Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Way Too Early 2014 Mock Draft

2013 Mock Draft Located Here

1. Arizona Cardinals (3-13) - Johnny Manziel (QB/Texas A&M)

Of course, like all of these picks, it depends on what the teams do in the offseason.  Arizona has a lot of needs on the offense, especially along the offensive line and quarterback.  If these issues can't be fixed in the offseason, the team will struggle in 2013.

Manziel will be a redshirt sophomore in 2013, which means the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will be eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

2. Oakland Raiders (3-13) - Jadeveon Clowney (DE/South Carolina)

If that hit against Michigan didn't tell you, Clowney is a stud and has lived up to his reputation since being the top high school prospect in 2011.  He will be a stud in the NFL.

3. Buffalo Bills (4-12) - Teddy Bridgewater (QB/Louisville)

If Buffalo is picking this low, then the Ryan Fitzpatrick experiment will officially be over in Buffalo, that is, if it isn't over in 2013.  Bridgewater was a big reason why Louisville was able to upset Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

4. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Bradley Roby (CB/Ohio State)

Joe Haden has played great since being drafted, but in this NFL, you need two cornerbacks to be successful.  Adding Roby would be a big upgrade for Cleveland's defense.

5. Carolina Panthers (5-11) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

Jordan Gross will be 34 on opening day in 2014.  Carolina will look to replace him in the near future.

6. New York Jets (5-11) - Marquise Lee (WR/USC)

Santonio Holmes will be 30 in 2014 and the team may be stuck with him since it will be a $10 million cap hit if they cut him, but if he continues to not produce in New York, they may have to cut their losses.

7. Kansas City Chiefs (6-10) - Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE/Washington)

Tony Moeaki hasn't been the same since tearing his ACL while Kevin Boss has transformed into a journeyman of a tight end.  Whoever takes over in Kansas City will need a safety valve.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) - Logan Thomas (QB/Virginia Tech)

Josh Freeman will be a free agent in 2014 and early word is that Tampa Bay will not discuss an extension with him.  Logan Thomas is a raw prospect, but comes with a lot of upside.  He would have to sit his first season in the NFL.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) - Anthony Johnson (DT/LSU)

Tyson Alualu has looked every bit like a player who was a reach when he was drafted in his short career in the NFL.  Jacksonville will need to correct this mistake as soon as possible.

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10) - Stephon Tuitt (DE/Notre Dame)

Anthony Spencer is slated for free agency in 2014.  If Dallas doesn't retain him, they will need to bring someone else in to prevent DeMarcus Ware from being double teamed.

11. St. Louis Rams (6-10) - Sammy Watkins (WR/Clemson)

A much needed weapon for Sam Bradford, especially if the Rams do not bring in a receiver in 2013.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10) - Quandre Diggs (CB/Texas)

Philadelphia, who on paper had the best secondary in the NFL last year, suddenly has a glaring need a cornerback.  This needs to be addressed ASAP, even if they are stuck using two early picks on the position.

13. San Diego Chargers (7-9) - Kyle Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech)

Quentin Jammer will be 35 in 2014 and Antoine Cason is a free agent in 2013.  Bringing in someone new will be needed.

14. Tennessee Titans (7-9) - Trent Murphy (DE/Stanford)

Tennessee's biggest need is upgrading their anemic pass rush unit.  Adding several pass rushers will be needed.

15. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) - AJ Johnson (LB/Tennessee)

Minnesota needs an upgrade at middle linebacker, which has been a void since EJ Hendeson was released.

16. Detroit Lions (8-8) - Loucheiz Purifoy (CB/Florida)

Detroit will have several needs on defense in 2014 due to many expiring contracts, but the team always goes for the best player available, which in this case is Purifoy.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - De'Anthony Thomas (RB/Oregon)

BenJarvus Green-Ellis sucks and Andy Dalton needs a quality running game in order to be successful in the NFL.

18. Chicago Bears (8-8) - Cyrus Kouandijo (OT/Alabama)

If Chiacgo does make this pick, it could be their third consecutive year drafting an offensive lineman (I have them takind UNC guard Jonathan Cooper in 2013), but that entire line needs to be fixed.  The team has too many guys playing out of position.

19. St. Louis Rams (6-10) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

St. Louis  has the luxury of taking another one of the top players available.  Nix can line up with Michael Brockers on the interior defensive line.

20. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - Silas Redd (RB/USC)

Reggie Bush is a free agent in 2013, so Miami will need to find a new running back either this season or in 2014.

21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Anthony Barr (OLB/UCLA)

The Colts need to replenish their defense, so adding the best defensive player available makes sense for the team.

22. Atlanta Falcons (10-6) - Chris Faulk (OT/LSU)

Sam Baker will be a free agent in the 2014 season, which means that the Falcons will have a big decision to make that offseason.  If they let him walk, they will need to add another person to protect Matt Ryan.

23. Green Bay Packers (10-6) - Joseph Randle (RB/Oklahoma State)

Cedric Benson sucks and Green Bay can't continue using the running back by committee approach.  There will be a healthy amount of running backs available late in the first round.

24. Houston Texans (12-4) - Jordan Matthews (WR/Vanderbilt)

Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger and the Texans will need to find another option at wide receiver to supplant him.

25. New York Giants (10-6) - Aaron Lynch (DE/South Florida)

New York's pass rush regressed this offseason and Osi Umenyiora will most likely walk in free agency.  The Giants are built through a tough pass rush and they will need to bolster the unit soon.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) - Dion Bailey (OLB/USC)

 Pittsburgh's defense got old fast in 2012.  Many of their mainstay players could be gone by the time 2014 rolls around.

27. Seattle Seahawks (12-4) - Timmy Jernigan (DT/Florida State)

James Jones was signed by the Seahawks in the offseason, but he was only signed to a one-year deal, the Seahawks could be looking for help along the defensive line in 2014.

28. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Deshazor Everett (CB/Texas A&M)

Denver needs to develop a contingency plan for when Champ Bailey retires.

29. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - Ed Reynolds (S/Stanford)

Ray Lewis won't be around in 2013, could Ed Reed be gone in 2014? If so, the Ravens will need to look for his heir.

30. New Orleans Saints (11-5) - Scott Crichton (DE/Oregon State)

New Orleans needs help all over their defense.  Will Smith will be 33 on opening day in 2014.

31. New England Patriots (12-4) - Vinnie Sunseri (S/Alabama)

New England fixed their secondary with the acquisition of Aqib Talib, but he may not return in 2013 if he can find a better deal elsewhere.

32. San Francisco 49ers (11-5) - Aaron Colvin (CB/Oklahoma)

Carlos Rogers will be 33 in 2014 so the 49ers may look to find a young replacements at cornerback by the time the draft rolls around.  

1 comment:

  1. If the Browns are drafting that high, they have to go QB.