With the NFL Combine in the books, both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are hard at work tinkering with their Big Boards and Mock Drafts in preparation for the real thing come April 25.
Ironically, the guy McShay slots in his top spot did not even participate in the Combine after a heart defect was discovered.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
31. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU Mustangs
30. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford Cardinal
29. New England Patriots: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut Huskies
28. Denver Broncos: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State Seminoles
27. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Volunteers
26. Green Bay Packers: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia Bulldogs
25. Seattle Seahawks: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State Seminoles
24. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse Orange
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina Tar Heels
22. St. Louis Rams: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State Seminoles
21. Cincinnati Bengals: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
20. Chicago Bears: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Volunteers
19. New York Giants: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Crimson Tide
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, RB/WR, West Virginia Mountaineers
15. New Orleans Saints: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardon, DT, Missouri Tigers
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Longhorns
12. Miami Dolphins: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal Golden Bears
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma Sooners
10. Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina Tar Heels
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU Tigers
8. Buffalo Bills: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan Chippewas
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Mountaineers
6. Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon Ducks
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU Cougars
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida Gators
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Utes
The Chiefs recently traded for former San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, pushing Geno Smith, the highest-rated passer available, out of the top five altogether.
In the 32 first picks made, Smith is the only quarterback chosen, obviously a rarity and a far cry from last year’s Andrew Luck/RGIII 1-2 punch. A full half of the players in McShay’s mock, 18 in all, are either offensive or defensive linemen. Basically, teams will be looking for a man to anchor one side of their line for the next decade.
There are exactly zero running backs chosen, but that could change yet with Alabama’s pro day. Eddie Lacy is the top-rated running back on the board, ahead of Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, but he was unable to participate in the Combine with a strained hamstring. Should he perform above expectations, he may slot himself into the No. 26 pick where the Green Bay Packers desperately need a running back.
One young man missing from this list altogether is Texas A&M Damontre Moore. Basically every mock draft coming out of the Aggies’ Cotton Bowl demolition of Oklahoma had Moore slotted to go No. 2-overall to Jacksonville. However, an embarrassing combine performance in which he lifted 225 pounds a mere 12 times has tumbled him from the first round altogether, in McShay’s estimation.