With the NFL combine complete, we are going to do our third mock draft of the offseason. We will periodically do mock drafts leading up to the April draft after major events:
Here goes our third take:
2. Denver, DE, Da’Quan Bowers, Auburn: Denver will have a lot of choices, perhaps including LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is the new No. 1 player on Mel Kiper’s big board. At this point, there are indications that Denver is leaning toward taking a defensive lineman. I think Denver is really interested in Bowers and think he could make a huge impact its defense.
Previous pick: Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley
18. San Diego, DE, Cameron Jordan, California: Jordan would be a great fit for the Chargers. He had a terrific combine and he is a high-character person. He will be popular. The Chargers will have to hope he is available. Jacksonville, at No. 16, and New England, at No. 17, could take Jordan. Getting him could require jumping up to No. 15.
Previous pick: Jordan
21. Kansas City, LB Justin Houston, Georgia: There are a lot of pass rushers available this year and the Chiefs should get a fine player to team with Tamba Hali. Houston is a good player who could be a good value pick here. He is rising up the draft board. This would be a quality choice by the Chiefs.
Previous pick: Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
48. Oakland, Stefen Wisniewski, OL, Penn State: I’ve had Wisniewski at the spot in all three mocks. I’m not moving now. His uncle, former Raiders great offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski, is now on Oakland’s staff. Oakland coach Hue Jackson lauded Stefen Wisniewski at the combine and the offensive lineman said it would be “awesome” to be taken by the Raiders. Oakland could take a falling quarterback or someone like Syracuse center Ryan Bartholomew, who was a combine workout star. But we’re sticking with Wiz II for now.
Previous pick: Wisniewski