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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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Round 1

17. Ravens: C.J. Mosley, Outside Linebacker, Alabama

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.


18. Jets: Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Florida State

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.


19. Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan

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.


20. Cardinals: Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

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.


21. Packers: Calvin Pryor, Free Safety, Louisville

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.




22. Eagles: Odell Beckham, Wide Receiver, LSU

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.


23. Chiefs: Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver, USC (Southern California)

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.


24. Bengals: RaShede Hageman, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota

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.


25. Chargers: Jason Verrett, Cornerback, TCU

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.


26. Browns: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State

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.



27. Saints: Dee Ford, Outside Linebacker, Auburn

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.


28. Panthers: Davante Adams, Wide Receiver, Fresno State

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.


29. Raiders: Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State

--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.

TRADE!

30. 49ers: Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State

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.


31. Broncos: Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

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.


32. Seahawks: Morgan Moses, Offensive Tackle, Virginia

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.


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Mike Reynolds says:
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Rotten GB 2-3 draft.  The Packers have 7 DEs including Peppers and two #1 picks plus a #2 pick at DE.  All are as good or better than Crighton.  Also Crighton is not a 3/4 DE.  Plus passing on an ILB-C-TE to get a third string backup isn't going to happen.  Taking a small school and small stature OLB in the third is also ridiculous.  Tripp is a little guy for LB (6'2 1/2"  and weighs only 229 lbs actual weight).  He doesn't tackle well and will get eaten up by much bigger and better O-linemen. 
 
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I love the Lewan pick as a Phins fan, but no way he falls out of the top-10. Also I don't see the Dolphins passing up on Tre Mason in the 3rd- round when they might get him in the 2nd- round, because an aging Moreno that signed to a one-year deal obviously isn't the answer.
 
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Vikes Fan says:
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I like the 1st and 2nd round picks, but then Why smallwood and a Center? I would take SS Dixon in the 3rd if you take Van Noy in the 2nd, then a Guard in the end of the 3rd, or a TE to replace Carlson being let go.  I just think drafting a Center when there are 2 already is a waste for a 3rd round pick when there are so many holes and other positions that would benefit more from the depth.
 
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adamthecole replied:
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I've said this before, but I think Bodine is athletic enough that he will be able to swap around positions on the Interior Line for the majority of his career. He could be able to play Guard, Center, etc. for Minnesota. 
 
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CoffeePartier says:
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Regarding Lewan,

Although he certainly is talented and athletically gifted, Lewan doesn't seem to possess the character that the Dolphins would want to be linked with.  He's connected with threatening to rape a woman that was bringing sexual assault charges against Lewan's roommate, the team kicker.  

http://nypost.com/2014/04/20/rape-allegations-could-hurt-draft-status-of-michigan-ot-lewan/

 
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JD says:
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What is it with people calling Arizonas D-line old?! Campbell is 27, Dan Williams is 26, and our backup NT is 23, and yet I've seen the same argument made in about 10 different mock drafts. The only guy who needs replacing any time soon is Dockett.
 
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adamthecole replied:
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So maybe my notion of the Arizona D-Line was off, but what it doesn't take away from is the age of Darnell Dockett and how valued he is in the franchise. Tuitt could come in and learn under Dockett for the short amount of time Dockett has left in the league and once Dockett is gone Tuitt could step in and fill the starting role.

I appreciate the feedback very much and opening my eyes to fact that Arizona does have a solidly aged Defensive Line. 

 
 
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JD replied:
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Don't get me wrong, I completely agree with you that now is the time to bring in Docketts successor. He hasn't been as effective the last few years, and his salary is getting a bit unwieldy for his level of play. I just query where this perception of age is coming from, as you aren't the only one to make note of it when analysing a predicted selection.

 
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Todd Flair says:
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Horrendous 2-3 round picks for the Packers.  They are loaded with DEs who are as good as or better than richton.  Crichton is too small (269 lbs) to play DE in a 3/4 and way too slow for an OLB.  Taking a CB who is a 4-5 round talent in the third round would be ridiculous. Especially considering they already have 4 CBs on the roster who are easily better.  Tripp at 96 is ok, but at 229 lbs he too is very small for the position for the defense they play
 
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adamthecole replied:
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Crichton is one of the dark horses in the draft to me. I think he will have a successful career, but you're right. His size does not make him a fit at his listed position. And he could try at playing 3-4 OLB. He has the build for it, but from what I know, he tried playing the position for a short time at Oregon State and it didn't pan out so well. 

I don't see anywhere in my mock where I have Green Bay going Corner in the later rounds. 

And Tripp I also like, but you're correct in the fact that he doesn't fit Green Bay's scheme.

Regardless, I like both prospects and I think Green Bay could try to work with them, but they'd be better off picking someone else to fill their needs.

 
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CoffeePartier says:
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Lewan very well may slide due to character concerns.  But do you honestly think The Dolphins is the team that ends his fall, especially in light of the Incognito mess?  It's one thing to bully a 300lb teammate,a totally different thing to be accused of threatening a woman.  Doubtful he's a rapist, but the lack of judgement...
 
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adamthecole replied:
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I certainly do think the Dolphins would pick him up if he was there. First off, Lewan is a top-ten prospect. I highly doubt he will go in the first ten picks, but he has shown enough skill and ability to be of tremendous value at 10, or 19.

And this incident on Dec 3rd, 2013 was allegedly an assault on two Ohio State fans the evening after the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines. This was the first of its kind for Lewan. And I'm not sure of all the details, but I know I haven't heard anything about it being sexual assault. He isn't normally known for this kind of thing. He was a team leader at Michigan. Once Bully-Gate was dug into, it was found Incognito had a reputation of that behavior. I don't think Lewan has the kind of mentality to keep on doing that sort of this.

I think Lewan will put the incident behind him as much as he can and I don't believe it would effect the Fins decision on selecting him if he were available at 19

 
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And regardless, thank you for the feedback. I appreciate readers posing questions like this one.
 
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Doc says:
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Will Sutton updated.

Last week on at ASU's scrimmage, Sutton was interviewed, said he was 283, looked better, sleaker, than I've ever seen him.  He said he had a nutritionist, was eating better, in better shape than he ever had been.

 
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DC says:
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JD & Adam Cole,

Mr. Cole, your continued references to Tuitt, the "age" of AZ's D-line, etc. make me think you don't completely understand the scheme AZ employs under Bowen, how it works, what's different about it than under Horton, why its such a better system and why Tuitt wouldn't fit.  Let me try to explain.

You keep talking about Tuitt as if he's the same guy as Darnell Dockett (DD), when they are completely different players that play different positions and need to used differently. First off, Dockett IS A DE, NOT A DT. Even at 30, DD still has mad quicks and explosion.  When he wants to, when he's motivated, he has a button he's able to push that last year made him un-blockable sometimes, and a devasting force.

After 2 years of being sacrificed in the Horton scheme, that was clearly short sighted, last year he was used properly. This year he's actively participating in OTAs and calling up guys constantly who arent there, trying to get them to attend.  He's energized because he sees how much Bowen/Arians get defensive football and understand how important it is keep guys healthy.  That plus he's in a contract year, which tends to motivate everyone. Elite players like DD get excited and always play better when they think they're being properly utilized, and even more so when they actually are.

TUITT IS A DT OR NG, whose skill set makes him ideally used a bull rusher, space eater, who takes up space, freeing speed guys (mostly off the edge behind him) to make plays. Dockett is a DE and Bowens plays him and CC like a DE. Bowens has used both occassionally to cover RBs in screen games.  TUITT WILL NEVER be used like that.  Under Horton (who is vastly OVER-RATED IMO) for 2 years, Dockett and Campbell, both of whom have been All-Pro, were required way too many times to play 2 vs 5, sacrificing themselves to repeated double and triple teams, the quickest way to shorten any career, so that Horton could employ wild schemes with smaller guys behind them.  Such schemes were great highlight material but they also guaranteed that DD & CC would get injured and unavailable in the 2nd half of the season, and more importantly in the playoffs where you have to have healthy big guys if you are ever going to make a run.   In order to contain elusive guys like Wilson and Kaep, in a 3-4, your DEs must be quick and fast enough to both set the edge and get pressure.  When they're as quick and explosive as DD & CC, you have what it takes to be the only team to beat Seattle at home. 

The only person Tuitt might replace is D. Williams, who has about the same skill set, so why bother?  They already have Ta’amu, a known quantity who played well for them last year, and they have Rucker back who actually is a DE, so again why bother?.

If Arians/Keim are drafting guys like Tuitt at No. 20, that would mean they're scrapping that entire scheme and going to run a completely different D.  That would be really crazy, stupid IMO, since last year that scheme was so good at letting guys do what they do best, the secret to winning football.  Last year AZ's D was solid, only lacking a big safety who could cover TEs with size and support the run game, which lost them a couple games.  This off-season they lost Karlos Dansby (KD). Those are the 2 main holes they need to fill.  Arians has already said Eric Minter, who is a thumper and should help the run D, will take KD's spot.  But there is no way he covers RBs or TEs,, or can be the speed rusher from the inside KD was. When Minter tried last year, it wasn't pretty. 

IMO, the easiest tweak would be bringing in the safety I described, drafting him or getting him in FA.  Bringing in Antionio Cromartie lets them play both CBs in press coverage, which might allow them to play some zone or man underneath to help in coverage.  They fill the other hole by drafting 2 LBs with speed who can play both ILB/OLB and can cover, of which there are several really good choices that I've described. 

Hopefully what I've written made sense.

 
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adamthecole replied:
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DC,

I appreciate your arguments about the selection of Stephon Tuitt at 52. They make a tremendous deal of sense and you have a great understanding of Arizona's defensive scheme. You've really helped me understand people's arguments with the pick now. I'd be interested in your feedback on my next edition. It should be posted by this Sunday at the latest. Please keep an eye out for it. 

 
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Steel Willy says:
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1st round change to Kyle Fuller, may be considered a reach, but with less holes in his game could turn out to be a great player. I think he is worth a no. 15 pick if Gilbert and Dennard are not available

2nd round change to Stephon Tuitt, prototypical 3-4 defensive end, great value in the 2nd round, provides much needed D-line depth.

The first two rounds playing out like this, it makes sense to keep the Jarvis Landry selection in round 3

 
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adamthecole replied:
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I do like Fuller. And I have heard the Steelers have recently become quite high on him. That would not be a bad selection at all at fifteen. 

Tuitt would be a good fit for the Steelers. He certainly fits the scheme and he would be good for the depth Pittsburgh needs, but I'd like to see him peak and become a really premium 3-4 DE. Part of me thinks he will take a while to mature and develop into the league, but the Steelers would need to be quite invested in him to get the fullest results.

And I like Landry in third round. It's high value as many teams see him being a second round pick. 

I can certainly agree with your opinions on Pittsburgh and I appreciate the great feedback. Thank you.

 
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AZ Eagles fan says:
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Where is Will Sutton DT of Arizona State....didn't anyone scout him he's a beast.

 
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adamthecole replied:
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I do like Sutton. His stock has fallen a lot though since the start of the draft process this year as he gained weight in his senior season at ASU. The weight gain led to a decrease in hustle and he produced less, but I read somewhere he is back to under 300 lbs. I do think he has a great chance of being a day two pick, but don't be surprised to see him fall to a day three selection. 
 
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afl5013 says:
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Still not sure Mack would be the best choice at #2 for a 4-3 defense, but I wouldn't hate it

However, I would MUCH rather have Donald, Lewan, or Martin at #13 than Dennard.

 
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adamthecole replied:
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I like Mack and I think he'll capitalize in about any scheme for any team, but I certainly think Donald, Lewan, and Martin will all be in consideration at 13. I am really impressed by both Donald and Martin. Donald's highlight tape is unreal. He makes outstanding plays and I think he'd fit well with the Rams' D-Line. 

I honestly think Zack Martin will have the best career of any of the Offensive Line prospects. He could be a starting Left Tackle in the NFL, but I think he could be a pro-bowl Guard or Center. And that's the great thing. His floor is really high in my opinion and I'd love to see him on the Rams' interior O-Line.

And I still like Lewan. He has shown an incredible amount of athleticism and upside. Him and Jake Long would be ideal bookends.

I don't like divulging this much, but I am a St. Louis Rams fan. I have been since I was really young and I like your opinions. It's great to hear feedback from a fellow fan and I'd like to get your feedback on my next edition. It should be out by Sunday at the latest. Please keep an eye out and let me know what you think!  

 
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Im not a huge fan of the Martin selection, however i totally endorse the Lattimer and Landry selections, I think they present good value.  As you point out both Gilbert and Dennard are gone in you mock but the Steelers are reportedly very high on Kyle Fuller and have worked him out, so as it might be a stretch for you it wouldn't be a suprise selection for us.  Also if Anthony Barr is somehow available at 15 he probably won't make it to 16. 

 
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adamthecole replied:
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I think Martin is a high value pick at 15. I like him a lot, but everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion. 

I do think Fuller is a likely possibility at 15. I'm high on him as well. He could be a phenomenal addition to Pittsburgh's secondary. 

And, pardon me for sounding idiotic, but I hadn't noticed the need at Outer Linebacker for the Steelers. Now that I look, I think Worilds can hold his own at the position and I think Jarvis Jones will honestly come into his own. Don't get me wrong, I actually really like the idea of Barr and Jones as future bookends for the team. It's something I will definitely be looking into in my next edition.

I appreciate the feedback. 

 
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Doc says:
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IMO, once we get past No.50, I feel like I'm just as accurate as someone blindfolded who is reaching into a bowl of names. Guessing who AZ or anyone else likes, who they don't like, and/or having any idea what the other 31 teams will pick is someone only entertainment money should be waged upon *LOL*.

That being said, let me continue our conversation, which I am definitely enjoying and guess a little more.  I will be interested to see if there is more consensus nationally next week and as the draft gets closer.  But something tells me this is a year that a lot of people will disagree on who will go where.

I like the idea of a trade of No 20, but only if AZ gets a good deal. In the deal you suggested, Arizona's No.1@20 is worth 850 (according to the draft calculator at http://www.calculatorsoup.com), Oakland's No. 2@36 = 540, No. 3@68=255, which means AZ would eat 55 points, which is too much.  I gotta believe AZ would also want Oaklands No.5@132 = 40 and No.7@196=14, which would balance things out and only put them down 1. In this draft like you, I got to believe they want extra picks.  Not sure if Oakland would give up 3 picks to move up in a draft that's I hear is so deep.

Locally, I'm reading and hearing that O'Brien might trade Houston's No. 2@33 for AZ's No. 20, if a QB he likes is there (e.g. Carr, Savage, Bridgewater, Bortles, etc. or who knows).  I would definitely be okay getting their No. 2 @33 = 580, No. 3@65 = 265, possibly a No. 7 @193 = 15, which puts Arizona 10 points plus. At 33 or 36, Ford, Van Noy, maybe even Shazier are available, and maybe they can get one of the other 2 at No. 52. More articles today locally expressing love for Shazier, so maybe a trade only happens if he's already gone.

Agreed, AZ has specific secondary needs, but Pierre Desir is a CB. After signing FA Cromartie, I dont see CB as any big priority, something they would go after before Rd. 4 or 5. Next year Matthieu will play the secondary ball-hawk in the middle, quasi-FS/quasi slot CB. I expect Justin Bethel, who is a freak athletically and was a special team All-Pro, to get a shot both at SS and corner - they love him. I think the surprise could be FS/SS Tony Jefferson, who got better as the season progressed. I remember watching McGill. He's got size, speed and height they would love, and he can play either CB or SS, just not FS. But I only see him if they have extra picks from a trade. 

I just am not sold on the Golden Domers Tuitt or Nix being good fits for what Arizona runs now under Bowen. First off, AZ needs DEs not DTs or NGs at 20 or 52 who mainly bull rush. They need tall DEs who can not only can beat someone, but who can also keep contain on mobile QBs, like Wilson & Kaep or get their hands up to make it hard for them to see. Both should have had their man cards taken when they were embarrassed last year by Bama's guys up front and basically quit, especially Nix who Warmack beat up like some redheaded stepchild. While AZ needs more DEs to fill out their roster, I think they'll only do that late in the draft, if at all, and like last year look more towards FA, but only when they have more cap room after June 1st.

Last year Arians/Bowens found a nice way to mesh together a scheme to fit the talent they had. It worked really well, even better as the season progressed.  Except for Dansby, not only does most of that talent return, they've filled some holes they had. I really like what they did in this year in free agency, both the talent they acquired and also how good they were with their money.

IMO Arizona is really close, and their schedule isn't horrible. And remember..... Arizona beat the Super Bowl Champs at home when no one else could, and beat them convincingly. In addition, last year was the 2nd year in a row, Arians got a lot of COTY votes. But like everyone, they have to get lucky and avoid injuries to key people they can't replace.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

 
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adamthecole replied:
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There's one last thing I wanna say. I honestly don't think the trade partner will be Houston. If anyone, I believe Houston will swap 1 for 6 with Atlanta and take a QB like Bortles (possibly Manziel) at 6. Houston's mid-round picks would be a great addition to any team, but I think the team will already have their Quarterback selected.

Someone who I believe wouldn't be a bad selection at 20 would be Calvin Pyor,if Tony Jefferson can't hold his own of course. Pyor has the intangible of a Strong Safety and he could do well for the Cardinals. 

And thank you for putting the URL in for the draft calculator. 

 
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Was Going great until a Center was picked in the end of the 3rd round?  Could use some depth at CB, a safety or a Guard, but the 3rd round pick is a center?
 
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adamthecole replied:
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Defensive Back is definitely a position for Minnesota to address. Keith McGill, Ahamd Dixon, anyone of the three corners from Florida would be ideal players to take around that 96th pick, but I like Bodine. He doesn't address as big a need, but he's got a good amount of upside and athleticism. His athleticism will certainly help him in the league and I think the Vikings could shift him around the interior of their O-Line and use him well.  
 
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vikingmike replied:
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Most NFL scouts are projecting Bodine to be a swing man at OC/OG.  He is a tremendous prospect and I have been hoping the Vikes could get him in the fourth but I believe he will go somewhere in the third.  He would step in as our starter at gaurd and could play center if an injury occurs.  I was also really high on Smallwood early on in the process but find myself liking Skov more with the Vikes; but at least you recognized the Vikings need for ILB help.  Good insights and draft.
 
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First off, let me give you some props for your assessment on Van Noy (40 to Minnesota), because like you, I think he could be the steal of the draft, just like Kiko Alonso last year.  I really hope he falls to AZ at 52.

I don't like Stephon Tuitt (52) at all.  Although picking D-Line for Arizona seems popular, the idea that they're actively shopping for Darnell Dockett's (DD) replacement is more complicated.  Having lost Dansby, Arizona can't afford to let Dockett, his leadership and playmaking ability go this year if they expect to make a run at the playoffs.  But they can only get there IF they find a way to fill a huge whole at safety, and find 1, probably 2 playmaking LBs with speed who can cover, essential things Dansby did last year, especially with Arians saying Minter (who struggled to do those things last year) will replace him.  If AZ's D falls this year because they can't or don't fill those holes, then AZ will have to rebuild and Dockett will be gone, because he wants a ring and more money than AZ will or can afford.  If they are good again, then the parties will find a way to redo his deal.  IMO, Dockett has 2-3 productive years left if properly utilized, like he was last year.

Barr (20)  could be one answer.  I saw maybe 10-12 of his games.  He seems to have an incredible upside (4.41 at pro day), but I'm concerned by him dropping on a lot of mocks   I wonder if its all a smoke screen, and that he'll be gone way before 20.  When I watched him play live, like Van Noy, its seemed like teams game-planed to avoid him at all costs.  If he's gone, especially if a QB is there someone else wants, I could see them trading down to get more picks in the 2nd and 3rd.  LBs I like who fill a need are Ford, Van Noy and Shazier.  I've changed my opinion on Shazier after watching more tape of him and learning that he's added 12 pounds and at 238 still ran 4.3 in his pro day, which he attributed to better diet.  Arians & Keim both spoke glowingly of him recently.

Arizona is in a tough position at Safety in this draft.   I like Clinton-Dix if he falls to 20, but that's not likely.  I don't like Bucannon or Pryor at 20 because neither covers that well, although I like Bucannon more because he has more upside and is bigger, taller.  I would take either at 52, but neither may be there.  AZ may take a flyer on Loston (LSU) because of his size and the LSU connection at 120 or 84, the former being ideal  I keep wondering if Arizona has any interest in FA Michael Huff - who I think would be a good 1-2 year fit.  If Huff signs, it wont be until after the draft.

While I like what I've seen of Tre Mason, I would like him more at 120 than 84.  He does pass protect, the most important quality any Arians rb must have.  IMO, if and when AZ goes RB in this draft, I would be happy with either Mason or Kadeem Carey (Arizona) at 120.  On film and in person, Carey is one of the best college RBs I've ever seen.

 
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adamthecole replied:
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The first thing I wanna say is I appreciate how thorough and dedicated of a fan you are. Your opinions are outstandingly educated and I admire that.

At 20, I think Barr is a steal. The amount of upside that he has is tremendous and the size and athleticism really helps lend him to a 3-4 defense like the one Arizona runs. Another idea would be a trade. I think Oakland would be a good suitor. They land a QB in most likely Derek Carr (or Bridgewater) and Arizona gets the 36th overall pick or the 67th overall pick , or both. That'd be smart.

At 52, Tuitt is the kind of guy who I think will make more of an impact two years down the road. If Arizona can retain Dockett, I think he would make a good mentor for Tuitt. Linebacker could also be addressed here. Van Noy, Demarcus Lawrence, etc. There are some Linebackers who could definitely be thrown around at 52. Safety could also be addressed. I really like Bucannon and there's a great chance he is available at 52.

At 84, Mason wouldn't be too bad of a pick, but I certainly think Secondary could be addressed. Two guys I really like, Pierre Desir and Keith McGill, are both possibilities there. And Terrence Brooks might be another guy to look into.

Regardless, I greatley appreciate this kind of feed. Please keep a lookout for my next, and possibly final, edition. (Should be posted by Sunday at the latest) I'd love to get your feedback.

 
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Da1985Bears says:
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Awesome picks for the Bears.  A rush DT (Donald) and the safety from Wash St are #1 and #2 on my realistic wish list.  O-line might be worth a pick but I would probably have taken Skov to help plug the middle.  We couldn't stop a cold last year.
 
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adamthecole replied:
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I appreciate your feedback. And I think you're right about an Inner Linebacker somewhere in the later rounds for the Bears.
 
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Steelers says:
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This just may be the worst mock draft for the Steelers I have seen this year and I have see multiple mock drafts on a daily basis, sometimes up to 5 or 6. Clearly you have no knowledge of the team seeing as how you don't have the Steelers going defense once in the first 3 rounds even though it's clearly the weaker unit. D-line depth is thin and cornerback is a huge need.
 
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Burghman replied:
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You got that right!  Absolutely no clue what the Steelers need obviously
 
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adamthecole replied:
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I understand Pittsburgh's dire defensive needs. With my mock's situation, taking a defensive back in the first round would be a bit of a reach as Gilbert, Dennard, and Clinton-Dix are all off the board. Although, a player like Ra'Shede Hageman or quite possibly Louis Nix is an option at fifteen. I like Latimer at 46 though. He's a first round talent and most people would consider that to be a steal. But the team could draft a player like Ward or Bucannon, or Jernigan to help the line. Those are all viable options. And my third round pick is a bit of overkill now that I look at it. Although this is somewhat of a rude awakening, I greatly appreciate this kind of feedback as it helps me hone in on what to focus on for my next edition.
 
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Rdobrenski replied:
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Do you have to have extensive knowledge of *every* team if you want to post a mock?  It's a mock draft, dude, get over yourself.  It's supposed to be fun and speculative, not a forum for you to be critical of someone's possible lack of info about the team you root for.
 
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I'd be more than happy to throw myself into a volcano if the Jets go with Benjamin, but your job is to pick what *will* happen, not what *should* happen.  The Jets already whiffed on Hill, who is also big and raw.  I'd much rather see them go with Barr or Pryor or even Cooks (although I hate 1st round WR's), who are all still on your board but hey, it's the Jets we're talking about and they sometimes do strange things.  

Good work on your mock, looking forward to the next iteration.

 
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adamthecole replied:
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Benjamin certainly isn't the best player New York could go with, I agree with you on that. But I appreciate your feedback. Makes me happy to know fans are appreciative.
 
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holeman1 says:
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the first two picks for the Cardinals are amazing, im not as high on the third but its not a TERRABLE pick....good job 
 
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adamthecole replied:
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Thank you. It'd certainly be a phenomenal draft for the Cards if they could pull both Barr and Tuitt.
 
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Hawky says:
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Seahawks have proven to take CB's late in draft and develop them. They will not spend a 2nd rounder on him OT, DT or WR is likely. with their first pick as morgan moses. I would take joel bitonio as he is on the board although unlikely in the real draft to be there at 64
 
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adamthecole replied:
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The needs you point out should be priorities for Seattle on draft day. That's the bottom-line for the Seahawks. But I like Desir at 64. Bitonio would be nice there too, but I've been hearing so many comparisons of Desir to Sherman. Why not have Sherman take Desir under his wing? That way, Desir has less of a learning curve coming into the league and who even knows how much that helps his overall potential. And Seattle also lost Brandon Browner in free agency. I think they could honestly fill his role with the current depth chart (i.e. Byron Maxwell), but Desir, if he shows he's good enough early on, could fill Browner's spot on the dpeht chart.
 
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dvg says:
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Really, really hate the Steelers draft.  Three huge needs (corner, DE, and big receiver) and only one of them drafted for, and that one twice.   Unless one of the big three tackles fall to them, there is no way the Steelers will go o-line in the first three rounds.  And no name o-line?  Pouncey, three time pro-bowl, decastro 1 pro-bowl, and the seasons they didn't make it they were hurt for the majority of the season.  

They NEED a corner, and some guy from southwestern tech university in the 6th round isn't the answer.

 
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adamthecole replied:
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dvg,

I understand Pittsburgh's dire need for a defensive back, but Martin, in my opinion, is in the top-tier of Offensive Lineman in this class because of his versatility. He could play LT, LG, RT, or even fill in for Pouncey and DeCastro if they happen to injure themselves again. It'd be a smart pick, especially if Gilbert and Dennard are both off the board. And Latimer at 46 is a smart pick that helps the team and could be considered by many a steal. And Landry at 97 would be considered by many a steal, but if the first two rounds were to play out like I have them. 97 would be the spot to pounce on a defensive back. Landry and Latimer in back-to-back rounds does help the team though, A lot in my opinion, but Pittsburgh is very likely to select a defensive back in one of the first three rounds.

 
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BigRed 67 says:
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The tandem of Quinn, Mack and Long would be a scary sight for Niner fans (ME) LOL.  I see how he would fit.  I could also see Robinson or Matthews fitting in very nicely on the O-Line though. Not really sure about the long term future of Jake Long and either Robinson or Matthews would be an upgrade over Barksdale. 
 
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Thank you BigRed! I appreciate the fact that another person likes the idea of Martin in Pittsburgh. But yes, I do believe Khalil Mack and the St. Louis Rams would make a solid pair. I hate to divulge this, but I am a Rams fan and have been since a young age, though I still write these mocks with the least bias possible. I look at the front-seven of St. Louis. It's good, has youth and some star-power (Robert Quinn mostly.) But Ogletree and Laurinaitis are young and productive Linebackers. They bring in a high amount of tackles, but do more in coverage than they do rushing the pass. Mack gives their corps a blitzing back. This just gives more versatility and creates a pass rushing tandem of Quinn, Long, and Mack. I just can't see St. Louis steering wrong with Mack in their defensive scheme. Plus, with a deep class, I feel St. Louis could address their offensive needs in the later rounds.
 
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BigRed 67 says:
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Really enjoyed reading your Mock. Probably one of the better ones I've seen so far. You think Mack fits at 2 with Rams? Also, Zach Martin to Pitt made plenty of sense to me. Seems like every year Pitt has some major holes on the O-Line. B+ in my book
 
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