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2013 NFL Mock Draft (pre-free agency) by James Fedewa

The NFL off season leaves most football fans with a lonely void of the GOT NO FOOTBALL BLUES.  We miss our game, our team and wonder and speculate how we fans can improve our beloved team.  With trade rumors, gossip, opinions and speculations flinging across fan-websites & news papers, with no real news reported  (other than salary cap cuts and the Alex Smith unofficial trade), no real player interviews are worth watching.  So fan cling to the next best thing: the NFL Scouting Combine followed by hundreds of MOCK DRAFTS. I’m an NFL fan, and my favorite team has its share(s) of number ONE overall picks (along with with the worst record in the league), so mock-drafts have been part of my football fan career. I’m a fixer and an idea-man, so I want to figure out the details of how to improve my favorite team (and all of their opponents).  Routinely for the last 19 years, I annually guesstimate  WHO is going where, what college phenom can help this team and how can you improve all teams.   So if you’re dream job is a General Manage of an NFL Team (which is mine dream job), I MOCK DRAFT every teams need as if I’m the General Manager OF THE WORLD (well, not really). The NFL Franchise Tags have been set, so here’s my VERSION ONE of my 2013 NFL Mock Draft:

2013 NFL Mock Draft / pre free agency
No. Team Scenario 1
1 Kansas City Chiefs Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3 Oakland Raiders Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
4 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
5 Detroit Lions Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
6 Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
7 Arizona Cardinals Matt Barkley, QB, USC
8 Buffalo Bills Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
9 New York Jets Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
10 Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
12 Miami Dolphins Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida Sate
14 Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15 New Orleans Saints Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
16 St. Louis Rams Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
18 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
19 New York Giants Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
20 Chicago Bears D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
22 St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
23 Minnesota Vikings Keenan Allen, WR, CAL
24 Indianapolis Colts Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
25 Seattle Seahawks Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
26 Green Bay Packers Matt Elam, SS, Florida
27 Houston Texans Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
28 Denver Broncos Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
29 New England Patriots Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
30 Atlanta Falcons Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
31 San Francisco 49ers Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
32 Baltimore Ravens Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
2nd Round
Pick (overall) Team
1 (33) Jaguars Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
2 (34) San Francisco 49ers (from Chiefs) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
3 (35) Eagles Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4 (36) Lions Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
5 (37) Bengals (from Raiders) Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
6 (38) Cardinals Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
7 Browns  (exercised pick in Supplemental Draft)
8 (39) Jets Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
9 (40) Titans Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
10 (41) Bills Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
11 (42) Dolphins Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
12 (43) Buccaneers Cornellius Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State
13 (44) Panthers Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
14 Saints  (forfeited)
15 (45) Chargers Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
16 (46) Rams Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
17 (47) Cowboys Philip Thomas, S, Fresno State
18 (48) Steelers Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
19 (49) Giants John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
20 (50) Bears Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
21 (51) Redskins Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
22 (52) Vikings Sam Montgomery, OLB/DE, LSU
23 (53) Bengals Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
24 (54) Dolphins (from Colts) Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn
25 (55) Packers Barrett Jones, C,  Alabama
26 (56) Seahawks Robert Woods, WR, USC
27 (57) Texans Justin Hunter, WR, Tenn
28 (58) Broncos Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
29 (59) Patriots Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
30 (60) Falcons Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
31 (61) 49ers Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
32 (62) Ravens Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

Chargers vs. Saints (vs. Referees)

…what an uncomfortable game, with undesirable outcome.  San Diego looked pretty good against the Saints, but in the final quarter, the game officials had an alternative agenda, favoring New Orleans.  Multiple “home town” penalties seemed to outweigh reality, in favor of the win-less Saints.  There were several questionable calls against the Chargers that made fans nauseous and grumble in disappointment  (in remembrance of the old replacement refs). The calls (and non-calls)  made  me question a possible “fixed outcome” of the game.

Sure, the Melvin Ingram personal foul was valid (roughing the quarterback) and was the correct call, but how untimely was that penalty (taking away a Chargers interception).  Ingram led with his helmet and hit Drew Brees right smack in the chin which is an instant penalty.

The Phillip Rivers interception was a horrible non-call. Rivers intended target Malcom Floyd was hit in the back before the ball arrived causing the ball to get tipped into the air, causing the turnover.  It was a very close play (and possibly missed), but it was pass interference and should have been called pass interference, not an interception.

The Antonio Gates offensive pass interference call was a mystery and a phantom penalty. Gates was called for pushing the defenders hands off him, which is not a penalty. If anything, it should have been call illegal contact on the Saints, resulting in an automatic first down for San Diego.

The very next play was a ticky-tack holding penalty on center Nick Hardwick, eliminated a 25 yard Rivers to Floyd pass and catch. Then the next play was another flag on the Saints with illeagle hands to the face, automatic 1st down.

And with the finale turnover/strip: Chargers Left Tackle Jared Gaither (2nd game back, returning from a back injury and missed all of training camp) was not able to move well (due to stiffness, cramps, suggested groin pull) and  Saints defensive end Martez Wilson knew something was wrong. Like a shark and with blood in the water, Martez Wilson blew by the stiff  Gaither forcing a Rivers strip/fumble and Saints recovery, ending the game with 14 seconds on the clock, 3rd down on the Saints 33 yard line.   In fact, fans watch knew Gaither was injured as television commentator Chris Collinsworth said before the play, to watch Gaither, something is wrong with  him. “Gaither looks lame.”

Gaither should have been removed the play prior, since Gaither whiffed on another Wilson block (which hit Rivers after an incomplete pass).  Gaither was clearly wounded, yet he could NOT go down with an injury as San Diego would have been charged their final timeout (with the NFL under two minute injury timeout rule).  Either way, Rivers turned the ball over and ended the game, with an unused San Diego timeout.  Phillip Rivers should have used that timeout to remove Gaither since he was injured. This is a team game, and if your team can’t block for it’s quarterback, then expect disaster.

Regardless of the outcome, timeouts, penalties, injuries & lack of  substitutions, Drew Brees has a great game with 4 touchdown passes. Any team that gives up four big touchdown receptions deserves to lose. San Diego’s secondary was picked apart on Monday Night Football and Drew Brees looked very impressive (with a NFL record 48th straight game with a touchdown pass).

2012 NFL Predictions (Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle)

The 2012 NFL Season is near, and an opinionated, yet semi-educated, guess/prediction of what will happen this season needs to be noted, by me, for you to read.   So I’ll make a few guesses and point out division winners (and losers) without TOO much invested in actual records, plus an estiamted playoff picture with MVP’s and seasoned indivdual award tacked in there too.
After this seasons Super Bowl, we can all look back and see how amazingly CORRECT I was, or how totally incorrect I can be. After all, this is only a guess, right?

MY DIVISION  PICKS

 AFC East

1. New England

2. Buffalo

3. New York Jets

4. Miami

AFC North

1. Baltimore

2. Cincinnati

3. Pittsburgh

4. Cleveland

AFC South

1. Houston

2. Tennessee

3. Indianapolis

4. Jacksonville

AFC West

1. San Diego

2. Kansas City

3. Denver

4. Oakland

NFC East

1. Philadelphia

2. Dallas

3. New York Giants

4. Washington

NFC North

1. Green Bay

2. Chicago

3. Detroit

4. Minnesota

NFC South

1. Atlanta

2. New Orleans

3. Carolina

4. Tampa Bay

NFC West

1. Seattle

2. San Francisco

3. St. Louis

4. Arizona

ANNUAL AWARDS

Best regular season teams: San Diego & Green Bay, with a 12-4 record

Worst regular season team: Cleveland, with a 2-14 record

MVP: Phillip Rivers, San Diego

Defensive Player of the Year: Mario Williams, Buffalo

Offensive Player of the Year: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Melvin Ingram, San Diego

Coach of the Year: Pete Carroll, Seattle

Most surprising team (positive): San Diego

Most surprising team (negative): Denver

First coach to be fired: Leslie Frazier, Minnesota

PLAYOFFS

AFC wild card games: Houston over Cincinnati, Baltimore over Tennessee

Divisional round: San Diego over Houston, Baltimore over New England

AFC Championship Game: San Diego over Baltimore

NFC wild card games: Atlanta over Chicago, San Francisco over Philadelphia,

Divisional round: Seattle over Philadelphia, Green Bay over San Francisco

NFC Championship Game: Seattle over Green Bay

Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle

2012 NFL Training Camp (Race and Course)

…training camp!

We like to hear those two words. Its like our “football-seasoned” appetizer has just arrived at our table, as our main course is nearing (the regular season).  Well, then you have preseason games, which really doesn’t have a positive flavor in our football fix (as a $60 ticket for a game that doesn’t count and doesn’t really taste that good).     But still, preseason football is still football (just like bad buffalo wings & burnt fries still get eaten), we do like watching ALL four quarters on our big screen HDTV’s.  Watching undrafted rookie free agents SHINE (at least for their quick moment) and watching the superstars socialize with each other and interview with standard cliche’ answers  on the sidelines, “…one game at a time…”

Then there are the worries: The injuries    You can only hope that your favorite players have shown up in decent shape so that training camp, drills & practices do not create any NEW injuries.  JUST STAY HEALTHY and STAY AVAILABLE!!!!    Little by little, these high performance machines are getting tinkered, pumped torked & flexed into game shape. Yet if you push their engine too far,  car problems can occur and a gasket may blow or a block may get cracked.   So we all hope the hamstrings stay healthy, knee injuries are just minor, groin/abdominal injuries are slight and ligaments & bones are normal.

And that’s just the body and the guts – or the tools, motor & parts from the neck down…

What about the HEAD, the BRAINS?  Learning the playbook, adapting to new schemes, working well with your teammates,  new coaches, new positions (and the good ole’ concussion).

It’s honestly amazing how complicated you may think this 2012 training camp really is & how much rides on it. But in actuality IT’S ONLY A GAME (a race or a course).  A game that has changed our culture and dominates our interests.  A game that keeps us connected to Twitter daily, fan-blogs and to football-related websites during the entire off-season ( just because we NEED TO KNOW whats happening with our team, the players,  Mr. General Manager and every free agent still available).

This game isn’t a game at all anymore is it?   It’s a routine. It’s a social outlet, a stalker-fetish, a daily read or should I say: a secondary life…

“…Wait, what’s that?  Who got the latest DUI, who has a new non-profit organization, who shot them self, who went cliff diving, who wrecked their motorcycle, who had their 6th child, who remains unsigned, who’s suing him, who retired, he did what to his mother???”

So preseason is next, followed by our fantasy football drafts and THEN we will have our main course (the regular season), only to hope for a sweet desert in the end.

—James Fedewa