Continuing our mock draft it is time to look at who the teams from fourteen to seven may pick...
14 - Miami Dolphins
Needs - Wide Receiver, Guard, Safety
The Dolphins must be quietly hopeful that this season will see their return to the playoffs. To get there though they could do with grabbing a real difference maker at wide receiver. Kenny Britt and tight end Jordan Cameron are encouraging signs but on their own they aren't going to be enough.
With the 14th pick then, it seems likely that the Dolphins will swoop for wide receiver Amari Cooper out of Alabama.
First Round Pick - Amari Cooper (Wide Receiver)
13 - New Orleans Saints
Needs - Wide Receiver, Guard, Cornerback
Other than the Eagles and the perpetually enigmatic Patriots, there isn't a franchise whose draft priorities are harder to assess than the Saints.
They could certainly do with grabbing a pass catcher to fill the holes left by Marques Colston's decline and the departures of Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham, but after investing so much at running back and trading for Max Unger it seems that the Saints are pivoting towards a more run heavy game.
With this in mind it makes sense to see the Saints picking up the tackle/guard La'el Collins.
First Round Pick - La'el Collins
12 - Cleveland Browns
Needs - Defensive Line, Wide Receiver
Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe are perhaps the two most uninspiring wide receiver signings possible.
Given that a wide receiver hasn't been taken yet because of the depth of pass rushing talent the Browns will have to take the best wide receiver talent available and will swoop to grab Kevin White, whose size will create mismatches all over the field.
First Round Pick - Kevin White (Wide Receiver)
11- Minnesota Vikings
Needs - Guard, Wide Receiver, Cornerback, Running Back
The known unknown here is Adrian Peterson. We know that he isn't happy in Minnesota. It seems like the Vikings want to keep him but it seems possible that a big offer could wrestle the stud running back away.
For now though, let's presume that the Vikings chuck some more cash towards the running back and he stays around for at least another season.
With the running back position temporarily sorted out the Vikings will turn towards improving the secondary. In a division with Calvin Johnson and Aaron Rodgers you need top quality cornerbacks and right now the Vikings don't have them. At 6'0 and lightning quick, Trae Waynes should fit the bill nicely.
First Round Pick - Trae Waynes
10 - St. Louis Rams
Needs - Offensive Line
Nick Foles probably isn't going to be the long term answer for the Rams at quarterback but after trading for him the Rams are gong to give Foles at least one season to make his case.
They can do Foles a huge solid by improving the offensive line, which is weak pretty much across the board from center to guard to right tackle.
When drafting offensive linemen it is always best if they can theoretically play in multiple positions depending on how they adapt to the professional game. With this in mind then, guard/tackle Brandon Scherff seems like a strong choice.
First Round Pick - Brandon Scherff
9 - New York Giants
Needs - Offensive Tackle, Safety, Defensive Tackle
The Giants need to protect Eli Manning so that he can get the ball out into the hands of Odell Beckham. To do this, the Giants need to improve the pass protection of the offensive line. Grabbing a right tackle would do just this and with the ninth pick of the draft it seems likely that 6'6'' 329 pound offensive tackle Ereck Flowers fits the bill perfectly.
The only knock on Flowers is that he doesn't appear to be as flexible as would be ideal but given the importance of the position and his other talents, teams will overlook this issue to grab him early in the draft.
First Round Pick - Ereck Flowers (Offensive Tackle)
8 - Atlanta Falcons
Needs - Pass rusher, Running Back, Safety
If there was a team that could immediately bounce back to relevancy this season it would be the Falcons. They have a franchise quarterback and a star wide receiver. Outside of these key positions though, improvements are needed.
Perhaps the biggest issue for Atlanta is the safety position but the talent pool is light this year, both in depth and quality, so it would be a huge reach to take a safety with the eighth overall pick.
Instead then, expect to see the Falcons improve the pass rush by taking someone like Alvin Dupree. He may not be quite as talented as Randy Gregory but he is seen as a safer bet, character wise.
First Round Draft - Alvin Dupree (OLB/DE)
7 - Chicago Bears
Needs - Defensive End, Nose Tackle, Quarterback
The Bears are in the worst of all possible positions. They don't have a quarterback but they also have Jay Cutler signed up on a huge deal that means they are essentially stuck with him. Despite the need for depth at defensive end I reckon the Bears are going to go big in the first round and trade up in the draft to get hold of Marcus Mariota.
Jay Cutler needs to have a fire lit under him to get him to start giving a damn. Trading up to grab Mariota would do this.
First Round Pick - Trade up to get Marcus Mariota
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