2014 GZL Top 16 Mock Draft - Part 2
1.1 San Fransisco 49ers - QB Geno Smith
– This is a no-brainer for the 49ers. Yes, they drafted Weeden at 1.7 last year, but that was a reach and Geno is twice the prospect he was. 49ers will take Geno Smith and keep Weeden as a backup until they can trade him for a fair price.
1.2 Baltimore Ravens - CB DeMarcus Milliner
– Milliner is either the first or second best player in this class, and when the first or second best player in the class is a CB, you take him unless you desperately need a QB. Milliner will start next year and instantly improve the Ravens secondary.
1.3 St. Louis Rams - CB Xavier Rhodes
– Rhodes is the second best CB in the draft, and arguably has more potential than Milliner.
1.4 Kansas City Chiefs - WR Justin Hunter
– While Hunter needs some work to be elite physically, the potential is there and the Chiefs need to give Andrew Luck some actual targets to work with. I don’t think there’s any way Hunter gets past the Chiefs here if he’s on the board.
1.5 New England Patriots - DE Bjoern Weaver
– While GM Matt Spencer has already said he’s looking for a more impact player here, I don’t see a better fit talent/need wise for the Patriots. OT Leo Richards would be a solid option, but the Pats have enough picks later on in the first round to pick up a quality RT that they can afford to use this pick on another position.
1.6 Jacksonville Jaguars - HB Bull Griggs
– While it was tempting the mock Jarvis Jones here, the Jags already have the best MLB and a very good OLB, so HB seems like the bigger need. This pick will ultimately come down to preference, as both Bull Griggs and La’vonte Bell are equally talented but have different styles.
1.7 Tennessee Titans - LB Jarvis Jones
– The Titans seem to have an affinity for linebackers, and while I could also see them taking a CB, Jarvis Jones is a much more talented LB than the best CB on the board. The Titans will likely move Jones to MLB where he will be a force for quite some time.
1.8 Cincinnati Bengals - QB Ryan Tannenhill
– Carson Palmer is aging and hasn’t been that great of a quarterback in Cincinnati to begin with. Tannenhill will either start from day one or take over the reins from Palmer after a year of grooming.
1.9 St. Louis Rams - OT Leo Richards
– While the Rams already have a solid RT, Leo can step in and play LT, a need for the Rams, before eventually moving over to RT.
1.10 Carolina Panthers - FS Eric Reid
– This is a really tough pick to mock as the Panthers don’t have many glaring needs at all. While they just traded for FS Chip Vaughn this off-season, I’m guessing they got him on the cheap and Reid is already the better player. Once Reid, Chekwa, and House are developed, the Panthers are going to have a scary secondary.
1.11 Buffalo Bills - CB Jamell Fleming
– The Bills made a lot of draft picks last off-season, but most were to improve their offense. With a pretty big hole at cornerback, this is a pretty easy pick for them to make. Fleming is only 5’11”, but he has just about everything else besides hands. He will greatly improve the Bills secondary and defense.
1.12 Houston Texans - CB Nigel Malone
– The Texans are not happy at all Fleming just went off the board, but they settle for the next best CB in Malone. The Texans have shown they can win with short CBs such as Deangelo Hall, and have no problem taking another one here.
1.13 New Orleans Saints - WR Terrance Williams
– Williams isn’t my favorite player, as he does everything pretty good but nothing great, but, like Justin Hunter, he has the potential to be both tall and fast. The Saints will need to pump some TC points into him to make this pick worth it, but it satisfies their biggest need.
1.14 Houston Texans - QB Colin Klein
– The Texans showed they aren’t afraid to go with a weak arm when they traded for Orton, and a weak arm is just about the only knock on Klein. While the Texans already have two good quarterbacks on their team, they are trying to move Schaub and Orton is just as old. The Texans will need to spend some TC points to get his THP up, but look for Klein to be the future in Houston.
1.15 Kansas City Chiefs - OT Eric Fisher
– With this pick, the Chiefs take another step towards turning the career of Andrew Luck around. They have a pair of aging OTs that won’t be around for long, and Fisher will be better than both of them before too long.
1.16 New England Patriots - DT Star Lotulelei
– With only one team picking between the Patriots and their next pick, the Pats can afford to pass on an OT once again and still be virtually guaranteed one just as good at 1.19. New England takes Lotulelei off the board a lot later than most thought he would go to help replenish a hurting defensive line.