NFL Mock Draft 2014: Keith Beebe's #MockMonday 4.0
Tired of the countless 2014 NFL Mock Drafts currently in circulation? That's too bad! It's Mock Monday, so let us throw yet another first-round draft projection your way. You can thank The Phinsider later.
Apparently this another #MockMonday entry. I don't know what that means, but there's a hashtag involved, so get excited, people.
The only item I want to address prior to getting into my following mock draft is the scenario in which St. Louis trades its No. 2 selection. Unlike two years ago when the Rams swapped the No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins months prior to the draft, I believe there won't be a transaction involving St. Louis' selection unless the No. 1 overall pick is announced with South Carolina pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney still on the board. If so, the No. 2 pick will be open for business, and I believe there's a particular team that loaded up its defense in Free Agency with the intent to round out its front seven with Clowney. We'll get to that momentarily. In the meantime, my latest first-round projection. As always, complaints and grievances in the comment section.
Tampa has basically said it will look at quarterback, and with a proven QB developer like Jeff Tedford on the Bucs' staff, why not use this selection to bring in a high-end passer prospect like Bridgewater?
Aaron Donald would make it no further than Chicago at No. 14. But with the big defensive tackle off the board, the Bears can use this pick to boost its other major defensive hole: cornerback. Dennard flashes shutdown ability, and his straight-line speed is better than advertised.
Branden Albert's presence means the Dolphins don't necessarily need to use this selection on an offense lineman (though they could still do that). Lee is a knockout prospect in regard to what the Dolphins want to do on offense. Great route-runner; underrated speed and gamebreaking ability.