My mock drafts are like Higlander: There can only be one, and it will be of marginal quality at best. My goal was to be the last person on the internet to post a mock, and I feel I’ve come rather close. Things didn’t exactly shake down for the Titans like I hoped they would. My beloved players in the draft (Barron, DeCastro, and Floyd) were all gone by pick 20. Anyhoo, on to the mock!
1. Indianapolis Colts
-Already announced. One for one.
2. Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III
-Ditto. Two for two. Killing this thing.
3. Minnesota Vikings
OT, Southern California
-After reaching for Ponder last year, the front office invests in keeping him upright.
4. Cleveland Browns
-The first and last RB to go in the first round.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Tampa Bay puts the Aquib Talib era further behind them by drafting a corner in the first round that is deserving of it.
6. St. Louis Rams
DE, Mississippi St.
-Fisher has never been one for first round receivers, Britt notwithstanding. He continues in his efforts to make the Rams look like the Titans of old. Don’t be surprised if a trade happens.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
CB, South Carolina
-Mathis is on his last legs. The front office recognizes this and drafts another corner who can start for ten years.
8. Miami Dolphins
QB, Texas A&M
-The reach of the draft. If they do indeed make this pick, Ireland seals his label as worst GM in the league.
-With Charles Johnson prepared to rack up sacks, the Panthers get a player to defend against the run.
10. Buffalo Bills
-While there are varying opinions as to his abilities, Buffalo has no choice but to get someone to protect their recently anointed $60 million dollar man.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
LB, Boston College
-This guy has been shooting up the ranks recently. KC pulls the trigger and gets the highest rated linebacker on the board.
12. Seattle Seahawks
DE, North Carolina
-Seattle nabs arguably the best defensive end in the draft. It remains to be seen whether Carroll’s loose coaching style nets production out of him.
13. Arizona Cardinals
WR, Oklahoma St.
-Blackmon tumbles out of the top ten. Cardinals remember when they had a #2 receiver who wasn’t that fast named Boldin. Cards get a great value here.
14. Dallas Cowboys
-Jerry Jones strikes a dagger through my heart and takes a player that, if he can remain healthy, will bolster this defense immediately.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
DE/OLB, South Carolina
-Ingram’s stock drops a bit and the Eagles swoop in and get a versatile player to fit in to whatever Castillo decides to do on defense this year.
16. New York Jets
-My immense hatred of the Jets continues as they pick arguably my favorite player in the draft.
-The Bengals are desperate for help at cornerback. This pick just makes sense.
18. San Diego Chargers
WR, Notre Dame
-Out goes Jackson, in comes Floyd. The last of my favorite players is stolen a mere two picks before us. *sigh*
19. Chicago Bears
- The run on Stanford offensive line continues as the Bears try to prevent Cutler from ending up on his back every third pass play.
20. Tennessee Titans
-The Titans see flashes of athleticism reminiscent of JPP. Bemoaning their loss three years ago, the Titans give the go ahead on Mercilus. Not my favorite, but such is how it shook out.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
-With so many needs, the Bengals go BPA and improve a defense tremendously with their two first round picks.
-After drafting Richardson early on, the team gets Silatolu to form an incredible left side tandem alongside Joe Thomas.
23. Detroit Lions
-With Stafford’s penchant for injury, FO gets him some added protection.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
-The Steelers love themselves some linebacker. Hightower fills the void left by Farrior, upgrading the unit in the process.
25. Denver Broncos
DT, Penn St.
-With Peyton Manning being the answer for all offensive related problems in Elway’s eyes, the team looks to bolster their front line.
26. Houston Texans
-The Texans find a replacement for Shaun Cody. It remains to be seen whether they get production out of him.
-The Patriots look to improve a unit that has been a weakness for some time.
28. Green Bay Packers
OT, Ohio St.
-With Bulaga holding it down on the right side, Green Bay hopes to find their answer to the left side in Adams.
29. Baltimore Ravens
- Wright suffers the biggest fall of the draft, as the Ravens save him from slipping into the second. FO tries to help “the best QB in the league” play as if he actually was.
30. San Francisco 49ers
WR, Georgia Tech
-Crabtree hasn’t exactly worked out, so the Niners get an insurance policy, and a fine player in his own right that has been climbing the boards.
31. New England Patriots
DT, Michigan St.
-New England gets a talent that can learn under Wilfork, as well as help out at the #2 DT spot. May be groomed to replace Wilfork in time.
32. New York Giants
-Giants hop on the Stanford wagon in hopes to find a true replacement for Shockey.
Enjoy the draft tonight, boyos! Less than six hours to go. The whole Titan Sized staff will be live tweeting tonight, so make sure to speak your mind out there in Twitter-verse. Also, in case you’re not following any of the staff, make sure to take care of that. Twitter handles for all Titan Sized Staff are as follows:
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Talk to you guys tonight!