Anthony's Mock Draft (Round 1)
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Author's CommentsTrade 1 (Kansas City/San Francisco)
Kansas City | 2013 Pick 34 ----- San Francisco | Alex Smith
Trade 2 (Buffalo/St. Louis)
Buffalo | 2013 Pick 8 ----- St. Louis | 2013 Pick 16 | 2013 Pick 78
Trade 3 (New England/New York J)
New England | 2013 Pick 29 ----- New York J | 2013 Pick 40 | 2014 1st
This is an obvious choice with their LT entering Free Agency and Alex Smith heading to Kansas City.
People seem to fail to realize that Star was a popular pick here only because he had great ability to provide an interior rush. While Floyd provides an upgrade, he doesn't provide the necessary need to place him above a DE or Milliner. Milliner gets my nod over the cluster of bust-potential DEs.
Oakland, on the other hand, has a need. I've seen quite a few put Geno Smith here, which is unbelievable to me.
Fisher is barely projected as worse than Joeckel. Both are considered better than Matt Kalil. Kalil got taken 3rd, Fisher, just because he's the 2nd best OT in the draft, shouldn't fall any further than this.
The Lions wanted Milliner, but his showing at the combine pushed him up to the #2 spot. Instead, they'll attempt to patch their pass rush. Don't get too caught on the hype, Werner is still the best DE in this draft.
Dion Jordan has been shooting up draft boards. Thought about Jarvis Jones but I think his health issues will push him to the middle of the 1st, where a team (like the Saints) will get a steal.
Geno Smith goes from a consensus pick at #1 to falling into Arizona's lap. Sounds fun for them.
The Rams really need a G. Warmack is rarely projected to fall this far, and as a G that is saying a lot. I think he'll slip past the first 7 picks based on needs, but the Rams will jump up to take him giving up a 1st and a 3rd.
Earlier this month it was doubtful two CBs were going in the top 10. I think the Titans need the position too badly and I don't think someone of Rhodes' quality will fall to them in the 2nd round. In the end, I see them taking the best available player that fits a serious need.
Lane Johnson really improved his stock at the combine. Still, I already had him here at #11. He's not a top 10 pick, but he'll stick around right on the edges.
The Dolphins have the pleasure of needing a WR and getting the one that has separated himself from the rest of the position group.
Ziggy has made his way up draft boards. I've actually seen a mock where TB drafts Kenny Vaccaro. What?! They remember that there was a 2012 draft right? Anyway, they'll draft defense again and add some versatility to their pass rush.
Kenny Vaccaro falls to the Panthers, who will gladly take him. He might be the best player left on the board that doesn't have health issues, so lucky for them it fills a need.
Jarvis Jones falls all the way to the Saints. This is a ridiculously lucky break for New Orleans who gets the best pass rusher in the draft halfway into the first round. We'll see if his Spinal Stenosis affects the longevity of his career significantly in the years to come.
Buffalo traded back to the 16th spot and picked up a 3rd round pick because they planned on picking up Tyler Wilson anyway and knew he would be available. Good fit, goodbye Fitzpatrick. Tyler Wilson could quietly be the best QB in the draft and nobody seems to care.
Mike Wallace is heading out. Tavon Austin has been compared to him. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
I love this pick every time I make it. Sheldon Richardson, Dallas Cowboys, book it!
Alec Ogltree has some serious off the field issues that he needs to address. In terms of talent, however, he's a top 10 pick. The Giants take the chance on the immature player and will likely get some security in his contract so that he's more careful in his personal endeavors.
Chicago needs a TE for two reasons. First, they need better protection for Jay Cutler. Having a good blocking TE in that can also go out and receive will give the Bears better ability to give Cutler time. When he has time, he's elite. Secondly, they need a receiving TE to vault them into top-tier offensive status. The best offenses like the Packers, Patriots, and Falcons utilize TEs effectively.
Bengals need a CB. Banks didn't disservice himself at the combine. Seems like an easy pick to me. He's a big body that can get in a WRs face if he has to.
Star falls all the way to 22 with his health issues. They might not be as severe as thought, but they'll keep him off a few draft boards and he'll fall a significant margin before landing in St. Louis. We'll see if it's a blessing or curse that he's available here for the Rams.
Will Percy Harvin be traded. I don't know, probably not in the end. However, the Vikings could still use some more firepower on their offesne. They'll give Ponder the chance to develop further. Remember, just because some recent rookie QBs have lit it up doesn't mean that's been the norm forever, usually they take time to develop.
Cooper shouldn't fall this far, but based on need and the talent available for each team at previous positions, I couldn't put him anywhere above. The Colts really need to give Luck more time if he's going to cut down on the mistakes and lead this team to the playoffs again.
Mingo shouldn't fall this far either. I had Damontre Moore here, but he's falling out of the first round in my opinion. Still, the Seahawks need a consistent pass rusher, and Mingo fits their system perfectly. I don't know if he'll fall this far, but if he does the Seahawks will snatch him up.
The Packers suddenly need safety help. They've got young players that have been impressive here, but I think they'll take Eric Reid to solidfy the secondary completely. This is iffy because they'll need to seriously consider if they'll be able to upgrade their O-Line and pass-rush later on in the draft, which is a must for them to be true Super Bowl contenders.
I don't really know if there's a lot to say here. I think the Texans should consider drafting a QB here and have him compete with Yates and Schaub for the starting job. Schaub is not a great QB and will never lead this team to a championship, until the team realizes that they'll be disappointed and might let this window of opportunity slip by the franchise, the first one since its inception.
I don't think there's enough talent at the positions of need for the Broncos to ignore the RB position. It's late enough in the first round that the pick can be justified, so I think they'll take Eddie Lacy here and get a run game upgrade to help take some pressure off of Peyton Manning.
The Jets trade up into the first round to get Desmond Trufant while giving up their first pick in the 2014 draft as well as their 2nd round pick in this one. They'll need some CB help when Revis is gone, Trufant will help there. The Patriots love moving back and will be happy to take yet another first round pick next season. There should be either a S or WR available for them to take in about 10 picks anyway, so it's not a big deal for them.
Might be the best ILB in the draft. Don't know why he's not being talked about more but I think he'll move up draft boards by the time late April comes. For now, however, if the draft started today I think Brown would be a great steal for the Falcons down here late in the first.
When injuries hit the D-Line the 49ers defense significantly got worse. They need some depth at the DT position and Hankins can provide that.
I don't know if John Harbaugh gets to make the decisions or not, but it didn't look like he was happy with Te'o so I cannot put him here even though he makes the most sense. The Ravens, despite my disliking of them, have remained solid in their picks for years. I don't think they'll suddenly pick up someone who is already facing obstacles in his career. So instead they take Eifert and give Flacco another weapon.
Below Average -- Trade values are not close. Rams will not trade two picks for OL.
-- ^^^ I acknowledge that opinion, but I don't agree. I've seen far worse trades made for far worse players. Warmack is actually the highest rated player in the draft, the only reason he's going to stay on the board so long is because he's a G.
Average -- In that case, more likely a 1st and 3rd for these two 1st.
Average -- ^^^ I could see that, I was thinking of that as a possibility as well, or maybe a lower than 3rd. Typically to move up you see a team give a 1st and a 1st the next season. When a team has 2 firsts it's possible for them to just give both instead.
Poor -- Milliner is having surgery he won't go top 10
Average -- ^^^ I guess it's possible. That's recent news and I have to redo my entire draft to reflect the Combine/Recent News
Average -- Milliner is having minor surgery, will go top 5.
Average -- Only Kansas City (re Alex Smith) would be dumb enough to give up a 2nd and 2014 1st to NE. Good grief, 2014 will be a powerful draft.
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