It's good to be back! After a 4.5 month hiatus from the boards, I present to you the triumphant return of the Draft Guru...awtysst! Please contain your excitement and joy! What you have here is a collaborative Mock Draft featuring one of the best draft prognosticators on the board: BeerLover and me(awtysst). Last year Beerlover and I combined on one of the best mock drafts I have ever put together. He reached out again this year and I quickly jumped at the opportunity. We have read each other's work for years and I have certainly learned a lot and grown from his insights. So, thank you BL, I had a great time doing this and I hope you did as well! Now, on with the show. Last year, if you recall, Beerlover and I put out a 1 round mock. This year, we upped the ante by doing a full 1 round mock as well as the Texans picks from 2-Mr. Irrelevant.Taking it to the next level, is what Beerlover and I are all about! Round 1 1. Carolina: Blaine Gabbert-QB Missouri The league has slowly moved towards an offense focused passing league. These days without a good QB, your franchise is toast. Carolina takes the better QB prospect (Newton is the better athlete). 2. Denver: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama Denver's D was not great last year. They got pushed around by just about everybody. Dareus brings that tough strong anchor for the run game and provides penetration ability. He is a ideal as they transition back to the 4-3 under Fox. 3. Buffalo: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Buffalo, like Carolina, has a ton of holes. The difference is they have Fitzpatrick who can start for a year while Newton learns the system. I suspect Gailey will use Newton as Denver used Tebow last year: in special packages and ease him into the NFL. 4.Cincinnati: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama While everyone talks about the Palmer situation, remember, they don't have any wide receivers to throw the ball to. JJ is bigger, faster, and stronger than AJ. Cincy goes for him. 5. Arizona: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU Wow. Arizona gets lucky. They could use DB help and they get the best DB in the entire draft and a player some think is the best prospect of the draft. Part of Peterson's fall is the premium placed on QBs in the NFL. 6. Cleveland: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia If the draft occurs like this, Cleveland makes their pick in about 2 seconds. They got their franchise QB in Colt McCoy last year. Now, he needs his franchise receiver. He gets a very good one in AJ. 7. San Francisco: Von Miller, OLB Texas A&M This may go down as the steal of the entire draft. Here is the thing, Von Miller is a much better 3-4 OLB prospect than DE. He could have gone to Buffalo, but the QB premium trumps an OLB. Then he could have gone to Arizona, but Peterson, a better prospect is sitting there. 8. Tennessee: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn I hate to see this as a Texans fan, but Fairley is exactly what the Titans need. He is a strong, run stopper, and solid pass rusher. He makes the Titans Defense stronger. 9. Dallas: Tyron Smith, OT, USC This is the smart pick. One of the reasons Romo went down was shoddy O line protection. We all know what shoddy O line protection can do to a QB. Smith is an excellent prospect and will fit in right away in Jerry World. 10. Washington:Robert Quinn, OLB North Carolina A near perfect situation for Quinn and he should be praying this happens. In Washington he already has OLB Brian Orakpo there to help him. Orakpo will get lots of double teams which will only help Quinn. 11. Texans: Cam Jordan, DE Cal The Texans D had a tremendous amount of holes on defense last year. In this scenario, they must take BPA and fortunately for them, Jordan is the man. He starred as a 3-4 DE at Cal for 3 years, played the run well, and was able to put pressure on the QB. He reminds me of a Shaun Ellis type of 3-4 DE. He has tremendous NFL bloodlines in that his father was a 6 time probowler at TE. Yeah, I said it, TE. There is his TE connection, which makes him gold in Kube' mind. 12. Minnesota: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska Minnesota is in desperate need of a CB and Prince would be a great fit for them. He could start from Day 1. 13. Detroit: Da'Quan Bowers, DE Clemson A big drop, but he has a couple of negatives: 1)injury concerns. He has been unable to get healthy to perform for teams. 2) 4-3 DE only. He cannot play 3-4 OLB, so that limits teams interested. Bowers would be a fantastic addition to a D line that already features Mr. Suh. 14. St. Louis: Anthony Contonzo The theme of the day is if you don't have a QB, get one. If you have one, you better protect him. Bradford did great last year, but he won't last unless they bring in some more O line help for him. 15. Miami: Aldon Smith, OLB Missouri Many people like the idea of having Mark Ingram go here. We don't. Ingram has been injured and the last thing you want to do is grab an injured RB this high in the draft. Instead, they address their need of trying to put pressure on the QB. 16. Jacksonville: Ryan Kerrigan, DE Purude A natural athletic and fluid 4-3 DE. Jax has been trying to address the DE position for years. Now they finally make the right decision. 17. New England: JJ Watt, DE/DT, Wisconsin, 6-5 290 Relentless, 5 technique DE for Patriots 3-4 who finally fill the void left by Richard Seymore RDE. This is rmartin65 & badboys favorite 5 technique DE that only predicates he should be taken earlier, preferably by the Texans but you just know Bill Billchick will work this draft & get his people in line. 18. San Diego: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia, 6-3 270 Edge rusher, downhill, single minded QB sack artist who projects nicely into replacing once feared Shawn Merriman for Chargers. Houston’s stock soared when Georgia switched to a 3-4 scheme. Playing OLB he was productive with 18.5 tackles for loss & 10 sacks. 19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin, 6-7 314 Big ugly, nothing personal. Not the most gifted athlete but just plug him & he would instantly improve Eli Mannings protection. Gabe is very durable & you got love his mindset when questioned at the combine Gabe replied, “I’m physically stronger and have more career starts and better knowledge of the game than any other tackle out there. That’s why I’m the No. 1 tackle out there.” Ok, so we’re going with him as the newest Giant. 20. Tampa Bay: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa, 6-3 281 Name me the Buccaneers starting LDE. Times up it’s Adrian Clayborn. Tampa uses the 4-3 & while improved greatly last season 1st pick Gerald McCoy, DT needs help to shed double teams. Clayborn is a strong run defender plus he can penetrate the pocket & sack or force QB turnovers. 21. Kansas City: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor 6-3 334 Scott Pioli is a direct follower off the Bellichick tree, he needs a true 3-4 NG in the Vince Wilfork mold & since there is only one premier talent @ this position in this years draft he pulls the trigger early. Great fit next to Dorsey & Tyson Jackson. Those years of Texans squeaking by the Chiefs are over. 22. Indianapolis: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado, 6-8 319 Small hands for size, needs more anchor/sand in his pants but is very athletic. Peyton needs his LT sooner than later its gonna be a tough learning experience but this need can no longer be ignored, despite his boom/bust projection we expect to see Nate shaded constantly with either Clark or Santi. 23. Philadelphia: Mike Pouncey, G, Florida, 6-5 303 Plug in play. Strength in run blocking, added value as back-up Center. Brother of Steeler rookie sensation Pro-Bowl Center Maurkice Pouncey. We feel he’ll replace Todd Herremans immediately but long term will probably shift over to Center like his brother. 24. New Orleans: Stephen Paea, DT. Oregon State, 6-1 303 Requires double team, impossible to control man to man. Disruptive, athletic & strong. Best used as UT in a 4-3 so fits scheme in New Orleans perfectly, next to Ellis the pocket will collapse & New Orleans will no longer be known as just a finesse team. 25. Seattle: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State, 6-5 294 We love his frame & think he has plenty of room to fill out & be a disruptive DT in a 3-4. Very versatile athlete, maybe the steal of this mock draft to date, is coming off major injury (Tommy John Surgery) so Seattle gets a steal here this late. 26. Baltimore: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado, 6-2 211 Proto-typical NFL sized CB. Lots of character concerns but that’s where veteran leadership comes to the forefront like Rey Lewis & Ed Reed to keep the rookie straight. Not for an inexperienced team like the Texans. Great combine numbers, elite athlete, would not surprise us in the Raven system if he doesn’t turn out to be the best CB in this draft. 27. Atlanta: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland, 6-1 204 Roddy White had a breakout season for Atlanta putting himself into top 10 fantasy picks next season (assuming we have a season) but he needs help (like Andre Johnson, yeah we’re going to address that but more latter). 28. New England: Brooks Reed, OLB Arizona. 6-3 263 Bellichik passed on Clay Matthews, I doubt he passes on another terror to fill his 3-4 OLB need. Defense adds two starters day one. We’re also willing to allow a small window for Texans FO to move up to select Brooks, what a perfect fit for Wade Phillip’s new Texan 3-4. Reed’s change of direction ability, tenacity, short burst power suggest his production would be elite given the right system to pin his ears back along with his long gold locks & make life miserable for opposing QB’s. 29. Chicago: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State, 6-5 321 The Bears are so close in the new Jay Cutler/Lovie Smith era all they need is better protection so the pocket doesn’t collapse, hence the poor, desperate decision making by an endangered QB. We would hope Derek becomes more of a closer & finishes his man/play off in the Bear tradition, he has all the talent you look for otherwise in a LT. 30. Jets: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA, 6-3 254 Tough pick, there are trade-up options for Ryan to consider, but this Prince is a very fluid athlete, sideline to sideline that can pressure the QB in a 3-4 playing OLB. We feel this matches up with both need & value here at the end of the first round, that Akeem Ayers will be a starting Jet day one. 31. Pittsburgh: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami, 5-10 191 Ike Taylor is probably gone via free agency, whenever CBA is resolved. Brandon gives them the best shot at inserting a rookie replacement ready to start. Very competitive in Steeler tradition, good man to man coverage skills & accustomed to facing other teams bigger #1 WR’s. 32. Green Bay: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple, 6-4 315 Why not take Ingram here? Well you build from the trenches out & GB needs to address their DL as well. Wilkerson would be too good to pass up & is an ideal 5 tech DE to replace Cullen Jenkins likely to leave via free agency. Wilkerson as a rookie could actually upgrade the position keeping the Packers D strong & in the hunt to repeat in Capers attacking 3-4. Texans 2. Davon House, CB, New Mexico State, 6-1 200 Excellent value/slot to address secondary need with bigger, faster cover CB. This would give the Texans a pair of bookend corners to match-up with any opposing WR sets, allowing Quinn to move to Safety. Expect the Texans to also be players once CBA ratified, for an experienced CB like aforementioned Ike Taylor. This is critical to developing our young, talented corners. 3. Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno State, 6-1 248 Not sure we’ll have to wait this far, expect the Texans to trade up for Brooks in first or Acho in the 2nd, but if they stand pat to their draft board Carter could be @ the top of their OLB list early in the 3rd. Played DE @ Fresno State so there is that whole projection aspect to this pick, but he displays the athletic ability to move in space, explosion off the edge & instincts to develop into a hybrid OLB in Wade Phillips 3-4. 4. Deunta Williams, FS, North Carolina, 6-2 205 True Center fielder, exhibiting the range Texans have coveted along with terrific hands & playmaking skills to make the acrobatic INT. Since we do not have access to his medical files this is a pick on faith, that he can return to 100% in due time, once he does he will work his way into the rotation & we’ll all see Sunday if he is the answer long needed. 5.Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M A sleeper small school talent. He has decent size, great hands, and can run. A perfect compliment to AJ and is what JJ was supposed to be. 6. Anthony Gray, NT, Southern Mississippi A prototypical NT project for Wade to develop. Phillips is the guy who will tailor his D to his player's strengths rather than trying to force fit players into his scheme. Give him time and we may have a very special player in Gray. 7. Bruce Miller, OLB Southern Florida The "other" 3-4 OLB Miller prospect. This one is a high motor, high effort, pass rushing machine. 17 TFL and 12 sacks is pretty darn good. He is not a run stopper, but he has the ability to become a pass rush specialist. Putting pressure on the QB is the name of the game in the 3-4. Mr. Irrelevant: Greg Lloyd, ILB, Pittsburgh It's hard to call the son of an NFL legend Mr. Irrelevant, but in this case he is. He is a very solid ILB. He is not spectacular, but he works hard and has reasonable side to side speed. He would be a very valuable depth player at a position that might be thinner than we expect. I will make him Mr. Irrelevant here.