SkoodSports’ NFL Mock Draft: Volume 6

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
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1. 34Houston Texans – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (Stock up)

It looks like Houston might pass on a franchise QB in round one to grab one in a later round. The thinking is that Clowney is a once in a generation type pass rusher, and that the difference between the round one and round two quarterbacks isn’t wide enough to justify selecting Bortles or Manziel here. Clowney it is.

2. 14-1 St. Louis Rams (From Washington) – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (Stock up)

The Rams have lacked a game breaking wide receiver since Torry Holt declined and then departed. Watkins is the best WR prospect since AJ Green, and would immediately bring credibility to their passing game opposite Tavon Austin.

3. 30-1 Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Blake Bortles, UCF (Stock down)

The Jaguars failed in their last effort to find a franchise QB (Blaine Gabbert). Now, Bortles has the potential to bust. But, the consensus is that he raises fewer red flags than Johnny Manziel, and offers more of an upside than Teddy Bridgewater.

4. cle Cleveland Browns – QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (Stock up)

Cleveland needs a franchise quarterback. Manziel presents the best option at this point. He’s likely going to be a rockstar in Cleveland. Whether or not he brings them their first Super Bowl is another question altogether.

5. oak Oakland Raiders – OT Greg Robinson, Auburn (Stock down)

The Raiders could still consider a QB despite their acquisition of Matt Schaub. But, it wouldn’t be very smart. They’re spending $11 million a year on the former Houston Texans’ star, and could certainly use some linemen to protect him.

6. atl Atlanta Falcons – OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo (Stock down)

Atlanta is probably taking a pass rusher or an offensive tackle here. If they can’t trade up for Clowney, Mack is a solid fallback option.

7. tam Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (Stock down)

Tampa Bay is starting a new era under Lovie Smith. They could use a young quarterback to groom behind Josh McCown (since they don’t seem to believe in Mike Glennon). But, they’ll instead look to boost their line with the best player available at this pick.

8. min Minnesota Vikings – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

I’m not in love with this pick being mocked here because I’m not 100% sure that the Vikings are interested in going QB number one. Matt Cassel could conceivably start for them in 2014, though it would be a tough sell to fans who will be sitting outside in the frozen tundra for the next two years. They, however, appear to have Bridgewater high on their list.

9. buf Buffalo Bills – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Lewan had a solid combine and could find himself taken higher than expected thanks to a usual run on offensive tackles. The Bills desperately need to improve their line if they want to see EJ Manuel play 16 games next year.

10. lions8 Detroit Lions – OT/OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame (Stock up)

Cornerback would be a solid selection. But, the Lions opt to go with the best available offensive lineman instead. Martin would fill a need, as Detroit is weak at tackle. Keeping Matt Stafford upright for the entire season has to be a priority.

11. ten Tennessee Titans – OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA (Stock up)

The Titans seemingly want to improve their defense in round one. That could mean either Barr or a cornerback like Justin Gilbert. Barr seems like the BPA here.

12. giants19 New York Giants – TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

The Giants have addressed a lot of their needs already this offseason. One spot they haven’t addressed in years is tight end, where Ebron waits as the best player at the position. The pass catcher put up magical numbers on Chapel Hill a year ago and would give Eli Manning a deadly weapon on third down.

13. 14-1 St. Louis Rams – CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (Stock down)

The Rams land the best wide receiver and the best cornerback in the draft with their two top-13 picks. Not a bad day in May for Jeff Fisher and Co.

14. chi3 Chicago Bears – S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (Stock up)

Clinton-Dix figures to go somewhere between 12 and 17 in this draft. Chicago could use an upgrade to their defensive front. But, grabbing the best safety might be too tempting.

15. pitt23 Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

The Steelers didn’t have the deepest WR corps in the league a year ago. Now, they’ve lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery. Evans would be a perfect compliment to the speedy Antonio Brown as his height (6’5) and hands are perfect for red zone scoring drives.

16. dal6 Dallas Cowboys – DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (Stock down)

DeMarcus Ware is gone. Jason Hatcher is gone. Anthony Spencer is on his way out. The Dallas Cowboys are desperate for defensive line help. All of these things are true, which is why Jerry and Jason will grab the best available defensive lineman in the first round.

17. bal33 Baltimore Ravens – ILB CJ Mosley, Alabama

Baltimore’s defense has taken quite a few hits in recent years. Gone are the days when Ray Lewis and Ed Reed struck fear into the hearts of opposing offensive coordinators. Now, Baltimore has a younger, less aggressive defensive unit. But, they could still use some reinforcements to replace those that have moved on in recent years. Mosley is the best inside linebacker prospect in the draft. His combination of speed, size, and aggressiveness would be a valuable fit in Baltimore’s attacking 3-4 scheme.

18. 20 New York Jets – CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (Stock down)

The Jets should probably address their offensive playmakers. But, this is a draft littered with talent at the wide receiver position. Dennard, meanwhile, would be a solid compliment to last year’s first round pick, Dee Milliner, on the outside.

19. mia15 Miami Dolphins – DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (Stock down)

With the rush on offensive tackles earlier, Miami doesn’t have a real value pick to lean on here. They’ll then be forced to address another flaw in their roster, the defensive front. They lost Paul Soliai to free agency, so they need to find a starter next to Randy Starks at tackle.

20. cards22 Arizona Cardinals – S Calvin Pryor, Louisville (Stock up)

Arizona has a few holes in their secondary that they’d love to sure up here in the draft. Pryor is one of two elite safeties in this draft (with Clinton-Dix being the other). Landing him would immediately take pressure off of Patrick Peterson and present a formidable duo with “The Honey Badger” for years to come.

21. pack9 Green Bay Packers – DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

Green Bay may have brought back BJ Raji. But, they could still use an improvement in depth at the position. Nix stands at 345 pounds and would be an adequate replacement for Raji down the line.

22. eagles21 Philadelphia Eagles – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (Stock up)

A lot of people will be clamoring for Philadelphia to select a wide receiver to replace DeSean Jackson. Others will claim that they still need to address the safety position. But, Philadelphia has said all along that they’ll go with the best player available in round one. Tuitt is probably that guy, and he still fits a definite need at 3-4 defensive end. At 6-5, 303 pounds, the former Notre Dame star is a perfect fit for the Eagles’ scheme. He recorded 19.5 sacks the last two years with the Irish and is a physical freak. Neither Fletcher Cox or Cedric Thornton really exhibited anything beyond above-average end play last year. Tuitt would be an immediate starter on a team dying for help on defense.

23. kc12 Kansas City Chiefs – WR Odell Beckham Jr.

After flirting with DeSean Jackson, the Chiefs grab a player with D-Jax’s speed and none of his baggage.

24.  ben4 Cincinnati Bengals – CB Jason Verrett, TCU

There was a time when cornerback was a strength of the Bengals’ defense. That’s not the case anymore. Cincinnati could look to find a replacement for free agent DE Michael Johnson. But, the value pick here is Verrett. The TCU product has solid size and speed and would immediately be a dramatic upgrade in the secondary.

25. cha24  San Diego Chargers – CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Other than Eric Weddle, San Diego’s secondary is a mess. Fuller, while not the top cornerback in this draft, is still a solid get at 25. The Chargers could also look to beef up their offensive line, as going another year with King Dunlap as their starting left tackle would seem imprudent.

26. cle Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis) – WR Marqise Lee, USC (Stock down)

I’m a little bit uncomfortable putting this many wide receivers in the first round. That position has seen a sharp drop in instances where they’re drafted early in recent years. But, the Browns definitely have depth issues at the position (and a lot of others as well). After Cleveland grabs Johnny Manziel earlier in the round, they find their young gunslinger a big target in Lee.

27. saints18 New Orleans Saints – DE Dee Ford, Auburn

A fluid athlete with impressive burst, Ford emerged from the Senior Bowl as one of the most coveted pass rushers in this draft. Saints’ Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan knows the importance of a good pass rush (and a good breakfast). With the loss of Will Smith, New Orleans could use a boost of youth at defensive end.

28. panth29 Carolina Panthers – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (Stock down)

The Panthers possess a ton of holes, and they could look to address their beleaguered secondary or receiving corps here. But, the loss of Jordan Gross to retirement opens up a pressing need at tackle. Kouandjio played and thrived at the highest level of College Football. He’d be a steal at this pick.

29. new17 New England Patriots – DE Kony Ealy, Missouri (Stock down)

The Patriots really struggled to get after the passer in 2013. Other than Chandler Jones, New England doesn’t possess a real bonafide every down rusher. Ealy would greatly supplement Jones’ cause, while allowing Rob Ninkovich to slide into the supporting role that he fits into.

30. sanf25 San Francisco 49ers – DT/DE RaShede Hageman, Minnesota

Justin Smith is aging and the Pro Bowl DE won’t be around for too much longer. Hageman is the type of hybrid lineman that can either play 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end. In San Francisco’s case, grooming him to supplant Smith as 3-4 end would give them a big piece to keep the pressure off their superstar duo at LB, Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman.

31. sanf7 Denver Broncos – OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

The Broncos may have beefed up their pass rush and secondary this offseason. But, they still could very much use an improvement at the linebacker position. Von Miller is phenomenal on one side. But, his injury problems may give Denver incentive to find a supplement to him in Shazier, who projects as a steal at this position in round one.

32. sea26 Seattle Seahawks – WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (Stock up)

The run on receivers continues as we conclude round one. Cooks possesses elite speed and dramatic upside for the Seahawks, who lost their most consistent receiver in Golden Tate this offseason.

33. 34Houston Texans – QB Derek Carr, Fresno State (Stock up)

After passing on a quarterback in round one, the Texans snag a guy who could go as high as #8 to Minnesota. Carr has all the upside that his older brother did when the Texans drafted him 12 years ago. It would be quite interesting to see Houston snag Derek after David failed so miserably.

34. skinsWashington Redskins – SS Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois (Stock up)

The Redskins improved their defensive line by signing Jason Hatcher away from Dallas. But, their secondary could still use some serious work. Ward is the top safety available at this point and would be an improvement over the garbage that Washington sent out last year.

35. cle Cleveland Browns – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State (Stock up)

The Browns doubled-down on offense in round one. They’ll begin to boost their defensive depth in round two. Roby could be a first round pick, as he is soaring up the charts as the draft approaches. Still, the former Buckeye might find his way to Cleveland, where he’d be a great compliment to Joe Haden.

36. oak Oakland Raiders – TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (Stock down)

The Raiders have always been ones to grab the athletic prospect even if he’s got off the field issues. Amaro had the best numbers of any tight end in the nation in 2013. He’s also a physical freak who creates immense matchup problems for defenses.

37. atl Atlanta Falcons – OT Morgan Moses, Virginia (Stock up)

The Falcons addressed their need at pass rusher with Mack in round one. They now need to better protect Matt Ryan in 2014. Moses is the best available tackle, and he’ll immediately start on Atlanta’s beleaguered offensive line.

38. tam Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA (Stock up)

The Buccaneers grabbed Jake Matthews in round one. It would seem imprudent to double-down on offensive line in round two. But, you can never have too much line depth in the NFL. Add that to the fact that Su’a-Filo is easily the best available lineman, and you have a solid fit. Tampa could also look at a QB or a WR here.

39. 30-1 Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Trent Murphy, Stanford (Stock down)

Jacksonville could use a weapon or two for Bortles. But, knowing Gus Bradley, they’ll want to address defense early. Murphy is a heady player and one of the best 4-3 ends remaining on the board.

40. min Minnesota Vikings – CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (Stock up)

At 5-8, Joyner is a bit undersized. But, he makes up for that with an excellent motor, blazing speed, and a fearless attitude when tackling. Minnesota is desperate for secondary help, and Joyner would fit the bill.

41.  buf Buffalo Bills – TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame (Stock up)

Scott Chandler is a nice player. But, he’s not a solid contributor for a team that hopes to find itself back in the playoff hunt in 2014. Niklas’ size (6-7, 270) makes him a brilliant blocker and an easy target to find over the middle. Just what the doctor ordered for EJ Manuel.

42. ten Tennessee Titans – CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida

Tennessee lost Alterraun Verner to Tampa Bay this offseason, so they’ll need to replace him early in the draft.

43. giants19 New York Giants – DT Dominique Easley, Florida (Stock up)

Injury concerns aside, Easley is a solid fit for the Giants. A bit undersized (6-2, 288), Easley makes up for it with excellent speed and a solid burst off the LOS. New York has lost a lot from their formerly dominant defensive front and needs to replenish it soon.

44. 14-1 St. Louis Rams – OT JaWuan James, Tennessee (Stock up)

St. Louis neglected to address their needs on the offensive line in round one. They’ll do that here.

45. lions8 Detroit Lions – FS Terrence Brooks, Florida State (Stock up)

Detroit’s secondary was among the worst in the league in 2013. Brooks would serve as an adequate replacement for Louis Delmas, who left for Miami this offseason.

46. pitt23 Pittsburgh Steelers – DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State (Stock up)

In need of depth on their 3-4 front, Pittsburgh grabs Jones, who could play nose tackle or outside.

47. dal6 Dallas Cowboys –  DE DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise State (Stock up)

Your classic speed rusher, Lawrence had a fantastic pro day and combine to soar up the charts. Dallas certainly has a need at pass rusher, after losing their old DeMarcus to Denver.

48. bal33 Baltimore Ravens – C Weston Richburg, Colorado State (Stock up)

When Matt Birk retired last year, it last a gaping chasm in the middle of Baltimore’s line. Replacing him this season should be a high priority.

49. 20 New York Jets – WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State (Stock down)

New York’s offense won’t look so bad on paper with Vick, Johnson, Decker, and Benjamin being added to it. At 6’5, he’s another tall target for Vick or Geno Smith to find.

50. mia15 Miami Dolphins – OG Joel Bitonio, Nevada (Stock up)

The Dolphins could use help across the entire offensive line. They’ll grab Bitonio here, who projects as a solid starting left guard in the future.

51. chi3 Chicago Bears – DT Will Sutton, Arizona State (Stock up)

The Bears were brutal against the run last year. They also failed to hold any team under 20 points the entirety of the season. That’s the first time in Chicago Bears history that had happened. They’ll address these concerns early in the draft.

52. cards22 Arizona Cardinals – QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh (Stock up)

The late riser in the QB rankings in Tom Savage, who played for Rutgers, Arizona, and Pittsburgh over the course of his collegiate career. At 6-4, 228, he’s got the prototypical size of an NFL gunslinger. He’s also got a rocket arm and experts are “savagely” clamoring about him late here in the pre-draft process.

53.  pack9 Green Bay Packers – WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss (Stock up)

Green Bay likes to surround Aaron Rodgers with as many weapons as possible. With the loss of James Jones to Oakland, Green Bay would be wise to find another piece to the championship puzzle.

54. eagles21 Philadelphia Eagles – WR Allen Robinson, Penn State (Stock up)

With DeSean Jackson a Redskin, Philadelphia really needs to add depth early to their receiving corps. Yes, the team figures to use more 2 RB and 2 TE sets with Darren Sproles and Zach Ertz taking a larger role in the offense. But, behind Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, the team is devoid of talent at receiver. Robinson has size (6-3) and set several single-season school and Big Ten records whilst a Nittany Lion.

55. ben4 Cincinnati Bengals – OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU (Stock down)

Cincinnati’s linebacking corps needs serious revamping. Van Noy is easily the best available OLB here.

56. sanf25 San Francisco 49ers – WR Davante Adams, Fresno State (Stock up)

San Francisco’s talent base allows them to draft more for upside here in round two. Adams fills a need and also could contribute smartly on special teams.

57. cha24  San Diego Chargers – DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

The Chargers are reaching for a positional need here. They desperately need to find a nose tackle and there aren’t a ton of big, bad defensive tackles left in the draft. McCullers is projected to be a 3rd or 4th round pick, so it’s not an outrageous reach towards the end of the second round. The former Tennessee Volunteer is an astounding 6-7, 352 pounds. Perfect for clogging up the middle in their 3-4 defense.

58. saints18 New Orleans Saints – CB Keith McGill, Utah (Stock up)

The Saints are seemingly always looking to improve their secondary depth in the draft. McGill fits the mold of their previous cornerback selections, Patrick Robinson and Malcolm Jenkins. He’s big (6-2, 211) and versatile.

59. colts Indianapolis Colts – S Deone Bucannon, Washington State (Stock up)

The Colts lost Antoine Bethea to San Francisco this offseason. They need to find a future leader on the back end of their defense.

60. panth29 Carolina Panthers – WR Paul Richardson, Colorado (Stock down)

Unfortunately for Carolina, most of the impact weapons have gone off the board already. With their pressing need at receiver, they have to grab Richardson, who is actually a decent value at 60.

61. sanf25 San Francisco 49ers – C Travis Swanson,  Arkansas (Stock down)

The one weakness on San Francisco’s offensive line is center. Swanson figures to be a starter from day one.

62. new17 New England Patriots – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

New England was at its best with multiple tight end sets. Who knows if Rob Gronkowski is going to stay healthy? Seferian-Jenkins is probably BPA and certainly the best tight end around at 62.

63. sanf7 Denver Broncos – RB Tre Mason, Arizona (Stock down)

It took 63 picks for the first RB to go. Mason had an electrifying career as a Wildcat. With the loss of Knowshon Moreno, Denver needs to boost the depth of their running backs.

64. sea26 Seattle Seahawks – OLB/DE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (Stock up)

Having won the Super Bowl, Seattle can afford to take BPA at the end of round two. Attaochu possesses a long, fluid build and can act as a pass rusher in a 4-3 or 3-4.

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