pick up for the Cardinals at 11th.

12) Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE, UNC

Rumors are going around that say that the Vikings could be looking for a DE in the draft. While they need an OT, QB and CB a little bit more, they might be better off taking a talent like Quinn (or Bowers) if they fall.

13) Dallas Cowboys (traded with Cleveland VIA Detroit): JJ Watt, DE/DT, Wisconsin

The Cowboys lost out of Tyron Smith, but there is no guarantee that the Cowboys would take Smith if he was there in the draft. JJ Watt is an intriguing player that could go 9th regardless to the Cowboys, so to get him at 13th while gaining some value would be significant as well.

14) St. Louis Rams: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

The Rams lose out on the WR they need, but they may have a chance to get a major steal in Da'Quan Bowers.

15) Trade 4: Miami Dolphins swap 1st round picks with New Orleans Staints and gain their early 3rd round pick (3:8) so New Orleans can select: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

The Dolphins have to hate their draft spot. They don't have an immediate need at OL, nor do they need defensive talent early. They will be looking to trade back.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

All jokes aside I believe that the Jags could look at Jordan at end if he falls this far. He is a pretty good prospect and fits a big need.

17) New England Patriots (From Oak): Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

The Patriots need a DE/DT, but there will be plenty there later in the round (or with the first pick in the 2nd round). They also need a pass rusher, but there isn't a perfect value here. The team also has a huge need all over their OL, and there is no guarantee that any of those issues will get figured out any time soon.

18) San Diego Chargers: Adrian Clayborn, DE/DT, Iowa

The Chargers are a strange team. They technically had the best defense last year, but they needs four or five new weapons on defense.

19) New York Giants: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

The Giants have a few big needs, but they often choose to go BPA. Ingram fits both.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

The Bucs need some major pass rushing help and Kerrigan is someone that will be very high on draft boards.

21) Kansas City Chiefs: Brooks Reed, DE/LB, Arizona

The team needs some pass rushing depth on the defense and a guy like Reed really showed some great things at the combine.

22) Indianapolis Colts: Corey Luiget, DT, Illinois

The Colts have a few key positions that they need to address, and getting a good DT for the future is a major need to address.

23) Trade 5: Philadelphia Eagles swap first rounders with Seattle, Seattle moves their 5th round pick in the deal to select: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

If the Dolphins pull a trade back then they could be doing it to grab a QB. The Seattle Seahawks may have to give up just a little value to make sure they get their guy if they want a QB.

24) Miami Dolphins (traded with Saints: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida

The Dolphins could end up taking Pouncey with their 15th pick, but getting him here would be even better. They need some depth at OG and at center, and they would try to plug Pouncey into the mix to create arguably the best OL in the league.

25) Philadelphia Eagles (from Seattle): Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado


The Eagles get a 5th round pick to trade back two spots and grab possibly the guy they would have taken at 23rd.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

The Ravens have just a few needs, but one of them may be OT. Oher was average at best this year, and there were even more questions throughout the team to possibly warrant another 1st round pick.

27) Atlanta Falcons: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

The Falcons will take the best player on their board that fits a need. I think that given the way this mock has gone that they would take their best OT on the board. There will be plenty of defensive ends and receivers in the 2nd round, but they might not get another great swing at OT.

28) Trade 6: New England Patriots trade this pick to the Bengals for their 2nd round pick (2:3) and 4th round pick (4:4) to select: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

You knew it had to happen. I didn't want to pull the cliche pick, but this is my most certain trade of them all. The Patriots trade back only 7 picks (one of which they own) to get an early 4th rounder for it. The Patriots do not have a 'can't miss' guy here, and the Bengals are able to make sure that the Cardinals, Titans, 49ers,etc. don't trade up and steal mallett.

29) Chicago Bears: Jonathon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

I do not mean to make Bear fans mad with this pick. It could just as easily be Gabe Carimi or Ben Ijalana. The team passed on OL last year, and could do it again. They also have an offensive coordinator that doesn't care about run games, offensive lines, or QB health, so he might be begging to get Cutler a passing threat.

30) New York Jets: Marvin Austin, DE/DT, UNC

The Jets could use an additional DE/DT in their defense and a guy like Austin has the potential to be one of the best in the league. He might be a better fit in the 4-3, but he is capable of playing in the 3-4.

31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Martez Wilson, MLB, Illinois

The Steelers haven't taken a CB in the first round since 1997 and haven't taken an OT since 1996. Some might say they are due, but I think it is a trend. They might be looking for a player that can take over for James Farrior in the future,

32) Green Bay Packers: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

The Packers don't have many glaring needs to fill, but they could use some exciting playmakers plugged into their offense. Call it a player bonus for Aaron Rodgers.