Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft: Ben Natan’s Post Free Agency Three Round Mock


Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

As Free Agency has wound down and teams make their rounds of players’ pro day, we begin to get a better picture of what teams need in the upcoming NFL draft. This mock is a reflection of my own board applied to my views of the teams’ needs and how I see the player fit.

  1. Houston Texans- Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville): Despite having an opportunity to take a talent like Jadeveon Clowney, The Texans would be smart to instead take one of the better quarterback prospects of the past few years. Bridgewater is a mentally advanced passer who could have an Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson type affect and win immediately for the Texans. Think about it this way, the Texans had the best defensive player in the NFL last year and won two games… Take the quarterback!
  2. St. Louis Rams (From Washington) - Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina): I suspect a trade come draft day, but seeing that I am not doing trades, I will stand pat and take the rare defensive player. Clowney is an absolute freak who, despite dominating the college level, has so much more room to grow. Adding him to a defensive front with Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Michael Brockers would make that group absolutely terrifying and finally give the Rams a serious advantage in the arms race of the NFC West.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Khalil Mack (OLB, Buffalo): Jaguars are incredibly lucky to end up with one of the most dynamic defensive players in this draft. Mack wins from all over the field and I suspect Gus Bradley’s defense would deploy him from all over the place, allowing him to wreak havoc and allow the Jaguars to use multiple looks with him in the formation.
  4. Cleveland Browns- Derek Carr (QB, Fresno State): Cleveland has had a need at Quarterback for what seems like the entire century and Carr brings one of the brightest upsides of any of the 2014 quarterbacks. Carr is a great athlete with a cannon arm and is a very good decision maker. He needs to be more consistent in his mechanics and be a little more comfortable in the pocket, but landing with Cleveland gives him a talented supporting cast in which he grow with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate, Joe Thomas and Alex Mack surrounding him. If Carr can develop, he has a chance to be one of the best in this class.
  5. Oakland Raiders- Jake Matthews (OT, Texas A&M): Despite a free agency period that make the Raiders look more like a retirement home than a football team, adding Austin Howard and Donald Penn, the Raiders could still use talent along the trenches. Matthews could step in anywhere along their front and be an immediate upgrade. He is a great technician who moves well in space and if he adds a bit more strength, could be a stud. He might be viewed as a “safe” pick, but if the Raiders need one thing it is a steady football player.
  6. Atlanta Falcons- Eric Ebron (TE, UNC): With the departure of Tony Gonzales, the Falcons are in desperate need of his replacement and Ebron would fill that hole immediately. Ebron is a dynamic receiver with game breaking speed and size. He is also an underrated blocker, but I doubt he would be used that way very much. Just picture Matt Ryan passing to Julio Jones, Roddy White and Eric Ebron. That is pretty terrifying.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Xavier Su’a Filo (OG, UCLA): Whoever is under center to start the 2014 season, they are going to need to be protected. Su’a Filo is an athletic presence in the interior of a line who can help sure up a unit in no time. Be it Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, or a rookie starting, the offensive will run much smoother with Su’a Filo in the trenches.
  8. Minnesota Vikings- CJ Mosley (LB, Alabama): The Vikings defense was horrible last year at almost every level, but luckily it is also a very young unit with a ton of upside. Mosley can step in and immediately quarterback the young unit. His down hill ability will fix a previously porous front seven but his incredible coverage ability will serve the unit well in locking down the middle of the field. Mike Zimmer is going to love Mosley.
  9. Buffalo Bills- Ha Ha Clinton Dix (S, Alabama): With the departure of Jairus Byrd in free agency, the Bills would have to go into next year depending on second year player Duke Williams and adding Clinton Dix would give the Bills a lot more options at safety. Clinton Dix is the kind of talent that can win from all over the field; deep safety, in the slot, playing as an extra linebacker in the box and his overall versatility would continue to allow the Bills to give multiple looks in the secondary.
  10. Detroit Lions- Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M): As indicated by the player ranking, this is a bit of a reach, but this fit is just too good to pass up. Mike Evans is very raw in the technical aspects of playing receiver but he has an insane natural ability in the most translatable and important area in the game: Dominating the catch point. His catching ability really allows Detroit to move him all around and allow him to use his huge catch radius to work with a big armed quarterback in Matt Stafford. A receiving corps of Calvin Johnson, Mike Evans, Golden Tate and Joseph Fauria gives Matt Stafford a bunch of large radius pass catchers and immediately upgrades the offense.
  11. Tennessee Titans- Jason Verrett (CB, TCU): With the departure of Alteraun Verner, the Titans have a hole to fill at cornerback. With Ray Horton’s aggressive defense, they need a versatile and aggressive corner and Verrett is just that. Despite worries about his size and ability to play with NFL sized receivers, no corner in this class plays as big as Verrett. He is incredibly impressive in man coverage, displaying great hand usage, ball tracking skills and vertical ability to get to the ball before the receiver. He is also incredibly fluid in zone coverage and his ability to close and make plays on the ball is unmatched. His willingness to blitz and play the run makes him incredibly versatile where he can play outside, in the slot and could even get looks at safety. Regardless, Ray Horton will use him well and that is a great fit.
  12. New York Giants- Joel Bitonio (OT, Nevada): Eli Manning may or may not be on the decline, but his awful offensive line certainly did not help and the Giants need a player who can come in immediately and upgrade the line. Bitonio is a nasty athlete who uses a great motor, movement ability and technique to win and he could upgrade any position for the Giants. He would help at tackle or dominate inside at guard. Bitonio may not be talked about a lot, but he is going to be a very good player for the giants.
  13. St. Louis Rams- Kyle Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech): The Rams defense is incredibly impressive up front but need to men to match on the back end. Cortland Finnegan was cut after a terrible year and it leaves a hole on the other side of the secondary. Fuller is an incredibly aggressive player who is physical in man and can close very well in zone. He also is as willing as a linebacker to tackle and make plays all over the field. Jeff Fisher would love a player like Fuller to come in and impact right away.
  14. Chicago BearsLouis Nix (DT, Notre Dame): Bears get a steal here in taking Nix. Nix, if healthy, can absolutely dominate from the one-technique where he can use his quickness and dominating size to wreak havoc in the middle of an offense and and eat up space. The Bears defensive line was pretty atrocious last year and Nix would be an immediate presence and his ability to  draw attention and eat up blocks will free up the rest of the line to make plays.
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jeremiah Attoachu (OLB, Georgia Tech): With Lamarr Woodley out and Jarvis Jones already floundering, the Steelers need to add a true edge threat and they find one here in Attoachu. Attoachu is an athletic freak whose speed, length and strength make him a versatile and every down player for the Steelers. His instincts and movement skills also make him an asset in coverage. Even if Jones pans out and Worlids continues to play well, having too many pass rushers is a good problem to have.
  16. Dallas Cowboys- Daquan Jones (DT, Penn State): The Cowboys added stud three-tech, Henry Melton, this offseason and if he is healthy, he could impact the middle of that defense greatly. Putting Jones next to him will greatly improve the middle of that defense. Jones is a monstrous defensive tackle who would create pressure from the one-tech position and demand attention, allowing Melton to wreak even more havoc. Few things are more important defensively than interior disruption and Jones would team up with Melton to create just that.
  17. Baltimore Ravens- Greg Robinson (OT, Auburn): The Ravens offensive line was a mess last year and the main factor in their mediocre season and regression on offense. Baltimore has the opportunity to make a slam dunk pick on one of the most talented players in this entire class. Robinson has a long ways to go in terms of his development, especially in pass protection, but his athletic ability can be utilized all along the line until he is comfortable moving to protect Joe Flacco’s blind side. Robinson’s selection comes with a lot of risk, but if he turns out, he will have a long, impressive career.
  18. New York Jets- Jordan Matthews (WR, Vanderbilt): With the addition of Eric Decker and Chris Johnson, the Jets have shown that they are trying to add more talent to help out Geno Smith, or whoever is starting next year, produce in this offense. Here they add a potential number one receiver who has the size, speed and catching ability to be a threat all over the field, but also possess the intelligence to work zones and help a young quarterback out.
  19. Miami Dolphins- Sammy Watkins (WR, Clemson): It may be somewhat of a change up to see Watkins fall this far, but I just do not see the same number one potential  and immediate impact that a lot of people see. Watkins has plenty of talents, but none that make him truly standout in a deep class. On an offense that already has Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace and Charles Clay, the Dolphins can add another threat to threaten all over the field. Watkins’ speed and ability after the catch could be used as a safety blanket for Ryan Tannehill and help the young quarterback grow with more young talent around him.
  20. Arizona Cardinals- Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M): This pick may seem a bit strange, but I love Manziel’s potential fit in Bruce Arians offense. With Palmer aging, Manziel could step in day one or spend a year learning from Arians and Palmer. Manziel’s ability to move the pocket and buy time is very reminiscent of how Ben Roethlisberger played so well under Arians. Arians’ offense would give Manziel the opportunity to create and would also give him too “go up and get it” type targets in Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. Cardinals have other needs, but they need a QB for the future and Manziel’s fit is too great.
  21. Green Bay Packers- Ra’Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota): The Packers have needed defensive help for what seems like this entire decade and adding a talent like Hageman would certainly help the group improve. Hageman has an insane amount of physical potential and if the Packers could help him nail down his mechanics and he can become a more consistent player, we could be talking about the next dominant interior lineman.
  22. Philadelphia Eagles- Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State): The Eagles cornerbacks outside of Brandon Boykin are pretty unreliable and really cost the team last year. Even with the addition of Nolan Carroll, the current corps shouldn’t stop anyone from bringing in new talent. Roby is a great athlete and is incredibly physical. He has the potential to thrive all over the field, but he does his best work in press man. If the Eagles could use him correctly, he could be a great man corner his first year while he learns to be more comfortable in zone and could give the Eagles one hell of a corner for the future.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs- Jimmie Ward (S, NIU): The Chiefs have loads of talent on their defense but the unit was let down in the long run by poor safety play. Ward is a rangy and intelligent safety who thrives all over field but could lock down the deep part of field and allow Eric Berry to play closer to the line of scrimmage. Great safety play can improve an entire defense and Ward would solidify that unit from day one.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals- Demarcus Lawrence (DE, Boise St.): With the loss of Michael Johnson in free agency, the Bengals need to find someone to play across form Carlos Dunlap. Lawrence is an edge defender with the strength and base to play the strong side, but also has the speed and anticipation to come off the back side of a play. He can win from various alignments. His addition to the line would allow the group to continue to be one of the best in the league.
  25. San Diego Chargers- Odell Beckham Jr. (WR, LSU): The Chargers added Keenan Allen last year who turned out to be one of the best rookies in the league and they have an opportunity here to create one of the best young duos in the league. Beckham wins from every part of the field and is arguably the most complete receiver in this class with great route running, speed, ability after the catch and willingness to go up and get the ball and adding him to a young group of receivers will give Phillip Rivers great targets for the rest of his career.
  26. Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis)-  Zach Martin (OT, Notre Dame): The Browns offensive line has very good pieces in Joe Thomas and Alex Mack but the rest of the unit has questions. Martin is a technically sound and nasty offensive lineman who, while limited at tackle, could step right in at guard for the Browns. They need help at guard and tackle so Martin could get tried out at both, but I think guard would suit he and the entire offense best.
  27. New Orleans Saints- Weston Richburg (C, CSU): With the exit of Brian De La Puente, the Saints have a hole to fill in the middle of their offensive line. Richburg is a great mover, technically sound and one of the nastiest linemen in this draft. He would immediately impact that line and will probably be an improvement over the passed center.
  28. Carolina Panthers- Morgan Moses (OT, UVA): With Jordan Gross’ retirement, the Panthers’ need along their offensive line is much more pressing than at receiver and Moses comes in and could start at left or right tackle. While he may not have the quickness that some of the linemen in this class have, he has great size, length and strength to stonewall defenders and steamroll them in the passing game. Panthers can afford to wait on receivers in this deep class, but they cannot afford to wait to upgrade their line. 
  29. New England Patriots- Dominique Easley (DT, Florida): A team like the Patriots can afford to take a risk on a player coming of an injury and if this pays off, they are getting one of the best players in the class. Easley is has incredible quickness of the ball and can absolutely destroy an offensive line from all over the field. The Patriots could use an upgrade along their line and Easley, if healthy, could step in right away and dominate.
  30. San Francisco 49ers- Pierre Desir (CB, Lindenwood): The 49ers are in need of some corner help after losing Tarell Brown and Carlos Rodgers and also having Chris Culliver in some currently deep trouble with the law. Desir is a very athletic corner who has the ability to cover in man but is also very instinctual in zone coverage. He is still a bit raw overall, but I love his tools and giving him to a defensive back coach like Ed Dontell would allow him to grow to full potential.
  31. Denver Broncos- Kony Ealy (DE, Mizzou): The Broncos are in need of some edge rushers to take the attention away from Von Miller and Ealy can fill that role very well. He is a very good athlete who does well at the point of attack and can impact in both the running and passing game. He still needs to learn but putting him along that line could give him plenty of opportunities to produce.
  32. Seattle Seahawks- Gabe Jackson (OG, Mississippi St.): To often was their pressure right in Russell Wilson’s face last year which hindered the effectiveness of the passing game. Jackson is a big, strong presence in the interior who can wall off guys in pass protection and he is also a monster coming downhill in the run game. He is the kind of player who will step in immediately for the Seahawks and instantly make the offensive line better, making Russell Wilson very happy!Round 2
  33. Houston Texans- Taylor Lewan (OT, Michigan)
  34. Washington Redskins- Stanley Jean Baptiste (CB, Nebraska)
  35. Cleveland Browns- Marqise Lee (WR, USC)
  36. Oakland Raiders- Will Sutton (DT, ASU)
  37. Atlanta Falcons- Antone Exum (S, Virginia Tech)
  38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jarvis Landry (WR, LSU)
  39. Jacksonville Jaguars- David Fales (QB, SJSU)
  40. Minnesota Vikings- Ryan Carreathers (DT, Arkansas St.)
  41. Buffalo Bills- Billy Turner (OT, NDSU)
  42. Tennessee Titans- Carlos Hyde (RB, Ohio State)
  43. New York Giants- Brandin Cooks (WR, Oregon State)
  44. St. Louis Rams- Aaron Donald (DT, Pitt)
  45. Detroit Lions- Ryan Shazier (LB, Ohio State)
  46. Pittsburgh Steelers- Davante Adams (Fresno St.)
  47. Dallas Cowboys- Dexter McDougle (CB, Maryland)
  48. Baltimore Ravens- Brent Urban (DT, UVA)
  49. New York Jets- Kyle Van Noy (LB, BYU)
  50. Miami Dolphins- Yawin Smallwood (LB, UConn)
  51. Chicago Bears- Shaq Barrett (DE, CSU)
  52. Arizona Cardinals- Marcel Jensen (TE, Fresno State)
  53. Green Bay Packers- Jace Amaro (TE, TTU)
  54. Philadelphia Eagles- Marcus Smith (LB, Louisville)
  55. Cincinnati Bengals- Darqueze Dennard (CB, MSU)
  56. San Francisco (From Kansas City)- Donte Moncrief (WR, Ole Miss)
  57.  San Diego Chargers- Terrance Brooks (S, FSU)
  58. New Orleans Saints- Allen Robinson (WR, Penn State)
  59. Indianapolis Colts- Travis Swanson (C, Arkansas)
  60. Carolina Panthers- Michael Campanaro (WR, Wake Forrest)
  61. San Francisco- Dion Bailey (S, USC)
  62. New England Patriots- Josh Huff (WR, Oregon)
  63. Denver Broncos- Chris Borland (LB, Wisconsin)
  64. Seattle Seahawks- Arthur Lynch (TE, UGA)Round 3
  65. Houston Texans- Aaron Lynch (DE, USF)
  66. Washington Redskins- Brandon Thomas (OT, Clemson)
  67. Oakland Raiders- Blake Bortles (QB, UCF)
  68. Atlanta Falcons- Bishop Sankey (RB, Washingon)
  69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brett Smith (QB, Wyoming)
  70. Jacksonville Jaguars- Tyler Larsen (C, Utah St.)
  71. Cleveland Browns- Shayne Skov (LB, Stanford)
  72. Minnesota Vikings- EJ Gaines (CB, Mizzou)
  73. Buffalo Bills- Phillip Gaines (CB, Rice)
  74. New York Giants- Austin Sefarian Jenkins (TE, Washington)
  75. St. Louis Rams- Shaq Evans (WR, UCLA)
  76. Detroit Lions- Lamarcus Joyner (S, FSU)
  77. San Fransisco (From Tennessee)- Scott Crichton (DE, Oregon State)
  78. Dallas Cowboys- Dee Ford (DE, Auburn)
  79. Baltimore Ravens- Jared Abbrederis (WR, Wisconsin)
  80. New York Jets- Andre Hal (CB, Vanderbilt)
  81. Miami Dolphins- Jack Mewhort (OT, Ohio State)
  82. Chicago Bears- James Hurst (OT, UNC)
  83. Cleveland Browns (From Pittsburgh)- Troy Niklas (TE, Notre Dame)
  84. Arizona Cardinals- Anthony Barr (LB, UCLA)
  85. Green Bay Packers-  Terrance Mitchell (CB, Oregon)
  86. Philadelphia Eagles- Deonne Buccannon (S, Washington St.)
  87. Kansas City Chiefs-  Jalen Saunders (WR, Oklahoma)
  88. Cincinnati Bengals- Timmy Jernigan (DT, FSU)
  89. San Diego Chargers- Zach Kerr (DT, Delaware)
  90. Indianapolis Colts- Telvin Smith (LB, FSU)
  91. New Orleans Saints- Chris Smith (DE, Arkansas)
  92. Carolina Panthers- Isaiah Crowell (RB, Alabama State)
  93. New England Patriots- Chris Whaley (DT, Texas)
  94. San Francisco 49ers- Seantrel Henderson (OT, Miami)
  95.  Denver Broncos- Wesley Johnson (OT, Vanderbilt)
  96. Minnesota Vikings- Logan Thomas (QB, Virginia Tech)
  97. Pittsburgh Steelers- Cyrus Kouandjio (OT, Alabama)
  98. Green Bay Packers- Kevin Norwood (WR, Alabama)
  99. Baltimore Ravens- CJ Fierodorwiscz (TE, Iowa)
  100. San Francisco 49ers- Kelvin Benjamin (WR, FSU)

If you want to see how this draft correlates to my Big Board, check my Top 100 Draft prospects right here: http://withthefirstpick.com/2014/03/31/nfl-draft-ben-natans-top-100-prospects/

 

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  • JBrooks

    I’m all about putting together a mock draft and I commend you on doing a 3 rounder, but unless I missed it, you don’t have Calvin Pryor going in any of the first 3 rounds? What is your reasoning behind that?

    • Ross

      Right? The guy is rated a top 15 pick.

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      The reasoning is, this guy has some of the best weed ever to behold mankind.

      • [email protected]

        Have to agree – look at his pic,he’s already stoned!!!!

    • Ben Natan

      He is a 5-6th rounder to me.

  • Devon

    This has to be a JOKE, smh

  • Guido

    Bortles round 3?i would love for the Raiders to get him that late but everyone else is seeing him as a top 5

  • Ross

    Teddy Bridgewater number 1?? Not a snowball’s chance in hell. Maybe you didn’t hear but his pro day was God awful and his combine wasn’t the best. So takimg a quarterback over Clowney is one thing but for that quarterback to be Bridgewater is hilarious.

    • Ben Natan

      Read the first paragraph

      • Ross

        I did. I’m sticking to my opinion that I think your rating of talent is sub par.

        • Tyler Schmidt

          And where is your mock draft sir? I would like to judge your rating of talent.

          • Ross

            Well I don’t write for a sports website ergo I did not make a mock draft. If I had a blog I would do one and would be open to any criticism that I receive. Because that’s what you do when you are posting things on the internet. Especially when they don’t make sense.

        • Ben Natan

          What are your issues with Bridgewater and who would you have above him?

          • Ross

            Well his poor pocket presence along with his horrid accuracy on deep balls and very average arm in terms of strength plus his inability to make plays even though he is a mobile quarterback makes him not very good with not much upside. Bortles and Derek Carr are both better. Jury is still out on Manziel. But my point is Bridgewater is not good and definitely not a franchise player.

          • Ben Natan

            He has by far the best pocket presence in this class and his accuracy is more a product of the offense he is in. Just because he is a QB who tries to make plays with his arm rather than his feet doesn’t mean he is not a “play maker”

          • Ross

            He takes sacks like they’re going out of style! And his accuracy problems showed up at his pro day. He was horrible playing against air. You can’t under throw receivers in the NFL. He will be an interception machine on deep balls. I’m not saying he has to run either. But he can’t just stand in the pocket and take a sack. Which he frequently did.

          • Ben Natan

            Link to a play where he takes a sack and guys are open

          • Panther Hines

            On top of evening else, he would have the lowest wonderlic score of any starter in the NFL.

          • Ben Natan

            Peyton Manning scored a 20 on his Wonderlic.

          • Panther Hines

            No he didn’t, what are you talking about? Manning got a 28

          • Ben Natan

            ok fine. Dan Marino got a 9.

  • Kadeem Roberts

    Where’s Calvin Pryor? Where’s Justin Gilbert? One of the worst mock drafts I have seen, if not the worst.

    • Rees Britton

      I don’t think he even has Pryor being drafted! lol

  • Johnny

    This is the funniest Mock I’ve seen this year!!! My Dolphins taking a WR (Watkins) with their 1st round pick???
    What?? Another 6ft WR… Miami will either go in 2 directions depending on what folds in front of them… If T Zach Martin is available, he’s the pick… If he is not, and ILB CJ Mosley is there, then he’s the pick… Pretty simple… Dolphins will go OLINE, some more OLine, ILB, S, RB, … The only WR the Dolphins will take in this draft will be either a 6/7th rounder OR undrafted…
    NOT PICKING A WR IN THE FIRST ROUND… This is just plain stupid.. If your for real..

  • Chad

    This looks like something Jim Irsay would have done a month ago.

  • Greg Gorman

    WOW. Just Wow.
    You have the Buccaneers passing on both Watkins and Evans to get a Guard in the first round? I know the draft is deep with WR’s. But when 2 legit day 1 starting WR’s come up and your team has a gigantic glaring hole at a major offensive position. You take one of those players. Or you trade back for more picks and get this Guard late 1st round when he will still be available.
    It seems like you threw these 100 names in a raffle machine and just spit out players name at random.
    terrible draft.

    • Ben Natan

      Don’t have a WR as high as the Bucs pick and yet I have a G in that range. Bucs got a WR in the second round of this mock that I have a first round grade on.

      • Ross

        Guards don’t get drafted that high. Ever. Because you can find a more than serviceable guard in the mid to late rounds. I’ll bet any person a million dollars a guard does not go in the top 10 this draft. Or probably any draft.

        • Ben Natan

          I believe 2 guards went Top 10 last year. XSF is higher on my board than any of the WR and that is a glaring position on the roster.

          • Panther Hines

            Cooper and Wormack were rare talents. Normally guards dont start going until the mid 20′s and usually only 4-5 in the first couple rounds. Guard is too easy till fill later in the draft. The same cannot be said for playmakers

          • Ross

            Also last years draft class was the worst in a long time. The previous 5 drafts had exactly zero guards selected in the top 15 even. Mike Iupati was the highest selection at 17. And XSF ain’t no Mike Iupati.

  • Christian Paige

    April fool’s day happen 16 days ago. This is ridiculous, sorry. I hope you did not spend more then 3 minutes putting this together.

  • Dennis Hammond

    #Ben – Bubba…you bumped yo head cwazy.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Is this forreal? I can’t speak for the other teams but as a Chargers fan, this is a not likely.

    • Ben Natan

      This is an evaluation of team needs and how they are served judging by my board. I am not trying to predict anything.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        But what’s the difference between a team’s needs and predicting who they’ll draft? Or are you just saying this is your draft and that’s it?

        • Ben Natan

          Teams have needs and I have a draft board. Put them together and you get my mock draft.

  • Joe

    You should have taken a drug test before posting this. This is by far the worst mock draft i have ever seen

  • Robert Ballard

    Yep, worst mock draft yet. Watkins to middle of first round, Bortles to 3rd???????????

  • Tyler Schmidt

    Alright people, this is for the ill informed “experts” posting in the comments. I don’t think any of you realize the balls it takes to go against the grain and post your opinions of prospects and a mock if they differ from the general consensus. Ben has put in the time to study each of these guys and this mock is his opinion. If you don’t like it, then don’t read it. There is no need to post hate about it. If your your opinions differ from Ben’s say why (and because McShay or Kiper said so isn’t a good reason). Try to be constructive with your comments. Most of your are just making yourselves look like children trying to pick on the kid who doesn’t like the same things you like. None of you are getting paid to write mock drafts, so until you are please show some respect for the man and his opinions.

    • Eric Robinson

      True enough, but no way Dennard goes past the Steelers in the 2nd. We can pick a receiver in a later round, but i give him this. Its entertaining. It breaks up the monotony of all the other mocks. We are all going stir crazy waiting for the draft. He makes his case for every one drafted in the first round. Im not even opposed to the Steelers 1st round pick, I think hes on to something thought. Teams will not draft as the experts have predicted, but it wont be like this either. It will be somewhere in between, and I do think there will be a few swaps of picks. Good article.

      • Ben Natan

        I appreciate that you enjoyed it!

        • roger paul

          Oh i ENJOYED it…..i just think you missed on 80% of your “evaluations”

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    The BEARS will not take NIX at 14 and certainly not a DE in round 2.

    This is an AWFUL mock.

    • Ben Natan

      Why not? Plus This is an evaluation of team needs and how they are served judging by my board. I am not trying to predict anything.

      • DiscountPCRepair SATX

        Louis Nix is injury prone and is not the prototype DT that emery is seeking.
        Hagemann or Tuitt fit that profile more, but still TOO early to draft either.

  • Rees Britton

    Is there some written or unwritten rule about bashing the Raiders? Stop following the lead of biased, east coast news networks and stand on your own 2 feet. You can’t write about how we have hopefully found some leadership and/or some hungry players, you have to make disparaging remarks which in return makes you look like every other douche bag… CONGRATS!
    Oh, and your mock draft sucks. Did you just pull names out of a hat?

    • Ben Natan

      This is an evaluation of team needs and how they are served judging by my board. I am not trying to predict anything.

  • Mark Krzos

    Worst mock ever… Bills taking a safety. Greg Robinson not going until 17 and Sammy Watkins not going until 19? The derp is strong here.

  • Diegoblue

    Worst Mock I’ve seen .. F outta here

  • Dev

    With all due respect to your initial paragraph most of your picks are absolutely ridiculous. How you don’t see Watkins as the top WR is beyond me. It is apparent you don’t look at any tape. Maybe you did your picks in the dark with your eyes closed and threw darts

    • Ben Natan

      What separates Watkins from the rest of the pack for you?

      • Dev

        He runs precise routes and full route tree. He catches with his hands not letting it into his body. Has elite speed burst after the catch. His build and strength allows him to run through contact. No other WR does ALL of these things at the level Watkins does

        • Ben Natan

          He has run about 3-4 different routes in college, I agree he has soft hands but his focus is inconsistent, fails to work zones or back to his QB, he is not overly physical and he rarely faced press in college and it was a poor result when he did. He is a north south runner and that style is not going to work near the same level it did for him in college.

  • Kirk Devries

    This is bizarre. Total waste of 1 minute of my life

    • Ben Natan

      I’m so sorry

      • Kirk Devries

        I’ll get over it. Try again.

    • Diegoblue

      Lol..

  • Joe Hall

    This is truly a joke right

  • Brian

    I could fart my abc’s backwards before this guy made a reasonable mock draft.

  • nc0gnet0

    Lions pass on Watkins (who would never fall to ten let alone where you have him falling to) and pick Evans. Dude, your freaking nuts.

    • Ben Natan

      What makes Watkins a Top flight WR?

      • Zach Barker

        His speed, agility, route running, ability to separate, sure hands (i.e. drop percentage) just to name a few.

        • Ben Natan

          Not overly physical, lacks size, poor football IQ, limited route tree, north south runner with very little lateral quickness.

          • Panther Hines

            That’s all false

    • nc0gnet0

      and now you remove your comments as well as mine?

  • Daniel Sutter

    Horrible, just horrible. SD taking a safety at 57? Dennard at 55? Ford at 78? How much Vodka was involved in this mock?

  • Nate T

    This is what would happen if you put names of first round prospects all over a dart board and started hucking and writing it down. Then for the second round you write a name on a tarot card and ask Miss Cleo to telepathically pick each one out. For the third round you just say who gives and shit. This is a prime example of why Mock Drafts are simply useless.

  • Scott.

    As I’m sitting in the barber shop laughing my ass off at some of these comments, people are looking at me like I just picked this mock…..

  • T Mosley

    This Mock is a mess bruh

  • Crusader10

    what? Raiders get Blake Bortles with the 67th pick? A third rounder when others have him as a first rounder? How can one mock draft have him going first and another have him a third rounder?

    • Ben Natan

      Blake Bortles is graded as my 81st rated prospect, I think the prospect of the Texans taking him first overall is ridiculous.

      • Crusader10

        I do agree that Bortles is not going to Texas with pick # 1, as another mock draft has him, but how is there such a huge disparity here? From number 1 pick in one draft to third rounder here?

        • Ben Natan

          He is a lot more of a project player than the media leads on to. I am not comfortable taking him very high.

  • Charles Spencer King

    Normally I would say “put down the hookah” for something as bizarre as this, yet in Mr. Natan’s case, perhaps he needs to pick up the hookah. This is the lamest mock I have seen this year. SI editors have AGAIN fumbled in any semblance of journalism.

  • nc0gnet0

    Don’t bother making any valid arguments against Ben, he will just remove them. What a hack.

    • Ben Natan

      I have not deleted any comments.

  • Bob

    So much wrong where to start?. Watkins will go in the top 10. Bortles will not be a third round pick. Just a waste of time to read this.

    • Ben Natan

      This is a reflection of my own board and I am not trying to predict the actual draft.

      • Bob

        THEN WHY POST IT?

        • Ben Natan

          Because I am trying to reflect my own views as an analyst. I am not trying to regurgitate what NFLN or ESPN says.

  • Zach Barker

    This is truly the worst mock I’ve seen. Carolina takes Campanaro in the second round?!?! The SECOND round?!? And another RB in the 3rd. You’re an idiot. Truly. Stop talking/writing about sports….

    • Zach Barker

      It’s like a train-wreck of epic proportions!!! I seriously couldn’t believe most of these picks. I know the draft is going to have SOME drama, but Bortles, Ford and Jernigan in the 3rd?

      • Zach Barker

        What logic do you offer for Carolina taking a RB in the 3rd? I get that you might not be sold that JStew might not make it back to 100%, but we still have DeAngelo, Mike Tolbert and KBarner. You can’t sell ANY Panther fan on a no-name from Alabama State….no matter how much fun you want to poke at us. No way we don’t take multiple OL, WR or CBs in the first 4-5 rounds UNLESS there is a slide in someone like Dee Ford who is a credible pass rusher. Campanaro might…MIGHT….get drafted in the 4th brah. Not the second….

        • Ben Natan

          This is all according to my grades. Stewart is never healthy, Deangelo is old and expensive, Tolbert is a fullback and Barner is not a #1 back. Crowell is not a no-name from Alabama State. This kid was a 5 star recruit who won SEC freshman of the year before getting kicked off the team. He has been clean at ASU for his career there and he is the most talented back in this class. I am sorry you have not heard of him.

          • Zach Barker

            DeAngelo is old?!? 6 games into the season, last season, he was the #3 RB in the NFL in terms of yardage. How would you know Barner isn’t a #1? And I don’t care what this no-name did in High School, he’s not the most talented RB in this class. There’s absolutely no way you can justify that playing against sub-par competition and the likes of Tre Mason in this class. RB is not a concern in this draft and certainly not in the third round and even more importantly not this guy. Sorry, you missed this one all the way around

          • Ben Natan

            SEC Freshman of the year.

  • Brian

    We are all now a little dumber for wasting our time opening this mock…

  • First and Skol

    Worst mock I have seen yet! Bortles falling to round 3…. wow

  • [email protected]

    Well, Ben, I certainly have to give you credit for originality (as in, you are the ONLY one that has come up with something like this!!)!!!

  • Nick Hesterly

    Worst… mock… ever…

  • Dirtyred

    Man this guy has no idea what he is doing! Mathews over Robinson, Watkins on the board until pick # 19. Who is this guy?

  • aj

    Ok. At some point these teams should be picking needs along with TALENT. There is no way Anthony Barr falls to the third. And Justin Gilbert not even being picked in the first three rounds. Dude, you totally missed April the first and this is way too late for an april fools joke.

  • roger paul

    Yes , a joke….Aaron Donald falling into the 2nd round…..Kelvin Benjamin falling to #100 (Shaq Evans of UCLA is drafted at #75 (ridiculous!) Anthony Barr & Timmiy Jernigan falling to #84 and #88 respectively…..what , did this guy just start pulling names blindly out of a hat? WOW

    • Ben Natan

      But why are these guys worth such high selections to you?

  • Derek Crews

    Worst mock I’ve ever seen! I can’t even explain why, wouldn’t know where to start.

  • Panther Hines

    I usually dont bash people’s mocks but this is ridiculous. Michael Campanaro over Kelvin Benjamin. Im a Wake fan and I know what the kid can do but WTF are you thinking?!

    • Ben Natan

      Campanaro offers a level of dependability as a prospect that you get from few other WRs. He is intelligent, sound and sure handed. Something a young QB would value very much. Kelvin Benjamin is none of those things.

      • Panther Hines

        Camp is short and not particularly athletic compared to KB. This is a ridiculous conversation

        • Ben Natan

          I am not comfortable drafting a project for such a WR needy team. Cam needs dependability, not upside at the WR position. Plus, I project Camp to a Welker type player which every QB would kill for.

          • Panther Hines

            Most wide receivers coming out of college need to be polished. I’m not an advocate for KB. I don’t think he’s overly intelligent and has had a ton of terrible drops and I don’t think he should be drafted in the first round BUT his upside is so high that there is not a single team in the league that would pass on him for Camp in yhe third round. Camp is all of the things you’ve stated for sure but not every player who is short with good hands becomes Welker. Its more likely that at best he can be like Brian Hartline or one of the other white guys for the Pats and not much more. If KB can work on his hands he could be a top 10 wr. That’s why he will go way before Camp. Besides, we are talking about the third round. ..

          • Ben Natan

            I am not doing what NFL teams are doing. Too much about KB screams bust while Camp is the exact opposite.

          • Panther Hines

            KB may bust but he has potential to be very good if he can be coached. Camp is 5’9 and lacks exceptional speed. He’s a good football player but not great at any one thing and has a relatively low ceiling. You want guys like this on your team but not at the cost of a 3rd round pick. He wont be a bust unless he is over drafted like you’re projecting

          • Ben Natan

            There is very little bust potential with him. Bring him in, put him in the slot and feed him the ball. Worked for Tom Brady.

          • Panther Hines

            Are you listening to yourself? It worked for one of the greatest QBs ever playing for one of the greatest coaches ever. Name that undersized under skilled avg speed guy for the other 31 organizations. Julian Eddleman proved that Welker was the product of a system, meaning any avg player can excel. If you ddisagree then you’re saying Welker is the GOAT and of you’re comparing Camp to him then you should have him in the first round. Camp numbers in an offense where he was the focal point are not in the same league as the top 25 or so wrs of this draft, and thats in tje ACC. Youre just wrong dude. There it’s no justification you can make for taking him above other at least 25 porter wrs in this draft, none. This is like arguing with a 4 year old. You needed a better understanding of NFL shooting before preparing a “big board” and doing a “not a mock draft”

          • Ben Natan

            Campanaro is my 9th ranked WR in this class and 58th overall player. He is the best route runner in this class, he has some of the best hands in this class, he is by no means slow and has very good short area quickness. He is an incredibly intelligent player and one of the toughest in this class. The only thing truly “holding him back” is his size. Winning underneath is very important in the NFL and Camp can bring just that. Benjamin is an impressive specimen, but he is just that. He is big bodied but has bad hands, is a poor route runner and not overly aggressive going after the ball. Plus he is 23 so there are questions about how much more he can develop. I am not a fan of him higher than a lot of these guys. 15th ranked WR.