2014 NFL Mock Draft: UPDATE Cahill Version 5.11 (Post Free Agency)

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This time with Sammy Watkins! Sorry about that folks, guess all that coffee at 3:00 am didn’t make me as alert as I would have hoped. In truth, I do take this seriously, so I am just as disappointed as you guys. Anyways, now that the draft is at least theoretically possible, I would love to hear all the comments. Good, bad, and even Raiders nation trash talk, I want to hear it all.

Welcome to the POST-FREE AGENCY 2014 NFL Mock Draft. I will examine how free agency affected the draft plans of all 32 teams.

1. Houston Texans
Blake Bortles
Quarterback, University of Central Florida

The Texans did absolutely nothing in free agency to replace Matt Schaub with their near $10M in cap space. They also need to add a pass rusher, but I think quarterback is still the most dire need here. They have the chance to get a potential superstar at a very low cap number, and I think they take it. Plus, they may be able to pick up some extra picks and cap space in exchange for Shaub in order to address those other needs.


2. Atlanta Falcons (via St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins)
Jadaveon Clowney
Defensive End, South Carolina

The Falcons decided to focus on the defensive line in free agency, but they only brought in run stuffers, Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai. They may be planning this very move because those players will be able to take up a ton of space to allow Clowney to do what he does best: rush the freaking passer. Character/ motivation concerns won’t even be an issue because he will not even have to try if he is able to get 1-on-1 protection. The Falcons positioned themselves well to snag one of the top two pass rushers in the draft, and I am willing to bet that they pull the trigger on Clowney.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Khalil Mack
Outside Linebacker, Buffalo

I will give the Jaguars credit. They at least attempted to bolster their pass rush with all their cap space. However, they did it by resigning a 33-year old Jason Babin, and Super Bowl cast offs Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. Babin had a good year in 2013, but he is old. Bryant isn’t much of anything rushing the passer and the 32-year old Clemons had only 4.5 sacks this past season. Adding Mack would help all three of these players get much less protection thrown their way. Adding Mack would give the Jaguars a very respectable stable of pass rushers for the first time ever.


4. Cleveland Browns
Teddy Bridgewater
Quarterback, Louisville

The Browns actually did fairly well for themselves in free agency, despite losing TJ Ward to Denver. They picked up their starting runningback, Ben Tate, and another receiver to pair with Josh Gordon. Now all they need on offense is a quarterback. Bridgewater had a poor Pro Day, but he is chalking it up to nerves. I still think Teddy is a more reliable selection than Johnny FB, so the Browns will get to fill in their vacancy at quarterback at #4.

Previous Pick: WR Sammy Watkins


5. Oakland Raiders
Sammy Watkins
Wide Receiver, Clemson

The Raiders lost star left tackle Jared Veldheer to the Cardinals and then lost out on Rodger Saffold due to a failed physical. They signed Donald Penn as a replacement and even added James Jones to the receiving core. Jones is on the wrong side of 30, however, and they need to add some explosion to their offense. They will likely go with a quarterback in round 2.

Previous Pick: QB Teddy Bridgewater


6. St. Louis Rams (via Atlanta Falcons)
Greg Robinson
Offensive Tackle, Auburn

The Rams’ O-line is made of glass. Jake Long is recovering from ACL/MCL surgery, Saffold has missed 17 games is the past 3 years, and Harvey Dahl missed 8 games at right guard in 2013. They were able to retain Rodger Saffold, but he is better on the inside. Adding Greg Robinson will give the Rams a nice insurance policy for if/when their lineman start to go down again or if they decide Jake Long doesn’t play as well as his $9M cap hit demands.


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jake Mathews
Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M

The Bucs lost Donald Penn and Davin Joseph this offseason, but they didn’t even play well enough in 2013 to be sad about it. For all the flash the Bucs showed in free agency, they need to make the safe pick here. Bringing in Mathews will replace Donald Penn and hopefully give some stability to their offense.


8. Minnesota Vikings

Johnny Manziel
Quarterback, Texas A&M

The Vikings signed both Captain Munnerlyn and Derek Cox in free agency. After watching Cox for 16 games last year, I doubt he makes the 53 man roster, but corner is no longer a pressing need. Minnesota only re-signed Matt Cassell at the quarterback position, and must snag Johnny Manziel if he happens to fall to them. Then Minnesota just needs to add a pass rusher to soften the blow of losing Jared Allen.


9. Buffalo Bills
Mike Evans
Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

The Bills addressed their needs at linebacker by adding Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers. However, they didn’t even touch the wide receiver position that is severely in need of some talent. It would by no means be a shock to see Mike Evans in the top 10 at this point. He is one of the most technically sound and impactful receivers in the draft and the Bills desperately need a receiver. A perfect match.


10. Detroit Lions
Justin Gilbert
Cornerback, Oklahoma State

The Lions could go a few different directions with this pick. They signed Golden Tate to a 5-year contract, so they likely wouldn’t care if Mike Evans was taken off the board right before their pick. They still need to address the corner/ linebacker/ safety positions and can do so here. I think corner is the more pressing need for them right now, and Gilbert falls to them at #10. The Lions also seem to like HaHa Clinton-Dix and hosted his Pro Day workout in Michigan.

Previous Pick: OLB Anthony Barr


11. Tennessee Titans
Anthony Barr
Outside Linebacker, UCLA

Barr continues to drop and this time he falls outside the top 10. The Titans need help on defense even more now that they let Alterraun Verner walk in free agency. They signed Wesley Woodyard to hold down the middle of the linebacking core, so now they need an outside pass rusher. Anthony Barr’s drop will benefit the Titans greatly because he is exactly what they need/ didn’t sign in free agency.

Previous Pick: DE Kony Ealy


12. New York Giants
Taylor Lewan
Offensive Tackle, Michigan

The Giants solidified their needs at corner by signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmund. They signed Geoff Schwartz, but I’m not sure he is the blind side pass protector they are looking for. Taylor Lewan fits their need and allows them to solidify the rest of the line by allowing Justin Pugh and Schwartz to play guard, and moving Will Beatty to the right side. The Giants may also want to add Anthony Barr is he is available in order to replace Justin Tuck.


13. St. Louis Rams
HaHa Clinton-Dix
Free Safety, Alabama

The Rams barely did anything in free agency except for bring back Rodger Saffold and Jo-Lonn Dunbar. They still have glaring needs in the secondary. Losing Cortland Finnegan should be addition by subtraction, but the Rams have no one else able to step in at corner. The Rams would probably prefer for HaHa Clinton-Dix to fall to them, because they have a huge need at safety as well.


14. Chicago Bears
Timmy Jernigan
Defensive Tackle, Florida State

The Bears lost rising star Henry Melton in free agency to the Cowboys. They re-signed Jay Ratliff, but he is already 32 years old. They also signed Lamarr Houston and Willie Young to rush the passer, so they need another man on the inside to be able to take up space and blockers. Even without Julius Peppers, Jernigan is still the best option here for the Bears to build a strong defensive line and get to Aaron Rodgers and Mathew Stafford.


15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Marqise Lee
Wide Receiver, USC

The Steelers did nothing in free agency. They signed Michael Mitchell to take over at safety for Ryan Clark, but didn’t touch the offense. The Steelers said they wanted to draft a big receiver, but I don’t think it would be smart to take a shot at Kelvin Benjamin this early. Marqise Lee is a much more polished receiver at this point and will be able to help the Steelers offense right away.

Previous Pick: Kelvin Benjamin


16. Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Donald
Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

The Cowboys signed DT Henry Melton from the Bears, but there is no guarantee he will be able to recover fully from a torn ACL he suffered in September. They no longer have Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware, or Jason Hatcher, but adding Donald and Melton would be a start for rebuilding that dominant defensive line that was so important to their defense.

Previous Pick: QB Johnny Manziel

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  • tru

    Much better

  • tru

    But I don’t see Manziel going that high. But hey, maybe somebody will be that desperate

    • Conor Cahill

      I really dont either, but somehow he is even sticking around the conversion for the #1 pick. None of the QBs are really deserving of a high pick, but Manziel is the one with the most questions around him. I think he’s a better fit for a later team such as the Cardinals or maybe even Browns, but the run on QBs early never ceases to amaze me.

      • tru

        There’s many QB needy teams, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go high. . He looked good in college, but I don’t think he ready to start in the NFL

        • Conor Cahill

          Exactly. We are to the point now where a couple guys had success as rookie starters and now its expected. I dont think that would be smart for anyone drafting Manziel.

          • Julio Echeverria

            I don’t think it’s smart for u to keep answering comments. Ur lost like a blind man in a dark room wearing black sunglasses.

  • Julio Echeverria

    Wow! You deleted your previous post and then you just inked Watkins to the Raiders?? Dude, you’re just embarassign yourself. What are you gonna do, delete this post also? I guess we figured out your knick name: backtrack Cahill. Sad lil dude you are. I told you, never mess with the Nation fool.

    • Conor Cahill

      Last post was wrong, why would I keep it up?

      • Julio Echeverria

        It’s all good fun dude. I wouldn’t take anything personal. I shouldn’t have to tell u how we love owning our divisional rival fans. That’s what makes the AFC west fun. Well that and making fun of the Raiders ( get it, I made fun of myself). Like I said in my last post, I just think your not putting in enough research. You might be on to something, but you need to operate from a position of knowledge. Doesn’t soudn like you have enough raider knowledge to make an educated guess on who’s being drafted. But, again, don’t take it personal man coz I’m jsut gonna keep bashing you on basic principal. i mean, you are a bolt fan.

        • Conor Cahill

          Who would you like to see the Raiders take?

          • Julio Echeverria

            Trade down would be the best option. If not, Aaron Donald is would ccompliment our FA signings. You would have Tuck, Smith, Donald and Woodley coming after the QB. Wouldn’t need to blitz as much. You’re saying that doesn’t make more sense than adding a WR to a plethera of WR’s?

          • Conor Cahill

            I try to avoid the trade down scenarios in mocks because it just gets messy. I keep the Atlanta one because it makes the most sense by far. There are a few teams that I think will trade down and yes, the Raiders are one of them. Texans, Vikings, and Lions are others. At 5, Watkins is their best option. A plethora of average receivers only works when you have a star QB or a serviceable runningback.

          • Julio Echeverria

            FA isn’t over friend. Not only that, but Murray is finally getting on the field, DMac will get carries and get hurt, and Sheets is a wild card. RB by committee is not a bad thinkg in our case. That said, do u remember the SB? Denver had way better recievers ad general offense than Seattle. A good defense destroyed “the best offense of our generation” (according to Jaws). I say good coz I don’t see Seattle’s defense close to Baltimores 2002 or the Steel curtain, or Doomsday or the Black Hole or any of those great defenses.

        • esco charger

          The raiders dont even make a knowledgeable pick year in and year out why u think u been in the gutter for so many years its a guessing game with all of this but no one even gives two f#%ks about the butt pirate nation u will pick the fastest guys and be in last place again

          • Conor Cahill


          • Julio Echeverria

            Did you stop watching football before Al died? This is why Cahill and yourself are just like all the rest of the sheep out there. you read reports and make an opinion based on others opinions. That’s called being a follower. if you want to write an opinion, base it off facts so your argument doesn’t fall through. I eman, when “reporter” replies “tru”, that just goes to show you how idiotic you both are. And I didn’t need to curse or make another derrogatory term to make my point. So go find a differ4ent way to be a bigot, and Cahill, find another calling coz this just isn’t your thing dude.

          • esco charger

            I never stop watching football im actually in sports training know more then u will ever know so calling me a sheep and saying im going with everyone elses opinion is just pathetic and dumb if I never heard anything from anyone about the faiders I would just have to watch them and know they suck I will tell u this even if u had 10 or 11 picks in this draft u still wouldn’t be able to fill all the holes u have u pick second round corners early in the first come on u have to over pay every single player that is past his prime or to sign over there and when u do get him u kill whatever confidence he has bcuz u guys stink that bad and will continue to suck so do us all a favor and stop talking like they are in the hunt every year the only hunt ur used to is where u will picking in the top 5 every year so please save the time and space on this for a team that is actually gona do something this year and have a bright future just be happy I still have a pick and haven’t been thrown out of the league for being a waste u sheep hahahaha funny kids learn before u speak raiders suck find a new team

  • Julio Echeverria

    In all seriousness, it just doesn’t seem you’re actually taking the time to research, analyzing each team individually without biased. Do you really think that the Raiders are going to take a WR with the 5th overall when our current roster loks like this: J. Jones, R. Streater, D. Moore, A. Holmes and B. Butler? Think about this, this year’s draft is very deep at WR. That means that any team, including the Riaders, can get a playmaker at WR in the 2nd rd. We need a DT more than we need another WR. It’s nto that we’re hating on you, it’s just that from at least my eprspective, you’re not taking the time to research. This is my constructive criticism post. Only one you get buddy, lo. So, don’t mess with the Nation fool!

    • Conor Cahill

      I take a lot of time to research. I think Jones was a bad signing and Moore/ Holmes/ Ford cant stay on the field. Watkins is better then every one of them at the BPA. I research, just have a different opinion than you.

      • Julio Echeverria

        Dude, Ford is gone, Holmes was suspended and when he came back he never missed a game. Nevermind what I sad before, now I know you don’t know what you’re writing about. That’s a fact. Go cover ur bolts dude.

        • Conor Cahill

          Didnt say he was hurt. Suspension means he’s not on the field. Giving up on Ford means they need Watkins even more.

          • Julio Echeverria

            Because Ford gave us soooo much production that we need to desperately replace his numbers… Just stop it man, Spon Zone is gonna not let you post anymore. Ur just proving me right, thanks!

          • Conor Cahill

            lol no you need numbers in general. Ford didn’t produce them and barely anyone else did either

          • Julio Echeverria

            Streater, 60 rec, 888yds, 4td. Not great TD numbers, but ya, solid.
            Holmes, 25rec, 413yds after coming back from suspension mid season.
            Moore, 46rec, 695yds, 5td. And he was hurt some time.
            Ford gave us fumbles, dropped passes and no effort. So ya, I think there’s enough production there to not worry about Ford. Next.

          • Conor Cahill

            adding Sammy Watkins can give you a real #1 receiver and help you try to catch up to the 4th ranked Chargers passing offense ;)

          • Julio Echeverria

            Let’s see who does better next year playing the NFC West. Then we’ll talk about offense vs defense.

  • 3kolu

    I just don’t see the Vikings drafting Johnny Manziel unless they want to sell tickets and jerseys. The Vikings have Everson Grifen and Brian Robison to rush the QB, they need speed at LB, an upgrade at LG, Safety and they could use competition at the nickel CB for Josh Robinson.

    • Conor Cahill

      Trading down may be their best option. But, Manziel could just be sitting there like low hanging fruit.

      • 3kolu

        Too many red flags, height is below average, arm-strength below average, his slender-frame just not NFL built,, pocket passing skills nearly non-existent, character definitely a candy-apple-red flag. His elusiveness was extraordinary in college, but in the NFL where everybody not only runs like Jadeveon Clowney, but play like JJ Watt, he needs to stop, drop and roll.

    • mike

      Have to agree with you on the Manziel thing. The problem with the ticket angle is that by the time the Vikings get to their new stadium Manziel will be disabled, unable to perform or buried, possibly by Jared Allen playing for the Seahawks.

      • 3kolu

        Extra, extra, Jared Allen wants to be paid $1 million per sack!

  • Nathan Kearns

    “Jake Long is recovering from ACL/MCL surgery, Saffold has missed 17 games is the past 3 years, and Harvey Dahl missed 8 games at right guard in 2013. They were able to retain Rodger Saffold, but he is better on the inside.”

    No offense, but “made of glass” might be a stretch. Jake Long is recovering from surgery, Saffold has missed plenty of games at left tackle, and Harvey Dahl as missed plenty of games at guard…

    …However, Long is rehabbing nicely and is signed on through 2016. Saffold isn’t playing on the outside anymore, and hasn’t missed a snap since moving to right guard. And, more important, Harvey Dahl was released by the Rams over a week ago.

    The factor that mocker continue to forget about is the emergence of Joe Barksdale as a competent starter at right tackle. He started a majority of last season, and graded out (via Pro Football Focus) as a Top 25 OT and, more importantly, a Top 10 RT.

    Not only has Jeff Fisher never taken an offensive lineman in the opening round, he currently has two starting OTs that ranked in the Top 10 at their position last season. Moreover, with the re-signing of Rodger Saffold, they have an arguable Top 10 OG that experience at both LT and RT.

    The Rams won’t (and shouldn’t) take an OT in the opening round. With their opening pick, look for Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans (if they get into the No.7 to No.10 range in a trade down), or another offensive or defensive playmaker.

    • Conor Cahill

      Ya I really like Mike Evans for the Rams if they can trade down again. Do you think he could be worth a #6 pick?

      • Nathan Kearns

        Not sure, but if all of the offensive tackles are still on the board, I’d assume there would be plenty of teams (Bucs, Bills, Giants) looking to move up for Robinson.

        I’d like to think that the Oakland Raiders would not be foolish enough to pass on Robinson if he were available at No.5, considering their failure in the OT sweepstakes this offseason. Donald Penn is a stopgap starter, at best, and their willingness to hand out that massive contract to Saffold (before retracting/failing) shows that they believe it is a massive area of need.

        If Sammy Watkins is available at No.6, I couldn’t imagine a scenario where he was not sporting the blue and gold in 2014!

        • Conor Cahill

          lol if you look at the other comments it appears that the Raiders must be happy with their offensive line for now. very, very happy. not sure why, i agree that Penn is a 1-2 year starter at the very best.

          Ya, Sammy Watkins and Tavon Austin would be a crazy tandem. I still think Evans is a better fit for their receiving core right now.

          • Nathan Kearns

            Anyone that genuinely believes Donald Penn is a “solution” at offensive tackle was obviously not watching him play last season… throw on the tape of Penn vs. Robert Quinn later in the year and it looks like an NFL player vs. a high school JV offensive tackle. But, if Oakland is satified, good luck in the AFC West next season…

            To the latter point, I whole-heartedly agree about Evans over Watkins in terms of “fit,” and even in terms of ceiling and potential. Evans is 20 years old with an unmatched catching radius, Calvin Johnson-build, and arguably the best hands among the Top 5 receivers in the class (based on drop rate last season). In my opinion, No.6 would not be too high for Evans, but the St. Louis Rams might be thinking differently, especially if Watkins is still on the board.

          • Conor Cahill

            Ya I didn’t even think Penn would get any guaranteed money, but I guess thats what the Raiders are for.

            Skill is skill. I agree, fit is a nice thought, but when you have a shot at a guy that is just out of this world explosive, take him and make him fit.

            Reminds me of the 84 NBA draft. Blazers needed a center, so they wanted to pass on Jordan. Bobby Knight dropped this knowledge: draft the best talent, and find a spot for them. “Draft Jordan, and play him at center.” Coming back to the point, either guy works haha.

          • Julio Echeverria

            Both of you need to generate an opinion of your own instead of listening to the media. you talk about the Raiders like you know what you’re talking about. I mean Cahill you just showed everybody how much you know. There was a draft last year you know. And we did select a T by the name of Watson. So having a proven starter teach him the position is a great situation. Cahill even deleted his previous post since he was so off. It’s comical at this point.

          • Conor Cahill

            Mistakes happen. I said it in the first sentence of this post. Find something else to complain about.

          • Julio Echeverria

            Ok, the fact that you are writing for this site is terrible and makes me wonder who’s making these decisions. Retractions only work when you understand where you’re wrong. You are incapable of not only that but, you’re also incapable of being objective. And no dude, you do not do “extensive” research. I told you earlier, you messed with Raider Nation. And if Trey Wingo had to apologize on air for talking out of his ass, beleive me, you’re not hearing the end of it. Actually, this is only the beginning, so get used to it coz you have been blasted on Raider blogs. Your name is on the Nations radar. I’m not going to be the only one scrutinizing your every printed word. Better be on your game bolty.

  • Stanley Turner

    I hate to see wideouts go to teams with crappy QB’s, Steelers need to trade up and take Evans. He is more a fit there.

    • Conor Cahill

      Ya he is. They got screwed by how well he’s performing after the season. They may have to get into the top 8 to get him though. Worth it?

      • bk

        If he is gone, they should trade down and get Benjamin or Amaro and another pick… even Cooks….. I think there is a big dropoff in talent after Evans… Same for S/CB/OT… Be better off in the long run for them to trade down, pick up Benjamin near bottom of Rd1, then go CB like Roby or Fuller with first pick in rd 2 and then Bucannon with pick they used to trade down… If all decent CB’s are gone look at Shazier/VanNoy or Amaro, Niklas there..

        • Conor Cahill

          Ya I still really like Amaro. Benjamin was their pick in my last mock, but I agree I think you trade down if he’s their target.

  • freeme10

    Sammy Watkins first pick, A.J. McCarron with second. Please, oh please, oh please.

    • Conor Cahill

      Not Mettenberger or Boyd?

      • freeme10

        I like Mettenberger on the field – his off the field antics worry me. As a Buckeyes fan, I don’t want Boyd for some selfish reasons (I know, how academic) . But I would like him more if he was 3 inches taller.

        • Conor Cahill

          My biggest problem with Mettenberger is his timing and ability to sense pressure. For that reason i dont think he should be thrown in to start anywhere in 2014.

          Boyd had a good pro day, but he needs to either learn to stick in the pocket longer or throw on the run more accurately.

          How do you feel about Carr?

  • Old Frog

    Everyone wants the Cowboys to take Donald or Jernigan at 16 but I’m hoping with recent FA acquisitions Zack Martin has moved up our draft board.

    • Conor Cahill

      Ya the Melton signing gives them a few options now

  • Fred

    I disagree with the assessment of the “safe pick” Bucs. I seriously doubt they will spend their 1st round and 7th overall pick on the SECOND offensive lineman in the board, especially when Johnny Manziel (QB) and Eric Ebron (QB) are both still available. The Anthony Collins signing was solid, and all indications are Carl Nicks is fine. Detrick-Smith can start at Center and they’ll probably keep Zuttah, who can play any O line position with starting quality. Same with Jamon Meridith and Demar Dotson, but signed. In short, the Bucs don’t need a safe pick…they should and will pick the best player on the board when it comes up. I’d also not doubt if they trade down four to six notches to draft Ebron, pick up Derrick Carr or perhaps AJ McCarren in the 2nd round, and get an extra third round pick for trading down.

  • powderBLUE801

    Hey Cahill it takes a real man to admit he made a mistake and I commend you for that. And for also taking time to listen to what others have to say as you did on my CB to the jets comment

    • powderBLUE801

      And don’t worry about the raider nation I guess the one fan they have!! It would be hard to keep falling on your face year after year so they are a lil bitter. LOL

    • Conor Cahill

      Much appreciated. And of course, you guys all have great opinions/ knowledge so I definitely listen. Can’t please everyone, especially fader nation haha

      • powderBLUE801

        You just keep writing and the comments only make you stronger!! BOLT UP!!!!

  • Jarod Cook

    The Browns didn’t even send anybody to visit Bridgewater’s pro day, how can you have them drafting him? He couldn’t even preform in a scripted performance that he’s had since the end of football season to prefect. He wants to chalk it up to nervousness what’s he going to do on Sunday’s when the pressures on and they need a winning drive, how’s his nerves going to be then? To compound my concern with him he dropped weight between combine and pro day. He was already a little undersized to begin with and has had history with injuries, it scares me to know he’s one good hit away from being knocked out for a couple of games.I still say the Browns are going to give Hoyer a shoot and use there picks to build around him. At #4 they take either Watkins or surprise people by taking either Robinson or Matthews. They didn’t use FA to better the OL so I can see them grabbing one of them to play RT, and moving Schwartz in to play RG. At #26 if Dennard some who falls to that pick, it will be a steal for the Browns but I don’t see him making it there. If they took Watkins early I think they look to add an OL player here. If they went with one of the OT early I think they add a WR. My preference is Jordan Matthews his size, speed, and playing style are almost mirror images to that of Josh Gordon’s. And the entire league saw what he can do when he’s pretty much by himself on the field, why not add another player who is just like him for WR2. Look at his stats all time leader in receptions and receiving yards in the SEC, as well as had a 19 YPC average last season. Either way they go with my 2 picks I’ve secured the right side of the OL, and added a dynamic WR to an already threatening receiving core. I still say they look to add a defensive player at #35 ILB or CB. And grab a QB in the 3rd or 4th round, as well as add another with there 5th or 6th round pick.

    • Conor Cahill

      Thanks for the comment. I personally don’t see them taking Watkins after signing Hawkins. But I agree, Bridgewater will not last in the top 5 for much longer.

      • Jarod Cook

        The only problem I’ve got with Hawkins is he’s still unproven and has a history of injuries.. Injury set him back again last year but based on his projected stats he would’ve had less receptions and yards from the 2012 season if he played the full 2013 season. If they we’re looking for a slot guy they should’ve went and got Edelman in FA instead. I like Watkins but based on what I see out of him he has little room for overall growth. Don’t get me wrong he’s a dynamic play maker, when the balls in his hands, and does all the little things like run blocking. I personal am for taking the safe pick and taking either Robinson or Matthews at #4, because upgrading the OL benefits the entire offense. Schwartz again struggles to contain the out side pass rushers last season, but based on his size, and road grading ability I think he would be better suited to play RG. With Schwartz and Robinson or Matthews holding down the right side, they should be able to open up a lot of running lanes for are RB’s. And both of them are better at pass protection then Schwartz is. Then at #26 grab a big WR to play WR2.

      • Jarod Cook

        Also this is Ray Farmers first draft as GM, he’s watched the previous 2 regimes gamble and fail with there picks. I don’t think he’s going to gamble on one of these Boom/Bust QB’s, with his first every pick as GM. He plays it safe and goes with fan favorite Watkins, or takes one of the top talents like Clowney, Mack, Robinson, or Matthews.

  • gene offenberger

    good thing you’re just a writer and not a gm. your picks are aweful

  • Eddie Currie

    I’m sincerely hoping the Bears don’t take Jernigan in the 1st at 14. I’d love to see Kelcy Quarles or Ego Ferguson in the 3rd, and either Jimmie Ward or Deone Bucannon in the 2nd. Our two greatest needs would be covered (DT and Safety) and we could then take the best available defensive talent at 14. It’s a slight gamble, but I think it’s the more successful strategy. I’d be very happy with Gilbert, Dennard, Mosely, or Kony in the 1st. I also feel the Bears’ number one priority in the draft should be to trade back later in the 1st and attempt to acquire an extra 2nd round pick.

  • Rufus Benard

    No offense kid but have you ever played a down of organized football in your life?

  • Brandon Neermann

    I will be disgusted if the Falcons trade up in this draft. This class is too deep and the Falcons have too many holes to fill to trade 3 potential starters for 1 pass rusher.

  • Wayne Davis

    Why the hell are all these people changing the minny pick to Manziel?? He doesn’t even fit Turners type of QB

  • Nick Mansoor

    I don’t think we will pass on Dennard for Nix