2014 SpreeGoogs Fan-Sourced NFL Mock Draft Picks 17-24
Here’s where we are so far:
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, University of South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
4. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
5. Oakland Raiders: Johnny Football Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
8. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
10. Detroit Lions: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
11. Tennessee Titans: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St
12. New York Giants: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
13. St. Louis Rams: Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
14. Chicago Bears: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
16. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Here comes another batch of picks. If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been linking to the authors’ twitter handles, so if you don’t like your team’s picks, go take it up with them.
2014 SpreeGoogs Fan-Sourced NFL Mock Draft Part 3
17. Baltimore Ravens (pick made by Andrew Maas): Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
After a busy offseason, the Baltimore Ravens are only left with holes at RT and FS. Ozzie Newsome is notorious for taking the best player available. Well in this situation he is able to take the best player available while also filling one of the two glaring needs for the Ravens. Martin is one of the most polished prospects in this draft class and can step in immediately to bolster an already upgraded o-line. He gives Harbaugh and company flexibility as well, if they decide to slot Osemele at RT, they could keep Martin where he is more comfortable as an OG. Ozzie will stick to his draft board and if Clinton-Dix, Pryor, and Lewan are all off the board by pick #17, then I expect Zack Martin to be the Ravens’ pick.
18. New York Jets (pick made by Andrew Webster): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St
Since the quality of the CB market is pretty much exhausted at this point, expect the New York Jets to add a WR here. Prudent General Manager John Idzick was a spendthrift during free agency so I imagine he will add some offensive weapons via the draft.
Although there are question marks surrounding the quarterback position for 2014 – there is no doubt Gang Green could use another playmaker on the offensive side of the football. The undersized but explosive Brandin Cooks (5’10 / 186 lb) provides the exact element this offense is looking for. Marty Morhenwig will be ecstatic with his new toy as the speedy Cooks will be able to stretch the field and should complement red-zone target Eric Decker (6’3 / 214 lb) rather nicely.
With the additions of Cooks, Decker and CJ2K – the new look Jets offense should give defensive coordinators around the league problems – IF they can get any consistency out of their quarterback play. With a plethora of picks in this years draft (12), expect them to add depth at CB, TE and OG in later rounds.
19. Miami Dolphins (pick made by Kevin Ringel): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
For years, I have watched the Dolphins stand by and let major playmakers beat them up and down the field. After finally seeming to recognize this is a passing league and making major moves for first rounder QB Ryan Tannehill and spending big money on downfield threat WR Mike Wallace, WR Mike Evans will fit in perfectly receiving passes from fellow Aggie Tannehill. When Brian Hartline is your second receiving option, you need to upgrade, and the 6’5” Evans is exactly the big, Power Forward-sized WR I have wanted to see on the Dolphins for years. However, I feel like there is no chance Evans will be available in the real draft to the Dolphins at #19. While they tried to keep their O-Line issues incognito last year, there is certainly a glaring need up front and I suspect new GM Dennis Hickey will be beefing up the big guys. So I’ll enjoy Evans on the Dolphins in this fake draft while I can.
20. Arizona Cardinals (pick made by Dan Angell): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Don’t believe Bruce Arians when he says the Cardinals have three good options at quarterback. They have one acceptable option in Carson Palmer, one career backup in Drew Stanton and one complete stiff who shouldn’t be on an NFL roster in Ryan Lindley. The reality is, Lindley already showed what he can’t do two years ago, and if Stanton was any good, he would have played in the second half of the season after the Cardinals fell to 3-4. As for Palmer, he is what he is, an aging veteran who’s merely acceptable under center. The problem is, this isn’t 2001 and Arizona doesn’t play in the NFC East anymore. The Cardinals are in the NFC West, which features the two best teams in the league in Seattle and San Francisco and a young Rams team that would be favored to win either the NFC East or NFC North if it played there. So the Cardinals don’t have a long window of opportunity to win with their outstanding defense, they have to get the offense going now before they have to deal with the Rams as well as the existing two juggernauts.
If Cooks or Evans was still on the board, this would be a tough call, because the Cardinals badly need another target opposite Larry Fitzgerald to run the vertical offense Arians loves, and both would be fast enough to thrive in that role. Ryan Shazier of Ohio State would also make sense, because the Cardinals love outside linebackers who can rush the passer and need one given Daryl Washington’s off-field issues. But when your most glaring need is under center, you have to pull the trigger when you get the chance, so Carr has to be the pick. It’s a bit of a gamble given that his brother didn’t work out, but I believe that was because the Texans rushed David Carr into action before he was ready with an expansion offensive line. The Cardinals’ line isn’t great, but it’s better than that Texans team had, and Arians seems determined to throw this season away with Palmer anyway, so Derek Carr should get the time he needs. Throw in that he’s got the arm to go vertical, and he makes sense for the Cardinals to finally grab a signal caller that can compete in the rugged NFC West. Ideally, Carr would get a chance this year, but because of Arians’ stubbornness, I think I’ll be waiting for 2015 to see the Cardinals try to make a run.
21. Green Bay Packers (pick made by Official Minority Owner Andy Carpenter): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
While I will likely make offerings to my Calvin Pryor shrine every day until May 8 in hopes he somehow falls to my beloved Packers, I’m well aware that he and Bama safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix are probably going to be off the board by the time we pick. Safety is a Zelda-boss-flashing-one-hit-before-he-dies glaring need for the Packers, with inside linebacker and tight end probably a few fire arrows behind. As there aren’t any safety options worth taking at 21 with names not associated with laughter or Hobbes, and no obscene talents sliding much too far (Mike Evans, close but no cigar) I’m forgoing my right to trade down (Note: I don’t have that right) and taking the BPAWASOFAN: Best Player Available Who Also Sort Of Fills A Need. C.J. Mosley is a damn tackling machine, and though the knock on him is that he’s a little undersized, whatever man, we got Julius Peppers, and I’m pretty sure he’s not undersized. Mosley projects as a starter and already might be the best ILB on the roster (#justsayin, A.J.). Note: If Eric Ebron falls, one, did someone spread an STD rumor or something and, two, we jump ALL over him.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (pick made by Adam Rosenberg): Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The off season implosion “football related” departure of WR Desean Jackson creates a huge void in the Eagles’ offense for a game-breaking wide receiver. With Mike Evans and Brandin Cooks expected to be gone, USC WR Marquis Lee is the next best available receiver in the draft. He fits in well with Chip Kelly’s offense and this is a player who was an absolute BEAST in 2012 on a USC team that actually wasn’t very good while playing opposite of current Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods – who was the clear star of that team. While last season was a down year for Lee, it’s important to take into account that he snagged 57/791/4 TD on a team that absolutely destroyed itself midway through the year and appeared to have a different quarterback each week. A solid playmaker who also returns punt, Lee can be expected to grow into that DeSean Jackson role under the guidance of perpetual good guy/leader Jeremy Maclin. His speed will be especially valuable with Darren Sproles drawing coverage in the slot. Lee will ideally be DJax minus the attitude.
23. Kansas City Chiefs (pick made by Ryan Spencer): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The Chiefs drafted an LSU Tiger in the first round in three consecutive drafts in the late 2000s: Dwayne Bowe (2007), Glenn Dorsey (2008), and Tyson Jackson (2009). Dorsey and Jackson didn’t live up to expectations and are no longer in Kansas City. Bowe has been by far the best wide receiver the Chiefs have had in years–perhaps telling about the organization’s struggle to stock the position with legitimate talent.
While Alex Smith posted the best statistical year of his career last year, it wasn’t much thanks to Bowe, who produced the fewest receptions and receiving yards since his 2009 campaign when he only played 11 games. The Chiefs need Bowe to return to form this year, and having a #2 receiver who can stretch the field would go a long way in helping him achieve that goal.
Although LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. is not a talent on the order of Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans, he could make a strong case for being the third-best receiver available in the draft. He is a strong route-runner and can be dangerous after the catch—an important attribute since the Chiefs’ passing offense relies mainly on short, quick routes. His experience returning punts may also be an added bonus for Kansas City, who lost Dexter McCluster in the offseason. If Beckham Jr. is available, expect the Chiefs to go to the LSU well once again.
24. Cincinnati Bengals (pick made by Anthony Bonefeste): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
While the Bengals’ offense has improved each year since the arrival of Andy Dalton, it’s no secret that their success has been driven primarily by one of the league’s best defenses. Despite recent success, there is some growing concern about the age and reliability of Cincinnati’s defensive backfield.
As much fun as it’s been to watch Terrence Newman continue to defy all logic by lining up against receivers ten years his junior, we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel there. Pacman Jone is no spring chicken at 31 either, but the bigger issue with Jones has been his inconsistent level of play. Combine the concerns of the aging veterans with the potential health issues of Leon Hall’s newly healed achilles, and it’s easy to see why new DC Paul Guenther might be pushing hard for a corner in the first round.
Lucky for Guenther, this year’s draft has plenty of starter-level talent at the CB spot. While there have been some concerns about Fuller’s strength, his above-average football IQ should help make up for that. His excellent man coverage abilities and his physical nature will make him a versatile option from day one, allowing him to play on the outside while also coming inside to cover slot receivers when necessary. Playing alongside and learning from arguably the best defensive backfield in the NFL will help Fuller, or any corner for that matter, reach his full potential quickly and help maintain the highly touted defense for years to come.
There’s only one more day left until the NFL Draft. There’s also only one day left until the exciting conclusion to our mock draft. you decide which one you’re more excited about.