2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 21-32 by Tyler Lurkins
21. Green Bay-Darquese Dennard, CB, Michigan St.-Dennard didn’t wow many scouts at the combine, but still turned in solid numbers. A top 15 talent on any big board, Dennard slides due to positional values, but Green Bay is the perfect fit for him. Green Bay thrives with rough, handsy corners, who may lack top end speed.
22. Philadelphia-Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A and M-Foles succeeded mightily, but still isn’t the schematic QB that Kelly wants. Manziel can be the guy that will put Kelly’s O over the top. Many scouts have him as a top 5 guy. Last year, they had Geno Smith as a top 5 guy. Manziel can’t operate in a pocket, watch the LSU film. Manziel is wreckless and is an injury waiting to happen. In the time leading up to the draft, he should be seen and not heard. Instead, Manziel brings a media circus, seemingly threatening Houston of what will happen if he’s not selected. Teams want Joe Montana, not Joe Namath.
23. Kansas City-Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt-In Philly, Reid often turned to the speedier WR’s who can create mismatches. Matthews has the game film, and now work out, to be considered as a first round receiver. This team needs someone who can muscle up and catch the ball 100% of the time and free up Bowe.
24. Cincinnati-Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois-Cincy has few holes. Last year, they showed they pick up a player to compete with what is already on the roster. Eifert vs. Gresham. Bernard vs. BGE. Also Hunt and Kirkpatrick were selected to compete with solid starters. Dalton is due a big contract soon. With a new OC coming in, Garoppolo and Dalton will both have an level field to compete on. Also, Garoppolo will come rather inexpensively, and the QB talent drops when he is off the board.
25. San Diego-Kyle Fuller, CB, Va Tech-This mock had Fuller in the 1st round for months, and after a solid combine, so does every other mock. Fuller is another Va Tech standout. The speed, physicality, and run defense tackling are traits that will have Fuller a starting spot in San Diego.
26. Cleveland(via Indianapolis)-Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU-Beckham could land himself as the number two receiver in the draft according to many big boards, and rightfully so. He is an excellent catcher and route runner, and shows the ability to get separation.
27. New Orleans-C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama-Most of the time, non pass rushing LB’s slide to the 2nd round. However, Mosley knows the scheme, and understands the position at the NFL level. New Orleans desperately needs an ILB to cover and lead the defense.
28. Carolina-Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.-Carolina will hit a cross roads here. The top LT’s are gone and there is considerable value at WR later. Much like the philosophy that landed Kuechly, Shazier will be the highest upgrade to Carolina. Shazier is a seek and destroy LB that can play sideline to sideline. The havoc that he will create is more of a value than reaching for a WR or LT here.
29. New England-Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame-The rumors are floating that New England is actively pursuing several DT’s around the NFL. None of the rumored DT’s are large run stuffers like Wilfork. New England’s receivers are young, and the TE’s are a reach. Nix is the mammoth run stuffer that will be the heir apparent.
30. San Francisco-Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota-Hageman still shows mixed reviews. He has the length and talent to be a dangerous player in the NFL, but no one has brought it out in him. This team has very little open positions, and lack depth at the DE spot. Hageman can be trained to his potential in San Francisco.
31. Denver-Jason Verrett, CB, TCU-Denver is a team with few needs. Corner may be the biggest of them. Verrett may establish himself as the top corner after the combine. He is a strong, aggressive player with decent speed.
32. Seattle-Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida St.-Jernigan has the first round value, but with so much talent in front of him, he will slide. Seattle will look for a versatile player to replace Bryant on rush downs, but can keep Jernigan inside on passing downs.