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Friday, 26 April 2013

Round Table Mock - Day 2

Our round table is more of a head-to-head this time round as Phil's had to duck out due to work overload. But there are no such restrictions for Gur or Toby today which means that we can bring you up to date with our inaccurate musings (Just the 1 1st round pick from our mock was on the nose last night!) about who could go where when Roger Goodell steps out onto the stage once again.

Round Two

With the 33rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select....


Tank Carradine, DE, Florida St.

Many had the Jaguars taking Dion Jordan in the first round, and for good reason - the hapless Jags managed only 20 sacks between them last year. After opting to protect their quarterback last night, they need to go for someone who can attack the other team's guy, making Tank Carradine the pick. (Gur Samuel)

With the 34th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select....


Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St.

The 49ers go back to the DB well to strengthen their secondary and try to plug the leaks that nearly cost them big games against New England and Atlanta and was ultimately a problem in the Superbowl. (Toby Durant)

With the 35th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select....


Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Nick Foles realistically is gone - he sticks out like a sore thumb from a skillset perspective when compared to the other quarterbacks on the roster, and likely has the best trade value too. Chip Kelly's scheme obviously uses mobile quarterbacks, but very specifically said at Oregon that he does NOT just want a 'running back with an arm'. Smith will compete with Vick & Dixon right away, and would almost certainly win the job for opening day. (GS)

With the 36th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select....


Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.

The Lions lost both of their starting tackles and only have Riley Reiff in-house to replace them. Watson is inexperienced but immensely gifted and could well cope with left tackle if they can polish his technique. (TD)

With the 37th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select....


Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

The Bengals know they need linebacking help, and an old James Harrison is a poor scheme fit for the Bengals 4-3 and is likely to be used as a third-down pass rusher only. They flirted with Karlos Dansby, but didn't sign him; the best move for Mike Zimmer's D is take the man with the invisible dead girlfriend. Of course, Te'o got exposed as someone who can't shed blocks, which would make him a poor fit for a lot of teams; but the Bengals have a very good DL and could realistically keep blockers off of him, making Te'o not too bad a choice (though he will have to come off the field on third down). From Te'o's perspective, he should be delighted - this might be the only team in the league where he won't get too much stick for the whole Kekua thing, thanks to having Pacman Jones in the locker room. (GS)

With the 38th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select....


Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

With Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson now gone the Cardinals need some young talent at the safety position and Cyprien has that covered. (TD)

With the 39th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select....


Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

After drafting what they hope are two cornerstones of a defense Rex Ryan is trying desperately to fix before he gets fired, they need to find an offensive playmaker. Justin Hunter has the size and speed to be the receiver the Jets thought they were getting in Stephen Hill last year. (GS)

With the 40th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select....


Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

With Jared Cook Jr. gone and durability issues at wide receiver the Titans take a nice talent to help with both facets of the offense. (TD)

With the 41st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select....


Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

Buddy Nix drafted Vince Young E.J. Manuel last night, and now need to give him someone other than Stevie Johnson to throw to. Keenan Allen is the best receiver left on the board at this point. (GS)

With the 42nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select....


Matt Barkley, QB, USC

The Raiders did a great job last night moving back and recouping this 2nd round. I know they've got Matt Flynn now, but I don't think the Raiders brass can pass up a guy with the kind of success Barkley had his Junior year. (TD)

With the 43rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select....


Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

On paper, the Bucs actually have one hell of a talented team - when you look at the starting lineup. Depth is an issue at every position, however; foolishly letting Michael Bennett walk in free agency, they need someone who can anchor left end if either Adrian Clayborn (coming off a torn ACL) or Da'Quan Bowers (who started the year on PUP and never played at 100% in 2012) gets hurt again. Hunt also has the size to move inside in third-down nickel packages, similar to the departed Bennett, making him a smart pick here. (GS)

With the 44th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select....


Robert Woods, WR, USC

Star Lotulelei was a great pick, but Cam Newton needs some help on the outside next to an aging Steve Smith. Woods was overshadowed by Marqise Lee in 2012, but he's a great player in his own right. (TD)

With the 45th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select....


Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi St.

The Chargers let Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason get away in free agency. As desperately as they need help on the offensive line, there's no-one who wouldn't be a significant reach here, so they draft a corner who at one point early in the offseason was considered the second best corner in this draft. (GS)

With the 46th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select....


Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas St.

Buffalo need some help in their back 7 and specifically at linebacker. Brown can run with tight ends (helpful against New England) and hold up against the run. (TD)

With the 47th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select....


Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

The Cowboys hired Monte Kiffin to fix their defense, and he's bringing back the Tampa Two. Of course, everyone knows that the real lynchpin of the Tampa Two is the three-technique - someone who can penetrate and disrupt every single play. Short is not going to fool anyone into thinking he's the second coming of the quintessential and prototypical three-tech, Warren Sapp, but he has upside and will see plenty of one-on-one matchups thanks to Jay Ratliff, so could have early success at the key position in this defense. (GS)

With the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select....


Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Steelers get younger on defense again and should have one of the top sets of linebackers when they pair Minter up with the fantastic Lawrence Timmons. (TD)

With the 49th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select....


Darius Slay, CB,  Mississippi St.

Corey Webster did not look good last year, getting burnt in coverage far too often for the Giants to be comfortable with, and Aaron Ross is now just getting past his prime. With the two projected starting corners in their thirties, drafting Slay here and letting him learn for a year or two could give the Giants someone to pair with Prince Amukamara for the long term in a few seasons. (GS)

With the 50th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select....


Jonathan Bostic, LB, Florida

Replacing Brian Urlacher is an impossible task, and there's a chance Bostic won't have to with the legendary 54 still a free agent. The Bears have 2 spots at Linebacker that need to be filled however, so an athlete like Bostic who can play both middle and outside is a nice pick up. (TD)

With the 51st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select....


DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina

The back end of the Redskins defense was pretty horrible last year, and DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty are not long-term solutions. DJ Swearinger can come in and contribute on special teams immediately while pushing for snaps at strong safety sooner rather than later. (GS)

With the 52nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select....


Tyrann Matheiu, CB, LSU

Yep. That's right. New England moved down again. And here they take the "talented but troubled" Honey Badger. Belichick has looked past things like weed use to find gems (Aaron Hernandez) and this might be a bit early but New England need talent at defensive back, and return skills never hurt either. (TD)

With the 53rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select....


Terron Armstead, OT

Andre Smith is one of the best right tackles in the league, but struggles to keep his weight down and a far too high asking price means that Cincinnati are apparently content to let Smith sign elsewhere. He may come to his senses and accept a more reasonable contract, but Armstead makes decent insurance if he doesn't, and can be a useful back up if he does, providing someone to either push Smith or replace him. (GS)

With the 54th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select....


Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut

Provided they don't flip this pick for Brandon Albert of course, then Miami could use some more DB help. Jordan won't be able to get to Brady if Danny Amendola is open straight away. (TD)

With the 55th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select....


Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky

Simple: the Packers have to do a better job of keeping Aaron Rodgers upright, and Warford's the best offensive lineman still on the board. This pick allows Evan Deitrich-Smith to move to center full time, whilst also possessing a higher ceiling than Deitrich-Smith, effectively improving two positions with one pick. (GS)

With the 56th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select....


Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.

The Seahawks don't have a lot needs at all, but they are a little thin on the interior defensive line. But you couldn't call them "thin" if they were to take Hankins. He's a massive load who will help keep a young group of linebackers clean and help improve what was a shaky run defense at the end of last season. (TD)

With the 57th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select....


Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

The Texans have long-needed someone opposite Andre Johnson, and they found that guy in DeAndre Hopkins; but Johnson struggles to stay healthy, and they need someone waiting in the wings if #80 misses time through injury (as is often the case) and who can present a legitimate receiving threat for Schaub in three-wide packages. Terrance Williams has the speed to really take the top off the defense, allowing Johnson, Hopkins and Owen Daniels to wreak havoc underneath. (GS)

With the 58th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select....


David Amerson, CB/S, North Carolina St.

Amerson is something of a 'tweener, but after the horrible way their season ended, and with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on just a one year deal the Broncos need some depth at DB. (TD)

With the 59th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select....


Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

Dobson has size, speed and fantastic hands - not dropping a single one of his 92 targets in 2012. He has the strength to hold up against physical defenders, and could provide the sort of downfield playmaker the Patriots haven't had since Randy Moss. (GS)

With the 60th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select....


Monte Ball, RB, Wisconsin

The first running back off the board!!! Monte Ball has seen a ton of work at Wisconsin, but boy did he put up the numbers to go with it. Not much of a receiving threat but they have Jacquizz Rodgers for things like that and had a lot of success with Michael Turner who couldn't catch a cold. (TD)

With the 61st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select....


Brian Schwenke, C, California

Jonathan Goodwin is entering the final year of his contract, and will be 35 at the end of the season. Schwenke has high upside and can spend a year on the bench learning from one of the best centers of the past few years before stepping into the starting lineup in 2014. (GS)

With the 62nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select....


Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

The Ravens need linebacking help, but I just don't like the options here so I think they'd go for a receiver to fill the gap left by the departure of Anquan Boldin. (TD)

Round Three

With the 63rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select....


Brian Winters, OG, Kent St.

Ryan Lilja announced his retirement the day after the final game of the 2012 regular season, leaving a hole the Chiefs need to fill desperately. Winters was a college tackle, but projects to be a guard in the pros, and with a background in wrestling should be adept to handle himself in the trenches, and though this pick might be seen as a slight reach as he could potentially start the season on the bench as he gets used to playing inside, I'd be surprised if he's not a starter by the time his rookie campaign's over. (GS)

With the 64th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select....


Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

Nassib was meant to be the 1st quarterback taken, but that didn't work out. Worse it was his college coach who passed him up for EJ Manuel, that kind of snub will resonate and Nassib will slide. But here's a nice spot for him to go and a chance to compete for the starters job right away. Or the Jags could take a place kicker. (TD)

With the 65th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select....


B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary

The Lions pass defense has needed secondary help for years, and it was a mild (though understandable) surprise that they passed on Dee Milliner last night. Instead, they take the best CB on the board in the third. (GS)

With the 66th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select....


Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia

The Raiders patch a hole on their wafer-thin defensive line and hope to get some consistency out of a talented but under-producing player. (TD)

With the 67th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select....


Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

Chip Kelly has been vague when asked about what his defense will look like, indicating that he'd rather not state that they have a 'base' front, but could be 4-3 or 3-4 on any given play. While I'm not buying that too much - sure, every team has sub packages which comes in all sorts of formation, but there'll definitely still be a 'base' front - Bennie Logan can man the end position in the three front or push inside in a four-man line, so makes sense as a pick for the Iggles. (GS)

With the 68th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select....


Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

The Browns have the fantastic Joe Haden, but he can't cover the whole field, so finding someone who can line up on the other side and take care of business is essential. They need to give Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo time to work, that comes from effective coverage. (TD)

With the 69th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select....


Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas

The Cardinals have struggled to get consistent pass rush for a while from their outside linebackers, with none of them having more than four sacks last season. Okafor could provide a consistent rush in the Cardinals' 3-4, and can put his hand on the ground for sub packages. (GS)

With the 70th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select....


Demontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

Moore's slide is halted by the Titans who snag a pass rusher to hopefully provide some effective pressure with just a 4 man rush. Tennessee racked up the sacks last year but didn't have one big threat and had to blitz a lot, Moore will hopefully alter that. (TD)

With the 71st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select....


Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

The Rams waved goodbye to the core of their team for the past decade, Steven Jackson, and those boots are too big to be filled by Isiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. While they could hope and wait for either of their 2011 picks to develop, Lacy is too good value to pass up at the top of the third, giving Sam Bradford another weapon in a division that has been (accurately) characterised as being in an 'arms race' this offseason. (GS)

With the 72nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select....


Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

Back to back runners! With Shonn Greene leaving town (no big loss really) the Jets need someone to take the ball out of Sanchez's hands beyond opposing DB's and Brandon Moore's butt. Franklin is highly touted and should be a more dynamic threat than the likes of Ball and Lacy. (TD)

With the 73rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select....


Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.

The Bucs have almost every starting position filled by players who rank from the solid to the stratospheric - but there is one glaring hole remaining: tight end. Dallas Clark was decent in 2012 but a far cry from the player he used to be, and the Bucs have shown no interest in re-signing him. Escobar is not a tight end who will be much use in run blocking, but the Bucs already have two such players in Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree. They need a receiving tight end in the worst way, though, and that is one dimension Escobar can add to the team from day one. An easy choice for Mark Dominik if he's still on the board. (GS)

 With the 74th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select....


 Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M

At first glace the Cowboys are full of offensive weapons. Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Miles Austin will hardly leave room for another receiver of note. But Miles Austin has been continually plagued by hamstring injuries while Witten has hit 30 and had his worst season ever in terms of yards per catch. Swope has, naturally, drawn comparisons to other Lone Star State products Wes Welker and Danny Amendola, but he possesses far more raw speed than either, clocking a 4.34 40 time at the combine. He could be an absolute steal here and give Romo more options for his improvisations. (TD)

With the 75th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select....


Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

The Saints need a pass rusher for their 3-4, and the guys on the roster are not going to put the fear into their opponents. Montgomery will be able to bring the heat Rob Ryan likes to dial up. (GS)

With the 76th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select....


Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

Phil Rivers' production has dropped off massively, and while some of that is down to a terrible offensive line it's also the loss of Vincent Jackson. Rogers is no Jackson, not yet, but he's a physically imposing receiver with great strength and body control. He's by no means perfect, his attitude and effort has come in for questioning, but if the Chargers can straighten him out he'll be a great weapon for Rivers. (TD)

With the 77th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select....


David Bakhtiari, OT/G, Colorado

The Dolphins are left with a hole at tackle by choosing to let Jake Long walk in free agency. Bakhtiari offers great positional flexibility, and would make a good plug in at right tackle while Jonathan Martin moves over to left; down the road, look for Bakhtiari to move inside to replace John Jerry, though he will be able to handle himself at right tackle admirably in the meantime. (GS)

With the 78th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select....


 Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

I can hear you now: "All that money on Mario Williams last year but they throw a top 80 pick at another pass rusher!? You must be mad!!" - But as Miami proved by going and getting Dion Jordan, the rest of the AFC East are sick and tired of seeing Tom Brady stand in the pocket and pick them apart. (TD)

With the 79th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select....


Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

The Steelers aren't getting great production out of their ends these days, in particular Ziggy Hood. Williams will push him for a starting spot throughout training camp - and may even beat him out as a rookie. (GS)

With the 80th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select....


Dallas Thomas, OT/G, Tennessee

I swear I didn't make this pick just because of the name. Ok, that played a part but Dallas have serious issues along their offensive line that won't be solved by Travis Fredericks alone. Their interior blocking was possibly the worst in the NFL, and Doug Free has been struggling at right tackle. Dallas Thomas is versatile to play inside or at right tackle, allowing the Cowboys to have serious competition for starting spots this year and protect their $108 million man. (TD)

With the 81st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select....


Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Mississippi

The Giants need much better linebacker play, and Collins is one of the best ones left on the board by now. He'll be a solid special teamer and will be able to hold his own at outside linebacker - if he's picked by the Giants, look for him to be brought on whenever Kiwanuka puts his hand on the ground. (GS)

With the 82nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select....


Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan St.

Reggie Bush is gone, Daniel Thomas is far from a sure thing and despite positive rumblings about Lamar Miller the Dolphins could use some more help at running back. Tannehill will need the support of a ground game for a while, so why not roll the dice? (TD)

With the 83rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select....


Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut

Under Toby's advisement, I went pure Best Player Available, and to me that's Sio Moore, a versatile linebacker who can be deployed at multiple positions in the 4-3 or the 3-4. (GS)

With the 84th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select....


Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Running backs are going thick and fast now. The Bengals found out what the Patriots have known for a long time, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is far from an explosive threat. He'll get you what's blocked, maybe a yard more but that's it. They need to improve their ground game to keep the pressure off Andy Dalton and hopefully Bernard will do that. (TD)

With the 85th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select....


JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern

I spoke earlier about how badly the Redskins need safety upgrades when I gave them Swearinger for a strong safety. A round later, I've got them taking a free safety to complete the set. (GS)

With the 86th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select....


John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

All good 3-4's are build inside out, and Jenkins is one massive building block. The Colts made a lot of additions to their defensive line in the off season but the majority are just rotational guys, they need a lynchpin to hold it all together and Jenkins can be that MASSIVE lynchpin. (TD)

With the 87th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select....


Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

With the Seahawks opting not to re-sign Leroy Hill, Greene will provide key depth, and as he specialised at Rutgers in defending the read-option, will provide the Seahawks someone with the potential to harass Kaepernick on keeper plays. (GS)

With the 88th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select....


Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

Another great name and a position of need for Green Bay. With Charles Woodson gone there's an opening for a young talent at the back end of Green Bay's defense. (TD)

With the 89th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select....


Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon

The Texans need to find someone better to play inside with Brian Cushing, and they're not going to do better at this point in the draft than Alonso. (GS)

With the 90th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select....


Barrett Jones, C/OG, Alabama

We love Barrett Jones. Who wouldn't? He's got the best NCAA CV around, 3 championships playing fantastically in 3 positions along the line and multiple awards. He's a versatile, tough SOB who's available here because of the lack of clear position and poor measurables, but he's a smart player who will be able to do a job at 4 positions for the Broncos if asked. (TD)

With the 91st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select....


William Gholston, DE, Michigan St.

Bill Belichick loves to deploy a versatile defensive scheme with multiple fronts, and Gholston can contribute as a tackle or left end in the four front, and from either end spot in the three front. (GS)

With the 92nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select....


David Quessenberry, OL,  San Jose St.

The Rams could still use a safety, but the need to look after Sam Bradford overrides that for now. Quessenberry, like Jones, should be able to play everywhere but LT in the pros, and since the Rams signed Jake Long that's hardly a problem. (TD)

With the 93rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select....


 Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

The rich get richer. Stedman Bailey here is an absolute steal, a high-upside receiver who will contribute from immediately to the 49ers passing attack, and will be a fixture for them for years in the slot. (GS)

With the 94th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select....


 Zavier Gooden, LB, Missouri

The Ravens finally get their Ray Lewis replacement. Poor kid, good luck with that. (TD)

With the 95th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select....


Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut

The Texans were very middle-of-the-pack against the pass in 2012, and that's simply unacceptable when you have JJ Watt on your team. Gratz will prove to be key depth and a day-one contributor as a nickel and dime back. (GS)

With the 96th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select....


Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina St.

A classic Andy Reid pick here. A mid round QB to develop while Alex Smith holds the fort, then either start or trade away. (TD)

With the 97th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select....


Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St.

The Titans have a bad secondary, and while they're not going to find any immediate starters at this point, Poyer is actually a bit of a sleeper, an incredibly physical corner who, despite poor measurables, gives a good account of himself in man coverage and excels in zone, and could end up being a long-term slot corner for the Titans. He was both a kick and punt returner in college, too, which is always a bonus. (GS)

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