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2014 NFL Mock Draft: 'Invictus' offers two-round mock draft

It's time for another mock draft. Invictus XI brings you not one, but two rounds and presents some interesting trade ideas to boot.


Ah, here we are. My second mock draft. It reflects a bunch of changes that are made to my own personal big board which have happened after watching more prospects as well as taking into account the Senior Bowl.

As we reach closer to the NFL Combine, we're getting a better sense of who may or may not be available for our New York Giants at 12.

This was a fun mock to do. It not only does the first round, but we've gone another round, too. This time, it's with TRADES!

Round 1


Traded to Jacksonville Jaguars for 1st and 3rd round pick. Jaguars select Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. The Jaguars pay a pretty penny to move up only a few spots. They are concerned that Oakland and Cleveland will trade up for "their guy" so they give up a third-round pick to select probably the best fit for that offense, Teddy Bridgewater.


Traded to Atlanta Falcons for 1st, 2nd, 6th round pick. Falcons select Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. Atlanta is not afraid to move up. They done so before with fantastic results in Julio Jones. One big reason for their awful season is the lack of pass rush, so they aggressively select a once in a generation pass rusher in Jadaveon Clowney.


Traded to Houston Texans. Texans select Blake Bortles, QB, UCF. The Texans pick up a 3rd pick and still get their guy. Bortles fits the mold that Bill O'Brien looks for, a big, athletic QB that can move around in the pocket and has great deep accuracy. Texan beat writer John McClain of the Houston Chronicle also has reported the Texans are looking most at Bortles or Johnny Manziel.


Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M The Browns were sweating bullets when this round started. Fortunately for them, they grab the guy they wanted all along in Manziel. He'll provide Cleveland with an electric playmaker that will extend plays and get the most out of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.


Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson The Raiders were outbid on all of the top QB prospects. Their compensation ain't half bad though. They get the best WR prospect to come out since A.J. Green.


Traded to St. Louis Rams. Rams select Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M The Rams get the best tackle in this draft at the 6 spot, courtesy of the Washington Redskins' trade for Robert Griffin III. Their trio of Rodger Saffold, Jake Long, and Joseph Barksdale is passable, but definitely could be upgraded.


Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo Tampa Bay selects the do-it-all LB that I feel Lovie Smith would love to grab. Derrick Brooks just went to the Hall of Fame, and adding Mack to the strong side would make the duo with Lavonte David a force to be reckoned with.


Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State Xavier Rhodes was a nice pick in last year's draft but there is more work to be done in Minnesota's secondary which still gave up quite a few yards through the air. Adding Dennard would give them a young, elite secondary under contract for at least 3-4 years.


Eric Ebron, TE, University of North Carolina Scott Chandler isn't going to get it done. The Bills went to work upgrading the receiver spot last year, and need to do the same with the tight ends. E.J, Manuel will need a big target that can stretch the field in order keep pace with the Patriots in the East.


Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M I'm sticking with Mike Evans to the Lions because its clear they are infatuated with large receivers and its clear the biggest upgrade they can do to their offense is take some heat off Calvin Johnson.


Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn Jordan Gross and David Stewart were once stalwarts of a proud Titan offensive line, but both are growing old. Greg Robinson would add another angry punch next to last year's first round pick Chance Warmack.


Traded to Arizona Cardinals for 1st, 3rd round pick. Cardinals select Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. After Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Buffalo, Detroit, and Tennessee broke my heart one after the other, the Giants decided nobody here really stood out that much. Anthony Barr was the highest rated on the board, but he's the biggest boom or bust prospect in the draft and the Giants wanted to be assured of a hit. Mixed reviews on his fit as well in Perry Fewell's defense. Arizona decided in order to keep pace with the 49ers and Seahawks, Barr could be the piece along with Patrick Peterson, Daryl Washington, Tyrann Mathieu, and Calais Campbell to push them in that elite group. The compensation isn't great, but it isn't bad either to move down 8 spots. For comparison, the Dallas Cowboys moved down 13 spots for the same.


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama Clinton-Dix is the best safety in the draft, likely better than Mark Barron, and St. Louis has a supermassive hole at the safety position. Easy choice.


Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State Charles Tillman is a free agent and may be considering retirement. The Bears had a pitiful defense and adding a freak CB prospect would be a solid way to return back to greatness.


Marqise Lee, WR, USC An odd pairing to be sure, but on second glance the fit seems perfect. With the Steeler vertical game and development of several very good speed receivers, Lee couldn't have fit into a better team. With Emmanuel Sanders likely gone, WR becomes a big need for them and Lee is good value here.


Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri It's no secret the Cowboys need defensive linemen and lots of them. Demarcus Ware is trending down, Anthony Spencer is likely leaving, and Tyrone Crawford is a big unknown. Ealy is a freak DE that fits perfectly.


Traded to San Diego Chargers for 1st and 4th round picks. Chargers select Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan The Chargers drafted D.J. Fluker in the first round last year, but King Dunlap isn't the answer on the other side. Lewan has his fair share of concerns but athletically is an elite prospect that will add nastiness to match Fluker's power.


Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame Likely the safest prospect in the draft, Zack Martin should contribute immediately. The Jets lost out on the big 3 WRs in Watkins, Evans, and Lee, so the versatile Martin will slot right in at RG or RT and upgrade that spot to give Geno Smith more time to make plays.


Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh The Dolphins have some premier players in Cameron Wake and Dion Jordan to provide outside pressure, but they struggled getting penetration inside. Donald is the best in the draft at that.


Traded to New York Giants. Giants select Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington Considered Cyrus Kouandijo, C.J. Mosley, and Odell Beckham Jr. here but settled on ASJ. He provides a perfect blend of power and athleticism to the TE position. He isn't the pass catcher Amaro is, or the athlete that Ebron is, but he's a happy medium while being the best blocker. Not only will he give Eli Manning a huge target to throw to, but I expect his run blocking to help upgrade the rushing attack as well.


Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama Quite clear that the Green Bay is in a lot of trouble with their offensive line. David Bakhtiari didn't cut it at left tackle with Bulaga out and Kouandijo will be an excellent addition as an all around tackle to solidify the right side.


Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU The Eagles could be losing Jeremy Maclin, so ODB makes sense here as a physical player on the outside that's able to win one-on-one matchups as the "X".


Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville Pryor is the perfect deep ballhawk to complement the up to the line, aggressive playmaker that Eric Berry is. This pushes the already elite Chiefs defense to another level on the back end.


C.J. Mosley, ILB Alabama The Bengals badly need to get more athletic at linebacker where they started Vontaze Burfict, Rey Maualuga, and James Harrison. Mosley takes over for Maualuga and instantly creates better impact.


Traded to Baltimore Ravens. Ravens select David Yankey, OG, Stanford The Ravens take the top rated guard in the draft to keep Kelechi Osemele over at RT in preparation for losing Michael Oher to free agency this offseason.


Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State You don't simply just take Johnny Football without offering some sort of gift. Benjamin is that gift as he slots in opposite Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to give Cleveland a surprisingly dominant receiving corps.


Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn Ford has the explosion and bend that will have Rob Ryan giddy inside. He played his way into the first round with a dominant Senior Bowl week.


Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Verrett is a feisty, technically sound cover corner that uses pure physicality to push around much bigger opponents. The front seven of the Panthers is exquisite, but the back end needs work.


Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota Hageman falls to the Patriots because of his inconsistent level of play, but if there's any coach to get him on the straight and narrow, its Belicheck. He takes over at a position of great need for them.


Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State The 49ers are smart. Very smart. They prepare for the future. LaMichael James doesn't have a future with the organization, Marcus Lattimore is a complete unknown, and Frank Gore has a lot of tread on his tires. Carlos Hyde is a Frank Gore clone right down to the DNA molecule so you know he'll fit right in.


Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA Seattle dominated the Denver interior all game in the Super Bowl. Time to get that resolved. Su'a-Filo is an athletic force that has strong footwork and a good, strong punch. He'll immediately solidify the hole that Zane Beadles creates when he leaves.


Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech The Seahawks don't really have many weaknesses. One glaring exception is the tight end position. Adding a pass catching threat like Amaro is a no-brainer and would make them truly scary on both sides of the ball.

Round 2

1. (33)

Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame Adding in a Vince Wilfork clone upgrades the entire front seven and allows Watt to wreak more havoc.

2. (34)

Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU Perfect fit if Orakpo leaves. High character, high motor, high ability, he'll be a force.

3. (35)

Antonio Richardson, OT/OG, Tennessee More time for Johnny Manziel means more good things will happen in Cleveland. Can slot into either guard spot or at RT.

4. (36)

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Carr throwing long bombs to a streaking Sammy Watkins will have Bay area fans thrilled for years.

5. (37)

Traded to St. Louis Rams. Rams select Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State Big bodied possession receiver to complement Tavon Austin's demonic levels of speed.

6. (38)

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame 4th TE already in this draft, but its just that good. Ideal two-way TE that isn't necessarily the athlete that the other 3 are, but will greatly upgrade Tampa's team nonetheless.

7. (39)

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State Jacksonville needs help everywhere. Jernigan is seen as a possible top 10 pick by some, and they need pass rush in the worst way possible.

8. (40)

Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State Shazier is about as ideal a 4-3 OLB as you can have in the draft. Easy choice once Derek Carr became unavailable.

9. (41)

Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State Put him next to Kiko Alonso and opposite Mario Williams and watch magic happen as they operate behind Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus.

10. (42)

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt Kenny Britt is a free agent and the Titans need weapons to try and challenge Indianapolis. Matthews stays local.

11. (43)

Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State Jackson is a mauler in the same way that Larry Warford, Jahri Evans, and Phil Loadholt are maulers. Pure girth and power. Put him on the right side and let him go blow up whatever's in front of him. Strong pass protector for his size too. A few correctable technique flaws.

12. (44)

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State More secondary help for the Rams who continue to add high upside players to compete in the ultra-powerful NFC West.

13. (45)

Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, Georgia Tech Put him in a line with Ansah, Suh, and Fairley and have offensive coordinators really start to sweat. The only way Detroit succeeds is by dominating up front on defense.

14. (46)

Ju'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee Huge riser. Some say that he's even better than his college teammate Tiny Richardson. Good feet for his size. Steelers need for offensive line apparent.

15. (47)

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State Back to back picks on the defensive line because the Cowboys are that desperate. Sutton is a powerful disruptor in the mold of Linval Joseph.

16. (48)

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State Ravens get a steal here. Cooks shouldn't even be available. He provides a high speed threat opposite Torrey Smith.

17. (49)

Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU Jarvis Landry isn't far off from his college teammate Odell Beckham Jr. He is usually the source of spectacular catches for the team and hopefully he carries that over to the team with the worst starting skill players in the NFL.

18. (50)

Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor He may have had a terrible Senior Bowl, but he's still a top flight prospect and one of the best interior OL in this draft.

19. (51)

Stephon Tuitt, DT Notre Dame Tuitt played outside in college but his frame and his straight line burst make him an ideal candidate to replace Henry Melton if he leaves in free agency as a 3 technique.

20. (52)

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois Garoppolo showed enough to be drafted in the 2nd round by my estimation during the Shrine game and Senior Bowl. He'll develop for a year behind Carson Palmer.

21. (53)

Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford Shayne Skov and Clay Matthews together in that LB crew? Scary. Don't want to get them angry.

22. (54)

Loucheiz Purifoy, CB Florida I'm much higher on Purifoy than most. His athleticism is off the charts and while his technique isn't good, his upside is. Naturally gifted.

23. (55)

Ka'deem Carey, RB, Arizona State BenJarvus Green-Ellis is not a starting caliber player. Gio Bernard is doing great in a complementary role, so adding in the explosive Carey would give the Bengals a run game to match their dominant receiving threats.

24. (56)

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska The Seahawks shouldn't be allowed to have all the big CBs! The 49ers got jealous, so they are taking one too. Carlos Rogers regressed and Tarell Brown might leave.

25. (57)

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida We have a mini-CB run here. Roberson is very, very talented. Plays man coverage very well. San Diego stunk versus the pass last year.

26. (58)

Travis Swanson, OC, Arkansas I think Brian De La Puente leaves in free agency, leaving a big hole in the middle of that OL. Swanson is a smart, aggressive fix there.

27. (59)

Dominique Easley, DT, Florida That interior pressure. Easley will have to be eased in after recovering from an ACL, but the payoff is potentially huge for the Colts.

28. (60)

Dion Bailey, S, USC More help for the Carolina back end who are trying to make a case for the best defense in the Eastern time zone.

29. (61)

Traded to Oakland Raiders for 5th round pick and 2015 3rd round pick. The Raiders select Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor. The Raiders like guys with speed and they don't mind moving around in the draft. Seastrunk can replace Darren McFadden as a high volume, high speed cutter that won't be afraid to do what's necessary to get his yardage.

30. (62)

Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss Clear that the Pats need some development from their WRs. If they aren't sold on Thompkins, a big target like the 6-foot-2, 215 pound Moncrief makes a lot of sense as a flanker.

31. (63)

Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford Shaun Phillips filled in admirably for the now departed Elvis Dumervil. He isn't a long term fix, and Murphy was insanely productive at Stanford.

32. (64)

Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State Turner isn't well known just yet, but he made waves at the Senior Bowl. Moves extraordinarily well for a man of his mammoth proportions. He's going to rise fast.