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Norris' Mock Draft: Feb. 17

Monday, February 17, 2014

11. Tennessee Titans - DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

Sure, Nix dealt with a knee injury this season, but there are flashes of Vince Wilfork to his game. Looking back at Ray Horton’s defenses, he played two first-round picks at the 1/0 with Phil Taylor and Dan Williams. I think Nix offers more upfield ability than either, meaning he could stay on the field in more personnel groupings. The talent is there for this pick.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (Trade via NYG) - Edge player Anthony Barr, UCLA

Chip Kelly obviously took notes during his time at Oregon. That up close exposure likely aided in selecting Zach Ertz last season and continued into his implementation and use. Although Kelly did not face Barr while the latter played defense, he surely noted his impact when watching other conference opponents. Barr is not as far along in his development as we all thought his summer, but he still has plenty of upfield and chase down speed. If he starts using his hands and length more effectively, he can make a large impact.

For those wondering, there are a handful of examples that show teams are willing to trade with other clubs in their own division.

13. Minnesota Vikings (Trade via STL) - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

We saw a similar move last year with the Bills, trading back with a quarterback in mind. Carr and Norv Turner would be fun to watch. The Fresno State product will frustrate and wow his fan base all in the same game. Carr does not throw from a balanced base on a consistent basis, but his arm hits throws at every level of the field with touch and velocity.

14. Chicago Bears - DT Timmy Jernigan, FSU

I do not evaluate Jernigan this highly. I think he wins as a 1/0 after delivering a strong punch to keep his opposition off balance. The problem is when he tends to move laterally around blockers after not winning off the snap. He is not agile when moving east and west. With that said, the Bears need to upgrade the interior of their defensive line. Badly.

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. Dallas Cowboys (coin flip) - S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Pryor was asked to play far off the ball at Louisville. I would not list him among the rangiest safety prospects in recent memory and would play him closer to the box. He misses tackles in space due to aggressive angles, but others have turned that negative around quickly in the NFL.

17. Baltimore Ravens (coin flip) - TE Eric Ebron, UNC

Adding a receiver as a priority does not necessarily limit teams to the “wide” variety. Ebron can line up detached in the slot or inline. Ebron offers exceptional athleticism and improved at the catch point in 2013. Expect a ridiculous workout at the Combine. He is also a willing and adequate blocker, which means you can keep him on the field on almost any package.

18. New York Jets - WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Beckham Jr. can win in a variety of ways and at multiple levels of the field. Put him in the slot or out wide. He is firmly the third receiver in this class by my estimation. Beckham Jr. can also win at the catch point in contested situations, something that is tough to find for someone of his size.

19. Miami Dolphins - OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame

This is all dependent on a team believing they can play Martin at guard or 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.

20. Arizona Cardinals - Edge player Dee Ford, Auburn

Ford is not just a speed rusher. Turn on his games against Texas A&M and Missouri and you will see burst, strong hands, and leverage to keep his opposition on skates. The argument between a 4-3 DE/3-4 OLB can be a bit of a waste of time now. Line Ford up wide and let him win. He could fill a sub-package pass rushing role early on in his career if necessary, or at least until he improves his reach block understanding.

21. San Francisco 49ers (Trade via GB) - WR Kelvin Benjamin, FSU

Trent Baalke has obviously done a good job of helping build the 49ers roster. One thing is clear, he does not mind taking chances. Benjamin is a fairly sizable one. There are instances of greatness in terms of stretching the field and domination at the catch point, but also lapses in concentration or limited movement skill.

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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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