For Those Who Like to Get Out the 1st Mock Draft........

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    • [​IMG] Oakland Raiders: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville [​IMG]
      The Raiders are terrible for many reasons, and it all starts at the quarterback position. They have nothing there. Matt Flynn is not a starting-caliber player because of his physical limitations, while fourth-round rookie Tyler Wilson is nothing more than a career backup for similar reasons.

      Teddy Bridgewater definitely doesn't have those restrictions. He's capable of being chosen No. 1 overall despite Jadeveon Clowney's presence, given how important it is to find a franchise quarterback.

    • [​IMG] New York Jets: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina [​IMG]
      I slotted a quarterback to the Jets in my 2014 NFL Mock Drafts prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, but they definitely won't go in that direction now that Geno Smith is on the roster. Instead, they'll go with the top defensive prospect in an incredibly long time.

      Jadeveon Clowney is the obvious pick with quarterback not being a need. The Jets have a nice interior pass rush with Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. Drafting Clowney would give them a nice bookend on the exterior with Quinton Coples. New York would suddenly go from being somewhat mediocre in terms of getting to the quarterback to being one of the best teams in the NFL in that regard.

    • [​IMG] Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M [​IMG]
      Anyone who thinks Johnny Manziel is too small to be chosen in the top five is completely mistaken. Manziel currently stands at 6-foot-1, 200. That's taller than Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. Robert Griffin (6-2, 220) is pretty much the same size as Manziel will be following next season. Manziel also boasts a very good arm and great accuracy. There's no reason why he can't be a top-five selection if he continues to play as he did in his Heisman campaign.

      The Jaguars easily have the worst quarterback situation in the NFL. New general manager David Caldwell said that he believes in building around Blaine Gabbert. This means one of two things: He's either completely clueless or he's cunning enough to tank the 2013 season in order to land one of the stud quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. For Jacksonville's sake, I hope it's the latter.

    • [​IMG] Tennessee Titans: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M [​IMG]
      It's no surprise that Jake Matthews returned to school, given that his father, Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews, wanted his son to earn his degree. Plus, it's not like Jake needed the money.

      The Titans are fine at offensive tackle right now, but Michael Roos and David Stewart will be free agents in 2015 and 2014, respectively (the latter has a voidable year after this upcoming season). They'll need to retool at the position if they don't re-sign either of the two.

      Quarterback will be a big need if the Titans are drafting fourth overall, but someone has to sign Josh Freeman. Perhaps it'll be the Raiders and Freeman's former offensive coordinator, Greg Olson, but Tennessee will also be in the mix.

    • [​IMG] San Diego Chargers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama [​IMG]
      The Chargers go back to Alabama for another offensive tackle. This time, they nab a prospect capable of protecting Philip Rivers' blind side.

      It's a shame for Rivers that the Chargers couldn't obtain a left tackle. Rivers has been in rapid decline partly because of poor protection, so San Diego better hope that he's not completely ruined by the 2014 NFL Draft.

    • [​IMG] Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan [​IMG]
      The Arizona beat writers repeatedly tried to tell everyone that the Cardinals felt content at the tackle position, given that Levi Brown was coming back from injury and Bobby Massie improved tremendously in the second half of his rookie campaign (he didn't allow a single sack after Week 8).

      That's all good, but what if Brown struggles again? Left tackle will definitely be in play, so Arizona may consider Taylor Lewan, who probably would have been the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft had he declared.

    • [​IMG] Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA [​IMG]
      The Bills spent a ton of energy addressing their offense in the 2013 NFL Draft, but they didn't do anything to help their pass rush. That would explain why they traded for Jerry Hughes a couple of days afterward. Go here to see my grades for the Hughes-Sheppard trade.

      Anthony Barr should really help Buffalo's efforts to get to the quarterback. A former running back, Barr played defense for the first time this past season and made an instant impact, recording 13 sacks. The sky's the limit for him, as he'll only get better at his new position.

    • [​IMG] Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC [​IMG]
      Alex Smith probably won't perform well in 2013, but Andy Reid is a stubborn guy, so he may blame Smith's predictable struggles on a lacking receiving corps. The Chiefs have Dwayne Bowe, and that's pretty much it. They signed Donnie Avery, but they're about to find out how inefficient of a wideout he really is.

      Marqise Lee has enjoyed a terrific 2012 campaign and is currently projected to be a top-10 pick despite the recent USC wideout failures.

    • [​IMG] Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington [​IMG]
      The Buccaneers want an upgrade at the tight end position. Luke Stocker hasn't developed, and acquiring a talented intermediate target would really help Josh Freeman (or Mike Glennon).

      It's not usual to see a tight end go this high, but Austin Seferian-Jenkins is an absolute stud. He'll be a matchup nightmare, much like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. It's worth noting that Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI on March 9, but that was just one incident. I don't think it'll have too much of an impact on his draft stock if he appears remorseful.

    • [​IMG] Philadelphia Eagles: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson [​IMG]
      The quarterback position is still Philadelphia's greatest need - something that will be even more prevalent next spring once the current signal-caller is dumped after another season of countless turnovers. Matt Barkley was drafted, of course, but if the Eagles considered him a long-term solution at the position, they would have spent an earlier pick on him. The fourth round is usually when backup signal-callers are chosen (Kirk Cousins, for example), so I don't think Barkley is in Philadelphia's future plans outside of being a No. 2.

      It's early, but Tajh Boyd will likely garner top-15 consideration - especially from a team like the Eagles. Boyd would be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's offense. The 6-foot-1 Clemson product is not just a runner; he completed 67.2 percent of his passes last year while maintaining a 9.1 YPA and a 36-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

    • [​IMG] Cleveland Browns: David Fales, QB, San Jose State [​IMG]
      Browns' fan JohnnyAllStar commented that Cleveland should move up for a quarterback in today's comment thread. I can't project trades this early, but the Browns can still land a promising signal-caller at the No. 11 spot.

      This class is rich in quarterback prospects, which includes David Fales, who is coming off a tremendous season for San Jose State.

    • [​IMG] Detroit Lions: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson [​IMG]
      Wide receiver is not Detroit's biggest need, but Martin Mayhew is not one to attack holes on his roster. He believes in taking the top player on his board, and that could easily be Sammy Watkins.

      The Lions could stand to grab another stud wideout. Calvin Johnson is unstoppable, of course, and Ryan Broyles projects as a nice slot option, but there's nothing across from Megatron. Watkins could really enhance Detroit's offense, making its aerial attack absolutely potent.

    • [​IMG] Dallas Cowboys: Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame [​IMG]
      I have no idea what the Cowboys were thinking when they passed on Sharrif Floyd at No. 18 overall. Moving down and then selecting a third-round guard made it clearer than ever that they need a real general manager. In the meantime, Jerry Jones will continue to run the team into the ground.

      Perhaps Jones will suddenly realize that Dallas has a glaring need on the interior of its defensive front. Stephon Tuitt would be a nice fit as Monte Kiffin's three-technique - just as Floyd would have been.

    • [​IMG] Baltimore Ravens: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State [​IMG]
      I slotted the Ravens here in my power rankings before they signed Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff. I guess I should have had more faith in Ozzie Newsome. I'll have an updated order next week.

      The Ravens didn't address the cornerback position in the 2013 NFL Draft until Marc Anthony in the seventh round. They'll need to do so next year if Jimmy Smith doesn't improve. He's been very disappointing in his first two seasons.

      Bradley Roby considered declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft. If he had, he may have been a top-six selection, which should tell you how much better this class is compared to last year's. Roby had a ridiculous 17 pass break-ups as a redshirt sophomore.

    • [​IMG] Carolina Panthers: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma [​IMG]
      The Panthers need tons of cornerback help. Chris Gamble retired, so the Panthers are in obvious need of a new No. 1 cornerback.

      Aaron Colvin, who had 11 pass break-ups in 2012, is a tall cornerback - something that is very much in vogue now based on what Seattle has done.

    • [​IMG] Indianapolis Colts: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon [​IMG]
      The cornerback run continues, as the Colts did nothing in the 2013 NFL Draft to address that position. They'll have to endure Greg Toler's struggles at the No. 2 corner position in 2013.

      Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a third-team All-American, intercepted four passes and had 16 pass break-ups as a sophomore.

    • [​IMG] St. Louis Rams: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State [​IMG]
      The Rams spent a first-round pick on a defensive tackle in 2012, but they could do so again sometime soon. Kendall Langford, signed to a 4-year, $24 million contract last offseason, has been a disappointment. He won't be around much longer at his high salary if he continues to struggle.

    • [​IMG] St. Louis Rams: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina [​IMG]
      The Rams signed Jake Long, which will move Rodger Saffold to right tackle. For the time being anyway. There's some speculation that St. Louis could trade Saffold. Regardless, Saffold will be a free agent in March 2014.

    • [​IMG] Minnesota Vikings: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida [​IMG]
      Tank Carradine was discussed as a possible option for the Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft because both Jared Allen and Brian Robison have expiring contracts next spring. It'll be very difficult to retain both of them.

    • [​IMG] Chicago Bears: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU [​IMG]
      Speaking of options that were discussed in the 2013 NFL Draft, there was some speculation that the Bears were interested in Sylvester Williams, considering how thin they are at defensive tackle. It won't get any better with Henry Melton set to hit free agency.

    • [​IMG] Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama [​IMG]
      The Steelers' search for an inside linebacker finally comes to an end. They wanted Kevin Minter in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and had their eyes on Dont'a Hightower the year before. Going with another Alabama prospect would work.

    • [​IMG] Miami Dolphins: Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee [​IMG]
      The Dolphins were reportedly looking closely at defensive tackle prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft because both Randy Starks and Paul Soliai have expiring contracts this upcoming March.

      The 370-pound Daniel McCullers would fill Soliai's void, as Miami continues to add 3-4 personnel.

    • [​IMG] Green Bay Packers: Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU [​IMG]
      Ted Thompson's M.O. is to wait patiently as the dumb teams drafting earlier allow a stud prospect fall right to him. That's what happened in the 2013 NFL Draft with Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, and that's the case here with Kyle Van Noy.

      I couldn't find a spot for Van Noy, but he should have been off the board around the 16th pick. Van Noy logged 13 sacks in 2012. He was espcially hot down the stretch, recording 5.5 sacks in his final three games. He'll add depth to a thin 3-4 outside linebacker group and challenge Nick Perry for a starting job if the USC product disappoints in 2013.

    • [​IMG] New Orleans Saints: Adrian Hubbard, DE/OLB, Alabama [​IMG]
      The Saints had several holes to fill in the 2013 NFL Draft, so they weren't able to obtain a pass-rusher until the sixth round with Rufus Johnson. They'll probably need to do so earlier next April.

    • [​IMG] Cincinnati Bengals: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama [​IMG]
      Taylor Mays was so bad at safety that the Bengals had to move cornerback Nate Clements over to the position during the 2012 campaign. If they can't find an upgrade at safety this offseason - I'm not sure if third-rounder Shawn Williams counts - they'll have to do so the following spring.

      Haha Clinton-Dix, named after what happened in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, has two brothers who are also promising prospects, Lol and Lmfao.

    • [​IMG] Houston Texans: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida [​IMG]
      The Texans could use a cornerback for depth, but the primary need for one at this juncture would be for the future. Kareem Jackson will be a free agent in March 2015, so Loucheiz Purifoy would be able to sit behind him for a year before stepping in as a starter. Some of the guys on the forum complained about my habit of looking at contract dates in my mock drafts, but the Texans' sole purpose for selecting Whitney Mercilus a year ago was because they knew Connor Barwin would leave.

      A 6-1 corner with a potential high 4.3 40, Loucheiz Purifoy is a beast on special teams in terms of blocking kicks. He had two blocks in 2012.

    • [​IMG] New York Giants: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State [​IMG]
      One area the Giants neglected in the 2013 NFL Draft that I thought they should have addressed was the cornerback position. As it stands now, Corey Webster is projected to start, which is not good news based on how frequently he was torched this past season.

    • [​IMG] Atlanta Falcons: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame [​IMG]
      As with the Giants and the cornerback position, the Falcons didn't address defensive tackle even though they have a hole there next to Jonathan Babineaux. Peria Jerry will be given one more chance to prove himself.

    • [​IMG] New England Patriots: Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State [​IMG]
      The Patriots were another team to surprisingly avoid the defensive tackle position in the 2013 NFL Draft. They'll find help there once Tommy Kelly inevitably fails.

    • [​IMG] San Francisco 49ers: Deshazor Everett, CB, Texas A&M [​IMG]
      The 49ers can afford to take one of the best players available on the board with this pick because they have fewer needs than most teams. They could stand to find help at cornerback, especially given that as a 33-year-old, Carlos Rogers will be due more than $6 million. Also keep in mind that Nnamdi Asomugha and Tarell Brown have expiring contracts next March.

    • [​IMG] Denver Broncos: Scott Chrichton, DE/OLB, Oregon State [​IMG]
      The Broncos had their choice of Sylvester Williams and Tank Carradine at No. 28 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. They opted for the former, prompting them to sign Shaun Phillips. The former Charger is just a temporary solution at defensive end.

    • [​IMG] Seattle Seahawks: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford [​IMG]
      The Seahawks made some savvy moves by signing Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril this offseason, but they were brought in for short-term deals. Seattle needs long-term pass-rushers.
  2. Chicago_66

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    Funny they had us getting Anthony Johnson. He was supposed to be the star of LSU's DL but it was really our 2nd rounder who filled that role. Good plan, wrong player and round though.
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    Well the Sr. Bowl and the Combine are the very first time they actually get to measure these guys and get official info all 32 teams can depend on. We know their colleges are usually puffing their height or their weight. Calvin Pryor was listed at 6'1" on the Louisville roster but actually turns out to be 5'11". Aaron Donald was listed at an even 6' and 270lbs until the Sr. Bowl which is just one reason he shot up the boards when the truth came out and he actually weighed 15lbs more and was an inch taller.

    I think it proves that teams try to project players as pros based on their own set of metrics and limitations. A player who may rank high on one teams board may not even make another teams due to his size. Russell Wilson is a good example of that. A few of the mocks had us correctly taking two DT but it was Sutton in two and Johnson in four if I recall. Instead Johnson never even gets drafted and we take Ferguson first and then Sutton.

    Fales and Christian Jones are ranked as 1st round talent yet Fales falls to the 6th and Jones off the boards altogether. It makes you wonder sometimes just how much or how little difference there is between these guys. You have to somehow project them into your teams systems and needs and not be overly focused on their college game. I guess that's what the HOF is full of late draft picks and UDFAs too.
  4. Bearsinhouston

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    Well, that's the thing right there. You can't know what each GM is thinking and all one can do is TRY and project how someone else might act, but one always still continues to do that their own value system. First picks generally are not too hard. Second ones not too bad, but after that it really starts to become not much more than a guessing game.

    It's like a lottery game except that instead of maybe 60 numbers, there are hundreds. And instead of picking 6, you need 32 just for the first round. How many people win the lottery. Not many. How many have ever guessed a round of the draft? No one. But it will still continue. Lots of good research goes into knowing the players. That is worth the time, and there is always some fun to it, but not worth much other than the entertainment value.

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