Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Justin's Mock Pre-Free Agency Period Edition

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) - Sharrif Floyd (DE/DT/Florida)

In the past week, Kansas City has traded for Alex Smith and placed the franchise tag on tackle Brandoen Albert.  With the team potentially letting Glenn Dorsey walk in free agency, Kansas City could look at replacing him in the draft.  Floyd has soared up the draft boards in the past month and a good showing at the combine has helped put him in this position.

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

Dion Jordan does not have the ideal weight (245 pounds) for a defensive end, but he could be utilized at an outside linebacker.  Regardless, he could provide a quality pass rush that the Jaguars lack.

3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Geno Smith (QB/West Virginia)

The Raiders are apparently interested in Smith and are attempting to lower Carson Palmer's base salary in order to free up cap space.  If Floyd is not available and Kansas City passes on Smith, Oakland could go for Smith.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) - Luke Joeckel (OT/Texas A&M)

Philadelphia gets the best player available who fits a big need for the team.  If the Eagles want any success in 2013, they will need to protect the fragile Michael Vick.

5. Detroit Lions (4-12) - DeMarcus Milliner (CB/Alabama)

After the combine word came out that if a team wants to draft Milliner, they will need to leapfrog the Lions.  Milliner has blanketed opposing receivers over the past two seasons.

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

Cleveland will look to upgrade their pass rush this offseason.  Jabaal Sherard led the team with 7.0 sacks.

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) - Eric Fisher (OT/Central Michigan)

Arizona has surrendered more than 50 sacks each year since making the Super Bowl.  The Cardinals are already in a bad position at quarterback, but it is made worse due to their leaky offensive line.

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

Buffalo could potentially lose both starting guards in free agency.  Luckily, Warmack is the best prospect at guard to enter the draft in years.

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

New York can't enter 2013 without bringing in someone who is able to get to the quarterback. Werner can provide an immediate upgrade to the defensive line in New York.

10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Desmond Trufant (CB/Washington)

Trufant had a great combine and the Titans are familiar with Washington products (Jake Locker).  Tennessee would love to get Milliner, but they would have to hope he drops to them.

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

San Diego's entire offensive line needs to be upgraded.  Johnson has solidified himself as a top 15 pick following a good showing at the Senior Bowl and the Combine.

12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Tavon Austin (WR/West Virginia)

Austin is undersized, but he is a versatile player who is both effective in the run and pass.  Miami will replace Reggie Bush with a capable receiver for Ryan Tannehill.

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

Tampa Bay could upgrade at defensive tackle next to Gerald McCoy.  Lotulelei would be a steal here after once being a top three selection.

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

Carolina did not give up a lot of rushing yards, but their yards per carry and touchdowns surrendered on the ground were both high.  Both defensive tackles need to be upgraded in Carolina.

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

Moore falls after a poor showing at the combine.  New Orleans needs help all over their defense, however, and Moore overall season was still significant.

16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) - Kenny Vaccaro (S/Texas)

St. Louis needs to upgrade the safety position at some point this offseason.  Jeff Fisher has had success with a previous safety from Texas (Michael Griffin).

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

James Harrison is on a steep decline and could be a cap casualty either this year or in 2014.  Jones could become the heir to the Steelers rush linebacker position.

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Jonathan Cooper (G/North Carolina)

Dallas needs to upgrade their interior offensive line if they expect to improve their rushing offense.

19. New York Giants (9-7) - Barkevious Mingo (DE/LSU)

The Giants always reload their defensive line with an early pick in the draft.  If Osi Umenyiora walks in free agency, New York may draft his heir.

20. Chicago Bears (10-6) - D.J. Fluker (OT/Alabama)

 Gabe Carimi hasn't worked out for the Bears and the team may push him to the right side.  If they do, finding a left tackle will be necessary.

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

Cincinnati will lose Rey Maualuga in free agency, so the team could look to the draft to upgrade him.

22. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) - Cordarrelle Patterson (WR/Tennessee)

Finding a true no. 1 receiver for Sam Bradford is imperative for the Rams this offseason.  Tackle could also be a possibility if Fluker is available.

23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) - Keenan Allen (WR/California)

 If Minnesota wants to see Christian Ponder improve, they will have to bring in someone reliable in the passing game.

24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Kawann Short (DT/Purdue)

Indianapolis needs to find a way to stop the run this offseason.  Teams who were able to run the ball did well against the Colts this year.

25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) - Datone Jones (DE/UCLA)

With sacks leader Chris Clemons out with a torn ACL, Seattle will look to reload at defensive end.

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

Cedric Benson should not be any teams feature back.  With Lacy, Green Bay can use a back by committee approach in 2013 and turn Lacy into the workhorse in 2014.
27. Houston Texans (12-4) - Terrance Williams (WR/Baylor)

Wide receiver is slowly becoming a position of need in Houston.  Andre Johnson had a poor first half of the season and is not getting any younger.

28. Denver Broncos (12-4) - Johnathan Hankins (DT/Ohio State)

Nose tackle has been a position of need for the past few seasons.  Hankins gives the Broncos the ability to kick Derek Wolfe to defensive end.

29. New England Patriots (12-4) - Sylvester Williams (DT/North Carolina)

New England will need to bring in someone to groom and soon replace the aging Vince Wilfork.  Williams could add to the Patriots interior pass rush.

30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) - Zach Ertz (TE/Stanford)

Atlanta is still hoping that Tony Gonzales returns, but if he retires they will look for his heir early in the draft.

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

Donte Whitner surrendered more touchdowns than any safety in the league.  Dashon Goldson was given the franchise tag, but Whitner needs to be upgraded.

32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - Kevin Minter (LB/LSU)

Ray Lewis has retired, so Baltimore will seek to find his heir at some point of the offseason.

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