Each week Fansided.com will have a new mock draft to preview and showcase this upcoming April’s draft. For more in depth analysis of each pick, be sure to visit the Fansided site of your favorite team and check back each Monday for a new and updated Mock Draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
Rumors are indicating that the Chiefs could have a deal in place to land Alex Smith. That trade would give them veteran leadership at quarterback, but the team would still have many holes on the roster. Expect Dwayne Bowe to get the franchise tag and Branden Albert to leave in free agency, which would open the door for Luke Joeckel to the Chiefs.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
This pick could come as a surprise, but it wouldn’t be too shocking if the new coaching staff in Jacksonville wants to bring in their own signal-caller and give up on Blaine Gabbert experiment.
3. Oakland Raiders – Shariff Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
Floyd is shooting up draft boards and is considered to be a top five lock. With the Raiders needing defensive line help, look for them to add talent to the trenches.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
Chip Kelly needs to address the offensive tackle position and Eric Fisher is just the man for the job. There isn’t as big of a gap in talent between Fisher and Joeckel as many would believe. If the Chiefs decide to go with Joeckel, the Eagles would be perfectly happy adding Fisher.
5. Detroit Lions – Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M
There are some split opinions when it comes to Moore, but the Lions would be licking their chops if the dynamic pass rusher was still on the board when they are on the clock.
6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
Pairing Milliner with Joe Haden would set the Browns up for success and help their defensive backfield match up better against the rest of the AFC North passing attacks.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Matt Barkley, Quarterback, USC
Reports out of the NFL Scouting Combine seem to indicate the Cardinals were very impressed with Barkley during the process. Arizona would like to add an offensive tackle with this pick, but the top two prospects are off the board and Lane Johnson would be a bit of a reach.
8. Buffalo Bills – Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Patterson continues to fly up draft boards and is now present in the top ten. With a rare size/speed combination, teams are falling in love with Patterson who is able to catch anything thrown his way.
9. New York Jets – Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
Both guards are free agents this offseason and Warmack is considered by many to be the best overall player in this year’s draft. While the Jets may like to go for a flashier pick, selecting Warmack would be the right call.
10. Tennessee Titans – Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
Tennessee could use an upgrade at safety and there is no better player at the position in this draft class than Kenny Vaccaro. Pairing Vaccaro with another former Texas Longhorn could be exactly what the Titans need to start climbing back into playoff contention.
11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
It seems all but certain that the Chargers will use their first-round pick to use the best available offensive tackle. Whether it be Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson on the board, San Diego appears poised to add a big body in the trenches.
12. Miami Dolphins – Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, LSU
Miami would benefit from adding another stud pass rusher to take some pressure off of Cameron Wake. Mingo has tremendous upside is a freak athlete that could team up with Wake and give the Dolphins a dangerous pass rushing duo.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
Werner isn’t an elite prospect and likely won’t be drafted in the top five where many people project, but he fits a need for the Buccaneers and will be able to stay in the great state of Florida.
14. Carolina Panthers – Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
A heart defect discovered at the scouting combine could cause Lotulelei to fall a bit in the draft. Luckily for the Panthers, Lotulelei would fill a huge need and give them an elite player in the center of their defensive line.
15. New Orleans Saints – Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon
Jordan is a special pass rusher but has seen his stock take a hit because of injury. He will be forced to miss a large portion of offseason workouts, but his natural talent will make a team take a chance and stop a draft day slide.
16. St. Louis Rams – Jonathan Cooper, Guard, North Carolina
It is very rare to see two guards drafted so high in the draft, but Cooper is another incredible talent. Cooper is very athletic for his size and has the power to hold blocks at the next level.