John's 2014 NFL Mock Draft Round 1 Part 2
17. Baltimore Ravens: OT/OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame
-The Ravens have a gaping hole at right tackle and could find an easy fix in Notre Dame’s Zack Martin, who also has the versatility to play inside if necessary.
18. New York Jets: WR Odell Beckham, LSU
-The Jets have to add more playmakers and Odell Beckham fits the bill here. He would be a nice complement to Eric Decker who is more of a possession receiver.
19. Miami Dolphins: OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
-The Dolphins have started the process of rebuilding their offensive line, but they are far from complete. Xavier Su’a-Filo could get a look at right tackle, but he will probably end up being a day 1 starting guard for them.
20. Arizona Cardinals: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
-The Cardinals don’t have a pressing need here, which allows them to take their quarterback of the future here in Derek Carr. Though Bridgewater is an option, Carr seems like a better fit for the Cardinals.
21. Green Bay Packers: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
-The Packers Defense has struggled these past few years as they haven’t had the true nose tackle eating up blockers that their defense demands. Nix can be that guy and his presence could make everyone else better.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
-The Eagles could go receiver here, but with it being such a deep position they could decide to wait until the 2nd round. Instead they land a good corner, capable of developing into a number 1 guy to match up versus some of the top receivers in the NFC East.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
-The Chiefs are desperate for a playmaker, and Cooks would give them just that. Hopefully the deep threat of Cooks would help open up things for Dwayne Bowe, who has struggled these past two seasons.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
-Dennard is a physical press corner and he could be a nice addition to the Bengals secondary. Cincinnati doesn’t have many needs, so they can nab the falling Dennard here and should hopefully get some considerable impact from this pick.
25. San Diego Chargers: DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
-The Chargers could consider some various defensive players for this pick, but they could use additional help along their defensive line. Hageman is a good fit for the 3-4 scheme and he’s a guy who is just scratching the surface of his potential.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Colts): CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
-The Browns could go receiver here to give Johnny Manziel another weapon, but with Roby on the board, corner makes more sense with this pick.
27. New Orleans Saints: OLB Jeremiah Attachou, Georgia Tech
-This may be a slight reach, but pass rushers typically go higher than expected in the draft. The Saints Defense needs to get better production from their rush linebackers and Attachou is a guy who should step in right away and upgrade their pass rush.
28. Carolina Panthers: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
-Though the Panthers are in need of receiver help, their offensive line is in shambles right now. The Panthers run game is the focal point of their offense, so adding offensive linemen is a must if they want to be able to move the football. Kouandjio has some serious health concerns, but if he checks out medically the Panthers will be happy to land him here with this pick.
29. New England Patriots: DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
-The Patriots rebuilt their defensive secondary, but they haven’t done much to fix their defensive tackle need this offseason. Even if Vince Wilfork was 5 years younger and not coming off a serious injury, the Patriots would need to add some help to this group. With Wilfork’s status for this season and going forward a bit murky, the Patriots could use multiple tackles this year. Jernigan represents great value here and barring a trade would be a perfect fit for New England.
30. San Francisco 49ers: OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
-This probably wasn’t the direction the 49ers were planning on going a week or two ago, but with Aldon Smith’s latest off the field incident, San Francisco has to prepare for their future. Not only is Smith likely to be suspended for part of next season, but the team might not look to retain him beyond next year.
31. Denver Broncos: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
-The Broncos could use some help at linebacker and C.J. Mosley is one of the best in this class. He can play inside at the middle spot, and also shift outside if they want to keep a 7 man front with Von Miller rushing the quarterback.
32. Seattle Seahawks: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
-The Seahawks lost multiple defensive line pieces this offseason and they need to replace those losses if they don’t want to see their defense take a step back. Ealy has the size to be a versatile piece similar to Michael Bennett.