How low does Locker go?

How low does Locker go?

Bowl games are complete. Underclassmen have declared. The Senior Bowl is kaput. All that remains is the Super Bowl before the NFL evolves into draft overtime.

Head scout Brent Sobleski has kept a close eye on all of these occurrences and pieced together his latest mock draft puzzle.

Only time will tell regarding its veracity, but for now all one can do is peer at the mock which has been deemed uncanny…

Round 1

# Team Selection Position/College
1 Carolina Nick Fairley DT/Auburn
(+1) Analysis: Although Panther fans may curse the name of Andrew Luck, the team can now concentrate on the defensive side of the football where Auburn’s Nick Fairley was as good as any player in the nation. His first step explosiveness as a three technique makes him a handful for any offensive lineman.
2 Denver Patrick Peterson CB/LSU
(+2) Analysis: The team’s secondary is officially one of the city’s oldest attractions. Plus Champ Bailey is not happy and likely won’t return. What was new coach Joh Fox’s calling as a position coach? The secondary. Peterson is expected to wow scouts with a phenomenal workout. Plus, he adds special teams explosiveness.
3 Buffalo Marcell Dareus DE/Alabama
(+3) Analysis: The Bills seem content with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, at least enough not to spend a top three pick on the position. Their front seven was absolutely abysmal this past season. Dareus is a perfect fit in the team’s 34 and can be the playmaker they desperately lack along the defensive line.
4 Cincinnati Blaine Gabbert QB/Missouri
(N/A) Analysis: Carson Palmer seems sincere in his intentions to be traded or retire. Cincinnati needs to move in a new direction. If they do plan on moving away from Palmer, then what better time to draft their franchise quarterback of the future? Gabbert entered this season as a top prospect for the 2012 draft. Instead, he becomes the favorite to be the first selected at his position in 2011.
5 Arizona Da’Quan Bowers DE/Clemson
(+6) Analysis: Arizona would be disappointed to see the draft’s top quarterback being selected one slot ahead of its choice. Outside of Gabbert, the team will likely be forced to look toward a veteran at the position. Bowers is the top talent remaining to help the Cardinals’ sub-par pass rush. Arizona runs enough four man fronts, and Bowers is just athletic enough to make this choice work.
6 Cleveland Aldon Smith DE/Missouri
(+11) Analysis: A complete overhaul is taking place in Cleveland, and the team’s most glaring concern is a pass rusher. They will transition back to a 43 under Dick Jauron while still lacking legitimate defensive ends. If not for injury, the conversation of Smith as a top ten pick would be a foregone conclusion. He is still one of the most physically talented edge rushers in the nation.
7 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB/Nebraska
(-2) Analysis: Coach Harbaugh has nearly everything in place to play his brand of football in San Francisco, outside of a legit quarterback. Unfortunately like other teams in front of the Niners, the position is not deep depending on the style of passer required. Instead, the ability to add a top notch cover man to an already tough defensive front is an intriguing possibility.
8 Tennessee A.J. Green WR/Georgia
(-5) Analysis: Tennessee is a team in transition after deciding to go in a different direction at head coach for the first time in 17 years.  The team tried to make a low risk investment in Randy Moss this season. The experiment failed. But the intention were well placed. Green can provide similar explosive capabilities in the offense while garnering good value at no.8 overall. 
9 Dallas Brandon Harris CB/Miami
(+10) Analysis: Big D has already set its sights on a cornerback. They would love to land Patrick Peterson. Prince Amukamara is off the board (in this scenario). And Brandon Harris isn’t a consolation prize. In fact, the team is very high on the Miami product and would like nothing better to land this caliber of athlete at the position.
10 Washington Cam Newton QB/Auburn
(+4) Analysis: It’s hard to slot a quarterback with this much raw athletic potential to any team. His passing ability may lack the precision needed for a west coast attack, but the same could have been said about Jay Cutler under Mike Shanahan. And owner Daniel Snyder is appeased by acquiring another big ticket attraction.
11 Houston Von Miller LB/Texas A&M
(+12) Analysis: Wade Phillips has been announced as the team’s newest defensive coordinator. The acquisition also brings the 34 base defense. Brian Cushing will be  fine on one side, while Miller can play inside or outside linebacker. Phillips’ one-gap playcalling  will make Miller’s athleticism and ability to get to the quarterback even more beneficial.
12 Minnesota Ryan Mallett QB/Arkansas
(-5) Analysis: Potential attitude issues and lapses in concentration aside, some team will take a chance on Mallett’s pure passing ability sooner rather than later. Minnesota may be best served to acquire a veteran, but that is easier said than done.  This may be the last chance the Vikings get to acquire a thrower of this caliber.
13 Detroit Tyron Smith OT/USC
(-5) Analysis: The Lions should be ecstatic to land this dancing bear outside of the top ten. Smith may not possess ideal size, but his athleticism and attitude are second to none at the position. Detroit needed to upgrade at left tackle ages ago, despite Jeff Backus’ steady play. Matt Stafford needs to be protected. 
14 St. Louis Cameron Jordan DE/California
(+11) Analysis: Jordan’s performance at the Senior Bowl was second to none. St. Louis can slide the collegiate five technique inside along its four man front to improve poor defensive tackle play. Jordan can also be a strong base end and present versatility to a head coach in Steve Spanuolo once known for being creative along his defensive line.
15 Miami Mark Ingram RB/Alabama
(+1) Analysis: New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll isn’t known for his creativity. He wants to run the ball first and foremost. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are not as dynamic a duo as they once were. Now it is time to add the shot in the arm needed to improve the team’s all around offense.
16 Jacksonville Ryan Kerrigan DE/Purdue
(+2) Analysis: The middle of the defense is now firmly entrenched with Knighton and Alualu prowling the interior for Jacksonville, but the team’s pass rush has been anemic for years. Kerrigan is a very different player than Derrick Harvey, when the Gator was chosen ninth overall. The Purdue product may not possess elite edge skills, but his motor is absolutely relentless.
17 New England (from Oakland) J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
(+4) Analysis: The strength of the Patriot defense is situated along its back line with McCourty and Meriweather. It was once the team’s front line which dominated for New England. After Richard Seymour was traded away, the front three haven’t been the same. J.J. Watt has the length, size, and work ethic to be a wonderful addition as a five technique.
18 San Diego Cameron Heyward DE/Ohio State
(+11) Analysis: Heyward may be battling an elbow injury, but indications lean toward him being healthy and able to work out prior to the draft. The Chargers are desperate to upgrade their front three. Luis Castillo is consistent. Antonio Garay was a great find. The rest of the group is nondescript at best.
19 NY Giants Akeem Ayers LB/UCLA
(+1) Analysis: The defensive line has been the calling card for the Giants in recent years. Its linebackers have been suspect at best. Ayers brings a lot to the table for whatever team he is chosen. He is arguably the most fluid and athletic linebacker in the draft. He can also put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer.
20 Tampa Bay Robert Quinn DE/North Carolina
(-7) Analysis: Talent trumps trepidation in Tampa Bay. Quinn would have been considered the top overall selection if his nonchalant attitude didn’t overrule common sense. It did. He was suspended. But his talent didn’t disappear, and Tampa Bay is now building one of the best young defensive lines in football.
21 Kansas City Justin Houston LB/Georgia
(N/A) Analysis: Todd Grantham was Georgia’s defensive coordinator this season. Houston responded to Grantham’s 34 scheme playing well at linebacker. Previously, Grantham had the same responsibilities under Romeo Crennel in Cleveland. Crennel is now the defensive coordinator in KC with a unit that may be scrambling for a pass rusher if Tamba Hali is not franchised and signs elsewhere.
22 Indianapolis Nate Solder OT/Colorado
  Analysis: Peyton Manning will be another year older, and the team’s rushing attack cannot continue to sputter next season (injuries aside). Solder has plenty of work to do from a technique perspective, but his talent alone makes the Colorado product an upgrade over Charlie Johnson at left tackle. His length and athleticism make him a great fit in the Colts’ scheme.
23 Philadelphia Anthony Castonzo OT/Boston College
(+10) Analysis: Philadelphia struggled mightily along its offensive line this past season. Winston Justice has disappointed. Right guard has been a revolving door. And the team’s center never snapped a football prior to this preseason. The Eagles need to add consistency up front. Castonzo could slide easily into the right tackle position and protect Michael Vick’s backside.
24 New Orleans Adrian Clayborn DE/Iowa
(+7) Analysis: Clayborn appears entrenched as a late first round selection, and he seems okay with the thought. Despite a disappointing senior season, a team still requiring a pass rush, like the Saints, should be willing to role the dice. Clayborn should prove to be a nice base end to pair with Will Smith, who struggled after the teams Super Bowl campaign.
25 Seattle Aaron Williams CB/Texas
(+3) Analysis: It would be an intriguing scenario to see Seattle pass on a homegrown talent like Jake Locker at this slot. But the team needs more than a long term project at the quarterback position and must upgrade its pitiful pass defense.
26 Baltimore Julio Jones WR/Alabama
(-11) Analysis: All Baltimore does is acquire talent. If a player this caliber falls to the Ozzie Newsome-led squad, it would be hard to see one of the league’s best general managers pass. Jones has some issues, but he would be wonderful paired with Anquan Boldin. And he’s an instant upgrade over the rest of an older unit.
27 Atlanta Torrey Smith WR/Maryland
(N/A) Analysis: The Falcons are one of the most complete teams in the league, but they lack a true second receiver. Trotting out Brian Finneran and Michael Jenkins week in and week out is a travesty when Roddie White is opposite. Smith would be another explosive playmaker to give opposing defenses even more fits.
28 New England Derek Sherrod OT/Mississippi State
(-2) Analysis: Incumbent left tackle Matt Light will be 33 years old in June. He was already limited as a blindside protector. It’s only time before age catches up. Sebastian Vollmer has been a wonderful addition up front, but the Patriots must prepare to evolve along the offensive line and a technically sound prospect like Sherrod fits the bill.
29 Chicago Gabe Carimi OT/Wisconsin
(-5) Trending up Analysis: The team’s front line improved dramatically once Frank Omiyale was placed at left tackle, Chris Williams bumped inside to guard, and J’Marcus Webb was placed at right tackle. None possess the natural talent of Carimi who could find a slot on the blindside, strongside, or even guard.
30 NY Jets Muhammad Wilkerson DT/Temple
(N/A) Analysis: When a team is relying as heavily on two ends averaging 34 years of age, a massive talent overhaul is required. Wilkerson is a tailor-made five technique to help sweep out the likes of Trevor Pryce and Shaun Ellis at the position.
31 Pittsburgh Jimmy Smith CB/Colorado
(-1) Analysis: As successful as Pittsburgh has been in recent years, they still lack two key components. Sub-par offensive line and cornerback play has presented issues for the Steelers from time to time. Smith has the type of natural ability the team hasn’t seen since Rod Woodson left town. He’s not nearly on that level, but it simply proves the point.
32 Green Bay Corey Luiget DT/Illinois
(N/A) Analysis: A surprise entry to the draft, Luiget is blessed with a ton of raw natural ability. His feet and athleticism in tight are tremendous. Green Bay rolls the dice on a talent to develop as a future five technique along an already talented defensive front.
                       

Round 2

 
# Team Selection Position/College
33 New England (from Carolina) Jeremy Beal DE/Oklahoma
34 Denver Mikel LeShoure RB/Illinois
35 Buffalo Jake Locker QB/Washington
36 Cincinnati Christian Ballard DE/Iowa
37 Arizona Jonathan Baldwin WR/Pittsburgh
38 Cleveland Titus Young WR/Boise State
39 San Francisco Stephen Paea DT/Oregon State
40 Tennessee Colin Kaepernick QB/Nevada
41 Dallas Phil Taylor DT/Baylor
42 Washington Jerrel Jernigan WR/Troy
43 Houston Davon House CB/New Mexico State
44 Minnesota Allen Bailey DE/Miami
45 Detroit Brandon Burton CB/Utah
46 St. Louis Kyle Rudolph TE/Notre Dame
47 Denver (from Miami) Drake Nevis DT/LSU
48 Jacksonville Leonard Hankerson WR/Miami
49 Oakland Stefen Wisniewski OG/Penn State
50 San Diego Martez Wilson LB/Illinois
51 NY Giants Ben Ijalana OT/Villanova
52 Tampa Bay Curtis Brown CB/Texas
53 Kansas City Michael Pouncey OG/Florida
54 Indianapolis Jurrell Casey DT/USC
55 Philadelphia Marvin Austin DT/North Carolina
56 New Orleans Bruce Carter LB/North Carolina
57 Seattle DeAndre McDaniel S/Clemson
58 Baltimore Jarvis Jenkins DT/Clemson
59 Atlanta Jabaal Sheard DE/Pittsburgh
60 New England Kendall Hunter RB/Oklahoma State
61 Chicago Ras-I Dowling CB/Virginia
62 San Diego (from NY Jets)
Vincent Brown WR/San Diego State
63 Pittsburgh Marcus Cannon OT/TCU
64 Green Bay Kelvin Sheppard LB/LSU