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

#TeamSelectionPosition/College
1CarolinaNick FairleyDT/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.
2DenverPatrick PetersonCB/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.
3BuffaloMarcell DareusDE/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.
4CincinnatiBlaine GabbertQB/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.
5ArizonaDa’Quan BowersDE/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.
6ClevelandAldon SmithDE/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.
7San FranciscoPrince AmukamaraCB/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.
8TennesseeA.J. GreenWR/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. 
9DallasBrandon HarrisCB/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.
10WashingtonCam NewtonQB/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.
11HoustonVon MillerLB/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.
12MinnesotaRyan MallettQB/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.
13DetroitTyron SmithOT/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. 
14St. LouisCameron JordanDE/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.
15MiamiMark IngramRB/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.
16JacksonvilleRyan KerriganDE/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.
17New England (from Oakland)J.J. WattDE 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.
18San DiegoCameron HeywardDE/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.
19NY GiantsAkeem AyersLB/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.
20Tampa BayRobert QuinnDE/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.
21Kansas CityJustin HoustonLB/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.
22IndianapolisNate SolderOT/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.
23PhiladelphiaAnthony CastonzoOT/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.
24New OrleansAdrian ClaybornDE/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.
25SeattleAaron WilliamsCB/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.
26BaltimoreJulio JonesWR/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.
27AtlantaTorrey SmithWR/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.
28New EnglandDerek SherrodOT/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.
29ChicagoGabe CarimiOT/Wisconsin
(-5)Trending upAnalysis: 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.
30NY JetsMuhammad WilkersonDT/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.
31PittsburghJimmy SmithCB/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.
32Green BayCorey LuigetDT/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

 
#TeamSelectionPosition/College
33New England (from Carolina)Jeremy BealDE/Oklahoma
34DenverMikel LeShoureRB/Illinois
35BuffaloJake LockerQB/Washington
36CincinnatiChristian BallardDE/Iowa
37ArizonaJonathan BaldwinWR/Pittsburgh
38ClevelandTitus YoungWR/Boise State
39San FranciscoStephen PaeaDT/Oregon State
40TennesseeColin KaepernickQB/Nevada
41DallasPhil TaylorDT/Baylor
42WashingtonJerrel JerniganWR/Troy
43HoustonDavon HouseCB/New Mexico State
44MinnesotaAllen BaileyDE/Miami
45DetroitBrandon BurtonCB/Utah
46St. LouisKyle RudolphTE/Notre Dame
47Denver (from Miami)Drake NevisDT/LSU
48JacksonvilleLeonard HankersonWR/Miami
49OaklandStefen WisniewskiOG/Penn State
50San DiegoMartez WilsonLB/Illinois
51NY GiantsBen IjalanaOT/Villanova
52Tampa BayCurtis BrownCB/Texas
53Kansas CityMichael PounceyOG/Florida
54IndianapolisJurrell CaseyDT/USC
55PhiladelphiaMarvin AustinDT/North Carolina
56New OrleansBruce CarterLB/North Carolina
57SeattleDeAndre McDanielS/Clemson
58BaltimoreJarvis JenkinsDT/Clemson
59AtlantaJabaal SheardDE/Pittsburgh
60New EnglandKendall HunterRB/Oklahoma State
61ChicagoRas-I DowlingCB/Virginia
62San Diego (from NY Jets)
Vincent BrownWR/San Diego State
63PittsburghMarcus CannonOT/TCU
64Green BayKelvin SheppardLB/LSU