Waddell's Final 7-Round Mock Draft
Colts representatives have already informed Luck that they will take him with the No. 1 overall selection, to no one's surprise. He's exactly what the doctor ordered in terms of a franchise quarterback, and the rebuilding situation reminds me of what Peyton Manning was thrown into back in 1998.
2. Washington Redskins (via St. Louis): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Washington hasn't made it official, but this one is a lock. It hasn't had a quarterback to start for more than three full seasons since Mark Rypien (1989-93), who broke the 90 passer rating plateau just once during his tenure.
It's safe to say the Redskins need a playmaker under center, and that's exactly what they'll get with RGIII.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
If Leslie Frazier and the Vikings want any chance of Christian Ponder becoming the franchise quarterback they desperately need, he will require a special player to protect his blindside.
He needs to continue building strength, but Kalil is the most NFL-ready offensive lineman in the draft and will take care of protection issues from the left edge for years to come.
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
With Luck and Griffin gone, the Browns need to focus on giving Colt McCoy weapons on offense. Running backs like Trent Richardson don't come along very often: he already has pro size, speed, strength, hands and is a perfect fit for the AFC North. His style of play will open the passing game for Cleveland.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
No, his Wonderlic score won't have any affect on his draft stock, nor will it affect is playing ability. In fact, the critics that arose after it was released will likely be the fuel to his fire. The Buccaneers are getting a Champ Bailey type of corner here.
6. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Despite speculation that Blackmon's "character issues" and disappointing weigh-in (6'0 7/8") have dropped his stock, I don't think the Rams can afford to miss out on what could be a potential elite wide receiver. Sam Bradford needs somebody to throw the ball to, and St. Louis can always get quality defensive players in the mid-rounds.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Jacksonville has had a busy offseason, adding the contracts of QB Chad Henne and WRs Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans. However, it still needs a top tier weapon for whoever is under center and Floyd is on the same level as Blackmon in terms of talent.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Former Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman was recently named the Dolphins' new offensive coordinator, so it would only make sense that Miami takes Tannehill here. He won't be ready to step in immediately, but with a year or two to develop, he could turn out to be the go-to-guy.
The Aggies ran over 80 plays per game under Tannehill's reign, and the Dolphins to do much of the same. He could potentially be a perfect fit for Joe Philbin's wildcat-less offensive scheme.
9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Fletcher Cox would be an immediate fix for Carolina's lack of a interior pass rush. The Panthers need to take care of this glaring weakness before it can consider filling other voids, such as corner and receiver. Cox is the best defensive tackle in his class.
10. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Former Bills offensive tackle Demetress Bell signed with the Eagles this offseason. Both Chris Hairston and Erik Pears are the current leaders to take over the position, but neither are above-average players. Drafting Reiff in this situation would give Ryan Fitzpatrick the opportunity to live up to his ill-advised contract extension.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
DeCastro has huge upside and may possibly be the safest pick in the entire draft. At 6'5", 320 pounds, he possesses perfect size and frame to drive defenders and is an outstanding run blocker. He is one of the better guards to come out of the draft in quite some time, and KC has some interior holes to fill on the offensive line.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Seattle doesn't have an outside pass rush off the edge and, although he's sometimes inconsistent, Coples provides the most upside to his position and is the best prospect in his class.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
With DeCastro off the board, the Cardinals look to former Bulldog Cordy Glenn to help a struggling offensive line. Arizona hasn't drafted an O-lineman higher than the fifth round since 2007, so getting a high quality prospect here can only make it better.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Barron is the only first-round worthy safety in this draft class and the Cowboys still need a lot of help in the secondary. They also need to address the interior offensive line, but the drop-off in safeties is so big that they can do it with mid-round selections.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Brockers may not be as NFL-ready as Fletcher Cox, but he is the best prospect at his position and is a future Pro Bowler. He'll provide a solid pass rush and will do a nice job stopping the run, but will only get better as he develops. Remember, the kid is just 21.
16. New York Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Ingram would excel on the Jets' defense and could be a factor the second he steps on the field. Not only is he disruptive off the edge (which N.Y. desperately needs), he's versatile enough to take his hand off the grass and drop back as a linebacker in the 3-4.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland): Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Leon Hall may miss some of the season with the torn achilles he sustained last year, Nate Clements is aging and Adam Jones is a role player. The Bengals signed former Giants and Cowboys corners Jason Allen and Terence Newman, but neither are capable of being No. 1 or 2 starters.
Stephon Gilmore may be considered by the Panthers with the No. 9 pick, but if he's still available, there's no way Cincinnati passes on him.
18. San Diego Chargers: Nick Perry, OLB, USC
The Chargers' underwhelming pass rush tallied a mere 32 sacks (23rd in NFL) last season, so their first priority is obvious. Perry—a mirror of the younger Shawne Merriman—is a great fit for San Diego's 3-4 scheme with all the necessities to be the explosive athlete to pressure the opposing quarterback needed in the AFC West.
19. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Martin protected Andrew Luck's blindside at Stanford and did an incredible job keeping him upright and injury-free, something the Bears desperately need for the ailing Jay Cutler.
20. Tennessee Titans: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Cortland Finnegan left the Titans for Jeff Fisher and the Rams (and a monster contract), so it goes without saying Tennessee has a huge void to fill.
Kirkpatrick is the second-best cover corner in the draft behind Janoris Jenkins and has controversial character issues, but his ability to press on the line comes second-to-none and the Titans love physical defenders in the secondary.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
With Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson out, the Bengals need a quality receiver to step in and play right away to help open up A.J. Green.
Wright would be an immediate contributor to both the passing game and special teams as an exceptional return man.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta): Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Adding Richardson with the No. 4 pick takes a little pressure off McCoy, but now it's time to build the receiving corps. Hill brings great size (6'4", 215 pounds) and a ton of upside with raw talent, athleticism and the ability to stretch the field. I wouldn't be surprised if the Browns took two or three WRs in this year's draft.
23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Jenkins' stock has dwindled with every passing day. He's not the ideal person you'd like to have on your team for the locker room, but there's no denying what he brings to the field. Jenkins may have four kids with three different women and a smoking problem, but he's a potential shutdown corner—something Detroit can't pass up.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
Kuechly's athleticism and outstanding knowledge for the game makes him a perfect fit on the aging Pittsburgh defense. If he falls this far, the Steelers will be getting a gem and a replacement for James Farrior.
25. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
After signing possibly the greatest free agent in NFL history with Peyton Manning, the Broncos turn their attention to the defensive front seven.
Poe is a big body that will plug up the middle—a weakness on the defense—and will be a nice addition to the pass rush.
26. Houston Texans: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
With all the top receivers already gone, Houston will not reach to get a lesser-valued player in this situation. It will add a weapon for Matt Schuab by grabbing Coby Fleener, who recorded 96 receptions for 1,543 yards and 18 touchdowns throughout his collegiate career.
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans): Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois
Mercilus is a near perfect fit for the Patriots' hybrid defense with his ability to play either defensive end in the 4-3 or linebacker in the 3-4. New England has a series pass rush problem and his college- football-leading 16 sacks in 2011 says he can help fix it.
28. Green Bay Packers: Courtney Upshaw, OLB/DE, Alabama
Not only will the Packers be getting an outstanding football player here, but Upshaw's leadership skills are an added bonus for a team that lacked consistency at the position last season.
Green Bay struggled to get to the quarterback last year and Upshaw has a nose for the ball.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C/OG, Wisconsin
The Ravens resigned center Matt Birk this offseason, but there's no saying that he'll be there next year. They need help with the interior offensive line anyways, and Konz is a versatile player that can start right away at guard.
He'll be the 'center in waiting,' as Birk continues to age and decline.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
According to the NFL Draft Report, Zeitler led the NCAA last year with 142 knockdown blocks and had 33 blocks that resulted in touchdowns, obviously a major reason Wisconsin scored 44.6 points per game and compiled over 467 total yards, including 237 on the ground.
Not only will the 49ers be getting a much-needed guard, but one of the more harder working players you'll ever find.
31. New England Patriots: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Branch possesses the athleticism, speed, strength, quickness and intangibles to get to the quarterback. He's a versatile player that can either play end or linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.
Needless to say, he's a great fit for Bill Belichick and Co.
32. New York Giants: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
After Brandon Jacobs' decline in the power run game, the Giants decided it was best to not resign him and continue moving forward with Ahmad Bradshaw.
Unfortunately, Bradshaw cannot be the every down running back and needs a bruiser to complement his style of play. Doug Martin is a very hard runner and does an outstanding job of weaving his way through the tackles and can be a contributor to the pass game.
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