Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Week 15 Mock Draft

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

I have seen some people place Manti Te'o at the top spot recently, but it is hard to imagine a non-rush linebacker taking the top spot in a draft.  They seldom make it into the top 10.  Regardless, Jacksonville's biggest need this offseason is fixing a pass rush unit that has amassed a measly 14 sacks so far this season.  Jason Babin played well last week, acquiring his first sack as a Jaguar as well as a forced fumble, but in a division that features Matt Schaub and Andrew Luck, more is needed.

Jones has 13 sacks this season, just one less than the entire Jaguars team.

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

There is no possible way the Chiefs can bring back Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn, they both have just stunk up the joint in Kansas City.  The Chiefs will look to bring in a new quarterback this offseason, but they need to do so in the NFL draft, something the team has avoided.  The last quarterback drafted in the first round by the Chiefs was Todd Blackledge (and to think, they passed up on Dan Marino and Jim Kelly for him).

3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Manti Te'o (LB/Notre Dame)

The Raiders seem ready to cut their losses with Rolando McClain, and I can't blame them.  He has been in trouble off the field and ineffective on it.  Regardless, Oakland's overall defense is a disgrace, they can't defend against the run, they have no pass rush and they're 29th in the league in passing yards allowed.  Te'o could emerge as a defensive leader for Oakland as they begin to overhaul their roster (again).

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

There is no point in the Cardinals drafting a quarterback if they can't even protect him.  The Cardinals have surrendered 51 sacks this season, easily the most in the league.  This also marks the third consecutive season that Arizona has allowed 50 sacks or more.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10) - Matt Barkley (QB/USC)

Andy Reid is a lame duck.  Michael Vick has already been benched and there is no guarantee that Nick Foles will be the starter in Philadelphia next season, think Jimmy Clausen last year with Carolina.  New regimes mean new quarterbacks.

6. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Damontre Moore (DE/Texas A&M)

Tennessee simply can't get to the quarterback and as a consequence, their cornerbacks are getting exposed.  Derrick Morgan is a bust and Kamerion Wimbley only has five sacks on the season.

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

The Jets struggle to get to the quarterback unless they blitz, which they need to address in the offseason.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) - DeMarcus Milliner (CB/Alabama)

Tampa's run defense is there, but their secondary is abysmal.  Mark Barron was a step in the right direction last year, so why not bring in his former college teammate as well.

9. New Orleans Saints (7-9) - Star Lotulelei (DT/Utah)

The Saints are awful everywhere on defense, but especially in the front seven.  Sedrick Ellis has been awful and he will be a free agent this offseason.

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

Detroit needs help in their secondary, especially if they expect to compete with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

11. Carolina Panthers (7-9) - Johnathan Hankins (DT/Ohio State)

If Bryce Brown's performance didn't tell you that Carolina needs help in the interior defensive line, I don't know what will.  Carolina their biggest problem area on the team.

12. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - Keenan Allen (WR/California)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has played well anough that he will most likely remain in Buffalo for another season.  What the Bills do need to do, however, is give him another weapon across from Stevie Johnson.

13. Cleveland Browns (7-9) - Bjoern Werner (DE/Florida State)

Cleveland spent last year's draft addressing their offense, but now they need to focus on improving their defense.  They have 34 sacks this season, but with the new CBA taking the best player available is an easier option.

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

San Diego's offensive line has been terrible all year both with penalties and protecting Phillip Rivers.  An upgrade is needed.

15. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) - Sheldon Richardson (DT/Missouri)

Kevin Williams is a 32-year-old free agent this offseason.  Even if he is retained, the Vikings need to bring in someone else to be groomed to replace him in the future,

16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) - Robert Woods (WR/USC)

Danny Amendola can't stay healthy, which means he can't be Sam Bradford can't rely on him as his top option at wide receiver.

17. Miami Dolphins (8-8) - Sam Montgomery (DE/LSU)

Miami is the second-highest blitzing team in the NFL and while it has worked now, teams will eventually figure it out.  Montgomery can provide a quality pass rush across from Cameron Wake.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) - Jonathan Banks (CB/Mississippi State)

Ike Taylor's salary could force the Steelers to cut him in the offseason.  Their defense got old fast this season so it would be no surprise if they made some moves.

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

The interior offensive line has been an Achilles heel for Dallas this season.  Bringing in a guy like Warmack is an immediate upgrade and will help the run game for the Cowboys.

20. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

This all depends on whether or not Matthews declares, but if he does, don't be surprised if Fisher, who not only coached his father, but was his college teammate as well, takes him.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - Alec Ogletree (LB/Georgia)

Rey Mauluga has been a weak spot in Cincinnati this season.   He is in his contract year, so Cincinnati may let him walk.

22. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Johnathan Cooper (G/North Carolina)

Chicago's offensive line is a mess and nearly every player is playing out of position.  Adding a guard like Cooper can add some stability.

23. Indianapolis Colts (10-6) - Eric Fisher (OT/Central Michigan)

Anthony Costonzo has done well so far in the NFL, but the rest of the Colts offensive line stinks and needs to be upgraded.

24. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Tavon Austin (WR/West Virginia)

Seattle recently waived the ineffective Braylon Edwards.  Sidney Rice has been a disappointment, but Golden Tate has stepped it up in Seattle.  With Austin, however, the Seahawks get a mulch-dimensional player who can run as well as catch.

25. Denver Broncos (10-6) - Johnathan Jenkins (DT/Georgia)

 Denver needs to improve the middle of their defense.  Drafting Jenkins will allow Derek Wolfe to kick to the outside.

26. New York Giants (10-6) - Alex Okafor (DE/Texas)

There is a good chance Osi Umenyiora will go elsewhere this season in free agency.  Justin Tuck has taken a step back and the Giants, who are predicated by their pass rush, will look to upgrade the position in the offseason.

27. Green Bay Packers (11-5) - Tyler Eifert (TE/Notre Dame)

Jermichael Finley has been a massive disappointment this season and it is doubtful that Green Bay will bring him back.

28. Baltimore Ravens (11-5) - CJ Mosley (LB/Alabama)

Ray Lewis may be returning next week, but how much longer can he play in the NFL?

29. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) - Barrett Jones (C/Alabama)

Todd McClure may retire in the offseason.  The Falcons has Peter Konz waiting in the wings to replace him, but moving him to center leaves a void at right guard.  Luckily, Jones can play almost anywhere on the offensive line.

30. Houston Texans (14-2) - Xavier Rhodes (CB/Florida State)

After Monday night's debacle against the Patriots, is there any question that the Texans need to improve their secondary?

31. San Francisco 49ers (10-5-1) - Dion Jordan (DE/Oregon)

Aldon Smith and Justin Smith are already one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL, but it wouldn't surprise me if the added a third person, much like the Giants had last season.

32. New England Patriots (11-5) - Terrance Williams (WR/Baylor)

Deion Branch is in the twilight of his career and the Patriots need to bring better talent to the team at receiver.

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