The 2014 BTB Community Draft continues!
This is our favorite opportunity to interact with our community and allow them some front-page limelight, while simultaneously getting our first in-depth look at several candidates for the draft's first round.
This will be much more than just one community member's idea of how to help out their assigned teams. After each selection is forwarded to me, I will gather all of the pertinent information about this prospect from some of the internet's best draft resources. We will try to highlight the profile's best and worst traits, so that our reader's are highly educated come May 8th when these guys names are called.
To keep things simple, no trades are allowed; I think for a one round exercise that does little to actually project how things are going to turn out. Three GMs, three teams, three picks. Let's get it on!
|20. Arizona Cardinals||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama||GloryDaze|
The Cardinals, sporting two stud defensive tackles, lead the NFL in rushing defense last year. Where the Cardinals were often debased was on the back end. The Cardiac Cards found themselves on the wrong end of too many shoot-outs. They address that today with Clinton Dix, arguably the best cover safety in the draft.
Although the redbirds possess the electrifying Patrick Peterson, they have more queries than remedies at the safety position. Tyrann Mathieu impressed at free safety but is also returning from ACL and LCL surgeries and the 35 year old free agent Yeremiah Bell will not be invited back. Tony Jefferson and Rashad Johnson make the switch to strong safety. The folks at revenge of the Birds are jumping for Joy as the Cards sprint to the podium to grab their safety and instantly improve their secondary.
|21. Green Bay Packers||CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama||MD Lusk|
Okay, since most will be unfamiliar with the needs of the playoff contender Packers, I'm going to lay it out here for a bit of background, then I'll get to the pick.
I'm astounded Mosley has slipped so far (legit top 10 or 15 talent, imo) and see Mosley turning the Packers already formidable front seven into a holy terror. That's a linebacker corps of Hawk, Clay Matthews, Peppers, and now Mosley. Mosley could come in and be surrounded by talent to bring him right along to NFL level production. He would be in the right situation filling the right need for the right team to be almost instantly successful, and probably go deep in the playoffs as an added bonus.
|21. Philadelphia Eagles||Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU||Kegbearer|
The Eagles have plenty of issues on their defense. Last season they have spent draft picks and FA resources on defensive backs and linebackers, but could still use upgrades to their safeties, a dominant 3-4 lineman, and even a true speed rusher at OLB. With Pryor and Dix off the board, the Eagles could look to someone like Dee Ford to solve some edge rushing issues, or even look to someone like Jernigan or Hageman to help cause issues in multiple fronts.
But Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman understand the stakes. With the loss of DeSean Jackson, the young Foles facing growing expectations and a head coach known for creating offensive magic...the Eagles look to keep their offense the driving force of the team (and the fans from rioting) and drafts to fill their needs at receiver, where they are desperate for someone to compete with Jeremy Maclin for the #1 spot.
And so the pick is Odell Beckham, Jr. The talented receiver is a smooth athlete with 4.43 speed and a touch under six feet. Beckham is a slightly more physical DeSean Jackson, with some of the same short comings crossing the middle and blocking, but providing some of the same dangers in space and with the ball in their hands. Bonus, Beckham is younger, won't cost 10mil, and isn't a malcontent.
|Prior Picks||Selections 1-20||Review|