Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 2 Mock Draft

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13) - Jameis Winston (QB/Florida State)

Facing backup quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks, the Bucs were unable to capitalize on the situation, losing both games.

While the fault doesn't fall entirely on Josh McCown, he is not helping the situation either. Tampa Bay has the talent to compete, but poor play at quarterback is really holding them back. If Tampa Bay had a better signal caller, it is not unfathomable to see them at 2-0.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) - Leonard Williams (DE/USC)

Addressing the offensive line is a possibility after Chad Henne was sacked 10 times last week, but the Jaguars pass rush is a weak link on this team. I moved Williams up over Gregory due to the latter's nagging knee issue.

3. Minnesota Vikings (4-12) - Randy Gregory (DE/Nebraska)

Minnesota drafted Anthony Barr last year, but you can never have enough pass rushers when you face Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Stafford six times a year. Gregory led the Big Ten in sacks last season and is a stud along the defensive line.

4. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Andrus Peat (OT/Stanford)

Though Derek Carr wasn't sacked, he was pressured a lot in the Raiders loss to Houston last week. Getting a cornerstone tackle will be a must if they don't want Derek to become his older brother.

5. Cleveland Browns (8-8) - Amari Cooper (WR/Alabama)

Cleveland has several weapons on offense, but adding another receiver to create a more vertical game would be a big boost. The Browns acquired this pick from Buffalo via the Sammy Watkins trade.

6. Washington Redskins (6-10) - Landon Collins (S/Alabama)

Brandon Meriweather is gone after the season and Washington should just let him walk. He is a dirty player who looks for the big hit instead of wrapping up. Landon Collins would serve as a huge upgrade.

7. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Marcus Mariota (QB/Oregon)

Jake Locker had an extremely poor showing against the Cowboys last week. He is a free agent at season's end and with a new head coach in Ken Wisenhunt, he may look for his guy at signal caller instead.

8. New York Giants (6-10) - Cedric Ogbuehi (OT/Texas A&M)

Protecting Eli Manning has been an issue all season. Justin Pugh's arms are too short to play left tackle and Will Beatty has looked awful so far this season. Finding a new man to protect the blind side has become a sudden need.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)

The secondary is a weak link for the Chiefs and, to make matters worse, they let cut Brandon Flowers during the summer. Finding someone to shut down the opposition will be necessary.

10. New York Jets (7-9) - Stefon Diggs (WR/Maryland)

Eric Decker is currently the top receiving option on the Jets. New York will need to find someone who can stretch the field and be a more realistic threat for the team during next offseason, but then again, knowing Rex Ryan, they're just going to take a defensive player anyway.

11. Arizona Cardinals (7-9) - Shilque Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)

John Abraham left the team last week after suffering from memory loss following a concussion, but it looks like he is going to return this week. It seems like this will likely be Abraham's final year in the NFL. Arizona will need to find a new, younger player who can get to the quarterback.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9) - Elias McCarthy (NT/UCLA)

Think Pittsburgh misses Casey Hampton? Joe Flacco had his way with the Steelers defensive line, extending several drives off of QB sneaks. A new nosetackle is needed in Pittsburgh.

13. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)

The Rams are currently on their third quarterback and there is no way Sam Bradford will be on the team next season. St. Louis will look to find their new franchise quarterback in this draft.

14. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - Shawn Oakman (DE/Baylor)

Dallas' defense looked much better against Tennessee, but the pass rush is still a unit that needs to be addressed, especially now that DeMarcus Ware is gone.

15. Cleveland Browns (8-8) - La'El Collins (OT/LSU)

Cleveland has Joe Thomas on the left side, but they need an upgrade at right tackle.  Collins is a gifted run blocker who can help solidify the Browns offensive line.

16. Atlanta Falcons (8-8) - Todd Gurley (RB/Georgia)

Atlanta has the weapons in the passing game, but they need to fix their situation at running back. Todd Gurley is the top back available in a running back-heavy draft.

17. Chicago Bears (8-8) - Eric Kendricks (MLB/UCLA)

The struggling run defense of the Bears will be an ongoing issue during the season. Last year, the Ravens drafted CJ Mosley to replace their future Hall of Fame linebacker, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bears follow suit this year.

18. San Diego Chargers (8-8) - Nelson Agholor (WR/USC)

San Diego already has one stud receive in Keenan Allen, but adding another weapon could make really solidify their passing game. 

19. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) - Melvin Gordon (RB/Wisconsin)

Ray Rice is gone, Bernard Pierce is injury prone and Justin Forsett is too small to be an every-down back. Baltimore will need to find a bell cow for their offense next year.

20. Detroit Lions (9-7) - Jalen Collins (CB/LSU)

Detroit's leaky secondary needs to be fixed in the offseason, especially when you factor in who they face inside their division. 

21. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - TJ Yeldon (RB/Alabama)

A week after a strong showing of the Dolphins running game against the Patriots, Miami struggled in the ground game, generating just 80 rushing yards. Knowshon Moreno is only on a one-year deal and Lamar Miller showed again last week that he can't be the team's every-down back.

22. Houston Texans (10-6) - PJ Williams (CB/Florida State)

Houston's defense has looked good so far, but they also have not had to play against a top-level quarterback. Their secondary is a weak unit and will need to be upgraded.

23. New Orleans Saints (10-6) - Dante Fowler (DE/Florida)

New Orleans pass rush struggled against Cleveland, failing to place any pressure on Brian Hoyer in the loss.  The Saints will need to find someone who can get to the quarterback.

24. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) - Ronald Darby (CB/Florida State)

The Eagles pass defense played well against Andrew Luck, but the unit still needs to be upgraded. Darby, a track star, has elite-level speed to keep up with opposing receivers.

25. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) - Vic Beasley (DE/Clemson)

The Bengals need to find a way to replace Michael Johnson. Beasley has bulked up a bit since last season, adding 20 pounds to his frame but he is still small for an NFL defensive end. His future is likely as an outside linebacker.

26. Green Bay Packers (10-6) - Devin Funchess (TE/Michigan)

The Packers need a safety valve for Aaron Rodgers after letting Jermichael Finley walk last year.  Funchess is currently playing wide receiver, but he will be valued as a tight end in the NFL due to his size (6'5", 230) and lack of game-breaking speed. 

27. Carolina Panthers (11-5) - Brandon Scherff (OT/Iowa)

Carolina had two lingering issues during last offseason - their pass blocking and their wide receivers. Unfortunately, they were only able to address the latter. Finding a new left tackle is a must this offseason.

28. New England Patriots (12-4) - Tre' Jackson (G/Florida State)

New England traded Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay right before the season started, so finding a new guard will be necessary, but the Patriots will likely trade down four times before picking a defensive end instead.

29. San Francisco 49ers (12-4) - Jaelen Strong (WR/Arizona State)

Michael Crabtree is in a contract year and has not played well so far. Anquan Bodin is aging and Stevie Johnson is not a top receiver. San Frnacisco will need to find a new target for Colin Kaepernick.

30. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Noah Spence (DE/Ohio State)

The Broncos signed DeMarcus Ware this offseason, but Ware is 32 and will not be a long-term solution. Spence will be another pass rushing specialist across from Von Miller.

31. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Mike Davis (RB/South Carolina)

In order to pay Russell Wilson, the Seahawks will likely have to release Marshawn Lynch. Christine Michael has not lived up to expectations so the Seahawks may be looking for another running back.

32. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Cameron Erving (OT/Florida State)

The pass protection for Andrew Luck is a big concern. Next offseason, the Colts will need to find someone who can man the left side.

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