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2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: First Trade Speculations


Trading has become a regular part of drafts.  With that in mind this 2014 NFL mock draft will offer some speculation on how they could impact the action.

#1 – Cleveland Browns (from HOU) – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

With the majority of draft positions locked in place, it might be interesting to put a little twist on the latest mock draft with trade speculation.  It starts out with Houston handing the #1 pick to the Cleveland Browns who jump to the top to take consensus top quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

#2 – Minnesota Vikings (from STL) – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

St. Louis doesn’t wait long to make a deal either, handing the second pick to the aggressive Minnesota Vikings who finally get a quarterback in Derek Carr who can unlock the full potential of their offense.

#3 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF

Big, strong and mobile there isn’t much to hate about Blake Bortles.  He is a local kid so Jacksonville Jaguars fans should know him well and his run of success in 2013 should bring great optimism about the future.

#4 – Houston Texans (from CLE) – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

In an unprecedented display, the fourth quarterback on the board is the fourth pick of the draft.  While perhaps not the first choice, the Houston Texans have reason to feel satisfied with Johnny Manziel.  He’s athletic, confident and a playmaker who is still growing.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

With the quarterback class spent, the Oakland Raiders can’t afford to pass on a once-in-a-decade talent like Jadeveon Clowney.  His combination of size, speed and strength makes him the kind of pass rusher that can dominate games by himself.  Pairing him with Lamarr Houston has to interest the Silver and Black.

#6 – Atlanta Falcons – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

Pass rusher remains a big problem for the Atlanta Falcons.  Too long they’ve relied on veterans and role players.  They need a young difference maker.  Anthony Barr is an outside linebacker but he has the kind of rare ability that can fit in any scheme.

#7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

Lovie Smith needs an edge rusher if he wants to bring the talented Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense together.  Kony Ealy is a recent riser on boards with the body to fit a 4-3 scheme and the motor, technique and versatility to impact the run and pass.

#8 – St. Louis Rams (from MIN) – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

Not only do they once again collect draft currency, the St. Louis Rams also get a guy that must be high on their list.  Jake Matthews is the best offensive tackle in his class.  Big, strong, nimble and smart he can play on the left or right side and do so with success.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo

Do they need a linebacker?  No.  Still the Buffalo Bills can’t ignore how much Khalil Mack can do on the field from stopping the run, to rushing the passer to playing pass coverage.  Putting him next to Kiko Alonso would be highway robbery.

#10 – Detroit Lions – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson

His Orange Bowl performance (16 catches, 227 yards, two TDs) spoke for itself.  Sammy Watkins is the real deal.  His speed is at the elite level as is his acceleration.  Where he becomes a top target is a solidly built 6’1″ frame and outstanding lower body strength.

#11 – Tennessee Titans – Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

The defense is pretty good for the Tennessee Titans but they still need more bite in their pass rush.  With the quarterbacks gone, they decide to bolster their front with Stephon Tuitt.  He has the speed to play end or the size to play tackle and the motor to make plays from either position.

#12 – New York Giants – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

They could very well go after an offensive tackle or even a tight end, but improving the pass defense is a must for the New York Giants.  Darqueze Dennard is agile, fast, boasting good size and the kind of work ethic that superstars possess in the pros.

#13. St. Louis Rams – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M

Wide receiver isn’t a huge need but the St. Louis Rams still could use a threat on the outside to fully realize the potential of Tavon Austin in the slot.  Mike Evans can bring a 6’5″ frame, explosive leaping ability and excellent strength to out battle defenders for the ball.

#14 – New York Jets (from CHI) – Marqise Lee – WR – USC

Sensing the moment, the New York Jets swing a deal with Chicago for the rights to the last unquestionable first round receiver.  Some might say Marqise Lee deserves to go first, and they aren’t wrong.  Like Watkins he has good size and great speed but what separates him is outstanding route running.  Geno Smith will love him.

#15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State

The secondary is getting too old and depleted for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They have to invest some youth at cornerback.  Justin Gilbert is their kind of corner:  big, long, athletic and boasting the instincts to make plays on the ball when tested.  He loves playing man coverage.

#16 – Baltimore Ravens – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama

Robbed of a chance to get a premier receiver, the Baltimore Ravens seeks to bolster their offensive line.  Cyrus Kouandjio is already stout run blocker for Alabama but his body and good balance means with enough seasoning he can become an anchor in pass protection.

#17 – Dallas Cowboys – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama

Anywhere on the defense can use an upgrade for the Dallas Cowboys.  They could just as easily target the line, but getting a playmaker at safety could do wonders.  Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix does everything well and is at his best in coverage.  He reads quarterbacks so well and is rarely out of position.

#18 – Chicago Bears (from NYJ) – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

Having gotten more picks in their deal with the Jets, the Chicago Bears still manage to land a serious talent on defense.  Linebacker isn’t their first need but C.J. Mosley is not a regular type player.  He is a front line athlete with great instincts, intelligence and versatility.  He’s also a leader, something the Bears need on that side of the ball.

#19 – Miami Dolphins – Cameron Erving – OT – Florida State

Offensive line is the obvious choice for the Miami Dolphins.  They need help everywhere.  They should be so lucky to get Cameron Erving.  The Florida State prospect is a physical wonder, not only big but so quick and balanced for his size.  He can hold up against anybody in pass protection and has the mean streak to get after it on the ground.

#20 – Arizona Cardinals – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Bruce Arians also could use more help up front, especially at tackle.  Getting Jonathan Cooper back at guard would be nice.  How much better could it be if Taylor Lewan were to join him at left tackle?  The Michigan product is big, physical, nasty, polished and athletic enough to hold up against most rushers.

#21 – Green Bay Packers – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

Jermichael Finley is in doubt for the future and Andrew Quarless, while a nice complimentary player, is not a game changer.  Aaron Rodgers could use more of a presence at tight end.  Eric Ebron is all that.  That classic basketball hybrid of size and speed, he has shown an ability to locate and go get the football.

#22 – Philadelphia Eagles – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

A safety prospect that remains a slight mystery but Calvin Pryor won’t hide for long.  His big body coupled with good closing speed and instincts make him likely the only other safety worth going in the first round.  He is a fierce hitter and tone setter.  Chip Kelly would love to have somebody like that with the Philadelphia Eagles.

#23 – Kansas City Chiefs – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

Due respect to Anthony Fasano, the Kansas City Chiefs need more from the tight end position.  Jace Amaro was the best pass catcher at his position by far in 2013.  He has great height at 6’6″ with a 260 lbs body and enough speed to stress defenses down the middle.

#24 – Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State

Getting more help in pass coverage is a priority for the Cincinnati Bengals.  If they can’t get it at safety or corner, then an athletic linebacker would certainly help.  Ryan Shazier is slightly lighter than preferable but he is so fast for his position and flies to the football.  He tackles very well and also can be a great asset when blitzing.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Vic Beasley – DE – Clemson

The saying goes a team can never have enough pass rushers.  While outside linebacker isn’t a huge must, the San Diego Chargers should not reach for a corner.  Vic Beasley can bring great burst, athleticism and bite to their front seven.  He can come around the edge fast or shows the strength to drive inside with a fierce bull rush.

#26 – Houston Texans (from CLE) – Cedric Ogbuehi – OT – Texas A&M

Manziel has shown he operates best when he’s protected.  The Houston Texans must make sure their offensive line remains strong.  So they take Manziel’s teammate Cedric Ogbuehi.  Big and physical like previous Aggies, his great strength is pass protection where his athleticism and frame lend huge hands.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

It might not seem like it but the New Orleans Saints have not gotten their usual production out of the receiver position.  Marqus Colston has not looked the same.  Getting a big-bodied target for Drew Brees like Allen Robinson, a player who can locate the ball and go up to snare it out of the air would bring back that explosive edge to their passing game.

#28 – New England Patriots – Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame

Losing Vince Wilfork has really exposed the New England Patriots on the ground.  They must look to put some quality depth behind him.  Louis Nix is not only good enough for that, he could be a potential successor.  His huge body is a load to deal with but what sets him apart is the quickness and athleticism to control the line of scrimmage, just like Wilfork.

#29 – San Francisco 49ers – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State

Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are terrific possession receivers, but a deep threat is still lacking for the San Francisco 49ers.  Brandin Cooks boasts plenty of speed on and off the tape and led the nation in receiving.

#30 – Carolina Panthers – Paul Richardson – WR – Colorado

He’s not the biggest receiver, but then again neither was Steve Smith.  Paul Richardson was the go-to guy at Colorado and regularly played great football against quality competition.  He has good enough height and the speed and agility to really create problems for defenses.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford

Von Miller can’t handle the pass rush alone and now he has an injury issue to deal with.  The Denver Broncos would like to avoid taking another first round defensive lineman, but they need help there.  Trent Murphy is the leading sacker in the nation.  Big and powerful, he finds a way into the backfield and can get to the quarterbacks with regularity.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Will Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice ever stay healthy?  That is a question the Seattle Seahawks can’t answer.  They must make sure Russell Wilson is adequately armed.  Kelvin Benjamin is his kind of receiver.  Not only an athlete, as all FloridaState players are, he is huge at 6’5″ and presents an enormous catch radius.

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  • Randall

    Dallas needs O-line help immensly, Witten is getting old, there are at least 4 other positions of more need than Safety. Detroit needs a corner and a safety, not another WR. Packers need LB help, secondary help and O-line help. Sorry, but this is one of the worst mock drafts I’ve seen.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s your opinion, Randall. Frankly I have no idea where you got the idea Dallas needs O-line help more than safety. Their back end struggled all season. Yes, Detroit does need a corner but it’s a deep corner class and you can’t convince me they would take one with the 10th pick when Sammy Watkins is sitting right there with a chance to put him next to Megatron. The Packers defense played well despite a myriad of injuries. They will start to get guys back and they can increase their depth in the later rounds. Jace Amaro is a playmaker and Aaron Rodgers needs a bigger target on the field.

    • Scott Aldridge

      Dallas needs o line help but not as bad as dline and or safety help. Frederick, smith and an improved free after the motivational pay cut has been a surprise strength when they ran the ball. Problem is they were too pass happy throughout the year cause defense could not stop a high school team.

  • 3kolu

    The Vikings will not trade up to draft Carr that would be a serious reach. They need to maximize their picks in the 1st 4 rounds to be able to compete. His horrendous game versus USC should’ve done enough to push him back into the 1st round. They really need to bolster their secondary, increase their pass rush and get a true run-stuffing DT on defense and shore up the middle of their offensive line at OG.

    • Erik Lambert

      You can’t let one game dictate a season. Carr played a modest game against a good defense and a stronger overall program in USC. Not to mention he got no help from his defense or running game. The guy led the nation in passing yards and touchdowns, has a cannon for an arm, can move and is a leader. He is a first round quarterback and the Vikings would be lucky to have him over Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman. Defensive line and secondary can wait until later.

      • 3kolu

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m intrigued with the big arm , size and athletic package, but most of his competition was the Mountain West, where the men are men and the sheep are scared. When you get no help from your running game, you’re forced to throw which helps to pad those stats. You can get away with that in conferences like the MWC, the artist formerly known as the WAC or Conference USA. The Vikings would have to part with significant draft picks plural. They have holes on the defensive side that needs to be addressed, CB, Safety, DT, and DE. If they part with additional draft picks, Carr better be NFL ready from day one, especially if we have to give up significant draft picks. He doesn’t wow me on film like Andrew Luck or RG 3. I’m not sold at #2. However, at #8 possibly. It depends on who the Vikes get to replace Frazier and the who will run the offense.

        • 3kolu

          Hey Eric, thanks for the response.

          • Erik Lambert

            Carr won’t be there at #8. Somebody will take him before then, the same as Manziel and Bortles. Too many teams are in the top 12 that need a quarterback. The Texans won’t stray far. Cleveland has the ammo to move up. The Jaguars will take one. Then you have wild cards like St. Louis, Oakland and Tennessee all lurking with unknown intentions but a need present at the position. If Minnesota wants to avoid the yeah-buts later on in the second and third rounds, they have to move up to get one. Adrian Peterson won’t last forever. That defense is very young and should improve with time and health. They can fill out the depth in free agency. They need a quarterback.

          • 3kolu

            Before we can determine who we are going to draft, we need to determine who the coaching staff is. And, once we determine that then we can determine our draft board. We can’t take the approach that we did with Ponder unless there is a can’t miss candidate like Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning, and Derek Carr is nowhere close to that. We can’t just move up in the draft at the expense of losing some very high draft picks, unless we are completely convinced that Carr is our franchise or it will be the end of Spielman’s reign. Heck, even Teddy Bridgewater isn’t a lock. They need to address their positions of importance before the fill out the depth chart.

          • Erik Lambert

            If your team is smart they will go after an offensive specialist. That is where the core of the young talent is now for them. I’d say Greg Roman or Darrell Bevell would be ideal choices. The issue at hand is that the Vikings are all but finished with Ponder. Do you think they’re willing to stick it out with Matt Cassel or settle for a quarterback in the second or third?

          • 3kolu

            Yes , I’m really high on Roman. His schemes are excellent and his play-calling diverse. I really believe a majority of our problems started with the secondary, but it was exacerbated by a suspect pass rush in the 1st half of the season and a sub-par run-stopping defense as well. We also had problems stopping the run. Bevell has been successful as well, I believe both these coaches could return us to respectability and in a hurry. I’m convinced it’s the coordinator’s they bring in that will make the difference. But, with the success these 2 coordinator’s have had in not only working with the QB’s, but especially bringing up their young QB’s, they provide that solid offensive mindset. Could we win with Cassel? I believe so. We could also go after a solid veteran in free agency such as Matt Schaub and pick up a project in the early to middle rounds of the draft. Our needs according to the experts are QB, CB, Safety, and DL. But, we could get a little creative and move K Wil to the interior DT spot and resign Everson Griffen or go after Greg Hardy, Michael Bennett. Allow our young core of LB’s and CB’s to gain experience, then we can acquire a pounding OG and a play-making safety via free agency. Then we can get aggressive in the draft. even creative. I personally, would go after Bortles, even though Carr would be an upgrade over Ponder, he could turn out to be David Carr reincarnated.

          • Erik Lambert

            David Carr got a raw deal when he was drafted in Houston. He had one of the worst offensive lines in NFL history blocking for him and worse still a defensive head coach in Dom Capers. I mean for pete sake the guy was sacked 249 times in five seasons. That is an average of 49.8 times per season. Isn’t it fair to wonder how he might’ve done with an offensive mind in charge? The same goes for Derek. People get on him about his faults, about how he’s faced cupcake competition but I’m a believer that talent is talent. If a quarterback plays with front line players from the SEC, he could beat an SEC team. The same goes for an NFL team. Put in the right system he has the arm, intelligence and mobility to not only excel but win. Cassel is a veteran but he won’t win you a championship. Nor will Ponder or Freeman. Carr may not be able to do it by himself like a Luck, Brady, or Rodgers but his skills would make the job infinitely easier.

          • 3kolu

            Certain players can be successful in different systems, certain players can’t. The QB position is by far the hardest to predict success. A very select few ever win a Super bowl, remembering it’s teams that wins Suprbowls–not defenses or QB’s by themselves. But, that’s the expectation when you draft a QB in the 1st round and even more so in the top 10. What I really like about Carr is his competitiveness, and that’s the main reason why I’d even entertain taking him at #8, I just can’t justify giving up our 2nd rounder to move up 6 spots. But, if he has a great pre-draft, combine performance I might change my mind, however, guys like Jamarcus Russell, Sam Bradford, and even Ryan Leaf had outstanding combines and Pro days and that didn’t translate into success. A majority of Mock drafts had Carr going to the Vikings with the 8th pick even before the USC game. According to the NFL draft formula we’d have to give up a 1st rounder, 2nd rounder, both 3rd rounders and still not have points to equal St. Louis’s value at #2. With the performances of Jadeveon Clowney and especially Sammy Watkins, I look for them to solidify them as top 5. All Clowney needs to run is a 4.8, while Watkins will run a 4.3 even a 4,4 time will suffice with close to a 40″ vertical should do the trick; Jake Matthews is a lock for a top 5 spot, so that’s a possible scenario with Bridgewater, Matthews, Clowney, and Watkins all going in the top 5. The Vikings should just wait and let the chips fall where they may. Will there be a run on QB’s, absolutely IMAO. Do the Vikings need to move up? probably, can they afford to move up to. Not according to the formula. They can fill every position of need even if they don’t land an impact free agent, but I look for them to make waves before the draft. Then they can go BPA. You gotta look at QB’s like Russell Wilson, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton, Colin Kapernick, Tom Brady, none of these quality starters drafted in the 1st round.

          • Erik Lambert

            Tom Brady was the exception, not the rule. Also, while this might change in the near future I will say Wilson, Kaepernick, Foles and Dalton all have one thing in common. They have no rings. Look at the recent history of the Super Bowl. What do the winning quarterbacks have in common? Joe Flacco: 1st Round. Eli Manning: 1st Round. Aaron Rodgers: 1st Round. Drew Brees was taken with the 33rd pick, which might as well be the 1st Round. Ben Roethlisberger: 1st Round. I could go on but I digress. This whole idea that teams can build a Super Bowl team around a second or third round pick is largely thanks to what Tom Brady accomplished. People forget he won 20 of 25 games in college and won the Orange Bowl over Alabama as a senior. How he slipped out of the first round is a mystery, let alone all the way to the sixth. The point is the majority of Super Bowl winning teams over the past two decades are built with first round pick quarterbacks.

          • 3kolu

            Kurt Warner wasn’t even drafted and signed as an undrafted free agent. And, Brees was officially drafted in the 2nd round, there’s a difference in success rate between the 1st and the 2nd rounds, so Brady is not the only exception. So that’s 5 Superbowls since 1999 won by QB’s not drafted in the 1st round and I’ll argue that the Mannings, Flacco, and Rothlisberger are just a percentage of QB’s who were drafted in the first and achieved any success, Russell, Leaf, Leinart, Young, Losman, Lefwich, Boller, Weeden, Ponder, Gabbert, Tebow, Carr, Harrington, and the list goes on. Still the success rate of QB’s who were drafted in the 1st round and failed is outweighs the select few who have succeeded, significantly, as evidenced by the above list.

          • Erik Lambert

            By that logic how many quarterbacks were taken in the second round or later and failed? As with every other position, talent matters a lot. Not just physical either, mental as well. First rounders tend to have the most of both. You would need to have a LOT of faith in the coaching staff if you took one after that.

          • 3kolu

            Absolutely, it takes talent to win, But, when I do the math, Carr is not worth a 1st, 2nd, and 2-3rd round picks, IMAO. CP was an exception because we landed Sharif Floyd #23 and hyper-athletic Xavier Rhodes at 25 allowing us to get CP We need to let the process work itself thru, and I expect Carr to have a good combine and/or Pro day. He needs to show drive and touch and a 4.6/40 would help separate. What we do in FA, will help determine how we attack the draft.

          • Gary Stewart

            3k my guess is blake wont be there at 8 either will johnny teddy or derek but if the rams offer #2 overall for #8 and just a 2nd that would be where two fools met if the vikings and rams didnt get it done the only reason i wouldnt freak at this trade was if i somehow knew matthews was gonna still be there at 8th.

          • 3kolu

            If the Rams offer that deal I’d take it all day long, every day–supposing Bridgewater goes #1, I’m leaning toward Bortles, because I like QB’s who can perform under the big lights–but they won’t offer that deal. I’m thoroughly convinced Matthews won’t be there at #8, he’s a sure bet to be a starting LT and pro bowler for the next 10 years, barring injury.

          • Kevin Frei

            I kinda agree with u. But maybe the GM of these teams are 50% right on thier whole draft. That makes a BIG difference! Just look at how many Rookies are on GB from year to year. And we dont pick up expensive free agents!!! (last one was Woodson)

          • Erik Lambert

            It’s a nice luxury to have for sure, Kevin. It makes the salary cap easier to manage and improves depth. However, one must make sure if a team plans to do that they must have a very good coaching staff in place. Green Bay seems to have one.

          • Donald Hendrix

            Something else, one of those is at best a second rate QB (Flacko) and the other is sometimes has suspect play (ELi). Just goes to show isn’t always the QB that gets you to and wins the big game.

          • Donald Hendrix

            I’m a Texan’s fan that suffered though those year. Yeah the line was bad at times, but at the same time Carr created a LOT of those sacks himself. He couldn’t read Defenses and held on to the ball way too long. I always thought he was scared coming into the NFL and never got to develop his courage with the line he had. But seeing as he didn’t develop anywhere else it wasn’t all the liens fault.

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            I agree, Houston might decide to trade down for with New England so that they can get a Clowney or Watkins and Houston gets some picks and Ryan Mallet in return. Bill O’Brien and Bill Belichek are that close. But these are only my suspicions though but who knows.

          • Gary Stewart

            3k this is a mock maybe it goes down completely different but erik is right about one thing your vikings wont go anywhere w/o a franchise qb period the end. carr or any of the 4 teddy johnny blake and derek all may go before 8th. then what?? as a ram fan us trading #2 for #8 and a 2nd rounder isnt enough in my book but if there was a future in his mock that he didnt tell me about id be ok . btw if you let jared walk #2 could get you clowney and maybe you can pray for a miracle in the later rounds russel wilson was a 3rd round pick and brady was a 6th rounder

          • Erik Lambert

            Gary, remember I can’t mock them getting future picks. I have to leave it to the imagination that they get selections in 2015, likely a first rounder as well.

          • Gary Stewart

            is that an nfl rule or one you and the fansided guys just have yourselves??

          • Erik Lambert

            Not so much an NFL rule as hard to nail down simply because mock drafts are about the current selections. I can hint at what they MIGHT get in 2015 in the trade but would prefer to focus on what they get in 2014 and then leave it to be strongly assumed they probably get a high choice or two the next year as well.

          • 3kolu

            Gary. This trade isn’t going to happen, not for what the draft trade formula demands, unless we can package in some futures. We don’t have to go all the way down to #2, because Manziel and Bortles offer some serious skill sets as well. Or we can draft AJ McCarron or Aaron Murray in a later round and hopefully fill some of our needs using FA as well. We can also hit FA where Matt Schaub heads the list of QB’s who will be free agents. Everson Griffen would be sufficient to fill Allen’s shoes, so resigning him would be adequate or Greg Hardy and Michael Bennett head off a list of decent FA DE’s who will be on the market looking for the best bidders. However, we don’t even know what kind of scheme we’ll be running so this is all speculation. We won’t be running a cover 2 that’s for sure.

          • Gary Stewart

            3k i hear what you are saying and i dont think the rams would want to trade down as far as #8 anyway (possible but not highly likely) my main point however is unless the vikings think they can get by without one of the 4 qbs teddy johnny blake or derek they may have to move up at least a few spot the only advantage to moving to #2 would be if they had a particular guy they felt they had to have they would know after hou selected if their guy was still there and you are right it is all just speculation but it is fun isnt it??

          • Donald Hendrix

            I don’t see Houston trading back just to pick up Manziel. Don’t know what the browns would offer to make them take a lesser QB.

          • liong vue

            Carr will go 2nd round or even 3rd round not 1st. there is only 2 top QB that is in the 1st round Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel

          • Erik Lambert

            I think you’re right about Carr but you’re wrong because Blake Bortles is going somewhere in the top ten.

        • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

          Well if the Viking do select Carr he would have the benefit of having Adrian Peterson as his running back. he won’t be the focus of defense much.

          • 3kolu

            Chemistry overcomes a multitude of sins, and a good supporting cast.

        • gamerk2

          I rank the Mountain West well above the Big East. Yet no one questions Brigewaters stats.

      • Paul Griggs

        USC does not have a good D. I saw several of Carr’s games and he can’t handle playing against good talent. He falls apart under pressure.

      • VikingAnswer

        Not really but our offense and QB play wouldn’t be an issue if we had a defense. So defense better be our pick. Not sure how good Mack is, that’s Studwell and his crew’s job, but he would be nice addition if he is.

    • Daniel Van Steenwyk

      I agree. Why would you trade up to #2 to take Carr? I think I would take Bortles, or even Manziel long before Carr………………

      • 3kolu

        Hey Daniel, I posted this over a month ago, however, even with the great Senior bowl it looks like Carr would be available at the #8 pick. In fact, it looks like they get trade down, stockpile more picks and still get Carr, if they feel he’s the next best thing. What I got from the Senior bowl was a couple things. We need he had then big arm, he could hit the check downs, screens, bubble screens, and the short throws. What concerned most analysts was the footwork and pocket presence. He looked poised in the pocket but still needs a lot of polish. His footwork though has improved, and if it continues to improve that will leave the question of is his pocket presence good enough at the next level? Or, if its not, can he improve enough to be a franchise QB?

      • liong vue

        Jadeveon Clowney is the name if Vikings trade up to get.

    • liong vue

      hahahah who that hell mock this draft it crazy Viking will go all DE ALL DAY.
      Vikings will pick Zach Mettenberger see my mock tell me what you think

      This could happen:
      1st round – 1st LB Khalil Mack or Anthony Barr , or
      2nd CB Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert

      2nd round – 1st QB if Dereck Carr from Fresno St is there.
      Or 2nd DT Ra’Shede Hageman

      3rd round – 1st LB Kyle Van Noy if no LB in 1st round or
      2nd DT Daniel McCullers 6-6 365lbs a monster.

      3rd round – 1st CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste if no CB pick in 1st round.

      4th round – 1st QB if no Carr this will be Zach Mettenberger from LSU.
      If viking gets there QB then DE Chris Smith OR OG like
      Xavier Su’a-Filo will come in play

      5th round – 1st DE Chris Smith could be here. Vikings can get Zach Mettenberger here too.

      6th round – 1st more WR would be nice too. or another QB

      7th round – 1st be a SS like Brock Vereen from minnesota
      perfect fit as JAMARCA SANFORD is most a the end of career.

      • 3kolu

        If the Vikings don’t trade one of their 3rd rounders, possibly a 2nd to the Pats for Ryan Mallett, this would be a perfect draft. With all the underclassmen declaring for the draft, the Vikings could end up with something very close, but to land Hagemann in the 2nd, Van Noy with their first 3rd rounder, Jean-Baptiste with the second 3rd rounder, Sua-Filo in the 4th, And, Smith in the 5th i just don’t think any of these players will go that low. But, it’s alright to dream. If the Vikings have a great FA and a draft like this, they will shoot to the top of the NFC North, guaranteed.

  • 123Star

    Just watch Tom Brady for the next 3 games.

  • Tom Collins

    Justin Gilbert and Calvin Pryor look like good first round picks for the Packers. They’ve been missing an impact player in the defensive secondary since Woodson left.

    • Erik Lambert

      Very possible. Really hard to predict which direction the Pack will go because they have holes to fill but their intentions are a mystery.

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

    I have to disagree with the Pats picking a DT in the first round. Wilfork is the heart of the D-line but they also lost DT Kelly and that created a gaping hole in the middle. They replaced the two with rookies and that did not work very well (30th against the run). Recently they promoted DT Sealver Sliga from the practice squad and he has been the biggest and best surprise holding down the middle. Pats may have found themselves a diamond in the rough.

    Pats are in need of a top TE (no guarantee Gronk will play a full season….ever) The Pats offense is lacking without a good TE for Brady to target. TE would be my selection.

    • Amar S.

      I completely agree with you. I’m tired of reading mock drafts that have us taking DT or DE early. I’d love for Pats to draft a TE and Allen Robinson at WR, but doubt that’s gonna happen. We also need a center, right guard and a strong safety.

    • Erik Lambert

      I understand your mindset but you have to understand getting a talent like Nix in the high 20s (or 30s) would be a coup. He’s a perfect fit for the Patriots defense. You also must remember Wilfork is 32 and Kelly is 33. The Patriots found Gronkowski and Hernandez is the second and fourth rounds. There’s no reason they can’t find a receiver or tight end in those same areas again. Finding an ideal nose tackle like Nix that late in the first round doesn’t happen.

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

        Pats got Gronk in the second round because of back issues and got Hernandez in the fourth because of character issues. Gronk is no guarantee and look at DT Sliga and DT Chris Jones as the future replacements in the middle of the line.

        • Erik Lambert

          Would you say Sliga and Jones are at the same level talent-wise as Nix?

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

            Hard to say since Nix has never played one snap in the NFL. The point is that Wilfork is 32 years old and the Pats are about to extend his contract for 2 or 3 years. Kelly is 33 and has at least a couple of good years left in the tank. The DT position is not a high priority at this point. The TE position is a major concern because it is a big part of the Pats offense and Gronk is no guarantee. Pats can wait and draft a DT next year or the year after but they need a top TE now.

          • Dwayne Hinkle

            This is actually a really TE rich draft. There’s everyone from Amaro to Ebron to ASJ to even Gator Hoskins that’ll be a steal in late rounds.

      • Amar S.

        If you know the Patriots draft history, they have major problems finding WRs, but have great skill in finding lineman late. What makes you think Pats can find WR late but can’t find a DT late? Wilfork, Kelly, Siliga, Jones, Vellano, Sopoaga, Armstead.. 7 DTs on the team already in comparison to 2 healthy TEs on the team.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    I still prefer the WR Sammy Watkins (#8) and FS Haha Clinton-Dix (#13) for the Rams. Jeff Fisher doesn’t take O-lineman in the 1st round since he became a head coach and they need immediate help at FS. The Rams can go either Cyril Richardson, Jason Verett, Louchiez Purifoy or Darqueze Dennard in the 2nd round.

    • Erik Lambert

      Yes, but Fisher isn’t calling the shots. Spielman has to recognize the power of those NFC West pass rushes. He need top line blockers for Sam Bradford. I honestly think with Tavon Austin providing the speed they would do better adding Mike Evans who brings size and that jump ball ability. Clinton-Dix is definitely an option at #13 but I felt fortifying the offense was more important since the defense is largely established for Fisher can finding secondary help with the second rounders he would acquire in the trade (perhaps a Lemarcus Joyner or Deone Bucannon).

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        Actually Snead Check with Fisher before drafting any prospect, Jeff Fisher has control in terms of personnel which is the reason why he signed with Rams over Miami. Comparing Watkins and Evans, Watkins has the advantage of better route runner and speed and he still an ideal size (6’1″ 208 lbs ) and can catch balls anywhere (ala Stedman Bailey).

    • Gary Stewart

      im split like erik if a franchise tackle is there at #8 take matthews but like you i would go ha ha dix at 13 somehow snead and fish will make it work erik probably has the rams cutting dahl to free up 4 mil in cap space and using it in free agency on tj mack free safety out of cinci. that also would work for me giving us tj squared at safety

      • Erik Lambert

        T.J. Ward, Gary. You’re thinking of T.J. Ward and Alex Mack the center.

        • Gary Stewart

          yeah i got it crossed cuz if it was tj mack it would be tj mac squared lol

          • Erik Lambert

            Indeed. ;)

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        T.J. Ward is more of Strong Safety than Free Safety and the Rams are in need of a cover safety type. Jarius Byrd was mentioned by most football pundits to be that free agent FS the Rams can possibly sign but Rams management would love to develop their own players.

        • Gary Stewart

          ok well its back to the drawing board and i agree with you for sure on the rams desire to grow our own as you might say . byrd would be great but i dont see the rams paying that kind of price ward would at least be in the area of what we save by cutting dahl and to be honest i know our tj likes to hit but i wonder if he couldnt play over the top. if he and ward could be interchangeable at safety that would be nice but i guess there arent that many hybrids out there!!

    • AG

      Darqueze Dennard in the 2nd round? He most certainly will not be there.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        Base on the updated ranking yes he won’t be available by 2nd round.. he’s projected around #14-16

  • Joseph Bulger

    I have to disagree with Dennard at 12. Great pick up, but at what opportunity cost? Dennard’s improvement over McBride isn’t nearly as necessary as an OT at 12 to fix their broken offense… near last in rushing, Eli taking beatings all year and on crutches now, OC resigns, multiple starting O-linemen on IR and maybe not coming back, and the Giants up against the cap so multiple FAs are not the answer. Consider rookie 1st round OT Justin Pugh hits the 2014 CAP at $1.8M, whereas FA acquisition Center David Baas hits the CAP for $8M in 2014. So Jerry Reese could pay two starter quality rookies he gets with 12 and 43 a total of HALF, COMBINED, what he’d have to pay a single starter quality FA lineman. As owner John Mara stated, we don’t fix our problems with FAs. They can’t afford to cut David Baas for what they’ve got tied up in CAP and dead money, so adding a second FA to that challenge is… what my aviator buddies say… akin to trading altitude for air speed.

    • Erik Lambert

      A better thing for them to do is take a tackle to put on the right side and slide Pugh into the guard spot where he was originally projected to play by a lot of draft experts. I just felt Dennard was the kind of player they could build their core around on defense with hopefully a healthy JPP. The tackle and guard class is deep enough to point where the Giants should find somebody in the second round. In fact I have them getting Zack Martin from Notre Dame. You also can’t discount what a new offensive coordinator might accomplish with some shuffling and scheme changes.

      • Joseph Bulger

        Valid points Erik. Can’t say your reasoning’s flawed. Problem is they need two starter quality O-linemen that JR will only find on day 1 or in FA. He has fooled around with mid to late round picks before… Brewer, Cordle, Mosley, Herman, etc. and none of them has stepped up as a bona fide starter, and maybe none of them ever will. You’re right about getting a guy in the 2nd, but that leaves them one short. RG Chris Snee was quoted today that he thinks his hip is recovering from surgery but his elbow’s not progressing as expected, and he’d like to play in 2014 but doesn’t know if he’s wanted. Center David Baas has missed an average of 6 games a season since coming over from San Francisco, and he still has serious neck issues and persistent migraines, to say nothing of his bad back and knee. G/T David Diehl was graded out by PFF as the worst player at any position in the NFL, in the HISTORY of PFF grading, and that was before his miserable 2013 season. LT Will Beatty played poorly and broke his leg in the last game, and recent reports indicate while he’ll be there for the season opener he might not make OTAs and pre-season, so who knows how good he’ll be in 2014. With the exception of rookie Justin Pugh, it’s a perfect storm disaster of a line. Gilbride was quoted today on radio saying Eli had no hope of operating behind that line. My point Erik is finding somebody in the second round is not going to fix all that. Eli won’t be Eli until his line affords him time to be Eli, and without Eli the Giants are one of those pathetic teams without a franchise QB… all the defensive upgrades won’t amount to squat without Eli being Eli. So fixing the broken offense… the line is a mess, and Eli will lose his #1 WR to FA, and he needs an experienced, fast, play making TE, and a RB… get all that and fix the O-line? Sure… 12th pick Greg Robinson or if he’s not there Cedric Ogbuehi, then 43rd pick Cyril Richardson or La’el Collins. Beatty-Richardson-Baas-Pugh-Robinson in front of Eli, with Richardson and Pugh and Robinson total CAP hit about $5.4M… or $2.6M less than just Baas alone. Save the $8M in FA CAP and instead spend some of it on Jimmy Graham as Eli’s TE in 2014, and the rest on Mario Manningham who knows the offense and can play on day 1 to replace Murphy, who didn’t give Eli anything. Randle, Cruz, Manningham, Jimmy Graham. The new OC will have to change things up a bit since there’s no real standout #1 WR, but behind a good O-line, Eli will find those guys, and ABrown, DWilson and a day 2 RB draft pick won’t be at the bottom of the league in rushing anymore.

        • Erik Lambert

          A very sound strategy. I will say this though. They should have an easier time finding running back help in the later rounds and this wide receiver class is stacked, which means they can find a starter perhaps in the 3rd round if they wanted. As much help as the offense needs, they can’t let it overshadow the needs of the defense.

          • Joseph Bulger

            You’re right about WR and RB. I’d be resigned to going with Randle, Cruz, Jerrnigan, Manningham and Jimmy Graham if the new OC’s Sullivan (aka Gilbride part deux) because rookie WRs take about a season to figure out the complex read route tree scheme… look at Randle. If JR grabbed another Randle talent, he like Randle would sit for the season until he could be trusted by Eli… and as Coughlin stated, Eli has lost trust with some of the receivers already. Adding another WR he can’t trust doesn’t help in 2014, and this is all about 2014. You’re spot on with RB.

  • Terry Guida

    Pats going TE makes sense to me as well. Nice mock though – very insightful

  • Anthony DuLac

    I can’t see any reason why the Vikes would want crappy Carr. These writers just ape what they read other places, I suspect.

  • Marty

    “Big, strong and mobile there isn’t much to hate about Blake Bortles. He
    is a local kid so Jacksonville Jaguars fans should know him well…”

    Not true. UCF is a long way from Jacksonville. Most Jags fans had never heard of him until a couple of weeks ago.

  • ickles

    Manziel in the top 4? He is a fourth round talent at best and more likely to be the next Ryan Leaf than the next Andrew Luck.

    • Dakota

      Haha good thing you aren’t a GM then. 4th round talent? Just say you dislike the guy and move on

  • Mike Bridges

    Minnesota will take a QB at #8. There are available players to either draft or pick up in FA to fill those spots, including another OLman to replace Johnson BUT, there are not that many options for QB! It’s so clear that in today’s NFL, a quality QB is a must! Even with the weapons at the disposal for all the Viking QB’s, they could manage very little sustained Offense. A lot of the Defense’s problems, apart from injuries, were scheme and play calling! There are needs, but, that very same Defense saved the team and got them into the playoffs! Offense had AD…that was it! The Vikings should keep Cassel and draft a franchise QB to sit and learn for a season or 2…or 3! SKOL!

  • Sean Kelly

    You are wrong about the Chiefs. Dorsey is high on Kelce. They have bigger needs at WR, DB, and DL. With no 2nd rounder, they must draft for need

  • Jason Tremain

    How is Blake Bortles ‘a local kid’ in respect to the Jaguars? Orlando and Jacksonville are by no means that close.

  • Steve Batchelor

    I kinda agree with 3kolu that the Vikings won’t go with Carr at least moving up to 2 to get him. Seeing as how Zimmer is now the HC, defense seems the more likely pick unless one of the QB’s falls to them at 8.
    On another matter I don’t see Lovie Smith drafting Kony Ealy at 7. I expect them to get Jared Allen in FA. Perfect fit seeing as how Frazier is the DC. What I would rather see is either Watkins,Matthews or Robinson selected. The Bucs lack speed on the offense and Watkins would fix that. The problem with that is the offensive line sucks. Too much money tied up in Penn and I see him being let go as he’s terrible anyway. With that being said I have no problem with Matthews at 7 and with Nicks maybe not being able to play ever again I could see the Bucs going with Cyril Richardson or Gabe Jackson in the 2nd.

    Entertaining article none the less Erik

  • DCMilwaukee

    #21 – Green Bay Packers – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina is a G-D joke by a guy writing an article that doesn’t want to do any research.

    Green Bay needs a couple linebackers, a safety, defensive tackle and any number of decent offensive linemen, especially a center. Except for Josh Sitton you could start over on the line.

    • Erik Lambert

      Throttle back, DC. You read an old mock with this one. My latest one has them taking a safety.

      • Phillip

        Calvin Pryor right??? I like Calvin Pryor, maybe even a little more over Dix, hopefully we get him but if both Dix and Pryor are gone and Ebron still sits there, no reason we shouldn’t pick him. Dude’s a game changing kind of TE of the Gronk and Graham nature, dude shredded my Canes, the way he plays, his speed i thought he was a huge WR. Having to see a LB or most all safeties in the NFL cover that guy isn’t gonna pretty, instant mismatch for any team that picks this guy. He’s gonna be a monster and he’s gonna be a star, in GB he could be a great replacement for Finley but i think Bostick also has those kind of skills and if he can earn Rodgers trust early and stay healthy, he could become a beast himself. Obviously this DCMilwaukee guy hasn’t done his research either to think we could start over on the O-line in GB, like Bakhitari, Lang, Bulaga aren’t any good. With what we have in GB, staying healthy being the key GB could be looking at having 1 of the most solid lines with solid depth. Our major area of need, Safety, MLB unless Brad Jones makes some serious improvements in the offseason and going into next year, and TE depending on what happen there for us.

    • Phillip

      You need to do a little research on a team you claim to be a fan of cause you clearly have no idea what we actually have. You clearly make it out to be much worse, you only see the 2nd half of the season depleted by injuries, you see the glass half empty rather than half full. GB, over the 1st 9 weeks of the season, before Rodgers went down, GB was sitting #11 in overall D and #2 in rush D. We’re nowhere near as far away as people want to think, everybody sees what was wrong, nobody see’s what was right. Our O-line wasn’t bad, another year of progression, getting Bulaga back, nobody over 27, our O-line will be just fine. As for LB’s, we might need to find somebody to put next to Hawk but that’s it, Nick Perry started showing some signs of talent and we already know what Clay is all about, it’s just all about staying healthy. Our corners are set as long as we resign Shields and are able to keep Tramon also. We need a FS and let Burnett move back to SS to see if he performs the way he did in the past at SS. Our D-line, we can’t give up on Datone already, gotta hope he progresses, Mike Daniels was solid, hopefully we somehow can get Raji back and move him back to his 3 down DT spot where he was so good for us in 2010, even if we don’t get him back, we’ll have Jolly who was pretty good and we’ll either end up keeping Raji or Pickett. GB isn’t as far off as you think, we just need that playmaking Nick Collins type safety to make our D click and a speedy strong MLB, a DT isn’t as needy depending on what happens with Raji, Pickett and Jolly. Have some faith that guys are gonna progress and we’ll find the piece or 2 that makes it click.

      • DCMilwaukee

        Piece or two? Think three to five pieces.

        Read some news… it is widely a given that Raji is not playing to expectations. With the exception of Matthews all their linebackers are too slow. Hawk needs replacement and Perry is erratic. They could use a good ILB and another OLB.

        The offensive line gave up more sacks than the NFL average and more than double a decent O-line like the New England Patriots. That would be 25 more sacks than New England. 25. They have no decent tackles. Yea, that’s a great line they got as long as they aren’t playing. Good running backs made them look better than they were.

        Datone who? Pickett and Jolly are getting older. This is a big problem.

        Safety? Absolutely necessary.

        They need two decent tackles, an ILB (fast), and a safety. They won’t fill even all those holes.

        • Phillip

          Obviously we see why you’re a couch GM and not a real GM. The way you’re talking, you’re already talking about giving up on 1st round investments from just the last few drafts, how does that make any damn sense when all are in the mid to early 20′s??? It’s called development, it don’t happen overnight. Our O-line with Bak, Lang, Smith, Sitton and Bulaga will be just fine, especially with a QB like Rodgers and we’ll have decent depth. People with any kind of sense truly think we could be in store for 1 of our best O-line’s in some time next season. As for the D, Our 2 corners have talent, Williams is gonna get restructured, Shields will be resigned and we’ll be getting Hayward, who was the #1 man cover corner in the NFL his rookie season. A lot of people believe Morgan Burnett will get moved back to SS where he belongs and where he earned that 24 million dollar contract he got not long ago. Hyde also showed plenty of coverage ability and there’s talk that he could be in for a transition to Safety. Our LB’s, Perry has showed talent, just needs to stay healthy, Clay is a beast and Hawk, he’ll excel so much more with a Nick Collins type Safety behind him. As for our D-line, Mike Daniels was solid last year, he’s our starting DE for sure, Datone, with another offseason under his belt and hopefully staying healthy, this kid could become a force. Hopefully nobody will give Raji what he wants and we’ll get him back at a discount and get him back to where he was really productive, DT. If you had any sense, you’d see we weren’t far off, we need the Nick Collins type Safety and a solid playmaking MLB, 1st rd Calvin Pryor, 2nd Rd Skyler Skov. Our starting lineup isn’t far off at all, we just need to work on depth after we get the piece or 2 we need. It’s people like you who only see the bad and not the good, bet you sat and cried all year long about how horrible we were and how we’d never get back to championship form and that were the new Browns of the NFL, guarantee that was you, you were that guy. You seem to forget how solid we were doing after the 1st 8 weeks, #11 overall D and #2 run D, that wasn’t by accident, we were just much better until we lost so much and our Offense couldn’t do what it always did.

          • DCMilwaukee

            If you had sense you can go back on first round picks for GB and find out easily by comparison that teams like SF have more quality first round picks than GB in the last decade. Its an eye opener and you see why a solid team like SF waltzes into Green Bay and takes care of business. Hawk or Davis? Davis. No doubt about it.

            Hawk used to be mostly lost overrunning plays. Now, he is too slow to overrun plays. Next year? Probably he will just be too slow. Have a safety help? The idea is that each player does their own job competently.

            Injury means failure. You aren’t playing and that is a draft failure. Datone a “force”? Datone likely won’t be in the league 4 years is a better estimate right now. A first round guy that can’t crack the starting lineup. Get a dose of reality. If he doesn’t start in year two it looks like a write off. At least the guy seems better than Jamal Reynolds.

            You keep stating a piece or two and then proceed to discuss more than two positions. Meanwhile, GB will likely give up more than double the sacks of NE’s line again next year even though they have significantly better running backs.

      • Erik Lambert

        This is an old mock draft, Phil. Find my later ones.

  • Andy

    This is the dumbest mock draft I have ever seen in my life. The Bears are drafting DT regardless of where they pick.

    • Erik Lambert

      Take it easy, Andy. Have you looked at the date of this mock draft? Check out my latest ones. Besides, unless you have a pipeline to their front office I’m not aware, there is no guarantee they are taking a defensive tackle in the first round.

      • Andy

        Say what you want, with Bostic, Briggs, McClellin possibly moving to LB, Greene, and the likely re-signing of DJ Williams (and perhaps James Anderson) it is a certainty the Bears will not look LB with their first round pick. If you followed the team at all then you would know that DT was a revolving door in 2013 and Emery wants to get “younger”. If you have the worst run defense in NFL history (YPC), than you take the best DT available. WIll resign Ratliff but doubt Melton will be back.

        • Erik Lambert

          After a torn ACL and assault arrest I think people are inflating just how much Melton will cost. I expect the Bears will find the money to bring him back (at their price) and then will be afforded the option of going a number of directions in the draft. Don’t discount how poorly the safeties played and how many corners we stand to lose in free agency. Also defensive end needs attention because McClellin is done there.

  • worthlessLIBS

    The writer does know that the Jags are NOT located in Orlando, so Bortles is not local-and UCF is not big on the college spectrum here in Jax- We arent that high on this pick that you so called experts seem to be picking- He may be good, but not so much right away and given the QB situation, the Jags dont need a multi year project- We are done with projects until we can make the playoffs consistently

  • Andrea Peters

    I like the selections for the Rams really well. LT Jake Long just had surgery Thursday for a torn ACL; so there is a good chance he won’t be ready by the beginning of the season, and Roger Saffold is a free agent. He was unhappy with being moved from LT to RT. So that leaves the Rams with only Joe Barksdale who had been a backup but played well enough in 2013 to start at RT. Jake Matthews could really help. Evans is the tall outside receiver that the Rams need. They drafted Brian Quick in 2012 for this purpose, but he hasn’t worked out very well. Evans is a much better choice for that spot.

  • Paul Griggs

    Must not think much of the Vikings to think they would draft up to get a QB that might be available in the 2nd round. Carr is not a first rounder. The QB situation in Minnesota is bad but not awful and Zimmer will start fixing the real problem–the defense. I see them taking a LB and not trading up.

  • SteelBear

    I think you nailed the Cleveland trade EXCEPY for one thing…
    They are gonna trade up to #1 and take Mansell. That redneck Haslam is IN LOVE with this guy plus… Let’s face it… Bridgewater won’t get the Browns on Sunday Night…Mansell will.

  • Ray Qadri

    Hey Eric you must be a day dreamer! Why would TEXANS drop to 4 to pick Johnny Football if they can have him with 1st. Second he’s not going to be a Texan. he does not fir Bill O’Brien type of QB profile. O’Brien will prefer CASE Keenum over Johnny anytime. Texans will be draft J Clowney 1st and will pick a QB in the 2nd round and most likely it will be Fresno State Caar. So Raiders don’t open up the champagne bottles!!

  • Michael Minkove

    OK, so you complete a mock draft with a slew of trades in the first 10-15 picks and at #16 you have the Ravens, who do not have a 4th, 5th or 7th round pick and have a history over the last 5 years of trading down within or completely out of the 1st round, choosing a player? Not likely! What a joke.

  • Sinclair Phos

    Another meatball has the Bears taking a LB in round 1? They have more pressing needs than LB and depending on how FA shakes out will depend on what they do in the draft.

    • Erik Lambert

      Sinclair, have you looked at the date of this article. Try looking at some of my more recent mock drafts.

  • Ken Mann

    I just can’t see the Jaguars passing on Clowney if he’s available…there are too many potentially good QBs that they could get in the second round. Just doesn’t seem that there are any sure-fire franchise QBs but Clowney is as close to a sure bet as there is this year. “I may be wrong but I’m not mistaken”

  • iceman4

    This is officially the dumbest mock draft in the history of mock drafts. Watkins and Matthews are not lasting this long and no way is Cleveland taking bridgewater; and that’s if they trade.

  • iceman4

    Erik; it would be great if you could do a little research and know something about the NFL and college football before you get a writing job.

  • Marty

    UCF is NOT local to Jacksonville. It is so far away, NO ONE in Jacksonville follows UCF football. So I wish people would stop saying Blake Bortles is a local kid. He is not.

  • Zack

    Did I miss something or did you really just put together a mock draft without Greg Robinson in the first round????