Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Week 9 NFL Mock Draft

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13) - Marcus Mariota (QB/Oregon)

The Buccaneers have a void of talent at the quarterback position. Lovie Smith will look for his guy at quarterback in the offseason and Mariota is the best QB available. With two quality options at wide receiver on the roster in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, Mariota could make an immediate impact in the league.

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

Derek Carr has not been the reason for the Raiders failures, but the rest of the offense isn't helping him either. An offensive weapon is needed and Cooper could be that guy.

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

The Jaguars lack an edge rusher who can put pressure on Andrew Luck. With a surplus of pass rusher available in this draft, Jacksonville will have plenty of options to fill the void.

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

And the QB carousel in New York continues. The Jets don't care about Jameis Winston's off-field issues, especially if he can save their sinking franchise.

5. Atlanta Falcons (5-11) - Randy Gregory (DE/Nebraska)

Atlanta will never win the NFC South if it can't find a way to rattle Drew Brees and Cam Newton. Pass rush has been an issue on this team for a few years now and it needs to be addressed by someone besides an aging Osi Umenyiora.

6. Minnesota Vikings (5-11) - Andrus Peat (OT/Stanford)

Matt Kalil has been awful this season. Even if the Vikings decide to continue with Kalil due to his past performance, it may be wise to invest in a right tackle.

7. Tennessee Titans (5-11) - Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)

Tennessee needs help at quarterback, but they also need an edge rusher and Calhoun is a better option than anyone available at quarterback.

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

In honor of Alabama's game against LSU this week, I just want to remind everyone that this happened.

Brandon Merriweather will likely not be in Washington next season. Safety is a position of need for the Redskins, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see them land Collins.

9. Cleveland Browns (8-8) -Shane Ray (OLB/Missouri)

Barkevious Mingo hasn't lived up to the hype and Jabaal Sheard is a free agent. The Browns will look to improve their pass rush in the offseason.

10. Houston Texans (7-9) - Brett Hundley (QB/UCLA)

It looks like Ryan Mallett may get the not at QB this week. If he plays well, Bill O'Brien may stay with him, but if he doesn't, the Texans will seek their quarterback in the offseason.

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

There's a good chance that Connor Cook stays in school, but if he doesn't, Jeff Fisher would be interested.

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

If the Panthers don't want Cam Newton running for his life, then they need to find someone to protect. Newton has been hampered by rib and ankle injuries all season due to his lack of protection.

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

Josh Gordon is coming back soon, but in case he gets in trouble again, Cleveland could look at additional options at wide receiver.

14. New York Giants (8-8) - Shawn Oakman (DE/Baylor)

New York needs to replenish their pass rush unit, especially when you factor in the impending free agency of Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers.

15. Chicago Bears (8-8) - PJ Williams (CB/Florida State)

Injuries have ravished the Bears secondary and have shown just how thin they are at the position. A double-dip after taking Kyle Fuller last year shouldn't be that surprising.

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) - Todd Gurley (RB/Georgia)

Baltimore has no long-term option at running back on their roster. Gurley would be an immediate upgrade.

17. Seattle Seahawks (9-7) - Melvin Gordon (RB/Wisconsin)

Marshawn Lynch will not be in Seattle next season. Gordon is being hyped as the next Jamaal Charles, so while his playing style differs from Lynch, he would still be the offensive spark the Seahawks need on the ground.

18. San Francisco 49ers (9-7) - Kevin White (WR/West Virginia)

There is no true no. 1 receiver on the 49ers and with Michael Crabtree headed for free agency, the team needs a new weapon for Colin Kaepernick.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) - Ronald Darby (CB/Florida State)

Another position in need of youth, the Steelers will seek to upgrade their secondary this offseason.

20. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) - Jaelen Strong (WR/Arizona State)

Kansas City wide receivers have combined for 0 receiving touchdowns this year. Dwayne Bowe is not a reliable option as the top wide receiver and everyone else on the roster just isn't talented.

21. San Diego Chargers (9-7) - TJ Yeldon (RB/Alabama)

Ryan Mathews is a free agent after this season and Donnie Brown has never shown he is capable of being a team's lead back. A new running back is needed.

22. Miami Dolphins (10-6) - Marcus Peters (CB/Washington)

Cortland Finnegan hasn't been terrible, but he could be upgraded. Not to mention Brent Grimes isn't getting any younger.

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

Domonic Raiola is a free agent in the offseason. Detroit may take this opportunity to inject some youth into the position.

24. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) - Vic Beasley (OLB/Clemson)

Beasley is undersized, but has a great motor and is quick, something Chip Kelly prefers in his players.

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

The Saints are in dire need of help on their pass rush. Fowler had a monster game against Georgia and was a factor in stopping both the run and the pass.

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

One of the few needs on this team, Golden could round out the Bengals pass rush and fill the void left by Michael Johnson's departure.

27. New England Patriots (11-5) - Stefon Diggs (WR/Maryland)

New England needs to upgrade their receiving group. Julian Edelman should not be a top target and Brandon LaFell may just be a flash in the pan.

28. Arizona Cardinals (10-6) - Noah Spence (OLB/Ohio State)

Arizona needs to upgrade their pass rush now that John Abraham's future is uncertain.

29. Dallas Cowboys (10-6) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)

The top player available, Dallas could stand to upgrade their secondary, especially if they release Morris Claiborne.

30. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Eric Kendricks (ILB/UCLA)

Inside linebacker is a weak link on the Broncos defense and it showed as the Broncos were unable to cover the middle in the pass.

31. Green Bay Packers (12-4) - Devin Funchess (TE/Michigan)

Another wrinkle in the Packers offensive passing game. Funchess has only scored once since grabbing three touchdowns in the season opener, but a lot of that has to do with just poor overall play by Michigan.

32. Indianapolis Colts (13-3) - Tre' Jackson (G/Florida State)

The Colts offensive line needs upgrades across nearly all positions. Jackson could start immediately at left guard.

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