Friday, April 12, 2013

Mock Draft 2.0 with Ricky

Round 1

1.(Ricky) Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan - I had Star Lotulelei going here a month ago, but since then KC has made it pretty clear they’re going with a franchise LT. They franchised Brandon Albert and then openly attempted to trade him to obtain the second round pick they lost in acquiring Alex Smith from San Francisco. Even if they keep Albert, they can start Fisher at RT and then transfer him to the left side when Albert leaves in free agency next year. There’s been talk it could be Fisher or Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel so it just depends which one the Chiefs rate higher. I personally favor Fisher so I’m taking him here.

Let's kick things off in high motor style
Commentary (TSB): It makes a lot of sense to protect your investment. Whether or not I think Smith was worth the picks it cost KC is irrelevant. The move is done, and now the Chiefs should be doing whatever they can to ensure he has time to throw the ball and Jamaal Charles has holes to run through. Is it crazy to think this offense could finish in the top-10? A lot less crazy than it was a few weeks back. The Fisher vs Joeckel debate will rage for years. Nah, I’m just kidding. They’ll both be fine pros and no one cares about tackles anyway.

2.(TSB) Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida - Here’s what I wrote last month, and I see no reason to change my thinking: Justin Blackmon, Blaine Gabbert, Tyson Alualu, Eugene Monroe, Derrick Harvey, Reggie Nelson, Mercedes Lewis, Matt Jones, and Reggie Williams. Those are the last 10 first round picks made by Jacksonville since 2004. Aside from Blackmon, that's laughably terrible and probably the biggest reason this franchise has only one winning season since 2005.  The 2012 Jags were nothing if not consistent... consistently terrible. They scored the third fewest points in the league and surrendered the third most points. For symmetry, they also allowed the third most rush yards and rushed for the third least. A season to forget all around. There are about six prospects I could justify taking in this position without raising any eyebrows, but Floyd would provide the run stuffer this defense needs. He's athletic and versatile, and would allow the edge rushers to attack the quarterback, something that didn't happen at all a year ago (last in the league with 20 sacks).

Commentary (Ricky): As I said in the previous mock, don’t disagree with this pick but the Jags need help rushing the passer. Dion Jordan or Ziggy Ansah would make sense here.

3.(Ricky) Oakland Raiders: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama - I really like Floyd for this spot, but with him off the board in this scenario and Star Lotulelei facing health questions (even though he has been thoroughly tested and cleared), the Raiders need a sure thing and Milliner is a safe pick here. Raiders would do well for themselves by taking someone who can be a difference maker on defense right away. Full disclosure: Torn on this pick, if all goes well for Lotulelei from now until the draft and I have this pick, I take him here over Milliner. But today Milliner is the safer pick and the Raiders can’t afford to make a mistake with their limited amount of picks.

Commentary (TSB): I still like Milliner here, but I’m a little surprised you took him over Star. Last time we did this, there were many more questions about Star than there are now, and you took him first overall. Raiders still need some way to defend the pass, and this is a team that is clearly not going to win many games this year so it wouldn’t be the worst thing if Milliner missed some time this season in order to get him fully healthy for next season.

4.(TSB) Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - Another repeat pick which makes three in a row for us. Old thought process still stands: Only two teams (Chiefs, Jags) had a worse +/- than Philly. They couldn't score (29th in points) or stop anyone from scoring (30th in points allowed). I want to believe that Chip Kelly and his creative offensive mind will take full advantage of all these weapons at his disposal - Shady McCoy, Bryce Brown, Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson, Michael Vick - if he can just protect the quarterback. Joeckel will help improve a line that allowed 48 sacks (5th most) and a league worst 118 hits against their quarterbacks. He has experience blocking for a dual threat QB in Johnny Football and should be a mainstay bookend for the next dozen years.

Commentary (Ricky): I’ll go with my same commentary: Can’t argue much with this pick, Eagles have a good amount of holes on their roster after they disassembled the “Dream Team”. With Milliner off the board, I like this pick. If they could only find a QB that doesn’t scramble INTO sacks, that may help their numbers in that area.

5.(Ricky) Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU - A freak athlete with a very high ceiling, he won’t last long on the board April 25th. Detroit has done well drafting along the line the last couple years, include Ansah into that mix and this is a very scary defensive line.

Commentary (TSB): Glad that you changed things up at the #5 spot. Seems like a matter of preference for the Lions with Dion Jordan or Ansah. Can’t fault the upside pick with the extremely raw Ansah. Did this guy really never run a 40 before the NFL Combine? If so, he needs a new agent.

6.(TSB) Cleveland Browns: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - The Browns addressed their pass rushing needs by signing Paul Kruger away from Baltimore and Dez Bryant from Oakland. Time to shift the focus to the offensive side of the ball. Austin is the most dynamic player in this year’s class. He gives Brandon Weeden another weapon and instantly makes this offense better. Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Trent Richardson and Austin? Playmakers, baby! And none of them is older than 23.

Commentary (Ricky): The Browns definitely would welcome a playmaker on offense, but I do think this may be too early for Austin even though he’s one of my favorite players in this draft. The concerns about Brandon Weeden and the fact he’s been given a vote of confidence by the organization of only one year heading into just his second season (at age 40) makes me believe they could be players for Geno Smith. I also wouldn’t rule out Dion Jordan, he’s a perfect fit for their system and the recent signing of pass rushers doesn’t change the saying “you can never have enough pass rushers.” It’d be nice to get a young dynamic talent for cheap over the next 4 years if they land Jordan here, I think that’d be a great pick for them.

7.(Ricky) Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma - This guy has been rising a bit over the past couple of weeks. Teams seem to like his versatility along the line and his experience at other positions. They know he’s an athlete with…. Wait for it…. A high motor. There’s been talk about him having more long term upside than the top 2 tackles in this draft although I’m not totally sure what that means. All I know is teams are starting to get real interested in him and the Cardinals have been linked to him recently, they seem like they might actually have it right this year and draft along the line.

Commentary (TSB): Carson Palmer is a statue in the pocket so getting some offensive line help works for me here. By my unofficial count, Arizona had the 88th, 91st, and 105th (only one guy was worse) best quarterbacks in football last year so even Palmer who would rank somewhere in the 20’s is a huge upgrade. Now Johnson gives them a bookend to block for washed up USC quarterbacks. Maybe he’ll still be there when the Cardinals draft this guy.

8.(TSB) Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse - Buffalo loves this guy. They can’t take the risk that he’ll be off the board when they pick again at the top of the second round. He played for new Bills head coach Doug Marrone at ‘Cuse. This is his boy. If he’s available, you have to take him. Don’t think twice. Don’t look back. Sprint to the podium and your QB of the future.

Commentary (Ricky): Fit makes a lot of sense and the Bills haven’t been shy about their interest in Nassib. This pick would be a huge surprise for a lot of people on draft day, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

9.(TSB) New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - Amen! Geno falls into the Jets’ lap at #9. Let’s move on from this failed Mark Sanchez experiment and make Geno the new face of this franchise. Is he perfect? Definitely not. Is he better than Sanchez? He has to be. It’s a quarterback league, and you cannot afford to start the 106th best quarterback in football on a weekly basis. He will bring some excitement back to the Jets and for the right reasons (see Tebow, Tim). He’s also the best option at the board right now. I think Keenan Allen would be a stretch. Star Lotulelei probably doesn’t make sense next to Muhammad Wilkerson (although Rex could probably make this work) and the pass rushers - Mingo, Jones, Jordan - have too much bust potential. Roll the dice Idzik.

Commentary (Ricky): The Jets desperately need to move on from the circus of 2012 and the players that created it. Geno Smith would be building block number one in that process and John Idzik would have a solid player to build a team around.

10. (Ricky) Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama - He’s been called one of the few “sure things” in this draft. The passing game was abysmal last season and one way to help Jake Locker is to help him get a solid run game to work off of. Warmack will help do that right away along with newly signed Andy Levitre. There will be no excuses for Chris Johnson in 2013.

Commentary (TSB): Nothing sexy about taking a guard with a top 10 pick, but CJ1K would be smiling. Another way to improve the passing game would be to not start Jake Locker, but I think that argument will fall on deaf ears in Tennessee.

11. (Ricky) San Diego Chargers: Kyle Long, T, Oregon - The Chargers need a tackle, period. If they can’t trade up for one of the top 3, they’ll have to settle to fill a need because it’s a very pressing need that can’t be ignored. Kyle Long has a great pedigree, he’s the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of the second overall pick of the 2008 draft, Chris Long. He’s versatile, started his collegiate career at defensive end before finding a home along the offensive line. He’s played both guard and tackle but unfortunately for the Chargers can’t play all five spots at the same time. He will step in and help right away but more help will be needed.

Commentary (TSB): A little bit of a reach possibly but since we can’t trade down in this mock draft, I think the pick makes sense. We are seeing a recurring theme in this draft: protect the quarterback. That’s five offensive linemen in the first 11 picks.

12.(TSB) Miami Dolphins: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - This plays out like a dream for Miami. They have their pick of a number of highly rated prospects that just keep falling. I could see them taking Dion Jordan or Keenan Allen here as well even though they addressed the LB and WR positions in free agency. Star solidifies the middle of their D-Line and takes some attention away from Cameron Wake.
Commentary (Ricky): I think if the Dolphins are drafting best available, this is a great pick. I don’t think they have that luxury this season. They’ve gone all in during free agency and left themselves gigantic holes at CB and tackle. If I’m in the Dolphins war room I’m positive someone wants to move up to nab one of these studs still on the board, but again we are handcuffed here. I wouldn’t doubt they look for help in the secondary though.

13. (Ricky) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon - Both Florida teams living the dream. Too bad for the Bucs this is in fact a dream, by the time the draft rolls around this pick will belong to the NY Jets. So try and picture Jordan in Green and White. Jordan could go in the top 5 in a bunch of different scenarios so to get him at 13 will be touted as the old “Steal of the Draft” – it would be a great pick for both teams.

Commentary (TSB): I’ve gone on record numerous times saying the Jets shouldn’t trade Revis. However.. if they have to deal him and Jordan is available here and they can get another first or second rounder out of the Bucs (a lot of if’s), they would have to consider taking the offer. Getting Geno and Jordan in the first round would be a coup. Love the thought of a Wilkerson-Coples-Jordan front three for the next seven years.

14. (TSB) Carolina Panthers: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina - The offense will be fine. Time to make the necessary improvements on the other side of the ball. Williams is a local product who fills a glaring hole along the defensive front.

Commentary (Ricky): Loved the Kuechly pick last year, if Williams turns out to be decent pro this defense will have two top interior defenders for the foreseeable future, a nice little battery if you will. Williams will be a sight for sore eyes on every down for Kuechly instead of constantly seeing lead blockers coming at him. Good luck running on these guys.

15. (Ricky) New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU - Hometown product and a top-10 talent, could be a big splash for New Orleans if they can land this LSU star. His athleticism and measurables are fantastic – now it’s about production which the Saints sorely need from their pass rush. He’ll have an opportunity to make a big impact right away.

Commentary (TSB): I’m not very high on Mingo, although his name is one for the ages. I like to see productivity in my first round picks, and I just don’t see it. He only had 4.5 sacks this season and 4 other tackles for loss. That’s nothing. Jarvis Jones had 14 sacks and an additional 10 TFL. They both played against the same competition in the nation’s best conference. I’ll put my money on Jones.

16. (TSB) St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal - I debated trying to wait until 22 to grab Allen, but I think he’s the best WR by far and didn’t want to risk losing him. He will be Sam Bradford’s new best friend and will be just fine filling in for Danny Amendola.

Commentary (Ricky): If Brian Quick can develop in his second season and get more snaps, this offense will start to show some promise. With another pick coming up there’s a chance to add even more impact.

17. (Ricky) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - The opposite of Barkevious Mingo. His workouts and measurables were not even average, but his production was extraordinary. He was once thought to be a top 3 pick and now we’re wondering how far he’ll fall. Smarter organizations usually take advantage of the ones at the top of the draft who tend to overthink things a little too much…. Pittsburgh will welcome Jones with open arms like they did with a certain undrafted free agent castoff named James Harrison, who he’s now replacing. But Jones will produce, bottom line.

Love the production
Commentary (TSB): Jones was arguably the most productive defensive player in all of college football last season. Imagine the type of schemes Dick LeBeau will design for this guy’s skill set. If I were a Steelers fan, I would be giddy right now.  Hopefully he’s more like James Harrison than he is David Pollack, another UGA lineman with some red flags.

18. (TSB) Dallas Cowboys: DJ Fluker, G, Alabama - The line should be the focus here, and I like Fluker a little better than Jon Cooper from UNC. Wouldn’t fault the ‘Boys if they chose Coop though. After Jerry Jones handed Tony Romo the keys to the franchise for the next bajillion years, it makes sense to protect the guy.

Commentary (Ricky): I see Fluker as more of a right tackle, if I’m looking to draft a guard then I take Cooper who has experience at the position. Fluker’s sheer size makes him very attractive in the run game and you hope he can hold his own protecting Romo.. It would be nice to have Smith locked down on the left and also replace one of the Cowboys worst contracts ever in Doug Free. The Cowboys could use help all over the line, so I agree with Mike – line should definitely be the focus.

 19. (Ricky) New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State - With Osi Umenyiora moving on to the most talented team he’s ever seen, the Giants are all of a sudden thin at an area they’re consistently deep at. Werner was a top-10 selection heading into the Combine in February, it was a lock. His high motor didn’t translate well to the measuring tools used at the Combine and his draft stock plummeted. Here we go with teams overthinking measurables instead of pure production. He had 13 sacks as FSU’s only threat to rush the passer, 3.5 against Florida. He’s battle tested and truly plays with a mean streak. Giants wouldn’t mind having him rotate in along the defensive front creating havoc. By the way the Giants still need a middle linebacker for that 4-3 defense they run, knowing that I still do not believe they take one here.

Commentary (TSB): I really like this pick and fit. The Giants - like everyone else - have success when they get after the passer and Werner just gives them a high motor guy who relentlessly plays off the edge. His cool accent will make him a fan favorite in New York too.

20. (TSB) Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - The heir apparent to Brian Urlacher, Ogletree has some off-the-field issues but he is the best linebacker available. DJ Williams is a shell of his former self and can’t be counted on to anchor the D like Ogletree could. He also looks the part, standing 6’3” and weighing in at a solid 235.

Commentary (Ricky): I’ve been sold on Ogletree since day one, I think he’s the best LB in the draft and Todd McShay breaks it down right here for us. I think whether he goes to the Giants at 19 (pretty please Mr. Reese) or to Chicago here, he will be fine. Both organizations have the structure to help bring Ogletree along nicely and mold a player that can become a leader on defense. At least one NFL Personnel director has described him as an “immature idiot” but I’m sure that was a kneejerk reaction to his February DWI.

21. (Ricky) Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Reid, S, LSU – This is a pick I’m sticking with even though Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is still on the board. Vaccaro is rated higher on most everyone else’s boards but I just like Reid better. The talk coming out of the LSU pro day was about Reid and not his teammate Barkevious Mingo who was the one expected to shine with his raw athleticism. Reid showed better cover skills than originally advertised and speed that many didn’t see on tape. I think as we get closer to the draft Reid will creep up teams boards, and the character is through the roof with this guy. Here’s a small excerpt from NFP’s Russ Lande after Reid’s pro day: "In addition to possessing elite athleticism, Reid is viewed as a high character kid with the type of intangibles that NFL teams love. Sources at the workout told us that the LSU people rave about what an incredible young man Reid is and that whatever teams draft him is going to love character, work ethic and passion for the game." Those are all things the Bengals are in desperate need of.

Commentary (TSB): A high character / work ethic guy? On the Bengals? Not sure that will fly in Cincy. They just don’t like those kinds of players. Sorry.

22. (TSB) St. Louis Rams: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State - When you have two first round picks, I think you have the luxury of taking the best available player on the board. Rhodes would serve as the number three corner who will be on the field every down since all offenses play three wide receivers anyway. It’s not a need position necessarily since they have 2012 steal Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan entrenched as “starters”, but in a division with Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald, it doesn’t hurt to have corner depth.

Commentary (Ricky): Like this pick, the Rams could play with moving all three around all over the field. Rhodes is tall and physical and could be matches up outside while Jenkins jumps inside to manhandle slot guys. Just a lot that Jeff Fisher could do here, he’d be pumped about this pick.

23. (Ricky) Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - No secret the Vikings need help at WR. After trading away the dynamic Percy Harvin, they were able to steal Greg Jennings away from their division rival. There still isn’t a viable second option for draft bust Christian Ponder so the Vikings will need to get him some help out there. AKA Adrian Peterson’s back hurts.

Commentary (TSB): I think this mock is starting to make too much sense so we’ll probably end up 0-for-32 in our predictions. Quarterbacks and playmakers dominate this league. Minnesota is still working on the former, but this gives them another one of the latter.

24. (TSB) Indianapolis Colts: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - Same pick as last time. Still good value at 24. The Colts got shredded on the ground last year, giving up 138 yards on a game. Richardson provides the run-stuffer this team desperately needs.  A team can only go so long using seventh round picks and undrafted free agents to play defensive tackle before it catches up to them.

Commentary (Ricky): Can’t knock this pick, Richardson is great value at #24 and DT is a big need for the Colts. Like Mike said, they’ve been getting gashed for years by the run and it’s time they address that issue. Solid pick.

25. (Ricky) Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU - He’s not going to wow you with his workouts but he will get you production. When finally inserted into the starting lineup he went from an unknown to a consensus first-team All-SEC pick as well as being named the team's most valuable player in 2012. 130 tackles this past season. Production, not hype. Fills a big need for the Vikings at middle linebacker.

Commentary (TSB): I love Minter and his productivity. Think he’s going to be a starter for the next 10 years, and the Vikes need help in their linebacking corps. Adding Minter and Patterson would be huge for Minnesota. Perfect fit.

26. (TSB) Green Bay Packers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - My rationale is the same as it was last mock, but in this scenario Rhodes is off the board so I’m going with Trufant. For a team that is presumed to be great, the Packers have way too many holes. It’s really amazing what Aaron Rodgers was able to do. His running game stunk. His offensive line stinks. His defense stinks. It goes on and on. I debated taking a an offensive lineman here after seeing Rodgers get sacked a league-leading 58 times last year, but he was able to produce despite that, and I think they can worry about that later. The way that Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers decimated this team in January forces my hand into taking Trufant. Green Bay needs players that can (try to) stop Calvin Johnson, and Brandon Marshall, and Percy Harvin twice a year. Trufant won’t do it by himself, but he’s a lot better than what’s currently on this roster.

Commentary (Ricky): Not a lot to love in this Packers secondary. They lost their leader this offseason in Charles Woodson and will need a lot of help covering the big names in the division. Trufant has burner speed and should be able to shadow anyone around the field. 

27. (Ricky) Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee - The Texans have waited long enough to get Andre Johnson some help, now they’re going to have to draft his sidekick and eventual successor. Hunter is tall and fast, prototypical #1 receiver body with elite speed and an excellent athlete. Under AJ, Hunter could develop into a great receiver by the time the torch is passed.

Commentary (TSB): You love Justin Hunter. At this point in the first round, I think he’s a worthwhile risk. I like Nuke Hopkins a little bit better but it’s a matter of preference.

28. (TSB) Denver Broncos: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - Peyton Manning loves him some high motor tight ends, and Eifert is the best on my board. (BS Alert) I wasn’t as impressed with Zach Ertz when I went back and watched his film.  Eiferet consistently made played for ND, and adding him to a WR trio of DThomas, Wes Welker and EDeck is terrifying for opposing defenses…assuming Manning’s arm doesn’t fall off.

Commentary (Ricky): I’ve got to assume Peyton Manning’s arm doesn’t fall off but then again, after what we saw with Kevin Ware, anything is possible. Solid pick, Manning needs more weapons. Wouldn’t be shocked if Eddie Lacy was talked about in the war room, either.

29. (Ricky) New England Patriots: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas – I don’t think Vaccaro would ever fall this far, but if he did the Patriots would be doing backflips. Thanks to ESPN Stats and Info for this nugget: Only the Jets faced more passes thrown more than 20 yards downfield than the Patriots did in 2012. New England allowed a 41.7 completion percentage on those throws (NFL average: 33.9), and was one of three teams to allow double-digit touchdowns on deep throws.. One way to help fix this problem would be to draft a play making safety.

Commentary (TSB): Great pick. This guy could go in the top 10. I actually debated taking him with the Broncos pick to replace Rahim Moore but went with Eifert. Really like this one.

30. (TSB) Atlanta Falcons: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State - Matt Ryan is a few months away from being the highest paid player in NFL history. Probably a good idea to make sure his blind side is protected.

Commentary (Ricky): Great pick here, fit works and need works. Tommy D won’t have to stress too much making this pick.

31. (Ricky) San Francisco 49ers: John Cyprien, S, Florida International - The 49ers don’t have many holes, but safety is one of them. The departure of Dashon Goldson wasn’t nearly filled by the signing of Craig Dahl. Cyprien had a huge week at the Senior Bowl and has been impressing ever since.

Commentary (TSB): Solid.

32. (TSB) Baltimore Ravens: Nuuuuuke Hopkins, WR, Clemson - Get this guy and people will forget about Anquan Boldin in a hurry.

Commentary (Ricky): Despite his performance in the Super Bowl and on Dancing With The Stars, no one is comfortable letting Jacoby Jones be the second option in the passing game. Wouldn’t mind if they took Manti Te’o with this pick after losing Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe this offseason.

Round 2

33. (Ricky) Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Hayden, CB, Houston - Jags need a lot of help in their secondary, a lot.

34. (TSB) San Francisco 49ers: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State - Justin Smith can’t play forever.

35. (Ricky) Philadelphia Eagles: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State - Eagles secondary left in shambles after the Dream Team fire sale.

36. (TSB) Detroit Lions: Matt Elam, S, Florida - The secondary in Detroit is abysmal.

37. (Ricky) Cincinnati Bengals: Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina - Need a change up from the plodder that is The Law Firm.

38. (TSB) Arizona Cardinals: Jon Cooper, G, North Carolina - Back to back Tar Heels. Cooper and Lane Johnson would transform this line.

39. (Ricky) Cleveland Browns: N/A - Used to select Josh Gordon in Supplemental Draft

40. (TSB) New York Jets: Robert Woods, WR, USC - Let’s get Geno some weapons now. Wouldn’t mind Eddie Lacy with this pick either, and Stedman Bailey who played together with Geno in both high school and college would make for a nice story, but the top of the second is a little early for him.

Would love seeing this guy in green and white

41. (Ricky) Tennessee Titans: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana - Need and value with this pick, Alford an underrated CB coming from a small school, could be a steal here.

42. (Ricky) Buffalo Bills: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech - Another small school prospect out of Louisiana, could be a nice big target for whoever plays QB this year in Buffalo. By a pure production standpoint, no one matches Patton’s 2012 campaign (104/1,392/13).

43. (TSB) Miami Dolphins: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse - Versatile lineman who could play center, guard, or tackle if needed.

44. (TSB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - In case Da’Quan Bowers ends up in jail.

45. (Ricky) Carolina Panthers: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse - Panthers have long had awful safeties on their roster, time to upgrade.

46. (Ricky) New Orleans Saints: N/A - Forfeited Pick

47. (Ricky) San Diego Chargers: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford - This is just great value here for a player that can be a long term solution to Antonio Gates.

48. (TSB) St. Louis Rams: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State - Another Bradford weapon.

49. (TSB) Dallas Cowboys: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine Bluff - More Romo protection.

50. (Ricky) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia - Freak athlete, will be a stud in Pittsburgh’s scheme.

51. (Ricky) New York Giants: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State - Dream scenario for the Giants, stud LB still available because of overblown injury concerns.

52. (TSB) Chicago Bears: Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin - Can’t remember the last time a Badger lineman was drafted. #ThingsNoOneSays

53. (TSB) Washington Redskins: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame - He can only drop so far.

54. (Ricky) Minnesota Vikings: Jonthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - Good value, hits a need.

55. (Ricky) Cincinnati Bengals: Damontre Moore, DE/LB, Texas A&M - Stock has been dropping, once viewed as a high first round pick now a potential steal for the Bengals.

56. (TSB) Miami Dolphins: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama - Intrigued by the thought of pairing Lacy with Daniel Thomas. Doubt he would slip by the Packers with the next pick.

57. (Ricky) Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia - Was back and forth here with an offensive weapon, but Rodgers will be fine. This is a steal in my opinion and can be one of those important pieces on this defense for a long time. Can’t teach 346 pounds.

58. (TSB) Seattle Seahawks: Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford - The Seahawks have talent everywhere on the field. Any pick here is really a luxury at this point. Wouldn’t shock me to see them trade this pick for a first rounder next year.  

59. (Ricky) Houston Texans: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut - Another pick that lines up with value and need, would be a nice fit in Houston’s aggressive secondary and a great spot to learn from one of the greats while he’s there.

60. (TSB) Denver Broncos: TJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina - Some competition for ballhawk Rahim Moore

61. (Ricky) New England Patriots: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut - One of my favorite sleepers in this class, would solidify a young and talented LB corps for New England.

62. (TSB) Atlanta Falcons: Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson - Not buying Steven Jackson as the long term solution, and I don’t think Quizz Rodgers is an every down back.

63. (Ricky) San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE/DT, Southern Methodist - Probably a steal for the 49ers here. Must be nice. Still, he’s 3 years older than their RT who was drafted in 2010 and comes with some injury history.

64. (TSB) Baltimore Ravens: Khaseem Green, LB, Rutgers - RayRay replacement

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