2014 NFL Mock Draft: Joseph Curtis’ Early Projections (9/23/13)

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could end up in the AFC East next season. (Photo: Joe Nicholson — USA Today Sports)

17. Detroit Lions: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young

The Lions’ offense once again looks strong after this offseason’s addition of Reggie Bush, but their defense is still suspect. The linebackers have been an issue for Detroit for years, so they could work on it by taking Kyle Van Noy.

Van Noy can do everything, but he is best when he is attacking off the edge. He isn’t flashy but he gets the job done.

18. San Diego Chargers: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida (Jr.)

San Diego has gotten off to a good start and may continue to surprise this season. Quarterback Philip Rivers has looked solid thus far, but the defense needs to be addressed.

The secondary has several quality cornerbacks but lacks a corner with shutdown ability. Loucheiz Purifoy is a big, physical defensive back with rare speed for his size. Purifoy has lots of upside and he has also shown big play ability on special teams.

19. Miami Dolphins: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (Jr.)

Signing Mike Wallace this offseason added an entire new dimension to Miami’s offense, but they should continue to add to Ryan Tannehill’s arsenal.

The Dolphins signed Dustin Keller to a one-year contract, but a preseason injury ended his season early. Given the opportunity to add a big, athletic freak in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Dolphins should jump all over it.

Seferian-Jenkins would give Tannehill a presence in the middle of the field and someone who can work the seam. He is also a very good blocker who should help improve the running game.

20. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (RS So.)

The Ravens lost a lot of talent following their championship season. After trading away Anquan Boldin, they have no true complementary receiver across from Torrey Smith.

Mike Evans is only a redshirt sophomore, but after his huge performance against Alabama, he’s shooting up draft boards. Evans is a massive presence at receiver, listed at 6’5” and 225 pounds, with good speed and fantastic leaping ability to win jump balls. He’s the red zone presence Baltimore’s missing.

21. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts): De’Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon (Jr.)

The Browns acquired this selection last week after trading Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. After using their first selection to get their future quarterback, they could give Marcus Mariota a familiar weapon.

De’Anthony Thomas can line up at receiver or in the backfield and is arguably the most dynamic player in this draft class. Possessing rare speed and elusiveness, Thomas would give Cleveland a weapon for Mariota and one he’s played with his whole Oregon career.

22. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Johnson, DT, Louisiana State (Jr.)

Andy Reid and the Chiefs have surpassed last year’s win total after starting the season 3-0. Dontari Poe has been one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL this season, but they need to add more up front to help.

Former third-overall selection Tyson Jackson will be a free agent after this season, and it is unlikely they will be willing to pay him big money this offseason. The Chiefs could replace Jackson with another Louisiana State lineman, Anthony Johnson. Johnson should be able provide more pressure than Jackson while being able to adequately fill his other roles.

23. Cincinnati Bengals: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Bengals have quickly assembled one of the most talented rosters in football over the past few seasons. James Harrison was signed to a two-year contract this offseason which should be enough time to find a replacement for him.

Khalil Mack would be able to provide a dominant presence on the outside and pressure the quarterback. Mack could even step in right away if the Bengals choose not to keep Harrison around for next season.

24. Chicago Bears: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Bears are 3-0, but their strong defense may be a thing of the past if they don’t act quickly. The Bears lost the heart of their defense when they chose not to re-sign middle linebacker Brian Urlacher this offseason, while cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman are both free agents at the end of the season.

Behind Jennings and Tillman, there is little depth at cornerback. The Bears could add Jason Verrett to address that concern.

Verrett is a physical corner who creates turnovers. He had six interceptions for TCU in his junior season.

25. New Orleans Saints: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama (Jr.)

The Saints’ conversion to the 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan should continue this offseason by drafting true 3-4 outside linebacker.

Adrian Hubbard led the national champion Crimson Tide in sacks as a sophomore with seven. He’ll give New Orleans a pass rushing threat off the edge and will be able jump into a 3-4 defense right away.

26. New England Patriots: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

The losses of Wes Welker to free agency and Aaron Hernandez to his indictment in a murder case, along with injuries to Rob Gronkowski, have really hurt the Patriots’ offense early this season.

Some young players have shown promise but so far, no one has really stepped up and become a consistent receiving threat for Tom Brady. Jordan Matthews is a quality possession receiver with the ability to make big plays. Matthews is 6’3” and 206 pounds with good speed, so he can create mismatches with both his size and athleticism.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida (RS So.)

After letting John Abraham go, they brought in Osi Umenyiora to replace him. While that may be a good short-term solution, they lack any real pass rushers.

Despite sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, Aaron Lynch showed his raw pass rushing abilities in 2011 while attending Notre Dame. A tall, quick lineman, Lynch has the frame to bulk up and gain strength to be an asset against the run. He’s a risky pick but he has big upside.

28. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State (Jr.)

After Bryan Bulaga went down prior to the start of this season the Packers scrambled to find a left tackle before settling on rookie David Bakhtiari. The issues on the line have shown, as the Packers have given up 10 sacks on the season already. At the very least, the Packers need to add depth at the offensive line.

Bulaga may be a better fit at right tackle, so the Packers could grab Cameron Erving to protect Aaron Rodgers’ blind side. Erving moves very well and has a good mean streak to him. With Erving and Bulaga bookending the line, Rodgers could finally have a consistently clean pocket to work out of.

29. Houston Texans: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

The Texans may be 2-1, but they barely squeaked out those two wins. The Texans have really struggled to get a consistent running game going this season, but they may be able to help that problem by upgrading the line.

The right tackle position has been a liability since the Texans released Eric Winston in 2012, but they could solve that problem by adding James Hurst. Hurst is a natural athlete with good strength and he is an excellent run blocker. He held up fairly well against top prospect Jadeveon Clowney during his first game of this season.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame (Jr.)

Two consecutive tough losses to Seattle and Indianapolis have San Francisco at 1-2, which is no reason to go into panic mode, but is not where the 49ers were expected to be.

Justin Smith is still a dominant presence in the trenches, but they have to begin looking for a successor eventually. Stephon Tuitt has had a disappointing start to his junior season, but there is no denying his physical presence on the field. In San Francisco’s system and some coaching, Tuitt could be an adequate heir to Smith.

31. Denver Broncos: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

The Broncos have been playing very well in all phases of the game this season despite a Von Miller-less defense.

Denver took defensive tackle Sylvester Williams in the first round then added Terrance Knighton in free agency. Still, they could use some help at defensive tackle.

Dominique Easley has been a dominant defender this college football season. He is a small defensive tackle at 285 pounds, but he has shown the ability to consistently penetrate and disrupt in opponent’s backfields.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Cyril Richardson, OL, Baylor

Seattle has arguably the most talented roster in the NFL, but one area sticks out like a sore thumb: the offensive line. When healthy, Russell Okung and Max Unger are solid, but both guard sports and right tackle are liabilities.

Cyril Richardson is a dominant run blocker with great strength. Richardson has experience at both guard and tackle and could step in at either role in Seattle.

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One Response to “2014 NFL Mock Draft: Joseph Curtis’ Early Projections (9/23/13)”

  1. Jagsman says:

    good jags pick.

    i dont think the Texans go OT since they spent a 3rd on Brennan Williams. i would go with Tuitt but they dont really need a DE. would just be super Scary with Watt and Tuitt……

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