Mock Draft: Darren Page’s 3-rounder

April 9th, 2014

Second Round

33. Houston Texans: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama – Mr. McCarron will be drafted earlier than most would be comfortable with, but he could be the one who Bill O’Brien is eyeing.

34. Washington Redskins: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois – The versatile, physical presence of Jimmie Ward being available for Washington has to be their best possible scenario.

35. Cleveland Browns: Billy Turner, OT/OG, North Dakota State – Whether or not the Browns want an upgrade at right tackle or either guard spot, Billy Turner can be that guy.

36. New England Patriots: Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame – Tuitt, if gets back to his 2012 form, just might by the type of interior presence the Patriots need.

37. Atlanta Falcons: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama – The Falcons must invest in a blind-side protector for Matt Ryan, though I’m not sure Kouandjio is that at the end of the day.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State – Tampa Bay was due a wide receiver before the departure of Mike Williams and Cooks brings a play-making talent they didn’t really have.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State – Teddy Bridgewater has shown a willingness to throw the ball up for big receivers, and Kelvin Benjamin is something the Jaguars don’t currently have.

40. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU – KVN slides right into the starting lineup in both base and nickel sets and has the most potential as a blitzer of any of the Vikings current linebackers.

41. Buffalo Bills: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee – James is the type of tackle who can slide into the starting lineup, may have some rough patches, but will improve as an NFL player.

42. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State – Unless the Titans want to go into the season with Shonn Greene as their starting back, they’ll have to take a back in the second round.

43. New York Giants: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame – The G-Men have as poor a tight end situation as anyone in the league and Niklas brings something to both run and pass games.

44. St. Louis Rams: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State – Robinson fits the profile of a true X receiver that the Rams lack, one who they’ll hope can take some pressure off Tavon Austin.

45. Detroit Lions: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State – If the Lions bring in another big target like Adams, all excuses for Matthew Stafford will be gone come week one.

46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU – Verrett will be drafted earlier than this, but the draft works in funny ways and this would get a hearty laugh out of the Steelers brass.

47. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri – The versatility and quick first step of Kony Ealy are staples, but he shouldn’t be considered a foundational pass rusher.

48. Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State – Brooks is the type of rangy over-the-top safety who could free up Matt Elam to make more plays coming forward.

49. New York Jets: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss – After his combine performance, it’s tough to see Moncrief falling out of the second round and he could complement Eric Decker.

50. Miami Dolphins: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson – A player who took a big step forward in 2013 and had a few dominant performances can pair with Brent Grimes and limit any reliance on Cortland Finnegan.

51. Chicago Bears: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State – If Chicago doesn’t come out of their first two picks with a safety, they’ve goofed, and Bucannon is a presence on the field, the anti-Conte.

52. Arizona Cardinals: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State – Maybe Jernigan doesn’t actually fall this far, but a fit like this, where he’s used in a rotational role early on, would be best.

53. Green Bay Packers: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida – Easley’s projection hinges around how teams view his durability, because he’s a top ten talent without his ACL issues.

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech – If a 3-4 team drafts Attaochu and features him as a rusher more than a coverage guy, the returns could be huge.

55. Cincinnati Bengals: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State – Out with Michael Johnson, in with a quick, flexible, and productive rusher in Demarcus Lawrence.

56. San Francisco 49ers: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado – Richardson seems like the type of receiver Trent Baalke would go after, one with true play-making ability.

57. San Diego Chargers: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice – San Diego is as cornerback-needy as anyone and Gaines has true lockdown cornerback potential, though he may take lumps early on.

58. New Orleans Saints: Kareem Martin, DE/OLB, North Carolina – The versatility of Kareem Martin brings a lot to the table for a defensive coordinator like Rob Ryan.

59. Indianapolis Colts: Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State – Telvin Smith’s value lies in nickel packages, but he brings range and coverage ability to a Colts corps of linebackers that really needs it.

60. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt – Matthews’ production and savvy make him a fit for a Panthers team that simply needs receivers who can handle a high amount of targets.

61. San Francisco 49ers: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford – Sure it’s a clichéd pick that won’t happen, but Skov makes sense as a guy who can slide right into Vic Fangio’s lineup until Navarro Bowman is back to 100%.

62. New England Patriots: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington – Its though to see a scenario where the Pats don’t select a tight end early on, and Seferian-Jenkins is a viable run blocker and redzone target.

63. Denver Broncos: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin – Someone is going to pull the trigger in this range for a guy who’s playing mentality tops his physical ability.

64. Seattle Seahawks: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State – John Schneider has made a game of collecting defensive line talent and Crichton getting picked at this point is highway robbery.

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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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