Just Blog Baby editor Chase Ruttig and Just Blog Baby Podcast cohost Rory Anderson will be coming out with a new NFL Mock Draft each week leading up to the weekend of the 2014 NFL Draft. To see our Round One selections click here
#33 Houston Texans: La’el Collins, OT LSU
Rory’s Take: With a new franchise quarterback in round one the Texans will need to make sure he is upright. Collins has been very impressive at LT thus far for LSU and adding him may provide more stability for this offense. The defense upfront is solid, but adding Kyle Van Noy could be a possibility here.
Chase’s Take: Couldn’t agree more with this pick, Collins is a top tackle talent and the Texans need to inject some youthful talent into the line. Who better than a guy who has been warding of SEC pass rushes for the last few years. LSU has one of the best balanced attacks in the country for a reason and it is their outstanding pass protection.
#34 Washington Redskins: Kony Ealy, DE Mizz
Rory’s Take: Ealy has paired with Sam to be a formidable pass rush. His sacks have come in bunches, but with 6.5 for the year and 7.5 tackles for loss he has been exceptional. Also, at 6’5 he is the perfect height for a 34 defensive end but he does need to add some meat to his bones. He could add an interior pass rush to a team to two solid outside pass rushers.
Chase’s Take: Once again as most people who follow college football I love SEC talent and Kony Ealy from Mizzou has been one of the best pass rushers in the SEC this year on the way to Mizzou’s appearance in the SEC Championship Game this Saturday against Auburn. With a good end to his career with the Tigers, Ealy could easily play his way out of the second round. Mizzou’s pass rush has been one of the cornerstones of their success this season and Ealy has been the best of the bunch.
#35 Atlanta Falcons: Timmy Jernigan, DT FSU
Rory’s Take: The Falcons got the top pass rusher in the draft in round one and now they double down on the defensive line and get the stout run defender they need inside as well. As badly as the Falcons need offensive line help, getting the defensive line in check will greatly aid the defense.
Chase’s Take: Atlanta needs some help on the offensive line for Matt Ryan’s sanity, but Jernigan is a great run stopper in the middle of the defensive line. He is another guy who can play his way out of the second round with a big finish to his career as FSU are hopefuls for the National Championship.
#36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dominique Easley, DE UF
Rory’s Take: Easley has all of the explosiveness of Clowney, but he is not as refined and lacks developed moves, but at his height he can come off the edge fast and low. He has the ability to be a first round pick but his ACL injury will force him to drop.
Chase’s Take: Easley will be a great second round pick up for any team and is on my shortlist for Raiders second round targets. A rough year for the Gators might see him fall down. Not here though, where the Bucs snap him up after reaching to get Lewan in the first round instead of Clowney.
#37 Jacksonville Jaguars: Cyril Richardson, OG/OT Baylor
Rory’s Take: With Joeckel taken in 2012 the Jaguars have a left tackle for the future, but Richardson would add either a very stout guard to pair next to him or a potential right tackle for the future giving the Jags book end tackles to protect their new quarterback.
#38 Minnesota Vikings: David Yankey, OG/OT
Rory’s Take: With outstanding offensive lineman going early and often, the Vikings will have to jump on one that can provide some push in the middle or even play either tackle position if need be. Yankey is technically sound and will do well wherever he is placed.
#39 Oakland Raiders: Allen Robinson, WR PSU
Rory’s Take: This is a very difficult choice because the Raiders will have all the options they could possibly imagine. Robinson fits the mold of what they seem to look for in a receiver, but so does Jordan Mathews and they could choose to look at a more physical receiver such as Kelvin Benjamin.
Chase’s Take: Robinson is a very talented receiver who has been one of the top targets in Happy Valley this season, if the Raiders are potentially considering going with Matt McGloin as a starter for the future this is a Penn State pairing that could be a threat for the Raiders for years to come. I see the Raiders going in a couple of different directions here but have no real problems with Robinson.
#40 Buffalo Bills: Tre Boston, UNC S/CB
Rory’s Take: With Byrd pretty much out of the picture in Buffalo the Bills will need to replace that talent with more talent. Equally they need to add some depth to the corner position so by adding Boston they add a safety in base packages and a slot corner in spread sets.
#41 Cleveland Browns: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB Oregon
Rory’s Take: After adding the key pieces they need on offense, the Browns now turn to address the defense. The cornerbacks opposite of Haden have been abused which makes this a natural fit.
#42 New York Jets: Calvin Pryor, S Louisville
Rory’s Take: The safeties for the Jets have been terrible to say the least. It is time to add a playmaker in the defensive backfield.
#43 Tennessee Titans: Tahj Boyd, QB Clem
Rory’s Take: With Jake Locker constantly injured the Titans will look to add some competition there and Boyd is the kind of kid that can do that.
Chase’s Take: Tennessee has to be getting frustrated with Locker’s durability, this is a longshot, but it is definitely a move that makes sense on a ton of levels. If Boyd is here when the Titans pick they will have to take a hard long look at pulling the trigger.
#44 San Diego Chargers: Marcus Roberson, CB UF
Rory’s Take: Florida has struggled on defense and has suffered a ton of injuries, but the cornerbacks have continued to play well this season and if this junior comes out he would be a nice addition to any team.
#45 New York Giants: Kyle Van Noy, LB BYU
Rory’s Take: The Giants need to add depth to the linebacker corps, and even though KVN comes from a 3-4 defense he could make a solid weak side linebacker and pass rusher/blitzer.
Chase’s Take: New York loves getting after the quarterback and they will be desperately looking for a linebacker. Van Noy’s 3-4 background might shy the Giants away, but he is the best pass rusher available and could be converted to the defensive end as one of the new breeds of hybrid pass rushers.
#46 St Louis Rams: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G UCLA
Rory’s Take: The Rams need some help inside to add to the tackle pairing of Long and Saffold. Xavier has been a mauler inside and is solid in pass protection.
#47 Pittsburgh Steelers: AJ Johnson, ILB Tenn
Rory’s Take: The Steelers need to inject some youth into the front seven. Adding a true thumper inside to pair with the more speedy Timmons they can greatly increase their run defense which has been poor at times.
#48 Green Bay Packers: Ray Drew, DE UG
Rory’s Take: Dom Capers has had defensive issues all season especially with the run defense. Drew is a tall, stout but slightly light 34 defensive end that can grow into the position over time.
Chase’s Take: It would take a serious opportunity at a can’t miss talent for the Packers to take an offensive player inside the first three rounds after the way in which they have struggled defensively this season. Ray Drew from Georgia will help the Packers get back to being deep on the defensive side of the football again.
#49 Miami Dolphins: Kelcy Quarles, DT FSU
Rory’s Take: The Dolphins are likely to lose at least one of their highly paid defensive tackles. When that occurs the Dolphins will be forced to jump on one early to maintain their solid defense.
#50 Chicago Bears: Aaron Murray, QB UG
Rory’s Take: Most likely Jay Cutler will either be on a different team next season or will only be on a one year deal. The Bears will need a potential franchise quarterback.
#51 Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Hogan, QB Stan
Rory’s Take: Palmer will only be a round a couple more years at most, but the Cardinals will finally have to develop a quarterback of their own. Hogan has a little young Palmer to him and would be an excellent understudy even if he has had a down year.
Chase’s Take: I am not as high on Hogan as Rory so I think the Cardinals pass on this and try to land a wideout in case they somehow lose Larry Fitzgerald as rumored. Jordan Matthews from Vandy would be a good fit.
#52 Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Bailey, S USC
Rory’s Take: The Eagles need a physical presence in their defensive backfield and this former will linebacker brings exactly that. He can be a thumper in the back end which can lend some legitimacy to the defense.
#53 Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Matthews, WR VANDY
Rory’s Take: With the massive investment made by the Ravens in Joe Flacco they need to continue to surround him in weapons. First a tight end that can stretch the field and now a possession wide receiver to compliment Torrey Smith.
Chase’s Take: Matthews would be an excellent fit in Baltimore and on most NFL teams, a big possession wideout and someone who surely will wind up being taken higher than the 53rd pick by my estimations.
#54 Dallas Cowboys: Christian Jones, LB FSU
Rory’s Take: Bruce Carter is more ideal as an inside linebacker in a 34 defense. What the Cowboys need is an athletic linebacker to pair with Sean Lee that can cover downfield.
Chase’s Take: No secret that the Cowboys are a team that is a couple of pieces away from being a true contender annually. A linebacker like Jones can help them add some depth on defense that they sorely need.
#55 Detroit Lions: Travis Swanson, C ARK
Rory’s Take: Dominic Raiola is 35 which means the Lions need to start looking toward the future at the position. The offensive line needs to continue to get better and Swanson could start at guard to learn how to read defenses before taking over at center.
#56 Cincinnati Bengals: Scott Crichton, DE OrSU
Rory’s Take: The Bengals defense is based upon their defensive line and with Michael Johnson hitting free agency it is a good decision to maintain considerable depth at the position.
Chase’s Take: The Bengals are ridiculously loaded on offense at the moment, they are a team that should have a predictable draft of mostly defensive players in the first three rounds. A defensive end to pair with their cornerback selection in the first round gives them support in two positions of need to start their draft off right.
#57 San Francisco 49ers: Deshazor Everett, CB TAMU
Rory’s Take: One thing the Niners defense has lacked is solid cornerback depth which has been masked at times by the pass rush, but at times it has been used to expose the defense.
Chase’s Take: Once again, lots of cornerback talent in this draft. Which is good, because you can never have enough depth at corner in the NFL.
#58 Indianapolis Colts: Corey Robinson, OT S. Carolina
Rory’s Take: The Colts generate no push whatsoever upfront and the pass protection has been very poor at times as well. If the Colts wish to be successful they will need to get some talent and depth on the offensive line.
Chase’s Take: No secret that the Colts run game is terrible thanks to a bad offensive line, adding some SEC talent (again, sorry) will help them if Robinson can make the transition from the college to the pros. A quality starter for the Gamecocks, he should be able to help improve the Colts run game and protect Andrew Luck as well.
#59 Carolina Panthers: Melvin Gordon, RB Wisc
Rory’s Take: It is very likely for cap reasons that the Panthers will move on from one of their running backs. They simply cannot afford to tie up that much cap space at that devalued position. It is unlikely the first running back comes off this late, but this is a fitting spot.
#60 San Francisco 49ers: Bryan Stork, C FSU
Rory’s Take: Goodwin is going to become a free agent after this year and by adding another young lineman to this group is ideal. This will be the youngest and most talented offensive line to continue to protect Colin Kapernick.
#61 New Orleans Saints: Aaron Lynch, OLB USF
Rory’s Take: If Lynch comes out he will fall because of his lack of production this season but his upside is outstanding and he is the sort of pass rusher Rob Ryan could use in several dynamic ways.
Chase’s Take: Given all of the changes at the USF program following the demise of the Big East, do you really expect Lynch to stay? I see him coming out and being a great late round pick in the second. New Orleans would be a great fit for him and he could likely get snaps immediately.
#62 New England Patriots: Hroniss Grasu, C Ore
Rory’s Take: Much of the pressure Brady has felt this season has come from the middle and it would be good to get some solid youth at center for the few years Tom Brady has left.
#63 Denver Broncos: Kareem Martin, DE/OLB UNC
Rory’s Take: Since Dumervil has left the Broncos pass rush has been inconsistent and Martin can be a versatile addition for this team filling that role opposite of Miller. Having two pass rushers would be a great help in the long run.
#64 Seattle Seahawks: Paul Richardson, WR UC
Rory’s Take: It would behoove the Seahawks to focus to get another playmaker outside and with their cap situation signing Golden Tate long term may be difficult. Richardson has been a playmaker and should translate well for the Seahawks system.