Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 4/24/12

It’s never to early. The draft order is utterly random, with consideration to how things might play out given what we know in today’s NFL. Team needs were sometimes, but not always considered, as this is highly subject to change. Let’s get to the 5 Ws of the players making the transition from Saturdays to Sundays.

1. Cleveland Browns, Matt Barkley, QB, USC

You gotta feel for the Brownies. Like Michael Stipe famously sang “everybody hurts, sometimes.” Colt McCoy might not live through the season and even if he does, he’s not good. They’ll get their big time running back this draft in Trent Richardson, and their franchise QB in Barkley, the overwhelming favorite to be #1 just like Andrew Luck was a year ago at this time. Barkley is the absolute prototypical size for a NFL QB (6-2, 220).

For more on Barkley go here.

For bikini photos of the USC cheerleaders 2012 swim charity event go here

2. Miami, Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

I know I have Miami selecting Ryan Tannehill in my mock for this year. I still think that will happen. And it will end badly. And the Dolphins will strikeout trying to get a free agent QB next year just like they swung and missed this year. Hence they get their building block quarterback in 2013. What happened to this franchise? Remember some guy named Dan Marino? Or how they used to win Super Bowls in the years before him- ancient memories now.

3. Indianapolis Colts: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

Colts are in serious rebuilding mode. This will take some time. And this guy coulda been a late first rounder/early second rounder this year.

4. St. Louis Rams: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

The Rams and Vikings both need OL and WR. This year I have the Rams taking the stud wideout, and the Vikes the blue-chip big boy. Since both teams suck and they will again next year, they’ll both end up back here again, and flip flop positions.

5. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Woods, WR, USC

The Vikings are zeroed in on Matt Kalil in the 2012 NFL Draft, instead of WR Justin Blackmon. Woods is a 6-1, 185 pound junior from Carson, CA. who’s shooting up all the Southern Cal receiving career record charts. He’s also a very dangerous return man, and figures to be a big return threat at the next level.

Go here for more on Woods

For bikini photos of the USC cheerleaders 2012 swim charity event go here

6. Oakland, Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

Could have maybe been the third QB taken this year- Jones is probably a better prospect than Tannehill. Raiders will be rebuilding again soon enough.

7. Jacksonville, Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

How can you not draft a guy nicknamed the Honey Badger? And here I was thinking Mathieu’s Honey Badger nickname had something to do with the state of Wisconsin. The man himself explains the origin of his nickname. He was asked the question at BCS Championship game media day. “I think the Honey Badger nickname came from the fans back in Tiger Nation. And honey badger is such a relentless animal. He’s fierce. And he definitely doesn’t fear anything,” he answered.

For more on Mathieu go here

8. Cincinnati Bengals, Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State

Will team with John Simon, for the Buckeyes this fall to be the two biggest disruptors. Then will take his talents to the next level

9. Tampa Bay, Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU

I’d love to see the Buccos draft a QB because I still think their current signal caller sucks and they’ll never win anything with him, and hence end up drafting in the top ten yet again.

10. Arizona, Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

Take a look at the QBs on the Cardinals roster- tell me they won’t be in the market for a new QB next year. I wonder if Bray knew Jessica Dorrell?

11. San Diego, Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

By far the COOLEST NAME in the ’13 draft, he should be a top five pick based on that alone. I don’t know what the Chargers are going to do with their bad, aging front-seven. And I really don’t know why Norv Turner is still employed.

12. New Orleans, Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Weird to see the Saints drafting this high and able to land a special 5-star prospect like Rhodes, but such will be life after Bountygate. It’s going to be a rough year in NOLA, as it all falls apart.

13. Seattle, Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

The Seahawks receiving corps has some issues, to say the least. Wilson figures to be one of the first, if not the first receivers off the board in 2013, seems like a perfect fit- which means it’ll probably not happen.

14. Washington, David Amerson, CB, NC State

Probably giving the Skins too much credit to be drafting this low. Franchise corner available in Amerson. The first of many DBs to go in this mock.

15. Buffalo, Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Matthews comes from a prominent football family, yes famed Center Bruce Matthews. Jake will be ready prepared for the NFL.

16. NY Jets, Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

His coach Danny Hope described what makes Short so special on conference call.

“He really changes the game from the defensive tackle position,” Hope said.

“He could really be a dominant player on a national level. He’s a 325, 330 pound tackle with a special athletic ability, so the better he gets the better we’re going to get.”

Short was voted co-captain by his teammates in 2011 following spring drills. In 2010 he was second team All-Big Ten after finishing fourth in the Big Ten in both sacks (6.0) and tackles for loss (12.5). He led Purdue with eight passes broken up, and during the course of the season he blocked an extra point and a field goal.

This year he was projected to be a third round pick in the draft, but decided to come back and increase his stock.

Go here for more on Short

17. Carolina, Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida

Panthers could be good next year, they have a real QB and that takes you a long way. Just need help on defense to make the playoffs. Especially in the linebacking corps

18. Tennesse, Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Titans need a good third linebacker.

When he was a freshman, the 6-2, 245lb LB posted the third-most tackles ever by an Irish rookie; and ranked fourth on ND with 63 stops in 2009. His 2010 season was even better as he had 133 total tackles (most for an Irish defender since 1983), 9.5 for a loss, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.

His defensive coordinator Bob Diaco described him thusly:

“He’s definitely in the top cut of maturity. He’s just a mature person with a big heart. Always in service, in service to the student body, his teammates, his coaches, helping out his buddies. So when you factor that with his tangible skill set on the field, that’s really a special blend.”

Go here for more on Te’o

19. Kansas City, Tony Jefferson S, Oklahoma

Man so many DBs being taken in this draft. It just shows you how much of a passing league it is.

20. Baltimore, Keenan Allen WR, California

They still need help at this position no matter who they sign. Maybe the problem is Joe Flacco?

21. Dallas,  Chris Faulk, OT, LSU

22. NY Giants, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Watch as Eifert potentially becomes the go-to guy for the ND offense. Coach Brian Kelly talked about Eifert’s versatility, and what he brings to the table.

“He’s a guy that has to replace the production loss of Michael Floyd,” Kelly told the media following the Blue-Gold game.

“To do that, we have to be able to get him into some favorable positions.  Obviously, he’s not going to lock down just at the tight end position.  He’s a guy that can play at both a wide receiver.  Heck, he could play running back if we need him to.  He’s an incredible athlete and a versatile player, so we’ll take advantage of that skill.”

For more on Eifert go here

23. Philadelphia, Desmond Trufant CB, Washington

24. Houston Texans, Khaled Holmes OC, USC

25. Detroit Lions, T.J. McDonald S, USC

26. Chicago Bears, DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama

27. Atlanta, Tom Wort ILB, Oklahoma

28. Denver, Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

29. San Francisco, Barrett Jones, G/C, Alabama

30. Pittsburgh, Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia

31. Green Bay Packers, Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

32. New England Patriots, Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

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