2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings

QB Rankings

  1. Johnny Manziel (top 10)
  2. Blake Bortles (Top 5)
  3. Teddy Bridgewater (Top 10)
  4. Derek Carr (1st to 2nd round)
  5. Jimmy Garoppolo (2nd to 3rd round)
  6. A.J. McCarron (3 round)
  7. Aaron Murray (3rd-5th round)
  8. David Fales (3rd- 5th round)
  9. Jeff Matthews (3rd-5th round
  10. Taj Boyd (2nd-4th round)
  11. Logan Thomas (3rd-5th)
  12. Zach Mettenberg ( 2nd-4th round)
  13. Stephen Morris (5th round)
  14. Casey Pachall (6th round)
  15. Connor Shaw (7th round to undrafted)

Runningbacks

  1. Carlos Hyde (1st-2nd Round)
  2. Tre Mason (2nd round)
  3. Storm Johnson(2nd- 3rd round)
  4. Bishop Sankey (2nd-3rd round)
  5. Lache Seastrunk (2nd-3rd round)
  6. Charles Sims  (3rd round)
  7. Kadeem Carey (3rd-4th round)
  8. Terrence West (5th-6th round)
  9. James White (4th-6th round)
  10. Jerick Mckinnon (4th-6th round)
  11. James Wilder Jr (5th-6th round)
  12. Devonta Freeman (5th-7th round)
  13. Jeremy Hill (5th-7th round)
  14. Antonio Andrews (5th-7th round)
  15. Andre Williams (7th- UDF)
  16. Kapri Biibs (4th-UDFA)
  17. Isiah Crowell (6th-7th round)
  18. Beau Blankenship (7th round-UDFA)
  19. Silas Redd (7th-UDFA)
  20. De’Anthony Thomas (5th-UDFA)

Wide Receivers

  1. Sammy Watkins (top 10 pick)
  2. Mike Evans (10-20)
  3. Marqise Lee (15-25)
  4. Odell Beckham (as a slot he is the best 1st-early 2nd)
  5. Kelvin Benjamin (Late first, Early second)
  6. Brandin Cooks (1st to mid second round)
  7. Allen Robinson (2nd-3rd)
  8. Martavis Bryant (2nd-3rd round)
  9. Josh Huff (3rd-5th round)
  10. Jordan Matthews (2nd- 3rd round)
  11. Jarvis Landry (3rd-4th round)
  12. Davante Adams (3rd to 4th round)
  13. Paul Richardson (2nd-4th round)
  14. Jared Abbreris (4th round)
  15. Brandon Coleman (3rd-4th could see someone falling in love with him)
  16. Donte Moncrief (4th-5th round)
  17. Jeremy Gallon (6th round
  18. Dri Archer (2nd-4th)
  19. Kenny Bell (7th round)
  20. Mike Davis (7th round)

Tight Ends

  1. Eric Erbon (anywhere in the 1st round)
  2. Jace Amaro (late 1st early 2nd)
  3. Troy Niklas (2nd-3rd round)
  4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2nd-3rd round)
  5. Colt Lyerla (5th-undrafted, Legal issues)
  6. Crockett Gillmore (3rd-4th)
  7. CJ Fiedorowcz (4th round)
  8. Xavier Grimble (4th-5th round)
  9. Arthur Lynch (5th-6th round)
  10. Jake Murphy (6th round)
  11. Jacob Pedersen (6th-7th round)
  12. Marcel Jensen (7th round-UDFA)

Offensive Tackles

  1. Greg Robinson (Top 8)
  2. Jake Matthews (Top 10)
  3. Taylor Lewan (12-20)
  4. Zach Martin (20-32)
  5. Morgan Moses (early 2nd)
  6. Cameron Fleming (2nd round)
  7. Juwan James (2nd- 3rd round)
  8. Joel Bitonio (3rd-4th round)
  9. Cyrus Kouandijo (2nd round-3rd round)
  10. Antonio Richardson (3rd-4th)
  11. James Hurst (4th round)
  12. Jack Mewhort (3rd-4th round)
  13. Seantrel Henderson (4th-6th round)
  14. Billy Turner (6th round)
  15. Michael Schofield (5th-7th round)

Offensive Guards/Centers

  1.  Xavier Su’a-Filo (late first- mid second)
  2. David Yankey (2nd round)
  3. Gabe Jackson (2nd round)
  4. Brandon Thomas (2nd-3rd round)
  5. Dakota Dozier (3rd-4th round)
  6. Cyril Richardson (3rd-4th round)
  7. Travis Swanson (3rd-5th round, team may reach based on need)
  8. Anthony Steen (4th-6th)
  9. Weston Richburg (3rd- 5th round)
  10. Chris Watt (4th-6th round)
  11. Bryan Stork (5th- 7th round)
  12. Marcus Martin (7th round)
  13. Jon Halapio (6th-7th round)

Defensive End

  1. Jadeveon Clowney (top 3)
  2. Kony Ealy (15-30)
  3. Stephon Tuitt (20s to early 2nd)
  4. Scott Crichton (late first- mid 2nd)
  5. Trent Murphy (late 1st-2nd)
  6. Marcus Smith (2nd-3rd)
  7. Jackson Jeffercoat (3rd-4th)
  8. Kareem Martin (3rd-5th)
  9. Chris Smith (3rd-5th)
  10. Aaron Lynch (4th-6th)
  11. Trevor Reilly (3rd-5th)
  12. Demarcus Lawerence (5th-6th)
  13. Josh Mauro (6th-7th)
  14. Ed Stinson (6th-7th)
  15. James Gayle (6th-7th)

Defensive Tackle

  1. Aaron Donald (mid 1st)
  2. Timmy Jernigan (mid 1st-late 1st)
  3. Louis Nix (late 1st-early 2nd)
  4. RaShede Hageman (late 1st-early 2nd)
  5. Ego Ferguson (2nd-3rd)
  6. Will Sutton (2nd-3rd)
  7. Dominique Easley (2nd-4th)
  8. Anthony Johnson (3rd-4th)
  9. Kelcy Quarles (4th-5th)
  10. DaQuan Jones (5th-6th)

Outside Linebackers

  1. Khalil Mack (top 10)
  2. Dee Ford (Mid-late first)
  3. Anthony Barr (10-30)
  4. Kyle Van Voy (late 1st-early 2nd)
  5. Jeremiah Attaochu  (2nd-3rd)
  6. Cal Bradford (2nd-3rd)
  7. Adrian Hubbard (2nd-3rd)
  8. Jordan Tripp (3rd-4th)
  9. Telvin Smith (3rd-5th)
  10. Michael Sam (3rd-5th)
  11. Morgan Breslin (4th-6th)
  12. Jordan Zumwalt (4th-6th)
  13. Ronald Powell (5th-UDFA)
  14. Christian Kirksey (6th-UDFA)
  15. Devon Kennard (7th-UDFA)

Inside Linebackers

  1. Shayne Skov (Mid second-3rd round)
  2. CJ Mosley (anywhere in the 1st)
  3. Ryan Shazier (late 1st- 2nd round)
  4. Lamin Barrow (2nd-4th round)
  5. Christian Jones (2nd-4th round)
  6. Yawin Smallwood (4th-6th round)
  7. Andrew Jackson (5th-6th round)
  8. Chris Borland (5th-6th round)
  9. DeDe Lattimore (6th- UDFA)
  10. Uani Unga (6th- UDFA)
  11. Preston Brown (7th-UDFA)

Cornerbacks

  1. Justin Gilbert (1st round)
  2. Darqueze Dennard (1st round)
  3. Kyle Fuller (2nd-3rd)
  4. Marcus Roberson (2nd-3rd)
  5. Jason Verrett (2nd-3rd)
  6. Bradley Roby (2nd-3rd)
  7. Pierre Desir (2nd-4th)
  8. Jaylen Watkins (3rd-5th)
  9. Stanley Jean-Baptiste (2nd-4th)
  10. Louchiez Purifoy (3rd to 5th)
  11. Aaron Colvin (3rd-4th)
  12. E.J. Gaines (3rd-5th)
  13. Antone Exum (3rd-5th)
  14. Terrence Mitchell (4th-6th)
  15. Victor Hampton (3rd-5th)
  16. Chris Davis (5th-7th)
  17. Bashuad Breeland (3rd-4th)

Safeties

  1. HaHa Clinton-Dix (1st round)
  2. Calvin Pryor (late 1st)
  3. Jimmie Ward (2nd)
  4. Lamarcus Joyner (2nd)
  5. Ed Reynolds (2nd-4th)
  6. Deone Bucannon (2nd-4th)
  7. Tre Boston (2nd-4th)
  8. Ty Zimmerman (4th)
  9. Dion Bailey (4th-5th)
  10. Craig Loston (4th-5th)
  11. Ahmad Dixon (5th-6th)
  12. Terrence Brooks (6th)
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NFL Big Board Top 20

2014 NFL Draft Big Board

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina- To me he is the top talent in this draft no debate. I have not seen a college defensive end dominate like Clowney since Julius Peppers at UNC. Just pure power and speed seen from Clowney that demands a double team at all times. Clowney does have a question mark around if he has a drive to be the best since of his recent performances in games. I don’t see that being an issue for Clowney.
  2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M- To me he is the best QB in this group and it’s not as close as people probably think. Manziel gets a bad rap due to his offseason shenanigans and because he is known for holding the ball for too long. Both are fixable and I think he already has improved on both enough to make him this intriguing of a prospect. Johnny is such a likeable teammate and I would love for someone on that Aggies team to tell me something bad about him. I don’t see a comparable QB in the NFL now, nor one ever and I think that’s the main reason why scouts shy away.
  3. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M- As state in my mock draft, Matthews may be the safest pick in the entire draft. Whatever team takes Matthews knows the instant they take him they have a starting tackle (most likely left tackle) for the next 10 plus years. The only tackle in this draft that I can say will make an impact for a team and is a guarantee to make it.
  4. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA- The converted FB is the biggest boom/bust pick in the draft. When it comes to getting to the QB, Barr was the star of college pass rushers. The problem with Barr, to me atleast, is his inexperience at the position and he looks lost in coverage. Barr in his first year will primarily have to be a pass rush type only and develop from there. Think of what the Broncos did with Von Miller, not comparing the two but the way he played his rookie year. Barr seems to rely on his athleticism too much when pass rushing and not using any techniques which he will need to improve in the NFL.
  5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson- The best WR in the class to me because of what he brings to the table. Whatever team drafts Watkins gets more than just a guy who can catch footballs. Watkins is a kick returner, deep threat, can run screens and even some plays out of the backfield if need be. Some people reading this will say it sounds a lot like Tavon Austin, however Watkins is 6’1” and 210 pounds playing like Austin.
  6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville- Many people see Bridgewater as that franchise QB and they have the right to think that. Bridgewater is a great player and quarterback who to me, has the type of arm I want in an QB. He is the most accurate QB in this draft and can make any type of throw. His main issue to me is durability. When people see Bridgewater they are shocked with how lean he is. Playing at Louisville he faced weaker competition and never really faced a tough pass rush. Due to that I’m not sure how well he will due facing pressure week in and week out.
  7. Gregg Robinson, OT, Auburn- Really broke out for Auburn this year and was a big part in Tre Mason running all over teams this year. Robinson needs work on technique he is a little raw but Robinson has showed vast improvement this year. He is a redshirt sophomore who’s potential will intrigue teams.
  8. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo- Mack will have the knock of playing in the MAC and not facing the stiffest of competition, however I think he has top 10 talent. Mack dominated Ohio State in his only really test, which proved to me that he could hang with the big boys. Mack struggles in pass coverage much like Barr does and would need to be eased in on passing downs.
  9. Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama- Cyrus is a huge guy who can help anyone with their run game right away. His huge problem is pass protection but he showed improvements throughout the year progressing in every game, which scouts will like to see. Kouandijo will probably start out as a RT and move over to LT as he progresses as a pass blocker.
  10. Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame- He is limited by teams that could want him since he has to be drafted in a 3-4 scheme but whatever team drafts him gets an immediate starter. He does need to undergo surgery this year which may affect his stock somewhat with teams but I fully expect him to make a speedy recovery. Teams have issues with his weight as well but what nose tackle doesn’t run into that time to time.
  11. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M- May be the best WR when it’s said and done out of this draft class but he needs to improve dramatically on his game. He has the size and athleticism to do it but, I do not see it in him. His route running is pretty bad and he also pulls on defenders jerseys and plays hand games. That physicality can be a plus but he needs to learn to use it in another way.
  12. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan- could be the second and has the talent to be the number one tackle in this draft but he was pretty pathetic all year. After last year he was a projected top ten pick and now I see him going 15-20 in this years and that’s only on potential. Was way too inconsistent this year and the team that drafts him better light a fire under him because he does have the talent.
  13. Marqise Lee, WR, USC- Not a typical number one receiver due to his height but Lee knows how to get open. Another player who didn’t meet all his 2013 expectations Lee has good speed combined with good hands which makes him very attractive to teams with a need for that number 2 guy.
  14. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida St.- Was Winston’s blindside protection for the whole year and did a good job to say the least. He is very raw still however and really is scratching the surface of how good of a lineman he can be. He has the athleticism like Cyrus does just needs to work on the technique.
  15. Blake Bortles, QB, UCF- To show how good this draft class is, EJ Manuel went 15 in last year’s draft. Bortles is the 3rd best QB in this year draft and way better than EJ Manuel will ever be. He has the body of the prototypical quarterback which will only help his cause. Bortles main issue is reading defenses and his accuracy which can only be fixed by practice and experience. He may have a terrible first year but I expect him to fully develop into a good NFL QB.
  16. HaHa Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama- Clinton-Dix is the type of hard hitting safety the NFL teams dream of. At times make stupid plays, like hitting with his helmet, but he will need to get rid of those bad habits. It will be a tough one to get over but I believe he is talented enough teams will look the other way. He is a ball hawks as well as a hard hitter and there are plenty of teams that need just that.
  17. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame- Notre Dame had the defense this year but just not the offense. Tuitt is no Jadeveon Clowney when it comes to the style of play (who is) but is efficient in his own way. I see him as a 3-4 fit just like Nix but really can play in either scheme, and just like Nix keeping in shape was his issue but I will look the other way for Tuitt as I expect to go back to playing like his sophomore year. He is pretty athletic for his size and surprisingly quick.
  18. Eric Erbon, TE, UNC- The catches this man had over the year could have its own top 10 plays on ESPN. He seemed to have a one handed catch every week over a player and really was UNC’s number one guy this year. Erbon can improve his blocking just like most right ends these days and also, from what I have seen, he has some drops. Even though he makes acrobatic catches every week, he also had some drops he shouldn’t have had.
  19. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State- The most sure thing as a prospect at eh corner position, I call him the pesky corner. Dennard has a habit of somehow coming in at the last second to break up plays. He can play in both a man and zone scheme and will be a starter right away in the NFL. Downside is he lacks the natural speed and quickness other corners posses which may ultimately lead to an average NFL career.
  20. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State- My big thing with Carr and I want to get this out right away is he needs a year or two to learn. He did not play against the biggest competition at Fresno nor did he play in a pro style offense. Because of this I hope he gets drafted into a situation that gives him that time to learn. Carr has all the talents you want from a QB from the physical standpoint. He is actually very athletic and people don’t really see that. Carr’s big thing is he is bad at reading defenses, hence the year off I think he needs.

 

2014 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1

  1. Houston (2-14)- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina- Clowney is the biggest prospect in this draft. Yes, he has his issues like every player but all of his is mental. If the Texans can wake him up they will unleash the best pass rushing prospect since Julius Peppers. The Texans could go with Bridgewater here however I think they will go after Cousins or Cutler instead of drafting a QB.
  2. St. Louis – from Washington (3-13)- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M- I believe he is the safest pick of the draft this year. The premier tackle of this year’s group. Jake Matthews dealt with having to block for the toughest QB in college to block for and did a phenomenal job at it. He might find the NFL actually easier to block in then college with a QB that will stay in the pocket. All this being said I expect St. Louis to trade this pick and just keep stock piling picks.
  3. Jacksonville (4-12)- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville- In my eyes not the best QB in this draft and I truly believe he won’t be the first to go come April. As of now however he is viewed as the top QB of the crop of QB’s. Bridgewater has excellent touch and places balls perfectly to his receivers. My problem with him is he has never faced much pressure in college and looks to frail to me. I could see a major injury happening to him in the NFL if he doesn’t bulk up fast. He is a smart and poised QB however and can make any throw.
  4. Cleveland (4-12)- Johnny Maziel, QB, Texas A&M- It actually breaks my heart mocking him to go to Browns since he is my second top rated prospect of the draft and I’m the biggest Johnny fan out there. The Browns though may be a great fit for Johnny if they surround him with the right talent and commit to him. I don’t really understand why Johnny gets all this slack as a player. He can throw a ball on a dime across his body 40 yards but that isn’t good enough for some people. Johnny should be the first person taken this draft. Not me being bias just from what I have seen. The scouts in Cleveland are supposedly in love with Johnny so I don’t see him going any farther down.
  5. Oakland (4-12)- Blake Bortles, QB, UCF- Boy I love being right about people. I always thought Blake Bortles was going to end up being a high draft pick due to his college play and finally towards the end of the year got the hype he deserved. However, I feel like his hype may be too high right now and I see him more as a middle of first round pick. Oakland needs a QB though and Olson, the Raiders offensive coordinator would sure love having a better QB like Bortles on the roster. Look at what he managed to do with Pryor and Mcgloin this year.
  6. Atlanta (4-12)- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA- Probably the most intriguing prospect of the draft due to how high his stock is when he has only played linebacker for 2 years. Barr converted from fullback at UCLA to his current position of linebacker and absolutely cause havoc in the PAC 12. My issue with him is he is atrocious when it comes to pass defense but that can always be improved. There has been talk of him going number 1 but can’t see that coming true due to inexperience at the position.
  7. Tampa Bay (4-12)- Gregg Robinson , OT, Auburn- The Bucs can go many different ways here and we will not really know what they will be targeting until after free agency to see what they will fill. Donald Penn is not doing it at left tackle and I believe they should address this issue first. Robinson has been climbing up the tackle rankings after blocking and clearing paths for Tre Mason all year. Expect Robinson’s name to become much more spoken of very soon.
  8. Minnesota (5-10-1)- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State- Most likely would want to trade back to make this pick because no one else needs a QB around these picks. This would be an ideal situation for Carr because most likely Cassel or Ponder could start for a year before Carr has to step in. Carr has a chance to make it in the pros but after the showing he had in his last college game, has a lot of making up to do.
  9. Buffalo (6-10)- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M- Top WR in the draft next year? Not Evans but I believe he will be the first one taken. Evans has the prototypical #1 WR build and I think the Bills will fall in love with that. EJ Manuel needs as much targets as he can get up there and it will be tough to miss Evans. I think Evans will struggle mightily his first year especially running routes. He is very raw when it comes to route running. Also Evans uses his hands against cornerbacks and usually pulls and grabs and won’t get away with it in the NFL.
  10. Detroit (7-9)- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson- Detroit would be licking their lips if this happens in the draft. I really believe Sammy Watkins deserves to be a top 6 player with what he can bring to a team but, players fall, it happens. Sammy in my mind is the top WR and just because he may be a bit shorter than your usual number one receiver doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be treated like one. He isn’t as small, ie Tavon Austin, as some people make it out to be. Just imagine an offense of Stafford, Bush, Calvin and Sammy on turf, that would be a tough team to stop.
  11. Tennessee (7-9)- Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama- His stock has fluctuated all year due to his inconsistent player however ended the season on a high. Cyrus showed major improvement over the year but is still very raw. . He is a raw lineman and the Titans will need to give him enough time to develop but has the size and work ethic to make it in the NFL.
  12. New York Giants (7-9)- Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo- The two issues I had with the Giants this year was line play on both ends of the ball. They should let Tuck leave I think his time in NY is over, atleast as a Giant. Then on the other side they did not give any time for Eli to throw, making a correlation to Eli leading the league in INTs. I believe the Giants will stick to the defensive side and drafting what they draft best in pass rushers. Mack is an intriguing prospect who really blew up this year. Even though he played in the MAC, he did get a chance to play against Ohio State and played phenomenal. Mack is a man who is on a mission every time he rushes the passer and I expect it to translate in the NFL.
  13. St. Louis (7-9)- HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama- One of those picks in the draft that just makes too much sense. Clinton-Dix is the best player available and the Rams have a huge need at the safety position. Knowing how the NFL draft works this won’t be the Rams pick but it really is the perfect fit for both parties. Only downside to Clinton-Dix is his dumb play at some times but he is a playmaking safety who makes hits that would make Ronnie Lott proud.
  14. Chicago (8-8)-Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota- this pick I believe will be a DT but, depends on the scheme they decide to run next year. With rumors of running a 3-4 this pick could very well be Louis Nix from Notre Dame. If they stick to the 4-3 they have run for years the pick will easily be Mr. Hageman. Ra’Sede Hageman’s game can be defined by one word. Explosive. He can use finesse or power to get passed guards and really dominated for Minnesota’s defense. His name was always being called for being involved in plays.
  15. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame- The Steelers will be hoping the Bears stick to their 4-3 so that Nix may fall to them. Nix is the stud nose tackle in this year’s draft and would be a perfect fit for the Steelers for a position they need. Right now the Steelers have a 315 pound defensive end playing nose tackle for them and if they get Nix will upgrade to a 345 pound monster. Nix’s only negative going into the draft is he was hurt last year with a torn meniscus that could affect his stock.
  16. Dallas (8-8)-Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State- A lot of people see the needs all on the defensive end when it comes to mocking for the Cowboys. Yes, they have holes however people aren’t looking at what will have to happen. Doug Free will need to be cut in order for the Cowboys to help get under that 31 million dollar cap problem they created for themselves. Once Free is gone. They will not be able to sign a tackle, atleast a formidable one, due to the cap issues. That’s why I’m mocking a tackle here. Cameron Irving is another raw offensive tackle like Cyrus from Alabama, being a converted defensive tackle but showed so much promise this season as a blocker. If he lives up to the high ceiling he has, him and Tyron Smith would be a hell of a combo of tackles. Not to mention Tony is going to need protection after the surgery this year.
  17. Baltimore (8-8)- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan- The blindside may be over for Oher in Baltimore after this year. They need to find a replacement for him and Lewan has the talent to replace him. Lewan’s issue isn’t talent, the problem with him is consistency. Lewan at times look dominate and ready for the NFL, then at other times he will look like an average line player. Time will tell if Lewan can become consistent and if he does he may be the 2nd best OT prospect in this draft.
  18. New York Jets (8-8)-  Marqise Lee, WR, USC- Many mocks have tight ends going to the Jets but I think Cumberland showed enough improvement this year as a pass catching tight end. Also the Jets will be losing Holmes this year and need someone who can make big plays for them. Insert Lee, and the Jets have target for Geno and can start making the offense seem somewhat decent. Watch out for Kelvin Benjamin though has that prototypical WR body like Evans and could have some combine hype numbers. Nig Playmaker.
  19. Miami (8-8)- Stehpon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame- The obvious need for the Dolphins is on the offensive line not the defensive line. That being said, all the first round tackles with talent are off the board. Another need that will be created due to free agency is the defensive line for the Dolphins. Tuitt may be a bit of a reach here, but not as much as the next offensive tackle.
  20. Arizona (10-6)- Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson- John Abraham started for the Cardinals last year at OLB. Yes, John Abraham the defensive end that played for the Jets which seems liked a hundred years ago. The Cardinals have needs on their line however it wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be. They could also go QB with Derek Carr however, I think they would try and trade up if that were the case. Beasley will help improve the Cardinals pass rush which needs an upgrade.
  21. Green Bay* (8-7-1)- Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech- Anytime someone is compared to a man who re invented a position and was the GOAT at the position I usually have an issue with. Jace is being compared to Tony Gonzalez and I don’t think that’s fair to him. Yes he is a very good pass catching tight end but you simply cannot compare someone to the greatest to ever play the position. Amaro had a break out year at Texas Tech and will look to continue that success to the pros. Only problem is some off the field and blocking issues but shouldn’t be a problem in the NFL. I also think Finley is going to retire from the NFL which makes the TE position such a big need for the Packers.
  22. San Diego* (9-7) -Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida-First Cornerback off the board at where CB’s should start going around. Roberson will start right away for the Chargers who will need as much help in the secondary to stop Peyton in hopes of winning the division. Roberson is my favorite cornerback in a position where there is no leader in who is the best available.
  23. Philadelphia* (10-6)- Kony Early, DE, Missouri- He has kind of come out of nowhere these last couple of weeks and flew up the draft boards. I don’t expect his stock to go down at all and only rise from here. Early is known for his speed as a defensive end and closing in on whoever had the ball. He is still raw as a pass rusher like most in this draft and could use improvement in that area. The Eagles could really draft any defensive position in this draft and it would be an upgrade. I think Early is a perfect fit for their 3-4 scheme and would really help the Eagles against the run. This is probably a little low for Early, I think he could be the edge rusher the Eagles need.
  24. Kansas City* (11-5)- Eric Erbon, TE, UNC- Was just a huge playmaker for UNC last year and made some catches that made my jaw drop. Erbon does have some dropping issues which is shocking because he is such a playmaker but it exists. Also could use help n blocking but that seems to be a trend for many tight ends now. Kansas City needs an athletic tight end especially with Alex Smith at QB.
  25. Cincinnati* (11-5)- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michgan State- He is a pesky cornerback who may be the safest CB choice in the draft. Roberson may have more upside but Dennard was the best CB in college football last year. It would have been fun to see him and Allen Robinson go up against each other last year but the big ten scheduling robbed us of that.  Cincy needs to get younger in the secondary and this would help.
  26. Cleveland – from Indianapolis* (11-5)- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State- I think the Browns go safe here and get Johnny Manziel a target he can trust. They already have their playmaker, Josh Gordon, and now get their possession type receiver in Allen Robinson. Robinson is far advanced when it comes to route running but is limited in potential.
  27. New Orleans* (11-5)- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State- The Saints biggest need is at the tackle position and I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to trade up. At the position we are in this mock, the Saints help bolster their secondary. It’s the next best thing the Saints can do. Gilbert is tough for me to figure out. I cannot surely say if he will be a good corner in the NFL. I have to keep watching tape I guess.
  28. San Francisco* (12-4)- Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU- This may come as a surprise but because it’s the biggest strength of the 49ers, however with Aldon Smith being someone who has multiple off field issues, he could be a nice safety pick.
  29. New England* (12-4)- Zach Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame- The Pats need to protect Tom Brady much better and Zach’s ability to play anywhere on the line sure helps. He’s a little to small to be a tackle but could be efficient enough at tackle if needed. However he would play OG for the Pats and would be immediate help.
  30. Carolina* (12-4)- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State- The Panthers should probably address their secondary but also need to find a long term replacement that can develop with Cam. Benjamin may not have the big numbers some of the other WR’s have but he was FSU’s big playmaker this year. Benjamin would draw a lot of attention in Carolina and help Cam have another target.
  31. Denver* (13-3)- CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama- The strong always seem to get stronger when it comes to drafting. CJ Mosley in most mocks is going top 16, however I have seen a trend of ILB’s continually dropping in the draft and I could see the same happening to Mosley. The Broncos should not be starting Wesley Woodyard.
  32. Seattle* (13-3)- Austin Seferian-Jenkins- Some had this man as a top 10 pick coming into the year but, Jenkins did not have a good year. The offense seemed to have forgotten about his passed play and he was not thrown the ball as much. Russell Wilson needs a TE that he can rely on and Jenkins brings that reliability to him.

Round 2

 

  1. Houston (2-14)- A.J. Mccarron, QB, Alabama- I debated Taj Boyd and Aj here for a while however I think the Texans will want the more stable of the two. Mccarron brings a leader to the locker room who might not have all the talent but could bring stability to the QB position for the Texans.
  2. Washington (3-13)- DE Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State – Most likely the Redskins will need to draft a pass rusher due to the fact every single linebacker that played for them last year will be a free agent. They also have needs at the WR position and on the offensive line but I expect them to address that later in the draft. The Cornerback position is in need of an upgrade as well but, it seems like free agency is the way they will fix that. Mckinney could go in the end of the first round like any prospect in the second round but this seems like an great fit.
  3. Cleveland (4-12)- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State- Cleveland is pretty set on defense but, after finding their new QB and WR tandem an upgrade on defense couldn’t hurt. Keeping Shazier in the state of Ohio.
  4. Oakland (4-12)- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor- Oakland will most likely let Mcfadden walk at the end of the year due to his injury issues and Lache will provide some set of stability. Seastrunk and Jennings would make a nice tandem in the Oakland backfield.
  5. Atlanta (4-12)- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State- Blocking for Matt Ryan is an issue but they should really work on that in free agency. Timmy Jernigan is a guy whose name may be shooting up draft boards soon but for now is an early second round pick. Jernigan and Barr are two guys that would dramatically change their defense.
  6. Tampa Bay (4-12)- Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford- Lovie Smith loves defense and will try to make the best defense possible. They have two Des (Clayborn and Bowers) who have underperformed down in Tamp and Trent Murphy could help out the situation.
  7. Jacksonville (4-12)- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn- Bye Bye MJD will need to find a replacement.
  8. Minnesota (5-10-1)- Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee- Vikings need help on the offensive line and Richardson is a great fit.
  9. Buffalo (6-10)- Cyril Richardson, Baylor, OG-Buffalo really misses Adam Levitre and needs to upgrade the guard position.
  10. Tennessee (7-9)- Kadeem Carey, RB, Arizona- Bye Chris Johnson. Most likely to be cut and would make a great backfield mate with Shonn Greene.
  11. New York Giants (7-9)- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon- Giants draft needs are everwhere so best player available is the way to go here.
  12. St. Louis (7-9)- Anthony Johnson DT, LSU- Rams have great defensive ends but the tackles need some depth.
  13. Detroit (7-9)-Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas- Have had the same center for about 15 years now or atleast it seems.
  14. Pittsburgh (8-8)- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt- Steelers may lose Sanders to free agency leaving a whole at the wideout position.
  15. Dallas (8-8)- Aaron Mcdonald, DT, Pitt- Dallas will have a bunch of holes after this year and can use players all over.
  16. Baltimore (8-8)- Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State-  Baltimore really needs to find a number 1 guy since Torrey Smith is not a number 1 receiver so maybe Adams can be that guy.
  17. New York Jets (8-8)- Dion Bailey, S, USC- Only weakness on the Jets defense last year was at the safety position.
  18. Miami (8-8)- Xavier Su’a –Filo, OG, UCLA- Need as much line help as possible to let Tannehill have time.
  19. Chicago (8-8)- Craig Loston, S, LSU- Chris Conte, May have been the worst safety in the NFL last year. That is all.
  20. Arizona (10-6)- James Hurst, OT, UNC- Got hurt in the bowl game but will be ready. Reunited with ex teammate Jonathan Cooper.
  21. Green Bay* (8-7-1)-Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina- Green Bay always seems to have injuries on the line so bringing in another one cannot hurt them.
  22. San Diego* (9-7)- Jefferson Jeffercoat, DE, Texas- Another guy I expect to make a huge jump after the combine who is projected low.
  23. Philadelphia* (10-6)- Brandin Cook, WR, Oregon State- Will be the Eagles new number 2 with Cooper and Maclin being free agents. Expect Cooper to be back though.
  24. San Francisco – Kansas City* (11-5)- Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida- The most gifted corner out of this entire group. It seems like the effort isn’t there for him. San Fran takes a risk on a guy that could be an elite talent in the NFL if he works for it.
  25. Indianapolis* (11-5)- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU- Colts secondary got destroyed by teams all year and improvement needs to be done.
  26. New Orleans* (11-5)- La’el Collins, OG/OT, LSU- Has yet to declare so he may be taken out soon but has a heap of talent.
  27. Cincinnati* (11-5)- Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford- This would be a dream come true to have my two favorite ILB’s on the same team. Also Maualagu needs to be out of the NFL.
  28. San Francisco* (12-4)- Scott Critchon, DE, Oregon State- Need to find someone who can eventually replace Justin Smith.
  29. Carolina* (12-4)- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech- Carolina has one decent corner and one terrible one. Upgrade needed.
  30. New England* (12-4)-Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers- Bill loves him some Rutgers players and wouldn’t be surprised if he brought Schiano on board.
  31. Denver* (13-3)- Brandon Roby, CB, Ohio State- Corners have been flying off the board and won’t stop at Denver due to Bailey becoming a granpa soon.
  32. Seattle* (13-3)- Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU- Seattle likes to rotate their players a bunch and Ego brings youth.

 

Heat vs. Bucks 2013 Playoff Series Questions

The 2013 NBA Playoff start this Saturday. Miami’s championship defense begins against Milwaukee.

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1. Can Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings string together efficient shooting games together?

Probably not. But, Milwaukee’s luck rests on Jennings and Ellis’ shoulders to get hot from deep where the Heat can(keyword is can) be susceptible to defending. Ellis and Jennings have jacked over 750 threes combined, so you can expect a healthy amount of bricks being layed.

2. Interesting matchup between Wade/James vs. Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders has been in the conversation for most improved and defensive player of the year. Sanders was an elite basket defender this past regular season, who’s second in the league in blocks. Milwaukee had no press this season and the mainstream will get to see what he’s really made of. This is a good test on national  t.v. to see how he can play against the best team in the NBA.

3. Will Sanders even get a chance to challenge Wade/James at the rim?

 Sanders will be tasked to defend Bosh who will be out 16-20 feet from the rim. Being that far away from the basket makes it hard to rotate on James and Wade drives. That leaves Ilyasova(yuck!), Dunleavy, and Mbah a Moute to protect the rim. When the Heat go extra small with Battier and Allen, help defenders have to choose whether drop to the paint and commit a foul or leave a wide open Battier, Allen, Chalmers, or Miller. Tough choice.

4. Who will crack Miami’s rotation?

A playoff team usually cuts their rotation to eight or nine guys. Miami is deep, and full of long range threats off the bench. Mike Miller and Rashard Lewis are making late campaigns for playoff minutes but, I’m not sure if Spo will have either of them in for long periods of time. Here’s my “expert” analysis on the rotation…. James, Wade, Bosh, Chalmers, Haslem (he really stinks this year), Battier, Allen, Anderson, Cole. Miller who is healthier as ever, is the next to crack the lineup.

5. Who’s going  to be assigned to guard LeBron and Wade?

This is always fun to ask.

Prediction?

Juwan Howard reaches double digit minutes in game 1. Larry Sanders gets pissed and is ejected in game 3. Monta and B Jen shoot a combined 19% from 3. The Bucks are ass and the Heat will keep it moving.

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Heat vs. Grizzlies Reaction and Grades

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LeBron James:  18Pts 8reb 10ast 4-14FG 8-12FT

Man was that ugly. Ugh I really thought LeBron was immortal. Guess not. The Grizzlies wanted LeBron to shoot and he did and he clanked(3-10 on jumpers). Tayshaun Prince played a terrific game staying in front of James and didn’t allow him to gain momentum for blow by dunks and layups. When LeBron had the opportunity for a layup, well he missed those too(0-3 on layups). The 4th quarter came though and LeBron gave the Grizz a F*** You 3 with 24 seconds left. He led all scorers in the 4th with 14 points.

GRADE: C+

Dwyane Wade: 22Pts 4reb 8ast 9-16FG 4-6FT

Opened up the game making one of his ridiculous one legged step back jumpers.  Living up to his nickname WOW, D-Wade was on the receiving end of two 70 foot touchdown passes from LeBron. D-Wade had a great game reading the pick-n-roll and finding lanes for shots or assists. Wade is really hitting a groove right now and playing great basketball. He is looking fast and agile as ever and hopefully it stays that way.

GRADE: B+

Chris Bosh: 13PTS 6reb 1ast 6-13FG 1-2FT

Damn you Lil Wayne. Ever since “the greatest rapper alive” went on his stage rampage, Bosh has looked out of it on the boards. Gasol and Randolph were tipping balls up for rebounds and keeping possessions alive for Memphis. He made his usual jumpers from 17 feet out but it was a struggle fest for Bosh other than that. There is no way Bosh is looking forward to playing Chandler this Sunday.

GRADE: C

X Factor: Shane Battier. Gutsy, gutsy game from Battier. Only grabbed two rebounds but they were the biggest of the game. Battier brought down two rebounds in the last 1:30 to keep Memphis from attempting a comeback. 4 for 5 from deep and it was reminiscent of the 2012 playoffs. The box score doesn’t explain what kind of impact Battier brings to the Heat.

Better off without Rudy: To reiterate what Bill Simmons said at the halftime, the Grizzlies look so much better without Rudy Gay. The  ball is now in the hands of Mike Conley who does not turn the ball over often.

Did we see the reincarnation of Tayshaun Prince? He had his signature chase down Reggie Miller block in the 3rd quarter. You get the full potential of his defensive abilities on the Grizzlies. His length and 7-2 wingspan really frustrated LeBron from seeing the paint and seeing Miami’s offense develop. The team defense was suffocating, the Grizz didn’t allow Miami to get easy looks in the paint. Nearly every time LeBron touched the ball near the post, there was Grizzly defenders rotating and shading where his next move might be.

Marc Gasol gave the Heat problems underneath of the rim and even in transition on two plays. He was all over the glass in first half. Gasol is a master of the post. He made some jumpers, at rim shots, and made slick passes.

The Heat fly to New York to take on the Knicks, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Miami’s Big 3 close out February 12-1

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After losing to Indiana for the second straight time this season on the first of February, Miami put together the longest winning streak in the Big 3 era. The Heat won twelve straight and scored 100 points or more in ten out of twelve wins. They closed out their last win in February in a double overtime scare from the Kings. Marcus Thorton was cooking from deep all game but ran into the superpower that is the Big 3. Bosh, James, and Wade scored all twenty nine Miami Heat points in the two overtimes. The Heat are 25-3 at home and have Memphis coming to town on Friday.

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LeBron’s incredible month: He is on pace to have the best season ever statistically. In February Mr. James had a better field goal percentage than Tyson Chandler, higher FT% than Chris Paul, and a better 3PT% than Ray Allen and Stephen Curry. Re read last sentence. The King averaged 29.7 Pts, 7.8 Ast, 7.5 Reb on 64% shooting and 43% from deep in February. LeBron began the month with an NBA record scoring 30 points on 60% shooting in six games. He opened up a can of whoop ass and displayed his ability of scoring a lot of points on the least amount of shots possible. LeBron is on pace to have the highest PER in NBA history(31.9 currently) and thats due to his sick 38.5 PER in February. He shut down his February by disrespecting the Kings with 16 assists and 40 points. Long Live the King.

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The Walking Dead(WOW): Dwyane Wade aka WOW has quietly risen from the dead the past two months and is unleashing his forces on buttercup NBA defenders. This is D-Wade’s best month statistically for scoring(23.4), rebounding(6.2), and passing(5.5). Wade is also posting his highest FG% of his career(51%). Remember those Wade trade rumors?(I was one of them) Well those are gone. Wade is excelling in a second option role and has quietly put up great numbers this season. Although his season success is being overshadowed by the King, this is still Wade County.

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Like a Bosh?: This was not the month for Chris Bosh. In my opinion he wasn’t in the best mental state after Lil Wayne’s outburst. Bosh had great games against Portland, Oklahoma City, and Los Angeles before the all-star break. The last five games of February for CB1 were bad(10.6ppg 4.8rpg). He was pushed around on the glass and clanking jumpers. You take the good and bad with Bosh because he is all for the team. Bosh needs to overcome his struggles fast with games against tough front courts coming up (New York(twice), Memphis, and Indiana).

Heat vs. 76ers Grades and Notes

Miami Heat win their 39th game this season 

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GRADES

          LeBron James: 16pts 10reb 11ast 2stls 7-12FG  

          Could be his least impressive triple-double of his career. He flirted with a triple-double the entire night until the 11 minute mark in the 4th quarter recording his 10th rebound. He was struggling with his jumpshot(2-6) and could not get any lift on it because of a sore quad(reported by Brian Windhorst), but he still was his usual self. He toyed with Philadelphia defenders with crossovers and straight drives in the paint for layups. LeBron was key to tonight’s ball movement with a parade of great passes to open Miami shooters. He didn’t put up his average of 27 points, but Philadelphia had no answer for his rebounding, passing and defending.

GRADE: A-

           Dwyane Wade: 33pts 6reb 2ast 2stls 14-18FG

           Recorded his 16,000th point of his hall of fame career in the 1st quarter. Wade used and abused Jeremy Pargo and Nick Young with baseline drives and crossovers for layups. Wade who is usually suspect with shooting jump shots, made nine of thirteen jumpshots tonight. He looks fully recovered from his nagging injuries and tonight’s game looked like a replay of his games against Dallas in the 2010 finals.Wade had another signature pump fake for a foul and the victim was first time all-star Jrue Holiday. This is D-Wade’s sixth time this season with 30 points or more.

GRADE: A

            Chris Bosh: 13pts 1reb 1ast 6-12FG

            In just 25 minutes of play, Bosh watched 76ers defenders concede defeat against LeBron and D-Wade. He caught his usual three rocket passes from James for mid range splashes but struggled most of the night. Bosh was just 3 for 9 on jump shots in Wells Fargo Center.  Haslem and James took away most of the rebounds from Bosh as he wasn’t aggressive crashing the boards. Not a great game from Bosh, but he didn’t need to do much tonight against a weak 76ers defense

GRADE: C+

             Ball Movement: 27 assists

             A true unselfish game from Miami Heat passing the ball. It started with LeBron finding open three point shooters and cutters. One play in particular was incredible, LeBron got a pick from Chalmers, Chalmers opened up and received a pass from James, Chalmers pump fakes a wide open three, then drives and passes to a cutting James, LeBron had an easy lane for a layup but decides to pass to Haslem for a sweet 17 foot jump shot. To sum it up  Miami went on a 15-3 run in the 3rd quarter with five different scorers.

GRADE: A++

NOTES

– I did not realize how bad the perimeter defense of Philadelphia was.

– Philadelphia needs a healthy Andrew Bynum back badly, too perimeter oriented.

– LeBron is looking to become the 2nd player in NBA history to record 25ppg with 60%FG in a month (Shaq did this in 2001)

– Shane Battier has a made a three point shot in twelve straight games.

– LeBron has a made a three point shot in eight straight games

– In the last two February’s(2012 and 2013), Miami has 20 wins and 3 losses.

– Jrue Holiday and Russell Westbrook are the only two players to average 18points and 8assists this season.

– LeBron recorded his 35th career triple double, his 7th with the Heat

– This is just Ray Allen’s third game this season with four threes made or more.

– Miami has won 12 straight regular-season games against Philadelphia.

Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls Reaction

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Heat MVP: LeBron James 26pts 12rebs 7asts 2stls 11-15FG

Who else but LeBron. He set the pace early with transition layups and swarming defense. The 2nd quarter he ate up every Nate Robinson pick-n-roll, shutting down his dribble penetration and one time forcing Thibs to call a timeout because Nate could no longer dribble. He made his array three straight 20 foot jumpers in 3rd quarter with good defense in his face. LeBron dominated the glass all night leading the Heat with 12 rebounds, dishing out dimes, and owned the paint.

Bulls MVP: Joakim Noah 11pts 8rebs 8asts 2blks 3stls 5-11FG

Can we call this guy the best all around big in the league now? Noah played great in all facets of the game, first by leading the Bulls in assists with eight. The guy is a super underrated passer and was anchoring the defense and was moving great on his bum ankle. Noah struggled shooting and couldn’t get anything going offensively besides close range dunks.

LVP: D-D-D-D Deng…? Luol Deng was non-existent all night besides one forced jump ball on LeBron. Deng couldn’t hit his jumper(making 1-5 jumpers) and was a non factor off the ball. He was even missing layups(2-6 on layups) and looked slow. Deng was neutralized and taken out the game mentally by LeBron.

27 Turnovers: Yes you are reading that correctly, the Bulls finished with 27 turnovers the most they have had all season and recorded 17 in the first half. Miami’s defense was looking like a combination of late 80’s Detroit Pistons and 1985 Chicago Bears, swarming pick-n-rolls, clogging lanes, and picking off passes. The Bulls looked ugly on offense and finished with 67 points.

Miami Heat trade Dexter Pittman and 2nd round pick to Memphis

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Sources tell Yahoo sports that the Heat have agreed to send Dexter Pittman and a second round pick to the Grizzlies for a trade exception. In three season in South Beach, Pittman averaged 2.8 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, and nearly eight minutes an outing. The Miami organization was extremely high on Pittman the last two seasons, giving him multiple chances to prove himself but never panned out. Pittman almost has as many fouls(71) as rebounds(73) which sums up his three year stint in Miami.

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Miami has acquired the rights to Ricky Sanchez through trade exception who is now playing in Argentina. Sanchez was drafted by Portland in the 2nd round but was immediately traded to the Nuggets for Jarrett Jack. He’s 6 foot 11 who likes to roam the perimeter and take long jumpers. Sanchez will most likely never see a minute for the Heat.