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That time of year again is here where NFL players have expired contracts and are either on the prowl for a new team or hoping to stay with their current team for a bigger contract.  Free agency can be a stressful for the fans, owners, and the players.  In the 2014 draft there were some players that were signed quickly because the team recognizes the value in keeping them, but we have also seen some high value players hit the free agency market due to either off field issues or cant afford them anymore.  What has been interesting is seeing how some teams have dived right into this and signed a bunch of players, and to see some teams sit back and let all the players slip through their fingers.  Some teams have had salary cap issues so it makes sense why they have been sitting back not doing anything; and they have been focusing on keeping their current players or waiting for the draft.  Some times the free agent period can make or break a team and its shaping up to be an interesting 2014 season.  Below are some of the big named receivers that have signed to new teams. 

Wide Receivers

1. Steve Smith – Went from the Panthers over to the Ravens.  The Ravens are giving him $11 million with a $3.5 million signing bonus for 3 years.  Even at the age of 35 Smith can still offer a lot to the struggling pass offense of the Ravens.  With Torrey Smith on the other side and Dennis Pitta across the middle it should be an open field for Steve Smith.  And we all know that Flacco could use another weapon in the offense.

2. Eric Decker – Went from the Broncos over to the Jets.  This was kind of surprising since he was in the best pass offense and he is now going to a team that had very serious pass issues.  Now Decker did hit pay dirt by signing a 5 year $36.25 million deal with $15 million being guaranteed money.  The Jets finally released Sanchez, but signed Michael Vick to replace him.  This is going to give Decker to shine now that he is out of the shadow of Thomas and Welker.

3. James Jones – Went from the Packers over to the Raiders.  I think this is a good move for Jones and his career.  The Raiders have added a lot of people to the roster already and with Jones being a deep threat it should add a lot of depth to the offense.  The Raiders added Matt Schaub and even though Schaub had a terrible 2013 campaign he should be able to connect with Jones.  We have to remember Schaub fed the ball to Andre Johnson for a lot of years so he should have no problem getting it to Jones.  Jones was bound to get picked up quick with how he has a knack for getting in the endzone. 

4. Golden Tate – Went from the Seahawks to the Lions.  I can see this going very well, or very bad.  Tate just helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl and now he is going to a team that has never been to the big game.  The plus is that the Lions is a pass happy team who has the best WR in the game in Calvin Johnson.  Now Stafford may not be the most consistent QB in the game, but he will have no problem getting the ball to both Tate and Johnson.

5. Hakeem Nicks – Went from the Giants to the Colts.  This is a great pickup for the Colts and I really think that Nicks needed to get away from the Giants.  As long as Nicks can stay healthy he should be able to have a fresh start with the Colts.  Andrew Luck is just getting better and better and Nicks could be a useful tool to help the team get farther in the playoffs.  Nicks was a big part of the offense in New York and when he was healthy he was almost unstoppable. 

Emmanuel Sanders – Went from Steelers to the Broncos
Andre Roberts – Went from Cardinals to the Redskins
Brandon LaFell – Went from Panthers to the Patriots
Devin Hester – Went from the Bears to the Falcons
Dexter McCluster – Went from Chiefs to Titans

We get to hear it almost everyday about how wealthy some NFL contracts are, and how much NFL teams will spend on their team.  Sometimes the numbers seem outlandish and un-realistic; but they are very real and crazy to think about.  This article is going the other way; how much each NFL franchise is worth.  Surprisingly enough almost every team makes very good money (except for a few); but it is interesting to see how much a team makes compared to how “good” the team actually is. 

When you think about a revenue stream for an NFL team it is really is a science.  Even though owners will shell out a lot of money to player, coaches, and stadiums; the real revenue comes from us; the fans.  The NFL does obviously contribute to each team but think about how NFL teams make their money.  There are ticket sales, season ticket holders, VIP suites, parking, merchandise sales, television, cable, etc.  So like I was saying; even though owners will shell out a lot of money; there is a ton of money coming in.  Below is the complete list of the richest and poorest NFL teams as of 2013. 

1. Dallas Cowboys – Worth $2.3 billion
2. New England Patriots – Worth 1.8 billion
3. Washington Redskins – Worth $1.7 billion
4. New York Giants – Worth $1.55 billion
5. Houston Texans – Worth $1.45 billion
6. New York Jets – Worth $1.38 billion
7. Philadelphia Eagles – Worth 1.31 billion
8. Chicago Bears – Worth $1.25 billion
9. Baltimore Ravens – Worth $1.22 billion
10. San Francisco 49ers – Worth $1.22 billion
11. Indianapolis Colts – Worth $1.2 billion
12. Green Bay Packers – Worth $1.18 billion
13. Denver Broncos – Worth $1.16 billion
14. Pittsburgh Steelers – Worth $1.11 billion
15. Seattle Seahawks – Worth $1.08 billion
16. Miami Dolphins – Worth $1.07 billion
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Worth $1.06 billion
18. Carolina Panthers – Worth $1.05 billion
19. Tennessee Titans – Worth $1.05 billion
20. Kansas City Chiefs – Worth $1 billion
21. Minnesota Vikings – Worth $1 billion
22. Cleveland Browns – Worth $1 billion
23. New Orleans Saints – Worth $1 billion
24. Arizona Cardinals – Worth $961 million
25. San Diego Chargers – Worth $949 million
26. Atlanta Falcons – Worth $933 million
27. Cincinnati Bengals – Worth $924 million
28. Detroit Lions – Worth $900 million
29. St. Louis Rams – Worth $875 million
30. Buffalo Bills – Worth $870 million
31. Jacksonville Jaguars – Worth $840 million
32. Oakland Raiders – Worth $825 million

There have been so many moves happening in the NFL this off season that it is hard to keep it straight.  There have been players traded to new teams, players picked up off waivers, players signing huge contracts, players complaining about contracts, and players in prison.  It’s almost like if you don’t check the news everyday than you will miss something huge.  I have been floored with all the players that have moved to different teams though; I normally do not see this many players going to new organizations.  Below are some of the big names that are on different teams and my opinion if it was a good idea or not.

Cliff Avril DE  – Went from the Detroit Lions over to the Seattle Seahawks.  I think this is a good move for Avril since he has been a dominating defensive player; he will be a great addition to an already powerful defense.

Michael Bennett DE – Went from Tampa Bay to Seattle.  Another great addition to the Seattle defense; and a great move for Bennett.

Paul Kruger LB – Went from the Ravens over to the Browns.  I am a Utah boy so I am happy to see Kruger do well; but I am not sold on the Browns being the best team for him.  The Browns are lucky to have him though since he is a beast.

Elvis Dumervill DE – Went from the Broncos to the Ravens.  Even with the fax machine issue I think Dumervill will still do well in Baltimore.  It will just take him longer to get a Super Bowl ring now.

Mike Wallace WR – Went from the Steelers to the Dolphins.  Honestly, the only difference is weather.  Nice pick up for the Dolphins, but I do not see Wallace doing any better on the Dolphins then he did with the Steelers

Greg Jennings WR – Went from the Packers to the Vikings.  Only time will tell how this will pan out.  Rodgers is a MUCH better QB than Ponder; but Jennings is now playing with a run first team.  I think it will end up being a good deal for both parties.  Jennings wont put up numbers like he used to but he will still be a Pro Bowler.

Wes Welker WR – Went from the Patriots to the Broncos.  The only difference here is Welker’s uniform.  High powered offense, Hall of Fame QB, surrounded by weapons.  His numbers will go down because of Demaryius Thomas and Decker, but this is a good move for Welker and the Broncos.

Danny Amendola WR – Went from the Rams to the Patriots.  Picking up where Welker left off.  Despite what the Patriots want to say; Amendola is basically Welker in the offense.  As long as Amendola can stay healthy this will be a good thing for both parties.

Dashon Goldson S – Went from the 49ers to the Bucs.  This was a huge pickup for the Bucs, and a bone head move on the 49ers. 

Jake Long T – Went from the Dolphins to the Rams.  Now that Steven Jackson left the Rams who is Long blocking for?  I guess Bradford counts, but I think Long could have gone to a better team.

Ed Reed S – Ravens to the Texans.  This is a perfect fit and it is going to make the Texans defense even scarier.

Steven Jackson RB – Went from the Rams to the Falcons.  Perfect fit for Jackson and the Falcons. 

Ahmad Bradshaw RB – Went from the Giants to the Colts.  Even with his injuries this will be a great addition to the Colts running game.

Reggie Bush RB – Went from the Dolphins to the Lions.  I think this is where Bush needs to be; he will be a beast this year in Detroit.

Rashard Mendenhall RB – Went from the Steelers to the Cardinals.  It does not really matter where Mendenhall goes; he just needs to stay healthy.  With Beanie Wells being out of Arizona it does create a big opportunity for Mendenhall though.

Adrian Wilson S – Went from the Cardinals to the Patriots.  Brilliant move for Wilson and for the Patriots.

James Harrison LB – Went from the Steelers to the Bengals.  Even with his age; Harrison will make a huge impact on an already stout defense.

Glenn Dorsey DT – Went from the Chiefs to the 49ers.  He has had injuries, but he is joining one of the best defenses in the NFL.  I think this will be a great move for Dorsey and the 49ers.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB – Eagles to the Broncos.  another reason why the Broncos are going to be a hard team to beat.

Terrance Knighton DT – Jaguars to the Broncos.

Josh Cribbs WR – Browns to the Raiders

Tracy Porter CB – Broncos to the Raiders

Chris Canty DT – Giants to the Ravens

Dwight Freeney DE – Colts to the Chargers

Shaun Philips LB – Chargers to the Broncos

Dunta Robinson CB – Falcons to the Chiefs

Anthony Fasano TE – Dolphins to the Chiefs

Shonn Greene RB – Jets to the Titans

Matt Slauson G – Jets to the Bears

LaRon Landry S – Jets to the Colts

Charles Woodson CB – Packers to the Raiders

Israel Idonije DE – Bears to the Lions

Philip Wheeler LB – Raiders to the Dolphins

Dustin Keller TE – Jets to the Dolphins

Brandon Myers TE – Raiders to the Giants

Connor Barwin LB – Texans to the Eagles

Osi Umenyiora DE – Giants to the Falcons

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever I see a ranking of NFL players I normally get skeptical because it is normally based purely off stats or it is made up by a few people instead of a large group.  I prefer it to either be a fan vote; or a large panel of experts that decides a ranking.  In this ranking this is purely based off the fans.  NFL.com did a large poll on who the most popular players in the NFL are for 2013.  Now in this day and age it is very important to be a popular player because it helps your image as a player, helps to get fans to the stadium to watch you play, and of course; merchandise.  Now NFL.com did the top 100; I am going to show you the top 20 players that were voted on by the fans.

20. Clay Matthews LB Packers
19. Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots
18. Julio Jones WR Falcons
17. Russell Wilson QB Seahawks
16. Von Miller LB Broncos

Just in the first five I was kind of shocked.  I would have thought that Clay Matthews would have been higher.  He has been in commercials. I see his jersey everywhere, and everyone flexes when they see him.  I also noticed a lot of young players too like Wilson and Julio.  That is a good sign for their career that they are young and popular; as long as they keep the bad publicity away from them then this can only help their careers.  I also thought that Gronkowski would have been placed higher now that Welker and Hernandez is out of New England; maybe after he plays a few seasons with no injuries he will be bumped up.

15. Ray Rice RB Ravens
14. Andre Johnson WR Texans
13. AJ Green WR Bengals
12. Larry Fitzgerald WR Cardinals
11. Robert Griffin III QB Redskins

Once again a few young players on here and that is impressive.  What’s interesting here is that RGIII sells the most jerseys; but he is not the most popular player….interesting.  Seeing players like Fitzgerald, Johnson, and Ray Rice should be a nice reminder that there are classy players in the NFL that can play for a long time.  Most of the players we have listed on this list so far have had no publicity and they handle themselves with class.  There has not been one real troublemaker on this list and that should go to show that being classy and dependable will get you a long ways in the NFL.  Now it is time for the top 10!

10. Patrick Willis LB 49ers
9. Marshawn Lynch RB Seahawks
8. Arian Foster RB Texans
7. Drew Brees QB Saints
6. JJ Watt DE Texans

Once again; classy players and young players.  I am also noticing numerous Texans on the list too.  Another thing that all of these players have in common is that they put up good numbers every game they play.  They may have off games; but for the most part you can rely on these guys to come through when you need them.  I think that is another reason why people voted these guys to be the most popular.  Now for the Top 5!

5. Aaron Rodgers QB Packers
4. Tom Brady QB Patriots
3. Peyton Manning QB Broncos
2. Calvin Johnson WR Lions
1. Adrian Peterson RB Vikings

All 5 of these top 5 players have something in common too.  They all are on their way to the Hall of Fame.  Rodgers is one of the best passers in the NFL right now; he is so good he is making people forget about Favre.  Brady has won numerous championships with the Patriots and has turned the club into a dynasty.  Peyton has been one of the most outstanding passers in the NFL for awhile and has achieved everything a player could ever want to have.  Calvin is going to be around for awhile and has already been breaking records.  Adrian Peterson is a freak…that’s alli can say about him.

 

Torrey Smith has a very heart warming story that most people have never heard.  He is a young player, but has the heart of a seasoned veteran.  You will never hear Smith having bad publicity or have a bad reputation.  He his all class and does what he is told, and leads by example.  He has had to deal with some tough times, but he has handled all of them with class and took everything like a man should. 

James Torrey Smith was born January 26th, 1989 in Virginia.  Torrey was the oldest of 7 children and he was raised by a single mother.  His mother had to hold down two jobs just to keep food on the table.  At his elementary school he had a P.E. teacher who recognized that Torrey had a lot of athletic skills and offered him a chance to attend athletic camps, free of charge.  In those camps Torrey was able to learn about sports and was able to excel in athletics.

Smith attended Stafford Senior High School and enjoyed playing basketball and multiple positions in football.  He really was an all-around player; at any point he would play QB, running back, wide receiver, corner back, or a return man.  As a high school player he was recognized as a truly gifted player and earned All-Northwest Region honors and All-District as a senior.  When it came time to choose a college he was ranked #30 nationally as a QB, and was ranked #33 nationally as a receiver.  Smith was being pursued by Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, and he chose to be a receiver for his speed and height.  In the end Maryland offered him a full scholarship which he accepted.  He really wanted to go to Virginia, but they did not offer him a scholarship because they said he was not as fast as they wanted him to be.  He proved them wrong.

He started his college career in 2007 and was a redshirt, so he played on the scout team.  He never complained about being on the scout team, he just wanted to make his team better; and he did.  In 2008 he really helped him team by being an outstanding kick and punt returner; it was because of his returns that the offense was able to put up so many points.  He played a little bit of receiver as well and by the end up the 2008 season he had 1,425 all-purpose yards.  In 2009 he was utilized more as a receiver and he hauled in 61 passes for 824 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He was still their main return guy and he totaled 1,309 return yards and 2 touchdowns.  By the end of his junior year he was ranked 6th in the nation in all-purpose yards.  Also, he earned All-ACC honors and he was approached by the NFL to enter the draft.  He wanted to stay and finish his senior year and get a degree before he thought about the NFL.  His senior year really jumped his NFL stock because he had an absolutely amazing season.  He totaled up 1,055 receiving yards on 67 receptions and 12 touchdowns.  As a return man in his senior year he had 585 return yards on 30 returns.  As a senior he was named to the All-ACC team again and he still holds 3 ACC records for his return efforts.

Smith entered the Draft in 2011 and he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens as the 58th overall pick.  The NFL was expecting big things out of him right away, but in the first few weeks of the season he really did not do much.  This did not discourage Smith at all, and in week 3 he had 3 touchdowns on his first 3 catches as a professional.  From that moment on he was a deep threat for the Ravens and had a great rookie year.  He finished with 50 receptions, 841 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns.  In 2012 Smith had to deal with a tragic loss; his brother passed away in a terrible accident the morning before the week 3 match-up against the Patriots.  By the end of his second year he had 49 catches, 855 yards, and 8 touchdowns.

Smith still has a very bright future ahead of him.  As you can see; he has had a lot of things he has had to work through, but he has made it through everything.  He is another player that had plenty of chances to either quit, or take the easy way out.  He always chooses to do things the right way and he always gets through as a better person.  The young athletes can learn from Torrey and what he has been through.

 

It doesn’t matter what you think of Ray Lewis because he is one of the greatest players to ever step foot on the field.  He may have had some issues in his career, but he has proven time and time again that when he sets his mind to something that he will do it.  Lewis did not have the perfect upbringing and sometimes did not have the best support; but he persevered through all of it to be recognized as one of the greatest of all time.

Ray Anthony Lewis Jr. was born on May 15th, 1975 in Florida.  His older brother used to be a running back at the University of Maryland.  Lewis attended Kathleen High School and was an All-American linebacker and a very good wrestler.  As a child Ray did not have a father around which I think shaped him to have some off field issues, but I think it also made him a stronger person down the road in his career.

Lewis decided to play his college football for the University of Miami; he was a perfect fit for how the Hurricanes played football.  He was tough, vicious, and a hard worker.  When he was a freshman he made an immediate impression in practices and games, by the end of his freshman year he was a starter.  As a freshman he piled up 81 tackles and was named to the freshman All-American team.  As a sophomore he totaled up 153 tackles and earned first-team All-American and All-Big East honors.  That year the Hurricanes had the top rated defense and Lewis was a big factor in that.  As a junior he got even better and once again was named to the All-American team and All-Big East team.  He finished his junior year with 160 tackles which was second on the all-time list for the Hurricanes.  Lewis decided to enter the NFL draft after his junior year.

In 1996, Lewis entered the draft as the top-rated linebacker next to Kevin Hardy.  Lewis was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (26th overall).  At the time Lewis was a smaller guy, but had tremendous speed, intensity, and leadership.  His rookie year he made the All-Rookie Team.  He earned his first Pro Bowl in 1997 and had an astounding 184 tackles.  In 2000, Lewis was the main player in one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen.  The defense led the Ravens to the Super Bowl and won and Lewis earned multiple awards for his leadership.  Through his career he has battled numerous injuries and they are all because he puts his body out there because he will do anything to win.

After his first Super Bowl he was at a party and a fight broke out between Lewis and a group of people.  During the fight two people were stabbed and died later.  Lewis and two of his friends were arrested for murder and they were set to go to trial.  They found the knife at the crime scene, but there was no finger prints on it.  Lewis was able to negotiate a plea agreement and the charges were dropped against Lewis.  Lewis still was fined $250,000 and was on a 12-month probation.  Even though there is still a lot of uncertainty of what happened that night Lewis has done what he needs to do to move on from this.

After the murder trial; Lewis went back to the football field and was still wrecking havoc for offenses.  Almost every season that Lewis played in he was the leading tackler on the team, even if he was injured he would find ways to lead from the sideline.  During his 17 year career he totaled 2,061 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 31 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries.  He took his Ravens to the Super Bowl two times and won both times, 13 Pro Bowls, 2 Defensive Player of the Year, 3 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, and 10 All-Pro selections.

Lewis recently retired after the 2012 season and he left on the highest note possible; winning the Super Bowl.  Since the murder trial Lewis has opened up; and contributed to charitable foundations.  There will never be another linebacker like Ray Lewis; there will be some that come close but he will always be ranked up as the best of all time.  He is one of the few players that played for only one team his whole career, and he consistently put up incredible numbers and was a dominant leader for 17 seasons.  Like I said before; it does not matter what people think about Ray Lewis; the things that he has done for the game of football will shape the way teams and players look at the sport for years to come.

 

A Mock Draft is never finished; it seems that NFL teams this year are trading a lot of draft picks to get the best team possible.  Also, these college players are either getting better and moving up, or they are bombing and getting worse.  This is my final Mock Draft since the draft is today at 8:00pm EST.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Fisher (OT): Fisher is the best option for the Chiefs and he can start right away and be a great improvement to the Chiefs in their run game and pass protection.  Fisher could be a potential Pro-Bowler.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Joeckel (OT): The Jaguars need help in a lot of areas, but it would be a smart choice to take Joeckel with the second overall pick.  Gabbert needs to be able to throw and Jones-Drew needs a solid offensive line to be a dominant running back.

3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd (DT): Remember that the Raiders do not have a second round pick so they need an explosive defensive player with their first pick.  Floyd would fit right in to that Raider defense and would be an immediate starter.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Lane Johnson (OT): The Eagles should take Johnson because the Eagles have an up-tempo offense and Johnson has good speed and strength that could be very beneficial to the Eagles offense.  The Eagles made a bunch of defensive adjustments now they need to add protection on offense.

5. Detroit Lions – Ziggy Ansah (DE): Lions need a pass rusher and Ansah is the answer for the Lions defense.  The Lions lost a bunch of defensive players and by drafting Ansah could be an All-Pro defensive end in just a few seasons.

6. Cleveland Browns – Geno Smith (QB): The Browns have Weeden, but Geno would be a better fit for that offense.  Smith is an all around threat and the Browns could be a contender in the AFC North by getting Smith with their first pick.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Cooper (OG): The Cards need defensive help, but they also need some beef on the offensive line.  By adding Palmer and Mendenhall the Cards will need to add protection to make both of them useful.

8. Buffalo Bills – Tavon Austin (WR): The Bills need to add another weapon besides Johnson and Spiller.  By adding Austin it will make the Bills offense more difficult to defend and it will add more options for Kolb down field.

9. New York Jets – Dion Jordan (DE): The Jets need serious help on defense and Jordan is one of the most explosive defensive players in the draft.  He is still a little small, but he will be a great addition to any defense.  He has the ability to be another Aldon Smith or JJ Watt.

10. Tennessee Titans – Dee Milliner (CB): With the Titans needing offensive help I do not think they should focus on that.  They need to add some speed to their secondary and by adding Milliner it would greatly help the Titans defense.  The Titans gave up a lot of pass yards in 2012 and that needs to be addressed.

11. San Diego Chargers – Chance Warmack (OG): Chargers need to add some power up front if they even want to be a winning team.  There are some health concerns with Warmack, but the Chargers still need to pick him up so Rivers can throw and Mathews can have space to run.

12. Miami Dolphins – DJ Fluker (OT): The Dolphins made some good offense upgrade and now they need to get some lineman to protect their assets.  Fluker is a beast and will help in the Dolphins run game and add protection for Tannehill.  With the Dolphins losing Long they need to fill that gap quick.

13. New York Jets – Tyler Eifert (TE): Eifert is a perfect tight end with height, speed, and size.  He will help in the run game and he is a hard person to cover in the pass game.  He is like a Jimmy Graham like tight end who will cause lots of problems for defenses.

14. Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson (DT): Richardson is an amazing pass rusher and has great size, and thats what the Panthers need to beef up their defense.  Richardson also has sharp speed that could make him a Pro Bowler in just a few seasons; or get him a defensive rookie award.

15. New Orleans Saints – Barkevious Mingo (DE): The Saints had the worst defense in 2012 and Mingo would be a great addition in the pass rush.  He has had some trouble stopping the run, but that will come with time.  Mingo has enough speed that he could amost be a linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

16. St Louis Rams – Kenny Vaccaro (SS): Rams lost Dahl to the Niners and Vaccaro would be a great addition to the Rams defense.  Vaccaro has great speed and is a sure tackler who could earn a starting spot quickly and be a stud on a defense that needs help.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones (OLB): With Harrison going to the Bengals the Steelers need to fill that defensive hole.  Jones does have some medical issues and is not the fastest kid, but he can down right play tough football and that is what the Steelers like in a player.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Star Lotulelei (DT): The Cowboys were ranked near the bottom in rush defense in 2012 and by adding Star to the mix it will make the Cowboys a more stout defense and give them a chance to make a big impact in the NFC East.  Star has had some medical concerns, but if the Cowboys get the chance they can’t pass him up.

19. New York Giants – Justin Pugh (OT): The Giants have a big need up front and Pugh has the speed and foot work to strengthen the Giants.  The Giants have a few lineman that are getting up there in age as well so it would be wise to start adding depth as well.

20. Chicago Bears – Manti Te’o (ILB): Even with the off field issues, Te’o would be a great addition to the Bears defense.  With losing Urlacher the Bears need to get a tough leader on that defense and Manti can be that guy.  He is strong, smart, and a good tackler and the Bears could benefit greatly from drafting him.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Eric Reid (FS): The Bengals have almost everything in place, they have a solid offense and signed a lot of defensive studs.  Reid would fit right into the Bengals defensive scheme and would help that secondary out a lot.  He has speed, sure tackler, and strength.

22. St Louis Rams – Alec Ogletree (ILB): Adding Vaccaro and Ogletree would make the Rams an absolute nightmare of a defense.  Ogletree is a hard hitter and would be an Pro Bowl player on the Rams defense.  If the Rams use their two picks wisely they could really upgrade their team and be a contender in the NFC West.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Cordarrelle Patterson (WR): Patterson has amazing hands and is an explosive receiver and blended with Jennings the Vikings could really improve their offense.  He has some maturity issues, but that will go away once he is playing with veterans like AP and Jennings.

24. Indianapolis Colts – DJ Hayden (CB): Hayden has an amazing story and I think he would be a perfect fit for the Colts defense and could be a potential All-Pro defensive player.  He has great speed, awesome coverage ability, and a great tackler.  If you don’t know his story go look it up and you will be shocked.

25. Minnesota Vikings – Sylvester Williams (DT): Williams is a big body who can add even more power to a great Vikings defense.  He is not the best pass rusher, but combine him with the other Williams and Jared Allen it would make the Vikings a scary defense to run against.

26. Green Bay Packers – Eddie Lacy (RB): Even thought the Packers are an amazing pass team, they have not had a solid running back for years.  Lacy could be the key to that offense that opens up the pass game even more.  Starks is an injury problem, Green has not proven anything yet, and it looks like the Packers are not going to keep Benson.

27. Houston Texans – Justin Hunter (WR): The Texans are looking for a receiver to play opposite of Johnson and Hunter could be the answer.  The Texans already have a lot of offensive weapons, but adding Hunter will take a lot of coverage away from Johnson and open up the running game for Foster.

28. Denver Broncos – Bjoern Werner (DE): With losing Dumervill the Broncos have a big hole to fill.  Werner is a solid all around player and he could learn a lot by being in a defense like the Broncos.

29. New England Patriots – Xavier Rhodes (CB): Rhodes is a great press corner and the Patriots need the help in their secondary.  The Pats defense is good, but they have had a lot of secondary issues and Rhodes can be the answer for that.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Desmond Trufant (CB): Falcons lost Grimes and Trufant has a lot he can offer.  He would be a great compliment to Samuels, and can help in the return game.  The Falcons have everything else in place, so this is an easy pick for the Falcons if he is still available.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Zach Ertz (TE): The Niners gun a lot of two tight end sets and Ertz would fit right into the Niners game plan.  Harbaugh recruited Ertz out of high school to go to Stanford so there is already a bond there.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Matt Elam (FS): The Ravens lost a lot of defensive play makers and Elam is a great tackler and has good speed.  The Ravens could benefit a lot by taking him.