Joe Marino’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Midseason Projections (10/29/13)

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee’s stock has dropped in his junior season, but he still could cause the Buffalo Bills problems if they have to play against him twice per year. (Photo: Matt Kartozian — USA Today Sports)

17. New York Jets – Marqise Lee (WR, USC, Jr.): The Jets need to add offensive playmakers around Geno Smith. Lee has been a disappointment this season but could be a steal for the Jets in the middle of the first round.

18. Arizona Cardinals – Cyrus Kouandjio (OT, Alabama, Jr.):  Kouandjio has struggled this season but has a lot of talent. The Cardinals need offensive line help and pairing him with 2013 first-round pick left guard Jonathan Cooper could make a very formidable left side.

19. Carolina Panthers – Cameron Erving (OT, Florida State, Jr.): Erving has developed wonderfully over the past year-and-a-half since switching from defensive tackle. This pick would allow left tackle Jordan Gross to move to right tackle or guard.

20. Chicago Bears – Trent Murphy (DE, Stanford, Sr.): Shea McClellin is looking like a bust and Julius Peppers isn’t getting any younger. It’s time for the Bears to reload their arsenal of pass-rushers, and Murphy is having a terrific season.

21. Dallas Cowboys – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S, Alabama, Jr.): The Cowboys have needed safety help for a while now. Clinton-Dix is a playmaker who can solidify the position.

22. San Diego Chargers – Kyle Van Noy (OLB, BYU, Sr.):  In Van Noy, the Chargers could get a “do-it-all” edge player to help out a defense that is giving up the most yards per play of any team in the NFL through the first eight weeks of the season.

23. Detroit Lions – Ryan Shazier (LB, Ohio State, Jr.): The Lions have allowed the third-most yards per play in the NFL this season. Shazier is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker who could vastly improve the second level of the Detroit defense.

24. Green Bay Packers – Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson, Jr.):  More pass-rush opposite Clay Matthews would help the Green Bay Packers defense tremendously, and Vic Beasley could provide that. The Packers have only intercepted three balls this season, but more pass-rush could create more turnovers.

25. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts) – Jordan Matthews (WR, Vanderbilt, Sr.): Matthews could give Hundley another nice target as part of an exciting arsenal of offensive weapons also including tight end Jordan Cameron and wide receiver Josh Gordon. Adding Hundley and Matthews could get the Browns offense headed in the right direction.

26. New England Patriots – Daniel McCullers (DT, Tennessee, Sr.):  The Patriots have largely ignored the defensive tackle position in recent drafts, and Vince Wilfork going down with a torn Achilles early this season has shed light on that. McCullers is a mountain of a man who, like Wilfork, has good movement skills considering his size.

27. San Francisco 49ers – Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State, Jr.): Roby has struggled this season but was excellent in 2012 and is extremely talented. He could be a replacement for Tarell Brown, who is in the final year of his contract, or be an upgrade over Carlos Rogers. 

28. Cincinnati Bengals – Dominique Easley (DT/DE, Florida, Sr.): This would be an excellent spot for Easley to land. As the Bengals do not have an immediate need at the position, he can be given time to fully recover from his knee injury but help reload the Bengals defensive line, which could lose star defensive end Michael Johnson to free agency this offseason.

29. New Orleans Saints – Cyril Richardson (G, Baylor, Sr.): The Saints’ interior offensive line can use some help and could be in position to draft Richardson, who would be a good fit and is arguably the best guard in the draft.

30. Denver Broncos – Louchiez Purifoy (CB, Florida, Jr.): Denver has allowed the third-most passing yards per game in the NFL this season, and cornerback Champ Bailey is having trouble staying healthy at 35 years old. Purifoy would give the Broncos an exceptional athlete who can cover and has been an excellent contributor on special teams at Florida.

31. Seattle Seahawks – Ja’Wuan James (OT, Tennessee, Sr.):  James, Tennessee’s right tackle, is a player climbing draft boards. He could be an upgrade for the Seahawks at right tackle, who have given up far too much pressure this season including 27 times in 8 games.

32. Kansas City Chiefs – Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, Washington, Jr.):  Seferian-Jenkins would give Alex Smith a big-bodied, athletic target who can stretch the field and make plays in the red zone. Despite all of their team success this season, the Chiefs’ passing offense has been very ordinary.

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One Response to “Joe Marino’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Midseason Projections (10/29/13)”

  1. Grif says:

    I’m warming up to the idea of drafting Khalil Mack. The guys got great production, instincts and athleticism.

    It’s very tough to determine where our first round needs are though.

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