NFL Mock Draft: Post Darrelle Revis Trade V 4.1
1) Kansas City Chiefs - OT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)
The Chiefs say they are looking at both offense and defense with their first pick. Joeckel is a potential Joe Thomas selection and virtually impossible for the Chiefs to pass up with the first overall pick. Albert's future remains uncertain and Alex Smith will need a reliable tackle to cover his blind side.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars - DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon)
No matter which way you slice it, the Jaguars need defensive line and pass rushing help. They will be hard pressed not to select Sharrif Floyd, but Jordan has too much upside remaining and is quickly becoming the obvious pick.
3) Oakland Raiders - DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)
The Raiders will waste no time in getting the man they have circled in the green room, should he fall past the Jags. The Raiders have needs all over their defensive unit, but Floyd is a solid pick and will be an anchor within the line during his year in Oakland.
4) Philadelphia Eagles - OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)
The Eagles need better pass protection regardless of how long Vick remains the starter next season. Fisher is a kid I actually rate higher than Joeckel. He has good size and lateral agility and won't back down on any run or passing down.
5) Detroit Lions - DE Ziggy Ansah (BYU)
The Lions' need for a defensive end will control this selection. They lost both Avril and Vanden Bosch earlier this off season and the BPA at this point per position is Ansah. He could actually step into Avril's role with a great amount of success.
6) Cleveland Browns - CB Dee Milliner (Alabama)
There's talk of his shoulder issue dropping his stock value, and that's simply a bunch of cloak and dagger rubbish. His shoulder can be restored prior to the pre-season and the Browns want and do need another solid corner across from Joe Haden.
7) Arizona Cardinals - DT Star Lotulelei (Utah)
The Cardinals will entertain taking Lane Johnson with this pick, but Star Lotulelei can't be passed up at this point. The Cardinals would have a well built unit with Star Lotulelei at defensive tackle. No matter which way I flip the picks, the Cardinals take him as the BPA.
8) Buffalo Bills - QB Matt Barkley (USC)
The Bills are looking for a QB that can successfully run the west coast set. The Bills may attempt to trade down and get either Barkley or Nassib for less on signing day. But, if they remain in the 8th slot they will make the first reach pick for a quarterback and Barkley is the better choice.
9) New York Jets - DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)
One of their two first round picks following the Derrelle Revis trade. The Jets need help along the defensive front and over the middle third. They are likely in a rebuilding mode and will bring in fresh legs while dumping out older inflated contracts. Mingo can give them a presence off the corner or any LB position.
10) Tennessee Titans - OT DJ Fluker (Alabama)
This is an interesting pick. Fluker can player either tackle position and the Titans stand to lose their best after next season. Fluker can step right in an make an impact that can bolster both Jake Locker's and Chris Johnson's numbers in 2013. Lane Johnson is another possibility but the hype of him being a top 10 picks is sounding like just hype, scouts don't agree with him being a top 5 pick.
11) San Diego Chargers - OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)
Lane Johnson has been locked in for the Chargers at #11. If he falls they scoop him up quickly. Johnson has yet to reach his max potential and is a bit raw, which is why he won't go in the top 10. The Chargers are desperately in need of an offensive tackle and will take the risk.
12) Miami Dolphins - C/G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)
A very impressive inside weapon for the offensive line. The Dolphins have shown they will take interior linemen early in the draft ala Mike Pouncey. The best tackles are off the board so barring a trade (potentially with Cleveland) the Dolphins take the best offensive lineman on the board, and he fits a big need within the Dolphins offense.
13) New York Jets (via Bucs) - WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)
The Jets need an explosive weapon down field and Austin has deadly speed and great hands. His test score wont lower his stock and the Jets offense covets a receiver. Chance Warmack is a strong possibility too as the Jets need interior line help.
14) Carolina Panthers - DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)
The talk around that the Panthers aren't into him as earlier reports stated is false, the Panthers need a DT most of all and Richardson is the BPA at the position and is one they have been eyeballing all off season. Richardson's addition would give the Panther's defense a huge lift.
15) New Orleans Saints - CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)
The Saints made a nice signing with Pittsburgh's Keenan Lewis, but they still showed interest in upgrading the other corner back position when they brought in Nnamdi Asomugha and Tracy Porter.
16) St. Louis Rams - WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)
I'm going with a less popular pick here at #16. The Rams have spoken twice with Hopkins and are said to be very high on his potential with the team. Hopkins would give the Rams the down field weapon they have been missing. Anything that can ease Bradford's job is key. The other potential pick here is LB Alec Ogletree, since the Rams lacked production from the strong side least season.