The Gridiron Palace Staff Mock Draft v1 Picks 17 – 32
Written By: Contributing TGP Staff
17. Bengals: DMac4HOF (From Raiders)
Alshon Jeffrey | WR | South Carolina
Incredible value at this point, Jeffrey drops because some teams reach and his lack of initial burst off of the line of scrimmage, so instead of settling for Floyd, they take Jeffrey. Great size, another weapon for Dalton.
18. Chargers: BucD
Michael Floyd | WR | USC
Back to back WRs taken. There is no bigger question mark for the Chargers this offseason than what Philip Rivers’ biggest and best weapon, Vincent Jackson, will do. It’s looking more and more like Jackson will be leaving once FA starts. So the Chargers get really good value here with Michael Floyd. A big strong target who attacks the ball at it’s highest point and clearly one of the nations top three receivers. He is coming from a pro-style offense out of Notre Dame and would be an instant upgrade at the position. Rivers and his new toy will be looking to rebound after a big disappointing season.
19. Bears: GoodellFTL
Kendall Wright | WR | Baylor
Wright’s stock has really jumped up within the past few weeks and the Bears need to add more weapons on their offense for Jay Cutler. Drafting Wright here would be a great addition to their offense.
20. Titans: B-isforBowe
Peter Konz | C | Wisconsin
The Tennessee Titans had a major problem with their run game last year, and the blame for that falls on their center, Eugene Amano who was pushed around in the run game, and showed no fire whatsoever in blocking for a 2000 yard rusher. He was a major issue in their run game woes, and a big powerful centre will be the key to fixing those issues.
21. Bengals: DMac4HOF
Cody Glenn | G | Georgia
The Bengals address the aging offensive line by adding new young talent. Lewis and Brown like their big offensive linemen and they get a good one in Glenn. Run blocking is where he makes his money, he has the size and strength to play either guard or tackle. Once he gets his hands on a linebacker, he isn’t letting go.
22. Browns: Tridentdawgpound (From Falcons)
Mike Adams | OT | Ohio State
Whoever the quarterback is (Griffin in this case) needs something resembling protection on the right side. Colt McCoy was terrified of the pass rush from the weak side and with good reason. Adams can come to Cleveland and perhaps one day form one hell of a duo with perennial Pro-Bowler Joe Thomas.
23. Lions: DMac4HOF
Janoris Jenkins | CB | Florida
The Detroit Lions opt to draft the best player available. Jenkins is a top 10 talent with character concerns that will cause his stock to drop. Despite his height and questionable 40 time, he has the potential to be the best cover man in this year’s draft. The Lions have shown the willingness to draft talent despite character concerns, see Fairley, Jenkins fills a role as well.
24. Steelers: RANGA
Nick Perry | OLB | USC
Steelers generally go BPA, and Nick Perry is too good to pass up. Possesses great speed off the snap, and the size to outmuscle both tackles and guards. He fits perfectly into the Pittsburgh system, and will be groomed well by the likes of Harrison, Woodley and LeBeau.
25. Broncos: RazorStar
Devon Still | DT | Penn St
Bunkley was an amazing run stuffer for the Broncos, but they’re still a .500 team with quite a few holes. They need a consistent counterpart beside Bunkley who can make a difference on defense and provide pass rush up the middle, while Miller and Dumervil attack the sides. Devon Still just so happens to be the best player available at a position of need for the Broncos.
26. Texans: RazorStar
Whitney Mercilus | OLB | Illinois
I think Mario Williams is gonna be let go. Even if OLB isn’t a major need with Reed and Barwin filling in admirably, the Giants have shown that you can never have too much pass rush, and Mercilus is too good to pass up.
27. Patriots: RANGA (From Saints)
Andre Branch | DE/OLB | Clemson
New England goes BPA on this pick. Branch adds another dimension to the Pats front 7, with the size and speed to cause matchup problems at DE. The Pats have an aging defensive line, and Andre provides an injection of youth and potential to this defense. Will probably start off as a rotational player at DE, but has the skills to evolve into an every down type guy.
28. Packers: Favre4Ever
Fletcher Cox | DE/DT | Miss. St
Fletcher will be moving to DE in Dom Capers’ 34 scheme. Green Bay really felt the back lash of letting Cullen Jenkins hit the open market last offseason. They have some quality players at the position but none of which could fill the big shoes that Jenkins left behind. Cox may need to add a few pounds to his frame, but he is consistently a high motor, high energy player with great explosiveness and potential as a pass rusher.
29. Ravens: BayAreaBomber
Vontaze Burfict | ILB | Arizona St
Ray Lewis is not going to be around forever. Now is the perfect time for the Ravens to draft his successor. Who better than to have Ray Lewis mentor this kid? Burflict could even step into action with Lewis from the get-go depending on what happens with Jameel McClain. Ravens love them some linebackers.
30. 49ers: BayAreaBomber
Mohammed Sanu | WR | Rutgers
It’s no secret the 49ers need help at WR. Braylon Edwards was brought in to be that type of player. That failed miserably. Michael Crabtree is not consistent enough in a week-to-week basis. Hopefully for the 49ers Sanu can step in and do what we’ve seen from A.J. Green in Cincinatti and Julio Jones in Atlanta. The 49ers could also go the FA WR route but let’s avoid another Braylon Edwards.
31. Patriots: RANGA
Alfonzo Dennard | CB | Nebraska
The final piece in the puzzle of the Pats secondary. With the versatility to play either CB or FS at the next level, Dennard makes for a mean looking trio alongside McCourty and Arrington. Is a mean physical press corner who can get up in the face of receivers, and also possesses great closing speed and tackling ability in the open field.
32. Giants: BLUE
Dwayne Allen | TE | Clemson
The Giants lost not one but TWO tight ends to ACL injuries in Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum in Super Bowl XLVI versus the Patriots, and both are expected to start the season on the PUP list. This leaves them with restricted free agent Bear Pascoe, a converted fullback and Christain Hopkins, a practice player. While Reese has said likes both players, he unsurprisingly also said that the Giants will look to add to the position via free agency and the draft.
Allen is arguably the best tight end in this class, and is a decent blocker who can improve on that aspect of his game with help from coaches Pat Flaherty and Michael Pope. He provides good value as well as a need for the Giants who are picking last in this draft, as well as another weapon for Eli Manning to use in the passing game, as Manning continues to improve into an upper-echelon quarterback.