2014 NFL Mock Draft – December 3.0 (3 Rounds)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Final Mock Draft in 2013 for the 2014 NFL NFL Draft.
I gave a first round description of not only the pick, but the teams outlook heading into the offseason – as well as Team Needs (based upon UFA) and also listed a QB chart for each team with predictions on how I think they may fall this offseason.
Like before, I understand that the draft is still a long ways off and a lot will change over the next few weeks (and months). This is a projection based upon what I think could happen at this point in time.
I’ll continue my post covering the NFL Draft into the new year so check back. As always….Enjoy!
2014 Prospect Position Rankings:
NOTE: The draft order is specific to the current NFL standings, as of Dec.30th
1. Houston (2-14) – Brett Hundley, QB – UCLA; **Sophomore: 6’3″ 225
A new regime will want a new franchise signal caller – and I believe Hundley is the best, far and away, of the class. A lot is going to be different for the Texans who have RB Ben Tate, LG Wade Smith, TE Garrett Graham, and DE Antonio Smith set to become UFA’s (as well as two starting ILB – Mays/Sharpton, and a starting DT -E.Mitchell). Schaub will be released (saving a total of 31.5M over the next 3 seasons – and 4.5M on the 2014 cap) while the other youngsters (Keenum/Yates) who filled in this season will serve as decent options at backup. Offensive tackle would be another likely option, as well as a premiere pass rusher.
Needs: QB, WOLB, RDE, RT, ILB, LG, DT, RB, WR, FS, TE, CB
2014 QB Prediction: Brett Hundley/Case Keemum/TJ Yates
2. St.Louis (Washington (3-13) – Greg Robinson, OT – Auburn; **Sophomore: 6’5″ 315
Robinson has a lot of potential and will likely push Jake Matthews as the best player at the position if he declares. The Rams (7-9) benefitted from the Redskins horrible season and will likely be able to add a stud young prospect as a result. It’ll be interesting to see if they’re committed to Sam Bradford – who could be traded easily or released due to a friendly cap situation with the two years remaining on his rookie deal. RG/RT Roger Saffold is an UFA in 2014 so filling the RT spot could be their main objective here – they also have starting LG Chris Williams and ROLB JoLonn Dunbar set to become UFA’s. If they don’t go offensive line, a premiere pass rushing is a likely target on pure value – or moving down could be an option unless they’re prepared to replace Bradford. I have them trading for Kirk Cousins (ironically another trade with Washington involving a QB from the 2012 class).
Needs: RT, RG, FS, ROLB, Big-WR, LG, QB, MLB, CB
2014 QB Prediction: Kirk Cousins/Kellen Clemens/Rusty Smith
3. Jacksonville (4-12) – Anthony Barr, OLB/DE – UCLA; Senior: 6’5″ 240
I’d be surprised if they passed on Bridgewater, who is a Florida kid and well – since Jacksonville needs a new face of the franchise a QB is a strong possibility. I think Johnny Manziel will draw a lot of interest here as well – but for now, I’ll going with the premiere rusher. Barr can play DE or OLB (best fit would be a 3/4 scheme) for the Jags, as could Clowney – but Im going with Barr to help improve their pass rush. They could target a veteran in the offseason (like Mike Vick) and add a young QB with a later pick – as Chad Henne will be an UFA and Blaine Gabbert traded/released (costing them 3.8M on cap). MJD is their most notable UFA, but others include: starers, C Brad Meester and OT Cameron Bradfield – along with a plethora of others who provide depth.
Needs: QB, RB, RT, WR, LOLB, LG, C, CB, DT, TE, RDE
2014 QB Prediction: Mike Vick/Blake Bortles/Blaine Gabbert
4. Cleveland (4-12) – CJ Mosley, OLB/ILB – Alabama; Senior: 6’2″ 235
Cleveland needs a QB first and foremost, but Im not sure who it’d be at this point – in this scenario. Bortles has a lot of upside, and Bridgewater (probably) makes the most sense – but I think they could address it with a later pick. Cleveland could also add a veteran this offseason or may be rumored to be after Ryan Mallett or Kirk Cousins via trade. Manziel and Derek Carr would be the others to consider. Selecting a pass rusher would offer value, but wouldn’t make too much sense given they drafted KeKe Mingo last year and signed Paul Kruger last year so it’s hard to imagine they’d use another high pick on one. Therefore, with the emergence of players like Sean Lee and Luke Kuechley I think The Browns seize the chance to land a leader to secure the defensive despite it seeming like somewhat of a reach. They could use offensive line help, and maybe selecting an OT to play RT and moving Mitchell Schwartz to OG would be a way to strengthen that position with this pick. With a new coach looming a QB (whoever it may be) makes the most sense. The Browns will have SS TJ Ward, C Alex Mack, RG Shawn Lauvao, and RB Willis McGahee (all started) set to become UFA’s this offseason.
Needs: QB, RG, SS, RB, ILB, C, WR, CB, OT, K, NT, FS, DE
2014 QB Prediction: Derek Carr/Matt Cassel/Brandon Weedon
5. Oakland (4-12) – Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB – South Carolina; *Junior: 6’6″ 268
Barr, Clowney, and Mack are the premiere rushers of the group and while Clowney got most of the headlines – Barr could surpass him. Nonethelsss, The Raiders will likely have plenty to consider with the pick, but I don’t seem them passing on a perfect 4/3 scheme end like Clowney. Other options could including an offensive tackle here. Oakland seems to have more needs than anyone in the Top 5 with starting RB Darren McFadden, DE Lamarr Houston, LT Jared Veldheer, DT Vance Walker, FS Charles Woodson, CB Mike Jenkins, LG Khalif Barnes, CB Tracy Porter, DE Jason Hunter, RT Tony Pashos, and TE Jeron Mastrud all UFA’s in 2014. Expect Oakland to be in the mix to acquire Kirk Cousins or Sam Bradford should they become available, or a big named free-agent at QB so they don’t have to take a high risk with a rookie.
Needs: RDE, LT, RB, WOLB, CB, LG, RT, DT, FS, WR, SS, TE
2014 QB Prediction: Sam Bradford/Terrelle Pryor/Matt McGloin
6. Atlanta (4-12) – Jake Matthews, OT – Texas A&M; Senior; 6’5″ 305
It will be quite the dilemma between an edge-rusher and a new cornerstone offensive tackle depending on who all is available. Im going with Matthews over a guy like Mack because OT may be a bigger need. They could pass on protecting Matt Ryan if Barr or Clowney are here however. If Matthews, who is has an NFL pedigree, is gone by now – emerging tackles like Cameron Erving and Cedric Ogbuehi would be options should they declare. The Falcons had a disappointing 2013 season, and they can’t miss with this selection if they want to regain form. Replacing legendary TE Tony Gonzalez is going to be a huge necessity, but both starting DT’s – Jerry and Babineaux are going to be UFA’s as well.
Needs: LT, DTx2, DE, WOLB, TE, Slot-WR, RB, CB, OL, MLB
2014 QB Prediction: Matt Ryan/Tavaris Jackson/Dominique Davis
7. Tampa Bay (4-12) – Khalil Mack, OLB/DE – Buffalo; **Senior: 6’3″ 245
Unless the new HC is set on upgrading the QB over Glennon, who showed some promise, then the Bucs are actually in pretty good position to add an impact player. I think a RT would make a lot of sense, as would a SOLB or overall pass-rusher. Enter Khalil Mack, who may be a bit underrated at this stage of the process – but will likely be a sure fire Top 10 selection. DaQuan Bowers has talent, but is always injured – plus current DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim is an UFA, and add to that the fact that OLB’s Dekoda Watson, Jonathan Casillas, and Adam Hayward going the UFA pool this off season as well and a player like Mack makes the most sense. A young offensive tackle would be mighty tempting as well.
Needs: SOLB, DE/Pass-Rusher, RT, QB, Slot-WR, DB, FB, K, TE
2014 QB Prediction: Mark Sanchez/Mike Glennon/Tahj Boyd
8. Minnesota (5-10-1) – Teddy Bridgewater, QB – Louisville; *Junior: 6’3″ 220
Im not sold on Bridgewater, especially as a Top 10 pick – I could see him having a Geno Smith like fall into the 2nd Round personally. Nonetheless, they need a fresh start at QB with Christian Ponder’s failures and this could be the spot where they land the replacement with either Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles, or Carr. Aside from QB – DE Jared Allen is an UFA, along with: DT Kevin Williams, OG Charlie Johnson, CB Chris Cook – among others (including QB’s Josh Freeman and Matt Casssel). With Leslie Frazier out as HC, a lot at the QB position will hinge on who is hired – but a defensive front-seven player would be the next likely choice.
Needs: RDE, QB, LG, WOLB, DT, CB, Backup-RB, WR, MLB, SS, OL
2014 QB Prediction: Teddy Bridgewater/Christian Ponder/Rex Grossman
9. Buffalo (6-10) – Cameron Erving, OT – Florida State; **Junior: 6’5″ 310
A defensive rusher would be an option, if any of the Top guys are available – but at this point, securing the offensive line (LT position) is a must. Erving is an emerging, and intriguing, prospect who if he declares will likely be a 1st Round selection. Cedric Ogbuehi, Cyrus Kouandjio, and Taylor Lewan may all also garner consideration for this spot as the draft moves closer. FS Jairus Byrd’s status is an interesting story as an upcoming UFA, as the only true big-name free-agent for the Bills. Depending on his draft stock over the next few months, Hasean Clinton-Dix is a potential option. WR Mike Evans and TE Eric Britton would also make sense if their draft stocks ends up warranting such a selection – although they could move down to target those players.
Needs: LT, FS, WOLB, LG, TE, RT, Big-WR, DE/Pass-Rusher, C, P, K
2014 QB Prediction: EJ Manuel/Kevin Kolb/Jeff Tuel
10. Detroit (7-9) – Sammy Watkins, WR – Clemson; *Junior: 6’1″ 200
Calvin Johnson is still the best receiver in the league, but he is battling injury and isn’t getting any younger so adding a threat like Watkins to their arsenal would be a big boost. Im not typically sold on Top 10 WR’s – but Watkins has the big play ability to deserve such a high pick. The Lions have TE Brandon Pettigrew, C Dominic Raiola, and DE Willie Young set to become UFA’s in 2014 despite their other holes that need filled. Aside from a wideout opposite Johnson, they could really use help on the offensive line (securing the OT position) and an upgrade at OLB – to go along with much needed all around depth.
Needs: WR, LT/RT, OLBx2, C, OG, DE/pass-Rusher, CB, TE, MLB, K, DT, FS
2014 QB Prediction: Matt Stafford/Shaun Hill/Kellen Moore
11. Tennessee (7-9) – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT – Texas A&M; **Junior: 6’5″ 300
The Titans are in an interesting spot – needing help at multiple positions – with pending UFA’s in CB Alterraun Verner, SS Bernard Pollard, WR Kenny Britt, OT Michael Otto, and DE Ropati Pitoitua. It’ll also be interesting to see what they’re plan is at QB moving forward – and if Jake Locker is a part of their plan. RB Chris Johnson could also be cut, a move that’d save 6.0M of his 10.0M 2014 cap number and make sense over the remaining years (saving $23.0M over the next 3 years). The interior of their offensive line is strong, and adding Ogbuehi would add youth to the tackle position. I think a player like DE/OLB Trent Murphy could possible make a case for the selection, as well as FS/SS Hasean Clinton-Dix – but adding a lineman ( even Lewan, Kouandjio) offers the most value at this point.
Needs: LT, RDE, SS, RT, QB, MLB, CB, OG/C depth, DT, RB,
2014 QB Prediction: Jake Locker/Josh Freeman/Tyler Wilson
12. NY Giants (7-9) – Eric Ebron, TE – UNC; *Junior: 6’4″ 230
The Giants have some big named (and important) UFA’s this offseason, including: WR Hakeem Nicks, DE Justin Tuck, RB Andre Brown, OG/RT David Diehl, FS Stevie Brown, MLB Jon Beason, TE Brandon Myers, CB Terrell Thomas, DT Linval Joseph, LG Kevin Boothe and OLB Keith Rivers. Thats quite a list, and means New York is going to need a lot of help. Ebron is talented, although this may be a bit early for him – however, I think he’s the type of weapon Eli needs. Remember the year Martellus Bennett had in 2012? Aside from this surprise selection a CB could be in play, Trent Murphy, or maybe even a guy like OL Zack Martin.
Needs: OLBx2, RG, RB, CB, TE, LG, DE/Pass-Rusher, MLB, C, WR, FS, DT, OT
2014 QB Prediction: Eli Manning/Curtis Painter/Ryan Nassib
13. St.Louis (7-9) – Mike Evans, WR – Texas A&M; **Sophomore: 6’5″ 218
Zac Stacy was a nice find, and I have them trading away a 2nd Round this year for Kirk Cousins – giving them Kirk Cousins, Zac Stacy, Mike Evans, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Jake Long and Greg Robinson as building blocks offensively to go with an up and coming defensive unit. Again, I think its a stretch for a wideout who just-burst onto the scene this year to go this high but he is a nice fit with his size and strength. I think the next likeliest option would be S Hasean Clinton-Dix in this scenario – I am also wondering how a great bowl game will affect Notre Dame’s Zack Martin’s status – who’d be a nice OG option for the Rams. Also, Sam Bradford could be moved (or even released to save the cap space) – and a QB could be in play as well if they indeed go that round and don’t make a trade for one.
Needs: RT, RG, FS, ROLB, Big-WR, LG, QB, MLB, CB
14. Chicago (8-8) – Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT – Notre Dame; *Junior: 6’5″ 302
UFA QB Jay Cutler will almost ultimately be given the franchise tag this offseason, which mean the Bears could be in the market for a young QB is no long term deal is reached. On top of that, last years franchise-player DT Henry Melton will also be an UFA (and coming off a knee injury). Other UFA’s are: KR Devin Hester, CB Charles Tillman, SS Major Wright, C Roberto Graze, DL Corey Wootton, LG Matt Slauson, CB Tim Jennings, and OLB James Anderson. DE Julius Peppers may be at risk for a release since such a move would save the Bears roughly 27.0M (nearly 10.0M in 2014) over the next two season. I could see Tuitt losing some ground as the draft nears to other prospects, but for now he is the best fit – with Trent Murphy, Ra’Shede Hageman, and Timmy Jernigan as other likely options here. A cornerback would make a lot of sense too, if any establishes themselves as a Top 15 pick (Gilbert, Dennard, Ekpre-Olomu).
Needs: DTx2, CB, OLB, LG, SS, DE, Slot-WR, QB, C, RT, KR, FS
2014 QB Prediction: Jay Cutler/Zack Mettenberger/Josh McCown
15. Pittsburgh (8-8) – Hasean ‘HaHa’ Clinton-Dix, FS/SS – Alabama; *Junior: 6’1″ 210
The Steelers surprised us and almost made the playoffs, but Pittsburgh is not in a very good cap situation – which may cause a few veterans (such as Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller among others) to be done in the black & yellow. It’s almost rumored ‘Big Ben’ could be on the the shopping block – but I don’t see that happening at this time. Notable UFA’s for the Steelers include DE Brett Keisel, FS Ryan Clark, DE Ziggy Hood, WR Emmanuel Sanders, OLB Jason Worilds, and WR Jerricho Cotchery. OT Levi Brown (although he can be cut without penalty) will be returning from injury, as will star C Maurkice Pouncey (entering the final year of his contract however) so as bad as the offensive line was – they’ll be getting a few pieces back in 2014….maybe. Clinton-Dix may have a little character issues that need checked out, but for now I think he makes the most sense with Clark an UFA. I could see the offensive line being addressed, but I’ll wait and see what transpires with their current players.
Needs: MLB/ILB, RDE, FS, TE, LG, NT, WR, OT, SS, ROLB, QB, CB
2014 QB Prediction: Ben Roethlisberger/Landry Jones/Tom Savage
16/17. Baltimore (8-8) – Marqise Lee, WR – USC; *Junior: 6’0″ 195
Well there reigning champs won’t be returning to the playoffs, and needless to say – have some holes to fill this offseason. RT Michael Oher will become an UFA this offseason – along with LT Eugene Monroe, WR/KR Jacoby Jones, DE Arthur Jones, ILB Daryl Smith, TE Dennis Pitta, CB Corey Graham, and TE Ed Dickson. In this scenario I think Taylor Lewan or Cyrus Kouandjio are more likely of an option – but Lee (if healthy) is too good of a player. Again, I think an top OT is better than an equally as talented wideout, but the Ravens surely need a more dynamic presence on offense and Lee has a chance to be a great one. This could be another potential spot for Eric Ebron, or maybe Mike Evans – as well as a guy like Dominique Easley depending on his health.
Needs: LT, RT, WR, DEx2, SS, 3rd-Down RB, TE, MLB/ILB, C, CB, KR, NT
2014 QB Prediction: Joe Flacco/Logan Thomas/Tyrod Taylor
17/16. Dallas (8-8) – Timmy Jernigan, DT – Florida State; *Junior: 6’2″ 298
The Jay Ratliff situation, topped with numerous other injuries to the defensive front – make a defensive line prospect an easy option for the Cowboys. It’ll most likely come down to Jernigan, Ra’Shede Hageman, Trent Murphy, Dominique Easley or Ego Ferguson unless someone else emerges in the coming weeks. It’s unlikely Anthony Spencer will be returning, he’s an UFA – but George Selvie has shown some promise. Joining Spencer as an UFA are DT Jason Hatcher, K Dan Bailey, and others who provide depth. We’ll have to wait and see what type of changes Jerry Jones makes, but it seems as though Jason Garrett will be back. I think fixing the defensive unit should be the main focus with early picks – especially given Dallas’ poor salary cap situation.
Needs: DTx2, LG, DE, FS, OLB, K, CB, WR, RB, RG, QB, FB
2014 QB Prediction: Tony Romo/Kyle Orton/Brett Smith
18. NY Jets (8-8) – Trent Murphy, DE/OLB – Stanford; **Senior: 6’6″ 245
Rex Ryans job seems safe, and they actually didn’t play too bad this season with a rookie QB – so there’s hope in New York. Mark Sanchez is likely gone (saving 8.3M for 2014 – and a total of 32.9M over the 3 years remaining on his deal). Notable UFA for the Jets include: FS Ed Reed, RT Austin Howard, OLB Calvin Pace, OG Willie Colon, TE Jeff Cumberland, TE Kellen Winslow and OG Vladimir Ducasse – with WR Santonio Holmes a likely cut candidate if he does’t take a significant pay cut. I went with Murphy who is an rush-OLB in the 3-4 scheme because they need an impact player like him – but Vic Beasley could become an option in this neighborhood as well. Another strong possibility would be NT Louis Nix if he seems to have a clear bill of health with Marqise Lee, Eric Ebron, and offensive linemen as other likely choices.
Needs: WR, RT, FS, NT, TE, OLB, RG, MLB/ILB, RB, DL, CB
2014 QB Prediction: Geno Smith/Matt Schaub/Greg McElroy
19. Miami (8-8) – Taylor Lewan, OT – Michigan; **Senior: 6’8″ 310
The big name to replace is DT Randy Starks, an UFA – joined by DT Paul Soliai, which makes the position one of their more pressing needs. Although, their offensive line is a mess. The whole Richie Incognito (an UFA as well) and Jonathan Martin issue has put a strain on an offensive line unit – which could stand to upgrade the OT spots since LT Bryant McKinnie and RT Tyson Clabo are both UFA’s as well (starring RG John Jerry also is an UFA). Keep an eye on prospects like Taylor Lewan or Cyrus Kouandjio here. Lewan, or any offensive lineman not a center, would be a nice option for a group who is in need of upgrades. Ra’Shede Hageman could be a strong candidate as well with their need on the interior defensive line. The Dolphins other upcoming UFA’s are: CB Brent Grimes, FS Chris Clemons, CB Nolan Carroll and TE Dustin Keller – none of which create bigger needs than taking a top prospect to play LT here.
Needs: LT, DTx2, RT, LG, FS, RG, WR, DE/Rass-Rusher, RB, CB
2014 QB Prediction: Ryan Tannehill/Matt Flynn/Matt Moore
20. Arizona (10-6) – Johnny Manziel, QB – Texas A&M; **Sophomore: 6’1″ 210
Ol’ Johnny Football. Manziel could be selected higher, but mixed review place him comfortable right in this range. He’d put a nice Jake Plummer like feel back in Arizona – where he can learn from a veteran like Palmer (entering the final year of contract in 2014) without being thrown into the fire. I think it’s a good fit for this team (even though he’s not the prototypical Arians QB), but other QB’s could be an option as well. The Cardinals UFA’s this offseason include: ILB Karlos Dansby, RT Eric Winston, OLB Matt Shaughnessy, RB Rashard Mendenhall, SS Yeremiah Bell, CB Antoine Cason, WR Andre Roberts, K Jay Feeley, and TE Jim Dray. Obviously, the offensive line probably is a greater need than QB here so you could expect an OT like Cyrus Kouandjio to be scooped up as well. They could also use a pass rusher like Vic Beasley, Trent Murphy, or possibly even Adrian Hubbard at this point.
Needs: LT, QB, OLBx2/Pass Rusher, RT, SS, RB, K, OG/C, TE, DL, P, KR, MLB/ILB
2014 QB Prediction: Carson Palmer/Johnny Manziel/Drew Stanton
P21. Green Bay (8-7-1) – Cyrus Kouandjio, OT – Alabama; *Junior: 6’5″ 312
DL BJ Raji may be their most recognizable UFA this offseason, but he joins a list that includes: CB Sam Shields, WR James Jones, C Evan Dietrich-Smith, DT Ryan Pickett, TE Andrew Quarless, OLB/DE Michael Neal and FB John Kuhn. Also, a quality TE is important to the Green Bay offense – and TE Jermichael Finley is an UFA as well (and his health is a big question mark despite his efforts to return) so Eric Ebron or Jace Amaro are strong possibilities with this pick should they be available. With a lot of holes to fill, I think the possible loss of Sam Shield (who will demand top dollar on the market) could sway the Packers to take the best CB available – although, Cyrus Kouandjio is too hard to pass on here. Aside from a TE – CB like Dennard and Gilbert may be other options, with DL prospects like Dominique Easley and Scott Crichton joining the discussion in this scenario also.
Needs: LT/RT, DE, TEx2, CB, WR, C, NT, OL, MLB/ILB, FB, SS/FS, QB
2014 QB Prediction: Aaron Rodgers/Ryan Kirkpatrick/Scott Tolzien
P22. San Diego (9-7) – Darqueze Dennard, CB – Michigan State; Senior: 5’11″ 190
San Diego squeezed into the playoffs this year – and seem to be on a good path moving forward. They have very few key UFA’s, highlighted by: ILB Donald Butler, NT Cam Thomas, CB Richard Marshall, OG Chad Rinehart, OLB Larry English, and WR Danario Alexander. In a division with Peyton Manning, I think a CB could be their best play despite other needs. Dennard is arguably the Top CB of the class and landing him at pick No.22 could be a steal. They’ll consider other CB’s like Justin Gilbert and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – as well as prospects like Louis Nix, Vic Beasley, Kouandjio, Zack Martin, and Morgan Moses.
Needs: LT, NT, LG, CB, TE, C, MLB/ILB, RB, QB, OLB/Pass-Rusher, KR
2014 QB Prediction: Phillip Rivers/Colt McCoy/Jimmy Garoppolo
P23. Philadelphia (10-6) – Louis Nix, DT/NT – Notre Dame; **Junior: 6’3″ 335
Many projection the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East – and they’ve won it! Chip Kelly has Nick Foles and Philly rolling – and this could be a vital pick to solidify themselves next season. WR Jeremy Maclin (ACL injury) is the main UFA they’ve have to consider securing, with other main names: SS Nate Allen, QB Mike Vick, WR Riley Cooper, DE Cedric Thornton and FS Kurt Coleman. With a young nucleus, and not many glaring holes – I went with an anchor in the middle. Nix could have been a Top 10 player is not for an MCL injury, so he offers a lot of value and give the Eagles a force in the middle of their defense. They could also consider a wideout, and I don’t think it’d be out of the question to reach for one like Paul Richardson depending on if they resign their current players or not. They’ll likely be an attractive offseason spot for offensive players – so I’d look for them to go defense here.
Needs: WRx2, LDE, SS, NT, Backup RB, MLB/ILB, CB, OG/C, P
2014 QB Prediction: Nick Foles/Matt Barkley/Bruce Gradkowski
P24. Kansas City (11-5) – Zack Martin, OG/OT – Notre Dame; **Senior: 6’4″ 305
Last year they franchised LT Brandon Albert, so he’ll be their top UFA this offseason – joined by: DE Tyson Jackson, OG Jon Asamoah, FS Kendrick Lewis, ILB Akeem Jordan and WR/KR Dexter McCluster. Martin is a versatile and dependable lineman – and after a MVP status bowl game I expect his stock to rise. I think Martin makes the most sense as an OG for them at this point with Albert and Asamoah in question to return on the team – though Fisher will probably move to the LT spot in Alberts absence. Jordan Matthews would be an option if they went with a WR as would players on the defensive front like Dominique Easley and Scott Crichton.
Needs: LDE, RT, RG, WR, RDE, LG, FS, MLB/ILB, C, KR, OLB/Pass Rusher
2014 QB Prediction: Alex Smith/Chase Daniel/Tyler Bray
P25. Cinncinnati (11-5) – Justin Gilbert, CB/FS/KR – Oklahoma State; Senior: 6’0″ 195
Their main, and really only key, UFA is DE Michael Johnson (franchised in 2013) and he’ll likely be a top target of teams in need of a pass rusher this offseason – so retaining him is a key step as to the direction of this pick. The Bengals other important position is LT, where Anthony Collins is an UFA as well. With Terence Newman’s age and Adam Jones’ off the field unknowns – I think Gilbert offers the best option currently. If they indeed lose Johnson then I think a player like Trent Murphy or Scott Crichton may take precedence at that point. I also wouldn’t rule out the best OT available here either.
Needs: RDE, CB, LT, SS, SOLB, KR, C, FB, MLB, DT, OL
2014 QB Prediction: Andy Dalton/Brian Hoyer/Stephen Morris
P26. Cleveland (Indianapolis 11-5) – Derek Carr, QB – Fresno State; Senior: 6’3″ 205
I think this could be where they land their QB if they don’t end up trading for Ryan Mallett or Kirk Cousins. They could end up with a QB at No.4, but they’ll have plenty of options with 3 picks in the Top 35 (and 5 in the Top 83). Bortles may be a better QB, but I think Carr’s experience could inevitably make him the pick ahead of Bortles in this situation. Might they even take a player like Jace Amaro to give them that two-TE attack? I think Zack Martin would be a nice find at this point – as would players such as Carlos Hyde or Jordan Matthews to help improve their offensive unit.
Needs: QB, RG, SS, RB, ILB, C, WR, CB, OT, K, NT, FS, DE
P27. New Orleans (11-5) – Morgan Moses, OT – Virginia; Senior: 6’6″ 335
TE Jimmy Graham is an UFA this offseason, but I don’t see him going anywhere – but you never know…in which case Jace Amaro might come into play. The Saints will also have FS Malcolm Jenkins, RT Zach Strief, C Brian De La Puente, OT Charles Brown, OLB Parys Haralson and ILB Jonathan Vilma (among other reserves) set to become UFA’s this offseason.I think establishing the OT position is a greater need than adding a CB at this spot. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu or Marcus Roberson will be attractive, but Moses could establish himself as a low-end 1st rounder with a good combine showing. He’ll probably be better suited as a RT, but nonetheless he is an upgrade over their current option. OT’s Tiny Richardson or Corey Robinson could also emerge as candidate in this area of the draft.
Needs: LT/RT, CB, C, FS, LDE/Pass Rusher, MLB/ILB, TE, OLB, DL, FB, RB, WR, QB
2014 QB Prediction: Drew Brees/Jason Campbell/Bryn Renner
P28. New England (12-4) – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT/DE – Minnesota; **Senior: 6’6″ 310
New England is usually a wild card – a may likely deal down for those teams willing to move back into Round 1. With that said – CB Aqib Talib will be the main UFA for the Patriots, but others include: ILB Brandon Spikes, C Ryan Wendell and WR Julian Edelman. Therefore, a premier CB prospect could peak New England’s interest – which could be Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Marcus Roberson, Louchiez Purifoy or Jason Verrett. I went with Hageman since its a huge need – especially given Wilfork is coming off an injury (and getting older). He may need a little mentoring to keep him in line so this would be the perfect landing place for him, but he is a tremendous athlete with a good skill set. Jace Amaro is an interesting option with Gronks injury as well.
Needs: DTx2, CB, C, TE, SS, MLB, RT, OG, DE, WR, OLB
2014 QB Prediction: Tom Brady/Ryan Mallett/Aaron Murray
P29. Carolina (12-4) – Ryan Shazier, OLB – Ohio State; *Junior: 6’2″ 230
The big name that could create a huge hole is LT Jordan Gross, an UFA this offseason – along with: DE Greg Hardy, CB Captain Munnerlyn, OG Travelle Wharton, FS Mike Mitchell, SS Quintin Mikell and KR Ted Ginn Jr. If Gross is lost then securing Cam Newtons blind-side will be key if the right prospect is available (or maybe moving up to do so). Chase Blackburn has done a decent job, but landing an OLB like Shazier would only improve their already stellar defense. I think a CB, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, could be the other likely option. Like I said LT could be a bigger issue in the coming months, as might DE if Hardy departs. DB Lamarcus Joyner may be a sleeper for a selection like this depending on his combine.
Needs: LT, CB, RDE, WOLB, FS, LG, Big-WR, LDT, TE, OL, QB, K, MLB, WR, DB
2014 QB Prediction: Cam Newton/Derek Anderson/Dan Orlovsky
P30. San Francisco (12-4) – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB – Oregon; *Junior: 5’10″ 190
33 year old WR Anquan Boldin is set to become an UFA this offseason – along with notables: CB Tarell Brown, SS Donte Whitner, C Jonathan Goodwin, CB Eric Wright, WR Mario Manningham, and K Phil Dawson. I think the 49ers could go a numbers of different directions, but a CB like Ekpre-Olomu offers a lot of value – although I could see Purifoy, Roberson, or Joyner being intriguing fits as well. They need to get better in the second and with Brown and UFA and Carlos Rogers going to be 33 next season and youngster is a must at some point early. A wideout may also be a nice addition here, as well one of the top prospects who may slip.
Needs: WR, C, CB, NT, SS, OLB/Pass-Rusher, OT, DE, QB, OG, K, FB
2014 QB Prediction: Colin Kaepernick/Chad Henne/Jeff Mathews
P31. Denver (13-3) – Cyril Richardson, OG/OT – Baylor; **Senior: 6’5″ 335
WR Eric Decker is their most notable UFA this offseason, but I’d expect him to stay in town with Manning throwing him the ball. Denver’s other UFA’s include OG Zane Beadles, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DE/OLB Shaun Phillips, MLB/OLB Wesley Woodyard, FS Mike Adams, DE Robert Ayers, CB Tony Carter, CB Chris Harris, and MLB Stewart Bradley. Also, RB Knowshon Moreno had a great season, just in time to become a UFA himself – and with Montee ball around he may be headed elsewhere. As you see the defensive unit has the biggest area’s of need but making sure that offensive line is in tact is maybe the biggest concern. Richardson seems like the best option, with Stanford’s Yankey a close second to help that offensive line protect Peyton Manning – he is a guy you root for with what he’s overcome, and a nice massive fit for the Broncos.
Needs: LG, CB, C, DE, MLB, FS, NT, OLB, WR, KR, OL, DL, QB
2014 QB Prediction: Peyton Manning/AJ McCarron/Brock Osweiler
P32. Seattle (13-3) – Jace Amaro, TE – Texas Tech; *Junior: 6’5″ 260
Seattle is sitting as the best team in the NFC and will look to add more talent this offseason. Heading into the offseason their main UFA’s will be: DE Michael Bennett, WR Golden Tate, CB Brandon Browner (Suspended), OT Breno Giacomini, DT Tony McDaniel, OG/OT Paul McQuistan, CB Walter Thurmond and K Steven Hauschka. Offensive line and defensive corner seem like bigger concerns at the moment, but the talented Amaro would be a nice target for Russell Wilson. In fact, current TE Zack Miller is their highest paid player (in 2013) and may be a candidate to be released after the season, a scenario that would make this an even likelier option.
Needs: RT, LDT, WR, LG, CBx2, K, TE, OLB/Pass Rusher, FB, DE, OL, QB
2014 QB Prediction: Russell Wilson/Charlie Whitehurst/Garrett Gilbert
33. Houston – Vic Beasley, OLB/DE – Clemson; **Junior: 6’3″ 235
34. Washington – Kelvin Benjamin, WR – Florida State; **Sophomore: 6’5″ 235
With Shanahan out, it’ll be key to see who they get as their new HC – but I do look for them to trade Kirk Cousins in order to recoup some draft picks. After a disappointing season, the Redskins finally will get a little cap flexibility this offseason. However, the teams notable UFA’s include: OLB Brian Orakpo, ILB London Fletcher (retiring), WR Santana Moss, TE Fred Davis, ILB Perry Riley, CB DeAngelo Hall, CB Josh Wilson, DE Chris Baker, C JD Walton and WR Josh Morgan. I think it’s safe to say the Redskins will have a new look with a new regime coming to town and all these longtime players hitting the open market. Benjamin is a big, strong handed guy who will fit well next to Garcon – he may not be as good as Matthews, but he’s a different style receiver. Washington has plenty of options included one of the CB’s still available or addressing the offensive line – and losing Orakpo could send them in a whole different direction.
Needs: ROLB, MLB/ILBx2, RT, Big-WR, RDE, LG, CBx2, NT, WR, S, OLB, QB
2014 QB Prediction: Robert Griffin III/David Fales/Thaddeus Lewis
35. Cleveland – Carlos Hyde, RB – Ohio State; **Senior: 6’0″ 235
36. Oakland – Antonio ‘Tiny’ Richardson, OT – Tennessee; *Junior: 6’6″ 332
37. Atlanta – Dominique Easley, DT/DE – Florida; Senior: 6’2″ 280
38. Tampa Bay – Jordan Matthews, WR – Vanderbilt: Senior: 6’3″ 205
39. Jacksonville – Blake Bortles, QB – UCF; **Junior: 6’3″ 228
40. Minnesota – Scott Crichton, DE/OLB – Oregon State; **Junior: 6’3″ 262
41. Buffalo – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE – Washington; *Junior: 6’6″ 268
42. Tennessee – Lamarcus Joyner, FS/CB/SS – Florida State; Senior: 5’8″ 195
43. NY Giants – David Yankey, OG/OT – Stanford; **Junior: 6’5″ 302
*PT1 44. Washington (St.Louis) – Adrian Hubbard, OLB/DE – Alabama; **Junior: 6’5″ 250
Rams get QB Kirk Cousins – Redskins get No.44, conditional pick in 2015.
45. Detroit – Kyle Van Noy, OLB/DE/ILB – BYU; **Senior: 6’3″ 235
46. Pittsburgh – Kony Ealy, DE – Missouri; **Junior: 6’5″ 275
47/48. Baltimore – Corey Robinson, OT – South Carolina; **Junior: 6’7″ 338
48/47. Dallas – Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB – Utah; **Senior: 6’5″ 255
49. NY Jets – Paul Richardson, WR – Colorado; **Junior: 6’1″ 178
50. Miami – Ego Ferguson, DT/DE – LSU; **Junior: 6’3″ 308
51. Chicago – Marcus Roberson, CB/KR – Florida; *Junior: 6’0″ 180
52. Arizona – Ka’Deem Carey, RB – Arizona; *Junior: 5’10″ 200
53. Green Bay – Jason Verrett, CB/KR – TCU; Senior: 5’10″ 182
54. San Diego – La’el Collins, OG/OT – LSU; *Junior: 6’5″ 320
55. Philadelphia – Davante Adams, WR – Fresno State; **Sophomore: 6’2″ 205
56. Cincinnati – Deone Bucannon, SS/OLB – Washington State; Senior: 6’1″ 192
57. Indianapolis – Ed Reynolds, FS/SS – Stanford; **Junior: 6’2″ 208
For a team doing so well, Indy will have a good many of important UFA’s heading into the 2014 offseason – highlighted by CB Vontae Davis and SS Antoine Bethea, and also including: RB Donald Brown, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, P Pat McAfee, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, OG Jeff Linkenbach, DT Aubrayo Franklin, ILB Kavell Conner, ILB Patrick Angerer and K Adam Vinatieri. Jim Irsay is liable to make a big splash in free-agency, but here I think securing the secondary could be the way to go. They’ll need a replacement for Bethea should he leave this offseason and he’s had “Luck” with Stanford players. They could use a talent like Purifoy here as well – or may also look to sure up their offensive line with this pick.
Needs: SS, RG, CB, NT, MLB/ILBx2, P, OT, WR, K, OLB/Pass Rusher, OL, QB
2014 QB Prediction: Andrew Luck/Matt Hasselbeck/Luke McCown
58. New Orleans – Louchiez Purifoy, CB – Florida; *Junior: 6’0″ 190
59. San Francisco (Kansas City) – Allen Robinson, WR – Penn State; *Junior: 6’3″ 205
60. Carolina – Bradley Roby, CB – Ohio State; **Junior: 5’11″ 190
61. San Francisco – Travis Swanson, C – Arkansas; **Senior: 6’5″ 305
62. New England – Kyle Fuller, CB/FS/SS – Virginia Tech; Senior: 6’0″ 180
63. Seattle – Aaron Donald, DT/DE – Pittsburgh; Senior: 6’0″ 285
64. Denver – AJ McCarron, QB – Alabama; **Senior: 6’4″ 205
65. Houston – Brandin Cooks, WR – Oregon State; *Junior: 5’10″ 188
66. Washington – Yawin Smallwood, MLB/OLB – U Conn; **Junior: 6’2″ 235
67. Oakland – Bishop Sankey, RB – Washington; *Junior: 5’10″ 200
68. Atlanta – Chris Smith, DE/OLB – Arkansas; Senior: 6’2″ 250
69. NY Jets (Tampa Bay) – CJ Fiedorowicz, TE – Iowa; Senior: 6’6″ 265
70. Jacksonville – Lache Seastrunk, RB – Baylor; **Junior: 5’9″ 205
71. Cleveland – Ryan Groy, OG/OT – Wisconsin; **Senior: 6’5″ 318
72. Minnesota – Telvin Smith, OLB – Florida State; Senior: 6’2″ 220
73. Buffalo – Brandon Coleman, WR – Rutgers; **Junior: 6’5″ 220
74. NY Giants – Victor Hampton, CB/FS/KR – South Carolina; **Junior: 5’10″ 198
75. St.Louis – Christian Jones, MLB/OLB/DE – Florida State; Senior: 6’4″ 240
76. Detroit – Michael Sam, DE/OLB – Missouri; **Senior: 6’2″ 255
77. San Francisco (Tennessee) – Ahmad Dixon, SS – Baylor; Senior: 6’0″ 210
78/79. Baltimore – Vinnie Sunseri, SS/FS – Alabama; *Junior: 6’0″ 215
79/78. Dallas – Gabe Jackson, OG – Mississippi State; **Senior: 6’4″ 320
80. NY Jets – Jack Mewhort, OT – Ohio State; **Senior: 6’6″ 310
81. Miami – Anthony Steen, OG – Alabama; **Senior: 6’3″ 302
82. Chicago – Zach Mettenberger, QB – LSU; **Senior: 6’5″ 225
83. Cleveland (Pittsburgh) – Odell Beckham Jr., WR – LSU; *Junior: 5’11″ 188
84. Arizona – Joel Bitonio, OT/OG – Nevada; **Senior: 6’4″ 315
85. Green Bay – Kasen Williams, WR – Washington; *Junior: 6’2″ 212
86. San Diego – DaQuan Jones, DT – Penn State; Senior: 6’3″ 318
87. Philadelphia – Dion Bailey, FS/SS/OLB – USC; **Junior: 6’0″ 205
88. Indianapolis – Shayne Skov, MLB – Stanford; **Senior: 6’3″ 250
89. New Orleans – Bryan Stork, C – Florida State; **Senior: 6’4″ 312
90. Kansas City – Shawn Oakman, DE – Baylor; **Sophomore: 6’8″ 285
91. Cincinnati – Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB – Texas; Senior 6’5″ 260
92. San Francisco – Kelcy Quarles, DT/DE – South Carolina; *Junior: 6’3″ 298
93. New England – Jordan Richards, SS/FS – Stanford; *Junior: 5’11″ 208
94. Carolina – Donte Moncrief, WR – Mississippi; *Junior: 6’2″ 225
95. Denver – Aaron Lynch, DE/OLB – South Florida; **Sophomore: 6’6″ 262
96. Minnesota (Seattle) – Tre Mason, RB – Auburn; *Junior: 5’9″ 192