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1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Sometimes you have to suck up your pride and open your ears. I did that this week. Someone that I trust more than anyone in the business said “Brad, you’re nuts if you are still holding onto Geno Smith being the first overall pick.” I’m not the guy that pretends to be plugged into the league but the few sources I have said this pick comes down to one of the DL or Joeckel. An interesting nugget was dropped by a ‘source’ that has Eric Fisher going first overall and hearing that several teams have him atop their draft boards. Don’t know that KC is one of them but for now we’ll go with Joeckel.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
The marriage of Gus Bradley and Dion Jordan is a match made in heaven. We are about to see Jordan put on a show at the Combine and vault himself into this territory. Jason Babin would be a fine LEO but Jordan has special qualities about his game. He gives the Jags an explosive playmaker to begin the new era in Jacksonville.
3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
This pick comes down to Sharrif Floyd, Sheldon Richardson and one of the DE’s. If it’s me making this pick, I’m all over Sheldon Richardson. I think he’s a superior talent to Floyd and should be a top five pick in this draft. All signs point to many in the league like Floyd more than Richardson or Lotulelei. There’s no doubts that Floyd fills a major need for the Raiders as he gives them an explosive DT to add to their interior pass rush.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star gives Chip Kelly’s defense a lot of versatility. Eric Fisher could get some love here as he fits Kelly’s scheme to a tee. But, at the end of the day, the Eagles have to find a space eater in the middle of their new defense. If the Eagles go with multiple fronts, Lotulelei fits any and all fronts. He can play the 5T, NT, or 3T.
NOTE: It was revealed last night that Star Lotulelei left ventricle is pumping at 44%. Not good news but the mock draft was already published. I would have to think that Star will fall because of the heart condition. Eric Fisher and Dee Milliner could be options at this point.
5. Detroit Lions – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Eric Fisher doesn’t have to move far. He’s a Michigan kid that stays in Michigan. The Lions have nothing at LT and Gosder Cherilus is a free agent and had a surgery in Germany in the offseason. Defensive end is clearly a big need but Fisher is the best player available at a spot of need. Protecting Matt Stafford is a major priority for this team as they need to do everything possible to ensure he maximizes his talent. Finding a receiver to complement Calvin Johnson will be the next step for this offense.
If the Lions go with a DE, look for Ezekiel Ansah to come off the board at this point. The Lions staff worked with Ansah at the Senior Bowl and have seen what he’s capable of in the wide 9.
6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
I loved Dion Jordan to the Browns in last week’s mock draft but he’s long gone in this one. The Browns have some cash to spend in free agency so this pick is really fluid. Word has it that they are looking for a big name corner or wide receiver to extend an offer to. If that happens this pick is likely going in the way of a pass rusher, like Ezekiel Ansah.
Assuming, there’s no corner heading to Cleveland Dee Milliner makes a ton of sense at this pick. Sheldon Brown is done in Cleveland and they have no one to backfill his spot in the secondary. Milliner could step in immediately to play opposite Joe Haden in Cleveland.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
This pick becomes pretty easy for the Cards with Joeckel and Fisher off the board. The only other options that remain are Chance Warmack and Lane Johnson.
Kevin Kolb needs to restructure his deal or he won’t be back in Arizona. If Geno is sitting there for the taking at No. 7, I can’t see Arizona passing whether Kolb is on the roster or not. Geno could have a shot at a big career under Bruce Arians.
8. Buffalo Bills – Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Mike Pettine is going to love Ezekiel Ansah. Pettine’s defense requires some versatility and Ansah is the definition of that. The Bills will have a hard time passing on Cordarrelle Patterson but they need to shift focus to building around some of the defensive building blocks. Ansah could play DE in a four man front and standup rush linebacker in a three man front.
9. New York Jets – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Playmakers on offense and defense are needed. Cordarrelle Patterson is the top WR in the draft and he’s about to blow the roof off of Indianapolis. Patterson lit up the Combine yesterday with superlative numbers. That will only help his soaring draft stock. The Jets need a number one threat and Patterson gives them an explosive playmaker to build around. If Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley can continue to develop they could have a solid core of young receivers.
10. Tennessee Titans – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
I can’t imagine Warmack making it past the Titans. He fills a major need area and is one of the top three best players in the draft. Talk all you want about a pedestrian 40 time and subpar drill work, it’s about the tape with Warmack. He’s dominant at the point of attack and is an elite guard prospect, which you can’t say about many guards.
11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Lane Johnson proved that what was on tape wasn’t a fluke. He’s the most athletic tackle in the draft and has boatloads of upside. The offensive line deficient Chargers would be foolish to pass on a future stud left tackle at No. 11 and I don’t see it happening.