Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 1.0

By Dan Durkin-

(CBS) 55 days and counting until the 77th annual meeting of NFL franchises to select eligible football players. The NFL has truly become a 365/24/7 operation – especially for draftniks. So with the combine completed, here’s my first take on how the first round will shake out.

Three teams are armed with two first-round picks:

● The Cleveland Browns (via their trade with Atlanta last year, who traded up to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones)
● The Cincinnati Bengals (via their trade with Oakland last season for quarterback Carson Palmer)
● The New England Patriots (via their trade with New Orleans last year, who traded back into the first round to select Alabama running back Mark Ingram)

The Cleveland Browns extra picks could be in play. For a downtrodden fan base that is desperate for a reason to believe, the answer may come in the form of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. While Griffin didn’t throw at the combine, he turned heads with a blazing 40-yard dash, showcasing the athleticism he brings to the position. In this mock, I’ve assumed that the Browns have traded both of their first-round selections to St. Louis.

1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

The Colts hope lightning strikes twice and they have a repeat of the 1998 draft, where they made Peyton Manning the top overall selection. While I like Andrew Luck’s chances in the NFL, I don’t see him being the same prospect that Manning was coming out of Tennessee.

2. Cleveland Browns from St. Louis Rams – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

In this draft, I’m assuming the Browns outbid the Redskins and other suitors for the right to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin really burst on the scene in 2011, posting Nintendo-like numbers en route to winning the Heisman trophy. Griffin’s athleticism and accuracy make him an intriguing NFL prospect, and with the right coaching and supporting cast, his ceiling is higher than that of Luck.

3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC

It sounds odd to say it, but the Vikings Week 16 win over the Redskins was about as costly as a win can be. They lost star running back Adrian Peterson to a torn ACL, rallied to win the game, the Colts inexplicably beat the Texans, and the Vikings ended up losing out on the ultra-valuable #2 pick. However, USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil is a nice consolation prize. Kalil will be a blindside anchor for the next decade, which is something that doesn’t come around very often.

4. St. Louis Rams from Cleveland Browns – Justin Blackmon, WR, OSU

I’m assuming that the Rams won’t re-sign wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, so this pick becomes somewhat of a no-brainer. Quarterback Sam Bradford suffered through a sophomore slump with very ineffective play, but wasn’t the only factor. Poor pass protection, and limited weapons – until Lloyd arrived via trade – were big culprits. In Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, Bradford gets a legitimate No. 1 WR to work with.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claibourne, CB, LSU

In a division with the Saints, Falcons, and Panthers, the Bucs must improve a secondary that gave up 30 passing touchdowns last season. Claibourne is the best pure cover corner in the draft, who was lost in the shadow of teammate and fellow cornerback sophomore Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu.

6. Washington Redskins – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Losing out in the RG3 sweepstakes, the Redskins turn to Tannehill as their quarterback of the future. While, I don’t believe Tannehill is worthy of the sixth overall selection, I felt the same way last year when Jake Locker went off the board at No. 8, Blain Gabbert went off the board at No. 10, and Christian Ponder went off the board at No. 12. Granted, last year was different in that the draft preceded free agency, but every year quarterbacks go higher than expected. Tannehill is that guy this year.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

When a guy named Jeremy Mincey leads your team with eight sacks, you’re in desperate need for help on the edge. Quinton Coples has the explosiveness teams look for in a traditional RDE, with the ability to dip his pad level and either powerfully rip his way through a block, or simply use his speed to win the edge.

8. Miami Dolphins – Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

Seeking a complimentary pass rusher to the speedy Cameron Wake, the Dolphins pluck Alabama DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw. Upshaw was my favorite player to watch in college football last season, as he was simply dominant on the best defense in the land. Upshaw primarily played OLB, but when he showed up to the Senior Bowl at 273 pounds, he showed he can play OLB in a 3-4 or put his hand on the ground as a 4-3 DE.

9. Carolina Panthers – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Seeing that the Panthers spent two third-round draft picks last year on defensive tackles Terrell McClain and Sione Fua, this pick may raise some eyebrows. But the bottom line is, McClain and Fua shouldn’t preclude Ron Rivera from adding a talent like Brockers to the mix. Brockers didn’t ‘wow’ at the combine, but his tape shows that he will be a stout point-of-attack run defender, who will immediately bolster a porous Panthers’ run defense.

10. Buffalo Bills – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Burned by divisional foe Miamis selecting Upshaw, the Bills are forced to address another need. With left tackle Demetrius Bell set to test the free agent waters, the Bills have some uncertainty on their offensive line. Reiff played left tackle at Iowa, but his short arms may make him better suited for the right side. If the Bills are able to re-sign Bell, they have a solid set of young bookend tackles.

11. Kansas City Chiefs – Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Dontari Poe made a lot of money at the recent underwear olympics in Indianapolis (a.k.a, the NFL Scouting Combine), dazzling teams with freakish athleticism for a man his size. Putting Poe next to defensive end Tamba Hali on the defensive line will give opposing protection schemes nightmares for years to come, and strengthen an already impressive Chiefs’ secondary.

12. Seattle Seahawks – Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

Reunited and it feels so good. Current Seahawks and former USC Trojan head coach Pete Carroll selects a guy he recruited to USC back in 2008, DE/OLB Nick Perry. Perry has an explosive first step and primarily uses his speed to get to the quarterback. With solid teaching – specifically hand-fighting techniques – Perry could become one of the better pass rushers from this draft class. Putting Perry opposite Chris Clemons gives the Seahawks a nice set of edge rushers.

13. Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

The Cardinals are in desperate need of an upgrade at offensive tackle, and Stanford’s Jonathan Martin is a great fit. Martin played left tackle at Stanford, but may be better suited to play right tackle in the NFL. However, with the very mediocre Levi Brown as the current starter at left tackle, the Cardinals may be forced to make Martin the blindside protector of whichever quarterback that lines up this fall in Arizona.

14. Dallas Cowboys – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Plastic-faced owner Jerry Jones’ face may crack from the ear-to-ear grin he’ll have when the draft’s best interior offensive lineman – Standford guard David DeCastro – is still on the board for the Cowboys. Already considered to be the closest thing to a sure thing on the offensive line, DeCastro showed incredible strength and agility at the combine, making this a great value pick for a Cowboys team in desperate need of talent on the interior of their offensive line.

15. Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

The Eagles defense is like an Oreo cookie, strong on the top and bottom and very soft in the middle. The second level of the Eagles defense is in need of a serious talent infusion, and Boston College’s Luke Kuechly is the pick. Everyone was quick to point out the ever-popular “football IQ” with Kuechly, but his stellar athletic performance at the combine solidified Kuechly as the top linebacker prospect in this year’s draft.

16. New York Jets – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

In order for the rotund Rex Ryan’s defense to operate, pressure from the edge is essential, and the Jets simply aren’t getting enough of it. The Jets will be tickled to see South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram on the board. Ingram is one of the best pure football players on the board this year. Not only did Ingram terrorize offensive lines, he was on the hands team on onside kicks, and was used as an up-back on a fake punt – which he took 68-yards for a touchdown. Ingram should be able to make the transition to the 3-4 OLB, and give the Jets a new piece to work with on defense.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from the Oakland Raiders) – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Don’t look now, but the Bengals are building something really special in the Queen City. After striking gold in last year’s draft with wide receiver AJ Green and quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals round out the trio with Alabama bowling ball running back Trent Richardson. There’s a chance a team may trade up for Richardson – as he’s one of the five best players in the draft – but in this scenario, he slides to the Bengals.

18. San Diego Chargers – Fletcher Cox, DT/DE, Mississipi State

The Chargers have major needs on the offensive line, so they could be tempted by Cordy Glenn or Mike Adams in this slot, but the upside of Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox is too much to pass up. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the scapegoat in last year’s 8-8 season, but clearly the Chargers lack firepower in their front seven. Cox would be ideal as a five-technique end in a 3-4 scheme.

19. Chicago Bears – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

While it’s been my preference for the Bears to dedicate their first-round selection to a young cornerstone on defense – preferably a defensive end or cornerback – Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is just too good of a value at this point in the draft. The Bears have lacked an impact receiver for a decade, and Floyd would give quarterback Jay Cutler a big target to go up and get it, and be able to win jump-ball situations in the red zone. Floyd is a polished receiver who bolstered his stock by running well at the combine.

20. Tennessee Titans – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

Don’t let Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus’s first name fool you, as his last name is more fitting. Mercilus burst onto the scene in 2011 registering 16 sacks, 22.5 tackles-for-loss, and tied an NCAA record with nine forced fumbles for the Illini, earning All-American honors in the process. Mercilus is a late bloomer, who will immediately bolster an anemic Titans pass rush.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The pot possession charge against Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been dropped, as a buddy copped to the charges – a buddy who will probably get a nice fat check in a few months from Kirkpatrick – but it still calls into question Kirkpatrick’s character. Physically, Kirkpatrick is the prototype for the next generation of cover corners with long arms and a great size-to-speed ratio, which could make him impossible for the Bengals – a team not shy about bringing in players with character concerns – to pass on.

22. St. Louis Rams – Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Jeff Fisher is thrilled to see a talent like Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still on the board at No. 22. Fisher’s defense was at it’s best in Tennessee when he had big-bodied Albert Haynesworth anchoring the middle of the defensive line. When he keeps his pad level low, Still is able to anchor at the point of the attack and occupy two blockers. The Rams have talented linebackers, but need serious help on the defensive line to improve their porous run defense.

23. Detroit Lions – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Janoris Jenkins is yet another talented cornerback with character concerns, stemming from the increasingly ubiquitous pot bust. I heard that kids smoke pot in the daytime in college, but refused to believe such a cockamamie notion. I’m more amazed at the fact that Jenkins already has four kids under the age of 4, sounds like Antonio Cromartie II. While Jenkins doesn’t have imposing size, he is a strong cover corner who would fit in well in Gunther Cunningham’s scheme.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cordy Glenn G/T, Georgia

The Steelers offensive line was a mess last season, especially on the edge. Losing Willie Colon in the pre-season to a torn triceps set the tone in what turned out to be a rocky season, where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was battered. Georgia’s Cordy Glenn plays stiff from time-to-time and tends to play too upright, but is powerful at the point of attack. Glenn showed impressive athleticism at the combine, and his versatility would allow the Steelers to first try him as a tackle, but kick him inside to guard if he struggles to protect the edge.

25. Denver Broncos – Orson Charles, TE, Georgia

While the Broncos could use some help in their secondary and interior defensive line, Tim Tebow needs all the help he can get in order to become a marginally capable NFL quarterback. Nothing helps a young quarterback like an athletic tight end patrolling the middle of the field, so Georgia’s Orson Charles is the pick. Charles athleticism and performance earned All-American honors last season, helping make the decision to forgo his senior year an easy one.

26. Houston Texans – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

A poor combine showing for Kendall Wright – specifically, a slow 40-yard dash time – has dropped him into the bottom half of the first round, and the Texans capitalize. My question about Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright is, is he a receiver who simply benefited from RG3’s stellar quarterbacking? Or does he have the skills to excel at the NFL level? To be determined. Either way, it was apparent last season that the Texans desperately need a complimentary receiver to Andre Johnson.

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints in Mark Ingram trade) – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

When Julian Edelman is matched up against Anquan Boldin in the AFC Championship game, your secondary is a mess. South Carolina junior cornerback Stephon Gilmore is the best cornerback available to the Patriots. Gilmore is a tall, physical corner, who is adept in press-man coverage, but needs to improve in zone concepts.

28. Green Bay Packers – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

The Packers are in the market for a center, so Wisconsin’s Peter Konz is a great value at No. 28. Konz is the best center prospect in this year’s draft, but at 6-foot 5-inches and 315 pounds, he possesses a frame you don’t typically see in a center. Longer arms are a good thing for tackels, but can be problematic in the interior of the line as smaller and quicker tackles can get underneath his punch. Konz also lowered his stock with 19 reps in the bench press.

29. Baltimore Ravens – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

High fives all over the Ravens draft room when Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower is still on the board. Hightower will step in immediately at an interior linebacker spot for the Ravens, and be the successor to Ray Lewis. Hightower is the most physically imposing prospect in this year’s draft, who regularly delivered NFL-like shots at Alabama.

30. San Francisco 49ers – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

I’ve said it all season long that the 49ers were a wide receiver away from being legit. So it makes sense for them to take a shot on a physical specimen like Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill. Hill opened a lot of eyes at the combine with a blazing 4.3 40-yard dash, on a 6-foot 4-inch frame. You can’t teach people to have that size-and-speed ratio. Coming from an option offense at Georgia Tech, Hill will have a steep learning curve with the NFL route tree and working through jams, but his upside is very tempting.

31. New England Patriots – Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Once again, the Patriots make a selection to bolster their secondary, this time with Alabama’s Mark Barron. Barron will be an ideal in-the-box strong safety, who can physically attack downhill against the running game. Pairing Barron with Patrick Chung gives the Patriots an enviable young safety tandem.

32. New York Giants – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

I’m still tormented by images of Giants tight end Jake Ballard tearing his ACL not only on the field, but again on the sidelines during the field test. Earlier in the game, fellow tight end/h-back Travis Beckum also tore his ACL, so the Giants do have needs at the position. Stanford’s Coby Fleener is the pick here for the Giants. While Fleener isn’t an in-line blocker, he has room to develop that aspect of his game, but will immediately add to an already potent Giants passing attack, by capitalizing on single safety coverage up the seam.

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Dan Durkin

Dan Durkin joined The Score’s columnist community after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). Dan is a longtime Scorehead, known as Dan in Wicker Park – even though he no longer resides in Wicker Park – who will be sharing NFL analysis and opinions. You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin. To read more of Dan’s blogs click here.

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  • Eric

    There is absolutely no way that Melvin Ingram drops to 16. He will go top ten

    • Hamlet Bruguera

      Sorry but, after Luck ang THE III the best player in the draft is Blackmon; I didn’t see any projection in these picks. Time will tell if my eyes are keen enough.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, eric. you simply can’t offer a guarantee like that. i think ingram is a wonderful player, but there will be some questions about his best position in the nfl given his size.

    • Creighton

      I would flip Ingam to the Jags.

    • Creighton

      I would flip Ingam to the Jags

      • Creighton

        Dan I will explain why I take Ingram with the Jags. As you point out the Jags war room is a cold lonely place. I thought Ingram had some size at 276 pounds but that’s not why I picked him. The Jags tend to like completly clean players, we know that. And if you look at their last few first round picks, Gabbert, Alualu, Monroe, and Harvey, good or bad each guys was a reach. That’s what the Jags do. It’s not about who I think is better or worse but about why I think the Jags will do. 5 Years in a row of top 10 picks? Well that happens for a reason, one of them being that they reach for picks. Not that I think Ingram or Couples are bad players, I have no clue how they will be in the nfl. But the Jags? The Jags draft in a very wierd and special way. So I just go with that principle.

      • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

        feel free to do so in your mock, creighton. the nfl is a big man’s game, so if i’m in the jags war room – a dark, lonely place it must be – i’m taking couples over ingram.

      • Fred

        I agree with Creigton flip him to the Jags and by the way our War Rooms with a s at the end are full.

    • josh

      dallas needs defense defense defense they are so bad on defense. so yea defense

  • dtrain623

    Mock drafts are useless until after free agency! These mocks are based off team needs and if a team fills those needs in free agency then everything changes!

    If the Bears sign VJax or Colston they will not be taking Floyd in the 1st round!

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      dtrain, can’t say i disagree that a mock is more accurate after free agency. this was constructed to show the effects – positively and negatively – of the combine.

      if you read my bears off-season plan, i’ve advocated a #1 FA WR all along and would prefer a DE or CB in round 1.

      thanks for reading!

  • Anon

    Why was it necessary to say “the rotund rex ryan”? That’s just baiting and weak journalism. Grow up.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      my apologies, rex, and/or member of the ryan family. would the not svelt rex ryan have made you happier?

      • Joe


  • Carl

    If the Washington Redskins do not trade up for RG3 and Quinton Coples is available at #6, then they should trade down with Buffalo or Kansas City, as no team between #6 and those picks need a QB and Tannehill should still be available.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      very possible, but if the dolphins strike out in free agency for a QB, they’ll be in play for a QB like tannehill, or a potential trade partner with st. louis.

  • Dan Rakow

    I agree with You Dan plus I’m a Fan of St.Louis Rams trading Down to Cleveland so the Brownies can draft RG3 and I do like Justin Blackmon and the only thing I like the Rams to do is Draft an Offensive Lineman to protect franchise QB Sam Bradford.

    • Michael Wallis

      The only problem with Justin Blackman is that he is not as talented as Calvin Johnson or AJ Green. He is undersized at just over six feet tall.

      • Hombre

        wrong you haven’t watched play week and week out … Osu Alum here made 9 of 11 games this year reg season and was at the Bowl this year and he is the best in the Nation and will be too awesome as a PRO GJ stop it really ??? really !!!

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  • Creighton

    I would watch Washington to offer more for RG3 than the Browns. He is perfect for Shanny’s run action offense. They have a ton of cap space and word is the asking price is three first round picks. I could see the Browns waffaling on 3 first rounders but Snyder in crazy.

    I think Floyd is gone before the bears and I think the Chargers pick is probably a mistake. They just lost a starting guard, could lose there number 1 and 2 receivers and cut their starting LT.

    Love Poe to the Chiefs. To much is up in the air right now to really do an accurate mock, cause we don’t know where the FA’s are going to end up and who is getting tagged. Eagles are going to be looking receiver reguardless. It’s Reid, Jackson is just being tagged to be tradded, I bet they only get like a 3rd round pick for him a second would not shock me, but they won’t get a first for him.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, creighton!

      i agree the redskins will be suitors, as well as the dolphins and seahawks potentially. my logic is, two first round picks this year are better for jeff fisher in year 1.

      re: your comment about the chargers o-line woes, i agree. the first line in my chargers pick says:

      The Chargers have major needs on the offensive line, so they could be tempted by Cordy Glenn or Mike Adams in this slot,

      i agree this mock will look much different after free agency, this was to reflect the movers & shakers after the combine results.

  • Creighton

    Ooops I meant is crazy

  • Pete

    First, your hair is ridiculous. Second, there is no way Richardson goes that late. I am no Alabama fan, and I don’t care where he plays. There is no way he gets out of the top 10, unless he suffers a serious injury, of course.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      pete, do you have any appointments next week around 6:30? pencil me in for a styling that better meets your standards for men’s hairstyles. if you read what i said about richardson, i specifically said:

      There’s a chance a team may trade up for Richardson – as he’s one of the five best players in the draft – but in this scenario, he slides to the Bengals.

      so as you knock my hair, i take umbrage with your reading comprehension skills. thanks for reading!

      • David

        If he slides to the Bengals ima do some naughty things to you lol.But seriously i would love to see Richardson in a Bengals jersey.

  • mike glynn

    As a Bears fan I hope Floyd falls to them at 19 but I doubt he’ll still be there after his 40 combine time.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, mike. don’t overvalue the 40-yard dash time, as guys can specifically train for that run. yes, it may have entrenched floyd as the #2 overall wide receiver in this draft, but several teams drafting before the bears who are in the market for a WR – jaguars, bills, chargers – have major needs at other positions.

      • mike glynn

        thanks for the response Dan, I hope you’re right and Floyd slips to the Bears.

      • tone weez

        dont over value the 40 team? tell the raiders that when they drafted DHB!!

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      @tone weez, exactly, and how did that DHB pick for the raiders work out? by bringing that up, you actually prove my point.

      the combine has gotten more general managers fired than hired.

      thanks for reading!

  • steve

    I’ve been a Cowboy fan for a long time but before I would get another offensive lineman I would seriously consider getting Richardson at running back. He’s not the fastest guy but neither was Emmit Smith. He is hard as hell to bring down on a solo tackle. I would look for decent offensive linemen through free agency or other rounds. Even if they couldn’t get Richardson they seriously need some safetys because the ones they currently have are pathetic.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, steve.

      i agree the cowboys have needs in their secondary, but have heard grumblings they’ll be major players in the FA cornerback market – cortland finnegan, brandon carr, specifically.

      i agree with you about richardson’s talent, but with demarco murray and felix jones in the mix, i would be shocked if the cowboys took a running back in round 1.

      • steve

        I agree Dan that Murray has the potential to be a decent running back if he stays healthy, same with Jones but if you had a dynamic duo of these two along with the talent at receiving we could rank in the top 5 in offense, It’s the defense that will need to be upgraded tremendously. Ryan is not a bad defenseive coordinator he just needs some help in the secondary. And Jerry Jones needs to let the coach run the team.

  • Browns fan

    Why does everyone have the Browns trading up? Holgrem has stated before that it takes three years for a QB to learn the West Coast Offense. Colt McCoy is in his second year this upcoming season. And how is RGIII going to be better than McCoy if there is no O-line on the right side, no WR to catch the ball and no dominant HB? You can’t throw a QB into nothing and expect something. The Browns need to build a team around McCoy. If he doesn’t succeed in two years, then draft another QB. At least then the QB will have talent around him. And every year there always seems to be a “can’t miss” QB. RGIII was the 4th best QB this year before Landry Jones and Matt Barkley decided to stay another year. The only way the Browns take RGIII is if he falls to the 4th pick. Wasting all of the 1st round picks when they have too many needs is just stupid.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, browns fan!

      if you think colt mccoy is the answer at quarterback, i wish you the best of luck as you enjoy that 4-12 thing for the next 3+ seasons.

      in a division with the ravens, steelers, and bengals, the talent gap between those three teams and the browns is vast. grand canyon-esque.

      if colt mccoy is what’s standing in the way of a trade up for RG3, mike holmgren, should consider retirement or updating his resume.

      • Browns fan

        I’m not saying he is the answer. But he has only had one year to start. QB’s take three to four years to develop. Look at Drew Brees’ numbers during his first year and compare it to Colt McCoy’s. They are almost identical. Brees wasn’t good until his fourth or fifth year in the league. QB’s need time to develop. And say McCoy isn’t the answer after two or three years. By that time, there will be an offense around the QB position that you can draft a QB and give him an opportunity to succeed. Can you honestly tell me that a Tom Brady would succeed with the Brown’s offense? We were down to our fourth running back for a few games. No WR could catch the ball, let alone get open. And the right side of the line couldn’t block anyone. No QB could have succeeded in that position. How is RGIII going to do any better? It doesn’t matter how far he can throw it or how accurately if the WR’s can’t get open or catch the ball and the line won’t block for him. All I am saying is give Colt McCoy two or three more years to develop and give him talent on the offense to work with. If he can’t do well in three years with good players around him, then ditch him and take another QB. I’m tired of switching quarterbacks every other year.

      • Michael Wallis

        I agree with you Dan that Robert Griffen III would definitely be an upgrade for the disapointing Colt McCoy who has too weak of an arm to be an NFL starting quarterback. If you need a franchise quarterback and it’s within reach, you need to grab him just like the Lions and Rams did.

      • Mike

        As Gisele Bundchun astutely pointed out, Tom Brady can’t throw and catch the ball. I’ll bet RG3 can’t either. Last year the Colt was saddled with a new coach and new system , no training camp, 2 basically rookie guards, an always hurt RT with a backup cut from another team, the worst R corp in the league, and RB upset with his contract. To succeed with that train wreck would have been the biggest miracle since Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee. If RG3 falls to 4 by all means take the chance it’s only one pick but taking out a second mortgage on the future of an already talent barren team makes no sense. Have you seen this team draft? Lucky they are not,the blind squirrel theory goes out the window with the Browns I’m not sure we’re even the third best team in Ohio we need all the pick we can get.Giving picks to the Rams? Forget about it.

      • Magicman001

        So if the Browns got Blackmon in the draft, and lets say Mike Adams in the first round, and sign Steve Johnson (WR) in Free agency along with Marcel Reece (FB) in free agency… the Browns with Colt McCoy would still be a 4-12 team ??

        you’d could have Meece blocking for Hillis, which would boost the running game tremendously, and your line gets upgraded with Adams. Also your receivers would be Johnson, Blackmon, and Little. (an unbelieveable upgrade of WR’s)

        As you said FA can change things and most fans in Cleveland don’t want to trade the farm away for RG3. And Colt McCoy is no where near as bad as you make him sound.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      browns fan, if you’re telling me the browns are a talentless team, i have already stated and agreed with that.

      let’s put it out there like this: the browns have no expectations of winning a super bowl anytime soon. in a quarterback league, why not bring along a quarterback like RG3 as you put other pieces in place around him?

      keeping mccoy in the mix in the fold for another year does nothing but prolong the inevitable: a quarterback search next off-season.

      i’ve seen enough of colt mccoy – whom i didn’t like coming out of college – to know he can’t make all the throws necessary to be an effective/elite quarterback in the nfl.

      thanks again for the passion & reading. i really feel for true browns fans, as that organization is a mess.

      • Browns fan

        I understand what you are saying about drafting RGIII and then building around him. I just prefer the method of building a team first and then drafting a QB if needed. I’m still not sold on McCoy, but it’s hard to judge him based on the team he had last year with a new system, a new coach and no off season. The Browns won’t compete for the playoffs next year with or without RGIII. I would rather wait for Barkley in next years draft if it means becoming a better team overall in other positions of need.

      • Michael Wallis

        I don’t know which sports town is more cursed, Washington or Clevland when it comes to the NFL, NBA and MLB. All six of those teams from those cities have been bad for so long and I don’t see a way out of it. Well, the Indians did have some good teams in the 1990’s and had one in 2007 but still failed to deliver on a World Series title as did the Cavaliers. I don’t know which team is more hopeless, the Clevland Browns or the Washington Redskins. The Wizzards and Cavaliers look like they are going to remain bad for a while too.

      • The Dixie Dawg

        A mess because they have wasted picks. We could have had any of these past players if we had drafted better….Tomlinson, Reed or Polomaulu, Roethlisberger, Clay Mathews III to name a few.

        RG3 may be the next Akili Smith or the waste from LSU drafted by the Raiders. Even if the Browns pick him he won’t get us into the playoffs in a year or so, therefor the rediculous ransom for the pick is just not worth the hype. Go with Colt for now, pick some more defense and some weapons early and see if we can get Cousins later on. The Browns would be foolish to bank so many picks on one player.

        One more thing…If you think Cincy is getting Richardson…YOU ARE SMOKIN CRACK!!!!!

      • Jim Clark

        And when you sell the farm and RGIII gets hurt every year ala Vick only worse cause no running game and no O line. What you draft another QB the next year. The Browns are years away from being contenders so IMO they should continue the course of building thru the draft. Go for the Hail Marie when a deep Playoff run or Super Bowl is in sight.
        Pick#1 Trent Richardson
        Pick #2 Stephan Hill depends on available OT
        Pick #3 Chase Minifield
        Pick #4 RT
        Pick #5 OG
        Pick #6 OLB
        I think Cousins will be a good QB and he will be available in the second or third round if H&H feel Colt doesn’t deserve a legit shot at QB.

        Backup plan suck for Barkley 2013.

    • The Dixie Dawg


  • DC Rams Fan

    You say in the #22 pick that the Rams have good linebackers. I don’t understand this comment. Outside of Laurinitus the Rams linebackers are pedestrian at best. Who did you include in that group of “talented” linebackers?

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading dc rams fan. i know he was hurt last year, but i always liked ben leber when he was with the vikings. i didn’t realize he only signed a one-year deal. chamberlain also played well last year. i agree with you that they could use more talent in the mix.

  • manning

    Good points Browns Fan——Maybe Hairboy needs to be a GM !!!

  • Blue Cheese

    As a NY Giants fan, I’ll be happy with Fleener.

  • consultant

    this will go down in history as a hughe mistake – the Cardinals, sticking with Bradford and not using their draft pick to get RG3; mark my word

  • Jake

    No way Dont’a Hightower makes it past the Steelers at #24. They need an ILB and while OL is also a need, plenty of value at OG through later rounds. Maybe even Nix in round 4 or 5. But Hightower at #29? No way.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, jake. my first version had hightower going to the steelers at #24, so we’re on the same page. i just put the value at an offensive lineman higher for the steelers, especially after they cut kemoeatu.

  • enzo

    Dont see Pats using a #1 on anything but a OLB/DE, possibly one, but no way both in backfield.

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, enzo.

      i had zach brown to the pats at #31 in my first entry, but just thought the value of barron was too high.

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  • Jack Scorpio

    Where does a talent Like Kellen Moore of Boise State drop to with his incredible ability to win yet weak arm and size, and who do you think he goes to?

  • otobedrafing

    seriously! Reiff number 10? this leads this mock draft down the > not only dumb but REALLY dumb road> first of all he tested poorly, secondly, there were several other OT;s that should be picked…NONE of which should go in the first round. Come on guys.. thought this was a serious blog..not a chance with this pick

    • dan | @djdurkin on twitter

      thanks for reading, otobedrafting. i really don’t understand what you’re saying here:

      “there were several other OT;s that should be picked…NONE of which should go in the first round.”

      again, testing poorly at the combine relative to your peers is one thing, but astute GM’s look at the tape to determine who can play and who can’t. the combine numbers are used to differentiate between players who have the same grades, as you give the nod to a player with a higher upside, which can be determined by their athletic measurables.

      turn on some of riley reiff’s tape at iowa and tell me he wouldn’t immediately start at RT for the bills.

      • Dirk Diggler

        Where did you hear that Demetrius Bell isn’t interested in resigning with the Bills?Buddy Nix said they plan on trying to re-sign him.

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