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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Part 2 

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We continue with Part Two of our NFL Mock Draft. This issue, we take a look at picks 11-20.

If you missed out on Part One, you can go online and see where we thought Johnny Manziel would land, and much more.

Two quarterbacks have already been taken by us — Manziel and Central Florida signal caller Blake Bortles. Does this mean they’re the only two taken? Or does a certain quarterback from Louisville go in this part of the first round?

We will unveil picks 21-32 on May 8, the day of the first round of the NFL Draft. Any of our picks you disagree with? Feel free to let us know on Twitter.

 

DANNY WEBSTER, SPORTS EDITOR

11) Tennessee Titans:
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Ken Wisenhunt is the new head coach and has a tough task in fixing that offense. But Tennessee only had one player — Jurrell Casey — record double-digit sacks last season. Barr has slid on mock drafts, but he can still be a dominant.

12) New York Giants:
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Ebron is the best tight end in this class. It can’t hurt for Eli Manning to have another weapon. If Aaron Donald is off the board like I expect, Ebron to New York could make amends for a terrible offensive year for the Giants.

13) St. Louis Rams:
Bradley Roby, DB, Ohio State

The Rams’ corner depth is as follows: Janoris Jenkins, insert name here. Roby is arguably the best corner in this draft and would start opposite of Jenkins right away. Would be a nice player in Jeff Fisher’s defense.

14) Chicago Bears:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Words you’d have never thought to say after last season: Chicago’s defense was atrocious. Defensive tackle is a need, but the Bears could use some help at safety. Clinton-Dix is a Chicago kind of player with his toughness and hard hitting.

15) Pittsburgh Steelers:
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State

Another corner that can make the case that he’s the best in this draft. Dennard is a physical guy who likes to play man-to-man coverage. That’s someone Pittsburgh needs after the Steelers combined for 10 interceptions last season.

16) Dallas Cowboys:
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

What is there to say about the Cowboys’ defense? It makes me want to throw up. Barry Church could use some help at the other safety spot, and Pryor is the second best safety behind Clinton-Dix. Dallas with a steal at 16.

17) Baltimore Ravens:
Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame

Joe Flacco was sacked 48 times last season. With Ray Rice heading to the clink, he needs more protection. Martin is a guy Baltimore can plug in at either guard spot.

18) New York Jets:
Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

The quarterback will either be Michael Vick or Geno Smith. They need someone to throw the ball to. Beckham is the No. 3 receiver in this class, and he may be as talented as Watkins and Evans.

19) Miami Dolphins:
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

The Dolphins were a game away from the playoffs. They’re lucky Ryan Tannehill made it that far after being sacked 58 times. Kouandjio struggled in the Sugar Bowl, but he still has a lot of upside.

20) Arizona Cardinals:
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Cardinals won’t make the same mistake twice. This will not be a Kevin Kolb situation. Teddy Bridgewater may be the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft, and it’s not even close. He will challenge Carson Palmer for the starting spot.

 

JESSE GRANGER, SENIOR STAFF WRITER

11) Tennessee Titans:
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Titans aren’t desperate for a quarterback, but if the best one in the draft falls into their lap they won’t be able to resist. Bridgewater’s elite accuracy, great feel for the pocket and experience taking snaps under center make him the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft.

12) New York Giants:
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Eli Manning had his worst season as a pro last year, throwing 27 interceptions. Lewan has the skills to step in at left tackle from day one and protect Manning’s blind-side, and would go higher if not for character concerns.

13) St. Louis Rams:
Justin Gilbert, DB, Oklahoma State

Gilbert is one of the most athletic corners in the draft and has great hands. He would be a welcome addition to Jeff Fisher’s already frightening defense.

14) Chicago Bears:
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Donald is a perfect fit for Chicago’s brand new Tampa 2 scheme. He has great strength and agility for an interior lineman, and will collapse the pocket allowing Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston.

15) Pittsburgh Steelers:
Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Pittsburgh lost its No. 1 receiver, Mike Wallace, to the Dolphins last season. Now the Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders this offseason. Beckham gives Ben Roethlisberger the deep threat he desperately needs.

16) Dallas Cowboys:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

If Clinton-Dix falls to 16, the Cowboys will take him before Roger Goodell leaves the podium. He not only covers sideline-to-sideline, but is outstanding in run support. His physical presence would be welcomed in Dallas.

17) Baltimore Ravens:
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

The hard-hitting playmaker is a perfect fit for the Baltimore defense. Paired with last year’s first round pick Matt Elam, the Ravens could shore up the back end of their secondary for years to come.

18) New York Jets:
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State

Although the Jets just took a corner with the No. 9 pick last year, I could see them doubling down if Dennard falls at 18. Rex Ryan loves to blitz, leaving his corners on an island, and Dennard is the best pure cover-corner in the draft.

19) Miami Dolphins:
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

The only way to beat the Patriots is to pressure Tom Brady. While Barr isn’t a physical rusher, he has top-end speed and, along with Cameron Wake, would give the Dolphins a dangerous pass rush.

20) Arizona Cardinals:
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Mosley is the best inside linebacker in the draft, and would be a steal at 20 for the Cardinals. Linebacker isn’t their most pressing need, but Mosley would be the best player on the board and would replace Karlos Dansby.

 

RANDY FAEHNRICH, SENIOR STAFF WRITER

11) Tennessee Titans:
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Donald brings rare size and skill as well as agility to the defensive tackle position. Although the Titans need help on offense, defense helps build foundation. Donald will bring help to a depleted D-Line.

12) New York Giants:
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Lewan has fallen on many draft boards for disciplinary issues, but the guard is a worthy first-round talent. He’s anchored an offensive line at Michigan that’s given up very little, and Lewan will provide help to Eli Manning.

13) St. Louis Rams:
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State

Dennard is the best corner in this draft. I had the Rams going defense with the No. 2 pick, and I think they will again. Dennard will fill the void left by Cortland Finnegan.

14) Chicago Bears:
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Mosley anchored a defense at Alabama that has become legendary. With the Bears’ absolutely atrocious defense last year, Mosley, as well as the addition of Jared Allen, will restore that defense.

15) Pittsburgh Steelers:
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

The Steelers need a wide receiver. But traditionally they’ve had a great defense, and that wasn’t the case last season. I think they go defense here and fill the loss of Ryan Clark.

16) Dallas Cowboys:
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Dallas was awful last season. If it wasn’t for the constantly criticized Tony Romo, the Cowboys might have barely won a game. With the loss of DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys need to look at rebuilding a non-existent defense. Barr will help.

17) Baltimore Ravens:
Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame

The Ravens were unsuccessful in defending their Super Bowl crown, and didn’t even make the playoffs. If Joe Flacco wants to live up to his $100 million contract, he has to stay upright. Martin will come in and contribute immediately.

18) New York Jets:
Bradley Roby, DB, Ohio State

The Jets overachieved last year. As weird as that sounds, this was a team that won seven games on the strength of their defense. They’ll need all the help they can get defensively, and Roby provides that.

19) Miami Dolphins:
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Moses is skyrocketing up draft boards, but he’s not a top-15 pick. He’s a guy that can provide an immediate impact, and Ryan Tannehill needs protection.

20) Arizona Cardinals:
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

For some reason, Bridgewater is falling down draft boards fast. Based on his play on the field — not his pro day — Bridgewater is a first-round talent. Carson Palmer is old, and Bridgewater would fit perfectly on a team that is ready to contend now.

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