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NFL Mock Draft 5.0: There's a change at the top

First here’s some frequently asked questions about my mock draft:

1) The order is done by the current NFL standings. This probably would not be the exact order if the draft took place today (coin flips & playoffs would have to be complete) but it’s a pretty good estimation of what it would look like.

2) This draft has not picked 12 playoff teams. Instead I just did it in the exact order of the NFL Standings, that way nobody can complain about this team or that team being in or out of the playoffs. I will adjust this when we know who the 12 playoff teams are but until then all of my mock drafts will look this way.

2) I do these weekly but only here at so make sure you check back often for updates.

3) Make sure you leave comments below but to remember it is only early November. Right now it is hard to tell what each teams needs.

Without further adu, here’s the latest NFL Mock Draft:

# Team Pick Thoughts
1 Detroit Lions
OT Andre Smith

(+1 Spot, LR: 2)

Yes we have a change at #1 overall. The Lions would want to take the best player in the draft…and in my belief that is Andre Smith.
2 Cincinnati Bengals
OT Michael Oher
Ole Miss

(-1 Spot, LR: 1)

The Bengals wouldn’t be disappointed to get Oher #2 overall, something that didn’t seem possible a few weeks ago.
3 Kansas City Chiefs
QB Matthew Stafford*

(+3 Spots, LR: 6)

I am starting to come around on Tyler Thigpen but for now I have to stick with the Chiefs going QB here, especially with Oher and Smith gone.
4 San Francisco 49ers
DT Terrence Cody

(+16 Spots, LR: 20)

The more and more I think about the more I realize that every NFL team wants Cody. He would fill up two gaps on the D-line and shut down the run.
5 Seattle Seahawks
CB Vontae Davis*

(+8 Spots, LR: 13)

The Seahawks need help everywhere and at #5 overall it is arguably too early to take a CB. Do they really care if its too early? Take the right guy.
6 St. Louis Rams
OT Eugene Monroe

(+4 Spots, LR: 10)

The Rams still need help on the offensive line, especially after not getting Jake Long last year. Monroe would be a great pickup.
7 Oakland Raiders
WR Michael Crabtree*
Texas Tech

(+7 Spots, LR: 14)

Alright Al Davis youv’e got JaMarcus Russell & Darren McFadden. If you drafted Crabtree you’d have quite a trio.
8 Houston Texans
DE Tyson Jackson

(+1 Spot, LR: 9)

What? Why take Jackson? They already have Mario Williams. Well think about having two great pass rushing defensive ends? Wow.
9 Cleveland Browns
Knowshon Moreno

(+NR, LR: NR)

The Browns already have a big bruising running back in Jamal Lewis. By adding Moreno they’d have a great change of pace back.
10 New Orleans Saints
DE Brian Orakpo

(+1 Spot, LR: 11)

Orakpo would finally give the Saints somebody on defense that could get to the opposing QB, which is a big need in New Orleans.
11 Jacksonville Jaguars
DT Terrence Taylor

(+12 Spots, LR: 23)

I spoke to our Jaguars blogger and she thinks the Jags need a D-lineman. I can’t argue with our experts and Taylor is the best available.
12 Green Bay Packers
OT Ciron Black*

(+16 Spots, LR: 28)

The running lanes for Ryan Grant aren’t as big this year and it’s forcing the Packers to rely on Aaron Rodgers to try to win games. Bring in Black.
13 San Diego Chargers
Ray Mauluaga

(-11 Spots, LR: 2)

The Chargers have been a big disappointment this year and never thought they’d be drafting here. Why not take one of the best LBs?
14 Dallas Cowboys
CB Malcolm Jenkins
Ohio State

(+4 Spots, LR: 18)

The Cowboys need help in the secondary very badly. Jenkins would help their only blaring need defensively.
15 Denver Broncos
S William Moore

(+0 Spots, LR: 15)

Another team that needs big time help in the secondary. The Broncos can’t stop anyone defensively right now.
16 Philadelphia Eagles
DE Michael Johnson
Georgia Tech

(-9 Spots, LR: 7)

The Eagles love lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft and Johnson would be a “best available” pick under this scenario.
17 Buffalo Bills
CB Alphonso Smith
Wake Forest

(+2 Spots, LR: 19)

The Bills still need some help in the secondary (who doesn’t?) and would love to take Smith here midway thru Rd 1.
18 Miami Dolphins
DE George Selvie
South Florida

(-1 Spot, LR: 19)

The Dolphins still need a big pass rusher to get to the QB. Why leave the state of Florida looking for one? Selvie is a beast.
19 Chicago Bears
S Taylor Mays*

(+5 Spots, LR: 24)

Mays is as big as a linebacker and with some insight from our Bears blogger I know that the Bears need a safety.
20 Indianapolis Colts
James Laurinaitis
Ohio State

(-15 Spots, LR: 5)

The Colts would run up to the commissioner before a second even ran off the clock. This is a perfect fit and HUGE steal.
21 Minnesota Vikings
QB Mark Sanchez

(+9 Spots, LR: 12)

Like I said in my last mock draft, just call this a hunch. Sanchez would bring a strong arm to a struggling Minnesota passing game.
22 Atlanta Falcons
LB Aaron Curry
Wake Forest

(+0 Spots, LR: 22)

Curry would stop the run for the Falcons and their defense to win games instead of relying on Matt Ryan to do so.
23 New England Patriots (6-3) CB Darius Butler

(-5 Spots, LR: 18)

The Patriots could use a cornerback and Butler would be a nice selection towards the end of round one.
24 New York Jets
DE Greg Hardy
Ole Miss

(+5 Spots, LR: 29)

If he ever gets healthy Hardy is almost a sure first round pick. He can rush the passer as well as any DE in college right now.
25 Baltimore Ravens
RB Chris Wells
Ohio State

(+NR, LR: NR)

McGahee…Rice…McClain. This pick probably makes no sense to a lot of you guys. McGahee has disappointed some, and Rice is not an every down back.
26 Arizona Cardinals
Brandon Spikes*

(+NR, LR: NR)

The Cardinals need a middle linebacker, considering Gerald Hayes isn’t exactly a superstar. Spikes would a decent pickup late in round one.
27 Washington Redskins (6-3) CB Victor Harris
Virginia Tech

(+3 Spots, LR: 30)

Harris would help a secondary that has to deal with Eli Manning, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo a total of six times a year.
28 Tampa Bay Bucs
WR Jeremy Maclin*

(+1 Spot, LR: 26)

After talking to our Bucs blogger here at Fansided I agree that the Bucs need a WR. Maclin can really change the game in so many ways, it’s amazing.
29 Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Mike Mickens

(-2 Spots, LR: 27)

The one thing we know about the rough/tough defenses of the AFC is that you can never have enough defensive backs.
30 Philadelphia Eagles
(6-3; Pick via Car)
OT Phil Loadholt

(+NR, LR: NR)

An offensive lineman makes sense here for the Eagles, especially after going D-line with their first pick. At least Carolina isn’t giving up a high pick here.
31 New York Giants LB Darry Beckwith

(+0 Spots, LR: 31)

The Giants grab a linebacker to make their defense even better late in round one. Beckwith acts like the kind of play Tom Coughlin wants on his team.
32 Tennessee Titans WR Percy Harvin

(+NR, LR: NR)

Harvin is too great of a playmarker to pass up for the Titans. He would be a deep threat that could also run the reverse and open up their offense.

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  • Tom Dowers

    Do you really think the packers would take ciron black that early? i havent heard to much about him, can i get some more insight on him. Also what do you feel is the packers biggest need. I was thinking it was OT,OG,DE,LB,and CB? who else might they draft?

  • Daniel

    It might be a little high for Black at that time but it’s really hard to tell this far from the NFL Draft. A lot of experts see Duke Robinson (from Oklahoma), the top rated guard, going in the first round of the NFL Draft. The only problem with that is that guards do not usually go in round one. The last guard taken in the first round was in 2006, when Davin Joseph from Oklahoma was taken by the Bucs. Basically what I’m saying is decent guards can be drafted whenever, although Robinson is the cream of the crop and will be taken late in round one or early in round two.

    This year’s defensive end class is pretty stout as well. Linebackers are falling in my mock drafts, mainly due to lack of need at this point. The Packers need an outside linebacker mainly, and outside of Brian Cushing from USC there’s aren’t many that are first round caliber. There are quite a few cornerbacks that could go in round one as well, and it’s the position I’ve had the Packers drafting in my previous mocks.

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    Where’s Eben Britton?

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  • fansided

    Dan, Great job on the Mock.

  • Daniel


  • ArrowheadAdam

    Uh, Stafford. Other than that, great mock!

  • Daniel

    If Sam Bradford leaves OU then he could also be a high pick, depending on how good he does in the combine. That might fix your Stafford-itis lol.

  • fansided

    What do you think are the odds that he will leave?

  • Daniel

    I think he's less likely to leave than Stafford is, although both guys could stay in school. If both Stafford and Bradford stay then I feel for any team needing QB help this year.

  • fansided

    But dont you think that is why both will go. The $$$ will be too great to pass up.

  • Daniel

    It might be why both Stafford and Bradford leave, but the thought of winning a national title might keep them in school. I know for a fact that if Tim Tebow does not win the national championship this season then he will return to school, but I'm not sure if Stafford and Bradford feel that strongly about winning a title before they leave or not. I still think Stafford is the most likely to leave, but Knowshon Moreno's decision will probably affect his a lot.

  • RossMcR

    Daniel, if Tebow does win the National Championship do you see him coming out this year? If he does, where would you see him going?

  • Drew

    If Mays is still on the board, the Fins will take him. I know parcells likes the big bodies up front. but mays is a game changer in the secondary….and the fins are hurting badly in the secondary.

  • fansided

    Yes they are…

  • Chris

    Dallas' first goes to Detroit.

  • Daniel

    Good point Chris. I completely forgot about the Roy Williams trade, other than the fact that the Cowboys no longer need a WR.

  • Daniel

    I really don't know. I hope he sticks around for another season either way, but if he wins a title and is scouted highly (which depends on who you talk to right now) then he could leave. Right now I'd say he loves college football too much to leave.