Nov 2, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) is called for a roughing the passer penalty after a hit on Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau (13) at Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Colorado 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Trading Day


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 – Oakland Raiders (from HOU) – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

Trade yield:  Texans get OAK #5 pick, 2nd in ’14 and 1st in ’15

The thing to remember is the Oakland Raiders have a ton of salary cap space.  So they will be able to knock out several roster needs in free agency before the draft even begins.  That will afford Reggie McKenzie to be aggressive.  Imagine if the Raiders could pair Lamarr Houston with Jadeveon Clowney on the same defensive line.  The potential would skyrocket.

#2 – Cleveland Browns (from STL) – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

Trade yield:  Rams get CLE 2nd in ’14, 2nd in ’15

Have doubts surfaced recently about whether Teddy Bridgewater is worth a top five pick?  Yes.  Is it valid?  No.  The thing is the question marks about the Louisville quarterback are based around aspects out of his complete control like the level of competition he plays and his rather slender frame.  The fact is he has the arm, height, mechanics and brain of a starting quarterback.  So the Cleveland Browns move up to get him.

#3 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

Gus Bradley is a defensive mind and he is not willing to fix the quarterback position until his defense is ready.  Pass rush remains a key need and Anthony Barr has the athleticism and versatility to become a key cog for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  He has the frame to add weight for defensive end if required or he can fill in at the all important LEO linebacker position that Bradley brought over from Seattle.  Either way, Barr will add bite to their rush.

#4 – St. Louis Rams (from CLE) – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

It wasn’t the ridiculous haul of 2012 but the St. Louis Rams still got some quality draft selections for moving down.  At the same time they are able to fill a key need.  Greg Robinson is not the most experienced left tackle in this 2014 NFL mock draft, but he might be the most talented.  He is already a dominant run blocker and showed just how good his pass protection can get late in the college season for Auburn.

#5 – Houston Texans (from OAK) – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF

Though they gave up Clowney in the deal, the Houston Texans got some much desired draft currency and still manage to get the quarterback they need.  Blake Bortles has become a popular name among coaches and scouts.  He is not a polished product but he has not just the height but the bulk of a pro quarterback.  Arm strength is not lacking, nor is mobility.  His accuracy is good as well.  On top of that Bortles has shown clutch qualities that will certainly intrigue the Texans when they get him under center.

#6 – Atlanta Falcons – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

Getting a pass rusher is a need for the Atlanta Falcons but Jake Matthews is simply too good of a prospect for them to pass on.  The Texas A&M left tackle has loads of experience, physical pedigree, durability and the versatility to play on the left or ride side.  He brings power, balance and nimbleness to the position.  Matt Ryan has never had a true blindside anchor.  That changes here.

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

Mike Glennon appears to have the confidence of the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff, which means Lovie Smith is likely to address some issues on defense in order to get that unit straightened out.  The primary problem is the pass rush.  It wasn’t good enough in 2013.  A true disruptor at defensive end would solve so many problems.  Kony Ealy boasts the size, strength and burst off the snap required in a 4-3 alignment.  He plays with leverage and has a repertoire of moves at his disposal to beat blockers.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

Fans continue to argue that the Minnesota Vikings need defensive help more than a quarterback.  The key is they have enough cap space to solve some of those problems in free agency.  A chance to take a difference-maker like Johnny Manziel doesn’t come around often.  So they make the pick.  The Texas A&M quarterback is brash, confident, athletic and has the natural playmaking instinct.  His arm strength and height aren’t ideal but he has already found ways around those problems.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

C.J. Mosley may not be the first choice for the Buffalo Bills at linebacker with this pick but there is a very important reason they take him.  Leadership.  Mosley has all the required athleticism, speed and versatility to make plays but what separates him is the experience of commanding a defensive huddle like he did at Alabama.  The game has slowed down for him.  He’s never out of position and knows how to get teammates lined up right.  The Bills need somebody like that next to Kiko Alonso.

#10 – Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State

Jim Caldwell is an offensive guy but he may notice that a lot of the problems that continue to plague the Detroit Lions rest in the defensive secondary.  The cornerback position is a primary source of those issues.  Darius Slay was a nice addition but he needs help.  So the team goes after another cover corner and they get a really good one in Justin Gilbert.  Boasting good size and ideal athleticism, he has the burst to stick with receivers downfield while also boasting the key attribute of tracking the football in the air.

#11 – New York Jets (from TEN) – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson

Trade yield:  Titans get NYJ two 3rd round picks and 3rd in ’15

Sensing the moment, the New York Jets swing a deal with Tennessee Titans to move up.  Geno Smith desperately needs weapons and getting an elite receiver would be a boon for the team.  Sammy Watkins certainly qualifies.  At 6’1″ he has enough height to play outside but it’s his explosive and strong lower body that is the real draw.  Not only can he beat defenders deep, he has the agility and acceleration to take a short pass and turn it into a long touchdown.  The Jets need it and Watkins will provide it.

#12 – New York Giants – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo

Jon Beason solved some problems at linebacker for the New York Giants but they are still lacking at the position in terms of speed and athleticism.  Khalil Mack is an premium pickup.  Not only does he track ball carriers extremely well, it’s his ability to both rush the passer and drop into coverage that will draw the Giants to him.  His presence will make Beason that much more effective and allow the team to focus the remainder of the draft on upgrading around Eli Manning.

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

As much as they’d like to move down again the St. Louis Rams run the risk of missing out on the best safety in the draft, which is a player they need as well as want.  Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix is a tall, rangy center fielder out of Alabama.  He covers a lot of ground in a hurry, can read the quarterback and track the ball in the air.  His instincts are a big strength and he’s also not above delivering a good hit now and again.

#14 – Miami Dolphins (from CHI) – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Trade yield:  Bears get MIA 3rd and 4th round picks

Can the Titans and Ravens, both of whom need help at offensive tackle be expected to not address the position?  That is a gamble the Miami Dolphins are not willing to take.  They swing a deal with Chicago to jump up and grab Michigan standout Taylor Lewan.  While not a premier athlete, he’s got enough athleticism combined with a solid power base, balance, experience and a nasty streak to anchor the left side for Ryan Tannehill.

#15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

At some point talent must overtake agenda.  He may not be the absolute perfect fit, but Darqueze Dennard has the ability to play tough, press coverage among the best corners in the 2014 class.  He’s a tireless worker, intelligent and never out of position.  The Pittsburgh Steelers need young players like him to reload their aging secondary.  It’s good pick that can pay off immediately.

#16 – Dallas Cowboys – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt

The thing to remember about this Dallas Cowboys defense is that it works best when it gets a consistent interior pass rush from the defensive tackles.  With Jason Hatcher leaving it’s imperative the team addresses it.  In terms of physical appearance, Aaron Donald might not look the part but the Pitt defensive tackle is an absolute animal once the ball is snapped.  He beats blockers with quickness, explosion and leverage.  He’s ideal for the three-technique spot and Dallas will be glad to have him.

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

No loss was more telling for the 2013 Baltimore Ravens than wide receiver Anquan Boldin.  His size, physicality and hands were sorely missed by Joe Flacco.  The front office must look to get a receiver with similar traits to compliment Torrey Smith.  Mike Evans is still very young and not polished, but the 6’5″ receiver out of Texas A&M is already a physical load to handle for defensive backs.  He can go up and get the ball, battle for position and retains the acceleration needed to get separation.

#18 – Tennessee Titans (from NYJ) – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

Seems like the decision to move back was a good one because the Tennessee Titans still manage to get a quarterback.  Jake Locker is a officially put on notice when his team selects Derek Carr.  Questions remain about the Fresno State passer, but there is no questioning his arm.  A good week at the Senior Bowl likely restored some of his stock and the ever confident young man has the tools to succeed at the pro level.

#19 – Philadelphia Eagles (from CHI) – Dee Ford – DE – Auburn

Trade yield:  Bears get PHI 4th round pick in ’14 and 5th in ’15

Chicago again surprisingly chooses to move back.  This time they strike a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles who jump ahead of the Packers and Cardinals to seize Senior Bowl MVP Dee Ford.  Indeed the young man is shaping up as one of the best pass rushers in the 2014 NFL mock draft.  He’s explosive off the edge and can beat blockers both with speed and a deceptively powerful bull rush.

#20 – Arizona Cardinals – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

Though the Eagles robbed them of Ford, the Arizona Cardinals have a very good fall back plan to supplement their outside pass rush.  Another Senior Bowl standout in Kyle Van Noy from BYU demonstrated an excellent blend of athleticism, speed and elite level instincts that allowed him to track the ball on the ground or through the air.  He comes off the edge fast and is a problem particularly when blitzing.

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

Safety was once a cornerstone of the Green Bay Packers defense but lately it has fallen on tough times.  They must look to add somebody on the back end who can play coverage but also is willing to come downhill and play tough against the run.  Calvin Pryor demonstrated both abilities quite often for Louisville.  His 6’2″ frame is hard to miss and he has the range to cover the entire field while reserving the toughness to deliver shots to ball carriers.

#22 – Chicago Bears (from PHI) – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State

Many mock drafters have projected the Chicago Bears taking Timmy Jernigan, but that was always at #14.  In this instance not only do they still get the Florida State star defensive tackle, they’ve also hauled in four extra picks by moving down.  Jernigan is a massive but quick lineman who excels at eating up blockers and stuffing the run.  He has plenty of upside to get better rushing the passer as well, making this pick one of high quality for the Bears.

#23 – Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee – WR – USC

How profoundly fortunate Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs are.  Marqise Lee has the talent to go in the top ten but due to how the boards fell and his own injury history, the USC star fell to them.  Indeed his thin frame is not idea but once the game tape gets turned on and teams see his explosive speed, athleticism and deceptive toughness they will understand why this might become the steal of the draft.

#24 – Cincinnati Bengals – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU

Losses at cornerback hampered the Cincinnati Bengals down the stretch and with Mike Zimmer gone they can’t count on the ability to elevate discarded veterans like in seasons past.  Jason Verrett is undersized according to the primary doctrine, but he is perfect for the Bengals.  He maintains a speed and agility that allows him to play man coverage but also the instinct and explosion to cut off passing lane and take the ball away.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama

Protecting Philip Rivers was and remains top priority for the San Diego Chargers.  Getting a talent like Cyrus Kouandjio so late in the first round doesn’t happen often, if ever.  While the Alabama left tackle struggled late in the season, his sheer physical ability is impossible to deny.  Besides that, it must be remembered he is only 20-years old.  The upside is nearly limitless for him given the size, strength, long arm and nimble feet he has.

#26 – San Francisco 49ers (from CLE) – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Trade yield:  Browns get 49ers 4th and two 7th round picks

Fighting fire with fire will be the theme ahead for the San Francisco 49ers.  Their mission in 2014 will be all about toppling the Seahawks.  To do that they must find a way to match up with their big defensive backs.  Such will likely require bigger wide receivers, and Kelvin Bryant is a perfect start.  The Florida State product stands 6’5″ with a big, strong frame and sneaky quickness and speed that allows him to gain separation.

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

Another Seahawks victim were the New Orleans Saints, another team that is lacking size at the receiver position.  They mirror the 49ers by addressing it.  While not quite the physical specimen as Bryant, Penn State receiver Allen Robinson was far more productive in college.  He has a well built 6’3″ body with good hands and dynamic leaping ability that allows him to go up and get the ball, typically in the red zone.

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

Cam Newton did some amazing things for the Carolina Panthers in 2013 but it’s clear his ability to rely on Steve Smith at receiver is drawing to a close.  He needs more weapons on the outside.  Jordan Matthews won’t win any foot races but the Vanderbilt star didn’t build his game that way.  He uses a solid 6’3″ frame, eidetic understanding of route running and terrific hands to consistently find ways to get open and make the catch.  He’s sturdy, dependable and a nice target.

#29 – New England Patriots – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

This is no great surprise.  The losses of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski robbed Tom Brady and the New England Patriots of much of their offensive explosiveness.  Unfortunately it showed up at the worst time in Denver.  The team will act quickly to rectify it.  Eric Ebron is an athletic mismatch out of North Carolina.  His stats won’t tell the story but his potential in a proper offense is limitless due to his remarkable blend of size, speed and hand-eye coordination.

#30 – Cleveland Browns (from SF) – David Yankey – OG – Stanford

Having gotten some draft currency in their deal with San Francisco, the Cleveland Browns look to bolster the protection for their new quarterback.  David Yankey is overlooked at times coming out of Stanford but the guard has all the tools.  He is big, strong, physical and displayed intelligence and leadership during his time with the Cardinal.  He would make a perfect addition between Alex Mack and Joe Thomas.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – CB – Nebraska

Big cornerbacks are all the rage across the NFL thanks in large part to Richard Sherman and Aqib Talib.  The Denver Broncos recognize this trend and look to jump in by taking Stanley Jean-Baptiste out of Nebraska.  While still not quite a hot ticket on draft boards, the kid flashed loads of potential at the Senior Bowl.  He can match up with any receiver, big or fast and showed he can also take away the football.

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

Russell Wilson is not a big quarterback, so logic dictates the Seattle Seahawks do their best to get him big targets to throw to.  Tight end was a position that didn’t provide much production for the passing game, so an upgrade would be warranted.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins is right in their back yard.  He’s huge both in height and bulk, is a capable blocker and shows the speed and athletic skill to get open down the field and make plays.

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  • Bob

    Not gonna happen. The Raiders have too many needs to be trading draft picks away AGAIN.

    • Erik Lambert

      Like I said, with over $63 million in cap space they can fill a host of those needs in free agency. Clowney is a once-in-a-generation type talent. When was the last time the Raiders had somebody like him? Howie Long would be my best guess.

      • guido

        Not going to happen. The Raiders made way to many mistakes with draft picks to even entertain the idea of trading them again. The reason they have so many holes is because of these types of trades. RM won’t make the same mistake Al did

        • Bob

          More likely the Raiders trade down and get extra picks. It took Seattle three years to get the team they have now.

          • Erik Lambert

            Last I recall the Seahawks weren’t above trading for players they thought could help.

          • Bob

            They had a better starting point AND found a franchise QB. The Raiders may not have the QB of the future on the team.

          • Erik Lambert

            Yeah, a franchise QB in the THIRD ROUND. That should give them even more incentive to go get Clowney because they now know it’s not impossible to find a quality quarterback in the middle rounds.

          • Steve Batchelor

            Oh you eternal optimist Erik….Russell Wilson and Tom Brady are the anomalies not the usual every day thing….For every 2nd or 3rd day drafted QB starting in the NFL there are 100′s that aren’t… Not saying it can’t be done but it’s highly unlikely…I guess I should be the pot calling the kettle black because I believe Glennon is going to end up a top 10 QB….LOL

          • Erik Lambert

            I would say the pre-draft evaluation process has gotten much better over the years, which makes it easier for non-first rounders to have success. What I’m saying is basically what you told me before. Clowney is one of very few can’t-miss picks in this draft. They should go get him and then take a quarterback they feel has upside later.

  • allday

    I don’t see most of these happening..and it’s Kelvin BENJAMIN not Bryant.

    • Erik Lambert

      Nice catch, AD, and thanks for the insight, however mysterious it might be.

  • Gary Stewart

    for the rams if they dont get the 26th pick to go with #4 and have to take the 2nd round pick i expect they will ask for and receive the first rounder in 2015, either way i like robinson over matthews he fits the power blocker mold fisher likes haha is the logical choice at 13 cant wait to see who you have the rams selecting in the 2nd round, and IMO the raiders wont trade up or down #5 is going to get them an elite player because someone above them will take a qb in my opinion there are now 5 elites and NONE of them are a qb, clowney matthews barr watkins and robinson,

    • Erik Lambert

      Everything depends on whether the Rams can get a bidding war going for one of the quarterbacks. Based on current projections, that isn’t likely. So getting two second rounders to drop two spots and still pick up a player like Robinson is a victory. Personally, I think the Raiders will seriously remake their roster in free agency, which will allow them to be aggressive if they choose in the draft. Clowney, to me, is the best player overall and a perfect fit for their scheme. He won’t fall to #5, so if they want him, which they should, they have to move up.

      • Gary Stewart

        erik my guess is the price to trade up to #1 is going to be too high for (oaklands) blood. they are more likely to wait and see what houston does then try to deal with the rams if clowney doesn’t go #1. based on what you had us getting for the #2 if we moved down to #5 my guess is the #5 and a 3rd in 2014 and a 1st in 2015 would be reasonable. we will still get an elite at 5 because at least 1 or 2 qbs will be gone by #5. i think dropping past 6 is risky unless we dont trade down til after the first pick is made if hou goes qb we can drop to #6 and still be guaranteed one of my 5 ELITES matthews barr watkins robinson and clowney

    • Steve Batchelor

      I only see 4 elite prospects…Clowney, Matthews,Watkins and Mack…Robinson can be but I am a little leery with only one year to go on. While with Barr, yes he is an elite physical talent but with only two years as a LB/DE at UCLA where do you slot him…If he gains weight and plays DE I can see him succeeding in the NFL but to say he will be an instant success at LB in the NFL is not even close unless he goes to a 3/4 and is only slotted to attack the backfield because I can’t really see him playing in coverage immediately…I like Barr, he just seems like a risk to me and not a sure thing.

      • Gary Stewart

        i think that mack and barr are very similar what they are calling hybrids while mack is a bit heavier barr is a bit quicker and has just 2 years but against the likes of oregon and stanford etc so instead of subtracting barr i will add mack and while robinson may not in your eyes be elite (and i suppose thats fair) his run blocking skill set makes him an elite for a team like the rams and their system. sound fair??

        • Steve Batchelor

          Sounds fair on Robinson…Combine should tell the story. I like Barr also, it’s just that he doesn’t have much time in as a defensive player. His athleticism worked for him at UCLA but it isn’t going to fly in the NFL because everyone is a great athlete. Mack has played the position for longer and knows the ins and outs of the position…I’m just not sure Barr is far along enough to be anything more than a pass rusher at this point. We’ll see what they think about them at the combine.

          • Gary Stewart

            his 2 years (barr) were explosive and his knowledge of the offensive side of the ball makes his play on the defense better my guess is the right team will love having barr we shall see!!

  • Andrew Matlack

    Would’ve shocked if browns traded that late first round for a fourth and seventh round picks. I call BS! They could use that same receiver or a o lineman more than extra picks late in the draft.

    • Erik Lambert

      This wide receiver class is deep Andrew. They can easily address that position in the second round or with one of the two third rounders they have. Getting extra picks in a deep draft class like this one is always good policy. Besides they took an o-lineman after trading down.

  • Jesus Mendoza

    Raiders are not trading up..

  • Josh Hart

    Love this for the Browns!

    • Erik Lambert

      Apparently others disagree.

  • Paul Newbold

    If you’re right on even half of these trade scenarios….it will be a wild first day!!

  • Glenn

    Amazing. Where do these guys get these ideas? Raiders covet draft picks and while I would love to get Clowney, I think that whoever is the best available at 5 will be who Reg picks. No way do I see us trading up to #1.

  • Josh Brendlinger

    i would take benjamin in carolina before mathews

    • Steve Batchelor

      Why? Matthews reminds me or Keenan Allen the Chargers rookie. Matthews produced for 3 years in the SEC while Benjamin only produced for 1 year in the ACC. Matthews holds most of the SEC records with…what’s that QB’s name again?

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  • Jaime Olguin

    And for sure the raiders are not going to give up future pick, he may of done it once already for Flynn but he won’t
    Do it again, if anything from what I’ve seen Reggie do is trade picks to aqurier more , and when this is all said and done, the Raiders will walk away from the 2014 draft with three or four more extra picks. Go Raiders!!!!

    • Steve Batchelor

      Here’s the thing…There are only 4 can’t miss prospects that I can see…Out of those 4 Clowney is the best by far…With what Erik stated about the Raiders and FA I think trading up and getting Clowney would be a watershed for the Raiders. He would make the defense instantly respectable plus I can see Raider nation now going bonkers over the selection. Hear is the thing I don’t like about it…Getting Clowney is great but with the QB position such a question mark and if the Raiders flounder again they will be screwed next year when there are going to be quite a few franchise QB’s available.

  • Sinclair Phos

    You have Chicago moving back that far? Not this year sweetie. The Bears have a defense to rebuild, they need to be smart in FA and get as many immediate impact players as possible in the draft. They can’t do that by trading out of the first couple of rounds

    • Erik Lambert

      You’re absolutely right, Sinclair, but contrary to what everyone might believe it’s going to take more picks than what the Bears have to rebuild that defense. Not only is their starting lineup a mess, they also have depth concerns in a lot of areas. They can’t possibly fix them all with the limited cap space they have and even if they used all seven of their draft picks. They need more bodies, and that requires more picks. In this mock draft they get a third and two fourth rounders and a bonus fifth for next year. Then they select a guy whom most experts have them picking at #14 anyway. Jernigan IS an impact player. He commands double teams, stuffs the run and has the quickness to shoot gaps to create pressure on the quarterback.

    • Steve Batchelor

      I agree with Erik…Any time you can get additional picks in the draft, especially in a draft as deep as this one you are ahead of the game. With the FA’s they have…most of them being long in the tooth it behoove Emery to stockpile as many picks as he can…Lets say he gets 10 or 11 picks while trading down versus the 7 he started with…He might get one or 2 impact players with the 7 but will have a younger team and might get lucky to find the hidden gem or two plus an impact player or two also.

  • Steve Batchelor

    Erik…I understand your pick of Ealy for the Bucs at 7 but I disagree for a few reasons:
    1.The Bucs are so thin at WR I bet you can’t name more than 3 and out of those 3 only 2 are viable starters.
    2. The defense will get fixed via FA…Jared Allen and Peanut Tillman have major ties to Lovie and Leslie and would fit perfectly in Tampa so the Bucs need to make that happen.
    3.Jeff Tedford the OC has already stated that the Bucs need an infusion of speed on offense.
    4. For Glennon to make the offense an equal partner with the defense Lovie has to get more reliable weapons and I believe he will because he has had a whole year to see the errors of his way in Chicago, where he seemed to think that the defense can carry a team regardless of what the offense does.
    5 So in conclusion I see the Bucs taking Sammy Watkins at 7 and hope and pray that Amaro is there for them in the 2nd. The rest of the draft can be BPA though I believe the Watkins and Amaro picks would also be BPA.

    • Erik Lambert

      Finally somebody who makes a calm, valid argument. Thank you for the comment, Steve. You make some very good points. My only small counterpoint would be that Allen and Tillman are well into their 30s. They would be temporary fixes at best and Tampa may not have a better opportunity to get a proven pass rusher. Not to mention Lovie has final say on personnel decisions. When was the last time his teams took a wide receiver in the first round? Maybe Tedford can change his mind, but I’m not sure.

      • Steve Batchelor

        Thanks for the reply Erik…While I see what you are saying you are misinformed…Allen will only be 31 in April and Tillman is 33 this month. I think Allen has at least 3 good years left in him and Tillman playing across from Revis would be something to see with the way he takes away the ball and with the opportunities he would see would be outrageous.

        The thing I am trying to say is that the defense is Lovie’s bread and butter and with what he has to work with especially with Leslie there too that they can be a top 5 defense with the additions I mentioned. Whereas the offense will not progress without better options. With the way things went in Chicago…The offense always lagging behind the defense and the defense always having to bail out the offense I think it’s pretty telling that Lovie spent quite a bit of time in the off season getting together with Tedford and figuring what to do about getting the offense to operate at an optimal level.

        For those reasons I see the Bucs doing what I have stated…Going into the draft and getting some elite offensive talent…It’s the only way I see them getting to the playoffs next year.

        • Erik Lambert

          Allen might have those years left but let’s look at this from another way. He had 11.5 sacks in 2013. Eight of them came at home inside that dome. Now you’re asking him to come to city where he would play eight games out of the year on a grass field with a less-than-stellar crowd noise behind him. Maybe if he were a few years younger I’d say it’s a more than adequate signing but under the circumstances I’m not opposed to the deal but I feel it wouldn’t be enough to solve their pass rush problems. Tillman can still create plays but his injury issues were a little concerning. Unless you can get him on a one-year deal I’d say it would be better going after a younger options. That being said they could still go offense early, but what I’m saying is adding a young pass rusher is equally important to their future success.

      • Steve Batchelor

        One other thing…There are no proven talents in the draft except maybe Clowney, Matthews, Watkins,and Mack and until they play a down they are all suspect to me…All the others have quite a long way to go to prove to me that they are first stringers in the NFL…I like Ealy as a prospect but he is not a can’t miss prospect and as such doesn’t deserve to be picked 7th.

        • Erik Lambert

          The scouting combine might change that. He’s definitely an impressive athlete for his size.

  • Steve Batchelor

    One other thing…While I don’t believe everything I read, there have been rumors that Mike Williams doesn’t have his priorities straight when is comes to the Bucs. While this may be all hogwash is is a little disconcerting seeing as how there were questions about him when he was drafted. Which is why he lasted until the 4th round…Which would make drafting Sammy Watkins even more imperative.

  • steve

    Like your pick for Bengals.CB is biggest need.