Pick 17-Baltimore-Darqueze Dennard CB: The Ravens need help in the secondary at corner and safety. Dennard is physical, and solid against the run and pass.
Pick 18-New York Jets-Eric Ebron TE: Ebron falls to the Jets because of the needs of other teams. Instant starter and lets Jeff Cumberland play the second tight end role he is best suited for.
TRADE Pick 19-St Louis- Zack Martin G: The Rams are a legit team. They lack elite, or even average guards, and Martin provides that. They were able to trade back from 13 to 19 and still get a starter that they could use.
Pick 20-Arizona-Ha’sean Clinton-Dix FS: The Cardinals are long in the tooth at a lot of positions. They upgrade the safety spot with a player that could have been drafted 10 spots earlier.
Pick 21-Green Bay- Jace Amaro TE: Amaro fits the mold of what they are losing with Jermichael Finley. A big pass catching , red zone and third down threat.
Pick 22-Philadelphia-Brandin Cooks WR: Philadelphia’s offense with Chip Kelly has to replace the speed and production of Desean Jackson. The best way to do that is Brandin Cooks who is similar in skill set to the departed Jackson.
TRADE Pick 23-Cleveland Teddy Bridgewater QB: Why would the Browns trade up three spots to get Bridgewater? A:They don’t have a quarterback to speak of besides Brian Hoyer who started all of three games last year. B: Every team in the league knows they are going to draft a QB here. So rather than let some other team jump up and grab him right before they pick, they trade pick 26 and maybe a 3rd rounder to grab him and assure they have a starter of the present and future.
Pick 24-Cincinnati-Ryan Shazier OLB: Shazier allows Burflict to play the weakside or ILB spot, and move the tackling machine Shazier to the weakside LB spot where he will rack up tackles, and defend passes.
Pick 25-San Diego-Dee Ford OLB: Dwight Freeney is 34 and Jared Johnson is 32 and the season hasn’t even started yet. Ford was the best pass rusher on Auburn in this draft. He’s active and should be starting by week 1.
Pick 26-Kansas City-Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE: Many don’t consider this tight end a first round talent. Consider the Chiefs position however, and how the offense stalled, and then took a nose dive towards the end of the season. They need a safe reliable receiver to move the ball and keep drives alive. He can do that more than any wide receiver in the draft for them.
Pick 27- New Orleans- Jimmy Garoppolo QB: Many will think this is too high. Drew Brees will be 36 this year. Garoppolo is from head coach Sean Payton’s alma matter Eastern Illinois, and broke all of his school records. He also has many of the same qualities as Brees. He gets to sit for a year or two and become the next Drew Brees for the Saints.
Pick 28- Carolina-Odell Beckham JR WR: The Panthers lost 4 receivers in free agency and signed Jason Avant and Jericho Cotchery to replace them. They will draft Beckham in round 1 and a route runner in round 2 or 3.
Pick 29-New England-Timmy Jernigan DT: The Patriots are desperately trying to get some speed on defense. Jernigan provides versatility, and interior pass rusher in 4-3, or a DE in a 3-4 defense. Pass rush and flexibility.
Pick 30-San Francisco-Bradley Roby CB: The 49er’s need someone to replace Carlos Rodgers and Chris Cook is not it. Roby is ok, and should be made better with a good pass rush in front of him, as we saw him get beat more than a few times on double moves.
Pick 31-Denver-Kony Ealy DE: The Broncos did a great job adding Demarcus Ware, but they also add Kony Ealy as the other DE in this new look 4-3 defense. Allowing yet another pass rusher with more looks and ways to move around Von Miller.
Pick 32-Seattle- Davante Adams WR: Pete Carroll stays away from USC WR Marqise Lee, but replaces Golden Tate with Adams. Adams is similar to Tate in that he makes plays but isn’t overly athletic.
There you have it. First round mock draft with 8 trades in the round, which is around average for what you might see in the real deal. Comment if you like, and let me know how accurate you think this might be for a mock.