2014 NFL Mock Draft – 2nd Edition

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Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) tackles Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver De

Not many changes were made in this 2nd edition of the mock draft, but will be updated every week. Since most of the draft spots have already been set, the majority of my early picks will remain the same until combine time.

1) Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney DE – South Carolina

Despite Houston’s apparent QB issues, this is one of the deepest QB drafts in years and the same can’t be said for the defensive end position. There should still be a few decent QBs on the draft board by Houston’s second pick and they could always trade up if they think their guy is in danger of being drafted. Imagine a team with J.J. Watt and Clowney rushing the passer. Now imagine playing against said team. It’s not fun to even think about. Some Houston fans will hate this pick but in just a few years, they’ll understand why the pick was made.

2) St. Louis Rams – Jake Matthews OT – Texas A&M

Currently, the Rams have a pretty solid offensive line but with Saffold entering free agency and Jake Long’s extensive injury history, adding some elite depth and/or a replacement when the time comes would be the most prudent pick. I don’t believe the Rams have given up on Bradford yet but I do believe this is his last year to prove his worth. What better way to give him all the protection he needs than draft the best offensive tackle in the draft. If Saffold was to return, Matthews could play guard until it’s his time at tackle.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater QB – Louisville

Gabbert is finally out of the picture. We all watched it happen. Gabbert slowly but surely became increasingly terrified of contact and played as if he was seeing ghosts. It’s time for Jacksonville to obtain and potentially destroy another prospect. Bridgewater has been the consensus top overall QB since the start of the year and will remain so pending some kind of combine disaster.

4) Cleveland Browns – Derek Carr QB – Fresno State

It’s an absolute need for the Browns to go QB with at least one of their first round picks and Carr is the safe bet. Bortles has been flying up the draft boards but someone always does late in the year and I don’t think that a Louisville win and Ben Rothlesberger comparisons is enough to break the top five. Carr has been fantastic this year and takes care of the football, a quality Cleveland lacks desperately.

5) Oakland Raiders – Anthony Barr OLB – UCLA

Barr has the skills and potential to be the best player to come out of this draft, which is why I hate mocking him to the Raiders. I really do not look forward to facing this kid twice a year but hopefully, they do what the Raiders do and draft a terminally ill guard or something. For the purpose of this exercise, they are smart and go with an incredibly elite athletic prospect with a very high ceiling and virtually no off the field concerns.

6) Atlanta Falcons – Khalil Mack OLB – Buffalo

I know Atlanta fans were hoping that Barr would fall here but let me assure you, Mack is no consolation prize. For the last two plus years, Mack has been terrorizing offenses and should continue to do so in the NFL. Mack reminds me of Brian Orakpo with his build and array of moves. Atlanta desperately needs some pass rush outside of Umenyiora and Mack will help tremendously.

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vic Beasley DE/OLB – Clemson

With three dominant pass rushers off of the board, you may think that settling for Beasley is a bad idea. You’d be wrong. Beasley may be smaller than most players at his position but what he lacks in size, he makes up for with technique and motor. Tampa Bay can’t continue to improve when their only decent pass rusher is Gerald McCoy. Too many people are sleeping on Beasley who is drawing comparisions to Robert Mathis.

8) Minnesota Vikings - Blake Bortles QB – UCF

Bortles makes it into the top ten after all! I may not think that Bortles is the best QB on the board but he’s by no means a bad prospect. He reminds me a lot of Ryan Tannehill and I think he will be drafted around the same spot on the board. I honestly don’t know why Minnesota bothered to waste three million dollars on Josh Freeman. As much as I loathe Matt Cassell, he was obviously the best way to go until the draft and I thought it was fairly clear. Hopefully for Vikings fans, Bortles will be able to improve the team before Adrian Peterson’s prime is wasted.

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  • DTVTechGuy

    Yeah… You’d be happy if KC drafts a DT in the first round with Dontari Poe starting and a serious need at WR… Did you do any research or just make some guesses? TE or OT… Agreed. DT? Yeah… D-Lineman if Clowney is available… Otherwise, they have far more pressing needs. Your opinion goes against common sense.

    • freshmeat62

      At best the Chiefs will be picking 24 and you ask “if Clowney is available”? And then you criticize Jeff Grasser’s pick?

      • DTVTechGuy

        Rhetorical man. I meant that to sound as stupid as it did. I see that as the only way they draft a D-Lineman… Which means I see zero chance they go D-Line in the first round.

        • freshmeat62

          Gotcha!

        • Jeff Grasser Jr

          We’ll see…I wouldn’t count it out

          • freshmeat62

            I wouldn’t count it out either. I’m never opposed to improving anywhere on the defense or on the o-line. Another excellent d-lineman to complement Poe, ooooo I’m drooling.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      There are three positions on the defensive line, Hageman doesn’t have to play NT…I’m not trying to replace Poe in any way, Hageman would be a replacement for Tyson Jackson if we let him go…someone has to play there and if you do some research on Hageman, you’ll find out that he is an absolute monster…He reminds me a lot of Poe considering he played in a weaker conference and is bit of an unknown and should blow up the combine…What’s better than one Poe? Two Poes…

  • freshmeat62

    Usually we talk about taking either best player available (BPA), or drafting for need. I think there’s a 3rd category – the player that improves your team the most. Basically combining BPA and need.

    The Chiefs have several areas of need, but I think the area that sticks out the most is the secondary. Lewis at FS has been awful all season. Flowers has gone backwards in his coverage, especially covering the slot. I wonder how much he depends on that sideline in helping him in coverage? Dix of Alabama would have been my first choice, but he’ll probably be gone at 24.

    A WR would be my next choice. Speed isn’t that important, but good hands and route running are very important. I’d be happy w/ 4.6 if the guy can catch the ball. A good TE w/ the same skills I already mentioned would be OK also.

    After that, depth, BPA.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Dix would be a great pick! Also CB in the 3rd would be good too…There should still be some decent CBs there…and depending on what WRs are available, WR would be a good pick too…this mock draft thing was harder than I thought hehe…

  • ladner morse

    Jeff, excellent choice.

    If you look at the Chiefs depth at both of their two biggest needs (LT or DE) with TJ and Albert most certainly out the door… then I’d pick Allen Bailey or Catapano to step up and fill in for TJ a lot more than I’d choose Stephenson stepping up to start for Eric Fisher at RT (assuming Fisher Moves over to LT (which he doesn’t appear ready to do.

    Following your prescription: letting both Antonio Richardson and Eric Fisher truly “compete… should produce and excellent set of tackles next year. I’ve like Richardson from last off season so I’m thrilled to see you step up and suggest him.

    However, I must say my first choice for what to do with the first round pick is to trade back and pick up and extra pick because of the absence of a 2nd round pick (traded away to get Alex Smith).

    Wonderful ready Jeff!

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Thanks Laddie! I was trying to avoid speculating trades but I’d prefer that as well…I’m sure if a team like Houston does end up with Clowney, they’ll want to trade back in to make sure they get the QB they like

      • micah stephenson

        What? Get a QB they like? If it was a QB left we need to get him.

        • Jeff Grasser Jr

          For example, Houston does take Clowney with the #1 pick because their favorite QB in the draft is Derek Carr…They take Clowney and then trade back into the first round at 22 or something to take Carr…Then they get their elite pass rusher and the QB they wanted in the first place…just an example

          • micah stephenson

            If Derek Carr or a good QB is there, we need to draft him, instead of trading away the pick.

          • micah stephenson

            I understand that but why skimp on QB by taking a Carr over Bridgewater? QB is more Valuable!

    • micah stephenson

      I think we can get TJ back at a real decent price but if not stick Bailey in there. Its easy to get 3-4 DEs so drafting one 1st rd is not needed. I also think Fisher and Stephenson can handle the tackle spots. We need to boost our offense. I know some disagree with needing a QB, but I feel our biggest needs is QB, TE, WR, FS, CB.

      • Jeff Grasser Jr

        I think it’d be a great idea to pull a Rodgers with Manziel…Draft him and have him sit behind Smith for two years and learn the ups and downs of a NFL season, instead of throwing him in right away…I don’t want him to have to handle the kind of fail/succeed stress right away…let him mature for two years and he’ll be good to go! And worth the pick too, in my opinion…

        • micah stephenson

          I agree. I’d let them compete for the starting spot tho.

        • Tristian Shelley

          Plus he cant get in much trouble in KC..you would think. But I doubt chiefs draft him because reid knows Alex Smith will be looking over his shoulder. If he gets hurt and manziel comes in its the same situation he had in SF where his job was taken from him by douch-dosent-think before he talks-harbaugh. Not happening

          • micah stephenson

            The 49s are on a 7 game winning steak and in the rd 2 of the playoffs. Harbaugh must b do n something right.

        • micah stephenson

          I like that Ideal too. Your a smart man. Some fans on here are complacent with Alex. I’m always trying to get better, expescially at the most important spot on the field.

        • micah stephenson

          How do feel when you say you would like to get JM knowing some fans won’t like that Ideal? They would perfer a FS or a Wr. I feel like you got to try as hard as you can to get a QB when you can, cus it ain’t often that you can get one. We need to b stacked at the position.

      • Tristian Shelley

        You sir are s hater no question about it..thank god u arent GM

        • micah stephenson

          If I was the GM you wud love the team. LOVE IT!!!!

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      Laddy:

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        I can see why you think Albert is ‘most certainly out the door’. Why do you think TJ is? He restructured last year.

    • jimfromkcj

      I would like to see us trade Albert for a 2nd rd pick. I vision our off line as LT Fisher, LG Richardson our Rd 1 pick, C Hudson or Kush, RG Swartz and RT Stephenson. We could use the 2nd pick from the Albert trade to pick up a CB or WR. Have to wait for the combine to get 40 times before determining who could go in rds after the 1st. speed isn’t all important when picking your big men, but we got all the slow pokes we need, we need some speedsters who can bump and run with receivers. When you have the slow pokes we have, they have to give receivers a 1w0 yard cushion to keep them from running right past them. And sometimes that doesn’t even work.

  • tm1946

    Wouldn’t another LT be a step backward?
    Got to consider what is out there in free agency and the depth at college Ts available. Don’t we have issues at G with Allen, and Lewis at S? Just saying T is not my “dream ” need. Not saying a word about a #1 WR or #2 WR.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      It’s not a dream but it’s not unlikely…I tried not to pick based on what I want and more on what I think they might do…Richardson can play both tackle spots or guard

      • tm1946

        I bow to your expertise. It will be interesting how Dorsey and Reid handle this draft,

    • micah stephenson

      Allen, Swartz and Asomoah will b ok at guard. Guard and safety are usually positions u dont want to use your 1st rd pick on.

      • tm1946

        Did not say G for first pick, I prefer a DE to help Poe and LBs on pass rush.
        Would add if you have 3 players who are ok at G, you are not very good at G. You need one on each side of C and those two, TWO, do the job for years, not three.

      • berttheclock

        So, you really follow the drafting of safeties, eh? Have you perused the Pro Bowl safeties, this season? Out of the six selected, three were 1st round picks, Berry, Thomas and Palomalu, two were 2nd round, Weddle and Jairus Byrd, while Kan Chancellor was a 5th rounder, who was selected just a couple of picks ahead of Kendrick Lewis.

        • micah stephenson

          Ok what’s your point?

  • Garion

    The Chiefs lost their first round pick to SF, right? It was the agreement in the Alex Smith trade if the Chiefs went 8-8 I believe.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      They lost their 2nd round pick to SF

  • micah stephenson

    Texans take Bridgewater. QB is the most important position. Most the coaches that got fired did not have a QB. What good is a DE if you have no QB? They can get a pass rusher in free agency or rd 2. Most of the time the only way to get the hella good QBs I’d to draft them real early. The Texans new coach is not trying to go to war with Shaub and Keenum.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      They can trade back into the first round and still get a QB as well…All of these QBs are pretty good but they aren’t very far apart potential wise…Clowney and Barr are much much better than any pass rusher they will find in round 2 or free agency…I think they will trade back in for one of the QBs and not pass on Clowney, but that’s just an opinion…And we don’t know who the Vikings QB will be, he may not want to start Cassell…And I left out Hundley because he hasn’t declared yet but if he does, that will change things up a bit…Mock drafts last year all had Geno Smith going in the top 15 at least and we know where he ended up…I would LOVE to draft Manziel with our first pick…I think he’d be incredible in Reid’s offense…Mike Evans stock my drop a little with his attitude he showed at the bowl game…Mock drafts are tough, can’t make everyone happy but it will be updated weekly so we’ll see…

      • micah stephenson

        I love Menziel too. I hope we get him. I think it will b a run on QBs early. If one falls we need to trade up to get him. If it is one left when pick, we need to draft him instead of trading the pick.

        • kcpauly

          Micah,
          You might as well put your drum down and stop beating it right now, cuz I got news for you we ain’t takin’ no QB early in the draft, even though you hate him AS11 is here to stay for awhile, and I’m glad I do not want to go through the struggles of a rookie QB, until all our other talent is gone from the team, AS11 is not why we lost, why don’t you hate on the ones who need hatin’ on? like the pathetic safeties(other than Berry), these chumps have costed us all year they are fuckin’ terrible, they probably wouldn’t be starters on most college teams let alone NFL.
          Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

          • Deadmeat

            I see us signing Alex to a long term deal. I would say this would drive Micah crazy, but it’s to late. He’s done lost his mind.

          • Tristian Shelley

            I know right? Dude is seriously hating all the time

          • micah stephenson

            It wouldn’t drive me crazy. I’m use it. I just wouldn’t have faith in this team ever making it to the superbowl.

          • Jeff Grasser Jr

            Smith most certainly did not lose that game for us. Well put.

          • micah stephenson

            He didn’t win it for us ether.

          • Deadmeat

            Wow. Just WOW. Great argument…LOL

          • micah stephenson

            A rookie QB could still sit behind Alex for one yr. AS11 might not b the reason we lost but we can still do better. I’ve mentioned dumping K.Lewis and Robinson.

          • micah stephenson

            Yea we might be stuck with Alex for another yr or 2 cus I doubt that QB is left by the time we pick. You want a benz or Lexus but you get a Honda or Nissan. Thats the life of a Chiefs fan.

  • freshmeat62

    I agree that Dix would probably be the better pick if he were available, but definitely the secondary is in the most need of improvement, and a shutdown corner, in this pass happy league, is mandatory.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Agreed

  • Erik Lambert

    If the Chicago Bears take a defensive tackle, it won’t be Nix. It will be Timmy Jernigan or Ra’Shede Hageman who offer infinitely more in the pass rush department. Nix is a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle, boasting the size and quickness to stop the run but not very production when going after the quarterback. Unless the Bears switch to a 3-4, which hasn’t happened yet, I can’t see them taking Nix especially with C.J. Mosley and Stephon Tuitt still available.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Very good point. I’ll keep that in mind. Hageman would be the ideal for them in hindsight, it was just hard to pass up Nix at that spot for me. I’ll need to think about that a bit more, thanks for your insight!

      • Erik Lambert

        Anytime!

  • Alexander Macdonald

    Hey Jeff, I like the pick. You seem very high on Ebron from UNC, and as a UNC student- would love to see him go to the chiefs. Would you be surprised to see us take him with the 23rd?

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Not at all and I am very high on Ebron. He’s my favorite tight end of the group. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. I’d be very pleased. I wish I could give the Chiefs three first round picks!

      • Alexander Macdonald

        with his speed he is basically a wide out with great blocking talent and size. I think you are right however, Chiefs will most likely play it conservative and draft defense in the first. Be a shame given the talent pool of WR/TE this year.

  • sidibeke

    I love the KC pick. We need 2ary help, and with today’s O’s, you need three quality CBs. Too many 4 wide out sets.

  • Joseph Bulger

    Giants take Lewan. Right call. O-line is more broken than many people think, even seeing Eli on crutches. Lewan’s a good start… still need another lineman. Mid round projects aren’t the answer, as they have enough of them on the bench already. Either 2 linemen on day 1, or a lineman and a FA, although that’ll cost JR a whole lot more than he’d want to pay. Consider 1st round rookie OT Justin Pugh is a $1.8M APY 2014 CAP hit, whereas Center FA signing David Baas is a $8M APY 2014 CAP hit. Jerry Reece can buy TWO day 1 linemen for less than HALF, combined CAP, of what he’d have to pay for ONE FA starting lineman. And the Giants are dead up against the cap.

  • Daniel

    We need a WIDE RECEIVER, a WIDE RECEIVER, and a WIDE RECEIVER. .oh did I forget to mention we need a WIDE RECEIVER??? I don’t know about you but Alex Smith proved to me he can throw the rock with the best of them, and I’m so sick of hearing ” well who else is a playmaker on that team besides Jamaal Charles”. Adding another playmaker to the team keeps us stable for them teams that study they’re ass off trying to stack the box to stop jamaal.Plus it would take the pressure off Dwayne Bowe. Bowe gets double teamed a lot people don’t notice it. And for all those saying the chiefs should get rid of Dunta Robinson and Kendricks Lewis, I agree about dunta Robinson BUT not kendricks lewis, Lewis did his thing I mean he had a couple missed tackles and then again so did Eric berry if you want to keep it 100 but for the most part he can cover. Leave Lewis alone.