Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft - Post Super Bowl




Here is my Post Super Bowl 2015 NFL Mock Draft. It will be followed by regular updates up until the NFL Draft on April 30th.

This is not a mock draft where I substitute my judgement for that of the teams. Instead, I research the opinions of those who most closely know teams, NFL scouts, insiders and beat writers from all of the NFL cities, and try to make the most educated prediction as to which way each team will go in the draft.

My mock draft has been linked by The Football Fan Spot, Sports Jabber, DC Pro Sports ReportWalter Football, FF Toolbox, hailRedskins.com, The Football ExpertFantasy Football Help Desk, The Huddle Report, Niners Nation, EDS Football, NFL Mock Draft Central and NFL Pro Zach in their Mock Draft Databases, so check out all of their fantastic draft related materials and content.

1st Round

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State:

Tampa Bay has their choice of the top two quarterbacks in the draft. Coming from a pro-style offense and possessing the stronger arm, Jameis Winston has the edge between the sidelines. With higher character and better decision making on and off the field, Marcus Mariota has the edge between the ear holes. When in doubt, NFL GM's typically go with the stronger arm.

http://tbo.com/ap/sports/pro_football/oc-koetter-likes-potential-of-young-tampa-bay-offense-ap_pro_football666aa288521c4fedb6171644c84a5a844;

2. Tennessee Titans – Leonard Williams, DE, USC:

With Ken Whisenhunt bringing in Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau to put the finishing touches on the Titans 3-4 defense, it only makes sense to give him all the tools he needs to make it work. Leonard Williams of USC would be the prototype 5-technique DE that the Titans could build the rest of their defense around.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: 

With multiple teams vying for position to select one of the top two quarterbacks, things could line up perfectly for the Jaguars to either trade out of the No. 3 spot for more picks. If they stay put, Randy Gregory of Nebraska is the elite outside rusher that the Jaguars are looking for.


4. Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: 

The Raiders began the slow process of trying to build a nucleus for the future through last year's draft, but still lack a competent GM to follow through with that plan. If Cooper even comes close to delivering on his promise to run a sub 4.4 forty yard dash at the Scouting Combine, he'll easily propel himself into the top five. The only question is whether Reggie McKenzie is smart enough to select him.


5. Washington Pigskins - Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri:

Washington could use a pass rush specialist to replace Brian Orakpo. Assuming that the Redskins don't trade up to select Bryce Petty of Baylor, Shane Ray of Missouri would be an ideal fit at outside linebacker in their modified 3-4 scheme.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2015/01/26/reviewing-the-play-of-the-redskins-outside-linebackers/

6. New York Jets – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: 


While the Jets need to find a quarterback before the franchise goes anywhere in the future, the team could be on the outside of the QB lottery looking in at the 6th overall pick. If Marcus Mariota of Oregon is still available at the No. 6 spot, the Jets should jump all over him.

http://nypost.com/2015/01/12/next-jets-gm-must-prove-hes-not-idzik-by-getting-mariota/

7. Chicago Bears – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: 

As the Bears transition to a 3-4 defensive scheme, they'll be looking to add a prototypical nose tackle as an anchor. Weighing in at over 340 pounds, Danny Shelton of Washington looks absolutely awful to the eye, but is surprisingly agile as a pass rusher in addition to being able to clog the run. The only question that remains is whether Shelton has the stamina to be a three down player to justify a team like the Bears using a top ten pick on him.

http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-cant-roll-7-after-previous-draft-daze

8.Atlanta Falcons - Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida:

Atlanta is in desperate need of a pass rusher who can put some much needed heat on opposing quarterbacks and take some pressure of their secondary. New coach Dan Quinn is said to be a high on Dante Fowler, Jr. from their time together at Florida, and for good reason, considering Fowler’s ability to close on opposing passers.

http://atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/23/falcons-draftboard-heres-who-the-falcons-have-talked-to-already/;
http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/football/quinn-is-a-big-fan-of-dante-fowler-jr/njyhz/

9. New York Giants – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: 

The Giants are in the market for help at offensive tackle, and could wind up with their pick of the litter. Unfortunately, there are not any elite prospects at that position in this year's draft class, although Brandon Scherff should be no less than solid coming out of an offensive line factory like Iowa.

http://www.sportsworldreport.com/articles/41655/20150115/ny-giants-rumors-landon-collins-shaq-thompson-draft-targets-if-steve-spagnuolo-dennis-allen-hired-as-coordinator-jpp-top-free-agent.htm

10. St. Louis Rams – 
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: 

With Sam Bradford's future in question, the Rams have big needs at both quarterback and on the interior of their offensive line. With the 10th pick, T.J. Clemmings of Iowa could be a plug and play starter at either right or left tackle, which would give the team some versatility as last year's top pick Greg Robinson tries to find a forever home, possibly at guard.

http://sports.live.stltoday.com/Event/Rams_chat_with_Jim_Thomas_72?Page=0

11. Minnesota Vikings – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: 

While the Vikings have invested big in free agent Greg Jennings and 1st round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson, neither has produced like a true No. 1 wide receiver. If Rick Spielman and the Vikings think that Teddy Bridgewater is their long term option at quarterback, the team almost has no choice but to give him the weapons he needs before his development becomes stunted.


12. Cleveland Browns – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: 

Another year, another front office gaffe by the Browns. Considering that Josh Gordon is suspended, Jordan Cameron is packing his bags to get out of town, 'Johnny Football' is in rehab, and Brian Hoyer is feeling disrespected, Cleveland's offensive passing game is in limbo. With a strong running game in place, a run stuffing defensive lineman Eddie Goldman of Florida State could help the Browns solidify their defense and play ball control football.


13. New Orleans Saints - Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson:

Vic Beasley of Clemson is a bit undersized as pass rusher, and is probably better suited for a 3-4 scheme if he can make the transition to dropping into coverage. Beasley could be an ideal fit in New Orleans as Rob Ryan and the Saints continue to transition towards more of a hybrid 3-4 defense, which would allow him to utilize his athleticism as more than just a situational pass rusher.


14. Miami Dolphins – Landon Collins, S, Alabama: 

The Dolphins will have to decide how to best improve their defense with the No. 14 pick in the draft. If Landon Collins of Alabama is still on the board, he would probably provide Miami with the best value, and could pair with Reshad Jones at safety and replace Louis Delmas. 
 

15. San Francisco 49ers – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: 

Wide receiver and cornerback are the team's two biggest needs. Kevin White of West Virginia may be a bit raw when it comes to running routes, but he has the elite size, speed and ball skills to make him a much needed big play receiver in the 49'ers offense.


16. Houston Texans - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State:

The Texans are facing potential losses through free agency at nearly every position group on defense. Trae Waynes, who has excellent press man skills coming out of Michigan State's heralded "No Fly Zone" defense, would be a perfect addition to Houston’s secondary.

http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/VanderMOCK-10/00c694e9-5104-4d0f-9cad-41c6dffbfac6

17. San Diego Chargers – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami:

The Chargers could use an upgrade on both their offensive and defensive lines, as well as at running back. When your quarterback is Phillip Rivers and he finished last season injured, offensive line gets first dibs. Ereck Flowers of Miami projects as a solid left tackle at the NFL level.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/31/2015-nfl-mock-draft-chargers-winston-mariota/;
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/04/2015-nfl-mock-draft-chargers-winston-three-rounds/3/?#article-copy

18. Kansas City Chiefs – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: 

If you're reading this, Kansas City probably hasn't had a reliable go-to wide receiver in your lifetime. While Dorial Green-Beckham may have some character concerns, Andy Reid and the Chiefs are one of the teams that could provide him with a good environment as the talented young receiver tries to adapt to the league.


19. Cleveland Browns – Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan: 

With Josh Gordon suspended and Jordan Cameron hellbent on getting out of Cleveland, the Browns will need to re-stock their receiving corps. Devin Funchess of Michigan is probably more of a wide receiver than he is a tight end, but would give the Browns a big, go-to receiver to help stretch the field no matter what position they decide to use him at.

http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/01/terrys_talkin_about_the_clevel_41.html

20. Philadelphia Eagles – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: 


Chip Kelly would love to trade up and land a mobile quarterback like Marcus Mariota to run his offense like he did at Oregon, but the price to move up from the No. 20 pick may prove to be too steep. If the Eagles are forced to stay at No. 20, cornerback may be the best use of that pick in terms of value and need, especially if Marcus Peters of Washington checks out after the Eagles do their due diligence.
 

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon:

The Bengals could use help with their pass rush, and a three down defensive end like Arik Armstead of Oregon who can hold the edge in addition to getting to the passer would be an ideal fit. The only concern about Armstead is whether he can actually get to the passer, or if he's just physically imposing on paper.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/83367/five-questions-to-ponder-as-bengals-enter-offseason

22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alvin "Bud" Dupree, OLB, Kentucky:

Pittsburgh wrote the book on developing players like Bud Dupree of Kentucky, undersized defensive ends who they've successfully converted to outside linebackers in their 3-4 scheme. With Jason Worilds' future as a Steeler in question as he hits the free agent market, Dupree would provide the team with an ideal replacement, whether it's to groom, or to learn on the spot.

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2015/02/04/Gerry-Dulac-s-Steelers-chat-transcript-1/stories/201502040189

23. Detroit Lions - Malcom Brown, DT, Texas:

Even if the Lions are able to re-sign Ndamukong Suh, they'll still be hard pressed to sign fellow free agent defensive tackles Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley due to financial constraints. Run stuffer Malcom Brown of Texas would be an ideal complement if he were to play next to Suh, and a decent starting point in the event that he leaves for more money someplace else.


24. Arizona Cardinals Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami:

Middle linebackers have been devalued in the draft in recent years, especially those who lack nick cover skills. Denzel Perryman of Miami may be the best true MLB in this year’s draft, and should be athletic enough to play all three downs on defense for the Cardinals almost immediately.

http://www.revengeofthebirds.com/2015/1/13/7536137/cardinals-2015-nfl-draft-needs-pre-free-agency

25. Carolina Panthers - Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford:

Carolina did their best to tread water at left tackle last season after Jordan Gross retired. If the Panthers can get their hands on a top LT like Andrus Peat at the 25th pick, they'd be more than happy.

http://www.foxsports.com/carolinas/story/3-round-nfl-mock-draft-for-the-carolina-panthers-012715

26. Baltimore Ravens - Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota:

If it seems like the Ravens have been searching for a go to tight end since Shannon Sharpe left, it's because they have. A big and athletic tight end like Maxx Williams of Minnesota would solve that problem if GM Ozzie Newsome views him as the "best player available," which could be a stretch.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-players-linked-to-baltimore-ravens-in-2015-nfl-mock-drafts-20150205-photogallery.html

27. Dallas Cowboys - Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma:

Dallas has needs across the board on defense, but perhaps none more glaring than an interior run stopper. Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma is talented but raw, which could mean Rod Marinelli putting his much publicized reputation as a talent developer and “leader of men” on the line...Just don't ask Detroit and Chicago fans how things went during his tenures in those cities.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20150207-george-cowboys-d-has-multiple-needs-but-draft-upgrades-have-to-start-here-....ece

28. Denver Broncos Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington:

Shaq Thompson is a football player without a true position, having played safety, linebacker, defensive end and even running back at Washington. The Broncos could use Shaq Thompson to fit any one of their needs on defense, ideally as an athletic force at inside linebacker.

http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Masons-Mailbag-Inside-LBs-draft-chatter-and-Broncos-on-Thanksgiving/a3e9a5c3-e2e2-43b5-9644-ea38633a1b89;

29. Indianapolis Colts - Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin:

While they won’t publicly admit it, at least the Colts are no longer denying that their trade for Trent Richardson was a bust, and admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery. Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin was not only one of the best work-horse backs in college, but he would also give Andrew Luck and the Colts an explosive threat out of the backfield that would only further open up their offense.


30. Green Bay Packers - Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State:

Things got so bad for the Packers on defense last year that the team had to move Clay Matthews from OLB to ILB on running downs, and while he did a fantastic job, he’s better suited and happier, playing on the outside. Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State is not only a beast inside, but many project him as an elite pass rusher as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system, which has also been an area of concern for Green Bay.


31. Seattle Seahawks - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State:

Despite making the Super Bowl, you could make the argument that Seattle’s starting wide receivers might not have even made the roster for many NFL teams. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Jaelen Strong of Arizona State would give Russell Wilson and the Seahawks the big target that they haven’t seen since Sidney Rice or Mike Williams, not that Seattle fans ever saw much from either one of them.


32. New England Patriots - Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn:

The Patriots’ most pressing need, aside from a good PR man for Bill Belichick, is at wide receiver. While the Patriots have not looked to the first round of the draft for a WR since the Chad Jackson debacle, Sammie Coates has a deep ball skill set that reminds some of Randy Moss, which is exactly what Tom Brady and New England could use.


2nd Round

33. Tennessee Titans - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami: 

The Titans will need to decide whether or not Zach Mettenberger is their quarterback of the future, and from what I'm hearing, their front office is willing to give him that chance. While the Titans have a nice collection of solid receivers, a burner like Phillip Dorsett of Miami who is known for running solid routes could be a game changer.


34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Donovan Smith, T, Penn State:

In addition to quarterback, the area where Tampa Bay could most stand to upgrade is their offensive line. Donovan Smith of Penn State may be a bit of a reach at the top of the second round, but no other tackle on the board projects better on the left side than he does, which is the Buccaneers’ biggest concern.


35. Oakland Raiders - Carl Davis, DT, Iowa:

The Raiders could use a strong defensive tackle to pair up along side Khalil Mack and Justin Tuck.


36. Jacksonville Jaguars - Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville:

Jacksonville could use a “LEO” in their system, or an outside linebacker in their hybrid defense like Lorenzo Maudlin, who has the skill-set to position himself on the line of scrimmage and blitz out of a two point stance, or drop into coverage and disrupt passing lanes.


37. New York Jets - P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State:

Depending upon what transpires in free agency, the Jets could still be looking to upgrade at cornerback. P.J. Williams of Florida State has above average size and the skills to excel in man coverage, which means that he could be a steal in the second round.


38. Washington Pigskins - A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina:

The Redskins need help on the interior of their offensive line, and A.J. Cann of South Carolina is the class of the draft.


39. Chicago Bears - Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington:

As the Bears transition to a 3-4 defensive scheme, they will be looking for some outside linebackers who can rush the passer. Hau'oli Kikaha of Washington might not be the most athletic linebacker in this year’s class, but his production,19 sacks in a top conference, speaks for itself.

http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-cant-roll-7-after-previous-draft-daze;
http:www.dailyherald.com/article/20150104/sports/150109560

40. New York Giants - Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA:

Eric Kendricks of UCLA is a middle linebacker who plays downhill, and would give the Giants a much needed upgrade in athleticism at linebacker.


41. St. Louis Rams - Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina:

The Rams are still looking for a true No. 1 wide receiver, and Justin Hardy set the FBS reception record at East Carolina. While Hardy may be a bit undersized, he was one of the standout performers at the Senior Bowl, making him an intriguing second round option.


42. Atlanta Falcons - Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest:

The Falcons’ defensive troubles in 2014 could be traced to both their pass rush and their secondary. While the lack of a dominant pass rush was Atlanta’s primary problem, their secondary is also in need of a serious upgrade, and Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest would infuse some talent.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000407751/article/2015-nfl-draft-order-top-three-needs-for-all-32-teams

43. Cleveland Browns - Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State:

Ultimately, the Browns needs to do something about their receiving corps. Local product Devin Smith of Ohio State would give Cleveland a much needed deep threat.


44. New Orleans Saints - Cameron Erving, C, Florida State:

The Saints could use some help on the interior of their offensive line. Cameron Erving of Florida State, a former defensive tackle who was successfully converted to left tackle and then to center, would give New Orleans some much needed bulk and flexibility along their line.


45. Minnesota Vikings - Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia:

Even if Adrian Peterson is given the green light to play again for the Vikings, he's about at the end of his lifespan for a NFL running back. While Todd Gurley of Georgia is coming off a significant ACL injury, a year to recover while sitting behind Peterson might be the ideal situation for everyone involved.


46. San Francisco 49'ers - Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor:

At 6-foot-7 (or by some accounts 6-foot-9) and 280 pounds, Shawn Oakman of Baylor is a beast of a man. The thought of him lining up in a J.J. Watt type of role opposite Justin Smith and as Ray McDonald’s replacement, at least on passing downs, is downright frightening.


47. Miami Dolphins - Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU:

The Dolphins could use a playmaker at linebacker, and Paul Dawson was all over the field for one of the nation's best defenses at TCU. Better yet, a true inside linebacker like Dawson would allow Koa Misi to move back outside linebacker, a position where he's better suited to shine rather than just tread water.


48. San Diego Chargers - Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana:

With the Ryan Mathews experiment in San Diego ending in nothing but tears and pulled hamstrings, it’s time for everyone to move on. While Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin was one of the most productive running backs in the history of college football, Tevin Coleman of Indiana might have been the better back/NFL prospect in the Big Ten last season.


49. Kansas City Chiefs - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A & M:

Cedric Ogbuehi has the athleticism to play left tackle once he receives some coaching in the NFL, but is probably better suited to play on the right side initially. In either event, Ogbuehi should be of interest to the Chiefs if he’s still available in the second round.


50. Buffalo Bills - Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor:

With E.J. Manuel as the lone holdout at quarterback for Buffalo after Kyle Orton’s retirement, Rex Ryan is currently in no better position as coach of the Bills than he was with the Jets. While Bryce Petty is a bit raw and will need to adjust to playing under center and in a pro-style offense, he his great touch on his deep balls and can make all of the throws that an NFL QB needs to make.


51. Houston Texans - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA:

While Brett Hundley is athletic and has a strong arm, there are still some serious questions about his accuracy. Despite those concerns, he’d  still probably be the immediate front-runner for the Texans’ quarterback job.


52. Philadelphia Eagles - Nate Orchard, DE/OLB, Utah:

Nate Orchard is a high motor pass rusher much in the mold of Brandon Graham, and would be a much cheaper option than Graham for the Eagles, who is likely to get big money someplace else in free agency.


53. Cincinnati Bengals - La'El Collins, T/G, LSU:

At 6-foot-7, La'El Collins of LSU is a bit reminiscent of Cincinnati's current left tackle, Andrew Whitworth. With many projecting Collins to have the ability to move inside to guard if needed, those comparisons would not be limited to just his size.


54. Detroit Lions - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon:

The Lions’ secondary made tremendous strides last year under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin without making any significant personnel changes at corner. While veteran Rashaen Mathis held his own, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu of Oregon, a pre-season All-American before suffering a serious knee injury heading into the college football playoff, could be the Lions' long term solution.


55. Arizona Cardinals - Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn:

With Arizona needing help on the interior of their offensive line, Reese Dismukes of Auburn would be able to come in and immediately compete to be a starter at either center or right guard for the Cardinals.


56. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU:

The Steelers could use an upgrade at cornerback, and Jalen Collins of LSU would be able to come in and play after some big time competition in college.


57. Carolina Panthers - Marcus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri:

With the Panthers expected to let Greg Hardy walk in free agency, the team will be in the market for a replacement, either via the draft or free agency. While a bit undersized, Markus Golden of Missouri is a high motor player who can set the edge as well as rush the passer.


58. Baltimore Ravens - Kevin White, CB, TCU:

The Ravens need some depth at cornerback with Jimmy Smith trying to return from the dreaded Lisfrank sprain. Kevin White turned heads at the Senior Bowl with his man coverage skills, and with comparisons to former teammate Jason Verrett, he should at the very least develop into a solid nickel back.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-players-linked-to-baltimore-ravens-in-2015-nfl-mock-drafts-20150205-photogallery.html

59. Denver Broncos - Tre' Jackson, G, Florida State:

The Broncos could use an offensive linemenlik road-grading guard Tre' Jackson of Florida State to bolster their running game in what could be Peyton Manning's last hurrah.

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_27482708/broncos-evaluating-all-kinds-players-restock-roster

60. Dallas Cowboys - Eli Harold, DE, Virginia:

After bulking up at defensive tackle, the Cowboys could add a much needed spark to their pass rush at defensive end with Eli Harold, who's draft status may have been hampered by how he was used at Virginia.


61. Indianapolis Colts - Derron Smith, S, Fresno State:

The Colts could use an upgrade at safety over LaRon Landry, who was been more bulk than production for most of his time in Indy. Derron Smith of Fresno State is more versatile in terms of coverage skills, which is exactly what most NFL teams are looking for these days from their starting safeties.


62. Green Bay Packers - Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke:

With Randall Cobb set to test the market in free agency, the Packers may find themselves unable to afford his services. An ideal replacement through the draft would be Jamison Crowder, a dynamic slot receiver from Duke with elite hands and breaks, as well as top flight return skills.


63. Seattle Seahawks - Jacoby Glenn, CB, Central Florida:

It looks unlikely that the Seahawks will be able to re-sign cornerback Byron Maxwell due to financial constraints. At 6-foot-1 186 pounds, Jacoby Glenn of Central Florida is a big corner who would be a perfect fit in Seattle’s defensive system, especially once he gains some weight at the next level.


64. New England Patriots - Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke:

Not only would Laken Tomlinson of Duke fill a need at guard for New England, but he'd be a classic Patriots second day pick. While he's not a high profile player, Tomlinson is a road grader in the running game who's equally adept in pass protection, meaning that he has the skill set to ultimately develop into a Pro Bowl type player.

http://nesn.com/2015/02/patriots-2015-outlook-early-draft-pick-should-be-spent-on-offensive-lineman/

Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft - 2nd Round



Here is my final 2014 NFL Mock Draft for the 2nd Round.

My mock draft has been linked by The Football Fan Spot, Sports Jabber, DC Pro Sports ReportWalter Football, FF Toolbox, hailRedskins.com, The Football ExpertFantasy Football Help Desk, The Huddle Report, Niners Nation, EDS Football, NFL Mock Draft Central and NFL Pro Zach in their Mock Draft Databases.

2nd Round

33. Houston Texans - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois: With the Ryan Mallett trade apparently falling apart, the Texans need to find a QB who can relegate Ryan Fitzpatrick to back-up status.

34. Washington Redskins - Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama: Cyrus Kouandjio would not only provide additional protection for RG3, but a right tackle of his size would open some serious holes in the running game, making him an ideal fit with the Redskins.

Speaking of which, let's get the Redskins to change their name to the "Pigskins." It's not racist, it's a football reference, it pays homage to Washington's fan base of the 1980's, and the team could still call themselves "The Skins." On top of that, a new hog related logo could help Daniel Snyder sell a boatload of merchandise...Seems like a win-win situation if you ask me.

35. Cleveland Browns - Marqise Lee, WR, USC: With Josh Gordon possibly of facing a season long suspension for a failed drug test, the Browns have an even bigger need to target a WR at the top of the 2nd Round.

36. Oakland Raiders - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: The Raiders absolutely HAVE to get a QB. Local product Derek Carr may also help bring in his brother David in a package deal to be his backup, which would help the Raiders lower their average roster age.

37. Atlanta Falcons - Demarcus Lawrence, OLB/DE, Boise State: Assuming Atlanta elects to go with a LT in the 1st Round, Demarcus Lawrence could be a steal when it comes to finding a bargain when it comes to a much needed pass rusher.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU: With the Bucs moving back to a "Tampa-2" defense under new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, they need to find LB's who can better fit that system. Kyle Van Noy of BYU would be an immediate improvement at the SAM.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: With Justin Blackmon's future in Jacksonville, and the NFL for that matter, still up in the air, the Jags need to look for another go-to WR. Cody Latimer fills that bill
 
40. Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota) - Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame: The Seahawks experienced relatively few defections after winning the Super Bowl, although they could use a stout DE to replace Red Bryant and maintain their strong play against the run.

41. Buffalo Bills - Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA: After adding a target for QB E.J. Manuel in Sammy Watkins, the Bills should look to give him more time to throw by improving their offensive line. Xavier Su'a Filo of UCLA can provide a boost at either G or RT.

42. Tennessee Titans - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: It looks like the Titans are interested in giving themselves an insurance option in the even that Jake Locker cannot return from the dreaded lisfranc foot injury. In fact, with Tennessee electing to decline Locker's fifth year option, they may be looking for more than just insurance.

43. New York Giants - David Yankey, G/T, Stanford: Passing on Zack Martin in the 1st Round, the Giants still need to address their OL, either at G or at T. 

44. St. Louis Rams - Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: If the Rams can address LT, S and either a WR or a CB with their first three picks, I think they'd be pretty happy. With the top of this draft being extremely deep at WR, the value at that position trumps reaching for a CB.

45. Detroit Lions - Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech: While the Lions definitely need help at CB, new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is said to be looking for a "flamethrower" at OLB. Much like the Lions appeased new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi by giving him Detroit's version of Jimmy Graham by drafting Eric Ebron in the 1st Round, look for the Lions to give Austin the edge pass rusher he's seeking as the Lions begin to transition to more 3-4 defensive fronts.

46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Louis Nix, III, DT, Notre Dame: The Steelers would be wise to pass on a talent like Louis Nix, III in the 1st Round despite his talent simply because there are very few teams in the market for a true NT at the top of this year's draft.

47. Dallas Cowboys -Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Dallas could look at DE, S, WLB, or address their OL with their pick in the 2nd Round. If they can address DE in the 1st Round, a 3-Technique DT with 1st Round talent like Dominique Easley of Florida would be worth the gamble in the 2nd Round even though he's already undergone surgery on both of his knees. 

48. Baltimore Ravens - Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State: Not only did Ray Rice's play drop off substantially last season, but his legal issues may be pushing him out the door in Baltimore.

49. New York Jets - Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU: The Jets passed on speedy receiving targets in the 1st Round, but fortunately this year's draft is so deep when it comes to WR's that they can find an equally talented prospect in the 2nd Round.

50. Miami Dolphins - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: If the Dolphins land a RT in the 1st Round, a complete TE who can help pass protect like Austin Seferian-Jenkins could help bolster their line play and give Ryan Tannehill another receiving target.

51. Chicago Bears - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Thanks to a diluted drug test, the Bears get one of their 1st Round targets in the 2nd Round.

52. Arizona Cardinals - Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi: The Cardinals could look at RT and S, but an explosive WR like Donte Moncrief who can play the slot would help draw coverage away from Larry Fitzgerald.

53. Green Bay Packers - Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State: The lack of a playmaker at S was a huge problem for Green Bay last season. Lamarcus Joyner would give the Packers some much needed range and ball skills in the back end of their defense. Because he also played CB at Florida State, he'd also ultimately make for an ideal nickle in passing situations.

54. Philadelphia Eagles - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: Much like the Jets, the Eagles also passed on speedy receiving targets in the 1st Round, but fortunately this year's draft is so deep when it comes to WR's that they can find an equally talented prospect in the 2nd Round. . 

55. Cincinnati Bengals - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: Kony Ealy seems to be falling as the draft approaches, and the Bengals would love to get a player who they were once linked to in the 1st Round in the 2nd.

56.  San Francisco 49ers - RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: While the 49'ers elected to use their 5th year option on Aldon Smith, they still need some insurance in case he's suspended for his latest run in with the law. 

57. San Diego Chargers - Morgan Moses, T, Virginia: After addressing their biggest need at CB, the Chargers could look to infuse some new blood on the offensive line. Ja'Wuan James projects immediately at RT, and if he can eventually slide over to LT, so much the better.

58. New Orleans Saints - Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska: With Tampa Bay and Carolina adding big WR's to their roster, the Saints need to be proactive and add a big CB to negate their size advantage. 

59. Indianapolis Colts - Marcus Martin, C, USC: The Colts would be wise to bolster the interior of their offensive line with at least two early picks in this year's draft. Marcus Martin of USC is the cream of the crop, and would give Andrew Luck some much needed pocket stability in pass protection.

60. Carolina Panthers - Jordan Mathews, WR, Vanderbilt: The Panthers have a huge need at LT, but don't appear enamored with any of the prospects projected to be available by the time they pick in the 1st Round. Their other big hole is at WR, and they could double dip with two different targets, a big play threat like Kelvin Benjamin in the 1st Round, and a polished route runner like Jordan Mathews in the 2nd.

61. San Francisco 49ers - Keith McGill, CB, Utah: While the 49ers are rumored to be attempting to convert 1st Round safety Jimmie Ward to CB, that seems to be a bit of a stretch. San Francisco has a plethora of draft picks, and since they're in win now mode, they need to draft several CB's and let them fight it out for a starting gig.

62. New England Patriots - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: With Aaron Hernandez's career over and Rob Gronkowski questionable to start the season, Jace Amaro of Texas A&M seems to be New England's prime target to replace Hernandez at TE given his size and pass catching ability.

63. Denver Broncos - Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin: The disinformation of the draft has already started, with an undisclosed team reportedly leaking that they have taken Chris Borland of Wisconsin off of their draft board due to a purported chronic shoulder injury/condition. Assuming that information is just a scare tactic, Borland is an instinctive player who can fill a hole at ILB for the Broncos, which is one of their final needs on defensive after a busy free agency period.

64. Seattle Seahawks - Joel Bitonio, T/G, Nevada: Joe Bitonio would help solidify the right side of the offensive line for the Seahawks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft - Final Competition Version (Two Rounds, With Analysis)



Here is my final 2014 NFL Mock Draft which I will be submitting for national mock draft competitions, including The Huddle Report.

My mock draft has been linked by The Football Fan Spot, Sports Jabber, DC Pro Sports ReportWalter Football, FF Toolbox, hailRedskins.com, The Football ExpertFantasy Football Help Desk, The Huddle Report, Niners Nation, EDS Football, NFL Mock Draft Central and NFL Pro Zach in their Mock Draft Databases.

1st Round

1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Houston is looking to trade down, but may not find a suitor at their asking price, which is looking more and more like a package involving 2 or 3 1st Round picks, depending on how far they'd be asked to move back. 

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) – Greg Robinson, T, Auburn: The question is whether to select Greg Robinson, Jake Mathews, or trade down. Right now it looks like the Rams are leaning toward Greg Robinson's upside, although Jake Mathews seems to be about as safe of a pick as there is for a team that once took Jason Smith with the second overall pick of the draft.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: I'm buying into the hype. This franchise needs something, and at least hype equates to hope.

4. Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Cleveland's dream scenario may be having Sammy Watkins fall to them without having to trade up.

5. Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: This pick seams like a no-brainer, but then again, this is Reggie McKenzie selecting for the Raiders
 

6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Mathews, OT, Texas A&M: Atlanta would love to move up for a pass rusher like Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, but would be perfectly happy to settle for a prototype LT like Jake Mathews.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: While it initially looked like the Bucs simply needed a speedy receiver to play in the slot, Mike Williams finally wore out his welcome in Tampa Bay by getting stabbed in the thigh by his brother, making either Mike Evans or Plaxico Burress his ideal replacement.

8. Minnesota Vikings – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: The Vikings are looking for players who can disrupt up front in Mike Zimmer's new defense. Aaron Donald of Pitt can play the role that Geno Atkins did for Zimmer in Cincinnati.

9. Buffalo Bills - Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan: It looks like the goal for the Bills in this draft is to do everything they can to put second year QB E.J. Manuel in a position to succeed. If a true LT like Taylor Lewan is still available, Buffalo could move Cordy Glenn to a more natural position like RT or even G where he could put his physicality to better use. Of course, Lewan has some off the field issues that make Ritchie Incognito look like a Boy Scout troop leader, so stay tuned to see if the #9 spot is his floor as the Mel Kiper, Jr.'s of the world think, or his ceiling.

10. Detroit Lions - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: According to new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, the Lions are looking for a "flamethrower" at OLB and a "riverboat gambler" at CB. The problem is that none of the players projected to be available at those positions seem to be worth the #10 pick. Don't believe the hype about the Lions trading up to the #2 spot for Sammy Watkins, because that's just not going to happen. The Lions could make a surprise pick and take Eric Ebron of North Carolina to play the Jimmy Graham role in Joe Lombardi's new offense, or possibly even Cody Latimer of Indiana, who fits the mold of Jim Caldwell's affinity for receivers with good hands. 

11. Tennessee Titans - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: With Alterraun Verner leaving in free agency, the Titans have a huge hole at CB. An OLB with proven pass rush skills like Anthony Barr could also be a consideration to fill a need in their new 3-4 defense depending on what Detroit does at #10, but Barr's game has been scrutinized to the extent that he no longer appears to be a top #15 prospect.

12. New York Giants - Zack Martin, T/G, Notre Dame: The Giants have an offensive line that is a complete mess, and tackle is the best place to start to address that problem. Drafting a true LT would have a positive cascade effect, allowing Justin Pugh to move to G and Will Beatty to slide to RT as he comes off of what was a subpar year even before he suffered a massive leg injury that could cause him to miss the start of the 2014 season.  

13. St Louis Rams - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama: St. Louis needs to upgrade their secondary at both S and CB. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams values an athletic FS who he can line up to show offenses different looks and still has the speed still patrol the deep and middle parts of the field. That would make Ha Ha Clinton-Dix the ideal pick given his fantastic range.

14. Chicago Bears - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: The Bears are looking for anybody other than Chris Conte as their starting S this season. Calvin Pryor fits that profile.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: The "Steel Curtain" is in need of repairs. While the Steelers have not traditionally drafted CB's in the 1st Round, Darqueze "No Fly Zone" Dennard could make them think twice about passing on one this year. In addition to being a valuable press-man CB, Dennard is also the type of high character player that the Rooney family seems to value.

16. Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA: The Cowboys are not going to land Aaron Donald unless they trade up. If they stay at #16, they need to get Rod Marinelli a pass rusher, as his defensive philosophy is predicated upon getting pressure from his front four.

17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama: The Ravens will be in the market for a FS like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, an ILB like C.J. Mosley, or a plug and play OT like Zack Martin or Taylor Lewan. TE Eric Ebron would also be in the mix under Ozzie Newsome's best player available philosophy. If all of those players are off the board look for the Ravens to try and trade down for more picks.

18. New York Jets Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: The Jets instantly improved their offense by signing Michael Vick, who will ultimately become their starter. Now they need to find him another legitimate receiving target to go along with free agent signee Eric Decker. Because Decker is a bigger target, a more explosive WR like either Odell Beckham, Jr. or Brandin Cooks would make for an ideal complement.

19. Miami Dolphins - Morgan Moses, T, Virginia: While Morgan Moses is a reach, the Dolphins are essentially in a position where they have to find a competent RT if they even want to field an offense next season.

20. Arizona Cardinals - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: Carson Palmer isn't getting any younger...Or better for that matter.

21. Green Bay Packers - Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State: Finding playmakers on the defensive side of the ball is a must for the Packers. Green Bay needs more athleticism at ILB, and Ryan Shazier of Ohio State would give them some much needed athleticism at SLB to help cover for the deficiencies of the steady, yet pedestrian A.J. Hawk.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU: Philadelphia could use a S to take over starting duties from Nate Allen, but they also created a need at WR by releasing their best big play threat, DeSean Jackson. If Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are both off the board, the Eagles could turn to Odell Beckham, Jr., possibly in a trade up with Baltimore, as an explosive threat at WR to compensate for the loss of Jackson

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Marqise Lee, WR, USC: The Chiefs could go in several different directions in this year's draft, whether it's DE, S, CB, WR or TE. WR Marqise Lee of USC is a safer option than other receivers like the talented but enigmatic Kelvin Benjamin, who probably doesn't need to be anywhere near someone like Dwayne Bowe during his formative years in the NFL.

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: Bradley Roby seems to have come up clean, at least when it comes to alcohol, when it comes to his arrest for passing out behind the wheel of his car. That frees him up to go to Cincinnati to add some youth, size and speed to their secondary.

25. San Diego Chargers - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: San Diego's biggest need is at CB, at Kyle Fuller is fast, big and has man to man cover skills. After he goes off the board, all of the remaining CB's will be deficient in at least one of those areas.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis) - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: Owner Jimmy Haslam loves his fellow SEC boy Johnny Manziel, while new GM Ray Farmer is said to be infatuated with Teddy Bridgewater. Haslam is said to be willing to defer to Farmer, which means that Cleveland will be looking for yet another GM in the event that Bridgewater doesn't work out and Manziel sets the league on fire. 

27. New Orleans Saints - Dee Ford, OLB/DE, Auburn: The only issue with Dee Ford are his lumbar spine issues, for which he was flagged and not allowed to participate at the NFL Combine. From a talent standpoint, he's a 1st Rounder, but if his back truly is an issue, he could fall much deeper into the 2nd Round.

28. Carolina Panthers - Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: The Panthers have a huge need at LT, and while they have done their homework on Morgan Moses, they don't seem all that convinced that he, or any of the T's on the board, are worth a 1st Round pick. In that event, Cody Latimer of Indiana is a big, fast, sure handed receiver who ran the entire route tree in college...His only problem is that he played for lowly Indiana.

29. New England Patriots - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota: Vince Wilfork is aging and injury prone. While he recently signed a three year contract, Wilfork is 32, and it was structured so that it is essentially just a one year deal. It would therefore make sense for New England to draft a NT to ultimately replace Wilfork in the event that he's released after this season.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Jason Verrett, CB, Texas Christian: With Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown both signing with the Raiders in free agency, the 49ers need to find one or two starting caliber CB's in the draft. Bradley Roby clearly has some substance abuse issues that could make a team like the 49ers think twice about putting him on the same plane as Aldon Smith, so look for them to address their need at CB with Jason Verrett of TCU, who may be undersized, but is an absolute pit bull in coverage.

31. Houston Texans (projected trade with Denver) - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: So if the Texans are the team that bites on Derek Carr, does anybody think that they'd buy in on his desire to bring his brother David in as his back-up? Then again, bringing David Carr back to Houston can't be as bad as putting up with A.J. McCarron's reality TV show about his wedding to his to his fame whore girlfriend.

32. Seattle Seahawks - Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame: The Seahawks had relatively few defections after winning the Super Bowl, although they did suffer losses at DE with Red Bryant and Chris Clemmons departing via free agency. A base DE like Stephon Tuitt could help alleviate those departures and help maintain Seattle's stout run defense.

2nd Round

33. Denver Broncos (projected trade with Houston) - Stanley Jean Baptiste, CB, Nebraska: Denver can trade back for an additional mid round pick and still solidify the back end of their secondary.

34. Washington Redskins - Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama: Cyrus Kouandjio would not only provide additional protection for RG3, but a right tackle of his size would open some serious holes in the running game, making him an ideal fit with the Redskins.

Speaking of which, let's get the Redskins to change their name to the "Pigskins." It's not racist, it's a football reference, it pays homage to Washington's fan base of the 1980's, and the team could still call themselves "The Skins." On top of that, a new hog related logo could help Daniel Snyder sell a boatload of merchandise...Seems like a win-win situation if you ask me.

35. Cleveland BrownsXavier Su'a-Filo: With the Browns having addressed WR and QB with their first two selections, they can afford to go with a luxary pick and upgrade their offensive line with an elite G like Xavier Su'a-Filo, who could also possibly play RT if needed.

36. Oakland Raiders - Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh: Tom Savage was well traveled for a variety of reasons in his college career, but he has ideal NFL size and arm strength. His nomad ways make him a perfect Raider.

37. Atlanta Falcons - Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech: Assuming Atlanta elects to go with a LT in the 1st Round, a raw but talented local product like Jeremiah Attaochu of Georgia Tech could be a steal when it comes to finding a bargain when it comes to a much needed pass rusher.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU: With the Bucs moving back to a "Tampa-2" defense under new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, they need to find LB's who can better fit that system. Kyle Van Noy of BYU would be an immediate improvement at the SAM.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: With Justin Blackmon's future in Jacksonville, and the NFL for that matter, still up in the air, the Jags need to look for another go-to WR. Allen Robinson fills that bill. The only reason he's still available in the 2nd Round is due to inconsistent QB play and a deep WR class.
 
40. Minnesota Vikings - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: While he is coming off of a late season knee injury, Zack Mettenberger is ahead of schedule on his rehab and is already throwing for scouts. With a strong accurate arm and high football I.Q., Mettenberger is an ideal fit to ultimately take over in Norv Turner's new offense. It looks like a doctor's note will excuse him being flagged for a diluted urine sample at the Combine.

41. Buffalo Bills - Kelvin Benjamin - After giving E.J. Manuel LT, allowing Cordy Glenn to move to the right side, Buffalo could give Manuel an eventual go-to target in Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State, who's really just a poor man's Mike Evans. 

42. Tennessee Titans - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois: It looks like the Titans are interested in giving themselves an insurance option in the even that Jake Locker cannot return from the dreaded lisfranc foot injury. In fact, with Tennessee electing to decline Locker's fifth year option, they may be looking for more than just insurance.

43. New York Giants - Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Selecting Zack Martin in the 1st Round would help the G-men rebuild their offensive line. An underrated DE like Scott Crichton in the 2nd Round would help re-fortify their once fierce pass rush, which has taken some hits due to age and free agency over the past few years.

44. St. Louis Rams - Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: If the Rams can address LT, S and either a WR or a CB with their first three picks, I think they'd be pretty happy. With the top of this draft being extremely deep at WR, the value at that position trumps reaching for a CB.

45. Detroit Lions - Deone Buccanon, S, Washington State: In James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin, the Lions have two projected starters who are better off playing SS in an era when most teams are looking for two faster players who can play FS. Not only does Deone Buccanon of Oregon State have both range and a nose for the ball, but he has fantastic character as well.

46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Louis Nix, III, DT, Notre Dame: The Steelers would be wise to pass on a talent like Louis Nix, III in the 1st Round despite his talent simply because there are very few teams in the market for a true NT at the top of this year's draft.

47. Dallas Cowboys - Dominique Easley, DT/DE, Florida: Dallas could look at DE, S, WLB, or address their OL with their pick in the 2nd Round. If they can address DE in the 1st Round, a 3-Technique DT with 1st Round talent like Dominique Easley of Florida would be worth the gamble in the 2nd Round even though he's already undergone surgery on both of his knees. 

48. Baltimore Ravens - Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois: A hybrid like Jimmie Ward who can play FS would allow Matt Elam to move to his more natural position at SS.

49. New York Jets - Keith McGill, CB, Utah: After "swinging and missing" at the CB position in free agency, the Jets could go big and take Keith McGill of Utah, a 6'3, 210 pound player who will have teams looking to emulate the secondary of the Seahawks drooling.

50. Miami Dolphins - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: If the Dolphins land a RT in the 1st Round, a complete TE who can help pass protect like Austin Seferian-Jenkins could help bolster their line play and give Ryan Tannehill another receiving target.

51. Chicago Bears - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Thanks to a diluted drug test, the Bears get one of their 1st Round targets in the 2nd Round.

52. Arizona Cardinals - Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi: The Cardinals could look at RT and S, but an explosive WR like Donte Moncrief who can play the slot would help draw coverage away from Larry Fitzgerald.

53. Green Bay Packers - Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State: The lack of a playmaker at S was a huge problem for Green Bay last season. Lamarcus Joyner would give the Packers some much needed range and ball skills in the back end of their defense. Because he also played CB at Florida State, he'd also ultimately make for an ideal nickle in passing situations.

54. Philadelphia Eagles - Demarcus Lawrence, OLB/DE, Boise State: Philadelphia finished 32nd in the league in passing defense last season, and sometimes the best way to address your pass coverage is with your pass rush. 

55. Cincinnati Bengals - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: Kony Ealy seems to be falling as the draft approaches, and the Bengals would love to get a player who they were once linked to in the 1st Round in the 2nd.

56.  San Francisco 49ers - Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville: While the 49'ers elected to use their 5th year option on Aldon Smith, they still need some insurance in case he's suspended for his latest run in with the law. 

57. San Diego Chargers - Ja'Wuan James, T, Tennessee: After addressing their biggest need at CB, the Chargers could look to infuse some new blood on the offensive line. Ja'Wuan James projects immediately at RT, and if he can eventually slide over to LT, so much the better.

58. New Orleans Saints - Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU: The locals are clamoring for New Orleans to address their need at WR with Jarvis Landry of LSU. You can throw Landry's 40-yard dash time out the window, as he's one of the quickest receivers in this year's draft. As a bonus, he's a solid special teams player who just loves to play football.

59. Indianapolis Colts - Marcus Martin, C, USC: The Colts would be wise to bolster the interior of their offensive line with at least two early picks in this year's draft. Marcus Martin of USC is the cream of the crop, and would give Andrew Luck some much needed pocket stability in pass protection.

60. Carolina Panthers - Jordan Mathews, WR, Vanderbilt: The Panthers have a huge need at LT, but don't appear enamored with any of the prospects projected to be available by the time they pick in the 1st Round. Their other big whole is at WR, and they could double dip with two sure handed targets, a big play threat like Cody Latimer in the 1st Round, and a polished route runner like Jordan Mathews in the 2nd.

61. San Francisco 49ers - Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado: The 49ers biggest obstacle to returning to the Super Bowl are their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. The best way to counteract Seattle's super-sized secondary is with quickness, and that's where an explosive player like Paul Richardson in the slot would not only help negate their size advantage in their secondary, but possibly even turn it into a liability.

62. New England Patriots - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: With Aaron Hernandez's career over and Rob Gronkowski questionable to start the season, Jace Amaro of Texas A&M seems to be New England's prime target to replace Hernandez at TE given his size and pass catching ability.

63. Denver Broncos - Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin: The disinformation of the draft has already started, with an undisclosed team reportedly leaking that they have taken Chris Borland of Wisconsin off of their draft board due to a purported chronic shoulder injury/condition. Assuming that information is just a scare tactic, Borland is an instinctive player who can fill a hole at ILB for the Broncos, which is one of their final needs on defensive after a busy free agency period.

64. Seattle Seahawks - Joel Bitonio, T/G, Nevada: Joe Bitonio would help solidify the right side of the offensive line for the Seahawks.