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NFL Draft Preview: Four-Round Mock

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Jim Harbaugh, James Harrison and David Bowie.

Projected trades:

Philadelphia trades No. 15 and No. 46 to Carolina for No. 9.

Miami trades No. 42 and No. 73 to Tampa Bay for No. 37.

Kansas City trades No. 44 and No. 74 to Indianapolis for No. 34.

Minnesota trades No. 66 and No. 98 to San Francisco for No. 61 and No. 125.

Jacksonville trades No. 38, No. 101 and 2013 second-round pick to Pittsburgh for No. 24.

First Round

1.Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (6-4, 234)

The Colts will draft Luck, not Griffin.

2.Washington Redskins (from STL) -- Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor (6-2, 223)

With Roy Helu and a good group of pass-catchers, Griffin's landing spot is surprisingly good in Washington, dysfunctional management aside.

3.Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC (6-7, 306)

Christian Ponder will be injury prone even if he has a solid line. Playing him behind Minnesota's awful as-is line is not an option.

4.Cleveland Browns -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (5-9, 228)

The Browns appear to be willing to go down with Colt McCoy, in which case going all-out on the supporting cast is the necessary approach.

5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (5-11, 188)

A good bet to be a top-three corner, Claiborne is the obvious pick here.

6.St. Louis Rams (from WAS) -- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (6-4, 298)

Cox is a much better tackle than Justin Blackmon is a receiver. St. Louis should take Cox.

7.Jacksonville Jaguars -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (6-1, 207)

If the Jaguars are really going to cling to Blaine Gabbert, then they at least need to get him some weapons.

8.Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M (6-4, 221)

He might not be good enough to beat out Matt Moore right now, but Tannehill looks like a good bet to be a solid starter in the relatively near future.

9.Philadelphia Eagles (from CAR) -- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis (6-4, 346)

The Eagles normally look for fast defensive linemen, but last year's pitiful showing against the run could have them rethinking their approach.

10.Buffalo Bills -- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (6-6, 313)

With Demetress Bell headed to Philadelphia, tackle is a big need for the Bills.

11.Kansas City Chiefs -- Melvin Ingram, DL/LB, South Carolina (6-1, 264)

Ingram's versatility means Kansas City can get him, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston all on the field at once.

12.Seattle Seahawks -- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (6-3, 242)

The Seahawks would prefer Ingram, but Kuechly would also provide a great deal of production.

13.Arizona Cardinals -- Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State (6-7, 323)

Adams is a top-10 talent with Day 3 intangibles, but Arizona is desperate.

14.Dallas Cowboys -- Michael Brockers, (3-4) DE, LSU (6-5, 322)

Jerry Jones loves ‘upside' picks, and Dallas is thin at end.

15.Carolina Panthers (from PHI) -- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 190)

The Panthers are dreadfully weak at corner.

16.New York Jets -- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame (6-3, 220)

Mark Sanchez doesn't have any big targets to throw to.

17.Cincinnati Bengals -- David DeCastro, G, Stanford (6-5, 316)

DeCastro is a dominant player available at a position of need -- an easy pick for the Bengals here.

18.San Diego Chargers -- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia (6-5, 345)

Glenn could start at either guard or right tackle for the Chargers.

19.Chicago Bears -- Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois (6-4, 261)

The Bears would make a Day One starter out of Mercilus, an in-state college star.

20.Tennessee Titans -- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina (6-6, 284)

Even with Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan around, Coples would be too talented for Tennessee to pass on here.

21.Cincinnati Bengals -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (6-2, 186)

Kirkpatrick is the big, physical sort of corner Cincinnati looks for.

22.Cleveland Browns -- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford (6-6, 247)

Fleener would be a big target who can give Colt McCoy a deep threat up the middle.

23.Detroit Lions -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama (6-1, 213)

Louis Delmas has disappointed so far, and Barron would be an immediate upgrade.

24.Jacksonville Jaguars (from PIT) -- Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State (6-3, 260)

McClellin would be a Day One, impact starter for almost any team, particularly a team as weak at end as Jacksonville is.

25.Denver Broncos -- Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (5-9, 223)

Defensive tackle is a bigger need for Denver, but there will be good options available in the second round.

26.Houston Texans -- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor (5-10, 196)

The in-state product would be a big steal for Houston and a likely rookie starter.

27.New England Patriots (from NO) -- Nick Perry, DE, USC (6-3, 271)

Perry is very athletic and strong, and could be a steal at this point.

28.Green Bay Packers -- Peter Konz, C/G, Wisconsin (6-5, 314)

In the worst-case scenario Konz would back up Jeff Saturday for a year, but he might be able to earn a starting spot at guard in the meantime.

29.Baltimore Ravens -- Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin (6-4, 314)

Jah Reid is not a serious solution at guard.

30.San Francisco 49ers -- Amini Silatolu, G/OT, Midwestern State (6-4, 311)

Center, guard and running back are probably San Francisco's top needs. Silatolu is the top talent among those positions right here.

31.New England Patriots -- Devon Still, DT, Penn State (6-5, 303)

Still has 4-3 tackle and 3-4 end versatility for the Patriots.

32.New York Giants -- Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State (6-0, 241)

Wagner is an extremely athletic playmaker who would allow Mathias Kiwanuka to move to defensive end after 2012, protecting the Giants against Osi Umenyiora's probable exit after the season.

Second Round

33.St. Louis Rams -- Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi (6-6, 316)


Massie is a very powerful tackle ideal for starting on the strong side.

34.Kansas City Chiefs (from IND) -- Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State (6-4, 221)

Weeden would put heat on Matt Cassel and present a possible immediate upgrade for the Chiefs.

35.Minnesota Vikings -- Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame (6-2, 213)

Smith projects to be one of the league's brightest strong safety prospects.

36.Miami Dolphins (from TB) -- Courtney Upshaw DE, Alabama (6-2, 272)

Upshaw's unimpressive combination of size, speed and strength could make him go later than some think, but he would be a good trade-up candidate.

37.Cleveland Browns -- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford (6-5, 312)

Martin would be a very nice value here and a likely starter at right tackle for Cleveland.

38.Pittsburgh Steelers (from JAC) -- Dont'a Hightower, (3-4) ILB/OLB, Alabama (6-2, 265)

Hightower is too stiff to start for most teams, but he would be a battering ram on the inside of Pittsburgh's 3-4.

39.St. Louis Rams (from WAS) -- David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech (5-10, 206)

Wilson's extreme athleticism would add a welcome big-play threat to the St. Louis offense.

40.Carolina Panthers -- Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse (6-5, 266)

Jones' length and flexibility make him look like a poor man's Aldon Smith.

41.Buffalo Bills -- Andre Branch, DE, Clemson (6-4, 259)

Buffalo needs insurance behind Mark Anderson.

42.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from MIA) -- Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (FL) (5-11, 212)

Miller might not have a great deal of power, but he'll still be better than LeGarrette Blount.

43.Seattle Seahawks -- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama (5-10, 193)

Jenkins' towering talent is only matched by his character risk, but Pete Carroll is a gambler.

44.Indianapolis Colts (from KC) -- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech (6-4, 210)

Luck's downfield accuracy isn't a strength, but Hill's wingspan and speed could bail him out.

45.Dallas Cowboys -- Kendall Reyes, (3-4) DE, Connecticut (6-4, 299)

Reyes is outdone only by Cox and Poe when it comes to size/strength/speed at defensive tackle.

46.Carolina Panthers (from PHI) -- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State (6-2, 308)

Worthy's lack of versatility could push him this far.

47.New York Jets -- Kelechi Osemele, G/OT, Iowa State (6-6, 333)

Osemele is a huge, overpowering lineman with surprising athleticism. He would compete for a starting right tackle role for the Jets.

48.New England Patriots (from OAK) -- Rueben Randle, WR, LSU (6-3, 210)

Randle could eventually replace Brandon Lloyd.

49.San Diego Chargers -- Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina (6-3, 216)

Malcom Floyd is aging a bit, Vincent Brown is unproven, Eddie Royal is just a slot receiver and Robert Meachem is one-dimensional.

50.Chicago Bears -- Mitchell Schwartz, G/OT, California (6-5, 318)

Schwartz is a strong, tough player who would compete for snaps at guard and right tackle.

51.Philadelphia Eagles (from ARZ) -- Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State (6-3, 214)

Cousins would provide good insurance behind Michael Vick and a potential eventual starter.

52.Tennessee Titans -- Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina (6-1, 244)

Brown's instincts, toughness and tackling are all questionable, but his speed intoxicates.

53.Cincinnati Bengals -- Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska (6-1, 233)

Mike Zimmer would love David's smart, instinctive and disciplined style of play.

54.Detroit Lions -- Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech (5-10, 178)

Hosley is a bit light, but he's the sort of aggressive playmaker Jim Schwartz looks for.

55.Atlanta Falcons -- Chris Polk, RB, Washington (5-11, 215)

Polk is one of the draft's view runners with a three-down skill set.

56.Pittsburgh Steelers -- Brandon Brooks, G, Miami (OH) (6-5, 353)

Brooks is a huge, athletic mauler who would give Pittsburgh some necessary power on the interior.

57.Denver Broncos -- Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson (6-2, 314)

Thompson's one-gap, disruptive style of play would be a great fit for John Fox.

58.Houston Texans -- Mychal Kendricks, (3-4) ILB, California (5-11, 240)

Kendricks has cornerback-like athleticism and blitzing ability.

59.Green Bay Packers -- Ronnell Lewis, (3-4) OLB, Oklahoma (6-2, 253)

Lewis is a standout athlete who could start right away for the Packers.

60.Baltimore Ravens -- Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State (6-4, 220)

Quick's size and wingspan would be unique among Baltimore's wideouts.

61.Minnesota Vikings (from SF) -- Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers (6-2, 211)

Sanu would give the Vikings a big, physical presence at receiver.

62.New England Patriots -- Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall (6-3, 266)

The Patriots need to land two good ends in this draft.

63.New York Giants -- Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana (6-2, 204)

Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara are all talented, but Webster's contract is almost up, Thomas has knee issues and Amukamara is unproven.

Third Round

64.Indianapolis Colts -- Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6, 238)


Green would be Luck's new Coby Fleener.

65.St. Louis Rams -- A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois (6-0, 190)

Jenkins is an underrated field-stretcher who can work the intermediate zone, too.

66.San Francisco 49ers (from MIN) -- Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State (5-10, 222)

Turbin is a strong, versatile runner and a hard worker who would eventually turn into a workhorse for Jim Harbaugh.

67.Cleveland Browns -- Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest (5-11, 198)

Givens can stretch the field on the outside.

68.Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Ben Jones, C, Georgia (6-2, 303)

Jeff Faine needs to be replaced.

69.Washington Redskins -- Alameda Ta'amu, (3-4) NT, Washington (6-3, 348)

The Redskins could use more talent at nose tackle.

70.Jacksonville Jaguars -- LaMichael James, RB, Oregon (5-8, 195)

James would give Jacksonville a big-play threat off the bench while giving Maurice Jones-Drew a few more breathers.

71.Buffalo Bills -- Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson (6-3, 255)

Tight end isn't a need for Buffalo, but Allen is too good to pass on here.

72.Miami Dolphins -- Orson Charles, TE, Georgia (6-2, 251)

Charles and Charles Clay would compete to be Joe Philbin's new Jermichael Finley.

73.Tampa Bay (from CAR thru CHI & MIA) -- George Iloka, S, Boise State (6-4, 225)

Iloka is an unusual prospect and it's tough to tell how he fits, but he's worth the gamble here.

74.Indianapolis Colts (from KC) -- Philip Blake, C, Baylor (6-2, 311)

Blake would project as an eventual starter for the Colts at center.

75.Seattle Seahawks -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State (6-7, 242)

Osweiler did not look good in college, but neither did Charlie Whitehurst.

76.Houston Texans (from PHI) -- Derek Wolfe, (3-4) DE, Cincinnati (6-5, 295)

Wolfe is a steal here and would eventually start for Houston.

77.New York Jets -- Bruce Irvin, (3-4) OLB, West Virginia (6-3, 245)

Irvin is a bit of a character worry, but his athleticism could pay off for the Jets.

78.San Diego Chargers -- Josh Robinson, CB, UCF (5-10, 199)

Quentin Jammer is getting old and Antoine Cason has disappointed lately.

79.Chicago Bears -- Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia (5-9, 182)

Boykin's aggressive style of play would fit well in Chicago.

80.Arizona Cardinals -- Cam Johnson, (3-4) OLB, Virginia (6-3, 268)

Johnson isn't as explosive as you'd like a 3-4 OLB to be, but he'd be a nice addition for nickel and dime looks at the least.

81.Dallas Cowboys -- Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma (5-10, 192)


Broyles would give Dallas a top slot prospect while Miles Austin and Dez Bryant work outside.

82.Tennessee Titans -- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska (5-10, 204)

Tennessee looks for aggressive corners, and Dennard meets the job requirements.

83.Cincinnati Bengals -- Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati (5-10, 197)

Pead would give the Bengals a homegrown product with big-play ability.

84.Atlanta Falcons -- Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri (6-5, 252)

Egnew could be a major liability as a blocker, but his athleticism stands out.

85.Detroit Lions -- Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State (6-4, 275)

Crawford is a bit of a project, but one the Lions have time to groom behind Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril.

86.Pittsburgh Steelers -- Josh Chapman, (3-4) NT, Alabama (6-1, 316)

The Steelers need a nose tackle, and Chapman's the best one left on the board.

87.Denver Broncos -- Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma (5-11, 206)

Denver badly needs depth behind Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter.

88.Philadelphia Eagles (from HOU) -- Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple (6-0, 218)

Pierce is a local product who would provide great insurance behind LeSean McCoy.

89.New Orleans Saints -- James Brown, G/OT, Troy (6-3, 306)

Brown would be a decent replacement for Carl Nicks.

90.Green Bay Packers -- Jared Crick, (3-4) DE, Nebraska (6-4, 279)

He might not be able to start, but Crick would give Green Bay some very necessary disruptiveness on passing downs at the very least.

91.Baltimore Ravens -- Demario Davis, (3-4) ILB, Arkansas State (6-2, 235)

Davis is a great athlete who should stand out on special teams.

92.San Francisco 49ers -- Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette (5-10, 182)

Bentley might not be as strong as Jim Harbaugh prefers his corners to be, but he's super aggressive.

93.New England -- Marvin Jones, WR, California (6-2, 199)

The Patriots would already be set at receiver with Randle around, but Jones would be too valuable to pass on here.

94.New York Giants -- Jeff Allen, G/OT, Illinois (6-4, 307)

Allen would provide valuable swing depth for the Giants.

95.Oakland Raiders (comp) -- Ron Brooks, CB, LSU (5-10, 190)

Brooks could earn playing time right away in Oakland's weak corner rotation.

Fourth Round

96.St. Louis Rams -- Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas (6-3, 219)


Childs' size and strength would stand out among St. Louis' wideouts.

97.Indianapolis Colts -- T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State (5-11, 188)

Graham would give the Colts another burner and a kick return candidate.

98.San Francisco 49ers (from MIN) -- Billy Winn, (3-4) DE, Boise State (6-4, 294)

Winn might not be a great 3-4 fit, but he would at the least provide a good passing down option.

99. Houston Texans (from TB via PHI) -- Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah (6-5, 313)

Bergstrom is good insurance in case Houston ends up without a good Eric Winston replacement.

100. Cleveland Browns -- Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State (5-10, 195)

T.J. Ward is a good one, but the Browns could use another safety.

101. Pittsburgh Steelers (from JAC) -- Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M (5-10, 207)

Gray would be a depth upgrade over the likes of Jonathan Dwyer and John Clay.

102. Washington Redskins -- Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State (6-1, 207)

LaRon Landry is with the Jets now.

103. Miami Dolphins -- Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (FL) (6-5, 219)

Streeter would be Miami's biggest, fastest receiver.

104. Carolina Panthers -- Malik Jackson, DT/DE, Tennessee (6-5, 286)

Jackson would be a versatile potential starter at tackle or end.

105. Buffalo Bills -- Russell Wilson, QB, North Carolina State (5-11, 215)

Wilson could be an NFL starter if he can play through his height issues.

106. Seattle Seahawks -- Trevor Guyton, DT/DE, California (6-3, 285)

Guyton's versatility would be valuable in Pete Carroll's amorphous 4-3.

107. Kansas City Chiefs -- Mike Martin, (3-4) NT, Michigan (6-1, 306)

Martin would be a steal here for the Chiefs.

108. Denver Broncos (from NYJ) -- Robert Blanton, CB/S, Notre Dame (6-1, 208)

Blanton might be too slow to play corner, but he can move to free safety if that proves to be the case.

109. Washington Redskins (from OAK) -- Casey Heyward, CB, Vanderbilt (5-11, 185)

Corner depth is an issue for Washington.

110. San Diego Chargers -- Brandon Taylor, S, LSU (5-11, 209)

Strong safey is still a position of need for the Chargers.

111. Chicago Bears -- Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State (5-10, 196)

Tim Jennings is not convincing and Charles Tillman is getting a bit old.

112. Arizona Cardinals -- Jos LeRibeus, G, SMU (6-3, 312)

Arizona needs help all over the offensive line.

113. Dallas Cowboys -- Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia (5-10, 183)

Corner depth is still a problem for Dallas.

114. Philadelphia Eagles -- Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa (6-3, 216)

McNutt should eventually be an upgrade over Jason Avant.

115. Tennessee Titans -- Charles Mitchell, S, Mississippi State (5-11, 202)

The Titans need help at safety.

116. Cincinnati Bengals -- Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin (6-2, 215)

Toon could turn into a solid starter opposite A.J. Green.

117. Detroit Lions -- Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State (6-6, 320)

The Lions have neglected the tackle position for years.

118. Cleveland Browns (from ATL) -- Chris Rainey, RB/WR, Florida (5-8, 180)

Rainey would give Browns a major speed injection as well as dangerous punt return skills.

119. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Juron Criner, WR, Arizona (6-3, 224)

The Steelers lack big, physical receivers.

120. Denver Broncos -- T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International (5-10, 183)

Hilton would be a homerun threat in the slot and a dangerous returner for Denver.

121. Houston Texans -- Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State (5-9, 187)

Even with Wright around, Houston could use more receiver depth in case Andre Johnson continues to have injury troubles.

122. New Orleans Saints -- Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas (5-11, 179)

Adams would give New Orleans a decent slot prospect and a high impact punt returner.

123. Green Bay Packers -- Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State (5-9, 200)

Hillman would give Green Bay yet another explosive element.

124. Buffalo Bills (from BAL) -- Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa (5-10, 190)

The Bills could use more help at corner.

125. Minnesota Vikings (from SF) -- Brandon Washington, G, Miami (FL) (6-3, 320)

Minnesota got rid of both of its starting guards in the offseason.

126. New England Patriots -- Senio Kelemete, G/T, Washington (6-4, 307)

Brian Waters can't last forever.

127. New York Giants -- Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee (5-10, 205)

Ahmad Bradshaw is a bit of an injury concern.

128. Minnesota Vikings (comp) -- Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State (5-11, 188)

Jackson has free safety skills to complement Smith's strong safety tendencies.

129. Oakland Raiders (comp) -- Justin Bethel, CB/S, Presbyterian (6-0, 200)

Bethel would provide necessary versatile DB depth for Oakland.

130. Baltimore Ravens (comp) -- Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State (6-2, 241)

If the Ravens can teach him how to shed blocks, Bradham could be disruptive.

131. New York Giants (comp) -- Nick Foles, QB, Arizona (6-5, 243)

Foles would be a backup to groom and potentially trade later for a profit.

132. Green Bay Packers (comp) -- Evan Rodriguez, TE, Temple (6-1, 239)

Rodriguez would put some heat on Jermichael Finley if he keeps dropping passes.

133. Green Bay Packers (comp) -- Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State (6-4, 229)

Lindley is erratic but has a strong arm and upside. Green Bay could probably turn him into a good backup.

134. Minnesota Vikings (comp) -- Jaye Howard, DT, Florida (6-3, 301)

Minnesota is a bit short on depth at defensive tackle.

135. Dallas Cowboys (comp) -- Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati (6-4, 264)

Robinson wasn't featured prominently at Cincinnati, but his athleticism really stands out.