TH mock draft: 16 – 20

Sorry Minnesota fans.

This mock was done before the Jared Allen-to-Minnesota trade happened this week. That pick at No. 17 means absolutely nothing now, but we shall post it anyway.

I guess I should send my apologies to the Kansas City Chiefs as well, who now are drafting in the 17 hole. We robbed you guys of a pick!

Nos. 1 – 15 of The Hazean’s second annual mock draft are in the books, hit the jump to see 16 – 20.

And since our math skills are sooooo fantastic, the last 11 picks of the first round will be coming your way tomorrow.

1.16
The Arizona Cardinals [Ryan from NFL NewsBreak] select Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois.

Edgerrin James rushed for 1,200+ yards last year, but he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry and combine that with the 3.4 yards per carry he posted in his first year in Arizona it adds up to a troubling situation for a team that is otherwise loaded on offense. On the other hand the Cardinals desperately need a cornerback but there should be enough depth that they should be able to find one in round two.

Let’s face it: Rashard Mendenhall is simply too good to pass up at this point in our draft. Whisenhunt should be in the market for another running back to help execute his power rushing attack.

With that said corners like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gone but Mike Jenkins and Aqib Talib still there I still think they will draw attention especially with Antrel Rolle moving to safety and that seems to be undoubtedly their most pressing need, but Mendenhall just looks too good here that they take him with this pick.

Mendenhall has continued to have his stock rise, and by the time late April comes around, he could easily end up going here. Ultimately it would come down to who the Cards feel would be the best fit for their team – Rashard Mendenhall, Felix Jones, or Jonathan Stewart if they do go for a running back.

1.17
The Minnesota Vikings [Marc from The Hazean] select Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
.

The Vikings have been trying all off-season missing out on free agents like Justin Smith. The Vikings weakness on defense is against the pass and an edge-rusher like Derrick Harvey from Florida will have an immediate impact. If the Vikings trade for Jared Allen they could look another direction.

1.18
The Houston Texans [Blaine from The Hazean] select Brandon Albert, OG, Virginia
.

At the number 18 pick, the Houston Texans are looking to upgrade their offense. More specifically, they need to upgrade their running game.

So with that being said, do they draft a runningback or upgrade the offensive line?

Two names stand out as viable options for the Texans: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon and Branden Albert, G, Virginia. While Stewart is the sexy pick, the Texans cannot pass on Albert as he will bring stability to an offense line that just did not get it done last year.

1.19
The Philadelphia Eagles [Inside the Iggles] select James Hardy, WR, Indiana
.

This would probably be a nightmare scenario for the Eagles. They are looking for an LT, and the 5 best prospects are all gone.

The Eagles would probably trade down if the draft unfolded like this, but if forced to choose they take James Hardy from Indiana.

James Hardy is a huge wide receiver that is a touch down machine. In 3 years at Indiana Hardy has scored 36 TDs, and racked up a lot of yards. He is terrific at moving the chains, and should become Donovan McNabb’s go to guy.

1.20
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers [Tampa Bay Sports Fanatic] select Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
.

With the way things fell I think this would be a no-brainer for the Bucs. The Bucs needed a CB, WR, and DL help. With Devin Thomas gone and Mike Jenkins still on the board the Bucs will take the CB here and grab a DL and WR later in the draft.

With the 20th Pick the Bucs Select Mike Jenkins CB USF.

Jenkins is a big tall corner with great speed. He is a home-town boy and the Bucs’ fans will go crazy when he is taken.

Washington Redskins are on the Clock!!!

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