October 11th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Incredibly athletic tight end Eric Ebron would help Miami create mismatches against New England. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With another week of games in the books, it’s time to reconsider the 2014 NFL Draft; read on to find out where everyone’s currently being projected. Note: no redshirt sophomores are included in this mock.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville*

Blaine Gabbert currently holds a 36.0 quarterback rating through the three games he’s appeared in thus far this season; he’s completing less than half of his passes.

2. New York Giants – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina*

Typically a strength of the Giants in the past, the team’s pass rush has stagnated in 2013, with Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka lacking success in that area.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

If head coach Greg Schiano is able to keep his job, adding a dynamic pass rusher like Barr may make more sense than scrapping the Mike Glennon experiment.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Considered something of a bargain at the time, Pittsburgh’s selection of Mike Adams in 2012 has been a disaster, with him having been relegated to a bench role.

5. Minnesota Vikings – QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

Christian Ponder’s grasp on the starting job moving forwards is tenuous at best, with six turnovers through three games this season and a recently-sustained rib injury.

6. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Although Taylor Lewan would make an attractive bookend opposite left tackle Jake Long, Joseph Barksdale has actually been surprisingly effective on the right.

7. Carolina Panthers – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson*

Given the way that Jordan Gross is playing, the Panthers may be able to get away with temporarily postponing the offensive tackle position in favor of a receiver.

8. St. Louis Rams – FS Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama*

Despite being suspended from the team recently, Clinton-Dix remains the front-runner to be the first defensive back drafted given the league’s recent emphasis on the position.

9. Oakland Raiders – DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame*

A cornerback would be nice, but Bradley Roby’s recent struggles make investing in a foundational defensive lineman like Nix a better value at this point in the draft.

10. Buffalo Bills – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama*

Right tackle Erik Pears was recently exposed at Cleveland, creating an opening for a massive, nimble tackle to stabilize the offensive line opposite Cordy Glenn.

11. Atlanta Falcons – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

There’s no way Lewan should have slid this far down the board, greatly benefiting an Atlanta team which has received little to no protection for quarterback Matt Ryan.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon*

Through four weeks, the Eagles rank 30th in the league in pass defense, with incumbent starter Bradley Fletcher’s injury history creating concerns about his viability.

13. San Diego Chargers – CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian

It’s too early to call recent free agent signing Derek Cox a miss, but the team still needs to find a starter opposite him, as the three options on roster are underwhelming.

14. Arizona Cardinals – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

The offensive line still needs plenty of attention, but a linebacker could also be in play given John Abraham’s age and lack of effectiveness as a stand-up edge rusher.

15. New York Jets – WR Marqise Lee, Southern California*

It wasn’t cost-effective for the Jets to part ways with Santonio Holmes this past offseason, but they can save over $8 million by releasing him prior to the 2014 season.

16. Houston Texans – OT Cameron Erving, Florida St.*

Derek Newton, who has started at right tackle since 2012, has been disastrous enough over that span to warrant investing a first-round pick in securing his replacement.

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12 Responses to “October 11th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    I would have to say an OTor OG and then a DT. Our O line is little suspect at best.

    • steve earle says:

      A kid I like in that regard is Byron Stark OC Fla St. Windell is servicable but an upgrade at center would improve both guard play to my thinking and a good chance he would be around at the bottom of the second. First round picks are for top skill players usually but if Bill does one of his famous Trade downs — who knows?

  2. steve earle says:

    I’m in the, need a DT camp. Early projections look like some decent prospects might be available at bottom of 2nd rd or even 3rd. If thats true it does give Bill some flexability and I really like Jenkins @ TE. Also a good safty should be high on the list and maybe another CB mid rounds. Just my off the cuff thinking so far.

    • steve earle says:

      The site got me thinking if Bill ever had the idea to trade Mallett his value is probably at the high point whereas there are currently at least 6 teams in great need of a QB. Any thinking out there?

  3. SJS says:

    As it looks now DT could be an area (Armstead possibly coming off NFI list and the rookies doing a decent job atleast there is some depth) but wouldn’t rule out TE either no depth what so ever now. Austin Sefarian Jenkins had a nice game this weekend another red zone target. Also curious to see what happens with Mark Harrison does he come off NFI and join the mix at receiver(can you say log jam) or is placed on season ending IR and convert to TE during off season. A third option could be CB again if Talib is either hurt or lost in Free Agency(Not sure if anyone would fit that mold though).

    • steve earle says:

      Been thinking about your post the last couple days. My question is regarding Harrison. Is he big enough to convert to a TE or are you thinking of more an H-back kind of role? As for log jam idea, given the number of injurys plus having Washington carried as a RB and not being used, why not?
      Just on the draft next year, I’d still like another good big DT, an upgrade at OC, plus upgrades at safty and depth at CB, hoping Talib and Dennard are both coming back. Please Santa!

      • SJS says:

        In regards to Harrison I was thinking possibly a role similar to Hernandez so H-back you could say the thing that may hold him back in that regard is his size, more so weight listed as 6’3″ and 230-235 lbs where as Hernandez was 6’2″ and 245 lbs the PFT boys did say he is jacked and looks bigger than the 230-235 so maybe. Being a receiver he has the the hands and the moves albeit not quite Hernandez esk but like Hernandez his blocking abilities aren’t the best(not bad for receiver but as a TE need more improvement)
        Now why not this year or now 1 No Time with Brady in practice and it does take time which would probably be very limited with the others still developing a repoire as well 2 A new position takes time to learn and develop 3 Return of NFI player rules I believe only one can return if that’s the case then it would be between him and Armstead not sure who would be more valuable but my guess is Armstead Now if both can come back I would think Harrison would be as a receiver since that is what he is but how much playing time would he get. I would think not much(unless a serious injury bug hits) because you still have Danny Amendola, KT, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and now Austin Collie ahead of him so I would imagine in an ideal world they would love to get him onto the Practice Squad so he could at least get some practice in but that would expose him to the waiver wire and would he clear that I would tend to say no but I’m sure BB and his team is doing their homework on that. Then in the offseason possibly make the transition. Who knows only time will tell but those are my thoughts.

        • steve earle says:

          You make a great case and I concede your points. Most importantly would be lack of pratice time with Brady I suspect. Also clearly if it was a choice between Armstead and Harrison it must be Armstead because of the depth consideration, Good post, thanks.

  4. Adam says:

    Pats should target Marqise Lee, Austin Seferian Jenkins, or any decent DT God help us if they don’t.

  5. Jb says:

    We do need a big dt but if gronk has long term health problems we might need a big tight end

  6. LB says:

    panthers need two offensive tackles and a guard ,then dbs and te.

  7. Trevor M. says:

    It seems too obvious that the Patriots should take a big & talented DT to eventually replace Wilfork.

    Right? Belichick don’t get cute!

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