The NFL regular season is over, time for a Mock Draft
In my first mock of 2013, I had the Titans drafting Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. They opted for Chance Warmack, but after one season, it looks like Vaccaro would have been the better move. This time around, they'll scoop up the best safety in the draft, especially if Bernard Pollard leaves as a free agent. No quarterback is worth taking here, and I don't see the team taking an offensive tackle unless they release David Stewart. Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley could also very well be an option here.
12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Last offseason, the Giants signed Will Beatty to a five-year, $37.5 million deal, and also drafted right tackle Justin Pugh in the first round. However, the team's pass blocking was horrendous this season. Beatty was up and down all year and fractured his leg in Week 17. Pugh is capable of kicking inside to guard, where he may even be better suited to play, so the Giants could immediately plug Lewan in at right tackle and bolster their poor offensive line.
13. St. Louis Rams: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
If Clinton-Dix falls to this spot, I see the Rams grabbing him to fill their biggest defensive need. If Clinton-Dix isn't available here, the Rams could add an outside receiving presence that could be a great complement to last year's first-round pick, Tavon Austin. If the Rams are truly committed to Sam Bradford as their quarterback, they should give him the tools he needs to succeed.
14. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU
The Bears clearly need someone to bolster their run defense, which is by far their biggest weakness. Jernigan could be the man for the job while also providing some pass rush up the middle. 2013 defensive tackle Henry Melton will be a free agent this offseason, is coming off a torn ACL, and was recently arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
All you hear about the Steelers these days is that they are too old on defense. They are still an above average unit, but many of their best players are certainly getting old. Despite having drafted Jarvis Jones a year ago, now is still a good time to inject some youth into their defense. Mosley would give the team a promising young centerpiece who will soon turn into a leader and quarterback of the defense. An offensive lineman such as Cyrus Kouandjio will also be in play here.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The loss of Anquan Boldin really hurt the Ravens' offense this year. Boldin was a guy that Joe Flacco could just chuck it up to and rely on him to make a play. Boldin is gone, but Evans could be a similar "go up and get it" type pass catcher.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
The Cowboys switched to a 4-3 base defense this season, but struggled mightily to make the transition, ranking dead last in total defense. A big part of their problem is that they are too small up front. Nix could help stabilize a porous run defense while also helping collapse the pocket and freeing up room for DeMarcus Ware on the edge.
18. New York Jets: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU
Benjamin has some sensational ability, and he began to showcase it down the stretch this year, putting up a ridiculous 14/331/5 line over his final two games. A strong performance in the National Championship could really boost his stock. The massive 6'5'' pass catcher would make sense for the Jets, who need weapons who can make plays for Geno Smith. The Jets need a receiver very, very badly, and Benjamin could be the guy they target.
19. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Even excluding the Jonathan Martin situation, offensive tackle very well may have been the Dolphins' biggest weakness in 2013. Ryan Tannehill was sacked a league-high 58 times. Kouandjio looks like the best lineman on the board in this scenario, so the Dolphins would do well to take him here.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
This is admittedly a bit of a long shot, but reports suggest that at least two teams have Hundley as their top ranked quarterback prospect this year, and the Cardinals could be the perfect landing spot. Hundley is still raw and needs plenty of work, but shows flashes of jaw-dropping talent. Carson Palmer is coming off a fine year for the Cardinals, but he is more of a stopgap than a long-term fix. Signed through 2015, Palmer can continue to run the offense while Hundley develops, and eventually hand the youngster the reigns when he is ready.
21. Green Bay Packers: Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame
A lot of people are expecting the Packers to take a tight end, but Aaron Rodgers doesn't really need great pass catchers to put points on the board. The team would be better suited bolstering their 25th ranked defense than their third ranked offense. Tuitt would beef up the front seven and help against both the pass and run - Green Bay struggled against both this season.