Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NFL Mock Draft 2014 2/18


Pre-Combine:

1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, UCF, QB
     This pick pre-combine has many scenarios, it can go between Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Jadeveon Clowney. After the hiring of O'Brian from Penn State Blake Bortles is currently the best fit. Out of O'Brian's past quarterbacks that he has worked with, Bortles seems like the type of quarterback that fits together perfectly.

2. St. Louis Rams: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE
     St. Louis already has a quarterback that I fully believe in and a coach that can turn this team around. With the new defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams who will blitz on third down Clowney is the clear choice. With his speed and talent he is the perfect guy to have.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, QB
     Jacksonville right now is a mess when it comes to the quarterback position and needs a franchise. They thought they had it in Blaine Gabbert, but that clearly hasn't worked out to well. With Manziel's ability on the ground and in the air, it will give the offense a whole different dimension that the opposing defense has to worry about.

4. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, QB
   Cleveland like Jacksonville, hasn't had it's luck with quarterbacks. Bringing in Bridgewater will create depth and possibly a starter with him.

5. Oakland Raiders: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, OT
    Oakland's offensive line is pretty bad and gives no time for a quarterback to make any decisions. I believe this is why Terrelle Pryor was picked over Matt Flynn because he was able to get away and make plays. Jake Matthews will potentially help that offensive line a little bit.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, Auburn, OT
     Sadly Atlanta had a very disappointing season after having a fantastic season the year prior, I believe this team still has the ability to stay a playoff team. Drafting Greg Robinson will reinforce that offensive line and help Matt Ryan get the ball where it has to go.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, Texas A&M, WR
     I believe Mike Evans will be the first receiver off the board before Sammy Watkins. They both have great hands and speed, but Buccaneers do not want to deal with a player that has off-field issues which is why Mike Evans is the first to go. Vincent Jackson is climbing in age, so another number one receiver is going to be needed soon.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Derek Carr, Fresno State, QB
     This team cannot rely on Adrian Peterson all the time and needs someone that can deliver the ball safely. Christian Ponder had way his shot, Josh Freeman did not fit well, and this team needs a franchise now.

9. Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT
     The Bills ran the ball most last season and with the help with a young offensive tackle, the yards will start racking up for Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller.

10. Detroit Lions: Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR
     Detroit has dealt with off-field issues before and with Jim Schwartz gone it will be fixed hopefully, quickly. Plus with the amount of drops their receiving core had last year and with the cut of Nate Burleson, they need some help. A CB is also needed, but they already have young talent that can learn and grow, all they need is to pick up a veteran during free agency.

11. Tennessee Titans: Kahlil Mack, Buffalo, OLB
     Not much to say, a talented player still on the board that the Titans can use and will help the team out.

12. New York Giants: Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA, G
     Eli Manning had only a couple seconds to throw the ball all season. They need offensive line help fast and with other offensive line players taken already he is the next one up.

13. St. Louis Rams: Marqise Lee, Southern California, WR
     With great hands and good speed, this is what Sam Bradford needs.

14. Chicago Bears: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, CB
     With Charles Tillman, this secondary would be scary. Chicago as the potential to be a deep playoff team with what they have now, but Dennard will help that defense that had a little hole in it while Tillman was injured. 

15. Pittsburgh Steelers:  Bradley Roby, Ohio State, CB
     What else is there to say, Bradley Roby is a Hawk and if he isn't the first corner picked in the 2014 Draft, I see him in the black and yellow easily. This defense was not the classic Steelers defense and this will be the first step to fixing that.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Benjamin, Florida St., WR
    A big body with good hands is what Baltimore needs to strengthen their receiving core. Ravens receiving core was very slim last year and Joe Flacco needs a long ball guy besides Torrey Smith that can be consistent. Great height and good speed a perfect fit here. 

17. Dallas Cowboys:  Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DT
     Dallas had trouble getting to the quarterback last year with DeMarcus Ware struggling with injuries last season, you clearly saw the help that was needed. With this pick another presence will be present opposite of Ware.

18. New York Jets: Eric Ebron, North Carolina, TE
     Yeah defense may win championships, but you still need an offense that can score you points when needed. Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez whoever is going to be the starter, needs help on offense now. With a TE that can play like a receiver, Ebron is a fit and is what the Jets need. They should consider using their second and third pick on an offensive tool.

19. Miami Dolphins: Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, OT
     Since Miami now has to reshape the offensive line after issues during last season, Antonio Richardson is a good young guy to start with.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, OT
     Arizona made some noise last season, and their priority is to protect Palmer if they want to make it to the playoffs next season. Drafting another franchise QB may have to wait till next year or not because Arizona seems like they do a pretty decent job with quarterbacks getting close to the end of their career.

21. Green Bay Packers: RaShede Hageman, Minnesota, DT
     The Packers need to start getting after the quarterback and give Clay Matthews a hand.

22. Philadelphia Eagles:  Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, FS
     Heavy hitter and has speed, will fit perfectly in the city of Philadelphia and is a great late round pick up for the Eagles.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, WR
     He may not be the best size receiver, but has hands down the best hands in this draft period. He can make tough catches and has phenomenal route running. Kansas City also needs a receiver for Alex Smith.

24. Cincinnati Bengals:  Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St., CB
     Cincinnati has very few needs, but cornerback is one of them. Glibert has size and speed only thing he needs to work on is his technique. He will have the ability to furnish that up with the coaching staff in place with the Bengals. 

25. San Diego Chargers: Zack Martin, Notre Dame, G
     Zack Martin can play multiple spots on the offensive line and being next to D.J. Fluker will give these team two amazing young offensive line players. 

26.  Cleveland Browns: Allen Robinson, Penn State, WR
     Having another big body opposite of Josh Gordon will give the Browns plenty of options to choose from instead of relying on Gordon. He had a fantastic career at Penn State and broke his own receiving record last year would help the Browns newly drafted quarterback earlier in the round. 

27. New Orleans Saints: Anthony Barr, UCLA, OLB
     With the defensive coordinator with Rob Ryan, this player will settle right into the scheme. Great talent and a steal for the saints if he makes it this far. 
28. Carolina Panthers: Jason Verrett, TCU, CB
     Jason Verrett is quick off his feet and can help the Panthers secondary. He will be a fantastic late round pick up for the Panthers. 

29. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, TE
     With Rob Gronkowski being a bit of an injury prone guy, the Patriots need help at the position fast. Aaron Hernandez could of handled the load, but after off the field issues the teams was left little depth in the position. Jace Amaro will hopefully help this high powered offense and I wouldn't be surprised if a corner was also picked up in this round. 

30. San Francisco 49ers:  Marcus Roberson, Florida, CB
     In most of the Mock Drafts I have seen, a corner has been on the 49ers board. It is heavily needed and Marcus Roberson is the next best corner up on the draft board.

31. Denver Broncos: C.J. Mosley, Alabama, ILB
     Peyton Manning can't play both offensive and defense, he practically carried the team last season. This defense needed help in the Super Bowl clearly.This defensive presence will give the Broncos a little help on the defensive side of the ball, if he is still on the board.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Dee Ford, Auburn, DE
     Why not make a fantastic defense even better. Draft another defensive lineman to the already fantastic line, will give the Seahawks even more depth and the line to begin working on the next young crew. 
     

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