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Ourlads' 2014 NFL Mock Draft Challenge

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Misfit74 | Misfit74's Tuesday Mock 4/24/2012
Updated: 04/24/2012 3:05PM ET
PickTeamPlayerPos.School
Round 1
1
Indianapolis 
Andrew LuckQB Stanford
2
Washington  F/STL
Robert Griffin IIIQB Baylor
3
Minnesota 
Morris ClaiborneDC LSU
Vikings decide that an elite CB is a bigger need than OT and harder to fill in a division with such prolific passing attacks as the Packers, Lions, and Bears.
4
Cleveland 
Trent RichardsonRB Alabama
The Browns don't get too cute here: add possibly the best player in the draft, a generational-type running back to anchor what in 2010 was a pathetic offense with nothing at the positions until now.
5
Tampa Bay 
Stephon GilmoreDC South Carolina
Aquib Talib is in deep Kimchi after (allegedly) shooting at someone with a gun and getting caught and Ronde Barber is like 45 years old.
6
St. Louis 
Matt KalilOT Southern Cal
I guess the Rams knew what they were doing when they traded down. They fill arguably their biggest need with the best offensive tackle in the draft by far.
7
Jacksonville 
Justin BlackmonWR Oklahoma State
Contrary to popular belief, the Jaguars do the right thing by giving young, raw Blaine Gabbert a viable weapon at WR to grow with him and immediately enter the starting lineup from day one opposite journeyman Laurent Robinson.
8
Miami 
Ryan TannehillQB Texas A&M
Little doubt in my mind that the Dolphins need a franchise QB. They almost have to gamble on Tannehill here as he is the best prospect at the position left and they don't want to be left holding the bag with a Weeden or Osweiler like they did with Chad Henne in another 2nd-round QB flop scenario with a previous regime.
9
Carolina 
Fletcher CoxDT Mississippi State
Carolina shores up arguably its biggest need with the best DT in the draft. Smiles in Panthers-land.
10
Buffalo 
Michael FloydWR Notre Dame
Bills finally add their first legitimate #1 WR since Eric Moulds, allowing Stevie Johnson to shine in a more suitable #2 WR role. The Bills whiffed on a number of FA WRs, so this makes a ton of sense. You need offense to compete with New England in your division and they already loaded up on defense in free agency with Mario Williams and Mark Anderson as well as building defensive talent through past drafts.
11
Kansas City 
David DeCastroOG Stanford
KC rightfully replaces what they lost when Brian Waters got old and eventually left to play for New England. KC has the makings of a very good line with the addition of the best interior lineman in this draft.
12
Seattle 
Melvin IngramDE South Carolina
Ingram addresses the need for additional pass-rush and is the highest-rated pass-rusher in this draft by many (myself not included) and may be too hard to pass up because he can play SLB, DE, and help out in the Leo spot with his one-man pressure package. Too bad Floyd didn't fall and Upshaw isn't on the radar this early. Someone like Mercilus could also be an outside possibility.
13
Arizona 
Riley ReiffOT Iowa
Arizona has neglected their offensive line for many years in terms of the offensive tackle position. Finally, they solve the RT spot here with Reiff.
14
Dallas 
Dre KirkpatrickDC Alabama
Big, fast corners are the trend and Dallas has a dearth of players at the position.
15
Philadelphia 
Mark BarronSS Alabama
The Eagles are set at CB already, as we well know, but Safety was a major question mark in recent seasons since Brian Dawkins left. Enter Mark Barron who can start immediately and also help with the more pass-oriented defensive packages. Mainly, he'll help pound the running games in a division with some solid run-offenses featuring players like LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, and Ahmad Bradshaw (OK, Bradshaw sucks, but you get the idea).
16
New York 
Rueben RandleWR LSU
First real surprise pick goes to the Jets, who defy logic by making a quality, logical pick in very underrated stud WR Rueben Randle. Randle can start outside the hashes immediately opposite Santonio Holmes and provide a much needed weapon at all levels of the field for what has been an anemic offense throughout the Sanchez era.
17
Cincinnati  F/OAK
Doug MartinRB Boise State
Cincy adds a new feature-back who can pound better than any back they've had in recent years. They have their own version of Ray Rice now in a division that requires tough, versatile, hard-nosed runners. Martin has everything Benson or BGE could ever hope to have an much more.
18
San Diego 
Courtney UpshawOB Alabama
Upshaw adds to the outside pass-rush for the Chargers who like a power-player of this type to stone the run and add a few slivers of pass-rush, too.
19
Chicago 
Whitney MercilusDE Illinois
Future stud DE in training with Julius Peppers at the other bookend.
20
Tennessee 
Vinny CurryDE Marshall
The Titans find a physical bookend for former first-round pick Derrick Morgan on the defensive line.
21
Cincinnati 
Kendall WrightWR Baylor
Explosive offensive play-maker at WR added to pair with last year's pick of Greg Little and the earlier selection of Trent Richardson to bolster an offense held back by the noodle-armed Colt McCoy. Wright would be a fine compliment for the WCO and McCoy's skill-set.
22
Cleveland  F/ATL
Nick PerryDE Southern Cal
Pass-rushing DE to pair with last year's pick of Jabaal Sheard.
23
Detroit 
Janoris JenkinsDC North Alabama
Clearly the Lions don't care a ton about character - at least not enough to add arguably the best cover corner in the draft who only falls this far due to a bevy of pot-related off-the-field incidents. He'll fit right in here.
24
Pittsburgh 
Dont'a HightowerIB Alabama
Inside 34 ILB pounder to upgrade the departed James Farrior.
25
Denver 
Michael BrockersDT LSU
Behemoth defensive tackle needed to solidify the inside of the Broncos front 4 with significant upside.
26
Houston 
Dontari PoeNT Memphis
Poe can play the 5-tech and maybe even a Ratliff-type nose tackle in Wade Phillips' 34 defense. Big upside and versatility with the athletic marvel Poe - if it can be harnessed.
27
New England  F/NO
Stephen HillWR Georgia Tech
Deep threat to take the top off of the defense a la what Randy Moss used to do and open the underneath stuff for Welker, Gronkowski, and Hernandez.
28
Green Bay 
Shea McClellinDE Boise State
Complimentary bookend to Clay Matthews at outside linebacker. Can lightening strike twice?
29
Baltimore 
Quinton CoplesDE North Carolina
The rich get richer here with the addition of Coples to play on the same line as Suggs, Ngata, and Cody. A good fit here because of the solid core of defensive leaders already established Baltimore.
30
San Francisco 
Cordy GlennOG Georgia
Glenn adds a mauling guard/tackle type who can help fill holes on the offensive line for SF's run-first offense.
31
New England 
Luke KuechlyIB Boston College
Brandon Spikes as a lot of limitations and Mayo isn't fit for MLB. The addition of Kuechly allows Mayo to move back outside and Spikes can be used more efficiently as a situational run-stuffer.
32
New York 
David WilsonRB Virginia Tech
Arguably the #2 RB in this draft, depending on who you ask. The Giants have needed a pick like this for awhile, in my view. Bradshaw has bad feet and is declining, as we saw last season and Brandon Jacobs is now with San Francisco.
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