AFC East: blogger mock draft

AFC East mock draft analysis

April, 23, 2013
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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.

Blogger Mock Draft 2.0 analysis

April, 23, 2012
4/23/12
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It was a fun-filled day of mock drafting at ESPN.com. As AFC East general manager, I made several bold moves that I thought would help the division improve.

Here is a recap of everything that transpired in our second blogger mock draft:

Miami Dolphins

Pick: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

Analysis: Miami had the first pick in the AFC East at No. 8. NFC North general manager Kevin Seifert sent feelers my way to see if I was interested in trading up for the Minnesota Vikings' No. 3 pick. I let Seifert know I liked Tannehill, but certainly not that much. I took my chances and stood pat at No. 8. The two players I liked most for Miami were Tannehill and North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples. It turned out both were available. But Miami's biggest need is finding a future at quarterback. So I grabbed Tannehill without giving up the farm to do it. Tannehill probably won't play in 2012. But Miami isn't a contender next season anyway.

New York Jets

Pick: South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram

Analysis: The Jets made the first of several trades in the AFC East -- and they did it with a division rival. New York sent its first-, third-, fifth- and sixth-round picks to Buffalo to move up six spots. The Jets get a potentially elite pass-rusher in Ingram, whom they are hot on and can immediately help New York's defense. For Buffalo, the team moves back and gains four draft picks for the price of one. The Jets feel they are only a couple pieces away from getting back into playoff contention. Regaining a pass rush is one of those pieces.

New England Patriots

Pick: Alabama S Mark Barron

Analysis: I did a very un-Patriot move in this draft. Instead of trading out of the first round, I used New England's two top picks to move up in the first round to grab the best safety in this draft: Mark Barron. The Patriots were 31st in pass defense last year, and it was an issue right down to the final drive in the Super Bowl. I didn't want to wait until the end of the first round to address the secondary. So I worked out a trade with NFC West general manager Mike Sando and gave him an offer he couldn't refuse. I offered Sando two first-round picks for the No. 12 overall pick and a fourth-rounder. With the pick, I considered Barron and South Carolina corner Stephon Gilmore. But I felt safety was a bigger need. Receiver Julian Edelman spent time at safety last year, for example. New England still has two second-round picks to fill other needs.

Buffalo Bills

Picks: Iowa OT Riley Reiff and Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill

Analysis: I really like what I did with Buffalo in this mock draft. As expected, I didn't like Buffalo's options at No. 10 to match its needs. My two targets -- Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd and Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff -- were both still on the board. But I wasn't sure about them at that spot and wanted better value. So I made the Jets trade, knowing they were hot on Ingram, and Buffalo got Reiff six spots later where the team is much more comfortable. Floyd was off the board, by the way. However, I knew the Bills had three extra picks from the Jets. I also kept my eye on how the draft was progressing at the end of the first round. Hill, a speedy and big-play receiver from Georgia Tech, was still available with the No. 32 pick. Bills head coach Chan Gailey knows Georgia Tech well. So I quickly worked a trade with NFC East general manager Dan Graziano for Buffalo's second-round pick and two fourth-round picks to the New York Giants to get Hill. Buffalo got its long-term answer at left tackle and a big-play receiver to pair with Steve Johnson in the first round. That would cap a tremendous offseason for Buffalo.

Now it’s your turn. Comment below on how I did for your AFC East teams.

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Preview: Blogger Mock Draft Live

April, 23, 2012
4/23/12
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ESPN.com will have its second blogger mock draft of the 2012 offseason. But we are stepping up our game this time. Monday at 1 p.m. ET, we will present our picks live.

Another wrinkle in our mock draft 2.0 is trades will be allowed. As AFC East general manager, I want to shake things up and make a splash. Our division had just one team with a winning record. I aim to make the division better and more competitive through the draft.

Will I trade the Miami Dolphins up to No. 3 to select Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill? Don't get mad if I do, Dolphins fans.

Will the Buffalo Bills trade out of the No. 10 pick? I may not like my options there. What will I do with the New York Jets? They have several needs.

What will the New England Patriots do with their two first-round picks? The Patriots usually trade back. But I'm running the show, and I will do what I think is best for New England.

Check out Blogger Mock Draft Live and see what happens.
AFC East draftniks, I need your help. It's time to go to work and prepare for our first 2012 blogger mock draft, which is set to happen later this week.

The AFC East blog has a large front-office staff. We have readers/scouts who live in all parts of the country and follow some college teams and players more than others.

As AFC East general manager, I want to rely on your intel to combine with my knowledge on draft-eligible players. Together, we will create a community board to use for ESPN.com's blogger mock draft. Unlike those bad NFL teams, we stay true to our board.

The instructions are simple: Pick one team, provide your top three players for that draft slot and send them to our division inbox. I will pick a cutoff time later this afternoon and tabulate the votes.

Please be realistic. For example, do not list Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III for the Miami Dolphins at No. 8. If Miami fans want to go quarterback, put Ryan Tannehill at the top. I will disqualify ballots that aren't reasonable.

Once our community ballots are tabulated, that will account for 50 percent. The other 50 percent will be my top three for each team. We will show the results by the end of the day.

Now get to work, scouts! Don't let me down.

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