Just Blog Baby 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post Senior Bowl Round Two (8.0)
By Chase Ruttig
Sep 7, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; San Diego State Aztecs running back Chase Price (22) is taken down by Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier (10) and defensive lineman Michael Hill (77) at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 42-7. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
#15 Dallas Cowboys: Ryan Shazier, LB OSU
Rory’s Take: The fact the Cowboys are staying with Kiffin is strange, but if they are they need to address the defense and the linebacker corps outside of Sean Lee is out of place. Shazier could be a very talented Sam backer and play in nickel.
Chase’s Take: Dallas needs more depth if they want to knock off the Eagles in the NFC East next season, with so much of their money tied into their start players that means they have to draft really well. Shazier could play in a number of different sets, which should suit Kiffin but the usual dealbreaker with the Cowboys is if Jerry Jones likes him or not.
#16 Baltimore Ravens: Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB
Rory’s Take: With the rumors Suggs could be on the outs is a sign they need to get younger with the pass rush. Attaochu is athletic and can be a solid Leo and pass rushing defensive end in the nickel. He is very versatile.
#17 New York Jets: Kelvin Benjamin, WR FSU
Chase’s Take: Could you imagine having Ebron and Benjamin in the same passing game? Even Geno Smith could be accurate with those guys.
#18 Miami Dolphins: Kelcy Quarles, DT USC
Rory’s Take: I have had this picked locked in for a while but it just makes too much sense for a team losing both its starting defensive tackles. Even if they go to the 34 he would fit as a defensive end.
#19 Chicago Bears: Deone Buchanon, S Wazzou
Rory’s Take: The Bears struggled mightily on pass defense and part of that was poor safety play. Adding a true free safety that can make plays would be a nice fit.
#20 Arizona Cardinals: Aaron Lynch, DE/OLB
Rory’s Take: The Cards took Matheiu last year a guy who had off field issues, and here they add an immensely talented tweener that played his best ball at Notre Dame in a 34 defense.
#21 Green Bay Packers: Marcus Roberson, CB UF
Rory’s Take: Sam Shields may be on his way out and they need to fix this pass defense.
#22 Philadelphia Eagles: Ed Reynolds, S Stan
Rory’s Take: The defensive backfield struggled at times and primarily at the safety position. Reynolds is smart and versatile along with a tough hitter.
#23 Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller, CB VT
Rory’s Take: Dre Kirkpatrick is a guy I do not trust and with the Leon Hall injury they need to add more depth to the position
#24 San Francisco 49ers: Charles Sims, RB WVU
Rory’s Take: For whatever reason Frank Gore disappears in big games and say what you will but he is getting old and the other running backs in Frisco have done little to nothing. Yes they expect big things from Lattimore, but they may as well add another all around do it all back.
#25 San Diego Chargers: Lache Seastrunk, RB Baylor
Rory’s Take: Mathews and Woodhead have made a solid tandem, but Mathews injury history is still an issue and depth needs to be a cause for concern.
#26 New Orleans Saints: Jason Verrett, CB TCU
Rory’s Take: Rob Ryan’s defense is about versatility and Verrett can do it all as a cornerback. This defense will see turnover due to the cap situation and adding young talent will be a need.
#27 Indianapolis Colts: Bishop Sankey, RB UW
Rory’s Take: I am entirely underwhelmed by the job GM Griggson has done in Indy but I expect him to address the offensive line and pass rush in free agency. Regardless if they wasted a first rounder on Richardson they will need to find a solution in the backfield.
#28 Carolina Panthers: Odell Beckham Jr, WR LSU
Rory’s Take: The Panthers need to help out Cam Newton especially with Steve Smith ‘s age.
#29 New England Patriots: Anthony Steen, G BAMA
Rory’s Take: The Patriots struggled with pressure up the middle and they need to protect Tom Brady who has shown he can do a lot with minimal targets. Belichick loves getting Saban guys and Steen is mauler.
#30 San Francisco 49ers: Byron Stork, C FSU
Rory’s Take: I have had this locked in for a while. With Goodwin being a free agent and the cap situation soon to get tight with Keapernick playing past his rookie deal, the Niners will need a young long term solution.
#31 Denver Broncos: Michael Sam, DE Mizzou
Rory’s Take: The Broncos are another top team searching for long term solutions with certain highly paid veterans. Phillips could get a nice paycheck form another team, but at minimum they need to continue better the pass rush rotation.
#32 Seattle Seahawks: Jarvis Landry, WR LSU
Rory’s Take: Everyone mentions the lack of weapons outside and doubling down to help Russell Wilson should be an emphasis. They have enough cap space to bring back a couple decent free agent pass rushers on one year deals.