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Our first mock draft has a defensive tackle taken at the top of the draft and no QB taken until the ninth pick.
It is that time of year again -- NFL Draft time. As such, we begin our own weekly mock draft. Here is the first round a little more than two months away from the real thing. In our first projections, the Arizona Cardinals take an offensive lineman and no quarterbacks are taken until the Jets take Geno Smith.
So here it is, ROTB mock draft 1.0:
This draft is void of any QB that is worth the number 1 pick. Which takes the Chiefs selection to either Lotuelei or Joekel. I think Andy Reed takes the best player available and builds around his defense with someone who will be dangerous day one.
The Jaguars lack of a pass rush is finally filled with the athletic Moore. He has the size and speed to be dangerous and answer a position that is the biggest glaring weakness of the team. They could also be tempted by Joekel here, but I think the new management will go DE to answer mail of the fans.
3. Oakland Raiders: Dee Milner, CB Alabama
The best CB in the draft class, Milliner will be the new highlight of a struggling secondary in 2012.
New HC Chip Kelly now has options going into training camp to reshuffle his offensive line to work with his offensive scheme.
Detroit claims Mingo to maintain the strength of the defensive front. With Kenny Vaccaro here, they may take the best Safety due to the issues in the secondary.
Former Cardinal DC Ray Horton looks to Werner's physical gifts to bring back strength to the Browns weak pass rush. He needs to find someone to replace his Calias Campbell role, right?
7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Too early to select a QB in this draft the Cardinals select one of the biggest needs with a player who rivals Joekel in talent. I think the Cardinals will pick up a FA QB and select one in the draft. By selecting Fisher the Cardinals can using training camp to shuffle the OL and find their best five. Look for OG talent later in the draft as well.
After spending so much on defensive free agents in 2012 for so little measured impact the Bills pick Ogletree for his speed, instincts, and versatility.
9. New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Sanchez, Tebow? Done and done. It's Smith's time to shine in New York. The fans will like his confidence. Look for a tackle to be picked up to protect him and a receiver that he can grow with.
Warmack is the best Guard prospect in this draft. He's the 2013 David DeCastro, except add more strength. Warmack could help a struggling running game in Tennessee and help solidify the line for Locker.
The tackle position was San Diego's worst position in 2012. Phillip Rivers was constantly pressured on the left side, and if Whis has the ability to learn from his mistakes he might mention how important drafting a LT talent is when rebuilding an Offense.
Tannehill was missing WR talent around him in his rookie year, but was still able to make an impressive showing. It's worth taking Patterson as he is the best WR recognized in the draft and gives a big target to Tannehill.
A raw pass rusher able to improve a weak pass rush in the NFC South that is loaded with QB talent.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sharriff Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd is a run stopper, which the Panthers need. He is quick, durable, and has a motor that won't stop until his man is down.
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vacaro, S, Texas
A porous Saints secondary will be happy to see Vaccaro be added to the team. His career numbers speak for themselves, but his size of 6.5' and 210 lbs certainly help. He can stop the slot receiver or the runner and punish who ever gets in his way.
16. St. Louis Rams: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
A natural leader to add to one of the NFC West's talented Defensive Units. Adding speed, skill, and a hard worker. He'll add an additional pass rushing talent to the Rams right side and is a punisher who can stand toe-to-toe with Ots.
Richardson is a disruptive run defender, he has the quickness and the motor. He's light for the NT position at 290, but with conditioning in LeBeau's scheme Richardson will start the year causing trouble in the AFC North.
The Cowboys line needs an upgrade at Guard and Cooper is mobile, strong, and is an improvement in pass protection, as well as a big run blocker who uses his speed to cut off linebackers.
Te'o will slide some due to the off-the-field antics that took place, but he's still an incredible upgrade at LB for any team who takes him. He's an upgrade in the secondary, has the motor to chase down defenders, and plays with heart and determination. He'll be a sideline to sideline defender needed in NY.
A 6' 6" TE to give Cutler more options in the passing game. Ertz has pass catching skills, and can serve as the an additional down the field threat or big check down.
A big WR to add to the Bengals Offense. Allen has a huge wingspan and will be a big upgrade to take attention off of AJ Green.
The Rams upgrade their OL with a huge tackle, 6' 45/8", 355 lbs. Fluker needs coaching in pass protection but excels in run blocking. Fluker is a reach here, but the best OT talent left, and is a good project with a high ceiling.
Williams is run-stopper who is quick and has the length to pull down the QB once he beats his man. A great pick who slid a few picks, but is the best player available.
Blidi has all the physical skills you want in a CB, and has used them to produce in college. His cover skills and breaking speed are his best attributes.
Short is a space eater, powerful, and has a knack for knocking down passes while fighting in the line. Short can eat up blockers and free up additional pass rushers. Exactly what Cardinals fans do not want to hear.
26. Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Banks could be the answer to the void left in the backfield in Green Bay following the departure of Charles Woodson to FA. Banks has good size and is a ball hawk with 16 career interceptions.
Tavon is a small, 5'8" 173 lb, receiver with seperation skills, speed, and unlimited big play potential. In a Texans offense full of potential Austin becomes a slot receiver with home run potential and is a threat which will open up the rest of the offense. Small in stature, huge in game changing potential for whoever picks him.
Hankins has size and knows how to use it. The Broncos pass rush gets even better by adding this big man who can push back multiple defenders. 6'3 335 lbs. He'll learn what he needs, but his size makes him perfect for stuffing the run.
29. New England Patriots: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
A great player who can help improve the Patriots pass rush which was lacking in those last two post-season games.
Eifert is a big skilled pass-catching TE who could be the heir-apparent for Tony Gonzalez who is toying with retirement. Even if Tony returns for one more year they need to start preparing for the post HOF'er era and continue their potent attack with a versatile TE.
A powerful hitter in the SEC, Elam will fit right into the 49ers defense who makes receivers pay for coming across the middle.
Minter is a player with motor and has the speed to chase down players. With multiple 10+ tackle games in 2012 Minter is a good selection to try to fill the void left by Ray Lewis and will definitely be an improvement in TE coverage with his speed.