Monday, November 26, 2012

Week 13 Mock Draft

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

Jacksonville got the win against Tennessee last week, but their pass rush was still non-existent.  Chad Henne has revitalized the quarterback position for the Jaguars so the team may not use a Day One draft pick on someone like Geno Smith or Matt Barkley.

With the quarterback situation somewhat settled, Jacksonville can instead focus on the best player in this draft, which is Jones.  Jones has not sacked the quarterback in his last two games, but he has made up for it by being all over the football field, earning nine tackles last week.  Jones also has 10.5 sacks this season despite missing a pair of games.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-12) - Geno Smith (QB/West Virginia)

It is no secret that Kansas City is desperate for a new signal caller.  Brady Quinn hasn't fared well in his second chance in the NFL and Matt Cassel has already worn out his welcome in Kansas City.

Smith led West Virginia to their first win since October last week, but much of it had to do with their defense finally showing up, surrendering the least amount of points since Sept. 22.  Smith has completed 70.2-percent of his passes ans had 37 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-11) - Matt Barkley (QB/USC)

Andy Reid is pretty much done in Philadelphia and if he is gone Michael Vick will be too.  If this is the case, the new head coach (Joe Vitt?) will want to bring his guy in to take over.

Yes, Nick Foles was drafted in the third round last season, but Jimmy Clausen was picked in the second round by Carolina a few years ago before Cam Newton was brought in.  New regimes mean new quarterbacks with few exceptions (Tony Dungy in Indianapolis, Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh).

4. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) - Luke Joeckel (OT/Texas A&M)

Arizona's offensive line has played better in the past few weeks, but there is no way they can go into next season without a new left tackle.  The Cardinals have surrendered the most sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits this season.

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

5. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Manti Te'o (LB/Notre Dame)

A value pick for Cleveland, Te'o is able to play both the middle and strong side, allowing him to play next to D'Qwell Jackson.

6. Oakland Raiders (6-10) - Damontre Moore (DE/Texas A&M)

Oakland needs help all across their defense, especially in their pass rush which has been an embarrassment.  Moore has stated that he intends on returning to school next year, but that could change in the next two months.

7. New York Jets (6-10) - Barkevious Mingo (DE/LSU)

New York needs to develop a pass rush, which seems to only be around when they blitz.  Mingo has an ideal frame for a defensive end as well.

8. St. Louis Rams (6-9-1) - Justin Hunter (WR/Tennessee)

St. Louis desperately needs to provide Sam Bradford with a decent option at wide receiver.  Danny Amendola has shown he is too fragile this year to maintain that spot.

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

Carolina has a big hole right at defensive tackle and will need to address the position in the offseason.  Lotulelei has been hot and cold this season but when he plays well, he is the most domniant player on the field.

10. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - DeMarcus Milliner (CB/Alabama)

Buffalo took Stephon Gilmore last year, but they still need help at cornerback, where they have been torched all season.  Double-dipping at the position makes sense, especially in a division that features Tom Brady and the ever-improving Ryan Tannehill.

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

If the Thanksgiving game wasn't enough to convince the Lions that they need help at wide receiver, then I don't know what will.  Even if Andre Johnson is the receiver, there is no way a team can allow someone to average more than 20 yards on nine catches in a game.

12. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) - Robert Woods (WR/USC)

Minnesota has no options at wide receiver aside from Percy Harvin, who has shown that he is not durable enough to play a full season.  Adding Woods can help ease the pressure on Adrian Peterson as well.

13. San Diego Chargers (7-9) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

San Diego's offensive line is horrendous.  They prevented the Chargers from making a comeback against New Orleans and have failed to give Phillip Rivers reliable protection this season.

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

Tennessee needs to bring in someone who can provide a pass rush in a division that has Andrew Luck and Matt Schaub.  Derrick Morgan is drifting towards bust status and Kamerion Wimbley has not provided much more.

15. Miami Dolphins (8-8) - Keenan Allen (WR/California)

Ryan Tannehill has done a lot this season with very little.  The Dolphins need to bring in a no. 1 receiver during the offseason in order to make his life easier in 2013.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) - Bjoern Werner (DE/Florida State)

Pittsburgh's defense got old quickly this season.  Both Ike Taylor and James Harrison could be let go in the offseason with their inflated contracts.  If the latter is gone, they will need to find someone else who can get to the quarterback.

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

Tampa Bay just can not catch a break at cornerback.  Aqib Talib and all of his troubles were finally sent packing to New England and now Eric Wright has been suspended for four games for Adderall usage.  Ronde Barber had a fantastic interception last week, but those plays don't come from him as much as they used to.

18. New Orleans Saints (8-8) - Johnathan Hankins (DT/Ohio State)

New Orleans' defense has been historically bad this year, so there is little doubt that their top pick will be used on the best defensive player available.

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

Dallas needs to fix their interior offensive line as soon as possible.  The unit is unable to open up running lanes and pass rushers are finding their way from the inside as well.

20. St. Louis Rams (6-9-1) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

Sam Bradford has someone survived his offensive line so far this season, but unless Jeff Fisher wants to see another David Carr, he will bring in another tackle.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - Kawann Short (DT/Purdue)

The Bengals have one of the worst run-stopping units in the NFL.  On top of this, Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers are both headed to free agency.

22. Indianapolis Colts (9-7) - Sheldon Richardson (DT/Missouri)

Another team that is poor against protecting the run, Indianapolis needs to address this in a division that features three of the best running backs in the NFL.

23. Seattle Seahawks (9-7) - Terrance Williams (WR/Baylor)

Seattle needs a more reliable option at wide receiver for Russell Wilson.  Williams can spread out opposing defenses and help provide the Seahawks develop an aerial attack.

24. Chicago Bears (11-5) - CJ Mosley (LB/Alabama)

Chicago needs to develop a contingency plan for when Brian Urlacher retires, which will happen sooner rather than later.

25. Denver Broncos (9-7) - Jonathan Jenkins (DT/Georgia)

The Broncos have two major needs this offseason, defensive tackle and inside linebacker.  In this scenario, Jenkins is the better prospect of the two positions and will cause Derek Wolfe to kick to the outside for the Broncos.

26. New York Giants (10-6) - Dion Jordan (DE/Oregon)

After several years worth of rumors, Osi Umenyiora could leave the team this year via free agency.  Justin Tuck has also had a sub-par season so the Giants could look at bolstering their pass rush, which is the team's staple.

27. Green Bay Packers (11-5) - Jonathan Banks (CB/Mississippi State)

Green Bay needs to add depth to a secondary that has been depleted this season.  A team with a good set of receiver, like the Giants, can pick apart this secondary in the playoffs.

28. Baltimore Ravens (12-4) - Alec Ogletree (LB/Georgia)

Ray Lewis doesn't not have many years left in the NFL and Baltimore will need to prepare for the day where he does not line up at linebacker.  Ogletree can play next to him for now before assuming his role.

29. New England Patriots (10-6) - Tavon Austin (WR/West Virginia)

The versatile Austin would fit well into New England's system both as a deep threat and as a running back, much like Percy Harvin in Minnesota.

30. Atlanta Falcons (14-2) - Tyler Eifert (TE/Notre Dame)

Tony Gonzalez hinted towards retiring this offseason.  If he does call it a career, the Falcons will need to find his heir.

31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) - Eric Reid (S/LSU)

Donte Whitner had a good game last week against New Orleans, but he has not played well for the most part of the season.  Dashon Goldson is a free agent to be as well.

32. Houston Texans (14-2) - Eric Fisher (OT/Central Washington)

Houston needs to improve at right tackle during the offseason, where Derek Newton has been overmatched at times.

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