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Silva's Final 2014 Mock Draft

Thursday, May 08, 2014



17. San Francisco 49ers -- LSU WR Odell Beckham (Via Trade Up)

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline produces arguably the most on-point pre-draft information on the internet. He wrote on his blog Wednesday that Beckham is the apple of San Francisco's eye. To get "ODB," GM Trent Baalke would have to trade up. I project here that he'll swap with the Ravens to secure Beckham, a deep threat wideout who compares favorably to an in-prime Greg Jennings.

18. New York Jets -- Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

In this scenario, the 49ers leap ahead of the Jets to snag Beckham, who is known to be on GM John Idzik's radar. Idzik's style is to remain cool and collected, and stick to his board. I think the Jets will have a good grade on Dennard, who excels in press-man coverage as Rex Ryan prefers.

19. Miami Dolphins -- Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin

I'm not confident this pick will be made at this draft slot, but I do believe Martin ends up in Miami, perhaps after a trade. Arguably this year's most pro-ready offensive lineman behind only Jake Matthews, Martin could solidify one of the guard jobs or right tackle on the Dolphins' weak line.

20. Arizona Cardinals -- Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford

The Cardinals need edge speed. Their top returning pass rusher is John Abraham, who turned 36 on Tuesday. The rest of their outside linebacker depth chart is weak. For as good as this draft is, it's light on edge rushers. Ford is one of the few, and would add juice to Todd Bowles' defense.

21. Green Bay Packers -- Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

Shazier would play inside linebacker next to A.J. Hawk in Green Bay, upgrading on Brad Jones. The Packers return one of the NFL's top offenses. Dom Capers' defense is a work in progress. Shazier is a sensational athlete who could run sideline to sideline playing behind NT B.J. Raji.

22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks

I think Cooks' sweet spot is 18-23. Although he isn't quite DeSean Jackson, Cooks is a great fit for Chip Kelly's "multiple" offense as a movable receiver who can play in the slot and stretch the defense on occasion. In this scenario, I'd expect Philly to also seriously consider Bradley Roby.

23. Kansas City Chiefs -- USC WR Marqise Lee

I expect five wide receivers to be selected in the first round, with Lee as No. 5. Chiefs coach Andy Reid deserves a lot of credit for "expanding" Alex Smith over the course of last season, as Smith noticeably showed more willingness to pull the trigger on intermediate and vertical throws. In order to maximize Smith, the Chiefs need more weapons. Lee would be a big upgrade on Donnie Avery.

24. Cincinnati Bengals -- Ohio State CB Bradley Roby

Leon Hall is coming off his second Achilles' tendon tear in three years, and Terence Newman is going on age 36. Roby is something of a lightning rod in the draft community, but has elite, No. 1-caliber cornerback traits. I actually think he could wind up going much earlier than this. But in this particular mock scenario, I'd expect Cincinnati to pull the trigger on Roby and start him in Week 1.

25. San Diego Chargers -- Notre Dame NT Louis Nix

San Diego's biggest defensive needs are cornerback and nose tackle. With Roby off the board, Nix comes into play as the two-gap anchor for DC John Pagano's defense. Nix draws Vince Wilfork comparisons for his ability to reset the line of scrimmage, swallow up blockers, and clog running lanes. Wilfork was the 21st overall pick in the 2004 draft. Here, Nix goes 25th overall.

26. Cleveland Browns -- Fresno State QB Derek Carr

The Browns have the fourth, 26th, and 35th picks in the draft. I expect them to take Mike Evans at No. 4, and a quarterback at either 26 or 35. They're known to be high on Carr, despite rumors linking Cleveland to Teddy Bridgewater. I think they'd snap up Carr quickly if he's available here.

27. New Orleans Saints -- Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Jean-Baptiste has drawn Nnamdi Asomugha comparisons from NFL scouts. It just so happens that Saints DC Rob Ryan coached Asomugha during his prime years in Oakland. I realize Jean-Baptiste isn't commonly "mocked" in the first round, but I think he's a sleeper to be taken there based his upside in press-man coverage. He's 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds with 32 3/8-inch arms.

28. Carolina Panthers -- Nevada G/T Joel Bitonio

The Panthers have two glaring needs on offense: O-Line and wide receiver. They can afford to wait on the latter in an incredibly deep wideout draft. They need to grab a blocker here. Bitonio is a great athlete at 6-foot-4 and 302 pounds, with length (34-inch arms) and versatility. The Panthers could figure out Bitonio's position on the practice field, but regardless he's a plug-and-play starter.

29. New England Patriots -- Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater

I don't think it would be the Patriots making this pick, but I do believe Bridgewater will ultimately go in the first round, likely to a team that trades into the back end. Bridgewater's smallish stature and hand size are concerns, but he commands the pocket with composure and delivers the football with precise accuracy in game settings. Some team will view Bridgewater as a potential starter.

30. Baltimore Ravens -- Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Via Trade Down)

Word on the street is the Ravens badly want Eric Ebron. In this scenario, Ebron goes in the top ten and isn't available with Baltimore initially on the clock. I previously "mocked" a trade down with San Francisco, so Baltimore now drafts at 30. Here, the Ravens target "ASJ" as their fallback tight end option, giving OC Gary Kubiak an ideal in-line complement to flex tight end Dennis Pitta.

31. Denver Broncos -- Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley

Mosley is a really, really good football player, but his medical history is a known concern for teams. During his three-year stay at Alabama, Mosley tore the labrum in his right shoulder, dislocated his right elbow, and dislocated his hip. So I think he'll be drafted lower than people expect. He'd be a great fit in Denver, where DC Jack Del Rio needs middle linebacker help.

32. Seattle Seahawks -- Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman

Hageman draws the ire of evaluators for his snap-to-snap effort, which was inconsistent in the Big Ten. In Seattle, he wouldn't have to be an every-down player, giving the Seahawks 20-30 downs per game in the old Red Bryant "five technique" role. Hageman offers more disruptive upside than Bryant due to vastly superior athletic tools. He'd be an outstanding fit on the Super Bowl champs.



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Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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