NFL Mock Draft - End of Regular Season

Because of the nature of the NFL changing EVERY week, we won't know for sure what teams will be picking where. We also won't know all of the needs because before we get to the draft, we hit the situations of retirement, franchise tags, trades, and free agency. BUT, it wouldn't be fun to only have one mock draft 3 days before it actually occurs, so we will start putting these up week to week, and then after the major events when the off season comes (combine, pro-days, first week of free agency, etc.)

During the regular season, we will only write up the draft for one round and based upon the current standings of the teams as well as the current and most glaring needs. 

Until official seedings are finalized, this is based upon the worst record going first until the playoff qualifying teams, and then the weakest record through the strongest record for the playoff qualifiers. 

Check back often, because when the draft gets closer we WILL have a mock draft contest with prizes for the winners! 

1. Carolina Panthers

Andrew Luck

If he declares, it's more of who would take him not why Carolina wouldn't. If the panthers pick up McNabb or Young, they could trade this pick and build their future.

3. Buffalo Bills

Patrick Peterson

While Buffalo has other needs on the trenches, they get (possibly) the most athletic player in the NFL draft to match up against the likes of Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker, and Santonio Holmes. O-line can be had in the second round.

5. Arizona Cardinals

Da' Quan Bowers

The (possibly) top defensive linemen available, he will rise up the boards and could be a top 3 pick in some scenarios. The NFC West doesn't have quarterbacks as it is, but this will ensure the cardinals defense can put constant pressure on other teams.

7. San Francisco 49ers

Cam Newton

New Regimes mean new quarterbacks, and with the athleticism of Gore, Ginn, Crabtree and Davis ... this could be a scary offense if Cam is up to the task. It might be high for him, but he is the flavor of the month.

9. Dallas

Robert Quinn

Whoever the new coach is, they have talent all over the team. The biggest need might be OLine, but none merit a top 10 pick (at least yet). Another solid playmaker is added to the cowboys here, but #9 might still be too high for Quinn.

11. Houston

Prince Amukamara

The Lions could very well take a wide receiver here to help Matt Stafford continue to grow. They could also go DL and continue to become a force on the front 7. This makes the most sense against a pass happy NFC North.

13. Detroit

Janoris Jenkins

Detroit has some needs still, but would love to upgrade a secondary that faces Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers. Jenkins could be the next Joe Haden as he is the most athletic player coming out of the same school in the SEC. 

15. Miami

Mark Ingram

Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown might both be gone, and with only a semi productive Chad Henne, the Phins need a strong runner here. 

17. New England 
(from) Oakland

Brandon Harris

The Patriots continue to build a solid yet young defense and take a truly amazing cornerback for their back end.  They don't have a lot of "needs," but rather have the luxury of taking whoever they want here with another 6 picks in the first 4 rounds in their power. 

19. New York

Ryan Kerrigan

Simply put: a playmaker with a high motor and intelligence. Imagine Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, and Ryan Kerrigan putting pressure and wreaking havoc on the offensive lines? New York has some other questions, but a powerful player with a motor is a strong pick.

21. Seattle

Derek Sherrod

Pete Carrol had mixed success in his first season and also got the team a lot younger as well. He may want to go for a quarterback here, but the offensive line needs help the whole way across and any quarterback needs to remain upright.

23. Indianapolis

Anthony Costanzo

The Colts don't need a flashy pick when they can turn undrafted rookies and division 3 products into potential pro-bowlers. They DO need to continue to upgrade their offensive line to keep Peyton Manning upright.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

Mike Pouncey

His brother Maurkice helped raise his stock, he can play center as well as any of the guard spots quite naturally. The Eagles should have Vick behind center next year, but even if they don't they need to upgrade their offensive line to keep quarterbacks upright. 

27. New Orleans Saints

DeMarco Murray

Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, Reggie Bush ... None of which seem like viable options, can remain healthy, are completely proven ... 
Murray might have a few durability questions but he is a tremendous athlete that an fill the role of Reggie Bush while still pounding the ball like Thomas.


29. Baltimore Ravens

Aaron Williams

The Ravens are a solid team with the only real questions coming from the offensive line and the secondary. Williams helps sure up their back 4 as their defense continues to add a few young players every year.  

31. Atlanta Falcons

Jeremy Beal

A solid all around player, Beal will help the Falcons to control the NFC South, and will also help to replace an aging Mike Peterson. Look for Beal to continue to rise up draft boards by the NFL Draft combine. 

2. Denver Broncos

Nick Fairley

Fairley is quickly rising up draft boards. He may not be the next Ndamukong Suh, but he is a ferocious player and Denver won't be drafting a quarterback in the first round.

4. Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green

Cincinnati could bring back either T.O. or Ochocinco (or even both), but Carson palmer is returning this year according to Marv Lewis. They have a young defense, and O-Line and running back are needs, but would be reaches here.

6. Cleveland Browns

Marcell Dareus

The Browns need a true #1 wideout, but Tom Heckert found playmakers such as Jackson and Maclin later in the draft when he was in Philly. Dareus steps in from day one and plugs a big gap on the defensive front.

8. Tennessee Titans

Blaine Gabbert

The Titans could def. use some defensive help on the line or in the secondary, but with Vince Young about to be jettisoned, Jeff Fisher gets HIS franchise quarterback. Gabbert is rising quickly as a pro caliber signal called.

10. Washington

Ryan Mallet

Mallet might not be the smartest quarterback at this point in his career, but he has the arm and strength. Mike Shannahan last drafted a quarterback with the same profile of arm strength ...Jay Cutler.

12. Minnesota

Jake Locker

Leslie Frazier needs a quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb showed legitimate play, but neither can start for a playoff caliber team. They could still pick up a piece for the defensive line, but they also need to find a quarterback somewhere.

14. St. Louis

Julio Jones

Sam Bradford gets a complete wide receiver in Jones, and their offense will continue to flourish as they take a step forward to claim the NFC West and try to recapture a "pretty good" show on turf. 

16. Jacksonville

Stephen Paea

He might not last this long as he will continue to rise up draft boards in the coming months. The Jaguars might not want to draft yet another D-lineman early, but in a division with Manning and Schaub, they need to provide constant pressure. 

18. San Diego

Jonathon Baldwin

You really think Philip Rivers wants to throw the ball to a short receiver? The Chargers really should upgrade the OLine here, but will most likely choose to grab a talented wideout. You could see the difference in their play this year between games when they had Vincent Jackson and games that they didn't. 

20. Tampa Bay

Akeem Ayers

The Bucs need help on the back end of the defense, but a great player comes to them here as they get a linebacker with athleticism to try and lead them to the playoffs next year.

22. Kansas City

Bruce Carter

The Chiefs saw an amazing uptick in their offensive play, but will need a powerful and athletic linebacking core to help them continue to be the "Patriots of the West." If you haven't seen film on Bruce Carter ... watch some now. 

24. Green Bay

Von Miller

Imagine the pass rushing ability of Clay Matthews if offenses also have to account for Von Miller on the opposite edge as well. The packers will be a great defensive team for the next decade. They could look to upgrade their secondary (or make a youth movement), but the linebackers are the key to Dom Caper's defense. 

26. New York Jets

Adrian Clayborn

Clayborn may have a few questionable actions in his past which makes him a perfect fit for the jets. Rex Ryan improves his vaunting defense by adding a pure power to the trenches. Clayborn can cause nightmares for offensive linemen.

28. Chicago Bears

Stefen Wisniewski

The Bears have talent but they need to find a way to protect Jay Cutler and buy him some time. If they can't, then he will continue to hit the ground, take sacks, and make bad decisions of throwing to the other colored jerseys. They start to build from the inside out. 

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Demarcus Love

Pittsburgh had a solid pick in Pouncey as they realize they must retool their aging lines. Love might not be a "sexy" pick but he is a beast in the trenches and can bully even the most dominant pass rushers around
. His size and strength alone will help open holes for Mendenhall.

32. New England

Cameron Heyward

A tremendous performance in the Sugar Bowl helped to show scouts why he is so special. He adds even more youth to the Patriot's defensive unit and will be a solid player for a decade.