Monday, December 9, 2013

Justin's Week 14 Mock Draft

1. Houston Texans (3-13) - Teddy Bridgewater (QB/Louisville)

The Texans are in full free fall mode.  Gary Kubiak is now gone and the new regime will not move forward with Matt Schaub at quarterback.  With the top pick, Houston will need to find their new franchise quarterback over a pass rusher like Jadevon Clowney.

2. St. Louis Rams (6-10) - Jadeveon Clowney (DE/South Carolina)

The Rams already have Chris Long and Robert Quinn, but Clowney is the best defensive prospect in quite some time.  Besides, in today's NFL, you can never have enough pass rushers.

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

Buffalo has Mario Williams, but they have little else in the pass rush department.  If they want to dethrone Tom Brady, they will need to bring in more pass rushers.

4. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Brett Hundley (QB/UCLA)

The Browns are a mess at quarterback and finding their franchise signal caller will be the team's top priority in the offseason.  Hundley is only a redshirt sophomore, but he is rumored to have looked for representation with Roc Nation.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) - Johnny Manziel (QB/Texas A&M)

Mike Glennon played well in his first few starts for the Buccaneers, but he has fallen off since then, culminating with a pitiful performance last weekend against Buffalo where he went 9/25 with just 90 passing yards.  There is a good chance Greg Schiano will not return, so the new regime will have no ties to Glennon and could look for a new quarterback.

6. Atlanta Falcons (5-11) - Khalil Mack (OLB/Buffalo)

Atlanta sacked Matt Flynn five times, but their pass rush has been a liability all season long and it comes just a week after they failed to bring EJ Manuel to the turf.  Mack has had a very strong season and is in consideration for a top 5 selection.

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

Oakland has nothing to offer at wide receiver and will need to upgrade the position in the offseason.  Evans is a big-bodied possession receiver similar to Vincent Jackson.

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

Play at safety has been terrible for the Rams this year and they will need to look for an upgrade.  Clinton-Dix recently has knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, but the surgery is minor and should not effect his draft stock.

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

Re-signing Alterraun Verner should be one of the top priorities in the offseason for Tennessee, but if they are unable to retain him, finding a new cornerback will be a priority.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-10) - Jake Matthews (OT/Texas A&M)

Matthews is the best player available and fills a huge need for the Steelers.  Ben Roethlisberger has been abused all season and Pittsburgh needs to find a way to protect him.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) - Derek Carr (QB/Fresno State)

Jacksonville has quietly won four of their last five games, but their play at quarterback still stinks.  The Jaguars will look for their new franchise signal caller in the spring.

12. Minnesota Vikings (6-9-1) - Tajh Boyd (QB/Clemson)

Considering that he wasn't even taken in the first round in my previous mock, Boyd is obviously a reach here, but Minnesota has taken a second-round talent this early before in Christian Ponder.  Minnesota could always move down as well, but quarterback is a clear need for the team.

13. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) - Eric Ebron (TE/North Carolina)

Jermichael Finley will likely not return to Green Bay, so finding a tight end will be a need in the offseason.  Ebron has declared for the 2014 draft.

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

Geno Smith has been bad, but so have his receivers.  New York will look to move on from the unreliable Santonio Holmes and have seemingly already given up on Stephen Hill.  Watkins could become the Jets best offensive weapon.

15. New York Giants (7-9) - Vic Beasley (DE/Clemson)

The Giants pass rush has regressed over the past two seasons.  With Justin Tuck entering free agency, the Giants will need to rebuild the unit that was once the teams strength.  Beasley has been a monster all season, but he is undersized, which could effect where he is picked.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) - Davante Adams (WR/Fresno State)

Jeremy Maclin is a free agent this spring and is coming off of a torn ACL.  If the Eagles decide to move on from him, they will need to find a new playmaker at wide receiver.

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

Detroit has Calvin Johnson, but opposing defenses aren't afraid of any other receiver on their roster.  The Lions need to find another playmaker at receiver to take the pressure off of Johnson.

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

San Diego needs help in their secondary, where opposing quarterbacks have dismantled all season.  Expre-Olomu has shut down Pac-12 receivers all seaoson.

19. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - Cameron Erving (OT/Florida State)

Jonathan Martin will not be on the team next year and Bryant McKinnie will likely retire.  Even with the team's current personnel, an upgrade on the blindside is needed to protect Ryan Tannehill.

20. Arizona Cardinals (10-6) - Kyle Van Noy (OLB/BYU)

Arizona's pass rush stinks.  If the Cardinals want to emerge into a playoff team, they will need to upgrade this unit immediately otherwise they will be stuck behind San Francisco and Seattle.

21. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) - Cyrus Kouandjio (OT/Alabama)

Baltimore has traded away Bryant McKinnie and face losing Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe to free agency.  If they are unable to retain Monroe, a blindside protector will again become a need for this team.

22. Dallas Cowboys (9-7) - Louis Nix (DT/Notre Dame)

Dallas parted ways with Jay Ratliff, but the team still need to upgrade their interior defensive line.  Nix is a major steal here and could easily be taken in the top 15.

23. Cleveland Browns (4-12) - Lache Seastrunk (RB/Baylor)

Cleveland traded away Trent Richardson, but Willis McGahee was unable to find the fountain of youth as his replacement.  The Browns will need to bring in a new running back for this regime.

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

Mosley is the top player available and fills the void left by Chicago when Brian Urlacher retired.  The Bears also struggle at covering tight ends, which Mosley can help fix.

25. San Francisco 49ers (10-6) - Justin Gilbert (CB/Oklahoma State)

Carlos Rogers will likely be a cap casualty in 2014 as his salary rises each year in 2014 and 2015.  San Francisco has already reportedly wanted to release him so a new cornerback will be needed in 2014.

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

Kansas City has Tamba Hali and Justin Houston but little else in depth in their pass rush.  Hubbard can give them another player to rotate on their defensive front.

27. Carolina Panthers (11-5) - Taylor Lewan (OT/Michigan)

Jordan Gross is considering retiring in the offseason.  If he does, the Panthers will need to bring in someone who can protect Cam Newton.  Lewan, once a top 10 prospect, has fallen off after a subpar senior season.

28. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) - Aaron Colvin (CB/Oklahoma)

Cincinnati drafted Dre Kirkpatrick in 2012, but Leon Hall is coming off of an Achilles injury, Adam Jones can't be trusted outside of a nickel role and Terence Newman is 35.  This unit will need to be addressed in the offseason.

29. New Orleans Saints (11-5) - Timmy Jernigan (DT/Florida State)

New Orleans' defense has improved under Rob Ryan, but the defensive line is still a liability.  The Saints need to bring in a defensive tackle to can block up running lanes.

30. New England Patriots (12-4) - Ra'Shede Hageman (DT/Minnesota)

New England loves versatile players and Hageman is the type of player who fits Bill Belichick's system.  Hageman could also ultimately replace Vince Wilfork at defensive tackle.

31. Seattle Seahawks (14-2) - Darqueze Dennard (CB/Michigan State)

Brandon Browner is now facing a year-long suspension that he is challenging, which will now allow him to become a free agent at the end of the season.  Seattle may want to bring in another cornerback to play across from Richard Sherman.

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

The Broncos interior offensive line has been mediocre this season, especially in pass protection.  Imagine what kind of numbers Peyton Manning could put up with better blocking.

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