Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Trade Epicenter Shift

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

Trading Matt Schaub pretty much signaled the Texans are going after a quarterback.  Blake Bortles is the most talented on the board, even if he still needs some work.  Bill O’Brien will need to handle it.

#2 – St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

Try as the might the suitors probably won’t be heavy for the #2 pick like they were in 2012.  Thus the St. Louis Rams are forced to use it themselves.  Greg Robinson, talent-wise is a freak at the tackle spot and can play on the left or right side.

#3 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

Rumors are that Gus Bradley has no intention of letting Jadeveon Clowney slip away if he slides to #3.  This is one of those situations where you can trust the rumors.  Bradley needs a young pass rusher to make his defense go.  Now he has it.

#4 – Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson

Having two first round picks affords the Browns the chance to relegate a need pick to later, allowing them to take the best on the board here and that is Sammy Watkins.  So much speed, athleticism and toughness…and he gets to play with Josh Gordon.  Yikes.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M

This might come as a slight surprise but in truth thanks to their free agency moves the Oakland Raiders are really only hurting for a go-to receiver to help Matt Schaub.  The 6’5″ beast known as Mike Evans would give them a dimension they lack.

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

The addition of Jon Asamoah at guard really eased some of the pass protection woes for the Falcons.  That will allow Thomas Dimitroff to seek out a top tier talent for his defense.  Khalil Mack is an all-around player who can rush, cover and tackle.

#7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Anthony Collins was an underrated addition to the offensive line for TampaBay but they still need more work before the front is ready.  Taylor Lewan fits more with what Lovie Smith likes.  He’s big, physical and nasty and will open running lanes for Doug Martin but has the athleticism to protect Josh McCown.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

Keeping Everson Griffen was crucial after losing Jared Allen but the Minnesota Vikings still need more help with their pass rush.  Anthony Barr can not only help with that, but he can also fill one of their lingering needs at linebacker.  It’s a win-win.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

E.J. Manuel and the other Bills quarterbacks were hit a lot in 2013.  That can’t happen if they expect to win this year.  Jake Matthews is the best pass protector in this class and has experience playing on the right side, which is where they need him most.

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

Sometimes teams have to account for the value of leadership and intangibles.  Darqueze Dennard isn’t the best athlete at corner but he’s pretty good and his work ethic and effect in the locker room more than make up for whatever he lacks physically.  Detroit gets a favorite son out of MichiganState.

#11 – Tennessee Titans – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

Stunning?  Not really.  The Tennessee Titans are not married to Jake Locker and a great way to end his underwhelming era is getting the most pro-ready quarterback in any 2014 NFL mock draft.  Teddy Bridgewater has his doubters, but he also has talent, intelligence and is a proven winner.

#12 – New York Giants – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

It might comes as a slight shock at first but it really isn’t.  The New York Giants carefully spent their money in free agency to repair the defense and offensive line.  Tight end is one of their weakest positions.  Eric Ebron instantly solves that problem.

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

Boasting one of the best front sevens in football means the Rams should think hard about ways to better their secondary, thus creating more turnovers.  Adding an athletic safety ranks near the top of the list.  Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the best, by far, in this class.

#14 – New York Jets (f/CHI) – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State

Trade:  18th, 80th (3rd) and 210th (7th) picks to Bears for 14th pick

With Mike Evans and Eric Ebron both off the board, there is really only one player left the New York Jets should see making a huge difference for them.  Justin Gilbert is an athletic freak at cornerback whom Rex Ryan could cultivate into a shutdown cover man.

#15 – Green Bay Packers (f/PIT) – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

Trade:  21st, 85th (3rd), and 149th (5th) pick to Steelers for 15th pick

Thanks to free agency and third and fifth round compensatory picks, the Packers can afford to be aggressive if the right player is within reach.  Pittsburgh grants them that chance as they go get Louisville safety Calvin Pryor, a projectile type player who can blitz and play coverage.

#16 – Dallas Cowboys – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

The addition of Henry Melton has turned the defensive line needs towards the end position.  Losing DeMarcus Ware was a tough blow.  Kony Ealy is the best suited to fill in at the thin position.  He’s got good size, burst and a variety of moves in the pass rush.

#17 – Baltimore Ravens – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

Taking the best player available is something Baltimore has done for years.  Zack Martin is easily that guy.  He’s big, tough, nasty and versatile to play almost anywhere on the offensive line.  The Ravens will find a place for him.

#18 – Chicago Bears (f/NYJ) – Aaron Donald – DT – Pittsburgh

Having succeeded in acquiring a  couple extra draft picks, Chicago still manages to land the player they want.  Aaron Donald is a pass rushing nightmare from the defensive tackle spot.  So quick and explosive, he will disrupt a lot of plays.

#19 – Miami Dolphins – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA

It might seem a little early to be taking a guard but keep in mind two were taken in the top ten last year.  Xavier Su’a-Filo has the technique, athleticism and power base to start immediately for Miami, and further their rebuild of the offensive line.

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

Finding an outside rusher for their defense to succeed John Abraham is a big must.  Arizona can do that by taking Dee Ford.  The Auburn star is dynamic in the pass rush, able to find different ways to beat blockers and harass the quarterback.

#21 – Pittsburgh Steelers (f/GB) –  Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Having missed out on the top receivers and corners, the Steelers made the right call moving back.  In the end they still get Ben Roethlisberger his big receiver with Kelvin Bejamin, who at 6’5″ will present an enormous red zone threat at the very least.

#22 – Philadelphia Eagles – Ra’Shede Hageman – DE – Minnesota

Improving the defense remains a priority but with the top corners and safeties gone, Philadelphia instead looks to bolster their front line.  Ra’Shede Hageman is an athletic wonder despite his immense size.  He’s a perfect fit at the five-technique end position.

#23 – San Francisco 49ers (f/KC) – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State

Trade:  30th, 94th (3rd)and 220th (7th) picks to Chiefs for 23rd pick

Overloaded with picks, it was only a matter of time before San Francisco moved up to get somebody.  Two things are needed for their receiving corps:  size and/or speed.   Brandin Cooks is fast both on tape and in person and can play inside or outside.  Dangerous kid.

#24 – Cincinnati Bengals – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

Corner and safety need some attention for the Bengals.  Kyle Fuller is their kind of guy.  He’s big, scrappy, deceptively good in coverage and a tremendous help in run defense.  Fit-wise, there isn’t a better corner for them.

#25 – Jacksonville Jaguars (f/SD) – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

Trade:  39th (2nd) and 70th (3rd) picks to Chargers for 25th pick

It was only a matter of time before teams got antsy on the quarterback question.  The Jacksonville Jaguars decide to end the charade.  They strike a deal with San Diego and go get Johnny Manziel, who should help electrify the fan base.

#26 – Cleveland Browns (f/IND) – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

As expected GM Ray Farmer chose to wait on getting his quarterback and he’s rewarded with the knowledge that Derek Carr is still there.  The kid has a gun for an arm, good height, mobility and an unshakeable confidence in his ability.  Cleveland will need that.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

There are other positions the Saints could go but C.J. Mosley is way too talented for them to pass up.  He’s an athletic, smart and instinctive linebacker from Alabama who brings plenty of ability but also leadership and toughness.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU

Wide receiver is the obvious go-to position for Carolina.  They need somebody Cam Newton can look to.  Odell Beckham Jr. has emerged as a dynamic talent who is a danger with the ball in his hands.  He should also be a huge help in the return game.

#29 – New England Patriots – Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame

Ever so suddenly the Vince Wilfork era seems close to ending in New England.  If true the team must act swiftly and decisively to make sure his loss isn’t felt too much.  Getting the best nose tackle in the 2014 NFL mock draft in Louis Nix certainly qualifies.

#30 – Kansas City Chiefs (f/SF) – David Yankey – G – Stanford

Having collected some extra help for later, Kansas City feels content to reload the guard position that was somewhat gutted with the losses of Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz.  David Yankey is a big, strong, smart and athletic hog from Stanford who can start right away.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU

Aqib Talib was a huge addition in free agency but the secondary still needs more help at corner.  Jason Verrett is an outstanding talent from TCU despite his limited 5’10″ frame.  He will make an ideal nickel corner who can slide outside if required.

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

Zach Miller was re-signed but that doesn’t mean the Seahawks are settled at tight end.  They still need more firepower for their passing attack.  Jace Amaro is a proven receiver-type out of Texas Tech with great size, hands and route running ability.

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  • Nevin Paustian

    With the depth at safety in the draft, Ted Thompson will NOT give up two middle round picks just to move up 6 spots in the first round of the draft to take a safety that could possibly be there at 21. If anything, with both pryor and clinton-dix gone by 21, he will trade away GB’s 1st round pick for more picks long before attempting to move up.

    • Erik Lambert

      Keep in mind they are both picks he has doubles of thanks to the compensatory awards. Pryor and Clinton-Dix will indeed be gone by #21 but I feel both represent the critical upgrade that secondary needs. Pryor is a guided missile who brings an edge and presence to a secondary. Dom Caper would be able to use him a variety of different ways either by blitzing or in coverage.

      • Ted Thompson

        Your thinking is completely flawed! Just because Ted Thompson has 2 comp picks is NOT a reason to trade up for a Safety that isn’t worth trading up for. Remember those comp picks are @ the BOTTOM of the rounds. Pryor gets a lot of hype because this is a weak Safety class. Ted Thompson WILL NOT TRADE UP FOR A SAFETY!! BOOK IT!

        • Erik Lambert

          How you view Pryor and how I view Pryor are different, Ted. You can shout with all caps all day and it won’t change my analysis of the situation. Safety is a clear need for Green Bay. The safety class is weak in depth but Pryor is a good player with the arrow pointing up to get even better. They can easily find quality players at all those other positions you reference in the 2nd and yes even late in the 3rd and 5th rounds. Not at safety. Pryor can make a huge difference for them. Aside from physical skill, he can bring an attitude, something that defense needs. Again, that is my assessment. You don’t agree and that is well within your right.

          • Nevin Paustian

            Ted is not a knee jerk type of guy that would trade two picks just to move up 6 spots in the first round. Safety is a priority, but Ted also values his coaching staff’s ability to develop players. Would not be surprised one bit to see him wait and get a guy like ward, buchanon, or brock veneer in a later round. Keep in mind this is the same Ted Thompson who drafted eddie lacy at the end of the 2nd round after trading away his earlier 2nd round pick for more draft picks. No way in hell, he trades up in the draft in the first round. Extra picks or not. Ted knows where he is and he has a good idea who he can get and he will not sacrifice 2 potential great picks at other positions to hopefully fill one position.

        • Nevin Paustian

          This mock draft isn’t nearly as funny as the one where they have GB trading back to the 26th pick and drafting a guard in the first round. Apparently sitton and lang just aren’t doing their jobs or Ted has zero confidence in tretter which is obvious by how he let dietrich-smith go basically without a fight. Lol

        • David Mallow

          Calvin Pryor is a guy with trading up for..hes the best safety in this draft and there are quite a few good ones.. he would easily be the best guy in that defensive backfield…

          • Nevin Paustian

            Doesn’t matter if pryor is the best safety in the draft. He isn’t good enough for ted to justify giving up 2 middle round picks in the draft for him. He will not do it.

      • Ted Thompson

        ALSO, you have Hageman, Nix, & especially C.J. Mosely still there after #21, all 3 MUCH BETTER value picks. Raji & Guiton are on 1 year deals and Ted values the offensive & defensive lines higher than any other position other then QB. ILB is a major need and there have been reports that GB has Deon Buchanon #1 on their Safety board and they spent a lot of time with Tre Boston from N. Carolina @ his pro day. There are some really physically talented FS’s after the 1st round. Ted values his draft picks and with 2 3rds & 2 5ths he can add a lot of talent & depth. DL, OLB, ILB, S, TE, OG, these are ALL need areas for starters & depth and the with a DEEP WR class why not add a playmaker there.

    • [email protected]

      Nevin, as a Steelers fan I hope you are right; Ebron wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize for us, though, and perhaps we could get the CB we need in rd2.
      Erik, you NEVER give the Steelers a good DEFENSIVE pick in your draft – are you a Ravens or Bengals fan? LOL!!!

      • Erik Lambert

        Not for nothing, TC, but it’s not like I was oblivious to the situation. I saw the top corners off the board as were most of the offensive linemen. The Steelers added Mike Mitchell at safety next to Polamalu so the choices were slim. So either they reach for somebody at #15 or trade back, get some extra picks and take a big receiver with loads of upside. I felt getting Benjamin at #21 was perfectly reasonable.

        • bk

          I agree with trading down, but Benjamin just worries me.. Cooks instead to get a burner.. Get a CB in rd 2 and use 3rd rd pick and 4th rd to move up and get Buchannon…
          Cooks, Watkins, Buchannon, then a TE with the comp in rd 3…
          Look at Street, etc later for the tall WR…

          • Erik Lambert

            I looked at Cooks are a long time but I kept going back to the reality that Ben doesn’t have a big receiver who plays big. I understand there are size guys later on but none of them can be counted on to fill that role reliably. Benjamin has a few kinks to work out but his upside is huge. Then you can get that CB and S on Day 2 and go after whatever else you like the rest of the way. Again, this is my outlook. Not saying it’s the wrong or right one.

  • 757Raiderfan

    Love the call on mike Evans to Oakland he is huge exactly what we need. Extremely doubtful we pick him at 5 though

    • Erik Lambert

      Perhaps. I know everyone talks about trading down but I also know that the majority of the teams in the top ten and first round as a whole want to trade down. Oakland may not have that luxury, and with Sammy Watkins gone, Evans is the closest they’ll get to a can’t-miss receiver. Taking him at #5 might be a tad high, but it’s still a good pick.

      • Mr. C

        I like the M. Evans pick, but not at 5, especially with Mack available I think several teams all the way back to 14 would like to have Mack. So I see a nice trade coming and we can still get a beast like Mike Evans! Nice draft I would like to see your on how trades play out in the later rounds. Like 1-4.

        • Erik Lambert

          Stay tuned, you might just get your wish. I know Evans is high here but I realistically couldn’t see anybody jumping up for Mack, at least not within reason. Could TEN or MIN have done it? Absolutely but I think the top part of this class is too strong to warrant rash maneuvers. MIN got Barr who is almost as good as Mack while TEN held on to what picks they have and settled for a quarterback. Believe me, I knew OAK would’ve wanted to trade back first. The problem is finding the takers.

      • Sterling Archer

        with the signing of Jones and already having Moore, Streater, Holmes on the Roster they have a veteran and 3 young talented receivers,we have also seen the RM has a set price in his head as to each players worth and I doubt a 15-20 pick WR will be taken with the 5th. In this scenario if the Raiders were to be forced to pick, Matthews to Fill an already stout line, or Justin Gilbert who may be a reach at this point fills the need of a 2nd or 3rd CB in a very pass happy AFC West though he would be a very slight reach or Mack/Barr both would play a decent pass rushing LB though I would go Barr as I feel mack is a flash in the pan…

        • Erik Lambert

          I don’t know where you got the 15-20 range from Sterling but you’re dreaming if Evans goes in that range. His sweet spot is probably near the end of the top 10.

          • Gary Stewart

            i can’t see evans going later than 12 hes not a 15-20 talent as the commenter says but he may slip to as far as 13 and if he is there the rams would probably take him.

          • Sterling Archer

            I say 15-20 Because I have him as the 15th Best player in my Rankings, I know many place him in the 10-15 range, But I feel Ebron and Clinton-Dix have comparable ability in their positions a higher value overall in the NFL right now, with an unusually deep WR Class. I also see him being taken by the Steelers, Jets or Potentially Ravens, because I believe Lee will come off the board first to Buffallo.I agree that he may be better than a 15-20 talent but I don’t see him going with the needs of the teams ahead of him in a very Deep WR class, I Think Watkins and Lee are better receivers. He plays as a big WR without that initial burst off the line which will likely limit him to being a very good maybe great #2 guy but doe not have the “burner” speed (only a 4.53) to break the top of a Defense. He will be very good red zone threat because of size an ability to go over the middle. I know he has gotten compared to Calivn Johnson (for unknown reasons other than size) but Johnson had/has a 4.35 40 time, and can spread the field. While a top talent the teams that are WR Hungry need a #1 WR not a #2 and often its about drafting need not Best available. As for the Rams Idea they are currently in Contract talks with Kenny Brit, who they are likely to sign so doubt they go WR here. Tennessee has other pressing needs as they have already signed 3 WR’s. Chicago has WR’s in place, Giants just brought back Manningham… So falling to 15-20 is not that unlikely of a scenario as you make it seem.

          • Erik Lambert

            So much depends on what happens with the quarterbacks. If they start falling from the top ten then I don’t think Evans slips out with them. However, if a couple of them stick around in the top then, then what you say is entirely plausible.

  • powderBLUE801

    Do u think the chargers will trade down and lose out on nix or verret

    • Erik Lambert

      Both DT and CB are deep in this draft. Have an early 2nd is like having a late 1st this year and have two 2nds and two 3rds will serve them very well provided they make good picks. Nix and Verrett are good players but not worth standing pat if offered a chance to get an extra pick. Keep in mind that 3rd is from JAX, which would be as a good as another 2nd.

      • powderBLUE801

        I can see passing on nix but in my eyes verret is worth staying at 25 to get. He is a smaller CB but I think he will fill a huge hole.

        • Erik Lambert

          Believe me you aren’t the only one who feels that way. I just think you can afford to wait until the 2nd, pick up Bradley Roby early and then grab that big D-tackle with the other like DaQuan Jones or Daniel McCullers. That would still leave another high pick to do with as you choose.

          • Gary Stewart

            erik i get a kick out of some of these commentors they all know everything about their team needs and expect you to know everything about all 32 teams its not fair maybe you should ask the GB guy what he thinks the chiefs should do to prove a point. as a ram fan i have opinions that i dont always share with you but to say the rams will never do something is silly, this is a crapshoot, and these gms are getting bolder every year!!

          • Erik Lambert

            You have a point, Gary. I know there comes a time when there’s no reasoning with people. I had a guy emphatically shoot me down for saying Josh McCown would sign elsewhere, calling me crazy for even thinking it. Then McCown signs in Tampa Bay. I don’t write these articles to stir up trouble. I write them because I use the best of my knowledge to make an educated guess. That is, after all, what a mock draft is.

  • Jarod Cook

    At #4 wouldn’t be disappointed if they choose Watkins and added him to there receiving core. But at the moment I see the Rams taking Watkins at #2, and the Browns taking Robinson at #4.
    At #26 I think the Browns pass on Carr. I’m in the opinion that Farmer stays away form QB’s with the first 3 picks and instead brings in skill players. With Mosely still on the board and a need for another ILB opposite of Dansby they take him. Fill a need with the best rated player at his position at #26, it’s a steal for the Browns. Also could possible take Yankee with the need to improve the OL.

    • Erik Lambert

      I assumed that would be your thought, Jarod. Lord knows we’ve discussed this at length many times! ;)

    • Gary Stewart

      my guess jarod is the browns are not going to public workouts because they have already made up their mind on what they want to do at qb, but if i were a browns fan unless i was sold on hoyer i would worry about hoping carr falls to #26.

      • Jarod Cook

        They already have private workouts for Bridgewater and Carr planned, I hope it’s just smoke and mirrors. Why should they hope Carr falls to #26, he’ll be there with Bridgewater and Manziel. These QB’s are getting hyped up and I wouldn’t be surprised if like last year only 1 QB was taking in the first round. The skilled players who are listed as 1st/2nd rd prospects are leaps and bounds better then any of the top QB prospects. I see no deference in Murry, Mettenberger, and McCarron when measured against the top 4 QB. And they’ll be able to grab them in the 3rd round. I’m not saying Hoyer is the answer, but they should look to BUILD A TEAM before they take another chance on a Boom/Bust QB early. That means fixing the OL and getting a big WR opposite of Gordon on offense. On defense they need another starting ILB, and a CB opposite of Haden. Also could use depth at almost every position.

  • Tracyl

    Sorry I just don’t see the Cowboys taking Ealy. Maybe he has all the measurables but he scares me more than any guy in the first round, simply because he never showed it on the field. If he was so darn great why did he never put up any decent sack or pressure numbers? I think he is going to be the biggest over hyped player taken the first day. Frankly I would rather see the Cowboys take Zack Martin, Donald, Mosley or Beckham at that spot. Or if they can trade down.

    Donald, even though they have Melton now, would still be a good pick there. Marinelli would find a way to get both of the on the field at the same time and they would cause major havoc (cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war baby) on those guards and centers.

    Beckham would be a decent pick there because the Cowboys have a need for speed after the release of Miles Austin. Williams was good last year and Dez is a beast but neither are burners. Beckham would give them that deep threat that can just flat out fly. And with Scott Linehan now calling plays you can bet Tony will be winging that ball down the field a lot more than last year with Callahan dink and dunking it all day long.

    Martin would solidify the newly rebuilt line that Dallas has put together over the last couple of years. Probably starting out at Guard then moving to RT when Free leaves.

    Mosley would allow Lee to move to one of the outside LB positions where maybe he could stay healthy for a change or take over for the underwhelming OLB’s on that team.

    Then take a DE in the second someone like a Scott Crighton, Trent Murphy, Jackson Jeffcoat, There is talent to be had at the DE position a little later on Just because Ealy has the right height, weight and 40 yard dash everyone wants to say he is this great prospect. Well I say poppycock.

    • Erik Lambert

      Careful, Tracyl. No need to be dropping P-bombs. If you were going to take a tackle I’d think Timmy Jernigan makes more sense. He’s bigger than Donald and would help against the run while also having a good amount of pass rush ability of his own. That way you could keep him and Melton on the field on every down. Frankly I can’t see Dallas going offense at any position in the first round and linebacker is much deeper than defensive end. Ealy is more than just a fit for the defense, athletically. The fact he had nine sacks in the SEC and is good against the run are also key points. Scott Crichton will be gone by the time you pick in the 2nd while Murphy and Jeffcoat project much better as outside linebackers given their size.

  • thanos kaplanis

    So how does a 3 and a 2 rounder ompensate for a 1st rounder?

    • Erik Lambert

      Normally it wouldn’t. However, this draft is uncommonly deep in talent. An early second is as good as a late first and a third can be as good as a second. Through this the Chargers have two 2nd and two 3rd round picks and have needs at positions that are quite deep in this class.

  • 619chargers4life

    I’m hoping the chargers could pull something like that off

    • Erik Lambert

      Never know. All depends on how the quarterback situation shakes out.

  • Craig Barker

    This would be a dream scenario.

    • Erik Lambert

      Entirely plausible one too.

  • BlueBoltFan

    I see what Tom Telesco did there at #25. I like it!

    It’s a win-win. The Chargers get much needed picks. Jacksonville walks away with the #1 overall player in the draft plus their franchise QB.

    • Erik Lambert

      The Chargers are one of the few teams that don’t have to be tied down in the first round. Their needs can be met in the 2nd with ease and the extra pick will allow them to further bolster the roster.

  • bandanaman

    Erik, while I understand you try to be objective, it’s pretty clear this is more “ideal draft” for your Bears than realistic effort to predict the draft. First, you have the Packers trading away picks in an overreaction to a need that the Bears are in just as bad of shape at. Then you give the Bears two extra picks to trade down while still landing the best case scenario player for them. I’m not buying your reasoning that Dallas would pass on Donald just because they signed Melton.

    • Erik Lambert

      My reasoning has nothing to do with the Bears. The fact they can get Donald in a trade down is entirely plausible. Dallas runs their style defense and Melton is the ideal three-technique. Meanwhile they have NOTHING at defensive end. As in zero. This draft is very light on ends to begin with so it make perfect sense for them to grab one early and Ealy is a good fit. Drafting another three-technique sounds interesting on paper but in the end won’t help their defense in areas where they’ll need it. As for the Packers, they have the picks to spare and the need at safety. Pryor would do so much for them, especially after the solid addition of Peppers and retention of Raji and Mike Neal. In fact, one our writers who is a prominent GB fan executed a very similar trade in a multi-writer mock draft we conducted before. This has nothing to do with fandom, regardless of what you might believe.

  • Albert

    FYI, I thought it was odd when I didn’t see him in Round 1 yesterday, but based on your Round 2 mock you completely forgot about WR Marquise Lee. I doubt you are claiming he’s a 3rd round draft pick. With this correction, how would this change your Mock Draft?

    • Albert

      Erik, with that being said, I’m a 49ers fan. In your mock, you had them trade up to pick up Cooks. Do you have Cooks as a better fit for the 49ers than Lee? Since Lee was missing from your board, I couldn’t compare where he fell compared to Cooks. I would be happy with either one. Evans would be the dream scenario, since he provides speed and size, but he’s most likely a top 10 pick and would probably cost them a lot to move that high up. Has Lee’s stock gone that far down? Coming into this season, he was potentially a top 5 pick and clearly the top WR after his first two years. I don’t have the advantage of watching scouting tapes, did his dropoff come from poor QB-play or were there some red flags that developed over the year? Thanks.

  • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

    Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but the Seahawks are adamant they are waiting on Jermichael Finley to get cleared. Already high on Luke Willson, re-signed Anthony McCoy and Zach Miller. If they are waiting on Finley, you won’t see them grab a TE in the draft. If the 1st round played out like this Virginia’s Morgan Moses would be the ideal pick after losing Breno Giacamini and Paul McQuistan to FA. The Hawks have struggled to stay healthy on the OL. Hoping that Su’a-Filo is still there though, because he has more versatility and the Hawks always seem to need a floater.

    • Erik Lambert

      I’m aware of the Finley talk but until he’s actually signed and on the roster, tight end remains an area of need for them. Amaro could do so much for the attack and Schneider has proven he can find quality linemen later on if need be.

  • Butch Davis

    Eh, this was very intriguing/creative but my objection would be with the Chiefs selecting David Yankey in the first. This team is going to need depth at o line but I dont see John Dorsey with his “take the best player available” type of approach drafting a position (albeit a somewhat need) that wont have as much impact either in the interim or the long term as say WR or FS or even 3 tech DE will.

    That’s not to slight Yankey who will be a double digit pro bowler before his career is up but I think KC stays put and either takes a guy like O Dell Beckham or Brandin Cooks or if they go defense maybe Stephon Tuitt. Still this was very thoughtful.

  • Turdeus Burglaar

    Miami would be wise to trade back if Martin goes off the board before their pick.

  • DragonFly34

    How many TDs did this OG score? Theres no OG worth a first rd pk.

    • Erik Lambert

      How many TD passes can a quarterback throw with pressure in his face? How many big runs can a running back have if there is no hole to run through? Quality guards aren’t sexy picks but they can make a huge difference to the offensive success of a football team. Ask the Bears how good they might’ve been without Kyle Long. Would DeMarco Murray have averaged 5.2 yards per carry for Dallas without Travis Frederick?

      • DragonFly34

        Im so sorry, did I hurt your feelings? My comments are directed at the writer of this article, you have your opinions and I have mine, if you don’t like it,,,TS. Theres no OG worth a 1st rd pk.

        • Erik Lambert

          That’s your opinion. You’re entitled to it. And I am the writer of this article. Believe me, I’ve heard way worse from people.

          • DragonFly34

            For some reason I thought the writer was Roddy,,,,,,lol,,,sorry. There are so many writers in here you need a program to keep up. But it still goes, RGs don’t score or prevent TDs.
            But the OL is the engine that runs the machine, without a good OL no team can win. And thats on page 342 of the coaches NFL handbook.