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Norris' Mock Draft: April 14

Monday, April 14, 2014


16. Dallas Cowboys


G Zack Martin, Notre Dame - The Cowboys added Travis Frederick in the first-round last year. The two guard spots could still be upgraded, however. Some might view Martin as a tackle, and he might play that spot if Doug Free is not on the roster next season, but the Notre Dame product is an excellent guard prospect.


17. Baltimore Ravens


S Jimmie Ward, NIU - I prefer Ward over Calvin Pryor, and he fits what the ravens are looking for opposite Matt Elam. Ward wins in similar ways to Kenny Vaccaro, but is also comfortable roaming the deeper third of the field.


18. New York Jets


S Calvin Pryor, Louisville - This could easily be a corner, but I think Rex might covet Pryor’s aggressive style and experience disrupting at the catch point. That isn’t to say that time at free safety was positive, but there were some flashes. Pryor needs to improve his tackling in the open field.


19. Miami Dolphins


T Taylor Lewan, Michigan - I have no idea if Lewan’s off-field matters will impact his draft selection. That will range from team to team. I don’t think Lewan is athletic laterally as he tested linearly, and he tends to overset on the outside which allows inside moves. I don’t think Lewan has experience at right tackle, which could make things interesting.


20. Arizona Cardinals


Edge player Dee Ford, Auburn - John Abraham is old, and the rest of the Cardinals’ edge rushers are just “guys.” Ford might not be a full-time player until he anticipates reach blocks better, but he offers tremendous flexibility to turn the corner as a pass rusher and flashed hand use against Texas A&M and Missouri.


21. Green Bay Packers


CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State - This might be worst case scenario for the Packers. Gilbert is a bit tight in his movements when mirroring breaking routes, but was able to catch up in the NFL thanks to athleticism. Can that translate?


22. Philadelphia Eagles


ILB CJ Mosley, Alabama - I know inside linebacker is not consistently mentioned as one of the Eagles’ needs, but Demeco Ryans can be cut after this season thanks to a large cap number and Mosley offers so much range. He would not come off the field.


23. Kansas City Chiefs


G Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA - The Chiefs need someone to start opposite Jeff Allen. Su’a-Filo moves so well for a guard and is not afraid to find unoccupied defenders until the play is over.


24. Cincinnati Bengals


LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State - I debated corner here, but realized the Bengals might move Burfict to inside backer next year with Rey Maualuga's contract up. Shazier would offer so much range and explosiveness from the weakside. He could play early in certain packages.


25. San Diego Chargers


CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State - Roby has a ton of talent as was not done any favors by OSU’s scheme in 2013, which asked him to play 6-10 yards off the receiver 67 percent of the time.


26. Cleveland Browns - from Indianapolis


QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M - No one knows who the Browns will covet at quarterback. Derek Carr could easily be the second quarterback selected. With that said, Manziel could reunite with Mike Evans and have a strong vertical threat in Josh Gordon.


27. New Orleans Saints


C/G Marcus Martin, USC - A surprise name, perhaps. The Saints need to exit this draft with a starting center, and potentially could need one or two guards after next season due to cuts. Most teams might covet Weston Richburg, but the Saints could view Martin as a starter at either interior spot.

 

28. Carolina Panthers


T Morgan Moses, Virginia - The Panthers need offensive line help in a bad way. Moses has right tackle experience but most recently started on the left side. He does not bend at the knees to absorb and redirect, but Moses has a ridiculous wingspan and shut down a number of quality rushers this year.


29. New England Patriots


QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville - Crazier things have happened. Bridgewater wins in similar ways to Tom Brady, namely pocket movement, eye level, and dominating the short to intermediate levels of the field. The team’s offensive dynamic would not need to be changed when Teddy takes over.


30. San Francisco 49ers


CB Jason Verrett, TCU - Verrett could be the top corner in this class and plays the ball better at the catch point than any other prospect, thanks to his vision and aggressiveness. I believe Verrett can play on the edge as well as the slot.


31. Denver Broncos


WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State - Wes Welker’s contract is up after this season. Cooks played on the inside and out while with the Beavers and could generate a Victor Cruz comparison… but is two inches shorter. He wins on the ground thanks to burst, explosiveness and acceleration.


32. Seattle Seahawks


OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada - Bitonio is viewed by a tackle and guard by multiple teams. He shut down a number of quality rushers at Nevada this season, like Barr and Demarcus Lawrence. I’ve been told his rise throughout the process was “Kyle Long-like.”



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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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