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2014 NFL Mock Draft
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
-Blaine Gabbert is awful, and Chad Henne isn't much better as a long term solution. It will be a shock if the Jaguars don't select a quarterback this year.
2. Houston Texans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
-If the Texans end up with the second overall pick, they'll likely have a new coaching staff which often times signals the arrival of a new quarterback.
3. Atlanta Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
-The Falcons have been inexplicably awful this year. One area where they could improve is in the pass rush department, where they rank 28th in the league with sacks.
4. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
-Chad Greenway is still manning one OLB position, but the other is up for grabs. The Vikings may want a passer, but may not reach for one with Barr on the board.
5. St. Louis Rams (f/WAS): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
-Jake Long's injury history should always be in the back of the Rams' minds, and while Joe Barksdale has played well this season, that's no reason to pass on Matthews.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
-Donald Penn turns 31 next year and will have only two years left under contract. Rather than extending an aging veteran, the Buccaneers should plan for his replacement.
7. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
-Cleveland is desperate for a quarterback, but in this scenario, opt to take the draft's best receiver over its third best quarterback. Will it pay off?
8. Buffalo Bills: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
-Local prospect Mack would make a lot of sense for a Buffalo team in need of an upgrade at outside linebacker. He's intercepted three passes, has 16.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks this year.
9. Oakland Raiders: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
-I'm not a big fan of Johnny Football, but the Raiders have no business entering the 2014 season with only Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin at quarterback.
10. New York Giants: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
-Jon Beason has been a welcome addition to a struggling Giants team, but more help at linebacker would be even better. Mosley should be able to step right in and contribute.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
-Pittsburgh's personnel at offensive tackle leaves a lot to be desired, so expect them to look long and hard at a first round lineman like Lewan.
12. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
-The Ravens offense really misses the presence of Anquan Boldin, and would be wise to look towards the massive pass-catching talent of Evans if he's available.
13. New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
-The Jets would have liked to see a top receiver fall to them, but they'll be just as happy to grab a quality tight end in Ebron to help Geno Smith on offense.
14. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
-The Dolphins really wanted to keep Jake Long, then traded for Bryant McKinnie who has not been good. It's time for them to readdress the left tackle spot.
15. San Diego Chargers: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford
-No one on the San Diego Chargers roster has more than four sacks this season. Needless to say, they need to start hitting on outside linebacker prospects.
16. St. Louis Rams: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
-Nix is a Top 10 prospect who could slip due to injury. The Rams would love it if that were the case, as it would give them arguably the best four man front in football.
17. Green Bay Packers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, -CB, Oregon
-Sam Shields has not been playing like a guy who wants a big contract extension, so don't be surprised if Green Bay looks for an upgrade at the cornerback position.
18. Chicago Bears: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
-Henry Melton might not be back as a free agent, and the Bears have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Some help up front is needed desperately.
19. Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
-The Eagles could go a couple of different ways with their pick, but as they've allowed the most passing yards in the league this year, upgrading their secondary would be a wise option.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
-Neither Bradley Sowell nor Eric Winston have been effective tackles in Arizona, so the Cardinals should consider a top tackle like Richardson.
21. Tennessee Titans: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
-Bernard Pollard and Michael Griffin have been solid but unspectacular in Tennessee, making the addition of the draft's top safety tempting.
22. Detroit Lions: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
-Will the Lions go back to the wide receiver well? Lee was best with Robert Woods across from him; imagine what he could do playing across from Megatron.
23. Dallas Cowboys: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
-Going interior offensive line two years in a row may be unlikely, but the Cowboys would be wise to grab Richardson as a major upgrade at left guard.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
-James Harrison is fine for now, but is rather old and has only one year left on his deal. Shazier gives the Bengals a plan for the future.
25. Cleveland (f/IND): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
-The Browns gambled on taking Sammy Watkins early, hoping to get a quality passer later. It worked out for them, as they're able to grab Derek Carr in the 25 spot.
26. San Francisco *****: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
-Justin Smith is still getting it done, but he's getting up there in age and is under contract for only two more seasons. Tuitt could be groomed behind him.
27. New England Patriots: Travis Swanson, OL, Arkansas
-This may be a bit high for Swanson, but I wouldn't be shocked to see the Patriots pull a move to grab arguably the draft's best center to replace Ryan Wendell.
28. Carolina Panthers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
-Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are fine but we know what they are at this point. Robinson would be a fine upgrade to the weapons around Cam Newton.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
-The Chiefs may prefer a receiver to help stretch the field, but they also have a big hole at tight end. That's a hole that the athletic Amaro could easily fill.
30. New Orleans Saints: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
-I'm not convinced Ogbuehi comes out this year, but if he does, he'd make a lot of sense for a New Orleans team that needs to do a better job protecting Drew Brees.
31. Denver Broncos: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
-Champ Bailey can't stay healthy, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is entering a voidable year. The intelligent move would be to restock the pond at corner.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
-With Browner likely gone and Thurmond in trouble with drugs, the Seahawks should follow suit after the Broncos and grab a corner as well.
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Good write up.
I think it was ugly that we accepted the penalty with the Seagulla on 4 and 10. Giving them a new (long) third down. I am pretty sure they would not have gone for it on 4 and 10.
Else great game.-12-28-2015, 01:39 AM
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