I did my first mock draft for SBNation.com, and it should surprise no one that my mock is just a tad on the WTF ARE YOU THINKING side of things.
2. St. Louis Rams, Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Most mocks have St. Louis trading this pick, and perhaps that is the smart thing to do. For the sake of being different, I'll be the one who says the Rams don't trade, and the reason is that they love Justin Blackmon. While the conventional wisdom is the Rams need O-line help, they do still have Rodger Saffold (who struggled with injuries in 2011 after a very impressive rookie season in 2010) and Harvey Dahl, whom Pro Football Focus rated as the best blocking tackle in football. QBs like Sam Bradford need big play wide receivers just as much as they need offensive linemen. Maybe more so.
3. Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III, Baylor (projected trade with Minnesota)
The Redskins might have let the cat out of the bag by spilling their plans to sign Peyton Manning. Personally, I don't think Manning views Washington, playing his brother twice a year, as that attractive of a destination. Thus, the Redskins trade draft picks to take RG3. Griffin is perfect for the Shanahan bootleg offense. The Vikings get Washington's first- and second-rounders this year, plus multiple picks next year.
4. Cleveland Browns, Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Cleveland opts to stay put at No. 4, and they still manage to draft a quarterback that could lead them to a brighter future. Tannehill in the top five probably has many of you scratching your heads, but after watching teams reach for Christian Ponder and Jake Locker last year, the importance of a quarterback with any kind of upside cannot be overestimated in the modern NFL. This is especially true in Cleveland, where the QB situation is a joke. Tannehill is a rhythm passer who is good at throwing intermediate routes, which is ideal for Cleveland's West Coast offense. He's already the consensus third-best quarterback in the draft, and you are fooling yourself if you think he's going to still be on the board at pick No. 22. Again, before Browns fans crucify me with this selection, please note that nobody had Ponder and Locker going top 15 in last year's draft. Conventional wisdom is that Cleveland will take Trent Richardson here if they don't trade, and maybe that's the smart play. But I think Mike Holmgren absolutely cannot leave the 2012 draft without a franchise QB.
Please take the time to look at the entire first round mock and to offer your comments. Matt Grecco and Dan Kadar assisted me with it, but don't blame them. They tried to talk me out of some of the more insane selections.