Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mock Draft 2.0: Featuring Rick and Coop (Part II)

1. Texans (TSB): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. Rams via Redskins (Coop): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3. Jaguars (Rick): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
4. Browns (Coop): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
5. Raiders (TSB): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
6. Falcons (Rick): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
7. Bucs (TSB): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
8. Vikings (Coop): Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
9. Bills (Rick): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
10. Lions (TSB): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
11. Titans (Coop): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
12. Giants (Rick): Zach Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame
13. Rams (Coop) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
14. Bears (TSB): Aaron Donald, DL, Pitt
15. Steelers (Rick): Kyle Fuller, CB, VT
16. Cowboys (Rick): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

17. Ravens (Coop): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU – After finishing 27th in the league in passing the Ravens addressed their need at WR by signing Steve Smith, but he is 34 and just isn’t the dynamic playmaker that he used to be. They could use another young burner opposite Torrey Smith, and Beckham has the skill set to jump right into the rotation from day one and produce. Joe Flacco will have a field day with the speed that Beckham and Smith bring to the table.

18. Jets (TSB): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina - I would have loved if Beckham fell one more spot, but grabbing Ebron is nice consolation. The Jets need playmakers (echo, echo, echo). They added Eric Decker and Chris Johnson which was a very nice start, but it's time to give GenoVick another weapon. Ebron will create mismatches all over the field. Adding Ebron and another wideout later in the draft could make this offense... potent. Never thought I'd say that after watching this team the last three years.

19. Dolphins (Rick): CJ Mosley, MLB, Alabama - Miami is obliterated along their offensive line, contingent they use a second round pick on a versatile lineman who can compete at RT or inside at guard, this is a solid pick. This pick also fills a need while not over drafting for it. This is a great spot for the dolphins to trade back but Mosley represents great value and can start in the middle right away. This will allow Dannell Ellerbe to kick back outside where he's most effective.

20. Cardinals (Coop): Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville – There is a hole on the back end for the Cardinals who are potentially losing Yeremiah Bell to free agency. Pairing Pryor, Mathieu, Peterson, and Cromartie in the Arizona secondary gives the Cardinals one of the best secondaries in the league. Pryor is an intimidator on the  back end, delivering huge hits and putting fear into the hearts of the receivers crossing the middle. His tackling ability will also be a huge asset in defending against the run.

21. Packers (Rick): Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State - The Packers have had a hole in the middle of their defense for a while, it's been hidden by names. AJ Hawk sounds good, but he's average, and he hasn't been able to shoulder the load since Desmond Bishop moved on. Shazier is a freak athlete who can make an impact on the defensive side of the ball. They don't have a sideline to sideline LB. As much as Clay Matthews is a terror, he's primarily used to rush the passer. Shazier can take care of the back end while Matthews does his thing. It's a good move in a division that has to worry about pass catching RB's like Reggie Bush and Matt Forte. Oh and guys like Adrian Peterson. That 4.36 40 time sounds pretty good right now.

22. Eagles (TSB): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State - Lose Desean Jackson, replace him with a younger cheaper version that might turn out to be just as good. Seems like good roster management to me (aside from getting nothing of value back in return from D-Jax, that is).

23. Chiefs (Coop): Marqise Lee, WR, USC – Consider me an optimist, but Lee is exactly what the Chiefs need in this draft.  Before this past season, Lee was the consensus #1 WR in college and a lock to go at the top of the first round. What followed was a truly lackluster campaign which was marred by injuries and a terrible quarterback situation. It isn’t hard to envision him returning to the 2012 form that made him a Heisman front runner. Alex Smith would certainly love drafting a player who can take a safe pass and turn it into a huge gain at any time.

24. Bengals (Rick): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State - The perennial "he has a record so he should fit right in" pick for the Bengals. Roby has all the tools to become the best CB in this class, but recent off the field issues have his stock falling a bit. The Bengals top CB is coming off his second ruptured Achilles in the last 3 years and their other corner is on the wrong side of 35. Their 2012 first rounder, Dre Kirkpatrick is fueling the reputation of Alabama defenders who come into the NFL with more hype than production, he's been toying with the "bust" label. Roby fills a need here for the Bengals who are real thin at CB.

25. Chargers (TSB): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU - Aside from Eric Weddle, this secondary is pretty abysmal. I don't think it's reasonable to expect to beat Peyton Manning twice a season when Shareece Wright and Crezdon Butler are your starting corners. Verrett becomes a Day 1 starter.

26. Browns via Colts (Coop): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St. – This is not David Carr 2.0, mostly because this situation is drastically better to be walking into. David walked into an awful situation in Houston where he was sacked so many times that he couldn’t remember who he should be throwing to. The Browns now have 2 dynamic playmakers at WR, a very versatile RB, a top TE, and dominant offensive line. To me that sounds like the best possible situation for a rookie quarterback to be walking into. Carr has the arm strength to deal with a Cleveland winter, could be exactly what the Browns need to make the next step towards being a playoff contender.

27. Saints (Rick): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana - The Saints lost a reliable target in Lance Moore this offseason and don't have much quality depth at the WR position for a pass happy offense. Latimer has seen his stock rise steadily since his pro day. His 23 reps at the combine showed off his strength (led all receivers and beat some lineman), he's a big strong receiver that could complement Kenny Stills who is the primary deep threat. He'll learn from and eventually replace Marques Colston. He's a former basketball star much like someone else on this team.... What's up Jimmy Graham?

28. Panthers (TSB): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt - Carolina does not have a wide receiver on their roster that caught a pass for them last season which is amazing. It's time to address that need to give Cam Newton a weapon outside and Matthews is the top guy on my board at the position.

29. Patriots (Coop): Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame – Vince Wilfork re-signed a one year agreement, but nobody knows how effective he will be coming off an Achilles injury. Nix gives the Pats some depth and most importantly a future stalwart on the defensive line. He is about as athletic a man at 360 pounds as you are going to find, and will be a nightmare for opposing teams to block.

30. 49ers (Rick): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU - Big, strong, productive, fast. Everything you want in a WR. The 49ers will most likely move up to grab one earlier, but Benjamin presents decent value late in the first round. Shares the same alma mater as Anquan Boldin, he'll undoubtedly learn a lot from his new teammate. Kaepernick will love have a huge target who can win on contested deep balls. Benjamin will work well on the other side of Crabtree with Boldin in the slot and Davis over the middle.

31. Broncos (TSB): Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin - Just a solid football player through and through that would start right away on a team in need of a youth infusion on defense. Safe pick, if not a superstar.

32. Seahawks (TSB): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville - I don't have a great justification for this pick, but the Seahawks do some things that don't always make sense on draft day but work themselves out eventually. Maybe they run into trouble trying to re-sign Russell Wilson. Maybe the undersized Wilson gets hurt. Who knows but it's never a bad thing to have additional resources at the most important psition in sports.

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