2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Latest Trade Speculations

Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A

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 – Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

They will entertain the idea of trading down but at the end of the day the Houston Texans can’t put an opportunity to pair a talent like Jadeveon Clowney with J.J. Watt at risk.  This tandem could become the most feared in the league for the next five to ten years.

#2 – Cleveland Browns (from STL) – Johnny Manziel

Trade yield:  Rams get CLE 2nd and 3rd round picks in ’14 and 3rd in ’15

They made it quite clear earlier in the week.  The Cleveland Browns are willing to move up for Johnny Manziel.  St. Louis is look to move down, so the two work out a deal and the Browns jump ahead of Jacksonville to get the Texas A&M star.  His personality and physical potential should be a welcome boost to the fledgling franchise.

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

Blaine Gabbert is not a starting quarterback.  Repeat.  Blaine Gabbert is not a starting quarterback.  The Jacksonville Jaguars better have this pasted on their office building somewhere.  They need a quarterback in the worst way.  Blake Bortles, from a physical standpoint is probably the most built for the pros.  Never mind is coolness under pressure.

#4 – Atlanta Falcons (from STL) – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

Trade yield:  Rams get ATL 3rd round pick

Pass rush was a serious problem for the Atlanta Falcons throughout 2013.  They have to find a way to give it a boost.  So they move up to the #4 spot to snare outside linebacker Anthony Barr.  While not a defensive end by trade, the UCLA star is the kind of talent that can transcend schemes.  He lives in the opposing backfield and finds the football wherever it goes.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo

He doesn’t solve any one position for the Oakland Raiders, but Khalil Mack is the kind of versatile talent that Dennis Allen could do so much with.  The Buffalo linebacker can help their pass rush, fly sideline to sideline to stop the run or drop back into coverage and make quarterbacks pay for not accounting for him.

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

Yes, it’s been well documented Jeff Fisher doesn’t take offensive linemen in the first round.  For the record that must change.  With the defenses the St. Louis Rams will face in the NFC West, they need a big, physical and athletic talent at tackle like Jake Matthews.  He can do everything required of the position and start day one.

#7 – Tennessee Titans (from TB) – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

Trade yield:  Bucs get TEN 3rd and 5th round picks

Here’s one thing to remeber.  For his three-year college career at Louisville, Teddy Bridgewater threw 72 touchdowns (and ran for six more) to just 24 interceptions, and went 30-8 including back-to-back bowl victories.  The kid has the arm, accuracy, poise and mechanics of a pro passer.  That is why the Tennessee Titans jump ahead of Minnesota to get him.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

He may be the fourth quarterback available but there is enough to the game of Derek Carr to warrant being taken 8th overall by the Minnesota Vikings.  He has the ideal height, a great arm and has shown the composure to run a dynamic offense.  What he must learn is how to handle a pro-style attack and deal with the reality of more frequent pressure.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

This pick might be a slight surprise but it makes sense.  The Buffalo Bills need an upgrade at the tight end position.  Eric Ebron has impressed scouts more and more, drawing comparisons to Vernon Davis.  He’s big, athletic, fast and has the leaping ability and soft hands to consistency make tough catches.

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

Jim Caldwell vowed to get Matthew Stafford straightened out.  At the same time he must consider bringing help for Calvin Johnson too.  The Detroit Lions need a secondary wide receiver, and they can’t do better than Sammy Watkins.  In addition to having breakaway speed, his size (6’1″) and deceptive strength make him a threat to score with each catch he makes.

#11 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from TEN) – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

Lovie Smith built his greatest defenses in Chicago around two superstar linebackers.  He already has one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Lavonte David.  What he needs now is a man in the middle with range and good intelligence and instincts.  Those are all things C.J. Mosley showcased on every play for Alabama.

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

There is no question problems for the New York Giants started on offense in 2013 and the source was breakdowns on the offensive line.  They simply need more talent up front.  While guard is more of need, Greg Robinson is way too good of a talent at tackle to pass up.  Adding him would allow the Giants to shift others around and improve overall depth.

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

Adding a playmaker at safety has been a task for the St. Louis Rams dating back to last year.  They finally sit in good position to solve that problem and do so by taking Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix.  Big, athletic and boasting good speed and instincts he can cover a lot of ground and should become a ball hawk behind that stout Rams pass rush.

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

Trade yield:  Bears get NYJ 3rd round pick

Looking at things realistically, the 2014 NFL draft class is deep at receiver but there are only two legitimate “elite” receivers.  Watkins was one and Marqise Lee of USC is the other.  His speed, advanced route running knowledge, agility and deceptive strength make him a defensive nightmare.  That is why the New York Jets move up to get him.

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

The secondary is old and depleted in terms of overall talent.  The Pittsburgh Steelers have managed until recently to avoid taking corners early in the draft.  They can’t afford that luxury anymore.  Justin Gilbert is a big, long cover man out of Oklahoma State with the speed and athleticism to mirror receivers downfield while also playing the football.

#16 – Dallas Cowboys – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

Timmy Jernigan is the more proven prospect but the Dallas Cowboys will soon find that Ra’Shede Hageman has the bigger upside.  His physical dimensions rate a ten on the athletic scale.  He is big, quick and has the lower body drive to push offensive linemen into the backfield.  All he needs is more polish in his technique and some extra mojo.

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

Anquan Boldin was sorely missed by the Baltimore Ravens.  They have a serious need for that big, strong receiver who can make the tough catches.  Mike Evans is still very young but already is a 6’5″ monster.  He has enough speed and acceleration to gain separation but makes his money with body control and explosive leaping ability.

#18 – Chicago Bears (from NYJ) – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

Things really didn’t start to fall apart for the Chicago Bears until they began suffering losses up front on defense.  They must rebuild that area first.  Kony Ealy is a great player to start with.  He boasts enough size to hold up against the run but brings great speed and athleticism off the edge.  With Julius Peppers turning 34, this is a necessary pick.

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

Not protecting Ryan Tannehill was why the Miami Dolphins missed the playoffs.  That must change if their situation is to change.  It must start on the left side, preferably at tackle.  Cyrus Kouandjio has as much upside as any prospect in the draft.  He’s huge, with long arms and great power and enough athleticism to handle pass rushers once his mechanics are refined.

#20 – Philadelphia Eagles (from ARI) – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

Trade yield:  Cardinals get 4th round pick

Never shy about being aggressive, the Philadelphia Eagles jump ahead of the safety-needy Packers to seize Calvin Pryor out of Louisville.  A gaudy 6’2″, he has great length and range and has proven himself a tone setter who doesn’t fear delivering big hits.  His progress is coverage over the 2013 season is why his stock has been on the rise.

#21 – Green Bay Packers – Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

The defense may be in store for some serious changes in 2014 for the Green Bay Packers as a number of their players are free agents.  One thing they can’t afford to let slip is the pass rush.  That is why they give Clay Matthews some help with Stephon Tuitt.  He can play traditional 3-4 defensive end but has the quickness and speed to move all over the place to create havoc.

#22 – Arizona Cardinals (from PHI) – Darqueze Dennard – CB – MSU

Adding an outside pass rusher would be ideal but the Arizona Cardinals get something just as good:  a wingman for Patrick Peterson.  While not as great an athlete, Darqueze Dennard possesses enough physical traits coupled with an elite mind and work ethic to shut down almost any receiver he faces.

#23 – Kansas City Chiefs – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Alex Smith took some big steps forward for the Kansas City Chiefs but the team still needs to give him more weapons.  A big receiver could really open some things up for him.  Kelvin Benjamin has that rare 6’5″ frame and explosive jumping ability that allows him to go get the football in the air.  He’s also deceptively fast for his size.

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

Adding athleticism and speed to the linebackers is a priority for the Cincinnati Bengals in order to help their pass defense.  Ohio State star Ryan Shazier is right up their alley.  His speed and tackling ability are both top notch and he has great instincts that allow him to find the football quickly, on the ground or in the air.

#25 – San Francisco 49ers (from SD) – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

Trade yield:  Bolts get SF 4th, 5th and 7th round picks

If the NFC championship proved anything, it’s that the size of the Seattle defensive backs are a clear problem for the San Francisco 49ers.  They need to get bigger at receiver.  So using their large inventory, they swing a deal with San Diego to move up and swipe Penn State standout Allen Robinson.  Not only boasting a 6’3″ frame, his powerful lower body grants him quietly good acceleration and an ability to catch the ball at the high point.

#26 – Cleveland Browns (from IND) – Cyril Richardson – OG – Baylor

If the Browns don’t want to find out if Bridgewater can take a hit, their best course of action is to protect him.  Guard is a position in need of upgrading and they get a big one here.  Cyril Richardson is massive, strong and surprisingly nimble which allows him to get after it in the run game and then stonewall pass rushers.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Terron Armstead looked like he was fitting in nicely at left tackle, so why take Taylor Lewan?  He’s a high value pickup first and foremost.  Secondly, his technical savvy, nastiness and strength would make an ideal fit at right tackle.  That would give Drew Brees a potentially dominant offensive front moving forward.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt

Cam Newton did what he could in the playoffs but it was clear the Carolina Panthers need more out of their wide receivers.  So they start adding some help by taking Vanderbilt product Jordan Matthews.  Though not a great athlete, he is a masterful technician with a 6’3″ body and the hands to make easy or tough catches consistently.

#29 – New England Patriots – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington

Lacking production from the tight end position really handcuffed the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.  Rob Gronkowski is an unknown quantity with the injuries, so the team goes after some insurance in Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  A huge, athletic man he can get out in space to make the catch or stand in line and block.

#30 – San Diego Chargers (from SF) – David Yankey – OG – Stanford

Having collected some extra picks, the San Diego Chargers go after some needed depth up front on their offensive line.  The guard position could use an upgrade and they get a good one in David Yankey.  A leader up front for a stout Stanford offensive line, he is strong, athletic and rarely has breakdowns in his technique.

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

The injuries up front have really given the Denver Broncos problems at times in 2013.  Shaun Phillips has kept things afloat following the injury to Von Miller but they need more pass rush off the edge.  Trent Murphy led the nation in sacks.  He’s not very athletic but he’s big, strong and relentless until the whistle.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU

Percy Harvin continues to struggle to stay healthy.  It’s marked his entire career.  The Seattle Seahawks can’t afford to trust things will be different in 2014.  So they go get Russell Wilson more help.  Odell Beckham Jr. is an agile pass target out of LSU who also doubles as a quality return man.  His skill set is very similar to Harvin.

To see the second round of the 2014 NFL mock draft, click here.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Shaking things up a bit this time around. Interesting mock, thanks.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thank you for reading, Paul.

  • Nathan Kearns

    …you lost me when you wrote the St. Louis Rams would give up their No.2 overall pick for a handful of 3rd rounders and a 2nd rounder in this year’s draft. While it may be around the “expected value,” it is significantly below the realistic value that the Rams will garner from the deal.

    Right now, there are, at least, five teams in the Top 8 (not including Rams or Texans) that are expected to be interesting in one of the Top 3 QBs. Much like ’12, there will be plenty of teams vying for their shot at grabbing “their guy,” especially with the quarterback-needy Jacksonville Jaguars sitting at No.3. If the St. Louis Rams cannot muster, at least, another 1st-rounder (in ’14 for Cleveland, or ’15 for any of the other teams) than it is very much a possibility that the Rams will just stay in their spot and let the Draft play out.

    However, considering the “value” of quarterbacks and the fact that it took two additional 1st-rounders and a 2nd-rounder to move from No.6 to No.2 just two seasons ago, I would be utterly shocked if any team (aside from maybe Jacksonville) could strike a deal with their “next” 1st-rounder still in their possession…

    With that said, good mock!

    • Erik Lambert

      Thank you. Appreciate your opinion, Nathan. You also have to realize this group of quarterbacks is not on the same tier that Luck and RGIII were two years ago. Besides, if St. Louis was going to stick around at #2 it would’ve been for Clowney in my mind. With the Texans taking him, getting three day two picks to move down two spots with Cleveland is a pretty fair deal. Not to mention they get an additional 3rd from Atlanta. Basically they get three additional picks in the top 100 slots in 2014 (and another for ’15) to move down from #2 to #6 and still get a player they probably would’ve taken at their original position. Maybe you wouldn’t have done it, but I would’ve.

      • Nathan Kearns

        While no, the quarterbacks aren’t in the “same tier” as in 2012, that doesn’t mean that any one of them isn’t just as coveted by one of these organizations. Either way, no one was suggesting that the St. Louis Rams would be able to manage an RGIII-type of haul, which consisted of three 1st-rounders and a 2nd-rounder. However, Les Snead has made it clear since his move from Atlanta that he covets “future” picks, which is likely why the Rams traded with Washington (’12, ’13, and ’14 picks) in 2012 instead of Cleveland (two ’12 and one ’13 pick).

        We do agree that the St. Louis Rams do not want to be picking in the Top 3, which would likely suggest a double trade down…. or, more likely, it would mean a trade with a team like the Oakland Raiders or Minnesota Vikings. That seems much more feasible considering the return those types of “massive move” trades have yielded in the past.

        —-

        However, we won’t agree on those three picks as being adequate value, especially given the “win now” landscape of the NFL and hype that will continue to build around Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel as Draft Day draws closer. While no one can argue about the “fairness” of the deal, it isn’t necessarily about being fair, it’s about which team has the leverage; that would be St. Louis.

        I certainly would not complain about the final outcome of the two trades (that would be awesome), However, I’d hope that the St. Louis Rams front office would be savvy enough to leave themselves with the best deal/return possible.

        If you are proposing that the Cleveland Browns offer (one 2nd and two 3rds) is the best deal the Rams could find among the 5+ teams in the Top 10 looking to move up, then fine! However, I have a hard time believing that will be the case, or that they would have the foresight/gumption to presume they could trade down a second time in the Top 5…

        Just because Cleveland is buying doesn’t mean the Rams are going to be selling to them… that has certainly played out in the past. Good debate though. As you can tell, I am a little touchy when it comes to the St. Louis Rams picks. More mockers don’t take to time to assess potential trades/returns, so it is certainly appreciated.

        • Erik Lambert

          I know it may take more to move up, but the reason I held back on heavier picks is because I’m not fully aware of who the top players are going to be. The Senior Bowl and combine results are still to come. After that it should be easier. Obviously Cleveland has more ammunition to burn but for the time being I’m not seeing any one player that is sticking out as that “gotta have him” prospect. That will probably change, and when it does so will the size of the trade packages.

          • Nathan Kearns

            Fair enough. Mocking in January is a tough, tough business. :)

          • Erik Lambert

            Finally, somebody who understands my pain…

          • Gary Stewart

            erik i reminded nathan thet your initial trade is down from #2 to #4 then the 3 extra picks. in 2012 the #2 was traded for #6. and after the 1st year we got #22 it was the redskins failure in 2013 that made that trade.

            i also have to consider that trading with a team in disarray like cleveland is likely to yield a higher future pick than say an atlanta trade therefore i would want more known positions when trading with teams likely to rebound

        • Gary Stewart

          nathan remember this trade down is only 2 spots not like the 4 spots down in 2012 so its #2 for #4 and then a 2nd and 2 3s i would want the 26th in lieu of the 2nd rounder but if cleveland walks away it dilutes the rams so called leverage a bit!!

    • Gary Stewart

      to nathan and erik i read all i can from both of you and i “initially” felt that nathan was closer to right, of course i have to consider that the final analsis shows the rams adding a 2nd and 3 3rds while still getting the guy many have mocked the rams getting at #2 in matthews and still getting haha so its not a disaster, the trade down with atl should get us a 2nd rounder not a 3rd then i would be totally on board with erik. so right now im i guess in between both of you lol!!

      • Gary Stewart

        maybe the cle trade is worth more, the rams should get the other 1st and give up that 2nd in 2014. its about a 10 spot difference but would make that trade a bit more equitable based on the value of #2. but do the falcons really like barr that much better than mack? or do they think the rams and oakland take both barr and mack in front of them? even if that came to pass the falcons would then be able to take matthews to protect ryan not a bad option at all, so maybe we got more from atl and less from clev all the way around its still better than selecting at #2 and #13 and getting the same 2 guys!! and no extra picks. as they say pigs get fat hogs get slaughtered!!

        • Erik Lambert

          As I told Nathan, the true value of these trades is hard to predict because it’s still so early in the draft process. I imagine the packages will get bigger once the slate of top prospects is better established and the ideas for what each team wants is clear.

          • Gary Stewart

            this is about the fun of it all

            none of us are making these deals and when the time comes it may come down to 10 minutes to get a trade done, because at this time no one really knows what houston will do. and in 2012 indy had clearly said they were taking luck. hopefully the rams will have a contingency plan set up in advance and have the other hand on the telephone waiting for the last minute offer. if you remember 2 years ago the rams made the rg3 trade in advance of the draft and everyone said why didnt they wait but snead warned make your best offer and felt the wash deal was the best….hard to argue at this point with his logic.

          • Erik Lambert

            I’ve already heard whispers from the Senior Bowl that teams are discussing trade options with each other. Apparently several are looking to move down to try to get more picks in the second and third rounds because of the huge group of underclassmen.

  • Joshua Giovannone

    No way Pittsburgh goes Gilbert over Dennard. That would just be stupid.

    • Erik Lambert

      Several prominent draft experts would disagree with you.

      • Joshua Giovannone

        You can easily find scouts and analysts that say Dennard can be compared to Revis, Sanders and Woodson. Thorpe award winner, and most moks have him going at ten. I feel Pittsburgh would be lucky to have him drop to them.

    • Gary Stewart

      joshua, this will sound crazy but the steelers reputation may make it harder on darqueze who likes to use a hands on approach to corner which may have to change in the nfl especially on a team that has the rough tough moniker that may lead to alot of penalties. gilbert may not be the shut down corner as dennard but his gifted ball skills may be more inportant for a team that really could use a player more capable of getting the turnover. that said if they both are there at your turn either would be a serious upgrade!!

  • cameronmm

    Fun read, it’s early but these are always fun and I love seeing mocked trades as well. I would love to see the Chargers trade down and collect some extra picks.

    • Erik Lambert

      It all depends on who has good position to interest teams when they’re on the clock. Glad you enjoyed.

  • Bryant Douglass

    Interesting mock…just don’t think that Houston doesn’t take a QB. That is their biggest need.

    • Erik Lambert

      You may be right, but the question is can they still find one early in the second round? That will decide which direction they go.

      • Bryant Douglass

        I don’t think in this year’s draft you’re going to find a special and unique QB in the second round or later that could be a franchise QB. Just my opinion.

        • Nick Jensen

          There is a crazy amount of QB’s coming out this year, with many boasting very successful collegiate resumes. The other thing I would point out is that if you take a flyer on a 2nd, 3rd round QB this year and its a bust, you have to look at the front end talent coming next year as well. The Seahawks are a great example. Took a flyer on a 3rd round guy and it paid off. If russell wilson was a bust no fan is going to explode over a missed pick in the third round. Take a QB in the first and he doesn’t pan out. Well, just ask Browns/Raiders fans how that story ends. I just don’t think the difference between Bortles and McCarron is that big, not with other needs the Texans can address with that first overall pick. So the Texans take a shot at a QB in a later round, if its a bust and they end up with a top pick next year, Winston and Marriota will be waiting.

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  • Royals_Fan

    I like the Chiefs pick. Kelvin Benjamin looks like he could be a stud, which is what they need. I wish we could get Watkins though.

    • Erik Lambert

      Sadly too far back, unless of course the Chiefs are thinking really aggressively. I don’t know if they can reach Watkins, but Marqise Lee isn’t out of the question.

      • Royals_Fan

        Yeah I wouldn’t mind an aggressive move to get Watkins but I feel like they would have to give up a lot. I looked at Bemjamin’s videos and game tape and I think he could be more valuable then Lee. Especially in the red zone. A 6’5″ body to throw to is amazingly beneficial.

        • Erik Lambert

          True, but I would wager teams would want a home run threat like Lee because they are harder to find. Big-bodied receivers aren’t all that rare.

  • Nick Jensen

    Not so high on Jace Amaro??? I usually see him as the second TE off the board, something you don’t like about his game in particular??

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s just how my board fell. I believe he’s a really good player but Ebron is the sexy pick and Seferian-Jenkins is more versatile because not only can he run and catch but he’s also a really good blocker.

  • Casey Harris

    Bortles over Bridgewater? Are you kidding? What a joke…

    • Erik Lambert

      Bortles has every physical trait that Bridgewater does. He’s shown he is good under pressure and has a bigger frame that would withstand NFL level hits.

    • Gary Stewart

      hey casey… at first glance i was thinking the same thing as you, and erik hit on one aspect the size, the others are that this team while getting better will be in year 2 of what appears to be a 4 year resto plan and a big stud out of florida can hold up better as he learns the
      nuances of the nfl. and while few will admit to this its also possible the owner will pressure the management to select a player that will put butts in the seats!! IMO while teddy is better overall as a qb is he better as a true fit in the jax system. has to be a win whichever one you get because life at even .500 is far off with henne or gabbert!!

      • Casey Harris

        True, but just using the eyeball test and discounting stats alone, Teddy B just looks like a far superior “Pocket Passer,” which is what the NFL is pushing for with all the recent rule changes. The zip that Bridgewater has because of a quick release isn’t shared by Bortles. The only area aside scrambling where Bortles may achieve more success is QB Draws/Designed runs. Although as we saw in the NFC Championship, the “Pocket QB” won out.

  • Gunnar Martin

    David Yankey to San Diego after trading down? I gotta say I’m disappointed. Good thing this is only a mock. If we traded back and STILL had Van Noy left on the board, I’d be thoroughly shocked for us not to pick him. Others that I would also rather us pick over Yankey: Louis Nix, Jason Verrett, Gabe Jackson, even Kyle Fuller if his stock rises enough.

    • Erik Lambert

      Van Noy is not a good pass rusher, which is what the Chargers need on the outside. Nix is coming off knee surgery, which is dangerous living for guy his size. Verrett is 5’10″ and not ideal for a 3-4. Gabe Jackson is too inconsistent. Yankey has the size, strength and quickness but also the experience and leadership. He could start right away.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Van Noy isn’t a good pass rusher? Okay then. I won’t be reading anymore of your stuff.

        • Erik Lambert

          Have it your way, Gunner. But this is from CBS Sports: “He is a bit slow to ‘shoot his gun’ when ball carriers are running at him and relies too much on a simple bull-rush when coming off the edge.” Or how about this: “While Van Noy is an adequate pass rusher when he comes off the edge, he doesn’t really possess any pass rushing moves outside of an inside spin move when a tackle over extends and cheats to the outside. It works well, but it’s not going to work as often as it did at BYU on the NFL level. Some of his pressures and sacks come from blitzes (lined up at ILB) or stunts to the inside.”

          He only had four sacks on the season and three of them came against Georgia Tech who struggled all year throwing the ball. His strengths are in reading and recognition coupled with the speed and athleticism to fly around the field. That doesn’t mean he’s bad, but that’s not what the Chargers need.
          I had them taking Vic Beasley last time but he’s returned to school. So now I have them getting Rivers help up front in the first and then swiping Jackson Jeffcoat in the second. You can disagree with it if you want, but the way I see it they get an anchor offensive lineman, a pass rusher and three extra draft picks.

  • 3kolu

    I could see the Vikings making a play for Bridgewater in this scenario. He needs to add some bulk, but is pretty close to NFL ready other than that.

    • Erik Lambert

      They may. A lot will depend on his combine performance.

    • Gary Stewart

      for the vikes, who will be playing outdoors the next 2 years do you think that should be factored in? bortles and carr are the 2 big boy qbs but playing in calif and fla may not prepare them for outdoors in minn in december. of course teddy and johnny may struggle in the cold as well i actually have no idea which would be best for you guys but it sure is the most intriguing qb situation knowing in year 3 they move into a dome!!

      • 3kolu

        Hey Gary,playing in the cold could be a tough transition, So many things are up in the air. If the Vikings feel confident in the current QB situation or they go after a prized FA QB, they could put our franchise QB of the future on the sidelines for a couple years. We could go after a Ryan Mallet or Kirk Cousins and kill 2 birds with 1 stone. We’d land a veteran QB who could become the franchise QB with Mallet hopefully he’d benefit from learning under one of the greatest ever. I’m hoping the elements will bring back that hard-nosed, blue-collar attitude of the 70′s, so hopefully we’ll land a tough minded signal caller.

  • Oscar gonzalez

    Don’t think the Raiders pass up on Bridgewater if he’s available. Would like to see them get Watkins at 5 and garoppolo in the 2nd round

    • Erik Lambert

      Their intentions are still a little fuzzy to me. They could just as easily go quarterback or defense. They have that “wild card” look to them which really scares other teams.

  • jrcowboy49

    Great 1st round pick by the Cowboys.

  • Fredrick Boothman

    did not think titans have a third round pick this year so how do they trade it.besides i think they go lb or ot instead

  • unclejesse40

    If a QB begins to slip and falls towards the bottom of the first round, I could see the Chiefs trading out of the 1st in order to pick up some picks and get their 2nd round pick back.

  • Scott Tucker

    Houston takes Clowney #1, gets a receiver in the 2nd,trades their 4&7 to N.E. for QB Mallett. (who Obrian worked with during his time in N.E.) Takes Boyd or Fales in the 3rd as a back up plan.

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