FadeToZach's Post Free Agency Mock Draft (Round 1)
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Author's CommentsSome big changes to the mock this go around. I'm starting to agree that the media has overhyped the QBs and they won't be going as high as originally said, but 4 still go in the first round. Also, I've mocked some trades because on average there's like 5 trades in the first round every year, so I figured I should include some.
This mock will change a few more times before draft day.
To prove the point that none of us should be too confident about our mocks: www.philly.com/philly/blogs/red_zone/That-mock-draft-you-read-today-was-insanely-inaccurate.html http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/What-mock-drafts-lack.html
This pick is becoming more and more interesting. Most people agree Clowney is the BPA. QB is the most important position on a team though and the Texans have a hole there. Coach O'Brien has ties to the UCF program and the Texan's QB coach is from UCF. So you can't count out Bortles. Now there's word that they'd prefer to draft Mack. Trade down is likely their preferred option
*TRADE* We all know the Rams want to trade down. The Vikings are said to covet Mack and have so many 1st round picks on the roster right now that they mortgage next years pick along with their 2nd round pick
I know what you're thinking, with Clowney and Mack gone the Jags would have to go QB. I don't think it happens though.
With the news that QBs may be falling, the Browns won't feel the need to grab one too early. They do have that second 1st round pick. So they go with a best player available mentality and take Robinson, giving them a great couple of OTs and move Schwartz inside to OG
*TRADE* I dont' think the Raiders are so in love with any of these QBs that they'd have to take one here. Their best move is to move down. The Lions are a team that's believed to be serious contenders to trade up, with the top two WRs being their targets. They give up at least their 2nd round pick
They wanted one of those pass rushers but couldn't get one, luckily Matthews is still there to fill another need
The Bucs have been rumored to be kicking the tires on all the top QBs. They are rumored to like Manziel so I think they pull the trigger, especially with their other top targets off the board
*TRADE* They moved down too far to still get the OT they wanted but Clinton Dix is another player they definitely need.
I could see the Bills going a few different ways, OT, TE or pass rusher. I think getting Manuel weapons will win out
*TRADE* I'm tempted to put Manziel here but GM McKenzie is drafting for his life and wants to bank on Schaub for this season, so he's going to try to draft starters for this year. Donald is a high motor player with good character who could contribute right away
The Titans are a wild card in the draft. I always have trouble deciding who to mock here. The consensus I see is that mockers think Barr will be the pick due to the need for more pass rushers in Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense. It's probably been mocked so much that there's no way it will happen
We've all seen that the GMen like to address their lines early, and their OL is not set yet
This is higher than I believe Martin should go, but the Rams will want to bolster the OL and he's the next best on the board
They signed their CBs for one more year, time to address their situation at safety
Youth on defense will be the goal in Round 1. Ike Taylor is getting old.
I've seen Ealy ranked all over the place. After a solid pro day, the Cowboys will look to add him at DE, their weakest position. He has the added bonus of being able to rush from the DT position as well
This is higher than Kouandjio has been mocked in a while, but reports are coming out that some doctors have cleared his knee and he looked fine at his pro day. Ozzie Newsome likes Alabama players and might be just the guy to take him to fill his need at RT
I've been mocking a receiver here since January. The draft is deep at WR though. CB is becoming a glaring need
*TRADE* The Dolphins don't see value in pick #19 so they trade back. The Browns see Bortles dropping and are worried the Cardinals might take him. They give up at least their 3rd round pick to move up
Defense will be the focus early. The Pack have been knocked out of the playoffs by the 49ers the past 2 years. Usually it's a lack of speed that does them in. Mosley starts at ILB and improves overall team speed.
The Eagles could use an OLB, CB, WR, or Safety. I remember hearing a while back that they were enamored with Kyle Fuller, so I put him here
They have a need at WR and he fits the mold of the type of WR Andy Reid drafts
*TRADE* The Phins moved back to get better value when addressing their OL needs
It seems like their entire OL has retired or left. WR is another big need but a deeper position in this draft. With the way they play football, a strong OL is more important to them.
*TRADE* The Jags see the QB they want and move up to get him, giving up at least their 2nd round pick this year. The Pats are always a team looking to move back and pick up more picks
They are in a position to just draft the best player available and Shazier could add a lot of athleticism to their defense
*TRADE* After not going for the QB with their first pick, they'll trade up to secure the one they like most. They give up their first 2nd round pick at least.
Poor -- wayyyy off base.. some picks make absolutely no sense
-- I'm guessing you just go around ranking everybody's mock as Poor. Every one of these players has an early round grade and I give justification for every pick. If this mock makes absolutely no sense to you, the problem is you, not the mock.
Excellent -- great draft
Average -- Some people are questionable like Tuitt , Morgon Mosey, but I like Critchon I got him as a first round too.
Poor -- Were the Titans kicked out of the NFL? They are supposed to pick 11th.
Excellent -- Well written and pretty well picked. Some great outside of the box thoughts,...but with explanations. Nice job here.
-- I don't know what happened to the Titans pick, it was Taylor Lewan all along. Thank you for the positive reviews
Below Average -- The Packers would NOT pass up on Ebron.
Average -- In this man's defense the Packers can't stop anyone or block anyone. It's a mock draft fellas. Don't take it personally. Your draft was different;but at least you are original . nice job.
Above Average -- Solid mock. For the guy saying the Packers would not pass up on Ebron, as a Packers fan, I sure as hell hope they would. Nothing against Ebron, but Safety and D-Line are a MUCH bigger need than a TE in round 1. I like the analysis with all the picks!
Poor -- overviewed dushbag...form your own opinion! regurd robot...unoriginal smuck.
-- ^^^ Hahaha, what??
-- Please notice the link at the beginning of my mock, I just think it's good reading
Above Average -- Solid. I agree with most of the picks.
Above Average -- tuitt and moses not first round material,but can understand why you did what you did.
Average -- ^^^ I want some of what that guys got, it clearly smokes good.
-- I'm seeing plenty of comments about Tuitt being too high. I'm also seeing him all over the board in draft rankings. I've decided to move him down and Hageman up. We'll see if that sticks.
Above Average -- I would love to see Watkins fall to TB but I have a feeling he'll be gone by then. Great mock overall.
Excellent -- watkins baby love it go bucaneers we will make the playoffs with beast sammy watkins
Average -- I think Evans and Lee fall too far down in this draft, but pretty good picks
Excellent -- Great explanations for your picks and love the fisy for each team.
Above Average -- This cornerback draft is actually deep with prospects that can do well in the league so that is why I think Dennard at 10 is too high, there is no significant difference from him to the 5th ranked cb
-- Interesting take. I've heard mixed reviews of Dennard, but I have him at 10 due to Lions' need. It could very well be Gilbert instead of Dennard there or they could all drop down the board. Thanks for the review
Above Average -- Solid!
Above Average -- This is pretty good, but Bortles and Bridgewater should be switched for sure
Average -- except for tuitt ok
Above Average -- I was wondering where u would go after saints resign zach since u were high on them taking a ol in draft, and i cant dissagree right now they r one cb from having a real serious secondary then go wr or olb after that
-- With the way my mock turned out Verrett seemed like the best pick for them at 27, but I wouldn't be surprised if they went WR or OLB
Excellent -- Love the comments & the erudition. J-E-T-S need WR--but funny how Benjamin's suddenly fallen off everybody's first round. You're the first person I've seen smart enough to have not just Watkins but Evans too going that high. Giants taking an OT=smart pick
Poor -- Why would the rams trade back just to trade up?????? They could still get Dix at 13.
-- They trade back because they don't need #2 pick, they trade up to get the player they want. With teams like the Bills, Lions, Titans, Ravens, Bears, etc, all looking at Dix, they might have to move up to secure him. He's no lock to be there at #13
-- It looks like I'm not the only mocker predicting that trade up - http://www.2mugsff.com/content/rummys-what-should-they-do-nfl-mock-draft-2014
Above Average -- Like the draft. Although I hope the Eagles take Odell.
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