Monday, November 4, 2013

Justin's Week 9 Mock Draft

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

Jacksonville needs a quarterback, it is obvious week in and week out.  Gus Bradley didn't bring in his guy at quarterback last year, mainly due to a poor pool of talent at the position last year, but 2014 is the opposite.  Bridgewater is the top quarterback available and would immediately become the face of a Jaguars franchise facing an imminent roster blowup with players such as Maurice Jones-Drew entering free agency.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13) - Jadeveon Clowney (DE/South Carolina)

Mike Glennon has looked adequate at quarterback for Tampa Bay so far, though I still do not see him as the long term answer.  Regardless, the Bucs are going to take the top player available and in this case it is Clowney.  Statistically, Clowney has not had a great season, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that opposing offenses are throwing everything they can at him to make him a non-factor.

3. Buffalo Bills (4-12) - Anthony Barr (OLB/UCLA)

Buffalo has Mario Williams, but you can never have enough pass rushers in the NFL.  Barr has flourished at outside linebacker since converting from running back last season.

4. St. Louis Rams (5-11) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

Roger Saffold is a free agent and left tackle Jake Long is an injury risk.  Matthews is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews who played with head coach Jeff Fisher at USC and was coached by him in Houston/Tennessee.

5. Cleveland Browns (5-11) -Tajh Boyd (QB/Clemson)

Cleveland's quarterback situation is a mess right now.  Brian Hoyer looked decent when he played, but he is not the long term solution.  Boyd may drop due to concerns about his size (he is listed at 6'1") along with recent poor play.

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

Terrelle Pryor has shown some promise, but he needs a receiver to throw to.  Evans is a big physical target similar to Vincent Jackson.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10) - Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (S/Alabama)

With the exception of last Sunday, Philadelphia's pass defense has been a liability all season.  The Eagles will look to take the top secondary player available.

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

Minnesota is another team with a mess at quarterback.  Josh Freeman was horrible in his first audition, Christian Ponder will never be anything more than mediocre and Matt Cassel is nothing more than a backup quarterback.  Manziel is a playmaker, but his size could also harm his draft stock as well.

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

The team drafted Justin Pugh last year, but he can't handle the load from the left side.  With Pugh at right tackle, the Giants will look to double-dip and find their new blindside protector in Eli Manning's late years.

10. Baltimore Ravens (7-9) - Sammy Watkins (WR/Clemson)

Think Baltimore misses Anquan Boldin?  The Ravens are desperate for a playmaker outside of Torrey Smith, especially with Ray Rice regressing this season.

11. Houston Texans (7-9) - Jason Verrett (CB/TCU)

Houston's pass defense again shot the team in the foot, but this time it cost them the game.  The Texans will need to upgrade their pass defense next season.

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

Atlanta only got to Cam Newton once last Sunday, if they expect to contend in today's NFL, they need to bring in someone who can get to the quarterback.

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

Pittsburgh's offensive line is horrible.  It doesn't help that Maurkice Pouncey is done for the season, but even with him there is need for upgrades.

14. St. Louis Rams (5-11) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

St. Louis is 29th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.  They made Chris Johnson look like the running back he was in 2009.  Michael Brockers was drafted in 2012, but the Rams need more help up front.

15. New York Jets (8-8) - Vic Beasley (DE/Clemson)

The Jets will likely go with the best player available and in this case it is the undersized Beasley, who has been a terror for opposing offenses all season.  Beasley could help shore up the Jets pass rush.

16. Detroit Lions (8-8) - Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE/Washington)

Brandon Pettigrew has been phased out of the Lions offense while Joseph Fauria has sizzled off after a hot start.  Seferian-Jenkins would be the complimentary receiver they need aside from Calvin Johnson.

17. San Diego Chargers (8-8) - Marcus Roberson (CB/Florida)

San Diego has one of the worst pass defenses in football and it looks worse in each game.  The cornerback situation is a mess and needs to be taken care of.

18. Tennessee Titans (8-8) - C.J. Mosley (LB/Alabama)

Moise Fouku has been terrible at run support and Colin McCarthy is too injury prone, despite how well he has shown he can play.  Mosley could provide a long-term answer to the middle.

19. Carolina Panthers (9-7) - Marqise Lee (WR/USC)

Brandon LaFell had a good game, but he isn't the answer for Carolina's receiving needs because he is so inconsistent.  Steve Smith is not going to be around much longer.

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

Arizona needs to upgrade their pathetic pass rush.  Hageman is an absolute monster who is tough to block both on the inside and outside of the defensive line.

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

Jonathan Martin was put at right tackle in favor of the overweight Bryant McKinnie before he left the team.  McKinnie is not a long term solution at left tackle, so expect Miami to fix the problem in the offseason.

22. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Kyle Van Noy (DE/BYU)

Anthony Spencer is a free agent at the end of the year and Dallas will likely be unable to match his salary demands.  If he walks, the Cowboys will need to find another pass rusher to play across from DeMarcus Ware.

23. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)

Cincinnati recently drafted Dre Kirkpatrick, but Terrence Newman is at the end of his career and Adam Jones is nothing more than a nickelback these days.  Leon Hall is also coming off of another Achilles injury.

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

The Bears face the possibility of losing both starting cornerbacks to free agency in the offseason.  Even if they are only able to retain one, they will need to replace the other.

25. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) - James Hurst (OT/North Carolina)

Eric Fisher, the no. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, has been a disappointment on the right side.  With Branden Albert entering free agency, the Chiefs may be forced to double-dip at the position.

26. San Francisco 49ers (10-6) - Adrian Hubbard (DE/Alabama)

Aldon Smith was activated, but the 49ers still need to upgrade a pass rush that was once the strength of this defense.  Hubbard could be groomed into Justin Smith's replacement.

27. New Orleans Saints (9-7) - Anthony Johnson (DT/LSU)

The Saints run defense looked horrific Sunday against the Jets.  Chris Ivory slashed through his old team for 139 yards and made several key runs in the game.  Johnson could help shore up their run defense.

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

Aqib Talib has played well in New England, but he is a free agent. If Talib signs elsewhere, the Patriots will need to bring in a replacement for him.

29. Green Bay Packers (9-7) - Eric Ebron (TE/North Carolina)

There is a possibility that Jermichael Finley may never play football again, though he vows that he will.  If that is the case, the Packers will need to find a new safety valve for Aaron Rodgers.

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

Cleveland traded Trent Richardson away but still needs to find a running back for their offense.  Willis McGahee and his 2.6 yards per carry isn't going to change this offense.

31. Seattle Seahawks (13-3) - Cameron Erving (OT/Florida State)

Aside from Russell Okung, Seattle's pass blocking stinks.  Russell Wilson needs better protection, and Seattle may look for right tackle to remedy the situation.

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

Denver also needs an upgrade in their offensive line.  Peyton Manning could become even scarier with an increase of pass protection from the interior offensive line.

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