Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) catches a touchdown pass over Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Trade Blitz


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

Jadeveon Clowney is a wonderful idea, as is trading down, but neither scenario gives Bill O’Brien his best chance to win immediately.  For that he needs a quarterback.  Blake Bortles is not the most polished, but he is the most talented and O’Brien is a good enough coach to handle the rest.

#2 – Atlanta Falcons (f/STL) – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

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

St. Louis gets their wish in a trade and the Atlanta Falcons fortify their defensive rebirth by getting the most talented pass rusher seen in the past decade.  Jadeveon Clowney, provided he works hard, should terrorize quarterbacks in the confines of that Georgia dome for years to come.

#3 – Detroit Lions (f/JAX) –  Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson

Trade:  10th, 45th (2nd), 1st and 3rd in ’15 picks to JAX for 3rd pick

Another widely talked about trade comes through when the Detroit Lions go for the home run by putting speedster Sammy Watkins next to Megatron for Matthew Stafford in hopes of igniting their championship contention.  Jacksonville collects extra picks to continue their rapid rebuild.

#4 – Cleveland Browns – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

With Watkins going off the board the Cleveland Browns are in a dilemma.  Do they go for an aggressive move or play the board.  Smart money always says go with the safe pick.  Jake Matthews if the most complete offensive tackle on the board.  He can slide across from Joe Thomas on that offensive line and excel from Day One.

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

Reggie McKenzie also goes with the best player available.  He did a nice job adding some veteran pass rushers to the defense but he still could use a young stud to round out the core.  Khalil Mack isn’t just a great pass rusher, he’s an all-around player who tracks down running backs and intercepts passes.

#6 – St. Louis Rams (f/ATL) – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

Typically taking an offensive lineman in the first round isn’t the style of Jeff Fisher but Greg Robinson is not “typical.”  The Auburn standout is a freak of nature.  Not only is he big, long and powerful he’s also remarkably fast despite weighing 330 lbs.  He already is a dynamic run blocker and has shown flashes of dominating in pass protection.

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

Trading Mike Williams has put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a tough spot.  Outside of Vincent Jackson they don’t have much at the receiver position.  So they are forced to give Josh McCown another weapon.  Not that taking Mike Evans is a bad thing.  The Texas A&M star is every bit of 6’5″, explosive and faster than defenses realize.

#8 – New York Giants (f/MIN) – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

Trade:  12th and 74th (3rd) picks for 8th pick

Having revamped several areas of their roster thanks to an aggressive free agent period, the New York Giants can afford to be aggressive if they see the right player.  Getting a legit target like Eric Ebron at tight end for Eli Manning is a tremendous move and adds an important dimension to their rebuilding offense.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

With Ebron off the board the Bills choose to give their defense another stalwart at linebacker next to Kiko Alonso.  C.J. Mosley is an outstanding talent.  He’s fast, athletic, tough and a leader on the field with solid instincts.  He should add more playmaking potential to that side of the ball.

#10 – Jacksonville Jaguars (f/DET) – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

This really is a good match for Johnny Manziel.  He goes to a fan base that needs his kind of presence.  He also goes to a coach familiar with how to manage undersized quarterbacks in Gus Bradley, who watched Pete Carroll do it with Russell Wilson.  Bradley also knows how to manage big egos (hello Richard Sherman).

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

Ray Horton is building his 3-4 defense with the Tennessee Titans and that defense will require pass rushers at outside linebacker.  There may be none more gifted than Anthony Barr.  Though still a little raw he’s already got the athletic traits to dominate offensive tackles wherever he lines up and he also shows a knack for the big play.

#12 – Minnesota Vikings (f/NYG) – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

Mike Zimmer needs a quarterback.  Period.  End of story.  The Minnesota Vikings have to help Adrian Peterson while he’s still got gas in the tank.  Best thing to do is find the quarterback that is ready to start immediately.  That is Teddy Bridgewater.  He’s smart, cool under pressure, mobile and makes good decisions with the football.

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

Yes.  It’s been well-documented that St. Louis has eyes for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.  Well here’s the thing.  Justin Gilbert is a better prospect.  He’s more athletic, faster and offers more versatility to the coaching staff due to his return ability.  Besides, they still need to replace Corteland Finnegan.

#14 – New York Jets (f/CHI) – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Trade:  18th, 80th (3rd) and 195th (6th) to Bears for 14th pick

I’m sure a lot of fans will passionately argue this pick so here’s my argument.  All that stuff about Kelvin Benjamin blowing off workouts and being 240 lbs?  Noise.  Useless noise.  Here’s the reality:  Benjamin is a powerful 6’5″ monstrosity with underrated speed, 35-inch arms and a clutch mentality that comes through in big games.  Do the Jets have that kind of talent on their roster?  No.

#15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

The secondary really could use some attention for Pittsburgh.  Darqueze Dennard is their kind of player.  He’s tough, has good length, the speed to play consistent press coverage and a tireless work ethic that bleeds into his teammates.  Dick LeBeau will love putting him on the field right away.

#16 – Dallas Cowboys – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt

Henry Melton is slated for the three-technique spot but he’s on a one-year deal and coming off a torn ACL.  Aaron Donald is the best interior pass rusher in this 2014 NFL mock draft and after the additions other NFC East teams made to their offensive lines, his presence will be most welcome when going after the quarterback.

#17 – Baltimore Ravens – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama

Ozzie Newsome could really use another talent next to Matt Elam to cement the back end of the Baltimore Ravens defense.  Thankfully Clinton-Dix is still there.  He’s a classic centerfielder, able to make impact plays in coverage and boasting the length to shadow tight ends.  Very important in that division.

#18 – San Francisco 49ers (f/CHI) – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

Trade:  30th, 77th (3rd) and 94th (3rd) picks to Bears for 18th and 183rd (6th) picks

It was going to happen at some point.  The San Francisco 49ers, with their wealth of picks jump up the boards to grab another talent they covet.  Kyle Fuller is exactly what they need.  He’s an athletic, tough, versatile cornerback with good size who can really help out their secondary.

#19 – Miami Dolphins – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

A recent swoon on the momentum of Taylor Lewan might be enough for the Miami Dolphins to reap the reward.  Their offensive line still badly needs help and the Michigan product is just what they need.  He has the power base and technique to make a home on the right side.

#20 – Arizona Cardinals – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

Here’s the thing.  Thanks to their free agency moves there is really no glaring need to address for the Arizona Cardinals.  Here’s another thing.  Carson Palmer turns 35 this year and threw 22 touchdowns to 21 interception in 2013.  No one would blame Bruce Arians for preparing for the future, and Derek Carr is his kind of quarterback.  Big, athletic and boast an elite arm.

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

The secondary is really in a transition period for the Green Bay Packers.  They could use a presence at safety.  Calvin Pryor could be the one to bring an edge to their unit.  He’s tough, physical, deliver bone-crunching hits and has improved steadily in coverage.  Also a very good blitzer.

#22 – Philadelphia Eagles – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU

Want a DeSean Jackson replacement?  Here he is.  Odell Beckham Jr. is still raw but under the tutelage of Chip Kelly his large repertoire of talents can flourish.  He’s very dangerous with the ball in his hands, able to take short or long passes the distance.  On top of that he’ll lend a big hand to their return game.

#23 – New Orleans Saints (f/KC) – Dee Ford – DE – Auburn

Trade:  27th and 91st (3rd) pick to Chiefs for 23rd pick

While not as aggressive as many thought, the New Orleans Saints still jump up to grab a player.  Having added Jairus Byrd to the secondary, what they need now is to rev up their pass rush by getting somebody on the outside to compliment Cameron Jordan and Junior Gallette.  Dee Ford is exactly that kind of player who can fill that role.

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

The loss of Michael Johnson leaves a hole at defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals to fill.  Kony Ealy is tailor-made for their scheme.  He’s got good size and strength coupled with explosion off the snap.  His array of pass rush moves should make him a constant nuisance to every quarterback who sees him across the line of scrimmage.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State

Pass defense was atrocious for the San Diego Chargers in 2013.  That must improve if their playoff aspirations are to improve.  Bradley Roby boasts loads of speed and athleticism at cornerback.  If he can learn to play with more discipline and toughness, there isn’t a receiver he can’t cover.

#26 – Cleveland Browns (f/IND) – Marqise Lee – WR – USC

Browns fans wanted a #2 option opposite Josh Gordon.  They get a really, really good one here.  Marqise Lee suffered through some injuries in 2013 that may have impacted his poor scouting combine.  Rest assured, when healthy his agility, route running and speed will create big plays almost at will for Cleveland.

#27 – Kansas City Chiefs (f/NO) – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State

Andy Reid loves to have speed on the field and his wide receiving corps could use some.  Brandin Cooks led the NCAA in receiving last year and he did it by being fast, agile and boasting a great pair of hands.  He’ll really open things up for Dwayne Bowe.

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

Cam Newton has never really had a true big target to throw to, a receiver who can go get the football.  The Carolina Panthers need weapons and Allen Robinson can become one.  He’s 6’3″ with leaping power and the ability to create after the catch.  Newton will especially love him in contested situations.

#29 – Jacksonville Jaguars (f/NE) – Donte Moncrief – WR – Ole Miss

Trade:  39th (2nd), 105th (4th) and 144th (5th) picks to Patriots for 29th pick

The Jags jump back into the first round keen on getting their new quarterback a new toy.  Manziel seems to love big receivers and perhaps the biggest sleeper in this 2014 NFL mock draft is Donte Moncrief.  He’s got everything:  height, size, speed, route running savvy and a reliable pair of hands that served him well at Ole Miss.

#30 – Chicago Bears (f/SF) –  Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

Fans won’t like that the Chicago Bears passed on some promising talents early on, but the end game was worth it.  Not only do they have a wealth of extra picks in their coffers, they also land a player that is classic Phil Emery.  Stephon Tuitt is not only big at 6’5″, 304 lbs, he’s also fast.  He has the speed to come off the edge but with 34-inch arms and great strength he can move inside to fill their lingering need at defensive tackle.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State

The linebacker position could really use a dose of speed for the Denver Broncos and Ryan Shazier is probably the fastest in the class.  He’s a true vacuum tackler who seems like he’s all over the field.  Also adept in coverage and able to blitz when asked.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

What a steal for the defending champs.  Thanks to the drop of Taylor Lewan, the Seattle Seahawks get their replacement for Breno Giacomini in Zack Martin.  His polish, power and versatility will allow them to plug him in wherever he’s needed.  Right tackle seems most obvious.

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  • octavia a henry

    It doesn’t make any sense to give up draft choices we need them all and some.

    • Erik Lambert

      I disagree, Octavia. The Saints are a Super Bowl ready team. They are at a point where they can afford to pursue top talent if they think it will give them a better chance to reach that goal. Dee Ford, to me, is worth the price.

  • gdubb

    I’m not even a lions fan but I disagree with your pick.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s fine, gdubb. I knew not everybody would agree with my decision but I feel the Lions want Watkins and I feel that’s close to the price they’ll have to pay since other teams want him too.

  • Daniel Sutter

    OMG trades that make sense. Except the Lions pick.

    • Erik Lambert

      I have to disagree, Daniel. All I’ve been hearing lately is the Lions have serious interest in Watkins, which I buy. If they want him they’ll have to get ahead of Cleveland and based on the trade value chart and the fact that other teams might be in the bidding for Watkins, I believe the trade is properly valued.

      • Daniel Sutter

        Yes the trape is valued properly as well as your others, and Watkins would be scary across from Megatron. But injuries throughout their secondary last year and the lack of any true pass rush for Detrout, I believe they have to go with a D player. I could see them make that trade but for someone like Mack or even possibly Barr if they think he wouldnt be there at 10.

        • Erik Lambert

          Martin Mayhew does love his pass rushers. Stockpiles them like nukes. However, if he were to go defense I’d figure he grabs a corner or safety in the first since those are bigger needs. If anybody were to fall to them at 10 I’d say Barr and he’s not the best fit. I just feel Watkins is that “bringing out the Queen” move on the chess board they have to do to get over the hump. We’ll see which approach they take.

  • ToreBear

    I think you are overvaluing the price of moving up. I doubt Detroit would go for such a deal, and I also doubt Atlanta would go for such a deal.

    Look at the price in 2013: Miami traded from 12 to 3 for a second rounder.

    • Erik Lambert

      Different year and different valued players. Sammy Watkins is a much more complete and valuable prospect than Dion Jordan was last year. Besides, do you honestly think the Lions are the only team who will be gunning for him?

      • ToreBear

        I’m sceptical. A team desperate for a qb I can understand might go the extra mile, but a receiver in a draft full of good receivers? I believe there is a limit. But I’m no expert, so I guess we we will see in May which one of us is more correct. :)

        I’m not sure there is a team that would be willing to pay that much to move up. Do you see any team looking to do something similar to Atlanta in 2011 with Julio Jones?

      • ToreBear

        I’m skeptical. A team desperate for a qb I can understand might go the extra mile, but a receiver in a draft full of good receivers? I believe there is a limit. But I’m no expert, so I guess we we will see in May which one of us is more correct. :)

        I’m not sure there is a team that would be willing to pay that much to move up. Do you see any team looking to do something similar to Atlanta in 2011 with Julio Jones?

        I also found a trade value chart that seems to have much more reasonable values for different positions:
        http :// harvardsportsanalysis .files. wordpress. com/2011/11/value3.jpg?w=640

        Just remove the spacings in the link.

        • Erik Lambert

          The only franchise I see making a huge jump like that is San Francisco because they have the picks and their roster is already set. I saw the chart and I understand the values but I still feel it’s not just the value of the pick in play here. It’s the value of the player too. Do you think Detroit is the only team that wants Watkins? I sincerely doubt it. That will drive the price up right there, just like it did with RGIII. It’s an auction type atmosphere and “actual retail price” goes out the window at that point.

          • ToreBear

            The question for me is who is willing to give up pics, and how many. Also what is their original position. Those teams with a lot of holes i would think, would not be interested in loosing many pics in a deep draft such as this.

            I think everyone would want Watkins, the question is what are they willing to give up to get him?

          • Erik Lambert

            Detroit is definitely a team that can do it. I’d say the Giants are in the ball park, as are the Bucs and Falcons with the Rams as a dark horse at #13. Each of those teams have stable rosters that are just a couple players away from contention.

          • ToreBear

            The Rams, sure, but they got Austin last year, and he seems similar to Watkins. I would think they would want someone like Evans.

            Giants, true, but didn’t they have trouble protecting Eli?

            Falcons want defense as your draft shows.

            The Bucs only have 6 pics, how many would Lovie want to give up?

            As for Detroit, absolutely.

          • Erik Lambert

            Watkins is not only taller but stronger than Austin. He’s much better suited for the outside. Imagine having that kind of speed on the field for Bradford. Giants actually addressed their line in free agency and can afford to wait in the draft. Remember, they lost Hakeem Nicks. Falcons are a long shot but you never know. Bucs showed they’re aiming for 2014 by their free agent frenzy.

          • ToreBear

            All good points. It will be interesting to see where he ends up, and at what price.

          • Erik Lambert

            I can’t wait. Get here already!

  • AJB

    8 first round wide receivers and Jordan Matthews out of Vandy gets snubbed? Get real

    • Erik Lambert

      Great player and going to prove a lot of people wrong but just doesn’t possess the upside Robinson and Moncrief do. In my opinion of course.

      • AJB

        Fair enough. For my money, though, I’d take either of the WRs that ran the SEC gauntlet over Robinson from the Big 10. Outside of Michigan State, name me an impressive defense in the Big 10, but Moncrief and Matthews faced great defenses for pretty much every conference game of their careers. That kind of experience alone has to give them an edge. Nothing against Robinson, I’m sure he’ll be great as well and whatever team he falls to will be thrilled (maybe my Chiefs in round 3 would be great value?), but he’s less of a known commodity vs high caliber competition. Out of the bunch I’d take Moncrief, but realistically I don’t see the three of them coming off the board before the middle of the second round.

        • Erik Lambert

          It’s a fair assessment. I just feel due to the late rush brought on by Philly and KC that the back end teams will feel compelled to follow suit otherwise they risk teams at the beginning and middle of the 2nd scooping them up.

    • William Rhoads

      he has some issue in his route running and his drop percentage is much higher then the others Watkins has the lowest drop percentage of all the WR in this draft!

      • AJB

        If you think for a second that Watkins is making it out of the top 10, let alone the top 5 you’re sadly mistaken. I’m talking about the second (or third if you’re one of those that puts Watkins and Evans in a class of their own) tier of WR talent outside of the top 5 or 6 guys (Watkins/Evans/Lee/Cooks/Beckham/etc) that will be available in the late first and into the second and third rounds. That tier includes names like Moncrief, Robinson, Matthews, Landry, Abredderis and others.

  • Rick Talley

    The DREAM MOCK for St Louis

  • Josh Stclair

    I like this draft but I hope Mosley falls to the broncos.. Also that is a lot to trade for Watkins I think that they would rather draft recievers in later rounds especially in a deep draft class. But who knows a team might be willing to do some crazy moves

    • Erik Lambert

      Detroit believes their roster, rightly in my view, is ready for a Super Bowl push. Rounding out their offense with a legit talent like Watkins to pair with Megatron might be what pushes them over the top. The time is right for a bold move.

  • Kirk Devries

    Disappointed that you did not have the Bears trade back one more time to get out of the first round.

    • Erik Lambert

      I understand Kirk but I felt they couldn’t pass on Tuitt.

  • Dan Dickson

    One of the most realistic mocks I’ve seen. If Texas open draft w/Clowney….then Oak. Or Cleveland will trade up to #2 for choice of the QB’s …after QB run at #3 & #4……Jacksonville , and Cleveland both have huge needs. Stl could hand Watkins to Detroit for a 2nd bounty ….While netting WR. Evans at # 10, CB Gilbert at #13. And a slew of extra picks …for help now and next year.

    • Erik Lambert

      St. Louis is in good position if Clowney drops to them at #2.

  • Dan Dickson

    And if Texas drafts their next QB, then Stl trades DE Clowney to Atl or the highest bidder. ..for their slew of picks…and if nobody wants to pony up …then we draft Clowney. At. # 2……and HA HA CLINTON at # 13….& then go WIN W/DEFENSE

  • Robert Ballard

    For Detroit, it looks like “Draft Day”, and that would be the dumbest move of all. Never, never, never, trade off future picks for today!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Clearly the today picks aren’t getting them where they want to go. They have to make a bold move and Watkins is worth it. This isn’t that ridiculous trade Washington made in 2012. Is it expensive? Sure but it’s a price the Lions can meet because their roster is young enough to absorb the possibility of a bust, which Watkins is not.

    • William Rhoads

      Always take the best Not late rounds like last five years and who is left CJ And Tate if one of them gets injured were back to one WR! That’s the smart play Take Watkins and you will still have 7 picks left!

  • RONBO19

    Erik, your right about arguing the jets choice of Benjamin who is a terrible fit as they already have a big physical WR in Decker who basically mirror’s rather than complements a guy like Benjamin. Additionally, there is no way the Jets would need to trade up 4 spots for Benjamin as they could easily trade down and still get him in the late 1st round or even early 2nd. The thing is we already have one tall receiver with hands of stone in Steven Bluetooth(because he’s hands free) Hill! Are you a Dolphin or patriots fan?

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t make accusations you can’t take back, Ron. I disagree Benjamin will be there in the late first. You can’t deny he would look awfully enticing to Pittsburgh and Baltimore who have a need for a big target for their respective quarterbacks. Don’t forget Decker was at his best playing across from another big receiver in Demaryius Thomas. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall have more than excelled in the twin tower approach. Life would be so much easier for Smith or Vick if they had Benjamin, Decker and then a tight end to throw to.

  • RONBO19

    Mark, yeah i figured you’d pull the Marshall Jeffrey card and there is some merit to it! touchee ! But my point in this case is I believe the jets need a guy like Cooks,Beckham or even Lee to stretch the field a lot more than a they need another big guy who operates best in the 5 to 20 yard zones which i feel might create a problem with them getting in each others way. Bye the way, I’m probably not the guy you want to accuse of making comments that i cant back up. Charles Davis and Daniel Jerimiah on the NFL network as well as Gil Brandt on X.M- Cirrus NFL channel have basically said the very same thing as to a Decker-Benjamin or Decker – Mike Evans pairing. The two guys in Chicago have done pretty good but lets see how that works out long term before declaring it a success. No offense my man because I generally like your work but on this subject i think we need to agree to disagree. Oh, and thanks for your reply which is more than many do here!

    • Erik Lambert

      I always enjoy the debate, Ron. I knew Benjamin would be a polarizing pick that would cause a stir. Cooks, Beckham and Lee are all great options too but I feel their lack of size or bulk make them better No. 2 options. Benjamin, to me, is a No. 1. We’ll see.

      • RONBO19

        Erik, yeah, i love these debates too. I remember getting into a pretty good debate last year about this time with I believe it was Alan Schecter who predicted the Jets would take the QB from Arkansas (for the life of me i cant remember his name (Tyler Wilson I think?).)Anyway, I hated the idea of drafting the kid because having seem play on many occasions I just didn’t think he was that good.Anyway, in this case I was proven correct because he was cut in training camp although he did catch on with another team at some point of the season

        • Erik Lambert

          Wilson was overprojected because of his really good 2011 season. You were right to be down on him. Never looked good under pressure and too Favre-esque with the football.

  • docmike

    If Rams could make that trade & still get Robinson (although i think he goes before Matthews) I would be ecstatic !!! Especially with #1 next year to use to trade up for #1 WR or QB if need be. O-line needs to be settled THIS year to see if Bradford is the STUD he was drafted to be. I would also prefer HaHa @13 as i think CB is much deeper than FS

    • Erik Lambert

      Yes, CB is deeper but like I said Gilbert is a better prospect. Personally I feel the Rams can get away with modest safeties if they have to really good corners.

      • docmike

        Already have 2 very good young CBs in Jenkins & Johnson. Have NO quality FS to complete their very talented defense. They can get a very good 3rd CB in 2nd-3rd round .FS cannot wait again

        • Erik Lambert

          Just stay tuned.

  • Letterman007

    Not near as big a fan of M. Lee as you are!! I like Robinson better, even M. Bryant may have bigger up side than Lee!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Robinson has no hands and Bryant is very inconsistent. Lee has the production and game tape to prove he can play and play really well. He’s a perfect compliment to Gordon.

      • victorbarney

        I don’t even know enough about any of these players to even comment upon, YET, that is, but I’m having more HOPE that ever in Tampa Bay under our current management team! Only time will tell, but it better be not take too long because I’m getting so tired of waiting! I’m just saying…

        • Erik Lambert

          As a Bears fan, believe me when I say that team is going to win some football games under Lovie Smith. I don’t know if Josh McCown can carry them to a Super Bowl, but then again Smith carried Rex Grossman to one.

      • Letterman007

        Lee didn’t look that good this year as He has to have a certain type QB to play with and

  • Diegoblue

    I like Roby as I have told you before but I can’t see 8 WRs going in the 1st Rd.

    • Erik Lambert

      Be prepared to be surprised, Diego.

      • Diegoblue

        True indeed .. Anything can happen

        • Erik Lambert

          It’s what I love about this time of year.

  • victorbarney

    And I like Tampa Bay Bucs pick of Mike Evans, WR from Texas A&M! I’m just saying, watch Tampa Bay fans…

    • Erik Lambert

      They really don’t have much choice now. Jackson is 31 and Williams is gone.

      • victorbarney

        Yeah, that’s true, but we do yet have so much to get done in Tampa Bay in order to become perennial winners, don’t you think?

        • Erik Lambert

          In my opinion your primary concern is a wide receiver and then depth along the roster.

  • Firre Workcz

    Teddy Bridgewater isn’t “smart” unless you call scoring a 20 on the Wonderlick something special (it isn’t). Under your scenarios, the Vikings had a chance to grab Manziel at 8 or, with the Giant’s trade, Gilbert at 12. Either would have been a better move than tossing the pick away on Bridgewater. Teddy will make a fine back-up some day, hopefully for the Packers.

    • Erik Lambert

      Hey Firre, want to know how useless the Wonderlic test is? Frank Gore, All-Pro, greatest running back in 49ers history got a…wait for it…SIX! I don’t put much stock in that thing. I know what I see on tape with Bridgewater. He’s cool under pressure and makes good decisions with the football. That shows intelligence better than another pointless standardized test.

    • Justin Weishaar

      Why would the vikings leave the best qb on the board for a bad trade offer of a mere 3rd rounder

      • Erik Lambert

        On account of the fact that I believe Mike Zimmer doesn’t like Manziel.

        • Justin Weishaar

          I dont beleive that. This is classic spielman jedi mind trick. We are noy going to draft a LT. we wan te’o. Its all smoke man. They want johnny. Talk him once. Little interest. Talk him 4 times and have 3 meeting. Want him. Vikings want johnny

          • Erik Lambert

            Not every little rumor is actually a smokescreen. I didn’t buy it when the rumors were out about Te’o but this time I believe it. Mike Zimmer is a defensive coach. He’s not equipped to deal with an improviser like Manziel. He’s more interested in precise, efficient, ball-control style. Johnny isn’t that kind of player. Teddy is.

          • Justin Weishaar

            Fact texas am coach for johnny got his first coaching gig working under zimmer. Fact. Zimmer had a 3 hour long talk about johnny. Fact. Said coach was filled with nothing but praise for his work ethic. Which zimmer said was his biggest concern.
            Bridgewater is not the qb for us. Pro day is your moment to shine. And he blew it. Some analysists have him failing out of the first all together. He failed to show any deep throw acc. Which is vital in turners offense. While johnny was 9n fire. If he falls to 8. He will be a viking. Not that noodle arm bridgewater

          • Erik Lambert

            Fact: Jerry Glanville was filled with nothing but praise for Jeff George before the 1990 draft, saying his work ethic and talent were the best he’d seen. Then his Atlanta Falcons trade the #1 pick to Indianapolis in exchange for Andre Rison (Pro Bowl WR), Chris Hinton (Pro Bowl OG) and a 1st in ’91. Praise is every bit as big a misdirection as disinterest.

          • Justin Weishaar

            Do you think that praise was misdirection. Or do you think it was honest.
            Zimmer was critical of johnny. The nark of a great coach. Holding him to a higher standard. If he is there are 8 vikings take him. He has the best deep throw of the group. Vital to turners qb style. He showed great improvement. And he has a thirst to prove himself. Bridgewater is just too much of a drop off for me to think they will pass him up. That be8ng said. I dont see vikings trading up for him with it being such a deep draft

          • forman22

            i disagree and agree with erik totally. Zimmer is very honest and Spielman can’t control him like he did LF. Look up what Zim said about losing michael johnson. 100% truth from this guy. I’m a vikes fan and this is a great deal if we can still land teddy. Its risky but even if we don’t land teddy theres a guy in the 2nd rd i think we like and we’d go CB

          • Justin Weishaar

            I hate bridgewater. The same sources stating all of this dislike of johnny are also saying he looks saky and losy in his vikings workouts. He screams busy

          • Justin Weishaar

            Bust.

    • Diegoblue

      Blaine Gabbert scored a 42 and Dan Marino a 16 so the wonderlick means what ?

      • Trufus Teller

        “Yeah, that test says he’s dumb as a fence post, but when he hits he looks like Einstein to me.” — Bum Philips

  • David

    So you have Dallas going two rounds without addressing their biggest needs in FS and DE. Hmmm not to smart..

    • Erik Lambert

      Aaron Donald would create way more havoc in the pass rush than any DE that’s available and defensive line is a bigger need in general than safety. As for David Yankey, he was a better value pick in the 2nd round at a need position for Dallas than any safety or defensive end at that point.

      • David

        Lol how do you know Donald will create more pass rush than guys like Ford, Barr, Crichton and say a Murphy? Secondly he will be a rotational player behind Melton most likely,so now you have spent a 1st round premium pick on a rotational player when there is huge needs at FS, DE and LB. The 16th pick has to be a 3 or 4 down player period.

        • Erik Lambert

          Have you even watched Donald’s tape? The guy is nightmare to block on the interior and any quarterback, ANY quarterback will say interior pressure is way worse than pressure off the edge. Besides, what guarantee do you have that Melton will be the player he was in Chicago after than torn ACL?

          • David

            And what guarantee is Donald that he will play well in the NFL from college. And yes I have watched his tape and I think he will be a good player. But they already have a pro bowl 3 tech and to draft another 3 tech with other huge gaping hole at several other places is dumb in my opinion. Why not draft a great LT if one is there at 16. Or draft an WR with the 16th pick if one is there.

  • Diegoblue

    Not liking the Landry pick we need someone that can stretch the field but since you have 8 WRs goin in the 1st rd ( I pray to GOD that doesn’t happen ) I actually like Lattimer better than Landry and we can get him in the later rounds.

    • Erik Lambert

      Lattimer isn’t 2nd round material. Landry is. Don’t discount him just because he’s not that speed threat everybody needs to have. This guy is a catching machine that Philip Rivers would grow to lean on when the Bolts are looking for a big first down.

  • Trufus Teller

    So you say Texans will want to win immediately–and say that they’ll take Bortles…??? Drafting a rookie qb and expecting him to win immediately is not a smart move. Especially because most people I’ve heard talk about Bortles say that he is very unpolished and is a project qb.

    • Erik Lambert

      Win a championship quickly, Trufus. If they take Clowney their defense would be outstanding but that would force them to take a chance on a 2nd round pick for their quarterback job, which is an even bigger gamble than Bortles. O’Brien is a terrific coach who will get the him polished up plenty quick. Houston already has the roster to compete, they just need someone to step up at QB.

  • Ross

    Decent mock. Completely think the Giants trade to 8 to get Ebron would be the most foolish trade in the history of the draft though. Nobody in the top 11 is gonna take a TE so why wouldn’t they sit on 12 and take him then?

    • Erik Lambert

      Because the Bills would take him at #9.

      • Ross

        Completely disagree. There will be far better impact players on the board at 9 for the Bills to take a TE that high. Especially with the needs they have. I know Ebron is great. But at 9? No way.

  • Tyler Erhardt

    MN is not taking a QB, regardless who is there because there are too many questions surrounding all of them. Once you get into the 2nd round then those question marks are less impactful. Even if we do go QB in the 1st it will not be TB (hopefully!!). Zimmer is defensive minded so IMO he is putting 90% of the QB selection on Norv and RS, however, Zimmer does like tough guys and TB is anything but tough hence his shaky performances when it counts. What I mean is, he played well in college when the circumstances fit his abilities, however, when the NFL (scouts/coaches/GMs) step in the house, he gets rattled. If anyone thinks it’s going to get easier once he gets under center in the NFL they’re fooling themselves. I like you’re 3rd round action and have yet to see your second round, but for the 1st round I have to disagree (Vikings only).

  • Buddy guy

    As a Bears fan I certainly hope you are wrong!

    • Erik Lambert

      If you’re basing this on the first round alone, then have it your way, Buddy.

      • Buddy guy

        Eric, yes I am basing that on your first round mock I don’t believe the Bears will trade out of number 14 if Donald is still on the board I would hate them to move back to 30 and take the player you suggested there are a lot better options out there with the 30th pick

        • Erik Lambert

          Don’t just take my word for it. NFL website gave Tuitt a higher grade than Donald. He’s bigger, longer and more versatile. Besides, the Bears also get Kelcy Quarles in the 4th round so I think passing on Donald was the right move.

  • Michael Mcardle

    Don’t like the Bears moving that high. But it would fix some holes. Add a young QB never hurts.

  • Jake

    Erik I don’t understand this at all. You have the Vikings trading down out of the top 10 and only getting a 3rd round pick in return? How do you ever figure that would happen? Since when is a top 10 pick worth a mere 3rd round pick? And why would the Giants move up to #8 to take a TE they could have at #12? Is TE really that much of a concern for the Giants? Don’t they have other more pressing needs like D-line, WR’s, a RB, things like that? I really don’t think the Vikes are interested in Bridgewater, I think he is part of the Spielman smokescreen process. I think one of their biggest QB interests is Garopolo. I believe they’ll be looking his way. And if they are going to trade the #8 pick (which I think they will try to do) they’re going to get more than just a 3rd rounder in return. According to your mock here Mosley, Barr, Manziel and Gilbert are all still available at #8; that #8 pick is going to be far more valuable than what you’ve placed it at.

  • Nevin Paustian

    If the packers walked away with these 3 round picks, i would be very happy. It would address their 3 top needs in the exact order that need addressed with 3 solid players.

  • Edward Abramson

    Oh yeah, I can surely see Jerry Reese with so many needs giving up a 3rd to get Ebron. First of all Ebron is not that good. Drops too many balls and is not a good blocker. I would much rather have Saffarian-Jenkins who you can get in the second round. With 12 they should take Aaron Donald.