2014 NFL Mock Draft First Round Version 1

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17. Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Donald
DT, Pittsburgh

With Jason Hatcher set to depart in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys biggest need is at defensive tackle. While it would be nice to get a DT who can excel against the run and pass, that kind of player doesn’t totally exist in this year’s draft. That said, there are plenty of talented DTs to choose from, and Aaron Donald stands out above the rest. His lack of size will make him lose plenty of battles against better guards, but his motor and incredible football IQ allow him to still find the ball-carrier in the running game at times. Donald was a stud at the Senior Bowl, and he was the best defensive player in college football this past season due to his uncanny ability to put consistent pressure on the quarterback. He’s one of the most disruptive players in the class, and the Geno Atkins upside he brings to the table ought to intrigue Jerry Jones and the Cowboys front office.

18. New York Jets
Marqise Lee
WR, USC

I’m torn between Marqise Lee and UNC’s uber-athletic TE Eric Ebron, but I’m going to go with Lee here. The New York Jets biggest need is clearly getting playmakers around Geno Smith, because their franchise QB hopeful and last year’s second-round pick was surrounded by a whole lot of muck last year. Jeremy Kerley and TE Jeff Cumberland are reliable targets, and David Nelson does some nice things as well. But outside of those three, the Jets have nothing and lack a playmaker. Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill were supposed to have a game-changing impact, and that’s true…when it comes to changing the game in a negative way with their drops and poor route-running. While Lee is also a drop-prone receivers, he’s the type of game-changing playmaker who could add some much-needed talent for Smith to work with in the Jets offense.

19. Miami Dolphins
Zack Martin
G/T, Notre Dame

The Miami Dolphins have needs everywhere on the offensive line except at center, where Mike Pouncey continues to be a rock. Their situation on the offensive line is in dire straits at guard and tackle, though, and they desperately need to make a big upgrade so that Ryan Tannehill has more time in the pocket. Worse yet, talented RB Lamar Miller received no help in front of him, and it was up to him to fight for mere inches on the ground. Getting a guy like Zack Martin would change things, and no offensive lineman helped his draft stock at the Senior Bowl nearly as much as Martin did. He was dominant, and he’s definitely worth being selected with the 19th pick. The Dolphins have the ability to choose where the versatile OL out of Notre Dame plays, and there’s little doubt in my mind that he would be an upgrade at either spot due to his technique.

20. Arizona Cardinals trade their pick to the St. Louis Rams
Allen Robinson
WR, Penn State

I’m not as high on Trumaine Johnson or Janoris Jenkins as most people, but I know talent and potential when I see it (at least I think I do). The Rams can wait a bit to replace Cortland Finnegan, who is guaranteed to be released, so it makes sense for them to pull a wide receiver here. They have depth at WR, but there is nobody who stands out as a No. 1 guy. Tavon Austin should hit his stride soon, but the fact that they took Austin in the top ten last year shouldn’t deter them from pulling another wideout this year. Les Snead says the Rams are satisfied with their WRs, but I’m calling a smokescreen here.

Allen Robinson makes the most sense for the St. Louis Rams here, because he is the kind of outside receiver who could help Sam Bradford show that he is indeed a franchise quarterback (the Rams haven’t given up hope and neither have I). With the size, acceleration, hands, and route-running to be a legit WR1, Robinson is the kind of solid target the Rams and Bradford have been missing. They already have guys with a game-changing skill-set like Austin, but they need a reliable, productive target; that’s where Robinson comes in.

21. Green Bay Packers
Louis Nix
DT, Notre Dame

The Green Bay Packers need a safety badly, but they really shouldn’t force the issue in the first round with Clinton-Dix off the board (it is just about impossible to envision him falling outside of the top 20). Instead, they need to replace B.J. Raji, who has fallen off of the face of the earth over the past couple of years and is a well below-average starter at nose tackle. Louis Nix should immediately be an upgrade, and he’ll be much cheaper than Raji, who seems to think he’s worth quite a bit of money. The Packers need to let him walk and draft Nix, who offers more than your average nose tackle. He can press the pocket better than most prototypical 3-4 DTs, but he has the body and ability against the run to fit that prototype. Nix is arguably better than Donald, and he would be the Packers best chance at finding a fit at NT for their scheme.

22. Philadelphia Eagles 
Anthony Barr
OLB, UCLA

Most people have Anthony Barr going much higher than I do, but I don’t always follow the masses. Barr just doesn’t fit the 4-3 scheme as a DE, because he is too raw and doesn’t play the run well enough. That said, he should be a beast in a 3-4 scheme, and the Philadelphia Eagles would love to have an edge rusher of his caliber. Safety is still their biggest need, but adding a dominant pass rusher could alleviate pressure off of the safeties. Plus, adding an OLB is a need on its own, and, again, no safety besides a certain Bama standout (not Vinnie Sunseri, mind you) is worth a first-round pick.

23. Kansas City Chiefs
Brandin Cooks
WR, Oregon State

Brandin Cooks is usually compared to Victor Cruz, and I honestly really like that comparison due to Cooks’s ability to win in the slot and on the outside. He is more than just some somewhat-gimmicky “playmaker”, because he is a true wide receiver with added playmaking ability. Oregon State used him on a variety of routes, and Cooks was equally competent at gaining YAC on screens, getting open on intermediate routes, and breaking things open on a big pass. Alex Smith would salivate at the opportunity to throw passes to a guy as talented as Cooks, who is the most underrated WR in the class and is barely below Marqise Lee in terms of talent. In fact, the argument can be made that Cooks is just as good as the former USC star. The Chiefs biggest need is definitely at wide receiver, and they would be wise to give Smith a guy like Cooks.

24. Cincinnati Bengals
Justin Gilbert
CB, Oklahoma State

The Cincinnati Bengals are such a deep team that they could go in a variety of directions here, but their best bet is to continue to get more depth at corner. As we saw last season, you never know when injuries hit, and corner is one of the most important positions in the NFL to have depth at (just ask the Seattle Seahawks). The Bengals could use some more depth there, and drafting Justin Gilbert would knock out a need, give them a playmaker, and would technically be a best-available-type pick. Gilbert is a game-breaker on returns, and he has all the tools to be a No. 1 CB. My big issue with Gilbert is that he’s very raw, but he’s so athletic and has so much upside that he’s worth a first-round pick. More importantly, the Bengals have enough depth to bank on Gilbert’s potential.

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  • Julien Bélair

    I don’t see a world where CJ Mosley is taken in the top 10 and also in front of Watkins. Damn this ILB is wayyyyy overhype.

    Also Ebron will be taken between 10-15 IMO

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

      I had him in the top ten, because I just couldn’t find a better choice for the Buccaneers. And really the only reason why Mosley isn’t in the top ten is because ILBs aren’t viewed as being as valuable as players at other positions. I don’t think the Bucs need a WR, no QB fits them there, and they don’t really have a pass rusher to choose from there besides Ford or Ealy. Mosley is the better prospect then either of them, and that was the logic there.

      I don’t think Ebron will fall out of the top 20, and I’ll readily admit that I’m lower on him than most people, too. That said, I’m also not sure if the teams picking between 10 and 15 should even take him.

      • Julien Bélair

        They do need a WR. LIke every team. Even the Broncos need a WR haha

  • Nathan Kearns

    As a St. Louis Rams fan, I obviously love everything about this Mock…

    Using a conservative estimate (i.e. dictated by the draft value chart), the Rams should net, at least, the Cardinals ’15 and ’16 first rounders… and even that would leave them “50 points” short, under the assumption they would be picking at No.20 every year.

    However, we all know that those estimates are more of a minimum acceptable value, and not a predictive measure for trades. Given that there will be plenty of trade interest within the Top 10, I couldn’t imagine the bounty that they would have to fork over to move up.

    For a more realistic trade view, most would expect the Cleveland Browns to give up their No.4, No.26, and either a second- or third-rounder.

    In 2012, it cost the Dallas Cowboys their second-rounder to move from No.16 to No.6 with the Rams… and that was the “lowest price” I could find for such a massive jump.

    So, in my best estimation, I would say it would cost the Arizona Cardinals their: ’14 first- and second-rounder, ’15 first- and second-rounder, and ’16 first-rounder! So, in essence, two additional 1sts and two 2nds… that is a lot of good players!

    Not that I am against this awesomely amazing trade, but I think the Cardinals might be better off waiting at No.20 for Derek Carr. I believe that if he can make it past the Minnesota Vikings (a realistic possibility), he would tumble into their waiting hands!

    • Julien Bélair

      I think the Browns trading up for Manziel if Houston take Bridge is a real possibility

      • Nathan Kearns

        No disagreement there… and I still think it’ll cost them, at least, their No.4, No.26, and either a ’14 or ’15 second-rounder!

        • Julien Bélair

          To be honest this is really something that is difficult to know the ”value chart”. But to Browns do have the picks to do it.

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

            I’m not sure if the Browns should trade up just for Manziel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it. And hey, it’s justifiable if they are indeed sold on him.

          • Gary Stewart

            if the rams offer a discount to the browns and just take #4 and 26 and say a 4th round pick then assuming hou takes a qb cle takes a qb and jax takes a qb the better odds are with atl jumping to 4 and trade their #6 and 2nd round pick to secure clowney then if you are ready for this… the rams trade the 6th overall pick to minnesota and take their 8th overall pick and a 2015 2nd rounder so they can take derek carr. the rams end up with #8, 13, 26, atls 2nd their own 2nd clevs 4th and an extra 2015 2nd rounder, drafting at #8 means if the 4 qbs are gone after 6 picks and clowney is gone thats 5 gone 3 left so barr mack mosely robinson and matthews at least 2 of those 5 would be avail to pick from at #8. im in and playing for 2014 not 2 more years down the road!!!! GO RAMS!!!

          • Gary Stewart

            btw as good as clowney is jax has no guarantee of getting a qb in 2015 and i cant believe they wont take one while drafting at #3 but thes my opinion

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            Jacksonville will likely follow the Seattle blue print since Gus Bradley came from the Pete Carroll line of coaching. He’d beef up his defensive line starting with Clowney (if he’s available) and likely draft a QB in the later round.

          • Gary Stewart

            the difference being seattle

            thought they had their qb when they signed flynn in free agency, and wilson in the 3rd round to groom for the future. he just happened to beat out flynn jax has gabbert and henne they cant try a 3rd round project if they want to win my guess is they take a qb at #3 but we shall see!!

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            If they manage to get a Stud RB in the like Tra Mason or KaDeem Carey their QB won’t be pressured enough to make plays.

          • Gary Stewart

            tre or ka deem i would love one of those two to take pressure off zac next year for the rams but jax has to work on their o line or the stud rbs will be running into brick walls!!

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            I’d prefer Charles Sims over Tre and KaDeem. Rams needed Change of Pace / Back field receivers.

          • Gary Stewart

            sorry joe no pressure this time just saying while the trade down for futures doesnt excite me the dix pick is perfect!!

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

            Haha, I don’t know how far the Rams should trade down or with who, but I do know that they shouldn’t be picking at #2 and should try to get as many picks as possible. Nobody really fits them at #2, whereas they can go in so many different directions if Snead deals down. And, as we all know, Snead likes trading down.

            Charles Sims is the best all-around back in the draft, and I agree that they don’t need a “feature-type” back a la Carey or Mason.

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

      Thanks for dropping by, Nathan. It seems like that wouldn’t be the best of trades for the Cardinals, but I didn’t want to think that far ahead, which looks like a huge mistake haha.

      But if the Cardinals want a QB, then hoping Carr falls might not be the best policy.

      • Nathan Kearns

        I’d love for you to be a prophet and this thing somehow go down! In that case, Les Snead should be given Executive of the Year from 2015 through whenever he retires…

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

          If this happens, then I can’t imagine what Rams fans would be feeling haha.

      • Gary Stewart

        joe its time to think that far ahead and tell us what you feel the rams will get for moving down 18 spots and we arent talking 10 to 28 we are talking 2 to 20 so speculate what will the rams get back because the fans of ram nation deserve better than to improve their divisional opponent and to ask the team to wait til next year repeatedly not to mention the cards stand to pick in the 20 range not 7-10 next year our division plays the nfc east a bit easier than the south

    • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

      The Blake Bortles pick makes sense because Bortles is similar to Andrew Luck and Ben Rothlesberger (quarterbacks that are mobile) and have the same body frame on which HC Bruce Arians likes.

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

        Haha, that’s what I tried to allude to in the explanation, and it wouldn’t make sense at all for the Cardinals to do this if Arians didn’t love Bortles.

        • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

          But with the latest news that Houston has hired former Central Florida QB Coach it basically tipped which QB are they picking.

  • KCtitleist11

    Sammy Watkins is the best receiver in this draft hands down. If he falls to Detroit, their receiving core would be stupid. I would really like to take a big receiver to threaten defenses opposite Bowe like Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida state. He’s 6’5 234lb. That’s only 5 pounds less than Calvin Johnson at the same height. He has the size to be a monster. Then if we could only fill that slot position (because McCluster is gone), we’ll be set. Maybe Donnie Avery could fill it, but if we sign Maclin to go in the slot on a good affordable deal w/ Benjamin and Bowe on the outsides… I don’t even have to continue

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

      Having Benjamin would be awesome, and the Chiefs WR corps would definitely be top-notch with Maclin in the fold, too. But Benjamin has so much “bust” to him that I think it’s better for the Chiefs to get a guy like Cooks who can get YAC and mix reliability with playmaking ability. Again, Cooks is a guy with Victor Cruz-potential. Some compare Benjamin to Calvin Johnson, but that’s neglecting just how good Johnson’s hands and route-running are. Does Benjamin have either of those all-important traits? Not quite, but yes, the upside is there.

      Honestly, I’m cool with whoever the Chiefs choose to pick at the end of the day, as long as it’s a WR in the first.

      • KCtitleist11

        Same here. I really want a WR first round and there’s a lot of talent out there. I also really like Odell Beckham and Marqise Lee, but Lee may not fall to 23. I know Cooks won the Biletnikoff this year and all, but he reminds me of Tavon Austin. I liked Tavon Austin coming into the draft but he really didn’t do a lot all year. I know he came on at the end of the year with some big games, but those big games were games with 2 catches for 150 yards or something along those lines. Some games Austin had 1 catch for 12 yards and was absolutely ineffective. I like the big play ability, but I really want a guy that can have games like 8 catches for 115 yards signifying he can consistently get open. I just don’t want Cooks to end up like Austin if we take him 23rd overall. I’m not knocking Austin, but it just worries me with that beginning of the season that he had when everyone thought he was going to be a monster out of the gate like he was in college. Cooks is a very similar receiver to Austin.

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

          Cooks is a LOT better than Austin, imo. I didn’t like Austin coming out of college, because he didn’t run clean routes and couldn’t win downfield. Cooks is better at that, and I think he’s a better prospect coming out than Austin was. Still, there’s definitely some risk to him, and I am also a huge fan of Beckham. If Lee falls to 23, I think Dorsey pulls the trigger, but what do I know about Dorsey’s preferences?

  • Kareem Daniels

    The Steelers like bigger corners. Gilbert will be there pick if they take a corner in the first round.

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

      Good point, but I think Verrett is too good to pass up on. He plays so smart, has good speed, is extremely physical, and is a PD-maven.

  • ahrcshaw

    Your Panther selection is confusing to say the least. I think Mr G and the staff will go for OT, then a CB, then a WR. I also believe shoring up the line would give Cam more time to pass, which would cover for his slowness in making a selection. You can say what you want buy speeding up Cam’s selection process is a long term project. Cam’s primary problem is when he gets in a hurry he throws too high. Cam favors Smitty because he is the only one who will fight for the ball, Olsen doesn’t, nor do the otther WR’s Buuuut the other WR and Olsen can and have caught pass when Cam has had time to pass. Look at the stats for any game that Cam has had time to throw as opposed to a game he is harassed.

    The CB then becomes a major second because a good CB or two or three would quickly shore up the defense, which would allow them to move Munnerlyn to the nickle, also shoring up the defense. I think they will let make a lot of moves at CB in the later rounds.

    I believe they will let LaFell walk and Keep Ginn, maybe Hixion. and even bring in another good TE. There are two question marks, in which Mr G calls on your squad already, the young WR, and the Big TE. This scenario would allow Mr G to bring in a good WR to develop.

    What is for sure Mr G and Rivera willl bring in a bunch at these three positions and look deeply into what is already on the roster and in the workin process mode. Go Panthers.

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

      I was squarely between CB and WR for the Panthers, so I’m definitely cool with CB being the pick (probably a bigger need, tbh). As for tackle, Byron Bell needs to be upgraded haha. Left side of the Panthers line is sick (assuming Gross stays), but the right side has issues.

      • ahrcshaw

        All three area have issues, but as you improve one area, ie DT, that improves another. Mr G is definitely a in the trenches GM, the battle is and alway will be won by the unsung hero’s in the trenches. Giant therory and really not to far off.

        My point is what will help Cam the most to produce points, Cams problem is he gets “pass rush” riled and tend to throw his pass erratic and high. If you do not eliminate that, you could get the best WR’s in the country and it would not help. When rushed Cam’s natural tendency is to run, when forced to stay into the pocket and he gets rushed he either pass too erratic or high, or waits too long and get sacked because he is trying to do as they say and stay cool in the pocket. If the pass rush is not stopped or at least contained they could be better off letting Cam scramble out and pass.

        Having a secure O line eleminats a lot of problems for Cam, and you can see the results by looking at the 4 games the Panthers pounded the opposition, then note what WR Cam had.

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

          If there isn’t a top OT available with that pick, then I think the Panthers can afford to wait to address that. Then again, with Gross aging, it might be better to be proactive. I mean, the best OT available would be Kouandjio, who isn’t a sure thing at all.

          • ahrcshaw

            Your are probably right, as I recall there were a couple of young un-drafted guy picked up last year that got hurt or something, I am thinking about the Canadian guy? who was the #1 Canadian draftee.

            I still think Cam would do a lot better with a good O line, what do you think of my comments regarding the O line?

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

            I think your arguments hold for every QB, and I agree that offensive tackle is a big need for this team. Jordan Gross isn’t getting younger (even if he’s still great), and Byron Bell will continue to be a disaster. Guard should be fine (watching RG closely), but I don’t think the Panthers should take a tackle in the 1st unless if a top guy falls to them. I think they should go best available at WR, CB, OT in the first.

          • ahrcshaw

            You are right, I have no idea who Mr G thinks is tops at OT, I just think that is what he would look for. I have no idea what Mr G or Rivera have on their wish board, but according to the news there are a lot of good OT’s, WR’s and a few good CB’s in this class. I am confident they will have a wide range of players. I also think one of the big WR from Florida State. Penn State and ??Vanderbilt ?? will be available. One thing for sue I hope they select a tall WR that will fight for the ball as that is what is wrong with LaFell and where Smittie excels.

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

            I had you guys taking Benjamin over Jordan Matthews, but Robinson would have gone to you if he were still available. Watch for Odell Beckham Jr., because he’s a sleeper.

          • ahrcshaw

            Cook from Oregon St might be a good one but he is small? so I would be weary unless he is available late.

  • Gunnar Martin

    I gotta say I really liked your mock until you had San Diego picking Roberson at 25. I’m not a big fan of his, to say the least, and besides, I doubt we even pick a CB in the first round. Yes, it may be our biggest need, but it’s a pretty deep position this year and we would be better off drafting BPA. Telesco seems to like that style the best, too.

    However, I do like that you had Fuller and Attaochu going so high. They’re both extremely underatted, in general. Neither of them probably end up going that high, but there’s no question that they should.

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

      Fuller and Attaochu are two of my sleepers, and they helped me make this mock unique.

      I’m not the biggest Roberson fan either, but I like him and think the Chargers desperately need a CB. It is a deep position in this class, but I’m not sure the Chargers can afford to wait. Going BPA would suit the Chargers, though, and that’s a great point.

      Thanks for dropping by, Gunnar. Do you like Fuller more than Roberson?

      • Paul Newbold

        I love Attaochu as a sleeper. I’m hoping the rest of the league does fall a sleep on this kid! He’d make the Jets linebacker corps much more dependable, and would provide a nice addition to their pass rush. Originally projected as a third rounder by many scouting reports, with a good showing at the combine, I think his stock will skyrocket! I know Rex Ryan would love to land him, he’s a Rex type LB for sure!

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

          The Jets will hope that he slides into the 2nd, because a pass rushing duo of Coples and Attaochu combined with that DL would be sick.

          • Paul Newbold

            I agree, while many have them going offense in the first two rounds, I think if Attaochu is there for the Jets in the second, Rex will be all over him!

      • Gunnar Martin

        I do like Fuller more than Roberson. Much more. Roberson plays with a sort of nonchalant sense of urgency that doesn’t impress me, and he’s not good at shedding blocks and attacking the ball carrier in the run game. Maybe it’s just that he lacks that “football passion.” He relies way too much on athleticism alone. He’s not terrible, but I see him more as a third rounder than a first rounder.

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

          Well, you also have to remember that comparing any CB prospect’s run D to Kyle Fuller’s run D is lopsided, because Fuller is just insanely good at stopping the run haha.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Right, but Roberson is also just insanely bad at stopping the run haha. Point is, I don’t like him very much as a prospect.

  • 3kolu

    Carr’s more polished than Bortles as well. He was a 3 year starter at Fresno State. He best be served as a backup for couple years. His upside is tremendous, but, he is also a candidate for inconsistency as well.

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

      Yeah, it’s tough trying to compare the three QBs in this class behind Bridgewater, because they all have so many positives and negatives to closely break down. Carr has the best arm in the class and has plenty of people helping him out in the background, but his footwork and needs work. That said, I actually like him a tad more than Bortles, because I think he is more polished than Bortles. It’s such a tough call, but Carr is my #2 QB behind Bridgewater.

      • 3kolu

        Yes, I agree. I like all these QB’s, but at the same time, I have some serious concerns with them as well. If they end up in the right system and/or with a great cast of players surrounding them, they should be fine. But, if they are put into the starting role too early, they will certainly struggle mightily. Minnesota would be the ideal fit for all of these guys because they have all the pieces in place except for LG. Also, if Greg Childs comes back in full health, their WR corps could become elite.

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

          The key with these QBs is, as you said, being patient and getting the right pieces in place (as with most high-upside, raw prospects). However, a team would pay dearly if they fail to do things right, because drafting a guy like Manziel could set a team back a few years if things don’t pan out.

          • 3kolu

            Yes, Manziel is an enigma. He has the ability to do things that are other worldly. He’ll bring energy and excitement that’s for sure. But, for how long?

  • Stan Colbert

    The Chiefs need a DT/DE to play rush in 3-4 and pass in Nickel pkg. They have no 2 round pick and D-line doesn’t seem to be a pos. of depth. Do you see them getting one, who, what round?

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

      If you want to go for someone that specialized, then I would wait on getting a sub-package guy until the mid or late rounds. Keep your eyes on George Uko out of USC.

  • Crusader10

    Um, what happened to Barr? Everyone else has him going in the top ten.

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

      He’s overrated. Watch his tape closely, and you’ll see that he’s still a very raw player who only wins with his athleticism as a pass rusher.

  • Dean Olson

    Love this mock draft. I don’t necessarily agree with all the picks (no one ever does) but I love that you’re willing to use actual logic with original thoughts, rather than just following what the glorious Mel Kiper thinks (who, if I recall correctly, mocked Shariff Floyd at 3 and Eifert at 6 right before the draft). And because literally no one knows what will happen, calling any mock draft terrible or wrong is really just ignorant and laughable. Essentially, I’m just glad you clearly thought out the picks and did exactly what you think, rather than following the herd.

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

      Thanks for the kind words, Dean, and that was my goal in this mock draft. Everyone who commented on this piece has probably read tons of different mocks out there, and I know I have sorted through many of them as well. My whole goal is to look at things from my personal opinion, instead of leaning on experts or pre-draft “smoke”. It’s about analyzing fits, prospects, and taking into account some expert opinion. But in the case of a guy like Anthony Barr or Odell Beckham Jr., I’m not one to conform to expert picks.

      You can never call a mock wrong, but I certainly welcome any and all criticism that I can learn from (under/overvaluing a prospect or not getting a team “need” or “fit” right).

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    Rams will never draft a quarterback in the 1st round and Sam Bradford is their quarterback.

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

      You definitely aren’t the only Rams fan who has said this, and I just might do this in my next mock. Thanks for the heads up.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        It;s a classic Fisher drafting Philosphy. He needs a Haynesworth type of a DT who can collapse the interior and Brockers AND Hageman would wreck havoc.

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

          Haha, the rich would certainly get richer there.

  • Old Frog

    I know a lot of Cowboys fans would be happy with Donald at 17 but personally I’d rather have Martin who goes to Miami at 19.

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

      Martin is a beast as well, but I think the Cowboys need a DT more than an OT. He’d still be a solid pick, though, and I’ll be sure to take a close look at this scenario when writing up my next mock draft.

      • Old Frog

        Yeah, I’m somewhat in a minority thinking we need to finish what we started with the O line while we can rather than draft back ups at those positions later on. Martin could step in now at OG and be there at OT later if needed. If we’d taken Warford instead of Escobar with the second pick last year we’d be almost done there.

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

          It’s crazy looking at Warford’s play this season and thinking so many teams passed up on him, and it wasn’t a K. Allen situation where he was dropped due to BS concerns.

          • Old Frog

            Yeah. It boggles my mind how the Cowboys scouting department was so good evaluating Frederick at center, no matter what other teams thought, but then so screwed the pooch when evaluating Warford. After the Frederick pick I was ecstatic at the prospect of getting Warford next and couldn’t believe it when they announced Escobar’s name. Major letdown.

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

            The Cowboys tricked all of us bloggers and pundits with the Frederick pick…boy has he been great, especially compared to all of our head-scratching haha.

  • Paul Newbold

    Jets take Ebron if available. He has size, speed, athleticism, and a great set of hands! He’s versatile enough to work out of the slot, or you can use him on the outside as well. Lee has been projected as more of a slot receiver at the pro level (Jets have Kerley), he has his share of questions about his hands ( tends to catch with his body at times), his final year of college was less then spectacular, and he’s had nagging injuries as well. Safer bet is Ebron, in my opinion.

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

      Good points on Lee, and if the Jets view him as a slot WR then it’s best to take someone else. But at the same time, Ebron will mostly operate out of the slot as well, which is, again, where Kerley does his work. Lee’s drops and injury concerns are definitely deterrents, so Ebron vs. Lee makes for a great discussion. I was between them, too, and I might have them taking Ebron in my next mock. They simply need playmakers, so it doesn’t matter much who they get…as long as he’s good.

  • Tynan Patrick

    I really am not a fan of Mike Evans. Not only do i think he plays extremely soft for his size and that he has no concept of how to get himself open except to jump higher than his defender, but in the Ravens new offense with Kubiak as OC, they need someone who can run crisp, accurate routes. Evans can’t run any route, much less a full tree. Evans is a project, I would rather take a more polished player like Lee.

    • Tynan Patrick

      to pad this a bit further, bad routes in Kubiaks offense are INTs or pick sixes. its all timing and placement.

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

        Totally true, Schaub saw this the hard way. I hate how Evans never gets significant separation, and I was apprehensive about this pick. I think I’m going to modify this one to see if I can slot a more reliable WR going to Baltimore. Lee over Evans? Makes sense, but who do you think is the best “fit” for Baltimore? I still feel like Flacco needs another guy who is as reliable as Pita.

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

          Now that I’ve thought about it, Odell Beckham Jr. might be the best option for the Ravens.

          • Tynan Patrick

            I do like Beckham, but I know Ozzie new some likes to pick the safest players he can. He has often said he would rather take a safe double in the first round than swing for a home run and miss. Which leads me to Lee who i think is the safest first round WR in the draft, or as a second round option if he lasts long enough, to Matthews who is one of the safest picks at any position. both are extremely reliable and run great routes and have good hands. both are tremendous fits and Lee would be a steal at 16, if he had come out last year he would have been a top 10 pick easy. Im in love with the idea of getting lee.

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

            Matthews is probably safer than Lee, imo, but Lee also has much better tools at the position. I think Lee would be the best pick for the Ravens there, and Newsome’s philosophy that it’s best to go the “safe” route is one that more and more GMs need to look at.

          • Tynan Patrick

            i agree completely, like i said, i think matthews is one of the safest picks in the draft at any position. at absolute worst he is a solid contributing WR3 with WR1 potential. that said, i don’t think he is really worthy of the 16th or 17th pick, he would be a legitimate target if they traded to the mid 20s, but Lee is the much more talented player and his only real bust potential comes from injury concerns. Im a huge fan of Lee to baltimore, it just feels right. that said, i was the editor for Ebonybird.com last year and i spent 3 months saying i didn’t like Matt Elam because he was short and lacked range and i didn’t think a SS was worth a first rounder. This year Evans is the guy I’m convinced they won’t take, last year it was Elam, so what do i know.

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

            Completely agree and Lee and Matthews. Btw, I definitely remember you as the editor of Ebony Bird, and you did some great work over there :) Remember watching you and my man Mike Saver at Patriots Life talking about the AFCCG on ESPN Unite.

          • Tynan Patrick

            That was one of the coolest things i have ever gotten to do. tons of fun(winning made it even more fun). I miss some stuff about being editor like that, but i definitely don’t miss trying to get your staff to write more and inevitably failing and having to post a million times a month by myself. it was definitely a good experience though and its made me a fan sided network reader for life. there are a lot of good writers and opinions to be found here, yourself included. my thing was always the draft(i actually started with fan sided writing exclusively about the draft) and its my favorite sports event every year. I’m already pumped up and bummed out we have to wait two more weeks this year thanks to the new schedule.

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

            Thanks for the kind words, and I always love visiting other FanSided sites to gather some opinions. There are so many knowledgeable people on this network, and everybody is a great resource. When somebody such as yourself covers a team like the Ravens closely, your opinion is automatically one that I have to read up on, and I definitely read Ebony Bird whenever there was something about the Ravens that I wanted to learn about or have better insight on. You did a great job of covering the team over there, and it certainly is an awesome experience.

            Sometimes the workload gets overwhelming, but you really feel accomplished when you are able to get a seemingly insurmountable task done.

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