2014 NFL Mock Draft First Round Version 4

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25. San Diego Chargers
Louis Nix
NT, Notre Dame

It was difficult to pass up on Kyle Fuller and Bradley Roby given that cornerback is the San Diego Chargers biggest need, but Louis Nix is too good of a nose tackle for me to pass up on here. Nix flat-out dominated over the past couple of seasons, and he can also push the pocket from the inside with his strength and explosion. An ideal nose tackle, Nix could be the next Vince Wilfork, and he greatly improved the draft stocks of Stephon Tuitt and Manti Te’o during his time at Notre Dame. It was difficult not to fill this need with Fuller, but Nix would solidifying things up front for the Chargers big time.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)
Allen Robinson
WR, Penn State

Although he lacks polish, Allen Robinson is a specimen who is smooth when running routes, fights for every yard after the catch, and has a terrific size and speed combination. Robinson is definitely one of the top wide receivers in the draft class when it comes to physical tools, and I wouldn’t pass up on him with the 26th pick. After drafting Bridgewater fourth overall, the Cleveland Browns need a No. 2 wide receiver, and Robinson would be an excellent partner for superstar Josh Gordon.

27. New Orleans Saints
Kony Ealy
DE/OLB, Missouri

One of the draft’s marquee pass rushers, Kony Ealy would give defensive coordinator Rob Ryan another talented edge rusher to play with. Ealy will most likely be a 4-3 DE at the next level, but some aren’t sure where he’ll fit and have him slotted in as a 3-4 OLB. Because he’s a tweener, I think Ealy would be a great fit for the Saints, and Ryan will know how to get the most out of the Missouri product’s skill-set.

28. Carolina Panthers
Cyrus Kouandjio
OT, Alabama

Before his medical red flags popped up, Cyrus Kouandjio was viewed as a sure-fire first-round pick and solid starting tackle, and he’s still the same, talented player he always was. However, teams have pulled his first-round grade after the medical issues, but I’m willing to take a risk with this pick. The Carolina Panthers could use wide receiver help, but there’s enough depth for them to address that position later on, especially since I’m not comfortable with taking Kelvin Benjamin here. I would watch for Joel Bitonio here as a sleeper pick, and the lack of depth at tackle in this draft class could force the Panthers hand.

29. New England Patriots
Jace Amaro
TE, Texas Tech

The New England Patriots have very few needs right now, and either Calvin Pryor or Jace Amaro (or even Austin Seferian-Jenkins) would make sense here. Amaro has upside as a blocker and is currently an excellent pass-catcher who can play in-line or in the slot. With Rob Gronkowski healing from an ACL tear, it’s best for the Patriots to bring back their twin-TE attack with one o the draft’s most talented prospects.

30. San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Fuller
CB, Virginia Tech

An excellent cornerback prospect, Kyle Fuller just makes too much sense for the San Francisco 49ers here, especially after they made Carlos Rogers a cap casualty and lost No. 1 corner Tarell Brown. Fuller is the most versatile CB in the class, as he can excel in the slot or on the outside, and the Hokies used him in creative alignments in order to take advantage of his play against the run, his blitzing, and his press coverage.

31. Denver Broncos
Ryan Shazier
OLB, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier is a phenomenal athlete at the linebacker position, and I’m starting to realize just how tough it would be for him to slip outside of the first round. With Wesley Woodyard gone, Mosley and Shazier make a great deal of sense for the Denver Broncos, and they would add another key piece on defense in their mad dash for a Super Bowl ring. The Broncos can use Shazier and their current linebackers just about anywhere, and they would have two elite coverage LBs in Shazier and Danny Trevathan if they make this pick. By the way, Mosley is a pretty darn good coverage LB, too.

32. Seattle Seahawks
Kelvin Benjamin
WR, Florida State

Cody Latimer is a strong sleeper pick at the tail end of the first round to watch for, because the Seattle Seahawks could take him a their developmental WR due to his tools. In fact, Latimer has received so much buzz that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Philadelphia Eagles or Seahawks took him in the first. Anyway, Kelvin Benjamin is the kind of WR prospect the Seahawks seem to love, because Pete Carroll has a knack for bringing out the best traits in a raw, uber-talented prospect. The boom-or-bust Benjamin can be summed up with that description as well, because his drops and unpolished routes mar his elite tools, size/speed combo, and catch radius. This is a risky pick, but the Seahawks can afford to take risks with the reward being a potentially dominant WR in Benjamin. Again, Latimer is also a player worth taking a close look at for the Seahawks.


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  • Chris

    Love the pick of Donald at 14 and if Pryor falls to the second the bears should trade up immediately to get him

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

      Good call on trading up for Pryor, and I have a feeling they aren’t the only team interested in moving up for him.

  • David

    Jimmy Ward drafted in the 1st round???? And Calvin Pryor not drafted in the 1st round?????

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

      Is it really that hard to believe that I have Jimmie Ward ranked higher than Calvin Pryor? FWIW I nearly had Pryor going 29 to the Patriots, but I decided to go with Amaro.

      Anyway, I like Ward more than Pryor, because Ward is better in coverage than Pryor, and that makes all the difference for me, especially when picking for the Green Bay Packers. Pryor is an elite run defender at safety and has great physical tools, but he’s overly aggressive and takes bad angles. He’s a bit boom-or-bust, but I should also note that he’s a pretty good cover safety in his own right. Both players can play at FS or SS, but Ward is a better FS than Pryor, whereas Pryor would slot in as a better SS.

      If you like Pryor, take him in the first round, and I think he will be a valuable commodity in the second if he falls there (as in, teams will look to trade up for him). He didn’t go in the first in this mock, and I won’t apologize for believing that Ward is the better player. I could easily be wrong about that, but Ward looks like the better player to me after watching several games of both players on tape.

      • Jarod Cook

        I agree with your annalist of Ward and think he’s got a higher ceiling verses Pryor or Ha Ha. The only thing Ward has going against him his size. And with the average size of WR’s and TE’s getting bigger and stronger every year it seems. It’s going to be tough for Ward to keep up to that size. He’s worth the risk of taking in the 1st round, but if I were a GM or coach I’d fill safer taking him in the 2nd round.

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

          I don’t really see size as a major issue at safety, because he’ll play in zone coverage or match up in man coverage with slot receivers. He’s also physical, though he might not have the size or physicality to match up against a big TE. That’s only one weakness, though, and it isn’t a big one at that. Everyone would prefer to draft somebody later, but the Packers simply wouldn’t be able to find an impact safety in the 2nd round. They could draft a guy like Bucanon or Bailey later on, but neither of those two players are better than Ward or Pryor, if they choose to go in that direction in the first.

      • David

        Ward is 5-11 and 193 pounds and did 9 reps in the bench. He played against weak teams and a lot of the time he makes tackles lowers his head and goes for the knees. Louisville did not exactly play a very tough schedule either but it was stronger than NIU. Pryor played a lot as the single high safety for Louisville and showed very good range. Ward is more of a boom or bust because of his playing style, slight frame and lack of strength. He will have a hard time getting off blocks and handling the large NFL wr’s physicality.

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

          You make good points on his lack of competition and his tackling, but I think tackling is a wash for both players. Pryor is overly aggressive, and that mars the fact that he is a BEAST when he tackles. Although Pryor has good range, I think Ward has great range due to his long speed and instincts. I’m not concerned with frame as much for safety prospects, because we’ve seen smaller safeties like Bob Sanders and Troy Polamalu excel. I mean, Ward can always bulk up if needed, and I think it’s important to note that both Ward and Pryor will be used differently in the NFL based on their respective strengths and weaknesses. I think it’s fair to rank Pryor over Ward because of his size, run defense, and physical tools, but the bottom line is that coverage is so important at the safety position today, and I’ll bypass his strength issues. His weaker schedule does hurt his evaluation a tad, but I wouldn’t go overboard due to his strong tape. Btw, I love that you mentioned how often Pryor played as a single high-safety, because a lot of people fail to recognize that FS is indeed his more natural position despite the fact that his skill-set seems to fit the prototype of an SS more.

          • David

            Joe,

            Its not that I dont like Ward, I am just a little gun shy as a Cowboys fan after seeing so many small school safeties be wasted picks for them. Now I think Ward is obviously better than the guys they drafted but its still an issue I have. And I agree with most of the analysts that were former players, scouts or gm’s when they have Ward as a 2nd rounder. Dix and Pryor are generally regarded as top 20 overall players.

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

            Completely fair points, David. On the first statement about small-school safeties, I definitely don’t blame you, because I’m sure Panthers fans feel the same way about USC WRs etc. Btw, Clinton-Dix would be an awesome pick for you guys, and he’s always been my No. 1 safety. I usually agree with any ranking of those top three safeties, though, because a lot of it is just personal preference and scheme fit. To me, Ward fits the Packers better than Pryor, and that was the most important layer to it.

          • David

            I think Ward needs to have a very strong front seven in front of him to succeed. Again this is where I have concerns about that smaller frame. But if he plays on a team like an SF or say the Panthers then I think he will have a better start to his career. If he landed in Dallas where the front seven is not very good then he will be exposed to having to make a lot of tackles and again the way he tackles low I could see injuries and not being able to stop the bigger backs and wr’s very well and especially the bigger te’s.

  • Bryce Stanton

    I love the pick of Robinson for the Bills

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

      So do I, but it’s a matter of hoping that he’s available there. The Browns could pick him, the Falcons could pick him, and I wouldn’t rule the Buccaneers out as a potential landing spot either.

  • Bobby Postma

    I love the jaguars pick of khalil Mack to the jaguars, but I think you are wrong about the Texans defense needing help. If they need help it would be in the secondary, they had a top tier defense last year, is their offense that needs help…… or maybe I’m just saying this cuz I don’t wanna play against clowney 2 times a year

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

      Haha, nobody would want to face Clowney twice a year, that’s for sure. But when I say that the Texans defense needs help, I’m not saying that it’s bad. And while I do think they need CB help more than anything (get a good nickel corner in there), they will be better at safety next year and shouldn’t take a CB until around the third round. Clowney is such a big-time difference-maker that he would set the tone for a defense that was well below-average statistically last season. I think their offense is fine with the likes of Duane Brown, Chris Myers, Arian Foster, DeAndre Hopkins, underrated TEs, and the great Andre Johnson, so their biggest need is at QB. I would personally take Bridgewater at No. 1, but I think the Texans can take Clowney first and then wait and see who falls at QB. Trading down is ideal for them, but I can’t see anyone willing to trade up.

  • Tyler Erhardt

    I don’t understand why some still see Teddy as a first rounder, let alone a top of the first. I hope MN is not looking at Teddy, at least in the first. I would also not be happy if we took any QB at #8. We should trade down if/when Mack is not there at #8 and grab a very good player at the bottom of the first. CB/WR and QB seems to be deep this year – all positions MN has needs.

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

      I think Bridgewater is the best quarterback in the class, and a Vikings writer has a great scouting report on him that I agree with : http://vikingsterritory.com/2014/nfl-draft-2014/2014-nfl-draft-yet-another-teddy-bridgewater-scouting-report

      It’s difficult to trade down, and I think that’s something just about every team wants to do. The issue is that so few teams want to trade up. I think it’s fair to wait on a quarterback, and Mack would indeed be a dream pick for the Vikings at #8.

    • Jarod Cook

      I agree with you on Teddy. After a terrible combine and pro day he’s looking to not be the premier talent he was made out to be. But he does have good game film to back his play up on the field, so he can maybe save face with that.

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

        I have always been a huge Bridgewater fan because of the tape, and hopefully teams view tape as much more important than workouts, which aren’t as indicative of success- especially at QB. That said, you two aren’t the only ones who don’t like Bridgewater as a prospect, and, based on several reports we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, there are several NFL teams that feel the same way.

        • Jarod Cook

          I agree with you on your point about how QB’s are being evaluated now in the NFL. Teams are turning to the game film more then relying on combine and pro days, when it comes to judging how well a QB will do in the NFL.
          There are a couple of things that scare me of on Teddy though.
          1 He has small body frame for his size, which has lead to him being constantly injured.
          2 He has small hands, might seem mundane but you need to be able to grip the ball.
          3 After his bad pro day work out, he was quoted as saying it was his nervousness and anxiety that made him preform under par.
          These three issues just raise red flags in my eyes, and would fill safer picking him in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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

            My thing is if you are going to talk about how small Bridgewater is, then you have to dock Manziel even more and Carr a little bit for their height concerns. His hand size doesn’t concern me at all, and all of these red flags are so minor that they aren’t even worth considering in the face of more important traits (that must be taken into account holistically) like decision-making, accuracy, arm strength, and technique.

            I feel like we scrutinize QBs too much these days by focusing in on mundane traits that don’t really mean anything, because they don’t deal with the bottom line. The bottom line is whether or not Bridgewater has directly translatable traits and not ticky-tack things like hand size etc. Hand size can cause a QB to have poor grip and nervousness can cause players to perform poorly in certain situations, but it’s far more important to pinpoint these things happening in games in order to advance the point. It’s far more important to find plays where Bridgewater was inaccurate (hand slipping) or a consistent inability to play well in clutch moments. And honestly, I have never seen either as an issue.

            Again, everyone feels better drafting someone later on, but I wouldn’t risk Bridgewater falling if I were sold on him. Since you aren’t, I can completely understand why you would wait until the 2nd or 3rd. Heck, I even did this for the Houston Texans in my mock in order to take that side of things into account. But if it came down to me and I needed a QB badly, I wouldn’t pass up on him.

          • Jarod Cook

            All these QB’s have some kind of flaw, and as you point I’m just not sold on them. As for Carr, he’s last on my list of QB’s. He’s a little undersized, has a strong arm, and can’t handle pressure to well, sounds a lot like Weeden who they just got read of. Not to mention he had the opportunities to play at much bigger schools against better competition, but instead decided to be a big fish in a small pond. Manziel is a interesting prospect, nobody knows if he’s going to be the next Tebow or Tarkenton. The big concern with him isn’t so much his size for me, it’s his playing style. To often he abandons the pocket, forces throws into tight windows, and doesn’t try to avoid contact. There’s a fine line between reckless and greatness and he flirts with to often. He might have gotten away with things in collage that he will pay for in the NFL.

            The list can go on and on for ever prospect in this draft. But IMO the Browns have a ton of play makers on offense. They don’t need to try and draft a future hall of fame type of QB like Manning or Brady. They need a QB who is able to go out and get the ball in the hands of the play makers and move the chains, and not turn the ball over to often like Russell Wilson or Alex Smith. Nobody is asking those guys to go out and win the game for them, they’re just asked to not lose the game. The Browns defense was in the top 10 last year, it was there anemic offense that lost games for them. Giving up turnovers and short fields, the defense would be gassed at the end of every game.

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

            I think you have to watch out when you state “Nobody is asking those guys to go out and win the game for them,” because you want to aim for more than just replacement-level, which is the message I got out of that statement. But I definitely see your point: you don’t have to eliminate QBs because they have flaws and come up with some far-fetched, idealized image of a franchise QB.

            Jarod, you are right on point with your first sentence, because all of the quarterbacks in this draft class has some sort of a significant flaw. I think Bridgewater is easily the most well-rounded and polished because of his lack of concrete flaws, and I think he fits what I mentioned in the above paragraph. Anyway, the likes of Bortles, Carr, and Manziel are all incredibly gifted QBs with franchise potential, but their flaws give them some risk and could cause teams to sit them on the bench as rookies in order for them to learn.

          • Josh Hart

            How many games did Teddy miss due to his small frame and being injured? When did his small hands ever once cause an issue with him hanging onto or throwing the ball?

    • Josh Hart

      Because Teddy is hands down the best QB in this draft and has all the talent and intangibles to be a franchise QB. Film doesn’t lie, the media does though.

  • Jarod Cook

    I have to disagree with your #4 pick. Yes the Browns need a QB, but none of these guys are worthy of a top 10 pick, let alone a top 5 pick. And with having picks at #26 and #35, they can wait to see who falls there. IMO this QB class is going to take a back seat to all the positional talent, and the QB’s are going to fall like they did last year.
    For the #4 pick I’d rather see them take OT Robinson or Matthews. If they plan on developing a QB, taking a premier OT will pay dividends on the field. Schwartz was OK at RT, but he gave 12 sacks last year, and couldn’t really secure the edge. Moving him into RG will help him improve as a player since, he’s a better run blocker then pass blocker. Then they can start who ever they draft at RT, and groom them to take over for Thomas when he retires.
    I like your pick of Allen Robinson at #26, he has the size, speed, and skills necessary to become a #1/#2 receiver in the league. He would add another outside weapon who can stretch the field vertical, so Cameron and Hawkins could have room to work underneath. But if they pass on QB at #4 I’d believe they would go QB with this pick. and wait till #35 to grab a WR.

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

      Fair enough, and you aren’t the only person who feels this way. I think/hope I mentioned this in the mock, but taking a Robinson/Matthews or Watkins fourth and waiting on a QB is a perfectly legit option. I firmly believe Bridgewater is so good that he’s even worth the first pick overall, but I completely understand that this opinion isn’t shared by everyone.

      The Schwartz kick-inside idea is a very intriguing one that the Browns have been kicking around, and two other teams (the Giants and Cowboys) are also mulling this over. In fact, I’ve had all three of these teams taking an OT at some point or another.

      OT at 4, QB at 26, and WR at 35 sounds good to me, Jarod.

      • Jarod Cook

        The main reason I don’t see the Browns taking a QB at #4, is that it’s Farmers first draft as GM. He’s watched as how the previous 2 regimes have tried and failed at the draft. And with his first selection ever he’s going to go with a less risky pick. And take Watkins(if Available) or OT Robinson or Matthews. I agree with your point on not taking Watkins at #4, and instead waiting till later and draft a WR, since this draft is so deep at the position. And I personal don’t see much off a deference between the top tier QB’s and the 2nd tier QB’s of this draft. I happen to like Garopollo, who they can possible get at #35, and use their 2 first round picks on other positions.

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

          That’s an interesting point on Farmer, and I never thought of it that way. I think Watkins is so good that he’s actually worth the fourth overall pick, but taking an OT fourth looks better on paper given the depth in this draft.

          I actually see a clear difference in skill between the top tier and the second tier, but the second tier quarterbacks all have appealing characteristics that make them intriguing. I’m not a fan of Garoppolo’s game, but he would make sense as a 2nd round pick if the Browns like him, because he does have some qualities worth tapping into.

          • Jarod Cook

            All the reports from Browns camp say that who ever they draft for QB is going to sit the first year. It will at least provide some depth and competition to Hoyer, who’s the only QB on the roster at the moment. That will at least give the Browns a year to fix any flaws and short comings that these QB’s might have. But IMO when you draft a guy at #4 he’s going to start day 1 at what ever position he plays. And I don’t see any of these QB’s coming in and knocking Hoyer out of the starting job. And with so much talent at the skill positions in this draft, I wouldn’t be surprised if QB’s fall like they did last year.

            There was an interesting trade proposition that was discussed in another article and like to here your thought’s about it. Rumor is the Lions want to trade Suh to help create some cap space, and since they don’t know if they can retain him after this year. So the Browns package their #4 pick+1 of the 3rd and 4th round picks this year+a 3rd round pick next year, and they get Suh and the #10 pick. With that pick they could take either Gilbert, Dennard, Ha Ha, or a QB. They have 30 mil in cap left this year, and his contract will bring it down to 18 mil which that will rollover to next season under the new CBA rules. With the roll over, dead money, increase, and expiring contracts they’ll have around 60-70 mil in cap next year. So I got 2 questions. Would you make the trade? And do you think they can retain all their star players including Suh after next year, and still remain somewhat flexible in the cap?

        • Josh Hart

          These regimes have tried and failed though because they kept waiting on QB and not taking the best ones in the draft. This mindset has to change.

    • Josh Hart

      Why not take the best QB in the draft then and let the depth at positional talent fall to you? The Browns have to quit doing the same old thing they always do, or they’ll be the same old team they have been for years.

  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Don’t see Jimmy Ward as the Packers pick. Possibly, Pryor, Nix, Hageman or Shazier!

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

      Those four are all strong picks for the Packers, so I’m not going to sit here and be the idiot who tells you that none of them would make sense, because they would all be upgrades for the Packers. I chose Ward, though, because I think he is a very good prospect worth taking at 21, and I also think the Packers biggest need is for a free safety that excels in coverage. To me, Ward fills this role better than anyone in this class, and I would feel comfortable taking him there. Some believe Pryor is a better safety (like David below), so that’s a fair statement. Nix and Hageman would be big additions to the defensive line if you would like to start up front, and Shazier is the athletic, coverage LB who could really help the Packers out at that position. At this point, it’s clear that the Packers are going to take someone on defense in the first, and it would be a massive shock if they didn’t.

  • Wayne Davis

    Thanks joe for the draft ..here’s mind for my vikes from today with grades

    Round 1 Pick 8: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo (A)
    Round 2 Pick 8: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (A)
    Round 3 Pick 8: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 32: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 8: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 8: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 8: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State (A)
    Round 7 Pick 8: Cody Hoffman, WR, Brigham Young (B-)

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

      Great mock right there, Wayne, and the first two picks would be absolute dream selection for the Vikings. Carr is my No. 2 QB, and Mack is my No. 2 prospect overall. Breeland is an underrated CB, Loucheiz fits as a nickel or dime corner who can play on special teams, Johnson is a big guy at DT worth playing behind the solid starting tandem in place, Crowell is a high-upside backup RB, and Hoffman has an intriguing skill-set. As for McCarron, I’m not a fan of his, especially since he is too similar to Matt Cassel. I would have taken a different QB, but McCarron is a pretty decent choice in the fifth round if you like him, all told. Thanks for dropping by and sharing a very interesting mock complete with well-done grades.

      • Wayne Davis

        Thanks Joe was having some fun yeah Aj was just the best QB avail there per the website my newest

        Round 1 Pick 8: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (A)
        Round 2 Pick 8: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State (A-)
        Round 3 Pick 8: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
        Round 3 Pick 32: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State (A)
        Round 4 Pick 8: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (A)
        Round 5 Pick 8: Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech (B-)
        Round 6 Pick 8: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State (A)
        Round 7 Pick 8: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt (C-)

        • Josh Hart

          Can’t imagine Landry falling that far, but the Vikings would be a contender again if this happened.

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

          Landry would be a ridiculous steal in the fourth round, and this draft is honestly full of steals. Andre Hal is a big sleeper, Crowell has talent, Demarcus Lawrence is a likely 2nd-round pick, Bucannon is a quality prospect, Roby is very good, and Bridgewater is the best QB in the draft.

          • Wayne Davis

            Yeah reality is that he’d never be there …as a matter of fact this was the only time I’ve seen him there

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

            Yup haha, just gotta take advantage of who is available for you.

  • Chris Schroeder

    The Texas had already come out and said they would prefer Mack over Clowney because of his versatility, and Clowneys work ethic has been put into question

    I think the rams are going to trade away their second pick. If they don’t I can see either Watkins or Greg Robinson. Even after signing Saffold, they still need help on the O-line plus he has a history of injuries. With the Rams facing the Seahawks and 49ers with the best defenses in football it will be hard for them to pass up Greg Robinson at number two. Remember also that this years draft class features several great wide receivers so they will have an
    option in the second round to select a wide receiver too.

    This is where it gets interesting because I think two quarterbacks fall off the board at number three and number four. I think Bortles goes to Jacksonville, and Jonny Football goes to the Browns. I think Bridgewater will be the third quarterback taken in this draft as I think his stock has dropped after his pro day.

    The Raiders will take Watson or Mack or Clowney if they are available and if they do end up with Mike Evans which I think would also be a good selection they should trade down with the Buccaneers and let them slide up and grab their quarterback. Mike Evans value wouldn’t be there at number five but if they can get another draft pick in the later rounds and still get him that might be worth it.

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

      I really think the Rams should trade down as well, but I can’t see them finding a legitimate trade partner for the second pick. Hopefully they can, but it’s difficult to find teams willing to trade up.

      Bridgewater’s stock has definitely dropped, but I like to inject my own views into mock drafts, and that’s why I consistently take him first. Everything dealing with the quarterbacks in this draft class will be incredibly interesting not only because of the importance of the position, but also because we have no idea what will happen or who will slip with all the smokescreens.

      I 100% agree with you on your comments on the Raiders draft, and the only reason why I had them taking Evans was because their best options were all taken and I couldn’t see anyone trading up wtih them (TB is definitely a strong possibility). Since I couldn’t see them doing anything else, Evans was an easy pick for me to make for the Raiders in this mock.

      • Josh Hart

        I see Teddy’s stock falling in the eyes of the media, but not actual scouts and teams draft boards. Pro days don’t mean jack. See Cam Newton, Jamarcus Russell, Peyton Manning, etc as proof.

  • Johnny

    ???? Phins should have taken ILB CJ MOSLEY!!! then get a RT in the 2nd round.. (Not a 1st round guard!)

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

      I completely understand where you are coming from, and I think/hope I mentioned C.J. Mosley as a very strong possibility. He would be the best player available there, but I have more confidence in Wheeler and Ellerbe bouncing back (they also have Jelani Jenkins as a backup) than the Dolphins getting Dallas Thomas to play well or finding a guard later on.

      Again, I understand where you are coming from, and I also had reservations about passing on
      Mosley. I think the Dolphins are going to take Ja’Wuan James as their tackle later on in the draft if the top four guys aren’t available.

      Johnny, I would like to ask you one draft-related question regarding the Dolphins: How big of a need is cornerback?

      • Johnny

        CB.. Well other then Grimes??? Who’s going to play opposite of him? Finn. IDK.. Can he come back to his play from years ago?? IDK.. Them you have CBs Rooks from last year: Jamar Taylor and Will Davis..
        I honestly believe either 2nd year player will beat out Finn… If they stay healthy, Taylor or Davis will start opposite if Grimes.. I’m excited to see the battle between Finn., Taylor, and Davis… Whoever wins that battle will start.. Honestly though, I’m not comfortable with any of those 3… I wouldn’t doubt it if they draft a 3rd round CB to throw into that competition…
        But yes.. Not comfortable at all will all of our CBs not named Grimes..

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

          I liked Taylor coming out of college, but he did absolutely nothing last season. I think he’ll start across from Grimes, but I’m not confident in the position with Patterson gone. Finnegan is a wild card in the nickel, and I think the Dolphins should target CB with a high pick. Taylor has to be the best bet out of those guys, and, again, he had plenty of buzz around this time last year.

  • john ciulla

    This is actually a pretty accurate mock imo.. the Rams make out good.. and If the Lions hype for Watkins falls through, but they Still think Offensive playmaker in the 1st is the right direction to go.. Ebron would be the surprise pick for the Lions.. Lewan falling to the cowboys is a viable option too.. good mock

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

      The Lions can go in a lot of different directions, and I think Ebron would be a very good option for them in the first round, However, I wonder if C.J. Fiedorowicz will be the TE they take in this draft class, because he’s pretty underrated as a receiver and brings good blocking to the table.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    I agree that Jace Amaro would fill a big need on offense and make life easier for Brady but I think a team with a peculiar need will offer BB multiple picks in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th rounds. The draft is deep with talent through the first four rounds and BB would be able to fill many needs on both sides of the ball with good young talented players….better than a 50% chance BB trades down.

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

      Yup, I think the Patriots will end up trying to do what they did last year, and they came out pretty well. Belichick loves trading down, because he knows that more picks in a deep draft = more chances to find solid talent. If they can get a good haul, I have a feeling they will look to trade down, but there was a report stating that they could even consider trading up for a marquee WR.

      • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

        Hope they are not considering moving up for a WR….I think Dobson will make a big jump this year as a solid deep threat. He had on the job training in his rookie year with limited success but his sophomore year will be much more productive and safety help will be needed to contain him.

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

          Same here, I think Dobson is a major breakout candidate, especially since he played very well during the middle of the season. He wasn’t expected to do much as a rookie since he was raw coming out of college, so he surpassed my expectations when he was healthy. With is all-around skill-set, he could be terrific next year. It would be incredible for the Pats to snag Jarvis Landry in the 2nd, and I wonder if they would be willing to use a third-round choice on Jordan Matthews if they don’t take a WR before then.

  • Josh Hart

    These are BY FAR my 2 favorite picks the Browns could make in the first round!. If both worked out the team could be a serious contender as early as next year.

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

      We completely agree on Bridgewater, and I think a 1-2 punch of Bridgewater and Robinson would give the Browns passing attack a massive boost. Throw in a CB and an RB, and the Browns could be very tough next season.

  • Willy

    I just cant see the Pats taking a TE in the 1st round, not when they DO have so many needs. I strongly disagree that they dont have many needs. DT, DE/OLB, ILB, S, outside WR, RB,QB, TE (thats alot of needs). The argument may be how many of those need to be “Starters” and how many are fill-in players. For me, I want them to take the best, (even if they have to move up to do it) defensive player they can get in the 1st round. A TE can be picked in either the 2nd or 3rd round. This is a very strong draft with starters through the first 3 rounds, perhaps more, so the Pats first 3 picks are of the utmost importance. There’s always a chance that Bill would trade out of the first, I dont want this but if he did I would hope it would be for a kings ransom, like a 2nd & 3rd round pick. Then I could see him going TE with their first pick in the 2nd round.