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2020 NBA Mock Draft

Rnd. Pick Team Player Pos. School / Country
1 1         Minnesota Timberwolves LaMelo Ball G Australia
1 2 Golden State Warriors James Wiseman C Memphis
1 3 Charlotte Hornets Anthony Edwards G Georgia
1 4 Chicago Bulls Obi Toppin  F Dayton
1 5 Cleveland Cavaliers Deni Avdija F Israel
1 6 Atlanta Hawks Isaac Okoro F Auburn
1 7 Detroit Pistons Tyrese Haliburton  G Iowa State
1 8 New York Knicks Killian Hayes G France
1 9 Washington Wizards Onyeka Okongwu C USC
1 10 Phoenix Suns Cole Anthony G North Carolina
1 11 San Antonio Spurs Saddiq Bey F Villanova
1 12 Sacramento Kings Precious Achiuwa F Memphis
1 13 New Orleans Pelicans Devin Vassel G Florida State
1 14 Boston Celtics  Tyrese Maxey G Kentucky
1 15 Orlando Magic Patrick Wiliams F Florida State
1 16 Houston Rockets  Kira Lewis G Alabama
1 17 Minnesota Timberwolves RJ Hampton G New Zealand
1 18 Dallas Mavericks Aaron Nesmith F Vanderbilt
1 19 Brooklyn Nets  Tyler Bey F Colorado
1 20 Miami Heat Aleksej Pokusevski F Greece
1 21 Philadelphia 76ers  Josh Green  G Arizona
1 22 Denver Nuggets Leandro Bolmaro G Argentina
1 23 Utah Jazz Tyrell Terry G Stanford
1 24 Milwaukee Bucks Tre Jones G Duke
1 25 Oklahoma City Thunder Theo Maledon G France
1 26 Boston Celtics Nico Mannion G Arizona
1 27 New York Knicks Malachi Flynn G San Diego State
1 28 Los Angeles Lakers Paul Reed F DePaul
1 29 Toronto Raptors Vernon Carey  C Duke
1 30 Boston Celtics Cassius Winston G Michigan State

 

2020 3 Round NFL Mock Draft

Rnd.

Pick #

NFL team

Player

Pos.

College

1

1

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow

QB

LSU

1

2

Washington Redskins

Chase Young

Edge

Ohio State

1

3

Detroit Lions

Jeff Okudah

CB

Ohio State

1

4

New York Giants

Tristan Wirfs

OT

Iowa

1

5

Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa

QB

Alabama

1

6

Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert

QB

Oregon

1

7

Carolina Panthers

Isaiah Simmons

LB

Clemson

1

8

Arizona Cardinals

Jedrick Wills Jr.

OT

Alabama

1

9

Jacksonville Jaguars

Javon Kinlaw

DT

South Carolina

1

10

Cleveland Browns

Derrick Brown

DT

Auburn

1

11

New York Jets

Andrew Thomas

OT

Georgia

1

12

Las Vegas Raiders

CeeDee Lamb

WR

Oklahoma

1

13

San Francisco 49ers

Jerry Jeudy

WR

Alabama

1

14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mekhi Becton

OT

Louisville

1

15

Denver Broncos

Henry Ruggs III

WR

Alabama

1

16

Atlanta Falcons

C.J. Henderson

CB

Florida

1

17

Dallas Cowboys

K’Lavon Chaisson

Edge

LSU

1

18

Miami Dolphins

Austin Jackson

OT

USC

1

19

Las Vegas Raiders

Jordan Love

QB

Utah State

1

20

Jacksonville Jaguars

Xavier McKinney

S

Alabama

1

21

Philadelphia Eagles

Justin Jefferson

WR

LSU

1

22

Minnesota Vikings

A.J. Terrell

CB

Clemson

1

23

New England Patriots

Yetur Gross-Matos

Edge

Penn State

1

24

New Orleans Saints

Patrick Queen

LB

LSU

1

25

Minnesota Vikings

Tee Higgins

WR

Clemson

1

26

Miami Dolphins

D’Andrew Swift

RB

Georgia

1

27

Seattle Seahawks

A.J. Epenesa

Edge

Iowa

1

28

Baltimore Ravens

Kenneth Murray

LB

Oklahoma

1

29

Tennessee Titans

Joshua Jones

OT

Houston

1

30

Green Bay Packers

Laviska Shenault Jr.

WR

Colorado

1

31

San Francisco 49ers

Ross Blalock

DT

TCU

1

32

Kansas City Chiefs

J.K. Dobbins

RB

Ohio State

2

33

Cincinnati Bengals

Zack Baun

LB

Wisconsin

2

34

Indianapolis Colts

Denzel Mims

WR

Baylor

2

35

Detroit Lions

Neville Gallimore

DT

Oklahoma

2

36

New York Giants

Grant Delpit

S

LSU

2

37

Los Angeles Chargers

Trevon Diggs

CB

Alabama

2

38

Carolina Panthers

Jalen Hurts

QB

Oklahoma

2

39

Miami Dolphins

Brandon Aiyuk

WR

Arizona State

2

40

Houston Texans

Justin Madubuike

DT

Texas A&M

2

41

Cleveland Browns

Antoine Winfield Jr.

S

Minnesota

2

42

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacob Eason

QB

Washington

2

43

Chicago Bears

Kristian Fulton

CB

LSU

2

44

Indianapolis Colts

Cole Kmet

TE

Notre Dame

2

45

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jonathan Taylor

RB

Wisconsin

2

46

Denver Broncos

Jeff Gladney

CB

TCU

2

47

Atlanta Falcons

Terrell Lewis

Edge

Alabama

2

48

New York Jets

Michael Pittman Jr.

WR

USC

2

49

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ezra Cleveland

OT

Boise State

2

50

Chicago Bears

Terrell Burgess

S

Utah

2

51

Dallas Cowboys

Jaylon Johnson

CB

Utah

2

52

Los Angeles Rams

Cesar Ruiz

C

Michigan

2

53

Philadelphia Eagles

Damon Arnette

CB

Ohio State

2

54

Buffalo Bills

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

RB

LSU

2

55

Baltimore Ravens

Jalen Reagnor

WR

TCU

2

56

Miami Dolphins

Ashtyn Davis

S

Cal

2

57

Houston Texans

Curtis Weaver

Edge

Boise State

2

58

Minnesota Vikings

Josh Uche

Edge

Michigan

2

59

Seattle Seahawks

Isaiah Wilson

OT

Georgia

2

60

Baltimore Ravens

Robert Hunt

OG

Louisiana

2

61

Tennessee Titans

Marlon Davidson

DE

Auburn

2

62

Green Bay Packers

Adam Trautman

TE

Dayton

2

63

Kansas City Chiefs

Noah Igbinoghene

CB

Auburn

2

64

Seattle Seahawks

Tyler Johnson

WR

Minnesota

3

65

Cincinnati Bengals

KJ Hamler

WR

Penn State

3

66

Washington Redskins

Lloyd Cusheberry III

C

LSU

3

67

Detroit Lions

Julian Okwara

Edge

Notre Dame

3

68

New York Jets

Nick Harris

C

Washington

3

69

Carolina Panthers

Jordan Elliot

DT

Missouri

3

70

Miami Dolphins

Lucas Niang

OT

TCU

3

71

Los Angeles Chargers

Cam Akers

RB

Florida State

3

72

Arizona Cardinals

Akeem Davis-Gaither

LB

Appalachian State

3

73

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cameron Dantzler

CB

Mississippi State

3

74

Cleveland Browns

Prince Tega Wanogho

OT

Auburn

3

75

Indianapolis Colts

Jake Fromm

QB

Georgia

3

76

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bryce Hall

CB

Virginia

3

77

Denver Broncos

Tyler Biadasz

C

Wisconsin

3

78

Atlanta Falcons

Zack Moss

RB

Utah

3

79

New York Jets

Bradlee Anae

Edge

Utah

3

80

Las Vegas Raiders

Jeremy Chinn

S

Southern Illinois

3

81

Las Vegas Raiders

Devin Duvernay

WR

Texas

3

82

Dallas Cowboys

Jared Pickney

TE

Vanderbilt

3

83

Denver Broncos

Troy Dye

LB

Oregon

3

84

Los Angeles Rams

Jonathan Greenard

Edge

Florida

3

85

Detroit Lions

Jonah Jackson

OG

Ohio State

3

86

Buffalo Bills

Troy Pride Jr.

CB

Notre Dame

3

87

New England Patriots

Chase Claypool

WR

Notre Dame

3

88

New Orleans Saints

Donovan Peoples-Jones

WR

Michigan

3

89

Minnesota Vikings

Matt Hennessy

C

Temple

3

90

Houston Texans

Netane Muti

OG

Fresno State

3

91

Las Vegas Raiders

Amik Robertson

CB

Louisiana Tech

3

92

Baltimore Ravens

Lamical Perine

RB

Florida

3

93

Tennessee Titans

Hunter Bryant

TE

Washington

3

94

Green Bay Packers

Malik Harrison

LB

Ohio State

3

95

Denver Broncos

Matt Peart

OT

Connecticut

3

96

Kansas City Chiefs

Jack Driscoll

OG

Auburn

3

97

Cleveland Browns

Willie Gay Jr.

LB

Mississippi State

3

98

New England Patriots

Nate Stanley

QB

Iowa

3

99

New York Giants

Khalid Kareem

Edge

Notre Dame

3

100

New England Patriots

Albert Okwuegbunam

TE

Missouri

3

101

Seattle Seahawks

Raekwon Davis

DT

Alabama

3

102

Pittsburgh Steelers

Davon Hamilton

DT

Ohio State

3

103

Philadelphia Eagles

Anfernee Jennings

Edge

Alabama

3

104

Los Angeles Rams

Michael Ojemudia

CB

Iowa

3

105

Minnesota Vikings

Alex Taylor

OT

South Carolina State

3

106

Baltimore Ravens

Jabari Zuniga

Edge

Florida

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Shaun’s Picks

I did six different mock drafts, all looking at different ways to fill certain needs or by taking a look at draft prospect rankings that differed significantly from the norm just to see different options for the first round. I then took all six mocks, added a bunch of my own bias, and came up with my final and official mock draft. This is somewhere between what I think will happen and what I think should happen. If you are interested in seeing the six other mock drafts, they can be found here.

 

1) Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney – DE/OLB – South Carolina – Clowney is the best talent in the draft in years, making him an easy number one pick. There has been some buzz about Khalil Mack possibly being the guy based on scheme versatility, but lining up Clowney on the opposite side of the line as J.J. Watt could make for one of the greatest defensive lines ever.

 

2) St. Louis Rams::Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M – Most boards have Greg Robinson going here, and I originally did too, but the Rams need help now and Matthews is probably the most NFL ready tackle in the draft. Robinson has the higher upside and will likely be the one selected, but he also has bust potential, and at this point in the Rams development, they can’t afford a but at offensive tackle.

 

3) Jacksonville Jaguars: Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson – With many reports that Justin Blackmon will not be playing at all in 2014, the Jaguars need a playmaking receiver they can count on.  Watkins is as impressive a wide receiver I have seen in college football since Larry Fitzgerald at Pitt.

 

4) Cleveland Browns: C.J. Mosley – ILB – Alabama – In my other mock drafts, I found the Browns could probably get Mosley all the way down at pick 26, but he fits the need best here. Sure they need a quarterback, but the thought that each of the top three will be gone by then just doesn’t seem likely to me. They need someone that can be a leader in the middle of that defense, and Mosley can be just that.

 

5) Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack – OLB/DE – Buffalo – People have said Mack is the surest pass rusher to come into the draft since Aaron Curry, and we have seen how well that went. I don’t see him being the bust Curry was, but I also don’t see him being a league leader in sacks. The Raiders need talent at every position, and lots of it, so look for them to take the best player on the board

 

6) Atlanta Falcons: Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina – Julio Jones has proved to be an injury risk and the team has lost a future Hall of Famer in Tony Gonzalez, so a playmaking tight end is an easy selection. Ebron is one of the most talented receiving tight ends in the draft in some time, and could be a real star on a team like the Falcons.

 

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn – The Bucs might not know who their long term quarterback is going to be, but regardless of who it is, they will need to protect him. Robinson has the most natural tools of any offensive lineman in the draft, he just doesn’t have the polish. He has brute strength and is very athletic. He can protect the quarterback and blow up the defense on running plays, making him a perfect fit in Tampa.

 

8) Minnesota Vikings: Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State – Defensive back might not be the most pressing need for the Vikings, and with them declining Christian Ponder’s fifth year option, they could very well go quarterback here, but Dennard might be too tempting to pass up. Unlike most of the corners in this draft, he has number one corner upside rather than the nickel corner profile of most guys. In an incredibly pass happy division, adding another play making corner could benefit the Vikings moving forward.

 

9) Buffalo Bills: Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M – The Bills had some young receivers show flashes of brilliance last season, to go with flashes of rookie mistakes. I was tempted to put Marqise Lee as a surprise pick here to give them the duo the USC fans became used to of Lee and Robert Woods, but Mike Evans is the big bodied receiver that can wreak havoc in the AFC East.

 

10) Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State – Detroit ranked 23rd in the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2013 and 28th in sacks. They have spent plenty of money and draft picks on the defensive line, but really need help on the back end. Gilbert might be the most athletic of the first round corners, but he also needs the most refining. He will get beat by the top receivers in the division, but he should make plenty of big plays too.

 

11) Tennessee Titans: Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville – I am not one of those people who think this draft is bad at quarterback, but I also don’t think there is a real star available either. There are a lot of quality game managers who have the upside of someone the likes of Joe Flacco. If there is one player that can become a star, it is Bridgewater, but he needs to be in the right environment to do so. He will struggle in cold weather locations like the East and North divisions, and while Nashville has it’s cold stretches, games in Jacksonville, and two stadiums with a roof on it (Indianapolis and Houston) should allow Bridgewater to really shine.

 

12) New York Giants: Aaron Donald – DT – Pittsburgh – The Giants have had the mot success when they have disruptive pass rushers off the edge, but Donald could give them an all around disruptor right up the middle. Donald might be the second most talented player in this draft, and can be an absolute steal at 12, but defensive tackle is actually pretty deep in this draft and is not a major need for the teams at the top, so Giants fans should be very happy if Donald gets to them.

 

13) St. Louis Rams: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix – S – Alabama – Clinton-Dix to the Rams at 13 has been the longest consistent pick in mock drafts ever since the draft order was determined. The Rams have decent corners, but their safeties are a major weakness. Clinton-Dix could step in and make a major impact right away.

 

14) Chicago Bears: Jason Verrett – CB – TCU – While the Bears have an excellent duo of starting corners, both are over the age of 30, so it is time to start grooming the heir apparent. Verrett is under 5’10”, so he will probably be a lined up on the traditional slot receiver, and he ran a sub-4.40 40, so he can run with the best of them.

 

15) Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State – Over the past two seasons the Steelers have lost Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jericho Cotchery, leaving them with a massive need at wide receiver. Cooks would join former Oregon State teammate Markus Wheaton up in Pittsburgh to give them a pair of burners opposite number one receiver Antonio Brown.

 

16) Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville – The Cowboys just might be set to pick in in the top ten of the draft next year. They need help at almost every position on the defensive side as their depth was exposed as a massive weakness last season. They will likely spend the majority of their picks on the defensive side of the ball, and Pryor would be a fantastic start.

 

17) Baltimore Ravens: Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan – Michael Oher has a fantastic story which turned into a quality movie, but it turned out he wasn’t a very good NFL player. Eugene Monroe is set in at left tackle, and Lewan has never played right tackle, but if he slips this far, he is a must pick.

 

18) New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU – If the Falcons don’t pick Ebron at six, he is the pick here, but since he is off the board, the best receiver is the obvious pick, and for me it is Beckham Jr. The Jets clearly are not sold on Geno Smith at quarterback given the fact they brought in Michael Vick, but it is too early to add another QB to their roster. Look for the Jets to add other offensive weapons to the recently signed Erik Decker and Chris Johnson to help on offense.

 

19) Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin – OT/G – Notre Dame –The Dolphins lost two starters on the offensive line due to scandal in 2013, so they need help on the offensive line. Martin can play either tackle or guard, both positions of need, and he can play right from the start.

 

20) Arizona Cardinals: Blake Bortles – QB – UCF – The Cardinals were the best team in the league that did not make the playoffs in 2013, and were arguably better than some that did taste the postseason, so drafting a quarterback rather than an immediate need may be tough, but Bortles makes it easier. Bortles would get the chance to sit behind Carson Palmer for part of the season but will work his way into playing time. Bortles would be a fantastic pick for the Cardinals.

 

21) Green Bay Packers: Marqise Lee – WR – USC – At first glance, with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb already on the team, receiver doesn’t look like a need, but the depth at the receiver position was exposed in 2013 after their receivers suffered injuries. If Lee was in the draft last year, he would have been a top-10 guy, but he will side this year, and become a steal for the Packers.

 

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State – Trent Cole and Connor Barwin are the current outside backers for the Eagles, and neither of them are exactly spring chickens. Shazier is the top outside linebacker on a lot of boards after Anthony Barr has slipped for a lot of teams. One of the two will likely go here, and my money is on it being Shazier, although I believe Barr is the better player.

 

23) Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Su’a-Filo – G – UCLA – Su’a Filo being the first round pick for the Chiefs the season after they went tackle with the top overall pick last season, but he will help create to core of a team that will compete to win championships for many years to come.

 

24) Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech – The Bengals lost their defensive coordinator and two of their top corners are already into their thirties. Fuller is a quality corner that can serve as the dime back in his first season but be a legit starter in a year.

 

25) San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix III – DT – Notre Dame – The Chargers need a true nose tackle, and that is just what Nix is. He is the type of guy that could drop to the third of fourth round, or go as early as 25. Maybe this is my Notre Dame fandom shining through, but I think he is a difference maker so long as the team determines his knees won’t be an issue moving forward.

 

26) Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M – I don’t like Manziel. I don’t get how he has been so successful, but he has been. Eventually I fully believe his antics will cause him to go down in flames, and is there any more fitting city for him to do that in than Cleveland? I think not.

 

27) New Orleans Saints: Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State – The Saints got significantly better on defense in 2013, but they currently have Champ Bailey listed as a starting corner on their depth chart, making corner a desperate need, and Roby is the best available.

 

28) Carolina Panthers: Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama – The Panthers offensive line is an embarrassment for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations, as are their receivers. Kouandjio is an incredibly underrated offensive lineman and I think is going to be really good, maybe even make a Pro Bowl or two.

 

29) New England Patriots: Stephon Tuitt – DE/DT – Notre Dame – Tuitt is a top-10 talent, but an his makeup are off the board. If a team can take an outspoken, me-first player and turn him into a team-first mute who does his talking on the field, it is the Patriots. The Patriots are a great fit for this guy.

 

30) San Francisco 49ers: Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri – The 49ers need an edge rusher, and this could be another spot for Anthoy Barr, but a guy that can rush with his hand on the ground is a bigger need. Ealy fits that need and would be my pick for them.

 

31) Denver Broncos: Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt – I absolutely love this kids game. In the first game of the season he got hit so hard he was puking on the field. He came off the field for one play, then went back in and made one of the biggest catches of the college football season. He went on to break several SEC receiver records. With Decker gone, Matthews could fill that role, and might even be better.

 

32) Seattle Seahawks: Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota – I saw a lot of Hageman this season, and he looked fantastic. He could very well be the second best defensive tackle in this draft, and would fit the Seahawks perfectly.

 

Round 2

#

Team

Player

Pos

School

1 (33).

Houston Texans

Tom Savage

QB

Pittsburgh

2 (34).

Washington Redskins

Anthony Barr

OLB

UCLA

3 (35).

Cleveland Browns

Kelvin Benjamin

WR

Florida State

4 (36).

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr

QB

Fresno State

5 (37).

Atlanta Falcons

Morgan Moses

OT

Virginia

6 (38).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Davante Adams

WR

Fresno State

7 (39).

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jimmy Garoppolo

QB

Eastern Illinois

8 (40).

Minnesota Vikings

Chris Borland

ILB

Wisconsin

9 (41).

Buffalo Bills

Dee Ford

DE

Auburn

10 (42).

Tennessee Titans

Carlos Hyde

RB

Ohio State

11 (43).

New York Giants

Cody Latimer

WR

Indiana

12 (44).

St. Louis Rams

Gabe Jackson

G

Mississippi State

13 (45).

Detroit Lions

Jimmie Ward

S

Northern Illinois

14 (46).

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lamarcus Joyner

CB

Florida State

15 (47).

Dallas Cowboys

Demarcus Lawrence

DE/OLB

Boise State

16 (48).

Baltimore Ravens

Marcus Martin

C

USC

17 (49).

New York Jets

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

TE

Washington

18 (50).

Miami Dolphins

Bishop Sankey

RB

Washington

19 (51).

Chicago Bears

Deone Bucannon

S

Washington State

20 (52).

Arizona Cardinals

Jeremiah Attaochu

OLB

Georgia Tech

21 (53).

Green Bay Packers

Jace Amaro

TE

Texas Tech

22 (54).

Philadelphia Eagles

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

CB

Nebraska

23 (55).

Cincinnati Bengals

David Yankey

G

Stanford

24 (56).

San Francisco 49ers

Jarvis Landry

WR

LSU

25 (57).

San Diego Chargers

Martavis Bryant

WR

Clemson

26 (58).

New Orleans Saints

Kyle Van Noy

OLB

BYU

27 (59).

Indianapolis Colts

Allen Robinson

WR

Penn State

28 (60).

Carolina Panthers

Keith McGill

CB

Utah

29 (61).

San Francisco 49ers

Weston Richburg

C

Colorado State

30 (62).

New England Patriots

Troy Niklas

TE

Notre Dame

31 (63).

Denver Broncos

Phillip Gaines

CB

Rice

32 (64).

Seattle Seahawks

Ja’Wuan James

OT

Tennessee

 

 

 

Round 3

#

Team

Player

Pos

School

1 (65).

Houston Texans

Antonio Richardson

OT

Tennessee

2 (66).

Washington Redskins

Joel Bitonio

OT/G

Nevada

3 (67).

Oakland Raiders

Donte Moncrief

WR

Ole Miss

4 (68).

Atlanta Falcons

Telvin Smith

OLB

Florida State

5 (69).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pierre Desir

CB

Lindenwood

6 (70).

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tre Mason

RB

Auburn

7 (71).

Cleveland Browns

Ka’Deem Carey

RB

Arizona

8 (72).

Minnesota Vikings

A.J. McCarron

QB

Alabama

9 (73).

Buffalo Bills

Billy Turner

OT

North Dakota St.

10 (74).

New York Giants

Jeremy Hill

RB

LSU

11 (75).

St. Louis Rams

Brandon Coleman

WR

Rutgers

12 (76).

Detroit Lions

Scott Crichton

DE

Colorado State

13 (77).

San Francisco 49ers

Marcus Roberson

CB

Florida

14 (78).

Dallas Cowboys

Caraun Reid

DT

Princeton

15 (79).

Baltimore Ravens

Kareem Martin

DE

North Carolina

16 (80).

New York Jets

Trai Turner

G

LSU

17 (81).

Miami Dolphins

Dakota Dozier

G

Furman

18 (82).

Chicago Bears

DaQuan Jones

DT

Penn State

19 (83).

Cleveland Browns

Cyril Richardson

G

Baylor

20 (84).

Arizona Cardinals

Terrence Brooks

S

Florida State

21 (85).

Green Bay Packers

Marcus Smith

DE

Louisville

22 (86).

Philadelphia Eagles

Dominique Easley

DT

Florida

23 (87).

Kansas City Chiefs

Bruce Ellington

WR

South Carolina

24 (88).

Cincinnati Bengals

Zach Mettenberger

QB

LSU

25 (89).

San Diego Chargers

Bashaud Breeland

CB

Clemson

26 (90).

Indianapolis Colts

Trent Murphy

OLB/DE

Stanford

27 (91).

New Orleans Saints

Dri Archer

RB/WR

Kent State

28 (92).

Carolina Panthers

Paul Richardson

WR

Colorado

29 (93).

New England Patriots

Travis Swanson

C

Arkansas

30 (94).

San Francisco 49ers

Jackson Jeffcoat

DE/OLB

Texas

31 (95).

Denver Broncos

Shayne Skov

ILB

Stanford

32 (96).

Minnesota Vikings

Brandon Thomas

G/OT

Clemson

33 (97).

Pittsburgh Steelers

Will Sutton

DT

Arizona State

34 (98).

Green Bay Packers

Dion Bailey

S

USC

35 (99).

Baltimore Ravens

Ego Ferguson

DT

LSU

36 (100).

San Francisco 49ers

Jordan Tripp

OLB

Montana

 

2014 NFL Mock Draft – Torsten’s Picks

Who doesn’t like making a mockery of things, especially the NFL draft. Before we get started, a few points.

·         The player listed will be who I think the team WILL select, not SHOULD select, though that player will often be mentioned in the comments too.

·         I won’t be mocking trade scenarios. While it’s an absolute certainty that there will be some trading up and down going on, it doesn’t work. The possibilities may also be mentioned in the pick comments, but the projected pick is who I think the team will pick, postulating that they keep it.

·         I understand I’m in the minority, but I’m not a scheme guy. I believe a guy can play football, or he can’t. So whether a team plays a 3-4 or a 4-3, are you telling me Khalil Mack doesn’t make their defense better? Exactly. Ok, moving on.

 

1.       Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: He’s the most talented player in the draft, and I don’t think the Texans will be able to resist the temptation of a pass rush featuring Clowney and JJ Watt. Personally, I take Khalil Mack here, who has a slightly lower ceiling but is more of a “sure thing,” and fills a position that currently is more of a need. But it’s hard to argue against Clowney. I think the persisting questions about his work ethic are a little overblown. Defenses won’t be able to triple team him with Watt on the other end.

2.       St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: They’re featuring a power run attack. Robinson is the best run blocking tackle to come out of the draft in ages. Match made in heaven, right? Well, you don’t know what you are going to get from the current brain trust of Fisher and Snead. They’ve shown shrewdness and acumen with some of their drafting and signing. They’ve also shown shocking incompetence and lack of forethought. I think they trade the pick if a good enough offer comes along, but they absolutely must upgrade the tackle position in round one, be it with Robinson, or another capable guy like Matthews or Lewan.

3.       Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: After the Blaine Gabbert fiasco, they’ll probably be reticent to use another high pick on a quarterback. But they did resign Chad Henne, and while he isn’t a long term solution, the classy veteran can mentor Bortles for a year or so. Unlike Gabbert, he wouldn’t have to jump right out of the frying pan and into the fire. Bortles has the reputation of being a little raw, but having the most upside, even though I hate that word,

4.       Cleveland Browns – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: I don’t know if this is awesome value here, or if this draft is just really deep. Probably the latter. Sometimes it’s hard to ascertain exactly what you’re going to get when you draft a star player from a smaller school that plays against iffy competition. With Mack, this is not the case. He is all that, several bags of chips, and as close as you can get to a guaranteed star.

5.       Oakland Raiders – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: It’s pretty much a certainty that the Raiders won’t be as horrid as they were last year. The Matt Schaub acquisition would appear to give them some time and possibly wait until the middle rounds for a quarterback, but the opportunity to get Bridgewater might be too tempting. If I’m the Raiders, I would go after Sammy Watkins. Perhaps being successful with the drafting of a receiver in the first round can erase some of the stink from the Darius Heyward-Bey disaster.

6.       Atlanta Falcons – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: How many years have they been talking about Atlanta bringing in the successor to Tony Gonzalez? Well, Gonzalez actually IS retired now. They didn’t draft Zach Ertz or Tyler Eifert this year. Do they have choice this year? I think their preference is probably trading up to a position where they can get Clowney to address their woeful pass rush, but I don’t think they’ll be too disappointed with Ebron.   

7.       Tampa Bay Bucs – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: The Bucs would be delighted if Watkins dropped to them at the 7th spot. Of course, that’s no guarantee. The Raiders and Jacksonville also have a big need at the receiver position. Don’t believe the Manziel stories here. Not happening.

8.       Minnesota Vikings – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: I don’t buy the Manziel stories here either. The team’s best player, running back Adrian Peterson, is beginning to entire the twilight portion of his career, and Manziel is not a plug and play starter. He’ll need a year or two to develop, and if they don’t want to end up in a situation where Peterson leverages a trade, they’ll make do with Cassel, who isn’t as terrible as you think if you give him protection. Another good tackle to pair with Kalil would do that.

9.       Buffalo Bills – Ha Ha Clinton Dix, S, Alabama: It just so happens that the team lost Jairus Byrd to the Saints in free agency, and the best available safety is on the board for them. And while he’s maybe a little bit of a reach at 9, it shouldn’t be enough to deter a team from filling a need. Taylor Lewan is also a possibility here because he’s the best remaining offensive lineman, and they’re invested in keeping EJ Manuel healthy.

10.   Detroit Lions – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: There’s been a lot of chatter about Sammy Watkins here but I doubt he’d last, and I’m not convinced Detroit will want to trade the assets it would take to move up. No worries, though. Evans, is not much of a step down, if at all. And gone will be the days that defenses can octuple team Megatron.

11.   Tennessee Titans – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: The Titans too end up in the position where they can fill the void created by their biggest free agent departure (Alterraun Verner). That is, of course, if you don’t count Chris Johnson, who was released and subsequently signed by the Jets.

12.   New York Giants – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: The Giants will be counting their lucky stars if Lewan drops to them. Their offensive line play last season was nothing short of cataclysmic. There’s no possible way that Eli Manning is as bad as he was last year. He’s won two Superbowls when he’s been kept upright.

13.   St. Louis Rams – Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska: The Rams get to see twice a year what giant cornerbacks can do defensively when they play Seattle. At 6 foot 3, Jean-Baptiste is a monster. Most have Gilbert and Roby rated higher, but the position is changing. (editor’s note: I’m hoping for Anthony Barr, if only because the thought Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Barr simultaneously rushing the passer gives me gleeful heart palpitations)

14.   Chicago Bears – CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama: The Bears were nothing short of calamitous at stopping the run in 2013. Had they been merely pathetic, they probably make the playoffs. I’m not saying Mosley is Brian Urlacher, but fans and teammates alike will be able to get behind his style.

15.   Pittsburgh Steelers – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon StateFew quarterbacks buy time quite like Big Ben. Guys with blinding speed and good hands like Cooks would seem to be a perfect fit. This team has lost quite a bit at the receiver position the last couple of years, and replacing some of it with Cooks makes sense to me.

16.   Dallas Cowboys – Odell Beckham, WR, LSU:  I’m putting Beckham here because I’m assuming it’s Jerry Jones who has the final call, and while Beckham is a good player worthy of getting picked in this neighborhood, Dallas has different needs. Like the offensive line.

17.   Baltimore Ravens – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia:  The Ravens are an astute organization, and one of the first things astute organizations do after giving their quarterback a Brinks truck of Benjamins is to surround him with some good blocking. This could also easily be Zack Martin, Cyrus Kouandijo, Joe Bitonio, or another talented tackle. I just think Morgan Moses is a really cool name.

18.   New York Jets – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.:  It’s hard to pass on a first round talent at cornerback if it falls to you. I’m wracking my brain and I can’t come up with a need pressing enough to pass up Gilbert. Wide receiver maybe, but they just signed Eric Decker. I’m stumped here, I’ll admit it.

19.   Miami Dolphins – Jordan Matthews, WR, VanderbiltI’ve got a bit of a man crush here. Mike Wallace stretches the field, Matthews would offer a nice complement. Other receivers are rated higher in other people’s mocks, but I think whoever ends up with Matthews gets a great value.

20.   Arizona Cardinals – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&MNope, not kidding. Carson Palmer showed that this is an entirely different team with decent quarterback play, but he’s not a spring chicken anymore. What he is is smart, competitive, and classy. If you could pick a current veteran starter to tutor his eventual successor, wouldn’t Palmer be on your short list? There is, of course, the chance that Manziel doesn’t even fall close to this far…

21.   Green Bay Packers –  Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA: There are a lot of issues on the defensive side of the ball in Green Bay. In Barr, they get a disruptive pass rusher who at one point was being mentioned alongside Clowney and Mack as defensive players worthy of a top five pick. I wouldn’t be shocked with an offensive lineman here like Joel Bitonio, especially since Aaron Rodgers is at his most effective when he has a pulse.

22.   Philadelphia Eagles – Marquise Lee, WR, USC: Wide receiver is the trendy idea here for Philly in the wake of DeSean Jackson’s departure. Probably because it makes the most sense. They have defensive needs too, and the very good Aaron Donald is somehow still on the board, but I see Chip Kelly wanting more on offense.

23.   Kansas City Chiefs – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: Their defense, vaunted at the early part of 2013, was exposed late in the year. When you’re playing Peyton Manning twice a year, you need to be solid on the back end. You can also make cases for Brad Roby and Jason Verrett.

24.   Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: If by some chance Donald actually falls this far, you’d have to think the Bengals would set a land speed record on the way to the podium. Difference makers on defense aren’t often found this late.

25.   San Diego Chargers – Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: A little high for Amaro? Probably a little, but Antonio Gates hasn’t put a full healthy season together in a while, and another receiving option to go with the excellent Keenan Allen is probably high on Phil Rivers’ wish list too.

26.   Cleveland Browns – Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: This may end up being another one of those situations where even though a player doesn’t fill a giant need, he’s too good to not pick. Having already added Mack, this suddenly looks like a really good defense.

27.   New Orleans Saints – Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Van Noy doesn’t fill a glaring need, but he’s the type of player who can make any defense better. I am not buying that the departure of Lance Moore means that the Saints MUST add a receiver here… but it wouldn’t shock me to hear Davante Adams’ or Cody Latimer’s name called either.

28.   Carolina Panthers – Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada: Look, I’m perfectly willing to admit that a significant chunk of my “research” on players involves YouTube and Google. That said, when the “negatives” that are pointed out about a player include that you’d like to see him a little taller or have arms that were a little longer, it’s often a case of, “well, we gotta find SOMETHING wrong with the guy, let’s criticize something like limb proportion…” But if you want something more concrete, Cam Newton is this organization’s future, and only makes sense to protect him with good linemen. Like Bitonio.

29.   New England Patriots – Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: This boils down to needing a Vince Wilfork clone. Nix is enormous, and well-schooled at the home of the Fighting Irish. I was close to adding another weapon for Tom Brady like the aforementioned Adams, Latimer, or maybe even Kelvin Benjamin, but I couldn’t pull the trigger.

30.   San Francisco 49rs – Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State: Is it cheating that I’m putting this here in the wake of the Aldon Smith fiasco? I don’t know which rumor is correct: the team not exercising the option or the team not giving up on him. But I’ll tell you one thing, 9 million is a lot of dollars to risk on someone facing multiple criminal charges, not to mention a very recent bout with alcohol abuse. So…enter Shazier, who is very very good.

31.   Denver Broncos – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: I concede, this is kind of a cop out pick for me. The best reason I can come up with is that the Broncos figure to have multiple touchdown leads by halftime of many of their games, so defending the pass has to be a priority, right? Right??? Hey, like I said, cop out. But Roby is a lightning bolt.

32.   Seattle Seahawks – Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama: The ‘Hawks could use some upgrading along the offensive line…eventually. Hear me out. Or…see me out? Anyway, there’s concerns out there that he’s not ready, or maybe not healed completely from some college injuries. Whatever. He doesn’t even have to play much in year one. He can learn, or recover, or whatever, but I don’t see Seattle letting a guy who was once considered a possible top 15 pick fall past them at 32.

 

Wow. There it is. And I’m sitting here looking at 8 more players who could easily go in the first round. Wait, there’s 3 more. Oh well. Enjoy!