Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 12 NFL Mock Draft

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14) - Marcus Mariota (QB/Oregon)

The quarterback of the future is not on Tampa's roster. The Bucs offense completely disappeared in the second half against Chicago. Mariota is still indecisive about declaring for the draft.

2. Oakland Raiders (3-13) - Amari Cooper (WR/Alabama)

Oakland needs a playmaker on offense, so either Cooper or Melvin Gordon will likely be the pick here. Cooper serves as an immediate upgrade at wide receiver and gives Derek Carr a true no. 1 target.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) - Melvin Gordon (RB/Wisconsin)

Denard Robinson has played well at running back, but I can't see him as the long-term answer. Melvin Gordon gives Jacksonville a guy opposing defenses will be forced to focus on and allow the team to use Robinson as their flex player again.

4. Minnesota Vikings (4-12) - Leonard Williams (DE/USC)

Minnesota has a pair of pass rushers in Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr, but Williams is the top available player and you can never have enough pass rushers in today's NFL. Worst case scenario, Minnesota can trade down as there will be plenty of teams looking to draft here.

5. New York Jets (4-12) - Jameis Winston (QB/Florida State)

Michael Vick was horrendous last night. Neither Geno Smith nor Vick will likely be back on the Jets next year. Winston has all the talent, but his biggest issue will be whether or not he will be mature enough in the NFL.

6. Tennessee Titans (5-11) - Randy Gregory (DE/Nebraska)

Tennessee needs help all across their front seven. If Gregory slides down to here, this should be a no-brainer for the Titans, who would receive an edge rusher that the team has lacked since Jason Babin left.

7. Atlanta Falcons (5-11) - Shane Ray (OLB/Missouri)

Atlanta has nothing to offer in the pass rush. Osi Umenyiora is done. The Falcons need someone who can get to the quarterback.

8. New York Giants (6-10) - Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)

Jason Pierre-Paul, Robert Ayers, and Mathias Kiwanuka are all free agents this offseason. The Giants are a team that always builds their defense around the pass rush, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them rebuild it again around Calhoun.

9. Washington Redskins (6-10) - Andrus Peat (OT/Stanford)

Right tackle has been a black hole in Washington this season Perhaps an upgrade will be found early in the draft.

10. Cleveland Browns (9-7) - Landon Collins (S/Alabama)

Tashaun Gipson is a restricted free agent this offseason and after the year he had a team may try to pry him away from the Browns. If he goes elsewhere, Cleveland will need to address their secondary.

11. Houston Texans (7-9) - PJ Williams (CB/Florida State)

The Texans secondary has been a weak link this season. With Kareem Jackson in his contract year, they team may plan to move on without him.

12. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Sammie Coates (WR/Auburn)

The Rams added Tavon Austin, but more weapons are needed for whoever runs this offense in 2015. Of course, quarterback is an option here as well, but I have flip-flopped back and forth at quarterback since I think it is a reach at this spot.

13. New Orleans Saints (7-9) - Dante Fowler (DE/Florida)

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Apparently, Fowler is ready for Florida State. New Orleans pass rush has been awful this season and an upgrade is needed immediately.

14. Seattle Seahawks (8-8) - TJ Yeldon (RB/Alabama)

Marshawn Lynch will not be back next season, so Seattle will need to find a new running back since Christine Michael has not played well in limited action.

15. Chicago Bears (8-8) - Ronald Darby (CB/Florida State)

Chicago's secondary has been hit hard with injuries exposing a lack of depth at the position. The Bears shouldn't be afraid to double-dip at the position after taking Kyle Fuller last year.

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) - Kevin White (WR/West Virginia)

Torrey Smith is a free agent in the offseason and Steve Smith is old. With Smith a likely hot commodity in free agency, the Ravens may need to look for a new receiver.

17. Cleveland Browns (9-7) - Vic Beasley (OLB/Clemson)

Jabaal Sheard is an impending free agent and Barkevious Mingo has not lived up to expectations. Cleveland will likely add to their pass rush in the spring.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) - Brandon Scherff (OT/Iowa)

The Steelers are among the league's worst in sacks allowed, which could be worse if Ben Roethlisberger wasn't a miniature giant. A new tackle is needed.

19. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - Ifo-Ekpre Olomu (CB/Oregon)

Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes are both in their 30s, so finding a younger cornerback will happen at some point of the draft.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) - Shaq Thompson (ILB/Washington)

DeMeco Ryans is injured again and will be 31 next season. With his entire $6.8 million salary not guaranteed, he could be a cap casualty. If he is a replacement will be sought.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) - Jaelen Strong (WR/Arizona State)

No receiver on the Chiefs has caught a touchdown pass this season. While they are still winning, they are going to stall in the playoffs without a receiver to stretch the field or make defenses accountable in the red zone.

22. Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) - La'El Collins (OT/LSU)

Carolina's protection for Cam Newton is awful. The Panthers were unable to address all the holes on their roster in the offseason and will need to find a way to do so this year.

23. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6-1) - Markus Golden (DE/Missouri)

Cincinnati is severely lacking in the pass rush since Michael Johnson has left. Finding a new pass rusher is necessary.

24. Dallas Cowboys (11-5) - Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)

Dallas needs a new pass rusher now that DeMarcus Ware is gone. Floyd can play as either a defensive end or outside linebacker.

25. San Diego Chargers (10-6) - Mike Davis (RB/South Carolina)

Ryan Mathews is a free agent at the end of the season, Donald Brown is ineffective and Branden Oliver has cooled off after his hot start. San Diego will likely pursue a new back in the offseason.

26. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) - Shawn Oakman (DE/Baylor)

Arizona needs a new pass rusher now that John Abraham's career is essentially over.

27. Denver Broncos (12-4) - Eric Kendricks (ILB/UCLA)

The middle of Denver's defense has been a weak link this season. Luckily, there are several options to consider in the draft.

28. Green Bay Packers (13-3) - Denzel Perryman (ILB/Miami FL)

Green Bay reportedly almost traded up for Ryan Shazier in the draft last year. They may look to upgrade at middle linebacker in this draft early.

29. Detroit Lions (11-5) - Hroniss Grasu (C/Oregon)

Domonic Raiola is a free agent and will likely not be in Detroit next season. If he is not retained, a new center will be needed.

30. New England Patriots (13-3) - DeVante Parker (WR/Louisville)

Brandon LaFell's play has picked up lately, but the Patriots may still consider taking a wide receiver in the early rounds of the draft.

31. San Francisco 49ers (11-5) - Rashad Greene (WR/Florida State)

With no long-term wide receiver on the 49ers roster, they will look for a new playmaker early in the draft.

32. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Tre' Jackson (G/Florida State)

The Colts offensive front needs an upgrade, especially at guard where the lack of running lanes has taken its toll this season.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Week 11 NFL Mock Draft

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14) - Marcus Mariota (QB/Oregon)

Lovie Smith brought in Josh McCown to be a stop-gap solution at quarterback, but it has instead yielded another season of QB carousel in Tampa Bay. Smith needs to find his guy in the draft, and that guy is Mariota, who has been solid for the Ducks all season.

2. Oakland Raiders (3-13) - Amari Cooper (WR/Alabama)

Oakland's team has been terrible this season, but this is largely in part to the lack of talent across the offense. Derek Carr needs a playmaker at receiver if the Raiders want to win a football game sometime in the near future.

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

Jacksonville is one of the league leaders in sacks, but there is nobody on defense who teams are altering their game plan towards. We've seen this song and dance before and while it looks good this year, it rarely expands into another season. Williams is the top player available and would command attention from opposing offenses.

4. New York Jets (4-12) - Jameis Winston (QB/Florida State)

Even is Michael Vick returns, he is 34 and isn't their long-term solution. With the team clearly moving on from Geno Smith, whoever coaches this team in 2015 will need to find his franchise signal caller. The Jets don't care about Winston's past, they may actually prefer it since it will steal headlines from the Giants.

5. Minnesota Vikings (5-11) - Randy Gregory (DE/Nebraska)

The Vikings have Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen, but Gregory is the top player available and there's no such thing as too many pass rushers in today's NFL.

6. Tennessee Titans (5-11) - Shane Ray (OLB/Missouri)

The Titans were unable to win because of their inability to stop the run late in the game. Pittsburgh relied on Le'Veon Bell, who ran for 49 yards in the final seven mnutes of the game. Kamerion Wimbley has always been a weak point of this defense and may be a cap casualty at season's end.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-10) - Melvin Gordon (RB/Wisconsin)

I have been contemplating moving up Gordon ahead of Todd Gurley and following his phenomenal week and Gurley's injury, Gordon is now the top dog at RB. Gordon could be the next Jamaal Charles.

8. Washington Redskins (6-10) - Andrus Peat (OT/Stanford)

Protection for Robert Griffin III has been an issue in Washington, especially at right tackle, where it seems like nobody wants to earn a starting job. Peat and Trent Williams could be this generation's Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen.

9. Cleveland Browns (8-8) - Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)

Jabaal Sheard is a free agent and Barkevious Mingo hasn't lived up to expectations. Upgrading the pass rush in Cleveland is a likely option.

10. New York Giants (7-9) - PJ Williams (CB/Florida State)

Injuries have hit the Giants secondary hard this season. Factor that in with the fact that four Giants cornerbacks are in their contract year and the position suddenly becomes very thin.

11. New Orleans Saints (7-9) - Vic Beasley (OLB/Clemson)

The Saints defense has holes everywhere. Beasley is undersized, but has a tremendous motor and gets to the quarterback, would serve as a major upgrade to their pass rush.

12. Seattle Seahawks (8-8) - Dante Fowler (DE/Florida)

Cliff Avril is a free agent after the season. If Seattle doesn't retain him, they may look to the draft for a replacement.

13. Cleveland Browns (8-8) - Sammie Coates (WR/Auburn)

Josh Gordon returns to the Browns this week, but adding another playmaker wouldn't hurt, especially if Gordon gets in trouble again.

14. St. Louis Rams (8-8) - Kevin White (WR/West Virginia)

St. Louis added Tavon Austin, but another weapon at wide receiver is needed to play across from him.

15. Houston Texans (8-8) - Ronald Darby (CB/Florida State)

The Texans secondary has had trouble covering people all season. Kareem Jackson is also a free agent after this season.

16. Chicago Bears (8-8) - Landon Collins (S/Alabama)

Collins drops a bit so Chicago gets great value out of this selection. The Bears secondary has been decimated with injuries. Upgrades are needed all across the board.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (8-7-1) - Markus Golden (DE/Missouri)

Cincinnati's pass rush is among the league's worst. The Bengals have not recorded a sack in their last two games. And edge rusher is needed somewhere.

18. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) - TJ Yeldon (RB/Alabama)

The team's feature back is not currently on this roster. Todd Gurley/Melvin Gordon would have been nice but Gurley's injury puts a wrench into those plans.

19. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)

Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes are both aging. Miami will look for a guy who can play nickel for a year or two before stepping into the full-time role.

20. Dallas Cowboys (10-6) - Shaq Thompson (ILB/Washington)

Sean Lee will be back next season, but I can't see Dallas having too much faith that Lee will stay healthy. Reclamation project Rolando McClain is a free agent after this season.

21. San Diego Chargers (9-7) - Mike Davis (RB/South Carolina)

Ryan Mathews is a free agent after this season, Donald Brown isn't a feature back and Branden Oliver is too small for that role. A bell cow is needed.

22. Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) - Brandon Scherff (OT/Iowa)

Cam Newton has looked awful this season and a big part of it is because he has no protection on his offensive line. Carolina has a chance at the playoffs due to playing in the NFL's worst division, but this team has way too many holes on their roster to make an impact.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) - Jaelen Strong (WR/Arizona State)

Martavis Bryant disappeared in a win over Tennessee. Pittsburgh needs a reliable playmaker outside of Antonio Brown and is neither Bryant or Markus Wheaton step up, they could draft someone instead.

24. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) - Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)

The Eagles need another guy at outside linebacker to play across from Connor Barwin.

25. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) - DeVante Parker (WR/Louisville)

Chiefs wide receiver have 0 receiving touchdowns this season. That is almost impossible to accomplish. If the Chiefs want to be taken seriously, they need to upgrade at WR.

26. Detroit Lions (11-5) - Hroniss Grasu (C/Oregon)

Dominic Raiola will likely not return since he is a 36-year-old free agent in the offseason. A new center will be needed.

27. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) - Shawn Oakman (DE/Baylor)

Arizona needs to find a replacement for John Abraham, who will likely retire in the offseason.

28. Denver Broncos (12-4) - Eric Kendricks (ILB/UCLA)

Denver will look to upgrade the middle of their defense, where Steven Johnson is currently playing.

29. New England Patriots (12-4) - Rashad Greene (WR/Florida State)

Tom Brady needs more reliable options at wide receiver, especially on vertical routes.

30. Green Bay Packers (12-4) - Denzel Perryan (ILB/Miami FL)

The Packers reportedly were interested in Ryan Shazier before he was selected by Pittsburgh, they may go after an inside linebacker in this draft,

31. San Francisco 49ers (11-5) - Stefon Dggs (WR/Maryland)

There's a very realistic chance that Michael Crabtree will not be in San Francisco next season. The team needs an upgrade at wide receiver where all the players are underwhelming.

32. Indianapolis Colts (12-4) - Tre' Jackson (G/Florida State)

The Colts need an upgrade all across their offensive line, especially in the interior, who have struggled to run block all season.