October 4th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

17. San Diego Chargers – CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon*

There’s a certain appeal to stabilizing the offensive line by drafting a left tackle, but at this point in the season the Chargers have been hindered more by their defense.

18. Baltimore Ravens – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor

Kelechi Osemele has been a disappointment thus far at left guard, which could cause Baltimore to replace him in their efforts to resuscitate a stagnant rushing attack.

19. Tennessee Titans – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*

Right tackle David Stewart, once considered an elite player at the position, is entering the voidable final season of his contract and, at 31, is not playing his usual level.

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

Ebron’s elite athleticism pushes him ahead of his closest competition (Oregon’s Colt Lyerla and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins) as Jermichael Finley’s successor.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Kyle Van Noy, Brgham Young

It’s likely that the Bengals will be attempting to replace middle linebacker Rey Maualuga and aging strongside linebacker James Harrison soon, clearing a path for Van Noy.

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

Once Michael Crabtree returns, San Francisco’s receiving corps will improve, but fellow starter Anquan Boldin is 33 years old and in the final year of his current contract.

23. Miami Dolphins – TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon*

Charles Clay turned out better than expected, but there is still room for improvement at tight end, a position the Dolphins have repeatedly tried to bolster in recent years.

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

An offensive guard such as Gabe Jackson has a certain appeal here, but Cleveland may prioritize an athletic man coverage cornerback to start opposite Joe Haden.

25. Houston Texans – DT DaQuan Jones, Penn St.

With active hand use and a playing weight well over 300 pounds, DaQuan Jones, who has emerged this season, could interest Houston as a potential starting nose tackle.

26. Chicago Bears – CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech

Exum’s offseason microfracture surgery could cause his stock to plummet, but the physical, confident, competitive Exum’s versatility should otherwise appeal here.

27. Detroit Lions – WR Allen Robinson, Penn St.*

This may be slightly early for Robinson, but the Lions could probably afford to reach slightly in an effort to secure a replacement for Nate Burleson on the outside.

28. Kansas City Chiefs – DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

Starting defensive end Tyson Jackson’s contract is set to expire at the end of the year, and his improved level of play may ultimately price him out of Kansas City.

29. New Orleans Saints – DE Trent Murphy, Stanford

Murphy has size and experience working out of a two-point stance, whether as a pass rusher or a coverage linebacker, making him an interesting late-first risk.

30. New England Patriots – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*

Tuitt is an astonishingly ineffective run defender given his size, but may appeal to New England as the type of oversized defensive end they have been trying to sign for years.

31. Seattle Seahawks – OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.

The perfect combination of value and fit occurs here, as the power-oriented Seahawks find a 340-pound mauler to upgrade what has thus far been a weak offensive line.

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

Clearly without concern on the offensive side of the ball, Denver could target a pass-rushing defensive tackle to complement 2013 first-rounder Sylvester Williams.

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7 Responses to “October 4th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    We need a DT next year for sure! Also OG and OT,

  2. Good grief! Picking Stephon Tuitt because of his size is like betting on a derby horse because of it’s color. Described here as “astonishingly ineffective” yet we are expected to give credance to this mock pick? Come no, readers deserve better then this.

    • MaineMan says:

      Agree 100%. BB has consistently preferred front seven defenders, especially DL, who are good run defenders, even at the expense of their pass rush.

      Also, BB has passed over several “oversize DEs” since Seymour left in 2009 and has since morphed the base away from the classic 3-4 that he fielded before 2010. So, he has NOT been searching for that kind of player in years.

      If anything, he’s been trying to find a larger, Wilfork-type DT. He hasn’t spent a pick on one yet (perhaps hasn’t had the opportunity to get a decent one recently), but if you look at some of the FAs he’ worked out or had on the off-season roster this year, it seems only reasonable to think that he’s looking:
      - Rashad-White, 6006/335
      - Gilbert Pena, 6024/330
      - Cherrington, 6016/345
      - John Drew, 6012/330

      And, AJ Francis, 6047/321, is on the PS. Not to mention Tommy Kelly, 6056/325.

      • Good points MM. I think there may be a couple of guys in the draft that BB might consider though not exactly Wolfolk clones. Closest would be McCullers from Tenn. At 6-8 and 360 lbs the guy is a mountan. Less so would be Anderson from Stan. A 6-6 282 lb guy with the frame to put on 30 plus pounds. These two come to mind off hand readers may have more, welcome input.

      • Keep in mind that Belichick also tried to sign Red Bryant to a sizable contract before settling on Jonathan Fanene as the oversized end.

        • Iceman says:

          You do realize as a true Jr Stephon Tuitt is 2nd on ND’s all time sack list behind Justin Tuck while playing a 3-4 DE and eating up blockers for Manti Teo



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