The Gridiron Palace Staff Mock Draft v1 Picks 1 – 16
Written By: Contributing TGP Staff
This Mock Draft was created by the staff members of The Gridiron Palace. Make sure you tell us what you think in the comments section. Naturally this is a one round mock with no trades, so Raiders, Falcons and Saints fans are out of luck. For the rest of you though, you have something to look forward to.
1. Colts: Tridentdawgpound
Andrew Luck | QB | Stanford
Obvious pick here. Probably the most hyped QB to come out of college in the past decade.
2. Rams: RANGA
Matt Kalil | OT | USC
The Rams o-line was hurting big time last year. Kalil would come in as an instant starter on the blindside, letting Saffold shift over to a more comfortable position at RT.
3. Vikings: DonovanMcNabb4HOF
Justin Blackmon | WR | OK State
Robert Griffin III and Kalil would all be viable options here at 3, but with Matt off the board, and the Vikings not getting any trades they like, they decide to stay put and grab the best receiver in this year’s draft. Justin Blackmon has all the skills to be a good go to threat as well as he can turn those 5 yard passes into big plays.
4. Browns: Tridentdawgpound
Robert Griffin III | QB | Baylor
I’ve made it perfectly clear that I will accept no other quarterback and I only want RGIII if he’s here at 4. Too good of a talent to let fall any further.
5. Buccaneers: BucD
Morris Claiborne | CB | LSU
The Bucs could go in a few directions with this pick and Free Agency will play a large role, as it will with every other team, in what is done here. But with new head coach Greg Schiano and his defensive background, right now, the best pick is Morris Claiborne. He truly is a double threat. He is a return threat on special teams (a big plus for coach Schiano) to couple with his superb coverage skills and ball hawking ability. He can play and excel in zone and/or man coverages.
The looming doubt at CB in regards to Aqib Talib with his off the field issues and with Ronde Barber on the verge of retirement, the Bucs need to bolster up such a weak position on their roster. The Bucs are also in a very dangerous and pass happy division w/ the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and the emerging Cam Newton. Morris Claiborne is an instant upgrade and a step in the right direction.
To compare him to his former college teammate Patrick Peterson, who went 5th overall to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2011 NFL draft, it has been said that Claiborne’s coverage skills are better than Peterson’s. Although, Peterson is a much better return threat which isn’t a huge knock on Claiborne as Peterson is elite in this area.
6. Redskins: GoodellFTL
Riley Reiff | OT | Iowa
With Griffin and Luck off the board, there is no other QB for the Redskins to take. I personally think they will address the QB position through Free Agency by signing Kyle Orton or Peyton Manning. With that being said, the Redskins need to shore up their offensive line and Jamal Brown may not be back for them next year, so taking Reiff would be a smart move for the Skins here.
7. Jaguars: Vin
Trent Richardson | RB | Alabama
With Blackmon and Claiborne off the board, and Quintin Coples having some work ethic concerns, the Jags are left to take Trent Richardson. With Maurice Jones-Drew coming off a career-high in carries, and no quality RB depth behind him since Rashad Jennings will be coming off a knee injury, Richardson seems like a good fit. Pairing Richardson with MJD will be good for the offense as a whole, as not only does it keep MJD fresh, but it allows some of the pressure to be taken off of Blaine Gabbert as he enters his second season.
8. Dolphins: Favre4Ever
Melvin Ingram | DE | South Carolina
The Dolphins need another pass rushing threat opposite Cameron Wake to transform their defense from good to flat out disruptive. Quinton Coples has a lot of potential, but his work ethic and motor has come into question and that is not a problem that new coach Joe Philbin wants to deal with. Ingram is a versatile player with a unique blend of speed, agility, and pass rush ability — making him the perfect selection for the Miami Dolphins.
9. Panthers: Favre4Ever
David DeCastro | G | Stanford
The Panthers lack a true dominating force in the middle of the line. DeCastro is an extremely strong and physical lineman and arguably the best on the college scene in 2011. DeCastro will provide stability as a day one starter for young quarterback Cam Newton and one of the best groups of running backs in the league.
10. Bills: BayAreaBomber
Courtney Upshaw | DE/OLB | Alabama
The Bills need a pass rusher. The highest number of sacks anyone on the team had in 2011 was 5.5. They need a dominant player on the outside with the some explosion. Upshaw should damn well give them that. This may be reach but with Ingram off the board had to go this route.
11. Chiefs: B-isforBowe
Michael Brockers | DL | LSU
With NT Kelly Greg hitting free agency and possibly retiring, his best years are behind him. Add to that the fact that DE Tyson Jackson doesn’t appear to be the player the Chiefs were hoping he’d be when they drafted him, and there is an immediate need on the defensive line.
The Chiefs play a 3-4, so Brockers could play end or tackle, depending on where he excels in camp. At 6’5″, 305, Brockers is big enough to play at the tackle spot if he adds a small amount of strength, but he’s shown an inability to handle a double team. He may be a perfect fit at end though, sucking up blockers with his sub-5 second 40 time so that Hali can reek even more havoc in the backfield for years to come.
12. Seahawks: RazorStar
Jonathan Martin | OT | Stanford
Let’s face it, the Seahawks need help everywhere on their offensive line. Okung is made of glass, Gallery was not what he was expected to be, and Carpenter didn’t come in and provide that sudden impact that Seattle needed. Marshawn Lynch was the extent of their run game last year, making 1 yards into 3 on a consistent basis, but that isn’t gonna last forever.
They’re getting a steal in Martin, a guy who can pass block like a good Left Tackle, and run block like an elite right tackle. Andrew Luck is not the only highly coveted prospect from Stanford, and for good reason. His technique is refined at such a young age, and his athletic ability only augments his skillset. Seattle gets a steal here, they can plug him in at the right side and kick Carpenter inside or ,ove him to the left and play Okung on the other side.
13. Cardinals: Vin
Quinton Coples | DE/OLB | UNC
The Cards would’ve loved to shore up their offensive line here, but with no viable options, they decide to go defense for the third consecutive year. Coples versatility should be an asset to an average Cardinals defense, as long as he decides to put in the work.
14. Cowboys: BLUE
Dre Kirkpatrick | CB | Alabama
With Jerry Jones recently saying the Cowboys would have “new faces” in it’s secondary next season and Terrence Newman clearly not the player he once was and a candidate to be cut by the Cowboys, Dallas has an obvious need at cornerback and would do well by getting the big, rangy corner out of Alabama with the 14th overall pick.
15. Eagles: BLUE
Luke Kuechly | MLB | Boston College
Kuechly has been one of the most productive players in college football and the Eagles fill a big need at middle linebacker and get great value as well for the highly instinctive, highly decorated tackling machine, Kuechly. He’d be an upgrade and starter for Philadelphia in the middle and could be a defensive leader for years to come.
16. Jets: BucD
Mark Barron | S | Alabama
The Jets need a big physical Safety and Mark Barron is just that. Barron is a stud against the run and reads the quarterback well when in coverage. A big hitter with decent speed. Jim Leonard, for the Jets, cannot seem to stay on the field and his contract is set to expire along with Brodney Pool. Mark Barron could step in day one and be a huge upgrade. Barron did have surgery to repair a double hernia, but it is only expected to take 4-6 weeks to recover. He is also versatile at his position as he has played both Free Safety and Strong Safety.