Countdown to The Draft
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By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
The Morning Kickoff …
Mock draft 7.0: With only two mock drafts left, a new player lands in the laps of the Browns.
We’ve had Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan going second to Jacksonville for each of our first six mock drafts. But here we have the Jaguars changing to Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, and that switch results in Detroit nabbing Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner ahead of the Browns.
Jordan would be a welcome addition to the Browns. He would give the Browns solid insurance at weakside linebacker if Jabaal Sheard doesn’t make the transition from defensive end easily, or if the Browns elect to trade Sheard.
Selecting Jordan would not fill the Browns’ void at starting cornerback, of course. That’s what free agency is for. Oh, never mind.
1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.
My top pick for the seventh consecutive mock.
2. Jacksonville: Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DE-LB, Brigham Young.
GM Dave Caldwell said the team has narrowed choice down to two.
3. Oakland: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida.
Raiders don’t pull the trigger on a quarterback.
4. Philadelphia: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.
Chip Kelly comes back for his quarterback in Round 2.
5. Detroit: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama.
Staggered by losing Ziggy, they settle for best cornerback.
6. Cleveland: Dion Jordan, DE-LB, Oregon.
If it falls this way, Browns won’t want to trade out.
7. Arizona: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.
This would please Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.
8. Buffalo: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse.
Coach Doug Marrone can’t resist taking his college QB.
9. N.Y. Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia.
When in doubt, take a QB to rule the tabloid headlines.
10. Tennessee: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.
Best player available fills a need.
11. San Diego: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama.
Any help on the offensive line would be welcome.
12. Miami: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama.
A pure need pick that might be a reach.
13. Tampa Bay: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State.
Tall, rangy cornerback would be pick if no trade for Darrelle Revis.
14. Carolina: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri.
This has been the consistent pick.
15. New Orleans: Barkevious Mingo, LB, Louisiana State.
Good fit for their switch to the 3-4 defense.
16. St. Louis: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia.
Dynamic 175-pound slot receiver/returner. He’s perfect for a dome.
17. Pittsburgh: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia.
Steelers don’t usually draft linebackers this early.
18. Dallas: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina.
Excellent choice for a real position of need.
19. N.Y. Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State.
Time to replenish the pass rush.
20. Chicago: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia.
Bears have to replace Brian Urlacher.
21. Cincinnati: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State.
Pass rusher for Marvin Lewis’ 4-3 defense.
22. St. Louis: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas.
Draft’s best safety falls to the Rams.
23. Minnesota: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina.
They pick best available defensive lineman.
24. Indianapolis: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA.
Time to refurbish the Colts’ pass rush.
25. Minnesota: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee.
Signing of Greg Jennings wasn’t enough. Need another WR.
26. Green Bay: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame.
GM Ted Thompson replenishes his defense later.
27. Houston: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee.
This is the third different WR I’ve given them.
28. Denver: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State.
A good fit for John Fox’s defense.
29. New England: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State.
Bill Belichick takes yet another stab at a cornerback.
30. Atlanta: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington.
Falcons are happy with New England’s pick.
31. San Francisco: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International.
The team that has everything adds a safety.
32. Baltimore: Keenan Allen, WR, California.
Signing of LB Rolando McClain frees up this pick for offense.
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