Each week Just Blog Baby will unveil a new mock draft from Just Blog Baby Podcast cohost Rory Anderson featuring JBB Editor Chase Ruttig’s comments. For Round One click here
#33 Houston Texans La’el Collins, OT LSU
Rory’s Take: With a new franchise quarterback in round one the Texans will need to make sure he is upright. Collins has been very impressive at LT thus far for LSU and adding him may provide more stability for this offense.
#34 Washington Redskins James Hurst, OT UNC:
Rory’s Take: The Skins offensive line is bad. Very bad.
Chase’s Take: All things considered I wonder if Washington would rather have RGIII or that second pick in the draft?
#35 Oakland Raiders: Aaron Donald DE/DT Pitt
Rory’s Take: The more tape of Donald I see the more I love him. He can fit into this hybrid defense amazingly well and with an emphasis on adding offensive talent during free agency this would be another great move to help the pass rush.
Chase’s Take: I doubt the Raiders go with pass rush in back to back rounds, but Donald looks good on tape and can fit into a ton of roles which would mean he could get snaps right away. If any of the first round wideouts fall to this spot I would assume that Reggie McKenzie would be taking a long hard look at a Davante Adams or a Marqise Lee.
#36 Cleveland Browns: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB Oregon
Rory’s Take: After adding the key pieces they need on offense, the Browns now turn to address the defense. The cornerbacks opposite of Haden have been abused which makes this a natural fit.
Chase’s Take: Cleveland’s multiple first round picks allow them to load up with an elite QB/WR pairing in the first round before addressing their #1 defensive need in a draft loaded with cornerbacks. Don’t be surprised to see Michigan State’s Darqueze Dernanard make a jump up the draft board after getting a lot of love post MSU’s Big Ten championship win.
#37 Atlanta Falcons: David Yankey, OG/OT Stanford
Rory’s Take: The Falcons went pass rush in round one so here they go offensive line. Yankey is fundamentally sound and can play all across the line.
Chase’s Take: Matt Ryan simply needs more time in the pocket to work. Atlanta has the wideouts, and could draft Eric Ebron from UNC to replace Tony Gonzalez at tight end, but without more protection for Matt Ryan not much will change with the Falcons. This is a need they have to address.
#38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dominique Easley, DE UF
Rory’s Take: Easley has all of the explosiveness of Clowney, but he is not as refined and lacks developed moves, but at his height he can come off the edge fast and low. He has the ability to be a first round pick but his ACL injury will force him to drop.
Chase’s Take: A high end pass rusher in the SEC whose value drops thanks to Florida’s abysmal season, some team is going to get very lucky in landing Easley much later in the draft than expected heading into the 2013 college season.
#39 Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB UCF
Rory’s Take: I have no idea where the Bortles hype has come from, but he is no top quarterback in my eyes. For my sanity I will put him here with the Jags.
Chase’s Take: Bortles will likely be drafted higher than Johnny Manziel, but Jacksonville in the second round would be the best landing spot for the UCF quarterback. I could see him going to the Jaguars in the first round if the owners want to bring in a highly touted Florida product.
#40 Minnesota Vikings: Kareem Martin, DE/OLB UNC
Rory’s Take: Jared Allen is gone after this season and this guy could be a solid replacement.
Chase’s Take: Unless the Vikings convince Jared Allen to stay you can pretty much pick any defensive end in the draft left in the second round and have a chance of being right in this spot.
#41 Buffalo Bills: Tre Boston, UNC S/CB
Rory’s Take: With Byrd pretty much out of the picture in Buffalo the Bills will need to replace that talent with more talent. Equally they need to add some depth to the corner position so by adding Boston they add a safety in base packages and a slot corner in spread sets.
Chase’s Take: A lot of UNC prospects in this draft that can go in the early rounds, Eric Ebron grabs all the headlines with his size but guys like Tre Boston might go higher because of team need. Buffalo can get a quality defensive back in Boston here.
#42 New York Giants: Tre Mason, RB Aub
Rory’s Take: This is a bit of a shocker but I figured one would be healthy. With his insane performance in the SEC championship game he gets vaulted into stardom and the Giants add some depth to their troubled running back position.
Chase’s Take: Can the Giants get Auburn’s offensive line with Mason?
#43 Tennessee Titans: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE UT
Rory’s Take: The Titans need some outside pass rush something fierce.
#44 New York Jets: Calvin Pryor, S UL
Rory’s Take: The safeties for the Jets have been terrible to say the least. It is time to add a playmaker in the defensive backfield.
Chase’s Take: It is no secret that the current Jets staff love loading up on defense, if Rex Ryan is back and Pryor is left on the board I can definitely see him grabbing what is the best available safety at this juncture of the draft.
#45 St Louis Rams: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G UCLA
Rory’s Take: The Rams need some help inside to add to the tackle pairing of Long and Saffold. Xavier has been a mauler inside and is solid in pass protection.
#46 Pittsburgh Steelers: AJ Johnson, ILB Tenn
Rory’s Take: The Steelers need to inject some youth into the front seven. Adding a true thumper inside to pair with the more speedy Timmons they can greatly increase their run defense which has been poor at times.
Chase’s Take: The Steelers are old everywhere, but they are exceptionally old on defense. This is another good pick to pair with Murphy in the first round.
#47 Dallas Cowboys: Christian Jones, LB FSU
Rory’s Take: Bruce Carter is more ideal as an inside linebacker in a 34 defense. What the Cowboys need is an athletic linebacker to pair with Sean Lee that can cover downfield.
Chase’s Take: Jones is one of a handful of FSU players that can see their draft stocks increase drastically with a signature performance in the BCS Championship Game against Auburn. If Jones can help stifle Auburn’s unstoppable run game, his draft stock should go into the first round or early second.
#48 San Diego Chargers: Corey Robinson, OT S. Carolina
Rory’s Take: The Chargers need to continue to add youth and talent to the offensive line and this is the best available offensive tackle for them to add.
Chase’s Take: San Diego needs to continue to improve on defense, but their second biggest need is getting younger on the offensive line. Their fans will be hoping for another wideout or perhaps Ebron to replace Gates once he retires, but they couldn’t go wrong with another tackle.
#49 Detroit Lions: Travis Swanson, C ARK
Rory’s Take: Dominic Raiola is 35 which means the Lions need to start looking toward the future at the position. The offensive line needs to continue to get better and Swanson could start at guard to learn how to read defenses before taking over at center.
#50 Green Bay Packers: Ray Drew, DE UG
Rory’s Take: Dom Capers has had defensive issues all season especially with the run defense. Drew is a tall, stout but slightly light 34 defensive end that can grow into the position over time.
Chase’s Take: Green Bay should wisely continue to load up on defense in the first two rounds in this spot. After going secondary with their first pick the Packers add a talented pass rusher from a Georgia team that had a forgettable season despite being one of the most talented teams in the SEC.
#51 Miami Dolphins: Kelcy Quarles, DT FSU
Rory’s Take: The Dolphins are likely to lose at least one of their highly paid defensive tackles. When that occurs the Dolphins will be forced to jump on one early to maintain their solid defense.
Chase’s Take: Another player who can increase his value with a National Championship, Quarles presence should be a focal point in the Seminoles matchup with Auburn’s offense. If he can get push in the middle he will attract even more attention from NFL scouts and GM’s.
#52 Arizona Cardinals: Zach Mettenberger, QB LSU
Rory’s Take: The Cardinals need a young quarterback to learn behind Carson Palmer and with the quarterback shake ups they stumble into the perfect quarterback for them.
Chase’s Take: Injury could see Mettenberger fall drastically in this draft.
#53 Chicago Bears: Aaron Murray, QB UG
Rory’s Take: Most likely Jay Cutler will either be on a different team next season or will only be on a one year deal. The Bears will need a potential franchise quarterback.
Chase’s Take: (See Take for #52)
#54 Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Matthews, WR VANDY
Rory’s Take: With the massive investment made by the Ravens in Joe Flacco they need to continue to surround him in weapons. First a tight end that can stretch the field and now a possession wide receiver to compliment Torrey Smith.
Chase’s Take: Matthews can go earlier than this as he is one of the underrated receivers of this draft and may have higher projections on some scouts boards than Adams/Lee, but the Ravens will be hoping that they can escape the error of letting Boldin jump to the 49ers with one of the best WR’s in the draft in the second round.
#55 Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Bailey, S USC
Rory’s Take: The Eagles need a physical presence in their defensive backfield and this former will linebacker brings exactly that. He can be a thumper in the back end which can lend some legitimacy to the defense.
Chase’s Take: It is extremely important that the Eagles build on defense in this draft to complete their vision of success under Chip Kelly. The Eagles already have the offensive talent, but they are just not good enough defensively to be considered a Super Bowl contender. A physical safety like Bailey could be the perfect fit to change the situation in the Eagles soft secondary.
#56 Indianapolis Colts: Allen Robinson,WR PSU
Rory’s Take: As sad as the injury to Reggie Wayne was for him, it really hurt the Colts production. Yes Da’rick Rogers had a big game this week, but DHB is not someone you want to rely on and Hilton works the slot very well. Adding Robinson outside would be stellar.
Chase’s Take: Andrew Luck needs a young receiver with Reggie Wayne’s best days likely behind him after a season ending injury, Robinson is a talent that could fit the Colts needs.
#57 Cincinnati Bengals: Scott Crichton, DE OrSt
Rory’s Take: The Bengals defense is based upon their defensive line and with Michael Johnson hitting free agency it is a good decision to maintain considerable depth at the position.
#58 San Francisco 49ers: Deshazor Everett, CB TAMU
Rory’s Take: One thing the Niners defense has lacked is solid cornerback depth which has been masked at times by the pass rush, but at times it has been used to expose the defense.
#59 Carolina Panthers: Aaron Lynch, OLB/DE USF
Rory’s Take: If Lynch comes out he will fall due to his lack of production. The Panthers have cap issues impending which mean there is a very good chance Greg Hardy is gone.
Chase’s Take: Lynch’s lack of production may scare some teams away if he enters the draft, but the Panthers who won’t need Lynch to come in and be one of the better starters on the defense won’t mind taking a risk on a guy who has the tools to succeed in the NFL
#60 New Orleans Saints: Melvin Gordon, RB Wisc
Rory’s Take: Cap issues are going to hit the Saints as well and there is a good chance one or two running backs get cut.
Chase’s Take: If the Saints are forced to let a running back go don’t expect it to be Darren Sproles who is just too important to the Saints outside screen pass game to let go after letting Reggie Bush walk. With that being said Gordon or perhaps Andre Williams from Boston College would be a good fit to be the physical back in New Orleans. If the Saints opt to let Sproles go expect Ka’Deem Carry from Arizona to be selected by the Saints.
#61 San Francisco 49ers: Bryan Stork, C FSU
Rory’s Take: Goodwin is going to become a free agent after this year and by adding another young lineman to this group is ideal. This will be the youngest and most talented offensive line to continue to protect Colin Kapernick.
#62 New England Patriots: Cyril Richardson, OG/OT Baylor
Rory’s Take: The Patriots have suffered from pressure right up the middle all season and grabbing a guy like Richardson would keep Brady standing.
#63 Denver Broncos: Marcus Roberson, CB UF
Rory’s Take: Florida has struggled on defense and has suffered a ton of injuries, but the cornerbacks have continued to play well this season and if this junior comes out he would be a nice addition to any team.
Chase’s Take: Marcus Roberson is a talented corner, but I still wouldn’t be surprised to see him be one of the victims of the Gators terrible 2013 and fall out of the second round entirely.
#64 Seattle Seahawks: Paul Richardson, WR UC
Rory’s Take: It would behoove the Seahawks to focus to get another playmaker outside and with their cap situation signing Golden Tate long term may be difficult. Richardson has been a playmaker and should translate well for the Seahawks system.