October 18th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

17. Tennessee Titans – DE Vic Beasley, Clemson*

Beasley may be undersized, but through six games in 2013 he has recorded twelve tackles for loss and nine sacks, putting him firmly in the first-round conversation.

18. San Diego Chargers – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*

The last thing San Diego needs on offense is a legitimate left tackle to protect Philip Rivers, as Jeromey Clary has played long enough to prove that he’s not the answer there.

19. Miami Dolphins – OT Cameron Erving, Florida St.*

The Dolphins lost Jake Long last offseason, and their current starting options, Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo, have struggled, limiting what was supposed to be a high-octane offense.

20. Detroit Lions – WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M**

Upgrading the passing game is certainly not Detroit’s biggest task this offseason, but should they have the opportunity to acquire Mike Evans this late in the draft, it’d make sense.

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

With Bruce Carter’s disappointing season comes the possibility of Dallas using their first-round pick to boost Monte Kiffin’s defense via a versatile replacement such as Shazier.

22. Baltimore Ravens – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor

Trading for Eugene Monroe should help, but the Ravens still need to find productive players at every other position, with left guard currently occupied by Kelechi Osemele.

23. Chicago Bears – CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian

Charles Tillman has failed to replicate his outstanding 2012 campaign, surrendering four touchdowns through six games and creating some doubt about his long-term prospects.

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

James Harrison was a suitable short-term fix at outside linebacker, but Cincinnati still needs to invest in young talent there, where Van Noy’s ability to create pressure should make him attractive.

25. Green Bay Packers – TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina*

It’s possible that this pick could be used to upgrade the team’s 28th-ranked pass defense, but Ebron’s freakish athletic ability makes him a better value at this point.

26. San Francisco 49ers – WR Marqise Lee, Southern California*

San Francisco fields the league’s second-worst passing offense in terms of yards per game, and recently-acquired weapon Anquan Boldin has to slow down eventually on the outside.

27. Cleveland Browns (from Colts) – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.*

Starting left cornerback Joe Haden is a stud, but Buster Skrine is someone who Cleveland may potentially try to upgrade over this offseason, especially if Roby’s available.

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

Defensive linemen Ra’Shede Hageman and Stephon Tuitt both make some sense here, but Hageman is a significantly better two-gapper and run defender, giving him the advantage.

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

Zach Miller has been invisible more often than not as a receiving option, and Seattle should embrace the opportunity to find a more dynamic tight end to help the 24th-ranked passing attack.

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

Tyson Jackson is a candidate to leave Kansas City for a more lucrative home this offseason, which would likely lead to the Chiefs prioritizing an additional five-technique defensive end.

31. New Orleans Saints – CB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida*

Jabari Greer has struggled over the past two weeks opposite Keenan Lewis, while former first-round pick Patrick Robinson’s season-ending patellar tendon injury should be cause for concern.

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

Drafting a disruptive defensive tackle in the first round for the second straight year would go a long way towards addressing the team’s pass-defense shortcomings.

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7 Responses to “October 18th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I just don’t see Bill taking a DT with the 1st pick, with a guy like Daquan Jones a better value in the 2nd-3d round. The LBer class is not great this year, in the early rounds.

  2. steve earle says:

    Glad to see a DT for the Pat’s up top. But of course Bill is still libal to trade down and out you know.

    • acm says:

      Hageman is more of a 3-4 DE (like Seymour) or an interior rusher than a space-eating DT, which is what BB would be looking for to replace Wilfork.

      Personally, I think there is decent chance he goes for McCullers in the 1st, with Nix already gone, as Wilfork’s return is anything but a given – a torn achilles takes 7-8 months to come back from but that’s for lighter and athletic players, not big, heavy players like VW … who knows how long it would take Vince to be back and if he would be the same at all … and that’s not even factoring his age.

      Would love Hageman or Ebron in the 1st but think the circumstance around Wilfork will tip the scales in favor of someone like McCullers there.

      • steve earle says:

        All true just saying I like the big DT not necessarly Hagerman. Actually I expect another round of trade downs and when that happens with our first pick likely in the top half of the 2nd rd then I too see McCullers as the likely pick unless his stock rises. Still as huge as he is he doesn’t really have the speed or quickness many defenses desire so I think he will be available and sure would eat up the blockers.

      • russell easterbrooks says:

        I would look for Bill to trade back, out of the 1st round, for maybe a 2nd this year and 2nd next year. I think the QB position is a big move for the Patriots this year, with the 2014 season being Malletts last on his deal. QB McCarran’s looks like the guy Bill would like to get with a mid-2nd roundpick. I’m leaning toward McCarran’s being the Patriots first pick .

  3. menelvagor says:

    Tuitt already said that he will return for senior season

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