Free Agency is tricky because it can drastically change team’s draft plans. A team that wants to draft a top wide receiver in the first round could sign Mike Wallace or Wes Welker and as a result, their draft plans must change. Speaking of the draft, it’s tough to predict how the draft will turn out because nobody really knows what will happen on draft day thanks to trades and surprise picks. As a result, let’s take a look at how the top ten picks could shake out.
1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel (OT):
Kansas City has traded for its new quarterback and now needs a stronger offensive line to keep him safe. The easiest way to do that is by drafting Joeckel with the first overall pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sharrif Floyd (DT):
Because Star Lotulelei is dealing with health issues, Floyd is now the best defensive tackle on the board. Jacksonville needs to improve its extremely bad rush defense and Floyd will do that immediately.
3. Oakland Raiders – Star Lotulelei (DT):
A lot of mock drafts have Floyd getting drafted by the Raiders, but after Floyd gets drafted by Jacksonville, Oakland will get stuck with Lotulelei. If Lotulelei gets over his health issues, he could be the steal of the draft.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Dee Milliner (CB):
The Eagles still have Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. But by drafting Milliner, Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie will be able to train Milliner to become the next great cornerback.
5. Detroit Lions – Dion Jordan (DE):
Jordan is a better defensive end prospect then fellow DE Ezekiel Ansah. Pairing either of them with Ndamukong Suh will create one of the best DE/DT combos in the NFL. Additionally, the Lions should draft Jordan because he played against better teams at Oregon than Ansah did at BYU.
6. Cleveland Browns – Ezekiel Ansah (DE):
The Browns need a defensive end even more than the Lions do. As a result, Cleveland will draft whichever DE between Ezekiel Ansah and Dion Jordan Detroit decides not to pick.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Geno Smith (QB):
This one pick will set off a whole new chain of draft picks. Arizona needs a good QB in order to fully utilize Larry Fitzgerald’s skills. Smith is the best quarterback on the board and should pair up well with Fitzgerald.
8. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib (QB):
The Bills will be pushed into a corner and as a result, will be forced to take Nassib if a team before them (Arizona or someone else) takes Geno Smith. Buffalo should use this pick to improve in a different area but because they need a new quarterback, they’ll have to draft Nassib. The Syracuse QB would be the best option seeing as the team’s new head coach and offensive coordinator were his coaches in college.
9. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo (DE):
New York needs to improve its horrible rush defense. Mingo does just that, and at this point in the draft, he will be the best defensive end on the board.
10. Tennessee Titans – Chance Warmack (OG):
Chance Warmack should be picked much higher than this but will fall due to two quarterbacks being drafted before him. The Titans not only need to protect whichever QB they decide to start, but also Chris Johnson.
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