Q mock draft: Week 22

04 Feb

Louisville’s Calvin Pryor is building draft momentum

Andrew Weber - USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Weber – USA TODAY Sports

Every year conversations commence about the fastest risers in the NFL draft.

The reality is that most of these prospects aren’t rising or falling. Multiple scenarios could be happening.

It starts with the scouting process. Most NFL teams don’t concentrate on underclassmen during the regular season. There are enough senior prospects to keep scouts busy. Once juniors declare, teams really put the work in on those particular prospects. A better picture of their draft value presents itself.

Louisville S Calvin Pryor falls into the aforementioned category, and he is now in the conversation as the draft’s top safety prospect.

Pryor finished second on the Cardinals with 75 total tackles. He also registered 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 11 broken up passes and a pair of forced fumbles.

Other instances of why players rise or fall in the draft is usually based on new information, or media members become privy to the thoughts of teams.

In this scenario, Pryor is the 13th overall selection and the second pick of the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams are in prime position with a pair of Top 13 picks. St. Louis certainly has plenty of leverage with the No. 2 pick, which was acquired in the Robert Griffin III trade. The No. 2 overall selection could very easily be traded to a team desperate to draft a quarterback or South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. Or St. Louis can stand pat and select the best players available for their team.

This week, the Rams addressed needs at offensive tackle and safety.

Now on to the mock draft…

1. Texans
Blake Bortles, QB  UCF

2. Rams (from WASH)
Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

3. Jaguars
Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina

4. Browns
Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

5. Raiders
Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

6. Falcons
Anthony Barr, LB UCLA

7. Buccaneers
Greg Robinson, OT Auburn

8 . Vikings
Derek Carr, QB Fresno State

9. Bills
Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

10. Lions
Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State

11. Titans
Khalil Mack, LB Buffalo

12. Giants
Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame

13. Rams
Calvin Pryor, S Louisville

14. Bears
Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State

15. Steelers
Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M

16. Cowboys
Kony Ealy, DE Missouri

17. Ravens
Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina

18. Jets
Marqise Lee, WR USC

19. Dolphins
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama

20. Cardinals
Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

21. Packers
C.J. Mosley, LB Alabama

22. Eagles
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama

23. Chiefs
Odell Beckham Jr., WR LSU

24. Bengals
Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State

25. Chargers
Dee Ford, DE Auburn

26. Browns (from IND)
Ryan Shazier, LB Ohio State

27. Saints
Morgan Moses, OT Virginia

28. Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin, WR Florida State

29. Patriots
Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech

30. 49ers
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota

31, Broncos
David Yankey, OG Stanford

32. Seahawks
Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh

*Draft order was determined by record, strength of schedule and playoff results. The slotting for the Cowboys and the Ravens was decided by a coin flip due to identical records and opponent strength of schedules. 

Week 1 Edition
Week 2 Edition
Week 3 Edition
Week 4 Edition
Week 5 Edition
Week 6 Edition
Week 7 Edition
Week 8 Edition
Week 9 Edition
Week 10 Edition
Week 11 Edition
Week 12 Edition
Week 13 Edition
Week 14 Edition
Week 15 Edition
Week 16 Edition
Week 17 Edition
Week 18 Edition
Week 19 Edition
Week 20 Edition
Week 21 Edition

 

comments Leave a comment
 
Comments

NFL draft

 

While several QBs will almost assuredly be picked among the top 10 in May’s draft, none of them rank that high on the Q’s list of top prospects. This Big Board takes into account only overall skill and potential.

 

Would they trade up for him?

 

“Jadeveon Clowney is, by most accounts, the top prospect in next month’s NFL draft. Some consider him a once-in-a-generation pass rusher.There’s virtually no chance he’s available to the Lions with the 10th pick in next month’s draft. But, perhaps with an eye on moving up to get him, the Lions are doing their homework on Clowney anyway.”

 

Free agency alert

 
Sidney Rice

After losing Golden Tate during free-agency, the Seahawks were able to retain the wide receiver previously signed to be the team’s top target. A healthy Sidney Rice is a big addition to the Seahawks’ wide receiver corps.

 

NFL draft

 
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Current projections have the Cleveland Browns selecting Fresno State QB Derek Carr with the 26th overall pick in the first round. However, the Browns may have to use the draft’s fourth overall selection to land the quarterback they covet.

 

Moving on

 
NFL: Super Bowl XLVIII-Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks

“You have to move forward. You have to kind of reestablish your identity as the 2014 team; 2013 was a good season in a lot of ways, there’s no question,” Manning said. “It did not end the way we wanted it to, but we have to build off that and try to take it a step further, try to finish. There’s no question, we kind of have to start over and reestablish the chemistry on this team with all the new players. That’s important, and that really starts on Monday.”

 

Shooting down anonymous reports

 

“Jadeveon Clowney’s camp is firing back. James “Bus” Cook, the agent for the South Carolina defender poised to perhaps become the first pick in the NFL Draft, expressed disgust to USA TODAY Sports over recent comments attributed to an anonymous scout that labeled Clowney as ‘spoiled’ and ‘lazy.’”

 

New teammates

 
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers

“If any Titans player can offer a good scouting report of running back/wide receiver Dexter McCluster, it’s probably fellow free-agent signee Shaun Phillips. That’s because the veteran linebacker spent part of the past four seasons – three in San Diego and one in Denver – trying to tackle McCluster, who played for the AFC West rival Chiefs during that stretch.”