Dan Bilicki's NFL Mock Draft

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to grab offensive lineman Matt Kalil of USC with the third pick...

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to grab offensive lineman Matt Kalil of USC with the third pick in Thursday's NFL draft. (GETTY IMAGES)

DAN BILICKI, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

The worst-kept secret in this year’s NFL draft was made public knowledge on Tuesday with the Colts saying they’ll take Andrew Luck first overall. This is how we see the rest of Thursday’s first round breaking down, not accounting for draft-day trades.

 

1. Indianapolis Colts — Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

We’ve known this pick basically since the draft order was set.

2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) — Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

They didn’t trade away that many picks to take anything other than a prime time QB.

3. Minnesota Vikings — Matt Kalil, OT, USC

It’s down to three choices for the Vikes, with Claiborne the next strongest possibility.

4. Cleveland Browns — Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

They can get a quality receiver later in the first round, so they pick an elite runner.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Richardson would be a great pick for them, but CB is also a big issue.

6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) — Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Getting a playmaker on offence is by far their biggest need.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

The Jags are known to take whoever they like and some are saying Gilmore could be it.

8. Miami Dolphins — Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Realistically, they might not need to worry about a team trading up to steal Tannehill.

9. Carolina Panthers — Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Focusing on defence after taking a huge step on offence last year.

10. Buffalo Bills — Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

A defender is tempting, but the Bills offensive line is in a state of disrepair.

11. Kansas City Chiefs — Luke Kuelchy, MLB, Boston College


Three-down inside linebackers are rare, meaning Kuelchy should be a hot commodity.

12. Seattle Seahawks — Melvin Ingram, DE-OLB, South Carolina

His versatility is a plus and showed in college he can penetrate the line.

13. Arizona Cardinals — David DeCastro, OG, Stanford


Upgrading their line with a great pure prospect will pay dividends for their offence.

14. Dallas Cowboys — Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Rumour has it the Boys have this one locked in if Barron is available.

15. Philadelphia Eagles — Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

The Eagles rarely will pass up an opportunity to solidify their line on either side of the ball.

16. New York Jets — Courtney Upshaw, DE-OLB, Alabama

Despite their reputation, the Jets can use an upgrade in the pass rush department.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) — Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Some question his motor, but when he’s on, he can be as good as they come.

18. San Diego Chargers — Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford


Both sides of the line could use an injection of youth and some depth.

19. Chicago Bears — Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

We might see teams trying to trade up for Floyd if he’s still around by this point

 

20. Tennessee Titans — Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Poe’s draft stock has fallen as quickly as it rose after a stellar combine showing.

21. Cincinnati Bengals — Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Need another DB to keep up with the top passing attacks in the AFC.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) — Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Would love to see Floyd fall to them, but Wright is a great deep threat.

23. Detroit Lions – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Should be willing to overlook off-field issues to upgrade their porous secondary.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers — Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

Protecting Big Ben has been an issue for years, although defensive depth needs work too.

25. Denver Broncos — Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

Getting Peyton Manning a young TE to bring along would be a great idea.

26. Houston Texans — Reuben Randle, WR, LSU

It was fairly clear last season that the Texans seriously need a second receiving threat.

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans) — Whitney Mercilus, DE-OLB, Illinois

Belichick loves versatility and the pass rush needs some more bodies.

28. Green Bay Packers — Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

Getting Clay Matthews some help on the opposite side should be job No. 1.

29. Baltimore Ravens — Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

Lost a few key members on the line and Glenn could fill in at multiple spots.

30. San Francisco 49ers — Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

The Niners defence is strong, but they strike us as a team that would take the best guy available.

31. New England Patriots — Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

36-year-old Brian Waters started at guard for them last year, so some youth is needed.

32. New York Giants — Dont’a Hightower, MLB, Alabama

Chase Blackburn isn’t a long-term solution. There’s lots of ways this pick could go.

Dan.bilicki@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @danbilicki

 

 


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