*Major contributions have been made to this article from Richard Moore. Richard is a draft nut with an extensive knowledge of this incoming class. Readers may have previously heard him on Bomani Jones' Radio show The Morning Jones.
1.The Carolina Panthers select Da'Quan Bowers. DE. Clemson
Outside of quarterback the team has no major holes on offense with the emergence of Mike Goodson alongside the established Jonathan Stewart covering even if DeAngello Williams leaves. OLB James Anderson and Thomas Davis are about to be Unrestricted Free agents, and Davis has torn the same ACL twice in the last two years but Von Miller is not worthy of the number 1 selection.
2.The Denver Broncos select Marcell Dareus. DT. Alabama.
3.The Buffalo Bills select Nick Fairley. DT. Auburn.
They released Marcus Stroud which opens a huge gap on the defensive line. Aaron Maybin looks like a bust but I don’t think he is, give him one more season to prove himself. The DL needs to be rebuilt and this draft is perfect for that.
4.The Cincinnati Bengals select Patrick Peterson. CB. LSU
The Bengals were one of the worst teams against the run last season. The defensive line needs some work. Jonathan Joseph is likely going to leave as a free agent which leaves the team with a need for a starting corner if they don't think Adam Jones can start again. With Patrick Peterson still on the board I can’t imagine The Bengals not taking the best pick in draft.
5.The Arizona Cardinals select Blaine Gabbert. QB. Missouri
The Cardinals will be able to get one of the top 3 TE prospects in the second round, likely Luke Stoker while Vonn Miller may be talented but is not as valuable as Gabbert to the team.
6.The Cleveland Browns select AJ Green. WR. Georgia
7.The San Francisco 49ers select Prince Amukamara. CB. Nebraska
San Francisco are in a great position to trade down should they choose to. Their biggest need is at cornerback and the second best cornerback of the draft is still on the board: Prince Amukamara. They could go with Von Miller, but I believe Prince is a better prospect.
8.The Tennessee Titans select Cameron Newton. QB. Auburn
9.The Dallas Cowboys select Von Miller. DE. Texas A&M
The Cowboys were 12th against the run last year but they really struggled against the pass. The CB’s and S left in this year’s draft are not good enough to be drafted 10th overall. I don't see them passing on the talent of Von Miller if they stay in this spot.
10.The Washington Redskins select Julio Jones. WR. Alabama
Defensively JJ Watt or Robert Quinn could fit in their plans.
11.The Houston Texans select Robert Quinn. DE. North Carolina
Robert Quinn is the best pass rusher left on the board and the Texans are in dire need of someone to take the pressure off of Mario Williams. Quinn would have to adjust to outside linebacker but he is talented enough to do so.
12.The Minnesota Vikings select Ryan Mallet. QB. Arkansas
Getting a CB this early is too much of a risk but there are plenty of DT available here and I could see Minnesota taking Cameron Jordan and J.J. Watt. They could potentially take Cameron Jordan here and look to select a quarterback in the second round.
13.The Detroit Lions select Tyron Smith. T. USC
14.The St. Louis Rams select Cameron Jordan. DE. California
The loss of OJ Atogwe leaves a large gap at the back of the Rams' secondary while their linebacking unit needs to upgrade what surrounds James Laurenitis. However with James Hall's age, the defensive line needs to help Chris Long with another defensive end and Jordan fits the bill.
15.The Miami Dolphins select Nate Solder. T. Colorado
Miami has one of the best Defences in the NFL. I don't expect them to draft a defensive player until the 5th round at the earliest.
16.The Jacksonville Jaguars select Aldon Smith. DE. Missouri
The Jags really need to get better rushing the quarterback next year with Aaron Kampman suffering a second ACL tear, he may be done. There is still a bunch of quality DE available with this pick. The best option for Jacksonville is Aldon Smith. He can start instantly and will add more speed to the line. I would expect Jacksonville to try to fix their CB issues in the 3rd round.
Check back later in the week for picks 17-32 of Richard's mock draft.