Countdown to The Draft
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By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
The Morning Kickoff …
Mock draft 6.0: The quarterback market had a flurry of activity since mock draft 5.0.
Oakland (No. 3) traded for Matt Flynn, Arizona (No. 7) traded for Carson Palmer, Buffalo (No. 8) signed Kevin Kolb and San Francisco (No. 31) traded for Colt McCoy.
As a result, we see only one quarterback being drafted in the first round – Geno Smith. It should make for a really interesting second round on the second day of the draft.
1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.
I have not wavered on this pick through six mocks.
2. Jacksonville: Dion Jordan, DE-LB, Oregon.
New coach Gus Bradley wants to upgrade speed on defense.
3. Oakland: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida.
There’s a giant hole in the middle of the Raiders’ defensive front.
4. Philadelphia: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.
I’m not positive it’s him, but the consensus is that Chip Kelly takes a tackle.
5. Detroit: Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DE-LB, Brigham Young.
Been fairly convinced of this pick since the combine.
6. Cleveland: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama.
Or are the Browns more obsessed with trading down?
7. Arizona: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.
Protecting Carson Palmer has become the No. 1 priority now.
8. Buffalo: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia.
Kevin Kolb, Tavaris Jackson and Smith. What they really need is a rocket arm.
9. N.Y. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE-LB, Louisiana State.
They need some sizzle and a defensive tackle doesn’t provide it.
10. Tennessee: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.
Another positive medical check keeps him in the top 10.
11. San Diego: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama.
Draft’s best guard is better than fourth tackle.
12. Miami: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State.
A bookend pass rusher to help Cameron Wake.
13. Tampa Bay: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State.
Maybe they pull the trigger on the Darrelle Revis trade instead.
14. Carolina: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri.
Fifth mock in a row he is our pick here.
15. New Orleans: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia.
Rob Ryan will love this pick.
16. St. Louis: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia.
Perfect indoor setting for a 175-pound offensive dynamo.
17. Pittsburgh: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas.
Could break in as nickel back if Troy Polamalu has a healthy year.
18. Dallas: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina.
This would be a big upgrade at a position of need.
19. N.Y. Giants: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama.
Higher-rated than best available pass rusher.
20. Chicago: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia.
Definitely a linebacker here.
21. Cincinnati: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State.
Marvin Lewis never loses sight of his pass rush.
22. St. Louis: Eric Reid, FS, Louisiana State.
Jeff Fisher needs to come away with a safety in the first round.
23. Minnesota: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina.
With another pick coming, they choose highest ranked defensive tackle.
24. Indianapolis: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State.
Colts have a history of Buckeye picks.
25. Minnesota: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee.
Definitely need a replacement for Percy Harvin.
26. Green Bay: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame.
Packers will have to load up on defense in later rounds.
27. Houston: Keenan Allen, WR, California.
They’ll take highest-rated receiver available.
28. Denver: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue.
Still expect Broncos to replace Elvis Dumervil in free agency.
29. New England: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA.
A good complement to Vince Wilfork.
30. Atlanta: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington.
This falls nicely for GM Thomas Dimitroff.
31. San Francisco: Matt Elam, SS, Florida.
It’s looking for them like the highest-ranked safety.
32. Baltimore: Kevin Minter, LB, Louisiana State.
Ozzie Newsome saw first-hand what Alabama did to Manti Teo.
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