Each year, we at Viking Update throw our prognostication hat in the ring and lay out the reasons for how we see the April draft class shaking out. At this point, we're basing our first-round projections on player talent and need. Several other factors will contribute to how we modify our mock draft – re-signing of key players, losing players to free agency, signing free agents, the Combine, etc.
In the next day or two, we will release Version 1.0 of our mock draft, laying out who we believe will go where and why. But, until then, here is our first round mock draft order by team (analysis will follow):
1. Detroit – Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
2. St. Louis – Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
3. Kansas City – Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State
4. Seattle – Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
5. Cleveland – Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
6. Cincinnati – B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
7. Oakland – Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
8. Jacksonville – Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
9. Green Bay – Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
10. San Francisco – Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
11. Buffalo – Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
12. Denver – Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC
13. Washington – Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
14. New Orleans – Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
15. Houston – D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
16. San Diego – Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
17. New York Jets – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
18. Chicago – Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State
19. Tampa Bay – Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
20. Detroit (from Dallas) – Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
21. Philadelphia – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
22. Minnesota – Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
23. New England – Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
24. Atlanta – Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
25. Miami – Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
26. Baltimore – James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
27. Indianapolis – Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
28. Philadelphia (from Carolina) – Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State
29. New York Giants – Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
30. Tennessee – Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
31. Arizona – LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh
32. Pittsburgh – Alex Mack, C, California
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