Movin’ the Chains Mock Draft #1

We all have our favorite sources for NFL Draft content on the web. NFL Network, in addition to their coverage of the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine, and prospect Pro Days, has catnip for draftniks (how’s that for an awkward phrase?) in the form of their daily “Path to the Draft” show. Of course, in print, the best draft publication on the planet is Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft, and our paid Members can get their guide for free this year.

Movin_the_Chains_2015_NFL_DraftHere at PowerHouse, we have SiriusXM NFL Radio on pretty much all the time, and their best show, hands down, is “Movin’ the Chains,” with former NFL personnel man Pat Kirwan and former journeyman (in case he reads this) QB Jim Miller. Every year, they do a series of mock drafts in a format where they take turns.

If you’ve never done a mock draft in this format, it’s an eye-opening exercise that exposes you to other ways of thinking and eliminates that tendency we all have to slot guys where we think they are a best fit.

The truth is, the 32 real-life NFL General Managers are each making one vitally important decision for their team, and not trying to make their contribution to a first round that looks elegant, neat, and well thought out. When you draft with a friend doing half the picks, you’re forced to stay focused only on the team you’re picking for at the moment, those coming after you be damned.

Here are the results of their first mock draft of 2015, broken into three segments, which is how they did it on their show on Friday, March 27th:

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The Last 2014 NFL Mock Draft You’ll Ever Need

NFL-Mock-Draft-2014-stageI love mock drafts. There, I admitted it. The definition of a “guilty pleasure” (according to Google,) is “something… that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.” If that doesn’t describe mock drafts, I don’t know what does.

It’s one thing to do a mock on your own, but it’s an entirely different experience to involve others, either one or two other friends or a large group where each participant drafts for one or more teams.

My good friend Dave Johnson and I have been doing a mock draft a few days before the NFL Draft for years. This year we skipped the inefficiencies of email and used Facebook chat to do it, resulting in a more real-time experience and an overall good time.

We had so much fun, in fact, that I’m posting it to our blog, nearly a month after the actual NFL Draft, possibly making this officially the last 2014 NFL Mock Draft on the internet.

So, without further ado…

 

Pick Team Comments (unedited from our chat)

1

hou Chris: You hear that idiot Justin Blackmon is probably done (drugs)? This per Ian Rappaport. If true, what a complete jackass.

I’ve got the odd-numbered picks this time, so I’ll get this party started in the least surprising possible fashion: Jadeveon Clowney is a Texan.

[Actual pick: DE Jadeveon Clowney]

2

stl Dave: I hadn’t seen the thing on Blackmon. What a waste. StL is happy enough with Barksdale, their biggest OL needs are inside he tackles! where they can get high caliber help later. They need to bring pressure, either with a pass rusher or an elite WR who can bring the game to the other guy. They’re going for the pass disrupter, Kahlil Mack.

Jeez…autocorrect is less helpful than it thinks it is. That should have been a simple, unexcited “inside the tackles.”

[Actual pick: OT Greg Robinson]

3

jax Chris: Rumors on Twitter are about as reliable as Charlie Sheen on location in Amsterdam, but whether the Blackmon story is true or not, the Jags are going to jump at the chance to add Sammy Watkins to their roster. He’s one of three players in this draft I consider worthy of being taken first overall in any draft.

[Actual pick: QB Blake Bortles]

4

cle Dave: Cle talks trade with three teams looking to jump up for Robinson, but ultimately none offer the premium they need to justify not just grabbing their QB here. Derek Carr is now a Brown.

[Actual pick: the Bills did offer the premium to jump up, but it was for WR Sammy Watkins, not Robinson]

5

oak Chris: And with that pick, the last of my top-rated guys is gone. The Raiders would have given him very serious consideration right here. Their phone is ringing off the hook with teams looking to move up to get a tackle, but, alas, this is a no-trade mock.

They brought in Donald Penn as a 2-year stopgap solution at LT after the Saffold/Veldheer fiasco, and they’re paying him $5M a year. To heck with that. I’ll grab a guy who will be their LT for years to come, Greg Robinson, and figure out who to play where later.

[Actual pick: OLB Kahlil Mack]

6

atl Dave: Atl is frustrated they were unable to complete a trade up for any of the three guys in this draft they really covet, Clowney, Mack or Robinson. They somewhat petulantly wait the full ten minutes to turn in the Jake Matthews card, despite knowing from the outset he was their fallback pick if all three higher rated guys were gone. Considering they called nearly every team to try and work out trade combos ahead of time, pretty much everybody knows they’re just stalling here, and the consensus is its kind of a dick move.

[Actual pick: OT Jake Matthews]

7

tb Chris: The Bucs just gave Anthony Collins $30M to replace Donald Penn at LT, and they like the young ‘uns at RT, so they’re not really in the Lewan market. The key to the Tampa 2 is getting pressure from your front four, and they signed Michael Johnson away from Cincy to improve that area. You can never have enough pass rushers, though, and there’s a good one sitting there for them right now: Anthony Barr.

[Actual pick: WR Mike Evans]

8

min Dave: The Vikings are giddy their top QB is still there, they very happily bring in Teddy Bridgewater. Yes, he’ll be the face of the franchise.

[Actual pick: traded down one spot with the Browns (originally Buffalo’s pick,) who took CB Justin Gilbert]

9

buf Chris: I would have gone QB there, too, but a different QB. Bridgewater is one of the most confusing NFL Draft prospects to me this year. He played so well, but everything has gone wrong since the season ended.

But that’s the Vikings’ problem now. The Bills are set with Cordy Glenn at LT (who is also on one of my iGM teams, thank you very much,) but the rest of the line was pretty bad last year. With the last of the “big three” tackles still on the board, they’ll snare Taylor Lewan right here.

[Actual pick: after Cle traded this pick to Minny to move up one spot, the Vikes took DE Anthony Barr]

10

det Dave: Detroit’s phone is ringing off the hook here as the mid-R1 teams with very specific needs/prospect ideas try and get their guy. The Jets, Mia, Pit and Bal are all vying for Ebron, the Bears and Cowboys trying to leapfrog the Giants for Donald…lot of pick chart value to be had here for the Leos in a trade down. They’d be happy with either ‘bama defender, are going with the guy they think will be an elite 3-down playmaker in C.J. Mosley.

[Actual pick: TE Eric Ebron]

 

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NFL Mock Draft by Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller

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On Friday, March 28th, Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, hosts of the “Movin’ the Chains” show on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio channel, held their second mock draft of the season.

As an aside, if you don’t listen to this channel in general and this show in particular, you’re missing out. I rarely turn it off.

Jim made the odd-numbered picks and Pat made the even-numbered picks. I have participated in mock drafts like this, and doing them with someone else definitely adds a unique perspective. We also will once again run a group mock draft in our Forum, as we did last year.

 

Picks 1 through 10

 

  1. Jim started things off by sending Blake Bortles to the Texans.
  2. Pat traded the Rams’ pick down to the #6 spot with Atlanta, and chose Jadeveon Clowney for the Facons, ultimately turning Osi Umenyiora into a role-player instead of a starter.
  3. Jim considered trading with Dallas, but the Jaguars did not want to go down that far. The Jaguars took the most polarizing player in this draft, Johnny Manziel.
  4. Pat took the electrifying Sammy Watkins, in my opinion the best prospect in this draft, to be a gamebreaker opposite Josh Gordon, saying a QB will come later.
  5. Jim chose Teddy Bridgewater for the Raiders, believing that QB is still a need for them even after the trade for Matt Schaub. Note that Miller, a long-time NFL QB, took a QB with each of his first three picks. He believes in this year’s crop a lot more than I do!
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