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Re: Rotoworld 2014 Mock Drafts
Josh Norris Mock Draft: Jan. 27
1. Houston Texans - DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
If you do not have a quarterback, you have to go and get one. With that said, I think O’Brien waits until the second day, or trades back in to the first-round, to get his quarterback. That passer could be A.J. McCarron, but that is solely a guess.
Romeo Crennel’s odd front defense (I am attempting to stay away from 3-4/4-3) has been categorized as “traditional” in the past, but he told reporters he expects to be more versatile moving forward. Regardless, Clowney’s talent should not be limited to a specific scheme. He converts speed to power at a ridiculous level.
2. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins) - T Greg Robinson, Auburn
After hearing some of the buzz over the last two weeks, I would be surprised if Robinson is not the first offensive lineman selected in May. The NFL obsesses with upside, and even though I prefer Matthews as a player right now, the draft is not focused on the following season’s success.
Robinson was asked to make a number of blocks when crashing down and getting to the second level, which he did at a high level. Robinson makes some blocks look absurdly easy, gaining leverage with strength that starts from the ground up. I wish there were more individual pass protection opportunities out in space, but Robinson is a great athlete for his size.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Run to the podium. I do not understand the questions surrounding Bridgewater. In fact, I believe we will laugh at the criticisms in a few years. His combination of pocket movement, eye level, timing and placement is top notch. Some will criticize his vertical route passing, but that is an overrated aspect to quarterback evaluations. Short to intermediate velocity and placement is far more important. In fact, I think Bridgewater was asked to throw with more touch on deeper balls, but that is solely a guess.
4. Cleveland Browns - QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
There has already been buzz linking Manziel to the Browns, and even more noting the Browns have thoroughly done their homework on this group of passers. Manziel is truly a unique evaluation. His pocket movement is his gift and his curse. The improvisational style Manziel displays is similar to Tony Romo’s, but Manziel takes it to another level. Manziel might frequently elongate plays, but he can be a very quick decision maker once buying himself time and space.
The Aggie improved as a passer this season, and this article, via Greg Peshek, charts every one of Manziel’s throws from this season. It helps illustrate the areas of the field where he succeeds.
5. Oakland Raiders - QB Blake Bortles, UCF
The Raiders have plenty of self-evaluating to do this offseason. Obviously they have plenty of needs, but the quickest way to turn around a team’s success is with a quarterback. Not that I consider them similar prospects, but Manziel might remind the Raider’s staff too much of Terrelle Pryor, in terms of improvisational style.
Bortles fits the NFL mold. Honestly, I do not care about this part of his evaluation, but teams absolutely will. I like Bortles, but do not love him. There are some poor man’s Andrew Luck nuances to his game, but there is a clear gap between Bortles and the Colts’ quarterback.
6. Atlanta Falcons - Edge player Khalil Mack, Buffalo
7. Tampa Bay Bucs - Edge player Anthony Barr, UCLA
8. Minnesota Vikings - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
9. Buffalo Bills - WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
10. Detroit Lions - CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
11. Tennessee Titans - T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Beat writer Jim Wyatt does not expect RT David Stewart back in 2014. Maybe that is one reason the Titans already invested so much into their offensive line, specifically on the interior. They could use defensive help, and who knows where the go at quarterback, but I think Ogbuehi is the best tackle in this class.
Some have mentioned Matthews could make a move to center. It could be true, but I do not think a team will be in a position to take Matthews if they want to do so as a center.
12. New York Giants - OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame
13. St. Louis Rams - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
14. Chicago Bears - S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Those with NFL connections have repeatedly brought attention to Pryor’s name, and thusly slotted him in the first-round. Pryor is a big hitter with aggression, but he could be athletic enough to fit multiple roles at safety. After Clinton-Dix and Pryor, the safety group might be fairly thin. I am a big fan of Jimmie Ward out of NIU.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Off LOS LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
16. Baltimore Ravens - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
17. Dallas Cowboys - DL Kony Ealy, Missouri
18. New York Jets - TE Eric Ebron, UNC
19. Miami Dolphins - T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
20. Arizona Cardinals - T Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
21. Green Bay Packers - DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
With Hageman, I see a player that can line up at any one of the spots in an odd man front. He has played a lot of one technique this season, and has contributed at three and five technique as well. His athleticism will be on display at the Combine. That great workout could mean his future is projected as an end in a three man line, but I prefer him close to the center. Finding consistency is the key.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
23. Kansas City Chiefs - DL Louis Nix, Notre Dame
24. Cincinnati Bengals - DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
25. San Diego Chargers - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
26. Cleveland Browns (via Colts) - WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
27. New Orleans Saints - Edge rusher Dee Ford, Auburn
28. Carolina Panthers - OL Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
29. New England Patriots - TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
30. San Francisco 49ers - WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
31. Denver Broncos - Edge rusher Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
32. Seattle Seahawks - WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State