2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
The best college football players from a year ago will be the main attraction once the NFL Draft begins in just over two months, but it is the NFL teams that are making the picks that have the most pressure in this annual spectacle.
All 32 NFL teams are entering the main phase of their draft plans as they start to narrow down a long list of prospects into just the few that best fit their team and their particular schemes. Following the Combine two weeks ago in Indianapolis and the showcase games like the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl, teams now only have the individual players' pro days remaining in order to determine for sure whether these players are solid fits for their franchise.
The NFL Draft is an inexact science, and for each gem selected like Peyton Manning, there are busts like Ryan Leaf that can turn back franchises for years to come. Even the most consensus picks can backfire immediately, or the unheralded selections can turn into great picks as well. Take the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, while the team missed on a few high-round selections, they hit it big in their late picks that would ultimately lead them to the Super Bowl championship.
With information changing everyday regarding any of the hundreds of players who can be selected, all we can do now until May 8 is to speculate what the first 32 picks will look like. Much like the major analysts such as Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd Mcshay, I will attempt to do just that with my second version of my mock draft. Several things have changed since my first one more than a month ago. Here now is what I feel will happen in the first 32 picks in the NFL Draft.
Version 1: http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/02/06/nfl-mock-draft-1-0/
12. New York Giants: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The New York Giants' offensive line was one of the worst units in football last year, and a player like Texas A&M's Jake Matthews can provide some form of stability to an unstable unit.
13. St. Louis Rams: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
With the Rams selecting the best offensive lineman in the draft at number two, the Rams, with their own first-round pick select the second best receiver in the draft in USC's Marqise Lee.
18. New York Jets: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
With the New York Jets having the worst receiving corps in the NFL, the Jets need a serious upgrade, and with the last of the three elite receivers still available, the Jets select Texas A&M's Mike Evans.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Kony Ealy, LB, Missouri
The Arizona Cardinals have a great defense, but their best pass rusher, John Abraham, doesn't have many productive years left in him, and another young pass rusher is a necessity. With one of the best pass rushers still available, the Cardinals select Missouri's Kony Ealy.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Kansas City Chiefs need a complimentary inside linebacker to play with Derrick Johnson, thus making the Chiefs defense one of the best in the NFL. With the best true linebacker in this draft still available, the Chiefs select Alabama's C.J. Mosley.
26. Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis): Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
With the Cleveland Browns selecting their franchise quarterback with their first pick, the Browns, with the second first-round pick from the Trent Richardson trade, need a complimentary receiver to Josh Gordon and that receiver is LSU's Odell Beckham.
27. New Orleans Saints: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
The New Orleans Saints' defense had a major turnaround last season from one of the worst in league history in 2012 to one of the best in the NFL in 2013. In Rob Ryan's multiple defense, an inside player like Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman can play everywhere on the Saints defensive line and be a disruptive force up front.