Where does Locker land?

Where does Locker land?

Week four of the NFL season is already in the books, while chapter five/week five is about to be written.

The Uncanny Mock returns for its first in-season attempt, courtesy of Head Scout Brent Sobleski.

As football season has began to unfold, the quarter mark is the first of four regular season mocks coming your way.

Reading through the latest incarnation, clearly the college landscape has changed drastically already pertaining to numerous prospects.  The previous futile preseason effort can be found HERE.

Now let the mock, which has been dubbed uncanny, lead the way.

Key

– Order is based on teams current winning percentage [as of 10/9/10]. Like records are separated by point differential.

– An asterisk denotes an underclassman. No underclassmen are included past the first round.

Round 1

#TeamSelectionPosition/College
1BuffaloAndrew Luck*QB/Stanford
Analysis: Trent Edwards can no longer be Buffalo’s personal punching bag. Ryan Fitzpatrick has continued to show flashes in his career but more often than not disappoints. Eventually, someday, somehow, the Bills will once again acquire a franchise quarterback for which they have pined since the retirement of Jim Kelly. A better opportunity may never present itself, as the Bills are clearly the league’s worst team currently with a potential elite signal caller available at the top of the upcoming draft class. They cannot pass on the opportunity to select Luck, despite being another California product.
2San FranciscoRobert Quinn*DE/North Carolina
Analysis: Quarterback Alex Smith appears to biggest issue currently out by the Bay. Unfortunately, outside of Andrew Luck, there appears to be  no surefire quarterback prospects for the upcoming draft class. Coach Singletary and the 49er front office are not risk takers in how they approach the game. They are throw backs who want to win with defense and running the football. Instead, they could opt for Robert Quinn as the nation’s top pass rusher, if he were to ever wear the powder blue uniforms again. Quinn could provide the omnipresence off the edge to take the defense to the next level.
3CarolinaMarcell Dareus*DE/Alabama
Analysis: It seems highly unlikely the regime currently in place within the walls of Carolina’s infrastructure will be set to return come the 2011 NFL season… if they keep on their recent pace. So this particular selection becomes somewhat tenuous. Instead of looking to address particular needs on today’s team, selecting the best player available, who just happens to be scheme versatile, to upgrade a porous defensive front becomes the obvious selection. Dareus appears to be a man among boys at times for Alabama and could start at both tackle or end for the struggling Panthers.
4DetroitPrince AmukamaraCB/Nebraska
Analysis: Ndamukong Suh worked out so nice, it could be time to tap into Nebraska’s pipeline twice. In reality Prince Amukamara can legitimately be argued as the nation’s top cover man, as well as a top five overall talent. He gets the edge over LSU’s Patrick Peterson with slightly better fluidity in his hips to open up and cover NFL receivers down the road. Whatever the case Detroit is currently sporting a conglomerate of retreads at their cornerback position and could use a drastic upgrade.
5New England (from Oakland)A.J. Green*WR/Georgia
Analysis: No Randy Moss? No problem. New England decided to trade away the league’s best deep threat only to be in position to draft college’s most explosive receiver due to a shrewd trade made last season. Green will once again open up the Patriots offense, taking the top off opposing defenses, while names like Wes Welker, Julian Edleman, and Danny Woodhead will continue to do all the dirty work underneath. One pick down for Bill Belichick’s team, only seven more to go within the first four rounds.
6ClevelandAldon Smith*DE/Missouri
Analysis: Time to beat the drum once again, Cleveland lacks playmakers both offensively and defensively. If they choose to pass on a wide receiver for numerous reasons, Aldon Smith is an athletic freak off the edge who could potentially provide the dynamic presence the Browns do not possess among their 34 linebacking corps. On an improving unit, they still do not have a defender who opposing offenses need to scheme against. Smith can step in as a starting outside linebacker, put his hand in the dirt, rush from end or tackle, and even drop back some in coverage. A winning combination for a creative defensive mind in coordinator Rob Ryan.
7DallasMark Ingram*RB/Alabama
Analysis: ‘Big D’ currently ranks 26th in total rushing offense despite possessing Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, and one of the biggest offensive lines in pro football. The Cowboys are simply not getting the job done in an area which they should excel. Ingram regularly invokes comparisons to the great Emmitt Smith, and owner/GM/head-coach-from-the-box Jerry Jones often becomes enamored with big name prospects. A match made in heaven.
8MinnesotaPatrick Peterson*CB/LSU
Analysis: Chris Cook was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft to help an underachieving and aging secondary lacking depth. Cook is a fine player, but does not possess the elite combination of size/athleticism/ability of Patrick Peterson. On a side note, in today’s NFL, a team cannot have enough solid cover men to stop the pass.
9JacksonvilleNick Foles*QB/Arizona
Analysis: When Jacksonville likes a prospect enough, they have no issue drafting the  talent wherever they deem viable. Nick Foles may not be discussed in the same breath as a few other signal callers receiving high grades, but he may be the most naturally accurate passer in the nation. Often overlooked in the PAC 10, with talents such as Luck, Locker, and Barkley playing in the same conference, Foles has the ability to work his way into top quarterback prospect status.  And the Jags must find the shot in the arm they desperately need to become a better football team while filling the stands. 
10MiamiJerrell PoweNT/Ole Miss
Analysis: Powe entered this season with lofty expectations. By most indications the defensive tackle has not lived up to said notions. Yet he possesses a skill set which is nearly as rare, maybe even more so, than finding a top quarterback. Legit top two gap tackles are a hot commodity in the NFL. Very few actually exist on this planet. Powe has the ability to be a dominant 0 technique in Miami’s 34, something they currently lack.
11NY GiantsCameron HeywardDE/Ohio State
Analysis: Few players are as consistently dominant as Heyward week in and week out. Coach Tom Coughlin’s future may be uncertain in the ‘Big Apple’, but the team’s need to re-establish a top defensive line is not. The Buckeye product could step in day one and start at either end or 3 technique. His addition along a line which still sports Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, as well as last year’s first round selection Jason Pierre-Paul can once again be dominant. It will be hard to become reliant on the likes of Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka heading into another season.
12SeattleJulio Jones*WR/Alabama
Analysis: Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Scheider have seemingly flirted with every big name physical receiving target available. Mike Williams’ reclamation is a direct result of the staff’s perceived need to have the physically dominant top receiver involved in this offense. Julio Jones may fade from time to time, when his talent dictates more impressive statistics, but his ability cannot be questioned while fitting into the Seahawks’ offense.
13CincinnatiAllen BaileyDE/Miami
Analysis: Despite names such as Terrell Owens, Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Och…er…Johnson hogging all the attention; the Bengals defense is the best unit on the team. And it is not even close. Already possessing the finest pair of cornerbacks in the NFL, now the team can continue to build an impressive defensive line which gets better every year. Bailey has the ability to be dominant inside or outside which makes him an even more valuable addition.
14DenverJanoris Jenkins*CB/Florida
Analysis: The Broncos’ starting secondary averages 31.75 years of age. Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins continue to be great, but it is only a matter of time. They will need replaced sooner rather than later. The Alphonso Smith experiment backfired greatly in Denver, thus the need to acquire a young talented cornerback still exists. It can be argued Jenkins strung together a more impressive 2009 campaign than recent top ten overall selection, Joe Haden.
15PhiladelphiaAkeem Ayers*LB/UCLA
Analysis: Coach Andy Reid and his Eagles love versatile linebackers and defenders with the ability to get to the quarterback. Akeem Ayers has both notches in his belt. The UCLA product can man all three linebacker positions, while still putting the hand in the dirt to get to the quarterback.
16St. LouisBrandon Harris*CB/Miami
Analysis: St. Louis is clearly on the up and up. Before Ram fans start tooting their own horns, the team still severely lacks talent in several areas. Secondary is a major concern. Harris has the type of ability to step in from day one and be the team’s top cornerback straight out of the gate.
17IndianapolisTyron Smith*OT/USC
Analysis: It may be a surprise to some seeing Tyron Smith as the first offensive lineman off the board. In fact the SC strongside blocker may be top ten material, if a team believes he could switch to the blindside full time. Smith has some of the most nimble feet in the nation, long arms, strong frame, and an absolutely nasty demeanor. His style and skill set make him an ideal fit in Indy’s zone blocking scheme.
18TennesseeKyle Rudolph*TE/Notre Dame
Analysis: As the Titans offense continues to evolve around the incendiary talent of Chris Johnson and the athletic marvel that is Vince Young, more weapons continually need to be added. Kenny Britt was a step in the right direction two drafts ago. Jared Cook has yet to develop into the go-to tight end prospect the team once expected. Rudolph has the size and reliability as a target to become the safety blanket within this offense Frank Wycheck once was.
19San DiegoMichael Floyd*WR/Notre Dame
Analysis: The Vincent Jackson saga continues with no end in sight. Whether or not the talented receiver returns to San Diego’s lineup, the bad blood currently circulating may have become insurmountable. Luckily, the 2011 NFL draft could be loaded with top receiver talent with similar physical talent. Michael Floyd has been one off the better deep threats in the nation and could step in immediately.
20Tampa BayBruce CarterLB/North Carolina
Analysis: Gerald McCoy idolized Warren Sapp and became his eventual successor. Whether or not Bruce Carter was a Derrick Brooks disciple is inconsequential, because the UNC backer could fill the same role within Tampa’s defense. The Buccaneers will continue to build their defense up at each level.
21ArizonaRyan Mallett*QB/Arkansas
Analysis: Cardinal fans, imagine a more talented Derek Anderson. Okay, maybe that may have sent a shiver down the spine of some…or many. Mallett has the ability to throw the ball unlike any other quarterback across the country. Unfortunately, he has his issues as a natural passer. His talent is too good to surpass, while Arizona will look to skip past this year’s quarterback speed bump as quickly as possible.
22WashingtonJonathan Baldwin*WR/Pittsburgh
Analysis: Baldwin, for lack of a better description, has been a disappointment this season. Finally, he broke through versus Notre Dame to the tune of 111 yards. His continued consistency will be a key as this physical marvel does not want to drop out of elite contention. In this scenario Washington gladly snatches up the talented receiver to replace a dinosaur like Joey Galloway and an aging Santana Moss.
23BaltimoreAdrian ClaybornDE/Iowa
Analysis: One thing any draft fan, scout, and opposing talent evaluator can expect of Ravens’ General Manager Ozzie Newsome; he will draft the best football player on the board each and every opportunity he gets. Newsome once said, “If he can get to the quarterback in college, it’s only natural to believe he can do so in the NFL.” Clayborn has been able to get to the QB along Iowa’s defensive line and could do so well in Baltimore’s defensive scheme.
24ChicagoGabe CarimiOT/Wisconsin
Analysis: Da Bears have come a long way offensively with Mike Martz concocting the play calling. Unfortunately, his quarterback Jay Cutler may not survive the season due to inept offensive line play. Carimi is a natural fit in Chicago and should be able to start at left tackle sliding Chris Williams back to right and Frank Omiyale inside to guard.
25HoustonJurrell Casey*DT/USC
Analysis: Coach Gary Kubiak has brought the Texans’ program a long way since the early 2000 expansion era. The team is now sniffing and believing in a playoff run. Their offense has been stellar, but the defense is lackluster at times. Adding another talented defensive lineman like Casey could take the pressure off Mario Williams and Amobi Okoye to improve that side of the football.
26New OrleansJared Crick*DT/Nebraska
Analysis: The defending Super Bowl champions lack many holes along their starting units. Defensive line has been somewhat of a concern and could be upgraded. Crick is strong at the point of attack and hustles on every single down to set the tone up front.
27AtlantaRyan Broyles*WR/Oklahoma
Analysis: Roddy White is one of the best wide receivers in the league. Yet, he has never had a true running mate. Michael Jenkins has never developed. Brian Finneran is dependable but is not a true threat. Harry Douglas has yet to show the explosive ability seen prior to injury. Broyles should be able to step into the number two slot to take some pressure off White and help in Matt Ryan’s development.
28New EnglandJake LockerQB/Washington
Analysis: It may sound crazy, but the mad scientist which leads this franchise could find multiple uses for a talent like Locker. Washington’s quarterback will have a few years to develop behind Tom Brady. The Patriots will have to look for an heir apparent sooner rather than later since Brady does turn 34 next season. Meanwhile, Locker’s athleticism can be used to its fullest in multiple offensive packages over the next couple seasons.
29PittsburghAnthony CastonzoOT/Boston College
Analysis: Two constants remain in the Steel City over the past few seasons, a dominant defense and a below average offensive line. Max Starks has never been a legit left tackle. Castonzo has the ability to man the blindside while developing in a run dominated BC offense conducive to Pittsburgh’s style of play.
30NY JetsCameron JordanDE/California
Analysis: Cameron Jordan is an active and explosive five technique already accustomed to playing within the 34 front. The Jets lack quality depth along their defensive line and could use an eventual replacement for the 33 year old Shaun Ellis.
31Green BayJimmy SmithCB/Colorado
Analysis: Charles Woodson may be the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, but it can be argued his skills are diminishing rapidly entering in this his 13th season. A Hall of Fame candidate, Woodson will be 35 years old next season. His bookend Al Harris will be 37 and coming off major injury, if he does return. Smith has the size and physical play which emulates these two stalwarts in attempts to replicate what is already with Green Bay’s defensive backfield.
32Kansas CityRyan KerriganDE/Purdue
Analysis: Okay…so maybe NObody expects the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl and selecting 32nd overall. But playing by the guidelines set forth, it is what it is. Kansas City is definitely a rapidly improving team. Their 34 defense is becoming more stout yet still lacks some key ingredients, particularly a consistent outside linebacker with rush ability. Kerrigan has the makeup to fill the slot aptly.

Round 2

#TeamSelectionPosition/College
33BuffaloDerrek SherrodOT/Mississippi State
34San FranciscoLeonard HankersonWR/Miami
35CarolinaVon MillerLB/Texas A&M
36DetroitStefen WisniewskiC/Penn State
37OaklandRas-I DowlingCB/Virginia
38ClevelandNoel DevineRB/West Virginia
39DallasDeMarcus LoveOT/Arkansas
40MinnesotaStephen PaeaDT/Oregon State
41JacksonvilleJeremy BealDE/Oklahoma
42Denver (from Miami)Christian BallardDT/Iowa
43NY GiantsDaniel ThomasRB/Kansas State
44SeattlePernell McPheeDE/Mississippi State
45CincinnatiDeAndre McDanielS/Clemson
46Denver Ronald JohnsonWR/USC
47PhiladelphiaJason PinkstonOG/Pittsburgh
48St. LouisDavon HouseCB/New Mexico State
49IndianapolisDrake NevisDT/LSU
50TennesseeKelvin SheppardLB/LSU
51San DiegoCurtis BrownCB/Texas
52Tampa BayDeMarco MurrayRB/Oklahoma
53ArizonaMark HerzlichOLB/Boston College
54WashingtonRodney HudsonOG/Florida State
55BaltimoreJarvis JenkinsDT/Clemson
56ChicagoMichael PounceyOG/Florida
57HoustonGreg LittleWR/North Carolina
58New OrleansGreg JonesLB/Michigan State
59AtlantaCliff MatthewsDE/South Carolina
60New EnglandOrlando FranklinOT/Miami
61PittsburghQuinton CarterS/Oklahoma
62NY JetsJabaal SheardDE/Pittsburgh
63Green BayAllen BradfordRB/USC
64Kansas CityIan WilliamsNT/Notre Dame