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NFL Season Preview: AFC West

Posted by Jack Tumen

It’s time to wrap up the AFC by analyzing the division that was the best in the conference last year by producing three playoff teams; the AFC West.

We start from the bottom up. Listen, I want to be able to root for the Raiders but their brass just makes terrible decision after terrible decision, like signing Matt Schaub to be their starter after the worst season of his career or publicly considering a move to San Antonio. Listen up Mark Davis; if your father was still alive he’d fucking kill you if you tried moving his perennial Golden State franchise to Texas. By the way, you have the worst haircut in the history of haircuts.

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

About football, though. Last year’s Raiders look very different from this year’s Raiders. They added a number of big names through free agency on both sides of the ball. The only problem is that everyone they signed is past their prime; Justin Tuck, Maurice Jones-Drew, Carlos Rogers, Antonio Smith, Kevin Boothe, Donald Penn, James Jones, Tarell Brown, LaMarr Woodley and of course, Matt Schaub. Seven of those guys are 30 or older and the other three are 29, one of which will turn 30 during the season. That’s not to say these guys have nothing left in the tank – that’s a solid crew right there – but it doesn’t help this franchise improve in the long-term. It’s another quick-fix for a team that needs to be investing in its future, like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns- two franchises that recognize they’re in a downswing and are gradually and patiently acquiring young talent the way it should be done.

It also doesn’t help that the Raiders absolutely suck at drafting. This year, however, Khalil Mack was considered a no-brainer at no. 5. Then again, so was Aaron Curry for the Seahawks at no. 4 so time will tell. Without much of a choice, they used another high draft pick on a hopeful quarterback-of-the-future in Derek Carr; my favorite QB in this draft class. Again, time will tell. I’m also a fan of third-round guard, Gabe Jackson.

Looking at this roster, the talent level is fairly even across the board between youngsters and vets alike. There’s an obvious running back battle between MJD and DMC. In all honesty, Oakland should have held on to Rashad Jennings, who admirably filled in for McFadden by setting career-highs in rushing yards and receptions. Instead, they went after the guy Jennings used to back up in Jacksonville. At this point in time, though, Jennings seems to have surpassed MJD on the running back totem pole. They’re virtually the same age – both 29 and born three days apart from one another – but Jennings’ body is much more preserved from being a career backup and playing four-fewer years of professional football than Jones-Drew’s; that’s why he’s the clear-cut starter for the New York Giants.

On defense, Chimdi Chekwa has reportedly been standing out in the secondary. Chimdi Chekwa. He’s playing back there with a 37-year-old version of Charles Woodson and Tyvvon Branch, who missed all but two games in 2013 after breaking his leg. Nick Roach unquestionably had his best season ever as the starting middle linebacker and he’ll get some help from the Mack Truck.

Other Notables: Matt Schaub will be the 18th quarterback to start a game for the Raiders since 2003 (Derek Carr will soon be the 19th;) Tackle, Austin Howard was a solid free agent pickup; James Jones headlines a WR group with Rod Streater and Andre Holmes; Tight ends, Mychal Rivera and David Ausberry, are battling it out at training camp for the starting job; QB Matt McGloin could find a way to reunite with college coach, Bill O’Brien.


The Chargers offense experienced a revival in 2013 under new Head Coach, Mike McCoy. Philip Rivers completed a career-high 69.5% of his passes while Ryan Matthews rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards while starting all 16 games for the first time ever. Rookie wideout, Keenan Allen, burst on the scene to lead the Chargers in receiving yards and tie for first in touchdowns as the squad finished 9-7 and earned themselves a wild-card berth.

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Sean M. Haffey/UT San Diego

It was a close call, though. San Diego’s defense was awful, particularly in the secondary where they allowed 255.8 pass YPG, good for 28th in the league. With their priorities in order, the Chargers used their first round pick on TCU standout, Jason Verrett. They followed that up by scooping Brandon Flowers off the market when the Chiefs surprisingly cut him loose after a pro-bowl season. The two will join safeties Marcus Gilchrist and Eric Weddle on the back side.

Elsewhere on defense, San Diego’s front office chose to pull the plug on former first-round OLB, Larry English, while drafting Gerogia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu in the second round as his replacement. Dwight Freeny will try to rebound after missing much of last year with a torn quad muscle. Donald Butler was yet again solid for this linebacking corps, finishing second on the team with 84 tackles behind Eric Weddle.

The Chargers’ offense has a nice mix of players. Danny Woodhead has been a great compliment to Ryan Matthews, catching 76 balls last year behind only Antonio Gates. Speaking of Gates, he might be a bit underrated at this point in his career. However, keep an eye on the athletic freak behind him named Ladarius Green, who’s waiting to be unleashed in this high-flying passing attack. Malcolm Floyd will return from a scary neck injury to start once again for this offense opposite Keenan Allen while Eddie Royal mans the slot.

Other Notables: WR Vincent Brown has failed to produce when given opportunities; the offensive line is looking rather strong again; remember the name Manti Te’o?


The most impressive team turnaround in the NFL last year was the Kansas City Chiefs under new Head Coach, Andy Reid. With a new starting quarterback in Alex Smith, KC took the field with newfound confidence, winning its first nine games on the way to an 11-5 record.

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Jamaal Charles was one of the most impactful players in the NFL in 2013, single-handedly carrying the Chiefs’ offense by leading them in rushing and receiving while scoring 20 total touchdowns – just three fewer than Alex Smith threw for. It was quite a feat for a player that’s dealt with his fair share of injuries throughout his career.

The only problem was that it made Kansas City incredibly one-dimensional; and even though everyone knew they’d make the playoffs, everyone also knew that they wouldn’t get too far once they got there. Regardless of the moderate upgrade of Alex Smith at QB, they had no depth at wideout or tight end. This year, the problem is much of the same. They had the opportunity to select a number of big name wideouts early in the draft and passed on each chance they got, leaving their wideout corps consisting of 29-year-old Dwayne Bowe and 30-year-old Donnie Avery.

The Chiefs’ defense was 70% of the reason they were as good as they were in 2013, allowing under 20 PPG. They seemed to be returning fumbles and interceptions for touchdowns on nearly every other play (they were a fun fantasy defense to own last year.) With marquee players like Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Tamba Hali, Dontari Poe, Sean Smith and Justin Houston, KC had veteran experience everywhere. Even unheralded players like Husain Abdullah and Marcus Cooper – who lead the defense in passes defended – made big plays in the secondary on numerous occasions. However, two of their top defensive backs, Kendrick Lewis and team interceptions leader Quentin Demps, left via free agency. So KC went out and drafted CB Phillip Gaines out of Rice and signed safety, Steve Gregory, to fill those holes.

Other Notables: First-round rookie defensive end, Dee Ford, will keep this defense mean; WR Junior Hemingway has the opportunity to make a name for himself this year; Last year’s number one overall pick, Eric Fisher, will need to make a huge leap this season; Rookie QB, Aaron Murray, fits very well in this offense and has an Alex Smith-like style of play; Second-year TE, Travis Kelce, needs to stand out from a thin position group; Rookie RB, De’Anthony Thomas, adds much-needed speed in both the running and passing game.


The 2013 Broncos rode to the Super Bowl with the best offense of all time, led by the best quarterback of all time (yep, I said it.) They set all kinds of records while emulating a better version of any Madden offense you’ve ever played with. Yet, when super offense met super defense – well, we all know how that ended.

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Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

So Denver went into the offseason with the goal in mind of beefing up it’s own defense – and boy did they ever, signing big-time free agents Demarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and TJ Ward. They add much needed experience and veteran leadership to a defense that could’ve used more of it last year. Will it be enough to get them back to the big one and then some? We’ll just have to wait and see.

One thing’s for certain; this defense is certainly a deep unit now with players like Derek Wolfe, Terrance Knighton, Von Miller and Danny Trevathan. First-round rookie CB, Bradley Roby, will look to make an impact early and often for this secondary with Chris Harris returning from injury.

The cast will be much of the same for Denver’s offense – key players like Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas will continue to put up big numbers. However, some new faces will contribute in key roles. Montee Ball takes over as the starting running back following the release of Knowshon Moreno and Emmanuel Sanders will fill the third receiver role now that Eric Decker is on the Jets. Another name to watch will be rookie wideout, Cody Latimer, who’s reportedly had a great camp and will be the team’s fourth wide receiver.

Will this be Peyton Manning’s last season? That’s the biggest question surrounding the Broncos this year. One thing’s for certain, he doesn’t have many left – and with that, the Super Bowl window for this franchise continues to close ever-so-quickly. It’s as much a “win now” situation as any script-writer could conjure up.

Other Notables: RBs Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson are battling it out in camp for the number two spot; Rookie WR, Bennie Fowler was one of my underrated wideouts in the 2014 draft class; Will the baton eventually be handed to Brock Osweiler or will Denver look to draft another young quarterback next year?


Final Standings

  1. Denver: 13-3

  2. Kansas City: 8-8

  3. San Diego: 8-8

  4. Oakland: 5-11

It’s gonna be tough sledding for this division in 2014 as they play the AFC East and the dominant NFC West. It’s no secret this is the Broncos’ division; San Diego will essentially be the exact same team as last year, gutting out some tough wins but not talented enough all around to excel where they should. .500 should be attainable but it might not be enough to earn a wild card berth; With no major improvements to its roster, Kansas City will regress in 2014. Jamaal Charles needs help carrying this offense and without any new playmakers at wideout or tight end, it won’t be hard to key in on what the Chiefs want to do on offense in 2014. Their schedule was also epically easy last year; Oakland needed to get younger and ended up getting older – and while they gained a great deal of veteran leadership, winning the free agent game off the field doesn’t always translate to wins on the field. The future could be brighter with Derek Carr lying in wait – but for now the Raiders get sucked deeper into the black hole.

Next up: NFC East

Calm Before the Storm: Jacked Up Mock Draft

Posted by Jack Tumen

With the draft only days away, it’s time for my first round mock. The rules are: there are no trades. Let’s do it.

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With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select…

1. Jadeveon Clowney – DE, South Carolina

When a talent like Clowney comes around once in a blue moon, you embrace the opportunity to have that talent on your roster. There’s been chatter about Khalil Mack jumping Clowney to be taken first overall, but I don’t see it happening. Yes, they need a quarterback, but this is the year to wait on one; they can take a Jimmy Garoppolo at the top of the 2nd. The character concerns will always be present with Clowney, but Bill O’Brien knows what kind of beast he has in front of him.

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2. Greg Robinson – OT, Auburn

At 6’5″, 332lbs, this mountain of a man anchored the left side of Gus Malzahn’s run-heavy offense that buoyed Auburn’s dream season. Jake Long tore his ACL and MCL after a nice start and Rodger Saffold failed his physical in the attempted Oakland trade. The Rams have whiffed on tackles before with the 2nd overall pick (Jason Smith in ’09) but have a chance to turn the pick that could’ve been RG3 into their franchise left tackle for the next decade.

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3. Johnny Manziel – QB, Texas A&M

If there’s anything that Jacksonville needs, it’s a quarterback; if there’s any quarterback that Jacksonville needs, it’s Johnny Football. A franchise that’s been QB-less and struggling for years now (on and off the field) the Jaguars have the opportunity to draft the most polarizing player to ever play college football; and more importantly put booties in the seats.

images-14. Khalil Mack – LB, Buffalo

Mack has seen his stock rise in meteoric fashion over the last few months. Many argue that he’s in fact the most talented player in this draft; but with so much uncertainty this year it’s tough to say. What is certain, however, is that Browns’ head coach, Mike Pettine, is a defensive minded man. After spending a few seasons under the tutelage of Rex Ryan as the Jets’ defensive coordinator, Pettine has quickly ascended the coaching ladder and in my opinion is the best head coach Cleveland’s hired since Bill Belichick. He won’t pass up the opportunity to have a player like Mack in his hands; and with 3 out of the first 35 picks, they have plenty of time to take a QB.

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5. Sammy Watkins – WR, Clemson

Staying true to the Raider way, Oakland goes for a speedy wideout with the 5th overall selection. But we all know that Watkins is more than just speed; he’s a freakish playmaker who broke records on records at Clemson. I was tempted to pick a surprise tight end here, but I like Mychal Rivera’s potential to break out with TE-loving Matt Schaub at the helm. I don’t think they’ll draft a QB to hold a clipboard behind Schaub; the only thing he’d learn is how to throw pick-sixes. A game-changing stud out wide is what Oakland needs.

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6. Jake Matthews – OT, Texas A&M

Atlanta’s offensive line struggled mightily last season, ultimately leaving them as one of the league’s biggest disappointments. However, starting left tackle, Sam Baker, missed the majority of the season due to injury. After solidifying the interior by signing guard, Jon Asamoah, the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Having said that, taking Matthews here makes a lot of sense. He’ll step right in and start at left or right tackle, depending on what they choose to do with Baker’s fluctuating game. Either way, they need to find a way to give Matt Ryan more time to make throws, or else Matty Ice will continue to be ice cold.

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7. Mike Evans – WR, Texas A&M

Standing at 6’5″, 231lbs, Evans has received Vincent Jackson comparisons leading up to the draft. You know what would be great for the Buccaneers? Two Vincent Jacksons. Josh McCown proved he can ball with two gigantic receivers like he had in Chicago with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Although he’s just a stopgap at quarterback for now, Lovie Smith sounds like he can deal with McCown as the guy for at least this year. With virtually no other starting-caliber wideouts on the roster besides Jackson, Evans should be the guy for Tampa Bay.

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8. C.J. Mosley – LB, Alabama

I was close to taking Bortles here, but the Vikings just re-signed Matt Cassel and still have former first round QB, Christian Ponder hanging around. New Head Coach, Mike Zimmer, is a defensive mind and Chad Greenway is his only true starting-caliber linebacker on the roster. Mosley is one of the most seasoned and mature players in this entire draft class after a four year career at Alabama. He could have come out last year and been a top 10 pick if he wanted to, but he stayed, which speaks volumes nowadays. Some are saying that Aaron Donald is the pick here, but after using one of three first rounders on Sharrif Floyd last year and signing Linval Joseph this offseason, I don’t see it. Mosley might be the safest pick in the draft.

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9. Eric Ebron – TE, North Carolina

Buffalo simply needs more on offense. Scott Chandler is a capable tight end but not one to be proud of as a starter. Despite some motivational questions, Ebron is easily the most talented tight end in this draft and will infuse new life into a Bills passing game that just added Mike Williams via trade from Tampa. Robert Woods expects to improve on a modest rookie season while Marquise Goodwin can play burner. Stevie Johnson has been in decline due to injury and E.J. Manuel needs more weapons if he’s to take the next step in his development. In a time of uncertainty for the Bills organization post-Ralph Wilson, Ebron could be a step in the right direction.

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10. Justin Gilbert – CB, Oklahoma State

Detroit has needs at both the wide receiver and corner positions, but I think signing Golden Tate is just enough to nudge the scale in favor of a corner here, especially in such a receiver-rich draft. Gilbert is long and athletic; he has the talent to step in and be the guy. Darius Slay hopes to improve on his rookie year but the need is simply too dire here for the Lions not to address it; especially when they face Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery twice a year.

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11. Aaron Donald – DT, Pittsburgh

This was a tough pick to predict; Tennessee has a few needs, QB possibly being one but none more glaring than running back. However, RBs go later in the draft nowadays and new HC Ken Whisenhunt has stated the team won’t take a back in the 1st round. Obviously it could be a smokescreen but I think the pick here is to sure up the middle of that defensive line with the best D-Tackle in the draft. Aaron Donald lining up next to an up-and-coming Jurrell Casey would make for an underrated and nasty duo on the Titans front seven.

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12. Anthony Barr – LB, UCLA

The Giants are desperate for a tight end; but Eric Ebron is gone at this point and drafting Jace Amaro or Austin Seferian-Jenkins at 12 would be a huge reach. When I look at the Giants’ roster, however, I don’t see too many quality linebackers outside of Jon Beason and Jameel McClain. Anthony Barr is a fluid pass-rusher who can disrupt coming off the edge and was hyped as a possible number-one-overall way back when. Some analysts debate that Barr is superior to Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, but under these circumstances it’s the right fit based off need and value for the G-Men.

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13. HaSean Clinton-Dix – S, Alabama

Boy, does St. Louis have it good. In possession of two out of the first 13 picks, the Rams have a chance to get better on both sides of the ball. With four current safeties on the roster that no one’s ever heard of, “Ha Ha” is the droid that Jeff Fisher is looking for. After a really nice career under Nick Saban, Clinton-Dix improved his game every year and is probably the most solid safety in the draft.

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14. Calvin Pryor – S, Louisville

We’ve got back-to-back safeties coming off the board. Former Packer, M.D. Jennings, is the top safety on the Bears’ roster while Major Wright has never been able to improve his game. Pryor would bring a vicious swagger to Chicago’s secondary that already has Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings manning the outside. Although he tends to get caught out of position at times, Pryor can lay a lick on a ball carrier like no other player in this draft. It’s the move.

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15. Darqueze Dennard – CB, Michigan State

A physical man-to-man corner? Sounds just like what Dick LeBeau ordered. Pittsburgh is doing OK on the offensive side of the ball; Markus Wheaton figures to step in and start across from Antonio Brown at wideout and the offensive line played better than expected last year. Dennard is the most physical corner in the draft, and in my opinion, the best. Now 34, Ike Taylor needs a successor to hold down the fort across from Cortez Allen. Swiping Dennard here makes sense for Pittsburgh.

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16. Odell Beckham Jr. – WR, LSU

There’s tons of chatter about Dallas moving up for Johnny Manziel…after they just paid Tony Romo $100 mil. That move is so Jerry Jones, it hurts. But in all seriousness, Dallas needs a body to play across from Dez Bryant. Terrance Williams started coming into his own toward the end of last season, but with Cole Beasley acting as the current number 3 and only 5 wideout bodies on the roster, Odell Beckham should be Cowboy. In my favorite wideouts column, I tabbed Beckham as my number 1 favorite receiver in this draft; the kid’s a freakish athlete and brings good character to a franchise lacking just that.

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17. Jimmie Ward – S, Northern Illinois

Two first-round safeties two years in a row should sure up the back side of Baltimore’s secondary post-Ed Reed (Matt Elam last year.) Ward is a thumper and an all around balanced player. He’ll be a nice piece of the puzzle for a Ravens defense trying to find a new identity.

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18. Brandin Cooks – WR, Oregon State

The Jets need help at wideout and cornerback. Kyle Fuller is a likely choice given these circumstances but Cooks is a unique weapon. His blistering 4.33 40 yard dash cemented him as the fastest wideout in the draft. He’s been tabbed as a bigger, stronger and faster version of DeSean Jackson, but I’d lean more toward Steve Smith. He’d be a nice add to a Jets offense that already signed Eric Decker and Chris Johnson in free agency. Geno Smith needs more toys if he’s to succeed.

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19. Zack Martin – OL, Notre Dame

6’4″, 308lbs sounds like a good way to sure up the offensive line. Following the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin fiasco, Miami has some large holes to fill…literally. Scouts are saying that Martin can play tackle or guard, so the versatility up front will be a plus for Ryan Tannehill and his stagnant development.

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20. Blake Bortles – QB, UCF

This was another tough pick to predict. I have Bortles dropping a bit but still being the 2nd QB off the board. There’s been talk about Teddy Bridgewater sliding to the 2nd round after his horrific pro day and I think that Derek Carr will hang around for a few more picks. Had Miami not already taken Zack Martin one pick ahead, I would have used this pick on him; Arizona’s O-line graded out dead last in Pro Football Focus’ 2013 rankings and they could use help there. The once-hyped quarterbacks are now perceived as one of the weakest positions in this year’s incredibly deep draft. Bortles could develop into a nice passer if he holds the clippy for a year or two behind Carson Palmer. Bruce Arians should be able to utilize his Roethlisberger-like skill set to give birth to “Big Blake.”

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21. Ryan Shazier – LB, Ohio State

The Packers expect Nick Perry to take the next step going into his 3rd season out of USC. A.J. Hawk’s play has leveled off in recent seasons and Clay Matthews, although a beast when healthy, has trouble staying just so. Shazier clocked a ridiculous 4.36 40 yard dash; faster than nearly every other receiver at the combine. He’d be an instant force on a defense that just added Julius Peppers in the offseason.

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22. Bradley Roby – CB, Ohio State

With the top 4 wideouts gone at this point, the Eagles go and grab an immensely talented corner. Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin are 1 and 2 in that secondary and could use some major help from the likes of Roby. Character issues are a concern but I think this is the right move for Philly. Chip Kelly will give Jeremy Maclin a chance to prove himself in the offense while operating on a make-or-break one year deal. I think the breakout potential of Zach Ertz as a move TE is enough that Philly can hold off until the later rounds to grab another receiving option.

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23. Allen Robinson – WR, Penn State

Kansas City flat out needs more receiving options. Dwayne Bowe is pushing 30 and their next best guy is Donnie Avery. A-Rob would immediately be the tallest wideout on the roster at 6’3″ and would be a huge help for Alex Smith. A jump ball and screen game specialist, Robinson has the potential to wow at the next level and could force opposing defenses to respect the pass more to take some pressure off Jamaal Charles. After a tremendous pro day, Robinson hears his name called in the back half of the 1st round.

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24. Jason Verrett – CB, TCU

Dre Kirkpatrick has done zero since being drafted in the first round a few years back. Adam Jones and Terence Newman are two aging corners that can’t hold down the fort by themselves. Verrett is a feisty slot corner who will be in the right environment in Cincinnati. Although I think Fuller is the better all-around cornerback, Verrett makes more sense for the Bengals here.

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25. Kyle Fuller – CB, Virginia Tech

I really like this kid. Fuller is a seasoned four-year starter with good instincts and a strong all-around game. Richard Marshall is currently the best CB on San Diego’s roster; safe to say, the need is dire.

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26. Derek Carr – QB, Fresno State

The Browns get their man with the pick they acquired from Indy in the Trent Richardson trade. I think it’s safe to say who won that swap-a-rooskie at this point. Carr is my favorite QB in this draft. Natural throwing ability and excellent leadership skills are the basis of this kid’s chemical make-up. He’ll be sure to find a new best friend in Josh Gordon. Expect Carr to be under center week 1.

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27. Dee Ford – DE, Auburn

Cameron Jordan has blossomed into one of the league’s best young pass rushers. Throw the high-motored Ford across from him and you’ve got a D-line to be reckoned with.

 

28. Marqise Lee – WR, USC

Carolina needs receiving help more than any team in the NFL right now. Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant are their top 2 options at the moment, both are age 31 and both are number 3 options at best on a full roster. Lee should have a strong chip on his shoulder after being one of the most forgotten players in this draft. Look for Carolina to take one or two more wideouts down the road as well.

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29. Jace Amaro – TE, Texas Tech

The Patriots offense is an anomaly; Julian Edelman is their top receiver; Danny Amendola has been hurt; Rob Gronkowski can’t stay on the field; yet Brady still does his thing. Amaro would be the target the Pats offense has been missing since Aaron Hernandez left the team. This would be considered a reach, but by the time New England picks again he’ll be gone. At 6’5″, 265lbs, Amaro would occupy the field nicely in between the hashes and make for a dangerous connection with Tom Brady.

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30. Louis Nix – DT, Notre Dame

This is where the draft starts getting weird and unpredictable; and in an already unpredictable draft, I’ve got the 9ers taking one of the best talents on the board. On a team that has no glaring needs, any choice here is for depth. Maybe a wideout wouldn’t hurt, but there’s plenty of those this year. Nix is a guy that can be a starter from day one. Once thought of as a top 10 pick, Nix can shuffle in and out the rotation along with guys like Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Glenn Dorsey. A great roster gets even better.

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31. RaShede Hageman – DT, Minnesota

Hageman is one of those freak athletes who has questions about his motor. Denver took Sylvester Williams in the first round last year but he didn’t produce quite like they would have hoped. Not to say they’ll throw in the towel one year in, but it’s always nice to have that top-tier defensive line talent on your roster; and Hageman provides just that.

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32. Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG, UCLA

Hustlin’ Russell hit the deck more than any other QB in the league last year. Solidifying that horrendous offensive line should be GM John Schneider’s priority. Su’a-Filo is one of the best interior linemen available in this class and if Seattle wants to keep grinding away championships, they’re going to need his services to do so.

Notables Left Out: Teddy Bridgewater, Taylor Lewan, Timmy Jernigan…

So there you have it; my first round mock of Thursday’s draft. Chances it actually plays out this way? Zero. Honestly, the draft is so unpredictable this year that if I get even five of these picks right I’ll be ecstatic. All we can do now is sit back and watch. See you in prime time.