Mercifully, we are getting very close to the 2014 NFL Draft. With less than 2 weeks to go, some people still have the strength to construct mock drafts at a pretty consistent pace.
One of those people is Erik Lambert over at our fellow FanSided site NFL Mocks. Lambert recently came out with a mock draft incorporating possible trades, most of which have been speculated in the media.
The Jaguars have been rumored as a team open to trading back, and Lambert found a trade partner for the Jaguars in the Detroit Lions.
#3 – Detroit Lions (f/JAX) – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
Trade: 10th, 45th (2nd), 3rd in ’15 and DT Ndamukong Suh to Jaguars for 3rd pick
Is Ndamukong Suh on the block? The rumors swing both ways but if he is, the best chance for the Detroit Lions to unload him is with Jacksonville at #3. They have the cap space to handle his contract, and the Lions then are able to grab Sammy Watkins.
As ridiculous as it sounds, trading Ndamukong Suh has been brought up as a serious proposition by the media. This seems like a lot to give up on the Lions’ end to move up and get Sammy Watkins, but if it’s on the table then I don’t think David Caldwell hesitates in taking it. Now at #10 overall, who does he have the Jaguars taking?
#10 – Jacksonville Jaguars (f/DET) – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
Gus Bradley got his dynamic defensive presence in Suh so the Jacksonville Jaguars are free to take their quarterback. Johnny Manziel is exactly what that franchise needs. His charisma, talent and playmaking instinct should help turn things around.
With Teddy Bridgewater still on the board, Lambert opts for Johnny Manziel. Unsurprisingly, I would prefer Bridgewater if he’s there, but getting a quarterback like Manziel while stockpiling picks and acquiring one of the most dominant defenders in the NFL in Suh is a hell of a way to get out of the first round.
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