Even with all the excitement going on around other sports, Jaime didn't forget to jot down her mock draft.
Before we get to my mock draft I’d just like to point out that there is not a single sport on the shelf right now. The NHL is into the first round of playoffs (congrats to the teams that have already made it through), the NBA playoffs are about to begin (congrats to the teams that have already clinched), baseball is back in full swing (congrats to all the teams back on the field) and the NFL is about to draft its next generation of players (congrats to every team not named the Saints).
Boy, are those guys in trouble. First the bounty program is uncovered, then they try to cover it up. Then they lose their coach, their GM and two draft picks and now they’ve been accused of recording opposing coaches pregame and halftime strategies in the locker room. Roger Goodell is going to penalize them back to the stone age. I don’t think the NFL has a NCAAesque ‘death penalty’ but this might be the year they get one. I guess what they say is true: the bigger you are, the harder you fall and the Saints are falling hard. As for the rest of the NFL, they're looking ahead to Thursday night and the draft. I am too. Without further ado, my mock draft: 1. QB Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts I think it’s pretty clear the Colts are taking Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. Why else would you trade one of the best QBs in the history of the game unless you planned to replace him immediately. It’s a no brainer. But Luck is going to have to win Colts fans over. They love Peyton. I mean if he had retired they’d probably have rolled out the red carpet and welcomed him with open arms but since Manning’s departure was so messy, Luck is going to have to prove himself with a winning season. 2. QB Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins I’m still wishing the Fins made a power move to trade up for Griffin but by the looks of things the Redskins are going to take him second overall. He’s probably the most physical QB on the board. He’s definitely the fastest and he gave Luck a good run for his money but I think being a little undersized hurt him. Either way, he should have been mine in Miami! 3. OT Matt Kalil – Minnesota Vikings It’s no secret that the Vikings are missing a lot of things but they can’t go wrong with a player of Kalil’s pedigree. His dad played college ball for Arizona and Arkansas before going onto the USFL and his brother was an All-American at USC and now plays center for the Panthers. He is their best bet with the third pick. 4. RB Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns The Browns are another team missing a whole bunch of things, but I think they will take a risk taking a running back early and go with Trent Richardson. It’s a risk because backs don’t always pan out at the NFL level and it’s tough to use such a high pick on a position that can have such a short career, but Richardson is definitely a three down back ready to play right now. 8. QB Ryan Tannenhill I know I skipped a few spots here but did you really think I was going to do a mock draft without talking about the Dolphins? First off, not trading for RG3 will haunt me like so many other draft day decisions have but I’d still be happy with Ryan Tannenhill at number eight. He won’t be a starter right away, but I’m ok with that. I’m past the point of wanting to win right now. I’d rather see the Fins make a smart move for the future (for once), let him develop behind Matt Moore and build a team around him for say…2015. Mark it on your calendars. 2015. Miami Dolphins. Super Bowl Champions.