2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Who Trades Up?

Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass between Duke Blue Devils cornerback Ross Cockrell (6) and Kyler Brown (56) during the second quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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
It happened almost by default but all signs point to Blake Bortles separating himself as the top quarterback in the 2014 class.  His 6’5″ frame, strong arm, competitiveness and clutch mentality are everything the Houston Texans can want in a new franchise quarterback.

#2 – Atlanta Falcons (from STL) – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
Trade yield:  Rams get ATL 6th pick, 2nd, 3rd rounders in ’14 and 2nd in ’15

Thomas Dimitroff isn’t afraid of being aggressive to get players he wants.  The Atlanta Falcons badly need a pass rusher and Jadeveon Clowney is the most talented in the draft.  He’s big, long, strong and freakishly athletic.  He also is a perfect fit for their scheme.

#3 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
Gus Bradley vowed to create the “Seahawks of the South” so it’s only fitting he gets his Russell Wilson.  Johnny Manziel mirrors the Seattle star in terms of size, mobility and charismatic leadership.  His instinctive playmaking is hard to descripe and exactly what the Jacksonville Jaguars need.

#4 – Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville
Ray Farmer knows his team needs a quarterback, and he needs one that can start right away.  Teddy Bridgewater is experienced, intelligence, and has an array of physical talent from arm strength to accuracy.  Most questions about him are less physical and more about his somewhat reserved leadership.  The Cleveland Browns take that chance.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn
Jared Veldheer is likely coming back so the Oakland Raiders have a chance to really fortify their offensive line.  Greg Robinson dominated from the left tackle spot at Auburn but his sheer size, power and length means he could easily shift over to the right and become a force for the Silver and Black.

#6 – St. Louis Rams (from ATL) – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
If the commitment to Sam Bradford is for real then the time has come for the St. Louis Rams to fully invest in his protection.  Jake Long was a nice experiment but they need a left tackle who is young, smart, durable and does his best work warding off pass rushers.  Jake Matthews is that guy out of Texas A&M

#7 – Detroit Lions (from TB) – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
Trade yield:  Bucs get DET 10th pick and 2nd rounder, 3rd in ’15

There is no question the fight for Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins is bound to pick up late in the top ten.  Surprisingly it is the Detroit Lions who make the aggressive play to get him.  Putting him across from Calvin Johnson could spell special things for Matthew Stafford in the near future.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – Khalil Mack – OLB  – Buffalo
He’s not a tailor-made defensive end but Khalil Mack is a pass rusher.  Then again, he’s so much more than that given what he can do tracking down runners and playing coverage.  The Minnesota Vikings need somebody like that on the defensive side and Mike Zimmer will find loads of ways to use him.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan
His combine performance did him some huge favors.  Taylor Lewan is clearly an athlete and boasts the size, length and power to go with it.  He played great at left tackle for Michigan but the Buffalo Bills could really help their cause by moving him to the right side across from Cordy Glenn.

#10 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State
Speed was the primary desire for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on offense.  Brandin Cooks may not have ideal size but his combine and game speeds matched up to say one thing:  this kid can fly.  Throw in a good pair of hands and agility and he’s going to shoot up boards.

#11 – Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA
Ray Horton is likely bringing the 3-4 defense to the Tennessee Titans so it will be imperative for them to start adding pass rushers from the outside linebacker position.  Anthony Barr is a natural fit despite his relative inexperience.  His physical upside is off the charts.

#12 – New York Giants – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame
Improving the pass protection has to be top priority for the New York Giants.  Given how many positions struggled up front they will need a player with versatility to play multiple positions.  Zack Martin is a standout tackle from Notre Dame with enough athleticism and technique to stay there in the pros but the needed power and girth to excel at guard.

#13 – St. Louis Rams – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama
There aren’t many holes left for the St. Louis Rams to fill on defense, but one of them is a free safety who can lend a hand in coverage.  Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was a classic center fielder for the Crimson Tide with great range and instincts in coverage that allowed him to read the quarterback and then break to the football.

#14 – Cleveland Browns (from CHI) – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
Trade yield:  Bears get CLE 26th pick, two 3rd rounders in ’14, 5th in ’14 and ’15

Farmer said he wasn’t afraid to be aggressive for the Cleveland Browns in the first round.  His team has a wealth of picks at their disposal and the ability to pursue difference-makers.  They swing a deal with Chicago to go get massive 6’5″ Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans.  Paired with Josh Gordon the Browns suddenly have a pair of twin towers for Teddy Bridgewater to throw to.

#15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State
There is too much age and not enough talent in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary anymore.  They need a young defensive back to build around for the future.  Justin Gilbert has the size, length and speed to play constant press coverage which he did continually during his time at OklahomaState.

#16 – Dallas Cowboys – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State
Regaining a dynamic edge on the defensive line is a must for the Dallas Cowboys as they pick up the pieces from a disastrous 2013.  Timmy Jernigan is a great place to start.  The FloridaState defensive tackle is stout, powerful and commands double teams.  He will stop the run for Dallas, allowing them to focus on improving their pass rush.

#17 – Baltimore Ravens – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State
Ozzie Newsome always sticks to his board and he won’t be able to ignore Darqueze Dennard sitting there.  The MichiganState corner is a top ten talent with excellent coverage ability, an elite work ethic and leadership qualities on and off the field.  He should help improve the Baltimore Ravens back end.

#18 – New York Jets – Marqise Lee – WR – USC
A solid combine merely affirmed that Marqise Lee is a dynamic weapon at wide receiver.  His speed-agility combination, along with good route running skills make him a big play threat.  The New York Jets badly need such weapons.  Adding Lee could give Geno Smith that go-to guy he didn’t have last year.

#19 – Miami Dolphins – Gabe Jackson – OG – Mississippi State
David Yankey and Cyril Richardson get the hype but it’s turning out that Gabe Jackson might be the most enticing guard in the 2014 draft.  He’s big, physical, nasty, and equally good opening running lanes and protecting his quarterback.  There really aren’t many holes to his game and that means he can make an immediate impact for the Miami Dolphins.

#20 – Arizona Cardinals – Dee Ford – DE – Auburn
His late medical scratch from the combine might hurt his stock a little but Dee Ford is still one of the best edge rushers in the draft.  The Arizona Cardinals played their best on defense with pass rush coming off the edges.  He can give them that presence for the long-term.

#21 – Green Bay Packers – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama
Health concerns have also crept up on Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, which would suit the Green Bay Packers just fine.  Mosley exhibited no symptoms last season.  He’s an excellent athlete, smart and a great leader on the field.  His versatility will add some dynamic skill to that Packers front seven.

#22 – Philadelphia Eagles – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville
Getting a presence at the safety position was a must for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Calvin Pryor is known more for his tackling and hitting reputation out of Louisville but that belies how much he improved in coverage over the past year.  He should become a nice fixture in that 3-4 defense.

#23 – San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State
Trade yield:  Chiefs get SF 3rd round pick (94th)

They were bound to move up at some point.  The San Francisco 49ers eventually do move up in a deal with Kansas City to get massive FloridaState receiver Kelvin Benjamin.  His 6’5″ size and deceptive quickness allow him to either gain separation or win in jump ball situations, something the 49ers need in that NFC West division.

#24 – Cincinnati Bengals – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State
Get the headlines ready.  Andy Dalton is officially put on notice when the Cincinnati Bengals snag Derek Carr with the 24th pick.  Indeed it will be a questioned move but facts are facts.  Cincinnati has a Super Bowl-ready roster.  Carr is taller, faster and has a better arm than Dalton.  It’s a risky move, but the timing is right.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU
Either finding quality cover men or more of a pass rush off the edge will take center stage for the San Diego Chargers.  Kyle Van Noy brings loads of speed to the field, making him an outstanding blitzer but he’s also a headache for quarterbacks in coverage thanks to his instincts and length.

#26 – Chicago Bears (from CLE) – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt
Few had as great a pre-draft process as Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald.  His explosiveness was constantly on display and game tape showed a young man who knows how to shoot gaps and get after the quarterback.  The Chicago Bears defense requires players like him and he should fit in perfectly.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU
Losses at cornerback really hampered the New Orleans Saints down the stretch of last season.  Bolstered that area should really help their cause.  Jason Verrett may be a mild 5’10″ but his coverage ability is no joke.  He can stick to receivers like glue, is very tough and plays the football better than most corners in the class.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt
Steve Smith is no guarantee to return for the Carolina Panthers, which only makes their need for a wide receiver that much more critical.  Jordan Matthews dominated the SEC out of Vanderbilt.  He’s big, strong, technically-gifted and faster than people realize.  He can step in right away and contribute.

#29 – New England Patriots – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina
His combine was cut short but it didn’t take long for Eric Ebron to show that his athletic potential is the reason he’s the best tight end on the 2014 NFL mock draft board.  Pairing him with Rob Gronkowski is something the New England Patriots can’t wait to try out.  Also if Gronk can’t stay healthy, they have his replacement.

#30 – Kansas City Chiefs (from SF) – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU
Andy Reid has a couple of solid possession receivers for the Kansas City Chiefs but he really could use a dynamic speed threat who’s dangerous with the football.  Odell Beckham Jr. flashed that constantly at LSU and then again at the scouting combine.  His athletic skill is something Reid can exploit countless different ways.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri
The pass rush faded considerably for the Denver Broncos down the stretch and disappeared in the Super Bowl.  They have to get more pressure off the edge.  Kony Ealy has explosion and athleticism out of Missouri.  He will make a very solid compliment to Von Miller who returns from his torn ACL.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama
His combine was largely a disaster.  The fact is Cyrus Kouandjio did not look like a starting left tackle.  However, his length, size and power give him a great ceiling and a shift to the right side might get the most out of those gifts.  The Seattle Seahawks will love to provide him with that chance.

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

For the third round of the 2014 NFL mock draft, click here.

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  • jay

    Brandin cooks is a panthers fan I dont no why the bucs wanna take my guy he wanna be on my carolina panthers with smitty bucs your desperate in I no you guys or because you guys seen his interview he even said he wanna be on carolina roster with smitty….

    • Marvon Ray Vicks Clark

      right i dont know why we would take a wr in the first round anyway we need a LT,DE AND SLB

      • Erik Lambert

        Mike Williams is an unknown quantity at this point. Also thrown into this situation is the Bucs get an extra second rounder which they could then use to bolster the trenches given the depth of this class. Cooks is an instant big play threat who would perfectly compliment Vincent Jackson.

    • Erik Lambert

      What he wants and what other teams want aren’t likely to coincide.

      • jay

        Bucs are still a thirsty a$$ team I no a player has to go to a team that drafts him but come on now he wanna play with my guy steve smith in the bucs wanna jump in front in take him there not playing it smart they wanna stop my team from meeting there needs to be a top team every season… watch his interview he says he’s a panther fan

  • jay

    Yous a buc fan or what?

    • Erik Lambert


  • freshmeat62

    Why in the world would the 49′ers trade up to get Benjamin, they already traded last year w/ KC to get Jon Baldwin. They are carbon copies. Benjamin is not quick.

    Now I would be happy as anything for that trade to happen, but they would more likely take Beckham that you have going to the Chiefs.

    • Erik Lambert

      You don’t have to be quick when you’re 6’5″, 240 lbs. The guy is a monster and he’s quicker on tape than he was at the combine. Colin Kaepernick needs somebody who can match up with those Seattle corners and Benjamin has the size and strength to do so. Baldwin is not the same player. He struggles to separate from coverage and has never shown the willingness to go get the football befitting his rare size. Benjamin doesn’t have that problem. Besides they surrender just a third round pick to get him. They still have two second rounders and another third to find that speed guy.

      • Kody Latham

        i like what you did with the chiefs i was expecting them to trade out of the first round completely for how far down they are but for a third rounder and still geting odell that would be awesome

        • Erik Lambert

          I felt the same way when I examined the board.

    • Gary Stewart

      if the niners really want a red zone target for kap then giving up a pick 94 to move up those 7 spots seems fair considering the niners have extra picks in almost every round

      • Erik Lambert

        You can call him a red zone target if you like Gary but I ask you this. Would the NFC championship have gone differently if it was him Kaepernick was throwing to in the end zone and not the 6’1″ Michael Crabtree?

        • Gary Stewart

          oh i agree im a ram fan so i see sea and sf twice a year and i was saying that because pick 94 to move up 7 spots seems fair even if he is only a red zone target kelvin didn’t catch em all last year but he caught the most important one. bcs championship catch.

  • Jake

    Last week when I talked about the Vikings trading back you said the only team willing to trade up would be the Jets to get Watkins. Now you have the Lions trading up to get Watkins. What changed?

    • Erik Lambert

      I’ve heard a lot of whispers coming out of Detroit. They seem intent on getting that second weapon for Stafford and a 2nd rounder in ’14 and 3rd in ’15 is a fair price for Watkins. Also keep in mind the Vikings wouldn’t trade with a division rival and there is the somewhat slim but real possibility that Minnesota takes Watkins, another headache the Lions avoid by getting him.

      • Jake

        I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t trade with Detroit, it’s only a draft pick and they could get a pretty sweet deal out of it while only moving back a couple spots. It would actually be a bit of a coup for MN to make this trade with Detroit because they’d be reducing the number of picks available to one of their rivals. If MN doesn’t want Watkins anyway it would make sense to trade with anyone willing, including Detroit. I honestly don’t see the Vikings going after Watkins, they have a lot of money invested in Jennings (who played well), they have Patterson solid at #2, and Simpson would be a very solid #3 (if he comes back), and then there’s Wright, Childs and possibly Rodney Smith (who has looked pretty good). I just don’t think they’ll waste this pick on a position that is probably one of the only places that could be considered a strength.

        But more than all this, does Detroit really need another WR so badly that they would use a top 10 pick on Watkins? Watkins is going cost them some money and they only have about $7 million in cap space. Are they really going to spend big bucks on another WR when they’re paying through the nose for Johnson, not to mention Stafford and Suh and whoever else is taking up major cap space? Detroit fell apart last year and it wasn’t due to lack of talent at WR, it seems more likely they will look to address other needs. I’m not sure Detroit makes this trade at all.

        • Erik Lambert

          Do you really think Minnesota would willingly subjject its secondary to the combination of Sammy Watkins and Calvin Johnson twice a year? I have trouble accepting that.

          Watkins won’t cost as much as you think. As the say goes, there’s always a way to find more cap space if the reasoning is strong enough. It’s an aggressive move for sure, but one that could have HUGE dividends both in the short and long-term.

          • Jake

            The Vikes seem like they want to move that pick and trade down. If Detroit is going to make the trade anyway why wouldn’t they make the deal? If they don’t approach Detroit about a trade and the Lions trade up with Tampa then MN loses out on a valuable opportunity to trade back and the Lions still get Watkins. So if the Lions really are willing to move up to get Watkins it’s the smarter play to deal with them since it’s going to happen regardless; they may as well try to get something out of it. But like I said, I’m still not sure Detroit makes this trade. Watkins and Johnson would be a great duo but it seems like they need a lot of help in other areas. I don’t know what their FA situation looks like this year but that’s not much cap room to resign any FA’s that might leave, look for additional FA’s to shore up trouble spots and sign a top 10 draft pick. And I’m not sure Watkins even gets past Oakland; I feel like Oakland will be looking to add some fire power to their offense and they could easily take Watkins. If they don’t then Tampa could just as easily take him to help out their new, young QB. The Bucs may not even be willing to trade this pick if Watkins is available.

  • Wayne Davis

    Strange cuz I thought the Vikes would have a very good chance of trading back and pick up more draft picks

    • Gary Stewart

      wayne they might be able to trade back but if mack is there at #8 and spielman takes him you will be very happy in the 2014 season as well as 2019 and all the years in between

  • DjHaloe

    Cooks over barr for Tampa?????? What a joke

    • Erik Lambert

      Barr is an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Lovie Smith runs a straight 4-3 that requires bigger defensive ends who can stop the run.

    • Gary Stewart

      in fairness dj erik has stuck to his guns on this subject as a ram fan i suggested barr to the rams and was given the same explanation that barr is an olb in a 3-4 scheme my point is his versatility lends him to either scheme just top 10 not top 5 after the combine i might actually lean toward mosely who can play inside or out and can get through traffic to make plays in the rum game

      • Erik Lambert

        Stay tuned for the second round mock, Gary, and you’ll see why I felt willing enough to pass on Barr. I understand he’s athletic and can do multiple things but one thing he hasn’t shown on tape is being stout at the point of attack against the run, which is an absolute must in Smith’s defense. It would just be Shea McClellin all over again if the Bucs took Barr.

  • Mugshot Magoo

    I don’t think Kelvin Benjamin is a first rounder anymore. He doesn’t change direction very well, and his top end speed is disappointing. His hands weren’t reliable to begin with, and he doesn’t even look like an athlete.

    • Gary Stewart

      i agree mugshot, i saw him mocked to the rams at 13 in another mock and evans going 18 i knew that wasnt right benjamin made one big catch but had a fair share of drops he is a specialty red zone target a fair mid 2nd round prospect at best!!

  • Jarod Cook

    Browns aren’t going to take a QB at #4, can’t afford to have another bust at QB. Although I believe Bridgewater is the best prospect going into this draft. IMO they take Watkins at #4 If he’s still there, if not the trade down and pick Evens, CB, LB, as well as stock pile more picks. The QB’s in this draft are over rated just because they’re QB’s. I guarantee 1 of top QB prospects is going to be there at #26 or #36 when they pick. Best thing they could do is wait till 3rd or 4th round and draft 1 of the 2nd tier QB’s.

    • Erik Lambert

      You say they can’t afford another bust and yet feel taking a quarterback later is a better idea just because it lands them an extra weapon on the roster. The bottom line is Bridgewater won’t go beyond the top ten, and that’s for a reason. He’s talented, smart and a winner. Nitpick his little problems all you like but the kid can play quarterback in the NFL. I should also point out the last two times you guys waited until later to get one you ended up with Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn. Maybe it’s time to change up the formula.

      • Jarod Cook

        Out of trio of QBs i agree Teddy is the best. I just think it be better to draft a QB in the 3rd/4th round. Looking at the recent success of other NFL QBs who sat a year or two, i think that’s the best course of action. Personal I think the best thing the Browns could do is trade down stock pile more picks. I’d like to see them pick a LB or CB with first pick. I agree with most that the WR position runs deep this year, you’ll find talent in the 2nd/3rd round. But Watkins is leaps and bounds better then the rest of the pack.

        • Erik Lambert

          Russell Wilson didn’t sit a year or two. Joe Flacco didn’t sit a year or two. That notion is misguided, in my opinion Jarod.

          • Jarod Cook

            If you look at the teams that those QBs are on it’s the defenses that won them there championships. They’re good enough QBs who don’t turn the ball over and do enough to keep there teams in the game. If that’s what your looking for you can get that in McCarron in the 3rd/4th round.

          • Erik Lambert

            The Ravens needed 34 points to win the Super Bowl and 38 to win the divisional round playoff against Denver. Flacco carried the Ravens, Jarod, make no mistake. I’ll give you Seattle.

          • Jarod Cook

            If they trade down and get early/mid 2nd they could draft Goropollo. Or since I don’t think Cincy is going to waste there pick on Carr, the Browns can get him at #35

      • Jarod Cook

        Seeing as how the Browns just released DQJ. I think they’re going to trade down and take a LB with there first pick. Rummer has it they’re sold on Carr at 26/35.This is how I see them drafting as of now.
        Trade back #8-12 grab LB
        #26/#35 Carr and OL flip flop to your preference
        From trade #39-43 Mason, Hyde, WR, or another OL
        Also probably get at least another 4th rounder this year or combination of 1/2/3/4 next year. Do you still see them staying put at #4 taking QB or trading back getting LB and more picks?

        • Erik Lambert

          If the rumor is true and they really are enamored with Derek Carr, then they might be able to move back a few spots and take C.J. Mosley. He’d be perfect for their new defense. However, the trick is the stock of Carr. How high is it with other teams. He had a good combine and everyone knows he’s got the best arm in this draft.

          • Jarod Cook

            I’ve said all along wait till 2nd/3rd to draft QB. I’m a fan of taking either Carr or Garapollo in the 2nd, or McCarron in the 3rd, giving them a year to learn and adjust to NFL.The browns seem to plan on sitting who ever they draft this year anyways, unless they come into training camp/preseason and blow pass Hoyer. Taking Mosely in the 1st to fill hole of DQJ and either Borland/Swallwood in the 3rd for depth. Better then gambling on QB at #4.

          • Erik Lambert

            It’s not a bad strategy but honestly the longer they wait to get a quarterback the bigger the gamble they’re taking. Remember, Hoyer played well but he did so under two excellent offensive minds in Turner and Chudzinski. It’s the Mike Pettine show now and there’s no guarantee Kyle Shanahan can get the same out of him or whoever they draft in the 2nd or 3rd.

  • Charles Spencer King

    If you’re not from Chicago Erik, I suggest we give you a key to the city if this pans out !!! wooowho!

    • Erik Lambert

      I am from Chicago, Charles but I didn’t do this as a fan. I genuinely feel the Bears will look to move down and think they can get Donald at that position. It’s merely my objective point of view.

      • Charles Spencer King

        In any case you made my day, I buy you a something next time, I’m in town and butt in to The Billy Goat ! Cheers.

        • Erik Lambert

          Glad I could help!

  • Stanley Turner

    As a Steelers fan I would love Mike Evans on our team. I hate to see wide receivers go to team with poor quarterbacks.

    • Erik Lambert

      I feel your pain, Stanley but unfortunately in this mock the Browns beat you to the punch.

  • Paul Newbold

    Still with the Jets trading up to get Lee? You surely could be right, but as I’ve said before I just don’t see it. Plenty of Wr’s in this draft and Free Agency….no need to trade up for Lee in my opinion. With cap space and a deep WR draft, the Jets may surprise a lot of folks and not go WR until the third where they own 2 picks. I’m not saying they should wait that long, I’m just saying it wouldn’t surprise me much. We are talking Rex Ryan and his love of defensive players. And I still believe Ebron or Amaro is a better fit for the Jets than Lee. But hey we all have our humble opinions. lol

    • Erik Lambert

      Look again, Paul. They didn’t trade up.

      • Paul Newbold

        Wow! I miss read that one….must have been over dosing on combine results! LOL Thanks for the articles, keep them coming!

        • Erik Lambert

          Stay tuned. Second round is imminent!

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  • Raymond

    Manziel is NOTHING like Russell Wilson. Maturity level clearly isn’t there. Lacks work ethic and leadership as well. Not to mention that his 4.68/40 isn’t close to Wilson’s 4.5 much bigger deal for Johnny since relies so heavily on scrambling

    • Erik Lambert

      Just because they aren’t exactly the same doesn’t mean they aren’t similar, Raymond. Manziel is much younger coming out of college so of course his maturity and leadership are questioned. Wilson is shorter but also has a stronger arm. The bottom line is they are both playmakers who do their best work outside the pocket.

      • Raymond

        While Wilson makes much smarter decisions, is faster, proven, and a much harder worker. Basically Manziel is also short. That’s where comparison ends

        • Erik Lambert

          Okay, Raymond. I get it. 12th man, semper fi. Whatever.

        • Jarod Cook

          I agree with you Raymond Manziel is the next Tebow. Great collage QB but won’t do well in NFL. Manziel locks onto his #1 target and either forces it or scrambles around till he gets open. He doesn’t check down to his secondary receivers all that well, and when he scrambles doesn’t try to avoid contact like he should.

  • bk

    From watching the combine I have the opinion that there is a lot of depth at WR, CB, and LB. I really think that Watkins, Evans, Matthews and maybe Cooks are a little better than the rest..disappointed with Lee, but, watching him he just has the intangibles… I think you can throw a blanket over the top 10 CB’s and there is not much difference between them…
    Same with the LB’s… I thought Mack, Barr, and Mosely would have shined a little more…
    DL: Clowney, Donald, Jernigen, all look like animals… TE: a lot of good ones….
    Being a Steeler fan i was hoping Lewan would slip… not gonna happen.. So I hope they trade down and take advantage of the depth…

    • Erik Lambert

      I don’t know. They have some compensatory picks coming their way including a third rounder for Mike Wallace. I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved up, though of course moving down is an option too.

      • bk

        I don’t see any way they get a third for wallace, he didn’t have that good of a year… I think they get two fourths or a fourth and a fifth.
        I would like to see a few teams interested in Ebron or Evans try to trade up if they are still there…
        Reality with TOmlin and co. is that they probably already have guy picked and will draft someone way above where they should go (Nix)…

        • Erik Lambert

          It’s not based on whether he had a good year, it’s based on how big a contract he signed.

          • bk

            Not entirely… it is highly confidential… based on salary AND statistics, post season awards, and team gains/losses of similar players. It is determined by the NFL Mgmt council..
            ie… Goodell… yeah, I trust him…

          • Demarkus Tramail Swan

            That is correct.

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