Complete NFL Mock Draft - All 7 Rounds

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For those of you who missed any of my round-by-round mock draft, I decided to consolidate them into one comprehensive and extremely long post. If you can make it to the end, I’ve included an analysis of the Bears picks and a list of undrafted free agents that the Bears should target. With the NFL Combine starting today and free agency starting in early March, these picks will undoubtedly change and I will be posting version 2.0 sometime in the next few weeks. For now, feel free to rip my picks in the comments or give me some suggestions for my next mock.

Round 1

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1.) Texans – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Lousiville (6’3, 205): Clowney is an option as the most talented player in the draft, but the Texans are in desperate need of a QB. As a franchise, missing on the #1 pick is a disaster, so if the talent level is close (and it is) I think they will go with Bridgewater because he is the safest choice. He’s got all the tools to be a good NFL QB, but what sets him apart is his accuracy and his ability to throw receivers open. That’s one of the innate abilities that separates good from great. Really the only knock on Teddy B is his slight frame which is fixable with time and an NFL training regimen.

2.) Rams – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (6’5, 305): Clowney will be tempting, but with Robert Quinn and Chris Long, DE is already the strength of the Rams team. QB Sam Bradford is coming off an ACL injury and the Rams seem to think he is the guy, so they might as well invest in protecting him. Matthews is the most polished LT prospect in the draft and can step in and start on day 1. The Rams current LT, Jake Long, is coming off a serious ACL/MCL injury and it’s not a sure thing that he will be ready for training camp. Even if he is, a team can never have enough good tackles.

3.) Jaguars – QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida (6’4, 240): The Jags can’t start another season with the Henne / Gabbert combo at QB or the few fans they have left will revolt. Bortles is a home state kid (Oviedo , FL) and has the size (6’4, 230) and physical tools to eventually be a stud NFL QB. He is probably the farthest away from the Pro Bowl of the three top QB prospects considering he played in weak conferences (CUSA /American). That being said, he has the best combination of size, arm strength, and speed of the top three and could be special with a little patience and the right coaching staff.

4.) Browns – QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (6’1, 200): He’s short, his decision-making is suspect, and he seems like a bit of a prima-donna, but Manziel is fun to watch and can put a team on his back for long stretches. After a few seasons of Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden, a little fun is badly needed in Cleveland. Manziel has better arm strength then advertised, great wheels, and intangibles that can’t be taught. He’s reminds me a lot of Jim McMahon both on and off the field, albeit a more mobile version. Drafting Manziel 4th is risky, but the Browns need a QB and he is clearly the best option on the board at this point of the draft.

5.) Raiders – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6’6, 272): If Clowney falls to 5, it will be the first lucky break for the Raiders in what seems like forever. Sammy Watkins will be tempting, since they haven’t had a #1 WR since Jerry Rice in 2001, but they can’t pass up a game changing pass rusher in Clowney. His 2013 college season was a disappointment, but his combination of size, explosiveness, and speed only comes around every ten years or so. With some technique improvement, Clowney could be a perennial double-digit sack guy.

6.) Falcons – OT Greg Robinson, Auburn (6’5, 320): An absolute mauler in the run game, Robinson could be a dominant RT on day 1 and eventually move over to LT once his pass protection technique improves.

7.) Buccaneers – OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo (6’3, 245): Lovie Smith built his Bears defenses around LBs Urlacher & Briggs, and the Mack / Lavonte David combo has that type of potential. Mack didn’t face much competition at Buffalo but he dominated (28.5 sacks, 75 TFLs) during his career there and could be a force right away for the Bucs.

8.) Vikings – QB Derek Carr, Fresno St (6’3, 205): The Vikings QB situation was so dire last season that they gave Josh Freeman 3 million for 1 start. Carr is a bit of a reach at 8 overall, but the Vikings need a QB and he is the best one left at this point in the draft. Carr has good mobility and can make all the throws, but his footwork and decision-making are inconsistent. He actually reminds me a lot of a young Jay Cutler.

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9.) Bills – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (6’1, 200): In a tier by himself at the wide receiver position, Watkins can do it all  and has the potential to be a true #1 WR. The Bills should be ecstatic to have him fall to the 9th slot, since they haven’t had a #1 WR since Eric Moulds.

10.) Lions – WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M (6’5, 225): Matthew Stafford had no reliable receiving options last year other than Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush. Evans has great size, good hands, and adjusts very well to the ball. Evans should be able to take advantage of the single coverage match-ups he will see opposite Megatron and at worst will be an asset in the red zone.

11.) Titans – Anthony Barr, UCLA (6’4, 248): DT Jurrell Casey led a strong inside pass rush for the Titans (11 sacks), but they had no one generating pressure off the edge. Barr only played OLB for 2 seasons so he is a little raw, but so quick and explosive off the edge that he will rack up some sacks on athleticism alone. With some experience, Barr could be an elite pass rushing OLB.

12.) Giants – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan (6’8, 302):  He doesn’t have the upside of Robinson or Matthews, but he’s solid and polished enough that he should be ready to step in and start as a rookie.The Giants O-line was a mess last year.

13.) Rams – S HaHa Clinton Dix, Alabama (6’1, 209): The Rams’ safeties were almost as bad as the Bears last season and Dix is the best safety on the board.

14.) Bears – DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida St (6’2, 298): When motivated Jernigan was a beast inside for FSU. He has the tools to be an all-pro DT if he can maintain a consistent effort level.

15.) Steelers – DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame (6’3, 340): The Steelers need help on both sides of the line, but with the top OTs off the board, Nix is the next best lineman available. They could move current NT McLendon to DE to fill a hole there and make room for Nix who has a world of potential if he can stay healthy and keep his weight under control.

16.) Cowboys – LB CJ Mosley, Alabama (6’2, 234): With holes everywhere, plenty of salary cap cuts coming, and Jerry Jones calling the shots… this pick is a crap shoot. I’m going to give the Cowboys the best player still on the board that just so happens to meet a need for the Cowboys. Last season’s OLBs, Bruce Carter and DeVonte Holloman, had the worst combined grade (-22.8) from PFF of any OLB duo in the league and Mosley would be an immediate upgrade over either.

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17.) Ravens – WR Marquis Lee, USC (6’0, 190): The Ravens missed Anquan Boldin last season as they had no reliable options across from deep threat Torrey Smith. Lee struggled in 2013 due to a combination of injuries and bad QB play, but was dominant in both 2011 (73, 1143, 11) and 2012 (118!, 1721, 14). Lee is a little smaller than teams would like for a classic #1, but he has all the tools to be one.

18.) Jets – TE Eric Ebron, UNC (6’4, 245): The Jets have the worst group of receivers in the league and they need to give QB Geno Smith some legitimate weapons if he is going to have any chance for success. Ebron has tight end size but the speed and acceleration of a wide receiver. His hands need to be more consistent, he made some highlight reel grabs, but also dropped some easy ones. Ebron has the talent to be a poor man’s Jimmy Graham, if Smith can get him the ball.

19.) Dolphins – OL Zach Martin, Notre Dame (6’4, 304): The Dolphins need as many O-lineman as they can get after a complete meltdown both on and off the field by their O-line. Martin had a great Senior Bowl, but might be a little small for tackle. If he has to move to guard, that fills a need for the Dolphins as well.

20.) Cardinals – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (6’6, 310): The Cardinals line was a little better last year, but they still need plenty of help protecting Carson Palmer who at this stage of his career is a statue in the pocket. Kouandjio is very mobile for his size and despite some inconsistent play last year, has the tools to be a dominant tackle down the road. Pairing Kouandjio with last year’s 1st round pick G Jonathon Cooper will give the Cards two potential studs to rebuild their line around.

21.) Packers – DT Ra’shede Hageman, Minnesota (6’6, 318): He wasn’t as productive as he should have been in college considering his elite strength and athleticism, but he is a converted TE and is still learning the nuances of the DT position. Hageman is a workout warrior and should put up impressive numbers at the combine which will secure his first round draft slot. The Packers have needs at every level on defense, but D-lineman with Hageman’s measurables don’t come around very often.

22.) Eagles – CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St (6’0, 194): The Eagles secondary is a mess. They could go with a safety here as well, but shut-down corners are harder to find and Gilbert has that kind of potential. He will also be a weapon as a kick/punt returner. Good value this late in the draft.

23.) Chiefs – WR Odell Beckham, LSU (6’0, 187): The Chiefs need to give Alex Smith some weapons besides Charles and D-Bowe. Beckham is very elusive after the catch and should thrive in KC’s short passing game.

24.) Bengals – DE Kony Ealy, Missouri (6’5, 275): With no glaring needs on either side of the ball (depending on how you feel about Andy Dalton), the Bengals can take the best player on the board. Ealy happens to fill a need as well with last season’s starting DE Michael Johnson expected to leave via free agency.

25.) Chargers – CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St (5’11, 188): He could go higher, but his lack of top-end speed will be exposed at the combine and teams still overvalue measurables. Dennard will have an adjustment period as he figures out how much of his physical coverage tactics will be allowed at the NFL level, but he should become a solid starting corner eventually.

26.) Browns – WR Allen Robinson, Penn St (6’3, 204): It’s amazing how good Josh Gordon was considering his sub-par QBs and the lack of a reliable #2 WR. The Browns need someone else who can at least catch the ball consistently and that happens to be Robinson’s strength. He has great size for the position and despite a lack of deep speed has enough acceleration and quicks to get open consistently. Robinson is an ideal possession receiver and could be a perfect compliment to Josh Gordon.

27.) Saints – OLB Dee Ford, Auburn (6’2, 243): A tweener, but Ford is one of the most explosive pass rushers in the draft. Saints DC Rob Ryan will find the right way to utilize Ford, turning him loose on opposing QBs while minimizing his coverage responsibilities.

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28.) Panthers – WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida St (6’5, 234):  Has elite size/speed ratio to give the Panthers the deep threat they have lacked the last few seasons. Benjamin’s route-running and hands needs work, but potential is there for a down-field weapon.

29.) Patriots – TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (6’5, 260): Another draft breaks perfectly for the Pats as they get an ideal fit for the “move” TE position that is crucial to their offense.

30.) 49ers – CB Marcus Roberson, Florida (6’0, 184): Roberson has a good combination of size and speed and the potential to be a lock-down corner. Not great against the run, but with the 49ers dominant front 7, he won’t need to be.

31.) Broncos - DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (6’6, 320): With Shaun Phillips a free agent and too expensive for the Broncos to retain, they need some help at DE. It might be the thinnest position in the draft, so the Broncos need to strike quick and take Tuitt in the first round. His stock slipped due to a disappointing 2013, but he has ideal size, strong pass rush moves, and as much upside as any DE in the draft outside of Clowney.

32.) Seahawks – WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (6’3, 205): Besides maybe Cleveland, I don’t think any group of receivers dropped more balls than the Seahawks. A full season of Percy Harvin will help and so will a big possession receiver like Matthews on the other side of the field. Matthews lacks elite speed, but is a sharp route-runner with good size and excellent hands.

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  • Zach Haugen

    I love everything about this draft for the vikings. Would be very happy with the haul and the holes being filled. If anthony johnson is gone in 5th like you say Mcculers from tennesse could fill a pat williams type role. Also only pick i disagree with is 6th round tackle. Just to many needs to get another tackle. Get a d back or running back. We def could use a third down back without gerhart. Overall excellent though.

    • Mike Flannery

      Thanks Zach. I think they need some offensive line depth, but you are right that a RB makes sense there. At the time I thought they were going to bring back Gerhart, but everything I’ve seen lately says he’s a goner. As a Bears fan I won’t miss him. I could see the Vikes using that pick on Antonio Andrews from WKU or Tyler Gaffney from Stanford, they are both power backs like Gerhart. Or Wisconsin’s James White who is probably the best all-around back still available at that point.

  • Riley Emmer

    I don’t think the Vikes go QB in round 1 Here’s why:
    1. Spielman will be gun shy, after pulling the trigger and having it backfire in 2011. His jobs on the line.
    2. Defensive minded coach taking over one of the worst defenses in the league last year. With so much talent on the board at 8 (or later– preferably they trade back)
    3. There’s a lot of potential in the later round QBs, (Jimmy, Mett, and Murray are my favorite of this years class).
    4. Reports today that the Vikings will be meeting with 8 or 9 QBs.

    I personally believe that the Vikings will trade back out of 8 and go defense in round 1. Safety, DT, and LB are positions they’ll look at. (I’m leaving CB out because I think they sign Verner in FA, and are reluctant to give up on Josh Robinson). If they stay at 8 it’s because Mack, Barr, or Watkins are still on the board (Yes… I think they’re more likely to take Watkins than Carr in rd 1. it’s hard not to salivate at the prospect of Watkins, Patterson, Peterson, Rudolph, and Jennings in the same offense. That being said, I doubt they take him even if he’s there).
    Mettenberger seems like Norvs kind of QB, so I can see them taking him comfortably in round 2. His ACL is healing up at a pace that is reportedly “close” to ADs. and is throwing as of early this month. I’d love to see them take Murray in the 4th or 5th.. just cause I think the kids a hell of a player.

    • Mike Flannery

      As a Bears fan, I hope the Vikes wait on a QB. They can add talent at other offensive positions or on defense, but without a decent QB they are still going to be mediocre.

      Carr would be an upgrade over what they have now at QB and I’m not sure anyone from the next tier (Mett, Garapp, Murray) would be. Maybe in a few years, but how many great ones does AP have left?

      I agree that trading down would be ideal, but with such a deep draft I think a lot of teams will have the same idea which will make it tough to pull off.

  • mtblaze

    I looked it up and the Seahawks receivers dropped the fewest passes in 2013 and they are tied for 3rd in lowest drop percentage.. You need to clean your beer goggles.

    • Mike Flannery

      My bad. I didn’t research that one obviously. I swear every time I watched the Seahawks, Golden Tate dropped at least one pass he should of caught.

    • Mike Flannery

      Just out of curiosity, do you not think they need upgrades at WR?

      • mtblaze

        I think they will probably drop Sydney Rice so they will need to acquire a taller receiver. I think we should resign Golden Tate and am happy with Harvin, Tate, Baldwin, Kearse and a taller receiver to be acquired later.

        • Mike Flannery

          Good call. They dropped Rice 6 days ago. I think they will draft a WR pretty high (first 3 rounds) as insurance in case Harvin gets hurt or has migraine issues again. Russell deserves another weapon or two.

  • jordan

    ya saying seattle drop the most passes is complete bs! there is a lot of hate for a team that just one a superbowl….

  • https://twitter.com/TheCalebShore Caleb Shore

    Did this mock have Aaron Murray? Maybe I missed it but I don’t see Tennessee taking Logan Thomas. We’ve gambled on a QB with no brain before and we won’t make that mistake again. Ruston Webster knows how to draft, and I imagine he’d much rather have a guy like Murray who will be a great value pick coming off injury, I think they’d take him in the 4th

    • Mike Flannery

      I had Murray as my top UFA, due to lack of height and uncertainty over his injury, but I’m hearing he’s got a good shot to go in the 3rd-5th if he has a good / healthy pro day. He’ll be in my next version for sure.

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  • Bob Romano

    This would be a great draft for the Bears. I’m not sure if Pryor will still be on the board at 51 but if he is that would be a great pick. In the 5th round if Aaron Lynch is still on the board I would take him over Marsh but Marsh could still be a good pick. I think Reid is definitely worth the gamble in the 4th round, he could end up being a beast. Finally if the Bears can get Stork in the 6th round I think the O-Line could be top 5 in the league a few years down the road.

    • Mike Flannery

      I love Aaron Lynch’s potential and had the Bears taking him in a different mock, but I am hearing sooo much negativity about his attitude and work ethic, that I couldn’t do it. If the Bears already had a decent defense in place and could afford to miss, then sure roll the dice. They don’t though and have so many holes that they need to come out of this draft with 4-5 guys that can contribute on D in 2014.

  • P2THAR

    Bruce McGill? I think you mean Keith McGill. And I’m hoping he lasts until the Bills’ pick.

    • Mike Flannery

      Good catch on McGill. Ha. I did that in another article too. Why do I keep wanting to call him Bruce? Weird. Though Bruce McGill was in Last Boy Scout, which was awesome. Maybe that’s it.

      • P2THAR

        Yes, last boy scout was def awesome! I have yet to watch the combine, did Denicos Allen not participate?

        • Mike Flannery

          Denicos Allen wasnt invited! Can you believe that BS? Was one of the best LBs in the big ten the last two years! He’s small but a much better football player than some of the guys that got invited. If I were a GM I would of at least wanted to see what he ran in the 40 and how he did in the drills so I could evaluate if Allen can play SS in the NFL. He’ll catch on somewhere as a special teams ace.

          • P2THAR

            I agree, watched him during his career, as I’m a huge ND fan, and this makes me want him to be Buffalo’s 7th round pick even more. He seems to me like a guy who’d use this as motivation to prove “experts” wrong. I’ll be taking note of his pro day closer now.

  • P2THAR

    Not the draft I would’ve picked for the Bills, but if your analysis of the players is correct I’ll be happy with it. I haven’t followed those players in particular cuz I have a bunch of guys I’m hoping they take that I’ve followed closer, but in this mock they won’t get many of em… guys like Martavis Bryant, Keith McGill, Arthur Lynch, Cyril Richardson, Greg Robinson, Troy Niklas, Mike Davis, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Marcus Roberson, Kyle Van Noy, Brandon Thomas, Dri Archer… But I gotta say not only do I love that you did 7 rounds, but analysis on every pick… Outstanding. Only guy I’ve seen do it.