Santos 2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 11-20
11. Tennessee Titans: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
New Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt has walked into a pretty good situation with the Titans, other than RB and QB their offense is almost set, and since there is no answer at #11 overall they would turn their eyes to the defense which needs just a couple pieces in their secondary to really solidify it. An all around safety that can play both the run AND pass in needed and Dix can do it all.
12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Giants will be stuck in a pickle here, they have needed help desperately in their LB corp. but with the addition of Beason last season it makes the move to pass on Mosley a little easier and smarter so that they can keep Eli Manning on his feet throughout the season with time to give it to his playmaking WRs.
13. St. Louis Rams: CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama
St. Louis’ defense has really shaped up as of lately filled with many young and smart defensive players, like the other teams in the West a solid D is a must when competing against Kap and Russell. Mosley would be a plug-in player with Laurinitis and Ogletree and would round out a LB corp. that should be feared.
14. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
The Bears could easily lose Melton and Peppers is getting old, they really need help along the front four and the Notre Dame linemen is an option here. Now Tuitt is a natural 5-tech in a 3-4 Defense but I really think he has the size to play inside on run downs and the talent to play end on passing downs. This pick could be a boom or bust but good DTs can play technique on the D-line.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
There is no doubt the Steelers go offensive line in this draft, there is so many good OTs entering in this year’s draft and it is a priority for the Steelers to fill. Kouandjio could either groom on the right side or immediately play the left side. Either way it’s an upgrade for both positions in the Steel city.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The Big D was far from it in 2013, here they could easily take any top available defensive player, if it’s a defensive tackle its good, if it’s a linebacker its good, but Ealy plays a big need at DE because Spencer will probably walk, and Ware is aging before our eyes.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Ravens have already endorsed their need for a playmaking WR and with all the good OTs off the board this pick is easy. They easily get a top ten talent that slid to the mid first round because of the depth and need at other positions. Watkins is a dynamic receiver that can play the slot or on the outside, because of his speed he will spread the defense and hopefully allow the running game to ease up in Baltimore. Ray Rice should be happy here.
18. New York Jets: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Jets haven’t had a playmaking WR since Levernius Coles and they really need to provide the help around Geno Smith for him to really be successful. Regardless Evans is big and has the quickness to become a good route runner or a deep threat to stretch the field. Good pick regardless.
19.Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
With the loss of their left side of their offensive line it becomes a major priority for this team. The good thing about Martin is that he can play both guard and tackle so this team can really figure out what suits him best and fill the other position with a free agent.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Cardinals played their way out of a good offensive lineman but that is never a bad thing when you win ten games in a season. Their priority should be to solidify their offensive line and fine a pass rush but this offense could also use a tight end to round out their skill positions and Ebron can make plays.