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

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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 NFLmocks.com 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
(0-9)
OT Andre Smith
Alabama

(+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
(1-8)
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
(1-8)
QB Matthew Stafford*
Georgia

(+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
(2-7)
DT Terrence Cody
Alabama

(+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
(2-7)
CB Vontae Davis*
Illinois

(+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
(2-7)
OT Eugene Monroe
Virginia

(+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
(2-7)
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
(3-6)
DE Tyson Jackson
LSU

(+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
(3-6)
Knowshon Moreno
Georgia

(+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
(4-5)
DE Brian Orakpo
Texas

(+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
(4-5)
DT Terrence Taylor
Michigan

(+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
(4-5)
OT Ciron Black*
LSU

(+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
(4-5)
Ray Mauluaga
USC

(-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
(5-4)
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
(5-4)
S William Moore
Missouri

(+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
(5-4)
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
(5-4)
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
(5-4)
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
(5-4)
S Taylor Mays*
USC

(+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
(5-4)
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
(5-4)
QB Mark Sanchez
USC

(+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
(6-3)
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
Connecticut

(-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
(6-3)
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
(6-3)
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
(6-3)
Brandon Spikes*
Florida

(+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
(6-3)
WR Jeremy Maclin*
Missouri

(+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
(6-3)
CB Mike Mickens
Cincinnati

(-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
Oklahoma

(+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
LSU

(+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
Florida

(+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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