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Today, my faith in the Vikings had diminished so much that I began looking up mock drafts to see what the Vikings could get. It's a rather bad sign, I know, but in doing so, I noticed that most mock drafts sucked.

 

Now, I consider myself an avid NFL fan and an above average college football fan. However, I know what makes sense. I saw mock drafts with the Vikings taking A.J. Green from Georgia, a WR. Obviously their biggest need is the WR position.

 

So, this will (hopefully) become a weekly thing. I'll try to leave my own wants (like Ryan Mallet to the Vikings) out as best as possible. Also, I'm only going to do the non-playoff teams, because, if you're team is in the playoff picture, you don't deserve to find out who they're getting.

 

Disclaimer: I'm aware that there will be random offensive linemen selected, but no one knows who they are until right before draft

 

1. Buffalo Bills select Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

 

I don't consider this much of a surprise. When Chan Gailey (Bills head coach) tells the media that he's putting in Ryan Fitzpatrick to spark the offense, you may have some issues. They have a young RB in Spiller that could become a special player.

 

And while Locker was deemed the best QB prior to this year, he hasn't impressed me one bit this year. Luck has. And I don't know if the Bills will risk it on Locker

 

2. San Francisco 49ers select Jake Locker, QB, Washington

 

The 49ers biggest inconsistency this year has been the QB play. I think they'll finally give up on Alex Smith this offseason. However, the 49er front office isn't known for their bright drafting on numerous occasions and I think they'll risk bringing in Locker, who has a lot of the same skill sets of Smith.

 

3. Carolina Panthers select Marcel Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama

 

While A.J. Green might make sense here, two things play into this selection: Carolina never wants to get Steve Smith receiving help for some reason and the defense is a bigger question. They have a great RB-WR tandem in Williams and Smith. They have their QB of the future. They need someone on that defensive line, who is 21st in rushing yards allowed and have managed just 9 sacks this year.

 

4. Detroit Lions select Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

 

I originally had Patrick Peterson, a CB from LSU, here. However, after looking at the stats, their rushing defense is far worse than their passing defense. Having two anchors on that line in Suh and Kerrigan would give them a great cornerstone to build around.

 

5. Cleveland Browns select A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

 

Again, another flip flop type of pick. I had Mark Ingram here, but neither would surprise me. I went with Green because it seems like Peyton Hillis has locked down the RB position. However, Josh Cribbs is the Browns biggest offensive threat and that isn't good. Green provides explosion to a boring offense and give Colt McCoy a target to begin gaining chemistry with.

 

6. Dallas Cowboys select Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

 

It's obvious the problems with the Cowboys isn't a talent issue. So it's hard to say what the Cowboys would do with this pick. What we do know is that they'll most certainly go with defense. Surprisingly, the Cowboys have just 13 sacks this year, putting them in the middle of the pack. Bowers gives them a pass rush from the defensive line that they don't consistently have.

 

7. Denver Broncos select Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

 

I think the Broncos would be very happy if Peterson fell to them here. They only have 5 interceptions on the year, tying them for 7th worst in the NFL. Peterson answers that problem and he can learn some tricks of the trade from Champ Bailey

 

8. San Diego Chargers select Robert Quinn, DE, UNC

 

Another case of having a lot of talent but a record that doesn't reflect that. The offense isn't the issue, and with no CB left to take, the rich will just get richer. Already 2nd in the league in sacks, the Chargers will take Quinn, who'll likely be rusty after being ruled ineligible this year, and wreak havoc on QBs next year.

 

9. New England Patriots select Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

 

No, that isn't a typo. As part of the Richard Seymour deal, the Patriots got the Raiders 1st round pick. And the one weakness of this team so far has been the RB position. They are RB by committee right now and I think they'll gladly take Ingram if he's available. He provides something to the Patriots that hasn't been there since Corey Dillon.

 

10. Minnesota Vikings select Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas

 

I tried and double checked to make sure it would work and, if Mallet gets by the 2nd pick, he'll fall to the Vikings. It's a match made in heaven. Mallet, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated QBs in college football this year. If necessary, he wouldn't need to step in right away with T-Jack/Joe Webb at the helm. T-Jack will get his chance to prove himself this year and I'm not convinced he'll do enough to warrant not taking Mallet here

 

11. Cincinnati Bengals select Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

 

If Mallet is on the board, the Bengals might go after him. Palmer has shot the Bengals' in the foot numerous times this year. But with him not available on my board, they'll solve their pass rush issues with Fairley

 

12. Jacksonville Jaguars select Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

 

The Jags ranked 27th against the pass. They're are a couple of CBs they could take here, but Amukamara has been apart of a great defense and can bring a winning tradition to a Jags defense that has been far but a traditional winner.

 

13. Green Bay Packers select Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida

 

Another underachieving team, more so because of injuries, with lots of talent. Again, offense isn't an issue. Despite having 10 INTs this year, the teams two CBs are 34 and 35. They certainly can afford to get younger there.

 

14. St. Louis Rams select Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

 

The only thing left for the Rams to address on offense is a big play WR. Bradford has impressed many with his play and he doesn't have a true #1 WR. Jones can be that guy and this could be a tandem that could be feared in a couple years

 

14. Arizona Cardinals select Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

 

This team is a weird team. Looking at the stats, they are middle of the pack in just about every stat. They could use a QB, but one isn't available here. So this spot is up for grabs. Paea is a player you don't normally see in a draft and the Cards very well could grab him up.

 

15. Miami Dolphins select DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson

 

The Dolphins have just 4 INTs on the season and are 17th in pass defense. I see them fixing that problem in the draft with a big play safety.

 

16. Chicago Bears select Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

 

Honestly, I don't know anything about this kid. But I do know that the Bears will take the best available offensive linemen. No one really knows who that is at this point so we'll just wait and see

 

17. Philadelphia Eagles select Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

 

I honestly don't know where the Eagles go here. They are a talented team on defense and offense and I can't tell you why they're record is what it is. Pairing Moore with Nate Allen gives them a young secondary to start building around

 

I'm going to stop here because it gets massively confusing as to where to draw the line of a playoff team at this point.

 

Please, leave you're thoughts. If I made a pick for you're team that just doesn't make sense, let me know so I can fix it
October 27, 2010  02:44 PM ET

Agree with Luck #1

October 27, 2010  02:44 PM ET

I doubt the Eagles go with a S in the first round. They have so many more important holes to fill first. And their defense really isn't that good, which partially explains the suckiness of their record.

Nice mock draft though. Most of the analyses look spot on.

October 27, 2010  02:50 PM ET

You should change the name of your blog section to Rudeblog

October 27, 2010  03:34 PM ET

I just realized I have all 4 NFC North teams on here. Obviously, that will be fixed next week

October 27, 2010  05:27 PM ET

Bears get Andrew Luck? Please? I'm begging you.

October 27, 2010  06:39 PM ET

Honestly, I don't know anything about this kid. But I do know that the Bears will take the best available offensive linemen. No one really knows who that is at this point so we'll just wait and see


That's what I was looking for... offensive linemen, specifically the top left tackle available. There's almost always an OT within the first five picks.

October 27, 2010  06:51 PM ET

if ingram is available and the pats dont draft him, i will be very pissed

October 27, 2010  06:52 PM ET

who woulda thought the cowboys and the chargers would end up with a higher pick in the draft

October 27, 2010  06:52 PM ET

than the raiders ol

October 27, 2010  06:52 PM ET

lol

October 27, 2010  06:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I doubt the Eagles go with a S in the first round. They have so many more important holes to fill first. And their defense really isn't that good, which partially explains the suckiness of their record.Nice mock draft though. Most of the analyses look spot on.

With the way Nate Allen is playing? Free safety is set. And the Eagles organization is happy with Quinten Mikell at strong safety. We could use some depth but that can come in the later rounds.

The real need in the Eagles secondary is at cornerback. There's Asante Samuel and no one else. Anyone who saw Kenny Britt use, abuse and humiliate Ellis Hobbs for a one-man 4th Quarter comeback this past Sunday knows the Eagles need to upgrade their cornerback position ASAP.

That and the offensive line has been awful, especially in between the tackles. Right now Philadelphia ranks 2nd worst in sacks allowed and 3rd worst in QB hits allowed. It would be worse if not for Michael Vick's scrambling ability.

Knowing Andy Reid, the Eagles will draft an offensive lineman with their first selection - hopefully it's a guy durable enough to play a 16 game season.

October 27, 2010  06:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

if ingram is available and the pats dont draft him, i will be very pissed

They'll probably trade out for more picks.

October 27, 2010  09:05 PM ET

I think it would be a mistake to take a QB with their first pick

October 27, 2010  09:30 PM ET

I pray your wrong about Locker to the niners. He has all the makings of the next Ryan Leaf.

Luckily if Fitzpatrick keeps playing lights out Luck should fall to the Niners

October 27, 2010  09:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I pray your wrong about Locker to the niners. He has all the makings of the next Ryan Leaf. Luckily if Fitzpatrick keeps playing lights out Luck should fall to the Niners

I'm hoping Buffalo goes with D Line or LB. They have talent in their secondary but need some pass rush otherwise the Bills d will keep being a joke.

October 27, 2010  09:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I pray your wrong about Locker to the niners. He has all the makings of the next Ryan Leaf. Luckily if Fitzpatrick keeps playing lights out Luck should fall to the Niners

I thought the "next Ryan Leaf" was JaMarcus Russell.

But Locker could be the next JaMarcus Russell.

October 27, 2010  10:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I thought the "next Ryan Leaf" was JaMarcus Russell.But Locker could be the next JaMarcus Russell.

very good point.

October 28, 2010  10:13 PM ET

How can all four NFC North teams end up in the top 16? One has to win the division and get a pick no better than 20.

October 28, 2010  10:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

How can all four NFC North teams end up in the top 16? One has to win the division and get a pick no better than 20.

It's been established. I got this idea at 2 AM and did it right away, so it didn't go THAT well. We'll fix it next week

 
October 29, 2010  07:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agree with Luck #1

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been playing really well for the Buffalo Bills. Over the last four weeks he's

11 Touchdowns vs 4 Interceptions
977 Yards
102.2 Rating

If he keeps playing well QB may be the one of the few positions Buffalo does not need to address. But that's a big "If"

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