2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU.
40. Minnesota Vikings: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State.
41. Buffalo Bills: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois.
42. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State.
Kouandjio’s combine performance (and a report of failed medicals) certainly will not help his stock, and that may be just fine with the Buccaneers as they add some needed tackle depth in the second round. Kouandjio has the potential to dominate, at least at times.
The Jaguars get their QB, the fifth off the board, after zeroing in on Clowney early — pairing Mettenberger with Chad Henne (should he re-sign) would buy them some time. Shazier at 40 would have the Vikings cartwheeling to the podium. The Bills nab a replacement for Jairus Byrd in Ward, a do-everything player at the backend. With Chris Johnson’s days in Tennessee looking numbered, the Titans take the first RB off the board.
43. New York Giants: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee.
44. St. Louis Rams: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois.
45. Detroit Lions: Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State.
New York has to do a better job protecting Eli Manning, so though Richardson has some inconsistencies in his game, it would be hard to pass on the potential first-rounder at No. 43. Using a pick like this on Garoppolo makes more sense for the Rams than taking another QB with that No. 2 pick — Garoppolo could push Sam Bradford and then take over for him later. The Lions still like the thought of a Chris Houston-Darius Slay combo at corner; Joyner would give them their slot guy and an option at safety, where Louis Delmas departed. Bucannon would make Pittsburgh feel better about losing Ryan Clark and potentially Troy Polamalu. Another D-line pick for the Cowboys, who here add a strong edge rusher to pair with the inside force of Aaron Donald.
48. Baltimore Ravens: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State.
49. New York Jets: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State.
50. Miami Dolphins: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota.
51. Chicago Bears: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas.
52. Arizona Cardinals: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State.
With Lewan and now Adams, the Ravens offense would upgrade substantially over the course of two picks. Same for the Jets, who go reverse order — WR, then O-line — and nail down arguably the top guard in this class. Hageman belongs in the first round; with Paul Soliai and Randy Starks en route to free agency, Miami likely will need help up front. The Bears’ young line adds another punishing blocker in Swanson, the No. 1 center. Arizona nabs a tackle after missing out on the top guys in Round 1.
53. Green Bay Packers: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU.
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU.
56. San Francisco 49ers — via Kansas City: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida.
57. San Diego Chargers: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia.
Whether or not Jermichael Finley returns, Aaron Rodgers would love having dual-threat TE Troy Niklas to employ in the offense. Landry came up hobbling at the combine, which could push him out of the first tier of receivers … and work to Philadelphia’s advantage. Cincinnati almost certainly will lose Michael Johnson this offseason and James Harrison is on his last legs, so finding another pass-rush threat off the edge is imperative. Another typical 49ers pick at 56: an athletically gifted player with high upside in Watkins. And the Chargers add a much-needed lineman in Moses, who said at the combine he could play any tackle or guard spot.
58. New Orleans Saints: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin.
60. Carolina Panthers: Brandon Thomas, G/T, Clemson.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Keith McGill, CB, Utah.
62. New England Patriots: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin.
See how much WR talent there is in this draft? It’s absurd to think a player with Bryant’s upside could slip to 58, yet it’s perfectly feasible. The Colts have to increase productivity at linebacker and Borland may be a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate. At pick 60, Carolina takes a step toward rebuilding its Jordan Gross-less line. San Francisco doubles down on DBs in Round 2 with the tall, athletic McGill, who can play cornerback but has safety experience. Good luck avoiding the “scrappy” receiver comparisons if Abbrederis winds up in New England — he might be another of their 100-catch guys if he does.
63. Denver Broncos: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida.
64. Seattle Seahawks: David Yankey, G, Stanford
A swing-for-the-fences type of selection for Denver, which could use more depth up front and might score the draft’s best DT should Easley get all the way back from a knee injury. Opinions on Yankey are split, especially after a disappointing combine. The Seahawks need guard help enough to roll the dice.