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Posted by Andrew Aziz on April 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM

 


Round 1

 

1st Overall Pick – Houston Texans

Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback – Louisville

Bridgewater should be the first overall pick. The Texans are one good quarterback away from making the playoffs, and Teddy Bridgewater is a good quarterback, to say the least. If they go quarterback, they need to go with Bridgewater.

 

2nd Overall Pick – St Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)

Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver – Clemson

The Rams improved on defense tremendously, but they lack playmakers on offense. Watkins is probably the best receiver to come out of college since AJ Green, and he is expected to be a star in this league. He’ll be Bradford’s go-to-guy for years.

 

3rd Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars

Jadaveon Clowney – Defensive End – South Carolina

You can’t go wrong with Jadaveon Clowney. The Jaguars lack firepower on offense, but they lack a playmaker on defense, and Clowney can be a stud for 10 years in this league, and is probably the best player in this draft. They can’t go wrong with him.

 

4th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns

Blake Bortles – Quarterback – UCF

Bortles improved his stock with a great performance at the combine, and he could be the guy the Browns need. He’s a big-bodied quarterback with a strong arm that can stretch the field. He’d be the perfect guy to throw Josh Gordon the ball.

 

5th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders

Greg Robinson – Offensive Tackle – Auburn

The Raiders lost Jared Veldheer in free agency and failed to pick up anyone to replace him. That means that they’ll have to get someone in the draft. In this scenario, the Raiders get Greg Robinson, who’s a big athletic left tackle who can be their blindside tackle from Day 1.

 

6th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons

Khalil Mack – Outside Linebacker – Buffalo

The Falcons need a pass rusher, and Mack is one of the best pass rushers to come out in the last few seasons. He’s got great athleticism and he’s just a smart, instinctive football player. He’s not a perfect fit with the Falcons, but they need a pass rusher, and he’s a great one that could get them 10 sacks next season.

 

7th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Aaron Donald – Defensive Tackle – Pittsburgh

Donald is a very athletic defensive tackle who completely dominated at the combine, and had one of the best combines I’ve seen in a few years. The Bucs are looking to rebuild their front 7, and they added Michael Johnson at defensive end, but they need a guy to play next to all-pro Gerald McCoy. If they can add a guy like Donald, they’ll have one of the best front 7’s in the NFL.

 

8th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings

Johnny Manziel – Quarterback – Texas A&M

This is where Johnny Manziel will land. Quarterbacks always go higher than where they’re ranked. Manziel in my opinion, is a player that ranks in the mid to late teens in terms of prospects, but the Vikings need a quarterback, and despite the fact that they are commited to Christian Ponder this year, Manziel could be a game changer for them. This would be a good pick for them.

 

9th Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills

Mike Evans – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M

Evans is a perfect fit here. Who knows how many years Stevie Johnson has left in Buffalo, and Robert Woods doesn’t seem like a future #1 with that team. Evans could become the #1 target for EJ Manuel and help spread that offense.

 

10th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions

Justin Gilbert – Cornerback – Oklahoma State

The Lions lack a consistent and strong secondary. Rashean Mathis was their top cornerback last season, and although he didn’t play badly, his career is almost over and he’s a free agent. They need a cornerback desperately. They have a great front 7, but they need a secondary to complete that defense and make them a playoff team.

 

11th Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans

Jake Matthews – Offensive Tackle – Texas A&M

Matthews is right up there with Robinson for best tackle in the draft. Matthews has been a consistent rock for the last few seasons, and spent last season guarding Manziel’s blindside. He’s a great addition for a team that needs to rebuild on their offensive line.

 

12th Overall Pick – New York Giants

Eric Ebron – Tight End – North Carolina

I’m not a big fan of drafting tight ends early, but Eric Ebron is a rare tight end. Ebron completely tore up the combine, and had a very productive season with UNC. He could be the perfect playmaker for Eli Manning.

 

13th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams

Darqueze Dennard – Cornerback – Michigan State

Cortland Finnegan didn’t do much this season, and who knows how many years he has left. There’s also a question mark around Janoris Jenkins. Dennard can come in and have an impact from day 1. This would be a great pick for the Rams.

 

14th Overall Pick – Chicago Bears

Ha’sean Clinton Dix – Safety – Alabama

The Bears haven’t had a good safety in several years. Major Wright was one of the worst starting safeties in the league last season. Haha Clinton Dix was a playmaker with Alabama, and could be the perfect piece for this defense.

 

15th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers

Taylor Lewan – Offensive Tackle – Michigan

Mike Adams is not the answer at offensive tackle, and the Steelers need help on their offensive line. Big Ben needs to be protected. Lewan is one of the better players in this draft, and an experienced starter for the Wolverines. He could start from Day 1.

 

16th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys

Timmy Jernigan – Defensive Tackle – Florida State

The Cowboys are still trying to get comfortable in their 4-3 system, and they need more playmakers on that defense. They can add a big piece to their defense by drafting Jernigan, a difference maker who can come in and play right away.

 

17th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens

CJ Mosley – Linebacker – Alabama

The Ravens were able to keep Daryl Smith, but they need someone to play next to him. The Ravens, for the first time in their history, looked average on defense. They need to rebuild their front 7, and it starts by adding a strong piece up the middle. Mosley is the best inside linebacker in the draft.

 

18th Overall Pick – New York Jets

Anthony Barr – Outside Linebacker – UCLA

So, this is where Anthony Barr drops. Barr has fallen back a bit in the last couple of months, but the guy is ridiculously athletic (as seen at the combine), and can make some big plays. He’s still a bit raw, but with the right coaching, he’s a pro bowler.

 

19th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins

Zack Martin – Offensive Tackle – Notre Dame

The Dolphins spent big money on Brandon Albert, and he’ll be the left tackle, but the Dolphins desperately need a right tackle, and Martin is a talented tackle. He’s the 4th best in this draft, but he would be in the top 2 in most other drafts. Drafting Martin would shore up the majority of their offensive line.

 

20th Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals

Marqise Lee – Wide Receiver – USC

The Cardinals lost Andre Roberts in the offseason, and they made some nice additions to their offensive line. They finally shored up their biggest need at left tackle. Now, they need to add more weapons on offense. Larry Fitzgerald’s years are numbered with the team, and although they have Floyd for the future, they could use a guy like Lee, who can stretch the field extremely well. This would make their offense a legitimate force.

 

21st Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers

Calvin Pryor – Safety – Louisville

The Packers don’t have a very good safety duo, and it hurt them at times last year. Pryor is arguably the top safety in the draft, and can make plays all over the field. If the Packers front 7 is back too 100% and they have a guy like Pryor playing center field, their defense could return to prominence.

 

22nd Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles

Louis Nix III – Defensive Tackle – Notre Dame

It’s hard to have a successful 3-4 defense without a strong nose tackle. The Eagles have built a decent defense, but they need that big body up the middle, and that’s exactly what Nix is, he’s a big guy who can plug up the middle and cause problems.

 

23rd Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs

Ra’shede Hagemen – Defensive Tackle – Minnesota

The Chiefs lost Tyson Jackson, and they have no one to play next to Dontari Poe, who killed it last year. Hagemen is a good 3-4 defensive end, and can be the perfect compliment to Poe. Both of them together could do some damage and this could augment their front 7.

 

24th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

Bradley Roby – Cornerback – Ohio State

Roby had a very impressive day at the combine, and exceeded expectations. Add the fact that he had a nice season and has great intangibles, and you could be looking at a first round pick. He could help the 49ers in one of their biggest areas of need (CBs beyond Hall).

 

25th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers

Kyle Fuller – Cornerback – Virginia Tech

The Chargers defense played outstandingly at times last season, but they still a lack a consistent secondary. Their safety are good, but they lack playmakers at cornerback.

 

26th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts)

Brandin Cooks – Wide Receiver – Oregon State

Brandin Cooks is my favorite prospect in the draft, and have been saying that since early October, where he was dubbed a 5th round pick. Cooks is a slightly undersized receiver who plays much bigger and has all the intangibles you expect from an all pro. He could be a star at the next level and he’d be the perfect compliment to Josh Gordon.

 

27th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints

Ryan Shazier – Outside Linebacker – Ohio State

Ryan Shazier has risen in recent weeks thanks to an outstanding combine. He’s a very athletic pass rusher, who has great potential in the NFL. He needs to work on a few things, but his athleticism alone can make him a featured player. He’d be a perfect fit in the Saints 3-4 defense.

 

28th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin – Wide Receiver – Florida State

There seems to be a lot of hype around Kelvin Benjamin and I could kind of see it. He’s a big athletic body who was Jameis Winston’s favorite target last season. Brandon Lafell is a free agent this season and Steve Smith is getting old, which means they’ll need to bring in a young player for the future.

 

29th Overall Pick – New England Patriots

Odell Beckham Jr – Wide Receiver – LSU

The Patriots made some nice moves this offseason, adding to their offense. They were able to add Brandon Lafell, who’s a nice receiver to have, but they don’t have a consistent receiver other than Edelman. Amendola is on the way out, and they’ll need a guy to replace him. Beckham is a stout receiver who made some very big plays while at LSU. He could be a great receiver for Tom Brady.

 

30th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers

Stephon Tuitt – Defensive End – Notre Dame

Justin Smith is creeping closer to retirement, and they don’t really have anyone to replace him, or to rotate in right now. In short, they lack depth on their defensive line. Tuitt is a very big, relatively athletic force who did a very nice job while at Notre Dame. He could end up being a star with the proper coaching and training.

 

31st Overall Pick – Denver Broncos

Chris Borland – Inside Linebacker – Wisconsin

Borland is a smart linebacker with above average intangibles. The Broncos desperately need an inside linebacker after losing Wesley Woodyard. Borland could come in, make their front 7 respectable. Borland could start from Day 1 and have a big impact next season.

 

32nd Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks

Kony Ealy – Defensive End – Missouri

Who knows if Michael Bennett will be staying with the team, and the team just cut Red Bryant. The team could use a guy like Ealy, who had an impressive career at Missouri, and he would fit in very well with that defense.

 


Round 2

 

33rd Overall Pick – Houston Texans

Kyle Van Noy – Outside Linebacker – BYU

The Texans lack a solid outside linebacker unit. Mercilus has potential, but hasn’t proven anything, but Reed isn’t much of a starter. Van Noy is an underrated pass rusher can be a great addition for that front 7.

 

34th Overall Pick – Washington Redskins

Jason Verrett – Cornerback – TCU

Verrett is one of my favorite defensive backs, as he’s extremely athletic and has great instincs. The Redskins need a cornerback and he would fit that need.

 

35th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns

David Yankey – Offensive Guard – Stanford

The Browns could use a solid interior lineman (guard specifically), and Yankey is one of the more versatile lineman in the draft, and was a solid guard for Stanford.

 

36th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders

Jordan Matthews – Wide Receiver – Vanderbilt

Matthews is a big bodied receiver who can come in and have an impact immediately for the Raiders, who could use a receiver to play with Jones and Moore.

 

37th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons

Jace Amaro – Tight End – Texas Tech

Tony Gonzalez is gone, and they have no one that can play tight end at a starter’s level. Amaro is an athletic tight end that’s underrated. He can have a big impact.

 

38th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dee Ford – Defensive End – Auburn

The Buccaneers signed Michael Johnson to a big deal, and although they have Clayborn and Bowers, they really want to enhance their front 7, and adding Dee Ford would do that.

 

39th Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars

Derek Carr – Quarterback – Fresno State

A team will definitely trade up to take Carr in the middle of the first round, but I don’t want to start predicting trades, so because of that, Carr, falls to 39 in a no trade 1st round.

 

40th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings

Scott Crichton – Defensive End – Oregon State

The Vikings lost Jared Allen and have a big hole at defensive end. If they intend to have a respectable defense, they’ll need to get some pass rushers early on in the draft. Crichton will at least help fix that hole.

 

41st Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills

Jimmie Ward – Safety – Northern Illinois

The Bills lost Jairus Byrd and have done very little to fill his hole. They need a good all around safety and Ward is one of the best safeties in the draft. He’d fit that defense well.

 

42nd Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans

Loucheiz Purifoy – Cornerback – Florida

Purifoy is an extremely athletic cornerback who was one of the lone stars on the Gators team last season. He’s still raw as a cornerback, but he has great potential as a cornerback, and won’t be asked to have a big impact right away.

 

43rd Overall Pick – New York Giants

Morgan Moses – Offensive Tackle – Virginia

The Giants got rid of David Diehl, and they need some help along their offensive line. Moses is an underrated offensive tackle who can start from Day 1.

 

44th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams

Lamarcus Joyner – Cornerback / Safety – Florida State

The Rams lost Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins doesn’t seem like a long-term answer. This means the Rams have a to get some help for their secondary. Joyner can play either safety or cornerback and would be a boost for them.

 

45th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions

Davante Adams – Wide Receiver – Fresno State

The Lions added Golden Tate, and they obviously have Megatron, but they could still use another receiver to give Matthew Stafford some options. They need to give him more options other than Megatron.

 

46th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers

Daquan Jones – Defensive Tackle/Defensive End – Penn State

Jones is a big-bodied defensive lineman who was very good at Penn State. The Steelers need help on their defensive line, and Jones could help that need.

 

47th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens

Antonio Richardson – Offensive Tackle – Tennessee

The Ravens lost Michael Oher and Bryant McKinnie, and although they kept Eugene Monroe, they don’t have a right tackle. Richardson is a good all around tackle who fits well as a right tackle.

 

48th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys

Allen Robinson – Wide Receiver – Penn State

Robinson has some technicalities that he needs to fix up (catching with his body and explosiveness to name a couple), but he has great potential and is a playmaker.

 

49th Overall Pick – New York Jets

Tre Mason – Running Back – Auburn

Bilal Powell isn’t playing like a starting running back, so they should build a 1-2 punch. Tre Mason is the most talented running back in the draft, but people question his durability.

 

50th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins

Marcus Roberson – Cornerback – Florida

I know the Dolphins just signed Finnegan, but he’s not a very good option, and the Dolphins did lose Nolan Caroll in the offseason. Getting Roberson gives them a longterm option at cornerback.

 

51st Overall Pick – Chicago Bears

Stan-Jean Baptiste – Cornerback – Nebraska

The Bears won’t have Charles Tillman for much longer, and who knows if Tim Jennings is the longterm #1. Either way, they could use some secondary help and getting Jean Baptiste would help that secondary.

 

52nd Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals

Austin Seferian Jenkins – Tight End – Washington

Seferian Jenkins has some red flags, but he’s still a big athletic tight end who was one of the better tight ends in the draft. The Cardinals can benefit from having him.

 

53rd Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers

Donte Moncrief – Wide Receiver – Ole Miss

The Packers lost James Jones this offseason and now they are starting to get short on receivers. The Packers love to draft receivers, and Moncrief is one of the best players on the board and can contribute from Day 1.

 

54th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles

Xavier Su’a Filo – Offensive Guard – UCLA

The Eagles are shopping Evan Mathis, and they could be looking for a replacement. Su’a Filo is one of the best guards in the draft and can be the perfect replacement.

 

55th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals

Jimmy Garoppolo – Quarterback – Eastern Illinois

How many years does Andy Dalton have left? He only has one on his contract, and who knows if he’ll be back. Garoppolo is an underrated QB who with the right development can be a starter in this league.

 

56th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)

Trent Murphy – Defensive End – Stanford

Murphy is not a perfect fit in this scheme, but he’ll reunite with his old coach, Jim Harbaugh and would learn from the best how to play that position. We’re seeing more and more players make the switch.

 

57th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers

Marcus Martin – Center/Offensive Guard – USC

The Chargers need to do whatever they can to improve their offensive line. It got much better last season, but they need a little more help inside. The Falcons did a pick like this a couple of years with Peter Konz and he worked out pretty well. The Chargers should do the same.

 

58th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints

Beshaud Breeland – Cornerback – Clemson

The Saints are doing a lot to fix their defense. They added some players to their front 7 and they added Byrd to their safety duo. Now, they should add Breeland to their cornerback group and he could have an impact in his rookie year.

 

59th Overall Pick – Indianapolis Colts

Terrence Brooks – Safety – Florida State

The Colts need a safety very badly. Even Coach Pagano said that they’ll look to the draft for a safety. Brooks is a great “center-field-type” safety and can make plays in the running game. He would compliment Laron Landry very well.

 

60th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers

Cyrus Kouandjio – Offensive Tackle – Alabama

Kouandjio has regressed a lot in recent months, thanks to a terrible combine and a mediocre end to the season, but he could be a nice addition for the Panthers who can use a right tackle and/or offensive tackle depth.

 

61st Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers

Victor Hampton – Cornerback – South Carolina

The only weak spot on the 49ers defense is their cornerback group. That group has regressed over the last couple of seasons and they need to add some young talent to that pool. Getting Hampton gives them a small, physical cornerback that can make plays.

 

62nd Overall Pick – New England Patriots

Troy Niklaus – Tight End – Notre Dame

The Patriots have no good tight ends behind Gronkowski, and if he goes down, they’re in trouble. Niklaus is a big, pass catching tight end who has great potential in the NFL and can be a very good option for Brady.

 

63rd Overall Pick – Denver Broncos

Jerry Attaochu – Outside Linebacker / Defensive End – Georgia Tech

Attaochu is not a perfect fit with the Broncos, but as we’ve come to learn with the Broncos, they don’t mind too often. Attaochu is a great pass rusher, and can be a good player to compliment Demarcus Ware.

 

64th Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks

Gabe Jackson – Offensive Guard – Mississippi State

The Seahawks lost Paul McQuistan in the offseason and their interior offensive linemen aren’t great. Jackson would be a good option for them, and he could start in his rookie year.

 


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2 Comments

Reply Andrew Aziz
1:29 PM on April 5, 2014 
john l. says...
An excellent,well-thought -out mock ! I would swap Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin's spots, as well as move Su'a Filo and M oncrief up closer to the end of the first round, otherwise great work ! ( I am a suffering Rams fan living in St. Louis)


Thanks, appreciate it! I've been hearing that Matthews has been slipping a bit and not worthy of a first round pick, and when I watch him, I tend to agree. Su'a Filo is a talented guard who could end up going in the first.
Thanks for reading!
Reply john l.
8:23 AM on April 3, 2014 
An excellent,well-thought -out mock ! I would swap Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin's spots, as well as move Su'a Filo and M oncrief up closer to the end of the first round, otherwise great work ! ( I am a suffering Rams fan living in St. Louis)