So the Combine is on us and it is perhaps the biggest step in the draft process as prospects can make or break their stock during the workouts. They do have their school’s Pro Day coming up, but it’s not as big a spotlight as the Combine itself. As such it’s time for an update to my mock draft. There’s a big change at the top and a second round has been added. This was all done before the Combine started, and expect it to change based on how these athletes perform in Indianapolis.

Round 1
1. Indianapolis  – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Andrew Luck will be the pick here, without a doubt. The drama surrounding what the Colts will do with Manning does not change this pick. They could have Luck be the starter from Day 1 or keep Manning around to help him along. Either way Luck will be a Colt.

2. Cleveland(from St Louis) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
After thinking about it, Cleveland needs a QB more then Washington. The Browns’ offense is anything but exciting and RG3 will remedy that. He can make plays happen with his arms and his feet and will be a force in the NFL.
(Previous: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama)

3. Minnesota – Matt Kalil, OT, USC
If the Vikings want Christian Ponder to succeed as an NFL QB, then they need to keep him on his feet. This is where Kalil comes in, as he is the top OT in the draft who will also help Peterson in the ground game.
(Previous Pick: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU)

4. St Louis(from Cleveland) – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Trading down also nets them Cleveland’s #22 pick. With this one they select the weapon that Bradford needs in Blackmon. He is a game-breaking receiver and a threat to score on any play.
(Previous: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford)

5. Tampa Bay – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Claiborne is available, but the Bucs will not pass up Richardson. He is a one man wrecking crew who bowls over opposing defenses. He racked up yards game after game and will add a new dimension to Tampa’s offense.
(Previous: Matt Kalil, OT, USC)

6. Washington – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Cleveland trading up robs them of RG3, so instead they select Martin to protect whoever ends up as their QB. He has done an excellent job blocking for Andrew Luck and is equally talented in blocking for the run and the pass.
(Previous: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor)

7. Jacksonville – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Both of their starting corners are free agents, so they could need a replacement. What luck as Claiborne is still on the board. He possesses top coverage and big play ability.
(Previous: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State)

8. Carolina – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Since Kirkpatrick decided to get arrested, the Panthers will move on to a fast riser in Brockers. He was surrounded by talent in Baton Rouge, but nonetheless has a combination of speed, skill and strength that will be very tempting.
(Previous: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama)

9. Miami – Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
The Dolphins could use an OT, but the top DE is still on the board and I believe they would take him. Coples’ combination of size, speed and athleticism will allow him to get to the QB constantly. A dominant pass rush has done wonders for teams just this past season.
(Previous: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford)

10. Buffalo – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
The Bills really need an edge rusher and Ingram more then fits the bill. He could beat O-lineman with his physicality as a DE or get to the QB with his speed as an OLB. He’ll be a big piece of an improving Buffalo defense.
(Previous: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama)

11. Kansas City – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
An offensive tackle would do wonders for the Chief’s O-line. Reiff has been consistent throughout the season in handling his blocks. Though he may need to add some bulk to handle the bigger DEs in the NFL, he has all the tools to be successful.

12. Seattle – Devin Still, DE/DT, Penn State
The ‘Hawks need a legit rush threat off the edge on defense and while Still is not quite there yet, he has the tools to become a premier option. He mostly played DT, but with his potential, he can grow into an edge rushing DE.
(Previous: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina)

13. Arizona – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabma
The Cardinals have a big need on the O-line, but barring a trade there are no players with taking here. Instead they jump at the chance to take a premier talent in Upshaw who the stats and big game performances to back up the hype.
(Previous: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College)

14. Dallas – Alfonso Dennard, CB, Nebraska
The ‘Boys need a cornerback for Ryan’s defense to work properly. Dennard more then has the talent to succeed on Sundays. He has the skills, but perhaps his best trait is that he’s smart and doesn’t make mistakes.
(Previous: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama)

15. Philadelphia – Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
The Eagles’ rush defense wasn’t that spectacular last season and fixing it will be a focus in the offseason. Kuechly will definitely help in that department. During the season, he seemed to be all over the field making plays and was a tackling machine every game.
(Previous: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois)

16. NY Jets – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Yes the J-E-T-S have Holmes and Burress, but they could use another receiver. Floyd has a great combination of size and speed and I’m sure Sanchez will be glad he’ll be throwing to him.

17. Cincinnati(from Oakland) – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Kirkpatrick’s arrest for pot possession will cause him to slip down draft boards, but not the Bengals. They desperately need help at the corner with Hall’s injury and Clements’ age. This will cause them to take a chance on a premium talent that will slip down.
(Previous: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska)

18. San Diego – Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
The Chargers need to focus on their defensive front seven this offseason. Perry could play either DE or OLB for them, though it’s more likely he’ll be the latter. He has speed off the snap and a variety of moves to get into the backfield.

19. Chicago – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Jay Cutler needs someone to throw to and RG3’s favorite receiver will fill the need. Wright has all the tools to be a true #1 receiver, including great athleticism and solid hands that can make some amazing grabs.
(Previous: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford)

20. Tennessee – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Chris Johnson sputtered at RB this past season and upgrading the O-line will be a major objective for the Titans in the offseason. That’s where DeCastro comes in. He is a dominant run blocker and a big reason for Stanford’s success on the ground, who will only help Johnson.
(Previous: Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State)

21. Cincinnati – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
This is probably too high for Miller, but the Bengals don’t have much of a ground game. His main asset is his speed, which he can use to break some long runs. He would add another young offensive piece to go with Dalton and Green.

22. St Louis(from Cleveland) – Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Bradford is going to need blockers if he’s ever going have enough time to pass to Blackmon. Adams is a rising talent who has all the skills coaches look for in a prototypical offensive tackle.

23. Detroit – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Dominic Raiola is on the downside of his career and it’s time to find his replacement. Konz has the results to back up his skills as he has handled top players like Jerel Worthy and Jared Crick in the Big Ten. He can block equally as well for the run as the pass and will be anchor in the middle of the Lion O-line.

24. Pittsburgh – Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
The Steelers need an upgrade at guard and Cordy Glenn fits the bill. He positions himself well to make blocks, utilizing quick feet to do so. He can pass protect, though he’s better at run blocking. He had a bad game against Boise State, but improved as the season wore on.

25. Denver – Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
The Broncos need a run stuffing defensive tackle and that’s exactly what they get with Worthy. He has the strength to break off blocks from the O-line and zero in on the running back. He’ll also create space for the LBs to get into the backfield.

26. Houston – Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are not effective targets across from Andre Johnson. Sanu is on the rise after breaking several records this past season and has a nice mix of skills that he uses to beat defenders.
(Previous: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina)

27. New England(from New Orleans) – Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Pats have some young players in their secondary, but in this pass happy league, you can never have too many defensive backs. Barron is a hard hitter with excellent instincts. He can cover receivers as well as come up for run support.

28. Green Bay – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
The Packers don’t have any real immediate needs, but one they could turn their attention to is an edge rusher opposite Clay Matthews. Mercilus was a DE in college, but could transition to an OLB in the NFL. His high motor led to a very productive past season.
(Previous: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina)

29. Baltimore – Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Ray Lewis only has a few years left and the Ravens need to start looking for his successor. Hightower is a rock in the middle, chasing down ball carriers and can also join the blitz if needed. He’ll benefit greatly learning from Lewis.

30. San Francisco – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The Niners could use a CB, but their defense is already good, so they turn to improving the offense. Jeffery has the size that will make him a dangerous red zone target for Alex Smith. His considerable skills allowed him to succeed in the tough SEC.
(Previous: Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers)

31. New England – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
The Pats use another pick to shore up their terrible pass defense. Jenkins has elite cover skills, but his off field issues have caused his stock to drop. Belichick should remedy that and at least get Jenkins focused enough to tap into his potential.
(Previous: Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall)

32. NY Giants – Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
Burfict is a run stopper of the highest caliber that plays with a very high motor. He can slip past blockers and tackle with ease. The caveat is that he can lose control of his emotions, but the Giants staff can work on directing that aggression properly.

 

Round 2
33. St Louis – Zack Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Brown has the talent to be picked in the first round, but just misses it. The Rams won’t mind as they need a few OLBs for their defense.

34. Indianapolis – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
There’s been some talk that Dallas Clark won’t be retained. In that case why not get your new franchise QB his favorite target from college? It would certainly ease the transition for both players.

35. Minnesota – Reuben Randle, WR, LSU
Percy Harvin is the only WR of note on the Viking roster and it can be fixed with the selection of Randle. He was overshadowed by the Tigers’ defense, but has the size and skills to be a solid red zone target.

36. Tampa Bay – Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
Aqib Talib has trouble with the law and Ronde Barber may retire. Minnifield has good cover skills, as evidenced by the fact teams threw away from him most of the time.

37. Cleveland – Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
RG3 can’t save the Browns’ offense all by himself, so Jones will help out too. He has the size and toughness to mix it up and the speed to stretch the field.

38. Jacksonville – Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
It looks like Blaine Gabbert is going to need all the help he can get. He definitely needs some more protection up front. Sanders is well rounded in both pass and run protection.

39. Washington – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Redskins get their future signalcaller and didn’t have to give up any picks. Tannehill’s injury has caused concerns and it causes him to slip to the 2nd round despite a solid skill set.

40. Carolina – Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
The Panthers have a few linebackers as free agents and could use one come draft time. Curry is as explosive as he is athletic and looks like a prototypical 3-4 OLB.

41. Buffalo – Kelechi Osemele, OG/OT, Iowa State
Not to sound like a broken record but since the Bills are committed to Fitzpatrick at QB, they better get him some O-line talent. Osemele has the size and strength as well as the versatility to play guard or tackle.

42. Miami – Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
The Dolphins are switching to a 4-3 base defense, so they’ll need more interior defensive linemen. Poe is a massive nose tackle who takes up a ton of space.

43. Seattle – Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson
They did draft Still in round 1, but the Seahawk pass rush was pretty bad last season. Branch can remedy that from the OLB or even DE, but he’ll be more effective standing up.

44. Kansas City – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Brandon Carr is a free agent and if he isn’t resigned, then the Chiefs will look for a CB early. Gilmore is skilled in coverage and makes QBs pay for their mistakes.

45. Dallas – Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE, Oklahoma
Anthony Spencer had consistency issues last season, so even if he’s retained, the Boys may look for a replacement. Lewis’ burst off the edge fits well as a DE or OLB.

46. Philadelphia – Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
It’s looking more and more likely that DeSean Jackson will not be an Eagle next season. McNutt is one of the more underrated receivers in the class, as he quietly piled up yards and scores out of the spotlight.

47. NY Jets – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
Mark Sanchez has been criticized greatly ever since the Jets missed the playoffs. He may have hit his ceiling already, which could cause the Jets to look for someone else. Foles did very well for an Arizona team that had a horrible defense.

48. New England(from Oakland) – Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
David is not physically imposing at 6’ and 220 lbs, but has a solid array of skills that will intrigue the Pats. Belichick will find a way to utilize him no matter the scheme.

49. San Diego – Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
Kris Dielman may retire due to concussion issues. Zeitler was terrific paving the way for Montee Ball last season and handled some tough DTs in the Big Ten.

50. Chicago – Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Three of the Bears’ top 4 CBs are free agents, so they’ll target the position early. Hosley is incredibly athletic, but needs to add some bulk to match up with tougher NFL WRs.

51. Philadelphia(from Arizona) – Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Vick will be 32 when the season starts, can’t stay healthy for a full season and has no legit backups. Enter Chris Weinke 2.0. Weeden put up crazy numbers all season long, despite the team defense being horrendous, which meant he had little margin for error.

52. Tennessee – Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
The Titans must do something this offseason to upgrade their pass rush. Jones has been rising up draft boards ever since he declared due to size/speed combo.

53. Cincinnati – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Pat Sims will be a free agent, so the Bengals could look for depth in the draft. Cox is a prospect who has first round talent, but falls to Cincy here.

54. Detroit – David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Jahvid Best has concussion issues and Mikel Leshoure tore his Achilles, so RB is a need. Wilson is the best one available and was also the ACC Player Of The Year

55. Atlanta – Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska
Crick has injury concerns that could drop his stock, but he is a relentless sack machine that has also played inside at DT. The Falcons have too many questions at DE to ignore the position very long in the Draft.

56. Pittsburgh – Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
With the news that Rashard Mendenhall could miss the entire next season, it would be wise for the Steelers to find another back. Martin is a powerful runner that also showcases solid agility who seems a great fit for Pittsburgh.

57. Denver – Chris Polk, RB, Washington
It wouldn’t be a John Fox offense without multiple backs. Moreno is always injured it seems and McGahee is getting older. Polk was a workhorse for the Huskies who kept piling up the rushing yards.

58. Houston – Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
The Texans could really use a big-bodied nose tackle in the middle of their 3-4 D-line. Thompson fits the bill and has an explosive burst to go along with his size.

59. New Orleans – Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
The Saints need a pass rusher on the interior of the D-line so they don’t have to rely on the blitz so much. Martin was a rock for the Wolverines and had a productive week at the Senior Bowl.

60. Green Bay – Kendall Reyes, DE/DT, UConn
The Packers’ DEs could not get to the QB consistently last season. Reyes has the size to beat blockers and the speed to get into the backfield.

61. Baltimore – Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State
We all know how good the Raven defense is, but could stand to get another pass rusher. Wagner provides that as well as solid coverage skills and the ability to play inside.

62. San Francisco – Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
Ahmad Brooks is a free agent, so if he leaves Harbaugh will look for a replacement. Who better then someone he has coached before? Thomas played well even when Shayne Skov went down last season.

63. New England – Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Welker will be back, but Branch and Ochocinco might not. Toon is talented and produced big numbers even in a run-based offense.

64. NY Giants – Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Jake Ballard is decent, but tore his ACL. Allen was a force for Clemson in the red zone, using his height to his advantage, and also possesses solid blocking skills.