2014 NFL Mock Draft: Jason Radowitz’s First Two Rounds
Here is my one and only mock draft. Instead of giving hundreds of mocks throughout the off-season, I wanted to make one right before the draft took place. Debate with me on Twitter if you would like!
1) Houston – Jadevon Clowney (DE)
It’s a tough one here. What does Houston do? They might trade. Or they might stick with the number one pick. If they keep the first, the favorable choice would be Clowney. He even expects to be taken first overall at this point.
2) St. Louis – Greg Robinson (OT)
The Rams have so much work to do on their offensive line. They need to give Sam Bradford at least some time to make throws out of the pocket. Therefore, St. Louis gets Robinson.
3) Jacksonville – Khalil Mack (OLB)
There have been recent rumors that conclude that the Jags have serious interest in Manziel. But I’m not buying it. They’ll make a safe pick with Mack and wait for the second round to draft a quarterback.
4) Cleveland – Sammy Watkins (WR)
If there is any team that could really rebuild their offense this year, around Gordon, it’s the Browns. What a statement it would be if the Cleveland Browns select Sammy Watkins to play alongside Josh Gordon. Their offense gets better from here. Just watch this draft play out.
5) Oakland – Taylor Lewan (OT)
We know Oakland needs an offensive tackle. What many don’t know is that a couple months ago, Oakland showed signs that they would rather Taylor Lewan from Michigan over Jake Matthews from Texas A&M. I’m gonna stick to what some sources say.
6) Atlanta – Jake Matthews (OT)
It was a horrible season for Atlanta last year. One way to patch it up is getting an offensive tackle that really should have been in the top five in the draft. They need to protect Matt Ryan. Matthews is their guy.
7) Tampa Bay – Mike Evans (WR)
Remember last year? Tampa Bay had Vincent Jackson as their wideout. That was it. Everyone else was a no-name scrub. If they want to put some points on the board, a duo threat of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will give some secondaries a lot of work on their hands.
8) Minnesota – Aaron Donald (DT)
Minnesota has been linked to many quarterbacks in this eight spot. But I don’t feel like any of them are worthy of a top-10 draft pick. They need to start helping their pass rush out as well. Aaron Donald is likely their guy.
9) Buffalo – Zack Martin (OT)
Zack Martin will fit in perfectly with Buffalo’s offensive line. They are in need of a big time tackle.
10 Detroit – Justin Gilbert (CB)
The big glaring need here for Detroit is cornerback. Justin Gilbert could become a top corner in the league if he plays to his potential. Gilbert’s going to be a Lion.
11) Tennessee – Johnny Manziel (QB)
Tennessee needs a quarterback. I can’t see them passing up on Johnny Manziel. I know there haven’t been too many mocks that suggest this. But when the Giants say they have a lot of interest in Manziel, this will force the Titans to pull the trigger on Johnny Football. It will work out in the end.
12) New York (Giants) – Eric Ebron (TE)
The Giants have had plenty of Tight Ends in recent years. This year, they have none. There’s no better way to get a real-time tight end than the NFL Draft.
13) St. Louis – Calvin Pryor (FS)
St. Louis is very young in their secondary. But they really need a safety that can fly around the field, with great range. That’s Calvin for ya.
14) Chicago – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (FS)
The Bears defense looked awful, especially in the backend. Clinton-Dix will patch that backend of their defense up.
15) Pittsburgh – Darqueze Dennard (CB)
Pittsburgh has choices to make here. Receiver or cornerback? Since St. Louis and Chicago took safties and not corners, Pittsburgh will snag Dennard as their 15th overall selection because he’s still available.
16) Dallas – Blake Bortles (QB)
Is Tony Romo’s time in Dallas almost done? He’s been a terrific quarterback, but can’t seem to pull out games in the clutch. I think finally we’ll see Dallas go after Blake Bortles as he falls to 16th.
17) Baltimore – C.J. Mosley (ILB)
Ray Lewis is gone. So is the inside linebacker for the Ravens. So they need to get one. Mosley has been linked with the Ravens. And I think he stays linked.
18) New York (Jets) – Odell Beckham Jr. (WR)
The Jets offense is becoming explosive. They’re offense was a big problem last year. This year, you’re gonna see a major change. Add Odell Beckham Jr. to the mix and the Jets offense is going to be looking like a real Jet-offense. Rumors have it that the Jets absolutely love Beckham Jr.
19) Miami – Morgan Moses (OT)
Miami needs a right tackle. They can’t wait much longer for one. Moses will be their guy. He’s quietly moving up draft boards.
20) Arizona- Anthony Barr (OLB)
Arizona could be looking at a quarterback here. But with Manziel and Bortles gone, I think they hold off on a quarterback and go after Anthony Barr. They needs a pass rusher that comes from an edge. Many believe that Barr will not be available here. We will see.
21) Green Bay – Ryan Shazier (OLB)
Green Bay loves their outside linebackers. He’s very fast around the defense and would be a huge edition to the Packers pass rush.
22) Philadelphia – Brandin Cooks (WR)
Desean Jackson is gone. Insert Brandin Cooks. Eagles have filled that void easily. Very easily.
23) Kansas City – Kelvin Benjamin (WR)
Kansas City is going to take a risk here. Kelvin Benjamin doesn’t seem like a first round pick, though he fits Kansas City perfectly. Dexter McCluster is gone. Benjamin needs to take kick returns and all that good stuff. That’s why they risk it here.
24) Cincinnati – Kyle Fuller (CB)
Cincy needs some new prospects in their secondary that are capable of getting the job done. Kyle Fuller can give them an immediate impact in the secondary.
25) San Diego – Bradley Roby (CB)
The Chargers need to fix their defense just a little bit. Bradley Roby visited the Chargers and I think they both left the visit extremely excited.
26) Cleveland – Teddy Bridgewater (QB)
Cleveland’s second pick of the night will be Bridgewater. Their first was Watkins. Like I said, this draft could make the Browns offense sparkle. They need a quarterback. No one is sold on Brian Hoyer just yet.
27) New Orleans – Marcus Martin (C)
It’s never easy figuring out what New Orleans will do. But my guess is that they draft an offensive lineman like Marcus Martin who could add additional time for Brees in the pocket and the running backs looking for holes.
28) Carolina – Marqise Lee (WR)
Carolina lost Steve Smith. Now they need a new franchise wide receiver. Lee is a franchise-caliber wideout and can become the perfect target for Newton.
29) New England – Jace Amaro (TE)
It’s New England we’re talking about. Hernandez is long gone. Gronk is getting beat-up left and right. They know how to use their tight ends. They also know how to get the most out of their tight end. Jace Amaro would be a very easy pick for the Pats, who are looking to get even more offense this year from Brady.
30) San Francisco – Jason Verrett (CB)
Verrett has only dropped because of his medical condition. San Francisco would be getting a steal here, as long as Verrett stays healthy. San Francisco can never have too many cornerbacks. Just look at their rival in Seattle.
31) Denver – Joel Bitonio (OT)
The Broncos love big guys that can play in any position on the line. If the Broncos want to give it one more shot at winning it all, they can draft Bitonio to protect Peyton Manning and his backfield.
32) Seattle – Stephon Tuitt (DE)
Seattle still has a fine secondary. But they could use some more rush from their men up front. That’s why Tuitt would be the perfect fit for the Seahawks.
33) Houston – Derek Carr (QB)
Wouldn’t this be something. I’ll stop right there.
34) Washington – Cyrus Kouandijo (OT)
Washington didn’t have a first round pick. But they’re getting first round material with Cyrus. Robert Griffin needs to be protected.
35) Cleveland – Carlos Hyde (RB)
Cleveland’s offense just keeps getting better. Watkins, Bridgewater and now Carlos Hyde. Could be an insane draft for the Browns.
36) Oakland – Tom Savage (QB)
Oakland’s been linked with Savage for a very long time. They might not be able to wait after this pick, so if they want him, they need to draft him a little early.
37) Atlanta – Dee Ford (DE)
Atlanta began their draft on the offensive line. Now they move to the defensive line with Dee Ford. Another first round material kind of player.
38) Tampa Bay – Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE)
Tampa Bay knows that if they want to compete they’re going to need players to throw to. Good thing about Seferian-Jenkins, he can catch but also block. Would be ideal pick here.
39) Jacksonville – Jimmy Garoppolo (QB)
Jacksonville didn’t get Manziel in the first round. But they got a guy on the board that they liked and have been linked to previously. Hopefully he’s not another Blaine Gabbert.
40) Minnesota – AJ MacCarron (QB)
Minnesota will watch all of these QB’s get taken. They’ll need to take one of their own. They love AJ MaCarron. He’ll love them back.
41) Buffalo – Davante Adams (WR)
Buffalo needs help with their passing game. Stevie Johnson can’t do it all on his own. Davante Adams will be huge for this team to help them with their passing game woes.
42) Tennessee – Stan Jean-Baptiste (CB)
After making a splash early in the draft, Tennessee will go after Stan Jean-Baptiste as Verner left a gaping whole at the CB position when he left the organization.
43) New York (Giants) – Kony Early (DE)
Justin Tuck’s gone. Osi Umenyiora has been gone. They need help after they got no production from their defensive line last year. Early’s an underrated DE. If the Giants can get him in the second round, that would be very ideal.
44) St. Louis – Cody Latimer (WR)
The Rams can never find wide receivers that can get the job done. They continue to look and draft, but haven’t really succeeded as of late. Cody Latimer is rising on all draft boards. If the talk is true, this would be a great pick for the Rams, as long as he continues his success.
45) Detroit – Xavier Su’a-Filo (OG)
Su’a-Filo is an x-factor. He could play any position on the line. Detroit needs a tackle. Su’a Filo could be move to right tackle to save Stafford from getting broken again.
46) Pittsburgh – Jimmie Ward (S)
Pittsburgh needs some help in the backfield. Jimmie Ward’s stock has really grown. Big pick here.
47) Dallas – Jeremiah Attaochou (OLB)
They just lost Demarcus Ware. Need I say more?
48) Baltimore – Lamarcus Joyner (CB)
Baltimore needs to rebuild their defense. Joyner is the perfect fit for the Ravens.
49) New York (Jets) – Bashaud Breeland (CB)
Cromartie’s gone. No effort was made for Revis. We’re left with a secondary with many question marks. Bashaud Breeland would fit right in with their youth secondary.
50) Miami – Bishop Sankey (RB)
What happened to Miami’s run offense? Sankey will provide the rush attack and allow Tannehill to finally improve his game.
51) Chicago – Weston Richburg (C)
Richburg might be starting for years. Huge fit for the Bears. If he drops here, he’s a must pick-up for Chicago.
52) Arizona – Aaron Murray (QB)
Arizona desperately needs a quarterback. Many were taken. But Aaron Murray’s not a bad option late in the second round. He knows how to lead his team to victory.
53) Green Bay – Deone Bucannon (S)
Green Bay is fine on offense. They need to patch up their defense a little bit more. Bucannon will be the guy in the secondary making plays. He’s a fine athlete.
54) Philadelphia – Chris Borland (ILB)
The Eagles need linebackers. They’ve been useless as of late. Borland will provide inside presence for years to come.
55) Cincinnati – Scott Crichton (DE)
Bengals have been needed a defensive end that’s a threat. Scott Crichton is one of the top defensive ends in the draft. And he fits perfectly in the lap of the Bengals.
56) San Francisco – Jarvis Landry (WR)
San Francisco wasn’t lacking much last season. They did lack play-makers, however. Boldin and Crabtree were good wide-outs, but how much longer will Boldin stay?
57) San Diego – Allen Robinson (WR)
San Diego had no legitimate targets until Kennan Allen decided to take control. He was a rookie that was almost about to quit mid-season. They need a big time threat on the sides of their offense. They’ll get Robinson here.
58) New Orleans – Jordan Matthews (WR)
What’s a draft without the Saints taking a wideout in the first two rounds? They’ll take the best available receiver, which will be Matthews.
59) Indianapolis – Jeremy Hill (RB)
The Colts have a great quarterback. They have a couple great wide receivers. But they don’t have a running game. Hill is their man.
60) Carolina – Ja’Wuan James (OT)
Carolina needs some help in the front line. If James is going to drop to 60, they’ll have no problems picking him up.
61) San Francisco – Kyle Van Noy (LB)
San Francisco just got a wideout in the draft. Now they go linebacker here to solidify their linebacker group.
62) New England – Ra’Shede Hegeman (DT)
New England and Ra’Shede Hegeman seem like a match made in heaven. He’s the perfect fit, learning behind Wilfork, who’s career won’t be much longer.
63) Denver – Phillip Gains (CB)
Denver had trouble with their cornerbacks with injuries, old ages, and whatever else. Simple as this: they need a cornerback. Gains is the best available at this time.
64) Seattle – Trai Turner (OT)
The most unforgotten man in this draft. The very talented Turner drops to Seattle as the 64th pick of the draft. Seattle just filled a need on their offensive line.
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