Ah, tis the season.... Draft season that is. As with many people I love the draft. It is a time for unbridled optimism and seamingly endless debates over which prospect should be taken where and who is gonna bust etc. With the addition of Phil Emery there is more reason for Bears fans to be optimistic this year than in any time in the past 8 years or so. Another part of the reason for such optimism is the fact that this draft appears to be very deep with one of our greatest needs-wide receiver. After seeing quite a few mocks already over at Mocking the Draft and even a handful of partial (Bears picks only) drafts floating around WCG. This made me a bit jealous, so I decided to get in on the fun. As I said before this is a full 4 round mock, meaning I'll be picking for all 32 teams with explanations for 1st round picks and all Bears picks the rest of the way.
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1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB Stanford Do I really need to explain this one?
2. St. Louis Rams - Matt Kalil, OT USC There is a good chance the Rams trade this pick. Im not doing trades in my mock though. The Rams have to protect Sam Bradford and Matt Kalil gives them a potential franchise LT while being the consensus #2 prospect in the draft.
3. Minnesota Vikings - Morris Claiborne, CB LSU The Vikings secondary is bad. The get a chance to upgrade it here while selecting a guy many consider the #3 prospect in the draft.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Trent Richardson, RB Alabama I know the Bucs have LeGarette Blount, but he has shown a tendency of getting dinged up in his first two seasons. Not only does this give them killer depth but it also gives new run friendly head coach Greg Schiano a powerful 1-2 punch.
6. Washington Redskins - Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M What do all of the successful QB's Mike Shannahan has coached have in common (Elway, Plummer, Cutler)? They're all athletic, have a gunslinger mentality and a rocket arm. It just so happens Tannehill posses' all of those traits. This might be a bit of a reach but I dont think Shanny gives the Seahawks a chance at Tannehill.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State There aren't many teams you could argue have worse receivers than the Bears. The Jaguars are one of them. If they want Blaine Gabbert to develop into the player they drafted him to be than they have to get him a receiver. Fortunately for them Blackmon falls to them.
9. Miami Dolphins - Quentin Coples, DE North Carolina Cameron Wake is 30 and Jason Taylor is 37. The Dolphins will need a young outside pass rusher to line up next to Jared Odrick in their new 4-3 allignment.
10. Buffalo Bill - Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB Alabama The Bills really need a pass rusher as Shawn Merriman is washed up. Upshaw provides that.
11. Kansas City Chiefs - Riley Rief, OT Iowa The Chiefs need some help at LT. They signed Jared Gaither but cut him before the end of the season. Rief is the best Tackle on the board and has the potential to be a stand out LT in the NFL.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina The Seahawks only had one player with more than four sacks (Chris Clemons) and he is 30. Ingram gives them a young uber-athletic pass rusher to pair with Clemons.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Jonathon "Moose" Martin, OT Satnford Levi Brown is not the answer at LT. Martin would provide the Cardinals a viable left tackle option and allows them to move Brown to the right side.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama The Cowboys are the beneficiaries of Kirkpatrick's recent arrest as this former top-10 talent falls into their lap at 14. The cowboys need help at corner and Kirkpatrick has the potential to be a shutdown corner.
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Luke Kuechly, ILB Boston College One of the weak spots on the "dream team" last season was their linebackers. Kuechly, the top ILB prospect in the draft, will immediately upgrade their defense.
16. New York Jets - Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame Plax is 34 and wasnt very productive outside of the red zone. Santonio Holmes is a locker room cancer who has a poor attitude and quit on the team in multiple games according to teammates. Floyd gives them a young receiver with potential to be great while giving them the flexibility to cut their losses with Holmes following the 2012 season.
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama The Bengals need to replace Jonathan Joseph. Jenkins showed at the senior bowl that he is a special talent with shutdown potential.
18. San Diego Chargers - David DeCastro, OG Stanford Chargers guard Chris Dielman suffered a severe concussion last season that is career threatening. What better way to replace him than with the best prospect on the board- a guy I've seen called the guard equivilant of Matt Kalil.
19. Chicago Bears - Mohamed Sanu, WR Rutgers It's no secret that we need a receiver, so here you go. Im sure there will be quite a few people who complain that this pick isn't Alshon Jeffery. I picked Sanu here because simply put- he's the best WR prospect on the board and in my opinion the 2nd most NFL ready WR prospect. In fact there are some, myself included, who think he's comparable to Michael Floyd . Some say he isnt a #1 receiver at the next level. I think this is ridiculous. With his combination of hands, route running, athleticism, blocking and work ethic I have know idea how anyone can say he doesnt have #1 potential. A great comparison that I've seen is to Hakeem Nicks. After watching Nicks this postseason and comparing it to film of Sanu, I think the comparison is spot on, and dont forget Nicks wasnt seen as a #1 receiver going into the draft either. Scouting report Highlights
20. Tennessee Titans - Peter Knoz, OC Wisconsin Mike said he wants to get tougher on the interior line and open up some holes for Chris Johnson. Konz gives them an elite Center prospect to rebuild their line around.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Lamar Miller, RB Miami The Bengals need a solid #2 back to pair with the aging Cedric Benson. This youngster gives them another weapon to put around Andy Dalton and an eventual heir to the starting RB spot.
22. Cleveland Browns - Kendal Wright, WR Baylor This is another easy one. The Browns need a playmaker at receiver, and Wright is a gamebreaker. Throw in his connection with RG3 and its a no brainer.
23. Detroit Lions - Mike Adams, OT Ohio State The Lions need to replace the aging Jeff Backus. Mike Adams has potential as an NFL LT but could could give them an upgrade at RT as well if he never develops into a LT.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dontario Poe, NT Memphis At 6-5 350 Poe gives the Steelers a much needed disruptive force in the middle of the defense.
26. Houston Texans - Alshon Jeffery, WR South Carolina In my opinion this is one of the few ideal fits for Alshon. His lack of separation ability will make it tough for him to matchup against #1 NFL corners. In Houston he'll be lining up against #2 corners giving him a better matchup for which to use his size advantage.
27. New England Patriots - Stephen Gilmore, CB South Carolina The Patriots defense was one of the worse in the league this year. Gilmore gives them some much needed talent and youth in their secondary.
28. Green Bay Packers - Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB Illinois Mercilus gives the Packers an athletic stand-up linebacker with good instincts to line up on the other side of the Clay-maker.
29. Baltimore Ravens - Vontaze Burfict, ILB Arizona State Burfict is the 2nd best ILB in this draft and falls here do to character concerns. Baltimore's veteran leadership could potentially help cure that. The hope here is that he can take over for Ray Lewis in a few years.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Cordy Glenn, OG Georgia The 49ers have other more pressing needs, but Glenn offers the most value here than any other player at a need position.
31. Nick Perry - OLB/DE USC Perry brings a ton of potential to a Patriots defense in desperate need of a pass rush. With his athleticism he can line up at DE or Rush Linebacker.
32. New York Giants - Zach Brown, OLB North Carolina Brown offers a great value here, however falls to the Giants due to character concerns. However, Coughlin and the vets on the Giants defense can hopefully keep him in line.
1. ST. Louis Rams - Dwayne Allen, TE Clemson
2. Indianapolis Colts - Alphonso Dennard, CB Nebraska
3. Minnesota Vikings - Kelechi Osemele, OG Iowa State
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Chase Minnifield, CB Virginia
5. Cleveland Browns - Alameda Ta'amu, DT Washington
6. Jacksonville Jaguars - Vinny Curry, DE Marshall
7. Washington Redskins - Donta Hightower, ILB Alabama
8. Carolina Panthers - LaVonte David, OLB Nebraska
9. Buffalo Bills - Nick Toon, WR Wisconsin
10. Miami Dolphins - Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State
11. Seattle Seahawks - Brandon Weeden
12. Kansas City Chiefs - Chris Polk, RB Washington
13. Dallas Cowboys - Mark Barron, S Alabama
14. Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles, QB Arizona
15. New York Jets - Ronell Lewis, OLB Oklahoma
16. New England Patriots - Markelle Martin, S Oklahoma State
17. San Diego Chargers - Andre Branch, DE Clemson
18. Chicago Bears - Jayron Hosley, CB Virginia Tech Hosley falls a little bit here after starting off the season as an early 2nd rounder/fringe 1st rounder after recording 9 Int's as a sophmore. He had a bit of a down season both stat wise and in allowing some big plays early in the season, but finished strong. Initially I was down on him but after watching him play in the Sugar Bowl I came away impressed. When looking at his skill set he is a prototypical cover-2 corner. He has added value as a kick returner.
19. Philadelphia Eagles - Rueben Randle, WR LSU
20. Tennessee Titans - Brandon Washington, OG Miami
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Brandon Jenkins, DE Florida State
22. Detroit Lions - Josh Norman, CB Coastal Carolina
23. Atlanta Falcons - Nate Potter, OT Boise State
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Bobby Massie, OT Ole Miss
25. Denver Broncos - Brandon Boykin, CB Georgia
26. Houston Texans - Kevin Zietler, OG Wisconsin
27. New Orleans Saints - Brandon Thompson, DT Clemson
28. Green Bay Packers - Jerell Worthy, DT Michigan State
29. Baltimore Ravens - Marvin McNutt, WR Iowa
30. San Francisco 49ers - Mike Brewster, OC Ohio State
31. New England Patriots - Juron Criner, WR Arizona
32. New York Giants - Coby Fleener, TE Stanford
1. Indianapolis Colts - Ben Jones, OC Georgia
2. Bobby Wagner, OLB Utah State
3. Minnesota Vikings - Andrew Datko, OT Florida State
4. Cleveland Browns - Bruce Irvin, DE West Virginia
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Travis Lewis, ILB Oklahoma
6. Washington Redskins - Robert Lester, S Alabama
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Josh Norman, CB South Florida
8. Buffalo Bills - Kirk Cousins, QB Michigan State
9. Miami Dolphins - Mitchell Schwartz, OT California
10. Chicago Bears - Matt McCants, OT UAB One of the few LT's available after the 1st round in this years draft, McCants is a very raw but promising prospect. Shows a lot of upside but is still raw due to the fact he didnt start playing football until his senior year of high school. One of the big things he has going for him is his coachability. During senior bowl practices he struggled at times with the elite pass rushing prospects on the south squad, but showed continuous improvement. He may not be able to take over the LT spot right away but I believe he could develop into a solid starter after 2 or 3 years of development.
11. Kansas City Chiefs - Billy Winn, DE Boise State
12. Seattle Seahawks - David Wilson, RB Virginia Tech
13. Philadelphia Eagles - Derrick Wolfe, DT Cincinnati
14. New York Jets - Kendal Reyes, DT/DE UConn
15. San Diego Chargers - LaMichael James, RB Oregon
16. Chicago Bears - Danny Trevathan, OLB Kentucky I know that people will say we have other needs here, however Trevathon is by far the best value here. Ideally we would grab a pass rusher here but this draft is weak on pass rusher and I simply didnt see one available here that was of higher value than Trevathan. Trevathan is a natural Tampa-2 weakside LB who routinely made impact plays for the Kentucky defense. Adding him here would give some youth to the defense while allowing the Bears some flexibility in dealing with Lance Briggs. Also, dont get me wrong I like JT Thomas and Jabara Williams but I think Trevathan has a higher upside.
17. Arizona Cardinals - Senio Kelemente, OG Washington
18. Dallas Cowboys - Mike Martin
19. Tennessee Titans - Shea McClellin, DE Boise State
20. Cincinnati Bengals - Chris Givens, WR Wake Forest
21. Atlanta Falcons - Trumaine Johnson, CB/S Montana
22. Detroit Lions - Doug Martin, RB Boise State
23. Pittsburgh Steelers - Cam Jordan, DE Virginia
24. Denver Broncos - Orson Charles, TE Georgia
25. Houston Texans - Nick Jean-Baptiste, NT Baylor
26. New Orleans Saints - George Iloka, S Boise State
27. Green Bay Packers - Audie Cole, ILB North Carolina State
28. Baltimore Ravens - Chandler Jones, DE/OLB Syracuse
29. San Francisco - Jordan White, WR Western Michigan
30. New England Patriots - Jared Crick, DE/DT Nebraska
31. New York Giants - Amini Silatolu, OG Midwestern State
1. St. Louis Rams - Dwight Jones, WR North Carolina
2. Indianapolis Colts - James Brown, OT Troy
3. Minnesota Vikings - Tommy Streeter, WR Miami
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Winston Guy JR., S Kentucky
5. Cleveland Browns - Levy Adcock, OT Oklahoma State
6. Jacksonville Jaguars - A.J. Jenkins, WR Illinois
7. Washington Redskins - George Iloka, S Boise State
8. Miami Dolphins - LeDarious Green, TE Louisiana Lafayette
9. Carolina Panthers - Zebrie Sanders, OT Florida State
10. Buffalo Bills - David Paulson, TE Oregon 11. Seattle Seahawks - Marcus Forston, DT Miami
12. Kansas City Chiefs - Brock Osweiler, QB Arizona State
13. New York Jets - Antonio Poole, S South Carolina
14. Washington Redskins - T.Y. Hilton, WR Florida International
15. San Diego Chargers - Dwight Bentley, Louisiana Lafayette
16. Chicago Bears - Ryan Broyles, WR Oklahoma Its no secret that the Bears need multiple WR's. Broyle is a monster value here who could has gamebreaker potential. Midway through the season Broyles was a fringe 1st round pick. The reason he falls here is that he suffered a season ending ACL tear week 10 (and still finished the season over 1000 yds.). Over the past 4 seasons Broyles has been one of the most electric playmakers in the nation which is evident in his production: 349 recs. 4586 yds 45 tds. While the injury is of concern, it was his only major injury of his college career. He has added value as a kick returner.
17. Arizona Cardinals - Joe Adams, WR Arkansas
18. Dallas Cowboys - Phil Blake, C Baylor
19. Philadelphia Eagles - Sean Spence, OLB Miami
20. Tennessee Titans - Marvin Jones, WR California
21. Cincinnati Bengals - James Michael Johnson, ILB Nevada
22. Detroit Lions - Nigel Bridham, OLB Florida State
23. Cleveland Browns - Isaiah Pead, RB Cincinatti
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Lucas Nix, OG Pittsburgh
25. Denver Broncos - Terrance Ganaway, RB Baylor
26. Houston Texans - Josh Chapman, NT Alabama
27. New Orleans Saints - Emmanuel Acho, OLB Texas
28. Green Bay Packers - Lennard Johnson, CB Iowa State
29. Buffalo Bills - Casey Hayward, CB Vanderbilt
30. San Francisco 49ers - Alex Okafor, DE Texas
31. New England Patriots - Jeff Allen, OG/OT Illinois
32. New York Giants - Harrison Smith, S Notre Dame