Ray’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 21-32
21. Green Bay Packers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
The Packers lost Jermichael Finley to a scary back injury during last season. His loss was missed and Rodgers needs another big target TE. Seferian-Jenkins has lost some steam but his size and talent should make him a 1st round selection.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Eagles let go of Desean Jackson. They bring back Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Maclin is coming off ACL injury and may not be back to old form. Cooks is a speedster and can stretch the field like a Desean Jackson.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Chiefs had a disastrous collapse at the end of the season with them being knocked off in the 1st round of the playoffs. Besides Dwayne Bowe the Chiefs have no other receivers for Alex Smith. Lee is a former Biletnikoff winner and can be a good #2 receiver to Bowe.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
In the off-season the Bengals lost DE Michael Johnson to the Buccaneers. Dee Ford since the Senior Bowl has been rising up draft boards and could make it up to the first round. The selection comes down to the preference between Ford and Kony Ealy.
25. San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The Chargers made a late season run to make the playoffs. The secondary has been lacking and the Chargers need a young corner to slow down division rivals Broncos and Chiefs. Roby was a great player at Ohio State but has had off the field issues. San Diego may take a chance on him and hope he stays out of trouble.
26. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
At #4 the Browns selected Mike Evans and now need a QB. Bridgewater at the end of the season was the consensus #1 selection and still today by most analysts still their #1 QB. Bridgewater since his pro day has fallen and could finally see his slide stop. Cleveland has the weapons for Bridgewater to be successful.
27. New Orleans Saints: CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Saints year in and year out have a dominant offense. They seem to draft defense every year and still can’t be a big playoff contender. They haven’t had a great MLB since Johnathan Vilma. Mosley is a great player and can fit in the Saints 3-4 defense.
28. Carolina Panthers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
The Panthers lost Brandon Lafell and Steve Smith. They miss out on tons of WR’s but this class is very deep. Adams has been in 1st round discussions lately and I think the Panthers will target another WR around the 3rd round to help out Cam Newton.
29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
This off-season it seemed like Vince Wilfork was getting the “Patriot Way” treatment like Patriot veterans like Lawyer Malloy, Ty Law and Richard Seymour got when they got older. Wilfork restructured by Hageman seems like a future replacement. He can play in a 3-4 NT scheme or 4-3 DT scheme. The Patriots could use depth in the secondary at CB or S but Hageman seems like he will be the pick.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
After the off the field issues with Aldon Smith I doubt he will not see a sizeable suspension and fine from the NFL. Smith who has 3 criminal charges against him seems to keep running into trouble. Shazier can be a starting OLB and can rush the passer and drop in coverage.
31. Denver Broncos: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Even with the signings of Aqib Talib and TJ Ward the Broncos secondary isn’t as good as it is advertised. They lost veteran Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Verrett could be a solid #2 CB across of Talib and have Cliff Harris play the nickel.
32. Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
The Super Bowl champions resigned most of the talent from last year’s team. They can draft best available and Su’a-Filo is the best Guard in this year’s draft. The Seahawks may draft an OT like Joel Bitonio or Morgan Moses but the Guard position is a bigger need and Su’a-Filo is a better prospect.