Posted February 28, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0

2014 NFL Draft Primer, NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014

17. Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.

In the same vein as Gilbert, Lewan’s combine effort could make it tough to let him linger on the board this long. As mentioned above, however, a few players are bound to tumble. Assuming the Ravens can retain either Eugene Monroe or Michael Oher (preferably the former), drafting Lewan would lock up their tackle spots.

Oh, and that nasty streak Lewan has been criticized for in the past? Seems to fit the Ravens’ mold, no?

18. New York Jets (8-8): Marqise Lee, WR, USC.

Is Lee still the No. 3 receiver in this class? It says here that he is, although the combine proved that he has plenty of competition. Given all those choices, the Jets should have no problem finding someone who can expand their options offensively. Now that he’s healthy again, it is not hard to see Lee making the leap into being a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver for a very, very long time.

19. Miami Dolphins (8-8): Zack Martin, G/T, Notre Dame.

For reasons off the field and on, Miami’s situation on the offensive line is in shambles. In fact, the Dolphins may commit multiple picks to their guard and tackle spots. Martin would offer them the versatility to bolster their situation either outside or inside. This would be a strong first step toward remaking the Miami front.

20. Arizona Cardinals (10-6): Dee Ford, DE/LB, Auburn.

As sensational as John Abraham was for the Cardinals last season, he’ll be 36 before training camp opens. Even if he’s on the field for all 16 games in 2014, this defense could use another threat off the edge. Ford did not work out at the combine because of a back-related “medical precaution,” but that did not stop him from proclaiming himself better than Clowney.

That’s not an opinion shared here, but Ford definitely can get to the QB.

21. Green Bay Packers (8-7-1): C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama.

Perhaps chalk this up to the lengthy pre-draft process, but it feels like Mosley has slipped out of the discussion a bit. That’s a mistake. He’s a legitimate plug-and-play starter on defense — a guy with the ability to chase down running backs or drop back into coverage. The Packers badly need to find some safety help somewhere, so Calvin Pryor may be near the top of the board. Mosley, though, is a value pick and a LB who could solidify the Packers’ linebacking corps.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville.

I realize “debaclefest” is not a word, but the Eagles’ current situation at safety is a debaclefest. They may get the expected rookie-year-to-Year-2 bump from Earl Wolff, but the need is there for another playmaker. Say hello to Pryor, whose smash-mouth style would make him an instant favorite in Philadelphia.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU.

What else do you want? Beckham ran a 4.43 official 40 time at the combine, then chalked up a 38.5-inch vertical jump. He can catch and run, burn defenses deep and outmuscle defenders for 50-50 balls. This is precisely the type of weapon Kansas City’s offense is missing.

24. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5):  Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech.

Injury issues behind him, Fuller has re-established himself as a legitimate first-round option at cornerback. He turned in a 4.49 40 time at the combine — not blazing fast but plenty good enough to keep his arrow pointing upward. The Bengals would love to be in position to pick between Fuller and Jason Verrett here. It’d be hard to go wrong either way.

25. San Diego Chargers (9-7):  Jason Verrett, CB, TCU.

Whichever guy the Bengals pass on would make sense here. Verrett is on the small side at 5-foot-9, but he also reminded everyone who asked at the combine that he covered much bigger receivers out wide during his TCU career. He may have a better chance to succeed in the slot as an NFL corner. Pigeon-holing him into just that spot would be a mistake.

26. Cleveland Browns — via Indianapolis (11-5): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt.

Mentioned above that the Browns could consider going after Sammy Watkins with that No. 4 pick. That Matthews, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin and other impressive receivers are sitting here at 26 highlights why they may wait to address this position.

Matthews ran a 4.46 40 at the combine, off a strong Senior Bowl. He caught 112 balls last season for Vanderbilt in spite of shaky QB play. Count on him to produce in the NFL.

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State.

Last year, the Saints scored with Kenny Vaccaro. This year, they might receive just as much of a boost in the secondary. Roby displayed his sensational athleticism at the combine, topping out with a 4.39 40 time. Although he should have been better in 2013, he was not as bad as the buzz around him may have led everyone to believe.

O-line or wide receiver could be intriguing options for the Saints here, too. But the tackle value simply is not there to reach given how Terron Armstead played late last season.

28. Carolina Panthers (12-4):  Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State.

The Panthers are in dire need of an offensive tackle or two on the heels of Jordan Gross’ decision to retire. Expect them to dip into free agency with aggressiveness, which would free them up to seek out a buddy for Cam Newton in the passing game. Cooks may have locked himself into Round 1 with his combine — his 4.33 40 blew away the field.

29. New England Patriots (12-4): Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri.

Not as high on Ealy as some others, but this is a Patriots prospect if I’ve ever seen one. Ealy has desired size at 6-4 and a little more than 270, plus he excelled in the three-cone drill, which is a favorite of this Patriots regime.

There might be more of a pressing need inside on the line — Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan or Minnesota Ra’Shede Hageman jump off the page a bit there. Ealy’s a tough prospect to get a handle on right now, so how he does at Missouri’s Pro Day and in individual workouts may determine his final standing.

30. San Francisco 49ers (12-4): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State.

The 49ers might lose Anquan Boldin to free agency, thus leaving them shy a physical fail-safe receiver on the outside who can go snatch Colin Kaepernick’s passes from DBs. Benjamin was inconsistent for the Seminoles, yet his 6-5, 244-pound frame (matched with a 4.53 40) falls right in line with what the 49ers crave at wide receiver.

31. Denver Broncos (13-3): Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State.

Just on how the board happened to fall, the Broncos land a top-20 talent at No. 31 overall. Jernigan stands only 6-2 and a little south of 300 pounds, leaving him shy of an ideal nose tackle build. He still could play there, if needed, or kick out a little wider into the three-technique hole.

“When you’ve got a guy that can play multiple positions and understand how to play multiple positions and has the ability to learn different schemes,” Jernigan said, “I feel like it can make any team better no matter what scheme it is.”

32. Seattle Seahawks (13-3): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech.

The rich get much richer. Amaro is a lethal weapon in the passing attack, plus he showed unexpected strength in the combine bench press. That’s important because it may mean Amaro is better equipped than expected to handle a blocking role in front of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson. And he already proved time and again at Texas Tech that he can shift out away from the line to smoke linebackers and safeties in the passing game.

Round 2

33. Houston Texans: Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame.
34. Washington Redskins: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State.
35. Cleveland Browns: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA.
36. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State.
37. Atlanta Falcons: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington.

Tuitt’s a value pick here — he should be a Round 1 guy, but a shaky 2013 coupled with an untimely foot injury could drive him down. Though the Redskins need help in the trenches and secondary, a Robinson-Pierre Garcon duo would be lethal. Su’a-Filo had a stellar combine and would slot in well on Cleveland’s underrated line. If Carr’s not off the board by pick No. 8, there could be a steep slide for him, which benefits the QB-needy Raiders in Round 2. Atlanta gets its Tony Gonzalez replacement and a guy who should aid the run game with his blocking.

86 comments
ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

no way cowboys draft back to back D lineman they will probably take another TE in the 1st round knowing them

mattmyers51
mattmyers51

browns didnt even interview manziel at the combine. i dont think they are interested in him. he is way over hyped

understand
understand

Chicago drafts a center with 2nd pick?  Gee, expert's pick here!

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Hope the RAIDERS wait until Next Season to Draft a QB cause they CANNOT afford to pass up on a Great Wide Out plus Special Teamer like WATKINS. The last Great WR they had was Tim Brown or Jerry Rice in their Old Age but with the other Wide Outs at OAK Watkins could slide in nicely as the #1 and give them a Formidable Receiving Core.

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

ERIC EBRON will be a BEAST at TE for whoever takes him, the Guy torched my CANES for 150+ Yards an a TD before they made adjustments at Halftime & unless they decide to Draft one of the Underrated Player's in Khalil Mack who SHOULD not slip past the BUC's since Lovie loves guys like him. Plus if E.J. Manuel is your guy give him some Targets mainly a Good TE that'll only get better.

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

I'm SO GLAD my EAGLES have a QB for the Future cause I don't Trust any of the QB's in this Year's Draft but I do think at least 1-2 will become a Good-Great Starter in the League but I just would not Reach. Like Jacksonville, if Clowney's is there or Teddy Bridgewater go for either though the JAGS will just end up back in the Top 5-7 Next Season.

The TEXANS/RAMS would be smart Teaming J.J. WATT or QUINN with CLOWNEY who'll Receive a lot less Double Teams then the other DE's will and Nab a QB in the Second. But I'd go with Brigdewater over Manziel,if I was HOUSTON. 

PurpleCity52
PurpleCity52

Manzeil will not go pass Jacksonville... If MJD leaves then Manzeil can throw and run for the Jags

Krivka
Krivka

Cleveland will not take Manziel with their first pick. If they don't trade down, they will take Watkins or Khalil Mack.  

Matthew W
Matthew W

"Though the Redskins need help in the trenches and secondary, a Robinson-Pierre Garcon duo would be lethal."

As lethal as possible with a gimpy QB that can't get them the ball, an O-line that can't block, and a Defense that can't stop anyone. Sure. Lethal. 


62. New England Patriots: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin has receivers? 

TrentHill
TrentHill

I pray to everything good and holy that the Raiders don't take Sammy Watkins.

ÉricMichelCarlson
ÉricMichelCarlson

Is this a joke? Broncos Take DT in the first two rounds.  We already have Knighton and last year's first round pick Sylvester.  Ya this makes sense,  lets have 4 DT's and no corner back or safety play besides DRC and an injured Moore and Harris.  

drudown
drudown

If the Lions actually drafted Mike Evans? Scary.


Despite his purport 40 time being "an issue," I predict Evans is going to get open as easily as Witten and Gates do. 


"That's why they play the game, Tom."

Matthew W
Matthew W

Drew Brees was taken in the 2nd round and he's had a decent career i guess. 


It goes to show you that there are still top level QBs available AFTER the first round. 



I think the Pats will take a TE with their 1st pick. With Glass Gronk on the sidelines more often than not and Aaron Mafia in jail....they desperately need to reinforce what use to be a major part of their offense.

pkrplaya
pkrplaya

terrible mock...ever heard of a smoke screen? of course mayhew isn't going to say a CB is his biggest need...he wants Gilbert bet on it. 

JarodCook
JarodCook

As a Browns fan there is no way they take Tim Tebow, correction I mean Johnny Manziel at #4. The rumors flying around are the Browns like Carr, and it would be a sever stretch to take him at #4. When he'll be there at #26 or maybe #35. If they stay put at #4 they take Watkins, best player in draft IMO. Pair him with Gordon and have legit WR pair. Personal I think they trade down to #8-12 grab a ILB to replace DeQwell who they let go. As well as acquire more picks additional 2/4 this year, combination of 1/2/3/4 next year. At #26 they take Carr at #35 OL. If they made the trade should have pick at #39-45 this is where they take Mason, Hyde, or WR. In 3rd with to picks add either Boreland or Smallwood who are ILB for depth and a WR or OL. In 4th with 2 picks and possible 3rd should look to add CB, WR, OL, RB, QB. In rounds 5-7 take best players available.

JackHoff
JackHoff

Packers have their eye on Michael Sam. Rumor is Aaron Rodgers loves the kid.

BookofTebow316
BookofTebow316

So Denver takes a DT in the each of the first 2 rounds after taking one in the first last year. Great research!

andy o
andy o

Like most of the Draft but I gotta throw this out there in what i believe, The Rams SHOULD take Jake Matthews, Robinson MIGHT have a better career but Matthews is ready to go right now, you don't pick a guy in the top 5 picks if you don't know if he will start week 1 next season. The Jags will take Manziel at #3, they need to put butts in the seats more than winning right now and Manziel will create that excitement. The Browns have already said their taking Carr if he's there at #4 and theres NO WAY Tampa is passing on Bortles if he's there at #7, Lovie Smith found out the hard way that no matter how good your defense is having a back-up Qb as your starter on offense isn't gonna help you win at the end of the day.


Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

SO IT BEGINS....EVERY week a new mock draft. Here's an idea......how about waiting until 1 week before the actual draft. How bizarre!  

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

I'm concerned about Mettenbergers's torn ACL, if jacksonville goes that way

Robert96
Robert96

I will never be a Texans fan again if they take Bridgewater.

PatPatriot87
PatPatriot87

I think if Kony Ealy slips to 29 the patriots absolutely grab him! Just like you rotate running backs to keep them fresh, I think the same goes with DE's. The fresher they are, the better the pass rush.

Not crazy about the Jared Abbrederis pick, I think Edelman is back and if not there is an udfa named TJ Moe who is an under the radar kind of guy. I'd rather go with Daquan Jones out of Penn State

Phllip
Phllip

Clowney will be one puzzle to the Falcons overall woes. First of all, no one knows how he will perform on a consistent basis in the NFL. Many expected talents go as no-shows, while the unexpected become the greater players in the league. As much as i respect Matt Ryan, he's as big of the problem as their defensive line and o-line problems. He continues to fold under pressure and is rarely mobile, leaving him an easy target for opposing teams defense. Their struggles this season did not just come from injuries (Julio was really the only significant injury, let's be real. Kroy never made any significant moves that helped the Falcons advance). White is getting older as the injuries pile on, Jackson was, in my opinion, a bad buy Because of his injuries as proved this season, and Tony G is leaving (hopefully..i'm getting tired of this i'm retiring for sure, yet i may come back talk season after season). Falcons need to look in other areas rather than just the defensive area. Clowney should have more of an impact on the Texans, if he plays as expected.

Orange Crush
Orange Crush

Ok, I realize this is all pretty inconsequential especially this early in the process, but to have Denver taking 2 DT's with their first two picks just reeks of laziness. Especially after the year Pot Roast had and Vickerson coming back from injury. You definitely don't know what the needs of this team are.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

The 49ers will not lose Boldin--he's almost signed--and they will not take a WR with their first pick.


This team needs speed to overtake the Seahawks, and look for them to find it with these three premium picks in a very deep draft.  



bschulis
bschulis

All the "sources close to the Bucs" in Tampa (including former defensive players familiar with Lovie Smith's Scheme), have said that a SAM LB with great rushing ability does not fit into the Tampa 2 Scheme- basically saying that it would be a waste of a pick. Heard some things on NFL radio that Mack can play with him hand on the ground as a DE, and might be 1 of the top 2 prospects at DE in the draft as well... now that would work for the bucs if this was true. 

robert166
robert166

If the Browns take a guard,for their "underrated" rather than undermanned line before picking up a starting RB they'll lose every fan they have left.

abrellbama
abrellbama

All these mock drafts mean nothing.  The Browns have already stated they want Carr.  

AnthonyHughes
AnthonyHughes

@Matthew W If Amaro is still on the board for the Patriots, I think they take him.  That double TE set is what was missing from their offense last season.  Amaro could fill the old Hernandez "move" TE role.  

rskins09
rskins09

@JarodCook     Watkins  is great but ya gotta have a QB to throw to him ...A  QB should be their 1st pick ...BTW, seems like the Browns  are jinxed in finding a decent QB ..Reminds me of the Ravens  before they got Flacco  and I'm still not impressed with him  even though he peaked at the right time and won a Super Bowl  ... 

JarodCook
JarodCook

@BookofTebow316  I agree no way do most of the players drop to where there picked. It's like he made no adjustments to what the teams learned from the combine. The Broncos need help on D but no way do they draft 2 DL. Even though you can never have to much depth at DL makes no sense to draft with first 2 picks. 

BrandonWillis
BrandonWillis

@andy o  The Browns won't be taking Carr at four. If they're getting him it would be with the 26th pick or their pick in the 2nd round.  Number 4 is waaaaayyyy too high for Carr. Maybe that was a typo by you? IDK, but they'd probably take Watkins with number four if they want Carr.


Me personally, I would like for them to get Manziel at four, if he's not there then get Watkins. If Manziel is taken with number four, get a WR with #26. If Watkins is taken at #4, get a OG with number 26

AnthonyHughes
AnthonyHughes

@andy o I agree with you that the Jags would take Manziel at 3 if he's there...which is why the Rams should play the Jags and Browns against each other if both teams happen to want Manziel.  The Rams can then trade down and take the best offer, and still end up with probably the best non-QB player in this draft.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Wisconsin Death Trip Here's another idea: quit clicking on the link if you don't like these things.   They ain't going away so you might as well do so.   Or keep coming around and complaining about them.  In fact, see you at the next one.

JarodCook
JarodCook

@sportsGuy12  Mettenbergers is not going in the 2nd he's 3rd/4th projected, if they reach and take him I'd fill sorry for the JAX, when they'd could use that pick to get OL, LB, RB.

ballhawk2925
ballhawk2925

@Robert96  

Whoa, high stakes draft for the Texans this year! Have you told them already?

Phllip
Phllip

that is speaking hypothetically of course, if the Falcons somehow land Clowney.

AnthonyHughes
AnthonyHughes

@Orange Crush Denver is obviously invested in Manning, and if Decker leaves as expected, I could see them take a big, outside WR type like Benjamin if he's still there.  (We all know Welker is a slot guy; they need to replace Decker on the outside.)  Denver certainly doesn't need much help on the offensive line with Clady returning, nor will they be taking a TE or RB.  Obviously, they could go best defensive player available (particularly DB), but I wouldn't be shocked if they went WR.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@Orange Crush  Pot Roast lol, is there a better nickname for a player ever than "Pot Roast" because that is truly one of my favorites

AnthonyHughes
AnthonyHughes

@DavidHarte I agree.  With Crabtree, Boldin, and Vernon Davis, plus Patton (I think he will be decent next season), I see the Niners going with secondary help.  

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@bschulis  Mack is just raw in coverage. If they work out the coverage kinks for 1st and 2nd down, he actually plays the run well, and move him down to DE on pass-situations (3rd down you are in the nickel anyway, and David would be the OLB playing in that package) a la Von Miller (a comparable player) then Mack would be an excellent addition to the Bucs D, for that matter, so would Barr. But my question is, who do you want at that spot?

JarodCook
JarodCook

@robert166  Who's going to block for the RB. Interior OL is always over looked and the Browns need definite upgrade there. There will be guys in the 3rd/4th who can run the ball.

JarodCook
JarodCook

@abrellbama  No way do the Browns take QB at #4. They take Watkins at 4 or trade down and get LB. Seeing as how the just released DQJ also gives them more picks. They like Carr and he'll be there at 26/35 grab him then. Pick OG with 26/35 which every one they didn't pick with Carr. If they traded then grab RB/WR with comp pick.

Bernard4
Bernard4

@rskins09 @JarodCook  The Browns are a loser Franchise, have been for thirty years. They suc worse than my first girlfriend.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@rskins09:  Which is why I'm really not that fired up for the Browns to take a QB as a high pick...AGAIN.  

As JarodCook says, I'd much rather see them trade down and get some more picks.   Yes, they need a QB, but until their franchise is more stable and the team has a bit more...I don't know...identity?...I feel like any young QB is just getting thrown into a meat grinder.   

We can't have another young "Franchise Savior" come along and then get destroyed.  When you've got as far to go as we do, putting all our hopes on another young QB (or...not-so-young, like the last one) is just putting impossible expectations on the guy.  


POFG
POFG

@rskins09 @JarodCook  I feel as if it's Hoyers job to lose... IMO in a perfect world I would like to have Watkins at 4, Shazier at 26 to fill the LB spot OR if Bortles is still there at 4 I'd be happy with him as well. But back to MY perfect world we select McCarron in the 3rd and pick the guard at 35 above. If we select a QB at 4 the WR is a deep enough position to fill at 26. I really would like to have Borland of Wisconsin if we cant have Shazier.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@ballhawk2925:  They've got enough pressure on them with the draft coming up.   Let's give them a bit of a break.  

JasonBain
JasonBain

@BryanCustard @bschulis  mack had 5 ints i believe so I wouldnt say he is raw in coverage. He is good at reading the Qb's eyes and anticipating. He is a 3 lb in the NFL.


AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@JarodCook @robert166:  Yeah, OL picks are never sexy, but if you get the right guys you're setting yourself up for long-term improvement.  Your QB gets protected and your RBs have blocking.  I'm all for it if it helps the team.

AnthonyHughes
AnthonyHughes

@JarodCook @abrellbama Derek Carr has bust written all over him.  Watkins and Gordon would be an awesome WR duo, but I think they would be making a mistake if they think Carr is going to be an elite QB.