The Armchair Quarterback's Guide To The NFL: 2014 Mock Draft 2.0

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Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) during the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

16. Tampa Bay (TRADE w/Dallas)

Marqise Lee – WR – USC

Having moved down to pick up extra picks in the trade with Dallas the Bucs now land the talented Marqise Lee to start opposite of Vincent Jackson. Lee has true #1 WR upside and has only slipped this far because of a few injury issues and a horrendous all around season at USC last year that had nothing to do with Lee. The off the field issues surrounding the stabbing of Mike Williams make this pick more likely.

17. Baltimore Ravens

Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville

The Ravens could go WR here, but with Dennis Pitta returning and the addition of Steve Smith in free agency I think they’ll look to sure up the defense instead. By adding Pryor to their secondary they add an enforcer on the back end that has displayed some good ball skills as well. Pryor could help bring back a little of the swagger that their defense had before the departures of guys like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.

18. New York Jets

Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

The Jets must get either Geno Smith or Michael Vick some more weapons on offense. The signing of free agent WR Eric Decker helps, but its not enough. Look for the Jets to add another WR in the second or third rounds but here they add one of the best offensive weapons in this draft. Ebron would make a great security blanket for a young QB like Smith but also has the playmaking ability to break games open.

19. Miami Dolphins

Zach Martin – OT – Notre Dame

The Dolphins offensive line last season was a disaster on more levels than one can even begin to describe. While signing free agent LT Branden Albert was a good start to rebuilding the line they still need more help. If the Dolphins want QB Ryan Tannehill to develop they must stabilize their offensive line to give him more time. Most don’t believe Martin is a better offensive lineman than Taylor Lewan, but given Lewan’s personal red flags I think the Dolphins will opt for the safer bet after what they went through last year. Plus, Martin gives them the flexibility to play either guard or tackle.

20. Carolina Panthers (TRADE w/Arizona)

Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Lewan is arguably a top 10-15 talent in this draft, but a couple of character concerns have him slipping a bit here. The Panthers take advantage of this and give Arizona their third round pick in order to move up eight spots to get their replacement for the retired Jordan Gross. They obviously need WR help too, but the WR class is deep enough that they can draft one in the second round.

21. Green Bay Packers

Jimmie Ward – S – Northern Illinois

Green Bay’s safety play was horrible last season and to this point nothing has been done in free agency to address it. While many are predicting that Clinton-Dix and Pryor will be the only first round safeties selected, Ward’s combination of physical play and good coverage skills make him a valuable weapon to add to any secondary. While his height has been listed as a major concern he is actually only a half an inch shorter than Calvin Pryor.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU

Hey, I don’t know if you’ve heard this or not, since it went largely unreported in the media, but the Eagles actually cut starting WR Desean Jackson. Oh, you had heard that……about ten thousand times over the last few days? My bad, I guess I don’t really need to justify this pick any further then. Beckham Jr. has great speed and athleticism and also does a really nice job of reaching out and catching the ball with his hands.

23. San Francisco 49ers (TRADE w/Kansas City)

Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State

While this WR class is loaded, I feel there is a slight drop off after the first five. With four of those five off the table the 49ers give up one of their three third round picks to move up and get Cooks. With Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree already in place adding the best vertical threat in the draft to Colin Kaepernick’s arsenal almost seems unfair to opposing defenses.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

The Bengals lost Michael Johnson in free agency to Tampa Bay and need to find a replacement at DE to help put pressure on the QB. Ealy is probably the #2 pure 4-3 DE in this draft. He isn’t great against the run, but should help fill the void in the pass rush created by the loss of Johnson.

25. San Diego Chargers

Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State

While the Chargers offense rebounded last season their defense still had issues at times. They need help at CB and at rushing the passer. I think Roby has a little higher upside than the pass rushers that are available at this point. Roby’s great speed and competitive attitude would make him arguably the Chargers best corner from day one.

26. Cleveland Browns

CJ Mosley – LB – Alabama

After picking up Johnny Football with their first pick the Browns are able to take the best player available here and that’s CJ Mosley. The Browns defense was already respectable last year but adding both Karlos Dansby and Mosley to their linebacking core would make them a force to be reckoned with.

27. New Orleans Saints

Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

While the Saints defense was greatly improved, they were actually in the bottom five of the NFL in rushing YPC allowed. Adding the physically impressive Hageman would give them another big body that would be capable of playing multiple spots along their defensive front. They could also use some help at CB and another edge rusher, but Hageman has a higher upside than anyone they could have drafted at those positions here.

28. Arizona Cardinals (TRADE w/Carolina)

Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State

The Cardinals drop back and pick up a third round pick and take the versatile and talented Shazier here. With Karlos Dansby in Cleveland now they’ll need someone to pick up some of his production. While Shazier is smaller than Dansby he does offer a lot in terms of his coverage and blitzing abilities. Arizona will be able to move him all over the field to utilize his talents and keep offenses on their heels.

29. Minnesota Vikings (TRADE w/New England)

Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

The Vikings missed out on one of the top three QBs at the top of the draft and with teams like Oakland and Tampa Bay drafting ahead of them in the second round they can’t wait on a QB unless they feel comfortable going into camp with Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel again. They give the Patriots their late third rounder that they got for Percy Harvin and their fifth round pick in order to move back into the first and get their new QB.

30. Kansas City (TRADE w/San Francisco)

Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

The Chiefs pass rush trailed off in a major way down the stretch last season as teams realized they could just double team KC’s few dominant players because they didn’t have the depth up front to take advantage of their one on one match ups. Adding the versatile and athletic Tuitt to put beside Dontari Poe and the newly signed Vance Walker gives KC some much needed depth and versatility up front which should take some pressure off of the edge rushers and the secondary.

31. Denver Broncos

Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

The Broncos may have signed Aqib Talib, but they also lost both Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Adding the physical Fuller along with Talib and safety TJ Ward should successfully revamp a secondary that was at times an issue last season. The Broncos are clearly in a “win now” mode and Fuller should be able to help right out of the gate.

32. Seattle Seahawks

Xavier Su’a-Filo – G – UCLA

The Seahawks are in a position to draft the best player in the draft at a position of need. That doesn’t happen very often for a Super Bowl Champion. Seattle’s offensive line was one of the only suspect units on their team last season. Su’a-Filo would add some much needed muscle to the interior of Seattle’s line and would be a perfect fit to go along with Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks power run game.

So there you have it, my Mock Draft 2.0. What do you think? Did I do your favorite team justice? What do you think about the five different trades I mixed in? Again, I’d love to hear your feedback if you either liked something or really feel like I’m off base so hit up the comments below with your thoughts.

Also, don’t forget to check out the next page for the Armchair QB Odds and Ends of the Week……..

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  • gdubb

    Ya right St Louis giving up the 2nd overall pick for the 7th pick and a 2nd Rd for clowney. Seams to me who ever wants clowney better bring the house..

    • Fangface

      I hope they’re not dumb enough to give up Clowney for a two. We’d be better off keeping him.

      • Tyler_KC_Fan

        I feel bad for any team who does “bring the house” for Clowney. Clowney is extremely overrated. I watched him all last year and he wasn’t a threat or he left the game half the time because he was gassed and would only play maybe half the game. His stat line is average and his conditioning is terrible. He may have a burst if speed, but against NFL talent he won’t do much if anything.

        He is a pass rusher, yet he only had 2 sacks last year. Khalil Mack will be a better NFL talent then Clowney. Clowney needs to donate a quarter of his rookie contract to ESPN for being his sponsor and making him as big as they did. Without his hit against Michigan he is just another DE and not as popular as he is now.

        • Josh Carley

          I agree 100%. Over rated. Remember Jamarcus Russell that’s what lazy gets u!!

        • Fangface

          Ok Hodge! U would know..STL should only give up a number two then. Ya rt?

          • Tyler_KC_Fan

            …I have no clue what you just said…

            If STL is smart they should trade back for the team who thinks Clowney is going to be great. Get as many picks out of the deal as possible. The draft is deep in defense, WR and they can get a QB in the 2nd or 3rd that can stay healthy unlike Bradford. Fisher is a smart head coach and he can get a lot if he plays it right.

          • Fangface

            Merill Hodge is the other person that agrees with you on Clowney. That was the point though. They would be crazy to give up only a second round pick as was stated in this moch. Clowney is a possible number one overall pick. He’s no where near the bust you describe. Get what the second slot is worth or don’t get anything at all.

          • Tyler_KC_Fan

            He honestly hasn’t done anything to be excited about, besides his one hit. He was a diva all last year and his stat line isn’t something to drool over. The perfect example of him is Brian Bosworth. So much hype while he played against younger, small, non NFL players and as soon as he got to Seattle Bo Jackson introduced him to the league. Bosworth played awhile in the league, but he wasn’t on anyone’s radar as a player that should be feared. Georgia, UCF, Arkansas, Missisppi State and Clemson shut him down. He had maybe 1 tackle in those games and ZERO sacks. He’s fast and he’s got a large wingspan, but he doesn’t have the motor as a Jarrod Allan, Reggie White, Robert Mathis, JJ Wyatt or any HOFer (Alshon Jefferys said Clowney is a HOF…). When you can’t play a full game, you aren’t a threat because you aren’t on the field. Clowney isn’t going to live up to his hype and he hasn’t done anything to back up all his hype.

          • Fangface

            Bosworth? Seriously? Just because you name off one player that busted and a couple of pro bowlers you think you’ve got a handle on this huh? All you’re doing is rambling. First, anyone that knows even a little about football knows the real reasons for his down year. And anyone that knows even a little about football knows that if they wanted to see the real Clowney they would go back and look at his sophomore year. Second this whole conversation is about whether the Rams would move out of the second spot to any team for only a second round pick and the answer is still NO. Nobody is that dumb. Period!!

    • Lyle Graversen

      I think the opinion on Clowney is more mixed than that. Some teams may love him and others may be scared away. I can’t see the Rams taking him with Quinn and Long so if you can get a comparable player at #6 then you might as well trade down and pick up a second rounder.

  • Bob

    Finally. Tired of people saying Oakland will take a QB at number 5.

  • David Mallow

    Jimmy Ward IS NOT a 1st round talent.. hes got some skills but is raw…mid to late 2nd round at best… but I would love to add Clinton-Dix

    • Lyle Graversen

      Agree to disagree, I think the gap between him and Pryor is way less than most people think. Pryor is a little more stout against the run and Ward is a little better in coverage.

  • mike

    I would never give a Chefs fan to much grief being a Raiders fan.

    I will assume your first 4 picks are correct. If so, I think the Raiders see Watkins/Robinson/Mack/Matthews as top ten talent left on board. They would look to trade but no further than 8th to avoid missing out. If they stay and can’t trade then I say they take Mack over Watkins. Mack is special and other WR’s are there in later rounds. Raiders want to get after the QB and Mack would do this as well as play hard on every down.

    OAK does not take a QB (unless Carr slips to them in the 2nd and very doubtful) in the first 3 rds. 4th maybe Fales or 7th Savage.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I strongly considered Mack to Oakland, but ultimately I think their entire season relies on Schaub getting back to his old ways. I won’t be shocked at all if they take Mack (or trade down), but my money would still be on Watkins if they stay put.

  • Alex Darden

    I could see Jerry being scared to pull the trigger after the Mo situation blew up on us. But Mack is absolutely the way we should go if we can mk that happen for a 2nd and 7th. Sean Lee please sit down

  • Zach Barker

    I like the idea of Carolina trading up for Lewan, but it won’t happen. Jerry Richardson won’t draft guys with character issues. Depending on how things shake out, I could see them moving up to get Zach Martin. In all honesty, though, I would put my money on them drafting BPA at #28. If they go WR in the first round, there could be options like Antonio Richardson or Morgan Moses in the second. If they move up, that’s probably where it would happen. Too expensive in first round, IMO.

  • kenneth

    Atlanta can afford the trade because we have 10 picks with only 3 untadeable we don’t have the roster space so even if we kwwp them all then all of them will not make the roster my preditiction is atlanta wins the nfc by beating seattle to set up a superbowl 33 rematch with denver which atlanta narrowly loses don’t sleep on the falcons we comming back with a vengance rise up atlanta we back

  • TommyT

    I would like to see the cards trade down for sure to acquire an additional early pick. I’d rather see the following scenario and please tell me if you all agree or if it a fait trade:

    1) Cardinals trade the 20 pick with Cleveland, which can help them secure their QB without waiting.

    2) AZ and Cleveland swap the second round picks, which would put AZ picking early in 2nd (mettenberger?)

    3) Cleveland give us their 3rd or 4th round pick.

    IMO, this is more than fair