Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces wide receiver A.J. Green (Georgia) as the number four overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Every year we pour through all the mock drafts and predictions for the upcoming draft. In the end the draft winds up with several trades and surprises. So I’m going to give my prediction on how the first round could wind up. I also hope to post a second round later this week and update this version if KC trades Brandon Albert to Miami.
1. AZ Trades (7,69) with KC – LT Eric Fisher
KC is so desperate to pull out of this pick that they take pick 7 in the 1st and 3rd round. In turn, AZ finally gets a legit LT. This is also with Brandon Albert currently on the roster.
2. JAC – DE Ezekiel Ansah
Do the Jaguars finally get a pass rusher who will produce in the first? Look for Ansah or Jordan if they can’t trade out.
3. OAK – OLB/DE DionJordan
One of my favorite players in the draft,Jordan can play multiple roles on a Raiders team that needs this versatility. He will also help keep pressure on Manning twice a year.
4. MIA trades (12,42) with PHI – LT Luke Joeckel
Miami gets one of the best tackles in the draft and can now leave Martin on the right side. The best ways to help a QB is to protect him and have a good running game.
5. DET – CB Dee Millner
The Lions say “thank you!” as they take the best corner in the draft, look for a possible tackle in the early second.
Do the Chargers really want King Dunlap protecting Rivers? They’ll make a trade with CLE to select my personal favorite tackle in the draft, Lane Johnson.