Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Super Bowl Hangover (3 round Mock)

Round One

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Geno Smith QB (West Virginia)
Geno Smith is not a Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin type prospect but neither was Cam Newton and Carolina would be kicking themselves if they had passed on him. The last time a team passed on a QB who wasn't deemed "worthy" of the #1 pick was in 2008 when the Miami Dolphins passed on Matt Ryan and allowed  the Falcons to get their franchise back on track. Love or hate Geno Smith as a prospect it is a bigger risk for the Chiefs to pass on him than taking a QB "unworthy" of the top pick. A lot of people are calling for Luke Joeckel to go here, in my opionion that is a lateral move though he might be better than current free agent LT Branden Albert it is not a significant upgrade that will translate into more wins.
*Alternative - Luke Joeckel OT*
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Star Lotulelei DT (Utah)
Jacksonville claimed Jason Babin off waivers and has Jeremy Mincey who they signed to an extension last season, as well last year's 2nd rd pick Andre Branch all at DE; yet I still wouldn't be shocked if they selected a DE at #2. Instead of a DE they should focus on a monster interior player who can draw double teams while playing well against both the rush and rushing the passer. With Star Lotulelei causing so much attention on the inside it will give the underachieving Jaguar DEs more favorable match ups and a good chance at improving their production.
*Alternative - Bjoern Werner DE*
3. Oakland Raiders - Bjoern Werner DE (Florida State)
The Raiders are going to need to remake their D-Line with DTs Richard Seymour and Desmond Bryant becoming free agents as well as DT Tommy Kelly likely becoming a cap casualty. Bjoern Werner is a DE that can anchor a D-Line with his ability to both defend the run well and get after the QB. With the addition of Werner, 6-3 300 lb DE Lamarr Houston can move inside to DT his more natural position.
*Alternative - Dee Milliner CB*
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Luke Joeckel OT (Texas A + M)
The Eagles O-Line was one of the worst in the NFL last year and while getting Jason Peters and Todd Herremans back will help, they still need to add some young talent. By adding Luke Joeckel him or Peters can lockdown the blindside while the other plays RT moving Herremans back inside to OG.
*Alternative - Dee Milliner CB*
5. Detroit Lions - Damontre Moore DE (Texas A + M)
Kyle Vanden Bosch has already been released and it's likely that Cliff Avril will be the next one to leave, leaving the cupboard bare at DE. Damontre Moore would be an upgrade over both KVB and Avril lining up on the outside of stud DTs Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh.
*Alternative - Dee Milliner CB*
6. Cleveland Browns - Dion Jordan DE/OLB (Oregon)
Whether or not Cleveland plays more 3-4 or sticks to the 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton they still need to add a premier edge rusher. Dion Jordan is a freak of an athlete who played all over the field for the Ducks and would fit well as an edge rusher in Horton's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense.
*Alternative - Chance Warmack OG*
7. Arizona Cardinals - Eric Fisher OT (Central Michigan)
You don't need to be a scout to know that Arizona needs upgrades all over their O-Line and have to take Eric Fisher if he is still on the board at this point. Arizona may also consider trading up to #3 to leapfrog the Eagles to take Luke Joeckel, but in my opinion Fisher is a better value at #7 since they won't need to give up any draft picks that trading up would involve while still be able to acquire a LT.
*Alternative - Chance Warmack OG* 
8. Buffalo Bills - Cordarelle Patterson WR (Tennessee)
Bills GM Buddy Nix said he intends on bringing in a franchise QB but that doesn't mean he is going to reach for one of the many 2nd/3rd round QB prospects. Instead the Bills should look at giving whoever their eventual QB of the future is some reliable targets to throw to as currently they only have Stevie Johnson. Cordarelle Patterson is a physical freak who should take over the #1 WR role from Stevie Johnson sooner rather than later and give the Bills an ofensive playmaker that they desperately need.
*Alternative - Mike Glennon QB*
9. New York Jets - Ezekial Ansah DE/OLB (BYU)
The Jets have needed a dominant outside rusher since they traded John Abraham to the Falcons in 2006. The need is even more glaring with Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace unlikely returning. Ezekial Ansah has all the atheltic ability in the world and really showed his potential at the Senior Bowl being one of the most dominant players on the field, showing up strong against the run and rushing the passer. Ansah can be the outside rusher the Jets have needed for a long time adding another dimension to the Jets defense as interior rushers Quinton Coples and Muhammed Wilkerson continue to improve in their 2nd and 3rd seasons.
*Alternative - Kenny Vaccaro S*
10. Tennessee Titans - Dee Milliner CB (Alabama)
The Titans made the wrong decision last offseason to use their franchise tag on S Michael Griffin instead of on CB Cortland Finnegan and it resulted in one of the worst pass defenses in the league. The Titans were reportedly hoping either Stephon Gilmore or Dre Kirkpatrick fell to them at #20 last year but that wasnt the case, they recitfy that by taking Dee Milliner here. Milliner can be the pesky #1 CB they miss, with Finnegan now playing in St. Louis, tracking #1 WRs all over the field.
*Alternative - Chance Warmack OG*
11. San Diego Chargers - Alec Ogletree ILB (Georgia)
Takeo Spikes is 36 and owed a non guaranted $3 million for next season making him likely to be cut as a cap casualty. Don't be shocked to see Alec Ogletree get drafted over his teamate Jarvis Jones as it is a real possibility due to the latter's spinal stenosis coupled with teams' needs for good coverage LBs to matchup with the new breed of atheltic TEs in the league. Ogletree should be a day one starter and show his playmaking ability early especially in coverage.
*Alternative - Lane Johnson OT*
12. Miami Dolphins - Barkevious Mingo DE (LSU)
The Dolphins will need a new DT with Randy Starks set for free agency, one way they can rectify that is by drafting a DE and moving Jared Ordrick from DE to DT where he fits better in the 4-3. Barkevious Mingo has a high ceiling but also a low floor he can be the next Aldon Smith but could also be the next Aaron Maybin. Miami would be well served using him as a pass rush specialist, like Bruce Irvin, before using him every down.
*Alternative - Keenan Allen WR*
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Kenny Vaccaro S (Texas)
The Buccaneers should take the best DB available not limited to CB, as Johnthan Banks, Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant are all reaches at this point. While it is usually odd for teams to go back to back years selecting safeties in the 1st rd if the draft plays out like this the Bucs would be wise to do so. Kenny Vaccaro and Mark Barron can form a deadly tandom as both can play FS or SS and Vaccaro can even play some slot CB, giving Tampa Bay a bunch of options in their back 7.
*Alternative - Johnthan Banks CB*
14. Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson DT (Missouri)
The Panthers allowed RBs week after to week to look like all-pros as their DTs were the weakest starting duo in the NFL. Sheldon Richardson is going to be a demon on the inside in the pros and would go much higher than this if it wasn't for team needs. Some are comparing his interior pass rush skills to Warren Sapp while that praise is extremly high and hard to live up to I can see him being a similar player to Geno Atkins, giving Carolina one of the best young D-Lines with incumbent DEs Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy.
*Alternative - Jarvis Jones OLB*
15. New Orleans Saints - Jarvis Jones DE/OLB (Georgia)
The Saints have hired a new defensive coordinator in Rob Ryan and will be switching to the 3-4 on defense. Their 3 man front should be set with Cameron Jordan, Broderick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks it's the back 7 that posses the most questions especially at rush LB. The Saints have two potential rush LBs on their roster in Junior Galette and Martez Wilson but none were drafted highly or a lock to succeed. New Orleans should stop Jarvis Jones' fall as he is a top 5 player in this draft and hope to get a potential steal.
*Alternative - Lane Johnson OT*
16. St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack OG (Albama)
This is the lowest I can see Chance Warmack going and the Rams should run to the podium to hand in their draft card if he is on the board. While St. Louis has a bigger need at OT taking Oklahoma's Lane Johnson over Warmack would be a mistake, as the latter has a legitimate chance to be an all-pro as a rookie.
 *Alternative - Lane Johnson OT*
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Johnathan Hankins NT (Ohio State)
Casey Hampton is old and a free agent and can no longer be relied upon to be a starter at this point in his career. Johnathan Hankins draft stock has slipped since being billed as a potential top 5 pick and the Steelers can be the perfect team to harness his massive potential. Hankins won't make it out of the top 20 due to the fact that there are only a few human beings that are as atheltic at his size.
*Alternative - Alex Okafor DE/OLB*
18. Dallas Cowboys - Shariff Floyd DT (Florida)
The Cowboys are switching to the 4-3 under Monte Kiffin and already had a big need at DT, before Jay Ratliff decided to drive drunk, and may have a bigger one if this causes his release. Sharrif Floyd can be the first building block to the Cowboy's new D-Line who may only have DE DeMarcus Ware as a holdover.
*Alternative - Johnathan Cooper OG/C* 
19. New York Giants - Lane Johnson OT (Oklahoma)
The Giants O-Line used to be one of the teams biggest strengths but all their starters, except for free agent LT Will Beatty, are all over the age of 30. Lane Johnson is unlikely to make it out of the top 20 after his impressive senior bowl and the fact that he has so much untapped potential. The ideal scenario for the Giants would be to resign Beatty and play him or Johnson at either LT or RT and send David Diehl to the bench where he belongs or possibly even the waiver wire.
*Alternative - Zach Ertz TE*
20. Chicago Bears - Zach Ertz TE (Stanford)
The Chicago Bears will hope the franchis tag doesn't diminish a strong OT free agency class that potentially includes Ryan Clady, Branden Albert, Jake Long, Will Beatty and Andre Smith. With the nice amount of cap room the Bears posses I would imagine they would secure a starter in free agency instead of keeping their fingers crossed that one makes it to pick 20. Instead the Bears can focus on giving Jay Cutler another playmaker on offense whose name isn't Brandon Marshall. Zach Ertz can be a much needed seem stretcher for the Bears and give Cutler a legitimate option to go to when Marshall is double teamed.
*Alternative - Johnathan Cooper OG/C*
21. Cincinatti Bengals - Keenan Allen WR (California)
Andy Dalton is more a game manager in the mold of a Matt Hasselbeck than a put the team on his back make everyone around him better type of guy. Adding as many weapons on offense would be in the Bengals' best interest as it would maximize Dalton's ability. Mohammed Sanu and Andrew Hawkins are good #3/4 type WRs but that really is all they will be, Keenan Allen has the ability to be 1A to A.J. Green and at the worst should be a really good #2 WR.
*Alternative - Manti Te'O ILB*
22. St. Louis Rams - John Jenkins DT (Georgia)
The Rams drafted Michael Brockers in the 1st rd and signed Kendall Langford as a free agent last year  hoping to lock down the DT position for the next couple of years, but the latter disappointed. John Jenkins is a player just like Johnathan Hankins that has some question marks surrounding him but at the end of the day only a few human beings can move this well at that size. Jenkins can add talent to a stacked D-Line for Jeff Fisher and allow him to rotate more frequently due to the added depth.
*Alternative - Matt Elam S*
23. Minnesota Vikings - Manti Te'o ILB (Notre Dame)
The Vikings have a big need at WR and it could become even bigger with the reports that they are shopping Percy Harvin, still they are not forced to take a WR at this point. There is a strong crop of free agent WRs and they can also use the compensation they receive if they deal Harvin to address the position. Whether you believe Manti Te'o got duped in his fake girlfriend scandal or not doesn't matter he is still one heck of a football player. Te'o has the ability to be a 3 down player at the next level as he showed great coverage ability with his 7 ints last seson.
*Alternative - Kawann Short DT*
24. Indianapolis Colts - Johnathan Cooper OG/C (North Carolina)
The Colts need to improve their protection for franchise QB Andrew Luck as he was pressured almost every play at Baltimore in the playoffs. Johnathan Cooper is a bad man who may not be too far behind Chance Warmack in potential and is definetly worth a 1st rd selection regardless of his position. If Cooper and Warmack played OT instead of OG they would be locks for the top 10 with a potential to go top 5, that's how good they are.
*Alternative - Matt Elam S*
25. Seattle Seahawks - Deandre Hopkins WR (Clemson)
The Seahawks struck gold in the 3rd round with Russel Wilson and now need to improve the receiving options around him. Golden Tate and the oft-injured Sidney Rice should not be topping the depth chart and with the addition of Deandre Hopkins those days will be numbered. Hopkins is a big time play maker that could form a lethal combination with Wilson for the next decade.
*Alternative - Tyler Eifert TE*
26. Green Bay Packers - Kawann Short DE/DT (Purdue)
The Packers spent almost all of their picks on defense last season and still need to continue adding talent on that side of the ball. Their D-Line relies too much on B.J. Raji and it forced Green Bay to wear him out as the season went on which decreased his productivity. Kawann Short can bring a breath of fresh air to the D-Line as well as a pass rush essence that their 3 man line has been lacking.
*Alternative - Jesse Williams NT*
27. Houston Texans - Kevin Minter ILB (LSU)
The Texans defense really fell off after Brian Cushing tore his ACL against the Jets, cementing the fact that Bradie James is unreliable at ILB. Kevin Minter has been a standout in the middle of one of the best defense's in college football and would form an excellent starting duo with Brian Cushing.
*Alternative - Tavon Austin WR*
28. Denver Broncos - Desmond Trufant CB (Washington)
Champ Bailey is one of the all time great CBs but father time catches up to everyone as Torrey Smith showed us in the playoffs. Desmond Trufant will have some big shoes to fill when he eventually replaces Bailey but will benefit from playing accross from him to start out his career.
*Alternative - Alex Okafor DE*
29. New England Patriots - Matt Elam S (Florida)
Asuming CB Aqib Talib resigns, the Patriots have seemed to fix up their secondary by moving Devin McCourty to FS, CB Alfonzo Dennard into the starting lineup and CB Kyle Arrington into the slot, that is except for SS. Matt Elam is a hard hitting playmaker who should go higher than this but won't due to his small frame that is similar to Bob Sanders, Bill Bellicheck won't let him fall any further and completes his secondary.
*Alternative - Johnthan Banks CB*
30. Atlanta Falcons - Alex Okafor DE (Texas)
It's amazing that the Falcons won as many games as they did last season considering how many needs they have, and they can go a number of different directions with this selection. A DE is in my opinion the team's biggest need as they have nothin besides the soon to be 35 year old John Abraham. Alex Okafor can make a good tandem with Abraham in what could be his last season before taking over as the lead guy.
*Alternative - Tyler Eifert TE*
31. San Francisco 49ers - Tavon Austin WR (West Virginia)
The 49ers still have a big need at WR even after bringing in Randy Moss, Mario Maningham as free agents and drafting A.J. Jenkins in the 1st round. Moss and Manningham are most likely one and done in San Fran, while A.J. Jenkins showed nothing last year that would make you think he could contribute on a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Tavon Austin is a playmaker in the mold of Randall Cobb and could be the steal of the draft, he is perfect for the offense San Fran now runs with Colin Kaepernick at QB. Austin can line up in the slot, outside and also at RB and be a factor on read option plays. Tavon Austin will be the guy that half way through the season has everyone wondering how he made it down this far.
*Alternative - Jesse Williams NT*
32. Baltimore Ravens - Corey Lemonier DE/OLB (Auburn)
The Raves are going to have a lot of tough decisions this offseason on who to keep and who to let go as they try to re-sign Joe Flacco and maneuver around the salary cap.  One of Paul Kruger or Terrel Suggs will not be on the team next season leaving a big void at the hybrid DE/OLB positon. Corey Lemonier can help to fill the void but there is only so much he can do for a team that is going to be experiencing a lot of turnover on both sides of the ball.
*Alternative - Eric Reid S*

Round Two

33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnthan Banks CB (Mississippi State)
Prev Pick - Star Lotulelei DT
34. Kansas City Chiefs - Tyler Eifert TE (Notre Dame)
Prev Pick - Geno Smith QB
35. Philadelphia Eagles - Jesse Williams NT (Alabama)
Prev Pick - Luke Joeckel OT
36. Detroit Lions - Sam Montgomery DE (LSU)
Prev Pick - Damontre Moore DE
37. Cincinatti Bengals - Barret Jones C (Alabama)
Prev Pick - Keenan Allen WR
38. Arizona Cardinals - E.J. Manuel QB (Florida State)
Prev Pick - Eric Fisher OT
39. New York Jets - Eddie Lacey RB (Alabama)
Prev Pick - Ezekial Ansah DE/OLB
40. Tennessee Titans - Jonathan Cyprien S (Florida International)
Prev Pick - Dee Milliner CB
41. Buffalo Bills - Mike Glennon QB (N.C. State)
Prev Pick - Cordarelle Patterson WR
42. Miami Dolphins - Justin Hunter WR (Tennessee)
Prev Pick - Barkevious Mingo DE
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Xavier Rhodes CB (Florida State)
Prev Pick - Kenny Vaccaro S
44. Carolina Panthers - D.J. Fluker OT (Alabama)
Prev Pick - Sheldon Richardson DT
45. San Diego Chargers - Dallas Thomas OT/OG (Tennessee)
Prev Pick - Alec Ogletree ILB
46. St. Louis Rams - Eric Reid S (LSU)
Prev Pick - Chance Warmack OG, John Jenkins DT
47. Dallas Cowboys - Datone Jones DE (UCLA)
Prev Pick - Shariff Floyd DT
48. Pittsburgh Steelers - Terrance Williams WR (Baylor)
Prev Pick - Johnathan Hankins NT
49. New York Giants - Travis Fredericks OG/C (Wisconsin)
Prev Pick - Lane Johnson OT
50. Chicago Bears - Larry Warford OG (Kentucky)
Prev Pick - Zach Ertz TE
51. Washington Redskins - Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB (Connecticut)
Prev Pick - None
52. Minnesota Vikings - Robert Woods WR (USC)
Prev Pick - Manti Te'O ILB
53. Cincinatti Bengals - Arthur Brown OLB (Kansas State)
Prev Pick - Keenan Allen WR, Barret Jones C
54. Miami Dolphins - Jordan Reed TE (Florida)
Prev Pick - Barkevious Mingo DE, Justin Hunter WR
55. Green Bay Packers - Giovanni Bernard RB (North Carolina)
Prev Pick - Kawann Short DE/DT
56. Seattle Seahawks - Menelik Watson OT (Florida State)
Prev Pick - Deandre Hopkins WR
57. Houston Texans - Margus Hunt DE/DT (SMU)
Prev Pick - Kevin Minter ILB
58. Denver Broncos - Tank Carradine DE (Florida State)
Prev Pick - Desmont Trufant CB
59. New England Patriots - Sylvester Williams DT (North Carolina)
Prev Pick - Matt Elam S
60. Atlanta Falcons - Beenie Logan DT (LSU)
Prev Pick - Alex Okafor DE
61. San Francisco 49ers - Jamar Taylor CB (Boise State)
Prev Pick - Tavon Austin WR
62. Baltimore Ravens -  Phillip Thomas S (Fresno State)
Prev Pick - Corey Lemonier DE/OLB (Auburn)

Round Three

63. Kansas City Chiefs - Logan Ryan CB (Rutgers)
Prev Pick - Geno Smith QB, Tyler Eifert TE
64. Jacksonville Jaguars - Kyle Long OT/OG (Oregon)
Prev Pick - Star Lotulelei DT, Johnthan Banks CB
65. Detroit Lions - Alvin Bailey OG (Arkansas)
Prev Pick - Damontre Moore DE, Sam Montgomery DE
66. Oakland Raiders - Matt Barkley QB (USC)
Prev Pick - Bjoern Werner DE
67. Philadelphia Eagles - Tony Jefferson S (Oklahoma)
Prev Pick - Luke Joeckel OT, Jesse Williams NT
68. Cleveland Browns - Darius Slay CB (Mississippi State)
Prev Pick - Dion Jordan DE/OLB
69. Arizona Cardinals - David Quessenberry OG/C (San Jose State)
Prev Pick - Eric Fisher OT, E.J. Manuel QB
70. Tennessee Titans - Mike Gillislee RB (Florida)
Prev Pick - Dee Milliner CB, Jonathan Cyprien S
71. Buffalo Bills - Gavin Escobar TE (San Diego State)
Prev Pick - Cordarelle Patterson WR, Mike Glennon QB (N.C. State)
72. New York Jets - Brandon Jenkins DE/OLB (Florida State)
Prev Pick - Ezekial Ansah DE/OLB, Eddie Lacey RB
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Travis Kelce TE (Cincinatti)
Prev Pick - Kenny Vaccaro S, Xavier Rhodes CB
74. San Francisco 49ers - William Gholston DE/DT (Michigan State)
Prev Pick - Tavon Austin WR, Jamar Taylor CB
75. New Orleans Saints - T.J. McDonald S (USC)
Prev Pick - Jarvis Jones DE/OLB
76. San Diego Chargers - Brennan Williams OT (North Carolina)
Prev Pick - Alec Ogletree ILB, Dallas Thomas OT/OG
77. Miami Dolphins - Jordan Poyer CB (Oregon State)
Prev Pick - Barkevious Mingo DE, Justin Hunter WR, Jordan Reed TE
78. St. Louis Rams - David Bakhtiari OT (Colorado)
Prev Pick - Chance Warmack OG, John Jenkins DT, Eric Reid S
79. Pittsburgh Steelers - A.J. Klein ILB (Iowa State)
Prev Pick - Johnathan Hankins NT, Terrance Williams WR
80. Dallas Cowboys - Chris Faulk OT (LSU)
Prev Pick - Shariff Floyd DT, Datone Jones DE
81. New York Giants - Khaseem Greene OLB (Rutgers)
Prev Pick - Lane Johnson OT, Travis Frederick OG/C
82. Miami Dolphins - Justin Pugh OT/OG (Syracuse)
Prev Pick - Barkevious Mingo DE, Justin Hunter WR, Jordan Reed TE, Jordan Poyer CB
83. Minnesota Vikings - Quinton Patton WR (Louisiana Tech)
Prev Pick - Manti Te'O ILB, Robert Woods WR
84. Cincinatti Bengals - Andre Ellington RB (Clemson)
Prev Pick - Keenan Allen WR, Barret Jones C, Arthur Brown OLB
85. Washington Redskins - Bacarri Rambo S (Georgia)
Prev Pick - Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB
86. Indianapolis Colts - Brandon Williams NT (Missouri Southern)
Prev Pick - Johnathan Cooper OG/C
87. Seattle Seahwaks - Everette Dawkins DT (Florida State)
Prev Pick - Deandre Hopkins WR, Menelik Watson OT
88. Green Bay Packers - John Simon DE/OLB (Ohio State)
Prev Pick - Kawann Short DE/DT, Giovanni Bernard RB
89. Houston Texans - Markus Wheaton WR (Oregon State)
Prev Pick - Kevin Minter ILB, Margus Hunt DE/DT
90. Denver Broncos - Christine Michael RB (Texas A + M)
Prev Pick - Desmond Trufant CB, Tank Carradine DE
91. New England Patriots - Stedman Bailey WR (West Virginia)
Prev Pick - Matt Elam S, Sylvester Williams DT
92. Atlanta Falcons - Joseph Randle RB (Oklahoma State)
Prev Pick - Alex Okafor DE, Beenie Logan DT
93. San Francisco - Chase Thomas DE/OLB (Stanford)
Prev Pick - Tavon Austin WR, Jamar Taylor CB, William Gholston DE/DT
94. Baltimore Ravens - Jon Bostic ILB (Florida)
Prev Pick - Corey Lemonier DE/OLB, Phillip Thomas S

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