Mock Draft 2.0

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Updated: May 7, 2014

by Joe Marconato,  Featured Columnist

 

 

10 Thoughts as the Draft Approaches

 

  1. The first and most obvious as you read my mock below, Teddy Bridgewater has gone from the 5th overall pick to not being picked in the first round. This is a travesty. Where Bridgewater goes will state a lot about the inability of NFL teams to analyze QB’s. He does not have big hands and he is skinny. So what, he is accurate, tough and clutch. I can say with confidence, I would take him with a top 10 pick. His skills are so similar to Russell Wilsons except he is four inches taller.

 

  1. I would never give Jadeveon Clowney a big contract. I would make sure he stays on the 5 year rookie deal and then franchise tag him for as long as I could afford to. He is a prolific talent who could change the game. He also could be exactly like Albert Haynesworth who was as well prolific but was also lazy as hell.

 

  1. The death of the RB. I agree with this opinion to a point. Yes, they don’t get the money anymore and most teams are replacing the work horse with the dual back system, but I ask you this, when was the last time there was RB the calibre of Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson and Darren McFadden in college? The reason those guys went so high was because they were a combination of dominant athletic ability and production. This can’t be said for any RBs in college today. Athletes of that level are playing CB, WR and Safety now. The NFL is a cyclical league, the Running Back will once again rise.

 

  1. Skills set are worth more then game tape right now. Players like Barr, Gilbert and Evans are going to go very high because they fit a prototype. Superior players will slide because they don’t have long enough arms or run fast enough.

 

  1. The gap between this years draft and last is enormous. The fact that a player like Aaron Donald may make it to the mid teens is astounding. Fisher, Joekel and Jordan were the top 3 picks last year. It would be hard to argue that any of those guys would go top 5 this year maybe not even top 10.

 

  1. This may end up being the greatest draft for WRs of all time. I see seven going in the first round. They come in all different styles, but if you need pass catchers this draft is the draft for you.

 

  1. There is a perceived lack of top end talent at the QB position. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder more so with QB’s then any other position. The depth is there this year with Carr, Mettenberger, Savage, Murray, Boyd and Bridgewater. All provide interesting skill sets beyond the top 10. A Russell Wilson may exist in the bunch but so does a Jimmy Clausen or two.

 

  1. Carolina is in deep trouble, they have to keep the 1st round pick because of a complete lack of talent on offense, but there are so many holes on offense they need to trade down to get more picks. Either way they are not in good shape. I am not envious of their position. Their fans will expect wins after a break out season, but I feel like 5-11 is on their horizon.

 

  1. My thoughts on the 2015 class of QBs. It seems like every year teams are saying the QB prospects in the next draft are far better then this one (with the exception of Luck). Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley headline next year. Mariota and Hundley probably should have come out this year. Either would have been the first pick. Both of their skill sets resemble Colin Kaepernick. Mariota especially due to his improving passing skills. Winston gets all the hype but man does he look like Byron Leftwich to me. It will be interesting to watch as those three duke it out for top spot along with whatever QBs break out next year. My early money is on Mariota

 

  1.  My top 10 prospects for 2014, these are the players I believe will have the best careers in the NFL
  1. DE Jadeveon Clowney
  2. WR Sammy Watkins
  3. OT Greg Robinson
  4. LB Khalil Mack
  5. OT Jake Matthews
  6. OT Tyler Lewan
  7. QB Teddy Bridgewater
  8. DT Aaron Donald
  9. MLB CJ Mosley
  10. TE Eric Ebron

Finally what everyone has been waiting for……

 

Mock Draft 2.0

 

1) Houston- DE Jadeveon Clowney SCAR

The best player goes number 1, as it should be. What’s left to be said about Clowney? An undeniable talent with maturity questions. His skills out way the risks. The kind of talent that does more then just disrupt plays, he can change the way the game is played.

 

2) St. Louis- OT Greg Robinson AUB

Big rugged OT, extremely athletic and physically is the complete package. The Rams have Jake Long who is still a good football player; Robinson can play RT for the first 2 years and then slide over and take the LT spot from Long

 

3) Jacksonville- LB Khalil Mack BUFF

A rugged edge player, who compares favourably to Von Miller. Jacksonville has done a nice job this offseason and yes they need a QB but I believe they will find one in the second round.

 

4) Cleveland- QB Johnny Manziel TAM,

Cleveland gets its QB; word is Owner Jimmy Haslem loves Johnny. Is it a smoke screen, maybe? But if this is the pick, all of a sudden the Browns are exciting.

 

5) Oakland- WR Sammy Watkins, CLEM

Reggie McKenzie loves trading down to grab more picks. However, if Sammy Watkins is available at 5 they cannot pass. Elite explosiveness with physicality. Anquan Boldin with speed.

 

6) Atlanta- OT Jake Matthews TAM

Atlanta would love a pass rusher, but there isn’t one of value. Dimitroff is a smart man, he realizes Sam Baker stinks. Matthews will protect Ryan’s blindside for years.

 

 

7) Tampa Bay- WR Mike Evans TAM

TAM owns the top 10 of this year’s draft. Mocks are not about your opinion of a player but where he will go. Mike Evans would not be my pick CJ Mosley would be, but I am not the GM of the Bucs. They attempt to give Mccown (who will stink) similar talent to what he had in Chicago.

 

8) Minnesota- QB Blake Bortles UCF

I despise Norv Turner as a Head Coach but love him as an offensive coordinator. Bortles will sit at the start. But once he is in I see a similar situation to the one Cutler walked into in Denver. A coach that helps his QB look great, Norv and Bortles could have a beautiful relationship

 

9) Buffalo- TE Eric Ebron NC

An elite talent, Buffalo has surrounded Manuel with solid WR and RB. But Ebron provides game breaking talent. He will be Manuel’s go to guy

 

10) Detroit- CB Justin Gilbert OKLA ST

The Lions play Green Bay, Chicago and Minnesota twice each a year. That means six games vs. Cobb/Nelson, Marshall/Jeffery and Patterson. Gilbert Helps Detroit compete with the big athletic WR of the North.

 

11) Tennessee -OLB/DE Anthony Barr UCLA

Rising in my mock not because I like him more but because there is such a high value on his skill set. I personally don’t like him at all, like I mentioned in my last mock. If this was just a player ranking he would not crack my top 30. Someone will make a mistake based on his athleticism it is the Titans today

 

12) New York Giants- OT Taylor Lewan Michigan

Very well could go much higher then this. But the Giants land an elite OT prospect. The offence was in pieces last year. Lewan will help to stabilize it.

 

13) St. Louis- S HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama

Smooth as silk, he can do everything. Great in coverage, solid tackler and NFL ready.

 

14) Chicago- DT Aaron Donald Pitt

Explosive athlete has all the tools. Lacks a little in size but Donald provides the Bears a playmaker that they so sorely need.

 

15) Pittsburgh-WR Odell Beckham JR LSU

Explosive playmaker that has shot up the charts. Big Ben needs weapons to compensate for a declining D.

 

16) Dallas- DE Kony Ealy Missouri

Understated fact of this offseason, the Cowboys are atrocious. People hate Romo and Bryant. When realistically those guys are the only reason they are even competitive. Ealy instantly becomes their best player on the D line, which says a lot about the Cowboys D line.

 

17) Baltimore- WR Brandin Cook, Oregon State

Baltimore lands another explosive WR to start opposite Torrey Smith. Flacco has some speedy WR on the outside

 

18) New York Jets-CB Darqueze Dennard Michigan

Everyone says Jets are going WR. But Rex loves D; Millner had a suspect rookie year. I wouldn’t rule him out, the combo of him and Dennard could be great a couple years from now.

 

19) Miami- OT Zach Martin ND,

The dolphins are thanking their lucky stars they land this golden domer. With Alberts, Martin and Pouncey, the Fins may actually be able to protect Tannehill

 

20) Arizona- LB CJ Mosley Alabama,

One of my favourite players in the draft, He is much better then the last few linebackers to come out of Bama. He has spectacular range. Mosley and Darryl Washington will be a force

 

21) Green Bay- S Calvin Pryor Louisville

Great instincts make him a great playmaker. The Packers play some high powered O’s they need to slow them down or the Bears may leave them behind

 

 

22) Philadelphia- WR Marqise Lee USC

Ooooohhh if only he could have been drafted a year ago. He would have been a top 10 pick. He finds himself at 22 going to an electric offense that will utilize his skill set to the utmost. Don’t worry Marqise you are not getting as much money as the guys in the top 10 but you will be very soon.

 

 

23) Kansas City- WR Cody Latimer Indiana

Latimer is a late riser, big bodied WR with speed to burn. Was recovering from a broken toe and it seems that he is now 100% healthy. Struggles with drops but should be a good fit in KC

 

24) Cincinnati-CB Kyle Fuller VT

Cincinnati is very thin at corner, Pacman does not have much left and Hall is perennially injured. Fuller gives them another corner in league where it does not seem like you can ever have enough.

 

25) San Diego- DT Louis Nix ND

A big run stuffer, who is a gifted athlete. Perfect fit for San Diego’s 3-4

 

26) Cleveland- CB Bradley Robey OSU

A dominant athlete. However, he can dominate one game and look completely lost the next. I believe he has the talent to be the best CB in the draft, but he has to keep his head in the game.

 

 

27) New Orleans- DE Dee Ford, AUB

He may never be an every down player in the NFL, but he has the skills to be a dominant pass rusher. If Rob Ryan keeps the D progressing as he did last year Ford has a chance to be very good

 

28) Carolina- WR Kelvin Benjamin FSU

Yikes Carolina’s WR are bad. I am not a Newton fan he is a glory boy. That defence is the only reason they were good last year. Benjamin will be a good redzone threat. Not a number one WR but an effective player.

 

29) New England- DT Rashede Hageman Minnesota

An elite talent with motivational issues. The classic Patriots addition. He will be the successor to Vince Wilfork and for the time being can rotate through all the Dline position in what is a very good front 7

 

30) SF-CB Jason Verret TCU

Pint sized corner with stellar instincts and cat like quickness. He does not fit the mould of the new age corner, but it’s inarguable that he is worthy of a high pick. Niners get their moneys worth here

 

31) DEN- OLB Ryan Shazier OSU

The broncos add another playmaker to their rebuilt defence. Shazier is rangy but must be protected from blockers as he is undersized. Has a very similar skill set to Lavonte David.

 

32) Sea- OT Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama,

The Seahawks can afford to take a risk on a highly gifted yet injury prone player. The 12th man may groan a bit at this pick after the struggles of James Carpenter. But Kouandjio has the talent to be an elite OT if he can stay on the field.

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