2014 NFL Mock Draft
Final Update: May 7, 2014
Final Update: May 7, 2014
Both Zack Martin or Calvin Pryor would make a lot of sense with this pick, and both would fill big needs, but I think with Eric Ebron still on the board they decide to grab him and pair him with Dennis Pitta to help Joe Flacco and the Ravens' offence. Ebron is the type of tight end that has become very popular lately. He is not much of a blocker but a great big-bodied receiver. He has big play ability and good speed for a guy his size. He is able to catch anything thrown to him while still able to pick up yards after the catch and he has a chance to be a special player.
Rex Ryan likes drafting corners, so I wouldn't be surprised if this pick was Kyle Fuller, but The Jets need someone to play with Eric Decker. They have an interest in Kelvin Benjamin, but I think getting a speed receiver would be the smarter pick, so they take Brandin Cooks. Cooks was the leader in receiver yards last season at Oregon State and he is an extremely elusive player who can make big plays after the catch. He may lack ideal size but he makes up for it with great speed and solid route running. He looks to be a player who is ready to step up and contribute in his rookie season.
Miami has major holes along their offensive line, but none more glaring than at right tackle, and I have to believe that this is pretty much Miami's dream scenario. Zack Martin should be a no-brainer for the Dolphins with this pick. Martin has the ability to play outside at the tackle position or inside at guard. However after a great senior bowl week, Martin looks to have solidified himself as a legitimate tackle. He lacks the ideal measurables that you would like to see at his position, but he has great experience, awareness, and technique and looks to be one of the safest picks in the draft.
Quarterback isn't Arizona's biggest need and Calvin Pryor would also make a lot of sense, but in this scenario they are getting too good of value to pass up. I also think this would be an ideal situation for Blake Bortles, as he could sit for a possibly develop into a great quarterback under Bruce Arians. Bortles has the ideal size and build for a NFL quarterback. He has good footwork and surprising athleticism. He may lack great arm strength but he can make all the throws and even when on the move he keeps his eyes downfield. He is a clutch player and a good leader who could develop into a great quarterback.
I have had Ryan Shazier here for the past couple of weeks and that pick still would make some sense, but having Calvin Pryor fall to them would have to be a dream scenario for the Packers and they would make him their selection. Pryor has great size and range and is able to deliver big hits. He also has good instincts and recognition and has a good balance of ability to either come up to lay a big hit or stay back and play center field. Pryor looks like he could be a very good player and is ready to contribute early on.
The Eagles need help in their secondary, and Bradley Roby would get a look here, but I have a feeling they are wanting to replace Desean Jackson and get another playmaker for Chip Kelly. Although it is a bit of a reach, I think their guy might be Cody Latimer and they take him with their first pick. Latimer is a big receiver who has great speed and big potential. He is physical and strong and is able and willing to go across the middle. He has good hands and great leaping ability. He could be a great deep threat and develop into a great receiver at the next level.
The Chiefs have a great defence and the trade to get Alex Smith looks to have been a smart move. One area they need to improve, however, is at receiver. They lack both depth at the position, and by adding Marqise Lee they gain that depth, but a good receiver for Alex Smith and Andy Reid. Lee has had some injury issues and had a down year this season due to inconsistent quarterback play, but don't let that deceive you from how good he is. Lee has elite speed and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. He has excellent ball skills and is able to get separation from defenders.
The Bengals could look at several different players at this spot, and although they do need a replacement for Michael Johnson, I think they may look to do that later in the draft. So instead, they decide to grab a very talented corner in Bradley Roby. Roby has elite speed that is always of value in today's NFL. He also has great ball skills and rarely finds himself out of position. He isn't the biggest corner in the draft, but is not undersized either. His speed, athleticism, awareness, and aggressiveness should help him become successful at the next level.
The Chargers will likely be looking to draft players on the defensive side of the ball. However where it becomes difficult to project is what position they will focus on first. They could look at an edge rusher like Dee Ford, but I think they decide to focus on their secondary and get one of my favorite players in the draft: Jason Verrett. Verrett is a nice prospect with quick feet and fluid hips. Although he lacks great size, it shouldn't be an issue at the next level given his speed and athleticism. He has great instincts and awareness and is not afraid to play the ball aggressively. He is physical with receivers and isn't afraid to make tackles. He is a playmaker with great ball skills who can help out and cover in the slot or outside and would be taken a lot higher if it wasn't for his size.
Many people, including myself, were criticizing Cleveland for trading Trent Richardson for this pick, however now it is looking like a smart move. The Browns took a chance on Johnny Manziel with their first pick so now they help protect him with Xavier Su'a-Filo. Su'a-Filo is a little undersized but is still very strong and powerful. He is also mobile and is able to get to the second level. He has good recognition and is a great leader. He is a little raw at the moment but he has many characteristics that make him appear to be a guy who can make a difference for his team early on.
The Saints could be looking to add another weapon for Drew Brees, but I think they continue to build onto their defence instead. With no corners with taking I think this pick would come down to Demarcus Lawrence and Dee Ford, and I think Dee Ford is the better player. Ford is a player who finished the season great then carried that success to the Senior Bowl where he received game MVP. He is very quick off the line and was a dominant pass rusher against some of the best college talent. He showcased his great speed and range at his pro day and I think this guy could be a top contender for defensive ROY.
The Carolina Panthers will be looking too add more weapons for Cam Newton. They released Steve Smith and lost Brandon Lafell and may need to add a couple receivers in this draft but they also need a left tackle, so they decide to take Morgan Moses, and wait on receiver. Moses is a mammoth of a man at 6'6 and 330lbs, however given his size he is a surprisingly good athlete. He has long arms and is very powerful. He has played at both LT and RT and has good awareness and is able to pick up blitzes well. He still can improve, but he got better as the year went on and should be a good pick in the draft.
The Patriots are sitting in a great spot in this draft, as they will likely have their pick of several great defensive prospect who have fallen in the draft. Nix, Jernigan, Tuit, and Hageman are all legitimate options but I think Jernigan would be the best fit next to Vince Wilfork. Jernigan had an excellent BCS Championship game where he showed how effective he can be. He has good size and athleticism and is able to be an effective pass rusher from the interior. He sheds blocks well and has a great motor and with his ability to get into the backfield from the interior it shouldn't be hard for him to find playing time.
The 49ers are a team that I think moves up in this draft due to their excess of picks, but in this case they take Ra'Shede Hageman, and with defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and veteran lineman, Justin Smith, he could develop into a great player. Hageman has elite size and but also deceptive athleticism. He is quick of the line and is very powerful which allows him to be disruptive in the backfield. He is still a little raw and will have to learn how to play in a 3/4 system but with his physical abilities he should be able to make the transition.
It seems like every mock draft up until this one, I haven't liked who I have given to Denver with this pick, however that is not the case this time. Ryan Shazier would be a great pick for Denver and he would be ready to step in and be a terrific linebacker for them next season. Shazier is able to stop the run or get after opposing quarterbacks. He is a little undersized but he is very quick and athletic and is able to deliver big hits. He has great range and plays very aggressive. He is a talented player who will find ways to contribute early on.
The Seahawks could be looking at offense with this pick, and Seferian-Jenkins and Benjamin would get long looks here, but after losing a couple key defensive ends this offseason, Stephon Tuitt just seems to fit the profile of what the Seahawks would be looking for in their replacement. Tuitt is a versatile player who can play inside or outside on the defensive line. He is a high character guy who is very strong and powerful. He is able to be disruptive against the pass and the run and could turn into a player very similar to Red Bryant for Pete Carroll's defence.