Chris and I are back with selections 21-24 of the 2014 Mock First Round Draft. Chris has the odd numbers and I have the even.
21. Green Bay – Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
Ward is a guy that’s been climbing draft boards lately. The Packers don’t have many needs, so they can afford to take a chance on a guy like Ward. Depth is needed along their front 7, but they need someone now on the back end of their defense.
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Eagles’ Head Coach Brian Kelly has some familiarity with Lee having coached against him in college. While he doesn’t bring the big size, Lee is very polished and extremely competitive. With DeSean Jackson in Washington, the Eagles needed to add another receiver to compliment Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.
23. Kansas City – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Chiefs were a surprise breakout team last season thanks to some really incredible play from Jamaal Charles and their defense. If the Chiefs are going to be a team that nobody wants to play in January though, they have to scare people with their passing game too. Alex Smith is a solid quarterback, but he’s not the type of guy that’s going to go win games without any help. Dwayne Bowe is just no consistent enough, the Chiefs have to find Smith a more reliable pass catching target.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
The speed and disruptive ability of Shazier will be a welcome sight in Cincinnati. Shazier led the Buckeyes in tackles for two straight years and gets sideline to sideline extremely well. With James Harrison more than likely done in Cincy, the Bengals need a guy with some youth and ability to cover as well as get to the passer. Early on, I anticipate him needing some protection from a solid defensive end which the Bengals have on each side. Shazier could hold down this spot for many years for the Bengals.