Mock Draft 5.0

05/02/2014 2:36 pm by in Category, Fantasy Football, Fantasy Football Articles, Fantasy Football Expert Analysis

2014

Mock Draft 5.0. (Not predicting trades) More to come!

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  1. Houston Texans #1 – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
    Unless the Texans trade down, I don’t see them taking any other player. Clowney is the most talented player in this draft class, and I’ve had him going 1st for the past 3 Mocks.
  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. If drafted, Robinson will most likely start at guard until Jake Long moves on.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars #3 – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo
    I’m tempted to mock a quarterback here, but with the depth at the position I think they wait until the 2nd round. Mack would fit perfectly into defensive minded head coach Gus Bradley’s defense playing the Leo position (weak-side edge player). Bradley had success with a similar style player in Bruce Irvin while in Seattle.
  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. He plays fast and violent football and is a nightmare in the open field. Cleveland’s offense would all of a sudden become very scary with Gordon, Watkins, Hawkins, Burleson, Cameron, and company. I like Cleveland to use their second 1st round pick to take a QB.
  5. Oakland Raiders #5 – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan
    The more I thought about mocking a QB here the more I began to think it was a bad idea. The fans would already be hounding the team to start (insert drafted QB) after the first pick Matt Schaub throws. I think the Raiders want to give Schaub a fighting chance, and with the depth in the class I think they address their O line. It’s been reported that the Raider’s like Lewan the most out of the “big 3″ OTs. (Robinson, Matthews, and Lewan)
  6. Atlanta Falcons #6 – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
    Atlanta would prefer to take CLowney or Mack here, but with both off the table I think they would be happy to take Matthews. Matthews is pro ready and can start from day 1. The Falcons have the talent to make a run at the playoffs, but their offensive line desperately needs some work.
  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. Jeff Tedford’s system, has a focus on intermediate and vertical routes off play action, which is a perfect fit for Evans. Evans probably has the best ball skills of all of the talented WRs in this draft class, and would make Tampa Bay’s WR corps lethal in the red-zone.
  8. Minnesota Vikings #8 – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville
    First QB off the board! 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. There’s no way in my mind Bridgewater slips to the 2nd round like some analysts have been saying. I know Vikings fans would be ecstatic with this pick.
  9. Buffalo Bills #9 – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina
    It’s been reported that Buffalo has interest trading up. If the draft falls the way I’m mocking it, the Bills will have a tough decision to make. Both stud WRs are gone, the 3 top OTs, and obviously Mack and Clowney. Even with the acquisition of Mike Williams, the Bills could stand to help 2nd year QB EJ Manuel out a little bit, and giving him a big talented vertical threat would do that.
  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 had 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. This mock is really a nightmare situation for Tennessee with a lot of their wish list already off the board. They could look to trade back if this happens, but without accounting for trades I think Donald is the best pick here. I leaned towards corners a little bit, but saw some quotes from Titans coaches praising their 2 young corners Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh.
  12. New York Giants #12 – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – Louisiana State
    Beckham Jr. would give Eli much needed support after the departure of Brandon Myers, and Hakeem Nicks. The offensive line is a huge need for the Giants too, but with the offence struggling last year I think getting a play maker is important. A lot of people see Beckham Jr. as a undersized WR because of his style of play, but he’s really 6 feet tall with a 38.5 inch vertial…not bad. He would give the Giants versatility and is dangerous in the return game as an added bonus.
  13. St. Louis Rams #13 – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – S – Alabama
    Calvin Pryor is my favorite safety in the class, but I think it makes more sense to take Clinton-Dix here. The Rams already have their thumper in McDonald, and Clinton-Dix is a better cover safety than Pryor. I really do like McLeod and think he could hold down the fort, but Clinton-Dix might be too much to pass up on with his upside.
  14. Chicago Bears #14 – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State
    With both Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Aaron Donald off the board, I think the Bears take their CB of the future here. Some people have compared Patrick Peterson and Gilbert because of his tremendous versatility. With the aging Peanut Tillman entering free agency again next season, Gilbert would be a great pickup.
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers #15 – Darqueze Dennard – CB -Michigan State
    With Ike Taylor turning 34 in a few days (happy birthday!) and William Gay entering the season at 29, the Steelers need to get younger. Both Gay and Taylor would be great mentors for Dennard who in my opinion is the best coverage corner in this draft class. The only concern I have is his play might just be a little TOO physical!
  16. Dallas Cowboys #16 – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State
    Uh oh…Johnny Manziel is still on the board! Would Jerry Jones dare pick him? I dunno… The problem with the Cowboys isn’t their offense though, it’s their defense. With DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher gone, they need to address the D line. 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. Jernigan is run stop specialist and should help solidify the position.
  17. Baltimore Ravens #17 – Zack Martin – OG – Notre Dame
    The Ravens still have a lot to address on their O line, and a versatile reliable guy like Martin is a perfect fit. This pick fits all of the criterias of fit, talent, need and value
  18. New York Jets #18 – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State
    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. Cooks who won the Biletnikoff award for the best WR in college football last year would pair well with Decker, and caught an astounding 128 balls last season.
  19. Miami Dolphins #19 – CJ Mosley – LB – Alabama
    With Zack Martin off the board I like the Dolphins to turn to linebacker here. Last season the weak link of the Dolphins defense was their line-backing corps. Newly required free agents Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe hard horrible first seasons in Miami. Per Andrew Tornetta of Bleacher Report- “Wheeler ranked 35th among 35 outside linebackers, and was graded worse in every category from where he was in 2012. Ellerbe, meanwhile, was top-six in the league in most missed tackles among inside linebackers and graded out 53rd out of 55 overall.” Mosley is a franchise type middle linebacker, and would bring stability to Miami’s line-backing corps in 2014.
  20. Arizona Cardinals #20 – Blake Bortles – QB – Central Florida
    It’s not that I don’t like Bortles, but I think the depth of the position is really going to hurt all of the quarterback’s draft spots. Teams will figure they can take the best player available early on and still be able to draft a QB they really like early in the 2nd round. This would be a great pick for the Cardinals, giving them their QB of the future, and a player that perfectly fits the mold of what Bruce Arians is looking for in a quarterback.
  21. Green Bay Packers #21 – Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville
    It’s no secret that the Packers will mainly look to address the defensive side of the ball, and if Pryor falls this far in the draft the Packers should be pumped. The Packer’s safety’s didn’t intercept a ball for the first time since the 1950′s…that’s a problem. Pryor (who is my favorite safety) can lay the wood and has great ball skills. He would have a good shot at starting week 1 and would bring depth and stability to the secondary.
  22. Philadelphia Eagles #22 – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri
    Ealy played the 4-3 defensive end in college, but if drafted by the Eagles would turn into a 3-4 OLB. The question is if Ealy is athletic enough and able to drop into coverage when necessary, I think he is. Philly ranked 20th, only sacking the QB 37 times last season, Ealy would help improve that number.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs #23 – Marquise Lee – WR – Southern California
    Lee might be the least talked about talented receiver in the draft. If Lee was able to come out after his sophomore season, he probably wold havbe been a top 5 pick. After a sub par last season, largely because of the instability of quarterback play, Lee’s stock has dropped. Now the Chiefs might be able to grab a premiere talent at a position of need late in the 1st round. Jamaal Charles carried the Chiefs in both the running and receiving games. They need to find receiver to help carry the load, Lee can provide that. Co
  24. Cincinnati Bengals #24 – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech
    With Dennard and Gilbert off the board, I like the Bengals to pick Kyle Fuller who’s stock has been rapidly rising. Living only 40 minutes away from Virginia Tech I had the opportunity to watch Fuller play first hand a lot. He isn’t afraid to jump routes and try to make the big play, but can subsequently get burned at times because of that tendency. Fuller is a physical player and has a huge wingspan, which is a big plus for his stock. It’s crazy to say, but his little brother Kendall Fuller might even be a better player, look for him to be a top 10 pick in a few years.
  25. San Diego Chargers #25 – Jason Verrett – CB – Texas Christian
    The Chargers really need to address the corner position and Verrett has the skill and instincts of an elite corner, his only downfall is his size at 5-9. He was still able to lock down his man in college with physical play, but it may be tougher for him to guard larger receivers in the NFL. Even though he’s undersized Verrett is a top notch tackler and will be an asset in run support.
  26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis) #26 – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
    Again, I really like Johnny Football but the depth of the position could lead to a QB slide. The Browns will look to take a QB here if they don’t go QB with their first pick. Cleveland would all of a sudden become an incredibly explosive offense with Manziel, Tate, Gordon, Watkins, Hawkins, Burleson, and Cameron. If drafted this late I expect JFF to play with a chip on his shoulder, only making his competitive nature that much stronger.
  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. Mickey Loomis said that he’ll take the best player available and Benjamin is the next up on my board that still fills a need.
  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. I’m also a big Virginia fan so I’ve watched Morgan play every game over the last 4 years. He struggles some with speed rushers because of his size, but if he can improve his lateral agility he could be special.
  29. New England Patriots #29 – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota
    A former basketball player and TE, Hageman possesses incredible burst and potential. Bill Belichick has a history of drafting defensive linemen in the first round, and I think he’ll address an aging interior D line and take Hageman here. If Hageman can learn to read the offence and locate the ball quicker he could be special.
  30. San Francisco 49ers #30 – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State
    With the top end corners off the board I think the 49ers turn to WR, or trade down. Robinson brings to the table a unique combination of good hands, speed, size, route running, ect. He’s pretty much good at everything, but not necessarily great in any category. Robinson is one of my favorite prospects and could step in and contribute in his first season with the 49ers, who lack depth at WR.
  31. Denver Broncos #31 – Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State
    With Wesley Woodyard leaving the Broncos need to address the inside linebacker position, and Shazier fits in perfectly. The Broncos haven’t had strong consistent play at the position in years, and Shazier could be an anchor in the position for years to come. Shazier’s biggest asset is his field vision, he’s quick to find holes, and plug them with power and speed.
  32. Seattle Seahawks #32 – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT- Alabama
    After being projected as a top pick early on, Kouandjia has dropped down draft boards because of poor play and a poor showing at the combine. However he still has a huge upside, and if coached up the right way could develop into a franchise left tackle. Pete Carrol has a way with developing players to meet their upside, and I think Kouandjio is a good value pick at this point.

Let me know your thoughts on this mock draft! Who do you want your team to take? It’s also breaking my heart that my man Derek Carr isn’t in the 1st round. I think someone will trade up for him, but without accounting for trades I don’t have him in my 1st round this time.

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