Fanspeak's Writer Featured Mocks: AFC East
May 7, 2014 in On The Clock
By Guest Writer Sam Pericolo:
Here are a couple disclaimers on these mocks before you read them:
1) These are mock drafts done using On the Clock by various Fanspeak.com writers. This is for FUN! This is not predicting what will happen, just showing some options that our writers were able to do with On the Clock!
2) Writers used various big boards so the rankings will change. Again, anything can happen in the NFL Draft but you will see players in various places on these mocks because different big boards were used.
3) Its not the same mock draft for all 32 teams. Why do you see the same player going 3 times in a division? Because these are 32 different simulations run, therefore a player can go to various teams depending on how their draft played out.
5) Some of the writers wrote up descriptions and others just gave their picks.
Enjoy and enjoy the NFL Draft!
Buffalo Bills 7-Round Mock Draft – Trade Down Edition
THE BUFFALO BILLS HAVE TRADED THEIR PICK TO DALLAS COWBOYS FOR THE 16TH OVERALL PICK AND THE COWBOYS SECOND AND THIRD ROUND PICKS
Round: 1; Pick: 16 (from Dallas Cowboys): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Bills have three positions that they seriously need to address: wide receiver, safety, and tackle. With the top two tackles off the board, the Bills trade down, gain a few extra picks, and still are able to get one of their guys. Mike Evans is a massive target that EJ Manuel would love to have. While Robert Woods had a nice rookie year, he is not a number one receiver. Evans would be a legitimate number one with whom Manuel can develop some chemistry and become a dangerous combo.
While the Bills missed out on one of the top two tackles in the first round, they, surprisingly, are able to steal Morgan Moses early in the second round. Bills quarterbacks got sacked way too many times last year and Moses, who has played on both the left and right side, can bring some consistency and versatility to the offensive line.
THE BUFFALO BILLS HAVE TRADED THE 15TH PICK OF THE SECOND ROUND AND THEIR FIFTH ROUND PICK TO THE ST. LOUIS RAMS FOR THE 12TH PICK OF THE SECOND ROUND AND THEIR SIXTH ROUND PICK.
Round: 2; Pick: 12 (from St. Louis Rams): Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
After addressing the need at tackle, the Bills find that the solution to the void at safety left by Jarius Byrd is still available. Jimmie Ward is one of the better safeties in the draft and, while he is not Byrd, not many people are. He is a top three safety in the draft and definitely worth a fifth round pick to move up and assure they get him.
Round: 3; Pick 9: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
While defensive end is not a glaring need for the Bills,, it is not extraordinarily deep, either. CBSSports compares Murphy to Jared Allen. If Murphy is even half the player that Allen has been, he would be a great pick in the third round.
Round: 3; Pick: 14 (from Dallas Cowboys): Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Another solid defensive end is available and you can never have too many pass rushers so why not double up on defensive ends? Jeffcoat can be productive both rushing the passer and in run defense, which the Bills were miserable at in 2013.
Round: 4; Pick: 9: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
The Bills play a 4-3 and, while Marcel Dareus is very young, Kyle Williams is not. Drafting a defensive tackle that they can develop behind the aging defensive tackle would be wise. Sutton is a second round talent who for some reason dropped significantly.
Round: 6; Pick 12 (from St. Louis Rams): Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
The Bills could use an athletic body at tight end to compliment Scott Chandler. Thomas is a quarterback that many believe is going to, or at least could, make the transition to tight end. This is the point in the draft to take a chance on a player. If it does not pan out, nobody even notices; it was a sixth round pick. If it works out, you are a genius. Take the chance; pick Thomas.
Round: 7; Pick: 9: Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma
Ikard, who also would be a steal this late in the draft, would bring some great depth to the Bills’ offensive line. Ikard had the best 20-yard shuffle time and three-cone time of any offensive lineman at the combine. If that player is available in the seventh round, you take him.
You can view the rest of the draft here.
Miami Dolphins 7-Round Mock Draft – Trade Down Edition
THE MIAMI DOLPHINS HAVE TRADED THEIR PICK TO THE HOUSTON TEXANS FOR THE TEXANS 2ND ROUND PICK (1ST OVERALL) 3RD ROUND PICK (1ST OVERALL), AND 4TH ROUND PICK (1ST OVERALL)
The Dolphins had a handful of players on the board when their first round pick (19 overall) came around. Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, WR Odell Beckham Jr., S HaHa Clinton-Dix, and CB Darqueze Dennard would all be very good picks. However, when a team offers the first pick in three consecutive rounds, it is tough to pass up. While none of the players listed about made it to 33 overall, one of the players highest on Miami’s draft board was sitting there: Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley. What a steal. The Dolphins still get their guy and add two valuable picks in the process. While linebacker is not their biggest need, they could definitely use an upgrade and Mosley could bring the stability the Dolphins need.
Round: 2; Pick: 18: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Since the Dolphins were not able to address their need along the offensive line with their first pick, they are almost forced into this pick. Fleming has struggled in pass coverage before, but is a massive lineman who can develop that skill at the pro level. He started 38 games over his collegiate career for a very good program at Stanford, which is no minor feat. CBSSports believes his skill set could translate to the guard position as a pro, which gives the Dolphins a versatile lineman, something you can never have enough of.
Round: 3; Pick: 1 (from Houston Texans): Marcus Martin, C, USC
Martin also brings versatility to the line. He played guard as a freshman at USC before becoming the starting center. With the possibility of a suspension still lingering over Mike Pouncey’s head, the Dolphins need to address the position. Plus, like I said, you can never have enough offensive line depth.
Round: 3; Pick: 17: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State
Brooks is one of the top ranked safeties in the draft, and played on a defense that won the National Championship. Brooks used to be a cornerback, so possesses the skill to play in man coverage against slot receivers or could fill in if there are injuries at the cornerback position.
Round: 4; Pick: 1 (from Houston Texans): Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
The Dolphins are clearly not sold on Lamar Miller. They brought Knowshon Moreno in on a one-year deal. Daniel Thomas is not a very good running back, either. With Moreno not locked up for the long-term and the team not being in love with Miller, the Dolphins can use one of the picks from the Texans to take a chance on Sankey, a player who could have gone as early as round two. Saneky also can step up in pass protection, something the Dolphins are in desperate need of.
Round: 4; Pick: 16: James Hurst, T, UNC
Doubling up on offensive tackles is not the worst idea in the world. While they signed Branden Albert this offseason, you never know what could happen to your starters. Look at how quickly their offensive line crumbled last season.
Round: 5; Pick: 16: Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College
Dannell Ellerbe was not the big free agent splash they thought they had landed. He was not very good. The Dolphins are not very good at linebacker in general. CJ Mosley will help in the middle, he may even take over the starting role right away. Pierre-Louis will not have that kind of impact, but will provide competition at the position.
Round: 6; Pick: 14: Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
Saunders has great acceleration off the line of scrimmage, something the thought they were getting when the signed Mike Wallace to that huge contract. Wallace disappointed and if he continues to disappoint, the Dolphins could cut ties after this season. Saunders may not be Wallace, but he is quick in the open field and can get open.
Round: 7; Pick: 19: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
Hal was Second Team All-SEC for two consecutive seasons. In case you are not familiar with the SEC, it is pretty good. Hal is smaller than you would like at cornerback, but what do you expect when you’re in the seventh round. Tom Brady only comes around once in a lifetime.
You can view the rest of the draft here.
THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HAVE TRADED THEIR PICK TO ST. LOUIS RAMS FOR THEIR 2ND ROUND (12), 3RD ROUND (11), AND 4TH ROUND (10) PICKS.
Round: 2; Pick: 12 (from St. Louis Rams): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Well then. The Patriots did not expect this to happen. The Patriots’ top choice (Ryan Shazier) was gone long before the Patriots had to pick. Dee Ford, another pass rusher, also went off the board a few picks before 29. The Rams offered the Patriots an offer they could not refuse. Do the Patriots ever do what they’re expected to do? Nope. With defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan and Ra’Shede Hageman (serious bust potential) both on the board, they pass on them for a speedy wide receiver. Will he actually be there come May 8th/9th? Probably not. But in this mock draft he is and Bill cannot pass on Beckham Jr.
Round: 2; Pick: 30: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
The Patriots’ first choice was gone when they picked in the first round, but this time their first choice is available. Stephon Tuitt falling deep in the second round is a huge break for the Patriots. He can play any position on the defensive line and can get after the quarterback.
Round: 3; Pick: 11 (from St. Louis Rams): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St.
The Patriots made the trade with the Rams hoping and praying that tight end Troy Niklas would be available. Turns out he went before Tuitt even was drafted. Richburg is next on the list, however. The interior line could use some work in New England and Richburg is the best center in the draft. He played every game over four years with the Rams, bringing exceptional durability to an offensive line that seems to be banged up every year.
Round: 3; Pick 29: Daquan Jones, DT, Penn St.
The Pats are not getting any breaks with the tight ends. After losing out on Niklas, they look to grab CJ Fiedorowicz late in the fourth. The Chiefs are having none of that. The Patriots are able to get one of the better defensive tackles in the draft late in the third. He, along with Tuitt, will learn and grow under Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly.
Round: 4; Pick: 11 (from St. Louis Rams): Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame
Watt is projected to go anywhere from the fourth to seventh round. CBS has him listed as a 7th rounder – free agent projection. That is absurd. While it may be a bit of a reach here, this is not a deep class for guards. Watt brings some great depth to the Patriots’ line. Plus, Belichick is never afraid to draft a player before he is projected. Although, it does not always go as planned. See: Wilson, Tavon.
Round: 4; Pick: 30: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
The Heisman finalist does not have to travel far to play at the next level. The Boston College product will stay in Massachusetts as the LeGarrette Blount type bowling ball in the backfield.
Round: 4; Pick 40: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
While they are looking for a quarterback, the Patriots will not spend a top pick on one, not with Brady still playing at such a high level. McCarron even said he would love to back up Tom Brady. That sounds like a Patriot to me. Bring him on board.
Round: 6; Pick: 22: Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
With all the star-caliber tight ends long gone, the Patriots grab the best available in the 6th round. Grimble has good hands and is a good run blocker, something that is huge for the Patriots.
Round: 6; Pick: 30: Daniel Sorenson, SS, BYU
Sorenson is the safety the Patriots have been in need of for a while. He is no Kam Chancellor, but has decent size and can force drops with his presence over the middle. He has proven he can play in man coverage as well. Versatility is big for the Patriots; a safety who can not hit and play both man and zone would be a nice addition this late in the draft.
Round: 7; Pick: 29: Matt Patchan, T, Boston College
Another Boston College product and another offensive lineman. Patchan, who CBS has projected as a 5th-6th rounder, falling to the seventh is a no-brainer for New England. Offensive tackle is not a huge need, but these later rounds are more about grabbing the best player available, and Patchan is that. Plus, the trenches is a tough place to play. There can be all kinds of injuries.
You can view the rest of the draft here.
New York Jets 7-Round Mock Draft
Nothing will piss Jets fans off more than picking a cornerback in the first round. However, if Dennard drops to 18, the Jets must and probably will take him. Dee Milliner did not have the rookie season the Jets had hoped he would, and they are still looking to fill that void left by Darrelle Revis. Milliner could still become a very good cornerback and if he does and Dennard is as good as expected, they could end up with a solid secondary.
THE NEW YORK JETS HAVE TRADED UP TO THE 9TH PICK OF THE SECOND ROUND. THEY HAVE TRADED THE BILLS THEIR SECOND ROUND PICK (17) AND FOURTH ROUND PICK (4TH).
Round: 2; Pick: 9 (from Buffalo Bills): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Since they passed on Odell Beckham Jr. and Marquese Lee in the first round, the Jets trade up here to get their offensive weapon. Jace Amaro may not be the flashy receiver that Jets fans are going to be looking for, but he is a solid tight end with good size and can also be dangerous after the catch.
Round: 3; Pick: 16:Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St.
There’s really no debate, the Jets are not good at safety and Ed Reed did not help the cause last season. Brooks is one of the top safeties in the draft. Being a converted cornerback, Brooks can also man up with slot receivers.
Round: 4; Pick 15: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, G, Canada
Duvernay-Tardif is massive. He stands at 6’5”, 321 pounds. The Jets are in need of guard help and the top rated Canadian prospect could be a great addition to a weak line. While he projects as an inside lineman, he played tackle in Canada, so if injuries plague the tackle position, his versatility comes in handy.
Round: 4; Pick: 37: Rob Herron, WR, Wyoming
Herron possesses “straight-line speed” that everybody loves. While he is not the most polished of the wide receivers, he is a solid weapon to give Geno Smith (yes, Geno Smith will be the quarterback).
Round: 5; Pick: 14: Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
Why not double up at tight end? The Jets are in serious need of a tight end and while they got one of the best available in Jace Amaro, having a second can never hurt. Look at the offense the Patriots were able to run when Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were both on the field together.
Round: 6; Pick 19: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
Like safety, the Jets are very weak at linebacker. Jackson is a very good tackler and, while he did not play in one of the better conferences, he is a good player to gamble on late in the draft.
Round: 6; Pick: 33: Ryan Groy, G, Wisconsin
Doubling up yet again. They already drafted a guard, but they could use two. That’s really it. You can never have enough offensive line depth.
Round: 6; Pick: 34: Davante Parker, WR, Louisville
The theme of this draft is doubling up. The Jets also have enough picks to be able to do it. Parker in the sixth round is a steal. Highway robbery. He will probably not be around but in this draft he is, so he is a Jet.
Round: 6; Pick: 37: Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
Like inside linebacker, outside could use a little upgrading. They brought Calvin Pace back, but they could still use a little help. Now in the sixth round, you are not usually getting upgrades at any position. Kennard could drop because of durability issues and if he stays healthy, the Jets get a good player at good value.
Round: 7; Pick: 18: Isiah Crowell, RB, Alabama St.
Crowell will also drop because of durability issues, as well as off the field issues. Chris Johnson has not been an elite running back in years and while he is better than Chris Ivory, you do not know what you are going to get. Crowell could help add some depth to the backfield.
You can view the rest of the draft here.