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A Nassib-Eifert mock

The draft is less than 2 weeks away! Time for another wild mock... Trades are denoted by the team name being in all caps.

  1. Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel-Alex Smith is going to need to stay vertical in order to offer any return on the investment the Chiefs have made. Branden Albert is likely gone at the end of the year so the Chiefs have a year to get Joeckel used to the NFL at RT for a season, or at least part of one.
  2. Jaguars: QB Geno Smith-It occurs to me that the Jags' GM was babbling about how Gabbert was a better prospect than any of the available QBs back when the Chiefs had Cassel at the top of their depth chart. I don't recall hearing any such nonsense since the Chiefs traded for Smith.
  3. DOLPHINS: OT Eric Fisher: Oakland gives the Dolphins a bit of a break on the value of the 3rd pick, accepting #12, #42 and the first of Miami's third rounders. For Oakland, the appeal in picking up a 2nd rounder (don't have one) and extra 3rd makes sense. For the Dolphins, they get Fisher before the Eagles are on the clock. Word has gotten out that the Dolphins aren't enamored with Lane Johnson so moving up for Fisher was necessary.
  4. Eagles: OLB Dion Jordan: The Eagles are switching over to a 3-4 defense. They have picked up a NT and OLB Conner Barwin. Jordan gives the defense a versatile toy, one that the new head coach knows all too well.
  5. Lions: CB Dee Milliner: Detroit has to face Aaron Rogers twice a year. Jay Cutler isn't nearly as consistent but he has Romo-like games of sheer brilliance. Even Ponder can be effective with defenses having to key on stopping Adrian Peterson.
  6. CARDINALS: OT Lane Johnson: Arizona gives up a 4th to move up one spot to take Johnson, not because Cleveland is likely to but because they need to stop teams from trading with Cleveland in order to get Johnson in the slot ahead of Arizona.
  7. JETS: DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah: Cleveland picks up New Jersey's 3rd to slide back two more slots, giving back a 5th in change. Cleveland has picked up an extra 3rd and 4th while New Jersey has added a versatile DE/OLB to a defense that looks a lot like the one the Bills are intending to run.
  8. RAMS: WR Tavon Austin: The Rams need weapons for Bradford and Austin is one of the most explosive players in the draft. Knowing that Buffalo also need WR help the Rams couldn't wait for Buffalo to make a pick. The Bills pick up #22, #46 and the Rams' 3rd rounder in the deal.
  9. 49ERS: S Kenny Vaccaro: The 49ers don't have a lot of holes. They do have Donte Whitner in the secondary, a liability that Bills fans know all too well. Their hope is that Vaccaro will be able to cover someone, anyone and that he won't do that weird head down, look away sorta shoulder tackle attempt that Whitner is notorious for. Cleveland drops all the way to #31 and also adds #34 and #74 to the extra 3rd (NJJ) and 4th (AZ).
  10. Titans: DT Sharrif Floyd: Floyd is frequently listed in the top 5 in the various mock drafts and big boards. The Flaming Thumbtacks would have to be happy about the value he represents.
  11. Chargers: OG Chance Warmack: Rivers isn't a statue but neither is he fleet of foot. Warmack would help keep him upright and also help San Diego run the ball more effectively...which would also help to get the most out of Rivers.
  12. Raiders: DT Star Lotulelei: The Raiders took a bit of a gamble to get back to a normal complement of draft picks and end up with a guy that they might have considered taking at #3 overall.
  13. VIKINGS: CB Xavier Rhodes: Tampa trades #13 to the Jets for Revis, with New Jersey blinking on the asking price for Revis. The pick is immediately traded to Minny for #23 and #52. The Vikings lost Winfield to Seattle and needs CBs for the same reason that Detroit took Milliner.
  14. Panthers: DT Sheldon Richardson: The Panthers add a DT who had been rated very highly earlier in the pre-draft process. With teams not making big changes to their big boards it's a fair bet that Richardson has been high on Carolina's board all along.
  15. JETS: OLB Jarvis Jones: New Jersey ships the two picks from Minny to New Orleans and gets #75 back in change. Along with Ansah the Jets have added two potentially dominant cornerstones to their front seven.
  16. Rams: WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Sam Bradford has no excuses as to his receiving options as St. Louis picked up an explosive smaller WR and a big bodied WR as well. The downside is that getting them both means that the Rams are done until the 4th.
  17. Steelers: OLB Barkevious Mingo: Meet James Harrison's replacement.
  18. Cowboys: OG Jonathan Cooper: Jerry Jones sat on his hands and picked up either the best or second best guard in the draft, depending on who you listen to.
  19. Giants: DE Datone Jones: The Giants generally sit on their hands. They also generally keep the defensive line well stocked.
  20. Bears: ILB Alec Ogletree: The Bears didn't bring Urlacher back and need ILB help. The team also needs OL reinforcements but the pick of those litters are already off the board.
  21. Bengals: DE Bjoern Werner: The Bengals turn down an offer from the Vikings-armed with an extra 7th and 6th they don't much need a 4th from Minny. Instead, they get a sliding Werner, who some view as a top 10 talent.
  22. Buffalo: QB Ryan Nassib: The temptation would be to take another player here, like ILB Kevin Minter, but Nix has said all along that QBs are different-taken ahead of where the board says they should be. Getting Nassib at 22 means that the Bills don't have to defend against the possibility of another team trading up and getting him at the end of the first. Nassib didn't visit but he didn't have to given his connection to Marrone. Opinions on Nassib vary - he's rated anywhere from 1st to 5th - but the overall sense is that none of the QBs are sure fire franchise QBs. Might as well ride one that the head coach knows well.
  23. Saints: DT Sylvester Williams: The Saints are moving to the 3-4 and a DT is a big part of making the defense work.
  24. BUFFALO: TE Tyler Eifert: Buffalo ships pick depleted Indy #41, #71 and a 5th rounder to get Nassib a big body to throw to. With Chandler iffy for the start of the year and perhaps not to be the same player he was, the Bills address the position in a meaningful way for the first time in ages. Buffalo still has The 2nd and 3rd rounders from St Louis, a 4th and 6th to address needs like WR and ILB.


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