2014 NFL Draft Remix, IDP Style

What if the 2014 Draft was a "do over" today? Khalil Mack might go first overall.

As we approach the end of the 2014 NFL Season (hands you a tissue, I know … I know) let me take you back in a different route with the wonderful “what if” scenarios we all like to play. If you’ve been following me on twitter (@IDPwithBEE_8o8) then you’d be familiar with what I’ve done here but this is the first time I put a remix to it as we take a look back at the 2014 NFL Draft and see if certain IDPs switched teams? The impact they’d make if we had to replay the 2014 season? This has definitely been a solid season for a bunch of the rookies both offensively and defensively, but I’m not about that offense life it’s all about the defensive side and the IDPs so before I bore you out let’s take a look at the 2014 NFL Draft (no trades) remix IDP style.

Khalil Mack Draft

PICK TEAM PLAYER POS NOTES
1 TEXANS KHALIL MACK OLB Can you imagine an offensive line trying to contain both Mack and Watt?
2 RAMS AARON DONALD DT Rams got it right with this pick, Donald has been superb for them and arguably one of the best rookies from this class, led rookies with nine sacks in 2014.
3 JAGUARS JADEVEON CLOWNEY DE/OLB Even though Clowney had an injury plagued rookie season, going to Jacksonville he’d be able to be their DE and they’d have their franchise pass rusher.
4 BROWNS C.J. MOSLEY LB Mosley will definitely help solidify the ILB position. Dansby’s got another year or two at best and with the edge rushers and front line doing their own damage, Mosley would protect the middle for years.
5 RAIDERS ANTHONY BARR LB OAK gets the next best edge rusher, Before his injury Barr has had himself a solid rookie season (77 tackles, 4 sacks.)
6 FALCONS DEMARCUS LAWRENCE DE We didn’t see much of Lawrence, due to injury, but he’s shown flashes of what he can do and Falcons get their DE of the future because they lack a pass rush.
7 BUCS CHRIS BORLAND LB Borland was excellent once he got the start in ’14. Look back at the draft and you pair him up with Lavonte David — that’ll be insane as TBB would have two 3-down LBs and could move on from Mason.
8 VIKINGS TELVIN SMITH LB Telvin can play MLB or OLB, going to MIN he’ll play MLB and now their problems are gone. Greenway and Telvin would make a solid LB combo.
9 BILLS RYAN SHAZIER LB Another stellar LB that fell short due to an injury this season, Shazier showcased what he’s capable of, and had Kiko stayed healthy BUF would have one of the better LB trios in the league with Bradham next to them.
10 LIONS KYLE FULLER CB DET front four is stout, the linebackers are coming into their own and the safeties are set, pair up Darius Slay with Kyle Fuller and DET has their CB1 and CB2 for the future.
11 TITANS BRADLEY ROBY CB Most would want TEN to take a LB here but just take it as Zach Brown not getting injured.   Titans where atruggling against the pass, Bledi did find some sorta groove (when he was on) but Roby has been pretty good and his ball-hawking skills would definitly help the Titans secondary.
12 GIANTS AVERY WILLIAMSON LB NYG solves their MLB problems by taking Avery Williamson here. He brings just about everything and is suitable pass rusher from the inside.
13 RAMS PIERRE DESIR CB Lot of folks don’t know who DeSir is, but kid is physcial and talented, he shut down Kelvin Benjamin during their match-up and is only rising. Rams get their future CB1 with their 2nd first round pick.
14 BEARS CHRISTIAN JONES LB The Bears have been on the hunt for youth at the LB position, Briggs getting old and injured and Bostic is slowly getting it. Jones fit well with CHI towards the end of the ’14 season and I put him here because he’ll thrive in ’15 in increased role.
15 STEELERS DOMINIQUE EASLEY DT Another stud who had a season plauged by injuries whether it be before the draft or during the season. Easley, when healthy, is arguably one of the top defensive prospects in this rookie class and would easily be the youth disruptor PIT will be glad to have.
16 COWBOYS STEPHON TUITT DE Tuitt made his presence felt towards the end of his rookie season, played with more confidence. Tuitt is still learning, but once he turns another corner he’s going to be alright.   Cowboys get their pass rusher here though.
17 RAVENS TIMMY JERNIGAN DT Ravens got it right when they picked Jernigan in actual draft, so I’m sliding him here too because it fits. Jernigan has put together a solid season for the Ravens as the defense continues to insert youth around.
18 JETS HA HA CLINTON-DIX S NYJ could’ve gone multiple directions here, but I gave them arguably the best safety in this draft class. Clinton-Dix put together a pretty good rookie campaign, and started to get more comfortable as season wore on, started to make plays.
19 DOLPHINS CHRIS KIRKSEY LB Kirksey would definitely help the MIA LB corps and could build something around Jelani and Kirksey, having a solid front definitely helps too.
20 CARDINALS JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU LB Attaochu made an impact from week one against the Cardinals, arugably his best game of his injury riddled rookie season (4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF) so with that the Cardinals would love to add Attaochu to their defense and become their edge rusher they desperately need.
21 PACKERS PRESTON BROWN LB It’s no secret the Packers are hurting at ILB, need to start building an all-around LB and Brown fits the bill. He’s still in works but is solid against the run and will definitely help the Packers ILB position for the future.
22 EAGLES DEVON KENNARD LB Late in the season, Kennard was impressive, racked up 5 QB sacks with less than 50% of snaps and with the aging Trent Cole reaching the end of his career, why not use Kennard opposite Barwin? Kennard could also play next to Kendricks if asked, his versatility would be welcomed.
23 CHIEFS BASHAUD BREELAND CB Many could argue that Breeland should be first CB taken in this remix draft, so Chiefs get a steal here as they lost Flowers and are in need to fill in that spot. Breeland had an impressive 17 pass deflections and 71 tackles once he stepped in when DeAngelo Hall went down for the season.
24 BENGALS KONY EALY DE You didn’t hear Ealy’s name much, if at all, in 2014. That’s because he’s behind a talented front, but that didn’t mean he didn’t do damage. Ealy will be a solid contributor from the DE spot and after CIN lost Johnson and Hunt taking forever and a day to get it, Ealy steps right in and don’t miss a beat.
25 CHARGERS JASON VERRETT CB Chargers got it right with this one, kept Verrett here it’s too bad he got injured but he was scratching the surface. Verrett may be pegged as a “small” cornerback but you can’t measure his heart and plays far above his height.
26 BROWNS DARQUEEZE DENNARD CB CLE realizes the mistake they made when they took Justin Gilbert, they got their franchise LB with their first pick, now with their second pick they help solidfy their secondary. Dennard’s physical man-to-man play opposite Joe Haden will be a sight to see.
27 CARDINALS DEONE BUCANNON S Another pick a team got right, Cardinals did well by taking Bucannon, who got some playing time at LB as well. Future is bright for Bucannon and the Cardinals.
28 PANTHERS EJ GAINES CB Gaines earned his starting spot right out of training camp after being drafted in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. In this remix the Panthers get their CB to help their secondary problems, Gaines put up an impressive 105 tackles, 10 PDs, 2 INTs and should be expecting more in his sophomore campaign.
29 PATRIOTS RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN DT Patriots get a steal here with Hageman, once he got into rhythm and started playing he showcased his burst and all what he can do on the field. He also blocked three kicks this season, imagine Hageman next to Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich?
30 49ERS AARON LYNCH LB The 49ers got this one right (in the 5th round of 2014 Draft) with all the problems and injuries on the defensive side of the ball they suffered this year, Lynch was a standout rook. Every time I watched the 49ers on TV it seemed like Lynch was in the backfield getting pressure on the QB, he’ll do more of that in 2015.
31 BRONCOS ANTHONY HITCHENS LB It showed that DEN lacked the depth at LB with injuries to Trevathan/Marshall.   Grabbing Hitchens here provides solid depth and versatility as Hitchens could play both MLB and OLB.
32 SEAHAWKS BENE BENWIKERE CB Seattle likes their ball-hawking corners, tall ones too and Bene fits the bill here. Hardly anyone noticed Bene unless you where a Carolina fan, but he flew under the radar. He was thrown at 61 times and allowed 41 receptions for 439 yards and 1 TD. With the issues Seattle has at CB, makes sens for them to get Bene here to solidify their trio.

I’m sure there’ll be a lot of opinions on this, a lot of directions this could’ve gone. I went with either team needs, best player available or if original pick in draft was on point why change it? Looking back on this, would Mack and Watt form the scariest duo on the defensive side of the ball? Lavonte David and Chris Borland together would form a solid 1-2 punch and the Bucs would have their linebacker corps locked up for years. I enjoyed this little project, I hope you did too and it wasn’t easy. Stay tuned for my 2015 NFL Draft IDP version as we’re approaching draft season. Aloha.

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