Before we begin the third go-around of my 2014 NFL Mock Draft, I want to outline a few changes in approach I've adopted since the release of Beebe 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 last month:
1) The Rams' No. 2 overall pick no longer reflects the player they'll take at that spot, but rather whom they'll draft after completing a trade for the selection. I did this because there will be at least two big-name quarterbacks available at No. 2 overall, and the likelihood of a trade for that selection is outrageously high. Therefore, I am going to break the rules and figure that St. Louis will swap the pick with Cleveland. Atlanta and Minnesota will also be players for it (especially if Jadeveon Clowney is still available), but I believe Cleveland desperately wants the No. 2 selection.
2) Creating a mock draft means understanding that some picks will come down to need while others will simply come down the best player available at a given spot. It also includes a little bit of chaos theory. And so it was during the creation of my previous mock draft that I came up with the "WTF?" selection concept. It's simple: every year we witness at least two or three picks that illicit an immediate "Did that just happen?" reaction, and I believe this year will be no different. Also know that I am not making said selections purely to satisfy my theory. Rather, I am simply targeting the teams most capable of dropping a big stink bomb on the 2014 NFL Draft. That's also not to say that a "WTF?" selection is necessarily a bad one—we laughed when the Seahawks drafted Bruce Irvin No. 15 overall two years ago; pretty sure no one's laughing about that selection now.
3) As for the Dolphins, the addition of Dennis Hickey as general manager has rendered my previous two mocks obsolete (to say the least). I believe Jeff Ireland would've seriously considered drafting Antonio Richardson or Morgan Moses in the first round of this year's draft, but I don't think those two players will fit into Hickey's BPA approach (even with Moses' close ties to new Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor). If we're taking an offensive lineman in the first round, it's because he's a knockout.
All right, enough with the blabbing. As always, direct your complaints and grievances toward the comment section below.
Baltimore and Dallas will have their order finalized with a coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Lee is a top 10 talent who will likely fall a bit due to the quarterback and defensive line talent available this spring. That's not a problem for Baltimore, however, as the Ravens have made no secret of the fact that they need a knockout No. 2 receiver to pair with Torrey Smith. Lee excels at stretching the field with his speed, but he's also a polished route-runner who can expose defenses underneath. Lack of ideal size notwithstanding, Lee can do work over the middle of the field, and he's a certified assassin after the catch.
|The questions that currently persist with Martin--can he play left tackle in the NFL? Are his arms too short?--also came up frequently with Duane Brown and Bryan Bulaga, so try not to get hung up on Martin's measurables (or lack thereof). He's a tough, quick-footed technician who is equally at home as a pass protector and run blocker. And he might be the most intelligent lineman available in this year's class, as you rarely see him get fooled or caught out of position on tape. Martin took care of business against larger, longer pass-rushers throughout the 2013 season and then at the Senior Bowl, so it's safe to say he won't be engulfed or overwhelmed by defensive ends and outside linebackers at the next level. If Miami really wants to get its zone-blocking scheme on track, Martin would be an ideal first step in doing so.
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|Su'a-Filo can play nearly every position on the offensive line, but his best spot is at left guard, as he has the punch, frame and lower base to start from day one and contribute at a high level. And as we all saw during the Super Bowl, Denver's interior protection could use an upgrade or two.