The regular season is over for the 2013 season, and I already miss college football Saturdays. With just bowl games remaining, NFL scouts return to team headquarters to start putting together a very preliminary board.
While the storyline will be how many quarterbacks go in the first round, the first round should once again be dictated by the offensive linemen and pass rushers.
1. Houston Texans - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville*
-As of today, the Texans hold the first pick in the draft, needing a quarterback to utilize the many talents on this offense. As of today, Teddy Bridgewater is still the top rated quarterback, and Houston shouldn’t pass.
2. St. Louis Rams (via WASH) - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
-The Rams should strongly consider going quarterback with Sam Bradford due $26 million for the next two years. If they do pass and opt to go with Bradford/free agent quarterback, finding a right tackle to take over for Saffold is the best value.
3. Atlanta Falcons - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina*
-A team with playoff talent, they are in desperate need for offensive line help, and that’ll be strongly considered for a need-based drafting team. But Clowney is too good to pass on for a team that should be looking BPA.
4. Minnesota Vikings - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
-Christian Ponder has certainly not proved to be the franchise passer and the Vikings shouldn’t pass on getting a franchise passer this year. Carr has the arm talent and touch to utilize this offense’s big play threats.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
-Ideally, the Jaguars would love to land Teddy Bridgewater, and may look to move up in the draft to secure him. However, if he’s not there, I doubt they reach for a quarterback, opting to fill Gus Bradley’s “LEO” position instead with an elite talent in Barr.
6. Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson*
-All signs point to the Browns targeting a quarterback in this draft, and with an arsenal of picks, they are prime candidates to trade up. But if they chose to wait until later in round one for their quarterback, adding Sammy Watkins to pair with Josh Gordon will give whatever QB they add a perfect duo to grow with.
7. Oakland Raiders - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M*
-The Raiders need help in many areas on their roster, as they still possess one of the most depleted rosters in the NFL. Quarterback is still undetermined as a need, but offensive tackle is clearly a weakness. Ogbuehi can play left or right tackle and has elite upside.
8. Buffalo Bills - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
-In need of pass rushing help and added versatility on their defense, Khalil Mack seems like a perfect fit for the Bills. They could look offensive line or a true linebacker like CJ Mosley as well.
9. Tampa Bay Bucs - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina*
-Maybe a bit high for Ebron, but the athletic and vertically stretching tight end fits the mold of what teams are looking for (and need) to take their offenses to an elite level. The Bucs certainly are in need of a tight end presence.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
-Lewan has seemed to fall out of good graces with evaluators this year, but he would have been a Top 5 pick last season and hasn’t seen a major drop in play despite poor talent around him. His nastiness should fit perfectly with the Steelers franchise mentality.
11. Tennessee Titans - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri*
-The Titans could look offensive tackle to replace the impending free agent David Stewart, but adding to their pass rush seems more likely based on the money/draft picks they’ve already spent on the OL. Ealy made a name for himself this year, leading the Missouri defense to one of the best in the country.
12. St. Louis Rams - Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame*
-The Rams could again consider quarterback, and they’d have their pick after Bridgewater/Carr most likely. Still, if they pass at #2, I doubt they wait at 12 for their guy. Adding to an already talented defensive line seems like the best way to utilize this luxury pick.
13. New York Giants - CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama
-The Giants have perennially had a need at linebacker, and this is the perfect spot for both Mosley to fall and the Giants to be to secure their much-needed linebacker.
14. New York Jets - Marqise Lee, WR, USC*
-Stephen Hill hasn’t proved to be the major difference maker that they thought he’d be, and Santonio Holmes shouldn’t be part of the long term plans on this team. Lee can step in right away and be a feature weapon for this Geno Smith-lead offense.
15. San Diego Chargers - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
-The Chargers could go a number of directions, with offensive line, defensive line, pass rusher, and secondary all being perceived needs. With a talented cornerback class, they’d be wise to get the first one off the board in Dennard.
16. Green Bay Packers - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
-Another team that could go in many directions, tight end included, the Packers would be wise to lock up one of the few physical and high upside cornerbacks in this class. If Jace Amaro changes his mind and decides to enter the draft, he could be their tight end pick.
17. Chicago Bears - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
-No one knows right now how the Bears quarterback situation will play out, and that’ll be one of the most intriguing storylines of the off-season. Assuming they pass on a first round quarterback, and with no linebackers here worth taking, the Bears should go with a talented defensive tackle/end in Hageman.
18. Dallas Cowboys - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn *
-Robinson is reportedly 50/50 on declaring for the draft, and may wait until after the championship game. However, if he does declare, he may be in contention to be the top offensive tackle in this class. Pairing him with Tyron Smith should finally give this offense two bookend tackles.
19. Miami Dolphins - Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama *
-Despite being this low in the draft order, the Dolphins can thank a likely deep offensive tackle class for the fact that they still may be able to land a top caliber offensive tackle. While the order of where the tackles rank is still very up in the air, the Dolphins should take the best one no matter one. In this case, that’s Kouandjio.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Cameron Irving, OT, Florida State *
-Already beyond expectations defensively, the Cardinals could still stand to have more stability on their offensive line despite Bruce Arians’s offense seeming not to need elite talent. Irving is the last “top talent” at the position on the board, and would give this team a potential left tackle of the future.
21. Baltimore Ravens - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M *
-Simply put, the Ravens offense misses Anquan Boldin a lot. Mike Evans compares favorably to Anquan Boldin as a physical, ball grabbing receiving presence.
22. Detroit Lions - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
-Now with arguably the most talented defensive line in the NFL, the Lions need to continue to build their secondary. Darius Slay has played well as a rookie so far, but adding Jason Verrett could give this team two capable starters.
23. Philadelphia Eagles - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama *
-The Eagles have a lot of solid NFL talent in their defensive backfield, but few guys I’d really want as a my long term starters. While receiver, defensive end, and pass rusher could all be perceived bigger needs, Clinton-Dix is the best safety in an overall weak class.
24. Cleveland Browns (via IND) - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF *
-The Browns could make Bortles their guy in the Top 10, but I think they’d be wise to remain patient, and maybe trade up from 24 to secure their quarterback. A talented passer who thrives on downfield passing, he could utilize Sammy Watkins and Josh Gordon very well.
25. Carolina Panthers - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State *
-Giving Cam Newton more offensive weapons should be a top priority for management this off-season, especially with Steve Smith’s career winding down. While they likely won’t get Sammy Watkins/Marqise Lee, scooping up one of the best vertical threats in Robinson would make Cam very happy.
26. San Francisco 49ers - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State *
-The 49ers offense could use a big play threat at receiver, but more likely they’ll look to keep their offense a strength. Defensive line is an option, but getting a great yet inconsistent talent in Roby fits the 49ers drafting MO.
27. Cincinnati Bengals - Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
-Finding a need for the Bengals isn’t easy because they’ve drafted so well in recent years. However, defensive tackle and strong side linebacker seem like the mostclear needs. Van Noy hasn’t gotten much attention this year, but his a super talented and versatile linebacker that can fit in any defense.
28. Kansas City Chiefs - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
-Andy Reid would love to add more dynamic receivers to his offense, and Jordan Matthews is both the best receiver on the board and can stretch defenses vertically.
29. New England Patriots - Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
-Adding to their interior offensive line is arguably the most important off-season agenda for this team. Richardson is a mauling, long interior blocker, fitting the mold of this offense and likely can start day one.
30. New Orleans Saints- Victor Beasley, DE, Clemson*
-The Saints still need pass rushing help at both levels of their front seven, despite their success this season. Beasley is one of the best true rushers in this class, and should fit well and quickly into Rob Ryan’s defense.
31. Seattle Seahawks - Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State
-I’m not sure how well Joyner fits into this defense or their long-term plan, but he’s a versatile defensive back, capable of playing nickel cornerback and safety, and reminds of a mix of Tyrann Matthieu and Brandon Boykin. The Seahawks are great at finding playmakers, no matter what the round.
32. Denver Broncos - Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
-The Broncos defense still needs ample help, both on the defensive line and in the secondary. Instead of reaching for a cornerback at this point, they may be better off getting one of the best interior pass rushers in Sutton, who is a bit undersized but wins in multiple areas as a pass rusher.
My Bucs are a hot mess. They would be smart to trade down and accumulate some early round picks. If this class is as deep as experts say it is, it won't be hard to find an upgrade for Mike Glennon. Anyone see the Bucs/Panthers game? Yikes.
Is this mock by numbers. Why would the Chargers take 2 CBs in the first 2 rounds? Millner at 11 is fine. But then another CB? With 2 good ILB prospect still on the board?
Help me understand. Dallas drafts 2 safeties in the first two rounds. Why not Warford in round 2 or Warmack in round 1?
Dee Milliner getting past Buffalo at #8? Buddy Nix will draft Dee Milliner before Ryan Nassib. That is how Buddy rolls.
Johnathan Hankins as the Steelers #1 Pick, 17th overall? Are you MAD?! NO WAY will this be their 1st rd pick, he won't even be picked in the 1st rd, get a grip man!
Eric Galko, have you ever been right about anything .....Well you are certainly way off base with your draft prediction. For example, It would not be completely wise for Detroit to take an offensive Tackle at the number five spot, because they already have plenty of depth just waiting to step in and perform at the left tackle position. Although it is true that Detroit could use a number two receiver on the outside opposite Calvin Johnson to help even further bolster one the leagues already high octane offenses, it remains clear that Detroit's most pressing need is on the defensive side on the ball, and in particular at the defensive end pass rush and cover corner positions.
Worst bear mock draft yet. wrong and wrong. I like arthur brown but... i don't see it in the 1 st round and I would break my t.v. if they took ertz in round 2. ARE you kidding me? Have you followed FA at all? My mock for the bears...1st round-tavon austin. 2nd round best O-lineman available probably OC like frederick , Barret jones or schwenke or best guard available... after that LBs and CBs.
I absolutely love this mock. I think it's a mock a lot of fans will hate, though. The QB's make sense. Teams overdraft them, and Geno Smith has had a good Combine and Pro Day to help solidify him in the Top 10 and maybe Top 5. JAC has been talking about how important the QB position is, so I'm not sure they believe in him. They probably won't give up on him, but 1st round competition makes sense. ARI passing on a QB to get their OT makes sense. Eifert to CHI is iffy because they did sign a young TE, but I agree that the signing doesn't mean they still can't go TE. Eifert has the talent to go in the 1st, and 2 TE sets is popular in the NFL. Johnthan Banks in the 1st shows a lack of overreaction to the Combine. Overall, it's a great mock that's different. There is a surprised pick or two in the 1st round of every draft. This mock accounts for those surprise picks.
No way the Bears take Ertz at 20 after spending all that cash on signing Bennett from the NYG. In your scenario, with Austin still on the board that is who they would take.
NO way that the Ravens pass on Tavon Austin.. He's a beast and a homeboy to boot. He's also had multiple visits with the Ravens. Ozzie's mantra is BPA. You can't find anyone who thinks that Arthur Brown is a better player than Austin.
I like your draft,,,, teams need QB's or they die.... Look at GB great qb but the OL needs lots of work,, still they produce big yards on offense ... with no running game... Answer QB. Jets wrong QB ',,,,,,,,, teams with no QB never make playoffs. . Period..... Paul t
What Lenny80 said. Brandon Mebane was a free agent last year, not this year, and will be entering year two of his 5 year $25mil contract. I'd recommend a more reliable source you're using to check for current free agents so you know better what team needs are. John Jenkins is not at all someone the Seahawks would draft.
no way no how jarvis jones & alec ogletree not in the top 32 hell in the top 10-15 picks c'mon man those two will be starters by the end of week 3 and for me im a falcon fan and if im the falcons i would trade up for jarvis cause you need the pass rusher and her has everything they need we know the need a tight end and dline and yes if the patriots or any team pass on robert woods i would get him over a tight end
I don't think you are very familiar with the Seahawks defense. Mebane was a free agent last year and signed a multi year deal. He is their 1tech so they need a 3tech. Also Red Bryant plays 5tech DE not DT. So Jenkins isn't a great fit. They stated they need better pass rush. Look for a DE or 3tech DT in the 1st. Other needs could be a weak side LB and play making recievers (WR and TE).
No way does Tyler Wilson go in the first round. Obviously someone didnt watch the Senior Bowl. The Falcons will probably go for a DE/DT/LB in the 1st round, unless all of their top prospects are off the board and Eifert is there, or they trade back. I personally think Jordan Reed (TE out of UF) is a better deal in 3rd round
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Dion Jordan will be the single biggest bust in this draft. Watch his game vs Wisconsin when he had to play a decent o line. 1 tackle , 1 assist. Nothing impactful about him. Joeckel is the best player in the draft. Seantrel Henderson controlled Werner for most of the Miami vs Fsu game. Woods over Patterson , Hunter or Allen ? Not happening. Btw Patterson is the most dangerous wr since Terrell Owens with the ball in his hands.
I really hope you have a job that does not involve rational thinking. A draft without Jarvis Jones in the first round! Geno Smith? Really!
Not trying to be negative, but this has got to be the most rediculous and inaccurate mock draft I have ever seen.
If this is anything close to what draft day looks like I will be beyond wildly surprised. Looks like some guy from the midwest/northeast who has a bias for players in that area. This is the most ridiculous mock draft I have seen I think ever.
Sorry, as a Steeler fan, I don't want him, since--nothing personal--but ND hasn't produced many outstanding pros. They have a wonderful PR machine, thus Teo's rep but he got rag dolled by Alabama and that's the OL skill levels he will encounter in the NFL.
Steelers better off getting one of the otustanding DE/OLB or Safety (Reid or Vaccaro)..
If it comes down to ILB, I like Georgia's Ogletree or Alabama's Nico Johnson over Teo.
@CaryNW87 The Bucs are a mess, but I don't think it's about their talent. That's the biggest thing with that team that's so puzzling, how can a team that has names like Revis, Gholston, McCoy, David, Jackson, Williams, Joseph, Martin, Nicks (assuming he'll ever be the same) and Penn among others be THIS terrible? I think it's the coaching. Schiano is a bad NFL coach and it shows. Give this group to a good NFL HC and I think they're at least at .500 even with a rookie like Glennon, or for that matter if they still had Freeman there. They badly need a franchise QB as much as they need a new coaching staff. Plus they'll still be picking relatively high in each round (except the 3rd from the Revis trade) so they'll be able to pick up some guys later on.
@donnellbutler Too bad NFL teams don't draft for fan needs. Way to call a draft expert stupid, stupid.
@BenKellam Not even close to true. Ogletree is a late-first round talent without the character concerns, so he could definitely fall to round 2. If I were building an NFL draft board I wouldn't touch Jarvis Jones until round 2 at all. His stenosis is the same problem that limited Marcus McNeill to a 6-year career. Jones should fall just like Da'Quan Bowers fell.
@284518 Appearently you are not fimilar with the Lions at all. They do not have a LT on the caliber of Fisher. Reiff is a RT or RG according to the Lions. Fisher is a stud, and DE at this point is a project with boom or bust Jordan is weak, but a great athlete and Ansah is a great athlete strong, but not a lot of experience. They will chose Ansah if the three OTs are gone. The Lions are not going to chose a CB in the first three rounds nor will they draft a WR. They will be looking for the best DE or OLB in the second round and if they chose a DE in the second look of the best OLB in the third round.
Your mock for the Bears makes no sense because you're not allowed to draft players that have already been drafted. Saying "best O-lineman available" also shows you know nothing about the draft.
@thebeveler Ravens won't have the chance to take Tavon Austin unless they trade way up to get him and I doubt they will do that since they need players
The Ravens didn't have a chance to take Austin...
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@ZippyMorocco That and no Ogletree? Also heard that Motel6 (John Jenkins) really improved his draft stock and solidified that he is a top 3 DT/NG.
@William Maloni I think they need to go safety in the first round and then LB in the second. Elam or Vaccaro in the 1st round
@khammlet = Auburns Money Bag Man @ZippyMorocco Man have you watched JJ' s. Tapes looks weak and slow to me... Paul t