Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Week 8 Mock Draft

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) - Geno Smith (QB/West Virginia)

Smith finally threw his first (and second) interception of the year last week and West Virginia was pounded for the second week in a row, but I am sticking with the West Virginia gunslinger until he puts up another bad performance.  There is a chance Jarvis Jones could go first overall, but with an entire new regime in Jacksonville along with how poorly Gabbert has been all season, a quarterback will be more likely if the Jaguars hold the top pick.

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

Cleveland spent last year addressing needs on offense.  This year, they have several needs on defense that they need to address.  It seems like the only thing slowing down Jones is himself.  Jones sprained his ankle and missed last week's game against Kentucky.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-11) - Matt Barkley (QB/USC)

With the Matt Cassel mercifully coming to an end, it is pretty much a guarantee that the Chiefs will look into bringing in a new signal caller this offseason.  Barkley had a bounce-back game against Colorado, completing 19 of 20 passes, six of which were touchdowns in just three quarters.

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

Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are getting older and if the Colts want to maximize their production, they will need to bring in another player who can rotate in with them.

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

Oakland's run defense looked stout against Jacksonville, but they were without Maurice Jones-Drew. The Raiders defensive line is aging and Tommy Kelly has been ineffective this season.

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

Ike Taylor is committing too many penalties this season and he is owed a hefty pay-raise next season.  He coudl easily become a cap casualty.

7. Arizona Cardinals (6-10) - Luke Joeckel (OT/Texas A&M)

Arizona surrendered another seven sacks this week and they are the only team in the league to allow more than 30 sacks this season (they have allowed 35.)

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

Kevin Williams will be a 32-year-old free agent this offseason.  Even if he does return, it is time for Minnesota to begin grooming his replacement.

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

Tampa Bay's secondary was again torched this week.  Ronde Barber is pretty much done and Aqib Talib is again suspended and Eric Wright has been awful, much like he was last year in Detroit.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

Michael Vick may cause a lot of turnovers, but it doesn't help that his offensive line offers very little in regards to protection.  Demtress Bell and King Dunlap have shared the let tackle spot and Jason Peters has had a set back in his recovery.

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

Cincinnati drafted Dre Kirkpatrick last April, but they need help at safety as well.  Taylor Mays was benched, but his replacement has not played much better.

12. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - Tyler Wilson (QB/Arkansas)

If Buffalo ends up with a losing record this season, Ralph Wilson will most likely want to get rid of Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Tyler Wilson has played well since coming back from a concussion.

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

Miami has nobody to rush the quarterback across form Cameron Wake.  This will need to be addressed in the offseason.

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

Sam Bradford really has nobody the throw to now that Danny Amendola is out.  Giving him more options in the passing game will be necessary.

15. New Orleans Saints (8-8) - Chance Warmack (G/Alabama)

The Saints are going to have several needs along the offensive line this offseason.  Jerome Bushrod is a free agent and Carl Nicks was never adequately replaces last summer.

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

Detroit's secondary leaves a lot to be desired.  If Detroit wants to contend, their offense will need to keep up with their defense.

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

St. Louis needs an offensive lineman just as badly as they need a receiver.  Bradford cannot be expected to be a premier quarterback if he is constantly being slammed to the turf.

18.   Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Barrett Jones (C/Alabama)

Dallas needs to bolster the interior offensive line in order to be more effective in the running game.  Jones is versatile enough to play anywhere on the offensive line.

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

Denver added Derek Wolfe with their top pick (a second rounder) last April, but Wolfe would be more beneficial playing from the outside.  Short is a stout defender who can eat up space on the inside and help prevent Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil being double teamed. 

20. Carolina Panthers (9-7) - Justin Hunter (WR/Tennessee)

If Carolina is not satisfied with  the offensive linemen available at this spot, they will either trade the pick or look for another need.  Justin Hunter is the best player available and Carolina has a glaring need at wide receiver with Brandon LaFell failing to live up to expectations and Steve Smith regressing.  Smith is the only receiver to be in the top 30 in receiving yards who has not scored a touchdown.

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

Russell Wilson needs better targets to throw to in order to be successful in the NFC West.  Their defense is set, but their offense needs to grow.

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

New York's pass rush has struggled for years now when they were not blitzing.  The Jets only have 10 sacks this season.

23. Tennessee Titans (10-6) - Jackson Jeffcoat (DE/Texas)

Tennessee's pass rush has been horrible all year and it has led to their pass defense struggling.  The Titans will need to find someone who can get to the quarterback.

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

Brian Urlacher is at the end of his career.  Chicago will want to bring in another person who can anchor the defense soon once Urlacher retires.

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

Quintin Jammer and Antione Carson are both free agents and it is unlikely both will return.  Regardless, Jammmer will turn 34 next summer.

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

Green Bay lost Cedric Benson essentially for the season, but it is not like they will be missing his 3.5 yards per carry.  The Packers need more balance in their offense and adding a running back will help.

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

Baltimore has a big question mark placed in the center of their defense where Ray Lewis normally roams.  If Lewis does return from his season-ending triceps injury, how effective will he be at 38-years-old? Either way, the Ravens need to start grooming his heir.

28. New York Giants (11-5) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

New York's offensive line is aging and will need to be upgraded during the offseason.  Matthews' father, Bruce, is a former Hall of Fame tackle for the Tennessee Titans.

29. New England Patriots (9-7) - TJ McDonald (S/USC)

Patrick Chung is slated for free agency and if he does not return, New England will seek a replacement.

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

Michael Turner's tires are worn and he cannot be relied upon to be their every down back like he used to.  The Falcons will need to upgrade at the position.

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

San Francisco has a lot of talent on their defensive line, but they lack depth.  Okafor can provide more of a pass rush while keeping the other defensive players energized.

32. Houston Texans (13-3) - Terrance Williams (WR/Baylor)

Andre Johnson seemingly cannot stay healthy and is in the twilight of his career.  Houston has needed another receiver to line up across from Johnson for a while now and it is now more of a need than ever,

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