2014 NFL Mock Draft: Bucs go Manziel; Cards get Mike Glennon
In Will Brinson's latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft, the Buccaneers grab Johnny Manziel and the Cardinals trade for Mike Glennon.
In the final tuneup for next week's 2014 NFL Draft, we're not just going to mock. We're not even just mocking trades during the draft's first round. We're mocking trades involving current players too.
We're basing these moves off the latest speculation the Bucs could be interested in drafting Johnny Manziel and trading Mike Glennon .
Glennon looked like a candidate to be dealt the second Lovie Smith signed Josh McCown , and it was abundantly clear the new regime wasn't enamored with Greg Schiano's guy when Smith declared McCown the starter without a football being snapped.
Glennon has to go somewhere if Manziel's drafted, even though the NC State product has a long history of playing the role of good soldier in the face of a shorter, mobile quarterback filling up the depth chart in front of him. ( Russell Wilson kept Glennon from starting in Raleigh for a while.)
So where would it work? The Arizona Cardinals look like a sensible location to me.
Carson Palmer is the obvious starter in Arizona, but he's no spring chicken at the age of 34. Drew Stanton signed a reasonably lucrative deal (three years, $8.2 million) to be a backup. At 29 we know what he is. Glennon could take Ryan Lindley spot on the depth chart and develop while Palmer pilots the ship, much in the same way Jon Kitna did for Palmer in Cincinnati.
Glennon's best known for having a strong arm (and a big neck). He has one of the stronger arms of the quarterbacks in the past two drafts and spins an excellent deep ball. That fits with Bruce Arians' offense, which calls for vertical routes that stretch the field. Arians definitely won't ask Glennon to run any read-option plays.
The cost wouldn't be prohibitive. If Manziel comes to Tampa -- and that's still a big if, although it happens below -- the Bucs will want to move Glennon pretty quickly. The Cards could pick up the phone, offer a fourth-round pick and that deal's getting hammered out quickly.
It's possible Glennon could be had for less than that if the deal happened after Manziel was taken; at that point the Bucs' hand will be shown. A fifth-round pick for a guy who showed flashes like Glennon did last year?
That's a good deal for Arizona, it helps out Tampa and it gives Glennon another shot elsewhere.
1. Houston Texans -- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: No trade out this time and, frankly, I don't see it happening if Rick Smith really wants to land a 1, 2, 4 and a 1 in 2015. That's too much unless someone's coming from the teens to get Clowney.
2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins ) -- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: Jeff Fisher doesn't draft offensive linemen in the first round of the draft, but he doesn't get a shot (thanks to a trade) at a franchise tackle like Robinson often.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Jacksonville has to love its position because the Jaguars know they'll get at least one of the elite talents in this draft by standing pat at No. 3.
4. Atlanta Falcons (MOCK TRADE WITH Cleveland Browns ) -- Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: Cleveland wants more picks, it can't grab Manziel here and the Falcons want to ensure Oakland doesn't beat it to the last high-end pass rusher. Moving up two picks isn't a prohibitive jump either.
5. Oakland Raiders -- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Even though Reggie McKenzie stocked up on tackles with Austin Howard and Donald Penn in free agency, he's not exactly set. Oakland needs another body on the line and Matthews can contribute solid pass protection immediately.
6. Cleveland Browns (MOCK TRADE WITH Atlanta Falcons) -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: Sammy Watkins is the ideal target for Cleveland, but how are you going to stop Evans and Jordan Cameron in the red zone, especially if you're worried about covering Josh Gordon ?
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: And this means the end of the road for Glennon. The upshot is Manziel could come in right away and make a difference. Or Lovie Smith can roll with Josh McCown for a year if he doesn't feel like Manziel helps them win now.
8. Dallas Cowboys (VIA MOCK TRADE WITH Minnesota Vikings ) -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Jerry Jones ain't scared to make a move up and the Cowboys are a perfect fit for Donald. They know he won't fall to them at 16 and Minnesota can move down, collect picks and still get a player it wants later.
9. Buffalo Bills -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: Grabbing Ebron gives EJ Manuel another weapon without the Bills having to reach for a wide receiver.
10. Detroit Lions -- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: First time I haven't gone corner here. And I have to say, it feels pretty good. They've done nice things on the offensive line lately but still need to improve protection for Matthew Stafford . Lewan's physical presence will do that.
11. Tennessee Titans -- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: A perfect fit for Ray Horton's 3-4 defensive scheme. The Titans have to get guys on the roster that fit their change of plans on that side of the ball.
12. New York Giants -- Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame: Martin's listed here as an OL because he can play all over the line. That versatility is key for a team that wants to get back to running the ball while also protecting Eli Manning .
13. St. Louis Rams -- Ha Ha Clinton Dix, S, Alabama: Beautiful haul for the Rams in this first round. There are wide receivers on the board but they like the guys they have. Instead they've improved their line and picked up a pro-ready, plug-and-play physical safety in Dix.
14. Chicago Bears -- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: The Bears need bodies in the middle of the defensive line. And Jernigan's a big body. His first step is an issue but he could develop into a steal.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: Corner and defensive tackle might be bigger needs but Beckham's too good a talent to pass up at 15 for Kevin Colbert, even if drafting a wideout in the first seems strange for the Steelers.
16. Minnesota Vikings (VIA MOCK TRADE WITH Dallas Cowboys) -- Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: Doesn't this seem a lot more palatable for Bortles than eight? Much less pressure on Rick Speilman picking the UCF product here and he also gets extra picks in the process.
17. Baltimore Ravens -- Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois: Ward's a stud and paired with Matt Elam would give the Ravens a ton of flexibility in their defensive backfield.
18. New York Jets -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: With the additions of Michael Vick , Chris Johnson and Eric Decker on the offensive side of the ball, the Jets can focus on defense. Seeing Gilbert fall here is a major surprise.
19. Miami Dolphins -- C.J. Mosely, LB, Alabama: Offensive line is definitely a consideration here. It has to be. But with the top four guys off the board, the Dolphins end up going after a player who can make a difference on the defensive side right away.
20. Kansas City Chiefs (MOCK TRADE WITH Arizona Cardinals) -- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Cooks might be the speediest wideout in the draft. Maybe he's off the board by now. But if he's there the Chiefs have to worry he won't make it past the Eagles. So they dial up the phone and slide up a few spots to grab Cooks, who is Andy Reid's new DeSean Jackson .
21. Green Bay Packers -- Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: Green Bay needs more speed on defense and Shazier gives them just that from the linebacker position. Ted Thompson needs to hit on a first-round defensive player soon. This could be much more than a single.
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are on the roster but the secondary still needs improvement. Fuller's a physical player who can help Chip Kelly's defense out of the gate.
23. Arizona Cardinals (MOCK TRADE WITH Kansas City Chiefs) -- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: With Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie on the roster, cornerback isn't the most pressing need. (Quarterback might be a consideration here but they traded for Glennon, remember? Moving down with the Chiefs recoups that pick quite nicely.) But teams are spreading out defenses more and more. Tyrann Mathieu plays the slot a lot but plugging Verrett in there would give this secondary a ton of versatility and even more explosiveness.
24. Cincinnati Bengals -- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: Troubled player at times but an immensely talented cornerback. The Bengals aren't afraid to take a gamble in the hopes it makes their team better immediately.
25. San Diego Chargers -- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: Large fall for a guy who's considered one of the top cornerbacks in this class. That's just the nature of the draft economics that saw other defensive backs go ahead of him. San Diego doesn't mind.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts ) -- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: The Browns are taking some quarterback here. Maybe it's Teddy Bridgewater. Or maybe it's Carr. I finally fell for the hype, moving Carr into the first and letting Bridgewater fall even farther. Could be an awkward Thursday night for Teddy B.
27. New Orleans Saints -- Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California: The Saints usually pick up their wideouts later in the draft but they're due to use a high pick on what has become a less imposing group of weapons. Lee falling this far could rejuvenate the WR corps.
28. Carolina Panthers -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: The Panthers need offensive linemen and wide receivers. But Dave Gettleman doesn't draft for need. You could also argue that they need help in the secondary too so this checks off both boxes.
29. New England Patriots -- Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame: New England saw what happened when it didn't have Vince Wilfork in the middle during the stretch run last year. The Patriots can add another wide body to their defense and let Nix learn from the best.
30. San Francisco 49ers -- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: The fast-rising prospect is an explosive athlete and the 49ers need as much help as possible for Colin Kaepernick on the offensive end of things.
31. Denver Broncos -- DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State: The only thing better than one DeMarcus? Two DeMarcuses rushing the passer. But really, you can't have enough pass rushers even if you've added guys in free agency.
32. Seattle Seahawks -- Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: Seattle has done a good job turning J.R. Sweezy into a guard but James Carpenter and John Moffitt haven't worked out. That doesn't mean they can't try to find another interior lineman in the first round.
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