Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft 2014 | NFC West Team Picks

Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft
So far this off season my mock drafts have focused heavily on the Packers and their NFC North rivals. Let’s take a little side detour down to the desert and take a look at the always interesting but for the wrong reasons, Arizona Cardinals.
Round One: Hasean Clinton-Dix/S/Alabama- The Cardinals have a variety of second-tier needs in the draft, but their most pressing is safety. Clinton-Dix is as ready as any player is in this draft to come in and start right away, and I already have the Packers taking Calvin Pryor. Sorry Cardinals fans, your stuck with the other safety.

Round Two: Lamarcus Joyner/CB/Florida State- The Cardinals also need help at cornerback. Joyner was the heart and soul of the Seminoles national championship team last season. He could step in and start immediately.

Round Three: Jarvis Landry/WR/LSU- Landry was once a first round draft choice but his stock has plummeted the last few months. He is now slotted to go in the third round, right around the area in which the Cardinals are drafting. The Cardinals are one of those teams that could use some more receivers, and Larry Fitzgerald is not getting any younger.

Round Four: Victor Hampton/CB/South Carolina- In this modern era, you need to stock up on as many defensive backs as possible. Hampton is qualified to cover slot receivers and could cover a healthy Percy Harvin.

Round Five: Tom Savage/QB/Pittsburgh- This may be a bit or a reach, but Savage has the skills, he just needs time to be developed. They still have Carson Palmer, so they can take their time to develop Savage.

Round Six: Jalen Saunders/WR/Oklahoma. The Cardinals could also use a couple of wide receivers in this draft, and Saunders fits the profile of a solid slot receiver.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ted Thompson Stops Sleepwalking Through The Free Agent Market | Peppers Signs With Packers

Ted Thompson Free Agents
Around this time of year, Packers general manager Ted Thompson is the most predictable man in the world. While every other general manager is throwing stupid money around, Thompson is taking a nap, waiting for free agency to settle down before he starts jumping around in dumpsters searching for trash that he can turn into treasure. Apparently this year somebody forgot to give Thompson his sleeping pills.

Out of all the free agency periods during his time as the general manager of the NFL’s cornerstone franchise, he decided that now is the time to get involved. He has signed a pair of free agents from other teams that are of note. The lesser of the two names is former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Leroy Guion, who many think despite signing early, is a long shot to make the roster. Still, a signing is a signing, none the less. The big one though, is former Bears and Panther defensive end Julius Peppers, who signed a three year contract with the Packers last week.

There was a time, about 10 years ago, when one could say Julius Peppers was the best pure athlete in American professional sports. Stand 6’7” and weighing nearly 300 pounds, Peppers was a freak of nature who was blessed with unbelievable athleticism, as shown by his time as a starter for the basketball team at North Carolina. You’ve got to be something special to start for the Tar Heels. Peppers was selected second overall by the Panthers in the 2002 NFL draft and is one of the most decorated pass rushers in recent memory. Peppers is an 8-time all pro, former NFL defensive rookie of the year, former NFL defensive player of the year, and to this point in his career has piled up nearly 120 sacks. 

Julius Peppers Free Agent Comes To Green Bay

So what Julius Peppers are the Packers getting? Well, at 34 years old, it is very clear they are not getting the prime version of Peppers. In fact, Peppers is coming off of his worst season as a professional. Peppers had just 7.5 sacks in 2013, the second lowest total of his career. Much of that might be contributed to the horrible Bears defense as the Bears had possibly the worst defense in the league last year. Honestly, I don’t think the Packers will be expecting Peppers to play every defensive snap or even start. I think Peppers is here for a different reason.  

If you watch the Packers the last few seasons, you can tell they lack something. This is a good football team, a lot better than the results show. However, they seem to lack fire most of the time. I believe Peppers was brought in here to light a fire under the rear ends of the rest of that talented, but very young front seven. Even though he may have lost a step or two, that is something Peppers can still do, play with fire and passion as he has done his whole career. This may turn out to be old Ted Thompson pulling yet another rabbit out of his hat as he has done so often. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Packers Mock Draft Versus "The Simulator"

Well, I have brought back around the mock draft extravaganza to the Packers. This time, however I used a draft simulator website to do this. So that meant I took control of the Packers draft, and the computer took control of the rest. This includes trades. So here is my draft, the grades I got for each pick, and how I stacked up against the other teams.

Your score is: 4595 (Drafting Ability: B-, Player Quality A, Future Draft Picks: N/A)

Your Picks:
Round 2 Pick 5 (ATL): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville (A)
Round 2 Pick 21: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (A)
Round 3 Pick 4 (ATL): Marcus Martin, C, Southern California (A)
Round 3 Pick 21: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State (A)
Round 4 Pick 3 (ATL): Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford (A-)
Round 4 Pick 23 (CINN): Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (B-)
Round 5 Pick 7 (ATL): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (B)
Round 5 Pick 21: Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama (B)
Round 6 Pick 5 (OAK): Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor (A)
Round 6 Pick 21: Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame (A)
Round 7 Pick 20 (OAK): Cody Hoffman, WR, Brigham Young (D+)
Round 7 Pick 21: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State (B-)

How You Matched Up:
1. Baltimore Ravens - 5206
2. New England Patriots - 4977
3. St. Louis Rams - 4961
4. Oakland Raiders - 4931
5. Atlanta Falcons - 4795
6. Arizona Cardinals - 4718
7. Miami Dolphins - 4687
8. Green Bay Packers - 4595
9. Seattle Seahawks - 4577
10. Cleveland Browns - 4573
11. Dallas Cowboys - 4549
12. Minnesota Vikings - 4530
13. Philadelphia Eagles - 4407
14. Carolina Panthers - 4384
15. Jacksonville Jaguars - 4371
16. Denver Broncos - 4248
17. New Orleans Saints - 4220
18. San Francisco 49ers - 4197
19. Indianapolis Colts - 4180
20. Chicago Bears - 4151
21. Buffalo Bills - 4125
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - 4122
23. Houston Texans - 4052
24. Detroit Lions - 4041
25. Washington Redskins - 4025
26. Kansas City Chiefs - 4017
27. San Diego Chargers - 3879
28. Tennessee Titans - 3790
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 3774
30. New York Giants - 3707
31. New York Jets - 3685
32. Cincinnati Bengals - 3539

I am absolutely stunned Calvin Pryor fell to me after I made that big trade with Atlanta. I also realize my player grades got a little choppy in the middle. That is because I figured that since I had hit a home run with the first five draft choices, and honestly, that could not have gone any better for me, I decided to focus on particular players that I like that would be available in those rounds. There was no way I was letting Aaron Murray get away. I want him to come be the backup quarterback to Aaron Rodgers. I don’t understand the grade for Cody Hoffman. He has the chance to be a very productive NFL receiver. But overall, I am proud of this draft. What do you all think?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New York Giants Mock Draft 2014

Giants Mock Draft 2014
As we continue our mock draft extravaganza, let’s take a look this week at one of the team’s outside of the Packers own division that has been a thorn in their side in recent years, the New York Giants. Outside of the one win over the Giants a few years ago at Lambeau Field, the Packers have been unable to solve the Giants. The Giants will draft in between 10-15 in each round of the 2014 draft, and they have many needs to fill. So here it is.

Round One: Mike Evans/WR/Texas A&M- The Giants have many needs on offense. One of them is the wide receiver position. Evans would make a lot of sense for the Giants here. Eli Manning likes to throw jump balls, Mike Evans is 6’5” and 231 pounds. Evans is also known as a jump ball specialist. There you go.

Round Two: Xavier Su’a-Filo/G/UCLA- The Giants also have a huge hole to fill on the interior of the offensive line. Often times teams will simply pass rush up the middle and get to Manning with ease. This big boy from UCLA would go a long way to solve that.

Round Three: Weston Richburg/C/Colorado State- Remember what I said about the interior of the Giants offensive line being a problem? Well, here is another big boy to help solve that problem.

Round Four: Jaylen Watkins/CB/Florida- The Giants could also use some depth at cornerback. Watkins would be a nice fit.

Round Five: Marcel Jensen/TE/Fresno State- Like cornerback, the Giants could use some depth at tight end. Jensen is projected to go right where the Giants are going to draft in round five.

Round Six: Conner Shaw/QB/South Carolina- The Giants should spend a draft choice and upgrade the depth at quarterback. Shaw is a gamer who would find a way to get it done if he had to for any extended period of time.

Round Seven: Storm Johnson/RB/Central Florida- The Giants once had an elite running game built on backs drafted in the later rounds. This would help them get back to that.