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NFL Mock Draft

With the NFL Draft being tomorrow night, I’ll share with you what I believe the first round will look like:

Round One

1.     Colts, Andrew Luck, QB Stanford

2.     Redskins, Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor

3.     Vikings, Matt Kalil, OT USC

4.     Browns, Trent Richardson, RB Alabama

5.     Buccaneers, Morris Claiborne, CB LSU

6.     Rams, Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State

7.     Jaguars, Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina

8.     Dolphins, Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame

9.     Panthers, Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State

10. Bills, Riley Reiff, OT Iowa

11. Cheifs, Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M

12. Seahawks, Luke Kuechly, MLB Boston College

13. Cardinals, Mike Adams, OT Ohio State

14. Cowboys, Mark Barron, SS Alabama

15. Eagles, Michael Brockers, DT LSU

16. Jets, Courtney Upshaw, OLB Alabama

17. Bengals, Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina

18. Chargers, Whitney Mercilus, DE Illinois

19. Bears, David DeCastro, OG Stanford

20. Titans, Melvin Ingram, OLB South Carolina

21. Bengals, Dre Kirkpatrick, FS/CB Alabama

22. Browns, Andre Branch, DE Clemson

23. Lions, Peter Konz, OL Wisconsin

24. Steelers, Cordy Glenn, OG Georgia

25. Broncos, Dontari Poe, DT Memphis

26. Texans, Zach Brown, OLB North Carolina

27. Patriots, Devon Still, DT Penn State

28. Packers, Kendall Reyes, DE Connecticut

29. Ravens, Coby Fleener, TE Stanford

30. 49ers, Dont’a Hightower, MLB Alabama

31. Patriots, Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech

32. Giants, Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford

 

It looks like the top six picks are pretty much set in stone, but I think things will get interesting with the No. 7 pick. The Jaguars have a lot of holes that need to be filled and don’t be surprised if they trade the pick. Jacksonville defiantly needs a pass rusher but Coples has a lot of question marks surrounding his name. And on the other side of the ball, Michael Floyd would be a nice target for second year quarterback Blaine Gabbert to get familiar with.  But again, don’t be surprised if they trade the pick to someone eyeing Ryan Tannehill (say Cowboys?) or another team trying to move up (like the Chargers to snag up Mark Barron).

And for my sleeper pick: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall University. As being a former member of the Thundering Herd, I’ve seen this guy play a lot. Last year he racked up 77 total tackles, 11 sacks and forced seven fumbles. He is an explosive athlete who has the versatility to fit the defensive scheme of the team who selects him, meaning he can put his hand on the ground in a 4-3 or he can stand up and play OLB in a 3-4. He does struggle at times in the run game locating the ball carrier but he’ll get better with experience. A team could really cash in on Curry in the second round. I can see the 6’3, 266 pound end playing a role similar to what Aldon Smith did his rookie year. The 49ers used Smith mainly on third down or in obvious passing situations as a pure pass rusher, resulting in Smith setting the record for sacks for a rookie and runner-up in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.

With the event now being on Thursday night in prime time, expect anything. Teams will be looking to make the ‘sexy’ pick to excite fans, who undoubtedly will be watching the spectacle  that the NFL Draft has now become. But GMs need to keep in mind that just because you please your fans in April, doesn’t mean you’ll have their support in January when the playoffs roll around.

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The Trumpet would like to thank all those who attended The Spring Giveaway. Many students received t-shirts and coupons while others won some big prizes. Sophomore Luke Tacosik won a WLU men’s basketball team autograph basketball while Jordan Hayden and Danny Davis were picked to win the Sodexo gift baskets. Jaymine Matteson, Sarah Relyea, Joe Strohmeyer, Allie Mills, and Dawn Herron will enjoy a school play courtesy of Hilltop Players. Also picking up prizes were Anna Phillips, Karin Freese, Emma Romomanowski, Zach Heaton and Nathan Johnson who all won five dollar gift cards to Old Navy. The Trumpet staff and the COM 477 class would also like to thank our sponsors who generously donated to the promotion.

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