Monday, October 28, 2013

Justin's Week 8 Mock

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

Poor Jacksonville, the team can't even avoid being embarrassed outside of their own country.  The 49ers pummeled the Jaguars last Sunday.  Chad Henne wasn't horrible, but he has still shown that neither him nor Blaine Gabbert should be starting for Jacksonville.

Bridgewater completely dismantled South Florida's defense last week, completing 86.2-percent of his passes and tossed three touchdowns.

2. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Jadeveon Clowney (DE/South Carolina)

Quarterback is clearly a need, but it's hard to avoid a player as talented as Clowney, especially when you factor in the fact that Tajh Boyd hasn't been great over the past two weeks.  Clowney received so much attention over the past season that team are literally avoiding running to his side and they are double teaming him on passing downs.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) - Tajh  Boyd (QB/Clemson)

Immediately after the Buccaneers lost to the Panthers, I stated that I think head coach Greg Schiano will be fired this week. Schiano has a my way or the highway approach to coaching, which is something that only works when the team is winning games.  If Schiano is replaced before next season, the new head coach will bring in his guy at quarterback.  Boyd has had two straight subpar performances, but quarterbacks tend to be drafted higher than where their value truly stands.

4. Buffalo Bills (5-11) - Anthony Barr (OLB/UCLA)

Buffalo has several players who can get to the quarterback, including Mario Williams, but in today's NFL, you can never have enough pass rushers.  Anthony Barr has become an absolute stud at outside linebacker since converting from running back last season.  He notched two sacks against Oregon last week.

5. Oakland Raiders (5-11) - Mike Evans (WR/Texas A&M)

Terrelle Pryor has performed very well for the Raiders this season and has at least made Oakland exciting to watch, but he needs weapons around him.  Darren McFadden is a free agent, but Pryor also has no reliable receiver on his roster.  Evans has outperformed all receivers this season.  With a 6'5" frame, Evans is similar to Vincent Jackson.

6. St. Louis Rams (6-10) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

Right tackle Roger Saffold is an impending free agent while blindside protector Jake Long is an injury risk.  With quarterback Sam Bradford recovering from a torn ACL, upgrading the protection along the offensive line will carry a larger priority than in recent years.

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

The Eagles need help all across their defense, so they will look into taking the top defensive player available.  Cary Williams has been terrible, but Roby could line up well across from Brandon Boykin.

8. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Marcus Roberson (CB/Florida)

Alterraun Verner is having a great season and is in his contract year.  If the Titans are unable to retain him, they will need to find a way to replace him.

9. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) - Johnny Manziel (QB/Texas A&M)

The Vikings are a mess at quarterback no matter who is thrown out there.  Manziel is undersized, but has the talent to succeed in the NFL.

10. New York Giants (7-9) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

Justin Pugh was drafted last year, but he has shown no sign that he can handle defenders on the right side, let alone the left.  With the offensive line in a steep decline, it isn't too far fetched to see the Giants double-dip at tackle.

11. New York Jets (7-9) - Sammy Watkins (WR/Clemson)

With a lack of talent on the offense, the Jets will continue to be an inconsistent team week in and week out.  If the Jets want to win and for Geno Smith to succeed in the NFL, they need to find a receiver for him.

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

The Rams need help at safety, where Rodney McLeod has been a liability.  Clinton-Dix can play both the strong or free safety position.

13. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) - Khalil Mack (DE/Buffalo)

Atlanta has had difficulty getting to the quarterback all season.  Carson Palmer was sacked three times, but the Cardinals offensive line is consistently among the worst in the NFL.  Mack has registered at least a half of a sack over the past five games.

14. Detroit Lions (8-8) - Cyrus Kouandjio (OT/Alabama)

Riley Reiff would be better served on the right side.  If the Lions do decide to move him over, they will need to bring in a new blindside protector.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - Jason Verrett (CB/TCU)

As one reader put it "with Pacman and Newman in their twilight and Hall coming off of another torn Achilles, I think CB has to be the pick here."  In today's NFL, a team can never have enough cornerbacks.

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

With Antonio Gates aging, the Chargers will look to find a new safety valve for Philip Rivers.  Seferian-Jenkins has been underused in Washington this season, but could become a matchup nightmare in the NFL.

17. Miami Dolphins (8-8) - Antonio Richardson (OT/Tennessee)

Jonathan Martin has shown he can play right tackle in the NFL, but he has been horrible on the blind side.  The Dolphins acquired Bryant McKinnie last week, but he is not the long-term answer to the position.

18. Baltimore Ravens (8-8) - Marqise Lee (WR/USC)

Anquan Boldin has become a much bigger loss to the Ravens than expected.  Torrey Smith has performed well, but no team fears Jacoby Jones.

19. Carolina Panthers (9-7) - Jordan Matthews (WR/Vanderbilt)

Steve Smith is getting older and the Panthers have nobody else to offer aside from him.  Brandon LaFell had 107 yards and touchdown against the Vikings two weeks ago, but he has disappeared since, something he does often.

20. Arizona Cardinals (9-7) - Ra'Shede Hageman (DE/Minnesota)

The Cardinals need help on their pass rush, where they have no real reliable options.  Hageman has been practically unblockable all season and can line up nearly anywhere along the defensive front.

21. Houston Texans (8-8) - C.J. Mosley (MLB/Alabama)

The Texans need a second middle linebacker to play next to the oft-injured Brian Cushing.  The team has never properly replaced Demeco Ryans.

22. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

Dallas has cut ties with Jay Ratliff, but the team needs to bring in a new nose tackle for their defense.  If Nix falls here, this pick is a no brainer.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) - James Hurst (OT/North Carolina)

Pittsburgh's offensive line has regressed and Ben Roethlisberger has been clobbered all season because of it.  The team will look to fix this during the offseason.

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

With both starting cornerbacks entering free agency, cornerback could suddenly become a huge hole to fill in Chicago.

25. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) - Vic Beasley (DE/Clemson)

Vic Beasley has had a phenomenal season, but he is very undersized for defensive end.  Regardless, he is the top player available and would be a great addition to the Chiefs pass rush.

26. San Francisco 49ers (10-6) - Kyle Van Noy (DE/BYU)

Who knows when Aldon Smith will return?  Justin Smith is banged up and the 49ers will need to bring in more pass rushers for next season.

27. New Orleans Saints (10-6) - Adrian Hubbard (DE/Alabama)

The Saints defense has improved under Rob Ryan, but there is still room to improve among their front seven.

28. New England Patriots (12-4) - Loucheiz Purifoy (CB/Florida)

Aqib Talib has played well and more importantly stayed out of trouble, but he is in his contract year.  If he walks, the Patriots will need to find another cornerback.

29. Green Bay Packers (9-7) - A.J. Johnson (MLB/Tennessee)

A.J. Hawk has quickly aged and the team lost Desmond Bishop in the preseason.  Johnson is a talented linebacker who could fit in well in Green Bay.

30. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Zach Mettenberger (QB/LSU)

Lache Seastrunk is still an option here, but I can't see the Browns not using one of their first round picks on a quarterback.  Mettenberger has been consistently solid for LSU in his career and has flown nearly too low under the radar.

31. Seattle Seahawks (12-4) - Cameron Erving (OT/Florida State)

Seattle has looked great, but their offensive line needs to be upgraded.  Erving could line up at right tackle across from Russell Okung.

32. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Cyril Richardson (G/Baylor)

Denver has also looked incredible this season, especially on offense, but could be even better with an upgrade on the interior of their offensive line.  Richardson can play both guard positions along with right tackle.

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