2014 NFL Mock Draft: Postseason Edition

Blake Bortles capped a great season with a big bowl victory, and potentially a big pro pay day (Photo: USPresswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again. Draft season is heating up. The nation’s focus may still primarily be on the playoffs, but for scouts and draftniks things are about to The draft landscape is fluid and some of the landmark events like the combine and Senior Bowl will play a role but let’s do our best job guessing what could happen. (Draft order used is prior to the first round of the playoffs)

1. Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville

The Texans are an atypical last place team with talent on both sides of the ball. Of course they’re in last place for a reason and that reason is a lack a franchise quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater has all the tools to become one with time showing leadership, poise, mobility and tremendous accuracy this year as a Cardinal.

2. St. Louis Rams OT Jake Matthews Texas A&M

(from Redskins) The Rams are a prime candidate to trade down but selecting a polished, experienced and mature left tackle with #1 overall talent isn’t a bad option either. St. Louis needs to figure out if Sam Bradford is a true franchise signal caller. To this point he’s been underwhelming besides a nice rookie campaign, but lack of protection has been a major issue. Bringing in Matthews to sure up the line would leave him with no more excuses.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars DE Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina

Gus Bradley led the Jags to a furious finish and will look to keep that momentum building into next year. Jadaveon Clowney is somewhat of a risky prospect because you don’t know what you get in terms of everyday effort. You do know that he is oozing with potential everyday he walks onto the field and that outrageous talent might be enough to make it worth the risk.

4. Cleveland Browns QB Blake Bortles UCF

The Browns will have a new coach after just one year with Rob Chudzinski and will need to add a quarterback, even if the new coaching staff wants to give Brian Hoyer another look. Blake Bortles is surging up draft boards and has the size and arm strength scouts love. Derek Carr is also an option and might have even been a better fit skill wise with the now old staff’s vertical passing scheme. At this point Bortles is the prospect with more respect in the scouting community, but its close and could very well change.

5. Oakland Raiders QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M

After a terrific Chick-Fil-A Bowl where Johnny Football was once again the improvisational and dare I say magical Johnny Football that won him the Heisman, teams will be hard pressed to not fall in love with him on the field. Durability concerns coupled with maturity question marks will give teams pause, but the talent is there.

6. Atlanta Falcons OLB Anthony Barr UCLA

Despite being on the door step of the Super Bowl a year earlier, the Falcons looked like a helpless team this season. Most of the incompetence was on the defensive side of the ball. Barr is a game changing edge rusher that will instantly help juice up the dormant pass rush.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Sammy Watkins Clemson

Mike Glennon did enough to warrant a second look, but with the support of Schiano gone the Bucs could look in another direction. Either way Glennon allows them to address the QB position later and take a legitimate #2 threat opposite Vincent Jackson. Watkins would be the missing deep threat Vincent Jackson needs to get more space to work.

8. Minnesota Vikings QB Derek Carr Fresno State

Christian Ponder didn’t cut it. Matt Cassell didn’t cut it. Josh Freeman…well never mind. Derek Carr has a cannon with a quick release and underrated mobility. Plus he’s a great leader and very mature, which is something his Fresno St. staff always brings up to scouts who ask about former #1 overall pick David Carr’s brother.

9. Buffalo Bills OT Greg Robinson Auburn

The Bills are building a nice young core on both sides of the ball, but what would allow Buffalo to take the next step towards contention would be the development of EJ Manuel. Adding Robinson, who has rocketed up boards, would immediately upgrade Erik Pears at right tackle and also help Nate Hackett to control the line of scrimmage in the round game, potentially opening up the flood gates for a talent running back duo of  CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson.

10. Detroit Lions LB C.J. Mosley Alabama

Safe picks are not typically the MO of the Lions draft philosophy but a new regime has the chance to change the culture. Mosley is a sideline to sideline linebacker with a complete skill set and would solidify the position for the next four to five years.

11. Tennessee Titans OLB Khalil Mack Buffalo

The Titans could use a defensive end arguably more than an outside linebacker, but Mack would give them a unique talent that could be plugged into the strong side linebacker role, similar to how the Broncos used Von Miller. Much like Braford in St. Louis Jake Locker will likely have one last shot to prove himself before the organization moves on.

12. New York Giants CB Darqueze Dennard Michigan State

Dennard considers the space around him a “No Fly Zone” but the Giants secondary has been an open air zone for a number of years now. The Spartans corner is scheme diverse and has fluid hips, great athleticism and a nose for the bal.

13. St. Louis Rams S Haha Clinton-Dix Alabama

The Rams will likely consider a receiver, tight end or corner at this spot and while Clinton-Dix might be more of a late first, early second round type prospect he’s a very talented guy who fills a need and would give the Rams a dynamic centerfielder to make balls on the back end. One of the Rams two first round selections will be a tackle, so depending on what happens at #2 we could see a Cam Erving here as well.

14. Chicago Bears DL Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame

The Bears defense is no longer the feared unit it was in the heyday of Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman. Stephon Tuitt is an All-Bus teamer who is as physically intimidating a guy as who’ll see and offers the size, strength, athleticism blend to be a versatile defender on the front line.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers OT Cedric Ogbuehi Texas A&M

Cedric Ogbuehi of Texas A&M has been overshadowed by other stud Aggies prospects Jake Matthews, Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans but is a solid tackle prospect in his own right. At this point in Big Ben’s career limiting the hits he takes has to be priority number one. Other prospects like Cyrus Kjouandjio might offer more in the run game but Ogbuechi has incredibly quick feet and the better pure pass protector.

16. Dallas Cowboys DT Louis Nix III Notre Dame

The Cowboys will miss out on the postseason yet again, but there are patches of talent throughout the roster. One place they could improve upon is any position on the defense besides DeMarcus Ware. Nix is a beast up front who is massive, strong and also surprisingly quick. He would really shore up the defensive line regardless of whether or not Monte Kiffin’s Cover 2 scheme is retained.

17. Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Evans Texas A&M

The Ravens missed Anquan Boldin more than I think they know, or at least expected as Joe Flacco struggled without a true playmaker outside of Torrey Smith. With Dennis Pitta healthy and another big hybrid receiver like Evans outside teams will have to respect Flacco’s arm once again.

18. New York Jets TE Eric Ebron North Carolina

This pick fills two needs for the Jets who needed an NFL starting caliber tight end (something they were without in 2013, sorry Jeff Cumberland) and also an actual offensive threat for Geno Smith. Well, that needs to be addressed for whoever plays quarterback. Ebron is scarily close to a Stephon Hill type because his talent is only clouded by ups and downs, but unlike Hill, Ebron flashed consistently at the ACC level.

19. Miami Dolphins OT Cameron Erving Florida State

The Dolphins lost two starting linemen to the Incognito-Martin saga so they could pluck a few offensive line prospects in May. Erving was a defensive lineman not too long ago but instantly flashed as a first round type talent on the offensive side of the line showing smooth athleticism and also the strength to drive defenders in the run game.

20. Arizona Cardinals OT Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama

The Cardinals could take a signal caller like Brett Hundley as Carson Palmer’s years are numbered, but if not Cyrus Kouandjio improves a line in desperate need of an upgrade.

21. Green Bay Packers TE Jace Amaro Texas Tech

Matt Flynn was able to hold down the fort as the Packers somehow overcame an injury to Aaron Rodgers and sneaked into the playoffs. Jace Amaro is just too good to pass up and pairing him with Rodgers would be borderline unfair.

22. San Diego Chargers CB Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State

Philip Rivers and Ryan Matthews have both looked rejuvenated with the guidance of Mike McCoy but the defense is still a work in progress. Justin Gilbert is a special athlete with tremendous value in the return game as well as the ball skills, speed and physicality to be a potential shutdown corner with time.

23. Philadelphia Eagles DT RaShede Hageman Minnesota

Like the Chargers the offense is clearly in good hands with Chip Kelly who is helping Nick Foles look like an All-Pro. The 3-4 defense really seems to succeed when the front line has versatile and athletic guys capable of playing multiple spots. Ra’Shede Hageman is an athletic freak with size, strength and explosive potential that could help push that unit over the top.

24. Kansas City Chiefs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkin Washington

Alex Smith has proven he’s a starter in this league. That being said he’s still a low level starter with limited upside. Why not take a chance on a guy that will be an instant red zone monster and that has the physical skills to be a dominant two way tight end?

25. Cincinnati Bengals Ryan Shazier Ohio State

Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga are both very good players but athleticism is not something either is known for. Ryan Shazier is known for just that however. He’s also undersized but would seem like a natural complement to the previously mentioned starters, giving Cincy one of the most complete linebacking groups in the NFL.

26. Cleveland Browns WR Marqise Lee USC

(from Colts) The Browns drafted a new quarterback and pairing him with another rookie target is something that happens all the time and for good reason. Lee is a steal who might last this long because of a combination of injuries and poor quarterback play, neither are his fault. That Trent Richardson trade looks pretty darn good now huh?

27. New Orleans Saints Edge Rusher Vic Beasley Clemson

Rob Ryan helped orchestrate an impressive turnaround as the Saints D became a feared group. In his attacking 3-4 scheme an explosive OLB off the edge would bolster the entire unit even further. Enter Clemson’s pass rushing phenom Vic Beasley.

28. New England Patriots OG Cyril Richardson Baylor
Belichik is known for making savvy personnel moves that are usually based on a healthy mix of need and maximizing talent. While drafting a guard won’t excite a fan base, “The Hoodie” doesn’t care (and frankly shouldn’t). The interior line could certainly use an elite guard prospect like Richardson who was athletic enough to be RGIII’s blindside protector and also has the physical strength to dominate inside.

29. San Francisco 49ers WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt

Colin Kaepernick has looked like a different player with Michael Crabtree back from injury but he still needs more weapons. Matthews, who is related to the former Niners and NFL great Jerry Rice, is a hard worker, great route runner and with nice size and soft hands.

30. Carolina Panthers WR Allen Robinson Penn State

Steve Smith is somehow still playing like a Pro Bowler but as Cam continues to grow as a passer he’ll need more options out wide. Robinson has size at 6’3 and is also a very good athlete who can stretch the defense vertically.

31. Denver Broncos C Travis Swanson Arkansas

When you have an undisputed future Hall of Fame quarterback like Peyton Manning, the offense is pretty much covered. One area that could certainly use an upgrade would be at the center position. Swanson is a brilliant pass protector and should help Peyton avoid sacks and unnecessary hits.

32.  Seattle Seahawks OG David Yankey Stanford

Seattle is the odds on favorite to take home the hardware in February but there are a few holes on the otherwise stacked roster. One is on the offensive line, where due to injuries the Seahawks have been playing without offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini and center Max Unger for parts of the season. The guard play has been awful, well in comparison to the rest of the squad, and Pete Carroll will look to secure an athletic and technically sound Yankey who he has experience against playing in the Pac 12.

Round 2

33 Houston Texans – Trent Murphy
34 Washington Redskins – Lamarcus Joyner
35 Cleveland Browns – Odell Beckham Jr.
36 Oakland Raiders – DaVante Adams
37 Atlanta Falcons – Antonio Richardson
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Taylor Lewan
39 Jacksonville Jaguars – Brett Hundley
40 Minnesota Vikings – Aaron Donald
41 Buffalo Bills – Kelvin Benjamin
42 Tennessee Titans – Jason Verrett
43 New York Giants – Kyle Van Noy
44 St. Louis Rams – Jarvis Landry
45 Detroit Lions – Brandin Cooks
46 Pittsburgh Steelers – Kyle Fuller
47 Baltimore Ravens – Kony Ealy
48 Dallas Cowboys – Will Sutton
49 New York Jets – Adrian Hubbard
50 Miami Dolphins – Zach Martin
51 Chicago Bears – Bradley Roby
52 Arizona Cardinals – Trevor Reilly
53 Green Bay Packers – La’el Collins
54 San Diego Chargers – Xavier Su’a-Filo
55 Philadelphia Eagles – Jeremiah Attaochu
56 San Francisco 49ers – Brandon Coleman
57 Cincinnati Bengals – Louchiez Purifoy
58 Indianapolis Colts – Lache Seastrunk
59 New Orleans Saints – Ed Stinson
60 New England Patriots – DaQuan Jones
61 San Francisco 49ers – Carl Bradford
62 Carolina Panthers – Marcus Roberson
63 Denver Broncos – Victor Hampton
64 Seattle Seahawks – Ego Ferguson

Round 3
65 Houston Texans – Paul Richardson
66 Washington Redskins – Deone Bucannon
67 Oakland Raiders -Timmy Jernigan
68 Atlanta Falcons – Scott Crichton
69 New York Jets – Zach Mettenberger
70 Jacksonville Jaguars – Bishop Sankey
71 Cleveland Browns – Carlos Hyde
72 Minnesota Vikings – Antony Steen
73 Buffalo Bills – AJ McCarron
74 NY Giants – Gabe Jackson
75 St. Louis Rams – Keith McGill
76 Detroit Lions – Tyler Larson
77 San Francisco 49ers – Dion Bailey
78 Baltimore Ravens – Michael Sam
79 Dallas Cowboys – Aaron Colvin
80 New York Jets – Craig Loston
81 Miami Dolphins – EJ Gaines
82 Chicago Bears – Ahmad Dixon
83 Cleveland Browns – Chris Davis
84 Arizona Cardinals – Tajh Boyd
85 Green Bay Packers – Yawin Smallwood
86 San Diego Chargers – Donte Moncrief
87 Philadelphia Eagles – Aaron Lynch
88 Kansas City Chiefs – DeVante Parker
89 Cincinnati Bengals – Shayne Skov
90 Indianapolis Colts – Dominique Easley
91 New Orleans Saints – Pierre Desir
92 New England Patriots – Denzel Perryman
93 San Francisco 49ers – Ryan Groy
94 Carolina Panthers – JaJwuan James
95 Denver Broncos – James Hurst
96 Minnesota Vikings – DeAnthony Thomas

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49 Responses to “2014 NFL Mock Draft: Postseason Edition”

  1. domer says:

    Dude, there is no chance ATL drafts anything except a Tackle.

    • MarcSluis says:

      Can’t argue that at all, but it will be a tough call since the pass rush was so anemic

      • Alex says:

        They need OT and DE help in the worst way. If Matthews and Clowney aren’t there for them, it becomes about value. Is the #2 OT better than the #2 DE or not. In fact, they’d probably try and trade up to get Matthews or Clowney, and trade down if they’re not available.

        • vic says:

          i think they stay where they are and draft best available player thats been atl philosophy past couple drafts and this draft is so so so deep i think they should be able to find a pass rusher & tackle in any round

  2. vic says:

    I think our major issues are interior o-line,d-line. with help needed at TE depth, cb depth if we lose talib because i think we could lose him and be fine with ryan dennard and arrington, wr depth if we lose edelman, and lb depth if we lose spikes

    • vic says:

      so with that being said here is my expert analysis.
      We know bill will trade out of that 1st round spot for quantity picks i think we get 2 in the 2nd and we go DL Will Sutton & OL Anthony steen these are both the type of players in line with the new tougher versatile patriots
      in the 3rd we go WR/TE brandon coleman he is a giant wide receiver from rutgers and we find a versatile way to split him between te/wr to cause matchup issues
      in the 4th i like FB/Hback/TE gator hoskins of marshall its a small reach but i think we are looking to him to give us what we had with hernandez
      I think the trade out of the 1st was to get into the 5th where we take DB antone exum from va tech this is a move bill likes versatile dbs and exum is big & versatile
      with the 2 picks in the 6th we go for projects and depth C gabe ikard is a nice depth and development player and could surprise and be a day 1 starter and i expect a big name to slide all the way down this far because they always do and this year it’s LB chris borland nfl teams foolishly let slide to the 6th where we gladly pick him up
      And finally with the 7th & the compensatory picks & a major contributing UDFA i like QB Keith Price with the 7th FB/TE Ryan Hewitt DT Justin Ellis with compensatory & WR/rb/fb Trey Burton & CB Mohammed seisay UDFA

      2nd DL Will Sutton
      2nd OG Anthony Steen
      3rd WR/TE Brandon Coleman
      4th FB/H-back/TE Gator Hoskins
      5th DB Antone Exum
      6th C/OG Gabe Ikard
      6th LB Chris Borland
      7th QB Keith Price

      Comp FB/TE Ryan Hewitt
      Comp DT Justin Ellis
      UDFA WR/RB/FB Trey Burton
      UDFA CB Mohammed Seisay

      • MarcSluis says:

        Excellent stuff, I think the first few picks are spot on, its so hard to predict what type of trade Bill makes. Exum that late would be stellar and I think Burton is a very savvy UDFA type

  3. Nik says:

    Just throwing out an ideal for me:

    1st) K. Benjamin
    2nd) K. Fuller
    3rd) T. Niklas
    4th) B. Stork

  4. Darin says:

    The patriots need to go after a tight end. If Gronk goes down and he does not get the extention we are in the same situation again. If ASJ is at our position take him other wise trade back like Bill always does. Make Bradys last years one of his best.

  5. MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Quit with the “sure up.” It’s “shore up.”

  6. steve earle says:

    This draft looks loaded, loaded! I feel like a kid at the old penny candy store but with only a couple pennys. What to do? I can’t make up my mind everyone here has good mocks. I have decided only on short lists that go like this:

    !st rd) ASJ, Lamarcys Joyner, Cyril Richardson, David Yankey
    2nd rd) Travis Swenson, Kyle Fuller, CJ fiedorowicx, Da’Quan Jones
    3rd rd) Ahmad Dixon, Craig Loston, Danzel Perryman, Bryan Stork
    4th rd) Deshazer Everett, Arthur Lynch, Isaiah Lewis, Weston Richberg

    The idea would be if in the 1st ASJ is taken then CJF in the 2nd wouldn’t be, and if Swanson was taken in the 2nd then Stork in the 3rd wouldn’t, and so on.
    In the last couple rounds I have a bunch of prospects in no order that include:
    Spencer Long OG, Jacob Pederson TE, Ben Malena RB, Jarick McKinnon RB, Colt Lyerla TE, Justin Britt OT, Mason Walters OG. There are half dozen more on my list but the values down here are all about the same so no need naming them all.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Steve E.
      Doing your homework i see? add to your 4th round round CB Stanley Jean Baptiste and RB Karlos Williams FSU 6’1″ 226 you really check this kid out, played on both sides of ball LB/S. your later rounds list here are some plyers FB/RB/H-Back Trey Millard, FB/DT J C Copeland, OLB Norketthus Otis, ILB Greg Blair, ILB/DE Roosevelt Nix, OL Ryan Groy and John Urschel are all Big 10 1st teamers. The LBs on this list may be projected to be late round but you see some incredible motors and potential.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      Very Good Steve !! I,ve cut my Patriot draft board to 40 players. With Bill Likely to trade back, two 2nd picks is very likely. The year Danny Woodhead is having ,will for sure get the Patriots a good Comp. pick 4th-6th???
      I don’t see how the Patriots can keep Talib, just to much money. CB Fuller 1st pick where ever that may be, looks good to me , with CB Phillip Gaines (Rice) as depth, developmental guy. So I look for two CB’s in this years draft. S Brock Vereen is an interesting Prospect, a 6th pick?
      Patriots have alot of OLinemen in the system, but if they could get Zack Martin with a 2nd I think they would pull the trigger.
      Late sleeper Dlineman is Will Clarke 6’6″ 275 WV
      Also feel this year they grab a QB some were, Shaw (S.C.) or Murray (Georgia) look like good fits.
      Lastly I like LB Van Noy if he drops to 2nd round late, and Skov as well.

      • steve earle says:

        Thanks Russell I do my best. A trade down is very possable I just went with what we got for now. BB plays the draft like few others so I expect some moves and additionl later picks Mid rd possables too. Yea Talib looks 60/40 to walk to me too. Good Bill got Ryan last year but I want one more CB and a SS at least. Joyner in the 1st and Dixon or Losten in 3rd would make me happy. Actually several scenarios of my short lists would make me happy. Martin in the 2nd would be fine, though I’d still prefer Swanson. Van Noy too would be okay though as you indecate he may go in the 1st.
        Everything is yet to be decided by the Combine, all star games, pro days and such but I really think most of us have done a pretty fair job of mocking the talent so feel free to pat yourself on the back, I am.

  7. a57se says:

    Your Jets picks are horrible.

    Lee would be taken over Ebron in the first round.
    Reilly would be a better pick in the second or Su’a-Filo
    Charles Sims (you don’t even have him being picked in the first three rounds, and Dont Moncrief in the third.

    The Jets can get Fiedorowicz or Jensen in the fourth and take a gamble on Lyerla with on of their comp picks.

    QB pick would be Fales……

    • MarcSluis says:

      You do have a point, I guess I think Ebron is so more talented as a receiver than CJF (who I do like) and that’s what the Jets need in their tight end. Lee is obviously a great option too but I like the depth of the receiver class enough to wait for another

  8. steve earle says:

    Hey Marc, I like your draft. Your picking of Cyril Richardson in the 1st would make great sense. Guy would be a day 1 starter at RG and move over to the left side when Mankins retires. Also like DeQuan Jones but that might depend on how BB sees how VW & Kelly are rehabing, still a good pick. Perryman would really excite me, he would open up any number of possabilitys on the def side.
    Question for you. If ASJ was available in the first would you still take the OG?

    • MarcSluis says:

      That is a really good question. I don’t claim to know a quarter of what BB does, but I would have to really have to be convinced by another option to not take ASF. He’s so big and strong that pairing him with Gronk would open up SO many options.

      How teams would defend it I have no idea. How do you handle two tight ends that are essentially impossible to defend in possession situations when you can line them up all over and (because they are both similarly potent weapons and also potentially elite blockers) not tip your hand at all

      • Alex says:

        That is the question I keep asking too?
        Just how would you stop the Pats offense with ASJ and Gronk.
        Two main personnel line ups.

        ASJ, Gronk, Dobson, Amendola, Ridley
        ASJ, Gronk, Dobson, Amendola, Vereen

        You have to stay in base personnel surely, as if you go to nickel you’ll get trampled in the running game. Yet the Pats could go five wide against base sets.

  9. Bo says:

    If the browns draft this way their offense will be pretty exciting

    QB- Blake Bortles
    RB- Carlos Hyde
    WR- Josh Gordon
    WR- Odell Beckham
    WR- Marquise Lee
    TE- Jordan Cameron

  10. Rick White says:

    I love this draft for the Bills. All 3 rounds of it. Would be ecstatic if it went this way

  11. get gronk'd says:

    1st – TE Jenkins

    2 – DT DaQuan Jones

    3. OG Gabe Jackson

    4. WR Abbrederis

    5. 6th Lyerla

    Lyerla is talented. Sure he has problems, but the NFL is filled with players with off the field issues. We need Tight Ends, Jenkins/Lyerla would provide depth and quality.

  12. J H TARBORO says:

    I like the 1st round pick if we keep it, not sold on rest but it’s still very early! I must wait for the East vs. West shrine game, Senior Bowl, and the Texas vs. Nation game, before i make a clear choice!

  13. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    A very well thought out draft Marc ! I think in the 1st round; the Bills may go OT Lewan, Raiders WR Watkins, (Not a fan of Manziel as a pro) and I have the Bengals taking OG Richardson.
    As for the Patriots my draft board looks like this today;
    1st- CB Kyle Fuller
    2nd- LB Shayne Skov
    3d – TE Rob Blanchflower
    4th- QB Connor Shaw
    6th- CB Phillip Gaines
    6th- S/CB Brock Vereen
    7th- RB LaDarius Perkins

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I believe the Patriots will get two Comp. Picks, a 6th and 7th, so I would use them;
      6th- OG Spencer Long
      7th- DE/T Will Clark

    • Alex says:

      So I’m guessing you think Talib leaves.
      The secondary is the strength of our defense, and could do with a dominant lineman, and another athlete at LB first. Skov seems too much like Spikes too me, and while I’m a big fan of Fuller, I just think we could get better value for our picks.

      I’d like something like this:

      1) Stephon Tuitt DT
      2) Travis Swanson OC
      3) Boseko Lokombo OLB
      4) Arthur Lynch TE
      5) Andre Hal CB
      6) Spencer Long OG
      7) Colt Lyerla TE/FB

      • steve earle says:

        Not bad Alex but isn’t Tuitt a DE? Lokombo seems a reach, draft scout has him rated a 6th rd, that could change after the combine but for now? Otherwise I like your picks.

        • Alex says:

          Tuitt is a 34 DE, but at 310-325LBs, he can play DT in a 43, or NT or DE in a 34 easily.

          As for Lokombo, I think he’ll rise after the combine, and put him there in part due to the success of recent Oregon LBs in the league. I’d still look to take him around the 4th, but didn’t want to include trades. Could swap him with Telvin Smith, as a similar type of guy, who could be a second Jamie Collins offering coverage, sideline to sideline speed, and pass rush potential.

      • steve earle says:

        Yea good size on Tuitt and might make a good DT at that. Only not sure a DT would be best value for our 1st unless the pick projects to be a dominating player. We already have Wolfolk, Kelly, Jones, Siliga, Vallano, Armstead, Grissom and Sopoaga on the roster. Three of them are likely cuts next summer already so not sure where Tuitt would fit? Do you think he’s that good?

        • Alex says:

          I’d prefer Hageman or Nix to Tuitt, but all three of them have sky high potential.

          Tuitt was a monster last year for Notre Dame, with 13 TFL and 12 sacks. Playing injured this year, he’s still been great. According to Kiper and others, he was a likely top 5-10 guy if he returned for his final season, and he seems undervalued, due to injury causing his play to tail off.

          He is reportedly closer to 320lbs than 310, and yet runs around a late 4.7, to late 4.8 40. He can be a dominant interior presence, who can clog lanes, bullrush people over, collapse pockets and shoot gaps. A presence we could really do with, as the heir to Wilfork as our première DT, helping free up space for Chandler and Nink.

          As for need at DT, it is big for a difference maker. We have depth, but no sure quality. We have Armstead as effectively a second round pick with injury concerns, two ageing injured All Pros, who may never be the same again in Kelly and Wilfork, and who in Wilfork’s case, won’t be on the roster with his current cap hit. Then we have Siliga who should develop into a starter quality guy, but not someone you gameplan for. Then we have Jones, who’s sack numbers have caused him to be over rated. He might develop into a starter quality guy, but may just be good backup standard. After that Soap will be cut, and Vellano is likely just a depth guy. We have no difference makers who aren’t injured and old, so while a 6th round pick would probably be a bit of a waste, a first or second round high upside difference maker, would be the best addition we could make to this defense.

        • steve earle says:

          Alex, you may be right about Tuitt and if Bill takes him with the 1st I’ll be fine with that. As for Wolfolk and Kelly your making assumptions with nothing really to go on then your own intuition. You may be right or wrong and I’d agree with your reasoning if I was sure you were right but I’m just not. Years ago I recovered from a ruptured acillies and had full range of motion to this day. I was 283 pounds, well into my 30’s then so big guys can come back 100%. But I think what I’m trying to get at is that I think the DT position can wait for another draft or Bill could work on getting a free agent like Arthur Jones from Balt and we’ll be fine.
          I think where we differ in our perspectives is , if I remember right, you think our def backfield is a strong point where I believe it’s a weak area so I’d look more to strengthening there. With Talib a big question, at least as big as Wolfolk, I must stick to my thinking. I may be wrong and not saying you are, we just see things differently.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Good group Alex. I like Tuitt better than Nix or Hagman, I’m just not sure Bill is ready to cut some of the group he has to make room for a drafted Dlineman early in the draft. OC Swanson, TE Lynch, and OG Long are great picks. CB Hal is intesting prospect, much the same as a guy last year I liked CB Michla Hyde (Green Bay) Not a fan of Locombo .
        Yes I don’t see the Patriots paying Talib big money, so I’m projecting Bill looks at Two CB’s in this draft.
        LB Skov is not fast for sure, but he has the other things Bill looks for in a LB 6’3″ 250, smart, good tackler. IMO his tape reminds me of Teddy Bruschi.

        • steve earle says:

          But Russell, Bruschi played in a 3-4 def so had less area of coverage in zone. Skov would be responsable for far more area in zone and completely lost in man just like Spikes and Hightower are. I just can’t see him being effective no matter his intanables.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          This isue Steve, however maybe Bill should go back to a 3/4 D. Collins or Hightower could rush the passer, Spikes/ Mayo / Skov in the middle.
          DE Nickovich , Armstead, Jones, Kelly DT- Wilfork in the middle with Siguval back up, Keep Jones and Vellano

    • steve earle says:

      Well, Skov in the 2nd? Big, strong, fearsom, dominating, old school MLB, just like Spikes. I know you really love the idea of this guy Russell but you have to realize that unless he takes nearly a full second off his 40 time at the combine he’s not a 3 down LB’er.
      Have you taken a look at Jerick McKinnon from Geo. So.? Option QB who seldom passes but can fill a late round RB pick nicely I think. Has good rushing numbers and decent size. 5′ 9″ #210 Draft scout says he runs 4.5/ 40. Worth a 6th?

      • Alex says:

        Completely agree with you on Skov, although if he can take a whole second off his 40, he’d be a top 5 pick. But he doesn’t offer much we can’t get from Spikes returning cheaply for one year, with Beauharnais as his heir. A third or fourth round athletic guy would be great. Another Jamie Collins guy, to develop. This would allow us to blitz Collins more, as he is ridiculously explosive, and provide versatility so that either guy could rush, or drop in coverage.

        As for a RB. It’s called UDFAs, unless the value is stunning. Picks can be better used elsewhere, even if we lose Blount to FA.

    • Jim R says:

      I love the Stanford kid Skov, if Spikes is gone he would be Quality depth at LB, Russell what are your thoughts on the UCLA kid Zumwalt?

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Good eye, Jim R, Zumwalt is a soild OLB a blue collar type guy who is in the shadow of LB Bar at UCLA. In 2012 he had 71 tackles, a great bowl game (Holiday bowl) with tackles for loss, a stip fumble , and recovery. At 6’3″ 235lbs looks good for size, just a tad light for what BB likes at LB. His 40 time is alittle better than Skov, and I have him on my Patriots draft board as a 6th round pick.

      • steve earle says:

        Oops I mean UCLA, sorry.

  14. tonn says:

    can`t say i approve. look for jacksonville to definitely take a qb from amongst bortles, carr or manziel. i think the drop-off at qb from early 1st round to early 2nd is too much to stomach – i don`t see boyd as a proper nfl qb.

    besides, didn`t hundley just say he`d be going back to school?

    • steve earle says:

      Your right about the drop off in QB’s after the top 3 but don’t under estimate the desperation of some teams. I’ll bet a coffee and donught six QB’s go in the 1st round. Agree about Boyd too and think much same for Manziel. These two will have to prove me wrong.

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