The NFL Draft starts Thursday night! You know what that means: Time for the Wiz's annual mock draft that had never, ever, ever, ever been wrong...
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&MThe Chiefs play it safe with Joeckel, the best bet to become a franchise player in this draft.
Eric Fisher, OT, Central MichiganThe Jaguars might not have a franchise quarterback yet, but they will have an excellent pass-blocking line in place if they grab Fisher.
Sharrif Floyd, DT, FloridaOakland's defense has struggled badly in recent years, but adding a versatile defender with star potential like Floyd would be a step in the right direction.
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, OregonNew head coach Chip Kelly is switching the Eagles to a 3-4 defense, just like the one he ran at Oregon. That makes Jordan, a defensive star on Kelly's old team, a perfect fit.
Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYUThe Lions need help stopping opposing passing games. With no elite defensive backs on the board, the right move would be to grab a potentially elite pass rusher in Ansah.
Dee Milliner, CB, AlabamaMilliner has some injury concerns and he can sometimes be too physical downfield with receivers (leading to penalties). But he's the best cover corner in the draft, and the Browns can't pass on him.
Lane Johnson, OT, OklahomaArizona's offensive line has been awful in recent years. If Johnson, a former QB, reaches his potential as a left tackle, he'll be a franchise player in the NFL.
Ryan Nassib, QB, SyracuseNassib played at Syracuse for new Bills head coach Doug Marrone. With Buffalo in need of a QB of the future, look for these two to reunite.
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSUA pure pass rusher off the edge, Mingo could help re-awaken the Jets' dormant pass rush.
Star Lotulelei, DT, UtahThe Titans have had a need at defensive tackle ever since ex-All-Pro Albert Haynesworth left town. Lotulelei can be a game changer for them.
Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North CarolinaThe Chargers need to rebuild their offensive line, and Cooper (who can play either guard spot or center) can help them accomplish that.
D.J. Fluker, OT, AlabamaMiami lost a star when left tackle Jake Long signed with St. Louis. Fluker isn't quite as athletic as Long, but he's a strong run blocker who could hold his own as a pass protector.
Jets (from Bucs)
Geno Smith, QB, West VirginiaMark Sanchez may end up being a good quarterback somewhere, but it's not going to be in New York. It's time for the Jets to move on with a new franchise QB.
Tavon Austin, WR, West VirginiaAustin is the best pure playmaker among the receivers in this draft, and he and Cam Newton could do some serious damage together.
Jarvis Jones, OLB, GeorgiaThe Saints are switching to a 3-4 defense, and that makes a pass-rushing linebacker like Jones a perfect fit.
Kenny Vaccaro, S, TexasThe Rams have two first round picks, and with the first one they should fill a major need by taking the draft's best safety.
Sylvester Williams, DT, North CarolinaThe Steelers need to replace longtime nose tackle Casey Hampton. Williams would be a great fit on their defensive line.
Sheldon Richardson, DT, MissouriThe Cowboys need help at defensive tackle as they switch to a 4-3 defense, and the relentless Richardson can be a disruptive force in the middle of their D.
Chance Warmack, G, AlabamaThe G-Men need more fresh talent on their aging offensive line, and Warmack is an elite run-blocker who should be a quality starter for years.
Tank Carradine, DE, Florida StateThe Bears are always on the lookout for pass-rushing help. Carradine is coming off a torn ACL, but if he can get back to 100% he'll be one of the best players in this draft class.
Alec Ogletree, ILB, GeorgiaOgletree is an elite talent with some off-the-field problems. But the Bengals have never hesitated to draft a risky player.
Rams (from Redskins)
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, TennesseeThe Rams added one new pass-catching threat with free agent tight end Jared Cook. Patterson would give them a dangerous deep threat to complement Cook.
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida StateRhodes is a big, physical cornerback who would fit right in with Minnesota's secondary.
Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas StateBrown has great instincts, speed and packs a wallop as a tackler. He could be a team leader for the Colts right off the bat.
Vikings (from Seahawks)
|Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State|
Werner is a promising pass rusher who could learn a thing or two playing with Jared Allen.
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida StateA converted basketball player, Watson is a project. But he's an incredible athlete for a 300-pounder, and he could be the blind-side pass protector Green Bay needs for Aaron Rodgers.
Matt Barkley, QB, USCMatt Schaub struggled badly in last year's playoffs, so Houston could look to Barkley to get them over the hump.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre DameThe best pass-catching tight end in this draft, Eifert is just another weapon for Peyton Manning.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ClemsonThe Patriots need some help at outside receiver, and Hopkins could become the playmaker they've been looking for since Randy Moss left.
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre DameThe Falcons have needed help at linebacker, and Te'o could be a force against opposing running games.
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio StateThe Niners have been banged up on the defensive line. Hankins had an up-and-down career at Ohio State, but he has rare talent for a 320-pounder.
Kevin Minter, LB, LSUMinter can step right in to replace retired inside linebacker Ray Lewis.