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Charlie Campbell's 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Picks 1-16
Baltimore Ravens: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
The Ravens like to go with solid doubles in the first round. Beckham definitely fits that as Baltimore would land a long-term receiver to pair with Torrey Smith. Steve Smith is on his last legs and is just a short-term stopgap. The Ravens need to build up a stable of weapons for Joe Flacco.
Scouts have told WalterFootball.com that they love the kind of weapon Beckham could be as a slot receiver and on the outside. They believe that he could crack the top 20.
Beckham (5-11, 198) has the speed to stretch the field and shown the potential to make game-changing plays. He caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards with eight touchdowns in 2013. Against UAB, the junior returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown, returned a punt 60 yards for a score and caught five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns. He had six receptions for 204 yards and three scores against Furman.
In 2012, Beckham led LSU in receiving with 713 yards on 43 catches and two touchdowns. He averaged 9.1 yards per punt return, too. Beckham had a strong 2011 season for LSU. The true freshman caught 41 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns.
New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Jets need more receiving weapons. Eric Decker was a nice signing, but New York needs to build up a stable of targets. Ebron would be a great addition in a deep receiver draft as New York would land the best pass-receiving tight end and could pick up some quality wide outs on Day 2.
Ebron (6-4, 250) has an intriguing skill set with size, speed and strength. He has the potential to be a starting tight end in the NFL with three-down ability. Ebron is very fast running through the secondary and is excellent at attacking the middle of the field on slants and seam routes. He operates well as a slot receiver, too. Ebron needs to work on his hands and route-running, but he has great potential.
In 2013, Ebron hauled in 62 passes for 973 yards and three touchdowns. He had 199 yards on Miami with other good games against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
Ebron was the Tar Heels' second-leading receiver in 2012 with 40 receptions for 625 yards and four touchdowns. North Carolina was thin at defensive end and played him some at both that position on top of his tight end duties. Pretty much all Ebron did was try speed rushes to get disruption upfield, but it was impressive that he was able to apply some pass pressures.
Additionally, Ebron flashes some impressive blocking potential. There are times when he rocks defenders and puts them on roller skates. There are other times when Ebron misses or doesn't finish blocks. He needs to improve his ability to sustain his blocks. Ebron just needs to get more consistent.
Miami Dolphins: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
The Dolphins have to revamp their offensive line before they turn Ryan Tannehill into David Carr version 2.0. Miami general manager Dennis Hickey puts an emphais on high-character players and will avoid drafting players who appear to be thugs, gang-bangers or have any drug issue. Moses fits a need and the player profile of being a high-character guy.
The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder has a nice combination of size and athletic ability. Moses did a solid job on the blind side for Virginia in 2013 and performed well at the Senior Bowl. He moves well for his size and can open holes in the ground game.
For the NFL, Moses could have higher upside at right tackle. He played that position prior to his senior year since Virginia had Oday Aboushi manning the blind side. Moses put together a strong enough senior season to warrant a pick in the back half of the first round. Moses is a high-character individual and sources have labelled him as one of the standouts in the draft class in the character department.
Pick change; previously Zack Martin, OT
Arizona Cardinals: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Cardinals could go a lot of different directions with this pick. I'm tempted to mock Ra'Shede Hageman to Arizona, but if the draft plays out like this, Barr makes complete sense. He would be a great scheme fit in the team's 3-4 and is a perfect understudy behind John Abraham. Teh Cardinals should be thrilled to land Barr.
Barr notched 62 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and a pass batted in 2013. The senior's performances against Oregon, Stanford and USC confirm his high draft grade. He had two sacks against Oregon and three forced fumbles to help lead a comeback win at Nebraska.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is a tremendous blitzer who would fit well in an NFL 3-4 defense. He is lightning off the edge with a superb first step and incredible agility. His ability to drop his hips to get turned to the quarterback is extremely rare. Barr is strong for his size - although it wouldn't hurt to him to add more strength for the NFL - and is a good pursuit run-defender. He has developed a repertoire of pass-rushing moves and has excellent instincts considering his late switch to defense.
In 2012, Barr went from being an obscure fullback, who had a total of 12 receptions across two seasons, to a potential first-round pick as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Barr owes Jim Mora, Jr. and his coaching staff for making the position change.
Barr's breakout season saw him become one of the nation's leader in sacks. The junior collected 13 sacks, 83 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, five passes batted and four forced fumbles.
Barr was consistently good throughout 2012, but was utterly dominant to close out the regular season. He then made the smart decision to return to UCLA for 2013.
Pick change; previously Ryan Shazier, OLB
Green Bay Packers: Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State
I'm confident that the Packers will take Shazier if he's available. Green Bay wants to get faster on defense, and Shazier fits that perfectly. He would help the Packers defend Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Matt Forte and Colin Kaepernick. Shazier could develop into a good coverage linebacker to defend tight ends as well.
The 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker is extremely fast and instinctive. He has added about a dozen pounds since the end of the season. Shazier needed that weight for the pros, yet maintained his speed as he ran a blistering 40 at his pro day at less than 100 percent. Shazier is a seek-and-destroy linebacker who has the athletic ability to develop into being an asset in pass coverage.
Shazier opened the 2013 season with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss versus Buffalo. He missed time with cramps and also was burned on a wheel route for a touchdown. The junior played better in other games, including outings against Illinois and Michigan. Shazier had a mixed performance against Clemson. He recorded 143 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, four forced fumbles and six sacks for the year.
2012 was Shazier's breakout season as he collected 115 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, one interception, 11 passes broken up, five sacks and three forced fumbles. He picked up 58 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in 2011.
Pick change; previously Ra'Shede Hageman, DE
Philadelphia Eagles: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
The Eagles love Latimer. They've shown a ton of interest in him. He would bring size, quickness and play-making ability to Chip Kelly's offense. Latimer would be a nice fit for Philadelphia.
Latimer (6-2, 215) decided to skip his senior season after producing a quality junior year for the Hoosiers. His most impressive game of 2013 was an eight-catch 136-yard game against Missouri. However, he didn't stand out against Ohio State (5-60) or Wisconsin (5-42). The junior finished 2013 with 72 receptions for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 51 receptions for 805 yards with six scores. Latimer was said to impress at his pro day, and some feel he could be a second-day pick.
For the NFL, Latimer has the skill set to be a good starter. He is a talented wide out who is quick, strong, runs good routes, has strong hands, is physical and competes for the football. While Latimer isn't a deep threat receiver who will stretch a defense vertically, he has enough quickness to get separation. Even when covered, Latimer is open as he uses his size and strength to make contested catches over defensive backs.
Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
It sounds like the Chiefs want to take a guard with their first pick, but are looking to trade down first. Xavier Su'a-Filo or David Yankey would make sense for Kansas City.
Su'a-Filo picked up in 2013 where he left off the previous year. The 6-foot-4, 307-pounder was rock solid for the UCLA in the run game and in pass protection. While the rest of the Bruins' offensive line had some struggles in 2013, Su'a-Filo's blocking in the pass game was steady for Brett Hundley. Because of injuries, Su'a-Filo had to play some left tackle. He did a decent job there, but his NFL future is at guard.
Su'a-Filo was a force for UCLA in 2012. He had an excellent season as a run-blocker for Johnathan Franklin. Su'a-Filo also was good at providing Brett Hundley with a clean pocket. Su'a-Filo started at left guard and chipped in some time at left tackle because of injuries. He was named a First-Team All-Pac-12 pick by the coaches and media publications.
Su'a-Filo was out of football in 2010 and 2011 while serving on a Mormon mission. Bruins head coach Jim Mora, Jr. made it an immediate priority to recruit Su'a-Filo back to UCLA. He set a Bruins record in 2009 with 13 starts at left tackle. The true freshman was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and was on numerous All-Freshman teams.
Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Bengals could use some young talent at corner to pair with Dre Kirkpatrick. They have scouted the corners intensely, including Verrett. Terrence Newman and Pacman Jones aren't long-term contributors, while Leon Hall is coming off another serious injury.
Verrett opened 2013 in impressive fashion against LSU. The Tigers didn't do well when they threw his direction as he provded sound coverage. Verrett broke up passes and didn't allow separation. He recorded seven tackles and a sack in that contest. Verrett assembled 38 tackles with 14 passes defended and two interceptions this season. He maintained a high level of play throughout the year.
Verrett had an impressive 2012 season with six interceptions, 16 passes broken up, 63 tackles and a blocked kick. The 5-foot-9, 189-pounder needs to add some bulk for the NFL. Verrett's lack of size is going to hurt him and would be the main driver if he falls out of the first round.
Pick change; previously Kyle Fuller, CB
San Diego Chargers: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
The Chargers need to upgrade their defensive backs and take the best one available. Pryor would be an upgrade next to Eric Weddle. Pryor would help San Diego defend the Broncos' passing attack and the Chiefs' rushing attack. He makes sense for the Chargers. They also could move Marcus Gilchrist back to corner if they draft Pryor.
The 5-foot-11, 207-pound Pryor is big, physical and has some ball skills. He made some big plays for Louisville in 2013 with 75 tackles, three interceptions, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles. Pryor has the speed to go along with his size and can cover a lot of ground in the middle of the field.
Pryor notched 100 tackles and five forced fumbles in 2012. He was a Second-Team All-Big East selection for that performance. Pryor broke into the lineup as a freshman in 2011 with 43 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Browns have done a great job of hiding the quarterback prospect they want. Cleveland has been labelled to love Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Carr. The Browns have been linked to Carr a lot, and he is a good fit for Kyle Shanahan's offense.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Carr has a strong arm and good mechanics. He has pushed himself up into the middle of the first round during the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft. The senior started 2013 by completing 52-of-73 passes for 456 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in an overtime victory over Rutgers. He threw for 460 yards against Boise State.
Carr's final collegiate game against USC was a dud. Throughout the game, he was off the mark. Carr overthrew open receivers and struggled with his footwork. He looked flustered by the speed and play-making ability of the Trojans' defense. Considering that was an issue for his brother, and the fact that both beat up on weak competition during their collegiate careers, some teams could be skeptical of Derek Carr. In 2013, he completed 69 percent of his passes for 5,083 yards with 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Carr is an improving quarterback who was a 2011 Second-Team All-WAC selection as a redshirt sophomore. The first-year starter completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,544 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran in three scores.
Carr was even better in 2012. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards with 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The junior beat up on some weak competition and didn't have his best games against Oregon or Boise State.
Pick change; previously Brandin Cooks, WR
New Orleans Saints: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Saints need a more talent at receiver, and Lee would be a good understudy to Marques Colston.
The Trojans' quarterback play held Lee back in 2013, plus he had a knee injury to deal with. For the year, the junior totaled 57 receptions for 791 yards and four scores. Lee had a rough game against Arizona State since he dropped an easy pass that was intercepted and injured his knee on a punt return. The severe knee strain fortunately didn't damage any ligaments, but Lee missed some time. He flashed his 2012 form against Oregon State (5-105-1) and looked like his old self when he dominated Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl (7-118-2).
When healthy, Lee has the speed to stretch a defense vertically and is a threat to score on any reception. He generally has reliable hands and is a good route-runner. The 5-foot-11, 192-pounder was phenomenal in 2012 and was so dominant that he took over as USC's No. 1 receiver, while Robert Woods served as the secondary option. Lee hauled in 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Lee broke into the starting lineup as a freshman in 2011. He had a big season playing opposite Robert Woods, hauling in 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Carolina Panthers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Panthers could go a lot of directions with this pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The team needs long-term replacements for Steve Smith and Jordan Gross, as well as help at cornerback. Carolina's regime needs to give Cam Newton some weapons and has shown interest in Cooks.
Cooks was one of the nation's leaders in receptions and receiving yards in 2013. He was superb for quarterback Sean Mannion. Cooks had 128 receptions for 1,730 yards with 16 touchdowns. He didn't get separation when matched up with Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and beat up on a lot of weaker competition early in the season. Cooks finished 2012 with 67 catches for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns.
The 5-foot-9, 189-pounder is undersized, but he could work as a slot receiver in the NFL. If Cooks weren't so small, he would go earlier. Cooks has the speed to stretch the defense and is very fast in and out of his breaks. He also has excellent hands and toughness.
Pick change; previously Morgan Moses, OT
New England Patriots: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
This pick makes a lot of sense. Vince Wilfork is aging and coming off an Achilles injury, and even asked to be released before re-signing. Youngsters Joe Vellano and Chris Jones have filled in well, but they are smaller tackles and Bill Belichick likes some size in the middle. Nix is a great fit for New England. He has the size to stuff the run and be the long-term replacement for Wilfork.
Nix (6-2, 331) was a stud in 2012. He was a disruptive force at the line of scrimmage, and his stats don't illustrate how much he dominated interior offensive linemen. The havoc Nix caused helped Stephon Tuitt and Manti Te'o to make plays. Nix totaled 50 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, five passes batted and one forced fumble for the season.
In 2013, Nix recorded 27 tackles with two tackles for a loss. He played well against Michigan, totaling four tackles and a tackle for a loss, and was very disruptive at the point of attack. Nix started slowly against USC before playing well in the final three quarters. His contribution to the pass rush was greater than the numbers indicate. Nix's season ended early after choosing to undergo knee surgery. He had been playing with a torn meniscus and went to Dr. James Andrews to have the knee fixed.
Nix is a huge run-stuffer who also can contribute to the pass rush. He should be a safe pick to be a disruptor at the point of attack.
San Francisco 49ers: Ra'Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
I bet the 49ers are aggressive and move up in the 2014 NFL Draft. I could see them targeting Odell Beckham, Marqise Lee, Justin Gilbert or Bradley Roby in a trade up. I think San Francisco would prefer to go with cornerback or wide receiver with this pick. However the value isn't there, so the team land a five-technique to develop behind Justin Smith.
The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Hageman has speed and explosivity, yet still has the size to hold up at the point of attack. He had an impressive 2012 season and was one of the better interior defensive linemen in the Big Ten. The junior totaled 35 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and six sacks. He had 13 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in 2011.
In 2013, Hageman recorded 38 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one interception and two sacks. He saw his share of double-teams, but he needs to become more consistent. There were times where Hageman looked unblockable with power and explosion. He has great closing speed when he gets free of blockers. Hageman could fit a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.
Hageman had a solid week at the Senior Bowl and showed off a great combination of size, power and speed at the Combine. The only thing really lacking from his game is consistency.
Pick change; previously Kelvin Benjamin, WR
Denver Broncos: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
Nate Irving didn't pan out and Denver lost Wesley Woodyard in free agency, so the Broncos could get some help in the middle of their defense. They could use a more reliable tackling presence in the front seven as well. Mosley fits the profile of the players Denver drafts.
Multiple sources told WalterFootball.com that they expect Mosley to slide. There are concerns about his knee, and linebackers have been sliding in the draft anyway - see Manti Te'o. In 2013, Mosley totaled 102 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes broken up. The senior showcased a well-rounded game with good run defense, pass coverage and blitzing ability.
In 2012, Mosley stepped up to set the tone for the Crimson Tide defense and helped lead the team to another National Championship. He was excellent and led the program in tackles with 107. The junior also notched two interceptions, four sacks, eight tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes broken up.
The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder had an excellent debut in 2010. The freshman was third in tackles on Alabama's defense with 67. He also had 10 pass breakups and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. Mosley was banged up some in 2011 and totaled only 37 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss.
Mosely thrives in pass coverage, so he is tailor-made for an NFL defense. Mosley has a lot of talent and had a very productive career for Nick Saban.
Seattle Seahawks: Joel Bitonio, G/OT, Nevada
I'm going to steal this pick from Walt's mock. The Seahawks need to improve the right side of their offensive line and Bitonio could start at guard or tackle as a rookie. Sources have said that the world champs are high on Bitonio.
Nevada had a bad 2013, but Bitonio played well in his final collegiate season. His performance against Anthony Barr was the highlight as he looked very good against one of the top pass rushers in college football. Bitonio did a great job of run blocking in 2012 for the nation's second-leading rusher in Stefphon Jefferson.
Bitonio continued to play at a high level at the Senior Bowl. He showed the ability to be a balanced blocker, and there are a lot of teams that are high on him. Bitonio (6-4, 302) might be a better fit as a guard in the NFL, but showed a lot of athleticism at the Combine.
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