2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated 7-Round Predictions with Compensatory Picks
The full order for the 2014 NFL draft is now set. The National Football League announced Monday that 32 compensatory selections have been awarded to 13 NFL teams, bringing the draft's number of selections up to its total of 256 picks.
Per the NFL's release, "a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks," with each of those teams being eligible for a maximum of four additional selections.
The first compensatory picks fall in the third round, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers landing the Nos. 97-100 overall selections.
The Ravens and New York Jets were the only two teams to receive four compensatory picks. The Ravens also received two picks in Round 4 (Nos. 134 and 138 overall) and one in the fifth round (No. 175 overall), while the Jets received one fourth-round choice (No. 137 overall) and three sixth-round picks.
As those 13 teams receive more ammunition for this year's draft, their projected selections in both early and late rounds could also change. While the compensatory picks cannot be traded, it gives the teams who hold them more flexibility to take chances early in the draft.
1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater didn’t help his draft stock with a performance at last week's Louisville pro day that NFL Network’s Mike Mayock (h/t NFL.com's Mike Huguenin) considered to be “average at best,” but if the Houston Texans are looking for a quarterback who can help them win more games immediately, Bridgewater would be their best choice.
Bridgewater isn’t the most physically outstanding quarterback in this year’s draft class, but he has its most polished skill set.
While most young quarterbacks struggle with accuracy and decision-making under pressure, Bridgewater’s veteran-like mechanics and clean footwork stay consistent. He has very good accuracy as a pocket passer, but he is also an effective scrambler who throws well on the run.
The Texans could opt for a defensive playmaker in South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack with the top pick, but if they are going to bounce back from a disastrous 2013 season, the most important step is upgrading at quarterback.
UCF’s Blake Bortles could also be an option for Houston at this pick. Bortles is a bigger quarterback with a stronger arm than Bridgewater, but he has more mechanical flaws. While the Texans might opt for Bortles’ physical upside, Bridgewater has the tools and football IQ to step in right away and be the starter Houston needs in 2014.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The St. Louis Rams traded down from the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and received three first-round picks and a second-round pick in return from the Washington Redskins. With no obvious selection for the Rams at the second slot, it is likely they will attempt to turn a similar trade with this year’s No. 2 pick, their last draft selection that they acquired from Washington in that 2012 trade.
Although they could entice a team looking to move up for Clowney or for a top quarterback, moving down will be easier said than done. If the Rams cannot get ample value in return for the selection, they would be smart to use it themselves and draft Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews.
St. Louis does not have a pressing need at offensive tackle after re-signing Rodger Saffold to a five-year contract, but the addition of Matthews could make its entire offensive line better. Matthews could be an immediate upgrade at right tackle, which would also leave the Rams with a solid pair of starting guards in converted tackles Rodger Saffold and Joe Barksdale.
Arguably the most complete prospect in the entire draft class, Matthews has terrific feet and a great frame for the offensive tackle position. He is experienced playing on both sides of the line and is polished both in pass protection and run blocking.
Matthews could also provide insurance for the Rams at left tackle, where Jake Long’s status for the start of the 2014 season looms uncertain after suffering a torn ACL and MCL late this past season.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Jacksonville Jaguars need a quarterback upgrade as badly as anyone, but Jadeveon Clowney might simply be too good to pass up if he is available at the No. 3 overall selection.
Jacksonville has been active in bolstering its defensive line in free agency, re-signing Jason Babin while adding Chris Clemons and Red Bryant from the Seattle Seahawks, and Ziggy Hood from the Pittsburgh Steelers. None of that, however, should preclude the Jaguars from drafting Clowney.
The Jaguars tied for dead last in the NFL this past season with just 31 sacks. An explosive playmaker like Clowney, who can beat his opponents with his speed, power and hands but also occupy blockers to free up the players around him, could immediately held Jacksonville remedy their lacking pass-rush.
While the Jaguars have plenty of role players on their defensive line, Clowney could give them a star with remarkable physical potential. He is a versatile playmaker who could be used wide on the edge at the “Leo” rusher spot, opposite the Leo as a 5-technique defensive end and even inside as a defensive tackle.
The Jaguars have greater positional needs than the defensive line, but Jacksonville needs to add talent more than anything. There is arguably no greater talent in this year’s draft than Clowney, and he is a player Jacksonville could easily regret passing up if it did so.
4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
If there was any doubt that the Cleveland Browns were in the market for a new quarterback, they made that plan loud and clear when they released Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell on March 12. While the Browns might give Brian Hoyer a chance to win the starting job in 2014, they should also be looking to draft at least one quarterback and could opt to do so with the No. 4 overall pick.
After seeing the previous general manager and coach last just one season in Cleveland, Browns GM Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine should be looking to add an immediate spark to their offense. Their best bet to get that might come from Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Manziel is a risky selection who has to develop significantly as a pocket passer to succeed long term in the NFL, but he has special playmaking ability. He can make things happen with both his arm and his feet, and he has an uncanny ability to extend plays under pressure.
The Texas A&M quarterback will not be able to get away with some of the risks and liberties he took in his two collegiate seasons, but he is an explosive dual-threat whom NFL defenses will have to immediately account for. If Cleveland has confidence in its ability to develop "Johnny Football," he would be the best choice if available at the No. 4 overall pick.
5. Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
While the Oakland Raiders made some short-term improvements to their defensive front with the free-agent additions of Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith, these players are on the back end of their careers and signed to a two-year deal. The Raiders would still be smart to seek a playmaking edge-defender early in this year’s draft, and Buffalo’s Khalil Mack might be tough to pass up.
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An explosive athlete who excels at outside pass-rushing and also at setting the edge versus the run, Mack has the size and strength to convert from outside linebacker to defensive end in Oakland’s 4-3 defense. That said, Mack is also a great playmaker in space who could play any linebacker spot as a rangy tackler who is solid in coverage.
With the versatility to play multiple positions, finding a fit for Mack wouldn’t be a problem in Oakland; he would give the Raiders a caliber of three-down playmaker they currently might not have on their defensive roster.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Unless the Atlanta Falcons are sold on Lamar Holmes as a starting offensive tackle, which they shouldn’t be after his dismal 2013 season, Greg Robinson could be awfully tough for the Atlanta Falcons to pass up should he be available at the No. 6 overall pick.
A 6’5”, 332-pound behemoth with an exceptional combination of power and athleticism, Robinson could be an immediate upgrade over Holmes at right tackle and a probable eventual successor and upgrade at left tackle over Sam Baker.
The Auburn offensive tackle already demonstrates the ability to be a dominant run-blocker, both with his ability to drive opponents off the line of scrimmage and his foot skills to explode to the second level and make blocks well outside of his starting point.
Robinson needs to develop as a pass-blocker, but his physical attributes suggest he should be able to excel in that capacity as his technique improves.
The best value on the board in this scenario, Robinson would be a big upgrade for the Falcons at an important position.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one standout wide receiver in Vincent Jackson, but even if the Buccaneers end up keeping Mike Williams in the fold for the 2014 season, they are very thin at the position. If they get the chance to select Sammy Watkins, the draft's most dynamic offensive playmaker, they shouldn't pass it up.
Watkins has the speed to burn defensive backs deep and the open-field agility to make defenders miss in the open field, but he also has the strength to play through contact and the size and leaping ability to win jump-ball situations. He is a great route-runner as a receiver, while he can also be used as a gadget-play runner and as a return specialist.
The Clemson wideout could make an immediate impact both outside and from the slot, while he would also be an immediate upgrade at kickoff returner should the Buccaneers choose to use him there.
Regardless of whether Josh McCown or Mike Glennon ends up as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, the Buccaneers should be looking to surround their quarterback with as much talent as possible. Watkins could give the team a dimension of big-play ability that it does not currently have in its offensive playmakers.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
For new offensive coordinator Norv Turner to take advantage of the talent on Minnesota’s offense, the Vikings need to upgrade at quarterback. They should have an opportunity to land one of the draft’s top quarterbacks at the No. 8 overall pick; in this scenario, their choice falls between UCF’s Blake Bortles and Fresno State’s Derek Carr.
Projecting which quarterback the Vikings would take here is essentially a coin flip, as both quarterbacks have the tools to thrive in Turner’s offense as a pocket passer, yet both have flaws that must be developed for them to sustain success. Ultimately, it seems likely the Vikings would opt for Bortles, whose size and arm strength give him arguably the most upside of any quarterback in this year’s draft.
Bortles, whose physical attributes and ability to make plays under pressure and run through contact have drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger, per NFL Media's Charles Davis, could be the franchise quarterback Minnesota needs. He has to improve his footwork and accuracy to avoid being one of the draft’s biggest busts, but his potential might be tough for the Vikings to pass up.
9. Buffalo Bills: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Buffalo Bills should be looking to help out second-year quarterback EJ Manuel by adding as much talent around him as possible. The most talented offensive player available on the board in this scenario, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, could be exactly what Buffalo needs.
With a lack of size among their receiving targets, the Bills should be looking for a big playmaker with the size and leaping ability to be a jump-ball target. Enter Evans, a 6’5”, 231-pound wideout with tremendous athleticism for his size and terrific body control.
Evans’ wide catch radius could make Manuel look better, as his physical tools give him a wide range in which he can adjust to the football in the air and make catches.
With a quarterback whose accuracy is still developing, a playmaker like Evans who can attack the ball over defensive backs should be well worth an early first-round selection.
10. Detroit Lions: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
The Detroit Lions have a need for talent in their secondary, especially at safety where they lack a playmaker to start alongside Glover Quin. Detroit could address that need and add a playmaker to its defensive backfield by selecting Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the No. 10 overall pick.
An explosive athlete who is fluid in coverage and tackles physically, Clinton-Dix can be a difference-maker in both pass defense and run support. With a wide playmaking range both as a centerfield cover safety and also as a tackle-seeker in the box, he has the versatility to play either safety spot.
Clinton-Dix might not be considered a top-10 talent in this year’s draft, but there also might not be another player on the board in this scenario who would make a greater immediate impact for Detroit.
11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
As the Tennessee Titans shift to a hybrid, pressure-heavy defensive scheme under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Ray Horton, they need to add another playmaker who can provide a pass-rushing spark off the edge.
Though BYU’s Kyle Van Noy and Auburn’s Dee Ford could also be in the mix, UCLA’s Anthony Barr is the most natural fit to play outside linebacker in 3-4 fronts, and he has the most pass-rushing upside, of the edge-defenders available in this scenario.
Barr has a very good combination of size and athleticism for the position and is a skilled pass-rusher off the edge. While he needs to improve as a run defender as in coverage, he could likely be an immediate source of pressure in a situational role.
With his physical measurables, Barr has the versatility to play multiple spots between multiple fronts. Having played just two years on defense at UCLA after starting his Bruins career on offense, he might only be scratching the surface of his potential.
12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The New York Giants have a need for pass-catchers after losing wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and tight end Brandon Myers in free agency. The Giants could simultaneously replace Nicks’ size and playmaking ability and fill its void at tight end by drafting North Carolina’s Eric Ebron with their first-round pick.
While Ebron would line up at tight end for the Giants, he is essentially a big wide receiver. He has great size at 6’4” and 250 pounds, but he combines it with tremendous athletic ability.
Ebron can stretch the field with his speed, leap to high-point jump balls and in the open field, make defenders miss and run through contact. While he is not much of a blocker, he can be positioned anywhere on the field and have the potential to get open and make big plays as a receiver.
With a current roster that lacks offensive weapons outside of receivers Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, adding another playmaker should become a priority early in this year’s draft. Ebron would be one of the best players available in this scenario and tough to pass up.
13. St. Louis Rams: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The St. Louis Rams have a serious need for talent in their secondary, so they shouldn’t pass up the chance to select this year’s top defensive back prospect with the No. 13 overall pick.
Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert has all the tools to be a star cornerback in the NFL. A tremendous athlete with great size (6’0", 202 lbs) for the position, Gilbert also has great ball skills, very good instincts and is a sound tackler who plays with physicality.
Gilbert would add a playmaker to a defensive backfield that needs one and also give the Rams a secondary option for kickoff returns. He finished his career at Oklahoma State with 12 interceptions, 39 total passes defensed and eight total touchdowns (six kickoff returns, two interception returns).
Having released Cortland Finnegan earlier this offseason, while Janoris Jenkins has been inconsistent thus far in his young career, the Rams need another starting-caliber cornerback, and Gilbert is their best bet in this year’s draft.
14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
No player has done more to raise his draft profile since the start of the 2013 college football season than Aaron Donald. From a senior season at Pittsburgh with 28.5 tackles for loss, to dominating his competition at the Senior Bowl and putting up ridiculous numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, he has established himself as the draft’s top player at his position.
That position, defensive tackle, is a spot where the Chicago Bears have an enormous need. They shouldn’t pass up the chance to select the draft’s top interior defensive lineman if they have the chance to select him.
Donald is undersized for the position at 6’1” and 285 pounds, but that’s about the only major knock remaining on him. A tremendously explosive athlete for his size who uses his hands well and has great strength, Donald projects ideally as a Henry Melton replacement at the 3-technique defensive tackle position.
The Bears could be in the market for two new starters at defensive tackle, but assuming they lose Melton, they especially need a penetrator who can bring pressure from inside. That is exactly what they could get from Donald, one of the most proven and productive talents in this year’s draft class.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to make a judgment on his character, but they just might consider Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan’s talent too good to pass up at the No. 15 overall selection.
Lewan’s draft stock could be hurt by off-field concerns, especially now that he is being arraigned on three assault charges, according to Kyle Feldscher of MLive.com. Behavioral risks aside, however, Lewan is arguably the top talent available in this scenario.
For a team that has struggled for years in its attempts to solidify its offensive line, Lewan could potentially be the franchise left tackle Pittsburgh needs.
While Lewan’s game is more technically flawed than the top two offensive tackles, he has all the physical traits needed to develop into a great NFL offensive-line bookend. He is a terrific athlete with a huge frame (6’7”, 309 lbs) and the ability to dominate with power.
Lewan has to improve his hand usage and footwork to excel as a pass protector, especially on the left side of the line, but he would still likely be an immediate upgrade at the position over Kelvin Beachum and Mike Adams.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
With DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher no longer with the Dallas Cowboys and Anthony Spencer also likely headed elsewhere, the Dallas Cowboys have a serious lack of talent on their defensive line. They should look to draft the best defensive lineman available with the No. 16 overall pick, and that could bring them to Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy.
A big, athletic and versatile disruptor, Ealy would be a good building block for a defensive line in the midst of a massive rebuild.
While his technique is still developing, he is an explosive pass-rusher and penetrator with the ability to play both outside and inside.
Of all the defensive linemen available in this scenario, none have more playmaking potential than Ealy.
17. Denver Broncos (from Baltimore Ravens): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
PROPOSED TRADE: The Baltimore Ravens trade the 17th overall pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the 31st overall selection and a 2015 second-round pick.
With a flurry of big-ticket free-agent signings, the Denver Broncos have made it clear that they are moving all their chips to the middle of the poker table for a Super Bowl run in 2014. If they see a playmaker worth moving up for in this year’s NFL draft, that push could continue with a trade up the board.
C.J. Mosley would give the Broncos defense another impact player and fill a need at the middle linebacker position. A well-rounded athlete who excels at tackling in space, is fluid in coverage and is a strong blitzer, Mosley could give Denver an every-down player in the middle of its defense who can always be around the football.
The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, have no obvious choices available in this scenario with Ebron, Lewan and Evans all off the board.
The Ravens no longer need to add picks in this year's draft after landing four compensatory choices, but they could look to move down and add a future selection in the process. Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome has been known to draft for value over need, but there simply aren't any great values on the board who fit Baltimore's roster well.
There is almost always at least one team that makes a splash with a big trade up the board, and so far this offseason, no team has been making a bigger splash than Denver. Mosley would be good value in the second half of Round 1 and a valuable player who could be deemed worth trading up for.
18. New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The New York Jets added one starting wide receiver with the free-agent signing of Eric Decker, but they still need to add more playmakers to their stable of pass-catchers. Opposite Decker, who is a well-rounded receiver with good size but is not particularly explosive, the Jets should be looking to add speed and open-field playmaking ability.
That’s what the Jets could get from LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He is a dynamic athlete who can outrun defenders with his speed and make them miss with his agility, but who also runs crisp routes and has great hands.
Beckham could be a weapon both outside and from the slot and would fit the bill for a team who should be looking to surround second-year quarterback Geno Smith with as many weapons as possible.
USC’s Marqise Lee would also be a strong option at the No. 18 overall pick, but he is a more similar player to Decker. Beckham would add a dimension the Jets currently do not have at the position, while he is also an explosive kickoff returner who could be an upgrade in that capacity.
19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Even with the free-agent signings of left tackle Branden Albert and guard Shelley Smith, continuing to rebuild the offensive line remains the Miami Dolphins’ greatest need. As the team is replacing four of its five starters up front from last season, the Dolphins should still be in the market for a right tackle and possibly another guard.
The best offensive lineman available in this scenario, Notre Dame’s Zack Martin could project to either of those positions. While his physical traits aren’t as special as those of the top three offensive tackle prospects, he is a technically precise blocker who should be able to succeed immediately in a starting role.
He plays with terrific hand placement and rarely loses a battle when he engages his opponent off the snap. The Notre Dame graduate also has very clean footwork and the strength to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage.
After a 2013 season in which the Dolphins' offensive line allowed a league-high 58 sacks and was embroiled in controversy, Miami should continue looking for players who can solidify their offensive line with both their play and their character. Martin could meet both of those criteria and be a good value at the No. 19 overall pick.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
While Carson Palmer is set to be the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback in 2014, the team lacks a long-term option at the position. As Palmer is 34 years old and playing on an expiring contract, the Cardinals would be smart to draft and develop his successor this year.
The NCAA’s leading passer in 2013 with 5,083 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013, Fresno State’s Derek Carr has all the physical tools needed to succeed as an NFL quarterback. A strong-armed pocket passer with good athleticism, Carr could in time provide an upgraded version of what Palmer already does in Bruce Arians’ offense.
The biggest concern with Carr, and the reason why he might still be available at the No. 20 overall selection rather than being a top-10 pick, is that he has consistently struggled to deal with pressure. Joining the Cardinals could be a good fit for Carr, as it would give him time to develop his weaknesses rather than being thrown immediately into the fire as a starter.
The Cardinals could look to a player such as BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy or Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro to provide a more immediate impact, but with long-term interest in mind, Carr would be the best choice for Arizona.
21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
If he makes it past the top 20 selections, it would be smart for the Green Bay Packers to turn to Calvin Pryor to fill their major vacancy at the free safety position.
The Packers did not re-sign M.D. Jennings after he played poorly in 2013, but there are no solid in-house candidates to replace him. Pryor, on the other hand, is a fluid athlete, hard hitter and ball hawk who could give Green Bay a playmaker at that position once again.
Pryor was somewhat inconsistent in coverage at Louisville, so he might hit some speed bumps in growing into a center-field safety role in Green Bay, but he has the physical attributes to develop into that role.
A defensive front-seven playmaker such as BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy or Minnesota defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman could also be a possibility at this selection, but while it might be tough to work those players into the rotation as rookies, Pryor could be an immediate upgrade at a position of need.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Despite re-signing Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles could soon re-enter the market for another wide receiver. The Eagles reportedly plan to either trade or release DeSean Jackson, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
If Jackson ends up elsewhere, the Eagles could turn to USC’s Marqise Lee as his replacement. A terrific route-runner who glides in the open field and has great hands, Lee would be one of the best players available in this scenario.
While Lee does not have exceptional size and speed, he is arguably the most well-rounded wide receiver in this year’s draft class. With the skill set to play both outside and in the slot, Lee could form a strong trio with Maclin and Cooper or a dangerous quartet if drafted by Philadelphia and Jackson remained in the fold.
Considering Lee caught 20 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns in his two collegiate games against Oregon when they were still led by current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, the Philadelphia brain trust should be well aware of Lee’s skill set and that he would be a great value selection at No. 22 overall.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Jimmie Ward, FS, Northern Illinois
The rapidity at which the top free-agent safeties were signed this offseason, and the value of the contracts that many of those safeties were able to land, is an indicator that the demand for quality safety play in the NFL is outweighing the supply of solid starters at the position. As a result, it should come as no surprise if three or more safeties are selected in the first round.
Northern Illinois’ Jimmie Ward might not be widely viewed as a first-round pick, but that has as much to do with where he played as it does his skill set. A well-rounded safety with great coverage range but who is also very good in run support, Ward could be the right fit for Kansas City’s void at the free safety position.
The best safety available in this scenario, Ward would give the Chiefs an interchangeable pair of playmakers at the position along with Eric Berry.
With no second-round pick in this year’s draft, the Chiefs could look to orchestrate a trade down, in which they might be able to select Ward at a better value and pick up additional draft selections. Nonetheless, Kansas City would be smart to select Ward even at No. 23 overall, as he could provide an immediate boost to the Chiefs’ secondary.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
The Cincinnati Bengals could be seeking a strong-side linebacker with some pass-rushing ability after releasing James Harrison and also losing defensive end Michael Johnson to free agency, which would make BYU’s Van Noy a tremendous choice at the No. 24 overall selection.
One of the draft’s most versatile and well-rounded defenders, Van Noy is a great athlete who has tremendous playmaking range, is a sound tackler in space, is a very good coverage linebacker and is explosive off the edge as a pass-rusher.
While Van Noy is ready to step in immediately at strong-side linebacker, where the Bengals could best utilize him, he adds the versatility to play any linebacker spot and even kick down to defensive end situationally as a pass-rusher.
The Bengals are in a position to pick for value throughout this year’s draft and could satisfy that concept while adding a player who could start immediately in Van Noy.
25. San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
After Derek Cox lasted just one year in San Diego following a horrendous 2013 season, the Chargers have a massive need for talent at the cornerback position. They could start that rebuilding process by selecting Ohio State’s Bradley Roby with the No. 25 overall selection.
Despite a disappointing redshirt junior season, Roby is still arguably the best cornerback prospect in this year’s draft class. He is an exceptional athlete who plays with physicality and has great playmaking ability.
What Roby must learn is how to play with more discipline, rather than always trying to utilize that playmaking ability for interceptions and big hits. While he has demonstrated the skill set to be a No. 1 shutdown cornerback in the NFL, his big-play mentality leads to as many lowlights as it does highlights.
If the Chargers are concerned about Roby’s up-and-down 2013 season, TCU’s Jason Verrett and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard would also be strong possibilities to address the team’s cornerback need. One way or another, however, San Diego needs to add more playmakers at the position, and there may not be a better one in this year’s class than Roby.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts): Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
If the Cleveland Browns decide to build their offense around Manziel, it is imperative that they have an athletic offensive line who can keep up with Manziel’s movements and provide significant pass protection. With a need to replace Shawn Lauvao at right guard, they shouldn’t pass up UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo.
Su’a-Filo is exactly what the Browns need to fill the hole on their interior offensive line. He is an agile inside blocker who is technically sound and also has great power, enabling him to excel in both passing and running situations.
While the Browns could also look to help Manziel with this pick by drafting another skill-position playmaker, Cleveland should be able to wait until the No. 35 overall pick and still land a top talent at wide receiver or running back.
The same is not so true at guard, where Su’a-Filo is a cut above the rest of the draft class and would be terrific value outside the top 25 as a result.
27. New Orleans Saints: Dee Ford, OLB/DE, Auburn
While Junior Galette emerged impressively as the New Orleans Saints’ top edge-rusher in 2013, and Cameron Jordan is a tremendous inside-outside pass-rush threat up front, the Saints should still be in the market for another hybrid edge-defender who can play both outside linebacker and defensive end opposite Galette.
Auburn’s Dee Ford would be a great choice to fill that role for the Saints if he is still available at the No. 27 overall pick. While Ford is undersized for a traditional defensive end role, he would be a great fit for the Saints’ scheme, where his outstanding athleticism could be utilized as a pass-rushing spark and in pursuit off the edge.
Combining an explosive burst with good use of hands, Ford has proven to be a tough player to block off the edge, while his all-around athleticism should enable him to transition to playing outside linebacker in 3-4 looks.
The Saints have a solid young core of defensive talent that they should look to continue building up early in this year’s NFL draft, and Ford could certainly make them more dynamic as their first-round pick.
28. Carolina Panthers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Carolina Panthers recently signed free-agent wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood, but they still have a dire need at the position after losing all four wide receivers who caught passes for the team.
Fortunately for the Panthers, there is no shortage of talent available at the position in this year’s draft. They could add an immediate playmaker to the unit by selecting Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks in the Round 1.
An exceptional athlete, Cooks had the fastest 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle times among wide receivers at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, according to NFL.com. He has as much big-play ability as any offensive skill-position player in this year’s draft.
While he is undersized for an outside receiver at just 5’10” and 189 pounds, his speed and quickness make him a big-play threat any time the ball is in his hands. He is a skilled route-runner who catches the ball cleanly and can take on contact despite his lack of size.
For a team that is essentially starting over at the wide receiver position, adding an athlete of Cooks’ caliber would be a good place to begin.
29. New England Patriots: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
While the New England Patriots are always among the prime candidates to trade out of a late first-round pick, the prospect of selecting Notre Dame’s Louis Nix III would likely be too good for them to pass up.
It is uncertain whether Vince Wilfork, who has asked the Patriots to release him, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, will be back with the team in 2014. Should the New England nose tackle be released, Nix would be an ideal replacement.
Like Wilfork, Nix (6’2”, 331 lbs) is a massive nose tackle who specializes in taking on double-teams and filling up gaps versus the run. Though his stock might have taken a hit with a disappointing combine performance, he has a good burst for his size while he can dominate opponents with his size and power.
Even if Wilfork is brought back, he is unlikely to remain an every-down player, so Nix would be a great addition to back him up in the rotation, then eventually succeed him in a starting role. In that case, however, the Patriots might be more apt to draft Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, who would give New England more versatility to penetrate and play multiple defensive line spots.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
After losing Tarell Brown in free agency and releasing Carlos Rogers, the San Francisco 49ers should look to use at least one of its many early draft picks to restock at cornerback. The ideal scenario for San Francisco would be landing Darqueze Dennard, who some consider to be the best cornerback in this year’s draft, at No. 30 overall.
A well-rounded cornerback who excels in press-man coverage but is also fluid in zone coverage, Dennard has the skill set to immediately take on a starting role on the outside opposite Tramaine Brock.
While he is not as physically gifted as the draft’s other top cornerbacks, he makes up for it with his instincts, physicality and ball skills.
The 49ers do not have a true No. 1 cornerback on their roster, but that’s what they could end up with by drafting Dennard. A good fit for San Francisco’s coverage scheme, he would be an ideal selection for both value and need late in the first round.
31. Baltimore Ravens (from Denver Broncos): Ra’Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota
Ra’Shede Hageman would be among the best selections for the Baltimore Ravens if they were to stay put at the No. 17 overall selection, so his value would likely be too good to pass up if he was still on the board at the 31st pick.
After losing Arthur Jones to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency, the Baltimore Ravens should look to add more talent to their defensive-line rotation at some point in this year’s draft. While the Ravens have bigger issues at a number of other positions, Hageman would fit the team’s reputation for selecting the best player available rather than pigeonholing talent for needs.
With an explosive combination of size (6’6”, 310 lbs), athleticism and strength, Hageman would give the Ravens another player with the versatility to play all three spots on their defensive line. While he needs to become more technically sound and consistent in his play, he could add an immediate spark as a run-stopper and inside pass-rusher.
By trading down and still landing Hageman, the Ravens could select a potential star while leaving themselves the flexibility to fill their needs, possibly through trading down again, with their three Day 2 draft selections.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Thomas, G/OT, Clemson
Outside of left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger, the rest of the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line is the defending Super Bowl champion’s biggest reason for concern this offseason. While second-year lineman Michael Bowie should either be a solid replacement at right tackle for Breno Giacomini, or an upgrade at either guard spot, there is a need for Seattle to add talent up front.
Clemson’s Brandon Thomas would not be a flashy first-round pick for Seattle, but the versatile offensive lineman just might be the right fit for what it needs.
A strong, athletic left tackle at Clemson, his best NFL fit might be inside at guard, where he could be an upgrade on the left side over James Carpenter or at right guard over J.R. Sweezy. That said, the Seahawks could also view the long-armed, well-rounded blocker as a right tackle upgrade.
The premium on offensive-line talent pushed a number of projected mid-round picks into the first round last year, and that could be Thomas this year. The Sideline View’s Lance Zierlein views Thomas as a “late 1st to mid 2nd” round pick, while Tony Pauline of WalterFootball.com wrote that he believes Thomas has “moved into the draft's initial 45 picks and could end up landing in the late part of round one depending how early Zach Martin comes off the board.”
33. Houston Texans: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
34. Washington Redskins: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
35. Cleveland Browns: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
36. Oakland Raiders: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
37. Atlanta Falcons: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
40. Minnesota Vikings: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
41. Buffalo Bills: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT/G, Alabama
42. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
43. New York Giants: Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame
44. St. Louis Rams: Lamarcus Joyner, FS/CB, Florida State
45. Detroit Lions: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
47. Dallas Cowboys: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
48. Baltimore Ravens: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
49. New York Jets: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
50. Miami Dolphins: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
51. Chicago Bears: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
52. Arizona Cardinals: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
53. Green Bay Packers: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Martin, C, USC
56. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs): Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
57. San Diego Chargers: David Yankey, G, Stanford
58. New Orleans Saints: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
59. Indianapolis Colts: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
60. Carolina Panthers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
61. San Francisco 49ers: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
62. New England Patriots: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
63. Denver Broncos: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
64. Seattle Seahawks: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
65. Houston Texans: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
66. Washington Redskins: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
67. Oakland Raiders: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
68. Atlanta Falcons: Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Billy Turner, OT/G, North Dakota State
70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
71. Cleveland Browns: Dri Archer, WR/RB, Kent State
72. Minnesota Vikings: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
73. Buffalo Bills: Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
74. New York Giants: Jack Mewhort, OT/G, Ohio State
75. St. Louis Rams: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
76. Detroit Lions: Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
77. San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee Titans): Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
78. Dallas Cowboys: Trai Turner, G, LSU
79. Baltimore Ravens: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
80. New York Jets: Keith McGill, CB/FS, Utah
81. Miami Dolphins: Joel Bitonio, OT/G, Nevada
82. Chicago Bears: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida
83. Cleveland Browns (from Pittsburgh Steelers): Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi
84. Arizona Cardinals: Demarcus Lawrence, OLB/DE, Boise State
85. Green Bay Packers: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
86. Philadelphia Eagles: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
87. Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
88. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
89. San Diego Chargers: Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB/DE, Texas
90. Indianapolis Colts: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut
91. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
92. Carolina Panthers: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
93. New England Patriots: Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
94. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
95. Denver Broncos: Dakota Dozier, G, Furman
96. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks): Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
97. Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
98. Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
99. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): Chris Davis, CB, Auburn
100. San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection): AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
101. Houston Texans: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
102. Washington Redskins: Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU
103. Atlanta Falcons: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
104. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
105. Jacksonville Jaguars: Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
106. Cleveland Browns: Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
107. Oakland Raiders: Anthony Steen, G, Alabama
108. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
109. Buffalo Bills: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
110. St. Louis Rams: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
111. Detroit Lions: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
112. Tennessee Titans: Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
113. New York Giants: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
114. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens): Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa
115. New York Jets: Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
116. Miami Dolphins: Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
117. Chicago Bears: Wesley Johnson, OL, Vanderbilt
118. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
119. Dallas Cowboys: Dion Bailey, FS, USC
120. Arizona Cardinals: Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor
121. Green Bay Packers: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
122. Philadelphia Eagles: Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
123. Cincinnati Bengals: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
124. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
125. San Diego Chargers: Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
126. New Orleans Saints: Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma
127. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts): Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
128. Carolina Panthers: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
129. San Francisco 49ers: Craig Loston, SS, LSU
130. New England Patriots: Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
131. Denver Broncos: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
132. Seattle Seahawks: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia
133. Detroit Lions (compensatory selection): Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State
134. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
135. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
136. Detroit Lions (compensatory selection): Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State
137. New York Jets (compensatory selection): Terrance West, RB, Towson
138. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
139. Atlanta Falcons (compensatory selection): Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
140. New England Patriots (compensatory selection): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
141. Houston Texans: Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
142. Washington Redskins: Jon Halapio, G, Florida
143. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
144. Jacksonville Jaguars: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
145. Cleveland Browns: Mike Davis, WR, Texas
146. Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland Raiders): Adrian Hubbard, OLB/DE, Alabama
147. Atlanta Falcons: Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
148. Minnesota Vikings: Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
149. Buffalo Bills: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
150. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Detroit Lions): Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
151. Tennessee Titans: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
152. New York Giants: Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
153. St. Louis Rams: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
154. New York Jets: Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
155. Miami Dolphins: Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
156. Chicago Bears: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
157. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Ellis, NT, Louisiana Tech
158. Dallas Cowboys: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
159. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens): James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
160. Arizona Cardinals: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
161. Green Bay Packers: Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky
162. Philadelphia Eagles: Hakeem Smith, SS, Louisville
163. Kansas City Chiefs: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
164. Cincinnati Bengals: Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College
165. San Diego Chargers: Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee
166. Indianapolis Colts: Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
167. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt
168. Carolina Panthers: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
169. New Orleans Saints (from Philadelphia via New England): Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
170. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford
171. Denver Broncos: Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame
172. Seattle Seahawks: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
173. Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): Dontae Johnson, FS/CB, North Carolina State
174. New York Giants (compensatory selection): Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
175. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): Sean Parker, SS, Washington
176. Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Colorado State
177. Houston Texans: Tre Boston, FS, North Carolina
178. Washington Redskins: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
179. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
180. Cleveland Browns: Charles Leno, OT, Boise State
181. Houston Texans (from Oakland Raiders): Deandre Coleman, DT/DE, California
182. Atlanta Falcons: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
183. Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford
184. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Lewis, SS, Michigan State
185. Buffalo Bills: Joe Don Duncan, TE, Dixie State
186. Tennessee Titans: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville
187. New York Giants: Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M
188. St. Louis Rams: Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
189. Detroit Lions: Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut
190. Miami Dolphins: James White, RB, Wisconsin
191. Chicago Bears: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
192. Pittsburgh Steelers: Prince Shembo, OLB/DE, Notre Dame
193. Kansas City Chiefs (from Dallas Cowboys): Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
194. Baltimore Ravens: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
195. New York Jets: Michael Sam, OLB, Missouri
196. Arizona Cardinals: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill
197. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State
198. New England Patriots (from Philadelphia Eagles): Gator Hoskins, TE/FB, Marshall
199. Cincinnati Bengals: Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
200. Kansas City Chiefs: Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
201. San Diego Chargers: Marcus Williams, CB, North Dakota State
202. New Orleans Saints: Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
203. Indianapolis Colts: Alden Darby, S, Arizona State
204. Carolina Panthers: Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State
205. Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco 49ers): Ronald Powell, OLB/DE, Florida
206. New England Patriots: Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
207. Denver Broncos: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
208. Seattle Seahawks: Kerry Hyder, DT, Texas Tech
209. New York Jets (compensatory selection): Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts
210. New York Jets (compensatory selection): Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming
211. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): George Uko, DE/DT, USC
212. Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection): Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
213. New York Jets (compensatory selection): Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina
214. St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection): Jonathan Newsome, OLB, Ball State
215. Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
Update: A previous version of this slide did not incorporate Oakland's trade of the No. 181 overall selection to Houston.
216. Houston Texans: Damian Copeland, WR, Louisville
217. Washington Redskins: Richard Rodgers, TE, California
218. Cleveland Browns: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
219. Oakland Raiders: Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas
220. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Kerr, NT, Delaware
221. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
222. Jacksonville Jaguars: Erik Lora, WR, Eastern Illinois
223. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
224. Buffalo Bills: Danny Kistler Jr., OT, Montana
225. Carolina Panthers (from New York Giants): Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
226. St. Louis Rams: Jemea Thomas, S, Georgia Tech
227. Detroit Lions: IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech
228. Tennessee Titans: A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
229. Dallas Cowboys (from Chicago Bears): Qua Cox, CB, Jackson State
230. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
231. Dallas Cowboys: Tom Hornsey, P, Memphis
232. Indianapolis Colts (from Baltimore Ravens): Russell Bodine, G/C, North Carolina
233. New York Jets: Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State
234. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
235. Oakland Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals): Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
236. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Hewitt, FB/TE, Stanford
237. Philadelphia Eagles: Avery Patterson, DB, Oregon
238. Dallas Cowboys (from Kansas City Chiefs): TJ Jones, WR, Notre Dame
239. Cincinnati Bengals: Ty Zimmerman, FS, Kansas State
240. San Diego Chargers: Jamie Meder, DE/DT, Ashland
241. St. Louis Rams (from Indianapolis Colts): Ryan Groy, G, Wisconsin
242. San Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans Saints): Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
243. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
244. New England Patriots: Kenny Guiton, QB, Ohio State
245. San Francisco 49ers: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
246. Denver Broncos: Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA
247. Seattle Seahawks: Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
248. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection): Dezmen Southward, FS, Wisconsin
249. St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection): Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA
250. St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection): Derrell Johnson, OLB, East Carolina
251. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection): Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina
252. Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection): Howard Jones, OLB, Shepherd
253. Atlanta Falcons (compensatory selection): Daniel Sorensen, SS, BYU
254. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection): De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
255. Atlanta Falcons (compensatory selection): Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
256. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): Chandler Catanzaro, K, Clemson
Update: A previous version of this slide incorrectly gave the No. 234 overall selection to the Baltimore Ravens instead of the Miami Dolphins.
Dan Hope is an NFL/NFL draft Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.