Well, here's another edition of the Early Mock. As always, it is available at ArmchairGM.com
with pictures and extra commentary.
The picks here are somewhat unorthodox, but keep in mind the Patriots' picking strategy when reading.
1 Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU: Quinn’s stock is falling once again, and despite reports of Russell’s heavyset frame at the Combine, he should remain the #1 pick.
2 Detroit: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech: A 4.35 40 that he wasn’t even PLANNING to run? I don’t care how many wide receivers the Lions have picked.
3 Cleveland: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin: Thomas also had a fantastic combine, and the Browns can’t pass him up at this point.
4 Tampa Bay: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson: Adams retakes the top DE spot with a good combine and a very respectable 4.64 40, the top number among defensive linemen.
5 Arizona: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma: Ken Whisenhunt has said that the Cardinals will run a more conservative offense than his Steelers did last year. This means that they could use more runningbacks, and Peterson is too good to pass up at #5.
6 Washington: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas: The Redskins are releasing two defensive ends, and look for them to make a splash in that direction in the draft.
7 Minnesota: Laron Landry, S, LSU: Landry solidified his Top 10 bid with a stunning 4.35 40. Minnesota could use depth and talent at the safety position.
8 Houston: Alan Branch, DT, Michigan: The Texans hope that adding Branch, who was a very respectable 3rd in the bench press with 33 reps, will continue to build strength in their defensive line.
9 Miami: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame: Miami is looking very closely at Quinn, who they plan to bring in for a second interview, and Quinn could be a future star for them at QB.
10 Atlanta: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC: The Falcons have paid high compliment to Jarrett, who remains a need at a position where they have already spent 2 first-round picks.
11 San Francisco: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville: Though the 49ers have signed Bryant Young for another year, it is time to start bringing in new talent on the defensive line.
12 Buffalo: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California: If/when the Bills trade Willis McGahee, Lynch could be a priority pick.
13 St. Louis: Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio State: The Rams look to upgrade at a position where they will not have depth for much longer. Ginn can also contribute immediately on kick returns.
14 Carolina: Reggie Nelson, FS, Florida: The Panthers add Nelson, whose hard-hitting style will suit the Panthers secondary well.
15 Pittsburgh: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State: The local prospect should add strength and youth to the Steelers defensive line.
16 Green Bay: Greg Olsen, TE, Miami: Say what? Olsen vaulted himself into the mid-first round with a 4.51 40 time, more than .2 seconds ahead of the #2 runner and over .3 seconds ahead of his biggest competitor, Zach Miller.
17 Jacksonville: Lawrence Timmons, OLB, Florida State: Timmons will fill a crucial hole in the Jaguars defense at outside linebacker.
18 Cincinnati: DeMarcus Tyler, DT, N.C. State: With 42 bench reps, by far the most out of any player at the Combine, Tyler vaults his stock back up.
19 Tennessee: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan: Even if Pac-Man fixes up his act, the Titans still could use help in the secondary.
20 New York Giants: Anthony Spencer, OLB, Purdue: The difference between Spencer and Jarvis Moss? A full 14 bench reps (coincidentally, almost as many as Moss did in all). Spencer gets the nod here.
21 Denver: Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia: After making a trade for Dré Bly, the Broncos address their next biggest need: defensive end.
22 Dallas: Brandon Meriweather, FS, Miami: Meriweather’s interview impressed me at the combine, and he is a much better player than the next ranked safety, Michael Griffin.
23 Kansas City: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee: Meachem’s size (6’2”) and speed (4.39) are both huge assets for the Chiefs, who need a WR to replace Eddie Kennison in the near future.
24 New England (from Seattle): Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh: I can’t possibly see the Patriots passing up Revis here; Willis is too small to be a Patriots linebacker.
25 New York Jets: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska: The Jets gain a solid presence on the outside with Carriker, whose strength and size will suit him well as a 3-4 defensive end.
26 Philadelphia: Michael Griffin, SS, Texas: Griffin’s speed should suit him well with the Eagles, who would use him more in coverage than in run support.
27 New Orleans: Patrick Willis, ILB, Ole Miss: The Saints get great value at a need position when they select Willis early in the first round.
28 New England: Justin Blalock, OL, Texas: The Patriots pull another draft shocker when they add Blalock, who could probably play anywhere on their offensive line, to their line corps, as they definitely had some turn-table line play during the playoffs against the Colts.
29 Baltimore: Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas: Houston ran a 4.32, and his performance during the season certainly justifies his location in the first round.
30 San Diego: Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State: Gonzalez’s elite performance in many drills should give him an edge into the first round with the Chargers.
31 Chicago: Tony Ugoh, OT, Arkansas: Ugoh’s strength (32 bench reps), speed (5.06), and performance in the regular season with Darren McFadden warrant him a first-round bid with the Bears.
32 Indianapolis: Quinn Pit****, DT, Ohio State: After cutting Montae Reagor, a defensive tackle looks like the greatest need in the first round.
33 Oakland: Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan: With a solid combine and an otherwise rising stock, the Raiders look to add offensive strength with a tough offensive tackle.
34 Detroit: Drew Stanton, QB, Michigan State: The Lansing prospect will be able to back up Jon Kitna for a year until he is ready to play.
35 Tampa Bay: Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina: Rice slipped some because of a mediocre combine performance. However, the Buccaneers are still very happy to have him.
36 Cleveland: Paul Pozluszny, ILB, Penn State: D’Qwell Jackson came in the second round last year for the Browns. Now they improve the other spot with the proven Pozluszny.
37 New York Jets (from Washington): Michael Bush, RB, Louisville: The Jets look for their next every-down back in Bush, who definitely has the size for it.
38 Arizona: Ryan Kalil, C, USC: The Cardinals need help on the offensive line, and Kalil looks to be the best center available in the draft.
39 Houston: Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn: Grubbs’ size and toughness will help improve the middle of the Texans’ offensive line.
40 Miami: H.B. Blades, ILB, Pittsburgh: When Zach Thomas steps down, Blades will be ready to take over the reins.
41 Minnesota: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas: The Vikings continue to boost their secondary after they get rid of Fred Smoot.
42 San Francisco: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU: Coincidentally, I share a birthday with Dwayne Bowe. How that is important, I do not know
43 Buffalo: Marcus McCauley, CB, Fresno State: Though his performance was not the best last year, his physical skills warrant a second-round selection.
44 Atlanta: Eric Weddle, DB, Utah: Weddle’s speed and versatility make him an intriguing prospect at safety in the second round for the Falcons.
45 Carolina: Rufus Alexander, OLB, Oklahoma: Though the Panthers’ primary need is at ILB, Alexander is still a great pick on the outside.
46 Pittsburgh: Buster Davis, MLB, Florida State: Buster had a good combine and the Steelers are looking to add linebackers after dropping Joey Porter.
47 Green Bay: Kenny Irons, RB, LSU: The Packers look to the speedy RB out of LSU after they miss out on Lynch in the first round.
48 Jacksonville: Tim Crowder, DE, Texas: Crowder raises his stock with 32 bench reps and a 4.69 40 time.
49 Cincinnati: Daymeion Hughes, CB, California: Hughes ran a 4.61 40. That is just terrible. However, his hands and coverage skills keep him a viable candidate in the second round.
50 Tennessee: Steve Smith, WR, USC: The Titans continue to look for other options at WR and Steve Smith is the best option this early.
51 New York Giants: Josh Wilson, CB, Maryland: Wilson timed well and proved his strength with a full 20 reps at bench, which is relatively high for a corner.
52 St. Louis: LaMarr Woodley, DE, Michigan: He didn’t work out at the combine, but Woodley proved himself on the playing field with the Wolverines and he should do the same with the Rams.
53 Dallas: Manuel Ramirez, OG, Texas Tech: Ramirez vaulted himself into Day 1 with an impressive 40 bench reps, and the Cowboys need more offensive linemen.
54 Kansas City: Josh Beekman, OG, Boston College: Beekman should fit well on the Chiefs' line, with many players recently retiring and leaving the team.
55 Seattle: Aaron Rouse, S, Virginia Tech: The Seahawks look for help at either safety position and hope to replace the departing Hamlin through the draft.
56 Denver: Jason Hill, WR, Washington State: Hill ran one of the faster 40 times in the draft, and his stock is skyrocketing. The Broncos look to add another receiver for whethe post-Rod Smith era.
57 Philadelphia: Jon Beason, OLB, Miami: Beason makes his first appearance on this mock with the Eagles, who like his speed on the outside.
58 New Orleans: Eric Wright, CB, UNLV: Wright joins the Saints at cornerback, where they are definitely lacking depth and could possibly use another starter.