Should the Jaguars “earn” the No. 1 overall pick despite a solid 2013 draft class, general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley will have no choice but to look for “their guy” at quarterback as a replacement to Blaine Gabbert. Unlike the Chiefs a year ago, the Jaguars could be in position to choose between a couple of potential franchise quarterbacks. Bridgewater possesses all of the traits scouts are looking for.
Head coach Greg Schiano’s gamble that rookie Mike Glennon will lead the Bucs to more success than Josh Freeman could wind up costing him his job. If Tampa is drafting this early, the gamble didn’t pay off and the Bucs will once be starting over at quarterback. Mariota is drawing comparisons by some scouts to Colin Kaepernick but, frankly, Oregon’s redshirt sophomore is further than along than the 49ers’ star was at a similar point in his collegiate career.
Due to constantly adding at the position, the Giants’ defensive line remains one of the league’s best – and one of the few areas on this aging squad that doesn’t need an overhaul. Clowney is too talented to pass up, however, especially if a desperate team offered GM Jerry Reese the multitude of picks he could use to quickly restore this roster.
The Texans are desperate for a spark at quarterback. No one provides a spark like Johnny Football, whose short to intermediate-level accuracy and dynamic athleticism could make him quite a fit in head coach Gary Kubiak’s offense.
Given that they play in the same division as Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler, to compete the Vikings must improve at both passer and pass rusher. With the top QBs off the board and a legitimate blue chip pass rusher still available, Minnesota would be best off taking the sure thing in Barr.
The Rams’ offense looked great against Houston but protecting Sam Bradford and establishing a consistent running game remains an issue. With former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long looking like his best days might have been played in Miami, the Rams might need a replacement for at left tackle sooner rather than later. Versatile, tough and experienced, Matthews is among the safer players in the draft.
Terrelle Pryor has flashed enough upside to likely keep the Raiders from drafting a replacement here. Watkins is an explosive athlete with the potential to emerge as a legitimate No. 1 target in the NFL.
Ben Roethlisberger is not the problem in Pittsburgh but with an aging roster and the 31-year old quarterback’s contract due following the end of the 2015 season, don’t put it past general manager Kevin Colbert to think long-term should his team wind up with a top 10 pick. Hundley is just a redshirt sophomore and looked raw in the Bruins’ loss to Stanford October 19 but he possesses undeniable talent and would have the luxury of sitting and learning for a year or two with Big Ben in place as the starter.
The season-ending injury to Julio Jones robbed Atlanta of not only their top playmaker but their identity. The free agent addition of running back Steven Jackson was an indication of the Falcons’ wish to gain toughness. Adding Lewan, who’d be an upgrade over Sam Baker at left tackle, would do the same.
Bruce Arians’ schemes have made Arizona an offense to watch but the Cardinals remain a better team on paper than in reality. Protecting Arizona’s skill position talent with better blockers would be a sound investment. Erving, a redshirt junior who spent his first season with the Seminoles playing defensive tackle, is shockingly smooth at left tackle despite checking in at 6-5, 320 pounds.
With veteran Cortland Finnegan and talented second-year pros Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, the Rams possess one of the NFL’s better groups of cornerbacks. Safety, however, remains a concern. A lanky athlete with the ball-skills to complement the talent already on the roster, Clinton-Dix could be this year’s “luxury pick” for the Rams.
Should Nick Foles continue to play well the Eagles may go in a different direction but the relatively immobile quarterback isn’t an ideal fit in the offense Chip Kelly has preferred throughout his career and veteran Michael Vick remains a durability risk. Boyd, on the other hand, is mobile enough to attack defenses with his legs, has made significant strides as a pocket passer in 2013 and has shown remarkable toughness.
With a multitude of picks (including two first rounders due to the Trent Richardson trade), the Browns appear to have the ammunition to move up, if necessary, to get their quarterback of their choice. If they don’t, the team may elect to gamble on Mettenberger, who has made great strides this season at LSU under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
The loss of free agent guard Andy Levitre has stolen some of the physicality from Buffalo’s offensive line. Kouandjo, a 6-5, 310-pound junior, has the athleticism and size to remain at left tackle, perhaps pushing the Bills’ current left tackle, second-year pro Cordy Glenn to the right side where the massive 6-6, 345 pounder might fit best.
**Not sure if you noticed what I did here? I think the biggest need for buffalo right now is OL and possibly LB. as you can see I Tenn. is also looking for that LB so if buffalo were to pick at 14 I think both of these players could go here.
The Titans are wonderfully athletic at outside linebacker but neither Akeem Ayers nor Zach Brown possess Mack’s pass rush potential. For a club looking to improve their ability to affect the quarterback, the big play defender makes a lot of sense.
The offseason trade of Anquan Boldin and the injury to Dennis Pitta left Joe Flacco and the Ravens clearly short-handed in their season opening loss to the Broncos. Ebron doesn’t get the hype of Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins but he’s more athletic.
2014 MOCK DRAFT PICKS 1-16 BY: ANDY WALKIEWICZ
Andrew Walkiewicz – BF Draft Editor
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