NFL Draft – How Picks 11-20 Should Look
#11 Buffalo Bills – Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
The Bills managed only 24 Sacks last year, which was good for 28th in the league. They need someone to get after the Quarterback. Jackson fits the bill. Plus, he is versatile and is a high character guy, which is a bonus after the Bills added T.O. to the mix.
Denver’s Defense was plain awful last year ranking 29th in yards allowed per game and 30th in points allowed per game. Yet they continue this Quarterback saga. I digress. Plugging Maualuga in at MLB makes perfect sense. He’s tough and nasty and would go a long way to adding to the swagger that Brian Dawkins added to that unit.
#13 Washington Redskins – Michael Oher, T, Mississippi
The Skins have a glaring need at Right Tackle and Chris Samuels is getting long in the tooth. The Skins could break him at at Right Tackle and groom him to eventually take over Left Tackle.
#14 New Orleans Saints – Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State
Jenkins makes complete sense for a Saints unit that is terrible against the pass, ranking 23rd in yards allowed. He could end up playing either Cornerback or Safety for the Saints. Either way, he’ll represent and upgrade.
Cushing has the versatility to play all of the Linebacker slots, but would likely be used to replace WLB Morlon Greenwood, who was released. Cushing showed his strength at the combine by benching 225 pounds thirty times.
LT restructured his deal to save the Chargers cap space and Darren Sproles looked great in the playoffs, but let’s face it. LT probably has a year or two with San Diego and Sproles isn’t an every down back. Adding Wells to the mix not only gives them their feature back of the future, it could extend LT’s career.
#17 New York Jets – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Rex Ryan could go Defense, but he’d be better served adding Maclin to replace the departed Lavaranues Coles. Maclin has blazing speed and was very productive in college averaging 91 receptions for 1153 yards and 11 TDs in his two season with the Tigers. He added 668 yards and 6 TDs on the ground in those years. He’s also an great return man, which could allow Leon Washington to take on an even bigger role in the Offense.
#18 Chicago Bears – Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
The Bears stable of Wide Receivers is laughable. Harvin would add another explosive player that can score any time he touches the football. Put him on the field with Devin Hester and you give Defenses nightmares. He can get a few carries a game as well as some screens that would take some of the workload away from Matt Forte.
Most mocks are calling for the Bucs to take Josh Freeman, but if Sanchez fell into their laps here, they would not hesitate to snatch him up.
#20 Detroit Lions – Josh Freeman
Not a bad consolation prize for passing on Stafford with the number one pick. You get a big QB with a cannon that can learn from Daunte Culpepper, who just happens to share those traits.
#1 Detroit – Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
#2 St. Louis – Jason Smith, T, Baylor
#3 Kansas City – Brian Orakpo, LB/DE, Texas
#4 Seattle Seahawks – Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia
#5 Cleveland Browns – Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
#6 Cincinnati Bengals – Andre Smith, T, Alabama
#7 Oakland Raiders – Everette Brown, LB/DE, Florida State
#8 Jacksonville Jaguars – B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
#9 Green Bay Packers – Aaron Maybin, LB/DE
#10 San Francisco 49ers – Matthew Stafford