The Draft is less than one week away, so it´s time for my first mock!
Round 1 : We sit at 20 and we have Blake Bortless falling to us, so what do we do? Well the Browns selected Sammy Watkins at 4 and they want their franchise QB now, we make them clear that we want something for a franchise QB so we trade back to 26 an get the Browns 2nd round pick (35) and 2nd 4th rounder (127). So now sitting at 26 , we see Ryan Shazier right falling into our arms and we take him with a bright smile! Pick: Ryan Shazie-OLB/ILB- OSU
Round 2 : So as we have 2 selections in this round (35 and 52) we have some good options. I decide to go with one of my personal favorites if not my absolute favorite at 35 and select BYU OLB Kyle van Noy. You may wonder that I select him after I took Shazier in Round 1, well that´s because I see Shazier as a hybrid rush linebacker and box safety, while I see van Noy as our future pass rusher (who has by the way excellent cover skills). So now we have to look what we have at 52 and there could be several players to target. I go with Deone Bucannon who is the perfect fit for our D-Backfield a big hard hitting Safety. Picks: Kyle van Noy-OLB-BYU ; Deone Bucannon-SS-WASH State
Round 3: We already did a good job at adding massive talent to our defense so what do we do know. I can see several players falling to 84, like Austin Seferian Jenkins, Chris Borland, Will Sutton or maybe even Carlos Hyde. If Hyde should fall that far, there is no way I wouldn´t select him, however I wouldn´t count on it. I would go with Will Sutton, who has tremendous talent and should be Dockett´s replacement in a year or two. Pick: Will Sutton-DT-ASU
Round 4: We have again 2 selections in this round (20 and 27/120 and 127) With the first one I take Arizona RB Ka´Deem Carey whose Draft stock took a massive hit over the last few weeks. We get an absolute steal and quickly have one of the best backfields in the league with him, Dre and Taylor. The 127th choice in the Draft will be WR Josh Huff. He is super fast, versatile, amazingly strong and extremly dangerous after the catch. He will make our WR corps even better and can be our slot guy for years. He can also be used as a returner. Picks: Ka´Deem Carey-RB-Arizona ; Josh Huff-WR-Oregon
Round 5: We get a trade offer by the San Diego Chargers and move back from 20 to 25 (160 to 165). We get the Chargers 7th round pick in return. So with pick 165 we select an ILB and that is one of my favorite defensive players - Jordan Zumwalt out of UCLA. He is very versatile, but is best suited as a true Mike in my opinion. He is a very smart, hard hitting team leader, who has also good special teams potential. Pick: Jordan Zumwalt-ILB-UCLA
Round 6: Now we go with one of my favorite CB´s - Walt Aikens out of Liberty. He is a long muscular CB who is very underrated. I think he can be an absolute steal - starting for us when Cromartie leaves. Pick: Walt Aikens-CB-Liberty
Round 7: So this is our last pick, we sit at 25 (240 overall). Those picks are always hard to predict, but I have to select one of the most underrated prospects in the whole class of 2014. UTAH TE Jake Murphy. He has superb hands is a really good route runner, can block and is a smart player who left 1 year early, because he wants to support his wife and his daughter. He had injury problems at UTAH and already is 25 years old, as he was on a LDS mission for two years. If he stays healthy he can be our security blanket for the next years. Pick: Jake Murphy-TE-UTAH
So now I will give you some players who could be UDFA´s and who would be good targets for us.
Joe Don Duncan-TE-Dixie State
Brandon Denmark-OLB-Florida A&M
Frances Mays-DE/OT(?)-Flordia A&M - stands at 6 foot 9
John Ojo-FS-Florida A&M
Howard Jones-DE-Shepherd ;Long shot at going undrafted but if he should be a priority UDFA
Tyler Star-OLB-South Dakota
Shaquill Barrett-OLB-Colorado State ; As Jones also Barrett should be a priority UDFA
Todd Washington-CB-Southeastern Louisiana ; Could be a good slot CB in the future, good in man and press coverage
Josh Mauro-DE-Stanford;Fits perfectly into our D-Line technique, should be a priority too
Ben Gardner-DE-Stanford; Teammate of Mauro, strong against the run and respected team leader
Garrett Gilbert-QB-SMU ; Both Pachhall and Gilbert could give Ryan Lindley competition.
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe-DT-Boise State; I want him on the team, just because of his name. He may be even good enough to stick around as a rotational player.
Zach Bauman-RB-NAU; He is the only Lumberjack I know, but I think he is easily one of the best ever. Big Sky Offensive player of the year. We also attended his pro day. Look at his tape at Draftbreakdown.com.
Gerald Ford-WR-Valdosta State
Ethan Weestbrooks-DE-West Texas A&M; Shrine Game MVP, Div II Sack monster - if going undrafted the first to sign!
Lawrence Virgil-DT-Valdosta State; Big player , same as with Tjong-A-Tjoe, could be a interesting player.
Larry Webster-DE/TE(?) - Bloomsburg; Long shot at going undrafted, if he does must be a priority.Super athletic , could suceed as both a DE and a TE in the NFL. Had a really good showing at the Shrine Game.
Luke Lucas-OT-Kansas State; Big OT, worth a look during camp and preseason.
Alejandro Villanueva-TE/OT(?)/TE cover specialist(?)-Army ; Served in Afghanistan after coming out of West Point, gives the NFL one more shot (isn´t eligible) can be signed. Is huge at 6 foot 9 and played OT and TE at Army. I could even see him as a "TE cover specialist":
So these are my thoughts on our Draft. We end up with 9 picks, of whom I see Shazier/van Noy/Bucannon/Carey/Huff and Murphy as instant impact players. If it turns out like that, I see us as serious Super Bowl contenders.