Friday, March 7, 2014

Patriots Free Agent Wish List

Here's a list of NFL free agents I would love to see the Patriots target in free agency. This is more of a wish list than a list of realistic possibilities. I'd be happy if the Patriots signed just a few of these players. 

1. Donte Whitner, S - Love me some Whitner. This Ohio State Buckeye is a hard hitting Safety who would bring instant physicality to the Patriots D. He is the perfect compliment to McCourty. He would also bring a veteran presence and leadership. 

2. Eric Decker, WR - It's time to give Tom Brady a legit playmaking outside receiver. Some would argue Decker isn't even that but I'm not one of them. He is a big physical receiver who makes explosive plays down field. He would fit in perfect here and remember Josh McDaniels drafted Decker in Denver.  

3. Aqib Talib, CB - This is the Patriots biggest free agent this year and they must find a way to resign him. When Talib is healthy he is a difference maker on this Defense. 

4. Vonte Davis, CB - If the Patriots can't resign Talib they have to go get Davis. In my opinion Talib and Davis are the two best Corners in free agency and they must come away with one of them. Davis is just entering his prime and his best football is yet to come. 

5. Arthur Jones, DT/DE - I love the idea of the Jones brothers, Chandler and Arthur playing next to each other on the Patriots D-line. Jones is a versatile lineman who is great against the run and can also get after the QB. He's played a lot of DT in his career while playing mostly at DE last season. 

6. Justin Tuck, DE - Tuck is versatile being able to play inside on passing downs while primarily playing DE. Tuck is a dominant pass rusher but is also stout against the run. 

7. Julian Edelman, WR - Edelman is way too important to the Patriots to let him walk. He is not only their most reliable receiver, he is also a great punt returner. He works well with Brady and in McDaniels offense. He's a must resign.  

8. Brandon Pettigrew, TE - Pettigrew is a complete tight end. He's a great blocker and a good receiver. He's a better version of Hoomanawanui. The Patriots love playing in two tight end sets and Gronk and Pettigrew could be unstoppable together.  

9. Chris Clemons, S - Clemons is an underrated Safety on the market this offseason. He's been a solid starter in Miami for years and could be a huge upgrade over Gregory opposite McCourty. He's good in coverage which is very important this day in age of the NFL. 

10. Emmanuel Sanders, WR - I liked the idea of Sanders on the Patriots last offseason and I still like it now. He would add explosiveness to the Patriots offense. He can play inside and outside. I expect the Patriots to make a run at him and this year Pittsburgh can't get in the way. 

Potential Patriots Free Agent Signings

Here is a list of free agents I think the Patriots could realistically sign once free agency begins next Tuesday. The Patriots love value and I believe these players provide that along with filling needs on this football team. 

1. Julian Edelman, WR - Edelman is extremely likely to sign with the Patriots cause he's their guy. He has a great rapport with Tom Brady and we know he excels in the Patriots system. He probably won't cost too much either as he isn't without question marks. 

2. Aqib Talib, CB - Another one of their own, I expect the the Patriots to go hard after Talib. He fits the way the wanna play defense and has been a difference maker on this defense when healthy. He is expected to get more money then last offseason but the Patriots still shouldn't have to break the bank to resign him. 

3. Emmanuel Sanders, WR - The Patriots obviously had interest in Sanders last offseason, I'd expect the same this year. Except this time around Pittsburgh won't be able to match the offer. I'd put good money on Sanders signing with New England. 

4. Malcolm Jenkins, S - Safety is an obvious need for the Patriots and Jenkins is a hard hitting, physical, veteran Safety who would be a great fit next to McCourty. Another big factor is he can be had for a lot less money than some of the top Safeties (ie. Byrd and Ward) on the market.

5. Jared Allen, DE - Still a solid pass rusher and brings a great veteran presence. Allen could come to New England and dramatically improve their pass rush. He is older and should be an affordable option on the D-line. 

6. Dustin Keller, TE - Coming off an injury his stock is way down and he might not be ready to start next season. I think once he gets healthy though this guy is a player. Belichick loves him some Tight Ends, there's no doubt he signs one or two this offseason and Keller would be a great low risk high reward option. 

7. Anthony Spencer, DE - I've always liked Spencer and his versatility. He can play both DE and OLB, he's solid in the run game and as a pass rusher. The thing is he's 30 years old and coming off a season ending injury so his market might not be very high. 

8. Rich Ohrnberger, C/G - The former Patriot is a versatile interior offensive lineman who started at Center for the Chargers at the end of last year including their Playoff games. He could be an upgrade at either Guard or Center for the Patriots and he knows the system. 

9. LeGarrette Blount, RB - I don't think Blount will have a huge market and can be had for cheap money. He played so well here in New England complimenting Ridley and Vereen, I think there's a good chance he returns. 

10. Brandon Browner, CB - Browner has to serve a 4 game suspension to start the year but that's never scared away the Patriots before (see Talib). Browner is a legit Corner when he's actually on the field. When he comes back in week 5 he could instantly be the Patriots best CB. His price tag will obviously be low due to his suspension.  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

Round 1

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

3. Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

5. Detroit Lions - Luke Joeckle, OT, Texas A&M

6. Cleveland Browns - Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

7. Arizona Cardinals - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

9. New York Jets - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

10. Tennessee Titans - Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

11. San Diego Chargers - DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

13. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

14. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

15. New Orleans Saints - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

16. St. Louis Rams - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

19. New York Giants - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State

20. Chicago Bears - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

22. St. Louis Rams - Eric Reid, S, LSU

23. Minnesota Vikings - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

24. Indianapolis Colts - Dante Jones, DE, UCLA

25. Minnesota Vikings - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

26. Green Bay Packers - Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse

27. Houston Texans - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

28. Denver Broncos - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

29. New England Patriots - Robert Woods, WR, USC

30. Atlanta Falcons - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

31. San Francisco 49ers - Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

32. Baltimore Ravens - Matt Elam, S, Florida

Patriots Mock Draft

Round 1

29. Robert Woods, WR, USC - I've been saying Woods will be this pick for weeks. It seems like the Patriots really like this kid. He is a smart receiver coming from a sophisticated offense at USC. Polished route runner with great hands. He's a playmaker and will start from day 1 with the Patriots.

Round 2

59. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas - Okafor was one of the best pass rushers in college football last year recording 12.5. He is very athletic and can get after the QB but he is also solid against the run. He even moved inside and played a little DT at Texas. He is expeted to be a left DE in the NFL which would be perfect opposite Chandler Jones.

Round 3

91. Tyrann Mathieu, CB/S, LSU - A lot of baggage comes with Mathieu but the Patriots seem very interested. He has met with Patriots multiple times. Belichick has no problem taking pot guys who slip. He is a playmaker on the field. He is versatile and has a swagger the Patriots Defense could use.

Round 7

226. Josh Boyce, WR, TCU - Boyce is a versatile WR, he lined up outside and in the slot at TCU. He is a big physical receiver. He has good hands and runs crisp routes. One of the best players in the 3 cone drill at the Combine which is something the Patriots look for. The Patriots have had success drafting WR in the 7th round (Givens & Edelman) so look for them to try it again this year especially with WR being a need.

235. Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State - Hopkins is considered one of the best Kickers in this Draft. He has a strong leg with reliable accuracy. Has shown the ability to make high pressure kicks. This isn't a huge need for the Patriots but I believe they need to find someone better and more consistent than Gostkowski.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Potential Patriots First Round Picks

Here are my top 10 players I would like to see the Patriots draft with their first round pick, #29 overall.

1. Robert Woods, WR, USC - To me Woods might be the best all around WR in this Draft. He is smart, physical and fast. He is a polished route runner. He has great vision and is dynamic in open space. He has great hands and makes all the catches. He played under Lane Kiffin in a pro style offense at USC. Obviously WR is a big need for the Patriots and Woods is the player I want.

2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - Hopkins is a strong physical WR. He makes some tremendous catches. He was super productive at Clemson. He will be a great outside WR in this league.

3. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - The Patriots could obviously use some help in the secondary. I like Trufant a lot, he's a hard worker and an intense competitor. He's got football in his blood. He's an athletic and physical corner, solid all around. Really good in run support. I actually like him as much as projected top 15 pick Dee Milliner.

4. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - Jones is a complete DE. He can stop the run and is a solid pass rusher. He is tough and has a mean streak. He is versatile and can move inside to DT as well. Great effort and work ethic. Patriots need an upgrade opposite Chandler Jones at left DE.

5. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama - Big, Strong, and Athletic Lineman who can play both DT and DE. Williams is a nasty physical player. He is great against the run and is a decent pass rusher as well.

6. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - Draft stock is slipping due to his recent DUI. Very athletic LB. He can play inside and outside. He is a good coverage LB which the Patriots could use. He will struggle against the run in the NFL, he needs to add some bulk. In my opinion he would be a steal at #29.

7. Matt Elam, S, Florida - Playmaking, hard hitting safety. Great tackler. Belichick loves Florida players and the Patriots need a long term Safety next to McCourty.

8. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State - Another solid corner in this Draft. He is a physical corner but has good speed too. He has good instincts and awareness. He fits the type of defense the Patriots run.

9. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State - Werner's stock has dropped during the Draft process but he was a projected top 10 pick following the season. His film is impressive. He could be a steal at #29. He is a great pass rusher but needs to improve against the run.

10. DJ Hayden, CB, Houston - Hayden is rising fast. He's considered by some as the top CB in this class. He has elite speed and breaks on the ball well. Very athletic. He's dealt with some health issues with his heart in the past but seems healthy now. His potential is extremely high.

2013 NFL Draft - Top 10 Wide Receivers

One of the positions I'm focusing on most during the Draft process this year is Wide Receiver. I believe it is the New England Patriots biggest need in the Draft and I expect them to address it in early and often. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Patriots double dip at WR in this Draft. Here's a look at my Wide Receiver Rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.

1. Tavon Austin, West Virginia - Austin is a terrific slot receiver. He's an explosive playmaker. He is not only quick but fast. Very good in space. Dangerous return man. Tough player, will take a hit. Only question mark is durability due to his size.





2. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson - Hopkins is one of the most productive receivers in this Draft. Last season at Clemson he had 18 touchdowns and over 1,400 yards. He is a strong physical receiver. Fearless over the middle. He catches the ball well and has outstanding footwork. Hopkins has excellent awareness and runs sharp routes.




3. Robert Woods, USC - Woods is probably my favorite receiver in this Draft. He is a savvy receiver. He played in a pro style offense at USC. Very smart player. He is a polished route-runner. He's a solid blocker. Woods is an extremely hard worker and team player.




4. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee - Patterson is a good player but a bit overrated. He is a big strong receiver who has good speed as well. He has good hands. His route-running needs work. He is raw but has potential. He has a good football IQ and seems focused on improving his game.




5. Keenan Allen, Cal - The first thing you have to mention with Allen is his health. He is coming off a knee injury and people wonder if he can return to form. He is a very gifted receiver. He has a great combination of size and speed. Before the injury he was a top 10 prospect, now he's slipping.




6. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia -  One of my biggest sleepers in this Draft. I believe Bailey could eventually be the best WR from this Draft. He is a natural receiver. He runs sharp routes, he's smooth catching the ball, he has great awareness. Bailey is very experienced, he was a 3 year starter. Played every receiver spot on the field.




7. Justin Hunter, Tennessee - Hunter is a tall receiver with a big catch radius. He has deceptive speed. He is your typical deep threat receiver. He has durability concerns and is considered soft by some. He isn't very physical and doesn't like to take hits. Again your typical deep threat receiver.




8. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech - Patton possesses an Athletic build. He is a quick receiver and runs good routes. He doesn't have breakaway speed. He tracks the ball well and makes nice catches. He is a solid blocking receiver.

















9. Terrence Williams, Baylor - Williams has excellent speed. He has a long stride and accelerates well. He has good flexibility which leads to making some impressive catches down field. Not the best route-runner. Williams is a smart football player and has good leadership qualities.




10. Aaron Dobson, Marshall - Dobson is a savvy route runner. He has good speed. He had an impressive showing at Marshall's Pro Day and opened some eyes. He has small hands but still catches the ball pretty well. Better football player than athlete, which is fine in my book.













Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 NFL Draft - Top 10 Sleepers

1. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia - Bailey is a terrific route runner and reads coverages well. He has great hands and makes some amazing catches. He lacks elite speed but is quick, especially off the snap. He is also on the shorter side at 5'10". (Projected 3rd Round Selection)

2. Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn - Lemonier is a terrific pass rusher. He needs to add some strength to improve his run defense but he can sure get after the QB. He could play some DE but it likely an OLB at the next level. (Projected 3rd Round Selection)

3. John Simon, DE, Ohio State - Simon has a great work ethic and is a tremendous leader on and off the football field. He is a solid pass rusher and is very versatile, he can lineup at DE or OLB. (Projected 3rd-4th Round Selection)

4. Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon - Kiko has some red flags but he is an incredible athlete. He can play every LB position, inside or outside. He is excellent in coverage. (Projected 3rd Round Selection)

5. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State - Thomas is a physical safety with excellent coverage skills. He lead the country in Interceptions last season. In a good safety draft class, Thomas has been over shadowed but he is as good as any safety in this class. (Projected 2nd-3rd Round Selection)

6. David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State - Quessenberry had a great showing at the combine. He's a very good athlete and an exceptional pass protector. He started every game at left tackle for the last 3 seasons. He could play tackle or guard in the NFL. He played against small school competition which is one of his big question mark. (Projected 4th Round Selection)

7. Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State - The other corner from Mississippi State. Slay is an athletic corner who recognizes routes well. He only started in his senior year so he's a bit inexperienced but has great potential. (Projected 2nd-3rd Round Selection)

8. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina - Bernard is a strong back. He lacks off the charts speed but makes solid cuts to free himself up. He's a smart player who has terrific vision. Gio also shows good leadership skills on and off the field. (Projected 2nd-3rd Round Selection)

9. Matt Scott, QB, Arizona - Scott is a dual threat at quarterback. He can make all the throws and is very accurate. He did not play in a pro style offense at Arizona and will need some time to develop in the NFL. (Projected 4th-5th Round Selection)

10. Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State - Stoneburner is a good receiving tight end. He doesn't have great speed but is quick and can get open. Not a great blocker but in this day and age he can make it in this league as a receiving tight end. (Projected 6th Round Selection)

2013 NFL Mock Draft 5.0

Round 1

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckle, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

3. Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

5. Detroit Lions - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

6. Cleveland Browns - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

7. Arizona Cardinals - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

9. New York Jets - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

11. San Diego Chargers - DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

13. New York Jets - Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

14. Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

15. New Orleans Saints - Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU

16. St. Louis Rams - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

19. New York Giants - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State

20. Chicago Bears - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Eric Reid, S, LSU

22. St. Louis Rams - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

23. Minnesota Vikings - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

24. Indianapolis Colts - Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

25. Minnesota Vikings - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

26. Green Bay Packers - Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse

27. Houston Texans - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

28. Denver Broncos - Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State

29. New England Patriots - Robert Woods, WR, USC

30. Atlanta Falcons - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

31. San Francisco 49ers - Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

32. Baltimore Ravens - Matt Elam, S, Florida

Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

Round 1

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckle, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

3. Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

5. Detroit Lions - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

6. Cleveland Browns - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

7. Arizona Cardinals - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Buffalo Bills - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

9. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

11. San Diego Chargers - DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

13. Tampa Buccaneers - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

14. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

15. New Orleans Saints - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

16. St. Louis Rams - Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys - Eric Reid, S, LSU

19. New York Giants - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State

20. Chicago Bears - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

22. St. Louis Rams - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

23. Minnesota Vikings - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

24. Indianapolis Colts - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

25. Minnesota Vikings - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

26. Green Bay Packers - Matt Elam, S, Florida

27. Houston Texans - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

28. Denver Broncos - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

29. New England Patriots - Robert Woods, WR, USC

30. Atlanta Falcons - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

31. San Francisco 49ers - Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

32. Baltimore Ravens - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

Sunday, April 14, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Round 1

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckle, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

3. Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

5. Detroit Lions - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

6. Cleveland Browns - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

7. Arizona Cardinals - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Buffalo Bills - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

9. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

11. San Diego Chargers - DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

13. Tampa Buccaneers - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

14. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

15. New Orleans Saints - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

16. St. Louis Rams - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

18. Dallas Cowboys - Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

19. New York Giants - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

20. Chicago Bears - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

22. St. Louis Rams - Eric Reid, S, LSU

23. Minnesota Vikings - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

24. Indianapolis Colts - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

25. Minnesota Vikings - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

26. Green Bay Packers - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

27. Houston Texans - Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

28. Denver Broncos - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

29. New England Patriots - Robert Woods, WR, USC

30. Atlanta Falcons - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

31. San Francisco 49ers - Matt Elam, S, Florida

32. Baltimore Ravens - Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Round 1

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckle, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

3. Oakland Raiders - Sharif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

5. Detroit Lions - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

6. Cleveland Browns - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

7. Arizona Cardinals - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Buffalo Bills - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

9. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

10. Tennessee Titans - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

11. San Diego Chargers - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

13. Tampa Buccaneers - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

14. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

15. New Orleans Saints - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

16. St. Louis Rams - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, OLB/DE, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys - Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

19. New York Giants - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

20. Chicago Bears - Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

22. St. Louis Rams - Eric Reid, S, LSU

23. Minnesota Vikings - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

24. Indianapolis Colts - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

25. Minnesota Vikings - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

26. Green Bay Packers - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

27. Houston Texans - Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

28. Denver Broncos - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

29. New England Patriots - Robert Woods, WR, USC

30. Atlanta Falcons - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

31. San Francisco 49ers - Matt Elam, S, Florida

32. Baltimore Ravens - Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Friday, March 29, 2013

2013 MLB Predictions

American League

AL East -
1. Boston Red Sox 89-73
2. Tampa Bay Rays 88-74
3. Toronto Blue Jays 85-77
4. New York Yankees 81-81
5. Baltimore Orioles 77-85

AL Central -
1. Detroit Tigers 95-67
2. Cleveland Indians 85-77
3. Kansas City Royals 82-80
4. Chicago White Sox 72-90
5. Minnesota Twins 60-102

AL West -
1. Anaheim Angels 93-69
2. Oakland A's 89-73
3. Texas Rangers 84-78
4. Seattle Mariners 81-81
5. Houston Astros 65-97

AL MVP -
Mike Trout, CF, Anaheim

AL Cy Young -
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit

AL Wildcard -
Tampa Bay Rays over Oakland A's

ALDS -
Anaheim Angels over Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers over Tampa Bay Rays

ALCS -
Detroit Tigers over Anaheim Angels

National League

NL East -
1. Washington Nationals 101-61
2. Atlanta Braves 94-68
3. Philadelphia Phillies 85-77
4. New York Mets 67-95
5. Miami Marlins 59-103

NL Central -
1. St. Louis Cardinals 89-73
2. Cincinnati Reds 88-74
3. Milwaukee Brewers 82-80
4. Pittsburgh Pirates 79-83
5. Chicago Cubs 67-95

NL West -
1. San Francisco Giants 95-67
2. Los Angeles Dodgers 89-73
3. Arizona Diamondbacks 84-78
4. Colorado Rockies 77-85
5. San Diego Padres 71-91

NL MVP -
Buster Posey, C, San Francisco

NL Cy Young -
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington

NL Wildcard -
Atlanta Braves over Los Angeles Dodgers

NLDS -
Washington Nationals over Atlanta Braves
San Francisco Giants over St. Louis Cardinals

NLCS -
San Francisco Giants over Washington Nationals

World Series -
San Francisco Giants over Detroit Tigers

Friday, March 8, 2013

Patriots Free Agent Wish List

1. Sign Safety Ed Reed - Reed would do wonders for the Patriots Defense. He would bring this Defense together. He is a smart leader that Belichick loves. The Patriots need an upgrade at Safety next to McCourty. He could be the second coming of Rodney Harrison.

2. Resign Cornerback Aqib Talib - The Patriots Defense changed when Talib arrived in mid-season last year. He made them significantly better and is a must keep for the Patriots. His market is up in the air but if the Patriots think they won't be able to work out a deal they should franchise him.

3. Sign Wide Receiver Greg Jennings - Dwayne Bowe was the Receiver I wanted most but since he resigned with the Chiefs I'll go to my second option. I think the Patriots offense needs a change, they need to become more explosive and Jennings can provide that. If I had to choose between keeping Welker and signing Jennings, I'd pick Jennings.

4. Sign Defensive End Dwight Freeney - Freeney would be a great Defensive End opposite Chandler Jones for the next couple years. He can still get to the Quarterback. He's looking to play on a 4-3 team after his play dropped in a 3-4 last year in Indianapolis. He wants to be a pass rushing 4-3 DE and he can be that in New England.

5. Sign Wide Receiver Danny Amendola - I'm ready to move on from Wes Welker and use his money to sign a more explosive outside receiver (see #3, Jennings). But even after signing a receiver like Jennings the Patriots will still have to add a receiver to play the slot and I think Amendola fits the bill. He's previously worked with McDaniels which makes this move more likely.

6. Resign Wide Receiver Julian Edelman - Edelman is a great punt returner and a good back up receiver. He is an important piece to this Patriots team. Belichick loves Edelman and I expect him back.

7. Resign Cornerback Kyle Arrington - Arrington was good in the slot for the Patriots last season. He has been solid for the last three years in New England. You can probably get him for a good price.

8. Sign Wide Receiver Teddy Ginn Jr - Ginn is a terrific kick returner and can provide good depth at Receiver. With Jeff Demps future in question the Patriots need to bring in a player to solidify their return game.

9. Sign Defensive Tackle Desmond Bryant - Bryant's stock is dropping after his arrest last week but has that ever stopped the Patriots from picking up a guy? With his stock dropping, his price will also drop providing great value for the Patriots. He is an excellent interior pass rusher and that is a big need for the Patriots. He's be a perfect fit.

10. Sign Linebacker Kaluka Maiava - Maiava is an excellent special teams player and a good coverage linebacker which the Patriots need. He is the type of linebacker you can sub in on 3rd down to play in coverage instead of having Spikes or Hightower out there. He would definitely help the Patriots Defense on passing downs.

Potential Patriots Free Agent Signings

Here is a list of 10 NFL Free Agents that I think the Patriots could realistically be interested in and sign in Free Agency this year. As we all know the Patriots are always looking for value and I think these Free Agents would provide just that.

1. John Abraham, DE, Atlanta - Abraham is still a quality pass rusher and would be a nice rotation guy on the Patriots defensive line. He's not a full time player anymore but in sub packages he can provide an upgrade over what Trevor Scott and Jermaine Cunningham provided last season.

2. Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Houston - Barwin is a versatile player, he can play DE or OLB. In the Patriots 4-3 Defense he would likely be a DE. He can get after the Passer and is solid against the run. He had a down year in 2012 so his stock is not that high right now but he's only 26 and has big potential.

3. Julian Edelman, WR, New England - This is one of their own guys I think they need to bring back. I'm a big fan of Edelman. I think he is a great punt returner and a solid receiver. He added a dimension to the Patriots offense last season that they missed once he went out. He is a player I believe the Patriots can bring back on a good deal and I think they should.

4. Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis - I believe Amendola can replace Welker if he leaves. I'm not as worried about his injury history as others. If you look at his production in St. Louis and translate it to New England's Offense he is a 100 catch, 1,000 yard, 5 Touchdown player, easily. He would put up Welker numbers in New England and I for one would rather Amendola going forward over Welker.

5. Mike Jenkins, CB, Dallas - Jenkins has a ton of talent but is a bit of a head case and has never lived up to his potential. People think that a change of scenery might be able to get him on track. He is a big physical cornerback who could make a difference on this defense. A solid locker room like New England's could help him.

6. Kaluka Maiava, LB, Cleveland - Maiava is a good coverage linebacker. That's exactly what the Patriots need. Maiava would be the perfect LB to rotate in with Spikes in passing situations. He is also a solid Special Teams player.

7. Brent Grimes, CB, Atlanta - He was one of the top Free agents a year ago, went back to the Falcons on the Franchise Tag and got injured early in the year. Because of that his stock is way down this year in Free agency but he is really talented and if healthy an elite corner. I expect his price tag to be low based on his injury in 2012 and it might open the door for the Patriots to get a good deal.

8. Ted Ginn Jr, WR, San Francisco - The Patriots could use a kick returner and depth at Wide Receiver and Ginn can provide both. He is a great kick returner.

9. Cullen Jenkins, DT, Philadelphia - Jenkins is a good interior pass rusher. He struggles against the run and because of that is not a full time starter. With Kyle Love a beast against the run, Jenkins could rotate in with him on passing situations.

10. Danny Woodhead, RB, New England - I'm a big Danny Woodhead guy. I think he is a big game player and is always reliable. His role would change in 2013 due to the emergence of Shane Vereen but I still think there is a place for Woody on the Patriots.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Round 1 

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

3. Oakland Raiders - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

5. Detroit Lions - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

6. Cleveland Browns - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

7. Arizona Cardinals - Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

8. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

9. New York Jets - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

11. San Diego Chargers - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

12. Miami Dolphins - DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

14. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

15. New Orleans Saints - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

16. St. Louis Rams - Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys - Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

19. New York Giants - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

20. Chicago Bears - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

22. St. Louis Rams - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

23. Minnesota Vikings - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

24. Indianapolis Colts - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

25. Seattle Seahawks - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

26. Green Bay Packers - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

27. Houston Texans - Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas

28. Denver Broncos - Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

29. New England Patriots - Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

30. Atlanta Falcons - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

31. San Francisco 49ers - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

32. Baltimore Ravens - Matt Elam, S, Florida