Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NBA DRAFT 2014: MOCK DRAFT


Thank you to Walter Football for adding my mock to their great NBA Mock Draft Database.
 http://walterfootball.com/nbadraftdata.php

FIRST  ROUND

1. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-JABARI PARKER-SF-DUKE  6-8/235 
NBA COMPARISON: PAUL PIERCE/GRANT HILL 
NEEDS: Everything but PG
The Cavs have been victims of the CANADIAN OVERHYPE train onE to many times.
Fool me Once: Tristan Thompson (#4 pick in 2011) has been a very average player
Fool me Twice: Anthony Bennett (#1 pick last year) was a total bust as a rookie, but the jury is still out on him.
I don't think they are getting fooled again with Andrew Wiggins. Parker should be the pick here.

The Cavs recently hired new coach David Blatt. He comes from an international background and will find ways to utilize Jabari Parker as both a stretch four and as a SF. He should have an instant impact as a scorer and should form a great duo with Kyrie Irving.

2. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-ANDREW WIGGINS-SF-KANSAS  6-8/200
NBA COMPARISON: PAUL GEORGE/GERALD GREEN
NEEDS: True PG, Scoring Wing and Big
Wiggins is a good player right now with star potential. He has been unfairly overhyped as the next LeBron, but in reality, a GM will be happy if he becomes another Paul George. However he may end up being just another freak athlete like Gerald Green. The Bucks haven't had a star since Glenn Robinson and Ray Allen in the late 90's. They need whoever they draft (Wiggins or Parker) to eventually become that type of star.

3. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-MARCUS SMART-CG/PG-OK ST.  6-3/227 
NBA COMPARISON: JAMES HARDEN/bigger KYLE LOWRY 
NEEDS: Scoring Everywhere 
The 76ers already have a nice young PG in Michael Carter Williams. They need someone that can complement him in the backcourt. MCW's length (6-6) and passing ability mixed with Smart's strength and slashing skills will give Philly a great backcourt duo for many years to come.

4. ORLANDO MAGIC-DANTE EXUM-PG-AUSTRALIA  6-6/196
NBA COMPARISON: JAMAL CRAWFORD/PENNY HARDAWAY
NEEDS: PG and PF 
Exum is a stud combo guard that has the play making skill of a point. Exum would be a nice back court partner with last year's 1st round pick, Victor Oladipo. The Magic are also said to be interested in Noah Vonleh, so a trade down with Boston or the Lakers is possible. The Lakers are rumored to be very high on Exum. The Lakers could offer Kendall Marshall in order to entice the Magic.

5. UTAH JAZZ-AARON GORDON-CF/PF-ZONA  6-9/220
NBA COMPARISON: SHAWN MARION/KAWHI LEONARD 
NEEDS: PF and SG 
Gordon will be a great role player that will be best used as a 3rd option on a winning team. This guy does all the little things well. A very similar prospect to Kawhi as a draft prospect. I really don't feel there's any difference in skill and upside between Gordon and Wiggins. Both are great athletes, that lack elite wing skills.

6. BOSTON CELTICS-JOEL EMBIID-C-KANSAS  7-0/250
NBA COMPARISON: JOAKIM NOAH/ANTHONY DAVIS/GREG ODEN (injury risk) 
NEEDS: Go to Scorer, bigger guards
The Celtics have the time and patience to draft Embiid and let him develop. If he can stay healthy, Embiid may end up being the best player in this draft. His skill set as a big will help relieve tension off of Kelly Olynk and Jared Sullinger

7. LOS ANGELES LAKERS-JULIUS RANDLE-PF-UK  6-9/250
NBA COMPARISON: ZACH RANDOLPH/TERRANCE JONES 
NEEDS: EVERYTHING 
Randle is a solid PF that will fit best playing alongside a Center like Pau Gasol. The best part about Randle is that he can provide the Lakers with help right away.

8. SACRAMENTO KINGS-NOAH VONLEH-PF-INDIANA  6-10/242 
NBA COMPARISON: AL HARRINGTON/MARKIEFF MORRIS
NEEDS: SF, PF, good Shooter, better passing Guards
Vonleh is a stud PF with star potential, will need at least 3-4 to develop. Vonleh is very similar to Harrington. Both have more of the skill set of a wing but have the size to play PF. The Kings need a stretch four with big man Demarcus Cousins demanding so many double teams.

9. CHARLOTTE HORNETS-NIK STAUSKAS-SF/SG-MICHIGAN  6-7/207
NBA COMPARISON: DAN MAJERLE/KLAY THOMPSON
NEEDS: Scoring Wing, SG, PF 
The Hornets are a Klay Thompson/Bradley Beal from being the 3rd best team in the East. Stauskas is a sharp shooting wing that could be a good #3/4 option on a playoff team.

10. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-DOUG McDERMOTT-SF-CREIGHTON  6-7/218 
NBA COMPARISON: KYLE KORVER/MIKE MILLER
The 76ers have MCW, will likely draft Exum or Smart. They also have Nerlens Noel. Those are solid building blocks but none of those players can shoot. Enter McDermott, the best shooter in this year's draft.

11. DENVER NUGGETS-GARY HARRIS-SG-MICHIGAN ST.  6-5/198 
NBA COMPARISON: AARON AFFALO/KLAY THOMPSON
NEEDS: SG, C, defensive wings
Harris is the type of wing scorer that can complement PG Ty Lawson. He's a great shooter but lacks ideal NBA speed and size.

12. ORLANDO MAGIC-ELFRID PAYTON-PG-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE  6-4/186
NBA COMPARISON: DAMIAN LILLARD/GEORGE HILL 
Payton is good point guard with great length that could end up being the steal of this year's draft. The Jameer Nelson era is over in Orlando.

13. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-SHABAZZ NAPIER-PG-UCONN  6-0/175
NBA COMPARISON: JAMEER NELSON/PATTY MILLS 
NEEDS: Depth everywhere, Rim protector 
If the Heat want Napier they will need to move into the lottery to get him before Atlanta or Chicago drafts him  I see this pick being traded. Minnesota could also keep the pick and take Napier. He will be a nice starting PG and is a flat out winner. With Kevin Love likely being traded, Minnesota will need a big name to build their team around.

14. PHOENIX SUNS-JAMES YOUNG-G/F-UK  6-7/213 
NBA COMPARISON: MANU GINOBILI/MICHEAL REDD
NEEDS: SF, PF 
Young is a good slasher/shooter that could develop into a solid #2 scorer. The Suns need guys that can shoot to compliment PG Goran Dragic.

15. ATLANTA HAWKS-KYLE ANDERSON-SF-UCLA  6-8/230
NBA COMPARISON: JALEN ROSE/LANDRY FIELDS
NEEDS: SF, C, rebounding 
The Hawks have a bunch small scoring guards in Jeff Teague, Louis Williams and Shelvin Mack. They could use a play making point forward like Anderson add depth to their perimeter.

16. CHICAGO BULLS-TYLER ENNIS-PG-SYRACUSE  6-3/182
NBA COMPARISON: TONY PARKER/KIRK HINRICH
NEEDS: Wing that can Shoot, backup PG
Ennis is too good to pass up here. He can provide insurance in case Derrick Rose gets injured again.

17. BOSTON CELTICS-ZACH LAVINE-SG-UCLA  6-6/191
NBA COMPARISON: IMAN SHUMPERT/HAROLD MINER
Lavine is a freak athlete that may end up getting more notoriety in the Dunk Contest than as a NBA starter. He is raw offensively and will need many years to develop, luckily the Celtics have a young roster that will give Lavine time to develop.

18. PHOENIX SUNS-JUSIF NURKIC-C-BOSNIA  6-11/280
NBA COMPARISON: ZAZA PACHULIA/ROY HIBBERT
The Suns can afford to take a chance on a solid rim protecting big man.

19. CHICAGO BULLS-DARIO SARIC-CF/PF-CROATIA  6-10/230 
NBA COMPARISON: BORIS DIAW/CHANDLER PARSONS
The Bulls will be cutting costs in hopes of landing Carmelo Anthony in free agency so they can keep Saric overseas for the next few years. Saric is a solid combo forward that is a very skilled passer and decent shooter.

20. TORONTO RAPTORS-ADREIAN PAYNE-PF-MICHIGAN ST.  6-10/238 
NBA COMPARISON: ROBERT HORRY/CHANNING FRYE
NEEDS: Scoring Big, Guard depth 
Payne is a stretch four that should solid role player and will be an immediate contributor

21. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-RODNEY HOOD-SF-DUKE  6-8/208
NBA COMPARISON: MARVIN WILLIAMS/MARTELL WEBSTER
NEEDS: 3rd/4th scoring option 
Hood can provide the Thunder with shooting off the bench. He has good athletic ability but must become more aggressive in order to become a regular contributor.

22. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES-GLENN ROBINSON III-SF/SG-MICHIGAN  6-7/211
NBA COMPARISON: MICHAEL FINLEY/TREVOR ARIZA
NEEDS: Scoring Wing or Stretch Four 
Robinson is a good wing that still has some star potential, he was never the go to guy in college and it looks like he enjoys being just a solid role player.  

23. UTAH JAZZ-CLEANTHONY EARLY-SF-WICHITA ST.  6-7/209 
NBA COMPARISON: JIMMY BUTLER/DRAYMOND GREEN
Early should be a nice defensive specialist/role playing SF

24. CHARLOTTE HORNETS-MITCH McGARY-C-MICHIGAN  6-10/263 
NBA COMPARISON: BILL LAIMBEER/NIKOLA PEKOVIC
McGary is a physical big man that will just rebound, defend and hustle. He'd be a top 10 pick if not for character and injury concerns

25. HOUSTON ROCKETS-CJ WILCOX-SG-WASHINGTON  6-5/201
NBA COMPARISON: DANNY GREEN
NEEDS: Wing Depth 
Like Green, Wilcox can provide a contender with a good defense and 3 point shooting.

26. MIAMI HEAT-JORDAN CLARKSON-CG/PG-MIZZOU  6-4/186
NBA COMPARISON: SHAUN LIVINGSTON 
ROLE: C, PG upgrade, Wing Defender 
The Heat may trade up to get Napier, if they stay, they will likely look to upgrade their back court. Clarkson brings nice length and play making skills.

27. PHOENIX SUNS-TJ WARREN-SF-NC ST.  6-8/220
NBA COMPARISON: JOSH HOWARD
Warren should be able to provide the Suns with a good scorer off the bench.

28. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-PJ HAIRSTON-G/F-UNC  6-4/220 
NBA COMPARISON: ALAN ANDERSON/WES MATTHEWS
NEEDS: Only Depth and backup PG if Patty Mills leaves 
Hairston is a solid wing that can backup both the 2 and 3. He has some character concerns, but coach Popovich knows how to get the best out of any player.

29. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-CLINT CAPELA-PF-SWITZERLAND  6-11/222
NBA COMPARISON: AMIR JOHNSON
Capela could develop into a nice backup big man with a lot of athletic ability and upside, may be a Euro stash candidate 

30. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC-SG-SERBIA  6-6/205
NBA COMPARISON: LANDRY FILEDS
You know the Spurs will draft a foreign player with one of their two first round picks. 

SECOND ROUND

31. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-ARTEM KLIMKENKO-C-RUSSIA
32. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-JERAMI GRANT-SF-SYRACUSE
33. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-VASILJE MICIC-PG-SERBIA
34. NEW YORK KNICKS-SEMAJ CHRISTION-PG-XAVIER
NEEDS: EVERYTHING
35. UTAH JAZZ-PATRIC YOUNG-C-FLORIDA
36. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-SEAN KILPATRICK-SG-CINCINNATI
37. TORONTO RAPTORS-JORDAN ADAMS-PG-UCLA
38. DETRIOT PISTONS-DAMIEN INGLIS-PG-FRANCE
NEEDS: better passing PG, SF upgrade 
39. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-SPENCER DINWIDDIE-SG-COLORADO
40. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-JOHNNY O'BRYANT-C-LSU
41. DENVER NUGGETS-KJ McDANIELS-SF/G-CLEMSON 
42. HOUSTON ROCKETS-DWIGHT POWELL-PF-STANFORD
43. ATLANTA HAWKS-NIKOLA JOKIC-C-SERBIA
44. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-WALTER TAVARES-C-CAPE VERDE
45. CHARLOTTE HORNETS-CJ FAIR-CF-SYRACUSE
46. WASHINGTON WIZARDS-NICK JOHNSON-PG-ZONA 
NEEDS: backup Combo guard, F/C
47. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-JARNELL STOKES-PF-TENNESSEE
48. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-CAMERON BAIRSTOW-PF-NEW MEXICO
49. CHICAGO BULLS-DeANDRE DANIELS-SF-UCONN 
50. PHOENIX SUNS-RUSS SMITH-CG-LOUISVILLE
51. NEW YORK KNICKS-JOE HARRIS-SF-VIRGINIA
52. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-MARKEL BROWN-PG-OK ST.
53. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-DeANDRE KANE-SG-IOWA ST.
54. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-KHEM BIRCH-C-UNLV
55. MIAMI HEAT-CASEY PRATHER-SF-FLORIDA
56. DENVER NUGGETS-SCOTTIE WILBEKIN-PG-FLORIDA 
57. INDIANA PACERS-JABARI BROWN-SG-MIZZOU
NEEDS: PG and SG
58. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-DEONTE BURTON-PG-NEVADA
59. TORONTO RAPTORS-CORY JEFFERSON-PF-BAYLOR
60. SAN ANTONIO SPURS-CRISTIANO FELICIO-PF-BRAZIL 










Monday, June 23, 2014

NBA DRAFT 2014: Top 30 Prospects

1. JABARI PARKER-SF-DUKE
6-8/235 
NBA COMPARISON: PAUL PIERCE/GRANT HILL 
ROLE: Possible superstar that can play both forward positions. A likely 25ppg guy eventually.

2. ANDREW WIGGINS-SF-KANSAS
6-8/200
NBA COMPARISON: PAUL GEORGE/GERALD GREEN
ROLE: Good player right now with star potential, has been overhyped as the next LeBron, but in reality, a GM will be happy if he becomes another Paul George, may end up being just another freak athlete like Gerald Green.

3. MARCUS SMART-CG/PG-OK ST. 
6-3/227 
NBA COMPARISON: JAMES HARDEN/bigger KYLE LOWRY 
ROLE: Stud combo guard that has the versatility and skill to play the point and the size to play the two in the league as well.

4. AARON GORDON-CF/PF-ZONA 
6-9/220
NBA COMPARISON: SHAWN MARION/KAWHI LEONARD 
ROLE: Great role player that will be best as a 3rd option on a winning team. This guy does all the little things well. A very similar prospect to Kawhi as a draft prospect.

5. DANTE EXUM-PG-AUSTRALIA
6-6/196
NBA COMPARISON: JAMAL CRAWFORD/PENNY HARDAWAY
ROLE: Stud combo guard that has the play making skill of a point, will be best if paired with an undersized scoring guard.

6. JOEL EMBIID-C-KANSAS
7-0/250
NBA COMPARISON: JOAKIM NOAH/ANTHONY DAVIS/GREG ODEN (injury risk) 
ROLE: Great role playing defensive big that has star potential, staying healthy will be the key to his success.

7. NOAH VONLEH-PF-INDIANA
6-10/242 NBA COMPARISON: AL HARRINGTON/MARKIEFF MORRIS
ROLE: Stud PF with star potential, will need at least 3-4 to develop. Vonleh is very similar to Harrington. Both have more of the skill set of a wing but have the size to play PF.

8. JULIUS RANDLE-PF-UK
6-9/250
NBA COMPARISON: ZACH RANDOLPH/TERRANCE JONES 
ROLE: Solid PF that will fit best playing alongside a Center that is either a great shooter (Marc Gasol) or passer (Joakim Noah). Should be a starter for a long time but never a star

9. NIK STAUSKAS-SF/SG-MICHIGAN 
6-7/207
NBA COMPARISON: DAN MAJERLE/KLAY THOMPSON
ROLE: Sharp shooting wing that could be a good #3/4 option on a playoff team, is a much better athlete than McDermott or Gary Harris.

10. ELFRID PAYTON-PG-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 
6-4/186
NBA COMPARISON: DAMIAN LILLARD/GEORGE HILL 
ROLE: Good point guard with great length that could end up being the steal of this year's draft

11. DOUG McDERMOTT-SF-CREIGHTON
6-7/218 
NBA COMPARISON: KYLE KORVER/MIKE MILLER
ROLE: See Nik Stauskas

12. JAMES YOUNG-G/F-UK 
6-7/213 
NBA COMPARISON: MANU GINOBILI/MICHEAL REDD
ROLE: Good slasher/shooter that could develop into a solid #2 scorer

13. GARY HARRIS-SG-MICHIGAN ST. 
6-5/198 
NBA COMPARISON: AARON AFFALO/KLAY THOMPSON
ROLE: See Nik Stauskas, a better catch and shot player than Stauskas but not great at creating his own shot.

14. TYLER ENNIS-PG-SYRACUSE
6-3/182
NBA COMPARISON: TONY PARKER/KIRK HINRICH
ROLE: Good point guard, 3rd best player on a playoff team

15. ADREIAN PAYNE-PF-MICHIGAN ST. 
6-10/238 
NBA COMPARISON: ROBERT HORRY/CHANNING FRYE
ROLE: Good stretch 4 and solid role player, will be an immediate contributor

16. KYLE ANDERSON-SF-UCLA
6-8/230
NBA COMPARISON: JALEN ROSE/LANDRY FIELDS
ROLE: Good point forward wing that can create like a point on offense and defend other threes on defense

17. DARIO SARIC-CF/PF-CROATIA 
6-10/230 
NBA COMPARISON: BORIS DIAW/CHANDLER PARSONS
ROLE: Solid combo forward that is a very skilled passer and decent shooter, will stay in Europe for a few more years.

18. ZACH LAVINE-SG-UCLA
6-6/191
NBA COMPARISON: IMAN SHUMPERT/HAROLD MINER
ROLE: Freak athlete that may end up getting more notoriety in the Dunk Contest than as a NBA starter. Very raw offensively and will need many years to develop

19. SHABAZZ NAPIER-PG-UCONN
6-0/175
NBA COMPARISON: JAMEER NELSON/PATTY MILLS 
ROLE: Good starting PG, that is a flat out winner.

20. CLEANTHONY EARLY-SF-WICHITA STATE 
6-7/209
NBA COMPARISON: JIMMY BUTLER/DRAYMOND GREEN
ROLE: Defensive specialist/role playing SF

21. GLENN ROBINSON III-SF/SG-MICHIGAN 
6-7/211
NBA COMPARISON: MICHAEL FINLEY/TREVOR ARIZA
ROLE: Good wing that still has some star potential, was never the go to guy in college, enjoys being a solid role player.  

22. JUSIF NURKIC-C-BOSNIA
6-11/280
NBA COMPARISON: ZAZA PACHULIA/ROY HIBBERT
ROLE: Solid rim protecting big man that will be a good banger

23. TJ WARREN-SF-NC ST.
6-8/220
NBA COMPARISON: JOSH HOWARD
ROLE: Good scorer off the bench, good rebounder for a SF

24. RODNEY HOOD-SF-DUKE
6-8/208
NBA COMPARISON: MARVIN WILLIAMS/MARTELL WEBSTER
ROLE: Solid shooter off the bench, has good athletic ability but must become more aggressive in order to become a regular contributor

25. JERAMI GRANT-SF-SYRACUSE 
6-8/214
NBA COMPARISON: TOBIAS HARRIS/AL-FAROUQ AMINU
ROLE: Solid role playing combo forward that needs to develop his wing skills, is more of a PF in a wings body right now

26. CJ WILCOX-SG-WASHINGTON
6-5/201
NBA COMPARISON: DANNY GREEN
ROLE: Defensive specialist/sharpshooting SG just like Green

27. PJ HAIRSTON-G/F-UNC
6-4/220 
NBA COMPARISON: ALAN ANDERSON/WES MATTHEWS
ROLE: Solid wing that can backup both the 2 and 3.

28. CLINT CAPELA-PF-SWITZERLAND
6-11/222
NBA COMPARISON: AMIR JOHNSON
ROLE: Good backup big man with a lot of athletic ability and upside, may be a Euro stash candidate 

29. SEMAJ CHRISTON-PG-XAVIER
6-3/187
NBA COMPARISON: MO WILLIAMS/JEFF TEAGUE
ROLE: Solid backup PG that could start on a below average team

30. MITCH McGARY-C-MICHIGAN 
6-10/263 
NBA COMPARISON: BILL LAIMBEER/NIKOLA PEKOVIC
ROLE: Physical big man that will just rebound, defend and hustle. He'd be a top 10 pick if not for character and injury concerns  

Friday, May 9, 2014

NFL DRAFT 2014: DAY 2 MOCK

Here is my post 1st round mock.  I have the needs that were filled in the 1st round highlighted.

SECOND ROUND

33. HOUSTON TEXANS-RA'SHADE HAGEMAN-DE/DT-MINNESOTA

The Texans wait till the 3rd to get their QB of the future. Instead they take the best player on the board and get a guy that can play any position on the D-Line in a 3-4
NEEDS: QB, PR, ILB, RT

34. WASHINGTON REDSKINS-MORGAN MOSES-OT-VIRGINIA 
The Redskins need to protect RG IIII. Moses is a NFL ready OT that can start day one at RT. 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 34, 66
NEEDS:  SS, RT/G, CB, ILB, #3 PR 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: RUN/ZONE BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: REACTIVE 3-4 PRESS MAN

35. CLEVELAND BROWNS-MARQISE LEE-WR-USC
The Browns get a great WR to compliment a new QB. Lee is an absolute STEAL here
NEEDS: QB, #2 CB, #2 WR, ILB, Speed RB

36. OAKLAND RAIDERS-DEREK CARR-QB-FRESNO ST. 

The Raiders get the QB they wanted all along. 
NEEDS: QB, LT, DT, #1 WR, FS, LG, PR

37. ATLANTA FALCONS-DEMARCUS LAWRENCE-PR/OLB-BOISE 

The Falcons need a pass rusher and Lawrence provides solid value here.  If they draft Lawrence and Robinson, they will fill their two key needs. Atlanta looks like they are moving to a 3-4 this year so Lawrence would be a great fit as an OLB.
NEEDS:  LT, PR-OLB, TE, C 

38. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS-JIMMY GAROPPOLO-QB-EASTERN ILLINOIS 

Tampa gets a solid developmental QB here. Josh McCown is 35
NEEDS: #2 WR, SLB, RG, QB

39. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS-STEPHON TUITT-DT/DE-NOTRE DAME
The Jags get an INSIDE pass rusher that will have a great mentor in Red Bryant. Gus Bradley will know how to get the best out of this guy
NEEDS: PR, QB, RT, LG, #2 WR, Speed RB

40. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (From trade DOWN last night with MIN)-TIMMY JERNIGAN-DT-FSU
Seattle is smart enough to take the best player in the board that can immediately help them defend the title. The Seahwaks are always willing to take chances on high risk but ultra talented players. 
NEEDS:  WR, RT, DT, RG

41. BUFFALO BILLS-KONY EALY-DE/PR-MISSOURI 
The Bills add a pass rusher to help out Mario Williams. Ealy provides good value here
Picks in first 3 rounds: 9, 41, 73
NEEDS: RT, TE, Both S Spots, LG, WR 

42. TENNESSEE TITANS-TRE MASON-RB-AUBURN 

The dude was the best RB in the nation last year.  He made the best defenses in the SEC look average and torched FSU in the title game as well.  He can start from day one and make Titans fans forget about the inconsistent Chris Johnson.
NEEDS:  CB, Speed RB, PR-OLB, QB, OT upgrade 

43. NEW YORK GIANTS-JOEL BITONIO-OT-NEVADA
A big man to protect Eli. 
NEEDS: DT, WLB, RT/G, RB, LDE, #2 WR 

44. ST. LOUIS RAMS-PHILLIP GAINES-CB-RICE

Jeff Fisher loves developing DB's
NEEDS: #1 WR, FS, RT, LCB, DT/3T upgrade

45. DETROIT LIONS-WESTON RICHBURG-C/G-COLORADO ST. 

The Lions current center, Dominic Raiola is 35 years old.  Richburg can start at LG right away and replace Raiola in the next 2-3 years
NEEDS:  DS, CB, LG, #3 WR or TE  

46. PITTSBURGH STEELERS-LOUIS NIX-NT/DT-NOTRE DAME
A big man in the middle for the Steelers 3-4 defense. Nix is too good to pass up here
NEEDS: CB, Big WR, young TE, ILB, DE 


47. DALLAS COWBOYS-SCOTT CRIGHTON-DE/PR

The Cowboys need a pass rusher. Crighton is a great fit for a 4-3.  
NEEDS: DT-3T, PR-DE, WLB, SS, RT/G upgrade 

48. BALTIMORE RAVENS-XAVIER SU'A FILO-G-UCLA

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome will always looks to get the best player available.  
NEEDS:  RT, DS, ILB, DE, CB, C/G Depth, #3 WR

49. NEW YORK JETS-JACE AMARO-TE-TEXAS TECH

They went defense in the first, now time for a pass catcher in the 2nd 
NEEDS: #1 WR, CB, PR-OLB, TE, RG, FS

50. MIAMI DOLPHINS-LAMARCUS JOYNER-CB/SS-FSU

Joyner is a Miami native that can help at slot corner and maybe even play strong safety. The perfect guy to matchup with the Julian Edelman and Jeremy Kerley type WR's  
NEEDS:  RT, MLB, WLB, RG, Power RB, DB Depth 

51. CHICAGO BEARS-WILL SUTTON-DT-ARIZONA ST. 

The Bears helped the secondary in round 1, now it's time to get some help on the D-Line. Sutton has great size to be an ideal 3 technique in a Tampa 2
NEEDS: DS, DT-3T, CB

52. ARIZONA CARDINALS-KYLE VAN NOY-OLB/PR-BYU

The Cards could use another pass rusher. 
NEEDS: PR-OLB, SS, 3-4 DE, ILB, backup QB

53. GREEN BAY PACKERS-AUSTIN SEFARIAN JENKINS-TE-WASHINGTON

The Pack need a big TE to help Rodgers and company.  They will hope ASJ can have the same instant impact that last year's 2nd round pick Eddie Lacy had.
NEEDS: ILB, FS, TE, C, #3 WR

54. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-CODY LATIMER-WR-INDIANA
Chip Kelly wants a big WR 
NEEDS:  CB, SS, Young PR, Big WR, OL Depth 

55. CINCINNATI BENGALS-ALLEN ROBINSON-WR-PENN ST. 

AJ Green can't do everything
NEEDS:  CB, RDE, SLB, C/G Depth, #3 WR

56. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-MARTAVIS BRYANT-WR-CLEMSON
San Francisco has had their eye on this guy
NEEDS:  Speed WR, Nickel Corner, PR Depth, NT, SS 

57. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-DAVANTE ADAMS-WR-FRESNO ST. 
WR Keenan Allen could use a comliment. 
NEEDS:  CB, NT, ILB Depth, C/G Depth, Young TE, SS

58. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-MARCUS MARTIN-C/G-USC

The Saints get a solid C/G to help Dre Brees 
NEEDS: PR-OLB, ILB, C, #2 WR 

59. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-GABE JACKSON-OG-MISSISSIPPI ST. 
Mr. Jackson:
Job #1:  PROTECT ANDREW LUCK
Job #2: PROTECT ANDREW LUCK
Job #3: PROTECT ANDREW LUCK
Job #4: Try to help Trent Richardson shed his "DRAFT BUST" label
Picks in first 3 rounds: 59, 90
NEEDS: 3-4 DE, PR/OLB, CB, ILB, G/C
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PRESSURE 3-4 PRESS MAN 

60. CAROLINA PANTHERS-JACK MEWHORT-LT-OHIO ST. 

Cam needs a LT. 
NEEDS: LT, #1 WR, CB

61. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-CYRUS KOUANDJIO-OT-BAMA
Best player on the board. San Fran can afford to take the health risk
NEEDS:  Speed WR, Nickel Corner, PR Depth, NT, SS 


62. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-CARLOS HYDE-RB-OHIO ST.  

The Patriots get a big back to replace Blount .  
NEEDS: DL, C/G, TE 

63. DENVER BRONCOS-JEREMIAH ATTAOUCHU-OLB/DE/PR-GEORGIA TECH

Developing pass rusher with a high motor that can become great under the guidance of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.  
NEEDS:  CB, FS, MLB,  Speed RB, #3 WR, DL Depth 

64. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-CAMERON FLEMING-OT-STANFORD
Seattle continues to take Stanford players (Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin) while filling a key need
NEEDS:  WR, RT, DT, RG

THIRD ROUND 

65. HOUSTON TEXANS-TOM SAVAGE-QB-PITTSBURGH 

66. WASHINGTON REDSKINS-STANLEY JEAN BAPTISE-CB-NEBRASKA

67. OAKLAND RAIDERS-DONTE MONCRIEF-WR-OLE MISS

68. ATLANTA FALCONS-BRUCE ELLINGTON-WR/KR-SOUTH CAROLINA

69. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS-KAREEM MARTIN-DE/PR-UNC

70. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS-JORDAN MATTHEWS-WR-VANDY 

71. CLEVELAND BROWNS-ANTONIO RICHARDSON-OT-TENNESSEE 

72. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-JORDAN TRIPP-LB-MONTANA 

73. BUFFALO BILLS-TROY NICKLAS-TE-NOTRE DAME


74. NEW YORK GIANTS-DaQUAN JONES-DT-PENN ST. 

75. ST. LOUIS RAMS-JARVIS LANDRY-WR-LSU 

76. DETROIT LIONS-BASHAUD BREELAND-CB-CLEMSON 


77. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-JEREMY HILL-RB-LSU 

78. DALLAS COWBOYS-DRI ARCHER-WR/KR-KENT ST 

79. BALTIMORE RAVENS-BISHOP SANKEY-RB-WASHINGTON

80. NEW YORK JETS-KEITH MCGILL-CB-UTAH 

81. MIAMI DOLPHINS-BILLY TURNER-OT/G-NORTH DAKOTA ST. 

82. CHICAGO BEARS-MARCUS ROBERTSON-CB-FLORIDA

83. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (trade DOWN from last night with CLV)-TERRENCE BROOKS-FS-FSU 

84. ARIZONA CARDINALS-ZACH METTENBERGER-LSU 

85. GREEN BAY PACKERS-JARED ABBERIATIS-WR-WISCONSIN 


86. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-BROCK VEREEN-SS-MINNESOTA 

87. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS-TRAI TURNER-G-LSU 

88. CINCINNATI BENGALS-JAYLEN WATKINS-CB-FLORIDA

89. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-CARL BRADFORD-OLB/PR-ARIZONA ST. 

90. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-JACKSON JEFFCOAT-OLB/PR-TEXAS

91. ARIZONA CARDINALS (FROM NO TRADE) -TREVOR REILY-OLB/PR-UTAH  

92. CAROLINA PANTHER-TERRENCE WEST-RB-TOWSON

93. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-ARTHUR LYNCH-TE-GEORGIA

94. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-TRENT MURPHY-OLB/PR-STANFORD 

95. DENVER BRONCOS-KA'DEEM CAREY-RB-ARIZONA


96. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-ANDRE WILLIAMS-RB-BOSTON COLLEGE

97. PITTSBURGH STEELERS-CHRIS BORLAND-ILB-WISCONSIN

98. GREEN BAY PACKERS-CYRIL-RICHARDSON-G-BAYLOR 

99. BALTIMORE RAVENS-PAUL RICHARDSON-WR-COLORADO

100. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-DAKOTA DOZIER-G-FURMAN 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NFL DRAFT 2014: MY FINAL MOCK!!!!!!!

FIRST ROUND

1. HOUSTON TEXANS-JADEVEON CLOWNEY-PR/DE/OLB-SOUTH CAROLINA 

The Texans will likely draft the Clowney. This is the smart move as Clowney and JJ Watt can make a pass rush duo as good as any in the NFL. Clowney has drawn comparisons to former #1 Texans pick Mario Williams. I think he has the chance to be another Robert Quinn.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 1, 33.65
NEEDS: QB, PR, ILB, RT
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/ZONE BLOCKING SCHEME
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 3-4 ZONE 

2. ST. LOUIS RAMS-JAKE MATTHEWS-OT-TEXAS A&M

I don't want to go chalk. Many mocks have the Rams taking OT Greg Robinson out of Auburn. The interesting thing is that the Rams don't need a LT they need a RT. Jake Long is a solid LT. I think the Rams will go with the more NFL ready prospect in Matthews. Head coach Jeff Fisher coached Jake's father, Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews in Tennessee.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 2, 13, 44, 75
NEEDS: #1 WR, FS, RT, LCB
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: POWER RUN/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: FAST FLOWING 4-3 PRESS MAN 

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS-SAMMY WATKINS-WR-CLEMSON

Watkins is the play maker the Jags have lacked on the outside. He would instantly be the most talented WR in franchise history. The Jags can always trade back into the 1st for a QB or wait until #39 and draft a good pass rusher.  Plenty should be available (Kyle Van Noy, Demarcus Lawrence, Scott Crighton or maybe even Dee Ford). Khalil Mack would be a great choice here as well.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 3. 39, 70
NEEDS: PR, QB, RT, LG, #2 WR, Speed RB
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: RUN 1st/MAN BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: FAST FLOWING 4-3 UNDER PRESS ZONE

4. ATLANTA FALCONS (Projected Trade UP with CLV for picks #6 and #68-GREG ROBINSON-OT-AUBURN
Trading up to the #1 pick for Clowney will cost way too much.  Giving up a 3rd to move up for a road grater like Robinson will be a smarter trade. The Falcons need a someone to protect franchise QB Matt Ryan and someone to open holes for the running game as well.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 6, 37, 68
NEEDS:  LT, PR-OLB, TE, C 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS 1st/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: HYBRID 3-4 ZONE 


5. OAKLAND RAIDERS-KHALIL MACK-OLB/DE/PR-BUFFALO

Oakland could draft an OT like Taylor Lewan or Zach Martin. But ultimately the smarter choice is Mack. Mack will be put in a position to succeed with newly signed pass rush mentors Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley. The Raiders can line him up a both DE and have him split time at SLB with Sio Moore. At #5 he would be a mini-steal.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 5, 36, 67
NEEDS: QB, LT, DT, #1 WR, FS, LG
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: POWER RUN/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PHYSICAL 4-3 PRESS MAN 

6. CLEVELAND BROWNS(Projected trade DOWN with ATL)-MIKE EVANS-WR-TEXAS A&M
The Browns go with the athlete and play maker from Texas A&M.  NOT the one you think though. Evans, not Johnny Football is the choice here. I think new GM Ray Farmer knows he can stay put at #26 or move up to get his new QB. Evans and Josh Gordon could be the Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffrey duo of the AFC.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 4, 26, 35, 71, 83
NEEDS: QB, #2 CB, #2 WR, ILB, Speed RB
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: HYBRID 3-4 PRESS MAN 


7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS-JOHNNY MANZIEL-QB-TEXAS A&M

New QB Josh McCown is 35 years old. He's NOT the long term answer at QB. Manziel will need time to develop but he may be worth the risk with his play making skills. Tampa can then instantly trade Mike Glennon.   
Picks in first 3 rounds: 7, 38, 69
NEEDS: #2 WR, SLB, RG, QB 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: POWER RUN/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PRESSURE 4-3 TAMPA 2

8. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-AARON DONALD-DT-PITTSBURGH
The Vikings need a franchise QB. However new coach Mike Zimmer is a defensive guy and will try to communicate with GM Rick Spielman to draft a guy that reminds many of Zimmer's former Pro Bowl DT Geno Atkins. Donald could pair Shariff Floyd to form one of the best young DT duos in the league.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 8, 40, 72, 96
NEEDS: QB, MLB, #WLB, LG, #3 WR, DE
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: POWER RUN/MAN BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: HYBRID 4-3 MAN  


 9. BUFFALO BILLS-TAYLOR LEWAN-OT-MICHIGAN 

The Bills could use another OT to compliment current LT Cordy Glenn. Lewan is the most athletic OT in this class. 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 9, 41, 73
NEEDS: RT, TE, Both S Spots, LG
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: RUN 1st/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: WIDE 9 4-3 PRESS ZONE

10. DETROIT LIONS-HA HA CLINTON-DIX-DS-BAMA

The Lions have major problems on the back end.  In a division with the Packers and Bears, they need help guarding WR's.  Ha Ha isn't quite Earl Thomas, but he has an opportunity to become a Pro Bowl dual high safety that can cover or play in the box.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 10, 45, 76
NEEDS:  DS, CB, LG, #3 WR 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PRESSURE 4-3 ZONE 

11. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (Projected Trade up with TEN for picks #30, #56, #94 and a 2015 2nd round pick)-ODELL BECKHAM JR.-WR-LSU

San Francisco trades up to get a WR that can stretch the field. Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are very good WRs, but neither has the deep speed to blow the top off of a defense. Beckham Jr. has 4.38 speed and is also a good route runner with good hands. The 49ers have 6 picks in the top 100, so a trade up is very likely. Tennessee only has 6 total picks and no 3rd round pick so they may be looking to trade down for additional assets.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 30, 56, 61, 77, 94, 100
NEEDS:  Speed WR, Nickel Corner, PR Depth, NT, SS 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: POWER RUN/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PHYSICAL 3-4 ZONE 


12. NEW YORK GIANTS-ZACH MARTIN-OT-NOTRE DAME

The Giants can fill a huge hole on the O-Line with Martin. His ability to play either OT or G is what makes him so appealing here. The G-Men need to give Eli more time in the pocket. 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 19, 49, 81
NEEDS: DT, WLB, RT/G, RB, LDE
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PRESSURE 4-3 ZONE

13. ST. LOUIS RAMS-JUSTIN GILBERT-CB-OK ST.

Gilbert is a big, athletic, physical corner that can become a great compliment to their smaller yet ultra talented corner Janorris Jenkins. Coach Jeff Fisher knows how to get the most out of defensive backs.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 2, 13, 44, 75
NEEDS: #1 WR, FS, RT, LCB

14. CHICAGO BEARS-CALVIN PRYOR-DS-LOUISVILLE 

The Bears need help at safety.  They can wait to grab a corner in the 2nd or 3rd as there's great depth in the corner class this year.  However it will be very had to find a hard-hitting safety like Pryor later in the draft.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 14, 51, 82
NEEDS: DS, DT-3T, CB
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: FAST FLOWING 4-3 MAN 

15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS-DARQUEZE DENNARD-CB-MICHIGAN ST. 

A tough, physical press corner to guard AJ Green and Josh Gordon twice a year.  Incumbent CB Ike Taylor needs help.
Picks in first round: 15, 46, 97
NEEDS: CB, Big WR, young TE, ILB, DE 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 3-4 PRESS ZONE 

16. DALLAS COWBOYS-ANTHONY BARR-PR/DE/OLB-UCLA
The Cowboys need a pass rusher to fill the void left by the loss of DeMarcus Ware.  Barr is raw, but may develop into a stud pass rusher one day.  He has the size and length to be a 4-3 end or a 3-4 OLB.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 16, 47, 78
NEEDS: DT-3T, PR-DE, WLB, SS
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 4-3 TAMPA 2 ZONE 

17. BALTIMORE RAVENS-ERIC EBRON-TE-UNC

Ebron is too good for GM and Hall of Fame TE Ozzie Newsome to pass up. Flacco has good players on the outside in Torry Smith and newly acquired Steve Smith. He needs someone that can stretch the middle of the field.    
Picks in first 3 rounds: 17, 48, 79, 99
NEEDS:  RT, DS, ILB, DE, CB, C/G Depth, #3 WR
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 3-4 PRESS MAN

18. NEW YORK JETS-MARQUISE LEE-WR-USC

The Jets need a big time pass catcher to compliment 2nd year QB Geno Smith.  Lee is a smooth route runner with great hands and solid deep speed. He comes from a big program and is from Los Angeles so he won't be phased by the New York media and bight lights.  Lee has a chance to become everything Jets fans hoped Santonio Holmes would be.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 18, 49, 80
NEEDS: #1 WR, CB, PR-OLB, TE, RG, FS
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: POWER RUN/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 3-4 PRESS MAN 

19. CLEVELAND BROWNS (projected trade UP with MIA for picks #26 and #83)-DEREK CARR-QB-FRESNO ST. 
Twice in the past eight years the Browns waited to take a QB with their second pick in the 1st round. They traded back into the first round for Brady Quinn in 2007 and took Brandon Weeden in 2012. Neither pick worked out well. They hope the 3rd time is a charm. Carr will be in a great position to succeed with Josh Gordan, Joe Thomas, Jordan Cameron and projected pick Mike Evans.   
Picks in first 3 rounds: 4, 26, 35, 71, 83
NEEDS: QB, #2 CB, #2 WR, ILB, Speed RB

20. ARIZONA CARDINALS-BLAKE BORTLES-QB-UCF
The Cards have done a good job in recent drafts adding young pieces to help them. They need to add depth on D. However, if Bortles slips all the way to #20, it will be very hard for them to pass up on him. Bortles has been compared to Big Ben. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians coached Big Ben in Pittsburgh, so he knows how to develop a QB like Bortles.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 20, 52, 84
NEEDS: PR-OLB, SS, 3-4 DE, ILB, young backup QB
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 3-4 MAN

21. GREEN BAY PACKERS-RYAN SHAZIER-WLB/ILB-OHIO ST. 

The Pack get an ultra athletic LB that can play all over the field.  He would be a great compliment inside to AJ Hawk.  Shazier also has the versatility to rush the passer and cover TE's.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 21, 53, 85, 98
NEEDS: ILB, FS, TE, C, #3 WR
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 3-4 PRESS MAN

22. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-KYLE FULLER-CB-VIRGINIA TECH
It seems most mocks have the Eagles taking a big WR. That would be a nice luxury pick. But the Eagles MUST upgrade their horrible secondary first. Fuller is a big time corner with great length and ball skills.  In a division with Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz, Pierre Garcon and former Eagle Desean Jackson, having a shut down corner is a must. Fill a key need here and then wait until the 2nd round to draft a big WR. Their will be plenty available.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 22, 54, 86
NEEDS:  CB, SS, Young PR, Big WR, OL Depth 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: FAST FLOWING 4-3 UNDER 

23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS-BRANDIN COOKS-WR-OREGON ST. 

What a difference a year makes!  KC went from picking 1st last year, to the playoffs this year.  The Chiefs still need a lot of help at WR.  Cooks would be the perfect target for weak armed QB Alex Smith.  Cooks has great ability to make plays in space.  He will be an instant upgrade over Donnie Avery.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 23, 87
NEEDS: WR, RG, FS, #3 CB 3-4 DE Depth
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: RUN 1st/ZONE BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 3-4 PRESS MAN

24. CINCINNATI BENGALS-CJ MOSLEY-ILB-BAMA 

The Bengals biggest need is corner so they may go with Bradley Roby or Jason Verrett. However, if Mosley is still here at #24, they should add they play maker out of Alabama. He can team up with Vontaze Burfict to form a LB duo that can be very similar to Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman in San Francisco. 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 24, 55, 88
NEEDS:  CB, RDE, SLB, C/G Depth, #3 WR
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: WILL BECOME BALANCED AGAIN/MAN BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: HYBRID 4-3 MAN

25. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-LOUIS NIX-NT/DT-NOTRE DAME
The Chargers need a starting NT to anchor their 3-4 defense.  Nix would be put in a great situation to succeed with great talent right behind him in ILB Donald Butler, All-Pro S Eric Weddle and we can't forget his former college teammate ILB Manti Te'o.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 25, 57, 89
NEEDS:  CB, NT, ILB Depth, C/G Depth, Young TE, SS
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/MAN BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 3-4 PRESS ZONE

26. MIAMI DOLPHINS (projected trade down with CLV)-MORGAN MOSES-OT-VIRGINIA 
They Dolphins need an OT that can start right away at RT and eventually move to LT. Moses isn't the sexiest pick, but he would be the smartest pick here.   
Picks in first 3 rounds: 19, 50, 81
NEEDS:  RT, MLB, WLB, RG, Power RB, DB Depth 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 4-3 PRESS MAN 

27. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (projected trade UP with NO for picks #39 and #70-TEDDY BRIDGEWATER-QB-LOUISVILLE
The Saints are rumored to be enamored with C/G Marcus Martin. Translation, the Saints WILL trade down. It makes sense for Jacksonville to trade up and get their QB of the future before their division rivals Tennessee and Houston can get Bridgewater. 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 3. 39, 70
NEEDS: PR, QB, RT, LG, #2 WR, Speed RB

28. CAROLINA PANTHERS-JOEL BITONIO-OT/G-NEVADA
Like the Eagles, it makes more sense for the Panthers to wait to take a #1 WR given the depth of this class. They cannot afford to wait on an OT that will protect QB Cam Newton. Bitonio is a safe/solid choice here.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 28, 60, 92
NEEDS: LT, #1 WR, CB
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/ZONE BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: REACTIVE 4-3 ZONE 


29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN-DE/DT-MINNESOTA
They need help on the D-Line with Wilfork getting long in the tooth, large in the belly and short in the knees
Picks in first 3 rounds: 19, 62, 93
NEEDS: DL, C/G, TE 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PRESSURE 4-3 HYBRID PRESS ZONE 


30. TENNESSEE TITANS (projected trade DOWN with SF)-JASON VERRETT-CB-TCU

Trading down works out for the Titans as they trade down and still get a top notch corner that can contribute right away as a nickel corner.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 11, 42
NEEDS:  CB, Speed RB, PR-OLB, QB
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: BALANCED/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PHYSICAL 3-4 HYBID MAN 


31. DENVER BRONCOS-BRADLEY ROBY-CB-OHIO ST.

Good corner that has slipped due to character concerns and inconsistent play.  The Broncos will take him here as it provides solid value for their biggest need.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 31, 63, 95
NEEDS:  CB, FS, MLB,  Speed RB, #3 WR, DL Depth
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: ATTACKING 4-3 MAN  

32. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-TIMMY JERNIGAN-DT-FSU

Seattle is smart enough to take the best player in the board that can immediately help them defend the title.  Jernigan can be a rotational DT at first, and then become the eventual replacement for Red Bryant. Pete Carroll can get the most out of this guy.  
Picks in first 3 rounds: 32, 64
NEEDS:  WR, RT, DT, RG
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: POWER RUN/ZONE BLOCKING 
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: FAST FLOWING PRESS ZONE 



SECOND ROUND

33. HOUSTON TEXANS-TOM SAVAGE-QB-PITTSBURGH  

The Texans wait till the 2nd to get their QB of the future.  They hope this big QB with a big arm can turn into the next Joe Flacco.
NEEDS: QB, PR, ILB, RT

34. WASHINGTON REDSKINS-JaWUAN JAMES-OT-TENNESSEE
The Redskins need to protect RG IIII. James is a NFL ready OT that can start day one at RT. 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 34, 66
NEEDS:  SS, RT/G, CB, ILB, #3 PR 
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: RUN/ZONE BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: REACTIVE 3-4 PRESS MAN

35. CLEVELAND BROWNS-CARLOS HYDE-RB-OHIO ST
The Browns need a RB to compliment a new QB.  Hyde is a power back that can move the chains.
NEEDS: QB, #2 CB, #2 WR, ILB, Speed RB

36. OAKLAND RAIDERS-CODY LATIMER-WR-INDIANA

Latimer is big (6-3/215) and fast (4.44 speed) that can come in and help the passing game.  Right now Rod Streater and free agent pickup James Jones are the Raiders top two WR's.  New QB Matt Schaub needs weapons on the outside
NEEDS: QB, LT, DT, #1 WR, FS, LG

37. ATLANTA FALCONS-DEMARCUS LAWRENCE-PR/OLB-BOISE 

The Falcons need a pass rusher and Lawrence provides solid value here.  If they draft Lawrence and Robinson, they will fill their two key needs. Atlanta looks like they are moving to a 3-4 this year so Lawrence would be a great fit as an OLB.

38. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS-DEE FORD-DE/PR-AUBURN

Tampa gets an absolute steal here. Like Robert Mathis, he can become an ultra productive, high motor pass rusher  

39. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS(trade DOWN with JAX)-MARCUS MARTIN-C/G-USC

The Saints trade down and get a guy that can compliment Drew Brees and the NO passing game. 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 19, 62, 93
NEEDS: DL, C/G, TE 

40. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-JIMMY GAROPPOLO-QB-EASTEN ILLINOIS 

The Vikings add a solid QB that should be able to win the starting job over Matt Cassell. 
NEEDS: QB, MLB, #WLB, LG, #3 WR, DE 

41. BUFFALO BILLS-KONY EALY-DE/PR-MISSOURI 

The Bills add a pass rusher to help out Mario Williams. Ealy is a steal here.
Picks in first 3 rounds: 9, 41, 73
NEEDS: RT, TE, Both S Spots, LG

42. TENNESSEE TITANS-TRE MASON-RB-AUBURN 

The dude was the best RB in the nation last year.  He made the best defenses in the SEC look average and torched FSU in the title game as well.  He can start from day one and make Titans fans forget about the inconsistent Chris Johnson.
NEEDS:  CB, Speed RB, PR-OLB, QB

43. NEW YORK GIANTS-JACE AMARO-TE-TEXAS TECH
A big pass catcher for Eli. 
NEEDS: DT, WLB, RT/G, RB, LDE

44. ST. LOUIS RAMS-DEONE BUCHANON-DS-WASHINGTON ST. 

Buchanon is a solid safety that coach Jeff Fisher would love to have.  He brings great size and length to the position.
NEEDS: #1 WR, FS, RT, LCB

45. DETROIT LIONS-WESTON RICHBURG-C/G-COLORADO ST. 

The Lions current center, Dominic Raiola is 35 years old.  Richburg can start at LG right away and replace Raiola in the next 2-3 years
NEEDS:  DS, CB, LG, #3 WR 

46. PITTSBURGH STEELERS--KELVIN BENJAMIN-WR-FSU
A big raw target for Big Ben and a great red zone threat that can compliment WR Antonio Brown. The Steelers are rumored to like Benjamin. They hope he slips all the way down here. They may need to trade up to get him though. 
NEEDS: CB, Big WR, young TE, ILB, DE 


47. DALLAS COWBOYS-DOMINIQUE EASLEY-DT-FLORIDA

The Cowboys will be very lucky if Easley slips here.  He would be the perfect 3T-DT in Dallas' Tampa 2 defense.  Injuries have dropped him into the second round.
NEEDS: DT-3T, PR-DE, WLB, SS

48. BALTIMORE RAVENS-XAVIER SU'A FILO-G-UCLA

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome will always looks to get the best player available.  
NEEDS:  RT, DS, ILB, DE, CB, C/G Depth, #3 WR

49. NEW YORK JETS-KEITH McGILL-CB-UTAH

McGill is a slight reach here, but coach Rex Ryan wants and physical press corner.  McGill has great size (6-3/211) to go along with incredible athletic ability (4.44 speed and a 39 inch vert)
NEEDS: #1 WR, CB, PR-OLB, TE, RG, FS

50. MIAMI DOLPHINS-LAMARCUS JOYNERY-CB/SS-FSU

Joyner is a Miami native that can help at slot corner and maybe even play strong safety. The perfect guy to matchup with the Julian Edelman and Jeremy Kerley type WR's  
NEEDS:  RT, MLB, WLB, RG, Power RB, DB Depth 

51. CHICAGO BEARS-STEPHON TUITT-DT-NOTRE DAME

The Bears helped the secondary in round 1, now it's time to get some help on the D-Line.
NEEDS: DS, DT-3T, CB

52. ARIZONA CARDINALS-JIMMY WARD-SS-NORTHERN ILLINOIS 

The Cards get a play making strong safety that will compliment the corner trio of Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Tyrann Mathiau.  
NEEDS: PR-OLB, SS, 3-4 DE, ILB, backup QB

53. GREEN BAY PACKERS-AUSTIN SEFARIAN JENKINS-TE-WASHINGTON

The Pack need a big TE to help Rodgers and company.  They will hope ASJ can have the same instant impact that last year's 2nd round pick Eddie Lacy had.
NEEDS: ILB, FS, TE, C, #3 WR

54. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-ALLEN ROBINSON-WR-PENN ST.
Chip Kelly wants a big WR, and Robinson is just that at 6-3/220.  He has drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin with his ability to make catches while being covered.
NEEDS:  CB, SS, Young PR, Big WR, OL Depth 

55. CINCINNATI BENGALS-SCOTT CRIGHTON-DE/PR-OREGON ST.

The Bengals get a replacement for Micheal Johnson who departed in free agency.
NEEDS:  CB, RDE, SLB, C/G Depth, #3 WR

56. TENNESSEE TITANS (Trade down with SF)-KYLE VAN NOY-OLB/PR-LOUISVILLE 

The Titans get a versatile LB that can rush and drop into coverage
NEEDS:  CB, Speed RB, PR-OLB, QB

57. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-STANLEY JEAN BAPTISTE-CB-NEBRASKA

The Chargers need someone to help Eric Weddle in the secondary. Someone will take a chance on the 6-3/218 corner. Demaryius Thomas and Dwayne Bowe will finally be picking on someone their own size.  
NEEDS:  CB, NT, ILB Depth, C/G Depth, Young TE, SS

58. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-DEVANTE ADAMS-WR-FRESNO ST. 

The Saints get a solid WR that can make big plays down field.
NEEDS: PR-OLB, ILB, C, #2 WR 

59. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-GABE JACKSON-OG-MISSISSIPPI ST. 
Mr. Jackson:
Job #1:  PROTECT ANDREW LUCK
Job #2: PROTECT ANDREW LUCK
Job #3: PROTECT ANDREW LUCK
Job #4: Try to help Trent Richardson shed his "DRAFT BUST" label
Picks in first 3 rounds: 59, 90
NEEDS: 3-4 DE, PR/OLB, CB, ILB, G/C
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: PASS/MAN BLOCKING
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: PRESSURE 3-4 PRESS MAN 

60. CAROLINA PANTHER-JORDAN MATTHEWS-WR-VANDY 

Cam gets a big target (6-2/212). Waiting to take a WR is the smart move for Carolina. Matthews was ultra productive in college, setting many SEC career receiving records.
NEEDS: LT, #1 WR, CB

61. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-MARCUS SMITH-OLB/DE/PR-LOUISVILLE 
San Francisco gets a raw, developing pass rusher with good size (6-3/251), 4.66 speed and quickness (4.47 shuttle)  
NEEDS:  Speed WR, Nickel Corner, PR Depth, NT, SS 


62. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-DONTE MONCRIEF-WR-OLE MISS

The Patriots always can use more guys to help Tom Brady. They need another TE, but Troy Nicklas would be a reach here.  
NEEDS: DL, C/G, TE 

63. DENVER BRONCOS-JEREMIAH ATTAOUCHU-OLB/DE/PR-GEORGIA TECH

Developing pass rusher with a high motor that can become great under the guidance of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.  
NEEDS:  CB, FS, MLB,  Speed RB, #3 WR, DL Depth 

64. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-CAMERON FLEMING-OT-STANFORD
Seattle continues to take Stanford players (Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin) while filling a key need
NEEDS:  WR, RT, DT, RG

THIRD ROUND 

65. HOUSTON TEXANS-JACK MEWHORT-OT-OHIO ST. 

66. WASHINGTON REDSKINS-PHILLIP GAINES-CB-RICE

67. OAKLAND RAIDERS-ZACH METTENBERGER-QB-LSU

68. CLEVELAND BROWNS (From projected trade with ATL-PIERRE DESIR-CB-LINDENWOOD

69. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS-MARTAVIS BRYANT-WR-CLEMSON

70. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS(from trade DOWN with JAX)-BRUCE ELLINGTON-WR-SOUTH CAROLINA 

71. CLEVELAND BROWNS-ANTONIO RICHARDSON-OT-TENNESSEE 

72. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-JORDAN TRIPP-LB-MONTANA 

73. BUFFALO BILLS-TROY NICKLAS-TE-NOTRE DAME


74. NEW YORK GIANTS-DaQUAN JONES-DT-PENN ST. 

75. ST. LOUIS RAMS-JARVIS LANDRY-WR-LSU 

76. DETROIT LIONS-BASHAUD BREELAND-CB-CLEMSON 


77. TENNESSEE TITANS (Trade down with SF)-AJ McCARRON-QB-BAMA 

78. DALLAS COWBOYS-DRI ARCHER-WR/KR-KENT ST 

79. BALTIMORE RAVENS-BISHOP SANKEY-RB-WASHINGTON

80. NEW YORK JETS-TRENT TURPHY-OLB/PR-STANFORD

81. MIAMI DOLPHINS-BILLY TURNER-OT/G-NORTH DAKOTA ST. 

82. CHICAGO BEARS-MARCUS ROBERTSON-CB-FLORIDA

83. MIAMI DOLPHINS-(Projected trade with CLV)-JEREMY HILL-RB-LSU

84. ARIZONA CARDINALS-KAREM MARTIN-DE-UNC

85. GREEN BAY PACKERS-TERRENCE BROOKS-FS-FSU


86. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-BROCK VEREEN-SS-MINNESOTA 

87. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS-TRAI TURNER-G-LSU 

88. CINCINNATI BENGALS-JAYLEN WATKINS-CB-FLORIDA

89. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-CARL BRADFORD-OLB/PR-ARIZONA ST. 

90. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-JACKSON JEFFCOAT-OLB/PR-TEXAS

91. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-TREVOR REILY-OLB/PR-UTAH  

92. CAROLINA PANTHER-PAUL RICHARDSON-WR-COLORADO

93. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-ARTHUR LYNCH-TE-GEORGIA

94. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-TERRANCE WEST-RB-TOWSON

95. DENVER BRONCOS-KA'DEEM CAREY-RB-ARIZONA


96. MINNESOTA VIKINGS-ANDRE WILLIAMS-RB-BOSTON COLLEGE

97. PITTSBURGH STEELERS-CHRIS BORLAND-ILB-WISCONSIN

98. GREEN BAY PACKERS-CYRIL-RICHARDSON-G-BAYLOR 

99. BALTIMORE RAVENS-WILL SUTTON-DT-MISSOURI

100. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-DAKOTA DOZIER-G-FURMAN