Mock draft: After solid combine, Lane Johnson a safe pick for Chiefs
There is no lack of offensive line talent in this draft. Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher could go No. 1, but Pat Kirwan has a different option for Kansas City: Oklahoma's Lane Johnson.
1. Kansas City -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: There is speculation about a QB in this spot or another left tackle. If the team re-signs Brandon Albert than this doesn't happen. Lots of talk about Johnson coming out of Indianapolis. A fine athlete and a safe pick.
2. Jacksonville -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: Floyd emerges as the top defensive tackle in the draft. Jacksonville needs help up front on defense and this pick is an impact selection.
3. Oakland -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon: Dion's upside is outstanding and could be the next Aldon Smith.
4. Philadelphia -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Nick Foles doesn't fit the Kelly offense and Michael Vick is a short term answer at best.
5. Detroit -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: I watched him at the Senior Bowl and at the combine. He has rare skills and will help replace Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril.
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6. Cleveland -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: The Browns need a corner opposite Joe Hayden and Milliner emerged from the combine as the best CB.
7. Arizona -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: The Cardinals could go in a number of directions and they have to think long and hard about Matt Barkley, but the OT is a safe pick.
8. Buffalo -- Matt Barkley, QB, USC: The GM has already said they need a quarterback and Barkley will climb back into the top half of the first round after his pro day.
9. New York Jets -- Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: The Jets don't have any outside linebackers for their pass rush. Mingo had a solid 40 time of 4.58.
10. Tennessee -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei is a force inside and can play in any front. His heart issue will not be a factor after his pro day.
11. San Diego -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: Some will be surprised Joeckel would not be the top offensive tackle, but he could be challenged for the top spot at his position after the Combine.
13. Tampa Bay -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: Tampa Bay needs help at corner and safety and Rhodes is versatile enough to fill either spot. He's a big corner that could match up with the big receivers in the NFC South.
14. Carolina -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: The Panthers got production from their defensive ends but very little from their defensive tackles. Richardson will give them a disruptive force inside.
15. New Orleans -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: The Saints are heading to a 3-4 defense and need a better outside linebacker to rush the passer. Jones has a medical issue with spinal stenosis and could fall even further. One team told me they have no problem with him as a first-round pick.
16. Saint Louis -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: Sam Bradford needs better protection and the big Alabama lineman looks like he could play left or right tackle.
17. Pittsburgh -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas: If the run on outside linebackers and offensive tackles leaves the Steelers looking elsewhere, Vaccaro is the kind of player they would like in their secondary.
18. Dallas -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: The Cowboys have an issue trying to build a 4-3 defense, but they also have to protect Tony Romo and run the ball better. Warmack fits the mold of the great Cowboy linemen of the past.
19. New York Giants -- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: The Giants may view the tight end position as deep in this draft and wait a few rounds but Eifert is the best of the group and Eli Manning will get production from Eifert right away.
20. Chicago -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: The Bears could use two offensive linemen in this draft and a linebacker. Cooper could be the highest graded player left on their board at this point in the draft.
21. Cincinnati -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: A month ago Werner was viewed as a top-10 player, but his combine could push him down to a bargain at this point. The Bengals haven't had a guy like Werner since Justin Smith.
22. Saint Louis -- Keenan Allen, WR, California: The Rams second pick should be a wide receiver or safety. Allen is the best wide out on the board at this point.
23. Minnesota -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: A playmaker in the mold of Percy Harvin. This pick leverages Harvin in the future.
24. Indianapolis -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: The Colts just watched Trufant run fast and answer questions about his speed. The Colts offense scores and the defense will be in more nickel looks as Luck improves.
26. Green Bay -- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: Jones can play end or tackle and that gives Dom Capers a versatile player for his scheme.
27. Houston -- Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia: The Texans could take a receiver here but they also need an inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing. Ogletree has some off-the-field issues that could cause him to fall this far.
28. Denver -- Kawann Short, DT, Purdue: The coaches I talked with at the combine love Short. He is disruptive and can be a one-gap penetrator.
29. New England -- Matt Elam, S, Florida: The Patriots need help at safety and have tapped into Florida players in the past. Elam had a solid combine and would help the Patriots, especially with their 'big nickel' package.
30. Atlanta -- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: The Falcons need pass rushers and could come back in a later round for another man. Okafor is a high character individual with multiple skills to rush or drop.
31. San Francisco -- Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: Williams is raw and very powerful. He ran 4.94 at 325 lbs. Williams is from Australia and has a lot of potential.
32. Baltimore -- Kevin Minter, LB, LSU: Even if the Ravens re-sign Dannell Ellerbee they still need another linebacker. In my opinion Minter is the best inside linebacker with excellent tackling skills. He can play over a guard and strike with power.
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