Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Week 6 Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Jarvis Jones (OLB/Georgia)

The Browns are a mess, but I see a lot of potential with Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson.  Weeden's two interceptions were costly, but a team is expected to go through growing pains when they start a rookie quarterback, even if he is 28.

What looked awful, however, was just about every aspect of the Browns defense.  Ahmad Bradshaw played angry after an early fumble and wound up running for 200 yards.  Hell, David Wilson, who is perpetually in Tom Coughlin's doghouse, ran fro 44 yards and a touchdown on only two carries.

More importantly, however, is that Cleveland failed to provide and pressure on Eli Manning, allowing him to bring back the Giants from an early 14-point deficit.

Jones was still a factor in the loss to South Carolina, registering another sack to go along with four tackles.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12) - Geno Smith (QB/West Virginia)

Another week, another abysmal start from Blaine Gabbert, but hey, he threw two touchdowns this week, albeit to the other team.

Smith, on the other hand, had what was arguably his biggest win of the season last week, winning a shootout against Texas.  Smith tossed another four touchdowns and is yet to throw an interception this season.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (6-10) - Matt Barkley (QB/USC)

You know your quarterback situation is bad when the fans are celebrating Brady Quinn entering a game.  Kansas City needs to get rid of Matt Cassel ASAP.

4. Indianapolis Colts (6-10) - Barkevious Mingo (DE/LSU)

Indianapolis will need to take the best player available and in this situation it is Mingo.  Getting a young defensive end can help elongate Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis' careers by keeping them fresh and rotating.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) - Dee Milliner (CB/Alabama)

Probably the most surprising thing about Tampa Bay this year is how well they have been against the run.  Unfortunately, they are also the worst team in the league against the pass.  Ronde Barber is at the end of his career and Tampa will need to replace him.

6. Oakland Raiders (6-10) - Jonathan Hankins (DT/Ohio State)

Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards allowed.  You know the run defense has a problem when Reggie Bush is able to amass 172 yards on the ground.

7. Minnesota Vikings (6-10) - Star Lotulelei (DT/Utah)

Kevin Williams will be a will be a 32-year-old free agent in the offseason.  Even if he does return, it is time to bring in a younger model.  The Vikings were at their best when they had a veteran and a young stud at defensive tackle with Kevin and Pat Williams, why not try to let it happen again?

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9) - David Amerson (CB/NC State)

Pittsburgh's defense is starting to get old and battered.  Along with this, Ike Taylor is due a hefty salary next season, which could make him a cap casualty.

9. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Sam Montgomery (DE/LSU)

The Dolphins need to add more to their pass rush.  Cameron Wake has been a stud in Miami, but in order to knock off Tom Brady, they will need more than just him.

10. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Luke Joeckel (OT/Texas A&M) 

St. Louis allowed just one sack against the Cardinals last week, but it's not like their issues with protecting Sam Bradford suddenly disappeared.  Bradford did release the ball much better this week and protection was better, but the Rams will look into bringing a new left tackle in the offseason.

Joeckel has started at left tackle since his freshman season at Texas A&M.

11. Detroit Lions (7-9) - Eric Reid (S/LSU)

Detroit's secondary has been as bad as advertised so far in the season.  The Lions and Oakland are the only teams in the league who have not forced an interception this year.

12. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - Logan Thomas (QB/Virginia Tech)

The enigma that is Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to torment Buffalo and their fans.  The Bills have talent all across their roster, but if they want to take the next step and make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the will need to move on from Fitzpatrick.

13. Denver Broncos (7-9) - Kawann Short (DT/Purdue)

Denver is in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards allowed due to a combination of a lack of bulk on the interior defensive line and the loss of D.J. Williams at MLB.  At some point this year, the Broncos will get back Williams, unless of course he decides to give Roger Goodell more animal urine, which by the way, I really want to know not only what animal it was, but how did he get it and how did he dupe the drug testing agency?

14.  St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Robert Woods (WR/USC)

Danny Amendola is now out for a significant period of time and Sam Bradford is yet again stuck without a top receiver.  Even is Amendola was healthy, he should not be the team's top target.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

Andy Dalton was sacked three more times last week against Miami.  If the Bengals want to keep winning, the need to protect their quarterback.

16. Arizona Cardinals (7-9) - DJ Fluker (OT/Alabama)

No team has allowed more sacks in the NFL than Arizona.  In fact, no team has allowed their quarterback to be sacked more often since 2010 since Arizona.  In 2009, their last playoff appearance, they allowed just 26 sacks all year.  In every season since then, they have allowed 50 or more and are on pace to allow 74 this year.

17. New Orleans Saints (8-8) - Jackson Jeffcoat (DE/Texas)

New Orleans need to add more to their pass rush, especially in a division filled with young, talented quarterbacks.  Hard to believe that Will Smith will turn 32 in the offseason.

18. Seattle Seahawks (8-8) - Justin Hunter (WR/Tennessee)

After throwing that now infamous game winning interception, Russell Wilson has seriously regressed, throwing for just 381 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions in his past two games.  One of the reasons why he is struggling is because he has nobody to throw to.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) - Xavier Rhodes (CB/Florida State)

 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is in his contract year and Nnamdi Asomugha will be 32 and owed $15 million next year.  There is a chance that neither player will return in 2013.

20. Carolina Panthers (9-7) - Chance Warmack (G/Alabama)

Remember at the beginning of the year when every analyst said Carolina had the best running game in the NFL? Carolina has the talent in the backfield, but their offensive line is killing them.  The Panthers need help at bot guard and tackle, so the team will need to take the best player available at either position.

21. Dallas Cowboys (9-7) - Barrett Jones (C/Alabama)

Dallas needs help in their interior offensive line.  Jones is a versatile lineman who can play four of the five positions across the line.

22. New York Jets (9-7) - Marcus Lattimore (RB/South Carolina)

One of the biggest problems in New York is that the team does not have the personnel for the ground and pound approach that Rex Ryan wants.  Shonn Greene's 2.8 yards per carry is garbage and it causes the team to rely on Mark Sanchez winning games with his arm.  Lattimore has scored in every game this season and has ran for 100 yards in back-to-back games.

23. Tennessee Titans (9-7) - Jonathan Banks (CB/Mississippi State)

Tennessee's defense has looked terrible so far this year.  Teams have been able to pass the ball all over them.  Cortland Finnegan was never replaced and needs to be.

24. Green Bay Packers (9-7) - Tyler Eifert (TE/Notre Dame)

Jermichael Finley has made Green Bay regret using their franchise tag on him.  There is a good chance they will move on from him and look elsewhere for a check down option in 2013.

25. San Diego Chargers (9-7) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

San Diego was marching up the field to take the game back against New Orleans until their anemic offensive line ruined nearly every opportunity.  San Diego was flagged for holding twice before the line allowed Phillip Rivers to be sacked, which caused the game-deciding turnover.

26. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Manti Te'o (LB/Notre Dame)

Brian Urlacher turns 35 next may.  Chicago has had a great run with him patrolling the middle, but the team will need to groom the heir in the near future. 

27. New York Giants (10-6) - TJ McDonald (S/USC)

The Giants depleted secondary gave up a lot of big plays to Cleveland before their offense was able to bounce back and help them settle down.  Regardless, the Giants are thin in the secondary and many of their starters are injured often.  New York needs depth at cornerback.

28. New England Patriots (10-6) - Jonathan Jenkins (DT/Georgia)

Bill Belichick has always been a big fan of having a mammoth nose tackle in his defense.  Vince Wilfork is aging and will soon need to be a rotational player to stay effective.

29. Atlanta Falcons (12-4) - Le'Veon Bell (RB/Michigan State)

Michael Turner will be 31 next season and has already seen a decrease in carries this season.  Atlanta needs to bring in a new back to take over.

30. Houston Texans (12-4) - Keenan Allen (WR/California)

Andre Johnson can't stay healthy and Houston does not have many other options at wide receiver.  Houston will need to bring in another receiver soon.

31. San Francisco 49ers (12-4) - Alex Okafor (DE/Texas)

San Francisco has pummeled teams on both sides of the field in the past two weeks, but the team does have one weakness: they are thin at pass rush depth. The teams does not have much else to provide behind Aldon and Justin Smith.

32. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) - Bjoern Werner (DE/Florida State)

Baltimore has mustered just nine sacks so far this year without Terrell Suggs.  Even when he does return, it is obvious that the need to add more to the pass rush.

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