NFL Mock Draft, Picks 25-28

With the twenty-fifth, the Chargers select…

Lamarcus Joyner (Photo Credit 247 Sports)

Lamarcus Joyner, CB out of Florida State

The Chargers were 29th in overall pass defense last year. They gave up around 270 yards a game, and a lot of that had to due to the play of their corners. They could also chose to go with a pass rusher here, but I see them taking a corner. If they do pick a corner, Joyner would be a great pick.

A unanimous All American, Joyner played his first two years as a safety. Last year he switched to the corner position, and had what was probably his best year yet.  Joyner finished the year with 69 total tackles, including seven tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and 5.5 sacks. The 5.5 sacks were the most of any cornerback in the NFL.

Joyner is the playmaker the Chargers defense needs. He is a little small for the corner position, but he makes up for it with his ability to mirror receivers, and with his great quickness. Has a tendency to be grabby in coverage, which may get him in trouble. May lack the strength and frame to cover a bigger TE, but he does have the athleticism to keep up with the more athletic tight ends.

At worst, Joyner will be a good nickel corner, but his ceiling allows him to be a great starting cornerback. Chargers need to improve their secondary, and Joyner is the perfect way to do that.

 

With the twenty-sixth pick, the Browns select…

Davante Adams (Photo Credit U-T San Diego)

Davante Adams, WR out of Fresno State

Now that the Browns have Manziel, they have to give him as many chances to succeed as possible. They have Josh Gordon, one of the most promising young receivers in the NFL, and Jordan Cameron, who looked promising before Weeden took the starting job back. Browns would do well in giving him one more option. Adams would be a good third option for Manziel as he begins his NFL career. When the Colts drafted Luck, they used their next few picks giving him weapons to work with. Browns should learn from the Colts and use the same game plan. If you take a good QB, make sure he starts out with as many weapons as possible.

Adams put great numbers up while at Fresno. With over 1700 yards for 24 touchdowns, Adams has the numbers to back him up. He is an aggressive receiver who tracks the ball well. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he is fast enough to get separation and make big plays. He has great hands, and is one of the few receivers in the draft who doesn’t have a drop problem.

One of the few concerns with Adams, besides playing in a weak conference, is a small fumbling issue. He will occasionally hold the ball away from his frame when fighting for yards, making it easier to strip away. There is a concern that his number were inflated by playing in the spread offense, but receivers from spread offenses have had success before in the NFL.

With Adams strong hands, deceptive speed, and ability to get open, he should be a reliable target at the next level. Again, the Browns should give Manziel every possible chance to succeed, and nabbing Adams would certainly help.

 

With the Twenty-Seventh pick, the Saints select…

Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo Credit NFL)

Odell Beckham, WR out of LSU

The Saints want to get younger at wide receiver, with their three veterans Marques Colston, Lance Moore, and Robert Meachem all getting older, and seemingly starting to decline. Drew Brees can’t throw it to Jimmy Graham on every down, no matter how good he is. He needs a fresh new option to make the offense more dynamic, and Beckham may just be that new option.

Beckham is a small receiver, but he is very athletic. He has dynamic moves in the open field, making him a threat every time he touches the ball. He has good vision and anticipation in his routes, allowing him to create good separation. Despite his size, he has a large catching radius due to his athleticism and awareness.

He has great acceleration, but only decent speed allowing DB’s to catch him from behind at times. While his hands continue to improve, he still drops the ball at times. His size will limit the types of routes he can run, but he does play big for his size. Could benefit from strengthening up to help with contested catches.

Beckham also makes for a explosive punt/kick returner, but his decision making has been poor in that area thus far. Also despite his shiftiness and acceleration, he only has 12 scores over three years.

To be honest, Brees can make any talented receiver into a Pro-Bowler. Beckham just needs to catch the ball, and do his magic after the catch and he can become a force in the NFL

 

With the twenty-eighth pick, the Panthers select…

Allen Robinson (Photo Credit Philly.com)

Allen Robinson, WR out of Penn State

Panther continue the run on receivers by taking Robinson. Panthers need to find a few new weapons for Cam Newton. Steve Smith is getting old, and after him, there aren’t many options for Newton.  Robinson would be a good start to building a younger core of receivers on the Panthers.

What Robinson lacks in speed, he makes up for in excelling at everything else you want a receiver to do. He runs clean routes, has good hands, and is a big target. He stands at 6-3, which paired with an impressive leaping ability gives him a good catching radius. He has had back to back seasons with over 1000 yards. He is a reliable wide receiver, who you can count on to be consistent from down to down. He is similar to Anquan Boldin in this way, where he may lack straight line speed, but makes up for it by being open almost every play. He is a willing blocker, which can be a rarity in receivers coming out of college.

The only real knock against him is a lack of straight-line speed. While this does limit his upside, he still has the talent and size to be a good NFL pass catcher. They may want to pair this pick by taking a more explosive receiver later in the draft, or in the future in general.

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