Ell’s NFL Mock Draft Version 7 (Last Before the Draft)

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May 4, 2014 by Ell and Mike Sports

NFL Mock Draft 2014

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1. Texans                              DE Jadaveon Clowney (South Carolina)

Clowney continues to be the best player on the board and none of the QBs have proved to be any more than a reach at #1. His arrival helps the pass rush needed to stop the rest of the AFC South mainly the Colts who have loaded up on offense.

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2. Rams                                 WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson)

With Roger Saffold back, the Rams feel like they need interior help and that can come later in the draft. They decide to pick-up the best playmaker and WR in the draft in Sammy Watkins.

*(From the Redskins for RGIII)

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3.  Jaguars                            QB Blake Bortles (UCF)

He seems to have the most potential of all the QBs on the board and the Jags love potential. The Jags desperately need a QB and Bortles could be an in-state difference maker.

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4. Browns                            QB Derek Carr (Fresno State)

I think the Browns have fallen in love with Carr and they are willing to take him off the board early to make sure no one else can claim him. He had a great year in his last year of college and most teams believe he can transition to the NFL.

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5. Raiders                            OLB Khalil Mack (Buffalo)

The Raiders had decent success on defense last year, but they want to get younger and they are in need of a nice pass rusher. Mack fits the bill as a legit pass rush threat who can lineup next  to last year’s impact rookie LB Sio Moore.

6. Falcons                             LT Greg Robinson (Auburn)

The Falcons need a pass rusher and help along the interior line, but the best pass rusher is gone. Luckily, the best tackle falls in their lap and Robinson may be able to help solve their problem at LT for the long term.

  1.   Bucs                             WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)

The Bucs need help another playmaker opposite star WR Vincent Jackson to take this offense to another level and take the pressure off the run game. Evans is a huge target in the mold of Vincent Jackson who has the speed to stretch the field and the jumping ability to go up and get it.

8. Vikings                             QB Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)

The Vikings need help at QB more than any other position and will be happy that Bridgewater falls in their lap. Bridgewater was considered the top QB before the season and hasn’t been seen as otherwise until the combine came and ate him alive, but he is a legit talent.

9. Bills                                   S HaHa Clinton-Dix (Alabama)

With the Jarius Byrd leaving town via free agency, I think they will try to fill his spot long term. Clinton-Dix is considered the best coverage safety on the board.

10. Lions                               OLB Anthony Barr (UCLA)

The Lions need a nice pass rusher from the OLB position to add to their roster or a nice DE to replace Willie Young who left via free agency. Luckily, Barr can fit into either spot and may even be a nice hybrid pass rusher from both spots, but he can definitely help this Lions D apply more pressure.

11. Titans                             CB Justin Gilbert (OK State)

The Titans didn’t expect Gilbert to be here and they grab him with no hesitation as he is considered the best CB in the draft with good size and speed. He can replace Alterraun Verner who left via free agency.

12. Giants                            T Taylor Lewan (Michigan)

Lewan is a blessing in disguise for the Giants who had problems keeping Eli Manning upright. They could plug him in at LT and keep last year’s pick Pugh at RT.

13. Rams                              S Calvin Pryor (Louisville)

The Rams are in a good spot to pick the best player available and big safeties who can hit and cover are at a premium in this draft and Pryor would be a great selection. Pryor is a safety who can lay a punishing hit on a player in the secondary and tough guys are always welcomed in the NFL.

14. Bears                              DT Aaron Donald (Pitt)

The Bears could use help on the D-line and they pick the toughest lineman in the draft. Donald may be undersized for a DT, but he is a pass rushing beast up the middle and will cause problems for centers in the NFL with his quickness and strength.

15. Steelers                        T Jake Matthews (Texas A&M)

The Steelers have a big need at LT where Mike Adams needs to be replaced immediately. Luckily, Matthews falls down the board and he can be plugged in at LT from Day 1 giving Big Ben the protection he needs in a tough AFC North.

16. Cowboys                       LB C.J. Mosley (Alabama)

With DeMarcus Ware as very likely cap casualty, the Cowboys need to find his replacement ASAP. Mosley is a nice athletic linebacker from a pro style defense.

17. Ravens                           CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)

The Ravens just miss out on a tackle and decide to improve the defense with a quality CB with great cover skills, but who lacks top end speed. Dennard would fill-in nicely as a quality nickel corner with the ability to develop into even more, as the AFC North, is growing as a passing division.

18.  Jets                                TE Eric Ebron (UNC)

The Jets may have re-signed TE Jeff Cumberland who developed into a nice pass catcher to go with his blocking skills, but they are in need of a TE who can really open up the middle of the field. Ebron fits what they need and gives them a weapon on a team in need of more offensive playmakers.

19. Miami                            T Zack Martin (Notre Dame)

The Dolphins need O-line help and Martin is the best tackle left on the board. He has good toughness and footwork, but he needs to show that he is not really a Guard posing as a Tackle.

20.  Cardinals                      DT/DE Timmy Jernigan (Florida State)

The Cards could use help on their defensive line rotation and Jernigan is a nice DT/DE combo who could give rotational minutes at both. Jernigan has nice pass rush skills and is built in the mold of star D-lineman Darnell Dockett and could be his eventual replacement.

21.  Packers                      WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)  

The Packers could use help at WR after losing reliable WR James Jones and the injury and inconsistency of TE Jermichael Finley who was used as a receiver at times. Benjamin is a huge receiver with good speed, leaping ability, and potential that would go perfect with QB Aaron Rodgers. Benjamin has a skill set that none of the other Packers receivers have and he could be a true #1 WR at 6’5 243lbs.

22. Eagles                            WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon St.)

After releasing Desean Jackson, the Eagles could use a nice slot WR and Cooks is another speedy receiver of similar stature to Jackson. Cooks would be a nice playmaking addition while Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper draw attention.

23. Chiefs                             WR Marqise Lee (USC)

The Chiefs are in need of a playmaker at WR and Lee is a nice quality receiver who falls in their lap. Lee has good hands, route running ability, and is a dangerous in space, but will he live up to his potential?

24. Bengals                         CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State)

The Bengals were deep at CB last season, but they continued to have injury issues and could still stand to get younger at the position. Roby has nice size, speed, and cover skills which lead some to believe he could potentially be a shutdown corner.

25. Chargers                       DT Louis Nix III (Notre Dame)

The Chargers loss NT Cam Thomas to the Steelers via free agency and could really use a nose tackle to replace him. Louis Nix III is a massive player (6‘2 342lbs) who moves well and can take up a lot of space; he is also coming from a pro-style defense.

26. Cleveland                             CB Kyle Fuller (VT)

The Browns couldn’t find the 2nd corner they wanted in free agency, but Fuller is a CB with nice size and speed who has the talent of a shutdown corner. He should fit-in nicely on a good defense across from star Joe Haden, but he will be tested early and often.

(From Colts for RB Trent Richardson)

27. Saints                             DE/OLB Dee Ford (Auburn)

The Saints defense is in need of a pure pass rusher and Ford could bring that to the defense. He plays with a heart and toughness that will allow DC Rob Ryan to fall in love with him.

28. Panthers                       WR Odell Beckham (LSU)

Beckham is a WR with good size and speed he would be a welcomed addition to a bare Panthers WR core. He is a home run threat who could really grow with Cam Newton.

29. Patriots                         DE/DT Ra’Shede Hageman (MInnesota)

The Pats select a nice D-line prospect in Hageman who can play DE or DT, but more than likely would be a nice replacement for Vince Wilfork. He is a massive man, but a freak of nature who can move very well for his size.

30. 49ers                              G David Yankey (Stanford)

The 49ers need more help on the D-line than O-line, but I think HC Harbaugh wouldn’t pass up on a former recruit of this caliber. Yankey is a nice athletic guard who can provide nice holes in the run game and has the size to maybe even play tackle.

31. Broncos                         DE Kony Ealy (Missouri)

The Broncos are in need of help at the DE after losing Robert Ayers and Shaun Phillips. Ealy is a raw pass rusher who is athletic and has a nice combo of size and strength. He can bring a more physical nature to a team in need of toughness and a better pass rush upfront.

32. Seahawks                     G Xavier Su’a Filo (UCLA)

The Seahawks need help along the O-line and Su’a Filo is considered one of the top guards in the draft. He is an athletic lineman who can play right away and he doesn’t have many weaknesses.

 

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33. Texans – QB A.J. McCarron (Alabama)

McCarron seems to be the perfect QB for O’Brien’s system as he is smart, comes from a pro-style offense, and has a lot of college experience. He shouldn’t have to wait long before getting his chance to shine.

 34. Redskins – DE/OLB DeMarcus Lawrence (Boise State)            

Lawrence is a nice pass rusher who could help out both the linebacker core and D-line as an explosive player with good moves and athleticism. However, he must continue to add strength and learn to fight off double teams.

 35. Browns – T Morgan Moses (Virginia)  

Moses is a huge tackle who showed off good work ethic and has really seen his stock rise in the offseason. He has shown good health and mobility for his size and an ability to play on both sides (LT & RT) which is huge for NFL teams who love versatile lineman.

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36. Raiders – QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)

The Raiders are shocked that their #1 QB falls in their lap in the 2nd round and they waste no time to put him behind veteran Matt Schaub as his successor. Manziel bring an array of talents, but scouts are still trying to determine if he is as good as advertised.

 37. Falcons – OLB Ryan Shazier (Ohio State)

Falcons missed out on their top pass rusher in the 1st round, but a nice athletic prospect in Ryan Shazier would be a nice addition for their new 3-4 front as a pass rusher. Shazier bring good speed, instincts, and tackling ability to a Falcons team in need of defensive help.

 38. Bucs – G Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State)

Jackson is huge power guard with a lot of starting experience who did a great job anchoring Mississippi State’s O-line. He has the size and the talent to nicely replace long time veteran G Davin Joseph on the O-line.

 39. Jags – CB Jason Verrett (TCU)

The Jags need help in the secondary after getting gashed for big yardage all season and adding pieces to their front 7 to help win the battle in the trenches. Verrett is a good, undersized cornerback with the cover skills, speed, and toughness to compete in the league.

 40. Vikings – LB Kyle Van Noy (BYU)           

The Vikings are in need of more athleticism and talent from their linebacker position and Van Noy can help with that. He is a linebacker with nice size and speed which leads to his good pass rush skills and cover skills, however he needs to get stronger and work on his tackling fundamentals.

 41. Bills – WR Cody Latimer (Indiana)

Latimer is a name that is soaring high on draft boards and with his combo of size, speed, and talent many teams believe that he can immediately be a #2 or #3 WR. He is a quick and physical receiver with good leaping ability and #1 WR potential.

 42. Titans – RB Carlos Hyde (Ohio State)    

Hyde is the best running back in draft, despite a poor 40-time, and he has the strength and size to be nice workhorse back in the league. He is quicker than most believe and is a tough guy to take down he will be welcomed behind this improved O-line.

 43. Giants – TE Jace Amaro (Texas Tech)

The Giants haven’t had a quality pass catching TE since Martellus Bennett and haven’t had consistent production since Kevin Boss. Amaro is a nice pass catching threat who could change that and give Eli Manning a nice option to dump the ball off to with his good blend of size and speed.

 44. Rams – T Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama)   

Kouandjio is a quality lineman from a pro-style offense who has opened holes for a lot of quality players. He possess all skills and talents you want out of a tackle and may even be able to be a LT in the league with his blend of size and skill. However, he has fall this far due to injury concerns as he definitely qualifies as 1st round talent.

 45. Lions – WR Allen Robinson (Penn State)

Robinson is another big receiver who doesn’t mind getting physical with smaller defenders and he even has deceptive speed to make defenders miss. He needs to get stronger and does not have elite speed, but he is a tough, physical player who can go up and get it.

 46. Steelers – DE/DT Stephen Tuitt (Notre Dame)

Tuitt is another player who has 1st round talent, but injury concerns will drop him deeper into the draft where he may be considered a steal. Tuitt has a nice blend of size and athleticism and he has the rare ability to play anywhere on the D-line even stuffing the middle where some scouts believe he belongs.

 47. Cowboys – DE Scott Crichton (Oregon State)  

Crichton is a quality defensive end with good size for the position, the ability to play both the pass and the run, and good strength with good use of his hands. However, he is a stiff lineman who doesn’t possess good speed, but he does have a great motor.

 48. Ravens – T Ja’Wuan James (Tenn)

James is a nice quality lineman with the skills and experience to plug right in as a starting RT. He is a very smart player with good size and talent for the position, but he needs to improve his footwork and run blocking abilities.

 49. Jets – CB/S Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)

Joyner is a player that can play both CB and Safety despite being one of the smallest players on the field (5’8 184lbs). He is a tough, physical corner with good speed and explosive tackling ability. However, he needs to watch out for double moves and being too aggressive.

 50. Dolphins – ILB Chris Borland (Wisconsin)

The Dolphins need more production from their linebacker core especially up the middle and Borland is a nice fit with comparison’s to former Dolphin MLB Zach Thomas. Borland is an aggressive linebacker with good instincts, a high motor, and leadership qualities, but he is shorter than most scouts would like at 5’11 and he is not much of pass rusher.

 51. Bears – CB Marcus Roberson (Florida)

The Bears are in need of changes in their defensive secondary and could go CB or S, therefore with a good cover corner like Roberson available they can’t pass him up. Roberson has good size, speed, and man to man cover skills, but he can be inconsistent at times. He could learn a lot from Charles Tillman and eventually be his replacement.

 52. Cards – RB Tre Mason (Auburn)

Cardinals need a power back to replace RB Rashard Mendenhall who surprisingly retired after the season.  Mason is a small running back who has all the skills: good receiving ability, good power, and good return skills, but he is best in a rotation due to his size.

 53. Packers – TE Troy Niklas (Notre Dame)

The Packers are in need of an upgrade at the TE position with the injury and departure of Jermichael Finley. Niklas is an athletic prospect with good size (6’6 270 lbs) who has good hands, improving blocking ability, and the potential to be a good TE, but he is not the fastest and he still needs help with blocking fundamentals with only 2yrs as a TE.

 54. Eagles – DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (GT)

The Eagles are in need of a pass rusher to help Trent Cole and maybe even replace him for the long term. Attaochu has great size and he can really get after the QB with experience at MLB, OLB, and DE. He is a bit raw in his coverage skills, but his ability to be physical and aggressive with good hand technique as a pass rusher makes him an interesting prospect in a 3-4.

55. Bengals – S Jimmie Ward (NIU)  

The Bengals have always been in need of a quality strong safety next to Reggie Nelson and Ward is a very talented player and good fit. Ward is a safety with nice tackling ability, good speed, and unique coverage ability to play all over the secondary. However, he may not be ready for a starting job and he is a bit undersized for SS, but he is a tough talented player.

 56. 49ers – WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)

The 49ers are still in need of a deep threat to complement their trio of Crabtree, Davis, and Boldin. Matthews is a quick receiver with good hands, size, speed, and the ability to do a lot of things well. He was also a team captain in college and he is Jerry Rice’s cousin.

 57. Chargers – DE Kareem Martin (UNC)  

The Chargers need help to solidify their D-line mostly at the DE position and I think Martin would be a nice fit. Although most people think he should be a 4-3 end, I think a 3-4 would allow him to use him strength to be a legit run stopper and continue to improve his pass rushing skills.

 58. Saints – CB Phillip Gaines (Rice)

The Saints could use help at CB despite the addition of vet Champ Bailey and Gaines fits the bill as a tall CB with good size and speed. Gaines is a 4yr starter with experience in systems with man and zone coverage and he has a nice ability to get his hands on the ball. However, he needs to convert more interceptions and durability is a concern.

59. Colts – C Travis Swanson (Arkansas)

The Colts could use help along the interior O-line at LG or C and the best C in the draft is available Travis Swanson. Swanson has good size and could probably play guard. He is a very smart player, who was the anchor of his O-line starting 50 games. He is a very good pass blocker and a nice run blocker with the ability to get outside.

 60. Panthers – T/G Joel Bitonio (Nevada)

The Panthers need anybody who plays on the O-line, except at the center position as the offseason hasn’t been kind to them. Bitonio is a nicely skilled player who played LT in college, but at 6’4 306lbs he may need to transition to guard. The Panthers need help everywhere so he will definitely fit into a starting role.

 61. 49ers – CB Keith McGill (Utah)         

The 49ers are in need of help at CB and could use a bigger CB with the loss of veteran Carlos Rogers. McGill is a huge CB (6’3 211lbs) with good coverage skills using his length to his advantage, he has good play recognition (former safety), and he is strong allowing him to lineup with TEs. However, he is not the best tackler and can easily get burned by quicker receivers.

 62. Pats – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington)

Talent wise Seferian- Jenkins is the best TE in this draft as a pure athletic freak of nature who can catch like a WR, jump like a basketball player, and create separation easily with his size. However, he’s not much a blocker, he needs to get stronger, and maturity / character concerns are a huge red flag.

 63. Broncos – C Weston Richburg (Colorado State)

The Broncos could use some help along the interior O-line and Richburg is one of the best center prospects on the board. Richburg has leadership qualities, great durability, good size, and the ability to take on power and speed D-lineman; some believe he may even be able to play Guard.

 64. Seahawks – DE/OLB Marcus Smith (Louisville)

The Seahawks could add pass rush depth after losing DE Chris Clemons and missing out on Jared Allen. Smith is a versatile player who can play DE and OLB and he would be a nice pass rush prospect to help them continue to turn up the pressure.

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