Posted February 28, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Greg Robinson goes No. 2 to St. Louis Rams

The upside Auburn’s Greg Robinson showed at the combine has him jumping up draft boards. (Pouya Dianat/SI)

This will not be a draft where the talent suddenly plummets after Round 2, or even after Day 2. There are definite starters to be had in the mid-rounds — players like Keith McGill, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ja’Wuan James, Donte Moncrief and A.J. McCarron did not make the cut here, in Audibles’ first two-round mock of the season. All could climb into the top two rounds eventually, and they plus dozens of others ought to be able to compete for jobs in camp.

The usual reminder before we dive in: The mocks are separate from the Big Board (version 4.0 of that will be rolling out Friday), in that this is an attempt to assess team needs and player draft slotting; the Big Boards rank the players in specific, talent-based order. One of the main goals here is to provide a little better idea of what each team has and does not have on its depth chart, an important study as free agency approaches.

That’s enough blabbering. On with the picks …

1. Houston Texans (2-14):  Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville.

You’ll see Blake Bortles in this No. 1 spot across plenty of post-combine mocks. A lot of the signs right now, in late February, point toward new Texans head coach Bill O’Brien nabbing the tall Central Florida QB as his franchise guy. And that may end up being the pick in the long run.

Bridgewater is still here because he’s the best quarterback in this draft and the one most ready to step into an NFL lineup. The Texans have the pieces in place to embark on a Chiefs-like bounceback next season — remember, this was a playoff team in both 2011 and ’12. Bortles may be very good in the long run; same with Johnny Manziel. Bridgewater has a shot to be terrific out of the gate.

MORE: 2014 NFL Draft Big Board | Draft’s biggest mysteryMore 2014 NFL draft coverage

2. St. Louis — via Washington (3-13):  Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn.

This is the reverse of the Bridgewater argument. In terms of being better developed for the 2014 season, Jake Matthews has the edge on Robinson. Robinson showed at the combine, though, why scouts are drooling over his upside. His minimal work as a pass-blocker at Auburn remains a concern, but the Rams have the stable of young backs in place to make the run game the focus here.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12):  Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina.

Here’s what Gus Bradley had to say at the combine in regard to his QB spot: “Everybody is tagged with, ‘Is he a franchise quarterback?’ That’s really difficult. I guess Chad Henne is ours and he’s our starter … if we get him re-signed.”

Hardly reassuring words for Jaguars fans. A QB would be easy to justify and to understand here. That said, Bradley is a defensive-minded coach who is badly in need of someone to pressure opposing quarterbacks off the edge. He may never get another chance to land someone like Clowney to fill that role.

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4. Cleveland Browns (4-12):  Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M.

There might be a temptation to draft Sammy Watkins or even Mike Evans in this spot to pair with rising superstar Josh Gordon. But who’s going to throw them the ball? Brian Hoyer might be OK in spurts, maybe even for the entire 2014 season. Eventually, the Browns need to find a long-term answer at QB, and the electrifying Manziel would work.

5. Oakland Raiders (4-12):  Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson.

Similar problem here as with the previous pick: Who is the quarterback? Oakland, however, does not have the benefit of a Josh Gordon in its back pocket. Watkins would add instant credibility to a rebuilding Raiders offense, thus making the job of whoever is at quarterback much easier.

6. Atlanta Falcons (4-12):  Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M.

Clowney may be the best fit for the pass rush-deficient Falcons, so much so that they might give one of the top three teams a buzz to gauge trade wishes. Sitting at No. 6 and having the choice between Matthews and Khalil Mack would not be too disappointing as a backup plan. The choice here is Matthews because of how porous the Falcons are on the edges offensively. With how much they throw the football, adding a tackle comfortable dropping into protection would be a huge boost.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12):  Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo.

With Lovie Smith in town, the Buccaneers are a good bet to bulk up on defense should the opportunities present themselves. Here, one does. The Tampa Two preferred by Smith needs speedy linebackers to work. With Mack on the strongside and Lavonte David on the weakside, few teams would have a better combination at the position.

8. Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1):  Blake Bortles, QB, UCF.

Minnesota may not be able to sit here and wait, especially if two quarterbacks come off the board in the top three or four picks. This mock fell perfectly for them, with Bortles available for the taking at No. 8. With Bortles, Cordarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson in place, the Vikings would have the makings of an intimidating, balanced offense.

9. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina.

What seems to be the likely loss of Jairus Byrd could force the Bills to hunt for a Round 1 safety, either here or after a trade down. Yet, sooner or later, this team needs to find more oomph on offense — EJ Manuel’s future depends on it. Ebron would offer a dynamic option in the passing game.

10. Detroit Lions (7-9):  Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M.

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said during his combine presser that the franchise is confident in Chris Houston, expecting great things from Darius Slay and believes it has talent in Bill Bentley, Jonte Green and Chris Greenwood. In other words, they don’t appear to view cornerback as the pressing need others see it as.

Wide receiver, on the other hand, is a must. Mayhew and new coach Jim Caldwell both have spoken about the importance of finding someone to help Calvin Johnson. Bringing in Evans would create another NFC North WR duo similar to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Plus, Evans’ high-point catch ability would play well with Matthew Stafford’s gambler mentality.

11. Tennessee Titans (7-9): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama.

Either Clinton-Dix or Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley would drop right into the starting lineup … and Anthony Barr’s still on the board as well. The Crimson Tide safety would provide Tennessee with necessary help over the top, something that was lacking in 2013.

12. New York Giants (7-9):  Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State.

In case you did not already have a sense for why this draft class is so exciting, this pick ought to provide an idea. A cornerback has yet to come off the board here, despite at least two (Dennard and Justin Gilbert) being top-10 quality. There is just so much talent that some players — and some positions — have to slide.

The Giants happily would take this scenario. Put Dennard with Prince Amukamara at corner and their secondary would be set to contend with just about any passing attack it comes across.

13. St. Louis Rams (7-9): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA.

I’ve long believed (and still do) that Clowney should be an option for the Rams at No. 2, with the argument being that his skillset is special enough for the Rams to tweak their defense to accommodate it. Dropping the athletic but raw Barr in as a rush linebacker would offer many of the same benefits of having Clowney, while forcing less readjusting of the scheme.

14. Chicago Bears (8-8): Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame.

When the Bears held the 14th pick in the 2004 draft, they used it on 300-pounder Tommie Harris, who then went on to become an anchor up front on Chicago’s NFC championship team. This team needs that space-eater who can push the pocket inside again. Nix proclaimed himself 23 pounds lighter at the combine than his college playing weight: “Yeah man, my stomach doesn’t stick out as much. That’s kind of nice. I like that part. My thighs got a little smaller. I just feel sexier, man.”

He’s still a healthy 330 pounds — just the type of guy Chicago needs up front.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State.

Gilbert’s combine showing — a sub-4.4 40, among other things — could force some team’s hand in the top 10 (Detroit?) Or it could force Pittsburgh, Dallas or others to consider trading up for him. Pittsburgh has to get better at the CB spot given Ike Taylor’s descent into mediocrity. Gilbert could be a shutdown guy at the next level.

16. Dallas Cowboys (8-8):  Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt.

Sure, Clowney’s 4.53 40 time was incredible. But Donald’s 4.65, at 280-plus pounds, might have been even better. The Cowboys do not have any cash lying around with which to re-sign Jason Hatcher. Nabbing Donald would make Hatcher’s impending departure sting a lot less. The Pitt product is capable of disrupting offenses on a consistent basis.

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.

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.

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.