Warpaint Illustrated Mock Draft (V4)

As long as Patrick Surtain remains property of the Miami Dolphins; it's looking a lot like the Chiefs will use their first round draft pick on a cornerback. In this weeks Warpaint Illustrated Mock Draft, we go three rounds and we address the Chiefs primary needs in each round.

FIRST ROUND

1) San Francisco- QB Aaron Rodgers, Cal
The 49er's have issues across the board, but seemed to have narrowed their selection down to four players, QB's Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith, WR Braylon Edwards, and CB Antrel Rolle. With rumors of San Francisco shopping Tim Rattay, you'd have to think they are leaning toward drafting a quarterback. Edwards doesn't seem likely with the young receivers currently in place plus with the possibility of the team signing David Boston after the draft. Its believed the Niners were more impressed with Rodgers individual workout, so if they can't entice another team to take the pick, he is the man.

2) Miami- WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan
The Dolphins absolute goal is to move out of this pick and acquire extra selections to fill their many holes. Braylon Edwards and Alex Smith are the guys that team would like to move up for, and I believe Miami may be willing to take less than what is usually required to move down. No idea which team might offer the most, but expect the number two overall pick to be Braylon Edwards.

3) Cleveland- QB Alex Smith, Utah
The Browns offense needs a huge boost. The Browns will also look hard at QB and CB, but I don't believe either of the top corners warrants this high of a pick, plus I don't think Romeo wants to invest his future in a rookie quarterback. So if the Browns don't ante up to take Edwards, then they would look hard at moving down themselves. If not, they may be forced to make an investment in a quarterback.

4) Chicago- RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn
The Bears young defense kept them in games last season and is on the right track. Chicago needs to get more big plays from their offense, but with the signing of Muhammad the focus with this pick maybe to build with the best player possible. Not sure Thomas Jones is a franchise back. I hear the Bears like Benson and Mike Williams, but with Brown still possibly on the board if nobody trades up he becomes the pick.

5) Tampa Bay- WR Mike Williams, USC
The Bucs have issues on both sides of the ball, but the defense is still sturdy enough, that you would have to believe they'd go offense with this pick. Tampa fans would love to replace Michael Pittman, but with the depth of backs in the draft and a chance to snag a top-flight wide receiver that impressed Bucs officials lately, Williams may be the choice.

6) Tennessee- LB Derrick Johnson, Texas
The Titans have sunk quicker than their ship namesake. The salary cap has torn this once proud team apart so they have leaks everywhere to patch. The Titans could literally use help everywhere except QB, RB, and DE. I think that drafting the best player available may not be a bad idea, regardless if it's the teams' biggest need or not.

7) Minnesota (from Oak)- WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina
The Vikings by trading Moss obviously now lack a number one on the outside, and Travis Taylor is not that. Rumors have them wanting to move up into the top 3 to land Braylon Edwards. Mike Williams name is mentioned a lot at this pick, but I don't think he'll be available. Williamson might be a better fit for the Vikes offense with his blazing speed anyway and should be available for them here.

8) Arizona- RB Cedric Benson, Texas
It seems to be a daily debate whether or not Travis Henry will play in the desert or not. Tampa Bay appears to be back in the hunt for the Bills tailback, lets go back to square one. Its no secret the team likes Miami corner Antrel Rolle and Denny Green is also intrigued with Cal RB J.J. Arrington in the 2nd round, but landing a franchise runner is most important in this case.

9) Washington- CB Antrel Rolle, Miami (FL)
The Redskins offense was one of the worst in football last season, combine that with the fact it doesn't look like Rod Gardner will be back, WR becomes an obvious need. But with the top 2 guys off the board, and Fred Smoot leaving via free agency, acquiring a corner to sit opposite of the rejuvenated Shawn Springs may even be more important.

10) Detroit- LB Shawne Merriman, Maryland
The Lions have a lot of questions to be answered by the players on their current roster, but one glaring need is depth at defensive tackle. Detroit currently only has three on the roster and filling that hole is traditionally tough. Detroit will also look at offensive line, defensive end, and linebacker; with Merriman potentially helping out with two of the last three, look for the Lions to bring a Terp to Detroit.

11) Dallas- RB Carnell Williams, Auburn
The Cowboys have two first round picks to play with this year. Dallas made an underrated signing when they inked CB Anthony Henry, but they still will look hard at corners. Pac Man may be tempting, but the value of landing a back like Cadillac who can add more explosion to a dull offense makes sense. Williams and Julius Jones would be a great 1-2 combo for Bill Parcells and with nobody behind Jones worth mentioning on the roster; this would be a great insurance policy as well.

12) San Diego (from NYG)- CB Adam Jones, West Virginia
San Diego came a long way in a year, and are rewarded with two 1st round picks for their efforts. San Diego will also look at receivers, defensive line, and their secondary. The secondary was one of the worst in pass defense league wide despite the improved record, so adding an athlete like Pac Man would be huge. And don't forget the Philip Rivers name may also be a bargaining piece on draft day.

13) Houston- OT Alex Barron, FSU
Inconsistent is a good word to describe the Texans. Offensively, David Carr again was a piñata last season, and the running game really had trouble getting kick started some weeks so help along the line and wide receiver are needed. Defensively help at linebacker and safety is needed. Barron is the top prospect on the line this year.

14) Carolina- S Thomas Davis, Georgia
The Panthers are a very well rounded football team, especially once they get everyone off the injured list next season. Carolina needs help along the offensive line, at tight end, a big wide receiver to replace Muhammad, and at safety. If Carolina scouts see what I see, then this should be an easy pick.

15) Kansas City- CB Carlos Rogers, Auburn
The Chiefs have made nice additions so far this offseason picking up Kendrell Bell and Sammy Knight with his ex-Dolphins teammate Patrick Surtain perhaps on his way as well before the draft. That leaves KC's biggest need getting a pass-rushing end, but with their not a clear-cut choice and Surtain not in the fold yet, you can never go wrong with depth at cornerback. KC would also entertain moving down for extra picks and selecting a defensive at a more reasonable pick for their value. Moving up for a Derrick Johnson or Shawne Merriman may also be an option.

16) New Orleans- DE/LB David Pollack, Georgia
Guessing what the Saints will do is anyone's guess. They have an obvious need to upgrade their linebackers, but unless they move up or down they are in a bad spot in the selection order. They could opt for a RT like Jamaal Brown, or another corner (again in a bad spot). Pollack is an interesting player, and I got a feeling he could sneak up into the top 15 because of his work ethic and great ability.

17) Cincinnati- DT Travis Johnson, FSU
Marvin Lewis made it public that the Bengals must get better on the defensive side of the ball. While I somehow doubt a player who has clearly separated himself at his position like Johnson has at DT would fall this far, stranger things have happened, especially with this draft being so top heavy with skill position players. Definitely look for the Bengals to draft defense regardless.

18) Minnesota- LB/DE DeMarcus Ware, Troy
The Vikings could look at wide receiver with this pick if they don't draft one with their first pick. The Vikes have done a great job of improving their defense, but still have a hole at defensive end. Nobody's stock has risen more in the past couple weeks than that of the athletic speed rusher Ware.

19) St. Louis- OT Jamaal Brown, Oklahoma
The Rams defense was exposed for how awful they could be on occasion in their playoff loss at Atlanta. St. Louis received good news about Leonard Little, but will still look at ending an end at some point in the draft. St. Louis may also look for help in the secondary, and along their offensive line, especially at right tackle which Jamaal Brown, although not the top tackle on most teams boards, I've been told he's the guy most teams think could slide in and start right away, which he would for the Rams.

20) Dallas (from Buffalo)- WR Mark Clayton, Oklahoma
With the trade of Antonio Bryant for the most part unproductive Quincy Morgan, plus the injury to Terry Glenn, adding a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball would be a great move for the Cowboys. Clayton would be a perfect compliment to Keyshaun Johnson and Jason Witten for the Boys.

21) Jacksonville- DE Erasmus James, Wisconsin<
The Jaguars are a nice work in progress. The team will be counting on WR Reggie Williams to really step up and become a threat opposite of Jimmy Smith, but also a reason for the offenses struggles was Byron Leftwich getting hit far too often so help on along the offensive line is needed too. The Jags also desperately need help at defensive end where they were depleted last year, but the acquisition of Reggie Hayward may have minimized its importance or not.

22) Baltimore- DE Marcus Spears, LSU
The Ravens, much like the Jags, struggled on offense at times, but the addition of Derrick Mason is a huge upgrade will make them more patient with young guys like Devard Darling and Clarence Moore. The offensive line could use a little tweaking on the inside, and DT could be another area for the Ravens to address and with the team switching into a hybrid 4-3 front, a guy like Spears would be extremely valuable.

23) Seattle- CB Marlin Jackson, Michigan
The Seahawks have answered a lot of questions this offseason on what their future looks like on offense. But I do know the defense; especially the LB's were riddled with injuries last year so that's one thing Seattle will look hard at. The loss of Ken Lucas at corner hurts and could force the Hawks hand.

24) Green Bay- S Brodney Pool, Oklahoma
Darren Sharper's release makes acquiring a safety important. The Pack also could use help at linebacker and along the offensive line where they could use an injection of youth. Pool is a talented player who could become an instant starter.

25) Denver- LB Darryl Blackstock, Virginia
Denver has addressed their defensive line, I guess, by bringing in the entire Browns line so the Broncos also may look at WR again, as Rod Smith isn't getting any younger and Darius Watts was very up and down as a rookie. But with the team looking to play a 3-4 defense next season, they need bodies at linebacker possibly more.

26) New York Jets- TE Heath Miller, Virginia
Clearly the Jets top needs are at DE, CB, and TE. The Jets struggled moving the ball and putting points on the board toward the end of the season, so adding a playmaker on that side of the ball, whatever the position, could also be another direction they could head in which is why Miller's value is too much to pass up on.

27) Atlanta- DL Shaun Cody, USC
The Falcons defense was light years better last season than the year before, which some credit must go the offense and the rushing attack just allowing the defense time to breathe and putting them ahead on the scoreboard instead of always behind. Ed Jasper retiring leaves a hole at DT, which could be the way Atlanta leans with their 1st round pick. A threat on the outside is needed, but another year for Michael Jenkins to develop could be the answer to that question.

28) San Diego- WR Roddy White, UAB
The Chargers with their second pick of the first round may look to add some pass rush if they are able to get a receiver with their first pick. Or in this case they could go the other way, adding a sleeper like White who has size and the speed to stretch the field for Drew Brees and company.

29) Indianapolis- LB Channing Crowder, Florida
The Colts, much like the Chiefs, will be looking defense to help out their explosive offense. The Colts need help on the interior of their defensive line and at outside linebacker where they've lost great players Mike Peterson and Marcus Washington is each of the last two seasons. Rob Morris is also a free agent, so the Colts opt with the best available player who can help them right away.

30) Pittsburgh- DE Dan Cody, Oklahoma The Steelers could use a big receiver even though the Cedric Wilson signing is underrated, but that leaves Big Ben throwing to t a bunch of smurfs. Cody is too good of a player to pass up on though as he is a perfect fit a DE in a 3-4 scheme.

31) Philadelphia- OT Khalif Barnes, Washington
The Eagles continue to search for a pass rush from the DE spot. More depth at LB and along the offensive line will also be looked at. Barnes was the best linemen at the Senior Bowl would be a nice pickup for the Eagles.

32) New England- LB Odell Thurman, Georgia
What do you get the team that has everything? There is no obvious choice for the Patriots here. New England could use help in the secondary and at wide receiver. The linebackers aren't getting any younger either, and with Ted Bruschi's status in limbo that may influence this pick.

SECOND ROUND

33) San Francisco- DE Justin Tuck, Notre Dame
34) Cleveland- DT Mike Patterson, USC
35) Philadelphia- DE Matt Roth, Iowa
36) Tampa Bay- RB Ciatrick Fason, Florida
37) Tennessee- WR/HB/QB Matt   Jones, Arkansas
38) Oakland- QB Jason Campbell, Auburn
39) Chicago- LB Kevin Burnett, Tennessee
40) New Orleans- OT Chris Colmer, NC State
41) Detroit- OG Elton Brown, Virginia
42) Dallas- S Ernest Shazor, Michigan
43) NY Giants- WR Reggie Brown, Georgia
44) Arizona- CB Fabian Washington, Nebraska
45) Carolina- WR Jerome Mathis, Hampton
46) Kansas City- DE Chris Canty, Virginia
47) Houston- CB Justin Miller, Clemson
48) Cincinnati- C Chris Spencer, Mississippi
49) Minnesota- S Josh Bullocks, Nebraska
50) St. Louis- CB Eric Green, Virginia Tech
51) Green Bay- DT Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa
52) Jacksonville- OT Adam Terry, Syracuse
53) Baltimore- OG/C David Baas, Michigan
54) Seattle- LB Kirk Morrison, San Diego St.
55) Buffalo- RB J.J. Arrington, Cal
56) Denver- WR Mark Bradley, Oklahoma
57) NY Jets- CB Cory Webster, LSU
58) Green Bay- QB Charlie Frye, Akron
59) Atlanta- DB Brandon Browner, Oregon St.
60) Indianapolis- LB Matt McCoy, San Diego St.
61) San Diego- RB Marion Barber III, Minnesota
62) Pittsburgh- TE Alex Smith, Stanford
63) Philadelphia- WR Chris Henry, West Virginia
64) New England- CB Bryant McFadden, FSU

THIRD ROUND

65) San Francisco- K Mike Nugent, Ohio St.
66) St. Louis (from Miami)- DE Jovan Haye, Vanderbilt
67) Cleveland- WR Roscoe Parrish, Miami (FL)
68) Tennessee- DT Anttaj Hawthorne, Wisconsin
69) Oakland- RB Darren Sproles, Kansas St.
70) Miami (from Chicago)- DT C.J. Moseley, Missouri
71) Tampa Bay- CB Darrent Williams, Oklahoma St.
72) Detroit- DT Luis Castillo, Northwestern
73) Houston (from Dallas)- LB Al Fincher, UConn
74) NY Giants- OG Marcus Johnson, Mississippi
75) Arizona- OL Logan Mankins, Fresno St.
76) Washington- WR Vincent Jackson, Northern Colorado
77) Philadelphia (from KC)- RB Eric Shelton, Louisville
78) Houston- S Oshiomogho Atogwe, Stanford
79) Carolina- TE Kevin Everett, Miami (FL)
80) Minnesota- C Jason Brown, North Carolina
81) St. Louis- DT Anthony Bryant, Alabama
82) New Orleans- QB Kyle Orton, Purdue
83) Cincinnati- S Gerald Sensabaugh, North Carolina
84) Baltimore- OT Wesley Britt, Alabama
85) Seattle- LB Michael Boley, Southern Miss
86) Buffalo- DT Ronnie Fields, Mississippi St.
87) Jacksonville- DT Lorenzo Alexander, Cal
88) NY Jets- DE Bill Swancutt, Oregon St.
89) Green Bay- OG Evan Mathis, Alabama
90) Atlanta- OT Michael Munoz, Tennessee
91) Tampa Bay- DT Atiyyah Ellison, Missouri
92) Indianapolis- CB Stanley Wilson, Stanford
93) Pittsburgh- OG Chris Kemoeatu, Utah
94) Philadelphia- LB Barrett Ruud, Nebraska
95) Arizona (from NE)- LB Rian Wallace, Temple
96) Tennessee (comp)- WR Fred Gibson, Georgia
97) Denver (comp)- OT Michael Roos, Eastern Washington
98) Seattle (comp)- WR Terrence Murphy, Texas A&M
99) Kansas City (comp)- WR Airese Currie, Clemson
100) New England (comp)- OT Ray Willis, FSU
101) Denver (comp)- QB Andrew Walter, Arizona St.


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