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    Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    This is a rather unconventional mock draft for me; typically, I donít project many mocks with trades and when I do they usually donít come until much closer to the draft. But I thought it would be fun to make one now, with some picks that havenít been common in my previous mocks, just to see how things shake out.

    You'll notice I didn't take the time to list what teams would be receiving in exchange for these trades. For a mock, at this point in the year, it seems like a bit more than what I'm willing to take on. Assume whatever draft pick compensation you believe makes sense to warrant the moves. The intention here isn't to squabble over how much or what was received, but rather the plan and outcome itself.

    Constructive criticism and feedback is always welcome. Thanks!


    1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    -The Texans need a quarterback, but what happens if they arenít in love with any of their options? Jadeveon Clowney was recently spotted at the Senior Bowl introducing himself to new Texans head coach Bill OíBrien. Letís see what happens if Houston goes with the talent here.

    *TRADE*

    2. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
    -The first trade of the day finds St. Louis dealing down so that the Vikings can move up and take advantage of Houstonís decision to go with Clowney. In need of a new franchise quarterback, Minnesota hopes that Bridgewater will make fans forget about Christian Ponder.

    *TRADE*

    3. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
    -Another trade! As the Rams move down, the Falcons know they can move up and get their franchise tackle, leapfrogging a potential suitor in Oakland. Matthews would either supplant Sam Baker on the left side, or could be plugged in right away on the right side.

    4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    -The Browns stay put and get the man that theyíre supposedly head over heels for in Johnny Football.

    5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    -With the top two quarterbacks off the board, the Raiders may be inclined to wait until later in this draft to find a young signal caller to groom. Here, they add a top weapon for that eventual quarterback in Sammy Watkins.

    6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
    -The Jaguars passed on a quarterback early and continue to do so, perhaps because they plan on addressing the position in another way rather than possibly reach again for a passer. Mack is a great fit in the defense that Jacksonville is trying to copy from Seattle under head coach Gus Bradley.

    *TRADE*

    7. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
    -The Buccaneers are tempted to make the pick here, but they get a phonecall from Buffalo. With Mack off the board, the Bills are a little nervous that they could lose out on Barr as well and decide to move up.

    8. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
    -The Rams moved down to this spot due to a trade with Minnesota, and manage to come out with a prospect they may have considered with the second overall pick. Greg Robinson needs some polish, but he has the power that Jeff Fisher likes in the running game.

    9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
    -Tampa may be looking to upgrade over Mason Foster at MLB in Tampaís return to the Cover 2 scheme. After moving down a few spots, they could opt to snag one of the best remaining linebackers on the board in Mosley.

    10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
    -Rashean Mathis may have been Detroitís best corner this year, but heís 33 years old. The secondary has been a work in progress for the Lions for a while, so they would be wise to make it an offseason priority and could go with the top corner Dennard in the draft.

    11. Tennessee Titans: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
    -Bortles is a dark horse for the top overall pick, but I could also see these quarterbacks sliding a little bit as teams donít want to repeat what happened in 2011. The Titans took Jake Locker that year and appear to be ready to move on, making Bortles a possibility if available.

    *TRADE*

    12. New York Jets: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
    -The Giants trade down, allowing the Jets to move up ahead of the Rams in order to grab the top receiver on the board, Mike Evans. The Texas A&M star gives New York a legitimate weapon to help the progress of quarterback Geno Smith.

    *TRADE*

    13. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
    -The Rams looked at the board and determined another trade down was wise. Fortunately, they found a partner in the Miami Dolphins, who are still looking for someone to replace Jake Long at left tackle. Why not grab another Michigan blocker in Lewan?

    14. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
    -Chicago had one of the worst run defenses in football last year, and could be losing some of their defensive line talent to free agency. If they like what Jernigan brings to the table, he could be the pick here.

    15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
    -Pittsburgh brought former Titans head coach Mike Munchak in to coach their offensive line. Great pick-up, but heís going to need some more talent to work with. Kounadjio finished the season poorly, but has the kind of top level talent a great line coach could foster.

    16. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
    -Word is Monte Kiffin is staying in Dallas, and while itís possible the Cowboys resign free agent defensive end Anthony Spencer, I wonder if they wouldnít rather pick a replacement who may be a better fit. Ealy may be the best defensive end on the board at this point.

    17. Baltimore Ravens: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
    -The Ravensí offense declined this year, in part because of a lack of offensive weapons. They likely missed Anquan Boldin more than they thought they would. Look for them to give Joe Flacco more to work with, perhaps a receiver here in the first round.

    18. New York Giants: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
    -The Giants traded down in order to maximize their value, and now are in a range where I think Ohio Stateís Ryan Shazier makes sense. Partner him with Jon Beason at linebacker, and suddenly that unit is a big strength.

    19. St. Louis Rams: HaSean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    -The Rams moved down for the second time in a row because the value on the board at pick #13 was at a position theyíd already addressed with Greg Robinson. Here, theyíre able to shore up arguably their biggest defensive weakness with a safety in Clinton-Dix.

    *TRADE*

    20. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
    -Knowing the Packers could take a tight end, the Chiefs decide to jump ahead of them and take the best one on the board in Ebron. Heíll help Alex Smith move the chains in Kansas City and hopefully take advantage of the attention Dwayne Bowe receives.

    21. Green Bay Packers: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
    -Green Bay needs to really evaluate what it has on defense and where some improvements could be made. With Ryan Pickett possibly not coming back and Datone Jones disappointing, the Packers could turn to the draft to help this group.

    22. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Gilbert, DB, Oklahoma State
    -Defensive back is a big need in Philadelphia, and fortunately for the Eagles, value meets need here with the selection of Justin Gilbert.

    23. Arizona Cardinals: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
    -Carson Palmer is 34 years old and canít be counted on long term for the Cardinals. They need to start grooming someone to replace him, and it just so happens that Derek Carr is available here.

    24. Cincinnati Bengals: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
    -Both Terence Newman and Adam Jones are on the wrong side of 30, and Leon Hall is coming off of injury. Cornerback might be the biggest position of need for the Bengals, and fortunately for them, there will be viable candidates here in the late first round.

    *TRADE*

    25. New England Patriots: Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh
    -Donald is making himself a lot of money in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, and I have to assume heís catching the eye of a Patriots organization in need of defensive tackle help.

    26. Cleveland Browns (f/IND): Travis Swanson, OL, Arkansas
    -The Browns may be able to resign Alex Mack, but the tone of his recent comments make it sound like heís not going to give them a hometown discount. If they lose him in free agency, Cleveland would be wise to take the best center in the class here.

    27. New Orleans Saints: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford
    -While Junior Galette was a pleasant surprise at outside linebacker, the Saints could use another capable pass rusher in their scheme. Murphy could come off the board before this, so New Orleans considers themselves lucky.

    28. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
    -Buzz is mounting around Jordan Matthews, and the Panthers are in need of more offensive weapons, especially in the event that Steve Smith does not play much longer.

    29. San Diego Chargers: Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
    -The Chargers are in need of an offensive lineman, and orchestrated a trade down to a point where Notre Dameís Zach Martin makes a bit more sense. Whether itís at offensive tackle or guard, heíll help San Diego out.

    30. San Francisco *****: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
    -The rich get richer. Tuitt is a borderline Top 15 talent who had an off year. If heís available here, the ***** would be wise to grab him and let Justin Smith show him what it takes to become a great lineman in the pros.

    31. Denver Broncos: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
    -Denverís personnel at safety isnít intimidating anyone; Calvin Pryor certainly would and should become an instant impact player on the Broncos defense.

    32. Seattle Seahawks: David Yankey, OG, Stanford
    -Seattleís bread and butter is a power running game led by Marshawn Lynch; however, the interior lineman currently starting for the Seahawks could be upgraded. Yankey gives Pete Carroll another Stanford player to taunt Jim Harbaugh with.


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    Re: Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    So, what did we get for those trades?
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    Re: Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    So, what did we get for those trades?
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    Re: Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    So, what did we get for those trades?
    According to the chart, that's about 1400-1500 points of trade equity coming our way.

    Nice.
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    Re: Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    I could definitely see the top 5 playing out just like that. I think we will see a record number of trades in the first round this year.

    Now say we move to 8 and Robinson and Watkins are still on the board. Who would you go with?

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    Re: Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    I like this draft, gives us a chance to stock up on talent. If the Rams were able to get a 2nd and 4th this year and a 1st next year from Minny I'd definitely do it. Maybe grab a WR our 2nd (Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson) and another O-lineman with the Viking's 2nd (Gabe Jackson, Cyril Richardson). The Miami would trade would also be good for us, but only as long as we were still able to get either Haha or Calvin Pryor at 19. Not sure how the points would match up, but maybe Miami giving us their 2nd and 4th would equal up. We could go DT or CB with the Miami 2nd, and grab Garapolo with our own 3rd round pick.

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    Re: Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    According to the chart, that's about 1400-1500 points of trade equity coming our way.

    Nice.
    Is that for both trade downs?
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    Re: Nick's Trade-Happy 2014 First Round Mock (Jan 23 Edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by Richbert88 View Post
    Is that for both trade downs?
    According to the chart at Walter Football, both trades would be worth 1475.

    The first one, from #2 to #8, is worth the majority of that, 1200 points. That would pretty much require next year picks from them, as their 2nd round pick (40) is only worth 500 points.

    Then #13 to #19 is worth 275. One way to equal that would be a 3rd and 4th round pick that year.

    But yeah, Robinson, Dix, and extra 2nd, 3rd, and 4th this year, plus probably a 1st (or 2nd plus later pick) next year. That would be one heck of a potential draft.

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