An Everyone’s Eligible Mock Draft

Written by Mike Daneshgar on December 3, 2011


Round 2

33. Indianapolis Colts 

 

Barkevious Mingo – DE – LSU*

 

I actually thought about slotting Mingo instead of Jeffcoat for the Cleveland selection. How fitting would it have been to have Cleveland, home of the Dawg Pound, selecting two players with “bark” in their names. Oh well. While Indy fans may not get too excited about selecting another DE, Jim Irsay understands the importance of edge rushers. Robert Mathis is a soon-to-be free agent, Jerry Hughes hasn’t lived up to the hype, and Dwight Freeney can’t catch a break and keeps getting injured. Mingo leads the country’s top defense in sacks and tackles for loss.

34. Minnesota Vikings 

 

Jonathan Martin – OT – Stanford

 

Minnesota has to keep Christian Ponder alive if they want him to be their QB of the future. Johnathan Martin has done a nice job of keeping Andrew Luck upright, and he’s the best tackle on the board so he makes too much sense at this spot.

35. St. Louis Rams 

 

Michael Brockers – DT – LSU*

 

Another LSU defensive player? You betcha! That defense is stacked with NFL prospects, so many that they make it almost impossible for one in particular to stand out, especially statistically. At 6’6 306 with athleticism which has carried over from the fact that he played defensive end in high school, Brockers, like many of the underclassmen mentioned, could end up being a top 10 pick when all is said and done. I don’t know if the team that passed up Ndamukong Suh can afford to let the position go unaddressed.

36. Cleveland Browns 

 

Keenan Allen – WR – Cal*

 

Once the top rated defensive back prospect coming out of high school, Allen has gone all Teddy Ginn on us and turned into an impressive wide receiver. Keenan Allen is a very smooth wide receiver and makes it look easy. He’s a confident wideout who has plus size/athleticism and has really produced this year with 89 receptions for 1,261 yards. Cleveland would be lucky to add a potential #1 wideout to one of the worst receiving corps in pro football at this spot in the draft.

37. Jacksonville Jaguars 

 

Janoris Jenkins – CB – North Alabama

 

The Jags have had a pleasant surprise with CB Derek Cox, as so far this year only 32% of passes his way have been completed. But 31 year old Rashean Mathis is due to be a free agent and if they’re smart, they’ll find a replacement. I’m sure Janoris Jenkins would be happy about a return to the state of Florida. Had Jenkins entered the draft last year, he would have been my number 2 ranked cornerback prospect and at times outshined teammate Joe Haden at UF. If there are no character concerns, Jenkins will be a nice draft pick for whoever gets him.

38. Washington Redskins 

 

Aaron Murray – WR – Georgia

 

I guess it is fitting that Murray gets picked up by the Washington Redskins when their current quarterback Rex Grossman is the signal caller that I feel Murray compares well to. While some may find that as a put-down, not necessarily. They each are extra-bouncy in their dropbacks, have similar deliveries, and put up gaudy statistics in the SEC. And they’re both 6’1. If Murray can avoid becoming the mistake prone non-clutch version of Grossman that makes people cringe, he will be a nice pick for the QB-hungry Redskins.

39. Kansas City Chiefs 

 

Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa*

 

The Chiefs have had suspect line play all year. In steps Riley Reiff to correct that. The University of Iowa is a factory for offensive linemen and with G.M. Scott Pioli’s ties to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, this pick makes way too much sense to not happen. I could see Reiff actually becoming a target in the upcoming NFL draft with Kansas City’s first round pick.

40. Philadelphia Eagles 

 

Manti Te’o – LB – Notre Dame

 

This just in: the Eagles can’t tackle. I’m not sure why it took an entire year to figure that out but Philly once again found out the hard way recently, with Marshawn Lynch bowling them over. Manti Te’o is a sideline to sideline player and would immediately slide into one of the linebacker spots. That wasn’t so painful.

41. Carolina Panthers

 

Quinton Coples – DL – North Carolina

 

The last time Carolina drafted a UNC defensive linemen early, it turned out fairly well (Julius Peppers). While I see Coples as an ideal 3-4 defensive end in the mold of a Calais Campbell, the Panthers need help on the interior of their defensive line, as neither 3rd round picks that Carolina invested in the middle of the DL last year have helped. Coples is way more talented than he realizes, if Carolina can get him to reach that ceiling the Panthers would have one of the best young defensive lines in all of football.

42. Miami Dolphins 

 

Alfonzo Dennard – CB – Nebraska

 

The entire secondary for Miami has struggled this year, and it hasn’t been pretty. Tom Brady tore them a new one and there’s no doubt that the memories of that game will creep into the Dolphins war room come the April draft. Alfonzo Dennard is just the type of bandaid that the Dolphins need and will likely be a top 20 pick in the upcoming draft.

43. Seattle Seahawks 

 

David Amerson – CB – North Carolina State*

 

You can never have enough cornerbacks, right? Rookie Richard Sherman (no, not Patrick Peterson) has been easily the best rookie cornerback this season. David Amerson leads all of FBS with 11 interceptions, four more than any other player. Could you imagine pairing the 6’3 Amerson with the 6’3 Sherman in Seattle? 6’1 is considered good height for cornerbacks, to have two who are 6’3 would make for some exciting goaline stands.

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

 

Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State

 

Ronde Barber won’t play forever. At least, I don’t think so. Tampa Bay has to find a successor for him and if Xavier Rhodes falls into their laps, how can they refuse? A draft eligible redshirt sophomore, Rhodes has only 1 interception this year but has shown to be a huge asset on one of the best defenses in college football.

45. Philadelphia Eagles 

 

Luke Kuechly – LB – Boston College

 

Drafting Manti Te’o five selections ago is one way to address the tackling issues. Doubling down and taking a guy who routinely gets 15+ tackles a game is a nice way to turn a weakness into a strength. Kuechly has some of the best instincts of any player in the draft but will likely not be drafted where he should be due to a lack of size, strength, and speed. All he does is produce though, and Kuechly will play on Sundays for many years.

46. Denver Broncos 

 

Landry Jones – QB – Oklahoma

 

John Elway isn’t completely sold on Tim Tebow. Too bad for him, the entire state of Colorado is. That won’t stop John Elway from drafting his guy. And fittingly, Landry Jones is pretty much the polar opposite of Tebow in that he has the arm, but no legs. Gifted as arguably the best pigskin thrower in college football, Jones can make all of the passes. Still, what makes me personally not that high on Landry Jones is his inability to produce when facing pressure or asked to improvise.

47. Buffalo Bills

 

Courtney Upshaw – OLB – Alabama

 

Courtney Upshaw is an ideal fit for the Buffalo Bills, much like his Alabama teammate Marcell Dareus was. With the ability to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 or put his hand down as a rush defensive end, Upshaw will bring versatility to a defensive scheme that changes looks and needs someone to get to the quarterback. Upshaw is actually my favorite defensive end prospect for the 2012 draft due to his willingness to play strong run defense and ability to step up in big games.

48. San Diego Chargers 

 

Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia

 

If Jarvis Jones shows that this season is the beginning of something special and not just a flash of brilliance, there’s no way he makes it this far. Jones has 13.5 sacks this year (2nd in FBS) and an absurd amount of QB pressures – a number which can be debated but some say is over 50. The redshirt sophomore will likely return to school but is someone to keep an eye on in the future. San Diego has lacked a premier pass rusher ever since Shawne Merriman’s steroids wore out, so Jones would be a welcome addition to the deflated Chargers defense.

 

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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.