Monday, November 12, 2012

Week 11 Mock Draft

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) - Jarvis Jones (OLB/Georgia)

Blaine Gabbert hasn't necessarily earned his job as starting quarterback, but it isn't like Matt Barkley or Geno Smith are forcing the Jaguars to take the job away from him.

What Jacksonville does desperately need, however, is a pass rush.  The Jaguars are dead last in the league in sacks with just 10.  Without a pass rush, quarterbacks have time to pick apart the Jaguars secondary.

Jones is by far the best player available in this draft and is worthy of the top pick.  Jones by himself has more sacks (10.5) than the entire Jaguars team this season.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-12) - Matt Barkley (QB/USC)

Kansas City without a doubt will be taking a quarterback with the top pick this year.  There is also a good chance that Scott Pioli will be out of a job and possibly Romeo Crennel as well.  The only lead Kansas City has had at any point of 2012 was an overtime field goal to defeat the Saints until last week.  Cassel has proven that he cannot manage games and the Chiefs will look to move on from him next season.

3. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Barkevious Mingo (DE/LSU)

Cleveland spent their early picks in last year's draft to fix their offense.  This year, they will look to upgrade their leaky defense.  Mingo was a key part in LSU's victory over Mississippi State, notching a late sack to stop the Bulldogs comeback bid.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10) - DeMarcus Milliner (CB/Alabama)

During the summer of 2011, nobody would have expected the Eagles to be in the market for a cornerback two years later, but that is a very realistic possibility now.  Asante Samuel is gone, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent and Nnamdi Asomugha could become a cap casualty as the Eagles watch his salary inflate to $15 million, which is a lot for a 32-year-old who is out of his prime.  Even if they retain one of their two cornerbacks, they will need to bring in another.

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

Arizona's offensive line is a disgrace.  No team in the NFL has allowed 30 sacks yet this season, except for Arizona, who has allowed a whopping 41.  Kevin Kolb and John Skelton cannot be successful if they are constantly running from the pass rush.

Joeckel has started at left tackle almost as soon as stepped on campus at Texas A&M.  He has protected the blind side since his freshman year and his stock has been rising all season.

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

Oakland's pass rush is a joke.  With only 11 sacks on the season, they are second only to the Jaguars to the least amount of sacks.

Hankins provides an interior pass rush for Ohio State and is stout against the run as well.  After posting 11 sacks last year as a sophomore, he has 4 this season.

7. St. Louis Rams (6-9-1) - Robert Woods (WR/USC)

St. Louis needs a true top receiver on the roster.  Danny Amendola is a good possession receiver, but he is unable to stretch defenses.  This was shown in their tie game against San Francisco when the team was unable to stretch the field.

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

Carolina is in desperate need for an upgrade in their toothless front four.  Lotulelei is the best player available at this juncture and would be a good fit in Carolina's system.

9. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - Geno Smith (QB/West Virginia)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been inconsistent at quarterback this season and there is a good chance he won't be retained next year.  Buffalo is a team that is desperate for a franchise quarterback (hence the huge extension for Fitzpatrick in the first place.)

Smith has cooled down since his hot start, but it is not necessarily his fault that West Virginia is not getting the job done.  His defense has allowed at least 39 points in their past six games.  Regardless, he does need to have a solid game and a win to preserve a draft spot.

10. St. Louis Rams (6-9-1) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

The Rams offensive line has played better as of late, but it is doubtful that Jeff Fisher will keep Roger Saffold at left tackle.  Wayne Hunter has been injured, but was awful to begin with.  Adding Lewan will give Fisher the ability to kick Saffold to the right.

11. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Damontre Moore (DE/Texas A&M)

Miami needs to add more to their pass rush across from Cameron Wake.  Moore has 12.5 sacks on the year, including one last week against Alabama.

12. New York Jets (7-9) - Manti Te'o (LB/Notre Dame)

Bart Scott has taken a step back this season and cutting him during next offseason will not be as severe for the Jets as in previous years (they will only lose $1.5 million for cutting him, his salary increased from $5.95 million to $8.65 million.)  Te'o has been phenomenal this season and could easily be a top 10 pick in the draft.

13. Detroit Lions (7-9) - David Amerson (CB/NC State)

Detroit needs help in the porous secondary.  Amerson has slipped a bit in the draft mainly because a lot of teams are avoiding his side of the field so he is not getting the attention that he did last season.

14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) - Kawann Short (DT/Purdue)

Kevin Williams will be a 32-year-old free agent in 2013 and even if Minnesota retains him, it is time for them to groom in the heir to the position.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - Eric Reid (S/LSU)

Cincinnati bolstered their cornerbacks last offseason, but their safeties are terrible.  They need to shake up this position as well as other areas on defense during the offseason.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8) - Xavier Rhodes (CB/Florida State)

Tampa Bay got rid of the headache that was Aqib Talib, but Ronde Barber and Eric Wright are both still around and are both still awful.  Adding a top corner is a priority next offseason.

17. Tennessee Titans (8-8) - Sam Montgomery (DE/LSU)

Tennessee needs either a defensive end or a cornerback in this draft.  Montgomery has top 10 talent, but slides down due to needs from other teams.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) - Bjoern Werner (DE/Florida State)

Pittsburgh will need to take the best defensive player available.  Their defense is aging and their key players like Troy Polamalu and James Harrison cannot stay on the field.

19. New Orleans Saints (8-8) - DJ Fluker (OT/Alabama)

Jermon Bushrod is a free agent at year's end and the Saints could let him go.  If a tackle is not available, the Saints are also in desperate need for an upgrade on defense.

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

Dallas needs to upgrade their interior offensive line that is simply just not opening holes for the running backs.  Warmack is the top player available at this spot.

21. San Diego Chargers (8-8) - Justin Hunter (WR/Tennessee)

San Diego has a lot of needs, but Hunter is the best player available who fits these needs.  The Chargers lost Vincent Jackson last season and could lose Malcolm Floyd in 2013.

22. Indianapolis Colts (9-7) - Le'Veon Bell (RB/Michigan State)

The best thing the Colts could do for Andre Luck is to give him a workhorse running back to keep opposing defenses honest.  The running-back-by-committee approach in Indianapolis needs to end.

23. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Keenan Allen (WR/California)

Seattle desperately needs help at wide receiver.  They have the roster to contend, but they still need some tweaks to ease the growth for Russell Wilson.

24. Chicago Bears (11-5) - Alec Ogletree (LB/Georgia)

Brian Urlacher is at the tail-end of his career and the Bears will need to look into bringing in someone who can learn under Urlacher before taking over the position.

25. Green Bay Packers (10-6) - Tyler Eifert (TE/Notre Dame)

Jermichael Finley has been a massive disappointment this season and Green Bay may let him walk in free agency.  If they do, they will need to bring in someone else.

26. Denver Broncos (9-7) - CJ Mosley (LB/Alabama)

Keith Brooking is no longer at the point of his career where he should be patrolling the middle of a defense.  Denver will need to bring in someone as Brooking should only serve as a stop-gap at the position.

27. New York Giants (10-6) - Corey Lemonier (DE/Auburn)

Osi Umenyiora is headed to free agency and he, along with Justin Tuck have been playing lately off of their reputation.  The Giants will want to recharge their pass rush that has instilled fear in the league.

28. Baltimore Ravens (11-5) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

Baltimore will need to bring in a new tackle to replace Bryant McKinnie in case he retires.  Matthews is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and his family tree is deep in the NFL.

29. New England Patriots (9-7) - Jonathan Banks (CB/Mississippi State)

Excellent value pick for New England at a position they need.  Recently acquired Aqib Talib is a free agent in 2013.  Devin McCourty is talented but the rest of the secondary is consistently burned.

30. Atlanta Falcons (12-4) - Jonathan Cooper (G/North Carolina)

Peter Konz is playing right guard now, but he will slide over to center once Todd McClure retires, which could be next season.  If he goes, the Falcons will need a new right guard.

31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) - TJ McDonald (S/USC)

San Francisco will need to bring in a safety in case they cannot sign Dashon Goldson to a long-term deal.  Donte Whitner has also been ineffective this season.

32. Houston Texans (14-2) - Terrance Williams (WR/Baylor)

Andre Johnson has lost a step after suffering numerous leg injuries.  His backup receivers do not provide much potential as a true top target, so Houston should look to add another receiver in the near future.

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