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2014 Offseason & Draft (2 rounds) v.2
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2014 Offseason & Draft


Notable cuts:

Thomas DeCoud, S, Atlanta Falcons
-Only a year ago DeCoud was considered a budding top tier safety. After an abysmal 2013 season, the Falcons may have little patience for his season-long incompetence. His nearly five million-dollar cap number won’t be doing him any favors either.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
-Every year since Johnson’s historic 2,000-yard season has seemed to be the year he’ll bounce back. While he’s eclipsed 1,000 yards every season since, his play seems so inconsequential to the team’s success that he’s no longer worth a top-flight playmaker’s salary.

Julius Peppers, DL/LB, Chicago Bears
-Once thought as the league’s best defensive end, Peppers is beginning to see a steep decline in play. As he approaches the tail end of his contract, his yearly salary swells to double digits. The Bears likely won’t go into the season with that burden on their shoulders.

Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets
-Coming of a gracious extension two years ago, Sanchez may have thought he could do nothing to lose his job for the next three seasons. With the team’s decision to move forward with Geno Smith, keeping Sanchez on the roster makes no sense on every level.

Free Agents:
*not all free agents are represented

(f)=franchise tag

Josh McCown resigns with Chicago Bears
-Josh McCown had a good midseason run last season and helped the Bears stay in the divisional race while Cutler was sidelined. There isn’t a team that values him more than the Bears, and he’s said himself that his “heart is in Chicago.”

Michael Vick signs with New York Jets
-Michael Vick’s career path seems to be as unpredictable as his play over the past three years. Mart Mornhinweg’s presence on the Jets’ staff may be the only clue as to where Vick will end up this offseason. His comments that he’ll be "absolutely starting” for a team week one of next season suggests he may have had a conversation or two with the pass happy offensive coordinator.

Mark Sanchez signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-This year’s senior bowl gave the league curious anonymous quotes citing interest in Sanchez as a “potential day one starter.” That narrows down the possible suitors—and Tampa Bay is one of those teams—but it’s still hard to nail down a landing spot for a guy who’s still on his “former” team.

Josh Freeman signs with Oakland Raiders
-Last season saw rumors linking Freeman to Oakland on account of his familiarity with offensive coordinator, Greg Olsen. A little familiarity would of helped Freeman last year as his struggles in Minnesota had a lot to do with an awkward midseason transplant. Oakland will likely be able to buy low the highly talented Freeman in an arrangement that should be mutually beneficial.

Chris Johnson signs with Denver Broncos
-Chris Johnson hasn't been able to recapture the magic of his historic 2009 season. Given his swelling contract, the Titans may opt to cut ties. The Broncos could pit Johnson alongside Ball for a potentially dynamic one-two punch. Johnson, who won't be 29 until September, still should have something left in the tank.

Ben Tate signs with Cleveland Browns
-Ever since the Browns shipped Richardson out of town, the rumors of Tate to Cleveland have been swirling over Lake Erie. Although much of the staff is no longer there, Tate is familiar with the curriculum of the school of Shanahan.

Knowshon Moreno signs with Tennessee Titans
-Rumors that Moreno likely won’t be back in Denver next year is not surprising. Moreno’s career, before this year, has been mediocre at best. He is, though, heading into free agency at the right time. His tough, versatile, and every-down-ability fits right into what Ken Whisenhunt looks for in a running back.

Andre Brown resigns with New York Giants
-The Giants have had some tough luck at running back lately. Andre Brown came to their rescue this year after missing the first half of the season with a broken leg. There appears to be a good relationship between he and the team, which should lead to some continuity to a battered backfield.

LeGarrette Blount signs with Miami Dolphins
-Rumors link new Dolphins GM, Dennis Hickey, and the former Tampa Bay battering ram. Miami should be able to pluck Blount from the New England backfield stable if they really want him without too much trouble.

Darren McFadden signs with Cincinnati Bengals
-McFadden certainly has had an interesting career. While his talent is undeniable, so is his medical history. Hugh Jackson got the best out of him and as the Bengals new offensive coordinator; he may draw him back into a favorable scheme in Cinncinati.

(r) Joique Bell resigns with Detroit Lions
-While proving to be a tougher counterpart to Reggie Bush’s flash and dash (and injuries); Bell has proved to be an essential part of the Lions’ offense. Teams will take a peek at his availability, but his restricted status will give the Lions the upper hand.

Maurice Jones-Drew resigns with Jacksonville Jaguars
-The original muscle hamster has had a tough couple of seasons. There will surely be suitors out there that will inquire his services but I doubt he’ll find a team that values him more than his current one. The Jaguars are experiencing a youth movement as they rebuild and having a significant veteran presence in MJD would be invaluable.

Donald Brown signs with Arizona Cardinals
-Brown may be currently flying under the radar as a free agent gem. He proved his worth during last season by outplaying two-time first round pick, Trent Richardson. As much as the Colts should (and may like to) resign him, the weight Richardson’s presence may be too much. Cardinal’s coach, Bruce Arians, has some familiarity with Brown who could play as thunder to Andre Ellington’s lightning.

Rashad Jennings resigns with Oakland Raiders
-Jennings has been the quintessential backup running back throughout his career. As a starter, he’s been hit and miss. The Raiders enjoyed a peak in his play as he showed an improved all around game. He’ll test free agency, but I see him coming back.

Eric Decker signs with Cleveland Browns
-Despite have a forgettable Super Bowl performance, Decker will go into free agency with his value peaking. While his asking price seems relatively high at the moment, the Browns will likely enter the draft with the third most cap room and they have a need opposite Josh Gordon.

Hakeem Nicks signs with Carolina Panthers
-There are many potential landing spots for Giant’s receiver, Hakeem Nicks. While he is two years removed from his most productive season, teams will no doubt see his undeniable talent. There will be a number of teams courting Nick’s services, but I see the Panthers as a fit considering his connection to former Giants front office member, Dave Gettleman, and his home town ties to North Carolina.

James Jones resigns with Green Bay Packers
-With the emergence of Jarrett Boykin, Jones’ place in the Packer offense is up in the air. Although he suffered a drop in performance form last year, he has proven to be a reliable cog in the Packers offense. Considering how the team values continuity and depth, Jones is most valuable to the team that drafted him in 2007.

Riley Cooper resigns with Philadelphia Eagles
-It may be tough to imagine Cooper returning to the Eagles after a tumultuous start to the year. Since then, he has become one of Foles’ closest on field confidants and emerged as a weapon to be accounted for. For Philadelphia, it will come down between Maclin and Cooper and this past season has favored the latter.

Anquan Boldin resigns with San Francisco 49ers
-The 49ers may have a potent receiving corps as they head into the 2014-15 season. Boldin has shown certain closeness with the 49ers and it makes sense he’d like another crack the Super Bowl with a contender he’s familiar with.

Julian Edelman resigns with New England Patriots
-It’s tough to imagine the Patriots actually resigning a receiver, but the stars may be aligning for Edelman and the Pats. He would likely be had back for a fair price considering the chance to play with Brady and within a scheme that values a high volume, short yardage, pass catcher.

Jeremy Maclin signs with New York Jets
-Maclin’s loss this season proved inconsequential to the Eagle’s offensive production. There may still be lingering interest between he and the Eagles, but it wouldn’t be hard to imagine him join Vick and receiver starved Jets.

Golden Tate resigns with Seattle Seahawks
-Tate has become the type of player whose value can’t be charted by stats or unjust Hail Mary catches. He seems to have a great relationship with Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, which should go a long way to his return to the Pacific North West.

(f) Jimmy Graham resigns with New Orleans Saints
-There’s not much to say about the Saints retaining the league’s most productive tight end by any means necessary.

(f) Dennis Pitta resigns with Baltimore Ravens
-Pitta’s injury setback was apparent the Ravens sputtered on offense all season. Pitta proved to be one of Flacco’s most trusted targets targets during the team’s Super Bowl run. I believe he’ll be back.

Brandon Pettigrew signs with Buffalo Bills
-It has been an up and down career so far for Pettigrew in Detroit. Although he is often chastised for drive stalling drops, he still flashes the potential that his 6’5” frame and athleticism affords him. While the Bills will need to make their own decision on Scott Chandler, Pettigrew would be seen as an upgrade no matter what [the Bills] decides to do.

Jermichael Finley signs with New York Giants
-It may finally be time for the Packers to part ways with their perpetually emerging tight end. Finley did show some progress as a pass catcher this year before succumbing to two ferocious concussions. I could very well see Finley reuniting with former Packers coordinator, Ben McAdoo, in New York.

(f) Jared Valdheer resigns with Oakland Raiders
-Although me missed significant time this year, the Raiders will look to retain their premier left tackle.

Brandon Albert signs with Miami Dolphins
-The Dolphins reportedly refused to give up a second round pick for Albert last year. A year later, and the offensive line situation in Miami isn’t looking any better (in fact, worse). As a free agent, the Dolphins can target him without relinquishing any picks.

Eugene Monroe resigns with Baltimore Ravens
-Many thought the Ravens stole Monroe from the Jaguars for a mere fourth round pick. He played admirably for the Ravens and I think they repay him for his services with a longer-term deal.

Jordan Gross resigns with Carolina Panthers
-If the Panthers don’t resign him, Gross said he’d retire. I think the Panthers add a few pieces and retain their veteran tackle after a relatively successful season.

Austin Howard resigns with New York Jets
-It’s no secret that the Jets had one of the best offensive line units in the league last year and Howard was an anchor for the right side. He’ll be a tough guy to retain, but I see the Jets making room to secure him.

Rodger Staffold resigns with St. Louis Rams
-Staffold presents a curious opportunity for the Rams. He offers them the flexibility to play either tackle, but his play and health have been sporadic throughout last season. The key component of Staffold returning to the Rams is how the team views Jake Long’s injury. Staffold gives the team the time and flexibility to determine how they will approach the makeup of their roster moving forward.

Anthony Collins resigns with Cincinnati Bengals
-Collins presents one of many free agents that the Bengals will try to retain in 2014. Injuries forced normal perimeter protector Andrew Whitworth to move inside, which allowed Collins to prove his worth as a tackle. That said, no team knows Collins' value like the Bengals, and that could ultimately have him stay on the team.

Michael Oher signs with Washington Redskins
-No longer protecting the “blind side,” Michael Oher had a rough 2013/14’ season on the right side. Still, he possesses the talent to fulfill the role of right tackle on a team desperate for one. The Redskins probably will make a big name splash in the offseason and Oher seems apropos.

David Stewart signs with Arizona Cardinals
-David Stewart has made a name fore himself through his solidity and dependability in the NFL. The Cardinals have needed a serviceable left tackle for some time now. Stewart is the type of player than can keep Palmer off his back while buying the team time to groom younger, and potentially more talented, players.

Travelle Wharton signs with Indianapolis Colts
-Colts owner, Jim Irsay, has made his feelings known about the need to sign better lineman to protect Luck. Wharton's ability and age fits a team than feels ready to win now.

Geoff Schwartz signs with Atlanta Falcons
-Although Schwartz proved to be one of the best multi-positional linemen in the league; he has made it clear that he is a solid starter on offense. The Chiefs will find it hard to find a place for him considering the emergence of Stephenson and Fisher, and the return of Asamoah. The Falcons need a complete re-work of their interior line and signing Schwartz would be a good place to start.

Kevin Boothe resigns with New York Giants
-Boothe has been a productive interior lineman for the Giants, and although he’s entering his thirties, the New York native should return to big blue.

Alex Mack resigns with Cleveland Browns
-Mack will look to cash in on his very good career thus far. The Browns will need his experience for whoever lines up under him next season.

Evan Dietrich-Smith resigns with Green Bay Packers
-Not only is Dietrich-Smith on of the most capable centers in the league, but he can also play guard. That kind of versatility is invaluable to a team with the Packer’s luck; the [Packers] will look to retain him.

Brian De La Puente signs with Baltimore Ravens
-The Saints appear to be prepared to let go of their mainstay center. The Ravens seem to like to build their lines through bargains in free agency. Even on a one-year deal, De La Puente would be a big step up in Baltimore.

Robert Garza resigns with Chicago Bears
-On the heels of their big Cutler resigning, the Bears are no doubt looking to make a deep run in the playoffs in the next few seasons. Cutler and Garza have a good rapport and, despite Garza’s age (35), I believe Chicago will have him back for at least a couple more seasons.

DE/3-4 OLB
Greg Hardy signs with Jacksonville Jaguars
-Carolina is in a precarious situation with their premier pass rusher this offseason. After coming off of a career year, his asking price seems to be astronomical. Despite sentiments to retain him from the coaching staff, GM Dave Gettleman may prefer to distribute the funds more evenly throughout the roster.

(f) Michael Bennett resigns with Seattle Seahawks
-Bennett has been a big time presence for the Seahawks during their playoff run. As a versatile pass rusher and run stuffer, he’ll finally get the contract he deserves.

(f) Brian Orakpo resigns with Washington Redskins
-With Haslett remaining as the Redskin’s defensive coordinator, there probably will be a concentrated effort to retain their premier pass rusher. Tag or otherwise, I see Orakpo returning.

Michael Johnson signs with Atlanta Falcons
-Atlanta’s brass have intimated that they could use some more talent along their offensive and defensive fronts. Johnson’s recent comments that he wouldn’t mind going home to Atlanta make this a fitting partnership.

Lamarr Houston resigns with Oakland Raiders
-There has been a number of rumors concerning Houston’s return to Oakland. With Oakland GM, Reggie McKenzie, suggesting he’s now a top priority, his return seems inevitable considering the team’s free money.

Jared Allen signs with Denver Broncos
-Despite recording double digit sacks last season and not missing a game for his entire Vikings career, Allen is likely to find himself looking for work in the twilight of his career. It's likely he'll sign with a contender and the Broncos would be more than happy to host Allen’s services.

Julius Peppers signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Peppers carries a hefty cap number and diminishing skills that may find him looking for work this offseason. Pep could follow former Bears head coach, Lovie Smith, to a past division rival.

Justin Tuck signs with Oakland Raiders
-Justin Tuck has made it known that he is ready and excited to be heading into free agency—and he should be. Tuck is coming off one of his more productive years and he’s a proven leader and tone-setter for a locker room. The Raiders could use Tuck’s influence on and off the field.

Anthony Spencer signs with New Orleans Saints
-Spencer has always been sort of a paradox due to his consistent inconsistency. While the cash strapped Cowboys likely won’t shell out the money needed to retain him, New Orleans seems like a likely landing spot considering his ties to former Dallas defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan.

Antonio Smith signs with Indianapolis Colts
-Antonio Smith has remained productive as he enters his 30s. The Colts are familiar with his ability on inter-division rival, Houston Texans. He’d provide the team with the veteran experience needed along that porous front.

Jason Worilds resigns with Pittsburgh Steelers
-Last years draft selection of Jarvis Jones motivated Worilds to have a productive year. He says he’s open to return if he can remain the starter. The Steelers have never been the ones to rush rookies into the fold while Worilds youth and production would prompt the Steelers to resign him.

Willie Young resigns with Detroit Lions
-Young is a player that has flown under the radar. The Lions probably won’t get better value elsewhere in free agency and likely won’t target defensive line early in the draft this year.

Shaun Phillips resigns with Denver Broncos
-Phillips outplayed expectations last year in Denver. Reports currently suggest that he will be retained, and he’ll hopefully play with even better circumstances on defense next year.

Arthur Jones resigns with New England Patriots
-With the Ravens dedicated a long term contract to Terrell Suggs, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Arthur Jones and the Raven’s front office come to terms on a deal. A team he could come to terms with, though, is the Patriots. The chance to play alongside his brother, Chandler, would be a great opportunity to expand the family business.

Randy Starks signs with Chicago Bears
-The Bears interior run defense was the worst in the league last year. Starks has been one of the top run stuffing tackles in the league over the past three seasons and may be just what the doctor ordered to stop the bleeding.

Linval Joseph resigns with Oakland Raiders
-Joseph appears determined to maximize his worth in free agency. The Raiders are certainly a likely landing spot considering their financial situation and need for a reliable defensive tackle.

Jason Hatcher signs with Seattle Seahawks
-While Hatcher was Dallas' best interior lineman last season, the cash strapped Cowboys likely won't be able to oblige his contract demands. Hatcher would comfortably fit in Seattle's defensive lineman rotation and hybrid scheme.

Paul Soliai resigns with Miami Dolphins
-The Dolphins will have to make a decision this offseason between Starks and Soliai. Both have expressed their desire to stay, but Soliai is arguably more important and will come cheaper for the ‘Phins.

Henry Melton signs with Dallas Cowboys
-Melton's nightmare 2013 season was marred by injury. While the current Bears regime may not see his value, former Chicago defensive coordinator, Rob Marinelli, could lure him to Dallas this year.

B.J. Raji signs with New York Giants
-Rumors about Raji’s discontent with his role in the Packer defense have been known since midseason. The Giants may afford the New York native the opportunity to rush the passer given their fast paced rush scheme.

Kevin Williams resigns with Minnesota Vikings
-Despite Kevin Williams entering his 12th NFL season, he still has shown an ability to play the position at a high level. If he’s sincere about wanting to play for Mike Zimmer (and why wouldn’t he be) and the Vikings want him too, I see him staying in Minnesota to finish out his career.

Cedric Thornton resigns with Philadelphia Eagles
-The Eagles have built a reputation that they have a soft defense. Anyone who watched their games as the season progressed knew that wasn’t the case by week 17. Thornton was a big part of Philadelphia’s defensive surge and he deserves to anchor their defensive line.

Daryl Smith signs with Tennessee Titans
-Coming off a “prove-it” deal, Smith is entering this free agent class as the best inside backer. Although I believe the Ravens will make a strong push to sign him, he will have a number of suitors at his doorstep. The Titans have reportedly a strong interest in Smith’s ability and given the importance of a middle linebacker in their scheme, they may be the ones to outbid for his services.

Karlos Dansby resigns with Arizona Cardinals
-Dansby was back to his old ways on his former team this year. He played very good for a player a third of his way through his 30s. I think the Cardinals find away to retain him next season.

Donald Butler resigns with San Diego Chargers
-The Chargers have always been able to maintain a nice stable of talent on their defensive end. Although not a premier player at his position, Butler’s biggest asset is his youth (25).

(r) Vinny Rey signs with Minnesota Vikings
-With the Vikings parting ways with Erin Henderson, a hole will need to be filled to man the middle on defense. Rey proved to be better than normal Bengals starter, Rey Maualuga, and his familiarity with Mike Zimmer should hint toward a reunion.

Wesley Woodyard signs with New York Giants
-The Giants have had a constant rotation of also-ran linebackers for quite some time now. Woodyard’s year went on a downturn, which saw him benched. He still has the ability to play at a high level given the opportunity to play on the weak side.

Brandon Spikes signs with Denver Broncos
-The Broncos seem to have an appetite for former New England Patriots and it also so happens they need an inside linebacker. While Spikes is mainly a two down player, he offers the Broncos veteran presence, experience, and confidence in the middle.

Erin Henderson signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-With Henderson’s post-season release, it isn’t unlikely to see him land on his feet under his former coach, Leslie Frasier, in Tampa Bay.

Jon Beason resigns with New York Giants
-The Giants have had it tough in the middle since the departure of Antonio Pierce. Although Beason didn’t prove to be an immediate upgrade, he has the ability to solidify the middle.

Pat Angerer signs with New York Jets
-While Angerer has shown flashes of ability throughout his young career, his health has kept him off the field far too often. The Jets could use an inside linebacker and his skills are tailor made for Rex Ryan’s defense.

(f) Brent Grimes resigns with Miami Dolphins
-Grimes had a phenomenal comeback season with the Dolphins and the team will do it’s best to retain his services.

(f) Vontae Davis resigns with Indianapolis Colts
-Although Davis has had an up and down career performance wise, the Colts seem keen on training their young talent. Hopefully, Davis’ first contract with the Colts works out for both sides.

Captain Munnerlyn resigns with Carolina Panthers
-Munnerlyn was an essential piece to a Panther secondary that ranked in the top ten last season. The surprising surge in play has a lot to do with Munnerlyn’s ability to play in the nickel or on the perimeter. The Panthers should do what it takes to lock him up.

Alterraun Verner signs with Minnesota Vikings
-The Vikings found themselves being barraged with top tier passing offenses seemingly overnight. The NFC North is a daunting place for corners, but Verner would be a willing candidate. Minnesota has explicitly shown interest in the 25-year-old pro bowler.

Sam Shields resigns with Green Bay Packers
-Reports indicate that Green Bay will allow Shields to explore the open market. He ended up having a very good year last year and while he’ll have plenty of takers, no team knows his value like the Packers.

Aqib Talib resigns with Washington Redskins
-Talib was an essential member to the Patriots secondary last year. His seminal performance against Jimmy Graham showed just how good he could be versus the league’s most elite receivers. That said, his asking price will be astronomically high and the Patriots rarely bend to unreasonable asking prices. Operating with an opposite philosophy is Dan Snyder, who will spare no expense on his beloved Washington Redskins.

Tarell Brown resigns with San Francisco 49ers
-Brown is one of the better corners in the league despite his injury woes. The Niners seem to appreciate him and I anticipate them bringing him back on a medium length deal.

(r) Chris Harris resigns with Denver Broncos
-The Broncos may go through a big overhaul in their defensive backfield next season. Harris has been a bright spot despite the disappointments that the unit has contributed as a whole. Despite his late season injury, Denver should bring him back on a long-term deal.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie resigns with Denver Broncos
-It’s clear that Rodgers-Cromartie has his heart set on resigning with Denver considering he was set to retire if they had won the Super Bowl. Since that didn’t happen, DRC may want another crack on what should be a better defensive roster heading into next year.

DeAngelo Hall resigns with Washington Redskins
-Washington has had little to cheer about on defense of late, but Hall has been that “little.” His ability in man coverage is underrated and he always shows up against the Cowboys. Hall appears to already by in talks with Washington to re-up his time in Washington.

Charles Tillman signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-The writing already appears to be on the wall regarding Tillman’s departure from Chicago. The most logical move would be for him to follow his former head coach to Tampa Bay, team up with Revis, and claim the title of "legion of boom" east.

(f) Jarius Byrd signs with Buffalo Bills
-Byrd has had a tumultuous relationship with the Bill’s brass the past few seasons. The two sides are unlikely to come to any agreement before the franchise tag deadline, though I do think the Bills are eager to retain him.

(f) T.J. Ward resigns with Cleveland Browns
-The Browns have a strong young defense that is on the rise. Ward’s resigning will be an essential for the unit not to lose steam.

Donte Whitner resigns with San Francisco 49ers
-Whitner has proved to be an essential tone ester for the Niner defense. As they head into a new stadium, they’ll want to bring one of their leaders with them.

Louis Delmas signs with Atlanta Falcons
-Reports indicate Delmas scheduled to meet with the Falcons after the combine. He fits a need and gives the team an attitude in their secondary that has been absent for years.

Stevie Brown resigns with New York Giants
-Before his devastating injury, Stevie Brown was considered one of the top emerging safeties in the league. The Giants should look to retain him if he can make a full recovery.

Chris Clemons signs with Philadelphia Eagles
-While the Eagles did improve dramatically from the start of the year to the end on defense, much of their struggles had to do with the safety position. Clemons is a reliable veteran presence that wouldn’t come with a steep price tag.

Thomas DeCoud signs with Oakland Raiders
-DeCoud may have played himself right out of Atlanta last year. The Raiders have had a need at the safety position for a long time now. The bay area native could step right in and fill a desperate need.

Bernard Pollard resigns with Tennessee Titans
-The Titans will have to make a decision between Verner and Pollard in free agency. Pollard immediately changed the identity of the Tennessee defense and it seems likely that he could be had back at a relative bargain.



Houston Texans select Jadaveon Clowney, DL, South Carolina
-Unlike the popular pick of one of the three top quarterbacks here, this pick makes sense on several multiple levels. Firstly, one of the popular candidates for this pick is UCF’s Blake Bortles on account that O’Brien likes a quarterback of his stature and physic. Well, many have forgotten that Houston already has such a player on the roster in Matt Schaub. Secondly, Clowney is widely considered the best prospect in this draft, and he will be paired with arguably the leagues best defensive lineman, J.J. Watt - forcing offenses to choose which to slide toward. This may not be the sexy pick (Manziel), the sleeper pick (Bortles), or the “smart” pick (Bridgewater), but it simply is the logical pick.

St. Louis Rams select Sammy Watkins, R, Clemson
-Although the Rams front office has stated they don’t feel as they need to acquire a “number one” receiver, Watkins is deserving of consideration here based on his talent. I also consider it the smart pick considering the team needs to do it’s best to figure out what they have in Sam Bradford.

Jacksonville Jaguars select Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
-Even if Jacksonville failed to get the number one overall pick this season, they still get their “elite” signal caller. I, personally, feel that Bridgewater is the unquestionable number one quarterback in this draft. The pick would be a no-brainer if he falls.

Cleveland Browns select Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
-There’s certainly one thing we know almost for sure in this draft and that’s that the Browns will be taking a quarterback with their first pick. It’s tough to pin down who new Browns GM, Ray Farmer, has his eyes set on, but Bortles has been talked about as going as high as first overall.

Oakland Raiders select Khalil Mack, DL/LB, Louisville
-The Raiders can go a number of different ways with this pick. Do they go with the playmaker (Watkins), the gunslinger (Carr), or something else entirely. I vote C. Mack comes form the same bloodlines of Von Miller, and head coach Dennis Allen would be remiss to pass that up.

Atlanta Falcons select Greg Robinson, OL, Auburn
-Atlanta’s activities in free agency will likely dictate how their draft turns out. A young lineman may need to wait out how Sam Baker pans out for the team in the future. That said, Robinson fits the mold of a tough lineman capable of opening holes in the running game day one.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Mike Evans, R, Texas A&M
-Although the Buccaneers’ franchise legacy is built on defense, the team has a solid foundation on offense. Lining up Mike Evans across from Vincent Jackson isn’t unlike the tandem of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall in Chicago. There’s no doubt former Bears’ coach, Lovie Smith, wouldn’t mind some of that in Tampa.

Minnesota Vikings select Anthony Barr, DL/LB, UCLA
-The Vikings will be tempted to draft a quarterback early in the draft. While Bortles and Carr are intriguing prospects in their own right, the fan base may not have the patience for anything less than a sure thing in the first round. Barr is an aggressive pass rusher that would give the potent quarterbacks in the NFC North fits.

Buffalo Bills select Jake Matthews, OL, Texas A&M
-Although Matthews doesn’t address a pressing need, he could immediately step in right away and play right tackle. A Bills’ tandem of Jake Matthews and Cordy Glenn wouldn’t be a bad thing for second year starter, E.J. Manuel.

Detroit Lions select Marqise Lee, R, USC
-The contrast between Calvin Johnson and the rest of the Lion’s receivers seems staggering at times. Lee possesses a lot of the skills that former Lion, Titus Young, had when he was in the NFL. Lee could potentially thrive in his rookie year while facing wide-open spaces that Johnson’s gravity field creates.

Tennessee Titans select Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan
-Many thought Lewan would have given either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher a run for their money in the top of the first round last year. His availability at the bottom of the top ten would be a gift for Tennessee—who could use a young tackle to replace their some ageing (and departing) veterans.

New York Giants select Timmy Jernigan, DL, Florida State
-Given the scenario where Linval Joseph departs in free agency, Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.

St. Louis Rams select Justin Gilbert, DB, Oklahoma State
-Just two seasons ago, the Rams were feeling pretty good about their defensive backfield. Gilbert will be tasked to step in right away across form Janoris Jenkins, and I believe he is more than prepared to do so.

Chicago Bears select Louis Nix, DL, Notre Dame
-The Bears had to endure a turnstile defensive middle this past year. A big part of that ineffectiveness was the disappointing play of nose tackle, Stephen Paea. Nix offers a veteran-like savvy and understanding of the position and he should be able to change the identity of that front right away.

Pittsburgh Steeler select HaSean Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
-The Steeler’s secondary has gotten a bit long in the tooth and needs a significant upgrade. Clinton-Dix offers the team a revitalizing player from a program thought of as being the Steelers of college football.

Dallas Cowboys select Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh
-With the Cowboys likely letting their best performing defensive lineman from a year ago (Hatcher) walk in free agency, the opportunity to select arguably the draft’s best interior pass rusher would be a God send.

Baltimore Ravens select C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
-While I have the Ravens resigning veteran linebacker Daryl Smith in the offseason, the team isn’t timid to build for the future early in the draft. Mosley is an athletic linebacker with a very valuable ability to cover on passing downs.

New York Jets select Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
-It’s clear to anyone watching football that the Jets have a pressing need to build upon their offensive talent pool. Ebron is a tight end in the mold of San Francisco’s Vernon Davis. He could immediately help second year signal caller Geno Smith develop into a more consistent and productive player.

Miami Dolphins select Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame
-Bullying controversies aside, the Dolphins needed help on the offensive line all season long. Martin comes as a two position player when can slide inside or out when needed.

Arizona Cardinals select Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
-Despite having a top ten defense a year ago, the Cardinals are facing an aging roster. Hageman is arguably the best available player at this point and at the very least, he’d provide depth and assurance for the future.

Green Bay Packers select Calvin Pryor, DB, Louisville
-Many cite the decline in defensive play of the Packers as the departure of safety Nick Collins to injury. While Collins looks to return the NFL, the Packers may want to remember what a top level safety can do for a defense. Pryor is a tough, instinctive player who could make an immediate impact.

Philadelphia Eagles select Kony Ealy, DL/LB, Missouri
-Thus far, Chip Kelly has shown he’s consistent in acquiring players that are winners in the genetic lottery. Ealy has the build of a willing pass rusher and will no doubt remind Kelly of ex-Oregon duck, Dion Jordan.

Kansas City Chiefs select Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
-It would definitely be a huge story to see Manziel drop as far as he does in this mock, but it’s certainly a possibility. Reid has shown he isn’t scared of picking mobile QBs from a spread offense and a checkered past.

Cincinnati Bengals select Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State
-The Bengals have tried the Plato’s Closet approach to adorning their corner backs over the past few years. While others’ once coveted belongings is nice for a bit, you begin to realize why they’re no longer coveted. Dennard offers the Bengals a fresh start to buy new off the rack and hopefully rehabilitate their defensive back wardrobe.

San Diego Chargers select Jason Varrett, DB, TCU
-The Chargers are tasked to deal with the offensive barrage within the AFC West. Most of the time, their anemic defensive backfield wasn’t up to the task. Varrett would be a small first step step toward solving a big problem.

Cleveland Browns select Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
-Despite the Browns potentially signing free agent, Ben Tate in the offseason, teams usually stock at least two capable backs in their stable (and more so in a Shanahan run offense). Hyde is a home-state product whose power and toughness makes him ideal for the Brown’s emerging offense.

New Orleans Saints select Scott Chrichton, DL/LB, Oregon State
-The Saints underwent a defensive rebirth under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan despite not having all the right pieces for his scheme. Chrichton would be a good first step toward creating a front seven that more closely resembles a 3-4.

Carolina Panthers select Cyrus Kouandjio, OL, Alabama
-While I expect left tackle mainstay, Jordan Gross, to line up for at least on more year, there needs to be a long term plan in place for his heir. Kouandijo was once projected as a top 10 pick and while he didn’t quite live up to that billing throughout the season, he certainly has the talent inside him to succeed.

New England Patriots select David Yankey, OL, Stanford
-The Patriots are no strangers to drafting big and strong offensive lineman in the first round. Yankey fits the mold of what the Patriots look for and he’d hopefully bring some consistency to the Patriots essential run game.

San Francisco 49ers select Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
-The 49ers have the luxury of addressing future needs in this draft. Tuitt would initially be a rotational player, but with Justin Smith entering the tail end of his career, Tuitt could anticipate starting sooner than later.

Denver Broncos select Davante Adams, R, Fresno State
-A receiver may not address some more pressing needs for the Broncos, but it may be the closest fit considering need and value. Adams is a high upside player who would could find himself in heaven playing for one of the best quarterbacks ever.

Seattle Seahawks select Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
-While Jace Amaro is arguably the better player, Seferian-Jenkins seems like the more likely pick for Seattle. ASJ has Graham upside and his local affiliation is step for step in how the team seems to acquire talent.

Round 2:

Houston Texans select A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Washington Redskins select Odell Beckham, R, LSU
Cleveland Browns select Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Oakland Raiders select Xavier Su’a-Filo, OL, UCLA
Atlanta Falcons select Dominique Easley, DL, Florida
Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Jacksonville Jaguars select Ka’Deem Carey RB, Arizona
Minnesota Vikings select Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Buffalo Bills select Kelvin Benjamin, R, Florida State
Tennessee Titans select Tennessee Titans select Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
New York Giants select Morgan Moses, OL, Virginia
St. Louis Rams select Dion Bailey, DB, USC
Detroit Lions select Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech
Pittsburgh Steelers select Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Dallas Cowboys select Dee Ford, DL/LB, Auburn
Baltimore Ravens select Allen Robinson, R, Penn State
New York Jets select Cyril Richardson, OL, Baylor
Miami Dolphins select Gabe Jackson, OL, Mississippi State
Chicago Bears select Marcus Roberson, DB, Florida
Arizona Cardinals select Kyle Van Noy, DL/LB, BYU
Green Bay Packers select Jeremiah Attaochu, DL/LB, Georgia Tech
Philadelphia Eagles select Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State
Cincinnati Bengals select Trent Murphy, DL/LB, Stanford
San Francisco 49ers select Bradley Roby, DB, Ohio State
San Diego Chargers select Trevor Reilly, DL/LB, Utah
New Orleans Saints select Louchiez Purifoy, DB, Florida
Indianapolis Colts select Jordan Matthews, R, Vanderbilt
Carolina Panthers select Kareem Martin, DL, North Carolina
San Francisco 49ers select Jarvis Landry, R, LSU
New England Patriots select Stanley Jean-Baptiste, DB, Nebraska
Denver Broncos select Deon Bucannon, DB, Washington
Seattle Seahawks select Antonio Richardson, OL, Tennessee

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Nice effort on free agency.

Clinton-Dix is okay but if the Steelers go secondary in the first I rather have them take Dennard there. The Steelers need a different WR than Cooks who is in the same mold of Brown and Wheaton size-wise. With Robinson available I would want him instead.

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Like it for Denver. Do a round 3 a guard would be nice
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David Njoku, Jourdan Lewis, Steven Taylor, Tedric Thompson, Marlon Mack, Brian Hill, OJ Howard, Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, Marcus Williams, Eddie Jackson

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Signing Pettigrew and resigning Byrd are great moves and Jake Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin are BPA's in there draft spots IMO

Good off season for the Bills
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Hardy and Teddy would be great and if by some miracle Dee Ford falls to our 2nd pick, we have to take him
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I like

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Applause Applause the effort was as good as I have ever seen, the grade I give the Dallas picks is also very good = A+
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Like the FA, but not the draft. We shouldn't go o-line at 6, but if we do, it should at least be someone capable of keeping Ryan on his feet day 1. Robinson isn't that guy. Easley, while talented, also isn't likely to have a day 1 impact. Mike Smith is likely coaching for his job and doesn't have time to wait. We need impact guys like Khalil Mack, Ra'Shade Hageman (if you don't want to give us another PR after signing one), or Aaron Donald at 6. An o-lineman would be perfect in the second.

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Easy to tell a lot of work was put into this, but Watkins is not the second best player in this draft, and Dion Bailey is not a second round prospect, imo.
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CHIEFS: I really don't think you mean, Manziel---'TE'? Interesting pick for them. I could see this happening, except I really don't think he drops that far. However, a long ways to go before the draft, so..................?
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Hmmm much better V.2 for the Falcons

We get a decent DE although the one i least want of the younger FA DE but one that is a good possiblity. If we can get Johnson for around 6 to 8 mil a year then sure give it a try.

We get a very talented RT/RG in Schwartz can't argue with that.

We get a better and more talented upside FS in Delmas over Decoud no complaints there either.

So FA gets a strong A- from me you hit 3 big needs with good young upside talented players at big positions of need that needed a vet presence. If was Orakpo, Hardy, or Houston would have been an A+ Very Happy

Draft we get an extremly talented RG or RT which we can let him and Schwartz now work it out who plays where as we finally got the vet guy there to help the rookie at either positions they choose. So i am pleased with Robinson at 6 now more so than Matthews as i like robinsons versatility and upside better as he can play OG and OT making him a 4 positions line player incase of injuries.

The 2nd round pick im not a big fan of im just not huge on Easly personally but with that said you did look at a need in DT for us so im not nit picking a guy when you gave us the right position and you might personally love easly as a prospect.

So in all you gave us a new vet DE/LB, RT/RG, and FS
You also gave us a new rookie RG/RT and DT

That is 5 of our top 7 needs in this draft the other 2 being 1 more DT in the 3rd to 4th round plus a resign of either Babs or Peters or Vance Walker. and a TE in the next round after words.

Overall if we got say Niklas or C.J. at TE in the 3rd or 4th + maybe a guy like Ferguson, Jones, McCullers, Carreathers, or Ellis at DT in the 3rd to 5th.

Then maybe another FS with upside for depth incase Delmas gets injured later.

This draft would be a great success for the Falcons and imo already is a pretty good success with the way you set it up in the FA and 1st 2 rounds.

A from me on the effort and the things we got well done on the Falcons side and thanks for listening and trying to incorporate some of the stuff and knowledge we discussed while still also keeping some stuff you liked and players you liked.
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Good work for Atlanta man. Cool

The more tape I watch on Robinson, the more I wouldn't mind him at 6. He is an absolute beast and is extremely versititle. Has a good punch and is athletic as well. He is pretty close to putting it all together pass-pro-wise, and once he does he could immediately be a Top-5 OT in the league. FA gets an A... would've rather had Hardy, but wouldn't be upset if we got MJ. Love the Schwartz signing. I see Baker playing LT next yr if he can stay healthy, have Robinson at RT waiting in the wings... because we all know Baker is pretty much done after this season if he gets hurt/sucks it up- which is almost a guarantee.

All in all, I would rather trade back and grab a DT like Hageman and/or Donald but I would be content w/ this scenario.
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Alterraun Verner - FA signing = nice
Barr - 1st Round MIN = nice
Carr - 2nd Round MIN = nice

Very realistic scenario.
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JaguarCrazy2832 wrote:
Hardy and Teddy would be great and if by some miracle Dee Ford falls to our 2nd pick, we have to take him
Sure, Hardy would be great, but he is also incredibly unlikely to fall into the price range the GM is going to be looking to spend on free agents.

As for the picks, if MJD is back, there is no way it makes sense to go RB in round 2, and even if MJD wasn't back, Carey at 39 overall is just too high in my opinion.
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1BackInBlackFan: In a previous mock I had the Steelers take Benjamin in the first for the exact reason you stated. I do think the Steelers will make a concentrated effort to get younger in the secondary, though. I think Clinton-Dix is a better prospect than Dennard at this point.

KingBishop: My next mock will probably be four rounds and not until after the combine.

BillsGuy82: I too think this is a favorable situation for the Bills. Benjamin is a tough guy to gauge in terms of value considering he's seen as high as top 15 and as low as early second.

JaguarCrazy2832: I bounced back and forth between Carey and Ford. I think if you were to ask me again, I'd have them taking Ford.

canucks9314: What do you see the Seahawks doing later in the draft?

resilient: Thanks.

BeeperKing: I don't necessarily think that Robinson isn't a day one improvement, especially at right tackle. Easley is admittedly a guy I like probably more than most teams do. His injury history will likely have him picked as late as the 4th round.

jjab360: I think the Rams are in a precarious situation. If Clowney goes #1, it's going to be a tough pick to trade out of. I think Watkins offers the team a significant day one upgrade. I think the jury's still out on Bailey. I do know that Jeff Fisher does like his USC guys.

Flexx: Thanks for making me aware. I think that it's unrealistic to believe that one of the top four quarterbacks won't drop considering the dearth of talent available at other positions in the top of the first round.

FalconFan13: Thanks for the feedback. How likely do you think are the Falcons draft a running back in the 3rd-4th rounds? Do you think the Falcons would draft Amaro over Easley in the 2nd?

SpoonFed56: Thanks. Hardy is a tough guy to pin down. The media seems to believe that the Panthers will tag him, but I'm not so sure. That said, the Jaguars fans on here don't think that the team will spend big in free agency and Hardy would certainly demand liberal spending. I'm trying to stay away from trades in this draft because they are almost impossible to predict (especially past the first round).

CriminalMind: Thanks. I think I also had the Vikings signing restricted free agent, Vinny Rey.

JagsFanInNY: You're probably right on Carey. Ford is a likely choice if he is available.

Thanks everyone for the feedback.

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