Reader 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 17-32

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Reader 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 1-16

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Pryor , FS , Louisville
    Calvin Pryor: 25.9%
    Marqise Lee: 23.7%
    Eric Ebron: 17.0%
    Zack Martin: 13.0%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 10.1%
    Odell Beckham: 6.7%
    Brandin Cooks: 3.7%
    C.J. Mosley: 4.5%
    Total votes: 2,097

    Andy S: Ravens will pass on a Tackle in round one since it is a deeper draft for that spot will take pryor or clinton-dix if both are gone best WR available.

    David H: Ozzie Newsome is all about BPA. Ebron is probably BPA here, and Kubiak loves his 2TE sets so Pitta’s presence doesn’t cut much into Ebron’s playing time (especially as Ray Rice looks to be out of the picture, thus making 2RB sets look really shaky). This would be a run-to-the-podium pick.

    Spraynard: The Owen Daniels signing means nothing. We may get one good year out of him. Drafting Ebron will give the Ravens a top tier tight end for years to come. Ozzie always picks best player available, and in this position he is certainly that.

    Kevin: Just changed my pick to Lee today after the Ravens signed Owen Daniels.

    BFKAW: Ravens will go with pryor or Clinton-dix if both are gone best WR on there board the draft is insanely deep at tackle raven have an extra 3rd expect them to pick up some linemen in the later rounds

  2. New York Jets: Eric Ebron , TE , North Carolina
    Eric Ebron: 47.2%
    Brandin Cooks: 15.8%
    Marqise Lee: 13.9%
    Odell Beckham: 9.7%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 7.1%
    Bradley Roby: 5.0%
    Zack Martin: 1.7%
    Total votes: 931

    Kenneth O: If Ebron falls to the Jets, I’ll be thrilled.

    Kenneth B: wr’s are cancelling each other out on the Jets…it’s 50/50 on wr or te.

    Daniel D: Brandin Cooks appears to be a slightly larger, slightly more athletic version of Tavon Austin, who was Geno Smith’s favorite target of all time. The pairing of Cooks and Decker would give teams fits in coverage. Add a good TE in the 2nd or third round, and the transformation of the Jets offense will be complete.

    Jeff K: First of all, if the Jets are looking at the top TE and WRs 3-6 at pick 18, they will shit their pants. Guaranteed. The Cowboys will probably draft Ebron to sit behind Witten, Hanna and Escobar, so he’s out. The Eagles will probably trade up for Cooks (who will in turn “cook” the ‘Boys) so he’s out. Buffalo is gonna draft Lee, just to have two Marqises, so he’s out. That leaves Beckham and Benjamin, and Beckham has slightly cooler hair, so he gets the nod.

    David H: I’ve always said there’s no way that Ebron makes it past the Jets at 18. In this case, he makes it *to* them. Baltimore has some real potential to regret passing on him, and it’ll be buyer’s remorse on Owen Daniels if that’s why.

  3. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin , OG / OT , Notre Dame
    Zack Martin: 76.4%
    C.J. Mosley: 14.1%
    Louis Nix: 4.0%
    Ryan Shazier: 2.2%
    Bradley Roby: 1.7%
    Jimmie Ward: 1.5%
    Total votes: 941

    Drfc2nd: I want to write-in Xavier Su’a Filo as the Dolphins pick at 19. Im assuming Zach Martin will not be on the board at 19.

    Kevin O: The obvious choice is Zach Martin, but will he be bullied and ousted just like the previous Martin?

    Tyler G: The Dolphins need to go for the best offensive lineman available. In this case, it’s Zack Martin. Ryan Tannehill is being pressured at nearly 2002 Texans levels, and that just won’t do. They have numerous holes on the line, and Martin is versatile. The need for help on the line simply trumps the need for secondary help at the moment. The pick HAS to be Martin, or their favorite offensive lineman. (Moses, possibly? Joel Bitonio is also rising)

    Kenneh: All i know about the draft prospects is that the OL prospects are very deep, and the LBs apparently aren’t. One side is telling me the fins need to take Zach Martin because DUH!, but on the other hand it seems like it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wrap up the LB position and then draft a 2nd round lineman who could still get the job done.

    David H: The Dolphins have three vacant spots in the front five as they try and rebuild the group that put the “offensive” in “offensive line,” and Martin can fill all three of them capably. If they think a tackle-needy team ahead of them is going to pass on Lewan because of his Red flags and take Martin instead, we might even see a trade up to 11 to make sure. Otherwise, if Martin does go, they’d be torn between Su’a-Filo, a reach for Moses, or a position of much lesser importance. This is a playoff team if and only if they finish the O-line rebuild.

  4. Arizona Cardinals: C.J. Mosley , OLB / ILB , Alabama
    C.J. Mosley: 25.1%
    Derek Carr: 24.3%
    Dee Ford: 24.0%
    Ra’Shede Hageman: 16.1%
    Ryan Shazier: 5.9%
    Bradley Roby: 2.8%
    Jimmie Ward: 1.8%
    Total votes: 2,448

    Jake V: The Cardinals need help on their offensive line and at Strong Safety. The problem is that there isn’t a value pick at either of those positions. Honestly, I’d trade up or down. If they do stay at this spot, I could see them grabbing Derek Carr. Palmer probably has a max of 1 or 2 years of mid-level play left in the tank in my opinion. then he will either retire for reals or play too far past his prime. If they have a high grade on Carr (or another QB if one falls) they’d be smart to take him as the team’s QB of the future.

    Gary C: I’m not even going to pretend to know much about the Cardinals, but I do know one thing… they NEED a QB. Teams go nowhere without a decent QB, and they will be a laughing stock if they don’t start building on someone soon. They better take the risk with Carr or they are going to suck yet again. Ford and Mosley are both decent fits/fills, but this NFL is all about the QB.

    Evan H: Arizona is ready to begin working towards a future QB. Carr fits the bill and becomes the only Hall of Fame QB out of this draft.

    Joshua B: I doubt Carr makes it to the Cardinals in the real draft, but if he does, the Cardinals would land a steal. Carr is ready to start now, but he could be even better learning behind Palmer for a year. Carr is a perfect fit for Bruce Arians’ offense, and he would finally give the Cardinals a franchise quarterback. Fitzgerald would be very happy.

    Anthony F: Carr is a dark horse for the Cardinals, but do they really want to draft him when the team is on the cusp of a playoff run? I think they address the pass rush with their pick, but Mosley is also an option — they’re shuffling around their LBs this offseason and could slot in Mosley right away.

  5. Green Bay Packers: RaShede Hageman , DT , Minnesota
    Ra’Shede Hageman: 26.1%
    Ryan Shazier: 23.7%
    Louis Nix: 17.7%
    Jace Amaro: 14.0%
    Jimmie Ward: 8.0%
    Kyle Fuller: 6.4%
    Bradley Roby: 3.9%
    Total votes: 1,480

    Brian P: Picking a defensive lineman in the 1st round is very low on the Packers needs list. They have used multiple high picks the last couple of years so there is no shortage there. Only picks on this list that makes sense are Fuller or Shazier.

    StevenInLaJolla: I’m a Packers fan living in Chargers territory. As I see it, the Packers needs are: FS, DE, ILB, SS, C/G depth, TE and WR. Based-upon the available choices, I went with CB Roby, but I believe TT would select WR Lee over Roby, if NO trade-down was possible; Roby is mostly an Outside guy, so very little overlap with Hayward and Hyde. I do strongly believe the Packers will very-likely trade-down with some team desiring a QB at pick #21 (lots of scenarios here this year, as I’m sure many would agree), or it could be the 49ers wanting to get ahead of the Eagles to select their choice of either a CB or a WR. And, I wouldn’t be surprised if its the Raiders, where the Packers pick up an extra early 3rd round pick.

    Puncake: The Packers need to beef up their pass rush while beefing up their run defense. RaShede Hageman was an absolute beast for Minnesota and destroyed the Big Ten. HaHa Clinton Dix would most likely be the pick if he was avaliable here, but can you imagine what this packers front 7 could look in a few years with Hageman, Mike Daniels,Clay Matthews, Nick perry, Datone Jones and Brad Jones? that is so good.

    Nate: HA! Thompson will just keep trading down and grab like 12 linebackers, tight ends, offensive and defensive linemen and defensive backs, mostly from the Big Ten. AMIRITE!?

    E.Fox: At 21, with Mosley and both safeties off the board, you have to think TT & company have to be looking to trade down. Louis Nix could be had later, the same is likley true for Hageman. Both could be fits in GB’s 34, but in a draft like this, take advantage of your chances to add picks. Don’t hold your breath if you’re going to wait on TT to take a TE in the first either. Only way that happens is if Ebron is available, and I’d still expect them to trade down in that scenario.

  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks , WR , Oregon State
    Brandin Cooks: 32.8%
    Odell Beckham: 17.3%
    Marqise Lee: 16.1%
    Dee Ford: 11.1%
    Kyle Fuller: 9.0%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 7.2%
    Bradley Roby: 3.4%
    Jimmie Ward: 3.0%
    Total votes: 948

    Gary C: The Eagles pick is simple. If Ha-HA and Pryor are gone, it’s only a WR or CB spot that will be taken. I don’t see them reaching for a Safety beyond them two. They need a huge playmaker. Lee is the only WR left that has that talent. I wouldn’t mind Roby either.

    David H: Ward would be a big reach here, and a trade down with the Niners followed by taking Ward might be the best move. However, Cooks would be a shiny new toy in this offense, DeSean Jackson without the character flags, and Chip Kelly knows the guy from scheming against him in the Civil War college games.

    Joe C: Chips offense doesnt need a 100+ catches WR, if Maclin comes back healthy, you can add a quality WR in round 3 ( D. Moncrief, Ole Miss ) the teams needs playmakers on D, so I like DE Dee Ford or my pick CB K Fuller.

    Jim M: Eagles get a replacement for DeSean Jackson.

    Robby M: Only reason Chip wouldn’t pick Brandin Cooks over the other guys is because of his “Big guys beat up little people” speech. But keep in mind, he did pick up Darren sproles. He likes versatile players much more than big guys. Eagles have two good number two receivers, but no wide receiver who could play the slot. Eagles could put Ertz/Sproles there, but they still need a slot receiver since Avant was released, which would bring in Cooks.

  7. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham , WR , LSU
    Odell Beckham: 34.2%
    Marqise Lee: 22.5%
    Xavier Su’a-Filo: 14.8%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 11.3%
    Jace Amaro: 4.9%
    Kyle Fuller: 4.2%
    David Yankey: 3.7%
    Ryan Shazier: 2.6%
    Bradley Roby: 1.9%
    Total votes: 1,124

    Tyler H: Whoever is their highest rated CB or WR. Sean Smith is over rated, they have no nickel corner, and in a year Brandon Flowers skill set will force him to be a nickel only. And this is all coming from a die hard Chiefs fan and fan of Flowers.

    David H: The biggest downfield threat the Chiefs have is also their every-down back. That’s great for Jamaal Charles fantasy owners, but it’s terrible for the team, who fell apart without him in the Colts playoff game. The Chiefs need a speed machine, and though Beckham isn’t quite Cooks in that regard he’s also more rounded as an outside receiver.

    Brian D: Why isn’t Stephon Tuitt an option for the Chiefs at #23? There is no Defensive player in this draft that fits the Chiefs defense better than Tuitt does. The media continually pimps a WR to the Chiefs at #23, but I hope Dorsey/Reid don’t listen to them and select a Defensive Front 7 player, instead. WR’s can be had in later rounds. I didn’t vote for any of these guys on this list.

    GW: I really don’t like any of those options for KC. We don’t have a strong enough CB need to justify reaching for one. Wasting a first round pick on a guard (a guard? really?) is insane. I don’t like any of those receivers (esp Benjamin, please God no). Amaro would be a big reach there, and I’m not even sure Shazier fits our scheme. Stephon Tuitt is the guy I would want, as a Chiefs fan. If it’s a WR, it better be because Mike Evans fell to 23 (which won’t happen). All that being said, trading down would of course be the best option, as there’s no one available that would be gone in the next 6 picks worth fretting over.

    Scotty G: Yeah, the Chiefs don’t need an offensive line. Nope, not one bit. Just lost 3 starters, but its fine. They will just hope that Alex Smith can transform into Aaron Rodgers, and hide the fact that their offensive line is worth than Alabama’s…

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller , CB , Virginia Tech
    Kyle Fuller: 30.8%
    Bradley Roby: 27.5%
    Dee Ford: 15.7%
    Ryan Shazier: 10.3%
    Timmy Jernigan: 8.8%
    Morgan Moses: 2.8%
    Joel Bitonio: 2.3%
    Marcus Martin: 1.0%
    Weston Richburg: 0.8%
    Total votes: 1,031

    Brian B: As a Bengal fan, I have to say they go corner. Of the positions available, corner is the right combination of value, BPA, and fit. The available OLs are not great values. I haven’t heard anything regarding the team’s interest in any particular OL. The ones available are not first rounders, IMO. If they really liked Moses, Bitonio, Martin, etc., they could grab the guy in round 2 (possibly having to trade up a bit. Dee Ford is not a good scheme fit. They rarely use a true SAM backer. Harrison barely saw the field last year. Jernigan offers an interesting BPA scenario. They may decide Still is not going to work out, or they might have doubts on Atkin’s availability. But Atkins does seem to be on schedule, and I can’t see them giving up on a 2nd round pick after only 2 seasons. At CB they have 4 former 1st rounders, but 3 0f those 4 are over 30. Of those 3 one is recovering from a second Achilles, and another is 35. Pacman only has another year on his contract and will be 33. So that really only leaves Dre as a young CB to build around for the future. They might be able to get another year out of this group, but a young talented CB like Fuller, Roby, Verrett, etc would be the best pick.

    Patrick H: Why is Xavier Su’a-Filo not an option here, he is the best player available on my board at this slot and would fit a need.

    David H: As a team with a playoff millstone around their proverbial neck, the Bengals feel likely to lurch towards emulating the Seahawks, and one of the ways to do that is to have the ethos that you can never have enough pass rushers. I’ve given them Dee Ford for that reason. I could also see them taking a chance on a QB if one of the big four fell, so I’m surprised that Carr isn’t listed as an option. I know Dalton’s their guy for now, but just the threat of replacing him might give him the rearside rocket he needs.

    Bengals Brah: Kyle Fuller fits the type of player the Bengal’s draft. He will provide good depth and potentially start later on if Leon doesn’t play well coming back from the acl or if Dre Kirkpatrick doesn’t pan out. Kyle Fuller would be the best choice in this draft.

    Randy: The Bengals in this draft choose Kyle Fuller. With Leon Hall coming back from a torn acl, the Bengals haven’t had good play from their corners. Drafting Fuller would solve that issue and drafting him would provide depth to the position. Also Dre Kirkpatrick hasn’t really preformed well so getting Fuller would be good insurance in case he doesn’t play any better.

  9. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix , DT , Notre Dame
    Louis Nix: 36.0%
    Bradley Roby: 21.9%
    Dee Ford: 14.4%
    Marqise Lee: 12.4%
    Xavier Su’a-Filo: 6.4%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 5.7%
    Jimmie Ward: 2.0%
    Joel Bitonio: 1.3%
    Total votes: 1,108

    Jackson B: The Chargers have not had a solid NT since Jamaal Williams was on the team, and it hurt us especially bad this past season as we had almost no pass rush. Louis Nix can help solve most of the problems by pushing the pocket.

    Francesco V: The Chargers are going to follow the Telesco philosophy of drafting solid character starters. The positions of need are a versatile offensive lineman, a space eating nose tackle, and a cornerback that can play in Pagano’s bipolar system of either aggressive man and super soft zone. The secondary needs are at pass rusher, strong safety, wide receiver and center. Nix falling to 25 is likely and him and Lissmore would be equivalent If not better than the combo with cam thomas. Chargers had problems stopping inside run all year. This is not a for sure thing though, a gamble on Hageman can be taken as all you need is a push up the middle to make manning freak out. Mike McCoy being conservative and an aging Rivers mandate a Player like Sua Filio (versatile, athletic enough for zone blocking, good character) or Zack martin (who can play center also once hardwick retires if Orhnberger does not fit the bill) being taken as both of these picks would fit the chargers philosophy and would help prevent a collapse like the one seen in the playoffs in Denver. It is unlikely but If Dennard falls he would be a steal. Bradly Roby, Jimmy Ward and Marquise Lee all do not make sense at 25 since the draft is deep in their perspective positions. Trading up in the first is unlikely as the chargers really like Bitonio, and Van Noy who they may trade up for in round 2 or 3.

    David H: As a Chargers fan, I’m thinking that with the need at corner I’d be wanting Verrett here. He’s one of those guys where we go “if he was three inches taller he’d go far earlier” and then he ends up as a steal and we’re meant to be surprised. Prefer him to Roby anyway. But there are starter-worthy corners available on day two. There are not starter-worthy nose tackles after Louis Nix. So Nix could be the pick (hopefully with a trade down if we think the Pats will pass on him).

    Greg R: The two olb’s at the top of the depth chart for the Chargers totaled 4 sacks last year? In a 34 that’s not good at all. They need a pass rusher. On this list, Dee Ford would make the most sense. However, I think it will be a different OLB.

    Scotty G: No position is as important to a 3-4 than NT. The draft’s best NT is available. No brainer. CB is a decent choice, but Nose Tackles that can move are impossible to find. See KC in their own division for what a dominant NT can do for a D.

  10. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr , QB , Fresno State
    Derek Carr: 74.5%
    Xavier Su’a-Filo: 8.0%
    Bradley Roby: 7.1%
    Ryan Shazier: 6.2%
    Jimmie Ward: 2.0%
    Morgan Moses: 1.4%
    Joel Bitonio: 0.7%
    Total votes: 1,487

    Joshua B: There’s no need for debate, the Browns NEED a quarterback, and Carr is the only one left who’s worth a first round pick. Carr reminds me of Jay Cutler, with a powerful arm but inconsistent footwork. However, Carr has the upside to develop into a dangerous pocket passer. The attack of Carr, Watkins, Gordon, and Tate would be the first competent offense Cleveland has fielded in years. As long as their defense plays OK, Cleveland could be a sleeper team primed for a playoff run.

    Kevin O: Derek Carr with Gordon and Watkins could be dangerous and finally get Cleveland into the playoffs. Then again, they are the Cleveland Browns.

    Kevin: Extremely unlikely Carr falls past 8, so nabbing him at 26 is a run-to-the-podium pick for Cleveland.

    Adam: Still don’t understand why Browns fans choose to get a #2 receiver with the 4th pick and a non elite QB later on. Carr is a Weeden clone. He will bust like him too. Why not get an elite QB at 4 and draft a starter at reciever at 26. We already have Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. At this point I chose Sua’ Filo just because Carr will be a bust and I assume we spend our top 5 pick on a QB next year.

    Scotty G: Sure, you can find fat guys that eat space later in the draft. However, a real star NT can eat space and collapse the pocket. Those guys go in the 1st round. The best one in this draft is Nix. I don’t know where these charger fans are getting this “CB is more important” crap from. You won’t be able to stop the Broncos until Peyton leaves. No one can. The NFL won’t allow it. So be happy that the best NT fell to you and fills your biggest need.

  11. New Orleans Saints: Dee Ford , OLB / DE , Auburn
    Dee Ford: 33.9%
    Marqise Lee: 25.0%
    Ryan Shazier: 12.6%
    Bradley Roby: 10.2%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 8.9%
    Jason Verrett: 7.0%
    Marcus Martin: 1.4%
    Weston Richburg: 1.4%
    Total votes: 996

    David H: One look at Jairus Byrd’s contract and the rest of the Saints cap situation, and it becomes impossible to understand how Jimmy Graham can return in 2015, so I’m going to say Benjamin here as a de facto successor who could also cause havoc alongside him this season. However, I think that contract situation suggests this team is in win-now mode every bit as much as the Broncos. I see a trade up in their future.

    Taylor V: Saints would get a steal with Lee at 27, plus he would fill a huge need at WR with their declining wrs corps. I could also see robi being a choice for them, however usually teams sitting at this part of the 1st round don’t fill a need as much as they draft the best available player, so Lee is a 2 for one pick here.

    Wicket: Verrett, Roby, Lee and Benjamin are really the only option. Ford doesnt even help the team a little bit, its waaaay to early for the centers, shazier doesnt work in a 3-4. Anyone voting Ford should be ashamed of themselves. In the nickel have 2 of the top 6 sack guys in the entire NFL on the edges and the pass rush has been great and almost entirely by young players. If you would give the saints ford hed play 15 plays a game in a base 3-4 where he would play totally out of position and in fact not rush the passer. Of the four players above Lee is easily the top player in my opinion so i went there.

    @wicket: We can agree on one thing… Dee Ford is a horrible pick and I think his votes are just a product of not enough people knowing anything about the Saints’ defense. However, I happen think Shazier would be a great pick for the Saints, just not at OLB. He would have to play ILB in their 3-4, and would probably be a good eventual replacement for Hawthorne and/or Lofton who are scheduled to cost quite a bit next season. Having said all of that, though… I voted for Lee. Payton has never drafted a LB in the 1st round, and they need WR’s much more than LB’s.

    James C: Saints need help in their secondary, and it just so happens the best CB in the draft falls to them. Rob Ryan is swearing with joy as the Saints take Jason Verrett.

  12. Carolina Panthers: Marqise Lee , WR , Southern California
    Marqise Lee: 62.3%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 21.3%
    Morgan Moses: 9.5%
    Jason Verrett: 1.7%
    Xavier Su’a-Filo: 1.6%
    Bradley Roby: 1.3%
    Jace Amaro: 1.3%
    Ryan Shazier: 1.1%
    Total votes: 832

    Llama: If Lee is on the board, the Panthers will run as fast as they can to pick him.

    James C: Tough pick here, with the Panthers desperately needing both an O-Line and WR’s. You have to pick your poison here on getting a good but not great OT now and picking from WR depth later, or get your WR’s early because the later ones might not cut it. Personally? I say go for WR. Kelvin Benjamin is a polarizing figure, but I think he’s a stud in the making. He has some concentration lapses, but give him time and you’ll see a world beater of a WR.

  13. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro , TE , Texas Tech
    Jace Amaro: 28.6%
    Stephon Tuitt: 24.0%
    Timmy Jernigan: 22.0%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 15.9%
    Bradley Roby: 4.5%
    Weston Richburg: 3.4%
    Marcus Martin: 2.0%
    Total votes: 905

    Bob S: NE pick: benjamin may be a wide out but he looks like a hernendez replacement, i dont see it in tuitt, honestly expect them to trade out. or pick a guard no one has ever heard of.

    Mac: Jace Amaro has MAJOR concerns about four key characteristics for a TE: speed, getting yards after the catch, being a blocking TE and according to his statistics he is a one year wonder. Those are THE four characteristics that the Patriots are NOT looking for in a TE. They want the complete opposite: a TE with speed, getting yards after the catch, being a blocking TE and a 3 to 4 year team starter with statistics to back it up. If you read about any TE in this NFL Dradt Class that has all four of these characteristics the only one that fits the bill is Austin Seferian-Jenkins; Tight End; University of Washington! Eric Ebron doesn’t count because with the exception of Julius Peppers who else has been drafted from the University of North Carolina (Tarheels) and has actually worked out for at least a season (making sure to discount T.J. Yates)!

    Tom: Pats are gonna trade back and pickup the best available receiving threat. ASJ or Benjamin in the 2nd after the trade down

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Roby , CB , Ohio State
    Bradley Roby: 34.3%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 25.8%
    Jason Verrett: 22.0%
    Jeremiah Attaochu: 5.8%
    Jimmie Ward: 4.8%
    Scott Crichton: 4.6%
    Weston Richburg: 2.9%
    Total votes: 902

    Glenn W: Selected Verrett, but could easily see us move up from this spot for a pass rusher or any CB/WR we are really sold on. I think the depth at CB and WR may lead us to select something else in first round. Wouldn’t be surprised by any defensive position in first 3 rounds, plus a WR. With C and backup QB to be targeted later on.

    Matthew M: The 9ers would have loved to have Cooks, but he’s gone. Kelvin Benjamin is a project and too boom-bust. Roby however can flourish with that front-7 playing in front of him and he fulfills a need.

    Taylor V: CB, is the only viable position with this lot of prospects. Critchton, Attachou are a reach here. Picking a center seems like folly. Benjamin is the opposite kind of WRs they need. I like ward, but CB is a much more glaring need for this team after picking a safety in the first round last draft. I like Verrett over Robi for the 49ers. They need a #2 CB and a nickle, and Verrett could play both increasing his value over Robi.

    Greg A: With only one reliable starting caliber CB in Brock after free agency releases/Culliver’s wild ride, Cornerback is inarguably the 49ers greatest need for a immediate plug in for their roster. Verrett excelled in college, but his size is a concern for the pros. He could definitely work very well as a slot corner with his speed (which is needed in the NFC West against WR like Austin and Harvin), but a 1st round pick for a slot corner with low potential to play outside seems high.

    Roby had a very good year in 2012 with a poor showing in 2013, resulting in his slip down the draft board. But after Donatell’s work with Rookie Safety Eric Reid last year, I think he can be coached up to get back to his previous form. He simply has better upside to be a starting Outside Corner than Verrett, although I would be okay with either really (and prefer Fuller, with a trade up).

    In terms of the other players offered in the poll, most are reaches, with Benjamin being a bad fit for the team (another raw WR prospect after AJ Jenkins is exactly what we don’t need). While there is a bit of a drop off in CB’s after the first round, comparable talent in other positions can be found in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, in which the 49ers have plenty of picks.

  15. Denver Broncos: Ryan Shazier , OLB , Ohio State
    Ryan Shazier: 41.0%
    Xavier Su’a-Filo: 19.4%
    Jason Verrett: 13.5%
    Kelvin Benjamin: 7.5%
    Stephon Tuitt: 7.4%
    Morgan Moses: 4.2%
    Scott Crichton: 3.8%
    Weston Richburg: 3.2%
    Total votes: 1,060

    Jake V: It will probably be Shazier if he’s available, but I foresee the Packers trading back from 21 to the 25-30 range and picking him. I don’t think he’ll be available.

    David H: Win-now teams need guys who can contribute on day 1, and Shazier is someone who can be a utility piece in multiple positions on D, making him a good choice here. The Broncos are liable to lurch towards adding defensive depth after the Meadowlands massacre anyway.

    Shaun M: Denver clearly has the desire to shore up its defense. Linebacker is the position of need.

    Dustin H: For the Broncos, they will almost certaintly draft someone that can be a starter. From the looks of things, it will probably come down to a guard, linebacker, or, less likely, secondary player. If they They are set at the skill positions and defensive line, but definately need help in the offensive interior and back seven. Their only good linebacker is Miller, who is coming off injury. I’d bet a pretty penny that they are targeting either Ryan Shazier or Xavier Su’a-Filo, with Ryan most likely being their main target. He can play strongside, providing great run support but all the versitilit to drop into coverage. Of course, we have a big hole at guard, and I’ll be suprised if Shazier makes it all the way to us.

    Matthew M: What killed the Broncos in last year super bowl was a lack of a pass rush and physicality in the trenches on both sides, plus Von Miller got in trouble. Not to mention Fax-gate and losing Dumervill. While Shazier could fulfill a need for an ILB, they need to get an OLB/pass rusher plus they can go into later rounds for an ILB. I LOVE Su’a-Filo, but they can get a Guard later on(see: Warford in Detroit). Crichton fulfills a need and has value, as he is the best player available. He can make a good bookend alongside Von Miller.

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