So I thought it would be interesting to try to guess how the first round might play out. And I filled out a draft kit. So I thought I would post it with a few explanatons.
I threw in some trades. Oakland should want some more picks to fill out the skeleton of a roster that they have. I still have a solid DT available at 12 for them. I don't know if they are smart enough to try to get some more picks. But I think they should. Anyway, Miami at #12 has 9 picks, so I have them trading up with Oakland to get a LT to replace the absence of Jake Long.
The Colts (4 picks) at #24 should try to trade back, and I have the 49ers (117 picks) at #31 trading up to get Werner who drops to that spot somehow. I could see the Niners trading up even further than that to get Safety, Vaccaro. But I drafted him to the Bucs pretty early, seeing that they may try to upgrade the secondary and find Ronde Barber's replacement finally.
I have the Broncos staying where they are and picking up Carradine. He may not be able to jump right in coming off of the injury. But he may be able to ease in as the season moves on. He has plenty of upside as he was apparently slated to be a top 15 pick before the injury for what that is worth.. I have a right to change any of these projections before the draft tho!. Anyway, Here it is:
1 - KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Just the popular pick. They want to trade back and still get a stud Left Tackle, but I think the only reason someone trades is if a team really wants Geno Smith and feels like JAX may take him
2 - JAX: Dion Jordan, DE, OregonNon existent pass rush last year could use an upgrade
3 - MIA: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan-Their are 3 stout left tackles that could be drafted into the top 10. Miami makes sure they get one. Fisher could go number one if the Chiefs like him better.
4 -PHI: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU- Philly has some holes to fill. They take care of the pass rush with this raw athlete
5 - DET: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama- Detroit was playing scrubs at CB that other teams cut from their rosters. They need one bad playing against Rodgers twice a year
6 - CLE: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU- Cleveland pairs up Mingo with their new brand new free agent signee Paul Kruger. All of a sudden, the Browns are shaping up into a nice defense.
7 - ARI: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma- The line has been an issue for a few years now. This offense could take some good steps forward with better protection for their new QB
8 - BUF: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia- Buffalo pulls the trigger and hopes they found their own talented mobile NFL QB
9 - NYJ: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida- The Jets have tons of holes. They are glad to see a really good DLineman so they take the best player on the board
10 - TEN: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State- The defense needs to help the offense. A good corner to cover Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, and Justin Blackmon will help
11 - SD: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama- Still mourning the loss of their best lineman on an already pitiable line, the Chargers pick up the best Guard on the list. Now they have four more OL holes to fill
12 - OAK: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah- Oakland would be happy to get more picks and instead of drafting Floyd at #3 they still get a good DL at 12
13 - TB: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas- Ronde Barber is almost twice the age of Vaccaro
14 - CAR: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee- Steve Smith is getting old and Cam Newton could use some extra weapons. They want Rhodes here, but he is already taken. They will get a CB with their next pick
15 - NO: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri- Run D was atrocious last year. They may get a pass rusher, but they need to get some help against the run first
16 - STL: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia- Comparisons are drawn to Percy Harvin. Sam Bradford needs some help, especially with Amandola gone
17 - PIT: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia- Pittsburgh is pretty happy to replace Harrison with a similar type of player here
18 - DAL: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.- The Dallas line has been an issue for a couple of years now. A better offensive line will make the payday of Romo look a lot more justifiable to those that doubt it.
19 - NYG: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State- Brown is the top rated LB. Giants are more of a value based drafting organization
20 - CHI: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina- Another Offensive line that has been neglected. Chicago got a Left Tackle in free agency and now work on the interior
21 - CIN: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia- A talented LB with character issues.. He will fit in nicely with the Bengals
22 - MIN: Keenan Allen, WR, California- Some WR help is pretty necessary after Harvin's departure
23 - STL: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue- Saint Louis had a good pass rush and good cover guys last year. They need to improve the run D
24 - SF: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State- San Fran sees Werner is still available and trades one of there picks away to go get him. You can't have enough pass rushers
25 - MIN: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington- With Winfield either gone or just a year older, they grab a solid CB
26 - GB: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama- A sold power back would bring some balance to this team. That's something they might be seeking especially after losing Greg Jennings
27 - HOU: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M- They could go WR here, but I think they like the idea of improving the rush off of the edge behind JJ Swat
28 - DEN: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State- Get healthy big fella
29 - NE: Tom Hornsey, P, Memphis- After losing Brady's favorite receiver and man crush Wes Welker, and Gronkowski having to amputate his arm, they will need to improve there special teams punting unit. Belicheck always knows how to stay ahead of the curve
30 - ATL: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State- They have to be targetting a corner after losing Grimes and Robinson
31 - IND: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame- A lot of under the radar signings in free agency for the Colts leave them with no terribly glaring needs. They may go after a an edge rusher here, but they spent a lot of money at OLB. The interior of the LB unit lacks some size. Teo could be a good fit to improve the run D.
32 - BAL: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU- Safety may be a big need, but so is LB after the loss of Lewis and Ellerbe.
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