With the combine now over we are down to the pro day portion of the pre-draft process. Some players chose not to work out fully (or not all) at the combine . Others are still healing from injuries ,and have a more legitimate reason to have skipped it . Some guys will wisely do both , and see if they can better their previous numbers . Pro days are doubly important for the guys who didn't go at the combine .The players with medical questions are the ones most likely to have large jumps or falls in their rankings before draft day . So keep an eye & ear out for news of their health . Franchise tags and veteran cuts have started , so a lot of needs are about to start changing .A record number of underclassmen (98) has made this draft special . Unlike last season the 2014 draft has the potential to be great . With 3 QB's that are likely top eight picks,and 4 more that can go anywhere from the 1rst to the 3rd round , it is deep at the games most important position . With 3 possible top 10 OT's, and as many as 14 possible O-lineman off the board in the first 2 rounds , it is deep in offensive lineman . With 3 possible top ten pass rushers, and another 8 D-lineman with a first round grade , it's deep in D-lineman/edge rushers . There are at least 5 corner-backs & 2 safeties we have with a first round grade ,and possibly 12 more guys that will go in the first 3 rounds . This the deepest wide receiver class I have ever seen ! We have 8-10 guys with first round grades , and a total of 16 receivers that are in the first 3 rounds . As a whole we have over 10 players that probably would have been more worthy of the # 1 pick than any player from the 2013 draft .NFL Player comparisons have been added .So next to each player is the NFL player we feel they will most resemble in their prime if they are a hit. The comp is for on the field play only ,and the higher they are ranked the more likely we think they will reach that comparison. This is not a ranking of top picks though. This is how we see the draft going whether we agree with the picks or not. After all the medicals & background checks are done by teams I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with around 40 players with a 1rst round grade in this draft . Last year we only had 19 players rated as 1rst round picks . Free agency has already changed the landscape of many teams , and its far from over, So a fair amount of picks will be changing in the next few weeks .
* Is for a player with possible injury issues now or in his past
#Is for a player with possible character or maturity issues now or in his past.
1.HOUSTON-JACKSONVILLE-BLAKE BORTLES-QB-UCF-NFL COMP-STEVE McNAIR- retired-yep... they lost twice to the jags...okay? Matt Schaub's guaranteed portion of his contract is about done. The Texans didn't win this season, and although they were kind enough to let him start the final game after he had already lost his job, his time as a Texan should be up . Anyway, it helps them a ton so their fans should be happy as Teddy Bridgewater officially declared for the draft on new years day. They are now getting the clear cut #1 QB in the draft . Or are they? New coach Bill O'brien likes tall pocket passers , and Bortles college coach George O'leary is a mentor of O'briens . Bortles has the highest upside and best frame of any QB in this draft , but he is nowhere near the polished QB Bridgewater is right now. So while I would take Teddy, I am not a QB guru who thinks he can help Blake realize his potential .
***TRADE*** FALCONS trade their 1rst (#8) round pick in this draft and their #1 pick in 2015 for the RAMS #2 overall pick this year ***TRADE***
2.FALCONS-(rams,wash)-#*JADEVEON CLOWNEY-DE/OLB-S.CAROLINA-NFL COMP-MARIO WILLIAMS-BUFF-The Falcons lack of a pass rush was obvious to anyone who watched them this year. Their young corners played very well when you consider how long they had to cover too often . GM Thomas Dimitroff showed when he went after Julius Jones that he is wiling to sacrifice picks to go up and get a special player . Well Jadeveon Clowney is special , and unless the Texans take him number one overall I am betting the Falcons at least make an offer to move up and get him . In this case the Rams didn't get a better offer and the Falcons got their man .
3.JAGUARS-TEDDY BRIDGEWATER-QB-NFL COMP-LVILLE-AARON RODGERS-GB-I no longer have any faith in Blaine Gabbert to be a NFL starter. If they had brought in Tebow they would have at least won more games and sold tickets. I figured they screwed the pooch when they beat the Texans twice, and missed out on the clear cut best QB in this draft in Teddy Bridgewater . However, the Texans actually passed on him in this scenario and Teddy will be probably be punishing them for (12-15 years , or however long he plays for them) his entire career in their division . Bridgewater has the high football IQ , accuracy , strong arm, quick eyes, guts , pocket presence, poise, and foot speed that every team wants in a franchise QB . If this happens I expect this will go down as the best pick in the Jags history up until now . To be clear I see Teddy as a clear cut franchise QB that ANY team should be falling all over themselves to pick. Teddys decision not to throw at the combine doesn't bother me because the only questions about him were how big he is, and he't fix it . measured in a little bigger than I expected . Also, 3 years of steadily improving game tape trump a scripted workout. To Chris Weinke- if it aint broke don't try to fix it !
4.BROWNS-GREG ROBINSON-OT-AUBURN-NFL COMP-ORLANDO PACE-retired-If Bridgewater or Bortles fell here I expect them to take either .Since so many browns fans are split on Manziel, and I think he could fall on draft day , I thought I would go another way here . They can get a QB with their second 1rst rounder . Maybe even Manziel if he falls far enough . Robinson would allow them to get value for their pick and give the new QB a better chance at success . The browns have gotten poor play from both right guards this year. They can kickMitchell Schwartz inside and let Robinson maul people on the edge . Robinson is a nasty finisher that will help keep their QB upright and greatly improve their push in the run game. Robinson has had a great year ,but in a really run heavy offense ,and until recently he wasn't someone I saw as a threat to enter this years draft. After the rumors of him coming out this year started circulating I started doing my due diligence on him, but I only had 3 games of his still left on my Tivo plus the upcoming National championship game. The first game film of his that I broke down forced me to give him the nick name of "pancake". That's how brutal a finisher he can be when run blocking, especially when he is collapsing down from the side or going up field. He has played pretty well when I have seen him pass block ,but at less than 20 pass snaps a game I am not as confident about him starting out well in the NFL on the blind side . After the national championship game I still feel the same ,although I am sure that NFL O-line coaches are lining up to man crush on a player that plays with his physicality , athleticism , and mean streak . Robinson is a elite athlete for his size that can help anchor this O-line for a long time if he can fulfill his potential, but he is not all there yet . At the very least he will probably be a dominant run blocker at whatever position they put him at if he is blocking down , up field, or on the move.
5.OAKLAND-KHALIL MACK-OLB-BUFFALO-NFL COMP-BRIAN ORAPKO-WASH-Thanks to years of Al Davis mismanaging the team the raiders have the least talented roster in the NFL . New GM Reggie McKenzie finally got a chance to start rebuilding the roster in the last draft , and even after a draft where young fresh bodies were provided we expect it's at least one more year until they are in playoff contention .Then again maybe not . Resigning DE Lamar Houston and Tackle Jared Veldheer should have been their first priorities, but both signed with someone else. The raiders payed more for Roger Saffold of the rams to play left tackle, than the cardinals payed Veldheer . even though right tackle or guard are the injury prone Saffold's best positions . Now that they have the cap room to fill holes with veterans and be competitive you would hope they would spend it wisely , but not so far .Austin Howard is still a young guy at right tackle , and he has improved in back to back years, but they overpaid him too . Last years 2nd rounder OT Menekik Watson must be moved to guard now I guess . They also resigned last years RT Khalif Barnes, but he was bad as a starter, so at least he's just a backup . Thankfully the "failed physical "of Saffold saved them from themselves .The raiders need good players anywhere on the field . With the top 2 QB's in this draft gone the Raiders should definitely skip a QB this high and take the best player available . Matt Schaub can help this team at QB now , just in case the young guy they draft later isn't ready to start right away . The best player available is Mack , Watkins , Matthews or Robinson. With Donald Penn being a short teem fix on the blindside I think they go for Mack . Khalil is an elite athlete who has the strength, frame, and agility to play in either 4-3 or 3-4. Mack also has the athleticism to play a similar role to the one Von Miller does in Denver. He has the size and speed to play the strong-side in a 4-3 and move down as a DE in obvious passing downs. He also has the ability to play the weak-side . Adding the violent and destructive force that Mack is will go a long way towards making Dennis Allen's defense work . When a guy from a smaller school is the best player on the field against a powerhouse like Ohio St. everyone takes notice. When he keeps it up all year and then lights it up in the combine he deserves to be picked this high , or even higher .
.6.RAMS-(atl)-JAKE MATTHEWS-OT-TEX A&M-NFL COMP-DUANE BROWN-HOU-. If they can't make the playoffs (even in the NFC west) with all the draft picks they have had in the last 3 years by 2015 Jeff Fisher will get fired . If Jake Long isn't fully healed from his torn ACL by next season Matthews can fill that void . He has the ability to play every O-line position and then slide over full time when Long is done. After the 2015 season they can cut Long with very little dead money anyway, and right tackle Joe Barksdale is a free agent after next season as well .This son of a Hall of Famer was better than any of the tackles in last years draft in our opinion, and they went 1rst, 2nd and 4th in the overall. He would be an upgrade at every spot on the O-line considering the uncertainty of Longs health . Since Sam Bradford was knocked out for the season again last year ,it's about time protecting him became their top priority. Since Jeff Fisher coached Jakes Hall of fame dad I am betting that will be the deciding factor in him wisely picking the more polished Jake ,over the higher upside Greg Robinson . One more thing . I believe in Sam Bradford. I believe if they can get him a good line and # 1 receiver to go with what he has now he can be a great QB .
7.TAMPA BAY-SAMMY WATKINS-WR-CLEMSON-NFL COMP-PIERRE GARCON-WASH-After Tiquan Underwood signed with the panthers I thought receiver might be a secondary need . With Lovie Smith already questioning # 2 receiver Mike Williams pattern of illegal behavior it is a more immediate one . Now that Williams just got stabbed by his own brother I am thinking he really can't be counted on . Watkins would give their offense a big play element it currently lacks . Watkins is the best offensive weapon in this draft . He's strong, tough, fast ,makes plays inside, outside , on screens, end arounds, reverses, can go up and get the ball, run over someone in his way, and also helps out in the return game .
8.MINNESOTA-#MIKE EVANS-WR-TEXAS A&M-NFL COMP-VINCENT JACKSON-TB-The additions of Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson last year will surely help the new young QB the Vikings drafted, but one thing is missing . What they lack is that big , tall, down-field jump ball threat that can win at the catch point. Evans is that near impossible matchup guy . He made so many catches when Johnny football just threw it up for grabs, that I now doubt if Manziel will succeed early without tall receivers Manziel . Evans would also be that elite red-zone threat that EJ Manuel could look for when he's in trouble .
9 .BUFFALO-TAYLOR LEWAN-OT-MICHIGAN-NFL COMP-JAKE LONG-RAMS- Right tackle Erik Pears is serviceable as a pass blocker but in this run first offense you need a push he just doesn't give. Lewan would be an upgrade in both areas and protecting EJ Manuel and opening holes for CJ Spiller/Fred Jackson should be this franchises main concern. The nasty Lewan plays with the kind of edge the die-hard Buffalo faithful will love .They also might want to trade back and acquire more picks , because they really need help at guard and TE .
***TRADE*** 49ers TRADE their 1rst round pick(#30) and KC's 2nd round pick (#56) Tennessee's 3rd round pick(#77) and their own 7th round pick to the LIONS for their first round pick(#10) this year ***
10.SAN FRANCISCO-(lions)-JUSTIN GILBERT-CB-OKLA.ST-NFL COMP-PATRICK PETERSEN-AZ-The 49ers have one of the leagues most talented rosters and way too many picks. Since their isn't going to be many openings on this roster trading some of the picks to move around, get what they want most out of this draft , and maybe get some picks for next seasons draft to boot makes sense. While Carlos Rogers is still a decent corner he will be 33 next season, overpaid for his current production, and the 49ers saved about 5 million off their cap when they cut him. Gilberts improvements this year is staggering .Gilbert is a big,fast,fluid, play-maker . He makes some circus catches and drops some easy ones , but if he can consistently catch the ball he could lead the league in interceptions . Throw his kick returning ability in the mix and Frisco has a new # 1 corner .
11.TITANS-DARQUEZE DENNARD-CB-MICH-ST-NFL COMP-JOE HADEN-CLEV-The Titans chose to not put the franchise tag on Alterraun Verner , and while he is a good young corner I wouldn't pay him almost 12 million either , Lucky for them they are in position to get a bigger ,cheaper , younger replacement ; with a higher upside . Dennard is almost too physical as a corner, but the Sea-hawks get away with it and win, so maybe he'as on the right track .
12.GIANTS-CJ MOSLEY-ILB-ALABAMA-NFL COMP-DERRICK JOHNSON-KC- The giants have lacked an elite middle linebacker since Jessse Armstead left . In today's NFL a Linebacker that can cover in the passing game is even more valuable, and Jon Beason no longer has those movement skills . Mosley is a smart sideline to sideline MLB that can QB a defense for a long time, and be one of the leagues better coverage LB'S from day one . He is basically just a playmaker on any down in any situation . He would also make everyone else on the defense better .
13.RAMS-HA'HA CLINTON DIX-S-ALABAMA-NFL COMP-HARRISON SMITH-S-MINN-In the last 2 years under Jeff Fisher the rams have made a large jump in talent thanks to the RG3 trade and a few free agent deals. The area they have neglected is safety with only the injured TJ McDonald being brought in through the draft. Why they cut Quintin Mikel is beyond me and this will probably be a need . Dix has been a great player, in a great conference, against top competition. I have Calvin Pryor ranked slightly higher in coverage because there is more good tape of him in coverage, but if you play Seattle/San Francisco twice a year the better run defender makes more sense .Dix is the better all around run defender(especially as a tackler) , and he probably won't have the same amount of penalties Pryor does .
14.BEARS-AARON DONALD-DT-PITT-NFL COMP-LA'ROI GLOVER-(retired)-Henry Melton has now he signed with Dallas making the 3 technique the bears # 1 need. . . Donald has surpassed Jernigan as the clear cut best 4-3 three technique in this draft . While Jernigan may have the power and versatility to also play the one technique, and definitely would be a better 3-4 end, who cares? This defense is predicated on the pass rush and Donald is the clear cut best interior pass rusher in the draft . It;s actually much better for the bears anyway . Donald, is younger, healthier, and just plain better than Melton already
15.STEELERS-KYLE FULLER-CB-VA,TECH-NFL COMP-JASON McCOURTY-TENN- Ike Taylor has had a great career for Pittsburgh but his once great speed is fading . Add that he had a horrible year , and that this defense desperately needs to get younger . Even though he will be back next season after a paycut another corner is still needed in Steeltown . Fuller would give them a new,young, healthy, corner to cover the AJ Greens and Josh Gordon's of the division . Out of all the corners in this draft no one can play off coverage as well as Fuller . Although he plays the run like a safety , I would really like to see more film of him getting physical at the line of scrimmage in press coverage . Anyone who watches his tape just ends up rooting for him, and after the combine he is squarely in the first round mix. It's even possible that he could be the second corner drafted now that he has showed unexpected speed.Fuller is a smart tough guy corner that battles every snap in the run and passing games .
16.DALLAS-ANTHONY BARR-DE/OLB-UCLA-NFL COMP-DeMARCUS WARE-DALL--Dallas has moved on from bitter over 30 Defensive tackles Jay Ratliff &Jason Hatcher .Since they are sticking with the Tampa 2 defense , DT is a huge need ., but the only 3 technique(Aaron Donald ) worth this pick is gone in this scenario, and they got Henry Melton to accept a show me your healthy deal anyway . . Pressure from the front 4 is essential in this defense and Dallas has a horrible cap situation .It's on the D-Line where the cowboys have had an unprecedented rash of injuries so it should be somewhere on the D-line that they use multiple picks in this draft. A replacement for coming off a franchise tag (and an almost completely lost season )Anthony Spencer might also be a possibility . Sadly Dalllas cut HOFer Demarcus Ware (7.4 million cap savings) in a salary cap move. He is still very good ,but after back-to-back injury riddled down seasons the cash strapped boys couldn't afford to pay him a 12 million plus base salary , or push that money farther into the future . Dallas has many needs and a tight cap situation. Trading back is probably the smartest thing they can do unless Donald or Barr fall to them . In this case it worked out.. Barr is raw , but is as talented as they come . Barr is a great athlete who has the strength, frame, and agility to play in either 4-3 or 3-4 . While he can drop into coverage and make plays against the run , they should try to let him rush the passer as much as possible . If he is put in a Von Miller role I don't think he will make the same impact right away , because he doesn't have Von's defensive football IQ yet . With his 6 foot 5 frame he could easily add 25 pounds of muscle and be a weak side 4-3 end long term . Whether they play him as a 4-3 strong-side backer , or an end , he needs to be rushing the passer most of the time to get the best out of him . He really should be long gone before this and Dallas to run to the the podium if he( or Donald ) is still around when they pick .They won't take Manziel because they are financially committed to Romo fro at least 2 more years .
17.RAVENS-ZACK MARTIN-T/G-N.DAME-NFL COMP-JORDAN GROSS-CAR-The Raven line is in flux right now . Marshall Yanda and Eugene Monroe are probably the only blockers that can be counted on to return and start in Baltimore next season . Martins positional flexibility would give them a better chance at getting their best 5 lineman on the field at the same time. Zach pulled off a amazing feat this bowl season ; he actually won the MVP award of a bowl game ! That's right! An O-lineman was acknowledged as the main man of the new era pinstripe bowl ! Being a former O-lineman and coach of O-lineman myself, I must admit Zach is now my favorite player in the draft. I saw him as more of a second rounder who might be a better fit at guard and his short arms make it harder to stay at tackle . However, after being MVP of the bowl game, and kicking ass at the Senior Bowl , I say let him play tackle and see if he can hang with quicker guys outside. So tackle it is.
18.NYJ-ERIC EBRON-TE-N.CAR-NFL COMP-KELLEN WINSLOW-JR-NYJ- . If you want Geno Smith to succeed it stands to reason that he will need better receivers. While young Stephen Hill is immensely talented, he is still very raw . The only dependable receiver the Jets currently have is the injury prone, soon to be 30, high priced ,one more failed drug test away from a long suspension Santonio Holmes. Ebron can give Geno a big target that's hard to miss. Ebron would also give them an elite athlete that would be a mismatch for opposing defenses ,and a young TE who shown the willingness to block in those rare snaps when he will be lined up as an inline blocker. Sky's the limit for this kid if he wants it .
19.MIAMI-*MARQUISE LEE-WR-USC-NFL COMP-TORRY HOLT-(retired)-Miami was already getting subpar play from their OT's before the Richie Incognito scandal. Now they need a guard and a tackle. . Considering that the only long term lineman they can count on is center Mike Pouncey a versatile one would be the best fit . Lucky for them there are some good young tackles available in free agency . I expect them to come out with at least a left tackle there, but there are no O-Lineman available worth this pick , So they go where they can get value and fill a need . Mike Wallace showed last season that he is not a #1 receiver . He is deep threat that runs a limited route tree with inconsistent hands . Brian Hartline has always been a solid #2 . Joe Philbins offense is usuallly at least 3 wide and 4 wide plenty of the time .Lee was the clear #1 WR going into this season. Due to Layne Kiffin's bad play calling, iffy QB play, and injuries Lee had a down year . He played (along with everyone else at USC) a lot better after Kiffin''s departure . After a slow start early on he had his best games at the best times . Lee is a smooth, polished route runner that can be the #1 WR this offense needs ,and also help out in the return game.
20.ARIZONA-TIMMY JERNIGAN-DT-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-JURRELL CASEY-TENN-Darnell Docket wilkl be 33 this season and he is no longer the impact player he once was . The cards probably won't cut him this year even though they could save 5 and half million off this years cap. Drafting Jeringan would allow them to get a better rotation going , get the most out of what Dockett has with less snaps, and then save 6 and half million off next years cap by letting Dockett go next off-season .
21.PACKERS-CALVIN PRYOR-S-LVILLE-NFL COMP-KENNY PHILLIP-S-NYG-The Packers definitely need help at safety , even if Morgan Burnett returns to form .CB Sam Shields is a free agent after this year and even if he is resigned the Pack could use another corner .Pryor has the range of a deep center field safety , and he is also capable of being a inn-the-box physical intimidator, that offensive skill players should come to fear in the near future. He could be in line for some fines and penalties until he adjust to the NFL's rules
22.EAGLES-*LOUIS NIX-NT-N.DAME-NFL COMP-VINCE WILFORK-NE-The eagles switched to a 3-4 under Chip Kelly last year , but they still are switching over to personnel that are a better fit for that defense . A true 3 down nose tackle is the hardest piece to find for that scheme . Lucky for them Nix is still available to them in this draft . Nix is that rare player who is big and strong enough to play 3-4 nose and still get a pass rush .
***TRADE*** VIKINGS Trade their 2n(#40) and 3rd(#72)and 6th round picks to the CHIEFS for their 1rst (#23) round pick***TRADE***
23.VIKINGS-(kc)-JIMMY GAROPPOLO-QB-E.ILL-NFL COMP-KURT WARNER-retired--Christian Ponders injury history and fragile psyche worries me. He missed significant time this year, the Vikes had a bad record, and he didn't play that well anyway . Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman both got a shot this season too and neither did anything to win the long term job . The Vikes need a QB badly and I like Garoppolo more and more every day. The Vikes have a strong O-Line and running game .Plus you know Zimmer will make their defense better. Those are things that give a young developing QB a good chance at success . Throw in QB Guru Norv Turner and Jimmy's development can be sped up by a lot .
24.BENGALS--#*JOHNNY MANZIEL-QB-TEXAS A&M-NFL COMP-FRAN TARKENTON-retired-BAMM! Betcha didn't see that coming. The Bengals have one of the 3 most talented rosters from top to bottom in the league. They also have a top 5 O-line and a ton of talent at the skill positions. What they lack is a QB that can avoid turning the ball over too much , and come through in the clutch. I truly believe if any of the other QB's in the playoffs last year were the Bengals starter they would have been the AFC favorite to go to the super bowl. They could also trade up for/sign a veteran QB to compete for the starting QB job , because Dalton does not make enough money to preclude them adding a more expensive QB . Love him or hate him (and I have found myself feeling both while watching a single drive he led) Manziel makes big plays at the best times , and he definitely has "IT". "JOHNNY FOOTBALL" is a proven winner in big games in college, and he doesn't turn the ball over. His lack of height (just a smidge below 6 foot ) and potential off the field troubles make it likely he goes behind the reliable Bridgewater . If he stays out of trouble his leadership, poise, almost supernatural ability to extend plays & avoid the rush make me think he could be a winner in the NFL too. That was before this seasons improvements. Already this year he has shown improved mechanics, an improved ability at reading defenses , and a stronger arm . Even more surprising was his new willingness to buy time with his feet, and then throw the ball, instead of just taking off running like last season. If he stays out of trouble , learns how to run some plays from under center, keeps improving his mechanics ,takes well to NFL coaching , and stays healthy he could be one of the greatest. That's a lot of "IFS" , but I can't help it, I still believe in him . Even if he doesn't do all of that out of the gate he will ignite the fan base. Add that owner Mike Brown has a tendency to take guys who fall for character reasons, and it makes a wild sort of sense .
25.CHARGERS-*BRADLEY ROBY-CB-OHIO ST-NFL COMP-LEON HALL-CINC-I believe the Chargers top 4 corners are the worst set in the league. Roby would give the Chargers the chance to have one corner play decent man to man against Denver. Roby is quite possibly the fastest player in the draft and he plays the run angry . He is a fluid athlete who lacks technique & needs NFL coaching . He missed his bowl game with a knee injury , but if he is healed up by the combine he could go a lot higher
26.BROWNS-(indy)-DEREK CARR-QB-FRES.ST-NFL COMP-TONY ROMO-DALL- If you have read a mock draft of mine before you know I don't like Carr in the first 2 rounds. I think he is a project that needs to sit at least one season & a QB guru to to tutor him .However, Kyle Shanahan's micro managing personality might be just what he needs . I still wouldn't start him early and I doubt his mental toughness , but it might make sense to the browns.
27.SAINTS-*DEE FORD-OLB/DE-AUBURN-NFL COMP-CLAY MATTHEWS-GB-The saints switched to a 3-4 this season and the out-for-the-year Victor Butler was their best fit as an OLB. Junior Gallete did have his moments this season, but I still think they need an upgrade on the outside. Pass rush is the entire key to the Saints defensive scheme and Ford is the kind of versatile pass rusher that can play multiple roles in the Saints defense. He is a versatile player who can rush off the edge as a 3-4 OLB, and a 4-3 end when they go to nickle, and he also has the athleticism to play the SLB and drop into coverage if needed . I was surprised when Ford showed up at the senior bowl and measured in at 6"2" and 243 lbs. Despite being a playmaker on film I thought he was closer to 6"1" and 225 pounds. , and that he would only be a situational pass rusher in the NFL until he bulked up. If he just bulked up recently it certainly didn't hamper him any . He dominated the senior bowl practices and game . We are betting 3-4 teams that miss out on Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack will be giving him a good long look. Now that he has finally worked out for scouts I believe he is clearly ahead of Kony Ealy, and unless his back ends up getting flagged by a team he will be the 3rd rush backer off the board .
28.CAROLINA-MORGAN MOSES-OT-VA-NFL COMP-PHIL LOADHOLT-MINN- I not only doubt current right tackle Byron Bells long term potential on the outside, but underrated long term left tackle (and possible future HOFer) Jordan Gross just up & retired . Offensive tackle is now absolutely their number one need . Moses has played both left & right tackle in college . As an athlete it looks more like a long term right tackle , even though his feet looked more comfortable on the left side this season . He's the best offensive tackle left in this draft in this scenario. They should also pursue another OT in free agency if their smart.
29.PATRIOTS-*STEPHON TUITT-DE/DT-N.DAME-NFL COMP-RICHARD SEYMOUR-(fa)-It goes without saying that an elite TE to pair with perennially injured Rob Gronkowski would be their first choice. The only TE in this draft with a(Eric Ebron) 1rst round grade worth this high a pick who doesn't have major off-the field questions is gone this scenario. Sorry Pats fans . Jace Amaro's red flags probably put him off limits to you . Amaro really shouldn't be available this late in the draft, but if he is I know they will want to take him. But can they? The only reason he could fall this far is because he was accused of a major off the field incident in his past. He's was accused of being a thief not a gang banger but can they take a tight end with character concerns so soon after Hernandez? They could take Troy Niklas as a wildcard pick, but I would trade back a little if I were going to take him .I was discussing last years draft ,and the players in this one that I would have taken number one off their previous tape if they had entered the draft last season, with a friend this weekend , One of those guys who went back to school was Tuitt and while he was worth the # 1 pick in that draft he might still be worth a top 10 pick in this one . Off last years tape he was elite, and he played much better than Nix & Teo against Alabama in the national championship. He was coming off a sports hernia surgery and started slow because of it . While his season this year wasn't up to par with his 2012, he still made more plays this year than the similarly skilled Ra'shede Hagemen .Hagemen wasn't healing all year ,so that should be even more evidence of Tuitts talent . I am not sure if he will be fully healthy at the combine , but if he is he could go a lot higher .Bill Belichick has always preferred to run a 3-4 defense ,but has lacked the personnel to do so for the last couple of years. Tuitt is that rare prototype 5 technique DE that can set the edge against the double team, but still provide a pass rush. Belichick would covet a player with his physical gifts . Add, that he can slide inside and do the job when they go to nickel , and this pick makes a lot of sense if he's there when they are on the clock. Since they are the Patriots a trade back is likely if they don't have someone they really covet left on the board when their turn comes. Tuitt's fracture revealed at the combine means he may never get to work out for teams before the draft . If so, he could fall here, and would be a bargain.
30.LIONS-(49ers)-JIMMY WARD-S-N.ILL-NFL COMP-EARL THOMAS-SEA-With the Lions being a bit tight on their salary cap Louis Delmas became a luxury they couldn't afford. Now that they have saved 5 million off the cap by getting rid of him a new safety is a distinct possibility in the draft . The surprising Ward is a player that I liked more and more with each additional game that I watched. He can play free safety , strong safety, and even line up and cover the slot . He is also an excellent tackler . Something I am sure long suffering Dallas fans haven't had at the position since Darren Woodson .
31.DENVER-XAVIER SU'A-FILO-G/T-UCLA-NFL COMP-MAX UNGER-SEA-Denver has wisely been spending their free agent money on defense this off-season . However their is one area they haven't addressed yet -left guard. With the retirement of Chris Kuiper and the loss of Zane Beadles to Jacksonville there is now a gaping hole in the Peyton Manning protection business . Su'a is a mature(25 years old due to a 2 year Mormon mission) and versatile lineman that would be a top 20 pick if he was 22 instead of 25 . While he can play all 5 O-line positions his best fit right now is at guard .
32.SEATTLE-*CYRUS KOUANDJIO-OT-ALA-NFL COMP-JASON PETERS-PHIL-Right tackle Breno Giacomini was nothing special on a a So-so line , but he was still the hawks 3rd best starting O-Lineman . His loss to the Jets will be felt. Kouandjou's knee was failed by some teams at the scouting combine but Roger Saffold can tell you that not every team doctor see's the same thing in a physical . Whether it's out of desperation or they truly see his knee as serviceable I am now betting someone will still take him late in the first round unless more bad medical stuff comes out . How many years can he play at a high level ? 3-5-7 ? Or will he be able to play 10 years but need to miss games periodically to rest his knee ? There is no way of knowing for sure because each individual is different . I like to be conservative so I will say 5 years . He is still a huge framed, long armed guy with decent feet .So I think he still goes mid second round to a team that hasn't flunked his physical , and sees a bargain .Right now if you put Cyrus in at left tackle it would still be an upgrade over what some teams currently have , although that's not saying much . I do think his best fit long term is on the right side though , and that's where he would play for the hawks . If he can play at an above average level throughout his first contract he is still worth this pick
33.HOUSTON-#RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN-DT-MINN-NFL COMP-JOHN HENDERSON-retired-Hageman is one of the most talented players in this draft, and has ideal measurables to be a 3-4 end, but his motor isn't always on . If I had an underachieving D-Lineman the player I would want him to have to play with would be JJ Watt . Forget what he could do for Clowney. Even if Clowney farts around on a few plays (and gasses now and then) he will still be great player . Barring injury or off the field stupidity of course. Clowney really is that talented. Hagemen looks like a boom or bust guy to me. I 'll bet JJ could inspire Hagemen to try and reach his awesome potential .
34.WASHINGTON-ODELL BECKHAM JR-WR-LSU-NFL COMP-DERRICK MASON-retired-New head coach Jay Gruden loves to have a lot of weapons on offense . Drafting wide receivers was a priority during his time in Cincinnati and we have no reason to think it will be any different in Washington . The resigning of Deangelo Hall , and the lack of any CB worth this high a pick in this scenario , make this pick a much better value as well . Beckham is a versatile guy that seems to play bigger than he is, and he make plays no matter the situation . He is a speedy team first guy that contributes as a receiver , blocker, and returning kicks & punts .
35.CLEVELAND-(indy)-LaMARCUS JOYNER-CB/S-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-TYRANN MATHIEU-AZ-The browns defense took a step back when they lost TJ Ward and replaced him with Donte Whitner . What they need to get the most out of Whitner's in the box skills is a center fielder free safety with a lot of range . The versatile Joyner can play both corner & safety . His best fit is to be used as as a slot corner safety hybrid , the same way the cards use the honey badger He is also the kind of guy that will push everyone around him to play better
36.OAKLAND-KONY EALY-DE/OLB-MIZZOU-NFL COMP-OSI UMENYIORA-ATL-The raiders best pass rusher last year was Lamaar Houston and he just signed with the bears . Drspite overpaying for past their prime Juistin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley the traiders should still take Ealy .The raiders roster is so devoid of talent overall that the best player available is should be their mantra . Ealy is a versatile player who can rush off the edge , move inside on obvious passing downs, and he also has the athleticism to drop into coverage if needed .
37.ATLANTA-JACE AMARO-TE-TEXAS TECH -NFL COMP-JEREMY SHOCKEY-retired--HOFer Tony Gonzalez is definitely not coming back this season .Jace can give Matt Ryan a new big possession receiver that can win jump balls, move the chains, and give the team a big play threat over the middle . Amaro has shown the aggressiveness & ability to block when needed . He is a big physical guy that I believe will also excel blocking as an inline Y tight end if given the chance to do so .At the very least he was a record breaking receiver in college, and I prefer him to Eric Ebron on the field His off the field past is the only reason he falls this far .
38. TAMPA BAY-RYAN SHAZIER-OLB-OHIO ST-NFL COMP-THOMAS DAVIS-CAR-New coach Lovie Smith is back in Tampa Bay , but this time he is the big boss . To properly run the Tampa 2 defense he loves you need a really fast MLB that can cover the middle of the field 15 yards deep . Unless they want to move Lavonte David from the weak side, where he is already a pro bowler & weaken that position , Shazier is the guy for them . Both are better fits on the weak side, but when you are running straight back on so many pass plays ,speed & coverage ability trump take on skills in this defense .They could rival the 49ers for coverage LB's if they make this pick . Having the hall of fame duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs at LB in Chicago was a big part of what made Lovie's defense work in the windy city .
39.JACKSONVILLE-SCOTT CRICHTON-DE-ORE.ST-NFL COMP-RYAN KERRGAN-WASH-Head coach Gus Bradley is a Pete Carrol protege who wants to man uo his corneers outside and then bring pressure up front . Unfortunately the aging & well paid Jason Babin is the only player who got much pressure last season . Even if they decide to keep Babin and pay his 6 million dollar salary after a down season , help rushing the passer is needed . The versatile Crichton plays with the strength to hold down the strong side , but he has also played weak-side end, has kicked inside , and was the focal point of offensive blocking schemes at Oregon state .He has the relentless motor of a good NFL pass rusher ,and should see enough one on one blocks in Jacksonville to make an immediate impact as a rookie .
40.KC-(minn)--GABE JACKSON-G-MISS ST-NFL COMP-LARRY WARFORD-DET-Guards Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah have signed elsewhere . Jackson was a long term starter in the SEC who improved every year .Jackson also has a strong anchor to keep a pocket clean and allow his young QB room to step up . This team wants to run the ball ,and moving people against their will is Gabe's specialty . Add that Andy Reid prefers to use high picks on lineman and this just makes too much sense .
41.BUFFALO-BRANDON THOMAS-T/G-CLEM-NFL COMP-JOSH SITTON-GB-Doug Legursky and especially Colin Brown were bad at left guard last season. The versatile Thomas was a college left tackle that has the feet to play outside , but the toughness to kick inside to guard .
42.TENNESEE-#CARLOS HYDE-RB-OHIO.ST-NFL COMP-DUECE McCALLISTER-Ken Whisenhunt is going to want to run the ball , and I doubt they pay the underachieving Chris Johnson's 8 million dollar salary this year. With the talent on this O-line any talented back should put up big numbers, even with Jake Locker as the QB . Hyde is a large well rounded power back that wears down defenses , and looks strongest late in games. He's a closer that would take a lot of pressure off of Locker, and the only running back in this draft I gave a first round grade to . If it weren't for the off the field and maturity questions I believe he would actually be drafted in the first round .
43.GIANTS-#JACK MEWHORT-OT-NFL COMP-DAVID STEWART-TENN-The giants O-line was abysmal last season. Even former perennial all-pro Chris Snee played badly , although injury was a part of that , and he ended up missing most of the season .Still he will be 32 next season and is on the decline , and even after a pay cut the G-man should look to the future on the O-line . LT William Beatty played well enough to get a new contract in 2012, but played like crap after he got it. 1rst round draft pick Justin Pugh played right tackle poorly for the 1rst half of the season but he did improve in the second half . His short arms make me think he would be a better fit inside anyway .With David Diehl finally put out to pasture and Kevin Boothe shuffled between LG and center they need at least 1 new O-lineman . Mewhort is a physical & nasty right tackle for this offense . He was a college left tackle who has played guard in the past,and with the regular injuries this line suffers his versatility will probably be needed .Putting him at right tackle also allows the G-men to put Pugh at left guard and Boothe at center. Improving 3 positions at once seems like a good idea to me.
44. RAMS-KELVIN BENJAMIN-WR-FLA ST-NFL COMP-CALVIN JOHNSON-DET- In back to back years the rams have used 2 high picks on receivers. A 2nd and 4th in 2012 and a 1rst and a third in 2013. While all are still young none of them look like a #1 receiver to me , although Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey do look like long term contributors . Jordan Matthews is the most polished receiver in this draft ,and could be the last piece the Rams need to give Sam Bradford a real shot at taking this team to the playoffs . The huge Benjamin is too big & physical for most DB's to cover, and too fast for most linebackers . In fact he is the closest thing to megatron we have seen. The sheer height of his catch point alone is a mismatch for any defender if the ball is thrown right . Jump balls and red zone targets alone make this pick worth it .
45.LIONS-WILL SUTTON-DT-AZ-NFL COMP-KYLE WILLIAMS-BUFF-With Ndamuking Suh holding the Lions hostage with his huge salary , and so far refusing to alleviate their salary cap burden unless he gets a deal that pays him QB money, the Lions need to plan wisely for the future at DT . I have little doubt they find a way to keep Suh eventually, but if they brake the bank for him how will they afford Nick Fairley next off-season ? Fairley is a good player , and while he's not Suh , I bet he wants to be paid like him . Enter the confusing Sutton. After a dominant junior year he took to heart the criticism of NFL teams that he was too small at 280 pounds .After ballooning up to a reported 320 this year his play wasn't as good, and he often looked gassed lugging that extra weight around .. He has been steadily dropping weight since the Senior bowl, but I think it will take awhile for his body to adjust. He was the Aaron Donald of 2012 . So if he can regain that form he is worth a top 15 pick . In this deep draft the middle of the second round is about where I would take the chance on him . I bet playing next to studs like Suh and Fairley will cause his competitive juices to start flowing and give him a good chance to reach that potential . He will at least be a valuable part of the rotation this year , and it stands to reason he can give more in less snaps while he rounds into shape .Sutton could then step right in for Nick next season ..
46.STEELERS-JORDAN MATTHEWS-WR-VANDY-NFL COMP-JORDY NELSON-GB- After the loss of Mike Wallace in free agency last year I thought the steelers would draft the taller receiver that Ben Roethlisberger has been pining for since the loss of Plaxico Burress . Instead they drafted another smaller guy in Markus Wheaton . This year Emanuel Sanders is a likely bet to leave .The 6 foot 3 polished Matthews can give Big Ben a threat that can line up at the X , Z, or in the slot .He will also be where he is supposed to be when Ben looks for him , can be relied upon to make the catch , and even block
47.DALLAS-BRANDIN COOKS-WR-ORE.ST-NFL COMP-PERCY HARVIN-SEA-Dallas wisely spent their 2 first picks on their woeful defensive line . In this scenario they use the extra second round pick they got from the chargers to take the best player available. Dallas drafted Terrence Williams last year to be a deep threat and eventual replacement to the just released Miles Austin. He showed the ability to fill both spots over the course of the season, but he isn't the burner this offense has lacked for a long time. Cooks would not only replace the just average and limited Cole Beasley out of the slot , he can also play outside . Brandin could also open up their offense with reverses/end arounds ,and give them a player that the defense just can't catch .Throw in the elite speed, quickness, separation, and change of direction he possesses and it's a wonder he is still on the board . He has returned kicks & punts , and while he has the tools to be great at it, he isn't right now . I believe he could eventually be Percy Harvin , without the regular injuries and attitude problems . At the very least I see him an elite slot receiver
48.RAVENS-*MARCUS MARTIN-C/G-USC-NFL COMP-MIKE POUNCEY-MIA-The Raven line is in flux right now . Marshall Yanda is probably the only blocker that can be counted on to return and start in Baltimore next season, unless they franchise tag Eugene Monroe to keep him . .In 2013 Gino Gradkowski became the starter at center by default and played horrible. It had to look even worse to his teammates than it was , and that's saying something . After years of watching future HOFer Matt Birk previously man the pivot the comparison had to be even more striking. Martin has played guard very well , but I believe center is his best position . If you are going to pay Flacco 20 million a year you better keep him clean . Adding Martins versatility to Yanda's would go a long way toward getting the Ravens 5 best lineman on the field at the same time . Martin was a surprising late entry into the draft. .He will be one of the first interior lineman off the board .
49.JETS-JEREMIAH ATTACHOU-OLB/DE-GA.TECH-NFL COMP-JUSTIN HOUSTON - KC
Not only has Quinton Coples been miscast as a 3-4 OLB but 33 year old past his prime Calvin Pace is on the other side. Neither does enough to help the pass rush ,and the Jets have to blitz too much to compensate, These dominoes keep falling by forcing DB's in single coverage to cover too long. The best player available for the Jets scheme is Attachou . He can rush the passer from the outside no matter what scheme they are in .
50.MIAMI-CHRIS BORLAND-ILB-WISC-NFL COMP-STEPHEN TULLOCH-DET-The dolphins signed Daniel Ellerbee and Phillip Wheeler to free agent contracts lsast year and neither played well. They are both a better fit in the outside as Ellerbee lacks the strength and technique to stack and shed blockers . Borland is the kind of instinctual hard working gamer that will probably outplay his draft status. If he was just 2 inches taller Borland would be a easy 1rst round pick .
51.BEARS-KYLE VAN NOY-OLB-BYU-NFL COMP-KJ WRIGHT-SEA-I am convinced the intelligent and smooth Van Noy can play any linebacker spot in a odd or even front. After the retirement of Urlacher the Bears turned over the middle to rookie 2nd rounder Jon Bostic . The results weren't pretty. I am not saying to give up on him just yet ,but someone young that can play the middle if he falters again would be wise. 31 year old James Anderson was just plain bad last year . Future HOFer Lance Briggs is 34 and near the end of a great career. Van Noy would be an upgrade somewhere in the bears line-backing core .
52.ARIZONA-TROY NIKLAS-TE-N.DAME-NFL COMP-JASON WITTEN-DALL-The Cardinals have a bunch of TE's with different skill sets , but none are that great at what they do, and none have anywhere close to a complete skill set . Niklas is the best blocker of the big 5 TE's in this draft , and he has also shown the skills to be a good receiving threat . With a little time he could be the elite all around tight end every offense wants, especially Bruce Arians .
53.GREEN BAY-DEVANTE ADAMS-WR-FRES.ST-NFL COMP-JAMES JONES-GB- In back to back years the packers will have lost studs Greg Jennings and James Jones at receiver, but they draft so well at the position that it seems to hardly cause a hiccup to their offense . Enter the sure-handed and explosive Adams to team that runs more 4 wide patterns than most. Adding Devante to Nelson, Cobb, and Boykins will just be another in a long line of GM Ted Thompson's brilliantly fore-sighted moves .
54. EAGLES-#LOUICHEIZ PURIFOY-CB-FLA-NFL COMP-CHARLES WOODSON-OAK-Chip Kelly likes long tall corners . Louicheiz is a tall speedy corner that is a lights out special teamer, can also play safety, and he can even play offense if you need him to .He had a less impressive combine than expected, or he wouldn't even be available this late .He certainly looks faster in the game than he did in the underwear Olympics . My guess is he does a lot better at his pro day and his stock rebounds some. If it doesn't I still think he will be a good free safety & special teams ace . Since the eagles need help at both positions he is an even better fit .
55.BENGALS-*BASHAUD BREELAND-CB-CLEM-NFL COMP-JOHNATHAN JOSEPH-CB-HOU-Between Leon Halls injury, Terrence Newman's age(36 next season) , and Dre Kirkpatrick's failure to develop , Pac man Jones is the only reliable corner they have next year. When a guy with his track record is the guy you "can "count on that's scary. The steady Breeland is sure to rise up draft boards as the draft process continues . The more tape you watch on him the more you appreciate his well rounded game. He is not the biggest or fastest, but play-in-and-play-out he is assignment sound , and getting the job done
56..LIONS-(49ers,.kc)-JASON VERRET-CB-TCU-NFL COMP-BRENT GRIMES-MIA--The lions have relied on veterans Rashean Mathis and the overrated Chris Houston to play significant minutes this year. Mathis is already near the end and cheap , but Houston will be 30 next season and his salary from his new contract is going to get really expensive in 2015. Better to draft a replacement now .The lions drafted a corner in the 3rd in 2012, and in the second round in 2013. Neither has played that well so far ,so maybe its time they got one in the first round . Combining Verret with their safety pick in the 2nd round could turn their problem secondary into a positive area in one draft .Verret is a smart ball hawk that plays a lot bigger than he is. While some see him as only a slot guy ,I firmly believe he can play outside as well .To win a division with Aaron Rodgers in it you can always use more pass defenders .
57.CHARGERS-TRE MASON-RB-AUB-NFL COMP-MAURICE JONES-DREW-FA- This is probably the last season for Ryan Mathews as a charger even though he is coming off his best season as a pro .His career long penchant for fumbling or getting hurt at the worst time was finally avoided for once in 2013 . However betting on it 2 years in a row seems far fetched to me right now .Danny Woodhead is a great complimentary player, but its hard to imagine that his small frame could handle 300 touches. Mason is a physical runner who plays bigger than he is, can still bust the big play , and who has proved he can carry a full load the whole game .
58.SAINTS -KEITH McGILL-CB/S-UTAH-NFL COMP-RASHEAN MATHIS-DET-SEA-Jabari Greer is 32 , coming off a torn ACL, and the Saints to saved 4 million off the cap by cutting him this week . The large framed McGill is one of the next wave of big cover corners coming into this copycat league because of the success of Seattle .His All-star game success has probably moved him into the first 2 rounds. The scarcity of corners after the first 50 picks makes it much more likely the bigger ones will be over drafted . Even if he isn't a fit as a corner I think he would make a good safety at the very least .
59.COLTS-DAVID YANKEY-G/T-STAN-NFL COMP-MARSHALL YANDA-BALT-It's really good that Andrew Luck is a big strapping mobile QB . Otherwise I doubt he would have survived the season intact with the horrible way his guards and center played this year . You think Luck's great now ? Imagine him with time to throw without a couple of dudes about to smack him in the teeth , and a lot less bruises. The colts need to draft a guard and center with their first 2 picks (and maybe even sign another in free agency) to give him a chance to reach his vast potential .Yankey played his college ball with Luck at Stanford , and although he has played left tackle in the past , he is absolutely better inside at guard. I doubt the browns will franchise pro bowl center Alex Mack . If so the Colts should back the money truck up on his doorstep at midnight of free agency and make him the leagues highest paid center .If they can get Mack and Yankey in one off-season this O-line will go from a weakness to a strength .
60.PANTHERS-JARVIS LANDRY-WR-LSU-NFL COMP-JERICHO COTCHERY-PITT- Like the Houston Texans before them the panthers seem destined to wait far too long to draft a top receiver to pair with their aging # 1 guy. Steve Smith is past his prime & undersized, but he is still the best WR on this team . Now that Smith is on his way out the door , and Brandon LaFell is also a free agent they might have to get multiple receivers .You would think they would want to do everything they can to help their young franchise QB succeed, but they sure are going about it in a weird way. Landry is an old school tough guy receiver. He pulled up running his forty ,and didn't have the best combine, but I still like him. I am betting he does a lot better on his pro day , but even if he doesn't I still believe in him . Landry will do the dirty work inside & underneath, and allow other guys to make big plays down the field . Speed aside, Landry has the best hands & is the best blocker of everyone in this deep WR class . I just have trouble with seeing this good of a football player make it to the 3rd round round.
61.SAN FRANCISCO-PAUL RICHARDSON-WR-COL-NFL COMP-NATE WASHINGTON-TENN-Right now the best option the 49ers receiving core has to run by the defense is (30 years old next year) TE Vernon Davis. Boldin and Crabtree are more big bodied move the chains guys . Richardson would not only be lightning out of the slot or outside , he could also open up their offense with reverses/end arounds, bubble screens etc... It would probably be nice to have a guy that can run right past the defense when they bite on play action .It would be hard for even the cannon-armed Kaeperneck to overthrow him.
62.PATRIOTS-AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS-TE-WASH-NFL COMP-MARTELLUS BENNET-CHI-The entire offense the Patriots want to run is predicated on 2 tight end sets . Right now even if Gronk is completely healthy for the season he is called on to block a lot , because he is far better than any other blocking TE the pats have . Jenkins is also a good blocker who would allow Gronk to spend more time wreaking havoc down field . Austin is also sure handed and athletic enough to also be a threat as a receiver as well . Historically the Belichick led Patriots have always loved getting players who fall due to character and injury issues much later than they should go . It's actually how they got both Gronk and Hernandez . In light of Aaron's off the field activities the character faller's might be on the back-burner for a few years , but the injured guys are still in play . Jenkins has the talent of a top 10 pick, but his effort isn't always top notch from play to play , and he looked out of shape to me this year . He looked in much better shape at the combine , but a reported routine injury he should be healed from before the draft prevented him from working out. Their is a lot of tape inconsistent tape on him, so it really matters. A huge bodied TE of his talent level ,that is a sure handed receiver and physical blocker ,shouldn't last much longer than this .If he is in still in shape & the injury is healing fine when his medical re-check comes he could still go much higher .Still, if he can't workout at all before the draft after a year of being heavy, I could see him falling this far .
63.BRONCOS-STANLEY JEAN-BAPTISTE-CB/S-NEB-NFL COMP-RICHARD SHERMAN-SEA-With future HOFer Champ Bailey on the verge of being 36, coming off an injury, played poorly this year, can save the Broncos about 10 million off their cap, and his only chance to stay is probably with a move to safety .After initially saying he wouldn't change positions, he waited too long to change his tune and was cut .They signed Aquib Talib to play one corner, but another corner is needed to replace DRC . Specifically a taller corner with long arms like Baptiste .
64.SEATTLE-*DEMARCUS LAWRENCE-DE/OLB-BO.ST-NFL COMP-SHAUN PHILLIPS-DENV-First and foremost Pete Carroll is a defensive coach who wants to attack. The hawks have deservedly become a destination for players seeking a ring now. They ended up getting both Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on short term deals at a reasonable price last off season .Both had excellent years rushing the passer, but Bennett's deal was only for 1 year, as opposed to Avril's 2 year deal. The Seahawks have a lot of young cheap players right now due to excellent drafting, but they aren't very far away from free agency ,and are going to get a lot more expensive soon . Just to keep the core pro bowlers that are going to be free agents very soon like Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas is going to be very expensive in 2014-15-16. Bennett's great year is going to make him a lot of money in free agency that they can't match if they want to retain those core player long term , The man got his ring so it was well worth it! .Since I highly doubt he will take another 1 year deal (even for a hefty raise ) they are going to need a replacement . The versatile Lawrence can play both a defensive end and outside linebacker . I'm sure Pete Carroll will be able to find multiple uses for him .