Week 11 BF NFL Mock Draft 1-32
by Ryan Lasal
Week 11, lots of changes this time around. The Buffalo Bills are making a case to be in the discussion about playoffs, so perhaps we have a few more weeks of football before looking at the draft with a microscope. They only moved one spot from last week after their win, but there’s a pretty big log jam after them, so even a couple more wins may put them into the high teens when the draft actually rolls around. Is that good? I think so. This draft is heavy, and with the needs of the Bills, there is a lot of value in the second half of the first round. Before too much rambling, we’re off.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville – 6’3”, 218 lbs.
What many thought would be an easy projection has turned into a race for the top draft spot. The Jags aren’t the clear worst team in the league anymore and have some competition. This pick changes if another team takes the top spot, but for now, the Jags still desperately need a QB, and Bridgewater is the safest QB in the draft.
2. Houston Texans – pick change (previously Johnny Manziel
Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina – 6’5”, 272 lbs.
The Texans are a mess. They were a potential Super Bowl team before the season and now have lost 8 straight games and have imploded. They’re going to draft in the top 10, it’s just a matter of where in the top 10. For now they’re second, which gives them the best pass rusher to come out of college in a long time. Clowney hasn’t had a great season, but once the offseason workouts start, everyone will remember how much of a freak he is. Can’t pass on him unless you’re a team who needs a QB and Bridgewater is on the board.
3. Minnesota Vikings – pick change (previously Brett Hundley)
Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon – 6’4”, 211 lbs.
The Vikings have 3 QBs on their roster, and none of them are a franchise guy. Mariota is imperfect. He struggled on the big stage against Stanford, but that could have been due to his leg injury. He’s going to make mistakes, but has the highest upside of all the QBs in this draft. This pick changes if Mariota doesn’t declare.
4. Atlanta Falcons
Anthony Barr – DE/OLB – UCLA – 6’3”, 225 lbs.
Who would have thought the Falcons would be picking 4th? Certainly not me, but they are and they desperately need defense. Barr brings a pass rush that the Falcons haven’t had this season. He’s a hybrid player, so he’ll move all over the defense and bring pressure, which is a must in a division that includes Drew Brees and Cam Newton.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – pick change (previously Jadeveon Clowney)
Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M – 6’5”, 305 lbs.
So how about that Mike Glennon? He’s playing like a solid QB, and they have offensive weapons in VJax, Mike Williams and a stable of capable RBs. Now they need to keep Glennon clean and see if he can do it for a full season. Matthews is the best tackle in the draft by far and will immediately improve the Bucs chances in a crowded NFC South.
6. St. Louis Rams (from WAS) – pick change (previously Haha Clinton-Dix)
Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama – 6’5”, 312 lbs.
Here’s where teams start bouncing around quite a bit. The Rams have Bradford, but he hasn’t quite made the leap to franchise QB they thought he would. But with the top two QBs off the board, they take best available at a need position. Kouandjio has played very well this season. Although he’s not an overwhelming tackle, he’s as consistent as they come and he helps the Rams justify one more year for Bradford.
7. Buffalo Bills – pick change (previously Jake Matthews)
Khalil Mack – OLB/DE – Buffalo – 6’3”, 248 lbs.
The Buffalo Bills are going to give Manuel another season, as they should. They could use another offensive weapon for him to throw to, but it’s a bit high given their other needs. Corner could be a choice here, but again, it’s a bit early for any value at the position, and corner is deep this year, so they can get a solid one in the second round. Mack is a solid choice. He’s a local boy, he brings the hybrid style that Mike Pettine loves to run with, and he’s as fierce as they come. He manhandled the Ohio State offensive line earlier this year and has dominated all season. Keep Mack in Buffalo will be the tag line this offseason if the Buffalo Bills hang in the top 10.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers – pick change (previously Cyrus Kouandjio)
Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson – 6’1”, 203 lbs.
Hear me out. The Steelers have had a turnstile at left tackle this season, and it’s made it tough for Big Ben to be successful. Much of their woes can be attributed to injury, at least on the offensive line. Emmanuel Sanders is a free agent, and almost left last year had it not been for the restricted tag. He’s probably gone, which means the Steelers need an offensive weapon. There’s no better offensive weapon in the draft than Sammy Watkins. He’s dynamic.
9. Cleveland Browns
Derek Carr – QB – Houston – 6’3”, 218 lbs.
Where did this guy come from? He’s tearing up the stat books and has shown that he can make every throw. Yes, his brother washed out, but so did Jordan Rodgers (yes, Aaron’s brother). Don’t judge a player by his brother. Carr could be the piece needed to get the Browns over the hump and make them contenders in a weak AFC North.
10. Baltimore Ravens – pick change (previously Darqueze Dennard)
Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M – 6’5”, 225 lbs.
The loss of Boldin clearly hurt the entire offense. Rice doesn’t have much room to run, and Flacco has only Torrey Smith to throw to. That’s a problem. Evans brings size, speed and physicality to a position that’s a desperate need for the Ravens.
11. Oakland Raiders – pick change (previously Mike Evans)
Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M – 5’11”, 210 lbs.
Inconsistency and now an injury for Terrell Pryor put that pipe-dream to bed. Manziel has improved as a quarterback, and still brings his talent as a playmaker to the table. Not only that, but the kid will sell tickets and put asses in the seats. Is he polarizing? Sure, but so are the Raiders and their fans. Great fit.
12. Tennessee Titans
CJ Mosley – OLB – Alabama – 6’2” 232 lbs.
This is all going to depend on what they decide to do with their head coach and, ultimately, quarterback. If they decide to move on from Locker, this pick changes quick. If not, Mosley is a great addition to a defense that has few holes. Mosley is a true leader, and will make an immediate impact.
13. St. Louis Rams – pick change (previously Sammy Watkins)
Louis Nix III – DT – Notre Dame – 6’3”, 326 lbs.
May not be the biggest need for the Rams, but they already addressed their offensive line with the best player at that position, now they get the best defensive tackle in the draft in Nix. He improves their run game right away, and even brings an upgrade to the pass rush. He’s a very tough guy to pass up at this pick, as he has been slated as a top 10 pick most of the season.
14. San Diego Chargers
Jason Verrett – CB – TCU – 5’10”, 178 lbs.
Verrett is probably the best CB in the draft. The Chargers secondary is more than a joke. Their top 3 corners are ranked the worst cornerback trio in the league. These two are a match made in heaven. Verrett is a value at 14 the way he has been playing this season.
15. New York Giants – pick change (previously Khalil Mack)
Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota – 6’6″, 311 lbs.
The Giants really aren’t as bad on offense as they’ve looks this season. They have two great WRs and a supposedly good RB, although we’ve yet to see him for a full season. They need to start shoring up the defense. Hageman is a DT who can play all over the line. He adds depth to an aging defensive line of the Giants.
16. Green Bay Packers – pick change (previously Austin Seferian-Jenkins)
Haha Clinton-Dix – S – Alabama – 6’1”, 208 lbs.
Best safety in the draft. He looks to shore up the Packer’s secondary. They have the offensive weapons, and will probably address TE in the second round. Clinton-Dix is too big of a talent to pass up. He brings the lumber on hits, and can drop down into coverage if needed. He’s exactly what the Packers need for their defense.
17. Miami Dolphins
Cameron Erving – OT – Florida State – 6’6”, 320 lbs.
You want a sleeper, how’s this? Erving is a guy you’re not hearing much about, despite being the LT for the #2 ranked team in the country. Keep his name in mind as the draft process moves along. He’s got great feet, and although he isn’t the strongest lineman in the draft, he’s certainly one of the quickest. The Dolphins are a mess on the offensive line, and they need to start with the draft.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State – 6’2”, 300 lbs.
The ‘boys keep moving up the draft board, which is, in turn, pulling up the second ranked DT as well. Nix won’t get here, so they’ll have to lose a few more games to have a shot at him, but Timmy Jernigan will certainly do. He’s a former DE who will wreak havoc next to DeMarcus Ware. Pair this guy with Monte Kiffin and you won’t envy any QB in the NFC East for the foreseeable future.
19. New York Jets
Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina – 6’4”, 245 lbs.
Ebron and Amaro are probably 1-2 in terms of talent at the TE position, so either could go here. Ebron gives Geno Smith a nice, big security blanket, which every young QB needs. The defense will keep them in every game. With a legit weapon at the TE position, the offense may just win them some.
20. Philadelphia Eagles – pick change (previously Louis Nix III)
Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State – 5’11”, 188 lbs.
Easily the most physical corner in college. He’s a press coverage player that will get in the grill of any WR who lines up across from him. The Eagles need help in the secondary bad. Dennard gives them a guy who can match up against Dez Bryant twice a season and play against guys like Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall if they see them in the post-season.
21. Arizona Cardinals
Zach Mettenberger – QB – LSU – 6’5” 235 lbs.
He’s grown a lot this season and improved his skills. With the Cardinals at .500 with Carson Palmer costing them at least 3 games, this is a no brainer pick. Larry Fitzgerald might be happy for the first time in Arizona after this pick.
22. Chicago Bears
Vic Beasley – OLB/DE – Clemson – 6’3”, 228 lbs.
You can never have too much defense, right? Beasley is a first year starter for the Tigers, but has made a huge impact and impressed a lot of scouts with his raw talent. He’s a project, but one that’s worth it if you have the right coaches. Peppers isn’t getting younger, but was one of the most dominant DEs in the league in his day, so why not let him teach Beasley how to get things done?
23. Detroit Lions – pick change (previously Bradley Roby)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – CB – Oregon – 5’10”, 190 lbs.
Safety turned corner brings versatility to a Lions defense who badly needs a cornerback. Olomu has shown that he’s an extremely smart player, as well as a supremely talented one. He’ll play a lone wolf role in Detroit where they’ll turn him loose in the secondary and let him go to work, either at safety or corner.
24. San Francisco 49ers – pick change (previously Ra’shede Hageman)
Marqise Lee – WR – USC – 6’0”, 195 lbs.
The 9ers have an elite defense, but are struggling on offense. Give Kaep another weapon and they become a formidable team again. Lee is a solid player, who has performed despite dealing with injuries and inept QB play during his career at USC. He’s a steal at 24.
25. Cincinnati Bengals – pick change (previously Vic Beasley)
Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State – 5’11”, 192 lbs.
The Bengals can’t continue to trot out Terrance Newman and Adam “don’t call me Pac Man” Jones at corner. Roby is a legit talent who has fallen due to a quiet year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play on Sunday. He can, and he’ll get his chance in Cincinnati. He tip toes the line between clean and dirty, and the Bengals love that type of player. Impact pick at 25 for the Bengals.
26. Carolina Panthers – pick change (previously Marqise Lee)
Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt – 6’3”, 206 lbs.
They have an elite defense (only defense in the league to be top 5 against both the run and pass), and an elite QB. Can you imagine if Cam Newton had another player to throw the ball to other than Steve Smith? Let’s be honest, Brandon Lafell is good, but he’s not giving anyone nightmares. Jordan Matthews catches the ball in traffic, runs crisp routes, has size, and now he has speed to run away from defenses. The NFC South might be much closer next season.
27. Cleveland Browns (from IND) – pick change (previously Lache Seastrunk)
Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State – 6’2”, 229 lbs.
The Browns get their QB earlier in this round, and already have a legit WR in Josh Gordon. They can get a RB later in this draft, but Shazier is an impact player who can shore up an already talented front 7 for the Browns. The balance of power may be tipping in the AFC North.
28. New England Patriots – pick change (previously Ifo Ekpre-Olomu)
Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State – 6’3”, 210 lbs.
The Pats are desperate on offense. Gronk can’t do it all himself in the passing game and Amendola can’t seem to stay healthy. Robinson is a big time player and will give Brady someone reliable to throw to on the outside. Defense may be a focus here, but Robinson is tough to pass up.
29. New Orleans Saints – pick change (previously Kyle Fuller)
Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State – 6’0”, 200 lbs.
Gilbert is a big physical corner who would immediately impact the Saints defense. Rob Ryan likes to leave a corner on an island and get creative with the rest of the defense. Gilbert allows him to do that. Gilbert is on the rise among players who are draft eligible, and with a few good games down the stretch, may not even be available at 29.
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech – 6’5”, 257 lbs.
Pretty impressive that we’re talking about the Chiefs being a Super Bowl team without having very many offensive weapons. They realistically only have Charles. Give Alex Smith a big TE like he had in San Fran with Vernon Davis and the Chiefs become even more dangerous.
31. Seattle Seahawks
Cyril Richardson – G/T – Baylor – 6’5”, 340 lbs.
About as complete a team as there is in the league, the Seahawks have very few holes to fill. One is right tackle. Yes, Richardson is a guard, but he’s big and athletic enough to play tackle. Russell Wilson will feel much more comfortable on Sundays with this guy blocking for him.
32. Denver Broncos – pick change (previously Dominique Easley)
Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford – 6’6”, 261 lbs.
A true defensive end is tough to find in this draft. He’s a big player who can put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer. Clowney might be the only other true defensive end who isn’t a hybrid player. Murphy is an aggressive player who can get to the quarterback quick. Denver needs defense, and Murphy is the best defensive player left on the board at the end of the first round.
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- 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel cracks the top 15 picks (sbnation.com)
- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Beef Up The Defense (thepewterplank.com)
- November 22nd Mock Draft (Matthew Jones) (nepatriotsdraft.com)