How an actual Ultimate Mock Draft would go down

Stealing an idea from Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver here. We take a break from real draft analysis and make every player in the league available in the "Ultimate Mock Draft." But while Silver goes heavy on the quarterbacks, we're taking it to a whole new level. You can't win in this league without a good one, so we're giving signal callers to the first 20 teams on the draft board. The final 12 are just screwed. 

1. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Aaron Rodgers — Not even a debate; the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Andrew Luck — Yeah, already. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are too old. 

3. Oakland Raiders: QB Robert Griffin III — Yeah, already. Same rule applies.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: QB Cam Newton — One of the best rookie seasons in NFL history and about to break out. Built for Chip Kelly.

5. Detroit Lions: QB Tom Brady — I think Brady is worth the 10-year sacrifice from Matthew Stafford. 

6. Cleveland Browns: QB Peyton Manning — Unlike when he was a free agent, Manning doesn't have choice this time.

7. Arizona Cardinals: QB Drew Brees — Not-so-shiny 2012 campaign hurt his stock a bit. 

8. Buffalo Bills: QB Matt Ryan — Only 27 and coming off of the best year of his career. 

9. New York Jets: QB Ben Roethlisberger — Two-time Super Bowl champion has plenty of gas left in the tank.

10. Tennessee Titans: QB Russell Wilson — League's highest-rated quarterback during the second half of 2012.

11. San Diego Chargers: QB Eli Manning — And again, a Manning without a choice this time around. Unlike in the 2004 draft.

12. Miami Dolphins: QB Joe Flacco — Defending Super Bowl MVP. Dolphins upgrade on Ryan Tannehill.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Andy Dalton — Has the makeup of a franchise quarterback and better than Josh Freeman.

14. Carolina Panthers: QB Matthew Stafford — Needs to become more consistent, but he's only 25 years old.

15. New Orleans Saints: QB Tony Romo — A steal this late, but he's no spring chicken anymore.

16. St. Louis Rams: QB Sam Bradford — Plenty happy to get their young No. 1 overall pick back here. 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Philip Rivers — Another stud quarterback from that 2004 draft, but one who has struggled of late.

18. Dallas Cowboys: QB Matt Schaub — Consistently productive signal caller stays in the state of Texas.

19. New York Giants: QB Josh Freeman — Still a potentially bright future as a franchise quarterback. 

20. Chicago Bears: QB Jay Cutler — They get their starter back, which is lucky at this point. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals: DE J.J. Watt — They lose Andy Dalton but land the best non-quarterback in the league. 

22. Washington Redskins: OLB Von Miller — No RG3 but they add the best pure pass-rusher in the league.

23. Minnesota Vikings: RB Adrian Peterson — They land the only back worthy of the first round, and he's their own in real life too.

24. Indianapolis Colts: OLB Aldon Smith — Next best pass-rusher, please. 

25. Seattle Seahawks: WR Calvin Johnson — The most dominant receiver in the game, and it isn't even close.

26. Green Bay Packers: DT Geno Atkins — Best player available for Mike McCarthy. 

27. Houston Texans: WR Andre Johnson — Why not start rebuilding with your best player?

28. Denver Broncos: WR Larry Fitzgerald — Poor Fitz. No quarterback in Denver either.

29. New England Patriots: TE Rob Gronkowski — Most dominant tight end in the game back in Foxboro without Brady.

30. Atlanta Falcons: DE Jason Pierre-Paul — It's either him or their home-grown boy, Julio Jones.

31. San Francisco 49ers: QB Colin Kaepernick — They'll take him back as sort of a limbo quarterback.

32. Baltimore Ravens: LB Patrick Willis — Not a bad way to replace Ray Lewis. 

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.