By Draft Lead Philip Arnold @PhilipArnold20
Get an early look into where some of the top 2014 NFL Draft talent currently ranks! 2014 Preseason Mock Draft was an interactive, Twitter ran mock draft with NFL Draft writers and analysts from a number of different sites. Many draft writers are breaking into the 2014 NFL Draft class with preseason scouting reports and player previews. Like the preseason reports, 2014 Preseason Mock was designed to see where the numerous writers have the talent of this year ranked before the 13-14 college football season starts. Ben Natan designed the idea by using a Google Docs and interaction on twitter with the hashtag “2014PreseasonMock” to announce picks. The draft order was the same used for the 2013 NFL Draft. The full results to the 2014 Preseason Mock can be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AndloTAC0ZBkdEZRNW9FTzk1X2MyaWc2d01BdllsVEE#gid=0 .
Participants and Teams
Chiefs– Jinx Allessio @JinxAllessio 1.1 Jadeveon Clowney DE, 2.1 Donte Moncrief WR, 3.1 Tim Jackson DE, 4.1 Khalil Mack OLB
Raiders– Brian Hugh @Bhugh215 1.3 David Fales QB, 2.24 Dom Easley DE, 3.3 Allen Robinson WR, 3.24 Karlos Williams S
Lions– Dylan Bishop @DLBScouting 1.5 Jake Matthews OT, 2.8 Daniel McCullers DT
Browns– Justin Higdon @Afc2NFC 1.6 Sammy Watkins WR, 2.6 Tahj Boyd, 3.6 Darqueze Denard, 4.6 Charles Simms RB
Cardinals– Logan Rothstein @LoganRothstein 1.7 Taylor Lewan OT, 2.7 Morgan Breslin, 3.7 Jarred Abbrederis WR, 4.7 Tyler Larsen C
Bills– John Langley @Langley486 1.8 CJ Mosley LB, 2.13 Marcus Roberson, 3.8 Trent Murphy DE, 3.26 Ed Reynolds S
Jets– Jess Coleman @JetsColeman 1.9 Marqise Lee WR, 2.9 James Wilder RB, 3.9 Craig Loston S, 4.9 Jackson Jeffcoat DE
Chargers– Joe Johnson @JJxJoeJohnson 1.11 Antonio Richardson OT, 2.11 Adrian Hubbard OLB, 3.11 Bishop Sankey RB, 4.11 Gabe Ikard C
Dolphins– Dylan Bishop @DLBScouting 1.12 Timmy Jernigan DT, 3.12 Antone Exum CB, 4.12 Bryn Renner QB, 4.22 Johnathan Brown OLB
Buccaneers– Derrick Klassen @Derrikklassen 1.13 Aaron Lynch DE, 2.5 CJ Fiedorowicz TE, 2.12 David Yankey OG, 3.13 Austin Hill WR
Panthers– Blake @PantherTalk95 1.14 Jordan Mathews WR, 2.14 Cyrus Kouandijo OT, 2.29 Aaron Colvin S, 3.29 Justin Gilbert CB, 4.14 Xavier Grimble TE, 4.29 Sean Parker S
Rams– Nick Page @NFLDraftPage 1.16 HaHa Clinton Dix S, 1.22 Gabe Jackson OG, 2.16 Andrew Jackson ILB, 2.22 James Hurst OT
Steelers– Dan Klausner @Dklausner 1.17 Louis Nix DT, 2.17 Arthur Lynch TE, 3.17 Tre Boston S, 4.17 Bene Bewikere CB
Cowboys– Brian Hugh @Bhugh215 1.18 Will Sutton DT, 2.18 Sentreal Henderson OT, 3.18 Kareem Martin DE, 4.18 Devin Gardner QB
Giants– Matt Bunsa @TheRealMBunsa 1.19 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB, 2.19 Eric Ebron TE, 3.19 Lamin Barrow LB, 4.19 Zach Martin OG
Redskins– Derrick Klassen @DerrikKlassen 3.22 Andre Hal CB, 3.16 Devante Adams WR, 4.16 Jemea Thomas S
Vikings– Arif Hasan @ArifHasanDN 1.23 Ra’Shede Hageman DT, 2.23 Chris Borland LB, 3.23 Loucheiz Purifoy CB, 4.23 Aaron Murray QB
Colts– Philip Arnold @PhilipArnold20 1.24 Stephon Tuitt DE, 2.3 Cyril Richardson G, 4.24 Lache Seastrunk RB
Seahawks– Tony Wiltshire @TonyWiltshire 1.25 Brandon Coleman WR, 2.25 Xavier Sua’Filo OG, 3.25 Bennet Jackson CB, 4.25 Justin Jackson LB
Packers– Justis Mosqueda @JustisMosqueda 1.26 Cornellius Lucas OT, 2.26 Jeff Matthews QB, 4.8 Taylor Hart DE, 4.13 Ryan Grant WR, 4.26 Justin Jones TE
Texans– Cody Bauer @CBauerNFLDraft 1.27 Colt Lyerla TE, 2.27 Johnny Manziel QB, 3.27 Calvin Barnett DT, 4.27 Trey DePriest LB
49ers– Luke Inman @Luke_Spinman 1.31 Cody Hoffman WR, 2.31 AJ McCarron QB, 3.31 Demarcus Lawrence DE, 4.31 CJ Barnett S
Ravens– Markus Sorrells @MarkusSorrells 1.32 DeAndre Coleman DT, 2.32 Preston Brown LB, 3.32 Anthony Steen G, 4.32 Elisha Olobode S
QB- 13 RB- 6 WR- 14 TE- 7 OT- 8 OG- 6 OC- 3 DE- 15 DT- 9 OLB- 10 ILB- 11 CB- 14 S- 12
SEC- 30 AAC-7 MWC- 4 PAC 12- 27 Big 12- 12 Big 10- 13 ACC- 21 Ind- 7 Other- 7
Seniors- 74 Juniors- 48 Sophomores- 6
Alabama- 7 UNC- 6 Oregon- 5 Stanford- 5 UCLA- 4 USC- 4 Notre Dame- 4 Washington- 4 Miami- 4 Texas A&M- 3 Ohio State- 3 Florida- 3 LSU- 3
Like last years draft, the first Running Back wasn’t selected until the second round, James Wilder 2.9 by the Jets.
Only one Center was drafted in the first two rounds, Travis Swanson 2.20 by the Bears.
The SEC and Alabama continued its dominance of the draft. The SEC had nearly one-fourth of the players drafted, while Alabama boasted seven of them, the highest of any team.
Seven of the PAC-12’s 27 drafted came in the first round, the second most of that round by a conference.
Over 50% of the players drafted were entering their Senior season.
Out of the 128 players drafted in the four round draft, 71 players were defensive players and only 57 came from the offensive side of the ball.
Combined between the offensive and defensive line, 41 players were selected to help improve their team’s trenches.
Round 1 Lets take a look into the breakdown of the first round talent selected and compare it to that of the 2013 NFL Draft.
2014 Mock- QB- 2 RB- 0 WR- 5 TE- 2 OT- 4 OG- 1 OC- 0 DE- 3 DT- 5 OLB- 3 ILB- 3 CB- 3 S- 1 Offense- 14 Defense- 18 Offense Skill- 9 Offense Line- 5 Defense Skill- 10 Defense Line- 8
2013 Draft- QB- 1 RB- 0 WR- 3 TE- 1 OT- 5 OG- 3 OC- 1 DE- 4 DT- 4 OLB- 2 ILB- 1 CB- 4 S- 3 Offense- 14 Defense- 18 Offense Skill- 5 Offense Line- 9 Defense Skill- 10 Defense Line- 8
2014 Mock- SEC- 8 PAC 12- 7 Big 10- 4 Ind- 4 ACC- 3 AAC– 3 Big 12- 2 MWC- 1
2013 Draft-SEC- 12 PAC 12- 6 Big 10- 1 Ind- 2 ACC- 6 AAC- 2 Big 12- 2 MWC- 0
2014 Mock- Alabama- 2 Ohio State- 2 Tennessee- 2 Florida State- 2 BYU- 2 Notre Dame- 2 Oregon- 2
2013 Draft- Alabama- 3 Ohio State- 0 Tennessee- 1 Florida State- 3 BYU- 1 Notre Dame- 1 Oregon- 2
2014 Mock- Seniors- 15 Juniors- 16 Sophomores- 1
2013 Draft- Seniors- 17 Juniors- 15
What They Had to Say
Dylan Bishop, Lions- ” I think I got a 2nd round value player in the 4th round in Jonathan Brown.”
Nick Page, Rams- ” Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a huge need at Safety. He fits the need for a playmaking centerfielder, and the value is about right (mid 1st). Gabe Jackson, we need a young guard to bring in. Harvey Dahl is never healthy, old, and a cap casualty. Jackson fits the Zone Blocking Scheme. Andrew Jackson Our new Strong Line Backer. Outstanding value as we had him at #28 overall and he brings more youth to LB core. James Hurst, Roger Saffold will most likely leave in FA, so we got his replacement.”
John Langley, Bills- “Getting Mosley in the first was a solid pick for us. The bills defense has been shaky to say the least and that helps improve it tremendously. I also took a safety later, which helps in case Jarius Byrd leaves, and even if he doesnt, I can put them together.”
Dan Klausner, Steelers- ” Louis Nix, was surprised and happy he was at 16. Special NT talent, perfect & necessary to be long-term anchor for PIT’s 3-4. Wilfork flashes. Arthur Lynch, love his upside and expect continued development, plus huge season in 2013. Ideal Heath Miller successor. Tre Boston, was an easy pick at this spot with other Safties off the board. Explosive playmaker, will pair with Shamarko as safety tandem of the future. Bene Bewikere, underrated, good size & skills. Ike Taylor is near the end, Bewikere can pair with Cortez Allen as future starting CB.”
Nick Page, Patriots- “Jason Verrett, terrific value, great player, combined with team need. We traded for Jon Beason, we’re in a win now mode, and want guys who can get us over the hump. Kasen Williams, we have an early 2nd rd grade on him, and have a HUGE need for a WR.”
Derrik Klassen, Buccaneers- “While the Bucs already have many defensive ends, none of them provide a lethal pass rush. Aaron Lynch would be able to do so. I felt the need to trade up for CJ Fiedorowicz because Dallas Clark (age) and Luke Stocker (quite frankly, not very talented) weren’t sufficient options. Too many talented QBs were falling too far, such as Hundley in the 3rd round and Devin Gardner in the 4th. A few players such as Scott Crichton, Austin Hill, and Cassius Marsh shouldn’t have fell nearly as far as they did.”
Ben Natan, Eagles- “Anthony Barr, while Connor Barwin and Brandom Graham offer two solid players to play OLB in 3-4, Barr is an athlete with potential to be a top level player. During his first collegiate year on defense at UCLA he proved him self as an asset at getting into the backfield and displayed his athletic ability to make plays in coverage. Ty Zimmerman, quite simply, the 2012 Eagles’ secondary was atrocious as it yielded on of the worst opposing passer ratings in the NFL (99). Ty Zimmerman could step in as an immediate starter as he shows great instincts in coverage. Tackling needs work, but with Earl Wolff in the box at SS, Ty can be put over the top and tighten up the back of the Eagles’ D. Henry Anderson, In 2012, players like Trent Murphy, Ben Gardner, Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov were able to produce for the Stanford Defense. None of that would have been possible without Henry Anderson. Anderson is a phenomenal fit in a 3-4 as a DE. He can take up blocks, collapse the pocket well and plays the run very well. His pairing with Fletcher Cox could give the Eagles a dynamic duo of Defensive Ends. Marcus Mariota, Eagles need a true answer at QB, and Mariota is the guy. He is still a bit raw coming off a fantastic Redshirt Freshman year but pairing him with his former coach will do wonders for his development. He has prototypical size for the position and his arm strength/mobility combination is very similar to the likes of Colin Kaepernick. Even if he has to sit for a year, he will impact this team. Greg Blair, Demeco Ryans, while solid, will not be the longterm man in the middle, he is not suited for the scheme. Blair displayed ability to come up and make plays in the run game while showing awareness in coverage. While he is not the most fleet footed, his intelligence makes up for that as he anticipates the play. He and Mychal Kendricks will form a nice Thunder and Lighting duo in the middle of that Defense. Devin Street, the Eagles have lacked a true red zone threat since Terrell Owens, Neither Desean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin have anything to offer when it gets down inside the 20. Devin Street, with his 6’3″ frame will be the answer. While he may not have elite speed, he is a great route runner and has great hands. He will be able to go up and get the ball in contested situations and finally give the Eagles a reliable target in the red zone.”
Justin Higdon, Browns- ” …would be surprised if I passed on Marqise Lee at pick 6 ,but I preferred Watkins from a playmaking standpoint. While I like Lee, he had some issues against press coverage that concern me, and I also think Watkins has more versatility. When I picked in the second round, I saw that only 2 QBs had come off the board and Tajh Boyd was still there. I’m hoping the Browns don’t need to take a QB early next season, but if they do that would be good value. I think Boyd’s stock has taken a hit in some eyes but that area of the second round seems about right to me. I thought Dennard was a steal in the third round. He has future starter potential and if he takes another step this year he won’t make it out of the 2nd. Simms, in the fourth round gives the Browns a speedy receiving RB – an upgrade over a guy like Dion Lewis in Turner’s offense.”
Cody Bauer, Texans- ” Participating in the 2014 Preseason mock with several other draftniks was a very pleasurable experience. The dog days of summer are here and for many of us it was a nice way to really get involved in getting and early start dissecting prospects. This mock may ultimately make several selections by many of look silly but it was a lot of fun debating guys and their draft position. Picking at 28th selection in the first round, I knew there were going to be several quality options for me. When it’s this early in the draft stage there are several ways things can go. I was thrilled when my #1 TE, Colt Lyerla from Oregon dropped to me. Owen Daniels is still a productive TE in this league, but at 30 years old and being owed 5.75 million dollars in 2013, and 6.25 million dollars in 2014, it was time to start looking to the future. Running two TE sets with Lyerla and Daniels would put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses to try and match up. Daniels hasn’t always been the healthiest of TE’s either, so again investing in a playmaker like Lyerla made too much sense to pass on. In the 2nd round I looked at the options and decided it was a great time to pull the trigger on the future for the Texans organization and select Heisman Trophy winner QB Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M. Manziel lit the college football world on fire last year making some of the fastest SEC defenses look slow.. There are a few things he is going to need to work on as a passer to be successful in the NFL, but sitting behind Matt Schaub for a year or two will be the best thing for him. Schaub is set to make 10.75 million this season, but it then jumps to 14.5 million in 2014, 17 million in 2015, and 19 million for 2016. Schaub is a serviceable game manager but in no way is he going to see the life of his contract. He will be a cap casualty and the Texans need to be ready for a young guy to step in. This pick was a perfect match, I was happy he dropped to the bottom of the second round. Picking at the bottom of the third round I had a few guys targeted to try and help the inside of our defense. Luckily, Calvin Barnett DT/NT from Oklahoma St. dropped. Barnett is a JUCO transfer with only one year of FBS experience but he plays with great pad level and uses his arms extremely well. He was very disruptive in the limited action I got to watch him play. Earl Mitchell is a decent Nose tackle for Wade Phillips’ defense, but Barnett could be the difference maker in the middle. Phillips knows something about penetrating quick Nose tackles as Jay Ratliff produced multiple Pro Bowls for the Cowboys while playing for Phillips. In the fourth round I wanted to continue to build the middle of the defense and did so by selecting Trey Depriest ILB from Alabama. Nick Saban continues to pump out quality defenders and Depriest is just scratching the surface. Having played sparingly last year behind Nico Johnson and CJ Mosley, Depriest is expected to take the leap this year and show why he was such a highly regarded linebacker coming out of high school. There is a hole in the Texans defense next to Brian Cushing, and Depriest would fill in nicely. With a good 13-14 season, there a good chance he doesn’t make it to the end of the 4th round. I’m happy with the picks for the Texans. I was able add some solid defenders that could help immediately, add one of the best playmakers in the draft with Lyerla, as well as build towards the future by taking Manziel. I was very happy walking away with this group”
Ben Natan, Giants- “Ifo Ekpre Olomu, the Giants pass defense was atrocious last year. While it had its fair share of takeaways, the defense had the second worst YPA in the NFL (8.1). This had mostly to do with Corey Webster’s sudden decline. Olomu is a scrappy corner with great ball skills and very aggressive in coverage. While that aggression hurts him from time to time, that mentality is needed to sure up the Giants Defense. Eric Ebron, the receiving corps of the Giants, while talented, is in a tumultuous situation with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks’ contract situations. Even with their presence, Eli Manning needs more weapons, especially at the tight end position. Brandon Myers is an overhyped option at the position and Ebron’s presence would give the Giants an athletic pass catcher and potential game changer. He has his fair share of issues with his hands, but that is a fixable issue. However, he has the potential to be a top player at his position. Lamin Barrow, the Giants have lacked a true man in the middle of their defense for too long now, making them susceptible to the be run all over. Lamin Barrow manned the LSU defense and dominated with his athleticism and instincts. He would finally seal up the Giants front-7 finally giving a complement to their ever-dominant D-Line. Zach Martin, nothing should be more important to the Giants than protecting Eli Manning. Zach Martin is a powerful blocker who can play all over the offensive line if needed. He is a top five at his position in the draft and this pick was too good to pass up, especially with age creeping on the Giants’ line.”
Luke Inman, 49ers- “Jeffcoat, Seastrunk, andJ.Brown all in the fourth surprised me and I thought they’d go higher. Louis Nix fell a little further than I thought as well.”
Philip Arnold, Colts- “I don’t follow the Colts all that closely, but felt their needs were pretty obvious after looking at their roster. Felt an improve of the RB, OL, WR, and DL positions were the biggest concerns. When Tuitt fell to us at 24, it was exciting. He fits well in the 3-4 scheme at defensive end and will make an immediate impact. Andrew Luck is the Colts future and one of their best players. Protecting him for the rest of his career should be a top priority for the Colts while he is there. When Cyril Richardson fell through the first round, it was time to make a move on one of the top offensive line talents in this draft. Felt comfortable giving up two picks to move up to the top of the second for a guy I covetted highly. As the drafted went on the missing piece of my puzzle kept falling. The Colts had their troubles the passed year on the ground and the runningbacks were falling through this draft. When it came my pick in the fourth round it came down to Ka’Deem Carey and Lache Seastrunk. Passing on Carey was hard in the fourth, as many consider him the top RB of this class. After taking Richardson in the second, I felt it made most sense to take the guy that has been running behind him at Baylor in Seastrunk.”
QB- Derek Carr, Zach Mettenberd
RB- Silas Redd, LaDarius Perkins, Carlos Hyde, Ka’Deem Carey, Damien Williams
WR- DeVante Parker, Paul Richardson, Jalen Saunders, Josh Huff, Mike Davis
TE- Jace Amaro, Jacob Penderson, Jordan Navjar
OT- Jack Mewhort, Morgan Moses, Sean Hickey
OG- La’el Collins, Tre Jackson, Malcolm Bunchee, Spencer Logan
OC- Bryan Stork, James Stone, Hroniss Grasu, Russell Bodine, BJ Finney
DE- Jeoffery Pagan, Kony Ealy, Ed Stinson, Ben Gardner
DT- Danny Shelton, Brandon Ivory, DaQuan Jones, Bruce Gatson
OLB- Prince Shembo, Ronald Powell, Stephone Anthony, Boseko Lokombo
ILB- Shayne Skov, Steele Divitto, Eric Kendricks, Bryce Hager
CB- Ross Crockwell, Carrington Byndom, Deion Belue, Ricardo Allen
S- Lamarcus Joyner, Jeremy Deering, Hakeem Smith, Christian Bryant, Jordan Richards, Ronald Martin
Colts trade 2.24 and 3.24 to Raiders for pick 2.3. Colts select G Cyril Richardson with 2.3. Raiders select Dom Easley DE at 2.24 and Karlos Williams S with pick 3.24.
Buccaneers trade 2.13 &? to Lions for?. Buccaneers select TE CJ Fiedorowicz with 2.5. Lions then use acquired pick 2.13 and 4.13 in another trade.
Lions trade picks 2.13 and 4.13 to Bills for pick 2.8. Lions select DT Daniel McCullers with 2.8. Bills select CB Marcus Roberson with 2.13 and traded pick 4.13 to the Packers
Buccaneers trade OG Davin Joseph to Dolphins for pick 2.12. Buccaneers select OG David Yankey with 2.12.
Rams trade picks 3.16 and 4.16 to Redskins for pick 2.22. Rams select OT James Hurst with 2.22. Redskins select WR Devante Parker with 3.16 and S Jemea Thomas with 4.16
Panthers trade LB Jon Beason to Patriots for pick 2.29. Panthers select CB Aaron Colvin with 2.29.
Saints trade WR Marques Colston and S Roman Harper to Lions for S Louis Delmas and pick 3.5. Saints select S Dion Bailey with 3.5.
Patriots trade 3.29 and 4.29 to Panthers for pick 3.14. Patriots select WR Kasen Williams with pick 3.14. Panthers select CB Justin Gilbert with 3.29 and S Sean Parker with 4.29.
Bills trade 4.8 and 4.13 to Packers for pick 3.26. Bills select S Ed Reynolds with 3.26. Packers select DE Taylor Hart with 4.8 and WR Ryan Grant with 4.13.
Eagles trade LB Trent Cole to Raiders for pick 4.3. Eagles select QB Marcus Mariota with 4.3.
Eagles trade CB Cary Williams to Lions for pick 4.5. Eagles select WR Devin Street with 4.5.
Dolphins trade DT Paul Soliai to Redskins for pick 4.22. Dolphins select OLB Johnathan Brown with 4.22
A special thanks goes out to Ben Natan for organizing and keeping the draft flowing. All these guys are extremely great football minds and if you are looking for some good follows on twitter you know where to find them.