March 21, 2014 by Ell and Mike Sports
NFL Mock Draft 2014
1. Texans DE Jadaveon Clowney (South Carolina)
Clowney continues to be the best player on the board and none of the QBs have proved to be any more than a reach at #1. His arrival helps the pass rush needed to stop the rest of the AFC South mainly the Colts who have loaded up on offense.
2. Rams WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson)
With Roger Saffold back, the Rams feel like they need interior help and that can come later in the draft. They decide to pick-up the best playmaker and WR in the draft in Sammy Watkins.
(From the Redskins for RGIII)
3. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (UCF)
He seems to have the most potential of all the QBs on the board and the Jags love potential. The Jags desperately need a QB and Bortles could be an in-state difference maker.
4. Browns QB Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)
I think this is the QB that they are secretly in love with and he falls in their lap. He is considered the #1 QB on most boards and the Browns would love what he brings to the table.
5. Raiders OLB/DE Anthony Barr (UCLA)
Barr would give the Raiders defense a nice hybrid OLB/DE which would give them options on where to line him up depending on their defensive formation. He could provide a nice pass rush off the edge in a division of veteran QBs.
6. Falcons OLB Khalil Mack (Buffalo)
The Falcons need a pass rusher and Mack is the hot name after the Combine. With the team appearing to be moving to a 3-4 formation, Mack would be a nice pass rushing OLB.
7. Bucs T Greg Robinson (Auburn)
The Bucs need help at the tackle positions especially after cutting Donald Penn, but luckily the best tackle in the draft falls in their lap. The problem is Robinson is a nice RT, but can he play LT?
8. Vikings QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
Vikings need a QB to take over for the long term now that Christian Ponder is not the answer. To their surprise, Johnny Football falls in their lap, but will AP be happy?
9. Bills S HaHa Clinton-Dix (Alabama)
With the Jarius Byrd leaving town via free agency, I think they will try to fill his spot long term. Clinton-Dix is considered the best coverage safety on the board.
10. Lions S Calvin Pryor (Louisville)
The Lions need more physicality to their secondary and hard hitting Safety Calvin Pryor can bring that to this defense. He can replace Louis Delmas who left via free agency and hopefully take over the spot for the long term.
11. Titans CB Justin Gilbert (OK State)
The Titans didn’t expect Gilbert to be here and they grab him with no hesitation as he is considered the best CB in the draft with good size and speed. He can replace Alterraun Verner who left via free agency.
12. Giants T Taylor Lewan (Michigan)
Lewan is a blessing in disguise for the Giants who had problems keeping Eli Manning upright. They could plug him in at LT and keep last year’s pick Pugh at RT.
13. Rams T Jake Matthews (Texas A&M)
The Rams are in a good spot to pick the best player available and one of the better tackles in the draft falls in their lap. Matthews could have easily gone #2 to the Rams; this move could allow Saffold to move inside giving them a solid O-line.
14. Bears DT Timmy Jernigan (Florida State)
The Bears could use help on D-line and they pick the most versatile lineman in the draft. Jernigan could provide both run and pass help which is exactly what they need and after losing DT Henry Melton.
15. Steelers DT Louis Nix (Notre Dame)
The Steelers need to get younger on defense and they haven’t had a solid NT since Casey Hampton was released. Nix is considered one of the best DTs in the draft, but he is best9 fit for a 3-4 to plug the middle.
16. Cowboys LB C.J. Mosley (Alabama)
With DeMarcus Ware as very likely cap casualty, the Cowboys need to find his replacement ASAP. Mosley is a nice athletic linebacker from a pro style defense.
17. Ravens TE Eric Ebron (UNC)
The Ravens need O-line help, but with the best lineman gone they pick up the best TE in the draft. Ebron can help replace Ed Dickson and provide insurance for Pitta or complement him in a 2 TE set.
18. Jets WR Marqise Lee (USC)
The Jets need a player maker to help Geno Smith progress and a subpar year allows Lee to fall in their lap. However, he could be the most polished receiver in the draft after staying for an extra year of college.
19. Miami T Zack Martin (Notre Dame)
The Dolphins need O-line help and Martin is the best tackle left on the board. He has good toughness and footwork, but he needs to show that he is not really a Guard posing as Tackle.
20. Cardinals DE Dee Ford (Auburn)
The Cards could use more pass rush help and a possible replacement for John Abraham. Ford is a tough pass rusher who has a confidence that fits the mold of the Cards under Arians.
21. Packers WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
The Packers are surprised that Evans falls this far and pick him up as a nice replacement for James Jones. He can be a nice target for Rodgers in the red zone.
22. Eagles CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State)
The Eagles are in need of secondary help especially at the CB position and Roby is a player with good speed and coverage skills who should contribute immediately.
23. Chiefs WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)
The Chiefs lacked a game changer at WR and Benjamin is a huge WR who runs well with the ability to go up and get it. He can play alongside Dwayne Bowe and hopefully take his place as a true #1 WR.
24. Bengals DT Aaron Donald (Pitt)
The Bengals are going to lose a good pass rusher in Michael Johnson, but Donald would give them another versatile lineman they could use at DE or DT. He would also be insurance for Geno Atkins coming off of injury.
25. Chargers CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)
The Chargers are in dire need in the secondary, mostly CB, and a nice quality cover corner falls in their lap. Dennard is a tough corner who can be an instant starter on this team.
26. Cleveland CB Jason Verrett (TCU)
The Browns are unable to get the cornerback that they want in free agency, but they have found success in the draft and grab Verrett. He is a tough cornerback who has all the skills, but he is undersized.
(From Colts for RB Trent Richardson)
27. Saints DT Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota)
The Saints need to beef up their D-line and Hageman gives the team the versatility to play him at NT or DE. He is a huge man with long arms and a good burst.
28. Panthers WR Odell Beckham (LSU)
Beckham is a WR with good size and speed he would be a welcomed addition to bare Panthers WR core. He is a home run threat who could really grow with Cam Newton.
29. Patriots DE/DT Stephen Tuitt (Notre Dame)
The Pats select a nice D-line prospect in Tuitt who can play DE or DT, but more than likely would be a nice replacement for Vince Wilfork. He is a massive man, but a freak of nature who can move very well injury concerns will drop him down boards.
30. 49ers WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)
Cooks is the speed threat the 49ers have been hoping for and he could provide the deep threat they need to complete the offense with Gore, Boldin, Davis, and Crabtree in place. Cooks still needs work to be a complete receiver.
31. Broncos LB Ryan Shazier (Ohio State)
The Broncos are in need of LB help after letting Wesley Woodyard walk and Shazier is a nice athletic prospect, but he is undersized with nice speed.
32. Seahawks DE Kony Ealy (Missouri)
Ealy is considered to be a nice pass rusher, but he could also be a nice one year wonder. The Seahawks are looking for depth on the D-line and he would be a nice athletic prospect.