Posted February 18, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1: Adjusting for Marcus Mariota’s decision to return to school

NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014

23. Dallas Cowboys: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

For the Cowboys, who have not gotten what they hoped they would from Bruce Carter this season, this pick might feel like a steal. Shazier is undersized compared to the prototypical 4-3 OLB, but he gets to the football over and over again.

24. Cleveland Browns — via Indianapolis: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Swapped in a QB at the Browns’ top-10 pick, so the earlier choice of Tajh Boyd here is now null and void. Instead, the Browns address their need for another WR to work with Josh Gordon. Lee has not had a terrific last season at USC, but he remains a big-play threat.

25. Cincinnati Bengals: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

In paying Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, the Bengals all but assured that DE Michael Johnson would leave via free agency this summer. And in drafting Beasley, they would uncover a cheaper and possibly as-productive replacement.

26. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The 49ers have been searching for corner help since the offseason, which explains moves to add Nnamdi Asomugha (later waived) and Eric Wright. Verrett does not have top-end size at the position, but he’s demonstrated shutdown abilities throughout his career.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

A wholly underrated player who has produced all season despite being one of the few viable options on Penn State’s offense. At 6-3 and 210 pounds, he can play a physical game and go up to get the football. He’s also proven himself adept at turning short passes into big gains, either via play call or by making defenders miss. That would work well with Alex Smith’s capabilities.

28. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman plays smaller than his 300-pound frame would indicate, but it’s that size that would up his value for a New England team that lost Vince Wilfork and then traded for Isaac Sopoaga this season. The Patriots covet guys who can both anchor and press into the backfield from the DT spot, and Hageman has those traits.

29. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vandy

Not nearly enough attention has been paid yet to the second tier of receivers in this class — guys like Matthews, Jared Abbrederis, Tevin Reese or Jeremy Gallon who are destined to be productive pros. Matthews may not burn a lot of defenses deep, but he’s an ultra-reliable receiver at all areas of the field. He could complement Steve Smith now, then take over for him down the line.

30. New Orleans Saints: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

Considered really going for broke with someone like Oregon RB DeAnthony Thomas here — he’d be the eventual replacement for Darren Sproles, who has one year left on his contract and has battled injuries in 2013. But the line, particularly in relation to RT Zach Strief, needs a boost. Richardson, though a tad raw, does his best work as a pass-blocker — no small note, given Drew Brees’ presence in New Orleans.

31. Denver Broncos:  Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Champ Bailey and Quentin Jammer in the CB rotation, the Broncos could stand to get younger there. There is not much of a gap, if any, between the four CBs already taken and Gilbert. He’s a well-built corner who does not hesitate to fly up in run support.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

The rich get richer. Amaro’s in the midst of a huge year with the Red Raiders (98 catches for 1,240 yards), and he would absolutely devastate defenses up the seams in Seattle’s efficient offense. Zach Miller has done a serviceable job as Seattle’s tight end, but Amaro would represent a step up at that position.


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59 comments
rmccafferty
rmccafferty

This entire mock draft it stupid.  There is a post on today's SI that the Cowboys won a coin toss with the Ravens for the #16 pick, with the loser of the flip apparently getting the #17 pick.  This mock has the cowboys at 23 and the ravens at 18.

rodmccrimmon
rodmccrimmon

No way possible Bears pass over a guy like Tuitt.  No chance.

robhinnenkamp
robhinnenkamp

Hurts your credibility when you put a guy in the top 10 coming off a torn ACL.  You get paid for this????

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

hey SI, for jacksonville= WRONG. I can see Oakland drafting Manziel with their pick

LeslieHoerwinkle
LeslieHoerwinkle

Not a great year for QBs. Lot of teams will be paying big bucks for projects.

MikeWatley
MikeWatley

Lions are on record saying that they are looking to draft bigger/faster DB. A 5'8 DB contradicts that. If the top two CB isn't there they'll draft the best Wr available.

JohnMatuszak
JohnMatuszak

Raiders need o-line help for McGloin but Johnny Kegger would be interesting

Dunedin51
Dunedin51

The way QB's have gone down this season, for most teams being able to protect them should be a priority either through the OL or being able to run the ball effectively to slow down the pass rushers

CjReidClayon
CjReidClayon

Joyner to the Lions............................idk what to say to that.....I mean....practically drafting a player to play back up, in the first round...

SamuelArchila
SamuelArchila

The Texans are losing Ben Tate to free agency. So bridgewater wont be working with him because the Texans cap space wont allow them to pay 2 RB's

Dustin3
Dustin3

The Cowboys need a DT or DE in the worse way. Yeah, Carter hasn't lived up to expectations to date, but still, OLB is less than a need than the D-line.

PaulS
PaulS

Add to the list of 5' 8" corners the Lions have drafted in the past 20 years.  Greaaaaat.

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

Why isn't there a gold standard for all mock drafts?  Someone at SI, Fox or ESPN needs to contact the best beat writer for each team and get their opinion on who they think that team will draft.  They must be real about where other guys will likely get drafted.  Communicate back and forth and release a realistic Mock.

Michael193
Michael193

Will Sutton from ASU will be a first rounder, if he makes it to 32 the hawks will snatch him up

amorosotom
amorosotom

Where the heck is Jordan Lynch? He's breaking all records. This QB is the diamond in the rough. Team that gets him will enjoy years of "Tom Brady" type gloating. 

AaronThigpen
AaronThigpen

Pretty sure the Packers drafting 16th is unbelievably too high. 

Iplaywithfire
Iplaywithfire

Wow, just the thought of being drafted by the Browns and the QB got injured.  I guess you have to do what you have to do not to be a Brown.

FLYanksFan
FLYanksFan

This is pretty stupid with 4 games to go.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Hoping the Jets and Giants draft OL in this years draft.........

GaloofvonDorkmeister
GaloofvonDorkmeister

Apparently Burke doesn't know about the rules regarding the Draft Order.

He lists three NFC teams as 29, 30 and 32.

The Superbowl winner gets 32 and the loser gets 31.

The Conference game losers get 29 and 30.

So apparently Burke believes that Carolina or New Orleans will swap to the AFC before the end of the 2013 season.


tomcount047
tomcount047

Browns need to draft Marquis Lee, then trade Weeden and Colts first pick to Washington for Kirk

Cousins.  I'd rather have McCarrons' girlfriend than McCarron, Carr, or Metzenberger. 

jlaspence
jlaspence

re Mettenberger

He had one mediocre season and you have him going in the first round?  Ever seen him interviewed?  He makes the hillbillies from Deliverance seem like a colony of Rhodes scholars.  Add to that his history of off-field behaviour problems, relative lack of success at LSU (by their standards), and now a torn ACL.   The Browns are under new, smarter management (finally), the ditching of Richardson for a #1 pick being but one example.   The days when the Browns draft someone just because they're really, really tall and went to LSU are over.  Lombardi was with the Raiders when they drafted a really, really big LSU quarterback #1 named JaMarcus Russell.  That's how Lombardi ended up as a commentator on the NFL Network trading bon mots with Warren Sapp.  He doesn't want to go back to that (who would).    In what will probably be the deepest pool of quarterbacking talent in NFL draft history (even without Mariota), "Jethro" Mettenberger isn't going to be drafted in the 1st round by the Browns or anybody else for that matter.   It says here that he won't be drafted in any round.

jaxjaggywires
jaxjaggywires

Re-adjusted for Mariota...now you need to adjust for Mettenberger tearing his ACL.  Was too high at #7 in the first place, now WAY too high.

JubJub
JubJub

Didn't even get past the headline of this one.  Mock drafts this early are a complete waste of time.  

DeeEmm1
DeeEmm1

Buyer beware on Derek Carr. 2nd rounder at best IMO, I say mid 3rd.

RPbeer
RPbeer

I realize that you had to quickly reassemble this Mock Draft after Mariota's decision, but there is Zero chance that the Bucs take a WR in the first round. Please reference Mike Williams' new contract.

paulescalera075
paulescalera075

I would, it will keep the gravy train going!If the Texans win against Jacksonville washington will be dead last.because washington will most likely lose to the chiefs.and the rams pick at #11 as of now.if I was the rams I would trade down twice like they did to get brockers,pick up the best corner back and safety.and hopefully pick up and extra rd2 and next year rd 1.snead will do us proud again.

Frotoon
Frotoon

Rams will trade down. Bank on it.

paulescalera075
paulescalera075

Jacksonville doesn't have the 2nd pick for now washington(rams) do.

HeisManziel
HeisManziel

It would really hurt to see Manziel get drafted to Oakland. Basically a death sentence for a QB. Haha. As a huge fan of Manziel he needs to go to a team with a stable but aged QB that will be a good mentor for, at the most, two years. 

Roy1
Roy1

This probably coming from one those media types who said the Browns should trade Josh Gordon at the deadline for a 2nd round draft pick.  LOL.  Mettenberger at #7, pshaw!

Roy1
Roy1

Zach Mettenberger #7 overall.  Really?  Mettenberger was a solid LSU QB, the best since.... JaMarcus Russell.  Please Cleveland, don't pick Mettenberger.  Rather Brian Hoyer or Jason Campbell than Mettenberger.  But I will take him over Weeden!

mjhellund
mjhellund

Clowney has Albert Haynesworth diseadse. None of those QBs will ever be any good. Aaron Murray will play as long as he wants in the NFL. He's bigger than Drew Brees and has as good an arm, easily. Manziel will be the second coming of Sanchez. Hero in his own mind.

Cool
Cool

Clowney going second in the draft?  Laughable, but somehow probably true.. the team that gets him will forever regret the decision.  

John4
John4

@JohnMatuszak Johnny Kegger?  So he's a typical college student?  Don't ALL college students enjoy a good kegger?  

John4
John4

@Michael193 I agree.  His play and production are NFL worthy.  He'll be gone by the end of the first round.  

John4
John4

@AaronThigpen In a normal year, yes.  In 2013, their record will give them a pick around 16.

gyffesme
gyffesme

@Iplaywithfire HA! Poor Mettenberger. I think it'll work out for him: he'll fall a round and get taken by someone able to let him heal and learn.. where he might not be sacked into unconciousness in the process (David Carr, meet Geno Smith..)

John4
John4

@FLYanksFan why is is pretty stupid?  You can easily see where most Non playoff teams will end, (within a game plus or minus).

gyffesme
gyffesme

@FLYanksFan heck, some run these starting before the season begins.. this is practically LATE.

John339
John339

At the risk of sounding foolish or looking like a genius two years from now. I think Derek Carr may be the next Aaron Rodgers. I say to the Browns: get him at all costs!

gyffesme
gyffesme

@JubJub And yet you felt the need to click the link and comment. Apparently, you love wasting time.

amorosotom
amorosotom

@DeeEmm1 Is David Carr his brother?  The Texans got burned on that number one draft. Just saying if genes are any indication. 

Keats1821
Keats1821

Agreed. I would think in this situation they would try to trade out to someone wanting a QB. Should they want to strengthen the offensive side of the ball they might want a TE before a WR. Trouble is, their offense minimizes the TE role.

GaryStewart
GaryStewart

@paulescalera075  for sure the rams will trade out. if no one trades with them and thats not likely to happen (too many teams want a qb) but assuming it goes with the number 1 2 or 3 pick they will probably take jake matthews of course if wash wins a few and the pick drops maybe they wind up with anthony barr either way having to picks in the top 12 or so is still a great position even if they dont trade out the trade out of the rg3 pick just keeps on giving.

amorosotom
amorosotom

@HeisManziel I remember John Elway was the first draft pick to publicly say he would not go to a specific team. Everyone thought he was an arrogant prima donna. Come to find out, he made the right decision. Archie Manning's career was  destroyed by being the Saints QB. No protection, no running game. Just pure hell for a legendary Ole Miss quarterback. 

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@Cool Agreed. I just hope another team keeps the Falcons from making this mistake.