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12. Miami DolphinsBjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.

The Dolphins are going to be in for a tough decision with Cordarrelle Patterson and Werner on the board. The Phins have the cap room to sign one of the top WR’s in free agency and the draft has plenty of options at the position. Pass rushers aren’t as easy to come by and finding someone to play opposite Cam Wake isn’t going to be easy. Werner is a solid talent that may fall a bit with a whole slew of freakish athletes being taken ahead of this point. Werner opposite of Wake is a nightmare for AFC East quarterbacks.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State 

To say the Bucs need secondary help would be the grossest understatement of the century. They have little talent on the corner and need a safety to pair with Mark Barron.

Xavier Rhodes is a perfect fit for what the Bucs want to do on the corner. He’s a physical, press corner with the recovery speed to make up for mistakes. His problem with being overly physical with his hands will be fixed at the next level and he has a shot at being a really good one in short order.

14. Carolina Panthers – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

This scenario is perfect for the Panthers with both Cordarrelle Patterson and Star Lotulelei on the board. I’ll give Patterson the edge on this one due to enormous impact he could have on the growth of the future of this franchise, Cam Newton.

Patterson is a special talent that gives the Panthers a long-term option to pair with Newton. Steve Smith will be 34-years old and Brandon LaFell remains the only other somewhat proven WR on the roster. Patterson has major upside that can stretch the field vertically and can turn underneath stuff into TD’s in the blink of an eye.

MORE: Draft Winds: A study of Cordarrelle Patterson

15. New Orleans Saints – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Star’s health concerns could drop him into a perfect situation for team and player. The Saints are moving to a 30 front but don’t have a true nose (Brodrick Bunkley). This pick gives them some flexibility to as Akiem Hicks and Star are both capable of playing the 5T or nose.

16. St. Louis Rams – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

This may be the floor for Jarvis Jones, unless more comes out about his neck condition. The Rams have nothing at outside linebacker next to James Laurinaitis. This pick could be heart wrenching for the Rams with Jon Cooper remaining on the board. Jeff Fisher will add some defensive talent early in the draft and the opportunity to take one of the top defensive talents in the draft with the 16th pick.

I have maintained that Jones is optimal at the SLB spot. His skill set is perfectly suited to play opposite Laurinaitis.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Vaccaro, FS/SS, Texas

The Steelers could go in a bunch of different directions with this pick. The Steelers need help at linebacker but the secondary isn’t getting any younger and finding someone that could play either FS or SS will be a priority.

Vaccaro didn’t run well at the Combine but performed well in the drills and showed pretty well in other tests. He still remains the top safety in the draft.

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18. Dallas Cowboys – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

Will the Cowboys re-sign Anthony Spencer? That’s the question. After restructuring Miles Austin, Brandon Carr, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, and Ryan Cook the Cowboys are $4 million under the cap. The Cowboys look serious about keeping Spencer who appears to be an odd fit in Kiffin’s 4-3.

Cooper is pushing Chance Warmack and could be higher on a few team’s boards. His added weight at the Combine didn’t appear to affect his movement skills. He’s a solid value and gives the Cowboys some much needed OL help.

19. New York Giants – Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida St.

It was reported that Carradine would have a pro day in April. If he performs well there, this pick could be a pipe dream. The Giants will be in the market for a DE to replace the production of Osi Umenyiora.

They are in a perfect spot to capitalize on Carradine’s late season knee surgery. Carradine was, at times, the best pass rusher on the FSU team. Far from the one-year wonder that many have him pegged as; this guy is the real deal. Carradine was effective in sub sets in 2011 and was dominate in 2012 as a FT starter. He was heavily recruited out of high school and even more so out of JC. Carradine is right up Jerry Reese’s alley.

20. Chicago Bears – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Stockpiling OL should be a priority for Marc Trestman’s club this offseason. Fluker wasn’t expected, nor did he, tear up the Combine. Don’t let that fool you into believing that he’s not a first round pick. At worst you get a very good RG at best he could be a Pro Bowl RT in the league. Sign Jay Cutler and Chicago up for two of those.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Johnathan Cyprien, SS, FIU

Taylor Mays would be the opening day starter as strong safety. Obviously finding a safety will be a priority in free agency or the draft. Pairing Reggie Nelson with Cyprien is a dangerous combination for AFC North passing attacks.

Cyprien is a fast rising prospect that is capable of making an immediate impact on this squad. His ability to affect the run game at the line of scrimmage and play in the back half will make him a popular guy in April.

22. St. Louis Rams (f/Washington) – Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.

The Rams would love to find a LT and move Rodger Saffold to the right side. That’s the ideal scenario for Jeff Fisher but finding a LT with the 16th or 22nd pick isn’t going to be an easy task.

Watson gives the Rams some long-term upside at the left tackle spot and has the goods to play on the right side early. He’s raw but he seemed to get better every week this season. He didn’t blow away at the Combine but remains a fantastic athlete that can move with the best of them.

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  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Wow, Ryan Swope? Didn’t see that coming. Best draft you have done in weeks.

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Menelik Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, & Jamar Taylor in the first round? I see what you did there?

  • John Steppling

    Id say three guys are going to fly up boards…shamarko thomas……Armstead….and corelius washington. I have a feeling brandon williams falls…..not too far, but out of the first three rounds. Lemonier might rise, too. But shamarko could end up high in the second round. His forty time is just too tempting.

    • bradc11

      Shamarko is very average in coverage which should deter teams from taking him too high…but you are right that his 40 and hitting ability will tempt teams. Armstead could be a 2nd rounder when it’s all said and done. I didn’t like Corn Washington’s tape at all but that athleticism will intrigue teams. Might be a nice fit in Detroit’s wide nine. I think Brandon Williams is a steal if he falls out of the 2nd round.

  • ThisGuy

    Lions: “With Milliner and Brown in the fold this defense gets some significant upgrades at positions of need.”
    I thought they selected Eric Fisher in the 1st.

    • bradc11

      Thanks for the catch. I kicked Milliner around at 4 or 5 for about an hour, so it stuck with me.

  • Zach

    No way the cowboys take some of these guys with better prospects still on the board. I agree with Cooper in round 1 since Floyd, Richardson, and Warmack are already gone, he is a sure fire day one starter. In round 2 I think they’d go with Short instead of the Alabama kid, I just see Short or Sylvester Williams from UNC being better fits for the new 4-3 they’re running. In round 3 you still have Phillip Thomas on the board and there’s no way they don’t take him if he is there will all the question marks we have at safety. Finally in round 4 you have Lattimore coming off the board right after us, with Felix leaving in free agency and Murray’s injury history, he would be a good get to give us a dynamic duo at running back. Plus he would give jerry that splash pick he always goes for.

    • bradc11

      Williams has more upside than Short and Sly Williams. He should be higher on most draft boards than either of those two. He’s an underrated athlete that gives the Cowboys a strong anchor with the ability to push the pocket. Round 3, I took a flier on Manuel. He’s a great value pick there and the Cowboys really need to come away from this draft with a solid developmental QB. It should be a priority with nothing on the roster. Would be a huge mistake to not take someone this year if the value fits and Manuel does in the 3rd. Really debated RB in the 4th but I think Lavar Edwards is, at worst, a sub package rusher from day one. Finding someone in the 4th that is capable of playing significant snaps is huge. Could be the long-term answer opposite Ware. I liked the value of their picks and I don’t know that they can take the risk on Lattimore with Murray propensity for injuries. Really should be looking for 2nd tier back in free agency. Jerry could get an Arkansas boy in Peyton Hillis on the cheap.

  • Braeden

    love the pats picks, Wlliams is my favorite wr as far as value and I like all of the low 1st high second corners and if trufant is inevitably not there (a la Stephon Gilmore Last year) than I would like Blidi wreh, alford, or even Banks at the pick. I don’t know much about Wilcox, so no comment there other than we do need a safety(though I would probably prefer shamarko thomas of syracuse or Phillip Thomas or Fresno St., but if one of the DT prospects falls to us in the third i would be happy with that as well.

    • bradc11

      I have heard teams are valuing Wilcox in the 2nd round range. Won’t go that far with it yet but it’s a good sign. Converted to safety this year but has loads of upside at the position. Seems like a solid Pats pick. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl and has good tape from this season.

      • Braeden

        i’ll take a look at him if i can find any film, being that he is from a small school, though belichick like big school prospects, he also likes versatililty, and he has played both safety and corner, than that should be a plus. if trufant isn’t there, then what corner goes next as a good fit in the pats’ scheme? also, in the third i would rather see bennie logan over all of the safeties at that point since we need a pass-rushing 3-tech, and he is good fit here, and he has all of the extras that bill looks for, versatility, renowned work ethic, and production against top level competition in the SEC.

        on a side note I’m currently in the top ten in your play the draft league and i just bought some more players, your right it is very addicting, especially since there is no real monetary risk.

        • bradc11

          Here’s a link to the Samford game.

          I really like Jamar Taylor. Wrote in his scouting report over the weekend that he could be a fit in NE in the late first.

          I really lost track of Bennie Logan in this mock. Think I put him too low…one of my regrets of the mock. Definitely could get looks from NE.

          I’ve warned everyone about Play the Draft. I was a full fledged addict last year. Tell everyone you know about it as were trying to push the game hard for draft fans. It can’t be too bad if Mel Kiper plays.

          • Braeden

            will do for the play the draft thing, and i was wondering why logan was so low. gotta get tape on taylor today too, another guy i neglected that i shouldn’t have. his tape i should be able to find.

          • bradc11

            Just a numbers game for Logan Ryan. He’s going to carry a high to mid 2nd round grade for me. Just too many guys in that range, so some have to fall. The teams at the top of round three are going to get great values. You’ll be able to find plenty of tape on Taylor and it’s all good. Over aggressive at times but does everything well.

          • Braeden

            I meant bennie logan but i like logan ryan as well, I remember when you had him going as high as the bucs pick, and yeah the late 1 early 2 area is cluttered with corners and he may fall because of it.

          • bradc11

            Every mock draft has a regret. This one was Bennie Logan. Dropped a little too far. I guess I can understand why guys drop on draft day. His added weight stood out to me, although I really wanted to see him run with the additional weight. I think he’s a guy that falls somewhere between late 2 – mid 3. Glut of corners is really the only thing holding Ryan back. He’s still high on my board.

          • Braeden

            Ryan is someone you and I both like then. but then, i also like desmond truant, Xavier rhodes, robert Alford, blidi wreh wilson, etc. so i think that ryan could be a good value pick for a team drafting late in round 2 (likely the redskins who need a CB) or a team in the early 3 range (like the raiders who u have him mocked to or the lions who need help defensively) and thats his floor, his ceiling is a pick late in the first if there is a run on CBs early or a team drafting in the second falls in love with him.

  • bauercody

    Is not having
    William Gholston in the first 4 rounds an oversight? Or do you think he
    actually drops that low?

    As far as the Packer picks it wasn’t too bad overall however we had better pick
    up one or two players on the d-line in free agency if we aren’t addressing that
    position in the first four rounds. I love Schwenke in the 4th, I think that’s a
    steal he could compete with EDS right away at Center, worst case provide depth
    on all the interior line spots. Not a huge fan of Ball in the 3rd, Montori
    Hughes going right after us would have been my choice. The Packers only have
    Worthy and Daniels under contract beyond 2013. Reid’s tape is so underwhelming
    I wouldn’t love the pick in the 2nd round. I like his physical presence he
    provides however his coverage skills are severely lacking, he gets too many
    penalties, and his angles aren’t always good. I get the upside of him but he
    wouldn’t be my choice at safety, at least not in the 2nd round. Can’t argue
    taking Eifert in the 1st round, even if we keep Finley for this season, imagine
    the matchup nightmare having both Eifert and Finely on the field would be. Good
    job on the mock!

    • bradc11

      Thanks Cody.

      Not an oversight. Heard from two separate individuals that he’s not viewed highly by many teams. I don’t know how far that drops him but he wasn’t helped by sub par Combine performance.

      I don’t love Ball but everything I’m hearing is that he’s viewed as 2nd day pick. Reid was a different player in ’11. John Chavis didn’t do any favors to LSU defenders this year. Reid wasn’t great in ’12 but I think his floor is around 55 in the draft. Preseason I had him as a top 20 pick based off ’11 tape. I really question what they are doing at LSU that these guys don’t develop despite unreal physical tools. I was dumbfounded with how they used Mingo this year.

      • bauercody

        Thats interesting to hear about Gholston. I think I’m a bigger fan of his than many others. As a 4-3 End I’m not sold, he hasn’t developed any pass rush moves, and doesn’t have great bend around the edge but he has all the makings of a strong 5 tech. Strong vs the run, uses his long arms effectively, bats passes. To me his ceiling is Calais Campbell. I guess I would be surprised if he made it out of the 3rd.
        I agree with Reid’s 2011 tape being better than 2012 tape, coaching may have something to do with it but you can’t ignore that there were times in 2012 he looked absolutely lost. His testing numbers at the combine were very strong, and I get that he has loads of upside but his play this season left a lot to be desired.
        Playing a 230lb defensive end on the strong side of a 4-3 line is pretty dumbfounding.

        • bradc11

          I’ve had Gholston as high as a 2nd but a lot of that was based on his size and speed temptation more than production. Relatively disappointing career at MSU. Didn’t wow me on tape and I watched a lot of MSU over the years. I could see him going in the 3rd…don’t know of best system fit.

          Reid seemed to freelance a lot which created the sense that he was lost. He was very average against the run and pass but I can’t see him falling too far with solid ’11 tape and upside. Agreed that his play left a lot to be desired…one of the more disappointing players in college football this season for me because of my high expectations.

          Mingo will make for an interesting evaluation for NFL teams. I, personally, would hate to turn that card in too high. Just don’t know and I’ve watched 9 ’12 games and 4 games from ’11.

  • Reggie

    Wow….thats all I have to say. Eric Fischer gives us a long waited Franchise type LT. Alex Okafor and Arthur Brown are great fits, talents, and needed leaders in our front seven. Okafor is a good run defender capable of 7-10 sacks a season. Replaces KVB and Arthur Brown would be an amazing 2nd Round selection. I love it…maybe RB later on and its go time for the Lions.

    • bradc11

      Hard to beat this one for Lions. Lions go hard after Reggie Bush in free agency, re-sign Houston and Delmas and they are ready to go with this draft. Thought you might like this one Reggie.

      • Reggie

        Free Agency will be key for this team. We need to improve our big play at RB but this should not be done before the OL is upgraded. Bush and Fischer would do this. Defensively we will lose Avril, 1 or both of our OLB, and might lose either Houston or Delmas. If we can bring Delmas and Houston both back then the front 7 would need upgrades. Bush, Fischer, Okafor, and Brown. Wow….could be back in the 8-10 win category. I hope some of our back 7 youth can step up.
        What was your opinions on the Chiefs acquiring Smith?

  • joeisme

    Why do you and other uniformed mockers keep taking a TE first for G.B.? They don’t need a SIXTH tight end! They can score with anyone, but anyone can easily score on them. They need DEFENSIVE help, especially in the first round. If they need a 6th TE they can take a flyer on one in rounds 6-7.

    • bradc11

      Are you assuming they are keeping Finley? If he doesn’t restructure, they should cut him. $3 million roster bonus due in late March and $4.45 million cap number. I’ll pass on that for him. No doubt they have numbers in their favor but the talent is sorely lacking. Don’t know how you can count on Quarless/Crabtree/D.J. Williams in that offense. Going to lose Greg Jennings, not having a dynamic TE would really hamper this offense and Aaron Rodgers.

  • John Steppling

    thanks for the answer brad. What do you think about eric reid? Im sort of fixated on safties in this draft as last year it a thin group. More i watch Reid the better he looks. He’s got a high football IQ, and seems to be great in coverage. Maybe wasnt used quite right, i dont know, but i didnt think his season was bad at all…..just not a highlight reel. I see him as a possible late first round. Cyprian and Vacarro go in the first….but maybe Reid too. Unless Wilcox. And why isnt rambo higher? did i miss something?

    • bradc11

      Definite upside with Reid. Had him rated really highly coming into the season. Thought his 2012 season was a definite downgrade from 2011. Freelanced a lot, missed tackles, and struggled a bit in coverage in some big games. That said, he has the goods to be picked in the 1st.

      I’m a fan of Wilcox’s. Think he winds up coming off the board in the 2nd…which will be a surprise to many. Rambo’s off the field stuff will hold him back a bit. But when you compare the on the field he’s a second tier player in a strong safety class. If he’s in last year’s draft class we may be talking about him as a 2nd rounder. As it is I think he winds up in that 4th rd range. Just a numbers game and off the field he isn’t clean. Could be a great value in the 4th.

  • John Steppling

    what is the buzz on Maliciah goodman…clemson. With 36 in arms and 12 inch hands, you’d think he would have attention in terms of upside. Clearly he’s not an overly instinctive player, but still………………