Monday, November 25, 2013

Justin's Week 12 Mock Draft

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12) - Teddy Bridgewater (QB/Louisville)

Jacksonville will likely sever their ties with Blaine Gabbert after this offseason.  Many key players on the Jaguars offense are free agents at the season's end, so the team may look to start from scratch on their offense.

2. Houston Texans (4-12) - Jadeveon Clowney (DE/South Carolina)

Houston has a penchant for taking the best player available and in this case, it isn't a quarterback.  Clowney would help bolster the pass rush in Houston, something needed if they want to dethrone Andrew Luck.

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

Roger Saffold is entering free agency this offseason.  With Sam Bradford recovering from a torn ACL, an upgraded pass protection will be a primary objective.

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

Mario Williams has played well for the Bills, but they still need more help at their pass rush.  Barr has emerged as one of the nation's best pass rushers since he converted from running back last year.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) - Khalil Mack (OLB/Buffalo)

The Bucs will either trade down or take the best player available with this pick.  Considering how well Mike Glennon has played, quarterback may be ruled out at this spot.  Mack, who had three sacks last week, could upgrade the Bucs pass rush.

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Brett Hundley (QB/UCLA)

The Browns messy quarterback situation needs to be addressed during the offseason.  Hundley is only a redshirt sophomore, but has reportedly contacted Roc Nation for representation.

7. Atlanta Falcons (5-11) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

Atlanta doesn't have much to offer along their defensive line, so an upgrade will be sought after.  Nix's season is over after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which could potentially effect his stock.

8. St. Louis Rams (6-10) - Haha Clinton-Dix (S/Alabama)

Safety play for the Rams this year has been terrible.  Clinton-Dix would provide a major upgrade for St. Louis' secondary.

9. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Jason Verrett (CB/TCU)

With Alterraun Verner entering free agency, the Titans will need to find a new cornerback to replace him if they are unable to afford his new contract.

10. Oakland Raiders (6-10) - Mike Evans (WR/Texas A&M)

Oakland has no real options at wide receiver.  If they want to help develop Terrelle Pryor, adding a receiver not named Rod Streater will help.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10) - Sammy Watkins (WR/Clemson)

Jeremy Maclin hasn't played this season after tearing his ACL in the offseason, but he is a free agent at the end of the year.  Maclin has only played in all 16 games once in his career so the Eagles may look for a more healthy replacement.

12. Minnesota Vikings (6-9-1) - Johnny Manziel (QB/Texas A&M)

Minnesota is another team with a mess at the quarterback position.  The Vikings will look to find a new signal caller in the offseason.  Manziel was awful against LSU and it hurt his stock, but Minnesota is a team desperate enough to reach for him.

13. New York Jets (7-9) - Davante Adams (WR/Fresno State)

The Jets receiver were awful again this week, but then again, so was Geno Smith.  Regardless, finding him an offensive weapon will be a priority in the offseason.  Adams has been spectacular all season and is worthy of a top 15 pick after hauling in his 100th reception.

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

Justin Pugh was drafted last year, but don't be surprised if the Giants double dip at the position.  Eli Manning has been very durable throughout his career, but if they want that trend to continue, they will need to upgrade his protection.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9) - Cyrus Kouandjio (OT/Alabama)

The Steelers offensive line has been a liability all season long.  Ben Roethlisberger has taken a beating and if the Steelers want to keep him healthy, they will need to find a new left tackle.

16. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1) - Eric Ebron (TE/North Carolina)

Even before his career threatening injury, tight end was a need in Green Bay due to Jermichael Finley's expiring contract.  Ebron officially declared for the draft this week.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - Marcus Roberson (CB/Florida)

Cincinnati has an old Terrence Newman, an unhealthy Leon Hall and an unreliable Adam Jones at cornerback to go along with Dre Kirkpatrick.  Upgrading their secondary will be a priority in the offseason.

18. Detroit Lions (8-8) - Jordan Matthews (WR/Vanderbilt)

Nate Burleson's return helped, but the Lions need another receiving threat across from Calvin Johnson if they expect to contend.

19. Miami Dolphins (8-8) - Ra'Shede Hageman (DT/Minnesota)

Defensive line is a need in Miami, where Paul Soliai and Randy Starks are in their contract year.  Hageman is a monster of a defensive tackle who can rush the passer similar to Ndamukong Suh.

20. San Francisco 49ers (10-6) - Kyle Van Noy (OLB/BYU)

San Francisco will need to spend time in the offseason reassessing a pass rush that was once a strength of the team.  Van Noy could provide some help fixing it.

21. San Diego Chargers (9-7) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)

San Diego's cornerbacks have been terrible all season.  The Chargers will want to shore up their secondary if they want to keep Peyton Manning from lighting up the scoreboard against them.

22. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) - Vic Beasley (DE/Clemson)

Beasley has been a monster all season, but his draft stock may be effected by his size.  As the above picture may show, he isn't exactly the largest defensive end in college.

23. Baltimore Ravens (8-8) - Antonio Richardson (OT/Tennessee)

The Ravens traded for Eugene Monroe earlier in the season, but with an expiring contract, they may be forced to bring in a new blindside protector.

24, Chicago Bears (10-6) - C.J. Mosley (MLB/Alabama)

Cornerback is a need, but Chicago will look for the top player available, which is Mosley.  Mosley could ultimately replace Brian Urlacher in the middle of the defense.

25. Carolina Panthers (10-6) - James Hurst (OT/North Carolina)

Jordan Gross is a free agent at the end of the season and at 33, he has considered retirement.  If the Panthers are unable to retain him, tackle could become a priority.

26. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) - Adrian Hubbard (DE/Alabama)

Kansas City may be without Justin Houston and Tamba Hali for some time.  These next few weeks could show how little depth the Chiefs have in the pass rush.

27. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Timmy Jernigan (DT/Florida State)

Dallas released Jay Ratliff, but the Giants were able to run all over them last week.  Dallas will need to find new personnel to plug up the middle lanes.

28. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Lache Seastrunk (RB/Baylor)

Cleveland moved on from Trent Richardson, but they still have nothing to offer in the running game.  The Browns will look to upgrade their offense in the offseason.

29. New Orleans Saints (11-5) - Anthony Johnson (DT/LSU)

The Saints defense has improved under Rob Ryan, but there is still more work to be done.  Johnson can provide an interior pass rush along with plugging up running lanes.

30. New England Patriots (12-4) - Cyril Richardson (G/Baylor)

New England needs to upgrade their interior offensive line, which has been a weak point on their offense.  Richardson could provide an upgrade to the position.

31. Seattle Seahawks (14-2) - Justin Gilbert (CB/Oklahoma State)

With Brandon Browner facing a year long suspension, the Seahawks may look to add another cornerback early in the draft.

32. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Gabe Jackson (G/Mississippi State)

The interior offensive line is an area of concern for the Broncos.  Denver will need to upgrade their protection to keep Peyton Manning healthy.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Justin's Week 11 Mock

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

Jacksonville fans are getting desperate.  After Sunday's game, Jaguars fans took this ad out in their newspaper.

The worst part is, they still think Tim Tebow is the answer.  The Jaguars need to bring in a new quarterback to become the face of this franchise.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) - Jadeveon Cowney (DE/South Carolina)

Clowney aggravated his foot injury last Saturday against Florida, but it shouldn't harm his stock too much.  Tampa Bay already has a solid defense, but Clowney could really solidify their pass rush.

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

The Bills have Mario Williams, but you can never have enough guys who can get to the quarterback in this league.  Barr has seven sacks this season.

4. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Johnny Manziel (QB/Texas A&M)

Quarterback has been a need in Cleveland, it is doubtful that Brandon Weeden will be brought back.  Maziel's size is a concern, but he has played well enough over the past two seasons that teams could ignore it.

5. Houston Texans (5-11) - Brett Hundley (QB/UCLA)

Case Keenum was benched last week in favor of Matt Schaub's return, signaling that he may not be the long-term answer after all.  Hundley is only a redshirt sophomore, like Manziel, but rumor has it he recently inquired about representation with Roc Nation.

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

With Roger Saffold an impending free agent, tackle is again a need for the Rams.  Sam Bradford is coming off of a torn ACL next season, so protection will be a big need.

7. Minnesota Vikings (6-10) - Tajh Boyd (QB/Clemson)

Both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel struggled against Seattle's defense and Josh Freeman has pretty much become a bust signing.  I think Boyd will actually drop, but he won't with quarterback as big of a need as it is for the Vikings.

8. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

Nix is the top play available who makes the most sense for the Titans, who are last in the league in rushing touchdowns allowed.  Nix could plug up the middle lanes for Tennessee.

9. Oakland Raiders (6-10) - Mike Evans (WR/Texas A&M)

Oakland needs help at wide receiver in order to help with the development of Terrelle Pryor.  Evans is a big body receiver in the mold of Vincent Jackson.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10) - Haha Clinton-Dix (S/Alabama)

The Eagles have need all across their secondary, so if Clinton-Dix is available, then this becomes a no-brainer. Clinton-Dix is better fit as a free safety, but can play strong safety as well.

11. Atlanta Falcons (6-10) - Khalil Mack (OLB/Buffalo)

Atlanta failed to pressure Tampa Bay, sacking Mike Glennon just twice as he went 20/23 against them.  Mack failed to register at least half of a sack for the first time in six games last week, but did record 15 tackles.

12. St. Louis Rams (6-10) - Jason Verrett (CB/TCU)

Cortland Finnegan has struggled all season.  At this point, the Rams may considering moving him to the nickel spot and finding a new cornerback to play across from Janoris Jenkins.

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

Geno Smith was terrible last week, but his main receivers were as well.  Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill combined for just two catches and 71 yards on 15 total targets.  Smith needs a legitimate offensive weapon if the Jets want to succeed.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

The Steelers offensive line played well against Detroit, but Pittsburgh will still likely look for help across their offensive line.

15. Dallas Cowboys (7-9) - Vic Beasley (DE/Clemson)

Dallas is dealing with the potential loss of Anthony Spencer and they don't have the cap space to bring him back.  Beasley has been a terror all season, but his size may limit where he is drafted.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - Marcus Roberson (CB/Florida)

Cincinnati has an aging Terrance Newman and an injured Leon Hall among their secondary.  Secondary is slowly becoming a need for the Bengals.

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

With Antonio Gates getting older, the Chargers will need to find a new safety valve for Philip Rivers.  Seferian-Jenkins is a match up nightmare, especially in the red zone.

18. Green Bay Packers (8-8) - C.J. Mosley (MLB/Alabama)

Middle linebacker has been a need for the Packers all season.  Desmond Bishop was released before the season started and A.J. Hawk has quickly aged.  Mosley is a steal at this spot.

19. San Francisco 49ers (9-7) - Kyle Van Noy (OLB/BYU)

Once a strength of this team, San Francisco's pass rush lacks depth and it has shown throughout the season with Aldon Smith sidelined.

20. Detroit Lions (9-7) - Eric Ebron (TE/North Carolina)

Brandon Pettigrew has been phased out of the offense while Joseph Fauria has cooled off after a hot start.  The Lions need another weapon aside form Calvin Johnson on their offense.

21. Miami Dolphins (8-8) - Cyrus Kouandjio (OT/Alabama)

Even before the Jonathan Martin situation, the Dolphins needed help at offensive tackle.  Ryan Tannehill is the most sacked quarterback in the NFL, being knocked down 41 times in 10 games.

22. Arizona Cardinals (10-6) - Ra'Shede Hageman (DE/Minnesota)

Even with the Jaguars thin offensive line, the Cardinals were only able to muster a pair of sacks.  Arizona needs to upgrade their pass rush if they want to contend in the NFC West.

23. New York Giants (8-8) - Antonio Richardson (OT/Tennessee)

The Giants secondary has played better, but their offensive line is still an issue during the four game winning streak.  Richardson could man the left side while rookie Justin Pugh continues to develop on the right.

24. Baltimore Ravens (8-8) - Jordan Matthews (WR/Vanderbilt)

Baltimore needs help across from Torrey Smith.  Anquan Boldin was underrated in Baltimore and was never properly replaced.

25. Carolina Panthers (10-6) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)

Carolina has issues in their secondary that need to be addressed.  Chris Gamble was never properly replaced after he retired, but in a cornerback-heavy draft, they could find his replacement here.

26. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) - Adrian Hubbard (DE/Alabama)

The game against the Broncos showed that despite having two quality pass rushers, the team still needs depth.  Hubbard could provide the team with another guy who can get to the quarterback and help take pressure off of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.

27. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Bradley Roby (CB/Ohio State)

With both starting cornerbacks entering free agency, the Bears will need to find a replacement at the position if they cannot retain both players.

28. New England Patriots (12-4) - Kyle Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech)

Aqib Talib has played well in New England, but he could be lost to free agency in the offseason.  If he isn't retained, New England will need to find another cornerback.

29. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Lache Seastrunk (RB/Baylor)

Cleveland has absolutely no running game, something that needs to be discovered if they expect to contend in the AFC North.

30. New Orleans Saints (10-6) - Anthony Johnson (DT/LSU)

The Saints defense played well against San Francisco, but the defense still needs to be upgraded, especially on their front seven.  Johnson can help bring an interior pass rush to New Orleans.

31. Seattle Seahawks (14-2) - James Hurst (OT/North Carolina)

Seattle's pass protection has struggled this season, especially with Russell Okung out.  A right tackle will be needed next season.

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

Denver's interior offensive line is in need of an upgrade.  Imagine how much better Denver's offense would be with better blocking.