November 15th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Could Chip Kelly’s familiarity with Marqise Lee help the Southern California receiver sneak into the first round? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With a couple more weeks of football season in the books, it’s time to take another look at how the 2014 NFL Draft may turn out; read on to find out who’s currently projected to go in the first round this April.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville*

Bridgewater remains the most polished quarterback prospect in the class, although at this point he is clinging to an increasingly small lead over Marcus Mariota.

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

Mike Glennon may well receive another opportunity if Greg Schiano somehow keeps his job, but that looks unlikely despite Tampa’s Monday night victory.

3. Atlanta Falcons – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina*

Osi Umenyiora turned out to be a solid investment, but he turns 32 tomorrow and would hardly prevent the Falcons from drafting Jadeveon Clowney here.

4. Minnesota Vikings – QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M**

This may seem a little bit high given some of the concerns surrounding Manziel, but it’s looking more and more like the Heisman winner is destined to go top-five.

5. Houston Texans – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

At this point, Houston’s best move may be to upgrade over Brooks Reed, their struggling right outside linebacker, who is in the midst of a dismal season.

6. Buffalo Bills – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Mack remains in Buffalo, replacing Manny Lawson and providing defensive coordinator Mike Pettine with a dangerous, versatile edge rushing option.

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

Given that the Steelers have seemingly already given up on Mike Adams and that Levi Brown immediately suffered a season-ending injury, Matthews makes sense.

8. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Joseph Barksdale has played well on the right side, but he lacks the long-term upside of Lewan, who would perfectly complement left tackle Jake Long.

9. Oakland Raiders – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson*

The Raiders have received some decent production out of Denarius Moore and Rod Streater this year, but it would help to add more of a true number one target.

10. New York Giants – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama*

Drafting Kouandjio wouldn’t necessary mean giving up on 2012 first-round pick Justin Pugh, it’d just cause Pugh to slide to a more natural position, right guard.

11. St. Louis Rams – LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

St. Louis hasn’t received the production it expected from its linebacker corps this season, but upgrading over JoLonn Dunbar and Will Witherspoon would help.

12. Cleveland Browns – WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M**

Josh Gordon provides Cleveland with a number one receiver who can stretch the field, but they could still stand to upgrade over their other starter, Greg Little.

13. Miami Dolphins – OT Cameron Erving, Florida St.*

Erving has the size and athletic ability to potentially man the blindside tackle position in the NFL, something that Jonathan Martin was originally drafted for.

14. Baltimore Ravens – DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame*

The offensive line is a mess, but it may prove hard for Baltimore to resist pairing Nix with Haloti Ngata, who would be allowed to slide back outside to end.

15. Tennessee Titans – DE Vic Beasley, Clemson*

Beasley is undersized, but fits the NFL’s recent trend of favoring more athletic options who can impact the passing game; he replaces Kamerion Wimbley.

16. San Diego Chargers – CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon*

None of San Diego’s cornerbacks, including 2012 free-agent signing Derek Cox, has played particularly well this year, creating an opportunity to invest there.

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7 Responses to “November 15th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. steve earle says:

    Good mock Matt though I think I’ll stick with my previous scenario with Bill trading down the 1st for additional picks given his history.

  2. acm says:

    good mock. I can see the Pats go for Amaro in the first (or Sef-Jenkins for that matter too). Personally, I think they go TE, CB (thinking Fuller here) or DT in the first. There is the outside chance for a LB, depending on value available, but I am not holding my breath on that one.
    OL (Zach Martin) is usually a safe bet but think this class has good depth in quality at the position, so I am guessing they’d look to address that later.

    A lot would depend on on whether they manage to keep either Talib or Spikes or both … or neither.

    P.S. One thing jumped out at me was the Ram’s 2nd pick – I doubt they go for a LB like Mosley considering they just got an identical player in the 1st last year (Ogletree). My guess would be they go OG or SAF (Clinton Dix) … maybe even Ebron considering their O could use more production from the TE position and help out the QB, whoever he may be.

  3. MarcSluis says:

    Great job! I don’t think it will get the attention it did last year but the OT class is pretty strong too. Erving isn’t well known to casual fans but could very well go in the top 15.

    If I’m the Pats I’m not sure I can pass up Amaro either.

  4. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Well if the draft looked like this I think Bill, may go for LB Kyle Van Noy with the 1st pick . If Spikes does not resign, that means Mayo, Hightower, and Collins start, leaving the Patriots thin at LB behind Fletcher.
    I’m projecting LB Shayne Skov in the 2nd round, not as good in coverage as Van Noy, but a solid LB. I;m thinking CB Kyle Fuller with the 1st pick, Even if Talib resigns.
    Intereting Monk, always enjoy these, thanks for the hard work!

    • Alex says:

      No need to use first round picks for depth though, when we have positions that need better starters. DT, Interior O-line and TE being the clearest three, and add CB if Talib goes and isn’t adequately replaced.

      A first choice LB corps of Mayo – Hightower – Collins would be potentially very very good, with Fletcher and Beauharnais solid in reserve.

    • steve earle says:

      I believe the 1st rd pick should be for a player of need not a depth guy. I have 3 DT’s pencled in on my board as of now, based on what we know and have. This could change if Talib doesn’t resign. None may get down to us thus my expectation Bill trades down as I have said before. As you have pointed out several times this draft is really deep in talent through the mid rounds, even better then last year if as many underclassmed declare as projected. So barring a dominate DT looks to me we would be better served by trading down.

      • Tim says:

        lol, Olomu will not be a first round pick. He will be mid second at best and probably the 3rd or 4th cb taken behind, Verrett, Gilbert, and possibly Joyner if he keeps playing like he is.

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