Thursday, September 19, 2013

2014 NFL Mock Draft

College football is in full swing.  Contenders and pretenders are emerging in the NFL.  Sounds like the perfect time to release mock draft 1.0!!  The draft order I am using is based on my predicted outcome for the season.  For ease of writing, ties in the standings are negligible for round 1 vs round 2 draft order.  Enjoy!

  1.  Jacksonville- Teddy Bridgewater QB/Louisville- Best QB in the draft.  Period.  Book it.
  2.  Cleveland- Tajh Boyd QB/Clemson- This pick likely comes down to Brett Hundley and Boyd.  I think Cleveland will opt for Boyd.
  3.  Oakland- Jadaveon Clowney DE/South Carolina- The Raiders luck out here in adding the best player in the draft, regardless of position.  They can try to add a QB later.
  4.  Tampa Bay- Brett Hundley QB/UCLA- Tampa, and Schiano, are in trouble if they stick with Freeman.  Hundley is the top QB available.
  5.  NY Jets- Jake Matthews OT/Texas A&M- The Jets could go with a QB too.  But I think Geno plays well enough to avoid taking one in rd.1.  Adding protection is more important.
  6.  Carolina- Marquise Lee WR/USC- Newton has an aging Steve Smith to throw to...  and basically nothing else.  They add the top WR in the draft here.
  7.  Arizona- Anthony Barr LB/UCLA- Barr is potentially the best pass rusher on the board.  Across from Daryl Washington, the Cardinals could continue rebuilding their defense.
  8.  Pittsburgh- Taylor Lewan OT/Michigan- The O-Line in Pittsburgh is brutal.  Lewan could go top 5, but falls to a happy Pittsburgh front office in this scenario.
  9.  San Diego- Cyrus Kouandjio OT/Alabama- For the second straight season, the Chargers add a tackle from Alabama.  Rivers has looked better with improved protection.  Adding another OT here could be a major pick for an improving team.
  10.  Tennessee- Louis Nix DT/Notre Dame- The million dollar question surrounds Jake Locker's future in Tennessee.  They could opt for Mariota here, but instead take the best DT in the draft.
  11.  St. Louis- Ha Ha Clinton Dix S/Alabama- The Rams secondary is decent, but doesn't quite rival the incredible ones in the division.  Dix is a versatile safety that is an instant upgrade.
  12.  Minnesota- Marcus Mariota QB/Oregon- Much to the dismay of Chip Kelly, Minnesota snags the best QB athlete in the draft.  Ponder isn't the answer, and read options between Peterson and Mariota would be flat-out unfair- in a good way!
  13.  Buffalo- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB/Oregon- Back to back Duck prospects go here, with Buffalo improving on their less than stellar secondary.  Buffalo too is in good hands for the future, but needs a lot of secondary help.
  14.  Detroit- Bradley Roby CB/Ohio State- Perhaps this is the year that the Lions finally take a CB in rd. 1.  They desperately need help in the secondary, or else Rodgers and Cutler will continue to tear it apart.
  15.  Dallas- Aaron Lynch DT/South Florida- Lynch is a terrific athlete, and has pass rush potential from the interior.  Dallas' defense will be a let down this year, so expect added help on the line.
  16.  Washington- Sammy Watkins WR/Clemson- Griffin would be far more effective with a stud WR to throw to.  Garcon is better suited as a #2 WR, and Watkins offers top 10 value here.
  17.  Kansas City- Stephon Tuitt DT/Notre Dame- Justin Houston has provided a pass rush opposite Hali, but the DT picks the franchise has made lately haven't panned out.  Tuitt has potential to be a matchup nightmare in the NFL.
  18.  Baltimore- Mike Evans WR/Texas A&M- Think the Ravens regret dealing Boldin?  I do.  Evans has been an absolute beast thus far in the SEC, and shouldn't go any lower than this on draft day.
  19.  NY Giants- Zack Martin OT/Notre Dame- Coughlin isn't afraid to reach for offensive lineman- a position that was highly regarded during both Super Bowl wins. 
  20.  New England- Jordan Matthews WR/Vanderbilt- I understand that this is a very un-Belichick move, but Brady will push the envelope on this one.  He needs a WR so Edelman doesn't face 20 targets a game again.
  21.  Philadelphia- Khalil Mack LB/Buffalo- The Eagles could use an improved pass rush, and Mack is the best left on the board that fit Chip Kelly's 3-4.
  22.  Cleveland (from IND)- De'Anthony Thomas RB/Oregon- Cleveland takes a stab here at a RB/WR combo who is the most explosive player in the draft.  After losing Richardson, they need an explosive option for newly drafted Tajh Boyd (^see pick 2) to grow with.
  23.  New Orleans- Scott Crichton DE/Oregon State- The Saints still need pass rush help, and Crichton is the best available at this point.  His motor is phenomenal, and he is impressively strong.
  24.  Miami- Loucheiz Purifoy CB/Florida- A CB with a high ceiling, he could have a huge rest of the season to push him into rd. 1 territory.
  25.  Chicago- Marcus Roberson CB/Florida- Teammates go back to back at the same position!  The Bears, like Detroit, have to upgrade their secondary.  Roberson is tops available.
  26.  Atlanta- Austin Sefarian-Jenkins TE/Washington- This is likely Gonzalez's last year for real.  In Jenkins they add the best TE in the draft, and a perfect fit to replace Gonzalez.
  27.  Cincinnati- Cameron Erving OT/Florida State- Dalton needs continued protection, and on a team with not many weaknesses, Erving fills a minor need.
  28.  Green Bay- CJ Mosley LB/Alabama- The Packers continue to look for a middle linebacker, and, consequently, the top option in the draft falls into their lap.  Not bad!
  29.  Houston- Anthony Johnson DT/LSU- Houston takes the best player on the board in the DT Johnson.  He provides an upgrade over the current options.
  30.  San Francisco- Dominique Easley DE/Florida- Justin Smith needs a compliment at DE, and an eventual replacement.  Ideally, they kill two birds with one stone here.
  31.  Denver- Adrian Hubbard OLB/Alabama- Given the off-field issues for Von Miller, it is important Denver add some competition to the mix.  Hubbard is a fast OLB who could be a top 20 pick on draft day.
  32.  Seattle- Will Sutton DT/Arizona State- Sutton is a versatile DT who is an upgrade over McDaniel, and could fill Red Bryant's role as well.  He has been very productive, and is a steal at this point.

    ROUND 2
  33.  Jacksonville- Kyle Van Noy DE/BYU
  34.  Cleveland- James Hurst OT/North Carolina
  35.  Oakland- Johnny Manziel QB/Texas A&M
  36.  Tampa Bay- Justin Gilbert CB/Oklahoma State
  37.  NY Jets- Josh Huff WR/Oregon
  38.  Carolina- David Yankey G-T/Stanford
  39.  Arizona- Stephon Morris QB/Miami FL
  40.  Pittsburgh- Donte Moncrief WR/Ole Miss
  41.  San Diego- Dri Archer RB/Kent State
  42.  Tennessee- David Fales QB/San Jose State
  43.  St. Louis- Ka'Deem Carey RB/Arizona
  44.  Minnesota- Trent Murphy DE/Stanford
  45.  Buffalo- Aaron Colvin CB/Oklahoma
  46.  Detroit- Jason Verrett CB/TCU
  47.  Dallas- AJ Johnson LB/Tennessee
  48.  Washington- Gabe Jackson G/Mississippi State
  49.  Kansas City- Christian Jones LB/Florida State
  50.  Baltimore- Ra-Shede Hagaman DE/Minnesota
  51.  NY Giants- DeAndre Coleman DE/California
  52.  New England- Eric Ebron TE/North Carolina
  53.  Philadelphia- Colt Lyerla TE/Oregon
  54.  Indianapolis- Ed Stinson DE/Alabama
  55.  New Orleans- Cyril Richardson OT/Baylor
  56.  Miami- Lache Seastrunk RB/Baylor
  57.  Chicago- Brandon Coleman WR/Rutgers
  58.  Atlanta- Hronis Gassu C/Oregon
  59.  Cincinnati- Yawin Smallwood ILB/Connecticut
  60.  Green Bay- La'el Collins OT/LSU
  61.  Houston- Ryan Shazier OLB/Ohio State
  62.  San Francisco- Ed Reynolds S/Stanford
  63.  Denver- Craig Loston S/LSU
  64.  Seattle- Seantrel Henderson OT/Miami

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