After talking to sources into the late night, I finally finished my two round mock draft and shipped it off to the editors at approximately midnight Pacific time.
For those who have been following my mocks for awhile, there are some surprises, beginning with the Denver Broncos using the No. 2 overall pick on Texas A&M pass rusher Von Miller.
I've long argued that Alabama DT Marcell Dareus should be the pick for the Broncos, despite the fact that I rate Miller as the better prospect . Dareus' bulk and strength make him an ideal fit for a defense that struggled against the run last year and have already released 2010 starters Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams. Considering that the Broncos could potentially quickly add to their win total if better able to compete against the Chiefs and Raiders' run-heavy offenses, the pick seemed a no-brainer.
Instead, the Broncos seem to be infatuated with Miller and will be taking the Butkus Award winner with the second pick.
The surprises continue from there with five quarterbacks making the first round, back to back Baylor Bears in the 20s and perhaps most surprisng, projecting THREE Alabama Crimson Tide players to be drafted before Mark Ingram, arguably the best player from Alabama in the draft.
The editors are working on updating my mock now. When it is all done, it will be available here:
(For those who want a sneak peek at the picks - but no explanations - you can check it out here . This is my final projection of the first round.