April 19, 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 QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
The Raiders could use a nice addition at QB and the team and player just seems like a perfect match. Manziel could sit a year behind Matt Schaub and continue to grow into a better passer, ideally injuries pending.
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.
- 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 OLB/DE Anthony Barr (UCLA)
The Vikings could use athleticism and pass rush ability from the linebacker position. Barr could instantly start as a nice pass rush threat on a young Vikings D with a good D-line in front of him.
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 WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
The Steelers have a big need at WR after letting Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery walk and Evans could provide Big Ben with a nice red zone target with great hands. Evans would instantly upgrade this offense and would definitely get Big Ben’s approval.
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 DT Louis Nix III (Notre Dame)
The Ravens just miss out on Evans and decide to improve the defense with the best nose tackle in the draft in Nix. He could work well with DT Terrance Cody and allow Haloti Ngata to move back to DE.
18. Jets WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)
The Jets may have added Eric Decker, but they still need another playmaker on offense. Benjamin would give them a nice big red zone target and he has nice speed.
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 a Tackle.
20. Cardinals TE Eric Ebron (UNC)
The Cards haven’t had had a quality pass catching TE in a long time and Ebron would change that. He is a huge athletic playmaker, but he needs help in the blocking department; luckily, they signed a nice blocking TE in free agency.
21. Packers DT/DE Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota)
The Packers need a versatile lineman to replace NT/DE B.J. Raji in case he doesn’t stay long term and Hageman would be perfect to replace long term, sub-in for him next season at NT, or play next to him. He is a versatile lineman who has a huge body, but he is quick with great footwork.
22. Eagles WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon St.)
After releasing Desean Jackson, the Eagles could use a nice slot WR and Cooks is another speedy receiver of similar stature to Jackson. Cooks would be a nice playmaking addition while Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper draw attention.
23. Chiefs WR Marqise Lee (USC)
The Chiefs are in need of a playmaker at WR and Lee is a nice quality receiver who falls in their lap. Lee has good hands, route running ability, and is a dangerous in space, but will he live up to his potential?
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 Bradley Roby (Ohio State)
The Browns couldn’t find the 2nd corner they wanted in free agency, but Roby could compete for that spot. Roby has nice size, speed, and cover skills which lead some to believe he could potentially be a shutdown corner.
(From Colts for RB Trent Richardson)
27. Saints DE/OLB Dee Ford (Auburn)
The Saints defense is in need of a pure pass rusher and Ford could bring that to the defense. He plays with a heart and toughness that will allow DC Rob Ryan to fall in love with him.
28. Panthers WR Odell Beckham (LSU)
Beckham is a WR with good size and speed he would be a welcomed addition to a 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 most boards.
30. 49ers G David Yankey (Stanford)
The 49ers need more help on the D-line than O-line, but I think HC Harbaugh wouldn’t pass up on a former recruit of this caliber. Yankey is a nice athletic guard who can provide nice holes in the run game and has the size to maybe even play tackle.
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 G Xavier Su’a Filo (UCLA)
The Seahawks need help along the O-line and Su’a Filo is considered one of the top guards in the draft. He is an athletic lineman who can play right away and he doesn’t have many weaknesses.
33. Texans – QB A.J. McCarron (Alabama)
34. Redskins – DE Kony Ealy (Missouri)
35. Browns – T Morgan Moses (Virginia)
36. Raiders – CB Kyle Fuller (VT)
37. Falcons – DE/OLB Trent Murphy (Stanford)
38. Bucs – WR Allen Robinson (Penn State)
39. Jags – CB Jason Verrett (TCU)
40. Vikings – QB Derek Carr (Fresno St.)
41. Bills – OLB Kyle Van Noy (BYU)
42. Titans – RB Carlos Hyde (Ohio State)
43. Giants – ILB Chris Borland (Wisconsin)
44. Rams – S Jimmie Ward (NIU)
45. Lions – CB/S Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)
46. Steelers – DE/OLB Scott Crichton (Oregon State)
47. Cowboys – DE/OLB DeMarcus Lawrence (Boise State)
48. Ravens – T Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama)
49. Jets – TE Jace Amaro (Texas Tech)
50. Dolphins – T Ja’Wuan James (Tenn)
51. Bears – S Deone Bucannon (Washington State)
52. Cards – QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois QB)
53. Packers – TE Troy Niklas (Notre Dame)
54. Eagles – DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (GT)
55. Bengals – CB Marcus Roberson (CB Florida)
56. 49ers – DT Will Sutton (Arizona State)
57. Chargers – RB Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona)
58. Saints – WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)
59. Colts – G Gabe Jackson (Guard Mississippi St.)
60. Panthers – CB Phillip Gaines (Rice)
61. 49ers – CB Keith McGill (Utah)
62. Pats – TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (Washington)
63. Broncos – C Weston Richburg (Colorado State)
64. Seahawks – T/G Joel Bitonio (Nevada)