Story by: @Chanceb007
The first of my Mock Drafts! It will change many times ,but this is the baseline. Free agency will adjust the mock draft. Player injuries can be revealed through the process. Pro days will make a difference as well. This is Picks 1-10. No trades.
1. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Cardinal
Indianapolis begins a new era. Andrew Luck 6’4″ 234lbs is the highest toughted QB prospect since…well Peyton Manning. 288 completions on 402 attempts for 3517 yards, 37 TDs and 10 INTs. Won the Johnny Unitas Award (The most outstanding quarterback), Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player), and the Maxwell Award (player of the year). Luck was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2010 and 2011. 2 time First Team All-American. 2 time PAC 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and 2 time 1st Team All-PAC 12. Holds several Stanford passing records including passing yards in a season, and touchdowns in a season. Rivals rated Luck as the No. 4 quarterback prospect in the Nation coming out of high school.
2. ST. LOUIS RAMS – Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU Tigers
The Rams look to trade this pick, if not Jeff Fisher is a defensive minded coach that values a great secondary…Samari Rolle, Marcus Robertson, Chris Hope, Cortland Finnegan, Michael Griffin. The Rams will start the rebuild on defense.. Mo Claiborne 6’0″ 185lbs is the best available. 51 tackles, 6 passes broken up, 6 INT returned for 173 yards. Won the Jim Thorpe Award for the Nations best defensive back. Mo was 2010 2nd Team All-SEC CB, 2011 1st Team All-SEC CB. 2011 1st Team All-American CB.
3. MINNESOTA VIKINGS – Matt Kalil – OT – USC Trojans
The Vikings will draft to protect what they believe is their franchise quarterback in Christian Ponder. The best Tackle available in the draft, Matt Kalil should protect Ponders blind side for a decade plus. 6’7″ 295lbs. Quick, and mean. Tyron Smith was the 2010 NFL Draft’s first offensive lineman selected, No. 9 overall to the Dallas Cowboys. Smith was projected as a left tackle, but no one was for sure. He played right tackle at USC because he couldn’t beat out Matt Kalil. Matt gave up zero sacks in 2011. 2011 !st Team All-American OT, 2011 1st Team All PAC 12 OT. 2007 Parade All-American from Servite High School in Anahiem, CA. 2008 Rivals rated No.3 OT recruit in the Nation. Brother Ryan Kalil is an All-Pro center for the Carolina Panthers.
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS – Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor Bears
With their first of 2 first round picks Holmgren drafts. 6’2″ 220 lb RGIII, OC Brad Childress,in the same position in Philadelphia, under Andy Reid developed Donavan McNabb. He will be asked to do the same in Cleveland. RGIII won the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brian Award. He threw for 4293 yards on 291 completions with 402 attempts. 37 TD and just 6 INT. RGIII is an excellent fit for the west coast offense and could make an immediate impact with the coaching he will receive. 2011 !st Team consensus All-American QB. 2011 1st Team All-Big 12 QB. 2011 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
5. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Nations 2 time, 1st Team All-American WR, and 2 time Balitnikoff Award winner with his 121 receptions 1522 yards and 18 TD will be asked to inject life into an offense that ranked 27th during the 2011 season. Weather it was play calling or Josh Freeman’s happy-go-lucky approach Raheem Morris and his entire coaching staff were fired at the end of the season.The Buccaneers have spent, with the exception of 09′ when Freeman was selected, their last 5 1st round draft picks on the Defense with little results. Former Rutgers Head Coach,Greg Schiano will try to write the pirate ship in Tampa. Blackmon could help Tampa compete with the high scoring teams of the NFC South.
6. WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama Crimson Tide
In the 2 plus years Mike Shananhan has been in D.C. the Redskins have never been better than the 25th ranked rushing offense. The zone blocking “system” still needs talented players to run it. 4 running backs combined for 1489 yrds and 4 TDs in 2011, 4 different backs produced 1281 yards and 9 TDs the year before. Trent Richardson rushed for 1679 yrds on 283 carries, and 21 TDs. He also caught 29 passes for 338 yrds and 3 TD. Trent is a 1st Team unanimous All-American as well as the recipient of the Doak Walker Award given to the Nations top Collegic running back. He was selected as 1st Team All-SEC RB. The production Richardson would provide Washington could save them roster spots that could be used in other areas of need. Richardson is an alumnus of Escambia High School in Pensacola,FL. Emmitt Smith went there also. Trent was 2008 Florida 5A 1st Team All-State RB, and FL 5A Offensive Player of the Year. 2008 1st Team High School All-American. 5 star recruit. 2008 Rivals No. 2 RB in the Nation.
7. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Mike Thomas was the Jaguars leading receiver in 2011. He had 44 receptions for 415 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver on the leagues 32 ranked passing offense. Blaine Gabbert is struggling in the pocket. Could it be because he has no one to throw to? Michael Floyd was a 4 year starter at Notre Dame. 6’3″ 218 lbs. sub 4.5 40, 100 receptions for 1147 yards and 9 TDs in his Senior season. He spent his final semester assigned to the Freshman dorms, where he didn’t have a single off the field incident.
8. MIAMI DOLPHINS – Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa Hawkeyes
Assuming Miami goes after Matt Flynn, or even Peyton Manning their next area of need will be on the Offensive Line. Marc Colombo and Vernon Carey are both free agents that aren’t expected to be resigned. With last years 1st round draft pick ,center Mike Pouncey holding down his spot. perennial All Pro Jack Long ,although an injury riddled season is still the leagues premier Left Tackle. Adding a Kirk Ferentz coached bookend in Riley Reiff 6’6″ 300lbs, 1st Team All-Big 10 to help solidify the unit will go a long way in establishing an offense that has weapons.
9. CAROLINA PANTHERS – Michael Brockers – DT – LSU Tigers
The struggles of the Panthers 27th ranked defense began with their rookie D-line. 6’6″ 306 lb. All-SEC defensive tackle, Michael Brockers is a solid run stopper and aggressive space eater. He played in the center of a very stought LSU Defense. 54 tackles 11 for loss and 2 sacks his Soph year. Brockers is the best Defensive Tackle in the draft. Brockers was 2008 Rivals No. 23 recruit prospect in Texas. Received TX 5A All-State DE honors 2008 from Chavez High School in Houston,TX.
10. BUFFALO BILLS – Melvin Ingram – DE – South Carolina Gamecocks
The Bills try every year to draft a pass rusher ,but to no luck. They are converting back to a 4-3 base after failing to produce a pass rush for the 3-4. Melvin Ingram is the best pass rusher available and has been productive at South Carolina. A consensus 1st Team All-American, and 1st Team All-SEC. He finished his Jr. season with 9 sacks, and he’s Senior season with 10 sacks, which tied SC all time sack record. Ingram was 2007 Rivals No. 21 LB recruit and No. 10 from N.C. If he can handle winters in Buffalo it should work out well for Dave Wannstedt’s re-organized defense.