NFC West: 2014 Mel Kiper mock 3.0

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: 49ers

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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest choice for the San Francisco 49ers in the first round Insider is Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Fuller is a fast riser and a popular pick these days. Fuller, whose two older brothers played in the NFL, had a terrific scouting combine last month in which he showed great speed. Cornerback will certainly be a top priority in the draft for San Francisco.

If the board falls the way Kiper sees it, I could also see Fresno State receiver Davante Adams being the choice at No. 30. Receiver is arguably the team's greatest need in the draft.

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Cardinals

March, 13, 2014
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With Arizona’s left tackle issues fixed for the next five years, it’s time to plug the Cardinals’ next biggest hole: the secondary. In his Mock Draft 3.0, ESPN NFL draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. predicted the Cardinals will select Darqueze Dennard, a cornerback out of Michigan State.

If there’s a safety on the board who’s better than Dennard, the Cardinals will most likely go in that direction because of their serious need to stop tight ends. However, if Dennard is the best player available, it’d be hard not to choose the Jim Thorpe Award winner and a unanimous All-American. He had 62 tackles and four interceptions, and Dennard would be able to learn the tricks of the trade from Patrick Peterson on the other side as well as pick up a thing or two from Tyrann Mathieu.

If Arizona drafts Dennard, there’s a very good chance the Cardinals will cut Jerraud Powers and begin the reformation of the secondary this year.

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Rams

March, 13, 2014
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Long before free agency ever brought suspicion to reality, it was no secret that the St. Louis Rams were likely going to have to address the offensive line at some point in the 2014 NFL draft.

With the crazy turn of events that took place Wednesday night that ultimately landed Rodger Saffold back with the Rams, the need might not be as pressing as first feared.

But that doesn't necessarily mean the Rams won't continue to bulk up the line in this year's draft. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is standing by his consistent choice Insider of an offensive lineman for the Rams with the second pick in the draft. In his third shot at a mock, Kiper is again going with Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 2 but switching from Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans to Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at No. 13.

Adding Robinson would be no surprise. He has been a favorite of mock drafts for some time and he would provide the Rams a hammer in the run game with plenty of upside as a pass-protector. It might be considered a little high for a player who might have to follow the Jonathan Ogden plan and play guard for a year but either way, Robinson would bring a much-needed elite talent to the offensive line for the long term.

The Rams have watched as the safety market exploded and teams moved quickly to remove them from the shelves. Which means it's likely going to be a position the Rams must address at some point in the draft. Clinton-Dix is a logical choice because of his range and cover skills though I've been a bit underwhelmed when watching him. Adding a quality corner or even another high quality offensive lineman such as Notre Dame's Zack Martin might represent better value but that's not to say that Clinton-Dix wouldn't make sense.

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