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2014 NFL Mock Draft

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

The Steelers could go in a bunch of directions with this pick. OLB and ILB are huge needs as they will look to replace James Harrison and Larry Foote. At the end of the day, the Steelers will look to add someone that can replace the production of Harrison. Pressuring Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco is key to success in this division and it was evident this season that the aging Steelers defense couldn’t do that with consistency. Jones is a steal at 17 and if he checks out medically, there’s little chance he makes it down this far.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

The futures of Josh Brent and Jay Ratliff are major question marks at this point. If Ratliff is back, the Cowboys need a big body to plug in next to him. Hankins slides a bit with his tendency to run hot and cold but there’s no doubt that he’s a solid value at No. 18.

19. New York Giants – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

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Classic Jerry Reese selection. Jones gives Perry Fewell the flexibility to kick inside on passing downs and an able body to play the run off the edge. Jones exploded onto the scene after a solid senior season and an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl. This one has Jerry Reese written all over it as he continues to collect DL.

20. Chicago Bears – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

Marc Trestman will have his work cut out for him in assembling something that represents an NFL caliber offensive line. For too many years, the Bears have been hampered by the play of their offensive line. It’s time to get aggressive in re-working this unit. Finding a free agent option at tackle would be nice but spending big bucks on a Jake Long type may not be the wisest use of cap room. Cooper’s selection here gives them someone that can step in immediately at guard.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

Teaming Vaccaro and Reggie Nelson would give the Bengals a formidable backend. Re-signing Thomas Howard and moving Vontaze Burfict inside might be the best option. That leaves them without a SLB but they can find someone in free agency to fill in or go with the oft injured Dontay Moch. Passing on Vaccaro here would not be a good idea as he slides right into their lap and fills a major need.

22. St. Louis Rams (f/Washington) – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Word is that Fluker won’t make it out of the top 20 picks, meaning someone must think his floor is Chicago. While I can buy that one, I think the Bears would have to take Cooper over Fluker. The Rams, on the other hand, have a serious need at RT. This pick leaves Rodger Saffold at LT but solves their OL issues with Warmack and Fluker reuniting in St. Louis.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Arthur Brown, ILB/OLB, Kansas St.

Wide Receiver is a huge need for the Vikings. Outside of Percy Harvin they have nothing at the position, especially if they can’t bring back Jerome Simpson. That said, the Vikings have little in terms of linebacker talent outside of Chad Greenway. Arthur Brown gives them some versatility to play any of the three LB spots.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Jerraud Powers and Darius Butler are free agents leaving Vontae Davis and Cassius Vaughn as the only options at the position. Outside of Davis, I don’t see a No. 2 option on the roster, leaving the fast rising Trufant a logical option at No. 24. The Colts spot could be a hot one for trade action as they look to recoup their lost 2nd round pick with the Vontae Davis trade.

25. Seattle Seahawks – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

This may be a bit of a reach but the Seahawks haven’t been afraid to reach in the past. Short can be a flat out dominant, penetrating DT when is switch is on. He was unblockable in the Senior Bowl game and had a solid week of practice. He’s exactly what the Seahawks are looking for in their defense and gives them some much needed interior pass rush.

26. Green Bay Packers – Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

After watching San Francisco torch the Packers it became apparent that the middle of the defense has to be upgraded. I like the Pack taking a TE but its clear that’s a luxury they can’t afford with so many defensive needs.

27. Houston Texans – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins could walk into a perfect position in Houston as he’ll be able to learn from Andre Johnson. Hopkins is a solid route runner that is dangerous if he gets behind the defense. He isn’t a burner but his ability to shield defenders with his body and prowess as a pass catcher should have him coming off the board before the end of round one.

"Manti Te'o"28. Denver Broncos – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Keith Brooking has seen his better days as a starter. Joe Mays lost the starting gig to Brooking and won’t be back. This pick makes a ton of sense as the Broncos haven’t had a leader on the inside of their defense since Al Wilson manned the middle. It’s a good situation for Te’o as he steps into a strong locker room. Best case scenario for Te’o.

29. New England Patriots – Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

I really can’t see the Patriots ponying up the money to re-sign Wes Welker, not Bill’s style. With Welker, Deion Branch and Julian Edelman heading towards free agency, the Pats are relatively broke at the WR position. Keenan Allen offers some major upside to take Tom Brady into retirement. Allen is a RB with the ball in his hands and was hampered his entire career by poor QB play.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

It doesn’t sound like Tony Gonzalez is going to be back with the team next season. At 37, it’s no surprise as he watch one of the top TE’s in the history of the game walk away. The offense is opened up so much with an effective TE working the middle. This could be the steal of the draft if Ertz falls to the 30th pick and should be a slam dunk by the Falcons.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

The San Francisco secondary was exposed (completely) by Joe Flacco and the Ravens. The ‘Niners may boast one of the strongest rosters top to bottom and can afford to take a shot on Ryan who many believe is a second rounder. He’s one of my personal favorites in the draft as he offers playmaking ability and is solid in run support. I prefer him to Johnthan Banks and I think some teams will be with me on that one.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

The lack of athleticism in the middle almost cost Baltimore a Super Bowl. Ray Ray is done, which will be a huge loss in terms of leadership but not on the field play. Ray and Dannell Ellerbe were abused in pass coverage, exposing a giant weakness on this defense.

Ogletree has top 20 talent and is a top 10 athlete but a combination of off the field issues with lack of physicality could have him fall into the laps of the Ravens. Good news for the Super Bowl champs as he fits their need to a tee.

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  • Bex_R1986

    No need to discuss the Bucs, 1st round pick, we’ve done that enough! In the 2nd, and given the way your mock plays out to that point, I personally would sooner take Eiffert or Banks than take Williams. Firstly I have both ranked higher. Second, TE is rumoured to be an early target, and other rumours from the Senior Bowl were that many Bucs coaches love Banks (though no mention if that includes the men that matter in Dominek and Schiano).

    Bailey and Goodman would be very good pick ups in the 3rd and 4th rounds. We could use a different kind of WR to Williams and Jackson; he could fit the bill. Goodman is someone who has the potential to be devastating, but hasn’t matched it yet with production. Could wind up a steal. If Bennett goes, this will also fit a need.

    A few steals in this mock by my reckoning. I have ILB Ogletree as No. 10 overall, though I can understand the drop with the off field concerns. Larry Warford and Philip Thomas are also bargains at their spots.

    Excellent mock once again, always a great read!

    • bradc11

      Had to put my personal feelings aside and go with what I’m hearing on Rhodes. I had Eifert there but changed it to Williams at the last minute. The depth at TE is very solid this year and Williams has first round ability at a position that carries more positional value. Bailey is a steal if he lasts that long. I have a borderline first round grade on him, so obviously I think very highly of him.

      You are higher on Ogletree than I am. I have a late first round grade and that’s where he falls. Love his athleticism but needs to be able to take on blocks at the next level. Gets away with it in college because of his speed and burst but that won’t be the case in the NFL.

      I agree on Warford. Absolute steal. Another guy I have a borderline 1st round grade on that may be a steal. I like Thomas but don’t love his overall game. I didn’t love the physicality he plays with. For that reason I could see him falling into that 2-3 range.

      • Bex_R1986

        Interesting point on Ogletree. I have another Georgia game scheduled to watch soon, so I’ll focus on your points and consider whether it warrants lowering him a little.

        • bradc11

          Really struggles to shed. I would say watch a particular tape but it’s pretty much every game.

          • bauercody

            I’ve notcied he also tackles very high

  • Reggie

    The Lions draft would be very fortunate. Damontre Moore would be a nice addition to the Lions. They have already released Kyle Vanden Bosch so DE is a big need. Terrance Williams would be a nice player to have but you have sold me on Markus Wheeton…so why not him over Williams? Either way a #2 WR is needed since Broyles is injury prone and we have no depth. Larry Warford in Round 3 is sick. Peterman has already been released and their is no replacement on this team. Some think Fox will move inside but that is nothing more than speculation. GREAT MOCK AND LIONS SUPER BOWL 2014.

    • bradc11

      If it were me drafting, I take Wheaton over Williams every day and twice on Thursday. I have a mid-first round grade on Wheaton and loves his game. Warford is a monster steal in the 3rd. I can’t envision him lasting that long but that’s how the board fell. This would be a very solid start for the Lions.

      • Reggie

        So with Williams you went with a consensus on him other than personal feelings. I can understand that.

        • bradc11

          Solely based on consensus. Right now is the time that I start to transition from my rankings on slotting players to more of a consensus approach.

  • Green Fever

    I would hope the Jets would pick Dion Jordan over Mingo. I would also like Mike Glennon or Chance Warmack as the pick.

    • bradc11

      Mike Glennon is going to get a long look in this range. Someone is likely to fall in love with his physical tools and take him fairly high. Mingo and Jordan are neck and neck for me but I think someone will take Mingo really high in this draft. I know teams in the top 5 value both these players very highly. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these guys is at the top of some teams draft board. That kind of physical talent.

  • brownlead

    BROWNS: If Gocong was perfectly suited to play SAM, he would have played there years ago when Mangini used the 3-4 and started over guys like Fujita, Matt Roth and David Bowens. He played LILB then and was fairly solid.

    • bradc11

      From a skills standpoint, Gocong fits SAM better than inside. He has said he’s more comfortable there after playing in college. Roth, Bowens, and Fujita played fairly well. From a skill set standpoint, I’d like to see him play on the strongside and see what he can do opposite Sheard. Sheard was a guy coming out of college that I was intrigues as a standup LB. I’ll get my shot to see if he can make the transition. Also, there’s going to be plenty of options in free agency…Paul Kruger, Anthony Spencer, Shaun Phillips, etc could hit the market.

  • dru_down

    Given that three rookie QBs made the playoffs, the notion that Matt Barkley will not be in the top 10 is laughable.

    • Matt

      Pretty much everyone has him as the 3rd or 4th best QB in the class, so you should be extremely surprised if he goes in the top 10

      • dru_down

        We’ll see.

        • Reggie

          He just doesnt stand out anywhere. I agree top 15 possibility. Christian Ponder went close to the top 10 so Barkley could go there. Its just he lacks elite physical tools, regressed a lot this season, and the stigma of USC QB’s all might hold him back

    • bradc11

      I’m not going to disagree with you on that one. I have him as my 2nd rated QB and he could very well go in the top 10. The problem is that I don’t see him a fit in Arian’s system. Buffalo doesn’t seem like a great fit for his skills and the Jets, I really don’t think they will go that route. Outside of those teams you don’t have anyone unless Oakland surprises everyone and goes with a QB. I believe he’s a first round talent but I think it will be with someone trading back or back into the first.

      • dru_down

        Someone will trade up for him (a la Washington and RGIII). Wait and see him taken in the top 10…even top 5.

  • GoHawks!

    I believe the Seahawks gets the 99th pick in the 4th Round from the Raiders.

    • bradc11

      The pick is conditional on Curry’s playing time. At this point, I don’t know if its the 4th or 5th round pick. I will research it to see if he met the conditions for the 4th.

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Tyler Eifert! really brad? ugh, give me a real TE like Travis Kelce,Gavin Escobar or Dion Sims. Oh yeah, give me a Deandre Hopkins or Quinton Patton over J.Jones.

    • bradc11

      I like Kelce and Escobar but Dion Sims over Eifert. I have Escobar close to a grade with Eifert and Kelce not far behind but Sims??? News broke yesterday from a Cedar Sinai spine specialist that basically said not to be worried about the stenosis as it doesn’t increase risk of further injury and more than you and I. Jones won’t make it down to you, if true, so you may be drafting the likes of Hopkins or Patton. Minter is looking like a solid target at this point.

      • neighborhooddrunkpart2

        True, but if I can get Bostic in the forth the no need for draft minter in the first. Yea, Hopkins or Patton would look good in Black & Gold. You don’t think that Sims isn’t a good as Eifert?

        • bradc11

          I don’t think Sims is close to Eifert in terms of talent. Sims has the physical tools minus long speed but it doesn’t translate to the field as often as it should. Can’t figure out why people are down on Eifert. Still remains a legit 1st round prospect.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            Do you think the Browns can win 8 games this year?

          • bradc11

            I would take the under but I’m hopeful.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            Whats your thoughts on the Browns 2012 Draft?

          • bradc11

            Looks like a very solid draft especially when you consider Gordon in the supplemental. Building blocks at WR, RB, RT, DT/DE. Verdict out on Weeden but if he can take a step forward you have to think that it’s a really great draft.

          • Reggie

            As a lifetime MSU fan I can tell you that Sims is no where near Eiffert. Sims is slow (285 pounds), his blocking is over rated, injury prone, and questionable charecter. Was kicked off the team for being part of a lab top theft from schools. Was brought back but you add all those up and it screams to me backup TE who can be used as a red zone specialist. He creates no seperation. He does have soft hands and good body control. Round 5 prospect to me.

          • bradc11

            Reggie knows best on this one. I agree on all points and I think you and I have talked about Sims as an NFL prospect.

  • Braeden

    I’d rather see the pats go CB (ryan specifically based on your mock) than any WR, although if we were to go wideout I like williams as my top WR and better than allen for sure.

    • bradc11

      I won’t argue value of WR’s although Williams wouldn’t be my choice. I did give serious consideration to Ryan at this spot. He really fits what they are looking for.

  • Shawn

    Arthur Brown for the Vikings over guys like Te’o, Ogletree, and Minter? Very unlikely!

    • bradc11

      Not seen much film on Brown?

  • Reggie

    Brad,
    Seeing the mock go this way I have a couple players I would like your thoughts on: Andre Ellington, Sean Porter,and Devin Taylor. Those are who I could see the Lions targeting as well as any safeties left over.

    • bradc11

      Three very polarizing players. Some think Ellington is a second rounder. He’s a 4-5 in my book. He was more physical this season but still doesn’t scream everydown back for me. Porter is a guy that I don’t have a great feel for and need to do more homework on. Taylor is a high upside guy that you have to wonder how much he loves the game. Fell off the map after a remarkable sophomore season. Seems that as guys started getting all the attention he was ok with playing second fiddle. I would wonder about his want-to. Talent is there but needs technique refinement. Plays high.

  • John Steppling

    great mock……only a couple thoughts. I cant see Brandon Jenkins getting out of the second. He is a big time talent. I also cant believe warford wont be high second round. And then bennie logan……this guy is an enigma to me a bit…..your thoughts if he can maybe rise higher?

    • bradc11

      Concerns with Jenkins injury and will have to make the transition to play OLB. I’d like to see how well he looks on his feet before I increase his grade. He’s one I’ll be watching intently at the Combine. 100% agree on Warford. He’s a monster and I can’t see him falling that far but that’s the way the board fell. Logan is capable of rising higher but haven’t seen the production (I know it’s an LSU guy w/o production). He’s athletic and has the physical upside but just don’t get anything from him on tape. He’s a 3-4 round grade for me at this point.

  • John Steppling

    also…corey lemonier is the steal of all time if he drops all the way to the fourth round.

    • bradc11

      Lemonier is an enigma for me. Games he looks outstanding (1st rounder) and games that I don’t notice him. He will be another 34 OLB transition that I need to see on his feet before I jump over the moon for him. Right now, he’s a little average for me.

  • http://twitter.com/Djnd1974 Donald Dueitt

    Why does everyone insist on giving the Saints Dion Jordan? They’re going to be trying to improve the defense not make it worse by drafting a bust. They’re also changing to a 34 defense yet they draft a WR instead of a NT? If your going to give them an ofensive player in the 1st 4 rds. it should be an OT.

  • cory

    Probably the best mock i’ve seen IMO because it’s definetly the most similar to my own. Only a few notable problems being Geno Smith being first overall which I do not believe hes even close to worthy of that spot, and I think Ogletree should be in the 8-21 range and Vacarro should both be in the 5-16 range. Both I agree on a ton of choices on here, the guy knows what he’s talking about.

    • cory

      But* not both

      • bradc11

        I do, don’t I? Seriously thanks for the feedback. I agree on Vaccaro. I like him in the 10-20 range and think he’s a really solid value at 21. Ogletree, I don’t love as much as some others. Doesn’t play physical enough for my liking at the position. Relies on unbelievable athleticism which won’t cut it at the next level. Geno is up for debate. He’s my 13th ranked prospect…higher than many have him…but I don’t love him as the first overall pick. That said, in my eyes if you don’t have a QB, you have to aggressively go after one. Until the Chiefs pick up someone via trade or free agency you will see me mocking my top rated QB at the spot. I agree he’s not worthy of that spot but positional value is through the roof at that position.

  • Reggie

    Brad,

    I think Damontre Moore will be one to watch at the Combine. I am starting to think his athleticism is a little over rated. If that is the case I am unsure of him at 5. I do not like the feeling I get from Dion Jordan either. I know we have butted heads but unless Jouchel falls or Werner I think Ezekial Ansah, Eric Fischer, or Dee Millner might be gaining consideration. It all depends on if the Lions resign Houston or Avril. They will not be able to do both. Fischer would be a great fit on this team…more so than Warmack. We just do not run the ball enough to consider him. Sounds like we might go after free agent OL talent…such as Levitre maybe? Also if he clears medical reports do not count out Jarvis Jones….Xanders might want a similiar blitzing LB as Von Miller and our LB core is vanilla without the promise of toppings.