Mock Draft 4.0

04/08/2014 10:52 am by in Category, Fantasy Football, Fantasy Football Articles, Fantasy Football Expert Analysis

2014

Mock Draft 4.0. (Not predicting trades) More to come!

  1. Houston Texans #1 – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
    There’s no doubt in my mind that Clowney is the most gifted player in this draft class. O’Brien isn’t tipping his hand, but I get the feeling he doesn’t go QB with the first pick. I think they take a QB in a later round, maybe Jimmy Garoppolo.
  2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) #2 – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn
    St.Louis is entertaining trade offers right now, although nothing serious has been reported. I expect them to trade this pick. Without accounting for trades, I think Robinson is a good fit. Robinson has shot up draft boards with his unbelievable size and athleticism. They did get Saffold back, but I feel like he’s better suited to play guard.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars #3 – Blake Bortles – QB – Central Florida
    I know the Jaguars re-signed Henne, but I still feel like the Jaguars have to take a QB here. It’s a quarterback driven league, and Gus Bradley desperately needs a franchise QB. Bradley ended his interview early because he had to shake Bortles’s hand and congratulate him on his pro day performance. Maybe showing his hand a little?
  4. Cleveland Browns #4 – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
    Watkins is my favorite WR prospect to come out since 2011 with Julio Jones and AJ Green. Cleveland’s offense would all of a sudden become very scary with Gordon, Watkins, Cameron, and company. I like Cleveland to use their second 1st round pick to take a QB.
  5. Oakland Raiders #5 – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
    Manziel is visiting Oakland for 2 days to meet with the coaches. Johnny Football has an infectious personality, and given 2 days with the Raiders, he might be able to “woo” them. He had an outstanding pro day, yet he remains somewhat of a risky prospect.
  6. Atlanta Falcons #6 – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo
    I think Mack has a good shot to end up being drafted #2 if the Rams trade down. If he falls, Atlanta desperately needs an athletic pass rusher and that’s what Mack brings to the table. Mack has a huge ceiling, and brings a wow factor with his explosion and play making ability. .
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers #7 – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
    With Tampa Bay trading Mike Williams away, the WR position all of a sudden becomes a huge question mark. They have their clear cut #1 in Vincent Jackson, but no one to step into the #2 spot. Josh McCown the has already been named the day 1 starter, and a WR corps of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans would be very similar to the monster WR corps he succeeded with in Chicago.
  8. Minnesota Vikings #8 – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville
    Teddy has been losing a little ground on Bortles and Manziel after a suspect pro day. I’m not a huge believer in pro days one way or the other, but teams want security when picking this high in the 1st round. Bridgewater is still arguably the most NFL ready QB in this draft class, and the Vikings would be thrilled to grab him at this point.
  9. Buffalo Bills #9 – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
    With the Bills trading for WR Mike Williams, I think they now address their offensive line. Ebron is a tempting player at this point, but Scott Chandler isn’t a slouch. Matthews is NFL ready and can start and thrive day 1 for the Bills.
  10. Detroit Lions #10 – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA
    After the free agent pickup of Golden Tate, I think the Lions turn to defense. Lions fans have been biting my head off about not selecting a WR here, but the pick just doesn’t make sense to me. Megatron, Tate, Pettigrew, Bush, and Bell are more than lethal weapons for Stafford. The WR position is deep in this draft, and there are plenty of options in the 2nd round. Anyways, Barr brings a fantastic pass rush off the edge, and has a huge ceiling. Barr has an unreal pro day, and Mayhew was in attendance.
  11. Tennessee Titans #11 – Aaron Donald – DT – Pittsburgh
    Donald fits perfectly into new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s hybrid defense. He brings tremendous versatility, as he can play any position asked of him on the line. Donald’s stock has been on the rise since his phenomenal combine, and pro day.
  12. New York Giants #12 – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina
    Ebron would give Eli much needed support after the departure of Brandon Myers, and Hakeem Nicks. Ebron is a phenomenal athlete and a matchup nightmare. A lot of people are comparing him to Vernon Davis. I actually played against Ebron in high school…he promptly burned me.
  13. St. Louis Rams #13 – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – Louisiana State
    I had the Rams taking a safety in my last mock, but after studying Rodney McLeod, I’m not convinced they need to take one this high. McLeod showed he can fill the need for now. I think the more pressing need is WR. Beckham Jr. is an explosive weapon, and if Sam Bradford has any shot at breaking through, he needs more talent to throw to. Maybe Tavon Austin, and Odell can bring back a little of “The Greatest Show On Turf” with their speed.
  14. Chicago Bears #14 – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – S – Alabama
    After signing Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young, the defensive line is less concerning now. Peanut Tillman doesn’t want to play safety, so I think taking a corner wouldn’t be as effective, although Tim Jennings is getting old. Ha Ha Clinton Dix will step in and most likely start day 1.
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers #15 – Justin Gilbert – CB -Oklahoma State
    This looks like it’ll be Ike Taylor’s last season with Pittsburgh, and the Steelers don’t have much depth at the position. Gilbert is big, fast, and an electric play maker on both defense and special teams.
  16. Dallas Cowboys #16 – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State
    With DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher gone, the need to address the D line is pivotal. The cornerstone of new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s D has always been the defensive line, and the Cowboys don’t have much talent on it right now.
  17. Baltimore Ravens #17 – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan
    Lewan has the talent to be a top 10 pick, but some of his off the field issues may cause him to slide. The Ravens have addressed their O line somewhat, but Lewan is probably the best player left here.
  18. New York Jets #18 – Marquese Lee – WR – Southern California
    The Jets put a dent in their pass catching needs by signing Eric Decker, but they still need to add another piece to help support the young Geno Smith, or the injury prone Vick. A lot of people are sleeping on Lee, who could really turn out to be a gem.
  19. Miami Dolphins #19 – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame
    After the whole Richie Incognito/Johnathan Martin situation, the Dolphins can’t afford to take Taylor Lewan with his off the field issues. They need to take a offensive lineman here and Zack Martin would fit perfectly.
  20. Arizona Cardinals #20 – Dee Ford – DE – Auburn
    John Abraham will turn 36 next month!!! 36!!! He can’t stay this productive forever? Can he? Ford will give the Cardinals versatility and great pressure off the edge.
  21. Green Bay Packers #21 – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama
    I think Mosley is being severely underrated by a lot of people right now because of his injury concerns. Not only can Mosley can do it all, but he’s a tremendous leader. Mosley is pro ready and has a great shot to start day 1. The Packers would love to grab him this late in the draft.
  22. Philadelphia Eagles #22 – Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville
    Pryor is a great fit for the Eagles’ aggressive defense. He’s a physical player, and will bring the wood in run support. The Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins, who is more of a cover safety, but the secondary still needs some work.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs #23 – Brandin Cooks. – WR – Oregon State
    Jamaal Charles carried the Chiefs in both the running and receiving games. They need to find receiver to help carry the load, Cooks can do that. Cooks had unbelievable numbers in college, winning the Bilitnikoff award his senior year. Cooks would bring much needed speed and play making ability to the Chiefs WR coprs.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals #24 – Kony Ealy- DE – Missouri
    With the loss of Michael Johnson, picking Ealy here would make a lot of sense. Ealy has great size and will provide a strong pass rush. Corner is another possibility for Cincy, but I feel like Ealy has better value than the corners at this point.
  25. San Diego Chargers #25 – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State
    Dennard is clearly in the top tier of corners in the draft, and would be a fantastic pick for San Diego here if he falls. He’s is a lock down corner, and the Chargers need depth at corner badly.
  26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis) #26 – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State
    I love love love this guy. Probably my favorite QB in this draft class. After picking a WR early, the Browns turn to the much needed QB position. I’m one of the only people that think Carr could go in the top 10, and I’m absolutely in love with his game. Unfortunately not a whole lot of people see what I’m seeing, although I believe they’ll catch on. I still believe Carr won’t drop out of the 1st round, someone will take notice. Landing in Cleveland with Gordon, Watkins, and Cameron wouldn’t be the worst thing.
  27. New Orleans Saints #27 – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State
    After signing Champ Bailey and Jairus Byrd, the Saints can afford to give Sean Payton and Drew Brees a new toy. The Saints love players who will draw mismatches, and Benjamin is a nightmare to cover with his size. A combo of Graham and Banjamin with their size could be scary.
  28. Carolina Panthers #28 – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia
    The 6-6 325 pound giant with fairy feet switched from RT to LT his senior year, making him capable of stepping in just about anywhere on the line. The Panthers really need to address the WR position, but with the position being deep in this class, I think they could wait until the 2nd. Moses also boasts the best beard of the draft class, invaluable.
  29. New England Patriots #29 – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech
    Amara broke the single season TE receiving record last year with 1,352 yards. Amaro is the perfect fit for New England, he can line up in the slot and is quick with his cuts. Pairing him with Gronkowski will give Brady that valuable 2nd TE in their offense. Amaro also gives the Patriots security at the TE position in case Gronk struggles with injuries again.
  30. San Francisco 49ers #30 – Jason Verrett – CB – Texas Christian
    With major questions surrounding the 49ers corners, I like them to select Verrett who could potentially start day 1. Verrett, while being undersized never struggled locking down his man in college. He’s got incredible football instincts and quickness, and should thrive behind the 49ers strong front 7.
  31. Denver Broncos #31 – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA
    After losing Zane Beadles to the Jaguars the Broncos need to address the interior of their O line. The experienced Su’a-Filo is pro ready and can be plugged in and start day 1.
  32. Seattle Seahawks #32 – Ra’shede Hageman – DT- Minnesota
    With both Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams on the IR last year, I like the Seahawks to address the interior of their line. Their need is even greater now that Red Bryant is gone. Hagemen brings incredible length and athleticism.

Let me know your thoughts on this mock draft! Who do you want your team to take?

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