2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 21-32 by DJ Boyer
21. Green Bay C.J. Mosley Linebacker Alabama
This could be Calvin Pryor if he is available or maybe even Jimmie Ward at safety but that would likely mean the Packers are trading down. Mosley is moving down on most boards but he will stiff be selected during the 1st round. Mosley gives the Packers an all-around threat that can play in the middle and even provide coverage against opposing tight ends.
22. Philadelphia Brandin Cooks Wide Receiver Oregon State
Wide receiver is not the biggest need on the team but with the departure of DeSean Jackson finding a speedy target is attractive, especially when fellow starter Jeremy Maclin is only signed to a 1-year deal. Cooks is also a Pac-12 product and Chip Kelly has shown a propensity to go to the well in the old conference during the early stages of his coaching career.
23. Kansas City Zack Martin Offensive Guard Notre Dame
Andy Reid likes building his team up front and he knows running the football with Jamaal Charles gives him the best chance at winning right now. Martin can also play tackle but he has shorter arms and experience in side so he would be a natural guard fit in Kansas City.
24. Cincinnati Ryan Shazier Linebacker Ohio State
At this point the Bengals are all about getting the best player available that will make a big impact. Marvin Lewis has had this team in the playoffs on a consistent basis but he is starting to feel the pressure and needs to win. Shazier is the defensive player that can come in and make the biggest impact right now.
25. San DiegoLouis Nix Defensive Tackle Notre Dame
The Chargers lack that stout player in the middle of the defense clogging everything up and creating gaps and lanes for the linebackers to make plays with little or no challenging effort. In this scenario the Chargers land the premier 3-4 defensive tackle in the draft class.
26.Cleveland (Indy) Bradley Roby Cornerback Ohio State
With an extra first round selection there are a number of possibilities for the Browns. Here we have the Browns trying to find someone they can pair with Joe Haden long term. So many teams avoid Haden and his side of the field that finding a lockdown for the other side is very important and crucial for success.
27. New Orleans Dee Ford Linebacker Auburn
This may not be the player the Saints draft but there is no secret they are looking at defensive ends and linebackers that can pressure the quarterback. Virtually every player they seem to bring into the team complex for a visit plays these positions so either the Saints are looking to bring the heat on defense or they are throwing up a giant smokescreen.
28. Carolina Morgan Moses Offensive Tackle Virginia
Wide receiver seems to be the biggest need but the Panthers would be better served drafting an offensive tackle and taking a couple of receivers in the later rounds as the dropoff is not as drastic at wide receiver as it is with offensive tackle.
29. New England RaShede Hageman Defensive Tackle Minnesota
The Patriots like versatile lineman and this is the calling card of RaShede Hageman. He wasn’t used as much as some of the other top prospects and he has the ability to play as an outside rusher or hold down the line on the interior where the Patriots will be certainly looking to replace Vince Wilfork by next season.
30. San Francisco Marqise Lee Wide Receiver USC
An elite talent catching the football that skips a bit due to nagging injuries his junior season. Many forget that at the beginning of the season it was not Lee, not Sammy Watkins, that was regarded as the top wide receiver prospect available.
31. Denver Xavier Su’a-Filo Offensive Guard UCLA
Denver will be looking along the line with their first pick the question is will it be the offensive or defensive line. We feel the need exists more on defense, especially with the injury suffered late last year to Von Miller but again with top talent available at guard the Broncos go along offense first and build on defense later.
32. Seattle Cyrus Kouandijo Offensive Tackle Alabama
Truly a value pick as someone will get Kouandijo a lot lower than originally anticipated. The reports of knee issues vary from team to team as Kouandijo was seen as a top 10 overall selection for 2/3 of the season. A big body with guard experience to go along with his work at tackle.