Conor Cahill’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Version 1.0

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; D.J. Fluker (Alabama) beats his chest as he is introduced as the number eleven overall pick to the San Diego Chargers during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

17. Baltimore Ravens: WR Davante Adams, Fresno State Bulldogs

The Ravens offense has struggled this season without Anquan Boldin. Adams is possibly the 2nd-best receiver in the draft after Sammy Watkins, so the Ravens will be happy if he falls to them at #17. Davante Adams has the speed to stretch a defense. Adams could easily go in the top-15, however like Derek Carr, most of his tape is against lesser competition, which could cause him to be drafted later than expected.

 

18. Dallas Cowboys: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri Tigers

The Cowboys need some help along the defensive line. They are tied for 26th in the NFL in sacks, and recently switched to a 4-3 defense. The defensive scheme looks much better than the 3-4 of the past few seasons, but they still need to add some personnel to complete the switch. Kony Ealy is a good prospect for the 4-3 DE because he is very athletic and can play the run and rush the passer. Ealy and Demarcus Ware would make a great bookend pass rush duo.

 

19. San Diego Chargers: NT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Nix’s knee surgery is already a concern for most teams. The Chargers have had a huge hole in the middle ever since Jamal Williams left a few years ago. Cam Thomas is a backup at best and adding Nix would turn turn the defensive line into one of the best in the NFL with Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget. Having that inside presence will also make things easier for the outside rushers and secondary. The Chargers could also look to draft a CB here, and they will surely draft on the defensive side.

 

20. Arizona Cardinals: OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State Buckeyes

The Cardinals have a thing for bringing in old pass rushers, but never seem to be able to get a young stud. Now is their chance. Ryan Shazier is very fast and instinctive, recording over 22 tackles for loss this season at Ohio State. The Cardinals could also target an offensive tackle here.

 

21. Chicago Bears: DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Injuries have plagued the Bears D-line this season. Adding some youth and athleticism should help. Stephon Tuitt has the athleticism and skill to play either DE or DT in the Bears’ 4-3 defense, and would add some much needed versatility for their defense. Tuitt would be able to stick around the midwest and finish his degree at Notre Dame, a concern of HC Brian Kelly that may hold him out of this years draft.

 

 22. Miami Dolphins: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama Crimson Tide

The Dolphins did nothing to replace Jake Long on the offensive line, and the offense has struggled because of it. Koundjio is the second straight Alabama player coming off the board, and is the best offensive line prospect left. Cyrus Kouandjio is a physical specimen for a lineman who gets off the line quickly and establishes running lanes early. He still has work to do in passing protection, but he has shown improvement.

 

23. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson Tigers

The Eagles need to add some explosion to their defense to match that offense. Vic Beasley is exactly that: explosive. Beasley is quick of the line and uses that as his main method of attack. By pushing offensive lineman on their heels from the snap, Beasley drives them back with a strong bull rush. If Beasley can add some moves to his arsenal, he could be dangerous in the NFL. The Eagles may also elect to pick a corner.

 

24. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Bengals have relied on Pacman Jones and Terrence Newman for a little too long. Besides, If Mike Zimmer gets a head coaching offer in the offseason, the Bengals D will most likely take a step back. They need to get younger in the secondary, and Gilbert is possibly the best CB in the draft. He is a physical ballhawk on the outside and would add plenty of athleticism to improve the Bengals secondary. He could also replace Leon Hall in a few years.

 

25. Cleveland Browns (IND): OG David Yankey, Stanford Cardinal

The Browns already selected Johnny Manziel earlier in the draft. Now, they need to keep him clean. David Yankey is the top guard prospect in the draft, and could solidify the Browns O-line for years. The Browns may also want to take another receiver to pair with Josh Gordon if there are any left that are worth a top-25 selection.

 

 26. New Orleans Saints: OT Cameron Erving, Florida State Seminoles

New Orleans didn’t allow a bunch of sacks this season, but when Brees isn’t kept upright, this offense completely stalls. The Saints still need to replace Carl Nicks and Jermon Bushrod on the left side. Cameron Erving could be a top-15 pick, so the Saints should take him if he falls to #26. Cameron Erving is athletic and aggressive on the line and will improve the running lanes for Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram as well.

 

27. Kansas City Chiefs: OLB Kyle Van Noy, Penn State Nittany Lions

The Chiefs defense must have the most drastic change in draft position in 1 year in NFL history. I’ll check on that. Defense is the key to the Chiefs’ success, and  their defense suffered when they can’t rush the passer. Van Noy is a good pick for them at #27. Van Noy has potential to be a 3-down linebacker. He can rush the passer and defend the pass. Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and Kyle Van Noy would likely make up the best pass-rushing trio in the NFL.

 

28. New England Patriots: DE Ra’shede Hageman, Minnesota Gophers

The Patriots need to add some protection for Tom Brady and get younger along the defensive line. Unfortunately, most of the premier offensive line prospects are off the board. Ra’shede Hageman is a nice consolation prize though. He is the 2nd best DT prospect in the draft, boasting a huge frame and often unmatched strength. He consistently gets penetration in the middle and disrupts the pocket for opposing QBs with 11 tackles for loss.

 

29. San Francisco 49ers: DE Trenty Murphy, Stanford Cardinal

Justin Smith is getting older, and Trent Murphy would be a great replacement. Murphy was recruited by Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and fits Harbaugh’s aggressive and tenacious style of play. Murphy has good instincts, can play the run, and rushes the passer with ferocity. The Niners could also target a corner here to get younger in the secondary.

 

30. Carolina Panthers: WR Allen Robinson, Penn State Nittany Lions

The Panthers have needed another wide receiver for a long, long time. Steve Smith can still get it done, but not for much longer. Robinson has the height, hands, and hops to be a #1 receiver in the NFL. He doesn’t have elite speed, but would be a great compliment to Steve Smith.

 

31. Denver Broncos: OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor Bears

The Broncos’ offensive line has suffered greatly form injuries this season. Starters Ryan Clady and Dan Koppen both went down before the season started. Manning still put up the best passing performance in a season in NFL history, so imagine what he could do with some depth in the offensive line. Richardson is a huge lineman, and must keep his weight down in the NFL. However, Manning doesn’t move much, so he would be a good pick for the Broncos.

 

32. Seattle Seahawks: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington Huskies

Seferian-Jenkins will stick around in Seattle to give Russell Wilson a legit red zone threat and add some consistency to the offense. Sidney Rice isn’t dependable and Percy Harvin could barely crack the field and Wilson still looked great. Jenkins is a huge target for Wilson and would add another dimension to the offense that ranks 2nd in rushing but only 24th in passing.

 

Thanks for checking out my first 2014 NFL Mock Draft. I will be updating it each week until the NFL Draft on May 8th.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Watch we let Clarey go and draft Cyril Richardson, the O-line would be so beastly. I could honestly see TT doing something like that depending on what he does in FA.

    • Conor Cahill

      I could see that too. I would rather he draft someone for the left side though.

      • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

        The left side is fine, because King Dunlap has been a beast this season.

        • Conor Cahill

          But so has Fluker.

        • tbell11

          I fear King Dunlap is the next Big Lazy though

          • Conor Cahill

            Im not sure about that.. He definitely had some boo-boo problems throughout the season though. Luckily TT signed him to a short contract so there will be no $6M cap hit for releasing him if he in fact becomes big(ger) and lazy.

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            The biggest worry with Dunlap might be the concussions, and then it’s the fact that we’re all hoping 2013 isn’t a one-hit wonder for him.

          • Conor Cahill

            2-3 seconds in the pocket also helps..

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  • Joseph Bulger

    I can’t argue with Dennard… Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s best D back), consensus 1st team All-American, Jack Tatum Award (college football’s best defensive back), Big 10 D-Back of the Year. They need that kind of talent opposite Prince. It’s just that there are so many questions about that O-line… $nee coming off his 2nd hip surgery IR stint, Glass Baas hurt yet again coming back off IR, Diehl willing to play for the vet min as PFF’s 73rd of 75 ranked O-linemen, and Beatty having persistent mental lapses at LT. If they let Boothe walk, then they’re thinking they’ll survive a run to the Super Bowl in 2014 with Beatty-Diehl-Baas-$nee-Pugh. That scares me.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      The Giants desperately need OL help, and we all can’t harp on that nearly enough. They need a CB badly, but they need OL help even more. The blocking has been atrocious, and neither Eli nor the RBs can get much going as a result.

      • Conor Cahill

        It was a toss up for me between the two. 2nd or 3rd best O-lineman or best CB in the draft…

  • Jordan

    Although I like the thought of the chiefs adding another OLB there are simply too many other holes to fill such as WR, TE, FS, OL, WR, oh and WR. Dorsey is known for his BPA approach though so anything could happen truly

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I would be disappointed if the Chiefs don’t pluck a WR in the first, because they have easily the worst WRs of any contender. Bowe is not a No. 1 and Avery has no business starting. TE is OK, since the Chiefs still have faith in last year’s draft pick Travis Kelce. OL isn’t nearly as big of a need as WR, which has to be the top need. Chiefs need to work on their O, and WR has to be addressed by the Chiefs big-time. Which draft prospect at the position catches your eye the most, Jordan?

    • Conor Cahill

      If Davante Adams falls to them, it would be a crime for them not to snatch him up. Other than that, I’m not sure what #1-caliber receivers will be available to them at #27. If want to trade up into the late teens, there could very well be a #1 receiver available.

  • Paul Newbold

    IF the Jets keep Rex….they take Clinton Dix at safety. The fans will scream, but the Jets need a safety almost as badly as they need receivers!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Firstly, the Jets need to keep Rex, and I’ll try to write a piece on that tomorrow. Secondly, I would love for the Jets to draft Clinton-Dix, and I actually raised that idea in a piece last week when running through potential draft scenarios for the Jets. They desperately need help at S, and Clinton-Dix is easily the best S prospect in this year’s draft. I’m with you, Paul.

  • Josh Hart

    The only qualm I have with Johnny football to the Browns is I’m not sure if he can handle the AFC North. I don’t think he has the body size to last scrambling. Big Ben can’t even last a full season doing it.

    • Conor Cahill

      That is a good point. If they do take Manziel, they need to follow it up with a lineman or two.

  • naflack

    i know the prevailing wisdom is teddy goes 1 to the texans but im very skeptical.
    i just dont see them going qb 1 in this draft, this is 1 of the most over hyped qb classes i can remember.
    i think the texans flip the whole thing on its head…
    if they stay 3-4 they take barr, if they change to 4-3 they take clowney.
    that said…
    i like that you acknowledge how over rated carr is and how dumb spielman is, denard goes over gilbert, ealy and hageman are 1st round picks…good stuff.

    • Conor Cahill

      I saw an article on NFL.com a few days ago looking at the possibility of the Texans trading down to the Browns’ spot to take Manziel and pick up an extra 1st or second, and let Cleveland take Bridgewater which I thought was interesting. Keeping Manziel in Texas could go a few different ways though, and not all of them are good…

  • chance

    The reason Derek Carr played bad is because he doesn’t have a Defense so he has to try and force things to happen, with AD he would have the best RB in the leauge and 1 good reciever and 1 very good TE plus an up and comer in Patterson with other good WR’s like Wright and Simpson ( if we keep him) and possible even Greg Childs. Carr is perfect for the Vikings.

    • Conor Cahill

      That’s not the only reason..

      • Gunnar Martin

        It’s a pretty big one though.

  • Marvin Gibson

    Why would Chicago draft a 3-4 DE when they play a 4-3. Why would SF draft a small DE to replace Justin Smith in the 3-4 so he can get man handled. You have to be at least 285 – 300 to play DE in the 3-4. Chicago will go after an offensive lineman or a traditional DT. SF will go after a corner since they have 2 that will be F/A (T. Brown and E. Wright) ,1 that will be 33 years old (C. Rogers), and another that will be a F/A in 2015 after coming off an ACL injury this year (C. Culliver). Plus, SF has a bunch of young guys that the drafted that are waiting in the wings on the dline.

  • TopGearRules

    The Browns won’t take Manziel but I’m sure the Texans want him to stay in Texas so they can compete with Tony Romo and the Cowboy mystique. They dont want to take him number 1 overall so I can see the Raiders (4)trading up with Houston to draft Teddy B. Number (1) And the Browns trading with the Rams to nab Bortles. Number ((2) And then Manziel still ends up in Houston at (4.)The Rams get Matthews at 5 and I see Jacksonville staying pat and taking Derek Carr. At (3) Of course all this could change if one of these teams win their final game this Sunday. Best chance of a team winning is Cleveland upsetting the Steelers thus destroying any chance of them getting Bortles.

    • Josh Hart

      Bortles won’t go that high and trading up to get him would be silly.

      • TopGearRules

        Silly? Have you seen him play! The only thing that will be silly is any team passing him up for any other QB in this draft. He will be the next ” Big Ben” I have watched him extensively as well as the other college QB’s and he stands out. If he is not a top ten QB in three years I will eat my hat.

      • Conor Cahill

        Can’t agree with you on this one. I think theres a fair chance he even goes above Teddy.

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