Oct 19, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) is hit by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) while throwing during the second half at Faurot Field. Missouri won 36-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Trade Rush Shifts

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

The simple fact of the matter is that in the grand scheme of things, Jadeveon Clowney is the best prospect in the draft.  Pairing him with J.J. Watt could do so many things for the Houston Texans defense, even at the cost of a first round quarterback.  They forgo trade options and take the South Carolina star.

#2 – St. Louis Rams (from WSH) – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

The loss of Clowney off the board puts the trade-happy St. Louis Rams in a bind.  With four quarterbacks still available and no clear front runner they really don’t have the best leverage for a deal.  So in this instance they go after the best player for their needs.  Greg Robinson lacks experience but his production and physical skill are bordering on elite.

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

With Clowney off the board it’s clear the Jacksonville Jaguars will go for a quarterback.  Blake Bortles isn’t as proven as others but his physical measurement from size to arm strength coupled with a cool, poised demeanor means he is ideally suited to handle the rebuilding project they have going on offense.

#4 – Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

This may come as a surprise to many.  Manziel is considered the best quarterback in the 2014 class.  However, the fact is Teddy Bridgewater was very successful at Louisville and he is more physical suited for the position given his height.  Outside of that arm strength, accuracy and intelligence are not issues either.  The Cleveland Browns bank on this.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

One of the harder teams to predict in the 2014 NFL mock draft is the Oakland Raiders.  There is any number of ways they could go.  In the end they might be best served getting somebody who can play across from left tackle Jared Veldheer.  Jake Matthews is an excellent selection with all the tools including the versatility to play on the right side.

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

It’s either going to be a tackle or a pass rusher.  With Robinson and Matthews off the board the decision is made easy for the Atlanta Falcons.  Khalil Mack is a hyper-athletic talent from Buffalo who can get after the quarterback but also excels covering the run and dropping back in coverage.

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

The ongoing issues with Mike Williams is leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense in a tough spot at wide receiver.  Much as they would like to add a pass rusher, getting another target for Mike Glennon is crucial.  Sammy Watkins has the size, speed, explosive acceleration and lower body strength to turn every pass into a big play.

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

In a rather big surprise, the Minnesota Vikings find Johnny Manziel falling into their laps.  The Texas A&M star is known best for his mobility and instinctive playmaking ability.  His arm strength and height aren’t ideal, but he’s a gamer and showed lots of improvement in the key areas such as pocket presence, accuracy and decision-making.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

Pass rush was a big key to the Buffalo Bills defense in 2013 while at the same time they would love to get somebody next to Kiko Alonso at linebacker.  Anthony Barr could help fulfill both requirements.  The UCLA outside linebacker is a prominent pass rusher with great length and athleticism.

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

Needing a second wide receiver does not compare to the need for a cover corner for the Detroit Lions.  Their secondary has given them problems for years and still needs works.  Justin Gilbert is highly athletic with good length and speed to mirror receivers downfield.  His nose for the football is also a big draw.

#11 – Tennessee Titans – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

The thing to remember is that with Ray Horton taking over the Tennessee Titans may switch to a 3-4 defense.  In such a case they will require athletic corners who thrive in press coverage.  Darqueze Dennard was among the best in college at that.  He’s smart, dedicated to his craft and confident in his physical ability to shut down receivers.

#12 – New York Giants – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

Adding athletes to the defense is a major priority for the New York Giants, especially at linebacker.  There is no guarantee Jon Beason will return from free agency so picking up C.J. Mosley would be a minor coup.  The Alabama All-American can do everything asked of him from tackling, to playing coverage to getting teammates in position.

#13 – New York Jets (from STL) – Marqise Lee – WR – USC

Trade yield:  Rams get NYJ 3rd and 6th round picks

Boasting 12 picks in the 2014 draft affords the New York Jets room to be aggressive if they so wish.  Badly needing a difference-maker at wide receiver, they strike a deal with St. Louis to jump up and snag Marqise Lee.  The USC star has good size but really sells with speed, agility and a technical-savvy in route running that makes him dangerous.

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

Trade yield:  Bears get SF 2nd (61st), 3rd (94th) and 4th round pick in ’15

Shortly after the Rams swing a trade, the Bears surprisingly pull off one of their own.  The San Francisco 49ers, seeing Lee go off the board, use their own vast coffers of draft picks to jump up and grab Mike Evans.  They are in serious need of a big, physical and athletic target to challenge those Seattle defensive backs and at 6’5″ Evans is exactly what they’re looking for.

#15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama

With the top corners off the board the Pittsburgh Steelers must fortify their secondary another way.  Adding a young safety qualifies and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the best available.  He’s a classic center field type who covers a lot of ground, reads the quarterback well and can match up with bigger receivers and tight ends.

#16 – Baltimore Ravens – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

With the top receivers gone the Baltimore Ravens instead look to bolster their struggling offensive line.  Taylor Lewan is not a premier athlete, but he’s athletic for his size with the strength and nastiness of a front line starting tackle.  He can block any type of pass rusher but is at his best when going forward to open running lanes.

#17 – Dallas Cowboys – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State

There are a number of defensive tackle options open to the Dallas Cowboys at #17 but the fact is that the most proven of them is Timmy Jernigan.  His size, strength and quickness helped him dominate the best competition all season.  He eats up blocks, stuffs the run and is deceptively good a collapsing the pocket during a pass rush.

#18 – St. Louis Rams (from NYJ) – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

Though they hoped to get Clinton-Dix, the St. Louis Rams are happy to settle for Louisville free safety Calvin Pryor.  If anything he fits the Jeff Fisher style more because in addition to having good size and range his trademark is coming down to deliver some hard shots.  He tackles well and has grown considerably in his coverage duties.

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

It doesn’t matter where they start.  The Miami Dolphins need bodies on their offensive line.  Cyrus Kouandjio is a big, lengthy tackle out of Alabama.  Though still very young he’s already a proven run blocker but boasts the footwork, quickness and long arms to stonewall pass rushers of every type.

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

Bruce Arians doesn’t feel the offensive line is a top priority, which means he may look to add more bite to his pass rush first.  Getting somebody who can come off the edge to compliment Calaise Campbell is ideal.  Dee Ford is not the biggest but his explosion and speed are tailor made for a 3-4 outside linebacker.

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

A lot of turmoil is imminent for the Green Bay Packers defensive front.  It’s unlikely they’ll retain everybody.  Defensive end Stephon Tuitt can not only help them ease the impact of those losses, his strength, speed and relentlessness will give them an added punch in their pass rush that they’ve searched constantly for.

#22 – Cleveland Browns (from PHI) – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

Trade yield:  Eagles get two 4th round picks

They didn’t trade up early on but the Cleveland Browns decided to get a little aggressive with their second first round pick.  They hand two fourth round choices to Philadelphia for a chance to snag prominent Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin.  His power, technique and size make him very versatile, meaning the Browns could plug him in at guard or even right tackle.

#23 – Kansas City Chiefs – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State

Andy Reid loves fast receivers who can create big plays.  He has some possession targets in place so he looks to give Alex Smith another explosive option.  Brandin Cooks led college football in yards last season and shows up as a game breaker on film.  He has the speed to get deep but also the agility and route running to turn short passes into long gains.

#24 – Cincinnati Bengals – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

Is defensive tackle a big need for the Cincinnati Bengals?  No.  Yet having the chance to pair a talent like Ra’Shede Hageman with Geno Atkins doesn’t come around often.  Hageman has the size and strength to play nose tackle but is only scratching the surface of his pass rush potential.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU

Their pass defense was pitiful for most of the year so the San Diego Chargers have to find cornerbacks who can cover.  Say what you want about his 5’10″ frame, TCU corner Jason Verrett is a baller.  He has the explosive athleticism to glue himself to receivers but even better instincts to cut off passing lanes and steal the football.

#26 – Philadelphia Eagles (from CLE) – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

Trading back was a heady decision for the Philadelphia Eagles considering their limited options at #22.  A few spots back look much better when they take BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy.  Fast, athletic and instinctive he is a major nuisance in coverage and dangerous coming off the edge in the pass rush.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

Here is one writer who thinks the New Orleans Saints will do the unthinkable and not re-sign Jimmy Graham.  The fact of the matter is they would have to do too much to find the money.  Besides, there are some quality options available in the draft and they are very fortunate to find North Carolina standout Eric Ebron still available.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Wide receiver tops the list of needs for the Carolina Panthers and fortunately they have a good one waiting for them.  Florida State standout Kelvin Benjamin has the size at 6’5″ coupled with sneaky speed and quickness to get open and make the tough catches on third down or in the red zone.

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

Aaron Hernandez is gone.  Rob Gronkowski is an unknown.  Frankly the New England Patriots are really hurting at tight end.  That is why is won’t be a surprise when they take Jace Amaro out of Texas Tech.  He’s big, strong, fast and was very productive in college.  He will present that big target Tom Brady loves to have.

#30 – Jacksonville Jaguars (from CHI) – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

Trade yield: Bears get JAX 39th pick and 4th, 5th and 6th round picks

In an unprecedented move, the Bears, having started at #14, strike their second trade and move out of the first round entirely.  Meanwhile the Jacksonville Jaguars sense their opportunity.  Shortly after getting their quarterback they move up from the second round to grab defensive end Kony Ealy who will fill their large need for a pass rusher.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida

Cornerback was a really banged up position in 2013 for the Denver Broncos and it could get worse in free agency.  Finding a young cover man who can ease the pressure is needed.  Marcus Roberson is not an all-around player but when asked to play tight, physical coverage he is among the best in this 2014 NFL mock draft.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

Sidney Rice is on his way out and Percy Harvin is one hit away from being back on the injured list.  The Seattle Seahawks need more talent at wide receiver.  Allen Robinson is a big, thick target out of Penn State with explosive leaping ability and excellent hand-eye coordinator to go up and get the football.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Lee isn’t worth a 3rd and a 6th round pick for the Jets. I know you’ve been predicting this trade to happen for quite some time now, but I just don’t see it. Most mocks have Lee falling steadily down the board, many have mocked Lee for the Jets at 18. Lee is projected as more of a slot receiver in the pros by many scouts, his final year of college wasn’t all that great, and he carries injury concerns for many. A safer bet for the Jets is to stay put at 18, and take the best offensive weapon available. I still believe they’ll grab one of the TE’s in the first, and wait to the second to grab a receiver. Free Agency has some WR talent available, and the Jets have cap space. It’ll be interesting to watch this year’s team develop.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s because they haven’t seen Lee at the combine. Trust me. The moment coaches see that speed and athleticism on display, combined with his tape, it will be Tavon Austin all over again.

  • ctcowboy1968

    I don’t believe that Jernigan is the best DT in the draft. Only two DTs going in the first round? Houston will go QB with first pick. They are desparate at that position. Jake Matthews will be the #2 pick regardless of what happens with the first pick. Rams got to have a T.

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t forget Houston has the first pick of the second round and Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo are still on the board. Based on production in college and game tape, yes, Jernigan is the best in the draft. You could argue Aaron Donald but the difference is Jernigan can stop the run and still rush the passer. Donald struggles to stop the run. Personally I think Robinson will turn out as the better tackle because he can physically dominate almost anybody. Matthews is almost as good but he gets by a little more with technique than sheer skill.

      • ctcowboy1968

        Good points. A lot of predictions have Dallas taking Donald, but I am concerned about his size and not wearing down over the season. Garoppolo is a very interesting prospect.

        • Erik Lambert

          Garoppolo has the tools to become special it’s just a question if whether he can handle the better defenses at the pro level.

  • William Rhoads

    I thinking the lions might trade down for more picks unless they can get Watkins which is there primary goal is 1WR 2cb/s olb another wr center/DT and OL we can not put off the wr its the most important to have a ready to play wr like Watkins across from CJ and another slot wr that to save CJ from burning him up he has to have help we have two project now no need for another the rest ogilbe,spurlock,durham should all be gone they did nothing while playing low on catches and no production and we could use a TE as well that 7 picks with compensation 4 th round pick! I do think you off on a lot of your projection!

    • Erik Lambert

      Watkins is gone before the Lions pick and I don’t see any teams they could trade down with and still have a chance to get one of the top corners on the board. You’re free to think what you like but based on position and need I feel they make the right call at #10.

      • William Rhoads

        Look CJ needs help he has got beat up the last two years by being covered by two to four guys hitting him on every play! if we trade up to get Watkins so be it! CJ deserve the best help he can get and that is Watkins!

        • Erik Lambert

          Why not wait and take Marqise Lee or Mike Evans then?

      • William Rhoads

        Look that is It a fact that CJ has been beat up the last two years! he carried this team a lot and he needs help and he deserve the best help he can get and that is Watkins is the top wr of this class! if we have to trade up to get him then do it!

  • Drewfish

    there’s no way i see manziel falling to #8 i believe both Tampa and Oakland take a hard look before passing on a future star. IMHO and that’s if he even falls that far from #1 or #2 I don’t think Houston d is that bad there for i don’t see them taking a DE over a QB which is there most glaring need!!

    • Erik Lambert

      It has nothing to do with the strength of the Houston defense. It’s about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pair the best pass rusher in pro football (J.J. Watt) with the one man who has a chance to lay claim to that title in Clowney.

  • Letterman007

    Frankly, I can’t see the Browns trading two forth rounders to move up two or three spots to get a tackle! There are other tackles in the draft and I’m quite sure there will be one at 26th pick or get one from free agency and there are some good receivers still on the board at 26 !!

    • Erik Lambert

      You’re missing the big picture, L. Zack Martin is a top offensive lineman, not just a tackle. He can play that position but scouts see him as an even better guard, like Pro Bowl caliber. Giving up two fourth rounders when they still have a second and two thirds is a calculated move that could fortify their offensive line provided the Browns re-sign Mack. They can then easily get that receiver early in the second.

      • Letterman007

        No, you missed the big picture, no one after 22 picked an offensive lineman, so who are we beating out to get this guy!! This looks and sounds like a trade for trades sake !! No one else between 22 and 26 took an offensive lineman! So who are we beating out!! Three picks for one, don’t see it!! Ok two picks for one I might consider! That’s 26th and one fourth rounder!! That would be the most. A lot of good tackles and guards in free agency!! If they spend that much on a lineman, they better get a really good tackle to play right side, but eventually someone who can take over for Thomas when it’s time!!

        • Erik Lambert

          Did you stop to think nobody took an offensive lineman between 22 and 26 BECAUSE you traded up to get Martin? Kansas City and San Diego certainly have good reasons. KC could lose Branden Albert to free agency and Andy Reid loves taking tackles early. Guard is a real problem area for the Bolts and Martin could fill them extremely well since D.J. Fluker is already at right tackle.

          • Letterman007

            Browns could sign D J Fluker in free agency and problem solved!!

          • Erik Lambert

            Albert has played left tackle since he entered the league. Asking him to switch to the right side at this stage of his career would hardly solve the problem.

          • Letterman007

            I am sure there is a suitable left tackle in free agency to sign! Banner usually doesn’t take lineman that high and for sure not costing 3 picks!!

  • Gary

    My dream picks would be Bridgewater or Bortles at QB, Watkins at WR, then Hyde in second round at RB..
    I know I am dreaming of getting Watkins, but picture him and Gordon as our wide outs. Who could stop them?
    Shore up the O line and get a CB or two in latter rounds and we are on our way to respectability.
    We should have money to go after some help on defense via FA.
    If there only was a Land of OZ :)

    • Erik Lambert

      Anything is possible. If Watkins lights up the combine Cleveland may be tempted to take him early and use the 26th pick on a quarterback.

      • Todd Limpert

        36 Jimmy G and that is the right move taking Watson

        • Erik Lambert

          Garoppolo would be a good choice at 26 though many will say it’s too early. They might be able to get him in the second round and spend the 26th on a guard.

          • Todd Limpert

            I guess your right Denver or KC could snatch him up before the second round

          • Erik Lambert

            The top of the second? Well let’s see the Browns pick third in the second round so the only two teams, barring a trade of course, that could swipe Garoppolo at that point are Houston and Washington. Houston might if they take Clowney but Washington definitely won’t. So the odds are in the Browns’ favor.

          • Todd Limpert

            Osweilers stats don’t scream air apparent to Payton to me. and Smith is nothing but a game manager KC will never make to the next level with him. that’s why San Fran let him go. as far as trading both your fourth round picks to move two spots for a guard thats foolish. when you can get a proven Guard in free agency. Take Watson at four Jimmy at 22 trade if you have to and Guard,Corner Middle linebacker or running back in the second.

          • Erik Lambert

            Stats are misleading. Osweiler has the physical tools, he just hasn’t had the chance to show them off. Besides, Denver won’t use their first round pick on a quarterback who hasn’t played division I competition. The same goes for Kansas City. I think you’re caught up a little too much in that pre-draft hype that forms around players. Jimmy has the tools for sure, but he’s a high second round pick.

          • Erik Lambert

            Denver needs defensive help in the worst way and they already have Brock Osweiler behind Manning. Kansas City is drafting way too early to take Garoppolo and they seem content with building around Alex Smith for 2014.

  • Rick Talley

    There will be plenty of teams willing to move up to the Rams nimber 2 pick, regardless of who Texas chooses. More than likely, 1 or 2 quarterbacks will separate themselves from the pack. At least 5 teams with high round picks need a quarterback. I see the Rams trading up and down throughout the draft; just cherry-picking players. They are in a VERY GOOD POSITION!

    • Erik Lambert

      Please enlighten me. If Clowney goes off the board at #1 which team in the top ten or eleven will shovel out the picks to move up to #2 and why?

  • Jefferson Lambert

    Why would the Bears trade their 1st for a 4th 5th and 6th rd? That doesn’t make much sense

    • Erik Lambert

      It’s not just those picks, Jefferson. It’s those picks plus the 39th pick of the second round that Jacksonville holds. Essentially the Bears agree to move out of the first round to early in the second in exchange for three extra picks. With that deal they essentially end up with three second rounders, two third rounders six other picks, not to mention the extra one they got for 2015.

    • Dyczko_89

      Jefferson, I brought up the same situation, specially when we have “blown”the the first pick for years Chris Williams, Gabe Carimi and the judgement is still out on McClellin) , first picks are at a premium. So I move down and give the “fudgepackers”a clear shot at Pryor, Tuitt, Ealy, Nix III, Hageman, Van Noy with the Bears passing at first rd? I think NOT!, TG it’s a mock draft.

  • Chris Osborne

    Dumb! No way Jags take Bortles over Teddy. And no way they trade away three picks to reach for a DE. You apparently know nothing of what has been talked about by Caldwell. He covets his draft picks and won’t throw away three picks for a reach. Especially when they can get just as good a pass rusher without losing two picks they plan to use on interior linemen.

    • Erik Lambert

      Kony Ealy is not a reach at #30. He’s the second best defensive end in the draft and projected to go between #10 and #17. Jacksonville has two fourth, and three fifth round picks so losing a late fourth, fifth and sixth is not a big deal. Let’s not forget they have a ton of free agency cap space so they can fill a bunch of needs there, affording them the opportunity to be this aggressive in the draft. They get their quarterback (Bortles beat Bridgewater if you recall) and then fill their pass rusher need with one of the best in the 2014 class at the cost of three late round picks.

      • Chris Osborne

        Bortles beat Louisvilles defense not Teddy. You better go look at the stat line again. Teddy sure as heck didnt lose that game. His defense did. Also it was UCF running the ball that did it NOT Bortles

        • Erik Lambert

          It’s easy to use that excuse as a crutch but the bottom line is Bortles made the plays when his team needed them, not the running game. As I recall on that final drive to win the game he completed six passes for 65 yards including the 2-yard touchdown score to go ahead with just 23 seconds left.

          • Chris Osborne

            21 out of 32 for 250 yds with a rating of 65.6 and a ypa of 7.8 yep Blake sure won that one for them. Never mind Storm Johnson’s effort. Never mind he couldn’t complete anything down the field. Which take out what the running backs did he had 4 passes for more than 10 yards. 4 and that’s counting 2 that were 12 and 16 yards. Yep you’re right that is an elite talent that can make all the throws. My mistake then guess those running backs had nothing to do with that win at all. Yep.

          • Erik Lambert

            21 for 30. 256 yards passing. One touchdown, one interception. Want to know who that stat line belongs to? Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl 43. Oh but you’re right, he clearly had no impact on that game at all. Stat lines don’t even tell half the story. What matters is who made more plays to win. Bortles proved that time and again for UCF.

  • Dyczko_89

    Eric, you missed the boat on this one or your math
    failed you. How can the Bears trade pick #30 to Jacksonville when according to
    you they traded down from #14 for the niners 2nd, 3rd and 4th in 2015 not this
    year, they don’t have pick #30 that pick I believe it’s San Frans’ (if I’m not
    mistaken) because they didn’t include nor switch
    positions in the first rd in that proposed trade you are making up this year. The draft picks you state are for the 2015 draft; and yes I am aware this is MOCK DRAFT.

    • Erik Lambert

      No, you’ve misread Dyczko. Every trade in this mock is implied to be an exchange of picks within the round. Therefore the Bears get the Niners late 2nd and 3rd rounders in 2014 and the 4th in 2015 to move down to the 30th pick. It’s implied because you see the teams clearly switch on the board. I don’t know what you’re seeing but the teams clearly switch positions with SF moving up to #14 to take Mike Evans while the Bears drop to #30 where they then move out of the first round in exchange for Jacksonville’s 39th pick in the 2nd round along with 4th, 5th and 6th round choices. In simpler terms they drop from 14th to 39th in exchange for five extra picks in 2014 and one extra in 2015.

      • Dyczko_89

        Certainly not an ideal situation for us Bears fans since not all 4th, 5th and further down pick translate to Tom Bradys’, Lance Briggs, Robert Mathis etc. Bears can afford to pass on rd #14 and allow the Packers come in an snatch a guy like Louis Nix III, or Calvin Pryor, Kony Ealy, Kyle Van Noy, Timmy Jernigan or Stephon Tuuitt when both teams seem to have the same needs (safety & /DEDT), that would give the Packers a “leg up”sort of speak. didn’t see the fact that you were pointing exclusively a draft picks and draft positions exchanged only this year. Nevertheless I hope you are mistaken there ’cause after striking out out on Carimi and McClellin in shacky ground 1st round pick are at a premium, besides with the need still of a safety (if not two, 1 FA, 1 drafted), can’t afford to wait later in the draft to pick one and end up with another Conti, Afalava, Craig Steltz (who has been basically a career special teamer) Hardin, Major Wright that’s basically what’s available in the safety spot by then. De’ja vu.

        • Erik Lambert

          You also have to understand that the Bears are an older and thinner defense. One or two quality players isn’t going to cut it. They only have seven draft picks and it’s not like they can completely ignore the offense in 2014. The Packers are a different situation. They have quality depth, just not enough core starters like Clay Matthews. All our top guys are too old and there is nobody on the roster to replace them. This strategy is about acquiring picks and filling the pipeline with talent. You have to remember that most of those names you reference like Conte, Steltz and Carimi were all Angelo picks. Meanwhile Emery has tried the singular approach to the defense with McClellin and Bostic and is hasn’t worked enough. So it stands to reason he might be better served with the carpet bombing approach, just acquiring more players and letting the coaches sort through the debris for gems.

          • Dyczko_89

            That’s why I’d ship Bostic (plus aq draft pick if they will take him) to jacksonville for Poslusny . Bostic is not an NFL mlb (seen plenty of him here, since the televised every Gator game), and since I don’t expect DJ Williams back. The packers basically as for the draft have the same need (DT and Safeties, plus can use a LB) can’t give them the upperhand.Passing on round one is a no-no.

          • Erik Lambert

            Bostic is not a MLB but he can become a very good OLB. His speed and tackling ability attach much better to that position. Then all the Bears would have to do is find that MLB who can get him in the right positions. Bostic isn’t going anywhere. What must be remembered is that this 2014 class is very deep. If I recall correctly the Bears end up getting Aaron Donald (DT), Deone Bucannon (S), Loucheiz Purifoy (CB), and Yawin Smallwood (ILB) in rounds two and three. That’s four of the top 100 prospects on the board, which isn’t counting running back Charles Sims from West Viriginia who is a mirror image of Matt Forte.

            What you’re telling me is you’d take Timmy Jernigan, Nix, Pryor, or Tuitt over a chance to get all that?

          • Dyczko_89

            Purifoy erratic and inconsistent, shows flashes or ability but gets burned to often (we got Conti to do that already), Smallwood too small, light and slow for a 235 lbs mike linebacker, if Arthur Brown from Kansas State had a non impact rookie year and is about his size and 10,000 better what can I expect from Smallwood, I’m not drafting special teamers. Sims outstanding, but Forté “clone” not so fast like Lee Corso would say, I would prefer Carlos Hyde (Ohio State) but we both know he will be gone. I rather go for a bruser of a back ala Bush was in 2009-10, because I expect so see a lot more or Michael Ford next season too, need a guy that can be a big pusher in the red zone and short yardage and don’t see Sims being that guy. For the record I don’t like Jerningan as a pro, he’ll be drafted high but his not gonna be a pro bowl or all-pro type, he’ll make a living but not an impact in the NFL.
            Lets just agree to disagree after all is just a mock draft but it’s fun to debate and kudos for reading them all and responding. Till future mock drafts, we got 2 1/2 months so keep’ em coming.

          • Erik Lambert

            Agreed, and you got it.

  • nikola marjanovic

    I don’t think that 49ers need a WR that badly, they look pretty godd with Crabtree, Boldin (who will be re-signed, I assume) and Paton. They will not give picks No.61 and No.94 (plus fourth round pick in 2015) in order to get Evans. He is not a consensus top 15 pick. Besides, he is not 6-5, rather 6-3. With pick No.61 for example, 49ers can draft Moncrief, who is 6-5 and, maybe, more promising WR than Evans. With pick No.94, they can draft Bryant or Coleman, also big WR. In that way, San Francisco can have two promising big WR plus pick No.30. However, San Francisco should trade up and drasft Tuitt or Hageman, because their biggest need is to provide a continuity in defensive line, because J. Smith will be 35 soon and R. McDonald is getting old, too.