Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mocking the 2013 NFL Draft

Pick No. 1 Chiefs: Luke Joeckel 

This pick has been discussed at nauseam. However, with Albert still not signed to a long term contract, I don't see the Chiefs risking losing out on addressing the left tackle position long term.

Pick No. 2 Jaguars: Geno Smith

With two head coaches fired primarily due to Gabbart's performance, I don't see the new regime sticking with him through another underperforming season. Geno comes in with better college production and just as much talent. I see the Jags going with a new face of the franchise here.

Pick No. 3 Raiders: Dion Jordan

Most are predicting Shariff Floyd here. I don't see it. Defensive tackles take time (usually 2 to 3 years) to make an impact. Jordan gives Oakland this immediate impact. In a division against Rivers, Manning, and pass happy offense ran by Andy Reid, it only makes sense for them to get a pass rusher here.

Pick No. 4 Eagles: Dee Milliner

With the free agency losses of Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie along with Jason Peters being a full participant in mini camps, I don't see how Eagles pass over an opportunity to address the corner position. This is even more significant in a division with Eli, Romo, and RG3.

Pick No. 5 Lions: Ziggy Ansah

Lions are in desperate need for a edge rusher with losing Avril to free agency. I don't see how Detroit can pass over a potentially dominant pass rusher playing in a division with the best Qb in the game in Aaron Rodgers.

Pick No. 6 Browns: Barkevious Mingo

With the acquisition of  Kruger in free agency, they still need to pair him with another edge rusher. Kruger is more known for his ability to set the edge against the run than his ability to rush the passer. This is an obvious choice here for Cleveland.

Pick No. 7 Cardinals: Eric Fisher

Cardinals offensive line was one of the worst in the league last yr. If Carson Palmer is going to revive this organization out of the cellar of the NFC west, they must keep him upright.  No brainer here.

Pick No. 8 Bills: Cordarelle Patterson

In a prank tape recording by Deadspin,  I distinctly remember Bills GM Buddy Nix mentioning to Bucs Gm Mark Dominik that if he could pair a franchise QB with an explosive wide receiver, then the rest would be easy. Nix said this strategy would mirror what the Bengals did with AJ Green & Andy Dalton. I see the Bills getting their explosive receiver first and getting QB latter 1st or 2nd round much like the Bengals did.

Pick No. 9 Jets: Tavon Austin

Jets lack playmakers on offense. If they want to make Sanchez look like a decent starting Qb, then adding a playmaker like Austin only makes sense for an offense that ranked 28th in the league in points and 30th in yards. This team needs an immediate boost on offense.  Austin gives them that.

Pick No. 10 Titans: Chance Warmack

Titans desperately need to get more consistency out of its offensive line. If they want to get back to their winning ways, its starts with better blocking upfront for CJ2k.  Warmack gives them best chance to do that.

Pick No. 11 Chargers: Lane Johnson

Rivers numbers have declined due to inconsistency from the offensive line and receiving core. This pick does address one of those issues early on in the draft.

Pick No. 12 Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes

With Chargers taking the last top left tackle in the draft, this shifts the Phins draft board to address their secondary. With both starting corners being lost via trade and free agency, Rhodes makes sense here with the option to trade for Albert from the Chiefs to address the left tackle spot.

Pick No. 13 Jets: Sheldon Richardson
The Jets add one of the most underrated defensive lineman in the draft. Richardson gives them a playmaker at the defensive end position in a 3-4 defense. Also gives them a guy who can generate a pass rush with the two top outside rushers already been taken off the board.

Pick No. 14  Panthers: Shariff Floyd

With the a need to continuously build on that front 7 in Carolina, the draft value at this point is just too high to pass on a guy most predict as a top 10 player.

Pick No. 15 Saints: Star Lotuleilei

With Saints switching to a 3-4 defense, it only makes sense to not pass over a top 5 talent and build their defense around Star.

Pick No. 16 Rams: Kenny Vaccaro

Rams are solid at the corner position, but have a huge hole at safety. I don't see them passing on this year's draft top safety out of Texas.

Pick No. 17 Steelers: Jarvis Jones

Its just so Steeler like for them to get a guy who isn't the fastest or strongest edge rusher in the draft but who is just a playmaker. With Harrison gone, this pick only makes sense for the Steel Curtain.

Pick No. 18 Cowboys: DJ Fluker

With the Cowboys giving Romo 55 million guaranteed, he can't be scrambling behind an average offensive line anymore. JJ has to find a way to protect his investment. With Fluker and Smith at right and left tackle, that is the making of a pretty solid offensive line in big D.

Pick No. 19 Giants: Arthur Brown

Giants are in a desperate need of a playmaker at linebacker. They haven't drafted one in the 1st rd since Carl Banks. Brown gives them a guy who is versatile enough to play middle linebacker or play the will linebacker position. In a division with mobile Qbs like RG3, Vick, and Romo,  Brown gives them an every down linebacker that never has to come off the field. He is versatile enough to be effective in the pass or run game.

Pick No. 20 Bears: Alec Olgetree

Bears have a huge whole at middle linebacker. Olgetree gives them a guy in the same mold of another college safety turned pro middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. This a perfect pickup for the Bears here at pick number 20.

Pick No. 21 Bengals: Eric Reid

Bengals have a very solid roster. If there is one hole in their defense, it's at the safety position. Eric Reid gives them a younger more talented option with good range here.

Pick No. 22 Rams: Jonathan Cooper

With the top receivers in the draft gone at this point, the Rams can wait till the 2nd round to add a receiver. The value on Cooper is too high, especially with an offensive line that struggled to keep Bradford upright the last 4 seasons. With the addition of Long through free agency, Cooper now gives the Rams a really good offensive line.

Pick No. 23 Vikings: Bjoern Werner

In a division with some of the top passers in  the NFC, it only makes sense for the Vikings get someone opposite Allen to help get after the QB. It also gives them a long term replacement once Allen is gone.

Pick No. 24 Colts: Cornellius Carradine

With the loss of Freeney to free agency, Carradine provides a very young talented pass rusher for this team opposite Mathis.

Pick No. 25 Vikings: Desmond Trufant

In a pass happy division, I don't see how Vikings avoid not addressing pieces to defend against Stafford, Rodgers & Cutler. Trufant gives Minnesota something they've been missing for quite sometime: a number 1 corner.

Pick No. 26 Packers: Jonathan Cyprien

With a hole at safety created by the release of Woodson, I don't see how the Packers pass on a versatile safety in Cyprien here.  The 49ers shredded that secondary in the divisional round of the playoffs. It only makes sense to add a playmaker in the secondary here.

Pick No. 27 Texans: Robert Woods

Texans need to add  some weapons opposite Andre Johnson. Woods gives Schaub another play maker opposite Johnson with good size and good enough speed to make big plays in the passing game.

Pick No. 28 Broncos:  Manti Teo

Broncos have a huge hole in middle of that defense. I don't see defensive minded head coach John Fox passing on a guy in Teo to solidify the middle linebacker position

Pick No. 29 Patriots: Justin Hunter

Pats need a vertical threat. Brady hasn't had that since Randy Moss. Hunter gives them a big, fast, and explosive receiver that needs time to develop.  However, he can run 7 and 9 routes, which is something that will give Gronk, Hernandez, and newly acquired Amendola  an opportunity to work the underneath routes.

Pick No. 30 Falcons: Damontre Moore

Falcons need another edge rusher opposite Osi. With Umenyiora being on a 2yr deal, it only makes sense to get a long term option here at a premier position on defense. Falcons could also bring Abraham back which could buy more time while Moore develops.

Pick No. 31 49ers:  DJ Hayden
49ers add a ball hawking corner opposite Asomugha, that can help bolster that secondary.


Pick No. 32 Ravens: Justin Pugh

With the loss of Mckinnie to free agency, I think the Ravens make Pugh play left tackle until he shows them he can't. Otherwise, they can always move Micheal Oher back to left. Either way I see the Ravens trying to keep their new $120 million dollar man upright with this pick.

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