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Greg Cosell's mock draft: Picks 1-16 | Picks 17-32]
 

Here’s picks 1-16 in my mock draft, you can see picks 17-32 here. The parameters I presented for those selections still apply. One other point: I don’t place grades on players based on the round in which I believe they should be selected. I project players to the NFL, and then look at team needs. If a player I feel transitions well to the NFL fits a given team, then, as far as I’m concerned, that’s a good pick.


 

1. Kansas City Chiefs: My pick here is Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher. He and Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel have very similar skill sets, but I like Fisher a little more. The Alex Smith trade was the impetus for this selection. Andy Reid acquired Smith to solidify the quarterback position. Smith is an efficient, system player who does not turn the ball over. The objective was not to lose games because of your quarterback. That’s the Smith factor. It makes little sense to make that trade, structure your offense that way, and then not address your OL, especially when you have Jamal Charles in the backfield.


 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: The next best player on the board is Luke Joeckel. And it just so happens to be at a position of serious need for the Jaguars. As of this writing, they do not have a RT. Right now, their quarterbacks are Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Neither can function without a high quality OL. Just like Fisher, the strength of Joeckel’s game is repetitive execution more than elite athleticism and movement. What always stood out watching Joeckel (and Fisher) on tape was he never seemed to be off balance. He was comfortable, composed and economical on every play. If I were to make a comparison, I would say Joeckel is a smoother mover than Jake Long when he came out of Michigan as the number one overall pick, but not as naturally fluid as Ryan Clady, who was the 12th pick in the same 2008 draft.


 

3. Oakland Raiders: This selection is easy. It’s defensive tackle Shariff Floyd of Florida, one of my favorite players to evaluate on tape. Forget about the fact the Raiders do not have a starting quality DT on their present roster. Floyd is worthy under any circumstances. You talk to outstanding defensive tackles like Warren Sapp, and they talk about hips. Floyd has very loose hips. He’s lively and limber, with great balance and body control. He played both through and around blocks. He’s what I call a tackle-for-loss DT, disruptive with an explosive closing burst. He transitions best as a classic 3-technique in a four-man line, but he would be equally effective as a DE in 1-gap 3-4 front.


 

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4. Philadelphia Eagles: This is where the defensive player that intrigues me the most comes off the board. That’s Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan. I was fortunate to be on the field at the Scouting Combine, and to watch this 6-foot-6, 250-pounder move was a revelation. He looked like a wide receiver. On film, he was naturally athletic, very smooth and fluid, and surprisingly explosive given his length. At Oregon this past season, he primarily played in space, which he did exceptionally well. I had to study a lot of games to get a feel for his pass rush skills. They were impressive, and I believe he will become a very good edge rusher in the NFL. He showed the ability to get low and bend the edge with the needed flexibility to succeed against quality NFL offensive tackles. There’s much to like about Jordan, and he’s just scratching the surface. Want a comparison? How about Jason Taylor.


 

5. Detroit Lions: Let’s start with two questions - What is a greater position of need for the Lions, OT or CB? Which of those two positions has the higher rated player? For me, it’s OT. My pick is Oklahoma LT Lane Johnson. Johnson is still a work in progress due to his lack of experience at the position, but he improved steadily as the 2012 season progressed. He has all the traits you look for in an NFL LT: he’s light on his feet, he’s agile, he’s a natural knee bender, he has long arms, and he’s competitive. He plays LT, Riley Reiff is your RT, and you are set at the position for years. Your franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford, will be well protected.


 

6. Cleveland Browns: I’m selecting Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert. Conventional wisdom says TE is not a position you take in the top ten. Two tight ends have been taken in the top ten in this decade, both at number six: Kellen Winslow in 2004, and Vernon Davis in 2006. I have written extensively about the increased value of the “Joker” TE in today’s NFL, and have talked to many defensive coordinators who have told me that matching up to “12” personnel (one back, two tight ends, and two wide receivers) is a real problem. Eifert is the most athletic TE in this draft class. I saw him split outside the numbers many times, and beat corners on vertical routes. Two things to keep in mind: Rob Chudzinski was the OC in Cleveland in 2007 when Winslow had 82 catches for 1,106 yards (the Browns won the AFC North that season), and new OC Norv Turner is a master at utilizing the TE, most recently Antonio Gates, but you can go all the way back to Jay Novacek with the Cowboys in the early 1990s.


 

7. Arizona Cardinals: West Virginia WR Tavon Austin. Most know at this point how I feel about Austin. Here’s how I described him in a previous column:


 

He aligned all over the formation, including in the backfield, and possesses an extraordinary combination of flash quickness, lateral explosion, stop and start acceleration and top end speed. He’s a live wire with the ball in his hands: shifty, elusive and unpredictable, with the ability to turn routine plays into impact, game changing masterpieces.


 

Now think about new head coach Bruce Arians. Last year in Indianapolis, he had rookie T.Y. Hilton, at 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds. Hilton played 61 percent of the Colts' snaps, had 861 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. In addition, he averaged almost 12 yards per punt return, with another touchdown. Prior to that with the Steelers, Arians featured 5-foot-10, 186-pound Antonio Brown. In 2011, Arians last year in Pittsburgh, Brown had 69 catches for 1108 yards. Austin is more versatile, and more explosive than both Brown and Hilton.


 

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8. Buffalo Bills: LSU DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo makes perfect sense for the Bills. They do not have a pass rusher at the linebacker position, and new DC Mike Pettine, formerly of the Jets, feature scheme multiplicity with athletic players who can align in different spots. Mingo flashed explosive traits, and the kind of closing speed you cannot teach. He’s a work in progress, not yet close to a finished product. He did not show elite body flexibility, with the ability to bend the edge. He needs an NFL weight room. But you put on the Clemson tape, and you see the kind of burst and speed that can impact games.


 

Jonathan Cooper is a big man with a bright future. (Getty Images)9. New York Jets: The pick here is my number one guard in the draft, North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper. As I mentioned with Floyd, Cooper was also one of my favorite players to evaluate. He was as purely athletic as any guard I can remember studying. He had remarkably light feet for a 310-pound man, with such ease of movement. As a puller in the run game, he had extraordinary balance and body control. You know what I liked the most: he was a tenacious competitor, with a nasty streak. He looked to initiate contact whenever possible. He was fun to watch, the kind of player that will be a tempo setter for an offensive line. Everybody is focusing on defense with the Jets, but their offense is worse than poor, and in my mock, Cooper is the best player available.


 

10. Tennessee Titans: The next best offensive guard on the board is Alabama's Chance Warmack. The Titans are trying to manage and manipulate an erratic Jake Locker with a consistent and sustaining running game. That’s why they signed Shonn Greene to complement Chris Johnson, and underrated OG Andy Levitre. Warmack is an outstanding prospect, with excellent core strength and a powerful lower body. Overall, he showed a very desirable combination of size, strength and athleticism. What really stood out for a man with his squatty build was his movement in space, his ability to strike a moving target with balance and body control. In addition, he had unyielding anchor strength in pass protection. Warmack and Cooper: two of the best OG prospects we have seen in recent years.


 

11. San Diego Chargers: The best combination of size, speed and athleticism at linebacker in this draft is Georgia's Alec Ogletree. He has no athletic limitations -- he’s field-fast with sideline-to-sideline range and speed. He consistently showed explosive traits both as a run defender and in pass coverage. The concern is play recognition, or what most refer to as instincts. He needs to become quicker and more decisive with his reactions, especially in the run game. There were times he was too hesitant, or too passive. But the bottom line is Ogletree is long and athletic with outstanding movement, a classic run-and-chase linebacker in a game increasingly defined by the passing game.


 

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12. Miami Dolphins: Here’s where my top corner comes of the board. That would be D.J. Hayden of Houston. He’s the most physically gifted corner in this draft class. As I wrote in a recent column, “Cornering the Market”, Hayden has the most complete and impressive combination of sudden movement, change of direction, the ability to effectively play both press man and off coverage zone, a challenging and competitive playing temperament, and as an added dimension, his willingness to support in the run game with aggression. No corner has a more fluid and compact backpedal, with balance, body control and the quickest feet of any prospect in the draft.


 

13. New York Jets: My pick is Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones. I believe that Jones is the most ready of all the potential 3-4 outside linebackers in this draft. Ignore the 40 yard dash time. Put on the tape. Jones is a fluid athlete with sudden movement and quick change of direction. He showed body flexibility as a pass rusher, with excellent closing speed. I also liked his ability to transition from speed to power as a pass rusher. He got underneath the pads of bigger OL, and drove them back into the quarterback. You know who he reminded me of at times: Terrell Suggs, another player who ran a supposedly slow 40 when he came out of Arizona State. Remember Rex Ryan was in Baltimore with for the first six years of Suggs’ career.


 

14. Carolina Panthers: Again, you have a team with a glaring need at a specific position, and a terrific prospect who can fill the void. Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, along with Sharrif Floyd, is one of the two most athletic interior defensive linemen in this draft. What I saw when I watched his tape was initial quickness, active and light feet, strong and at times violent hands, and outstanding overall athleticism. There was a sudden and explosive element to his game; he was quick in everything he did. And I loved his effort and competitiveness. He made many plays in pursuit, showing the kind of range you don’t normally see from defensive tackles. Like Floyd, he transitions best to the NFL as a one gap “3 technique” with dominant traits, and the potential to be a disruptive penetrator and double digit sacker.


 

15. New Orleans Saints: My pick here is Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei, based on overall skill set, could have easily been selected higher in my mock. He has a very impressive combination of size, strength, athleticism and competitiveness. He had light feet, ease of movement, strong hands. There were times I conjured up the word nimble to describe Star’s movement. I would not call him explosive in the same manner I would Shariff Floyd or Sheldon Richardson, but Lotulelei was stronger with the ability to shoot his hands with power. He’s not a true inside pass rusher, but he has the attributes to develop into an effective rusher due to his athleticism and strength. In an ideal Rob Ryan defense, which places a premium on both position and scheme versatility, Lotulelei is a perfect fit.


 

16. St. Louis Rams: Who will run the ball for the Rams? How about Alabama running back Eddie Lacy? St. Louis can't play effective offense without a consistent running game. I don’t do discussions of “value”. Those philosophical conversations don’t have any meaning for coaches in the middle of the season when they are trying to win games. There are arguably three backs in this draft that are foundation / feature backs: Eddie Lacy, Le’veon Bell and possibly Montee Ball. Lacy is easily the best of the three, and without question, one of the 20 best players in this draft. He’s my pick for the Rams. He’s a decisive and powerful downhill runner with deceptively quick feet and short area burst. He’s a move the chains sustainer who was very effective in confined space. The only question with Lacy, and it’s a legitimate one, is, does he have the mindset and mentality to be a foundation back. He did not truly fill that role for Alabama. There’s no question, however, he has the physical attributes. By the way, I’d rather have Lacy and DJ Swearinger than Kenny Vaccaro and

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It would be a major upset for the Jets to keep both of these picks. If the top guy on their board at #9 is a guard, they will burn up the phone lines to get out of the pick.  

Agree

 

The question is, who will answer the phone?  Think a lot of the teams with early picks will be on the phone trying to unload them.

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Agree

 

The question is, who will answer the phone?  Think a lot of the teams with early picks will be on the phone trying to unload them.

 

The 49ers and Vikings are both rumored to want to move up. I've seen proposed trades ahead of the Jets for the last OT. I think the new CBA makes those high picks much more attractive than they used to be. 

 

Guards are game changers.

 

Lol. 

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It would be a major upset for the Jets to keep both of these picks. If the top guy on their board at #9 is a guard, they will burn up the phone lines to get out of the pick.  

 

could not agree more.  guards int he first round?   20 or later.  it is a passing league, not a ground and pound league.

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The 49ers and Vikings are both rumored to want to move up. I've seen proposed trades ahead of the Jets for the last OT. I think the new CBA makes those high picks much more attractive than they used to be. 

 

 

Lol. 

 

Mike Iupati transformed the Niners offense. Extremely valuable players if you have elite production there.

 

Hutchinson too for the Seahawks. There's a reason both Warmack and Cooper are being talked about as first round picks. These guys change offenses.

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The 49ers and Vikings are both rumored to want to move up. I've seen proposed trades ahead of the Jets for the last OT. I think the new CBA makes those high picks much more attractive than they used to be. 

 

 

Lol. 

 

 

Well, the Vikes number one interests me more, of course.  If we could work something to get both of their firsts.......

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Well, the Vikes number one interests me more, of course.  If we could work something to get both of their firsts.......

 

We trade them the #9 and our 2nd rounder. We get both their 1sts and Adrian Peterson. He's torn his ACL, so he's got to be done now. 

 

This GM'ing stuff is easy squeezy

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Mike Iupati transformed the Niners offense. Extremely valuable players if you have elite production there.

 

Hutchinson too for the Seahawks. There's a reason both Warmack and Cooper are being talked about as first round picks. These guys change offenses.

 

 

I agree. Pressure up the middle is a big key to stopping today's offenses. Also screens and pulling is more important to today's offenses then it ever has been.

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I think this draft is relatively realistic. I do see Buffalo going defense in R1, with pass rusher being a priority for them. Everyone is looking at the new HC there, and thinking he'll want his old QB, but the reality is they spent a TON of money on defense last year, they sucked, and they hired Pettine this year. Mingo makes sense for them.

 

I also don't think Austin makes it to #9. Someone is going to be in love with him, and everyone knows all teams in 9-16 have been linked to him. If all 3 guards are off the board that early, I can see Austin going to a team that just invested in Carson Palmer and needs something, anything to line up across from Larry Fitzgerald.

 

Detroit has to take an OT, if they can keep Stafford upright, they can score with any team in their division, so CB would be a lower priority, I agree.

 

I love us taking Cooper, but not at #9. I hope we trade out of that spot for a team wanting Millner or Geno, neither of whom are reflected in this mock. I have unsubstantiated, but absolute, confidence that Idzik can find us starters in the 13-25 range of R1. Especially if the target positions are OL, TE, WR, CB. 

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I would be surprised to see Eifert go that high and Arizona taking another first round WR. They need o-line help. And I don't see Ogletree going that high either. Too many off the field issues.

The Jets pick are meh. Jarvis Jones is not worth 13. If the best option at 9 is a guard trade down with someone who wants Star or someone else.

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The 49ers and Vikings are both rumored to want to move up. I've seen proposed trades ahead of the Jets for the last OT. I think the new CBA makes those high picks much more attractive than they used to be. 

 

 

Lol. 

I hope your right.  I have read the articles about the 9'ers trading up, and they probably will, they just have to many picks for spots on their roster.   

 

I am wondering if they will come up into the top 10.  They are very tight to the cap, and even with the new CBA the top 10 picks are still much more expensive then later.

 

Going to have to be somebody there they really want.  Doubt it will be a guard.  if they really want the player, wouldn't the Jets?

 

Like I said, I hope your right I want to see the trade, just think it's going to be tough.

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Thats a pretty interesting mock, in general.

 

Eifert and Austin at 6 and 7....seems unlikely.

 

The guards round off the top 10.

 

Ogletree early.

 

I wont cry if that was our draft.  Love the Jones pick at 13.  And if the draft fell that way, I could live with Cooper or Warmack...though it would be hard to pass on Star with both picks.

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Mike Iupati transformed the Niners offense. Extremely valuable players if you have elite production there.

 

Hutchinson too for the Seahawks. There's a reason both Warmack and Cooper are being talked about as first round picks. These guys change offenses.

 

The 49ers have first rounders in Iupati, Davis and Staley not to mention former pro bowlers Goodwin and Boone on their line. But Iupati transformed it?

 

They would be an awesome line w/o Iupati. He didn't transform it.

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The 49ers have first rounders in Iupati, Davis and Staley not to mention former pro bowlers Goodwin and Boone on their line. But Iupati transformed it?

 

They would be an awesome line w/o Iupati. He didn't transform it.

 

Iupati is by far the best player on that line

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Thats a pretty interesting mock, in general.

 

Eifert and Austin at 6 and 7....seems unlikely.

 

The guards round off the top 10.

 

Ogletree early.

 

I wont cry if that was our draft.  Love the Jones pick at 13.  And if the draft fell that way, I could live with Cooper or Warmack...though it would be hard to pass on Star with both picks.

 

 

I agree. 

 

I don't see Eifert going that early, that's the biggest point of contention in this mock - after Eddie Lacy going to St. Louis that early. I think they already found their replacements for S Jax. They have 2 RBs on that roster that played well last year, Richardson (?) the UDFA in particular.

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I hope your right.  I have read the articles about the 9'ers trading up, and they probably will, they just have to many picks for spots on their roster.   

 

I am wondering if they will come up into the top 10.  They are very tight to the cap, and even with the new CBA the top 10 picks are still much more expensive then later.

 

Going to have to be somebody there they really want.  Doubt it will be a guard.  if they really want the player, wouldn't the Jets?

 

Like I said, I hope your right I want to see the trade, just think it's going to be tough.

 

There's a lot of talk about the boom/bust potential of guys like Austin and Mingo, with the 49ers already having an outstanding roster in place, they may feel they're in a comfortable enough place to really take a gamble on greatness and not worry about the bust factor so much. 

 

I've read the same articles you have that say they just have more picks than they have spaces on their team. Why not bundle two or three of them for some boom potential? I'm sure that's why we're hearing they want to move up. 

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There's a lot of talk about the boom/bust potential of guys like Austin and Mingo, with the 49ers already having an outstanding roster in place, they may feel they're in a comfortable enough place to really take a gamble on greatness and not worry about the bust factor so much. 

 

I've read the same articles you have that say they just have more picks than they have spaces on their team. Why not bundle two or three of them for some boom potential? I'm sure that's why we're hearing they want to move up. 

OK.  Good point on San Fran being in a position to take a gamble on a boom or bust candidate that if they miss on won’t kill them, but would kill the Jets.

Personally I wouldn’t mind them trading both 9 and 13.  So far Idzik seems to have accomplished most of what they wanted.

 

We’ll see Thursday.

 

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Iupati is by far the best player on that line

If your definition of transformation means going from the 3rd best line to the 1st best line, sure, but it's not like the line would suddenly become average w/o him. 

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I agree.

I don't see Eifert going that early, that's the biggest point of contention in this mock - after Eddie Lacy going to St. Louis that early. I think they already found their replacements for S Jax. They have 2 RBs on that roster that played well last year, Richardson (?) the UDFA in particular.

Yeah, the only issue there would be taking 2 defenders with the first 2 picks when the offense is horrible.

In this scenario, I'd probably prefer Patterson and Jones or Star and wait till the 3rd for a Guard prospect...I've seen some full mocks with Warford and Winters dropping to the 3rd and think very highly of those 2...especially Warford.

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There's a lot of talk about the boom/bust potential of guys like Austin and Mingo, with the 49ers already having an outstanding roster in place, they may feel they're in a comfortable enough place to really take a gamble on greatness and not worry about the bust factor so much. 

 

I've read the same articles you have that say they just have more picks than they have spaces on their team. Why not bundle two or three of them for some boom potential? I'm sure that's why we're hearing they want to move up. 

 

I hope this turns out to be the case and they make the moves you suggested.  Either way, we should closely watch the 49ers personnel moves as they trim their roster.  Maybe we can pick up serviceable bodies from the cuts they will have to make if they decide to hold on to all of their picks.  Another option for them is to take a page from the Pats book and trade 2013 picks for 2014 and beyond picks.

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I don't see how Jon Cooper is a better prospect than Mike Iupati. better school i guess but Iupati was a beast in college and still didn't go top 10. 

 

As for Jarvis Jones, I'd be shocked if he goes top 15. too many red flags. 

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There's a lot of talk about the boom/bust potential of guys like Austin and Mingo 

 

actually those are 2 of the cleanest prospects in the draft. Austin has 1 flaw height and Mingo has 1 flaw strength. but everything else, their speed, agility, work ethic even production is without flaw. Austin was a touchdown machine. People say Mingo didn't have enough sacks but he had 28 hurries. Both are considered committed football players - workmanlike. Both are top 15 locks. 

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Star Lotulelei at 15? No way . Pick him at 9 and if he and Deion Jordon (who I'm not much of a fan of) aren't available then trade down. I seen most drafts backing off in having these guards in the late teen early 20's (18-22 range). I like Eifert in the late teens. That we have lacy to the Rams?

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actually those are 2 of the cleanest prospects in the draft. Austin has 1 flaw height and Mingo has 1 flaw strength. but everything else, their speed, agility, work ethic even production is without flaw. Austin was a touchdown machine. People say Mingo didn't have enough sacks but he had 28 hurries. Both are considered committed football players - workmanlike. Both are top 15 locks. 

 

Agreed.  I also like, although I forget the exact numbers, Mingo's sacks were a good two seconds quicker than everyone else on that list, showing how they weren't coverage sacks.  Add in the hurries/pressures, the conference, Chavis' system and motor, and I think he's a very clean pick.  He doesn't fit with everyone, like bruce irvin; too light to play 43 End, but maybe as a 43 OLB/LEO he could have success, but 34 OLB is his bread and butter.

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actually those are 2 of the cleanest prospects in the draft. Austin has 1 flaw height and Mingo has 1 flaw strength. but everything else, their speed, agility, work ethic even production is without flaw. Austin was a touchdown machine. People say Mingo didn't have enough sacks but he had 28 hurries. Both are considered committed football players - workmanlike. Both are top 15 locks. 

Give me a WR without height any day over a LB without strength. Mingo has HUGE bust potential. 

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