An Everyone’s Eligible Mock Draft

Written by Mike Daneshgar on December 3, 2011


49. Tennessee Titans 

 

Marquess Wilson – WR – Washington State*

 

Something about a wide receiver producing on a bad team has a sore spot in my heart. Wilson hasn’t just done that, he has done it for 2 consecutive years with back to back 1,000 yard receiving seasons to start his career. The lone bright spot on the Washington St. offense, Wilson might become a household name if new head coach Mike Leach’s pass-happy offense has anything to do with it. Expect those numbers to explode for Wilson in the upcoming season. Jake Locker would be more than happy to add another talented pass-catcher.

50. Cincinnati Bengals 

 

Cordy Glenn – OG – Georgia

 

Bobbie Williams is 35 years old and his contract expires at the end of the season. When he was out, the Bengals offensive line really struggled. The current guards that they have just aren’t going to cut it. Cordy Glenn plays left tackle right now for Georgia, but many feel he could become a Pro Bowler on the inside. Selecting Glenn here would be a wise move and Andy Dalton would likely agree.

51. New York Jets 

 

Giovani Bernard – RB – North Carolina*

 

Giovani Bernard is one of my favorite players to watch. He’s a redshirt freshman and rushed for 1,222 yards in his debut season. He’s not the biggest back at 5’9 205 but his running style is a lot like also-undersized Ahmad Bradshaw, as he is always fighting for extra yardage and carries his weight well. But Bernard can make you miss in space too and should only get better with another year at UNC.

52. Dallas Cowboys 

 

Logan Thomas – QB – Virginia Tech*

 

This 6’6 250 pound quarterback came to Virginia Tech as a tight end, but has moved over to QB and seems to improve every game. He is extremely toolsy and if things continue to click between the ears he might turn into a gamechanging QB at the next level. The Cowboys might be an ideal fit for someone as raw as Thomas. In Dallas, he can sit behind Romo and not have to worry about being tossed into the flames before he’s ready. And then after Tony Romo shoots himself in the foot once again in the 2016 playoffs, Thomas can take over the reins.

53. New York Giants 

 

Ronnie Hillman – RB – San Diego State*

 

Brandon Jacobs has lost a step and it is an enigma whether Ahmad Bradshaw can be “the guy.” Either way, Ronnie Hillman might be too good to pass up. At San Diego St., Ronnie Hillman hasn’t stopped running – 1,532 yards in his freshmen year and 1,478 yards rushing so far his sophomore year. Watching him run, you’d think you’re watching him run circles around high schoolers. While the MWC may not be the SEC, Hillman looks promising especially if he can tack on some more weight without losing speed.

54. New England Patriots (via OAK) 

 

Ronald Powell – DE – Florida*

 

The Patriots could use more pass rush. I’m not sure why, but not a single pass rusher was drafted in the 2011 draft by New England. It looks to me like Bill Bellichick outsmarted himself. Ronald Powell hasn’t produced as much as one would expect a former #1 overall recruit in the nation to, but the talent is still there. Powell could be due for a breakout year next season and could skyrocket up draft boards. Given what we’ve seen so far though, Powell would slide in the draft but not any farther than this spot.

55. Atlanta Falcons 

 

Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M*

 

Sam Baker was really struggling early on in the season and following an injury, never regained his starting job from Will Svitek. Svitek has been solid, but Atlanta can’t afford to let any harm come to Matt Ryan. As it is, Luke Joeckel fell into their lap in the second round. Joeckel really is a lot like his teammate Jake Matthews – nothing that will make your jaw drop, he’s just really, really solid. I wish I could think of a better adjective to describe him than solid, but that is a really good compliment for a left tackle.

56. Chicago Bears 

 

De’Anthony Thomas – WR – Oregon**

 

If De’Anthony Thomas solves his fumble-itis, there’s no way that “Black Puma” makes it this far – he is a gamebreaker. There’s really no better way to put it. At 5’9 173, you have to look very carefully or else you might miss him running by. The Chicago Bears have a nice offense but they lack a change of pace guy who can make defenses panic when they get the ball, much like Devin Hester makes teams do on special teams.

57. San Francisco 49ers 

 

TJ McDonald – S – USC

 

The 49ers have one of the best defenses, if not the best in the NFL. Still, most of that revolves around stopping the run. They still could use an elite safety to help the back, as I’m not convinced that either Dashon Goldson or Donte Whitner are the long term answers. T.J. McDonald is somewhat like his predecessor Taylor Mays in that he likes to deliver the big hit, but the primary difference is that McDonald is not a liability in coverage and has good instincts. Coincidentally, Mays was drafted by San Francisco too.

58. Baltimore Ravens 

 

Andrew Jackson – ILB – Western Kentucky*

 

I hope Ray Lewis doesn’t hear me say this but he is getting up there in age. If the Baltimore Ravens want to draft a future player to take over for Ray Lewis, I think it would go over more smoothly if that player also went to Ray Lewis’s high school and has been compared to Ray Lewis by some. That would probably result in the least amount of bloodshed. Andrew Jackson might worry some scouts that he is already 255 pounds but if he can show that it doesn’t result in a loss of quickness he should be drafted relatively early.

59. New England Patriots 

 

Mark Barron – S – Alabama

 

Other than Patrick Chung (who aside from one Monday Night Football game has been rather disappointing) I don’t know off the top of my head who the New England Patriots safeties are. Even looking them up, I’m not all that impressed. It’s a position that will need to be addressed by the Pats, although knowing them they will probably draft 2 tight ends instead.

60. Detroit Lions 

 

Chase Minnifield – CB – Virginia

 

Chase Minnifield is one of the safest cornerbacks in the upcoming 2012 draft. He may not wow you with speed or tenacious hits, he’s just an all-around good cornerback and student of the game. I will actually tune in to Virginia football games just to watch the other team not throw the ball his way. The Lions have two former Cleveland Browns starting at cornerback. That should say enough about how strong the talent is at the position.

61. Houston Texans 

 

Merrill Noel – CB – Wake Forest*

 

It’s not often that a redshirt freshmen will step in and immediately become the best player on that defense, but Merrill Noel is an exception. He is 3rd on his team in tackles and has 19 pass breakups, more than twice as many as any other player on the Demon Deacons. Such play has earned him the title of ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. As I said earlier, you can never have too many corners, especially if you’re a team looking to beat the elite quarterbacks in today’s NFL.

62. New Orleans Saints 

 

Jerel Worthy – DT – Michigan State

 

The Saints signed Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin over the offseason, in what many thought were great signings. Neither has performed as well as New Orleans had hoped. Worthy has shown in flashes that he is a legitimate force on the defensive line, but struggles with consistency. On a Saints team that doesn’t need much help on the offensive side of the ball, the Saints should add as many talented defenders as possible. If they used every single draft pick next year on defense, I would compliment them.

63. Pittsburgh Steelers 

 

Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State*

 

I have focused on the FSU defensive line this year to watch Brandon Jenkins, but it has been Bjoern Werner stealing the show. The 6’4 275 German-born Werner is excellent at shedding blocks and helping out in the run game. He is still refining his game but tallied 10 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 4 more quarterback hits than any other Seminole. Even better, he is tied for the team lead in pass breakups and pass deflections with the team’s starting safety. If Werner plays just as good in 2012, there’s no way he even makes it out of the 1st round.

64. Green Bay Packers 

 

Corey Lemonier – LB – Auburn*

 

Green Bay has been looking all over for a pass rusher opposite of Clay Matthews III. Lemonier would fit in perfectly. At 6’4 ~245, he leads the Auburn Tigers in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (10). A former top recruit, Lemonier even saw time on the National Championship team last year, enough to be named to the Coaches’ All-Freshmen team. He will be someone to track in next year’s college football season.

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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.