Hello again welcome back to my weekly installment of the NFL mock draft. I again went through and adjusted my rankings to determine where teams are at the end of the year. Much like the draft however, guessing who will win each week in the NFL is just as hard. So, if you are mad at where I have your team just look at your schedule and be realistic on who you can beat, but also realize things change week to week in this league. Without further ado here we go!
Chicago Bears: Ben Jones, C, Georgia
I want to see how the Garza experiment, which sounds like a bad movie plot, works out before I feel too confident about them going after a center. For now, I still like adding help on the offensive line although centers typically fall down the draft board as the process wears on.
Buffalo Bills: Julian Miller, DE/OLB, West Virginia
If preseason is any indication, Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman might have regained some of his form, but let's not get too excited until we see a lot of it in the 2011 season. As of this writing, I think the Bills need more at rush linebacker before they can be taken seriously.
Denver Broncos: Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
The cornerback position is thin, and while star Champ Bailey is still doing his thing, he turns 34 next June. There is no question the Broncos are going to need help early in the 2012 NFL draft
Arizona Cardinals: Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas
On the nose late-round rookie David Carter has opened some eyes and is at least in the conversation to overtake Dan Williams in the starting lineup. That pushes the need on the defensive line to depth on the end. Vonnie Holliday is a whisper from retirement and another player for the rotation is just smart business.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Vince Browne, DE, Northwestern
Remember when the Jaguars tried to upgrade their pass rush with early draft picks? That didn't work out so well, and years later it is still a problem. Perhaps newly signed Matt Roth, who is converting from linebacker to defensive end, gives their pass rush a bump but the need for a younger player to attack opposing quarterbacks should be on their minds in the draft regardless.
Cleveland Browns: DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
I can already hear some groans from fans in the Dawg Pound over drafting another Buckeye wide receiver. Brian Robiskie has not exactly worked out. Still, even after drafting Greg Little this group needs more help and definitely more production. Minor injuries took away from valuable preseason time for several players to develop a rapport with young quarterback Colt McCoy.
Tennessee Titans: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
The process of getting bigger on the defensive line for the Titans continues. After the preseason, I am less convinced of a need here even with Derrick Morgan on the mend, so this could change in my next version. However, teams wanting to compete love to load up in the trenches, where games are won.
Minnesota Vikings: Levy Adcock, G/T, Oklahoma State
After dumping Bryant McKinnie, the Vikings may shift their draft strategy to the tackle position. Levy Adcock plays left tackle for the Cowboys, but projects as a monster inside at guard. Either way, they need to get the line ready for when Christian Ponder takes over. If his days at Florida State are any indication, it would be smart not to let him get hit very often.
Washington Redskins: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
Anyone pretending to know Mike Shanahan's strategy at the quarterback position is lying. He dumped Donovan McNabb a year after trading for him, and had no problem with a preseason battle between John Beck and Rex Grossman for the starting job in 2011. Maybe he is in position for one of the top prospects in the 2012 NFL draft, and maybe he identifies someone in the second tier to work with.
Seattle Seahawks: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
Pete Carroll is used to having more talent in his backfield. He will probably look for another threat in the 2012 NFL draft. I think Cyrus Gray can elevate his draft stock with a little work, but it was tough to see him let the ball out of his hands a couple times in Texas A&M's season opener - once after he was down and another for a fumble recovered by a teammate. He needs to put less of that on tape for scouts.
Detroit Lions: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
On paper the Lions have a vicious defensive front, and it should lessen their problems in the secondary. They still need another cornerback even if the increased pressure helps them on the back side.
St. Louis Rams: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Like a lot of teams, depth at cornerback is a concern for the Rams. Fortunately for them the NFC West is challenged at quarterback, but if they want to win this division and advance in the playoffs this group needs help.
Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
The Bengals blew it by allowing Dez Briscoe to slip away to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now that Chad Ochocinco has moved on and with the younger receivers still suspect, other than (hopefully) rookie A.J. Green, they need another recruit.
Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Thomas Jones is pretty much out of the picture after the 2011 season I would think, and because Jamaal Charles is never going to be a workhorse, the Chiefs have to find someone else to carry the load in the middle to late rounds of the draft where options abound.
Houston Texans: Nigel Bradham, ILB, Florida State
Obviously, the Texans have a pair of studs starting on the inside, but a little insurance is needed behind them.
Miami Dolphins: David Paulson, TE, Oregon
Anthony Fasano is the only tight end worth anything on the roster, and that is not saying too much. Most teams have two quality options and there are plenty of young stars around the league. The Dolphins need to seek one out in the 2012 NFL draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
Running the ball has put the Buccaneers back on the map in the NFL. This might not seem to be a dire need, but guard is a little thin and another piece would be useful.
Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Lindsey, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh
The spotlight is on Anthony Spencer in the 2011 season. If things go well, the Cowboys will shift their focus elsewhere. If not, they need another pass rusher fairly early on in the draft.
Chicago Bears: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
Again, the Bears are trying some things out on the interior of their offensive line. I can justify adding at least one player to the mix and possibly two.
San Francisco 49ers: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
The 49ers have some interesting options at linebacker. They might not need any more help depending on how this group performs, but Dont'a Hightower would be an interesting addition to the fold.
New York Giants: Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Both lines have always been important to the Giants. On the offensive side, particularly at tackle, they are a little suspect going forward. If William Beatty and rookie James Brewer play well in 2011, this gets pushed down the board.
Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State
Maybe now people will believe me that the Colts are serious about thinking beyond Peyton Manning. It is easier said than done finding a franchise player, which is why a lot of teams are still searching. They can come in any round, potentially, even if the odds are against it happening here in the third.
San Diego Chargers: George Bryan, TE, N.C. State
As Cliff Claven might point out if the television show Cheers was airing, it is a little known fact that both Antonio Gates and Randy McMichael were born in June. This isn't the important part. They turn 32 and 31 respectively a couple months after the 2012 NFL Draft. The time is now to secure a future at the position.
Philadelphia Eagles: Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
The Eagles do not value linebackers much, but it is one of their few weaknesses and given their stack of draft picks, it would not be surprising for them to seek help on day two.
New Orleans Saints: Bobbie Massie, OT, Mississippi
If there is a soft spot on a strong offensive line, it is tackle depth and possibly a better starter at right tackle. If Charles Brown continues his development, they will do something else with this pick.
New York Jets: Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
It is obvious that the deep ball is not Mark Sanchez's strength. Adding another tight end to pair with Dustin Keller would help him out.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
I am in a strange situation with Robert Griffin III, or RG3 as dorks like to refer to him as, because I love his ability. At the same time, I am uncertain how high he can realistically go in the draft. Watching him in the thrilling upset of TCU, his passing skills were on display, but his running suffered. He struggled to decide when to run, and when he did run the results were not great. I hope to see him dominate a few more defenses before the season is up and make better decisions.
The Steelers would be an interesting landing spot for Griffin because he is potentially a better version of Dennis Dixon, who wants out. Ben Roethlisberger absorbs a lot of hits and he is far from an iron man.
Atlanta Falcons: Stephen Good, G, Oklahoma
Harvey Dahl's departure hurts. Garrett Reynolds and Mike Johnson are battling to replace him. Late-round rookie Andrew Jackson is someone the team likes even though he is now relegated to the practice squad. This is another one of those picks I could easily change my mind on as the season kicks off.
Baltimore Ravens: Eddie Whitley, FS, Virginia Tech
Ed Reed was his usual dominant self, when he was healthy enough to play, in 2010, but the end is rapidly approaching for him. The Ravens need to bring in some options while he still has a little football left and hope he can impart some knowledge on a potential replacement.
New England Patriots: Barrett Jones, OT, Alabama
Mocking for the Patriots is like shopping for a billionaire. What do you get them that they don't already have? Offensive line depth is always defensible I guess.
Green Bay Packers: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
I couldn't help myself with this one. A year after the rival Bears landed a Badger at tackle, the Packers counter with one of their own albeit to support their potential young starting bookends of the future, Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod.