Final Mock Draft

Finally. Draft day is here. 2 extra weeks seemed like an eternity, but we are finally here.   In my final mock draft I didn’t include trades but a couple of notes/ideas first. I think it would be ridiculous to trade up for a right tackle. If you are going to move up in what is supposed to be one of the deepest drat’s in a decade, you go after a playmaker, not a right tackle. So if the Fins do move up, as rumors are circling, I think it would be for a playmaker. Could it be for tight end Eric Ebron or maybe even someone like wide receiver Mike Evans?  Seems crazy but the first time we heard Dion Jordan and the Dolphins last year is when Roger Goddell was at the podium announcing the pick. Who knows, but I can’t imagine it would be for a right tackle. Speaking of Dion Jordan, I would not be shocked if he is traded tonight, not saying he is, but I would not be shocked. The Eagles don’t have a lot of picks, so I would expect it would include the Eagles first round pick (#22) and a player as well (maybe defensive end Vinny Curry or running back Bryce Brown or both.) We will know in a couple of hours.  My final mock draft.

Round 1, pick #19, Ryan Shazier, linebacker, Ohio State. I had the Fins taking Shazier in my first mock draft posted on 4/18/14. I go back to him because it just makes sense. Hickey has been trying to fix the line-backing core since day one, Shazier does that. I’m not sure the Fins don’t try him in the middle. I often hear that Shazier is small, but he weighed 3lbs more then C.J. Mosley at the combine and Shazier is almost the exact height and weight as Patrick Willis. Either way, Shazier would immediately improve the linebackers and the defense.
Round 2, pick #50, Billy Turner, offensive line, North Dakota State. Same as my first mock draft. You could easily substitute Ja’wuan James from Tennessee or Joel Bitonio from Nevada. It will come down to highest rated o lineman on the Fins draft board at this point. I think it is Turner. He can play either guard or tackle.
Round 3, pick # 81, Michael Schofield, offensive line Michigan. The Fins double dip on offensive lineman. I have had the Fins taking Schofield in every mock draft, but this time I moved him up to the 3rd round. His name has been “moving up” draft boards lately and if the Fins want him they may not be able to wait until round 4. He gives them flexibility; he played both right tackle and left guard in college.
Round 4, pick #116, Terrance West, running back, Towson.  I have had a hard time placing West. Some have him being off the board in the 2nd round, others have him in the 5th. He was an absolute workhorse in college. (So much so that you have to worry about how much tread is on the tires.) He had over 400 carries in 2013, rushing for over 2500 yards and 41 touchdowns. (No, 41 is not a typo!) He lacks ideal size and timed speed, but production trumps both.
Round 5, pick #155. Robert Herron, wide receiver, Wyoming. If Herron were taller he would be off the board even earlier. A natural slot receiver in the NFL.  The Fins coaches worked him out recently and wanted to watch him catch punts something he had not done since high school. I have had him a bunch of different rounds, but I think his size and suspect competition keep him on the board longer then people think
Round 6, pick #190, Stephen Morris, quarterback, Miami. I have had Morris here since day 1. I have read some local pundits that don’t believe the Fins have the luxury of a developmental quarterback (and of course other pundits have them taking a quarterback in round 1). Morris has a skill set worth taking a chance on.
Round 7, pick #234 Marquis Flowers, Outside Linebacker, Arizona.  Same as last mock. He started 9 games at safety in 2011, but moved to strong side linebacker and flourished. He was a three year starter at Arizona. A developmental player that could be an asset on special teams.  

Everyone have a great weekend, enjoy the draft. Go Fins!!!!!

Carl C. Crowley