||04-17-2014 11:01 AM
Re: Mel Kiper 2014 Mock Drafts
Kiper 4.0 2 rounder
Dan Kadar @MockingTheDraft
1Jadeveon ClowneyHouston Texans (2-14)COLLEGE: South CarolinaClass: JrHT: 6-5WT: 266POS: DE
Analysis: I'm certain the debate about which player to take still exists, and whether the pick could be moved. I still think this could be a quarterback. But I believe that while more than one "safe" pick exists in this draft, it's hard to play it safer in terms of upside than selecting a generational physical talent, a guy who has exceptional physical skills and the ability to bring immediate impact and create consistent matchup problems up front as teams deal with the reality of how to block both Clowney and J.J. Watt. The questions on Clowney still aren't enough to diminish the potential impact. He's the top prospect in a draft full of very good ones, and I think Houston will feel the same.
2Greg RobinsonSt. Louis Rams (7-9)COLLEGE: AuburnHT: 6-5WT: 332POS: OT
3Sammy WatkinsJacksonville Jaguars (4-12)COLLEGE: ClemsonClass: JrHT: 6-0WT: 211POS: WR
4Johnny ManzielCleveland Browns (4-12)COLLEGE: Texas A&MClass: SophHT: 5-11WT: 207POS: QB
Analysis: Manziel is not my top-rated QB, but he is the QB I believe (right now) is likeliest to go this high, as I believe a team like Cleveland, with a number of draft assets and a QB on the roster it feels can create a bridge to a young starter, is in a good scenario to take a chance on Manziel's ceiling. The Browns owning the No. 26 pick as well as an early second-rounder gives them a chance to take a player like Watkins here if available and consider a QB later, but this is how I see it as of right now.
5Khalil MackOakland Raiders (4-12)COLLEGE: BuffaloHT: 6-2WT: 251POS: OLB
6Taylor LewanAtlanta Falcons (4-12)COLLEGE: MichiganHT: 6-7WT: 309POS: OT
7Mike EvansTampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)COLLEGE: Texas A&MClass: SophHT: 6-4WT: 231POS: WR
8Blake BortlesMinnesota Vikings (5-10-1)COLLEGE: UCFClass: JrHT: 6-5WT: 232POS: QB
Analysis: The combination of Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will provide a bridge to Bortles, a player I believe would benefit from not starting early as he develops a familiarity with an offense that requires more downfield reads. I don't have Bortles rated as high as I do Bridgewater, but again, this is a projection of where players will be chosen, not my prospect rankings. What I will say is that I do believe Bortles has a high ceiling because he's a pretty special athlete with some really good instincts for the position; his pocket movement in particular is really impressive. When you consider his development trajectory, there's a lot to be excited about.
9Jake MatthewsBuffalo Bills (6-10)COLLEGE: Texas A&MHT: 6-5WT: 308POS: OT
10Ha Ha Clinton-DixDetroit Lions (7-9)COLLEGE: AlabamaClass: JrHT: 6-1WT: 208POS: S
11Justin GilbertTennessee Titans (7-9)COLLEGE: Oklahoma StateClass: SrHT: 6-0WT: 202POS: CB
12Eric EbronNew York Giants (7-9)COLLEGE: North CarolinaClass: JrHT: 6-4WT: 250POS: TE
13Darqueze DennardSt. Louis Rams (7-9)COLLEGE: Michigan StateClass: SrHT: 5-10WT: 199POS: CB
14Aaron DonaldChicago Bears (8-8)COLLEGE: PittsburghHT: 6-0WT: 285POS: DT
15Odell Beckham Jr.Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)COLLEGE: LSUClass: JrHT: 5-11WT: 198POS: WR
16Zack MartinDallas Cowboys (8-8)COLLEGE: Notre DameHT: 6-4WT: 308POS: OT
17Calvin PryorBaltimore Ravens (8-8)COLLEGE: LouisvilleClass: JrHT: 5-11WT: 207POS: S
18Brandin CooksNew York Jets (8-8)COLLEGE: Oregon StateClass: JrHT: 5-9WT: 189POS: WR
19C.J. MosleyMiami Dolphins (8-8)COLLEGE: AlabamaClass: SrHT: 6-2WT: 234POS: ILB
20Derek CarrArizona Cardinals (10-6)COLLEGE: Fresno StateHT: 6-2WT: 214POS: QB
21Ryan ShazierGreen Bay Packers (8-7-1)COLLEGE: Ohio StateHT: 6-1WT: 237POS: OLB
22Kelvin BenjaminPhiladelphia Eagles (10-6)COLLEGE: Florida StateClass: SophHT: 6-5WT: 240POS: WR
23Marqise LeeKansas City Chiefs (11-5)COLLEGE: USCClass: JrHT: 5-11WT: 192POS: WR
24Bradley RobyCincinnati Bengals (11-5)COLLEGE: Ohio StateClass: JrHT: 5-11WT: 194POS: CB
25Anthony BarrSan Diego Chargers (9-7)COLLEGE: UCLAClass: SrHT: 6-4WT: 255POS: OLB
26Kyle FullerCleveland Browns (4-12)COLLEGE: Virginia TechClass: SrHT: 5-11WT: 190POS: CB
27Cody LatimerNew Orleans Saints (11-5)COLLEGE: IndianaClass: JrHT: 6-2WT: 215POS: WR
28Morgan MosesCarolina Panthers (12-4)COLLEGE: VirginiaHT: 6-6WT: 314POS: OT
29Ra'Shede HagemanNew England Patriots (12-4)COLLEGE: MinnesotaHT: 6-5WT: 310POS: DT
30Jordan MatthewsSan Francisco 49ers (12-4)COLLEGE: VanderbiltHT: 6-3WT: 212POS: WR
31Jason VerrettDenver Broncos (13-3)COLLEGE: TCUClass: SrHT: 5-9WT: 189POS: CB
32Stephon TuittSeattle Seahawks (13-3)COLLEGE: Notre DameHT: 6-5WT: 304POS: DE
33. Houston Texans | *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Let me be clear: This is the top-rated quarterback on my Big Board, a player I have rated higher than Bortles, Manziel or Carr. But my reading of the tea leaves in speaking with many evaluators around the league is that Bridgewater could drop if he slides past a couple of points early on. If I could project trades, I'd have someone taking him later in Round 1 having moved up. Obviously, he's a steal at this point.
34. Washington Redskins | Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
35. Cleveland Browns | *Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.
36. Oakland Raiders | *Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida St.
37. Atlanta Falcons | Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi St.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars | Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
40. Minnesota Vikings | Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
41. Buffalo Bills | *Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise St.
42. Tennessee Titans | Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
43. New York Giants | *Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
44. St. Louis Rams | Jimmie Ward, S, No. Illinois
45. Detroit Lions | Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
46. Pittsburgh Steelers | *Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
47. Dallas Cowboys | Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.
48. Baltimore Ravens | *Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
49. New York Jets | *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
50. Miami Dolphins | Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada
51. Chicago Bears | Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida St.
52. Arizona Cardinals | Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
53. Green Bay Packers | *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
54. Philadelphia Eagles | Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
55. Cincinnati Bengals | *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
56. San Francisco 49ers (from KC) | Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
57. San Diego Chargers | *Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi
58. New Orleans Saints | Keith McGill, CB, Utah
59. Indianapolis Colts | *Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
60. Carolina Panthers | Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
61. San Francisco 49ers | *Marcus Martin, C, USC
62. New England Patriots | Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St.
63. Denver Broncos | *David Yankey, OG, Stanford
64. Seattle Seahawks | Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
In @MelKiperESPN's latest mock, the Texans get Clowney and Bridgewater and nothing is fair.