2014 NFL Mock Draft
No. 1 - Feb. 3
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1. Houston Texans
QB Blake Bortles, UCF – No, no, no. Bill O’Brien isn’t going to take Johnny Manziel as his franchise quarterback. Bortles needs a little time, but he has the tools. Watch out – Bortles will be the fastest riser throughout the draft process.
2. St. Louis Rams
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson – Greg Robinson will be tempting, but the Rams will give Sam Bradford another weapon to play around with.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M – The franchise needs a kickstart and needs to sell tickets. Welcome to the show.
4. Cleveland Browns
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville – The Browns are in a nice spot. They won’t complain if Bortles, Manziel or Bridgewater are still around.
5. Oakland Raiders
OT Greg Robinson, Auburn – The Raiders need a quarterback to fall here, and they might think about Derek Carr, but Robinson or Jake Matthews will be a need pick, too.
6. Atlanta Falcons
DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina – The Falcons need a pass rusher. Merry Christmas.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M – While he’s not a blaster, he will be a key part of the puzzle for a team that needs a franchise tackle.
8. Minnesota Vikings
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA – The Vikings need a quarterback, and outside linebacker isn’t a glaring problem, but they also need pass rushing help. Barr will be a fit somehow.
9. Buffalo Bills
LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo – It’s not like he’s a hometown guy – he’s from Miami – but he’s the do-it-all playmaker for a defense that might be one key player away from being amazing.
10. Detroit Lions
S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama – Defensive back, defensive back, defensive back. The Lions need one, and it’ll be a choice between the best corner on the board or the top safety.
11. Tennessee Titans
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama – The Titans might need more of a pure pass rusher than a strong all-around linebacker, but this would be a nice value pick.
12. New York Giants
CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State – While he’s not a blazer, he’s a No. 1 corner who hits well. The Giants would jump all over Mosley, Barr or Mack if any of them slide.
13. St. Louis Rams
OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan – The Rams will either go with Sammy Watkins at the No. 2 and grab an offensive tackle here, or they’ll take Greg Robinson with the second pick and go with a Marqise Lee or a Mike Evans here.
14. Chicago Bears
DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State – Defense. All defense. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be a dream to fall here, but Jernigan would fill a glaring hole for the league’s worst run defense.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State – LeVeon Bell did just fine for the Steelers, and grabbing another Spartan would work out in a huge way for a secondary that needs help.
16. Baltimore Ravens*
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M – It’ll be Marquise Lee or Evans. Do the Ravens want to go big and physical or fast and quick? Big, physical and deep.
16. Dallas Cowboys*
CB Louchiez Purifoy, Florida - The Ravens and Cowboys will determine their order by a coin flip. It shouldn’t matter; they need different things. Upgrading the secondary will be part of the plan.
18. New York Jets
WR Marqise Lee, USC – This one’s easy. It’ll be either Lee or Evans, whichever one is still on the board.
19. Miami Dolphins
OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame – All the drama of the season made the offensive line a major problem. Martin might not last this long as he rises up in the draft process.
20. Arizona Cardinals
OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama – This might be a steal for a top ten overall talent. He might not have played up to his talent last year, but he’ll wow everyone in workouts.
21. Green Bay Packers
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina – Aaron Rodgers needs another tight end to work with, and the best one on the board will be there for the taking.
22. Philadelphia Eagles
CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State – With defensive back a bit of a priority, getting a potential safety or No. 2 corner from Joyner would provide versatility.
23. Kansas City Chiefs
DE Kona Ealy, Missouri – While he might not be the exact position the defense needs, and a wide receiver would be nice, Andy Reid always likes dangerous pass rushers.
24. Cincinnati Bengals
S Calvin Pryor, Louisville – It might be a bit of a reach, but the Bengals need defensive backs and safeties come at a premium.
25. San Diego Chargers
DE Dee Ford, Auburn – More protection for Phil Rivers will be considered, but a pass rusher who brings the playmaking heat might make Ford an easy choice.
26. Cleveland Browns
RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State – Running back might be devalued, but the Browns can’t mess around after misfiring on Richardson. With this pick from the Colts, Cleveland will get a running back who’ll produce.
27. New Orleans Saints
DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota – It’s not a need pick, but the defensive tackles will slide. Hagemen isn’t necessarily a three-down tackle, and he’d be great for a rotation.
28. Carolina Panthers
WR Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU – Cam Newton needs more weapons to work with. The best receiver left on the board will go here.
29. New England Patriots
DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame – The Irish need more options for the defensive interior to take over for Vince Wilfork. In a lot of ways, Nix is a Wilfork clone.
30. San Francisco 49ers
DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame – He might not be a dominant pass rusher, but he can do a little bit of everything for the Niner line and can be moved around where needed. This would be a phenomenal value pick for a top 15 talent.
31. Denver Broncos
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State – The Broncos might have to look big picture with Wes Welker’s concussion problems a concern and Eric Decker possibly a free agent casualty.
32. Seattle Seahawks
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech – If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, the receiving corps is fine. However, getting Russell Wilson an outlet pass catcher like Amaro would make the rich richer.