2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 11-20 by Kevin
11. Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
Barr is a fine athlete and has the versatility to play with his hand in the dirt or drop back into coverage. He could be a terror on the outside in Tennessee’s new 3-4 scheme.
12. New York Giants – C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
If the G-Men don’t keep free agent Jon Beason, they’ll badly need linebacker help. Mosley can man the middle and could even slide over if Beason did stick around. I can’t see him falling much further than this spot.
13. St. Louis Rams – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
There he is. St. Louis is trying to pretend that they don’t need/want another wide receiver, but they don’t have a guy who can do what Evans does. If he’s here, they take him.
14. Chicago Bears – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Bears were awful against the run without the injured Henry Melton in 2013. If he doesn’t return, and even if he does, they need to make sure that debacle doesn’t happen again. This is the friggin’ Bears, for goodness sake. They can’t not play defense.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
There’s a lot of talk about the Steelers getting Big Ben another shiny toy in the passing game. Maybe they will, or maybe they do it in free agency. Either way, they need help in the secondary. Wide receiver will have to wait.
16. Dallas Cowboys – Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Dallas should also seriously consider safety here, but it’s Jerry Jones so they might just draft a box of matches. If they’re smart, they’ll grab the impossible to move Nix so they don’t get ravaged in the run game on a weekly basis.
17. Baltimore Ravens – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Baltimore learned last year what it was like to have just one reliable wide receiver. Benjamin is raw, but he’s also super talented with loads of upside. Look for the birds to take the plunge.
18. New York Jets – Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Whether or not Geno Smith is the guy, the Jets have to know their current crop of receiving weapons is atrocious. They could upgrade over Kellen Winslow at tight end with a pair of dirty shoes, so look for them to add youth to the wide receiver position. Beckham is a mild reach, but he makes plays and would compete to start right away.
19. Miami Dolphins – Zack Martin, T/G, Notre Dame
Miami needs guards and tackles. And coaches. And decency. But we can start on the o-line, sure. Martin is a great get here, as he can play both positions. Once Miami decides which one, let’s erupt in collective applause.
20. Arizona Cardinals – Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
The Packers would probably love Hageman to slide to them. He’s more athletic than their previous d-line sacks and he has more upside. Arizona knows this, though, so they get him first and stick out their tongues.