Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mock Draft 1.0: Featuring Rick and Coop (Part III)

1. Texans (TSB): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. Rams via Redskins (Coop): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3. Jaguars (Rick): Blake Bortles, QB, University of Central Florida
4. Browns (Coop): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
5. Raiders (TSB): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
6. Falcons (Rick): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
7. Bucs (TSB): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
8. Vikings (Coop): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.

See details of top eight pick from Part I here.

9. Bills (Rick): Khalil Mack, LB, University of Buffalo
10. Lions (TSB):Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
11. Titans (Coop): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
12. Giants (Rick): Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
13. Rams (Coop): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
14. Bears (TSB): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
15. Steelers (Rick): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
16. Cowboys (Rick): Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
17. Ravens (Coop): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
18. Jets (TSB): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
19. Dolphins (Rick): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

See details of picks 9-19 here.

20. Cardinals (Coop): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: Forget who is getting all the media attention, Kony Ealy was the best prospect to play for the Missouri Tigers in 2013. This guy has NFL comparisons to Greg Hardy and Robert Quinn, not bad right? Ealy played all over the line and as a stand up linebacker at Mizzou, so he will give the Cardinals plenty of options as an edge rusher. Pairing Ealy with John Abraham should give the Cards a formidable pass rushing duo.

21. Packers (Rick): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan - A tackle that could easily end up in the top 10 is a great value pick here not to mention fills a big need. Aaron Rodgers has been sacked on average 36 times the past 3 seasons. They lost their starting Center in free agency, the only player with a solidified position along the line. Former fourth rounder David Bakhtiari plugged in there last season and performed admirably but isn't a long term solution to protect the top QB in the NFL.  Brian Bulaga was expected to play LT last season before blowing out his knee I'm camp. As he comes back there's questions on where to put him and how effective he'd be a year after a major knee injury. Lewan can provide another option for Green Bay and potentially limit the hits on Aaron Rodgers this season.

22. Eagles (TSB): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU - A little undersized, the 5'9" Verrett played injured this season and still intercepted six passes. He's a great athlete that can solidify a weak area for Philly. In pretty short (no pun) order, he will be the #1 corner for this team. That speaks a little bit to how little I believe in Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher and how highly I think of Verrett. For what it's worth, I still like Brandon Boykin as much as I did two years ago when he fell to the fourth round.

23. Chiefs (Coop): Marqise Lee, WR, USC – Alex Smith is a game manager not a dynamic play maker, so the Chiefs have to give him some help. Marqise Lee was the consensus top WR coming into the 2013 season before an injury-plagued junior campaign. When he finally got healthy at the end of the year, albeit against Fresno St., he was able to show his dominance (7 catches for 119 yards, 2 TDs) and proved his big play ability was back.  After swinging and missing at finding a competent #2 receiver in the past (Jon Baldwin), plugging Lee into the lineup will take some pressure of Dwayne Bowe and open up a bit more space in the running game for Jamaal Charles.

24. Bengals (Rick): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State - Seems to be deja-vu, undersized WR comes to the combine and blazes a 4.3 40 and watches his draft stock soar. Tavon Austin went from a fringe first rounder to a top-10 pick. Cooks won't go that high because the WR class is crazy deep this year but I think he's a better overall prospect than Tavon Austin. The Bengals just lost their slot weapon Andrew Hawkins to free agency and will have to fill that role. AJ Green, Tyler Eifert, Gio Bernard and Brandin Cooks form the youngest nucleus of explosive weapons I think I've ever seen assembled on one team. If Andy Dalton can't make this work... Next years first rounder could be used on a QB.

25. Chargers (TSB): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State - I'm all over the DB's in this mock. Roby would probably be the top corner on this San Diego team by the end of his rookie season. He's talented, yes, but this is a skeleton crew the Chargers are using to stop Peyton manning twice per season.

26. Browns (Via Colts): Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame – With the luxury of #35 overall as well, the Browns can use this pick to add to a strength by bolstering the line for new QB Johnny Manziel. Martin played LT at Notre Dame but will most like slide inside to Guard as a pro, and that is a perfect fit for the Browns who have All-World LT Joe Thomas protecting the blind side. Tagging Alex Mack and adding Martin shows a commitment to dominating up front, something they can definitely use in the problematic Cleveland winter weather.

27. Saints (Rick): CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama - The Saints have never had an issue scoring points, it was stopping the other team from scoring that was the issue. Rob Ryan was a revelation for the Saints last year, combine that with the signing of the best safety on the market and the Saints defense is looking good. They don't have a QB in the middle and that's what Mosley can provide. If not for some injury flags he'd be talked about in the top 5 picks and the Saints could be getting a bargain here at 27.

28. Panthers (TSB): Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State - The Panthers have no wide receivers on their roster that registered a catch for them last year. None. Zero. Zilch. Robinson is the best wideout on the board. Hopefully he and the freshly injured Cam can develop some early chemistry.

29. Patriots (Coop): Louis Nix III , DT, Notre Dame – Vince Wilfork is on his way out the door in Foxboro, and Nix is as close to a carbon copy that you are going to find in this draft. At 6’2” and 330+ pounds, Irish Chocolate is the prototypical 3-4 NT and will eat up plenty of space on the line. Despite a lackluster season (due to a rash of injuries) and a poor performance at the combine, he possesses a rare combination of quickness and agility that makes him a key contributor in stopping the running game. Finally, Nix is a high character player which is a nice change of pace for the Patriots in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez saga.

30. 49ers (Rick): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU - Seems like every year the 49ers are stuck looking for WR help as their defense brings them to the brink of a championship. Their WR corps has been uninspiring for a while now, they lack explosiveness. Beckham can change that and add an explosive playmaker to pair with possession receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

31. Broncos (TSB): Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State - Top-10 talent that was a little inconsistent and he looked gassed in the National Title game against Auburn. That has me questioning his work ethic (how can you possibly not be in shape for a the title game?), but the talent is too good to pass up on this defensive line will be scary.

32. Seahawks (TSB): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech - He's an upgrade over Zack Miller and gives Russell Wilson another wide bodied target.

Second Round to follow over the next few days.

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