Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Week 7 Mock Draft

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

Cleveland finally won their first game of the season and the Browns recorded two sacks in the process, but much of that has to do with the Bengals failing to protect Andy Dalton.

Georgia had off last week, but Jones has been on a tear this season, recording a sack in all but one game.

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


West Virginia finally fell and while Smith did not have a great game, he wasn't terrible either.  He is still yet to throw an interception this year.

If Jacksonville is picking this low, it is doubtful that Blaine Gabbert will return for the third year.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-11) - Tyler Wilson (QB/Arkansas)

Kansas City has looked horrible all season.  Matt Cassel has proven that he can't be enough of a game manager to carry the team any longer.

Wilson has clearly recovered from the concussion he suffered earlier in the season and I doubt teams will be as wary and I initially projected.  Matt Barkley has continued to struggle and has dropped again at the quarterback rankings.

4. Oakland Raiders (5-11) - Johnathan Hankins (DT/Ohio State)

Oakland's run defense looked stout against Atlanta, which was one of the reasons why they almost pulled off the upset.  Regardless, their pass rush was still ineffective, which helped Atlanta win the game.

Hankins is great against both the run and the pass and has looked unstoppable at times this year.

5. Minnesota Vikings (5-11) - Barkevious Mingo (DE/LSU)

Minnesota's defense was looking very good all season until Robert Griffin III put them in their place.  The Viking's defensive line is aging.  Jared Allen will be 31 next year and Kevin Williams will be a 32-year-old free agent in the spring.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-10) - DeMarcus Milliner (CB/Alabama)

The Steelers once elite defense is getting old and battered.  The team will need to take the best defensive player available Ike Taylor committed a pair of penalties against Tennessee last Thursday and it is doubtful that the Steelers will want to pay his high salary next season.

7. Indianapolis Colts (6-10) - Sam Montgomery (DE/LSU)

Robert Mathis is out for a few weeks with a knee injury and both him and Dwight Freeney aren't getting any younger.  Adding a young defensive end to rotate will be a necessity.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) - David Amerson (CB/NC State)

Aqib Talib just can't stay out of trouble.  On top of this, Ronde Barber is at the end of his career.  The Buccaneers need to address their secondary again this offseason and bring in new talent.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) - Luke Joeckel (OT/Texas A&M)

Jason Peters is out for the year with an Achilles injury.  Demetress Bell has played horribly at left tackle and King Dunlap hasn't looked much better.  Is Peters isn't on pace to recover, the team may look for a new left tackle.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) - Eric Reid (S/LSU)

The Bengals need a tackle, but unless Joeckel is available here, they will look elsewhere.  Cincinnati's secondary, their safeties in particular, are an abomination and need to be upgraded.

11. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - Matt Barkley (QB/USC)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven that he cannot be relied upon to lead a team.  Ralph Wilson is getting desperate to see his team win the Super Bowl, so he may pull the trigger is Barkley is available.

12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Robert Woods (WR/USC)

Ryan Tannehill has looked impressive so far this season with a weak group of receivers.  The Dolphins will be looking to give him more weapons next season.

13. Arizona Cardinals (7-9) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

Arizona has surrendered a league-high 28 sacks this season, including five last week against Buffalo.  Regardless of who is throwing the ball in Arizona, the team will not be successful if they can't stay off their back.

14. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Justin Hunter (WR/Tennessee)

 It is no secret that the Rams need help at receiver.  Sam Bradford lost his top receiver, Danny Amendola, for six weeks and even before that he should not have been the top target on the team.

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

New Orleans only has 11 sacks to show for the first five games of the year.  On top of this, their top pass rusher, Will Smith, will be a 32-year-old free agent in the spring.  The Saints need to improve their pass rush in a division that features Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Josh Freeman.

16. Detroit Lions (8-8) - Xavier Rhodes (CB/Florida State)

The way to beat Detroit right now is through the air.  At the moment, Detroit's secondary is mediocre at best and there is no way that head coach Jim Schwartz, a former defensive coordinator, can be satisfied with this.

17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Chance Warmack (G/Alabama)

The Cowboys running attack had a coming out party this week against Baltimore, but it doesn't mean that the team is necessarily satisfied with their interior offensive line.

18. Denver Broncos (8-8) - Kawann Short (DT/Purdue)

Peyton Manning proved last night that Denver is not a team to count out.  On top of this, Denver's defense abused Phillip Rivers in the second half, forcing him to throw four interceptions to go along with four sacks.

Short is the best player available who makes the most sense for Denver.  He has the ability to not only get to the passer, but he is an effect run-stopper as well and has the ability to swat the ball on passing plays from the line.

19. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - DJ Fluker (OT/Alabama)

Another need for the Rams is an offensive tackle.  Jason Smith was shown the door before the season started and Roger Saffold is not fit to be a left tackle in the NFL.  The Rams have allowed the third most sacks this season.

20. Carolina Panthers (9-7) - Star Lotulelei (DT/Utah)

Carolina needs help at defensive tackle.  Currently, the Panthers have the 23rd ranked rush defense in the NFL.  Lotulelei slips in the draft due to inconsistency issues, but he could be a steal at this spot.

21. Seattle Seahawks (9-7) - Keenan Allen (WR/California)

Seattle needs to improve their wide receiver corps if they expect to make a deep playoff run.  Their defense is there and Marshawn Lynch is a serviceable running back, but Russell Wilson cannot succeed if Golden Tate is his primary option.

22. New York Jets (9-7) - Bjoern Werner (DE/Florida State)

The New York Jets pass rush has been gone for two seasons after teams firgured out Rex Ryan's blitz scheme.  If Ryan wants his defense to work again, he will need someone on the defensive line who will draw fear into opponents.

23. Tennessee Titans (10-6) - Barrett Jones (C/Alabama)

Jones is the best player available and makes a lot of sense for Tennessee.  Jones is a versatile player who can play all across the offensive line and would be a good fit for the interior line that the Titans desperately need help at.

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

Brian Urlacher has pretty much been the face of the Bears franchise since being drafted in 2000, but he will be 35 next season and he has lost a step.  The team will need to bring in a young replacement to spell Urlacher during his final years.

25. San Diego Chargers (9-7) - Jonathan Banks (CB/Mississippi State)

San Diego has two huge needs at the moment: offensive line and the secondary.  Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason are both entering free agency at the end of the season.  Jammer will turn 34 during the offseason.

26. Green Bay Packers (10-6) - Marcus Lattimore (RB/South Carolina)

Cedric Benson is now on injured reserve and even before he left Green Bay's rushing offense was struggling.

27. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - Alec Ogletree (LB/Georgia)

Ray Lewis is out for the season and he will be 38 next season when he returns.  Baltimore needs to bring in someone soon who can learn from Lewis before he retires.

28. New York Giants (10-6) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

New York did a great job of protecting Eli Manning in the Giants win over San Francisco, but the line is getting older and younger talent needs to be brought in.

29. New England Patriots (9-7) - Jonathan Jenkins (DT/Georgia)

Vince Wilfork will turn 31 this month and needs to be spelled more often now than he used to.  Belichick has always been a fan of mammoth-sized defensive tackles and he will look to bring in another one soon to help alleviate Wilfork.

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

Michael Turner is a shell of his former self and will turn 31 during the offseason, which is around 62 in running back years.  Atlanta has had a hot start for the year, but if they want to take the next step, their running game needs to be improved.

31. San Francisco 49ers (11-5) - Alex Okafor (DE/Texas)

The game against New York showed that San Francisco needs more depth in their pass rush.  Okafor can help take pressure away from Justin and Aldon Smith.

32. Houston Texans (12-4) - Terrance Williams (WR/Baylor)

Andre Johnson is getting older and is not the player he once was.  Houston has needed a second wide receiver for many years and with Johnson turning 32 during the offseason, it has become a more pressing matter.  

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