Couldn't resist the temptation. My first NFL mock of the year...here we go.
1. Houston: Teddy Bridgewater, QB- Stop over-analyzing, great prospect, need position
2. (Trade) Minnesota from St. Louis : Blake Bortles, QB- With a good pieces already in place, Vikes move up to get their guy
3. Jacksonville: J. Clowney, DE- easy BPA, especially for an anemic pass rush
4. Cleveland: J. Manziel, QB- the Browns make their move
5. Oakland: S. Watkins, WR- electric BPA
6. Atlanta: J. Matthews, OT- their last 4 games against the Panthers? 19 sacks given up, 1-3 record
7. Tampa Bay: Kony Ealy, DE- They need pass rush, could be nasty next to McCoy in Lovie's defense
8. (Trade) St Louis from Minnesota: Greg Robinson, OT: Building their protection
9 Buffalo: Mike Evans, WR- big game-changing stud for their franchise QB
10 Detroit: Khalil Mack, OLB- Detroit adds a playmaker on the outside
11 Tennessee: Anthony Barr, OLB- Tennessee bolster their pass rush with BPA
12 New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT- best chance to upgrade Eli's protection
13. St. Louis: Zach Martin, OT/OG: I like double-dipping, and they just potentially made their O-line elite too
14: Chicago: R. Hageman, DT: Need+BPA
15. Pittsburgh: Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT: A versatile pick to retoughen that front
16. Dallas: Aaron Donald, DT: Nice Jerry pick to shake up the draft and put bite into that defensive line
17. Baltimore: H. Clinton-Dix, S: I don't think Ozzie can pass on the Bama guy, could be a nice partner with Elam
18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR- something must be down at WR, and Lee has been slept on this year
19. Miami: Eric Ebron, TE- adding options for Tannehill via a athletic monster
20. Arizona: C. Kouandjio, OT: they need help at OT, and he's a good pick in this range
21. Green Bay: Calvin Pryor, S- Get a stud now
22. Philadelphia: L Nix, DT- toughen up that defensive front with a big boy
23. Kansas City: A Dennard, CB- need meets BPA
24. Cincinnati: Justin Gilbert, CB- BPA for a team with few holes
25. (Trade) Jacksonville from San Diego: Derek Carr, QB- Chargers move with the top CBs gone, while Jags get their guy
26. Cleveland - from Indianapolis*: Kelvin Benjamin, WR- Manziel to Evans is over, but Manziel to Benjamin sounds good too
27. New Orleans*: Davante Adams, WR- sneaky pick for a guy who could be deadly outside the numbers in that offense
28. Carolina: Antonio Richardson, OT (6-6, 327): Being an upper eschelon team now, our chances to land a quality tackle could be few and far in between. I belive Gross plays one more year. RT was the Panthers worst position this year and Richardson could start there immediately. Then he may be able to flip to LT in a year when Gross retires. The RT to LT is the rage now for even top draft picks like Joeckel, Fisher, and Lane Johnson last year. And we know that Gettleman likes his linemen big. Current CSR favorite Jordan Matthews may not be explosive enough to be taken here, while another wideout I really like in Davante Adams is already gone.
29. New England: Jace Amaro, TE- Just makes too much sense
30. San Francisco: Odell Beckham, Jr, WR- San Fran gets more up the field explosive with a good prospect
31. Seattle: Dee Ford, DE/OLB- The Seahawks can't resist amping their pass rush again
32. Denver: CJ Mosely, ILB: If the Saints pass on him, lucky need meets extreme BPA
33 Houston: Jerimiah Attachou, OLB Ga Tech
34. Washington: Jason Verrett, CB TCU
35. Cleveland: Lache Seastrunk, RB Baylor
36. Oakland: Sua-Filo, OG UCLA
37. Atlanta: Kareem Martin, DE UNC
38. Tampa Bay: Allen Robinson, WR Penn St.
39. (Traded) San Diego from Jacksonville: Marcus Roberson, CB
40. (Traded) St. Louis from Minnesota: Ryan Shazier, OLB Ohio St
41 Buffalo: David Yankey, OG Stanford
42. Tennessee: Ka'deem Carey, RB Arizona St.
43. New York Giants: Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt
44. St. Louis: Ed Reynolds, S Stanford
45. Detroit: Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon St.
46. Pittsburgh: Kyle Fuller, CB
47. Dallas: Scott Chrichton, DE
48. Baltimore: Jarvis Landry, WR LSU
49. New York Jets: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Washington
50. Miami: Morgan Moses, OT Virginia
51. Chicago: Jimmie Ward, S NIU
52. Arizona: Zach Mettenberger, QB LSU
53. Green Bay*: Kyle Van Noy, OLB
54. Philadelphia*: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB
55. Cincinnati*: Ego Ferguson, DT
56. San Francisco: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington St.
57. San Diego*: Tim Jernigan, DT FSU
58. New Orleans: Christian Jones, LB FSU
59. Indianapolis: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
60. Carolina: Brandon Coleman, WR Rutgers (6-6, 220):
Like Keenan Allen last year and Marqise Lee this year, Coleman's stock took a nose-dive after a low producing season stemming from poor QB play and a knee injury. Or even consider how a similar receiver in Alshon Jeffrey got labeled as "big but slow" and dropped in 2012. It's too easy to forget Coleman's 2012 season, which made him look like a potential top 15 pick in 2014. He was straight forward about his season in interviews, and made no excuses despite his off season knee surgery. There is some risk, but the thought of having a wideout the size of Cam Newton, with some red-zone and deep threat skills is pretty intoxicating. And as much fuss as there is about "down" production this year, Coleman still finished tied for first all-time in career TD catches at Rutgers.
61. San Francisco: S. Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
62. New England*: Dominique Easly, DT/DE Florida
63. Seattle: Gabe Jackson, OG Mississippi St
64. Denver: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE Texas
Rest of Panthers draft:
Round 3: Pierre Desir, CB Lidenwood (6-1, 195)
Of the big CBs (SJB, McGill), he's probably the most fluid, but the lowest ranked because of going to a small school. Because of the transisition, may need more time before starting. Solid intangibles, film studier, good ball skills, good upside. In this scenario, two other guys I like in Keith McGill and Dion Bailey go earlier in the 3rd round. But they may be my preferred picks instead.
Round 4: Ty Zimmerman, S Kansas St.(6-1, 204)
The more I go back and watch him, the higher I become on him. I see him as a mini-Luke Kuechly for the secondary. I've slso called him the AJ Klein of this draft before. High Big 12 production (5 picks this year), great instincts, and a team leader, but their athleticism gets questioned for the next level. Klein proved those doubts wrong, and I think Ty can do the same. Additionally, both had a several pick 6's in college, showing that their ability to move is much better than perceived. If Robert Herron, WR from Wyoming is still here, he's my pick. I'm just starting to think he's performed himself out of our late 4th round slot. Another safety I like is Kenny Ladler from Vanderbilt if he's still here.
Round 5: Cameron Fleming, OT Stanford (6-6, 318)
Even if Gross returns and Richardson starts at RT for a year, we still have no tackle depth. Fleming is a highly intelligent longtime starter at Stanford. (His major was aeronautics and astronautics, and he's been starting for Stanford since the Andrew Luck days) He can sit on the bench for a year as depth, and perhaps start at RT if Richardson moves to LT.
I could consider a WR that is dropping here as well: Josh Huff, Mike Davis, Jacob Abbrederis, or Cody Hoffman. However I'm not sold that one of those guys bring significantly more to the table than what McNutt and/or Tavares King offer (who already have a few months experience on the team).
Round 6: Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M (6-4, 275)
Despite coming from a small school, he had insane production in college (28 TFLs, 19.5 sacks in 2012; 14 TFLs, 4 sacks in 2013) he has prototypical NFL size for the position. I believe Hardy gets franchised for this year, then leaves in 2015. Maybe by then some potential could have been developed in Westbrooks, another long athletic DE who plays with an edge, and seems to have upside.
Round 7: Tevin Reese, WR Baylor (5-10, 170)
I'll call him our potential version of Tavon Austin, at a much cheaper rate. Size and some-timey hands could be a lialbility. But he certaily has the speed to be a regular threat to get behind the defense (has ran a 4.31 before). In his first 3 seasons, he had 14 TDs of 40 yards or more. I think he drops because of the deep WR class, size concerns, and the fact that he has been injured to end the season. (Made it back to play in his bowl game, but not in the all-star games). By having the Giants pick, we may be picking early enough in the 7th to snag him.
Jordan Najvar, TE Baylor (6-6, 262): Big blocking TE
Tim Flanders RB, Sam Houston St (5-9, 212) Big production on an elite FCS team. Good mix of speed, power, and pass catching ability.
Walt Aikens, CB Liberty (6-1, 200) Another "big corner". He got dimissed from Illinois following the theft of some electronics from a dorm room. We don't generally take guys with issues, but he is from Charlotte, and his dad is one of the longtime local high school coaches. Could be a case of wrong-place, wrong-time, and I think we could at least bring the local guy in for a workout.