After hearing some of the buzz over the last two weeks, I would be surprised if Robinson is not the first offensive lineman selected in May. The NFL obsesses with upside, and even though I prefer Texas A&M's Jake Matthews as a player right now, the draft is not focused on the following season’s success.Robinson was asked to make a number of blocks when crashing down and getting to the second level, which he did at a high level. Robinson makes some blocks look absurdly easy, gaining leverage with strength that starts from the ground up. I wish there were more individual pass protection opportunities out in space, but Robinson is a great athlete for his size.Josh Norris' Mock Draft column
There has already been buzz linking Manziel to the Browns, and even more noting the Browns have thoroughly done their homework on this group of passers. Manziel is truly a unique evaluation. His pocket movement is his gift and his curse. The improvisational style Manziel displays is similar to Tony Romo’s, but Manziel takes it to another level. Manziel might frequently elongate plays, but he can be a very quick decision maker once buying himself time and space.The Aggie improved as a passer this season, and this article, via Greg Peshek, charts every one of Manziel’s throws from this season. It helps illustrate the areas of the field where he succeeds.Josh Norris' Mock Draft column
The Raiders have plenty of self-evaluating to do this offseason. Obviously they have plenty of needs, but the quickest way to turn around a team’s success is with a quarterback. Not that I consider them similar prospects, but Manziel might remind the Raider’s staff too much of Terrelle Pryor, in terms of improvisational style.Bortles fits the NFL mold. Honestly, I do not care about this part of his evaluation, but teams absolutely will. I like Bortles, but do not love him. There are some poor man’s Andrew Luck nuances to his game, but there is a clear gap between Bortles and the Colts’ quarterback.Josh Norris' Mock Draft column
Let me start by saying I understand and recognize GM Thomas Dimitroff’s unwillingness to select prospects with blemishes on their off-field record. I also think he might loosen this stance a bit after the team’s 2013 season.Mack was suspended for the opening game of the 2012 season, so that could impact his evaluation. Not for me. Mack is so versatile, since he wins in a variety of different ways and alignments. His leverage and power as a rusher to keep his opposition on skates is outstanding. The Falcons would only grow their multiple defensive front with the inclusion of Mack. He is a better prospect than UCLA's Anthony Barr.
I am critical of Barr, but despite saying he is not as good of a prospect as Mack he will still wind up near my top-10. We know where he wins: as an edge rusher with speed. He can dominate once generating an advantage in terms of angle and upfield quickness.Things break down when Barr’s initial line and momentum is stopped. He lacks hand use and counter moves. We can mention he has only spent two seasons on the defensive side of the ball, but I am evaluating what I see. He can play an on-line of scrimmage linebacker/edge rushing role for the Bucs.
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.I also think it is lazy to not draft Carr because of his older brother, David. They are different prospects.
Tennessee 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.
Gilbert was not very good in 2012, but Oklahoma State’s more aggressive defense played into his hand in 2013. He still struggles to turn and run while mirroring receivers, but there has been plenty of buzz about Gilbert. He has great ball skills as well.Brandon Boykin is locked into the slot. Bradley Fletcher has one year left on his deal, while Cary Williams has two. Dee Ford is also a possibility here.
Many of you will question this pick because the Chiefs already have Dontari Poe, but hear me out. This would allow KC to utilize a large number of two man lines with stand up rushers on the edge, and Mike Devito is versatile enough to play along with the duo in odd front situations.Nix III ended his season on the sideline after undergoing knee surgery. The injury impacted his season, but there were shades of Vince Wilfork back in 2012. Obviously he can stop the run, but Nix can also press the interior and reset the line of scrimmage. Disruption between the tackles is a difference maker.