Thursday, May 08, 2014

First Annual MHSM NFL Mock Draft - Part III

Holy wow the NFL Draft is today!!!!! I figured I better post the last part of the draft so it isn't incomplete and I look like a fool haha. Sorry for the late posting this week. I just got done working the night shift for the past 7 days and get some much needed time off and spend time with my awesome family. Without further adieu, here is the last part to the First Annual MHSM NFL Mock Draft.

#22 Philadelphia Eagles
Needs: WR, OLB, S

Philadelphia will have a much different look at wide receiver this upcoming year. There will be no #10 streaking down the field and throwing the football before he reaches the goal line. However, they need help secondary wise. The Eagles were dead last in opponent passing yards per game, allowing almost 300 yards per game. Nick Foles made a big stride last year and with no Michael Vick, only Mark Sanchez to compete with him, his job is safe.....

Pick: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

#23 Kansas City Chiefs
Needs: WR, S, G

Alex Smith certainly came out of no where and helped lead the Chiefs to the playoffs, along with the help of Jamaal Charles. If Kansas City wants to get back to the playoffs they will need more offensive weapons. They lost Dexter McCluster to Tennessee and a few key defensive weapons as well. I could see Kansas City taking a safety here, but IMO it is too much of a reach right here.

Pick: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

#24 Cincinnati Bengals
Needs: CB, LT, C, DE

Cincinnati was very good in almost every aspect of their game last year. They finished in the top five in opponent passing yards, rushing yards, and top ten in offensive passing yards. There weak spot seemed to be running the ball, but as the season went on last years pick Giovanni Bernard started to turn up the heat. The Bengals could pretty much go anywhere with this pick such as Morgan Moses (OT) or Kony Ealy (DE, to replace the departed Michael Johnson). I see them upgrading their defense and teaming a solid cornerback with Dre Kirkpatrick.

Pick: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

#25 San Diego Chargers
Needs: CB, DT, WR, OLB

The Chargers kept most of they team intact this offseason. The play of Rivers and Keenan Allen certainly helped this team. They did add running back Donald Brown and Kavell Conner from the Colts in order to add solid depth to their team. Their biggest weakness was against the pass, which doesn't help when you have to play Peyton Manning twice a year. Which is why I could see them taking a cornerback or a big man up the middle to disrupt the pass.

Pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

#26 Cleveland Browns
Needs: QB, CB, WR, OL

After filling one big need and taking Johnny Manziel with their first pick, they can continue to rebuild this team. The biggest surprise from last year was the trading of Trent Richardson in the middle of the season. Willis McGahee and Chris Ogbonnaya combined for 617 rushing yards between them. While taking a stub running back here would be great, there just isn't the value for one here. They still could use a solid cornerback opposite of Joe Haden

Pick: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

#27 New Orleans Saints
Needs: CB, OLB, WR

As usual, the Saints were exceptionally good at passing the ball. The emergence of Cameron Jordan and the play of then rookie Kenny Vaccaro certainly helped New Orleans vault to the #2 slot in opponent passing yards per game. The Saints could use more depth in the secondary (although they did sign Champ Bailey) and linebacker.

Pick: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

#28 Carolina Panthers
Needs: LT, WR, CB. S

Carolina is in a very precarious position with the #28 pick. They lost their top three wide receivers (Smith, Ginn, LaFell), two defensive starters (Mike Mitchell, Captain Munnerlyn), and their top offensive tackle to retirement. At this point in the draft they could trade back and snag a few extra picks to add depth to the team, however, I see them staying right here (unless they get a good offer) and taking the best player available.

Pick: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

#29 New England Patriots
Needs: TE, DL, WR, S

The Patriots Super Bowl stock took a hit when Aaron Hernandez was accused of murder, and Rob Gronkowski has been injured several times. They did get Vince Wilfolk back, but he and Tommy Kelly aren't getting any younger. New England lost their top corner in Aqib Talib, but countered with signing Darrelle Revis. The Patriots ranked 30th in opponent rushing yards per game and another big body up the middle would help that cause.

Pick: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

#30 San Francisco 49ers
Needs: CB, WR, C, DL

San Francisco was very good in all aspects last year and almost made it to the Super Bowl for the second time in as many years. They lost two of their top cornerbacks (Rogers/Brown) and starting safety Donte Whitner. The 49ers were able to sign safety Antoine Bethea and cornerback Chris Cook. More defensive help may get them to another Super Bowl in 2014.

Pick: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

#31 Denver Broncos
Needs: ILB, CB, WR, G

If any team made the biggest push to get to the Super Bowl, it was certainly Denver. They signed big names such as Aqib Talib, TJ Ward, and DeMarcus Ware to add to their defense. They did lose breakout player Eric Decker, but signed Emmanual Sanders to try and replace him. Defense was their biggest weakness in 2013, even those nobody showed up in the Super Bowl. Denver would prefer a cornerback right here, but they have been flying off the board.

Pick: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

#32 Seattle Seahawks
Needs: WR, TE, RT, DL, G

Finally the Super Bowl champions get to select and add to their very well rounded team. Wide receiver is probably the biggest need for them in which they lost top receiver Golden Tate to the Lions. But right now, I don't think it is worth reaching for a wide receiver right now. If one of the ones above fall, then I can certainly see them taking one right here. They need more depth along the defensive line.

Pick: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Well there you guys and gals go! The first annual one is done and in the books. I certainly had fun writing this and hopefully you enjoyed reading it. Next year I would like to get 2-3 other people to help me out and give their opinions on player picking as well! Please leave any comments or questions and I would be happy to answer them.