Josh Sanchez’s 1st-Round Mock Draft – v.1.0

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Pick Team Player Selected Player’s Position Player’s School Analysis
17. Damian Williams
Wide Receiver
Braylon Edwards was added to the roster mid-season, however, the Jets could still use some help on the wings. Williams has incredible hands and he is the best route runner in this year’s class. New York needs to keep adding weapons for their new QB Mark “Sanchise,” so why not reunite him with a college teammate.
18. Terrence Cody
Nose Tackle
Miami is working with very little at the nose tackle position. In order to take the defense to the next level the team will need to add a big space eater to the middle of the d-line. Cody (6’5, 365) is enormous and exactly the kind of nose tackle that Bill Parcells looks for.
19. Arthur Jones
Defensive Tackle
The Titans young defensive linemen have struggled to replace Albert Haynesworth. Jones needs to add a little bulk, but he has the motor and ability to wreak havoc in the interior line.
20. Donovan Warren Cornerback Michigan Ravens defensive back coach Mark Carrier is the godfather of Warren. Warren went to Carrier to see how he graded as a pro and somewhere along the lines he had heard enough to declare for the draft. Warren’s fluidity and hip movement has been compared to Darrelle Revis’ and we all know how Revis has fared in the NFL.
21. (DEN) Sergio Kindle
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Kindle could fall in the draft due to some “character concerns,” but he is a legitimate top 15 talent. Current Seahawks DE Patrick Kearney has been struggling with injuries. Kindle has the ability to play both DE and OLB, so his flexibility makes him attractive to Seattle where they can address two positions of need while only occupying one roster spot.
22. Brandon Spikes
Inside Linebacker
The Giants have no gaping hole on their roster. Spikes would add a solid tackler to the middle of the defense which is currently led by Antonio Pierce, who suffered a serious neck injury this season. Pierce could be rusty in his return and having a guy like Spikes on the depth chart could prove to be a good decision.
23. Bryan Bulaga
Offensive Tackle
Green Bay needs to do one thing… Keep Aaron Rodgers off his back. Their offensive line has been abysmal. Baluga moves very well and is a perfect fit in the zone blocking scheme. He is exactly what the Packers need.
24. Jerry Hughes
Outside Linebacker
Arizona could have as many as four key front-seven players on the free agent market after the season. They are also at the bottom of the league in rushing the passer. Hughes is one of the best pure rushers in this years draft, so this selection seems to make too much sense.
25. Brandon LaFell
Wide Receiver
The tragic death of Chris Henry will not only be felt in the hearts and minds of the Cincinnati Bengals, but they will also notice an impact on the field. The team will need to add another wideout in the offseason and LaFell is the top senior WR.
26. Anthony Davis
Offensive Tackle
Dallas needs to do something about Flozell Adams. You can’t watch a Cowboys game without seeing multiple penalties or missed assignments along the left side of Dallas’ line. Davis is the best available left tackle and he could be groomed into the eventual replacement.
27. Jermaine Gresham
Tight End
Bill Belichick and the Patriots always seem to steal a great player in the draft. Current TE Ben Watson is going to become a free agent in the off-season and, if a guy like Gresham is available, he will likely not return to New England. Gresham was looked at as a top 15 talent in last year’s draft.
28. Jason PierrePaul
Defensive End
South Florida
It always seems like Andy Reid is drafting a lineman. I would expect this year to be no different. Jason Pierre-Paul is a solid pass-rusher and he has the strength to contribute against the run as well.
29. Dan Williams
Defensive Tackle
Minnesota needs to start addressing defensive tackle depth especially with Pat Williams getting up their in age. By selecting Dan Williams, the Vikings get another big, run-stuffer and who can step right in and continue the “Williams Wall” name.
30. Golden Tate
Wide Receiver
Notre Dame
San Diego is in perfect position to take best player available. Selecting Tate would give their receiving corp some diversity and they would get a dynamic player who compares to Percy Harvin from last year. All of the Chargers current WRs are big, tall targets. Tate would bring the ability to stretch the field.
31. Sean Weatherspoon
Outside Linebacker
Everyone and their mother has been writing that the Saints need to upgrade the “Will” linebacker position for the past few seasons. Weatherspoon is a very athletic guy who has great sideline to sideline speed.
32. Marvin Austin
Defensive Tackle
North Carolina
Indianapolis selected Fili Moala last year, but they still have some work to do on defense. Marvin Austin is a versatile defensive tackle who can both help against the run and by getting pressure up the middle.