The real draft is almost here, so it's time to cut the mock crap and get to the next mock pick. Mock Roger Goodell takes the podium and announces the latest pick:
"With the 21st pick in the 2012 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select..."
"...Mark Barron, safety from Alabama."
I was a little surprised at this result, especially since we collectively picked a cornerback with the Bengals' first pick of the round just four picks ago. But they do need help at safety as well, so it isn't too crazy to think that the Bengals could go secondary for both of their first round picks. Here's how the draft has broken down thus far:
- Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
- Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
- Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil, OT USC
- Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
- St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
- Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
- Carolina Panthers - Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
- Buffalo Bills - Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
- Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro, OG Stanford
- Seattle Seahawks - Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College
- Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
- Dallas Cowboys - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
- Philadelphia Eagles - Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State
- New York Jets - Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
- Cincinnati Bengals - Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina
- San Diego Chargers - Courtney Upshaw, OLB/DE Alabama
- Chicago Bears - Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
- Tennessee Titans - Dontari Poe DT Memphis
- Cincinnati Bengals - Mark Barron, SS Alabama
Up next is another AFC North team from Ohio picking for the second time in the first round: the Cleveland Browns. We already chose a top-flight running back with the #4 pick, but there are still plenty of needs in Cleveland. Join us after the jump to break down their options.
The Browns opted out on the quarterback sweepstakes early in the first round, but many Cleveland fans still maintain that Colt McCoy isn't the answer. With Luck, RGIII, and Tannehill all out of the picture, there's only one QB left to even consider using a first round draft pick on: Brandon Weeden. No quarterback in the draft has been more polarizing: he had great results on the field at Oklahoma State, but he's also very old for a college player (he'll turn 29 this season). Other critics believe that his numbers were inflated by OSU's high-powered spread attack. It may be a stretch to pick Weeden in the first round, but if the Browns like him he may not be around by the time they pick again.
Cleveland still needs a lot of help at the wide receiver position as well. Quick--name a Browns wide receiver that was drafted in your fantasy league last year. See? With names like Kendall Wright, Stephen Hill, and Alshon Jeffery still on the board for this draft, it would make a lot of sense for Cleveland to bolster their passing attack here.
But if the Browns think McCoy still might be the answer, they'll definitely need to protect him better. They struggled mightily at right tackle last year, and someone like Mike Adams or Bobby Massie might help give McCoy more time.
Or maybe since the Browns already had a pick in the first round, they could simply choose the best player available. Michael Brockers and Dont'a Hightower would be considered value picks for just about any team at this point in the draft.
Once again, the choice is up to you, the readers. Check out the draft profile videos below and vote in the poll.