Feb 172013

Kansas City (2-14) – Geno Smith QB West Virginia - The Chiefs have a major QB problem it is by far their biggest need and Geno Smith seems to be slowly separating himself from the pack. While he may not be a top 5 overall player in this draft he could still be the #1 overall pick.

Jacksonville (2-14) – Bjoern Werner DE Florida State – The Jags had the fewest sacks in the entire NFL last season. Ownership has also been pretty desperate to bring in a Florida guy to invigorate the fan base which is what breaks the tie between Werner and Moore.

Oakland (4-12) – STAR LOTULELEI, DT, UTAH – Oakland is rumored to see either Tommy Kelly or Richard Seamore leave via free agency Lotulelei is arguably the best prospect in this draft and easily the best defensive tackle.

Philadelphia (4-12) – Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M – Anyone who watched the
Eagles last season knows how awful the offensive line was. To put it in numbers BOTH Nick Foles AND Mike Vick were sacked more than Eli Manning this season. That makes Joeckel a no brainer for the eagles.

Detroit (4-12) – Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia – The Lions are always a BPA team not only are they a BPA team but they are also a team that has a bad habit of ignoring injury red flags. Add to that that he plays a dual role as OLB and DE two things that can be big needs for Detroit.

Cleveland (5-11) – Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M – Cleveland only had 13 sacks last season from the DE position Jaqua Parker is reaching 35 years old additionally the value is just there.

Arizona (5-11) – Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan – Copy and paste philly’s analysis onto arizona I think they gave up the most sacks of any team this season. They need to shore up that O-Line and Fisher is going to be a mainstay at the position for the next 10-12 years.

Buffalo (6-10) – Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse – The Bills want Nassib they have a big need at the QB position, they have his entire offensive staff from Syracuse, Nassib has been working with the Bill’s new Offensive Coordinator’s dad for a large part of the off season including playbooks. when there is this much smoke there is bound to be fire.

New York Jets (6-10) – Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas – This is the hardest pick to make because the Jets have so many needs it is amazing that they won as much as they did. The long and short of it is that the Jets are looking to move Tebow and Sanchez is obviously not the answer. I highly doubt the Jets go back to that USC QB hole again which leaves Tyler wilson to be the top guy.

Tennessee (6-10) – Chance Warmack OG Alabama – CJ2K needs a hole to run through Warmach will make that hole.

San Diego (7-9) – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma – Philip Rivers was the second most sacked QB in the NFL last season next to Aaron Rodgers. While they have a few other needs on that offense the Offensive Tackles are not going to make it to the second round.

Miami (7-9) – Dee Milliner CB Alabama – Miami got rid of Vontae Davis in mid season their secondary was never the same not to mention that this is a major steal at this point. Very basic Jeff Ireland philosophy draft the best player at a top three need.

Tampa Bay (7-9) – Johnathan Banks CB Miss State – Tampa traded Aqib Talib during the season and Eric Wright didn’t get it done Banks is easily the second best CB in the draft.

Carolina (7-9) – Kenny Vaccaro S Texas – The Panthers have many needs WR, CB, DT, and S so there are many places they could go here but they go with the best player at one of these needs.

New Orleans (7-9) – Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon – The Saints are going to the 3-4 defense they are going to need a pass rushing OLB to make Rob Ryan’s system work.

St. Louis (7-8-1) – DJ Fluker OT Alabama – In order to take the next step in the NFC West the Rams are going to have to do better protecting

Pittsburgh (8-8) – Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB LSU – With the possibility of James Harrison not being on the roster creates a need at the position.

Dallas (8-8) – Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU – The Cowboys needs players for Monte Kiffen’s tampa 2 defense. They already have one DE in Ware but having a second on the other side is the mainstay of how the scheme works. Also stealing this piece from the Giants is just an added plus.

New York Giants (9-7) – Sharrif Floyd DT Florida – The Giants cut Chris Canty this off season that means they have a need at the middle of the defensive line it is also good value at this point in the draft.

Chicago (10-6) – Manti Te’o ILB Notre Dame – The Bears miss the boat as far as top flight offensive linemen are concerned in this scenario the pick is really going to depend on what happens with Brian Urlacher. If he goes I can really see Te’o being the pick for chicago.

Cincinnati* (10-6) – Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee – The prospect of Patterson starting across from AJ Green has to make Andy Dalton drool.

St. Louis – from Washington* (10-6) – Keenan Allen WR Cal – The Rams were so desperate at the WR position that they even brought in Titus Young for a shot. That ended even faster than it started which means that St. Louis still needs a starting WR. Allen is the best available.

Minnesota* (10-6) – Sheldon Richardson DT Mizzu – The other member of the old Williams wall is going to be 33 years old coming into the season he won’t last forever and another inerior pass rusher could be what the doctor ordered.

Indianapolis* (11-5) – Johnathan Jenkins NT Georgia – The Colts have been gashed up the middle often a new NT is just what the doctor ordered and instantly improves that young D.

Seattle* (11-5) – Robert Woods WR USC – The free agency period will tell us a lot more about the plans of the Seattle Seahawks they have needs is four or five spots but WR might be the biggest one Woods is likely the best available.

Green Bay* (11-5) – Alec Ogletree ILB Georgia – Best player available and also fills a need.

Houston* (12-4) – Kevin Minter ILB LSU – The Texans are in a position where they can think about depth. Their team captain Brian Cushing hasn’t been able to stay healthy the past two season and having a top flight backup for the position could bring Houston to the next level.

Denver* (13-3) – Eric Reid S LSU – A corner could also be an option here but when you look at the game against the Ravens they safeties got beaten deep a few times so I went safety.

New England* (12-4) – DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson – Hopkins is a good player who can get separation it is also likely that Wes Welker finds himself in a different uniform although I think they may resign Endlemen who was playing well at Welker’s position. But, they could do so much better than Dion Branch.

Atlanta* (13-3) – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame – With Gonzo retiring they have a need to fill at the TE position that is often utilized in that offense.

San Francisco* (11-4-1) – Justin Hunter WR Tennessee – The 49ers are another team that will tell us much in free agency depending on who they can and can’t retain will really give us a better idea on who they draft.

Baltimore* (10-6) – Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State – With Joe Flacco’s big contract the Ravens may have to let Darnell Ellerbe leave for free agency and of the other free agents that may have to leave Baltimore the only one without a suitable backup is Ellerbe/Lewis.


James is a draftnic who won't call himself an expert. He has followed the NFL draft since 2004. James believes that history and precedence as well as a keen eye for talent is the real key for predicting and accurately defining what makes good NFL players and where they fit in the NFL. As a college graduate in Bioinformatics he has grown to adapt to reading trends weather it comes in the form of genetic material or NFL prospects he devotes hundreds of hours a year to the craft of studying the NFL draft from all angles to create an unique and in all hopes accurate draft experience to all who would listen.

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