The Kind of Like Sports Mock draft continues with first round picks 11-20. As you may notice my mock does not include any trades. It is just me assessing team needs and players that I think would be good fits. Anticipating the trades would drive me crazy and 9 times out of 10 I would be dead wrong anyway.
11. Tennessee Titans – Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State) CB
The Titans maybe thinking quarterback but they more than likely are going to stick with Jake Locker for another year. Picking at this point they will be looking for a day one starter. Enter Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard who is probably the top corner in the draft. Good at man to man coverage guy who is physical would be a good fit for Tennessee.
Other Possibilities: Justin Gilbert CB, Teddy Bridgewater QB
12. New York Giants – Taylor Lewan (Michigan) OT
The New York Giants need a solid left tackle to protect Eli Manning and somebody to help reignite that power running game. Michigan’s Taylor Lewan could fit that mold. He may not be available this late in the first round but hopefully for the Giants the ball bounces their way.
Other Possibilites: Aaron Donald DT, Anthony Barr LB\DE
13. St Louis Rams – Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma St) CB
After adding some strength to the offensive line the Rams will look at their defense. The front line is one of the best in the league with Robert Quinn and Kris Long. St Louis will look at the back end of their defense and take corner Justin Gilbert. He is a speedy guy who can also help in the return game.
Other Possibilities: Calvin Pryor S, Aaron Donald DT
14. Chicago Bears – Calvin Pryor (Louisville) S
The Bears like to win with defense. They are pretty solid on the offensive side of the ball with two tall standout receivers and they have locked up their quarterback in Cutler. Calvin Pryor will give them so toughness on the backend of that defense. Known for his hard hitting Pryor will be a nice fit in Chicago.
Other Possibilities: CJ Mosely LB, Aaron Donald DT
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Anthony Barr (UCLA) LB
No other mock draft will have Barr going this low in the first round. I think that the football Gods will shine on Pittsburgh and give them the kind of pass rushing linebacker that fits their mold. Even though they picked up Jarvis Jones last year they still need to get younger on that defense. James Harrison and Lamar Woodley are both gone so Barr would be nice to help fit into that gap.
Other Possbilities: Aaron Donald DT, Bradley Roby CB
16. Dallas Cowboys – Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh) DT
The Cowboys will be picking up a steal with defensive tackle Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh. He will be a disruptive force on a line that lost DeMarcus Ware. He is an athletic guy who could start right away and go alongside Henry Melton.
Other Possibilities: Zack Martin OG/OT, Timmy Jernigan
17. Baltimore Ravens – Odell Beckham Jr (LSU) WR
With 120 million dollars invested in Joe Flacco the Ravens need weapons around him. Last year they realized they really missed Boldin. They picked up Steve Smith in free agency but he will probably not be the number 1 receiver and is not the long term plan. Enter LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. He is a versatile receiver who can play any of the outside spots and help in the return game.
Other Possibilities: Zack Martin OG/OT, CJ Mosely, LB
18. New York Jets – Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) CB
The Jets have loaded up on offensive talent during the offseason. Acquiring the likes of Chris Johnson, Eric Decker and Michael Vick should be nice additions. The Jets are at the point they just need to pick the best player available. One spot they need to fill is the vacancy left by the departure Antonio Cromartie. Rex Ryan generally likes to select defensive players in the earlier rounds. Kyle Fuller seems like the likely pick here for the Jets.
Other Possibilities: CJ Mosely LB, Bradley Roby CB, Marqise Lee WR
19. Miami Dolphins – Zack Martin (Notre Dame) OG\OT
The Miami Dolphins barely missed the playoffs last year. They spent a lot of money the previous year in free agency. They think they have their franchise quarterback and now they have to protect him. They lost two starters last year thanks to “BullyGate” so now they will look at the versatile Zack Martin from Notre Dame. The top guard in the draft and also can play a little tackle will be helpful for the Dolphins.
Other Possibilities: Ra’Shede Hageman DT, Xavier Su’a-Filo
20. Arizona Cardinals – Derek Carr (Fresno State) QB
The Cardinals actually have a solid team all the way around. The one thing they do need is a quarterback. Carson Palmer was solid last year but is not the future. Working with head coach Bruce Arians would be a good opportunity for the young Carr to develop and doesn’t have immediate pressure to start.
Other Possibilites: CJ Mosely LB, Kony Ealy DE
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