Mike Loyko’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0

17) St Louis Rams (via Washington) – Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
The Rams had OG Larry Warford targeted if they were unable to get Alec Ogletree at the end of the first round. With two more first round picks in 2014 it’s likely the Rams will use one of the picks to build up the offensive line. Richardson is a dominate OG and has the talent to plug and play in the NFL.

18) Philadelphia Eagles – Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
I’m sure Chip Kelly would love to get his hands on Marcus Mariota if he falls this far or the Eagles could opt for a corner like Ifo Ekpre- Olomu. With that said I think Chip Kelly continues to tinker with the QB position until he gets his long term centerpiece to build this team around. Boyd isn’t the athlete that Mariota is, but he is a vastly improved passer with above average mobility.

19) Chicago Bears – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
The Bears have a talented, but aging pair of cornerbacks. Besides Tillman and Jennings the Bears lack capable depth at corner. Ekpre-Olomu is a big time playmaker. He’s not afraid to put his body on the line and should have no problem playing the nickel role with Jennings and Tillman on the outside.

20) New York Giants – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
This might be a little high for Van Noy and I’m not sure he’ll be a first round pick come April, but his game fits with the Giants needs. When you look at the Giants roster the lack of talent at the LB position astounding. Van Noy projects to a SLB in the NFL and should have a solid, productive NFL career.

21) Baltimore Ravens – Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
The Ravens can’t rely on Bryant McKinnie forever and at some point they will have to draft a long-term replacement. Richardson hasn’t been hyped as much as other top OT prospects, but he’s every bit as good. A very good athlete that projects to the LT position in the NFL. Richardson was good enough to make last year’s 3rd round pick Dallas Thomas move inside to OG, so Richardson could play LT. Richardson opened eyes with his performance vs. Clowney and South Carolina last season.

22) Dallas Cowboys – Adrian Hubbard, DE, Alabama
Hubbard plays OLB for the Crimson Tide, but has the size, length, and rush skills to play either OLB or DE in a 4-3. Anthony Spencer is a free agent after this season and besides Demarcus Ware, the Cowboys DL is a mess. Other possibilities are Anthony Johnson, Dominique Easley and Aaron Lynch with this selection.

23) Cincinnati Bengals – Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
The Bengals like big, tall defensive end prospects. The Bengals spent alot of money extending Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, which means franchise DE Michael Johnson likely leaves via free agency. The team has high hopes for Margus Hunt, but need more depth and talent at DE when Johnson departs. Murphy plays OLB at Stanford, but projects to DE in the NFL.

24) New Orleans Saints – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
The Saints defense is making the transition to the 3-4 defense this season and really don’t have the pass rushers to make a smooth transition in year one. Khalil Mack is a dynamic edge rusher, that can play on his feet and get to the QB in Rob Ryan’s new scheme. If Mack and other OLB’s are gone look for the Saints to address the secondary with a CB like Jason Verrett.

25) Green Bay Packers – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Packers pass defense is a major work in progress. Tramon Williams and Casey Heyward are solid, but not spectacular corners. Sam Shields is coming up on free agency and their is no clear replacement on the roster. Verrett is a bit undersized but makes up for it with ball skills and a fearless agility to attack the play.

26) Indianapolis Colts – Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Andrew Luck is on the fast track to becoming the best QB in the NFL, but the Colts lack a legitimate answer at RB. Vick Ballard was a short term solution and is now on IR. Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t long for the NFL with all his foot problems. Lache Seastrunk is a big play, everydown RB prospect that can break a big run everytime he touches the ball. Seastrunk would legitimze the Colts run game and make Andrew Luck even more dangerous to defend.

27) Houston Texans – Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
Houston could go a lot of different ways with this pick as there will be holes at Safety, DE and DT after the season. Anthony Johnson is the next in a long line of talented interior defensive linemen to come out of Baton Rogue. Johnson’s stock is still very fluid and based on development this season could be much higher or lower on draft boards.

28) Atlanta Falcons - Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
I’m sure the Falcons would love to draft a TE like Seferian-Jenkins or Coly Lyerla with this selection, but pass rush is ever a bigger issue. Thomas Dimitroff has struggled to draft and develop NFL caliber pass rushers and can’t afford to pass up on a talented player like Lynch at this spot.

29) New England Patriots – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Based on what I have heard from Patriots people the TE is the one area the team is immediately looking to upgrade. Aaron Hernandez was a unique prospect and there is no replacing his skill-set. What the Patriots can do is select the big, athletic, and talented Seferian-Jenkins to pair up with Rob Gronkowski. Having two gigantic and athletic tight ends offers a different challenge for defenses and will open up the offense for the young wide receivers. Besides tight end the defensive line is likely to be an area of need next April. Players like Dominique Easley and Ra’Shede Hageman are possibilities. Also keep an eye on Oregon TE Colt Lyerla who could be the pick if ASJ is gone.

30) Seattle Seahawks – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
Pete Carroll loves those massive, versatile defensive linemen. Hageman is a prototypical 3-4 DE, but he fits the profile for what Seattle likes from a DT. Paired with the pass rushers of the Seahawks front seven, Hageman makes an already good defense that much better.

31) Denver Broncos – Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
The Broncos have spent a lot of resources on the defensive line, but still have a hole at defensive tackle. Easley is a pass rushing defensive tackle that should match up with Derek Wolfe and Sylvester Williams to provide the Broncos with plenty of interior rush potential.

32) San Francisco 49ers - Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Paul Richardson isn’t a name people are familiar with right now, but by the end of the season they will be. Richardson is coming off a knee injury which cost him all of 2012. He exploded back on the national scene with an electric start to this 2013 campaign. Richardson is a speedy vertical threat that many have compared to Desean Jackson for his speed and ability to beat coverage.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Mock Draft, Jadeveon Clowney, Patriots

11 Responses to “Mike Loyko’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0”

  1. John says:

    Mike:

    What about Ebron from NC? Crazy upside and his background appears to be more stable than Lyerla’s and ASJ’s. Anyway he could leap-frog both of them on the Pat’s draft board, due all the recent off-the-field issues? Or are Lyerla and ASJ just too talented to pass up?

    Also, if the Patriots were to take a DB in the 1st, who would you want them picking?

  2. Bilious Brown says:

    Correct logic for Chicago choice, but wrong player. Marcus Roberson is the better choice. Bigger kid, less of a project.

  3. steve earle says:

    Oh boy, draft talk. It would be great to get Seferian-Jenkins in the first rd. My question is, does anyone besides me think he will be long gone by the time Bill gets to pick?

    • acm says:

      Well, I guess the Q to ask then is “Where is Bill gonna be picking?” (alluding to how pointless albeit fun draft mocks are at this time of the year :) ) … and he certainly would be there if he continues with his DUIs and/or has an underwhelming 2013 season.

      • steve earle says:

        If the DUI’s continue sure, but if they do is this a guy to dumb for the Pats? I see a couple early mocks with him in the top half of the draft. The other consideration being will the rookies come around in time to prevent us from drafting in the top half?

        • acm says:

          too many variables in play right now – who’d have thought Ansah would go at #5 and D. Moore would drop to the 3rd round this time, last year?
          Senior season productivity counts for A LOT (see Buchanan) and the best mocks are done after the combine, now it’s little more that just a time-killing exercise.

  4. DraftHobbyist says:

    It’s interesting that you have Oakland picking #1 when Jacksonville just lost to Oakland. It says updated the 16th, but maybe you just didn’t change that around or maybe you think Jacksonville is going to win some games. Personally, I don’t think they will.

    Also, I think you should reconsider your explanation of the Jets pick. If they are picking #4 overall, Rex Ryan most likely isn’t the coach anymore.

    • DraftHobbyist says:

      Also, I’m a Packer fan. Packer fans have huge confidence in Casey Hayward, and frankly, I’m not sure why you don’t. This is a guy who was a 2012 October Rookie of the Month and a 2012 Rookie All Pro (Pro Football Weekly). He had 6 INT’s and 1 FF with 40 tackles, many of which were in run support. Opposing QB’s had a 31.1 passer rating against him, he was 3rd in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and he was on the NFL All-Joes Team. What more do you want from the guy?

      Tramon Williams, on the other hand, I can see your gripe with. He simply hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury that damaged nerves. I don’t think he’ll ever gain the strength back in his arm. He used to be a physical corner and now he’s a corner that plays off and finesse. He could play in the NFL, but he’s not a #1 at all.

      The Packers are also pretty happy with the burner Sam Shields who has learned to play more physically, is growing every year since he played very little CB in college, and is a solid #2 CB. Davon House presents some promise for depth, but he is still inconsistent and could still bust out.

      Finley will likely be let go due to money. If Austin Seferian-Jenkins is there it could be pretty hard to let him go. I know this is a Patriot site so you guys probably want to mock him to the Patriots, but the Packers would scoop ASJ up in a heartbeat IMO.

  5. S.W. McMahan says:

    Mike, I’m jacked and pumped to startup some draft talk!!!

  6. Brendon says:

    No way Boyd gets past Cleveland!!!

  7. Jagsman says:

    man it would suck to not end up with Clowney. this Pass rush is God AWFUL.

    QB is awful as well but we can get a guy in the 2nd or wait till the next draft. this jags rebuild is gonna be a long-term thing.






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