2014 NFL Mock Draft: 'Raptor' and 'Invictus' team up for mock draft

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Raptor and Invictus take turns as GMs mocking the first two rounds of the draft. Who did they take for the New York Giants?

It's mock draft time, friends!

Raptor22 and Invictus XI are dueling GMs in this iteration of the 2014 NFL draft. This is a rotating mock, so we have to react to each other every time. Here's how it went down:

Invictus XI took all the ODD draft picks starting with the first overall pick for the Houston Texans.

Raptor22 took all of the EVEN draft picks starting with the second overall pick for the St. Louis Rams.

When it came down to the Giants pick, we both decided on a mutually acceptable player for that pick. So if you don't like whoever we got, you get to blame both of us!

Round 1

1.

Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - The best prospect in the NFL draft goes first to terrorize AFC South QBs for years to come. -- Invictus

2.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson - The Rams still need a No. 1 receiver, and Watkins might be the best to come along in years. -- Raptor

3.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville - The best QB of the draft falls to No. 3 and straight to the team that's desperate for a spark at the position. -- Invictus

4.

Blake Bortles, QB, UCF - The Browns need a QB, and Bortles has the arm strength to take advantage of Josh Gordan's abilities. -- Raptor

5.

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo - Oakland is desperate for talent on both sides of the ball. Can't go wrong with a stud pass-rushing linebacker. -- Invictus

6.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M - The Falcons need a pass rusher, but with the best two already off the board, they move to protect Matt Ryan and improve their run game. -- Raptor

7.

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn - Rumor is that Donald Penn is next on the cut list. If that's true, the Bucs need a powerful OT that can pave holes for Doug Martin. -- Invictus

8.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh - The Vikings need to rebuild their defensive line, and get (maybe) the next Geno Atkins in the process. -- Raptor

9.

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State - A speedy, ultra athletic complement to Stephon Gilmore, he'll mask the presumed loss of Jairus Byrd quite nicely. -- Invictus

10.

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State - The Lions have a brutal defensive line, but their secondary leaves much to be desired. -- Raptor

11.

Eric Ebron, TE, UNC - One of the most explosive tight ends in recent memory gives Jake Locker the ultimate weapon up the middle. -- Invictus

12.

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M - The Giants replace Hakeem Nicks with an NBA-style target who should dominate the Red Zone. -- Invictus & Raptor

13.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan - The Rams might lose Rodger Saffold, and if they do, there's a gaping hole at offensive tackle. Enter Lewan who will start opposite his college predecessor Jake Long. -- Invictus

14.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama - The Bears re-signed Tim Jennings, now they add the Alabama safety to help solidify their secondary. -- Raptor

15.

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech - The Steelers are desperate for an offensive weapon down the middle that's big enough to be a safety blanket for Big Ben. -- Invictus

16.

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota - The Cowboys desperately need to rebuild their defensive line, so they add one of the most athletic DT's in the draft. -- Raptor

17.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU - An explosive, sure-handed complement to the speedy Torrey Smith. -- Invictus

18.

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU - With Antonio Cromartie being cut, Rex's defense is weakened, and that won't be tolerated. -- Raptor

19.

Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame - Is there a more perfect fit of need and value? High character too!
-- Invictus

20.

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA - Arizona adds one of the most athletic pass rushers in the draft to an already dangerous defense. -- Raptor

21.

C.J Mosley, ILB, Alabama - They need an upgrade to the likes of A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop. Mosley is value here. -- Invictus

22.

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State - Chip Kelly is all about speed, and Shazier's sub-4.4 40 puts him over the top. -- Raptor

23.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State - Speed, speed, speed. Will be deadly opposite Dwayne Bowe and give opponents headaches. -- Invictus

24.

Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville - The Bengals have a talented defense, but they could use the versatile playmaking safety. -- Raptor

25.

Kony Ealy, OLB Missouri - Despite having Melvin Ingram and Dwight Freeney, the value was too good to pass up here. -- Invictus

26.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC - The Browns add an explosive playmaker to take advantage of the attention that Gordon will draw. -- Raptor

27.

Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU - The do-everything linebacker is a perfect Swiss Army Knife for Rob Ryan's multiple defense. -- Invictus

28.

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State - It's time to start building around Cam, and to start planning for life after Smitty. -- Raptor

29.

Xavier S'ua-Filo, OG, UCLA - Can play guard or tackle, his quick feet and nasty demeanor is a perfect fit for the Pats. -- Invictus

30.

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State - The 49'ers have age on both sides of their defensive line, and Jernigan's active, disruptive style will fit right in. -- Raptor

31.

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech - They need to replace Champ Bailey and Fuller is severely underrated. -- Invictus

32.

David Yankey, OG, Stanford - The Seahawks offensive line started showing cracks towards the end of 2013. Yankey should help to solidify it. -- Raptor




Round 2

1. (33)

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M - Steal here. They were considering him in Round 1. -- Invictus

2. (34)

Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame - The Redskins need help all over their defense, so they start up front. -- Raptor

3. (35)

Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State - Mauling run blocker strengthens their interior OL. -- Invictus

4. (36)

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois - The Raiders' gamble pays off and they get a quarterback they can build around in the second round. -- Raptor

5. (37)

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois - Rangy safety that draws comparisons to Earl Thomas. Major upside. -- Invictus

6. (38)

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame - Niklas will help to improve their blocking as well as provide a good safety blanket for Mike Glennon. -- Raptor

7. (39)

Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn - Explosive pass rusher that adds talent to the defensive side of the ball.
-- Invictus

8. (40)

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State - The reconstruction of Minnesota's defensive line continues  with the jack of all trades DE. -- Raptor

9. (41)

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt - Huge, speedy wide receiver prospect who can high point the ball. More talent for E.J. Manuel. -- Invictus

10. (42)

Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee - The tackle nicknamed "Tiny" isn't going far as Tennessee seeks to improve improve their run game and add to Larry Warford. -- Raptor

11. (43)

Christian Jones, OLB FSU - Beezers rejoice. He can do everything. Rush the passer, stack and shed, and has sideline to sideline range. Will shore up SAM for a long time. Also considered ASJ and Louis Nix here. -- Invictus & Raptor

12. (44)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington - The Rams continue to build their offense with a tight end who should be a dependable outlet and red zone target. -- Raptor

13. (45)

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State - Rumor has it the Lions have employed trees to play Wwide receiver this year.
-- Invictus

14. (46)

LaMarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State - Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu are both on the wrong side of 30. Joyner can play slot corner or free safety and be a game changer. -- Raptor

15. (47)

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama - Injury has made him fall this far, but if he's okay, this could be the steal of the round. -- Invictus

16. (48)

Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas - The Ravens desperately need a center they can depend upon, and Swanson is the best one in the draft. -- Raptor

17. (49)

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State - Jets need some real talent at WR. Adams would help with that. -- Invictus

18. (50)

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia - Moses is a huge man but doesn't move like one, and would go a long way to helping Miami rebuild their offensive line. -- Raptor

19. (51)

Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame - Easy choice here. Dire need meets exceptional value. -- Invictus

20. (52)

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State - The Cardinals get a strong-armed successor to Carson Palmer. -- Raptor

21. (53)

Dominique Easley, DE, Florida - Packers struggled bringing some interior pressure. Easley should change that immediately. -- Invictus

22. (54)

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State - The Eagles add another electric athlete to their roster. -- Raptor

23. (55)

Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford - Anticipating the loss of Michael Johnson, Bengals replace him with the sack master from Stanford. -- Invictus

24. (56)

Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU - With Boldin getting another year older and Manningham possibly leaving via free agency, the 9'ers add a tough wide receiver. -- Raptor

25. (57)

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida - Chargers need secondary help in the worst way possible. -- Invictus

26. (58)

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona State - With the saints moving on from Daren Sproles they'll need another receiving threat out of the back field. Carey's high football IQ and receiving ability make him a natural fit. -- Raptor

27. (59)

Dion Bailey, FS, USC - Speedy, rangy hard hitter that will solidify the back end of the Colts. -- Invictus

28. (60)

Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada - An athletic, versatile lineman who's experience in Nevada's Pistol Offense could translate well to blocking for Cam Newton. -- Raptor

29. (61)

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State - Frank Gore clone that'll be ready to take over and continue the monstrous 49er offensive ground attack. -- Invictus

30. (62)

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona - With Sutton getting back down to 300 pounds, he could play inside in a 4-3 or outside in a 3-4.-- Raptor

31. (63)

Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin - Denver likes those undersized but talented linebackers. Borland is a big upgrade to Wesley Woodyard in the middle. -- Invictus

32. (64)

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa - Fiedorowicz isn't the most athletic tight end in the draft, but he's a nasty blocker with soft hands, which fits right in with Seattle's offense. -- Raptor

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