2014 NFL Mock Draft – 2 Rounds Chock Full of Trades

Posted by Brad On April – 11 – 2014

33. Houston Texans – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

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Hageman has the ability to dominate at the line of scrimmage with his combination of size, strength, and athleticism. That said, there is work to do in the consistency department

34. Washington Redskins – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

The Redskins need a RT and Moses would be a perfect answer to that problem.

35. Cleveland Browns – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

I don’t know how Verrett falls out of round one but he does in this instance – could his size force him to fall a bit? Maybe. If he does, Cleveland would be happy to snag his talents with the 35th pick.

36. Oakland Raiders – Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

The Raiders added Sio Moore in last year’s draft. Teaming Moore and Ford as outside pass rushers is too good to be true for Reggie McKenzie.

37. Houston Texans – Brad Roby, CB, Ohio St.

An ILB makes a ton of sense here but Roby is too talented to fall much further than this point. He needs some refinement in terms of technique but could be a great addition to the Texans secondary. CB isn’t a huge need but Rick Smith can’t pass on the value.

38. St. Louis Rams – Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St.

This pick could come down to which FSU safety. Brooks wins out in this mock as he could make a really nice complement to T.J. McDonald.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

The Jags are patient with their QB and get a guy that I value as the third best QB in this draft.

40. Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

The Vikings really need a talent upgrade in their linebacking corps. Van Noy is not a guy that is going to blow you away with measurables but he shows up with big plays every week.

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41. Buffalo Bills – Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

The Bills find a difference maker at the TE position with really great value. I think Amaro is the best TE in this draft so getting him with the 41st pick should make EJ Manuel’s day.

42. Tennessee Titans – Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St.

The Titans have officially cut ties with Chris Johnson. Not a surprise to anyone but nevertheless it creates a hole in the backfield. Hyde can more than fill that hole.

43. New York Giants – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

The Giants need to add some playmaking talent for Eli Manning. They have little in terms of the TE position and ASJ seems to be convincing teams that he’s matured. If he has indeed matured, he’s a first round talent that is likely to be a great value in the second.

44. St. Louis Rams – Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada

Bitonio gives the Rams some flexibility as he can play either guard or tackle. They need a little of both so this one makes sense.

45. Detroit Lions – Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

This one switches from Davante Adams to Latimer. He’s as hot a name as anyone in the draft right now after an impressive pro day. But he’s more than just a flash in the pan. Remember when people were bagging me for having him in my top 100?

46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.

If Adams becomes a more consistent catcher of the football, the Steelers will have struck gold on this one. He’s got all the intangibles to be really good and loads of potential.

47. Dallas Cowboys – Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

Tony Romo is 33-years old and they don’t have a young QB to groom on the roster. While QB probably isn’t high on their list of needs, a chance to grab a talent like Mettenberger may be too great to pass on.

48. Baltimore Ravens – Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

The Ravens will be looking to replace some depth on the defensive line. The addition of Stephon Tuitt should do just that and he could be leaned on early on as a rotational player.

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  • Micheal Profetta

    I love the SL/Donald pick. I’m not sure why we don’t see it more often. Kendall Langford has done a great job mentoring Brockers, but Langford’s performance doesn’t match his salary. He’ll be a cap casualty by 2015, if not before the 2014 season. The Rams like to rotate their D-linemen, and Donald would be the perfect complement to Brockers. If the Rams trade with the Falcons, I wouldn’t be surprised if they take Donald at #6, then hope that Clinton-Dix, Lewan, or Evans slips to #13. Not sure about the PIT/Mosley pick. Mosley and Timmons are essentially the same guy. (Slightly undersized, three-down LB who excels in coverage.) Timmons is locked in as the nickel backer – the Steelers need a two-down thumper like Borland or Skov to challenge Vince Williams. I’m thinking that Pittsburgh addresses the trenches in the first round.

    • bradc11

      Great fit for Donald in St. Louis. I had him there awhile back but he’s been off the board, usually to the Giants since. I agree that he’s got a shot at being drafted in the top ten. Tough to pass on interior pass rushers.

      Mosley is a top ten value in my book. I wholeheartedly agree that he’s very similar to Timmons but I think his instincts allow him to win on first and second down…very similar to Luke Kuechly (not quite as good but close) in that regards. All that said, I agree with you – if I’m the Steelers I’m taking Zack Martin and walking away feeling pretty good about my draft.

  • Reggie

    While I think it will be a lot and I think the Lions should show patience….part of me will die a bit once Sammy Watkins goes to someone else.
    Anthony Barr I am watching more and more of. Love the potential and I hope we can bring it out of him….Ansah was similar in that regard and he had a nice rookie season. I am not as sure of Lattimore as you are. Over Davante Adams is risky. Lattimore has nice upside and I do like him as a prospect but early 2nd Round might be too high. What are your thoughts on him?

    • bradc11

      Latimer has been a top 100 guy for me for a long time. Obviously I’ve seen a ton of him playing in the Big Ten. He’s everything you want from a measurables perspective and between the play calling and quarterback play we haven’t seen the best of him on the field. I think he winds up early day two when it’s all said and done.

      • Reggie

        I have watched more and more of Barr. It is hard to draw complete consensus. His measurables are off the chart. He looks very fluid out there and his burst is awesome. That said he looks blocked a lot of the time and is not a violent hitter. There are some reservations the more I watch of him but I do believe his skill set is something we are missing.

        This draft falls into two variables to me with projecting Lions trade

        If we exclude last year and you told me you could get Watkins but had to lose a 2nd and 4th I would say absolutely. I can go without Leshoure, Broyles, Young.

        Now if we are the team that drafted last year and we will continue to draft well I say keep your picks because Ansah, Slay, and Devin Taylor is more than Watkins.

  • Dave

    You don’t draft a RT/OG with the 4th pick in the draft, very poor allocation of resources

    • bradc11

      Tell that to the Chiefs and Jaguars. A guard I could agree with but look at today’s NFL. RT is not very different from LT. Gone are the days of big, plodding road grading RT’s. You need athletes at both tackle spots because defenses are becoming more multiple and moving guys around. Robinson is a great fit for the scheme and I’m not sure Mitchell Schwartz is in this regime’s short-term plans. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they plugged Robinson in at RT and Schwartz was tried inside or shown a seat on the bench…he’s a liability against speed rushers off the edge – see Cameron Wake.

      • Dave

        Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel will both be playing LT next season. In the last 25 years only two RTs have been drafted in the top ten picks of the draft. Andre Smith who was drafted to play LT but struggled there and had to move to RT, and Lane Johnson who will likely be playing LT before the end of his rookie deal. I also think Schwartz isn’t as bad as people are making him out to be, he play well against speed rushers his rookie and he struggled early last season but got progressively better as the season went on. Joe Thomas make around 11MIL per season, Alex Mack is about receive a large offer sheet from the Jags which the Browns probably will match. With two most important position on the O-line locked down and Schwartz being a early 2nd round pick the Browns don’t to invest premium picks in the O-line.

  • metalhead65

    I hope your right about the Bears pick or they take dix. the years of drafting guys in the later rounds have not worked out so well for them so time to draft the best guy there for once.

    • bradc11

      I see a CB for the Bears in round one. Don’t know who but I think that’s a position they target early.

  • Duncan

    I give the Bill’s draft a “A”. Solid picks that mix need and BPA. I love Amaro in the second, especially. I think teams are getting too down on him for his slow forty, when it was never his speed that made him successful in college. It was more his hands and route running that got him open, not so much his athleticism. He reminds me a lot of Dallas Clark in the fact that he knows how to work the middle of the field and that he rarely drops anything that come his way. Great, big target for Manuel.

    Lewan is, again, a solid pick that will help pave the way C.J. and Fred in the run and protect our injury prone QB, EJ Manuel.

    • bradc11

      This really is a perfect scenario for the Bills. I’m not a Lewan fan but consensus seems to have him in that late top 10 range. Love Amaro and how he could change the offense a bit for Manuel.

  • Nick

    Vikings would easily draft teddy over Carr. turners offense is built around mature, good decision makers with a solid arm and pocket presence which Teddy is exactly and Carr still needs to grow

    • bradc11

      Norv’s offense is hinged on a QB’s ability to threaten the defense vertically. Teddy’s struggles at Louisville really were in the vertical game, his accuracy was very average at 18+.

  • Dave

    Browns pick makes absolutely no sense. The only way that makes sense is you are a Raiders fan and needed to find some “pick” for the team in front of you so you could mock draft your ideal pick to your favorite team. The Browns have a very solid O-line. They need playmakers, not more linemen. Ruins your entire mock.

    • bradc11

      Browns’ fans not big fans of Greg Robinson. With Alex Mack re-upping w/the Browns this probably becomes less likely. I don’t expect the Browns to take a WR at No. 4, so that leaves Clowney, Mack if they fall or a QB.

  • TheOUTLAW1982 .

    Horrid Browns pick

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    The steelers will draft offensive in the first round this year. That is how
    Colbert drafting pattern go, Defense one year, the offensive the next
    year. They will most likely draft Odell Beckham, Marqise Lee or Kelvin
    “lazy” Benjamin. Then CB, in the second round.