FINAL MOCK DRAFT (4-24-13)

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    FINAL MOCK DRAFT (4-24-13)

     Here's my updated, final mock:

    1.) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: It really doesn't matter how good a teams' QB is, if he is not surrounded by at least a decent OL. The Chiefs have acquired Alex Smith. Now, it's time to find his body guards. Last years' starting LT, Brandon Albert, wants a ton of money. He'll likely be traded to Miami. The Chiefs want to get rid of him, rather than pay him huge money this year (he signed his franchise tag tender), and escape through free agency next year. KC will lower their demends...or perhaps trade Albert to Arizona. The Chiefs want to trade down, but can find no takers. Lately, there's been talk that the Chiefs want Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel. Ok...I'll play: PICK: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan;

    2.) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: The Jags' pass rush last year was particularly pathetic. For the season, the Jags' "D" netted just 20 sacks. In the past, the Jags have tried and failed to fix this problem by spending high picks on the likes of Derrick Harvey and Quinton Groves. the Jags also have major problems in their secondary. I had previously considered CB Dee Milliner for the Jags at this spot. But, then I read about his medical problems (5 surgical procedures). Pass-rusher Dion Jordan has been slotted here in most mocks. Another possibility for Jacksonville is OT Eric Fisher. Query: Should the Jags risk rolling dice on another potentially great edge rusher like Jordan, with the second overall pick...when there's a safe, solid pick like OT Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel available? My choice would be to go LT. But, they'll choose: PICK: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon;

    3.) OAKLAND RAIDERS: Defensive linemen Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Desmond Bryant are gone. Even the late, great Uncle Al could figure out what needs to be done with the third overall pick: PICK: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida;

    4.) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Yes...the Eagles are really going with Michael Vick for yet another season. Vick is giving Patriots' CB Ras-I Dowling a run for his money as the most brittle player in the NFL. Though getting Vick a top body guard is a must, everybody knows that Vick is just a stop gap QB: PICK: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M;

    5.) DETROIT LIONS: Their starting LT, Jeff Backus, has retired. Starting RT, Gosder Cherilus, has moved on through free agency. Like Michael Vick, Lions' QB Matthew Stafford has been getting murdered. So, if Eric Fisher is still available, taking him seems to make a lot of sense. If he's gone, taking OT Lane Johnson is the right thing to do. Unless Stafford gets' better protected, he won't last another two years in the league. So, though Detroit has lost DE Cliff Avril through free agency...and their other starting DE, the ancient veteran, Kyle Vanden Bosch, has been released, they should choose: PICK: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma;  

    6.) CLEVELAND BROWNS: New Cleveland DC Ray Horton likes a pressure defense. Though the Browns' top need is for a QB, there's none available to merit a top 10 pick. The top rated QB, Geno Smith has small hands, and partly for this reason, is prone to fumble when hit. For this reason, he's not a good fit in a cold weather climate...and, his propensity to turn the ball over will cause him to slide. PICK: DE Ezekial Ansah, BYU;

    7.) ARIZONA CARDINALS: Now that the Cards have signed on the statue that is Carson Palmer as their QB, it's imperative that something be done to improve their leaky OL. They won't trade for Kansas City's "Fat Albert", because they want to use their 2nd round pick to select a QB. So, with the top three OTs gone, should the Cards add to their defense instead, or draft one of the top OGs, Cooper or Warmack? PICK: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina;

    8.) BUFFALO BILLS: The signing of QB Kevin Kolb surely sent shivers through the bones of BB, and tingled the Buffalo faithful. Though there doesn't appear to be a QB worth taking with the 8th overall pick...QB remains by far the Bills' number one need. A tough, tough call for the Bills. Everyone knows that they really want Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib. If they don't take him now, they risk not getting him later. Several evaluators now feel that Nassib is the best available QB in this crop. : PICK: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse;

    9.) N.Y. JETS: The Green Goblins have more holes than a sweater left for 5 years in a moth infested closet. Rex Ryan will search for that every elusive impact edge pass-rusher. But, after trading away CB Darrelle Revis, might he go CB? PICK: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU;

    10.) TENNESSEE TITANS: The Titans are delighted that Chance Warmack is still available. But, if he and Cooper are both gone, they'll likely address their secondary: PICK: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama;

    11.) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Tough call for the Bolts, now that all the top offensive linemen are gone. Lots of holes to fill. The Bolts will take the best player available: PICK: DT Star Lotulelei;

    12.) MIAMI DOLPHINS: With Jake Long gone, the 'Fins need a LT. They'll foolishly part with big money, and their 54th overall and 146th overall picks, to get him, and the 170th overall pick. This will in turn free them up to use this pick however they see fit. They'll likely look to improve their secondary: PICK: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama;

    13.) NEW YORK JETS (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): TNow that the Jets have parted with Revis Island, do they replace him with another CB, or go with a safety? PICK: FS Kenny Vacaro, Texas;

    14.) CAROLINA PANTHERS: Pity QB Cam Newton. He's a great talent. But, he has no weapons to work with. His best option, WR Steve Smith, is 34 years old. To make matters worse, his OL is average at best. But, on the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers are marshmellowy soft in the middle: PICK: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri;

    15.) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Though the Saints OL needs an addition at OT, their defense is terrible. They are switching to a 3-4 defense this year. The NT and OLB positions need to be addressed: PICK: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia;

    16.) St. LOUIS RAMS: Though I still have my doubts about Rams' QB Sam Bradford, this this is a young squad, that appears on the rise. Though WR Danny Armendola needs to be replaced, Sam Bradford needs to be better protected: PICK: RT D.J. Fluker, Alabama;

    17.) PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Father time clearly has caught up with the Steeler defense. DE James Harrison and Brett Keisel are gone. Safeties Troy Palamalu and Ryan Clark will turn age 32 and 34, respectively. The Steelers could use an impact player on defense: PICK: DE Datone Jones, UCLA;

    18.) DALLAS COWBOYS: Jerry Jones just shelled out a ton of money to retain QB Tony Romo. Though a horrid general manager, Jones is an astute business man. He'll strive to protect his investment in Romo. Unfortunately for both Romo and Jerry, there's been a run on offensive lineman. So, Dallas will address the DL: PICK DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina;

    19.) N.Y. GIANTS: The G-men need help at OT, ILB, CB, and DE. Though a pass rusher is always high on their list, their defense struggled mightily against the run last season. MLB Chase Blackburn has been chased out of town: PICK: MLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia;

    20.) CHICAGO BEARS: Brian Urlacher is worn down, and was justifiably, but sadly, , released. His replacement must be found. Da Bears also need help on the DL, OL, and at slot receiver: PICK: MLB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame;

    21.) CINCINNATI BENGALS: The Bengals need a playmaker on both offense and defense. Between us girls, they also need a QB. I don't see Andy Dalton as the answer for them. He's average at best: PICK: SS Matt Elam, Florida;

    22.) ST. LOUIS RAMS (from Washington): Jeff Fisher continues to build a contender, thanks in part to the RG 3 trade. Sam Bradford needs weapons at WR and at RB. A replacement is found for Danny Armendola: PICK: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia;

    23.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Don't be fooled by the Vikings' strong 2012 season. RB Adrian Peterson carried his team, and his very mediocre QB, on his back all of last season. History seems to indicate that, due to wear and tear caused from having such a huge season, there's a major drop off. Check out how quickly RBs LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson, and Shaun Alexander seemed to wear down, after having their huge seasons. Peterson needs an occasional respite by way of an aerial attack. With Percy Harvin gone, that won't be easy. The Vikes also have needs at DT and at CB. PICK: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee;

    24.) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Andrew Luck has proven himself to be a worthy successor to the Denver Horseface. You may recall how Bill Polian built a powerhouse in Indy by surrounding Peyton Manning with a glut of weapons...to the detriment of his defense. But, head coach Chuck Pagano is a defense first type of guy. The AFC South is a QB challenged division. Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Houston would rather run the ball than throw it. For this reason, he'll likely deviate from following the Polian plan: PICK: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State;

    25.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS (from Seattle Seahawks): Now that the Vikes reached for Hopkins, they can move on to address needs on the defensive side of the ball. Ancient CB, Antoine Winfield must be replaced: PICK: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State;

    26.) GREEN BAY PACKERS: For an 11-5 team, the Packers seem to have an inordinate amount of holes. They need help on the OL, DL, and RB. In particular, the Pack seeks a pass-rusher to compliment Clay Matthews: PICK: DE/OLB Bjoern Werner, Florida State;

    27.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Losing LB Brian Cushing last season seemed to take the starch out of the Texans. Nonetheless, a WR to compliment the aging Andre Johnson seems to be their most pressing need: PICK: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee;

    28.) DENVER BRONCOS: The Denver Horsefaces won't be held hostage by DE Dwight Freeney. The veteran reportedly seeks a two year, $6mil. deal. Nobody is going to pay Freeney that kind of money. So...he'll either have to lower his demands, or retire. Denver must choose between a pass-rusher abd a CB. They must be haunted by the fact that Ravens' WR Jacoby Jones somehow get free and clear behind their defense, in the closing minutes of the OT playoff loss to the Ravens. They must also be concerned at how badly Ravens' WR Torrey Smith torched the aging Champ Bailey: PICK: DE Tank Carradine, Florida;

    29.) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: I suspect that the Pats' and the Cleveland Browns will work out some sort of trade for QB Ryan Mallett. Perhaps the Browns will trade Jabaal Sheard and their third round pick this year, #68 overall, to the Pats, for Mallett and a 7th round pick. With three QBs taken in the first round, odds of a team trading up with the Pats have greatly diminished. Don't be surprised if the Pats use this pick to draft a QB, especially if Mallett gets traded. Ryan Nassib would be a great choice at #29, if he's still around. Folks, Tom Brady can't go on forever. Though some good defenders and WRs are still available, the idea of drafting a QB of the future may just be too strong to resist. Nassib has a cannon for an arm, and is a proven winner. But, if things go as projected in this mock, QB Matt Barkley would also be an intriguing choice. Had he come out last season, he would have been a top ten pick. Playing behind a weak OL ruined his season, and led to him suffering a shoulder injury. Remember, the Green Bay Packers struck gold in a similar situation, when, despite still having Bret Favre, they used their 24th overall pick in 2005 to select QB Aaron Rodgers. If selected by the Patriots, Barkley will have time to completely heal, and to learn at the feet of the greatest QB of all time. The Pats could also be looking at WR Tavon Austin, DT Kawann Short, DT John Jenkins, DE Alex Okafor, OLB Damontre Moore, CB Desmond Trufant, or CB Jamal Taylor. PICK: QB Matt Barkley, USC; QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse. Why? Because both QBs have experience in big games, are leaders, and have big hands...something the Patriots look for in a QB. If the Pats decide to trade down, they should be in an excellent position to extract a high price for doing so. If the Pats keep this pick, they could decide between TE Tyler Eifert (move Aaron Hernandez to WR), or any of the players discussed above. This is not the time or the place to reach for a WR.

    30.) ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons must find a way to get some pressure on opposing QBs. Free agent John Abraham, age 35, was their only sack threat. But, the days for TE Tony Gonzalez are numbered: PICK: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame;

    31.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: The 49ers need to replace FS Dashon Goldson, and to find a successor to the aging Justin Smith: PICK: S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International;

    32.) BALTIMORE RAVENS: Lots of positions now need shoring up. SS Matt Elam and WR Tavon Austin should get Ossie Newsome's attention: PICK: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson.

         The Pats should have lots of options at #29. What do you think that they should do?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Top 5 only?

     
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    I guess TP is predicting that the World ends after pick 5

     
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    In response to tcal2-'s comment:

    I guess TP is predicting that the World ends after pick 5



    LOL!!!

     

     
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    Nope he's I in it to 18 now. Look at the odds dropping like a stone. 

     
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    Re: FINAL MOCK DRAFT (4-24-13)

         Final mock listed above. Enjoy the draft!!!

     
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    My jaw will break on the floor if they draft a QB at 29th overall.

     
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    In response to TexasPat's comment:

     

     Here's my updated, final mock:

    1.) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: It really doesn't matter how good a teams' QB is, if he is not surrounded by at least a decent OL. The Chiefs have acquired Alex Smith. Now, it's time to find his body guards. Last years' starting LT, Brandon Albert, wants a ton of money. He'll likely be traded to Miami. The Chiefs want to get rid of him, rather than pay him huge money this year (he signed his franchise tag tender), and escape through free agency next year. KC will lower their demends...or perhaps trade Albert to Arizona. The Chiefs want to trade down, but can find no takers. Lately, there's been talk that the Chiefs want Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel. Ok...I'll play: PICK: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan;

    2.) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: The Jags' pass rush last year was particularly pathetic. For the season, the Jags' "D" netted just 20 sacks. In the past, the Jags have tried and failed to fix this problem by spending high picks on the likes of Derrick Harvey and Quinton Groves. the Jags also have major problems in their secondary. I had previously considered CB Dee Milliner for the Jags at this spot. But, then I read about his medical problems (5 surgical procedures). Pass-rusher Dion Jordan has been slotted here in most mocks. Another possibility for Jacksonville is OT Eric Fisher. Query: Should the Jags risk rolling dice on another potentially great edge rusher like Jordan, with the second overall pick...when there's a safe, solid pick like OT Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel available? My choice would be to go LT. But, they'll choose: PICK: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon;

    3.) OAKLAND RAIDERS: Defensive linemen Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Desmond Bryant are gone. Even the late, great Uncle Al could figure out what needs to be done with the third overall pick: PICK: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida;

    4.) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Yes...the Eagles are really going with Michael Vick for yet another season. Vick is giving Patriots' CB Ras-I Dowling a run for his money as the most brittle player in the NFL. Though getting Vick a top body guard is a must, everybody knows that Vick is just a stop gap QB: PICK: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M;

    5.) DETROIT LIONS: Their starting LT, Jeff Backus, has retired. Starting RT, Gosder Cherilus, has moved on through free agency. Like Michael Vick, Lions' QB Matthew Stafford has been getting murdered. So, if Eric Fisher is still available, taking him seems to make a lot of sense. If he's gone, taking OT Lane Johnson is the right thing to do. Unless Stafford gets' better protected, he won't last another two years in the league. So, though Detroit has lost DE Cliff Avril through free agency...and their other starting DE, the ancient veteran, Kyle Vanden Bosch, has been released, they should choose: PICK: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma;  

    6.) CLEVELAND BROWNS: New Cleveland DC Ray Horton likes a pressure defense. Though the Browns' top need is for a QB, there's none available to merit a top 10 pick. The top rated QB, Geno Smith has small hands, and partly for this reason, is prone to fumble when hit. For this reason, he's not a good fit in a cold weather climate...and, his propensity to turn the ball over will cause him to slide. PICK: DE Ezekial Ansah, BYU;

    7.) ARIZONA CARDINALS: Now that the Cards have signed on the statue that is Carson Palmer as their QB, it's imperative that something be done to improve their leaky OL. They won't trade for Kansas City's "Fat Albert", because they want to use their 2nd round pick to select a QB. So, with the top three OTs gone, should the Cards add to their defense instead, or draft one of the top OGs, Cooper or Warmack? PICK: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina;

    8.) BUFFALO BILLS: The signing of QB Kevin Kolb surely sent shivers through the bones of BB, and tingled the Buffalo faithful. Though there doesn't appear to be a QB worth taking with the 8th overall pick...QB remains by far the Bills' number one need. A tough, tough call for the Bills. Everyone knows that they really want Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib. If they don't take him now, they risk not getting him later. Several evaluators now feel that Nassib is the best available QB in this crop. : PICK: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse;

    9.) N.Y. JETS: The Green Goblins have more holes than a sweater left for 5 years in a moth infested closet. Rex Ryan will search for that every elusive impact edge pass-rusher. But, after trading away CB Darrelle Revis, might he go CB? PICK: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU;

    10.) TENNESSEE TITANS: The Titans are delighted that Chance Warmack is still available. But, if he and Cooper are both gone, they'll likely address their secondary: PICK: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama;

    11.) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Tough call for the Bolts, now that all the top offensive linemen are gone. Lots of holes to fill. The Bolts will take the best player available: PICK: DT Star Lotulelei;

    12.) MIAMI DOLPHINS: With Jake Long gone, the 'Fins need a LT. They'll foolishly part with big money, and their 54th overall and 146th overall picks, to get him, and the 170th overall pick. This will in turn free them up to use this pick however they see fit. They'll likely look to improve their secondary: PICK: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama;

    13.) NEW YORK JETS (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): TNow that the Jets have parted with Revis Island, do they replace him with another CB, or go with a safety? PICK: FS Kenny Vacaro, Texas;

    14.) CAROLINA PANTHERS: Pity QB Cam Newton. He's a great talent. But, he has no weapons to work with. His best option, WR Steve Smith, is 34 years old. To make matters worse, his OL is average at best. But, on the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers are marshmellowy soft in the middle: PICK: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri;

    15.) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Though the Saints OL needs an addition at OT, their defense is terrible. They are switching to a 3-4 defense this year. The NT and OLB positions need to be addressed: PICK: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia;

    16.) St. LOUIS RAMS: Though I still have my doubts about Rams' QB Sam Bradford, this this is a young squad, that appears on the rise. Though WR Danny Armendola needs to be replaced, Sam Bradford needs to be better protected: PICK: RT D.J. Fluker, Alabama;

    17.) PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Father time clearly has caught up with the Steeler defense. DE James Harrison and Brett Keisel are gone. Safeties Troy Palamalu and Ryan Clark will turn age 32 and 34, respectively. The Steelers could use an impact player on defense: PICK: DE Datone Jones, UCLA;

    18.) DALLAS COWBOYS: Jerry Jones just shelled out a ton of money to retain QB Tony Romo. Though a horrid general manager, Jones is an astute business man. He'll strive to protect his investment in Romo. Unfortunately for both Romo and Jerry, there's been a run on offensive lineman. So, Dallas will address the DL: PICK DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina;

    19.) N.Y. GIANTS: The G-men need help at OT, ILB, CB, and DE. Though a pass rusher is always high on their list, their defense struggled mightily against the run last season. MLB Chase Blackburn has been chased out of town: PICK: MLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia;

    20.) CHICAGO BEARS: Brian Urlacher is worn down, and was justifiably, but sadly, , released. His replacement must be found. Da Bears also need help on the DL, OL, and at slot receiver: PICK: MLB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame;

    21.) CINCINNATI BENGALS: The Bengals need a playmaker on both offense and defense. Between us girls, they also need a QB. I don't see Andy Dalton as the answer for them. He's average at best: PICK: SS Matt Elam, Florida;

    22.) ST. LOUIS RAMS (from Washington): Jeff Fisher continues to build a contender, thanks in part to the RG 3 trade. Sam Bradford needs weapons at WR and at RB. A replacement is found for Danny Armendola: PICK: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia;

    23.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Don't be fooled by the Vikings' strong 2012 season. RB Adrian Peterson carried his team, and his very mediocre QB, on his back all of last season. History seems to indicate that, due to wear and tear caused from having such a huge season, there's a major drop off. Check out how quickly RBs LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson, and Shaun Alexander seemed to wear down, after having their huge seasons. Peterson needs an occasional respite by way of an aerial attack. With Percy Harvin gone, that won't be easy. The Vikes also have needs at DT and at CB. PICK: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee;

    24.) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Andrew Luck has proven himself to be a worthy successor to the Denver Horseface. You may recall how Bill Polian built a powerhouse in Indy by surrounding Peyton Manning with a glut of weapons...to the detriment of his defense. But, head coach Chuck Pagano is a defense first type of guy. The AFC South is a QB challenged division. Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Houston would rather run the ball than throw it. For this reason, he'll likely deviate from following the Polian plan: PICK: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State;

    25.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS (from Seattle Seahawks): Now that the Vikes reached for Hopkins, they can move on to address needs on the defensive side of the ball. Ancient CB, Antoine Winfield must be replaced: PICK: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State;

    26.) GREEN BAY PACKERS: For an 11-5 team, the Packers seem to have an inordinate amount of holes. They need help on the OL, DL, and RB. In particular, the Pack seeks a pass-rusher to compliment Clay Matthews: PICK: DE/OLB Bjoern Werner, Florida State;

    27.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Losing LB Brian Cushing last season seemed to take the starch out of the Texans. Nonetheless, a WR to compliment the aging Andre Johnson seems to be their most pressing need: PICK: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee;

    28.) DENVER BRONCOS: The Denver Horsefaces won't be held hostage by DE Dwight Freeney. The veteran reportedly seeks a two year, $6mil. deal. Nobody is going to pay Freeney that kind of money. So...he'll either have to lower his demands, or retire. Denver must choose between a pass-rusher abd a CB. They must be haunted by the fact that Ravens' WR Jacoby Jones somehow get free and clear behind their defense, in the closing minutes of the OT playoff loss to the Ravens. They must also be concerned at how badly Ravens' WR Torrey Smith torched the aging Champ Bailey: PICK: DE Tank Carradine, Florida;

    29.) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: I suspect that the Pats' and the Cleveland Browns will work out some sort of trade for QB Ryan Mallett. Perhaps the Browns will trade Jabaal Sheard and their third round pick this year, #68 overall, to the Pats, for Mallett and a 7th round pick. With three QBs taken in the first round, odds of a team trading up with the Pats have greatly diminished. Don't be surprised if the Pats use this pick to draft a QB, especially if Mallett gets traded. Ryan Nassib would be a great choice at #29, if he's still around. Folks, Tom Brady can't go on forever. Though some good defenders and WRs are still available, the idea of drafting a QB of the future may just be too strong to resist. Nassib has a cannon for an arm, and is a proven winner. But, if things go as projected in this mock, QB Matt Barkley would also be an intriguing choice. Had he come out last season, he would have been a top ten pick. Playing behind a weak OL ruined his season, and led to him suffering a shoulder injury. Remember, the Green Bay Packers struck gold in a similar situation, when, despite still having Bret Favre, they used their 24th overall pick in 2005 to select QB Aaron Rodgers. If selected by the Patriots, Barkley will have time to completely heal, and to learn at the feet of the greatest QB of all time. The Pats could also be looking at WR Tavon Austin, DT Kawann Short, DT John Jenkins, DE Alex Okafor, OLB Damontre Moore, CB Desmond Trufant, or CB Jamal Taylor. PICK: QB Matt Barkley, USC; QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse. Why? Because both QBs have experience in big games, are leaders, and have big hands...something the Patriots look for in a QB. If the Pats decide to trade down, they should be in an excellent position to extract a high price for doing so. If the Pats keep this pick, they could decide between TE Tyler Eifert (move Aaron Hernandez to WR), or any of the players discussed above. This is not the time or the place to reach for a WR.

    30.) ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons must find a way to get some pressure on opposing QBs. Free agent John Abraham, age 35, was their only sack threat. But, the days for TE Tony Gonzalez are numbered: PICK: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame;

    31.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: The 49ers need to replace FS Dashon Goldson, and to find a successor to the aging Justin Smith: PICK: S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International;

    32.) BALTIMORE RAVENS: Lots of positions now need shoring up. SS Matt Elam and WR Tavon Austin should get Ossie Newsome's attention: PICK: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson.

         The Pats should have lots of options at #29. What do you think that they should do?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



    you punch werner into th e2nd round it appears. i curious why?

     

     
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    Re: FINAL MOCK DRAFT (4-24-13)

    If the Patriots pick at 29, an unlikely scenario, they will pick "Who?"  Probably Roger Daltry. 

    Uh, before you go looking up Roger Daltry as a football player, look under rock and roll. 

     
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    Not trying to be a jerk, but this is the worst mock I've seen. But then again I could be the worse at viewing mock drafts.

     
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    In response to FishTaco64's comment:

    My jaw will break on the floor if they draft a QB at 29th overall.



         I'm not saying that it's going to happen. But, I think it's a great idea. Initially, Matt Barkley was overrated. But now, he's being vastly underrated.

         Going into last season, USC was favored to win the national championship. But, under the vastly overrated Lane Kippen, the Trojans underachieved. Some of it was due to Kippen, some of it was due to injuries. I watched several USC games last year, and watched Matt Barkley labor behind a bad OL. The guy got pounded...and got put out with a shoulder injury in the UCLA game. This prevented Barkley from show-casing his skills against Notre Dame in USC's final regular season game...and in a subsequent Bowl game.

         Barkley is a student of the game...and loves football. He is smart, has big hands, an underrated throwing arm, and a wealth of experience in a pro-style offense, against top competition. With the Patriots, he'll have a chance to develop and learn, playing behind Tom Terrific.

         Folks...face the facts. Tom is turning 36. He can't go on forever. At best, he has perhaps two more good years left. His accurracy isn't what it once was, and his extreme lack of mobility in the pocket is becoming a liability. Being the great competitor that he is, Tom may get motivated by this move, and be driven to show his critics that he's still "The Man" in the NFL. Even Tom Terrific can become too comfortable. The threat of some real competition might do him and the Patriots a world of good.

         Sure...taking Barkley is a gamble. But, this guy has the goods to develop into another Drew Brees. It's a high risk, high reward pick. Sooner or later folks, the Pats must transition away from Tom...just as the Green Bay Packers did from Bret Favre, when they selected QB Aaron Rodgers, with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft.

     
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    In response to bredbruu's comment:

    In response to TexasPat's comment:

     

     Here's my updated, final mock:

    1.) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: It really doesn't matter how good a teams' QB is, if he is not surrounded by at least a decent OL. The Chiefs have acquired Alex Smith. Now, it's time to find his body guards. Last years' starting LT, Brandon Albert, wants a ton of money. He'll likely be traded to Miami. The Chiefs want to get rid of him, rather than pay him huge money this year (he signed his franchise tag tender), and escape through free agency next year. KC will lower their demends...or perhaps trade Albert to Arizona. The Chiefs want to trade down, but can find no takers. Lately, there's been talk that the Chiefs want Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel. Ok...I'll play: PICK: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan;

    2.) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: The Jags' pass rush last year was particularly pathetic. For the season, the Jags' "D" netted just 20 sacks. In the past, the Jags have tried and failed to fix this problem by spending high picks on the likes of Derrick Harvey and Quinton Groves. the Jags also have major problems in their secondary. I had previously considered CB Dee Milliner for the Jags at this spot. But, then I read about his medical problems (5 surgical procedures). Pass-rusher Dion Jordan has been slotted here in most mocks. Another possibility for Jacksonville is OT Eric Fisher. Query: Should the Jags risk rolling dice on another potentially great edge rusher like Jordan, with the second overall pick...when there's a safe, solid pick like OT Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel available? My choice would be to go LT. But, they'll choose: PICK: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon;

    3.) OAKLAND RAIDERS: Defensive linemen Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Desmond Bryant are gone. Even the late, great Uncle Al could figure out what needs to be done with the third overall pick: PICK: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida;

    4.) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Yes...the Eagles are really going with Michael Vick for yet another season. Vick is giving Patriots' CB Ras-I Dowling a run for his money as the most brittle player in the NFL. Though getting Vick a top body guard is a must, everybody knows that Vick is just a stop gap QB: PICK: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M;

    5.) DETROIT LIONS: Their starting LT, Jeff Backus, has retired. Starting RT, Gosder Cherilus, has moved on through free agency. Like Michael Vick, Lions' QB Matthew Stafford has been getting murdered. So, if Eric Fisher is still available, taking him seems to make a lot of sense. If he's gone, taking OT Lane Johnson is the right thing to do. Unless Stafford gets' better protected, he won't last another two years in the league. So, though Detroit has lost DE Cliff Avril through free agency...and their other starting DE, the ancient veteran, Kyle Vanden Bosch, has been released, they should choose: PICK: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma;  

    6.) CLEVELAND BROWNS: New Cleveland DC Ray Horton likes a pressure defense. Though the Browns' top need is for a QB, there's none available to merit a top 10 pick. The top rated QB, Geno Smith has small hands, and partly for this reason, is prone to fumble when hit. For this reason, he's not a good fit in a cold weather climate...and, his propensity to turn the ball over will cause him to slide. PICK: DE Ezekial Ansah, BYU;

    7.) ARIZONA CARDINALS: Now that the Cards have signed on the statue that is Carson Palmer as their QB, it's imperative that something be done to improve their leaky OL. They won't trade for Kansas City's "Fat Albert", because they want to use their 2nd round pick to select a QB. So, with the top three OTs gone, should the Cards add to their defense instead, or draft one of the top OGs, Cooper or Warmack? PICK: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina;

    8.) BUFFALO BILLS: The signing of QB Kevin Kolb surely sent shivers through the bones of BB, and tingled the Buffalo faithful. Though there doesn't appear to be a QB worth taking with the 8th overall pick...QB remains by far the Bills' number one need. A tough, tough call for the Bills. Everyone knows that they really want Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib. If they don't take him now, they risk not getting him later. Several evaluators now feel that Nassib is the best available QB in this crop. : PICK: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse;

    9.) N.Y. JETS: The Green Goblins have more holes than a sweater left for 5 years in a moth infested closet. Rex Ryan will search for that every elusive impact edge pass-rusher. But, after trading away CB Darrelle Revis, might he go CB? PICK: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU;

    10.) TENNESSEE TITANS: The Titans are delighted that Chance Warmack is still available. But, if he and Cooper are both gone, they'll likely address their secondary: PICK: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama;

    11.) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Tough call for the Bolts, now that all the top offensive linemen are gone. Lots of holes to fill. The Bolts will take the best player available: PICK: DT Star Lotulelei;

    12.) MIAMI DOLPHINS: With Jake Long gone, the 'Fins need a LT. They'll foolishly part with big money, and their 54th overall and 146th overall picks, to get him, and the 170th overall pick. This will in turn free them up to use this pick however they see fit. They'll likely look to improve their secondary: PICK: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama;

    13.) NEW YORK JETS (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): TNow that the Jets have parted with Revis Island, do they replace him with another CB, or go with a safety? PICK: FS Kenny Vacaro, Texas;

    14.) CAROLINA PANTHERS: Pity QB Cam Newton. He's a great talent. But, he has no weapons to work with. His best option, WR Steve Smith, is 34 years old. To make matters worse, his OL is average at best. But, on the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers are marshmellowy soft in the middle: PICK: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri;

    15.) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Though the Saints OL needs an addition at OT, their defense is terrible. They are switching to a 3-4 defense this year. The NT and OLB positions need to be addressed: PICK: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia;

    16.) St. LOUIS RAMS: Though I still have my doubts about Rams' QB Sam Bradford, this this is a young squad, that appears on the rise. Though WR Danny Armendola needs to be replaced, Sam Bradford needs to be better protected: PICK: RT D.J. Fluker, Alabama;

    17.) PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Father time clearly has caught up with the Steeler defense. DE James Harrison and Brett Keisel are gone. Safeties Troy Palamalu and Ryan Clark will turn age 32 and 34, respectively. The Steelers could use an impact player on defense: PICK: DE Datone Jones, UCLA;

    18.) DALLAS COWBOYS: Jerry Jones just shelled out a ton of money to retain QB Tony Romo. Though a horrid general manager, Jones is an astute business man. He'll strive to protect his investment in Romo. Unfortunately for both Romo and Jerry, there's been a run on offensive lineman. So, Dallas will address the DL: PICK DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina;

    19.) N.Y. GIANTS: The G-men need help at OT, ILB, CB, and DE. Though a pass rusher is always high on their list, their defense struggled mightily against the run last season. MLB Chase Blackburn has been chased out of town: PICK: MLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia;

    20.) CHICAGO BEARS: Brian Urlacher is worn down, and was justifiably, but sadly, , released. His replacement must be found. Da Bears also need help on the DL, OL, and at slot receiver: PICK: MLB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame;

    21.) CINCINNATI BENGALS: The Bengals need a playmaker on both offense and defense. Between us girls, they also need a QB. I don't see Andy Dalton as the answer for them. He's average at best: PICK: SS Matt Elam, Florida;

    22.) ST. LOUIS RAMS (from Washington): Jeff Fisher continues to build a contender, thanks in part to the RG 3 trade. Sam Bradford needs weapons at WR and at RB. A replacement is found for Danny Armendola: PICK: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia;

    23.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Don't be fooled by the Vikings' strong 2012 season. RB Adrian Peterson carried his team, and his very mediocre QB, on his back all of last season. History seems to indicate that, due to wear and tear caused from having such a huge season, there's a major drop off. Check out how quickly RBs LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson, and Shaun Alexander seemed to wear down, after having their huge seasons. Peterson needs an occasional respite by way of an aerial attack. With Percy Harvin gone, that won't be easy. The Vikes also have needs at DT and at CB. PICK: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee;

    24.) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Andrew Luck has proven himself to be a worthy successor to the Denver Horseface. You may recall how Bill Polian built a powerhouse in Indy by surrounding Peyton Manning with a glut of weapons...to the detriment of his defense. But, head coach Chuck Pagano is a defense first type of guy. The AFC South is a QB challenged division. Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Houston would rather run the ball than throw it. For this reason, he'll likely deviate from following the Polian plan: PICK: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State;

    25.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS (from Seattle Seahawks): Now that the Vikes reached for Hopkins, they can move on to address needs on the defensive side of the ball. Ancient CB, Antoine Winfield must be replaced: PICK: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State;

    26.) GREEN BAY PACKERS: For an 11-5 team, the Packers seem to have an inordinate amount of holes. They need help on the OL, DL, and RB. In particular, the Pack seeks a pass-rusher to compliment Clay Matthews: PICK: DE/OLB Bjoern Werner, Florida State;

    27.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Losing LB Brian Cushing last season seemed to take the starch out of the Texans. Nonetheless, a WR to compliment the aging Andre Johnson seems to be their most pressing need: PICK: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee;

    28.) DENVER BRONCOS: The Denver Horsefaces won't be held hostage by DE Dwight Freeney. The veteran reportedly seeks a two year, $6mil. deal. Nobody is going to pay Freeney that kind of money. So...he'll either have to lower his demands, or retire. Denver must choose between a pass-rusher abd a CB. They must be haunted by the fact that Ravens' WR Jacoby Jones somehow get free and clear behind their defense, in the closing minutes of the OT playoff loss to the Ravens. They must also be concerned at how badly Ravens' WR Torrey Smith torched the aging Champ Bailey: PICK: DE Tank Carradine, Florida;

    29.) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: I suspect that the Pats' and the Cleveland Browns will work out some sort of trade for QB Ryan Mallett. Perhaps the Browns will trade Jabaal Sheard and their third round pick this year, #68 overall, to the Pats, for Mallett and a 7th round pick. With three QBs taken in the first round, odds of a team trading up with the Pats have greatly diminished. Don't be surprised if the Pats use this pick to draft a QB, especially if Mallett gets traded. Ryan Nassib would be a great choice at #29, if he's still around. Folks, Tom Brady can't go on forever. Though some good defenders and WRs are still available, the idea of drafting a QB of the future may just be too strong to resist. Nassib has a cannon for an arm, and is a proven winner. But, if things go as projected in this mock, QB Matt Barkley would also be an intriguing choice. Had he come out last season, he would have been a top ten pick. Playing behind a weak OL ruined his season, and led to him suffering a shoulder injury. Remember, the Green Bay Packers struck gold in a similar situation, when, despite still having Bret Favre, they used their 24th overall pick in 2005 to select QB Aaron Rodgers. If selected by the Patriots, Barkley will have time to completely heal, and to learn at the feet of the greatest QB of all time. The Pats could also be looking at WR Tavon Austin, DT Kawann Short, DT John Jenkins, DE Alex Okafor, OLB Damontre Moore, CB Desmond Trufant, or CB Jamal Taylor. PICK: QB Matt Barkley, USC; QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse. Why? Because both QBs have experience in big games, are leaders, and have big hands...something the Patriots look for in a QB. If the Pats decide to trade down, they should be in an excellent position to extract a high price for doing so. If the Pats keep this pick, they could decide between TE Tyler Eifert (move Aaron Hernandez to WR), or any of the players discussed above. This is not the time or the place to reach for a WR.

    30.) ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons must find a way to get some pressure on opposing QBs. Free agent John Abraham, age 35, was their only sack threat. But, the days for TE Tony Gonzalez are numbered: PICK: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame;

    31.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: The 49ers need to replace FS Dashon Goldson, and to find a successor to the aging Justin Smith: PICK: S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International;

    32.) BALTIMORE RAVENS: Lots of positions now need shoring up. SS Matt Elam and WR Tavon Austin should get Ossie Newsome's attention: PICK: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson.

         The Pats should have lots of options at #29. What do you think that they should do?

     you punch werner into th e2nd round it appears. i curious why?

     RESPONSE: I had Werner going in the first round...26th overall, to Green Bay. See above.




     
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    Re: FINAL MOCK DRAFT (4-24-13)

    In response to TexasPat's comment:

    In response to bredbruu's comment:

     

    In response to TexasPat's comment:

     

     Here's my updated, final mock:

    1.) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: It really doesn't matter how good a teams' QB is, if he is not surrounded by at least a decent OL. The Chiefs have acquired Alex Smith. Now, it's time to find his body guards. Last years' starting LT, Brandon Albert, wants a ton of money. He'll likely be traded to Miami. The Chiefs want to get rid of him, rather than pay him huge money this year (he signed his franchise tag tender), and escape through free agency next year. KC will lower their demends...or perhaps trade Albert to Arizona. The Chiefs want to trade down, but can find no takers. Lately, there's been talk that the Chiefs want Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel. Ok...I'll play: PICK: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan;

    2.) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: The Jags' pass rush last year was particularly pathetic. For the season, the Jags' "D" netted just 20 sacks. In the past, the Jags have tried and failed to fix this problem by spending high picks on the likes of Derrick Harvey and Quinton Groves. the Jags also have major problems in their secondary. I had previously considered CB Dee Milliner for the Jags at this spot. But, then I read about his medical problems (5 surgical procedures). Pass-rusher Dion Jordan has been slotted here in most mocks. Another possibility for Jacksonville is OT Eric Fisher. Query: Should the Jags risk rolling dice on another potentially great edge rusher like Jordan, with the second overall pick...when there's a safe, solid pick like OT Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel available? My choice would be to go LT. But, they'll choose: PICK: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon;

    3.) OAKLAND RAIDERS: Defensive linemen Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Desmond Bryant are gone. Even the late, great Uncle Al could figure out what needs to be done with the third overall pick: PICK: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida;

    4.) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Yes...the Eagles are really going with Michael Vick for yet another season. Vick is giving Patriots' CB Ras-I Dowling a run for his money as the most brittle player in the NFL. Though getting Vick a top body guard is a must, everybody knows that Vick is just a stop gap QB: PICK: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M;

    5.) DETROIT LIONS: Their starting LT, Jeff Backus, has retired. Starting RT, Gosder Cherilus, has moved on through free agency. Like Michael Vick, Lions' QB Matthew Stafford has been getting murdered. So, if Eric Fisher is still available, taking him seems to make a lot of sense. If he's gone, taking OT Lane Johnson is the right thing to do. Unless Stafford gets' better protected, he won't last another two years in the league. So, though Detroit has lost DE Cliff Avril through free agency...and their other starting DE, the ancient veteran, Kyle Vanden Bosch, has been released, they should choose: PICK: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma;  

    6.) CLEVELAND BROWNS: New Cleveland DC Ray Horton likes a pressure defense. Though the Browns' top need is for a QB, there's none available to merit a top 10 pick. The top rated QB, Geno Smith has small hands, and partly for this reason, is prone to fumble when hit. For this reason, he's not a good fit in a cold weather climate...and, his propensity to turn the ball over will cause him to slide. PICK: DE Ezekial Ansah, BYU;

    7.) ARIZONA CARDINALS: Now that the Cards have signed on the statue that is Carson Palmer as their QB, it's imperative that something be done to improve their leaky OL. They won't trade for Kansas City's "Fat Albert", because they want to use their 2nd round pick to select a QB. So, with the top three OTs gone, should the Cards add to their defense instead, or draft one of the top OGs, Cooper or Warmack? PICK: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina;

    8.) BUFFALO BILLS: The signing of QB Kevin Kolb surely sent shivers through the bones of BB, and tingled the Buffalo faithful. Though there doesn't appear to be a QB worth taking with the 8th overall pick...QB remains by far the Bills' number one need. A tough, tough call for the Bills. Everyone knows that they really want Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib. If they don't take him now, they risk not getting him later. Several evaluators now feel that Nassib is the best available QB in this crop. : PICK: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse;

    9.) N.Y. JETS: The Green Goblins have more holes than a sweater left for 5 years in a moth infested closet. Rex Ryan will search for that every elusive impact edge pass-rusher. But, after trading away CB Darrelle Revis, might he go CB? PICK: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU;

    10.) TENNESSEE TITANS: The Titans are delighted that Chance Warmack is still available. But, if he and Cooper are both gone, they'll likely address their secondary: PICK: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama;

    11.) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Tough call for the Bolts, now that all the top offensive linemen are gone. Lots of holes to fill. The Bolts will take the best player available: PICK: DT Star Lotulelei;

    12.) MIAMI DOLPHINS: With Jake Long gone, the 'Fins need a LT. They'll foolishly part with big money, and their 54th overall and 146th overall picks, to get him, and the 170th overall pick. This will in turn free them up to use this pick however they see fit. They'll likely look to improve their secondary: PICK: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama;

    13.) NEW YORK JETS (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): TNow that the Jets have parted with Revis Island, do they replace him with another CB, or go with a safety? PICK: FS Kenny Vacaro, Texas;

    14.) CAROLINA PANTHERS: Pity QB Cam Newton. He's a great talent. But, he has no weapons to work with. His best option, WR Steve Smith, is 34 years old. To make matters worse, his OL is average at best. But, on the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers are marshmellowy soft in the middle: PICK: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri;

    15.) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Though the Saints OL needs an addition at OT, their defense is terrible. They are switching to a 3-4 defense this year. The NT and OLB positions need to be addressed: PICK: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia;

    16.) St. LOUIS RAMS: Though I still have my doubts about Rams' QB Sam Bradford, this this is a young squad, that appears on the rise. Though WR Danny Armendola needs to be replaced, Sam Bradford needs to be better protected: PICK: RT D.J. Fluker, Alabama;

    17.) PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Father time clearly has caught up with the Steeler defense. DE James Harrison and Brett Keisel are gone. Safeties Troy Palamalu and Ryan Clark will turn age 32 and 34, respectively. The Steelers could use an impact player on defense: PICK: DE Datone Jones, UCLA;

    18.) DALLAS COWBOYS: Jerry Jones just shelled out a ton of money to retain QB Tony Romo. Though a horrid general manager, Jones is an astute business man. He'll strive to protect his investment in Romo. Unfortunately for both Romo and Jerry, there's been a run on offensive lineman. So, Dallas will address the DL: PICK DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina;

    19.) N.Y. GIANTS: The G-men need help at OT, ILB, CB, and DE. Though a pass rusher is always high on their list, their defense struggled mightily against the run last season. MLB Chase Blackburn has been chased out of town: PICK: MLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia;

    20.) CHICAGO BEARS: Brian Urlacher is worn down, and was justifiably, but sadly, , released. His replacement must be found. Da Bears also need help on the DL, OL, and at slot receiver: PICK: MLB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame;

    21.) CINCINNATI BENGALS: The Bengals need a playmaker on both offense and defense. Between us girls, they also need a QB. I don't see Andy Dalton as the answer for them. He's average at best: PICK: SS Matt Elam, Florida;

    22.) ST. LOUIS RAMS (from Washington): Jeff Fisher continues to build a contender, thanks in part to the RG 3 trade. Sam Bradford needs weapons at WR and at RB. A replacement is found for Danny Armendola: PICK: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia;

    23.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Don't be fooled by the Vikings' strong 2012 season. RB Adrian Peterson carried his team, and his very mediocre QB, on his back all of last season. History seems to indicate that, due to wear and tear caused from having such a huge season, there's a major drop off. Check out how quickly RBs LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson, and Shaun Alexander seemed to wear down, after having their huge seasons. Peterson needs an occasional respite by way of an aerial attack. With Percy Harvin gone, that won't be easy. The Vikes also have needs at DT and at CB. PICK: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee;

    24.) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Andrew Luck has proven himself to be a worthy successor to the Denver Horseface. You may recall how Bill Polian built a powerhouse in Indy by surrounding Peyton Manning with a glut of weapons...to the detriment of his defense. But, head coach Chuck Pagano is a defense first type of guy. The AFC South is a QB challenged division. Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Houston would rather run the ball than throw it. For this reason, he'll likely deviate from following the Polian plan: PICK: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State;

    25.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS (from Seattle Seahawks): Now that the Vikes reached for Hopkins, they can move on to address needs on the defensive side of the ball. Ancient CB, Antoine Winfield must be replaced: PICK: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State;

    26.) GREEN BAY PACKERS: For an 11-5 team, the Packers seem to have an inordinate amount of holes. They need help on the OL, DL, and RB. In particular, the Pack seeks a pass-rusher to compliment Clay Matthews: PICK: DE/OLB Bjoern Werner, Florida State;

    27.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Losing LB Brian Cushing last season seemed to take the starch out of the Texans. Nonetheless, a WR to compliment the aging Andre Johnson seems to be their most pressing need: PICK: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee;

    28.) DENVER BRONCOS: The Denver Horsefaces won't be held hostage by DE Dwight Freeney. The veteran reportedly seeks a two year, $6mil. deal. Nobody is going to pay Freeney that kind of money. So...he'll either have to lower his demands, or retire. Denver must choose between a pass-rusher abd a CB. They must be haunted by the fact that Ravens' WR Jacoby Jones somehow get free and clear behind their defense, in the closing minutes of the OT playoff loss to the Ravens. They must also be concerned at how badly Ravens' WR Torrey Smith torched the aging Champ Bailey: PICK: DE Tank Carradine, Florida;

    29.) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: I suspect that the Pats' and the Cleveland Browns will work out some sort of trade for QB Ryan Mallett. Perhaps the Browns will trade Jabaal Sheard and their third round pick this year, #68 overall, to the Pats, for Mallett and a 7th round pick. With three QBs taken in the first round, odds of a team trading up with the Pats have greatly diminished. Don't be surprised if the Pats use this pick to draft a QB, especially if Mallett gets traded. Ryan Nassib would be a great choice at #29, if he's still around. Folks, Tom Brady can't go on forever. Though some good defenders and WRs are still available, the idea of drafting a QB of the future may just be too strong to resist. Nassib has a cannon for an arm, and is a proven winner. But, if things go as projected in this mock, QB Matt Barkley would also be an intriguing choice. Had he come out last season, he would have been a top ten pick. Playing behind a weak OL ruined his season, and led to him suffering a shoulder injury. Remember, the Green Bay Packers struck gold in a similar situation, when, despite still having Bret Favre, they used their 24th overall pick in 2005 to select QB Aaron Rodgers. If selected by the Patriots, Barkley will have time to completely heal, and to learn at the feet of the greatest QB of all time. The Pats could also be looking at WR Tavon Austin, DT Kawann Short, DT John Jenkins, DE Alex Okafor, OLB Damontre Moore, CB Desmond Trufant, or CB Jamal Taylor. PICK: QB Matt Barkley, USC; QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse. Why? Because both QBs have experience in big games, are leaders, and have big hands...something the Patriots look for in a QB. If the Pats decide to trade down, they should be in an excellent position to extract a high price for doing so. If the Pats keep this pick, they could decide between TE Tyler Eifert (move Aaron Hernandez to WR), or any of the players discussed above. This is not the time or the place to reach for a WR.

    30.) ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons must find a way to get some pressure on opposing QBs. Free agent John Abraham, age 35, was their only sack threat. But, the days for TE Tony Gonzalez are numbered: PICK: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame;

    31.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: The 49ers need to replace FS Dashon Goldson, and to find a successor to the aging Justin Smith: PICK: S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International;

    32.) BALTIMORE RAVENS: Lots of positions now need shoring up. SS Matt Elam and WR Tavon Austin should get Ossie Newsome's attention: PICK: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson.

         The Pats should have lots of options at #29. What do you think that they should do?

     you punch werner into th e2nd round it appears. i curious why?

     RESPONSE: I had Werner going in the first round...26th overall, to Green Bay. See above.

     




     



    Which makes no sense because Green Bay runs a 3-4 and Bjourn Werner is a 4-3 DE. 

     
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    Re: FINAL MOCK DRAFT (4-24-13)

    It would be more likely that Green Bay would draft Datone Jones to play DE. Remember they drafted Nick Perry last year in round 1 who was showing good signs until injury. So he will be the one playing opposite of Clay Mathews.

     
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    Re: FINAL MOCK DRAFT (4-24-13)

         Initially, because the Pats only had 5 picks this year, I wasn't too thrilled about the upcoming draft. But...now I'm really into it! Because there are so few blue-chippers this year, predicting who goes where is a real challenge.

         Real interesting points of the draft are at #4 with Philadelphia, number 8 with Buffalo,  numbers 9 and 13 with the Jets, #19 with the Giants, and the bottom portion of the first round...where there's likely to be some trading done.

    1.) Philadelphia: If Philly were to draft QB Geno Smith, that would really throw a monkey wrench into most mock drafts. The Eagles badly need a LT. But, having a new coach, and being QB needy, they could take Smith. I'm down on him because he has small hands, and was a turnover machine in the second half of last season, with West Virginia. I like both Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley better than Smith. I see E.J. Manuel as another JaMarcus Russell. Manuel, like Russell had all the physical tools...but was inconsistent in college. That usually doesn't bode well when a guy tries to transition to the pros.

    2.) Buffalo: I have them taking Nassib...partially because they MUST find a QB. Tavares Jackson and/or Kevin Kolb suck.

    3.) Jets: They could go with TE Tyler Eifort, CB Dee Milliner, OLB Jarvis Jones, or take the two guys I named, Barkevious Mingo and Kenny Vacaro;

    4.) Giants: Need help on OL, LB, DE, and DB. I chose LB Alec Ogletree for them. But,  could see them taking D.J. Fluker (if available), a pass-rusher like Werner or Carradine, Vacaro, or TE Eifert (who mioght reming them of Mark Bavaro);  

    5.) The First Round Bottoms: The Patriots, 49ers, Ravens, and Falcons will likely surprise.

     

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