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2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Trades-Go-Round


 

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

Is Jadeveon Clowney a need or ideal fit for the Houston Texans?  No.  Is he a freakish athlete with All-Pro pass rush potential?  Yes.  Adding that next to J.J. Watt is simply common sense rather than reaching on a quarterback.

#2 – Atlanta Falcons (f/STL) – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn  

Trade:  6th, 37th (2nd) and 1st in ’15 to Rams for 2nd pick

Protecting Matt Ryan isn’t the only goal for the Atlanta Falcons in 2014.  Re-establishing the run is almost equally important.  Greg Robinson is already a dominant run blocker out of Auburn with the athletic ceiling to become an anchor in pass protection.

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

His lackluster pro day may have caused some red flags but experts will say game tape tells the story.  Teddy Bridgewater is ready to start Day One in the NFL.  He’s talented, precise, and an understated leader.  Gus Bradley will see a lot of Russell Wilson in him.

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

Come on.  Is it really that hard to see?  Pairing the most complete receiver in this 2014 NFL mock draft in Sammy Watkins with breakout star Josh Gordon makes way too much sense for the Cleveland Browns.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo

Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley were very solid veteran additions to the Oakland Raiders defense but now they put it over the top with a youth infusion.  Khalil Mack is a versatile, violent playmaking pass rusher who will bring a dynamic punch to the Silver and Black.

#6 – St. Louis Rams (f/ATL) – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

Having acquired some extra picks, the St. Louis Rams still manage to find Sam Bradford some needed protection.  Jake Matthews can step in at left or right tackle right away and excels at keeping his quarterback clean.

#7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M

Trading Mike Williams almost certainly put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the market for a receiver.  Mike Evans should be there at #7 and will give Josh McCown two explosive 6’5″ targets along with Vincent Jackson.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF

From a talent perspective there is none better than Blake Bortles in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Does he need a little polish?  Yes.  That is why the Vikings brought back Matt Cassel but in the long-term Mike Zimmer has his franchise guy.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

E.J. Manuel was sacked a lot last season.  If he’s to reach his potential he needs to stay on his feet.  Taylor Lewan is a big, nasty, athletic edge blocker from Michigan who can team with Cordy Glenn to bolster the offensive line.

#10 – Detroit Lions – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama

The loss of Louis Delmas has left the safety position in limbo for Detroit.  While they did add veteran James Ihedigbo, they still need a centerfield type who can make plays in coverage.  There is none better than Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in this class.

#11 – Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

Switching to a 3-4 defense requires athletic pass rushers at outside linebacker.  Anthony Barr has every tool one can ask for to play that position.  He is still learning but the upside is absolutely enormous.

#12 – New York Giants – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt

Previous success for the New York Giants has always come by dominating the trenches on offense and defense.  The loss of Linval Joseph has left their defensive tackles thin.  Aaron Donald is undersized but explosive, quick and adept at finding ways to the quarterback.

#13 – St. Louis Rams – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State

Clinton-Dix is gone so the Rams look to bolster the secondary at cornerback instead.  Justin Gilbert is the fastest and most athletic of the top names.  He also has great return skills and should thrive under Jeff Fisher.

#14 – New York Jets (f/CHI) – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

Trade:  18th, 80th (3rd) and 154th (5th) picks to Bears for 14th pick

With a bevy of extra picks at their disposal, the Jets are free to move up if the right player is available.  Darqueze Dennard is the best cover corner in this draft class.  He’s tough, physical, athletic and a perfect fit for the Rex Ryan defense.

#15 – Philadelphia Eagles (f/PIT) – Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville

Trade:  22nd, 86th (3rd), 122nd (4th), 4th in ’15 picks for 15th pick

Malcolm Jenkins fills their need at free safety but the Eagles really could use somebody next to him at the strong position.  Calvin Pryor was born and bred for that spot.  He comes downhill like a missile, can hit, tackle and blitz with equal effectiveness.

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

He’s not as dynamic as Donald but Florida State star Timmy Jernigan is still disruptive and a better run defender.  Rod Marinelli will be able to get the most out of him and he’ll make a great partner next to Henry Melton.

#17 – Baltimore Ravens – Dee Ford – DE – Auburn

Having used free agency to take care of the offense, Ozzie Newsome is free to fill up the defense with some fresh blood.  Dee Ford has the speed, quickness and strength to become another solid pass rusher at outside linebacker for Baltimore.

#18 – Green Bay Packers (f/CHI) – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

Trade:  21st and 85th (3rd) picks to Bears for 18th and 156th (5th) picks

The loss of Jermichael Finley can be compensated for but the Packers know replacing him won’t be easy.  That is why they decide to jump up a couple spots for Eric Ebron.  The North Carolina product is a gifted pass catcher with outstanding speed for his size.

#19 – Miami Dolphins – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

Branden Albert filled the left tackle spot but the Dolphins are a long way from solving the offensive line problems.  Getting a tough, strong and technically-advanced blocker like Zack Martin would be a tremendous next step.

#20 – Arizona Cardinals – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State

In order to bring that defense together the Cardinals need to get somebody opposite Patrick Peterson with lockdown potential.  Bradley Roby isn’t quite there yet but he’s very close with great athleticism, speed and length as a cover man.

#21 – Chicago Bears (f/GB) – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

At first glance linebacker might not be high on the priority list for the Chicago Bears, but at #21 they can make an exception for C.J. Mosley.  The kid is a flat out playmaker with outstanding range, versatility and toughness who can become the heir apparent to Lance Briggs or even Brian Urlacher.

#22 – Pittsburgh Steelers (f/PHI) – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

Some might view Pittsburgh as “settling” for Kyle Fuller here but make no mistake, the Virginia Tech corner is not to be taken lightly.  He’s extremely tough, very instinctive with good size and athleticism to match up in coverage and help in the run game.

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

Andy Reid got a lot out of his receivers in 2013 but he still needs more talent if the Chiefs are going to take the pressure off Jamaal Charles.  Marqise Lee isn’t big but he’s agile, quick, sneaky fast and boasts a strong pair of hands to make plays.

#24 – Cincinnati Bengals – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

Michael Johnson was a tough loss for the Bengals and they have to consider finding a replacement early in this draft.  Letting Kony Ealy fall to them at #24 qualifies as the instant solution they could hope for.

#25 – San Francisco 49ers (f/SD) – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Trade:  30th and 94th (3rd) picks to Chargers for 25th pick

You can’t teach 6’5″.  It’s an elemental truth of pro football.  Kelvin Benjamin is a big boy with loads of athletic potential.  He is the perfect problem-solver for the 49ers who must deal with those big defensive backs in Seattle.

#26 – Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

Patience pays off in a big way for the Cleveland Browns.  Despite his strong pro day Johnny Manziel still falls out of the top 10 and indeed further down the board into the waiting arms of a franchise desperate for a true performer at the most important position.

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

Another team that needs an infusion of size at wide receiver.  Allen Robinson could offer a lot to Drew Brees and the Saints.  His big 6’3″, 220 lbs frame for starters coupled with explosive leaping ability and the strength to pry the football out of the air.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State

Steve Smith made his money by being fast, agile and boasting strong hands.  Those are the cornerstones of what made Brandin Cooks so good in 2013 for Oregon State.  Carolina will certainly see a lot of Smith in him.

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

Re-signing Vince Wilfork was the right move for the Patriots but they still need to get younger up front.  Adding Louis Nix and giving him a chance to learn from the veteran All-Pro is a terrific long-term opportunity for the franchise.

#30 – San Diego Chargers (f/SF) – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU

It’s a success story for the Bolts as they manage to add an extra pick and still scoop up a true playmaker at cornerback.  Jason Verrett gets questioned a lot for his short stature but he is superb in coverage, finds the football and doesn’t shirk his duties in tackling.

#31 – Denver Broncos – David Yankey – OG – Stanford

The offensive line was really exposed in the Super Bowl.  The loss of Zane Beadles didn’t help matters so Denver looks to fortify the interior blocking.  David Yankey is an athletic big man who boasts strength, agility and leadership intangibles.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

Losing Red Bryant hurt the Seahawks more than many realize.  His presence against the run was huge for them.  Adding another athletic big man like Ra’Shede Hageman up front to compliment their pass rushers can only help.

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  • Carl Eagan

    An excellent scenario for the Steeler’s, can hope for it.

    • Erik Lambert

      We’ll see what happens.

  • Jarod Cook

    As a Browns fan I understand taking Watkins at #4, but personal like OT Matthews or Robinson(if available). As for #26 I’m not a Manziel fan so don’t like the pick. I understand your reason for taking on of the top rated QB’s who some how fell to #26 in the draft. As well as the Boom/Bust potential he’s going to bring to any franchise that drafts him. But with the Brown’s luck of picking QB’s early I fill that there going to end up with another Brady Quinn instead of a Arron Rodgers. Also he loves the lime light and if you’ve not every been to Cleveland, let me assure it doesn’t have the glitz and glamour that he loves. I do like cocky players who come out and say I’m the best and you can’t stop me, like Richard Sherman did. But every time I’ve heard Manziel try and say things like that it has a pompous and arrogant vibe. More like as spoiled child that needs to be put in there place, instead of a top athlete bragging about him self.

    • Erik Lambert

      Quite frankly Jarod you’ve tried the buttoned down, humble quarterbacks for years now. It hasn’t worked. If I remember correctly Bernie Kosar had a pretty well known arrogant streak that served him quite well. I fully understand the reservations about Manziel but the Browns need a shot in the arm of leadership and drive. Cocky or not, Manziel has what it takes to provide it, and with Josh Gordon and Sammy Watkins at his disposal it should be infinitely easier.

      • Jarod Cook

        I’m to young to comment on Kosar, I was 10 when the Browns left in ’95 so don’t really know much about him. Other then his dad screwed him over and took all his money, as well as the DUI he got a couple of years back. So I can’t really defend or argue that point.
        The real problem I’ve got with taking any QB early is that they plan to sit them for the first year. They’ll give them a chance in training camp and preseason to win the starting job, but don’t see any of them actually winning the job. Because they’ve been to focused on what they need to do to be drafted, while Hoyer has spent that time focusing on what he needs to do to keep his job. If you draft a QB that early they should be slotted as a starter going into training camp, not be competing for the job. In that situation you’ve got to give the advantage to the veteran player.
        I don’t really like to play the what if and maybe game when it comes to projecting how well a players year is going to be. That being said what if Hoyer has a good season this year, do you think the Browns wouldn’t look to keep him as a starter for the foreseeable future? Then they’d have a controversy about Hoyer, and who ever is waiting in the wing. And if it’s Manziel I really don’t see him with his personality taking that to well, he’s not going to be like Rodgers and sit there patiently. He’ll be demanding a trade, or become a cancer to the team until he gets his way. That’s why I’ve been arguing the point to take skilled players early and wait till the mid rounds to draft a QB, they want to sit and develop.

        • Erik Lambert

          To me it’s a win-win if they take Manziel. If Hoyer plays well and gets the team to the playoffs, it will afford the team time to develop Manziel like they want. On the other hand, if Manziel outperforms Hoyer in the preseason and wins the starting job, you’ll know the Browns made the right call drafting him. Do I feel Hoyer can win in 2014? By adding Watkins and some protection I would say maybe but quite frankly I’m of the belief he will be a different quarterback without Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner there to help him. Manziel is a dynamic personality and outspoken for sure, but locker room cancer I really don’t think he’d take it that far.

          • Jarod Cook

            I like new OC Shanahan, and I agree losing Turner is going to hurt Hoyer a little. But Shanahan had RG3 as well as Cousins under center last year. So I think he can plan a game around Hoyer’s abilities. As for Manziel, like I said just not a fan of him. If he comes in and out performs and shows he deserves to be the starter, I’ll eat my words. I just don’t want to see a carousel of QB’s like they’ve had the last few seasons, good or bad stick with the man who wins the starting job out of preseason to the bitter end.

          • Erik Lambert

            The problem I have with Shanahan is I wonder how much of his success with RGIII was due to his father. After all, Mike molded Steve Young into an MVP and won John Elway his two rings. The guy knows quarterbacks. I wonder if Kyle can have that same impact. I totally understand your thinking, but if you’re going to make a decision make sure the competition is full. Give Hoyer somebody legit he has to beat out. If he ousts Manziel, then he deserves the job.

  • Dewight Mitchell

    49ers needs a corner back

    • Erik Lambert

      True but CB is much deeper in this class. They should find one easily on Day 2.

  • Dewight Mitchell

    Detroit Lions is a mystery at 10

    • Herman Moore

      Lions need defense, and will likely go with a S at #10. I do not see them trading up for a WR, they have Johnson and Tate, and this class is full of guys who will make a great #3 receiver.

      • nc0gnet0

        Tate is a slot guy, Lions have invested in db’s the last two years (Bentley, Slay, Green etc). Lions will look to improve the secondary by getting a better edge rush this year, not by adding more young players early in the draft (db’s are deep in this years draft as well) If Johnson gets hurt (which he always does a game or two) Lions got Jack squat. If Lions go Defense, it will be at LB, not DB.

        • Herman Moore

          Tate can play in the slot if need be, but he’s much better outside, as the Seahawks found out. The Lions will use him outside opposite CJ. Lions have lots of young CBs but no young safeties, or safety depth.

          • Dewight Mitchell

            Lions Are Now Equipped To Move Freely In The 2014 NFL Draft

          • nc0gnet0

            Is it a position of need? Yes! Is it a position that needs to be addressed in the first round? No.

      • Dewight Mitchell

        i doubt it

      • Dewight Mitchell

        i didn’t say that

  • paulbip

    Eric…I beg to differ. Robinson is an elite player but why would Atl give up so much when they could take Matthews at OT. The difference is like A+ to A. The trade is not worth it.

    • Erik Lambert

      I understand your thinking Paul and it’s logical but here’s why I did it. Robinson and Matthews are on the same level right now with one key difference. Matthews is a senior. Robinson is just a sophomore. That means he’s not done improving by a long shot. His upside, crazy as it sounds, is considerably higher than Matthews who is an outstanding tackle in his own right. To me that is worth trading up for. If you want to win championships, don’t settle for the player who is “almost” as good as the best on the board. Again, that’s my feeling.

    • Gary Stewart

      you would be looking at a different position because lewan is not worth reaching to #6 for and then atl probably goes defense and leaves ryan unprotected not a good idea!paul consider this as well if atl does not trade with the rams they may very well take robinson and while jax and clev are qb needy as is oak if any of those 3 took matthews suddenly at #6

  • nc0gnet0

    Lions will trade up to grab either Watkins or Evans, you can make bank on this. while there does exist a need at FS/CB, Rarely do first year players at this position make an immediate impact. Add to the fact they have not yet given up on Slay or Bentley, added Ihedigbo, the lions will be content to address this area later in the draft. Losing Delmas is incredibly overstated, with the exception of last year, he spent more time on IR in his career then he did on the field. Look for them to make a move at picks 4-6 to leap frog Tampa bay.

    • Erik Lambert

      Never sell short the value of having a leader on the back end. Delmas was pivotal to that defense when healthy. Ha Ha can be that guy, only without the degenerative knee condition.

      • nc0gnet0

        I am not selling short the value of Ha Ha, rather pointing out that it will take 2-3 years for him to fill that leadership role. Either Watkins or Evans puts more “w’s” on the record in 2014. Watkins also gives added value do to the fact he actually wants to play in Detroit (what wide out wouldn’t, no double coverage). Even with the addition of Tate, Lions are still not very deep at WR. If for some reason they cannot make the trade up, I see them taking Kahli Mack before I see them taking Ha Ha.

        • Erik Lambert

          I view Watkins and Evans as luxury picks for the Lions at this point. Like it or not they need more help in the secondary than they do with the receivers. Honestly if they were to go after an offensive prospect I’d put tight end and tackle ahead of receiver.

          • nc0gnet0

            I like the prospect of the lions redzone offense with Calvin and Evans at wide-out, Fauria at tight end, tate in the slot, and either Bell or Bush in the backfield. Best way to make the defense better is to keep your offense on the field and force them into a one dimensional teal

          • Erik Lambert

            I respect that, but I also would love a chance to see Clinton-Dix get to play behind Suh, Fairley and Ansah.

        • nc0gnet0

          I meant to say Anthony Barr, not Khali Mack. Lions have used early pics to draft secondary help the last two years, they will let them sink or swim this year.

  • Dom DiTolla

    If the Steelers were able to trade back, pick up extra picks, and land a scheme-fit guy like Fuller, Roby or Verrett, I’d be so stoked. Strategy worked back in 2001 when they took Casey Hampton. Philly (need safety & wr help), Carolina (need wr help) and San Francisco (look at a BPA prospect who falls) could be just the trade partners they could work with this May.

    • Erik Lambert

      All possibilities, Dom.

      • Pat McMeen

        .

  • David

    Eric you I guess you dont realize the Cowboys dont place great importance on the 1 tech in their defense. So why would they waste a 1st round pick on one when they passed on Floyd last year for the same reason. And he was the top player on their board at the time.

    • Erik Lambert

      Jernigan is not an exclusive one tech, David. He can play both d-tackle positions. The difference between him and Floyd is very simple: Jason Hatcher. He’s not there anymore. Now their interior is resting on the shoulders of a guy coming off a torn ACL? Would you really want to take that risk? Jernigan has great upside and versatility and he’s a perfect fit for that scheme.

      • David

        So you would rather draft a guy with a lazy rap who has high motor issues? And to top that off he will be a rotational player. Im guessing you didnt get that memo either that Marinelli wants an 8 to 9 man rotation. So now you are drafting a part time player with the 16th overall pick when they have huge holes at FS, DE and LB. Yeah no thanks…Thats not a good idea.

  • Pat McMeen

    The last thing in the world the chicago bears are going to do is allow the Green Bay Packers to trade up and grab a monster tight end that would make plays against them for 10 years. Completely disregarded the Mock draft after that.

    • Erik Lambert

      I wouldn’t go too far with the “monster” label, Pat. Besides, don’t disregard the fact the Bears took a linebacker who’s more than capable of covering Ebron with the 21st pick in C.J. Mosley. On top of that they get an extra 3rd round choice with which they can continue to improve that defense. Initially it looks like a head scratcher but it comes out more favorably for Chicago.

      • Pat McMeen

        If the Bears make a trade with the Green Bay Packes I will buy you season tickets to Atlanta Falcon’s games on the 50 yard line…..unless someone already bought them and gave them away as part of a march madness wager.

        • Erik Lambert

          Not a Falcons fan.

  • paulbip

    With my same logic, I would not take Watkins if there because we are looking to fill the #2 slot and can do that in the 2nd or 3rd round. I see that my boys Garoppolo and Yankey are moving up. I have always said that I would take Garoppolo at 26 and Yankey in the 2nd. Everything depends on the 4th pick. How would Mack, Garoppolo, Yankey, Moncrief sound for one scenario?

    • Erik Lambert

      Big fan of Moncrief and Garoppolo. If you managed to land that spread I’d favor the Browns to win the AFC North. No, seriously.

    • Jarod Cook

      Mack tends to get lost and overwhelmed at times. Also needs coaching in a lot of areas, and tends to get beat of the line a lot. Also the Browns have good depth at DL and can look to get a starting quality ILB in the middle rounds. I agree with that taking Watkins at #4 to fill the WR2 slot is a little bit of a stretch, especially since there’s about 4-5 guys at the bottom of the 1st and begging of the 2nd that can fill that roll.

  • Milliken Steeler

    If the Browns get Watkins to pair up with Gordon ( who stays out of trouble) and then Cameron at TE? Whoa! Them selecting Manzeil as the QB to lead them though, would be a step in the wrong direction.

    • Erik Lambert

      They can easily grab another QB later on for competition.

  • Kirk Devries

    Trading back twice by the Bears would be a dream come true. You must be a Bears fan Erik.

  • mike

    I’m hoping you are off a bit and the Vikings somehow manage to get Mack. This business of jumping on the qtb bandwagon baffles me. When a team picks and actually ends up getting a ‘franchise’ qtb I really think there’s some luck involved.

    • Erik Lambert

      In which case wouldn’t you rather have the most talented one available?

      • mike

        You make a good point. However, that’s what they said about Ponder.

        • Erik Lambert

          No they didn’t. Almost universally the experts said the Vikings were reaching on Ponder given his skill set. Bortles is head and shoulders above him in talent and nobody would be shocked if the Vikings took him at #8.

  • Ryan

    Erik you are usually so hard to argue with but the Eagles trading up and loosing half of their picks to get one guy I don’t see it. With Jenkins wolf and allen I really don’t see this move. If you were to say we traded up to get Evans I might agree but unless brown and Graham/cole get traded for picks I only see us moving back not forward. Please explain your logic when we only have 6 picks.

    • Erik Lambert

      The logic is the Eagles are already a really good football team. Quarterback? Check. Offensive line? Check. Running game. Check. The only things they’re really lacking are a playmaker in their secondary and a receiver who can help fill in the loss of DeSean Jackson. Calvin Pryor solves their first problem and they’ll be able to use their second round choice to solve the other. This team is ready to win now and Pryor is the kind of tone-setter who can help them do it.

      • Ryan

        Ok fine but you really think it will cost 4 picks to move up 7 spots. That seems hefty as well its not like they are getting the first or even second pick they are getting the 15th. I could see that costing them 1st 2nd and maybe a 4th in 15. But I think if they gave up their 1st and 2nd they would get that pick.

        • Erik Lambert

          Second round picks are much more valuable than 3rd and 4th rounders. You don’t throw those away to move up from #22 to #15. The center piece of this trade is the 3rd rounder. After that the 4th rounders are mid round picks. They are Day 3 selections, pure and simple. Their capacity for hitting on a true talent are much less and therefore worth the risk in trading if it means landing a difference-maker you know will help you win a championship.

          • Ryan

            Ok I’m out you clearly feel very strongly about this one. Love your work dude and love how access able you are it’s great having these conversations with you

          • Erik Lambert

            Likewise, Ryan. Feel free to come back anytime.

  • roger paul

    i know everbody keeps mocking an OT with Rams First first-rounder….and it IS a good pick , mock-wise , but i just don’t see Fisher/Snead passing up Mack , or possibly Watkins. I’m pretty sure they’re just DYING to make a big splash with this plundered-from-Washington pick. I just can’t see them going O-line at #2 (or #5 or #8 or whatever) when they’ve got #13 too….maybe they’ll trade back and get another extra first rounder for NEXT year….but i’d rather see them go big or go home with this First pick (MackMackMackMack!!!!)

  • Donald Arner

    I wouldn’t count on the Packers going offense with their first pick——I just don’t see it with their defensive problems

    • Erik Lambert

      Talent hasn’t really been their overall problem on defense. It’s been health. They need to keep their guys healthy and playing together. Add a safety in round 2 and this group can be really good.

  • A.C. Roper

    No way the Lions leave Barr on the board and take Ha Ha no way.

    • Erik Lambert

      How many times are the Lions going to ignore other positions to add a pass rusher in the first round?

  • Johnny

    Everybody (like 20 mocks) have T Zach Martin going to #19 Dolphins… Even though I love that pick , I doubt he’ll drop to them.. I can see the Giants or even Baltimore (one spot ahead of us) taking him.. In that case I can see the Fish going BPA at need with ILB CJ Mosley, the top ILB in the draft… Then go OLine, maybe T Moses in the 2nd round.. That would be the best case scenario.. But if T Zach Martin does drop #19, the Phins can’t pass on him with his versatility.. He can start day 1 at either Guard positions or RT if they don’t sign FA T Eric Winston.. ????

  • Chris Schroeder

    Erik, I know Jadeveon Clowney deserves to be selected number one and he would be a force to be reckoned with opposite from JJ Watt making them one of the best pass rushing duos in the sport. Houston doesn’t have a good starting quarterback. Wouldn’t that be a focus of emphasis considering the talent at the quarterback position in this years draft class? We can’t assume any of the top quarterbacks will be there in the later rounds because I can think of at least 6 other teams that could potentially use one of the top quarterbacks for either the immediate now, or to develop a year or two behind a current aging quarterback. Nobody can be sure of what the draft holds in the future but we do know that there is a significant increase in talent in this years quarterback draft class then in last years, and these teams might be thinking about that come draft day.

    Best player available often means the best player available at the position of need. Not in general as it is so often misconstrued. I think Houston’s best player available need is at the quarterback position. Those are just my thoughts on it.

    • Erik Lambert

      Chris, normally I would agree with you but this situation is different. The quarterbacks in this class all require more work before they can be considered ready to start. There is no Andrew Luck or RGIII or Russell Wilson in this group. Talent-wise, sure, but not polish. If that’s the case, I feel Garoppolo can reach that same level as the other four, so why not hold off on taking on a quarterback project until the second round and get yourself a dynamic pass rusher who can help the Texans seize control of the division from Andrew Luck who is now their obvious focal point. Also, take this into account. J.J. Watt is a free agent next year. Having Clowney in place would give the Texans loads of leverage in contract talks during the next off-season. The pick makes sense.

  • Nevin Paustian

    The packers trading up to 18 from 21 for Eric Ebron makes no sense. Ted Thompson values draft picks and he won’t spend 3 of them on a TE.

  • Clayton_Bigsby

    Don’t see the Lions drafting Dix with Barr and Donald still on the Board. Unless Ha-Ha is the 2nd coming of Ed Reed, it would seem foolish to pass on two D Lineman who look like game-changers at their respective positions.

  • Mike Brand

    lol dont see the bears and packers trading anything

  • http://www.youtube.com/recklessmb Reckless

    Why would Atlanta trade up to take Robinson costing them a future 1st round pick when Matthews drops to the 6th pick away?

  • http://www.youtube.com/recklessmb Reckless

    Why would the Packers trade up if Haha and Pryor are off the board? Especially since Mosley falls to 21

  • http://www.youtube.com/recklessmb Reckless

    The Cardinals are more likely to take Manziel. Side note I don’t think they are the 20th pick, I might be wrong but I thought that Miami was the 20th pick