The New York Giants dropped their 3rd straight Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts. And as a result of their drop in the Power Rankings, they rose in our Power Mock order -- though not as much as some might think.
Once again our draft order is based on the aggregate Power Rankings from Real Clear Sports.
Invictus wasn't able to pitch in on a rotating mock this week, so these selections are all mine.
And finally, before we get to the mock drafting, I'd like to remind everyone that since this is a lens to look at the state of the league, Buffalo has their 1st round pick.
1) Oakland Raiders (LW: 1 - Randy Gregory)
Leonard Williams (DL, USC) - The Raiders go defense again this week. They need help all over their front 7, and as it so happens, Williams can play in any defensive front.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 2 - Leonard Williams)
Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford) - How the top 3 offensive tackles grade out will likely shake out after the season. But Bortles is getting beat up behind the Jags' line as it stands now. Peat is a well rounded tackle who can step in on either side.
3) New York Jets (LW: 4 - Jameis Winston)
Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) - Will Idzik stay with "His Guy", Geno Smith? No clue. Will Idzik be employed by the Jets when the 2015 draft rolls around? Again: No clue. But, they need (a lot of) help at QB, and Mariota is the best in the draft.
4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 3 - Marcus Mariota)
Jameis Winston (QB, FSU) - The Buccs were probably hoping that the Jets would be the Jets and go for the splashy player in Winston and let Mariota fall to them. But, the FSU star is certainly talented, and he could help the typically anemic attendance all Florida professional teams (other than the Heat) suffer from.
5) Tennessee Titans (LW: 5 - Shane Ray)
Randy Gregory (OLB, Nebraska) - I was tempted to go for a QB here. The Titans need one. But, they need an outside linebacker almost as much, and Gregory has Aldon Smith, or Von Miller potential.
6) Atlanta Falcons (LW: 7 - Vic Beasley)
Shane Ray (OLB, Mizzou) - Another mock draft, another pass rusher for Hotlanta. Their defense has a grand total of 7 sacks through the first 9 weeks of the season. Need I say more?
7) Washington Redskins (LW: 9 - Brandon Scherff)
Landon Collins (S, Alabama) - I'm higher on Prewitt than Collins (I'm generally skeptical of Alabama prospects), but 'Bama players get drafted high, particularly their DB's the last couple years. Washington needs a lot on defense and Collins would certainly be an upgrade to their secondary.
8) Carolina Panthers (LW: 11 - Cody Prewitt)
Shawn Oakman (DE, Baylor) - That Panthers defense just isn't the same without Greg Hardy applying pressure off the edge. Oakman is still unpolished, and learning the finer points of playing defensive end, but his ceiling is virtually unlimited.
9) Chicago Bears (LW: 10 - Shawn Oakman)
Shaq Thompson (OLB, Washington) - The Bears defense is a sad shadow of a shell of its former self. They are a defense that thrives on turnovers and Thompson is a dynamic LB/S hybrid who creates them at an impressive clip
10) St. Louis Rams (LW: 6 - Amari Cooper)
Shane Carden (QB, East Carolina) - Carden is still a bit under the radar as a prospect, but he is a talented passer, who has ECU 3rd in the nation in passing yards. Sam Bradford is injury prone and a free agent in 2016. The Rams would do well to secure a successor now.
11) New York Giants (LW: 12 - La'El Collins)
Kevin White (WR, West Virginia) - Injuries have devastated the Giants' depth chart. They are to the point where they are starting their 5th receiver, 5th and 6th cornerbacks, and 3rd string running back, 3rd and 5th guards... Their needs can be summed up in one sentence: "The Giants need a Playmaker". Somewhere, anywhere.
Other than Mariota, Kevin White is the foremost offensive playmaker in the draft. He isn't nearly as technically polished as Odell Beckham was coming out, but his physical skills are every bit as intriguing. He has quick feet, great long speed, and prototypical size to create separation. Also, he uses his athleticism, body control and strong hands to attack the ball and out-muscle defenders in tight coverage.
The Giants need a weapon other than Beckham to open their offense up. Victor Cruz's return is no sure thing, Jerrell Jernigan is a free agent, and Rueben Randle has been disappointing when thrust into the spotlight. White gives them everything they need (at least at receiver).
12) Minnesota Vikings (LW: 8 - Devin Funchess)
Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) - Right now Greg Jennings leads the Vikings in catches and that needs to change. Patterson is a playmaker, but Cooper gives Bridgewater a young, athletic target who has great hands and route running.
13) Houston Texans (LW: 13 - Kevin White)
Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) - Is Ryan Mallett the Texans' answer at QB? We'll get our first look this weekend. Until then, the Texans need help in their defensive secondary, to keep the ball in QB's hands until JJ Watt (and maybe, eventually, Clowney) can get there.
14) Cleveland Browns (LW: 14 - Andrus Peat)
Benardrick McKinney (LB, Miss. St) - The Browns have a need on the OL and at inside linebacker. In the "real" draft they would have Buffalo's pick as well, but here I can only address one. The coin I flipped said to take a linebacker here, and McKinney brings value and versatility.
15) San Francisco 49'ers (LW: 22 - Sammie Coates)
PJ Williams (CB, FSU) - The 9ers' biggest need is in their secondary, and Williams addresses that. Their other need is a receiver, but this week they're going in a different direction.
16) San Diego Chargers (LW: 25 - Jaelen Strong)
Cedric Ogbuehi - The Chargers find a bookend for DJ Fluker. Ogbuehi hasn't played well of late, but he is the physical prototype of what the NFL is looking for in left tackle.
17) New Orleans Saints (LW: 15 - Shaq Thompson)
Dante Fowler Jr. (DE/OLB, Florida) - The Gators line Fowler up all over their defensive front. He attacks the offense from both DE spots, the interior as a DT, and even as an outside linebacker. That is exactly the kind of talent and versatility Rob Ryan's defense needs.
18) Buffalo Bills (LW: 17 - Todd Gurley)
La'El Collins (OL, LSU) - The Bills get a steal here in Collins. Last week he was the Giants' pick at 12 because of his combination of power, athleticism, and bloodyminded nastiness. He could likely start at OT or OG for them.
19) Baltimore Ravens (LW: 21 - Melvin Gordon)
Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa) - The run on tackles continues with Baltimore. Any one of the top 3-4 tackles could go at the top of the round, but this week is Scherff's turn to fall. He reminds me a bit of Jason Peters: A road-grading tackle, but with good enough feet to stick on the blind side.
20) Miami Dolphins (LW: 16 - Landon Collins)
Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia) - I very well could go with Cody Prewitt here, and positionally, it makes sense. But Todd Gurley is probably one of the top 5 talents in this draft.
21) Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 19 - Doral Green-Beckham)
Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin) - What the Bengals really need is for Hans & Franz to show up and pump *clap* Andy Dalton up. But, as far as the Power Mock is concerned, they get a running-mate for Gio Bernard (who was out against the Browns).
22) Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 20 - Marcus Peters)
Cody Prewitt (FS, Ole Miss) - A good safety is hard to find. Kansas City could really use an upgrade at FS, and the best one in the draft falls into their lap. Andy Reid would probably prefer a lineman of some description, but the need and value are too strong to ignore.
23) Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 19 - Trae Waynes)
Michael Bennett (DL, Ohio St.) - The Steelers' are getting otherworldly play from Big Ben and their offense. That and some newly rediscovered aggressiveness are hiding warts on their defense. Bennett fits the Steelers draft mold: A front 7 player from Ohio St. He should fit right in.
24) Seattle Seahawks (LW: 26 - Dante Fowler Jr.)
Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona St) - Since losing Golden Tate, the Seahawks' offense has lost some pop, which was only magnified after the trade of Percy Harvin. Strong brings the size, strength, and catch radius that Baldwin and Kearse lack.
25) Green Bay Packers (LW: 24 - Cedric Ogbuehi)
Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) - The Packers seem to need defensive help every year, even when they're drafting for defense. Shelton is a massive DT in the John Hankins mold, who can be a force in run defense as well as a surprisingly effective pass rusher.
26) Dallas Cowboys (LW: 28 - Benardrick McKinney)
Marcus Peters (CB) - Even after investing money and moving up in the draft, the Cowboys' secondary is anemic at best. Marcus Peters is one of the best cover corners in the country. He was surprisingly dismissed from Washington's football program after repeated insubordination, so he'll likely fit right in down in Dallas.
27) Indianapolis Colts (LW: 23 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu)
Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) - This is a major fall for Beasley. He is one of the 2 or 3 best speed rushers in the draft, but that's about all he does. Also, he could get tagged with the dreaded "Tweener" label if he shows up to the combine much over 240 pounds. But, for a Colts team without much of a pass rush, they'll take him and run.
28) Detroit Lions (LW: 27 - Danny Shelton)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB, Oregon) - Once again, Ifo falls due to a size concerns among scouts, but the Lions can't afford to let a talented corner pass them bye. Again.
29) Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 29 - PJ Williams)
Spencer Drango (OL, Baylor) - The Eagles biggest needs are in their defensive secondary, but with the top prospects off the board, there aren't any that make sense, even with Chip Kelly's habit of reaching for athleticism. Guard Todd Herremans was placed on the IR this week with a torn biceps, and could be released after the season is over.
30) Denver Broncos (LW: 32 - Eric Kendricks)
AJ Cann (G, South Carolina) - The Broncos can't run the ball, and they need some help in the middle of their OL. Enter the big guard from South Carolina. Cann is a road grader in the middle of the Gamecock's offensive line, and he could help make Monte Ball the type of back he was at Wisconsin.
31) Arizona Cardinals (LW: 31 - Alvin Dupree)
Eric Kendricks (ILB, UCLA) - Kendricks is an undersized, but very active inside linebacker. Larry Foote is pretty ancient, and Kendricks could be a terror in Todd Bowles hyper-active defense. Especially if paired with Daryl Washington.
32) New England Patriots (LW: 30 - Mike Davis)
Devin Funchess (WR/TE, Michigan) - NFL teams might not know what to make of Funchess, so he falls here. But, the prospect of pairing Brady, Gronk, and Funchess is terrifying... Darth Hoodie finds your fear delicious.
There you have it, the latest edition of the Big Blue View Power Mock. As always, use the comments section to air your thoughts on the Mock, college prospects, and today's college games.
Games -- And Prospects -- To Watch
Baylor at Oklahoma (12:00, Fox Sports 1)
Prospects: Shawn Oakman (DE, Baylor), Spencer Drango (OT, Baylor), Geneo Grissom (OLB, Oklahoma)
Georgia at Kentucky (12:00, ESPN)
Prospects: Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia), Ramik Wilson (ILB, Georgia), Alvin Dupree (DE, Kentucky), Za'Darius Smith (DE, Kentucky), AJ Stamps (FS, Kentucky),
Notre Dame at Arizona St. (3:30, ABC)
Prospects: Cody Riggs (CB, Notre Dame), Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona St.)
Alabama at LSU (8:00, CBS)
Prospects: Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama), Landon Collins (S, Alabama), TJ Yeldon (RB, Alabama), Arie Kouandjio (G, Alabama), La'El Collins (OT, LSU), Jalen Mills (FS, LSU)
Ohio St. at Michigan St. (8:00, ABC)
Prospects: Michael Bennett (DT, Ohio St.), Joshua Perry (LB, Ohio St.) Jeff Heuerman (TE, Ohio St), Shilique Calhoun (DE, Michigan St.), Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.), Kurtis Drummond (FS, Michigan St.)