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NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (With Trades)

Posted by Andy246 on April 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Trades:

- Atlanta Falcons 2014 1st Round Pick (6th Overall), 2015 1st Round Pick, 2014 2nd Round Houston Texans 2014 1st Round Pick (1st Overall)

- Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 1st Round Pick (3rd Overall), 2014 3rd Round Pick St Louis Rams 2014 1st Round Pick (2nd Overall)

 


Round 1

 

1st Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons (from Houston Texans)

Jadeveon Clowney – Defensive End – South Carolina

Clowney is a freak athlete who could change games in one single play. He’s an instinctive player who will read plays and running backs very well. He’s a rare defensive player that you may only see once in a decade. Teams will be trading up for him.

 

2nd Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars (from Washington Redskins via St Louis Rams)

Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback – Louisville

I see the Jaguars moving to secure getting Bridgewater. Bridgewater is a very technically sound quarterback who makes some very good reads with the football. He has the ability to become a franchise quarterback for almost any team. The Jags desperately need a QB and he, in my opinion, is the best one on the board, despite the iffy pro day.

 

3rd Overall Pick – St Louis Rams (from Jacksonville Jaguars)

Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver – Clemson

Watkins is one of the best receivers to come out of college in the last few seasons thanks to very good athleticism, explosiveness and flawless receiving skills. He need to work on his fundamentals, especially his route running, but this guy is probably going to be a star at the next level, and Sam Bradford could use an all around threat to throw to.

 

4th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns

Blake Bortles – Quarterback – UCF

Bortles improved his stock with a great performance at the combine, and he could be the guy the Browns need. He’s a big-bodied quarterback with a strong arm that can stretch the field. He’d be the perfect guy to throw Josh Gordon the ball.

 

5th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders

Khalil Mack – Outside Linebacker / Defensive End – Buffalo

Khalil Mack has been receiving a lot of attention, despite the fact he’s from a small school. Mack is an athletic, lean athlete with very good explosiveness and bend. He’s agile and can get around the corner with quickness and with ease. He’s going to be a very good player at the next level and should be in a few pro bowls.

 

6th Overall Pick – Houston Texans (from Atlanta Falcons)

Johnny Manziel – Quarterback – Texas A&M

Believe it or not, I think Johnny Manziel is less of a risk than Blake Bortles, but Bortles could end up being the better QB, which is why he goes ahead of Manziel. However, Manziel is one of the best dual threat QBs to come out of college in the last few seasons. He has a very strong arm, and has extremely quick feet. He’s going to be a very good QB in the NFL.

 

7th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M

Having Mike Evans as the number 2 receiver shows just how talented this receivers class is. The Bucs traded their current #2 receiver Mike Williams and they have no one slated to compliment Vincent Jackson. Evans is a big bodied receiver who saved Johnny Manziel on numerous occasions during his career at Texas A&M. He could be the huge playmaker they need to get their offense to the next level.

 

8th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings

Aaron Donald – Defensive Tackle – Pittsburgh

The Vikings lost the Williams wall over the last few seasons (Kevin this season), and now they have a hole up the middle. Aaron Donald impressed everyone with his amazing combine and he put together a solid 2013 campaign to back his combine. He has very good potential and could start from Day 1 for the Vikings.

 

9th Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills

Greg Robinson – Offensive Tackle – Auburn

It may seem crazy that a guy like Robinson falls to Buffalo. The fact of the matter is, if St Louis doesn’t pick him (which I think they shouldn’t), then the 8 teams above won’t need to pick him as offensive tackle isn’t a need. For Buffalo, offensive tackle is a very big need as their QBs were sacked 46 times last year (in the top 4). Robinson could come in and dominate from Day 1, he’s that special.

 

10th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions

Justin Gilbert – Cornerback – Oklahoma State

The Lions lack a consistent and strong secondary. Rashean Mathis was their top cornerback last season, and although he didn’t play badly, his career is almost over and he’s a free agent. They need a cornerback desperately. They have a great front 7, but they need a secondary to complete that defense and make them a playoff team.

 

11th Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans

Anthony Barr – Outside Linebacker – UCLA

Anthony Barr is now in 2nd place in the Barr vs Mack race, but it doesn’t mean he’s not a good player. His stock has fallen a bit in the last couple of months, but he’s still a very athletic player who’s learning the position. His potential is endless and he could be a stud in the Titans’ new 3-4 system. Shaun Phillips isn’t going to be around for much longer and I don’t think Wimbley is a 3 down starter. Barr is the guy they need.

 

12th Overall Pick – New York Giants

Eric Ebron – Tight End – North Carolina

I’m not a big fan of drafting tight ends early, but Eric Ebron is a rare tight end. Ebron completely tore up the combine, and had a very productive season with UNC. He could be the perfect playmaker for Eli Manning.

 

13th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams

Taylor Lewan – Offensive Tackle – Michigan

I see Lewan as the number 2 offensive tackle, and his only weaknesses are minor ones that could be corrected. He has the ability to be a top 5 left tackle in the league, and if drafted by the Rams, could start out playing the right side, and has the run blocking skills and strength to be a good right tackle (to start out his career, before making the switch).

 

14th Overall Pick – Chicago Bears

Ha’sean Clinton Dix – Safety – Alabama

The Bears haven’t had a good safety in several years. Major Wright was one of the worst starting safeties in the league last season. Haha Clinton Dix was a playmaker with Alabama, and could be the perfect piece for this defense.

 

15th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers

CJ Mosley – Inside Linebacker – Alabama

The Steelers regressed on defense last season and that’s because they didn’t have a presence up the middle. Timmons was decent last season, but they need someone with a bigger impact. Mosley is an instinctive, athletic linebacker who can make plays and the read the field. He’s someone to watch for in the defensive rookie of the year race.

 

16th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys

Kony Ealy – Defensive End – Missouri

The Cowboys are still trying to get comfortable in their 4-3 system, and they need more playmakers on that defense. They can add a big piece to their defense by drafting Ealy, a difference maker who can come in and play right away.

 

17th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens

Jake Matthews – Offensive Tackle – Texas A&M

The Ravens don’t have many tackles on the roster, much less good ones. They have Monroe at left tackle, but they don’t have anyone slated at right tackle and the current guys on the roster aren’t capable of manning that spot. Matthews is one of the most consistent players in the country and can have a huge impact on any team.

 

18th Overall Pick – New York Jets

Darqueze Dennard – Cornerback – Michigan State

The Jets lost Cromartie and Revis the year before, and although they did draft Milliner last season, they need someone else in that secondary, because it’s a mess. Dennard is one of the best players available and was a stud on the best defense in the country. He read plays perfect and has the great athleticism you look for in a cornerback.

 

19th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins

Zack Martin – Offensive Tackle – Notre Dame

The Dolphins spent big money on Brandon Albert, and he’ll be the left tackle, but the Dolphins desperately need a right tackle, and Martin is a talented tackle. He’s one of the best in this draft. Drafting Martin would shore up the majority of their offensive line.

 

20th Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals

Ryan Shazier – Outside Linebacker – Ohio State

The Cardinals spent a lot of money on offense this offseason, and now it’s time for them to improve their front 7. Their defensive line is very good, but they lack edge defenders. Shazier is ridiculously athletic and had a huge impact for the Buckeyes. He would become the Cardinals starting OLB and have a big impact over time.

 

21st Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers

Calvin Pryor – Safety – Louisville

The Packers get a bit of a gift here in Pryor. The Packers lack a presence at safety and only have 2 safeties on the roster. Pryor is a good all around safety and could give the Packers a dangerous advantage on defense.

 

22nd Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles

Louis Nix III – Defensive Tackle – Notre Dame

It’s hard to have a successful 3-4 defense without a strong nose tackle. The Eagles have built a decent defense, but they need that big body up the middle, and that’s exactly what Nix is, he’s a big guy who can plug up the middle and cause problems.

 

23rd Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs

Brandin Cooks – Wide Receiver – Oregon State

Brandin Cooks is my favorite prospect in the draft, and have been saying that since early October, where he was dubbed a 5th round pick. Cooks is a slightly undersized receiver who plays much bigger and has all the intangibles you expect from an all pro. He could be a star at the next level and he’d be the perfect compliment to Dwayne Bowe.

 

24th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

Bradley Roby – Cornerback – Ohio State

Roby is a very instinctive cornerback, who surprised me at the combine, putting together one of the best performances amongst the defensive backs. Roby can come in and have an impact right away and could be the perfect player to compliment Leon Hall.

 

25th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers

Jason Verrett – Cornerback – TCU

Verrett is one of my favorite defensive backs, as he’s extremely athletic and has great instincts. The Chargers could use a playmaker next to Eric Weddle in their secondary. The Chargers need some secondary help and he could help right away.

 

26th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts)

Odell Beckham Jr – Wide Receiver – LSU

Beckham is a talented receiver who made a lot of noise at LSU. He’s good all around player (must work on his route running) who could have an impact from Day 1. If the Browns draft a quarterback, expect them to give that QB some (other than Josh Gordon) weapons to work with.

 

27th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints

Kyle Van Noy – Outside Linebacker – BYU

The Saints got rid of Will Smith and essentially have no consistent players on the roster to man one of the edge defenders spots. Van Noy is an underrated prospect that has been consistently good for the last few seasons. He could start for them right away.

 

28th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers

Lamarcus Joyner – Cornerback / Safety – Florida State

The Panthers lost some key players in their secondary this offseason, and have done very little to replace those lost players. Joyner is a versatile player who can play both safety and cornerback, but could provide a lot of help at cornerback.

 

29th Overall Pick – New England Patriots

Timmy Jernigan – Defensive Tackle – Florida State

The Patriots lost Wilfork last season to injury and had a lot of trouble trying to fill his hole. He’s back this year, but has probably one good year left in him. Jernigan is a big defensive tackle who was the anchor of the Seminoles’ front 7 and made a ton of big plays in the latter portion of the season. He could start right next to Wilfork from Day 1.

 

30th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers

Stephon Tuitt – Defensive End – Notre Dame

Justin Smith is creeping closer to retirement, and they don’t really have anyone to replace him, or to rotate in right now. In short, they lack depth on their defensive line. Tuitt is a very big, relatively athletic force who did a very nice job while at Notre Dame. He could end up being a star with the proper coaching and training.

 

31st Overall Pick – Denver Broncos

Chris Borland – Inside Linebacker – Wisconsin

Borland is a smart linebacker with above average intangibles. The Broncos desperately need an inside linebacker after losing Wesley Woodyard. Borland could come in, make their front 7 respectable. Borland could start from Day 1 and have a big impact next season.

 

32nd Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks

Dee Ford – Defensive End – Auburn

The Seahawks lost Chris Clemons and Red Bryant this offseason and have a bit of a hole at defensive end. They do have Avril and Bennett, who are both starters, but they have no depth and they have no long-term answer. Ford had some monsters games this year as well as a big Senior Bowl, and could surprise many next season.

 


Round 2

 

33rd Overall Pick – Houston Texans

David Yankey – Offensive Guard – Stanford

Yankey is a versatile offensive lineman who would provide great help to the Texans interior o-line, who have a hole at guard with Wade Smith departing.

 

34th Overall Pick – Washington Redskins

Ra’shede Hageman – Defensive End – Minnesota

The Redskins need some help up front, and although adding Jason Hatcher was good, they need a guy to compliment him on the other side, and Hagemen is fully capable of playing in a 3-4 and is perhaps the best player available on the board.

 

35th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns

Jimmie Ward – Safety – Northern Illinois

The Browns need someone to play next to Donte Whitner, and after spending two picks on offense; it’s time to give the defense some love. Ward is one of the best available here.

 

36th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders

Marqise Lee – Wide Receiver – USC

Lee drops a bit here and is a perfect fit for the Raiders who could use another receiver to play with James Jones. He’s one of the most dynamic receivers in this class.

 

37th Overall Pick – Houston Texans (from Atlanta Falcons)

Jace Amaro – Tight End – Texas Tech

This pick makes sense. Amaro is one of the top players on the board and he would give new QB Manziel a big target to throw to (with Graham) at tight end.

 

38th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Xavier Su’a Filo – Offensive Guard – UCLA

The Bucs got rid of Davin Joseph and they need a new guard to come in and protect McCown. Su’a Filo is arguably the top guard in the draft.

 

39th Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars

Morgan Moses – Offensive Tackle – Virginia

The Jaguars could use another tackle to compliment Luke Joeckel because they don’t have a good one on the roster. Moses has good potential in the NFL.

 

40th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings

Derek Carr – Quarterback – Fresno State

A team will definitely trade up to take Carr in the middle of the first round, but I don’t want to start predicting trades this late, so because of that, Carr, falls to 40 in a minimal trade 1st round.

 

41st Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills

Tre Mason – Running Back – Auburn

The Bills always like to have depth at running back and with Fred Jackson very close to retirement; it leaves them with almost no one behind CJ Spiller. They’ll need a guy to replace Fred Jackson and Mason is the best running back in the draft.

 

42nd Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans

Loucheiz Purifoy – Cornerback – Florida

Purifoy is an extremely athletic cornerback who was one of the lone stars on the Gators team last season. He’s still raw as a cornerback, but he has great potential as a cornerback, and won’t be asked to have a big impact right away.

 

43rd Overall Pick – New York Giants

Scott Crichton – Defensive End – Oregon State

The Giants could use another pass rusher to play across from JPP and Crichton is an underrated defensive end who can start from Day 1.

 

44th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams

Kyle Fuller – Cornerback – Virginia Tech

The Rams could use some help at cornerback as Finnegan is gone, and Janoris Jenkins doesn’t seem like a good fit as a #1 cornerback.

 

45th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions

Davante Adams – Wide Receiver – Fresno State

The Lions added Golden Tate, and they obviously have Megatron, but they could still use another receiver to give Matthew Stafford some options. They need to give him more options other than Megatron.

 

46th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Richardson – Offensive Tackle – Tennessee

Richardson is a talented, big sized tackle who could provide some help for the Steelers, who badly need an offensive tackle (their interior O-line is good).

 

47th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens

Daquan Jones – Defensive Tackle/Defensive End – Penn State

Jones is a big-bodied defensive lineman who was very good at Penn State. The Ravens lost Arthur Jones this offseason and have not done anything to replace him.

 

48th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys

Kelvin Benjamin – Wide Receiver – Florida State

Robinson has some technicalities that he needs to fix up (catching with his body and explosiveness to name a couple), but he has great potential and is a playmaker.

 

49th Overall Pick – New York Jets

Austin Seferian Jenkins – Tight End – Washington

The Jets only have Cumberland, and he hasn’t done much in the last 2 years. They have no depth. Seferian Jenkins would add a big target to an offense that has done their best to try and rebuild.

 

50th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins

Marcus Roberson – Cornerback – Florida

I know the Dolphins just signed Finnegan, but he’s not a very good option, and the Dolphins did lose Nolan Caroll in the offseason. Getting Roberson gives them a longterm option at cornerback.

 

51st Overall Pick – Chicago Bears

Dominique Easley – Defensive Tackle – Florida

The Bears lost Henry Melton this offseason and lack a big presence up the middle. Easley would help fill that need and play extremely well next to Allen.

 

52nd Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals

Bishop Sankey – Running Back -- Washington State

The Cardinals only have Ellington and don’t have a good change of pace back. Sankey is a great, quick running back who could end up seeing the majority of the loads by the end of the season.

 

53rd Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers

Donte Moncrief – Wide Receiver – Ole Miss

The Packers lost James Jones this offseason and now they are starting to get short on receivers. The Packers love to draft receivers, and Moncrief is one of the best players on the board and can contribute from Day 1.

 

54th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles

Allen Robinson – Wide Receiver – Penn State

The Eagles could use a receiver to replace Desean Jackson. He won’t need to be relied on from day 1, and could be developed into an animal.

 

55th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

Jimmy Garoppolo – Quarterback – Eastern Illinois

How many years does Andy Dalton have left? He only has one on his contract, and who knows if he’ll be back. Garoppolo is an underrated QB who with the right development can be a starter in this league.

 

56th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)

Demarcus Lawrence – Outside Linebacker – Boise State

Lawrence is a talented pass rusher who could surprise many in his first year. With Aldon Smith’s future being hazy, getting a guy like Lawrence early on can be a big positive going forward.

 

57th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers

Marcus Martin – Center/Offensive Guard – USC

The Chargers need to do whatever they can to improve their offensive line. It got much better last season, but they need a little more help inside. The Falcons did a pick like this a couple of years with Peter Konz and he worked out pretty well. The Chargers should do the same.

 

58th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints

Bashaud Breeland – Cornerback – Clemson

The Saints are doing a lot to fix their defense. They added some players to their front 7 and they added Byrd to their safety duo. Now, they should add Breeland to their cornerback group and he could have an impact in his rookie year.

 

59th Overall Pick – Indianapolis Colts

Terrence Brooks – Safety – Florida State

The Colts need a safety very badly. Even Coach Pagano said that they’ll look to the draft for a safety. Brooks is a great “center-field-type” safety and can make plays in the running game. He would compliment Laron Landry very well.

 

60th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers

Cyrus Kouandjio – Offensive Tackle – Alabama

Kouandjio has regressed a lot in recent months, thanks to a terrible combine and a mediocre end to the season, but he could be a nice addition for the Panthers who can use a right tackle and/or offensive tackle depth.

 

61st Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers

Victor Hampton – Cornerback – South Carolina

The only weak spot on the 49ers defense is their cornerback group. That group has regressed over the last couple of seasons and they need to add some young talent to that pool. Getting Hampton gives them a small, physical cornerback that can make plays.

 

62nd Overall Pick – New England Patriots

Troy Niklas – Tight End – Notre Dame

The Patriots have no good tight ends behind Gronkowski, and if he goes down, they’re in trouble. Niklaus is a big, pass catching tight end who has great potential in the NFL and can be a very good option for Brady.

 

63rd Overall Pick – Denver Broncos

Jerry Attaochu – Outside Linebacker / Defensive End – Georgia Tech

Attaochu is not a perfect fit with the Broncos, but as we’ve come to learn with the Broncos, they don’t mind too often. Attaochu is a great pass rusher, and can be a good player to compliment Demarcus Ware.

 

64th Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks

Gabe Jackson – Offensive Guard – Mississippi State

The Seahawks lost Paul McQuistan in the offseason and their interior offensive linemen aren’t great. Jackson would be a good option for them, and he could start in his rookie year.

 

 


Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft 2.0

Posted by Andy246 on April 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 


2nd Round – 59th Overall Pick

Terrrence Brooks – Safety – Florida State

The Colts need a safety very badly. Even Coach Pagano said that they’ll look to the draft for a safety. Brooks is a great “center-field-type” safety and can make plays in the running game. He would compliment Laron Landry very well. Brooks would start at safety from Day 1, and could be very impactful. We’ve seen the impact that good rookie safeties have on their defense (Vaccaro with the Saints and Reid with the 49ers to name a couple). Getting a safety early is a must for the Colts.

 


3rd Round – 91st Overall Pick

Adrian Hubbard – Outside Linebacker – Alabama

The Colts have looked at Hubbard as a potential pass rusher, and they have even brought him in for an interview. Hubbard is a lean, athletic edge defender who could set the edge well and he could get to the quarterback. He also sets the edge extremely well, as well as the top edge defenders in the draft. He needs to continue to develop, but this kid has good potential and could be a good long-term answer.

 


5th Round – 166th Overall Pick

Michael Schofield – Offensive Tackle – Michigan

Schofield proved to be a technically sound, solid right tackle for Michigan for the last couple of seasons. The Colts lack depth at offensive tackle, and could use a solid backup. Schofield can develop into a good backup that can remain on the team for years to come.

 


6th Round – 203rd Overall Pick

Avery Williamson – Inside Linebacker – Kentucky

Williamson may be better suited for a 4-3 system, but has the athleticism and quickness to play the Mike linebacker spot in a 3-4. Williamson reacts quickly to things happening on the field and has the closing speed to make a play. He’s pretty good in coverage, and can stand up on the line of scrimmage and rush the quarterback (both seen frequently in the South Carolina game). Williamson is a good backup right now, but could get some starting time in the next few seasons (or if injuries arise).

 


7th Round (from Baltimore Ravens) – 232nd Overall Pick

Bennie Fuller – Wide Receiver – Michigan State

Fuller is a thick, athletic receiver who made some big plays with Michigan State this last season. When watching tape on his game vs Stanford, he showed good athleticism and reacted extremely well to balls coming his way. It was a good example of his abilities. He could be a good backup for the next couple of years (even put him on the practice squad) and could develop into a potential impact player.

Top Remaining Free Agents

Posted by Andy246 on April 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

There are still many talented players remaining on the free agency market. Who are those players?

 


1. Chris Johnson – Running Back

Johnson is still a very good running back with outstanding speed and big play ability. He’d be a great pickup for teams in need of a good, true #1 running back.

 

2. Alex Mack – Center

Mack is most likely going to stay with the Browns because of the transition tag (if he were unrestricted, he would be #1).

 

3. Anthony Spencer – Edge Defender

No one is talking about Spencer, but when healthy, this guy is an absolute monster that can change games.

 

4. Jermichael Finley – Tight End

Finley isn’t 100% because of his neck, but when healthy, he’s something special. He’ll be picked up in a month or so.

 

5. Jonathan Goodwin – Center

Goodwin is a very underrated center who although a bit old, still has some good years left and is a top 10 center.

 

6. Davin Joseph – Offensive Guard

Joseph used to be one of the best guards in the game, but has fallen off a bit recently. He’s still a good, relatively cheap option.

 

7. Miles Austin – Wide Receiver

Austin has been dealing with injuries for the last few seasons, but some team will take a flyer on him and he still has 1000 yard potential.

 

8. Andre Brown – Running Back

Brown may not be a #1 running back, but he could be very valuable in a 2 back attack and has great power to his game.

 

9. Santonio Holmes – Wide Receiver

Holmes isn’t what he used to be but he could still be a good #2 receiver in the right offense, and when healthy, he has an impact.

 

10. Brian de la Puenta – Center

Former journeyman is now a legitimate number 1 center that can help out teams in desperate need of interior lineman.

 

11. James Anderson – Linebacker

Anderson is a decent starting outside linebacker, but he’s regressed a bit since his Carolina days.

 

12. Nate Burleson – Wide Receiver

Burleson was a good compliment to Calvin Johnson, and could be an impactful receiver for the right team.

 

13. Sidney Rice – Wide Receiver

Rice hasn’t been good in a few years, but he still is young and has good potential in this league.

 

14. David Stewart – Offensive Tackle

Stewart used to be one of the best right tackles in the game, but the Titans released him last month.

 

15. Ed Dickson – Tight End

Dickson is a very good all around tight end who is a perfect #2 tight end for any team.

 

16. Josh Freeman – Quarterback

I still think Freeman can be a good starting quarterback in this league, but is a few years from getting to that form (again).

 

17. Matt Flynn – Quarterback

Flynn is a backup at best in this league and teams with a lack of QB depth would be wise to snag him.

 

18. Travelle Wharton – Offensive Guard

Wharton is in the final stages of his career, and may have 1 or 2 years left. However, he performed extremely well last year and is still a starter.

 

19. Danario Alexander – Wide Receiver

Alexander has potential to be a playmaking receiver, but his knee is holding him back. He needs to be cleared before he signs.

 

20. Dustin Keller – Tight End

Keller has injury problems, but looked like he still had it when he played with the Dolphins in the preseason.

 

21. Pat Angerer – Linebacker

Angerer was a rotational backup with the Colts, and is most likely a backup going forward.

 

22. Will Smith – Edge Defender

Smith used to be one of the better edge defenders in the league, but has regressed a lot in recent years and is a rotational pass rusher at best now.

 

23. Asante Samuel – Cornerback

Samuel is not the cornerback he used to be and is more a role player in this stage of his career.

 

24. Erin Henderson – Linebacker

Henderson started last season but has legal issues to take care of, devaluing his stock.

 

25. Rex Grossman – Quarterback

Grossman hasn’t seen the field in years, but could still be a decent backup for some teams.

 


NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Posted by Andy246 on April 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (2)

 


Round 1

 

1st Overall Pick – Houston Texans

Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback – Louisville

Bridgewater should be the first overall pick. The Texans are one good quarterback away from making the playoffs, and Teddy Bridgewater is a good quarterback, to say the least. If they go quarterback, they need to go with Bridgewater.

 

2nd Overall Pick – St Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)

Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver – Clemson

The Rams improved on defense tremendously, but they lack playmakers on offense. Watkins is probably the best receiver to come out of college since AJ Green, and he is expected to be a star in this league. He’ll be Bradford’s go-to-guy for years.

 

3rd Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars

Jadaveon Clowney – Defensive End – South Carolina

You can’t go wrong with Jadaveon Clowney. The Jaguars lack firepower on offense, but they lack a playmaker on defense, and Clowney can be a stud for 10 years in this league, and is probably the best player in this draft. They can’t go wrong with him.

 

4th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns

Blake Bortles – Quarterback – UCF

Bortles improved his stock with a great performance at the combine, and he could be the guy the Browns need. He’s a big-bodied quarterback with a strong arm that can stretch the field. He’d be the perfect guy to throw Josh Gordon the ball.

 

5th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders

Greg Robinson – Offensive Tackle – Auburn

The Raiders lost Jared Veldheer in free agency and failed to pick up anyone to replace him. That means that they’ll have to get someone in the draft. In this scenario, the Raiders get Greg Robinson, who’s a big athletic left tackle who can be their blindside tackle from Day 1.

 

6th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons

Khalil Mack – Outside Linebacker – Buffalo

The Falcons need a pass rusher, and Mack is one of the best pass rushers to come out in the last few seasons. He’s got great athleticism and he’s just a smart, instinctive football player. He’s not a perfect fit with the Falcons, but they need a pass rusher, and he’s a great one that could get them 10 sacks next season.

 

7th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Aaron Donald – Defensive Tackle – Pittsburgh

Donald is a very athletic defensive tackle who completely dominated at the combine, and had one of the best combines I’ve seen in a few years. The Bucs are looking to rebuild their front 7, and they added Michael Johnson at defensive end, but they need a guy to play next to all-pro Gerald McCoy. If they can add a guy like Donald, they’ll have one of the best front 7’s in the NFL.

 

8th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings

Johnny Manziel – Quarterback – Texas A&M

This is where Johnny Manziel will land. Quarterbacks always go higher than where they’re ranked. Manziel in my opinion, is a player that ranks in the mid to late teens in terms of prospects, but the Vikings need a quarterback, and despite the fact that they are commited to Christian Ponder this year, Manziel could be a game changer for them. This would be a good pick for them.

 

9th Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills

Mike Evans – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M

Evans is a perfect fit here. Who knows how many years Stevie Johnson has left in Buffalo, and Robert Woods doesn’t seem like a future #1 with that team. Evans could become the #1 target for EJ Manuel and help spread that offense.

 

10th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions

Justin Gilbert – Cornerback – Oklahoma State

The Lions lack a consistent and strong secondary. Rashean Mathis was their top cornerback last season, and although he didn’t play badly, his career is almost over and he’s a free agent. They need a cornerback desperately. They have a great front 7, but they need a secondary to complete that defense and make them a playoff team.

 

11th Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans

Jake Matthews – Offensive Tackle – Texas A&M

Matthews is right up there with Robinson for best tackle in the draft. Matthews has been a consistent rock for the last few seasons, and spent last season guarding Manziel’s blindside. He’s a great addition for a team that needs to rebuild on their offensive line.

 

12th Overall Pick – New York Giants

Eric Ebron – Tight End – North Carolina

I’m not a big fan of drafting tight ends early, but Eric Ebron is a rare tight end. Ebron completely tore up the combine, and had a very productive season with UNC. He could be the perfect playmaker for Eli Manning.

 

13th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams

Darqueze Dennard – Cornerback – Michigan State

Cortland Finnegan didn’t do much this season, and who knows how many years he has left. There’s also a question mark around Janoris Jenkins. Dennard can come in and have an impact from day 1. This would be a great pick for the Rams.

 

14th Overall Pick – Chicago Bears

Ha’sean Clinton Dix – Safety – Alabama

The Bears haven’t had a good safety in several years. Major Wright was one of the worst starting safeties in the league last season. Haha Clinton Dix was a playmaker with Alabama, and could be the perfect piece for this defense.

 

15th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers

Taylor Lewan – Offensive Tackle – Michigan

Mike Adams is not the answer at offensive tackle, and the Steelers need help on their offensive line. Big Ben needs to be protected. Lewan is one of the better players in this draft, and an experienced starter for the Wolverines. He could start from Day 1.

 

16th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys

Timmy Jernigan – Defensive Tackle – Florida State

The Cowboys are still trying to get comfortable in their 4-3 system, and they need more playmakers on that defense. They can add a big piece to their defense by drafting Jernigan, a difference maker who can come in and play right away.

 

17th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens

CJ Mosley – Linebacker – Alabama

The Ravens were able to keep Daryl Smith, but they need someone to play next to him. The Ravens, for the first time in their history, looked average on defense. They need to rebuild their front 7, and it starts by adding a strong piece up the middle. Mosley is the best inside linebacker in the draft.

 

18th Overall Pick – New York Jets

Anthony Barr – Outside Linebacker – UCLA

So, this is where Anthony Barr drops. Barr has fallen back a bit in the last couple of months, but the guy is ridiculously athletic (as seen at the combine), and can make some big plays. He’s still a bit raw, but with the right coaching, he’s a pro bowler.

 

19th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins

Zack Martin – Offensive Tackle – Notre Dame

The Dolphins spent big money on Brandon Albert, and he’ll be the left tackle, but the Dolphins desperately need a right tackle, and Martin is a talented tackle. He’s the 4th best in this draft, but he would be in the top 2 in most other drafts. Drafting Martin would shore up the majority of their offensive line.

 

20th Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals

Marqise Lee – Wide Receiver – USC

The Cardinals lost Andre Roberts in the offseason, and they made some nice additions to their offensive line. They finally shored up their biggest need at left tackle. Now, they need to add more weapons on offense. Larry Fitzgerald’s years are numbered with the team, and although they have Floyd for the future, they could use a guy like Lee, who can stretch the field extremely well. This would make their offense a legitimate force.

 

21st Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers

Calvin Pryor – Safety – Louisville

The Packers don’t have a very good safety duo, and it hurt them at times last year. Pryor is arguably the top safety in the draft, and can make plays all over the field. If the Packers front 7 is back too 100% and they have a guy like Pryor playing center field, their defense could return to prominence.

 

22nd Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles

Louis Nix III – Defensive Tackle – Notre Dame

It’s hard to have a successful 3-4 defense without a strong nose tackle. The Eagles have built a decent defense, but they need that big body up the middle, and that’s exactly what Nix is, he’s a big guy who can plug up the middle and cause problems.

 

23rd Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs

Ra’shede Hagemen – Defensive Tackle – Minnesota

The Chiefs lost Tyson Jackson, and they have no one to play next to Dontari Poe, who killed it last year. Hagemen is a good 3-4 defensive end, and can be the perfect compliment to Poe. Both of them together could do some damage and this could augment their front 7.

 

24th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

Bradley Roby – Cornerback – Ohio State

Roby had a very impressive day at the combine, and exceeded expectations. Add the fact that he had a nice season and has great intangibles, and you could be looking at a first round pick. He could help the 49ers in one of their biggest areas of need (CBs beyond Hall).

 

25th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers

Kyle Fuller – Cornerback – Virginia Tech

The Chargers defense played outstandingly at times last season, but they still a lack a consistent secondary. Their safety are good, but they lack playmakers at cornerback.

 

26th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts)

Brandin Cooks – Wide Receiver – Oregon State

Brandin Cooks is my favorite prospect in the draft, and have been saying that since early October, where he was dubbed a 5th round pick. Cooks is a slightly undersized receiver who plays much bigger and has all the intangibles you expect from an all pro. He could be a star at the next level and he’d be the perfect compliment to Josh Gordon.

 

27th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints

Ryan Shazier – Outside Linebacker – Ohio State

Ryan Shazier has risen in recent weeks thanks to an outstanding combine. He’s a very athletic pass rusher, who has great potential in the NFL. He needs to work on a few things, but his athleticism alone can make him a featured player. He’d be a perfect fit in the Saints 3-4 defense.

 

28th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin – Wide Receiver – Florida State

There seems to be a lot of hype around Kelvin Benjamin and I could kind of see it. He’s a big athletic body who was Jameis Winston’s favorite target last season. Brandon Lafell is a free agent this season and Steve Smith is getting old, which means they’ll need to bring in a young player for the future.

 

29th Overall Pick – New England Patriots

Odell Beckham Jr – Wide Receiver – LSU

The Patriots made some nice moves this offseason, adding to their offense. They were able to add Brandon Lafell, who’s a nice receiver to have, but they don’t have a consistent receiver other than Edelman. Amendola is on the way out, and they’ll need a guy to replace him. Beckham is a stout receiver who made some very big plays while at LSU. He could be a great receiver for Tom Brady.

 

30th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers

Stephon Tuitt – Defensive End – Notre Dame

Justin Smith is creeping closer to retirement, and they don’t really have anyone to replace him, or to rotate in right now. In short, they lack depth on their defensive line. Tuitt is a very big, relatively athletic force who did a very nice job while at Notre Dame. He could end up being a star with the proper coaching and training.

 

31st Overall Pick – Denver Broncos

Chris Borland – Inside Linebacker – Wisconsin

Borland is a smart linebacker with above average intangibles. The Broncos desperately need an inside linebacker after losing Wesley Woodyard. Borland could come in, make their front 7 respectable. Borland could start from Day 1 and have a big impact next season.

 

32nd Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks

Kony Ealy – Defensive End – Missouri

Who knows if Michael Bennett will be staying with the team, and the team just cut Red Bryant. The team could use a guy like Ealy, who had an impressive career at Missouri, and he would fit in very well with that defense.

 


Round 2

 

33rd Overall Pick – Houston Texans

Kyle Van Noy – Outside Linebacker – BYU

The Texans lack a solid outside linebacker unit. Mercilus has potential, but hasn’t proven anything, but Reed isn’t much of a starter. Van Noy is an underrated pass rusher can be a great addition for that front 7.

 

34th Overall Pick – Washington Redskins

Jason Verrett – Cornerback – TCU

Verrett is one of my favorite defensive backs, as he’s extremely athletic and has great instincs. The Redskins need a cornerback and he would fit that need.

 

35th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns

David Yankey – Offensive Guard – Stanford

The Browns could use a solid interior lineman (guard specifically), and Yankey is one of the more versatile lineman in the draft, and was a solid guard for Stanford.

 

36th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders

Jordan Matthews – Wide Receiver – Vanderbilt

Matthews is a big bodied receiver who can come in and have an impact immediately for the Raiders, who could use a receiver to play with Jones and Moore.

 

37th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons

Jace Amaro – Tight End – Texas Tech

Tony Gonzalez is gone, and they have no one that can play tight end at a starter’s level. Amaro is an athletic tight end that’s underrated. He can have a big impact.

 

38th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dee Ford – Defensive End – Auburn

The Buccaneers signed Michael Johnson to a big deal, and although they have Clayborn and Bowers, they really want to enhance their front 7, and adding Dee Ford would do that.

 

39th Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars

Derek Carr – Quarterback – Fresno State

A team will definitely trade up to take Carr in the middle of the first round, but I don’t want to start predicting trades, so because of that, Carr, falls to 39 in a no trade 1st round.

 

40th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings

Scott Crichton – Defensive End – Oregon State

The Vikings lost Jared Allen and have a big hole at defensive end. If they intend to have a respectable defense, they’ll need to get some pass rushers early on in the draft. Crichton will at least help fix that hole.

 

41st Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills

Jimmie Ward – Safety – Northern Illinois

The Bills lost Jairus Byrd and have done very little to fill his hole. They need a good all around safety and Ward is one of the best safeties in the draft. He’d fit that defense well.

 

42nd Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans

Loucheiz Purifoy – Cornerback – Florida

Purifoy is an extremely athletic cornerback who was one of the lone stars on the Gators team last season. He’s still raw as a cornerback, but he has great potential as a cornerback, and won’t be asked to have a big impact right away.

 

43rd Overall Pick – New York Giants

Morgan Moses – Offensive Tackle – Virginia

The Giants got rid of David Diehl, and they need some help along their offensive line. Moses is an underrated offensive tackle who can start from Day 1.

 

44th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams

Lamarcus Joyner – Cornerback / Safety – Florida State

The Rams lost Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins doesn’t seem like a long-term answer. This means the Rams have a to get some help for their secondary. Joyner can play either safety or cornerback and would be a boost for them.

 

45th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions

Davante Adams – Wide Receiver – Fresno State

The Lions added Golden Tate, and they obviously have Megatron, but they could still use another receiver to give Matthew Stafford some options. They need to give him more options other than Megatron.

 

46th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers

Daquan Jones – Defensive Tackle/Defensive End – Penn State

Jones is a big-bodied defensive lineman who was very good at Penn State. The Steelers need help on their defensive line, and Jones could help that need.

 

47th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens

Antonio Richardson – Offensive Tackle – Tennessee

The Ravens lost Michael Oher and Bryant McKinnie, and although they kept Eugene Monroe, they don’t have a right tackle. Richardson is a good all around tackle who fits well as a right tackle.

 

48th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys

Allen Robinson – Wide Receiver – Penn State

Robinson has some technicalities that he needs to fix up (catching with his body and explosiveness to name a couple), but he has great potential and is a playmaker.

 

49th Overall Pick – New York Jets

Tre Mason – Running Back – Auburn

Bilal Powell isn’t playing like a starting running back, so they should build a 1-2 punch. Tre Mason is the most talented running back in the draft, but people question his durability.

 

50th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins

Marcus Roberson – Cornerback – Florida

I know the Dolphins just signed Finnegan, but he’s not a very good option, and the Dolphins did lose Nolan Caroll in the offseason. Getting Roberson gives them a longterm option at cornerback.

 

51st Overall Pick – Chicago Bears

Stan-Jean Baptiste – Cornerback – Nebraska

The Bears won’t have Charles Tillman for much longer, and who knows if Tim Jennings is the longterm #1. Either way, they could use some secondary help and getting Jean Baptiste would help that secondary.

 

52nd Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals

Austin Seferian Jenkins – Tight End – Washington

Seferian Jenkins has some red flags, but he’s still a big athletic tight end who was one of the better tight ends in the draft. The Cardinals can benefit from having him.

 

53rd Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers

Donte Moncrief – Wide Receiver – Ole Miss

The Packers lost James Jones this offseason and now they are starting to get short on receivers. The Packers love to draft receivers, and Moncrief is one of the best players on the board and can contribute from Day 1.

 

54th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles

Xavier Su’a Filo – Offensive Guard – UCLA

The Eagles are shopping Evan Mathis, and they could be looking for a replacement. Su’a Filo is one of the best guards in the draft and can be the perfect replacement.

 

55th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

Jimmy Garoppolo – Quarterback – Eastern Illinois

How many years does Andy Dalton have left? He only has one on his contract, and who knows if he’ll be back. Garoppolo is an underrated QB who with the right development can be a starter in this league.

 

56th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)

Trent Murphy – Defensive End – Stanford

Murphy is not a perfect fit in this scheme, but he’ll reunite with his old coach, Jim Harbaugh and would learn from the best how to play that position. We’re seeing more and more players make the switch.

 

57th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers

Marcus Martin – Center/Offensive Guard – USC

The Chargers need to do whatever they can to improve their offensive line. It got much better last season, but they need a little more help inside. The Falcons did a pick like this a couple of years with Peter Konz and he worked out pretty well. The Chargers should do the same.

 

58th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints

Beshaud Breeland – Cornerback – Clemson

The Saints are doing a lot to fix their defense. They added some players to their front 7 and they added Byrd to their safety duo. Now, they should add Breeland to their cornerback group and he could have an impact in his rookie year.

 

59th Overall Pick – Indianapolis Colts

Terrence Brooks – Safety – Florida State

The Colts need a safety very badly. Even Coach Pagano said that they’ll look to the draft for a safety. Brooks is a great “center-field-type” safety and can make plays in the running game. He would compliment Laron Landry very well.

 

60th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers

Cyrus Kouandjio – Offensive Tackle – Alabama

Kouandjio has regressed a lot in recent months, thanks to a terrible combine and a mediocre end to the season, but he could be a nice addition for the Panthers who can use a right tackle and/or offensive tackle depth.

 

61st Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers

Victor Hampton – Cornerback – South Carolina

The only weak spot on the 49ers defense is their cornerback group. That group has regressed over the last couple of seasons and they need to add some young talent to that pool. Getting Hampton gives them a small, physical cornerback that can make plays.

 

62nd Overall Pick – New England Patriots

Troy Niklaus – Tight End – Notre Dame

The Patriots have no good tight ends behind Gronkowski, and if he goes down, they’re in trouble. Niklaus is a big, pass catching tight end who has great potential in the NFL and can be a very good option for Brady.

 

63rd Overall Pick – Denver Broncos

Jerry Attaochu – Outside Linebacker / Defensive End – Georgia Tech

Attaochu is not a perfect fit with the Broncos, but as we’ve come to learn with the Broncos, they don’t mind too often. Attaochu is a great pass rusher, and can be a good player to compliment Demarcus Ware.

 

64th Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks

Gabe Jackson – Offensive Guard – Mississippi State

The Seahawks lost Paul McQuistan in the offseason and their interior offensive linemen aren’t great. Jackson would be a good option for them, and he could start in his rookie year.

 


Pagano: Colts Will Draft a Safety

Posted by Andy246 on March 28, 2014 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Coach Chuck Pagano announced earlier today that the Indianapolis Colts will look to the NFL Draft to find a safety.


The Colts have a big hole at safety. As mentioned in an article posted earlier this week, the Colts have yet to fill the big hole left by former Colt Antoine Bethea. Bethea left for the 49ers on Day 1 of Free Agency, and the Colts did not make any significant efforts to try and get anyone. There were options on the market, but they were either too expernsive, or not worth even getting. Now, it's up to the NFL draft.

The Colts have 5 draft picks: the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and in the 7th round. If the Colts truly want to address their big need at safety, they'll need to pick a safety in either the 2nd or 3rd round.

Here are some of the players that the Colts can pick in the 2nd or 3rd round: Terrence Brooks, Dion Bailey, Ed Reynolds, and Kenny Ladler.

*The following was copy/pasted from my article posted earlier this week:

Brooks is an aggressive, stocky safety who used to play cornerback. He’s a bit raw at safety, but his coverage skills are beyond good for the position. He’s expected to go somewhere between the middle of the 2nd round and the middle of the 3rd round.

Bailey is a name that has been coming up a lot. Bailey is an athletic dual threat safety, meaning he can cover relatively well and can tackle relatively well. He’s the jack of all trades (master of none). He’s not very instinctive and does not make good decisions. He’s expected to go somewhere between the middle of the 3rd round to the latter portion of the 4th round.

There’s Ed Reynolds, who was the 3rd round pick in my Colts Mock Draft 1.0. He’s good size for the position and good aggression. He reads things well and he knows what’s going on. He’ll get overly aggressive at times and he gets beat badly on certain plays. He’s expected to go in the late 2nd round to the middle portion of the 4th round.

Finally, there’s Kenny Ladler, who’s probably the lowest ranked of the four. When I watch him, he reminds me the most of Bethea. Hell, all the scouting reports on him notice the eerily similarities. However, similarities are similarities. People compare Blake Bortles to Andrew Luck, but I can guarantee you that Bortles will not end up like Luck. Ladler is a good open field tackler and makes some big plays at the right time. He lacks maturity in coverage and is very raw; he needs to learn the subtleties of the position.

The Colts are finished with free agency, and the draft is where they'll do their damage. The Colts need to have a solid draft (despite the fact that have few picks) if they intend to make that next step forward next season. 

After hearing Chuck Pagano's statement earlier today, it seems like the Colts are in draft mode, and they are 42 days away from it. Never too early to start heavily focusing it on it.

Colts Still Have a Hole at Free Safety

Posted by Andy246 on March 23, 2014 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

The Indianapolis Colts lost Antoine Bethea in free agency, and have failed to do anything to fill his hole. Are there options in free agency and/or the draft?

 


The Colts made some nice moves this offseason, solidifying their front seven by adding D’Qwell Jackson and Arthur Jones. They’ve also made an effort to keep their own players, keeping guys like Vontae Davis, Pat McAfee, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Adam Vinatieri. They’ve added other players as well to shore up other positions. Every group got a bit better this offseason, except one, the safety spot.

Despite the fact that his play regressed a bit over the past 2 seasons, Bethea was still a stout player. He was a tackling machine, and was a great leader to have. He led by example. I wrote an article a couple of months ago regarding his future, and the most important thing I said was that if they intend to let him go, they’ll need to find a replacement that is as good or better than him. The problem isn’t him leaving, it’s finding someone to do the job as good as him. After he left, the Colts made absolutely no effort to find a replacement in free agency. I rarely say to go out and sign players, but I believed (and still do) that Chris Clemons was a perfect replacement for Bethea. He’s a good coverage and would compliment Landry well. That’s just an example of a suitable replacement. Judging by the way that GM Ryan Grigson spoke at his presser (and interview), it seems like the Colts are done with free agency. They’ll most likely add a couple of bubble guys before the draft, but by the way he spoke, don’t expect any sparks from them. That means it’s up to finding someone in the draft.

Before I speak about the draft, who is the current starter? If training camp started today, there would be a fierce battle between Delano Howell and special teams star Sergio Brown. Neither have much experience at the safety spot. Howell played in 4 games last season, and graded out negatively on Pro Football Focus. Overall, he looked relatively average. Ryan Grigson believes that Howell looked impressive, but nevertheless, it was 4 starts, and we can all agree that he didn’t blow the roof off the building. Sergio Brown is a stud on special teams but has very little experience at safety. Point is, there is a lot of inexperience and question marks surrounding that free safety spot. What happens if Laron Landry goes down with injury? He was often injured last season, so him missing a few games is not out of the question, and if anything, it’s likely. The Colts lack depth and experience at the position.

The best option is to sign a free agent, but as mentioned earlier, that ship has sailed, which means it’s time to start looking at the draft. It’s a relatively strong draft for safeties. There are some stars at the top, and there are some good options in the middle rounds. However, it doesn’t matter is you get a first rounder or a 7th rounder, they still have the same amount of NFL experience: zero. The Colts have picks in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th rounds. They would be wise to pick a safety in the 2nd or 3rd round, as the free safety spot is probably their biggest need right now. Some of the options include: Terrence Brooks, Dion Bailey, Ed Reynolds, and Kenny Ladler.

Brooks is an aggressive, stocky safety who used to play cornerback. He’s a bit raw at safety, but his coverage skills are beyond good for the position. He’s expected to go somewhere between the middle of the 2nd round and the middle of the 3rd round.

Bailey is a name that has been coming up a lot. Bailey is an athletic dual threat safety, meaning he can cover relatively well and can tackle relatively well. He’s the jack of all trades (master of none). He’s not very instinctive and does not make good decisions. He’s expected to go somewhere between the middle of the 3rd round to the latter portion of the 4th round.

There’s Ed Reynolds, who was the 3rd round pick in my Colts Mock Draft 1.0. He’s good size for the position and good aggression. He reads things well and he knows what’s going on. He’ll get overly aggressive at times and he gets beat badly on certain plays. He’s expected to go in the late 2nd round to the middle portion of the 4th round.

Finally, there’s Kenny Ladler, who’s probably the lowest ranked of the four. When I watch him, he reminds me the most of Bethea. Hell, all the scouting reports on him notice the eerily similarities. However, similarities are similarities. People compare Blake Bortles to Andrew Luck, but I can guarantee you that Bortles will not end up like Luck. Ladler is a good open field tackler and makes some big plays at the right time. He lacks maturity in coverage and is very raw; he needs to learn the subtleties of the position.

Those are the 4 players you can expect to see the Colts draft if they intend to draft a safety in the first 3 rounds.

All in all, the Colts did not do a good job addressing the hole at free safety. It’s not easy replacing a guy like Antoine Bethea, who is the definition of consistency, and was a rock for several years, but there were options on the market. The options in the draft aren’t anything special, but they have the potential to do well a couple of years down the line. If the Colts do not intend to sign a safety, which it seems like they won’t, they’ll most likely suffer inconsistent problems throughout the season, and it may have a negative impact on the team. There’s also a chance that Howell or Brown or the draft pick come in and perform well, but I would bet against that happening. It’s not a pessimistic viewpoint, it’s more of a realistic viewpoint, there’s a lot of youth and inexperience, and it’s bound to happen. They have a hole at free safety, and they did not fill it.

 


Colts Mock Draft 1.0

Posted by Andy246 on March 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

This is the first of many Colts mock drafts. The Colts have 5 picks this year, and are not expected to get any compensatory picks. 

 


2nd Round – 59th Overall Pick

Gabe Jackson – Offensive Guard – Mississippi State

Jackson is one of the best available players at the 59th spot and the Colts still have a need for interior lineman. Jackson has the potential to start immediately, and if not, can provide outstanding depth and could eventually start in this system. He is a very athletic and very talented guard, but is a bit inconsistent. If given proper coaching, he could be a star.

 


3rd Round – 90th Overall Pick

Ed Reynolds – Free Safety – Stanford

As of March 20th, the Colts have not made any moves towards getting a safety. They may pick one up in free agency, but if they don’t, they’ll HAVE TO look towards the draft for that answer. Reynolds reminds me of Ryan Clark. He’s not the most athletically gifted player, but he is very smart and instinctive and reads quarterbacks well. Oh, and he played for Stanford, so he has a great familiarity with many of the players and some of the coaches.

 


5th Round Pick

Cameron Fleming – Offensive Tackle – Stanford

Fleming is a good right tackle to have. He knows the system very well and fits in perfectly. He’s a good run blocker, and the Colts intend to have a power rushing offense. He won’t start over Gosder Cherilus, but he’s very good to have as a backup. He needs to improve his footwork and his athleticism, but he fits well and he has potential, making him a good mid round flyer pick.

 


6th Round Pick

Avery Williamson – Inside Linebacker – Kentucky

Williamson is an underrated linebacker with good instincts and good reading skills. When it comes to these late round picks, I like to look at the school just as much as the player. Kentucky has a few good linebackers in the NFL (Trevathan being the biggest of the bunch), and it’s known to be a good school for linebackers. The Colts lost Kavell Conner in free agency, and Kelvin Sheppard’s future is uncertain beyond next year, meaning the Colts could use some depth. Williamson could be a starter a few years down the line.

 


7th Round Pick (From Baltimore Ravens)

Andre Hal – Cornerback – Vanderbilt

Again, I like looking at the schools in these late round picks, and Vanderbilt has made some great cornerbacks in this league (Casey Hayward being the best of the bunch). Hal is an instinctive cornerback who is technically sound (quick feet, good burst, good backpedal) and is a strong guy. He needs to work on his hip fluidity and is a bit raw in some areas, but Pagano is a guru with these things and this guy could see some time as a #3 in the next couple of years.

 


2014 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings

Posted by Andy246 on March 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 

*These rankings are expected to change from now until the start of the NFL draft.*

1. Teddy Bridgewater – Lousiville

Bridgewater disappointed many with a below average pro day, but nevertheless he’s still the best QB in the draft and can be a starter from Day 1. He’s technically sound, and has all the intangibles you look for in a franchise QB.

Projection: Top 10

 

2. Blake Bortles – UCF

Bortles has made a lot of noise over the last few months. He had a great combine and exhibits all the qualities that you look for in a franchise QB. Teams will be trading up to try and grab him.

Projection: Top 10

 

3. Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M

Manziel is one of the biggest names to come out of college in recent memory, and carries some off the field baggage with him, but the kid is athletic, dynamic and nimble. He needs some work on his arm, but he has top 10 NFL QB potential.

Projection: Top 15

 

4. Derek Carr – Fresno State

Carr is an unorthodox QB who showed at the combine that he’s more athletic than people think. He has a lot of experience and could potentially be a Day 1 starter.

Projection: 1st Round – 2nd Round

 

5. Jimmy Garoppolo – Eastern Illinois

Garoppolo skyrocketed up the charts over the last few months thanks to a great Senior Bowl and a good combine. He’s not a Day 1 starter, but could start after this season for the right team.

Projection: 2nd Round – 3rd Round

 

6. AJ McCarron – Alabama

McCarron has garnered a lot of criticism due to his potential in the NFL. He’s a technically sound smart QB, but how much better can he get? He’s a good backup right now, but he could be a starter one time.

Projection: 3rd Round

 

7. David Fales – San Jose State

Fales doesn’t have a big arm, but he’s smart with the football and is very accurate with passes within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. He’s a good backup to have.

Projection: 3rd Round – 4th Round

 

8. Aaron Murray – Georgia

Murray tore his ACL, but is still one of the better QBs in the draft. He’ll be medically cleared before next season. Had he not been healthy, he could have easily been the 5th best QB in the draft.

Projection: 4th Round

 

9. Zach Mettenberger – LSU

Mettenberger also tore his ACL, and considering his biggest strength is his arm, who knows if he’ll ever be 100% in that leg again. Either way, he’s a good backup to have and he’ll be medically cleared before next season.

Projection: 4th Round

 

10. Brett Smith – Wyoming

Smith is an underrated QB, who is very raw, but has good potential in the NFL. He’ll need to have a lot of coaching in the NFL, but he does have starter potential.

Projection: 4th Round – 5th Round

 

11. Tajh Boyd – Clemson

Just a few months ago, Boyd was late 2nd round pick. Now he’s a late 5th round pick. He had a terrible finish to the season and was very underwhelming at the combine and Senior Bowl. He’s regressed… a lot.

Projection: 5th Round – 6th Round

 

12. Logan Thomas – Virginia Tech

Thomas is an athletic freak (who could maybe play tight end in the NFL) and has a strong arm. He’s very raw, and is very inaccurate. However, with the right coaching, who knows what his ceiling is.

Projection: 6th Round – 7th Round

 

13. Connor Shaw – South Carolina

Shaw showed at the combine that he’s more athletic than you think, but he lacks a good amount of experience and does not have a great arm. He’s a good backup to have, but he’s nothing more than that in the NFL.

Projection: 7th Round – UFA

 

14. Keith Wanning – Ball State

Wanning has been making some noise the last few months. He’s not anything special, but he’s a pure passer and is technically sound. However, at the next level, he’s nothing more than a backup.

Projection: 7th Round – UFA

 

15. Jordan Lynch – Northern Illinois

Lynch is a very exciting player, but he’s not a quarterback. I list him as a QB because that’s all he played in college, and who knows, maybe he’s a QB in the NFL, but right now, he would benefit from playing another position. He only has a chance of making a roster that utilizes a read option system.

Projection: UFA

 



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