An Everyone’s Eligible Mock Draft

Written by Mike Daneshgar on December 3, 2011


17. Tennessee Titans 

 

Sharif Floyd – DT – Florida*

 

The Tennessee Titans look to be building a strong defensive line, acquiring Floyd would guarantee it. Shariff Floyd a handful and is so athletic that he can even slide to the outside, and has done so on many occasions at Florida. With Jaye Howard graduating, expect Floyd to have a breakout junior campaign on the inside of a Florida defense seething with 5 star recruits and future NFL players.

18. Cincinnati Bengals 

 

Eric Reid – S – LSU*

 

In the game of the century versus Alabama, Eric Reid stood out in the spotlight. While the rest of the LSU defense was snoozing to start the game, Reid almost single-handedly held Alabama to field goals. Then when the Bama was threatening again, Eric Reid out-muscled the Crimson Tide tight end and came down with a clutch red-zone interception. The Bengals have addressed pretty much every position on the defense other than safety. It’s about time they find a youngster in the defensive backfield to push that emerging group over the top.

19. New York Jets 

 

Tony Jefferson – S – Oklahoma*

 

Though Rex Ryan won’t admit it, current safeties Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith, and Brodney Pool are the weak points of their defense. Why do the Jets keep trying to make due with lesser talented players? Tony Jefferson has been NFL-ready since the day he set foot on the Oklahoma campus and would finally add an enforcer in the secondary to a defense that lost some of its bite this year.

20. Dallas Cowboys 

 

Dre Kirkpatrick – CB – Alabama

 

The Cowboys are an elite defensive back away from taking their defense to the next level. With the blitzing that Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan does, the Cowboys need to make sure they are solid in coverage to make sure they don’t get burnt deep. Dre Kirkpatrick is a tall (6’3) and physical player with tackling skills that could very easily translate to the FS position in the NFL if corner doesn’t work out.

21. New York Giants 

 

Zach Brown – OLB – North Carolina

 

What can Brown do for New York? For starters, he can stop the musical chairs of underperforming rookies at the linebacker position. He would also add some fresh blood and more freakish athleticism to a defense that has lost a bit of its swagger this year. Zach Brown is virtually too athletic to fail in the NFL and has shown at North Carolina that he can produce too.

22. Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK) 

 

Michael Dyer – RB – Auburn*

 

Though he has not been quite the same player since Auburn lost the Cam Newton factor to their offense, you can tell that the talent is still there. Dyer comes from the Maurice Jones-Drew breed of tailback and is short and stocky like the original. He also happens to have tree trunks for legs so there’s no doubt he will be able to take a beating at the next level. Cedric Benson is running well but is playing on a one year contract and the Bengals could use a long-term upgrade at the position.

23. Cleveland Browns (via ATL) 

 

Jackson Jeffcoat – DE – Texas*

 

The Browns have a black hole at the RDE position and could use a blindside pass rusher in the worst way. Jeffcoat started off the year slowly but has exploded recently, racking up 12 TFL and 5 sacks in a 4 game span. He came to Texas with high expectations and could give the Cleveland Browns defense a dimension for Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and Andy Dalton to be afraid of.

24. Chicago Bears 

 

DJ Fluker – OT – Alabama

 

D.J. Fluker is overlooked because rSoph offensive tackles rarely declare early. However, not many redshirt sophomores have started and played two full seasons. A key piece of arguably the best OL in college football, Fluker came in with high expectations and hasn’t underwhelmed. The Bears drafted tackle Gabe Carimi in last year’s draft, but LT J’Marcus Webb has struggled in pass protection. Jay Cutler will thank the front office if they draft Fluker.

25. San Francisco 49ers 

 

Alshon Jeffery – WR – South Carolina

 

Alshon Jeffery has some of the best hands on a prospect that I have seen, but even they can’t overcome the disgustingly poor quarterback play at South Carolina. Thus, due to his lack of production, some have grown concerned about his work ethic and if he’ll be able to gain separation from corners at the next level. San Francisco has a pretty big mess at the WR position, with three overdrafted 1st rounders in Edwards, Crabtree, and Ginn. If Jim Harbaugh can motivate Jeffery into shape, this pick could end up as one of the big steals.

26. Baltimore Ravens 

 

Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M*

 

Veterans past their prime can only hold up for so long. A long-term replacement for Bryant McKinnie at one of the tackle spots will go a long ways in protecting Joe Flacco in the future. Jake, son of Houston Oilers great Bruce Matthews, has stepped in at Texas A&M and shown that sound blocking runs in the family. Jake isn’t an overpowering tackle, but he’s just rock solid and could probably start in the NFL right now. The move to the SEC next year will be a huge test, but his last name alone will get him drafted.

27. New England Patriots 

 

Johnathan Hankins – DT – Ohio State*

 
With Johnathan Hankins, big guys just shouldn’t move that well. He is in the B.J. Raji mold that makes you wonder how a big man can be that agile. He’ll need to focus on finishing plays but his penetration is there and he has shown flashes of a future top 10 pick. The Albert Haynesworth experiment was a failure so they need someone to compliment Vince Wilfork. Hankins should step in nicely and with Bill Bellichick’s affinity for Urban Meyer players it makes sense as well.

28. Detroit Lions 

 

David DeCastro – OG – Stanford

 

The Lions run game has been seriously lacking this year. Much is due to injuries, but taking the best guard prospect in decades can only help, right? I’ll admit that I’m not an offensive line guru, but David DeCastro is just really fun to watch smash people. He’s super athletic and always seems to get the best of his man. When LeShoure returns from injury, the Lions may finally get an inside running game with DeCastro leading the way.

29. Houston Texans 

 

Matt Elam – S – Florida*

 

Coincidentally, Matt Elam’s brother Abe plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Can the state of Texas handle two Elams? The Texans would certainly hope so if he is made the pick. Matt is alot like his brother, only better in pretty much every department. On a talented, yet inconsistent Florida defense, Elam has been the one consistent producer on the team, and even leads the Florida Gators in tackles for loss with 9. Houston has decent safeties, but acquiring a player like Elam could put the Texans defense into the elite category.

30. New England Patriots (via NO) 

 

Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame

 

With Randy Moss no longer with the team, the Patriots lack a wide receiver who can stretch the field vertically. Michael Floyd can do that. Though Floyd has character questions, that has never scared the Patriots off. The Notre Dame wideout is a physical blocker and uses his size very well to achieve separation. It would make a good marriage.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers 

 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington**

 

Though Heath Miller is a fan favorite, he’s not getting any younger or any faster. When one of the best tight end prospects to come around in a while falls into your lap, you take him. That’s exactly what Austin Seferian-Jenkins is shaping up to be. At 6’6 260, it’s hard to believe that he’s a true freshmen. By the time 2014 comes rolling around, Austin should develop into one of the premier receiving targets in football with the assistance of his true sophomore quarterback Keith Price.

32. Green Bay Packers 

 

Dominique Easley – DE – Florida*

 

Easley has a tremendous burst off of the snap as he is always one of the first defensive linemen off of the ball. He needs to work on consistency and becoming more disciplined, as he has a tendency to commit head-scratching penalties. There is no denying his talent though and if he puts it all together he will become a massive terror with a motor. The Packers have had issues with their defensive end position so it’s almost unfair that they get a player of Easley’s caliber this late in the draft.

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Mike Daneshgar

Mike is a contributor to the DraftBreakdown team whose obsession with talent evaluation and teambuilding sprouted from the many failures of his beloved Cleveland Browns. His goal is to one day say that he gets paid to work in football. In between being a Master's student at the University of Florida and working with DraftBreakdown, Mike also writes pieces for the ProFootballFocus.com Dynasty staff. See all posts by Mike Daneshgar.