Mark Barron Slides, Josh Robinson Rises in Mock Draft 9.0

Mark Barron Slides, Josh Robinson Rises in Mock Draft 9.0There's only a week until the draft, so it won't be before long until one of the sports world's most intensely covered, over-speculated and highly anticipated events is done and gone. And then the attention really focuses on the field, as teams are well into their offseason workout programs.

Let's roll out Mock Draft IX. Don't forget to come back next Thursday for the 10th and final edition.

1. Indianapolis Colts

2011 Record: 2-14

Positional Needs: Quarterback, cornerback, guard, center, defensive tackle, wide receiver, outside linebacker, safety

The Pick: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck

Analysis: You don't need a Stanford degree to know where the Colts are heading with this pick. See what I did there? 

2. Washington Redskins

2011 Record: 2-14

Positional Needs: Quarterback, wide receiver, guard, cornerback, tackle, tight end, safety

The Pick: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III

Analysis: Since it's an election year, how soon until RGIII has presidential candidates wearing Superman socks?

3. Minnesota Vikings

2011 Record: 3-13

Positional Needs: Tackle, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, guard, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, running back

The Pick: USC tackle Matt Kalil

Previous Pick: Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon

Analysis: Of course the Vikings are trying to leak it that they're considering about four or five candidates for this pick. That's the first lesson on the first day of Trading Draft Picks 101.

4. Cleveland Browns

2011 Record: 4-12

Positional Needs: Quarterback, wide receiver, running back, cornerback, defensive end, tackle, guard, outside linebacker

The Pick: Alabama running back Trent Richardson

Previous Picks: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne

Analysis: I subbed out Claiborne for Richardson this week. I think the Browns should take Claiborne, but I think they will take Richardson, who should be a superstar in his own right.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2011 Record: 4-12

Positional Needs: Cornerback, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, wide receiver, tackle, guard, running back

The Pick: LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne

Previous Pick: Alabama running back Trent Richardson

Analysis: I've thought for a while the Bucs would take either Claiborne or Richardson, whichever player the Browns pass over.

6. St. Louis Rams

2011 Record: 5-11

Positional Needs: Tackle, wide receiver, cornerback, guard, outside linebacker, safety, defensive tackle, running back

The Pick: Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon

Previous Pick: Alabama running back Trent Richardson

Analysis: Blackmon will really benefit from playing on turf in St. Louis. The Rams are his best fit in the top six, mostly due to quarterback Sam Bradford.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

2011 Record: 5-11

Positional Needs: Wide receiver, quarterback, cornerback, defensive end, safety, tackle

The Pick: South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram

Previous Pick: North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples

Analysis: Ingram seems like such an obvious need, yet the Jaguars don't always go in the obvious direction.

8. Miami Dolphins

2011 Record: 6-10

Positional Needs: Quarterback, defensive end, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, inside linebacker, tight end, safety, wide receiver

The Pick: Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill

Previous Picks: Iowa tackle Riley Reiff, North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples

Analysis: Unless the Chiefs make a surprising play to move up the board, or the Browns get overzealous earlier, the Dolphins should be able to take Tannehill with the eighth pick. About a month ago, it looked like they'd definitely have to move up, so things might finally be falling in Miami's favor.

9. Carolina Panthers

2011 Record: 6-10

Positional Needs: Defensive tackle, outside linebacker, inside linebacker, cornerback, safety, tackle, wide receiver

The Pick: Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox

Previous Picks: LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe

Analysis: The Panthers figure to address the defensive line in one way or another with this pick, so it should come down to Cox and Quinton Coples.

10. Buffalo Bills

2011 Record: 6-10

Positional Needs: Outside linebacker, cornerback, tackle, wide receiver, inside linebacker, defensive end

The Pick: Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd

Previous Picks: South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram, USC defensive end Nick Perry, Iowa tackle Riley Reiff

Analysis: Floyd makes his highest appearance in nine mock drafts. Reiff would be a good pick, but the Bills know they've got to field a high-powered offense to compete with the Patriots. And if the Bills' offseason moves are any indication, they're gunning for New England.

11. Kansas City Chiefs

2011 Record: 7-9

Positional Needs: Tackle, defensive tackle, outside linebacker, quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, running back

The Pick: Boston College inside linebacker Luke Kuechly

Previous Picks: Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Iowa tackle Riley Reiff, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox

Analysis: Scott Pioli plucks another one from New England.

12. Seattle Seahawks

2011 Record: 7-9

Positional Needs: Defensive end, defensive tackle, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, cornerback, guard

The Pick: North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples

Previous Picks: Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill

Analysis: Coples has the highest upside of any of the draft's pass rushers, but it's up to him to bring it consistently. If he does, he'll be a steal with the 12th pick.

13. Arizona Cardinals

2011 Record: 8-8

Positional Needs: Tackle, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, guard, wide receiver, tight end, quarterback, cornerback

The Pick: Stanford guard David DeCastro

Previous Picks: Boston College inside linebacker Luke Kuechly, Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin, Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw

Analysis: The Cardinals could make an upgrade at tackle with Riley Reiff, or they could add an elite guard in DeCastro. Take the latter and eliminate the guessing game.

14. Dallas Cowboys

2011 Record: 8-8

Positional Needs: Cornerback, safety, guard, inside linebacker, defensive end, center, defensive tackle, outside linebacker

The Pick: Alabama safety Mark Barron

Previous Picks: Stanford guard David DeCastro, Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe

Analysis: I nearly gave Barron to the Cowboys last week and decided to pull that trigger this week. That means Poe goes to a division rival.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

2011 Record: 8-8

Positional Needs: Defensive tackle, outside linebacker, safety, guard, wide receiver, cornerback, inside linebacker

The Pick: Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe

Previous Picks: Boston College inside linebacker Luke Kuechly, Alabama safety Mark Barron, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers

Analysis: Poe fits the Eagles' attacking style more than Brockers. Poe also has a little more star power at this point, and you know how that goes with Philly.

16. New York Jets

2011 Record: 8-8

Positional Needs: Outside linebacker, safety, tackle, defensive tackle, wide receiver, tight end

The Pick: Iowa tackle Riley Reiff

Previous Picks: Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd

Analysis: I'm not sure the Jets are sensible enough to make such a responsible pick, especially since they need a pass-rushing boost. But Reiff is the draft's top-rated right tackle, and that's a huge area of need in New York.

17. Cincinnati Bengals

2011 Record: 9-7

Positional Needs: Cornerback, running back, wide receiver, safety, guard, defensive end

The Pick: South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore

Previous Picks: North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins, Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw

Analysis: Gilmore is the second cornerback off the board and should beat out Terence Newman for a starting job.

18. San Diego Chargers

2011 Record: 8-8

Positional Needs: Outside linebacker, safety, cornerback, wide receiver, tight end, guard, tackle

The Pick: Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw

Previous Picks: Stanford guard David DeCastro, Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, USC defensive end Nick Perry, Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus

Analysis: There are some reported concerns about Upshaw's distractions away from the field, but that stuff doesn't typically bother the Chargers.

19. Chicago Bears

2011 Record: 8-8

Positional Needs: Defensive end, wide receiver, tight end, tackle, guard, safety, cornerback, running back

The Pick: USC defensive end Nick Perry

Previous Picks: Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright

Analysis: Perry is a downhill pass rusher who is going to be the latest in a line of defensive ends to benefit from playing across from Julius Peppers.

20. Tennessee Titans

2011 Record: 9-7

Positional Needs: Guard, center, cornerback, safety, outside linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver

The Pick: Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

Previous Picks: Stanford guard David DeCastro, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Boston College inside linebacker Luke Kuechly

Analysis: Kirkpatrick is a very good man-coverage corner, so the Titans won't have any problem with Stephon Gilmore going before him.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

2011 Record: 9-7

Positional Needs: Cornerback, running back, wide receiver, safety, guard, defensive end

The Pick: Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus

Previous Picks: Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright, Alabama safety Mark Barron, Clemson defensive end Andre Branch, North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins, South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore

Analysis: The Bengals have to beef up the defensive line after a tough run in free agency. Adding the nation's sack leader isn't a bad way to do it.

22. Cleveland Browns

2011 Record: 4-12

Positional Needs: Quarterback, wide receiver, running back, cornerback, defensive end, tackle, guard, outside linebacker

The Pick: Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn

Previous Pick: Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin, North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins, USC defensive end Nick Perry, Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright

Analysis: Nice way to improve the ground game by adding someone like Glenn to block for Trent Richardson.

23. Detroit Lions

2011 Record: 10-6

Positional Needs: Cornerback, safety, tackle, center, defensive end, outside linebacker

The Pick: Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson

Previous Pick: Ohio State tackle Mike Adams, Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn

Analysis: It's tough to get a read on the Lions with this pick. Their biggest needs are on the offensive line and in the secondary, but with the way this mock draft has shaken out, they'd be reaching for players at each position. Detroit might be a candidate to trade down.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

2011 Record: 12-4

Positional Needs: Tackle, guard, defensive tackle, cornerback, inside linebacker, running back

The Pick: Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower

Previous Pick: Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn

Analysis: Once again, Pittsburgh needs offensive linemen, but Hightower just looks like a Steeler.

25. Denver Broncos

2011 Record: 8-8

Positional Needs: Defensive tackle, inside linebacker, safety, cornerback, wide receiver, running back

The Pick: LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers

Previous Pick: Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe

Analysis: Brockers will open some lanes for pass-rushing extraordinaires Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.

26. Houston Texans

2011 Record: 10-6

Positional Needs: Wide receiver, right tackle, guard, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, safety, cornerback

The Pick: Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright

Previous Picks: LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle, Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill

Analysis: The Texans look about 200 miles to the north to snag a nice receiving weapon to pair up with Andre Johnson.

27. New England Patriots

2011 Record: 13-3

Positional Needs: Safety, outside linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver, cornerback

The Pick: Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones

Previous Picks: Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, Alabama safety Mark Barron, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Alabama safety Mark Barron, North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins

Analysis: Jones' brother is UFC champ Jon "Bones" Jones, so his brother could beat up your brother. Unless your brother is Hulk Hogan.

28. Green Bay Packers

2011 Record: 15-1

Positional Needs: Outside linebacker, defensive end, safety, cornerback, running back

The Pick: Clemson defensive end Andre Branch

Previous Pick: Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still

Analysis: Branch looks like a logical pick to take some pressure off Clay Matthews.

29. Baltimore Ravens

2011 Record: 12-4

Positional Needs: Inside linebacker, wide receiver, tackle, center, safety, outside linebacker

The Pick: Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler

Previous Picks: Wisconsin center Peter Konz, South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery

Analysis: Running back Ray Rice will approve of this pick. Zeitler excels in run blocking.

30. San Francisco 49ers

2011 Record: 13-3

Positional Needs: Guard, cornerback, wide receiver, defensive tackle, safety, outside linebacker, quarterback

The Pick: Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy

Previous Picks: South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler, North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still

Analysis: Worthy would add some more nastiness to the 49ers' front seven, and the NFC West shouldn't be thrilled about that.

31. New England Patriots

2011 Record: 13-3

Positional Needs: Safety, outside linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver, cornerback, defensive tackle

The Pick: North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins

Previous Picks: Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, Clemson defensive end Andre Branch, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still, South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus

Analysis: Jenkins is the eighth player I've slotted here in nine mock drafts. I'm not big on commitment.

32. New York Giants

2011 Record: 9-7

Positional Needs: Inside linebacker, tackle, tight end, running back, safety, cornerback, guard

The Pick: Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin

Previous Pick: Wisconsin center Peter Konz, Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn

Analysis: The Giants play to their strengths better than anyone, but they've got a lot of areas to fill for a Super Bowl champion.

Fallen Out: LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still

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