October 11th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

17. Cleveland Browns – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor

Shawn Lauvao was a major liability at right guard last season, but his replacement this year, Oniel Cousins, has been even worse, creating a gaping hole on the line.

18. Tennessee Titans – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*

This probably isn’t an ideal draft position for the Titans, but they are nevertheless able to secure a long-term replacement for 31 year-old right tackle David Stewart.

19. Miami Dolphins – TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina*

Charles Clay is a respectable option at tight end, but the Dolphins could provide quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a better one by selecting Ebron, an elite athlete.

20. Detroit Lions – WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers*

Other than Calvin Johnson, the Lions wideout with the most snaps played on the season is Kris Durham, hardly a desirable option that would prevent drafting another target.

21. Dallas Cowboys – LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.*

What was seemingly a perfect marriage of skills and scheme at linebacker went wrong, as Bruce Carter has been benched by the Cowboys, opening the door for Shazier.

22. Green Bay Packers – CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech

Exum is recovering from microfracture surgery, but if he passes medical checks, he’s the type of confident, feisty player the Packers could use, particularly as a safety option.

23. Baltimore Ravens – OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.

There are a wealth of options available to Baltimore here, with Jackson getting the edge for his ability to protect Joe Flacco as well as help reinvigorate a stagnating run game.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young

The decision to sign James Harrison for the strongside linebacker role indicated Cincinnati’s intent on finding an effective edge rusher for their creative fronts.

25. Chicago Bears – LB Christian Jones, Florida St.

Drafting a traditional 4-3 linebacker like Jones may not be the flashiest option, but it should provide Chicago with a versatile, rangy long-term starter at linebacker.

26. San Francisco 49ers – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.*

A string of underwhelming performances have temporarily caused Roby’s draft stock to plummet, but he could easily rebound and become the first cornerback selected.

27. New England Patriots – DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

At 6’6” and 311 pounds, Hageman has the versatility to play in either a three-or-four-man front, allowing head coach Bill Belichick to rearrange his defenders however he sees fit.

28. Cleveland Browns (from Colts) – CB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida*

Buster Skrine is a talented, respectable boundary cornerback, but it’s possible that Cleveland would be interested in further bolstering their secondary with another Florida product.

29. Seattle Seahawks – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington*

Zach Miller has caught just eight passes so far this season, meaning the Seahawks could potentially be interested in taking a chance on Seferian-Jenkins late in the first.

30. Kansas City Chiefs – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*

Kansas City’s defense has been playing better than anticipated this season, but they could still use another five-technique if Tyson Jackson departs in free agency.

31. New Orleans Saints – DE Trent Murphy, Stanford

A strong value at this point, Murphy is a massive pass rusher who has played both defensive end and outside linebacker during his time with the Cardinal.

32. Denver Broncos – DT Anthony Johnson, Louisiana St.*

Sylvester Williams is seen as the team’s nose tackle of the future, but Kevin Vickerson is far from an ideal starting option at the three-technique position opposite him.

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12 Responses to “October 11th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    I would have to say an OTor OG and then a DT. Our O line is little suspect at best.

    • steve earle says:

      A kid I like in that regard is Byron Stark OC Fla St. Windell is servicable but an upgrade at center would improve both guard play to my thinking and a good chance he would be around at the bottom of the second. First round picks are for top skill players usually but if Bill does one of his famous Trade downs — who knows?

  2. steve earle says:

    I’m in the, need a DT camp. Early projections look like some decent prospects might be available at bottom of 2nd rd or even 3rd. If thats true it does give Bill some flexability and I really like Jenkins @ TE. Also a good safty should be high on the list and maybe another CB mid rounds. Just my off the cuff thinking so far.

    • steve earle says:

      The site got me thinking if Bill ever had the idea to trade Mallett his value is probably at the high point whereas there are currently at least 6 teams in great need of a QB. Any thinking out there?

  3. SJS says:

    As it looks now DT could be an area (Armstead possibly coming off NFI list and the rookies doing a decent job atleast there is some depth) but wouldn’t rule out TE either no depth what so ever now. Austin Sefarian Jenkins had a nice game this weekend another red zone target. Also curious to see what happens with Mark Harrison does he come off NFI and join the mix at receiver(can you say log jam) or is placed on season ending IR and convert to TE during off season. A third option could be CB again if Talib is either hurt or lost in Free Agency(Not sure if anyone would fit that mold though).

    • steve earle says:

      Been thinking about your post the last couple days. My question is regarding Harrison. Is he big enough to convert to a TE or are you thinking of more an H-back kind of role? As for log jam idea, given the number of injurys plus having Washington carried as a RB and not being used, why not?
      Just on the draft next year, I’d still like another good big DT, an upgrade at OC, plus upgrades at safty and depth at CB, hoping Talib and Dennard are both coming back. Please Santa!

      • SJS says:

        In regards to Harrison I was thinking possibly a role similar to Hernandez so H-back you could say the thing that may hold him back in that regard is his size, more so weight listed as 6’3″ and 230-235 lbs where as Hernandez was 6’2″ and 245 lbs the PFT boys did say he is jacked and looks bigger than the 230-235 so maybe. Being a receiver he has the the hands and the moves albeit not quite Hernandez esk but like Hernandez his blocking abilities aren’t the best(not bad for receiver but as a TE need more improvement)
        Now why not this year or now 1 No Time with Brady in practice and it does take time which would probably be very limited with the others still developing a repoire as well 2 A new position takes time to learn and develop 3 Return of NFI player rules I believe only one can return if that’s the case then it would be between him and Armstead not sure who would be more valuable but my guess is Armstead Now if both can come back I would think Harrison would be as a receiver since that is what he is but how much playing time would he get. I would think not much(unless a serious injury bug hits) because you still have Danny Amendola, KT, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and now Austin Collie ahead of him so I would imagine in an ideal world they would love to get him onto the Practice Squad so he could at least get some practice in but that would expose him to the waiver wire and would he clear that I would tend to say no but I’m sure BB and his team is doing their homework on that. Then in the offseason possibly make the transition. Who knows only time will tell but those are my thoughts.

        • steve earle says:

          You make a great case and I concede your points. Most importantly would be lack of pratice time with Brady I suspect. Also clearly if it was a choice between Armstead and Harrison it must be Armstead because of the depth consideration, Good post, thanks.

  4. Adam says:

    Pats should target Marqise Lee, Austin Seferian Jenkins, or any decent DT God help us if they don’t.

  5. Jb says:

    We do need a big dt but if gronk has long term health problems we might need a big tight end

  6. LB says:

    panthers need two offensive tackles and a guard ,then dbs and te.

  7. Trevor M. says:

    It seems too obvious that the Patriots should take a big & talented DT to eventually replace Wilfork.

    Right? Belichick don’t get cute!

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