|Posted by Andrew Aziz on October 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM|
NFL Mock Draft 2.0
**Order based on my projections**
1st Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars
Geno Smith – Quarterback – West Virginia University
This year’s RG3; Geno Smith has been on fire. He has a big arm and very good scrambling ability. More raw and unproven than Barkley, but he has all the skills of a number 1 overall pick. Time to dump Gabbert for this guy.
2nd Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Barkley – Quarterback – USC
Matt Cassel has not been performing like he should. After his great 2010 campaign, he’s struggled with turnovers and his decision-making isn’t good. Time to bring a new guy. Matt Barkley is an experienced QB with a great arm. The most NFL ready QB in this year’s class.
3rd Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Jones – Outside Linebacker – Georgia
Scott Fugita’s career is essentially over, which means they’ll need a linebacker. Jarvis Jones could be used the same way the Broncos are using Von Miller. With this pick, the Browns suddenly become a legit defense.
4th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders
Barkevious Mingo – Defensive End – LSU
The Raiders have trouble getting pressure on the QB. They need Montgomery, who, although more unproven than Montgomery, has the potential to be an NFL game changer. He reminds me of Cliff Avril and has the potential to be like JPP.
5th Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans
Sam Montgomery – Defensive End – LSU
The Titans desperately need a defensive end. Wimbley has not performing like he should and they really have no one else. Montgomery is a big guy, who’s athletic, and he gets to the QB, and he’s outstanding against the run.
6th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers
Star Lotulelei – Nose Tackle – Utah
Arguably the best player in this whole draft, Lotulelei is a force in the middle. He has a relentless motor and gets noticed on every play. He’s one of those few game changing tackles that comes out of college every few years. For the Panthers, it’s great for them as defensive tackle is one of their biggest needs.
7th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Manti Te’o – Inside Linebacker – Notre Dame
Perhaps the best linebacker to come out of college in the last few years, Te’o is the heart and soul of Notre Dame. He’s phenomenal against the run and he’s very good in coverage. He is the reason why their defense is arguably the best in the nation. The Bucs could use a star linebacker, as they have 3 guys who are good at best, and nothing special.
8th Overall Pick – Indianapolis Colts
Demarcus Milliner – Cornerback – Alabama
Dee Milliner is the best cornerback in this draft. He’s physical and big. Cornerback isn’t the biggest need on the Colts, but with Josh Chapman developing into the team’s nose tackle (nose tackle is their biggest need), and with Luck slowly developing, it’s right to go with secondary help. Move Jerraud Powers inside and watch how much the secondary will improve.
9th Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills
Luke Joeckel – Offensive Tackle – Texas A&M
Don’t be ready to just dump Ryan Fitzpatrick. The guy needs some help from his offensive line. He could use a good right tackle. Joeckel is the best tackle in the game right now. His technically sound and has the athletic ability to get better. Protect Fitzpatrick and watch him get better.
10th Overall Pick – Washington Redskins
Johnthan Banks – Cornerback – Mississippi State
The Redskins are horrible against the pass. Each game is a shootout. They need some secondary help as they have good pass rushers, but some are either injured or underperforming. Get one of the top rated cornerbacks in this draft in Banks, who has size, speed and great zone coverage skills.
11th Overall Pick – New York Jets
Keenan Allen – Wide Receiver – California
The Jets definitely need a wide receiver. Santonio Holmes is declining and he’ll be coming back from a season ending foot injury. They could use another good receiver as Stephen Hill is the only solid guy they have. Allen is a big, athletic receiver with great hands. He has great stats considering he doesn’t have a great QB.
12th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins
Justin Hunter – Wide Receiver – Tennessee
They got Tannehill, they’ve got a pretty good O-line, and their D is playing well, now they need a franchise wide receiver. Hartline is great, but he isn’t a franchise receiver. Take away his monster Cardinals game and suddenly he’s only a bit better than average. They need a real no.1 receiver that can help compliment Hartline. Hunter is arguably the best receiver in the country right now, as he’s big athletic and strong.
13th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions
Alec Ogletree – Inside Linebacker – Georgia
The Lions are having a lot of trouble defending the run and one of their biggest weaknesses on the team is that outside linebacker spot. They have Tulloch, who’s very good, and Durant, who’s not bad, but that’s it. They badly need a linebacker. Ogletree is having a great year. He had 14 tackles against Tennessee! He’s a freak athlete who’s only getting better as he gets more knowledgeable about the game.
14th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints
Jonathan Hankins – Defensive Tackle – Ohio State
The Saints’ defense is a mess. They could use a linebacker, but there isn’t a good worthy enough of being picked at the 14 spot. So, go to need number 2, the defensive tackle spot. Sedrick Ellis is on his way out of New Orleans and Akiem Hicks is not playing well enough to deserve the starter’s role. Get Hankins, who has top 10 talent and watch that D-line be dominant.
15th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams
Taylor Lewan – Offensive Tackle – Michigan
Not only is their O-line banged up, but they have mediocre players playing left tackle. Wayne Hunter, a career right tackle, who seems to be declining, is playing left tackle and doing a bad job. Rodger Saffold is a solid player, but he’s always injured and would probably be a better right tackle. Bring in Lewan, who can start right away and is arguably the best tackle in the country.
16th Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals
Dallas Thomas – Offensive Tackle – Tennessee
The Cards’ biggest need is the O-line, and there’s no question about it. Kolb/Skelton are being sacked about 16% of the time they drop back to pass. Those numbers are close to the record set by the 2002 Texans. Dallas Thomas is one of the best tackles in this draft, having great versatility, good enough to play tackle or guard.
17th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys
Chance Warmack – Offensive Guard – Alabama
The interior of the Dallas O-line is a mess. It’s awful. Chance Warmack is (along with Decastro from last year’s class) one of the best guards to come out of college in the last few years. He’s strong, athletic and quick, making him the perfect guard.
18th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers
Corey Lemonier – Defensive End / Outside Linebacker – Auburn
Drafting Melvin Ingram helps a lot, but the Chargers still have problems rushing the QB. Now, I know they have a lot of pass rushers on the team, but really, none can consistently get to the QB. Larry English is not good, plain and simple. Antwan Barnes is a situational rusher at best. Shaun Phillips is getting older and will be 32 at the end of the year. Jarret Johnson is also getting older and is a situational rusher. Some of these can be let go, or will retire in the next few years. Pick Lemonier and make him their project. This is a long term pick.
19th Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks
Robert Woods – Wide Receiver – USC
The biggest need on the Seahawks is the wide receiver spot. They don’t have a true number 1 guy. Robert Woods is the number 1 guy to Matt Barkley, one of the top rated QBs in college. He’s fast and has great hands. He reminds me of Reggie Wayne.
20th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles
Xavier Rhodes – Cornerback – Florida State
Rhodes is a gifted player. He’s big athletic and has a great skill set. He could do everything. The Eagles could use a guy like this. He could make the perfect #2 cornerback. DRC isn’t doing very well in Phily and could be gone at the end of the year and there isn’t anyone on the roster good enough to merit the #2 cornerback spot.
21st Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
Matt Elam – Safety – Florida
The Bengals need a safety. Chris Crocker isn’t that good, and Reggie Nelson is barely adequate enough to be a starter. They need a new guy in there. Elam is having an outstanding year at Florida, as he’s helping lead one of the best defenses in the country. He’s physical and great in coverage.
22nd Overall Pick – Chicago Bears
Tyler Eifert – Tight End – Notre Dame
The Bears have been dying for a tight end ever since Greg Olsen left. They could have token Fleener last year, but they passed on it. Now, as they try to add targets for Cutler, it’s time to give him a big body down the middle. Eifert is hands down the best receiving tight end in college football, and having a big body in the red-zone is always good.
23rd Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings
John Jenkins – Defensive Tackle – Georgia
Kevin Williams is getting up there in age and doesn’t have many years left. They really have nobody else there, besides Christian Ballard, who isn’t that great. They could use a stud defensive tackle to help out now and to become Williams’ successor in the future. Jenkins is that guy. He’s huge at 360, but he has good speed and explosiveness considering his size.
24th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers
Bjoern Werner – Defensive End – Florida State
Werner is quick, has strong, heavy hands, and can convert speed to power when rushing the passer. James Harrison is going to be 35 years old next year and has injury concerns. It’s time to draft his heir, because he could retire at the end of the year.
25th Overall Pick – Houston Texans
Jonathan Cooper – Guard – North Carolina
The right side of the O-line is nowhere near as good as the left side. They average a little over a yard more on the left side than they do on the right and that’s a problem. Antoine Caldwell is clearly the weak link of the line and should be replaced. Brandon Brooks is a good player, but he seems to be a backup, not a starter. Cooper is an experienced mobile player, who has very good balance. His superb pass protection is what the Texans need.
26th Overall Pick – New England Patriots
Kawann Short – Defensive Tackle – Purdue
The Pats only have Vince Wilfork at defensive tackle, and he’s getting old and is clearly declining. They need another stud in there, to help him out now, and to be his successor in the future. Short is a consistent player whose explosiveness always gets him to the QB. Hard working kid, who is a good value pick here.
27th Overall Pick – New York Giants
Ricky Wagner – Offensive Tackle – Wisconsin
The Giants’ biggest need is the offensive tackle spot. Although they look very good on paper, the O-line isn’t doing very well; the opponents are pressuring Eli a lot. On top of that, David Diehl is getting older and they should start considering a successor. Wagner is arguably the best offensive tackle in the country. He’s been consistent for the last 4 years, and has been a key player on one of the best lines in the country.
28th Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers
Terrence Williams – Wide Receiver – Baylor
Donald Driver is going to retire, and Greg Jennings is a free agent. With the emergence of Nelson, they may just release Jennings. If that’s the case, they’ll need another receiver to help fill the void. Williams is a great deep threat receiver who is still performing even after RG3’s departure.
29th Overall Pick – Denver Broncos
Marcus Lattimore – Running Back – South Carolina
With McGahee’s style of play, this could be his last good season. Ronnie Hillman was drafted last year, but he doesn’t seem like he’s the answer. Go with Lattimore, who’s like a nearly as good Trent Richardson. He could become a good successor to McGahee.
30th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons
Demontre Moore – Defensive End – Texas A&M
John Abraham is a year from retirement and they need a guy to compliment Ray Edwards. Take Moore and slowly ease him in, and once Abraham retires, he could come in and make everyone forget about him.
31st Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers
Shawn Williams – Safety – Georgia
Dashon Goldson is on a franchise tender and Donte Whitner is proving to be replaceable. Shawn Williams is arguably the best safety in the country, proving to be great all around (coverage and tackling). He could come in and replace either of these guys.
32nd Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens
David Amerson – Cornerback – North Carolina State
This ball-hawk cornerback has the size and speed to matchup against anyone. His instincts are crazy good and he can make up lost ground. Jimmy Smith is very good, but with Ladarius Webb coming off ACL surgery and the Ravens really not having any other solid cornerbacks, they should pick Amerson to help fill the void at their #3 cornerback spot.