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Mock Draft 1.0

  • Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel
  • This year’s draft will be different from others simply because it’s a tossup from the #1 pick through 32.  The Chiefs has been making noise this offseason.  They’ve retain their two top priorities in Brandon Albert and Dwayne Bowe.  They also traded for Alex Smith but by doing that, the Chiefs need to be extra safe on this pick because their next pick isn’t until the first pick in the 3rd round.  I decided to go with Luke Joeckel because he is the sure thing he’s your ideal blindside b
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – Dee Milliner
  • The Jaguars could go both sides of the ball with this pick as well.  There in desperate need of offensive line, defensive line, and secondary.  I have them taking Dee Milliner with this pick because the CB class isn’t as deep as the other two groups and they can grab the top corner in this class in Dee Milliner.  He has top flight speed and has ideal size to go with his physicality.  I think this pick is more clear since free agency has started they’ve had 5 cornerbacks hit free agency and a
  • Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd
  • In any given draft Oakland are always a mystery but this year I have them going with Sharrif Floyd an ideal 4-3 DT as a 3-technique.  Their top defensive tackle left via free agency to Cleveland and the other Richard Seymour remains a free agent even if brought back is only a stop gap solution.  They did sign Pat Sims who is an excellent run stopper from Cincinnati but they need someone to pair him up with.  They also could look at Geno Smith, either Eric Fisher/Lane Johnson, or some linebacker
  • Philadelphia Eagles – Star Lotuleli
  • Chip Kelly bringing a new look to the Eagles defense this year by switching it to a 3-4.  A lot of them having going offensive tackle or Dion Jordan, he makes a ton of sense because of familiarity with Chip Kelly and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro.  But with offensive tackles Todd Herremans and Jason Peters returning this year in full strength and they have plenty of depth at the 3-4 hybrid position I have them going with Star Lotuleli.  Lotuleli has some medical concerns but you can’t de
  • Detroit Lions – Ezekiel Ansah
  • The Lions have to go with defense help and more clearly on the line after they cut Kyle Vander-Bosch and Cliff Avril left for Seattle.  Honestly I thinky they could go with any four of these defensive lineman (Ezekiel Ansah, Bjoern Werner, Datone Jones, Damontre Moore) with whatever one their highest on I believe they will take.  I have them grabbing Ezekiel because he has the ideal size and could look to bulk up.  He has the highest potential in the group to become a top flight pass rusher.  Th
  • Cleveland Browns – Jonathan Cooper
  • Up until free agency I had the Browns addressing their front 7 but they added two guys since then (Paul Kruger & Desmond Bryant)  with big contracts so I have them going on the offensive side with Jonathan Cooper an explosive, athletic guard that can play multiple positions.  He’s an exceptional run blocker as well as a screen blocker which is perfect for Trent Richardson.  If they decide to go a different route they make take a hard long look at Tennessee’s Cordarelle Patterson to give Bren
  • Arizona Cardinals – Eric Fisher
  • The Cardinals will be a team that will be greatly link to quarterbacks Geno Smith and Matt Barkley because the past 3 years they have went through Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Max Hall, Brian Hoyer, and Richard Bartel since Kurt Warner’s days but if Eric Fisher is there at pick number 8 they can’t pass on him.  Some teams have Fisher rated higher than Joeckel.  Part of their quarterback fiasco is with the problems along the line.  Levi Brown failed to be the blindside blocker they
  • Buffalo Bills – Geno Smith
  • The Bills simply have to find an answer at quarterback, and I don\’t know how they pass on Smith, who at least gave himself a shot to go in the top 10 with a solid showing in almost every respect in Indianapolis.  With a 4.56 time in the 40 at the combine, Smith proved he\’s in the same range with Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson when it comes to speed, whether he\’s considered a running quarterback or not.  The Bills haven’t made good decisions on previous quarterbacks like committing Ryan
  • New York Jets – Dion Jordan
  • The Jets are in a complete makeover.  They could go no wrong with any position on defense or offense but with Dion Jordan sitting here at 10 that’s not only a great value pick but a need as well since the Jets aren’t bringing back veterans Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, or Calvin Pace.  Dion Jordan is Rex Ryan’s type of player a 3-4 hybrid player with explosiveness to get to the quarterback.  Jordan is a freakish athlete with a rangy frame who is capable of lining up either on the outside or on
  • Tennessee Titans – Barkevious Mingo
  • Now that the Titans have signed guard Andy Levitre to a long-term deal.  I still could see them taking a long look at Chance Warmack to replace Leroy Harris but as of now finding a strong pass rusher is a bigger need of priority.  An explosive guy like Barkevious Mingo would help make this Titans pass rush and his speed and athleticism would also boost their rush defense.  They also may take a look at a wide out since Kenny Britt’s off field and durability issues have become a reoccurring prob
  • San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson
  • Lane Johnson is a guy who has really helped himself rise through the combine and past few weeks.  The Chargers are hoping he or Eric Fisher falls into their lap.  It was obvious last year that Phillip Rivers couldn’t do nothing last year without a line.  Injuries along the offensive line have really weakened the offense over the past couple of seasons, and Philip Rivers has taken a step back because of it.  Last year they added tackle Jared Gaither hoping he can reach his true potential that t
  • Miami Dolphins – Bjoern Werner
  • The Miami Dolphins have address multiple positions in free agency and have been the biggest spenders.  They have retained Brian Hartline they added Mike Wallace.  They also sign two linebackers Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe.  They did lose Jake Long but have been linked to numerous offensive linemen such as Bryant McKinnie, Brandon Moore, and Eric Winston.  Bjoern Werner is a true 4-3 end.  Some say Werner\’s stock has taken a recent hit, but he was extremely productive at Florida State as
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Xavier Rhodes
  • The defense was awful last year for Tampa Bay they could go line or secondary.  They sign Dashon Goldson to pair up with Mark Barron but corner is there biggest need after Talib being traded, EJ Biggers leaving and the Eric Wright fallout.  Xavier Rhodes seems like the logical choice here at 13 some may see it as a reach but he is the 2nd best corner on the board.  He has an outstanding size-speed combination and is at his best in press-man coverage.  Rhodes is the type of corner that makes wide
  • Carolina Panthers – Cordarelle Patterson
  • If Cam Newton is ever going to be elite he’s going to need player around him.  This is an opportunity to draft a wide out and pair him up with Steve Smith during his remaining years for a threat and so Smith can mentor him.  Tavon Austin will be an option here so will be a defensive tackle but I went with Patterson over Austin because they need someone who is physical and can be a complete receiver.  Patterson can take the top off defenses and keep safeties deep because of his speed, and he\’s
  • New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Richardon
  • The Saints need to use the draft to get better on defense.  With this pick Sheldon Richardson is the best option available.  He can replace Sedrick Ellis who was a previous first round pick back in2008 that hasn’t panned out and they have given up on.  RIchardson can penetrate and cause problems in the backfield, but he also moves down the line well and makes a lot of tackles from this position.  They also could use an edge rusher, linebacker help as well as secondary.  Up to this point they h
  • St. Louis Rams – Tavon Austin
  • The Rams like the Viking have flexibility in this draft as they have multiple first round picks.  Offensive tackle was a high priority for the Rams until they sign Jake Long from Miami.  With Danny Amendola leaving they need to fill that void and can do so with Tavon Austin.  Austin would fill the slot position differently as a more explosive slot receiver.  Austin is small but has a rare combination of quickness and speed.  They could also look at safety Kenny Vaccaro with safety being their ne
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones
  • Jarvis Jones could step right in and replace James Harrison shoes.  He fits perfectly as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the Steelers\’ scheme.  Jones is a great value pick here if he checks out medically, arguably a top 5 pick before medical concerns.  The Steelers consider one of the most consistent franchises have a big task on their hand as players left through via free agency and majority of their remaining stars are aging.  They could use reinforcements on all 3 phases of defense.  They could
  • Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro
  • Dallas would love to land the top-rated safety in a safety-rich draft in Kenny Vaccaro.  Vaccaro is a well-polished safety who can contribute both the run and pass game.  Vaccaro can line up at either safety positions, also has the versatility to line up in the slot or in the box.  If either guard Warmack or Cooper falls at this spot it would be hard not for the Boys to take either one of those two.  The Cowboys have two of their backup safeties as free agents and release former starter Gerald S
  • New York Giants – Tyler Eifert
  • Eifert is a top tight end and would give Eli Manning another weapon in the passing game. Eifert\’s ball skills and ability to come down with the jump ball, he has the best range of traits and athleticism.  Eifert even looks more intriguing after tight end Martellus Bennett left for Chicago.  They also are in need at defensive end and linebacker help since Justin Tuck is almost 30 and Osi Umenyiora is set to leave in free agency.  They sign Dan Connor who could fill there void at inside linebacke
  • Chicago Bears – Manti Te’o
  • The Bears have addressed a pass catching tight end in Martellus Bennett and a right tackle Jermon Bushrod for Jay Cutler.  Now the Bears need a replacement for Brian Urlacher and Manti Te’o could be that guy.  He didn’t have a good combine but inside linebackers traditionally are better on tape than workouts anyway.   He has great instincts; always seem to be around the ball and a great leader.  They also could look to beef up the pass rush game with Sam Montgomery or look to add a WR if Aus
  • Cincinnati Bengals – Matt Elan
  • With this pick the Bengals could go linebacker or safety.  Some believe they might take D.J. Fluker to replace Andre Smith but most likely at this stage Andre Smith will be reappearing.  Matt Elam may be a little of a reach at this pick but with the Rams needing a safety at the next pick this would be a great time to snatch him.  Elam uses his instincts to help blow up plays and players, known to be one of the biggest hitters in the draft he also covers the slot well, and has pretty good speed t
  • St. Louis Rams – Eddie Lacy
  • The Rams could really upgrade the safety position here but with Vaccaro & Elam gone they will wait to address that need later in the draft.  Steven Jackson signed with Atlanta and they need a premier back and Eddie Lacy can be that guy to have a 1-2 punch with last year’s draft pick Isaiah Pead.  Lacy has great combination of power and open-field shiftiness.  He doesn’t have elite speed but he still can break off long runs and also can catch the ball out of the backfield well.  They might lo
  • Minnesota Vikings – Keenan Allen
  • They traded Percy Harvin and signed Greg Jennings but even with the signing of Greg Jennings they still could add another weapon to go alongside him and Kyle Rudolph.  Allen has a game and body type that has been compared to Anquan Boldin.   Hes a big physical smooth athlete with a well-rounded skill set and can create space after the catch and he’s just 20 years old.  They will also look at offensive line and secondary help .
  • Indianapolis Colts – Datone Jones
  • The Colts need offensive line help on the inside.  They added tackle Gosder Cherilus to beef up the outside.  But with this pick I’m going with Datone Jones could be a great penetrator at 3-4 as a three-technique.  Jones can provide an interior pass-rushing presence.  He shows a great burst and knows how to take on blocks.  This could be a very nice pick since the Colts don’t have any playmakers up front.
  • Minnesota Vikings – Sylvester Williams
  • Like the Rams the Vikings were the other team in this year’s draft to have multiple draft picks in the first round. With the first pick I had them selecting receiver Keenan Allen to go with Greg Jennings and with this pick I think Sylvester Williams will be a great fit to an aging four front.  Vikings can add another Williams to the interior position to go with Kevin Williams.  They previously had both Kevin & Pat Williams for a numerous of years solidifying the trenches.  Sylvester can replac
  • Green Bay Packers – Damontre Moore
  • The Packers are in need of a running back, center, wide receiver and more secondary help.  They lost Greg Jennings to their rival Minnesota Vikings and Donald Driver retired they lost two receivers that have had a main stay in Green Bay for years so they could go with a wide out but at this pick I think Damontre Moore is the best value pick here.  Moore had big shoes to replace at Texas A&M in Von Miller but he actually put up better numbers there with an impressive 38.5 tackles for a loss and 2
  • Houston Texans – Justin Hunter
  • Andre Johnson has truly never had a #2 receiver next to him during his whole career.  They were hoping Jacoby Jones would step up but he never lived up to those expectations and Kevin Walter has been a very serviceable receiver but he’s more of a slot receiver than a number 2.  Justin Hunter brings great height and has long arms.  He has great potential with a big frame room to beef up.  Andre Johnson has been promoting the Texans to go out and sign Chad Johnson which is more than unlikely hap
  • Denver Broncos – Alec Ogletree
  • The Broncos need to beef up the inside whether it’s with a big man or a linebacker but with Ogletree here at 28 they should pencil him in to replace D.J. Williams since they added Terrance Knighton in free agency.  Ogletree comes with off-field issues, but he\’s a stud when he\’s locked in.  Ogletree could play either inside or outside because of his athleticism.  Ogletree is an explosive athlete with the ability to cover like a safety, which he was early in his career, and make plays from sid
  • New England Patriots – Desmond Trufant
  • The Patriots have had struggles in the secondary for quite some time.  They brought back Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington.  They also added physical Adrian Wilson to bolster the safety group to go with Devin McCourtney.  But they should still add Desmond Trufant as Talib has durability issues and Arrington is an average #2 at best.  Trufant is an athletic corner with rich family bloodlines.  He possess excellent athleticism and ball skills.
  • Atlanta Falcons – Sam Montgomery
  • Atlanta address there running back issue by adding Steven Jackson for the next few years.  They let go of John Abraham and need a replacement.  Sam Montgomery is an ideal 4-3 end who had great production at LSU.  Montgomery was one of the steadiest linemen in the SEC for the past two years. He had back-to-back quality years for the Tigers. Montgomery was never a superstar for the LSU defense but always around the ball, balance pass rusher and run defender.
  • San Francisco 49ers – Margus Hunt
  • The 49ers only glaring need is cornerback and replacing Dashon Goldson.  There isn’t a corner worth taking here in my eyes I think they go with Margus Hunt.  Hunt has tremendous upside even though he’s already 25.  He’s a physical freak, at 6-8⅛ he ran a 4.6 40-yard dash.  Justin Smith has been the heart and soul up front but he will be 34 soon and need to add another presence that can get after the quarterback.
  • Baltimore Ravens – D.J. Fluker
  • The Ravens have several holes on defense after losing safeties Bernard Pollard, Ed Reed, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger.  With the 32nd pick they need defensive help badly but if D.J. FLuker is here at 32 how could they pass him up.  Fluker is a dominant run blocker

Rey Maualuga re-signs

The Bengals have been pretty quiet thus far in free agency.   With their main focus is retaining their own they did so today by bringing Rey Maualuga for a 2 year 6.5 million dollar deal.  While Coaches Marvin Lewis, Mike Zimmer, and owner Mike Brown have all been very supportive of Rey since day 1 the fans on the other hand have not.  The fans were losing patience on him this past year and then they lost all hope in the wildcard loss to the Texans when Arian Foster torch the Bengals and exposed Rey weaknesses to full extent.

Maualuga spent his first two seasons at outside linebacker before starting the past two at middle linebacker.  Last season, Maualuga was ranked the worst inside linebacker by Pro Football Focus. He missed 16 tackles, tied for fifth most for NFL inside linebackers, and committed six penalties, which was the second highest.

“Rey has been a fine young player for us, and he continues to grow on and off the field,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “He is passionate about becoming a great player, and we’re excited to have him back as we work with these signings to keep our defense together.”

What does this move mean for the rest of FREE AGENCY, DRAFT, & 2013 SEASON?

Most people are predicting that they’ll move promising linebacker Vontaze Burfict to inside (MIKE) and have Rey Maualuga move back to outside linebacker (SAM) where he played his first two seasons.  But Marvin Lewis shot that down today by saying if Maualuga would move to SAM: “I don’t anticipate any change. I think things will be good the way they are.”  As far as rest of free agency goes don’t expect them to sign any more linebacker unless they play outside, look for them to possibly bring back Thomas Howard once they figure out what they’re doing with Andre Smith, Adam Jones, & Terence Newman.  As far as the draft linebacker is still consider a top need outside of secondary and possibly a complimentary running back.

Here are the current Bengal linebackers under contract heading into 2013:

Vontaze Burfict – 2nd year – OLB

Brandon Joiner – 1st year  – OLB

Emmanuel Lamur – 2nd year – OLB

Rey Maualuga – 5th year – ILB

Aaron Maybin – 5th year – OLB

Dontay Moch – 3rd year – OLB

Vincent Rey – 3rd year – OLB

J.K. Schaffer – 1st year – MLB