Lupagus 2014 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 12-22)

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12. New York Giants - Eric Ebron TE, UNC
The Giants lost Brandon Myers in free agency and now have an absolute empty cupboard at tight end.  Ebron is a huge target who can create a ton of mismatches on the field and would give Eli a very secure and warm safety blanket.

13. St. Louis Rams – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S, Alabama
The Rams need an impact player at safety and Ha Ha is the top of the class in this draft in my opinion.  I’m now doing what I should have done back in mock 1.0.  I’m locking this pick in.   Unless he’s already off the board of course.

14. Chicago Bears - Aaron Donald DT, Pitt
Donald had a great Senior Bowl and followed that up with a stellar Combine. The Bears are in the market since they let Melton walk in free agency. Donald will come in like a wrecking ball on the Bears revamped defensive line.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Calvin Pryor S, Louisville
I almost gave the Steelers Lewan here but they probably feel okay about their offensive line, plus Roethlisberger holds onto the ball so long, it really almost doesn’t matter who you put up front.  Pryor comes in as the heir to Polamalu’s hair.  He would bring some fresh energy and restore this once proud secondary to glory.

16. Baltimore Ravens - Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
The Ravens lost the Blindside on the right side of their offensive line.  If Lewan is still on the board this becomes an easy choice for Ozzie Newsome.

17.  Dallas Cowboys – Timmy Jernigan DT, FSU
The Cowboys need a defensive tackle who can penetrate and create ruckus in the backfield in order to make their Tampa 2 scheme work.  Jernigan is coming off a sub par Combine, but he has some great tape showing what kind of destructive penetrator he is.  With both safeties gone, he’d be a solid choice for the Boys here.

18. New York Jets - Odell Beckham Jr. WR, LSU
The Jets need offensive playmakers in the worst way, and would love to find new WR Eric Decker a running mate here.  ODBJr. has emerged as the no. 3 wide receiver in this Draft and his speed will be a nice compliment to Decker.

19. Miami Dolphins - Zack Martin OT, Notre Dame
The Dolphins replace one Martin with another.  They added Branden Albert in free agency and now solidify their line with this pick. Martin is versatile but will likely lock down the right side for Ryan Tannehill.

20. Arizona Cardinals – Derek Carr QB, Fresno St.
The Cardinals decide not to reach on an offensive tackle and figure they are good enough on defense to wait a round, so they go ahead and grab their QB of the future.  Carr has a quick release and can throw the ball plenty deep.  He can learn how to be a pro from Carson Palmer and how to run Arians offense, before taking the reins in year two.

21. Green Bay Packers - CJ Mosley LB, Alabama
The Pack brought back Raji on just a one year deal, and while they mull Nix III here, they ultimately find the value Mosley brings just too much to pass on.  CJ could go way higher than this, but I doubt he falls any further.  He’d fit in well in their 3-4 defense and boy would I hate it if he dawned the green and gold for the next 5 years.

22Philadelphia Eagles – Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan St.
The Eagles were thinking wide receiver here but then saw Dennard still available.  He’s a physical corner who will bring some much needed nastiness to this Eagles secondary.

 

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