This is not draft news (though both play a role on the draft) but I felt I needed to address both of these issues. First of all, I completely and 100% agree with Godell’s punishment for the Saints. I play football and it is not okay for multiple coaches and a GM to pay their players money to injure opposing players. I know football is a violent game but it is simply unnaceptable to give players bonuses for hurting people. How does this news affect the draft? Well, as part of the punishment, the Saints lost their 2012 and 2013 2nd round draft picks. Now, the Saints don’t have a pick in this year’s draft until the 3rd round. For a team with multiple flaws on the defensive side of the ball (LB, DT, CB) they will now be looking towards middle of the road players to fill that need. They will now have to look at Free Agency to fill those needs.
In other major NFL news, the Jets gave up a 4th and 6th round pick in this years draft to land a backup QB in Tim Tebow. The Jets have numerous needs (WR, RT, FS, SS, HB, RG) and now lack two draft picks that could have helped fill those needs. And all to land a backup QB when they already had two other QBs on the roster? This move screams of a PR move to try and fix the image of the Jets organization. Ultimately, I feel that Denver robbed the Jets and for a cap strapped team like the Jets, this move will greatly effect next years team. A 4th round pick on a guard like Lonnie Edwards or a WR like Dwight Jones would have helped this team a lot more than Tim Tebow will. The Broncos won on this deal big time.
Hey guys. Sorry for the lack of posts in the past couple days but I just started a new job and time was tight. A big thanks to Ryan for keeping the site fresh. I have been looking at mock drafts and seeing where Tommy Streeter has been going and I am consistently seeing anywhere from the 2nd to the 4th round. In my opinion, that is totally absurd as he is one of the premiere prospects at the WR position. Streeter has all the measurable’s to be an absolute stud and if a team can land him in the third round, they would be getting a major steal. After he blew up the combine, I thought Streeter might see his stock soar into the late first round but instead he has kind of stayed where he was. I have always had him rated as an early second round pick and I see numerous possible landing spots for him. After the jump see where they are and see my updated WR Rankings.
Finally got a 2 Round Mock done. I sprinkled in a few trades but this is more conservative than my last. Enjoy.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
Pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point.
TRADE: St. Louis Rams trade #2 pick to Washington for their 1st, 2nd and conditional 2013 2nd round pick.
2. Washington Redskins (from Rams): Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor
This is one of the more predictable trades I can remember as Washington moves up to get RG3. The 2013 pick will become a 1st round pick if RG3 leads them to the playoffs.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil OT, USC
The Vikings couldn’t be happier to see someone trade up for RG3 because then it means they get Kalil. He fills a big need and will protect Christian Ponder for the next 10 years.
4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon WR, Oklahoma State
I’m going on the record now, the worst thing the Browns could possibly do is to trade up for Robert Griffin. He will just be another talented young QB with no weapons to work with that will FAIL MISERABLY. Taking an elite receiver like Blackmon will actually give whoever their QB is a chance.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne CB, LSU
Tampa is in a good situation here since its unlikely any defensive players are taken in the top 4. Claiborne fills the biggest need for the Bucs and is the top talent available who’s not Trent Richardson.
I never mock trades but in this scenario I am going to mock one. The Redskins are going to give up their 1st, 2nd, and 4th round picks to move up from #6 to #2. Also note that this was written on 1/21, before the Championship games were played so the order of the draft reflects that. The final four picks were determined by Regular season record. Note – because the order is wrong at the end I decided to forgo explanations for the final three rounds and just get this published.
1. Indianapolis (2-14) – Team Needs: QB, OG, OC, 2CB, WR, SS, TE, DE, LB, RB – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – Is an explanation really needed here?
Well I have gathered enough information to publish another mock draft. This one is of the two round variety. Anywhere you see a ? next to team needs, that means I still need help with those teams. Once I gather all that information, I can begin expanding the draft to 3 and 4 rounds.
1. Indianapolis (2-14) – Team Needs: QB, OG, OC, 2CB, WR, SS, TE, DE, LB, RB – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – This is an absolute no brainer and no explanation is really needed.
2. St. Louis (2-14) – 2OT, 2WR, 2OLB, FS, CB, DT, OC, RB, FB – Matt Kalil, OT, USC – This pick is basically a no brainer. The Rams will consider Justin Blackmon but a franchise LT is more important and more valuable than a franchise WR.
3. Minnesota (3-13) – LT, CB, WR, S, OG, 2LB, DT, FB, RB3 – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – If Kalil is taken by the Rams, this pick will also be a no brainer. Blackmon is a beast and would give Jake Locker a franchise WR.
4. Cleveland (4-12) – QB, WR, RT, DE, CB, OLB, RB, OG, FS, DT, K – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – Again, another no brainer. If Blackmon is off the board, the Browns will have to take the 2nd best QB in the draft and someone that fits perfectly in Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense. He has great accuracy, is very mobile, and has great intelligence.
5. Tampa Bay (4-12) – 2CB, 2LB, RT, WR, OC, RB, LG, FB, DT, QB, K – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Another easy pick. The Bucs biggest need is finding a CB and Claiborne is the best CB in the draft class and could be better in coverage than Patrick Peterson was in coverage.
After the jump see the rest of this mock draft
Today I will take a look at the WR class quickly while I work on getting a 2 round Mock Draft out there. Look for that to publish later tonight or tomorrow at some point.
This class has 33 draftable WRs but the facts of past drafts tell you that 18 to 23 WRs will be drafted. That means their will be 10 or more UDFA WRs that will be worthy of making a roster.
1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State – Blackmon has emerged as the clear #1 WR in this draft and should be a top 5 draft pick come April. The Vikings, Rams, and Browns will target him from 2 through 4.
2. Mohammed Sanu, Rutgers – I have Sanu over Jeffery and Floyd and that will draw a lot of criticism. However, Sanu clearly performed better than both of them this year, and by a wide margin. He has better hands than both. Runs better routes than both. Has more speed than both and is a smarter player than both. Just because he doesn’t have 6’4″ size does not matter to me. He is 6’2″ 215 pounds and has the potential to be stud in this league. He just broke Big East WR records that Larry Fitzgerald held with out a QB that should have been starting on any other Big 6 conference team.
3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – Jeffery is fantastic player that suffered from awful QB play. He should still be a top 15 to top 20 pick but if he had good QB play, he could have been a top 5 pick. The team that lands him is going to get him a fantastic player that could be a top 5 WR in the NFL.
4. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame – Floyd came into the year with tons of character questions but he straitened out his act this year and performed fantastically. He should be a mid first round pick and provides a special player with 6’4″ height and 4.4 speed.
5. Kendall Wright, Baylor – Wright is a burner that can also be a dangerous kick returner. Because of his speed and route running along with his value as a KR, I see him as a late first round pick this year to a team in need of a #2 WR and KR prowess. I think he will end up at Houston or New England come April.
See the rest of the incredibly deep and talented WR class after the jump.
Earlier today I posted the RBs and yesterday I posted the QBs. The Wide Receiver position will be loaded this year if underclassmen declare. From top to bottom there is tons of NFL talent in this draft class and multiple #1 WRs. Note that this was written before Ryan Broyles incredible 154 yard 3TD performance. He is going to stay at No. 6 but the difference between 4 and 6 is marginal right now and could be inter-changeable.
1. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: I am now one of the people who think Blackmon is the #1 WR in the draft and by a decent margin. He is putting up ridiculous numbers with ease. I think he will be better than A.J. Green.
2. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina: This is not a knock on Jeffery at all. He will still be a top ten pick and he will still be a stud in the NFL but I think Blackmon has surpassed him as the No. 1 WR in this draft. Whoever gets Jeffery is getting an incredible WR with huge upside.
3. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Floyd has all the talent in the world but has character concerns. He is a #1 WR in the NFL and just needs to stay focused.
4. Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers: This will surprise a lot of people but Sanu has been the best WR in college football so far this year. He has all the tools to be a Wes Welker like player in the NFL and could become the best possession WR in the NFL by the time he is a five year veteran. He will be a first round pick, possibly top fifteen, if he keeps playing this well.
5. Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M: Fuller has fallen because of great play by Floyd and Sanu, but he is still a legitimate #1 WR in the NFL. He should be a late first to early second round pick if he keeps this type of play up.
To view the rest of the WRs, click read more.