Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) greets a young fan after defeating the Duke Blue Devils during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Texas A&M won 52-48. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-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 – Houston Texans – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF

Why Blake Bortles over Johnny Football?  Simple mathematics.  As many plays as Manziel makes, the Houston Texans must realize that Russell Wilson is the exception, not the rule.  Bortles has the arm, mobility, accuracy, body and cool head to play against the best.  He may not be as controversial or exciting, but he has the bigger upside.

#2 – Cleveland Browns (from STL) – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

Trade yield:  Rams get CLE 4th, 26th and 2nd round pick in ’15

Having draft ammunition to burn meant the Cleveland Browns were going to make a move at some point.  Seeing Johnny Manziel there for the taking they jump up two spots to get him, sending both their first round picks and a 2nd in 2015 to St. Louis.  Manziel’s personality, playmaking ability and competitiveness should help revive that franchise.

#3 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

Ownership let the cat out of the bag but it was always clear the Jacksonville Jaguars had to take a quarterback.  With Bortles and Manziel off the board, Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville is the next name up.  While his thinner-than-preferred frame and somewhat enigmatic competitiveness are under question the young man is skilled, polished and a proven winner over the past two seasons in college.

#4 – St. Louis Rams – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

Having scooped up extra picks for this and next year, the St. Louis Rams calmly make their first of three first round selections by getting Sam Bradford a much needed blocker up front.  Jake Matthews has all the tools from size and strength to technique and nastiness.  His experience at both right and left tackle will also be a big help.

#5 – Minnesota Vikings (from OAK) – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

Trade yield:  Raiders get MIN 8th pick with 2nd and 5th round picks

In need of extra picks, Oakland works a deal with the Minnesota Vikings, who fork over their 2nd and 5th rounders to jump up and grab Jadeveon Clowney.  The South Carolina pass rusher is considered the most talented overall player in the 2014 class and might prove a bargain buy for the Vikings.

#6 – Atlanta Falcons – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo

Forget just a pass rusher.  The Atlanta Falcons need a defensive playmaker period.  Luckily Khalil Mack can solve a ton of their problems.  His good size and outstanding athleticism allows him to be all over the field making tackles, intercepting passes and sacking the quarterback.

#7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson

Jeff Tedford said the first and foremost thing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need on offense is speed.  While a pass rusher would be nice, Lovie Smith must go against his initial urge to get one and wisely scoop up Sammy Watkins.  The Clemson receiver is a game breaker with the speed, athleticism and toughness to turn every pass into a touchdown.

#8 – Oakland Raiders (from MIN) – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

With two extra picks in his back pocket, Reggie McKenzie still manages to land a high quality pass rusher.  Anthony Barr may have dimmed a little in the eyes of scouts lately, but the UCLA outside linebacker is still one of the best defensive prospects in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  He can get after the quarterback and has a knack for producing big plays.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

Is Cordy Glenn the guy at left tackle?  He seems to have it nailed down but the Buffalo Bills still require help up front.  Greg Robinson is a physical beast out of Auburn with the size, length, power and balance the best tackles possess.  He could fill in quite well across from Glenn or simply replace him outright.  He’s that talented.

#10 – Detroit Lions – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

With Watkins off the board the Detroit Lions have to shift their focus to bolstering their secondary.  In need of help at corner they go with highly decorated Michigan State standout Darqueze Dennard.  While not a physical specimen, the Spartan could be the smartest and most dedicated of the 2014 class.  Combine that with good length and athletic skill and it’s no wonder he shut down almost every receiver he faced.

#11 – Tennessee Titans – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

This is a very tough call for the Tennessee Titans.  In the end the need to add some athleticism and playmaking to their defense overrides everything else.  C.J. Mosley is too good of a prospect out of Alabama.  Like Mack he can do almost anything on the field whether it’s tackle, play coverage or blitz.  In addition he’s an excellent leader on the field.

#12 – New York Giants – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Problems really began to surface when the offensive line broke down for the New York Giants.  Until they fix it Eli Manning won’t be able to get them back in the title picture.  Taylor Lewan is their kind of player:  big, physical, nasty and well versed in his jobs as a blocker.  He will help open running lanes and hold up well in pass protection.

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

To topple the Seahawks, St. Louis knows they’ll have to beat them at their own game.  That means building the best defense possible.  One area they still lack a playmaker at is safety.  Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix is still not a finished product but he’s already standing out for his ability in coverage, reading the quarterback and making fast breaks on the football.

#14 – New York Jets – Marqise Lee – WR – USC

Trade yield:  Bears get NYJ 3rd round (80th) and 7th round picks

Why trade up for Marqise Lee is what many New York Jets fans will ask.  Yes, it’s true they could hang back for a tight end, but a tight end cannot do what Lee can.  That is score every time he touches the football.  The sheer speed, agility and route running skills the USC star has makes him a home run threat even more dangerous than Tavon Austin.

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

Age, injuries and free agency have done their work on the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary.  They need an infusion of youth in that unit and Justin Gilbert is a great option to start with.  The Oklahoma State corner is supremely athletic, able to stick with receivers on every play and shows a keen instinct for playing the ball and taking it away.

#16 – San Francisco 49ers (from BAL) – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M

Trade yield:  Ravens get SF 2nd (61st) and 3rd (94th) round picks

In an unprecedented move, Baltimore, with just four picks decides to fall back to the end of the first round while the San Francisco 49ers use their large draft repetoire to jump up and grab wide receiver Mike Evans.  His 6’5″ frame, good bulk, deceptive speed and explosive leaping ability make him the one kind of target the Niners need to challenge Seattle.

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

It’s safety to say teams are likely going to fall in love with Ra’Shede Hageman at the scouting combine.  He’s that impressive of a physical specimen at defensive tackle, and the Dallas Cowboys desperately need one.  Hageman is a proven run stuffer thanks to his size and strength and his ability to rush the passer has flashed more than once.

#18 – Chicago Bears (from NYJ) – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State

Where Hageman might have a slight advantage in upside, the Chicago Bears should not feel sad at all for getting Timmy Jernigan.  By far the more polished and proven player, he is a force in the middle, able to control blockers with his quickness and strength.  Though a dominant run defense first and foremost, he has what it takes to collapse the pocket around a quarterback.

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

Ryan Tannehill will never enter the 2012 quarterback draft success story until he gets adequate protection from his Miami Dolphins.  Everybody knows they are going offensive line, perhaps repeatedly and this 2014 NFL mock draft is no different.  Cyrus Kouandjio is a big, long and powerful run blocker out of Alabama with the athletic skill needed to become a stout pass protector.

#20 – Arizona Cardinals – Dee Ford – OLB – Auburn

Bruce Arians said tackle is not his top priority, which could mean he’s looking to feed the defense some extra piece.  Landing an outside pass rusher to help out the 35-year old John Abraham would qualify.  Dee Ford from Auburn has drawn a lot of attention with his speed and explosion off the edge.  He’s a natural and would fit well in that system.

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

The defense is in store for a reboot with the Green Bay Packers and getting more impact plays out of the safety position is certainly a priority.  Calvin Pryor has ideal size at 6’2″ with a hitter’s mentality that makes receivers and runners wary of him.  Such a reputation conveniently covers up how good he has gotten in pass coverage.

#22 – Philadelphia Eagles – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

With Pryor and the top corners going off the board, the Philadelphia Eagles shift their focus to landing help at their outside linebacker spots.  Another player who has surfaced in the pre-draft process is Kyle Van Noy.  While not a pass rusher first, he comes off the edge fast and is a terrific blitzer.  On top of that his range and instincts make him dangerous in coverage.

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

Yes, the defensive collapse doomed the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs but that was due more to injuries than anything.  This team needs more out of the receiver position.  Kelvin Benjamin brings plenty of physical talent including strength and deceptive acceleration but naturally the big selling point is his 6’5″ frame.

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

Mike Zimmer is gone but the Cincinnati Bengals must continue their ways on defense.  Corner and safety are two big needs so they decide to take Jason Verrett out of TCU.  Anybody who looks at his 5’10″ frame and thinks he’s an easy target better do their homework.  Verrett is an athletic, explosive ball hawk who makes offenses pay for trying to pick on him.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida

Another team in need of corner help after field the 29th ranked pass defense.  The San Diego Chargers scoop up an overlooked corner out of Florida in Marcus Roberson.  Scouts are wary of him because he’s not much help against the run but in coverage his length, speed and athleticism are huge assets as they were for the Gators.

#26 – St. Louis Rams (from CLE) – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

Leave to the Rams to continue landing pass rushers year after year.  Already field a terrific tandem in Chris Long and Robert Quinn, St. Louis strikes late when Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy falls to them at #26.  Boasting the needed size for the position, Ealy has good strength but makes his money showcasing his burst of the snap and ability to hand fight blockers until he finds a lane to the quarterback.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

This team wins when Drew Brees is protected.  Terron Armstead has the left tackle spot nailed down so the New Orleans Saints should supplement that by getting the right side straightened out.  Zack Martin is a fast-rising anchor out of Notre Dame.  Though not the greatest athlete, his size, power, toughness and technique should make him a success regardless of where he lines up.

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

Cam Newton cannot properly assist the Carolina Panthers defense until he has the weapons necessary.  Steve Smith is approaching retirement.  This team needs help at wide receiver.  Allen Robinson is tall, strong target out of Penn State with plenty of explosion in his legs that allows him to go up and get the football and find ways to gain separation.

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

Aaron Hernandez is gone and Rob Gronkowski can’t be counted on to stay healthy.  So it’s no surprise the New England Patriots gleefully pluck up Eric Ebron when they go on the clock.  The North Carolina tight end has drawn comparisons to Vernon Davis.  Indeed his size-speed ratio rates as rare on athletic charts and he has the hands and route running skill to go with it.

#30 – Baltimore Ravens (from SF) – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt

Ozzie Newsome has that knack for creating more picks for his team and still getting a quality player.  He does so again when the Baltimore Ravens land Jordan Matthews.  Though not the athlete of previous receivers, the Vanderbilt star has the needed big frame they lacked in 2013 and his excellent hands and savant-like understanding of route running will make him a headache for defenses.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Pierre Desir – CB – Lindenwood

Breakdowns in the secondary hurt the Denver Broncos all season, even before what happened in the Super Bowl.  They have to get the problem straightened out.  Pierre Desir may be from a small school but his fast rise through the pre-draft process is no accident.  The kid has every tool, physically and mentally to play with the big boys.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

Zach Miller has done a very nice job for the Seattle Seahawks but in order to get more from Russell Wilson they have to adding more receiving potential from the tight end position.  Jace Amaro led all tight ends by far in 2013.  His size along is an inviting target while his underrated speed lets him beat coverage right away to get open.

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  • James Holtslander

    What is w2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: New Trade Speculationsrong with people? If oakland picks a LB in round one, we are dumber than Al Davis on crack. We have plenty of good solid linebackers. We need line help on both sides an a franchise QB. I am not sold on either guy we have now.

    • Julien Bélair

      Which QB would you prefer ?

      • Erik Lambert

        Derek Carr is the only first rounder left at #5. Would you take him over Barr?

        • Julien Bélair

          Honestly i am not a Barr lover. He is overated and I think he will drop out of the top ten. But I wonder which QB would you prefer if you could choose one

          • Erik Lambert

            It’s a risk but I really like what I’m hearing about Jimmy Garoppolo: big, athletic, good arm, accurate and above all a rapid release and the eyes to utilize it. If I want a quarterback I’d go after him.

          • Julien Bélair

            I didn’t heard of him yet

          • Erik Lambert

            You will.

          • Gary Stewart

            dont let this scare you but garrappolo is from eastern illinois same school romo came from. but quite a different qb a true pocket passer!!

          • Julien Bélair

            well I like it. If 5 QB are draft in the first round that means more players available at 25

          • jojo

            which is why the Vikes need him in rd 2

          • Gary Stewart

            remeber julien you want a def end so he can get to the qb well barr is quick enough to get there from lb and he also played offense so while he has only 2 years on defense he also knows alot about tendencies of offenses!!

          • Julien Bélair

            I think he doesn’t have a high motor and gets pushed around in the running game. It reminds me of shaun phillips.

    • Erik Lambert

      He’s an outside linebacker, yes but remember, James to look at the measurable. With his frame he has the ability to considerably bulk up and play defensive end if the Raiders wanted. Imagine putting him across from Lamarr Houston and the opportunities that would create on defense.

  • Old Frog

    If it falls this way I would be a little disappointed if the Cowboys chose Hageman instead of Zack Martin but I’d get over it if they took Richardson, Yankee, or Su’a Filo in the second.

    • Julien Bélair

      Are you high the boys need help at D line badly

      • Old Frog

        LOL… I don’t think so but opinions vary. I want one premier Guard (and I think Martin is better suited at Guard than Tackle) in the first two rounds – other than that they can go defense with every other pick as far as I’m concerned.

        • Erik Lambert

          The Cowboys had the 5th ranked scoring offense and 14th passing offense in the league. They also had the 32nd ranked defense. That’s why they go with Hageman.

          • Julien Bélair

            And ware is almost done and they will lose hatcher

          • Old Frog

            Partly because they have no running game particularly when it comes to converting on third down, not mention Romo still spends way too much time running around in the backfield and after his surgery he’s one or two good hits away from being toast. A premier guard fixes both of those problems. Besides, I said go defense with every other pick. Seems reasonable to me.

          • Gary Stewart

            i have to retract a bit old frog i forgot you traded back to #31 to take frederick so you drafted him only 30-40 spots instead of 40-50 spots too early, either way as long as you have jerry drafting you are destined to be an 8-8 team!!

      • Gary Stewart

        julien unfortunately you and old frog are both right you need help on the d line and the o line part of the price you pay when an egomaniacal person owns and wants to gm the team!! i say good luck to you heres hoping goodell awards the cowboys an extra pick in each round lol (jerry would probably still swing and miss)

    • Gary Stewart

      sorry old frog but these mocks are what people think would be best for each team in the order their turn arrives unfortunately for you jerry will probably use the first round pick to land another 3rd round talent (by the way travis frederick did play well but as a 3rd round projection he would have been there in the 2nd round) a reach to get him last year in the 2nd wouldn’t have been as bad) and you would have had a few extra players to choose from at #20 last year think about that. go back and look at the 2013 draft players 21-32 its a pretty stout list!!

      • Old Frog

        Agreed. I went apoplectic when he called Escobar’s name in the 2nd instead of Larry Warford. I’m a big believer in everything starts with the O line.

  • Jake

    Why would Minnesota trade up three spots to take a DE when they already have two 10 sack guys on the roster (not counting Allen)? This trade makes no sense.

    • Erik Lambert

      Because both are 30 or older and one is a free agent. Everson Griffen is a free agent as well.

      • Jake

        Who cares if Robison is 30? His production has been rock solid the last three years. 30 is not some magical aging point where players suddenly tank. The 30 mark was artificially created. Players can produce at a high level well beyond 30. And Griffen can possibly be resigned. Also if Zimmer brings the 3-4 Clowney may not even be necessary. This is still not a good reason to give up that much to move three spots for a DE. DE is not that pivotal a position; a good DE is not going to put them in the Superbowl. Better to hold onto to number 8 and take the best available. If that’s a QB then great, otherwise take the best available defensive player and pick up a QB in early round 2.

        • Erik Lambert

          Last I checked, Jake, Zimmer ran the 4-3 in Cincinnati. The deal with Robison is he’s reached that point where teams know the drop-off can come any time. It might be five years, it might be two. Besides, let’s not forget he’s had his great production rushing across from Jared Allen.

          And if you think a good DE doesn’t help get a team a Super Bowl, ask the Seahawks how they feel about Cliff Avril.

          • Jake

            But if I recall he ran a 3-4 in Dallas under Big Tuna. Robison is still a good player, yes he had Allen across from him but if Griffen gets resigned the production there wont drop off. Griffen is a good, solid pass rusher. And the Seahawks nearly made the SB last season without Avril. To say that Avril is the one who got them there is a bit over the top. His production was actually down this year from previous years. DE’s don’t get teams into the SB, QB’s do (unless you’re the Ravens under Dilfer). Clowney would be a great pick at #8 but it’s crazy to think they’ll give up a truck load of picks to move 2 or 3 spots to get him when they have so many holes to fill in this draft. In all likelihood St. Louis will take Avril at number 2. They may explore trading back but I don’t think Cleveland will go for it. Picking at number 4 they are guaranteed a shot at one of the top 4 QB’s so there’s not much incentive to trade away their draft to move 2 spots. Besides it would probably cost them more than the three picks you said to make that move.

  • Letterman007

    If the Browns gave up three picks to get Manziel, the front office and owner would be run out of town!!! Do you really think they are that STUPID??!!! God I hope not, there is going to be enough blood shed in Cleveland by the Cavs, I’d hate to see more body parts littering the streets!!

    • Gary Stewart

      because the browns need an exciting qb that can take advantage of the fact the afc north is weak and there for the taking balt is retooling pitt is old and cinn like the rams stands pat with a qb that cant quite get it done. browns have a good defense and if you can keep them on the field 28-32 mins instead of 34-36 by making a couple extra key plays a game you could go from 4-12 to 10-6 easily thats why you trade up to get johnny also you have alot of mid round picks if you cant get any good players with those what makes you think you can draft well at 4 and 26??

      • Letterman007

        We gave up three picks for Trent Richardson and how did that work out? Yes we got one back but the original pick was a four and now it’s 26th !!! How many choices did we waste on Brady Quinn, two or three, He was the supposed savior then, how’d that work for thw Browns? Manziel will probably

        • Gary Stewart

          letterman that was the old regime and like i said what damn good are all the picks anyway if they cant figure out who fits the scheme until these guys have screwed it up i say give them the opportunity to get one right

          • Letterman007

            The new regime has a draft under their belt and was less than good! I realize there wasn’t as much talent in that draft, but they were underwhelming ! Don’t forget we’re talking Lombardi here!! I really don’t trust he and Banner yet due to past performances. Banner is a money manager, not a GM or personnel guy! We gave a supposed good guy free rain and look what Holmgren did!! Sorry, I don’t trust Banner and company yet!!!

          • Gary Stewart

            ok i understand your pain as a ram fan i watched us lose constantly (we were the 2nd worst team of the 90s to cinn) then we got a qb named kurt warner won for about 3-4 years won and lost a super bowl then the management at the time ran warner off and he led the cardinals to the super bowl where they were one play from winning it. you are one qb from having a great chance to win the afc north, my rams meanwhile reside in the strongest division in football. we are busting our humps trying and if you dont trade up and miss johnny football (assuming thats who your management team wants) you may ruin another few years trying to get it going!! good luck whatever way you go because the fan base in clev deserves a winner!!

          • Letterman007

            NOW I see why you want a trade, a Rams fan looking to pick up extra picks for YOUR team !! Sorry, but not at our expense!! Dream on!!!!!

          • Gary Stewart

            an article this morning was talking about the houston texans may be deciding between manziel and bortles so if clev wants johnny football you may have to trade up to #1 either way the rams will find a trade partner if clowney doesnt get taken at #1 atlanta and oakland may get into a bidding war to climb to #2. and atlanta has to worry about tampa leapfrogging them to grab clowney as well and then having to play against him twice a year for a decade. and depending how quickly the qbs come off the board minnesota which also needs one at 8 may panic and trade up so while trading with cleveland would be nice there are other fish in the sea oh and btw picking 2 and 13 is our worst case scenario a better one than picking 4 and 26. either way i do truly wish the cleveland fans good luck!!

          • Letterman007

            More smoke screens and crap!! If Houston really wants Manziel, they are going to get him , because we can’t trade above the team with the first pick!!! It’s like Minnesota said to years ago that another team wanted Richardson, so we traded up to get him. It was a false claim, look at it this way, if they want Manziel that bad they won’t trade the pick for anything!! If they trade the pick, they didn’t really want him that bad, SMOKE SCREEN!!! You must learn to read between the lines!!

          • Gary Stewart

            they indicated they are torn between bortles and manziel i believe they want to trade out and would likely take whoever is there when their turn comes up that said even if they really dont want manziel and are thinking teddy or blake even it makes sense to make em all guess and yes letterman i understand smokescreens i have been a fan of the nfl for 50 years and since the new cba where a mistake in the draft hurts for 3 years not 5-6 (as i am painfully aware as a ram fan that watched helplessly as the rams drafted #1 and had to choose between bradford and suh as to who they were going to give 6 yrs and 80 million dollars to) and as we have a 17 million dollar cap hit and the best teams in our division have less than 2 million COMBINED locked up into their starting qbs so while this is all fun don’t preach to me about learning to read between the lines until you know the facts !! and yes these lines are blurred for about 2 more years when every team will be under the same cba rules!!

          • Letterman007

            Got you beat by 5 years as I’m a Browns fan for 55 years and if you claim to understand smoke screens then why can’t you see through the one the Texans are deploying!! At least you have been in a Super Bowl the Browns haven’t and I guess that says a lot!! I know the facts and the facts are there are no guaranteed franchise QB’s in this draft!! All the experts have waffled between all three!! I’m not spending three picks on one of them!! To many good players in the draft to fill our other holes!!!

          • Gary Stewart

            never said i didn’t see it as a smoke screen none of that changes the facts if the browns want anyone bad enough regardless of the smokescreens they will be willing to do whatever it takes to get there, and at the end of the day if they can’t get their man by moving up to #1 they would have 10-15 minutes to work out a deal with the rams at #2, if houston doesnt take him which brings me back to the point. if cleveland has to have the guy and he is still there at #2 the rams will be happy to listen and unlike clev stl doesn’t feel like they have to have a qb and the fans of cleveland cant say that !! unless you are willing to say in hoyer we trust!!

          • Letterman007

            We trust in Hoyer , but need a franchise QB to learn under him and Shanahan!! I’m not so sure they are stuck on Manziel and at four there will be one of the big three will be there! So I don’t think they really need to trade anything and still get a Bridgewater, Bortles, or Manziel !!

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  • GoalLineStan

    I read an interesting quote re: New Orleans that’s also applicable to Dallas: “New Orleans wins when Brees has time to throw.”
    The Cowboys need defensive help, sure. But, given the pass-happy character of this team, a stud first round OG to replace Bernadeau would give Romo an extra second’s throwing time and allow Murray to run anywhere he wants.
    There’ll be plenty of strong defensive players for Dallas in Rounds 2 through 7.

  • jojo

    Yikes.. vikes give up an early 2nd rd pick that they could have used on a QB for a player on the DL? I think the vikes could trade back to accumulate more picks and maybe forward if they fall in love with a QB. I like Jimmy Gaurapolo to the Vikes in the 2nd round… LB in the first.

    • Erik Lambert

      Trade back with who? I don’t see any teams willing to do that. Meanwhile they gave up a 2nd and 5th but retain two thirds and a 4th with which to address the other positions. Clowney is a once-in-a-generation talent. No quarterback in this class can say the same.

      • jojo

        Trade back with the Raven or Jets. They both are in need of WR..mike evans or maybe Sammy Watkins will be there at 8. Just a thought. There are a million scenarios and that’s what makes it fun

        • Erik Lambert

          Jets maybe but the Ravens only have four picks. They can’t afford to move up.

    • Gary Stewart

      arent you going to lose your best defensive player to free agency damn

      clowney makes a ton of sense go out and get a qb in free agency a pass rush talent like clowney cuts down the time rogers, cutler , and stafford will have to pick your defense apart

      • jojo

        Thanks for taking your time to respond. Just so you know I’m not arguing with your view, just debating. Jared Allen is not our best defensive player. What QB is there in FA? I think we will resign Cassel. DL is not our #1 need and we could still resign Everson.

        • Erik Lambert

          Apparently Cassel doesn’t want to re-sign with you.

          • Gary Stewart

            opt out indicates a willingness to test the waters hes only betting 500,000 because thats all he was guaranteed and this way he gets to test the market and can always resign with the vikes

          • jojo

            I agree. I don’t think that Cassel doesn’t want to resign with us but he wants more money. He’s getting paid less than all the back ups in the NFL and he’s probably going to start for us. This is last chance to have a contract. I’d want more than a 1 yr commitment if I were him as well.

        • Gary Stewart

          my point is jared occupied the double team often freeing up the others in one on one situations opposing offenses had to game plan for jared and if he slows a bit he may draw one on one matchups and be a force for another year or two without him who are the vikes opponents gonna double??

          • jojo

            If the vikes like him that much and think he’s a sure thing, enough to give up a high 2 rd pick then I won’t be mad..but I’d rather get 2 starters instead of one.

    • David Mallow

      I dont see them giving up that 2nd round pick to move up for Clowney…I agree completely with the choice of Garappalo in the 2nd with the first pick being Darqueze Dennard who is in my opinion the best CB in this class..

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  • Chris Osborne

    I think Atlanta will try to trade up with Jax for Clowney and Jags still land Bridgewater and score an extra 2nd and 4th