Lupagus 2014 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 23-32)
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee WR, USC
The Chiefs have one major, glaring, need and that is at wide receiver. Lee is a polished route runner, whose hands are better than he showed last season. He can be a nice option across from Dwayne Bowe and will help the Chiefs be just as successful in 2014 as they were a season ago.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Shazier OLB, Ohio St.
The Bengals go with this athletic freakshow to lock down their weakside linebacker position. Shazier can absolutely fly to ball carriers and destroy them on impact. He can cover backs and ends who come over the middle and would never come off the field except for when it’s the offense’s turn to play.
25. San Diego Chargers – Bradley Roby CB, Ohio St.
The Chargers secondary was historically bad last season and they have to bring in some young, studly talent. Roby has had some issues with the law recently but that shouldn’t affect him too much. He’s got some work to do, but his ceiling is extremely high.
26. Cleveland Browns (From Colts) – Xavier Su’a-Filo G, UCLA
The Browns got their QB at pick 4, and now get a big athletic guard to protect him. Su’a-Filo is an instant day one starter and has Pro Bowl potential coming out his pores.
27. New Orleans Saints – Dee Ford OLB, Auburn
The Saints have to improve their defense first and foremost in this Draft. That starts with getting after the quarterback. Ford is uber fast off the edge, and can blow past would be blockers. He can flourish under the teachings of Rob Ryan and could be a candidate for defensive rookie of the year if he stays healthy.
28. TRADE Houston Texans (from Carolina Panthers) – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
The Texans want to ensure they get their man so they move ahead of the Patriots who could possibly snipe him. Bridgewater has had a brutal Draftseason, but he is an accurate passer who has extremely high football intelligence.
29. New England Patriots – Ra’Shede Hageman DT, Minnesota
The Pats need help along the defensive line and Hageman can be a beast…when he wants to. That’s the problem. Sometimes he takes plays off and disappears for long stretches. If Belichick can coach him up and make him consistent, the Patriots will have a monster on their hands.
30. Baltimore Ravens (from San Francisco 49ers) – Deone Bucannon S, Washington St.
The Ravens slide down, acquire some extra picks and still fill a huge need here. Bucannon isn’t a perfect fit as he’s almost as physical as Matt Elam, but he does possess better ball skills and can bring some game changing plays to this secondary.
31. Denver Broncos – Kony Ealy DE, Missouri
The Broncos, like the Bucs, addressed basically all their needs in free agency so they can cherry pick here. They go with Ealy who they can groom slowly behind Demarcus Ware, and let him loose when he’s good and ready.
32. Seattle Seahawks – Timmy Jernigan DT, FSU
The Seahawks are the Champs but still have plenty of needs. While they have needs on offense at guard and receiver, I don’t think they can pass on a defensive talent like Timmy Jernigan if he falls here. Jernigan is a penetrating defensive tackle who can cause a ton of interior pressure. He can also plug some running lanes, and will become a favorite of the Hawks defensive coaching staff.