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Norris' Mock Draft: Jan. 27

Monday, January 27, 2014

11. Tennessee Titans - T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Beat writer Jim Wyatt does not expect RT David Stewart back in 2014. Maybe that is one reason the Titans already invested so much into their offensive line, specifically on the interior. They could use defensive help, and who knows where they go at quarterback, but I think Matthews is the best tackle in this class.

Some have mentioned Matthews could make a move to center. It could be true, but I do not think a team will be in a position to take Matthews if they want to do so as a center.

12. New York Giants - OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame

This is all dependent on a team believing Martin can play tackle. I think he can be good on the edge, but an excellent interior lineman. Martin plays with a wide base but extremely powerful hands. He is a versatile type that can fit into the starting lineup, but shift to another spot if necessary.

13. St. Louis Rams - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Rams have plenty of talent, and Clinton-Dix would add to the already young and rangy defense. Clinton-Dix could be used as a single high safety, with T.J. McDonald playing closer to the box. However HHCD has enough movement skill and aggression to be an interchangeable piece in the back half. This could move Rodney McLeod to slot duties.

14. Chicago Bears - S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Those with NFL connections have repeatedly brought attention to Pryor’s name, and thusly slotted him in the first-round. Pryor is a big hitter with aggression, but he could be athletic enough to fit multiple roles at safety. After Clinton-Dix and Pryor, the safety group might be fairly thin. Although I am a big fan of Jimmie Ward out of NIU.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Off LOS LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

The Steelers should be locked in on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive back can be upgraded, but I think adding Mosley next to Lawrence Timmons would allow Troy Polamalu to play in the deeper portions of the field and keep everything in front. Mosley has always had the range and awareness in coverage, but he attacks blockers better than given credit for. The Sean Lee comparisons are real.

16. Baltimore Ravens - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

The Ravens have Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta, but Evans could really improve this offense. He is the best in the class at winning at the catch point and is very adept at working back towards his quarterback. His yards after the catch are also an under-discussed skill, since Evans takes many short screens for extended gains. Do not expect his short speed to be great in Baltimore, but you already knew that if you watched his tape. Don’t knock him twice for it.

17. Dallas Cowboys - DL Kony Ealy, Missouri

The Cowboys need to upgrade their defensive line, and I think the NFL likes Ealy more than where the consensus currently puts him. The Missouri defender can win with power and agility on the outside or move inside when necessary.

18. New York Jets - TE Eric Ebron, UNC

Jets fans will want a wide receiver, but hear me out with Ebron. First of all, he allows for personnel versatility, lining up inline or detached. Think of a Vernon Davis type athlete who has improved at the catch point. He is still growing his game, but Ebron can be a ridiculous prospect. He can take those Kellen Winslow or Jeff Cumberland targets and maximize them.

19. Miami Dolphins - T Taylor Lewan, Michigan

I am all about #TeamTannehill. However, even I can admit he has not made major strides in the past year. The Dolphins need offensive help, but unless Tannehill starts getting more time to stand and observe the coverage, the targets available do not matter.

20. Arizona Cardinals - T Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Kouandjio certainly had some issues this season. Namely, Cyrus lost off the snap due to late reactions, leading to waist bending and a swinging gate around the edge or upright posture to be driven back. I still believe in his talent, especially his strength once gaining a solid base and good posture. For such a big guy, Kouandjio does have quick feet if he does not get lazy off the snap.

21. Green Bay Packers - DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

With Hageman, I see a player that can line up at any one of the spots in an odd man front. He has played a lot of one technique this season, and has contributed at three and five technique as well. His athleticism will be on display at the Combine. That great workout could mean his future is projected as an end in a three man line, but I prefer him close to the center. Finding consistency is the key.

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Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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