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Mike Mayock's Mock Draft
ERIC FISHER OTCENTRAL MICHIGAN
I think he's got more upside than Luke Joeckel, and I think there's very minimal downside. You can plug-and-play him for the next 10 years and you've got a potential All-Pro tackle.
LUKE JOECKEL OTTEXAS A&M
David Caldwell takes whichever tackle's available to him, and in this case, it's Luke Joeckel. He's excellent in the run game, tremendous in the pass game, and I think that will finally give the Jaguars an identity on the offensive line, providing Blaine Gabbert an opportunity to throw the football.
SHARRIF FLOYD DTFLORIDA
Floyd is the most explosive one-gap penetrator in this draft. Remember, with no second-round pick, the Raiders have to hit with this guy. He is the best defensive player in the draft on my board.
LANE JOHNSON OTOKLAHOMA
He's the freakiest tackle I've ever seen in my life. And because of what Chip Kelly does -- up-tempo, maximize snaps, throw the bubble screens, throw the tunnel screens -- he needs a great athlete at left tackle.
ZIGGY ANSAH DEBYU
I think they were dying for Lane Johnson, but they have edge-rush issues. Ansah has one of the most intriguing stories in this draft. His upside? Can't even limit it. His movement skills are scary, and two years from now, he could be one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
GENO SMITH QBWEST VIRGINIA
When I look at Geno, I see a kid who's got everything you want to see in a franchise quarterback, but there's just too much bad tape. I would not take him this early; I would go for an edge or a corner. However, I really think Joe Banner might pull the trigger on the quarterback from West Virginia.
JONATHAN COOPER OGNORTH CAROLINA
Pass rusher Dion Jordan makes sense, but I really think Arizona needs help inside on the offensive line. I kind of like their tackles, believe it or not. Cooper is the most agile and best pass blocker of the interior offensive linemen in this draft.
TAVON AUSTIN WRWEST VIRGINIA
The more I thought of Austin and the hole the Bills have at receiver -- with nobody but Stevie Johnson -- the more I said, 'They've got to generate some touches for an explosive playmaker,' and that's who Austin is. Forget 173 pounds. It doesn't matter.
DION JORDAN DEOREGON
The most explosive 3-4 outside linebacker in this draft is Dion Jordan. I think down the road, he could be Aldon Smith. I think he could be Jason Taylor. If he puts on 20 pounds, he could be DeMarcus Ware. He's got everything you want; he just needs 20 pounds and some seasoning.
DEE MILLINER CBALABAMA
I keep wanting to give Chance Warmack to somebody, and the Titans want interior offensive line help, but I think they need more help on defense. Plug in Milliner at corner, and you've got a big-time player who I think uplifts that entire defense.
CHANCE WARMACK OGALABAMA
I had him rated as highly as anybody in the country this year. There were some concerns medically, and he's not quite as good in space, but if you're the Chargers, you plug him in at guard and your offensive line is better.
D.J. FLUKER OTALABAMA
A little bit like a Phil Loadholt. He has long arms, average feet; he's a mountain of a man. Great in the run game, so your ground attack is going to get better in Miami, and your pass protection is going to get better, too.
TYLER EIFERT TENOTRE DAME
Now we're going to prop up Mark Sanchez a little bit. In today's NFL, this kid matches up with everything that you want in a vertical tight end: At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, he's a nightmare for a linebacker or a safety.
SHELDON RICHARDSON DTMISSOURI
After Sharrif Floyd, this is the most explosive one-gap defensive tackle in our draft. This kid was so athletic at 310 pounds that they stood him up at linebacker and let him go sideline-to-sideline.
BARKEVIOUS MINGO DELSU
What I love about this kid is his edge ability. I don't care if you line him up wide with his hand in the dirt or stand him up at linebacker -- he's one of the most explosive edge players in this draft. Do I think he's ready to compete in the run game? No, but I really love this kid coming off the edge, and in that 3-4, that's what you need.
KENNY VACCARO SSTEXAS
The No. 1 safety on my board is Kenny Vaccaro. This kid can drop down and cover the slot. He's a good tackler. He immediately becomes a starter and a playmaker on the back end.
JARVIS JONES OLBGEORGIA
I keep looking at Jarvis Jones on tape, and I don't care as much about the potential medical issues, I don't care that he ran 4.9. This kid plays football. He's explosive. He's a quick-twitch guy in short areas, and he reminds me a little bit of a LaMarr Woodley or a James Harrison. I just think he fits what Pittsburgh does.
STAR LOTULELEI DTUTAH
I think the value for Star Lotulelei is too much for Dallas to pass up. They were No. 22 against the run a year ago. You plug him in with Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher, who are both in their 30s, and you're a better defense on Day 1.
JUSTIN PUGH OTSYRACUSE
I think this is a great fit for what the Giants need. The right side of their offensive line is getting older, and this kid is a technician. I don't care about his 32-inch arms. I care about his footwork, his angles, his understanding of the game. His versatility will make the Giants a better football team.
MANTI TE'O ILBNOTRE DAME
I think this kid's a three-down linebacker. I think he's a leader in your locker room. I understand all the off-the-field concerns, but at the end of the day, he's a leader, and you want him.
ERIC REID FSLSU
I think he really fits the bill for them defensively. This is a bigger safety with great movement skills. He's a playmaker on the back end. I'd like to see him be a more consistent tackler, but trust me: Being coached by Mike Zimmer, he will become one.
ALEC OGLETREE ILBGEORGIA
I think Ogletree -- along with Vaccaro -- gives their defense a whole new look. This will be one of the top defenses in the NFL.
CORDARRELLE PATTERSON WRTENNESSEE
This kid is special with the football in his hands. Like Tavon Austin, he's one of the most explosive players in the draft. There are some immaturity issues; can he learn an offense? All those things come into play. But I really think GM Rick Spielman will be stunned and happy if he falls to here.
D.J. HAYDEN CBHOUSTON
This kid might have the best story in the entire draft; he almost died on the practice field back in November. I think he's a great value at No. 24; he's the No. 1 corner on my board, and I think he fits to a T exactly what Chuck Pagano's scheme demands. He can play off, he can press, he tackles, he understands zone concepts, and he's slid a little further than I'd like to see. "Nobody in the league's ever come back from an injury like this," is what I keep hearing. And I keep saying, "But nobody hasn't."
SYLVESTER WILLIAMS DTNORTH CAROLINA
Highly recruited, really gifted kid. For sure a two-down run defender. I also think he can push the pocket in sub situations. I think Sly Williams is a perfect fit for the Vikings.
EDDIE LACY RBALABAMA
Let's stop this whole tailback-by-committee thing; I've had it. Lacy's going to come in and consolidate this position. This kid can play. If you don't think he can make you miss at 220 pounds, put on the tape against Missouri and watch him go 70 yards.
JUSTIN HUNTER WRTENNESSEE
I can't figure a better landing spot for a young wide receiver than in the same room with Andre Johnson. Hunter drops too many balls and he's not tough over the middle. That's where I think Andre Johnson comes into play. This kid has all kinds of ability, and if he replicates No. 80's game, he'll turn into a professional, just like Andre.
BJOERN WERNER DEFLORIDA ST.
What I like about this kid is he does everything well. I don't see one spectacular physical trait, but he does everything well. From my perspective, the Broncos had better plug him in there, because they lost a lot of sack value when they lost Elvis Dumervil.
XAVIER RHODES CBFLORIDA ST.
They're ecstatic when Rhodes falls all the way to No. 29. He's 6-foot, 210 pounds with long arms; he's the ultimate press corner. I think this kid can develop off-man skills. I think he understands zone concepts and he fits what today's NFL is.
DESMOND TRUFANT CBWASHINGTON
Trufant will start immediately opposite Asante Samuel. He's quick-footed, he's got some return skills, and I love the way he competed in the Senior Bowl.
ZACH ERTZ TESTANFORD
In the real world, I think San Francisco trades up. Jimmy Harbaugh recruited Ertz out of high school to Stanford; there's a bond there. They lost Delanie Walker. Boy, does he fit the bill for that offense.
MATT ELAM FSFLORIDA
He tackles, he's tough, he's got ball skills, he's a leader; I love everything about this kid except his height, and there's nothing I can do about that.