“Way too early” Mock Draft 4.0

Written by Wes Stueve on October 2, 2010

17. Dallas Cowboys

Anthony Castonzo – OT – Boston College

After just a few games in 2010, it is painfully obvious that the Cowboys need to do something about their offensive line. Castonzo is not an elite tackle by any means, but he is a solid prospect and should be an upgrade over Doug Free. Alex Barron has proved disastrous at right tackle, and Tony Romo has struggled to find time in the pocket. Though he doesn’t fit the typical mauling profile of Dallas offensive linemen, Castonzo is the obvious pick here.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

Jonathan Baldwin – WR – Pittsburgh*

Dwayne Bowe is the only wide receiver on the Chiefs roster who is currently capable of scaring a defense, and even he is terribly inconsistent. Baldwin possesses incredible physical skills and has great potential as a deep threat. Bowe, Baldwin and Dexter McCluster would make a respectable and potentially deadly receiving corps.

19. Philadelphia Eagles

Janoris Jenkins – CB – Florida*

With the trade of Sheldon Brown to the Cleveland Browns, the Eagles were left with a lack of depth at the cornerback position. Asante Samuel will make big plays, but he will also give them up, and Ellis Hobbs is better suited in a nickel role. Jenkins is a very talented shutdown corner, who would add both depth and talent to the team’s secondary.

20. Tennessee Titans

Akeem Ayers – OLB – UCLA*

Ayers is drafted to help fill the spot that the loss of Keith Bulluck created. Ayers has great size, weighing in over 250 pounds, and is an excellent playmaker. Also capable of playing some defensive end, Ayers can be moved around and is a talented pass rusher.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Jeron Johnson – S – Boise State

The Bengals have an immensely talented defense, and the only position that has struggled is safety. Johnson is exactly what Cincinnati needs, a coverage safety who can also play the run. Though he is undersized, Johnson can lay the wood and has led Boise State in tackles the past two seasons, and is actually a complete player.

22. Miami Dolphins

Kyle Rudolph – TE – Notre Dame*

Though Anthony Fasano is a solid player, he is better suited as a backup due to his lack of excitement as a receiver. Rudolph has great size at 6’7” and possesses surprising speed for someone of his build. Always sure handed, Rudoph offers Chad Henne a sure target across the middle.

23. New England Patriots

Cameron Heyward – DT – Ohio State

Heyward is an excellent 3-4 defensive end prospect, and only fell this far due to a lack of need. Great in every facet of the game, Heyward is an excellent athlete with surprising quickness for his size. Standing at 6’6” 288, Heyward has the idea build for a Patriots defensive lineman, and is a great fit schematically.

24. Houston Texans

Rahim Moore – S – UCLA*

Despite drafting Kareem Jackson in the first round last year, Houston’s secondary is still in need of some work. Moore is a great athlete capable of playing center field in coverage, and though he isn’t a force against the run, he is capable of being physical. An excellent playmaker, Moore has picked of 13 interceptions in the past two seasons, and gives the Texans the playmaker they need in the secondary.

25. Baltimore Ravens

Allen Bailey – DE – Miami

Trevor Pryce was recently released and then signed by the New York Jets, and the Ravens’ defensive line continues to age. Bailey is a physical freak, who possesses great strength and good quickness for his size. Any defensive coordinator’s dream, Bailey can move around, and has even played some linebacker despite his physique. With Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody already in Baltimore, Bailey is just another weapon for the Ravens’ defense.

26. New York Jets

Jerrell Powe – DT – Ole Miss

After Kris Jenkins once again tore his ACL, it became clear that the Jets would target his replacement in the offseason. The 340 pound Powe is the idea suitor, and is a perfect nose tackle prospect. Should Jenkins decide to stick around for another year, Powe has a great mentor to learn from, and can be valuable off the bench before starting in 2012.

27. Chicago Bears

Derek Sherrod – OT – Mississippi State

Even with the Bears’ offense showing some success, the offensive line needs upgraded. Mike Martz’s offensive scheme requires time to throw, and thus far, Chicago’s line simply isn’t cutting it. Sherrod is a good athlete, capable of playing left tackle and moving Chris Williams over to the right side, where he is better suited.

28. Atlanta Falcons

Ryan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue

Since Jamaal Anderson failed to contribute, the Falcons have been linked to various defensive ends. With John Abraham aging, the pick makes more sense now than ever. Kerrigan is not elite in any aspect, but he is a high motor player who is constantly around the ball.

29. Green Bay Packers

Dontay Moch – OLB – Nevada

Clay Matthews has one outside linebacker spot locked down, but Brad Jones is far from a fixture on the other side. Moch has been times running a 4.25 40-yard-dash, an incredible time for a skill player, much less a defensive end. A huge playmaker, Moch terrorizes backfield racking up sacks and tackles for loss.

30. Indianapolis Colts

Nate Solder – OT – Colorado

After Bill Polian criticized the team’s offensive line following their Super Bowl defeat, many expected the Colts to finally address the offensive line. However, Indianapolis did very little to address the issue, and the team finally decides to do something about it in 2011. Solder has great size, and is quick enough to protect Peyton Manning’s blindside at left tackle.

31. New Orleans Saints

Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M

Above all else, the one thing the Saints lack on defense is versatility. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams loves to blitz from all angles, and Miller would give him the option to do so. A college defensive end, Miller is capable of playing outside linebacker or defensive end in a 4-3, though he may be best suited for a 3-4. Though he needs to refine his pass rush moves, Miller has the ability to be a deadly rusher for the Saints.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ras-I Dowling – CB – Virginia

Dowling is exactly the type of physical cornerback the Steelers look for. With his ability in press coverage, Dowling allows Dick LeBeau to continue to dial up his famous blitzes. The Steelers have largely neglected the cornerback position in the draft, but in the year after they finally address the offensive line, they finally add a solid, though unspectacular playing in Dowling.

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