2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Trade Fever!

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 – Atlanta Falcons (f/HOU) – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

Trade:  6th, 37th (2nd), 1st and 3rd in ’15 to Texans for 1st pick

It’s the trade rumor everybody keeps talking about and the one that is most likely to happen.  The Atlanta Falcons move up for that long-needed pass rusher by taking top talent Jadeveon Clowney in a deal with Houston.

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

Unfortunately the Clowney deal could make it difficult for the St. Louis Rams to move down as well.  So they go the safe route by taking top tackle Jake Matthews who will immediately solidify an offensive line that struggled protecting Sam Bradford last year.

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

Trade:  10th, 45th (2nd), 3rd in ’15 and DT Ndamukong Suh to Jaguars for 3rd pick

Is Ndamukong Suh on the block?  The rumors swing both ways but if he is, the best chance for the Detroit Lions to unload him is with Jacksonville at #3.  They have the cap space to handle his contract, and the Lions then are able to grab Sammy Watkins.

#4 – Cleveland Browns – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

No rookie quarterback can expect success with the Cleveland Browns until their protection issues are resolved.  Putting the big, powerful and nimble Greg Robinson up front with Joe Thomas and Alex Mack would do just that.

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

This is a strictly Best Player Available selection for the Oakland Raiders.  Khalil Mack can do anything asked of him be it rush the passer or drop back in coverage.  The Silver and Black need that kind of playmaker on their defense.

#6 – Houston Texas (f/ATL) – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF

They managed to move down and still the Houston Texans have their pick of the quarterback pool.  Based on simple logic, UCF standout Blake Bortles has the most promise given his size, mobility and proven mettle under pressure.

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

The hint may have floated out there that TampaBay might pull the trigger on Johnny Manziel.  I don’t buy it.  If that were true they would’ve unloaded Mike Glennon already.  Wide receiver on the other hand needs help and Mike Evans is there, all 6’5″ of him.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

Mike Zimmer has work to do on that Minnesota Vikings defense and while he needs a quarterback it might be more prudent to address a bad linebacking corps first.  C.J. Mosley is the kind of athletic, tough and intelligent talent he can build around.

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

Weapons aren’t the problem at this point for the Buffalo Bills.  Protecting E.J. Manuel is.  He was hit too much last year.  Adding Taylor Lewan to their front will help with those matters and perhaps lead to improvement across the offense.

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

Gus Bradley got his dynamic defensive presence in Suh so the Jacksonville Jaguars are free to take their quarterback.  Johnny Manziel is exactly what that franchise needs.  His charisma, talent and playmaking instinct should help turn things around.

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

Nothing can get started with that new Tennessee Titans defense under Ray Horton until they rev up the pass rush.  Anthony Barr is a raw talent with huge upside who has the ideal length and athleticism to fit that scheme.

#12 – New York Jets (f/NYG) – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State  

Trade:  18th, 80th (3rd) and 115th (4th) picks for 12th pick

The offense got some much needed help in free agency so the New York Jets and Rex Ryan seek to fortify their thinned secondary with another top corner.  Justin Gilbert is a premier athlete born to play press coverage.  He’ll also bring return ability as well.

#13 – St. Louis Rams – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt

Defensive tackle is not at the top of the needs list but the St. Louis Rams aren’t thinking need here.  They’re thinking what-ifs.  Can you imagine Aaron Donald, the best interior pass rusher in this 2014 NFL mock draft, plugged between Chris Long and Robert Quinn?  Those NFC West quarterbacks don’t want to.

#14 – San Francisco 49ers (f/CHI) – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State  

Trade:  30th, 61st (2nd), 94th (3rd) and 129th (4th) picks to Bears for 14th pick

With Gilbert off the board the San Francisco 49ers can’t expect one of the top corners to fall to them.  So they jump ahead of Pittsburgh, another corner-needy team and grab the tough and physical Darqueze Dennard who fits right in with their defensive identity.

#15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

Dennard going to the 49ers forces the Pittsburgh Steelers to scoop up the last true first round corner.  Kyle Fuller can do it all.  He’s big, instinctive, physical and athletic with the ability to tackle, blitz and cover equally well.

#16 – Cincinnati Bengals (f/DAL) – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama

Trade:  24th and 88th(3rd) and DE Robert Geathers to Cowboys for 16th pick

In a surprise move the Cincinnati Bengals package a deal together with Dallas to move up and grab safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.  Indeed his range, instincts and coverage ability is something that has been missing from the back end of their defense.

#17 – Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

Matt Elam has settled into the strong safety role well for the Baltimore Ravens but they still could use help at the free position.  Calvin Pryor is a rangy, tough hitter from Louisville who brings blitzing prowess and growing ability in coverage.

#18 – New York Giants (f/NYJ) – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

Protecting Eli Manning was a misadventure for the New York Giants in 2013 and has to change this coming season.  Adding the versatile Zack Martin who can play almost any of the line positions could solve their problems.

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

Branden Albert solves the left tackle issues for the Miami Dolphins but right tackle remains a problem.  Cyrus Kouandjio suffered some setbacks during the combine process but he’s still a very young, very gifted tackle prospect who has the length and power required for the right side.

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

John Abraham really showed what the Arizona Cardinals defense could be when it has an edge rush.  Him being 35-years old means it might be prudent to find young help.  Dee Ford has the athleticism and burst to fit their scheme.

#21 – Green Bay Packers – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State

Getting faster and tackling better are two things the Green Bay Packers would like to do with their linebacking corps.  Ryan Shazier did both better than almost anybody in the country at Ohio State.

#22 – Philadelphia Eagles – Cody Latimer – WR – Indiana

Chip Kelly is an offensive coach and will run his team through success on that side of the ball.  Having unloaded DeSean Jackson, they have a hole to fill at wide receiver.  Cody Latimer not only brings that speed element he loves so much, but also a 6’3″ frame and good hands.

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

Andy Reid loves receivers who can run and few do it better in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Brandin Cooks doesn’t have much height to offer at 5’10″ but his speed, agility, hands and vision make him something the Kansas City Chiefs don’t have, and should want.

#24 – Dallas Cowboys (f/CIN) – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State

Henry Melton is expected to man the three-technique.  The Dallas Cowboys decide to give him some help with Timmy Jernigan.  Though viewed as a hybrid type, the FloridaState star excels at stopping the run, which would make a great compliment to Melton.

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

The drunk driving rumor should not derail the draft stock of Bradley Roby which has been on a steady climb since the scouting combine.  The San Diego Chargers make that clear when they add him to their 29th ranked pass defense.

#26 – Cleveland Browns (f/CLE) – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU

Speed, agility and vision define the game of Odell Beckham Jr.  A true threat every time he touches the ball.  Cleveland can feel free to get excited by putting him next to current star Josh Gordon.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Donte Moncrief – WR – Ole Miss

Wide receiver is not a pressing need but it’s something the New Orleans Saints know they have to consider.  Their inability to attack Seattle showed a lack of size in their wide outs.  Donte Moncrief, at 6’3″ can play that basketball “go get it” style but is deceptively fast as well.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Marqise Lee – WR – USC

His 40-yard dash time cools some of his draft stock but the tape shows Marqise Lee remains a top playmaker in this class.  The Carolina Panthers gleefully add him to their offense to help Cam Newton.

#29 – New England Patriots – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

Vince Wilfork will stay in town but the New England Patriots still need to get younger and more dynamic up front.  Ra’Shede Hageman is an elite athlete for his size and already defends the run well.  If the light goes on, he can become a problem on every down.

#30 – Cleveland Browns (f/CHI) – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

Trade:  35th and 106th (4th) pick to Bears for 30th pick

Sensing the moment, the Browns make a “Draft Day” style splash, albeit not as blockbuster by trading back up into the first round and grabbing Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, somebody they were rumored to covet for months.

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

Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are gone so the Denver Broncos have more work to do on that secondary. Jason Verrett has size questions but not so much for ability.  He is probably the most well-rounded corner in the entire draft.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA

Power running and protecting Russell Wilson are the two top priorities on offense for the Seattle Seahawks.  Adding a technically-polished, big and powerful guard in Xavier Su’a-Filo checks all of those boxes.

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  • Ryan

    Why is latimer listed at 6-2 on some sites and 6-3 on others I know it’s only an inch but that can make a big difference so which one is it.

    • Erik Lambert

      Well according to the NFL website it’s 6’2″ but according to CBS Sports it’s 6’3″. So it’s really hard to be definitive but the good thing is Latimer is a former basketball standout so you know he can leap out of the gym.

      • Ryan

        Yeah I saw both those and several other conflicting sites I think the nfl is done by the combine numbers so I’ll go with that one. Like your stuff as always

        • Erik Lambert


    • jack_sprat2

      It’s what happens, when a guy doesn’t get an invite to the combine. I’d go with Rotoworld, which has him at 6’3″. They’re considered authoritative.

      • Ryan

        I didn’t know he wasn’t at combine do you know if he’s had a pro day yet

  • Johnny

    Why would the the Dolphins pick RT Cyrus. When he will be easily there in the 2nd round at #50… If they reached for a RT and Lewan and Martin isn’t there it would be T Moses over Cyrus..
    Cyrus had a terrible combine, and has 2 bad Knees (injury history) and will have a short shelf life in the NFL.. No way T Cyrus is a 1st round T Prospect…. I wouldn’t be suprised if he drops into the 3rd round… All the rumors of the Dolphims are high on Cyrus has already been proved wrong… No Way on T Cyrus in 1st.. I wouldn’t take him in the 2nd… Maybe the 3rd round..

    • Erik Lambert

      Frankly Johnny you’re kidding yourself if you think he’ll be there in the 2nd round. Kouandjio lost some steam because of his combine workout but if you set that aside and look at his tape at Alabama he’s a first round talent. The best part of taking him for Miami is he can play right away at right tackle but has the length and footwork to move to the left side. Remember he’s also just 20-years old so he’s still finding his way.

      • Johnny

        And his injury history???? That takes him out the 1st round by itself…
        I will bet my house on it!

        • Johnny

          Plus I believe Moses will be picked before him… Maybe even Bitonio..

          • David Thompson

            I’m with you Johnny. There’s too many other reasons Cyrus could look good playing for Alabama without actually being good and in the Senior Bowl without Saban and the rest he looked terrible. Anyway if anything he’s a straight power blocker, not ideal for our zone add that to his injury history and you have one huge immobile right tackle who’s supposed to block Mario Williams twice a year? Yeah right, pass. Also this notion that right side = run blocker left side = pass blocker has to go. How many times does that have to be disproven before it stops getting repeated? You need tackles who are good at both, the blind side is a myth.

          • Johnny

            You got it bro..

        • Erik Lambert

          If he were playing left tackle right away I would agree that’s a problem but he had no issues run blocking for Bama last season, which is primarily what he would do on the right side. The kid has the power and length to blow open holes.

          • Johnny

            Pass blocking????? 58 sacks on RT17 last year…

          • Erik Lambert

            He can pass block too, Johnny. Relax. His length alone will help with that. The beauty of playing on the right side is most often he won’t be facing the best pass rusher of the opposing defense.

          • Johnny

            Hey!! No TE Ebron in the 1st round??? IMO.. If Lewan (most likely) and Zach Martin is off the board.. The Phins should go either BPA::; 1. ILB CJ Mosley (if available) or 2. TE Enron, who not picked in the 1st in your mock…
            Both also needs..
            THEN get a RT in the 2nd round:: Moses, Cyrus, Bitonio….

          • Erik Lambert

            I know, I was surprised too but that’s the way the board fell. Truthfully Ebron is a really hard prospect to nail down. Athletically he is very good but he’s not a blocker and he suffered some notable injuries, particularly to his hamstring. Hamstring problems frighten me when it comes to guys who run a lot.

          • Johnny

            Cam Wake plays on that side.. A few other good ones too… Got to look it up.. Teams are doing that now.. Taking advantage if mismatches..

          • Erik Lambert

            In which case you devote a tight end or running back to chip if Kouandjio is struggling. It’s not a hard solution.

          • docmike

            The Lions give up a #1,2&3 PLUS a Pro Bowl DT for Watkins ?????
            & the Rams can’t find a partner for the pick before ??

          • Erik Lambert

            I prefer to look at it as they saved a 1st and 2nd in 2015 (which they would’ve had to deal to move up seven spots in the top 10. They unload a defensive tackle who causes a lot of problems on and off the field and is eating up $22 million in salary cap.

            The Rams can’t take that deal because they don’t have the cap space and I don’t see anybody else in or near the top 10 that will make the jump for Watkins.

          • docmike

            Doesn’t have to be for Watkins. My point being that there ALWAYS will be some team willing to trade up to get their “ideal” player (Mack, QB du jour) & not have to drop below #3-5 to pick up an extra pick or 2.

          • Johnny

            Well.. I’ll agree to disagree.. Your entitled to your opinion as am I.. That’s what’s great about this nation.. (and us military guys will fight for that right)… Nice draft…
            Other then the Cyrus pick to the Dolphins… lol

          • Erik Lambert

            Hang in there, Johnny. This draft has a long way to go.

      • jack_sprat2

        No, that’s not the BEST part. As any Lions fan can tell you, it’s that he’ll be able to split time with Jason Fox, the hometown boy. Between them, they might make up a whole RT.

  • chas territo

    I don’t see my Bills drafting a drunk like Lewan but I do see them drafting Ebron instead! GO BILLS!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Ebron won’t matter if Manuel is always on his back, Chas. Lewan has some character stuff to work through but he’s a top 10 tackle that can help what was a really bad offensive line last year.

      • chas territo

        You haven’t seen what EJ did during the off season so all I can say is wait and behold? GO BILLS!!

        • Erik Lambert

          Here’s the way I look at it. I would take Lewan and then grab Jace Amaro or Austin-Seferian Jenkins in the second round rather than take Ebron and take my chances on Morgan Moses or another tackle in the second.

          • chas territo

            No, Whaley won’t draft a drunk, so Lewan is not anything Buffalo Bills. Ebron will be the choice or CJ Mosley. Whaley, with Pittsburgh drafted a bunch of TE’s while there and Ebron is the kind he likes, notice I said he likes? He is the master of our destiny, not me, not you. This is part of why I think we draft him. some point out incorrectly he can’t block. Guess what? In the Bills offense the TE does not block much, Chandler only was in about half his plays blocking, we do have a TE who we use who blocks very well in Lee Smith. So TE, Ebron might be the one. GO BILLS!!

          • Erik Lambert

            We’ll see.

    • Johnny

      Hey . The Dolphins will take him in a heartbeat!!

  • LostSok

    Miami’s “interest” in Kouandijo smells like smoke.

  • Dewight Marice Mitchell

    you Actually think it’s going to happen

    • Erik Lambert

      Yes, Dewight, I believe it’s possible. This scenario with Jacksonville is plausible because they have the cap space to handle his contract, Gus Bradley is a good enough coach to handle Suh’s personality and it allows the Lions to avoid giving up a first round pick in 2015 in order to get Watkins.

  • Johnny

    No TE Ebron in the 1st round??? His stock is dropping that much??? Phins will take him over T Cyrus.. And still get Cyrus in 2nd round!! lol

  • Wayne Davis

    My team draft
    Round 1 Pick 18 (NYJ): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (A)
    Round 2 Pick 8: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (A)
    Round 2 Pick 17 (NYJ): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 8: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 32: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 8: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (A)
    Round 5 Pick 8: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 8: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State (A)
    Round 7 Pick 8: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (D)

    • chas territo

      Real nice mock?? if you would include who it’s for, like what team your picking for? GO BILLS!!

      • Viking Fan

        It’s the Vikings. Although I would love to get Mettenberger in the 4th I don’t see him leaving the 2nd

  • Joe Wedra

    Nice mock, but Dee Ford to Arizona surprised me. I still don’t think he has that “first round makeup”.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thanks Joe. I understand some are skeptical of Ford but he dominated down the stretch last season for Auburn and he did so again at the Senior Bowl. He’s an edge rusher that can do really good things for Arizona.

  • metalhead65

    nice so you see the bears passing on all the top talent and settling for a bunch of second tier mid level talent? that will get them allot of bodies but not the difference maker they need in the secondary or the stud defensive lineman all the experts claim they need. and if the guys they get are just as good or almost then why aren’t they rated first round talent? I will take the difference maker and improvement on the defense this year over waiting years for the guys they get to make a difference if they ever do. with the offense they have now all they need is the defense to make a stop and they can make the playoffs.

    • Erik Lambert

      I knew you would feel that way MH but this draft is not like others. It is extremely deep, meaning teams can find first round talents in the 2nd and second round talents in the third and so on. That means teams who can collect several Day 2 picks could have a chance to really infuse the roster with talent.

  • forman22

    I think the Vikes will trade down and take a CB. Seeing the schedule only reenforces my belief and unless Mack is there, i don’t think theres a LB worth taking that high. Trade back..get an extra 3rd and then use that third if you want to move back into the first and take a QB or a OLB like Shazier. I’m sticking with that scenario until the draft

    • Wayne Davis

      I traded with nyj picked up #17 2nd rd got bucannon
      Round 1 Pick 18 (NYJ): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (A)
      Round 2 Pick 8: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (A)
      Round 2 Pick 17 (NYJ): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (B+)
      Round 3 Pick 8: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor (A-)
      Round 3 Pick 32: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (A-)
      Round 4 Pick 8: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (A)
      Round 5 Pick 8: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia (B+)
      Round 6 Pick 8: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State (A)
      Round 7 Pick 8: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (D)

      • First and Skol

        Mettenberger isn’t falling to the 4th round bro. If we want him we have to take him in the second round

        • Wayne Davis

          Frankly this is a live draft game playing against others picking for there teams …he’s been there every time …of course there’s a big difference between fans & real teams picking lol ijs … Actually there’s less chance shaziers there in the 2nd

          • First and Skol

            I understand the concept man because we have only had mocks and live drafts going on for the last 9 months. Just saying that in the scenarios that Mettenberger falling that far wouldn’t happen. And I do agree with u about Shazier because I would be surprised if he fell past the saints at 27

          • Wayne Davis

            My mock from today

            Round 1 Pick 8: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (A)
            Round 2 Pick 8: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (A)
            Round 3 Pick 8: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa (B)
            Round 3 Pick 32: Keith McGill, CB, Utah (A)
            Round 4 Pick 8: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (A)
            Round 5 Pick 8: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (A)
            Round 6 Pick 8: Storm Johnson, RB, UCF (A)
            Round 7 Pick 8: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech (C+)

          • Wayne Davis

            I know Ealy won’t be there lol probably right

  • Wayne Davis

    Nice draft Erik

    • Erik Lambert

      Thank you Wayne.

  • Bobby Postma

    I like this Draft. Just curious on one thing though. ……. Why did you chose Johnny over teddy? I honestly wouldn’t mind either one cuz both will upgrade the team alot, I was busy curious on your take on it

    • Erik Lambert

      Johnny gives up height to Teddy but makes more plays with his feet, has bigger hands which leads to better accuracy and frankly I think he’s a better leader.

  • bobportcharlotte

    You are a very interesting guy Erik with a great imagination. I love what you have done with this mock draft and hope the NFL general managers are as creative as you have shown yourself to be here.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thanks Bob. I appreciate the compliment. I just feel most mock drafts are so rigid and, frankly, predictable and boring. I feel a little speculation never hurts. If anything else, it makes for a fun conversation.

  • Paul Newbold

    Jets need a corner, personally I think Dennard is the better fit for Rex Ryan’s defense. Instead of trade up the board to grab him, they might consider trading down and grabbing Verrett. I think that scenario is more likely then them paying the price you say the Giants would be asking, they get a guy they reportedly like, and should pick up another quality pick in the process. Another option would be Roby, but I think that is a bad idea!

    • Erik Lambert

      Dennard might fit the Jets RIGHT NOW but trust me, Gilbert has a far higher ceiling and offers the Jets much more value. He can play press. Nobody will beat him deep. He’s got the length and the fluidity. All he needs is some polish, which Rex will provide.

      • Paul Newbold

        Fair enough.

  • Avery

    Is it just me or are the teams trading up giving up far too much in these trades? especially in a draft where teams will be looking to trade down (so trading up should be easier), these seem unrealistic.

    • Erik Lambert

      It all depends on the value of the player being traded for, Avery. Dion Jordan last year was worth exactly what he was traded for. Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins are much better prospects overall than he was.

      • Avery

        still, especially the trade for the watkins pick seems ridiculous- the lions would give up an all pro defensive tackle plus a first rounder, a 2nd, and a 3rd just to move up 7 spots? suh alone is worth a number 3 pick (even with that huge contract)

        • Erik Lambert

          They aren’t giving up a 1st round pick, Avery. They’re swapping position and giving up a 2nd, 3rd and Suh to make up the difference. Suh is a good player but he’s a head case who is becoming way too expensive for the Lions to keep around. Also keep in mind they have Nick Fairley and a strong defensive tackle class to cover the loss.

          • Avery

            yeah I didn’t mean that they were giving up a 1st, but suh is too good, especially when the lions gm has already said that he does not intend to pick up fairley’s 2015 option

          • Erik Lambert

            I think that Fairley thing is garbage. They’d be stupid not to use the option eventually. He has registered more sacks each of the past few seasons since he entered the league and he’s a force against the run.

          • Avery

            yeah lol it does seem weird. personally i’m just hoping it’s true so my patriots can make a run at him

          • Erik Lambert

            I don’t blame you.

          • jack_sprat2

            Erik, what in the world is this rush to label Suh a “head case” (among many worse things)? On the field and off, the man’s been almost squeaky clean, these last two seasons. As far as not volunteering, what’s either new (for him) or unusual (for others) about that? Both Sanders, Deion and Barry, did the same, even when the camps were MANDATORY. Hell, last year, he even made efforts to be more sociable with his fellow players, within the confines of work. Away from it, apart from OL, QB and receivers, togetherness is more the exception than it is the rule.

          • Erik Lambert

            We don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors, Jack. Besides, this is a new coaching staff with different ideas about the types of players they want. If they really loved Suh then the rumors never would’ve started in the first place. Besides, Jim Schwartz was a defensive guy. Of course he would want to keep Suh. Jim Caldwell is an offensive guy. I can only imagine how excited he must get at the prospect of pairing Megatron with Watkins.

          • brian mckendry

            everyone knows suh is a head case on the field, and you sound like one of these al bundys

      • jack_sprat2

        It’s remarkable, how quickly that draft class proved its absence of elite players, isn’t it? I suppose one of the three tackles may yet prove out, but, other than that, Ansah’s the only hope. A lot of very good players, but no obvious studs.

        • Erik Lambert

          Mike Mayock didn’t hide his disdain for that class.

  • David

    So the Cowboys traded back to 24 to take a 1 tech they do not place high value in???

    • Erik Lambert

      No. They traded back to get a valuable two-way defensive tackle, not to mention a veteran pass rusher in Geathers and an extra 3rd round pick.

  • jack_sprat2

    So, you value Ndamukong Suh at the 25th pick in this draft? Even considering the money, that’s insane.

    • Erik Lambert

      25th pick? I’m not sure what you mean?

      • jack_sprat2

        Valuing picks a year out is often discounted at the next level across, more (mostly) or less. I just imputed values for the 2015 picks, then added 10% to the 2014 #2 pick, which has been commonly used to account for the rich depths of this year’s draft. The numbers work out to the chart’s value for that 25th pick. It’s all sleight-of-mind, but Jimmy Johnson was the original Keyser Soze, anyway. (There are few better proofs of Arthur Clarke’s dictum, that all technology, sufficiently advanced, might as well be magic. I don’t think that Bellechick believes in magic, do you?)

  • Hitman Hayes

    Would absolutely love the Jags/Loons trade. Jags would definitely be a playoff team this coming year. But don’t know if Manziel is willing to sit and learn.

    • Erik Lambert

      If he can’t beat out Chad Henne for the job, he’s not as good as many think.

  • Rick Talley

    Love the picks for the Rams! A lot of people will scream about not taking Watkins or Robinson, but Matthews is clearly the best OT to come around in a long time. But the 2nd pick at 13 is where the Rams really hit it big. I’ve been saying for a long time that if Donald is there, the Rams have to take him. Perfect fit, instant impact; makes St. Louis’ line the best in the nfl, especially in terms of getting after the qb. Now, if we can just pick up Deone Buchannon and either Roby, Fuller, or Joyner; we’ll be ready to rock and roll. Brandon Coleman would also be a nice experiment are WR later in draft.

    • Erik Lambert

      The more I thought about the more I felt the Rams could do so much with Donald on their front. It’s a risk given the lack of safety depth but one worth taking.

      • Beer O’Clock

        I’ve been telling Ram’s fans for some time that Donald at #13 makes perfect sense (for exactly the same reasons you gave)–nice to have a good football mind such as yours concur.

        There’s one other good reason to draft Donald. Last year, the Rams used Alec Ogletree as their primary containment man against mobile QBs such as Kaepernick, Wilson, RG3, Vick ect. Because of this, Ogletree was limited on his amount of blitzes. Donald’s speed could allow him to act as a second option to contain mobile QBs giving Greg Williams much more flexibility to blitz Olgetree.

        • Erik Lambert

          It’s a class Best Player Available argument. You have to take yourself away from the idea that a safety will solve the problem and realize what adding Donald would do to an already outstanding front. It’s on par with the Eagles pairing Jerome Brown and Reggie White. Anybody remember who the safeties were on that defense?

  • pbg619

    Much rather the Rams take Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins then at 13 get a Tackle but i’d rather we get a SS…its a huge possibility given the fact that not many teams ahead of use dont need a Tackle more than other needs…. but we dont need a D tackle when we just sign one in free agency plus our team is stacked at D-line….and who ever thinks our O-line is worst than our secondary is crazy plus we dont really need a O tackle we need a OG which everybody fails to realize…if Jake long isnt ready week one Rodgers will play Tackle and Joe Barksdale had a positive Blocking grade and was soild as hell lets not over think this and look at we really need WR,SS,OG

  • mike

    My thinking is the Vikes take Barr over Mosley. Still hoping for Mack but..As long as they stay away from all the qtb nonsense going on. Not saying you’re wrong but isn’t Atlanta giving up a lot? Detroit giving up on Suh just when they might be getting somewhere?

    • Erik Lambert

      Clowney is the type of talent that such big trades are geared around. All that talk about his work ethic and other stuff is nitpicking. The guy is a freak who is a perfect fit for their defense. It’s a high price, but worth it. You have to remember this isn’t Jim Schwartz in charge anymore. Suh is under a new man in Jim Caldwell who might not like the way he plays. Throw in that cap number and it’s a lot to swallow even given his value in the trenches.

  • Jordan Berman

    where is ebron? not getting past miami

  • Buddy guy

    I see you’re just having fun here, there’s not a chance in hell the Bears would move completely out of the first-round just to stockpile third and fourth rounders! As a Bears fan if this happens I will leap headfirst out of the tallest building that I could find

    • Erik Lambert

      Second, third and fourth rounders, Buddy. Don’t react so quickly before you see what I did. If you’re still unsatisfied, then feel free to do as you will.

      • Jake

        I’m not liking trading out of the first rounders but with that 35th pick we could get buchannon who the bears could possibly reach for in the fist round anyways after trading down, if this happens I think the price tag to move back up into the first should be more costly but def an interesting scenario

        • Erik Lambert

          Click the second and third rounds to find out.

  • Josh Hart

    So the Browns trade back up to get Carr, a very similar QB to the old one they just cut, but leave the best QB in the draft (Teddy B) still out there? That’s interesting to me.

    • Erik Lambert

      Teddy B. is no longer the best in the draft according to what I’m hearing. Almost every rumor I’ve heard says he very well could drop into the second round like he does here. Carr is nothing like Brandon Weeden. First of all, he’s not 28-years old. He’s more mobile, has a better arm and also has the added advantage of having family who played in the league, so he’s already ahead of the game. His upside is much higher than Bridgewater from a physical standpoint.

      • Josh Hart

        Funny that Teddy was pretty much viewed as the best QB in the draft when the season ended, and because of a bad pro day , he’s now ‘sinking like a ship.’ I just don’t buy the media drivel. Tape tells the story.

        If Carr has a bigger arm than Weedens, it’s not by much. Let’s not forget Weeden has a cannon. Yes Carr is younger and more mobile. He’s similar to Weeden in that he stairs down receivers, doesn’t go through all of his progressions most of the time, has sloppy footwork, doesn’t sell his pump fakes or the play action, and doesn’t handle pressure very well which only amplifies his other flaws.

        I’m not saying I hate Carr. He’s fine as a developmental prospect. But let’s quit over valuing a big arm. That doesn’t win you games. I’d just take Teddy over Carr, as well as any other QB in this draft, any and every day of the week.

        • Erik Lambert

          Your argument is fair, Josh. Just let me ask you this. Who was the last quarterback to win a Super Bowl that DIDN’T have a big arm?

          • Josh Hart

            Both Mannings, Wilson (who has a good arm but didn’t need to use it), can even go back to Dilfer and Warner. Point is I guess, I value other things more highly than a big arm. How many QB’s are winning games today just because of a big arm? It takes accuracy, smart decision making, the ability to read a defense, good pocket presence, etc to be an above average, potential elite, Super Bowl QB.

          • Erik Lambert

            Eli has a big arm, Josh. So did Peyton before his surgeries. Dilfer and Warner I’ll give you. I know decision-making and accuracy are arguably more important but the point is it’s a lot easier to win championships when you can make every throw in the playbook. I’m not sure Teddy B. can.

          • Josh Hart

            I think you’re selling Teddy a little short. He may not have the biggest arm, but he definitely has an arm good enough to make every throw. We’ll just have to disagree I guess. To each his own and we’ll see how the draft plays out :)

  • Kirk Devries

    Great mock for Bears. Only wish this would happen.

    • Erik Lambert

      Fellow fans are really torn on this approach.

  • MiroBG

    So I stopped reading right after I didn’t see Ebron go in the top 15. Dude you are a joke.

  • californy

    late possible FA WR,

    Chandler Jones
    School: San Jose State
    Position: WR
    Positive: Three-year
    starter who posted career-best totals of 79 receptions, 1356 yards, and
    15 TDs as a senior. Slightly built but explosive receiver with solid
    hands. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, immediately gets to
    top speed, and runs effective routes. Displays sharpness into breaks,
    stays low on exit, and comes back to the ball to make himself an
    available target. Possesses a burst of speed, flashes ability as a
    vertical receiver, and easily makes the over-the-shoulder reception
    downfield. Works to come away with catches in a crowd, and displays good
    timing. Gives effort blocking.
    Negative: Struggles in battles. Average run after the catch skill. Limited experience as a return specialist.

  • californy

    Possible late LB in the draft Jordon Tripp, a 23-year old redshirt senior, is listed at 6-3, 234 pounds. In
    40 games played at Montana, Tripp started 25 and recorded 235 total
    tackles, 9 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 6 passes
    defensed, 7 fumble recoveries, and 5 forced fumbles. Tripp also
    contributed heavily on special teams.

  • californy

    Brandon Coleman would be a good Pick UP WR in rd 5 or latter, reminds me Of Brandon Marshall and Jeffries, a very Physical WR.


    Massive; will be one of the biggest wideouts in the NFL

    While his breakaway speed is not elite, he has enough of it that he
    can combine it with his physicality and long stride to get yards after
    the catch

    Legitimate deep threat; great perception on long passes allows him to be in the right spot to make the catch

    Strong and resilient in the end zone

    Long, smooth stride

    Surprisingly elusive for a player of his size


    Hands are inconsistent

    Catching skills still need a lot of work, catches too many balls close to his chest

    Not a great route runner

    Concerns about lasting effects from his 2013 offseason knee surgery