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2014 NFL Mock Draft
- Updated: January 13, 2014
Time to look at the 2014 NFL draft once more! The NFL regular season is officially over, and while the entire draft order isn’t set, it’s never to early to anticipate the draft. One thing is for sure, the first teams you see are certainly looking forward to adding talent through the 2014 draft. Let’s look at my picks for the 2014 NFL draft.
Pick 1: Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville, JR.
The Texans have been embarrassing this season, but there is hope. With the Texans get the first overall draft pick, a quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater could be the silver lining to this year. Bridgewater has tremendous poise in the pocket and has shown the ability to make NFL throws all year. Case Keenum has been a stud this season, but he is not the answer going forward. Being able to plug Bridgewater into the Texans’ offense could have them back into the playoffs sooner rather than later.
Pick 2: St. Louis Rams (From Washington Redskins): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA, SR.
A dominant pass rusher, Barr will go around the same time Dion Jordan went in the 2013 draft, but Barr was a better defender than Jordan was throughout the year. It would have made sense for Barr to go to the NFL last year, but he returned for his Senior year to get another year of experience under his belt playing defense. He has loads of potential, and would fit well as an outside linebacker for the Rams, making their defense that much better.
Pick 3: Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida, JR.
The second quarterback taken in the top ten in a draft that should only have one (Bridgewater) but that’s the beauty of the NFL draft. Personally, I love Bortles, he’s the type of quarterback that will stand strong in the pocket, but he’s athletic enough to make plays on the ground. Think of Andrew Luck-though Bortles isn’t exactly on that level. Bortles isn’t ready to help transform a team completely like Luck was, but the Jaguars aren’t in a position to contend for a while. Give Bortles some time, and he could turn into a great NFL quarterback. Or he will completely flame out, I guess we will see. His potential and poise make him a good pick for the Jaguars as a quarterback to develop.
Pick 4: Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M, RS SO.
Some team is going to do it-draft Johnny Football. Cleveland has been a joke of an NFL team, and they haven’t had a solid or exciting quarterback in ages. Manziel is small for the quarterback position, but he’s athletic, has a solid arm, and makes plays. Cleveland just needs to find a way to win, or at least find a way to provide fans with some excitement. Johnny Manziel could do just that. He’s a winner, and he’s exciting.
Pick 5: Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, JR.
The Raiders would love for one of the top three quarterbacks to fall for them, but if that doesn’t happen, they still need offensive weapons. Whoever lines up at quarterback for Oakland could use a wide receiver like Watkins. Sammy Watkins isn’t exactly a 4.2 guy, but he’s still fast and has the skills of a number one receiver. Watkins’ play-making abilities make him a great pick for the Raiders here.
Pick 6: Atlanta Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, JR.
If you haven’t heard of Jadeveon Clowney, you haven’t followed college football closely enough. The beast of a defensive end wreaks havoc on opposing offenses, and he’s already being billed as an elite NFL pass rusher. He has immense amounts of natural talent oozing out of him, and as he continues to build his technique and build strength, he will be even more unstoppable. Atlanta has been pretty miserable this season, and picking up a stud prospect like Clowney could do a lot for their future.
Pick 7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, SR.
It’s very possible that Matthews goes higher than this, but in my mock he falls to Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have some improving to do offensively, and it all starts up front. Jake Matthews is my top tackle prospect in this draft because of his ability to excel as both a pass protector and run blocker. Matthews can play right tackle exceptionally well, and he has the chance to prove he can be a great left tackle this year as well. If he is available here, Tampa Bay should throw a party in the draft room. He’s a safe pick for Tampa, and would be able to contribute immediately.
Pick 8: Minnesota Vikings: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State, SR.
Here comes a reach pick, but when draft time comes teams are scrambling for the future answer at quarterback. That’s what makes it possible for Derek Carr to be a top ten pick. Carr has proven to have a strong arm in college, along with the accuracy and intelligence to make great throws all year. Fresno State losing to San Jose State was by no means Carr’s fault, and his stock hasn’t taken a huge hit after a shaky bowl performance. With the uncertainty at quarterback for the Vikings, don’t be surprised to see Minnesota take Carr for the future.
Pick 9: Buffalo Bills: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn, RS SO.
Robinson has come on strong at the end of this year, and has played himself into high first round status. He has an immense amount of natural ability, and could come in and give the Bills a player that has to be a chance to be an absolute star on the offensive line. Robinson has the potential to become a stud left tackle in the NFL. He’s athletic, big and could give the Bills an answer to their offensive line issues.
Pick 10: Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State, SR.
The fact that the Lions have another top ten pick is ridiculous. The team is too talented to be this terrible, but hey–that’s Detroit. The Lions have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, and drafting college football’s best corner back is one way to help solve that issue. Justin Gilbert has been fun to watch this year. He has six interceptions, and has shown tremendous coverage skills. Gilbert also has solid tackling skills, and would be able to contribute for the Lions immediately.
Pick 11: Tennessee Titans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama, SR.
C.J. Mosley has been, by far, the best inside linebacker in college football this year. It just so happens that Tennessee could use a stud inside linebacker who is very solid against the run. Mosley has hit the 100 tackle mark on the year, and would be able to make an immediate impact for the Titans. He’s a safe pick who will provide leadership and versatility.
Pick 12: New York Giants: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, JR.
This pick makes a lot of sense for the Giants. The Giants have had an absolutely miserable offensive line, and Kouandjio is the best tackle left on the board at this point in the draft. Kouandjio is a mauler of a run blocker, and is pretty solid as a pass protector as well. He is young, strong and could be a franchise tackle for the Rams for years to come.
Pick 13: St. Louis Rams: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, JR.
St. Louis has a pretty studly defensive line, so adding Jernigan here would just be icing on the cake. A really scary, athletic cake. Though under 300 pounds, Jernigan has an effective bull rush that allows him to be an effective pass rusher. Jernigan is also a stud against the run and shows his toughness and strength in the trenches. Jernigan would bring a quick, tough defensive tackle to the defensive line rotation for the Rams, and it would make their defense that much better.
Pick 14: Chicago Bears: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama, JR.
Don’t even get me started about the Bears’ safety woes. Chicago has had pitiful play from both Major Wright and Chris Conte, and it has really affected the defense. With Clinton-Dix, the Bears would get a capable safety who can cover and tackle very well. Clinton-Dix would help to eliminate the big play threat that has truly plagued Chicago. The defense has a lot of holes, and could also go with Mizzou defensive end Kony Ealy here, but Ealy could jump into the top ten, and the safeties are just brutal, so I will stick with Clinton-Dix here.
Pick 15: Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan, SR.
This pick makes sense for Pittsburgh. Their line has been a bit shaky, and Lewan is a more than capable pass protector and run blocker, and he could have been in the running for the number one pick in the 2013 draft. With his athleticism, strength and big body, Lewan makes perfect sense as a long term left tackle for Pittsburgh.
Pick 16: Baltimore Ravens: Marqise Lee, WR, USC, JR.
One of the most talented wide receiver in this class by far, Baltimore would love to get Marqise Lee this far down. A speedy 6’1 wide out who runs crisp routes, Lee looked unstoppable last year as he caught 118 balls for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. Lee can go up and get balls, and just needs to improve his focus at times to become a great NFL receiver. The Ravens desperately need wide receiver help, and pairing Torrey Smith with Marqise Lee will give Joe Flacco a dangerous combo.
Pick 17: Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, JR.
If Ealy is available here for Dallas to pick, they should snatch him up without a second thought. Ealy had a great year during Mizzou’s incredible season, and his size and athleticism made him one of the best pass rushers in the SEC. Dallas had one of the worst defenses in the NFL this year, and Ealy could contribute to fix that immediately. He has top ten talent, so at pick 17 he would be an incredible value steal.
Pick 18: New York Jets: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo, SR.
Khalil Mack is having a great season for Buffalo, and the Jets could use another pass rushing outside linebacker for their solid defense as Calvin Pace is getting older. Mack could just be a big fish in a small pond, but it’s hard to argue with productivity. Mack is more than just a pass rusher. He is a solid tackler, and does well in run support and pass coverage. It would be interesting to see how he does against NFL competition.
Pick 19: Miami Dolphins: Eric Ebron, TE, UNC, JR.
Eric Ebron is a dynamic tight end and would be huge for Miami in the passing game. He’s long, athletic and makes catches you wouldn’t think possible. He’s not an incredible blocker at this point, but he could always develop into a better one. The main point is that Ebron would help Ryan Tannehill and the passing game immensely.
Pick 20: Arizona Cardinals: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State, SR.
Dennard would be a steal here for Arizona. The Cardinals have a pretty solid defensive backfield, but another capable corner couldn’t hurt, especially a shutdown corner like Dennard. Dennard routinely outplayed opposing wide receivers and made it clear that he was one of the very best defensive backs in college football. Pairing the Michigan State corner with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu could make for a dangerously good defensive backfield for years to come.
Pick 21: Green Bay Packers: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame, JR.
Green Bay has a lot of defensive problems. In my opinion, they should snatch up Tuitt here if he falls this far. Tuitt is over 300 pounds, and he is athletic enough to man the defensive end spot for Green Bay. He had 12 sacks last season, and he has had a good year in his Junior campaign. Green Bay would love for Tuitt to fall to them here.
Pick 22: San Diego Chargers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, RS SO.
The Chargers have not had a lot of production from the wide receiver position outside of rookie Keenan Allen. Mike Evans could change that immediately, as the huge wide receiver has been very productive for Texas A&M this season. While not the fastest receiver, Evans will go up and get any ball thrown his way. He is competitive, and would be able to help out the passing game immediately in San Diego.
Pick 23: Philadelphia Eagles: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson, JR.
The Eagles have put together a solid season so far, but they haven’t had a lot of help from their defense. Vic Beasley has had a tremendous season as a pass rusher, and could make a big impact on Philly’s defense. He’s quick, strong, and he’s also capable in coverage. Beasley would be a solid pick for Philadelphia here.
Pick 24: Kansas City Chiefs: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State, RS SO.
The Chiefs did not get much from their wide receivers his season, and the best wide receiver on the board here is Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin caught 15 touchdowns this season, and his big 6-5 frame will make him a legitimate red zone target and overall threat for Alex Smith. Benjamin struggles a little bit with drops, but the big picture makes him worth it at pick 24. This would be a good pick up for Kansas City.
Pick 25: Cincinnati Bengals: Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame, SR.
Zack Martin is a guy that is a bit of a tweener between offensive tackle and offensive guard. Either way, Martin has been a consistent, great offensive lineman who has played his way into the first round. Martin could provide the Bengals with depth, and could possibly play himself into playing time sooner rather than later, but given a few years Martin could be a stud of an offensive tackle, or offensive guard depending on where the Bengals need him.
Pick 26: Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis Colts): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, SR.
After the Browns picked up Johnny Manziel with their first pick, I have them grabbing another wide receiver to pair him with here. Outside of Josh Gordon, who has been an absolute stud, the Browns don’t have a lot of talent at wide out. Jordan Matthews has been very productive at Vanderbilt, and has great hands. Though Manziel is a little polarizing, pairing him with Gordon and Matthews could provide some good production through the air in Cleveland.
Pick 27: New Orleans Saints: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame, SR.
Nix has fallen too far to fall any further. The Saints are in a 3-4 defense, and having a dominant nose tackle is key for a successful 3-4 defense. The Saints have some solid production on the interior of their defensive line, but at 326 pounds, Nix is the type of player that you can build around, and makes every defensive player’s job easier.
Pick 28: New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota, SR.
The Patriots had one of the worst run defenses in the league. One way to help remedy that is to take the best defensive tackle on the board who does a good job of disrupting running plays in the backfield. Hageman is a big man at almost 6’6 and 310 pounds. He has excellent pass rushing abilities, and holds his own against the run game. His athleticism and quickness would make him a great pick for New England.
Pick 29: San Francisco 49ers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State, JR.
It’s no secret that the 49ers could use more production at wide receiver. Allen Robinson is my best wide receiver left on the board, and the 6’3 junior would be a solid pick for San Francisco. Robinson has the physical tools and production of a number one wide out, and while not the fastest receiver, he has the size and leaping ability to make a significant impact in the NFL.
Pick 30: Carolina Panthers: De’Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon, JR.
Though small, Thomas is probably the fastest player in this draft. The Panthers have been great this year, and have had prior success with a 5’9 hybrid offensive player (Steve Smith.) Thomas can contribute on the ground, but probably fits best as a slot receiver in the NFL. The Panthers should take a chance on the athlete and find a spot for him somehow. Though he won’t have a set position, he is a guy that can really help an offense in many ways.
Pick 31: Seattle Seahawks: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor, SR.
What do you get a team that has a whole lot of everything? Some depth on the offensive line never hurts, and Richardson would be a great fit in Seattle. Richardson fits the mold of a guard at the NFL level and has tremendous run blocking ability. His big frame and tough mindset help him to clear room for running lanes and to protect the quarterback. Richardson could turn into a great starting guard down the line for Seattle, and the rich get richer.
Pick 32: Denver Broncos: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford, SR.
Von Miller is back in Denver, but another excellent pass rushing outside linebacker couldn’t hurt. I have Denver winning it all this year, but they still have room to improve defensively. Murphy is a guy with excellent take on skills, he sets the edge well and can get to the quarterback with ease. He flashes quickness and awareness that would give the Broncos immediate depth, and solid production down the road.
Well there we have it, my fifth edition 2014 NFL mock draft. Make sure to check back for updates! Also, make sure to like us on Facebook to keep updated with our latest stories about the NFL and more! Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Leave a comment below, and we will talk NFL draft.