BY J.P. SCOTT ON OCTOBER, 4, 2013
I don’t know about you, but there have been times in my life when I wished I could have hit the pause button and made things right before this snowball of life continued to roll. After four weeks of NFL play, I think there are ten teams who wish they could hit the pause button as well.
Today, I’m going to hit the virtual pause button for what are currently the NFL’s ten worst teams and guide them toward the best corrective action via a ten team mock draft.
Please understand this is not a mock draft where I guess what the teams would actually do. This is a draft where I make the moves for the team that I feel can help them the most – either long term or short term.
I have determined the order of this mock draft by record, then point differential.
With that said, let’s get to it.
Pick 1: Jacksonville Jaguars – Well, you gotta blow this thing up and start over before it gets worse, if that’s even possible. You aren’t winning a Super Bowl any time soon, so until then, you need to have two things in mind: Grab a player to build around whom also has the ability to sell tickets (The Jags are 29th in attendance this season). The Pick: Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
Pick 2: New York Giants – I don’t think I’ve ever seen an offensive line as bad as the current Giants offensive line. A lot of people like Clowney as a nice fit, but I’ll take the guy who has done battle with Clowney, stood his ground and lived to talk about it. The Pick: Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Pick 3: Pittsburgh Steelers – I had a hard time with this one, so I consulted the most hardcore Steeler fan I know. I was skeptical at first, but it makes sense now. Big Ben’s contract is up in two years and I can’t see them coming anywhere near the Super Bowl before then. Plan for the future and a rebuilding period. It’s time to take a quarterback. The Pick: Aaron Murray, Quarterback, Georgia
Pick 4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I’m going to operate from the premise that Greg Schiano gets fired after the season. Mike Glennon was his guy. The new coach has no loyalty to him. Tampa has solid pieces all over the rest of the field. It’s time to draft the franchise quarterback for the Bucs. The Pick: Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville.
Pick 5: St. Louis Rams – They’ve got guys everywhere except at running back, but this running back class is deep enough to hold off until later. I’d take the best available player – a steal at this point. The Pick: Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, South Carolina
Pick 6: Philadelphia Eagles – This offense can score all it wants, but until the defense can make consistent stops, it’s all for naught. I take the best defensive player on the board, arguably the best defensive player in college football. The Pick: Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, UCLA
Pick 7: Washington Redskins – The offense is going to be fine with RGIII under center once he’s back to 100 percent. It’s time to start focusing on the defense — a defense that is currently second to last in the league. The Pick: Louis Nix III, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Pick 8: Oakland Raiders – It’s time for a culture change in Oakland. No more projects players. No more gambles. You need high-character guys who know how to win games and don’t really know how to lose. That all starts under center. The Pick: A.J. McCarron, Quarterback, Alabama
Pick 9: Minnesota Vikings – Say what you will about the 1-2 punch of Ponder and Cassel, the Vikings are not 1-3 because of quarterback play. The 123 points they’ve allowed in four games is responsible for the bulk of that. They need serious help on defense, especially against the pass where they are last in the league. The Pick: Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State
Pick 10: Atlanta Falcons – Yup, that’s not a misprint. They are the tenth worst team in the NFL right now. Long term, they could use a tight end or running back. For now, they are horrible at getting to the quarterback. They are 27th in the league with a total of seven sacks through four games. Let’s get’em some help. The Pick: Kyle Van Noy, Outside Linebacker, BYU
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