Sporting Gentlemen: 2013 NFL Preview

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To look back on in January.

JALEN

NFC 

1. GB 2. SEA 3. ATL 4. DAL 5. SF 6. NO

AFC

1. NE 2. CIN 3. HOU 4. DEN 5. IND  6. KC

NFC Championship: SEA vs. GB

AFC Championship: DEN vs. CIN

Super Bowl: DEN vs. GB

Super Bowl Winner: GB

MVP: Rodgers

OPOY: Brees

DPOY: Ware

OROY: T. Austin

DROY: K. Vacarro

JD

NFC

1. SF 2. NO 3. GB 4. PHI 5. SEA 6. TB

AFC

1. NE  2. DEN 3. CIN 4. HOU 5. BAL 6. PIT

NFC Championship: PHI VS. SF

AFC Championship: NE VS. CIN

Super Bowl: SF VS. NE

Super Bowl Winner: SF

MVP: BRADY

OPOY: NEWTON

DPOY: J. SMITH (SF)

OROY: GIOVANNI B.  … QUINTON PATTON but this doesnt count

DROY: Ogletree

Luke

NFC

1. SEA 2. ATL 3. GB 4. NYG 5. SF 6. WSH

AFC

1. DEN 2. NE 3. BAL 4. HOU 5. IND 6. PIT

NFC Championship: SEA VS. SF

AFC Championship: DEN VS. NE

Super Bowl: SEA VS. DEN

Super Bowl Winner: SEA

MVP: PEYTON

OPOY: RODGERS

DPOY: WATT

OROY: EJ MANUEL

DROY: JARVIS JONES

Mikey

NFC

1. SEA 2. GB 3. ATL 4. NYG 5. SF 6. NO

AFC

1. NE 2. DEN 3. HOU 4. CIN 5. BAL  6. KC

NFC Winner: NYG VS. SF

AFC Winner: DEN VS. NE

Super Bowl Winner: NYG

MVP: Peyton

OPOY: Peyton

DPOY: WATT

OROY: GIOVANNI B.

DROY: MILLNER

Nick

NFC

1. SF 2. GB 3. ATL 4. NYG 5. SEA 6. CHI

AFC

1. DEN 2. NE 3. CIN 4. HOU 5. PIT 6. BAL

NFC Championship: SF VS. ATL

AFC Championship: DEN VS, HOU

Super Bowl: SF VS. DEN

Super Bowl Winner: SF

DiLo

NFC

1. SF 2. GB  3. DAL 4. TB 5. WSH 6. ATL

AFC

1. DEN 2. HOU 3. NE 4. CIN 5. BAL 6. IND

NFC Championship: SF VS. GB

AFC Championship: NE VS. DEN

Super Bowl: SF VS. NE

Super Bowl Winner: NE – BRADY

MVP: ADP

OPOY: CALVIN J.

DPOY: WATT

OROY: T. AUSTIN

DROY: SHELDON RICHARDSON

LEE

NFC

1. SF 2. NO 3. WSH 4. CHI 5. ATL 6. PHI

AFC

1. HOU 2. NE 3. BAL 4. DEN 5. BUF 6. CIN

NFC Championship: NO vs. SF

AFC Championship: HOU VS. NE

Super Bowl: HOU VS. NO

Super Bowl Winner: SAINTS

MVP: CHRIS JOHNSON

OPOY: CHRIS JOHNSON

DPOY: JJ WATT

OROY: EJ MANUEL

DROY: ERIC REID

JOEY CRUZ

NFC

1. SF 2. ATL 3. GB 4. DAL 5. SEA 6. NYG

AFC.

1. DEN 2. HOU 3. CIN 4. MIA 5. NE 6. IND

NFC Championship: ATL VS. DAL

AFC Championship: DEN VS. MIA

Super Bowl: DEN VS. ATL

Super Bowl Winner: ATL

MVP: PEYTON

OPOY: ADP

DPOY: WAKE

OROY: EDDIE LACY

DROY: DION

2013 Final NFL Mock Draft

J.D. Hogan’s Final NFL Mock Draft

– This year’s draft may the toughest to read in terms of which way teams are looking and how much they value and covet each prospect. Players that are viewed as a top 10 player by one team may be viewed as a second day option by others. It’s a deep draft but not one with anyone who is a clear cut gamer. The goal most of the time is to get around 80 of the 100 people picked in the first 100 right. Meaning them going before pick 100 is done. Since this is my first time doing an expanded draft i’m looking to get around 75. But enough talk here it is
Round 1

1.Kansas City (2-14) Eric Fisher Central Michigan OT– The Chiefs now have their QB by acquiring Alex Smith from the 49ers for their second round pick. (Or so their fans can hope, Matt Cassel sure didn’t pan out). So now they can turn to other needs to address. The Chiefs have a glaring need at one of the tackle positions and will most likely look to draft a tackle here. There have been rumors that the Chiefs are shopping LT Brandon Albert to a team like the Dolphins for a second round pick. If they do end up doing this there is no doubt in my mind they take Fisher now that it has been reported. It has been reported that they will take and i just changed my pick from Joeckel.

February’s mock- Luke Joeckel

2. Jacksonville (2-14)Dion Jordan Oregon DE/OLB– Right now as it stands Jacksonville and the New York Jets are the two most dysfunctional franchises in the NFL. The Jaguars have huge needs all over the field and could go many ways with this pick. However, the Jaguars have the perfect need with the perfect player to fit that need on their team. That being person being Din Jordan. He is an athletic freak and can play all over the field. This is exactly what Gus Bradley wants on his defense as he is a coach who loves fast players who can fly all over the field. There is depth in this draft and with many teams with many needs these teams with the top picks should think about trading back. That being said I don’t see the Jags moving back because of how bad they need someone like Jordan on the defensive end. I wouldn’t be shocked however since this is a new regime and has no ties to the QB Blaine Gabbert if they took Geno Smith. There is a huge buzz around him in the Jags camp.

February’s Mock- Star Lotulelei Utah DT

3.Oakland (4-12) Sharrif Floyd Florida DT Had Al Davis been making this pick instead of Reggie McKenzie there is no doubt in my mind it would be Mingo or Tavon Austin. Thankfully Reggie is there now and Al Davis wouldn’t be ruining another draft. The Raiders instead have decided that Matt Flynn will be their guy at QB this year and have made 8 changes to their defense. This may be the first team we see to move back and certainly not the last. The raiders may swap picks with the Eagles if the Eagles covet Eric Fisher that much or you may see them trade this pick to the Lions or Cardinals. If they do move back look for them to target someone like Sheldon Richardson, Dee Milliner, or Star Lotulelei for their biggest need a DT. However a pick must be made here and I believe that if they keep this pick it will be Shariff Floyd. Floyd is a disruptive defensive tackle who actually gets to the quarterback unlike most. He is a rare talent when it comes to getting to the QB and would be a great fit for that Raiders new defense.

February’s Mock- Sharrif Floyd

4.Philadelphia (4-12) Star Lotulelei Utah DT– The second consecutive team that could look to trade their pick and also the biggest wild card in this draft. Questions like do they covet Luke Joeckel enough to draft him as a right tackle (Michael Vick’s blind side), do they trade back to acquire more picks, are they looking to draft someone to fit their new 3-4, and lastly could this pick be Geno? Chip Kelly can go so many ways with this pick and this is the one that affects the entire draft with the way players fall. The Eagles, if they have a desire to draft Fisher may try and move up a spot in order to lock him in as their pick. If not the Eagles could look to trade back and look at people like Star or someone like Dee Milliner. They would be trading back to a team who would most likely want to draft Geno.  However a pick must be made at this spot for the Eagles because it’s the spot they currently hold and it comes down to Luke Joeckel or Star.Luke Joeckel  would make sense here since he would be blocking Mike Vick’s blind side but it’ what Chip Kelly recently said that makes me think it’ll be Star. He said he wants a bigger and more explosive defense. Kelly would obviously love if Dion Jordan fell to him as he was an ex player of Kelly’s who fits that bill perfectly but, Chip has seen what Star did in his one year in the PAC 12 and had to be impressed.

February’s mock- Eric Fisher

5. Detroit (4-12)Luke Joeckel Texas A&M OT – The Lions released Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Cliff Avril did not live up to his expectations at all this year. With an interior line that could be elite with the right pass rush I would expect them to draft a pass rusher. A wide receiver to go along with Calvin Johnson is all of a sudden a need with the loss of Titus Young (A loss of talent, not a loss of a player since he was more of a plague than anything). They also just recently got a need at the tackle spot since Jeff Backus decided to retire abruptly. Lastly possibly their biggest need is in the secondary. They have struggled mightily for the last couple year at this position and Milliner would be the perfect fill. With a bunch of need the Lions will approach this draft with the best player available approach. Someone like Luke Joeckel, who was considered to be a possible overall number 1 pick, is just too good to pass up at the 5 spot. They get a guy who will give Stafford more time to throw in the pocket. I wouldn’t be shocked if a team , if Joeckel is available at 4 to trade with the Eagles to leap frog the Lion in order to get Fisher, he is that good.

February Mock-Ezekiel Ansah

6. Cleveland (5-11) – Ziggy Ansah BYU DE/OLB The Browns usher in an entire new regime and no one is really safe on this team other than their big three (Joe Thomas, Joe Haden and Trent Richardson). This also can be a pick that could be traded back for a team that has a need at offensive tackle (Miami and San Diego). Obviously one can tell Brandon Weeden just never had pro talent at either sport he tried and maybe he should try golf. They will definitely think about Geno Smith if he does fall to them and I see them as a sleeper to take him. They just recently picked up Jason Campbell as a free agent so this may reduce the chance of drafting Geno even more. The Browns spent a huge amount of money this offseason in order to acquire pass rushers but may still be a need. Also Jabaal Sheard is expected to be traded now. Due to this recent finding I see them taking Ziggy Ansah. Ziggy can go opposite of Paul Kruger and be an immediate impact on the pass rush for the Browns.

February mock-Damontre Moore

7. Arizona (5-11) Barkevious Mingo LSU DE/OLBThe Cardinals were part of the QB carousel this offseason. They picked up Carson Palmer and now will be looking to find him protection. They have a need at the RB position due to the injuries their running backs seem to pile up every year (Suns training staff where are you?) but the biggest need on the offensive line. Eric Fisher dropping to them would obviously be ideal however not happening (however the GM believes that they are fine at the tackle position and are only looking for guards). They are another team that may look to trade back due to the need at offensive guard and that is not a position that is picked in the top 10. Also would not be shocked if they decided to go all out and take Tyler Eifert to give Carson Palmer an actually option to throw to at the tight end position. The Cards also need a pass rusher opposite of Sam Acho which is why I have them taking Mingo. Although Mingo didn’t put up the numbers in college most fans would want to see, the pro scouts love his talent. He seems to me to be very undersized as a prospect and I don’t like him as a player however it fits a need for the Cardinals at this spot. ( I expect the Cardinals to trade back and draft Warmack, but I’m just a college student not a GM so what do I know)

February Mock- Geno Smith

8. Buffalo (6-10)Ryan Nassib Syracuse QB Buffalo also has a new head coach and another team that is looking for a franchise QB in the wrong draft. Sadly, Fitzpatrick did not live up to expectations after his great start two years ago. They have been linked to Ryan Nassib due to his connection with Bills coach Doug Marrone. I just don’t see him going in the first round. If anything a move into the late first to get him (Then again Christian Steele, I mean Christian Ponder went 12th overall and I thought he was second round talent if that). But the Jets now made what I like to think is a smart move and told people they are very high on Nassib forcing the Bills to draft him here. The Bills have other things to address in this draft. They also have a need for a Wide receiver to line up opposite of Stevie Johnson but you are not going to get the value you want with this pick if that’s the case. Only person with that value is Tavon Austin but due to his and Spiller’s similarities they will back off so I see Buffalo taking the best player available. If I’m the Bills I’m taking a hard look at offensive. D.J Fluker a person who can play both guard and tackle seems like the perfect fit or even Chance Warmack to fill the void Adam Levitre left leaving for the Titans in free agency.  The pick I’ve been saying here is taking Eifert here and taking a QB in the second because he is such a talented tight end but it seems this pick of Nassib is basically a lock.

February Mock- Coradelle Patterson

9. New York Jets (6-10) – Tavon Austin West Virginia WR Oh my Jets. Let’s take a quick look at the teams needs; QB, RB, WR, TE, LG, RG, RT, DE, DT, OLB, ILB, CB, and FS. Isn’t that the most comforting thing you have seen? This is the work of the “cap master” Mike Tannebaum and getting the Jets 20 million over the cap. Now the jets could draft almost any position in this draft and it would be seen as an immediate improvement. I would suggest skipping over Geno and waiting for next year. There is just so much to improve and work on that they could take anyone here. I decided to take the player that can affect a game the most. Tavon Austin brings that versatile player that can break one loose every time. Although he may not be getting valedictorian at West Virginia (He scored a 7 on his Wonderlic test) he finds the ends zone no problem. A receiving core of Tavon, Holmes, Kerley, and possibly Edwards doesn’t look so bad anymore. Moving forward that gives either Manziel or Bridgewater some pretty good targets moving forward and hopefully Stephen Hill develops. Also wouldn’t be shocked if they went with Eifert here either due to their need at tight end. This pick will come down to Austin, Jarvis Jones and Mingo if he is a available.

February mock- Dion Jordan

10. Tennessee (6-10)Dee Milliner Alabama CB Tennessee last year wanted to take a corner however all of them were taken by the time it was their pick. This year playmaking corner has the chance to drop to them and I don’t think they could pass that up. Milliner is getting questioned about not putting up huge CB numbers in college but his performance in the combine solidified him being the first CB taken. That being said they have stated the want to bolster the offensive line to help Chris Johnson. So don’t be shocked if Lane Johnson gets taken here since the management may feel pressure to help find blockers for Johnson and Locker.

February Mock- Dee Milliner

11. San Diego (7-9) Lane Johnson Oklahoma OT Chargers are a team that has a QB that is supposed to be in his prime but seemed to regress big time last season. It was not all his fault, since he couldn’t get a pass of due to his porous offensive line that couldn’t block a 10 by 10 doorway if they tried together. This is a glaring weakness for the Chargers. They also have a weakness at the pass rushing position but that should be addressed later on. The team should also spend a mid round pick on a WR if Danario cannot hold up this year like history has proven with him. The chargers are in absolute love with Lane Johnson and this is the perfect fit for them and they may just draft him right away instead of wasting the 5 minutes they are given to contemplate the pick.

February Mock- Chance Warmack

12. Miami (7-9) Xavier Rhodes Florida State CB– Miami is a team who I see having a pretty bright future. They made an absolute killing in free agency this year and got some big pieces. Seems like management is going all out this year. (eerily similar to the Jets in 2009) They have a good QB in Tannehill (he needed time to develop as a QB because of his first two seasons as a WR in college) a decent running game, good blocking (pending the Albert trade) and a pretty good defense. However they are lacking a second pass rusher and also could use an upgrade at the defensive tackle spot. Along with a small need at the second corner back spot. Don’t be surprised if the pick is Jonathan Cooper because they love his versatility. However Miami surprises some people here with Xavier Rhodes. The duo of him and Brent Grimes (A small physical corner) Allows them to press teams and have Rhodes cover the bigger receivers and let Grimes take on the speedy ones.

February Mock-Keenan Allen

13. New York JetsJarvis Jones Georgia OLB The second pick of the Jets that I think they should also look to move back to look to acquire even more picks. They need all the young talented players they can get and getting more picks is the only way to do that. Tavon Austin could still be available here so even trading the 9th shouldn’t be ruled out. The Jets could go many ways here with this pick as well. Tyler Eifert would be a great way to have young targets for the QB they draft next year. The Jets could look to take a pass rusher like Jarvis Jones who can come in right away and make an immediate impact on the defense. But I believe they will look to offensive line for this pick. It comes down to what they want to do. They could take DJ Fluker and finally solidify the RT position. However the team has faith in Austin Howard for some reason (Don’t get me wrong he was a great upgrade over Wayne Hunter but so would I and I weigh a cool 165).  Austin Howard is a good run blocker maybe try him at RG but he is not good at pass blocking at all. He was responsible for the QB being hit 20 times this year (10 sacks, 10 hurries). This is unacceptable. I think the Jets could end up Jonathan Cooper here. He’s a super athletic guard who can also be the backup center in case god forbid Mangold is hurt. The Jets could put him at right or left guard and he would come in and be a huge upgrade right way. However Jarvis Jones is perfect for the Jets. Since the Jets missed out on Mingo (thank god) they take a proven pass rusher (granted he played for a stout defense in college).

February mock- Johnathan Banks

14. Carolina (7-9) Kenny Vaccaro Texas S the Panthers run defense was awful last year and that’s me being nice. It was like Vin Diesel trying to sing Rihanna. (Oh wait he did that) anyway the team could go after a number two receiver or address their need at the safety position as well. I choose to pick Vaccaro here due to the fact the Panthers haven’t been impressed with top DT Sheldon Richardson. Vaccaro is the top safety available and bring a serious upgrade to a position that needs one. He is a ball hawking safety in a division that loves to throw the ball

February mock- Sheldon Richardson

15. New Orleans (7-9) – Sheldon Richardson Missouri DT– The Saints are switching their defense to a 3-4 this year which means that they will have needs on defense. Offense they were fine as they were scoring points but the other teams were just scoring more. Will Smith has been absolutely terrible since getting his huge contract and is in a fast decline. Like the Chargers they will be licking their chops if Sheldon Richardson falls to them.

February Mock- Bjoern Werner

16. St. Louis (7-8-1) – Jonathan Cooper UNC OG -The Rams have had a serious need on the offensive line ever since Sam Bradford has got there (the poor guy).  However signing Jake Long is a step in the right direction. They also have a need at the safety spot and the front office has come out and said they will look to fix this through the draft. Also the Rams could use a third linebacker but this isn’t as glaring as the other needs. Jonathan Cooper is a person hat can come in play center or guard and make their offensive line much better. Adding Jake Long and Cooper would prove to Bradford that they really do care for his safety instead of eating turf every game.

February mock- Lance Johnson.

17. Pittsburgh (8-8) – Bjoern Werner Florida State OLB/DE– They are getting old on defense, lost Mike Wallace, Mendenhall, and James Harrison, so they are a team that has some needs to get younger at.  Also wouldn’t be a bad idea to start thinking of finding a back-up to Roethlisberger. The Steelers are a team that likes to pick people that proved themselves on the field. Instead of teams that buy into hype of guys’ potential they scout players the right way. A guy who has dropped due to his combine is Bjoern Werner. He was constantly being double teamed and still put up respectable sack numbers. Werner played DE in college but is expected to be a linebacker in the pros due to him losing 20 pounds his senior year. He is a perfect fit for the Steelers system and if the Steelers need him at DE for a little he can play there as well.

February mock-Jarvis Jones

18. Dallas (8-8) – Chance Warmack Alabama OG– Dallas’ line was pretty bad last year at blocking for Tony Romo last year. This along with safety is the only big needs the Cowboys have. They desperately need a guard and luckily in my mock arguably the best one in the draft falls to them. Chance Warmack is so special he could come into the league and be a Pro Bowler in his first year. He is a beast when it comes to run blocking and also is good in the passing game.

February Mock-Kenny Vaccaro

19. New York Giants (9-7) Alec Olgetree Georgia ILB/OLB The Giants on paper are a team that looks like a lock for the playoffs. They have a roster full of guys that can make plays. Their only problem is staying healthy and they could look to for someone who can play multiple positions. When I think of this I have two people in mind. DJ Fluker for their offensive line, he can play both guard and tackle, and Alec Olgetree who can play any of the linebacker positions. They could go after a corner here like DJ Hayden who could be the best corner in this draft. I think the need at linebacker is too strong even with the signing of Dan Connor and they take Olgetree. He is an upgrade at any of the three linebacker positions.

February Mock- Alec Olgetree

20. Chicago (10-6) – DJ Fluker Alabama OT/OG– Everyone and their mom knows where Chicago’s biggest need lies. The team always puts out a stout defense, has a QB who is a top 10 QB when playing at his best a big time RB and a big time receiver. However Jay cutler can’t seem to get it to his weapons because his line is the problem. The Bears may look to find Urlacher’s replacement if they choose not to resign him and could also look to find a second receiver for Jay in the first round. In the second I expect them to go out and get hat linebacker.

February Mock-D.J Fluker

21. Cincinnati* (10-6)Jonathan Cyprien Florida International S–  The Bengals biggest need isn’t something I expect them to address in the first round. The Law firm (Green-Ellis for those of you that have lives) was only good for one thing and that was his ball security. This year he didn’t have that and has become expendable to the Bengals. However, no running back these days gets drafted that early especially when it isn’t that big of a need. Two other areas they should draft remain at either the OLB spot (only person worse than Blackburn was found here Ray Maualuga) or safety (Taylor Mays is the projected started right now, yes USC’s Taylor Mays is still in the NFL). So the player with the most talk about at safety left is Jonathan Cyprien. He didn’t play at a big time school but his stock has risen after teams watch him perform at the combine and watched his tape.

February Mock- Manti Te’o

22. St. Louis-  Matt Elam Florida S St. Louis has their second first round pick and this time they will most likely address the other side of the ball now although don’t rule out a receiver here. They could use someone at the outside linebacker position and as stated before are looking for a young guy at safety. Elam is a physical safety that fits right in with the Rams secondary’s attitude. Elam is a playmaking safety who makes mistakes at times but makes up for them.

February mock- Matt Elam

23. Minnesota* (10-6) Sylvester Williams UNC DT – This team made the playoffs with CHRISTIAN STEELE PONDER as their quarterback. CHRISTIAN PONDER. The man who managed to average less yards per attempt than Peterson had per carry. Now I know Peterson had a historic season but that is just pathetic. Maybe it’s jealousy since he is married to Sam Steele however I just don’t see how he can be a starter in the NFL. If I was the Vikings I would seriously think of drafting a new QB (Geno Smith is available) here. This is unlikely since management has “faith” in him as does his coach. Yea, some quarterback that sat out your biggest game of the year. Other than that rant, the Vikings could use a big upgrade either at the DT position due to old age or cornerback position (where they got toasted at all year) on the defensive side. On offense the only other upgrade would be at receiver. Their two biggest needs (other than QB) though is at CB and DT. I expect them to go after these two positions in the first round. Sylvester Williams is a talented DT who would be great next to Kevin Williams. This makes them have a formidable front four.

February mock- Jonathan Hankins

24. Indianapolis* (11-5) Tank Carradine Florida State DE – The Colts released another Colts legend this year in Dwight Freeney and will look for someone to take over for him. Inside linebacker is their second need but I don’t see one going here this early.  Last draft they picked all offense so don’t be surprised if they do the same for defense this time around.  Tank Carradine can come in and be a disruptive pass rusher the Colts need. He does have an injury issue and didn’t produce as much as one would like for a first round pick but he has the talent.

February mock- Barkevious Mingo

25. Vikings DJ Hayden Houston CB-The Vikings acquired this pick through the Percy Harvin trade and many think they will look to a receiver in the draft. I see a huge whole however in their secondary and think they should draft a corner instead. Hayden suffered a terrible injury this year in college and some thought he wouldn’t play football again. Instead he shot up draft boards after a strong combine and showed teams he is ready for the NFL.

February mock-Zach Ertz (was owned by the Seahawks)

26. Green Bay* (11-5) Datone Jones UCLA DE – The Packers struggled mightily in blocking for Aaron Rodgers this year and I could see them spending their first pick on it since he’s the face of the franchise. They lost Woodson to free agency but have faith in their secondary. A sleeper pick could be taking a receiver since Jennings will most likely be gone as well. Running back has always been a need for them but they seem to like to wait till mid round picks to choose one. However their biggest need to me is on the defensive line. After this season they only have three players locked up and none of them start. That is a serious problem. Datone Jones is a player who could come in and start right way for them. He wasn’t a big name at UCLA but will have a bigger impact at the NFL level.

February mock- Jonathan Hankins

27. Houston* (12-4) Justin Hunter Tennessee WR Houston has 3 big needs. Middle linebacker since Cushing is hurt (Steroids) and Bradie James is a free agent. The second is at the WR position since Johnson is getting old and they have never found a number 2 to play next to him (I personally think they should move up in the 2nd to get one) and the third would be a cornerback. They signed Joseph and he has been good but they do not have anyone to play on the other side with him. I think ultimately the Texans know they need a second WR in order to win and the loss of Kevin Walter just makes it that much more obvious. Justin Hunter in my opinion is the third best WR in this draft but goes here do to his the other WR’s problems (Kennan Allen, I will touch on him later) This gives Andre Johnson the relief he needs.

February mock-Kevin Minter

28. Denver* (13-3) Damontre Moore Texas A&M DE/OLB – One of the two teams that may actually take a running back in the first round due to the need. The fact the team two picks behind them needs one may rush them to take the top one available. They also need a corner back since Champ Bailey is no longer a top corner or a reliable one. He was burned twice in the playoffs and blew that game for them. However the Elvis Dumervil debacle is now the biggest need. There are a couple draft prospects to consider here like Margus Hunt, Damontre Moore or maybe dropping back for more picks. So I have them taking Von Miller’s teammate and someone who will be used to playing opposite him. Moore produced in college last year; however his combine like Jones made his stock fall a little. Tyler Eifert gets passed on again here and I’m starting to feel bad for the guy and this is a mock draft. Maybe ill throw him a bone soon.

February mock-Eddie Lacy

29. New England* (12-4) Desmond Trufant Washington CB They lost Wes Welker leave which means they will need to find a replacement at his position and more importantly what he did (not these past 2 years because that would be dropping passes). They also could always use secondary help since they seem to never improve in that aspect. They resigned Aqib Talib and signed Adrian Wilson but both to short term deals which means the secondary is not saved for the long term. Trufant is a physical short corner (Brother of Marcus) and would start for the Patriots. Knowing the Pats they will not pick here and make some moves but if they are to pick here this is their guy

February Mock-Tavon Austin

30. Atlanta* (13-3) Jamar Taylor Boise State CB– Tony Gonzalez may be gone … oh yea he’s back. So tight end is no longer a need and Tyler Eifert just keeps falling in my draft (in reality if he is to fall to the mid 20s a team WILL trade up for him). The Falcons have two huge needs which is their secondary and the defensive line. Both of which seem to be going fast in my draft. The Falcons have been rumored to try and move up so look for them to do so in order to acquire most likely a defensive end. If they do pick here though Jamar Taylor would the right pick. Although Defensive tackle may be a stronger in the NFC South teams throw the ball too much to risk a pick on a DE that isn’t worth that pick. So instead they take Jamar Taylor, a physical fast corner from Boise that will fill in that second CB role.

February Mock- Sam Montgomery

31. San Francisco* (11-4-1) Tyler Eifert Notre Dame TE – The 49ers have very few needs when it comes to the draft. They did just recently lose Gholson to free agency however and safety could be viewed as a need now for them. Also they could use someone who can fill in for Justin Smith when he starts playing his age instead of a 25 year old stud like he has been the past 3 years. However I’m shocking the world with this one. The 49ers go tight end here. Who is the coach of the 49ers again? Oh right Jim Harbaugh and he loves these two tight end sets. The duo of Eifert and Davis would give teams more of a nightmare than ever to play the 49ers. Just thinking about it scares me how good of an offense they would have.

February mock- Desmond Trufant

32. Baltimore* (10-6) Kennan Allen Cal WR – Baltimore ofocurse could use a replacement for Ray Lewis, but that’s not how the best G.M in the NFL does. He will choose someone who stock fell for the wrong reason or a player that talent was look passed. He seems to do this every year. He could go after a safety to replace hall of famer Ed Reed here and take Eric Reid. He could try and bolster that offensive line that lost Bryant McKinnie this and take Menelik Watson or Justin Pugh. However I see them taking a WR here. Ozzie Newsome is a pure genius and knows talent when he sees it. I believe he just laughs at teams that constantly pick in the top ten and licks his lips when his guys fall to him Kennan Allen is the best WR in this draft and it isn’t close. I tell people all the time I hate comparisons and when people do I cringe. A Player is not any other player but himself. However I see so much Brandon Marshall in the way Kennan plays it’s crazy. The man is a big body that can run after the catch and will help save, yes I said save, Torrey Smith from being completely exposed as a number one receiver.

February mock- John Jenkins

Remaining 68 picks

  1. Jacksonville (2-14)-Blidi Wreh Wilson Uconn CB (What an awesome name to start the second round)
  2. San Francisco – from Kansas City (2-14)- Margus Hunt SMU DE/OLB ( The trend continues)
  3. Philadelphia (4-12)- Geno Smith West Virginia QB (BOOO the run is short lived)
  4. Detroit (4-12)- Coradelle Patterson Tennessee WR (can it restart?)
  5. Cincinnati – from Oakland (4-12)-Justin Pugh Syracuse OT (OK I’m done with the awesome name streak it’s too late at night I’m tired)
  6. Arizona (5-11)- Eric Reid LSU S
  7. New York Jets (6-10)- Menelik Watson Florida State OT
  8. Tennessee (6-10)- Johnathan Jenkins Georgia DT
  9. Buffalo (6-10)- DeAndre Hopkins Clemson WR
  10. Miami (7-9)- Zach Ertz Stanford TE
  11. Tampa Bay (7-9)- Manti T’eo ( Formerly known as Lennay Kekua) ILB Notre Dame
  12. Carolina (7-9)- Jessie Williams Alabama NT
  13. San Diego (7-9)-  Larry Warford Kentucky OG
  14. St. Louis (7-8-1)- Robert Woods USC WR
  15. Dallas (8-8)- Kwann Short Purdue DT
  16. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Eddie Lacy Alabama RB
  17. New York Giants (9-7)- Johnathan Banks Mississippi State CB
  18. Chicago (10-6)- Arthur Brown Kansas State ILB
  19. Washington* (10-6)- Kevin Minter LSU ILB
  20. Minnesota* (10-6)- Markus Wheaton Oregon State WR
  21. Cincinnati* (10-6)- Giovanni Benard UNC RB
  22. Miami – from Indianapolis* (11-5)- Kyle Long Oregon OG
  23. Green Bay* (11-5)- Terron Armstead Arkansas Pine-Bluff OT
  24. Seattle* (11-5)- Brandon Jenkins Florida OLB/DE
  25. Houston* (12-4)- EJ Manuel Florida State QB
  26. Denver* (13-3)- Matt Barkely USC QB
  27. New England* (12-4)- Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech WR
  28. Atlanta* (13-3)- Alex Okafor Texas DE
  29. San Francisco* (11-4-1)- DJ Swearinger South Carolina S
  30. Baltimore* (10-6)- Dallas Thomas Tennessee OG/T
  31. Kansas City (2-14)- Terrence Williams Baylor WR
  32. Jacksonville (2-14)- Tyler Wilson Arkansas QB
  33. Detroit (4-12)- Tyrann Mathieu LSU CB
  34. Oakland (4-12)- Darius Slay Mississippi State CB
  35. Philadelphia (4-12)-  David Bakhtiari Colorado OT
  36. Cleveland (5-11)- Johnathan Franklin UCLA RB
  37. Arizona (5-11)- Montee Ball Wisconsin RB
  38. Tennessee (6-10)- Travis Fredrick Wisconsin C
  39. Buffalo (6-10)- Robert Alford SELA CB
  40. New York Jets (6-10)- Brandon Williams MOS DT
  41. Tampa Bay (7-9)- Gavin Escobar San Diego State TE
  42. San Francisco – from Carolina (7-9)- Matt Scott Arizona QB
  43. New Orleans (7-9)- Khaseem Greene Rutgers OLB
  44. San Diego (7-9)- Andre Ellington Clemson RB
  45. Miami (7-9)- Christine Michael Texas A&M RB
  46. St. Louis (7-8-1)- Corey Lemonier OLB/DE Auburn
  47. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Tyler Bray Tennessee QB
  48. Dallas (8-8)- Vance McDonald Rice TE
  49. New York Giants (9-7)- Stedman Bailey West Virginia WR
  50. Miami – from Chicago (10-6)- Johnathan Hankins Ohio State DT
  51. Minnesota* (10-6)- Kevin Reddick UNC ILB 
  52. Cincinnati* (10-6)- Brain Winters Kent State OG
  53. Washington* (10-6)- Travis Kelce Cincinnati TE
  54. Indianapolis* (11-5)-  Sharmarko Thomas Syrcause S
  55. Seattle* (11-5)- Jordan Reed Florida TE
  56. Green Bay* (11-5)- Marcus Lattimore South Carolina RB
  57. Houston* (12-4)- Logan Ryan Rutgers CB
  58. Denver* (13-3)- Devin Taylor South Carolina DE
  59. New England* (12-4)-  Jon Bostic ILB Florida
  60. Atlanta* (13-3)- Jaime Collins DE/OLB Southern Miss
  61. San Francisco* (11-4-1)- TJ McDonald USC S
  62. Baltimore* (10-6)- Jordan Poyer Oregon State CB
  63. Houston (compensatory)-  Aaron Dobson Marshall WR
  64. Kansas City (compensatory)- Mike Gillislee Florida RB
  65. Tennessee (compensatory)-Brian Schwenke Cal C
  66. Jacksonville-Sio Moore Uconn OLB
  67. Kansas City- William Gholson DE Michigan State
  68. Oakland- Cornelius Washington Georgia DE

Late people to watch for- Barrett Jones, Knile Davis,Akeem Spence Illinois DT , Tavares King, Duron Carter (just because its Chris Carters son) Da’rick Rogers, Mike Catapano (Fan Favorite) AJ Klein, Duke Williams Bacarri Rambo,Kiko Alonso Oregon ILB

Has The NFL Peaked?

Currently there is no sport that even comes close to competing with the NFL. Hell, 31 of the top 32 most watched shows this past fall were NFL games, not to mention the most American day and one that should be a holiday, Super Bowl Sunday. The NFL is by far the most successful in terms of money too, they had revenue exceeding 9 BILLION dollars (Yes, Billion). The MLB is second to the NFL in revenue at 7.7 billion and they play more than 142 more games than any NFL team. There is a little tension with Commissioner Roger Goodell and the players but, he has improved the game and it obviously has not affected the business of football. As the NFL sits to most fans and probably most owners, the game is going nowhere but up and taking a quick look all readers are probably thinking the same right now. However I am here to inform you that 20 years from now we may have a completely different game, if one at all.

First let’s talk about the T.V. The NFL had over 200 million unique watchers of a football game, which represents 80 percent of all T.V. users and 69 percent of all possible viewers. That number is astonishing. However the question here is how many more people can the NFL get in America to watch these games. You don’t see these numbers for any other type of show or anything broadcasted so it will be hard finding more people to watch. Also, the NFL just signed new T.V. deals which kick in 2014 including the 2 billion dollars a year just for ESPN to show the Monday night games. This is where the first big problem arises. How much more money will companies be willing to dish out to gain the television rights deal to NFL games. It’s very hard to imagine a station giving 3 or 4 billion dollars next time around when the deal is up. The T.V. stations are barely breaking even as it is and will have to put a stop to the madness sooner or later. So the NFL will need to find another way to make money because they have maxed out with the T.V. deals.

Next, we have global expansion. For the other sports in America, the NBA and MLB, they are doing very well with expanding the game and making the sport global. However, the NFL is the one that struggles with expansion. For whatever reason, the NFL cannot get anything going in the foreign market. They have had a failed league in Europe and no country is really willing to try the sport. I personally think that it has to do with accessibility. If you look at the other sport that do well, soccer, basketball, and basketball all the person needs to do to play the game is gather his friends together and hope one of them has a ball. Football on the other hand, if a person wants to play and play the right way needs equipment and a much bigger group of people to play. My guess is that either it’s too tough to find 22 people to play or the equipment is too expensive. (Yes, you could play football with less people and no equipment but to have an organized league where kids can learn the rules requires a lot of money and places that do have money have established soccer as their “Big Sport” already).

Lastly, we have the danger of the game. I hate having to address this because I am a huge fan of the NFL and am an advocate of not making changes. However it is a bad sign when your Commissioner is saying that he fears one day someone will die on the field. Parents all over the country now are refusing to let their kids play the sport because of the new found danger of concussions (it’s not that new, it’s just now being criticized by the media). It also doesn’t help when little kids are tackling and getting hit like this. They are turning their kids to other sports such as the ones listed before to ensure their kids a safe childhood. This could very well be the last generation where football is the most dominant sport in the country that it runs right now. Because kids that grow up will watch the sports they played growing up and the NFL will slowly lose viewers.

As it stands the NFL is still in great shape. There was over a billion dollars spent in fantasy football last year (yes fantasy football). The league has very young, promising stars to look forward to and at least for the near future it will continue to dominate America. That being said the end of the NFL and football as we know it could come to an end when this generation has past. Fantasy football although short term created a new way to watch viewers and brought many more viewers to watch the NFL, but in the long run it could have sped up that area in possible revenue and saturated it already. Only time will tell if the NFL is now going to be on a slow decline, so we will have to wait and see.

February 2013

Readers,

Above all, we would like to thank you for reading Sporting Gentlemen and hope you find it not only informative, but fun and engaging as well. We understand that there is an extensive world of sports blogs out there, but what sets us apart is our point of view and attention to detail in the articles that we present. We strive to put out high quality work and always keep our subscribers in mind.

Because I work as the blog’s editor, I do not really get to post articles on a regular basis as a contributing author. I do, on the other hand, also enjoy the part of sports that leans more towards pop culture and not always scores and statistics. I guess you could say this is like the “beyond” part in our motto, “Looking beyond the PPGs and TDs.” That being said, you may see a variety of content within my Letters from the Editor posts. Since this is my first letter, I want to take advantage of it to show my journalist side because I think it would be fun to do. Next month, though, I will most likely start a trend of writing about unconventional topics, such as what I thought about this player wearing a certain style of basketball shoes or perhaps strange facts about spring training baseball.

Today I feel like being relevant and current and writing about the future of the NFL.

With the NFL Scouting Combine having just ended, and the Draft being two short months away, many questions are being asked: Who will be drafted first overall? Who is the best quarterback available? Will this team trade up or down to get the player they want? Does this player fit this team’s offense or defense? A number of thoughts popped into my head after watching the workouts from this past week.

First, I am a big fan of Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and am glad that he did well in the combine. I think he has an enormous upside and may fare even better than fellow Seminole and Vikings starter Christian Ponder. He does, however, need time to develop, as we saw him throw a few inconsistent passes during his drills.

I am going to stop myself now before I go on rambling about more prospects I like (Mike Gillislee, Keenan Allen, Dion Jordan), it must be said that this draft will be dominated by “non-scoring position” players. I did not know how else to phrase that, but what I mean is the offensive line or defensive line, or a position where a player would not typically record points. Many top draft prospects, such as Star Lotulelei, who is one of the top ranked defensive tackles this year, are obviously outstanding athletes, but may not get to see the national attention other big name players, such as Robert Woods, would because of the position they play. Many people would complain that this draft is “boring” because the first overall pick is not a star quarterback, running back or receiver, but any position player has the ability to provide an immediate impact to the team that selects them.

While I have casually watched the NFL Combine in the past, this year was the first time I really sat down and paid attention to it. I realized how important the 40-yard dash is and how it can positively or adversely affect a player’s draft stock. Speed and quickness is essential no matter what position one plays, as it could be the difference between scoring and not scoring. The main event at the Combine, the 40-yard dash measures a player’s explosiveness from a cold start, simulating the acceleration they could create from a snap during a game. Manti Te’o was under much anticipation going into his workouts and ran a rather slow official 4.82 sec 40. Other sources claim his time will not render him an unfavorable draft prospect, but he still has the opportunity to show off his skills at the Notre Dame pro day on March 26.

I was holding my breath on Sunday while the running backs and wide outs were running their 40-yard dashes. These are usually the fastest players on the field and it showed as four players in particular broke a few stopwatches. Texas’ Marquise Goodwin and West Virginia’s Tavon Austin ran official 4.27 sec and 4.34 sec times, respectively. Goodwin was only 0.03 seconds shy of Chris Johnson’s Combine record 4.24 sec dash from back in 2008. Then, the Auburn Tiger running back Onterio McCalebb posted an unofficial 4.21 sec time, which Chris Johnson himself thought to be “childish.” McCalebb’s time was too good to be true and turned into an official 4.34 sec, the same as Texas A&M wide out Ryan Swope‘s time. Mostly I was relieved that no one broke the dash record because Chris Johnson is my favorite football player, but I was happy to see these guys run fast times.

Winners and Losers from the Combine- Defense

Winners and Losers from the Combine- Defense

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(Dee Milliner picture above)

NFL combine results of who hurt and helped their draft stock the most. Defense is harder to comment on because there are different types of defenses and players can be rated higher or lower due to this. For me it’ll be tougher to do because positions can vary so much but I’ll do my best to categorize each player.

Defensive tackles– Good, quality players here expect 3 maybe 4 of them to go in the first round depending on teams’ wants and needs

Person who helped their stock the most: Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) – He did everything that he had to at the combine. His problem isn’t whether or not he is ready physically for the NFL but, whether he has the mental aspect of the game in him. When you look at him compared to Floyd or Star, you would think this guy was a second day selection. His game tape doesn’t do justice to his potential. I’m not a fan of people who haven’t proved anything too much but, he does have great potential. He also outperformed the other top defensive tackle there in Floyd (Star didn’t participate; I will get to that shortly). He ran a fairly close time in the 40 to Floyd and then beat him in all the other events and the rest of the competition.

Person whose stock was hurt the most- Sadly it has to be Star Lotulelei (Utah). Although he did absolutely nothing wrong in any way, this heart news will scare away many teams. This could not have come at a worse time and I only hope Star the best. He and Jarvis Jones were once seen as 1 and 2 in this class and now both have conditions that will impact their stock drastically. Star Lotulelei is a dominating defensive tackle who many scouts saw as a clone to Haloti Ngata. Sad news for such a great player.

Defensive end- They really sucked it up at this year’s combine. By far the most disappointing No one really showed up as a shocker or even performed what they were expected to do. I do however think it’s tough for true defensive ends to compete with these 3-4 pass rushes because they are two different positions but that’s how it is.

Person who helped them self the most- Margus Hunt (SMU): He is physically scary period. The man is 6’8”, 275 pounds and ran a 4.6 40. Teams left very impressed with Hunt and I’m not sure if the hype was added because everyone else did so bad. He did also put the bench up 38 times and just seemed like he killed everything he did. He is raw when it comes to football due to the fact he just started playing and another downside is he is 25 already. But, he did just so much better than everyone else and could be seen as a possible first rounder now.

Person who hurt them self the most- Sam Montgomery (LSU): He hurt himself with his stock without touching the field and yes, he did participate. Sam decided that scouts would like to hear him tell them that he took easy games off and that he took plays off. That was an instant turn-off to scouts. He then went on to perform at the combine like an average defensive end. Again it’s tough to judge because he was competing against these small hybrid guys, but that’s just how the NFL is now. Sam Montgomery might have just kicked himself till mid second round now and hurt his stock very much.

Outside Linebackers (A.K.A the Pass Rushers)- This position to me also underperformed. I was just so disappointed when watching these two groups perform (If that’s what you call it) at the combine. Those that ran fast were very small for the position and those that did well in the bench ran very slow.

Person who helped them self the most: Cornelius Washington (Georgia) This is why this position and defensive end are so hard to judge. Some scouts have Washington as a DE and some have him as an OLB. The other two that impressed are viewed as the same type (Mingo (LSU) who I see too small to even be considered a DE and Jordan (Oregon) who has massive potential as well). So I choose to stick with Washington because as I watched him, I personally got scared. If I saw this man on the street there was no way of escaping him, I would be dead. He decided to go out and run a cool 4.55 then bench 225 36 times and just show up anyone else who was doing the drills with him. Perhaps overshadowed at Georgia by the two other great linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Olgetree, he doesn’t have much game tape on him. Don’t expect this guy to be the first off the board and perhaps could go late second day but he definitely had scouts running back to those tapes to see what they missed. I did the same, and saw some spark in his game. I’m not saying he is the next best thing but WOW. One thing I will say about him negatively is that scouts are saying that he is only going to be used in certain situations because he has bad run recognition and isn’t too good in coverage either.

Person who hurt them self the most: Damontre Moore (Texas A&M)– I was really high on this guy coming out of college. It seemed like he was in the backfield all the time and was sacking the opponents QB at a ridiculous rate. So coming into the combine I thought that he was going to run a very good 40 and do well in the drills but, that wasn’t the case. To explain just look at his 40 and bench alone; he ended up running a 4.95 40 and benching 225 only 12 times. As a pass rushing guy, who was supposed to be an expert at it, you would expect him to have either crazy quickness and explosiveness or a very strong person. He proved to scouts neither and now he may fall behind some guys who will be looked at as projects like Ansah from BYU or Jordan from Oregon.

Inside Linebackers- This position to me is one that may be overlooked. The inside linebacker in today’s game is viewed as less valuable than the other defensive positions but, this class has some very good players in it.

Person who helped their stock the most: Ok I’m going to be selfish here and name two people. One who helped himself the most in the scouts’ eyes is Jon Bostic (Florida). He ran a 4.5 as an inside linebacker which is almost unheard of. Also many teams are looking for an inside linebacker that is fast like a Seattle since that’s what teams are focusing on now a days. He was seen as a 4th round talent but may find himself going in the second to third round range. I want to give another person a little shout out. Although he got hurt running the 40 he ran his first 40 in a time of 4.6 which was very impressive to me and that’s A.J. Klein (Iowa State). I really like this kid’s game and when he ran the 4.6 it put some doubts away about his athleticism. It sucks he got hurt right away but I have faith he will produce at the NFL level.

Person who hurt them self the most- Lennay Kekua (Manti Te’o): You’re tired of it, I’m tired of it, and heck I think sportscenter is tired of it (which is almost impossible, Ex: Tebow). He just can’t seem to catch a break these days and the combine did not help. He ran a 4.8 which was average at best and sucked it up at the bench not to mention being average in the shuttle and cone drills. I don’t want to keep pounding the negativity on him so I’ll stop because he doesn’t deserve all of this. (Sorry Lennay)

Cornerbacks- Another position I like in this class has a possibility of 4 people going in the first round. You almost never see and the possibility of safeties going in the first makes this secondary class special.

Who helped them self the most- 4 people helped themselves equally in my eyes. So I’m going to list these people and tell you why quick. Dee Milliner (Alabama) ran a 4.3 40 which made some scouts drop their mouths. That’s all he really needed to do because he could have left after that. Running that 40 time just solidified himself as a top 5 pick in this draft. Second is Xavier Rhodes (Florida State), he had the highest vertical in this entire class and ran a 4.4 40. Because of this you have to view him now as the second corner available and a top 15 pick at least. Next we have Desmond Trufant (Washington). He showed scouts impressive strength by benching 225 14 times for such a quick guy (second fastest shuttle). On top of that he ran a 4.38 40 and solidified himself going in the first round. Lastly is a name that you will most familiar with and that’s the honey badger. Now Tyrann Mathieu may not have had the most impressive combine however, he proved to scouts he still has his quickness. He also showed good ball skills in the drills with what the analysts even called swagger. Look for him to go in the third round.

Person who hurt them self the most- Johnathan Banks (Mississippi State) – I was not as high on him as other scouts were and thought Rhodes was better and he was just barely better than Trufant. He won the best corner back award for college but may have to be the third or fourth one of the board. Banks is a big physical back and may fit with a team like the Seahawks or Jets who look to press you off the line but he just does not possess the speed some scouts thought he had. When looking at his tape he gets burned for his TD’s and it was all because of his speed. Look for Banks to fall to the late first maybe second round due to this performance.

Safeties- The three safeties that will go 1, 2, and 3 in this order are Vacarro (Texas), Elam (Florida) then Reid (LSU). Neither of these safeties changed their stock after the combine but they did very well for themselves. I personally love Elam and would not mind the Jets moving back to get him and get more picks in return. He literally will knock people out of the game. That being said, this is a good group with the top 2 going in the first round.

Person who helped their stock the most- Shamarko Thomas (Syracuse)– He put up the most reps from the safety spot and also ran the fastest 40 time. Scouts say that he is not that good of a football player that he would be a thought in the second or even third round but, he improved his stock dramatically. He was seen as a 7th round pick and now will definitely get drafted before that.

Person who hurt their stock the most- Bradley Mcdougald (Kansas): He was projected as a 7th round pick and most likely now won’t be drafted. I know 7th round to undrafted isn’t a huge hit but for a guy trying to make the NFL it is. Being drafted means you have a chance with a team at least and now Mcdougald lost that. I just didn’t see one thing he did that I said “I can see him doing well in the NFL because of this.” His 40 was bad and so was everything else.

Written by James (J.D.) Hogan follow him on twitter @sportinghogan

Winners and losers from the combine- Offense

NFL Combine: Who helped/hurt their stock by position (Tavon Austin from West Virginia pictured below)

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QB’s- This position is seen as one of the weakest QB classes in a while and the QB’s really needed to prove themselves at the combine.

Person who helped their stock the most- Now Geno Smith (West Virginia) is going to be the first QB taken so even though he had the best combine out of anyone his stock didn’t really change. The person I think improved his stock the most is Mike Glennon (NC State). Now I hate saying this because I do not like him as a pro prospect at all (only simple minded Landry Jones do I hate more than Glennon). He showed scouts what exactly he does best, show off his rocket like arm. Glennon has a cannon for an arm. He made deep ball passes with ease and only missed on a few throws. This being said he got to do what HE DOES BEST! With pressure coming at him and having to make quick decisions is where he struggles. He also struggles on some short throws that involve throwing with more touch and having to change arm angles. He has extreme height at 6’ 7” and I do not like his mobility. However he may have worked his way into the first round if he has the same type of Pro Day.

Person who hurt them self the most: People might think it was Matt Barkley (USC) since he is a fringe first round prospect and didn’t throw but it was not him. One Quarterback had an abysmal day and that quarterback’s name is Tyler Wilson (Arkansas). Especially on deep ball throws he struggled with his accuracy and his thing is supposed to be accuracy. People are saying his hands are too small (a very small 8 and 5/8th inches) and he won’t be able to make “pro” throws in the NFL. On top of this terrible day something even more embarrassing happened. Tyler Wilson was supposed to have athleticism like Aaron Rodgers as one scout put it. Instead he ran a 40 time that was worse than Mike Glennon (the 6’7” goon) himself. Scouts were very shocked to see that he ran this slow. He also had one of the worst broad jumps for the QB class at the combine. So, now instead of having this sneaky athleticism scouts now are wondering if he has any at all.

RB’s – This is a position that you may not see anyone in the first round go. It’s possible with needs towards the end of the first round but I think it’ll be very hard to crack. A team would definitely need to fall in love with someone for it to happen. That person who it could be (Eddie Lacy) didn’t even participate in the combine. That being said there is some value in round 2 and 3 in this draft and some running backs that I like.

Person who helped them self the most: Knile Davis (Arkansas) – I was so happy when I watched the combine and saw him perform so well. He was second in 40 time among running backs with a 4.34 and was also second among bench press as well (losing to a fullback so it shouldn’t count). Knile Davis after his very strong 2010 campaign was an easy candidate for the Heisman for the 2011 season. However tragedy occurred by injuring his ankle before the season ever started. The poor kid missed out on potentially winning a Heisman. Then when he returned in 2012 he didn’t seem to be his self and lost his starting job. The downside to Knile is he has already had a career plagued with injury before ever reaching the NFL. Hopefully he can remain healthy in the NFL because he definitely has the potential to be an effective NFL player and possibly a star.

Person who hurt them self the most- The two running backs I have chosen certainly aren’t the best or going to be drafted that high but this is what I saw at the combine remember. This person was Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham (Pittsburgh). Graham was seen as a possible 2nd to 3rd round pick due to his big play potential and his seasons as a sophomore and a junior. His season year he had a career high for running the ball but his yards per carry decreased by a yard and he didn’t show the same explosiveness. So his potential was already limited as a runner since he most likely will not be an everyday back. Then, the combine came. Ray was known for his quickness and able to escape defenders but, he ran a 4.8 40 (the same as Manti Te’o) and didn’t do too well in the bench either. He was just average at the shuttle, which was supposed to be his thing. He was injured and didn’t play in Pitt’s bowl game so that may have had something to do without but I don’t see him going before the 4th maybe even 5th round now.

WR’s- This class in my opinion is the most underrated. There are guys that I don’t find to intriguing (Terrance Williams, Baylor) but the depth of this class along with playmakers make this position very appealing to me.

Person that helped them self most- Justin Hunter from Tennessee and it’s not really close. Sure Tavon Austin proved to us that he certainly is fast and that Marquise Goodwin came close to breaking Chris Johnson’s record however Hunter dominated. Coming into the 2011 season Hunter drew comparisons to people like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens for his big play ability. Then injury struck another college star. He tore his ACL and his year was gone in a flash. He came back this season and like Davis just didn’t look the same. He did produce pretty well but it was against weaker foes. But, then Justin Hunter all of a sudden felt it again. He bet his two friends (Patterson and Rodgers) that he would have a better combine and he certainly did. He ran a 4.4 40 and had the best vert of any receiver. He also stands at a tall 6’4” with long arms and good hand size. Not to mention he beasted the broad jump and no one came close to his 11’6”. Maybe, hopefully this means that Hunter is back to the player he once was and can be that talent he was projected to be before the injury. (Now I do want to say many receivers performed very well in this draft and increased their stock, Justin Hunter just had a freakish day).

Person that hurt them self the most- Ace Saunders (South Carolina): Ace was the go to receiver at South Carolina and was probably going to go in the 4-5 range. However he ran an awful 40 yard dash 4.58 seconds and only putting up the bench 7 times. He also put up poor scores testing his jumping ability to go along with that. Don’t even get me started on catching the ball since it seemed like he dropped everything and if he didn’t drop it he caught it with is body. I do not like his prospects as a wide receiver and I would stay away from him if I was an NFL team.

TE’s- Just like the running back position I just don’t see someone going in the first round or being of value to go in the first round. I really don’t like this class at all. There may be some prospect that will come out of nowhere who has a lot of raw talent. There are the two decent tight ends in Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz (Stanford)  but after that it’s unknown if anyone will produce.

Person who helped them self the most- Tyler Eifert Notre Dame: Yes I know, I’m not taking a huge risk by saying that the top tight end performed the best at the combine, but I have a reason. Tyler and Ertz are the two people battling it out for the top tight end in this year’s class. The chances of one being taken in the first round are low but the chances of both being taken is very slim. So, whoever impresses the scouts more takes that chance at going in the first round and getting that guaranteed contract and getting more money. I think Eifert may have just cemented that spot in the combine by just outshining Ertz in every drill (he did). Also Ertz really didn’t do anything exceptionally well. If I was to take a risk I would say Vance McDonald (Rice) was the most impressive and may go at the end of the second, beginning of the third now after his combine performance. He ran a 4.69 and beat out all tight ends in the bench by doing 7 more reps than anyone else.

Person who hurt them self the most- It’s very hard to hurt your stock when it barely exists but, D.C. Jefferson (Rutgers) actually got hurt. He went to do his first drill of the day, which was the bench and went to put up his 4th rep and hurt himself. Now that he couldn’t prove himself to scouts. He had a chance to be taken in the 7th round but now there is no way a team takes him.

OL- Offensive line is the position that may be taken the most in this draft. For example in the first round you may see as many as 9 linemen go in the first and probably be mad. Don’t be because if your team picks one of them they are getting a very good player.

Person that helped them self the most- Tie- Lance Johnson (Oklahoma) and Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) both offensive tackles just solidified themselves as possible top 10 picks. Fisher was probably going to go in the top 10 already but now definitely is and may go as high as 4. Some scouts are saying Fisher is actually better than Joeckel who is projected to go first overall. Lance Johnson on the other hand was seen as a top 20 pick and now because he showed just how athletic he is teams are saying he has the most potential out of any of the tackles. I see teams like the Jets, Cardinals and the Chargers begging he falls to them and the Cardinals most likely taking them. They just showed how athletic they were and that they can only get better with blocking. Terron Armstead (Arkansas Pine-Bluff) probably improved his stock the most going from a 4th round hopeful to now being likely taken in the second with the 40 he ran (a 4.65).

Person who hurt them slef the most- No one at all, this class is so deep and loaded with prospects to be found in the first two rounds. No prospect drastically hurt their stock only some just kept what they expected. People like Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M, Chance Warmack (Alabama) and Larry Watford (Kentucky) all kept their stock which was 1st overall, top 15 pick and second round respectively.

Post by James (J.D.) Hogan follow him on twitter @sportinghogan

NFL Mock Draft 2013

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J.D Hogan’s First Round 2013 NFL Draft

1. Kansas City (2-14)-Priority needs: QB, offensive line, WR, Pass rusher. The Chiefs aren’t as bad off as some teams are (Oakland and Jags to name a few) but have a key need at the QB position. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, this QB class is not the best out there. Not like the past two years have been. They aren’t terrible, there is potential but not one where I would draft a QB number 1 overall. However the need is strong and Andy Reid likes mobile QB’s with arm strength (Ala McNabb). I could easily see them taking Geno Smith with the Number one pick of this draft. He definitely has potential but would not be a person who could come in and run a team right away. If I were the Chiefs I would either 1. Trade back to a team like Cleveland who could be looking for a player like Damontre Moore or DeMarcus Milliner. 2. Take Luke Joeckel with the first pick and have a sure fired Pro Bowler as you’re anchor of your offensive line. Or 3. Trade a mid-round pick to the Eagles for Nick Foles (to bring Andy Reid a QB he drafted and is familiar with) and still take Joeckel with the first pick. UPDATE!!!! the Eagles have told the Chiefs that Foles is unavailable and now they may turn to Alex Smith

Who they will take: Luke Joeckel Texas A&M OT- Like I said I don’t think Geno Smith is deserving of a number one pick but don’t be surprised if he does because he did this with McNabb. Joeckel just makes the most sense here at this time.

Who they should take- Luke Joeckel

2. Jacksonville (2-14) – Jacksonville in my mind is in the biggest mess in terms of just being a franchise in the NFL. They can’t get fans to games, management has been awful and the players on the field have been as well. Things seem to be on the up though since the new G.M has already proclaimed Blaine Gabbert as the QB of the Jags…. Sense the sarcasm. This team is in a heap of trouble and I hope they can turn it around (maybe these new jerseys they are getting will give them Seahawks like power on the field). That being said their needs are an entire new team and could go anywhere with this draft. With a team full of needs you would hope they would take the best player available.

Who they will take: Star Lotulelei Utah DT- Best player available and is a star (pun very intended) in the making. Has all the talent and work ethic in the world. Scouts compare him to a Haloti Ngata and say he is a clone. I’m not a huge fan of comparisons but that should be an indicator of just how good he is.

Who they should take- Star Lotulelei

3. Oakland (4-12) – Oakland is another team with a whole bunch of needs. This is a team that could go into the season having the QB that screwed over Ohio State (yes Terelle Pryor may start an NFL game… very scary). They desperately need a pass rusher, their secondary is in shambles and with McClain not even wanting to play for them need a middle linebacker. Also lastly they just got rid of Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly is the most overpaid player in the NFL so look for him to be gone as well.

Who they will take-Shariff Floyd Florida DT –He is gaining huge momentum in scouts’ minds and some people are even putting him in front of Star as the best player other than Joeckel in this draft. He had a very good year at Florida and can become a pro bowler in the NFL. .

Who they should take- – Damontre Moore . Notice how I said can and could be a pro bowler when describing Floyd. He is not a sure thing at the DT position and I just like Moore’s ability to get to the QB.

4. Philadelphia (4-12) – The Eagles could use a corner as well as an upgrade at the tackle position. The tackle position is biggest need since Mike Vick or Nick Foles couldn’t get a pass off without have to scramble or avoid a rusher. The cornerback position is also a need because Nnamdi will most likely be released since his signing was a fail and Rodgers Cromartie is a free agent.  Those are the two biggest needs they have and they are big ones. The Eagles will also most likely use a mid round pick on a QB. Also they could spend a quality pick in order to get a decent pass rusher to acquire some depth.

Who they will pick- Eric Fisher Central Michigan OT- Another offensive tackle off the board as the Eagles will continue to look at offense first then defense. Fisher gives them an athletic tackle that will fit into Chip Kelly’s system very well.

Who they should take- The Eagles will have no coverage corner left if Rodgers Cromartie decides to goes to another team. DeMarcus Milliner  is the best player available and fits this need. I also have my personal questions on Eric Fisher. He had an outstanding year and a great senior bowl but he played against very weak competition the whole year and I’m afraid that he’s not as good as he shown.

5. Detroit (4-12)– The Lions just recently released Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril did not live up to his expectations at all this year. With an interior line that could be elite with the right pass rush I would expect them to draft a pass rusher. They also need a running back seeing as Jahvid Best may never play a down in the NFL game with his concussion problems. Running backs though have become expendable in the league and need to be a rare talent (Peterson) to be drafted this high. A wide receiver to go along with Calvin Johnson is all of a sudden a need with the loss of Titus Young (if you look at it as a loss since this is the man that lined up in the wrong spot on purpose on multiple occasions). Lastly possibly their biggest need is in the secondary. They have struggled mightily for the last couple year at this position and Milliner would be the perfect fill.

Who they will draft- Ezekiel Ansah BYU DE/OLB- has HUGE potential. Scouts compare his potential to JPP with the way his college stats may never show just how good of a pro he can be. I’m sure that after the combine the scouts will be raving about him and will have a Vernon Gholston like effect on his stock.

Who they should draft- they should take either Bjoern Werner (due to the fact he has proven himself in college and is a safer pick) or DeMarcus Milliner because he solves their biggest need in a shutdown corner.

6. Cleveland (5-11) – The Browns usher in an entire new regime and no one is really safe on this team other than their big three (Joe Thomas, Joe Haden and Trent Richardson). Obviously one can tell Brandon Weeden just never had pro talent at either sport he tried and maybe he should try golf. They will definitely think about Geno Smith if he does fall to them and I see them as a sleeper to take him. Geno has athleticism more like Andrew Luck than the likes of a Cam Newton but the new coach was an offensive coordinator for Cam Newton and may look for a QB with mobility. They also could take a hard look at a pass rusher since last year they only had one (Jabaal Sheard). I also could see them taking Milliner at this spot and pairing him up with Joe Haden to have a deadly duo at the cornerback position.

Who they will draft- Damontre Moore Texas A&M DE/OLB-   he is an absolute beast when it comes to getting to the passer and fits the biggest current need of the Raiders. He was an absolute stud for A&M’s defense this year for college football and look for it to translate well to the Pros

Who they should take- Damontre Moore

7. Arizona (5-11) – The Cardinals are another team who run into the problem of having a QB problem in the wrong draft to have one. Another team who will be tempted to take Geno Smith with their pick. They also have a need at the RB position due to the injuries their running backs seem to pile up every year (Suns training staff where are you?) and the biggest need on the offensive line. Eric Fisher dropping to them would obviously be ideal.

Who they will draft- Geno Smith West Virginia QB- One last, desperate risk taken by management at the QB position to please Larry Fitzgerald. Geno Smith resembles Andrew Luck Physically and Bruce Arians will not be able to pass that up.

Who they should take- if no offensive line is available I believe the best bet would be to trade back, draft Lane Johnson for their line and use the other pick acquired on another QB.

8. Buffalo (6-10) – Buffalo also has a new head coach and another team that is looking for a franchise QB in the wrong draft. Sadly, Fitzpatrick has not been able to live up to expectations after his great start two years ago. However, if Geno Smith would enter panic mode because they would expect to be the next team to take him after the Chiefs. The Bills have needs at the WR position and all over their new defense they are implementing.

Who they will draft- Coradelle Patterson WR Tennessee- Doug Marrone will be very torn in his first ever draft. I believe that he give Fitzpatrick a chance at QB although in no way does he deserve one. Coradelle Patterson gives them a legitimate number two receiver who could ultimately replace Stevie Johnson if he wants to leave but, could also makes Johnson’s career easier by relieving him of double teams. Patterson did it all at Tennessee and is a big playmaker

Who they should draft- Jarvis Jones- Many teams will pass on him because of his “Red Flags” due to his spinal injury, but most will regret it when he’s sacking the their QB next year. He could be that hybrid rusher perfectly for their new defense.

9 .New York Jets (6-10) – oh the beloved Jets. This team constantly hurts me with the moves they make and always seem to do the opposite of what I hope. Their needs are basically at every skill position and the team seems to be an absolute mess (it is). Knowing Rex going into this draft losing two players at the linebacker position that’s where he will look. Beyond that they have a serious need at the safety position, a huge gigantic problem at the CB position, a need at the WR position, a right tackle who can actually block not just lug his 340 pound body in front of people and hope for the best and of course a new QB (which they have needed since the day they drafted Sanchez).

Who they will draft- Dion Jordan Oregon DE/OLB- He is a physical specimen standing at 6’ 8” and being able to play in the 3-4 so well makes him so intriguing to Rex. Still raw in pass coverage but that won’t stop Rex from looking past it and looking at how he can get to the QB. UPDATE!!!! Jordan will need surgery and this could effect his draft stock and have him fall drastically

Who they should draft- In my eyes the Jets can’t go to wrong with this pick. I would know if I’m going to keep both of my corners by the time the draft rolled by so I would know whether or not to pass up on Milliner or not. However if I’m making this pick I’m making this pick I’m taking the man that led the NCAA in sacks last season, Jarvis Jones. The Jets will suck next year anyway so why not take a little risk on a guy who mass produces with a little neck problem.

10. Tennessee (6-10)  – Tennessee last year wanted to take a corner however all of them were taken by the time it was their pick. This year playmaking corner has the chance to drop to them and I don’t think they could pass that up. That being said they have stated the want to bolster the offensive line to help Chris Johnson.

Who they will take- DeMarcus Milliner Alabama – Just too good to pass up. A top five prospect in my eyes that can shut down an entire side of the field with the way he plays.

Who they should take- Milliner or Chance Warmack- Depends but if Milliner falls they HAVE to take him but I could see a team trading up for Milliner ahead of the Titans screwing them yet again. If that does happen look for them to take Warmack.

11. San Diego (7-9) – Chargers are a team that has a QB that is supposed to be in his prime but seemed to regress big time last season. It was not all his fault, since he couldn’t get a pass of due to his porous offensive line that couldn’t block a 10 by 10 doorway if they tried together. This is a glaring weakness for the Chargers. They also have a weakness at the pass rushing position but that should be addressed later on. The team should also spend a mid round pick on a WR if Danario cannot hold up this year like history has proven with him.

Who they take- Chance Warmack G Alabama- this is a pick the Chargers need to make if they want Phillip Rivers to have the best chance to succeed. I see this as his last hurrah if he can’t get it done this season. He is that good of a guard to take this early an immediately improves the Chargers in the pass and rush game on offense.

Who they should take- Chance Warmack- He is just that good at what he does. You never see guards get drafted this early however he was just that good in college and possess the skills already to be a pro bowler.

12. Miami (7-9) – Miami is a team who I see having a pretty bright future. They have a good QB in Tannehill (he needed time to develop as a QB because of his first two seasons as a WR in college) a decent running game, good blocking and a pretty good defense. However they are lacking a big time receiver and also could use some upgrades in the secondary.

Who they will pick: Keenan Allen California WR- my favorite receiver in this draft along with being tied to Jarvis Jones as my favorite player in general. He posses the height (6’3”) along with great ball skills and a nack for running in the open field. I would love this pick if I were Miami. I hate comparisons but I just see so much Brandon Marshall in him.

Who they should pick- Keenan Allen

13. Tampa Bay (7-9) – Tampa Bay is another team who has great upside as a team as do most teams in this mid range area. Their problems remain mostly on the defensive side of the ball and need a solid defensive end along with a much needed improvement in the secondary.

Who they will pick- Johnathan Banks Miss ST CB- was voted the top secondary player in this previous college football season and is another great corner in this draft. The Bucs were close to last in all passing stats last season and have no prospect on their team for the position.

Who they should pick- Johnathan Banks

14. Carolina (7-9) – The Panthers run defense was awful last year and that’s me being nice. It was like Vin Diesel trying to sing Rihanna. (Oh wait he did that) anyway the team could go after a number two receiver or address their need at the safety position as well.

Who they will pick- Sheldon Richardson Missouri DT – he is a big nose tackle out of Missouri who was the only bright spot on the team. Has some athleticism but mainly will be used to stop the run which is exactly what they need.

Who they should pick- Sheldon Richardson

15. New Orleans (7-9) – The Saints are switching their defense to a 3-4 this year which means that they will have needs on defense. Offense they were fine as they were scoring points but the other teams were just scoring more.

Who they will pick- Bjoern Werner DE/OLB Florida State-  I just can’t see him dropping anymore and even if he is better fit for a 4-3 the Saints will not be able to pass up his talent. He could come in and give them an immediate boost in the pass rush. I would expect a team to quickly trade up if they saw this fall from Werner so do not expect him to drop this far.

Who they should pick- Probably someone more suitable for their defense like a Jarvis Jones or Mingo from LSU. But Werner is too good to pass up here

16. St. Louis (7-8-1) – The Rams have had a serious need on the offensive line ever since Sam Bradford has got there (the poor guy). They also have a need at the safety spot and the front office has come out and said they will look to fix this through the draft. Also the Rams still have yet to find that go to receiver for Bradford.

Who they will pick- Lane Johnson Oklahoma OT- He solves their need at on the offensive line and fills in perfectly at the tackle spot. It would be very hard for the Rams to pass up on a tackle like Johnson

Who they should draft- Either Johnson or Vaccaro. They both fill in the two biggest holes of the Rams but I just think the line is a bigger problem right now.

17. Pittsburgh (8-8) – They are getting old on defense and most likely loose Mike Wallace so they are a team that has some needs to get younger at. James Harrison will most likely be gone and they will look to fill his role from someone. Also wouldn’t be a bad idea to start thinking of finding a back-up to Roethlisberger. Lastly the RB position is in need of a serious upgrade as well.

Who they will pick- Jarvis Jones Georgia OLB- This is one team who will look past the spine problem and be so happy that he falls to them. He fits perfectly in with the scheme and will anchor that defense for many years.

Who they should pick- Jarvis Jones

18. Dallas (8-8) – Dallas’ line was pretty bad last year at blocking for Tony Romo last year. Also they could use a safety due to the fact they want to cut Church from the team and he is the starter. Lastly they could use a replacement for Anthony Spencer since they might not be able to re sign him.

Who they will pick- Kenny Vaccaro Texas S- He probably has the talent to go earlier but not many teams need a safety. He is a ball hawking safety which Dallas could use since Claiborne got burned many times last year.

Who they should pick – Kenny Vaccaro

19. New York Giants (9-7) – The Giants are a team whose offense right now seems just fine. They could use an upgrade on the offensive line but, it wasn’t really that bad. The true need exist on the defensive side. The Giants biggest weakness is too easy to pick out and if you watch one game you’d see it to. He’s a big slow linebacker that wore a cast the entire season named Chase “I once backed up into Amani Toomer’s Porsche with my big jeep” Blackburn. The other need remains in the secondary and most of the reason is because the Giants just can’t seem to stay healthy there. Lastly, the Giants could need a pass rusher if Tuck and Osi leave.

Who they will pick- Alec Olgetree Georgia ILB/OLB- The hidden gem on Georgia’s defense who was overlooked due to Jarvis Jones’ outstanding play. He has great instincts as an inside linebacker and is somewhere who can come in and start at the position right away (sorry Chase).

Who they should pick- Alec Olgetree

20. Chicago (10-6) – Everyone and their mom knows where Chicago’s biggest need lies. The team always puts out a stout defense, has a QB who is a top 10 QB when playing at his best a big time RB and a big time receiver. However Jay cutler can’t seem to get it to his weapons because his line is the problem. The Bears may look to find Urlacher’s replacement if they choose not to resign him and could also look to find a second receiver for Jay in the first round. In the second I expect them to go after a tight end.

Who they pick- D.J Fluker Alabama OT- A big talk among scouts right now is all that weight he has lost since college has ended and how he is showing to be a beast physically. He fits their need at the right spot.

Who they should pick – D.J Fluker

21. Cincinnati* (10-6) – The Bengals biggest need isn’t something I expect them to address in the first round. The Law firm (Green-Ellis for those of you that have lives) was only good for one thing and that was his ball security. This year he didn’t have that and has become expendable to the Bengals. However, no running back these days gets drafted that early especially when it isn’t that big of a need. Two other areas they should draft remain at either the middle linebacker position (only person worse than Blackburn was found here Ray Maualuga) or if they don’t resign Michael Johnson take a defensive end.

Who they will pick- Leenay Kekua… uh ummm I mean Manti Te’o Notre Dame ILB – He is a person the Bengals won’t be afraid to take and anyone is an upgrade over Maualuga. His stock has dropped significantly since New Years but I believe he will stay in the first round.

Who they should pick- Kevin Minter- I personally love Minter’s game and think that he and not Mr. Te’o deserves to be recognized as the 2nd best inside linebacker in this class .

22. St. Louis – from Washington* (10-6)- St. Louis has their second first round pick and this time they will most likely address the other side of the ball now although don’t rule out a receiver here. They could use someone at the outside linebacker position and as stated before are looking for a young guy at safety.

Who they pick- Matt Elam Florida S- I think he may have more talent than Vaccaro personally. He is an extremely big hitter and form tackling because he seems to go for the big hit every time. He is good in coverage but could use some improvement.

Who they should pick- Matt Elam

23. Minnesota* (10-6) – This team made the playoffs with CHRISTIAN PONDER as their quarterback. CHRISTIAN PONDER. The man who managed to average less yards per attempt than Peterson had per carry. Now I know Peterson had a historic season but that is just pathetic. Maybe it’s jealousy since he is married to Sam Steele however I just don’t see how he can be a starter in the NFL. If I was the Vikings I would seriously think of drafting a new QB (Matt Barkley or Tyler Wilson) here. This is unlikely since management has “faith” in him as does his coach. Yea, some quarterback that sat out your biggest game of the year. Other than that rant, the Vikings could use a big upgrade either at the DT position due to old age or cornerback position (where they got toasted at all year) on the defensive side. On offense the only other upgrade would be at receiver however after the first two I don’t see any first round talent at the position.

Who they will take- Johnathan Hankins Ohio State DT- They find the perfect replacement for Kyle Williams who is getting old and can start Hankins right next to him. He is a huge body that stuffs anything coming his way. He has character questions however I’m sure a pro like Williams can straighten him out

Who they should take- Although I like the pick I would take a long and hard stare at the QB position and really work those two QB’s out. But, that still wouldn’t be my pick. I would take Marcus Trufant’s brother Desmond Trufant. He played extremely well at Washington this year and I think he is very underrated when it comes to this draft.

24. Indianapolis* (11-5) – The Colts released another Colts legend this year in Dwight Freeney and will look for someone to take over for him. They also could use a cornerback and a big tackle on the defensive side. Last draft they picked all offense so don’t be surprised if they do the same for defense this time around.

Who they will pick- Barkevious Mingo OLB/DE LSU- His slide finally stops. At the beginning of the college season he was a projected to be a top 5 pick but due to his production this year he fell off. He would be a great fit for the Colts new defense and could be an impact in his first year as a pass rusher.

Who they should take- Barkevious Mingo (man do I like spelling his name Props to Mrs. Mingo)

25. Seattle* (11-5)– Seattle the last three years have been very impressive drafting and for all the time teams say draft best player available, they drafted needs, and it worked. I assume they will only continue this trend. Seattle defense was impressive and ruined many playoffs games for fantasy football with that performance against the Cardinals. The only need I really see for them on defense is at the defensive tackle position. That being said, their need is more on the offensive side of the ball. They desperately need a WR (they cannot rely on touchception from Golden Tate every time) and a tight end. It really is amazing the season Russell Wilson had looking at the players he had around him.

Who they take- Zach Ertz Stanford TE- Like the past they choose to take a need and take the top tight end available. He had some short arm concern at the combine but I still think he is the better option over Eifert because he is a better blocker as well.

Who they should take- Kawann Short- I think a tight end should not be taken in the first round of this draft and Short is a better prospect. He recorded 7 sacks a tackle and would help the Seahawks immediately.

26. Green Bay* (11-5) – The Packers struggled mightily in blocking for Aaron Rodgers this year and I see them spending their first pick on it since he’s the face of the franchise. They also did just loose Woodson so looking at the secondary and filling that position could be spent with the first pick. A sleeper pick could be taking a receiver since Jennings will most likely be gone as well. Running back has always been a need for them but they seem to like to wait till mid round picks to choose one.

Who they take- Jonathan Cooper UNC G- He is a guy that could play both guard and center. Whatever the Packers need him at he can be ready to start for them. He blocked at UNC for my favorite running back in this draft Giovanni Bernard. Bernard just went on to be the ACC offensive player of the year.

Who they should take- Barrett Jones (I wish) sadly due to his injury he is dropping all the way to the third round. It’s so sad since he is such an accomplished NCAA blocker and person in general. Cooper is the right choice here

27. Houston* (12-4) – Houston has 3 big needs. Middle linebacker since Cushing is hurt (Steroids) and Bradie James is a free agent. The second is at the WR position since Johnson is getting old and they have never found a number 2 to play next to him (I personally think they should move up in the 2nd to get one) and the third would be a cornerback. They signed Joseph and he has been good but they do not have anyone to play on the other side with him.

Who they will take- Kevin Minter LSU ILB- This is why Houston is more successful faster than the Bengals. The Bengals continually draft one pick that sets them back a couple years. Minter is a solid choice here.

Who they should take- Minter

28. Denver* (13-3) – One of the two teams that may actually take a running back in the first round due to the need. The fact the team two picks behind them needs one may rush them to take the top one available. They also need a corner back since Champ Bailey is no longer a top corner or a reliable one. He was burned twice in the playoffs and blew that game for them. Also they could use a nose tackle, someone that really stuffs the run.

Who they pick- Eddie Lacy Alabama RB- With Atlanta lurking in the background they fold to the pressure. They let Mcgahee go and have a good punch with lacy then Hillman to go with their passing attack.

Who they should take- Desmond Trufant- He is a much higher rated player than this pick but the need is to strong for Denver.

29. New England* (12-4)– They will most likely let Wes Welker leave which means they will need to find a replacement at his position and more importantly what he did (not these past 2 years because that would be dropping passes). They also could always use secondary help since they seem to never improve in that aspect.

Who they pick – Tavon Austin West Virginia WR- this pick makes so much sense it’s scary. Austin is the quickest guy in this draft and I’m sure Bill is just drooling over the plays he could run with Austin.

Who they should draft- I’m just gunna keep suggesting Trufant because he deserves it

30.  Atlanta* (13-3) – Tony Gonzalez may be gone but, as every fan feels, there’s the feeling he will be back. They could take a replacement in this draft if it’s the right person however. They also desperately need a defensive end since that was their weakness on defense last year. Also as stated earlier they needed a running back since Turner will be released. I don’t think they will find someone of value in the first round unless Lacy falls here.

Who they take- Sam Montgomery DE/OLB LSU- The LSU defensive end just like Mingo saw his draft free fall after this season played out. However he is a great NFL prospect according to some scouts even though I don’t see it.

Who they should take- John Jenkins- Their whole line to me needs a remake even if defensive tackle isn’t there strongest need. He could at least help against the run and is a first round talent.

31. San Francisco* (11-4-1) – The 49ers have very few needs when it comes to the draft. Especially with rumors of them throwing a ton of money at Wes Welker and as long as they can lock up Gholson (or at least franchise him). The two positions of need are WR and CB. Culliver played awful in the playoffs and well Manningham is better off as a third receiver rather than a second.

Who they pick- Desmond Trufant Washington CB- Finally he gets picked I feel relieved for him. The kid has major talent and will look to prove all of those that passed on him wrong.

Who they should take- Desmond Trufant

32. Baltimore* (10-6) – Baltimore ofocurse could use a replacement for Ray Lewis, but that’s not how the best G.M in the NFL does. He will choose someone who stock fell for the wrong reason or a player that talent was look passed. He seems to do this every year.

Who they pick- (Best player available)- I’m sure Ozzie would love for Desmond to fall to him and was probably licking his chops when he saw this but, he will gladly take John Jenkins (Georgia DT) because he’s the best player available and he fits a need

Who they should take- not arguing with Ozzie … ever.

Article written by James (J.D.) Hogan follow him on twitter @sportinghogan