Friday, April 26, 2013

Day 2 Thoughts

*This could have been a franchise altering draft for the Jets. Assuming no trade aside from the one they actually made for Chris Ivory, they could have had:

9- Dee Milliner
13- Tyler Eifert
39- Geno Smith
72- Keenan Allen or Stedman Bailey

Plus Ivory for their 4th rounder. Wow. Finally some playmakers in town, but of course it wasn't to be as they took Sheldon Richardson at 13 and G Brian Winters at 72.

I am on board with Geno though. Izdik needs to dump Sanchez, let Garrard start, and go 2-14. Then next year, Geno takes over at QB and they take Jadaveon Clowney #1 overall and we are back to being competitive.

*This has to be a first: Matt Barkley was the best available player after Day 1 AND Day 2 according to Kiper. Amazing

*I thought ESPN's main stage crew of Kiper-McShay-Dilfer-Wingo was the best they have to offer. Watching them was infinitely better than listening to Chris Berman.

*That being said, Bill Polian needs to go. Guy adds nothing.

*Six Picks I Loved:

-Tank Carradine to San Fran (40th overall) - Justin Smith can't play forever; succession plan now in place
-Robert Woods to Buffalo (41) - Second best reciver for me in the draft behind Nuke
-Kevin Minter to Arizona (45) - Solid, productive player
-Arthur Brown to Baltimore (56) - RayRay heir apparent
-Eddie Lacy to Green Bay (61) - Here's your offensive Rookie of the Year
-Keenan Allen to San Diego (76) - Should have gone to the Jets

*Four Picks I Didn't

-Kiko Alonso (46th overall) - This guy is a loose cannon; watched a lot of Oregon games and saw him flip out a few too many times after the whistle
-Le'Veon Bell to Pittsburgh (48) & Montee Ball to Denver (58) - Please tell me the last time a Big Ten running back selected in the first three rounds worked out well in the NFL-

 Shonn Greene? Beanie Wells? Rashard Mendenhall? Maurice Clarrett? Laurence Maroney? Chris Perry? TJ Duckett? Curtis Enis? Tim Biakabatuka? Ki-Jana Carter? Ty Wheatley?

Only guy I can think of is Larry Johnson and even that was a quick peak.
-Christine Michael to Seattle (62) - They already have Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin in place

*Guy I'm Rooting For: Tyrann Mathieu

*Startting to feel bad for Ryan Nassib who was projected by many to be a top 10 pick. National Football Post has him ranked as their #1 overall prospect. Not overall as of this minute. Overall from the beginning of the draft. Whoops.

(Guest Appearance) NFL Draft 2013 Round 1 Reaction

Welcome special guest, Ricky to give his first round thoughts

1)    Kansas City: Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan – Not a bad pick if you want to break him in at RT this season while Brandon Albert plays through his franchise tag and move him over next season to protect your QB’s blindside.

2)    Jacksonville: Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M – Projected to go #1 in a ton of mock drafts, probably safest pick on the board so good move by the new regime to not screw up this pick. Geno Smith and Matt Barkley still available at #33 makes this look good.

3)    Miami (via Oakland): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon – Unless the Dolphins know they have Brandon Albert with their 54th pick from the Chiefs, I don’t understand this pick. He’s a hybrid 3-4 OLB that doesn’t seem to fit this scheme and he played about half of Oregon’s defensive snaps. Freak athlete, but this pick comes with some questions.

4)    Philadelphia: Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma – As a Giants fan I like this pick and like that he immediately called out the Giants super-athlete Jason Pierre Paul because he played QB against him in Junior College in 2008. Good luck, rookie.

5)    Detroit: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU – Not a fan of Ansah going to Detroit, don’t like the situation for him there. I don’t think he’ll maximize his potential but the Lions staff did coach him at the Senior Bowl where he dominated everyone on the field. They have to know what they’re getting so can’t knock the pick.

6)    Cleveland: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU – Freak athlete without the production. He’ll fit into the Browns scheme so the only thing left to see here is if he can match his production with his measurables.

7)    Arizona: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC – I tweeted this last night but no one follows me so I’ll say again: I never care about offensive lineman in the draft, don’t watch tape and don’t get impressed by them – when I first saw Cooper play a couple months ago, impressed. He’s been a favorite of mine for a while and I think he’ll end up in the Pro-Bowl this season.

8)    St. Louis (via Buffalo): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia – Couple people don’t like this pick because Austin is small, who cares? Guy is lightning, putting him on turf will only make him more electrifying. He’s a home-run hitter and a threat from anywhere on the field, love the pick – not over analyzing the size issue. If you can play, you can play. He can play.

9)    New York Jets: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama – Jets get the top corner in the draft when he easily could’ve gone 5-6 picks before this. I think it hits a need and it’s great value, he’s the best on the board at this point and he should be a very good player for them.

10)    Tennessee: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama – This pick was widely mocked and made a ton of sense. Tennessee has now added two stud guards who can run block with the best of them, Chris Johnson has officially run out of excuses, he either backs up his claim of 2,100 yards or he’s flat out not that good because if you can’t do it behind this line it’s not going to be their fault anymore.

11)    San Diego: D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama – Chargers needed help along the line and got it here. I still don’t know what they’re going to do about LT because Fluker is a cut and dry RT, so there’s still a hole on Philip Rivers blind side.

12)    Oakland (via Miami): DJ Hayden, CB, Houston – Oakland wanted Hayden and was able to move back 9 spots and still get their guy. Somehow Oakland’s moves made a lot of sense in round 1 – Al Davis is probably rolling over in his grave but it looks like the Raiders have a handle on things right now.

13)    New York Jets (via Tampa Bay): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri – Don’t hate the player, hate the pick. Richardson is a very solid player, but was he drafted #13 to make in impact or provide depth behind Coples and Wilkerson? This was a head scratcher but you’ve got to think the new regime has a plan.

14)    Carolina: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah – Great get for the Panthers, they’ve now added a huge body to shield blockers from last year’s #1 pick Luke Kuechly. Their defense just got a lot better.

15)    New Orleans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas – Had to take him, needed help on defense in the worst way and they got it.

16)    Buffalo (via St. Louis): EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State – Huge reach, huge slap in the face to Ryan Nassib by his former college coach Doug Marone… This was a huge curveball and not a lot to love about this pick from Buffalo. Could’ve traded back again with the 49ers and taken Manuel 31st easily.

17)    Pittsburgh: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia – We pretty much nailed this one, obvious or not, and I love the pick and fit. Here’s what I said in our mock: “Smarter organizations usually take advantage of the ones at the top of the draft who tend to overthink things a little too much…. Pittsburgh will welcome Jones with open arms like they did with a certain undrafted free agent castoff named James Harrison, who he’s now replacing. But Jones will produce, bottom line.” My call for Defensive Rookie of the Year and I’m calling 8+ sacks.

18)    San Francisco (via Dallas): Eric Reid, S, LSU – One of my favorite players in the draft and one I thought was severely underrated by all the draft experts. He’s highly athletic and an extremely high character guy, I don’t know if the 49ers had to move up this far to get him but somehow they only gave up a 3rd rounder for it. Great trade for them and fills a big need. Sorry Craig Dahl.

19)    New York Giants: Justin Pugh, T/G/C, Syracuse – You’ve got to assume some guys the Giants thought would fall to them just missed, and they went with the safest and/or highest player on their board. At first glance I hated this pick, I wasn’t prepared for an offensive lineman with so many already off the board – but you dig deeper into this kid’s profile and you’ve got to love what you see and hear. He’s a very smart kid, described to be “tough as nails” and he’s a technician. He’s touted as one of the best blockers in the draft and he can play any position on the line, he’s going to be an important piece of the puzzle in 2013 along that offensive line. *The NY Giants hadn’t used a first round pick on an offensive lineman since Luke Petitgout in 1999 with the 19th pick, now Justin Pugh.. with the 19th pick. Lot of 19’s in there.

20)    Chicago: Kyle Long, T/G, Oregon – Didn’t have a lot of big school experience coming into the draft, but the pedigree is there. Maybe a reach, I would’ve rather seen them take Tyler Eifert here but their line has been a constant issue for a long time.

21)    Cincinnati: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame – This is a steal for the Bengals, home run type of pick. He’ll contribute immediately and will make Andy Dalton’s life much easier, wouldn’t be surprised to see Dalton have a big year, he’s got mismatches all over the field now.

22)    Atlanta (via St. Louis via WASH): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington – Another guy I’m not sure needed to be traded up for, but he’s a burner who can cover. Pedigree is there, grew up around the NFL, he’s ready to play in the league.

23)    Minnesota: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida – Could be a steal for the Vikings, this guy was projected in the top 5 consistently without any movement the last 3 months. He will be mentored by some great lineman in Minnesota which will set him up for big time success at this level.

24)    Indianapolis: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State – High. Motor. Really would’ve liked to see Indianapolis use this pick to strengthen the interior of that defensive line, but can’t argue the pick considering the loss of Dwight Freeney. Argument could be made they should’ve had his replacement available but with the transition to a 3-4 defense Werner will be right at home.

25)    Minnesota (via Seattle): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State – Two really big picks for Minnesota on the defensive side of the ball, Rhodes is a tall physical corner who will be able to match up well with Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall in this division.

26)    Green Bay: Datone Jones, DE/OLB, UCLA – Really like this pick, they need someone who can take the heat off Matthews on the other side and “Da Tone Setta” has the ability to do so.

27)    Houston: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson – Houston wanted Hopkins and didn’t have to move to get him – Andre Johnson probably went crazy after this pick, he finally has a WR to run with.

28)    Denver: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC – Straight value pick here, I thought Williams should’ve went to Indy at 24 but the Broncos get a steal here at 28. Thought Lacy might be an option here, but this strengthens an already strong defense for the Broncos.

29)    Minnesota (via New England): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee – Vikings hit 3 quality picks with 3 first rounders. May have sacrificed the rest of your draft but when you come out of night one with 3 new starters you can bet they feel pretty good about that. Patterson is very raw with his route running but if the ball gets in his hands, watch out.

30)    St. Louis (via Atlanta): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia – My favorite pure athlete in the draft right here. Rams maneuvered all night long and I loved it, they’ve been smart with their picks two years in a row now and are slowly and steadily building a roster filled with young athletes. Character concerns are everywhere with Ogletree, but Fisher made me a believer with Janoris Jenkins and I don’t think Ogletree’s baggage is as severe.

31)    Dallas (via San Francisco): Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin.

32)    Baltimore: Matt Elam, S, Florida – Really thought Baltimore would be looking ILB here and I thought Te’o was going to be taken but the Ravens get a safety to help ease the loss of Ed Reed. Elam can hit, but he’s nowhere near the prospect Reed was.

First Round Draft Thoughts

The life of being a Jets fan….

Here is the rollercoaster we have been on over the last few months.

September 23, 2012: We watch Darrelle Revis go down with a season-ending (both for him and the Jets) knee injury; Jets were 2-1 at the time

Next 13 Weeks: Jets fans try to shield their eyes each week as team goes 4-9 the rest of the season and finishes as the ninth worst team in football

Next Four Months: Woody Johnson and Co. butcher any leverage the team might have with either the player or with any teams interested in trading for DR.

April 22, 2013: Jets trade Revis for the 13th pick in this year’s draft and a conditional 2014 pick, a meager return for one of the best defensive players in football

April 25, 2013: Jets take Alabama CB Dee Milliner (like this pick a lot, predicted it on Monday here). Even though everyone knows he is a replacement for Revis, I think it’s good for the kid that he wasn’t picked in the exact pick acquired for Revis.

Less than an hour later, they take Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson.

First reaction: shock.

Second reaction: Hated the pick. We had him going to the Panthers at 14 in our final mock so I don’t think it was terrible pick in a vaccuum, but the Jets already have two stud defensive tackles in Mo Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. They have much bigger needs than DT.

Then, I watched a little tape and started hating the pick a little less. 

After a little more research though, I saw that he bashed the whole SEC - specifically Georgia - before Missouri had ever played a game in the conference. Do we really need this kind of player in New York? Don’t we have enough media attention / problems?  He’s also had weight issues and has less than a dozen college starts to his name. I don’t have high hopes for this guy.

What would I have done: trade down.

Two teams traded up in the draft. The Jets should have been the one trading down with them.

A trade down with the Falcons would have sent the 13th pick to Atlanta for picks 30, 92, and 198 (the Rams got this return for the 22nd pick so there’s no way the Jets would not have gotten this deal).

Follow that up with a trade with the Vikings which would have sent that 30th pick to Minnesota for picks 52, 83, 102, and 229 (the Patriots got this return).

That would have left them with these picks to fill a lot more needs: 39, 52, 72, 83, 92, 102, 106, 141, 178, 198, 215, and 229

Eight picks in the top 106? YES PLEASE!

Nah, instead, we’ll fortify the only position on the team we can actually call a strength.


Other thoughts

*Overall, I’m pretty pleased with our mock. We drilled 27 of the 32 first rounders which was the same as Scouts Inc and Todd McShay and one more than Mel Kiper, Jr.

*We either exactly predicted a spot or were one slot off on 13 of the 32 picks.

*Biggest regret was including Ryan Nassib. We should have seen through the smokescreens.

*Tweeted this last night but haven’t heard any response: How do I make a wager that Bengals will take Damontre Moore? Huge DLine prospect entering season from big school that slips following Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Devon Still, & Brandon Thompson. Only question is which round.

*Best Available: RWoods, KMinter, ELacy, MWatson, JCyprien, TCarradine, and ABrown. Would be happy with any of these seven.

*Best pick: Nuke Hopkins was one of my top five players in this draft.  Great pick by the Texans at 27.

*Worst pick: Aside from Travis Frederick who was AWFUL at #30, the Bills didn’t solve their QB needs with EJ Manuel. I wagered enough units on Florida State last season to know this guy is not worthy of a mid-first round pick.

*Mock of the Next Seven Picks:

33) Jacksonville: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
34) San Francisco from KC: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
35) Philadelphia: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
36) Detroit: Jon Cyprien, S, FIU
37) Cincinnati from Oakland: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
38) Arizona: Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
39) New York Jets: Robert Woods, WR, USC

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Final Mock Draft with Ricky

Round 1

1) Kansas City (TSB): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2) Jacksonville (Ricky): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
3) Oakland (TSB): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida 
4) Philadelphia (Ricky): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
5) Detroit (TSB): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
6) Cleveland (Ricky): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
7) Arizona (TSB): Jon Cooper, G, North Carolina
8) Buffalo (Ricky): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
9) New York Jets (TSB): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Need to break out some analysis here. The Jets have more gaping holes on their team than Tamerlan Tsarnaev did once the Boston PD found him. Look at the positions they need to address (in order of importance): QB, CB, WR, RB, DE, S, and OG. Oh, and they have no money to spend this year. The towel has been thrown on 2013 so let’s focus on 2014.

QB: Mark Sanchez might be the perfect answer this season because we want to lose as many games as possible. No better QB in the league to get that done than Sanchez. I’m staying away from Geno Smith for that reason.

CB: I hate the Revis trade for so many reasons. Among others: 1- He was the Jets best player; 2- It kills their cap this year, 3- Kyle Wilson is now a starter, and 4- This is not a strong draft. Milliner can’t sniff Revis’ jock but he’s the best on the board right now, and he’s a huge upgrade over Wilson. He also isn’t fully healthy at this moment so I ‘m ok with his taking the whole season to prep for 2014.

WR/RB/TE: I know I sound like a broken record, but this team needs playmakers. Unfortunately this is too early to grab one. Not a good year for skill guys in this draft. I considered Tavon Austin, Nuke Hopkins, and even Tyler Eifert, but the value just isn’t there.

DE: I think there will be some options at 13 to address this position.

S: I like Kenny Vaccaro, but not enough to take him in the top 13. We’ll find one in the later rounds.

G: The only other guy I considered here was Chance Warmack. It’s tough to get excited about interior linemen though so if he’s available at 13, great. If not, we’ll likely go DE.

10) Tennessee (Ricky): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
11) San Diego (TSB): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
12) Miami (Ricky): DJ Hayden, CB, Houston
13) New York Jets from TB (TSB): Jarvis Jones, OLB/DE, Georgia

I would be happy with Jones here, but best case scenario would be trading down deeper into the round (for Eifert, Hopkins, Austin, or Vaccaro) and adding some picks.

14) Carolina (Ricky): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15) New Orleans (TSB): Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
16) St. Louis (Ricky): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
17) Pittsburgh (TSB): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State 
18) Dallas (Ricky): DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
19) New York Giants (Ricky): Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, FSU

I’m convinced the Giants only draft certain types of players: a top-10 player who unexpectedly falls in their lap, or a defensive end. They have insanely obvious gaping holes at LB (among others), but refuse to improve that area of their defense. I do think that the guys they do draft end up helping. I believe a LB would help more than anything, but that’s simply not an option in round 1 with this front office. Tank Carradine was a big-time prospect before he blew out his knee this past season, but has a reputation as a guy with a high motor (no, seriously) and a guy with great leadership qualities. Those are in line with the Giants way. He’s only 5 or so months removed from ACL surgery and just ran a 4.75 40 at 6’5/270, impressive and not even fully recovered. He’s a guy that could be the annual “steal of the draft” and rotate in nicely with starters in place in NY. He won’t be rushed back and will be in one of the best situations a DE could find himself to adjust to the pro game.

20) Chicago (TSB): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
21) Cincinnati (TSB): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
22) St. Louis from WASH (Ricky): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
23) Minnesota (TSB): Nuke Hopkins, WR, Clemson
24) Indianapolis (Ricky): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
25) Minnesota from SEA (TSB): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina    
26) Green Bay (Ricky): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
27) Houston (TSB): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
28) Denver (Ricky): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
29)  New England (TSB): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
30) Atlanta (Ricky): Kyle Long, OL, Oregon
31) San Francisco (TSB): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
32) Baltimore (Ricky): Manti Teo, LB, Notre Dame

Round 2

33) Jacksonville (TSB): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
34) San Francisco from KC (Ricky): Jon Cyprien, S, FIU
35) Philadelphia (TSB): EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
36) Detroit (Ricky): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
37) Cincinnati from Oakland (TSB): Eric Reid, S, LSU
38) Arizona (Ricky): Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Cleveland (exercised in 2012 supplemental draft)
39) New York Jets (TSB): Robert Woods, WR, USC
40) Tennessee (Ricky): Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
41) Buffalo (TSB): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
42) Miami (Ricky): Terron Armstead, OT, APB
43) Tampa Bay (TSB): Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
44) Carolina (Ricky): Matt Elam, S, Florida
New Orleans (forfeited)
45) San Diego (TSB): Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
46) St. Louis (Ricky): Jon Jenkins, DT, Georgia
47) Dallas (TSB): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
48) Pittsburgh (Ricky): Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
49) New York Giants (Ricky): Khaseem Green, LB, Rutgers
50) Chicago (TSB): Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
51) Washington (TSB): Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
52) Minnesota (Ricky): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
53) Cincinnati (TSB): Jon Franklin, RB, UCLA
54) Miami from Indianapolis (Ricky): Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
55) Green Bay (TSB): Corey Lemonier, LB, Auburn
56) Seattle (Ricky): Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
57) Houston (TSB): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
58) Denver (Ricky): Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
59) New England (TSB): Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
60) Atlanta (Ricky): Cornelius Washington, DE/LB, Georgia
61) San Francisco (TSB): Matt Barkley, QB, USC
62) Baltimore (Ricky): Robert Alford, CB, Southeast Louisiana

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mock Draft Thoughts


Biggest Surprise: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU - He might fall to the late first, but he'll be my pick for Defensive Player of the Year because no one will match his productivity. He's just a solid player.

Biggest Bust:Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - I think Austin is a perfect fit in Cleveland, but he's tiny, and as the number six overall pick in an impatient town, the pressure will be on.

Biggest Impact: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - This Philly offense has explosive potential with all the playmakers they have on the field and Chip Kelly calling the shots. It will all be about the line. Joeckel will be the anchor.

Best Name:
Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU - Really hard to take anyone else. He has every one of the vowels in his first name, and they are in alphabetical order to boot: A-E-I-O-U. Can't remember ever seeing that before. Basically his first name is perfect. Then you have Mingo, which on its own is fun to say. Let's just retire this award. Distant second for me: Isi Sofele.

Best Available

1)    EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
2)    Tyrann Mathieu, PR/KR/CB, LSU
3)    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
4)    Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
5)    Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

Who should the Jets target with their remaining picks?

Round 3:              Corey Lemonier, LB, Auburn        
Round 4:              David Amerson, CB, NC State             
Round 5:              Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Round 6:              Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Round 7:              Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma


Biggest Surprise: Robert Woods, WR, USC - During the draft process everyone ranks everyone. Who’s #1?? People love rankings, and it usually goes by the most physically gifted or in other words, by potential. Robert Woods isn’t a prototypical #1 WR, he’s a prototypical #2. He’s going to be in the league for a long time. He might not be an All-Pro but he’s going to be very productive and very steady.

Biggest Bust: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU - The fairy tale of becoming the next “JPP”. The recipe for doing that is to be placed in the right situation. I’m not sure Ansah will be in the right situation going to a team at the very top of the draft, I don’t think he’ll be in a position to develop his skills and learn his craft. He has a ton of hype surrounding him and I’m not sure he’ll be able to produce enough to justify a top 5 pick.

Biggest Impact: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia - Speaking of the right situation, this could be it. He’ll fall on draft day to a team that will know how to utilize him. I can’t see the Steelers passing on him, and if they take him at #17 I can see him ringing up at least 8 sacks in 2013.

Best Name: Khaseem Green, LB, Rutgers - Just so many things you can do with this, Chris Berman is going to have a field day with this guy.

Best Available

1)    Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
2)    Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
3)    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
4)    Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
5)    Le’veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

Best Available By Position

QB – EJ Manuel, Florida State
RB – Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
WR – Aaron Dobson, Marshall
TE – Jordan Reed, Florida
OL – Barrett Jones, Alabama
DE – Alex Okafor, Texas
DT – Kawann Short, Purdue
LB – Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
CB – Darius Slay, Mississippi State
S – Phillip Thomas, Fresno State 

Who should the Giants target with their remaining picks?

Round 3:              Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Round 4:              Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Round 5:              Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Round 6:              Theo Reddick, WR, Notre Dame
Round 7:              Dave Quessenberry, OL, San Jose St.
                             Josh Jarboe, WR, Arkansas State (Comp Pick)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Mock Draft 2.0 with Ricky

Round 1

1.(Ricky) Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan - I had Star Lotulelei going here a month ago, but since then KC has made it pretty clear they’re going with a franchise LT. They franchised Brandon Albert and then openly attempted to trade him to obtain the second round pick they lost in acquiring Alex Smith from San Francisco. Even if they keep Albert, they can start Fisher at RT and then transfer him to the left side when Albert leaves in free agency next year. There’s been talk it could be Fisher or Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel so it just depends which one the Chiefs rate higher. I personally favor Fisher so I’m taking him here.

Let's kick things off in high motor style
Commentary (TSB): It makes a lot of sense to protect your investment. Whether or not I think Smith was worth the picks it cost KC is irrelevant. The move is done, and now the Chiefs should be doing whatever they can to ensure he has time to throw the ball and Jamaal Charles has holes to run through. Is it crazy to think this offense could finish in the top-10? A lot less crazy than it was a few weeks back. The Fisher vs Joeckel debate will rage for years. Nah, I’m just kidding. They’ll both be fine pros and no one cares about tackles anyway.

2.(TSB) Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida - Here’s what I wrote last month, and I see no reason to change my thinking: Justin Blackmon, Blaine Gabbert, Tyson Alualu, Eugene Monroe, Derrick Harvey, Reggie Nelson, Mercedes Lewis, Matt Jones, and Reggie Williams. Those are the last 10 first round picks made by Jacksonville since 2004. Aside from Blackmon, that's laughably terrible and probably the biggest reason this franchise has only one winning season since 2005.  The 2012 Jags were nothing if not consistent... consistently terrible. They scored the third fewest points in the league and surrendered the third most points. For symmetry, they also allowed the third most rush yards and rushed for the third least. A season to forget all around. There are about six prospects I could justify taking in this position without raising any eyebrows, but Floyd would provide the run stuffer this defense needs. He's athletic and versatile, and would allow the edge rushers to attack the quarterback, something that didn't happen at all a year ago (last in the league with 20 sacks).

Commentary (Ricky): As I said in the previous mock, don’t disagree with this pick but the Jags need help rushing the passer. Dion Jordan or Ziggy Ansah would make sense here.

3.(Ricky) Oakland Raiders: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama - I really like Floyd for this spot, but with him off the board in this scenario and Star Lotulelei facing health questions (even though he has been thoroughly tested and cleared), the Raiders need a sure thing and Milliner is a safe pick here. Raiders would do well for themselves by taking someone who can be a difference maker on defense right away. Full disclosure: Torn on this pick, if all goes well for Lotulelei from now until the draft and I have this pick, I take him here over Milliner. But today Milliner is the safer pick and the Raiders can’t afford to make a mistake with their limited amount of picks.

Commentary (TSB): I still like Milliner here, but I’m a little surprised you took him over Star. Last time we did this, there were many more questions about Star than there are now, and you took him first overall. Raiders still need some way to defend the pass, and this is a team that is clearly not going to win many games this year so it wouldn’t be the worst thing if Milliner missed some time this season in order to get him fully healthy for next season.

4.(TSB) Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - Another repeat pick which makes three in a row for us. Old thought process still stands: Only two teams (Chiefs, Jags) had a worse +/- than Philly. They couldn't score (29th in points) or stop anyone from scoring (30th in points allowed). I want to believe that Chip Kelly and his creative offensive mind will take full advantage of all these weapons at his disposal - Shady McCoy, Bryce Brown, Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson, Michael Vick - if he can just protect the quarterback. Joeckel will help improve a line that allowed 48 sacks (5th most) and a league worst 118 hits against their quarterbacks. He has experience blocking for a dual threat QB in Johnny Football and should be a mainstay bookend for the next dozen years.

Commentary (Ricky): I’ll go with my same commentary: Can’t argue much with this pick, Eagles have a good amount of holes on their roster after they disassembled the “Dream Team”. With Milliner off the board, I like this pick. If they could only find a QB that doesn’t scramble INTO sacks, that may help their numbers in that area.

5.(Ricky) Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU - A freak athlete with a very high ceiling, he won’t last long on the board April 25th. Detroit has done well drafting along the line the last couple years, include Ansah into that mix and this is a very scary defensive line.

Commentary (TSB): Glad that you changed things up at the #5 spot. Seems like a matter of preference for the Lions with Dion Jordan or Ansah. Can’t fault the upside pick with the extremely raw Ansah. Did this guy really never run a 40 before the NFL Combine? If so, he needs a new agent.

6.(TSB) Cleveland Browns: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - The Browns addressed their pass rushing needs by signing Paul Kruger away from Baltimore and Dez Bryant from Oakland. Time to shift the focus to the offensive side of the ball. Austin is the most dynamic player in this year’s class. He gives Brandon Weeden another weapon and instantly makes this offense better. Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Trent Richardson and Austin? Playmakers, baby! And none of them is older than 23.

Commentary (Ricky): The Browns definitely would welcome a playmaker on offense, but I do think this may be too early for Austin even though he’s one of my favorite players in this draft. The concerns about Brandon Weeden and the fact he’s been given a vote of confidence by the organization of only one year heading into just his second season (at age 40) makes me believe they could be players for Geno Smith. I also wouldn’t rule out Dion Jordan, he’s a perfect fit for their system and the recent signing of pass rushers doesn’t change the saying “you can never have enough pass rushers.” It’d be nice to get a young dynamic talent for cheap over the next 4 years if they land Jordan here, I think that’d be a great pick for them.

7.(Ricky) Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma - This guy has been rising a bit over the past couple of weeks. Teams seem to like his versatility along the line and his experience at other positions. They know he’s an athlete with…. Wait for it…. A high motor. There’s been talk about him having more long term upside than the top 2 tackles in this draft although I’m not totally sure what that means. All I know is teams are starting to get real interested in him and the Cardinals have been linked to him recently, they seem like they might actually have it right this year and draft along the line.

Commentary (TSB): Carson Palmer is a statue in the pocket so getting some offensive line help works for me here. By my unofficial count, Arizona had the 88th, 91st, and 105th (only one guy was worse) best quarterbacks in football last year so even Palmer who would rank somewhere in the 20’s is a huge upgrade. Now Johnson gives them a bookend to block for washed up USC quarterbacks. Maybe he’ll still be there when the Cardinals draft this guy.

8.(TSB) Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse - Buffalo loves this guy. They can’t take the risk that he’ll be off the board when they pick again at the top of the second round. He played for new Bills head coach Doug Marrone at ‘Cuse. This is his boy. If he’s available, you have to take him. Don’t think twice. Don’t look back. Sprint to the podium and your QB of the future.

Commentary (Ricky): Fit makes a lot of sense and the Bills haven’t been shy about their interest in Nassib. This pick would be a huge surprise for a lot of people on draft day, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

9.(TSB) New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - Amen! Geno falls into the Jets’ lap at #9. Let’s move on from this failed Mark Sanchez experiment and make Geno the new face of this franchise. Is he perfect? Definitely not. Is he better than Sanchez? He has to be. It’s a quarterback league, and you cannot afford to start the 106th best quarterback in football on a weekly basis. He will bring some excitement back to the Jets and for the right reasons (see Tebow, Tim). He’s also the best option at the board right now. I think Keenan Allen would be a stretch. Star Lotulelei probably doesn’t make sense next to Muhammad Wilkerson (although Rex could probably make this work) and the pass rushers - Mingo, Jones, Jordan - have too much bust potential. Roll the dice Idzik.

Commentary (Ricky): The Jets desperately need to move on from the circus of 2012 and the players that created it. Geno Smith would be building block number one in that process and John Idzik would have a solid player to build a team around.

10. (Ricky) Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama - He’s been called one of the few “sure things” in this draft. The passing game was abysmal last season and one way to help Jake Locker is to help him get a solid run game to work off of. Warmack will help do that right away along with newly signed Andy Levitre. There will be no excuses for Chris Johnson in 2013.

Commentary (TSB): Nothing sexy about taking a guard with a top 10 pick, but CJ1K would be smiling. Another way to improve the passing game would be to not start Jake Locker, but I think that argument will fall on deaf ears in Tennessee.

11. (Ricky) San Diego Chargers: Kyle Long, T, Oregon - The Chargers need a tackle, period. If they can’t trade up for one of the top 3, they’ll have to settle to fill a need because it’s a very pressing need that can’t be ignored. Kyle Long has a great pedigree, he’s the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of the second overall pick of the 2008 draft, Chris Long. He’s versatile, started his collegiate career at defensive end before finding a home along the offensive line. He’s played both guard and tackle but unfortunately for the Chargers can’t play all five spots at the same time. He will step in and help right away but more help will be needed.

Commentary (TSB): A little bit of a reach possibly but since we can’t trade down in this mock draft, I think the pick makes sense. We are seeing a recurring theme in this draft: protect the quarterback. That’s five offensive linemen in the first 11 picks.

12.(TSB) Miami Dolphins: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - This plays out like a dream for Miami. They have their pick of a number of highly rated prospects that just keep falling. I could see them taking Dion Jordan or Keenan Allen here as well even though they addressed the LB and WR positions in free agency. Star solidifies the middle of their D-Line and takes some attention away from Cameron Wake.
Commentary (Ricky): I think if the Dolphins are drafting best available, this is a great pick. I don’t think they have that luxury this season. They’ve gone all in during free agency and left themselves gigantic holes at CB and tackle. If I’m in the Dolphins war room I’m positive someone wants to move up to nab one of these studs still on the board, but again we are handcuffed here. I wouldn’t doubt they look for help in the secondary though.

13. (Ricky) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon - Both Florida teams living the dream. Too bad for the Bucs this is in fact a dream, by the time the draft rolls around this pick will belong to the NY Jets. So try and picture Jordan in Green and White. Jordan could go in the top 5 in a bunch of different scenarios so to get him at 13 will be touted as the old “Steal of the Draft” – it would be a great pick for both teams.

Commentary (TSB): I’ve gone on record numerous times saying the Jets shouldn’t trade Revis. However.. if they have to deal him and Jordan is available here and they can get another first or second rounder out of the Bucs (a lot of if’s), they would have to consider taking the offer. Getting Geno and Jordan in the first round would be a coup. Love the thought of a Wilkerson-Coples-Jordan front three for the next seven years.

14. (TSB) Carolina Panthers: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina - The offense will be fine. Time to make the necessary improvements on the other side of the ball. Williams is a local product who fills a glaring hole along the defensive front.

Commentary (Ricky): Loved the Kuechly pick last year, if Williams turns out to be decent pro this defense will have two top interior defenders for the foreseeable future, a nice little battery if you will. Williams will be a sight for sore eyes on every down for Kuechly instead of constantly seeing lead blockers coming at him. Good luck running on these guys.

15. (Ricky) New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU - Hometown product and a top-10 talent, could be a big splash for New Orleans if they can land this LSU star. His athleticism and measurables are fantastic – now it’s about production which the Saints sorely need from their pass rush. He’ll have an opportunity to make a big impact right away.

Commentary (TSB): I’m not very high on Mingo, although his name is one for the ages. I like to see productivity in my first round picks, and I just don’t see it. He only had 4.5 sacks this season and 4 other tackles for loss. That’s nothing. Jarvis Jones had 14 sacks and an additional 10 TFL. They both played against the same competition in the nation’s best conference. I’ll put my money on Jones.

16. (TSB) St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal - I debated trying to wait until 22 to grab Allen, but I think he’s the best WR by far and didn’t want to risk losing him. He will be Sam Bradford’s new best friend and will be just fine filling in for Danny Amendola.

Commentary (Ricky): If Brian Quick can develop in his second season and get more snaps, this offense will start to show some promise. With another pick coming up there’s a chance to add even more impact.

17. (Ricky) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - The opposite of Barkevious Mingo. His workouts and measurables were not even average, but his production was extraordinary. He was once thought to be a top 3 pick and now we’re wondering how far he’ll fall. Smarter organizations usually take advantage of the ones at the top of the draft who tend to overthink things a little too much…. Pittsburgh will welcome Jones with open arms like they did with a certain undrafted free agent castoff named James Harrison, who he’s now replacing. But Jones will produce, bottom line.

Love the production
Commentary (TSB): Jones was arguably the most productive defensive player in all of college football last season. Imagine the type of schemes Dick LeBeau will design for this guy’s skill set. If I were a Steelers fan, I would be giddy right now.  Hopefully he’s more like James Harrison than he is David Pollack, another UGA lineman with some red flags.

18. (TSB) Dallas Cowboys: DJ Fluker, G, Alabama - The line should be the focus here, and I like Fluker a little better than Jon Cooper from UNC. Wouldn’t fault the ‘Boys if they chose Coop though. After Jerry Jones handed Tony Romo the keys to the franchise for the next bajillion years, it makes sense to protect the guy.

Commentary (Ricky): I see Fluker as more of a right tackle, if I’m looking to draft a guard then I take Cooper who has experience at the position. Fluker’s sheer size makes him very attractive in the run game and you hope he can hold his own protecting Romo.. It would be nice to have Smith locked down on the left and also replace one of the Cowboys worst contracts ever in Doug Free. The Cowboys could use help all over the line, so I agree with Mike – line should definitely be the focus.

 19. (Ricky) New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State - With Osi Umenyiora moving on to the most talented team he’s ever seen, the Giants are all of a sudden thin at an area they’re consistently deep at. Werner was a top-10 selection heading into the Combine in February, it was a lock. His high motor didn’t translate well to the measuring tools used at the Combine and his draft stock plummeted. Here we go with teams overthinking measurables instead of pure production. He had 13 sacks as FSU’s only threat to rush the passer, 3.5 against Florida. He’s battle tested and truly plays with a mean streak. Giants wouldn’t mind having him rotate in along the defensive front creating havoc. By the way the Giants still need a middle linebacker for that 4-3 defense they run, knowing that I still do not believe they take one here.

Commentary (TSB): I really like this pick and fit. The Giants - like everyone else - have success when they get after the passer and Werner just gives them a high motor guy who relentlessly plays off the edge. His cool accent will make him a fan favorite in New York too.

20. (TSB) Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - The heir apparent to Brian Urlacher, Ogletree has some off-the-field issues but he is the best linebacker available. DJ Williams is a shell of his former self and can’t be counted on to anchor the D like Ogletree could. He also looks the part, standing 6’3” and weighing in at a solid 235.

Commentary (Ricky): I’ve been sold on Ogletree since day one, I think he’s the best LB in the draft and Todd McShay breaks it down right here for us. I think whether he goes to the Giants at 19 (pretty please Mr. Reese) or to Chicago here, he will be fine. Both organizations have the structure to help bring Ogletree along nicely and mold a player that can become a leader on defense. At least one NFL Personnel director has described him as an “immature idiot” but I’m sure that was a kneejerk reaction to his February DWI.

21. (Ricky) Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Reid, S, LSU – This is a pick I’m sticking with even though Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is still on the board. Vaccaro is rated higher on most everyone else’s boards but I just like Reid better. The talk coming out of the LSU pro day was about Reid and not his teammate Barkevious Mingo who was the one expected to shine with his raw athleticism. Reid showed better cover skills than originally advertised and speed that many didn’t see on tape. I think as we get closer to the draft Reid will creep up teams boards, and the character is through the roof with this guy. Here’s a small excerpt from NFP’s Russ Lande after Reid’s pro day: "In addition to possessing elite athleticism, Reid is viewed as a high character kid with the type of intangibles that NFL teams love. Sources at the workout told us that the LSU people rave about what an incredible young man Reid is and that whatever teams draft him is going to love character, work ethic and passion for the game." Those are all things the Bengals are in desperate need of.

Commentary (TSB): A high character / work ethic guy? On the Bengals? Not sure that will fly in Cincy. They just don’t like those kinds of players. Sorry.

22. (TSB) St. Louis Rams: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State - When you have two first round picks, I think you have the luxury of taking the best available player on the board. Rhodes would serve as the number three corner who will be on the field every down since all offenses play three wide receivers anyway. It’s not a need position necessarily since they have 2012 steal Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan entrenched as “starters”, but in a division with Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald, it doesn’t hurt to have corner depth.

Commentary (Ricky): Like this pick, the Rams could play with moving all three around all over the field. Rhodes is tall and physical and could be matches up outside while Jenkins jumps inside to manhandle slot guys. Just a lot that Jeff Fisher could do here, he’d be pumped about this pick.

23. (Ricky) Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - No secret the Vikings need help at WR. After trading away the dynamic Percy Harvin, they were able to steal Greg Jennings away from their division rival. There still isn’t a viable second option for draft bust Christian Ponder so the Vikings will need to get him some help out there. AKA Adrian Peterson’s back hurts.

Commentary (TSB): I think this mock is starting to make too much sense so we’ll probably end up 0-for-32 in our predictions. Quarterbacks and playmakers dominate this league. Minnesota is still working on the former, but this gives them another one of the latter.

24. (TSB) Indianapolis Colts: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - Same pick as last time. Still good value at 24. The Colts got shredded on the ground last year, giving up 138 yards on a game. Richardson provides the run-stuffer this team desperately needs.  A team can only go so long using seventh round picks and undrafted free agents to play defensive tackle before it catches up to them.

Commentary (Ricky): Can’t knock this pick, Richardson is great value at #24 and DT is a big need for the Colts. Like Mike said, they’ve been getting gashed for years by the run and it’s time they address that issue. Solid pick.

25. (Ricky) Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU - He’s not going to wow you with his workouts but he will get you production. When finally inserted into the starting lineup he went from an unknown to a consensus first-team All-SEC pick as well as being named the team's most valuable player in 2012. 130 tackles this past season. Production, not hype. Fills a big need for the Vikings at middle linebacker.

Commentary (TSB): I love Minter and his productivity. Think he’s going to be a starter for the next 10 years, and the Vikes need help in their linebacking corps. Adding Minter and Patterson would be huge for Minnesota. Perfect fit.

26. (TSB) Green Bay Packers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - My rationale is the same as it was last mock, but in this scenario Rhodes is off the board so I’m going with Trufant. For a team that is presumed to be great, the Packers have way too many holes. It’s really amazing what Aaron Rodgers was able to do. His running game stunk. His offensive line stinks. His defense stinks. It goes on and on. I debated taking a an offensive lineman here after seeing Rodgers get sacked a league-leading 58 times last year, but he was able to produce despite that, and I think they can worry about that later. The way that Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers decimated this team in January forces my hand into taking Trufant. Green Bay needs players that can (try to) stop Calvin Johnson, and Brandon Marshall, and Percy Harvin twice a year. Trufant won’t do it by himself, but he’s a lot better than what’s currently on this roster.

Commentary (Ricky): Not a lot to love in this Packers secondary. They lost their leader this offseason in Charles Woodson and will need a lot of help covering the big names in the division. Trufant has burner speed and should be able to shadow anyone around the field. 

27. (Ricky) Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee - The Texans have waited long enough to get Andre Johnson some help, now they’re going to have to draft his sidekick and eventual successor. Hunter is tall and fast, prototypical #1 receiver body with elite speed and an excellent athlete. Under AJ, Hunter could develop into a great receiver by the time the torch is passed.

Commentary (TSB): You love Justin Hunter. At this point in the first round, I think he’s a worthwhile risk. I like Nuke Hopkins a little bit better but it’s a matter of preference.

28. (TSB) Denver Broncos: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - Peyton Manning loves him some high motor tight ends, and Eifert is the best on my board. (BS Alert) I wasn’t as impressed with Zach Ertz when I went back and watched his film.  Eiferet consistently made played for ND, and adding him to a WR trio of DThomas, Wes Welker and EDeck is terrifying for opposing defenses…assuming Manning’s arm doesn’t fall off.

Commentary (Ricky): I’ve got to assume Peyton Manning’s arm doesn’t fall off but then again, after what we saw with Kevin Ware, anything is possible. Solid pick, Manning needs more weapons. Wouldn’t be shocked if Eddie Lacy was talked about in the war room, either.

29. (Ricky) New England Patriots: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas – I don’t think Vaccaro would ever fall this far, but if he did the Patriots would be doing backflips. Thanks to ESPN Stats and Info for this nugget: Only the Jets faced more passes thrown more than 20 yards downfield than the Patriots did in 2012. New England allowed a 41.7 completion percentage on those throws (NFL average: 33.9), and was one of three teams to allow double-digit touchdowns on deep throws.. One way to help fix this problem would be to draft a play making safety.

Commentary (TSB): Great pick. This guy could go in the top 10. I actually debated taking him with the Broncos pick to replace Rahim Moore but went with Eifert. Really like this one.

30. (TSB) Atlanta Falcons: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State - Matt Ryan is a few months away from being the highest paid player in NFL history. Probably a good idea to make sure his blind side is protected.

Commentary (Ricky): Great pick here, fit works and need works. Tommy D won’t have to stress too much making this pick.

31. (Ricky) San Francisco 49ers: John Cyprien, S, Florida International - The 49ers don’t have many holes, but safety is one of them. The departure of Dashon Goldson wasn’t nearly filled by the signing of Craig Dahl. Cyprien had a huge week at the Senior Bowl and has been impressing ever since.

Commentary (TSB): Solid.

32. (TSB) Baltimore Ravens: Nuuuuuke Hopkins, WR, Clemson - Get this guy and people will forget about Anquan Boldin in a hurry.

Commentary (Ricky): Despite his performance in the Super Bowl and on Dancing With The Stars, no one is comfortable letting Jacoby Jones be the second option in the passing game. Wouldn’t mind if they took Manti Te’o with this pick after losing Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe this offseason.

Round 2

33. (Ricky) Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Hayden, CB, Houston - Jags need a lot of help in their secondary, a lot.

34. (TSB) San Francisco 49ers: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State - Justin Smith can’t play forever.

35. (Ricky) Philadelphia Eagles: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State - Eagles secondary left in shambles after the Dream Team fire sale.

36. (TSB) Detroit Lions: Matt Elam, S, Florida - The secondary in Detroit is abysmal.

37. (Ricky) Cincinnati Bengals: Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina - Need a change up from the plodder that is The Law Firm.

38. (TSB) Arizona Cardinals: Jon Cooper, G, North Carolina - Back to back Tar Heels. Cooper and Lane Johnson would transform this line.

39. (Ricky) Cleveland Browns: N/A - Used to select Josh Gordon in Supplemental Draft

40. (TSB) New York Jets: Robert Woods, WR, USC - Let’s get Geno some weapons now. Wouldn’t mind Eddie Lacy with this pick either, and Stedman Bailey who played together with Geno in both high school and college would make for a nice story, but the top of the second is a little early for him.

Would love seeing this guy in green and white

41. (Ricky) Tennessee Titans: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana - Need and value with this pick, Alford an underrated CB coming from a small school, could be a steal here.

42. (Ricky) Buffalo Bills: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech - Another small school prospect out of Louisiana, could be a nice big target for whoever plays QB this year in Buffalo. By a pure production standpoint, no one matches Patton’s 2012 campaign (104/1,392/13).

43. (TSB) Miami Dolphins: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse - Versatile lineman who could play center, guard, or tackle if needed.

44. (TSB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - In case Da’Quan Bowers ends up in jail.

45. (Ricky) Carolina Panthers: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse - Panthers have long had awful safeties on their roster, time to upgrade.

46. (Ricky) New Orleans Saints: N/A - Forfeited Pick

47. (Ricky) San Diego Chargers: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford - This is just great value here for a player that can be a long term solution to Antonio Gates.

48. (TSB) St. Louis Rams: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State - Another Bradford weapon.

49. (TSB) Dallas Cowboys: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine Bluff - More Romo protection.

50. (Ricky) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia - Freak athlete, will be a stud in Pittsburgh’s scheme.

51. (Ricky) New York Giants: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State - Dream scenario for the Giants, stud LB still available because of overblown injury concerns.

52. (TSB) Chicago Bears: Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin - Can’t remember the last time a Badger lineman was drafted. #ThingsNoOneSays

53. (TSB) Washington Redskins: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame - He can only drop so far.

54. (Ricky) Minnesota Vikings: Jonthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - Good value, hits a need.

55. (Ricky) Cincinnati Bengals: Damontre Moore, DE/LB, Texas A&M - Stock has been dropping, once viewed as a high first round pick now a potential steal for the Bengals.

56. (TSB) Miami Dolphins: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama - Intrigued by the thought of pairing Lacy with Daniel Thomas. Doubt he would slip by the Packers with the next pick.

57. (Ricky) Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia - Was back and forth here with an offensive weapon, but Rodgers will be fine. This is a steal in my opinion and can be one of those important pieces on this defense for a long time. Can’t teach 346 pounds.

58. (TSB) Seattle Seahawks: Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford - The Seahawks have talent everywhere on the field. Any pick here is really a luxury at this point. Wouldn’t shock me to see them trade this pick for a first rounder next year.  

59. (Ricky) Houston Texans: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut - Another pick that lines up with value and need, would be a nice fit in Houston’s aggressive secondary and a great spot to learn from one of the greats while he’s there.

60. (TSB) Denver Broncos: TJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina - Some competition for ballhawk Rahim Moore

61. (Ricky) New England Patriots: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut - One of my favorite sleepers in this class, would solidify a young and talented LB corps for New England.

62. (TSB) Atlanta Falcons: Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson - Not buying Steven Jackson as the long term solution, and I don’t think Quizz Rodgers is an every down back.

63. (Ricky) San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE/DT, Southern Methodist - Probably a steal for the 49ers here. Must be nice. Still, he’s 3 years older than their RT who was drafted in 2010 and comes with some injury history.

64. (TSB) Baltimore Ravens: Khaseem Green, LB, Rutgers - RayRay replacement