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2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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1. Houston Texans

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

If the Texans make a move to upgrade at quarterback this pick could switch to Jadeveon Clowney, but right now the team still needs someone behind centre. The readers went with the exciting pick in Manziel but reports say head coach Bill O’Brien wants a safer pocket passer and that’s Bridgewater.

2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)

OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

If they don’t trade down, it will be hard for the Rams to pass on Clowney and the readers don’t think they will. But with Robert Quinn and Chris Long entrenched at defensive end and a clear need at offensive tackle, my pick is Matthews, a very exciting prospect in his own right.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Getting Clowney here would be big for the Jaguars but both the readers and I went with their more pressing need at quarterback. The readers took Bridgewater, the top QB left on the board while I went with Manziel, who would be huge for a team always looking for help selling tickets.

4. Cleveland Browns

DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

QB Blake Bortles, UCF

With Clowney off the board, the readers addressed the Browns’ need at quarterback in grabbing the last of the “Big Three” in Bortles. But Cleveland got a little more lucky in my mock draft, nabbing Clowney, a pleasant surprise at fourth overall.

5. Oakland Raiders

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Our first consensus pick, both the readers and I think the Raiders will ignore their need at quarterback for the time being to nab someone to throw to. Watkins is getting rave reviews and with the pick the Raiders may finally land a true No. 1 receiver.

6. Atlanta Falcons

OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

Barr was considered by some draftniks a top three talent alongside Clowney and Matthews as the evaluation process began, so landing him at No. 6 is a good get, especially for a Falcons team that needs a pass rusher.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LT Greg Robinson, Auburn

LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Some draftniks feel Robinson is as good an offensive tackle as Matthews while Mack’s stock continues to rise, even as high top five on some mocks. In either mock here, the Buccaneers are coming away with a great player.

8. Minnesota Vikings

QB Blake Bortles, UCF

QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

I could definitely see Bortles going higher than No. 8 but if he’s still around the Vikings will look hard at the UCF QB. The readers, having already taken Bortles off the board, went with another QB and perhaps a slight reach in Carr.

9. Buffalo Bills

LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

I went with the perfect draft story in the Bills taking Buffalo product Mack while the readers were more practical, helping the Bills fill a bigger need in their secondary with Clinton-Dix. While Mack would be a great value pick at nine, Clinton-Dix is a bit of a reach in the Top 10.

10. Detroit Lions

CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Dennard seems like a bit of a reach here in the Top 10 but there aren’t many players who better fit a need for the Lions. The Michigan State product is battling with OK State’s Justin Gilbert for top CB in the draft but I agree with the readers in selecting him first.

11. Tennessee Titans

DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

If you listen to the draftniks out there, Jernigan’s stock continues to rise through the pre-draft evaluation process. He’s maybe not a Top 10 talent, but he should be the first DT taken off the board. The readers filled perhaps a more pressing need for the Titans, taking one of the top CBs in the draft in Gilbert.

12. New York Giants

CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

The Giants could just take the best player available but I helped them fill a need with Gilbert, even if he is a bit of a reach at No. 11. The readers picked a playmaker for Eli Manning in the top tight end on the board. If Ebron is the next Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, he’s a steal at this point in the draft.

13. St. Louis Rams

WR Marqise Lee, USC

LT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

I could really see the Rams taking Watkins at No. 2 but if they pass on him and Lee is still around at No. 13, I think it’s a no-brainer. WR Mike Evans could go here too as he may be a better complement to Tavon Austin. The readers see the Rams getting lucky too, narrowly passing on Matthews second overall to see his fall to them with their second pick.

14. Chicago Bears

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

The Bears top two needs are arguably defensive line and safety. While I like the readers’ pick of Nix, the Bears are sticking with their 4-3 defensive scheme and Nix may be better suited as a nose tackle in a 3-4. For that reason I gave Chicago Clinton-Dix, perhaps the top safety in the draft.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

The Steelers need an offensive tackle and Lewan is still available so my pick was as simple as that. The readers went with Mosley, who makes some sense factoring in Pittsburgh's love of linebacker prospects.

16. Dallas Cowboys

S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Another unanimous pick, both the readers and I think the Cowboys will finally look to shore up their safety position with Pryor. Had Dallas not switched to the 4-3 on defence last season, Nix would make a lot of sense as a nose tackle prospect.

17. Baltimore Ravens

OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

If Kouandjio’s knees check out, and there’s reason to believe they may not, grabbing the top offensive tackle on the board to replace Eugene Monroe makes a lot of sense. The readers went with Evans, a receiver that continues to see his draft stock rise, to help Joe Flacco. With red flags surrounding Kouandjio, Evans might be a good bet.

18. New York Jets

WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

If Evans isn’t nabbed by the Ravens, it will be hard for the receiver-needy Jets to pass on him. The readers went with a WR too, the next best option in Benjamin. Either option should make life easier for sophomore QB Geno Smith.

19. Miami Dolphins

OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

As everyone knows, the Dolphins could be rebuilding their whole offensive line this off-season. No better time to start than in the first round. Martin and Kouandjio would both be good fits if Kouandjio’s knees check out.

20. Arizona Cardinals

LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

OT Zack Martin

The Cardinals’ biggest need is perhaps at offensive tackle, and the readers nailed it with Martin, a top five OT prospect. With Martin off the board in mock draft, I went with Mosley to complement the team’s other impressive LBs.

21. Green Bay Packers

TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

With Jermichael Finley’s time in Green Bay all but over, the Packers would jump at the chance to land Ebron if he falls to the 20s in the first round. That Robinson, the readers’ pick for Green Bay, is still on the board is a surprise.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

WR Marqise Lee, USC

With Jeremy Maclin a possibility to leave via free agency, a receiver makes a lot of sense. And if Lee is still on the board he’d be a steal this late. I went with Nix who fits in well with the Eagles’ relatively new 3-4 defensive scheme.

23. Kansas City Chiefs

DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

The Chiefs, in the second year of Andy Reid’s switch to the 4-3 defensive scheme, need some talent that fits on the defensive line. Hageman, who impressed at the Senior Bowl according to reports, would make sense here.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

There’s not a lot of talk about the corners in this year’s draft class, especially after Dennard and Gilbert. Roby, if nothing else, fits a need for the Bengals as the draftniks’ consensus third-best cover man.

25. San Diego Chargers

DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

CB Jason Verrett, TCU

The readers kept up with a mini run on corners with Verrett but I thought the Chargers would get more value out of Ealy, the best pass rusher left on the board. The Chargers could use help getting to the quarterback and while Ealy won’t be confused with Clowney, he’s the best San Diego can hope for drafting in the mid-20s.

26. Cleveland Browns

QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

The Browns need a running back so Hyde makes a lot of sense here, unless you subscribe to the theory that RBs aren’t worth a first-round pick. I’m not saying I do, I just think if Carr is still available when Cleveland makes their second pick of the round, they have to take him. That said, I could see Carr having his name called far earlier than 26 as well.

27. New Orleans Saints

OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

Both the readers and I went with a need pick for the Saints. With offensive tackle at such a premium, I have the Saints starting the run on the third tier at the position with Richardson. The knock on Shazier, according to some reports, is his size.

28. Carolina Panthers

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

With Brandon LaFell potentially leaving as a free agent and Steve Smith nearing the twilight of his career, the Panthers could really use a receiver. The readers and I each gave Carolina the top receiver left on our board.

29. New England Patriots

DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

The Patriots could really use some energy on their defensive line and if they deem Tuitt a fit for their scheme, he could be a nice pick. The readers went with Amaro, one of the top tight ends in the draft, to fill the void left by Rob Gronkowski’s injuries and Aaron Hernandez’s indiscretions.

30. San Francisco 49ers

CB Jason Verrett, TCU

WR Jordan Matthewas, Vanderbilt

The 49ers need both corners and receivers so while I like the readers’ pick of Matthews, with an Anquan Boldin re-signing appearing likely, I instead opted for Verrett on defence.

31. Denver Broncos

OT Morgan Moses, Virginia

OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

The Broncos benefit from the passing over of offensive tackles in the readers' voting to secure Lewan, a likely Top 15 pick. I was a little more realistic in giving them Moses, the last of the offensive tackles that could be considered potential first round picks.

32. Seattle Seahawks

TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

While the Seahawks got decent production out of their receiving corps, they could use more from a tight end. At the end of the first round, Amaro was too good a value to pass up. The readers gave the Super Bowl champs help on their offensive line – a definite need – in Richardson.



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