NFL Mock Draft 2.0 – All 7 Rounds

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33.) Texans: LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6’3, 243) - Van Noy can do it all at the OLB position. He’s more of a finesse guy than some teams like, but you can’t argue with the results (24 sacks, 54 TFLs over last 3 seasons). Van Noy is unique in that he excels in both coverage and rushing the passer. He should be an instant upgrade over either Mercilus or Reed at OLB.

34.) Redskins: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida St (6’5, 240) - He’s 240 pounds with 4% body fat. That’s unreal. Benjamin has an elite size/speed ratio, though there is some concern about his hands and change of direction ability. His route-running needs work, but Benjamin has the physical tools to be unstoppable eventually and should be a dangerous deep threat right away. The Redskins need some size at the position and a deep threat and Benjamin gives them both with the upside for more.

35.) Browns: RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio St (6’0, 230) - Rumor has it the Browns are looking for a workhorse back and that is what Hyde brings to the table. He’s a tough-runner with surprising burst and wiggle for a guy his size.

36.) Raiders: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois (6’2, 219) - The Raiders get their QB of the future in Garoppolo. I don’t think even they are stupid enough to consider Schaub their long-term answer at QB and should be looking for an upgrade for 2015 and beyond. Garappolo doesn’t have the biggest arm, but his quick release and sound decision-making should make him a solid pro and an upgrade over what the Raiders currently have at the position.

37.) Falcons: OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama (6’7, 322) - A lot has been made of his disappointing combine and failed medicals due to an arthritic knee, but when you watch his game tape he is a borderline dominant left tackle against top competition in the SEC. None other than Dr. James Andrews has said his medicals are fine and his knee is normal for a man of his size. Kouandjio is very mobile for his size with a good kick slide and despite some inconsistent play last year, has the tools to be a dominant tackle down the road.

38.) Buccaneers: DE Scott Crighton, Oregon St (6’3, 273) - The Bucs finished 23rd in the league in sacks last year. The signings of DE Michael Johnson and DT Clinton McDonald will help, but Lovie Smith’s zone scheme needs a pass rush from the defensive line. Crighton can line up across from Johnson on passing downs and use his impressive burst to  generate pressure off the edge. His pass rush technique needs some work but he has the physical tools to be a force.

39.) Jaguars: QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU (6’5, 224): Mettenberger has good size and a cannon arm, but showed inconsistent accuracy at the college level and he’s not very mobile. With a year or two of grooming, he could end up being a very good NFL QB, but will need a solid line in front of him because he struggles to escape pressure.

40.) Vikings: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St (5’11, 194): The Vikings added CB Captain Munnerlyn in free agency but also lost CB Chris Cook (49ers) so they could use some depth. Roby would be a great developmental pick for the Vikings. He has prototypical physical traits for the position, has shown a willingness to hit in the run game, and just needs some coaching on his technique. Roby was destroyed by Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis in their match-up last year and it really exposed Roby’s poor technique. All his issues are fixable though and he could develop into a pro bowl caliber CB with the right situation and coaching.

41. ) Bills: T Morgan Moses, Virginia (6’6, 314) - The Bills need a RT and Moses can fill that role now and possibly move over to LT in a year or two with a little experience and coaching.

42.) Titans: DT DeQuan Jones, Penn St (6’4, 322) - Jones struggled with weight issues early in his college career, but trimmed down before his senior year and showed more explosion and consistency last season. He’s not much of a pass rusher, but he’s holds the point of attack well and can be an asset against the run. Jones’ best fit is as a 3-4 NT which is exactly what the Titans need after switching to a 3-4 next season. They singed NT Al Woods in free agency, but he is better suited as a backup.

43.) Giants: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (6’5, 262) - TE Brandon Myers was a bust last year and is already gone (TB). Sefarian-Jenkins is a good blocker with surprising agility for a man his size and excellent hands. He’s not a deep threat, but can be a reliable (and huge) target on short to mid range routes and is tough to bring down once he has the ball in his hands.

44.) Rams: CB LaMarcus Joyner, Florida St (5’8, 184) - He’s going to be one of the shortest players in the NFL, but Joyner can play. He’s a fierce hitter despite his small stature, has great speed, and his instincts are so good that he is always around the ball. Joyner is probably too small to cover outside the hash marks, but he can play either safety spot and could be an outstanding slot corner. The Rams just released slot corner Cortland Finnegan, so Joyner can slide into that spot right away and contribute as a rookie. Joyner will also help out on kick & punt returns if Tavon Austin can’t handle the job.

45.) Lions: CB Marcus Roberson, Florida (6’0, 191) - Roberson had a bad combine and didn’t do much better at his pro day, but the tape doesn’t lie. He was one of the best cover guys in the country last season and has the potential to be a lock-down corner. Roberson is a non-factor against the run, but should improve the Lions pass defense in a division with two of the NFL’s best offenses.

46.) Steelers: WR Allen Robinson, Penn St (6’2, 220) - Rumor has it that the Steelers have promised Roethlisberger a big receiver and they get one with Robinson. Not only does he have great size, but he has excellent hands and enough acceleration and quickness to get open consistently. Robinson has good strength and is a load to bring down after the catch. His stock has dropped due to a slow 40 at the combine (4.6), but he is a steal in round 2. Robinson should develop into an excellent possession receiver with good YAC potential. 

47.) Cowboys: DE Stephon Tuiit, Notre Dame (6’5, 304) - The Cowboys defense is a mess and they don’t have enough cap space available to fix it. They addressed the DT position in round 1 with Jernigan and they get him some help on the edge with Tuitt. His 2013 season was a disappointment, but he was recovering from a sports hernia. In 2012 he was a beast and would have been a top 15 pick if he could have entered the draft. Tuitt has prototype size for a DE, impressive strength, and polished pass rush moves. He could be a steal this late in the draft.

48.) Ravens: T Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (6’6, 336) - Massive tackle prospect with surprisingly light feet for his size. “Tiny” struggled in pass pro as a left tackle, but he could step in for Michael Oher on the right side and could become a force quickly.

49.) Jets: G Xavier G Su’a-Filo, UCLA (6’4, 307) - Like most of their offense, the Jets guard play was bad last season. They need to do a better job protecting the QB and opening some holes in the running game. Su’a-Filo showed fluid mobility at the combine, has good strength and has very few flaws on tape. He’s already 23, so should be ready to play immediately.

50.) Dolphins: T Jack Mewhort, Ohio St (6’6, 309) - Another strong, versatile O-lineman who played everywhere but center during his stint at OSU. Mewhort showed well at the Senior Bowl, solidifying his 2nd round grade. By all reports, he’s a good guy off the field as well, which is important to the Dolphins after the Martin / Incognito debacle.

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51.) Bears: MLB Chris Borland, Wisconsin (5’11, 248) - The Bears have a storied tradition at middle linebacker and they have a chance to continue it if they draft Chris Borland. He would be a lock for the first round if he were a few inches taller, but he’s shorter than ideal for the position. His lack of height will hurt him covering taller tight ends, but that’s really his only flaw. Borland might have the best instincts I’ve ever seen at the college level. He ran a 4.7 40 at his pro day, so his speed is only average, but his elite instincts allow him to play a tenth or two faster on the field. If Borland can get there, he’s going to make the tackle. He’s a big hitter with 14 forced fumbles in his college career, has a knack for making big plays when needed, he is solid in zone coverage and more importantly he is leader on the field. Borland would bring toughness and grit to a defense that didn’t have either last season. Bear coaches are already discussing moving last year’s 2nd round pick Jon Bostic to OLB and DJ Williams is just a stop-gap solution. The Bears need an MLB and Borland is the best one to enter the league since Luke Kuechly.

52.) Cardinals: CB Bashuad Breeland, Clemson (5’11, 197) - Might have had a shot at the first round if he stayed at Clemson for another year of seasoning. Breeland has good size and speed, but only started for one season and is a bit raw. He did show pro-level athleticism and was a play-maker for Clemson (4 INTs, 10 pass breakups, 3rd team all-ACC). The talent is there to be developed and Breeland could become a lock-down corner in 2-3 years.

53.) Packers: OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford (6’5, 250) - There are rumors all over the place about the Packers targeting Murphy in round 2. It makes sense, the Packers need edge rushers and that’s what Murphy does best (15 sacks in 2013). He gets surprisingly low to the ground coming off the edge despite his height, has a myriad of sneaky pass rush moves, and is a max-effort type of player. Bear fans are going to hate him.

54.) Eagles: S Deone Bucannon., Washington St (6’1, 211): I’m a big fan and might have had him as the Bears 2nd round pick if they hadn’t signed SS Ryan Mundy in free agency. Bucannon has been shooting up draft boards since the Senior Bowl and for good reason. He’s one of the biggest hitters in college football and has excellent range in coverage. Bucannon misses his fair share of tackles since he is always going for the big hit, but that can be coached out and it’s really the only flaw in his game. Bucannon and free agent signing Malcolm Jenkins could give the Eagles a much better safety combo than the disastrous Nate Allen / Patrick Chung combo last season.

56.) 49ers: WR Davonte Adams, Fresno St (6’1, 212) - Re-signing Boldin solidified the Niners starting receivers, but they have no depth. Adams just knows how to get open. In two seasons at Fresno St, Adams caught a ridiculous 233 passes for 3,031 yards and 38 touchdowns. Those are Tecmo Bowl numbers, but somewhat inflated by the Fresno St’s spread offense and weak competition. Even taking those negative factors into account, it’s still pretty darn impressive. Adams has good size, reliable hands, and uses his body well to block out defenders. He runs well after the catch with the ability to make people miss and break tackles if they don’t. His straight-line speed was considered a flaw, but after a 4.56 40 at the combine it’s hard to find anything to complain about. I wouldn’t be surprised if Adams snuck into the first round.

57.) Chargers: CB Keith McGill, Utah (6’3, 211) - The tallest corner in this year’s draft, McGill helped his stock at the Senior Bowl and again at the combine. He showed surprising fluidity in drop-backs, better coverage ability than expected, and ran a 4.51 at the combine. McGill is an intriguing prospect, but not without warts. He missed as many games as he started in his two years at Utah and does not have good hands. I saw him drop one against ASU that hit him square in the numbers. McGill only had 1 pick in two years as a starter. In his defense, McGill did have a pick at the Senior Bowl so maybe there is hope for his hands after all. The Chargers signed 6-2 corner Derek Cox last off-season and he was a bust, so they try again with another tall corner in McGill.

58.) Saints: WR Jarvis Landry LSU (5’11, 205) - His 4.7 40-time was the biggest disappointment at the combine. On tape he looks like a 4.5 guy, maybe 4.6 at worst. He’s clearly not a burner, but he’s very strong, knows how to get open, and has great hands. He’s also a willing blocker in the run game and would give Brees a reliable option opposite Colston. Landry’s bad 40 time will drop him to late 2nd – early 3rd round range and whoever drafts him will get a steal. He reminds me of a mini Anquan Boldin.

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59.) Colts: SS Jimmy Ward, Northern Illinois (5’11, 193) - Ward isn’t flashy but is a sound tackler and is so good in coverage that he could fill in at CB if needed. He should be able to replace Antoine Bethea in the starting lineup as a rookie. Solid value late in the 2nd.

60.) Panthers: OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada (6’4, 302): After LT Jordan Gross’ surprise retirement, the Panthers have a hole on the left side of their offensive line. Bitonio had a great Senior Bowl and then showed surprising athleticism and speed at the combine with a sub-5 40-time and top five results in the 3-cone, broad jump, short shuttle, and vertical leap. Bitonio’s game tape is solid, specifically his performance against 1st round prospect Anthony Barr who he held without a sack in their match-up. Bitonio is shorter than ideal for a LT, but he is a half-inch taller than former LT Jordan Gross, so it may not be an issue for Carolina.

61.) 49ers: CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (6’1, 198) - Desir is making a huge jump up in competition from tiny Lindenwood college, but showed he could handle it at the Senior Bowl and then ran well at the combine (4.59) for a guy his size. There is a lot of potential here, Desir has great size, arm length and ball skills. The 49ers lost both starting corners from last year’s team (Rogers, Brown), so Desir would be a welcome addition.

62.) Patriots: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (6’5, 265) - He’s a perfect fit for the Aaron Hernandez role in the Pats offense, so they may take him in round 1 and not risk losing him in round 2. Amaro had a disappointing combine so he may drop this far, though he did look better at his pro day. Knowing Belichick’s penchant for trading down I think they will either move back from 30 or up from 62 to secure Amaro’s services.

63.) Broncos: G David Yankey, Stanford (6’6, 315) - The Broncos lost starting guard Zane Beadles to free agency, but find a replacement in Yankey. His speed was disappointing at the combine (5.48), but has great size, position versatility, intelligence and was a team captain at Stanford. Guards don’t need to run very far in the Broncos zone blocking scheme anyway. Yankey is a good value pick this late in the 2nd round and could contribute immediately for the Broncos.

64.) Seahawks: T Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee (6’5, 311) - The Seahawks lost starting right tackle Breno Giacomini in free agency, but probably would be looking for a replacement even if he stayed. James would have been a LT at most colleges, but with Antonio Richardson entrenched there, James got a lot of experience playing on the right side which is beneficial since that is probably his best fit in the NFL. James is a powerful run blocker with good feet and surprising quickness for his size. His technique needs some work, but it’s close enough to NFL ready that he should be able to start at RT from day 1.

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  • Gioscianna

    Every expert and fan wants and assumes the Bears will draft either Aaron Donald or Timmy Jernigan but as Phil Emery has proven so far, his draft picks are always surprising and some what reaches. So in my opinion this is how the draft will go..

    1st- Calvin Pryor -S
    Even though many have Pryor as a mid 20 1st rounder, Emery has proven with his recent FA pick ups that he is looking for defensive players whom are solid tacklers with high motors. In Emery’s attempt to put the mean back in the Chicago Bears defense, he gets his man in the hard hitting safety from Louisville.

    2nd- Louchiez Purifoy -CB
    Another reach at this point in the draft to many because of his some what lack of polished skills, Purifoy makes up for his faults with solid athleticism for his 6’0ft 190lb frame and was a constant playmaker in his time with the Florida Gators.

    3rd- Anthony Johnson -DT
    We finally grab a DT to help shore up the interior of our defensive line with yet another high motor player in the LSU product. Paired with his terrific first step and a solid 6’3 308lb body, Johnson should fit nicely in the 3 technique spot for the rebuilding defense.

    4th- Tyler Larsen -C/G
    Out of Utah State with 51 starts on the O-line Larsen is a barrel chested center that surprises many with his burst and quick feet. Solid run blocker with enough skill that allows him to be plugged in as a back up guard as well as center until Garza is ready to hang em up.

    5th- Michael Sam -DE/OLB
    A tweener by NFL standards, but versatile like Phil Emery praises. Michael Sam is a hard working hybrid type player. His college production in regards to tackles for loss and sacks prove he does have talent and should be capable of some production in the pros. Granted he doesn’t deserve it, the media and the NFL fan base will follow Sam wherever he goes and scrutinize his every move, but if he blocks out the noise and commits to the team he can find success as a rotational DE and situational pass rusher from the OLB spot, but must prove his worth as a solid special teamer to stick around.

    6th- Keith Wenning -QB
    Out of Ball State Wenning made some noise in the shrine game some time ago. Not a flashy player and has no more than an average arm but with top notch accuracy and ball placements on his throws, Wenning is the man Trestman will groom to back up Cutler, but who knows, maybe the QB whisperer Trestman can do what he did with Josh McCown and develop Wenning into a solid option in case Cutler gets injured again or doesn’t work out.

    6th- Isaiah Crowell -RB
    An explosive athlete with some durability and character concerns causes Crowell to fall. Very shifty with his feet and never shies away from lowering his pads and taking on a defender head on. Crowell is solid in pass protection which Emery covets in his RBs and if he can stay on the field and out of trouble he can make a run as the teams number 2 RB behind Forte.

    • Mike Flannery

      I would be ok with Pryor in the 1st round but think they could move back a few spots and still get him while picking up an extra pick. I think Purifoy is one of the most overrated players in the draft. He doesn’t have good ball skills (2 ints in 3 years), his combine numbers sucked (4.61, 6 bench reps) and I don’t like his attitude / body language. I’d be ok with Johnson in the 3rd, but he didn’t show as much athleticism as I thought he would at the combine. Larson is solid. Sam is a smaller, slower version of Shea McClellin. Wenning has potential and Crowell is going to be a steal for somebody late in the draft. I’d be ok with this draft except for Purifoy/Sam picks. C grade. Ha.

      • Gioscianna

        Yes I agree Purifoy is a bit overrated but as I stated in my comment, this is what I believe Emery will do but it isn’t what I would like them to do. Also you are correct on Purifoy only having two interceptions but if you look at all his stats he has one of those picks returned for a TD and he also has a few forced fumbles, a fumble returned for a TD as well as a blocked punt. So while his int’s aren’t high his knack for making plays make him intriguing. And in this scenario no trades will be made but if the draft were to go as I would choose I would trade down a few picks and still draft Pryor. Go Pierre Desir in the 2nd. Anthony Johnson in the 3rd. 4th I would still draft Larsen because I believe he can be a solid player. 5th I would prefer Aaron lynch as opposed to Michael Sam. And I would still draft Wenning and Crowell in the 6th. But if we went DT in the 2nd I would draft Stanley Jean baptiste if he fell to us in the 3rd but I don’t think that will happen since big corners are all the rave currently.

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    Aaron Donald is listed at 6′ and 198 pounds … small for a DT.

    • Mike Flannery

      Ha. Thanks. He’s small, but not that small. Fixed.

  • vasher66

    I understand that seastrunk’s tendency to run east west rather than north hurts his stock, but you really think he will fall all the way to number 163? His on the field speed was one of the fastest on the field last year, and was the leading big12 rusher averaging 7.4 ypc even though he played half of the first four or so games of the season and missed two games with an injury.

    • Mike Flannery

      I do. I think he’s a 3rd down / change of pace back. Doesn’t run well in traffic between the tackles and isn’t durable enough to be an every down back. His disappointing 40-time at the combine (4.51) isn’t going to help his draft stock either. I think he has value, but there are 8-9 running backs I would rather have in this draft.

      • vasher66

        He proved he was the most explosive back with his broad jump and vertical the best at the combine. If durability and 40 speed are the most important thing, it seems to be a bit hypocritical to list Carlos Hyde as the number one RB in the draft considering he couldn’t even run a single dash (4.66) without pulling a hamstring. And you and I both know that a 40 yard dash in the lightest clothes possible does not necessarily translate to speed on the field in pads. Agree to disagree I guess.

        • Mike Flannery

          40-time is just one of many factors to consider and I only mentioned it because Seastrunk was expected to be one the fastest backs at the combine and wasn’t (13th). His 7.4 ypc is great, but I think Baylor’s spread offense had a lot to do with that. His backup averaged 6.9 ypc. Also Seastrunk’s three biggest games were against West Virginia (90th ranked run D), Louisiana-Monroe (87th) and Wofford (nr). He was clearly the fastest guy on the field in those games. In his only three match-ups against top 50 defenses (Oklahoma, Kansas St, TCU) with better team speed, Seastrunk averaged 3.5 ypc.

          I have Hyde as the first RB drafted, but that doesn’t mean he is my #1 ranked RB (3rd). I think he is the best fit for the Browns who are said to be looking for a between the tackles workhorse, which is Hyde’s style. He’s a completely different type of back than Seastrunk, so comparing their 40′s is irrelevant. Though Hyde’s 4.66 40 at 230 pounds is more impressive to me then Seastrunk’s 4.51 at 201 pounds.

          Where do you have Seastrunk being drafted? Ranked among other RBs?

          • vasher66

            I’d say he’s at about #6 for me. Originally thought he might have been a good fit for the dolphins with their 3rd round pick. I can see him bringing the receiving threat that Bush brought them (he has the hands, but Baylor is not known for utilizing their backs as receivers). Obviously the Dolphins picking up Moreno changes that thought. I believe that too much emphasis is placed on 40 times. Some players slow down more than others when the pads are put on, and it’s elusiveness for the speed rb’s and sheer strength for the power backs that matter the most. Seastrunk has elusiveness, he just needs to be coached on how to run in the NFL. He had six rushes before getting injured in the OK game in 2013, and he was coming off of his injury in the TCU game. I will admit he had a poor showing against K-State. But if you look at his film from a year ago, he averaged 6.0 ypc against TCU and 9.7 against the number 1 ranked K-State (both top 50 ranked defenses). And if you look at the film from the OK-State game in 2012 you will see that on one leg he is still faster than most defensive backs on the field. I know he is not the best back in the draft but I believe he is a solid 3rd round pick.

          • Mike Flannery

            I think you draft potential starters in the first three rounds and I don’t see Seastrunk ever being an every down RB. He has value as a 3rd down back. He’ll catch some passes out of the backfield, run the occasional draw, and have a couple flash plays. He’s a hell of an athlete, but I don’t think he has the vision to run between the tackles or the bulk to hold up with 15-20 touches a game. It will come down to team’s preference obviously and he could go as high as the 3rd, but I think 4th-5th is more likely.

            We obviously disagree on Seastrunk, but I agree 100% on the 40 being overvalued. I think Manziel was on to something when he wore pads & a helmet on his pro day. Why not try to recreate game conditions as much as possible on 40-times as well? Have them run the 40 with shoulder pads and a helmet on. Straight line sprints in shorts don’t have much relevance to what happens during games.

  • Jon feigenbaum

    First, Donald is 298-NOT 198 LOL! I still think Emory will pick at DT in the first round, but knowing what he looks for in players, I’m just not sure Donald fits the bill. I believe he will take a DT in the first, because I believe he will take TWO DT’S in the draft-make a former weakness a strength with DEPTH. The thing about Emory however, is you never know just WHAT he’ll do. There STILL is some time as well. Will he sign a free agent RB as a backup? Maybe another backup lineman? HE has a plan, and he doesn’t let anyone know what it is. He is the hardest G.M. to predict just what he’ll do.

    • Mike Flannery

      After the Kyle Long pick last year, Emery said he looks for freakish athletic traits in his early round picks. For Long it was his under 4.94 40-time despite being massive (6’6, 313). Donald running a 4.68 at 285! qualifies as freakish to me, but Ealy’s 3-cone, Shazier’s vert & broad jump, or Gilbert’s performance in most of drills could qualify as well. I’m not saying Emery uses this as a primary factor, but i think if two prospects are close (Donald / Jernigan for example) he is going to take the guy with unique physical abilities.

  • Anthony

    What a shitty ass mock draft for the Saints! Smh…. LB, WR, C, OT, OT, AND SS. This has to be able joke, Our biggest need is CORNER BACK! An you don’t have us selecting one at all?!?? An we have two 5th round picks dumb dumb..
    1st. Dee Ford
    2nd. Allen Robinson
    3rd. Pierre Desir
    4th. Marcus Martin
    5th. De’ Anthony Thomas
    5th. Philip Gaines
    6th. Anthony Fera

  • Nick Garren

    1st rd Darqueze Dennard. 2nd rd Deone Bucannon there’s the Bears 1st 2 picks.

    • DiscountPCRepair SATX

      Hopefully Gilbert and then Bucannon. I would not be upset
      with Clinton-Dix and then Fuller.

      AJ McCarron in the 4th round and Dri Archer in the fifth.

  • Nick Garren

    quarles will be the Bears 3rd rd pick.

  • Nick Garren

    bears will not take a defensive end. I really like Crowell as a “taking a chance” pick with the 2nd 6th rd pick..