Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mock Draft 1.0 (Summer Edition)

Before training camp starts, before the college season gets moving and heck before the 4th of July gets here I decided to put together a first round mock on what just might happen next April.    Granted a ton could happen and will happen but I thought as we football fans look for stuff to read, discuss and digest it might present an interesting read for fans.   For the casual college fan it’s a good introduction to some of the big names for next college season.   Of course I didn’t project any trades and didn’t take pending free agency into account as that stuff is all too far away to be concerned with but instead matched up apparent current team needs, possible finishes, and top players to come up with this mock.

  1.  Jacksonville:   Logan Thomas  QB  Virginia Tech…A true specimen of a player who is poised to be this year’s Cam Newton.  Very similar in size as both are 6-5 with Logan actually six pounds heavier than Newton.    Thomas has some work to do but is primed to be the breakout player of college football season and become the number one pick in April. The Jaguars finally get their franchise quarterback sorry Blaine.  
  2. Indianapolis:   Star Lotulelei    DT   Utah…..I expect the Colts to build a defense similar to the Ravens style and Lotuleli is the perfect man in the middle.  Will collapse pocket and make running hard difficult against the Colts.  Star is the mature type player who will play like a seasoned vet from the start.
  3. Cleveland:   Robert Woods  WR  USC..The Browns got their tailback and quarterback in the 2012 draft now they get the #1 wide receiver and watch suddenly how Richardson runs even better with Woods on the field.  Woods has amazing hands and immediately become the top weapon in Cleveland.
  4.  Minnesota:   Sam Montgomery  DE  LSU….Minnesota needs to repair defense and Montgomery is a beast of a player who now becomes a true leader of the LSU defense and if all goes well becomes the new pass rushing end for the next 15 years in Minnesota.   
  5.   Arizona:    Matt Barkley   QB  USC….The Kevin Kolb experiment appears doomed to fail and what better fallback than adding the highly scrutinized  and highly productive Barkley.   Barkley surprised some by coming back to school but should have a banner year cementing his spot in the top five of the draft.    Should work out quite a bit better than the last #1 pick QB from USC the Cards selected in the draft.
  6.  St. Louis:   Barkevious Mingo   OLB   LSU…Keke can bring the heat something Jeff Fisher will be looking for as he cashes in on two first round picks in this and the 2014 draft.   Fisher upgraded the defensive line and secondary but will look to get a linebacking crew along the lines of what he had with the Titans.
  7. Seattle:   David Amerson  CB  North Carolina State….Could be a landing spot for Tyler Wilson should Flynn, Wilson and Jackson all bomb out but money says that one of them will get another year so Pete adds to his defense the best  corner that has seen the field for all four years in college.   If I projected trades be hard not to imagine the Seahawks moving up for Barkley
  8. Miami:    Johnathon Hankins   DT  Ohio State….Another team that makes questionable moves but if the season plays out like it appears the Dolphins will have another long shopping list next spring.   With QB scratched off at least for a few years they add best available player at a need position.  Hankins a former shot putter is a beast in the middle and will help the Phins defense.
  9.   St. Louis (from Washington):   Manti Te’o  ILB  Notre Dame….Fisher went outside at the six spot now adds the best ILB in the draft.  Te’o has a ton of experience and can be the coach on the field for the Fisher led defense.
  10. Tampa Bay:  Johnthan Banks   CB   Mississippi State….Contrary to what they said the Bucs where taking Claiborne if he made it to them but got Barron instead.   This year they replace Barber with the underrated talented Johnthan Banks.  For the Bucs defense to be successful the secondary needs to play smart and be in position so adding Banks helps that idea.
  11.  Tennessee:   Chris Faulk   OT   LSU…Athletic former HS basketball player is the kind of guy Coach Munchak and Matthews will love to mentor and mold into the protector of Locker for years to come.   
  12. Cincinnati:    Jarvis Jones  OLB Georgia…..upgraded defensive tackles and corners in the 2012 draft but now get possibly the top pass rushing DE/OLB in the draft.   Known for hard work and wanting to just be on the field starting off on the scout team in 2010.   Jones becomes a likely day 1 starter.
  13.  Carolina:   Keenan Allen   WR  California….Panthers need the HR threat for Newton for the next 12 years as Steve Smith still has it but is entering the end of his great career.   Newton needs another weapon.
  14. Oakland:    Luke Joeckel  OT   Texas A&M…Veldheer appears to have one tackle spot secure but  the other tackle spot needs real upgrade and Dennis Allen certainly doesn’t mind add a player from his alma mater, Texas A&M.  
  15.  Buffalo:   Tyler Wilson  QB   Arkansas…Should a franchise QB like Wilson slide this far it might be way to tempting for the Bills to add that type of player to the team.   Fitzpatrick appears to be a solid QB who has limitation and give 100% effort but just can’t make up for what he doesn’t have.  Wilson has all the tools to be a top tier quarterback and would get a great coach/mentor in both Gailey and Fitzpatrick. 
  16.  Chicago:   Ricky Wagner  OT    Wisconsin……The rule for the Bears until further notice is always draft an offensive linemen in the first three rounds until Cutler goes through a year with less than 10 sacks.    Amazingly they passed on the offensive line every round this year but hopefully in 2013 they don’t and grab Wagner who immediately can be penciled into the starting lineup.
  17. Kansas City:   Tyler Bray  QB  Tennessee……Unless Tyler explodes I hope he returns but should he not he’d be snatched up by the Chiefs as they look to upgrade the most important position on the team and eventually turn the page on the Matt Cassel years.  Cassel like Fitzpatrick good but never going to be great but Bray has the skill set to be great.  
  18. New Orleans:   Jackson Jeffcoat   DE  Texas…One of the most interesting stories of the 2012 season will be what happens with the Saints.   They still have more talent than most teams but they also may crash and burn.  Regardless the bet is they start looking for high character guys to fill the locker-room and prepare for the page to be turned on those that have the taint of bounty gate.   Jeffcoat, a son of former NFL DE Jim Jeffcoat, is the perfect type of guy to come in and occupy one of the end spots and eventually take a leadership position with this defense and the team.   
  19. Denver:  Marcus Lattimore   RB South Carolina….No player is more on the spot to final produce than Knowshon Moreno.   By selecting Lattimore I’m betting his production in 2012 isn’t enough to keep the Broncos from upgrading the spot with the top back in the draft.  Lattimore  has some injury history but if he stays healthy all year could be a Heisman finalist.  
  20. Philadelphia: D.J. Flucker   OT  Alabama…Betting that the Jason Peters injury and the Demetress Bell  as his replacement is the eventual downfall for the Eagles this year.   With that said the front office…I mean Andy Reid since he is the front office, the head coach and pretty much the only voice for the franchise would be wise to jump on the young battle tested Flucker and pencil him in the lineup.  Flucker is a nice player who can take over for Peters and probably half the price.  
  21. Atlanta: TylerEifert   TE  Notre Dame….Nice player who eventually replaces Tony Gonzalez in the starting lineup and become a nice underneath weapon for Matt Ryan.  Atlanta can make a seemless transition from the Gonzo years to the constantly improving Eifert who is poised to become clearly the number one tight end this college season.
  22. NY Jets: EricReid  FS  LSU…..Jets finally upgrade their safety positions with a long term stud.  Granted unlikely Reid lasts anywhere close to this late in the draft but at this point I can’t predict trades so if Reid is there when the Jets select they run the card up as fast as Rex runs up to a buffett line.
  23. San Francisco: WilliamGholston   DE   Michigan State…..Went all offense in the 2012 draft but need to add some young defensive linemen as Justin Smith is getting older and very little behind him.   Gholston goes 6-7 and would make throwing to his side very difficult. 
  24. Houston: T.J.McDonald   FS  USC…Great player with a great pedigree who comes in and takes over for Danny Manning at free safety and coordinates the secondary for the Texans.   The patience in Houston has finally paid off and continuing to draft so wisely will make the Kubiak/Smith run that much longer.
  25. Detroit: AlexOkafor   DE   Texas….The end is coming for the hard working Vanden Bosch and Okafor is the ideal replacement as not only is Okafor battle tested playing since his freshmen year but also smart being an honor roll student.   Unlike some of the Lions past selections the risk is so low and reward is so high with a guy like Okafor that the temperamental Jim Schwartz would pounce on Okafor.  
  26. San Diego: Justin Hunter   WR  Tennessee …Adding Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal this off-season gives the Chargers a nice #2 and #3 but the debate is if Floyd is a number 1.  I don’t think he is and had trouble staying on the field in 2011 but I do think a guy like Justin Hunter is a number one and would become a nightmare for opposing corners in the NFL.    
  27. New England: Barrett Jones OG  Alabama….Brian Waters is a rental who may retire at the conclusion of any season.   The Patriots need a long term replacement and none better than the four year starter and academic standout Barrett Jones.     
  28. Dallas: MargusHunt    DE  SMU….Sleeper to many at this point but checking in at 6-7 and 288 pds makes him a physical freak that the Cowboys would love to add to their defensive line.   If Hunt progresses this season as it appears the Cowboys will enjoy adding him to the line as they look to improve the overall defensive line talent. 
  29. Pittsburgh:  XavierRhodes  CB   Florida State….. Addressed o-line needs last year but now get a top flight corner in Rhodes.    Rhodes has nice size/speed combo and would push for starting job in camp.  
  30. NY Giants:  ShayneSkov    ILB  Stanford….The team can never have enough linebackers and Skov is the perfect guy for the Giants a smart tackling machine.   Giants like the Ravens and Steelers don’t always draft for their biggest obvious need but instead take the best player on their board and make other moves accordingly.  
  31. Baltimore:  SeanPorter   OLB  Texas A&M…Porter allows depth behind Suggs and should Suggs not come back 100% from his injury then Porter can be groomed to replace him sooner than later.  Ravens have a history of taking the best available player regardless of the position and at this point Porter fills a need and is extraordinarily talented.  
  32. Green Bay: KnileDavis   RB  Arkansas….Banking on Knile being a 100% this year and exploding back onto the football scene.   All reports say he’s healthy and playing with Wilson and Cobi Hamilton should give the Razorbacks an explosive offense and Davis the springboard to the 1st round of the NFL.
Players just missing the cut include: Jake Matthews --OT (Texas A&M), Michael Buchanan --DE (Illinois), Tyrann Mathieu -- CB (LSU), Landry Jones --QB  (Oklahoma) and Aaron Murray -- QB  (Georgia).     Check back as the football season gets closer until then enjoy the summer.   If you have a mock or a link shoot me an email.

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1 comment:

  1. I honestly think the rams don't need te'o because lauranitis a really good ilb, and i think they could take allen or lattimoore at 9


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