NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall
It's time. Time for the mock draft. Typically, it is well past time for my first mock draft. Usually there would be an early round one version followed by several updated versions. But with the Raiders not picking until the final selection of the third round, it didn't really seem worth it to put together an early prediction we all know would change drastically after roster additions and subtractions by the 94 teams ahead of the Raiders.
Even the pick the Raiders would receive has changed. Early in the process, the Raiders were at the #96 spot. But then the whole Bounty scandal hit in New Orleans. The ensuing punishment was the Saints having their round two selection stripped from them. In turn, the Raiders pick moved up to #95.
But with just two weeks until the draft and all the big name free agents either staying put or moving on, there is no time like the present to get started.
1 Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck Stanford
2 Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III Baylor
3 Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil USC
4 Cleveland Browns WR Justin Blackmon Oklahoma St
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Trent Richardson Alabama
6 St Louis Rams CB Morris Claiborne LSU
7 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Quinton Coples North Carolina
8 Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill Texas A&M
9 Carolina Panthers DT Dontari Poe Memphis
10 Buffalo Bills OT Riley Reiff Iowa
11 Kansas City Chiefs ILB Luke Kuechly Boston College
12 Seattle Seahawks DE Courtney Upshaw Alabama
13 Arizona Cardinals DE/OLB Melvin Ingram South Carolina
14 Dallas Cowboys DT/DE Michael Brockers LSU
15 Philadelphia Eagles DE/DT Fletcher Cox Mississippi St.
16 New York Jets WR Michael Floyd Notre Dame
17 Cincinnati Bengals (from Raiders) OG David DeCastro Stanford
18 San Diego Chargers DE Whitney Mercilus Illinois
19 Chicago Bears OT Jonathan Martin Stanford
20 Tennessee Titans CB Stephon Gilmore South Carolina
21 Cincinnati Bengals OG Cordy Glenn Georgia
22 Cleveland Browns (from Falcons) OT Mike Adams Ohio St.
23 Detroit Lions CB Dre Kirkpatrick Alabama
24 Pittsburgh Steelers ILB Dont'a Hightower Alabama
25 Denver Broncos DT/DE Devon Still Penn St.
26 Houston Texans WR Kendall Wright Baylor
27 New England Patriots (from Saints) OLB Shea McClellin Boise State
28 Green Bay Packers DE/OLB Nick Perry USC
29 Baltimore Ravens SS Mark Barron Alabama
30 San Francisco 49ers WR Stephen Hill Georgia Tech
31 New England Patriots DE/DT Kendall Reyes Connecticut
32 New York Giants RB David Wilson Virginia Tech