October 18th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Quarterback Matt Schaub’s disappointing season would make Johnny Manziel a logical fit for the Texans in April. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With another weekend of football completed, it’s time to take an updated look at some possibilities for this April’s 2014 NFL Draft. This mock draft features the addition of draft-eligible redshirt sophomores; read on to find out who’s being projected where.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville*

This decision should be relatively easy for the Jaguars, as Blaine Gabbert has done nothing to show that he is a viable long term option; Bridgewater should be the pick if Jacksonville picks first.

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

Although it’s in vogue to project UCLA pass rusher Anthony Barr ahead of Clowney right now, Clowney’s potential opposite 2010 first-rounder Jason Pierre-Paul is frightening.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon**

If Greg Schiano somehow survives beyond this season, look for the Buccaneers to give Mike Glennon another shot, but new leadership would likely want their own quarterback.

4. Minnesota Vikings – QB Brett Hundley, UCLA**

Hundley seems to have a leg up on the competition to become one of the top three quarterbacks selected, and Minnesota currently lacks a convincing long-term option.

5. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Joe Barksdale has been significantly better than anticipated at right tackle, but perhaps not good enough to prevent the Rams from drafting the top blocker in a strong class.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

With Levi Brown on injured reserve and his status for 2014 in question, it would appear that the Steelers lack anyone they’ve identified as an internal solution at left tackle.

7. Oakland Raiders – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson*

With a disappointing crop of top secondary options in this year’s draft class, the best move for the Raiders may be to find another playmaker to help their 30th-ranked passing attack.

8. Buffalo Bills – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

Barr, who could realistically project to outside linebacker in either a three-or-four-man front, should be a very appealing option to Mike Pettine for Buffalo’s varied defensive looks.

9. Carolina Panthers – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama*

Jordan Gross is still playing at a high level, but he will turn 34 next July and has indicated that he is considering retiring at this season’s conclusion, putting Kouandjio in play.

10. Atlanta Falcons – DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame*

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff knows from his time in New England how beneficial it can be to have a versatile, two-gapping nose tackle option on the defensive line, currently a weakness.

11. Houston Texans – QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M**

As the season continues to implode, Texans fans are clamoring for a replacement at quarterback, and given the guaranteed money in Schaub’s deal, this is likely the team’s best option.

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

Mosley, the best player available on the board, would be an interesting complement to fellow inside linebacker Daryl Washington, replacing aging incumbent Karlos Dansby.

13. New York Jets – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

New York’s offense could use some help as well, but projecting the athletic, versatile Mack to a team run by John Idzik makes too much sense given his involvement in selecting Bruce Irvin.

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

T.J. McDonald has been better than anticipated, giving the Rams one potential starting-caliber player at safety, but the spot opposite him could currently use an upgrade.

15. Cleveland Browns – QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

If Boyd is still available at this point, the Browns should be ecstatic to select him, as temporary sensation Brian Hoyer is probably not the team’s ideal starter moving forwards.

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

Philaldelphia’s defense is holding the team back thus far in 2013, which should make head coach Chip Kelly receptive to addressing it first, especially with Ekpre-Olomu on the board.

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7 Responses to “October 18th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I just don’t see Bill taking a DT with the 1st pick, with a guy like Daquan Jones a better value in the 2nd-3d round. The LBer class is not great this year, in the early rounds.

  2. steve earle says:

    Glad to see a DT for the Pat’s up top. But of course Bill is still libal to trade down and out you know.

    • acm says:

      Hageman is more of a 3-4 DE (like Seymour) or an interior rusher than a space-eating DT, which is what BB would be looking for to replace Wilfork.

      Personally, I think there is decent chance he goes for McCullers in the 1st, with Nix already gone, as Wilfork’s return is anything but a given – a torn achilles takes 7-8 months to come back from but that’s for lighter and athletic players, not big, heavy players like VW … who knows how long it would take Vince to be back and if he would be the same at all … and that’s not even factoring his age.

      Would love Hageman or Ebron in the 1st but think the circumstance around Wilfork will tip the scales in favor of someone like McCullers there.

      • steve earle says:

        All true just saying I like the big DT not necessarly Hagerman. Actually I expect another round of trade downs and when that happens with our first pick likely in the top half of the 2nd rd then I too see McCullers as the likely pick unless his stock rises. Still as huge as he is he doesn’t really have the speed or quickness many defenses desire so I think he will be available and sure would eat up the blockers.

      • russell easterbrooks says:

        I would look for Bill to trade back, out of the 1st round, for maybe a 2nd this year and 2nd next year. I think the QB position is a big move for the Patriots this year, with the 2014 season being Malletts last on his deal. QB McCarran’s looks like the guy Bill would like to get with a mid-2nd roundpick. I’m leaning toward McCarran’s being the Patriots first pick .

  3. menelvagor says:

    Tuitt already said that he will return for senior season

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