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2014 NFL Mock Draft; Full Two-Round Free Agency Edition

2014 NFL Mock Draft; Full Two-Round Free Agency Edition
By Derrik Klassen on March 21, 2014

1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Some will bash him for his pro day, but it does not change the fact that he is the most talented quarterback in this class, as well as the most pro ready. Bridgewater would allow Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins to thrive.

 

2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Robert Quinn had a breakout year last year and pairing him with a once-in-a-decade pass rushing prospect would be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, Buffalo

While quarterback is a need, none of the remaining quarterbacks are worth the selection over Mack. In Gus Bradley's 4-3 Under defense, Mack would be a perfect fit to play strong-side linebacker (SLB).

 

4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

After a plethora of failed quarterbacks, Cleveland is in the market for one again. Manziel is the second best quarterback in the class and could ease pressure off of Josh Gordon to carry the offense.

 

5. Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles, Central Florida

With all their offensive moves in free agency, it is time to bring in a quarterback that may change the franchise for the better. Bortles is raw, but the tools are evident.

 

6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, Auburn

Atlanta's line was porous last year. Luckily, they have already added Jon Asamoah at guard. Robinson, a large, violent mauler, has the potential to be the next Trent Williams.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CJ Mosley, Alabama

Lovie Smith has added Michael Johnson to the front seven as a pass rusher, but another dynamic linebacker to compliment Lavonte David would be stunning. It would allow for schematic creativity, something that Smith would take full advantage of.

 

8. Minnesota Vikings: Jason Verrett, TCU

Considering those who were taken prior to this pick, Minnesota is in position to go BPA and that is arguably Jason Verrett. Verrett adds a quick, explosive cornerback opposite of Xavier Rhodes.

 

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, North Carolina

After loading up on receivers in the 2013 class, Buffalo ought to seek a playmaking tight end. Ebron is an athletic freak that may very well be the next Vernon Davis.

 

10. Detroit Lions: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

The loss of Louis Delmas made the Lions need for a safety even greater. Clinton-Dix has the versatility to play either safety role. Whether it be center-fielding, covering a deep half, or supporting in run defense, he will make a huge impact.

 

11. Tennessee Titans: Dee Ford, Auburn

Considering that the NFL is a pass-heavy league, disrupting opposing quarterbacks is key. Ford is a fluid, natural pass rusher that would add an extra weapon for closing the pocket on opposing quarterbacks.

 

12. New York Giants: Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

With the loss of Linval Joseph, the Giants need another presence in the middle. Jernigan is a solid athlete with sound technique, including superb hand usage. He should make an impact immediately.

 

13. St. Louis Rams: Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Despite taking a receiver high last year, Watkins adds another explosive  presence to the Rams receiving corps, but he is much more of a natural receiver than Tavon Austin is.

 

14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, Pitt

As if defensive tackle wasn't already a need for Chicago, the absence of Henry Melton further expands the gap at defensive tackle. Donald is an explosive pass rushing threat, which is much needed in today's NFL.

 

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Pittsburgh's offensive line is lacking in almost every position. Lewan's mean-streaks and large, mauling build make him a perfect fit in Pittsburgh.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys: Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

At this point, Su'a-Filo is too talented to be allowed to slip any further. Last year, the Cowboys beefed their interior in the first round and Su'a-Filo would add to that dynamic. He is a stonewall pass blocker, as well as a functional run blocker.

 

17. Baltimore Ravens: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Despite the signing of Steve Smith, who is an aging talent anyway, Baltimore still could use the explosive, well-rounded receiver that Beckham Jr. is.

 

18. New York Jets: Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Fuller' versatility to dominate both outside and inside as a nickel corner makes him a weapon for Rex Ryan. Also, a duo of two young cornerbacks, Dee Milliner being the other, sets a solid base for the future.

 

19. Miami Dolphins: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Miami could realistically replace a majority of their offensive line. Matthews is a technically sound left tackle that should have few growing pains as he adjusts to the next level.

 

20. Arizona Cardinals: Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

Lawrence showed improvement from his 2012 self and has become one of the premier pass rushers in the class. He's a violent rusher that will relieve pressure in the Cardinals defensive backs.

 

21. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

The pick is a bit of a reach, but he fits the Packers style of offense and would provide much of what Jermichael Finley did. Essentially, he is a large slot receiver.

 

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

Chip Kelly likes freak athletes and Attaochu certainly fits the bill. He is a quick, fluid edge rusher that also could be molded into an off-ball outside linebacker.

 

23. Kansas City Chiefs:  Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

Eric Berry is lacking a true free safety to compliment his game. Ward is the rangiest safety in the class and would allow Berry more flexibility to roam and make plays.  

 

24.  Cincinnati Bengals: Bradley Roby, Ohio State

As of now, the Bengals cornerbacks are serviceable, but they are aging. Roby is a lockdown man corner that will complete a pair of young cornerbacks, along with Dre Kirkpatrick.

 

25. San Diego Chargers: Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

Outside of Keenan Allen, the Chargers receivers are unreliable, whether that be with their play or the fact that they can not play because of injury. Cooks, like Allen, is a great route runner, but Cooks has speed to blow past defenders.

 

26. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts)- Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

After having taken a quarterback, he needs to be protected. Jackson is a well-rounded guard that provides efficient both as a pass blocker and a run blocker.

 

27. New Orleans Saints: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Opposite of Keenan Lewis, the Saints lack a reliable cornerback. While Dennard could be a solid No.1, he will make for an upper tier No.2, especially with the Saints duo of safeties playing behind him.

 

28. Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses, Virginia

Carolina's offensive roster outside of Cam Newton is pitiful. With the retirement of left tackle Jordan Gross, his replacement is an immediate need. Some will argue that this should be a receiver, but the receiver class is much deeper than the tackle class.

 

29. New England Patriots: Zach Martin, Notre Dame

New England is set at tackle, but Martin would slide inside to guard and be a much needed upgrade over Dan Connolly.

 

30. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

The 49ers have few true holes in their starting lineup, but cornerback is one of them, especially after the loss of Terrell Brown. Gilbert is a lanky corner with stunning top speed. He is a work in progress, but could be special.

 

31. Denver Broncos: David Yankey, Stanford

The Broncos are in an odd position, but Yankey, although a bit of a reach, will provide more stability at guard for Peyton Manning to function. He is not a special athlete, but he is technically refined.

 

32. Seattle Seahawks: Dominique Easley, Florida

Knee issues aside, Easley is a top 15 talent. He could play either 3-tech or 5-tech and provide explosive, violent pressure upon opposing quarterbacks.

 

33. Houston Texans: Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

Although he is far from a finished product, Hageman has JJ Watt-like potential. Pairing him with the real JJ Watt may turn into the most fearsome defensive end combo in the league.

 

34. Washington Redskins: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska

As of late, the Redskins defensive back situation has been a mess. Jean-Baptiste is a lengthy, bulky cornerback that could function well in either a man or zone scheme. He may potentially become similar to Brandon Browner in his prime.

 

35. Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, Texas A&M

After nabbing his former quarterback, who else would be better to bring in? Evans would allow Manziel to more smoothly transition to the NFL, being that they fed off of each other at the collegiate level.

 

36. Oakland Raiders: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

Despite that addition of James Jones, he is more of a complimentary piece than a No.1. Abbrederis is a sudden route runner that consistently creates separation. He can be Oakland's true No.1.

 

37. Atlanta Falcons: Aaron Lynch, South Florida

After taking a player to protect their quarterback, they need a player to attack opposing quarterbacks. Lynch had an odd year, but nonetheless, he showed flashes of superb speed rushing talent.

 

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Billy Turner, North Dakota State

Doug Martin is primed to make a comeback from his injury last season, but he needs a dominant presence to create rushing lanes for him. Turner, who expressed that he wants to move to guard, would be that dominant presence.

 

39. Jacksonville Jaguars: David Fales, San Jose State

The Jaguars are still in need of a quarterback after having to pass on one in the first round. Fales is a consistently accurate passer, both in and out of the pocket. Some question his arm strength, but it is sufficient.

 

40. Minnesota Vikings: Derek Carr, Fresno State

Carr should have been an option for Minnesota in the first round, so to have him fall to them again was a miracle. His rocket arm is a much needed contrast from the noodle arm of Christian Ponder.

 

41. Buffalo Bills: Cyril Richardson, Baylor

With a solid defensive foundation, Buffalo needs to continue to build their offense around EJ Manuel. Richardson flashes the ability to be a mauling run blocker, as well as a solid pass protector.

 

42. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

The front seven needs to continued to be beefed, especially considering that their safeties are average. If they create more pressure, stress is eased off of the shoulders of the cornerbacks and safeties.

 

43. New York Giants: Kony Ealy, Missouri

After losing Justin Tuck, the Giants need to regain depth at defensive end. Realistically, Ealy could start, but may end up splitting snaps with last year’s third round pick Damontre Moore.

 

44. St. Louis Rams: Cam Fleming, Stanford

Roger Saffold may be back, but his more natural position is at guard. If he can be replaced at right tackle, the offensive line will get better at two positions with a single pick. Fleming is not a wonderful mover, but he does the technical things well and has a firm anchor.

 

45. Detroit Lions: Telvin Smith, Florida State

Smith has often been said to be too small, but he plays much bigger than he is. His range is more than ideal for a weak-side linebacker (WLB), as are his coverage skills. he also attacks rushing gaps violently and pounces on ball carriers.

 

46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Louis Nix, Notre Dame

The Steelers are in need of a massive nose tackle to lead their defense and Nix is their man. After an unfortunate knee injury, Nix still played well enough through his recovery phase to stay within the top 50 picks. Although, if healthy, he could be better.

 

47. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Few, if any, safety tandems in the NFL were worse than Dallas’ last year. An upgrade at either spot is possible, but Pryor fills the role of free safety for them. He will have a learning curve, but is a superb athlete that can be molded into a solid free safety.

 

48. Baltimore Ravens: Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee

After the loss (if you want to call it that) of Michael Oher, Baltimore is seeking a new right tackle, assuming Kelechi Osemele stays at left guard, where he played well. James is an athletic tackle that has been overlooked for far too long. His punch and initial pass sets enable him to win most plays before they get going.

 

49. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, USC

Geno Smith was familiar with having an explosive receiver at West Virginia and Lee can provide that once again. He is not as explosive as Tavon Austin, but nonetheless, he can turn something into nothing and move the chains when needed.

 

50. Miami Dolphins: Jarvis Landry, LSU

At this point, Landry is a steal. Mike Wallace was dramatically overpaid last year and Landry adds a reliable, quick slot threat that also has the athleticism to bust off a long touchdown reception.

 

51. Chicago Bears: Dexter McDougle, Maryland

Injuries never allowed him to get the exposure that he deserved, but McDougle is essentially the discount version of Jason Verrett. That being said, McDougle is a talented athlete with superb ability to take a good angle, break on the ball, and defend a pass.

 

52. Arizona Cardinals: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

Aside from issues with over-setting, Mewhort is a refined tackle that also has notable athletic traits, such as fluidity and foot quickness. Having a starting left tackle fall to them like this would be a dream come true.

 

53. Green Bay Packers: Dion Bailey, USC

Both of the Packers safeties are replaceable. Bailey fills the role of the strong safety, but for a strong safety, provides a fair amount of range in coverage. Not so much as a centerfielder, but in deep halves and near the line of scrimmage.

 

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

While Bradley Fletcher is a solid No.1 cornerback, Philadelphia is lacking a reliable No.2. Hal is one of the better, smarter man coverage cornerbacks in the class. His athleticism is certainly sufficient and he violently attacks the ball in air.

 

55. San Francisco 49ers (via Kansas City Chiefs): Davante Adams, Fresno State

Not only did he play in their “backyard”, but he also adds another red zone threat for Colin Kaepernick, as if Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree were not enough. In this division, you can never have enough passing threats.

 

56. Cincinnati Bengals: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Kouandjio started off the year poorly, but he came into his own as the year progressed and proved that he can be a solid blind side protector. With the absence of Anthony Collins and Andrew Whitworth’s success at guard, Kouandjio technically betters two positions at once.

 

57. San Diego Chargers: Bashaud Breeland, Clemson

The Chargers cornerback situation is simply pitiful. Breeland has a few technical issues, such as false stepping in man coverage, but that could be fixed. Outside of that, he has impressive ball skills and zone coverage ability.

 

58. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

In this class, it is a bit of a reach, but with Reggie Wayne aging and T.Y. Hilton the only other viable wide receiver threat, Matthews adds another body. His routes are fairly clean and his top speed is underrated.

 

59. New Orleans: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

While he does not fill their void on the edge, he provides a “run and chase” inside linebacker, much like Alec Ogletree. Likewise, Shazier is also quite impressive in coverage.

 

60. Carolina Panthers: Allen Robinson, Penn State

The depth of this receiver class allows Carolina to snag a solid No.2 receiver, if not a future No.1 with some development. paired with Jerricho Cotchery, Carolina still needs another receiver, but those two make for a good foundation.

 

61. New England: Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech

Vince Wilfork will soon be needed to be replaced. Ellis, a freakish athlete, can come in, site for a year, and learn from the former All-Pro.

 

62. San Francisco 49ers: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

Much like Tyrann Mathieu from last year’s class, Joyner provides versatility. He can play as the nickel cornerback, as a roaming safety, as well as be a solid run defender. Yes, they would be double dipping at cornerback, but it is much needed.

 

63. Denver Broncos: Travis Swanson, Arkansas

Manny Ramirez is one of the replaceable pieces on Denver’s offensive line and they need to keep Peyton Manning as protected as possible as he makes one or two final campaigns for a Super Bowl ring.

 

64. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Huff, Oregon

Seattle seems to have perfected the ability to use a plethora of complimentary receivers as a collective weapon. Huff, who is both an explosive athlete and a fluid, sudden route runner, adds yet another toy for Russell Wilson to play with.

Derrik Klassen

Derrik "The Prodigy" Klassen

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