April 25, 2013

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NFL Mock Draft

By: Joe Williams

It’s that time of year and all the cool kids are doing NFL mock drafts. I gave in to the peer pressure so here is my attempt to get a couple of Thursday’s 32 picks right.

In 2012, we knew who the first QB taken, and first overall pick, would be before the NFL Draft started. Those answers aren't as clear this year.

1 Kansas City Chiefs: There’s a new coach in town. Andy Reid has got himself a new quarterback. Now he’ll get someone to protect that quarterback.

The pick: Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M

2 Jacksonville Jaguars: When you are picking second, you can’t afford to miss on your pick. The Jags will wait for round two or three to get a quarterback and look to improve the worst pass rush in the league.

The pick: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

3 Oakland Raiders: With Matt Flynn in the fold, the Raiders can hope he becomes the franchise guy and look to fill a gaping hole on the defensive line. It’s a choice between Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd.

The pick: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

4 Philadelphia Eagles: This is where we find out if new coach Chip Kelly wants to groom Geno Smith for the future or protect Michael Vick for the present. One thing we know about Kelly is that he loves speed.

The pick: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

5 Detroit Lions: For the Lions to compete in the NFC North, they are going to have to beat Green Bay. That means getting pressure on Aaron Rodgers.

The pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

6 Cleveland Browns: Championship teams have to be great on one side of the ball. In Cleveland, that’s not going to be the offense until Weeden proves he is the right guy or they find someone else. Adding free agents Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves and the top cornerback in the draft gives the defense a chance to be really good.

The pick: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

7 Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals offensive line was awful last year and if Fisher is still on the board, they won’t waste any time turning their card in.

The pick: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

8 Buffalo Bills: Here’s another team with a new quarterback. Buffalo follows suit and picks up some protection for Kevin Kolb.

The pick: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

9 New York Jets: The defense just took a major hit by trading Revis to Tampa Bay. If the pass coverage gets worse, the pass rush better improve.

The pick: Barkevlous Mingo, DL, LSU

10 Tennessee Titans: The Titans brought in Andy Levitre to fill the hole at one guard spot. Filling the hole on the other side would make life much easier for Jake Locker and Chris Johnson.

The pick: Johathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

11 San Diego Chargers: San Diego has got to get Phillip Rivers back on track. His 47 turnovers and 79 sacks over the last two seasons are way too many for this team to win.

The pick: Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma

12 Miami Dolphins: Cornerback duo Vontae Davis and Sean Smith are gone and the Dolphins still have to face Tom Brady twice a year. They need another corner.

The pick: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.

13 New York Jets: The secondary still needs help and this is the pick the Jets got in the Revis trade. But they don’t care when one of the best players on the board falls into their laps.

The pick: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

14 Carolina Panthers: Steve Smith isn’t getting any younger and Cam Newton is going to need more weapons to keep up with Matt Ryan and Drew Brees.

The pick: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

15 New Orleans Saints: Getting Sean Payton back will help the offense so this pick should be used on the defense. With several options to choose from, the Saints take the best defender left on their board.

The pick: Bjoern Werner, DL, Florida St.

16 St. Louis Rams: With two big needs to fill and two first round picks, the Rams must decide between a safety and wide receiver.

The pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

17 Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison is in Cincinnati and Mike Wallace took his talents to South Beach. One will be replaced with this pick.

The pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

18 Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones just invested $100 million in Tony Romo. It’s safe to assume he’s going to want to protect that investment.

The pick: D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama

19 New York Giants: When the Giants are great, they are putting pressure on the quarterback. And they like to draft pass rushers.

The pick: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

20 Chicago Bears: The Bears need help at linebacker with Brian Urlacher now gone. They’ll get it here, but it’s not who you think.

The pick: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas St.

21 Cincinnati Bengals: There aren’t a lot of holes in this roster. The biggest one is probably at safety. Not anymore.

The pic: Eric Reid, S, LSU

22 St. Louis: They’ve already picked up a safety. Now it’s time to get a receiver to fill the void left by Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola.

The pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

23 Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin is out and Greg Jennings is in. But the Vikings could still use one more guy to help take the weight off of Adrian Peterson.

The pick: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

24 Indianapolis Colts: Protection for Andrew Luck, a replacement for Dwight Freeney, or maybe the first running back off the board?

The pick: Datone Jones, DL, UCLA

25 Minnesota Vikings: Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler are in this division. Better get another defensive back.

The pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

26 Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers would love someone he could hand off to that would keep the defense guessing. First running back comes off the board here.

The pick: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

27 Houston Texans: Andre Johnson needs a tag team partner and Matt Schaub won’t complain about having another weapon either.

The pick: Keenan Allen, WR, California

28 Denver Broncos: The defensive line needed reinforcements even before the Dumervil debacle. One falls into John Elway’s lap on draft day.

The pick: Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri

29 New England Patriots: If the Pats make this pick it’s got to be a receiver or someone to cover a receiver.

The pick: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St.

30 Atlanta Falcons: Tony Gonzalez decided to give it one more shot which means this is the perfect time to draft his replacement and let him learn from a Hall-of-Famer.

The pick: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

31 San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers could use another safety after losing Dashon Goldson in free agency.

The pick: Matt Elam, S, Florida

32 Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis is retired and Dannell Ellerbe is in Miami so they probably take a linebacker here.

The pick: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

April 26, 2012

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NFL Mock Draft

By: Junior

NFL Mock Drafts are never accurate, but they are incredibly fun to make and tear apart after 10 picks. Here is my mock draft attempt:

1.       Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

The pick is already in. The Colts will rebuild around their new franchise QB.

2.       Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Mike Shanahan hopes RGIII is what the Redskins need to get them into the playoffs.

The Redskins will rally around RG3 and look to him to make a playoff run in the NFC East.

3.       Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC

The first pick that hasn’t already been made, the Vikings give Ponder a LT to grow with.

4.       Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

The Browns cannot pass on a stud RB to help control clock in the AFC North.

5.       Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

The Bucs get the top CB in the draft, and the eventual replacement of Ronde Barber.

6.       St. Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Sam Bradford gets his #1 receiver for years to come.

7.       Jacksonville Jaguars – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Jacksonville could go in a lot of directions, but I really like what Gilmore brings to their defense.

8.       Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Miami is desperate for a QB, and I think they reach to get one with the 8th pick.

9.       Carolina Panthers – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Panthers need help up front and Fletcher Cox is a safe player with Pro Bowl potential.

10.   Buffalo Bills – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

Kuechly would be another great addition to the Bills re-stocked defense.

11.   Kansas City Chiefs – David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Guards don’t normally go this high in the draft, but DeCastro isn’t a normal guard.

12.   Seattle Seahawks – Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Seattle needs to be able to get to the QB and Coples can provide just that.

13.   Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Larry Fitzgerald has faced constant double-teams since Anquan Boldin left. Floyd can change that.

14.   Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Barron immediately upgrades their Secondary and starts Day 1.

15.   Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Andy Reid loves to build depth on his lines in the Draft. Brockers would be great in rotation.

16.   New York Jets – Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina

Rex Ryan would love having teams guess where Ingram will be lining up each play.

17.   Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Corner is a big need for the Bengals, and they get a stud in Kirkpatrick.

18.   San Diego Chargers – Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois

Mercilus can be the rush OLB the Chargers have been missing since Shawne Merriman.

19.   Chicago Bears – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Could go WR, but with Reiff still on the board I think they try to keep Jay Cutler upright.

20.   Tennessee Titans – Cordy Glenn, G/OT, Georgia

The Titans need help at Guard and Tackle. Glenn can play either spot.

21.   Cincinnati Bengals – Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin

The Bengals are back on the clock, and fortify the interior line for Andy Dalton.

22.   Cleveland Browns – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

With Trent Richardson already selected, the Browns continue to upgrade their offensive weapons.

23.   Detroit Lions – Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford

The Lions may look to trade down with no corners of value here. If not they have to get a Tackle.

24.   Pittsburgh Steelers – Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

With no offensive lineman to pick, the Steelers would love to add Hightower to their linebacker corps.

25.   Denver Broncos – Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Denver has a HUGE need at DT. They get a HUGE DT in Poe.

26.   Houston Texans – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

A big WR opposite Andre Johnson could be too good to pass up.

27.   New England Patriots – Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise St.

The Patriots need a pass rushing OLB and McClellin would be a great fit.

28.   Green Bay Packers – Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.

The Packers could easily go with either Upshaw or McClellin, but getting the #2 RB would help as well.

29.   Baltimore Ravens – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

With Hightower gone,  Konz could be the pick, but an OLB opposite Terrell Suggs could be lethal.

30.   San Francisco 49ers – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Harbaugh likes tough, smash-mouth football. Konz could fortify the line for the 49ers.

31.   New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

No one thinks the Patriots make both 1st round picks, but Smith fits a need.

32.   New York Giants – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

The Giants always go best player available. Fleener is that guy in this draft.