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1HoustonBrendan Leister@BrendanLeisterJohnny ManzielQBManziel is my top player in the class. I believe he has a chance to be special. (No idea who HOU likes so took who I like best.)
2St. Louis (from Washington)Evan Silva@evansilvaGreg RobinsonOTFreaky athlete. Perfect Fisher lineman. Fills huge need on weak, injury-riddled Rams line.
3JacksonvilleBear Heiser@BearHeiserTeddy BridgewaterQBGood o-line options here, but if I don't have a QB to protect, what's the point. Bridgewater can step in next season & perform right away. My benchmark for Teddy is Year 1 of Geno. Anything better is a bonus for me.
4ClevelandDane Brugler@dpbruglerBlake BortlesQBBortles is a top-10 talent in this draft class and while there might be more talented players available (Clowney), the need to acquire a QB capable of leading the Browns to double-digit wins is paramount. And I think Bortles could be that guy for the Browns here.
5OaklandRyan Riddle@Ryan_RiddleJadeveon ClowneyDEHe is the Lebron James of the NFL in terms of physical gifts alone. Despite criticism, he has a high motor and plays with passion.
6AtlantaDan Kadar@mockingthedraftKhalil MackOLBIt would be a blow for Thomas Dimitroff to see Jadeveon Clowney drafted a pick before the Falcons. If it happens, Mack should be the choice. He's a dynamic athlete at linebacker capable of rushing the passer and dropping back in coverage.
7Tampa BayDarren Page@DarrenPage15Eric EbronTEIf the Bucs do commit to Mike Glennon, they must build around him. Ebron, Vincent Jackson, and Mike Williams give him every chance to succeed.
8MinnesotaIan Kenyon@iankenyonNFLSammy WatkinsWRReally wanted a QB or Pass rusher here, but with Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, Clowney, Mack off the board, I don't feel comfortable reaching for a player at a position of need this early. Watkins is a top-3 player in this class, shouldn't be available. Will pair with Patterson for the next decade. Vikings aren't a band-aid, quick fix team anyways. Need to simply start stocking talent.
9BuffaloDan Hope@Dan_HopeJake MatthewsOTNo-brainer selection to me. Matthews is a top-3 talent in this year's draft, and can be an immediate upgrade at RT. The Bills should continue to do as much as they can to surround Manuel with better talent, especially as far as protecting him up front, and Matthews' value is too good to pass up. Paired with Cordy Glenn, the Bills could have one of the NFL's best young offensive tackle combinations for years to come.
10DetroitChris Burke@ChrisBurke_SIMike EvansWRPretty tough choice here, because any number of guys -- C.J. Mosley, Darqueze Dennard, HaHa Clinton-Dix -- fit needs for the Lions. But the presence of Megatron really overshadowed just how horrible the rest of Detroit's receivers were last season. Giving Matthew Stafford another weapon in the passing game, particularly one like Evans who can win in the red zone and snatch those high tosses, and this passing game might be unstoppable.
11TennesseeEli Nachmany@PFF_EliNachmanyDee FordDLI felt like I could grab a pass rusher with this pick and I lucked into the most explosive rusher in this class. Ford dominates offensive tackles with a combination of speed moves and quick hands. The Titans need to become a more opportunistic defense, so I'm happy to add a solid player in that regard.
12New York GiantsJake Ciely@allinkidAnthony BarrLB*Sprinting to the podium* I can't believe Barr is available. Forget the fact that he "projects" better for a 3-4, the man has potential galore. He also fits the Von Miller 4-3 mold, and I'd take that any day. The Giants currently have Paysinger, Herzlich and ____ at LB. Fill in the blank with Barr and reap the rewards for the next decade. Screw Reese's never draft a LB and instead take 15 DEs motto. I'm bringing sense back to the GMen.
13St. LouisEvan Silva@evansilvaHaHa Clinton-DixSThe Rams need a safety and Clinton-Dix is the best one in this class. He's also worth No. 13. Pretty simple.
14ChicagoEric Edholm@eric_edholmAaron DonaldDTWith the Bears announcing they are sticking with a 4-3 scheme, they should go after the best interior penetrator in the draft. I know there's a thought that re-signing Henry Melton could accomplish filling that need, but Melton's health and motivation are questions. Donald could be the next Geno Atkins or Jurrell Casey.
15PittsburghSigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomCJ MosleyLBLong-term worries about Mosley being "Sabaned" and damaged goods upon arrival to the pros might discourage me from making this pick if I had access to his medicals, but without that info, I'll be happy to select the best all-around inside linebacker in this draft by a large margin
16DallasKevin Greenstein@kevingreensteinLouis NixDTLast season, the Cowboys made what was considered a "reach" when they traded down and drafted Travis Frederick late in the first round. It worked out quite nicely, with Frederick outperforming draftniks' expectations and the Cowboys' O-line improving dramatically as a result. With this pick, the same thing happens on the other side of the ball, except here, Nix isn't remotely a "reach." With the potential to have a Vince Wilfork-like impact on the Cowboys' defensive front, Nix will keep the Cowboys' talented LBs "clean" to make plays.
17BaltimoreShane Hallam@ShanePHallamTaylor LewanOTEugene Monroe and Michael Oher are both not expected to resign and getting a young, athletic option with a nasty demeanor like Taylor Lewan here is incredible for the Ravens. He also fits the general BPA lean that Newsome would go with at this point. Very happy Lewan fell here because without Clinton-Dix (a huge need and fit for the Ravens,) ending up at this point and the WR depth being what it is, the decision would have become incredibly difficult. We've seen Lewan stonewall the first defensive player taken in this draft (Jadeveon Clowney,) and show his athleticism on Saturdays (kick slide,) and at the Combine. Slam dunk selection.
18New York JetsSteve Palazzolo@StevePalazzoloDarqueze DennardCBWasn't really in love with anyone at this point of the draft, so went with the best player at a position of value. Dennard fits the Jets' aggressive defensive scheme and he'll pair with last year's first rounder Dee Milliner who improved a lot in the second half of the season.
19MiamiEric Galko@OptimumScoutingZack MartinOLA bit of a reach based on my board, but even if Miami secures a top offensive tackle, they need right tackle/offensive guard help. Martin can provide a versatile, instant impact starter to the offensive line.
20ArizonaPeter Bukowski@BukoTimeDerek Carr QBThere's no offensive linemen here I like, and the top edge rushers are gone. To me, Carr is perfect for this offense under Bruce Arians, plus Arizona can void Carson Palmer's contract after the 2014 season. Also, the mere presence of Palmer allows Carr the time to clean up his footwork and understudy for a season, which is probably what he needs.
21Green BayNick Slegel@NickSlegelJimmie WardSWith safety being the biggest need, and Ha-Ha off the board - idealy the Packers would like to trade down to the 28-30th range to make this selection, but given the peramaters of the mock, the Packers cannot pass up on the natural pass-coverage and ballhawking ability that Ward brings to the table. He slots in perfectly at FS ala Nick Collins and allows Morgan Burrnett to slide back to his more natural position of SS
22PhiladelphiaRyan Lownes@ryanlownesJustin GilbertCBAfter throwing together a patchwork secondary in his first year as head coach, Chip Kelly will look to address his defensive backfield early on draft day. Gilbert is a solid value here with the physical tools and ball skills to thrive in Billy Davis’ system, hell-bent on creating turnovers. His special teams contributions are not to be overlooked, the Eagles averaged just 21.4 yds per kick return in 2013.
23Kansas CityMatt Miller@nfldraftscoutKony EalyDEThe Chiefs face an offseason in which Tyson Jackson is expected to leave in free agency and the overall depth at defensive end is weak. With Kony Ealy on the board, we see a raw talent waiting to be molded. With his length, power and agility, Ealy can easily gain 10-15 pounds and become the dynamic, athletic force we want at 5-tech.
24CincinnatiJosh Katzowitz@joshkatzowitzRa'Shede HagemanDTThree picks ago, I was trying to decide between Justin Gilbert, Kony Ealy and Hageman. Looks like the Eagles and Chiefs made my pick easy. But I'll take Hageman, who's got strength, size, versatility and so much athleticism, and he can spend 2014 learning from Domato Peko -- who is beginning to fade and is entering a contract year. Truth be told, I can't wait to match up Hageman and Geno Atkins together on the defensive line, even if Hagemen is a little raw.
25San DiegoEthan Hammerman@EthanhammXavier Su'a-FiloOGThe Chargers need help on their interior line, and Su'a Filo is an athletic specimen from Southern California who can come right in and slot next to King Dunlap as a pulling guard and a second level missile. He may look kind of like a pear, but his blocks hit defenders like a coconut on the dome, and his presence would immediately help the running back combination of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead get clearer initial holes to run through.
26Cleveland (from Indianapolis)Dane Brugler@DaneBruglerBrandin CooksWRPair this speedster with Josh Gordon and Hoyer/Bortles has more than enough weapons to lead a productive offense.
27New OrleansJosh Collacchi@JoshCollacchiKyle FullerCBKeenan Lewis is one of the best number two corners in the NFL, and pairing him with Fuller will be an instant upgrade for the Saints. The former Hokie is a great value late in the first round anyway, but since corner is a big need for the Saints, Fuller is a gold mine.
28CarolinaMichael Schottey@schotteyCalvin PryorSSafety isn't as glaring a need for the Panthers as some other positions, but Pryor is an impact player who fits in with the physicality of this tough, tenacious defense. There are more rounds to really hammer down on bigger need positions, but I couldn't pass on the best player on my board here.
29New EnglandJohn Sarmento@RumfordJohnnyOdell BeckhamWRBB would trade down here normally, but ODB is too good to pass up. Edelman could walk, so finding another dynamic target for Brady (and BPA in my opinion), is a good call.
31DenverBenjamin Allbright@AllbrightNFLJason VerrettCBChamp Bailey is on his last legs, some question DRC's long term commitment to the game. Verrett provides an athletic, youthful infusion where the Broncos most need it.
32SeattleVincent Frank@VincentFrankNFLJace Amaro TEThis physically gifted TE gives Russell Wilson a huge red-zone threat from between the hashes. With Benjamin, Beckham and Hageman gone, had to go BPA.
Round 2
1HoustonBrendan Leister@BrendanLeisterJeremiah AttaochuOLBJeremiah Attaochu is the best edge rusher left on the board and we are thrilled to select him at the top of the second round. One of our goals coming into the draft was to find a player that could take some pressure off of JJ Watt and we believe that Attaochu can do just that. Attaochu is extremely young (just turned 21 in January) and has plenty of room to grow as a player. He combines an explosive first step and closing burst with impressive flexibility on the edge.
2WashingtonJim McCormick@JMcCormickESPNMarqise LeeWRNeeds at defensive back and edge rush were certainly considered, but the demand to supply Griffin III with more weaponry is also a key factor as Gruden implements his system. Lee's forgettable junior season can be forgiven to a degree, especially when the evidence from his first two seasons is so compelling.
3ClevelandDane Brugler@dpbruglerLamarcus JoynerDBHe's 5-8, 185 but he plays 6-2 and 225. And he can play on my football team anytime, lining up at FS and nickel
4OaklandRyan Riddle@Ryan_RiddleAllen RobinsonWROne of my personal favorites of this draft class is Allen Robinson and a guy the Raiders could certainly use. Nifty moves in tight spaces with good anticipation for avoiding defenders. Dangerous after the catch with nice speed and quickness. Shows ability to separate and runs nice crisp routes with great COD. He has a lot of Dez Bryant-like qualities to his game.
5AtlantaDan Kadar@mockingthedraftTim JerniganDTAtlanta has just one defensive tackle currently under contract and Jernigan would be an upgrade over someone like Jonathan Babineaux.
6Tampa BayDarren Page@DarrenPage15Demarcus LawrenceDEA free agent signing at DE could change this for Tampa Bay, but they need pass rush help in the worst way. Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier's scheme will be reliant on pressure with the front four.
7JacksonvilleBear Heiser@BearHeiserJordan MatthewsWRWith Justin Blackmon's future unknown at this time, I felt the need to find a potential No. 1 WR to pair with Teddy B. Matthews has the skills and the body to be able to contribute from Week 1. Matthews and Ace Sanders will complement one another nicely.
8MinnesotaIan Kenyon@iankenyonNFLBradley RobyCBThe Vikings secondary is abysmal. Couldn't get much worse last year. Roby should add a good presence across from Xavier Rhodes for the forseeable future.
9BuffaloDan Hope@Dan_HopeKyle Van NoyOLBVan Noy is a top-10 talent on my board, so I was prepared to draft him all along if he fell to this spot. The Bills need another playmaker at LB alongside Kiko Alonso, and that's what they would get with this pick, along with the versatiity to play every LB spot and potentially some situational work as a pass-rush DE. Immediate three-down player who makes a strong defensive front seven even better.
10TennesseeEli Nachmany@PFF_EliNachmanyMarcus RobersonCBWith so much uncertainty surrounding CB Alterraun Verner's status, I decided to grab the best cornerback left on my board. Marcus Roberson is a strong, fluid corner who has enough talent to start from Day One. He's a perfect fit in Tennessee's system, as his play style is very similar to Verner's.
11New York GiantsJake Ciely@allinkidMorgan MosesOTAnother player I'm more than excited to see still available. Not only is he the highest rated player on my board, Moses fills an immediate need as he can part the sea of defenders for Eli Manning to not get crushed this year (yes, enjoy my terrible pun). Moses has shown effectiveness on both ends of the line, which gives the Giants tons of flexibility with Beatty and Pugh, as he steps in from Day 1.
12St. LouisEvan Silva@evansilvaBrandon ThomasOT/G
13DetroitChris Burke@ChrisBurke_SIRyan ShazierLBLooked long and hard at Deone Bucannon here. Also considered doubling down on offense with a TE or (gasp!) another receiver. But Shazier is a Round 1 candidate for me, and by adding him in here Detroit's LB corps solidifies itself as a strength. The Lions might have to do a little juggling to accommodate the skills sets of both Shazier and DeAndre Levy. Shazier, though, is an underrated blitzer so letting him do that while Levy drops, then using the two together to chase sideline to sideline would work well.
14PittsburghSigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomDavante AdamsWRWR depth dictates that taking a wideout this early could be something we'd regret, but with only three rounds, ill take the best WR on the board. Adams plays much bigger at the catch point and faster in his routes because of footwork to change speeds and make sharp moves. He can team up with Brown and Wheaton to create lethal 3 WR sets for Ben Roethlisberger
15DallasKevin Greenstein@kevingreensteinStephon TuittDTSolidifying the interior of the defensive line should be a top priority for the Cowboys in this draft. Getting two players who already have on-field chemistry can only help, and this move sets the Cowboys up to be able to let Jason Hatcher go (rather than overpaying for past performance). Tuitt is a huge prospect with tremendous upside, and though he recently suffered a hairline fracture in his foot that could knock him down on some draft boards, his long-term upside makes him a solid choice here. Had one of them slipped, I'd have definitely considered Van Noy or Shazier here, but Tuitt was the player I was targeting at this spot.
16BaltimoreShane P. Hallam@ShanePHallamDeone BucannonSThough Bucannon is often mislabeled a SS for his size, he played FS for Washington State and often played in deep zone, showcasing pass coverage skills. That type of versatility will allow him to play either FS or SS and pair with Matt Elam for a great Safety duo. With his 4.49 at the Combine and physical play style, he should fit in with the Ravens defense. With the success of CBs Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, Bucannon can be given some time to develop and improve on his weaknesses and not be given a full responsibility load to start.
17New York JetsSteve Palazzolo@StevePalazzoloTroy NiklasTENiklas provides an immediate upgrade to the tight end position for the Jets, providing a blocker they haven't had in a while. He'll also become an intermediate receiving threat with the hope that he develops into one of the league's best all-around tight ends.
18MiamiEric Galko@OptimumScoutingCyrus KouandjioOTTwo offensive linemen with their first two picks? Seems a bit aggressive, I know. But even if the team can sign Eugene Monroe or Brandon Albert, they still need three other starters. Martin can play right tackle or guard at a high level. Kouandjio may have some injury concerns from the combine, but he could be an elite, mauling offensive tackle in the NFL. There were no free safeties or nose tackles worthy of this pick that would fit the defense, or else I would have gone that route.
19ChicagoEric Edholm@eric_edholmDaQuan JonesDTFans might crow for a pass rusher or an upgrade at safety in this spot, but the talent available doesn't point us in either direction. Instead, we'll follow the 2013 model of the Carolina Panthers — only in reverse — who added defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short with their first two picks and in the process helped remake the middle of their line. Put Jones at the nose, Donald at the 3-tech and use Stephen Paea as the third guy capable of playing either spot. This pick was made with the idea that the Bears will cut Julius Peppers (and others), sign one pass rusher in free agency and re-sign Corey Wootton (at the right price) to be an end/tackle again. We'll take our chances and wait on a safety, corner or linebacker.
20ArizonaPeter Bukowski@BukoTimeAustin Seferian-JenkinsTEThere are some lingering injury questions to go along with some off the field red flags, but from a talent standpoint, ASF is an instant starter and would be devastating in the middle of the field with Larry FItzgerald and Michael Floyd around him. If Kouandijo had dropped, that would have been a no-brainer, but I don't love "Tiny" Richardson, so the ultra-talented tight end it is.
21Green BayNick Slegel@NickSlegelDominique EasleyDLEasley was a top-10 talent before tearing his ACL, which leaves him ripe for the picking at the back end of the second round. Easley can play any position along the Packers' defensive line and fills a huge need.
22PhiladelphiaRyan Lownes@ryanlownesTrai TurnerOGWithout a standout pass rusher or safety on the board, the Eagles are unable to address their pressing needs here. Turner is a talented, athletic guard that fits well into Chip Kelly’s offense and could be the final piece of the puzzle up front. He could supplant Todd Herremans as the starter at right guard if Philadelphia is to cut the 31-year old or if they preferred to use him as a versatile sixth lineman.
23CincinnatiJosh Katzowitz@joshkatzowitzTrevor ReillyOLBThe Bengals need help in the linebacker corps, and Reilly is the guy to bring size and athleticism to the position. What I really like about him is his maturity. He's not going to be the typical run-of-the-mill rookie. He's married with kids, and that's the kind of talented stability I'd like in Cincinnati.
24San Francisco (from Kansas City)Michael Moore@dynasty_ffcKeith McGillCBThe extra pick for San Francisco allows them to take a chance with McGill. Playing cornerback for just one season, the 6’3”, 211-pounder is still learning the position but his physical attributes are too good to ignore. McGill’s stock first started rising after an impressive Senior Bowl week and followed that up at the combine, running 4.44 and 4.5 40 times along with a 39” vertical, good for third among all corners. Another page out of the Seahawks playbook that could pay off big.
25San DiegoEthan Hammerman@EthanHammTelvin SmithILBLet's be honest - Manti Te'o is not a very good football player, and Donald Butler thinks that he's a much better player than he actually is. At any rate, the Chargers need someone with reasonable coverage skills at the inside linebacker position, and Telvin Smith plays like a heat-seeking missile. He's a bit small, but he's super athletic, can shoot gaps like none other, and has as much upside as any linebacker in this draft class. His presence will make the Chargers defense better, and that's all one can hope for.
26New OrleansJosh Collacchi@JoshCollacchiMarcus SmithOLBAfter selecting Kyle Fuller in the first, the Saints attempt to upgrade up their pass rush with Marcus Smith. Smith was excellent running stunts at Louisville, and in New Orleans he can do the same with Cameron Jordan. Look out NFC South.
27IndianapolisAlessandro Miglio@AlexMiglioKa'Deem CareyRBIndeed, this means the Colts would have effectively used first- and second-round picks in this year's draft on running backs. But could you blame them after how poorly Trent Richardson has played? In reality, this was more about value than anything—taking our top player available at a position of relative need at the end of the second round was too good to pass up. Ka'Deem Carey isn't Adrian Peterson or LeSean McCoy, but he does a lot of things well. That includes little things, like blocking and finding cutback creases.
28CarolinaMichael Schottey@schotteyPierre DesirCBEschewing offensive needs for another defensive back is sure to ruffle some feathers, but the Panthers are built around a stellar front seven, and shoring up the backend is too tempting to pass up here. I'm convinvced there's still plenty of value at other positions of need and Desir is a player I've been targeting since the start.
29New EnglandJohn Sarmento@RumfordJohnnyMarcus MartinCChose the best center available in Marcus Martin, because NE is currently in flux at the position, and he has OG flexibility which is a big plus in a BB offense.
30San FranciscoMichael Moore@dynasty_ffcGabe JacksonGThe running game is the lifeblood of the 49ers offense but, surprisingly, the offensive line graded out as just a middle of the pack unit no matter what advanced metric you use. Adding Jackson to the mix will give San Francisco a proven run blocker with size and replenishes the depth lost with Jonathan Goodwin not expected back.
31DenverBenjamin Allbright@AllbrightNFLJames GayleDE/OLBBroncos still need help at the edge rush, opposite Von Miller. Gayle showed how underrated he was athletically at the combine, and is scheme versatile as an undersized pass rushing defensive end on third down passing sitations.
32SeattleVincent Frank@VincentFrankNFLWill Sutton DTSeahawks need more depth along the DL with Red Bryant out of the mix. Sutton can be a dominating interior presence
Round 3
1HoustonBrendan Leister@BrendanLeisterChris BorlandILBWe came into the draft with a big need at the ILB position and Chris Borland is a great fit. Although Borland lacks prototypical size for the position, he makes up for it with his instincts, closing burst, and motor. He should compete for the starting job from day one.
2WashingtonJim McCormick@JMcCormickESPNBashaud BreelandDBAn infusion of talent in the secondary will be a team priority this offseason. With Breeland's ball skills, solid size and versatility, he could have a future at corner or free safety for this club.
3OaklandRyan Riddle@Ryan_RiddleBrett SmithQBThe Raiders need to add a guy into the mix at QB and Brett Smith has the potential to be their first franchise QB since…. Hell, I don’t even know how far back we should go for that one. This kid is tough, accurate and vastly underrated. I gave him the highest tape grade of all QBs in this draft.
4AtlantaDan Kadar@mockingthedraftJack MewhortOTThe addition of an offensive tackle is strictly a needs fill for Atlanta. Mewhort didn't do anything to hurt himself at the Senior Bowl and should be serviceable at left tackle and good on the right side.
5New York Jets (from Tampa Bay)Steve Palazzolo@StevePalazzoloTrent MurphyOLBMurphy has a chance to play both OLB spots in the Jets' hybrid scheme, either as the SAM replacing Calvin Pace or perhaps as the WILL where the Jets have lacked a pass rushing presence for quite a while.
6JacksonvilleBear Heiser@BearHeiserCharles SimsRBMJD likely is out the door, and Sims has the potential to play a very active role in both faccets of the offense. Sims provides Teddy B a trusty receiving option when all else fails, and things will fail from time to time with so much youth coming in at the skill positions.
7ClevelandDane Brugler@dpbruglerAntonio RichardsonOTBrowns have their new right tackle, pushing Mitchell Schwartz inside which solves one of the guard problems. Richardson has some technique issues and needs to develop his consistency, but he has all the tools to be a 10-year starter in the league.
8MinnesotaIan Kenyon@iankenyonNFLScott CrichtonDEJared Allen's eventual succesor.
9BuffaloDan Hope@Dan_HopeDavid YankeyGYankey's stock took a hit with a poor combine performance, but his collegiate tape shows he's one of the best guard prospects in this class. Good value in Round 3 and as the 14th offensive lineman off the board. Along with first-round pick Jake Matthews, Bills would solidify their offensive by filling both of their needs up front, which should enable Buffalo to both more adequately project EJ Manuel while opening up more running lanes for C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
10New York GiantsJake Ciely@allinkidCarlos HydeRBThis RB class isn't spectacular, but to get Hyde here, clearly the BPA and filling a need, is spectacular. David Wilson is a question mark, Andre Brown has his own health issues (if resigned), and Hyde is a good blocker, something the Giants love in their RBs. Hyde moves the chains and has good hands. That's really all the Giants ever want from their RBs.
11St. LouisEvan Silva@evansilvaLogan ThomasQB/TE
12DetroitChris Burke@ChrisBurke_SICraig LostonSNarrowed it down to three guys here: Loston, a CB and a TE. With Louis Delmas no longer on the roster, though, the need for a physical presence deep was a pressing one. That's exactly what the Lions get here in Loston -- an aggressive safety who is capable of starting in the NFL.
13San Francisco (from Tennessee)Michael Moore@dynasty_ffcStanley Jean-BaptiseCBWith so much uncertainty in the 49ers secondary, it doesn't hurt to add some depth in the event of major turnover. Jean-Baptise has been called a 'Richard Sherman clone' thanks to similar builds and the fact that both are converted receivers. He's used those skills to play well to the ball and use his quickness in coverage. Also led all corners in the vertical jump at the combine.
14DallasKevin Greenstein@kevingreensteinLouchiez PurifoyCB/FSIf there's another glaring need in the Cowboys' defense, it's the lack of playmaking in the secondary. If not for his injury history, Morris Claiborne's slow start at cornerback (below average in each of his two seasons) would be cause to consider a position shift to free safety. Purifoy could develop into a top-tier free safety, but could also bring value as a larger nickel corner capable of matching up against tight ends in the slot. Either way, he's the kind of playmaking ballhawk the Cowboys will need if their defense is to measurably improve in 2014.
15BaltimoreShane P. Hallam@ShanePHallamDonte MoncriefWRWR is definitely a big need for the Ravens, but with how the board fell in the first two rounds, felt it was better to wait and address it here. There were a few possibilities, and though Moncrief is similar to Torrey Smith, his 221 pound frame will be a good compliment and the 4.4 flat speed is nothing to sneeze at either. Can instantly come in and compete for the #2 job, plus with how deep WR is, the Ravens could take another complimentary WR in the 6th round.
16New York JetsSteve Palazzolo@StevePalazzoloJarvis LandryWRThe Jets need a receiver that can win off the line to take some pressure off Geno Smith. While Landry might be a bit redundant with Jeremy Kerley already on the roster, his ability to get open and move the chains should help the Jets offense in the short and intermediate range.
17MiamiEric Galko@OptimumScoutingEd ReynoldsSAfter finding two future starters on the offensive line with the first two picks. I wanted to target a safety, nose tackle or a best player available with a second-round grade on my board. There wasn't a glaring BPA that fit the offense or defense. My pick came down to Caraun Reid, DaQuan Jones, Tre Mason or Reynolds. With the running back class very deep and only a handful off the board, I decided I'd rather wait until the 4th to get a Kapri Bibbs/Isaiah Crowell/Storm Johnson type. Adding a nose tackle would be nice and Justin Ellis intrigued, but there's depth later that we can find a rotational/developmental nose tackle. Reynolds was the clear best free safety on the board, the only one left in this class that I expect to be a long-term starter. Defensive tackle and running back are still needs, but this draft is deep at both spots for Day 3.
18ChicagoEric Edholm@eric_edholmShayne SkovLBThere’s some tempting offensive talent out there, and I strongly considered Marqueston Huff and Antone Exum for their attractive versatility, but no gotta-have-him safety or corner that we can’t wait until (the mythical) Round 4 for. Instead, the Bears go with a player who can help clear up a muddled linebacker position. Put Skov in the middle, Lance Briggs outside, have Jon Bostic back Briggs up on the weak side (as his successor one day) and play the nickel, and have Shea McClellin and Khaseem Greene battle it out or platoon on the strong side. Skov hasn’t been the same since his 2012 knee injury but was Stanford’s best player not named Andrew Luck in the Orange Bowl win two years ago. The Bears suddenly are much stronger up the middle now.
19Cleveland (from Pittsburgh)Dane Brugler@DpbruglerJaylen WatkinsCBI was tempted to double up on OL in the 3rd round with Billy Turner here, but Watkins is an excellent player and every team could use another cover man with versatile experience. I was tempted to go RB here, but with 2 picks in the 4th round (not in this mock), I feel confident I can land a quality back next round.
20ArizonaPeter Bukowski@BukoTimeJackson JeffcoatOLBGetting a talent like Jeffcoat in the third round would be a steal for the Cardinals. Jeffocat, as an underclassmen, was being talked about as a potential top 10 overall pick at one point. While he never lived up to those expectations, he is an explosive athlete (as his 4.63 40 time showed) and while he's raw as a tactician, has the physical tools to be an effective OLB in both pass coverage and as a rusher for this Cardinals defense -- especially with a front 7 as loaded with talent as Arizona's.
21Green BayNick Slegel@NickSlegelCarl BradfordLBBradford is an OLB by trade, a beast of a rusher and a disruptive force in the backfield. But his pass-coverage ability and stout run defense often go unnoticed. With the Packers in need of LB help/depth across the board, Bradford could develop into a very nice, versatile weapon to be plugged in where he's needed - whether that's on the outside or the inside in the Packers' 3-4 scheme.
22PhiladelphiaRyan Lownes@ryanlownesTerrence BrooksSIn the third round the Eagles finally get to address their biggest need. A versatile free safety with impressive range and the fluidity of cornerback, Brooks could emerge quickly as a contributor on defense and special teams.
23Kansas CityMatt Miller@nfldraftscoutZach MettenbergerQBThe Kansas City Chiefs have a good starting quarterback in Alex Smith, but we're drafting for the future too. Mettenberger can essentially redshirt for one season before competing for the job in 2015.
24CincinnatiJosh Katzowitz@joshkatzowitzE.J. GainesCBThe Bengals have actually wanted a cornerback since the first round, but after Dennard and Gibson were off the board, I filled in other needed spots. Now, I really need a cornerback to help an aging group, and I like Gaines, because of his cover skills and physicality. Plus, he'll have time to learn and grow with Leon Hall, Terrance Newman, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick expected to continue getting plenty of playing time.
25San DiegoEthan Hammerman@EthanhammPhillip GainesCBThat "other" Gaines CB is pretty good in his own right. At 6 foot 1, 185 lbs, Gaines can play in any defensive scheme and shows both the active hands needed for press and the loose hips to play off. The Chargers need help in their secondary, and Gaines could end up being a long-term starter for them. He has the ability to be a playmaker, and many San Diego games could end with Gaines interceptions and Rivers kneeling in the victory formation.
26IndianapolisAlessandro Miglio@AlexMiglioMartavis BryantWRThe wide receiver position was kicked around for the second-round pick, with the value Ka'Deem Carey presented ultimately winning out. Martavis Bryant was the best of the rest this time around. The 6'4" , 211-pound receiver ran the 40-yard dash in a sizzling 4.34 seconds at the combine, unofficially. Officially, he was fifth-best at his position at 4.42. On tape, Bryant was a revelation. He routinely beat opposing cornerbacks—often by zooming by them—and won contested passes. It's a wonder he isn't more touted.
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