It should be noted that all assessments are based off of PRE-Combine determinations of skill and positional value based off of draft specific team needs. Going forward, a secondary mock will be released to take into account previously undisclosed information and or combine results.
1 KCC – STAR LOTULELEI
NT – UTAH
Disruptive & a force, still developing and will shore up Chiefs up front with their solid LB corps behind. (IDP impact – DL3 type, would provide impact more on field than on your roster)
2 JAC – BJOERN WERNER
DE - FSU
Arguably the best DE in the draft, consistent and can do it all. Will give Jaguars the pass rush they desperately need along Mincey and Tyson. (IDP Impact – low end DL3 with upside, can lead team in sacks)
3 OAK – SHELDON RICHARDSON
DT – MIZZ
Fiesty and has good quickness for a big guy, with Seymour not getting any younger and possibly gone Richardson can step right in and help the OAK front. (IDP impact – like Star will provide impact on field than on your roster)
4 PHI – KENNY VACCARO
S – TEXAS
The do it all safety is just what the Eagles need, Allen hasn’t been the same and Coleman can be replaced. With the front 7 looking alright, Vaccaro fills a need for years. (IDP impact – if starts from week 1, DB2 numbers with huge upside)
5 DET – DAMONTRE MOORE
DE – TEXAS A&M
Consider Moore 1B to Werner, quick and relentless, versatile. Oozing with potential and will provide an immediate impact for DET as KVB is getting old and Avril could be gone (via FA). (IDP impact – low end DL2 but once he gets going can push low end DL1 status) – potential is there.
6 CLE – DION JORDAN
DE/OLB – OREGON
CLE moving to a 3-4 and Jordan available, this would scream perfect fit as he’ll be across Sheard. Plays well in space, needs to bulk up a little, explosive and can drop back into coverage (versatile), quick first step. CLE could have their version of Hali/Houston. (IDP impact – LB4, solid stash for dynasty but a lot of depth at LB)
7 ARI – ALEC OGLETREE
DE/OLB – UGA
Tons of talent here from this safety turned LB, coverage skills there, aggressive tackler and has a nose for the ball. Lenon is getting up there in age and would be nice compliment to rising star Daryl Washington. Off field issues are a concern but if he gets his head straight, ARI won’t regret taking him. (IDP impact – can start from day 1 and become Zona’s “Sean Weatherspoon” type LB, LB3 upside)
8 BUF – ARTHUR BROWN
ILB – KSU
Plays bigger than his height and my favorite LB in the draft class. Has a knack for the ball, solid range (quick at changing direction) will fill a hole for the BUF Defense next to Sheppard. (IDP impact – can start from day 1, one to keep an eye on and stash on your bench should rack up a lot of tackles)
9 NYJ – EZEKIEL ANSAH
DE/OLB – BYU
Raw and developing, think JPP/Chandler Jones and NYJ needs a pass rush. With Scott/Pace gone, Ansah would have to learn on the fly playing OLB as the NYJ defense retools at certain positions. (IDP impact – will be the NYJ edge rusher, low end tackles high end sacks/turnovers, solid dynasty stash)
10 TEN – CORNELLIUS CARRADINE
DE – FSU
Will be coming off an ACL injury he suffered back in Nov ’12 but if he comes near anything the player he was prior to his injury, the Titans will be getting a steal. They need an elite pass rusher, but with Wimbley and Morgan around they don’t have to rush Carradine back as he’ll be their future. Morgan will have to improve and Wimbley SHOULD improve in his 2nd year in TEN, if not we could be seeing a lot of Carradine by mid-season as TEN is already set at LB and in the secondary. (IDP impact – definitely dynasty stash especially if you got a space to hold on your roster, potential to be a low tier DL1 when he becomes a full-time starter)
11 SDC – DEE MILLINER
CB – ALABAMA
Jammer is getting old and SDC has been looking for their future CB1 for quite some time, Cason hasn’t panned out and Gilchrist/Wright still developing. Milliner can step right in and start, rarely gives up the big play and is physical, has good speed but can get beat if covering a speedy WR, good at jamming WR should easily overtake Cason as CB1 IF Jammer is out or moves to safety. (IDP impact – DB3/4 type, will get picked on a lot as a rookie but more impact on field than your roster)
12 MIA – SHARRIF FLOYD
DT – FLORIDA
Non-stop motor, will try to make every play and even chase ball handler from behind, disruptive force in the middle and his best football is ahead of him. Will be a force on a defensive front that includes Cameron Wake, solid vs the run too. As for IDP impact, like Star and Sheldon their impact will be felt on the field than on your roster.
13 TBB – JOHNATHAN BANKS
CB – MISS STATE
Solid zone coverage CB and a ball hawk. Supports the run well, good height and long arms so he can be disruptive (i.e Richard Sherman). Can become better at man, but a nose for the ball will help. TBB needs Banks at their CB position as they gave away Talib and Wright is overrated. Banks will step right in, as he’s coming from the SEC as a 4-year starter, he’ll be fine. (IDP impact – DB3/4 type, will get a lot of attention as a rook so opportunities there).
14 CAR – JOHN JENKINS
DT – GEORGIA
CAR already has 2 solid DE’s in Johnson/Hardy so now they need to shore up that DT position and Jenkins fits the bill. He’ll be an immediate starter up front as he can rush the QB, stout vs the run and is extremely strong. Argued CAR could go safety too as that is needed but nothing better than beefing up that line first. (IDP impact – can be left on waiver, will make impact more on the field)
15 NOS – BARKEVIOUS MINGO
DE/OLB – LSU
Mingo doesn’t have to travel far to his new team as he’ll provide an excellent skill set for NOS. Elite speed and can bulk up to be a solid DE, think Jevon Kearse. NOS also has LB issues as well so with this move I expect them to insert Mingo as their OLB where he’ll excel and best use for his skillset. (IDP impact – should become starter and low end LB4 with upside)
16 STL – JONATHAN CYPRIEN
SS – FIU
Intense and physical, has the smarts to make an “Ed Reed” type impact on the defense as the Rams could use Cyprien in the backfield. Reads the QB well while in zone coverage and is coachable (needs to work on tackling, hits high and can be fixed) can become the drafts 2nd best safety behind Vaccaro and Rams would gladly welcome Cyprien as that defense continues to improve. (IDP Impact – low end DB3 with DB2 upside especially if he starts from week 1)
17 PIT – JARVIS JONES
OLB – GEORGIA
Red flags at the moment for medical but if he checks out just fine, the Steelers once again get a gem at the LB position. Jarvis is an elite talent and would fit perfectly in PIT if/when James Harrison departs – and we all know how PIT loves their LB’s. If Harrison is out could Jarvis start from week 1, i believe he can; his skillset says so. He’ll be battling with Worilds though unless Woodley drops off the map too either way Jarvis should get some playing time which would hurt his IDP value, so think of it as a dynasty stash for now until the smoke clears.
18 DAL – DATONE JONES
DE – UCLA
With DAL moving to a 4-3, Datone fits the bill just perfectly as DAL, NFL ready frame and can play multiple positions on the line, able to provide pass rush from either. Will be a solid compliment next to Ware and I feel DAL got a steal right here with Datone. (IDP Impact – can be a spot starter for your team, upside is top tier DL2 so he’s a solid dynasty stash)
19 NYG – ZAVIAR GOODEN
LB – MISSOURI
Ideal fit for NYG in their 4-3 scheme as Gooden provides the speed from the ILB position. He can cover TE’s and WR’s in man coverage, has the speed and good footwork, sound tackler and reads play actions well. Could get better vs power run and his angles on covering WR’s. His skillset will be used to his strength in NYG as he is like many, an unfinished product with high upside. NYG is in need of LB’s, haven’t had anyone to man the middle since Pierce and Gooden can do that. (IDP Impact – starts from week 1 he can become an every week LB3 start)
20 CHI – MANTI TE’O
LB – NOTRE DAME
Urlacher is on his last legs, Manti has the instincts, speed and bulk to man the middle in CHI. Improved his pass coverage in 2012, so as long as that continues he’ll continue to make strides and put up quality seasons in the NFL. As CHI rebuilds that defense and gets younger, grabbing Te’o makes sense and points them in the right direction, he’ll have an immediate impact. From an IDP standpoint and how good of a defense CHI is, Te’o can possibly be a solid start for your squad as a lower end LB2, he’ll have his high tackle days mixed with low production (it happens) but will provide an immediate impact.
21 CIN – MATT ELAM
S – FLORIDA
Elam has a lot of upside, good instincts, a playmaker and an aggressive hitter. CIN could use Elam to improve the secondary. Questions linger whether Michael Johnson will return so possibly they make a move for a DL instead, but in this case I’m betting he stays and they go after an aggressive safety to help battle with the AFC North. From an IDP Standpoint, he could have some shine with some big weeks but besides that he’s one to keep an eye on (esp in Dynasty leagues) but can be left on waiver.
22 STL (via WAS) – CHASE THOMAS
LB – STANFORD
With the front 4 pretty much shored up, why don’t the Rams add a pass rushing OLB by the name of Chase Thomas. Can provide presser and usually plays better than what shows up in the stat sheet. With Laurinaitis and Dunbar set, Thomas can takeover the other OLB and could possibly lessen the double teams Long and Quinn face. Rams defense is improving and Cyprien and Thomas add more skillset to what can become a dangerous defensive unit. IDP impact – could be like Mercilus in Houston, but with more playing time and can be left on the waiver as Laurinaitis is the LB to own.
23 MIN – JOHNATHAN HANKINS
DT – OSU
Quick comparison (Pat Williams) who is a former Viking and that’s what Hawkins is, a big stout disruptive run defender with a solid motor. May not get you the QB sacks but will be very good in the run defense and MIN used to be one of the better run defenses in the league, with Hawkins they’re on the right track again. MIN could’ve gone with a top CB here too but they can address that in the 2nd round as you can’t pass up Hawkins. He’ll provide an impact on the field on gameday rather than on your IDP roster so just sit back and enjoy the game on Sundays.
24 IND – DESMOND TRUFANT
CB – WASHINGTON
Another 4-year CB entering the draft, one could argue he’s #1. He has the ideal body for an NFL cornerback and can change directions quickly and smoothly. Trufant has the ability to keep up with fast WR’s and is very well balanced in zone and man coverage, he’s both smart and instinctive and has a CB pedigree in his family with brothers Marcus (SEA) and Isaiah (NYJ). Desmond will be a starter from day 1 and provide an immediate impact to IND who could use some CB help after Powers once again went on the IR. He’ll take over Powers and compliment Vontae nicely, wouldnt be surprised if Trufant took over as IND CB1 by the end of the year (talent and upside there) – IDP Impact – great stash, one to keep an eye on.
25 SEA – ALEX OKAFOR
DE – TEXAS
Could Okafor fall this far, maybe – maybe not but what a gift it would be for SEA to land Okafor in this draft. The defense is already stout and one of the best in the league, Okafor would be a great replacement to Clemons who tore his ACL in the playoffs and is also up there in age. If SEA views Okafor as a DE then he’d have to bulk up a bit more, if not then he can also play OLB (don’t expect Hill to be there). Okafor gives 100% effort always, a fundamental tackler and a quick first step – he’ll be another asset to what is an already stingy defense. IDP IMPACT – if he becomes an every down DE starter, tremendous upside as a DL2 – definitely one to keep an eye on.
26 GBP – KEVIN MINTER
LB – LSU
Year after Year it seems as if GBP is searching for LB’s, Bishop needs to remain healthy and Hawk is probably on his way out, so is Jones and the LB play has been anything but good so getting some consistency here is a start for this defense. Minter doesn’t wow you but has the smart’s and is instinctive, he can stop the run and improve on his coverge ability. Minter is arguably the best MLB on the board right now and can be a solid asset next to Bishop & DJ Smith. IDP Impact – if he starts he can contribute, but we’re probably looking at LB4/5 type for the moment.
27 HOU – XAVIER RHODES
CB – FSU
It’s no secret that HOU had trouble stopping the pass opposite of Joseph. With HOU aggressive defensive scheme, Rhodes can step right in and be an impact performer, he’s arguably the draft’s best Press Corner and man to man coverage corner which would be ideal for HOU to have as Jackson and Harris are taking their time developing. HOU could also take a LB early as well but i felt the need for Rhodes would shore up the secondary. Rhodes would have little IDP impact value for the time being.
28 DEN – ERIC REID
S – LSU
I’m sure we all saw the playoff game and saw how DEN got beat, they could use the Safety help and why not pick Reid who rarely gets caught out of position and can cover a lot of range with his instincts. Reid can see the underneath routes well and is physical with the recievers, improvements can be wrap up tackles and that’s an easy fix. DEN can go many directions with a DT or a MLB which they really need. IDP Impact – if Reid gets the starting nod right away he’ll provide some average numbers, spot starts for your squad and as season goes on possibly an every week starter.
29 NEP – SYLVESTER WILLIAMS
DT – UNC
High potential for a DT who just played football 5 years ago. He’s a quick learner and has incredible raw power, high motor and wants to get to the QB on every snap. Slyvester is a north/south athlete and usually relies on his natural ability to get to the QB, skies the limit and what better place to go? Wilfork is definitely getting there in age and Slyvester will be a solid replacement as NEP continues to get younger on the defensive side. IDP impact – little to none, will provide impact on the field.
30 ATL – MARGUS HUNT
DE – SMU
Hunt is a monster, he’s 6’8! – freakish athletic ability and his potential is thru the roof. ATL will be searching for their eventual replacement to John Abraham as the Ray Edwards experiment failed and Kroy isn’t that bad. A year under Abraham’s guidance will only help Margus and his 2nd season could be a nightmare for opposing QB’s. IDP Impact – definitely a dynasty stash as he can become an elite pass rusher with his relentless athletic ability and freakish frame.
31 SF – JESSE WILLIAMS
DT – ALABAMA
Quick and powerful inside, will provide SF with more beef in the middle next to Justin Smith. He’ll also eat up the blocks so the LB’s can do their thing, limited upside but he is what he is, a big body that’ll eat up the middle and will be a force. IDP impact – none, will provide all the impact on the field for San Fran.
32 BAL – PHILIP THOMAS
S – FRESNO ST.
Philip can be the replacement BAL has been looking for when Ed Reed hangs it up, he reads the QB’s eyes well in coverage and if it werent for his open field tackling he could become the draft’s best safety. Thomas is a ball-hawk and has isnt afraid to play the run, he’ll line up in the box. This is what BAL wants and i believe they can land a talent like Thomas in the draft, if Reed hangs it up Thomas will definitely provide an immediate impact in IDP land as he’ll be an every week starter with some big games on the stingy BAL defense.
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