Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Justin's Mock: Free Agency Week 2

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) - Luke Joeckel (OT/Texas A&M)

Even is Kansas City winds up not trading Branden Albert, the team needs a right tackle after releasing Eric Winston.  Luke Joeckel is the top overall prospect available and can play on either the left or right side.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) - Sharrif Floyd (DT/Florida)

It is no secret that the Jaguars are blowing up this roster and starting over under their new regime.  One player who may become expendable is Tyson Alualu, who hasn't played up to his expectations in Jacksonville.  Floyd has flown up draft boards, so don't be surprised if he goes this high.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Dion Jordan (DE/Oregon)

 With a 6'7" frame, Dion Jordan has plenty of room to bulk up, since 245 pounds is a little light for a defensive end.  Regardless, Oakland loves athletic players and Jordan can line up as a rush linebacker to bring them the pass rush they lack.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) - DeMarcus Milliner (CB/Alabama)

 RIP Philadelphia Ealges Dream Team - August 2011-August 2011.  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is gone and so is Nnamdi Asomugha.  Philadelphia has several needs this offseason, but Milliner is the best player available and will fill a major need for them.

5. Detroit Lions (4-12) - Eric Fisher (OT/Central Michigan)

 This pick really depends on who Detroit sees as the best player available.  They would love Milliner, but if Philadelphia or another team jumps ahead of them, they will need to look for someone else.  Fisher is the next best person on the board who fills a need in Detroit.  Last season, they drafted Riley Reiff, but Gosder Cherilus just signed with the Colts and Jeff Backus has retired to a tackle has again become a need.

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Ezekiel Ansah (DE/BYU)

 Cleveland is again under a new regime, so quarterback is always in play, but the team has bigger needs, especially on defense, where there is a lack of a pass rush in a division that features three veteran quarterbacks.

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) - Geno Smith (QB/West Virginia)

 I think offensive tackle is a much bigger need in the desert, but with Joeckel and Fisher gone, Geno Smith is the more likely choice in this scenario.  Arizona has surrendered 50 sacks per season in the last four years.  Smith, however, has the mobility to evade the pass rush and extend plays, something he may have to do if he goes to Arizona.

8. Buffalo Bills (6-10) - Chance Warmack (G/Alabama)

 Buffalo's offensive line is thin after both starting guards went elsewhere in free agency.  Warmack is a special talent who can immediately replace either player at guard.  Smith is also in play here if he is available.

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

 The Jets are in rebuilding mode, so the best player available is in play.  Mingo will help provide the Jets with a pass rush they currently lack and will help take pressure off of Muhammad Wilkerson.

10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Xavier Rhodes (CB/Florida State)

 Tennessee has beefed up their safeties this offseason, but cornerback is a glaring need on the team as they lack any shutdown player.  Rhodes can also take over for Alterraun Verner, who will be a free agent in 2014.

11. San Diego Chargers (7-9) - Lane Johnson (OT/Oklahoma)

 If San Diego wants to preserve Philip Rivers (who is under contract until 2016), they need to do a better job of protecting him.  The Chargers offensive line is a mess and cost them game last season with late penalties and sacks allowed.

12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Kenny Vaccaro (S/Texas)

 Miami has filled their need at wide receiver, tight end and middle linebacker this offseason.  With the top cornerbacks not available at this spot, the Dolphins can either trade down or slightly reach in Vaccaro, who offers an upgrade to Miami's secondary.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) - Star Lotulelei (DT/Utah)

 Lotulelei had a good showing at his pro day, so where he goes really depends on what teams take from his heart condition that was discovered at the combine.  Regardless, if he is available here, he is simply too good for Tampa Bay to pass up.

14. Carolina Panthers (7-9) - Sheldon Richardson (DT/Missouri)

 Carolina's defensive line was a liability last season and as a result they were one of the worst goal-line teams on defense.  Defensive tackle is a clear need and Richardson is the top player available at this spot.

15. New Orleans Saints (7-9) - Jarvis Jones (OLB/Georgia)

 New Orleans was able to retain Will Smith, but the pass rush still needs to be addressed this offseason.  Teams are concerned about Jones' spine, but his talent on the field is simply too good to avoid.

16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) - Jonathan Cooper (G/North Carolina)

 Jake Long was a great signing for the Rams, but they still need to upgrade their interior offensive line.  Cooper can help bolster a run offense that will likely feature Isaiah Pead.

17. Pittsurgh Steelers (8-8) - Bjoern Werner (DE/Florida State)

 Poor James Harrison.  First he wouldn't accept a pay cut, then he was released, then he wanted to return to Pittsburgh but they don't want him pack.  Despite the soap opera of a goodbye, the Steelers still need to find someone who can get to the quarterback.

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Sylvester Williams (DT/North Carolina)

 As Dallas moves into the 4-3 defense, they will need to find a way to bring in the correct personnel.  Since they are cap-strapped, the draft is pretty much the only place they can find talent.  Williams will play alongside of Jay Ratliff.

19. New York Giants (9-7) - Damontre Moore (DE/Texas A&M)

 The Giants have this talent (or luck) of having quality players drop to them.  Moore had a combine to forget, but his game tape showed that he was an absolute animal last season.  His pro day will make or break him.

20. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Alec Ogletree (LB/Georgia)

 The Brian Urlacher Era is over in Chicago, but the Bears will need to bring in someone especially now that Nick Roach is gone as well.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) - D.J. Fluker (OT/Alabama)

 Andre Smith remains unsigned and if the Bengals are unable to retain him, they will need to find a new right tackle.

22. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) - Tavon Austin (WR/West Virginia)

With Danny Amendola gone, the Rams will need to find a new receiver for Sam Bradford.  Austin could go earlier due to his performance at the combine, but he is undersized.

23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) - Cordarrelle Patterson (WR/Tennessee)

Minnesota has traded Percy Harvin, so the team will now need to bring in a new wide receiver for Christian Ponder.  Jerome Simpson should never be a top option. 

24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Jesse Williams (DT/Alabama)

 Indianapolis needs to upgrade a run defense that was basically ran over late in the season.  Williams will provide a big bode up front that can clog up running lanes.

25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) - Arthur Brown (LB/Kansas State)

 Middle linebacker or defensive tackle is in play for the Vikings with their second pick.  Brown has drawn comparisons to Ray Lewis lately and could wind up becoming the top linebacker taken.

26. Green Bay Packers (11-5) - Eddie Lacy (RB/Alabama)

 Green Bay lack a premier running back for their offense. Cedric Benson is gone, but he wasn't very good to begin with.  The Packers need to balance their offence, especially with a young line.

27. Houston Texans (12-4) - Keenan Allen (WR/California)

There is not a wide receiver on the Texans roster not named Andre Johnson who has more than 100 receiving yards in 2012.  Houston needs to find someone to ultimately replace Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos (12-4) - Datone Jones (DE/UCLA)

 In one of the more odd scenarios of the offseason, Elvis Dumervil has bolted Denver for Baltimore.  If Denver wants Von Miller to keep tallying sacks, they will need to add another pass rusher.

29. New England Patriots (12-4) - Johnathan Hankins (DT/Ohio State)

 Vince Wilfork is entering the second stage of his career, so if New England wants to keep bringing in pressure from the middle, they will seek a younger player to learn under Wilfork.

30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) - Desmond Trufant (CB/Washington)

 Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes are both gone, so if the Falcons expect to repeat as NFC South champions, they will need to find a cornerback who won't get torched by Drew Brees or Cam Newton.

31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) - Jonathan Cyprien (S/Florida International)

 San Francisco has been linked to Charles Woodson and Nnamdi Asomugha, but nothing is official yet.  If neither player goes to the Bay Area, they will look to upgrade their secondary in the draft.

32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - Menelik Watson (OT/Florida State)

 The question nobody is asking in Baltimore, who will protect Joe Flacco?  Bryant McKinnie is a free agent and the team is thin at the position.

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