On Friday, March 28th, Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, hosts of the “Movin’ the Chains” show on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio channel, held their second mock draft of the season.
As an aside, if you don’t listen to this channel in general and this show in particular, you’re missing out. I rarely turn it off.
Jim made the odd-numbered picks and Pat made the even-numbered picks. I have participated in mock drafts like this, and doing them with someone else definitely adds a unique perspective. We also will once again run a group mock draft in our Forum, as we did last year.
Picks 1 through 10
- Jim started things off by sending Blake Bortles to the Texans.
- Pat traded the Rams’ pick down to the #6 spot with Atlanta, and chose Jadeveon Clowney for the Facons, ultimately turning Osi Umenyiora into a role-player instead of a starter.
- Jim considered trading with Dallas, but the Jaguars did not want to go down that far. The Jaguars took the most polarizing player in this draft, Johnny Manziel.
- Pat took the electrifying Sammy Watkins, in my opinion the best prospect in this draft, to be a gamebreaker opposite Josh Gordon, saying a QB will come later.
- Jim chose Teddy Bridgewater for the Raiders, believing that QB is still a need for them even after the trade for Matt Schaub. Note that Miller, a long-time NFL QB, took a QB with each of his first three picks. He believes in this year’s crop a lot more than I do!
- Pat once again traded down for St. Louis, picking up additional picks in R2 and R3 from Dallas. His rationale was to get the Cowboys ahead of the Giants to take Aaron Donald. He believes that this DL class may not be as strong as previously thought, and wanted to grab the one elite DT.
- Jim sees needs for the Buccaneers at OG and maybe still CB, but OT Greg Robinson is just too good to pass on here.
- Pat had the Giants trade up here into Minnesota’s spot for an R2 pick to draft a top player at a position of major need, OT Jake Matthews. They are thrilled that it fell this way and should have a twelve-year starter in Matthews.
- Jim took his best available player for the Bills, LB Kahlil Mack, who brings the added benefit of having played his college ball locally. Buffalo has multiple needs, and this is a great start.
- Pat wrapped up the first segment of this mock draft by selecting OT Taylor Lewan for the Lions. This will allow them to slide Reilly Reiff over to the right side and better protect Stafford.
Teams will not pass on a QB if they are sold on him and have a need. So, from that standpoint, this is certainly one way this draft could go. In fact, where some of these QBs will go is one of the most interesting themes of the 2014 NFL Draft. Also interesting is that all three of the big OTs went in the top ten, but no corners or safeties did.
Picks 11 through 20
- Jim chose a defensive playmaker for the Titans, CB Darquez Denard.
- With the Vikings on the clock in the Giants slot, Pat arranged another trade, this time with the Jets at number 18. Seeking a gamebreaking offensive weapon, he chose TE Eric Ebron, a matchup nightmare for defenses. Pat feels the Jets can’t live with Cumberland as the starter any longer. Jim was shocked that they passed on CB Justin Gilbert
- Jim finally made a selection for the Rams wth their original pick after trading down from the Redskins pick twice. To protect Sam Bradford, the Rams drafted OL Zack Martin, whose versatility would be invaluable if Jake Long breaks down.
- Pat took CB Justin Gilbert for the Bears. He can play nickel for a year and then slide to starting CB when Tillman leaves.
- Surprised to find him still on the board, Jim took Texas A&M WR Mike Evans for the Steelers to beef up the supporting cast for Big Ben.
- Pat chose S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for the Rams with the pick that they traded down twice. They still have a need at WR, but they have accumulated extra picks, and the WR class is deep this year.
- Jim traded the Dolphins R1 choice and a R3 to Baltimore to move up two slots and draft pass-rusher Anthony Barr in a reaction to Dion Jordan not producing as a rookie. Other than the QBs, this was my first head-scratcher. Even without Jordan, the Dolphins have a nice pass rush, with Cameron Wake and 2013 breakout player Olivier Vernon outside and Randy Starks and Jared Odrick providing push inside. Plus, Jordan’s slow start could be due to injuries, and all indications out of Miami are that Jordan is enjoying a healthy off-season.
- Pat selected QB Derek Carr for the Vikings, who lack confidence in any of the guys currently on their roster.
- With the pick they got from Miami, Jim’s pick for the Ravens was S Calvin Pryor, who will team up with Matt Elam in their rebuilding secondary.
- With Darnell Dockett aging and carrying a huge contract, Pat chose DT RaShede Hageman for the Cardinals as Dockett’s eventual replacement.
All four of the top DBs went in this segment of the mock, which comes as no surprise. Another QB went, bringing the total to four so far. The Hageman selection at 20 starts a mini-run on the second tier of DTs.
Picks 21 through 32
- Jim traded Green Bay’s pick down four slots to SD, who want to come up to get the next DT, Louis Nix. This fills the void created by Cam Thomas’ departure.
- With the top corners and safeties gone, Pat chose WR Brandin Cooks for the Eagles at 22. Pat’s write-up on CBSSports.com describes his skills as “Desean Jackson-like.”
- Jim chose another Notre Dame DT, Stephon Tuitt, for KC, replacing the departed Tyson Jackson.
- Pat drafted LB C.J. Moseley for the Bengals. With Mike Zimmer now in Minnesota, Moseley can be a leader for the new defense.
- Jim took S Deon Buchanon for the Packers. He can tackle and brings versatility to Green Bay’s defense.
- With no top QB, RB, or S on the board for Cleveland here, Pat took DE Dee Ford and the best player available with the pick the Browns got from Indy for Trent Richardson.
- Jim next took DE Kony Ealy, who has the best pass rush skills left on the board, for the Saints.
- With the loss of 11-year starter Jordan Gross, Pat had Carolina beefing up their OL with Alabama OT Cyrus Kouanjio.
- Jim took a weapon for Tom Brady as he drafted WR Odell Beckham, Jr. for the Patriots.
- Pat cited the age of the defensive line as one of the 49ers’ few issues, and took high-motor Scott Krichton for them (actually, the word he used was “maniac.”)
- Jim cited Denver’s need to cover better when he picked CB Jason Verrett.
- Pat wrapped up this mock draft by putting USC WR Marquise Lee on the Seahawks’ roster.