October 4th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Should Tyson Jackson opt to depart in free agency, the Chiefs could potentially look to Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman as a replacement. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Just over four weeks into the NFL season, it’s time to take another preliminary look at what teams may do in this April’s draft. Read on to find out where this year’s top draft-eligible talent could be headed. Note: no draft-eligible sophomores have been included in this draft, including Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, UCLA QB Brett Hundley, or Texas A&M WR Mike Evans.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville*

Blaine Gabbert continues to show Jacksonville’s brass why he is clearly not a long-term solution at quarterback, clearing the way for the team to draft Bridgewater first.

2. Oakland Raiders – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina*

Starting left end Lamarr Houston is a stud, but a top-flight pass rusher like Clowney would go a long way towards remedying a defensive front devoid of pressure.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

Greg Schiano’s defense hasn’t typically called for a third linebacker this year, but the team is set at offensive tackle and recently drafted Mike Glennon to play quarterback.

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

Mike Adams has been so dreadful at left tackle that the team recently traded for perennial underachiever Levi Brown, so a blindside protector looks good here.

5. New York Giants – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

The final season of right guard Chris Snee’s contract is voidable, meaning that 2013 first-rounder Justin Pugh could slide inside, where he would be better suited.

6. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama*

Rodger Saffold is hurt again, clearing the way for new personnel at the right tackle position; Kouandjio likely wouldn’t last until St. Louis’ next selection.

7. Minnesota Vikings – QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

Boyd, who makes up for his lack of height with a strong arm and impressive scrambling ability, could prove a considerable upgrade over Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.

8. Arizona Cardinals – LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Without value on the board along the offensive line, it would be a wise move to add Mosley to the defense alongside fellow inside linebacker Daryl Washington.

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

This may be a bit too high for Clinton-Dix, but the Rams could reach based on the recent overvaluation of safeties and the fact that they have nothing opposite T.J. McDonald.

10. Carolina Panthers – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.*

Ten years after drafting fellow Buckeye Chris Gamble, the Panthers could look at cornerbacks once again in an attempt to find a true number one option.

11. Philadelphia Eagles – DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame*

The Eagles currently rank 27th against the run, clearing the way for a top talent such as Nix to slide into their starting nose tackle role, a position Isaac Sopoaga occupies.

12. New York Jets – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

While with the Seahawks, general manager John Idzik drafted Bruce Irvin significantly higher than he was projected to go; Mack could appeal to him in the same way.

13. Buffalo Bills – CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian

At this point, Verrett’s coverage skills behind blitz-heavy defensive fronts should appeal to the Bills, who are still seeking a long-term starter opposite Stephon Gilmore.

14. Cleveland Browns – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson*

Despite being the team’s only dangerous receiver, the Browns are investigating the possibility of further liquidating their assets by shipping Josh Gordon out of town.

15. Atlanta Falcons – OT Cameron Erving, Florida St.*

Protecting Matt Ryan should be a priority for the Falcons, who may prefer to replace disappointment Lamar Holmes with Erving before addressing their defense.

16. Dallas Cowboys – LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.*

Evidently unhappy with Bruce Carter, who was recently benched, the Cowboys may find a versatile, athletic option such as Shazier appealing for their new defensive front.

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7 Responses to “October 4th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    We need a DT next year for sure! Also OG and OT,

  2. steve earle says:

    Good grief! Picking Stephon Tuitt because of his size is like betting on a derby horse because of it’s color. Described here as “astonishingly ineffective” yet we are expected to give credance to this mock pick? Come no, readers deserve better then this.

    • MaineMan says:

      Agree 100%. BB has consistently preferred front seven defenders, especially DL, who are good run defenders, even at the expense of their pass rush.

      Also, BB has passed over several “oversize DEs” since Seymour left in 2009 and has since morphed the base away from the classic 3-4 that he fielded before 2010. So, he has NOT been searching for that kind of player in years.

      If anything, he’s been trying to find a larger, Wilfork-type DT. He hasn’t spent a pick on one yet (perhaps hasn’t had the opportunity to get a decent one recently), but if you look at some of the FAs he’ worked out or had on the off-season roster this year, it seems only reasonable to think that he’s looking:
      – Rashad-White, 6006/335
      – Gilbert Pena, 6024/330
      – Cherrington, 6016/345
      – John Drew, 6012/330

      And, AJ Francis, 6047/321, is on the PS. Not to mention Tommy Kelly, 6056/325.

      • steve earle says:

        Good points MM. I think there may be a couple of guys in the draft that BB might consider though not exactly Wolfolk clones. Closest would be McCullers from Tenn. At 6-8 and 360 lbs the guy is a mountan. Less so would be Anderson from Stan. A 6-6 282 lb guy with the frame to put on 30 plus pounds. These two come to mind off hand readers may have more, welcome input.

      • MatthewJones says:

        Keep in mind that Belichick also tried to sign Red Bryant to a sizable contract before settling on Jonathan Fanene as the oversized end.

        • Iceman says:

          You do realize as a true Jr Stephon Tuitt is 2nd on ND’s all time sack list behind Justin Tuck while playing a 3-4 DE and eating up blockers for Manti Teo

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