Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins fans cheer after Deon Jordan (Oregon) is introduced as the number three overall pick to the Dolphins during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

AFC East Mock Draft Round 1

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Being a Miami Dolphins fan, I am undoubtedly looking forward to the 19th overall selection in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.  That being said, the other three teams I will be watching closely are Miami’s division rivals.  While this deep draft will hopefully result in an improved Dolphins roster, it will also end with an improved AFC East as a whole.  Here are my first round selections for each team in the AFC East, in order of their selection number.

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Buffalo Bills: With the 9th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select… Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Free Safety, Alabama.  The Bills have the very difficult task of replacing FS Jarius Byrd, who is now playing in New Orleans.  Clinton-Dix is easily the best safety prospect in the draft, and should be available when the Bills come to the podium.  Not only is Clinton-Dix a great ball-hawk, but he has the speed and strength to take down big running backs.  With time, he would be a great replacement for Byrd and could be even better.

New York Jets: With the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select… Odell Beckham Jr., WR LSU.  Along with Sammy Watkins, Beckham Jr, is arguably the most explosive offensive talent in this year’s draft.  One thing the Jets lacked last season (among many) was the ability to catch the football.  Geno Smith had almost no help.  Beckham Jr. can play anywhere on the field and has tantalizing speed in the open field.  He would quickly become Smith’s (or Vick’s) number one target.

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Miami Dolphins: With the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select… C.J. Mosley, ILB Alabama. The Dolphins are in a weird spot in the draft.  With the top 4 OL prospects likely gone by 19, their other option is to reach for a 2nd round tackle prospect or take a guard.  I see them going with Mosley, a polished defensive mastermind with the ability to cover anyone.  Last season with Alabama, Mosley had 109 tackles, 5 pass breakups and a forced fumble.  He would fix Miami’s ailing linebacker corps and would not be a reach at 19.

New England Patriots: With the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select… Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech.  The Patriots simply aren’t the same team offensively without TE Rob Gronkowski.  Without Gronk in the game, the Patriots offense often fizzled out.  Amaro is very similar in size to Gronk, and is listed at 6 foot 5, 265 pounds.  He has great speed (4.74 forty yard dash) and great hands.  He would provide the Patriots with a second TE and depth should Gronk get injured again.  Flashback to the days of the Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez duo…. Yikes!


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  • TylerMcMullen

    You are my hero, Eric. Keep picking Mosley in round one.

  • Matt

    Sorry but, don’t like the pick. Don’t like the idea of going defense in the first again. Mosley seems like a “ahh, what the hell, let’s take him I guess” kind of pick. We need to give what we got to give in this and next year’s draft to trade up and pick up one of these OT(Taylor Lewan or Zack Martin) and put him on the right. I know there’s more depth in the position then last year but look what happened last year when we waited till the 2nd to pick up a tackle. We got a poisoned apple that was a joke on the field. Our team is young and despite that close to being contenders in the playoffs. All we have to do is secure the O-line. We don’t have a glaring need of depth in any position other then on the O-line and RB. We just lost 3 starter’s on it. Get the best player we can get on the O-line in the first. 58 sacks and that putrid run blocking? C’mon now, let’s think about this for a second.

    • Eric Roddy

      Matt, I get what you are saying about the O-Line. That being said, we would be FOOLISH to reach for a lineman or to trade up. Trading up means losing at least 1 pick, if not two or three. We can’t afford to do that in this draft, it is too deep! What you are asking for outweighs the benefit. Martin and Lewan are good, but they are not as good as Robinson or Matthews. Trading up to get a lineman in this draft is just dumb. Plain and simple. There is too much talent to do so. There is such a small difference between Martin as a RT (versus a Guard) and Cyrus Kouandijo, a guy we can get in the second or third. Thanks for reading and commenting though!

      • DragonFly34

        Exactly. Theres only one reason Hickey doesnt draft Mosley at 19,,, he’s already off the board? I can’t see Mosley being there at 19 but weirder things have happened. Marino dropped down to the late 20′s if memory serves me?

      • Matt

        Well, we almost didn’t need to trade up if it wasn’t for the stinking Cowboy’s. That seamed like an awfully safe pick based purely on best talent available by them. That was not their greatest need. I don’t care how good of protection they put around Romo. He’ll still choke and botch any future run in the playoffs with a game sealing INT. I like the pick but still think we could of and should of thrown in some late round or 2 from next year and got Martin. A versatile OT like that doesn’t make trading up for an OT dumb. You’re putting depth at two positions Martin vs only one with James. Their was a considerable drop off from those 4 players. I like James better then unhealthy injury plagued Kouandijo fresh from (Mr. Ditch)Nick Saban. How far he dropped is evidence that many of the medical staffs in the NFL felt his injury would be nagging and cost him a lot of future time off the field in his career. Ju’ wuan James will be our starting RT for many healthy years I feel but I still think we should of paid for more versatility on the O-line. A versatile O-line is an unpredictable one. Also considering that RT and G were our #1 and 2 needs. We shouldn’t need much in next year’s draft anyway. Fix the O-line now for our young QB RT17 in his critical 3rd year (which I think we still managed to do) and we’ll see what happens with the LB core this year. If it ends up really costing us this year like the O-line did last year, then we’ll fix that in 2015 in the first round. I see a future playoff births if the O-line problems are solved now and years to come.

  • Chris

    if one of the five top linemen are available great pick him. but if they are all off the board no way we can trade up, that’s foolish. pick bpa at a position of need linebacker receiver or safety or trade back to the mid twenties. we can’t afford to not have all of our picks in this year’s draft. mosley isn’t my first choice but if the linemen aren’t there he is one he’ll of a back up plan. watch out for prior the safety from Louisville though.