November 22nd Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Florida St. defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is one of this week’s new additions to the first round. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With another week in the books, it’s time to check in with an updated mock draft; read on to find out who’s currently projected to go where in April.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville*

Bridgewater remains the most polished quarterback prospect in the class, although at this point he is clinging to an increasingly small lead over Marcus Mariota.

2. Minnesota Vikings – QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon**

With Christian Ponder now competing with the likes of Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman, it’s time for Minnesota to find a new quarterback of the future.

3. Houston Texans – QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M*

Case Keenum flashed early as Matt Schaub’s replacement, but there’s no way they could resist a local legend such as Manziel given their current situation.

4. Atlanta Falcons – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina*

Osi Umenyiora turned out to be a solid investment, but he turns 32 tomorrow and would hardly prevent the Falcons from drafting Jadeveon Clowney here.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

Tampa Bay hasn’t employed a third linebacker too often this season, but they would have an excellent opportunity to upgrade their defense by drafting one.

6. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M*

Opposite Jake Long, Joseph Barksdale has played well, but probably not well enough to prevent the Rams from drafting the top tackle in the class.

7. Buffalo Bills – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Mack remains in Buffalo, replacing Manny Lawson and providing defensive coordinator Mike Pettine with a dangerous, versatile edge rushing option.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Recent acquisition Levi Brown should be an offseason cap casualty, and former second-round pick Mike Adams has done nothing to inspire confidence.

9. Baltimore Ravens – DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame*

The offensive line is a mess, but it may prove hard for Baltimore to resist pairing Nix with Haloti Ngata, who would be allowed to slide back outside to end.

10. Cleveland Browns – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson*

Legitimate #1 wide receiver Josh Gordon shouldn’t be traded, but the team could stand to provide him with a better compliment than the inconsistent Greg Little.

11. Tennessee Titans – LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Middle linebacker has been a glaring weakness for the Titans this season, so they should jump at the opportunity to draft one of this year’s most polished prospects.

12. Oakland Raiders – WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M**

Denarius Moore is a long-term starter, but he lacks the size to challenge opponents as a vertical option, opening the door for a player such as Evans here.

13. St. Louis Rams – FS Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama*

T.J. McDonald is promising, but the Rams could stand to add another safety; Clinton-Dix should benefit from the league’s recent emphasis on the position.

14. San Diego Chargers – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama*

The offensive line has been a problem in San Diego for some time, but they could stabilize the tackle positions by reuniting Kouandjio with D.J. Fluker.

15. New York Giants – DE Vic Beasley, Clemson*

Mathias Kiwanuka has had a disappointing season; although the Giants drafted Damontre Moore in the third round last year, they shouldn’t resist Beasley.

16. 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.

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

Erving has the size and athletic ability to potentially man the blindside tackle position in the NFL, something that Jonathan Martin was originally drafted for.

18. 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.

19. Chicago Bears – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*

Although the Bears have made some strides recently along the offensive line, they still need to find a long-term right tackle, as Jordan Mills isn’t the answer.

20. Arizona Cardinals – OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Arizona drafted a left guard in the first round last season, but they still need help almost everywhere else; Martin could potentially play either inside or outside.

21. New York Jets – WR Marqise Lee, Southern California*

Santonio Holmes is on the way out in New York, and Stephen Hill has also failed to develop into what the Jets were expecting when they drafted him.

22. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon*

Chip Kelly would be wise to target Ekpre-Olomu at this point given his previous familiarity with him as well as Philadelphia’s need for defensive help.

23. Detroit Lions – CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian

Bradley Roby may be the flashier pick due to his physical gifts, but Jason Verrett is the more well-rounded, consistent of the top cornerbacks remaining.

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

As has been the case in recent years, the 49ers have been playing quality defense but could still stand to draft with an eye on their long-term secondary stability.

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

While James Harrison has continued to play well despite his age, the Bengals still need to find a viable strongside linebacker of the future to eventually replace him.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. Cleveland Browns (from Colts) – OG David Yankey, Stanford*

At right guard, the Browns have been working with a disastrous combination of Shawn Lauvo and Oniel Cousins that has created a desperate need to upgrade.

29. New Orleans Saints – CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Keenan Lewis should be able to maintain one of the outside roles, but fellow starter Jabari Greer is undersized and may be better suited to the inside long-term.

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

An impending free agent, defensive end Tyson Jackson may have played his way out of Kansas City, creating the need for another five-technique defensive end.

31. Denver Broncos – DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida St.*

Denver’s foremost need at this point is probably for either a replacement at left end or a future complement to 2013 first-round nose tackle Sylvester Williams.

32. 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.

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18 Responses to “November 22nd Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. Bill Spalding says:

    TE is a luxury pick right now and Pats have much greater needs. A big stud DT/DE is what they need with #1 pick . Will fork and Kelly are mature enough to need replacement in the wings, and you can’t succeed long with UDFA on starting line.

    #2 / 3 pick needs to be OlB/safety type guy and a interior lineman? Wendell, Connally, and Mankins are all.ess than elite. You gotta protect yor MVP.

  2. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    My Mock so far looks like this for the Patriots;

    1st- CB Kyle Fuller 6’+ 195
    2nd- LB Shayne Skov 6’3″ 250
    3d- TE Jacob Paterson 6’4″ 240
    4th- QB Jeff Mathews 6’3″ 220
    6th- OG Spencer Long (injured) 6’4″ 305
    6th- DT Zack Kerr 6’2″ 322
    7th- S Dezmen Southward 6’1″ 210

    • steve earle says:

      Not trying to be critical too much but we need a DT that is better then a 6th rd journeymen imo Russel. Nothing against Kerr, sure he coud fit as a rotational guy but we need a starter who can eventually become a primary player. Any way you see bill picking someone 1-3 that fills that description?

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Thats OK Steve, but I think Bill will not take a DT 1st or 2nd, as IMO I don’t see a guy that fits Bill’s D , so I think he goes for talent.
        I think Bill goes for other needs with available talent… OL , TE, CB

        • steve earle says:

          I’m scratching my head a bit Russell, I see DaQuan Jones as a nice fit on the inside for the Pat’s. Am I missing something? I know your high on Skov but why? From what I know he is another Spikes, great run stopper but no 3 down LB. Spikes is having a good year and may walk but wouldn’t the addition of a good DT offset the loss of Spikes, if he does go?

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Alot is up in the air Steve, I’m having doubt’s that the Patriots will resign Talib jus much money. On the other hand Spikes will be cheaper. Spike current deal is 4yrs- $3.2 mil. so I think he signs at 3yrs- say 7 mil?? Talib will need 3yrs- $14.5 ml. ??
          So with that in mind, CB becomes a major need. I like LB Skov , but your right he is a Spike type LB. , and if Spikes stays LB is not a major need.
          As far as DT go I just don’t feel any of the top group fit well with what Bill wants to do. Daquan Jones maybe but not a 1st pick.
          My up-dated Mock looks at the CB need, available players, and other needs, and is still early:

          1st-Kyle Fuller CB
          2nd- Arthur Lynch TE
          3d- Bryan Stork OC/G
          4th- Keith McGill CB
          6th- Jeff Mathews QB
          6th Zac Kerr DT
          7th- Dezman Southward S

        • steve earle says:

          Right, I’ve been having my doubts about Talib myself. Just to much time off the field for a big contract. 7mil for Spikes sounds about right too. Now how do you see Bill responding to DT position? Will he rely on injured vets returning for a couple more years or bring in FA’s? Still we could see another ILB taken mid rd. Danzel Perryman, Max Bulloush or Andrew Jackson all faster then Spikes or Skov as now listed. Combine will make picture ckearer. I’m looking at DaQuan as a 2nd round pick. If Bill trades down looking at the 2nd, 2nd. But no one knows what BB will do though history suggests trading down. I still like my mock from last week perhaps with Bortles moving up a couple spots but who knows?
          Has anyone heard anything of Armstead yet? Time not on his side at this point.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          The DT position is tough becase if you look at next years roster you can see;
          Wilfork (who may need more time, so IR to return game #8)
          Grissom (on IR)
          and one DT from the draft
          Maybe an undrafted guy.
          I believe the DT class early, is FAR from good this year. Later Picks 4th-7th are better.
          There some interesting Prospects late, Taylor Hart DT/E 6’6″ 295, Zac Kerr DT 6’2″ 322, Garrison Smith DT 6’3″ 300, DE/T Josh Mauro 6’6″ 287, Donte Rumph 6’3″ 325 etc. These guy’s are low risk/high reward, in the later rounds, and far better value. The early draftable guys are FAR more risky/low reward. I like DT Aaron Donald 6′ 295 runs a 4.9 -40 from Pitt as maybe a 3d, but at only 6′ tall not sure at the NFL level. (reminds me of tape of Vellano last year)
          At LB the guy I like the BEST 3d-4th is Chris Borland (only 5’11”) 250 from Wisconsin, But Bill like’s his LB’s taller, but this guy can cover/tackle, check out his tape!! I like Van Noy but he will be gone early, Skov, is not a cover guy, but a solid LB. Bullough is a possibility, but not a cover guy.
          I hope Bill trades down, however some team has-to want the pick, maybe the Rams who have two picks in the 1st, one early and one mid-round. By trading with the Patriots the Rams could add a third 1st round player, much the same as the Vikings did last year. Patriots could get a 2nd , 4th this year (2014) and a 3d, 6th (2015) Who do you see Bill trading with?

        • steve earle says:

          Been thinking about that last question Russell. Now not being able to read GM’s minds there seems always to be some willing to trade up. Couple thoughts. A few teams need TE’s among them Alanta and GB. If either one of these two take a TE with their first (perhaps GB at 16 where value would be worth it) this puts some pressure on the rest. Atlanta espically could feel it and be inclined to go up into bottom of 1st. Could also say the same about TB, each afraid the other will beat them to their favorite prospect. All depends on if the GM’s get panicky and I haven’t even mentioned teams looking for QB’s after the top 3 or 4 are off the board at top of the draft. Not to worried about takers only how good a deal Bill can squeze out of them.

  3. acm says:

    Good mock. A TE like Amaro would make sense and would be a relatively “safe” pick for the Pats. Wouldn’t mind ASJ here either even if I think Amaro would be a better complement to Gronk.

    At this point, however, I’d go with a LB like Van Noy (I know he is already gone in this mock) as this is a position of greater need and the quality of mobile, athletic, 3-down LBs drops significantly after Mosley, Shezier, Van Noy. Potentially losing a LB in Spikes would make picking a LB even more valuable.
    If they lose Talib, Kyle Fuller becomes the front-runner for the 1st round pick, imo.

    P.S. Some other remarks after browsing thru the mock – I think the Ravens would go OL (OT C. Kuandijo) or CJ Mosley there, with a NT in Brandon Williams already on the roster. An Alabama player seems almost too obvious here for the Ravens.

    the Giants, I think they may go OL or even WR Marquise Lee here over Beasley. A similar player, and a better fit imo, Michael Sam would likely be available for them in the 2nd, not worth going for Beasley in the top half of the 1st plus they like their DE/OLB to be on the bigger side.

  4. alan says:

    asj plays like a jimmy graham. played a year of basketball at washington when they won the pac-12. how to you stop a tandem like that? having 2 6’7 260 lb tight ends who run like gazelles will be unstopable. mismatch for days. teams right now already cant stop gronk, imagine having two of them? and asj is a superior blocker. those two eating up the middle along with amendola underneath will not only open up for dobson and thompkins but also amendola vertically.

  5. Biff says:

    Niners will draft a DT or WR in the 1st round. Both of these positions are a bigger need than CB.

  6. Joe E O says:

    100% agree with the three QB going 1,2,3…..I am predicting there will be a ton of anti-JohnnyFootball talk – yet he is still going to be picked in the top 3 to 5. I just wonder if Dallas would have the ammunition to move up and get JohnnyFootball

  7. Kyle says:

    This season, it has become apparent the Patriots need to strengthen their interior offensive line. Mankins, Wendell and Connolly have all been bad this year, and at least one high pick should go towards this area. An improvement is needed going forward.

  8. Rmc says:

    I know we could use another tight end, but see defense as more of a need. We still don’t have a speed linebacker unless Collins start to show what he can do, Also safety and corner are a concern.

    • @itstrevorbaby says:

      Collins will be one of those speedy linebackers. He is getting better but it’s just a logjam at linebacker right now. Think of it as a redshirt year. However, I don’t think Collins will stop BB from investing in another LB.

  9. alan says:

    i would take asj over amarro

    • @itstrevorbaby says:

      we already have a much better version of ASJ in Gronk.

      we need a TE to play Hernandez’ old role. BB loves the 2-TE sets. ASJ doesn’t move like Hernandez did/Amaro does.

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