Mock Draft

USC DL Leonard Williams

USC DL Leonard Williams

BY LUKE EASTERLING
Editor/Senior Writer
@LukeEasterling

Updated 9/24/14

*Draft order based on latest Super Bowl odds from VegasInsider.com

1. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Williams, DL, USC – Oakland needs to get younger just about everywhere but quarterback, but they would use this pick to address their front four.  Williams is a disruptive monster who should have an immediate impact at the next level.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M – Chad Henne go roughed up far too often over the first two games this season, and it looks like the keys have now been handed over to Blake Bortles.  The Jags need to protect their investment in a franchise QB by taking the best tackle in this draft.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon – I’m not sold on Mike Glennon as the Bucs’ QB of the future, and I’m not sure anyone is sold on Josh McCown as the team’s QB of the present anymore, either.  Mariota isn’t the “system” QB some think he is, and he would instantly energize Tampa Bay’s horrific (up to this point) offense.

4. St. Louis Rams – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – The Sam Bradford era is officially over, so the Rams will be on the lookout for a franchise QB in this draft.  Despite his ever-growing list of off-field problems, Winston is still likely to be in the top-five conversation come next May.

5. Tennessee Titans – Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA – Speaking of the end of a quarterback’s era, it looks like Jake Locker’s time as the Titans’ starter could be coming to a close.  Hundley hasn’t looked particularly impressive so far this season, and he’s battling an elbow injury, but he’s got the skills to still end up being a top-10 pick.

Alabama S Landon Collins

Alabama S Landon Collins

6. Washington Redskins – Landon Collins, S, Alabama – Top-10 are usually reserved for the most dynamic of safeties, as the Redskins well know.  He may not be Sean Taylor, but Collins could be the closest thing we’ve seen in a while.  The Redskins would be wise to grab him with what seems like their first first-rounder in forever.

7. Minnesota Vikings – Dante Fowler, DE, Florida – Mike Zimmer should be salivating at the crop of pass-rushers likely to be available in this draft class.  Fowler is a perfect fit as a 4-3 end who is as explosive as any edge rusher in the country.

8. Miami Dolphins – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon – Miami could go in a few different directions, but grabbing the top cover man on the board might be wise.  Some might be scared of Ifo’s small stature, but similar to TCU’s Jason Verrett last year, this diminutive star plays bigger than he’s listed.

9. Kansas City Chiefs – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama – The Chiefs are starved for a playmaker in the passing game who can stretch the field.  Cooper is as explosive as any receiver in the country, and new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is giving him every chance to shine.

10. New York Giants – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State – The G-Men were at their best when they had a full stable of athletic pass-rushers to cycle through.  It’s time they get back to that strategy and take a disruptive force like Calhoun.

11. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa – The Browns have a strong foundation on defense, which should allow them to spend both of their first-rounders on help for Johnny Manziel.  Scherff has the versatility to play either tackle spot, and he could be a dominant guard from Day 1.

Louisville WR DeVante Parker

Louisville WR DeVante Parker

12. Cleveland Browns (from BUF) – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville – With their second pick in this round, the Browns have to get Manziel a weapon to line up opposite Josh Gordon.  Parker is dealing with a nagging injury, but when healthy, he’s a dynamic receiver.

13. New York Jets – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson – The Jets are stout up front on defense, but they could use some flash on the outside.  Beasley is arguably the best edge rusher in the country, and could wreak havoc rushing next to the Jets’ already formidable defensive line.

14. Dallas Cowboys – Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State – Dallas needs to keep pouring as much young talent into their weak defense as possible.  Edwards has been a bit of an underachiever for the Seminoles, but he has the natural talent to be a perfect fit as a 4-3 end.

15. Houston Texans – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State – Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t the future in Houston, and fans shouldn’t hold their breath on Tom Savage, either.  Cook is arguably the best pure drop-back passer in the country, and could end up a top-15 selection.

16. Carolina Panthers – La’El Collins, OT, LSU – Trai Turner has already turned heads at guard for the Panthers in his rookie season, and Carolina would do well to add his former Tiger teammate to replace Jordan Gross at tackle.

17. Indianapolis Colts – Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska – The Bjoern Werner experiment looks like a failure and Robert Mathis is getting older and dealing with injury, making an edge rusher a huge need for the Colts.  Gregory is one of the best in the country, and could be a much-needed shot in the arm for Indy.

18. Atlanta Falcons – Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor – It took until a Week 3 blowout over the Bucs for the Falcons to finally notch a sack this season.  You can bet they’ll address their need for a pass-rusher early in the 2015 draft, and a physical freak like Oakman would make plenty of sense.

Washington CB Marcus Peters

Washington CB Marcus Peters

19. Baltimore Ravens – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia – It looked like the age of first-round running backs was over, but this year’s class could buck that young trend.  Gurley is an absolute beast of a runner, and would be a perfect fit for a Ravens team who needs a stable option at that position.

20. Detroit Lions – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington – The Lions have plenty of weapons on offense, but their defense has been shockingly good this season.  Still, you can never have too many quality cover men, and Peters in an exceptional player who could go much higher than this.

21. Chicago Bears – Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington- The Bears are desperate for playmakers on defense, and finding a player who could have the same type of impact as Brian Urlacher or Lance Briggs should be their mission.  Thompson is a phenomenal athlete who has shown his versatility by making plays on both sides of the ball.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State – Ike Taylor isn’t getting any younger, and now he’s dealing with a broken forearm.  Even if he returns at full strength next season, the Steelers need to start building for the future.  Williams is one of many top talents on a stellar Florida State defense.

23. San Francisco 49ers – Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan – The 49ers have struggled on offense so far this season, and Anquan Boldin might not return in 2015.  Funchess is a WR/TE hybrid who could be the perfect replacement for the physical presence Boldin brings to the passing game.

24. Green Bay Packers – Carl Davis, DT, Iowa – B.J. Raji will miss the entire 2014 season due to injury, and there’s not much depth behind him.  Davis is a massive mover who would give Green Bay some quality insurance at an important position in the 3-4.

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon

25. Arizona Cardinals – Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio State – The loss of Darnell Dockett to a season-ending injury could lead the Cardinals to look for an eventual replacement for the 33-year-old star.  Bennett is a versatile linemen who would be a perfect fit in Dockett’s role.

26. San Diego Chargers – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin – Not one running back in the first round, but two?  It could easily happen, as Gordon is another special talent at the position.  Both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are injured, and the Bolts could be looking for a younger option moving forward.

27. Philadelphia Eagles – Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State – Philly looks strong on offense under head coach Chip Kelly, but the defense still needs plenty of work.  Corner would be a wise route to go with this pick, and though he might be the second-best cover man on his own team, he’s still one of the better ones in the country.

28. New Orleans Saints – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State – Rob Ryan has the safety position taken care of with free agent addition Jairus Byrd and last year’s first-round pick, Kenny Vaccaro.  With this pick, they should look to bolster the corner position, and Waynes is the best the Big 10 has to offer.

29. New England Patriots – Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford – The Pats can never have too many weapons for Tom Brady.  Montgomery is one of the most explosive players in the country, and would also have an immediate impact in the return game.

Auburn WR Sammie Coates

Auburn WR Sammie Coates

30. Cincinnati Bengals – Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn – A.J. Green is one of the best receivers in the league, but the Bengals lack a true No. 2 option to take advantage of one-on-one matchups.  Coates has a great size/speed combo and could excel in that situation from Day 1.

31. Denver Broncos – DE Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington – Denver’s offense will be fine as long as Peyton Manning is around, but the defense can never have too many pass-rushers.  Kikaha would be a solid eventual replacement for DeMarcus Ware.

32. Seattle Seahawks – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State – The loss of Golden Tate and Sidney Rice has left the Seahawks a bit thin at receiver.  Rookie Paul Richardson could eventually take over Tate’s tole, but Russell Wilson could use a big target like Strong to replace the size Rice used to provide.

19 thoughts on “Mock Draft

  1. Dan Mundy

    look forward to all your mock drafts and you do a great job but in this one you have stanley jean-baptiste goin on pick 98 and 114

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  2. Bill Shannon

    Good deal overall. I hope NYG do not sacrifice the other picks , they have more holes….
    The one real thing is there is zero chance-according to me anyway!- that after the Hernandez fiasco that the NEP draft a TE with a checkered past…….

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  3. Enrique

    Wondering why you have the Broncos taking Borland instead of Shazier. Shazier has played all linebacker positions in college and is a much better athlete than Borland. Wouldn’t it make better sense to take Shazier rather than Borland? You even say that Borland is not worth the value at that pick. Taking Shazier would be a better value and provide Broncos with more speed.

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  4. Jay

    No way the giants give up picks with so many holes on both sides of the ball. Coming out of this draft with just 2 players in the first 4 rounds is not smart football. Moving up to get Donald would be a panic move that JR never does.

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  5. Mel

    What are you smoking? The Bears are not drafting Hageman….ever. Especially with Calvin Pryor still on the board. No way Pryor lasts beyond first round.

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  6. Brian

    Wow, thanks for giving a crap about the Vikings. You have them reaching for a QB at #8 and then trashing your own pick, and then you have them completely ignoring their two other biggest needs of LB and CB for their next four picks…

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  7. Andrew Savage

    Great draft!! only some picks I would question
    Eg Colt Lyerla to patriots( patriots won’t draft any one with big character issues after AH)
    Calvin Pyror lasting till the fourth round
    Ra’shede Hageman getting drafted at 14
    atm Hageman is borderline first rounder not top 15 player

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  8. trublu25

    The Giants have more holes than draft picks. Itcwould ve negligent to trade away selections when you cant fill your roster

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  9. Nick

    if the vikings get this draft i would not complain we find are qb hopefully we get a playmaker next to smith and find a young pass rusher who can rotate in and find our back rb who could eventually be a starter and can also be used like darren sproles who turner made great

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  10. Will

    I love the job you did for the Bucs here, only thing I would love to see differently is with the Giants pick I would like to see us take CJ Mosley instead. I think Shazier and Mosley teaming up with LaVonte would be beyond incredible!

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  11. Play4Blood

    I’d hate to trade Debo Robinson away, but getting Donald would relieve that sadness.

    I do, however, fear our trade down target will be Derek Carr. What a nightmare that’s going to be.

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