NFL Mock Draft: Chargers Select Whitney Mercilus

Dec 31, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus (85) is blocked by UCLA Bruins offensive tackle Mike Harris (65) during the second quarter at AT

Combines are done and we have seen some player movement in free agency. Time to put together another mock draft.

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Here is my latest Mock Draft:

1. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck
QB, Stanford
Peyton Manning gone and now the new Luck era begins.

2. Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III
QB, Baylor
Trade 3 first round picks for the quarterback that they wanted

3. Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kalil
Time to fix up that offensive line and protect Christian Ponder

4. Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson
RB, Alabama
Peyton Hillis is gone and need to fix the running game

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Morris Claiborne
They weren’t able to bring in Cortland Finnegan and had to settle for Eric Wright. They find their other corner here.

6. St. Louis Rams
Jonathan Martin
OT, Stanford
Any other team, I would have gone with Justin Blackmon, but for some reason think Jeff Fisher would go with -line first

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Blackmon
WR, Oklahoma State
The Jags need help at receiver in a bad way and they luck out with Blackmon falling to them.

8. Carolina Panthers
Melvin Ingram
DE, South Carolina
The Carolina Chargers pick up all the players we used to have or players we want, so they will take Ingram with this pick.

9. Miami Dolphins
Michael Floyd
WR, Notre Dame
After trading away Brandon Marshall, they are in serious need of a wide receiver

10. Buffalo Bills
Quinton Coples
DE, North Carolina
They signed Mario Williams, but still need help on the defensive side.

11. Kansas City Chiefs
David DeCastro
OG, Stanford
They just picked up an offensive tackle and now need to fill the interior of the line

12. Seattle Seahawks
Michael Brockers
They picked up Matt Flynn, so they don’t need to look Ryan Tannehill’s way. Now they go toward the defense.

13. Arizona Cardinals
Riley Reiff
OT, Iowa
Have to protect their golden quarterback Peyton Manning Kevin Kolb

14. Dallas Cowboys
Peter Konz
C, Wisconsin
They need interior lineman and select best center avaialable

15. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Kuechly
LB, Boston College
Middle linebacker was their weakest spot last season and they select the tackling machine

16. New York Jets
Dontari Poe
DT, Memphis
His combine shot him up the draft and into Rex Ryan’s house

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland)
Dre Kirkpatrick
CB, Alabama
They needed to upgrade their secondary and pick up Kirkpatrick

18. San Diego Chargers
Whitney Mercilus
DE/OLB, Illinois
The choice will be between Courtney Upshaw, Whitney Mercilus and Nick Perry and we take the one-year wonder.

19. Chicago Bears
Courtney Upshaw
LB, Alabama
One of the best players on the board is Upshaw and they can’t let him slide any further
20. Tennessee Titans
Andre Branch
DE/OLB, Clemson
More pass rush

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Mark Barron
S, Alabama
They bring in both guys from the Alabama secondary onto their roster

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta)
Kendall Wright
WR, Baylor
Adding another fast receiver onto the roster

23. Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins
CB, Northern Alabama
They lost Eric Wright and need to fill the hole in the secondary

24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Nick Perry
Perry gets to have his hand on the ground and pass rushing for the Steelers

25. Denver Broncos
Dwayne Allen
TE, Clemson
Need to get more weapons for Peyton

26. Houston Texans
Fletcher Cox
DT, Mississippi State
I just can’t help but think that Wade Phillips will get them to select more defense

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans)
Devon Still
DL, Penn State
Defense, defense, defense!! That’s what their draft will be about.

28. Green Bay Packers
Jerel Worthy
DT, Michigan State
Need more help on their defensive front

29. Baltimore Ravens
Dont’a Hightower
LB, Alabama
Looking to bring some youth to the defense

30. San Francisco 49ers
Mike Adams
OT, Ohio State
Gotta protect Peyton… wait did that alredy

31. New England Patriots
Alfonzo Dennard
CB, Nebraska
Still defense, defense, defense

23. New York Giants
David Wilson
RB, Virginia Tech
Their fat running back is gone and they need depth behind Ahmad Bradshaw

Based on what we have done in free agency (so far), we will need to go heavy on the defensive side of the ball with this draft. First we need to pick up that pass rusher that AJ prioritized in the off-season, then we need to work on that secondary.

Whitney Mercilus might has been known as a one-year wonder, but he looks like a freak athlete and looks like he can continue his success in the NFL. He has a lot of speed off the edge and has great balance to get to the quarterback.

He could work in the mix on the outside with Jarret Johnson, Antwan Barnes and Shaun Phillips. Eventually, he could take over SP’s spot on the roster. He could be thrown on the field during passing downs and asked to chase the quarterback. Barnes, Phillips and Mercilus all on the field at the same time could be a nightmare for opposing defenses.