Archive for January, 2014

In June of 2013, I predicted six players would breakout this season. Two QBs, two rookies, and two pass catchers. I will now proceed to grade my own predictions with the benefit of hindsight of the 2013 season.

1. Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Tony Moeaki

Moeaki was “considered one of the top tight end prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft” coming out of Iowa. His play in Kansas was continually cut short due to injury. This August he got injured yet again. In October, Moeaki became a free agent and joined the Bills. He played in two games in Buffalo and registered no catches or carries on the season.

Moeaki certainly does have potential. But he’ll never live up to it if he keeps getting injured. If the Bills decide to part ways with Scott Chandler (another former Hawkeye) they could promote Moeaki to the starting position and give him a chance to develop a rapport with E.J. Manuel. Ultimately, Moeaki was either injured or irrelevant for the 2013 season.

Final Grade: F

2. Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver, Emmanuel Sanders

I was correct in identifying that the departure of former receiver Mike Wallace would allow a new Pittsburgh receiver to step in and become the new number one target for Roethlisberger. Many NFL analysts correctly predicted that Antonio Brown would be that player. Brown finished the season second overall in receiving yards besting even the dominant Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green for total receiving yards (to be fair Johnson missed two games due to injury). This was a swing and a miss for me as Brown’s season exploded whereas Sanders’ season was indeed a career best, but by no means a breakout campaign.

Sanders played in all sixteen games this season catching sixty-seven passes for 740 yards and six scores. He played the best season of his career but watched as teammate Antonio Brown became the breakout receiving star in Pittsburgh.

Final Grade: C

3. Miami Dolphins QB, Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill had a slew of new receiving options for the 2013 season. Dolphins ownership brought in Dustin Keller (immediately lost to injury), WR Brandon Gibson, and former Steeler Mike Wallace to allow Tannehill plenty of talent in the receiving corps to make the passing offense a more viable option for Miami. Tannehill finished the season with twenty five total scores and seventeen interceptions. Acceptable improvement on a fairly rocky rookie campaign where he turned the ball over (17) more than he scored (14).

Tannehill has definitely stepped up his game from the 2012 season, but will need to continue to improve in order to have a true “breakout” season.

Final Grade: C+/B-

4. San Diego Chargers QB, Philip Rivers

Many NFL pundits predicted Mike McCoy would “fix” Philip Rivers of the turnover problems that plagued his game for the past three seasons, and he seems to have done just that. Part of the problem of Rivers’ turnovers could be blamed on TE Antonio Gates’ frequent injuries. Gates had his first sixteen game season since 2009. Part could be blamed on the loss of number one wideout Vincent Jackson to Tampa Bay after 2011. It could be the lack of stability in the run game transitioning from one of the NFL’s greatest running backs in LaDainian Tomlinson to the occasionally underwhelming Ryan Mathews. Regardless, all has been forgiven as Rivers finished in the top three QB in total QBR and kept turnovers relatively low with eleven interceptions to thirty-two touchdowns. Rivers has returned to pre-2011 form and stands as one of the league’s top Passers.

Final Grade: A

5. San Francisco 49ers FS, Eric Reid

San Francisco moved up in the first round to grab Reid in order to recuperate from the loss of pro bowler Dashon Goldson to Tampa Bay. Reid started all sixteen games for San Francisco and was actually San Francisco’s only representative in the Pro Bowl this season. Reid finished the season with 77 total tackles and 4 interceptions. Considering how quickly Reid earned a starting spot, his opportunistic play, and his entry into the Pro Bowl, Reid’s quickly become one of the league’s top safeties.

Final Grade: A

6. Houston Texans WR, DeAndre Hopkins

Houston management drafted DeAndre Hopkins to give Andre Johnson the opportunity to play without being double-covered every game. Hopkins’ rookie season suffered because of Houston’s catastrophically poor Quarterback play. Matt Schaub seemingly fell apart at the seams with pick-six after pick-six and returned to the bench as Case Keenum started in his absence without much more success. Hopkins finished second among rookie in receiving yards with 802 yards and averaged an impressive 15.4 yards per reception. While not as impressive a campaign as San Diego’s Keenan Allen, Hopkins still put up a strong showing considering Houston’s plummet down the power charts and their dire QB situation.

Final Grade: B

Miscellaneous:

– Christmas morning of the NFL season arrives in 3 1/2 months. The combine is less than a month away.

– Team Rice overcame Team Sanders 22-21 in a hard fought Pro Bowl match on a Mike Tolbert two point conversion play. The “unconferencing” of the Pro Bowl seems to have salvaged the game for future seasons as it was a competitive defensive contest this season.

– The Michael Crabtree/Richard Sherman fiasco is overblown media hype of back and forth between wide receiver and defensive back that happens in every NFL game. Sherman’s unhinging on Erin Andrews has brought the event to the forefront of the Pro Football media world. Richard Sherman is not a thug. He’s a pro football player who lost his temper on national television. Though he should not have behaved like that in front of Ms. Andrews. Although Sherman seemingly meant to be a good sport about the whole thing, on Mike and Mike in the morning Pittsburgh Safety Ryan Clark correctly pointed out that Sherman’s post-game congratulation to Crabtree could be seen as condescending or insulting because of how the game ended, thus resulting in Crabtree grabbing Sherman’s helmet and likely saying something out of anger. That doesn’t justify what Crabtree does, but it does contextualize it a little better. Crabtree’s a good receiver, but Sherman is an elite corner.

– The Super Bowl looms six days away and I can’t remember being less excited for the outcome. I picture it like Hitler and Stalin in the boxing ring. I’m delighted to see one lose, but not so the other wins. Manning’s worked hard enough and humbly enough that a second championship doesn’t seem unearned. Seattle’s been a dominant team all season and could get away with the trophy if the weather’s too cold/unfriendly for the passing game to play a role. Enjoy the game and may the best team win.

Full seven round mock draft

1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina DE

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain claims Houston now has their crosshairs set on physical specimen Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney makes a lot of sense as the number one selection. He has the highest ceiling in the draft class and defensive ends are more coveted than ever before. Houston needs a starting QB, and regardless of what I believe they apparently feel that selecting a passer in the second round in order to take Clowney in the first will best help the franchise move forward.

2. St. Louis Rams (through Washington Redskins) – Khalil Mack, Buffalo OLB

Jeff Fisher’s not taking a tackle number two overall. They want to trade out of here. They should take Greg Robinson. And they should trade out of this pick. But neither of those things will happen. Les Snead is left with Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack at number two.  Mack is a great pass rusher and will benefit any team he joins, including St. Louis. Mack will be a great pick for St. Louis if they don’t find a trade partner.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars –  Sammy Watkins, Clemson WR

Rumors have surfaced of Jacksonville taking Jake Matthews at number three. Johnny Manziel is a strong candidate for this position as well. Watkins makes the most sense here. He’s a sure thing and can make a huge impact for whoever lines up at QB in 2014 and in years to come.

4. Cleveland Browns – Mike Evans, Texas A&M WR

Cleveland will want to take a “value” player here and take a passer at number twenty-six or thirty-five. Rumors are favoring a strong link between Evans and Cleveland at number four. Evans would pair well with Josh Gordon as he is a huge target and Cleveland’s passer would suddenly have a devastating passing offense with Mike Evans, Josh Gordon, and Jordan Cameron in the passing game.

5. Oakland Raiders – Greg Robinson, Auburn OT

Oakland doesn’t seem like they want to take Carr or even Bridgewater here  at number five. If McKenzie wants to follow the “best player available” formula then Robinson makes himself the natural selection here. Robinson is a beast of a tackle and would allow Oakland to cut loose one of their overpriced free agent OL signings this offseason and be a stalwart LT for the next decade in black and silver.

6. Atlanta Falcons – Jake Matthews, Texas A&M OT

The Falcons have major needs on defense and saw their offensive line struggle in 2013. Matthews might be the safest selection in the draft. Matthews performed at an elite level at A&M and should be able to start right away at RT helping Atlanta’s offense return to form and giving Ryan more time in the pocket. Matthews might be the most gifted lineman in the draft when it comes to excelling at his craft.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB

Lovie Smith is a historically successful defensive coach on a historically successful defensive franchise in Tampa Bay. So of course their first round selection will be the psychopathic, runs around like a maniac, unconventional quarterback Johnny Manziel. Tampa’s hiring of Josh McCown shows they don’t trust Glennon as the future of the franchise. Tampa missed out on all the sexy picks with Mike Evans jumping up through the draft in the eleventh hour. Manziel can without question be great and with a season behind Josh McCown grow into a disciplined passer and help Tampa Bay become relevant again.

8. Minnesota Vikings – Blake Bortles, Central Florida QB

Bortles is widely considered the best ‘prototypical’ passer in the draft. Anthony Barr, who would fit well in Minnesota, has lost some value in the eyes of top drafting NFL franchises. The franchise can never move forward until they take a passer. They could look for Mettenberger or Garoppolo in the second by taking a Justin Gilbert or Taylor Lewan here, but the franchise has the best chance to return to relevance with the best passer. And the best passer is Blake Bortles.

9. Buffalo Bills – Taylor Lewan, Michigan OT

Lewan boosted his stock at the combine with the fastest 40 time among O linemen with 4.87 and has great size at 6’7″ and 307 lbs. Lewan is a top prospect and will help Manuel develop as a passer by giving him more time to go through his progressions. Building the offensive line is essential for a struggling franchise and Lewan looks to start at the tackle position for the next ten years.

10. Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State CB

Gilbert’s the top corner in the draft and would help Detroit’s defense recover from a forgetful 2013. Teams really need three “starting” cornerbacks now with the league being pass-oriented the way that it is. The Lions’ safeties really are an underrated pair and Gilbert makes the most sense for Detroit unless they move up for Watkins/Evans at number ten. Detroit could also decide Odell Beckham is worth the tenth overall pick.

11. Tennessee – Anthony Barr, UCLA OLB

Tennessee’s defense showed resilience but could benefit significantly with a pass rusher like Barr. Barr entered the offseason as the number one ranked pass-rushing OLB on many boards but saw his draft stock get leapfrogged by small school Khalil Mack. Barr would make an excellent addition to a rising Titans’ defense.

12. New York Giants – Zack Martin, Notre Dame OT

Martin’s a top G/T prospect from Notre Dame. He lacks ideal size for the tackle position but’s shown effective pass and run blocking skill at Notre Dame and played well in the BCS title game against powerhouse Alabama. Martin can start at guard for the Giants if they like Will Beatty at left tackle in 2014. Otherwise they can put Pugh at left tackle and have Martin play right tackle as he’s a skilled player with experience at both left and right tackle.

13. St. Louis Rams – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama FS

The Rams have significant depth issues at the safety position. Trumaine Johnson should be able to take over where Cortland Finnegan left off last season. Clinton-Dix is the top safety in the draft and would fill an important position for St. Louis likely from week one.

14. Chicago Bears – Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh DT

Chicago ranked dead last in run defense last season. Donald’s the top rated DT in the draft right now. Donald and Jay Ratliff together could wreak havoc on opposing offenses in the NFL for years to come. Donald’s stock has risen dramatically since the end of the college season.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Odell Beckham, LSU WR

Pittsburgh lost two receivers important to their offense in Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Beckham’s jumped up draft boards in the past week and Pittsburgh’s been tied to his name in reports on walterfootball.com. Pittsburgh will be looking for height in other receivers (Donte Moncrief or Martavis Bryant)  perhaps in the second or third rounds. Pittsburgh also has needs at cornerback and offensive line and could look to draft a corner like Kyle Fuller or a tackle, but Beckham is a blue chip prospect that Roethlisberger would thrive throwing the ball to.

16. Dallas Cowboys – Calvin Pryor, Louisville FS

Pryor’s a big, playmaking safety that Dallas needs now that they have to face mastermind Chip Kelly twice a year. Timmy Jernigan would fit here at number sixteen, but he’s not a playmaker like Aaron Donald. Pryor can be a legitimate difference maker and and start for Dallas from week one.

17. Baltimore Ravens – Eric Ebron, UNC TE

Baltimore has major needs at offensive line, wide receiver, and safety. Many analysts have Ebron going in the top 12. If available here Baltimore could select him solely as a value player. Baltimore’s receiver group may not struggle as it did last season with Marlon Brown having more time to develop and 34-year young Steve Smith at wide receiver.

18. New York Jets – Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State CB

Rex Ryan can select one of the drafts’ top corners if Dennard becomes available at number eighteen. Dennard and Miliner will help reestablish the Jets notoriously stingy defensive reputation for 2014. Dennard’s play speaks for itself at Michigan State as a key starter on arguably the best secondary in college football.

19. Miami Dolphins – Morgan Moses, Virginia OT

Miami released starting tackles Tyson Clabo and Bryant Mckinnie. And traded troubled young OT Jonathan Martin to San Francisco. Even with the signing of Branden Albert, Miami has a need at OT. Moses has years of starting experience at both right and left tackle. The FA signing of Earl Mitchell and the resigning of Randy Starks suggest they will not draft a DT with this selection. Miami could take JaWuan James at number 19 here. James didn’t even play left tackle in College, so I can’t imagine he’d be drafted before teammate Antonio Richardson or rising OT Joel Bitonio.

20. Arizona Cardinals – Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville QB

Arizona could very easily choose at add an “instant impact” piece in the first round. Bridgwater doesn’t look like the type of player to start week one. Drafting a player like Kony Ealy or Dee Ford would boost Arizona’s pass rush in the best division in football. Bridgewater is a cranial young passer and would come into ideal circumstances for a young passer: A good team, a veteran starter, and strong receivers (Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd). In 2015 or 2016 Bridgewater could surface as a talented young passer with all the skills to succeed in the NFL for years to come.

21. Green Bay Packers – Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois S

Jimmie Ward played for small Northern Illinois as a Strong Safety. At 193 lbs, he might be better suited to free safety, a major position of need for Green Bay. Ward will step in and look to contribute as a turnover machine, how he made a name for himself at Northern Illinois.

22. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandin Cooks, Oregon State WR

The OSU speedster looks like the most natural fit to replace the departed DeSean Jackson at WR. Philly has needs on defense but Chip Kelly’s made his name as a speed guy on offense. Drafting Brandin Cooks here (if available) would make perfect sense for the Eagles. Philadelphia would benefit with a starting safety but likely will not be able to take Pryor or even Jimmie Ward at number 22.

23. Kansas City Chiefs – Cody Latimer, Indiana WR

Ever since Latimer’s 4.4 40 time at his Pro Day he’s been skyrocketing up mock drafts. Latimer’s 15 yards per reception at Indiana and size/speed combination will make him a fierce weapon in the passing game. Latimer can quickly become Alex Smith’s new favorite target. Latimer isn’t the tallest or the fastest receiver in the draft, but he possesses a strong combination of the two and (most importantly) great hands at Indiana.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Kyle Fuller, Va. Tech CB

Fuller brings talent and youth to the corner position for Cincinnati. Jones and Kirkpatrick are adequate at their position, but drafting Fuller will at worst bring in a great nickelback, a more valuable position in today’s NFL. Fuller’s boosted up draft boards after the season’s end. Fuller has good size and a strong 40 time who can fortify the Bengal’s defense.

25. San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett, TCU CB

The Chargers need to improve at the cornerback position, as Derek Cox became a major liability for San Diego’s defense throughout the season. Even if Verrett only starts in the nickel, he should provide an upgrade in a defense that will face Peyton Manning at least twice more. Verrett was a consistent and talented player at TCU through winning and losing seasons and had an excellent showing at the combine.

26. Cleveland Browns – Derek Carr, Fresno State QB

Carr regained his traction as one of the draft’s best passers. Cleveland and Oakland early on showed more interest in the Fresno State product that in Manziel and Carr’s passing production explains why. Throwing to Mike Evans will help Cleveland quickly turn around its’ offense. Derek Carr has a cannon of an arm and gaudy offensive production at Fresno State. He can help Cleveland’s offense turn the corner in 2014.

27. New Orleans Saints – Bradley Roby, Ohio State CB

New Orleans was a mess last season. Then Sean Payton came back from suspension and all was well in Mercedes Benz Superdome as the Saints went 11-5 and trotted into the playoffs. The biggest difference came on defense. The players largely remained the same, but the coaching restored them to a respectable unit.

Corner is likely New Orleans’ biggest need as Jabari Greer is not the answer at the position. Roby showed great speed at the combine and competed against major competition at Ohio State.

28. Carolina Panthers – Marqise Lee, USC WR

Carolina needs an OT but most of the 1st round caliber Tackles are gone by now. Unless they want to gamble their first round pick on a risk like Cyrus Kouandjio, they will be better off selecting a wide receiver with true number one potential and adding a tackle later in the draft.Lee’s a terrific talent at Wide Receiver and will quickly become Newton’s true number one.

29. New England Patriots – Jace Amaro, Texas Tech TE

The Patriots offense flourished with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski leading the way. Gronkowski is beginning to show symptoms of the injury bug. Aaron Hernandez is in prison. Amaro’s a major talent who will allow Josh McDaniels to make the Patriots offense deadly again. New England could move out of the first to take a DL prospect and add more picks like they did in 2013.

30. San Francisco 49ers – Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State WR

San Francisco has a major need at corner, as they lost their two starting corners (Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers) in free agency. They would also benefit by taking a talent in the front seven (OLB/DE) or a speedster at wideout. Benjamin isn’t a “speedster” like Brandin Cooks or Odell Beckham but he’s an enormous target at 6’5″ and 240 lbs. If Benjamin can improve his catching and stay in shape he will be an absolute nightmare to defend. His 40 time of 4.61 was just slightly slower than top tight end prospects Eric Ebron’s 4.60 time and an inch taller.

31. Denver Broncos – C.J. Mosley, Alabama ILB

Denver badly needs an intimidating force at inside linebacker. Mosley can step in and contribute immediately to push Denver back to the big game. Other pieces added in free agency (Ward, Ware, Talib) allow Denver to focus on the middle of the defense to push back against running teams and the short passing game.

32. Seattle Seahawks – Xavier Su’a-filo, UCLA OG

Seattle’s below average offensive line play was masked by Marshawn Lynch’s tough running and Wilson’s quick decision making. Losing Russell Okung to injury hampered the O-line as well. The ‘Hawks could use a bruising guard like Su’a-filo even as a backup to prevent offensive breakdowns. Wilson caught flak for uncharacteristically poor play in the weeks coming up to SuperBowl and the offensive line struggles were related. Seattle’s shocking loss to a very underrated Arizona team at home saw their O line failing to perform against The Cardinals’ very aggressive defense.

Round Two

33. Houston Texans – Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois QB

34. Washington Redskins – Ryan Shazier, OSU OLB

35. Cleveland Browns – Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama OT

36. Oakland Raiders – Zach Mettenberger, LSU QB

37. Atlanta Falcons – Terrence Brooks, Florida State FS

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington TE

39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tom Savage, Pitt QB

40. Minnesota Vikings – LaMarcus Joyner, FSU CB

41. Buffalo Bills – Deone Bucannan, Washington State SS

42. Tennessee Titans – Bishop Sankey, Washington RB

43. NY Giants – David Yankey, Stanford OG

44. St. Louis Rams – Marcus Roberson, Florida CB

45. Detroit Lions – Dion Bailey, USC S

46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Pierre Desir, Lindenwood CB

47. Dallas Cowboys – Kony Ealy, Missouri DE

48. Baltimore Ravens – Davante Adams, Fresno State WR

49. NY Jets – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt WR

50. Miami Dolphins – Carlos Hyde, OSU RB

51. Chicago Bears – Marcus Martin, USC C

52. Arizona Cardinals – Timmy Jernigan, Florida State DT

53. Green Bay Packers – Chris Borland, Wisconsin ILB

54. Philadelphia Eagles – Rashede Hageman, Minnesota DE/DT

55. Cincinnati Bengals – Joel Bitonio, Nevada OT

56. San Francisco 49ers – Jaylen Watkins, Florida CB

57. San Diego Chargers – Antonio Richardson, Tennessee OT

58. New Orleans Saints – Dee Ford, Auburn DE

59. Indianapolis Colts – Craig Loston, LSU SS

60. Carolina Panthers – JaWuan James, Tennessee OT

61. San Francisco 49ers – Scott Crichton, Oregon State DE

62. New England Patriots – Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame DE/DT

63. Denver Broncos – Bashaud Breeland, Clemson CB

64. Seattle Seahawks – Troy Niklas, Notre Dame TE

 

Round Three

65. Houston Texans – Shayne Skov, Stanford ILB

66. Washington Redskins – Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt FS

67. Oakland Raiders – Kyle Van Noy, BYU OLB

68. Atlanta Falcons – Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona RB

69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Louis Nix III, Notre Dame DT

70. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trent Murphy, Stanford OLB/DE

71. Cleveland Browns – Jeremy Hill, LSU RB

72. Minnesota Vikings – Allen Robinson, Penn State WR

73. Buffalo Bills – Arthur Lynch, Georgia TE

74. New York Giants – Andre Williams, BC RB

75. St. Louis Rams – Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas DE

76. Detroit Lions – Paul Richardson, Colorado WR

77. San Francisco 49ers – Ahmad Dixon, Baylor SS

78. Dallas Cowboys – Dominique Easley, Florida DT

79. Baltimore Ravens – Carl Bradford, ASU OLB

80. New York Jets – Jeremiah Attaochu, Ga. Tech OLB

81. Miami Dolphins – DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise State DE

82. Chicago Bears – Brock Vereen, Minnesota SS

83. Cleveland Browns – Preston Brown, Louisville ILB

84. Arizona Cardinals – Marcus Smith, Louisville DE

85. Green Bay Packers – C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa TE

86. Philadelphia Eagles – Dakota Dozier, Furman OG

87. Kansas City Chiefs – Cyril Richardson, Baylor OG

88. Cincinnati Bengals – Kareem Martin, UNC DE

89. San Diego Chargers – Jarvis Landry, LSU WR

90. Indianapolis Colts – Tre Mason, Auburn RB

91. New Orleans Saints – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss WR

92. Carolina Panthers – Louchiez Purifoy, Florida CB

93. New England Patriots – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State OG

94. San Francisco 49ers – Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska CB

95. Denver Broncos – Trevor Reilly, Utah OLB

96. Minnesota Vikings – Martavis Bryant, Clemson WR

97. Pittsburgh Steelers – Brandon Linder, Miami OG

98. Green Bay Packers – Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin WR

99. Baltimore Ravens – Billy Turner, North Dakota State OT

100. San Francisco 49ers – Travis Swanson, Arkansas C

 

Round Four

101. Houston Texans – Telvin Smith, Florida State OLB

102. Washington Redskins – Victor Hampton, South Carolina CB

103. Atlanta Falcons – Colt Lyerla, Oregon TE

104. New York Jets – Chris Smith, Arkansas DE

105. Jacksonville Jaguars – Weston Richburg, Colorado State C

106. Cleveland Browns – DaQuan Jones, Penn State DT

107. Oakland Raiders – Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern RB

108. Minnesota Vikings – Terrance West, Towson RB

109. Buffalo Bills – Christian Kirksey, Iowa OLB

110. St. Louis Rams – A.J. McCarron, Alabama QB

111. Detroit Lions – Jordan Tripp, Montana OLB

112. Tennessee Titans – David Fales, San Jose State QB

113. New York Giants – Will Clarke, West Virginia DE

114. Jacksonville Jaguars – Will Sutton, ASU DT

115. New York Jets – Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma WR

116. Miami Dolphins – Jack Mewhort, OSU OT

117. Chicago Bears – Robert Herron, Wyoming WR

118. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina DT

119. Dallas Cowboys – Walt Aikens, Liberty CB

120. Arizona Cardinals – Adrian Hubbard, Alabama OLB

121. Green Bay Packers – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina WR

122. Philadelphia Eagles – Christian Jones, FSU ILB

123. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Murray, UGA QB

124. Kansas City Chiefs – Ed Reynolds, Stanford FS

125. San Diego Chargers – Keith McGill, Utah CB

126. New Orleans Saints – Ryan Grant, Tulane WR

127. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Coleman, Rutgers WR

128. Carolina Panthers – T.J. Jones, Notre Dame WR

129. San Francisco 49ers – Mike Davis, Texas WR

130. New England Patriots – Garrett Gilbert, SMU QB

131. Denver Broncos – Josh Huff, Oregon WR

132. Seattle Seahawks – Chris Davis, Auburn CB

133. Detroit Lions – Philip Gaines, Rice CB

134. Baltimore Ravens – Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama SS

135. Houston Texans – DeAndre Coleman, Cal DT

136. Detroit Lions – L’Damian Washington, Missouri WR

137. New York Jets – Jake Murphy, Utah TE

138. Baltimore Ravens – Glenn Carson, Penn State ILB

139. Atlanta Falcons – Ego Ferguson, LSU DT

140. New England Patriots – Lache Seastrunk, Baylor RB

Round Five

141. Houston Texans – Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest WR

142. Washington Redskins – Seantrel Henderson, Miami OT

143. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State CB

144. Jacksonville Jaguars – A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State TE

145. Cleveland Browns – Michael Sam, Missouri DE

146. Seattle Seahawks – Michael Schofield, Michigan OT

147. Atlanta Falcons – James Hurst, UNC OT

148. Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley WR

149. Buffalo Bills – Ross Cockrell, Duke CB

150. Jacksonville Jaguars – Yawin Smallwood, UConn ILB

151. Tennessee Titans – Antone Exum, Va. Tech CB

152. New York Giants – Anthony Johnson, LSU DT

153. St. Louis Rams –  Matt Patchan, BC OT

154. New York Jets – Tre Boston, UNC FS

155. Miami Dolphins – Morgan Breslin, USC OLB

156. Chicago Bears – Devonta Freeman, FSU RB

157. Pittsburgh Steelers – Josh Mauro, Stanford DE

158. Dallas Cowboys – Prince Shembo, Notre Dame OLB

159. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dontae Johnson, N.C. State FS

160. Arizona Cardinals – John Brown, Pittsburg State WR

161. Green Bay Packers – Brett Smith, Wyoming QB

162. Philadelphia Eagles – Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA OLB

163. Kansas City Chiefs – Taylor Hart, Oregon DE

164. Cincinnati Bengals – Caraun Reid, Princeton DT

165. San Diego Chargers – Brandon Thomas, Clemson OG

166. Indianapolis Colts – Daniel McCullers, Tennessee DT

167. New Orleans Saints – Nevin Lawson, Utah State CB

168. Carolina Panthers – Tyler Gaffney, Stanford RB

169. New Orleans Saints – James Gayle, Va. Tech DE

170. San Francisco 49ers – Trai Turner LSU OG

171. Denver Broncos – Lamin Barrow, LSU ILB

172. Seattle Seahawks – Logan Thomas, Va. Tech QB

173. Pittsburgh Steelers – Charles Sims Jr., West Virginia RB

174. New York Giants – Steele Divitto, BC ILB

175. Baltimore Ravens – Antonio Andrews, WKU RB

176. Green Bay Packers – Chris Boswell, Rice K

Round Six

177. Houston Texans – Marion Grice, ASU RB

178. Washington Redskins – James White, Wisconsin RB

179. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tajh Boyd, Clemson QB

180. Cleveland Browns – Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State SS

181. Houston Texans – Chris Watt, Notre Dame OG

182. Atlanta Falcons – Justin Ellis, La. Tech DT

183. Chicago Bears – Christian Bryant, Ohio State FS

184. Minnesota Vikings – Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State TE

185. Buffalo Bills – Ed Stinson, Alabama DE

186. Tennessee Titans – Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State DT

187. New York Giants – Ricardo Allen, Purdue CB

188. St. Louis Rams – Shamar Stephen, Conn DT

189. Detroit Lions – Storm Johnson, UCF RB

190. Miami Dolphins – Cody Hoffman, BYU WR

191. Chicago Bears – Jeremiah George, Iowa State ILB

192. Pittsburgh Steelers – Deion Belue, Alabama CB

193. Kansas City Chiefs – Chandler Jones, San Jose State WR

194. Baltimore Ravens – Aaron Lynch, USF DE

195. New York Jets – Max Bullough, Michigan State ILB

196. Arizona Cardinals – Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State RB

197. Green Bay Packers – Cameron Fleming, Stanford OT

198. New England Patriots – Tyler Larsen, Utah State C

199. Cincinnati Bengals – Russell Bodine, UNC OG

200. Kansas City Chiefs – Kenny Guiton, Ohio State QB

201. San Diego Chargers – Ronald Powell, Florida OLB

202. New Orleans Saints – Dri Archer, Kent State RB

203. Indianapolis Colts – Kevin Norwood, Alabama WR

204. Carolina Panthers – Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC OLB

205. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brent Urban, Virginia DE

206. New England Patriots – E.J. Gaines, Missouri CB

207. Denver Broncos – Crockett Gilmore, Colorado State TE

208. Seattle Seahawks – Tevin Reese, Baylor WR

209. New York Jets – George Atkinson III, Notre Dame RB

210. New York Jets – Anthony Fera, Texas K

211. Houston Texans – Ryan Groy, Wisconsin OG

212. Cincinnati Bengals – Lonnie Ballentine, Memphis FS

213. New York Jets – Brock Coyle, Montana ILB

214. St. Louis Rams – Connor Shaw, South Carolina QB

215. Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Unga, BYU ILB

Round Seven

216. Houston Texans – Howard Jones, Shepherd OLB

217. Washington Redskins – Avery Williamson, Kentucky ILB

218. Cleveland Browns – Terrance Mitchell, Oregon CB

219. Oakland Raiders – Damon Magazu, ECU FS

220. Atlanta Falcons – Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State FS

221. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devon Kennard, USC OLB

222. Jacksonville Jaguars – Devin Street, Pittsburgh WR

223. Minnesota Vikings – Pat O’Donnell, Miami P

224. Buffalo Bills – Parker Graham, Ok. State OT

225. Carolina Panthers – Keith Wenning, Ball State QB

226. St. Louis Rams – John Urschel, Penn State OG

227. Detroit Lions – Cassius Marsh, UCLA DE

228. Tennessee Titans – Jeremy Gallon, Michigan WR

229. Dallas Cowboys – Shaquille Richardson, Arizona CB

230. Pittsburgh Steelers – Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State FS

231. Dallas Cowboys – Jeff Mathews, Cornell QB

232. Indianapolis Colts – Alden Darby, ASU SS

233. New York Jets – Spencer Long, Nebraska OG

234. Miami Dolphins – Marcus Lucas, Missouri WR

235. Oakland Raiders – Tyler Starr, South Dakota OLB

236. Green Bay Packers – Andrew Jackson, WKU ILB

237. Philadelphia Eagles – De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon RB

238. Dallas Cowboys – Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State OT

239. Cincinnati Bengals – Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin SS

240. San Diego Chargers – Jay Prosch, Auburn FB

241. St. Louis Rams – Khairi Fortt, Cal OLB

242. San Francisco 49ers – Jay Bromley, Syracuse DT

243. San Francisco 49ers – David Fluellen, Toledo RB

244. New England Patriots – Carlos Fields Jr., Winston-Salem State ILB

245. San Francisco 49ers – Bennie Fowler, Michigan State WR

246. Denver Broncos – Casey Pachall, TCU QB

247. Seattle Seahawks – Khyri Thornton, Southern Mississippi DT

248. Dallas Cowboys – Jonathan Dowling, WKU FS

249. St. Louis Rams – Xavier Grimble, USC TE

250. St. Louis Rams – Jacques Washington, Iowa State SS

251. Dallas Cowboys – Darrin Reaves, UAB RB

252. Cincinnati Bengals – Dede Lattimore, USF ILB

253. Atlanta Falcons – Nate Freese, Boston College K

254. Dallas Cowboys – Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M QB

255. Atlanta Falcons – Marcel Jensen, Fresno State TE

256. Houston Texans – Ryan Hewitt, Stanford FB

NFC West

Fact 1: The entire NFC West ranked in the top ten for toughest schedules in 2013. – http://www.theredzone.org/Features/NFLStrengthofSchedule.aspx

Fact 2: The NFC West is 42-22 this season. The best in the NFL for any division. The AFC West (contributing half of the AFC teams in the playoffs) posted a 37-27 record.

So what? This means not only did the NFC West put up the most wins, they did it against the toughest competition.

Other Stuff

Vincent Jackson and Torrey Smith are the only receivers among the top 40 to catch less than half of the passes thrown to them. – nfl.com

The New England Patriots are the only team in the AFC East with a positive point differential at +106. Miami, Buffalo, and New York finished at -18, -49, and -97 respectively. – nfl.com

Demaryius Thomas lead the top 40 receivers in YAC with 718. – http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/yards-after-the-catch/2013/

Thirteen running backs ended the season with 1,000 rushing yards. This is the lowest total in at least the past 15 seasons, probably the lowest since the season was expanded to 16 games. The metric marks the rapidly shrinking value of the bellcow tailback, as offenses look to score primarily through the air more than ever.

Really important facts (not really)

The leading white-guy rusher (that’s racist!) was the unconquerable Alex Smith with 76 runs for 431 yards and a touchdown.

Jeff Fisher leads the league in facial hair superiority with the best mustache in the NFL.

Tony Romo will still somehow get blamed for Dallas’ loss to Philadelphia even though he didn’t play and finished 12th in the nation with a QBR of 59.5, ahead of the widely praised Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, and Andy Dalton.

Mike Wallace was the second leading receiver in Miami, behind Brian Hartline, and the leading mistake in the offseason. Wallace’s $60 million four year contract with $30 million guaranteed resulted in a 930 yard, five touchdown season. All things considered, not a terrible performance, but dramatically below what his contract suggests.

Nick Foles outplayed his peers this season as Vick remained on the sidelines after recovering from his injury. He scored a higher total QBR than Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill and the struggling Robert Griffin III. Foles was a second round pick from Arizona that caught flack for lack of mobility, inaccuracy on the deep ball, and attracted the undesirable title of “game manager” by some critics. Now Foles “manages” the second highest scoring offense in the league.

NFL 2013 quiz

Posted: January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

1. Which quarterback led the league in total QBR?

  • A) Nick Foles
  • B) Russell Wilson
  • C) Peyton Manning
  • D) Josh McCown

 

2. Which of these players totalled the most yards from scrimmage?

  • A) LeSean McCoy
  • B) Jamaal Charles
  • C) Knowshon Moreno
  • D) Calvin Johnson

 

3. Which player led the league in sacks?

  • A) J.J. Watt
  • B) Robert Quinn
  • C) Mario Williams
  • D) Robert Mathis

 

4. Which NFL team swept their division?

  • A) Indianapolis Colts
  • B) Denver Broncos
  • C) New England Patriots
  • D) Seattle Seahawks

 

5. Which team finished second in total yards rushing?

  • A) New England
  • B) Kansas City
  • C) Buffalo
  • D) Seattle

 

6. Which team led the league in turnover ratio?

  • A) Carolina
  • B) Kansas City
  • C) Seattle
  • D) San Francisco

 

7. How many ‘new’ (first season with the team as HC) head coaches posted winning records?

  • A) Three
  • B) Four
  • C) One
  • D) Two

 

8. Which University sent the most players to the draft April 2013?

  • A) Alabama
  • B) Florida State
  • C) Miami
  • D) Georgia

 

9. How many Denver Broncos not named Peyton Manning scored double digit touchdowns?

  • A) Two
  • B) Three
  • C) Five
  • D) Four

 

10. Who recorded the most receiving yards this season?

  • A) A.J. Green
  • B) Calvin Johnson
  • C) Josh Gordon
  • D) Jimmy Graham

 

Answers:

  1. D
  2. A
  3. D
  4. A
  5. C
  6. C
  7. B
  8. B
  9. C
  10. C