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.

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