He has been a three-year letter winner and has been on the team since its inauguration a few years ago. He is a fifth year senior who has made the most of his opportunity and now has his chance to make the Redskins team who is always looking for weapons for Robert Griffin III to use. He totaled 25 catches for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns bringing his career numbers to 47 catches for 581 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is listed at 6 foot 3, but stands much taller in person, and provides a big target for his future team in the NFL. At Georgia State’s pro day, Ogbuehi ran an impressive 4.6 40 yard dash, had a vertical of 35 1/2 inches, and he also threw the 225lbs up for 31 reps. These are all great numbers for sure, especially coming from a program that has just “cut its teeth” in football. Emmanuel Ogbuehi is very humbled by this experience and he said “The Redskins were calling during the 6th and 7th rounds telling me they wanted me,” he then went on to tell me that the Redskins project him as a tight end/fullback/slot receiver which might help him make the squad at any of those positions. He can also find his way onto the team through special teams where he could be on coverage and return teams.
Ogbuehi also comes from an athletic family, as his father played soccer for Nigeria at the national level. His ability is there and he looks like a strong candidate to make the team, but all we can say, Emmanuel, is Good Luck!!! Oh yeah and We are Georgia State!!!!
Trufant, we now know, was the player that Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons coveted in the first round. They traded up to get him and he was worth the pick. He is an automatic plug in starter at the corner spot opposite of Asante Samuel. He was a three-year starter at Washington and has the NFL pedigree, as both of his brothers play in the NFL. There are so many positives for this selection because Trufant is a complete player, and he has good size for a corner at nearly 6 foot and 194 pounds, he can match up with anyone.
This pick was an excellent value, even though it puzzled some people that the Falcons did not draft a defensive lineman with this pick. He is a freakish athlete who can play nickel corner and be a dynamic kick/punt returner. He had a great showing at the Senior Bowl which helped his draft stock.
Round 4 – Pick 127: Malliciah Goodman, DE Clemson
Here is where the Falcons first started addressing their defensive line. Goodman had an above average career at Clemson, but he never quite put a whole season together. There is no question that he has the tools to be a star at the NFL level, b ut he is also a developmental player who will benefit from learning from Osi Umenyiora and Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan. This is why he dropped to the 4th round.
This was an excellent pick by the Falcons. The scouting department has served the fans well with this one. Toilolo comes from a freakishly athletic family in which his dad, brothers, and uncles have all played major sports at the collegiate and professional levels. He is 6 foot 8 and 265 pounds, and he was overshadowed at Stanford by 2nd round pick TE Zach Ertz and also last year’s 3rd round pick TE Colby Fleener of the Colts. He has had a good career for having to share the ball, which is what he will do this season behind Tony Gonzalez. He also gets to learn behind Gonzalez, potentially the greatest tight end of all time.
Round 5 – Pick 153(From Bears): Stansly Maponga, DE TCU
Maponga is a guy who was targeted early but slipped to the 5th round where the Falcons actually traded up with the Bears to snag him. He possesses rare pass rush abilities, but like Goodman he is a project at defensive end. He will also be in the mix on this defensive line for the Falcons.
Round 7 – Pick 243: Kemal Ishmael, S UCF
This was a pick to support the secondary depth, as well as to provide special teams help. Ishmael could be a nickel corner and a backup free safety. He had a solid career overall and might make the team.
I know what you’re thinking, why draft ANY defensive player from Notre Dame. This however was strictly for the special teams ferocity that Motta plays with; he was a playmaker but slow for a secondary player. He will be a backup at strong safety and play on all of the coverage units for the Falcons.
Round 7 – Pick 249: Sean Renfree, QB Duke
This was a luxury pick, and the Falcons got a great value here. Renfree is going to be able to come in to Atlanta and compete with Dominique Davis for the backup QB role behind Matt Ryan. This is due to the fact that Luke McCown left in the offseason. Renfree has been Duke’s best quarterback in school history and was coached by David Cutcliffe, who also coached both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Renfree has also helped with the “Manning Camp” the past few years which helps younger quarterbacks learn the position.
Check out how the Falcons first and second round picks first met!!!
The NFL Draft has come to a close and when that happens, all the experts and analysts start to give their draft day winners and losers. Well I am here to give out my biggest winners and losers of the draft.
St. Louis Rams- The Rams were probably a close second for the biggest winner in the NFL Draft. Scary for the NFC West too because last season the Rams were 4-1-1 in the division, so do not sleep on these guys next season. They are a big winner because they addressed several needs and did so with quality players. WR Tavon Austin was definitely the biggest splash they made, trading up to nab him before he possibly fell to the Jets. He is the most explosive player in the draft and we will see that early on. LB Alec Ogletree was their other first round pick and although he has issues off the field, the Rams feel they can get that straightened out and that he’ll be fine once he’s apart of their organization. WR Stedman Bailey and OL Barrett Jones are two later picks that were also wonderful. Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin played together in college and know how to compliment each other on the field. Barrett Jones knows how to play all lineman positions and oh yeah, he was a 3 time National Champion for the Alabama Crimson Tide, winning. All those guys say big winner for the Rams in my book.
San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers are one of the best teams going into next season and they were the biggest winner in the NFL Draft, that’s not good for everyone else. They started out by trading up in the draft to grab FS Eric Reid to fill the void left by former FS Dashon Goldson. Reid played in the tough SEC and knows how to tackle, cover receivers and make plays on the ball. He’s a great addition to their secondary. The 49ers would then use their 2nd round pick on DE Cornellious “Tank” Carradine, a guy that has first round talent but because of health concerns fell to the second round. He can instantly come off the edge for San Fran and make an impact on defense. WR Quinton Patton was drafted in the 3rd round and some scouts gave him a first round grade because he has some of the best hands in the draft and knows how to go up and get the ball. He will certainly come in and help the offense right away. Their luxury pick, RB Marcus Lattimore is certainly a first round talent himself that fell because of health concerns. If he can stay healthy, he’s got a chance to be great. The 49ers drafted A+ value with pick after pick and could very well be the best team going into the next season after this draft.
Dallas Cowboys- Big D, probably the grade I would give them, they started off their draft with one big head scratching. They first chose C Travis Frederick with their 1st round pick. This guy may have good talent and be a starter, but at this pick, there was way more value out there than him. They could have waited on this guy until probably like the second or third round. Their next pick was TE Gavin Escobar, a good talent and has potential but if they wanted a TE they could have landed Tyler Eifert in the 1st round if they didn’t trade back and then they still could have gotten Frederick later. Instead, they pounced on Frederick and had to settle on Escobar instead of getting a dominant force like Eifert or even TE Zach Ertz. After that it got a little better, they picked up Terrance Williams who is a good receiver but it wasn’t really a need for the Cowboys, they should have gone defensive front 7 at this point. Their one true bright spot and true need met was their second 3rd round pick in safety J.J. Wilcox. Wilcox can come in immediately and challenge for a starting spot. He was one of the better safeties in the draft and certainly showed everyone that at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. The value and need was perfect at this point for the Cowboys and was truly their one big all around hit in the draft, everything else, they should’ve not listened to Jerry Jones.
Cleveland Browns- My biggest loser of the NFL Draft, congratulations to the Cleveland Browns, you had a high pick because you were bad and you did not help yourself that much at all. For starters, they only had 5 picks and then they would precede to do very little with them. Their first pick was DE Barkevious Mingo and although Mingo projects to be a really good pass rusher on the outside and an all around defensive player, picking him at 6 overall was a bit of a reach in my opinion. they have a need at corner and could have drafted the best corner in Dee Milliner at that point but instead went with Mingo. Another thing that makes me iffy on Mingo, name me the last LSU pass rusher to turn out to be anything good in the NFL? Yeah, not a great pedigree. Their next pick was corner Leon McFadden, not a bad player but a this late, taking a corner doesn’t really help your need at corner as well as Dee Milliner would have. They should’ve flipped these picks, taking a corner early and a DE or DT later. The defensive line talent was much more deep in this draft. Their last picks were 6th and 7th rounders that will have to do their best to make the practice squad, so nothing special there either. Browns should’ve at least considered a QB as well because Weeden is not the future of the Browns, no matter how bad they may want him to be. A failed draft because they didn’t consider value at any pick and just failed to address it with better selections.
So there you have it, my draft day biggest winners and losers. Let me know what you think and who you thought were the biggest winners and losers. No matter how your team did or how people think they did, remember we can’t really tell how good or bad a class is until the guys get on the field, but this is just my initial thought about how I thought things went. Until then, we’ll really have to wait and see.
In the 3rd round, with the 80th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected safety J.J. Wilcox. With this pick, Wilcox made history by being the highest selected Georgia Southern Eagle in the history of the program.
Congratulations to J.J. on making his dreams come true by being selected in the NFL Draft and getting his chance to do something great at the highest level of football. He’ll add some class and be a great addition to the locker room right away. On the field, he’ll instantly give them special teams help and could easily develop quickly into that special teams demon. I would say he will also definitely be challenging early for a starting spot, if not already be a projected starter out of the gate. This is a definite need by the Cowboys and they certainly addressed it with adding this guy. They get a great all around player that can help them immediately.
So congratulations J.J., go do great things in the NFL and GATA!
The First Round has come to a close and there are already winners and losers being determined by experts all over. In reality you don’t know until these guys get on the field and how guys will fit into their respective system, but for the time being I am going to express the picks I thought were good and the picks I thought not so good on this first day of the NFL Draft.
Picks I liked:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-used 13th selection to get best corner in the NFL Darrelle Revis, and considering what the Jets did with that pick the Bucs gave them, instant winner..’nuff said.
Jacksonville Jaguars-2nd selection on OT Luke Joeckel. They get who I think is the best lineman in the draft and definitely the most tested of the top two lineman coming out of the BIG12/SEC. Must build from the inside out to be successful, and for the Jags, this new era, fresh start is looking good.
Pittsburgh Steelers– 17th selection on OLB Jarvis Jones. Getting this guy will provide that next big time rusher for the Steelers. He was outstanding in college and a proven dominant pass rusher. He is a Steeler kind of classy guy and will fit in perfectly. He will instantly upgrade the defense and bring some much-needed youth for the aging Steelers.
St. Louis Rams-trading up to the 8th pick to get WR Tavon Austin. This is the most electric guy in the draft and they definitely needed someone like this to come in to revive their offense. He will definitely give Bradford some much-needed help and an actual target to throw too. He will also enhance the return game because he is an excellent returner.
Minnesota Vikings-picking DT Sharrif Floyd at the 23rd overall selection. This guy is an absolute monster on the inside and will instantly help out the defensive line and help free up Jared Allen. He is not your prototypical pass rusher but he is a run stuffer that just eats up blocks. This has Allen thanking the Vikings for sure. this has to be one of the best value picks in the draft because he was a top 10 talent that fell all the way this far. Throw in Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson and for the second straight year, another strong first round by the Vikings.
Picks I didn’t like so much:
New York Jets-using the 13th overall pick acquired in the Revis trade to get DT Sheldon Richardson. He has got talent and potential but I just don’t see it as much as like Sharrif Floyd or a Star Lotululei. He is not your typical physical defensive lineman and I don’t think it’s the right value that high on the board. Close Jets, but no cigar on this one.
Oakland Raiders-trading back to the 12th overall pick to get CB D.J. Hayden. Was he on anyone’s first round radar? I feel like this is always the question about the Raiders draft selections. A good corner but played against less than stellar competition and in my opinion a second rounder. They could have definitely waited on him. Smart trading back, but not for this guy at that point in the draft.
Buffalo Bills-trading back to 16th pick to draft QB E.J. Manuel. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got talent but I’ve seen him play a lot and there are parts of the game where he still needs to learn the game more and make better decisions. A reach in the first round, the Bills could have waited until the second round on him because let’s be honest, there are no first round talented quarterbacks in this draft. Bills fell victim to the need factor and didn’t take into account the best value factor.
Dallas Cowboys-trading back to the 31st pick to draft center Travis Frederick. Huh? Who did they take? That’s right, a guy who was not even close to the first round radar of anyone. The Cowboys are at it again, just throwing the dart on the draftboard and making a selection. Might be a good player but again, the value at this time has to be higher somewhere else. My advice, lock up Jerry Jones during the draft so Cowboy coaches actually have a chance at quality selections and give coaches a chance at ever saving their jobs.
Well the first round has come and gone but there still is more excitement ahead. Geno Smith and Manti Te’o are some notables still out there that most thought were locks for the first round. These guys plus many more will hold the headlines at where they will go. I certainly can’t wait for it to continue. Once again I’ll be posted up watching as much as I can. Enjoy the draft craziness unfolding. 2nd and 3rd round starting tomorrow night at 7 PM ET.
This would be a great addition to a team on the rise, and if the Chiefs are serious about becoming a well-run franchise, they will draft this stud and sure up their future. They already have a good coach (Andy Reid), good quarterback (Alex Smith), and a talented defense (Eric Berry, etc), and they have recently used the franchise tag on their left tackle Branden Albert, but this would make them a long term help and solidify their franchise.
The Jaguars need many things and Ansah could help legitimize their pass rush immediately. He has size speed and athleticism. He is very raw and would require some technique training, but is worth it because of his ceiling.
3. Oakland Raiders – Sharriff Floyd, DT Florida
He is the biggest difference maker on the inside of the defensive line. He has the burst from the inside and is a great addition when you want to start controlling the line of scrimmage. Floyd could come in and be a staple on the defense for many years to come, he is a can’t miss player.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Star Lotulelei, DT Utah
The questions with his heart condition have made him drop from the graces. He was going to be the number one overall pick until this was found out, but he will return to his rightful place.
5. Detroit Lions – Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan
The Lions have needed a left tackle to protect franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford since they drafted him. This is a no brainer and would help them evolve as an offense. They now have Reggie Bush as well and he needs a good tackle to run behind.
6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, CB Alabama
This would help their defense tremendously, and give them two legit corner backs, with Joe Hayden on the opposite side. They added Paul Kruger to help with the pass rush and this would make this a viable defense.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Geno Smith, QB West Virginia
They go through quarterbacks here like Tiger Woods goes through mistresses. This, however, may be the guy that Larry Fitzgerald has been waiting for. He has the arm, the athleticism, and will be a good locker room leader.
He is the best guard in this draft and would help the Bills win the line of scrimmage, where the game is won. He has great use of his hands and will help block for Ryan Nassib who they will draft in round 2.
There is a big hole at linebacker/defensive end, which is the root of their pass rush in Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense. They need a difference maker and this would be a great addition.
10. Tennessee Titans – Chance Warmack, OG Alabama
This is a case of Warmack being the best player available at this spot. They also need a guard, and this would be a great investment on keeping Jake Locker upright and helping Chris Johnson run more downhill. This has been lacking since Johnson arrived in Tennessee, as most of his runs are east and west instead of north and south.
This would be a great value pick for the Chargers, they need a left tackle to keep Phillip Rivers up and on his feet. They need to start the healing process from last year and this would be a great way to start, he’s big and he can play left tackle on Sundays, thats all you really need to know.
12. Miami Dolphins – D.J. Fluker, OT Alabama
This is a consolation pick, the Dolphins need a tackle and would be slightly reaching a bit. If they are able to trade up and draft one of the top three tackles, that would be ideal. If not, this is what they will stick with.
With their second pick in the first round, the Jets will need to start adding pieces to the offense to help move forward, and the quickest way to help a struggling QB is to give him a tight end. Eifert is the new “gotts have” tight end, and he will improve their offensive prowess immediately.
This would help their already talented defense by adding a quality player at one of their biggest needs, and Richardson is a difference maker on the interior of the defensive line. He is versatile and will be a perfect match.
This would surprise most people if Jordan dropped to the Saints at 15 overall, but this would also be a great fit as New Orleans needs to improve their pass rush as they transition into the 3-4 defense.
The Rams are in need of playmakers for Bradford to use, especially since Amendola went to the Patriots and Steven Jackson left for Atlanta. This is possibly the best playmaker in the draft, with his raw athleticism alone.
This is possibly the best pure pass rusher in the entire draft and the Steelers just got rid of James Harrison and this would be the quintessential player to replace him. The spinal stenosis has served Pittsburgh well, as this would drop this stud to their pick.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Sylvester Williams, DT North Carolina
These Cowboys need a new sheriff on the defensive line. Williams could be that guy, and he could help control the line of scrimmage.
This could be a match made in heaven, but not on the internet. Was that dirty? Anyways, with Brian Urlacher leaving it would make sense for the Bears to address it round 1. This could be the middle linebacker of the future and last for the next several years.
This would fulfill the pipeline from UGA to the Bengals that has been established. The Bengals also need a middle linebacker who can cover sideline to sideline. He is probably the most talented linebacker in the draft, but because of his off-the-field issues he has dropped this far. The Bengals never seem to care about character anyways.
22. St. Louis Rams – Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas
With their second pick in the first round, the Rams would like to add the best safety in the draft. Check. This would sure up their secondary and help with their overall defense.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia
Here is the spot that they replace Percy Harvin, Austin has a comparable skill set and size to him. He also has the catch and run capability that Harvin possessed, which compliments their newly acquired wide out Greg Jennings, who is a more traditional receiver.
24. Indianapolis Colts – Desmond Trufant, CB Washington
This will help that struggling defense from last season. Andrew Luck and the offense helped this team to the playoffs, but the defense was the Achilles heel. Best corner available, and Trufant is a complete player.
With their second pick of the first round, the Vikings could use a stud at middle linebacker, and this is the best guy available. They would help their rush defense and fill two glaring needs with their two first picks.
26. Green Bay Packers – Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama
This just makes perfect sense, with possibly the best quarterback in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, the Packers need a good compliment to him. Lacy possesses rare skills and has the ability to run over tacklers and also make them miss and run by them.
27. Houston Texans – Zach Ertz, TE Stanford
With the top two receivers taken already, I feel that this is the best value for the Texans. They need someone to take the pressure off of the run game and Andre Johnson, and Ertz would bring more versatility to their offense.
28. Denver Broncos – Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State
This would have been different had they had a good fax machine, but since Elvis Dumervil went to Baltimore they need a quality defensive end. Werner is a great fit here and would step right in and help out.
29. New England Patriots – John Jenkins, NT Georgia
This would feed right in to how Belechick perceives players, he loves versatility. Most people do not know that Jenkins also played at defensive end along with his natural tackle position. He can move around on the line to create the best possible matchup.
30. Atlanta Falcons – Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, DE Florida State
This would be a great pickup for the Falcons, they need a pass rusher. Carradine is a top 10 talent but because of his ACL injury during the 2012 season he has dropped this far. He has already healed enough to run his 40 yd dash and workout for teams.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Margus Hunt, DE Southern Methodist
This would build the depth of their already superior team, which will help the pass rush opposite of Aldon Smith. They have a ton of picks in the draft, so they may move up to get someone else or they may stay put and pick all 13 of their players.
32. Baltimore Ravens – Matt Elam, S Florida
This would be a great value, especially with all of the top 3 inside linebackers off the board. They need to replace Ed Reed long term.
This is a 7-Round Mock Draft for the Atlanta Falcons with predictions for all 11 draft picks they possess, assuming they stay put and do not trade any.
Round 1- Pick 30: Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE Florida State
This is the type of pass rusher the Falcons can build around. Without a doubt he is top 10 talent, but because of his injury he would drop to the 30th overall spot. He has already healed back and has ran a 4.7 in the 40 yd dash. ACL injuries are not what they used to be, more advancements on the surgery and technology has allowed players to return in as little as 7 months. He will add a pass rush opposite of Umeniora andhe can adapt to whatever scheme the Falcons run, since he is 6-4 276 pounds, he could be a DE in a 4-3 or a 3-4. He has the balance in his game between run stopper and pass rusher, this makes him a no-brainer pick and the only red flag is the injury sustained during the 2012 season.
This might surprise many of you, but I believe that Mathieu possesses 1st round talent but because of his baggage he would drop to possibly even third round. The Falcons have to add a defensive end and a corner back to either start or play significant roles on the team this year so I have designated their first two rounds to those spots. He can cover most receivers, but the elite receivers that the Falcons face will be covered by Asante Samuel anyways. He will also add a dimension on special teams that the Falcons have not had in quite sometime, as he is a game-breaker as a return man. This will also add value by picking him here. As for his off-the-field issues, the Falcons already have a strong locker room that is veteran laden, so he will be held accountable by his teammates. He has also been working with Deon “Primetime” Sanders, who played the same position and was a dynamic returner, who has pledged his support for for this young man.
If I surprised you here, just hear me out. The Falcons signed Steven Jackson to a 3-yr $12-million deal with only $4-million guaranteed. This means that the soon-to-be 30-yr old will most likely be cut after his first year for cap reasons. The reason you take Lattimore here is to ensure that you can lock up a premier back for very little $. This will help the offense stay balanced for years to come. His first season he would primarily come in to relieve the other backs and would not have a tough workload, almost taking a “redshirt” year. He then would become the premier back in 2014 and beyond with JaQuizz Rodgers providing the “complimentary” duties. He would also be a GREAT locker room addition and teammate. For the money you can not go wrong, he is definitely worth the risk.
This would be a good addition at this spot, Wagner would be a serviceable to good right tackle in 2013 and could evolve into a good to pro bowl caliber tackle. He might not ever play left tackle in the NFL, but with the departure of Tyson Clabo due to cap space, this is a must at this point in the draft.
As stated before, the Falcons need help at corner back in this draft. Amerson some may remember was a top NFL prospect last year after his strong Junior campaign. He then had a down/inconsistent year in 2012, which has dropped him down to a fourth or fifth round grade. He has the potential and size to be a above average starter in the NFL but as a rookie would probably be a nickel or dime corner and play on special teams.
This is one heap of a man. Geathers should have probably stayed in school for one more season to refine his skills, this could have landed him in the first or second round. This, however is the path he chose and the Falcons could benefit as the price for him could be much lower. He is a 3-4 nose tackle at 6-3 353lbs or so. He would help transition the Falcons into that 3-4 base defense that Mike Nolan wants to implement. This could also give them flexibility on the defensive line.
Round 6 – Pick 198: Phillip Lutzenkirchen, TE Auburn
Well, there has been a lot said as to what the Falcons will do at Tight End in 2014 after future hall-of-famer Tony Gonzalez retires. I say they address it in part this year with a late-round selection where Lutzenkirchen could shadow Gonzalez and get groomed behind him. If it doesn’t work out then they can just draft/sign someone next year. Lutzenkirchen is known around the SEC, but does not get recognized anywhere else due to Auburn’s lack of offense in recent years. He is the type of H-Back where he can take the “fullback’s” place this season and also play TE. He can move around and has great hands, and actually reminds me of a “poor-man’s” Gronkowski. At this price and pick, this is a good value.
This is a pick where the Falcons could gain some speed at the outside linebacker position. They need a linebacker that has “quick hips” and can keep up with the current Tight Ends mismatch that the Falcons have as they are in the same division as Jimmy Graham, Greg Olson, and Dallas Clark. This mismatch was also exposed in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, where Vernon Davis was a major key in defeating the Falcons. Willard could also add the versatility to the defense where Nolan could use him in the 3-4 defense as well.
Roh was highly touted coming out of high school and has had a good career at Michigan. He has the size to provide depth at the defensive end position, whether it be a 3-4 end or a 4-3 end. The Falcons need to continue to add these type of players to have depth and build a cap-friendly depth chart by building through the draft.
Round 7 – Pick 244: James Ferentz, C Iowa
Ferentz is a durable leader on the offensive line. He started 38 consecutive games in 3 years and was the leader of a very talented offensive line. The center position for the Falcons is one of need, as Pro Bowler Todd McClure has retired and the backup Peter Konz is taking over the starting role. Ferentz will be a quality backup at a very important position and can contribute immediately on special teams.
Armstrong has been an above average safety at Miami, but was highly coveted in high school. He could be a quality backup for the Safeties the Falcons have, with Thomas DeCoud and William Moore, there is a major drop off in talent from starter to backup. This will be very important if there was an injury to one of these players, where the Falcons could hold up a little better.
I am going to give you my predictions for this year’s first round in the NFL Draft. Lots of picks are a toss up and who knows how it will play out, which will certainly make this interesting. I know I can’t wait for it and hope that I can get some of these picks right. Here’s how I think this year’s first round will play out.
Pretty much the only lock in this draft in my opinion. Joeckel can be one of the best ever at this position and a piece Andy Reid certainly wants to get. KC has made a lot of off season additions and making the offensive line better to protect their new addition in Alex Smith is a must and a need for them.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars:Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
A guy that has really stood out, and with no quarterbacks worth taking at this point, might as well get a guy who can protect what ever you are going to have back there. That’s the only way to better the poor QB situation they are in at this point.
Raiders need some help all over and a good place to start is the interior and build outwards. Floyd will be that nasty inside guy to set the tone for the defense. He is more of a run stuffer and doesn’t give as much help on the pass rushing side of it, but his presence will improve their defense all the way around.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon
Jordan is a speed rusher that can really make plays all over the field and make a living in the backfield of opposing offenses. Makes sense for two reasons, Eagles need some defensive help and a pass rusher would be huge for them, and Chip Kelly will want his former player playing for him. It’s the perfect match.
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Best DB in the draft and the best value at this point, Lions have to take advantage of this one. He can cover, tackle and make tremendous plays on the ball in the air and rightfully so compared to as the next Darrelle Revis, yeah, Lions you have to take him.
6. Cleveland Browns: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Best guard in the draft and with Jordan and Milliner off the board, the Browns will look to bolster their offensive line filling another need they have. No reason to take a QB, just try to go with what you got now and improve that situation by improving your protection situation.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
There is always a first round reach or two and this is where I see it happening. Cardinals are desperate for a QB and will want to grab Geno Smith before he winds up in the grasps of another team later in the first round. Geno can make all the throws, but the questions are can he do that consistently and lead an offense in the NFL. I think his stock is higher because it’s a weak QB class but we’ll get a chance to see what he can pretty early on in his career.
8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Here would be my other first round reach and this one a little bigger than the previous one. In a draft with a less than stellar QB class, I predict two will be taken in the top 10 simply because the need is too great for these two teams to pass up. Plus reports are Bills love this local guy.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The first of the Jets two first round picks will be used on a guy to help bolster their defense. Mingo can be the deadly pass rusher on the outside to help bring back the tenacity that this defense once had.
10. Tennessee Titans: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
A steal at this point if he falls this fall, Johnson is the third best tackle in the draft but not far off the top two. He would fill a need at offensive line for the Titans that need it to help protect their oft-injured QB Jake Locker.
11. San Diego Chargers: Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The second best guard in the draft and a guy that is needed to help keep Phillip Rivers upright. If they can add him, it would certainly boost their offensive line and could help Rivers become a better, more consistent QB.
A big nasty offensive tackle that has a big wing span and can move guys all over the field. All the fancy Dolphin off season additions cover many of their needs but still leave offensive tackle as a must. Fluker, as you see pitcured left, is a big physical presence that the Dolphins could really use to protect their young budding star Ryan Tannenhill. That’s why they will pull the trigger on Fluker.
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay in Revis trade): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The run of offensive lineman are over and the Jets get the most explosive player in the draft. They have to take him at this point to have a guy to add some excitement to an anemic offense and give Sanchez some help because as of right now, Sanchez is still the guy. Adding a star on defense and offense already would easily give the Jets a leg up on the best draft, can’t believe I’m actually saying that.
14. Carolina Panthers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
A big physical corner that are all the rage now a days. Carolina must nab him to improve their porous secondary and be able to contend with the other NFC South teams and their true number one receivers. He would be a big addition to helping improve their overall pass defense.
15. New Orleans Saints: Jarivs Jones, OLB, Georgia
Yes, this is where I think he will fall, forgive me Falcons’ fans but it is the best fit and pick for the Saints at this time, taking one of your own and using him and against you. Jones gives them the ferocious pass rusher on the outside and a guy that can disrupt offenses’ rhythm. He’ll be fine from the spine issues and the Saints will come away with one of the biggest steals in the draft.
16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
An extremely talented but raw specimen is Patterson. He is electrifying and if he can improve on his hands and route running he could really be a dangerous wide receiver in the NFL. Bradofrd needs a target like this to stretch the field and really open up the offense. This would be the ideal selection for the Rams who need a playmaker on offense especially after losing Danny Amendola and Steven Jackson.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
A major need for the Pittsburgh Steelers because they don’t have very much on the back in at corner. A bit of a reach but if they don’t get him now they won’t ever get him. A fast, solid man to man corner that can help in going up against those true number one receivers, aka AJ Green twice a year. He also brings some spunk and tenacity to an aging Pittsburgh team that needs it.
Jerry Jones is going to keep this guy in state for sure if he falls this far. An outstanding safety and the best in the draft, Dallas has to pounce on this opportunity. He can cover, hit, track the ball in the air and just do it all. They need a guy like this because they have consistently had a weakness at safety ever since Roy Williams retired.
19. New York Giants: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
A really good defensive tackle that really got tested this past season in the SEC and made him more prepared for the NFL than he will ever be. A solid pass rusher and run stopper, Richardson would help a defensive line that needs it with Justin Tuck really slipping lately.
20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
An outside or inside linebacker, Ogletree would fill the void left by the releasing of Brian Urlacher. If he can straighten out his off the field issues Ogletree has the chance to be a really good one. He can run like a safety and hit like a linebacker. Only other questions are taking on blocks consistently and block shedding but he’ll get more coaching on that in the NFL. His ability to cover tight ends and run down running backs makes him a very valuable commodity.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
A guy that has flown up draft boards in the past months, Cyprien can make all the plays and really be a help in the run game. A big hitter and guy with solid ball skills, he could most definitely help the Bengal defense on the back end.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington in RGIII deal): Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Another good safety and the second best free safety in the draft, Reid is a playmaker on defense. Rams get their playmaker on offense and now defense with Reid. Reid got all the seasoning of playing in the SEC and now is ready for the big time. He can hit, cover receivers and tight ends and make plays on the ball in the air. This would certainly fill a secondary need for the Rams.
I have him falling this far because all though he has stood out in college for a season and recently in the combine, he still is very raw and I don’t see teams taking the risk when there are more sure things ahead. Even still it is a great pick at this point for the Vikings who could add him to the other side of Jared Allen and have a dominant pass rushing attack.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Bjoern Warner, DE, Florida State
Forget about him? At one point predicted as high as going number two overall but has fallen because others have risen above. The Colts will gladly take that as they can add a power defensive end to help their pass rush and run stopping defense. Warner is big, and nasty and is effective in both the pass and run situations. So ends the Freeney era, now begins the Bjoern Warner era.
Yes, here he is, the infamous one himself. Avery tumultuous ending to his career in college and very below average performance in his combine showing. Better in his pro day but still fell farther than he was projected before the national championship game. He is strictly an inside backer that is smart and can get into the right position to make the play, always finds himself around the ball and can get into position to make the tackle.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The best back in the draft, Lacy has power and great ball carrier vision. He isn’t the fastest back and he’s a bit banged up but he knows how to follow his blockers and he is extremely difficult to bring down. Cedric Benson is supposed to be coming back and be healthy but who knows at this point, if they add Lacy then at worst they have two stout backs to add to their already dangerous aerial attack.
27. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
I think the better of the two receivers at this point is Justin Hunter. He is around 6’4 and can snatch the ball out of the air. He has great leaping ability and body control. The Texans would love to add him to the other side of Johnson and if they do, this guy could be really special for them.
28. Denver Broncos: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
In the draft there is always someone who falls far and farther than expected and that guy for me is Lotulelei. Reasons, because he has the health issues, even though he has been cleared, that teams are going to be leery about. Not the Broncos though, they want to improve their defensive line and if he falls this far believe me they will grab him up and instantly plug him in at nose tackle.
29. New England Patriots: Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Banks is another big physical corner that could come right in a start. He can lock up one on one and has the physicality bred into him from playing in the SEC that he would make a great fit on any NFL defense. In this case that is a Patriots defense that always plays with a make shift secondary and with this guy, they can rely on him to be a corner-stone on one side.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Falcons will be adding another weapon for their already stout offense. Eifert is the best tight end in the draft and has the potential to be one of the best on the game. He has great hands, he can jump, uses his body well against defenders and he can block. This pick is Atlanta getting the heir apparent to Tony Gonzalez, but don’t be surprised to see him splash onto the scene right away and make a name for himself early.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Although kicker is a huge need, they won’t likely spend their first round pick on a kicker. I see them getting a big force in the middle like Williams to just flat-out clog up the middle. He would just consume blocks and let the Smith tandem on the outside thrive getting to the quarterback.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
I think the Ravens will be looking to start this draft by adding a talented guy in the defensive secondary to begin to fill the void of Ed Reed. Yes, Redd is more of a FS and Elam is a SS, but Elam possess some of the same skill set as Reed does. He can hit, make plays on the ball in the air and help out in both the run and the pass. He also brings a defensive nastiness that the Ravens like to have on their defense. He fills a definite need right away for the Ravens.
Well there you have it, my predictions for the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Let me know what you think and let me hear your input. Should be filled with lots of surprises and more trades than are shown here, but we’ll have to wait and see, we can only predict picks as we know it right now, had to predict trades. All I know is I am ready for the draft, I can’t wait. I’m ready to post up and watch as much as possible. Kansas City, you are on the clock..
In the spirit of the upcoming draft, I thought it would be appropriate to give you my top 5 NFL draft busts of all time. This is always interesting to see who is the best of the worst and nothing is more painful than for those teams experiencing these busts, when maybe they could have gotten someone else that ended up being a Hall of Famer. So here are my top 5 draft busts of all-time, let’s get to it.
The highly talented running back coming out of Nebraska, Lawrence Phillips would never quite live up the expectations. He was a 6th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 1996 draft and only fell that far because of his off the field issues and character issues. Those issues, along with his poor performance would rear their ugly head during his professional career and lead him to ultimately be a big bust. He would play on 7 different teams combining time in the NFL, NFL Europe, AFL, and CFL. He would only amass 1,453 yards and 14 touchdowns in his NFL career. Where is he now? He is currently in prison for numerous crimes that he committed. Can be found at this link if you click here.
Was drafted after them: Willie Anderson. Eddie George, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens
Formerly drafted by the Atlanta Falcons at the number 1 overall pick in the 1988 draft, Aundray Bruce was supposedly the next Lawrence Taylor in the making. He starred at Auburn University and looked primed to be the next big thing. Little did the Falcons know that he would be the next big bust. He would play for the Falcons and the Raiders in his career only totaling 32 sacks, 4 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Now you might say that doesn’t sound too bad but remember he was the number 1 overall pick and he ended up playing a total of 11 years and only having 42 career starts. That’s only averaging around 3 sacks a season. So you see he definitely fell way short of expectations at the former number 1 overall selection. Where is he now? He currently coaches the defensive line at Faulkner University.
Was drafted after them: Tim Brown, Sterling Sharpe, Michael Irvin
3. Akili Smith
Formerly the quarterback of the Bengals, Akili Smith was drafted 3rd overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played his college ball at Oregon and some could draw comparisons to the later Joey Harrington, as he was a big bust out of Oregon himself. He would only last roughly 5 seasons in the NFL and play a few seasons in the CFL as well. He would definitely fall way short of being the next big thing and certainly hurt the Bengals in searching for a quarterback because he never panned out. His career NFL statistics were a 46 completion percentage, 5 TDs and 13 INTs, only having 17 career starts. Where is he now? In 2012 he took over quarterbacks coach for St. Augustine High School in San Diego. He also plans to finish his college degree sometime at Oregon.
Was drafted after them: Torry Holt, Champ Bailey, Jevon Kearse, Edgerrin James
2. Ryan Leaf
Ah yes, everyone’s favorite all time bust that when you look up bust in the dictionary you see a picture of Ryan Leaf. The former number 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Leaf would go on to ruin Chargers football as we knew it then. Only now are they slowly recovering from those horrific times. Well maybe LT would help pull them out of it, but no doubt that era still stings Chargers’ fans. He would only last around 4 years in the NFL before hanging it up. Playing at Washington State, he would collect many records and rack up the accolades but that didn’t quite transition to the NFL. His NFL career would end up with a 48 career completion percentage, 14 TDs, and 36 INTs. Yikes, that’s not very good, especially when you were supposed to be great. A guy that was very confident and almost arrogant in some people’s eyes about how good he thought he was going to be. Well Ryan, not so much. Where is he now? A correctional facility doing time because he has recently made his life into being a bad boy. For further details click here.
Was drafted after them: Charles Woodson, Fred Taylor, Randy Moss
And yes, another famous bust that I would put as my number 1, Jamarcus Russell. The former LSU quarterback that weighed 350 pounds, ok well maybe not that much, but he was certainly too big in that area for sure. He would be the number 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and not even come close to hitting that potential. It was said that Al Davis wanted him and then head coach, Lane Kiffin, wanted Calvin Johnson. We now see who was off their rocker a little bit on that one. For a team that couldn’t afford to miss, this really hurt the Raiders, they still haven’t recovered from this big whiff. He would only last around 3 seasons before retiring and falling out of football. His total stats sit at 18 TDs and 23 INTs and no ability to win, lead or create any kind of offense. He sits at my number 1 because, well he was the number 1 overall pick and one that was certainly missed on by the Raiders and they are still not recovering well from it. Also, a list of the guys below shows who they could have ended up with, looking at who they could have had is when Raiders’ fans shield their eyes. Where is he now? We all know this, he’s attempting to make a comeback, that’s right a comeback. He’s getting in better shape and working with Jeff Garcia to help him get back on track. He does deserve a second chance, everyone does, but will he do anything with it, who knows, we’ll have to wait and see.
Was drafted after them: Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis
The draft is closely approaching and we all cross our fingers in hopes our teams aren’t the next victims of these group of guys. So there they are, my all time NFL Draft busts, let me hear what you think and who are your top draft busts.
He was then signed to a long-term deal with the Bucs for 6 years and $96 million, something he had been requiring for a while. The Bucs have the necessary cap room to accommodate this deal and have needed a defensive back to enhance their pass defense. The pass defense was ranked last in the NFL last year, and with the addition of safety Dashon Goldson in free agency earlier this offseason, coupled with this move, they have rectified those concerns.
This team is ready for the draft and will be a strong contender in the NFC South with this trade.