2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Chiefs Select…?


(Disclaimer: I did not do highlight videos for Offensive Linemen, or Louis Nix III because I thought that they wouldn’t be very exciting to watch)

Hello again readers!  This is my very first mock draft here for Chiefs360, and I am very excited to know what you guys think of my work, so don’t be afraid to let me know what you think in the comments.  The 2014 draft class is absolutely loaded with talent, and some teams will secure their franchise cornerstone for years to come in this years draft.  For other teams, this is a year that they could finally add those few extra pieces that put them in position to not only make the playoffs, but win a Super Bowl.  For this mock draft I will only be doing the first 32 picks, so with out further ado let’s get started with the team picking number one overall, the Houston Texans.

Central Florida v LouisvilleHouston Texans: Blake Bortles QB 6’4″ 230 lbs. UCF

New Texans head coach Bill O’Brien consistently recruited tall Quarterbacks with big frames in his time with Penn State, and Bortles fits the bill of an O’Brien QB.  A big Quarterback with a monster arm, and the ability to make plays outside of the pocket, Bortles shot up the draft board in the 2013 season, and I think that Bill O’Brien will get his Quarterback of the future with this pick.  In my opinion, Teddy Bridgewater is a much more polished QB than Bortles, and while he stands at 6’3″, he has a much slighter frame than Bortles which doesn’t line up with the type of Quarterback that O’Brien has liked in the past.  For me, Bortles NFL comparison is Ben Roethlisberger who much like Bortles is a big QB who can make plays with his feet.  If Bortles can be an effective starter from day one, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Texans in the 2014 NFL playoffs.  Here are some of Bortles highlights during his college career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWUfe4zKvpw

jake matthewsSt. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews OT 6’5″ 305 lbs. Texas A&M

The Rams are set to have another productive first round thanks to the Washington Redskins.  The Rams do need some secondary help, but no players in this years class are worthy of the number 2 pick.  So I went with the Rams other pressing need of offensive line.  Jake Matthews played opposite of Luke Joeckel in the first part of his collegiate career, but moved to the LT this season, and played quite well.  This pick could’ve been Auburn’s Greg Robinson, but I feel that Matthews is the more well rounded prospect.  Because he’s played both sides of the line, he would likely start opposite of Jake Long in his first few seasons.  If Matthews continues to refine his game, and puts on a few more pounds of muscle, he will be a dominant starting lineman for years to come.

teddy bridgewaterJacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater QB 6’3″ 196 lbs. Louisville

Teddy Bridgewater is in my opinion the best Quarterback in this years draft class.  For him to still be available for the Jaguars at pick number 3 is a dream come true.  Bridgewater is often called “the black Aaron Rodgers” for his ability to not only be deadly accurate, but also move out of the pocket and throw on the run.  The only concerns with Bridgewater are his accuracy on deep balls, and his slight frame, but I think that both of these things are very fixable problems.  With the kind of potential that a player like Bridgewater has, there is no way that the Jags let him slip past them.  Check out this highlight video of Bridgewater, and particularly look at the throws after the 2:20 mark.  My goodness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxA8zqa6MEg&list=PLdkl9-wtQiLBYKNi1pehEH34Gnqc8NjXv

johnny manzielCleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel QB 6’1″ 210 lbs. Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel jumped into the media spotlight after winning the 2013 Heisman trophy.  Manziel is a very small Quartrback at only only 6’1″ 210 lbs., but ask Drew Brees or Russell Wilson how that’s worked out for them.  Manziel has the ability to keep plays going for extended periods of time, and is very adept at making plays with his feet, and throwing on the run.  Some concerns with his mechanics, and off field behavior problems could scare Cleveland away, but with the Browns so desperate for a QB, I don’t see it happening.  Manziel could be exactly the player that the otherwise dismal Browns team needs.  I also like Manziel in Cleveland because their new offensive coordinator is Kyle Shanahan, who was RG3’s offensive coordinator the past two years in Washington.  Shanahan knows how to design plays for a mobile QB, which I think makes Manziel a good fit in Cleveland.  As you’ll see in this highlight video, a lot of Manziel’s big plays came on the ground.  If he’s going to succeed in the NFL, he’ll have to learn to pass inside the pocket more consistently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_qju-shFRI

jadeveon clowneyOakland Raiders: Jadeveon Clowney DE 6’6″ 274 lbs. South Carolina

Be afraid Chiefs Kingdom, be very afraid.  Jadeveon Clowney has been called a once in a decade prospect, and while he did have a “down” year this year, he’s earned that reputation.  Clowney claims to have posted a 40 yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.  Some starting receivers in the NFL don’t run that fast, let alone a defensive end.  While it’s true that Clowney only tallied three sacks this year, he was also double, if not triple teamed on nearly every play.  He’s also a monster when it comes to tackling, and run stopping.  Clowney creates matchup nightmares for offensive coordinators.  The only real concern is Clowney’s mentality; some claim that he didn’t always give his full effort on the field.  I have him as the best overall player in this year’s draft along with pretty much everyone else, so if he’s available at number 5, the Raiders shouldn’t hesitate to grab him.  I will add this: if there was one team in the NFL that I thought would give Clowney the least chance of success, it would be the Oakland Raiders.  Here’s some of Clowney’s highlights.  Man I hope I’m wrong about this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjzL_LB-eEs

khalil mackAtlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack OLB/DE 6’2″ 244 lbs. Buffalo

Mack played very well this year, and has shot up many draft boards including my own.  He had 10.5 sacks this year, and played very well against top tier school Ohio State.  Mack would fit very well into Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s attacking 4-3 system in which he could function as  a pass rusher, as well as dropping back into coverage now and then.  In a division where you face starting Quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Drew Brees, you need all the pass rushers that you can get.  Mack needs to develop better pass rushing moves, and become a more consistent tackler, but he will be a starter from day one in the Atlanta defense, and could be an impact defensive player for years to come.

greg robinsonTampa Bay Buccaneers: Greg Robinson OT 6’5″ 320 lbs. Auburn

This pick was difficult for me to predict.  Sammy Watkins is still available, but the Buccaneers really don’t have a glaring need at Receiver, so I went with who I believe is the next best player available, Auburn’s Greg Robinson.  Robinson’s draft stock has shot up with Auburn’s success this season, and some people think that he has done enough to surpass Jake Matthews as the best tackle in this years draft.  Robinson is a powerful run blocker that anchored the left side of Auburn’s run heavy offense.  Robinson needs to improve his leveraging and pass blocking techniques to be a truly great NFL LT, but these things can be coached, and Robinson should be considered as one of the top two tackles in this year’s class.  Tampa Bay’s offensive line didn’t perform as well as expected last year, and with Donald Penn at 31 years old, and scheduled to make $8.08M, Robinson could be Tampa’s LT of the future.

NCAA Football: New Mexico at Fresno StateMinnesota Vikings: Derek Carr QB 6’3″ 218 lbs. Fresno State

Brother of former Texans starting QB David Carr, Derek looks to leave a much better mark on the NFL than his brother.  Carr has a cannon for an arm, and put up some great numbers at Fresno State.  He’s definitely not the most athletic Quarterback in this year’s draft class, but Carr can make plays outside of the pocket.  Where he struggles the most is with the mental aspect of the game.  He often seemed flustered when the pressure got to him, and would make poor decisions because of it.  He also had a tendency to stare down one receiver.  Carr also needs to work on his mechanics, as he would sometimes lock up his lower body when throwing, and rely entirely on his arm to make the throw.  That being said, I think Carr could be a great addition to a Vikings squad in desperate need of a starting QB.  I think that with some improvements to his game Derek Carr could lead the Vikings deep into the playoffs in a few years.  Here’s Carr’s highlight video from his time at Fresno State. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y5wr82ZRUjc

justin gilbertBuffalo Bills: Justin Gilbert CB 6’0″ 200 lbs. Oklahoma State

The Bills are in definite need of a Cornerback, so why not take the best one available in Justin Gilbert? Gilbert is capable of making big plays both on the defensive side of the ball, as well as when returning kicks.  Gilbert is an exceptional man to man Corner, getting burned only 16% of the time while in man to man coverage.  Gilbert needs to work on his zone coverage however as he was burned a much greater 30% of the time. Gilbert also needs to work on his run defense as it seemed at times he just didn’t want to make the tackle, and would let his blocker push him out of bounds. When he did have the opportunity to make the tackle, he would try to arm tackle the ball carrier to often instead of wrapping him up and dragging him to the ground.  Here’s Gilbert’s highlight tape where you’ll get to see his playmaking ability on full display. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y89_Kmdn9Wk

sammy-watkins-p1Detroit Lions: Sammy Watkins WR 6’1″ 205 lbs. Clemson

Sammy Watkins is easily a top five talent, but I really didn’t see a team whose most pressing need was Wide Receiver.  Again, there are a few other positions of need that the Lions could address here, but I think the idea of having Sammy Watkins starting opposite of Calvin Johnson is to tantalizing to pass up.  Watkins has elite speed, and is an absolute beast when he gets in the open field.  Watkins has strong hands, and has the ability to make the catch even when he’s in heavy traffic.  Watkins needs to develop his route running ability, and keep himself healthy (his slight frame makes him an injury risk), but if he can do those two things, he would give the Lions a receiving duo that would be next to impossible to stop.  Look for Watkins to be a game changer at the next level.  Here’s some of Watkin’s best plays during his collegiate career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00EWkjb25K8

anthony barrTennesse Titans: Anthony Barr DE/OLB 6’4″ 248 lbs. UCLA

Anthony Barr started out his collegiate career as a running back, and finished as an outside linebacker, a position which he truly excelled at. Barr is still a very raw prospect, but with some refinement at the next level, he could become one of the best defensive players in the NFL. To me, Barr looks the part of a pass rushing linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  Under new the Titans new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, the Titans will most likely run what’s called a “hybrid front” defense. This means that they line up in both 3-4 and 4-3 sets as well as 5-2 and 4-4 sets.  Barr should fit extremely well in this type of defense, both rushing the passer, and dropping back into coverage occasionally. Barr has the potential to be an all-pro Linebacker in the NFL. Here are some of Barr’s best plays from his two years at Linebacker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJjHsSrfpPk

Corbin Berkstresser, C.J. MosleyNew York Giants: C.J. Mosley LB 6’2″ 232 lbs. Alabama

The Giants are in need of help at Linebacker more than anywhere else on their defense, and C.J. Mosley gives them great value with the number 12 pick.  Mosley is a very polished Linebacker with experience; playing several years under Nick Saban at Alabama. I see Mosley as more of a Middle Linebacker, but I suppose he could play either of the Outside Linebacker spots if need be. Mosley missed some tackles, and dropped some interceptions during his time at Alabama, and needs to fix those to things if he wants to maintain a starting job in the NFL. Mosley also needs to become a more precise blitzer, especially if he’s going to play at Outside Linebacker.  Overall, I see Mosley as a guy who could rack up over 100 tackles year after year in the NFL.  Here’s C.J. Mosley’s best plays during his time at Alabama. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoep15cF_aU

ha'sean clinton-dixSt. Louis Rams: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix S 6’1″ 208 lbs. Alabama

The Rams improved the offensive side of the ball with their first pick, so I think they’ll go defense here, taking the best safety in the 2014 class in Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix is an extremely versatile safety who can play both man-to-man and zone coverage. He’s adept at making plays whether it be an interception, or a big hit, Clinton-Dix plays sideline to sideline. Clinton-Dix also has the ability to recognize whether the play is a run or a pass, and attack the line of scrimmage, or drop back into coverage accordingly. Clinton-Dix needs to work on his route recognition, and pursuit angles if he wants to be an elite safety in the NFL. In my opinion, Clinton-Dix will be one of the best safeties in the NFL in a few years, and he would be a great addition to the Rams defense. Here are some of Clinton-Dix’s best plays from college. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAUAN7nHy5U

kony ealyChicago Bears: Kony Ealy DE 6’5″ 275 lbs. Missouri

The Chicago Bears defense has slowly been on the decline for a while now, and they need an infusion of young talent, particularly on the defensive line. Kony Ealy is a versatile Defensive Lineman who can be effective on both the interior, and exterior of a defensive line. He is about he perfect size for a 4-3 Defensive lineman, and has good strength. Ealy consitently uses his hands to bat away the Offensive Lineman’s hands, and gain an advantage in the pass rush. He has some very effective pass rushing moves all ready in his repertoire, and should be able to get to the passer from day one in the NFL. Ealy needs to work on converting his speed to power to become a 3 down Defensive Lineman. Ealy also needs to improve his run defense, as he was overpowered at times by Offensive Linemen. I think Ealy could be just the player that the Bears need to start their defensive turnaround, and should be a solid player for years to come.  Here are Ealy’s collegiate highlights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YLMTlSroAM

louis nix IIIPittsburgh Steelers: Louis Nix III NT 6’3″ 357 lbs. Notre Dame

Notre Dame’s Louis Nix III is the very definition of a Nose Tackle. He is huge at 357 lbs., and possesses rare athletic ability for his size. Nix III is a force in the run game, as he plugs up the middle and usually stops the Running Back for little to no gain if they run in his direction. Nix III would be a perfect fit for Dick LeBeau’s unique zone-blitz 3-4 defense that is in desperate need of young, talented players. Unfortunately, it looks like Nix III will primarily be a 2 down type of player as he has poor pass rushing ability. Nix III had his way with college Offensive Linemen, but some scouts worry that Nix III’s power won’t be as effective at the NFL level. Nix III has the potential to be one of the best interior defensive linemen in the league, and should be a dominant force in stopping the run for a long time.

mike-evans-draft-officialBaltimore Ravens: Mike Evans WR 6’5″ 225 lbs. Texas A&M

The Ravens are in need of a number 2 receiver to compliment Torrey Smith, and I believe that Mike Evans can be that guy. Evans is great at going up and getting the ball, and almost always finds a way to come down with it. This ability makes Evans both a red zone threat, as well as a threat deep down the side lines, which is perfect for the Ravens vertical passing offense. Evans’ jumping ability has its downside as he often relied solely on his ability to go up and get the ball instead of getting free of his defender. Evans lacks elite speed and acceleration, which hurts his ability to gain separation from defenders. Evans also lacks route running experience; playing with Johnny Manziel, many of Evans’ catches came on broken down plays where Manziel would just throw it in Evans’ direction. Evans may not fit every offense, but I think he would be the perfect Receiver to pair with Joe Flacco who likes to throw the ball deep down the side lines and let his Receivers go and get it. Here are some of Evans’ best plays during his college career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr3I_CbwoXY

Nick Sherry, Ra'Shede HagemanDallas Cowboys: Ra’Shede Hageman DL 6’6″ 311 lbs. Minnesota

The Dallas Cowboy’s defense can only get better after last season right? Step one for the Cowboys should be to improve their defensive line, and Ra’Shede Hageman can help them do just that. Hageman is a freakish athlete who can play anywhere on the defensive line. He displayed good ability to both stop the run, and get to the Quarterback. Hageman is very fast for a man of his size, and uses his speed to get around the edge of the line. Hageman still looks like an athlete playing on the defensive line, and his game is very raw. With some refinement at the NFL level, I think Hageman has the potential to be a Jason Pierre-Paul type of player, and an absolute beast on the defensive line. Here is just a small sample of what Hageman is capable of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMHSDtZeNZU

marqise lee 1New York Jets: Marqise Lee WR 6’0″ 195 lbs. USC

The Jets are in desperate need of a Receiver, and the best available is Marqise Lee. Lee has the ability to catch the ball five yards from the line of scrimmage, and take it 60 yards for the touchdown, and did so during his time at USC. Lee is very good at catching the ball on short routes without breaking stride. Because Lee is so fast, and displays great acceleration off the line of scrimmage, he has the potential to be a deep ball threat in the NFL. Lee needs to work on attacking the ball more aggressively; sometimes he would let the defender position himself between him and the ball. Lee’s slim frame also makes him a bit of an injury concern heading into the NFL. The Jets need whatever kind of receiving talent they can get, and they would get a very talented Receiver by drafting Marqise Lee. Here are some of Lee’s best plays while at USC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIjzTV0r1po

cyrus kouanjio 1Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio OT 6’6″ 310 lbs. Alabama

The Dolphins are in need of help almost everywhere on their offensive line, and the best available Lineman is Cyrus Kouandjio from Alabama. Kouandjio is the perfect specimen of a Left Tackle; big enough to push people around, but not so big that he isn’t athletic enough to get to the second level. Kouandjio played in the best conference in all of college football, and shined at times. Other times however, Kouandjio looked lost on the field. Kouandjio particularly struggled against speed rushers, and just didn’t seem to have a quick enough first step to beat them off the line. Kouandjio probably shouldn’t be a day one starter, but may not have a choice coming into an Offensive Linemen-needy team like the Dolphins. Still, Kouandjio could develop into a solid starting tackle given a few years time.

taylor lewanArizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan OT 6’8″ 308 lbs. Michigan

A poor season for Michigan’s offensive line has hurt Lewan’s draft stock considerably, but I still think that the Cardinals are getting a steal picking him 20th overall. Even if they do manage to land a guy like Branden Albert in free agency, the Cardinal’s need new Tackles on both sides of the line. Lewan has tremendously long arms to go along with his 6’8″ tall body, giving him a huge advantage with the initial punch off the line, much like similarly sized, and fellow former Michigan OT Jake Long. Lewan needs to put on more muscle weight, and work on his lateral blocking, but he has the potential to be an all-pro Tackle in the NFL. Should the Cardinals sign a big name free agent Tackle, and draft Lewan, they would have a very solid Tackle combo heading into next season.

eric ebronGreen Bay Packers: Eric Ebron TE 6’4″ 245 lbs. North Carolina

The Green Bay Packers are in search of a Tight End to replace the disappointing Jermichael Finley, and they have found their guy in Eric Ebron. Ebron is an incredible athletic talent, and has the potential to be the next Vernon Davis. He has the ability to go up and get the ball making him a threat in the red zone. Ebron also has great speed for a Tight End, making him a vertical threat. Ebron needs to improve his route running to compete against the NFL Safeties and Conerbacks that will be covering him. Ebron also needs to improve his blocking technique both in the running and passing game if he wants to be considered as one of the best Tight Ends in the league. I think Ebron will develop into a superstar Tight End at the next level, which is a scary thought considering Aaron Rodgers would be his Quarterback if this scenario played out. Here are some of Ebron’s best plays at UNC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GgY1-xjk4E

jason verrettPhiladelphia Eagles: Jason Verrett CB 5’10” 176 lbs. TCU

The Eagles are in pretty good shape on the offensive side of the ball, so I assumed that they would be looking for a defensive player with their first round pick. TCU’s Jason Verrett would give them an instant improvement at the Cornerback position. Verrett has great closing speed on the ball; he tallied 9 interceptions and 34 passes defensed in his time at TCU. Verrett is very physical with Wide Receivers at the line of scrimmage, and excels in press coverage. The problem with Verrett is that he is a very small CB, and could have trouble matching up against bigger Receivers (such as Dez Bryant who he would have to face twice a year). Another issue with Verrett’s game is that while it is good to be aggressive, sometimes he is overly aggressive, and gives up the big play. Although there are some questions about Verrett’s size, a CB-needy team such as the Eagles would be stupid to pass him up if he’s available at pick number 22. Here are some examples of Verrett’s incredible playmaking ability. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLiAVGkVXo

odell beckham jrKansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr. WR 6’0″ 187 lbs. LSU

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for; with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select: Odell Beckham Jr. who is a talented Wide Receiver from LSU. Beckham Jr. really shines when he gets the ball in the open field, where he can both break tackles, and elude defenders. Beckham Jr. is also not afraid to go over the middle of the field and take a hit, which I really like to see in a smaller Receiver. Beckham Jr. also returned punts in his time at LSU, making him a multipurpose pick for the Chiefs. Where Beckham falls short is his speed. He will not have the speed to get over the top of some of the leagues faster Corners, limiting his role in the offense. Beckham had some trouble with drops during his time at LSU, which he will have to fix if he wants to hold down a job in the NFL. The Chiefs are lucky that the WR talent in this year’s Draft is so deep, and would do themselves a favor by drafting Odell Beckham Jr. Here’s a taste of what you would have to look forward to Chief’s Kingdom; Beckham’s college highlights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jZbGUMevcI

Penn State  NavyCincinnati Bengals: Allen Robinson WR 6’3″ 210 lbs. Penn State

This was a pick that I struggled with for a bit, but I think the Bengals could use an upgrade opposite of A.J. Green, and that’s exactly what Allen Robinson gives them. Robinson is a good route runner who knows how to create space for himself. Robinson has good size for the Wide Receiver position, and could add some weight to his frame if need be. He excels at beating press coverage, using his footwork and strength to do so. Where Robinson lacks is in speed and athleticism. Robinson had trouble evading defenders in tight spaces during his collegiate career. Allen’s sub par speed and athleticism may limit him to being a possession receiver in the NFL, which would be all the Bengals would need him for. Allen Robinson would give Andy Dalton another target to throw to, and would make the Bengals offense even more lethal. Here is Allen Robinson’s college highlights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrV19HYDCnk

David YankeySan Diego Chargers: David Yankey OG 6’5″ 311 lbs. Stanford

The Charger’s Offensive Line played better than expected last season, but they are still in need of some serious help up front, particularly on the interior of their line. David Yankey could solve the Charger’s problems at one of their Guard spots. Yankey is an excellent run blocker, and his pass blocking isn’t to shabby either. Yankey plays with great physicality, and a nastiness that you like to see in Offensive Linemen. Yankey also uses outstanding fundamentals, and has a great knowledge of the game. Yankey has a narrow frame for an OG, making him susceptible to spin moves. He is no where near the athlete that Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan are, which shouldn’t be overlooked. Yankey needs to improve his initial punch, particularly when pass blocking. The Chargers would instantly improve their offensive line by taking Yankey, and shouldn’t hesitate to do so if he’s still available come draft day.

zack martinCleveland Browns: Zack Martin OL 6’4″ 308 lbs. Notre Dame

The Browns got their Quarterback of the future with their first pick, so it only makes sense that they use their second pick to protect him. Zack Martin played all 52 games of his Notre Dame career at Left Tackle, but he lacks the ideal size to play LT in the NFL, and will likely be moved to Guard. Martin is a tenacious, mean blocker who excels at run blocking, and is a good pass blocker as well. He could often move defenders with pure strength during his collegiate career. Martin never missed a game during his time at Notre Dame, which is a huge positive for an Offensive Lineman. A positional switch could be rough initially for Martin, and he may need sometime to develop. Also, Martin has pretty much reached his ceiling, and doesn’t have a lot of room to grow, what you see is what you are going to get for the entirety of his career. However the Browns need interior line help, and Martin is a player who could give them just that.

stephon-tuitt-spring-42413New Orleans Saints: Stephon Tuitt DE 6’7″ 322 lbs. Notre Dame

The New Orleans Saints made the switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense last season, and are still in need of players who fit their new scheme, and Stephon Tuitt of Notre would fit perfectly in a 3-4 defense. Tuitt is a huge guy at 6’7″ 300+ pounds, which is exactly what you want in a 3-4 DE. Given his size, Tuitt is an exellent run stopper, but has developed some nice pass rushing moves, and tallied 7.5 sacks last season. Tuitt needs to refine his technique when engaging Linemen, as to often he would stand straight up off the snap instead of driving with low pads into the Offensive Lineman. Tuitt needs to work on being quicker out of the gate, as he was the last Defensive Lineman to engage his blocker fairly consistently during his college career. The Saints need more players who fit their new 3-4 defense, and shouldn’t hesistate to take a player of Tuitt’s caliber with the 27th pick. Here are some of Tuitt’s best plays during his collegiate career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZ2sZAqnyM

jordan matthewsCarolina Panthers: Jordan Matthews WR 6’3″ 206 lbs. Vanderbilt

With Steve Smith nearing the end of his career, and no other consistent receiving targets currently on the roster, Carolina is in desperate need of a Receiver. Luckily for them, this years draft class is loaded with NFL ready Wide Receivers, and the best one available at pick 28 is Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews. Matthews is known to be a hard worker, which is a great quality to have as a young player. Matthews put up good numbers despite having mediocre Quarterbacks throwing to him at Vandy. Matthews has good size for a WR, but doesn’t quite know how to use it yet. Matthews had trouble with drops, as he dropped 17% of the passes thrown his way in college. Matthews doesn’t have elite speed or agility, and has to rely on his route running to create space. The Panthers are very close to being an elite team, and if Jordan Matthews works hard, and improves his game, he can help the Panthers win a Super Bowl. Here are some of Matthews’ best plays during his time at Vanderbilt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfoPwGsNhco

jace amaroNew England Patriots: Jace Amaro TE 6’5″ 260 lbs. Texas Tech

You may be thinking to yourself, “Why would the Patriots need a Tight End when they already have Rob Gronkowski?” My answer to that question is because Gronkowski is hurt all the time, and the Patriots often run two Tight End sets, and need a reliable target to replace Aaron Hernandez. Amaro has the height and frame to develop into a dominant possession receiver in the NFL. Amaro can use his size to win the battle for jump balls down the field. Amaro is not afraid to take a hit, and often lowers his sholder when running in an attempt to pick up a few extra yards. Amaro struggled against zone coverage in his time at Texas Tech, and needs to improve his field awareness. Amaro does not have terrific speed at the Tight End position, which limits his potential. One of the biggest red flags for me was Amaro’s maturity, as he’s been ejected in a game for throwing a punch, and has already been arrested off the field. The Patriots need another reliable Tight End to add to their roster, and Amaro should be able to fill the void at Tight End for the Patriots. Here are some of Amaro’s best plays from his collegiate career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpa9ITVamVI

jarvis landry 4San Francisco 49ers: Jarvis Landry WR 6’1″ 195 lbs. LSU

The San Francisco 49ers need a slot Receiver to play alongside Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin (if they resign him), and I think that Jarvis Landry fits the bill. Landry has the makings of a great NFL slot Receiver. He is very adept at finding space when running underneath routes, which slot receivers run a lot of in today’s NFL. Landry is a tough Receiver who will fight for extra yards, and isn’t afraid to take the hit. Landry also exhibits great field awareness, and seems to know where he is at all times. Landry has decent speed, but he lacks the agility that his fellow LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. displays. His lack of agility makes Landry a mediocre route runner. Landry sometimes struggled to catch the ball when in heavy traffic, which he will have to improve if he’s going to play in the slot. The 49ers would have a solid Receiving corps if they resign Boldin, and draft a slot receiver, such as Jarvis Landry. Take a look at Jarvis Landry’s college highlights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYU5cM27-BI

bradley robyDenver Broncos: Bradley Roby CB 5’11” 192 lbs. Ohio State

Following an embarrassing Super Bowl loss, it became evident that the Broncos need secondary help. With Champ Bailey likely to be cut or retire, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie possibly leaving in free agency, the Broncos need to draft a Cornerback in the first round. The best one available at pick number 31 is Ohio State’s Bradley Roby. Roby is an elite athlete with great speed. He is also a big hitter, and will rock the ball carrier if given the opportunity. Roby is an excellent man-to-man CB, and only got burned 10% of the time he was in man-to-man coverage. Roby relies on his athleticism to much, and will need to refine technique to have consistent success at the next level. While he excelled at man-to-man coverage, Roby was burned 30% of the time that he was put in zone coverage. Roby needs to learn better pursuit angles to take when chasing after the ball carrier. Roby has a very high ceiling as well as a low floor, and the Broncos hope they can coach him to reach his full potential. Check out some of Roby’s best plays from his career at Ohio State. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUGaATkrpCQ

kelvin benjaminSeattle Seahawks: Kelvin Benjamin WR 6’5″ 234 lbs. Florida State

The Seahawks are looking for a player who can help them become back to back Super Bowl champions. Looking at the Seahawk’s roster, I see their weakest point at either WR, or OL, and I think they’d get the best value out of Florida State Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin has a rare combination of size, speed, and strength that could give defensive coordinators nightmares. Benjamin has long arms, strong hands, and tremendous leaping ability that allow him to make almost any catch. Benjamin is a very raw player who will have to be coached properly to reach his full potential, but if he is coached properly, he will be one of the best Receivers in the NFL, and make an already good Seahawks team even better. These are some of Benjamin’s best plays during his time at Florida State. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTkyr7Qv8mc

So what do you think Chiefs Kingdom, are you happy with the Chiefs pick, or do you think I got it wrong and shoul’ve picked someone else? Whatever you think, be sure to let me know in the comments, and I will take your responses into account for my next mock draft. If you have questions about a specific prospect, you can message me on twitter @KC_Smallz. Last, but certainly not least,

GO CHIEFS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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