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Monday's Mock

Monday, April 22, 2013


1. Kansas City - LT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M


It appears the writing is on the wall, with the Chiefs and Dolphins discussing a trade and contract for Branden Albert. We don’t consider Joeckel the top tackle, but he is still a very solid prospect.


2. Jacksonville - OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon


Jordan is an outstanding talent who shows comfort in space and in coverage. Expect him to play the strong side linebacker role and add versatility to the Jaguars defense. When comparing his other tools, I am actually least confident in Jordan’s pass rushing ability, but his ceiling is very high in that area.


3. Arizona (Trade with Raiders) - LT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan


Fisher probably tops some teams’ boards, just as he does ours, and although the Cardinals have mentioned they are happy with their tackle situation... it might not be the truth. The Chippewa would instantly bring consistency to a porous offensive line.


4. Philadelphia - DT Star Lotulelei, Utah


Don’t pigeonhole Star as a nose tackle, since he can help the entire three man front in a variety of different ways. Sure, he wasn’t effective on every one of his snaps, but he was on the field for 91.2 percent of the team’s defense plays in 2012.


5. Detroit - T Lane Johnson, Oklahoma


The Lions might be the floor for all three offensive tackles. Riley Reiff appears locked in at one of the guard spots, so the team needs to find its edge protectors. Johnson is an excellent talent who can play immediately.


6. Cleveland - CB Dee Milliner, Alabama


If Milliner is not selected here, he might drop a bit. In this scenario, I think the Browns have narrowed their list to Milliner, Barkevious Mingo, and Ezekiel Ansah. Of the three, Milliner would likely have more impact during his rookie season.


7. Oakland (Trade with Cardinals) - DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida


Like Milliner, if Floyd is not selected here he might be waiting a while. However, this is a great fit with the thickly built defensive tackle who can win by working through or around blocks.


8. Buffalo - QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse


The closer we get, the more confident I am that this will be the pick. A “get your guy when you can” scenario, if you will. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the quarterback run does not take place until later in the first-round.


9. New York Jets - OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU


The loss of their top corner will hurt, but the Jets fared fine with Antonio Cromartie as their top CB. Mingo would add youth to the edge pass rushing unit, combining his talents with Coples and Wilkerson who play in the versatile front.


10. St. Louis (Trade with Titans) - WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia


I believe the Rams have narrowed down their early pick to Austin or DeAndre Hopkins. I’m not sure Hopkins is available at No. 16, so the Rams could move up to select the dynamic “plus” slot target here.


11. San Diego - T D.J. Fluker, Alabama


Fluker appears to have a lot of teams intrigued, to the point that some might try him at left tackle. We aren’t sure if the Chargers are one, but Fluker would improve that offensive line as a mauling right tackle... or guard.


12. Cincinnati (Trade with Dolphins) - S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas


The Bengals could stay at 21 and select Eric Reid, since the team’s brass appears to prefer prospects from larger schools. However, Vaccaro is a dynamic option able to line up against slot receivers and tight ends at the line of scrimmage.


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Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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