Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) knocks down Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) in the first quarter as the South Carolina Gamecocks face the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: New 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

Trade yield:  Texans get #4, #26 and CLE 2nd round pick

They have the means to move up and the need.  The Cleveland Browns might sit back and wait for a quarterback but they should be able to swing a deal with Houston for Teddy Bridgewater.  He’s the best in his class and more than capable of becoming a franchise guy given his physical and mental tools.

#2 – Atlanta Falcons (from STL) – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

Trade yield:  Rams get #6, and ATL 2nd round picks in ’14 and ’15 and 5th round pick

They are never shy about going after players they want.  With St. Louis interested in moving down no certainty of Jadeveon Clowney getting back Jacksonville or Oakland, the Atlanta Falcons go get their badly needed pass rusher.  Clowney is a perfect fit for their defense and will become a monster in that loud Georgia Dome.

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

Was he perfect in 2013?  No, but the upside is clearly evident with quarterback Blake Bortles.  He has the size, mobility and arm to do far more than just manage games.  He is strongly built and has a very good head on his shoulders, demonstrating a rare calm when the pressure ratchets up during important games.

#4 – Houston Texans (from CLE) – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

In a rather stunning move, the Houston Texans forego taking a quarterback with their first pick and instead give J.J. Watt some company on defense.  Anthony Barr is one of the best talents in the 2014 NFL draft, period.  He is an athletic, active pass rusher but also pursues hard against the run and has the instinct to make plays on the ball.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

With the pass rushers spent, the Oakland Raiders can’t resist.  They still aren’t sold on Matt McGloin or Terrelle Pryor, so they look to solve the problem by handing the reigns to Johnny Manziel.  Yes, there are still maturity and height questions but the kid makes plays and does it often against the very best in college football.

#6 – Tennessee Titans (from STL) – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

Trade yield:  Rams get #11 and TEN 2nd round pick

The ever active Rams move down yet again, this time taking advantage of the Tennessee Titans who sense the urgency to go get the last quarterback with a first round grade.  Derek Carr is dogged by questions of his poise under pressure but his physical tools and dedication to his craft are enough to think he will make the jump successfully.

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

Lovie Smith is in town and excellent defense should follow.  He already has a really good unit in place with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but he still needs help with the pass rush at defensive end.  Kony Ealy is a good fit for his system and has a variety of ways to get to the quarterback out of Missouri.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

With the quarterback crop stripped clean, the Minnesota Vikings could very well try to trade down from this pick but they need help up front on defense badly.  Stephon Tuitt can play a number of positions for them, be it end or tackle.  He is strong, relentless and highly adept at disrupting the line of scrimmage.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack – LB – Buffalo

Linebacker is not their first choice but defense is their first priority.  Khalil Mack is a top ten talent for sure and a playmaker.  Putting him next to Kiko Alonso, with the versatile ways he can play coverage and rush the passer could give the Buffalo Bills so many options in 2014.

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

If Ken Whisenhunt takes over for the Detroit Lions, he will bring the knowledge of what having two star receivers can do for a football team.  By having Megatron in place, the team gets him a wingman with speed on the other side.  Sammy Watkins can run, jump, catch and grind better than any receiver in this 2014 NFL mock draft.

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

How in the world did they pull it off?  The St. Louis Rams haul in more picks in their fall to 11th and still manage to land a franchise left tackle in Jake Matthews.  His size, power and balance will be most welcome on the right or left side, since he played both in school.  He is also quite durable and plays with a nasty streak befitting a Jeff Fisher player.

#12 – New York Giants – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

It doesn’t matter where the upgrade comes from,  the New York Giants have to get their offensive line straightened out.  Greg Robinson is a left tackle and could end up there, but he is basically a talented blocker, of which the Giants seem to have very few.  His size, length, power and athleticism will help in protecting Eli Manning.

#13 – St. Louis Rams – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama

There is no way the Rams can risk trading this pick, not if they want to get a player they need in Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix.  A playmaking safety is something missing from the St. Louis defense.  Ha Ha is a rangy center fielder with great instincts and the acceleration to break hard to the football once it’s in the air.

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

Trade yield:  Bears get #18 and NYJ 3rd round pick (80th) and 7th round pick

Geno Smith badly needs a game breaking wide receiver on the outside.  The New York Jets have the picks to spare to move up, and Marqise Lee is the kind of target who can change ball games.  They make a deal with Chicago and go get him.  Lee has good height, explosive acceleration and the straight-line speed to frighten defenses.

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

Great strides were made on offense for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, which could mean they can focus their efforts on reloading a depleted and aging secondary.  Getting a great cover corner would do wonders for Dick LeBeau.  Justin Gilbert has good size and length coupled with the speed and agility to blanket receivers from snap to whistle.

#16 – Baltimore Ravens – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M

Joe Flacco wasn’t the same after Anquan Boldin left.  He clearly needs a big go-to receiver who can outmuscle defenders for the ball.  Mike Evans is still young and a bit raw but the Texas A&M star bring a strong 6’5″ frame to the table coupled with outstanding leaping ability and a knack for winning contested catches.

#17 – Dallas Cowboys – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

Corner is not a first priority on defense for the Dallas Cowboys but Darqueze Dennard is a possible top ten prospect.  They can’t pass him up.  His athleticism and confidence make him a chore for every receiver he faces and very rarely does he get beat.  He brings an edge to the game, works extremely hard and is almost never out of position.

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

It was a heady move by Phil Emery to make the trade because he had a series of great selections available for his defense.  In this case the Chicago Bears, like Dallas land a potential top ten defender.  C.J. Mosley is an agile, strong, and intelligent linebacker out of Alabama.  He reads plays as well as any defender in the 2014 draft class and has the speed to cover the entire field.

#19 – Miami Dolphins – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama

Offensive line is the end all be all for the Miami Dolphins.  Ryan Tannehill badly needs better blockers.  The team is very fortunate to see Cyrus Kouandjio still on the board.  Though still refining his pass blocking, the 20-year old is experienced against the best and also excels when paving the way for running backs.

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

Bruce Arians has to make sure Carson Palmer, who is not a runner, is protected if the Arizona Cardinals are to make noise against the NFC West.  Taylor Lewan is not the premier athlete among the top tackles but he is technically sound, powerful, nasty and finds ways to keep his quarterback protected beyond simple raw skill.

#21 – Green Bay Packers – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

Safety was once a powerhouse position for the Green Bay Packers but it seems to have fallen on hard times of late.  They graded out poorly in 2013 and could use a makeover.  Calvin Pryor is a 6’2″ monstrosity who brings an edge to the secondary.  He loves to play physical, deals some fierce hits and has improved in coverage.

#22 – Philadelphia Eagles – Vic Beasley – OLB – Clemson

The offense is largely set, so the Philadelphia Eagles can feel free to tinker with the defense.  With early run on corners done, they shift their focus to finding help with the pass rush.  Vic Beasley is a long, athletic talent out of Clemson who hides a serious degree of strength that allows him to beat a blocker with finesse or power.

#23 – Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

Alex Smith made due with the Kansas City Chiefs thanks largely to Jamaal Charles but if they want to contend in 2014 they need more options in the passing game.  A playmaking tight end would be most welcome.  Eric Ebron is a tall, athletic kid out of North Carolina boasting that basketball type of talent coupling speed and size with good hands.

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

Adding speed on the field would be helpful for the Cincinnati Bengals, especially at linebacker so as to assist in coverage.  Ryan Shazier is their guy.  His outstanding range allows him to clean up ball carriers from sideline to sideline while maintaining that threat of rushing the passer or dropping into coverage.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford

The divisional playoffs showed that the San Diego Chargers defense has improved but still need more in the pass rush department if they are to challenge the AFC elite.  Trent Murphy is not an athletic marvel but he is a beast who uses unrelenting power and physicality to reach the opposing quarterback.

#26 – Houston Texans (from CLE) – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

Again the Texans don’t take a quarterback in the first round, instead opting to bolster their offensive line with Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin.  Though a bit short and light to play on the left or right side, he nonetheless does everything right.  He’s very perceptive at picking up pressure and generates plenty of push in the run game.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

It wasn’t an acute problem during the season but it did happen to show up at bad times.  The New Orleans Saints had trouble getting production from their wide receivers when facing decent defenses, which really became clear when they couldn’t get Jimmy Graham going.  Putting another playmaker on the outside would be a huge boost for Drew Brees.  Kelvin Benjamin is deceptively quick and athletic despite being a 6’5″ monster out Florida State.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

Cam Newton found ways to make plays in the passing game throughout 2013 but it was clear that his receiving corps lacking the ability to make impact plays when they needed to.  Steve Smith can’t carry the load anymore.  They need help.  Allen Robinson is a big target at 6’3″ with great explosion and body control to go up and get the ball.

#29 – New England Patriots – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

Rob Gronkowski has a very clouded future with the New England Patriots, leaving their tight end position in a precarious spot.  Jace Amaro would alleviate a ton of their problems.  He is a tall target at 6’6″ with a big body and good speed to get himself open regardless of coverage.  His soft hands allow him to make the catch with relative ease.

#30 – San Francisco 49ers – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU

Jim Harbaugh loves versatile players and could really use more speed in his wide receiving corps.  Odell Beckham Jr. is not only a quick and fast pass target out of LSU, he is also a dangerous presence in the return game.  He is particularly dangerous when throw short area passes that give him a chance to run.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

The pass rush remains a problem for the Denver Broncos and they can’t stop trying to fix it until it is.  Getting some pressure from the interior would be a huge help.  Ra’Shede Hageman is a tad raw coming out of Minnesota but he is a freak of nature physically.  If his can be developed properly the Broncos might have the interior answer to Von Miller.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington

Percy Harvin can’t buy a break and Sidney Rice is not guarantee either.  The Seattle Seahawks need to give Russell Wilson more options in the passing game.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins would provide that at tight end.  Best of all, he’s not just an athletic big man who can get open for passes.  He also rates very high as a blocker.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    stop dope guy

    • Erik Lambert

      Speak clearer, juanito

      • Gary Stewart

        if the rams could get out of the first round with matthews and dix even at 2 and 13as is often mocked , that would be a success, but to now have the atl 2nd the tenn 2nd and atl 2nd in 2015 while maintainig their own 2nd would almost automatically give the rams the best draft in the league. and they would still have an extra 2nd for 2015 i for one would be pumped. i mean matthews dix and 3 2nd rounders to go!! we could in a deep class take 2 corners and maybe sneak in a falling olb what a haul. or one of the 3 guards yankey just jumped into the draft.

        • Erik Lambert

          Definitely went your way in this mock.

          • Gary Stewart

            oh and the extra 5th could wind up as a surprise see zac stacy

  • Letterman007

    There is no bleeding way they would make that trade!!! Two firsts and a second, get real!! They be run out of town!!!

    • Erik Lambert

      So you wouldn’t take an extra first and second round pick to move down just three spots and still take one of the best prospects in the entire 2014 NFL draft?

      • Letterman007

        NO, I’m a Browns fan and wouldn’t make that trade under any circumstances !! That would be the dumbest move Banner or Lombardi could make ! Bridgewater isn’t nearly worth two ones and a two!!

        • Erik Lambert

          Do you have that much confidence that Johnny Manziel or Derek Carr would be on the same level Bridgewater is if you took either of them at four?

          • Letterman007

            We have over spent for way too many QB’s already ! Let’s just say I don’t have the confidence that Bridgewater is all that much better than the other two! For all we know, at 4 Manziel could be gone and it could be Bortles and Carr left to choose from?? Or Houston could take Manziel and the Jag’s could go Bortles and Bridgewater would still be there!!

          • Erik Lambert

            I don’t see that happening. Somebody is taking Bridgewater at #1 or #2 depending on what happens with Jadeveon Clowney. Everybody claims they’re not all that impressed with what he can do but I’ve watched some of his games. I think the thing that sticks with people is he’s not flashy like Manziel or Carr. He doesn’t operate with flair. He’s focused more on efficiency. In that light many might see him as very good but not great. However, based on what I see the guy has that rare ability to elevate his game as the need arises.

          • Letterman007

            He didn’t elevate it enough to beat UCF and Bortles! Does that mean Bortles is better, no I don’t think so. From what I’ve seen they each have their good and bad points! A lot will depend on the system they go to and We don’t know what that will be in Cleveland as the Browns have no head coach as of yet!!!

          • Erik Lambert

            Actually he did but his defense just couldn’t stop Bortles. Bridgewater has far more good points than bad, and even the bad ones are nitpicking.

          • Letterman007

            I hate to bring this up, because you will have excuses for it, but the league he was in was not the best competition!! Sure they beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl last year, but what kind of year did Florida have this year? They were an abaration ! Lets see , there was UCF who they lost to and Rutgers and Cincinnati and who else? He’s a good quarterback, just not good enough to blow two firsts and a second on. His name is not Luck!!

          • Erik Lambert

            Everything depends on the eye of the beholder, I guess. Some will see what he is and others what he can be. The question is what the new Cleveland coach will think.

          • Letterman007

            Certain players work better in certain systems. You take a QB and put him in a system that he has trouble with and the end results are not good !! It depends on the two meshing. But there is no QB in this draft worth two firsts and a second !!!

          • Erik Lambert

            That is your opinion. It is not fact. Each team might have a different view on Bridgewater. Did most agree Brady was worth a sixth round pick in 2000? Yeah. Would they have given up two firsts and second for him if they knew what he would become? Absolutely. It all is based on what the team feels the player can do for them.

          • Letterman007

            Here is a fact, the Brady thing you bring up, is 20-20 hind sight! Do you think the Chargers would have wasted a first round pick on Ryan Leaf? Bryan Sipe was a late round pick!! The point is you don’t know, I’m not willing to possibly waste two firsts and a second on a hope. You may be willing, but you could end up with Leaf or Weeden or any other bust and be out three picks!! It’s a crap shoot, so I’ll stay at four!!

          • Erik Lambert

            Leaf was taken second, if you recall. The argument here is going after the first overall pick, which would’ve been Peyton Manning.

          • Letterman007

            You are saying Bridgewater and Manning are comparable!! You are drinking too much kool aid!!They aren’t close! He couldn’t carry Manning’s shoes !! There are no quarterbacks in this draft worth two firsts and a second!!! I don’t care who you name in the draft!! This team has to many holes to fill to make a stupid trade like that!!!

          • Letterman007

            Did you see Mel Kipers mock draft # 1 , Bridgewater isn’t in the top ten !!! He has the Browns taking Bortles, with TB still on the board? I’m not a Kiper fan and he is rarely dead on, but not in the top ten !!

          • Erik Lambert

            I’m sorry, Letterman, but do you have a personal vendetta out against Bridgewater? I understand people aren’t high on him right now, but there is a long process ahead before his stock is in place. I’ve seen the tape and believe Bridgewater is legit. You disagree. That’s fine. Yes, I saw Kiper’s draft. I know he’s widely respected but this is the same guy that called Ryan Leaf more mature than Drew Bledsoe. He’s been wrong before.

            Is two ones and two a bit much? That remains unclear. It was merely a state that it might take somewhere in that ballpark for Cleveland to snag the #1 pick for their quarterback.

          • Letterman007

            I have nothing against Bridgewater and will root for him if he becomes a Brown! But there is NO ONE in this draft that is worth two ones and a two. I’d be hard pressed to give up a one #26 and our two for that first choice!!

          • Don Andrew Halvorson

            You’re completely wrong on giving up two first and a second. The Bears thought they were getting a franchise QB for two 1s and a 3, but the scheme and weak drafting sank Cutler for years. Brady wouldn’t have saved the Browns, and neither will throwing all their picks away to make Houston a dynasty.

      • Gary Stewart

        erik in the 2010 nfl draft the rams had the first pick, which was under the old collective bargaining agreement. i just was told by another blogger the rams should have traded out of the pick (for a bunch of picks ) which at the time guaranteed the #1 over 50+ million and i believe bradford signed like an 80 million dollar contract. i tried to explain there were no takers at that time as there was no concensus #1 worth that type of money that year, my hindsight is 20-20 but had the rams failed to turn in a card in the alloted time the lions would have gone on the clock pushing the rams back to #2. after the lions picked the rams could have again failed to turn in a card in the alloted time and been relegated to the 3rd pick and so on. my point is maybe the rams should have let their pick get pushed down til it would not have been such an expensive pick or just said we forfeit our 1st pick saving 80 million and the pain of 5 years in cap hell.

        • Erik Lambert

          Interesting idea but such a maneuver would’ve destroyed their draft reputation. Letting the time run out is something teams just don’t do. Unspoken rule. It would’ve saved money for sure, but if their sole purpose was to get out of that pick, than they should’ve taken the best offer available.

          • Gary Stewart

            maybe not burn up the clock then just keep saying we pass until they get to a lower pick… what im saying erik is based on the position in the draft there were minimum salaries involved if im not mistaken like 50 mil for #1 45 mil for #2 etc and i suppose the rams could have lowballed bradford and made him a take it or leave it offer at the minimum which i believe would have still guaranteed sam like 50 million im gonna look for a clarification on the structure of the salary requirements in the 2010

            draft process

  • Dyce

    If Raiders select a QB it will be yet another huge setback.

    • Erik Lambert

      They don’t have one as it is. If not now, then when?

  • Johnny

    OT Jake Mathews at 11.??? Don’t think so… If that’s the case, Miami better offer more to trade up to 11… Mathews is probably the only franchise LT in this draft..

    • Erik Lambert

      I was surprised too, but that’s how the board fell in this mock.

      • Gary Stewart

        what would you have miami trade to get the 11th pick if matthews was still on the board ??

    • Gary Stewart

      not all that likely for matthews to fall to #11, but if the trades worked like they did in the mock the rams would still have a chance at either greg robinson matthews, kuondjo or lewan and still wind up with atlanta;s 2nd in 2014 and 2015 and the titans 2nd as well.not to mention they would still have their own thats 5 picks in the top 50. and an extra 2nd next year either way the rams win big sorry the rams win BIG!!

  • Thompson Way

    I like what you did here. I feel much better about taking C.J. Mosley at 18, than I would if we took him at 14. For days now I have been raking my brain around numbering the top 10, top 32 and so on. I am no where ready to start adding in the complexities of teams trading up and down the draft.

    • Erik Lambert

      It’s something interesting to contemplate. Not many mock drafters do it, so I decided to. The way I see it the Bears have the Steelers, Ravens, and Cowboys between them and the 18th pick. Neither of those teams have pressing needs at linebacker, Pittsburgh needs a corner. Dallas needs a defensive tackle or end and Baltimore is focused on the offense. That means the Bears would have a shot at Mosley, Dennard, Gilbert or Hageman by dealing with the Jets. Either way they get a player who can help them. Turns out it was Mosley.

  • Ricky Bobby

    No to Manziel, enjoyed watching him in college but he is a smaller version of TP. Plus DA DOESNT LIKE ATHLETIC DUAL THREAT QB’s seeing that he detests TP.

  • Paul Newbold

    I still say the Jets go with a TE at 18. There is no way they let that many picks go to get a WR, not even for an elite WR! If Ebron is on the board they grab him. ALL the Jets TE’s are free agent eligible. Ebron is an offensive weapon who can help Smith develop. This draft is deep at WR and value is being predicted through the third round. I see the Jets going TE in the first, WR in the second, OLB in the third and maybe revisiting WR with the other third rounder. The Jets receiving corp needs lots of help and one player, even of Lee’s caliber isn’t going to fix it!!

    • Erik Lambert

      It’s two picks, Paul. They have two third rounders and the other is a seventh. That’s a small price to pay for an elite receiver. They can find quality at tight end in the second round too.

      • Paul Newbold

        Maybe. It makes sense in the reverse order as well. As a Jet fan I’ve been screaming for a top TE for years (No Keller wasn’t it). This kid has the skills, the speed and athleticism to cause chaos in the middle of the field. The highlight reels are impressive. It’ll be interesting to see how Idzik and Company handle this draft.

        • Erik Lambert

          I understand the love for tight ends, but after watching the playoffs I’m convinced it’s much easier for defenses to control that position than it is a speedy, savvy wide receiver like Lee. I mean look at how ineffective Jimmy Graham was in Seattle or Vernon Davis in Carolina (yes, I’m aware he caught a touchdown but it was his only catch of the day and it was for one yard). Tight ends are great for third down and red zone plays, but they don’t provide as many game-shifting plays as an elite receiver does.

          • Paul Newbold

            I can buy that. But it sure would be fun watching the Pats, trying to cover OUR TE’s rather then us chasing after theirs! lol Ebron is also reportedly great out of the slot, great after the catch, and hard to bring down. He plays the position like a wide receiver! Its a long way off…it’ll be interesting to see this year’s draft!

  • Jessica

    My gut feeling says Amaro goes to Carolina!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Even with Greg Olsen already there?

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  • Sterling Archer

    there is no way Oakland takes Johnny Football. Dennis Allen wants and needs a Pocket Passer type QB for his system and if he plans on keeping his job he would not take Manziel. If your madden like trade scenario were to happen most likely 4 things would happen. Either Oakland would reach and take Derek Carr if they feel they must get a QB with this pick, 2 which is a little more likely they draft Jake Mathews or Greg Robinson as the O-Line needs a major overhaul and the FA market is not looking spectacular at this valuable commodity, or 3 they trade down, something Reggie has shown he is willing to do to stock up on picks. The only other option that I can foresee is they decide the D-Line is the most important thing and with Clowney off the Board they decide to help Houston if they do that then my guess would be they reach and take Louis Nix III in order to get the big body run stopper that they are looking for.

    • Erik Lambert

      Frankly this idea that Oakland won’t take Manziel seems to stem from the growing hatred of Terrelle Pryor. Let me put this as bluntly as I can. Johnny Football is a far better QUARTERBACK than Pryor is or will ever be. Pryor is a terrific athlete but never a great QB. Manziel has the mind for the position. He is much more accurate with his throws, has the poise to know when and where to put the ball and a sixth sense for moving outside the pocket to extend a play. Pryor can run but when he does it’s to run, not to keep a play alive. Manziel would be an enormous upgrade. However, you may be right.

      • Sterling Archer

        It is not knocking Manziel as a player, he has played very well in college and may make it to be a good Pro QB, but I do not feel that he is the type of QB that Dennis Allen would want, or I should more say Greg Olsen would want. Allen is Defensive kinda Guy Olsen is the Offensive Mind. Each of His teams Olsen has had a big pocket Passer. St Louis he had Marc Bulger 6’3″ pocket guy and played well in the system He finished the 2005 season with 14 Touchdowns, 9 Interceptions and a 94.4 passer rating after being placed on IR after 8 games. In Tampa he had Josh Johnson, who he got 3 years out of then the QB plummeted when he left also 6-3. he even made Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert look like they could be fulltime starters in Jacksonville 6’3″ and 6’4″. he has a desire to have a big pocket QB. This is where it comes from. I actually liked Pryors Mobility, but I do not think it is inline with what we need for this system. We would be more likely to take Carr or Bortles due to size and pocket passer scheme. If we take Manziel we would have to change the scheme, and I do not know if the team could follow through as needed. While he would be an upgrade at the singular positon idk if he would help the team as a whole or lead us back to square one. I would rather see us wait till the 2nd or 3rd round and take either Mettenberger from LSU, of David Fales From San Jose. Either fit the scheme and would be an upgrade (though I wonder if Fales can make the transition as he doesn’t have a stellar arm) and there is Always AJ McCarron, we could get him in the 3rd or 4th and become a game manager, which would allow us to rely on him to not lose the game and rely heavily upon the ground game. The raiders had 437 rushing attempts and only 519 pass attempts, it would be easy for the team to switch this if they fix online problems and use Rashad Jennings like they did this year.

        • Erik Lambert

          So basically I’m willing to bet you think they’ll wait until the second round and take somebody like Zach Mettenberger?

          • Sterling Archer

            I think they are hoping the Bortles falls to them. I think they have there eyes set heavily upon Bridewater, Bortles or Clowney and if they don’t get one of those three they will trade down, trying to get more picks to help fill the miserable roster. They know that the O and D lines are in need of tons of work, and this pick will be heavily based on Free Agency Pick-ups.

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  • 3kolu

    I like Stephon Tuitt, the versatility is a premium. The Vikings need to resign Everson Griffen, and with Robison having his best season to date and the development of Sharif Floyd, could make this defense elite and in a hurry. The run game would look to be vastly improved and the pass rush could be markedly improved as well even with the loss of Jared Allen. I hope the Vikes could bring back K Will, he would be bring elite depth to this perceived front line. I would put him inside at NT. The Vikes could also make the transition to the 3-4 with Tuitt where he’d be a DE. Tuitt could be the next Reggie White, he has that nuch potential.

    • Erik Lambert

      Definitely a quality pick, especially in the right hands. Much will depend on who the Vikings hire as the next coach.

      • 3kolu

        Tuitt has so much versatility, he could line up at almost any position along the D line a base 4-3 and could even play DE in a 3-4 possibly NT as well.

        • Erik Lambert

          Talent like that is rare. Question will be conditioning and durability.

  • Chris Schroeder

    I like Johnny football but I still think the Raiders end up with Javon clowning. However, they didn’t shock the hell out of me last season so who really knows what they’re thinking

    • Erik Lambert

      Indeed. It all comes down to how much the Raiders trust Pryor or McGloin to improve.

  • drewspinoso

    Cleveland has too many other holes to waste picks on expensive qb’s. By the time they are really good teddy takes off to a team that doesn’t have the word Brown in it. The ram made that huge mistake with Bradford. Build a team around a QB is stupid! At least for the rams when they had to pay him 20 million. Doesn’t get much dumber than that. Nobody likes to lose and paying any one person 20 million is going to sink/hurt your team more than help!

    • Gary Stewart

      the year the rams had that #1 pick was under the old collective bargaining agreement alot costlier time for teams and if you recall we would have been paying all that money for suh the other player vying for the #1 pick and then the rams would have had an expensive DT and no QB!!

      • drewspinoso

        You just made my argument. A team full of crap and one good rookie…is a team that is still crap! They needed to trade for more picks than waste money on one player. Hence Cleveland’s predicament.

        • Gary Stewart

          i wasnt arguing with your point drew but you missed mine the option to trade down that year for a bunch of picks while available was not practical for the other teams the rams were trapped they could not find a trade partner because unlike 2011 and up the 1st round pick then was guaranteed at minimum over 50 million and no one wanted to take that type risk, it was a make or break for 5 years when there were no sure fire andrew luck peyton mannings in that draft so they chose to pay 50+mil for bradford as opposed to giving that type money for suh either way they were going to be drafting @1 and paying over 50 mil they opted for bradford over suh. thats the only argument should they have paid suh 50 mil or bradford ? you tell me, cause they were not going to get any picks plain and simple!!!!!! of course the other option no one talks about is passing in the first round and taking no pick!! what would the fans have said if the rams said we dont want to pick in the first round while its never been done it may have turned out to be the best draft (non) choice ever.

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