2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

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Number 17: Baltimore Ravens – Zack Martin | OT | Notre Dame

With Eugene Monroe officially locked up the Baltimore Ravens offensive line is beginning to look a bit more sturdy. The Ravens also went out and traded for now former Buccaneer offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah; Zuttah can play either guard or tackle. But even with the aggressiveness of Baltimore to fix the line, they still have a huge need at right tackle, as they lost Michael Oher to the Tennessee Titans. Drafting Zack Martin can help fill the need at the right tackle position. However, one of the best traits that the Ravens will be getting with Martin is his flexibility. He can tackle, and, if needed, he can be kicked inside to play guard.

Number 18: New York Jets – Kelvin Benjamin  | WR | Florida State

There have been many rumors connecting DeSean Jackson with the New York Jets. If he does indeed get traded to New York, then that would obviously change my pick here. But as of now, there is nothing set, making the receiver position a major area of concern heading into next season. They brought in Eric Decker, but he is more of a slot receiver and not a true number one. Kelvin Benjamin is a player that has everything that teams look for in a receiver. He has the size, speed and athleticism to really contribute to this offense; especially with the addition of Michael Vick.

Number 19: Miami Dolphins – Eric Ebron | TE | North Carolina

Last season, the Miami Dolphins offensive line was absolutely horrid. Not only did they fail to produce on the field, but they also served as a huge distraction for the team due to the off the field antics of a few starters. The Dolphins quickly attempted to fix the problem as they traded away Jonathan Martin and refused to re-sign either John Jerry or Richie Incognito. They brought in Pro Bowl left tackle Brandon Albert and will look to add to the line during the draft. However, with that being said, there are still other positions that they could add to. Miami already has Charles Clay at the tight end position, so adding another one would greatly improve the offense. Eric Ebron would be a very good compliment to Clay. They can then go out and draft a right tackle in the second round and add a veteran guard come training camp.

Number 20: Arizona Cardinals – Ryan Shazier | LB | Ohio State

The Arizona Cardinals are a team that has made major upgrades heading into next season. They went out and brought in players that filled their needs. They needed a cornerback, so they brought in Antonio Cromartie. They needed a new left tackle, so they went out and signed Jared Veldheer. The one position that they might have digressed at was the linebacker position, as they let Karlos Dansby walk. With a need for an inside linebacker, it would make sense for Arizona to select Ryan Shazier. In his last season at Ohio State, Shazier recorded 143 tackles with 22.5 of them resulting in a loss. What is even more impressive is what Shazier was able to do off the football field. In the past few months he has added a substantial amount of weight, while maintaining his superb speed. At his Pro Day, Shazier ran a  4.4 forty. His speed and ability to cover a large amount of ground will make him a perfect fit for the Arizona Cardinals.

Number 21: Green Bay Packers – Scott Crichton | DE | Oregon State

The Green Bay Packers could go with either a defensive end here or an inside linebacker. Ultimately, I believe that the Packers will decide to upgrade their pass rush with a young face. Scott Crichton is a name that hasn’t been receiving a lot of attention, however, he can easily become a first round pick. Coming off of a strong season at Oregon State, Crichton was able to increase his draft stock as he was quite impressive at the NFL Combine. Crichton was very productive last season, getting to the quarterback 7.5 times. In what could easily be his best game of the season, he didn’t generate a sack, but he was consistently applying pressure to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Number 22: Philadelphia Eagles – Timmy Jernigan | DT | Florida State

The Philadelphia Eagle could use this draft to get increase the size of the defensive line. Timmy Jernigan is an absolute beast. He is a 300 hundred pound man who stays very light on his feet. Jernigan isn’t the best pass rusher in the draft, but his ability to draw a double team up front is something that the Eagles would love have.

Number 23: Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee | WR | Southern California

Outside of Dwayne Bowe, the Kansas City Chiefs really lack a true play making receiver for Alex Smith to throw to. Marqise Lee is very good route-runner and extremely quick on his feet. Drafting Lee would give another viable option opposite of Dwayne Bowe.

Number 24: Cincinnati Bengals – Dee Ford | DE | Auburn

The Cincinnati Bengals are a very deep team. They don’t have a lot of holes that they need to fill; however, they could use another pass rusher. They lost Michael Johnson to free agency, so expect them to fill his spot by drafting an end with the twenty-forth pick. Dee Ford is a very good prospect coming out of Auburn and is someone who the Cincinnati Bengals would love to have.

Number 25: San Diego Chargers - Bradley Roby | CB | Ohio State

The San Diego Chargers made almost every opposing quarterback look like Peyton Manning, as they finished twenty-ninth in defending the pass. Unfortunately for the Chargers, they play in a division that has Peyton Manning. Roby has track star speed and plays very tight in coverage. He might not be the savior, but he is definitely a good piece to have moving forward for San Diego.

Number 26: Cleveland Browns (from Indy) – Derek Carr | QB | Fresno State

There has been some speculation that Derek Carr will not get passed the Raiders at the fifth spot in the draft. Apparently, the Raiders have a huge crush on Carr and it should not surprise anyone if they select him. I think Oakland will go a different way, leaving the door open for Cleveland to bring in Carr with the twenty-sixth pick.

Number 27: New Orleans Saints – Marcus Roberson | CB | Florida

As long as Rob Ryan is the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, they need to have an abundance of cornerbacks. In Ryan’s system, cornerbacks are often left out on an island with their receiver. It is important that the Saints add-on another cornerback to this roster who excels in man-to-man coverage. Luckily for the Saints, it just so happens that Marcus Roberson will be available at twenty-seven. Although he has had some injury concerns at the University of Florida, Roberson is at his best while he is in coverage. Florida produces some pretty quality cornerbacks, and with a little more work and a healthy body, Roberson can have a very successful career.

Number 28: Carolina Panthers – Odell Beckham Jr. | WR | Louisiana State

Last season, one of the biggest problems that the Carolina Panthers had been faced with was the lack of weapons on the offensive side of the football. To make that problem even worse, they lost receivers Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell and Ted Ginn Jr. Now, the Panthers are left with Jericho Cotchery and Greg Olsen as Cam Newton’s top options. On top of that, Cam Newton will be out for an extended period of time due to his recent ankle surgery; giving him less time to work with his new receivers. Odell Beckham Jr. is a wide receiver that should be available at the twenty-eighth pick and one that would make a tremendous impact on the Panthers. He is very shifty and possesses very dependable hands. At this point, I’m sure Newton would love to have another SEC receiver to throw to.

Number 29: New England Patriots – Louis Nix III | DT | Notre Dame

It appears that the Vince Wilfork era in New England has come to an abrupt end. Wilfork, who asked for his release recently went to his locker to grab his belongings before walking out of Gillette Stadium. According to multiple sources, Wilfork angrily ripped his name plate off of his locker. It is likely that the Patriots will bring in another young defensive lineman to add to their rotation. Coach Belichick loves his defensive lineman and there is a lot to like with Nix. Nix is a BIG dude and would be an ideal match for the Patriots.

Number 30: San Francisco 49′ers - Jason Verrett | CB | Texas Christian 

The San Francisco 49′ers will be looking to add some youth to the cornerback position. Jason Verrett has many traits that San Francisco might find attractive. He is very fast and has excellent coverage skills. He is also quite versatile, as he can play anywhere from the outside to the nickel position. One part of the team that the 49′ers would like to work on is the secondary. They can continue to do so by drafting Jason Verrett.

Number 31: Denver Broncos – C.J. Mosley | LB | Alabama

A couple of months ago there was no chance of C.J. Mosley’s stock falling. We saw this happen last draft with Manti Te’o. Well, according to many reports, Mosley’s stock has fallen so much that he could drop to a second day pick. I don’t see him being a second day pick as he would have to get past the Broncos, who need help at the inside linebacker position.

Number 32: Seattle Seahawks – Jeremiah Attaochu | DE | Georgia Tech

The Seattle Seahawks have a history of building their team through the draft and not spending a prodigious amount of money on free agents. They let Red Bryant and Chris Clemmons both walk, which puts a priority on drafting another pass rusher. Jeremiah Attaochu is very athletic and has extremely long arms. He gets off of the line very quickly and excels in rushing the quarterback — which is just what the Seahawks like.

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  • Johnny

    I like TE Ebron going to the Phins.. But Miami needs to bring in RT Winston who’s still available… If T/G Zach Martin is there at 19, he’s the pick.. He can start immediately at Guard, then slide over to RT.. Problem solved.. It if he is not there at 19, it will be very hard to pass on Ebron…

    • chas territo

      Sorry, but Ebron will be gone and my hope is for the AFC’s best rival for you to get him first, the Buffalo Bills. It might be moot because he is the best TE coming out and he may be gone by #9. GO BILLS!!

      • Johnny

        LOL

  • chas territo

    To me Evans would be a consolation prize since my choice has been Eric Ebron. GO BILLS!!

  • unclejesse40

    I am hoping that the Chiefs trade out of the 1st round and pick up more picks in this deep of a draft.

  • nc0gnet0

    At number 10 the Lions are going to go for a receiver, your flat out wrong on the DB/CB/Sf. Lions have added a free agent safety, have a second year cb that spent most of last year on IR, and have another second year cb that should show some improvement. yes the Lions have Tate now, but if either Tate or CJ gets hurt a game or two, we have already seen what can happen to the Lions Offense. If Watkins falls below #3, the lions will trade up to snag Watkins, they didn’t have dinner with the mans folks just for the heck of it. If Watkins go’s at number two, Lions will sit pat a few more picks and then trade slightly up to snag Evans.

  • Draftmane

    Luv HaHa Dix or Pryor better than Vaccarro & Reid of last year!

    • Paul Newbold

      Maybe Reid….but Vaccarro is the real deal, he’s already proven he can play. Future Hall of Famer if he continues to develop and can stay healthy! I love Dix though!!

      • CowboysWin

        could you repeat that – it just sounded like you said – never mind.

        • Justen Rosenberg

          And the winner for comment of the day goes to CowboysWin!

  • Kyle Smith

    I feel like my Minnesota Vikings will not address the CB issue here because of the Captain Munnerlyn and Derek Cox signings. Along with Xavier Rhodes there is plenty of upside now for us at cornerback.

    Linebacker is where I see them heading. I know the GM will pull the trigger but we have a defensive guru as a head coach now and the team has been making defensive moves all offseason…. With that said , we haven’t fixed any issues at LB and there is an obvious need.

    No disrespect to your draft.
    I love reading mocks and getting different ideas.
    Should be an interesting year come May.

    SKOL VIKINGS!!!!

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Linebacker at the eighth spot?

      • Kyle Smith

        Well in my opinion there isn’t going to be a Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles there to take at #8…

        I don’t think Manziel is worthy of a top 10 pick and we could score a moldable QB in any of the 2,3,4th rounds etc.

        We have patched up holes on the defensive side at CB, DT & DE. The only glaring need left is LB. Why not pull the trigger and get one of, if not the top available.

        I see the top DE, WR, and QB’s all gone before our 8th pick. I don’t know to me it makes perfect sense.

        • Justen Rosenberg

          If Minnesota drafts a linebacker in the first round it would be more sensible for them to trade down and acquire more picks, right? There are no linebackers outside of Mack and maybe Barr that Minnesota should consider at eight.

          • Kyle Smith

            If Mack or Barr are available id pull the trigger.

            But yes you’re right , and it sucks because we have needs that a lot of those 7 other teams need as well and our current draft position really screwed us out of nabbing one of those studs.

    • mike

      Good thinking. If we cannot get Khalil Mack then how about Anthony Barr whom I’ve liked from the get go. I just hope they get away from the qtb thing. They can find one later in the draft and who knows maybe even pre-season somehow.

  • Paul Newbold

    Try again. There is no way the Jets pass on Ebron for Benjamin! The athletic ability alone makes him a better fit! Besides unless the Jets have a plan in place to fill the gaping holes in the secondary, they may be forced to go corner earlier then anyone thought! If they can add another veteran receiver in free agency (Miles Austin, Desean Jackson possible), then expect them to go corner and WR in the second. The draft situation for the Jets is very fluid at this point, they have 12 picks going into this draft, so anything is possible, but personally I don’t think they could pass on Ebron if they decide to go offense….he’d look great catching the ball down the seam, no matter who’s behind center!

  • Bobby Postma

    I think if Sammy Watkins gets to the jaguars at #3 then you pull the trigger on him. Can you imagine Sammy, Justin Blackmon (if he can get right), and shorts managing the slot? Throw in ace Sanders and that will become the best WR tandem in the game regardless who the QB is. Bring in another QB like David Fales in the second round or AJ and we will be a force to be reckoned with

  • disqus_UxcsDwRD2u

    If the Steelers don’t get Gilbert or Dennard, they better pick up Ebron then in the first!!

  • Firre Workcz

    Justin Gilbert in the first is a sensible pick for Minnesota (plus it will piss off Detroit!)

    • 3kolu

      I agree

  • [email protected]

    ‘they (Vikings) still go CB with the 8th pick’….. Great that you think that, but Why? if they drafted Rhodes last year, paid Munnerlyn via FA (I’m sure a boatload of money) and therefore already filled the need!
    I am a Steelers fan, but I would think the Vikings FO is smarter than to overload at one position (CB) when they have a lot of needs elsewhere (from what I read).
    Doesn’t make sense…….

    • Spencer Davis

      It makes complete sense. Today’s NFL requires 3 quality cornerbacks. In the base defense, Rhodes and Munnerlyn play outside. In nickel situations, Munnerlyn slides in to the nickel and Gilbert would take the outside. You can never have enough quality corners in today’s league. There is a drop off in talent after Rhodes and Munnerlyn. Yes they also have needs elsewhere but you take the best player available and if this mock is the scenario, then you grab Gilbert in a heartbeat.

      • [email protected]

        Fair enough, Spencer. Just thought it would be helpful if the author explained his reasoning. Thanks

  • joe

    Jernigan to eagles? Interesting.

  • 619chargers4life

    Why wouldn’t the chargers go with Kyle Fuller ?

    • Conor Cahill

      or verrett

  • 3kolu

    Gilbert is one of my favorite players in this draft along with Mack and Matthews.

  • Nick Mansoor

    Why would the Chargers pick Roby over Verrett and Fuller? Doesn’t make sense.

  • Herman Moore

    Lions will not take a CB at 10. They have Houston, Mathis, Bentley, and Slay, as well as a couple of developmental guys on the roster already. Dennard is not a plug and play starter, so why spend a high pick on a guy who will be riding the pine for a year? They’re far more likely to go S, WR, or even DT.

  • Walter Parker

    It’s foolish to think the Jags would pass on Clowney at 3. At least I hope it is. Although, I would be ok with the Bridgewater selection as long as Clowney goes in the top 2, and he most certainly will.