November 15th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

17. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Marqise Lee, Southern California*

Lee is limping through a disastrous season, but he tormented Chip Kelly while the Eagles head coach was at Oregon, so the receiver may still appeal to Kelly here.

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

It wouldn’t be surprising if Ebron ended up going even higher than this given his elite athletic ability; he remains ahead of Jace Amaro at this point in the season.

19. Chicago Bears – FS Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama*

There are plenty of different directions for the Bears to go in here, but overhauling their secondary is probably the most pressing need at this point.

20. Arizona Cardinals – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*

Richardson may not be a true left tackle at the pro level, but the Cardinals’ offensive line woes extend to the other side as well, where Richardson could fit.

21. Dallas Cowboys – DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

The Cowboys’ transition to a four-man defensive front hasn’t worked this season, making it imperative for them to prioritize adding additional talent this offseason.

22. New York Jets – OG David Yankey, Stanford*

The Jets have tried three different options at guard this season – Willie Colon, Brian Winters, and Vladimir Ducasse – but none of them have been effective.

23. Cincinnati Bengals – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.*

Roby has plenty of time to rehabilitate his draft stock, but for now he makes sense in this range, where the Bengals’ long-term future is growing murkier.

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

Calvin Johnson is capable of single-handedly keeping Detroit’s passing game afloat, but they may still want to consider finding a reliable secondary option.

25. Carolina Panthers – LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.*

Thomas Davis is somehow still playing well, but given his age and extensive injury history, drafting an athletic linebacker such as Shazier still makes sense.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Colts) – QB Zach Mettenberger, Louisiana St.

Derek Carr may be hyped slightly more at this point, but Mettenberger’s superior deep passing skills may convince Norv Turner to advocate drafting him here.

27. San Francisco 49ers – CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian

Verrett may be a slight reach at this point in the draft, but there aren’t any players that represent a strong enough value to dissuade the 49ers from drafting him here.

28. New England Patriots – TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech*

Bill Belichick has historically favored drafting tight ends with high picks, a decision made easier here by the lack of low-risk alternative options elsewhere.

29. New Orleans Saints – LB Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young

The Saints have the luxury of basically drafting the best player available at this point, so adding a dynamic edge rusher to Rob Ryan’s 3-4 should appeal to them.

30. Denver Broncos – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*

Tuitt’s junior season has really hurt his draft stock, but his potential could earn him a spot in the first; Denver may want to replace oversized end Derek Wolfe.

31. Seattle Seahawks – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor

The Seahawks have been starting James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy at guard, neither of whom has been effective enough to prevent additional competition.

32. Kansas City Chiefs – OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Martin may actually be a better guard than Richardson, but Seattle’s scheme may favor the latter, providing the Chiefs with a solid value to conclude the first day.

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7 Responses to “November 15th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. steve earle says:

    Good mock Matt though I think I’ll stick with my previous scenario with Bill trading down the 1st for additional picks given his history.

  2. acm says:

    good mock. I can see the Pats go for Amaro in the first (or Sef-Jenkins for that matter too). Personally, I think they go TE, CB (thinking Fuller here) or DT in the first. There is the outside chance for a LB, depending on value available, but I am not holding my breath on that one.
    OL (Zach Martin) is usually a safe bet but think this class has good depth in quality at the position, so I am guessing they’d look to address that later.

    A lot would depend on on whether they manage to keep either Talib or Spikes or both … or neither.

    P.S. One thing jumped out at me was the Ram’s 2nd pick – I doubt they go for a LB like Mosley considering they just got an identical player in the 1st last year (Ogletree). My guess would be they go OG or SAF (Clinton Dix) … maybe even Ebron considering their O could use more production from the TE position and help out the QB, whoever he may be.

  3. MarcSluis says:

    Great job! I don’t think it will get the attention it did last year but the OT class is pretty strong too. Erving isn’t well known to casual fans but could very well go in the top 15.

    If I’m the Pats I’m not sure I can pass up Amaro either.

  4. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Well if the draft looked like this I think Bill, may go for LB Kyle Van Noy with the 1st pick . If Spikes does not resign, that means Mayo, Hightower, and Collins start, leaving the Patriots thin at LB behind Fletcher.
    I’m projecting LB Shayne Skov in the 2nd round, not as good in coverage as Van Noy, but a solid LB. I;m thinking CB Kyle Fuller with the 1st pick, Even if Talib resigns.
    Intereting Monk, always enjoy these, thanks for the hard work!

    • Alex says:

      No need to use first round picks for depth though, when we have positions that need better starters. DT, Interior O-line and TE being the clearest three, and add CB if Talib goes and isn’t adequately replaced.

      A first choice LB corps of Mayo – Hightower – Collins would be potentially very very good, with Fletcher and Beauharnais solid in reserve.

    • steve earle says:

      I believe the 1st rd pick should be for a player of need not a depth guy. I have 3 DT’s pencled in on my board as of now, based on what we know and have. This could change if Talib doesn’t resign. None may get down to us thus my expectation Bill trades down as I have said before. As you have pointed out several times this draft is really deep in talent through the mid rounds, even better then last year if as many underclassmed declare as projected. So barring a dominate DT looks to me we would be better served by trading down.

      • Tim says:

        lol, Olomu will not be a first round pick. He will be mid second at best and probably the 3rd or 4th cb taken behind, Verrett, Gilbert, and possibly Joyner if he keeps playing like he is.

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