Monday, March 11, 2013

Justin's Mock March 11

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

Kansas City franchise tagged Branden Albert and then released Eric Winston.  Additionally, Albert could just as easily walk in 2014.  Joeckel has reemerged as the top pick because of this.  Joeckel is the best player available in this draft and now fits a need for the Chiefs.

2.  Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) - Dion Jordan (DE/Oregon)

 Jordan's weight (245 pounds) could force the team to move him to outside linebacker, but at 6'7", he had plenty of room to add muscle to his frame.  Jordan, however, is athletically gifted and fits a major need for Jacksonville since they lack a pass rush.

3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Sharrif Floyd (DT/Florida)

 Oakland likes Geno Smith a lot, but if Floyd is available, they may go after him instead.  Floyd has soared up draft boards lately and Todd McShay has even ranked him as his top overall player.

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

 Offensive tackle has been discussed here, but if Joeckel isn't available, Philadelphia could look at Milliner instead, who had a monster showing at the combine.  Rumors came after the combine that if a team coveted Milliner, they would have to trade ahead of the Lions.

5. Detroit Lions (4-12) - Ezekiel Ansah (DE/BYU)

 Detroit has whiffed on Milliner, so they may look at bolstering their pass rush.  Detroit is losing Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch to free agency, so defensive end is a need.

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Desmond Trufant (CB/Washington)

 I wouldn't put it past Cleveland to reach for a player, especially if they miss our on Ansah and Milliner.  Trufant has skyrocketed up the boards lately, but this is a little bit of a reach for him.  Regardless, Trufant and Joe Haden could become a good duo at cornerback.

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

 Offensive tackle is a bigger need, but if Smith is available, Arizona could take him instead.  Six different quarterbacks have started in Arizona in the three seasons since Kurt Warner has retired.

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

Guard is a need in Buffalo now that both starting players at the position are entering free agency.  Warmack is considered an elite prospect at this position and can easily enter the top 10.

9. New York Jets (6-10) - Bjoern Werner (DE/Florida State)

 Defensive end is a need for the Jets, who are unable to get to the quarterback unless they blitz.  Werner can help bring a pass rush element the Jets desperately need if they expect to compete with Tom Brady.

10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Barkevious Mingo (DE/LSU)

Tennessee will spend this offseason trying to find a pass rusher, something the team has not had since Jason Babin left two years ago.

11. San Diego Chargers (7-9) - Eric Fisher (OT/Central Michigan)

 San Diego lucks out with Fisher sliding to 11th overall.  The Chargers offensive line has cost them a few games this year and the team will need to upgrade the position at some point.

12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Xavier Rhodes (CB/Florida State)

 Rumor has it that the Dolphins are favorites to land WR Mike Wallace.  If the Dolphins do acquire the speedster, they will look at another position in the draft.  Rhodes will ultimately replace Vontae Davis, who was traded in midseason last year.

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

Tampa Bay would like to go cornerback, but with the top talent at the position gone, they could look to bring in another top defensive line talent to play next to Gerald McCoy.  Lotulelei was a top three pick at one point but drops due to his heart condition.

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

The Panthers did not yield a high number of rushing yards, but they were among the worst in the NFL in rushing touchdowns and yards per carry.  Backup running backs also feasted on Carolina over the past season.

15. New Orleans Saints (7-9) - Damontre Moore (DE/Texas A&M)

 Some people have dropped Moore further due to his poor combine, but he had too strong of a season to let the combine make him fall further than this.  The Saints defense has holes everywhere, especially at defensive end where Will Smith has regressed.

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

The Rams need an upgrade along their offensive line.  Cooper is another elite guard along with Warmack and could easily be picked in the top half of the draft.

17.  Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) - Jarvis Jones (LB/Georgia)

Pittsburgh has released James Harrison, so the Steelers will need to bring in another person who can get to the quarterback.  

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Kenny Vaccaro (S/Texas)

 Dallas has recently released Gerald Sensabaugh so safety has become a need for the Cowboys.  Vaccaro is one of the best players available.

19. New York Giants (9-7) - Datone Jones (DE/UCLA)

Chances are Osi Umenyiora is not returning to the Giants.  New York's defense is built on a strong pass rush so the Giants will look to reload at the position at some point of the draft.

20. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Lane Johnson (OT/Oklahoma)

Chicago's offensive line was a weak link throughout 2012.  Bringing in a player who can help solidify a part of the offensive line will be necessary in the draft.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) - Alec Ogletree (LB/Georgia)

Cincinnati needs to upgrade their linebacker unit this offseason.  Rey Maualuga was a liability in 2012 and is a free agent.

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

 The Rams need to add some speed to their offense.  Austin can burn people, but he is versatile as well and can be an option both as a receiver and running back.

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

Minnesota has traded Percy Harvin, so now they will need to find someone that Christian Ponder can throw to.  The Vikings current receivers are Greg Childs and Stephen Burton.

24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Johnathan Hankins (DT/Ohip State)

Indianapolis will need to upgrade a defensive line that was run over late in game when they were against quality running backs.  Unfortunately in the AFC South, all three of the Colts divisional foes have a stud at running back.

25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) - Sylvester Williams (DT/North Carolina)

 Kevin Williams is getting older, so why not create a new version of the Williams Wall in Minnesota?

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

Green Bay's running backs are unproductive and are forcing Green Bay into a one-dimensional attack.  Lacy can give them a feature back and force defenses to not focus on Aaron Rodgers.

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

With Andre Johnson in his 30s, the Texans not only need a no. 2 wideout, they need someone they can groom to replace Johnson.  Johnson was slow for the first half of last season until he caught fire in the second half.

28. Denver Broncos (12-4) - Arthur Brown (LB/Kansas State)

Denver has released DJ Williams so finding a new middle linebacker will be necessary.  Keith Brooking is also a free agent.

29. New England Patriots (12-4) - Johnthan Banks (CB/Mississippi State)

Aqib Talib is a free agent and Alfonzo Dennard is facing jail time for assaulting a police officer.  New England will need to bring in talent at this position in the draft.

30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) - Tyler Eifert (TE/Notre Dame)

Tony Gonzalez has made no announcements about his future plans.  If he does retire, however, Matt Ryan will need to obtain a new safety valve.

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

 Dashon Goldson was franchise tagged by San Francisco, but Donte Whitner gave up more touchdowns than any other safety in the NFL. 

32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - D.J. Fluker (OT/Alabama)

Bryant McKinnie is a free agent and may not return.  Even if he is, the Ravens will need to groom a left tackle to eventually replace the soon to be 34-year-old.

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