- Fins cut Grimes The Fins release CB Brent Grimes, freeing $6.5 million in cap space
- Mario Williams signed DE Mario Williams signs a 2 years deal with the Fins
- Fins trade for CB Maxwell Fins swap 1st round picks with the Eagles for CB Maxwell and LB Alonso
- Adam Gase hired Coach Gase was hired as head coach of the Dolphins
3-Round NFL Mock Draft: Brian Catanzaro vs. Max Lukas
Here we are, 27 days away from he 2013 NFL Draft.
Max Lukas and I talked about a head-to-head 3-round Mock Draft for weeks before it came to fruition in an intense 5 hour, 28 minute timeframe last night. Enjoy!
1) Kansas City Chiefs – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (MAX)
With the Alex Smith at QB, the release of RT Eric Winston and the grumblings of franchised tagged LT Brandon Albert, KAN will look toward drafting their future LT, I have Eric Fisher ahead of the class.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Dion Jordan, Oregon (NYF)
The 6’6, 248 pound Jordan has emerged as the top DE in a draft full of them. The Jaguars need a pass-rusher badly, as DT Tyson Alualu led the team with just 3.5 sacks last year. He and vet Jason Babin will make a big difference on the edges.
3) Oakland Raiders – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah (MAX)
OAK lost DTs Desmond Bryant, Richard Seymour and they recently cut Tommy Kelly. Star Lotulelei is a perfect fit to pair next to 325lbs DT Pats Sims and 305 DE Lamaar Houston. I am tempted to look at CB Dee Milliner here but with Tommy Kelly being cut the choice is clear.
<strong>4) Philadelphia Eagles – DE Sharrif Floyd, Florida* (NYF)
The Eagles have spent all off-season acquiring the right personnel for their new 3-4 Defense. Floyd isn’t as good of a fit in the 3-4 as Lotulelei would’ve been, but he’ll team with Fletcher Cox to give the team two studs at DE. Strictly a BPA pick here.
5) Detroit Lions – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama* (MAX)
CB Bill Bentley, correct who the hell is that! Well that’s Detroit’s starting CB next to Chris Houston. Detroit needs Corner-back and Defensive End, both are relatively deep positions in the draft. But Dee Milliner is without a doubt the top prospect at CB. Look for DE in 2nd round.
6) Cleveland Browns – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia (NYF)
What a nightmare scenario this would be for the Browns with both Milliner and Lotulelei off the board. Joeckel is by far the BPA here, but the Browns wouldn’t consider him because LT Joe Thomas and RT Mitchell Schwartz is one of the best tandems in the league. It’s a little too early for a pass-rusher, too. Austin would be a tremendous slot threat for QB Brandon Weeden.
7) Arizona Cardinals – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia (MAX)
The Cardinals cut ties with Kevin Kolb and brought in QB Drew Stanton whom Bruce Arians has a prior working relationship. The Cardinals also seem to be interested in Carson Palmer if he is eventually cut by Oakland. That tells me Bruce Arians isn’t as comfortable with Stanton as the projected starter as he is letting on. Geno Smith is the #1 QB in the class.
8 Buffalo Bills – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (NYF)
I can’t sit back and watch Joeckel fall any further. By far the best player available here. The Bills will either move Cordy Glenn to RT to replace the aging Erik Pears, or move him inside to LG to replace Andy Levitre.
9) New York Jets – OLB Ezeikel Ansah, BYU (MAX)
The Jets will be focused on 3-4 pass rusher and should have plenty to choose from, they also have a weak offensive line and a depleted safety core. But look for them to draft DE Ezekiel Ansha # 9. They may also potentially have another 1st round pick if Revis is traded before the draft.
10) Tennessee Titans – DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU* (NYF)
No player on the Titans had more than 7 sacks last season. Like Jevon Kearse in 1999, Mingo is a bit rough around the edges but has blinding speed around the edge to make an immediate impact.
11) San Diego Chargers – OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (MAX)
SD needs to improve their O-line, they signed OG Chad Rinehart who will be a starter immediately but they still must improve their RT position along with the other Guard position. With Fisher and Joeckel off the board, San Diego will have a hard time selecting between OG Jonathan Cooper, OG Chance Warmack and OT Lane Johnson. But you always go with the OT over OG in these scenarios.
12) Miami Dolphins – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame* (NYF)
Someone please explain this to me: why is Tyler Eifert good enough to be a #15-20 pick, but not a #12 pick? Eifert would add a physical seam threat dimension to an offense playing small-ball in the redzone with RB Lamar Miller, WR Mike Wallace, WR Brian Hartline, and TE Dustin Keller. He’ll be a full 3 inches taller than any WR or TE who lines up in the redzone.
13) Tampa Bay Bucs – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St* (MAX)
Tampa has arguably the best Safety Duo in the league with Goldson and Barron. But they have major holes at CB. Who knows if they will land the Revis trade, but until we know for sure, I have them taking CB here at #12. Tight End and DE are both needs, but Tampa needs to grab CB Rhodes if he is there. Thank you Miami!
14) Carolina Panthers – DT Sheldon Richardson, Mizzou* (NYF)
The Panthers are a mess at DT again. They have 32-year-old Dwan Edwards and third-year pro Sione Fua as the incumbents on a run Defense that allowed 5.17 YPC to opposing starting RB’s last season. Richardson is one of the last players in this draft with star-quality upside.
15) New Orleans Saints – OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia* (MAX)
The Saints will transition to a 3-4 defense under Rob Ryan. They will ask Brodrick Bunkley to be the NT and use Cameron Jordan and possibly Will Smith as 3-4DEs. Martez Wilson can be a excellent pass rushing 3-4OLB in this system. But Jonathan Vilma has never functioned as a pass rushing linebacker before. Will Smith will be better suited to 3-4 DE than 3-4 OLB. Jarvis Jones is a better 3-4OLB than Bjoern Werner.
16) St. Louis Rams – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee* (NYF)
Jeff Fisher has a history of drafting raw athletes in the 1st Round (RB Johnson, DE Kearse, DT Haynesworth, WR Britt, etc). The Rams are in desperate need of a #1 WR after losing Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson in Free Agency. Patterson is a raw player after playing only 1 year at Tennessee, but has rare measurables for the position.
17) Pittsburgh Steelers – LB Bjoern Werner, Florida St* (MAX)
The Steelers lost WR Wallace and cut 3-4OLB James Harrison. They were also reported as fielding a last minute offer for LT Jake Long which is not a good sign for Rookie Mike Adams. At #17 there aren’t any OTs that are great value here, and with Sanders, Brown and Burress at WR, the Steelers may opt for 3-4 pass rusher before addressing the WR later in the draft.
18 Dallas Cowboys – C Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (NYF)
Cooper has slowly gained ground on Chance Warmack to be the first interior OL’man selected. He gets the nod over Chance Warmack for this pick because of his ability to play Center. The Cowboys have need at both OG positions with Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau as the incumbents, as well as at Center with Phil Costa in need of a replacement.
19) New York Giants – S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas (MAX)
The Giants lost Kenny Philips in the off-season and they will need to find a replacement at SS. NYG also needs to upgrade their Linebacking crew which is an area Jerry Resse says he wants to upgrade. The NYG signed MLB Dan Connor and re-signed OLB Keith Rivers. With Kenny Vaccaro still on the board the NYG will opt for SS Vaccaro over LB Alec Ogletree.
20) Chicago Bears – G Chance Warmack, Alabama (NYF)
What a dream come true this would be for the Bears. Warmack will be a day-one Pro Bowl caliber RG for the Bears, allowing Cabe Carimi to move back to RT to challenge J’Marcus Webb.
21) Cincinnati Bengals – OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama* (MAX)
Cincy has been stingy with the money in Free Agency, choosing to resign their in-house talent. Andre Smith could be brought back, but if not Cincy will have to look at draft for a RT. DJ Fluker is a perfect fit for their MBS. Kenny Vaccaro would be nice here too but he is off the board.
22) St. Louis Rams (WAS) – LB Alex Ogletree, Georgia* (NYF)
The Rams come away with a great athlete on both sides of the ball in Patterson and Ogletree. Ogletree will immediately take one of the starting OLB positions, currently occupied by Jo’Lunn Dunbar and Sammy Brown. Jeff Fisher has never shied away from a great with athlete with character concerns. Ogletree is worth the risk here.
23) Minnesota Vikings – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington (MAX)
Antoine Winfield was released and some mediocre CBs remain on the roster.The Vikes could use CB, WR and DT here, but I think they ultimately choose to go with CB first because INDY is right behind them and may grab Desmond Trufant before Vikes pick again at #25.
24) Indianapolis Colts – WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (NYF)
As impressive as Reggie Wayne’s 1355-yard season was at 34 years old, he can’t play forever. Hopkins’ stock mirrors Wayne’s from the 2001 Draft: smooth player with an elite combination of route running and hands who goes late in the 1st Round because of his 40 time.
25) Minnesota Vikings – DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (MAX)
The Vikes selected CB with #23. But both WR and DT remain needs, I think they ultimately choose to take less of a risk. They will strengthen the interior of the D-Line with Sylvester Williams and place him next to Kevin Williams. The Vikes need a versatile DT and Sylvester Williams is perfect fit.
26) Green Bay Packers – DE Datone Jones, UCLA (NYF)
Jones looks like the perfect 3-4 DE at 6’4, 283 pounds. Look for him to be the heir apparent to 33-year-old stalwart Ryan Pickett at LDE.
27) Houston Texans – WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee (MAX)
Its time to get Andre Johnson a suitable partner in the receiving core. The defense can use a NT but the defense is solid regardless, the biggest impact can be made by drafting another passing target. Why not Keenan Allen here? Allen has not run for scouts as yet, he has not done drills, and his injury concerns will ding his stock a bit on my board.
28 Denver Broncos – DE Tank Carradine, Florida St* (NYF)
Carradine’s fate will be determined on April 20th when he works out in front of scouts. He was on his way to being a Top-10 with 11.5 sacks in 12 games before a torn ACL ruined his season. A healthy Carradine could help the Broncos overcome the embarrasment of Dumvervil-gate.
29) New England Patriots – WR Keenan Allen, California* (MAX)
Genius Head Coach check, Franchise QB check, Two Tight Ends check, Slot WR check, Split End WR error error…. The Pats needs are simple, they need a WR to run the simplest routes in their complex scheme to stretch the field and delay the safety from converging on their TEs running up the seam. Allen has been dinged a bit but Belichick always seems to get value from his picks.
30) Atlanta Falcons – DE Alex Okafor, Texas (NYF)
The Falcons signed 31-year-old Osi Umenyiora to patch up the RDE hole for a year or two, but are still in desperate need of a young pass-rusher who can replace the double-digit sack total of John Abraham. Okafor showed his immense potential against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl with 4.5 sacks.
31) San Francisco 49ers – NT Jesse Williams, Alabama (MAX)
SF should adopt a best player available philosophy at #31, they lost FS Goldson but acquired Craig Dahl, they lost Randy Moss but acquired Anquan Boldin. The way that Joe Flacco torched their secondary in the Super Bowl will not soon be forgotten by the Jim Harbaugh. CB will be tempting here but they need to replace the loss of Isaac Sopoaga. Athletic NT should be drafted here.
32) Baltimore Ravens – S Matt Elam, Florida* (NYF)
Do things always fall in place like this for Ozzie Newsome? Just like Ed Reed in the 2002 NFL Draft, Matt Elam is a slightly undersized FS whose playmaking skills are off the charts. His arrival could move FA pickup Michael Huff to SS.
33) Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana (NYF)
A bit of a reach here at the top of Round 2, as Alford is projected to go mid-late 2nd. He has the skill-set to start immediately, just as Rashean Mathis (Bethune-Cookman) and Derek Cox (William & Mary) were as rookies. He will start immediately at CB opposite recent FA pickup Alan Ball.
34) San Francisco 49ers – CB Darius Slay, Mississippi St (MAX)
SF secondary got torched in the Super Bowl. Jonathan Banks was once considered a 1st rounder before he ran like a turtle at the combine, and Darius Slay was his teammate in college, as the season went on Darius outplayed Banks for #1 spot on Mississippi State. Darius is the real deal!
35) Philadelphia Eagles – DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St* (NYF)
Great value here at #35. Although the Eagles signed Isaac Sopoaga to a 3-yr, $12-mil contract, he’ll be 32 when the season starts. Hankins could eat up double teams as a 3-4 NT for the next decade.
36) Detroit Lions – DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M* (MAX)
With the selection Dee Milliner in the first round, Detroit can focus directly on their need to replace edge rushers Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. The Detriot staff spent a lot of time kicking the tires on DEs at the Senior Bowl, Damontre Moore is a value pick here.
37) Cincinnati Bengals – S John Cyprien, Florida International (MAX)
CIN knows they can’t rely on Taylor Mays coverage skills, they had to play Cornerback Nate Clements out of position because Mays was so bad at SS. Cyprien has a nice blend of coverage skills and big hitting ability. HIs stock has been rising since the Senior Bowl.
38 Arizona Cardinals – OT Manelik Watson, Florida St* (MAX)
ARZ needs to protect their assets, they drafted QB Geno Smith in the first round, now its time to make sure he isn’t throwing from his backside. Menelike Watson brings alot of upside to the position.
39) Cleveland Browns – (FORFEITED)
40) New York Jets – S Eric Reid, LSU* (MAX)
The JETS lost both safeties in the off-season. Eric Reid is versatile and can potentially play at FS or SS. If Revis is traded the JETs will have multiple picks too fill their needs.
41) Tennessee Titans – WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech (NYF)
Nate Washington is on the trade block, and the troubled Kenny Britt a FA after the season. Patton and 2012 1st Round pick Kendall Wright will be the future of this position.
42) Buffalo Bills – QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (NYF)
Does Vegas take bets on 2nd round picks? If so, you might want to take the odds with Nassib to the Bills in the 2nd round. Doug Marrone, the Bills new OC, was Nassib’s Head Coach at Syracuse from 2009-2012. Nassib’s arm may be a bit erratic, but he has the arm strength to throw through the winds of Ralph Wilson stadium if it gets corrected.
43) Miami Dolphins – CB Jamar Taylor, Boise St (NYF)
Reminds me a lot of former Dolphins CB Will Allen: great speed, awareness, and tackling ability. Physical enough to play man-coverage, but instinctive enough for the zone. A steal here at #43.
44) Tampa Bay Bucs – DE Margus Hunt, SMU (MAX)
Good value here for Defensive Ends and Defensive Tackles. 4-3DE Michael Bennett left in FA and DT can also be an option here for Tampa, but with Margus Hunt still on the board they got to go with him. He is a raw but well worth the risk of a 2nd round pick.
45) Carolina Panthers – CB Bledi Wreh-Wilson, UConn (NYF)
The Panthers are longing for a big boundary CB after releasing injury-prone Chris Gamble this off-season. Wreh-Wilson has the height to match up with the NFC South’s big WR’s (Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Julio Jones, Roddy White)
46 NO FORFEITED
47) San Diego Chargers – CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon St (MAX)
They signed Derek Cox in FA, but will need will need someone more capable than Marcus Gilchrist at the #2 CB spot. Safety is also a need here but with Eric Reid off the table they may have to look later on in the draft for both Safety and Guard.
48 St. Louis Rams – RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama* (NYF)
The Rams have spent considerable time with Lacy in the pre-draft process. He would team with talented second-year Daryl Richardson for a “smash and dash” type of combination.
49) Dallas Cowboys – DT Kawann Short, Purdue (NYF)
4-time Pro Bowl LDT Jay Ratliff is on the decline as the Cowboys switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3. RDT Jason Hatcher is on the wrong side of 30 as well. Short will fit in well into this DT rotation as a rookie before entering the starting lineup in 2014.
50) Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Brennan Williams, North Carolina (MAX)
PIT made a push for Jake Long just before he signed with STL. That’s a rare move for a team like PIT. With that in mind I have the Steelers going with OT here.
51) New York Giants – LB Kevin Minter, LSU* (MAX)
Jerry Reese experessed his desire to upgrade the Linebacking position this off-season. NYG signed MLB Dan Connor and re-signed the rapidily declining OLB Keith Rivers. NYG goes with Middle and Strong-Side LB Kevin Minter.
52) Chicago Bears – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame* (NYF)
Te’o falls all the way to the #52 pick where he will replace SAM LB J.T. Thomas from Day 1. If all goes well, I look for Te’o to be a better version of the Bengals’ Ray Maualauga.
53) Washington Redskins – TE Zach Ertz, Stanford* (NYF)
Ertz falls to this spot following a so-so combine showing in Indianapolis. Still, he’s an intellegent 6’5, 249 pound target who can catch and block. He would overtake
54) Minnesota Vikings – WR Robert Woods, USC* (MAX)
MIN got their CB Desmond Trufant and their DT Sylvester Williams, they must be pretty pleased to add Robert Woods here. Woods once considered a first round lock and a great Pro Day recently. Woods will be and excellent addition to the Jennings and Simpson.
55) Cincinnati Bengals – RB Knile Davis, Arkansas* (MAX)
WHO?A? Yes KNILE DAVIS 5’10” 227lbs, Bench 31 reps, Runs a 4.37s 40. CIN GM said he wanted a more dynamic back, and I thought for sure they would make a play more Reggie Bush in FA but they did not show interest. Knile Davis is their guy, I loved him at the combine, he showed elite foot speed and agility. His size, strength and speed combo is unreal. Has a bit of a character concern, but CIN does not shy away from players like this.
56) Miami Dolphins – CB DJ Hayden, Houston (NYF)
Amazing comeback story as we approach the NFL Draft. Hayden’s senior season was cut short on November 6th when he tore an IVC vein in his heart that nearly took his life. He jumped back on the map at Houston’s Pro Day by runnning a 4.33/40 on his first attempt. Amazing body control, strength, and pure speed for a 6’0 – 190 pounder.
57) Green Bay Packers – CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary (NYF)
The Packers are in the business of stockpiling young CB’s. Casey Hayward was a find as a 2nd round pick in the last year’s draft, and should take over the starting role in 2014 at the latest. LCB Sam Shields faces a make-or-break season as a RFA while RCB Tramon Williams is on the wrong side of 30. Webb is a nice project on a Packers team that can afford to take some risks in the 2nd round.
58 Seattle Seahawks – LB Arthur Brown, Kansas St (MAX)
I love what SEA has done in free agency, their philosophy is what I believe in…. pass rush! Attack an offense at the point of origin. Disrupt the QB and your entire defense is improved. Seattle is what I wish Miami could be! You can never have too many pass rushers, use multiple guys and tire out the offense line. Be the fresher team in the 4th Qtr and close out games. SEA addressed their Pass Rushing needs via FA and they will look to add versatile 4-3 LB here.
59) Houston Texans – DT John Jenkins, Georgia* (MAX)
Shaun Cody is gone and HOU is undersized at the heart of their 3-4 front. They need to get a blocker eater that can demand both the Center and Guards attention, Connor Barwin last year had to deal with too many Left Tackles and Left Guards in his face. Just imagine how much havoc JJ WATT will do if he had a reliable NT.
60) Denver Broncos – DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern (NYF)
Small-school space eater who should immediately challenge Kevin Vickerson at LDT. DE Tank Carradine and DT Brandon Williams in the first two rounds offers plenty of upside for the Broncos along the Defensive front.
61) New England Patriots – CB Jonathan Banks, Mississippi St (MAX)
Belichick has to be the luckiest guy in the world! Banks is an aggressive physical corner, with great ball hawking skills, he is a football player with good height and length but is available here because of his 4.61 speed. A possible conversion to Free Safety, with Devin McCourty moving back at CB could make this pick a steal.
62) Atlanta Falcons – LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (NYF)
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff always seems to find scheme-specific players who immediately challenge for starting roles. Greene is comparable to Bucs LB Lavonte David, who fell to #58 in last year’s draft because he was an undersized 4-3 OLB. Look for him to immediately challenge Stephen Nicholas at WLB.
63) San Francisco 49ers – S Phillip Thomas, Fresno St (MAX)
Craig Dahl is barely going to cut it at FS and SS Donte Whitner is more out than in… they need to address this position now. They are one injury away from starting CJ Spillman.
64) Baltimore Ravens – OT Kyle Long, Oregon (NYF)
Unlike former #2 overall pick Chris Long, Kyle took the road less traveled. He was kicked out of Florida State in 2009, spending 2010-2011 at tiny Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. He makes sense for the Ravens here at the end of the 2nd Round because he played LT and LG at a high level in his only year at Oregon. He could enable Michael Oher to move to RT permanently.
65) Kansas City Chiefs – LB Jon Bostic, Florida (MAX)
66) Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Matt Barkley, USC (NYF)
67) Detroit Lions – LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon (MAX)
68 Oakland Raiders – DE Sam Montgomery, LSU* (MAX)
69) Philaelphia Eagles – LB Jamie Collins, Southern Missisippi (NYF)
70) Cleveland Browns – QB E.J. Manuel, Florida St (NYF)
71) Arizona Cardinals – LB Corey Lemonier, Auburn* (MAX)
72) Tennessee Titans – G Larry Warford, Kentucky (NYF)
73) Buffalo Bills – WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia* (NYF)
74) New York Jets – OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff (MAX)
75) Tampa Bay Bucs – TE Vance McDonald, Rice (MAX)
76) San Francisco 49ers – CB David Amerson, North Carolina St (MAX)
77) New Orleans Saints – OT David Bakhtiati, Colorado* (MAX)
78 San Diego Chargers – OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse (MAX)
79) Miami Dolphins – G Brian Schwenke, California (NYF)
80) St. Louis Rams – QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina St (NYF)
81) Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Giovanni Bernard, North Carolina (MAX)
82) Dallas Cowboys – RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (NYF)
83) New York Giants – LB Sio Moore, UConn (MAX)
84) Miami Dolphins – S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse (NYF)
85) Minnesota Vikings – S TJ McDonald, USC (MAX)
86) Cincinnati Bengals – LB Xavier Gooden, Missouri (MAX)
87) Washington Redskins – CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU* (NYF)
88 Indianapolis Colts – C Barrett Jones, Alabama (NYF)
89) Seattle Seahawks – WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon St (MAX)
90) Green Bay Packers – RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin* (NYF)
91) Houston Texans – OT David Quessenberry, San Jose St (MAX)
92) Denver Broncos – CB Dwayne Gratz, UConn (NYF)
93) New England Patriots – WR Marquise Goodwin (MAX)
94) Atlanta Falcons – CB Will Davis, Utah St (NYF) [/b]
95) San Francisco 49ers – WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech* (MAX)
96) Baltimore Ravens – S DJ Swearinger, South Carolina (NYF)
97) Houston Texans – RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M (MAX)
98 Kansas City Chiefs – G/T Dallas Thomas, Tennessee (MAX)
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