DraftBrowns.com Editor: Brendan Leister
With the draft a week and a half away, it seems like a good time to release my third mock draft of the pre-draft process. Remember that this is merely a prediction of what will happen in the first round. I am leaving my personal evaluations of the players out of the equation. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of the page with any positive or negative feelings you have regarding the mock. (The player “name, position, school”s that include hyperlinks are linked to our prospect profiles in case you wish to read more about each prospect.)
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, Left Tackle, Central Michigan
Many seem to be split on whether Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel is the top left tackle in the draft. I believe that Fisher is the better prospect and I also believe that he has more upside in the long-term. If the Chiefs decide to select a left tackle with the first pick, I expect Fisher to be the pick.
Pick in Mock 2.0: Eric Fisher, Left Tackle, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Oregon
Dion Jordan is an extremely talented and versatile player. With so many needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars opt for the best player available on their board.
Pick in Mock 2.0: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
The Raiders are deprived of talent at nearly every position on their roster and are in position to take the best player available with the third pick. Star Lotulelei might be the best player in the entire draft and he would give the Raiders a pass rush presence in the middle of their defensive line.
Pick in Mock 2.0: Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
The Eagles currently have three quarterbacks on their roster that are expected to take part in an open competition throughout the offseason. However, none of the three looks like a sure-fire long-term answer at the position. Geno Smith has the tools to be a franchise quarterback and his athletic ability would give Chip Kelly the ability to use plenty of read option concepts.
Pick in Mock 2.0: Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
5. Detroit Lions: Luke Joeckel, Left Tackle, Texas A&M
The Lions have a need for a left tackle and Luke Joeckel is regarded by many as the best in the draft class. If Joeckel slips to five, it will be extremely difficult for the Lions to pass on him.
Mock 2.0: Luke Joeckel, Left Tackle, Texas A&M
6. TRADE: Miami Dolphins (from Cleveland): Lane Johnson, Left Tackle, Oklahoma
With the two top players at the position off the board and the Cardinals and Chargers also in need of a left tackle, do not be surprised to see the Dolphins do what they can to move up to this spot on draft day to secure the top left tackle available. The price to move up will likely be a second round pick at the very least. Lane Johnson has the talent and potential to develop into a top flight left tackle in the NFL. He is a tremendous athlete with the frame to add weight.
Mock 2.0: Lane Johnson, Left Tackle, Oklahoma
7. TRADE: Carolina Panthers (from Arizona): Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
Cornerback is a big need for the Panthers and Dee Milliner is likely to be very high on their board. After trying to trade up with multiple teams up to this point, the Cardinals are the team that finally gets the deal done. Milliner gives the team a cornerback with the potential to go a long way in upgrading the secondary for many years to come.
Mock 2.0: Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU (Buccaneers)
8. TRADE: St. Louis Rams (from Buffalo): Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
By trading their second round pick to the Bills, the Rams decide to move up and select an offensive weapon with the eighth pick. Tavon Austin would give the Rams a dynamic threat from the slot and another weapon for Sam Bradford. Austin has a great chance at becoming the most dangerous offensive player to come out of this entire draft class.
Mock 2.0: Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker, Oregon (Bills)
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, Outside Linebacker, LSU
The Jets have one of the least talented rosters in the entire NFL and they are in need of impact talent. Barkevious Mingo has the talent and potential to develop into one of the best players from this entire draft class. Mingo would also give the Jets a pass rush presence off the edge that they’ve been missing for years.
Mock 2.0: Barkevious Mingo, Outside Linebacker, LSU
10. TRADE: Minnesota Vikings (from Tennessee): Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
With Sharrif Floyd available at this value and extra picks acquired in the Percy Harvin trade, the Vikings decide to move up and address a big need. Floyd is a talented and versatile defensive tackle prospect that could potentially start from day one for the Vikings.
Mock 2.0: Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama (Titans)
11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, Left Guard, North Carolina
Jonathan Cooper is the type of guard prospect that can change how a team game plans. He has rare athletic ability for the position and he will likely be selected much earlier than most guard prospects are selected. The Chargers have a need at both guard positions and Cooper could step in at left guard from day one.
Mock 2.0: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
12. TRADE: Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland via Miami): Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
Last year, the Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones aggressively moved up to draft Morris Claiborne and I expect the same aggressiveness this year. I expect that Kenny Vaccaro is one of the top players on the Cowboys’ board and with the Jets at 13 being a threat to take the safety, a trade up makes a lot of sense.
Mock 2.0: Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame (Browns)
13. TRADE: New York Jets (from Tampa Bay in Revis trade): Ryan Nassib, Quarterback, Syracuse
With no long-term answer at the quarterback position on the roster, the Jets use the pick that they received from Tampa Bay for Darrelle Revis to select Ryan Nassib. Nassib has experience playing in multiple offensive schemes throughout his college career, including the west coast offense. Ironically enough, the Jets are switching to a west coast system under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Nassib has all of the tools that teams look for in a franchise quarterback and I fully expect him to be drafted in the first round.
Mock 2.0: Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama (Cardinals)
14. TRADE: Arizona Cardinals (from Carolina): Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama
With the Cardinals missing out on the top three left tackles in the class, the team decides to trade down, acquire extra picks, and target the next best offensive lineman on their board in this scenario. Chance Warmack is arguably the top offensive guard prospect in the entire draft class. He would give the Cardinals an elite talent on the interior of their offensive line.
Mock 2.0: Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia (Panthers)
15. TRADE: Tennessee Titans (from New Orleans): Ezekiel Anash, Outside Linebacker, BYU
After moving down to 23, the Titans trade back up and jump in front of the Bills to grab the top defensive end on their board in Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah is a raw, athletic pass rusher with tons of potential.
Mock 2.0: Bjoern Werner, Outside Linebacker, Florida State (Saints)
16. TRADE: Buffalo Bills (from St. Louis): Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
After moving down from 8 and gaining some extra picks, the Bills decide to take a chance on Jarvis Jones. With the move to a hybrid 3-4 defense, the team needs to add pass rushers that is what Jarvis Jones is. Jones had a ton of production in college, but it’s hard to tell where he will be selected on draft day due to a terrible pro day, and spinal stenosis.
Mock 2.0: Jonathan Cooper, Offensive Guard, North Carolina (Rams)