Over the past few days I've been working on a new mock off-season and looking at how the salary cap could affect things. This is probably going to go over a few posts so bear with me.
1st Round Mock Draft
1. Ind- QB- Andrew Luck- Stanford
2. Wash (from Stl)*
- QB- Robert Griffin III- Baylor
3. Min- OT- Matt Kalil- USC
4. Jax (from Cle)**
- WR- Justin Blackmon- Oklahoma State
5. TB- CB- Morris Claiborne- LSU
6. Stl (from Wash)*
- OT- Reilly Reiff- Iowa
7. Cle (from Jax)**
RB- Trent Richardson- Alabama
8. Car- DE- Quinton Coples- UNC
9. Mia- DL- Michael Brockers- LSU
10. Buf- OLB- Courtney Upshaw- Alabama
11. KC- OT- Jonathan Martin- Stanford
12. Sea- DT- Devon Still- Penn State
13. Ari- OT- Mike Adams- Ohio State
14. Dal- OG- David DeCastro- Stanford
15. Phi- LB- Luke Kuechly- BC
16. Dal (from NYJ)***
- Dre Kirkpatrick- Alabama
17. Cin- CB- Janoris Jenkins- North Alabama
18. SD- OLB- Melvin Ingram- South Carolina
19. Chi- WR- Michael Floyd- Notre Dame
20. Ten- C- Peter Konz- Wisconsin
21. Cin- S-Mark Barron- Alabama
22. Cle- WR- Kendal Wright- Baylor
23. Sea (from Det)****
- QB- Ryan Tannehill- Texas A&M
24. Pit- LB- Dontía Hightower- Alabama
25. Den- DT- Fletcher Cox- Miss State
26. Hou- WR- Mohammed Sanu- Rutgers
27. NE- WR- Alshon Jeffery- South Carolina
28. GB- OLB- Nick Perry- USC
29. Bal- DE/OLB- Whitney Mercilus- Illinois
30. SF- OG/RT- Cordy Glenn- Georgia
31. NE- LB- Zach Brown- UNC
32. NYG- TE- Dwayne Allen- Clemson
*Stl trades 1 (2) to Wash for 1 (6) + 2 (39) + 2013 1st
**Cle trades 1 (4) to Jax for 1 (7) + 3 (71) + 4 (101)
***Dal trades QB Tony Romo to NYJ for 1st round pick
****Det trades 1 (23) to Sea for 2 (43) + 2013 2nd
Free Agent Signing
QB Peyton Manning- Dallas Cowboys
I wanted to mix things up for this 1st round mock, hence the Manning to Dallas and Romo to Jest. I think Jerry Jones knows that Romo is never going to win him a Super Bowl, so I can see him throwing big money at Peyton. Trading Romo should clear plenty of space to make that signing possible. Mark Sanchez also isnít the answer in NY and with a huge cap number this year he could easily be cut if he doesnít restructure. Here they give up a 1st round pick for a proven QB and cut Sanchez, which would actually save them money I believe. Unlikely, but just throwing something new out there.
Trade QB Brian Hoyer and 3rd (94) to Cle for 3rd (68) and 4th (100)
Trade DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham to KC for 6th (171)
1 (27) - WR- Alshon Jeffery- South Carolina
Big, physical WR that has amazing hands and works down the field well. Not an elite athlete, but has a huge catch radius, good body control and soft hands. Think, less athletic Calvin Johnson.
1 (31) - LB- Zach Brown- UNC
Elite athlete and playmaker at LB. Can play WLB and SLB in a 4-3, ILB in 3-4 and can also play some big nickel in sub packages with his elite speed. Can be a matchup weapon against TEís which will be huge, and is a sub package and special teams ace. This guy would add a ton to this team.
2 (48) - CB- Chase Minnifield- Virginia
Athletic, playmaking CB who has good size and speed, and plays the ball in the air well. He comes from good bloodlines with his father Frank Minnifield a Pro Bowl CB in the 1980ís, and is very good in both man and zone coverage. I think he is a better player than his former teammate Ras-I Dowling.
2 (63) - DE/OLB- Chandler Jones- Syracuse
I would love to take Vinny Curry here, but he could be gone and I thought I would change things up a bit. Jones has great size and length for a DE/OLB. And while he doesnít have elite speed around the edge, he uses his hands well, works back inside and possesses a good bull rush. The other thing I really like about Jones is his ability to bat balls down at the LOS and disrupt passing lanes.
3 (68) - WR- Juron Criner- Arizona
Love this guy, if you wanít to know why just look at my 100 other posts about him.
4 (100) - Trade to Phi for 4th (114) and 5th (146)
4 (114) - DT- Marcus Forston- Miami
Highly recruited DT prospect out of high school hasnít lived up to expectations due to injury. If he can stay healthy he can be a steal as a sub rushing, interior DL. Worth a shot in the 4th round.
4 (126) - FS- Janzen Jackson- McNeese State
Easily the most physically talented FS in this draft, falls because of character concerns after being dismissed from Tennessee and going to McNeese State. He is a 1st round talent that will fall, but he is arguably more talented than Mark Barron.
5 (146) - CB/PR- Cliff Harris- Oregon
Another 1st round talent that will fall due to character concerns, Harris is a very talented cover corner and kick/punt returner. Heís probably too small to play on the outside, but he could be a beast in the slot. Character is a concern, and he is immature, but I think he just needs to grow up. Put him in a structured environment and see what he can become. Worst case scenario he is an upgrade over Welker/Edelman as a kick/punt returner.
6 (171) - OT- Josh Oglesby- Wisconsin
Top OT recruit out of high school, like Forston, injuries have stopped him from reaching his potential. Big mauling RT, I think the talent is still there for Oglesby to be a good player in the NFL. If he wasnít so tall (6í7Ē), I think he could be an elite OG prospect.
Itís too difficult to pick specific UDFAís at the moment, so I will just list some of my favourites.
My Top UDFAís
QB- Chris Relf- Miss State
- Physically gifted, needs a lot of development
RB- Rod Stewart- Colorado
- Sudden, dynamic, explosive, looks like a developmental 3rd down back
RB- Montel Harris- BC
- Isnít an elite athlete, but has great vision, instincts and balance. And overachiever but could be a contributor in the NFL
RB- Lyndon Rowells- Humboldt State
- Explosive, great lateral agility. Small school sleeper
FB- Devon Ramsey- UNC
- NFL calibre fullback. Very impressive in blitz pick-up
WR- Chris Owusu- Stanford
- Physically talented, but injuries have hit him hard.
WR- Greg Childs- Arkansas
- Like Owusu, injuries have really impacted Childs
WR- James Rodgers- Oregon State
- Crafty slot receiver and special teams contributor.
WR- Taiwan Easterling- Florida State
- Tough, physical receiver who has great change of direction skills. Big time sleeper
WR- Marcus Jackson- Lamar
- Big time playmaker, great speed, burner. Desean Jackson type player
WB- Ifeanyi Momah- BC
- Tall, long and lean (6í6Ē 228lbs), if he can add some size he has a really intruiging skillset for TE
TE- Beau Reliford- Florida State
- Big, physical blocking TE that is limited as a pass catcher, but worth a look.
OT- James Carmon- Miss State
- Intruiging OT convert who only has a year of experience after shifting from DT. Went from a JUCO DT to starting LT in the SEC in 2 years. This guy has a ton of potential.
OT- Jarvis Jones- Oklahoma
- Tall, long and lean. Has some potential but is raw.
OT- Trinton Sturdivant- Georgia
- Looked like a big time OT prospect early in his career, but has been derailed by injuries. Worth a look as an UDFA
OG- Kelvin Beachum- SMU
- Powerful, athletic and is able to pull well. Could be a potential starting OG in a few years.
OG- Jeremiah Warren- USF
- Big strong guy with natural athleticism and good coordination for a guy his size. He is raw, but could be decent with some development.
C- Natiel Curry- Bethune Cookman
- Raw but athletic kid, caught the eye of Wes Bunting.
C- William Vlachos- Alabama
- Intelligent, well coached, hardworking kid. Has physical limitations, but could contribute
DL- Chigbo Anunoby- MoreHouse
- Big strong kid, great anchor and is good against the run. Developmental NT or 3-4 DE.
DL- Dominique Hamilton- Missouri
- Very good against the run, looks like a 3-4DE
DL- Charles Deas- Shaw
- Intruiging, big bodied D-lineman. Good against the run and decent against the pass. Could be good with some coaching.
DE/OLB- Kentrell Lockett- Ole Miss
- Explosive pass rusher that has flashed potential, but medical is a huge concern.
DE/OLB- Adewale Ojoma- Miami
- Very good against the run and has some upside as a pass rusher.
DE/OLB- Donovan Robinson- Jackson State
- Athletic pass rusher with good upside.
LB- Korey Williams- Southern Miss
- Fast, athletic hard worker that could play inside a 3-4 or 4-3. Also a decent pass rusher.
LB- Jerrell Harris- Alabama
- Solid, experienced and well coached guy, could be a contriburtor.
LB- Demario Davis
- Arkansas State- Fast, explosive playmaker that plays bigger than his size. Could be a starter in the NFL in a few years. Very good instincts.
LB- Miles Burris- San Diego State
- Explosive, hardworking and instinctive LB that can play all over the field. Also a special teams stud.
CB- Akeem Auguste- South Carolina
- Really solid CB who plays with his eyes, has good awareness and quick feet. Can play both man and zone coverage.
CB- Desmond Marrow- Toledo
- Long, physical CB that can play on the outside against bigger WRís and mix it up at the line of scrimmage. Good upside with some technique work.
SS- Tony Dye- UCLA
- Really solid, experienced safety that is knocked down by serious injury
SS- Winston Guy- Kentucky
- Good size and athleticism, is decent against the pass and is a very good tackler. Still has some upside.