2014 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Marino’s Preseason Projections

Drafting Taylor Lewan could solidify multiple positions on the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

It’s early in the 2014 NFL draft process as the college football just began last weekend, but mock drafts are always fun.

The draft order was taken from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller’s preseason power rankings.  Enjoy the mock and let us know what you think.

  1. Oakland Raiders — Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville): The Raiders get their franchise signal-caller for years to come. The rest of the roster is still very much in question.
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina): The best defensive prospect in years falls to the Jaguars at No. 2. Having a pass-rusher of Clowney’s caliber will help make the rest of the Jaguars defense even better.
  3. Tennessee Titans — Tajh Boyd (QB, Clemson): I have the Titans reaching for a quarterback for the second time in four years, but quarterbacks are worth reaching for. Boyd is an intriguing playmaker.
  4. New York Jets — Marqise Lee (WR, Southern California): The Jets have a plethora of needs and wide receiver is right at the top of the list. Lee is a special talent, and whoever is playing quarterback for the Jets needs someone to throw the ball to.
  5. Buffalo Bills — Taylor Lewan (OT, Michigan):  Adding Lewan could solidify several positions on the Bills offensive line. Lewan would start at left tackle, which would allow the Bills to move Cordy Glenn inside to left guard.
  6. San Diego Chargers — Jake Matthews (OT, Texas A&M): The Chargers offensive line is a mess and adding a franchise left tackle would be a good way to begin fixing it.
  7. Detroit Lions — C.J. Mosley (LB, Alabama): Mosley is a complete linebacker prospect. He can solidify a defensive front seven that is loaded with talent on the line but is lacking at linebacker.
  8. Arizona Cardinals — Anthony Barr (LB, UCLA): Barr is a dynamic playmaker off the edge which the Cardinals desperately need. They need someone to get after the young, talented quarterbacks in the NFC West.
  9. Cleveland Browns — Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix (S, Alabama): The Browns seem to be on the rise and Clinton-Dix is a combo safety with lots of intrigue. The Browns would get another playmaker on the back end of their defense.
  10. Minnesota Vikings — Louis Nix III (DT, Notre Dame): The Vikings need to reload their defensive line rotation and Nix would do just that. He could pair with 2013 first-round pick Sharrif Floyd to form an excellent duo for years to come.
  11. Carolina Panthers — Cyrus Kouandjio (OT, Alabama): There are question marks across the offensive line, so it is time for the Panthers to use a top draft pick on a tackle. Kouandijo is raw but loaded with potential.
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Stephon Tuitt (DT, Notre Dame): If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could plug Tuitt in next to Gerald McCoy, they would have an explosive starting pair of defensive tackles.
  13. Philadelphia Eagles — Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State): The Eagles would get a much-needed top cornerback to shore up the pass defense in a division that features some excellent aerial attacks.
  14. Kansas City Chiefs — Cyril Richardson (OG, Baylor): Richardson is the kind of player that Andy Reid tends to fall in love with, and the Chiefs could use some help on the interior of the offensive line.
  15. Dallas Cowboys — Will Sutton (DT, Arizona State): Sutton is a perfect fit for Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2 defense. He is undersized but an explosive gap shooter who can make plays in the backfield.
  16. Miami Dolphins — Antonio Richardson (OT, Tennessee):  After failing to retain left tackle Jake Long, the Dolphins desperately need to add a blind-side protector for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Current starter Jonathan Martin is better suited to be a backup swing tackle.
  17. St. Louis Rams — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB, Oregon):  The Rams would get a cornerback with tremendous ball skills. The NFC features so many explosive passing offenses that you can never have too many talented cover cornerbacks.
  18. New York Giants — A.J. Johnson (LB, Tennessee):  The Giants would finally get a middle linebacker replacement for Antonio Pierce and help solidify a run defense that has struggled.
  19. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) — Gabe Jackson (OG, Mississippi State):  The Rams could use an upgrade at guard and Jackson is a mauler who can create excellent movement in the run game.
  20. Houston Texans — Daniel McCullers (DT, Tennessee): Houston could get a true nose tackle to plug in the middle of their 3-4 defense. McCullers has rare movement skills for a man of his size.
  21. Chicago Bears — Kyle Van Noy (LB, BYU): The Bears continue to overhaul their linebacking corps and they would get an absolute steal in Van Noy. Van Noy can do everything you want from a linebacker on the edge.
  22. Indianapolis Colts — Jordan Matthews (WR, Vanderbilt): Matthews would give Luck another weapon. He can play outside and eventually replace Reggie Wayne. Matthews has dominated the SEC and that should carry over to the NFL.
  23. Baltimore Ravens — Khalil Mack (LB, Buffalo): Mack is a dynamic pass-rusher who would fit perfectly on the Ravens defense that is in the process of reloading on talent.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals — Aaron Lynch (DE, South Florida): The Bengals may not be able to retain Michael Johnson with the money they have already committed to Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap. Lynch would be able to come in and keep this talented defensive unit on track.
  25. New Orleans Saints — Trent Murphy (OLB, Stanford):  Murphy is the kind of all-out effort player that Rob Ryan would love for his defense. Murphy can set the edge, make plays in the backfield and rush the passer.
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Kareem Martin (DE, North Carolina): The Falcons need pass-rushers and Martin can help in that area. Martin is a technically sound player who can help the Falcons defense.
  27. Pittsburgh Steelers — Jason Verrett (CB, TCU): Verrett is on the lighter side but he plays big and is a perfect fit for the Steelers zone-blitzing scheme. He can cover, blitz off the edge and provide run support.
  28. Green Bay Packers — Dominique Easley (DL, Florida): Easley could combine with Datone Jones and give the Packers a talented set of young 5-technique defensive ends. Easley can help rush the passer and stop the run.
  29. Denver Broncos — Anthony Johnson (DT, LSU): The Broncos’ current group of defensive tackles is very uninspiring. Johnson will give them a young, athletic presence in the middle of the defense.
  30. New England Patriots — Sammy Watkins (WR, Clemson): Watkins would fit perfectly with Brady and give the Patriots a dynamic playmaker at receiver that they desperately need. His intelligent route running and ability to get yards after the catch could lead to video game-like numbers in the Patriots offense.
  31. Seattle Seahawks — Ryan Shazier (LB, Ohio State): Shazier would solidify the Seattle linebacking corps and provide them with a sideline to sideline defender. With a talented roster already intact, they can take the best player available.
  32. San Francisco 49ers — Loucheiz Purifoy (CB, Florida): Purifoy could either replace Tarrell Brown (contract year) or upgrade over Carlos Rogers. Either way, Purifoy would help solidify the 49ers’ secondary.

Tags: Joe Marino, Mock Drafts, Taylor Lewan, Teddy Bridgewater

6 Responses to “2014 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Marino’s Preseason Projections”

  1. David says:

    While I disagree with moving Glenn to LG I love the pick of a premier tackle. The league is going towards a two elite OT league with all the empty sets and unprotected tackles with TE lining up off the line, as a result teams need two LTs so to speak.

    Glenn played very well as a rookie and has looked great this preseason. I know everyone wants to move him inside based on what the draftniks said but finding a premier tackle is way more difficult and important than LG, which is arguable the least important position on the OL.

    LT – most important
    C – second due to having to call blocking schemes, and also has to hold up against bull rush up the center as that is the quickest path to the QB
    RT – is the third due to all the empty sets and TEs lining up off the line of scrimmage, pretty much a LT now.

    Guards – round out the rest, yes having an elite guard is huge but if you have really good players at the other three you can hide these guys, and guards are easier to find than elite tackles. Personally I like training slower OTs and making them guards.

    Also I would almost rather have Matthews, everything I have read about the guy is outstanding.

    • Joe Marino says:

      Thanks for the comment David!

      Just to be clear, I absolutely think Cordy Glenn is a starting caliber left tackle in the NFL. When you add Lewan to the line you can start figuring out where to play the best 5 and I will trust the coaching staff to do so.

      Jeff Matthews had an excellent game against Rice to start the year as he transitioned over to the left side. Right now I favor Lewan slightly due to his run blocking and that his film has been more impressive to this point. That is something I may go back and forth on all season.

  2. Jagsman says:

    i have to say the 1st round pick for the jags is good. all the jags need on defense is a Stand out LEO. Clowney should be that guy. i mean it hurts a little to miss out on Teddy a bit(hes not my favorite qb Prospect(Hundley and Mariota take the cake) but getting Clowney will set the jags defense up well for the future especially if our 3 tech Marks is Resigned and plays as good as he was during the preseason.

  3. DIngram says:

    As much as I would love to see the Patriots get Sammy Watkins, I believe he will be long gone by the end of round 1

  4. Jagsman says:

    for the texans it could be the right position wrong player. McCullers is a True NT and would work for most 3-4 defenses. the Phillips 3-4 which the texans runs uses guys more like Jay Ratliff kind of guys.

  5. Ryan Talbot says:

    Very good read. I personally don’t think of Boyd as a reach. I have him neck and neck with Teddy Bridgewater personally. The Titans would be extremely dangerous with Boyd, CJ2K, and those wide receivers!

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