Posted September 24, 2013

2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Ryan Shazier leads the Buckeyes with 28 tackles through four games.

Ryan Shazier leads the Buckeyes with 28 tackles through four games. (Jay LaPrete/AP)

17. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

As trade rumors swirl around current Cleveland receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little, the possibility of landing both a top-flight QB and an elite WR should have Browns fans feeling giddy. Don’t be surprised if Evans winds up being the most productive 2014 wide receiver.

18. Detroit Lions: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

The Lions have received pretty steady contributions from DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch so far this year. Shazier could fill the remaining void as a steady, reliable, athletic tackler behind Detroit’s stalwart defensive line.

19. Green Bay Packers: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Packers locked in Morgan Burnett at safety for the next few years. The situation alongside him is far less settled. Clinton-Dix could put an end to all the headaches. He had 37 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass break-ups last season and seems to be an even more well-rounded player in 2013.

20. Baltimore Ravens: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

The Ravens are learning each and every week how much the loss of Dennis Pitta hurts their offense. Ed Dickson has not been much help in the passing attack, and Dallas Clark is clearly on his last legs. Put Seferian-Jenkins on the field with Pitta in 2014, and the Ravens will have their own version of the Gronkowski-Hernandez duo.

21. San Francisco 49ers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

The 49ers spent the preseason trying to piece together their cornerback depth chart — they signed Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason, then twice added Eric Wright. They could use an influx of young talent there, and the physical Ekpre-Olomu has shown himself to be a playmaker in Oregon’s secondary.

22. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Mack’s stock shot through the roof with a strong season-opening performance against Ohio State (nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown). Though undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu has been a pleasant surprise for the Falcons thus far, they could use a disruptive force outside.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

The way this mock has fallen, there are still a number of talented WRs out there: Paul Richardson, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief and Brandon Coleman, to name a few. The 6-foot-3 Matthews might be the best of the bunch, with his ability to play all over the field and clear knack for finding soft spots in coverage.

24. Miami Dolphins: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

Nix would be an absolute steal down here — the safe money is on the hulking Notre Dame interior lineman being a top-15 pick when all is said and done. The Dolphins need to start planning for the future up front, with a frustrated Randy Starks playing on a franchise tag and Paul Soliai set to hit free agency.

25. Dallas Cowboys: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

Defensive tackle run! It’s been a tough start to the 2013 season for Sutton, who added more than 10 pounds in the offseason. He still has the talent to be a first-round pick, though, and the Cowboys could use some more interior bodies for their new 4-3. Current starter Jason Hatcher’s contract is up at the end of 2013.

26. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

A bit of a luxury pick for the deep Bengals, the talented Verrett could give them arguably the league’s best group of corners — Leon Hall, 2012 first-rounder Dre Kirkpatrick, Terence Newman and Adam Jones are there already. Newman, 35 and with one year left on his deal, will require a replacement soon.

UNC's Eric Ebron described his speed as 'illegal.'

UNC’s Eric Ebron described his speed as ‘illegal.’ (Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

27. Chicago Bears: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

“It looks illegal. It looks like it shouldn’t be on the field, but it is.” That’s how the 6-4, 254-pound Ebron described his speed to the News and Observer. The junior has 13 catches for 200 yards so far in 2013, and his ability to challenge defenses over the middle would make for a deadly combo alongside Martellus Bennett.

28. New England Patriots: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

The Patriots utilize both 3-4 and 4-3 fronts (as a lot of teams do these days). Tuitt has been a dominant force at end in the Irish’s 3-4 look, but he appears to have the mix-and-match versatility that would work well with a shifting front. Vince Wilfork, 32 and with one year left on his contract, is not going to be around forever.

29. Houston Texans: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Hard to ignore the momentum Gordon has generated over the first four weeks of the season, in rushing for 624 yards and seven TDs with an 11.8 yards-per-carry average. With Ben Tate likely to leave next offseason for a No. 1 gig elsewhere, the Texans will be in the market for another Arian Foster sidekick.

30. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

The Saints have learned the rather painful lesson that you never can have enough linebacker depth, especially in a 3-4 formation. Van Noy probably needs to fill out to really thrive on the outside as a 3-4 guy, but his knack for finding the ballcarrier in the backfield would play well in Rob Ryan’s aggressive defense.

31. Seattle Seahawks: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

The Seahawks used a 2013 fifth-round pick on TE Luke Willson. Lyerla’s way, way better. There is very little the Ducks’ star cannot do on offense, and coming from that Oregon system would put him ahead of the curve in Seattle’s attack.

32. Denver Broncos: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

Another member of the loaded Alabama defense, Hubbard could help take some heat off Von Miller at linebacker, or he could bulk up to 265 or so and give Denver a little help as a pass-rushing end.


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63 comments
chrismurf1
chrismurf1

Falcons have no oline and no dline.  No way they take a linebacker unless 1990 Ken Norton Jr. surfaces

AlexRicker
AlexRicker

I don't think the Raiders will be picking #2 ... top 5 sure, but not #2, so Clowney won't be heading there. Just as long as they are range of a top QB so they can trade down and pick up more assets.

Sicko123
Sicko123

OH No All The Way Down To #2 for Clowney I guess he is stock is "Falling" *Sarcasm* lol

When you actually have TALENT people will deal with and over look a lot of your flaws and with Clowney the talent overshadows the Flaws!

JoshKnepshield
JoshKnepshield

Marcus Mariota is a beast and he is playing. What are you talking about? He is better than Hunley and he is a top 5 prospect.

will moffatt
will moffatt

How can you have Roby in the top ten too with his problems this past offseason? No one drafts a DB in the top ten with off field issues, learn the history. 

will moffatt
will moffatt

This mock lost all respect when you have Marcus going third overall. His a good football player in all but his a version of Kaepernick and he is not playing well.  Hunley is the best UCLA prospect at QB since Aikman, there is no way even if the Bucs would take a QB would take Marcus over Hunley, Boyd, or Carr. 

blaker73
blaker73

i am a big 10 fan, but Jadeveon Clowney is by far the best player to come out in years.

blaker73
blaker73

5 qb's in the first 10 picks no way, wont be 5 in the whole first round.

John4
John4

Grant - never said he did.  The article stated that Marcus Mariota would be the obvious choice (but probably won't be available this late).  Then the article said that Johnny Manziel played an offense in High School similar to what Kelly runs.  Try reading the article.  Then commence with your idiotic comments.

GrantMatthewWarner
GrantMatthewWarner

Johnny Manziel never played for Chip Kelly... Get facts straight.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Cant wait till the 2020 mock draft comes out soon 

seaj253
seaj253

Money! That is who every Seahawks die hard wants. Lyerla would look sick in the Hawks offense!!!

yadda71
yadda71

You don't have Keith Price in the first round? That's a problem. 

RicoSpilaggio
RicoSpilaggio

I'll take Johnny Football over any of those other QB's, 

Drew92410
Drew92410

The fact that he has a QB being selected with 4 of the first 5 picks should indicate how little this guy knows about the recent history of the NFL Draft and the transition from college to the NFL. The 2012 draft was one of the most talented drafts for QBs in history, yet only 4 were taken in the entire 1st round. And this guy believes that 4 will be taken with the first 5 picks in this draft? Ok then.....

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Why don't you just list the Best college prospects in order its just silly no Stupid to think some of those teams will finish even close to those slots.. You are looking like a dolt thinking some of those teams will draft those players. You have the internet take advantage of it, who knows better about a team than a die hard fan... ask them what their team needs.. I promise you your draft selection would look a lot better and people will think you know something about football.

PhilsEagles6ers
PhilsEagles6ers

A little early for a mock draft, but as an Eagles fan you have to look forward to the next Franchise QB

ColinKing
ColinKing

All you say this is a waste of time, and yet took the time to read it....smh

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Mock draft after 3 games, WOW you guys with this mock draft are good

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Wow. There is REALLY nothing else to write about is there?

2001mark
2001mark

Mock NFL draft in Sept?  lols... that's a clown posting bro.

Seriously though, keep the eligible player rankings - just kick any team rankings away until at least Dec.  You can easily add 'which teams need him most' tags under every single player.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

I like Ted's pocket poise and decision-making (UL), but so far it's been quiz-time (competition).

Still largely a disconnect here between college excellence at the QB spot and professional play (NFL).  Kaep crams to catch up on D-read, former fleet-of-foot RG3 may never be same, Tebow & Young are outta’ the game and injury-plagued Michael hangs on.

The savvy GM (and draft prognosticator) digs deeper in future NFL draft pools for the vanishing breed of pocket passer, preferably with mobility, rather than spend a high-RD pick on another run-QB development project (Manziel, Boyd, Mariota, Hundley), whose ‘athleticism’ won’t often enough set him apart in a business where speed is prevalent.

ackpffft
ackpffft

This seems like a waste of time.

CokaCokaCoh
CokaCokaCoh

Mock draft in September? Why not fire off a couple more mocks for 2015 and 2016? They'll be just as relevant.

goosegeese
goosegeese

Colt Lyerla was out last week and no one knows why; might have been due to stomach flu, might have been disciplinary. That could be something to watch with him.

Jim21
Jim21

Wow, already a SECOND mock draft and we are barely 3 games into the NFL season... Can we at least wait until the draft order is in before speculating on where these guys will end up?

MarkD99
MarkD99

Buffalo takes a cornerback. 

metalhead65
metalhead65

the bucs are not drafting a qb with their pick. even if the regime that picked him is not here he has not been given a chance yet to see if he was worth the pick they made in him. you don't just throw away a pick like him without seeing if he is any good or not. and the browns pick from the colts will not be before the 20th pick at the earliest.

rick259g
rick259g

CJ Mosley for the Giants?  I know the Giants are starvin' for LBs, but this guy was suppose to follow Johnny football and they scored 42 points? Sounds like he's fit right in to what the G-Man are doing now.  No thanks!

dtfgfyuigfij93
dtfgfyuigfij93

@blaker73 sorry im an sec fan but what has clowney done this year? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, and his work ethic is horrible AT BEST.

John4
John4

@seaj253 If Lyerla is so good - which he is - then why would he last to 31?  He won't.  

The_Sports_Dude
The_Sports_Dude

@Drew92410 Take it with a grain of salt.  Being that we're only in week 4 of the NFL and college football, it's a lot easier to see QB holes in the worst NFL teams and which college QBs project to be prospects.  It's a given that some offensive/defensive linemen and other defensive players will shoot up the draftboards, but it usually takes a season's body of work and/or combine performance to happen.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

@ColinKing How do you know? The title of the article tells anyone all they need to know without reading the whole thing...

mjhellund
mjhellund

@KeysSteven Aaron Murray is clearly a better passer than any of the QBs on this list.

John4
John4

@CokaCokaCoh No, the mock for 2014 is coming into focus.  The 2015 and 2016 drafts (and their mocks) have too many variables at this time.  

Wil_Myers_Rays_Savior
Wil_Myers_Rays_Savior

@metalhead65 Yes they are, Freeman is a POS, and Glennon is more inconsistent and incompetent than Free. Mariota doesn't fit the system, so I'd lean more towards Boyd

penguinfarmer
penguinfarmer

Because Mosley is supposed to be covering Mike Evans?  You're a moron.  Mosley is one of the best case scenarios for the Giants.

coreyb333
coreyb333

@dtfgfyuigfij93 @blaker73  If Clowney sat on the bench the rest of the year he would still be the top player in this year's draft. You must be a Georgia fan.

dtfgfyuigfij93
dtfgfyuigfij93

@jjstrokes35 @yadda71 you're an idiot im no washington fan but he's UNDERRATED idk what you're smoking, if anything braxton, mariotta, and manziel are BY FAR the most overrated

Matthew W
Matthew W

@The_Sports_Dude @Drew92410  

 True....the writer was up against a deadline and had to come up with something in a hurry when he had nothing to write about. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@mjhellund @KeysSteven Murray is a hell of a player and by the end of the season he will probably have re-written several SEC passing records, but he is going to run into that stigma against smaller QBs. Manziel is smaller, but he compensates with mobility.