3 Round NFL Full Mock Draft (3.0)

4/20/2014 – James Fedewa

Here is the latest full, three round NFL Mock Draft, not including compensatory picks or any draft trades. We are directly in the middle of mock season, so there are literally hundreds of mock drafts on-line (I know, I read them all). We are in the middle of a new era of the “mock season,” as there are an additional two weeks of anticipation added to this year’s mock season, since the draft had been moved back two weeks (now into May). Please enjoy:

 

1 Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Clowney is a true #1 overall pick with outstanding upside. Clowney can strike fear into any opposing QB (or left tackle) and is clearly the best player in the 2014 draft. A goof QB is needed, but Houston can still draft a QB prospect later in the draft. Houston has been in this situation twice: David Carr & Mario Williams (and they should know exactly what not to do). Clowney is a day one starter, future Pro-Bowler and the most talented player in this draft. Considering the “Mario Williams” comparison, Mario Williams commanded a $100 million contract two years ago, from Buffalo.

2 St. Louis (from WAS): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson 

The Rams can go several directions with this pick. The Rams already have some high dollar expenses invested in the O-Line (Long and Saffold), so they can probably hold off on a OT with this pick. A QB could be taken too, as Sam Bradford has been a little inconsistent, including some injuries (as of late), but Head Coach Jeff Fisher has committed to Bradford, so adding weapons for his keeper QB is a must. Watkins would be a great compliment to last year’s first round pick, WR Tevon Austin and they both have different skill sets, but both are gifted with speed.

3 Jacksonville: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Jacksonville desperately needs a starting quarterback, but no QB in this class should be starting in the NFL immediately. The Jags need starters NOW (not week 8 or next season) so they will draft the best player available, and start him now. Mack is a great talent and can instantly provide a defensive identity for the struggling Jags.

4 Cleveland: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Cleveland almost needs a quarterback more than any other position, but Hoyer could be a nice stop-gap. So they will decide to go with the mammoth road-grater O-Tackle. Robinson can play right tackle now, and shifting current RT Mitchell Schwartz inside to guard would improve two positions needs with one quick draft pick. A QB can be found and groomed later in this draft (as Hoyer might have the job locked up in 2014)

5 Oakland: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

For once, the Raiders draft the safest pick in this draft. Matthews has the highest “floor” (with a decent ceiling) and can lock down the left tackle position for the Raiders for the next decade. Matthews has the blood lines to be in the NFL (and the Pro Bowl) for a long time. A QB could be drafted here as well, but they will wait later for their QB of the future. The Raiders offseason has been quite impressive with cheap, short term additions (with some fairly large names signings).

6 Atlanta: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Protecting superstar QB Matt Ryan is the largest priority in Atlanta. Lewan can be used at a right tackle in year one, and gradually take over for injury prone left tackle Sam Baker. Or start Lewan day one at LT, and shift Baker to another spot. Lewan offers flexibility and nastiness, a great addition to this team.

7 Tampa Bay: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M 

Tampa is not exactly looking for a QB this early, but Manzeil is too good to pass up. Bucs new GM and Head Coach get their own-new guy as they look to clean house and re-rebuild the team to the new management preferences. Expect last year’s rookie QB Mike Glennon to be traded (maybe Arizona) or even Oakland.

8 Minnesota: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

Bortles can go anywhere in the first round of this draft and he is a top ten pick. His resume’ is fairly NEW (and almost incomplete), but his size, tools and “potential” can turn him into an elite prototypical QB. He’s very raw (and a high risk, high reward type). His attitude is very impressive as well, and his skill should translate well in the NFL.

9 Buffalo: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Evans is a true #1 wide receiver, and a very dangerous weapon for the young Bills offense. He is a perfect fit with Slot WR Stevie Johnson and both #2′s Robert Woods and newbie Mike Williams. Evens will not be asked to carry the team, as there are a lot of weapons around him. Great fit, but almost a luxury pick. O-Line might be a good pick here.

10 Detroit: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Detroit can go O-Line with this pick (yet they should go with the best overall linebacker here), but Gilbert is too good to pass up at this spot. Detroit’s secondary can use an infusion of new talent. They have decent CB’s at the moment, but Gilbert’s overall talent and speed is too great to pass on.

11 Tennessee: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Barr is a little mysterious and raw for an OLB. He is a tweener-hybrid type of player: Is he a 34-OLB, is he a 43-DE (or a 43-OLB)? He should prosper as a rush 34-OLB and he can be a very good one. Tennessee needs pass rushers and they also need new defensive personnel as they transition into a new 3-4 defense. Barr can play any linebacker position, but he will focus on pass rushing linebacker. Out of all the top 15 players in the draft, his stock has been decreasing, and he could possibly slide in this draft, no later than #25.

12 New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Donald is a little short and smaller for a DT, but he is rare pass rusher, run stuffer and fierce playmaker. Put him anywhere on the D-line, and he will shine (*one of my favorite prospects in this draft and should be in the top 10 area)

13 St. Louis: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Drafting the best WR in this draft class was very savvy with the #2 overall pick, but investing in o-line protection with a more versatile player like Martin (who can play nearly every O-line position) is even savvier.

14 Chicago: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

The Bears could draft a cornerback at this spot in this draft, but Clinton-Dix is the best safety with unmatched talent from other free safeties in this draft. A good CB can be found later in this draft, maybe round 2 or 3, but a safety like Clinton-Dix may not be anywhere in this draft.

15 Pittsburgh: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

The premier nose tackle in this draft is exactly what the Steelers need on defense (but CB or SS might be a better target). Pittsburgh did sign NT Cam Thomas, but he is more of a rotational backup, who lost his starting job last year in San Diego. Nix in the middle makes the whole defense better, as a good nose tackle commands more attention in the front 7.

16 Dallas: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Pass Rushing DE is the most open and glairing need in Dallas at the moment. The Cowboys are always considered a Super Bowl contender, but without a premier pass rusher, they are just average at that. Dallas should be drafting several pass rushing specialists within this draft.

17 Baltimore: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Baltimore needs weapons for QB Joe Flacco and Lee can develop into a true #1 the Ravens need (since losing Anquan Bolden). Lee is very fluid and elusive and makes the game look like it is in slow motion. Lee will be exactly what the Ravens need on offense.

18 New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Jets needs a #1 wide receiver, and Beckham has that type of talent. He’s a speed receiver that can work inside or outside that will compliment new WR Eric Decker very well.

19 Miami: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Miami should be drafting O-line prospects, but with signing new LT Brandon Albert, right tackles and OG’s can be found later in the draft. Adding the top tight end prospect like Ebron will only improve young Tannehill confidence (and stats).


 

20 Arizona: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.

The Cards get lucky for a change and draft one of the top rated QB’s, with the biggest arm (perfect for HC Bruce Arians offense). Current QB Carson Palmer can groom Carr for a year or two, until he retires.

21 Green Bay: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Green Bay’s defense has plenty of defensive playmakers (on the outside pass rush), but they are missing something (which is really interior pass rusher). Hageman is a beast and can play any position on the D-line. Hageman will excel as a DE in the 3-4, who can possibly evolve into a JJ. Watt type of talent.

22 Philadelphia: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

NT is the missing piece to the Eagles new 3-4 defense and Jernigan will be that run stuffer in the middle. Jernigan is more than just a NT, and he can provide some interior pass rush too and play DE. Philly could take a wide receiver here (or even CB or OLB) but the interior defensive line needs more help. WR and CB talent is thick in this draft and can be found later in this draft.

23 Kansas City: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Any offensive weapon for QB Alex Smith will work. The Chiefs offense needs new receivers and grabbing the fastest guy in the draft makes sense in KC. Cooks can complement Bowe, plus Andy Reid drafted DeSean Jackson, who is very similar to Cooks.

24 Cincinnati: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

Replacing defensive end Michael Johnson will be very difficult so outside pass rusher is a need. Dee Ford is the best pass rusher available and could be a great fit in Cincy. O-Tackle can be taken here as well.

25 San Diego: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

With Teddy Bridgewater still available, I’d expect a trade-down happen with this pick (with Jacksonville, Oakland, Tennessee) but with Dennard still available, San Diego elects to keep their pick and draft a top tier CB. Dennard is very physical and can fit into most defensive schemes. He would easily be the best CB on the Chargers roster, instantly.

26 Cleveland (from IND): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 

Cleveland lucks out and grabs a great QB prospect with their 2nd first round pick. It was a gamble not drafting a QB with their first pick, but it pays off in the end.

27 New Orleans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Mosley has top ten draft pick ability, but inside linebacker is not usually a top ten pick. Mosley is an every down player, with an excellent nose for the ball. And every down linebacker, future team captain/leader, and possible Pro Bowler.

28 Carolina: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

With holes at WR and Left tackle, protection is a better fit than any wide receivers here. Moses is very “under the radar” type of talent and he can even go as early as pick #23, #24 or #25 or #27

29 New England: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Prior is a fearless beast with tremendous range (that has the “thump” effect). He’s a great intimidator who will be allowed to freelance and punish in the secondary

30 San Francisco: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Verrett has immense talent but he is not the biggest guy (5′ 8″). He is built more like an inside nickel CB, which is a good fit for the NFC West (matching up will with the Harvin’s and Tevon’s). He’s a Playmaker and if he had 2 or 3 more inches in height, he’d be a top 15 pick.

31 Denver: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Denver drafts an athletic physical freak and him paired up with Von Miller is very intimidating linebacking core.

32 Seattle: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

Investing in your interior line with a premier OG means you’re investing in rushing the ball and protecting your QB; perfect for Seattle. XSF can play anywhere on the O-line, but he’ll play right guard in Seattle (a glaring weakness).

 

SECOND ROUND

 

33 Houston: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

 

34 Washington: David Yankey, G, Stanford

 

35 Cleveland: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

 

36 Oakland: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

 

37 Atlanta: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

 

38 Tampa Bay: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

 

39 Jacksonville: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

 

40 Minnesota: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

 

41 Buffalo: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:

 

42 Tennessee: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

 

43 New York Giants: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

 

44 St. Louis: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

 

45 Detroit: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

 

46 Pittsburgh: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

 

47 Dallas: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

 

48 Baltimore: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

 

49 New York Jets: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

 

50 Miami: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

 

51 Chicago: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

 

52 Arizona: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

 

53 Green Bay: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi State

 

54 Philadelphia: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

 

55 Cincinnati: Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten

 

56 San Francisco (from KC): Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

 

57 San Diego: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

 

58 New Orleans: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

 

59 Indianapolis: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina

 

60 Carolina: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

 

61 San Francisco: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville

 

62 New England: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

 

63 Denver: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

 

64 Seattle: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

 

 

THIRD ROUND

65 Houston: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

66 Washington: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

67 Oakland: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

68 Atlanta: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

69 Tampa Bay: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State

70 Jacksonville: AJ Mcarron, QB, Alabama

71 Cleveland: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

72 Minnesota: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

73 Buffalo: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

74 New York Giants: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

75 St. Louis: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

76 Detroit: Marcus Martin, C, USC

77 San Francisco (from TEN): Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

78 Dallas: Terrance West, RB, Towson

79 Baltimore: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

80 New York Jets: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

81 Miami: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

82 Chicago: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

83 Cleveland (from Pitt): Pierre Desir, CB, Linderwood

84 Arizona: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

85 Green Bay: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

86 Philadelphia: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

87 Kansas City: Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

88 Cincinnati: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

89 San Diego: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

90 Indianapolis: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

91 New Orleans: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

92 Carolina: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

93 New England: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

94 San Francisco: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU

95 Denver: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

96 Minnesota (from SEA): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

 

3 Round Full Mock Draft (2.1)

4/11/2014 by James Fedewa

My weekly updated full NFL Mock Draft has had some minor tweaks to mock the prospect projections, based on additions, new arrivals and the latest releases of the updated rookie pool. Please use your reply button, have a voice and opinion and tell me what you think (on Twitter @jamfed)

(***I will updated notes next to each prospect selection, in the first round ASAP)

1 Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2 St. Louis (from WAS): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson 
3 Jacksonville: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
4 Cleveland: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M 
5 Oakland: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
6 Atlanta: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
7 Tampa Bay: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
8 Minnesota: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
9 Buffalo: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
10 Detroit: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
11 Tennessee: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
12 New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
13 St. Louis: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
14 Chicago: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
15 Pittsburgh: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
16 Dallas: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
17 Baltimore: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
18 New York Jets: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
19 Miami: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
20 Arizona: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
21 Green Bay: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
22 Philadelphia: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
23 Kansas City: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
24 Cincinnati: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
25 San Diego: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
26 Cleveland (from IND): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
27 New Orleans: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
28 Carolina: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
29 New England: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
30 San Francisco: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
31 Denver: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
32 Seattle: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
SECOND ROUND  
33 Houston: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 
34 Washington: Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten
35 Cleveland: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
36 Oakland: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
37 Atlanta: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
38 Tampa Bay: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
39 Jacksonville: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
40 Minnesota: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
41 Buffalo: David Yankey, G, Stanford
42 Tennessee: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
43 New York Giants: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
44 St. Louis: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
45 Detroit: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
46 Pittsburgh: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
47 Dallas: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
48 Baltimore: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi State
49 New York Jets: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
50 Miami: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
51 Chicago: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:
52 Arizona: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
53 Green Bay: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
54 Philadelphia: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
55 Cincinnati: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
56 San Francisco (from KC): Marcus Martin, C, USC
57 San Diego: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
58 New Orleans: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
59 Indianapolis: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
60 Carolina: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
61 San Francisco: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
62 New England: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
63 Denver: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
64 Seattle: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
THIRD ROUND  
65 Houston: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
66 Washington: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
67 Oakland: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
68 Atlanta: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
69 New York Jets (from TB): Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
70 Jacksonville: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
71 Cleveland: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
72 Minnesota: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
73 Buffalo: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State
74 New York Giants: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
75 St. Louis: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
76 Detroit: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
77 San Francisco (from TEN): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
78 Dallas: Terrance West, RB, Towson
79 Baltimore: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
80 New York Jets: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
81 Miami: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
82 Chicago: Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
83 Cleveland (from Pitt): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
84 Arizona: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
85 Green Bay: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
86 Philadelphia: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
87 Kansas City: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tenn
88 Cincinnati: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
89 San Diego: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
90 Indianapolis: Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
91 New Orleans: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
92 Carolina: Pierre Desir, CB, Linderwood
93 New England: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
94 San Francisco: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa
95 Denver: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
96 Minnesota (from SEA): Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

NFL Draft #1 Overall (Clowney / Manziel / Vick?)

4/8/13 by James Fedewa

If you earned the first pick in the NFL Draft, your team is the worst team in the league. This year the Houston Texans are that team. Oddly enough, at the beginning of the season, the Texans were considered a Super Bowl favorite. The Texans won week one (vs. the Chargers), and won again week two (vs. the Titans). A 2-0 start, followed by 14 straight losses. A Super Bowl contender, built like house of cards.

Was it the shotty quarterback play, was it lack of team confidence or leadership, was it injuries, was in poor coaching? Interpret and define as you will, it does not matter now. Moving forward, which new franchise rookie draft pick can help turn this Texans franchise around?

I nearly every NFL Draft, there is a consensus #1 overall pick (sometimes two). This year, pass rusher Jadavian Clowney the projected #1 overall pick. A once in two decades type of pass rusher with amazing abilities, scores, grades and college statistics, Clowney has the evidence and resume’ for Houston to draft him. Houston should have an easy selection, right?

Examining Houston’s current defensive pass rushers, they already look well equipped, led by defensive end J.J. Watt, OLB Brooks Reed and former 1st round selection OLB Whitney Mercilus. Selecting Clowney can add immense value and talent to an already very good young defensive front.

There are two other #1B and #1C overall potential prospects in this draft, at different positions, with quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Bortles does not have the big resume’ but he looks the part. Built big and mobile, like a prototypical NFL quarterback, Bortles play and value has been sky rocketing for the last six months.

The other, Johnny Manziel. The 21 year old has been a superstar for the last two years. He won the Heisman Trophy as a 19 year old true freshman. His college statistics are impeccable and his charisma is electric. Manziel’s not the biggest quarterback and he does not have all of the elite physical tools and traits to make him prime top graded prospect, but finding a perfect 10 for anything, is nearly impossible…

In 2001, quarterback Michael Vick was easily that consensus #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Vick was incredible in college and the San Diego Chargers had that #1 overall pick (who traded the pick to Atlanta, who selected Vick).

Looking Vick’s and Manziel’s college statisics comparatively, what makes who the #1 overall draft pick?

Michael Vick PASSING:

Johnny Manziel PASSING:

 

Michael Vick RUSHING:

Johnny Manziel RUSHING:

 

Manziel clearly has the better stats than Vick in their two college seasons, almost mind-numbing from college quarterbacks. Manziel won a Heisman Trophy and was the most electrifying quarterback in college football in 2012 and 2013. Maturity issues might be the missing element of Manziel stock, but the difference between a college freshmen superstar (that we all met two years ago), versus the seasoned 21 year old, Manziel now seems to be 100% different.

If Vick was a consensus #1 overall draft pick, why isn’t Manziel?

Full 3 Round NFL Mock Draft (2.0)

4/2/14 – By James Fedewa (@jamfed)

The annual guessing game continues in this latest NFL Mock Draft. The WHO lingers, followed by the WHERE… We can make assumptions and educated guesses (which is GOLD if you’re a drafnik). It is not exactly a “guessing game” either, if you can successfully point out the combination of each teams positional needs, with their subjective “best player available” evaluation (baring trades). Include hours of player analyses and film study of these potential NFL Superstars, it is not a prediction, but a subjective-biased estimate. It will be safe to say there will be multiple trades, as there is every year, but guessing a draft day trade is more unpredictable than guessing which star in the sky is going to fall first.

FIRST ROUND
1 Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Clowney is a true #1 overall pick with ultra-omega upside. He will strike fear into any opposing QB and is clearly the best player in the 2014 draft. QB is needed, but Houston can still draft a good QB prospect later in the draft. Houston has been in this situation twice: David Carr & Mario Williams (and they should know what NOT to do). Clowney is a day one starter, future Pro-Bowler and the most talented player in the draft. Considering the “Mario Williams” comparison, Mario Williams commanded a $100 million contract two years ago.
2 St. Louis (from WAS): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn The Rams have two starting caliber left tackles already on their team, but neither are freakishly built and have the talent like Robinson. Robinson can start at right tackle day one, immediately improving the rush game, and protecting Sam Bradford and the pass game. Current left tackle Jake Long has a history of injuries and if/when he goes down, Robinson will take his spot (and keep it).
3 Jacksonville: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson  Jacksonville desperately needs a starting quarterback, but no QB in this class should be starting in the NFL immediately. The Jags need starters NOW (not next season) so they will draft the best player available, and start him now. Sammy Watkins will start day one and can make an average QB look very good. The Justin Blackmon experiment is failing, and any offensive weapon is needed. Watkins is the best weapon in the draft..
4 Cleveland: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M  Cleveland has many options with this pick, but if they don’t draft a QB now, they may miss out on all the top tier QB’s with their other 1st round pick. Manziel can sit and learn for a season and watch Brian Hoyer for a bit (or until Hoyer breaks again). Manziel has Michael Vick in him (but a better passer). Manziel can easily be the #1 overall pick (just compare college stats with Michael Vick).
5 Oakland: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo Mack might be the best defensive player in this draft, but since he went to a smaller school and didn’t play against premium talent, he will not get the Clowney consideration as the #1 overall pick or best defensive prospect. Oakland must draft a playmaker as they are looking for a NEW face of the franchise. Raiders have a history of MEAN, and Mack is that. Mack can play rush (3-4) OLB in Oakland and learn to be a professional with all the new Raider oldies. Mack is a very VERY good draft prospect and deserves to be in the top 5.
6 Atlanta: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M Matthews is a premier left tackle prospect, and easily a top 5 pick. Atlanta needs help to protect their superstar QB Matt Ryan. Matthews can be used at a right tackle in year one, and gradually take over for injury prone left tackle Sam Baker.
7 Tampa Bay: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville  Tampa isn’t exactly looking for a QB this early, but Bridgewater is too good to pass up. Bucs new GM and Head Coach get their own-new guy as they look to clean house and re-rebuild. Expect last years QB Mike Glennon to be traded (maybe Arizona).
8 Minnesota: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF Bortles can go anywhere in the first round of this draft. His resume’ is fairly NEW (and almost incomplete), but his size, tools and “potential” can turn him into an elite prototype QB. He’s very raw (but high risk, high reward type).
9 Buffalo: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Evans is a true #1 wide receiver, and a very dangerous weapon for the young Bills offense. He’s a perfect fit with Slot WR Stevie Johnson and #2 Robert Woods.
10 Detroit: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama Detroit can go O-Line or Cornerback here, but Mosely is a top ten talent, even though linebacker isn’t normally taken in the top ten (but he’s that good, and BPA)
11 Tennessee: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA Barr is a little mysterious and raw. He’s a tweener-hybrid type of player: Is he a 34-OLB, a 43-DE (or a 43-OLB)? He should prosper as a rush 34-OLB Outside and can be the New Freak in Tennessee! Barr can play anywhere, but he’ll need some time to develop.
12 New York Giants: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State Jernagan is big, quick and violent. He can stuff the run and rush the passer as he’s complete DT, something NYG D-line requires and needs.
13 St. Louis: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Donald is a little short and smaller for a DT, but he is rare and fierce playmaker. Put him anywhere on the D-line, and he’ll shine (*one of my favorite prospects in this draft)
14 Chicago: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St. The top cornerback in this draft. Physical, consistent, seasoned and can fit into any scheme. Chicago needs to get younger in the secondary, and a DT or SS can be found later in this draft
15 Pittsburgh: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan “Protect Ben!” The Steelers live or die with their quarterback and adding one of the best and nastiest offensive linemen is a perfect combo in Pitt. Lewan plays like he has a chip on his shoulder, and he nearly looks like a Steeler already.
16 Dallas: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama Dallas has a lot invested in their secondary, but they have been under achieving. Clinton-Dix is that missing piece of the puzzle and can make everyone in the Dallas secondary flourish. Clinton-Dix has great range and size, a great fit in Dallas.
17 Baltimore: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame Michael Oher’s replacement at right tackle (and a huge RT upgrade, who can play all along the O-line). Martin can play anywhere, and well excel anywhere on the line.
18 New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC Jets needs a #1 wide receiver, and Lee has that type of talent. He is very fluid and elusive an makes the game look like it’s in slow motion. Lee will be exactly what the Jets need and will start day one.
19 Miami: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State Miami needs O-line help, as they lost several starters from last years bully problems, but free agency looks to be the O-line fix. They will draft BPA defensively and Gilbert is a great prospect.
20 Arizona: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri The Cards need to get younger on the D-line and Ealy is a prime candidate to rush the passer from the OLB spot. He is an extremely talented pass rusher, and often demand double or triple teams. Ealy is a very underrated prospect in this draft
21 Green Bay: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville Prior is a fearless beast with tremendous range with the “thump” effect. He’s a great intimidator who will be allowed to freelance in the secondary
22 Philadelphia: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame NT is the missing piece to the Eagles new 3-4 defense and Nix fits Philly perfectly. Kelly loves speed though, and Philly needs a new wide receiver, which can be found later in this draft
23 Kansas City: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Any offensive weapon for QB Alex Smith will work. The Chiefs offense needs serious pass catchers and Ebron is listed at the #1 Tight End project
24 Cincinnati: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn Replacing defensive end Michael Johnson will be very difficult. Dee Ford is the best pass rusher available and Cincy is a great fit…
25 San Diego: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State Head Coach Mike McCoy as expressed the need for TEAM SPEED, and he gets one of the fastest and explosive players in the draft. Cornerback is a glaring need, but this draft has good cornerbacks all over the place. D-Line and left tackle have needs, but those will be address later in this draft. *LOOK FOR A TRADE w/ HOUSTON or JACKSONVILLE as they could peruse QB Derek Carr.
26 Cleveland (from IND): RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota Strong, big, fast and Intimidating D-lineman is what Hagemen is. He’ll fill a need for interior (3-4 DE) pass-rusher, and he is very good. Quick enough to play DE in a 4-3, at 310 lbs. at 6′-6″
27 New Orleans: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame See above, but with Tuitt is an inch taller (and a better fit at DE in a 3-4)
28 Carolina: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU Beckham has been climbing up draft boards all season and Carolina needs pass catchers. Steve Smith clone, but younger and quicker…
29 New England: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt Matthews is an good physical talent, but the Patriots scheme requires more than just physical traits, as Matthews is very heady and savvy
30 San Francisco: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech Fuller has immense talent to be a shutdown press corner, but he tends to freelance a bit and has had an injury history. He’ll slide to late 1st round (maybe even early in the 2nd round). Playmaker!
31 Denver: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State Denver drafts an athletic physical freak and him paired up with Von Miller is very intimidating linebacking core.
32 Seattle: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA Investing in your interior line with a premier OG means you’re investing in rushing the ball and protecting your QB; perfect for Seattle. XSF can play anywhere on the O-line, but he’ll play right guard in Seattle (a glaring weakness).
SECOND ROUND
33 Houston: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St. This is a mistake if Houston drafts a QB with the first pick in the second round. Expect the Texans to trade up and get Carr in the first round if he’s available (as first round draft picks can have better contract options for NFL football teams; with a 5th year OPTION), when 2nd round picks only have 4 year contracts, NO 5th year option. If Carr does bloom into a top rate QB, and Houston MIGHT have to franchise tag him in year 5, this could cost Houston an extra $15 to $20 million for one year.
34 Washington: David Yankey, G, Stanford
35 Cleveland: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
36 Oakland: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
37 Atlanta: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
38 Tampa Bay: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
39 Jacksonville: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
40 Minnesota: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
41 Buffalo: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
42 Tennessee: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
43 New York Giants: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
44 St. Louis: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
45 Detroit: Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten
46 Pittsburgh: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
47 Dallas: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
48 Baltimore: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
49 New York Jets: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
50 Miami: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
51 Chicago: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
52 Arizona: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
53 Green Bay: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
54 Philadelphia: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
55 Cincinnati: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
56 San Francisco (from KC): Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
57 San Diego: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
58 New Orleans: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
59 Indianapolis: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:
60 Carolina: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
61 San Francisco: Marcus Martin, C, USC
62 New England: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
63 Denver: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
64 Seattle: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
THIRD ROUND
65 Houston: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
66 Washington: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
67 Oakland: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
68 Atlanta: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
69 New York Jets (from TB): Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
70 Jacksonville: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
71 Cleveland: Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
72 Minnasota: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
73 Buffalo: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
74 New York Giants: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
75 St. Louis: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State
76 Detroit: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
77 San Francisco (from TEN): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
78 Dallas: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
79 Baltimore: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida
80 New York Jets: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
81 Miami: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tenn
82 Chicago: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
83 Cleveland (from Pitt): Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
84 Arizona: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
85 Green Bay: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
86 Philadelphia: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
87 Kansas City: Billy Turner, OT,North Dakota State
88 Cincinnati: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa
89 San Diego: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
90 Indianapolis: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
91 New Orleans: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
92 Carolina: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
93 New England: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
94 San Francisco: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
95 Denver: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
96 Minnesota (from SEA): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

We are Chargers fans here so I’ll let you in on my selection analysis.

1st Round: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (2014 Starting Wide Receiver, opposite Keenen Allan, pending Malcom Floyd’s early retirement)

2nd Round: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State (2014 Starting Cornerback, opposite Shareece Wright)

3rd Round: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State (2014 Starting Nose Tackle)

San Diego will draft STARTERS with their first three picks, so the Chargers first picks will be the combination of Best Player Available (BPA) and Team Need. Biggest team needs are Nose Tackle, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Offensive Tackle, Wide Receiver, Safety and Offensive Guard San Diego could select a cornerback with their first pick (like Jason Varrett, Kyle Fuller or Bradly Roby) and there is an open starting spot on the team. But this draft is very deep with cornerback talent, so I think they will wait on cornerback and draft one in the 2nd to 4th rounds. The Nose Tackle needs a starter and Louis Nix III would be a very popular choice in the first round. A big run stuffing nose tackle like Nix can make a lot of people around him play better, but RUN STUFFER is not exactly a flashy pick, so I think GM Tom Telesco will find a nose tackle later in the draft, around round 3 to 5. Wide Receiver* is not exactly a team need for a first round pick, but if the Chargers want to be successful passing the ball with Phillip Rivers, San Diego will need to invest in a playmaker rounds one or two. Telesco got very lucky with drafting wide receiver Keenen Allan in last year’s draft (in round three) and his price is currently very cheap. The Chargers do not scalp for superstar talent in free agency (like DeSean Jackson), so drafting a receiver early is necessary this year – prime example of why Vincent Jackson is gone (and making $10 million per year, on another team).     *to be honest, I think Telesco and Mike McCoy will target a wide receiver in the 2nd round, as this draft is thick with wide receivers too (like one of my favorite Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State). But with Cooks available in the first round, BPA is a must. And I’m leaning more and more in drafting a left tackle very early, like Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia)   …rounds four through seven are up for discussion.

Chargers can Stump Browns – 2014 Draft

3/20/2014 – by James Fedewa

The San Diego Chargers have many positional needs with this year’s draft. The Chargers can go in several directions by drafting a cornerback, defensive tackle, offensive lineman, wide receiver or pass rusher with their first round pick (the 25th overall). Until the Chargers see which players are available with their pick, we can only guess who it might be, who it should be and who it will be. Beyond the players that will be available at the 25th pick, another way to look at the draft is “who is behind us, and who do they want.” So what is the Chargers first round pick really worth? And is it worth a trade?

The Cleveland Browns have two first round draft picks, the 4th and the 26th overall picks (the 26th immediately after the Chargers first pick). Cleveland finished the regular season with 4 – 12 record, have several holes on their roster, and most needs are very specific. Cleveland’s first and primary need is at the quarterback position and with the Browns 4th overall pick, they may have the opportunity to draft one of the three top tier quarterbacks (like Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel). Then again, all three top tier quarterbacks might be gone by the time the Browns choose at #4. Or the Browns may decide to go a different direction with their 4th overall pick and wait to draft a quarterback with their other first round pick. Either way, if Cleveland does not land their future quarterback with the 4th overall draft pick, and they aim for the “other” 1A quarterback (like Derek Carr) then the value of San Diego’s 25th pick increases.

Why? Well, the teams that did not draft a quarterback with picks 1 through 24, who still might need a quarterback, may be willing to TRADE ahead of Cleveland to insure they get a Derek Carr quarterback (or any other projected first round quarterback that may have slid).

So what other teams are looking for a quarterback? Approximately eight teams, but if Cleveland still needs to draft a quarterback at #26, then what other team would want to trade with San Diego’s #25 pick (the pick ahead of Cleveland)? Houston, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland, Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Arizona all need a quarterback (and possibly two other teams in the top 24 picks). That’s ten teams in the top twenty-four selections that could draft a first round quarterback.

Of course, fans can think up a hundred different pre-draft scenarios, even with some of these quarterbacks sliding into the second round (like Geno Smith of 2013) or three quarterbacks being selected 1-2-3 right out of the gate)… but only assuming Cleveland did not draft a quarterback with their #4 overall pick, then San Diego can use their pick (with a quarterback hungry team) as the bait.

Or the bluff: calling Cleveland stating the Chargers have a trade offer with Jacksonville (or any of the other teams that still need a QB) on the table, would Cleveland trade up to secure a QB?

Could Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco turn San Diego’s first round draft pick into an additional 2nd rounder plus a 3rd? Or even a 2nd rounder plus next year’s 1st? Most NFL General Managers use the K.I.S.S method (Keep It Simple Stupid), but this years draft is immensely deep with very high quality 2nd and 3rd round prospects. This might be a good year for the Chargers to gamble with their 1st round pick, only based on the precise depth of this draft (and Telesco’s scouting department).

“Take what the draft gives you”… is the best way to approach a draft, but what would you do if Minnesota, Tampa, Cleveland or Arizona calls for your 25th pick (and want they want Derek Carr or even Johnny Manziel)?

AFC WEST – Newest Free Agents

The San Diego Chargers have signed:

  • Donald Brown, RB, Colts
  • David Johnson, FB/TE, Steelers
  • Kavell Conner, ILB, Colts
  • Kellen Clemons, QB, Rams
  • Brandon Ghee, CB, Bengals

The Oakland Raiders have signed:

  • LaMarr Woodley OLB/DE Steelers
  • Justin Tuck, DE, Giants
  • Antonio Smith, DL, Texans
  • Tarell Brown, CB, 49ers
  • James Jones, WR, Packers
  • Donald Penn, OT, Buccaneers
  • Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
  • Maurice Jones-Drew, RB,  Jaguars
  • Carlos Rogers, CB, 49ers

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed:

  • Jeff Linkenbach, OG, Colts
  • Joe Mays, ILB, Texans
  • Austin Howard, RT, Jets
  • Vance Walker, DL, Raiders

The Denver Broncos have signed:

  • DeMarcus Ware, DE/OLB, Cowboys
  • Aqib Talib, CB, Patriots
  • T.J. Ward, SS, Browns
  • Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steeler
  • Will Montgomery. C, Redskins

Left Tackle Free Agents (with verbal commitments?)

by James Fedewa 3/9/14

Pre-Free Agency begins on Tuesday (3/11/14) but this weekend is open and “talks” can start with all pending free agents and any NFL Team. It is an open collusion period.  Rumors are swirling of potential acquisitions, and the The Baltimore Sun is posting that several of the top tier left tackles have already reached agreements with new teams.

  1. The Miami Dolphins are expected to sign Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert for an average of $9.5 million per year.
  2. The Oakland Raiders are in negotiations with St. Louis Rams Tackle/Guard Rodger Saffold for about $8 million per year, but Tampa Bay is in the bidding too.
  3. The Arizona Cardinals are expected to sign Oakland Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer for around $7 to $7.5 million per year.
  4. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to sign Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins for about $6.5 to $7 million per year (if Collins does not resign with Cincinnati)

Looks San Diego will rely on left tackle King Dunlap (or a rookie draft pick) for 2014.

Three Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft (before free agency)

3/6/2014 – by James Fedewa

The gray area… The dip, purgatory, gap-ville. Hurry up and wait… It’s the term between the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft (the area where football fans dread). Its three long months of boiling, and a good time to predict.

So what does a football fan do to ride the boil, other than avoid the NBA and read about spring training? These fans look to the NFL Draft. And if you like the draft, like thousands of other Americans, you are a DRAFTNIK. So assuming who would make NFL teams better, by watching hundreds of clips of on-line player video footage, is within this gray area.

Here my latest NFL Mock Draft of 2014. I’m not going to write stories about every selection (yet), but I will say that Jadeveon Clowney is clearly the number player in this draft and Houston should not reach with their number one overall selection. Houston does need a quarterback, and Teddy Bridgewater could be that choice, but he is just not a prototypical QB, so therefor he is not an A.) #1 selection. Blake Bortals has the tools and the body, but he was virtually unknown three months ago. Bortles stock is currently at its peak, but he is very raw and success may be a reach (and that equals gamble). Johnny Manziel is a huge wild card (and crazy talented), but Manziel’s rock-star attitude, reckless play and small size could lead him to a crash and burn. All three top tier quarterbacks have too much of a gamble to be a #1 overall pick.

 

OVERALL

TEAM

 

1

Houston

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2

St. Louis (from WAS)

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

3

Jacksonville

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 

4

Cleveland

Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

5

Oakland

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson 

6

Atlanta

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

7

Tampa Bay

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

8

Minnesota

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M 

9

Buffalo

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

10

Detroit

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

11

Tennessee

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

12

New York Giants

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

13

St. Louis

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14

Chicago

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

15

Pittsburgh

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

16

Dallas

Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

17

Baltimore

C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

18

New York Jets

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

19

Miami

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

20

Arizona

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.

21

Green Bay

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

22

Philadelphia

Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

23

Kansas City

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

24

Cincinnati

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

25

San Diego

Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

26

Cleveland (from IND)

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

27

New Orleans

Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

28

Carolina

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

29

New England

RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

30

San Francisco

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

31

Denver

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

32

Seattle

Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

 

SECOND ROUND

 

33

Houston Texans

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

34

Washington

David Yankey, G, Stanford

35

Cleveland

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

36

Oakland

Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

37

Atlanta

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

38

Tampa Bay

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

39

Jacksonville

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

40

Minnesota

Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

41

Buffalo

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

42

Tennessee

Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

43

New York Giants

Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

44

St. Louis

Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

45

Detroit

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

46

Pittsburgh

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

47

Dallas

Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

48

Baltimore

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

49

New York Jets

Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

50

Miami

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

51

Chicago

Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah

52

Arizona

Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten

53

Green Bay

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

54

Philadelphia

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

55

Cincinnati

Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

56

San Francisco (from KC)

Marcus Martin, C, USC

57

San Diego

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

58

New Orleans

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

59

Indianapolis

Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

60

Carolina

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

61

San Francisco

Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

62

New England

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:

63

Denver

Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State

64

Seattle

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

     

THIRD ROUND

 

65

Houston

AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

66

Washington

Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa

67

Oakland

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

68

Atlanta

Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

69

New York Jets (from TB)

Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

70

Jacksonville

Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

71

Cleveland

Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

72

Minnesota

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

73

Buffalo

Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

74

New York Giants

Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

75

St. Louis

Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

76

Detroit

Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

77

San Francisco (from TEN)

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

78

Dallas

Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina

79

Baltimore

Billy Turner, OT,North Dakota State

80

New York Jets

Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU

81

Miami

Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

82

Chicago

Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville

83

Cleveland (from Pitt)

Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

84

Arizona

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

85

Green Bay

Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

86

Philadelphia

DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

87

Kansas City

Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

88

Cincinnati

Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

89

San Diego

Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tenn

90

Indianapolis

Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

91

New Orleans

Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama

92

Carolina

Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

93

New England

Keith McGill, CB, Utah

94

San Francisco

Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

95

Denver

Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

96

Minnesota (from SEA)

Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut

Chargers Extend Linebacker Donald Butler

3/4/14 – by James Fedewa

The San Diego Chargers kept one of their own and resigned/extended 26 year old inside linebacker Donald Butler to a new 7 year contract. The details of the contract are very detailed, with $12 million guaranteed and in $48 million over seven years. In reality, the contact looks like two contacts; 3 year/$20 million, followed by 4 years (with a lot of incentive bonuses).

Looks like General Manager Tom Telesco had to get creative to get the Chargers Defensive Captain Butler signed. Butler wanted $6 million per, with $12 million guaranteed, and it looks like Butler got what he was asking for. Paying young players and keeping your own players sets great examples for motivation in a locker room. The franchise tag on Butler (linebackers) would have cost the Chargers $11.5 million for one season.

The Charges inside linebacker combination of Butler and Manti Te’o looks to grow and flourish, for at least the next three years.

Drafting 2014 San Diego Chargers 1.0

(one BIG man) OT Morgan Moses, LT, Virginia Tech

2/27/14 – by James Fedewa

The Post Season is here and just after the 2014 NFL Combine, the NFL Draft looms. So what will the San Diego Chargers do with this new draft?  Last year, rookie General Manager Tom Telesco struck gold with his first draft in San Diego. The Chargers first three draft picks of 2013 were all solid contributors and starters. Grading last year’s draft is still premature, but the Chargers made it to the playoffs and had a playoff win (with additional help with a new coaching staff, new free agent additions, good fortune, new offensive philosophy and definitely play calling).

Predicting who the Chargers will draft is always a guesstimate. It is not an art, and it’s definitely not a science. It is mirage wrapped in mystery, mixed with the unknown: it’s Mirag-unknow-stery!

But we can guess (and guessing makes mock-drafts fun), so let’s try to predict the General Manager: Mr. Telesco

Telesco’s mentor was Bill Polian, a leader and master at building an NFL franchise through the NFL Draft. Polian has been extremely effective at constructing an NFL team, and keeping that team successful for extended times. Polian has his draft philosophy on how to grade player and if we can look at Polian’s previous drafts, we then can estimate Telesco’s drafting style of players and positional importance. Polian was a little predictable, just ask most Colts fan (similar to AJ Smith, ask Chargers fans).  Polian has a thick history of drafting offensive lineman and defensive backs in the first round; two positions the Chargers are currently in desperate need of.

Rounds 1 to 7

1.)    Morgan Moses, LT, Virginia – Finally, San Diego drafts a first round left tackle, who the Chargers have missed since Marcus McNeil. Moses is massively huge man with above average dexterity. He has a very similar body type to DJ Fluker, but he is quicker and San Diego will have two giant anchors on the offensive line to protect Phillip Rivers and road grade in the run game for the next decade. One man improves the run game and the pass game. (Other possibilities:  NT, Louis Nix III could possibly slide in the first round, and if he is available, Telesco might have a tough decision to make. CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State would be a great addition, but with his amazing performance at the combine, he might have elevated himself to a top 15 pick and the number one cornerback)

2.)    Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – San Diego desperately needs more depth and talent at cornerback, and might be their biggest area of need. Fuller has the height, speed and strength to be a star CB in the NFL, but it will all be decided on how Fuller can respond to NFL coaching, maintaining  assignments and his health. Fuller is a bit of a wildcard as he likes to freelance to find a big play, which can get him out of proper position. Fuller has first round talent, but a midseason injury could have him slide to the second round. This year’s CB rookie draft class is loaded, so finding a quality CB in the second round is a good possibility (Other possibilities:  OLB, Trent Murphy, Stanford is another possibility as pass rushers are always needed on every team / OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA is a great interior lineman selection, if OT is not selected in the 1st round)

3.)    Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina – Here comes the burner wide receiver and return specialist. Ellington ran a 4.35 forty.  Not tall (at 5’ 9”) but not small (197 lbs.). He adds team speed the Chargers desperately need. A good hands catcher, Ellington looks to be a very good offensive and special teams prospect. His performance at the combine may have pushed him from the 5th round to the 3rd round overnight with his sub 4 forty. (Other possibilities: Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State may lack size to play SS, but he may be a perfect complement to play alongside Eric Weddle. Brooks can hit, has good range and speed, with some coverage ability; a good well rounded safety. Brooks is not not just a FS or just a SS, he can do both / DE, Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina – D-Line Depth is desperately needed in San Diego and Quarles was lost in the Clowney shadow, yet led the Gamecocks with sacks)

4.)    Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee – NT is an open wound in the Chargers 3=4 front. If this position is not tended with Louis Nix III in the first round, it must be addressed somewhere in this draft (Other Possibilities: WR, Josh Huff, Oregon can be a deep threat and a possible replacement to Eddie Royal, and can also be a return specialist / WR, Mike Davis, Texas – with the rash of injuries at WR and the possible retirement of Malcolm Floyd, WR depth is mandatory)

5.)    Brent Urban, DE, Virginia – good strength and hustle with prototype height and weight for 3-4 DE. Solid project player and good depth (Other possibilities: NT, Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech as a backup nose tackle depth, a big body with potential)

6.)    Devon Kennard, ILB, USC – if Donald Butler leaves in free agency, Kennard could be a late round gem. Good inside linebackers can be found in later rounds and Kennard could be that solid player and leader that could help the Chargers quickly.

7.)    Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford – Gaffney has been projected as a 7th round selection, or even undrafted rookie free agent, but at the combine, his stock increase with his 4.47 forty.  He should slide to the Chargers and might be would be a decent backup to Ryan Matthews, with little investment.

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