NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft V3.0

1. Carolina (Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn)

The Panthers gave up a first round pick for Everette Brown (DE) in 2009. The  presence of  Fairley should allow Brown to reach his potential as a pass rusher, while adding a player that Carolina can build their defense around.

2. Denver (Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU)

– Champ Bailey will likely not return and Peterson has the potential to be a younger, bigger, and stronger version. You can’t let a shutdown corner get away without a replacement; a perfect scenario for the Broncos.

3. St. Louis [trade w/ Buffalo] (A.J. Green, WR, Georgia)

St. Louis has a few needs, but none more than adding a dynamic playmaker for their young quarterback. A.J. Green can stretch the field and demand bracket coverage. The Rams trade their #14 (1st), #47 (2nd), #111 (4th), & 1st rd pick in 2012 (draft value chart).

Buffalo alternate: Marcel Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama

4. Cincinnati (Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson)

– With Bowers still on the board this would be an easy choice. Cincinnati ranked in the bottom five in sacks last season and Bowers immediately makes the entire front four more productive.

5. Arizona (Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M)

– I suspect the Cardinals will add a veteran quarterback either through trade or free agency, with their second need being a rush linebacker. I rate a few players higher, but none is more explosive than Von Miller from the snap.

6. Cleveland (Julio Jones, WR, Alabama)

The Browns will be changing their defensive alignment and need players on both sides of the ball. I think it comes down to Alabama products Marcel Dareus or Julio Jones, with Jones winning out. New head coach Pat Shurmur is an offensive mind and will likely want an immediate weapon on the outside for Colt McCoy.

7. San Francisco (Marcel Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama)

– Quarterback is a need, but Jim Harbaugh has stated he would like to work with Alex Smith. The defense may be in transition and Dareus can be an impact player from either alignment.

8. Tennessee (Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri)

– New head coach Mike Munchak will need a quarterback to build around with Kerry Collins likely gone, as well as Vince Young. Wanting to avoid a quarterback prospect with character concerns, the Titans go with Blaine Gabbert.

9. Dallas (Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska)

– The Cowboys would be thrilled to land a player like Amukamara, and could use him at safety or cornerback. Terrence Newman has been a liability in man coverage, and at 31 years old could soon be leaving. Amukamara would be the best player on the board at this point. Defensive end is also a strong possibility.

10. Washington (Cameron Jordan, DE, California)

– The Redskins will need a quarterback, and may go that route, but they also need to replenish the defensive line with impact talent. Cameron Jordan can hold the edge while making every player around him better.

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2 Responses to “NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft V3.0”

  1. Chris Bach says:

    This is a pretty good mock.

    No one comments on a mock, though, unless they disagree with some of the picks and here’s where I disagree:

    1. In an off-season where most teams want a quarterback in the draft, whoever the first quarterback is will be taken before the Titans at 8. If both are on the board when the 49ers pick, I bet they will go with Cam Newton. He fills two needs: he gives them a quarterback for the future and he gives them a star to sell jerseys and excite the fanbase. I actually think the Bengals will take Blaine Gabbert but he needs to do well at the Combine and in interviews. On the other hand, there are a lot of quarterbacks with potential in this draft and maybe both are there at 8.

    2. I don’t think Seattle takes a QB in the first two rounds this year. Carroll knows these guys really well from the college ranks and when he was recruiting them. I’m sure at least one will tempt him, but the team has a lot of needs and Charlie Whitehurst looked really nice at times last year.

    3. I think Nate Solder will be off the board before 22. Jimmy Smith, too. Buffalo is a possibility for Solder if that trade happens, and St. Louis, Detroit and Houston will be tempted by Smith.

    4. Torrey Smith, Titus Young and Jonathan Baldwin all have more explosiveness than Leonard Hankerson and will probably be drafted before he is. This is a deep class for wide receivers as I think Edmund Gates, Stephen Burton, Greg Salas, Dwayne Harris, Jon Ryan, Lester Jean, Andre Holmes and Amon Binns will all contribute at the next level.

    • Abraham says:

      Thanks for the input Chris!

      Your points make sense.

      I’ll address each:

      1. I could definitely see the logic in drafting a quarterback high when considering benefits outside of field performance (marketing, exciting the fanbase), And then of course meeting needs. But I just don’t see San Francisco using the same tactic that got them in trouble with Alex Smith.. Drafting a highly talented player with question marks surrounding his ability to translate what he did in college to what he’ll be asked to do at the pro level.

      I once asked a personnel director to give me the best advice on evaluating and how I could become a great scout, he said “never let a player’s ability seduce you”. Basically, put in the work, watch every game, make sure the player can do everything necessary with consistency. For me, I see that seductive quality in Newton more than any other prospect. I agree that Gabbert will go high, but again I don’t see teams passing over better overall players in areas of need for the ‘potential’ of a quarterback– but you never know, and what you say makes sense.

      2. I think Carroll has knowledge of many of the players, but not anymore than a regional scout that has evaluated 10+ games on a prospect, went to practices, and spoke with coaches, teammates, peers, family friends etc. Carroll -like most top NCAA program coaches- had a lot on his plate with recruiting, gameplanning, boosters, and other requirements at the college level to put in the excessive amount of time needed in the evaluation process. Seattle “needs” a quarterback, for some of the reasons you mentioned in your first point, I don’t see them sitting at 25 if a move is available. But if not, they may re-sign Hasselback and stick with Whitehurst for one more year.

      3. Possibly. But unless a team has Solder rated as their best tackle, which is very possible, I don’t see him going any higher than 15. Buffalo has been steady at LT w/ Demetrius Bell (Bottom three LT in sacks allowed last year)and have higher early needs at NT/DE, OLB, ILB, and QB– at least on paper and statistically. I love Jimmy Smith, he was very consistent game to game the past two years, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him drafted at 13 to Detroit.

      4. I do like Torrey Smith, but I have him rated as my 6th best WR, simply because if you’re physical with him in press coverage you can dictate his routes. And, I didn’t see him run a full route tree at Maryland (though their system calls for it)- he’s a deep post, ‘go’ route runner. His speed is as good as Jerel Jernigan, but Jernigan transitions better and has better stop and start agility- but lacks size. I see Smith being a bit like Heyward-Bey (talent wise) and Jernigan being much like Percy Harvin. I have Smith being drafted before Jernigan because of his measurables. Both can burn the sideline though.

      What attracts me to Hankerson is he looks like a pro on film. From last season to this season, steady improvement in routes, selling his footwork, dealing with press coverage. He has an NFL body, and can runs about a 4.5 or so- he can run. Has a complete skill set, though as you mentioned, he lacks the explosive quality of Smith or even Young.

      That’s the beauty of mock drafts, you never know =). I just try to take my highest rated players, combine them with team needs and have fun with it.

      Thanks for the input bro!