Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Justin's Week 1 Mock Draft

By Justin Worsley

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

Terrelle Pryor showed flashes of what he could do against Indianapolis, but his inexperience also shined too.  Regardless, I think Oakland may stick with him next season as well, opening the door for Oakland to bolster their defensive line with Clowney.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) - Teddy Bridgewater (QB/Louisville)

Blaine Gabbert didn't last the full game, but he looked horrible on the field.  Jacksonville needs to cut their losses with Gabbert and move on next season.

3. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Johnny Manziel (QB/Texas A&M)

Manziel has a lot of growing up to do, but he has looked phenomenal in the first two games of the season.  Next week's contest against Alabama, however, will be his first real test of the season.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (4-12) - Tajh Boyd (QB/Clemson)

Yes Alex Smith looked very good in Week 1, but everyone knows that he is not the team's long-term solution.  Don't be surprised if the Chiefs bring in a quarterback with their top pick and groom him behind Smith for a year.

5. Buffalo Bills (5-11) - Aaron Colvin (CB/Oklahoma)

Buffalo added Stephon Gilmore in 2012, but they will need to bring in another cornerback to play across from him.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) - A.J. McCarron (QB/Alabama)

One thing we picked up from Week 1: Tampa's defense is legit, but their offense isn't.  Josh Freeman is in the final year of his rookie deal and has been inconsistent in his career.  Tampa will likely move on from him next year.

7. New York Jets (5-11) - Marqise Lee (WR/USC)

The Jets need help all across their offense if they want Geno Smith to be successful.  Chris Ivory was unimpressive in his Jets debut and the receivers outside of Kellen Winslow were less than impressive.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (5-11) - Anthony Barr (OLB/UCLA)

James Harrison was brought in during the offseason, but he turns 36 next May, so the Bengals will need to find a long-term solution for him.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) - David Fales (QB/San Jose State)

Michael Vick looked good against Washington, but the Redskins have a horrible pass defense.  Vick is on a one-year deal, so if he is unimpressive, Chip Kelly will look elsewhere for his replacement.

10. Detroit Lions (7-9) - Bradley Roby (CB/Ohio State)

Detroit couldn't contain Jerome Simpson, who torched them for 140 yards on seven receptions.  The Lions need to bolster their secondary if they want to compete with Green Bay.

11. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

The Rams can solidify their defensive line with Nix, who can line up at the nose while Michael Brockers take on the 3-technique and give the Rams one of the league's best defensive lines.

12. Tennessee Titans (7-9) - Khalil Mack (DE/Buffalo)

Mack was unstoppable against Ohio State, but Baylor was able to neutralize him.  Either way, he has found his spot in the top 15 for now.

13. San Diego Chargers (7-9) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

San Diego added DJ Fluker last year in the draft, but he projects to be a right tackle in the NFL.  Matthews, on the other hand, can protect Phillip Rivers' blind side for the next few seasons.

14. Dallas Cowboys (7-9) - Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (S/Alabama)

Dallas picked off Eli Manning three times, but they also gave up 450 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air.  The Cowboys still need to improve their secondary.

15. Carolina Panthers (7-9) - Sammy Watkins (WR/Clemson)

The only Panthers wide receiver not named Steve Smith who caught a pass last Sunday was Ted Ginn Jr., who only caught one pass.  Carolina needs to bring in another receiver since Steve Smith isn't getting any younger.

16. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

Jake Long was signed, but Roger Saffold is in his contract year.  If he isn't retained, St. Louis will look for another right tackle.

17. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) - Aaron Murray (QB/Georgia)

Carson Palmer is only a short-term solution in Arizona.  Expect the team to take on a quarterback early in next year's draft.

18. Baltimore Ravens (8-8) - James Hurst (OT/North Carolina)

Michael Oher may not be on the roster next season and Bryant McKinnie will turn 34 this month and could retire.  Baltimore needs to find a mainstay on their offensive line.

19. Green Bay Packers (9-7) - C.J. Mosley (LB/Alabama)

Desmond Bishop was released and A.J. Hawk has hit a steep decline in production even before age 30.  Green Bay will look for another inside linebacker this offseason.

20. Minnesota Vikings (9-7) - Stephone Tuitt (DE/Notre Dame)

Jared Allen is in the final year of his contract and will turn 32 in April.  If he isn't retained, Minnesota will look for another end to get to the quarterback.

21. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - Timmy Jernigan (DT/Florida State)

Miami was seeking help at defensive tackle last offseason, so they may look to draft someone at the position early next year.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) - Antonio Richardson (OT/Tennessee)

Pittsburgh allowed five sacks to a Tennessee defense that strikes fear in almost no one.  The Steelers will need to protect Roethlisberger in the twilight years of his career.

23. Atlanta Falcons (10-6) - Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE/Washington)

Tony Gonzalez isn't expected to pull a Brett Favre, which means the Falcons need a new safety valve.  

24. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Aaron Lynch (DE/South Florida)

Julius Peppers will turn 34 soon, so the Bears will need to find a rotational player to spell him.

25. New Orleans Saints (10-6) - Scott Crichton (DE/Oregon State)

New Orleans defense looked like a whole different unit just one game in the Rob Ryan era, but there is still room for improvement.  Crichton will prove the team with a much needed pass rusher.

26. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Lache Seastrunk (RB/Baylor)

Vick Ballard can't be the bell-cow back for the Colts and the team needs balance on that offense.  Seastrunk ran all over a weak Buffalo unit, gaining 150 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries.

27. New England Patriots (11-5) - Will Sutton (DE/Arizona State)

New England is always one of the hardest teams to project in the draft, but Bill Belichick never shies away from bolstering his defensive line.  Sutton can play both end and tackle.

28. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) - Kyle Van Noy (DE/BYU)

The rich get richer, Seattle is able to take the best player available to strengthen a defense that is already amongst the league's best.

29. Houston Texans (11-5)  - Loucheiz Purifoy (CB/Florida)

Houston's pass defense looked horrible against San Diego.  If they expect to be contenders for a Super Bowl, they need to find a way to defend the pass.

30. New York Giants (10-6) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)

New York stands to lose three cornerbacks due to free agency this offseason, so it is a pretty big hole to fill. Ekpre-Olomu is an absolute ballhawk who can rise to the top 15.

31. San Francisco 49ers (10-6) - Justin Gilbert (CB/Oklahoma State)

San Francisco takes the best player available who also fills a need for the team.  Carlos Rogers is in the final year of his contract.

32. Denver Broncos (12-4) - Adrian Hubbard (DE/Alabama)

Shaun Phillips had a great game against Baltimore, but he will be 33 next may.  The Broncos will need another pass rusher across from Von Miller.

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