16. New York Jets: Cordy Glenn, T, Georgia
. The Jets are going to decide here between two issues their running game or their safety play. I think a pass rusher is also a possibility, but they’ll probably address that in free agency because that might be their biggest need. This leaves them choosing between David DeCastro to play Guard, or Cordy Glenn who can play guard and has the ability to move out to RT.
They also could really consider Mark Barron here. I think fixing the running game, however, is going to be their biggest priority.
. I think this is really the ideal pick here for the Bengals. The Bengals are one team I would prefer Dre Kirkpatrick to not go to. I don’t think he’s going to be a problem, but it’d just be better for the Bengals to avoid him. DeCastro is squeaky clean and a terrific player. The only knock on him is that he plays guard and isn’t going to play center or tackle. Still the Bengals need to fix their running game.
18. San Diego Chargers: Michael Floyd, WR, Norte Dame
Philip Rivers struggled last year for whatever reason so the Charges could add Floyd here, especially if Vjax leaves the team through free agency. GMs are going to be more willing to take character concern players if their seat is getting hot.
19. Chicago Bears: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
.To me, Konz, is better than Mike Pouncey by a lot and as good as Maurkice. This is good value for him. The Bears have OL problems every year, despite drafting OL every year, but this time they grab an interior stabilizing force in the middle of their offensive line.
20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Not a great pass rusher in terms of overall physical ability, but he’ll benefit from the lack of pass rushers in this class. Not having a real good DE last year cost the Titans two positions. They moved Jason Jones outside where he was less effective. With Mercilus on board they can move Jones back inside (if they resigin him) and hope Derrick Morgan can stay healthy and emerge this year. The best way to improve the secondary is to improve the pass rush.
. 21. Cincinnati Bengals: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Both Miller and Wilson and pretty tough players. The Bengals need to improve their run game, they have a pretty good defense and enough WR weapons. With the addition of DeCastro and Wilson their run game should look dramatically different, and better, than last year. I think LB here is also a distinct possibility.
Ideally the Browns will look to add DE here or a really good wide receiver, but they’ll take the consolation prize of Zach Brown who has uncommon physical ability. He’s been compared to former top five pick Aaron Curry who was enjoying a bit of a renissance in Oakland. Brown could really help out the Browns defense for next year.
23. Detroit Lions-Janoris Jenkins, CB, Northern Alabama
. The most physically gifted player available here and he also happesn to fit a position of need. Easy pick here.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alameada Ta’amu, NT, Washington Huskies
I think Ta’amu might actually fit better as a 43 DT, but he has the size of a NT and maybe teams will think differently. I think the Steelers recognize that even though they could use more talent along the offensive line that their front seven has too much age in it and that it has to be retooled soon if they want to continue to have the best defense in the league year after year. Also with how complicated the Steelers defense is most players need a year or two of learning before they can fully contribute.
. 25. Denver Broncos: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
I think this depends on how well Allen tests out, but with the impact Tight Ends are making in the league all over the place Allen could get some serious looks in the first round. Allen is a godo fit for the Broncos because not only can he catch passes, but he can also block. .
26. Houston Texans: Devon Still, DL, Penn State
The Texans have so much talent they can really just take whoever they want. In this scenario the best value is probably Devon Still who just falls for no good reason in this mock. I think WR is a very likely pick as well to give the Texans a complement to Andre Johnson.
The Patriots secondary has a lot of issues, I mean they are playing a WR as a cornerback. With this pick the Patriots now have Chung and Barron in the back end and it gives them two good smart, talented safeties in the back end.
28. Green Bay Packers: Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State
Cox improve the talent up front for the Packers who really need to upgrade the Defensive line.
. 29. Baltimore Ravens: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State University
Super Talented, needs to play more disciplined and smarter. Burfict could really ease the transtion from Ray Lewis after Lewis retires in a few years.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Dwight Jones, WR, UNC
Mohamed Sanu has the same kind of strengths as Michael Crabtree so the 49ers go with a player who is big and can make plays down the field. I think after the performance of the WR in the Conference Championship game. I still feel like I’m mocking too many WR in the first round and have to figure out where to whittle some out.
31. New York Giants: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Gilmore could help out with three different positions for the Giants. The first is punt returner (unless Jernigan learns to catch the football back there before next year), CB talent and depth (both Terrell Thomas and Aaron Ross are free agents) and safety depth (Gilmore has versatility to play safety in schemes).
32. New England Patriots: Melvin Igram, ATH, Defense.
You never see a defensive player listed as an athlete, that’s usually reserved for the Denard Robinson types, but how else would you describe Ingram. Ingram can play DT in some schemes, DE and linebacker. Who knows where this guy will play on the football field, but the point is he’s versatile, talented, and just a good football player. The Patriots love versatility and they need help on defense.
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