Mock Draft 2.0
1. Carolina Panthers- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn- The Panthers are a stagnant franchise in a division with three franchise quarterbacks. They need Cam to be Cam on the NFL level to even think about competing for the immediate future.
2. Denver Broncos- Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama- Denver has made some very questionable decisions over the past 24 months and it's time to begin righting wrongs. Dareus was a dominant player on the college level and should be a solid pro for a long time.
3. Buffalo Bills- Von Miller, OLB, Texas A & M- The best pure pass rusher in this draft should help a Bills defense which tied for 27th in the league in sacks. They choose to wait until next year for their quarterback.
4. Cincinnati Bengals- A.J. Green, WR, Georgia- Cincinnati rolls the dice on whether quarterback Carson Palmer is just posturing or if he will indeed retire. A nice enticement to come back is A.J. Green, the best looking wide receiver prospect since Calvin Johnson.
5. Arizona Cardinals- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri- Arizona needs new blood under center and they are more than delighted Blaine Gabbert falls to them at pick #5. Gabbert will allow the Cardinals fans to have some hope about the future in a division which already features Sam Bradford.
6. Cleveland Browns- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama- As great as A.J. Green is, Julio Jones is bigger, faster and fits the Browns passing game better. Solid value at pick #6.
7. San Francisco 49ers- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU- The best player in the draft falls all the way to pick #7 and San Francisco is the lucky team to match need with great value. San Francisco will have to put their phones on vibrate as Dallas will be calling with the hopes to pick Peterson for themselves.
8. Tennessee Titans- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn- Outstanding value for the Titans to get a player at #8 who legitimately could go first overall. Fairley will team up with Tony Brown on the inside as the Titans defensive line will be formidable.
9. Dallas Cowboys- Tyron Smith, OT, USC- If the Cowboys are going to have a legitimate shot at succeeding they will need Tony Romo healthy. It's Smith's job to do that.
10. Washington Redskins- Jake Locker, QB, Washington- If you think a guy can be a franchise quarterback there's no such thing as a reach. Mike Shanahan likes Locker and Washington now has a quarterback to build around.
11. Houston Texans- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska- The worst secondary in the NFL meets the second-best cornerback in the draft. Prince will be an opening day starter as he and Kareem Jackson should improve the back end of the Texans defense.
12. Minnesota Vikings- Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina- Quinn will add some youth and talent to a defensive line that's getting a little long in the tooth. Excellent first draft pick for Leslie Frazier.
13. Detroit Lions- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College- The Lions need to find out if Matt Stafford is the man and the only way that's possible is if he plays a full season. Castonzo will try to keep Stafford upright.
14. St. Louis Rams- Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois- The St. Louis front four was pretty good last season but they need a replacement for Fred Robbins. Liuget is the best player available for St. Louis.
15. Miami Dolphins- Cameron Jordan, DE, California- As difficult as it is to pass on Mark Ingram, the Dolphins can't pass on the value of Cam Jordan.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars- Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada- It may be a little early for Kaepernick, as most have his value in the top of the second round, but the Jaguars feel he can be a franchise quarterback and he won't be available when they go back on the clock at pick #49.
17. New England Patriots- J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin- New England has been missing a Richard Seymour type of player who can affect a game from the 5-technique. Watt could be that guy and they're more than happy to use their first of two Round One selections on him.
18. San Diego Chargers- Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri- The Chargers need linebackers and they are pleasantly surprised to find what could be an elite pass rusher in Aldon Smith just waiting in their laps at pick #18.
19. New York Giants- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama- Although the Giants already have capable running backs, the talent of Ingram is too much to pass up this late in the draft.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue- Tampa Bay is building up a nice defensive line with last year's first and second-round picks, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, and Kerrigan adds to that. They know they must get after the passer in a division with Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, and the Bucs couldn't do that a year ago.
21. Kansas City Chiefs- Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State- Kansas City needs help on the offensive line and Sherrod might be the most NFL ready tackle in this draft.
22. Indianapolis Colts- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin- The Colts haven't had great success in picking offensive tackles early, and we finally saw their passing game take a small step back last season. Carimi is a physical guy with good feet and he'll allow the Colts to play more physical football.
23. Philadelphia Eagles- Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado- The Eagles offense was great last season but their defense is a major concern. Smith will allow they to play more press and hopefully get after opposing quarterbacks more often.
24. New Orleans Saints- Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA- New Orleans needs an infusion of youth and talent at the linebacker position, and Ayers offers both. Akeem will start Day One and sure up the position for quite some time.
25. Seattle Seahawks- Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida- With Jake Locker off the board, Seattle goes with a solid, safe pick of Mike Pouncey. Pouncey will help the interior of the Seahawks line for years to come.
26. Baltimore Ravens- Brandon Harris, CB, Miami- The Ravens secondary wasn't dependable last season as they several of their losses came by opponents driving down the field for winning scores late in games. Harris is a talented corner who should fit in immediately.
27. Atlanta Falcons- Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa- The Falcons need to add youth and talent to their defensive line and they certainly accomplish it with Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn would've likely been a top-15 pick a season ago, but decided to stay in school and it hurt his stock.
28. New England Patriots- Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona- A perfect fit for a Patriots team looking to add more pass rush. Reed is sudden, intelligent and can get off the edge and will make New England more athletic at linebacker.
29. Chicago Beats- Nate Solder, OT, Colorado- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took far too much abuse last season and the Bears needed to address their tackle situation. Solder should compete for a starting job right away and begin to sure up that line.
30. New York Jets- Justin Houston, OLB/DE, Georgia- The Jets are more bark than bite with their pass rush as they have pressure outages from time to time. Jets linebacker Bart Scott "can't wait" to play alongside and mentor Justin Houston.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers- Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova- The Steelers must protect Ben Roethlisberger better and Ijalana has been flying up draft boards in the last month or so.
32. Green Bay Packers- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson- Bowers, who was once in the running for the top overall pick has major knee concerns which are having teams shy away from him. The Packers can take a chance and if he's healthy it could pay big dividends.
Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Conundrum" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.