Lewz00 Mock Draft
Published at 2/6/2014 9:28:07 AM
Reasons for each pick given. First ever Mock draft. Based on my own knowledge and opinions and research from both analysts and individual fan bases. Thank you!
1553 Page Views | 0 Comments
Texans are heading into a new era with newly appointed head coach Bill O'Brien. A know developer of talent and an offensive mind, he's likely to want a young explosive QB to start his NFL head coaching career with. Teddy Bridgewater in my opinion is the most pro ready of all QB's in the class despite other prospects climbs in various rankings. He played in a pro style offence and has a great overall feel for the position. Accustomed to the pocket and comfortable there O'Brien will like what he has to work with.
Every man and their dog knows that St Louis would love to trade down in the draft, their #2 pick (a gift from the redskins) will command some value. However in a mock without trades the Rams would be wise to pick up a blue chip "can't miss" tackle prospect in Matthews. A player of excellent pedigree and already pretty matured. He'll bring a mixture of solid technique and a bit of a mauling mentality in the run game. Immediate boost.
Another solid QB prospect, Bortles has risen in rankings exponentially throughout the course of the season. He's a very well built prospect with strength and mobility inside the pocket. A far cry from Gabbert who so far in the NFL hasn't been able to deal with pressure. A confident quarterback who has a nice arm and is calm. He has some polishing to do with his game but there is a lot to look about the guy.
Johnny Football goes to Cleveland. The Browns hopefully strike hold and finally land a franchise quarterback. Manziel will divide opinion more than most players in the draft but there's no denying the guy knows how to win football games. Effectively a one man machine at times this year having to carry an underwhelming Texas A&M defense. Johnny has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback, effectively he's the Anti-tebow of college football. He has a great arm, excellent awareness in the pocket and the ability to make plays on his feet. He may need some grounding and work while he adjusts to the NFL game. Running as much as he did in college may get him hurt. He's known as an extremely dedicated worker and student of the game despite his reputation as a party guy, Browns get a great prospect.
Raiders are happy that a player of Clowneys pedigree falls into their lap. I'm sure they'd have liked one of the QB's to fall but it wasn't to be. Instead they inherit a wrecking machine who i'm sure can produce better at the next level, NFL teams won't be able to afford so much coverage for one man on the professional stage. Questions are asked about Clowney, his commitment, drive and perhaps even professionalism. I think he should dispel these when he hits the field. A good fit for the grit Oakland brings, his defensive ability and attitude will fit right in.
Falcons are no strangers to making trades to get who they want, I have a feeling they may trade in the upcoming draft, once again though trades aren't part of this mock so they're left picking from the next best talent. Barr plugs straight in as a 4-3 OLB. A pass rush specialist and great athlete who's still learning his craft at the position. An instant starter and contributor with a great ceiling.
Vincent Jackson and Sammy Watkins would be an absolutely fantastic combination, the additions of Watkins would possibly boost the Bucs WR 1-2 combo to amongst the best in the NFL. Watkins is an explosive talent and would smash any wavering thoughts about a clear #2 receiver in Tampa. An instant boost for the Bucs who would suddenly become very dangerous with this addition and the return of Doug Martin next season.
Perhaps the first shock of the draft, I guess that's what makes them fun though. Vikings really struggled this year against the pass ranking 2nd to last in the end (per PFF rankings). The loss of Harrison smith hit hard. Xavier Rhodes had a nice season as it went on but the rest of the secondary in Minnesota leaves a lot to be desired. Minnesota goes corner in the first round for a second year in a row. Their division makes this need an even more pressing concern having to face two good and one extraordinary quarterback two times a year.
The Bills have a decent young team and a young quarterback who needs protection to get some confidence. They take another fantastic tackle prospect to boost their offensive line that faces some quality pass rush in their division twice a year. Erik pears time is gone and Robinson provides an extremely study bookend at RT, Cordy Glenn made leaps and bounds so the Bills can be safe in the knowledge edge rushers will have a harder time sacking E.J Manuel.
Time to get Megatron some HELP! Calvin Johnson looked human at times this year as the constant battering he took as virtually the lions single passing threat took it's toll. The Lions have tried to address this but unfortunately Ryan Broyles needs to get and stay healthy and Titus Young went doo-lally and ran off into the sunset. Step up Mike Evans. A raw but talented receiver who will get you what you need. A great guy to move the chains with fantastic range and a nice ability to attack the ball. His route running and finer nuances of his game could use some tuning but he should develop well getting tips from Megatron.
Ken Whisenhunt is accustomed to a 3-4 defense so you would presume the Titans will be making some changes. Khalil Mack offers a fantastic piece and falls into the Titans lap here. He possesses a well balanced skill set and is NFL ready. An extremely capable pass rusher and has the ability to drop into coverage. Fantastic speed and pursuit and good tackling makes him the ideal cog to place into a 3-4 defense.
I saw some Giants games this year, it wasn't pretty or rather their offensive line wasn't. I still blame them for David Wilson suffering his season ending injury because of their complete incompetency. They improved slightly as the year went on with regards to run blocking but Eli was under pressure a lot. Taylor Lewan is a great prospect to pick up here for the Giants who need to upgrade and get younger on their O-Line.
The Rams very much need help in the secondary, their corners and safeties could both be upgraded. I'm going with Clinton-Dix as he gives the Rams a boost at a position that can command more coverage and ability to make plays. He played a variety of schemes at Alabama sometimes by himself deep. It's good to have a prospect who's used to shouldering responsibility. He has a good break on the ball and nice instincts and will really boost the Rams defense against the deep pass.
Bears fans were consulted for this pick as I was a bit stumped. Many made it clear though that their defensive line needed some major help so they land a great prospect at a position of need. Bears struggled immensely rushing the passer and against the run throughout the season. Ealy is a great three down lineman that gives the ability to defend against both the pass and run and plugs straight into a 4-3 system.
opinions were divided among Steeler fans for their pick but I had to choose something. Eventually I decided to roll with assisting their secondary. William Gay had a nice year and Cortez Allen showed some ability but Ike Taylor appears on his last legs this season, abysmal performances throughout. Justin Gilbert will revitalize the secondary and help nip the problem before it becomes a bigger issue.
Aaron Donald is like a bull in a china shop when he gets going. He has a fantastic motor and repertoire of pass rushing skills, a disruption whenever he plays a snap. People question is size but his dominant performances all season should dispel worry about his effectiveness. Fantastic interior rusher who will be a versatile piece at the next level, able to play 3 tech and give the cowboys some much needed pass rush and pressure around the pocket.