BY: Andrew Sorgi
This will be my last article for the year and also for my college career. I hope everybody that took the time to read my articles enjoyed them. Fittingly enough, my final article is going to be a mock draft for next week’s draft. I have put a ton of hours into studying this season’s draft class so hopefully everybody enjoys this mock. Since it is my last one I figured I would try to go out with a bang and do a full two round mock draft. Here is hoping I am close to right on these!
1. Carolina Panthers- Cam Newton QB, Auburn: I wouldn’t take this guy in the first round but they won’t be able to pass up his upside. I smell a slightly better version of Vince Young.
2. Denver Broncos- Marcell Dareus DT, Alabama: Dareus should be the number one pick in this year’s draft but he won’t be. He’ll be a perennial pro bowler and a force in Denver’s 4-3 defense.
3. Buffalo Bills- Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M: My team finally gets it right and gets the best pass rusher in the draft. Quarterback will be hard to pass up but Miller instantly improves their front seven.
4. Cincinnati Bengals- AJ Green WR, Georgia: Owner Mike Brown is too stubborn to let Carson Palmer’s threats force his hand. He’ll go for the best player available. Patrick Peterson will get consideration.
5. Arizona Cardinals- Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri: The Cardinals have to cater to their franchise player, Larry Fitzgerald, and find somebody to get him the ball.
6. Cleveland Browns- Robert Quinn DE, UNC: New defensive coordinator Dick Jauron will need a pass rushing defensive end for their new 4-3. Da’Quan Bowers injuries steer Cleveland away.
7. San Francisco 49ers- Patrick Peterson CB, LSU: Niner fans rejoice as the best player in the draft falls into their laps. A match made in heaven.
8. Tennessee Titans- Nick Fairley DT, Auburn: If Gabbert falls to them, which will happen if Arizona passes, he will be the pick. Fairley will bolster the front four significantly.
9. Dallas Cowboys- Cameron Jordan DE, Cal: Jordan will start from day one at defensive and in the Boys’ 3-4 defense. A rare athlete with prototypical size for the position.
10. Washington Redskins- Julio Jones WR, Alabama: Jones and Green may be flip-flopped but either way the Skins will get a wide receiver at ten. Jones will be a monster.
11. Houston Texans- Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska: Prince may be off the board at nine but I don’t think Dallas will pull the trigger. He and Kareem Jackson will give Houston two bookends at corner.
12. Minnesota Vikings- Tyron Smith, OT, USC: Jake Locker will be mulled over hard here but Minnesota won’t pull roll the dice yet. Smith could be a stud at offensive tackle.
13. Detroit Lions- Anthony Costanzo OT, Boston College: The offensive tackle run begins as Costanzo will be groomed into the franchise tackle. Lions must protect Matthew Stafford.
14. St. Louis Rams- Corey Liuget DT, Illinois: Disruptive force to help out the Rams run defense. They will be extremely disappointed that Julio Jones is gone.
15. Miami Dolphins- Mike Pouncey OG/C, Florida: Maurkice’s little brother will give much needed help to the line. Ryan Mallett will be strongly considered but he’ll remind them too much of Chad Henne.
16. Jacksonvile Jaguars- Da’Quan Bowers DE, Clemson: Would have been a top five pick if not for a lingering knee injury. He could be the steal of the draft if he slips this far.
17. Washington Redskins (TRADE!)- Jake Locker QB, Washington: New England trades down like always and the Skins jump at Locker. The Pats play Washington like a fiddle and get the better end of the deal.
18. San Diego Chargers- JJ Watt DE, Wisconsin: High motor player with great intangibles. He’ll play in the pros for a long time in the 3-4 San Diego defense.
19. New York Giants- Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin: Back to back Badgers are drafted. Carimi is groomed as an heir apparent at right of left tackle.
20. Tampa Bay Bucaneers- Aldon Smith DE, Missouri: Could be an elite pass rusher that may not be around this long. He could be at least an eight sack a year rusher.
21. Kansas City Chiefs- Phil Taylor NT, Baylor: Taylor shouldn’t go this high, but the demand for nose tackles is too great. He’ll have time to develop behind Ron Edwards.
22. Indianapolis Colts- Muhammad Wilkerson DT, Temple: He’ll help a brutal run defense. Offensive tackle will draw strong consideration as well, maybe Nate Solder here.
23. Philadelphia Eagles- Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado: Huge upside for the big physical corner. If he reaches his potential he will be a franchise corner.
24. New Orleans Saints- Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue: One of my favorite players in the draft, Kerrigan, is a try hard guy. He’ll have a very long career and may be a very productive pass rusher.
25. Seattle Seahawks- Marvin Austin DT, UNC: A huge riser since the combine, Austin will sneak into the first round. Charlie Whitehurst gets his chance to be the franchise quarterback.
26. Minnesota Vikings (TRADE!)- Ryan Mallett QB, Arkansas: Baltimore doesn’t see anything they’re in love with so they trade out of the first round. Minnesota sees Locker off of the board and panics to get Mallett, who will be the best QB of the draft.
27. Atlanta Falcons- Adrian Clayborn DE, Iowa: Clayborn’s blend of size, speed and high motor make him impossible to pass up for Atlanta. He could be a good one.
28. New England Patriots- Akeem Ayers OLB, UCLA: Ayers isn’t one of my favorite players in the draft but he’ll fill a need for New England. They’ll get the most out of his talent.
29. Chicago- Nate Solder OT, Colorado: Solder has tremendous upside but is still very raw. Cutler must be kept upright.
30. New York Jets- Cameron Heyward DE, Ohio St.: He has the ideal size and strength for to be a good defensive end in the 3-4.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers- Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi St.: Extremely experienced tackle that will fill a big hole for the Steelers. He’s also extremely intelligent which is great.
32. Green Bay Packers- Mark Ingram RB, Alabama: A running back finally goes in the first round. Not the world champs’ biggest need but they can’t pass up his talent.
33. New England- Danny Watkins OL, Baylor: Classic tough guy for Belichick.
34. Buffalo- Christian Ponder QB, Florida St: Chan Gailey tried to get him when he coached at Georgia Tech.
35. Cincinnati- Colin Kapernick QB, Nevada: Can’t ignore the QB position for two rounds.
36. Denver- Aaron Williams DB, Texas: Can play safety if corner doesn’t work out.
37. Cleveland- Torrey Smith WR, Maryland: Great athlete and even better person. Requires some development as route runner.
38. Arizona- Justin Houston OLB, Georgia: Joey Porter’s not getting younger, Houston may be dynamic.
39. Tennessee- Andy Dalton QB, TCU: Capable of managing game and handing to Chris Johnson.
40. Dallas- Ben Ijalana OT, Villanova: Intriguing athlete that Jerry Jones will love.
41. New England (from Washington) – Allen Bailey DE, Miami: Freakish athlete that could be a huge steal.
42. Houston- Brooks Reed DE/OLB, Arizona: High motor pass rusher, reminds me of Mike Vrabel.
43. Baltimore (from Minnesota), Titus Young WR, Boise St: Dynamic playmaker to help aging receiving corps.
44. Detroit- Brandon Harris CB, Miami: Love this guy, may be an elite cover corner at next level.
45. San Francisco- Martez Wilson OLB/MLB, Illinois: Middle backer in college, pass rushing ability may move him outside.
46. Denver- Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame: By far best tight end prospect in draft, he’ll be a great security blanket for Tebow.
47. St. Louis- Jonathon Baldwin WR, Pittsburgh: Big physical wide-out that may be elite at next level.
48. Oakland- Ras-I Dowling CB, Virginia: Rapidly shooting up draft boards. Al Davis loves his size and speed.
49. Jacksonville- Rahim Moore S, UCLA: Upgrades brutal safeties for Jags. Hopefully he plays like two years ago.
50. San Diego- Bruce Carter OLB, UNC: Larry English looks like a bust, Carter may be a steal. He’d have been first rounder if not for injury.
51. Tampa Bay- Ryan Williams RB, Virginia: Another first round talent that fell due to injury. Great compliment to Blount.
52. New York Giants- Stephen Paea DT, Oregon: Weight room animal. Great motor that will fit in nicely.
53. Indianapolis- Orlando Franklin OT, Miami: He could develop into solid right tackle. Can kick inside and play guard as well.
54. Philadelphia- Rodney Hudson OG, Florida St: ACC offensive lineman of the week a record nine times. Great intangibles that will make him loved in Philly.
55. Kansas City- Stefan Wisniewski C, Penn St: Can learn under Casey Weigmann and have a very long career blocking for Jamal Charles.
56. New Orleans- Marcus Gilchrist S, Clemson: Could project as the replacement for Darren Sharper. Best when allowed to play centerfield, tough against run as well.
57. Seattle- Randall Cobb WR, Kentucky: Can score from anywhere on the field, explosive.
58. Baltimore- Ahmad Black S, Florida: Another one of my favorite players in the draft. Great ball skills but smaller and slower. Simply put, he’s a football player not an athlete.
59. Atlanta- Lance Kendricks TE, Wisconsin: Can develop under Tony Gonzalez and could be a very good one.
60. New England- Mikel Leshoure RB, Illinois: Power runner that will help the short yardage game in New England.
61. San Diego- James Carpenter OT/OG, Alabama: Versatile blocker. He can play either tackle or guard, probably a best fit as a guard.
62. Chicago- Greg Little WR, UNC: Physical specimen that would have gone higher if he’d have been eligble this past year.
63. Pittsburgh- Christian Ballard DE, Iowa: Unique physical talent that can be groomed by Keisel and Smith.
64. Green Bay- Marcus Cannon OT/OG, TCU: Massive blocker. A mauler in the running game that draws comparisons to Shawn Andrews.