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Domo's Mock Draft 2.0

Our NFL columnist takes another whack at how he thinks the first round of the NFL draft will play out.

Domo's Mock Draft 2.0

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What the Eagles do with their first-round draft pick will, in large part, be determined by what the three teams in front of them – Kansas City, Jacksonville and Oakland – do with theirs.

In my first mock draft last week, I had the Eagles taking Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher at No. 4 after the Chiefs took Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the Jaguars took Oregon defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan and the Raiders took Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

But it’s very possible both Joeckel and Fisher will be off the board by the time the Eagles are on the clock next Thursday.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that happens and see the ripple effect it might have on the rest of the first round:

 

1-CHIEFS

Previous pick: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.

Updated pick: Joeckel

Comment: Joeckel and Fisher both are pretty evenly rated, with Fisher holding the edge in length and athleticism. Andy Reid could take either one. But he usually favors the road-graders.

 

2-JAGUARS

Previous pick: Jordan

Updated pick: Fisher

Comment: Jags need a difference-making pass-rusher, but they also need another tackle to team with Eugene Monroe and protect Blaine Gabbert or whomever the hell ends up being this team’s quarterback. And no, they won’t take Geno Smith. Or maybe they will.

 

3-RAIDERS

Previous pick: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Updated pick: Floyd

Comment: If the Jags take Fisher, Jordan would still be on the board. If Al Davis still was alive, he’d fall in love with Jordan’s height and 40-time and take him over Floyd, who is the best tackle in the draft. GM Raleigh McKenzie, a former offensive lineman who understands the impact a big-time interior disrupter can have, probably will favor Floyd.

 

4-EAGLES

Previous pick: Fisher

Updated pick: Jordan

Comment: It’s possible the Eagles could stay with an offensive tackle and grab ultra-athletic Lane Johnson, but I think that only happens if they’re able to trade down a few spots. I don’t think it’s possible they’ll take Geno Smith. Having coached Jordan at Oregon, Chip Kelly knows better than anyone the havoc he can potentially wreak on quarterbacks, which is what it’s all about.

 

5-LIONS

Previous pick: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

Updated pick: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Comment: Ansah has unlimited potential, but is as raw as can be. With the retirement of Jeff Backus and the departure of Gosder Cherilus, Johnson would help keep Matthew Stafford safe and open holes for the team’s new running back, Reggie Bush.

 

6-BROWNS

Previous pick: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Updated pick: Milliner

Comment: With a new coaching staff and front office, it’s possible the Browns could pull the plug on QB Brandon Weeden and take Geno Smith here. But I don’t think so.

 

7-CARDINALS

Previous pick: Johnson

Updated pick: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

Comment: Cardinals need offensive line help inside and outside. With Johnson gone, they grab the draft’s best guard.

 

8-BILLS

Previous pick: Geno Smith

Updated pick: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

Comment: Let’s assume the Bills really think Kevin Kolb can be a serviceable starting quarterback if they can keep him healthy.

 

9-JETS

Previous pick: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Updated pick: Lotulelei

Comment: An edge-rusher like LSU’s Barkevious Mingo is a possibility, but Lotulelei can play either the nose or 5-technique in Jets’ 3-4.

 

10-TITANS

Previous pick: Warmack

Updated pick: Geno Smith

Comment: Jake Locker was 26th in the league in touchdown percentage and 29th in interception percentage last season. Time to roll the dice again at QB in Nashville.

 

11-CHARGERS

Previous pick: Cooper

Updated pick: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Comment: Chargers will take the best offensive lineman available. With Cooper gone, it’s Fluker.

 

12-DOLPHINS

Previous pick: Fluker

Updated pick: Ansah

Comment: Dolphins have some more pressing needs, but it will be hard for GM Jeff Ireland to pass on a player as talented as Ansah.

 

13-BUCS

Previous pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Updated pick: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Comment: Patterson hasn’t been knocking teams’ socks off in pre-draft interviews. Eifert would give Josh Freeman a reliable target over the middle.

 

14-PANTHERS

Previous pick: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Updated pick: Richardson

Comment: Panthers need an interior playmaker. Richardson would give them that.

 

15-SAINTS

Previous pick: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Updated pick: Mingo

Comment: Saints are making the switch to a 3-4. Mingo would give them a disruptive force off the edge.

 

16-RAMS

Previous pick: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Updated pick: Austin

Comment: Austin is 6 inches shorter and more than 40 pounds lighter than Patterson. But he’s an intriguing player who can be moved all around the formation.

 

17-STEELERS

Previous pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Updated pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Comment: One starting safety, Ryan Clark, is 33. The other, Troy Polamalu, just turned 32. Time to replenish.

 

18-COWBOYS

Previous pick: Manelik Watson, OT, Florida State

Updated pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Comment: Cowboys need to upgrade their offensive line, but Jones would help with the switch to a 4-3 defense.

 

19-GIANTS

Previous pick: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Updated: Werner

Comment: As I mentioned last week, Giants GM Jerry Reese feels you can never have enough good pass-rushers.

 

20-BEARS

Previous pick: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Updated: Te’o

Comment: With Brian Urlacher gone, the Bears need a new MLB.

 

21-BENGALS

Previous pick: Vaccaro

Updated pick: Patterson

Comment: Imagine adding the 6-2 Patterson to a receiving corps that already includes 6-4 A.J. Green, 6-2 Mohamed Sanu and 6-5 tight end Jermaine Gresham.

 

22-RAMS

Previous pick: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

Updated pick: Hayden

Comment: Hayden and Janoris Jenkins would give the Rams an impressive cornerback tandem.

 

23-VIKINGS

Previous pick: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

Updated pick: Ogletree

Comment: Vikings need a middle linebacker. Ogletree has some on- and off-the-field concerns, but ask him to cover a tight end and he’ll stick to him like glue.

 

24-COLTS

Previous pick: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracus

Updated pick: Pugh

Comment: Colts could go with Watson here, but the short-armed Pugh can play both inside and outside.

 

25-VIKINGS

Previous pick: De’Andre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Updated pick: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

Comment: Vikings can’t go wrong with either of these big wideouts.

 

26-PACKERS

Previous pick: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Updated pick: Lacy

Comment: Packers’ leading rusher had 464 yards last season.

 

27-TEXANS

Previous pick: Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss

Updated pick: Collins

Comment: Played with his hand in the dirt for a bad college team, but would be ideal standup replacement for Connor Barwin in Texans’ 3-4.

 

28-BRONCOS

Previous pick: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

Updated pick: Minter

Comment: Joe Mays is a one-dimensional middle linebacker.

 

29-PATRIOTS

Previous pick: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Updated pick: Rhodes

Comment: He’s a 6-1 corner with 4.4 speed and 34-inch arms. For a Patriot defense that gave up 27 passing TDs last year, what’s not to like?

 

30-FALCONS

Prevous pick: Eifert

Updated pick: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Comment: Falcons need help at defensive end and corner. If they don’t take Moore, Washington CB Desmond Trufant is a possibility.

 

31-49ERS

Previous pick: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

Updated pick: Jones

Comment: Jones has the versatility to play both the nose and 5-technique in Vic Fangio’s defense.

 

32-RAVENS

Previous pick: Matt Elam, S, Florida

Updated pick: Elam

Comment: Elam is shade under 5-10, but is strong against both the run and the pass.

Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
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