|Steelers draft Jarvis Jones, 49ers trade up for Eric Reid||04.25.13 at 10:16 pm ET|
The Steelers took Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones 17th overall, giving them a reliable pass-rusher who had 14.5 sacks last season.
Following Jones’ selection, the 49ers moved up from No. 31 to No. 18 to take LSU safety Eric Reid. The pick fills a major need, and San Francisco clearly wasn’t comfortable waiting to see if he’d be there at the end of the first round after Kenny Vaccaro was already off the board.
|NFL Mock Draft, Take 1: Patriots try for secondary help … again||02.10.13 at 8:39 am ET|
Ah, the pre-draft process. The Super Bowl is nice, but there might be no better part of the NFL calendar. Either way, the combine is weeks away and WEEI.com has you covered.
This draft class is exceptionally weak at quarterback, which will hurt teams at the top. Traditionally, teams picking in the top five or 10 take the opportunity to get a potential franchise signal-caller, but that won’t be an option for teams that badly need an upgrade at the position such as the Chiefs, Jaguars, Eagles, Cardinals, Bills and Jets. It’s still early, so quarterbacks will work their way into the first-round discussion, with West Virginia’s Geno Smith the most likely candidate to be the first one off the board.
1. Chiefs (2-14) — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Left tackle isn’t the Chiefs’ most pressing need (the guy who lines up diagonally behind him would be), but given what they’re dealing with in this draft class, they could do much worse than to get a franchise player at the position. Should they want another USC quarterback, the Chiefs could always consider Matt Barkley in the second round.
2. Jaguars (2-14) — Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Another team that would rather spend this pick on a quarterback, the Jaguars (if they don’t wind up with Tim Tebow) might have to stick it out for another year with 2011 first-rounder Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Neither is the long-term solution, but there isn’t a guy the caliber of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or maybe even Ryan Tannehill available here. Jones has had injury concerns, but he’s a monster of a pass-rusher and the Jaguars were last in the league with 20 sacks, five behind the next team (Raiders).
3. Raiders (4-12) — Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Speaking of teams that didn’t get a lot of sacks and the exact stat you just read, the Raiders were 31st in the league with 25 sacks. The Raiders need help all over their defensive line, so Moore or defensive tackle Star Lotulelei should be the pick.
4. Eagles (4-12) — Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
New coach Chip Kelly obviously is an offensive-minded guy, but with the team moving to a 3-4, there is no more important position to address than nose tackle. Good ones are hard to find, so if Lotulelei still is on the board, the Eagles would be wise to pounce on the 320-pounder.
5. Lions (4-12) — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner isn’t the caliber of a guy like Patrick Peterson, who went fifth overall to the Cardinals in 2011, but the cornerback group in Detroit is average enough to warrant this pick. If the Lions don’t re-sign Chris Houston, who tied for the team lead in interceptions with two (yup, that tied for the team lead), the need will be even greater. Read the rest of this entry »