Who’s Your Team Taking?…The Trifecta’s 1st Round Mock Draft 2014
Mel Kiper, Todd Mcshay and Mike Mayock have the luxury of doing mock draft after mock draft. Not The Trifecta. What is the point of doing 7 mock drafts? I don’t get it. Instead, here at Bleed Big Blue, I have waited patiently. I have sifted through all the information and misinformation, took it all into consideration and put together my 1st round predictions for this upcoming Thursday.
Later this week, I will be
putting together a list of names I can see the Giants considering through the first 3 rounds. Predicting rounds 4-7 is pointless…no one knows, or can predict the later rounds without
seeing how said GM’s attack the 1st 3 rounds of the draft.
This is not a science. The information put out by all 32 NFL teams this time of year is more bullshit than pertinent information we can take into serious consideration. Forget the predraft workouts and visits…all bullshit. The comments by GM’s leading up to the draft is filled with innuendo’s and very rarely will a GM or head coach give out any important tid bits of info to reveal how they really intend on building said franchise.
I will be making selections for all 32 1st round picks as if I were the GM for each team. I will try to read between the lines and decipher who each one of these teams will target come May 8th….
Without further ado….The Trifecta’s round one mock draft…
First let me say that I fully expect at least 3 trades in the first round. Who will be involved in said trades?..That’s up for debate, as we have seen in years past, it can be anyone to make a big move, and odds are we will be surprised more than once on Thursday night. While making the picks for this mock draft we will not take trades into consideration, rather I will pick straight 1 through 32 as if no trades were going to take place. I think it’s safe to assume, come Thursday, teams will be moving up and back in the draft, who they are remains to be seen.
Also, let it be known that on my big board I have Johnny Football as the best player in the draft….that being said a draft day slip could be in the works for a lot of QB’s…Manziel being one of them. This draft is full of talent, more than any draft I can remember in recent history, and especially in the first round. So if it were me, I’d take Manziel at #1 overall, but it’s not me… and the NFL is can be a harsh place for a guy with a lot of questions surrounding him and such a rare amount of talent coming out the same year. I have Manziel land sliding all the way to 4th…LOL…Woooohoooo Leggo!!!
The Texans are now on the clock….
- Houston Texans – DE – Jadeveon Clowney – Again, I think passing on Manziel is certifiably insane, but the Texans aren’t the only team that will. Clowney brings a rare combination of size, strength and speed. Could be the next LT or could set the Texans back a decade.
- St. Louis Rams – WR – Sammy Watkins – A legitimate No. 1-caliber receiver who stepped onto the field as a true freshman and made an immediate, game-changing impact. Was slowed by injuries as a sophomore, but responded with a strong junior season and capped his career as one of the most impactful receivers in school history. Has rare speed, soft hands and the big-play ability to challenge NFL defensive backs as a rookie.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – LB – Khalil Mack – A havoc-wreaking rush linebacker with the burst and acceleration to excel as a right defensive end in a “40” front, Mack has demonstrated the instincts, toughness, athletic ability and explosive power to line up at any linebacker position in an even or odd front and factor readily. Might be better then Clowney…In my opinion Gus Bradley lands the best defender in the draft.
- Cleveland Browns – QB – Johnny Manziel – **#STEALOFTHEDRAFT** A once-in-a-generation, run-around, ad-lib, sandlot-style quarterback who consistently won games playing a brand of fast-paced, jailbreak football that often goes off script and can be difficult to game plan with and against. Has defied the odds and proved to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability. Perfect fit for a Browns franchise looking for a savior.
- Oakland Raiders – OT – Greg Robinson – Big, strong, athletic, overpowering OT with the raw potential to become a premiere, franchise left tackle. Is only a third-year sophomore and two-year starter and still must improve his hand use, footwork and technique. However, he is undeniably gifted and capable of walking into a starting left tackle job in the pros and paving the way in the run game.
- Atlanta Falcons – OT – Jake Matthews – Smart, tough, versatile franchise left tackle capable of playing all five positions on the line. Can plug into a starting lineup immediately and will play a long time at a consistently high level. One of the safest picks in the draft, Matthews’ best position might even be center. Falcons may consider trading up, but if they stay put at 6, it’s hard to argue with selecting Matthews.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR – Mike Evans – Evans is a big, physical, strong-handed, West Coast possession receiver with playmaking ability who projects as a No. 2 in the pros, where he will make his money as a chain mover and red-zone target. Bucs get the guy they’ve wanted all along to pair with Vincent Jackson.
- Minnesota Vikings – LB – Anthony Barr – A highly disruptive, athletic specimen with the pass-rush potential to effortlessly emerge as a double-digit sack producer. Is far from a finished product, and his best football is still ahead of him. Mike Zimmer gets a new toy.
- Buffalo Bills – OT – Taylor Lewan – An experienced, finesse left tackle with the length, agility and temperament to hold down a starting job for a long time. Is nuanced in pass protection and would fit best in a slide-lateral movement, bucket-stepping, zone-based blocking scheme. Lewan can step in and start from day one, and brings a must needed attitude adjustment to Buffalo where he will become a fan favorite in no time.
- Detroit Lions -TE – Eric Ebron – Highly athletic, highly productive “F” tight end loaded with upside and mismatch capability. Possesses the speed, movement skills, hands and run-after-catch skills to emerge as a playmaking weapon in the pros, though he has room to continue developing as a blocker. Yeah the Lions resigned Petigrew…big whoop. Ebron is an immediate upgrade and could thrive right away creating mismatches all over the field as team worry about Megatron.
- Tennessee Titans – DT – Aaron Donald – Short, scrappy, instinctive, highly productive defensive penetrator who does not look the part, but inspires confidence he can be an exception to the rule. Is the type you root for and has the first-step quickness, athleticism and motor to emerge as a havoc-wreaking three-technique in a fast-flowing 4-3 scheme. Titans get a steal at 11, as Donald is the best DT of this class by far.
- New York Giants – WR- Kelvin Benjamin – A tight end-sized, intimidating, big-play receiver with a rare wingspan, Benjamin has the overall strength, length and wide catching radius that will demand extra coverage be rolled his way. A very intriguing mismatch weapon with ascending talent. —Ok Bleed Big Bluers…let’s take the worse case scenario, let’s assume the Giants don’t trade up for Evans or Ebron and they are both off the board…and all three Tackles are gone, and Aaron Donald has just come off the board. The Giants would probably take Zack Martin instead here, but also consider that Big Blue needs a big time playmaker NOW and always has a surprise for us on draft day. With depth in this draft on the OL, taking a shot on Benjamin may be one of those pics
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that looks a lot better 3 years from now then it will on Thursday night.
- St. Louis Rams – CB – Justin Gilbert – The most talented cover corner in this year’s draft class, Gilbert has size, speed and flexibility to blanket receivers at the next level. Also brings impact ability as a kick returner. In the 1st 13 picks, the Rams solidify the LT spot and CB spot for years to come.
- Chicago Bears – LB – CJ Mosley – Smart, instinctive, fast-flowing, every-down linebacker capable of manning any position in a “40” front or steering a defense from the weak side in a “30” front, where he starred for a national-championship defense as a junior and carried the Tide as a senior. Bears need help on the defensive line, but can address that later in the draft, as Mosley is too good to pass up here.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – S – Calvin Pryor – Perhaps the most explosive hitter in this year’s crop of safeties, Pryor is a big, physical hammer in the run game, bringing the ability to intimidate and erase. Factor in his instincts and range, and Pryor has the ability to start as a rookie. Great get for the Steelers here to bring some youth to that safety spot.
- Dallas Cowboys – LB – Ryan Shazier – Shazier offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside ‘backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field. Cowgirls need help on defense and this 3 down versatile linebacker can step in and play right away.
- Baltimore Ravens – OL – Zack Martin – Athletic, smart, competitive, dependable college left tackle whose length dictates a move inside, where he has plug-and-play ability in a zone-blocking scheme. One of the cleanest prospects in this year’s draft.
- New York Jets – CB – Darqueze Dennard – Solidly built, athletic, instinctive, press-man cover man who took his game to another level as a senior. Brings intensity, confidence and competitiveness to the corner. Offers size to lock horns with bigger receivers, and has a ceiling as a No. 2 cover man. Jets need help in the secondary big time, Clinton-Dix gets some consideration here, but pairing Millner, who came on strong late last year, with Dennard give the Jets a solid combo of corners for the future.
- Miami Dolphins – RB – Carlos Hyde – A big, strong, powerful, NFL feature back who carried the Buckeyes’ offense as a senior and proved he can be a workhorse. Solid all-around, chunk runner well-built for the physicality of the NFL. I know they signed Moreno, but it was a one year deal, and considering the problems the Fins have had at RB lately, this pick makes sense for the long term.
- Arizona Cardinals – WR – Marqise Lee – An extremely motivated, dynamic, playmaking receiver, Lee’s junior season was plagued by shoulder, knee and leg injuries and a revolving door at head coach, of which he cycled through three.
- Green Bay Packers – S – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Hype exceeded his performance in Tuscaloosa, but Clinton-Dix offers starter-caliber instincts, range, coverage skills and tackling ability as a free safety. Should be a Day 1 starter.
- Philadelphia Eagles – CB – Bradley Roby – Urgent, confident, competitive athlete with an intriguing combination of speed, suddenness, ball skills and tackling ability. Has broad appeal, given his scheme versatility, and should be able to contribute readily as nickel slot defender and special-teams contributor.
- Kansas City Chiefs – QB – Teddy Bridgewater – A calculated, football-smart, precision-matchup rhythm passer, Bridgewater would be best suited entering a warm-weather or dome environment, such as those most common in the South divisions. Would stand to benefit heavily from operating a short, dink-and-dunk rhythm passing game.
- Cincinnati Bengals – CB – Kyle Fuller – Narrow-framed, confident, competitive off-man/zone corner with nice length, field speed and awareness. Is capable of contributing early on special teams and in sub packages.
- San Dieg0 Chargers – WR – Odell Beckham Jr – Talented, competitive, productive, inconsistent college split end who projects as a big-play receiver in the pros. Offers versatility to toggle between “X,” “Z” and slot, given his ability to stretch the field and run after the catch.
- Cleveland Browns – WR – Donte Moncrief – Big, physically gifted “X” receiver with deep speed, leaping potential and playmaking ability. Could emerge as a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in a vertical passing offense. Solid combine showing and pro day workout have ascended his draft standing. Browns throw day ones draft party, knowing they have paired Moncrief with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and Ben Tate this off season, oh and Johnny Football.
- New Orleans Saints – DE – Demarcus Lawrence – A loose, explosive, long-limbed athlete, Lawrence consistently pressurizes the edge and harasses quarterbacks. Lacks ideal stoutness at the point of attack, but could thrive as a 4-3 right end or 3-4 rush linebacker, and should contribute readily on passing downs.
- Carolina Panthers – OL – Xavier Su’A-Filo – Does not look the part and was miscast when forced to play left tackle for the Bruins, but Su’a-Filo is more effective than he is pretty. Projects best at left guard, where he has starter-caliber ability in a power scheme, though he is athletic enough to appeal to zone teams, too.
- New England Patriots – DE – Stephen Tuitt – Hulking, long-armed, physically gifted defensive lineman with desirable size, strength, athleticism and versatility to appeal as a five-technique or as a defensive tackle or base end in a 4-3.
- San Francisco 49ers – DT – Ra’Shede Hageman – Boom or bust project that would benefit from playing for a guy like Harbaugh. Raw size and speed, Hageman is a converted Basketball prospect. 6’6 and 310 lbs….intriguing indeed.
- Denver Broncos – QB – Blake Bortles – Might be the perfect place for a kid with talent, but needing time to grow. Would benefit from learning from Peyton for the next one or two years before stepping into the starting role.
- Seattle Seahawks -TE- Troy Niklas – Has the ideal height (6’6″), weight (270), and length (34 1/8″ arms) to be an inline tight end. Tremendous blocker; former offensive lineman. Matchup nightmare up the seam and in the red zone, Niklas is quicker then expected and tough to bring down with the ball in his hands.
Please share your thoughts as we move towards one of the most exciting nights on the NFL calendar.