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Justin's 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5/1

May 1, 2014 in Mock Drafts

Justin Partlow

With the weeks winding down until the NFL it’s time to get a good look at who will be going where next Thursday night. Below I’ll take a look at who I feel are the best fits at each pick for the first two rounds of the draft.

 

  1. Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
  2. St.Louis Rams- Greg Robinson OT Auburn
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Khalil Mack OLB/DE Buffalo
  4. Cleveland Browns- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
  5. Oakland Raiders- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
  6. Atlanta Falcons- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
  8. Minnesota Vikings- Blake Bortles QB UCF
  9. Buffalo Bills- Eric Ebron TE UNC
  10. Detroit Lions- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
  11. Tennessee Titans- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix SAF Alabama
  12. New York Giants- Calvin Pryor SAF Louisville
  13. St.Louis Rams- Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
  14. Chicago Bears- Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers Ra’Shede Hageman DE/DT Minnesota
  16. Dallas Cowboys- Anthony Barr DE/OLB UCLA
  17. Baltimore Ravens- C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
  18. New York Jets- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
  19. Miami Dolphins- Zack Martin OT/OG Notre Dame
  20. Arizona Cardinals- Dee Ford DE/OLB Auburn
  21. Green Bay Packers- Jimmie Ward SAF Northern Illinois
  22. Philadelphia Eagles- Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
  23. Kansas City Chiefs- Xavier Su’a- Filo OG UCLA
  24. Cincinnati Bengals- Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
  25. San Diego Chargers- Louis Nix NT Notre Dame
  26. Cleveland Browns- Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
  27. New Orleans Saints- Jason Verrett CB TCU
  28. Carolina Panthers- Morgan Moses OT Virginia
  29. New England Patriots- Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
  30. San Francisco 49ers- Marqise Lee WR USC
  31. Denver Broncos- Ryan Shazier ILB/OLB Ohio State
  32. Seattle Seahawks- Joel Bitonio OG/OT Nevada
  33. Houston Texans- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
  34. Washington Redskins- Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama
  35. Cleveland Browns- Cody Latimer WR Indiana
  36. Oakland Raiders- Derek Carr QB Fresno State
  37. Atlanta Falcons- Demarcus Lawrence DE/OLB Boise State
  38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
  39. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jimmy Garoppolo QB EIU
  40. Minnesota Vikings- Dominique Easley DT Florida
  41. Buffalo Bills- Kony Ealy DE/OLB Missouri
  42. Tennessee Titans- Ja’Wuan James OT Tennessee
  43. New York Giants- Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
  44. St.Louis Rams- Davante Adams WR Fresno State
  45. Detroit Lions- Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
  46. Pittsburgh Steelers- Allen Robinson WR Penn State
  47. Dallas Cowboys- David Yankey OG Stanford
  48. Baltimore Ravens- Lamarcus Joyner CB/S Florida State
  49. New York Jets- Austin Seferian- Jenkins TE Washington
  50. Miami Dolphins- Stephon Tuitt DE/DT Notre Dame
  51. Chicago Bears- Terrence Brooks FS Florida State
  52. Arizona Cardinals- Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
  53. Green Bay Packers- Christian Jones ILB/OLB Florida State
  54. Philadelphia Eagles- Marcus Smith OLB Louisville
  55. San Francisco 49ers- Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
  56. Cincinnati Bengals- Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
  57. San Diego Chargers- Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
  58. Indianapolis Colts- Deone Bucannon SAF Washington State
  59. New Orleans Saints- Weston Richburg C Colorado State
  60. Carolina Panthers- Telvin Smith OLB Florida State
  61. New England Patriots- Kyle Van Noy OLB/ILB BYU
  62. San Francisco 49ers- Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
  63. Denver Broncos- Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
  64. Seattle Seahawks- Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson

Well everyone there is my two round mock for now. I have to say this has been the hardest year to pick players at areas, because of how unpredictable this draft just seems to be. I know this won’t be perfect, but I’m always open to critiques and comments!

2014 NFL Draft Guide Full 7-Round Mock Draft

April 20, 2014 in Mock Drafts

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ROUND 1:

 

1. Houston Texans: DE Jadveon Clowney, South Carolina

-This pick could go one of three ways: A top defensive player, a quarterback, or a trade back. With no trades in this scenario, it’s down to a quarterback versus a top defensive player. If the Texans believe that one of the top quarterbacks will become an elite talent, that is the direction they should go. But if they don’t feel confident in that regard, they have to take the best player on the board. Clowney is that best player on the board, and he has the athleticism to play a rush linebacker in the Texans scheme and make an instant impact in their system.

 

2. St. Louis Rams (From Washington Redskins): OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

-This is a prime trading spot, but for the purposes of this pick the Rams will have to choose between an offensive tackle, a wide receiver or possibly one of the top defensive players. I think Matthews is the safest selection probably in this entire draft and Jeff Fisher is quite familiar with the Matthews family. With Jake Long’s status up in the air and Roger Saffold capable of playing inside, this pick makes a lot of sense.

 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida

-The Jaguars would probably take Jadveon Clowney if he was on the board, but landing the top quarterback in this draft class isn’t a bad fall back option. Bortles is a local kid, and would be a great option as the new face of the franchise. A couple of the top defensive players or Greg Robinson could be in consideration, but Jacksonville needs a quarterback and I don’t see them passing on Bortles.

 

4. Cleveland Browns: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

-The Browns will need to make the decision between WR Sammy Watkins and a quarterback with this pick. While they could grab Watkins here and hope for a quarterback with their 2nd first round pick, I think the possibilities with Manziel are too great to pass up. The Browns need to shake things up, and Manziel would do just that.

 

5. Oakland Raiders: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

-The Raiders can go in just about any direction with this pick and they will likely consider Watkins, Mack, Barr and Donald quite a bit. Oakland also figures to be interested in a quarterback, so Teddy Bridgewater could be in play here. In the end Greg Robinson is an elite talent at an extremely important position. The Raiders signed Donald Penn to a cheap deal, and while they have other tackle options, Robinson is just too good to pass up.

 

6. Atlanta Falcons: OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

-The Falcons need to boost their defense with this selection and will likely look at the top defensive guys left on the board. Mack could play a role similar to Von Miller in Denver, where he’s a stand-up linebacker on early downs and then puts his hand on the ground in passing situations.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Sammy Watkins

-The Buccaneers wide receiver depth chart is pretty bare beyond Vincent Jackson, so the idea of adding the top receiver in the draft would be quite appealing to them. Watkins and Jackson would give Tampa a great 1-2 combo, and should help jump start the offense.

 

8. Minnesota Vikings: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

-The Vikings want a quarterback, but they probably won’t reach for one at this spot. Instead Minnesota lands Aaron Donald, one of the premier players in this draft class. He’ll get overlooked by some teams due to his lack of size, but his talent and production is undeniable. New Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had Geno Atkins in Cincy, and Donald could play a similar role here. The one issue is that Minnesota just drafted Sharrif Floyd last year and he plays basically the same position as Donald. I think Zimmer is a smart enough defensive mind to figure out how to make it work and won’t let a talent like Donald slip away.

 

9. Buffalo Bills: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

-The Bills lost one of the top safeties in the league in Jarius Byrd to free agency, so finding a top replacement makes a lot of sense with this pick.

 

10. Detroit Lions: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

-The Lions could go a couple different directions with this selection, and there is a good chance they look for a defensive player with this pick. One guy that could give them pause is WR Mike Evans. The chance to add Mike Evans to Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate could be too tempting to pass up. If teams try to double team Johnson, having two very good additional options would give quarterback Matt Stafford the weapons to pick apart opposing defenses.

 

11. Tennessee Titans: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

-The Titans are moving to a 3-4 defense and need to find a rush linebacker, if they want to be successful. Anthony Barr has the potential to become that impact pass rusher, and would be a great fit for the Titans at this pick. Barr is a little raw still overall, but he should still generate a good bit of pressure as a rookie.

 

12. New York Giants: TE Eric Ebron, UNC

-The Giants could go a couple different directions, but it could be tough for them to pass up a pass catching TE like Ebron. New York has gotten a good bit of production on the cheap from the Tight End position of late, but right now they are extremely thin at the position. Ebron could be an impact guy for the Giants and give Eli Manning a key weapon to threaten defenses with.

 

13. St. Louis Rams: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

-This may be a little high for Pryor, but the Rams have a real need here and could look to add the hard hitting Pryor with this selection. He should be an immediate starter in St. Louis and would give them a key piece in the secondary.

 

14. Chicago Bears: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

-With the top two safeties off the board this pick will come down to either a defensive tackle or a corner. It could really go either way, but with Donald off the board and Gilbert still available, I believe the Bears would favor adding a potential shutdown corner.

 

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

-The Steelers could look to use this pick to get younger on defense, but with a potential franchise LT available in Taylor Lewan, that should be the Steelers pick. Pittsburgh has had too many issues at that spot in recent years and if they can lock that position down, they have to do so.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys: DE Dee Ford, Auburn

-The Cowboys need defensive help and in particular they need guys along the defensive line. Ford has the potential to be an impact pass rusher and could help fill the shoes of DeMarcus Ware.

 

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, this has become a serious need.

 

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.

 

Round 2:

 

1 (33). Houston Texans: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

-This is the dream scenario for the Texans as a month ago it was thought they would need to spend the first overall pick for Bridgewater and now he lands at their feet in the 2nd round. Bridgewater can be a really good quarterback at the next level and his slide could be Houston’s gain.

 

2 (34). Washington Redskins: OT Morgan Moses, UVA

-The Redskins will likely look to trade back to stockpile some picks, but if they stay here Moses makes a fair amount of sense. He should be ready to start at right tackle for them, which should help improve the run blocking for Alfred Morris and give RGIII some more protection in the pocket.

 

3 (35). Cleveland Browns: WR Marquise Lee, USC

-The Browns land their complementary receiver to Josh Gordon with this pick, and they should be pretty happy with Lee falling in their lap.

 

4 (36). Oakland Raiders: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

-The Raiders get their young quarterback here in Garoppolo. He gets to sit for a year behind Matt Schaub, which could allow him to develop into a quality starting option down the road.

 

5 (37). Atlanta Falcons: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

-The Falcons need a lot of help on defense, but it will be tough to pass up a young tight end like Amaro to replace Tony Gonzalez.

 

6 (38). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State

-The Buccaneers upgraded their pass rush in free agency, but they shouldn’t be done yet. Crichton gives them another guy who can get after the quarterback, and one that should offer pretty immediate impact.

 

7 (39). Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

-The Jaguars need to upgrade their defense and Shazier could be an interesting fit for Gus Bradley. He could play outside and be asked to blitz quite a bit in their system.

 

8 (40). Minnesota Vikings: QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU

-The Vikings land their quarterback here in Mettenberger and he figures to be a good fit for offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

 

9 (41). Buffalo Bills: OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada

-The Bills need help at right tackle and Bitonio looks capable of handling the position and starting early on. Bitonio also has the versatility to kick inside if necessary.

 

10 (42). Tennessee Titans: RB Tre Mason, Auburn

-The Titans parted ways with Chris Johnson and could look to find his replacement early in the draft. Mason had a great end to his college career and looks to be a work horse back.

 

11 (43). New York Giants: S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

-The Giants could go either offensive line or defense with this pick. Given how thin the safety position is at the top, grabbing Ward here makes sense for New York to help boost a secondary that struggled last year.

 

12 (44). St. Louis Rams: WR Kelvin Benjamin, FSU

-The Rams are still looking for that star receiver and they may take a shot at Benjamin to fill that role. Benjamin is a raw talent, but if he can put it all together he could be a star.

 

13 (45). Detroit Lions: CB Jason Verrett, TCU

-The Lions need corner help and adding Verrett is a no brainer at this selection. He can play in the slot, but also has the talent to play outside as well.

 

14 (46). Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

-The Steelers could use some size and help at wide receiver and local product Allen Robinson fits both of those criteria. Robinson could be a nice complement to Antonio Brown, and would give the Steelers a nice receiver corps.

 

15 (47). Dallas Cowboys: DT Dominique Easley, Florida

-The Cowboys went defensive end in the first so look for them to add a defensive tackle in either the 2nd or the 3rd. With Easley on the board that should be the direction that they go as he’s a perfect fit for their Tampa Two defense.

 

16 (48). Baltimore Ravens: WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

-This isn’t a major need for 2014, but the Ravens could look to add a long term receiving complement to Torrey Smith. Adams has a nice combination of size and speed and if given a year or two to develop he could end up being a really nice starter down the road.

 

17 (49). New York Jets: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

-The Jets need to add more weapons than just one receiver to boost their offense, and it would make a lot of sense for them to come back in the 2nd round with Seferian-Jenkins if he’s available.

 

18 (50). Miami Dolphins: OT JaWuan James, Tennessee

-The Dolphins need to fix their line so look for a major investment into the unit. Using their top two picks on the position group makes a lot of sense.

 

19 (51). Chicago Bears: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State

-The Bears need to add a defensive tackle at this spot and Sutton is a guy who could be a nice fit. Sutton could thrive in the Bears system as a quality pass rushing defensive tackle.

 

20 (52). Arizona Cardinals: OLB DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise State

-For as good as the Cardinals defense has been in recent years, they really haven’t had strong pass rushing outside linebackers. Adding Lawrence could help fix that, and that could turn a strong defense into a great one.

 

21 (53). Green Bay Packers: CB/S LaMarcus Joyner, FSU

-The Packers need secondary help and could look at the hybrid corner/safety LaMarcus Joyner to fill their need. Green Bay will probably see him as more of a safety, but he could get consideration at corner as well.

 

22 (54). Philadelphia Eagles: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt-The Eagles seem to want to add another big receiver, and would be lucky to land Jordan Matthews here. Matthews is one of the most NFL ready receivers in this draft and could help the Eagles fill the gap left by DeSean Jackson.

 

23 (55). Cincinnati Bengals: RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

-The Bengals don’t have many pressing needs, so look for them to take a value pick here. They might have spent a 2nd on RB the year before, but Bernard isn’t an every-down back. He needs a power complement and that is where Hyde comes in. He can be the chain-mover, short yardage back, while Bernard comes in for the big play.

 

24 (56). San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs): DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

-The 49ers could go any number of directions, but the idea of adding Tuitt to their defensive line rotation is too good to pass up.

 

25 (57). San Diego Chargers: OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

-The Chargers could use more help along their offensive line and grabbing Gabe Jackson should give them a guy who can start right away.

 

26 (58). New Orleans Saints: CB Phillip Gaines, Rice

-Phillip Gaines is climbing up draft boards and he could make a lot of sense to the Saints with this pick. He’s a talent corner who was overlooked at a smaller school.

 

27 (59). Indianapolis Colts: CB Marcus Roberson, Florida

-The Colts could possibly consider an offensive or defensive lineman with this pick, but I think this selection is about adding a piece to their secondary for a possible Patriots or Broncos match-up in the post season.

 

28 (60). Carolina Panthers: WR Donte Moncrief, Mississippi   

-The Panthers land their receiver with this pick and give Newton an interesting prospect with a nice combination of size and speed.
29 (61). San Francisco 49ers: LB Christian Jones, FSU

-The 49ers are bound to be intrigued by the versatile Jones, who can line up in a variety of spots. He could help replace Bowman if he’s not back from injury and he has the pass rush ability to help replace Aldon Smith during his inevitable suspension.

 

30 (62). New England Patriots: TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

-The Patriots need to upgrade their tight end position and grabbing an inline tight end option like Niklas makes a lot of sense. If Gronkowski is healthy he could be split out wide more in two tight end sets, or the Patriots could use both on the line giving them a favorable formation to run from.

 

31 (63). Denver Broncos:  DE Kareem Martin, UNC

-The Broncos did sign DeMarcus Ware, but they can’t be content that their defensive line is set at this point. Adding another talented piece in Martin would help ensure the Broncos have the depth and talent to make another Super Bowl run.

 

32 (64). Seattle Seahawks: G David Yankey, Stanford

-The Seahawks need help at guard and could look to David Yankey to fill their need there.

 

Round 3:

 

1 (65). Houston Texans: OT Cameron Fleming, Stanford

-The Texans could use help at right tackle and Fleming is a guy who could start right away.

 

2 (66). Washington Redskins: S Deone Buchanon, Washington

-Both of the Redskins starting safeties are signed to 1 year deals, so help is very much needed at this position. Buchanon could push for a starting job this year and has the potential to develop into a very good starter.

 

3 (67). Oakland Raiders: DE Trent Murphy, Stanford

-The Raiders added some nice free agent help to their defensive line this offseason, but all those players are on short term deals. Murphy would give the Raiders a quality defensive end for the future.

 

4 (68). Atlanta Falcons: OLB Carl Bradford, Arizona State

 

-The Falcons continue to bolster their defense here and land another nice player in OLB Carl Bradford.

 

5 (69). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson

-The Buccaneers could double up on Clemson receivers in this draft. Watkins is obviously the star, but Bryant has a lot of upside as well. He’s a big more raw, but he could be a nice developmental 3rd receiver for the Bucs.

 

6 (70). Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Trevor Reilly, Utah  

-The Jaguars would likely use Reilly in their Leo position where they like to generate a lot of their pass rush.

 

7 (71). Cleveland Browns: RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona

-Ben Tate was a nice free agent pick-up, but the Browns need to have a 2nd piece here. Carey is a nice option and has some potential of becoming a feature back himself.

 

8 (72). Minnesota Vikings: CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska

-The Vikings could use some additional corner help and they could look to the high upside Jean Baptiste as an option.

 

9 (73). Buffalo Bills: CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson

-The Bills need further help in the secondary and could look at Breeland given his size and potential.

 

10 (74). New York Giants: DE Marcus Smith, Louisville

-The Giants pass rush situation isn’t as strong as it once was and they could look to add a guy in the early part of the draft.

 

11 (75). St. Louis Rams: DT Ego Ferguson, LSU

-The Rams have great defensive ends, but they could use some additional help at defensive tackle. Ferguson would probably be just a rotational guy to start, but he could team up with former LSU Tiger Michael Brockers down the road.

 

12 (76). Detroit Lions: C Weston Richburg, Colorado State

-The Lions need to find a center for the future and Richburg is considered one of the top centers in this draft.

 

13 (77). San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee Titans): C Marcus Martin, USC

-The 49ers need to find some help at center if Daniel Kilgore isn’t up to the task for the starting role.

 

14 (78). Dallas Cowboys: S Terrance Brooks, FSU

-The Cowboys continue to upgrade their defense through this draft.

 

15 (79). Baltimore Ravens: RB Terrance West, Towson

-The Ravens need to start thinking about their future at running back. West is a local product who has a lot of potential.

 

16 (80). New York Jets: G Dakota Dozier, Furman

-The Jets need some help at guard and Dozier is a high upside option who may be able to push for a starting job.

 

17 (81). Miami Dolphins: RB Jeremy Hill, LSU

-The Dolphins need help at running back and they can’t rely on their current guys to be the answer this year. Hill has the potential to develop into a feature back down the road.

 

18 (82). Chicago Bears: DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State

-While Sutton was more of the 3 tech, pass rushing DT, Jones can be the run stuffer who occupies blockers.

 

19 (83). Cleveland Browns (from Pittsburgh Steelers): OT Billy Turner, North Dakota State

-The Browns could see Turner as a guy who could challenge for the right tackle spot now, and possible replace Joe Thomas in the future if necessary.

 

20 (84). Arizona Cardinals: ILB Chris Borland, Wisconsin

-The Cardinals could use help at inside linebacker, and Chris Borland is a guy who could push for a starting role as a rookie.

 

21 (85). Green Bay Packers: WR Paul Richardson, Colorado

-Receiver isn’t a pressing need for the Packers, but they are a team that typically looks to the future in this regard, and Cobb is entering his final year under his rookie contract.

 

22 (86). Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

-The Eagles could use more pass rushing help and should look to add an option in this range.

 

23 (87). Kansas City Chiefs: CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida

-The Chiefs need help in the defensive backfield and considering they need to play Peyton Manning twice and Philip Rivers twice, this is not a position they can go cheap on.

 

24 (88). Cincinnati Bengals: WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin  

-The Bengals have likely found their number two receiver in Marvin Jones, but they could use a reliable third option.

 

25 (89). San Diego Chargers: RB Andre Williams, Boston College

-Ryan Mathews had a good year last year, but teams need two running backs, and Woodhead is only a utility player. Williams could be a good back-up running back to Mathews.

 

26 (90). Indianapolis Colts: CB/S Keith McGill, Utah

-McGill could fit in either as a corner or a safety and with the Colts looking to add talent to their secondary.

 

27 (91). New Orleans Saints:  FS Dion Bailey, USC

-The Saints added Jarius Byrd, but they could use some safety depth. Bailey obviously won’t start, but he could get some work in certain sets and help on special teams.

 

28 (92). Carolina Panthers: OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

-The Panthers need to keep adding to their offensive line. Mewhort could be an option for RT or even inside at guard.

 

29 (93). New England Patriots: QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh

-One of the biggest draft risers is Pitt QB Tom Savage. He’s got great size and could be a fit in New England since he could have a couple of years to develop.

 

30 (94). San Francisco 49ers: RB Bishop Sankey, Washington

-Frank Gore is getting up there in age so some help is needed here. Sankey could be the back-up for a year or two and then take over the starting role.

 

31 (95). Denver Broncos: CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

-The Broncos keep adding help on defense here and add a really intriguing piece in the small school Desir. He’s got great size and potential, and could develop nicely in this secondary.

 

32 (96). Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks): WR Cody Latimer, Indiana  

-The Vikings could use some further receiver help and Latimer is a guy who is starting to climb draft boards.

 

33 (97). Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): DT Justin Ellis, LA Tech

-The Steelers could use a true nose tackle and Ellis is one of the best in the class.

 

34 (98). Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama

-The Packers re-signed Matt Flynn, but they can’t feel confident about the long term future behind Aaron Rodgers. McCarron could be a nice back-up option for the next couple of years.

 

35 (99). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): LB/S Telvin Smith, FSU

-Smith is a tweener who could help at either linebacker or safety. In the end he will probably play a hybrid role and help on special teams.

 

36 (100). San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection): WR Jarvis Landry, LSU

-The 49ers need some help at receiver and Landry is a nice pick-up here. He could go higher, but he didn’t have the best workout and it’s such a deep receiver class.

Round 4:

1 (101). Houston Texans: CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri

 

2 (102). Washington Redskins: C Travis Swanson, Arkansas

 

3 (103). Atlanta Falcons: OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

 

4 (104). New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State

 

5 (105). Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Lache Seastruck, Baylor

 

6 (106). Cleveland Browns: OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor

 

7 (107). Oakland Raiders: DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

 

8 (108). Minnesota Vikings: LB Jordan Tripp, Montana

 

9 (109). Buffalo Bills: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

 

10 (110). St. Louis Rams: CB Victor Hampton, South Carolina

 

11 (111). Detroit Lions: DE Will Clarke, WVU

 

12 (112). Tennessee Titans: S Ed Reynolds, Stanford

 

13 (113). New York Giants: DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech

 

14 (114). Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens): OT James Hurst, UNC

 

15 (115). New York Jets: OLB Chris Smith, Arkansas

 

16 (116). Miami Dolphins: DT Caraun Reid, Princeton

 

17 (117). Chicago Bears: WR Robert Herron, Wyoming  

 

18 (118). Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Shane Skov, Stanford

 

19 (119). Dallas Cowboys: WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

 

20 (120). Arizona Cardinals: DE George Uko, USC

 

21 (121). Green Bay Packers: ILB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA

 

22 (122). Philadelphia Eagles: WR Josh Huff, Oregon  

 

23 (123). Cincinnati Bengals: LB Christian Kirksey, Iowa

 

24 (124). Kansas City Chiefs: WR Devin Street, Pittsburgh

 

25 (125). San Diego Chargers: WR Mike Davis, Texas

 

26 (126). New Orleans Saints: RB Devonta Freeman, FSU

 

27 (127). Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts): DT Anthony Johnson, LSU

 

28 (128). Carolina Panthers: CB Louchiez Purifoy, Florida

 

29 (129). San Francisco 49ers: RB Charles Sims, WVU

 

30 (130). New England Patriots: G Trai Turner, LSU

 

31 (131). Denver Broncos: S Craig Loston, LSU

 

32 (132). Seattle Seahawks: CB Walt Aikens, Liberty

 

33 (133). Detroit Lions (compensatory selection): CB Ross Cockrell, Duke

 

34 (134). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): DE Josh Mauro, Stanford

 

35 (135). Houston Texans (compensatory selection): TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia

 

36 (136). Detroit Lions (compensatory selection): LB Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

 

37 (137). New York Jets (compensatory selection): WR T.J. Jones, Notre Dame

 

38 (138). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): C Bryan Stork, FSU

 

39 (139). Atlanta Falcons (compensatory selection): RB Dri Archer, Kent State

 

40 (140). New England Patriots (compensatory selection): DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

Round 5:

 

1 (141). Houston Texans: RB James White, Wisconsin

 

2 (142). Washington Redskins: DE Brent Urban, UVA

 

3 (143). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Aaron Murray, Georgia  

 

4 (144). Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Devon Kennard, USC

 

5 (145). Cleveland Browns: ILB Max Bullough, Michigan State

 

6 (146). Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland Raiders): TE Xavier Grimble, USC

 

7 (147). Atlanta Falcons: S Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

 

8 (148). Minnesota Vikings: RB Storm Johnson, UCF

 

9 (149). Buffalo Bills: S Ahmad Dixon, Baylor

 

10 (150). Jacksonville Jaguars (from Detroit Lions): WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forrest  

 

11 (151). Tennessee Titans: DE Taylor Hart, Oregon

 

12 (152). New York Giants: LB Khairi Fortt, California  

 

13 (153). St. Louis Rams: G Anthony Steen, Alabama

 

14 (154). New York Jets: ILB Yawin Smallwood, UConn

 

15 (155). Miami Dolphins: ILB Lamin Barrow, LSU

 

16 (156). Chicago Bears: S Brock Vereen, Minnesota

 

17 (157). Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Shaquille Richardson, Arizona

 

18 (158). Dallas Cowboys: DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA

 

19 (159). Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens): OLB Howard Jones, Shepard

 

20 (160). Arizona Cardinals: S Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin

 

21 (161). Green Bay Packers: TE Jake Murphy, Utah

 

22 (162). Philadelphia Eagles: DE DeAndre Coleman, California

 

23 (163). Kansas City Chiefs: DE Ed Stinson, Alabama

 

24 (164). Cincinnati Bengals: WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers

 

25 (165). San Diego Chargers: CB Chris Davis, Auburn

 

26 (166). Indianapolis Colts: G Jon Halapio, Florida

 

27 (167). New Orleans Saints: WR Ryan Grant, Tulane

 

28 (168). Carolina Panthers: CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech

 

29 (169). New Orleans Saints (from New England Patriots through Philadelphia Eagles): DT Shamar Stephen, UConn

 

30 (170). San Francisco 49ers: CB Deion Belue, Alabama

 

31 (171). Denver Broncos: C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

 

32 (172). Seattle Seahawks: WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama

 

33 (173). Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): TE Crockett Gilmore, Colorado State

 

34 (174). New York Giants (compensatory selection): G Chris Watt, Notre Dame

 

35 (175). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): TE Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State

 

36 (176). Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

Round 6:

1 (177). Houston Texans: OLB Ronald Powell, Florida

 

2 (178). Washington Redskins: WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State  

 

3 (179). Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Ricardo Allen, Purdue

 

4 (180). Cleveland Browns: FB Jay Prosch, Auburn

 

5 (181). Houston Texans (from Oakland Raiders): CB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma

 

6 (182). Atlanta Falcons: CB Nevin Lawson, Utah State

 

7 (183). Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State

 

8 (184). Minnesota Vikings: DE Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M

 

9 (185). Buffalo Bills: QB Brett Smith, Wyoming

 

10 (186). Tennessee Titans: RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

 

11 (187). New York Giants: G/T Brandon Thomas, Clemson

 

12 (188). St. Louis Rams: DE Morgan Breslin, USC

 

13 (189). Detroit Lions: S Tre Boston, UNC

 

14 (190). Miami Dolphins: OT Justin Britt, Missouri

 

15 (191). Chicago Bears: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

 

16 (192). Pittsburgh Steelers: S Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama

 

17 (193). Kansas City Chiefs (from Dallas Cowboys): OT Charles Leno, Boise State

 

18 (194). Baltimore Ravens: RB De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon

 

19 (195). New York Jets: P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State

 

20 (196). Arizona Cardinals: RB Rajion Neal, Tennessee

 

21 (197). Green Bay Packers: CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon

 

22 (198). New England Patriots (from Philadelphia Eagles): OLB Prince Shembo, Notre Dame

 

23 (199). Cincinnati Bengals: OT Seantrel Henderson, Miami

 

24 (200). Kansas City Chiefs: S Marqueston Huff, Wyoming

 

25 (201). San Diego Chargers: CB Dontae Johnson, North Carolina State

 

26 (202). New Orleans Saints: QB David Fales, San Jose State

 

27 (203). Indianapolis Colts: ILB Preston Brown, Louisville

 

28 (204). Carolina Panthers: WR Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma

 

29 (205). Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco 49ers): DE Aaron Lynch, USF

 

30 (206). New England Patriots: TE Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin

 

31 (207). Denver Broncos: DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse

 

32 (208). Seattle Seahawks: FB J.C. Copeland, LSU

 

33 (209). New York Jets (compensatory selection): OT Michael Schofield, Michigan

 

34 (210). New York Jets (compensatory selection): CB/S Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech

 

35 (211). Houston Texans (compensatory selection): OG/C Russell Bodine, UNC

 

36 (212). Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection): DT Khyri Thornton, Southern Mississippi  

 

37 (213). New York Jets (compensatory selection): TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon

 

38 (214). St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection): OLB Denicos Allen, Michigan State

 

39 (215). Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): OLB Larry Webster, Bloomsburg

Round 7:

 

1 (216). Houston Texans: K Chris Boswell, Rice

 

2 (217). Washington Redskins: RB Marion Grice, Arizona State

 

3 (218). Cleveland Browns: P Tom Hornsey, Memphis  

 

4 (219). Oakland Raiders: WR John Brown, Pittsburg State

 

5 (220). Atlanta Falcons: RB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern

 

6 (221). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: G Brandon Linder, Miami

 

7 (222). Jacksonville Jaguars: C Tyler Larsen, Utah State

 

8 (223). Minnesota Vikings: WR Cody Hoffman, BYU

 

9 (224). Buffalo Bills: OT Charles Siddoway, Mississippi State

 

10 (225). Carolina Panthers (from New York Giants): DE Michael Sam, Missouri

 

11 (226). St. Louis Rams: DT Zack Kerr, Delaware   

 

12 (227). Detroit Lions: WR Trey Burton, Florida

 

13 (228). Tennessee Titans: OT Matt Pachan, Boston College

 

14 (229). Dallas Cowboys (from Chicago Bears)

 

15 (230). Pittsburgh Steelers: G Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

 

16 (231). Dallas Cowboys: G Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State

 

17 (232). Indianapolis Colts (from Baltimore Ravens): WR Tevin Reese, Baylor

 

18 (233). New York Jets: OT Kevin Graf, USC

 

19 (234). Miami Dolphins: WR Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina

 

20 (235). Oakland Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals): RB Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky

 

21 (236). Green Bay Packers: CB Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame

 

22 (237). Philadelphia Eagles: QB Connor Shaw, South Carolina

 

23 (238). Dallas Cowboys (from Kansas City Chiefs): CB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

 

24 (239). Cincinnati Bengals: K Anthony Fera, Texas

 

25 (240). San Diego Chargers: TE Richard Rodgers, California  

 

26 (241). St. Louis Rams (from Indianapolis Colts): ILB DeDe Lattimore, South Florida

 

27 (242). San Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans Saints): WR L’Damien Washington, Missouri

 

28 (243). San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): FB Ryan Hewitt, Stanford

 

29 (244). New England Patriots: OT Austin Wentworth, Fresno State

 

30 (245). San Francisco 49ers: DT Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State

 

31 (246). Denver Broncos: G Ryan Groy, Wisconsin

 

32 (247). Seattle Seahawks: OLB Tyler Starr, South Dakota  

 

33 (248). Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection): DE Kerry Wynn, Richmond

 

34 (249). St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection): OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill

 

35 (250). St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection): QB Keith Wenning, Ball State

 

36 (251). Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection): WR Austin Franklin, New Mexico State

 

37 (252). Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection): WR Bennie Fowler, Michigan State

 

38 (253). Atlanta Falcons (compensatory selection): OT Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State

 

39 (254). Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection): QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

 

40 (255). Atlanta Falcons (compensatory selection): DE Kasim Edebali, Boston College

 

41 (256). Houston Texans (compensatory selection): DE Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama

 

 

New Trade NFL Mock Draft

March 27, 2014 in Mock Drafts

As the third week of free agency is underway, NFL draft boards are rapidly changing. College Pro-Days are also having an effect on those same boards. NFL hopefuls are also participating in their universities Pro Day’s.

If your new to the process, Pro Days occur after the NFL combine and are hosted by the colleges the prospect played at. NFL scouts are allowed to come to the school and watch players participate in the events that take place at the Combine. This is done under the belief that players feel more comfortable at their own campus than they do at the Combine, which in turn leads to better performances. College teams that produce a large quantity of NFL prospects generally generate huge interest from scouts and coaches at their Pro Days.

Over the past 10 days, most of the top QB prospects held their Pro-Days and not all of them did as well as expected. Former Louisville signal caller Teddy Bridgewater, whom many draft experts have as the No.1 QB prospect, may have hurt his draft stock with a Pro-Day that was average at best. Within days of Bridgewater’s workout, UCF’s Blake Bortles and Fresno States Derek Carr had workouts that were considered to be better than that of Bridgewater.

2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel threw for scouts today (March 27) and in Johnny Football like fashion impressed the scouts, coaches, as well as a former President. Every team's coaching staff was on hand except the Bears and Browns. More on the Browns skipping the Pro-Day in a few minutes. However, the hype surrounding the 2014 QB class seems to be calming a bit and there are indications that NFL teams in need of a signal caller may not necessarily be ready to overdraft one early and instead may wait and roll the dice with a few of the names that are up coming.

The Texans traded Matt Schaub to Oakland, which on the surface would appear to clear the way for them to take one of the signal callers in May but they signed Ryan Fitzpatrick and while Fitzpatrick is not the answer, he could be a stopgap. Jacksonville, which picks third, re-signed Chad Henne. Oakland, which picks fifth, will have Schaub. Tampa Bay, which picks seventh, signed Josh McCown. In addition, Minnesota, which picks eighth, re-signed Matt Cassel. This simply adds to the drama of the draft and is a big reason why we love the NFL so much—-you simply cannot predict what happens next.

What we know for sure is that the NFL Draft will take place on May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in NY City. With Pro-Days nearing an end and free agency in full swing, here is my latest mock draft. Side note: With only six weeks until the draft, I will include mock trades going forward.

1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB University of Central Florida

How fitting was it that Houston Texans received a sixth round pick in this year’s NFL Draft for QB Matt Schaub after all the pick sixes he threw this past season. What the move does is clear the way for the Texans to select Bortles with the No.1 overall pick in May. Bortles, who was the only top QB prospect to throw at the Combine and looked good doing it, held his Pro-Day on the campus of UCF this past Wednesday. Bortles started by completing his first 10 passes. At 6’-5” and 232 pounds, Bortles has the size NFL team’s love in a QB and he can move in the pocket. He may not have elite arm strength but he can make all of the necessary throws. He showed improvement on the long ball at his Pro-Day and did so even when he missed the long tosses. At the Combine, Bortles was short on the deep ball on a few throws but at his Pro-Day missed them long, which if you have to miss that pass, you would rather over throw it then under throw. As a former OC in New England, Texans HC Bill O’Brien has to like what he sees in Bortles work ethic on and off the field. O’Brien spent five years working very closely with Tom Brady. Tommy Terrific is known for being as prepared as any QB in the history of the game. When asked about Bortles Pro-Day, Obrien said, “It was a good workout. He made all the throws. Shows good footwork. I was impressed.”

2. St. Louis Rams: Mock Trade to Cleveland Browns

2. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

They are a few similarities between the 2012 & 2014 drafts for the Browns. Just two years and amazingly, two administrations ago, Cleveland panicked and traded their fourth overall pick, as well as picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh round to the Minnesota Vikings for the right to draft RB Trent Richardson. Ironically, by trading Richardson in September to Indianapolis, the Browns are able to panic in this draft. Cleveland will likely hand both their fourth and 26th pick in this year’s first round, to the Rams, who would then have three first round picks, for the right to draft what they perceive as a franchise QB in Johnny Manziel. The Browns have one QB worthy of starting on the roster in Brian Hoyer, as Brandon Weeden (Dallas) and Jason Campbell are gone.  It’s not a bad move when you consider the Browns have a solid foundation in place on both sides of the ball and own 10 picks heading into this draft. Cleveland must start winning. They have done well in free agency by adding to the LB corps with Karlos Dansby, the secondary with Donte Whitner and at RB by signing Ben Tate.

The Browns have been a mess as an organization both on and off the field. They have not won more than five games since 2007 and have not been to the playoffs in 14-years. New HC Mike Pettine is the eighth HC since the Browns rejoined the league in 1999. A big reason why the franchise has struggled is poor play at the QB position. Cleveland has had 11 signal callers under center since winning 10 games in 2007 and with the prospect of the Jaguars taking Manziel at three; the Browns cannot afford to lose Johnny Football. The Browns did not interview Manziel at the Combine and they did not attend (coaching staff or GM) his Pro-Day, which Bucky Brooks of NFL.com said was the best of the top rated quarterbacks. The fact that the Browns, which have the fourth overall selection, did not attend Manziel's workout, means nothing. There are plenty of opportunities between now and May 8 for private workouts and interviews. The Browns need a QB and I cannot imagine they risk waiting to later in the first round to grab one—or believe they are willing to roll their franchises dice on Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo. While the new administration may not be as enamored with Johnny Football, they will take him and will do what they have to in order to get him.

No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars: Greg Robinson, OT Auburn

The Jags aren’t sweating the QB spot, despite owner Shad Khan, saying the Jags might draft two in May. There is a good chance they may have a chance at Brett Hundley or even Jameis Winston (should he declare) in next year’s draft. Re-signing Chad Henne will do for now or at least until the second round. If you have been paying attention in free agency then you would know that the Jags re-signed DE Jason Babin and then added Ziggy Hood and Chris Clemmons at the position as well. That may also bump Jadeveon Clowney down the board a slot or three. Jacksonville allowed 50 sacks last season, second most in the NFL. Robinson helps correct that number almost immediately. The former Auburn star is a freak in own right. He owns a prototypical frame for playing offensive line in the NFL, including broad shoulders, long arms, a relatively trim waist, thick bubble and tree trunks for legs—all of this and don’t forget he ran a sub five second 40-yard dash at the combine. Amazing for his size. The Jaguars cannot miss on this pick the way they could have with Manziel or Clowney. Even though Robinson won’t sell tickets like the other two could have, he will help put people in the seats eventually when the QB he’s protecting is allowed to make plays from the pocket and the Jaguars can run the ball as they used to in their glory days. They had those glory days because they drafted OT Tony Boselli instead of Steve McNair or Kerry Collins in 1995. It is no coincidence they get back there eventually by selecting another franchise tackle in Robinson.

*previous pick Johnny Manziel

4. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

According to my mock draft, the Rams move back and still get their man. In addition, they also own multiple first round picks for a second consecutive draft. They could select Sammy Watkins here but with three other picks in the first round, the Rams will get a WR that they will be able to count on a little later—what they won’t get is  a player of Mathews caliber.  Jeff Fisher has never selected an OT in the 17 drafts he has been associated with during the first round but Matthews is no ordinary OT. While most of the hubbub at the NFL combine was on Auburn’s Greg Robinson, I would like to point out that Matthews played in a much more complete offense meaning, Auburn's reliance on the running game provided Robinson few opportunities in pass protection. Fisher knows all about Matthews—but I’m sure you already know that story. Jake is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, who finished his HOF career playing for Fisher in Houston and Tennessee.  Mathews is good pass protector and possesses a nasty streak when run blocking. He has good balance, feet and hand use, and he plays prepared as an intense worker who carries great NFL bloodlines; aside form dad—his brother and two cousins have played in the league. The Rams have a unique opportunity to actually have a very viable O-line next season. Roger Saffold failed his physical in Oakland and has returned, re-signing with St. Louis. Even with Jake Long coming off a serious late season knee injury, Saffold gives Fisher flexibility along the line if he selects Matthews.

No.5 Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

When you look at what the Raiders have done in free agency, they do not appear to be a team looking to the future. In fact, the Raiders appear to be building a team that wants to win this season.  They need a young QB and can still get one later in the draft but they traded for Matt Schaub this week and now must surround him with some weapons. The Raiders addressed the mess at Tackle when they signed Donald Penn and will now pair him with former NY Jets, Austin Howard. The duo will protect the former Texans signal caller. The Raiders also signed former Packer wideout, James Jones. Watkins is great pick for Oakland. The Former Tiger hauled in 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 TD’s last season for Clemson. He’s a playmaker from the word go. He plays bigger than he measures, runs bigger than his listed size, and has always had explosive speed. He fights through contact to make plays for the ball, and once he has it, he's devastating after the catch and is a player that when the Raiders actually decide to get younger, can rebuild around.

*previous selection Derek Carr

No. 6 Atlanta Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney wants to be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. Whether or not he actually lasts until this pick is the biggest question of the early part of the first round. I believe this is as early as Clowney deserves to go and in my opinion, this is too high given all the red flags. Draft history is littered with physical freaks that never panned out and Clowney could be another. The red flags he produced in his final year at South Caroline outweigh his performance. Clowney showed at the combine why he could be a top 5 pick when he posted a 40-time of 4.53 seconds. At 6’5” and 266 pounds, that feat is truly remarkable. He also posted a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 10’4” (124 inches). However, questions were raised and excuses made when it came to the bench press as Clowney put up 21 reps of 225 pounds. Clowney’s reps on the bench press ranked him tied for 33rd among defensive linemen. Cody Latimer, a 215-pound wide receiver from Indiana, pushed the same weight up 23 times. Pat O’Donnell, a 220-pound punter from Miami, also did 23 reps. After setting South Carolina’s single-season record for sacks (13) and tackles for loss (23.5) during his sophomore season of 2012, Clowney finished sixth in the Heisman balloting. In 2013 he wasn’t in shape to start the season and failed to overcome double-teams and offenses that game-planned seemingly strictly for him, Clowney failed to live up to the hype as he posted only three sacks in 11 games and had 11.5 tackles for loss. The sack total drop off was almost a 76 percent decrease while he fell off just more than 50 percent in tackles for loss. His head coach Steve Spurrier, who knows a thing or two about getting to the NFL, questioned Clowney at every turn this season—including his work ethic. If 2013 was the exception rather than the rule with Clowney, than Atlanta has hit a home run.  Speaking to ESPN, Clowney recently said, “I wish they (Falcons) could trade up for me but I hope I don’t fall to No. 6. I like Atlanta – a lot. They’re pretty good. They’ve got some guys from South Carolina on the team, also. And it’s close to home." Doesn’t sound like Clowney has been eating much humble pie.

*previous pick Greg Robinson

No 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, DE / OLB Buffalo

Lovie Smith, who began his NFL coaching career with Tony Dungy in Tampa helping to develop the “Tampa 2” will build this team with defense first. Mack is a great fit in Tampa. He’s fast and versatile and he loves to hit, all traits Smith loves in a LB.  Mack was the all-time leader in FBS history with 16 forced fumbles and tied for the all-time lead with 75 career tackles for loss over his career. Mack is a dark horse candidate for No. 1 overall with the Texans and would be a steal here. The versatile skill-set Mack brings to the table and the numbers he produced in college should have him drafted ahead of Clowney—but it won’t happen. He has experience lining up all over the front seven, possesses a relentless motor, and feeds off the energy of the game. He was a four-year starter (48 career starts) and didn't miss a game due to injury in college. Mack played his best against the better competition in college with big games vs. Ohio State and Baylor.

No.8 Minnesota Vikings: Derek Carr, QB Fresno State

The Vikings really need help on the defensive side of the football, especially when you consider that Jared Allen will be playing somewhere else next year. Their secondary was better than only the Dallas Cowboys, which means it stunk. New head coach Mike Zimmer is a defensive minded coach—-so this has to be a defensive selection—right!—well maybe not—They were just as bad at the QB position last season as well as Christian Ponder struggled eventually losing his job to Matt Cassell. The Vikings even signed Josh Freeman, who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of boat in his first start, thus ending that experiment. Minnesota signed Cassel to a new deal this offseason and it's possible Christian Ponder could be dealt to the Cleveland Browns or Jacksonville Jaguars if the Vikes decide to draft a quarterback with this pick. Reports are starting to surface that GM Rick Spielman is looking at as many as 10 signal callers and may be willing to wait until the second round to get his QB. San Jose State’s David Fales, and Jimmy Garoppolo could be in the mix for Spielman. Knowing what we know about today’s pass happy NFL and with Minnesota moving into a new stadium in two years, that they wouldn’t to start grooming a franchise QB now. Carr could and should be that guy. Despite battling the flu, Carr had a solid Pro-Day last week. He hit on 56 of 63 passes and impressed Vikings new OC Norv Turner. “Obviously, he was very impressive today,” Turner said, via the AP.  “He came out and showed he has a strong arm, very accurate, he made all the throws.  He had a heck of a workout.”

*previous pick: Khalil  Mack

No.9 Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan State

Despite the recent news that Lewan has been charged with two accounts of assault and battery and one count of aggravated battery stemming from an incident in December with two Ohio State fans, I don’t see his slide way down the board as many are projecting. The Bills allowed 48 sacks of their QB’s last season, including 28 of their rookie QB, EJ Manuel, in just 10 games. Cordy Glenn has become a stud at LT, earning high praise from Pro Football Focuses grading system—but they need help at right tackle, as The Bills could also look to trade back and replace safety Jairus Byrd, earning extra picks but Lewan and Gordy would give the Bills and Manuel piece of mind. What Manuel really needs, besides to be upright, are a few more weapons at his disposal but again, the Bills could address that later. They will not find a Taylor Lewan however, and will not pass him up. Rob Rang of CBS Sports points out that in head coach Doug Marrone's first season at the helm, he showed off his preference for a ball-control attack, making controlling the line of scrimmage paramount to success. Few are better there than Lewan, who starred for four seasons at left tackle with the Wolverines but may be even better suited to the right side because of his length and aggression.

*previous pick: Sammy Watkins

10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State

I go back and forth between Dennard and Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State. Dennard seems to be the better fit in Detroit. A native of Dry Branch Georgia, Dennard played his college ball at Michigan State and won the Jim Thorpe award last season as the best DB in college football. As a the three-year starter, Dennard enjoyed his best season in 2013, allowing just three receptions (on 31 attempts) of 15 yards or more to be completed. He recorded 14 pass break ups, including four interceptions. These numbers are similar to the production he enjoyed in 2012 (10 PBUs, three interceptions), speaking to the consistency with which he's become so highly regarded by NFL scouts. Dennard is a smart physical player, which makes up for his lack of straight-line speed. His competitiveness extends to the running game and in an era of cover corners, Dennard plays the run very well. He will be an immediate upgrade in a Lions defense that ranked 23rd vs. the pass and has blown numerous fourth quarter leads during the past two seasons.

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA

The Titans need a safety and were not a threat on the first day of free agency when four of them signed elsewhere. They also need a hybrid edge player to shine in new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 4-3 / 3-4 scheme. Barr only produced 15 reps of 225 pounds at the combine and while his strength may be in question, what you simply cannot overlook is the ceiling Barr possesses, as well as his versatility. It is well documented he began his career as a running back and then exploded in 2012 in his first season on the defensive side of the ball. He backed it up with another great year in 2013, including 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles, earning him the Lott IMPACT Trophy. According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, Barr’s burst and bend around the corner, make him an immediate threat as 3-4 rush linebacker or potential conversion to defensive end in the 4-3. In other words, perfect for Horton and the Titans. Besides, Tennessee is going to need someone chasing down Andrew Luck, and Johnny Manziel. Johnny football you say—It is likely that either the Texans or Jaguars land the duel threat QB with two of the top three picks in the draft.

12. NY Giants: Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina

The NY Giants need help in the secondary and addressed the need by signing Dominique Rodgers Cromartie and adding backups Walter Thurmond and safety Quentin Demps. After losing Joseph Linval and Justin Tuck, they could use some help on the d-line and rushing the passer. With only 34 sacks in 2013, the G-Men were a mere flash of what they were when sacking the QB on their way to winning two of the last six Super Bowls. They also addressed their linebacking corps when they re-signed Jon Beason and plucked Jameel McClain away from the Ravens.  They also signed G Geoff Schwartz from Kansas City, which will help a running game that finished 29th in the NFL. They could still use a tackle for the future but with Taylor Lewan off the board, the Giants won’t reach to grab the second tier of tackles such as Cyrus Kouandjio. They can add a playmaker for Eli Manning and TE Eric Ebron could be just what the Giants offense needs. With Brandon Myers now in Tampa Bay, the Giants have only Larry Donnell to play the position and he has just three career receptions. The former Tar Heel makes perfect sense. Ebron caught 40 passes for 625 yards and four touchdowns in a breakout 2012 season, setting school records for a tight end in both categories. He earned second-team All-ACC honors and caught at least two passes in all 11 games. This past season he raised the bar establishing school records for single-season receptions (62), single-season receiving yards (973), career receptions (112) and career receiving yards (1,805) at the position.  Ebron has the ability to create big yardage after the catch, which would fit in nicely with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s plans. Ebron compares to the 49ers Vernon Davis—bot are freaky athletic specimens that play move like wide receivers, but have the size and length of tight ends to create mismatches in coverage.

*previous pick Taylor Lewan

13. St. Louis Rams: Mike Evans WR Texas A&M     

With 12 plus million dollars of cap space entering free agency, the Rams did not seem overly concerned with trying to get safety help, which many experts say they must have. I have them addressing the OL with their first pick. They still may be able to grab a safety at No.26 but this pick will be about getting the offense. Enter the big-bodied Mike Evans, who will be quite the compliment to the Rams speedy receiving corps. Evans is deceptively fast himself (just ask Alabama) and with 147 receptions, 2,427 yards and 17 TD’s in two seasons, dominated SEC defenses during his brief stay at Texas A&M. At 6-5 and 231 pounds, Evans possesses great size and after watching his workouts at the combine, a great deal of surprising athleticism to match. I would not be surprised if the Rams traded back again. There are a few teams that may want to ensure they fulfill dire needs.

14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald: DT Pittsburgh

The Bears were horrific at stopping the run last season. Ranked dead last in the NFL, Chicago allowed 400 more yards on the ground than did the second worst rushing defense, the Atlanta Falcons. No player has improved his stock more since the end of the season through the scouting process than Aaron Donald. He was a standout all week at the Senior Bowl and he absolutely killed at the combine. He ran an amazing 4.66- 40 yard dash and was a top performer in a lot of tasks. He's shorter than prototype size, but he has long arms, a powerful upper body and creates a lot of big plays with his anticipation and quickness. Both he and FSU's Timmy Jernigan dominated the ACC this past season and both are good fits as a 3-technique player but Donald is a much better finisher as a pass-rusher, according to NFL talent  evaluators such as Todd McShay of ESPN and Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State

As the revolving door that is NFL free agency continues to spin, so does the needs of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  As usual, the list of players leaving is far longer than the arrivals. The Steelers did address one need when they signed safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers. No need to worry, they are still plenty of needs in the Steele City. After a few less than stellar overall drafts and the usual holes free agency leaves in Pittsburgh, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has a ton of positional holes to fill. A primary issue is at cornerback, where William Gay was the only pass defender to log an opponent passer rating under 88.1 — Ike Taylor, who had the most passing snaps of any Steelers’ cornerback, allowed a 110.6 passer rating and six touchdowns with no picks. Gilbert was a 2013 Second Team All-American, First Team All-Big 12 and a Jim Thorpe Finalist while finishing the year tied for third in the FBS with seven interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. Gilbert is the top rated Cornerback on many draft boards. At 6 feet, 202 pounds, Gilbert has good size and plenty of speed. He was clocked in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.38 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

*previous pick: Eric Ebron

16. Dallas Cowboys: Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State

The Cowboys defense was ranked last in the NFL last in 2013 and from the defensive front seven to the deepest part of the secondary, massive upgrades are needed. Not being able to convince DeMarcus Ware to restructure his contract leading to his release certainly does not help. It is safe to say, or maybe not, knowing Jerry and his boys, the Cowboys should almost certainly be using most of their eight picks in this draft on defensive players. The smart play is to trade back and accumulate more picks. Dallas could also use a little help on the O-line but have hit on their past two first-round picks on the offensive line in Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, this after not previously drafting one in the first round in the Jones era. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli hopes Dallas adds pieces to its front seven this offseason and the departure of Ware will force the Cowboys to grant him his wish instead of hard-hitting safety. FSU’s Timmy Jernigan would be a nice start. Jernigan has a powerful frame that makes him well suited to handling interior duties in the 4-3 or 3-4 alignment and has a huge ceiling. He is a good value as 3-technique DT for Dallas and after last year, the “Boys” need all of the help and value they can get.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, RT Notre Dame

The Ravens are quietly filling holes in free agency and doing so by continuing to get good value. Just in the past few days, Baltimore signed safety Darian Stewart from the Rams and on Sunday, signed center Jermey Zuttah from Tampa Bay. Zuttah lacks consistency but he’s an upgrade over Geno Gradkowski. That leaves right tackle as the big hole on the line and Notre Dame’s Zack Martin fills it quite nicely. With the exception of WR Steve Smith, the irony in this offseason for the Ravens is that after going 8-8 and missing the playoffs one year after winning the Super Bowl, Ozzie Newsome and company seem content on re-signing their own players, after watching last offseason, as no less than nine starting contributors form the champion team signed elsewhere. The Ravens feel former Panther Steve Smith is a piece not an answer and have to know that they need the big bodied WR Newsome promised Ravens fans this offseason. What they need more is help on the O-line. Center and right tackle being the biggest areas of concern. Usually at this point of the draft it would be best player available for Baltimore but help that is not a luxury this year. According to Pro Football focus, the Ravens finished 2013 with the fourth worst O-Line in the NFL. Re-signing Eugene Monroe at the price they got him for was a real value and the duo should help drastically cut down on the 48 sacks QB Joe Flacco suffered last season, which was the second most of any starting signal caller in the league. Many feel Martin’s squareish frame and 32 1/4-inch arms will earn him a projection inside to guard but his versatility gives the Ravens more options than does a Cyrus Kouandjio, who may be another Michael Oher. Regardless of where he lines up, Martin plays with the controlled aggression—-controlling opponents with excellent strength. Martin was the best player on the field in Mobile according to many NFL scouts and is the type of player in terms of versatility the Ravens love to have on their roster.

18. NY Jets: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The addition of Eric Decker does not mean the Jets are done at the WR position. In fact, signing Michael Vick to battle Geno Smith tells me the Jets will be looking to add playmakers. The Jets were one of only three teams not pass for 3,000 yards last season and not all of the blame for that horrendous stat in today’s NFL belongs to QB Geno Smith. To say his options were limited during his rookie season would be understating the issue by more than a little. What the addition of Decker does do is remove the need for the big-bodied WR such as a Marquis Lee. Although having two big wideouts with the way defensive backs are getting bigger and faster isn’t a bad idea, the Jets should look for a playmaker with speed. Luckily for them, this draft has a few at the position and with a 4.33 40-yard dash time, no WR was faster at the combine than Brandin Cooks at the NFL Combine. In fact, Cooks won 100k from Adidas for being the fastest player wearing a pair of the company’s shoes. The former Beaver and 2013 Biletnikoff winner, as the nation's top receiver, also showed surprising strength with 17 reps on the weight bench. With Decker and Cooks plus Stephen Hill & Jeremy Kerley, the Jets could be well on their way to being a playoff team—that is if Vick has one more magical year in him or Smith can take a step forward. Finishing 8-8 with the offense the Jets put on the field last season has to be one of the most underrated accomplishments of the 2013 season.

19. Miami Dolphins: CJ Mosley, LB Alabama

Despite signing Branden Albert, the Dolphins still need an offensive tackle and could trade back to get a good one but the ones left aren’t worth taking here. They also signed guard Shelly Smith, which will help the Dolphins poor rushing attack. The Dolphins have taken a few hits in free agency on defense and could use some help stopping the run. Mosley was a three-year starter at Alabama and virtually be a coach on the field. His athleticism, range and quickness makes him a three-down linebacker, and his size (6-foot-2, 234 pounds) hints he's a good fit for any scheme. Mosley is constantly around the ball, which explains the back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons he produced at Alabama. He'd immediate push for a starting spot, allowing the Dolphins to move Dannell Ellerbe to weakside linebacker.  Mosley lacks the bulk scouts want in a pass rusher, but his awareness in coverage is special. Mosley has undergone multiple surgeries (knee, shoulder) over his career and could be the latest Alabama player to receive medical red flags from some evaluators. Look for the Dolphins to address their anemic offense in rounds two and three.

*previous pick: Cyrus Kouandjio

20. Arizona Cardinals: Ha Ha Clinton Dix, S Alabama

The Cardinals have filled some draft needs in free agency. They signed OT Jared Veldheeer and CB Antonio Cromartie. Safety is also a need and getting Clinton-Dix at No.20 could be value of the first round. Clinton-Dix possesses the fluidity, instincts and ball-skills (seven interceptions in 19 career starts) to be the draft's best coverage safety. However, he is not without red-flags. He tends to shine in spurts and lacks some consistency rather than take over certain passing situations, as he could be capable of. He did not have a great combine and it is also worth noting that since Nick Saban took over at Alabama in 207, seven DB’s have been selected, four in the first two rounds. Only Dre Kirkpatrick has experienced much success. With that said, the Cardinals have Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie at the corners, and eventually, a healthy Tyrann Matthieu to pair with Clinton Dix. It may not be what division rival Seattle is putting on the field at the moment but it’s a hell of a start.

*Previous pick: Darqueze Dennard 

21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, S Louisville

The Packers were equally inept stopping the run (25) and defending the pass in 2013 (24). So far, this offseason, GM Ted Thompson signed an aging Julius Peppers away from division rival Chicago and re-signed CB Sam Shields, as well as DT BJ Raji. They drafted DE Datone Jones with their first round pick last year and I would not be surprised if GB chose to select another D-lineman with this pick. With that said the Packers need help at safety and having their pick of the safety litter will be too good to pass up. Alabama’s Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor are the top two safety prospects in the draft class. Pryor is more physical than Clinton Dix and that could be the deciding factor for his pick over the Tide safety in the very physical NFC North. Both posted identical 4.58 40-yard dash times at the combine while Pryor had a better vertical and put up 7 more reps on the weight bench than did Clinton Dix. The Packers did not record an INT from the safety position for the first time in more than 50 years in 2013. After passing on the safeties in the 2013 draft class, which produced nine safeties that started at least eight games during their rookie season and 10 of the 23 selected snagged at least one interception—- GB won’t make the same mistake twice. Pryor had 69 tackles (5½ for a loss) during his junior year with three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Mock Trade With San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have 11 picks in the 2013 draft and need to draft a top tier WR. This deal to move up eight spots would include the first rounder (30), one of their third round picks, most likely their second one (94) and their fifth rounder (170). The deal is nearly identical to the one that was made between the Falcons and Rams last season for the same two spots. The Eagles will still be able to get a guy that can help their NFL worst pass defense in 2013 at No.30 in a player like Northern Illinois Jimmie Ward plus pick up two extra picks in this year’s draft.

22. San Francisco 49ers: Marquis Lee, WR USC

With the Jets taking Brandin Cooks, the Niners know they must pounce to grab a talent like Marquis Lee. San Francisco was one of only two teams to run the ball more than they passed it last season and while that was good enough for nearly another trip to the Super Bowl, getting Collin Kaepernick more weapons to throw to must be a priority. A nagging left knee injury slowed Lee for much of the 2013 season. The 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner was also hurt by the poor QB play at USC. When finally healthy in the Las Vegas Bowl against Fresno State, Lee showed off his playmaking ability, catching seven passes for 118 yards and two scores. He wasn’t great at the combine, which is why I have Cooks over him. At his Pro-Day, Lee did not try to improve on a rather slow 4.52 40-yard dash time from the combine. Nevertheless, Harbaugh knows what kind of talent Lee is and the Niners cannot hold onto these picks forever. If they do not draft Lee, the Chiefs or Panthers will before them.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., WR LSU

The Chiefs lost two good guards in free agency (Jon Asamoah & Geoff Schwartz) and have yet to land an impact wide receiver; Beckham fills the need at Wide out and will be a good compliment to the bigger Dwayne Bowe.  Andy Reid has always preferred West Coast concepts as the driving force behind his offenses but he also wants a deep vertical threat to take the top off the coverage. And from start to finish, there is no better and more versatile speed receiver in this class than Beckham. He tore it up at the scouting combine, running a 4.43 40 and nailing it in all the drills. Add in his value as a return man, and Beckham could redefine Reid’s offense sooner than later. He’s considered a poor man’s Sammy Watkins in a very respectable sense and should find success almost immediately in KC with teams looking to stop RB Jamal Charles and Bowe first.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Dee Ford, DE. Auburn

The Bengals have been draft darlings the past two years and would be well on their way to having another solid draft if Dee Ford ended up in the Queen City. Cincy must replace Michael Collins and Ford could be that guy. As his undersized frame and 40 time (4.67) suggest, Ford relies on his burst off the snap to gain the corner against offensive tackles. He accelerates smoothly and is flexible enough to bend around the corner as a pure speed rusher. He is a perfect fit in N.O as he his respected by coaches and teammates, Ford finally became an obvious force to the rest of football in 2013 as an undersized edge rusher, finishing the regular season with 12.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks. He earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press and had an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl. Speaking of the Senior Bowl, Ford impressed during the weigh-in and was virtually unstoppable off the edge during the practices, showing burst, bend and closing speed. He was the most dynamic player on the field during the game, recording two sacks and timing a leap to knock down a pass to earn MVP honors.

25. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB TCU

Ranked 29th in the NFL last season, San Diego's pass defense was one of the worst in the league in 2013.This forced the Chargers to get rid of free-agent bust Derek Cox and Johnny Patrick after just one season with the team. Of the four corners remaining on the active roster, Shareece Wright is the only one with starting experience. In free agency, the Chargers added former Cincinnati Bengal Brandon Ghee on a two-year deal. While Ghee has spent four years in the NFL, he lacks starting experience and is injury prone. Verrett isn’t very big at just 5-9 and 190 pounds but he’s physical for his size and tied for the third best vertical at the NFL combine amongst cornerbacks. Scouts label him as scrappy and tenacious, making him an ideal nickel corner with the tackling ability to threaten on an occasional blitz. He also impressed with his speed in Indy, running a 4.38 40-yard dash. But he also scared a few teams announcing that he will undergo surgery after his pro day to repair a torn labrum. It won’t be enough to scare the Chargers who desperately need help in the defensive backfield and when you consider that Peyton Manning and the Broncos are reloading for another run, Verrett may not be the only DB the Chargers select in May.

26. St. Louis Rams (from Cleveland from Indy) Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

The Rams have made it clear that Sam Bradford is their guy—–but they haven’t ponied up an extension for him as of yet either. Back in February, CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reported that the Rams "have no intention of extending" Bradford's current contract, the $76 million deal he signed as the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. A source form the Rams would later say they are open to an extension for Bradford, who is due $27M over the next two years. A longer deal would still be a surprise to many, because adding guaranteed money beyond the current deal would make it very difficult for the team to part with Bradford. Enter Bridgewater, who for much of the 2013 season was the No.1 consensus to be the first QB selected. His impressive production, passing accuracy and leadership seemed to standout despite weaker competition and even over the playmaking skills of Johnny Football in the SEC. Weaker competition or not Bridgewater’s QB skills cannot be denied but there are a few concerns. His frame seems slight and even if he bulks up, durability might be an issue as he lacks that innate feel and smooth athleticism to move in and out of pocket. Although he’s quick, Bridgewater has a lower than ideal release point with the ball shooting passed his ear. Some durability concerns after all the hits he has taken over his career, specifically to his wrist and ankle. He's mobile enough to extend plays, but isn't a true dual-threat quarterback.

27. New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, DE Missouri

The Saints significantly improved their defense with new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan at the helm. In fact, no team in the history of the league had a better turnaround in terms of yards allowed and not allowed from one season to the next. The addition of players like Jairus Byrd means the defense stands to get even better next year. The Saints still need an outside edge rusher, who can wreak havoc in the backfield and create turnovers. Ealy is a perfect fit for a DC like Ryan, who loves versatility. He led all defensive linemen at the combine with a 6.83-second time in the 3-cone drill, a test designed to show change-of-direction ability, and shaved over a fifth of a second off of his combine 40-yard dash time (4.92) at his pro day (4.70). He is a bit raw but has drawn comparisons to Robert Quinn of the Rams. All Quinn did was finish second in the NFL with 19 sacks in 2013. According to Rob Rong of CBS Sports, "there is no denying Ealy's upside. He boasts the length, burst and developing technique that every scout is looking for off the edge. If he continues to develop his game, Pro Bowls are in his future."  Ealy is a highly versatile defender who projects well to the 4-3 and 3-4 alike.

28. Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR Florida State

This is perhaps the biggest layup of the first round when you consider the following. The Panthers have watched their top four receivers from a year ago walk away this offseason. Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon all have new teams. That's a combined 156 receptions, 1,983 yards and 15 touchdowns. That represents 53.4 percent (receptions), 58.7 percent (receiving yards) and 62.5 percent (TD passes) of Cam Newton's 2013 production. Those receivers also combined for all but 55 yards and four catches of the receiving production in the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Benjamin is the best of the remaining first rounder’s and he isn’t a bad option here at 28. I’m not as sold on him as most but he is a big target for Cam Newton. At 6-5 and 240 pounds, Benjamin has rare size and is a physical mismatch vs. defensive backs and linebackers. He will not easily be knocked off course and will enter the middle on crossers and coupled with his outstanding jump ball catching abilities, could give the bigger NFC corners fits. He isn’t as strong as I’d like for his size, but he still has a lot of maturing to do and he isn’t what you would call fast– but speed when it comes to the WR position is overrated when you possess the size of Benjamin.

29. New England Patriots: Louis Nix III, DT Notre Dame

The play of DT’s Aaron Donald and Timmy Jernigan coupled with Nix’s knee injury drops him into the lap of Bill Belichick, who just so happens to have DT, as one his team’s biggest needs. Knee surgery cut short his 2013 season and he prepared for the combine at EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance Institute) in Phoenix. Despite less than average times, his conditioning and confirmed recovery made him one of the combine's "big" winners. When healthy, he has proven to be the best run-stoppers in the draft. At 6-2 and 331 pounds, he is bigger than both Jernigan and Donald and when healthy has as much if not more athleticism. He is a steal for the Patriots at 29. 

30: Philadelphia Eagles: Ryan Shazier, OLB Ohio State     

The story here is to wait and see what the Eagles do with DeSean Jackson. The Eagles bold and outspoken WR has told anyone that will listen he is not going anywhere but do the Eagles feel the same way. Head coach Chip Kelly acknowledged Wednesday that he spoke with wide receiver DeSean Jackson "a couple days ago" regarding swirling reports that Jackson could be traded or released, but when he was peppered with questions by the media at the NFL owners meetings, Kelly did not quash those reports by ensuring Jackson would be with the club in 2014. "We've had a good conversation, and we're always going to do what's best for the football team," Kelly said. "But I think he knows where we are, and I know where he is”. If Jackson is traded, the Eagles will look to replace him but if he’s there, then Shazier could be the pick. At 6-1 and 237 pounds, Shazier does not have ideal size but his instincts, speed and hard hits make him a fearful defender that offenses must account for on every snap. Shazier, whose 143 tackles, including 22.5 tackles for loss, not only led the Big Ten last season, they combine to rank among the best seasons from any Buckeye defender over the past 25 years.

Previous pick: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix

31. Denver Broncos: Bradley Robey, CB Ohio State

The Broncos have made quite a splash in free agency signing players such as DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and Emanuel Sanders. All address major needs for Denver. With that said, it’s safe to say Denver learned something from their loss to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl; you can never have too many good players in your secondary. The Broncos paid top dollar for Talib but with the talented cornerback having never played a full season in his seven-year NFL career, Denver would be wise to add to the position in the draft. Roby was not as consistent in 2013 as scouts would like but he is a terrific athlete whose best football may still lie ahead of him. Some team is going to gamble on his upside in the first round and none better to roll the dice than Denver. With a 4.39 40-yard time at the combine, Roby has world-class speed with the click-and-close ability to play tight coverage and mirror receivers all over the field. He possesses a good fighting attitude to battle for the ball but he lacks consistency and seemed to disappear from big moments in some games but he wasn’t alone on the Buckeyes defense in 2013.

*previous pick: Ryan Shazier 

32. Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech

Amaro has the potential to be a very special player in the NFL. You know he can catch, as his 106 receptions for 1,356 receiving yards and seven touchdowns will attest to but he can also block. At 6-5, 257 pounds, Amaro has the frame to block and did so more than adequate in his second year in 2012 in the offense of Tommy Tuberville. He was the fourth fastest TE at the combine and showed good strength in finishing second with 28 reps on the weight bench amongst the players at his position. Seattle needs another WR with  the loss of Golden Tate but Amaro will do just nicely as the Seahawks look to ramp up their passing attack a tad in 2014.

 

 

User Submitted On The Clock Entries Feb 7th

February 7, 2014 in Mock Drafts

Here are the three of the best user submitted Mock Drafts of the week. Thank you again for the feedback and all the great mocks to choose from. There were over 1,500 entries this week and it was fun reading through all of them throughout the week.

Many could be considered for this post, and I apologize if you weren't picked. Thanks again for the submissions and don't forget to keep mocking!

 

Mock 1: Trey – Dallas Cowboys            christianjones

Link to Mock: 

 

16 DE KONY EALY

MISSOURI

 

47 DE TRENT MURPHY

STANFORD

 

78 ILB CHRISTIAN JONES

FLORIDA STATE

 

115 DT DAQUAN JONES

PENN STATE

 

146 QB A.J. MCCARRON

ALABAMA

 

206 S NICKOE WHITLEY

MISSISSIPPI STATE

 

208 OLB DENICOS ALLEN

MICHIGAN STATE

 

215 WR SHAQ EVANS

UCLA    

 

Why I like it:

I really like what Trey did in this mock as it addresses the Cowboys biggest needs. Landing Kony Ealy in the middle of the first round and then adding Trent Murphy one round later, not only shows a focus for this season, but a look towards the future as well. DeMarcus Ware has been tremendous for the Cowboys, but there could be a time in the next couple years where he either retires or Dallas is forced to let him walk due to his contract. Adding two pass rushers here helps prepare Dallas for that day. Also, Murphy can be used immediately as a situational rusher on passing downs. Ealy is a bigger defensive end and could move inside on passing downs to allow for another edge rusher.

Grabbing Christian Jones in the 3rd round is another great pick-up for the Cowboys. He's capable of playing any linebacker position and can rush the quarterback as well. He could line up at SLB for the Cowboys and used as a blitzer as well. He's got great versatility and should help make an impact on the Cowboys defense. DaQuan Jones offers Dallas a nice nose tackle type in the middle of their line to help defend the run. He's not going to generate a lot of a pass rush, but as a 4th rounder he's got nice value here.

Using a 5th rounder on A.J. McCarron is a smart move as well. Opinions vary on McCarron, but at the very least he should be a capable back-up for the Cowboys. He also has the potential to be the heir apparent to Tony Romo in 3-4 years. Though not impact guys, Whitley, Allen and Evans are all capable of making the roster and being valuable back-ups.

 

Mock 2: Steven – Carolina Panthers

(This mock was sent in separately, as the submit option wasn't working for him)        Jace Amaro

 

28 TE JACE AMARO

TEXAS TECH

60 WR DAVANTE ADAMS

FRESNO STATE

 

92 OT CAMERON FLEMING

STANFORD

 

124 CB ROSS COCKRELL

DUKE

 

156 WR BRUCE ELLINGTON

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

188 CB ANDRE HAL

VANDERBILT

 

202 DE CASSIUS MARSH

UCLA

 

Why I like it:

The Panthers are ready to compete and the biggest issue facing them in the short and long term is their weapons for Cam Newton. While the Panthers already have Greg Olsen, adding another pass catching tight end makes some sense. In Cam Newton's rookie year the Panthers went with Olsen and Jeremy Shockey and it paid off nicely. Olsen and Amaro could have even more success now that Newton has grown some as a passer.

The Panthers take advantage of the receiver depth in this draft and land Davante Adams and Bruce Ellington. Adams should offer immediate impact as the starter opposite Steve Smith. Ellington could help some from the slot and maybe be Smith's replacement down the road. Jordan Gross has done a nice job protecting Cam's Blind side, but he needs more help along the line. Fleming offers that help and he's got the upside and potential to replace Gross in a year or two as the left tackle.

With all of their offensive needs set, Steven then focuses on the secondary, nabbing a pair of upside corners in Ross Cockrell and Andre Hal. Also Cassius Marsh is brought in late for depth. This draft hits on every need and gets multiple guys who can contribute as rookies, which is key for a team who is among the NFC's best.

 

Mock 3: Curt – New York Jets              ericebron

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18 TE ERIC EBRON

UNC

 

49 WR ALLEN ROBINSON

PENN STATE

 

69 WR JARVIS LANDRY

LSU

 

80 CB KYLE FULLER

VIRGINIA TECH

 

111 DE JACKSON JEFFCOAT

TEXAS

 

142 TE JACOB PEDERSEN

WISCONSIN

 

179 S TRE BOSTON

NORTH CAROLINA

 

210 CB AARON COLVIN

OKLAHOMA    

 

Why I like it:

The Jets are desperate for weapons on offense and Curt does a great job addressing that with the top three picks. While you could take a receiver with the 1st round pick, Curt here lands the best tight end in the draft and a guy who should be an instant favorite of Geno Smith. Then with the depth of the receiver class Curt lands Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry back-to-back. That adds instant credibility and talent to their receiving corps and should give the Jets the weapons they need to have a quality offense.

Later in the draft a 2nd tight end Jacob Pedersen is drafted. Pedersen doesn't have the upside or potential of Ebron, but he should be a good number two tight end and will help out with nice depth here. After the offensive needs are met, Curt makes some nice picks on defense. Fuller is a good corner who falls slightly here. He could quickly become a starter for the Jets and would help boost that secondary.

Jackson Jeffcoat would be a really nice addition to the Jets linebacker corps and would give New York another weapon to attack the QB with. Boston and Colvin are great late round picks, as both have starting potential down the road. Colvin especially is a nice pick-up considering he would have been a top 2 round selection if not for tearing his ACL.

 

Thanks again for all the submissions, feel free to share some of your mocks in the comments!

 

 

On the Clock Updates & NFL Draft News from Fanspeak

January 9, 2014 in Mock Drafts

Be sure to check out On The Clock, and be the GM for YOUR favorite NFL teams and make picks in a simulated 2014 NFL Draft. Rankings, players and team needs were updated on Tuesday. Just note, that a player will not be removed from the list until its official they will be returning to school.

Also, be sure to check out the NFL Draft page for rankings, big board, scouting reports and more!

Finally, Fanspeak.com is excited to announce that we will be returning to the East West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl to cover it live for you all! Our NFL Draft resident expert Steve Shoup leaves Sunday to head to Florida to spend a week at the Shrine game practices and game then heads to Mobile, AL for Senior Bowl week. Stay tuned here for in-depth coverage live from these events and we'll have those pages up by the end of the week!

 

 

Alan's 2014 NFL Mock Draft – Mariota Up Top

October 25, 2013 in Mock Drafts

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon

Many are asking me why I like Mariota over Bridgewater. I like Mariota's overall skill set and his physical build better. While both are listed at 6’3”, Mariota is bigger and can take the hits better than Bridgewater. Bridgewater will need to put on at least 25 more pounds and there have been some injury concerns. Then there is the whole level of competition thing, which Mariota has a clear advantage playing in the PAC-12. Mariota isn't as refined as a passer, but the upside is there. Mariota is the far more dynamic quarterback and could be the bigger box office draw. I just believe his upside is greater than that of Bridgewater’s’ but with the rookie wage scale does it matter if it is two or three or one or two?

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

Bridgewater is averaging 312 passing yards per game and owns an astounding 71 percent completion percentage. He has 18 TD’s and only 2 INT’s. Bridgewater is leading a Louisville team that possesses a per game margin of victory of 33.6 points. Nevertheless, I must point out that the six teams faced by Bridgewater have an average ranking of 96. While I know he can only play the schedule given to his team, it is a big part of the reason why I have Mariota ahead of him and why Louisville may be on the outside looking in at the BCS Bowl picture this season.

3. Minnesota Vikings: Brett Hundley, UCLA

Hundley is averaging 312 passing yards per game and owns an astounding 71 percent completion percentage. He has 18 TD’s and only 2 INT’s. Hundley is leading a UCLA team that possesses a per game margin of victory of 33.6 points. Nevertheless, I must point out that the six teams faced by Bridgewater have an average ranking of 96.

4.  New York Giants: Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

Let us just for a moment say it aloud. The Jaguars played the Broncos a lot tougher than did the Giants this season, so at this point of the season, it is time to be honest about where the G-Men are—possibly worse than Jags? Both teams in my opinion have a chance to win their first game in Week 7 and it does not matter who has the first pick, it will not affect the draft. The Giants need help on both sides of the ball on the line and considering they know what having a pass rush meant to beating Tom Brady not once—but twice in the Super Bowl, this pick is Jadeveon Clowney all day long. Despite his subpar season, his potential is limitless. 

5. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

The Rams could trade one of these two picks and get two to three potential impact starters but may opt to stay with both in hopes of grabbing players with Pro-Bowl potential. One of the players is OT Jake Matthews. He has a great combination of size and athletic ability and is drawing comparisons to Michigan standout Jake Long.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

The Steelers got their first win of the season vs. the Jets last Sunday. It was a vintage Steelers win in terms of how their defense tortured a rookie QB. There are still major issues on the offensive line. They placed Levi Brown on IR this past week, yes—the same Levi Brown they just acquired in a trade from Arizona. The Steelers will likely have a chance at one of the top Tackles in the draft, if they are at No.5 they will be blessed with Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews. Mel Kiper says of Matthews—“Matthews was at right tackle last year and would have been drafted high, but a full season at left tackle solidifies his stock. He is an intense worker and has great NFL bloodlines, as his father, brother and two cousins have played in the league. Has strong skills as both a pass protector and a finisher in the run game.”

7. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Falcons need to address their offensive line but they need to address their pass defense even more. They are 1-4 and come off the bye with the 26th worst pass defense in the NFL. Geno Smith, who tossed three touchdowns, beat them at home. The Falcons have 11 sacks through five games and need to get more pressure on opposing QB’s to help ease the 275 yards they are allowing through the air per game. While this may be a reach and many thought, Ziggy Ansah was at No.5 LY, I like Khalil Mack. The Buffalo has an amazing 63 tackles for a loss and 23 sacks so far in his career. He added an INT return for a TD vs. Ohio State this year and is likely to legitimize being drafted this high by years end.

8. Buffalo Bills: CJ Mosley, OLB Alabama

The Bills need a cornerback and they need some help on the defensive line. So let’s split the difference and give them one of the best linebackers in the country. Mosley is the heart of the Alabama defense and has the all-around skill set that makes him appealing in any scheme. At 6-2, 232 pounds, he could be undersized but he flies to the ball and makes a ton of plays. At his size, he could be the best pound-for-pound player in the country. There is talk of Ryan Shazier and now everyone is in love with Vic Beasley from Clemson and for good reason. I’ll stick with the proven Nick Saban groomed player at the moment and so will the Bills if this is the pick.

 

9. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

I am sold that the Raiders believe Terrell Pryor is the long-term solution going forward. If they want to keep him around for a while, they may need to think about protecting a bit more, as they allowed the Chiefs to sack him 10 times last week. The smart play would be to trade back once again, stockpiling a few more picks. However, finding a playmaker for Pryor is likely where the Raiders head at No.9 and that could be Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Watkins & USC’s Marquis Lee and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans are considered the top three WR’s in the draft. In three games against FBS competition (Georgia, NC State, Wake Forest), Watkins is averaging seven catches for 112 yards and a score. We will see what happens this weekend vs. the Florida State Seminoles.

10. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

I am convinced the Browns are finished with Branden Weeden and no matter what you think of Johnny Manziel off the field, he will be drafted in the first round. Against Ole Miss last Saturday, the Aggies looked as if they could be finished but it only appeared that way. Despite an early injury scare, a feisty Mississippi defense and a few uncharacteristic mistakes, Manziel was Johnny Football in enough time to lead the Aggies to a win. Texas A&M trailed 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter, but Manziel engineered a 75-yard drive that he finished with a tying 6-yard touchdown run with 3:07 remaining.He completed 31 of 39 passes, threw for 346 yards, and ran for two touchdowns while rallying No. 9 Texas A&M past Ole Miss for a 41-38 victory. On the game winning drive, playing with an injured knee, Manziel had runs of 12 and 13 yards. Yeah, the Browns will and their fans will love Johnny Football.

11. Houston Texans: Zach Mettenberger, QB LSU

If the Texans are actually drafting this high and did not turn their season around, then they will indeed be in search of a QB. Whether they want a prototypical drop back passer like a Zach Mettenbereger or a more mobile guy like Boyd or Manziel will likely be decided by who their head coach is. If Manziel is here that would be there pick, but with him off the board I think they look to Mettenberger to be their QB of the future.

12. St. Louis Rams: Louis Nix III, DL Notre Dame

The Rams trampled the Texans but only on the scoreboard. Houston led every statistical category, as Arian Foster rushed for 141-yards. Everybody runs on the Rams 30th ranked rushing defense. It only makes sense to sure up the middle of the front seven with this pick. Nix is a potential-future NFL Pro-Bowl type run-stuffer with enough burst and determination to push the pocket.

 

 

13. Arizona Cardinals: Taj Boyd, QB Clemson

Watching Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick play four times, a year make has Arizona wanting and needing a QB for the future. Boyd possesses less-than-ideal size but Wilson is not exactly Hercules either. If Boyd takes down Florida State on Saturday night and finishes the season undefeated, size will not matter. He has significantly improved his accuracy and decision-making from the pocket in 2013. A true dual-threat quarterback, Boyd is in fact very comparable to above-mentioned Wilson and some even say the late Steve McNair, as well.

14. NY Jets: Marquise Lee, WR USC

I like Watkins overall playmaking ability more than I do that of Marquis Lee’s, but that doesn't mean Lee won't still go high in the draft. The Jets need a weapon to pair with Stephen Hill and Lee gives them that guy. He would be a huge addition for Geno Smith's development and could help jump start this offense.

15. Carolina Panthers:Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama

The OL and WR are where Carolina will look to upgrade here. I say they snag the top available OL on the board at this point and that is likely to be Kouandjio. The Bama OT is a physically blessed athlete, who has begun to draw comparisons to former Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama in 2000. With Jordan Gross getting up there in years (11 in the NFL), this is as good a time to make this pick.

16. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Chargers finally shut down a QB and it just happened to be Andrew Luck. That still does not diminish the need for help in the secondary. The Chargers pass defense is 25th in the NFL and although Verrett lacks prototypical size, he is more than agile enough and skilled enough to be a good NFL corner. Verrett led the pass happy Big 12 with 22 passes defended and 6 interceptions in 2012. After injuring his shoulder, he returned to provide great coverage (six tackles, two passes broken up) against Oklahoma on Oct. 5 earning him the Top Prospect of Week 6 by NFLDraftScout.com.

Alan's 2014 NFL Mock Draft – 10/17

October 17, 2013 in Mock Drafts

Updated: 10/17

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1. New York Giants: Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

Let us just for a moment say it aloud. The Jaguars played the Broncos a lot tougher than did the Giants this season, so at this point of the season, it is time to be honest about where the G-Men are—possibly worse than Jags? Both teams in my opinion have a chance to win their first game in Week 7 and it does not matter who has the first pick, it will not affect the draft. The Giants need help on both sides of the ball on the line and considering they know what having a pass rush meant to beating Tom Brady not once—but twice in the Super Bowl, this pick is Jadeveon Clowney all day long. Despite his subpar season, his potential is limitless.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brett Hundley, QB UCLA

Many are asking me why I like Hundley over Bridgewater. I like Hundley’s overall skill set and his physical build better. While both are listed at 6’3”, Hundley weighs 225 and Bridgewater is only 195. Bridgewater will need to put on at least 25 more pounds and there have been some injury concerns. Then there is the whole level of competition thing, which Hundley has a clear advantage playing in the PAC-12. Hundley does have some accuracy problems and tends to panic under pressure at times but I am betting maturity and coaching will take care of both. He is averaging nearly 300 passing yards per game and has 14 TD’s and 4 INT’s. Hundley has added an additional 52 rushing yards per game and 4 more TD’s on the ground. He has even caught a TD pass. I just believe his upside is greater than that of Bridgewater’s’ but with the rookie wage scale does it matter if it is two or three or one or two?

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

Bridgewater is averaging 312 passing yards per game and owns an astounding 71 percent completion percentage. He has 18 TD’s and only 2 INT’s. Bridgewater is leading a Louisville team that possesses a per game margin of victory of 33.6 points. Nevertheless, I must point out that the six teams faced by Bridgewater have an average ranking of 96. While I know he can only play the schedule given to his team, it is a big part of the reason why I have Hundley ahead of him and why Louisville may be on the outside looking in at the BCS Bowl picture this season.

4. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA

I have placed on hold, at least for this week, the Vikings need for a QB. Let’s see how Josh Freeman performs. If it fails, this pick is a QB—no questions asked– but looking at their loss to the Panthers on Sunday, pass defense is a real issue in Minnesota. This is a what comes first scenario, the chicken or the egg. The Vikings do not blitz because their secondary needs help and they have just 10 sacks on the season. UCLA’s Anthony Barr has 4 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss this season. He is a former running back that possesses great speed to go along with his powerful lower half. He has a long frame and reach. LY, he had 21.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. As a senior, he could have left for the NFL. The Vikings are glad he did not, as he becomes a purple people eater in 2014.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

The Steelers got their first win of the season vs. the Jets last Sunday. It was a vintage Steelers win in terms of how their defense tortured a rookie QB. There are still major issues on the offensive line. They placed Levi Brown on IR this past week, yes—the same Levi Brown they just acquired in a trade from Arizona. The Steelers will likely have a chance at one of the top Tackles in the draft, if they are at No.5 they will be blessed with Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews. Mel Kiper says of Matthews—“Matthews was at right tackle last year and would have been drafted high, but a full season at left tackle solidifies his stock. He is an intense worker and has great NFL bloodlines, as his father, brother and two cousins have played in the league. Has strong skills as both a pass protector and a finisher in the run game.”

6. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

The Rams could trade one of these two picks and get two to three potential impact starters but may opt to stay with both in hopes of grabbing players with Pro-Bowl potential. One of the players is OT Taylor Lewan. He has a great combination of size and athletic ability and is drawing comparisons to Michigan standout Jake Long– but he did not play well last Saturday before leaving the Penn State game with an injury. I will give him a one-week pass, as Lewan has been the obvious bright spot up front for Michigan, which has struggled with injuries and penalties. Lewan exited the Wolverines' four-overtime loss to Penn State on Saturday in the second quarter, and did not play in the second half. Without him, Michigan struggled to run the ball against the Nitnany Lions. Fitz Toussaint had 27 yards on 27 carries and Derrick Green's three carries totaled just 1 yard. He is expected back for this week’s game vs. Indiana.

7. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Falcons need to address their offensive line but they need to address their pass defense even more. They are 1-4 and come off the bye with the 26th worst pass defense in the NFL. Geno Smith, who tossed three touchdowns, beat them at home. The Falcons have 11 sacks through five games and need to get more pressure on opposing QB’s to help ease the 275 yards they are allowing through the air per game. While this may be a reach and many thought, Ziggy Ansah was at No.5 LY, I like Khalil Mack. The Buffalo has an amazing 63 tackles for a loss and 23 sacks so far in his career. He added an INT return for a TD vs. Ohio State this year and is likely to legitimize being drafted this high by years end.

8. Buffalo Bills: CJ Mosley, OLB Alabama

The Bills need a cornerback and they need some help on the defensive line. So let’s split the difference and give them one of the best linebackers in the country. Mosley is the heart of the Alabama defense and has the all-around skill set that makes him appealing in any scheme. At 6-2, 232 pounds, he could be undersized but he flies to the ball and makes a ton of plays. At his size, he could be the best pound-for-pound player in the country. There is talk of Ryan Shazier and now everyone is in love with Vic Beasley from Clemson and for good reason. I’ll stick with the proven Nick Saban groomed player at the moment and so will the Bills if this is the pick.

 

9. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

I am sold that the Raiders believe Terrell Pryor is the long-term solution going forward. If they want to keep him around for a while, they may need to think about protecting a bit more, as they allowed the Chiefs to sack him 10 times last week. The smart play would be to trade back once again, stockpiling a few more picks. However, finding a playmaker for Pryor is likely where the Raiders head at No.9 and that could be Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Watkins & USC’s Marquis Lee and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans are considered the top three WR’s in the draft. In three games against FBS competition (Georgia, NC State, Wake Forest), Watkins is averaging seven catches for 112 yards and a score. We will see what happens this weekend vs. the Florida State Seminoles.

10. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

I am convinced the Browns are finished with Branden Weeden and no matter what you think of Johnny Manziel off the field, he will be drafted in the first round. Against Ole Miss last Saturday, the Aggies looked as if they could be finished but it only appeared that way. Despite an early injury scare, a feisty Mississippi defense and a few uncharacteristic mistakes, Manziel was Johnny Football in enough time to lead the Aggies to a win. Texas A&M trailed 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter, but Manziel engineered a 75-yard drive that he finished with a tying 6-yard touchdown run with 3:07 remaining.He completed 31 of 39 passes, threw for 346 yards, and ran for two touchdowns while rallying No. 9 Texas A&M past Ole Miss for a 41-38 victory. On the game winning drive, playing with an injured knee, Manziel had runs of 12 and 13 yards. Yeah, the Browns will and their fans will love Johnny Football.

11. Houston Texans:Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon

If the Texans are actually drafting this high and did not turn their season around, then they will indeed be in search of a QB. Whether they want a prototypical drop back passer like a Zach Mettenbereger or a Mariota will likely be the biggest question Houston needs to answer. It will be tough to pass on the multi-dimensional Mariota and what he could do with weapons like DeAndre Hopkins, Arian Foster or Ben Tate and maybe another good year or two from Andrea Johnson. For those of you that doubt the Texans will draft a QB with their pick, look no further than five straight weeks of throwing a pick six.

12. St. Louis Rams: Louis Nix III, DL Notre Dame

The Rams trampled the Texans but only on the scoreboard. Houston led every statistical category, as Arian Foster rushed for 141-yards. Everybody runs on the Rams 30th ranked rushing defense. It only makes sense to sure up the middle of the front seven with this pick. Nix is a potential-future NFL Pro-Bowl type run-stuffer with enough burst and determination to push the pocket.

 

 

13. Arizona Cardinals: Taj Boyd, QB Clemson

Watching Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick play four times, a year make has Arizona wanting and needing a QB for the future. Boyd possesses less-than-ideal size but Wilson is not exactly Hercules either. If Boyd takes down Florida State on Saturday night and finishes the season undefeated, size will not matter. He has significantly improved his accuracy and decision-making from the pocket in 2013. A true dual-threat quarterback, Boyd is in fact very comparable to above-mentioned Wilson and some even say the late Steve McNair, as well.

14. NY Jets: Marquise Lee, WR USC

I like Watkins overall playmaking ability more than I do that of Marquis Lee’s, but that doesn't mean Lee won't still go high in the draft. The Jets need a weapon to pair with Stephen Hill and Lee gives them that guy. He would be a huge addition for Geno Smith's development and could help jump start this offense. 

15. Carolina Panthers:Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama

The OL and WR are where Carolina will look to upgrade here. I say they snag the top available OL on the board at this point and that is likely to be Kouandjio. The Bama OT is a physically blessed athlete, who has begun to draw comparisons to former Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama in 2000. With Jordan Gross getting up there in years (11 in the NFL), this is as good a time to make this pick.

16. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Chargers finally shut down a QB and it just happened to be Andrew Luck. That still does not diminish the need for help in the secondary. The Chargers pass defense is 25th in the NFL and although Verrett lacks prototypical size, he is more than agile enough and skilled enough to be a good NFL corner. Verrett led the pass happy Big 12 with 22 passes defended and 6 interceptions in 2012. After injuring his shoulder, he returned to provide great coverage (six tackles, two passes broken up) against Oklahoma on Oct. 5 earning him the Top Prospect of Week 6 by NFLDraftScout.com. 

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Alan's 2014 NFL Mock Draft 10/10

October 10, 2013 in Mock Drafts, Uncategorized

Updated: 10/10

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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brett Hundley, QB UCLA

The Denver Broncos have scored as many points in each of their last two games that the Jaguars have scored for the entire season. The only way to change this is to draft a do it all franchise signal caller and with each passing week, Brett Hundley is that man. All the UCLA red shirt sophomore did was hit for the football cycle on Thursday in UCLA’s 34-27 win at Utah. Hundley threw for a touchdown, rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and even pinned Utah inside the 10 with a punt.

2. New York Giants: Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

The team with the Super Bowl countdown clock in its locker room is now 0-5 for just the fourth time in franchise history and the first time since the strike-shortened season of 1987. Instead of playing for a Super Bowl berth, the Giants are now playing to avoid the franchise-worst 0-9 start of the 1976 squad. They have allowed an NFL worst 182-points, which is 13 more than the Jaguars. It appears Jadeveon Clowney decided to sit out the year after all. Because of injuries, in three games this season, Clowney has just 12 tackles and 2 sacks. NFL EXECS DON’T CARE!. According to an article dated Oct 8 in USA Today Sports, "Nah, no one will care," an executive in personnel for an NFL team told USA Today.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

Josh Freeman is now in Minnesota, as NC State rookie QB Mike Glennon takes his turn behind center for the Buccaneers. It will not matter if Greg Schiano is the coach next year or not, if Tampa Bay is picking in the top six, they will take a shot on one of the franchise QB’s in this draft. At this spot, it is Bridgewater or Hundley and in my mock draft, it’s the Louisville signal caller at No.3 for the 32nd ranked passing attack in the NFL.

4. Minnesota Vikings: Taj Boyd, QB Clemson

Funny How Josh Freeman will now play a pivotal role in another team’s decision to draft a franchise QB next May. Freeman was signed for one year in Minnesota and will have to make the most of his fresh start wearing purple. If he can be at least above average and a tad more than serviceable, the Vikings may not opt to select a QB here considering Jared Allen's pending free agency. It's likely Allen will command top dollar on the market and because the Vikings have Everson Griffen behind him they will not likely resign Allen. But this is the NFL in 2013 and everything starts with a franchise QB, which the Vikings DO NOT HAVE.

5. Carolina Panthers: Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

If the Panthers only had an offense, they may actually be a team that push the Saints. But they don’t. They need some help in the secondary but that is about as pressing as it gets in Carolina on defense . The OL and WR are where Carolina will look to upgrade here. I say they snag the top OL in the draft and that is Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews. Johnny Manziel’s blindside protector has the size, skill, and the bloodlines to become one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL and with Jordan Gross getting up there in years (11 in the NFL), this is as good a time to make this pick.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

If the Steelers are drafting in the top ten and it appears they will be, they will use the pick on an offensive tackle. The OT play has been so bad this season, the Steelers traded for Levi Brown from Arizona. According to Pro Football Focus, only three OT’s have performed worse than Brown this season, so you see the desperation. Big Ben is on pace to be sacked 60 times this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he announced the pick of Taylor Lewan, if he’s able to stand at the podium. At 6-7, 315-pounds Lewan has all of the necessary tools and talents to play at a high level for many years in the Steel City.

7. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon

The Eagles' defense is just plain bad. They rank 32nd in total yards, 31st in passing yards, 26th in rushing yards, and 31st in points allowed per game. Nearly every position needs help, so it will be interesting to see if Chip Kelly uses this pick on a QB or trade it to draft a few defensive players later in the first round. The pick should be Anthony Barr from UCLA but with Marcus Mariota on the board, it is hard to imagine Kelly passing up his former QB at Oregon. It is not the smart pick but the likely pick if he is available when Philly is on the clock.

8. Buffalo Bills: Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State

Despite picking Joe Flacco off five times two weeks ago, the Bills enter Week 6. ranked 28 in pass defense. Robey is a Playmaker with elite speed, quickness, and breaking ability but he was torched by Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis two weeks ago, who had 10 catches, 207 yards and a touchdown. Against Northwestern, Roby earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a punt and recovering it for a touchdown but the Wildcats were still able to pass for 343 yards. Roby’s stock could fall and TCU’s Jason Verrett could take his place if performances such as this are not slowed in the coming weeks.

9. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

I am sold that the Raiders believe Terrell Pryor is the long-term solution going forward. I did not say I was sold but he is the reason they are not drafting in the top 5. The smart play would be to trade back once again, stockpiling a few more picks. Oakland’s defense has been a surprise but they still need help. However, finding a playmaker for Pryor is likely where the Raiders head at No.9 and that could be Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Watkins & USC’s Marquis Lee and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans are considered the top three WR’s in the draft. In three games against FBS competition (Georgia, NC State, Wake Forest), Watkins is averaging seven catches for 112 yards and a score.

10. St. Louis Rams: Louis Nix III, DL Notre Dame

The Rams are one of the bigger disappointments in the NFL this season and especially on defense. After tying for the league lead with 52 sacks last season, the Rams are not only NOT getting to the QB but4 weeks into the 2013 season, the team has allowed 24, 31, 31 and 35 points per game en route to a 1-3 record. Everybody runs on the Rams and their 27th ranked rush defense. It only makes sense to sure up the middle of the front seven with these two picks at this point, well at least one of them. Nix is a potential-future NFL Pro-Bowl type run-stuffer with enough burst and determination to push the pocket. With five tackles and despite losing to Oklahoma, Nix was solid against the Sooners and senior center Gabe Ikard, who is also an NFL prospect.

11. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama

The Rams could trade one of these two picks and get two to three potential impact starters but may opt to stay with both in hopes of grabbing players with Pro-Bowl potential. One of the players is OT Cyrus Kouandjio from Alabama. At 6'6 and 310 lbs., Kouandjio is a physically blessed athlete, who has begun to draw comparisons to former Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama in 2000.  The Rams are also going to have to contend with Rodger Saffold's free agency in 2014 so a tackle with this pick is perfect.

12. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M

No matter how I try to slice the mock draft pie, I see the Browns with Johnny Football. The Browns won for the third consecutive week since trading Trent Richardson. Lost for the season was backup QB Brian Hoyer who tore his ACL vs. Buffalo last Thursday, which means Brandon Weeden is now back under center—which means, the Browns will take a Manziel type of signal caller with their first pick in the first round. In my opinion, Johnny Football leads the Heisman race and why shouldn’t he with almost 1,500 passing yards, another 314 on the ground and 17 total touchdowns in only 5 games.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA

The Cardinals may be a dancing partner for one of the teams looking to trade down. Arizona needs an OT, as well as a QB for the future but they will take this gift as well. Arizona could always address their need for another WR but with Barr on the board, this is a no brainer. Barr only falls to 10 because he’s a victim of QB & Tackle circumstance and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants or Raiders take him earlier. He is a former running back that exploded onto the Pac-12 scene last year registering 21½ tackles for loss and 13½ sacks. He has been just as dominant in 2013.

14. NY Jets : Marquis Lee, WR USC

Lee’s 2013 season has seen about everything but the big plays we are accustomed to seeing from the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner. It is truly not his fault. The QB situation at USC is a mess, Lane Kiffin has been fired and now Lee is dealing with a knee sprain. Lee has been, as productive as can be expected with 30 receptions through five games and his draft stock will likely not be affected much if the Trojans cannot get the offense turned around and headed in the right direction.

15. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Chargers did it again. They made another average to below average NFL QB look as if he were a Pro- Bowler. This time, Terrell Pryor of the Raiders had his way with SD’s defense. The Chargers can score points and gain yards almost as much as they surrender them. This pick will be used to bolster the NFL’s 27th ranked overall defense after Week 5. As to which part of the unit the Chargers will bolster, take your pick. Although he does not possess prototypical NFL DB size Verrett is more than agile enough and skilled enough to be a good NFL corner. Verrett led the pass happy Big 12 with 22 passes defended and six interceptions in 2012. He injured his shoulder in TCU's win over SMU, but the injury isn't expected to keep him sidelined for very long. Verrett could be the top CB in the draft once the season ends.

16. Detroit Lions: CJ Mosley, LB Alabama

DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch have turned in decent seasons thus far. Moseley would be a great addition behind a stout Lions front line. According to Mel Kiper, Mosley is gifted in coverage, and has the all-around versatility that will make him an appealing linebacker in any scheme. He flies to the ball and makes a ton of plays; now he simply needs to get a bit stronger and show the leverage against the run. However, on the weak side, he gets through blocks and chases everything down (or just beats people to the ball).

 

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Alan's 2014 NFL Mock Draft- Hundley Going Number 1

October 2, 2013 in Mock Drafts

Updated: 10/03

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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Brett Hundley, UCLA

The Jaguars rank in the 30’s in four of the six possible offensive and defensive rankings. They are last in the league in total offense ( 31 run- 30 pass) and rank 22 on defense ( 32 vs. the run & 11 vs. the pass). This is a team that must select a franchise quarterback and this draft has plenty of them. While most feel this pick is Teddy Bridgewater, I simply like Brett Hundley more than Bridgewater. At 6-3 225 pounds, Hundley is a raw gifted athlete. Through three games, Hundley is averaging 283 YPG with 8 TD’s and 3 INT’s. He averaging another 52.3 rushing yards per game and chipped in with another 2 TD;s on the ground.

2. New York Giants: Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

Fours are wild in New Jersey these days. A team that won two Super Bowls during the past six years because they could rush the passer has sacked the QB four times in four games and while it isn’t the only reason, it is a major reason why the Giants are 0-4 (there it is again) to start the season. Yes, they need help on the offensive line and in the secondary but the NFL Draft has proven those players can be had later, especially where the Giants are likely to be drafting at the top of each round. What cannot be had is a player with the ability to change your franchises defense for the next seven to 10 years and that player this year is Jadeveon Clowney. The Giants will need a player with his speed, size and power to contend with RG3 and whatever Chip Kelley is throwing out on the field.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

The switch to Mike Glennon signified the end of the Josh Freeman era in Tampa Bay. The switch to Mike Glennon also signified the end of the Mike Glennon era in TB. The Bucs take the QB that many feel is the best in this draft if Teddy Bridgewater. So far, in 2013, Bridgewater has passed for 1,214 yards, 14TD’s and 1Int. He is succeeding against lesser competition than some of the other high profile QB’s in this draft but he also has not struggled at any time.

4. Oakland Raiders: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

This is not the Al Davis run Raiders anymore but that does not mean that the Raiders are going to do what everyone thinks they should with the fourth pick in the draft. The good news is Oakland will get an entire season to see if Terrell Pryor is the answer at QB before deciding what to do with this pick. I do not think he’s as talented as some of the QB’s coming out that play his style but with a year in the NFL under his belt, the Raiders will be happy to stick with him as they continue to build. With that said, this pick will be spent to bolster their defense, as Oakland takes Anthony Barr. Barr has just one sack this year but he has five tackles for a loss. After 13.5 sacks LY, he could already be playing on Sunday’s.

5. New York Jets: Marquis Lee WR, USC

The Jets enter Week 5 with the second best defense in the NFL, so this draft should be about the offensive side of the football. With more than a few possible franchise QB’s left on the board, could the J-E-T-S JETS, JETS, JETS actually take one? If Geno Smith does not get any better in a "what have you done for me lately" league, they could but it’s likely to be a weapon for him instead. That weapon is likely to be the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, Marquis Lee. Teams love his explosive speed and big-play potential. Despite the poor QB at USC, Lee is arguably the top receiver in college football. Lee also seems to also have survived what looked to be a potentially devastating knee injury, which he suffered on a punt return vs. Arizona St. last Sat. He was carted off the field but there is no ligament damage. He will be a nice addition for Geno Smith and WR Stephen Hill.

6. Minnesota Vikings: Taj Boyd, QB Clemson

The Vikings got a nice win on the pitch across the pond on Sunday as they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. They did so with Matt Cassell playing QB and need I remind anybody that while he looked good Sunday, he’s not anyone’s long-term answer. Neither is the guy he was filling in for, the injured Christian Ponder. I keep going back and forth on this one between Taj Boyd and Marcus Mariota. This week it is Boyd. He has 994 passing yards (9 less than Mariota) 9 TD's with no INT's (same as Mariota) and additional 159 yards (136 less than Mariota) and 4 TD’s (1less) on the ground. His completion percentage is 64 percent, or five percent higher than Mariota’s. The thought of Adrian Peterson running out of a pistol read option, or similar type of offense already has NFC North defensive coordinators looking for jobs.

7. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon

Part of the reason I went with Boyd in Minnesota was because this was too easy to pass up. Michael Vick is thriving in Chip Kelly’s offense, it’s just a shame they cannot stop anyone. This means they should be taking Louis Nix or a linebacker here—-but they won’t. Why not build up the NFL’s second ranked offense and leave the 32nd defense to fend for themselves. Mariota and Kelly reunite and the Eagles still will not be able to stop anyone next season.

8. Buffalo Bills: Bradley Robey, CB Ohio State

The Bills picked off Joe Flacco five times last Sunday, which means they do not need any help in the secondary, or on the defense period—right——wrong. That’s just how bad Flacco and the Ravens offense were, as the Bills won 23-20. Many prognosticators have Bradley Robey heading to Bills and I do not disagree. He did not play well vs. Wisconsin but Jadeveon Clowney seems to be getting a season pass on poor play at times. Robey is a Playmaker with elite speed, quickness, and breaking ability. 

9. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M

The Browns won for the second consecutive week, this time against AFC North favorite, Cincinnatti. They did so with third string QB Brian Hoyer once again, as TE Jordan Cameron continues to shine. No matter how well Hoyer does, the Browns will take a Manziel type of signal caller with their first pick in the first round. It is not likely this regime will be duped, as previous Browns front offices have into thinking that the backup QB is the savior. In my opinion, Johnny Football leads the Heisman race and why shouldn’t he with almost 1,500 passing yards, another 314 on the ground and 17 total touchdowns. The Cleveland faithful will love his rock-n-roll persona, which is appropriate for the city that is home to the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame.

10. Carolina Panthers: Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

The Panthers are a surprising third in the NFL running the football but last when it comes to passing offense. Cam Newton has been sacked 10 times, a number that would likely be amongst the leaders if not for his ability to scramble out of trouble. It is hard to believe but Jordan Gross will be finishing his 11h season in the NFL and Newton will need to have faith in a blindside protector. Jake Matthews continues to show each week protecting Johnny Manziel that he is the best OT in the draft and Carolina gets a gift as he falls to 10.

11. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

If Sam Bradford continues to falter, I would not be surprised to see the Rams trade one of, if not both of these picks to snag one of the above quarterbacks. The run on Tackles starts, as the Rams need one to play opposite Jake Long. With Rodger Saffold likely to be elsewhere next season, Taylor Lewan slides in quite nicely. One scout describes Lewan as an “excellent athlete for the tackle position. Well put together. Long, strong and stout against rushers. Very athletic and is great getting to the second level. Smooth, quick kick slide in pass protection.” 

12. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama

The Steelers need as much help on the offensive line as any team in recent draft history. Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 15 times and suffered an additional 22 QB hits through 4 games. The Steelers are 29th rushing the ball this season. How desperate is Pittsburgh, they traded for OT Levi Brown from Arizona today. According to Mark Sessler of NFL.com, Mike Adams has been a turnstile this season and needs to be replaced, but anyone watching Cardinals film has seen Brown pop off the screen– as a massive liability. Brown was flamed by Rams pass rusher Robert Quinn in the season opener, and was equally horrible vs. the Saints in Week 3. Fifty-nine offensive tackles currently grade higher on the field this season than does Brown, per Pro Football Focus. To make a long paragraph short, Cyrus Kouandjio will feel needed in the Steel City.

13. St. Louis Rams: Louis Nix III, DL Notre Dame

The Rams have issues in the backfield, as they possess the worst rushing attack in the league– but solid RB’s can be had in the second and third rounds. They also cannot stop the run, ranking 30th in NFL in run defense. Jeff Fisher will want a receiver to compliment Tavon Austin and Mike Evans would fit well here but Louis Nix III is a far better option at this point. Nix is the top DL in the draft. He is a great nose tackle prospect who is powerful and strong. He has good speed for his size and the Rams need him in a division that has two teams currently ranked in the top 8 in the NFL in rushing.

14. Arizona Cardinals: Kyle Van Noy, OLB BYU

The Cardinals have needs at QB and running back. Carson Palmer is not getting any younger and their rushing attack ranks 26th in the NFL. Arizona isn’t bad on defense, ranking 14th in the NFL but their pass defense could use some help. Conventional wisdom says to generate a better pass rush, as the Cards do possess some playmakers in the secondary. Look for BYU standout Kyle Van Noy to move up draft boards, as the season progresses. He is an explosive pass rusher with sprinter speed and athleticism. Has the quickness and elusiveness to beat his man inside and out. He is also a big hitter and never quits on a play. This season he has 16 tackles, 5 TFL and 1 sack. He also has six QB hurries and 3 PD.

15. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Chargers can score points and gain yards almost as much as they surrender them. This will BE a pick to bolster their defense and you can take your pick, as to which part of it you would like to bolster. Verrett could be the top CB in the draft once the season ends and SD could use him—probably next week when they play Oakland. Ranked 29th vs. the pass, the Chargers pass defense is not likely to improve with receivers such as Mike Wallace, AJ Green, Victor Cruz, as well as Denver’s formidable trio left on the schedule this season.

16. Detroit Lions: CJ Mosley, LB Alabama

DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch have turned in decent seasons thus far. Moseley would be a great addition behind a stout Lions front line. According to Mel Kiper, Mosley is gifted in coverage, and has the all-around versatility that will make him an appealing linebacker in any scheme. He flies to the ball and makes a ton of plays; now he simply needs to get a bit stronger and show the leverage against the run. However, on the weak side, he gets through blocks and chases everything down (or just beats people to the ball).

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17. Tennessee Titans: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

The Titans bolstered the interior of their line last offseason, so it is likely they continue to do build by beefing up on the outside. Starting tackles, Michael Roos and David Stewart, are 30 and 31 years old, respectively and both have voidable years on their contracts upcoming, too. Erving has good instincts and should only get better with experience. Blocking for famous Jameis Winston will help his mobility develop for the next level.

18. Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M

Evans was amazing vs. Alabama. The Chiefs defense looks great so far, in 2013, so it is possible Andy Reid will look to get Dwayne Bowe a partner and Alex Smith another weapon. Evans will be that guy for a team that just misses the playoffs this season despite starting 3-0. Johnny Football’s favorite target is averaging nearly 144 yards per game this season.

19. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Tuitt would be a good get for the Bears here. Placing him on the opposite end of Julius Peppers would be a good match for Chicago. The Bears may also elect to take a TE if Marc Trestman wants to continue to build his offense.

20. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis) Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson

Rumors are flying that the Browns may elect to go after Ben Tate from Houston. They will also be able to draft a quality running back in the second round. Sammy Watkins will be a perfect fit for a team looking to change their offense to a more up tempo scheme and if they do indeed draft a Johnny Manziel, Taj Boyd or Marcus Mariota, then Watkins makes perfect sense.

21. Baltimore Ravens: (10-6).Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

Ed Dickson has been a bust this season, as the Ravens offense seems to suffer a little more each week without a quality TE like Dennis Pitta. Dickson is in his contract year and likely to be elsewhere in 2014. Placing Seferian-Jenkins and Pitta together in 2014 would allow the Ravens to have the offense they wanted in 2013 and the duo could grow to become a poor man’s equivalent of a Rob Gronkowski-Aaron Hernandez combination

22. Dallas Cowboys: (10-6) Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Nothing but huge upside here. His drop has nothing to do with his play but everything to do with how the Redskins are going to finish since I had St. Louis taking him with their pick. Mack may not be worth drafting as high as that pick may end up for the Rams. He is good but he’s raw. Monty Kiffin would love to have his pass rushing talent in Dallas.

23. Miami Dolphins: Antonio Richardson, OT Tennessee

The Dolphins are 3-0 and believe that Ryan Tannehill is their franchise QB. With that’s said and Jake Long no longer there, the Fins will look to snag a franchise tackle to protect Tannehill. Richardson is a solid pass protector and has good balance. An entire year blocking in the SEC may have him challenging for a higher selection in May’s draft.

24. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Van Noy, OLB BYU

With seven sacks through three games, the Falcons are still struggling to rush the passer. Van Noy recorded 13 sacks in 2012 and has one sack and five QB hurries in 2013.

25. New England Patriots: Ra'shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota 

Vince Wilfork is not getting any younger and Bill Belichick loves size up front. At 6-6, 315 pounds Hageman fits the bill for what Belichick wants in his defensive lineman.

26. Green Bay Packers: James Hurst OT North Carolina

Aaron Rodgers was sacked a total of 51 times in 2012 – more than any other NFL quarterback was – and 55 times if you count the playoffs. It eclipsed his previous record of 50 sacks in 2009 and brings his five-year total as a starter to 202. Enter Hurst, or at least another offensive lineman. Hurst handled Jadeveon Clowney pretty well. There are several guards who have been bumped out of the first round because of skill position needs ( David Yawkey & possibly Cyril Richardson) and GB may select one of them but Hurst would be a better option here.

27. Houston Texans: Trent Murphy, OLB Stanford

Whitney Mercilus was an excellent addition to Wade Phillips 3-4 last year. Brooks Reed is also a strong contributor on the other side but he will be a FA 2015. Murphy is a strong pass rusher and should be able to play in the 3-4. he can split time with Reed to start and then replace him when Reed becomes a free agent. .

28. New Orleans Saints: Adrian Hubbard, LB Alabama

Coming from Nick Saban to Rob Ryan will be an easy adjustment for Hubbard. Saban expects a lot out of his linebackers and so does Ryan. Another member of the loaded Alabama defense, Hubbard could bulk up to 265 or so and give N.O a little help as a pass-rushing end or he can stand up and play just fine in Ryan’s hybrid 3-4 scheme.

29. Cincinnatti Bengals: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

Roberson is an All-American talent with the skills necessary to step in and play immediately. The trade between the Browns and Colts may make Roberson a real god value pick here, if he is still available.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Colt Lyerla, TE Oregon

What could make the Niners pistol read option offense even more unstoppable and potent, how about having a dangerous dual TE threat similar to what the Patriots employed with Gronk and Hernandez. Scary thought isn’t it. With NFL teams actively seeking Gronk- and Graham-esque flex tight ends, why not grab a tight end that is so flexible that his team occasionally lines him up at tailback?

31. Denver Broncos: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

Would be a scary thing to see Von Miller (possibly) and Sutton play together on a Broncos defense that seems to be doing just fine without Miller. Sutton was contained by Wisconsin’s massive offensive line Saturday but he is not the first and he will not be the last NFL prospect a Badger O-Line slowed down for a Sat afternoon.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU

This is a great pick for the Seahawks. For his career, Johnson has played in 27 games with six starts … Has 52 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks to his credit. He has good speed (Runs at 4.7 40-yard dash despite weighing 295 pounds) and he is good at pressuring the quarterback or plugging a gap against the run. Sounds like a perfect fit (if he’s available) for a team currently willing to employ, as many speed defensive front seven players to chase down Colin Kaepernick for years to come. It is obvious with the Hawks last two wins over San Fran that their defense currently owns the upper hand over Kaepernick and his pistol read option offense. Johnson has been nursing a sore shoulder since the season-opener against TCU, but he seems determined to play through it.

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