Conor Cahill’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0

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Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets fans Steve Destefano (left) , Christian Baladaccini (center) and Joe Legotti wait for the thirty-ninth overall pick to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

 

17. Baltimore Ravens: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M Aggies

The Ravens offense struggled this season without Anquan Boldin. Wide receiver Mike Evans happens to be one of the top players available. At 6’5″, Evans led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, would add another legit red zone threat, and would be a much needed weapon for Joe Flacco as a possession receiver and in the red zone.

Previous Pick: WR Marqise Lee

 

18. New York Jets: WR Marqise Lee, USC Trojans

If the Jets believe Geno Smith is good enough to be groomed into their future QB, it’s time to start surrounding Geno Smith with real weapons. Marqise Lee was the best receiver in the draft heading into the season, so the Jets will be happy if he falls to them at #18. Lee is getting no love after having an average season with an average quarterback, multiple play callers, and a whole bunch of drama at USC. He is still a great route-runner and receiver, as seen in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Previous Pick: WR Davante Adams

 

19. 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. Kouandjio is the second Alabama player coming off the board, and is probably the best offensive line prospect remaining. Cyrus Kouandjio is a physical specimen for a lineman. He gets off the line quickly and establishes running lanes early. He still has work to do in passing protection, but he has shown improvement.

 

20. Arizona Cardinals: OT Cameron Erving, Florida State Seminoles

The Cardinals gave up 41 sacks this season, which is not a recipe for success for any QB the put under center. Luckily for the Cardinals, Bruce Arians was able to cover up their gaping holes on the offensive line, but it is still the achilles heel for the Cardinals’ offense. Cameron Erving is athletic and aggressive on the line and will bring a winning pedigree to the Cardinals. Cameron Erving could be a top-15 pick, so the Cardinals should take him if he falls to #20.

Previous Pick: Ryan Shazier

 

 

21. Green Bay Packers: ILB CJ Mosley, Alabama Crimson Tide

Despite not having Aaron Rodgers for most of the season, the Packers defense has not given them many chances to win. CJ Mosely probably has the talent to be a top-15 pick, so the Packers are getting good value at #21. Mosely is an elite athlete coming from one of the best defenses in college football. Mosely should be able to make an immediate impact in the Packers’ rush defense, and has the athleticism and instincts to become great in the passing game.

 

22. 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.

 

23. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU Tigers

The Chiefs defense must have the most drastic change in draft position in 1 year in NFL history. Defense has been the key to that turnaround, but their offense is the thing holding them back. Beckham has great topline speed but even better acceleration. He is dangerous with the ball and has home run ability. He is best at stretching the field and going deep, which would be a huge asset for Alex Smith and the stagnant Chiefs offense.

Previous Pick: WR Donte Moncrief

 

24. Cincinnati Bengals: OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State Buckeyes

James Harrison is 35 years old is is nowhere near as effective as he used to be at rushing the passer with only 2 sacks this season. Ryan Shazier is very fast and instinctive, recording over 22 tackles for loss this season at Ohio State. Shazier had 6 sacks this season and is a tackling machine that will bolster the young linebacking core of the Bengals. The Bengals could also target a corner here.

Previous Pick: CB Justin Gilbert

 

25. San Diego Chargers: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Chargers are in desperate need of help and youth in the secondary, and Gilbert is possibly the best CB prospect in the draft. He is a physical ballhawk on the outside and would add plenty of athleticism to improve the Chargers’ secondary. Gilbert has great size at 6’0″ 200 lbs. and has the speed to bring it to the house every time he touches the ball. He has returned 5 kickoffs for touchdowns in his career at Oregon State and led the Big 12 with 6 interceptions in 2013. He must work on his technique to avoid getting burned by NFL receivers.

Previous Pick: DT Louis Nix III

 

26. St. Louis Rams (TRADE: Indianapolis Colts via Cleveland Browns): OG Zach Martin, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Rams already passed on Jake Mathews to select Sammy Watkins earlier in the draft. Now, they need to keep Sam Bradford clean. Martin played does not have great size or speed to continue playing LT in the NFL, so he will likely move inside. But, he is strong, fast, and able to block on the move. The Rams may also want to snag a corner here.

Previous Pick (Browns): OT Cedric Ogbuehi (staying at Texas A&M)

 

27. New Orleans Saints: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan Wolverines

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. Lewan would bring a tenacity and competitiveness that was lacking on the front line this season. He will improve the running lanes for Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram as well.

Previous Pick: OT Cameron Erving

 

28. New England Patriots: NT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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. Louis Nix is a nice consolation prize, though. He is the best NT prospect in the draft, boasting a huge frame and insane strength. Nix is still recovering from an ACL injury, but certainly has the talent to be a top-10 pick. Nix is also a great pass rusher for a 3-4 DT, which fits with Bill Belichick’s hybrid defensive system.

Previous Pick: DT Ra’shede Hageman

 

29. San Francisco 49ers: CB Marcus Roberson, Florida Gators

The Niners need some help in the secondary. Roberson is strong enough to press against bigger receivers and quick enough to keep smaller, faster receivers from getting any separation. He also has quick closing speed to bait quarterbacks into throwing his way. Roberson had a rough senior year, only playing in 7 games. But, he has shown the dedication to getting better and the talent to become a starter in the NFL. He finished at Florida with 17 pass breakups and 3 interceptions.

Previous Pick: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (staying at Oregon)

 

30. Carolina Panthers: WR Davante Adams, Fresno State Bulldogs

The Panthers have needed another wide receiver for a long, long time. Steve Smith can still get it done, but not for much longer. 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. The Panthers will take a chance on him if it means it will help the development of Cam Newton and improve the slow, 29th ranked passing offense.

Previous Pick: WR Allen Robinson

 

31. Denver Broncos: CB Jason Verrett, TCU Horned Frogs

If the Broncos had a better secondary, they would easily be the best team in the NFL. Instead, they had the 27th ranked passing defense, allowing 254.4 passing YPG. Champ Bailey is 35 years old and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent after the season. The Broncos need to add some youth into that secondary. I have seen Verett mocked as high as #12. He looks like the best pure corner in the draft, but he lacks the size (5’10″, 176 lbs.) to be considered a top prospect. He plays like he is 6’3″, 230 lbs. though, throwing his body at the ball in run support and in coverage.

Previous Pick: OG Cyril Richardson

 

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, but 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.

 

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  • mccall316

    Not a bad mock with a few exceptions. I can’t see the Raiders drafting an o-lineman. They have Veldeer for left tackle and will either sign him to a long term contract or use the tag on him. They drafted Watson last year and hope he is the right tackle of the future as long as he can stay healthy. My bet on Oakland is taking defense as in Barr or Clowney.

    No way the Jags pass on a qb. They need one, it’s a damn must or they are dumbest franchise in football.

    Couldn’t agree more with the Lions pick. They need secondary help and why not get the kid that practically plays in their backyard.

    Last thing, Verrett won’t last until the Denver pick. To good of a player.

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

      I hope Verrett doesn’t last too long, because either he or Dennard are the top CBs in this draft class; Verrett is getting too underrated by some.

  • Scott Aldridge

    Could see Oakland and St. Louis swapping picks and Oakland grabbing a qb unless they’re sold on Pryor. Rams get additional pick and still gets Mathews.

    • Conor Cahill

      I don’t think the Rams really need Mathews. They just signed Jake Long and Joe Barksdale has played well. But, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland, and Atlanta will all be in play for that pick.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        Among the 4 you mentioned Atlanta has the leverage due to Snead’s previous working relationship with Thomas Dimitroff. They can trade down with Atlanta for the right to draft Clowney or Mathews.

    • Frank Petrelli

      If Oakland swaps pick with the Rams it will be for Clowney!

  • Scott K

    The Browns will not trade up to #2 but if they do it will be for Manziel and not for Bortles. Lombardi covets Manziel greatly and loves his play and will draft him at #4 if he’s there or trade up to #2 if he fears he will be gone

  • PJ

    If the Raiders are smart they will address the O and D lines first for immediate impact players or go FAs for skilled positions. We don’t need another rookie QB to start over with. We have TP who will develop with a team that is still wearing name tags. We need a vet QB to come in and backup and coach up our 23 yr old TP and then let them all develop at the same time. Those of you who think starting a 14′ drafted QB is nothing more then another 3-4 years away from contending Kaep, Cam, Wilson and Luck still have growing to do also. We need to roll with TP and build around him and were on our way. Today a QB that can do more then just pocket pass is a dual threat otherwise he is another Rivets ( no SB) or Peyton with 1 etc. These guys are starting to see the benefits of being able to scramble with weapons around them and are doing it!

    • mccall316

      TP is not the freaking answer, unless that question is who is the fastest qb on the team. TP may be able to scramble but the guy doesn’t look up field and has only half the field to work with. Don’t roll to the left because he blows then. No chance either McGloin or Pryor are the answers on the roster. Need to bring in a qb that can really develop into a franchise qb. Free agent this year and a qb next is what I would guess.

      • Conor Cahill

        If every team that needed a QB drafted one in the first round, there would be like 15 QBs taken every year. They need to address other positions before they try to fit another QB into a system with limited talent. A. Barr is another good option.

  • Frank Petrelli

    The Raiders WILL NOT draft Matthews, for the love of GOD, you and everyone else stop mocking Matthews to the Raiders, its not gonna happen!!!!! It causes the rest of your draft to be wrong. We will resign Veldheer (our LT of the future) and we just drafted RT Watson in the 2nd round of last years draft. If Clowney is gone Oakland is gonna trade back, DE and Guard are our most pressing needs. Oakland will draft DE Kony Ealy or G David Yankey (if he declares), Richardson or Martin, but I think Martin is entering the draft as a Tackle

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

      Ealy and Yankey aren’t good enough to draft that high. Hopefully, the Jags don’t pass up on a QB, thus allowing the Raiders to draft Clowney.

      • Frank Petrelli

        Right, thats why I said Oakland will trade back to draft them. Either one is worth a pick after #10. Ealy is the 2nd best DE in the draft or maybe Tuitt and Yankey is the best Guard by far.

  • krivka

    I can’t see the Brown’s trading their second pick to anybody with the needs they have. They may still land Bortles and if not take Watkins, then with the second pick, get Carr or trade the second pick and a second and third round pick to move up to take another QB on the board. I wouldn’t trade a pick. Manziel may be an option too. They have too many needs to trade any picks.

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

      Carr probably won’t last long enough to allow the Browns to take him with their second first-round pick, but I agree that the Browns should stay where they are unless if they are 100% sold on Bortles (or Bridgewater if the Texans pass up on him). That way, the Browns can get a franchise QB without selling too high by moving just two picks to get one, and they would also get a better skill position player with their second first-round pick.

      • krivka

        Carr is a question mark right now. But I can’t see the Brown’s not taking a QB with their first pick unless Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel are off the board. If that is the case, Watkins will be there and Carr MAY be available with a later pick and Mettenberger, McCarron and Boyd will be available in the second round. If they go that way, Hoyer will be the de facto starter next season. That would be a decent way to go about the draft if Haslem didn’t need to sell tickets and get the fans back in fold. I really have no idea what is happening and worry that the FO doesn’t either. And one last thing, I believe they will take TWO QBs in the next draft. They may go after Guiton as an undrafted FA. It won’t hurt.

  • Jacob

    I’d love to see your explanation on why the Chiefs defense, namely secondary, isn’t holding them back.

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

      If they can get a better FS, then their secondary will be fine.

    • tomflex

      The offense especially at receiver was a weak spot on this years team but the defensive secondary was the reason for our loss in the playoffs and was also the reason we failed to win games against good teams. Anyone who says differently is not seeing the team objectively. Obviously this is the area that must be addressed first or the rest is all going to be for naught.
      The first priority will be to find that free safety with leadership ability (something the Chiefs have been lacking) to coordinate on the field and ensure everyone is on the same page all the time. Also he needs the skills to keep all those long plays that killed us this year to a minimum. That one correction could be the difference maker. What I’d like to see is for the Chiefs to address this in free agency with a know quanity and quality and then address the receiver—corner—line in the draft.

    • Conor Cahill

      Are you a fan of Calvin Pryor?

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

    The Rams really came out winners in this by getting Clinton-Dix (basically a must-pick for them, especially since he’s the top S in the draft), an elite WR prospect in Sammy Watkins (def the best), and a third first-round pick (Les Snead sure does love trading down). However, I wish you gave them Jason Verrett, because that would have made it a dream draft for them: top WR, S, and CB prospects haha.

    • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

      Jason Verrett is a bit of a reach for the Rams because they are practically set at starting CB’s. Cyril Richardson would be a much better pick at 26 because he’s this draft’s Rodger Saffold (can play LT or LG). Rams can still get their cornerback in day 2. (hopefully E.J. Gaines).

  • Nathan Kearns

    Love the fact that you have the St. Louis Rams trading down, because that is exactly what will happen. Mockers far too often neglect blatantly obvious moves in favor of “playing it safe” or hiding behind some arbitrary rule that you can’t predict trades in a mock… appreciate it.

    I would have liked to see the St. Louis Rams actually trade down again out of the No.4 spot, maybe with the Minnesota Vikings who should be nervous sitting back at No.8 if Johnny Manziel is their “target” player. Sammy Watkins should be available in the No.8 slot, and the Rams will be cautious to take any “big money” positional player in the Top 5 given their current salary cap constraints.

    For that same reason, I think it may be more feasible that they would prefer trading with some team other than the Cleveland Browns. Les Snead has made it abundantly clear that he likes “future” picks. Why take a late 1st-rounder this season when you could have the Vikings 2015 1st-rounder… which could be another Top 5 pick? Moreover, trading further down the board should (theoretically) net a significantly larger return AND allot the Rams a significantly smaller rookie contract to handle.

    That is likely the reason the Rams opted to trade with the Washington Redskins back in 2012, as opposed to the Cleveland Browns (who were reportedly offering the same deal). Future picks are likely lottery tickets: You can’t win unless you play. Snead has shown that he doesn’t mind “playing” games on Draft Day.

    I wouldn’t necessarily expect them to pick at the No.13 spot either (but that might be a tad much for a mock draft) :)

  • Johnny

    Erving is going back to school… hello??????

  • Calchiefsfan

    Okay, so apparently Conor didn’t watch the Chiefs the second half of the season. The offense isn’t the problem, though Beckham would be a great addition. The defense needs an upgrade at free safety, (top priority), more depth at cornerback and a pass rushing defensive end. A new DC wouldn’t hurt.

  • Noah

    Not to burst your bubble but the bears would not consider drafting a lineman at 14 this year. For the first time since i can remember, the bears were actually towards the top of the league for least amount of sacks allowed(tied for 5th i believe). They have all their starting offensive linemen under contract except their center who is expected to resign before the spring. If they don’t draft defensive line at 14 it would be a travesty. I like the Ra’shede Hageman pick but also look at Stephen Tuitt, the bear’s GM Phil Emery looks for size and athleticism along with work ethic in his draft picks and Tuitt has all of those and then some!

  • Reece Hudson

    Oakland isn’t sold on a QB they hate TP as a qb An will never be the guy unless we get a new coach that loves him, but by then it will be too late. If Manziel or Bortels falls we will draft them. After that it’s Clowney then Watkins maybe a trade back if they don’t fall or Barr. But I agree we wont take Matthews . We have so many needs we probally should trade out of the 1st for a 1st next yr and a 2nd an maybe a 3rd if wer lucky this yr. But no way the Browns trade up to get Bortels. and the Rams grabbing Watkins makes no sense they have spent way to many high picks on WR’s.

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  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    You are spot on with the Rams picks except for #26 pick on which it would be better if they pick Cyril Richardson over Zach Martin as he’s much better prospect who has played both LT and LG at a high level.

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