Monday morning means it's Mock Draft Monday, and SB Nation's Mocking the Draft will post an updated projection of the 2014 NFL Draft. This morning, Matthew Fairburn updated his 2014 NFL Mock Draft prediction, posting a two-round, trades allowed look at how the Draft could unfold in May.
Fairburn starts his mock with the Houston Texans surprising no one and selecting a quarterback. In this instance, it's UCF's Blake Bortles who comes off the board first, with Fairburn pointing toward Bortles' "size, athleticism, and arm strength," as well as having "more developmental upside than the rest of the group."
The second pick involves the first trade of the mock, with the Atlanta Falcons jumping from their sixth position down to the St. Louis Rams' second spot. In exchange, Fairburn has the Rams receiving the sixth pick and the 37th selection. In the position, Atlanta takes defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina, filling a need with perhaps the best player in the Draft.
Two of the next three picks go back to the quarterback position, with the Jacksonville Jaguars' selection of Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater at three and the Oakland Raiders' selection of Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel bookending a pick from the Cleveland Browns. With that fourth overall pick, Cleveland took Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Jumping to the 19th overall selection, where the Miami Dolphins hold the position. Fairburn, however, does not see Miami making that selection in this mock, instead projecting a trade with the New Orlean Saints, so they can select UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr. In return, Miami receives the Saints' first-, third-, and fourth-round picks.
Moving to the 27th selection, where the Dolphins find themselves after the trade, Tennessee tackle Antonio Richardson comes off the board. Of the selection, Fairburn writes:
Even after trading down, the Dolphins are still able to address their biggest need, the offensive line. Antonio Richardson passes over Cyrus Kouandjio in this mock because of Kouandjio's failed physical at the combine. Until more information is known about Kouandjio's knee, Richardson might be the safer pick.
Miami again addresses the offensive line with the 50th overall selection, this time moving to the interior. Fairburn explains the selection of Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson, writing:
Using one draft pick on the offensive line isn't enough for the Miami Dolphins. If they want to protect the investment they made in Ryan Tannehill, it's time to take the offensive line issue seriously.
If the 2014 NFL Draft falls the way Fairburn mocks, it could be a fairly productive one for the Dolphins. Picking up two quality offensive linemen, while adding an extra third- and fourth-round selection would give the Dolphins some options on the Draft's second- and third-days.
What are your thoughts on Fairburn's selections? You can check out his entire mock using the link on the right.