Merlin’s First Round Mock


With the draft fast approaching, The Draft Thursday staff was asked to provide a full first round mock. Who will go number one? What players are available to the Chiefs at #21? Answers below the fold!

Pick 1Cam Newton, QB, AuburnCarolina makes a mistake here and grabs the next Vince Young.
Pick 2Marcell Dareus, DT, AlabamaBest DT in the draft, it’s a no brainer to the Donks
Pick 3Nick Fairley, DT/DE, AuburnBuffalo starts it’s transition back to a 4-3 defense with Fairley. He can play inside or outside and will shore up the d-line.
Pick 4AJ Green, WR, GeorgiaGreen is the top WR in the draft and the Bengels need a WR badly. The QB need will be filled in round two.
Pick 5Blaine Gabbert, QB MissouriAnother no brainer pick. The Cards have no one who scares anyone as a QB.
Pick 6Julio Jones, WR, AlabamaColt McCoy needs people to catch the ball and Jones is a top ten prospect.
Pick 7Patrick Peterson, CB, LSUThe 49ers dream comes true. Peterson is by far the best talent available and hits a major need.
Pick 8Robert Quinn, OLB, North CarolinaBowers medical scares me. The Titans play it safe with a stud OLB talent.
Pick 9Tyron Smith, OT, USCDallas is transitioning away from the pure smash mouth offensive line. Smith is not as ready as Castonzo, but could be the best OT in the draft in 2-3 years.
Pick 10Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&MThe Redskins luck into Miller who is the best pure pass rusher in the draft.
Pick 11Aldon Smith, OLB, MissouriHouston needs an OLB badly and reaches for Smith here.
Pick 12Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston CollegeCastonzo is the most NFL ready OT and a great pick for the Vikes here.
Pick 13Prince Amukamara, CB, NebraskaThe Lions are sticking pins in their Vikings doll as Castonzo goes one pick before them. Amukamara is the best player left in the draft. He is a great consolation prize.
Pick 14Da’Quan Bowers, DE, ClemsonThe Bowers slide ends here as the Rams have to look to round two to find pass receivers.
Pick 15Mark Ingram, RB, AlabamaWill Miami reach for a QB here? No, but they need a new running back and Ingram fills the bill.
Pick 16JJ Watt, DE, WisconsinWatt will bring some heat from his strong side DE spot.
Pick 17Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, TempleThe Pats finally find their successor to Richard Seymour.
Pick 18Aldon Smith, OLB, MissouriThe Chargers find their pass rush threat since Larry English has not worked out.
Pick 19Gabe Carimi, OT, WisconsinThe Giants need to start rebuilding that offensive line.
Pick 20Ryan Kerrigan, DE, PurdueKerrigan appeals to both 4-3 teams and 3-4 teams. His high motor and pas rushing skills earns him some pewter.
Pick 21Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi StateAddicts know I love Sherrod to the Chiefs. He has the athletic skills and character to earn his Arrowhead.
Pick 22Nate Solder, OT, ColoradoI am not a fan of Solder. He is the best OT left and the Colts are desperate for a good tackle.
Pick 23Jimmy Smith, CB ColoradoAndy Reid is not scared off by the character issues and grabs this ultra confident, talented CB.
Pick 24Corey Liuget, DT IllinoisThe Saints need an upgrade next to newly acquired Shaun Rodgers.
Pick 25Jake Lockler, QB, WashingtonI am not a fan of Lockler’s, but the Hawks reach and Lockler stays in Washington.
Pick 26Torrey Smith, WR, MarylandThe Ravens select a faster WR to pair with Boldin and open up room for Rice.
Pick 27Cameron Jordan, DE CaliforniaJordan can play inside or outside, giving the Falcons another pass rushing threat.
Pick 28Mike Pouncey, G, FloridaThe Patriots need a talent infusion in the offensive line. Pouncey can play either guard spot.
Pick 29Jason Pinkston, OT, PittsburghThe Bears need OT help badly and reach a bit for Pinkston
Pick 30Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio StateHeyward beefs up the Jet’s defensive line.
Pick 31Marcus Cannon, OG, TCUCannon adds some muscle along side Maurkice Pouncey.
Pick 32Mikel LeShoure, RB, IllinoisThe Pack can sit and see what talent falls to them. Here, it’s LeShoure who some analysts think is the best RB in the draft.