- In this "deepest draft in 30 years" Mock Draft, I am intentionally not as excited with taking 5 Qbs in the top 10 or the elite 2-3 OT in the top 10, as most would seem to want to do.
- I also factor in the standouts from the Combine, eliminating some early favorites. Not all decisions were made by the Combine, and at least 1 decision (Carr) was based on the Senior Bowl results.
- In this mock, Bridgewater falls out of the first round.
- What I am excited about is the WR class, having picked six of them to be taken in the first round.
- I am also aware that there very well could be a run of the safety position in this class because there are not many good ones, and the rest are all far away, perhaps even the 4th round +.
- A lot of teams need an OT. There are a lot of fine choices.
- A lot of teams need a DE, and I assume that the standout DT, DEs get taken right away. Most of the 3-4 teams are doing better than the 4-3 defense teams, thus the DEs in the 4-3 teams will be priority.
- Questionable players, to me, are numbers 19 (might be a better OT but they also need a OG),20 (unknown),21 (slow 40), 22 (rated 4th best OLB at combine but he looks better than everyone except Mack imo),29, and 31 (injury)
- This mock assumes that the Rams will trade down as they always do so that they can pick up some more people, but if Clowney falls to them, then I would not be too certain that they don't keep their #2 pick for Clowney, especially when so many teams in the top 15 need other things than those that they are interested in, such as QBs and DB, and have little need to OT at that high level needs. The plan for the Rams would be to have one of the OT fall to them in the 2nd pick of the first round. Of course, that doesn't mean that other teams wont make room for one as the 3 OTs Matthews, Robertson, and Lewan are stellar players.
- This draft is so deep we are going to be marveling at who is still available in the 2nd round. We have double or triple the usual first round eligible players.
- Credit the Needs of the Teams part of this to Daniel Jeremiah's projections at CBSsports..
1. Texans: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
1. Houston Texans Houston Texans – 3-4 Defense Record: 2-14 Team needs: QB, OT, safety Analysis: Jacksonville is another team that should be in the quarterback market. However, if they fall in love with a pass rusher, they could nab a quarterback at the top of the second round. He has the right size and amazing accuracy. They don’t need Jadeveon as Bortles willingness to compete at the combine with unknown receivers will put him up. He is also the prototypical size and weight for QB in the NFL.
2. Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
6. Atlanta Falcons Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 4-12 Team needs: DE, OL, TE Analysis: Atlanta is desperate for an outside edge rusher to plug into its defense. An offensive tackle like Lewan would also make a lot of sense, however since Clowney is a temperamental guy that wants to play for Atlanta, they should just fly up and go get him. Anyone else will have to handle the Prince with kid gloves.
3. Jaguars: Aaron Donald, OLB, Pittsburgh
3. Jacksonville Jaguars Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 4-12 Team needs: QB, DE, OT Analysis: Jacksonville is another team that should be in the quarterback market. However, if they fall in love with a pass rusher, they could nab a quarterback at the top of the second round. The reincarnation of Johnny Randle!!!! He has 89 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 3 years. He runs a 4.65 40 at 285 pounds. He won almost every DL award possible.
4. Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
4. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns – switching to 3-4 Record: 4-12 Team needs: QB, RB, OG Carr was the best QB at the combine,
5. Raiders: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
5. Oakland Raiders Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 4-12 Team needs: QB, WR, OT Analysis: They need a QB but they won’t pass on Mike Evans when comparing skills to the next available.
6. Rams: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 3-13 Team needs: OL, WR, safety Analysis: The Rams need to upgrade the offensive line and this appears to be a strong offensive line class.
7. Buccaneers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 4-12 Needs: DE, TE, OT Analysis: Tampa’s defense is loaded up the middle, but it could use a dominant edge rusher.
8. Vikings: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
8. Minnesota Vikings Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 5-10-1 Team needs: QB, DE, OG Analysis: The Vikings are very unsettled at the quarterback position, and I could see them going in that direction. Zimmer says he finished 31st in league on defense, and he wants to rebuild his defense. Dont be surprised if he is exclusively picking defensive players in this draft. However he also said that he has to find some Qbs. He mentions Manziel and how you would build an offense around his strength, but he is also hopeful that he can get a lot of defensive players.. I think he is going for later round defense players.
9. Bills: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
9. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills – switching to 3-4 or hybrid Record: 6-10 Team needs: LB, TE, RT Analysis: The Bills could use another stud linebacker to line up next to Kiko Alonso. They could also look to add an athletic tight end for their young quarterback.
10. Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
10. Detroit Lions Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 7-9 Team needs: CB, WR, safety Analysis:The Lions need to address the cornerback position and it might be smart to draft more than one in the early rounds. If they decide to pass on a cornerback in the first round, finding a receiver to take some heat off Calvin Johnson would make a lot of sense.
11. Titans: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
11. Tennessee Titans Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 7-9 Team needs: Safety, DE, QB Analysis: The Titans have a very fast, aggressive defense but they could use a more athletic, cover safety as well as another edge rusher. Jake Locker’s inability to stay healthy could also factor into the decision to add another QB to the mix. Shortage of Safeties this year starts a run on them here!
12. Giants: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
12. New York Giants 2. New York Giants Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 7-9 Needs: LB, CB, interior OL Analysis: Jon Beason was fantastic after arriving from Carolina, but there is still a need at the other linebacker spots. They are also in need of some more speed and athleticism in the secondary.
13. Rams: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
13. St. Louis Rams Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 7-9 Team needs: OL, WR, safety Analysis: If the Rams secure an offensive lineman with their top selection, they could look in several different directions. They could upgrade the secondary, add another receiving weapon for Sam Bradford or supplement the pass rush with another defensive lineman.
14. Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
14. Chicago Bears Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 8-8 Team needs: DL, Safety, Interior OL Analysis: The Bears’ defensive line was ravaged by injuries in 2013 and they need to add some youth to the position. Finding an upgrade at the safety position should also be a focal point in this draft.
15. Steelers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
15. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers – 3-4 Record: 8-8 Needs: OT, safety, CB Analysis: The Steelers have missed on a few offensive linemen in the past few drafts, and they need to upgrade the offensive tackle position. The secondary is one of the oldest in the NFL, and they could easily go in that direction with this pick.
16. Cowboys: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
16. Dallas Cowboys Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 8-8 Needs: DE, CB, safety Analysis: George Selvie did a nice job in 2013, but the Cowboys could use some more depth at defensive end. The safety position has been an issue for the past few years and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they decided to address that problem with their first-round pick.
17. Ravens: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
17. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens – 3-4 Record: 8-8 Team needs: OT, C, WR Analysis: Baltimore’s offense hasn’t looked the same without Anquan Boldin. They also didn’t play that well in the secondary during the 2013 season. Ozzie Newsome will always take the best available player, but it would be tough to pass on a talented wideout to complement Torrey Smith.
18. Jets: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
18. New York Jets New York Jets – 3-4 Record: 8-8 Team needs: WR, OG, CB Analysis: The Jets have a talented defense, but they need a lot of work on the offensive side of the ball. I wouldn’t be shocked if they jumped back into the quarterback market this spring.
19. Dolphins: David Yankey, OG, Stanford
19. Miami Dolphins Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 8-8 Needs: OT, OG, RB Analysis: The Dolphins’ offensive line was the story both on and off the field. They need to upgrade both the OT and OG spots and they also need to find a three-down running back.
20. Cardinals: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
20. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals – 3-4 Record: 10-6 Team needs: OT, CB, OLB Analysis: The Cardinals played much better up front in 2013 but they still need an upgrade at offensive tackle.
21. Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
21. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers – 3-4 Record: 8-7-1 Team needs: TE, safety, LB Analysis: This draft is shaping up to be very deep at the cornerback position and the Packers could go in that direction or possibly land Jermichael Finley’s replacement. ** They could take a safety as there is a dirth of them this year.
22. Eagles: Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
22. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles – 3-4 Record: 10-6 Team needs: OLB, Safety, CB Analysis: The Eagles are in good shape on the offensive side of the ball, although adding a receiver might be an option. I think they’ll be more inclined to add a dynamic defensive player.
23. Chiefs: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
23. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs – 3-4 Record: 11-5 Team needs: WR, DL, ILB Analysis: Andy Reid would love to add a field-stretcher in the passing game. Also, adding a stud to play next to Derrick Johnson would make this front seven even nastier.
24. Bengals: HaHa Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
24. Cincinnati Bengals Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 11-5 Team needs: CB, OLB, Safety Analysis: The Bengals have a very talented roster but they could use more depth at the cornerback position. Also, a playmaking safety would be a nice addition.
25. Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
25. San Diego Chargers Record: 9-7 Team needs: CB, OG, OLB Analysis: The Chargers’ offensive line played much better in 2013, but they could still use an upgrade along the interior. They have spent a lot of picks on pass rushers over the last decade, but they’re still in the market for a difference-maker on the outside.
26. Browns: Dri Archer, Wr/Rb, SDST
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts) Cleveland Browns – switching to 3-4 Record: 11-5 Team needs: QB, RB, OG Analysis: New Browns GM Ray Farmer should be able to address the running back position later in the draft. This would be a good spot to upgrade the interior of the offensive line or possibly draft an explosive wide receiver to pair with Josh Gordon.
4.26 in the 40 yard dash.. special teams wonder if nothing else!
27. Saints: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
27. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints – switching to 3-4 Record: 11-5 Needs: OT, OLB, CB Analysis: The Saints’ offensive line is very solid on the interior but they could upgrade the tackle position. With all of the young, talented quarterbacks in the NFC, you can never have enough cornerbacks.
28. Panthers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
28. Carolina Panthers Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 12-4 Team needs: WR, CB, OL Analysis: The Panthers need to continue to build around Cam Newton and nabbing an explosive pass catcher with this pick would make their franchise quarterback happy.
29. Patriots: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
29. New England Patriots Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 12-4 Team needs: Interior OL, DL, CB Analysis: Protecting Tom Brady needs to be the first priority and they also need to add some more youth and athleticism to their defensive line.
30. 49ers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
30. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers – 3-4 Record: 12-4 Team needs: WR, DL, CB Analysis: The 49ers have two excellent possession wide receivers (Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree) but they could use an explosive, stretch-the-field playmaker at the position. Justin Smith continues to play at a high level but he can’t play forever. Super Bowl XLVIII teams
31. Broncos: Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
31. Denver Broncos Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 13-3 Team needs: OT, CB, DL Analysis: Protecting Peyton Manning and adding depth to the cornerback position should both be high priorities in the upcoming draft.
32. Seattle Seahawks Runs 4-3 Defense Record: 13-3 Team needs: WR, TE, OL Analysis: A big-time tight end would be a perfect fit for Russell Wilson and a true No. 1 wideout would also make sense. The offensive line hasn’t played well down the stretch and that is another area that could be addressed in this draft.