Mock Draft: Darren Page’s 3-rounder

April 9th, 2014


Darren Page @DarrenPage15

Here is a glance into my admittedly blurry (but clearing by day!) crystal ball.  Disclaimer: the written explanations are not my sole rationale for why these picks could happen.

First Round

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – The Watt/Clowney tandem is a terrifying proposition for the rest of the NFL.

2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – Assuming Jake Long gets back into the lineup, the Rams can stick Robinson on the right side and have a formidable offensive line.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – Are the rumors of Teddy Bridgewater falling for real?  I’m not so sure.

4. Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Cleveland has reinforced their wide receiver corps through free agency, but lining Evans up opposite Josh Gordon will put pressure on coverage schemes.

5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – If you go to war with Matt Schaub, you better have a sharp sword for him.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – Mack is a great fit for the Falcons new hybrid front and brings a much-needed pass rushing presence.

*TRADE* Tampa Bay trades #7 overall to the New York Giants for #12 overall, #74 overall, and a 2015 3rd round pick

7. New York Giants: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M – Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin must be feeling the heat, and protecting Eli Manning will give their offense an immediate bump in the right direction.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF – Minnesota is a great landing spot for Bortles, where he can sit behind Matt Cassel for a whole season if need be.

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina – The Bills have few glaring needs, which puts them in a position to take a mismatch nightmare at tight end.

10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State – Dennard’s dominant senior season will lure a team in, maybe even this early.

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – Get Ray Horton pass rushing talent and let him do his thing, it’s that simple.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via. NYG): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama – Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier need a rangy, smart inside linebacker to turn their beloved Tampa 2.

13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama – The Rams defense needs more help on the backend than up front and Clinton-Dix could pair well with T.J. McDonald.

14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – Donald’s combine performance only confirmed what he showed on the field in 2014, that he’s an athletic freak who’s highly productive.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame – There’s only one place to get a two or one-gapping nose or 1 technique type defensive tackle in this draft and it goes away if you pass on Louis Nix.

16. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville – All accounts seem to indicate that NFL teams are high on Calvin Pryor and Jerry Jones is likely to make a mistake like this.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota – Hageman projects as a player who could be used all over the Ravens defensive line and will make a couple big plays in every game from the get-go.

18. New York Jets: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State – Rex Ryan seems to value having two high-end cornerbacks, even at a stiff price, and Gilbert (at his very best) fits the profile of what they were after in free agency.

19. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – Insert your locker room/character jokes here, but Lewan’s athleticism is something the Dolphins staff will be big on.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn – Playing on his feet in a 3-4 could ignite Dee Ford’s pro career, where he begin as a sub-package rusher.  That’s not as bad as it sounds.

*TRADE* Green Bay trades #21 overall to Cleveland for #26 overall, #106 overall, and #218 overall.

21. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – A Josh Gordon / Mike Evans tandem is perfect for a Manziel-oriented offense that would feature downfield shots and improvisational plays.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC – There’s so much uncertainty to a receiving corps that heavily relied upon in Philly, and Chip Kelly has shown a propensity to draft his former Pac-12 foes.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU – Beckham is too much to pass up here for a team that is building around Alex Smith, for better or worse.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State – Despite and up and down 2013 season, Roby is a bona fide first round talent and a great athlete.

25. San Diego Chargers: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame – If San Diego is as committed to running the ball as it seems they may be, drafting a guy like Martin and plugging him in at guard would help a lot.

26. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech – Amaro has to be too good to pass up when you consider the type of target he would be for Aaron Rodgers.

27.  New Orleans Saints: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State – Shazier brings an explosive type of athleticism that doesn’t currently exist in the Saints corps of linebackers.

28. Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia – The draft gallery will be quick to call this one a reach, and maybe so, but the number of stalwart left tackles left at this point is few.

*TRADE* New England trades #29 overall to Oakland for #36 overall, #107 overall, and #235 overall.

29. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State – This is what you’d call going to get your guy, as the Raiders eye Matt Schaub’s apprentice and eventual successor, probably after a single season.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – The rich get richer as the Niners add, in my mind, the draft’s best cornerback prospect.

31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA – Denver adding the best offensive guard prospect, and one who can play tackle in a pinch, would surely get a thumbs up from Peyton Manning.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada – Bitonio would fit right in with Seattle’s offensive line and could start at either guard spot or even right tackle.

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5 Responses to “Mock Draft: Darren Page’s 3-rounder”

  1. Paul says:

    problem with most mocks is the people doing them do not understand each team need as much as its fans do …

    being not only a fan but draftnick myself no way Steelers take Nix at 15 esp with Gilbert and Fuller still on the board .

    I also contend Josh Mauro would be the more likely selection in the 3rd as he fits their mold at DE better than probably anyone in this draft but look for them to take a DE in round 2 perhaps Tuitt and go WR in the 3rd round with Moncrief , Abbrederis ,Bryant , someone along that order

  2. Todd Rinholder says:

    Horrendous Packer draft. They will not take a TE early when they can get a decent TE in the 4-5 rounds (and they already have two TEs that are as good). Second rounder was a tweener DE who has injury histories and doesn’t fit a 3/4 defense. Third round is a safety that is a 6th round pick at best. Maybe the second pick in the third might be a center, but overall your draft would be rated a D– by any football gm.

  3. Casey Edwardson says:

    Todd.. I agree with your assessment completely! Amaro would be a wasted #1 pick because the Pack’s current TEs (Quarless and Bostic) are as good. Amaro is a terrible blocker and struggles to get off the line. Easly is a very small DT (6’1 1/2″ and 285#s). Certainly not what you look for in a 3/4 defense. By adding Peppers and Guion and re-signing Raji the Packers have taken care of the D-line needs in the early rounds. The safety is rated as a 5-7 round pick in all eight college player rating systems I’ve seen. Certainly not a 3rd round choice.

  4. Jeremy says:

    I don’t claim to know what the Lions will do with the first round pick, but I do know what they WILL NOT do with it, and that is draft a CB, especially one as questionable as Dennard. Tell me again what team MSU played in the past two years that had an NFL caliber receiver?(this past year Latimer only, and he may be a day 3 pick) Also, he would be a penalty machine in the big leagues, which actually govern contact downfield. Don’t quit your day job.

  5. Alex says:

    I agree Kyle Fuller is the best CB in the draft. I also really like Brock Vereen. Hope he falls to the Lions in the 4th. Interesting to see Trent Murphy fall to the 4th round. He would be an intriguing guy that late, or even in the 3rd, because of his height. He seems to fit our DL pretty well. I also would really like our CB and DT options in the 4th, so I think I would address those needs in that round. If the draft fell this way for the Lions, I would pick Taylor Lewan, Kony Ealy, and either Martavis Bryant or Jarvis Landry. Lamarcus Joyner would be tempting in the 3rd as a slot CB, but I’d like to take advantage of the WR class. I’m concerned about Dennard’s physical play getting called for pass interference. I think he’s a big reach at 10. Hope we don’t pick him there.

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