The Bengals have depth at CB, but they lack any true quality shutdown guys. Leon Hall is above-average, but he’s coming off an Achilles injury. Nate Clements is the other starter, but on the downside of his career. Adam Jones and Terrance Newman round-out the group, but both of those guys are only stop gap player. Kirkpatick provides playmaking ability and a long-term solution at CB for the Bengals.
The Chargers had a tough time getting to the QB last season and it had a ripple effect on the entire team. They spent a 1st Rd pick on Larry English in 2009, but he has only started 4 games since and has been a huge bust for San Diego. Mercilus is extremely athletic and excels at getting to the QB, something the Chargers desperately need.
The Bears have publicly said that they are content with their OL heading into the 2012 season. Whether or not that is a smokescreen is yet to be determined. But if it is the case, then Floyd makes the most sense here. Even though they acquired Brandon Marshall, that shouldn’t deter them from passing up on Floyd, who’s size and ability would be a great weapon for Jay Cutler.
I’ve considered a DT to the Titans in the past, but it never really developed until now. Titans have said they want to get bigger on the defensive line, and what better way to start then by getting Poe. Sen’Derrick Marks is average and could be upgraded, and Poe could add to the rotation that would also consist of Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug, giving the Titans a solid core to build upon.
The Bengals did a great job re-building their offense last season with Andy Dalton and AJ Green. For as good as that duo was, they still need another WR to compliment Green. Hill is still developing but his size,strength, and playmaking abilty would make him an excellent #2 guy and take pressure of both Green and Dalton.
It potentialy looks like the Browns are going to give Colt McCoy one more shot under center. If they do they need to give him protection up front. The Browns have one of the best LT in the game in Joe Thomas, but are several lacking at RT. If Rieff were to fall all the way here to #22, Browns would be foolish to pass on him. He’s ready from Day 1 to be a LT, but would make for an excellent fit as a RT.
I think that the Lion would prefer a CB here, but with GIlmore and Kirkpatrick gone they could look towards their Offensive line. Jeff Backus has always been a serviceable LT but he is 34 years old and could best be suited if he moved inside to Guard, and current RT Gosder Cherilus has yet to wow anyone. Martin is best suited as a RT but there is no doubt he has the skill to be the blindside protector for Matthew Stafford. Janoris Jenkins could be another option is the Lions want to overlook his off-field issues.
Offensive line is a bigger need, and a guy like Mike Adams could be a legitimate option. But with the release of James Farrior and a hole alongside Lawrence Timmons in the middle of the defense. Hightower becomes a very intriguing pick. His ability to stop the run and his smash-mouth in your face style fits the Steelers mantra perfectly.
I think that the Broncos would jump all over the chance to get Kendall Wright here. Currently the only 2 viable options for Peyton Manning are Demaryius Thomas and Erick Decker. Wright could assume the slot role, and would become a dangerous weapon for Manning and the Broncos. Not to mention, with Eddie Royal gone, Wright would have the chance and ability to assume return duties.
At first glance there aren’t many holes on this Texans roster, but one area they could improve on is a complementary WR to Andre Johnson. Randle is a big strong WR in the mold of Vincent Jackson. He would give Matt Schaub another redzone target and could force teams to shy away from doubling Andre Johnson. Not to mention it gives Houston a legitimate weapon if Andre were to get hit with the injury bug again like this season.
With two 1st round picks the Pats are prime candidates to package those picks in trade up, or most likely trade down and acquire more picks for the future. If they do happen to stay put look for New England to upgrade their woeful secondary. Jenkins has some off field questions that need to be answered, but there is no doubting he is one of the top CB’s in this draft. With the help that New England needs here, they could roll the dice on a guy like Jenkins
Packers need to come away from this draft with more help for their front seven. Since pass rushers are at a premium Chandler Jones will most likely find himself being called on the first day. He has the natural athleticism to stand up opposite Clay Matthews and can play with his hand in the dirt the give the Packers some added versatility to their defense.
Ravens must find a replacement for the aging Matt Birk and Peter Konz is the best C in this class and a solid 1st round pick. If Baltimore can re-sign Ben Grubbs and draft Peter Konz they will have the making of one the top interior O-lines in football.
This is Zeitler’s first appearance in the 1st round of our mock draft, but not one that should completely shock people. the 49ers have had a good offseason, but lost OG Adam Snyder via FA. OG was a potential area of need, now it moves up on the list. Zeitler is excellent in the run game and could fill the void left by Snyder.
Bill Belichick was forced to move to a more conventional 4-3 Defense this year because he didn’t have the necessary players to run the 3-4. I honestly think that he makes the transition back to 3-4 and takes advantage of the plethora of picks that he has in the first 3 rounds. Brockers is still developing as a prospect, but is an ideal run stuffer from the DE spot.
With no ILB worthy of a pick at this point in the draft, the Giants turn thier attention to the offensive side of the ball. TE could be an option here, Coby Fleener would make for a nice weapon for Eli Manning, but after the loss of Brandon Jacobs Chris Polk could be a more reasonable answer. Polk is a ver physical runner, who unlike Jacobs. fights for every yard and doesn’t go down on first contact.