2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel to the Bucs?

Posted by Brad On March – 27 – 2014

33. Houston Texans – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

Antonio Smith has been solid for the Texans for a lot of years. They should and could look early to replace Smith opposite J.J. Watt. Hageman slides right into their laps.

34. Washington Redskins – Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama

Kouandijo has experienced the late swoon of draft prospects that struggle at the Combine and with medical questions. I think this is a fair landing spot for him given his failure to produce to his talent level.

35. Cleveland Browns – Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

What the Browns pass on Carr and Garoppolo for another defender. With Hoyer in place, I don’t think they feel forced to take one high and will wait until the 3rd to take a guy. Shazier could team with Karlos Dansby to give the Browns a very formidable, athletic duo of inside backers.

"Derek Carr"

USA TODAY Sport

36. Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Let me say, I don’t think this one happens at this spot. Oakland might be a prime candidate to trade back into the first to grab up Carr, if he’s still available.

37. Atlanta Falcons – Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

Dee Ford can bring it off the edge and the Falcons could use a guy that can wreak havoc on QB’s. A start of Matthews and Ford is really solid for the Falcons.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

The Bucs could go guard or wide receiver here and I wouldn’t be shocked. That said, I don’t know how they pass on a guy like Amaro at this point.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

If the Jags can pull off Clowney/Garappolo they will be my premature winners of the draft.

40. Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

Van Noy fills a big need for the Vikings and gives them a guy that has a knack for making big plays on the defensive side of the ball.

41. Buffalo Bills – Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Surrounding EJ Manuel with weapons isn’t a bad idea and pairing Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, and TJ Graham with Lee gives him a nice group to grow with. This is all value pick.

42. Tennessee Titans – Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St.

Once Chris Johnson is cast off the Titans are stuck with Shonn Greene, who underwhelms me from a personal standpoint. Hyde gives them a guy that can carry the load over the long-term.

43. New York Giants – David Yankey, G, Stanford

The Giants are in need on the OL and many think Yankey is a first round talent. I don’t value him that highly but he appears to be a good fit.

44. St. Louis Rams – Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida St.

I’m the president of the Joyner fanclub. He could play a host of spots on the Rams defense and I love the fit.

45. Detroit Lions – Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.

Golden Tate was a great addition for the Lions but they would be best served with him in the slot and another vertical threat on the outside.

46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

The Steelers passed on Eric Ebron in round one so they get a great value in round two in Troy Niklas. Niklas is a monster target with underrated athleticism.

47. Dallas Cowboys – Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St.

Many will view this as a reach but watch a little bit of Brooks and you’ll know why he is going to hear his name called before many in the media project.

48. Baltimore Ravens – Allen Robinson, WR, Penn St.

The Ravens added Steve Smith this offseason but still could use a young receiver to pair with Torrey Smith over the long haul.

49. New York Jets – Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

The Jets missed out on the cornerback market in free agency, so John Idzik gets one that matches his want to spend.

50. Miami Dolphins – Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Lamar Miller was a bit of a disappointment in 2013, so I can’t see the Dolphins passing on a guy with the upside of Mason to wait on Miller to develop.

51. Chicago Bears – Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.

Bucannon is an absolute steal at this point in the draft in my not so humble opinion. He’s a prototypical SS that can play in the box and is more than formidable covering with range.

52. Arizona Cardinals – Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise St.

The Cardinals defense was pretty good in 2013, so why two defenders in the first two rounds? The answer is fairly simple – look at the division. Lawrence is a first round talent with some maturity questions but is too good a value at this point to pass on.

53. Green Bay Packers – Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

"Stephon Tuitt"

USA TODAY Sports

Many have Tuitt as a first rounder. I don’t see it and I think he could be headed for a mid-second round selection. This could be his floor as the Packers need big bodies on the DL.

54. Philadelphia Eagles – Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

The Eagles want big, physical defenders and they don’t fit that bill more at the CB position than SJB.

55. Cincinnati Bengals – Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio St.

The Bengals lost Anthony Collins in free agency which could have a bigger impact than many think.

56. San Francisco 49ers – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

The Niners were able to re-sign Anquan Boldin but are likely still in the market for a long-term solution at the position opposite Michael Crabtree.

57. San Diego Chargers – Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

The Chargers need an impactful edge rusher and Attaochu gives them that. He was at his best with his hand in the dirt at GT but it should be a fairly easy transition.

58. New Orleans Saints – Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St.

The Saints need to start finding some solid protectors for Drew Brees and Richburg is a plug and play center. I think he’s a future Pro Bowler at the center position, so getting him at the bottom of round two is a steal.

59. Indianapolis Colts – Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada

Bitonio is quickly rising up the media draft boards and would be a great value if the Colts could land him this late in the 2nd.

60. San Francisco 49ers – Marcus Martin, G/C, USC

Marcus Martin could play any of the interior spots on the 49ers OL. With contracts expiring they have some current and future holes to fill.

61. Carolina Panthers – Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

The Panthers get a major steal here if Landry makes his way down this far in the draft. I’m not comparison-guy but everyone is getting an Anquan Boldin vibe from him.

62. New England Patriots – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

The Pats find themselves a great fit and they should be able to keep ASJ in line and get the most out of enormous talent.

63. Denver Broncos – Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

The Broncos need help in the interior of the OL after losing Zane Beadles to the Jaguars. Dozier is a former tackle that projects well to guard in the NFL.

64. Seattle Seahawks – Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St.

The Seahawks need to retool some on their DL depth. Crichton could be a great fit in this defense and wind up a steal in the draft with the right fit.
Follow me on Twitter: 

Continue reading our mock

  • Reggie

    As a Lions fan this was a repeat for the Lions not that I am upset about the outcome. Barr, Adams, and Roberson would really improve our talent and depth. Barr, Suh, and Ansah would be the heart of our defense. For the Lions the only person I hope we get and it might be tough for us is Weston Richburg. I do not think we would take him in the 2nd and I do not believe he would last till the third. Also wondering about the Lions and their apparent desire to acquire Sammy Watkins. I go along with your thinking that in a draft like this it would be wise to not give up picks.

    • bradc11

      Reggie,

      I agree on Richburg. If he lasts until the 3rd, someone is getting a very good player at a great value. Also, don’t know that I would give up assets in this draft to get Watkins. Love Watkins but the talent is so rich on the 2nd day that I wouldn’t part with those picks.

      • Reggie

        Time shall tell. I think Free Agency will allow us to go for talent more than need….though we will probably target: Backup QB, WR, Developmental Center, another DE, upgrade at OLB, and maybe a CB or safety

  • Robert Bass

    As a Ravens follower I Will be madd if we took annything other than wr in The 1st

    • bradc11

      WR depth is just too deep to ignore the need at safety in my mind, especially if you have a chance to pair Elam with Ha Ha.

      • Robert Bass

        So two young inexperienced safties would be better ? Also ha ha isnt even that good would rather trade back and Take the top wr left and jimmie ward

        • bradc11

          Not going to argue with you on Ha Ha. I don’t have him rated very highly but there are teams that value him very highly.

          • Robert Bass

            Nobody is arguing with you lol who says we Have Ha Ha rated highly on our board ? Thats The Funny thing so The Ravens must be one of The Teams that have him ranked highly lol ok only time will tell

      • Robert Bass

        Also I don’t think we will draft a qb before rb if we take one at all

        • bradc11

          You don’t have a QB behind Flacco. Taylor isn’t a guy you want to rely on if Flacco goes down. I’d bet Ozzie looks at a QB earlier than expected to groom as Flacco’s backup.

  • Football_Fan

    Tampa Bay Bucs kept their 3rd round and lost the 4th round instead to New York Jets

    • bradc11

      Thanks, I said I’d make that change this week and I forgot. Much appreciated…I’ll fix it.

  • Duncan

    Not a bad mock for the Bills. I like the mean streak that Lewan has to him, and the fact that he has potential to be a top 5 OT in this league. The only problem that I see is his off the field issues, which may cause him to fall on draft day.

    Getting Marquise Lee in the second would be an absolute steal! He would be the second best WR in the draft this year if it wasn’t for his injuries and bad QB play at USC. Great pick up for Buffalo.
    Kirkskey is a bit of an unknown to me. I only heard his name last week, and from the scouting reports I’ve read he seems to be a decent talent, that may be on the small side, but does have the speed to succeed in the NFL.

    • bradc11

      Kirksey is a guy that has risen lately. I think he winds up fairly high in the draft – probably that early to mid 3rd round. I think this is a monster take for the Bills – despite not being high on Lewan, personally.

  • Micheal Profetta

    The Manziel pick actually makes a ton of sense. New GM…new HC…new OC who prefers mobile QBs…new uniforms, even…Glennon just seems like a dead man walking in Tampa. Like you said, McCown is a stopgap/mentor – the kind of signing that usually portends the arrival of a developmental QB. The most intriguing aspect of the Tampa QB situation is this: If the Bucs do target Manziel (or Bridgewater), that makes Glennon available. Given the circumstances, Glennon wasn’t bad during his rookie season. He still offers some upside. He obviously isn’t a fit in Tedford’s offense, but his skill set would play well in Minnesota or Houston. If Glennon is available for a 3rd rounder, maybe the Vikings or Texans will go in another direction in the 1st round. Crazy as it sounds, Glennon’s availability could potentially shake up the top ten. Same goes for Ryan Mallett. There’s no doubt that Mallett will be traded, it’s just a matter of Belichick coming down from his 2nd round asking price, or finding a team desperate enough to bite. Like Glennon, Mallett is tall, sells the play-action, and has a rifle – a perfect fit in the power run/vertical pass schemes that Minnesota and Houston will employ. The availability of Glennon and Mallett is why I’m not quite ready to etch Houston/Bortles in stone. Rick Smith could still have an ace up his sleeve.

    • bradc11

      Manziel is a great fit in TB. If the Bucs can flip Glennon for a 3rd, and I think they could that, they would be set up for a great offseason. Whether or not they gel will be a question but Lovie could do wonders with this team. Taking Johnny, an offensive weapon or two (TE/WR), a guard in this deep draft could have them on the upswing quickly and set up for the long-term

  • Micheal Profetta

    #21 isn’t too high for Ward, and he’s a great fit in Green Bay. I’m with you about Pryor. To me, he’s a box safety, nothing more, and box safeties just aren’t very valuable these days. Ward offers better versatility. He could play the Troy Polamalu/Charles Woodson role in Capers’ defense – the maneuverable piece that can play centerfield, cover the slot, step up against the run, and bring it on blitzes – all with equal effectiveness. That’s a ton of value.

  • metalhead65

    I hope for his sake Johnny football does not land in Tampa where his career will be over before it starts. Lovie Smith knows nothing about offense and will try and force him into being a player he is not. he took Cutler who was one of the best young QB’s in the league and almost ruined his career. it is like he looked at what he did well in Denver and said sorry we do not do that here. he hired oc’s who refused to tailor the offense to the players they had and what they did best. the same will happen to manziel if he lands there. who else would would give up on the young QB they have before giving him a chance? he did pretty good for a rookie playing on a bad team but he signs a veteran as soon as he gets the job and makes him the starter. never mind this vet had washed out everywhere he played before the 5 games he started last year.

    • bradc11

      Lovie will be turning the offense over to Jeff Tedford. Tedford could do wonders for Manziel as he’ll take the guessing game out early for Johnny. I wouldn’t be worried about Lovie ruining JF…this will be Tedford’s offense.

      • metalhead65

        just like the bears offenses were those of the multiple oc’s he had in Chicago right? tedford may have run a good offense in college but that is because he had final say which I guarantee you he does not have in Tampa. the minute the bucs are up 3-0 and he calls a pass it will be the last one until they get behind and time is running out and the defense knows it is coming. he stepped in and made martz run more even though his whole offense was based on throwing the ball.I will give him credit for doing it or Cutler would have been the first QB to be killed on the football field but it shows who really is in charge.

  • Reggie

    Initial thoughts of this mock are
    Texans would be big time winners getting Hagemand and Smith in Round 2 and 3
    Cyrus Kouindijo seems a bit high. Are his injury rumors over done?
    Browns would be taking major risk in this scenario to a point…Fuller over Carr they could regret but then again they might prove wise by not over valuing
    Falcons would pull a nice haul with LT, pass rusher, and RB.
    How comfortable would you be taking any of these three QB’s in the top 10? Manziel and Brigewater and Bortles can atleast in this scenario say they went to decent teams.
    Where do you see Aaron Donald’s highest spot being? Giants seem like a nice fit
    Kony Ealy at 16? Big jump from last mock what made you do it?
    Eagles taking Brooks looks smart now..and Jetting SJB would be a cuo
    What would be long term plans for Bengals taking Mewhort? Do you not like Smith or do you believe he is a LT prospect?

    • bradc11

      I don’t think Kouandijo injury rumors are done but the reality is that many will look at what D.J. Fluker did last year and see the potential in Cyrus…I don’t think he’ll make it to the mid-2nd round area. Carr making it to the 2nd is a real longshot. I could see Oakland or Minnesota trading back into the first to pull the trigger on him. I would be comfortable taking Manziel and Bridgewater in the top 10, not Bortles…ironically he probably will be the first to come off the board. I could see Aaron Donald going as high as 5 to Oakland and I can’t see him making it past Dallas. I really don’t know about Ealy. He’s a guy that I can’t place – I don’t value him nearly that high but need for Dallas could force their hand a bit. The Bengals need depth at tackle and really need a starting LT. Losing Collins was a huge loss IMO. I think Mewhort could play LT, although not an ideal fit. Either way they need a swing tackle to spell Whitworth/Smith in case of injury.