AFC East: Barkevious Mingo

Dolphins-Browns final injury report

September, 6, 2013
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The practices are over for the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, who will face off in Week 1.

Here is the final injury report for both teams:

Dolphins

Out: CB Will Davis (toe), CB Jamar Taylor (groin), QB Pat Devlin (ankle)

Questionable: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)

Probable: LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), DE Dion Jordan (shoulder), DE Vaughn Martin (ankle), TE Dion Sims (groin), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Injury analysis: As expected, the Dolphins will be without rookie cornerbacks Taylor and Davis. Both missed practice the entire week. This impacts depth in the secondary and special teams. Nolan Carroll will play a huge role as Miami's third cornerback, and Cleveland's offense could try to target him on Sunday. Patterson is questionable, but he's expected to play. The Dolphins definitely need him. Jordan will make his NFL debut Sunday after battling back from a shoulder injury. Look for Jordan to play in pass-rushing downs and on special teams.

Browns

Out: LB Barkevious Mingo (lung), G Shawn Lauvao (ankle)

Questionable: DL Ahtyba Rubin (calf), DB Buster Skrine (shoulder)

Probable: WR Davone Bess (knee), DL Desmond Bryant (back), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), LB Eric Martin (foot), DB Chris Owens (foot), LB Jabaal Sheard (illness)

Injury analysis: Unlike the Dolphins, Cleveland will be without its first-round pick. Mingo injured his lung in the preseason and won’t make it back for Week 1. Rubin and Skrine are two recent injuries that could have a heavy impact on Cleveland’s defense. Both are questionable. Otherwise, Cleveland and Miami are healthy entering Week 1.
The NFL draft is finally here!

After months of projections and speculation, the NFL will take center stage in just a few hours for the first-round of the 2013 draft. The AFC East will be busy with five picks on Thursday night.

With that in mind, here is a final reminder of draft needs in the division:

Buffalo Bills, No. 8

Needs: QB, G, WR, CB

Analysis: The Bills can go in a lot of different directions at No. 8. Many feel the Bills will take former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the first round, but I think it’s risky to take any quarterback this year in the top 10. Nassib has strong ties to Buffalo because he played under Bills rookie head coach Doug Marrone in college. Buffalo also could fill a hole at guard left by Andy Levitre, who signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency. Receiver and cornerback are two additional needs.

New York Jets, No. 9 and No. 13

Needs: OLB, WR, G, TE, QB

Analysis: New York has one of the thinnest rosters in the NFL after free agency. This is a team in store for a major rebuild under first-year general manager John Idzik, and the Jets can take a major step Thursday by nailing their two first-round picks. New York has so many needs that it can afford to take the best available player. I took LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo and West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin in this week’s blogger mock draft. This pairing or something similar would be great for the Jets. New York won’t become a playoff team after this draft, but filling two needs in the first round would be a good start.

Miami Dolphins, No. 12

Needs: LT, CB, DE

Analysis: The Dolphins filled a lot of needs in free agency. That affords Miami the opportunity to zero in on a few spots in the draft. The Dolphins have five picks in the first three rounds, which provides a lot of flexibility to move up if needed. Miami desperately needs a left tackle. The top three left tackles at the position are all expected to be gone by No. 12, so the Dolphins most likely would have to move up to get a top left tackle. Miami’s pass defense also was shaky last season. There is speculation that former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner could fall down the draft board because of injury concerns. Milliner, if healthy, would fill a big need at cornerback.

New England Patriots, No. 29

Needs: WR, CB, DE

Analysis: New England is coming off another appearance in the AFC title game. The Patriots had some turnover in free agency. However, this is still a good team. New England must address its need at receiver. The passing game is too important for the Patriots to have a questionable group of receivers, which includes Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and Julian Edelman. New England needs another playmaker on the outside, especially with injury concerns with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. New England also could use another cover cornerback, and someone to get to the quarterback. Both would improve the Patriots’ 29th-ranked pass defense.

The AFC East blog will be live at Dolphins headquarters for the first round on Thursday night. Be sure to check back for all the latest draft news and analysis for the Dolphins, Bills, Patriots and Jets.

The New York Jets are the biggest players in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL draft. New York has the No. 9 and No. 13 pick, which is a lot of draft capital to fill needs or move around the draft board. The Jets gained their second first-round pick last week after trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis.

However, none of this matters unless Jets first-year general manager John Idzik can make the right picks. There is a lot of pressure on Idzik, as he faces a long and tedious rebuild.

Idzik can go in a lot of different directions with his first two picks. Here are some possibilities via ESPN draft experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. This week during the blogger mock draft, I projected LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo and West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin for New York.

The homework is done. Now, it's time to see if Idzik can produce.

AFC East mock draft analysis

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With five picks in the first round, it was a busy time for the AFC East in the 2013 blogger mock draft. Our annual projection of the NFL draft took place again this week with some surprise picks. Our division made a draft board and did our best to stick to it.

Here is how things went for the AFC East:

No. 3: Miami Dolphins

Pick: LT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

Analysis: Surprise! Yes, the Dolphins were extremely aggressive in the blogger mock draft, which falls in line with general manager Jeff Ireland's mindset this offseason in free agency. Miami has 11 draft picks total and can afford to make a major move up to get an elite left tackle. I didn't expect Oklahoma's Lane Johnson to fall in my lap at No. 12 overall. So I kept in touch with AFC West blogger Bill Williamson with the Oakland Raiders at No. 3 and NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert with the Detroit Lions at No. 5. I decided to go big with Fisher, who I really wanted. I traded Miami’s first-round pick, second-round pick and two third-rounders to move up to No. 3 for Fisher. It's a steep price, but Miami takes protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill seriously. The Dolphins also keep one of their second-round picks to fill another hole at cornerback or defensive end in the next round.

No. 8: Buffalo Bills

Pick: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

Analysis: I was looking to trade down with Buffalo but didn’t receive any interest. All three left tackles (Luke Joeckel, Fisher and Johnson) were gone. So all I heard was crickets. On top of that, Alabama guard Chance Warmack was taken one pick higher at No. 7 to the Arizona Cardinals. Having to make the pick, I trusted our final board and went with Patterson. He has a lot of upside and could fit in well next to 1,000-yard receiver Steve Johnson. There has been a lot of speculation about the Bills taking quarterback Ryan Nassib at No. 8 overall, but that thought never crossed my mind. If Buffalo wants to risk taking a second-round prospect No. 8 overall, that's on the Bills. It turns out no quarterback was taken in the first round of our blogger mock draft. That sets up pretty well for the Bills to take a quarterback at the top of the second round. That's the better route for the Bills to take on Thursday.

No. 9 and No. 13: New York Jets

Picks: DE Barkevious Mingo and WR Tavon Austin

Analysis: I view this pair as a success. The Jets have two picks in the top 13 and drafted two players from our final board who can make an immediate impact. Mingo and Austin are two of my favorite players in this draft and provide a solid foundation to rebuild the Jets. Mingo can provide an important pass rush and Austin is a playmaker who can boost New York's anemic offense. The Jets gained the second first-round pick from the Darrelle Revis trade. This pair could make Jets fans start to move on.

No. 29: New England Patriots

Picks: USC WR Robert Woods

Analysis: This was a tricky pick as I waited for nearly the entire first round to develop. I even got an offer from NFC East blogger Dan Graziano, whose Philadelphia Eagles were interested in West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. New England needs picks, and the Eagles offered their second- and fifth-round pick for No. 29. The value just wasn’t good enough, so the Patriots balked and filled a major need at receiver with Woods. I liked two receivers in this spot for New England: Woods and Justin Hunter of Tennessee. Hunter was taken by the St. Louis Rams at No. 22. Woods does a lot of things well and looks NFL ready. The Patriots need receivers on the outside who could fill in for Brandon Lloyd, who was cut this offseason.

Overall, it was another successful blogger mock draft for the AFC East. I landed an elite left tackle for Miami, a receiver with plenty of upside for Buffalo, a pass-rusher and dynamic offensive playmaker for New York and a possible starting receiver for the Patriots.

Do you agree or disagree with the picks? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay provided his latest mock draft just days before the real thing takes place in New York City on Thursday. A blockbuster trade also took place involving New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With that in mind, here is McShay’s latest projection for the AFC East:

Buffalo Bills, No. 8

McShay’s pick: Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib

Analysis: I don’t know about this one. I debated Nassib at No. 8 to the Bills on Twitter Monday, and it seems some Bills fans are fine with this move. Nassib is projected by most to be a second-rounder. But there is enough smoke out there to believe the Bills are considering Nassib at No. 8 overall, which could make him the first quarterback off the board. Nassib played for Bills rookie head coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse and Buffalo has scouted him heavily. Taking Nassib at No. 8 would put a ton of pressure on him and the Bills. McShay thinks it will happen on Thursday.

New York Jets, No. 9 and No. 13

McShay’s picks: LSU DE Barkevious Mingo and West Virginia WR Tavon Austin

Analysis: This would be a good first round for the Jets and a nice way to start their long rebuild. The Jets have two first-round picks thanks to the Revis trade. Mingo and Austin are two players who can contribute immediately. They can also provide a new foundation for the Jets as their fans start to move on from Revis Island.

Miami Dolphins, No. 12

McShay’s pick: Alabama G Chance Warmack

Analysis: The Dolphins need a left tackle more than a guard. But left tackles Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson were all off the board in the top four picks. Therefore, McShay sees Miami taking Warmack, who is viewed as one of the best guard prospects in the past several years. Warmack can start right away for Miami. But the team could have filled some other holes here, preferably on defense.

New England Patriots, No. 29

McShay’s pick: UCLA DE Datone Jones

Analysis: I would prefer for New England to take a wide receiver here. For example, USC’s Robert Woods was still on the board here. But McShay sees the Patriots taking Jones at defensive end. The Patriots also took defensive end Chandler Jones in the first round last year and need depth at the position. Regardless, New England should be able to get a quality player this late in the first round due to a deep draft.
This week the AFC East blog is taking a look at draft possibilities for each team in the division. On Tuesday we take a look at the New York Jets, who hold the No. 9 overall pick.

Option No. 1: DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU

Analysis: I am not huge on the Jets drafting another defensive end in the first round for the third consecutive year. However, that has been a trend for New York with defensive-minded head coach Rex Ryan, and it can't be ignored. Mingo is one of the best defensive ends available. He is a good edge-rusher who could be an asset in New York's defense, which lost several starting free agents on that side of the football.

Option No. 2: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

Analysis: The Jets are stuck with a subpar group of quarterbacks this year, and there is nothing they can do about it. Barring a first-round quarterback, which we will get to later, Mark Sanchez and David Garrard will compete for the starting job in New York. What the Jets can do is provide Sanchez or Garrard quality weapons, and that’s where Patterson comes in. He is arguably the most dynamic receiver in this draft and could add a legitimate threat for New York's fledgling quarterbacks.

Option No. 3: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

Analysis: This may be somewhat of a long shot. But if the top-rated quarterback is still available at No. 9, the Jets have to consider it. Smith is a potential target for the Oakland Raiders (No. 3), Cleveland Browns (No. 6), Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) and Buffalo Bills (No. 8). Even the Kansas City Chiefs are throwing out signals that they're considering Smith with the No. 1 overall pick, although that appears to be a smokescreen. The Jets most likely will draft a quarterback in the first three rounds. Smith is a possibility if he passes through the other quarterback-needy teams.

Also, here are some draft possibilities for the Miami Dolphins.

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