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Default Re: Rotoworld 2014 Mock Drafts

Josh Norris 4/14
1. Houston Texans

Edge player Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina - The rare talent in this class makes sense as the No. 1 pick. Don’t bring up a “poor fit in a 3-4.” Look back to 2012, when Tamba Hali only dropped on 8.6% of his snaps while Romeo Crennel was head coach.

2. Atlanta Falcons - from St. Louis (Previously pick No. 6)

Edge player Khalil Mack, Buffalo - The Falcons need to exit this draft with one of the top two edge players, but will need to trade up to nab one. The team has incorporated plenty of odd man fronts, and Mack has enough versatility to fit multiple alignments.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson - The Jaguars are guaranteed one of three prospects (Clowney, Mack and Watkins). Some will want to wait and hold out hope for Justin Blackmon. At this point, anything he offers is extra. Team officials have said as much.

4. Cleveland Browns

WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

5. Oakland Raiders

DT Aaron Donald, Pitt - Interior disruption is king, and Donald can offer it next to the center or guard. The Raiders applied old band aids during free agency. Donald can be a youth injection to that defensive front.

6. St. Louis Rams - from Atlanta (Previously pick No. 2)

T Greg Robinson, Auburn

7. Tampa Bay Bucs

WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU - There is no doubt in my mind that OBJ is a top three receiver in this class, and it is in the realm of possibility he becomes the best prospect at the position from the group. He offers a vertical style and wins in contested situations better than most receivers his size.

8. St. Louis Rams - from Minnesota (Previously pick No. 13)

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

9. Buffalo Bills

T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

10. Detroit Lions

CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech - Despite my infatuation with Fuller, I don’t think a corner is worthy of a top-10 pick. However, I do not see another area where the Lions can go. Fuller can win in off coverage, press situations, and is a physical tackler. He could play the Lardarius Webb role in Teryl Austin’s defense.

11. Tennessee Titans

Edge player Anthony Barr, UCLA

12. New York Giants

TE Eric Ebron, UNC

13. Minnesota Vikings - from St. Louis (Previously pick No. 8)

QB Blake Bortles, UCF - I believe the talent at the top of the draft will prevent teams from selecting a quarterback early on. However, if the Vikings can’t trade up for a defender (Khalil Mack), they could try to get the best “value” for the top quarterback on their board.

14. Chicago Bears

DT Ra'shede Hageman, Minnesota - This might be Hageman’s floor. The Minnesota product has tremendous flashes of explosiveness thanks to lower have power and strong hands. He is also adept at contesting passes at the line of scrimmage. Hageman needs to display a better anchor when losing off the snap, however. He could play the 1-technique role in Chicago.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

NT Louis Nix, Notre Dame - Louis Nix instantly upgrades the interior of the Steelers front seven. The team struggled to prevent yards on the ground on first and second down, and Nix can help put defenses in better situations. He is different than other big bodied nose tackles since Nix can play in the opponents’ backfield.

16. Dallas Cowboys

G Zack Martin, Notre Dame - The Cowboys added Travis Frederick in the first-round last year. The two guard spots could still be upgraded, however. Some might view Martin as a tackle, and he might play that spot if Doug Free is not on the roster next season, but the Notre Dame product is an excellent guard prospect.

17. Baltimore Ravens

S Jimmie Ward, NIU - I prefer Ward over Calvin Pryor, and he fits what the ravens are looking for opposite Matt Elam. Ward wins in similar ways to Kenny Vaccaro, but is also comfortable roaming the deeper third of the field.

18. New York Jets

S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

19. Miami Dolphins

T Taylor Lewan, Michigan

20. Arizona Cardinals

Edge player Dee Ford, Auburn

21. Green Bay Packers

CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

22. Philadelphia Eagles

ILB CJ Mosley, Alabama

23. Kansas City Chiefs

G Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA

24. Cincinnati Bengals

LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State - I debated corner here, but realized the Bengals might move Burfict to inside backer next year with Rey Maualuga's contract up. Shazier would offer so much range and explosiveness from the weakside. He could play early in certain packages.

25. San Diego Chargers

CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

26. Cleveland Browns - from Indianapolis

QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M - No one knows who the Browns will covet at quarterback. Derek Carr could easily be the second quarterback selected. With that said, Manziel could reunite with Mike Evans and have a strong vertical threat in Josh Gordon.

27. New Orleans Saints

C/G Marcus Martin, USC - A surprise name, perhaps. The Saints need to exit this draft with a starting center, and potentially could need one or two guards after next season due to cuts. Most teams might covet Weston Richburg, but the Saints could view Martin as a starter at either interior spot.

28. Carolina Panthers

T Morgan Moses, Virginia - The Panthers need offensive line help in a bad way. Moses has right tackle experience but most recently started on the left side. He does not bend at the knees to absorb and redirect, but Moses has a ridiculous wingspan and shut down a number of quality rushers this year.

29. New England Patriots

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville - Crazier things have happened. Bridgewater wins in similar ways to Tom Brady, namely pocket movement, eye level, and dominating the short to intermediate levels of the field. The team’s offensive dynamic would not need to be changed when Teddy takes over.

30. San Francisco 49ers

CB Jason Verrett, TCU

31. Denver Broncos

WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

32. Seattle Seahawks

OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada - Bitonio is viewed by a tackle and guard by multiple teams. He shut down a number of quality rushers at Nevada this season, like Barr and Demarcus Lawrence. I’ve been told his rise throughout the process was “Kyle Long-like.”
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