105.3 THE FAN — I used to love mock drafts, until they became too popular. Now, there are very few mock drafts that I respect.
Some people get paid to do multiple mock drafts, and more power to them, but as a whole, I’m a guy who believes in doing only one mock draft.
There are some general disclaimers here. I’m ruling out trades and I’m largely going on what I think will happen based on rumors, tape, team needs, and various reports.
Here is my 2014 Mock Draft, picking players for each team from 1-32.
1. Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina
When given the opportunity to select Rachel, Monica, or Phobe, you select Rachel every time. No disrespect to Courtney Cox or Lisa Kudrow, but Jennifer Aniston is hotter. Clowney is a dragon slayer. Forget all you’ve heard or read about him taking plays off in college, because it’s largely not true, and besides, sack numbers are arbitrary anyways.
2. St. Louis: Greg Robinson, OT Auburn
Jeff Fisher has a fetish for getting his hands on offensive lineman and teaching them things.
3. Jacksonville: Khalil Mack, LB Buffalo
I’m tempted to go with Sammy Watkins here on the heels of the news that Justin Blackmon will likely miss the upcoming season, but Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts should be enough offense for them right? No? Crap.
4. Cleveland: Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M
Finally we can put to bed those Johnny Football to Dallas rumors. We can also put to bed the nickname Johnny Football, because Johnny Dogpound is the man now! Cleveland just got a little more tolerable! With the offseason they had with the unwanted firing of the head coach and a new GM, the big handed, potential cold-weather quarterback Johnny Dogpound is just what the doctor ordered….that, and a colonoscopy.
5. Oakland: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson
So many roster holes, so little time. They could go the route of offensive line here too, but an impact WR and return man makes a lot of sense for the Raiders.
6. Atlanta: Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
Seen as possibly the safest pick in the draft, Jake Matthews will step in and help protect Matt Ryan. Atlanta is probably the most likely team in the Top 10 to trade up or down though, so watch out for that.
7. Tampa Bay: Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M
For me personally, he’s about one point behind Sammy Watkins on my scouting report card. He kind of looks like current TB WR Vincent Jackson, but I think he will be better. He’s a really bad radio interview though.
8. Minnesota: Anthony Barr, LB UCLA
There are a lot of rumors here, but to me this is too high for Aaron Donald or one of the other quarterbacks. I wouldn’t be surprised with Blake Bortles here, but one of the pass rushers in the draft also makes a lot of sense for a Vikings team with a lot of holes. If Mike Evans slides to 8, look out for him to go there.
9. Buffalo: Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
I see him as the 2nd best offensive tackle in the draft, but most NFL teams won’t agree with me. The Bills snatch him up at 9 so he can block for a bad quarterback.
10. Detroit: Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina
The Lions need to address the secondary, but they can’t believe the Bills passed on Ebron, and now the rest of the NFC North can’t believe they have to find a way to cover Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron at the same time. SCARY!
11. Tennessee: Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech
There’s a lot of debate about which cornerback will go first. I have Fuller as my best corner, with Verrett from TCU, Gilbert from Oklahoma State, and Dennard from Michigan State close behind.
12. New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
The fears of many Cowboys fans comes true as the Giants snatch up Aaron Donald as their second option after Eric Ebron is off the board.
13. St. Louis: Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State
They got their OL early, and since the top 2 WRs are off the board they go with the Michigan State CB Dennard, who will get called for pass interference a lot, but is still a pretty awesome player.
14. Chicago: Haha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama
They wanted Donald is what I’ll tell myself, but after their offseason moves they also need a safety….much like another LOCAL team I know.
15. Pittsburgh: Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame
Another guy the Cowboys probably like is off the board. Damn! This kid can play, and he’ll help protect the brittle Ben Roethlisberger.
16. Dallas: Calvin Pryor, S Louisville
Sure, they likely won’t do it, but they should. Honestly, if the scenario plays out the way I have it laid out, I’d hope they’re trying to trade back…I say that while also hoping they snatch up the best center fielder in the draft. It won’t happen though, because it’s the Cowboys — much like my girlfriend they don’t really care about making me happy…and they shouldn’t. Tim Jernigan is another option here.
17. Baltimore: Jimmie Ward, S Northern Illinois
Wow, maybe the league does value safeties. The consensus top 3 safeties fly off the board before pick 20, as the Ravens nab the Northern Illinois dude.
18. New York Jets: Cody Latimer, WR Indiana
After spending big on Eric Decker, the Jets go with the Indiana WR who has been flying up the boards over the last month. His ability to get vertical up the field, should open up things for Eric Decker should the Jets ever find a quarterback that isn’t terrible.
19. Miami: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama
Miami gets to work on their O-line as they attempt to forget all the events of last year’s controversial position group.
20. Arizona: Blake Bortles, QB Central Florida
I don’t like him in a position where he would have to play immediately. This gives them time to coach him up, fix those happy feet, work on that delivery, and then he can step in after one year on the bench and deal with the San Francisco and Seattle defense 4 times a year. Good luck, Blake!
21. Green Bay: C.J. Mosley, LB Alabama
The Alabama linebacker slides down the board a little bit due to injury concerns, but he fits a need on the Green Bay defense. In fact, if you play defense in general, then you fit a need for Green Bay.
22. Philadelphia: Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State
Remember when DeSean Jackson was an Eagle? They’ll forget shortly, too. I’m not crazy about this Cooks kid as a first rounder, but he would fit perfectly in the Chip Kelly offense. He’ll do everything here, direct snaps, jet sweeps, and a lot of intermediate routes. This is a match made in heaven.
23. Kansas City: Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
I read a report earlier this week…which come to think about it, is really stupid of me this time of year…but I read that the contract negotiations between Kansas City and Alex Smith weren’t moving along very well. Why pay a mediocre quarterback with tiny hands big time money when you could just draft a quarterback that’s ready to step in and play now?
24. Cincinnati: Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville
I personally want him playing indoors, but there’s no reason for Cincinnati to pay Andy Dalton big time cash until he proves he can win in the playoffs…let me try again….until he proves he can go to the playoffs and not take a dump on the field. Teddy Ballgame to the Bengals!
25. San Diego: Louis Nix, DT Notre Dame
A need for the Chargers is filled, as they jump for joy to find out that Nix fell this far. He’s a good player and could go as early as 15 in my erotic opinion. What?
26. Cleveland: Odell Beckham, WR LSU
Shocked to find out that Beckham is still on the board, the Browns somehow get their QB/WR combo and have all of a sudden turned into one of the most fun teams to watch. Amazing what a draft can do, isn’t it folks?
27. New Orleans: Ryan Shazier, LB Ohio State
He’s a little undersized, but imagining the way he’ll be used in Rob Ryan’s defense is really intriguing. This kid can fly!
28. Carolina: Marquise Lee, WR USC
They need a WR or two in this draft, and a dude who I have as a Late 1/Early 2 in Marquise Lee is still there. The Panthers pounce in an attempt to help out Cam Newton.
29. New England: Tim Jernigan, DT Florida State
Don’t worry so much about the positive marijuana test. I doubt it’ll make him slide, but I also can’t predict what teams are thinking. An absolute steal at 29 for the Patriots, who just always seem to find a way to have draft picks fall into their laps.
30. San Francisco: Justin Verrett, CB TCU
They need a cornerback and they get a good one at 30 in TCU’s Justin Verrett. He’s tiny, but plays bigger than he is. Not scared to come down and get nasty and make a hit.
31. Denver: Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
They really wanted Verrett, but are just fine settling with Gilbert, another cornerback that I had a first round grade on.
32. Seattle: Xavier Su’a Filo, OL UCLA
Not only does it fill a position of relative need for the champs, but it’s also the best player left on the board.
Kevin “KT” Turner is the producer of the Ben and Skin show heard weekdays 3-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. He’s also a co-host of Fan Jam heard weekends on 105.3 The Fan. You can hear KT on The Fan’s live draft coverage as he hosts the post draft show on Thursday and Friday night 11pm-1am, and during late round coverage Saturday afternoon from 2-530. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @ktfuntweets.
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