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I have updated my mock draft based on the underclassman commits, team needs, and a little more analysis of some players. I will analyze/explain some of the picks throughout.

1) Carolina Panthers: Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn

Draftmaven,com was the first website to mock Cam Newton first overall back in November and I believe over the next few months more and more people will start to mock it this way. Don't believe me? Well just recently Newton was mocked as high as 3rd overall by Mel Kiper which means that he really does have the potential to rise to 1st overall.

Da'quan Bowers is not worth a top-3 pick, Nick Fairley is a personal foul machine and is not Ndamukong Suh, AJ Green is not Megatron. Cam Newton is not Andrew Luck but he is a talented QB that has the most potential at QB since Michael Vick. He also will improve the run game and will negate some of the deficits on the offensive line because of his ability to move.

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2) Denver Broncos: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

Fairley isn't as clean of a prospect as Ndamukong Suh was a year ago, and he is a personal foul machine that will make some teams nervous, but he is worth a top-5 pick in this draft.

3) Buffalo Bills: AJ Green, WR, Georgia


Steve Johnson, Lee Evans, and David Nelson are not that good, and the Bills will be looking for play makers. They could go Patrick Peterson here, but the team would be addressing a bigger need in a draft with weaker WR depth than at CB, and Green will improve upon the fact that the team has no LT or QB to be proud about.

4) Cincinnati Bengals: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

Bowers is good but he has had one year of production and he really only fits as a defensive end in the 4-3 if he is going in the top-20

5) Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A&M

Miller is getting top-5 consideration this year after a talented Senior Bowl week and some team will think of his as an elite talent.

6) Cleveland Browns: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

This is a slight shocker, but I think it could happen. Peterson is a special talent but his position might not be good enough to go 2nd overall, and the Bills, Bengals, and Cards have much bigger needs given the talent around them and the talent in the draft. The Browns on the other hand are in a tricky place because most of the elite talent is gone, and it might be a little early to take Julio Jones or Robert Quinn (I honestly think his stock will fall given the off the field issues and year off).

The Browns could take Peterson because he is the best player available (and some think in the draft), and he does fill a need given the fact that Joe Haden made the rest of the DB look very average this season. Peterson would fill in beautifully with Haden to create a nasty tandem, and one of the many average corners on the depth chart could possibly be moved to safety.

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7) San Francisco 49ers: Marcel Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama

Gabbert is an option here but Dareus is the last of the top tier talent in the draft and is a good pickup for a team that might not love a QB this early.

8) Tennessee Titans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Usually new coach means new quarterback, but the team just doesn't feel like one that is ready to invest in another Big 12 QB with a big arm, moving ability and potential.

9) Dallas Cowboys: Robert Quinn, DE/LB, UNC

The Cowboys might get screwed with the 9th pick if one of the four top-10 corners or 3-4 defensive ends. If this happens they might look to take a luxury/value pick if they can't trade out of the spot. Quinn could possibly go 1st overall after his 2009 talent, but after a year off he needs to prove to teams that he is ready mentally and physically.

There are many great 3-4 ends and corners from rounds 2-4 so getting talent isn't as much of an issue. Some will say that the Cowboys don't need another OLB but pass rushing is an asset and Quinn's potential is spectacular.

10) Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

The Redskins need a lot of help and if none of the top tier talent falls this way then I wouldn't be surprised for them to take Julio Jones who is actually a very good WR prospect.

11) Houston Texans:
Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri

The Texans need some help mentally. They have a front office that thinks that their best way to win would be to find a way to out-defense Peyton Manning. Unfortunately that hasn't worked. The team is now switching to the 3-4 defense which will essentially throw away 1/2 of their very talented defensive players. IDIOTS!

The team should stick with what they had and built up a better DB core while adding extra pass rushing depth, but more importantly they should draft a receiver to take pressure off of the best receiver in the league.

12) Minnesota Vikings: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

Viking fans want a QB and Blaine Gabbert may fall far enough to them.

13) Detroit Lions: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

This is the part of the mock where I get 100 Lion fans complaining. The team needs a LB and Akeem Ayers could be the pick. The team also needs corner help but it might be too early for the third CB to go in the draft. The team needs a LT too but the Lions organization and many of the fans believe that Jeff Backus is good. Statistically he has improved but I will never forget this play:




One thing that the Lions need to find soon though is a run game. Jahvid Best sucks is more of a playmaker than a dependable yard gainer, and Maurice Morris/ Kevin Smith just aren't that good. Getting a powerful runner to pair with Best will automatically give the team a legitimate running duo that will take pressure off of Matt Stafford in a different way.

14) Miami Dolphins: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

If the draft actually shook out this way then it would be interesting to see who the Dolphins would select. They need some help everywhere but they look pretty well set on defense. They could go after a RB here if Ingram is there and they may reach for a guard in Mike Pouncey, but taking a shot on Jake Locker would be just as much of a reach with the 14th pick. Locker has the potential to be the best pure passing QB in the draft and a team like Miami might have enough time to let him develop.

15) St. Louis Rams: JJ Watt, DE/DT, Wisconsin

The Rams have a bigger need possibly at defensive tackle, but it is hard seeing James Hall lasting much longer. I believe that Watt could fill in at just about any spot on the defensive line so it may make sense to have him replace Gary Gibson for the time being and then move him over in the near future.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Smith is moving up draft boards in a hurry and he might be a top-12 pick after the combine.

17) New England Patriots (From Oak): Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, California


Jordan is a great talent that could go as early as 9th to the Cowboys.

18) San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

Solder is a hit or miss prospect that could go anywhere in the top-20, but I think he may fall a bit like the rest of the offensive line class.

19) New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida

Pouncey is a good (I wouldn't say elite by any means) guard prospect that some thing could get taken by Minnesota in the first round. He fills a need and is a good prospect here.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

Some reports out there suggest that the Bucs love Clayborn as a prospect. He fills a need and is ok value so why not.

21) Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

Carimi is a guy that has a lot of potential to become one of the best LT's in the game, but he will need to be coached some. I think the Chiefs are a young franchise that would do wonders with a guy like Carimi and it would allow them to have many more options for when Brandon Albert shows that he is not a full time LT.

22) Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

The Colts have a few key positions that they need to address and both RT and LT are included.

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23) Philadelphia Eagles: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

The Eagles need CB and OL help more but it is a very thin OLB class. Akeem Ayers may go much higher than this to a 3-4 team needing a rush linebacker but I don't think many 4-3 teams are going to bite in the top-20 for him.

24) New Orleans Saints: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

Smith is technically one of the best tackles in the draft but he is not a big guy and he will need to add some bulk before he breaks into the top-16.

25) Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue


DE isn't the biggest need but Kerrigan is the BPA and he does fill a need. Corner, OL, WR, RB, QB and about 300 other positions could be taken here as well.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

The Ravens continue to depth to their great team but they just don't always feel like a Super Bowl contender.

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


Sam Baker just isn't cutting it. He needs to be upgraded and while Sherrod doesn't fit the Falcon's scheme perfectly I believe he is a good enough talent to learn it.

28) New England Patriots: Jonathon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

The Patriots need to find LB depth and Justin Houston could easily be taken here but the team just didn't feel the same without a true deep threat like Randy Moss.

29) New York Jets: Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia

The Jets need to become a better overall pass rushing team and that all starts with getting a new rush linebacker.

30) Chicago Bears: Corey Luiget, DT, Illinois


The Bears need help on their entire offensive line to help prevent any FAKE (yeah I said it Bear fans) knee injuries for Jay Cutler in the future, but they needed to address their OL and didn't last year until the late rounds.

31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

The Steelers biggest need on defense is at corner and a guy like Aaron Williams should help to seal some of the cracks in the backfield.

32) Green Bay Packers: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

Proto Man was great in the playoffs but even if he stays healthy he would work well with Leshoure next to him. Sure this is a luxury pick but it isn't that terrible of one considering the fact that one of the biggest needs for the Packers was a RB 2 months ago.


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1)    New England (from Carolina): Stefen Wisniewski, OC/OG, Penn State

I would be willing to bet that the Patriots will trade this pick and I am about 85% certain about it. But for the sake of mocking I think the Patriots would take a talented and versatile player like Wisni.

2)  Buffalo Bills: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

Mallett's stock is dropping right now but it would be dumb for the Bills to pass on him here given his potential.

3)    Cincinnati Bengals: Titus Young, WR, Boise State

If eight-five and T.O come back then this isn't likely but it doesn't look like both will be back.

4)    Denver Broncos: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

Getting the top safety would be a great grab for the Broncos. They might prefer a corner here but one of the top-5 corners might have to fall to get taken here.

5)    Cleveland Browns: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

The Browns MUST find one or two receivers from this draft to give Colt McCoy weapons. Giving him the weapons that he deserves will allow the team to air it out more and will take some pressure off of their run game.

6)    Arizona Cardinals: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple


The Cards could go a number of places with this pick, and a QB is possible here, but it might be a little early for one of the 2nd tier QB's.

7)    Tennessee Titans: Ben Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova

The Titans offensive line sometimes plays like the best in the league, and the worst at other times. Getting a huge mauler with LT potential like Ben Ijalana would be great.

8)    Dallas Cowboys: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State

The team might nab a DB here but there is a ton of depth that will be around in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

9)    Washington Redskins: Martez Wilson, MLB, Illinois

The Skins need so much help on their team that it isn't even funny.

10)    Houston Texans: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor

More defense for the Texans. It does fill a need but the team needs to improve the offense at some point.

11)    Minnesota Vikings: Kendrick Burney, CB, UNC

Burney has ballhawking potential and could become a major stud if coached to fix some of his flaws.

12)    Detroit Lions: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC

Detroit is in desperate need for LB help and Carter is a decent value here.

13)    San Francisco 49ers: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

Texas has two corners that could go in the top-50 this year and some think that Brown is better than his counterpart.

14)    Denver Broncos (from Miami): Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

Some have Rudolph going as high as the 1st round to the Falcons while many others have him going as low as the Falcons in the 2nd round. I think he'll get drafted right about here to a team that needs an upgrade.

15)    St. Louis Rams: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

The Rams might have to look for a WR in the 2nd round and getting Hankerson would add a huge playmaker for Sam Bradford.

16)    Oakland Raiders: Marcus Cannon, OT/G, TCU
(No first rounder)


This is a hard one to pick. The Raiders are great at drafting guys that fit a need but they also like speed. Cannon is not a fast player but he is without a doubt going to be the fastest 350 pounder in the NFL. Cannon is a war mammoth that will possibly play RT in the league, but he likely will end up as a mauling guard.

17)    Jacksonville Jaguars: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Here is a little draft history for you. The Jags double dipped each of the last three years. It is a cool draft theory that makes sure that you get one good starter from the draft, but it could be a waste if both are good (or suck).

18)    San Diego Chargers: Sam Acho, DE/LB, Texas

Acho is gaining some ground and should be a top-50 pick if he has a solid combine.

19)    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

Watkins is getting 1st round consideration by the top scouts but if he doesn't fall into the first 33 picks he could fall to a team that can afford to take a chance on a 27 year old guard. Watkins isn't a perfect scheme fit but he does have some potential (despite his age) to fit their scheme given his value.

20)    New York Giants: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

The Giants need RB help and it seems almost dumb to say it.

21)    Indianapolis Colts: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

Nevis is likely only a 4-3 DT so he might fall some, but the Colts would be ok with that.

22)    Philadelphia Eagles: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

The Eagles need a ton of corner depth and while Dowling might not be the fastest corner, he is a very good one with a lot of potential. He also can fill in at safety if they end up bringing in a talented free agent.

23)    Kansas City Chiefs: Randal Cobb, WR, Kentucky

The Chiefs drafted Dexter McCluster in 2010 as a playmaker and I could see them doing the same with Cobb.

24)    New Orleans Saints: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington

It seems like the Saints have needed OL depth for the last 10 years and hopefully an addition like Foster will help them to lock down the position.

25)    Seattle Seahawks: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

The Seahawks might not get a chance to draft Jake Locker but they will be in contention of drafting a number of different quarterbacks in the 2nd round.

26)    Baltimore Ravens: Deunta Williams, S, UNC

Williams has the potential to be a great replacement for Ed Reed.

27)    Atlanta Falcons: Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

Michael Jenkins and Harry Douglas need to be replaced. Jernigan might not be a tall receiver but he has blazing speed, good hands and will add a playmaking threat on the opposite side of Roddy.

28)    New England Patriots:  Jeremy Beal, DE/LB, Oklahoma

The team needs a ton of help at LB and Beal should add an extra dimension to an already young defense.

29)    San Diego (From the NY Jets): Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State

This is a bit of a reach for the Chargers but they might love the hometown guy's potential. They also might need to draft someone to replace Vincent Jackson down the road so why not get another Vincent?

30)    Chicago Bears: DeMarcus Love, OT/G, Arkansas


Again, I am not sold on the Bears drafting offensive line, but it would be an ok value to take a guy like Love here.

31)    Pittsburgh Steelers: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

The Steelers need a playmaking RB to compliment Mendenhall and Murray is certainly a pretty good one here.

32)    Green Bay Packers: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

The Packers just won the Super Bowl so it is strange to imagine what they could do with a good offensive line.


ROUND 3

1) Carolina Panthers: Marvin Austin, DT, UNC

Austin is a 1st round talent that could easily fall here due to character concerns

2) Cincinnati Bengals: Christian Ponder, QB, FSU

Carson Palmer might be gone, and even if he does come back he isn't very good.

3) Denver Broncos: Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech

The Broncos need a corner even if they retain Champ Bailey.

4) Buffalo Bills: Allen Bailey, DE/DT, Miami


The Bills defense has so many holes that after round one they might just take the BPA. Some will believe that Bailey is that guy.

5) Arizona Cardinals: Jordan Todman, RB, UConn

The Cardinals have two injury prone runningbacks that haven't done much in the league. They need to address the position.

6) Cleveland Browns: Brooks Reed, DE/LB, Arizona

If the Browns pass on a rush linebacker in the 1st round then they likely will look for one with their 2nd or 3rd round picks.

7) Dallas Cowboys: DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson

McDaniel is a great, athletic safety that is top notch in run support. He needs to be coached a little bit on instincts but he could easily be the best safety in the class when the time is out.

8) New Orleans (from Wash): Greg Jones, MLB/OLB, Michigan State

Some still think that Jones is a fit to play MLB. I wouldn't touch him to play it in the first two rounds but in the third round you find yourself a decent steal who can learn to play MLB while contributing outside.

9) Houston Texans: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

Now that the Texans have moved to the 3-4 it seems like they need help everywhere. Unfortunately they need a corner no matter what scheme they use.

10) New England (From Minn): Darius Morris, OT/G, Temple

The Pats did just franchise Logan Mankins but the fact is that the line seems lost at times. Morris has potential to be a tackle at the next level but might find his way at guard.

11) Detroit Lions: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

Carter here would be a great value and he would allow the team to never let C.C Brown back on the field.

12) San Francisco 49ers: Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware

This is a no brainer pick for the 49ers. Devlin is a great fit for the WCO and is my 2nd ranked QB because of how clean his throwing motion and accuracy is.

13) Tennessee Titans: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

Paea got hurt during Senior Bowl week and he might fall some given the risk.

14) St. Louis Rams: Shane Vereen, RB, California

Vereen is a big, physical player that actually projects better than Jahvid Best in terms of full running potential. He is a slight luxury but he will take some pressure off of Stevy Jack.

15) Miami Dolphins: Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State

The Dolphins might need to find an upgrade at left guard and Hudson would be a very good value here.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State

Good value, fills a need, and from the South. A prototypical Jags pick.

17) Oakland: Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State


Even if the Raiders keep Nnamdi they will need to find a replacement across from him.

18) San Diego Chargers: Christian Ballard, DE/DT, Iowa

Some think that Ballard is a better overall fit (size and bulkwise) in the league and that he is a cleaner prospect overall.

19) New York Giants: K.J Wright, OLB, Mississippi State

The Giants like to take BPA guys and Wright is arguably the best LB left.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quan Sturdivant, MLB, UNC

The Bucs need some help inside and a 3rd round grab is a good risk v reward spot.

21) Philadelphia Eagles: Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU

The Eagles have a ton of problems on their OL and a guy like Barksdale would give them a monster of a tackle.

22) Kansas City Chiefs: Steven Friday, DE/LB, Virginia Tech

The Chiefs need to get past the likes of Mike Vrabel and they must do it soon if they ever want to compete in the playoffs.

23) Indianapolis Colts: Robert Sands, S, West Virginia

The Colts cut Bob Sanders just moments before I got to this pick. They will look to address the position likely on day 2.

24) New Orleans Saints: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

The Saints cannot find a single healthy runner who is any good.

25) San Diego Chargers (From Sea): Nate Irving, MLB, NC State


Irving is an underrated talent that is fair value here.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State

The Ravens have few needs but they do need to add some young talent at receiver.

27) Atlanta Falcons: DJ Williams, TE, Arkansas

Williams is not a perfect TE for the system but he is a great receiving target that can be eased in while easing Tony Gonzalez out.

28) New England Patriots: Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky

The Patriots love athletic players and adding a guy like Locke would give them and even bigger threat to play with.

29) Chicago Bears: Orlando Franklin, OG, Miami

More offensive line depth for a team that desperately needs it.

30) New York Jets: Jarvis Jenkins, DE/DT, Clemson


It is scary to think about the Jets defense if it keeps adding tools.

31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jurrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss

Casey Hampton will be 34 on kickoff day and backup Chris Hoke will be 35. Youth is seriously needed here.

32) Green Bay Packers: Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson

More OL depth for a team that needs it.