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Mock Draft Colchester Gladiators (UK) Style


In the NFL, April means one thing – the draft. The excitement around the country as the 32 NFL teams select the cream of the college talent in the hope of finding the missing piece or pieces that will drive them to the ultimate prize of a Super Bowl trophy.

In the UK however, April is the start of the British American Football season with teams across our shores preparing for action. Some players of the Colchester Gladiators took time out to conduct their own mock draft, less than a week before the actual ceremony.

I was given the responsibility of drafting for the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and Houston Texans along with my beloved Redskins. Tell me what you think of our (and my) efforts.

Round 1:

1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joekel                  OT
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Eric Fisher OT
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT
4 Philadelphia Eagles       Dion Jordan DE
5 Detroit Lions Lane Johnson OT
6 Cleveland Browns        Dee Milliner CB
7 Arizona Cardinals Geno Smith QB
(With universal target Lane Johnson already gone, I decided to go for the Cards’ other pressing need, a franchise quarterback to take over from stop-gap Carson Palmer. I was confident that a good, starting quality tackle would still be available by pick 38)
8 Buffalo Bills EJ Manuel QB
9 St. Louis Rams (from New York Jets) Tavon Austin WR
10 Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack OG
11 San Diego Chargers Jarvis Jones OLB
12 Miami Dolphins            Xavier Rhodes  CB
(Wanted to fill one of the holes on defence so selected the highest rated CB still on the boards)
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DJ Hayden CB
14 Carolina Panthers Star Lotulelei DT
15 New Orleans Saints Barkevious Mingo DE
16 New York Jets (from St. Louis Rams) Ziggy Ansah DE
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarelle Patterson WR
18 Dallas Cowboys Kenny Vaccaro SS
19 New York Giants Arthur Brown ILB
(Desperate for LB help so went for the highly rated Brown)
20 Chicago Bears Alec Ogletree ILB
21 Cincinnati Bengals Eddie Lacy       RB
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathon Cooper OG
23 Minnesota Vikings Sheldon Richardson DT
24 Indianapolis Colts Bjoern Werner DE
25 Minnesota Vikings Keenan Allen WR
26 Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert TE
27 Houston Texans            DeAndre Hopkins WR
(No brainer to get a receiver to play opposite Johnson. With good size, the best WR still available)
28 Denver Broncos Cornellius Carradine DE
29 New England Patriots DJ Fluker OT
30 Atlanta Falcons Damontre Moore DE
31 San Francisco 49ers John Cyprien FS
32 Baltimore Ravens Manti Te’o ILB


This year we also ventured into round two, mainly because the Redskins don’t pick until pick #51. The results, including the Redskins pick, will be posted tomorrow.

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