Friday, December 19, 2014

McLane's and Berman's Mock Drafts 2.0

An exercise in futility, here are the 2.0 versions of The Inquirer's Eagles beat reporters mock drafts (here's is the 1.0):

McLane's and Berman's Mock Drafts 2.0

Lane Johnson (69) on the field during warm ups bofore the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Lane Johnson (69) on the field during warm ups bofore the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

An exercise in futility, here are the 2.0 versions of The Inquirer's Eagles beat reporters mock drafts (here's is the 1.0):

JEFF MCLANE

1. Kansas City Chiefs, Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan
Andy Reid wins out over his scouting department and takes Fisher over Joeckel.

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2. Jacksonville Jaguars, Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M
Gus Bradley wants pieces to fit his defensive scheme, but Joeckel is too good to pass up.

3. Oakland Raiders, Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
There could be a trade here with the Raiders dealing to a team wanting to leapfrog the Eagles for Lane Johnson.

4. Eagles, Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma
If it’s Johnson, it’s safe to speculate that Chip Kelly wrestled control and made the first pick.

5. Detroit Lions, Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
The Lions are one of the potential teams to trade up for Johnson, but instead settle for an edge rusher.

6. Cleveland Browns, Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Browns desperately need a quarterback and roll the dice with the suddenly-sensitive Smith.

7. Arizona Cardinals, Dion Jordan, Oregon
Bruce Arians goes after the stud pass rusher Todd Bowles never had with the Eagles.

8. Buffalo Bills, Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
The Bills need a guard to replace Andy Levitre. They need an unbreakable line, too, if Kevin Kolb is the quarterback.

9. N.Y. Jets, Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
He’s versatile enough to play multiple spots along the Jets’ odd-man front, but will be a nose in New York.

10. Tennessee Titans, Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Mike Munchak, one of the game’s great guards, takes the next best interior lineman.

11. San Diego Chargers, Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Chargers have a host of needs, especially on the offensive line, but Milliner drops into their laps.

12. Miami Dolphins, Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
If the Brandon Albert trade doesn’t go through it’s D.J. Fluker. Otherwise, the Dolphins get Ryan Tannehill some help.

13. New York Jets, Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
With the pick they received from Tampa Bay for Darrelle Revis, the Jets try and find his replacement.

14. Carolina Panthers, Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson’s an athletic three-technique that will help the Panthers’ lacking pass rush.

15. New Orleans Saints, Barkevious Mingo, LB, LSU
The Saints address a historically bad defense and get an edge rusher that could go also go to the Jets.

16. St. Louis Rams, Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Rams need some skill position players on offense, but they take the best available here.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers, Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
Despite his poor performance in shorts, Jones is a playmaker in pads.

18. Dallas Cowboys, Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
A sleeper pick, the Cowboys need a stuffer to help that anemic run defense.

19. N.Y. Giants, D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama
Fluker can play on the edges or at guard. Either way, he’ll address a need.

20. Chicago Bears, Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Monsters of Midway need another middle linebacker.

21. Cincinnati Bengals, Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The German could go as high as the top 12. The Bengals pass on a number of solid safeties.

22. St. Louis Rams, Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Ogeltree improves an already stout defense.

23. Minnesota Vikings, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Vikings need receivers badly, but they take the next best thing and the best available player.

24. Indianapolis Colts, D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
He was a third round pick at the start of the offseason, but teams have him back in the first round after his recovery from a near-fatal accident.

25. Minnesota Vikings, Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
They get their receiver here. Linebacker will have to wait.

26. Green Bay Packers, Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
He could go to the Rams a few picks earlier, but he fills an immediate need for the Packers.

27. Houston Texans, Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Matt Schaub needs someone else to throw to besides Andre Johnson.

28. Denver Broncos, Datrone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones won’t replace Elvis Dumervil, but the Broncos look to add a pass rusher.

29. New England Patriots, Matt Elam, S, Florida
We could see teams trade back into the first round at this point. Maybe the Eagles go for E.J. Manuel.

30. Atlanta Falcons, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Dunta Robinson is gone and Asante Samuel has only so much gas.

31. San Francisco 49ers, Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Jim Harbaugh goes back to school to gets another pass catcher for Colin Kaepernick

32. Baltimore Ravens, Eric Reid, S, LSU
The Ravens lost both of their starting safeties this offseason.

ZACH BERMAN

1. Kansas City Chiefs, Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
There has been growing buzz that this pick will be Eric Fisher. Sounds like the two tackles will be one and two, but Joeckel’s college competition gives him the edge. He’s a strong first pick to begin Andy Reid’s new regime.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars, Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
If not Fisher, then Joeckel. Either way, the Jaguars get another tackle to play on the opposite side of Eugene Monroe and they’ll trust Gus Bradley to find a pass rusher later. 

3. Detroit Lions (trade Raiders), Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Lions can jump ahead of the Eagles to ensure they get an offensive tackle, and the Raiders can still get a defensive tackle two spots later. Johnson’s meteoric rise puts the tackles at 1-2-3. 

4. Eagles, Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Without a tackle on the board, the Eagles could trade down. They could also take defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. I’m sticking with the player I’ve had here all along – one who Chip Kelly knows better than any player in this draft, and one who has the upside to become an elite pass rusher.

5. Oakland Raiders (trade with Lions), Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Raiders end up with Floyd, whether it’s No. 3 or No. 5. It could happen at No. 3, but why not do it add at No. 5 and accumulate more picks to a team that needs some?

6. Cleveland Browns, Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
What I wrote two weeks ago still stands: This could be a prime spot for a trade, but it could also be a chance for the Browns to again address quarterback – except this time, with one who is considerably younger and can be groomed by Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner.

7. Arizona Cardinals, Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Cardinals upgrade their offensive line with a proven college performer who is an instant starter. If the Cardinals go defense, watch out for defensive tackle Star Lotulelei or pass rusher Ziggy Ansah.

8. Buffalo Bills, Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Guards are seldom top 10 picks, but here’s a prediction for back-to-back guards. The Bills need one to replace Andy Levitre, and Doug Marrone is a former lineman. This could also be a hot spot for a trade. I still think the Bills end up with Malvern Prep alum Ryan Nassib at some point.

9. New York Jets, Star Lotulelei, Utah
This pick could go in so many directions, but Lotulelei is a rare versatile tackle and is a major boost on the Jets line. He’s drawn comparisons to Haloti Ngata, who thrived under Rex Ryan.

10. Tennessee Titans, Sheldon Richardson, DT Missouri
This is a value pick, but also helps the Titans defensive line. Lotulelei is versatile enough to fit any scheme. Look for Cooper or Warmack if one slips.

11. San Diego Chargers, D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Chargers miss out on of the top three linemen, but Fluker is a strong consolation prize. He can still step in as a starter.

12. Miami Dolphins, Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Dolphins are a candidate to trade up, but Milliner is a big boost to the Dolphins secondary. They should be thankful if Milliner falls this far.

13. New York Jets, Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Austin is perhaps the draft’s most dynamic player, and the Jets need firepower on offense. Former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will try to find creative ways to include Austin in the system.

14. Carolina Panthers, Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
This is another good fit between value and need. The Panthers would be fortunate to land Ansah, and new general manager Dave Gettleman comes from the Giants school of building through a pass rush.

15. New Orleans Saints, Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB
The Saints need pass-rushing help, and Mingo was familiar to the Saints down the road in Baton Rouge. He fits well in the team’s new 3-4 defense.

16. St. Louis Rams, Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Rams need a safety, and Vaccaro is the best one in the draft. They can go with a wide receiver here and a safety with the next pick, although Vaccaro might not last to No. 22. That’s why Vaccaro is the best pick.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers, Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
This pick remains from the first mock, too. Jones thrived as a pass rusher in the 3-4 at Georgia, and he’ll do the same under Dick LeBeau.

18. Dallas Cowboys, Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Cowboys improve their defensive line with an underrated player who might prove to be a better NFL player than pro player. 

19. New York Giants, Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Giants can never have too many pass rushers. Werner’s stock has slipped, but he has the profile and resume of someone the Giants would take. They can also use a cornerback, so look out for D.J. Hayden or Xavier Rhodes.

20. Chicago Bears, Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
The Bears can go with Te’o teammate Tyler Eifert, but they signed Martellus Bennett in free agency. They lost Brian Urlacher, and Te’o steps in as the Bears’ next linebacker.

21. Cincinnati Bengals, Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Bengals need a safety, but they can address that with one of their two second-round picks. Why not take the draft’s best running back and add to the offense?

22. Buffalo Bills (acquired from St. Louis Rams), Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The Rams need a wide receiver, but they’ll add one with an extra second-round pick. The Bills trade into the first round to secure Nassib, who played for Doug Marrone at Syracuse. This could also be Matt Barkley.

23. Minnesota Vikings, Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Vikings replace Percy Harvin with a big, physical receiver who has raw tools that can be honed. Comparisons to Randy Moss might be too steep, but he’s a strong pick at this point.

24. Indianapolis Colts, Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Colts can use help at cornerback, and Rhodes represents good value and provides a bookend to Vontae Davis. D.J. Hayden is also generating buzz.

25. Minnesota Vikings, Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Ogletree is a great fit for the Vikings, but will they go with players with red flags twice in the first round? This could also be a potential trade-up situation for a team that wants a quarterback or Eifert. 

26. Green Bay Packers, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
This is not a need pick for the Packers, but the value is outstanding. Eifert is the best tight end in the draft and Mike McCarthy will maximize him in the Packers offense.

27. Houston Texans, Keenan Allen, WR, Houston
The Texans complement Andre Johnson with a receiver whose tape trumps combine results. Allen was a star in college and he could be the same in the NFL.

28. Denver Broncos, D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
Maybe the Broncos go with a safety or pass rusher here, but a team can never have enough cornerbacks. Hayden makes sense at this point.

29. New England Patriots, Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones will be a popular name on draft night, and he represents good value for the Patriots. They can also go with a defensive back here, and Desmond Trufant might be appealing.

30. Eagles (trade from Atlanta Falcons), EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
The Eagles could wait for No. 35 to get their quarterback, but they won’t need to sacrifice too much to move up five spots, and the get an extra year on the deal.

31. San Francisco 49ers, Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Jim Harbaugh goes back to his Stanford roots and finds an impact tight end and another offensive weapon. The 49ers could also go with a safety here, but they can address that in the second round with a deep class.

32. Baltimore Ravens,  Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Bryce Brown’s brother plays bigger than his size and was a two-year captain at Kansas State. He’s a Ravens-type of a player, and example of why winning teams keep winning.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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