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2014 NFL Mock Draft

"Jadeveon Clowney"

Jadeveon going #1 but will it be to the Texans?

It’s Saturday morning and in two weeks from today the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft will be in the books. With that in mind, I bring you my predictions for those rounds on this glorious Saturday morning. Before anyone chalks me up as a moron (or worse) realize how many times the draft follows anyone’s expectations. No mock on NFL’s Future is ever your standard issue mock, and this one lives up to those expectations.

1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

I believe the Texans look to move out of this pick…hard. If they can slide down the board and still swing Khalil Mack, they would. If they can move down and grab Johnny or Bortles, they will. I fully expect Jadeveon Clowney to be the top pick in this draft but I’d put the odds at 60-40 that he’s not wearing a Texans uniform next season.

2. St. Louis Rams – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Jo-Lonn Dunbar was cut after a 4 game suspension but brought back. This defense is verging on an elite unit and Mack could be the force that puts them over the edge. Mack’s addition to the LB crew gives it some major punch and gives the Rams a ferocious front seven. My question, why is no one looking at Mack to St. Louis.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

The Jags miss out on Clowney and Mack, so the decision is likely to come down to Sammy Watkins or one of the QB’s. I, personally, feel Jacksonville may be the best fit (on both ends) for Manziel.

4. Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

I was split on this one. It came down to one of the tackles or Watkins. I imagine the Browns brass will be split on the same decision if the draft plays out this way. As so many have suggested the Nate Burleson acquisition has little bearing on Watkins being a Brown in two weeks.

5. Oakland Raiders – Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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Aaron Donald is going to go high with Oakland being the ceiling. Donald is as disruptive as any player in the draft which won’t be overlooked on draft day. If he were an inch or two taller and 10-20 pounds heavier we’d be talking about him as a candidate for the top selection.

6. Atlanta Falcons – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

In this scenario the Falcons really luck out. Outside of Clowney or Mack the Falcons would have to be honing in on Robinson/Matthews. Probably 1B to a pass rusher is a protector for Matt Ryan. Ryan spent far too much time on his back last season and Robinson’s presence should alleviate some of that and help dramatically in the run game.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Bucs brought in Anthony Collins (and a host of interior OL help). I’m not sold on the tackle situation especially given Josh McCown and/or Mike Glennon’s lack of mobility. I know Mike Evans makes a ton of sense here but not if it means you are passing on a talent like Matthews.

8. Minnesota Vikings – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

The buzz has been the Vikings passing on QB at No. 8 but if Bortles is there I don’t see it happening. Bortles can sit and learn for a year while Matt Cassel is at the helm, which is a win-win for the Vikings.

9. Buffalo Bills – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The Bills would have to be overjoyed if Mike Evans were still on the board when they pick at No. 9. Their receiving corps is solid but really could use a big No. 1 to slide Stevie Johnson inside. Evans presence on the outside should open up the middle of the field for Johnson to work.

10. Detroit Lions – Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame

This one could be the first ‘real’ shocker of the mock draft. Martin’s versatility will have teams looking to secure his services before other ‘more highly rated’ OL….i.e. Taylor Lewan. Martin could play any of the five OL spots making him a viable candidate for the Lions who are in need of a couple more serviceable protectors for Matt Stafford and Reggie Bush.

11. Tennessee Titans – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.  

As this process wanes on I get the feeling more and more the Titans will look for a QB early in this draft. That decision could come down to Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr at No. 11. I think the buzz about both is real at this point with Carr heading north and Bridgewater going south.

12. New York Giants – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The Giants have a couple of intriguing options in this scenario. The most intriguing of the bunch could be adding the athletic North Carolina TE.

13. St. Louis Rams – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

The Rams opted to pass on Robinson/Matthews at No. 2 instead opting to add another defensive playmaker. While I don’t love Lewan this high I’m not going to deny he would be an intriguing addition to an OL in major need at the position.

14. Chicago Bears – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The safety play in Chicago last season was atrocious. HCD isn’t a favorite of mine but I can see why many teams would be intrigued by his skill set. The Bears badly need help in the secondary and this pick should come down to HCD or one of the corners.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

My Steeler fans love this pick…sense my sarcasm. Look I know it’s not a big need and a bit of a duplication of Lawrence Timmons but they need a few hits in early rounds. Mosley is a top 15 pick based on talent (ninth on our board) and gives the Steelers another coverage linebacker with the instincts to rack up big tackle numbers.

16. Dallas Cowboys – Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA

Barr is a bit of stretch at this spot but I think Rod Marinelli and the defensive staff pound the table for a guy with the ceiling of Barr. It’s going to be a bit of a transition period for Barr (as it was/is for Dion Jordan) but he has special pass rush skills that could be just the Cowboys need in the long-term.


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  • Reggie

    This draft is a prime example of why I would trade up for the Lions. I knew when I saw Aaron Donald at 5 that Evans would be gone as well and then at 10 we would not be excited by who we would take. Martin is a solid player but to me another Reiff. Could be solid at LT or good at OG. Never will argue the value of the OL.

    Jerrigan is talented but like you said plays stiff. He is a hot and cold player. Roberson in Round 3 is talented but had his own issues this year.

    I would trade all three of these players for Watkins or Mack.

    • bradc11

      Agree on the trade up and think they will be actively looking for a shot to move up to snag Watkins, Mack, Donald.

      I’m not high on Jernigan but the guy is a powerful and violent player capable of dominating inside for a handful of plays a game. The value is good there and I can’t see Suh and Fairley on this roster past this year.

      I’m with you on the trade. I’d deal my 1st and 2nd to get up and get Mack or Watkins…I could see Watkins happening…if he slides past the Browns to Oakland, they would be willing to move down at a solid price. I can’t see Mack making it past three in this draft.

      • Reggie

        Agree on the “No Way in Hell” but I remember answering my own posts when I did mocks. I have thought about these picks as the morning has went on. I am not saying it would be a bad three picks. It would depend on Martin…can he play center? Or could he be a Pro Bowl LG? Would he be better than Reiff at LT and Reiff can play LG?
        Agree also that there is little chance Fairley and Suh are both back…heck both could be gone. Value is there but I am still a little worried with him. If Suh comes back with Ansah improving then Jerrigan could do well

        Roberson would be another solid CB with Slay but neither so far has shown #1 potential if that is a thing anymore.

        Trade up would be my option. Will be honest in Round 2 Deonne Buchanon would be hard to bypass. Would love him playing for Detroit. In your mock at ten Martin is as good a choice as any but I am higher on Gilbert than you are….also still kind of routing for Dennard but I will admit to homerism.

        • Reggie

          also do you not think highly of Waddle at RT? I think he showed great ability but in a short amount of time

          • bradc11

            I think the questions you asked about can he play… is the true value with Martin. I think he can play any and all of those spots. Teams have been working him out at center and reports appear to be positive. May not have ideal measurables to play LT but I’m not a fan of saying someone can’t play a spot because of their arm length. As you alluded to I think he’s a Pro Bowl LG.

            The more I watched of Kyle Fuller the more impressed I was. He’d be a guy I’d take over Gilbert and Dennard. I would take him at 10 but it’s a real longshot.

            You know I’m a fan of Waddle’s. I was high on him coming out and want to see him getting some quality snaps this season. That said, I think Martin would be a significant upgrade at that spot. I thought Waddle was a LT coming out and would like to see if he could beat out Reiff there.

            I will admit Martin is a longshot to be Detroit’s pick at 10. I think they are more likely to look to deal up in this draft. At 10, you are just stuck with what’s left after some ‘elite’ talent comes off the board. I use the term ‘stuck’ loosely as 10 this year is better than most. The guy I wouldn’t rule out in this spot is CJ Mosley. Mosley’s versatility to play (probably) any of the three LB spots could significantly upgrade that unit.

          • Reggie

            So I take it you are still somewhat high on Bridgewater?

          • bradc11

            He’s still my top ranked QB in this draft and 6th overall player, so I’m high on him. I’ve seen him through twice at field level and walked away impressed. I see great tape to go with the smarts to succeed leading me to believe he’s the top signal caller in the draft. That said, I could see him falling down the board come May 8. If he falls out of the first, I would be stunned.

  • Steve

    Yeah there is no chance in HELL we take Martin at ten…..

    • bradc11

      The sole reason I dread doing mock drafts is to hear no way in HELL. There was no way in hell D.J. Hayden was going No. 12 or Bruce Irvin No. 15, the list goes on and on. Zack Martin is a very good player with the versatility to play maybe any of the 5 OL positions. He will go higher than most anticipate…don’t see him making it down to MIA at 19. I agree with Reggie the Lions are best served moving up and taking a shot on one of the ‘elite’ talents in the draft. If they don’t I think it would be wise to add Martin who could start on the right side and fill in at any one of the other spots if/when needed.

  • ApexSteel

    The Steelers don’t need a MLB in the first especially not with EVERY top cornerback still on the board.

  • mprofetta

    I think that Mack doesn’t get a ton of consideration at #2 for a variety of reasons; the most obvious being that it feels like a luxury pick. In St. Louis’ scheme, the action is funneled toward the WLB (where Ogletree is entrenched), while the SLB is on the field less than half the time and is rarely asked to blitz. Sure, the Rams could use an upgrade from Dunbar, but if all you ask of your SLB is to stop the run and periodically pick up a back or TE, why draft Mack at #2 when you can get a Van Noy or Christian Jones in the 2nd/3rd round? If Mack is the top prospect on Snead’s board and is the pick, maybe Fisher/Walton would tweak the scheme and utilize Mack in a joker role…but that’s a lot of ifs and maybes. If the St. Louis braintrust is truly convinced that Bradford is the answer under center, I don’t see how they can pass up a potential HOF offensive tackle like Robinson.

    • bradc11

      Gregg Williams presence as DC changes things a bit for me. Williams loves to press his corners and blitz from all over the field. I’m sure he’d like to be more multiple on defense and Mack is the perfect player to give him that versatility. I could see him putting Mack at end and moving Chris Long inside on pass downs. If Williams wasn’t there I’d agree but he changes the landscape of this defense. I’m a huge fan of Robinson (my top overall player) but Mack could be the guy to put this defense over the edge in a division w/defensive stalwarts.

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