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1st Round Mock w/Trades

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Tough to predict trades, but I gave it a shot here...

01. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

02. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

03. Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

04. Philadelphia Eagles - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

05. Detroit Lions - Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU

06. San Diego Chargers (f/CLE) - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

07. Arizona Cardinals - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

08. Buffalo Bills - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

09. New York Jets - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

10. Tennessee Titans - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

11. Cleveland Browns (f/SD) - Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU

12. Miami Dolphins - D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

13. New York Jets (f/TB) - Jonathan Cooper, OG/C, UNC

14. Carolina Panthers - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

15. New Orleans Saints - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

16. St. Louis Rams - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

19. New York Giants - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State

20. Chicago Bears - Arthur Brown, LB, KSU

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas

22. St. Louis Rams (f/WAS) - D.J. Fluker, OT/OG, Alabama

23. Minnesota Vikings - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

24. Indianapolis Colts - Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA

25. Minnesota Vikings (f/SEA) - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

26. Arizona Cardinals (f/GB) - E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

27. Houston Texans - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

28. Denver Broncos - Björn Werner, DE, Florida State

29. Detroit Lions (f/NE) - Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

30. Atlanta Falcons - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

31. San Francisco 49ers - Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU

32. Baltimore Ravens - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

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Realistic trades. I'm not digging the Austin pick, but if that's the direction we go I'll clamber onto the bandwagon and hope for the best. Everything else seems realistic, except I'm not sure where this hype for DJ Hayden has come from. Admittedly I don't know much about him, haven't watched any videos or anything. I've just seen him mentioned around here a few times all of a sudden the past few days. Dunno where this has come from. There's always at least one late riser who gets taken way above expectations from even as little as a week before the draft, so it's just as likely to be him as anyone else.

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I just watched the Hayden videos from the thread here. I have to say, his reaction time and change of direction are borderline elite. Looks like he could be a real stud. I do have one complaint though, when he played press (most noticeable in the vs. UCLA video) he is about as unphysical as possible. He wouldn't even put a hand on the guy. He's gotta learn to jam when playing press like that. Other than that, looked like a real sure tackler and quick. That reaction time and change of direction are probably the two most important physical qualities on a CB too.

However, I'm always hesitant on these late draft-season risers. Looks like he could be good though.

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I don't exactly see the Star pick for the Jets. I've seen others talk about it, but their D-line is pretty good and young. If anything on defense I'd think they'd be going after pass rushers, Safeties or maybe a Revis replacement.

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I hope you're right as I'd love for Star to fall to us, but he's great value there and the Jets did release their starting nose tackle earlier in the offseason. They have Kendrick Ellis, though, so I suppose it depends on how comfortable they are with him.

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I just think the #1 most important piece of any defense, let alone a 3-4, are the pass rushers. The loss of Revis locking down receivers makes their pass rush even more important. The thing their defense lacks the most are....pass rushers. They don't really have any. As much as I love Star, if our defense had no pass rushers, AND we just lost the guy making coverage sacks more possible, I'd have to pass on him for the best pass rushers available. I think they take Mingo and Austin or Patterson (their offense SUCKS). If not Mingo, then J. Jones, Ansah or someone else to rush the passer.

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