Jon Dove

Jon Dove has followed and loved the draft since he was a little dude. His life has been filled with many sleepless nights wondering just how the next draft would shake out. He took that obsession and started working with Dan Kadar at Mocking the Draft. Jon subsequently headed NFL Mocks, where he honed his skills in the areas of SEO, site organization and running a team of writers. Later, Bleacher Report approached him to join their NFL coverage team.

Jon Dove’s Pre-Senior Bowl Big Board

January 16, 2015

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A look at my updated Big Board before the all-important Senior Bowl!  

1. Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State

Winston is by-far the top quarterback in this draft. His poise in the pocket, vision, accuracy, and arm strength make him the complete package. There may be off-field questions, but there’s no denying his talent.

2. Dante Fowler Jr. – EDGE – Florida

I want my defensive players to have an edge and nasty streak. Fowler takes the fight to offensive linemen, setting the tone for the defense. This is a stout run-stuffer and a developing pass rusher. Fowler will immediately establish himself as a disruptive force.

3. Vic Beasley – EDGE – Clemson

Beasley gets the slight edge over Shane Ray because he features a more refined pass-rush arsenal. His (read more…)

Five GIFs to Get to Know Ray Drew

August 17, 2014

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Georgia’s Ray Drew is a physical and naturally talented defensive line prospect. After watching him play, I quickly fell in love with the former five-star recruit’s ability & upside.

In my view, Drew possesses first round potential. If he continues on the upward trend started with a solid ’13 campaign, the Bulldog will begin to appear in more & more mocks.

While he features tremendous upside, there are several areas of his game that need work. Drew needs to become a more consistent and disciplined player to fulfill his potential. Fortunately, his issues can be corrected through coaching and practice.

With a strong senior showcase, Drew could find himself surging up draft boards.

Jon Dove’s Preseason Mock

August 1, 2014

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Jon Dove’s Early 2015 QB Thoughts

May 31, 2014

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The month following the NFL draft is a great time to jump right into next year’s draft class. By that point, I’m usually so tired of watching & discussing the previous year’s prospects that I can’t wait for the palate cleanser of a new draft crop.

Thankfully, this upcoming group of draft-eligible prospects features several intriguing players and storylines already developing. As was the case this past year, the quarterback situation will be one of the more talked about topics.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota are the two names getting the most attention at this point. After spending some time looking at both prospects, I’ve come away giving Winston the edge.

This opinion is based on the play on the field and not factoring in Winston’s off-field concerns. Winston’s play on the field is strong enough to warrant early first-round consideration.

There is (read more…)

Jon Dove’s Final Three-Round Mock

May 6, 2014

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In my final 2014 NFL Mock Draft, I finally focused on predicting what I think will happen, rather than putting players I prefer in specific spots. This led to prospects like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Cyrus Kouandjio, Ryan Shazier, Morgan Moses and Tom Savage coming off the board ahead of where I have them ranked.

It also saw Ju’Wuan James and David Yankey drop in the the second day of the draft, where I’d consider them major steals. One of my personal favorites, Arizona State’s Robert Nelson, doesn’t even appear in this three-round mock.

I just want to say that all of this is the reason we love the NFL Draft. The many different opinions lead to spirited debates.   Jon’s eager to get your feedback, so be sure to tweet him your thoughts and questions at @Jon_Dove42.

Jon Dove’s 2014 NFL Draft Guide

April 28, 2014

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Jon Dove’s Offensive Prospect Man Crushes

April 25, 2014

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I must have a thing for offensive linemen because three of my five offensive man crushes come from the trenches. Teams especially looking to improve at the guard position will have a chance deep into the draft to find a potential starter.

The quarterback position this year doesn’t really impress me as much as it does others. Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel are the only clear-cut first rounders in my book.   Ja’Wuan James — Offensive Tackle — Tennessee

It’s very likely that I’m one of the few that have Ja’Wuan James safely in the first round mix. He is a big-bodied and athletic offensive tackle prospect. Throughout his career, he showed the fluidity to protect the quarterback and the power to generate a push in the run game.

James was overshadowed by teammate and fellow draft prospect Antonio Richardson during his time in a Vols uniform. However, that situation (read more…)

Jon Dove’s Defensive Prospect Man Crushes

March 21, 2014


Every year, a handful of under the radar prospects catch my eye and become my draft man crushes. This draft season, I’m especially intrigued by the remarkable defensive talents who receive little pub.   I’d be willing to pound the table for these guys. While they aren’t highly regarded by everyone in the draft community, I believe they will have excellent NFL careers.   Robert Nelson — Cornerback — Arizona State

Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use a second-round pick on Nelson. The Sun Devil defensive back is a smooth athlete who can really stick with his target. He reminds me of a less heralded version of TCU’s Jason Verrett, as both players do a great job limiting separation by the wideout.

Nelson also is a versatile defender, excelling in both man and zone coverage. In man, he uses his quickness and long arms to stick with (read more…)

New Mock Draft by Jon Dove

February 28, 2014

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Jon Dove shares with us his latest mock draft! Be sure to tweet him your thoughts and questions at @Jon_Dove42.  

Two Round Mock Draft by Jon Dove

January 24, 2014

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Jon Dove goes two rounds with his new mock draft! Be sure to tweet him your thoughts and questions at @Jon_Dove42.  

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