Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mid Mock

Round One

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Geno Smith QB (West Virginia)
The Chiefs have a pretty talented roster on both sides of the ball but are being dragged down by their lack of talent at QB. Matt Cassel hasn't been the answer and Brady Quinn didn't save the day. Geno Smith is light years ahead of those two talent wise and could help the Chiefs contend as early as next season.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Matt Barkley QB (USC)
Blaine Gabbert is a sunk cost for the Jaguars as he looks as a mediocre backup at best and definitely is not a franchise QB. Matt Barkley is overrated just like other USC QBs before him, but the Jaguars have to roll the dice and bring in a big name QB as there is no way they can sell the fan base on another year of Gabbert.

3. Cleveland Browns - Jarvis Jones OLB (Georgia)
Jarvis Jones is a stud pass rusher than can be a Von Miller type OLB in Cleveland's 4-3. They need help at OLB and a pass rush specialist and they get both with this selection.

4. Carolina Panthers - Star Lotulelei DT (Utah)
The Panthers' need serious DT help as they severely lack talent there, Star Lotulelei would help solve that issue as many are comparing him to be a disruptive force similar to the Ravens' Haloti Ngata. Lotulelei will command attention in the interior leaving DEs Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy with more favorable match ups on the outside.

5. St. Louis Rams - Luke Joeckel OT (Texas A + M)
Wayne Hunter has started games at LT for the Rams which is as bad as it gets, if the team wants to get the most out of QB Sam Bradford they need to upgrade his protection. Luke Joeckel can step in right away and be an upgrade at LT and give Bradford the blindside protector that he so desperately needs.

6. Tennessee Titans - DeMarcus Milliner CB (Alabama)
The Titans made a mistake by choosing to franchise S Michael Griffin over CB Cortland Finnegan and their secondary has been a mess because of that. DeMarcus Milliner can replace what they lost when Finnegan left for St. Louis and give the Titans a chance at slowing down opposing #1 WRs.

7. Cincinnati Bengals - Bjoern Werner DE (Florida State)
At the end of the season DE Michael Johnson will be a free agent and his inconsistent play may lead to the Bengals choosing not to retain him. Bjoern Werner lived in the shadow of Brandon Jenkins, but now with Jenkins hurt he has proven that he doesn't need someone across from him drawing attention to be productive.

8. Oakland Raiders - Johnthan Banks CB (Mississippi State)
The Raiders are a team that could be looking for a QB early in the draft, but with the top two guys off the board they choose to go in a different direction. The Raiders have had so many injuries at the CB spot that they have been forced to play S Michael Huff out of position at CB. Johnthan Banks is a player that can take a Stephon Gillmore type rise to the top 10 and the Raiders select him with the hopes of getting the shutdown CB they haven't had since Nnamdi Asomugha left town.

9. Buffalo Bills - Tyler Wilson QB (Arkansas)
Since Ryan Fitzpatrick signed his 6 yr $59m extension he started looking like the Ryan Fitzpatrick of old instead. If the Bills want to have a chance at competing with the Patriots in the division they are going to need to upgrade the position. Tyler Wilson may not be worth a top 10 pick to some but could surprise people afterwards like Ryan Tannehill is currently doing in Miami.

10. Philadelphia Eagles - Johnathan Hankins DT (Ohio State)
The Eagles have talent everywhere but can't put it together on the field for some reason and will probably clean house of pricey veterans at the end of the season. Cullen Jenkins is one of those pricey veterans that might be shown the door leaving a hole next to last year's 1st round pick Fletcher Cox. Johnathan Hankins is a massive human being that can help clog up the middle next to Fletcher and also stay in the game on passing downs and be productive.

11. New York Jets - Damontre Moore DE/OLB (Texas A + M)
Back in 2008 the Jets thought they solved their pass rush problems by drafting Vernon Gholston and signing Calvin Pace, but that never came to fruition. The Jets are still looking for an outside pass-rusher to add to their newly acquired interior rushers, Quinton Coples and Mo Wilkerson, Damontre Moore who currently leads all of College Football in sacks, can bring that to the team. (I know Moore said he wants to return to school but after having a season like this I'm sure his advisors will urge him to leave since he is a fringe top 10 pick)

12. Dallas Cowboys - Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB (LSU)
Anthony Spencer is playing his final season as a Cowboy and that might not be a bad thing. Letting Spencer move on in free agency will allow Dallas to upgrade the position across from DeMarcus Ware. Barkevious Mingo has freakish athletic talent and has the potential to be adouble digit a year sack guy across from Ware.

13. New Orleans Saints - Sam Montgomery DE (LSU)
The Saints defense is about as bad as it gets and the quickest way to solve problems on defense is to improve your pass rush. Sam Montgomery will be an immediate upgrade over soon to be cap casualty Will Smith and should fit in nicely across from the improving Cameron Jordan.

14. St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack OG (Alabama)
The Rams get serious about upgrading their O-Line and double dip with their two 1st round selections. Chance Warmack will be the next great interior O-Lineman to enter the league via a top-20 pick and these guys have been "can't miss" as of late.

15. Arizona Cardinals - Taylor Lewan OT (Michigan)
You don't have to be a scout to realize that the Cardinals need upgrades all over their O-Line. Taylor Lewan is the second best OT in this draft and is a necessary reach that Arizona has no choice but to make.

16. San Diego Chargers - Justin Hunter WR (Tennessee)
A lot of Vincent Jackson's success was credited to Phillip Rivers, this season he has showed that wasn't true. Justin Hunter would of been a top 10 pick had he not tore his ACL but he has been improving all season making him well worth the risk in the middle of the 1st round as a potential dominant WR.

17. Miami Dolphins - Keenan Allen WR (California)
The Dolphins foolishly gave away Brandon Marshall to Chicago and while Brain Hartline and Davone Bess are good WRs they aren't #1s. Keenan Allen can give Ryan Tannehill a go to guy that every QB loves to have.

18. Tamp Bay Buccaneers - Xavier Rhodes CB (Florida State)
The Bucs needed CB help before trading Aqib Talib to New England and the organization seems to address its biggest need in the 1st round year after year. Xavier Rhodes adds youth and talent to a defense that could be on the up and up sooner rather than later.

19. Detroit Lions - Alex Okafor DE (Texas)
With no DBs worthy of a pick at this time the Lions address their second biggest need, DE as Cliff Avril and Kyle VandenBosch most likely will not be with the team next season. Alex Okafor is a DE that is strong against the run and can bring it against the pass, he would fit in nicely on the outside of either DT Nick Fairley or Ndamukong Suh.

20. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Elam S (Florida)
The Vikings found a keeper last year in FS Harrison Smith and hope to have the same success with SS Matt Elam. Elam has great range and consistently makes plays all over the field whether defending the run or pass. Elam and Smith will form a dominant safety duo in the pass happy NFC North.

21. Seattle Seahawks - Tyler Eifert TE (Notre Dame)
Russell Wilson needs talented receivers and with no WRs worthy of a pick this high they select the best TE from this class. Tyler Eifert, while he is no Rob Gronkowski, is effective both as a blocker and receiver and should quickly become Russell Wilson's security blanket.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Manti Te'O ILB (Notre Dame)
Manti Te'O is a steal this late in the draft and the Steelers will pounce on him just like they did with OG David DeCastro last year. Te'O will be the next great LB for Pittsburgh and help make this defense feared once again especially with his rare coverage ability.

23. Indianapolis Colts - Johnathan Jenkins NT (Georgia)
The Colts did a real good job last April obviously by getting Andrew Luck but also giving him weapons in TE Coby Fleener, TE Dwayne Allen, WR T.Y. Hilton and RB Vick Ballard; now they focus on rebuilding the defense. It wouldn't be a bad idea for the Colts to select the best defensive player on the board regardless of position and in this case that player is Jenkins. Jenkins could anchor Indianapolis' 3-4 defense from the nose and make sure Shonn Greene doesn't look like a Hall of Famer next time they play the Jets.

24. Green Bay Packers - Sheldon Richardson DE/DT (Missouri)
Green Bay did a nice job adding talent to their defense in last years draft but they need to continue doing so. Sheldon Richardson would be a welcomed piece along the Packers' D-Line as his versatility will fit in well with Dom Capers' complex fronts.

25. Denver Broncos - C.J. Mosley MLB (Alabama)
We all know about Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil but the Broncos are still very weak in the middle of their defense. C.J. Mosley will add a new dimension of toughness to the interior of this Denver defense that is much needed.

26. New England Patriots - Dallas Thomas OG/OT (Tennessee)
The interior of the Patriots O-Line's play has slowed down over the years due to the players at the position getting older. Dallas Thomas will add much needed youth and physicality to the O-Line and the versatility that Bill Bellicheck loves in that he can also line up outside at OT.

27. New York Giants - Barrett Jones C/OG (Alabama)
The Giants O-Line always seems to play well when it matters most but it's time they invest a premium draft pick to the unit. Barrett Jones has played all over the line for the Crimson Tide and has Pro Bowl potential at C or either OG spots with the added bonus of being able to fill in at OT in the event of injuries.

28. San Francisco 49ers - Dion Jordan DE/OLB (Oregon)
San Fran has Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks, but Dion Jordan is far too good for them to let him fall any further. The 49ers can work Jordan in as a pass rush specialist, like they did with Smith, before he moves into a starting role.

29. Baltimore Ravens - Alec Ogleetree ILB (Georgia)
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and sadly we mave have seen the end of future Hall Of Famer Ray Lewis with the injury he suffered this season. Alec Ogleetree may never reach Ray Lewis level, but few ever will, he will however be a stallworth in the middle of the defense.

30. Chicago Bears - Eric Fisher OT (Central Michigan)
J'Marcus Webb has a chance to be the starting LT for a potential Super Bowl champion, but he is far from a good player. The Bears need to get a blindside protector for Jay Cutler and take a chance on small school prospect Eric Fisher, whose ceiling is very high, but floor is also very low.

31. Houston Texans - Kawann Short DE/DT (Purdue)
Houston doesn't have very many needs so like San Fran they can select a player that shouldn't fall any further. Kawann Short is a penetrating D-Lineman that would fit in perfect at the five technique for the Texans across from stud J.J. Watt.

32. Atlanta Falcons - Giovani Bernard RB (North Carolina)
After watching Marcus Lattimore's gruesome injury Giovani Bernard will forgoe the rest of his eligibility and declare for the NFL draft. Bernard would be a perfect fit in Atlanta's high powered offense, as a tough between the tackles runner and also a pass catching option out of the backfield.


Round Two
33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jonathan Cooper OG/C (North Carolina)
34. Kansas City Chiefs - Robert Woods WR (USC)
35. Carolina Panthers - David Amerson CB (N.C. State)
36. Tennessee Titans - Eric Reid S (LSU)
37. Washington Redskins - Terrance Williams WR (Baylor)
38. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Vaccaro S (Texas)
39. Buffalo Bills - Tavon Austin WR (West Virginia)
40. Philadelphia Eagles - D.J. Fluker OT (Alabama)
41. New York Jets - T.J. McDonald S (USC)
42. Dallas Cowboys - Travis Frederick OG/C (Wisconsin)
43. St. Louis Rams - Sylvester Williams DT (North Carolina)
44. Cincinnati Bengals - Shayne Skov MLB (Stanford)
45. Arizona Cardinals - E.J. Manuel QB (Florida State)
46. Miami Dolphins - Carrington Byndom CB (Texas)
47. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jesse Williams DT (Alabama)
48. Detroit Lions - Nickell Robey CB (USC)
49. San Diego Chargers - Brennan Williams OT (North Carolina)
50. Minnesota Vikings - Jordan Poyer CB (Oregon State)
51. Seattle Seahawks - Deandre Hopkins WR (Clemson)
52. Miami Dolphins - Tank Carradine DE (Florida State)
53. Pittsburgh Steelers - Corey Lemonier DE/OLB (Auburn)
54. Green Bay Packers - Tony Jefferson S (Oklahoma)
55. New England Patriots - John Simon DE (Ohio State)
56. Denver Broncos - Desmond Trufant CB (Washington)
57. New York Giants - Ricky Wagner OT (Wisconsin)
58. San Francisco - Khaled Holmes C (USC)
59. Baltimore Ravens - Cordarrelle Patterson WR (Tennessee)
60. Chicago Bears - Zach Ertz TE (Stanford)
61. Houston Texans - Oday Aboushi OT (West Virgnia)
62. Atlanta Falcons - Larry Warford OG (Kentucky)




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