Monday, September 16, 2013

Justin's Week 2 Mock Draft

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) - Teddy Bridgewater (QB/Louisville)

Jadeveon Clowney is still in the running for the first overall pick, but Jacksonville has a huge need at quarterback.  Bridgewater looked like a complete quarterback against Kentucky.  He was able to execute his passes well and read the opposing defense and checked down when necessary.  Bridgewater is also mobile, but only runs when necessary.  What may harm his stock, however, is that Louisville plays a cupcake schedule.  None of their opponents this season are ranked in the Top 25.

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

Say what you want to about Manziel's off-field antics, but the guy has first-round talent and showed that against a stout Alabama defense.  The only reason why Texas A&M was even in the game last was because of Johnny Football.  A lot of teams will likely take Manziel off their draft boards due to his ego, but I can't see the Browns shying away from him.  The Browns have had no identity pretty much since they returned to the NFL and Manziel along with Trent Richardson will give them two young NFL stars.

3. New York Jets (4-12) - Jadeveon Clowney (DE/South Carolina)

Clowney would be a dream come true for Jets fans,  The top player available, but there is some concern with his durability.  Clowney is currently nursing a foot injury and is planning to have surgery at season's end.  Regardless, Clowney is an absolute bull who can stuff the run just as well as he can get to the quarterback.

4. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Marqise Lee (WR/USC)

Terrelle Pryor has looked impressive in his first two NFL games, but he needs someone to throw to.  Denarius Moore and Rod Streater should not be his starting wide receivers.  Anthony Barr could also be an option here, but Oakland's pass rush has done very well so far this season, tallying nine sacks in two games.

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

Leodis McKelvin has played well so far this season, so there is a good chance the Bills may look elsewhere with this pick, but Colvin is the top player available and fills a need for Buffalo.  I think in the end Buffalo is the one team in this area of the draft most likely to trade down to go for a safety, especially if Jarius Byrd is traded.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) - Tajh Boyd (QB/Clemson)

Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano clearly can't stand each other.  Luckily for Schiano, Freeman is in his contract year and the Bucs can walk away from him while Schiano uses the draft to get his guy.  Boyd has looked very good so far, though he didn't play much against FCS foe South Carolina State two weeks ago.

7. Kansas City Chiefs (5-11) - Aaron Lynch (DE/South Florida)

Aaron Lynch may be a bit of a reach at this juncture, but it is doubtful that the Chief enter 2014 with Tyson Jackson still on their roster.  If he is gone, they will need a replacement at defensive end.

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

Cincinnati signed James Harrison this offseason, but at age 35, he does not have much left in the tank.  Barr could fill the need at the position if Harrison is not retained or retires next offseason.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10) - Bradley Roby (CB/Ohio State)

Philadelphia's secondary was picked apart last week by Phillip Rivers and even in a bad start Robert Griffin III almost led the Redskins to a comeback victory through the air.  Roby can provide stability at one of the cornerback positions.

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10) - Scott Crichton (DE/Oregon State)

Anthony Spencer was retained on a one-year deal, but it is doubtful the Cowboys are willing to meet his salary demands.  If he walks, they will need to find a player who can play across from DeMarcus Ware.

11. Detroit Lions (7-9) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

Offensive line is still an issue in Detroit.  Riley Reiff has done well on the right side, but Matthew Stafford's blind side still needs to be protected.

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

The Rams signed Jake Long last offseason, but Roger Saffold will be a free agent next season, so there is still a need for a tackle.  Lewan can also slide into the left side if Long gets hurt, which has happened before.

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

Mack looked unblockable against Ohio State, but was invisible during a blowout loss to Baylor.  He had 10 tackles and a pass deflection against Stony Brook, but the game also needed five overtimes to decide.  If Mack has another subpar game against UConn, he may fall out of the first round.

14. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (S/Alabama)

St. Louis needs just one more safety to be set in their secondary.  Clinton-Dix is a hard hitter who also covers well.  Last week, he was also the poster boy for why the NCAA's new targeting rule should be abolished.

15. Carolina Panthers (8-8) - Sammy Watkins (WR/Clemson)

More wide receivers saw some action this week, but Cam Newton still needs a new receiver because Steve Smith won't be there forever.  Watkins is homegrown talent who can mesh well into the Panthers system.

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) - AJ McCarron (QB/Alabama)

Carson Palmer is just a stop-gap solution until Bruce Arians finds his guy.  McCarron is a tough gritty quarterback who may not light up the stat sheet, but he gets the job done and has the intangibles needed to be a successful NFL quarterback.

17. San Diego Chargers (8-8) - Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE/Washington)

Antonio Gates has is getting older and has been unhealthy over the past few seasons.  Seferian-Jenkins is a stud at the position and could easily sneak into the top 10.

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

Bryant McKinnie won't be with the team much longer and Michael Oher has been a bust in his NFL career.  If The Ravens want to protect the $120.6 million investment they made in Joe Flacco, they will need to find a new tackle.

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

A.J. Hawk has been showing his age lately and Desmond Bishop was recent released.  Green Bay is going to need to find a new man to patrol the middle of the defense.

20. Minnesota Vikings (9-7) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

Yes Sharrif Floyd was drafted last season, but with Kevin Williams aging, the Vikings will look to add another big man in the middle to have another formidable combination on the defensive line.  Nix is a monster who can take over the nose tackle position.

21. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - Loucheiz Purifoy (CB/Florida)

Miami has several holes across their defense that they need to fill if they cant to be serious contenders in he division.  One of these holes is at cornerback, where they have no real solid starting option.  Purifoy can help solidify one of these options for them.

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

Pittsburgh is in need of offensive line help again, this time at tackle.  Ben Roethlisberger is entering the twilight of his career and if the Steelers want him to continue to be successful, they will need to find a way to protect him.

23. Atlanta Falcons (10-6) - Anthony Johnson (DT/LSU)

The Falcons are thin along the defensive line and will need to bring in help soon.  Jonathan Babineaux is the only consistent player at defensive tackle.

24. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Both of Chicago's starting cornerbacks are upcoming free agents and there is a good chance that one leaves.  If this happens, the Bears will need to replace him.

25. New Orleans Saints (10-6) - Kyle Van Noy (DE/BYU)

A year later, the Saints defense looks like a completely new unit.  They still, however, need help with their pass rush.

26. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - De'Anthony Thomas (RB/Oregon)

Indianapolis needs to find a consistent balance in their offense to help Andrew Luck.  Vick Ballard is now out for the season with a torn ACL.

27. Houston Texans (11-5) - Marcus Roberson (CB/Florida)

Houston's pass defense looked a lot better in Week 2, but they were up against Jake Locker.  The Texans still need help in their secondary if they want to escape the second round of the playoffs.

28. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) - Ra'Shede Hageman (DE/Minnesota)

Seattle brought in a few option at defensive end this offseason, but none are long-term solutions.  Hageman could line up nicely across from Bruce Irvin.

29. New York Giants (10-6) - Justin Gilbert (CB/Oklahoma State)

The secondary in New York is a mess.  To make matters wose, three of the Giants cornerbacks are in their contract year.

30. New England Patriots (12-4) - Jordan Matthews (WR/Vanderbilt)

Anyone who saw last Thursday's game against the Jets know how bad the Patriots receivers are now.  Tom Brady needs a new weapon for his last few NFL seasons.

31. San Francisco 49ers (10-6) - Jason Verrett (CB/TCU)

San Francisco will most likely let Carlos Rogers walk in free agency during the offseason.  If they do, they will need to find his replacement.

32. Denver Broncos (12-4) - AJ Johnson (LB/Tennessee)

Denver's two biggest needs are inside linebacker and cornerback.  With a recent slew of cornerbacks off the board, the Broncos can go after Johnson, who can step up nicely in the middle for them.

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