1) Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford – With Peyton Manning likely gone, this is the best QB to come out of college we may have ever seen. His upside is a hall of fame QB, his floor is a top 10 QB in the NFL. The Colts have to part ways with Manning and take the biggest sure thing we have ever seen
2) Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor – I hate considering trades in a mock draft, but the Rams have already said they are dealing this pick and the Browns are the team that makes the most sense for them. I have the Browns giving up their two first round picks and their third round pick, landing them RG3.
3) Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil – OT – USC – I have put Justin Blackmon here time after time, but franchise left tackles are just as important as a QB and cannot be passed up. Kalil will solidify this line for Ponder and help with the running game should AP not be healthy to start the season.
4) St. Louis Rams – Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU – Most will likely have Blackmon here, but there are a lot of receivers I like and I have questions about Blackmon. Claiborne is by far the best corner in this draft and is one of the 22 positions the Rams can improve on. He is my best available player here and would help ensure they don’t see another game like Torrey Smith had against them last year.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trent Richardson – Alabama – Running backs have been completely devalued over the past few years, but Trent Richardson is a talent that only comes along once every decade or so. He is every bit the back Adrian Peterson is and would make LeGarrette Blount even more valuable in Tampa. Richardson is a three down back that can run between the tackles or beat you outside. Then in short yardage or goaline, the Bucs can line up Blount and Richardson in the same backfield and be a dominant running team.
6) Washington Redskins – Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma State – Who is the last good Redskins receiver? Seriously, have they had a good one since Art Monk? The Redskins are in desperate need of a receiver and this is too early to pull the trigger on a QB, so Blackmon falling is a great second option after losing the RG3 sweepstakes.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathon Martin – OT – Stanford – Blaine Gabbert is not as bad as he looked last season. He has no weapons outside of MJD and his line was terrible. Jonathon Martin will protect his blindside for the next 10 years and you will see a solid improvement in Gabbert next season.
8) Miami Dolphins – Melvin Ingram – DE/OLB – South Carolina – The Dolphins need a pass rush either at end or a guy that can stand up and rush. Melvin Ingram can play at either spot. He is only 6’1”, so I expect him to play more as the stand-up rusher than with a hand in the dirt.
9) Carolina Panthers – Michael Brockers – DT – LSU – 6’6” and 320+ lbs.; that is a lane stuffer. He can take up a center and a guard on the line opening one on one matchups for Charles Johnson to speed rush off the edge.
10) Buffalo Bills – Luke Kuechly – ILB – Boston College – Kuechly showed he is more athletic than many thought at the combine. He was a productive tackler at Boston College and is an intelligent backer with the potential to be the leader of the Bills D. Boston College is making a run at Penn State to be renamed Linebacker U.
11) Kansas City Chiefs – Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis – I give Poe a tie with Stephen Hill with combine champion. I have never seen somebody 6’4” nearly 250 lbs. run so fast or jump so far. The Chiefs need a true nose tackle, and while Poe may be better lined up in the 3 gap at times, he can certainly line up over center and move the pocket back.
12) Seattle Seahawks – Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina – Coples could have come out last year with the rest of the highly touted North Carolina players, but decided to go back for his senior year. There are obvious questions considering all but UNC rookies last year underperformed, with the exception of T. J. Yates, but his college production and ideal 6’6” 285lb. athletic frame make him hard to pass up for the Seahawks.
13) Arizona Cardinals – Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa – Many have him as the second best tackle in the draft, but I am concerned about his ability to play tackle. I don’t believe he will ever be a left tackle, and may even struggle at right tackle, and could take the path of fellow Iowa lineman Robert Gallery and be a premier guard someday, but the chance he can be a tackle makes this a potential steal for the line lacking Cardinals.
14) Dallas Cowboys – David DeCastro – OG – Stanford – Last year they got a solid right tackle, this year they get lucky and DeCastro falls to them. With Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray, a stud guard would be huge for the running game. Take into account the passing weapons they already have, this could be one of the best offenses in football.
15) Philadelphia Eagles – Courtney Upshaw – OLB – Alabama – The “Dream Team” died when they realized they had nobody who could play linebacker at even an average level. They could spend all seven rounds just taking linebackers and I wouldn’t criticize them. Upshaw is by far the best true linebacker at this point in the draft and is a perfect fit.
16) New York Jets – Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame – Granted there are questions as to whether or not Sanchez would even be able to get the ball to a receiver, Floyd can be a deep threat, possession guy, or anything in-between. He is the most valuable receiver to me in this draft.
17) Cincinnati Bengals – Cordy Glenn – OT/G – Georgia – The biggest weakness on the Bengals is the offensive line. They could use a run blocking guard and depth at tackle. Cordy Glenn offers the flexibility to be either of those for the Bengals. He can help protect Dalton while opening up holes for whatever running back the Bengals decide to go into the season with.
18) San Diego Chargers – Mike Adams – OT – Ohio State – Marcus McNeil is not getting any younger and the Schilling/Clary experiment didn’t work out so well on the right side. Adams was disappointing at the combine, but at the Senior Bowl he dominated three first round pass rushers at his unnatural left tackle. Moving him to the right side and he could be a future Pro Bowler.
19) Chicago Bears – Kendall Wright – WR – Baylor – Wright disappointed a bit at the combine, but the Bears desperately need another WR. Johnny Knox has been there best, and who knows if and when he will be back from that brutal back injury late in the season. Wright will finally give the Bears another legit receiving option downfield.
20) Tennessee Titans – Peter Konz – C – Wisconsin – Their head coach was a lineman, Konz is the best center in the draft, Wisconsin develops beasts on the line, and the Titans interior line needs help. There is four reasons Konz is the easiest pick to make in the first round.
21) Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick – CB – Alabama – The loss of Jonathon Joseph hurt the Bengals secondary last season. I have my doubts as to whether or not Kirkpatrick will ever be an elite corner, he may be better as a Free Safety in a couple years, but either way, he will be a playmaker for the Bengals.
22) St. Louis Rams – Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State – As I mentioned earlier, the Rams could use a new roster. Fletcher Cox is tops on my board at this point, and getting a sure fire first round DT could certainly help free up some space for Chris Long. He isn’t the biggest DT, but was a space eater in the SEC, which just might be better competition than the NFC West has been the past few years.
23) Detroit Lions – Janoris Jenkins – CB – North Alabama – I still have concerns of his coverage skills as I have seen him beat on too many double moves, but his natural ability is second to none. The Lions need to keep pace with the Packers passing attack, and Jenkins, with some coaching, can be a shut-down corner.
24) Pittsburgh Steelers – Mark Barron – S – Alabama – He may not be able to work out before the draft due to injury, but he is by far the best safety in this draft. Both safeties the Steelers currently have are injury risks and their secondary is a weakness.
25) Denver Broncos – Devon Still – DT – Penn State – He is falling on a lot of boards, but is still a force to be reckoned with. The Broncos need secondary help, but there isn’t really a value at that position here, and Still will create an inside push to go with the already impressive pass rush, which will make the secondary look better simply by making every pass thrown under pressure.
26) Houston Texans – Whitney Mercilus – DE/OLB – Illinois – With the Texans not franchising Mario Williams, they need one more pass rusher. Brooks Reid and J.J. Watt were great for them last year, adding Mercilus will make that pass rush even more difficult to deal with.
27) New England Patriots – Andre Branch – DE – Clemson – The Patriots have a ton of picks early in this draft and a lot of positions they could use help at. One glaring spot is the pass rush, and after passing on it last year, Andre Branch is too good a value to pass up at this point.
28) Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry – DE – USC – The Packers desperately need another pass rusher opposite Clay Mathews, and while ideally it would be as another outside backer, a defensive lineman that can get to the QB is something they certainly won’t pass up.
29) Baltimore Ravens – Dont’a Hightower – ILB – Alabama – He has fallen on my board, not nearly as far a Burfict which you will see…eventually, but now the second best inside linebacker has a chance to line up next to Ray Lewis…have fun AFC North.
30) San Francisco 49ers – Stephen Hill – WR – Georgia Tech – The only person I have ever seen make a highlight real catch at the combine. The 49ers need receiving options, and while Hill is probably a second round talent and a very raw route runner, he fits what the 49ers need here.
31) Washington Redskins – Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M – Another trade!!! Shocker, the Patriots trade back. If the 49ers don’t take Hill, don’t be surprised to see the Pats take him here, otherwise they will trade back with the Redskins for a second and third round pick so the ‘skins can get the third best QB in the draft in Ryan Tannehill.
32) New York Giants – Orson Charles – TE – Georgia – The position I have gone back and forth the most in terms of rankings is tight end. Dwayne Allen has long been a favorite here for me, but, even while not working out, Orson Charles just looked the part at the combine. So I made sure to find a few interviews of his and found him to be a very genuine seeming guy and his tape is impressive. With all the tight end injuries from the Super Bowl, the Giants need to draft one, and right now, Charles is the best tight end.
33) St. Louis Rams – Zerbie Sanders – OT – Florida State – They missed out on Kalil in the first round, but Zerbie Sanders can be a solid right tackle for them. This would result in some much needed line shuffling for the Rams. I think Jason Smith would be much better served as a guard, and that move along with this pick could make for a surprising improvement from that line.
34) Indianapolis Colts – Alfonzo Dennard – CB – Nebraska – Dennard has been in and out of the first round to me, but his attitude on the field in the bowl game concerns me. While he shut down Alshon Jeffrey, he allowed Jeffrey to get into his head; they threw down and got tossed. I just haven’t heard enough from him to put him back in the first round.
35) Minnesota Vikings – Jerel Worthy – DT – Michigan State – Remember the wall up front the Vikings had just a couple years ago? They need to help recreate that, and Jerel Worthy is a great step to making that happen. He is just 6’2”, but is a round 310 that can certainly plug a hole or two.
36) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Zach Brown – OLB – North Carolina – Tampa needs help on their back eight. Zach Brown is another guy that I would not be surprised to see taken in the first round, I have a first round grade on him, but will likely slip into the second round. He does nothing spectacular, but also does nothing poorly. Just goes out and gets the job done just like Barrett Rudd has done for them for years.
37) Cleveland Browns – Lamar Miller – RB – Miami (FL) – Montario Hardesty didn’t exactly look very good when Peyton Hillis was out with a cough, or an injured emptywalletitis, so the Browns need to add a RB. Miller may jump into the first round and I wouldn’t blame anyone given his impressive combine, but should fall to the Browns here due to the lack of value runners have these days.
38) Jacksonville Jaguars – Chase Minnifield – CB – West Virginia – Jacksonville is another team that needs just about every position, and this is the second time a player I would love to see New England end up with I had to pick just before them. Minnifield may be the most underrated corner in this draft. He can step in right away and line up across from anyone’s #1 receiver.
39) New England Patriots – Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina – The Patriots need secondary help desperately. Gilmore is certainly the best available, and while I never see him being a great shut down guy, he has the ability to be an excellent #2.
40) Carolina Panthers – Brandon Washington – G/C – MIami (FL) – The Panthers need depth and flexibility on the offensive line. They could use a tackle at some point in the draft, but Brandon Washington is a guy that can come in and play right away at either guard spot or center. I see him as a future left guard starter, but the ability to slide into center if needed is very valuable.
41) Buffalo Bills – Dwayne Allen – TE – Clemson – The Bills need receivers. I have yet to find a site that has them taking a tight end in the first three rounds, but I think Dwayne Allen can be a dominant tight end, and in the poor weather of Buffalo, a big athletic guy is just as important as a deep threat receiver.
42) Miami Dolphins – Brandon Thompson – DT – Clemson – Restructuring the defense is a huge necessity for the Dolphins. On offense, all they really need is a QB, which they will address with either Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn, and some WR depth. Brandon Thompson will help them solidify their defense that, if it performs like a top 15 D, could easily land the Dolphins in the playoffs next year.
43) Seattle Seahawks – Brandon Weeden – QB – Oklahoma State – He is older than Aaron Rodgers, but that just means he is mature. Battling with Charlie Whitehurst and T-Jax up in Seattle would be good for him. He will be in relative obscurity going in the second round to that team tucked in the Northwest. He just seems like the type of guy that could thrive under Pete Carroll.
44) Kansas City Chiefs – Vontaze Burfict – ILB – Arizona State – If this works out this way for the Chiefs, they will either have the greatest draft ever, or set the organization back 5 years. Poe is a potential game changer, and could only be out shadowed by the potential of Vontaze Burfict. If Poe plays to his potential and so does Burfict alongside Derrick Johnson with Eric Berry at safety, the Chiefs will have the scariest middle of a defense this side of Baltimore in 2000.
45) Dallas Cowboys – Harrison Smith – S – Notre Dame – The Cowboys have needed a safety for years, and finally one may be available to them in the draft. Barron is the safety of choice in this draft, but don’t be shocked if Smith ends up with a better career.
46) Philadelphia Eagles – Kendall Reyes – DT – Connecticut – Reyes is fast moving up a bunch of boards and could very well be a first rounder come April. The Eagles need to solidify the middle of their defense, and Reyes could go a long way to accomplishing that.
47) New York Jets – Chandler Jones – DE – Syracuse – Quick, name a Jets defensive end….yeah, that is what I thought. They are incredibly weak at this position; making it an easy decision to take the best available end, and at this point it is Jones.
48) New England Patriots – Mohamed Sanu – WR – Rutgers – He is your prototypical #2 receiver. He has decent hands, good route runner, but not necessarily a dangerous deep threat. He can very much thrive in a New England offense as a bigger version of Deon Branch.
49) San Diego Patriots – Jared Crick – DE – Wisconsin – Crick is the poster child for a white defensive end, just ask J.J. Watt. Out of Wisconsin, country strong, high motor, surprisingly athletic, a grinder, just a football player. Or how about you just say he is a big body, strong guy that would be the ideal end in front of a rush linebacker. He will take up the blocks and could get to the QB on his own as well.
50) Chicago Bears – David Wilson – RB – Virginia Tech – Forte has been franchised, but they need to give him some chances to take a breather. David Wilson is a powerful back with decent speed. He has decent hands, and would be the perfect complement to Matt Forte.
51) Philadelphia Eagles – Lavonte David – OLB – Nebraska – Have I mentioned the Eagles need linebackers? Ideally a ILB, but that isn’t available here and David is too talented for them to pass up here.
52) Tennessee Titans – Bruce Irvin – OLB/DE – West Virginia – Irvin will be another one of those guys that does nothing flashy, then you look at his stat line at the end of the season and he has 75 tackles, 8 for loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered, and an interception. Just watch and see.
53) Cincinnati Bengals – Doug Martin – RB – Boise State – Who knows what the status is with Cedric Benson, but whatever it is, he isn’t exactly a spring chicken. Outside of Trent Richardson, Martin is the most complete back in this draft. He is quick, powerful, great hands, and excellent in pass protection. He is a 1,500 total yards from scrimmage back just waiting to happen.
54) Detroit Lions – Bobbie Massie – OT – Mississippi – The Lions simply need line help. Massie has prototypical tackle size at 6’6” and 315 lbs., but is coming out after his junior year. I think he could have been a first rounder if he stayed an extra year, but will be a good 3rd tackle on the Lions with the ability to fill in on either the left or right side.
55) Atlanta Falcons – Boby Fleener – TE – Stanford – Goes as my third tight end, could be argued he is good enough to be the first tight end taken. All he does is produce. He can block, he can catch, he went to Stanford, so he is smart. He would get to learn from one of the best that has ever lived in Tony Gonzalez, and they can have a few Stanford vs. Cal wagers throughout the year.
56) Pittsburgh Steelers – Ronnell Lewis – OLB – Oklahoma – Harrison is a lock for a suspension or two a season, so depth at linebacker is a necessity. Lewis will never be a star, but will not hurt a defense either.
57) Denver Broncos – Brock Osweiler – QB – Arizona State – John Elway says he wants a big, strong, athletic quarterback. It is one way of saying Tebow fits until he threw in “pocket passer”. Hmm…how about a guy that is 6’7” near 250 lbs. with a cannon for an arm who isn’t fast enough to run anywhere but mobile enough to avoid the rush? Yeah, Osweiler is John Skelton with even more talent and upside, but is also a second rounder that needs some coaching, so isn’t a direct threat to Tebow in the eyes of the fan base. AKA, the perfect draft pick.
58) Houston Texans – Juron Criner – WR – Arizona – When Andre Johnson went down, it was clear the Texans didn’t have a deep receiving corp. Criner will never be Johnson’s level, but does have the ability to make a defense pay if they roll all coverage to Johnson’s side, leaving Criner one on one.
59) New Orleans Saints – Josh Robinson – CB – UCF – Robinson was one of the combine winners. He ran a 4.33, the fastest at the combine, and has never been accused of having a bounty out on the other team. Two things that the Saints need.
60) Green Bay Packers – LeMichael James – RB – Oregon – He is not the best RB on my board at this point, but is the best fit. He will play a Darren Sproles, Jaquizz Rodgers, Danny Woodhead type roll. The Packers are a pass first, spread them out team, and James is the perfect running back for that system. Screen passes to James will force defenses to account for him. He will beat a linebacker any day of the week, and bringing a corner up to account for him will open up one on one coverage for one of their seemingly 97 receivers.
61) Baltimore Ravens – Ben Jones – C – Georgia – Time will tell what happens with Matt Birk, but he is 35 now and the Ravens have two guys that are more guards than centers. Jones is a true center and could be the center there for a decade. He will never make a Pro Bowl, but he can easily become one of the 10 best centers in the game.
62) San Francisco 49ers – Dwight Bentley – CB – Louisiana-Lafayette – The 49ers have the best safety duo in the NFL, and are ok at corner, but Bentley will improve that secondary. While it isn’t an issue in the NFC West, if the 49ers want to keep making runs deep into the playoffs, they will need to combat the high flying teams in the NFC today.
63) New England Patriots – Alshon Jeffrey – WR – South Carolina – Yeah, this makes two receivers in the second round for the Patriots, but they proved they don’t mind doing that drafting Ridley and Vereen with back to back Patriot picks at RB last year. Jeffrey just continues to fall, but has to be drafted eventually, and he could be the outside deep threat for the Patriots.
64) New York Giants – Mitchell Schwartz – OT – Cal – Seemingly the only position of weakness for the Giants is on the offensive line, most importantly at tackle. Schwartz is by far the best tackle available, and the Giants would be happy to take him.
65) Indianapolis Colts – Kelechi Osomele – G – Iowa State – A HUGE guard. 6’6” and 333 lbs. He had started 30 consecutive games going into his senior but suffered some injuries last season. He can blast people off the ball and would be a perfect guard to line up next to Anthony Costanzo to solidify one side of the Colts line in front of Andrew Luck.
66) St. Louis Rams – Tommy Streeter – WR – Miami (FL) – Many feel the Rams need a WR, and they do, but not as bad as it seems. They have a lot of really good #2 or #3 guys, and Streeter would fall into that category as well, but Streeter can be the deep threat they are lacking. Amendola is the slot receiver for them, they would need to sign one of the several receivers on the market to be a #1.
67) Minnesota Vikings – Nick Toon – WR – Wisconsin – Toon can be a solid receiver. The Vikings need a legit receiving threat outside of Harvin and Shiancoe, and Toon has the route running ability and hands to be just that.
68) St. Louis Rams – Isaiah Pead – RB – Cincinnati – Pead drove up his stock incredibly by owning the East-West Shrine game, then having a good performance at the Senior Bowl, followed a solid combine. He has probably helped his stock more than anyone since the end of the college football season. He will be an excellent change of pace back for the Rams.
69) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trumaine Johnson – CB – Montana – Trumaine Johnson is your typical small school corner. He will either be a complete bust or an All Pro, and personally, I am leaning more toward All Pro than bust. He has excellent cover skills and is big at 6’2” and over two spins. He just needs to prove he can use his body and be physical with the NFL receiver.
70) New England Patriots – Bobby Wagner – OLB – Utah State – Will probably fit better as an inside backer, he is a very nice fit in the Patriots defense. He had 445 tackles as a four year starter and was last year’s WAC Defensive Player of the Year.
71) Jacksonville Jaguars – Rueben Randall – QR – LSU – I have seen him as high as a late first round pick, I just don’t buy into it. Randall does nothing great, and I fear he will get more credit by being a SEC product. That being said, he has the potential to be a solid receiver, and the Jags cold use all the weapons they can get.
72) Buffalo Bills – Tank Carder – OLB – TCU – Much like Wagner, he may be an inside backer. He is about as decorated a Mountain West player can be. 2011 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP, 2010 & 2011 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, and a 2011 First-Team All American. Nothing flashy, just productive.
73) Miami Dolphins – Matt McCants – OT – UAB – First year back-up, but future starter at right tackle. He can be a very good complement to Jake Long and protect either Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn for a few years to come.
74) Chicago Bears – Markelle Martin – S – Oklahoma State – An under-reported loss for the Bears last year was Daniel Manning going to the Texans. Martin doesn’t have the big play ability of Manning, but does is a ball hawk. He was a First-Team All American, but is currently recovering from a knee injury that could hurt his draft position.
75) Kansas City Chiefs – Kevin Zeitler – G – Wisconsin – Ok, I will admit it, I love Wisconsin lineman. They are big, they are powerful, and they can make me look small. He is another First-Team All American that will likely go off the board in this third round and is excellent value for a Chiefs team that needs help all over their offensive line.
76) Seattle Seahawks – Billy Winn – DT – Boise State – He played defensive end at Boise, but is projected more as a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end. Either way, he fits with the Seahawks, plus he is a relatively home town guy.
77) Philadelphia Eagles – George Iloka – S – Boise State – The Eagles have plenty of corners, but don’t have a very good safety. This one pains me because I really like Iloka out of Boise, I think he could be a real playmaker, and I may have to watch him tear up the NFL on a team I cannot stand like the Eagles.
78) New York Jets – Cam Johnson – DE/OLB – Virginia – Another guy that can play end for the Jets right away, or step back as a rush linebacker. He had 15.5 TFL and 10.5 sacks over his final two seasons at Virginia. He has a knack for getting into the backfield.
79) San Diego Chargers – Brandon Boykin – CB – Georgia – One of the most athletic guys in the draft. He can return kicks and cover kicks, as well as be a solid, sure handed nickel back. All three things are areas the Chargers need improvement.
80) Chicago Bears – James-Michael Johnson – ILB – Nevada – He is cut very much from the same cloth as Brian Urlacher, who will be the one to mentor him as the Bears linebacking corp continues to only get older and more injury prone.
81) Arizona Cardinals – Chris Givens – WR – Wake Forest – Givens will essentially take the Steve Breaston role. He isn’t quite a #2 receiver, but will certainly help a passing game that desperately needs somebody to step up and take some pressure off Larry Fitzgerald.
82) Dallas Cowboys – Jayron Hosley – CB – Virginia Tech – A potential shut down corner for a team that is desperate for production out of their corners. Hosley is small, but quick. He fits best as a nickel corner.
83) Tennessee Titans – Brian Quick – WR – Appalachian State – Quick is a big bodied receiver that would be an excellent #2 receiver for the Titans. He needs to work on his route running as his big body tends to drift a bit in his cuts, but has the potential to be very productive if he goes to the Titans.
84) Cincinnati Bengals – Mike Martin – DT – Michigan – Martin is a 3 technique DT that is probably best fit as a back-up in a defensive line rotation. He will never dominate at the point of attack and may get pushed back by the bigger guards in the NFL, but can also shed blocks well and make stops at the line of scrimmage.
85) Atlanta Falcons – Vinny Curry – DE – Marshall – Vinny Curry would be a good fit to back up Abraham and could certainly learn a thing or two from him. Curry has prototypical size for a rush end, he just needs some coaching.
86) Detroit Lions – Mike Brewster – C – Ohio State – The Lions need all the help they can get on the line, and Brewster is probably a year or two away from being a starter, but has the potential to be a solid center in the league.
87) Pittsburgh Steelers – Chris Polk – RB – Washington – With the injury to Mendenhall, RB quickly became a need in the draft. Chris Polk fits the Steelers scheme and can be a good back up when Mendenhall is healthy.
88) Denver Broncos – Leonard Johnson – CB – Iowa State – Johnson can start today as a nickel back in the NFL. He is also an excellent kick returner, so he can impact a team in several different ways.
89) Houston Texans – Sean Spense – OLB – Miami (FL) – He was a Butkus finalist and averaged almost 10 tackles a game. This draft has the potentially of solidifying the Texans defense as one of the best for years to come.
90) New Orleans Saints – Alameda Ta’amu – DT – Washington – A behemoth of a man. He can certainly add size and depth to the Saints defensive line.
91) Green Bay Packers – Amini Silatolu – G – Midwestern State – This year’s out of nowhere interior lineman. He is raw, but has excellent natural ability. The Packers offensive line was a MASH unit last season; Silatolu adds good depth and flexibility.
92) Baltimore Ravens – Kirk Cousins – QB – Michigan State – Last year they took Tyrod Taylor, who could be a solid backup, but doesn’t really fit the offense. Kirk Cousins is an incredibly intelligent quarterback with an arm that despite not seeming strong gets the ball where it needs to be before the defender can get to it.
93) San Francisco 49ers – Shea McClellin – DE/OLB – Boise State – His combine skills were nearly identical to Brooks Reid, from height to weight to 40 times to shuttle to vertical, he measures out like a second rounder, but was never dominant. As depth for the 49ers, he is a good fit.
94) New England Patriots – Casey Hayward – CB – Vanderbilt – The Patriots need all the help they can get at corner…enough said.
95) New York Giants – Cliff Harris – CB – Oregon – If he finds a way to stop telling cops “nope, I smoked it all” when asked if there is weed in the car, he could be a productive corner.