Adam Cole's 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Published at 5/1/2014 7:50:28 PM
This is the second edition of my mock draft for this year. Three round mock with full write ups for the first two rounds. Trade(s) included. Please feel free to leave comments and feedback! I greatly appreciate it. (Written April 19th, 2014)
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So C.J. Mosley only plummets to 17. Mosley’s draft stock has been thrown around from being a top-10 pick to possibly falling out of the first round. Regardless, Mosley stock is shaky, but he appears to be a good prospect. His only troubling signs are some injury issues in the past, but that seems to be the extent of it. Mosley could be a great player in Baltimore if used to his fullest potential.
The chances of Kelvin Benjamin being the third Receiver off the board are slim, but there have been multiple reports that the Jets like Benjamin a lot and I can see why. There is a lot of upside to Benjamin, as much of his game is raw talent, but if molded by the right team, Benjamin has the potential to be a star in this league. New York has shown they’d take a risk on just about any and every kind of player.
Taylor Lewan is honestly a top-10 talent. His athleticism has really shown up as of late and solidified his draft stock, but there’s still a great chance he falls on draft day because of character concerns. If so, Miami would be happy to hop on him with the 19th pick. Lewan and Branden Albert would be a great pair of bookends in Miami.
Arizona could have the steal of the draft if Anthony Barr falls to them at 20. Barr is a really big guy with a lot of raw abilities. He’s got a lot of potential to be an all-pro player in this league. His only problem is one a lot of teams have flagged him on and that is his game isn’t refined enough for the pro level. He plays on a lot of his raw ability and it can bode well in college, but once a player hits the big time, he has got to mature and if Barr can’t mature, he’s a hit-and-miss prospect. This pick is high risk and high reward in the end.
Green Bay’s Safety corps did not show up to play last year and because of it, the team’s defense ranked in the bottom tier of the league. Calvin Pryor is someone who could come in and revamp the Packers’ secondary entirely. He’s very instinctive and one of the hardest hitters in this draft class. His run support is probably the best of the entirety of Safety prospects in this class as well. He has a lot of intangibles that will serve him well at the next level.
One of the hottest offseason stories was the Eagles’ release of pro-bowl Wide Receiver Desean Jackson. With Jackson gone, Philadelphia’s receiver corps certainly isn’t where it used to be, but has some potential to fall off even more because of an injury prone Jeremy Maclin. Whether the Eagles bring him in to be the first, second, or third guy on the depth chart, I think Odell Beckham could serve them well from any of those spots. He’d most likely be the third guy on the depth chart and I feel that’d be best for him as he isn’t a fully developed player. He still has a lot to learn and he’d do it best from that spot, but he could turn into someone Philly could depend on for a long while.
I still see Kansas City benefitting best from selecting Marqise Lee in the first round. He could come in and serve as a number two guy quite well, as him and Dwayne Bowe have contrasting play styles that complement each other. Bowe is a red-zone threat, while Lee is a guy who can perform in all aspects of being a Receiver. His final season at Southern Cal wasn’t very phenomenal, but it shouldn’t take away from his potential.
Cincinnati doesn’t have a glaring hole at Defensive Tackle, but Ra’Shede Hageman is an athletic prospect who is versatile enough to play any spot on the defensive line. He has a rare combination of size and athleticism that allow him to make plays very few Tackles can make. With that being said, it basically means Hageman would be drafted here to cover the serious need of Defensive End that the Bengals have, which Hageman could certainly do and do at a very high level.
San Diego needs secondary help and they need it badly. Last year’s pass defense was one of the worst three in the league and needs an overhaul if it even wants to think about being a decent secondary next season. Jason Verrett would be a solid building block to recovering this secondary. He’s not the most versatile prospect, but he goes out and he produces. That is simply what the Chargers need right now and they would look foolish to pass up on it.
I have Cleveland picking the same players at 4 and 26 as I did in my first edition simply because the two of them are the most ideal additions to the team. Manziel fits well with the potential offensive scheme (and as we all know, he’s a tremendous prospect.) And Brandin Cooks is a guy who could provide as another weapon for Manziel. Cooks is small and would most likely be used out of the slot, but when he gets the ball in his hands, he is gone. He’s the type of player to turn a nine-yard catch into a 90-yard touchdown. The versatility Cooks would add to the receiving corps in Cleveland is unparalleled.
New Orleans has an adequate pass rush, but a player like Dee Ford takes them to the next level. Ford is a little undersized, but his highlight tape is phenomenal. He shows a great deal of quickness when getting into the backfield and overpowers lineman with great block shredding moves. He’s almost good enough to play Defensive End. Regardless, Dee Ford can revamp New Orleans’ pass rush.
Carolina released Steve Smith during the offseason and shortly after, the team’s receiving corps just looked pitiful on paper. Carolina doesn’t even have a receiver worthy of being a #2. Davante Adams isn’t going to come in and be a, top tier, number one receiver for the Panthers, but Adams’ stats at Fresno State show one thing: he was a total workhorse. He pulled in 131 receptions and 24 receiving touchdowns in his final season in Fresno. Adams is a receiver who produces and that is just what Carolina needs.
--TRADE-- (Oakland trades 36th and 107th overall selections to New England for the 29th overall selection.)
Ah, the first trade of the draft has Oakland making a very impactful splash. Oakland drafted the best offensive playmaker in the draft, 5th overall, and they’ve found a great Quarterback to complement him at pick 29. It has been rumored that Oakland has had a “very big crush” on QB prospect Derek Carr and with great reason. On tape especially, he’s one of the better Quarterbacks in the draft class. He has a great arm and does everything he needs to make a play. He seems dedicated to the sport and could provide for Oakland from the QB1 spot for quite a while.
San Francisco always goes into the season looking like a championship contending team. A player like Bradley Roby solidifies that idea even more. Roby has all the skills to perform at the next level, but his only problem is lacking focus. There were multiple times at Ohio State where he looked flustered on the field. This could turn into an issue, but I believe Jim Harbaugh and the rest of his staff should be able to handle it well and develop his play.
Denver would benefit from a guy like Kyle Fuller lining up alongside Aquib Talib. Fuller is really well built for the position of Cornerback and is one of the many defensive prospects who plays very instinctively. His intangibles are outstanding, but he still has one problem. He missed a great deal of time because of injury. Fuller should be able to work his way back from his injury haunted past and be a great player in this league.
I haven’t heard this pick being tossed around at all, but it certainly makes a great deal of sense. Seattle looked like the best offense in the league in last year’s Super Bowl, but their Offensive Line could actually use some players. The right side has hardly any depth and, worst-case scenario; Morgan Moses could be used for depth on the right side of the offensive line, if not more.