NFL Mock Draft With Trades

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
1 3,000 33 580 65 265 97 112 129 43 161 27 193 14.2
2 2,600 34 560 66 260 98 108 130 42 162 26.6 194 13.8
3 2,200 35 550 67 255 99 104 131 41 163 26.2 195 13.4
4 1,800 36 540 68 250 100 100 132 40 164 25.8 196 13
5 1,700 37 530 69 245 101 96 133 39.5 165 25.4 197 12.6
6 1,600 38 520 70 240 102 92 134 39 166 25 198 12.2
7 1,500 39 510 71 235 103 88 135 38.5 167 24.6 199 11.8
8 1,400 40 500 72 230 104 86 136 38 168 24.2 200 11.4
9 1,350 41 490 73 225 105 84 137 37.5 169 23.8 201 11
10 1,300 42 480 74 220 106 82 138 37 170 23.4 202 10.6
11 1,250 43 470 75 215 107 80 139 36.5 171 23 203 10.2
12 1,200 44 460 76 210 108 78 140 36 172 22.6 204 9.8
13 1,150 45 450 77 205 109 76 141 35.5 173 22.2 205 9.4
14 1,100 46 440 78 200 110 74 142 35 174 21.8 206 9
15 1,050 47 430 79 195 111 72 143 34.5 175 21.4 207 8.6
16 1,000 48 420 80 190 112 70 144 34 176 21 208 8.2
17 950 49 410 81 185 113 68 145 33.5 177 20.6 209 7.8
18 900 50 400 82 180 114 66 146 33 178 20.2 210 7.4
19 875 51 390 83 175 115 64 147 32.6 179 19.8 211 7
20 850 52 380 84 170 116 62 148 32.2 180 19.4 212 6.6
21 800 53 370 85 165 117 60 149 31.8 181 19 213 6.2
22 780 54 360 86 160 118 58 150 31.4 182 18.6 214 5.8
23 760 55 350 87 155 119 56 151 31 183 18.2 215 5.4
24 740 56 340 88 150 120 54 152 30.6 184 17.8 216 5
25 720 57 330 89 145 121 52 153 30.2 185 17.4 217 4.6
26 700 58 320 90 140 122 50 154 29.8 186 17 218 4.2
27 680 59 310 91 136 123 49 155 29.4 187 16.6 219 3.8
28 660 60 300 92 132 124 48 156 29 188 16.2 220 3.4
29 640 61 292 93 128 125 47 157 28.6 189 15.8 221 3
30 620 62 284 94 124 126 46 158 28.2 190 15.4 222 2.6
31 600 63 276 95 120 127 45 159 27.8 191 15 223 2.3
32 590 64 270 96 116 128 44 160 27.4 192 14.6 224 2

I have attached the NFL draft trade chart which gives point values on what each pick is worth. Most of the time the team trading down will get the benefit of the doubt. Well lets get started. Image

1. Texans- Jadaveon Clowney DE South Carolina

I can see the Falcons wanting to move up to get Clowney but I just dont think it makes sense for the Texans unless the Falcons overpay like crazy. There biggest need is QB but at the number 6 spot both Bortles and Manziel could be gone. They could use a WR or Guard and need a TE but it is too high to take Ebron and the WR or Guard need isnt pressing enough. They do need a middle linebacker but not at 6 overall. Unless if the Falcons give up 3 first round picks and a second i dont see a trade happening.

2. Rams- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

The Rams could trade this pick if Clowney is still there but otherwise i see them taking Watkins. I dont understand why “experts” have them taking Greg Robinson when he wont be drafted until at least the number 6 barring a trade. Watkins would make the Rams have a very dynamic offense if Sam Bradford can play well.

3. Bills- Khalil Mack DE Buffalo

***Bills acquire 3rd overall pick from Jaguars for 9th pick, 41st pick, 2015 2nd round pick, and 109th pick***

Buffalo feels they arent too many players away from really competing. On the defensive side of the ball i do agree with them and the addition of Mack would make a vaunted pass rushing situation in Buffalo with Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes in the fold as well.

4. Browns- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

I believe that the Browns are obsessed with him and GM Ray Farmer wants his own QB in there. Even with a deep QB class this would be a smart pick for the Browns.

5. Buccaneers- Greg Robinson OT Auburn

*** Bucs acquire 5th 219th & 2015 5th round pick from Oakland for 7th & 69th picks***

Bucs have big need at tackle and wide receiver but by making this trade they can get the best tackle we have seen in years and still hold on to their second round pick which they can use on a WR.

6. Falcons- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

Falcons want to get bigger after last year and have taken that step in upgrading the lines with Paul Solia, Tyson Jackson, and Jon Asamoah. Matthews will allow the Falcons to run the ball effectively and provide Matt Ryan more time to spread the ball out. This is a very good pick for Atlanta.

7. Jaguars- Blake Bortles QB Central Florida

*** Jaguars acquire 7th pick from Oakland for 9th 105th & 109th(Bills 4th) picks

Jaguars get their man by leapfrogging the Vikings. The Jaguars do have a number of holes to fill including Tackle, Corner, Linebacker, and Safety but no need is as pressing as Quarterback. They now have two 2nd round picks and their 3rd rounder to fix some of those problems (although no 4th round picks).

8. Panthers- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

*** Panthers acquire 8th pick from Vikings for 28th 92nd 168th and 2015 1st round pick***

After seeing four Wide Receivers leave the Panthers finally get their guy. He would pair with Jason Avant and Jericho Cotchery to create and average receiving corps but still have holes in their offensive line, outside linebacker, and all over their secondary save free safety. They will most likely draft a tackle in round two as they had success last year with a underwelming secondary but need to replace the recently retired Jordan Gross.

9. Raiders- Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

The Raiders have possibly the most needs out of any team in the league and desperetly need youth on defense as they are projected to have five starters over the age of 30. They have no impact tight ends at this moment and havent for a very long time. Ebron will give the Raiders a playmaking tight end for their franchise.

10. Lions- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State

The Lions secondary has been awful for a long time and they currently have two aging corners in Rashean Mathis and Chris Houston. Gilbert would provide the Lions with a future number 1 corner who can help cover the likes of Calvin, Alshon, and Cordarelle in a difficult NFC North.

11. Bears- Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh

***Bears acquire 11th pick from Titans for 14th & 82nd picks***

The Bears were woeful against the run last year and seemed lifeless without Henry Melton in the interior. This is a franchise that prides itself on defense but needs a top flight defensive tackle like they once had in Tommie Harris and Henry Melton. The Bears do have other needs including a guard, WR depth, a Tight end, Safeties and cornerback youth.

12. Giants- Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

This seems like the most Taylormade (see what i did there) pick of the draft. The Giants need a Left tackle to keep Eli up straight. They also need a WR, tight end, Free Safety, DT, and a outside linebacker but Lewan will solve a issue thats been lingering for years.

13. Rams- Haha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama

The Rams arent a team with too many needs and after adding Watkins are in position to take another playmaker in Haha. I think this pick comes down to Haha or Zach Martin but due to the potential availability of right tackles later in the draft and the lack of true playmaking free safeties other than Calvin Pryor or Haha that safety is the way to go.

14. Titans- Anthony Barr OLB UC- Los Angeles

The Titans are reforming to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton and need the skillset to reflect the transformation. Barr would pair with Shaun Phillips before taking over for him in subsequent years. I can also see the Titans drafting a corner or a tight end but this isnot a team with a ton of needs and if Jake Locker plays well this is a team with talent on its roster.

15. Steelers- Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State

If Dennard, Gilbert, Ebron, or Lewan  isnt here i can see this team moving back ten spots or so to a team that wants to move up and take Zach Martin or Calvin Pryor. The Steelers are desperate for a number 1 corner after the subpar play of Ike Taylor and really miss Keenan Lewis who is now on the Saints. This would make two new members of a rebuilt Steelers secondary including new free safety Mike Mitchell.

16. Patriots- Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame

***Patriots acquire 16th pick from Cowboys for 29th 62nd and 2015 2nd round picks***

The Patriots are not a team that has a pressing number of needs but every starter on their defensive line is over the age of 30. Louis Nix III is really the only highly graded Nose tackle in this draft and the Patriots need youth along the line. I can also see them grabbing a SS, potentially a center, and a tight end.

17. Ravens- Zach Martin OT Notre Dame

The Ravens have always put emphasis on their offensive line under the Harbaugh era and last years play is not acceptable for the system that they run. Martin can play day one at Right Tackle and make this line instantly better. I think its a tough decision between him and Mosley but this choice makes sense. He would be the second member of the o-line acquired this offseason with Jeremy Zuttah who they traded for from Tampa Bay.

18. Packers- CJ Mosley ILB Alabama

***Packers acquire 18th pick from Jets for 21st and 85th pick***

The Jets arent to kind to the Dolphins are they. The Packers dont have to many glaring needs but absolutely need an upgrade over Brad Jones at the inside linebacker position. Mosley would make an excellent 1-2 punch with AJ Hawk and would allow Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews to focus mainly on pass rushing. All of the sudden the Packers defense doesnt look like the week spot anymore.

19. Browns- Odell Beckham Jr. WR Louisiana State

***Browns acquire 19th pick from Dolphins for 26th & 83rd picks***

The Browns recieved the 83rd pick from the Steelers last year in the Shamarko Thomas trade.The Browns have a pressing need for a number 2 Wide Receiver to play with Josh Gordon. This would make teams more cautious to use double teams on Gordon as they would have to figure out ways to cover Beckham & Jordan Cameron.

20. 49ers- Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State

***49ers acquire 20th pick from Cardinals for 30th & 61st picks***

The 49ers need more Wide Receivers to balance out their roster and compete with the violent secondary of the Seahawks. With Seattle losing Walter Thurmond as their slot corner covering Cooks will be a pain for the legion of boom. Cooks would infuse more speed into an offense with a physical running game.

21. Jets- Marquise Lee WR Southern California Before the Jets signed Eric Decker they had the worst receiving corps in the league along with a big hole at tight end. Lee would be a big boost for this offense which continues to add weapons for Vick/Geno.

22. Eagles- Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech The Eagles have a hole at corner with really no number one option on the roster. They also play a very fast paced system on offense which means their time of possesion numbers will be porous. Fuller would help cover guys in a division of excellent WR including Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz, and DeSean Jackson.

23. Chiefs- Calvin Pryor FS Louisville The Chiefs have more needs than meets the eye when you think about a team that was the last standing undefeated team by a large margin. They have a big hole next to Eric Berry at Safety which is a big black eye to the defense. I can see them trading down but Pryor at this pick is to tough to pass up.

24. Bengals- Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State

The Bengals have a few needs in another wide receiver, a pass rusher to replace Michael Johnson, and a safety to replace Reggie Nelson but Shazier should be the pick for them. This will also be a determining season for Andy Daltons future as he is going to either start making some money or facing competition for starts.

25. Chargers- Jason Verrett CB Texas Christian

The Chargers are in desperate need for Corners its not funny anymore. They also need a nose tackle but with Louis Nix III gone there is no one worth a first round pick at that position. This is a team well positioned for the future due to hits in the second round like Eric Weddle, Kendell Reyes, Marcus Gilchrist, and Manti Teo.

26. Dolphins- Xavier Sua Filo OG UC- Los Angeles

The Dolphins have numerous needs across the football field so I can see them trading down to fill many of those holes including offensive guard (2), OT, wide receiver, Linebacker, a second tight end, youth at corner, and free safety. Here the Dolphins get a future pro bowl guard which can be paired next to Mike Pouncey to open up some holes in that running game.

27. Saints- Dee Ford OLB Auburn

For all the upgrades and money that New Orleans spent on the secondary this offseason it will be very difficult for them to cover people if there is no pass rush. Ford will provide that rush for the Saints reducing their need to blitz. I dont know if he is a three down player though.

28. Seahawks- Bradley Roby CB Ohio State

***Seahawks acquire 28th pick from Vikings for 32nd & 2015 3rd round picks***

After Roby there is a big dropoff of corners till Lamarcus Joyner and after that another big falloff. The Seahawks lost Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III to free agency and have a big decision to make on Richard Sherman. The Seahawks usually draft with the future in mind and this pick will be for present and future.

29. Cowboys- Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State

The Cowboys have needs all over the field and Jerry Jones is not making Jason Garrett’s job any easier. They had one of the worst defenses that i have ever seen last year and they lost DeMarcus Ware. This team has needs everwhere on defense except middle linebacker and starting corner. They also have needs on the offensive side of the ball especially at guard. 2014 maybe a rough one for these Cowboys.

30. Texans- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

***Texans acquire 30th pick from Cardinals for 33rd and 101st picks***

I can see the Texans getting nervous that someone will trade into the back of the first round and take Teddy or the Vikings will pluck him. This would be an excellent first round for Houston in grabbing their franchise QB and a defensive force in Clowney. I dont see the Texans taking Carr due to their issues with his brother.

31. Broncos- JaWuan James OT Tennesee

The Broncos have a need at right tackle after moving Orlando Franklin over to guard to replace the departing Zane Beadles. The Broncos need to keep Peyton upright and that has to be their top priority. The Broncos are all in to try and win a super bowl before Peyton retires and i can see them trading their 2015 1st round pick to try and get the pieces to win that championship.

32. Vikings- Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois

He would pair with Harrison Smith to make one of the better safety combinations in the league. The Vikings were absolutely dreadful in pass coverage last year and have upgrades Caption Munnerlyn and now Jimmie Ward to combat the passing attacks of the NFC North. With their abundance of picks the Vikings are well positioned to take a quarterback soon.

Innovations on offense

Innovations on offense

You can see throughout the history of the NFL how it has evolved from a running league to now be a passing league. In this draft there may not be a running back selected in the first two rounds meanwhile Wide receivers and Left tackles remain an extremely hot commodity and are deemed necessary in todays game. That makes me ask the question, what is the next step and what is the next breakthrough in the game of football? Most of the time teams that can keep innovating and be creative tend to be more successful on the football field.

Steelers-offensive-linemen

Platooned Offensive Line

Way back in the day players would play all 60 minutes of the game such as RedGrange, Fats Henry, Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe before executives thought it would be better to tailor ones game to a single position. As time went on players would be at one position but only on specific downs such as a nose tackle on 1st and 2nd down, a pass rusher in long distance situations, and an extra offensive lineman on short down situations. What I am proposing now is to use some offensive lineman in specific situations such as bringing in more lean and slender types for passing situations on the inside of the line and heavier more mauling types on running downs. Such a move would hurt pass rushers trying to beat the slower guards on the inside. Such a move would make other teams cautious when putting in the pass rushing interior lineman as they would be heavily outweighed.

rb slot

Running Backs with Slot Potential

As you can see with Chris Johnsons 2yr 8M contract and with the potential for no running backs to be taken in the first two rounds the value of the running back position has deteriorated. Full back used to be a big position played by the likes of Franco Harris and Jim Brown but now they are mostly 3rd tight ends or sparsely used players. I think running back with speed could be very dangerous in the slot especially speed backs. Lets take Chris Johnson and say you go out in the I formation with 2 WR and 2TEs the defense will likely come out in their base 3-4/4-3 defense. If CJ runs to the slot who will cover him? You have the corners matched up on the receivers and that leaves the safeties and LB to cover 1 or 2 tight ends and a running back who is likely too fast for a linebacker. The defense now has to decide who will cover the taller tight ends and the speedy running back which will cause mass confusion.

L_Mankins_300x450

The Interior 

In todays NFL you see the quarterback as the key piece of an offense and without one many question a clubs ability to succeed and to a large degree I agree with that but I see a growing value in having a multi-dimensional game. In todays NFL Defenses are focusing more on rushing the passer and being more agile in the secondary. When Ray Lewis played his last season he lost 10-15 pounds before the season so he could keep up with the more spread out game. I am finding a weakness in defenses as they are lighter and faster in todays day. In 2014 every guard that made the pro bowl except Marshall Yanda of the 2012 champion Ravens were on a playoff team (Evans,Grubbs,Iupati,Mankins,Vasquez) meanwhile only 3 receivers (Green, Thomas, Jackson) were on playoff teams. The interior is easier to dominate in todays game due to linebackers being lighter and 4-3 DT being quicker for the pass rush. If teams put more stock and $$$ into the undervalued guard and center positions they should be able to gain key strides in the run game which can create a signifigant advantage when competing against defenses designed for defending the pass. Combine elite guards with a power back and these lighter defensive players are in for trouble.

Any ideas? Post them in the comments

NFL 2014 Mock Draft

NFL 2014 Mock Draft

Here is the first mock draft I am going to do. I did this one not including any trades and will have one with future trades up shortly.

  1. Texans- Jadaveon Clowney DE South Carolina
  2. Rams- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
  3. Jaguars- Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
  4. Browns-Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
  5. Raiders- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
  6. Falcons- Greg Robinson OT Auburn
  7. Buccaneers- Jake Mathews OT Texas A&M
  8. Vikings- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St
  9. Bills- Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
  10. Lions- Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
  11. Titans- Eric Ebron TE North Carolna
  12. Giants-Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
  13. Rams- HaHa Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
  14. Bears- Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
  15. Steelers- Darqueeze Dennard CB Michigan St
  16. Cowboys- Anthony Barr OLB UC-Los Angeles
  17. Ravens- CJ Mosley ILB Alabama
  18. Jets- Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St
  19. Dolphins- Xavier Su’a Filo OG UC-Los Angeles
  20. Cardinals- Marquise Lee WR Southern California
  21. Packers- Odell Beckham Jr. WR Louisiana St
  22. Eagles- Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
  23. Chiefs- Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame
  24. Bengals- Kony Ealy DE Missouri
  25. Chargers- Jason Verrett CB Texas Christian
  26. Browns- Allen Robinson WR Penn State
  27. Saints- Dee Ford DE Auburn
  28. Panthers- Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida St
  29. Patriots- Timmy Jernigan DT Florida St
  30. 49ers- Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida St
  31. Broncos- David Yankey OG Stanford
  32. Seahawks- Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
  33. Texans- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
  34. Redskins- Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame
  35. Browns- Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
  36. Raiders- Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
  37. Falcons- Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia
  38. Buccaneers- Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
  39. Jaguars- Marcus Roberson CB Florida
  40. Vikings- Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois
  41. Bills- Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama
  42. Titans- Demarcus Lawrence OLB Boise State
  43. Giants- RaShede Hageman DT Minnesota
  44. Rams- Morgan Moses OT Virginia
  45. Lions- Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young
  46. Steelers- Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
  47. Cowboys- Gabe Jackson OG Mississipi State
  48. Ravens- JaWuan James OT Tennessee
  49. Jets- Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
  50. Dolphins- Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
  51. Bears- Dominique Easley DT Florida
  52. Cardinals- Weston Richburg C Colorado State
  53. Packers- Terrence Brooks FS Florida State
  54. Eagles- Davante Adams WR Fresno State
  55. Bengals- Trevor Reilly OLB Utah
  56. 49ers- Paul Richardson WR Colorado
  57. Chargers- Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
  58. Saints- Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
  59. Colts- Dakota Dozier OG Furman
  60. Panthers- Joel Bitonio OT Nevada
  61. 49ers- Kelcy Quarles DE South Carolina
  62. Patriots- Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
  63. Broncos- Keith McGill CB Utah
  64. Seahawks- Jarvis Landry WR Louisiana State